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04-23-2013, 03:02 PM
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A lot of people point to our recent run as simply due to the lack of pressure felt by the players night in and night out.

But looking at Edmonton, they have been playing without pressure for the first few years of their rebuild, surely. No one expected them to make the playoffs, and they had a whole group of young guys just playing to try to establish themselves. But in Edmonton, this atmosphere led them to the bottom of the standings every year.

At the end of the day, I don't think that our wins in meaningful games (for the opposition) over Minnesota, Phoenix and Edmonton can be fully discounted because of the pressure-free atmosphere, because Edmonton has been in that situation for years and hasn't done better than last place.

At the end of the day, winning games in this league is more than about playing with a smile on your face.

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