A very special assigment for Marty Lapointe
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04-06-2004, 12:33 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Thornton steps into the slot himself and whips shots at the net when he's annoyed. That's exactly what we need. Get into the slot and go high on Theo.
Play as determined as we did on Sunday and play a physical series.
Create turnovers with the aggressive forecheck and catch Theo out of position - much like the goal Green almost scored after Theo coughed up the puck behind his own net.
Absolutely anyone can shake Koivu in the Habs' end and get free for a one-timer or a clear shot on Theo.
Find a way to slow the Habs rush and play one forward back.
Defence must keep skating.. standing still or hesitation at either blue line could be costly due the their speed.
Knock Theo off his game: I'm not suggesting running a bit of goalie interference, simply breaking his concentration.
Egg on some of the undisciplined Hab newbies: Dagenais is a great example.
Defencemen should join the rush and trail on the play. Theo will give up rebounds, at which point he's usually on his knees.. trailing man shoots top-net
A given: capitalize on the PP. It would be nice to see our PP running at 25-30%. Sounds unrealistic but we have the potential. Flood the front of the net and let the defenceman direct it toward the net. If the initial shot doesn't go in, it will be deflected or will deflect off of someone... and if that doesn't work, there'll be plenty of rebounds to knock in
Get the quick start and the first goal. No more of this come from behind wins in the third period.
I could go on.. please feel free to add anything you feel would help
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