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02-24-2013, 05:21 AM
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Nac Mac Feegle
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Originally Posted by MPF24 View Post
Losing Rupp and not "gooning up" have nothing to do with being too soft. We play a soft game overall. We're not difficult to play against. Not being soft doesn't mean arbitrarily dropping the gloves and sitting on the bench the other 50 minutes of the night. It means finishing all of your checks, out working the other team, not making it easy to come into our zone or our crease and impart your will on us, not being able to come out of your zone easily because there's a guy breathing down your neck and another guy ready to make you pay if you don't make the right decision. Tough guys and team toughness have nothing to do with one another. We're playing soft, weak hockey right now.
Very well said. There's a huge difference between fighters/goons and team toughness. That inner fire is missing.

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