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06-21-2013, 12:00 AM
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SouthernHab
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Originally Posted by Lshap View Post
You're looking at size as a function of fighting. That is, by far, its least-important aspect. Yes, we need to get bigger. But we need size as part of the game, not after the whistle. We don't need size to fight other players, we need functional size to help us win games. "Functional Size" (I like that term so I'm repeating it) means forwards who can crash the other guy's net and crowd around it for rebounds; it means defensemen who can make life miserable for their forwards by clearing our net and pounding them along the boards in our zone. We say the Habs aren't built for the playoffs, well "Built for the playoffs" does NOT include fighting, as you may have noticed by the lack of fights in most playoff series.
Using your premise, can you explain why Montreal.....a team without an enforcer and the fewest number of players who fight.....had seven fights in the playoff series (5 games) against Ottawa while the two teams with the most fighters......Boston and Toronto......only had two fights in their series (7 games)?

And an additional question. Why was Emelin (who should not be fighting because of his facial injuries) third on the Habs team in fighting majors after only Prust and Moen?

Thanks.

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