Bergeron had success as one of the pointmen on the PP in his two 70 point seasons.
**** your right. But we go with Krejci and now Bourque (who they may be mistaking as his father) which makes it all the more frustrating. Bergeron had success there so we won't think about using him there now.
I'll add that I'd still prefer to see our d out there for the pp.
My Verizon connection died about half an hour before game time so I ended up watching this at my local, over beers, and with the C's triple-OT game on the screen to the left. (We're so spoiled in this city, it's ridiculous).
I thought the cycling in the first period was brilliant, but I found our net-front absence through huge chunks of the game (esp. on the PP) incredibly frustrating to behold. Gave me bad flashbacks of our series against the Caps.
Now will the B's learn from that success and try it again? Nope. It will be more deer in the headlights. Look at Dougie. He looked far more confident his first two games on the PP than he does now. As if the longer you serve on the B's PP, your offensive IQ gets sucked out your head like some kind of hockey vacuum cleaner.
Yeah watching those first couple games, I thought "oh good, he hasn't learned the B's PP yet."
Originally Posted by Neely08
Buffalo sucks. Yet, they were within one shot of tying that game up until late in the 3rd. Unacceptable when you have that many PP chances, including a 5 on 3.
I can't say this without sounding like the spoiled brat I am: I'm tired of winning by one goal.
Originally Posted by Cid
I really hate seeing Krejci and Bourque (or any forward for that matter) on the point on the powerplay.
I do too as a rule, except when we scored last night.
The PP problem has to be coaching. They keep trying to do the same entry play at the blueline along the boards. Teams know this, go there, and then intercept and clear before the Bruins can even get the puck to the circles. It's ridiculous that they keep trying the same exact entry play over and over. Why not try the Detroit entry scheme from a couple years ago, where they would pass back to a trailer with speed? Anything other than the failed 'double barreled action' attempt.
If they get it set up in the zone, 9 times out of 10 they make a bad decision with the puck. They either try to make too fine a pass through traffic, a long shot directly into an opposing player, or a pass to an empty position on a rotation.
With good PP units, every player knows exactly where the others will be in any given situation. That's clearly not the case here. They're playing as individuals rather than as a cohesive 5 man unit. It's amazing that it's so dysfunctional given how precise the team's 5-on-5 and PK work is.
That said, I'm excited about the reconfigured top two lines. Both had several shifts where they did everything but score. Horton's physicality on the Bergeron line opens up some space and really works with that line's cycle game, while Seguin's speed on the Krejci line opens up more passing lanes and forces Lucic to skate hard.
Dobby struggled a bit with rebounds, but otherwise had a solid game.
Chris Bourque actually looked pretty good, IMO. He was throwing his body around.
The defense was solid all around. One of Chara's better games. Hopefully Hamilton learned when and when not to pinch.
Overall, it was nice to put Buffalo back in their place and for the team to prove that the first meeting was an aberration.
I don't see why we don't stack one PP with our best players at each position. Enough of this forward on defense, Hamilton has been one of our best players from the point on the PP (In my opinion at least), please put him on the first unit with Chara.
I also never understand why Boychuk isn't out there, he has a rocket.
Very different watching the game from a luxury suite last night. Many non-hockey fans, but the Grey Goose / Coronas and buffalo wings were flowing all night long
Bergeron also made me look good. Someone made a comment that he was all over the ice. I proceeded to tell him that he won the Selke last year (yes I had to explain what that is too). I started to point out all the little things, money on the face-off, always in position, never allows the puck to be taken off his stick, warrior along the boards, great at take-aways. Then as if on cue he scores to which I say, oh yeah and he's pretty good on offense too.
Exactly. When was the last time we heard an opposing coach say a key to the game : "we have to stay out of the box" ? 2010?
I haven't seen too many upset faces on opposing players when they get called for a penalty against Boston. If I could hear the chatter on the bench, I'd assume it's a lot of "Eh, don't worry about it. We'll get a shorthanded chance out of this."