Island Nucklehead wrote:Because guys are going to get hit. Rome hit Horton late. He was suspended the rest of the playoffs. Do you honestly think he would have survived another game?? It's about the RESPONSE.
I hope that's only a hyperbole.
Island Nucklehead wrote:If you don't understand that then you've never played the game, or your team was junk.
Wonderful logic Aristotle.
I remember losing games and saying: "at least we didn't let them push us around."
If your PP doesn't work, the physical response is meaningless.
It's far more demoralizing not being able to score goals than taking punishment. I don't remember cowering in fear when we played against teams with tougher players. I remember not being intimidated and making teams pay on the scoreboard. Far more satisfying.
I think many underestimate the mental psyche's of these players. Players can still have resolve and discipline without having a severe physical response. Players can still finish their checks and play the team hard, and ultimately get revenge by scoring goals.
If you've played the game, you surely agree that the sweetest form of revenge is scoring goals and winning games, and your odds of scoring goals are far higher when you're on the power play.
How's that for some simple and reasonable logic?
We can bitch and moan about toughness all we want, but your toughness and physical response ultimately mean fuck all if you can't punish them on the PP and beat them on the scoreboard.
The reality of what happened to Boston is this:
The Canucks had several key injuries, and their key players were shut down by the Bruins who played a smothering defensive style. Boston's physicality and tough checking style kept the Twins in check, and with a hobbling Kesler, the Canucks had no second line to pick up the scoring. The Bruins took a lot of penalties, many of the physical variety, but they were also allowed to get away with an inordinate amount of penalties. The Canucks failed to make the Bruins on the PP, and the pressure was on Luongo to keep every game low-scoring, and he ultimately cracked under that pressure as the team in front him also struggled as the series went on.
Those are the real reasons the Canucks lost. The toughness and taunting fall under another less meaningful sub-section of reasons the Canucks failed to beat the Bruins in game 7.
So what do the Canucks really need to win?
They need to stay healthy, and they need more offensive players who thrive in tight-checking, physical hockey games. That's what we need more than anything else. Now having some more toughness would be nice and helpful, but it's not even close to the most important thing this team lacks.
That's the reality, but we're stuck endlessly arguing about more toughness and a physical response, completely exaggerating the importance of this issue.