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12-14-2011, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
I think it's 50% having a young defense panicking, playing scared and 50% mental after some early season blown leads.

In terms of on ice tactics, the d-men need to shorten their gaps, they are giving up the blueline too easily and giving forwards too much room when the opponents have posession in our end.
Absofrigginlutely. There are too many people giving too much credit/blame to JM for each result, when so much of what happens is an intuitive response by the players on the ice. There's more fear of making mistakes than confidence in playing their game. That's why these problems seem to escalate in the third period, when pressure is on. Just like Price in the shootouts, it's the mental inertia of failure.

Luckily, inertia changes. Slowly.

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