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06-17-2011, 10:21 AM
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MathMan
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Dude... The Bruins killed the Canadiens in scoring chances and cycling the puck in the offensive zone. They also had the puck on their stick in the offensive zone and sustained pressure much more than the Habs did.
Not in games 1-5 they didn't. Games 6 and 7 was when the short-handed Habs started to get outchanced by the Bruins, but before then the Habs were outplaying the Bs at even-strength. Head over at Olivier's blog at enattendantlesnordiques.blogspot.com -- he counts scoring chances for all Hab games, and also lists shots-at-goals which is a fine proxy for puck possession (if you're shooting the puck then you obviously have it).

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There's a reason why the Bruins won 3 times in OT. and this definitely isn't luck.
Actually it is. The Habs were the better team with the score tied by a significant margin, and outchanced the Bruins overall in OT. It's really unfortunate (or a credit to Tim Thomas's goaltending!) that they ended up giving up 3 goals and scoring none.

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They had more of a net presence than we did, and ultimately were much, much more talented than we were. Their defensemen were better at taking decision and better at following the play in the offensive zone, excluding Subban in our team.
LOL... seriously? This is a team that uses Ference-Boychuk as a second-pairing. They're not more talented (they're if anything shallower than the Habs) and their decision-making certainly isn't better.

Boston's D was very shallow. They had Chara, sure, but then it was a significant drop after him to Seidenberg, and a large drop after him to... well, a bunch of guys who would be bottom-pairing D-men on most teams.

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As for Gorges, what did I say to be accused of underestimating him? He's a very good defensive player with slow decision-making and nothing more than average skating.
Gorges is a legitimate top-4 defenseman, and a good one as well. I wouldn't call his decision-making slow. He'd be, at worst, the third-best defenseman on the oh-so-talented Bruins, possibly even second-best.

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Kostitsyn is a liability when he's not on. This is a fact.
No it's not. Kostitsyn is a strong two-way player, which is something he doesn't get nearly enough credit for. The real problem with Kostitsyn is that people view him as streaky. He's not any more so than any offensive player in his production range.

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You should learn to watch hockey games and what happens on the ice more than you do with statistics and mathematics.
Frankly, I think you should learn to watch hockey games; you keep seeing things that don't actually happen.

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