The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109829   Message #2348823
Posted By: wysiwyg
25-May-08 - 11:29 AM
Thread Name: BS: Lord Stanley's Cup
Subject: RE: BS: Lord Stanley's Cup
Therrien is kjbown for his extraordinarily precise planning. I would think, based on seeing the specific ways he's adjusted his curriculum for the bys, that G2 will be an exercise in simply scoring. Even one goal scored properly will prepare the boys for G3 on home ice. Not enough is said in this year's coverage about the advantages of home ice-- bench location, kine changes at faceoffs, faceoffs themselves, etc.; it's not really about the fans although that IS what all teams' players have been coached to say to the media this year. IF the Pens follow this curriculum faithfully and IF they are able to use their home-ice advantages effectively, THEN the rest of my predictions would be reasonable except that I am not sure their win in Detroit will come in G5 or G7. (Today, I would say G7.) But we'll have to see, and the Wings are certainly playing like a team that means to go all the way, as systematically and ferociously as they can. (Even a Pens fan's gotta love those Red Wings.)

I do know for sure that today the whole Pens organization is reviewing the G1 game film to see not only what they did wrong (they already know that anyway), but exactly what the Wings did that boxed them off their game, and what they already know that they can employ to correct that success. And that should result in a more nail-biting G2 for us all.

Therrien will be steadying them after that review (and in tomorrow's practice and/or team meeting) to remind them that they do have some stuff in their bag of tricks that they can use to their advantage, and he will be telling them privately that it is not important whether they win G2 but rather whether they learn what they need to learn to finish the series the way they want to finish it.

All I know is, I can't wait to see what they all do next, and I hope we get all 7 games of fun before the season ends.