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10-17-2013, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by SwedishBullet62 View Post
very few people seam to understand this, people bring up the blackhawks for being a soft team but winning the cup and that was in large part due to the fact that that team responded to dirty hits with goals, their powerplay was always a threat and rather than the thought of physical retaliation their opponents had to think about the scoreboard which hurts alot more
Chicago's powerplay was relatively pedestrian compared to other high scoring teams. They scored on the PP 1% more than we did and we all know how our PP was last year. They were a soft team with an average to below average powerplay and they won the cup. The Detroit team that won the cup pretty much never fought and were pretty soft, by HFBoards standard. Since the lockout, the number of tough and soft teams to win the cup is pretty similar.

Of course, we're not at the offensive level of those teams but that's what we're trying to build to. Those teams (and Vancouver) are the model and those teams were extremely successful.

I was screaming for retaliation after the Stepan hit but after doing the research, I'm fairly certain that being a tough team has nothing to do winning games.

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