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08-19-2013, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by BB v2 0 View Post
Boston had one offensively oriented defenseman during that series, and that was a rookie Krug who produced one point in 10 games after scoring four goals and five points against the Rangers.

The culprit? Coaching. Yes, coaching. I know it's everyone's go-to factor, but I've been on Tortorella for the lack of usage of the blueline's speed since the beginning of the season. He was terrible with the defense offensively. Do you honestly think Boston's blueline is that much more offensively capable than the Rangers? If you do, you're being overly negative.
100%. It's not a change to a more offensive system (lol), but it is indeed a system change. The Rangers forwards and defense were essentially separate units under Tortorella. That's why our breakout and transition games were a travesty and it looked like they never practiced. He got the worst out of both in terms of offense. AV won't make them magically more offensive, but they will play as one unit, and it will help.

McDonagh, Staal, MDZ, Moore, Stralman and Girardi are all capable of putting up solid points.

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