Habs management doesn't get it...(umpteenth toughness thread)
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08-29-2011, 10:39 AM
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They probably don't fight in the playoffs, but those clubs that do tend to fight more in the regular season are probably teams that play an intimidation game (Botson, Philly) That's a big reason why Pronger is such a postseason monster. The Sedins were completely shut down by Boston because of the roughousing. And what the Bruins did to the Sedins would never have been tolerated in the regular season. I still remember one of the twins being repeatedly punched in the face in front of the net and the refs doing nothing about it...
Pronger is one of the best Dman of his time. The man is such a beast because he uses his size to his advantage (in terms of positioning), his skating, passing and shooting skills are great, as well as his hockey vision and understanding. That's why the guy is so good. Chirping and intimidating isn't what makes him good.
As for the Sedins, as MM pointed out, they were shutdown by Thomas. If I remember correctly, the same thing happened versus Rinne with them gathering a combined 7pts in 6GP. But the Preds aren't known for their super toughness like the Bruins are, so people won't attribute that shutdown success to that. When it happens versus the Bruins though, toughness is always the first thing that is brought up even when it isn't the main factor.
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