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02-14-2013, 01:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Kriss E View Post
I don't think anybody is playing scared, that's an old myth. Nobody that gets scared because there's a big bad evil guy on the other team gets to the NHL level.
I swear sometimes it's as if people think these guys never played versus enforcers or faced any type of attempted physical intimidation until getting to the NHL.

Nobody is scared of playing versus Colton Orr.

It has nothing to do with preventing injuries either.

It's all about answering the attempted intimidation. A guy like Orr or Neil can talk smack to our guys all game, doesn't mean our team will lose focus, hide in their shells, or lose a game. Heck, I'm pretty sure the star players would lose to play versus guys like Orr more often, they would absolutely dominate them.
But, it's always good to have someone on the team that can step on the ice and just shut up the guy.
Important to note that sometimes, no matter how much they get their face bashed in, some players will keep yapping away a la Barnaby.
Teams have intimidators cause they intimidate, that's pretty simple. Having these guys, it makes the team more couragous like the Leafs, they seem to have more team spirit since they recalled guys like Orr. And it intimidate the opposite club, making them lose their concentration. Neil is the master at it. He's feared by pretty much everybody and he knows it and when he comes at you or just fight someone, it elevates his team when they're not in it. Just like when he did so on the first game against the Habs. He fought Prust and it was a game changer for the Sens, it gave them confidence.

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