You could probably change this thread to "Colorado looks very bad." Not trying to take anything away from the bruins, but the avs look awful. Granato is going to be that team's undoing. I'm convinced the guy can't coach his way out of a paper bag. He got burned by line matchups all night on home ice.
I had the game going in the background tonight, so I wasn't watching it with any real focus. However, the impression I got was that Colorado is a ticking bomb at both ends of the rink.
As many predicted, they can score in the blink of an eye. Any number of their powerhouse forwards can crank it up if the opposition players let down their guard for a second. In that regard, they are almost as good as the Vancouver Canucks.
Based on what I saw tonight, the Colorado defence looked lost out there. Boston did not appear to be moving the puck around with any authority, Colorado just seemed to stop skating. Has anyone predicted the return of Patrick Roy? It may be the Avalanche's only option. They can't afford to lose more third and fourth line grinders to upgrade between the pipes.
Overall, I just thought Colorado lacked any emotional involvement in the game.
Boston, on the other hand, had plenty of emotion. A good, scrappy effort on their part. But, hey, they do have Potvin in goal. And, we all know what happens when he starts to melt down.
Roy cannot come back this year, due to NHLPA retirement rules. I doubt he'd come back next year, seeing as he'd probably have to take quite a pay cut with a new CBA in place, and he won't want to embarass himself by looking old.
The greater worry is Colorado trading for a good goalie.
I also don't think Granato is half the coach Bob Hartley is, and I bet he gets fired next off-season (or sooner) if colorado doesn't make it at least to the 3rd round.
After the game, Avalanche players called a team meeting.
"It's something that happens during the season from time to time," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "I'm glad they did that. We have enough leaders in that room. They know when the door needs to be shut and they need to discuss things on their own."
Is there any doubt that it is the players running this team? Granato is a passenger and when you've got this many superstars on a team that's a recipe for disaster.