I thought on the back end, real strong game, Brooks Orpik, you saw why he was such an important signing for us. He was…it’s a pleasure to watch him back there, how he plays. So firm, so strong. Guys like Alzner and Carlson, still young in their careers, I think if you watch Brooks real closely, night in and night out, he plays a pretty mature game, a pretty firm game. We get Karl and everyone on the back end playing a firm game, it’s sort of contagious.
[Brooks Laich] is a guy who’s a student of the game. The more I can use him on left wing, right wing, center, it’ll give us more flexibility in the roster at center ice. We’ve still got Burakovsky, I thought had a real strong game in the middle of the ice. We’ve got Kuzy as well, who’s a talent. We’ve got some youth in our lineup and they did a good job.
[Mike Green] is taking away time and space from opponents. He’s always relied so much on his skating, but stick detail wasn’t a huge one for him and he’s already seen the benefits of his stick. I showed him three instances from a recent game where he was able to cause turnovers and start a transition the other way.
A little illustration I did for fun. Gonna try screen-printing it onto some fabric soon!
I have to give us a failing grade, which is rating harshly. … But we’re past now saying making the playoffs makes for a successful season, and we want to win a Stanley Cup and we haven’t done that.
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