It's the same **** I see Quenneville trots out here in Chicago. Remember, Phoenix had an anemic offense and the 29th-ranked PP in the regular season, but did better again his putrid defense "system" in the playoffs.
Winnik was brought in to help it and offered a very telling comment soon after his trade. He said that it took a little time to get used to the PK in SJ - that he wasn't used to 'sitting back'. SJ tried to form a tight box and block any passes from getting through often leaving the point uncontested. IT JUST DIDN'T WORK - passes made it through the box or bombs from the point found a way through OR created nice rebound scoring chances. Opposition had lots of time to work with the puck since no one ran out to challenge.
The only PP that type of PK shuts down is one that just passes around the outside, lacks a net presence and has d-men that can't get shots on net from the point.
In related news, that PK has to look unbeatable when they practice it.
Originally Posted by Hawkaholic
Thats why Q thinks it works so well!!!
...and that might also be why Crawford has looked so bad. He simply can't believe that a shot is actually getting through from the point and he doesn't know how to react because he never sees this in practice.