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02-28-2013, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Talks to Goalposts View Post
Go back and watch a game from Pacioretty period 2010-11, or early 2011-12 ( i suggest the match they lost against the Sabres). The puck possession principles aren't that far off.

The key difference is that Martin era teams relied more on breaking up the oppositon's own breakout to produce fast counter strikes while this group depends more on an aggressive defensive zone system coupled with their own fast breakouts. Therrien's system looks more aggressive, but it actually one more geared at preventing opposition offense rather than creating it for the Habs. Habs are just as dependant on a lower minute line that gets used in managed situations to make up the gap in 5 on 5 scoring this year as they were back then, just now its based on Galchenyuk rather than Desharnais.
And that is the fundemental difference between a trap first team and a puck possession team like Detroit. With the trap, you sit back and let the come to you to end the opponent's possession of the puck, but you do very little of the plays that sustain puck possession, such as passing it back to the Dman if the neutral zone is clogged and whatever else is necessary to keep the puck on your own players sticks.

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