Lightning Didn’t Deserve To Beat Flyers Last Night

Guy Boucher and a weasel. Twins separated at birth. (Courtesy: Scott Cunninghamand legaljuice.com)

The Flyers’ 5-1 loss last night to the Tampa Bay Lightning really ticked me off. It’s so frustrating to watch one team trying, pushing forwarding, and not succeeding, only to give up crap goals into their own net. And when Tampa got the lead, they sat back and just iced the puck over and over. If they are going to play scared, they do not deserve to play hockey.

The Flyers outshot the Lightning 32-16. Many of those shots were from in tight or on odd man rushes.  You cannot ask for more opportunities than the Flyers had. They pushed hard, and simply could not find the back of the net.  I give a lot of credit to Mathieu Garon for a solid effort in net. But he is the only Tampa player that I give credit to. And it’s not their fault, it’s their damn coach, who I have grown to despise.

The Bolts barely threw a few shots on goal, and 5 made it past Mr. Universe. But I don’t want to defend or bash Bryzgalov for any of those. There’s plenty of that going on throughout various message boards and articles and such. Bottom line is that they didn’t deserve to score those goals.  A team deserves to score when they work hard on offense.  16 shots and 10+ icing calls does not indicate effort on offense. Even if you missed the game, simply looking at the numbers tells you that the Lightning got their lucky bounces and just sat back.

What I did like is that the Flyers easily beat the stupid trap. They didn’t play games this time. They skated through it rather easily. If they had manged to capitalize on their chances a bit more, it would be a completely different story. The final score does not indicate how this game went at all. It doesn’t indicate who the better team is. It simply indicates which team gets the 2 points in the standings.  And while victory is paramount to style, I’d rather take a loss than play like a weasel.

Guy Boucher, you are a scared weasel. You hold your players back from performing. You deserve no respect for the boring brand of hockey that you employ. Screw you. Please leave the NHL and go find another profession.

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Topics: 2011-12 Season, Guy Boucher, Ilya Bryzgalov, Mathieu Garon, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Weasel

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  • GalacticStone

    Waaaah. Cry me a river. Now I see why they are called the Philadelphia Cryers.

  • GalacticStone

    Waaaah. Cry me a river. Now I see why they are called the Philadelphia Cryers.

  • emarkman10

    @GalacticStone I don’t think it’s whining when the general consesus is that Guy Boucher coaches his team to play like they are scared.

  • GalacticStone

    @emarkman10

    Fair enough. Truth be told, I can understand why opposing teams would hate the 1-3-1 system. But, it’s really not that revolutionary. It is a slight modification of a defensive scheme that has been around since the 1990′s. The main goal is to win games, and if Boucher’s system takes the Lightning deep into the playoffs again, then I have no problem with it. If the Bolts continue to stink up the ice and miss the postseason, then I wouldn’t like it. My jury is still out.

    You have to put this into context also. The Lightning have a swiss cheese defense and soft goaltending. We have to play to our strengths, which is speed and the transition game. The 1-3-1 system best compensates for our weaknesses. If we tried to play a run-and-gun game with most teams, we’d get our tails kicked every time.

  • emarkman10

    @GalacticStone I’m completely fine with them having a defensive system. But there’s ways to play team defense without being so damn boring. They can even employ the 1-3-1 a bit differently to make it more appealing to fans. Is it too much to ask for them to send a forechecker?

    But if they do sit back in their end, waiting for the other team to attack so they can create turnovers, why should the other team move the puck up and fall into Bouchers system?

  • GalacticStone

    @emarkman10 I agree that we should send in a forechecker, and many times we do. The infamous Mexican Standoff incident resulted from the fact that we were without our two best defensemen for that particular game – making our already-weak defense even weaker and more pathetic. We almost had no choice but to play that kind of game to have a chance of winning. I don’t fault Boucher for that particular game, no matter how unpopular it was, because it worked and we got the win.

    However, I do wish we would send in a forechecker more often. It would silence many of Boucher’s critics. But, Boucher has a masters in sports psychology, so maybe he knows something we don’t. Last year he really made a positive impact on the Lightning organization. I mean, look at the turnaround we underwent – it was amazing. From cellar-dweller to one game away from the final, and it took the eventual championship team playing a perfect game to beat us (and shoddy officiating – no penalties? Really? I counted several on both sides).

    Well, regardless of whether or not Boucher’s system is bad hockey, it has helped cement a serious rivalry between our two teams. Flyers fans are righteously pissed and I honestly cannot blame them. But, as a long-suffering Tampa fan, I support any coach and any system that gets us back to the Final.

  • emarkman10

    @GalacticStone I don’t think it’s whining when the general consesus is that Guy Boucher coaches his team to play like they are scared.

  • emarkman10

    @GalacticStone I know about the standoff and the logic behind it. and I’m glad you can see the other point of view. I also understand that you’ll take wins any way that you can get them.

    His system isn’t working out too well this season, so maybe he does need to get a bit more aggressive. Maybe the NHL steps in and finds a way to outlaw his system, and then he’s screwed.

  • GalacticStone

    @emarkman10

    Fair enough. Truth be told, I can understand why opposing teams would hate the 1-3-1 system. But, it’s really not that revolutionary. It is a slight modification of a defensive scheme that has been around since the 1990′s. The main goal is to win games, and if Boucher’s system takes the Lightning deep into the playoffs again, then I have no problem with it. If the Bolts continue to stink up the ice and miss the postseason, then I wouldn’t like it. My jury is still out.

    You have to put this into context also. The Lightning have a swiss cheese defense and soft goaltending. We have to play to our strengths, which is speed and the transition game. The 1-3-1 system best compensates for our weaknesses. If we tried to play a run-and-gun game with most teams, we’d get our tails kicked every time.

  • emarkman10

    @GalacticStone I’m completely fine with them having a defensive system. But there’s ways to play team defense without being so damn boring. They can even employ the 1-3-1 a bit differently to make it more appealing to fans. Is it too much to ask for them to send a forechecker?

    But if they do sit back in their end, waiting for the other team to attack so they can create turnovers, why should the other team move the puck up and fall into Bouchers system?

  • GalacticStone

    @emarkman10 Honestly, the system didn’t work that well last year either. Before trading for Roloson, we were losing a lot of games using the 1-3-1. But then Roloson came in and started stealing games for us.

    This year, Roloson is not playing well, and that makes our 1-3-1 look even less effective. Also, teams are familiar with it now. They have watched game tapes and figured out how to defeat it. I don’t think the NHL needs to outlaw it – that would be difficult to enforce unless it’s an obvious example like the Standoff game.

    The Lightning’s main problem this year is blowing leads. And that says more about our goaltending than it does the 1-3-1. When took the lead in that last game, I cringed and said “Here we go again.”, and sure enough, Hartnell tied it up. I never thought that Garon would outplay Bryzgalov, so I think this last result was an anomaly. Bryzgalov is struggling right now and Garon is heating up. The result could have been much different if not for Garon, as you said.

  • GalacticStone

    @emarkman10 I agree that we should send in a forechecker, and many times we do. The infamous Mexican Standoff incident resulted from the fact that we were without our two best defensemen for that particular game – making our already-weak defense even weaker and more pathetic. We almost had no choice but to play that kind of game to have a chance of winning. I don’t fault Boucher for that particular game, no matter how unpopular it was, because it worked and we got the win.

    However, I do wish we would send in a forechecker more often. It would silence many of Boucher’s critics. But, Boucher has a masters in sports psychology, so maybe he knows something we don’t. Last year he really made a positive impact on the Lightning organization. I mean, look at the turnaround we underwent – it was amazing. From cellar-dweller to one game away from the final, and it took the eventual championship team playing a perfect game to beat us (and shoddy officiating – no penalties? Really? I counted several on both sides).

    Well, regardless of whether or not Boucher’s system is bad hockey, it has helped cement a serious rivalry between our two teams. Flyers fans are righteously pissed and I honestly cannot blame them. But, as a long-suffering Tampa fan, I support any coach and any system that gets us back to the Final.

  • emarkman10

    @GalacticStone I know about the standoff and the logic behind it. and I’m glad you can see the other point of view. I also understand that you’ll take wins any way that you can get them.

    His system isn’t working out too well this season, so maybe he does need to get a bit more aggressive. Maybe the NHL steps in and finds a way to outlaw his system, and then he’s screwed.

  • GalacticStone

    @emarkman10 Honestly, the system didn’t work that well last year either. Before trading for Roloson, we were losing a lot of games using the 1-3-1. But then Roloson came in and started stealing games for us.

    This year, Roloson is not playing well, and that makes our 1-3-1 look even less effective. Also, teams are familiar with it now. They have watched game tapes and figured out how to defeat it. I don’t think the NHL needs to outlaw it – that would be difficult to enforce unless it’s an obvious example like the Standoff game.

    The Lightning’s main problem this year is blowing leads. And that says more about our goaltending than it does the 1-3-1. When took the lead in that last game, I cringed and said “Here we go again.”, and sure enough, Hartnell tied it up. I never thought that Garon would outplay Bryzgalov, so I think this last result was an anomaly. Bryzgalov is struggling right now and Garon is heating up. The result could have been much different if not for Garon, as you said.