So far I don't see anything positive from Hunter. The team worked hard in the game against St. Louis, in old times it alone would be enough, but Hitchcock's trap suffocated them.
In between we read about Hunter's defense first approach. Here come Pens and in the first they penetrate Caps Swiss cheese defense like hot knife through the butter, but Caps can't do the same favor to Pens. It changed a bit in the second and third, but still Pens were able to pass neutral zone and attack with ease. Call it 1-2-2 or whatever, but it was clear Bylsma was better prepared than Hunter. His system worked, Caps system was virtually non-existent.
Now what? Now we are told to wait because it takes a long time to install Hunter's system. Alrighty then, we'll wait.
Ward, Chimera, Erskine and Ovi talk to the the media after a 1-2 loss to Pens
Like I said before Ovi looked a lot like old Ovi in the game vs Blues because he had a jump. In the game vs. Pens he didn't show anything spectacular except one good defensive back-check and several good hits. But as Ovi himself said, his job is not about hitting people, it's about scoring.
Ovi's stats after 1st:
total ice time 06:20, 7 shifts, average 00:54, even 06:20, 1 shot on goal, 5 hits, 1 giveaway
total ice time 11:54, 13 shifts, average 00:54, PP 02:30, even 09:24, 1 shot on goal, 5 hits, 1 giveaway
total ice time 19:22, 21 shifts, average 00:55, PP 02:30, even 16:52, 1 shot on goal, 10 hits, 1 giveaway
Ovi had 1 shot on goal in the first period and for the whole game, no attempts blocked or shots missed. Now Jason Chimera has scored more goals (10) ans is +8. Ovi has 8 goals and is -6.
Something surreal is going on, like someone's bought Ovi's doll and did some voodoo. Crazy stuff.