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02-24-2013, 01:58 AM
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I made a couple long posts at the start of the year saying how Ottawa has developed a new system that consequently develops an unbelievable strong defensive system.

The new system of MacLean is kind of like Barcelona in soccer. Play a puck-possession game and when you don't have the puck, you get it back with timely defensive plays and strong awareness on your defensive alignments that force the other team to play as you set-up defensively. This results to more committed and organized style of play as well as more transitions into an offensive role that creates more shots on net.

Remember how we were second in the league in shots on net and yet ALSO the best team defensively. It's not a coincidence, it's one thing that leads to another.

Tonight, the Leafs had literally no real scoring chance. Bishop played a great game but Anderson would have had a shutout quite easily tonight, imo. Defense has been spectacular but it's NOT individual defensive plays but the forwards coming back and helping out making it all so much easier.

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