posted on Jun, 16 2006 @ 06:11 PM
Jussi is playing amazing isn't he. He was very strong throughout the season but flaked at times. Glad to see him peaking at this time of the season,
not an easy situation to be tossed into.
I believe its going to come down to 3 things:
1. Special Teams. - Edmonton needs to stay out of the box, and start scoring on the PP. They are making life alot harder for themselves by not
2. Pure Hard Work. - Edmonton does not win its games by scoring hilight reel goals. They muck it up in the corners, they screen/block shots, tip or
sweep in the garbage. (Smyths winner in Game 3) When they stop moving their legs, it gets ugly. (Games 1 & 2) Look at Torres in Game 4, he was a
complete wrecking machine. This is the Oilers that everyone has come to love.
3. Chris Pronger. - People can preach Jussi this and that, and without him they can't win. Well thats true, they really do need him to play great,
but he can play as good as he wants.. if Pronger does not be the anchor he is and has been all along, this team folds. He is doing so much that is
not being noticed, its amazing. He simply does not lose battles in the corner, goaltending is that much easier with him because you can see every
shot and if by chance you cough up a rebound, well there is nobody there to bang it in.
Win or Lose, I vote Pronger as Conn Smythe!
When it comes to coaching, I think Laviolette is amazing! Great coach and has tremendous respect from the players. But as great as he is, I really
think McTavish tops him. If you watch clips from Oilers practice, you see him hitting the ice like he did during his career to show these guys how
they should block shots. Or other little things that has the players respecting him and actually listening to what he is saying. These guys trust
him and are willing to change their style of game, its due to this that Edmonton is where they are.
Like Sutter was with Calgary, hard-nosed & pure grit, he respected each player as much as they respected him. But did not hesistate for a second to
call anyone out.
Man I hope the cup comes north of the border this year.