The Return of Gap Control & Defensive Aggression
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01-23-2013, 09:48 AM
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Orpik saw Kunitz coming with speed and knew he could step up. I put that goal entirely on Kunitz for not back checking to the middle like you are taught in Mites. He would be the first to admit it as well.
Ironically, the Devils beat the Flyers using double chips (def-fwd) all series last Spring and that's how they wore them down and kept turnovers to a minimum. The other day, they used the exact same strategy and the Flyers had no answers for it again.
Kind of funny actually.
Thank God finallllllllllllllllllllly someone is seeing the truth. So many people blamed Orpik and it wasn't his fault. He stepped up and created the disruption because Kunitz was back. That goal was ALL on Kunitz because he took the wrong guy. That was a simple read to go to the guy who wasn't covered. It was even numbers.
The goal is 100% on Kunitz.
And one additional point - the reason Philly wasn't dangerous to NJ is because they completely knew what the Flyers were doing on the powerplay. Like we did in the 2nd/3rd period, they just played the diamond and waited for the cross ice pass to be forced. The Pens, in the first round last season, did not do that. They chased and opened up the lane for Philly.
Without powerplay goals, the Flyers are a different team.
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