Thread: Team toughness
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11-30-2013, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by True Blue View Post
Not exactly correct. The B's are willing to go at it in the dirty areas of the ice. The Rangers are not. The Bruins are willing to go to the front of the net and to move people away from the front of the net. The Rangers are not. The Bruins are willing to engage a player. The Rangers mostly are not. The Bruins defensemen do not play with their sticks in the air poking. The Rangers defensemen do.

In short, the Bruins are willing to get their nose dirty. The Rangers are not. Which is a real shame because not all that long ago, they set an example for the entire league on how to do just that. They have gone from being one of the hardest teams to play against to being one of the easiest.
The reality is sometimes you will have to throw down when you play like the Bruins do. Losing Prust and Dubinsky hurt the Rangers a lot. They would always go to the dirty areas--do the dirty jobs. Prust was obviously better at defending himself and/or his teammates than Dubinsky but Dubi was always willing.

Again though the point needs to be made--Peter Chiarelli has put together a fine team. Zdeno Chara is a top notch d-man who might not fight very often but fights very well. Milan Lucic is a bull in the china shop power forward who can set up in front of the net, score some goals--make some plays and he fights very well. Adam McQuaid is a legit NHL defenseman and he fights very well. Gregory Campbell is an excellent penalty killing 4th line center--not old yet--who contributes some offense and is more than willing to fight anyone anytime even if he's not that good at it. Shawn Thornton is the real resident tough guy but even he is a respectable player for a bottom line left wing. The Bruins have the physical part of the game covered and it accentuates other aspects of that team's overall play. Guys like Krejci, Bergeron and Mr. Agitator Brad Marchand know there are players who have their backs. The above mentioned are not one dimensional Colton Orr's, John Scott's or Brian McGrattan's. They can all play. Apart from Dylan McIlrath on the farm the Rangers really don't have anyone like that--the next closest would be Stu Bickel, Arron Asham, Brandon Mashinter and Micheal Haley--guys who are all decent AHL players.

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