And here’s proof:
Dale Hunter is a shocking 6-0 after a loss in the 2011-2012 playoffs. It took Bruce Boudreau four playoff seasons and six playoff rounds to reach 6 wins after a loss … against 10 consecutive losses!
Sure, a lot of the credit has to go to Darth Holtby, who is the most unflappable 22-year-old goalie that I can remember since Ken Dryden. And the hustle of guys like Matt Hendricks, Joel Ward (bless his heart), Keith Aucoin, and our ridiculous blue line dynamo team of Karl Alzner and Natick, MA’s own John Carlson.
But the bottom line: a team’s preparation begins and ends with the coach. And there is absolutely no doubt that, regardless of the outcome of Game 7, Coach Dale Hunter gets his team ready.