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04-08-2013, 01:27 PM
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Good points, lhc.

Particularly:


It was maddening to watch. I know part of it's how their forecheck worked, but they really were getting so many good bounces.

I was shocked how deep their players were on the forecheck. Like I said before, if the Sabres could have broken through that forecheck, there was opportunity for some odd man rushes.
Danke.....

Agree about opportunities that are presented by beating that forecheck. I'm thinking Jersey played that way because they don't fear the Sabres D 1st pass out of the zone/outlet passing skills. (Much less the break out skill of our wings in their own zone... a problem most of the season...)

Jersey wouldn't have gone so deep if we had a Ray Borque or Rob Blake back there. Size, physicality, quickness, vision and elite 1st pass skills. I don't see all of those combined in any current Sabre defenseman.

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