Unfortunately, our system is flop on the ice and draw a penalty. then score with a.....potient PP. We've all seen this strategy go horribly wrong in the play-offs, but work in the regular season. Nucks need to learn to win 5 on 5 and my belief is that starts with spreading the scoring out a bit and rolling 4 lines.
I agree and you're right, it works during the regular season because the chances are much better that you will draw a penalty with a dive than you will get a penalty for embellishing or diving, especially on one of those nights when there are 15 games going on in the NHL and your game is being reffed by a tyro. If you have a dominant PP then you take those odds and run with them and you will have considerable success... during the regular season. The problem, as you state correctly, is that once you get down to the nitty gritty of the late stages of the playoffs you are dealing with the very best refs who have the book on your team and who aren't going to fall for a bunch of crapola. Game 6 of the SCF was a prime example; I swear I counted at least a dozen dives by Burrows alone in that game and the refs kept their whistles in their pockets while the Bruins took advantage of the fact that far too many of our players were taking themselves out of the play by diving. It is a bad strategy in the long run and it creates a malaise in your team that is 100% destructive. I myself blame GMMG for this disturbing trend, after all why did we pick up Lapierre (as an example) when nobody else in the NHL wanted him?
Edited by thema, 03 March 2013 - 05:54 PM.