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02-22-2013, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Ola View Post
Those numbers tell us that Hank stood on his head for most of last season, and we as a team did a good job to hang in there and was very lucky at times/got timely goals.

We went into the PO's and could just as well have lost against the 8th seed and the 7th seed and then did not stand a chance really against the, what, 6th seed.

Undoubtedly, out offense needs to approve. Alot. If our defense isn't among the best in the league, we will obviously miss the PO's by a wide margin.

Philly won the Atlantic one year and was the worst, or second worst, team in the league the year after (when they got JVR). It almost went by unnoticed because Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, and a couple of others, really stepped up in a hurry and made Philly instantly respectable again.

We accomplished alot last season. That in its turn do not really say as much of our ability as a team as some seem to think.
We also lost key people.
Prust provided energy when the team needed a spark.
I am pretty sure, he would have made a difference against Montreal.
Dubi was a relentless forechecker. He was hustling and was a good tag team partner with Cally on the pk.
Anisimov was defensively responsible, he was out there protecting leads late in games. And every now then, he would score a timely goal.
Those 3 may not have provided offensive production, but they were key ingredients of last year's team's identity.

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