2. Take no Prisoners
The Carolina Hurricanes need to not be shy with the body
The Bruins have been more than happy to lay the body onto Carolina Hurricanes. The favor needs to be returned with interest. This team is more talent than grit right now, but that isn’t an excuse to get bullied around with no response.
First Andrei Svechnikov gets slew footed, then Joel Edmundson, the team’s resident grit, gets knocked out in game three as well, and the latest injury, to Jordan Staal, however minor, also goes undetected by the officials. The Bruins are having their way with Carolina players and that needs to change.
There has to be a response. This Carolina Team needs to turn the tables of physicality show that this sort of violence will not go unpunished. The officials do not want to clean this up, so it is up to the players to police this effort themselves.
Look, I’m not saying that the Hurricanes have to play dirty or swoop down to the Bruins’ level of dirty play, but they need to get more physical and shouldn’t be afraid to drop the mitts. It worked wonders against the Rangers. They won that series once Justin Williams decided to drop the mitts then Ryan Strome. That happened early in game one.
Time to show that physical confidence once again. Again, I’m not saying that the Hurricanes need to hurt anyone, or try to injure a player on purpose. Not what I am saying, I am saying that the Hurricanes need to mentally establish to the Bruins that their free reign on getting physical against their star players is over.
Take no prisoners.