Team Toughness or lack thereof
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02-10-2013, 08:40 AM
Join Date: Jun 2006
It's so difficult to measure, toughness. It relies on anecdotal evidence and perception.
There's no question the team last year benefitted from the toughness thing. And it wasn't just about fighting. That series with the Rangers turned for the better when Carkner went after Boyle and the entire team just had each other's back from that point forward. Although this is an over-used term I'm comfortable saying that they "played bigger" because of that. They attacked and used their skill more effectively on the forecheck. It was tangible.
That's all I want. The right mix. The team wins when skilled players score. Skilled players score when they're in a good position to score. They are in a good position to score when they make room for themselves and others make room for them as well. Hockey is a mental game just like any other. If the other team sees you coming at them wave after wave and not backing down they are more likely to make a mistake later in the game.
Just like Ottawa did yesterday.
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