The Return of Gap Control & Defensive Aggression
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01-23-2013, 11:03 AM
Join Date: Dec 2003
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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.
Fully agree that Kunitz played that about as bad as he could. It even looked like he tried to play that with his skate rather than his stick.
A lot of teams have the D step up like Orpik did and I understand you don't want to give a free out. IMO it works in a man on man system but what I don't understand is why have a defenseman put pressure on a player that far up ice playing a zone defense. Isn't he more valued back? A better assessment of helping coverage can be made at the red and defensive blue lines.
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