ToddM wrote:We beat Calgary and Colorado by playing the exact opposite of Bowness hockey. Did he e"open them up?" Or did they just do that themselves? Or did the Avs' shit-ass defense make them do it? Either way, that was something we saw, what, three times all season? That's not Bowness hockey.
We beat Vegas because Dobby had a .950 save percentage. That's pretty much godlike. Also because Vegas' forwards were terrible finishers. Heisky, whether injured or not, went into a passive shell against Vegas and never came out of that against Tampa. Was it injury, or was it coach's orders? He's a good soldier. Another Avs-type series and he would've outscored his regular season stats. Again... not Bowness hockey.
We had a legit chance to beat Tampa but went back to the well that brought us two 1-7-1 streaks and shitty defensive hockey. We were at our best when d-men took a second to look over the ice and make a clean 8-15 foot pass to a waiting forward. How many times did that happen against Tampa? Tampa wasn't the first forechecking team we faced; Vegas was just as good. But our guys consistently, repeatedly, without fail, rimmed it along the boards. Tampa took all of about 4 minutes to figure that out and jumped it every time. You'd think maybe a coach would see that and have his guys do something else. Bowness must've seen it, right? I mean, everyone else watching sure did. But he did not adjust at any time, not once, and definitely not at any time in the first 52 minutes of an elimination game 6. The coaching in this series was just brutal.
It's been an amazing run but it's pretty obvious the real drivers on this team are not meant to be trying to win games 1-0. Unfortunately we're going to waste these players' primes with a coach who only knows one way to do things and will continue to try and squeeze square players into round holes until he's fired after our second 10 game losing streak in February.
With Heiskanen, who knows. Maybe he was hurt. Maybe him going on a hot streak for 15 games or so was just a hot streak and not an indication of what he is day to day. I don't buy your coaching theory. It makes no sense that Bowness would encourage Heiskanen to go produce a bunch of offense which was a key driver in winning the first two rounds and would then tell Heiskanen not to produce offense.
I don't think the Stars were playing to win 1-0. I do think they were so banged up and out of gas near the end, they didn't have much else to offer. Where were the goals going to come from? Seguin, Benn, Radulov, Hintz, and Gurianov all went goalless during this series, and none of them looked any good during the series. They had nothing left in the tank. I don't think there's anything Bowness could do to get those guys rested, healed, and able to contribute.
I guess I just don't get the idea that they ignored Bowness for two playoff rounds and scored a bunch of goals because of it. I don't think that's what happened at all.
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