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06-19-2011, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by n8 View Post
me too. The summers after Chicago and Carolina won with rookie netminders, it was "you don't need a goaile to win the cup!" I think Chicago was "speed wins" and when Anaheim won it was "bruising style is the key to winning in the playoffs!" Every year, it's something different when in the end, it's all a matter of matchups + effort + a little luck (i.e. lucky bounces, a bad call going your way). There is still such a thing as playing like ****. If you get a good match up and don't showup, you'll lose that series. If you get a good match up and showup, you'll most likely win the series. There is no magic bullet.
I understand the points made by you and Provolone, but the reality is that the Rangers are probably the closest team to the Bruins in terms of style of play. Does that mean the Rangers have to copy the Bruins? No, but it does give us an idea of what this team should do.

The thing about the Bruins is not that they built from the net out, as several teams do it and don't always succeed (and personally I believe that Bruins built down the middle at center instead of from net). A successful team could be built any way. It could follow the "Red Wings model", the "Predators model", the "Devils model" or any other way of building the team. The most important thing though, and the thing that makes the Bruins so successful, is that they are all on the same page as a team. Each players playing style compliments their line-mates playing style, or their defensive partners well. When somebody is injured, somebody else could step into the injured players role and fit seamlessly with his new line-mates.

You don't have to be bigger, tougher, more skilled, or faster. You just need to be on the same page.

That is why the Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan line is our best line, and Fedotenko-Boyle-Prust is right up there as well. That is why the defensive pairings of Staal-Girardi and McDonagh-Sauer worked so well together this season.

You could go on a battlefield with a machine gun that shoots more rounds per minute (goals) than any gun in the world, but if it isn't well oiled, it's not going to be effective.

The Rangers are drafting and trading for players that are all on the same page in my opinion, so the Rangers are doing it right. Werek didn't fit, so they brought in Lindberg. Horak wasn't part of the future, so they brought in Erixon.

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