Pressure's on, Spezza's not.
I know, it's easy to rag on the guy, but he's the highest paid player on the team, and as a result is supposed to lead the way on the offense. But from game 1 on, he went right back to the forced and drop passes, basically nullifying all the positive I said about him during the regular season. He just can't do it under pressure. And he's being talked about as the next captain.
Some of the above could be said of Karlsson as well, but I am willing to cut him some slack seeing how he's not even off his entry level contract yet. Michalek goes as Spezza goes, so no surprise he was a no show.
Last but not least, I think MacLean has to take a big chunk of the blame for the last 2 games. All year long his mantra was not to tinker with a winning lineup. But inserting Silfverberg (who will be a big part of this team in the future, no doubt) instead of the foot soldiers who brought this team where it is was a big blow to the overall team chemistry, IMHO.
The future is bright, no doubt about it.