Begin huge, Lapierre has improved a lot over the season. Can't fault Higgings, Koivu, Kovalev, Smolenski, Kostopolous, Plekanics either. I think this is something the coaches have been working on all season and now it's starting to click.
Now, Begin-Smokes-Gorges-Hamrlik-Markov-Kovalev-Plekanec-Higgins-Kostopoulos-Lapierre are also very important.
The fact we have a lot of players able to play PK, some of them staying an offensive threat throughout, is a force. We're not in trouble if a top PKer like Begin or Smolinski or Komisarek takes a penalty, others can step up.
Actually, it's the same for the PP, for offense, defense, goaltending...
Begin helps, and the shot blocking tends to elevate everybody, but I agree with Price. Point shots were the problem and Price just takes up more net.
I think they've pressured the points more. Higgins,Plekanec and Lapierre all can do this. Koivu and Kovalev tend to try and block lanes, but I think that the guys with the quick feet have changed the way they arroach the pk a bit.
I go back to when I first saw Higgins and Pleks playing with the Dogs. They preessured every puck at the point and were dangerous. We're seeing this again.