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12-20-2012, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Et le But View Post
You can't always outscore the opposition. Just ask the Washington Capitals who couldn't even get passed Jacques Martin's Habs.
The exact example showing how overrated defensive systems are.

The Washington Capitals came first or second in the President's Trophy race that season. They then lost in the first round of that playoffs in a 7 game-series to the same team that eventually beat a similar Pittsburgh Penguins team.

Is that an argument against the 2010 Capitals system? No. That is because winning the cup means winning 4 playoff rounds, and thus good teams and great teams will often be eliminated in the playoffs, more often than not. Yes, the Habs beat Washington when Halak was able to have a .950 save percentage or so that is not typical for him. If you build a parallel reality machine and have the 2010 Habs play the 2010 Capitals 100 times, I'm confident that Washington would win most of those rounds.

I'll then note that those same 2010 Habs were completely dominated and pulverised by the 2010 Flyers, for a simple reason: an talent vacuum at the forward position. They didn't have a Kovalev-type player anymore. The same Flyers who dominated the Habs were then defeated by Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Washington was somehow then traumatized by the Habs system, and completely changed their coaching philosophy. They have been mediocre ever since. Mike Green has declined. Alexander Ovechkin has declined. They discarded Alexander Semin this summer.

We won't be able to put together an Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin line anytime soon, unless we win the lottery. But, we'll be able to put together a legitimate 1st line and 2nd line.

A team's system should fit the players.

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