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04-26-2013, 12:15 PM
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Probably a couple of things. They had more time to gel as a team with the short training camp. Obviously so did other teams, but it takes time to settle in to a season and get things right defensively. Vokoun's play as a reliable back up helped a lot and him calling out the team for their poor defensive play seemed to coincide with them tightening up. I'm sure the media made more of it than it was, but certainly having an a new veteran leader calling out the room will wake up the crew. The re-emergence of Paul Martin as a top pair defender was huge as well.

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