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04-06-2013, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthJerseyRanger View Post
I think at this point it's safe to say that these are the types of players that need to play on a Tortorella team. Amazing, because I honestly thought that first night in Boston when they rolled out those lines that they would be unstoppable.

Opening night vs. Boston

Hagelin - Richards - Nash
Gaborik - Stepan - Callahan
Kreider - Boyle - Pyatt
Rupp - Halpern - (Asham) [suspended 1 game]


Nash - Stepan - Callahan
Zuccarello - Richards - Clowe
Hagelin - Brassard - Boyle
Pyatt - Powe - Asham

...absolutely unbelievable to think that the bottom tandem is the one seeing more chances at the net and more success. Hockey has got to be the most difficult sport to project from paper to results. Anyone else remember the 2003-04 Avalanche? Never ceases to amaze me.
That opening night team was SO sexy on paper, and under the right coaching staff and system could have been effective for sure. But under Tortorella? He'd take team 2 any day of the week.

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