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12-31-2012, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Jussi View Post
Yellow liquid went to players head after the two exhibition games, they thought it was going to be easy.

Miro Aaltonen got injured, messing up the lines for basically the rest of the tournament. No duos were formed.

Defensive errors, passive penalty killing.
Apart from the Aaltonen injury, some other key players got ill.

Something went slightly wrong with preparation to the games, the team didn't look ready to take some aggressive forechecking from a seemingly weaker opponent.

The coaches made an error or two when picking those final players beyond the locks, who turned out to be not-so-useful.

...the list goes on...

Like I put it, one, two or three of these might have been able to do away with, but when they come to you in droves, small, some even barely noticeable... there's just no way to tend to them all, partly because you don't even have an idea what gets the priority and what gets not.

Apart from players getting sick or injured, a more effective coach might have been able to do a little more, though... or even prevent 'em from happening to begin with.

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