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04-13-2009, 02:27 PM
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The thing that people need to realize about the Bruins is that the Big Bad Bruins image of a big, physical team is seriously overdone. This isn't to say there isn't a kernel of truth to all the talk about Chara, Lucic, and Thornton. But of that group only Chara is a major contributor. Lucic has stats reminescent of Latendresse and Thornton is a glorified goon.
The players carrying the mail offensively are Savard, Kessel, and Krejci -- smaller, skilled guys. The Habs' scoring-type forwards are actually bigger than the Bruins'.
I'm not convinced that the Habs can't compete physically with the Bruins. I do think it's not to their advantage because I think their skill level is higher -- although it'd be a mistake to think the Bruins can't compete there, either.
There needs to be, however, the clear realization that the Bruins' offensive machine is built around
small, nonphysical forwards
and that trying to defend against them as if you were dealing with Cam Neely will be counter-productive. Don't get obsessed with Lucic -- his skill is overrated, and he's not as much of an offensive threat. The dangerous guys are the little guys.
The image is one thing... but in reality, the Bruins and Habs are a lot more alike than the average Boston fan would care to admit.
I do agree, but I'm sure you also know that 3rd/4th liners play a huge role in the POs. The hard hitting players from Boston are usually on those lines.
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