Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Whee! That was fun, but for how long?
It's funny, in spite of the fact that the boys beat Vancouver last night, coach Martin wasn't overly pleased. He described the second period as wide open but it's not the "system" he wants them to play. Yawn. I have the Habs' most memorable games DVD set. One thing that stuck with me was before the big Rangers come back game on the DVD, Guy Carbonneau does a short interview, he said "as a coach if you're down 5-0 you're already planning your strategy for the next game." He also said when the guys started their come back he just simply ripped up his notes, threw them away and let the guys play how they wanted. After watching last night's game I wish Martin would rip up his notes. The other day Scott Gomez was quoted saying "we need another game plan." Glen Metropolit sounds extremely frustrated, I don't think he and Martin see eye to eye. Sometimes the guys actually look bored and disinterested. I wonder if Martin's system is what's been stifling Sergei Kostitsyn and Max Lapierre? Sergei was the best player on the ice last night. I wonder if that's the reason they're good one game and crap the next? Martin has to go back to the drawing board and instead of trying to instill his "system" play the system that best compliments the players' abilities. Until that happens, it's going to be a rocky ride.