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06-08-2012, 01:11 PM
C`est La Vie
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Deptford, NJ
Originally Posted by
As if any of them did?
There's more to handling a forecheck than the guy retrieving the puck. There's the goalie who could help set it up, the forwards that could slow them down in the neutral zone, the other D who could give him an adequate outlet.
Winning or losing a forecheck does not happen because of one player.
No, but it doesn't help when you have a Dman that makes unforced errors routinely, let alone when he's under pressure. His biggest weakness is decision making, and that was on full display when NJ was pressuring him. He is one of the team's better puck movers, and we needed to rely on him in that series to be someone to get the puck out, and he could not do it.
I'm one of the few people who want a better puck moving D man rather than a bruiser. Cobrun was the only one that was passable in retrieving the puck and getting it out against NJ because of his speed. If faced with that type of pressure again we'll likely see the same results.
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