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01-05-2014, 04:24 PM
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We've been able to win games that were in our favor to win based off of how well we played against them in the 60 minutes. The reason why we've been .500 is because we haven't been able to win against the games that weren't ours to win. When we score first, we have a stellar record, when we don't, we are doomed. It's just another dimension to the lack of ways to find a way to win a game. Whether it's the no show from Henrik this season, or the lack of compete level, we need to find both in order to starting going in the right direction, team wise and games above .500 wise.

We need to be able to win games where it's a battle. We lost late to the Jets and missed major points there. We lost late to the Caps and allowed them a 4 point game. Pittsburgh, out battled and out played and were forced into mistakes too easily. Every tough fight ends in a loss for us which is a damn shame because we used to be able to get those to OT more often than not. Broke our 90 something game streak of at least a point when leading after 2 etc. etc.

The Devils are the opposite of us. They force OT like hell. 1,2,3 goal deficits to start the 3rd, or even later, yet they force OT for their loser points. Without our poor compete level in close games, we'd be up a few more and the Devils without their underdog compete would be in Isles Territory.

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