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09-28-2013, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Lafleurs Guy View Post
And we didn't convert our scoring chances in the playoffs. And that's usually the case with us. It's been that way for a long time. We get chances, don't score and then talk about how great the other goalie was and how unlucky we were.
Yes, because that's how hockey works.

And look, it actually works the other way sometimes, too. Remember the Habs beating Washington and Pittsburgh in 2010? What happened then, the Habs' big forwards went to the net and their hulking D prevented the tiny Capitals and Penguins forwards from setting up screens?

No, of course not. What happened was they got lucky. They beat those teams the same way they got beat by Ottawa in 2013 and Philly in 2008.

Never mind the numbers. If people would get that in their heads, that a game played on a rapidly-degrading slippery surface with a bouncing rubber puck is subject to a ton of random variation that's out of both teams' control, hockey discourse could take a huge step forward. And maybe we'd get over this plague of insisting every loss is the result of some flaw despite all evidence to the contary, from lack of size to "not wanting it enough".

Hockey is a game where you can roundly outplay the other team and still lose the game. It's not because of some flaw that you have to stretch and make things up to argue. It's the nature of hockey. It's still better to outplay the other guys because it gives you better odds, but we need to stop pretending the better team wins every game because that's just not how the game works.

The Habs' D is fine. Of course it could use an upgrade, like any club's, but it's hardly a terrible unit compared to the rest of the league.

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