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05-14-2012, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Broad Street Elite View Post
I honestly thought that the defense/counter-punch system we used in some of the Pittsburgh games was extremely effective. There's no reason to play a highly defensive system like St. Louis employed with our personnel, but there is also no reason why there can't be accountability for blown assignments, especially from our forwards.

Basically, I could live with a few odd man breaks associated with our forwards flying up the ice or our D-men being aggressive on the pinch, but the abysmal in-zone coverage on defense when the other team has established possession isn't a by-product of a system so much as it is an issue of personnel accountability, attention to that side of the ice in practice, and overall coaching. The front of the net was vacated far, far too often.
pretty darn well said

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