The 3rd and 4th line
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01-11-2007, 11:53 AM
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I think a major problem, and I tried to address it in a thread that was locked immediately, is that when teams do tighten up on our guys and the going does get tougher, nobody does anything.
My example focused on Witt. They're acting like this clown is Larry Robinson. He's not that good. The fact that we allow this guy to alter our game plan is ridiculous. Since we have 6 bottom line forwards who we are all saying aren't going to score, why isn't one of these guys trying to goad Witt into a penalty or get him off the ice for a fighting major?
Why not give him something to concentrate on and get him off his own game, instead of letting him get our guys off theirs? This is why we need not just a guy like Orr, but team toughness. These guys have to start sticking up for each other and I mean not only when someone crosses the line into cheapshot territory, but all the time. If I'm an "enforcer" and you're playing my teams best player too close, I single you out. If I can't get to you, I go play your guy too close. Far too often we allow marginal guys like Witt or Jay Pandolfo to alter the course of the our gameplan. If we have 6 interchangeable guys on the 3rd and 4th lines,
some of these guys have to start taking one for the team and doing something about this.
I agree. Thoose small details are lacking. Like pressuring a Rafalski, like everyone getting out of their way to hit the other teams puckmoving D, stuff like that. Darn I even see it from the Swedish national team more then I doo from the NYR.
We got very little stuff like that gooing. Holly upsetting Forsberg is the only thing I can think about.
I can understand us not wanting things to get out of hand, we wouldn't benefit from it since we got pretty fragile leaders so to speak. But sometimes we needs to start initiating things, and give back some. I thought guys like Holly, Orts, Ward and Betts would have that in their blood, but obviously they don't.
Maybe we must get someone like Maltby here to learn this kids a thing or two.
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