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05-05-2013, 11:19 PM
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Nac Mac Feegle
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Originally Posted by Kershaw View Post
I thought it was a genius tactic by MacLean.

Everything was going fine for the Rangers and was looking like a quick series at that point until Boyle got Carkner'D. We were shocked.
Exactly.

If you look closely at the Senators playoff history over the last 10 years, we've always has high talent rosters, but little (tee hee) jam. We were dominated by the Ducks in the final, out muscled by Toronto several times, and banged around by nearly everyone. As soon as the Sens met up with any adversity, they'd shut down.

One of the biggest changes MacLean made was to give the team a physical identity and never give up attitude. Not just bringing up goons to fight, but actually forchecking, and having some guys on the roster who don't wilt like daises after taking a few hits.

I just wish the guys would've given Boyle a pushback right away in game one (not a gooning like game 2, but an old fashioned hockey scrum) right when he gave Karlsson a facewash. Allowing Boyles' presence to simmer in Karlsson's mind until the next game was a bad, bad move.

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