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by George Malik on 05/20/12 at 06:16 AM ET
Tomas Vokoun won’t be returning to Washington next season, and the Capitals are likely to undergo something of an overhaul after their second round ouster at the hands of the New York Rangers, but the New York Post’s Larry Brooks believes that employing another Dale Hunter-style coach to teach offensively-oriented personnel to abandon their natural style of play won’t work very well come next year at this time:
This was the right way not to make the conference final, scoring 13 goals against the Rangers? As opposed to all those wrong ways the Caps had failed to get past the second round under Bruce Boudreau, when they played with personality and were perhaps the league’s most entertaining team?
Let’s ignore the fact that perhaps better goaltending, not the team’s style, might have been the issue in a 2009 seven-game second-round loss to ultimate Cup champion Pittsburgh. Clearly the Caps were playing the wrong way in scoring 22 goals against the Penguins.
Let’s forget the fact that Boudreau’s 2009-10 team that won the Presidents’ Trophy with 121 points lost a seven-game, first-round series to the Canadiens only because of heroics by Montreal netminder Jaroslav Halak, who then repeated his miracle-working the very next round in a seven-game ouster of the Penguins.
The Caps lost Game 5 of the 2010 first round 2-1 after taking a 3-1 series lead despite a 68-58 edge in attempts. They lost Game 6, 4-1, despite a 94-47 edge in attempts. They lost Game 7, 2-1, despite a 94-38 advantage in attempts.
But they did not know the right way to play. Did not know the right way to lose. Now, of course they do.
Continued with CBA chatter and a suggestion that the Montreal Canadiens pursue one Patrick Roy to coach them, and then one of Roy’s former Quebec Remparts in Alexander Radulov to play for them…
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