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02-07-2013, 11:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Liberati0n View Post
It goes to what Langway said about the lack of a second gear. They, and most importantly Ovechkin, finally showed one in the third period tonight (obviously too late to win this game). Their puck possession is a "smokescreen" because the players have no backbone and aren't executing, not because of the system (as discussed above).
Being able to sustain your momentum/contain other team's momentum is really the pinnacle of coaching. Oates has shown absolutely zero ability to do so, backbone or not. If his players are pansies, he should realize that and adjust his coaching accordingly. Ditto if his players are retards, or grinders. That's what coaching is about, not try to teach your guys the most intricate system known to man.

Did our entire backbone evaporate from last season, when Hunter was robotically controlling momentum pretty much every game? I know Semin was a huge part of our backbone, but I didn't think we'd lose so much gut and grit just with him.

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