May 2, 2013
Wendel Clark: Leafs need to move their feet
WENDEL CLARK, Special to QMI Agency
A moving target is more difficult to hit than a stationary one.
Seems like a simple concept, doesn’t it?
Yet it is an issue that all coaches deal with, whether you are a minor-league one such as myself or an NHL bench boss such as Randy Carlyle.
Hopefully, our Leafs players will get the message in time for Game 2 on Saturday at the TD Garden.
The Bruins certainly took it to us in their 4-1 opening-game victory on Wednesday, both on the scoreboard and with their physical presence.
As I mentioned in my column two days ago, the Bruins can play it any way you want. If it’s the speed game, that’s fine. If you are looking to take the body, they can do that, too.
The Bruins have the luxury of having finesse players such as diminutive Brad Marchand, who can also bring a physical element to the game, and aren’t afraid of getting their collective noses dirty.