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12-15-2013, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by LeMAD View Post
We're a special teams and goaltending team, but 5 on 5, Therien is right. It's all about speed and hard work more than skill. Dump the puck behind the D and go get it.
Then "grinding" is really code for "bad", and I think the Habs have plenty enough skill not to play badly.

Dumping the puck has been shown to be considerably less effective than entering with possession, so if you're dumping it in when you have another option you're most likely making a serious tactical error.

They need to be a puck possession team and they have the skill to do it most of the time. Willingly letting go of the puck when there are other options is just wasteful.

But maybe Therrien was just trying to coax them to "work harder". Needful, but that's not how you solve most hockey problems, no matter what Carbonneau thought.

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