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10-16-2013, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
Most teams and players are sensible enough not to have critical breakdowns against the best players in hockey. Most competitive teams and players rise to the occasion to at least attempt to shutdown the best players in hockey. This Oilers club sends out invitations to be owned.

OV didn't even have to break a sweat to get the goal. Didn't have to break a check, didn't have to make a fancy move to get open. He cloaked open easily twice in 10 secs because there was no coverage offerered. TWICE. In response to some of the best hockey hands in the game. This is the easiest OV goal he gets. We did the same with Jagr a few games ago. Letting goal scoring legends walk into slot untouched.

When we're not letting a guy like OV kill us with a goal we're letting Backstrom set them up. Only bad things happen when that happens.

Wayne Gretzky would have killed this club every night for fun. He would stop short of uttering Mickey Mouse.

One of the things that HAS to change with the swarm D is players being MUCH better at blocking passing lanes and preventing the passes across. We're trying to execute swarm to oneside D while allowing passes across

N Schultz staring at Backstrom. Everybody in the building knows whats going down. Schultz right there to try to block shot but with a poor pass blocking stance. Do they ever practice this? Backstrom throws a perfect pass right by Schultz like he would 9/10 times. Instant goal. Rented mule.

Every team out there has breakdowns. The difference is, they have goalies that are capable of covering up and stopping most of those breakdowns.

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