I might be in the minority here, but after taking a night to think on this, I really think that this has more to do with Lindy than we know...Watching this team is NOTHING like watching them in the regular season. When we watched this team during the season, even if the other team scored 4 goals, you just knew we were going to score 5. We had the "we are going to out-skate you, and just make your goalie look silly" attitude, and it won us the President's trophy.
This team we are seeing now? This is the same team that lost to Philadelphia on the last day of the season. They are playing back, they are playing tentative, and they are waiting for an opportunity to move the puck. An opportunity that will never arrive. I don't think they are playing not to get hurt, like they did in Philly, but they are playing so that they don't give up goals and don't give anyone the opportunity to blow them out.
Look at this team in the Ranger series...all series long, it was 1 goal games...playing defensively. not taking chances. And then when they needed to, in the last 2 mins of each game, they open it up and score a goal. All of this until their backs were against a wall in Game 6 in NY, and they blew lundqvist up. They gave up a bunch of goals, too but you know what? That is the Sabres team that we loved this year. Sure they gave up goals...But they are going to out-score you.
It's not like it is just 1 or 2 or even 3 guys that is preventing us from winning these games. It is the whole team, and it is this whole system and style of play. The highest scoring team just doesn't all of a sudden sit back on their heels in the playoffs unless they are being told to do so. Over the last 6 days, all I have heard in these interviews with players is "Well, we just need to come up with a different system" or "We just need to tweak something". To me, that's coaching. If it was just 1 or 2 guys, then yes, we can single people out...But it's everyone save for MAYBE 4 guys (Miller, Max, Zubie, and Mair)
Take a good hard look at these games, and then go back and look at how we played the Sens, or anyone else for that matter all year long...We look like a different team. Ryan Miller didn't have a GAA just under 3.0 for nothing. He didn't just let in a "softie" per game for nothing. We gave up odd man rushes, and we gave up breakaways, because we knew that most of the time, he could handle himself and we could turn it around and turn it into a rush going back the other way. This team doesn't play like that. Our defensemen now sit back instead of pinching, afraid to give up the rush. Our forwards are no longer physical enough to go after the puck in their zone, because they are playing scared to be out of position.