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01-31-2013, 06:16 AM
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Originally Posted by MasterDecoy View Post
again, you're ignoring reality: there's no fighting in the playoffs. period. i don't care who wins, whether it's the wings, bruins, hawks or kings, there simply is no fighting in the playoffs. shawn thornton had not a single fight the year they won the cup

the bruins beat vancouver because they played a hard, physical game, the same type of game the kings played and vancouver turtled like the *****es they are - like they do every year. vancouver played scared because they are vancouver. you think the kings intimidated everybody in the regular season with all their fighters so they had it easier in the playoffs?

does your logic "Boston cleared the riad in the season, then in the playoffs, they were fine." only apply to one cup winning team and not the kings, hawks, pens, wings and every other cup winning team?

your reasoning is faulty

as it's been correctly stated before, bruins have a roster of guys that can play the game and throw down. getting one enforcer won't change anything beside play into their hand, get into a staged fight with thornton, then go sit the rest of the game.

enforcers are not the right debate to have. having a big, tough roster with plenty of skills is the right debate to have. for all the talk about the bruins being big and tough, they also have tons of skills.

and i have had i up to here with the inferiority complex some of you guys have toward the bruins. it's embarrassing...
Bottom line is they wiped out Pacioretty and got past the Habs. If Steve McYntire had been a Hab, Chara might have thought twice about deliberately injuring our player. He did not. Pacioretty was wiped out and that is how the Bruins got past the first round and thus won the Stanley cup.

Again, listen to Sun Tzu. He knows more about wars than you do. He is very clear:

The greatest general is the one who wins without fighting
- Sun Tzu

From this, it follows that you know Shawn Thornton is maximally useful if he doesn't even need to fight.

as it's been correctly stated before, bruins have a roster of guys that can play the game and throw down. getting one enforcer won't change anything beside play into their hand, get into a staged fight with thornton, then go sit the rest of the game. ...
enforcers are not the right debate to have. having a big, tough roster with plenty of skills is the right debate to have. for all the talk about the bruins being big and tough, they also have tons of skills.


No, your reasoning is faulty. There is in fact no debate about whether or not we want guys like Prust, Thornton, Neil who can both intimidate and play hockey. Everybody agrees we need them. However, given that they are hard to obtain to the extent we need, the debate is instead whether or not we should settle for pure enforcers where hybrid player-enforcer types are not available.

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