Just watched for the second time the third period of last nights debacle. Not certain if I am a masochist or what but like looking at a car wreck, I just couldn't turn away.
Through two periods, the Wings led 2-0, in fact the Wings had a power play at the tail end of the second in which Mantha took laser shot after laser shot, only a brilliant save by Markstrom kept the game from being 3-0 at the end of two. With a few seconds to go in the period Bertuzzi t
While I'm here, although slightly off topic but purely out of curiosity, did Mike Babcock have a defensive system during his time in Detroit, or was his defensive system just: "Play Nicklas Lidstrom"? I'm trying to figure out whether or not the guy can coach or whether the Leafs really have no good defensive players since defence and special teams really are about the only thing you CAN coach in the NHL. But I digress.... Back to Blashill....
The Leafs have went all in on a run and gun team, D-men Barrie and Reilly are more offensive players, Ceci and Muzzin aren't shut down guys by trade and the other two spots are filled by kids due to cap restraints. Throw in a bunch of one dimensional scoring forwards who never back check and this is the result. Scotty Bowman in his prime would have difficulties with getting this team to play defense, I actually like the Leaf defense as it is built but only if they add one or possibly two shut do
Oh, proper credit where it’s due, yes.
No question, Z and particularly Pav, had something to do with the overall D.
But that just adds to the point I was trying to make:
Babs did t need to coach the D system as much, because these guys just played it from their own training and skills. Babs relied on them. So did Blashill, while they were still here. It wasn’t so much Babcock creating the D structure it was structure that surrounded a
As you say burr, I immediately think of this
If Burr did have a close friend on the Red Wings, it was Sergei Fedorov. The pair were thrown together after Sergei had defected. Fedorov was staying with a Red Wings official who contacted Burr.
“I get this call and I’m told, Hey Shawn, I have this Russian kid staying at my house and he hasn’t done anything,” Burr told me several years ago. “So I said, I’m going on my boat, I’ll take him out. Sergei shows up and he has a Speedo on
I know Burr HATED Bowman, absolutely blamed him for the SCF loss in 1995 to the Devils and was a casualty of the purge after, being traded to the Lightning I believe and bouncing around the league for a few more years but never hiding his disgust with Bowman.
I collect autographs, I am a 50ish year old fan boy and dont care who knows it. I mentioned Lapointe earlier, he is the only one of the SC wings who didn't respond to a request in writing, I tried three times sending him a car