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04-29-2008, 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Dogbert View Post
Why not? It's definitely a part of it. If the opposing team is afraid to go into the corners and into high-traffic areas because they'll get hit, it makes things an awful lot easier. The Flyers don't seem to have a problem with doing those things: as for the Habs, well, check out the GDT and the many, many instances of the term "dump and watch" being used to describe their attack.

Bottom line: any player or team that plays physical gets the "dirty" reputation, because you have to toe the line in order to intimidate.
You make some good points. Tough and gritty hockey is helpful no doubt. But Hatcher slamming Boullion's face into the boards, The mugging they gave Kosto near the Flyer net. Slammed in the back, and hit in face when he was on his knees is not part of legal hockey. And shoving A. Kostitsyn in the back knocking him over in the Habs zone. Mmmmmmmmm you think these types of plays are ok? I do not.

A good tough team can play tough hockey without resorting to using dirty cheap shots.

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