The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109829 Message #2348730
Posted By: wysiwyg
25-May-08 - 08:36 AM
Thread Name: BS: Lord Stanley's Cup
Subject: RE: BS: Lord Stanley's Cup
Well, it's a great coaching and defense battle-- it took 2 periods for the Wings to get the Pens' number and set 'em back on their heels. Now we have to see what the Pens do in response, especially Therrien. It did not surprise me to see the Wings win the first one.
In the first period it looked like the Pens dictated the speed and that it it was just a hair faster then the Wings were accustomed to, and that this forced the Wings to take shots on net a little too fast and a little off the mark. A pastoral event came up in the second period and I did not get a chance to see what the Wings did to change that, but clearly they adjusted something and it worked for them.
I thought the biggest single mistake was that Therrien didn't take a time out when it got to 2-0. The rest of the players' mistakes flowed from there. One of those was that when you camp out in front of the crease, waiting for a puck to land on your stick, ya gotta be facing the net, not the red line, to one-time the centering pass.
It took 4 Sens losses last year for the Pens to learn their lesson about the playoffs. I'm hoping it only will take 1 or 2 losses from the Wings to learn the necessary lesson about the Final. If they do, they can win their 2 home games and we'll have a series.
And if not, GO WINGS.