Archive for the ‘2011 Playoffs’ Category

Washington Capitals Need Ovechkin to Find Offense in Transition

Much has been made of Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau’s sudden conversion into the Church of Defensive Hockey. When the Capitals struggled during the regular season, Boudreau moved the team into a more defensive system and found consistency and success. And Boudreau hasn’t looked back, maintaining a defensive posture into the playoffs. So far it’s […]

To Beat Ryan Miller, Flyers Need to Channel Their Inner Pronger

Before last night’s Philadelphia Flyers-Buffalo Sabres match-up, I thought the Flyers were the deeper team. But after watching them actually play the game, they seem pretty evenly matched. Buffalo wound up winning, but it could have just as easily been Philadelphia. A lot of that was because you had two strong goalies putting on great […]

Rangers Almost Steal Game One By Tricking Capitals

The New York Rangers tried to steal a game in Washington, last night. Ultimately, it didn’t work, as they lost in overtime, but Rangers coach John Tortorella almost pulled it off. Tortorella had the Rangers start off the first period and most of the second playing passive hockey. The defense didn’t pinch or get involved. […]

Can Marian Gaborik be Shamed into Scoring?

It was just about two years ago that New York Rangers coach John Tortorella scratched Sean Avery from game five of the Rangers’ first round playoff game against the Washington Capitals. The Rangers would go on to lose that game 4-0. Avery would eventually be reinserted into the lineup for games six and seven, both […]