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08-28-2010, 07:21 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: San Diego
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In the 1980s, every team in the league was offense-first, which is why EVERYONE had an easier time scoring.
Nothing personal, but this is a case of where stereotypes can run into problems. Case in point:
No Al Arbour team was EVER "offense-first".
The team that won the Stanley Cups, 1980-83 was built on a foundation of strong defense. Arbour saw to it his first year with the franchise, when he reduced the team's GA by 100. (Yes, 100.)
It is precisely because his teams were defensively disciplined, first and foremost, that they shut down the offensive Oilers machine in the '83 Finals. (And, likewise, once the Oilers embraced a modicum of defensive awareness, along with more discipline, patience, and the willingness to pay the price* they were ready to dethrone NYI the following season).
*That's not my analysis; Wayne Gretzky said as much.
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