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06-22-2009, 04:59 PM
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All we talked about leading up to this season was how much friggin depth we had at forward.
Holik - Zajac - Rolston - Langenbrunner - Clarkson - Zubrus - Gionta - Shanahan. These are the guys that were supposed to chip in with every other goal game in and game out when Elias and Parise had a flat game. Well they didn't. Elias was invisible and Parise fell silent after 2 games and the depth became as good a pictures on the wall at contributing.
Given we sunk all our "depth" into the forward position during the offseason and had a forecheck system from Sutter that would dictate puck control and thus lead to scoring chances. Once the people above went flat, Sutter had no choice but to play a more defensive style to hope and create turnovers on mistakes made from better positioning.
Given the "A Game" plan wasn't working and we were losing, he resorted to "Old Plan B" which in the end didn't work either but everyone wants to blame the game 7 loss on line matching - not the lack of production from the stars and the supporting cast of depth at forward...
The A game wasn't working? The Devils dominated the Canes in game 1 and for large parts of game 2 and came out with a split. Then they go to the linematching garbage and suddenly the scoring dries up, Carolina dominates possession, and Brodeur is relied on to steal the series, something he almost did.
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