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03-20-2013, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Crease View Post
I'm not complaining about the last 2 games. Transition game was much better and the team was more aggressive about driving to the net with the puck. But guess what that resulted in...more chances for the other team. So we have to pick our poison. You can't look at team offense and team defense in vacuums. Both systems impact each other.

Tort's mantra is to keep the puck as far away from the Rangers net as possible. That means getting the puck below the goal line in the offensive zone. It's why you see our best players more often then not dump and chase on an even break. It's why you so very rarely see a Ranger pass the puck backwards in the neutral zone. Just get it deep and go from there. Torts would rather forego an offensive rush to prevent the possibility of a rush the other way.
I agree about pick your poison. I wish more people would recognize the risk/reward components.

Theres certain teams its OK to get into a track meet with -- theres certain teams where its foolish (Pittsburgh comes to mind). Its easier to play a more wide open game, every team in the league can do that. Torts concentrates a bit more on the lockdown, grind it out type of game, because thats more difficult and physically demanding.

I dont mind him harping on it because I want a team that can play both ways by the time the playoffs come around.

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