This regular season was a fantastic one, I must say. However, after we went to 1st place, I expected the Stanley Cup. This should've been our year. I don't know if Huet would've done better, but I am absolutely livid with Price at the moment.
Thanks guys for the regular season. It's too bad not every player wants it bad enough....
Well good for you. But I'm not so keen on the idea of a long-time fan of one team hopping on our wagon. It seems a bit, well, disloyal. Sabres have an ok future too and they just came off back-to-back conf. finals, a spot the Habs haven't been in for 15 years.
I'm not really pissed off, mostly because there's so many other things in my life, like getting involved even more in humanitary causes, education and work... But hockey wise, wow, this blows!!! How can we be happy with this? Gainey's gamble proved to be terrible, while we could easely have made it one step further and we had the team to go far.
a) This team was not ready for the playoffs. Playoffs are different than the regular season. You gotta dig deep, deep, deep. We didn't.
b) This coach was not ready for the playoffs. In the playoffs you have to have a gameplan. A strategy to defeat the other team. Regular season series don't mean a thing. Neither does a tie. You have to be more than a suit on the bench.
c) Going to the net. Going to the net means when you have the puck, go directly toward the net no matter how many defensive players are hanging on your back. It means make a straight line to the net and either get a shot, crash the goalie, create a rebound, score, or draw a penalty. It doesn't mean talk about "going to the net". This was our downfall from the very beginning. Brutal.
d) Too soft on the puck. There are teams that want to win all game and those that turn it up in the last 3 minutes. Unfortunately we were the 3 minute variety.
e) Too young. Hopefully we gained some experience this year. Perhaps these young guys realize the playoffs are something special that takes something special. Until they realize that, we will be doomed to repeat the same lesson.
Thanks for a wonderful regular season boys! And an exciting 1st round. Have a great summer and bring Stanley home! Looking forward to seeing the obvious improvements next year.