Originally Posted by warmtoes
Sharks look very dangerous. Maybe getting rid of Wilson has helped the team relax.
Its not that they are relaxing. They are shooting the puck from everywhere and crashing the net. And when they crash the net, they stay in front of the net, they dont fly right by it. The defense is getting involved in the offense, and the forwards are expecting that to happen, so they know they need to be defensively aware unlike last year when Wilson only let the forwards jump up in the play, so when a defender would join the rush, no forward would get back and it would usually lead to an odd man rush for the other team. They are also now allowed to get down on the ice and block shots and are doing a much better job of screening the goalie and moving the puck. Its about the system.