Alan May, on Japers' Rink Radio, said that it would be a mistake to fire Coach Boudreau and blow up the team because of the Tampa Bay sweep. He likened it to firing Scotty Bowman in 1994-1995 and blowing up the team when the Red Wings won the President's Trophy but couldn't win the Cup. The Red Wings were frustrated by a neutral zone trap employed by Jacques Lemaire's New Jersey Devils in the 1995 Stanley Cup Finals. Detroit didn't win the Cup until 1997.
Alan May predicted that Guy Boucher was about to do to Claude Julien's Bruins what he'd done to Bruce Boudreau's Caps. He was right for game one, and should be recognized for a gutsy call. In last night's post-game interview, Boucher admitted that the Bolts broke out of the 1-3-1 to attack at certain vulnerable times, like right after a score, hence 3 goals in 85 seconds against Tim Thomas, who was credited by Doc Emrich with preventing a greater rout, just as Joe B. credited Neuvy in period 3 of Game 4 against the Caps.
Boucher has come up with something new - like Detroit's left wing lock used by Scotty Bowman at the Red Wings. The Bolts switch from high to low on alternating power plays confusing the defensemen, (who, unlike Green and Carlson, were not so maimed that they had trouble walking to their cars after games) making them collapse towards their goal and "puck-gaze" while the Bolts scored. The Caps looked so much better against the Bolts than the Bruins did last night, and the Bruins had the Caps sweep to prepare them for what's coming. This vindicates Bruce Boudreau, the Caps,GMGM, and Alan May, who defended them. This morning, I'm listening to all the comments about the Bruins lacking heart and focus, doing the little things wrong, etc., which has nothing to do with why they lost. They lost to Boucher's system that exploits everything - especially aggressiveness and desperate hockey - that got them to the NHL.