What "resiliency?" you mean being able to get by the regular season on sheer talent and goaltending? The team hasn't played a complete game all season... Dogged the regular season and developed bad habits that are showing up in the playoffs. The team is looking so far ahead to the Finals that they forgot how difficult making the finals was last year. They look like a team that thinks their spot in the finals is already guaranteed.
I predicted a second round exit before the playoffs began and said next year is a better shot. The team has not looked like a cup winner all year. Gillis needs to take some blame. Losing Ehrhoff to free agency and keeping Ballard was a terrible mistake. Not adding a top 4 defenseman was a mistake. Kassian for Hodgson? Remains to be seen.
Ballard was a good Top 4 D in Phoenix and Florida. To me that points to a coaching problem. I'm finding it hard to blame Gillis when AV is incapable of properly utilizing what he's been given.
It's been drilled into them by Brown and the coaching staff. Drop pass on the PP. How many times have you seen it? Its the most predictable thing they do.
I thought if Friedman saw it, a relatively respected writer, those still defending the coaching staff would admit it. But they are even dismissing someone as credible as Friedman.
And Friedman was not wishy-washy about it. He called it bang on. Scouting. They scouted us hard. Kopitar was "waiting" for it.
This is one of the stupidest logic, I have seen in a while.
Because part of the game plan on the PP is to do a drop pass to gain entry, means you do a drop pass at the worst time?
Is Edler a robot? He does not have enough hockey sense to fake the drop pass and make kopitar out of position?
All coaches tell their players to shoot and skate, so if a player shoots the puck directly into their own net, we blame the coaches? If a player skates and hit himself against the boards, we blame the coaches?
The fact that I don't see a drop pass in every single breakout on the pp, tells me its not mandatory, rather dependent on the players decisions.
I mean this is common sense.
And trust me I hate AV as much as the other guy. I wanted him fired right after our first loss against Chi, we were outcoached quite blatantly.