: Post-Game Talk:
Game 2 Plus-Minus Thread
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05-05-2013, 02:01 AM
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This stuff is irrational. It shouldn't matter. There is not much tangible you can point to that it did. Except that the team overturning a 3-1 deficit say they feel that way and consider it a rallying point...
Ultimately I agree with Jiggy that the game itself didn't change at all in any way other than the scoreline.
I put as much stock into players considering it a reason one way or another as I do almost any other post-game line they come up with, ie. none.
Two biggest myths in hockey:
1) A fight that changes the momentum of a game.
I can guarantee that there are countless more examples of games NOT turning around after a fight than vice versa. The games that do turn around after a fight, probably would have turned around anyway.
2) Calling a timeout to "calm your team down".
Funny that there are three TV timeouts during each period, but nobody ever seems to point to that when a team turns a game around after a break. I can't tell you how many times I've seen coaches call a 30 second TO when they're due a TWO MINUTE break literally after the next whistle. Somehow, 30 seconds to tell your team to calm their **** down is somehow smarter and more poignant than treading water for a minute or two until it's time for a break that lasts 90 seconds longer.
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