What's really funny is that even considering that unlucky goal, murray has been, statistically speaking, the luckiest player in the playoffs. Carey Price and mike weaver have saved his bacon.
Agreed. Hell, Weaver has gone so far as to make Murray marginally good on occasion, at least if you ignore stats. I just dread that if Therrien does keep Murray in the lineup, Boston will use their last change advantage and get Bergeron's line out on him.
Hi Miller Time. Always enjoy your viewpoint. Q for you: How do you feel about the
habs sagging after getting behind last night (game 5)? I was bitterly dissappointed
to see them do that. For years, they seem to get hot and play really well for 7-8
games and then they go Flat for 4-6 gs. I was waiting for some true pushback after
they went down but its like they gave up! Only when they pulled the goalie did they seem to raise their intensity and by then it was almost too late. That lack of fight
has been dogging them for years now. They maintained their focus and intensity
when they were leading during most of the series, but, once they were behind they
gave up...except for a handful. I think maybe That is what Bergevin is actually
addressing when he talks about Character players (vs. size and grit). And thats prob
why other nhl personnel/commentators have so little faith in the habs (though many,
like at cbc, are just maple laff fans....or bruin fans ala chery and the ex goalie commentator whats his name?).
Even therrien was fuming in his post game intervw and scowled when asked whether the
team sagged after getting behind. And I don't blame him. He can't really come out and say his team quit!
Btw, i haven't posted for years, in part bec i noticed some dork began posting bogus
(and stupid) posts using my username on other sites. This leadership/character
issue is what lies behind the lack of playoff success for years in mtl imo.
That's why I love this site. Man how do you guys remember this stuff?
Memory is one thing but the stunts he managed to pull off this year are something else.
That his situational or game strategy is non existent is one thing. That it perhaps cost us two games
this series games 2 and 4 is unacceptable.
MT seemed to have his own agenda this year. Fresh off the accolades he received after his successful shortened season and forgiven for our performance against the Sens because of injuries. His goal was very clear early on. Ride your goaler, pad your stats, put out the most uninspiring brand of hockey possible get a point minimum. It gets worse, anyone who tried to bring some imagination to his game plan was branded a problem child. The season saw us call up two young stalwarts on the blue. The coach's handling of these kids seemed to have everything to do with his agenda and nothing to do with their development. This became painfully clear once the playoffs started.
Why did you even bother bringing these kids up in the regular season when you had healthy scratches sitting in the press box? The Montreal fans are not stupid it was very clear to us that not only were these players upgrades on what we had but they were also progressing at this level. Did you use them for your own purposes knowing all along you would discard them come the real season? Because that what it looks like. Much better if you had just played your veterans perhaps they could have found some semblance of game.