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06-10-2013, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Markowicz View Post
Listen i know everyone talks about how we won't compete for a cup until we drop some smaller players and replace them with Bickell types, and its hard to disagree completely. But at the end of the day there's still something very lineal about teams like Los Angeles and Boston in their cup runs.

Outstanding goaltending.

There's a reason why Pittsburgh with all their star power got destroyed last year by Philly, and couldn't make it Boston this year.

Sub-par goaltending.

The same thing can be said about our first round this year. Montreal overall played very well--size had very little to do with it. It was Carey Price not being good enough.

I think the key is getting him the right goalie coach. It's really too bad Olaf Kolzig can't come help out. Price needs a coach that works as teacher/psychologist. The same can probably be said about Fleury. They both seem to have similar focus issues.

I still think that we need to get bigger and more physical, but probably the most important task this summer is to get Carey the right goalie coach, imo.
Goaltending was a big part of our playoff issues, but there were other issues. The D needed to be better. Too soft, too small. Could not go into the corners and retrieve the puck. Markov, Diaz, even Gorges looked soft and overmatched in their own end. Then offensively, no one wanted to go to the net besides Gallagher and Prust (who got penalized for it). How do you beat a good goalie? Screen him, get in his face, disrupt him.

Good goaltending probably could have overcome these problems in round 1, it wouldn't have been enough against the better teams. Goaltending was the biggest issue, but we needed improvement in all phases. O,D,goaltending.

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