PostGame PostUp: Anaheim 2 Chicago 3 (SO)

Posted: 10/26/2011 by bc in Uncategorized
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This game featured more turnovers than a Danish Pastry Shoppe. It was as exciting as a train wreck and as ugly as my hairy backside. It was the kind of game that give coaches nightmares and purists walk away from and yeah, I did for a stretch in the third. In an era where mediocrity is celebrated on the altar of avoiding self-esteem issues, it was fitting that each team took a point; if only because each team made a point. In the end it was a game only the Al Franken character, Stuart Smalley could love. Seriously, if this was a game a child most Mom’s would have shunned it. It was entertaining for its endless boneheaded stupidity, not for great plays.
The point our Ducks are making is reminiscent of that six game win streak followed by a six game losing streak. Our Ducks pursuit of structure and stability seems as elusive as Mick Jagger’s search for Satisfaction. We just can’t get no.

Up 2-1 our guys had an opportunity to create a cushion and margin for error when former Duck Sean O’Donnell took a delay of game 3:26 into the final stanza. Our guys didn’t manage a shot on goal with the man advantage. Just a quick 31 ticks following the penalty kill Patrick Sharp knotted it at two. Our guys were so out of gas at this point they were running on fumes.
Not to be outdone by the sloppy play of his charges, Randy Carlyle was at his Elmer Fudd best as well. The resident genius put Lubomir Visnovsky on the ice for more than half of the entire game. Ryan Getzlaf clocked in for 28:13. Cam Fowler’s time card reads 27: 26 TOI. Corey Perry, Francois Beauchemin and Toni Lydman logged more than 25 minutes each. This in a road game during which the score was tied or we had a one goal lead throughout regulation time.
Conversely, Joel Quenneville’s top 3 forwards, Patrick Kane, Marion Hossa and Jonathon Toews were over the boards for 22:57, 20:17 and 18:18 respectively. Michael Frolick who played a sound game earned 22:28 TOI.
Not surprisingly it was the Blackhawks who had something left in the final ten minutes of the third and in overtime. Jonas Hiller was great and helped them earn a point and nearly stole another.

Who strive – you don’t know how the others strive
To paint a little thing like that you smeared
Carelessly passing with your robes afloat,-
Yet do much less, so much less, Someone says,
(I know his name, no matter) – so much less!
Well, less is more, Lucrezia.
From the poem Andrea del Sorto by Robert Browning, 1855.

Hey Coach, less is very often more. Employ the KISS rule before you Fudd up another season.

Note: Patrick Maroon looked pretty good digging pucks out from the boards and behind the net. His speed was very evident alongside The Twins. He also displayed his good hands while digging a Getzlaf our form between his skates and getting a shot in on Crawford. The smaller Brent Seabrook gave the promising rookie a lesson in leverage as the Chicago D-man knocked the much bigger Maroon off his feet a few times.  I forget whether it was  Sharp or Kane but one of them gave Patrick a crash course in clumsy as he took two for tripping the Chicago forward. It wasn’t a bad penalty to take. It just looked awkward as all get out. Overall, it was none too shabby of a first NHL game for the big man.

  1. tearingitup says:

    nice rundown………I also see too much turmoil in the neutral zone. Reality may have set in……yes we have many speedy youngsters, but so does everyone else. I also see face offs as a big issue

  2. BackCheck says:

    Hey tearitup, thanks for posting. The banter back and forth is my fave part of the blog. OCR’s Eric Stephens discussed both of your concerns with Coach Carlyle and Bobby Ryan recently. I’m reorganizing the quotes to address tearingitup’s points (1) turmoil in the neutral zone and (2) faceoffs:

    Coach Carlyle observed, “…we put it (puck) into an area where they were pressuring and we didn’t do a very good job of moving the puck away from pressure.” This was also very evident in the games against Dallas and Phoenix as each opponent successfully clogged the passing and shooting lanes. For reasons unknown to me, we turn into pylons when when an opponent’s fore-checking scheme forces us into East/West or lateral puck movement on the breakouts.

    Bobby Ryan sees it as well, “We spend too much time on entry,” Ryan said. “We’re not getting through all three zones quick and efficiently.” Unlike Detroit and Chicago who’s forwards wheel back in support when their respective puck carriers are forced wide, our forwards continue on toward the opponent’s blue line where they are forced to pullup and become stationary. This creates the long gap between our forwards and D and makes it easier for an opponent to execute the trap.

    This one, turmoil in the neutral zone, is a direct result of the players executing the system exactly how it’s designed.

    Lack of success in the face off circle, falls directly on the players. “It’s critical and that doesn’t just fall primarily on the center,” Bobby Ryan said. ”We’ve got to be a little quicker off the draw and in hopes of at least contesting that puck. … If you move in a five-man unit, it shouldn’t be a problem even if you lose the draw. You should be able to get enough pressure.” Ryan is right in that we are tentative and slow to react off the drop. We definitely don’t support he puck as 5 man unit on the drop. We waste a moment on the read and leave it to one guy to win the battle for the puck.

    I read as many reports about our closed practices as are available. Coach has practiced his centers on faceoffs. I’m not aware that he’s worked with 5 man units about their assignments after the drop. This latter isn’t really a criticism of RC. This team has been with this coach for more than one season. The guys should know their assignments.

    To those who find this blog overly critical of our Coach, consider RC’s final observation about lack of execution, “…And then later in the game, some people got worn down and it showed in the execution.” Yeah well, it’s what happens when you ride ’em hard and put ’em away wet Coach.

  3. bbdux93 says:

    Your last line was one I sent to our CFO one year – after working our group 70 and 80 hours weeks for several months – we were all feeling like we’d been ridden hard and put away wet. I’m sure our top line and some of the defense is feeling that way now.

    I don’t understand have a 3rd and 4th line that show they will bring energy to the game and on occasion a score or two – why not use them more…

    I liked our fast transition game of a short time ago, looks like as you suggested, that got scouted pretty quickly. Wish our preparation was as obvious..

    • BackCheck says:

      Hazy confirmed what czhokej, you and others have been saying for years. RC doesn’t ever stray from his system. Here’s a link to the video: I was excited when Coach introduced the term “puck possession” into the conversation this season. Unless RC adapts again you’ll see the first forechecker laying off Lubo or Fowler and forcing them to either skate into a trap or make the lateral pass.

      Coach Carlyle can continue to blame the players by suggesting they’re skating into traps and pressure. I don’t see where the system permits an alternative, other wise we would be bringing the forwards back to support the D and playing a tighter box.

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