A Rebuild Plan
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04-21-2009, 03:07 PM
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Yes, that's why we lost, because of their size and toughness.
It's not because they simply are more talented. No, that had a really minor impact.
Toughness had nothing to do with it. Not only are we missing key players, but Boston have played a well structured system that started to get in place last season. We on the other hand, have struggled all season long to find some type of system until Gainey fired Carbo. He tried to implement one, and just as it was getting better, we lose our #1 D (happens to be our top scorer) and our PP Point shot. Add them to our already injured players, and the ones on a cold streak. That gives us a team with very little proven talent.
Blaming it on grit again is just weak.
They simply are more talented and there system is executed to perfection.
Where it's mainly played is on Defense. They have a very effective D squad and the back check from their forwards is always present (how many 2-1s or 3-2s did we have so far?) and their zone coverage is almost flawless.
Now compared to us, we have a battered and panicky D. Mistakes after mistakes in our zone, bad coverage from our forwards and it seems the Fs are always too tired to do an effective back check.
Toughness, grit, whatever you want to call it, is the last reason why we're down 3-0 if you even want to call it a reason.
I think this guy just became my favorite poster. Astute observation and I completely agree. To add to their system and discipline is their focus on execution. I noticed last night zone clearance were near perfect and were fluid. Fowards were always well positioned in all three zones. Passing was crisp. It really was something to admire. I hate the Bruins but was left very impressed.
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