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10-03-2011, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Lshap View Post
Sorry, this explanation doesn't cut it. I don't buy that the Habs keep suffering from a a different strain of bad luck, year-in and year-out.
Heh. You missed the part in 2009-2010 when they were actually lucky to get there in the first place and just reverted to normal?

The Flyers just were outright better than the Habs in the series. In some ways, that was also the case in 2008-2009.

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With this line of logic, no change is necessary except to passively wait for our luck to realign.
There's really only one way to win a Cup. Build as good a team as you can to tilt the odds in your favor, then hope things go your way -- revel when they do, but accept that they probably won't. After all, even the hands-down best team in the league is always a massive underdog to win the Cup against the rest of the field: http://objectivenhl.blogspot.com/201...-team-win.html .

That doesn't mean you don't keep upgrading your team. But at some point, people who follow hockey are going to have to stop saying "anything could happen in the playoffs" then act shocked when it does.

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The objective hard-evidence is that we have lost to the two toughest, most physical teams in the league, who have both played according to type and beaten us in that aggressive style.
I would question whether Philly -- a team largely built around small, skilled forwards -- would classify as one of the "toughest, most physical teams in the league" other than by reputation.

In any case, it is simply not the case that size and physicality has been the primary or even secondary cause of the Habs losing any playoff series. That's purely a narrative based on the reputation of the teams involved and it simply does not survive scrutiny.

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