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02-22-2013, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by NotProkofievian View Post
You need the individuals to step up and solve the really tough problems. Like in the 2010 playoffs when we ran into Philly. They cracked our system wide open, and we had no one to stand up and change the flow of the games. We were eliminated in 5 as a result.

Essentially, philly put obstacles in front of our team that no one could solve, and all the scoring by committee, and team play wasn't going to change that. All the team-work was leading them to the same, wrong answer.

That's why it's so important for us to have a player like Galchenyuk. When good plays simply won't do, you need a player who can make brilliant plays.

However, you do need the support for such players. You need to have an entire team playing their part and buying into one coherent strategy. Superstars can be shut-down too. To me, neither are sufficient conditions for a cup winner. Both are necessary conditions, however.
Philly was a balanced team that had 3 good scoring lines and a great shutdown D.

We were extremely top heavy with only two guys scoring Cammalleri and Gionta. In fact Cammy was the best in the league that playoffs.

We lost because our scorers got shutdown by Pronger, and our shutdown guys couldn't handle 3 scoring lines. That playoffs better illustrates the need for a more balanced team

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