The Toughness Debate Strikes Back
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04-16-2012, 10:33 PM
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Skill is still key in hockey. You can't have a team with all toughness beating a truly skilled team.
Let's be real here. Philly has alot of skill and scoring. Pittsburgh has won the cup with the same core of players and Malkin winning the Conn Smythe. So it's not like that type of team doesn't work.
Philly is just hot right now and Pittsburgh isn't. Same for LA vs. Vancouver.
I don't think the Philly-Pitts series is comparable to LA-Van.
LA is playing some really good hockey. They just neutralized Vancouver well.
Philly and Pittsburgh aren't playing well. The defense and goaltending has been pathetic. It's like a contest as to which team can be the worst one. Fleury has been horrendous, really it's scary how bad he's been. I'm not even sure he'd be an AHL goaler with the way he's played.
Bryzgalov hasn't been all that much better either, but definitely not been as bad as Fleury.
And as I said, defense has also been very weak. If the Flyers don't improve there, they'll likely lose in the 2nd round.
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