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07-08-2013, 11:48 AM
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I don't really understand the "big bad Bruins" mantra that's tossed around here. We've played quite well against them over the last couple years and rarely have I watched a game between us and them where we were seriously out muscled.

Sure, this team is missing a Lucic or Bickell in the forward group, but I don't think either of those players is going to fix anything. Toughness is a team concept. It's not something you sprinkle in as a garnish. Building a team that has grit throughout the lineup is tough to do, which is why so few teams actually have it.

I think this team needs an identity, but I don't think it's going to be based around sandpaper. We have an elite goalie, very good defense with above average mobility, and a forward group that really can't dominate in the offensive zone. To me, that screams "transition offense" more than anything else. So, in that way, maybe we can emulate Boston.

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