Or so he says.
As we’ve mentioned a few times, Craig Berube’s Game 1 strategy was a wait-and-see, dump-and-chase approach. He instructed his forwards – specifically the Orange and Black Line – to dump the puck in Ryan McDonagh’s general direction, take him off of it, and then try to score while he licks his wounds. It worked. Once. And then there was a whole lot of nothing.
So what to do for Game 2? The exact opposite, apparently. Berube told reporters today that the Flyers will try to skate the puck into the zone and rely on fewer dump-ins.
But will they really? Now we’re getting into head game territory. The Flyers are well aware that it is quite difficult to gain the blue line carrying the puck against Rangers defenders. So why would they try? And why would they tell the Rangers they’re doing it? I call BS. And I still stick by my street hockey philosophy to beat a stingy defenseman– taking a slap shot at his face.
Also: Steve Mason practiced today. So… that’s looking good for Sunday. But the problem isn’t defense and goaltending against the Rangers. It’s biscuitizing the basket.