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03-28-2012, 02:48 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lumberton, NJ
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It's no coincidence that with the acquisitions of Grossmann and Kubina, Bryz's play drastically got better and better. He finally had a defense that didn't give up on him or the play. Remember he was very good at the very start of the season with Pronger too
You're severely discrediting Bryzgalov's turnaround.
He was sheltered under Pronger + our defense, but when he was no longer sheltered he got destroyed up until March really. Without Pronger, Richards, and Carter, we couldn't shelter him like we sheltered Leighton. Hence he sucked ass until he himself made the commitment to get better.
Our defense has really been no different. Laviolette has focused it a little more. The defense attack less, but the basic strategy is there. They still pinch and still play a pretty aggressive style. We only focused it defensively a little more because we had to throw so many rookies in the lineup.
On top of that, most of the time Bryz has been at his best is when we've been at our worst defensively. Timonen, Meszaros, and Kubina have missed most of that. Throw out Pronger, Richards, and Carter on top of that, and you have a disaster waiting to happen.
Our defense right now isn't really that changed since the defense post-Pronger injury. Once everyone is healthy it should be, but it hasn't even been healthy.
If not for Bryz stepping up when we did, those injuries may have cost us the playoffs.
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