“Thoughts on Thoughts” is a feature that looks at Elliotte Friedman’s terrific weekly post “30 Thoughts.” Justin Bourne selects his 10 favourite tidbits, and elaborates.
Friedman’s column, April 26th: Canucks discover winning ugly is a beautiful thing
In this week’s edition of Elliotte Friedman’s always excellent 30 Thoughts, he wrote about how the Canucks have a different identity than they did when they were winning mulitple Presidents’ Trophies in the style of, as Friedge put it, “Ermenegildo Zegnas” (as in, stylishly). Things aren’t as pretty, but they’re paying attention to both ends of the ice more than they ever have.
“It’s not good enough for us to just win games,” Henrik Sedin said by telephone on Tuesday. “Fans feel it should be 5-1 or 5-2 … seeing some highlight goals. We have to win in a certain way.
“You look at Detroit, I think people judge them on what they should be instead of what they have … We are not a run-and-gun team anymore. You’ve got to be good in your own end. When healthy, I think this is as good a team as we have ever had.”
I think I get what he’s saying.
I’m not sure if this has come from a conscious effort, or if it’s just they’ve had to fight more to get wins (it would be easy to be less dominant, play in closer, uglier games, then claim it’s on purpose), but I will say: I think all this scrapping will be great for them come playoffs. And the pressure of not being the top dawg should serve them well too. If they can avoid St. Louis in the first round, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them have a great post-season run.
3. As Karlsson prepared to return, Bryan Murray said the two things that concerned him most about his club were things the reigning Norris Trophy winner could fix. “We’re not great at breakouts,” the Senators GM said. Karlsson will singlehandedly take care of that. Also, the power play entered last night’s game at Washington five for its last 50. The Senators went 1-for-5, but the one put them into the playoffs and he assisted on it.
I had to pick this thought purely for the Bryan Murray quote “We’re not great at breakouts.” I mean, I know he was under no pressure to specify in what regard (communication? Is D2 struggling to read reverses? Do the forwards have a tendency to cheat their routes?), I just love how “fan” that quote is. “The goal-getting Dan, it’s been a major issue.” Read the rest of this entry »