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02-08-2013, 04:16 PM
HF Needs Feeny
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You can almost tell the fate of this team after 20 minutes of play. The constant has been he team's ability to greatly outplay their opponent in the first period.

The determining factor for their fate has been how well they converted on their chances in that period.

Watching the Boston game, you just knew that they were going to pay for not converting during their first period storm.

Credit Boston for fighting back, but Montreal shot themselves in the foot against Buffalo, or should I say, white shot his teammates in the foot by allowing some hope to enter the game.

When teams simply chip away at you and tie it up, it doesn't hurt as much. But when you lose a 3rd period lead by beating yourself, that's when it stings. Buffalo was the first time I saw real concern in that regard.

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