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05-18-2013, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Sturminator View Post
This is an argument that we see a lot in the ATD, and I always find it strange. Forward vs. forward, defensively speaking, is mainly relevant in transition. Possessing the puck for any meaningful period of time requires cycling it, and forwards on the cycle go up against the other team's defensemen + one forward down low.

Every forward line needs at least one guy (often the center, but not always) who can support down low, and anything more than that is a luxury, not a necessity. In fact, the old Kapustin - Balderis line on the Red Army team was built with a physical, defensively-conscious center (Zhluktov) who went down into the defensive zone in support when the opponent forwards were cycling. That was a very successful line, and Roenick is sort of like a much better, angrier version of Zhluktov.

At any rate, Montreal's blueline is both very skilled and very tough, and every line will be able to support well in the defensive zone. Pittsburgh won't get any easy rides on the cycle against this Habs team, and the AC's 2nd line, in particular, looks awfully soft for a unit that is supposed to possess the puck for long periods of time. Neither Schriner nor Morris played any kind of a physical game, and with all due respect to Steve Larmer, he's not all that tough, either, when compared to guys like Thomson and Mortson. Puck possession is, indeed, likely the biggest weakness of the Pittsburgh 2nd line in this series against a group of defensemen who are simply much more physical.
Schriner wasn't punishing, but he was big and could handle physical players.

Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 2
Sweeney was a big man, a fast skater and very nimble in his play. He played hard and his penalty record is surprisingly low considering his size.

The Calgary Daily Herald - 1/14/1935
Rarely does a recruit to the major league hockey in his first year among the big-time battlers steal the goal scoring thunder of veterans. That, however, is just what David Schriner, New York Americans' stellar rookie, is doing. Schriner is a big, husky, aggressive lad, standing over six feet high and weighs 183 pounds, and so far has been a standout among the season's rookies.

The Calgary Daily Herald - 11/21/1939
Schriner said yesterday it was the game he missed since jumping to professional ranks in 1933-34 when he moved from Calgary amateur ranks to Syracuse, only season he spent in the minor pro leagues. The Syracuse stay was followed by five seasons with the New York Americans, during which he led the league in scoring two seasons. Leafs bought him from the Americans this year. It was decided to rest Schriner for a game following a tilt against Detroit here Sunday...Sweeney says he had no hopes of setting an "iron-man" record.

The Calgary Daily Herald - 11/14/1941
Schriner, fractured toe in a cast and wearing oversize skates, returned to National Hockey League wars last night in Toronto and led the Leafs to a 4-2 victory over Montreal Canadiens. Schriner scored two goals.

I don't think my line is soft with him and Larmer. I posted everything I have last series on Larmer's toughness, if he can't hang with your nasty second pair who can?

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