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03-05-2007, 10:01 PM
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Lord Horse
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The team isn't working hard for 60 mins.

What is needed isn't a 2 man forecheck or the ever-popular "offensive system" (which they use only in the RSL and in Europe these days).... what's missing most nights is the BACKCHECK and that's mainly a problem @ forward. Man I saw Kostitsyn out there backchecking for 2 games and it's no wonder he's been getting icetime. Best backchecker lately: Plekanec (followed by Lapierre). Using speed to backcheck is really all Carbo is asking.

A few players who feel stifled in this "defensive" system don't wanna do that. It's easier to slow up and wait around the neutral zone for a pass instead of working for the puck.

Seriously folks, it really is just that simple. Maybe that system works against certain people's "skills" but other teams kill us when we fail to do it.

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