How does Tort's get Brad Richards going??
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01-16-2012, 10:18 AM
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I remember a game this year, when Gaborik and Richards were red hot, and one of the announcers said (and I'm paraphrasing) "Tortorella said he wants Gaborik and Richards to play more like Callahan and Dubinsky."
Maybe I'm taking that out of context, but why would they? They're skill players, not grinders. Just because your not playing like Dubi and Callahan, doesn't mean your not putting forth an effort.
When they're producing, playing more of a skill game and winning, why try and make them something they're not? Let them play their game.
Because that's the mold of this team. When this team gets too fancy and starts thinking they are the Detroit Red Wings, they run into trouble. For example, during the Caps game a few weeks ago, both Richards and Mitchell were guilty of trying to make a move at the blue line instead of chipping the puck in deep, and it resulted in a goal against.
Also, when this team is winning, I don't think they are playing a skill game at all. They are grinding it out, forechecking hard, and outworking the opposition. When the Rangers start overpassing the puck and looking for the perfect play, they get away from their game plan and aren't as effective.
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