I don't know how much more my heart can take. I'm too used to failures and heartbreak, yet I let myself hope for victory.
I remember Slovakia using Chara in front of the net when he was first starting out for the national team, and he looks just as awkward. I'm glad the Bruins are using him there, since it's clearly not working. Chara is tall, but he's not used to being there and doesn't have the deflection skills or the mindset to park his *** in front of the goalie and just stay put.
Tomas Kaberle has a good shot, but is more gun shy than Octopus at his first college ********. Kaberle's playmaker mentality won't suddenly change after 20 years of hockey, however, so the Bruins have to realize that he won't be the PP catalyst they may have expected. Kaberla doesn't even average 1.5 shots a game in his playoff career. Even Craig Janney shot the puck more, and he didn't shoot unless forced to at gunpoint.
Julien should watch some Leafs games from a few years back when Kaberle was feeding Bryan McCabe for his one-timers.
Stephen Walkom, aka Campbell's old ball washer, got the gig more for his connections than his ability. He, and his jabroni partner, were terrible. How does Burrows get a penalty for Tim Thomas hitting his skate outside of the crease, for example?
It looks like Alberts will draw in for Hamhuis. It's a big loss, but big Alberts is a good matchup for the more physical Bruins forwards. This also shows how little faith Vigneault has in Ballard.
Posted on Jun 3, 2011, 11:16 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206