I knew this would be a soul crushing devastating loss, i just wasn't sure what type it would be. I was leaning towards a down by 1 late like Montreal, instead it turned out to be the Pittsburgh variety.
Look at this team under Hunter last year and now under Oates. Both had about the same number of games to coach them.
But they didn't fall apart then. They did now.
Whats the difference?
6.6 seconds left still hurts more to me than any of the last playoff losses recently. The Flyers OT goal in game 7 pretty tough too. What angers me is this team never learned from those moments. I don't want a total blowup, but some changes need to be made. Whoever is out drinking and partying after this needs to go.
The difference? Holtby was better, roster was better, Thomas was worse than Lundqvist, and every game was a coin flip. Let's not pretend that they were some juggernaut.
But they didn't fold. The reason every game was close was because of the system they played.
I'm not pining for Hunter, mind you. What I'm saying is this team needs a coach like Hunter. Someone that doesn't take **** from anybody, especially the players. Someone that lets these guys know who the boss is. Someone like Torts. Its the only time I've seen these guys not fold.
Oates had them playing some of their best hockey in years. Why can't the players ever be held accountable for melt downs? They've burned through like 4 coaches in 3 years.
Oates didn't adjust the lines except for an injury. That's pretty effing bad. I wouldn't fire him though. MoJo and Backstrom should have been on different lines then Ovechkin midway through game 4.
GMGM has to go. He re-signs all the fringe players right before hte playoffs and guess what, none of them show up in the playoffs. They secured their job for another year or two. Stupid. Who cares about losing them? Honestly don't think you can find another John Erskine or a Jeff Schultz in the free agency? There's 100s of them in the minors.