The team plays Game Six versus Vancouver, gets behind three goals in the first and manages to come back.
Greatest game ever. We love em. What a heroic effort.
Euphoria all around the city.
Then we play Anaheim. I believe Bob Hartley had the quote akin to "These guys are the greatest guys ever, best team ever, why are we even going down there?" And of course he was just employing Belichik coaching techniques.
And then the puck dropped and it turned out these guys ARE the greatest guys ever, they ARE the best team ever, WHY ARE we even going there?
Does Vancouver have any of those white towels hanging around?
The best illustration for the night was when Ferland threw a check on 44 on the Ducks...and bounced off.
Does anybody still think Burke is a moron for thinking the team is too small?
I don't know what you do. In basketball, if a team is going 'big' and you can't match them, you go small. I don't know if that's the play here. But I do know that this team isn't going to out 'big' the Ducks. Or at least I don't think it is very likely. So what can we do? I think, and this sounds silly considering the beat down the team just endured in Game One, but I think you go small. You play Raymond, you play Granlund. You go small, you go with speed and skill, and you hope like hell you can generate neutral zone turnovers and score off the rush.
I don't know what else you can do.
Of course, if Ferland and Hudler are hurt, small guys are probably getting into the lineup. It's not like we have a ton of guys of any note down on the farm that would allow you to play one 'style' over another. All hands on deck, if you will.
Do you continue to play Bennett?
I think, if my math is correct, and it never is, that Sunday (Game Two) is his ninth game played. I don't know if the first year burns at 9 games or 10 games. I think it's the tenth game.
I would play him the ninth game (assuming it burns the elc on the tenth game) and if we get killed again by the Ducks, you call it a year for the kid, and don't burn the contract.
If the team competes or even wins on Sunday, then you burn the contract and play him in Calgary.
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.
I worked hard this tax season and deserve some nice things.