Team Toughness or lack thereof
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02-10-2013, 10:50 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
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It's so difficult to measure, toughness. It relies on anecdotal evidence and perception.
Am I the only one to be a little surprised by this complaint? No team this season has come along and dominated the Sens physically aside from MAYBE Tampa bay in front of Bishop. We certainly didn't lose the Winnipeg because we lacked the mythical toughness. Don't get me wrong, a couple big hits early could have woken up the sleepy crowd and maybe brought some energy into the building but we lost that game because we couldn't break down Winnipeg in the neutral zone and are too insistent on using the stretch pass.
Greening and others need to bring it more often but otherwise this isn't a big concern. Discipline has been a much bigger problem and now that the team has played a few well disciplined games in a row people are complaining about lacking toughness. What do you want, a parade to the sin bin or a game like against Carolina where we have the puck so often that there's rarely a chance to throw a hit on the other team? There's middle ground there but playing a brand of hockey where we go out of our way to be tough is going to lead to more penalties. We're one of the best teams 5 on 5 and it's in our best interests to keep it so.
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