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05-09-2012, 12:03 PM
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Some things we should have done, some things we can't do.

-Jersey can afford to stack their defensive blue line with 4 or 5 and force a dump without their D getting hammered on the retrieval because Brodeur can make breakout passes from back there. (Fleury can't, so this option isn't available).

-Deboer rightly identified that shadowing Philly's 5'8 pond-hockey player of a franchise center with his 6'5 beast of a defensive center would take the former out of the series completely at even strength (well, other than all the turnovers). Why "put the Big Center on the small forward and tell him to throw him to the ice whenever he gets the puck" didn't occur to Bylsma is anybody's guess, since that's been the book on small pond-hockey players for decades.

-Puck support. No devil had less than two player further than 10 feet away at any time.

-Brodeur didn't crap the bed.

-Devils made some type of neutral zone adjustment specifically to prevent all those 3 man full-speed breaks the flyers, but with the NBC cameras not being focused away from the play, I couldn't quite tell what it was.

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