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05-11-2008, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Ice Poutine View Post
What we need to develop as a team is an absence of softness. In all aspects of the game.

Originally Posted by SilverLine View Post
Kovalev displayed this extremely well against the Flyers (I think). He stood in front of the net and got 2 goals doing it.

I think he did a great job showing his team how to run the power play in the playoffs. Unfortunately, no one decided to do it before him.
Agreed. I think a useful strategy next season would be to try and sit Latendresse in front of the net; if we wants to play finesse hockey at even-strength, that's fine, but during power-plays, try him in front of the net. I don't know if Shutt liked the types of goals he scored, but he got 'em, and he net 60 in one season. I'm saying Latendresse = Shutt, but I think if you have a means of scoring, might as well try to use it.

(A little side story, I did the same thing in minor-league (AAA) hockey. I liked to try and play nice, smooth hockey, but I was 6'0", 230 pounds, and didn't have the speed to do it properly. Nobody liked it when I sat in front of the net, since it was an unwritten rule to not do it I guess, and the refs even told me to stop, but I did it anyway. Obviously, it's just minor league hockey, but I had some pretty good 'seasons', if you will, doing that.)

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