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08-04-2011, 07:37 AM
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the difference between nashville's system and what ovechkin scored 50+ goals doing is largely defense play. boudreau had the caps playing very tight gaps with the forwards and pressing on the offensive side of the blue line. he had the defense cutting off the boards as an escape route.

this is why the caps could be victimized by the home run pass up the middle and why they gave up odd man breaks from the red line in. nashville(and the caps last season) backed up to their own blue line before standing up and they play defense closer to the middle of the ice and give up the boards.

its less about defensive zone play and offensive players cheating the zone than about where the defensemen play and what their assignments are in the offensive end of the ice. that said, the caps wings used to play out at the blue line near the opposing dmen and the center was more often in the slot. when they changed the center was more often deep and the wings inside the circles.

big difference in transition offense that way.

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