Who Stays-Marleau or Nabokov?
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06-04-2010, 02:41 AM
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If that was the case, then shame on the coaching staff for not even attempting to try it. It sure is a better idea than just leaving Buffy The Shark Slayer's A** right in Nabby's face with no help whatsoever. Perhaps the coaches tried to tell the players this, but all of them failed in doing so because they were too busy habitually chasing the puck instead of standing their ground and trying to block it when it comes in their zone. I think that could be considered being mentally disciplined and tough.
I guess this is where we agree to disagree. Who is there to truly fear on the Sharks roster, Doug Murray? Not good enough IMO. After all, this is all just opinion.
And putting another body in front of Nabokov is just making it worse than it has to be. That's the choice coaches make when gameplanning. There's nothing wrong with that choice because it worked against Tomas Holmstrom. They were able to cut off the Wings attack before it got to the net for the most part. They didn't against Chicago. That's pretty much what it comes to. And the resolution for that is adding more speed to the lineup because that was where they consistently got beat.
Nobody fears Douglas Murray when you can just skate around him. This whole toughness spiel is vastly overrated. Toughness only matters when the skills and the speed match up. Toughness doesn't overcome a skill or speed deficiency. The toughest group of players in the world is going to get destroyed on the scoreboard by a team that is faster and more skilled than they are.
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