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12-12-2012, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Ola View Post
On stats being off in Europe right now, Mora HC in the Swedish 2nd tier league iced a line with Gaspar Kopitar-Anze Kopitar-Bobby Ryan last night, and got 1 goal from that line (Gasper from Anze and Bobby) in the 1st period in a game they lost 7-4.

Bobby and Anze didn't play like it was G7 of the SCF's, but they were clearly "frustrated" and played with alot of emotions. There is pressure on these two to perform and they definitely feel it like stand up guys and definitely try hard to win games for their club. Alot of money has been pushed into that team to have those two guys there.

This is the problems with stats in hockey 2012. The teams are just too good these days. I mean, this was definitely not the case just 10-15 years ago. Team defense along with a solid goalie wasn't good enough to stop a "much" better player. But the goalies are better now, the defense makes sure to always be between the puck and their own net. You get little room. And so forth. Normally you get a good team with good players, but it takes a while. And its not a given.
Totally agree with this...particularly about Swiss hockey. They play very responsible, smart, defensive hockey. Didn't they dismantle the Rangers? it's not surprising. Very disciplined style of hockey they play there.

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