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10-02-2010, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by go kim johnsson 514 View Post
You stopped commenting on it because your argument isn't plausible.

They did have primary scoring. Briere set a Finals record for points in a series. More than half the roster scored at least one goal. Briere-Hartnell-Leino had 8 by themselves and it was less than a third of the scoring.
Originally Posted by Beef Invictus View Post
offense was in no way the weak link in the finals. goaltending was.
You guys are missing the point. It isn't that the team wasn't scoring enough goals. They were. It was that the primary scoring guys weren't. Yes Briere and others had a good series, but when your top three guys aren't scoring, that hurts your team no matter who is scoring. This is a team game. It's great when your secondary scoring puts up great numbers, but when you have no scoring from your primary scorers, it doesn't mean that much. To win the Stanley Cup your entire team needs to play a great game. Not just part. In this series, Richards, Gagne, Carter, Bartulis, Kracijek, and Parent were non-existent and Leighton didn't play well either. You can't win the Stanley Cup if your three best forwards aren't scoring, your third defensive pair is playing < 1 minute a game, and your goalie isn't playing well. It is as simple as that. Those three things alone won't lose a series for you. If Richards, Carter, or Gagne had a better series, the Flyers could have easily won at least one of the one goal games. If the third pair played a normal amount of minutes and were able to actually play defense and not be a horrendous liability on the ice, that would take some pressure off the D Pronger & Co. and could have led to some better defensive showings that could have led to some wins. If Leighton played better yeah the Flyers could have won. But when all three of those things are going wrong, it is all of their faults. Not just Leighton's, not just Richards et al, and not just the third pairing's fault. If you can't see that I don't know what to tell you. There were two one goal games that the Flyers lost. A better showing by Carter or Gagne or Richards in one of them would have had the same impact as a better showing by Leighton. It is not a difficult concept to understand.

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