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10-21-2013, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
That or maybe this is just a classic example of how stats don't tell the whole story. Despite the score, the habs had one of their worst efforts against the Preds, which is why the team outside of Price, Eller, Gallagher and Galchenyuk, got panned all game in the GDT, even though the score was tied.

As for the "they spend a good part of the game on PK," teams getting outplayed tend to take more penalties, which was the case Saturday night. If that was an example of the Habs d being "good", then I'm scared for the rest of the season when they actually start playing quality teams.
Sort of true, but the one penalty they cashed in on in the 1st period was due to a forward dumping the puck over the glass (could say he was forced, could call it bad luck), and I'd submit that both of PK's penalties were cases of lack of discipline more than desperation. Could have ended the 1st period on a 2 man advantage if he isn't called for unsportsmanlike from tangling with Nystrom. The holding/interference/tripping penalties are a different story, though, and that's where we start to agree, but how do you categorize Bourque's holding penalty against Jones while we were on the powerplay? That's also discipline, not being "out-worked" while enjoying a 5-on-4 advantage.

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