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02-16-2011, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by might2mash View Post
I liked Lavi's approach. Set up two forechecking forwards at center ice, start a puck carrier from the D zone, and then have the other forwards block 2 of the 3 guys at the opposing blue line, puck carrier only needs to get by one more guy before the whole team suddenly has the zone and can start cycling. Difficult to execute, but it should work every time until the opposition stops friggin trapping.

The Lightning have given up more goals that any of the other top 8 teams in either conference, so it's not like it's a magical defensive tactic. It looks better now that Roloson can stop some chances when teams do start cycling, but once we had the zone it was obvious that Tampa's D is not that good. Guys like Bergeron and Kubina are offensively gifted and this trap hides their defensive shortcomings and useless bums like Randy Jones well... for a while.
On the Lightning feed, the PBP guys commented on the Flyers using misdirection puck movement to counter the 1-3-1 set-up, and discussed in the first-intermission interview with one of the assistant Lightning coaches.

As well, the ice looked very slow and the puck was jumping all over the place. It really seemed to handcuff Versteeg on his SO attempt.

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