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12-28-2011, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Watsatheo View Post
Really...Pacioretty losing a hug-out visor-fight to a Brian Lee is what the team needed?

In the 5min Pacioretty was in the box for fighting the Sens outshot the Habs 4-0 (shots were 8-2 Sens pre-fight) and upped their physical play to outhit the Habs 6-2 during that time (it was 3-2 Sens pre-fight).

The Habs 1st shot after the fight happened 6min later and it went in.

Fighting can provide a boost when it is seen as protecting a teammate and the player actually wins (see Ryan White on Johnny Boychuk). I don't see the benefit of staged fights between goons and these hug outs between non fighters.
Whether punches are thrown or land squarely is irrelevant. It shows a desire to compete and ultimately brings the team closer together, as of now, the players are playing as a bunch of individuals, working as a team and creating unity is a must, this type of behavior from max goes a long way in the dressing room.

Without having played competitive sports it's hard to understand the psychological impacts of a unified squad, but it's very important and something this team currently lacks. Winning the bout or beating the opponent is not what's important here. Showing the competitiveness to do something out of your comfort zone goes along way to the rest of your team mates.

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