Kind of off-topic, but what else do we need to be able to handle teams like Boston and LA?
Chicago isn't nearly as physical and they BEAT them for the cup, and we know how well we'd do in a seven game series against the Hawks. We were saying this last season that we match up much better against Chicago or San Jose than a team like Los Angeles.
More speed and quicker accurate passes, or be bigger than the bruins,LA.
Chicago has incredible talent on their top two lines. They make tic tac toe passes as well as anyone. Only way to disrupt that is to get physical and keep them off balance. But they're so good at it that the gameplan can backfire, and they beat you, ala SCF last year.
Boston is the opposite. Grinding. Big. Physical. They don't need to make cute passes because they go through you. We wanna hang with those teams we either have to play well in the skill game and go around them, or play just as physical.
We looked a little scared last night. Afraid to get in the game physically. And the puck was rolling and skipping all over the place making our outlets and passing terrible. How many times did a puck bounce off a player or over a stick or off a skate straight to a Bruin because it felt like 10000 times. If we wanted that plan to work we need to be crisper in our own zone and get the puck out. Turn the tables on the. Bruins and get them to their heels.
The case with LA was us simply not being able to finish our chances, and thus losing the momentum that came with our physical game. It's been said ad nauseum here, but one or two more goals and we win that series. We match up better with them than Boston, IMO and with some kind of deadline deal we can be put over the top.
As for the Boston game, yes, they took our own game to us, but it wasn't as lopsided as some have said. Truth is, I think on a normal night we probably handle them a lot better, and with a few internal personnel changes as well (maybe a cheap acquisition for a bigger forward or d-man as well). In the end, I think we're better off avoiding them...even if the hockey will be exciting as hell.