Incredible decisions! | The Montreal Newspaper


Jon Cooper has discussed at length about the character and above all about this desire of the Lightning players to go to the bottom of their resources.

“Tonight, this group proved once again that they are the perfect example of what our team is. Lightning players never give up. They scored the first goal. They regained the 2-1 lead on the power play. They scored the winning goal with just under seven minutes left in the match. They took advantage of the opportunities and defended themselves with pride and incredible determination. “

Coach Lightning summed it up well.

His team are down 2-3 in this series but still pulled the chestnuts out of the fire despite the absence of Brayden Point, their best center. He manages to neutralize the Avalanche attack with specialists like Anthony Cirelli, competing despite an injury.

He punches Nathan MacKinnon on every occasion.

And he relies on a goalkeeper to take his game to the next level in big matches as the training season draws to a close.

Bednar lost the game

Friday night, Andrei Vasilevskiy was great.

Darcy Kuemper was marginal.

And Jared Bednar made some extraordinary decisions.

When your team is down by a goal, when your team still has a chance to draw the game and win the championship in front of rowdy fans, claiming the Stanley Cup, sometimes a manager has to pull a rabbit out of his hat.

With less than four minutes left in the game and both teams trying to regain their energy to complete this world-class duel, upon reboot, put into play in Lightning territory, Bednar used support skaters.

On the bench MacKinnon, Landeskog, Rantanen, Kadri …

Avalanche needs a goal, time is running out. Aren’t they the ones who can make a difference?

A few seconds later, communication error on the Colorado bench, penalty: there are too many players on the ice.

With just under three minutes on the clock, the Lightning have a territorial advantage and an extra player. This skilled and relentless team never misses an opportunity to pass the time, play cautiously, and most importantly, control the puck.

Meanwhile, Bednar insists on using his specialists to kill time outnumbered.

Hey, time is just Avalanche’s worst enemy, and what does Bednar have to lose if he uses his best offensive numbers to take on the Lightning even if it’s a four-on-five battle?

It is often said that coaches can sometimes make a difference during the playoffs.

Cooper won his game.

Bednar has lost his.

And Vasilevskiy, as expected, is the one who could foil the opponent’s plans.

He did it again.

Avalanche players needed Kuemper’s support knowing full well that the Lightning wasn’t going to slow down, it didn’t.

But be careful. Vasilevskiy is intimidating. And when given the opportunity to be on top of his game, he usually doesn’t turn down such an invitation … even when his training mission seems impossible.


Luke Richardson deserved this opportunity. Leading a National League team was his dream. The Chicago Blackhawks, an organization in full reconstruction, gave it the heavy mandate to ensure the business model worked. He has learned his skills from him and, in recent years with the Canadiens, has successfully taken on several challenges.

He played a strategic role within the organization, including teaching and mentoring the many young training advocates. He succeeded.

Now, who will fill this position? The candidates are numerous, and it will be up above all to Martin St-Louis to choose the one on whom he will bet to guarantee the progress of young people and also to whom he will turn to obtain the appropriate advice.

Will we take advantage of the organization’s decision makers to discuss with St-Louis that hiring an assistant with extensive National League experience should be considered? A former head coach, for example?

Or will we direct the research to specialists, former defenders able to dialogue with the members of the defensive brigade, former defenders who can quickly gain the trust of skaters?

The Canadian embarks on a new business model. We want to relaunch the concession without neglecting any element. The next defender coach is part of the equation. Kent Hughes has often stressed the importance of developing young players, helping them show their talent and thrive in the face of fierce National League competition.

The Canadian relies heavily on young defenders recruited in recent years. He now he will have to find the most qualified person to fill this position.

Trots: That was to be expected

If Barry Trotz seems determined to take a year off, it’s simply because he can’t find an employer willing to give him additional powers.

When he left the New York Islanders, hadn’t he insisted that he would take his time, that he would study everything on offer and then decide?

He added: “I would very much like to be involved in the day-to-day management of the team, I would like to have the opportunity to participate in all discussions and also to have an impact on the hiring or transfer of the workforce.”

The Jets no doubt offered him a contract recognizing all he has accomplished in the past. But what do the Jets have to offer in terms of roster?

An interesting team, with good elements, but a line-up that has lost its luster for three years. Was Trots convinced that the situation would improve? We must believe that we have not been able to convince him and that in Winnipeg he would not find what he is looking for …


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