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11-13-2011, 07:54 PM
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cardiffgiant
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Originally Posted by Myllz View Post
The Bruins are a tough team because that's the way they play as a team. It has little to do with the actual players and more with their philosophy as a team. That gif up above is Brad Marchand. You really think 5'9", 180 pound Marchand is any kind of tough player on his own? The Bruins only have maybe 3-4 actually tough players on their roster, the same as most other teams in the league. The difference is most of their roster is willing to muck it up when needed. It's a team philosophy more than it is their players.
That's awesome. It hadn't occurred to me that this might not be a personality trait and that it was just a set of instructions. I can't wait for someone to simply tell Sekera, Gragnani, Leopold, Myers, Roy, Pominville, Stafford, Ennis, Hecht, Boyes, Leino, and Adam to be tough.

Buffalo ranked 22 in the league with 30 fighting majors last season. The Bruins tied for 2nd with 71. The difference, they've got several guys that are ready and willing to drop the gloves throughout their lines. Lucic, Campbell, Horton, McQuaid, and Thornton all fought 7+ times last year (only McCormick fought more than 7 times last year for Buffalo). That paves the way for guys like Chara, Marchand, and Boychuk to play their game.

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