Really surprised Jets got swept. Therrien is probably showing his team the score and letting them know they've got a mountain to climb if they think they could be like Anaheim. Price or no Price.
Last night I was fairly certain of a Sens win for three reasons:
1. Previous three games were all close.
2. Sens wouldn't want to lose their last home game of the season.
3. Saw a report on Habs players relaxing at some ski place (to get them away from the city, I guess) but they were signing autographs -- knew right then and there their intensity would not be enough to win G4 on the road.
But I was still not happy with the way the Sens played. Sure, Price made some nice saves, but:
1. The Sens still took too many penalties (deserved or not, I don't care, the refs are clearly looking to call something so don't give them anything)
2. Still not enough net-presence, especially on the PP. When you've got one more guy on the ice there's no excuse for not having someone stand in Price's front yard.
3. Prust missed the net on the breakaway. We were one plug's missed chance away from having it tied up.
My son disagrees with me but we need to hit Price. Legally or illegally, whether we get penalized for it or not. The guy's sitting in his crease like he's in a yoga class -- his heart rate probably never went above 65. My son says the Sens don't play like that, it's not noble, it's cheating, blah-blah-blah. Who brought this kid up? The refs won't call the penalties on Gallagher/Plekance/whomever so maybe they won't call it on Pageau/Zibanejad/whomever. Zibanejad had a perfect chance to test that theory -- in the crease, shot comes in, defenseman pushes him into Price -- but instead of letting himself be pushed and falling all over him, he manages to recover his balance and only brush the hem of Price's robe. Awful!
Did you see Wiese going after Stone? Hits him near center ice, then proceeds to fall all over him, making a very concerted effort (or so it looked) to try to roll over hims arm/wrist. Saw Subban do the same thing (forget on whom, but hit/fall/roll over). I would be very surprised if this isn't something that comes from the coaches. Use every advantage.
This reminds me of The Longest Yard -- the original, not the tepid remake. When they get an old pro to teach them all how to hit to hurt on every play.
Maybe we should get Billy Smith as a second goalie coach besides Wamsley. Goaltending is not just about stopping the puck, especially in the playoffs.
- Hey, still alive; both games at Bell were 1-goal games, anything can happen
- Andy's been there, done that, so no problem with rookie tender's first PO game in Montreal
- every day goes by Stone's wrist is a little better
- Andy's stopped 75 of 77 shots (.975); Price has stopped 52 of 54 (.963) --- who's the better goalie, eh?
- 28 shots on goal -- first time under 30 in this series; hope this is a trend
- All those hits in the first two games could start becoming a factor
- Pacioretty really has not been a factor (one PP goal and little else); he's still far from 100%
One game. Just one more game, that's all we need. And it's on the road, so we can play a "road game" and conserve their energy. Defend at all costs and capitalize on the eventual mistakes.