The importance of a faceoffs/having a faceoff specialist
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05-09-2012, 09:53 AM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Dirty Jersey
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Agreed. It also seems like a lot of our goals against are given up immediately after a faceoff loss in our zone. Washington's first goal on Monday was surrendered seconds after Boyle lost the faceoff.
there have been many goals we have given up this Playoffs because of a lost faceoff. You mentioned one......Ovechkin's game winner in Game 2 is another (off a Boyle loss). Faceoffs and the ability to win them and control the puck is even more crucial and magnified in the Playoffs, essential because all the teams are so close. All the games are so tight, that little things such as winning a draw can be the difference (ie. Mitchell to Staal's game winner). We clearly lack in this department. Lose a F/O in our own zone....puck goes back to the opposing point, and we are chasing for 15-20 seconds (or more), exhausting ourselves in our zone.
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