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12-12-2012, 10:40 AM
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Transition Game

Originally Posted by Mike Farkas View Post
This is where stats are left in the dust I think...

Watching those 80's Oilers games, one thing that you notice besides some pretty lackluster and inattentive defense/backchecking, is the turnovers committed on the breakout. You couldn't count on two hands how many times the Oilers turned the puck over in their own zone and with no puck support (everyone is streaking up the ice, Air Coryell offense) it led to some pretty dicey situations for Fuhr to have to do deal with...

He got some goal support out of the deal for sure...but maybe some of the old goalies here can back me up on this...not too many worse things than making a few saves being in your stance for nearly a minute and then just when you think you're about to get relief, an easy breakout is botched and your guys are hemmed in for another whole shift...that wears on you...
Making a pact with the Devil. Explains very well some of the issues Scotty Bowman had with Paul Coffey and Bowman's opinion of Coffey. Also explains Fuhr's high assist totals since he had to handle certain situations on his own.

The Oilers never had the harmony in their transition game that the Canadiens did with Harvey or the Big 3 or the Bruins with Orr. Their spacing left them very vulnerable. On a defensive or neutral zone turnover this exposes prime scoring areas for the team benefiting from the turnover. Creates tough save situations for the goalie.

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