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02-03-2013, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by KIRK View Post
No, we're not.

Only issue I had today was breakouts. Pens were a little better against the all out pressure forecheck (forwards still leaving too early, but there at least was a little more help to get the puck out). BUT, when the Caps dropped back into that passive 1-2-2 to open the third, the Pens went right into stretch pass, turnover, counter, chance against mode. Fortunately, when the Caps got the PP goal, they abandoned that approach and went back to the all out forecheck.

When people talk about what Claude Noel, for example, did in the Winnipeg game, THIS is it. Winnipeg is a very aggressive forechecking team. They completely abandoned that approach and invited the Pens to keep trying the stretch pass. The Pens obliged.

When the playoffs come and the good coaches really look at the tape, I expect to see more of this. I'd like, just once, to see something that says the Pens have something other than the stretch pass to combat a passive forecheck.
Fully agree and a nice pick up. Its why I almost throw wins against the Rangers out the window. Everyone wants to call Torts a great coach but what has he done to adapt to the stretch pass.

I actually like the stratch pass but when it becomes the only weapon it gets pick apart. Teams can see that in game 1 of a series and adjust. I would actually like to see the Pens set up the stretch as a lure and then set up something in back of it. If teams over defend one then you have another.

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