Silly you to think that a coach is going to change a strategy that has been effective all season for one team.
Rylan wrote:All coaches have a system that they don't deviate from. That is a joke argument. Do you think Torts changes his system? Or Ruff? Or Babcock? Or any other bloody coach? If you honestly think that that is a reason to fire Bylsma you are going to be sorely disappointed in life. Fire Bylsma for other reasons, but because he doesn't change his system is a silly one.
And he did in fact change things by tightening up the teams play in the Boston series. The team played a better defensive game which was an adjustment that everyone clamored for. The Pens had opportunities to finish, just because they didn't doesn't make it Bylsma's fault. Goodness me.
Silly me to suggest that the Pens should change a system that doesn't work. You're right, life is just meaningless now.
That is silly. No coach ever does that. You will be firing coaches every season if that is your expectation.
I was going to let this go on and not involve myself until this. Coaches adjust to their opponents in the playoffs all the time. Boston's base defense never changed, but they absolutely made changes to completely neutralize the 2 strategies the Pens use for moving the puck into the offensive zone. DB's problem is he either doesn't want to or can't do the same in return (or he can't get his players to execute some master plan to change). He sat there for 4 games and watched his best players get stifled by anywhere from 2-4 Bruins when they entered the offensive zone. I can't think of another good coach that would watch that happen for 4 straight games and walk away feeling like they had more chances than either the Ottawa series of the NYI series.
Couple that with DB's inability to formulate a defensive system. What is ours? Literally it looks like guys are just supposed to look around for the closest guy and cover them. The NYI series was the joke of all jokes. They exposed every hole on defense we had, they just didn't have the fire power to out play us. Fleury played horrible, but the downward spiral started because the NYI exposed that we have trouble covering guys at the goal line. If it looked familiar, it's the same stuff Philly exposed last year with close in cross ice passes and allowing us to over-pursue pucks and passing right into the open space created by the pursuit of the puck.
And please go on about how it's acceptable to run an 0-15 PP out there without making a single change. You're telling me there are no coaches that would make an adjustment there? please...
DB is getting outclassed in the playoffs every year. If he gets retained, I'll live, but I certainly won't have any expectations going into the post season other than figuring out what round we get bounced in again. My confidence in DB's ability to get us to another finals is literally 0.01% right now. He's entirely too slow to even consider making a change, much less a significant one to help his team. Sid and Malkin will be very good for a while, but he's going to absolutely burn more of their best years if he sticks around. I would put money on that.
The Pens didn't outplay Boston anywhere. Boston played exactly how they wanted. In no game did we ever look in control to win it. They only blew us out in one game, but Rask sure didn't have to make too many spectacular saves to keep them in it. They laid the trap, we walked into it. You could almost see Boston surprised that we continued to walk into it in game 4. For the record, I am giving Boston credit. At the same time, it's easy to look good when the team you are playing keeps trying the same thing over and over and over and over.