Halak Forces Game Seven, and Hey, The Bruins Un-SuckedShareThis
The Washington Capitals chucked 54 shots on Jaroslav Halak, and scored once. Which can be frustrating.
As a forward, playing a goalie who’s kinda on fire is a funny situation to be in. And not so much “haha” funny as much as “this milk smells funny”. What are you supposed to do?
A common problem is that as a team, you’re usually too busy patting yourself on the back for generating so many shots to realize it’s time to switch game plans (but you hope your coach isn’t). I mean, something has to go in eventually, right? You think you’re really taking it to your opponent. You think you’ll break him sooner or later if you just keep it up. Throw it on net, throw it on net, throw it on net. But there’s something different in the mindset between trying to score and just trying to get shots, which is all dumb coaches think they want you to do (see also: “shooooooot”-yelling fans).
In these situations, the scorer’s mindset needs to be all about “getting to the foul line”. As in, the type of shots you need to take on a piping hot Halak aren’t three pointers or give and go’s. Remember, if you’re Washington, giving up three pointers is YOUR goalies specialty. You have to recognize he’s on fire and get dirty. You need to be on the glass, getting rebounds, banging by the hoop, and putting yourself in situations where even if you don’t score, somebody has to hack you to stop you.
If the tendy can battle through that for the rest of the game and hold on, hey, sometimes you just lose to a guy who’s on top of his game. Also, in this situation, you may want to approach your teammate Alex Semin and see if he can take a few minutes out of his day to take his head out of his own ass. Just, y’know, as a personal favour to you.
Clearly, I underrated Montreal (overrated Washington?) when I predicted this series would be over in three. Halak and Cammalleri are two of the playoffs top performers so far (I’ve been suuuper impressed with Cammalleri’s shot – can’t say I watched a lot of Habs games this year), but I’m still not in the “Montreal is good” camp, or the “Montreal has a chance in game seven” boat. But hey, they’re doing their thing, so “big ups” to them.
Last thing on this series: what a great diving call on Laperriere last game. As a perennial Lady Byng style player (yeah yeah, nothing to be proud of), that sort of thing drives me bonkers, because I can’t imagine trying to do that. I can’t even crawl inside the guy’s head to see what that skeezy thought process must be like. It’s just another reason to love golfers who call penalties on themselves, isn’t it? What a rat.
Okay, so I ate shit on predictions yesterday. One for three. Buuut, you can’t stop me from making more. I’m like a weatherman.
I was gonna bash it, but I think I like it – I’m gonna start using the phrase “after the jump” like every current writer. More on that after the jump.
Just kidding, I’m not talking about it more.
The Bruins beat the Sabres. Here’s why the Bruins might actually not be that bad:
Boston was a top seed last year.
Okay, they lost Phil Kessel and, um, Chuck Kobasew, but their young studs like Krejci, Bergeron, Lucic and Wheeler all have an extra year of NHL experience. Your offense isn’t that different.
Contrary to what Detroit fans would have you believe, it was Boston who “led” the NHL in man games lost to injury this year. We didn’t see a whole lot of healthy Marc Savard this year, and the guy happens to be one of the leagues premier goal scorers.
Their goaltending actually got better. Tuuuuukkkka Rask played over half the games in Boston this year, and led the league in GAA and save percentage (1.97 and .931%).
Maybe they’re not a top seed, but they way they played down the stretch made you forget that maybe they can be good. It’s crazy that they made round two after how they looked at times this year. I desperately need Montreal to get eliminated, so teams don’t think it’s possible to be THAT BAD in the last few weeks of the year and still make the second round. Wait, Philly already did that too? Damn.
Detroit and Phoenix play game seven tonight in Glendale. Can’t wait!