2012 Subway Series II
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11-13-2012, 11:41 AM
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The trap, as a strategy, is a huge improvement over what we saw in last year's WJC and the August series. The Russians were allowing other teams to carry the puck in across the blue line unmolested, and then set up a deep zone forecheck at will. It was killing them, because they couldn't clear their zone, and the puck was pinballing around the net. Despite the fact that the Russians have played uninspired and disconnected hockey throughout this series, their neutral zone trapping has enabled them to limit "NHL'ers" like Strome, Scheiffele and Hamilton to a total of 3 goals in six full periods of hockey. That's an average of 1.5 goals per game. We'll take that, especially in comparison to last January in the WJC, when Canada scored 4 goals in 5 minutes of the third period because the Russians weren't prepared to handle an all-out forecheck. The trap is working, and I believe the Russians will stick with it.
The trap is fantastic certain situations....but for a team like Russia (talent), it's stupid to plan the entire game around it.
At some point Varnakov should let this team's offensive talent do its thing. Right now it seems like every scoring chance is generated from an individual effort. There's absolutely no offensive cohesion and the PP is a joke.
Its no wonder why a guy like Yakupov looks frustrated.
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