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03-04-2013, 09:48 AM
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That team had no pure skill aside from Hemsky and Samsonov. It was all heart, all grind, hardwork. Pronger helped but it wasn't just him if that's what you're getting at.
They didn't catch lightning in a bottle. They acquired a real goaltender and became what everyone expected them to be at the start of the season if they had a goalie.
Roloson stood on his head for 3 series in a row and we had perhaps the best Dman in the game at that time. It's as simple as that. It was a fluke but the oiler managment like many other management teams refused to assess the team with a critical eye and then went chasing rainbows for the next 2 or 3 years.
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