The U wrote:MalkinIsMyHomeboy wrote:I'm sorry but we need someone to bash Okposo's face in.
We need to announce ourselves as the more physical team.
You can't hit when you are constantly in chase mode. In our D zone we are chasing the puck around and running around trying to get it out of our zone. There is never a chance to plaster somebody to the boards. The Islanders are throwing every puck at the net hoping to get a bounce. There is no cycle or offensive "play" that we can disrupt with physical play or banging bodies. It's just constantly chasing the puck and trying to run out to the point to block point shots. The Islanders get the rebound, send it back to the point or try a bad angle shot of MAFs legs.
In the Offensive zone we can't possess the puck through the neutral zone so we are dumping the puck in from within like 1 foot of the red line. This results in bad dumps that are not properly sent in or "aimed". Usually you can dump the puck in to a specific spot that results in your linemate DESTROYING somebody into the glass. When you are fighting tooth and nail to simply get the puck to center ice, all that precision dumping goes out the window. Our forwards seem happy as hell just to get the red line and dump without getting scored on. The hitting and forecheck is secondary unfortunately. Perhaps if they weren't spending 1:30 in their own zone chasing loose pucks they'd have more energy on offense.
Bylsma has a quote yesterday that was PERFECT. We are "punting" the ball whenever we get it. The Penguins are punting the puck when we finally get it out of our zone. When we get the puck, we send it back into their zone as if to say "phew, we survived, here's the puck...try to score again I dare ya!" Typically you get he puck and say "OK, now it's our turn to score." There simply hasn't been enough of that in this series. We get the puck and the fact that we finally retrieved it...finally got it away from them....that we have a sense of accomplishment.
That is exactly what is happening, U. You nailed it.