Which is why Schroeder is doing so well with the Canucks. MG must be thinking that all those injured players that caused us to lose against Boston - Daniel, Ehrhoff, Edler, Kesler, Raymond, Hamhuis, etc, etc, was because our skilled guys had too many big helpers to do the heavy lifting against Boston. Our skill, of course, also prevailed over a big, ohysical LA team, and three years ago against that puny Chicago team.
Sure wouldn't want MG to learn from history.
Skill should've killed off Chicago in the first round in 4 games, nashville in 4 or 5 and well I couldn't ask for better against the sharks. Skill and brains should've done well against Boston after saving energy similar to how LA saved energy gettin to the finals in minimal games.
Instead the oddest thing happened: the Canucks used work ethic and skill to be regular season champions. Then in the playoffs they decide to use physical play as one of their main strategies.
I don't know how much physical play actually contributed to the Canucks success. They almost lost to Chicago while playing physical and basically handin Chicago two games instead of killing them. The physical games allowed them to win games by one or two goals while chicago used brains, skill and energy into attacking to blowout the Canucks.
Against Boston I dunno where this physical thing came from. I thought the Canucks had a huge speed advantage early on. It looked like Boston was screwed in the first two games. Physical play was a risky strategy and it ended up costing the team not only for the cup run but next season with carryover injuries. Situational hitting makes sense like when a puny guy like Marchand gets a hit to get the puck then uses speed to burn the D and get easy goals.
In the last 5 years I haven't seen the Canucks get many easy goals while other teams can easily find it against us. If there's anything to learn it's that hitting for the sake of hitting is a risky strategy, focusing on gettin easy goals could lead to success without injury or much expended effort and better coaching could help the skill players be effective while saving energy and tougher players use more skill and bring a competitive advantage.
What ppl fail to take out of chicago's, Boston's and LA's cup runs was that they picked their spots on d and offense due to coaching, scouting and adjustments and they hit for a purpose rather than just hit for the sake of hitting.