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11-17-2013, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Watsatheo View Post
It's weird, Habs went from puck possession + very aggressive forechecking team back to Martin style passive forecheck with collapsing/shot block D with essentially the same players.
The Habs didn't change their style, the opposition changed their style against the Habs.

Before Therrien, Montreal played a cautious offensive game and most teams gave them space and waited for those annoying chips and dumps. Montreal had room but was afraid to use it. Last season, Montreal switched to a quick, aggressive breakout pass that gave them neutral zone control and moved them up ice fast with the puck on their sticks. Huge difference.

Unfortunately, other teams have adjusted. They're now rushing our defence deep in our zone, interrupting our breakout passes and forcing us back into chips, flips and desperate long passes that end up as icing whistles. Habs have lost their set-up pass to forwards, which means they've lost the neutral zone.

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