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01-18-2014, 10:15 PM
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The New Jersey team that bounced us out a couple years ago in the conference finals wasn't a very talented team really. Our team that year was a lot more talented than they were. They played a system and their bigger wingers won tons of puck battles from us. The playoffs are about attrition--fighting is rare but big physical players who can play are very important to have. It should be kept in mind as well that their 4th line (Gionta, Bernier, Carter)--a physical line just destroyed us as did Boston's 4th line (Campbell, Paille, Thornton) last year. You need skill but skill is not enough on its own. Your lesser players can't be passengers. The more they contribute the better your chances.

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