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02-04-2013, 11:21 PM
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What? There is Martin there who is pretty soff and on the team for other reasons, but other than that every single one of our D-men are tough to play. A lot of humanity there also after the additions of Despres and Bortuzzo.
We have just seen three games in a row where the above has been a great contributing reason to us keeping it tight around our goalie and mostly nullified three forechecks that really came at our D-men behind our net. I cannot think of a time where the need for a bruiser seemed less predominant?
....and thanks Burgs
Because though we have a bunch of guys who aren't soft by any stretch of the imagination, I don't think we have anyone on this roster, including Orpik these days, who can pull one of those shifts off that Orpik had in Detroit a few years ago. No guys shy away from contact, but I don't think any of them welcome it how Orpik did in our Cup runs. The kind of physicality where guys get scared to touch pucks for fear that they are going to get dropped.
What's the Brian Burke word? Truculence?
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