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05-14-2013, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by RandyHolt View Post
One thing you forgot to mention about eRat that I saw in our small sample size, he finished his checks.

Oh and he would takes hits to make plays.

Yep and yep.

Here's the thing: I actually believed that this group figured out in Game 4 of the 2008 series against Philly how to play in the playoffs: win puck battles, be strong on the boards, absorb punishment, dole it out when the refs aren't looking, establish traffic and net presence, stay patient and play responsibly, score dirty goals, blah blah.

And then after 2010 and 2011 disabused me of the notion that we had learned that lesson, I thought Dale finally instilled it in 'em last year. Turns out I was wrong. As tycoon I think noted, when we press (because we're under duress defensively or can't score or both), we revert to really terrible habits (stranding the D, overpassing, trying to be too fine with our shots, failing to go to the net). We stop doing all the things mentioned above that you have to do to win playoff games.

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