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05-21-2013, 09:24 AM
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Nac Mac Feegle
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Originally Posted by Bluenote13 View Post
Agreed.

Playing a defensive system guarantees nothing for goalies, look at Brodeur. As much as we all would love to crucify him for the teams in front of him, he still had to make big saves when it mattered and he did. Just like Hank does. 35, 48, 32 shots faced the last 3 games, yeah, thats some 'defensive shutdown' infront of him.

Fans take him for granted, just like Leetch who was 'not a good leader', remember that one ?
To be brutally honest, team defense this year is horrible compared to last season. Guys aren't setting up properly to block shots all that often (actually look a bit timid after the heavy shots Girardi and Staal took this year) and end up simply standing there blocking Lundvist's view instead of blocking the puck most of the time. The defensemen seem to look lost quite a bit, which I really don't remember last year where they were much more aggressive on the puck carrier and boxing out the slot. And the forwards have been lax at covering their assignments in the defensive zone as well. It's almost like half the team forgot the basics of defensive style hockey. All seem to be a lot of odd-man rushes against this year.

It's like the team is trapped between last year's ultra defensive team style, and trying (but not knowing how) to open it up a little. It's like they're in no man's land mentally.

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