I hope Andy wins Coach of the Year honors for his work during the regular season, I really do. However, every button he pushed against Vancouver turned out to be the wrong one. Let's take a look:
1) The big change from Game 1 to Game 4 was the big decrease in ice time for Berglund and the doubling (!) of ice time for Winchester. How did that work? Well Berglund finished with no points, three SOG, and even on plus/minus. Winchester finished with no points, four SOG, and a team worst -4 on plus minus. (Since Vancouver scored 4 PP goals out of 11 total in the series, the worst a player could be was -7, so Winchester was on the ice for over half of the Canuck even strength goals.)
2) The Berglund/Winchester thing is even more puzzling if you consider where the Blues are in their rebuilding. No one thought the Blues were going to be challenging for the Cup this season. Hell, it was in many ways a bonus to make the playoffs at all. But, so common opinion held, the Blues would benefit from getting some of their young guys playoff experience. I'm sorry, Brad had a nice season, the kind journeymen dream of, but he is not the future of this franchise. The future of the franchise sat on his ass nearly the entire third period and OT last night. What do you think he learned?
3) The line juggling, while understandable I guess, turned out to be useless. Yeah, we got more pucks at the net in Game 4, but I can't say we looked anymore dangerous then we did in Game 2. (In fact, we probably had more Grade A scoring chances up in Vancouver.)
4) In a series like this there is little one can do to re-work a power play. You can only make adjustments here and there. That being said, there is no doubt the power play got worse over the four games. Is that on the players? Absolutely. Is that also on the coaches? Yep.
Alright, so the ahead of schedule Blues got swept. It's shitty but it happens. I simply think its a shame the team was not allowed to grow as much as it could in the process. That is Andy Murray's fault.