MRandall25 wrote:If Bylsma doesn't "adjust", what was that 2nd period?
So we started dumping the puck in when we actually had it in the neutral zone, rather than carry it in.
The problem lies in actually getting the puck in the neutral zone! Until Bylsma realizes that the Isles are taking away the stretch pass and either picking it off, or forcing icings, we will struggle. When he actually has his forwards back and looking to break out with tape to tape passes, we might be able to break through.
There's a reason the Pens haven't been able to get to their game, and that reason is because we can't gain the zone with speed or a forecheck. When we do get the puck deep, our forecheck is so far behind that the Isles simply move it up ice and now we're all caught deep and chasing again. There it is in a nutshell.
Throw in a headcase Fleury and an enigmatic Malkin, and it's not a recipe for success. Malkin just isn't the dangerous player he once was. You can use all the injury excuses you want, but there's no denying over the last 3-4 years he's been completely up and down. He looks like the best player on the planet at times, then back to a point per game player, or even less than a ppg. We need him to play to his potential. We need Fleury to be more sturdy, we need Iginla to play with Crosby to get the best of him.
...but most of all, we need Bylsma to quit being so stubborn, make some effective changes that will allow us to gain the zone with speed, or with a forecheck that is right on their heels. If Bylsma wants to remain stubborn and stuck in his ways and continue to watch this team fight an uphill battle because of his system, he'll be looking for a job come the summer time.....and frankly, with the teams he's had and the playoff failures he's had, he's not exactly dressing up his resume very well. Sure the Cup looks great, but what happened all these other years with all the talent you had?
His playoff coaching is a serious issue, and he's being exposed again.