CHICAGO -- Decisions, decisions, decisions. Coaches have to make dozens and dozens of snap decisions throughout any hockey game. Sometimes they go with the percentages. On other occasions, they might go with a gut feel. Those choices can prove to be inconsequential or they can have a major impact -- especially in a high-stakes Stanley Cup finals game.
On Monday night, late in the second period of a scoreless Game 2, the Philadelphia Flyers' Peter Laviolette and Chicago Blackhawks' Joel Quenneville each made a decision that turned the game. In Laviolette's case, it was a turn for the worse. Quenneville's decision -- a hunch play -- proved to be a big reason for the Hawks' 2-1 win.
In an instant, one guy ends up a genius, while the other is left kicking himself. That's the coaching business, right?