Often times we all try to make this game more complicated than it has to be. People believe that tactics or system are at fault when things don't go well for their team. Truth be told its most often the most simple things which turn games. Battle level, energy, simple plays, and a defence first mindset are almost always more important than which team ran their trap the best. Just like a golf swing though the simple stuff can be difficult to do at a high level every day in a very long and very tough season. In golf the best instructors always tell you to relax and create a smooth and balanced swing. When you are all tense thinking of the 70 things that make up a good swing its difficult to be relaxed and balanced. That's why golf is such a tough game. That's why those simple things in hockey are so difficult to do at a high level each day. They are easy and simple to say and very difficult to achieve each night in the best league in the world where the other guys are trying to do exactly the same thing.
Last nights victory for Ottawa was based on simplicity but there is nothing simple about doing it over and over again.
See you at the rink