Should Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher get arrested for playing a trapping defensive scheme against Philadelphia?
Apparently he should, judging from the shrill complaints on Twitter and on the Versus telecast of the Flyers-Lightning game.
To expose the passive nature of the Lightning zone trap, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette had his defensemen simply hold the puck in their zone and burn some puck. The Flyers on their bench did their part by standing and taunting the Lightning for staying back in defensive formation.
Is this good for hockey? Of course not.
But I'm Boucher and my team is down a couple defensemen AND it isn't great defensively when at full strength, I'm doing what I have to do to win the game.
Wrote Greg Wyshynski: "Yeah, (Mike) Milbury, the 1-3-1 is 'wrong.' I'm sure those Tampa fans who were able to attend three rounds of the playoffs were offended.
Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson has struggled in several outings this season, so he probably didn't mind the lengthy gaps in action.