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11-28-2012, 06:20 PM
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no....season before last the caps were 19th in goals for and 4th in goals against. its easy to look up. the cap trap was what that was about.
hunter went to the extreme which was sitting on every one goal lead the team got. it meant skating his checking line first line minutes and leaving ovechkin and company on the bench for 3rd period power plays.
the caps were so defensive that they were not permitted to attempt to score into the empty net at the end of games.
In that season (2 years ago) Washington gave up the 9th fewest shots in the league, Boston gave up the 2nd most. Now clearly there's more to defense than just shots allowed, but also it's clear that a "run and gun" team wouldn't be top 10 in shots allowed.
Krejci is a very similar player to Backstrom, just not as good. The Bruins are happy to have Krejci and he will continue to be a core player for them, but Backstrom is on the next level above. There's no sense in arguing anything different.
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