Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:46 PM
Not surprisingly, I disagree with almost everyone in this thread.
If you happen to watch other teams around the league, several of them have adopted the same strategy. It's an effective way of gaining entry into the opposing zone, however, that doesn't mean that there will be a lack of proper execution from time to time.
Edler's gaffe in last season's playoff was an error of execution, not planning.
In fact, if anyone was paying close attention last night, there was a rush by Edler where he slowed down at center ice, giving the impression that the drop pass was imminent. Instead, he put a crisp pass onto the tape of Daniel, who gained easy access to the zone.
Also those of you who are criticizing Newell Brown, (How soon we forget) you may remember the odd faceoff alignment that the Canucks used on the PP last night. It was hard to miss, because Cheech was obvious in his confusion (and therefore dislike) at the move. What he missed was the fact that the first time it was tried, it worked perfectly. The failed attempt came after one of the innumerable instances of the zebras waving a centerman out of the faceoff.
It's this kind of innovative thinking that make NB good at what he does, despite what some fans who can't get over a year-old play might think.
Orland Kurtenbach and Dennis Kearns had just been torched 8-1 by the Habs, but they still took time to come out to meet us, some fellow BC boys who were playing hockey in Montreal. THAT"S what being a Canuck is!