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02-26-2012, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by number72 View Post
I don't think it is all goaltending. The defensive coverage on the team is poor.
This run and gun system leads to 2 on 1, breakaways, has defenders pinching and requires a goalie to never make mistake.

A more conservative system would yield low quality scoring chances and would not magnify the "mistakes" most goaltenders make. That is, look at Smith or Bryz on Phoenix. And Bryz this year on up tempo Philly. All goalies (like players make mistakes) but under a good defensive system, the shot quality is poorer and mistakes are less apparent.
Anyone remember the Senators game a few weeks back? Leafs defensive efforts kept all of those almost 50 shots to being from the perimeter. Too bad they couldn't have kept that type of play up.

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