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10-15-2003, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by SwisshockeyAcademy
The crying about the defense may be warrented but my god you just lost 1-0 to the Calgary Flames. The focus should be on finding a way to create scoring chances and being more effective on the PP. There was almost nothing created last night.
do you understand how the game of hockey works?

if the defense are not capable of moving the puck with quick, crisp passes then the forwards are unable to gain momentum into the offensive zone. a solid, puck moving defense breeds offence. The powerplay is very dependent on the ability of the defensemen to make good dumps and smart passes that allow the forwards to gain the zone. Furthermore, they are integral in facilitating control and momentum with the man advantage. Essentially, the Dmen are (next to the goalie) the most important players on the ice.

just because it's a low scoring game doesn't mean the defensemen played well. it means the entire team contributed to a solid 2-way game. if the forwards don't back-check it doesn't matter how good your defensemen are you are still going to get blown out.

in summary, until the oiler defense manages to become more efficient moving the puck (ie: keep cross off the ice) the team will continue to struggle putting the puck in the net. hence, our defense sucks.

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