DelPen wrote:Oh man, if Talbot messed of Callahans arm that will be interesting.
Bourque said from the awkward way Callahan was holding his arm as he rushed down the tunnel, it looks like a shoulder separation.
I know there's a failboat's worth of stuff to justifiably complain about, especially about the coaching and strategy, but I'll leave that to all of you. At this point, I'd like to step away from the play on the ice and offer a theory on the players' collective psyche because I think they're a psychological mess. Duh, right? They're trying to do too much, too flashy, all at once and it ends up being a cf. All this coming out and trying to outskill the opponent appears to be resulting in them doubting their skill.
The Rangers played a crap game vs. the Pens last week, but, until the Pens got lax in the 3rd period, they had been sucking the will out of the Rangers. It's obvious we'd like to see the Pens just get back to the effort they showed in the first two periods of that game: patient, no flash, simple, defensively sound. But, to me, they looked relatively calm. "Doing the little things" is a cliche, but I think if they mentally just calm the f down and focus on simplifying, one period, one shift at a time, then they can at least give themselves a chance to address the little things that can lead to better decisions.
Freaking out is just making them hastily force stuff. They've got a big picture We're-Cup-favorites-omg-we're-playing-like-crap-omg-we-won't-win-the-Cup-like-this-but-we're-the-Cup-favorites mentality. They need a perspective that's narrower than (1) go north with firepower (2) must score (3) ??? (3) profit with Cup. They still have time to shrink their perspective to winning each period and then build from that.
I know a bit about organizational and team psychology (not sports, specifically), and I've seen this in teams comprised of type-A, competitive people. Right now, I think they need to just stop for a moment and process. They're caught up in the sturm und drang
of the rushed campaign for the Cup and not on each small battle they need to fight. They're wearing themselves out and it's resulting in them dragging. I don't think it's a lack of effort; I think it's the wrong manner of effort.
Part of me is surprised at this perceivable (to me) freakout behavior because so many of these guys were on the Cup team. But, in much the same way that new bad physical habits can develop, so can new bad mental habits. Just a theoretical opinion based on observation.