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Originally Posted by SouthernHab View Post
We can speculate all day long about the impact of adding Murray or Clowe at the deadline.

The reality remains that the Sens manhandled the Habs because we lacked an answer for their physical play.
We already had an answer to the Sens' physical play: don't fall into the trap of playing the other team's overly physical game. The Habs' worst games of the season were when they played with road rage, going out of their way to hit and check when it wasn't necessary, to send some kind of a message. Unfortunately, the message was, "We're not very good at this type of game". This was what we saw in game-three against Ottawa. After totally dominating the Sens in game-two, the Habs came out looking for a fight in game-three and played a stupid, undisciplined, out-of-position game. I don't know if it was a coaching strategy or the players lack of control, but it was the worst possible style for a team that wins by skating, not hitting.

That stupidity cost us a game, plus another two or three aggravated injuries from useless fights.

When Montreal stuck to what they were good at, they handled the physical teams very well all season. We dominated Boston and we dominated Toronto two of the last three games. We don't need to improve to beat the physical teams -- we already can beat them -- we need to improve to beat the skilled teams like the Pens and upcoming Islanders, not to mention the incoming Detroit. Ottawa's a mix of both physicality and skill, but we could have dominated them as we did in two of the games if discipline and injuries didn't tear the team apart.

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