Conacher knows his team better than anybody. If he thought something good could come from resting a few guys, I trust his judgement.
perhaps he wanted to try a different approach. Teams might change their strategies if the pats are missing some key players in the lineup...or maybe aomething simple like just resting his star players. I dont know, but its pretty short sighted to think they are just being retarded and trying to give up points. Clearly whatever they did worked, since they took one of the top teams in the league to overtime, and just as easily couldve won.