I believe that you have to show loyalty to players who give a lot of themselves. if the reports hinted at early in the Boston series are true, that 2 of our D men are getting by on injections to be able to play, they are to be respected for their dedication. Souray played like a number 1 this year. When was the last time we had a #1 ? I'd prefer less of #44 right now, I also found him shaky against Boston. Markov picked up some of his ice against Boston, but is also struggling right now. Give TB credit for causing a lot of these struggles. Who knows, maybe coming back from 3-1 last series took a lot out of them. A few bounces yesterday could have produced a different result, but jumping ship or making wholesale changes is no answer. If anyone is hurt to the point that they are hurting the team, it's one thing. If good players aren't playing well, you may just have to tinker and adjust. I like what Kerberos is saying. The Habs were better this game than last and hopefully will be better next game. I don't know if anyone caught Gainey's comments before the playoffs. He discussed that because the team hadn't been successful in the recent past, and the relative inexperience of some of the players and staff, they were in effect going to playoff university. There are a lot of little things that go into a playoff run, whether its travel schedule, practice lengths, players avoiding distraction, there's a lot to learn. His point was that he came from a team that knew that stuff. Pollock and Bowman set the standard for attn. to detail, the current team is learning as they go. if they are unable to win this series, it will be made clear to those involved what will be expected of them in future. I see no reason to panic and whine about what we have or don't have at this point. Go back to September when they had lost their 5th straight pre season game, Koivu had gone down and tell me if you would have been pleased to be down 2-0 in a second round series. The progress is there, enjoy it. Theo held us in it yesterday, we could have gotten a few in the second, Souray could have not mis handled the puch, Rivet could have stayed back, but none of those things happened. You adjust re group an dtry again. TB has been very impressive, and are playing their game to a T. They aren't invincible, anything can still happen. They can out talent us right now, but they still have to win 2 more games.
Nice post McPhee. Its brings things back into perspective with regard to our objectives as a team and BG's long term plans. Already seeing the progress we've made under BG in his first year, I'm enthusiastic for our future. I appreciated his patience, evaluating our team, not acting rashly. His few moves/acquisitions all have made an impact on our team along with the surprising (to me) emergence of a few players (Ryder, Ribs, Souray) this year. Playoff is a true test, a measuring stick. Who can handle and perform under the pressure, scrutiny, especially in our city. Although not enjoyable, having our weaknesses exposed/exploited now serves as a focal point for improvement. Souray, as an example, played a big role in getting us into the playoffs, and he's being rewarded. Although he's not playing his A game, I'd like to see him playing less too, our defence as a whole have not been playing well this series so far. He accepted the blame on his shoulders for the last game, and I expect a big game 3 from him, turn the corner so to speak. Brisebois is a great example of the team showing loyalty and there showing the same to Souray. Just remember back to 2 yrs ago with his gimpy wrist, mess-up shoulder in which he couldn't lift up that arm, but ready to duke it out with one fist.
Game 3 will be for pride and we will play better, that's been our MO so far. Go Habs Go!
We must have faith. Remember, it looks like the Bos-Mtl round after game 4 when we lost it because Kovy stopped to play in OT. Kovy admitted his mistake and after the team played as a TEAM. Kovy have stepped-up. Now Souray faced the music, he made his mę-culpa, and then the Habs Team will handle it as a TEAM.
Next 2 games we'll be at home, with our crowd, our ice, our climate, our medias and our city beat.