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06-06-2010, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by token grinder View Post
don't forget the columbus power play consisted of "here rick nash, wait at the blueline and we will pass it to you and stickhandle around 4 guys. if you are marked, we will dump it in and hope lightning strikes and they turn the puck over."

nash, like many gifted scorers is/was selfish. he wants to shoot shoot shoot. esp if he doesn't trust his teammates to finish off his passes. fight as well try himself. no amount of coaching in that situation up there could change that mentality. on a losing team, you take your best offensive player off the power play because he is selfish? not happening and he knew it.

if i remember right, noel ran a pretty successful ship up in milwaukee. you don't win championships without a clue as to what you are doing.

i'd give him the benefit of the doubt
Better than Nashville's power play strategy. "Get the puck to Weber, shoot, collect the rebound. Repeat." Or, for occasional variety, "Get the puck to Suter, shoot, collect the rebound. Repeat." And if you want to live TRULY dangerously, "Get the puck to Franson, shoot, collect the rebound. Repeat."

In reality, ours was based a lot on winning board battles (which should sound familiar ), and we had (and still have) some good guys for that - Nash, Umberger, Torres while he was here, and Voracek was getting pretty good at it too. Our problem was that we had nothing resembling a decent point shot - Russell has an OK wrister, but he'll never be confused with a Weber or Souray or the like. Stralman's just barely better. So we were pretty much completely dependent on one of those board battles giving us the opportunity to pass to someone in the slot, or, failing that, shooting from the circles and praying.

This is one of several reasons why I am hoping we manage a trade for Souray in the offseason; we could use someone like him in this and other areas too.

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