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10-07-2013, 11:45 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Dundas, Ontario. Can
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Winning or losing a Cup is a very fine line, ask the Flyers or Bruins.
When you have more talent it may overcome other deficiencies, it also may not. That said, the fundamentals of the game can never be overemphasized. Finish your check, don't take stupid penalties, win the draw or tie up your man, stay on the right side of a scrum.
Will the Hawks talent overcome their current deficiencies? We'll see, but think they have somehow become a less important aspect of the game is just wrong.
An example on an individual basis would be Kyle Beach. When he was the biggest and baddest overage Junior, he ran roughshod despite his fundamental shortcomings. Now those deficiencies are the stumbling block. It is not how one builds a hockey player or a hockey team.
No question of thatÖ.. a fine line indeed. How about the scare Wings gave us last season? We were almost gone before the POís got into gear.
Thatís why I get a chuckle when someone says losing face-offs will never cost us a Cup. Nothing could be further from the truth. Odds are it wonít happen but on any given night, even the smallest detail or bad bounce can be the difference between winning and losing - and details missed have a habit of being magnified in the POís.
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