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04-14-2008, 10:40 AM
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The main reason why we lost IMO is the performance of both Komisarek and Markov. These guys need to elevate their game. I know Komisarek missed the end of the season, but he's taking too much time making a play (and he usually drops the puck out of the zone ; not making a pass). He's also missing a lot of hits ; I think he's trying too hard to nail someone and needs to focus on his execution. And I thought Markov's worst games of the season were the last two. He needs to keep his calm and stop making stupid mistakes in our zone.

The other thing is the powerplay. They're always doing the same thing ; passing from the point to a player named Kovalev and waiting for the pass that makes for a perfect play. The Bruins aren't stupid ; all they do is break every pass we make in front of Thomas. We need more shots from the point and big bodies in front of their goalie (Like Latendresse, or Higgins is capable of doing a good job in the department).

And we NEED to get the first goal. These Bruins are great at making a hockey game a snore fest. By getting the first goal, they open the play.

Habs in 5.
I think Markov & Komisarek played excellent games. Markov was especially great, and both played their zone quite well.

Now, if you mention Streit, I'd have to agree. Both in terms of defensive coverage (Lucic goal ) and really bad decisions on the PP, effectively killing many attempts to set-up or breaking up any pressure with a bad pass. It just wasn't his game last night. He can do much much better. I wouldn't mind seeing him back on forward for 5-on-5 ASAP so he can concentrate on his PP. Maybe once Bouillon is back - although O'Byrne is definitely an option.

Wasn't Kovalev's game either, but he'll pick it up.

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04-14-2008, 10:42 AM
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Geez, just when he thought he was getting back at Mulroney.
Maybe he just needed the money?

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04-14-2008, 10:49 AM
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The main reason why we lost IMO is the performance of both Komisarek and Markov. These guys need to elevate their game. I know Komisarek missed the end of the season, but he's taking too much time making a play (and he usually drops the puck out of the zone ; not making a pass). He's also missing a lot of hits ; I think he's trying too hard to nail someone and needs to focus on his execution. And I thought Markov's worst games of the season were the last two. He needs to keep his calm and stop making stupid mistakes in our zone.

The other thing is the powerplay. They're always doing the same thing ; passing from the point to a player named Kovalev and waiting for the pass that makes for a perfect play. The Bruins aren't stupid ; all they do is break every pass we make in front of Thomas. We need more shots from the point and big bodies in front of their goalie (Like Latendresse, or Higgins is capable of doing a good job in the department).

And we NEED to get the first goal. These Bruins are great at making a hockey game a snore fest. By getting the first goal, they open the play.

Habs in 5.
Maybe Komi and Markov are not playing their best hockey, but in no way are they the reason why we lost. Streit and a bad line change are the reason the Bruins scored.

As for the PP, thats what we did all season and finished 1st, so give credit to the Bruins PK. The Bruins never give the blue line, so its always a dump and chance with players that love to carry the puck. Whenever we do try to carry it, most of the time, we get stopped.
We're a team that likes to make cross ice passes and ''dangerous'' plays, not the easy passes. Thats one of the reasons our PP was so good this year. But the Bruins are cutting the passes very well and blocking point shots just as well too.
No doubt we'll try something else

Being #1 PP team this season is the main reason why we finished first in conference and first in GF. So when we can't score on PP like in the past 3games, its normal that our Offense looks much weaker.

Im not worried at all, the past 2 games could have went either way. Bruins could have been up 2-1 by now, just like we could have been up 3-0 by now. Its a tight serie, Bruins have been more intense maybe, but in no way do they dominate in scoring chances.

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04-14-2008, 10:57 AM
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Maybe he just needed the money?
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If I had a nickel for every time,I've had to say that.....

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Just wondering about something that no one has mentioned. I think it was in the second period a Habs player went in to fore check Chara behind his net. Chara stepped between the Habs player racing in and the puck and leveled the Montreal player with a huge hit. No elbow, just a shoulder that flattened him. But wasn't that interference since he stopped the habs player in his path to the puck? Just wondering......

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Maybe Komi and Markov are not playing their best hockey, but in no way are they the reason why we lost. Streit and a bad line change are the reason the Bruins scored.

As for the PP, thats what we did all season and finished 1st, so give credit to the Bruins PK. The Bruins never give the blue line, so its always a dump and chance with players that love to carry the puck. Whenever we do try to carry it, most of the time, we get stopped.
We're a team that likes to make cross ice passes and ''dangerous'' plays, not the easy passes. Thats one of the reasons our PP was so good this year. But the Bruins are cutting the passes very well and blocking point shots just as well too.
No doubt we'll try something else

Being #1 PP team this season is the main reason why we finished first in conference and first in GF. So when we can't score on PP like in the past 3games, its normal that our Offense looks much weaker.

Im not worried at all, the past 2 games could have went either way. Bruins could have been up 2-1 by now, just like we could have been up 3-0 by now. Its a tight serie, Bruins have been more intense maybe, but in no way do they dominate in scoring chances.
What you say applies to 5 on 5 as well. It's recognition, and not trying to force a play that isn't there. I thought they improved as the game went on, and I thought Komi started to find his groove by the 3rd period, Boston just scored the goal. They're a good team, you can't expect to dominate at all times, so you have to play smart.

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04-14-2008, 11:05 AM
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What you say applies to 5 on 5 as well. It's recognition, and not trying to force a play that isn't there. I thought they improved as the game went on, and I thought Komi started to find his groove by the 3rd period, Boston just scored the goal. They're a good team, you can't expect to dominate at all times, so you have to play smart.
Yup, thats pretty much it. It will be interesting to see if changes to the lineup will be made for Game4 and see how they will change their game.

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We need Bouillon. When's he coming back?

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We need Bouillon. When's he coming back?
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We need to take advantage of all these PP's. We are lucky the Bruins PP is bad because last night would have been an easy victory for the Bruins. Line #3 and #4 are clearly our best and that's just plain wrong, hopefully the coaches will figure something out.

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I think Markov & Komisarek played excellent games. Markov was especially great, and both played their zone quite well.

Now, if you mention Streit, I'd have to agree. Both in terms of defensive coverage (Lucic goal ) and really bad decisions on the PP, effectively killing many attempts to set-up or breaking up any pressure with a bad pass. It just wasn't his game last night. He can do much much better. I wouldn't mind seeing him back on forward for 5-on-5 ASAP so he can concentrate on his PP. Maybe once Bouillon is back - although O'Byrne is definitely an option.

Wasn't Kovalev's game either, but he'll pick it up.
I have a hard time figuring how these guys played an excellent game. This duo reached a peak during the season where Komisarek was laying big hits and Markov had the smart stick play and positionning that makes him one of the best d-man in the league. I can only wish they can overcome Komi's injury (I don't think he's there at 100% - He's lost groove to his game, while I can't disagree with the fact that he played an good 3rd period last night, he was slow at taking decisions and it costed a lot of troubles to get out of the zone). I don't think (and you can disagree all you want) Markov had a great end of season and Komisarek with at least 25 games to remain in the campaign wasn't at his best. I expect a lot from these guys.

Streit had a real tough game, and putting him at forward could be an option. As a PP specialist, he would play less and get more quality ice time at the point on the PP and on the fourth line at forward.


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04-14-2008, 02:51 PM
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On the bright side, the Bruins prolonging this series to 5 games is better for my fantasy pool since I have Savard / Wideman + 8 Habs players.

(Brisebois, Price, S Kostitsyn, Higgins, Pleks, Streit, O'Byrne and Gorges)

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Honestly, this game could have gone either way, and the Bruins are lucky that they pulled out the win. Steller goaltending on both sides.

Some of my hab player observations from last night:
Kovalev made some bad plays, didn't look like himself.
Brisebois has impressed me this series by making good lead passes.
Pleks has been flat, and he is well aware that he needs to step up his game.
Higgins was flying, he was beating Bruins players to the puck all night.
Price has been golden.

I think tomorrow nights game is key. Lets hope we come out flying.

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Although I don't think Komi has been as bad as some posters have suggested in this thread, I do think he's trying too hard and just needs to simplify his game. He shouldn't be running guys and leaving his post.

I love what Mark Streit can bring and am a big fan of his story and development but think he might not be cut for NHL playoff hockey.

And I'd love for Ryder to succeed, but he just is not the limited player he once was, it's frustrating and disappointing.

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