Sens Reject The Devils.
I’ll be honest, I tuned into last nights match with more than a little trepidation.
In the last 3 meetings the Devils have made short work of the Senators, and after having gotten some great results of late, the Sens being humbled was a distinct possibility.
Apparently I had no reason to worry, and for that Clouston deserves a tremendous amount of credit.
This team performed near flawlessly last night. Apart from going 0-2 on the PP, I cannot think of anything the Sens could have done to reasonably improve upon that performance (oh, maybe reign in the bench minors). The defense was flawless, from Elliott out to Spezza, and at times the blueline was patrolled by 2 forwards covering for both pinching defensemen. Clouston has this team ticking like a well tuned watch and the results are obvious when you out Devil the Devils.
NJ is a team famous for squeezing from their roster the absolute most it has to offer by a combination of good goaltending, consistent coaching, and rock solid systems play. Is Clouston doing the same for the Senators? I dare say he is. We’ve seen this team win comeback victories, by staying within the system. We’ve seen this team win tight games, by staying within the system. We’ve seen this team stifle the competition, by staying within the system.
System, system, system.
Win, win, win.
It’s not the players, it’s not the coach, it’s both of them, all staying within the system.