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06-13-2005, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by arnie
The Islanders could not come near to matching the Pens firepower. In addition to Lemieux, Jagr and Francis, they also had 35-50 goal scorers Kevin Stevens, and Mark Recchi, Rick Tocchet, Joey Mullen and Thomas Sandstrom at various time. Murphy and Coffey are two of the top 6-8 offensive defement of all time. Even grinder third liners like Phil Borque and Bob Errey would sometimes hit 20.

The Islanders might be more balanced and better defensively, but they couldn't match the Pens scoring, especially the top 2 lines.
If the last 10 years have taught us anything at all, it's this.

Defense beats offense. Over and over again.

If the Pens could manage to suck the Isles into run and gun they would probably win, but with Arbour behind the bench I don't see that happening. The Oilers tried to draw the Isles into run and gun and were thumped soundly. It wasn't until Edmonton started to play at least some defense that they were able to overcome the Isles.

The Pens had more talent, but the Isles were the better team.

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