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02-17-2013, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Uncle Howie View Post
Defense wins Stanley Cups, offense wins Presidents Trophy.
That's 1) completely overgeneric and 2) completely false. The year Boston won the cup, Vancouver had a better GAA. The year Chicago won the cup, they had a far better offense than Philadelphia. The two years before that were both Pittsburgh vs. Detroit; in 2008-2009 both teams were top-6 in offense and bottom-13 in defense. In 2007-2008, Detroit was 1st in GAA while 3rd in GF - Pittsburgh was skewed because they sucked under Therrian and were excellent under Byslma.

You can't break hockey down to "great offense" vs "great defense". It's too fluid. This isn't football where you have set defensive players and set offensive players... or baseball where you have set roles at each time. Every player has to do their job defensively and quickly transition to offense. The better your defense is, the more time you spend with the puck in the offensive zone. Good defense creates offense.

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