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Scott Stevens simply stunk UP THE ICE in game 4 back in 86

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Scott Stevens simply stunk UP THE ICE in game 4 back in 86

He was awful. In game 1 of the series he made 2 bone head plays that cost goals and again last night he made another 2 really bad plays that turned a 5-3 caps win and 3-1 series lead into a 6-5 OT loss and a 2-2 deadlocked series. If you watched the replay of the NYR PP goal after the Caps SH goal, you see Stevens shoot the puck into a crowd behind the Cap net, it strikes either Hatcher or Ridley and bounces to Larouche, who hits the NYR player in front for the goal (Brooke?). After the goal you can see Stevens yelling at Hatcher for blocking his clearing attempt! The fact that Hatcher had 2 rangers tying him up behind the net is completely lost on capt earmuff and he, Stevens, hit the crowd, they didn't move!

Then the play on the goal in OT was a classic! You can fool Scotty once, but not twice in the same game. This time instead oftrying to bang the puck off the end boards and out of the zone, Scotty wheels behind the net and lays a perfect pass to Brooke who shots for the OT winner.

I am trying to recall if Stevens has ever beaten the NYR in the playoffs. The other things that have stood out in that series is how offensice Bobby Carpenter was and then all of a sudden just lost his game completely and the defensemen that the Caps had. Langway, Murphy, Stevens, Hatcher and yet they never advanced.
The other enjoyable thing about the games then was the speed. Do you think the players were faster then?

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Originally Posted by ATLANTARANGER
The other enjoyable thing about the games then was the speed. Do you think the players were faster then?
No, not even close. What makes the game appear to be faster in the 80's was:

#1 Smaller players = more open space. When watching a game from the 80's the ice surface looks 50% bigger.

#2 Teams played more aggressively. Instead of trapping and playing a counter attacking 1-2-2 type system, teams tended to forecheck hard with two men in deep. Makes the players appear faster than they are.

#3 Also the difference in speed between the fastest and slowest was much bigger than it is today. A guy like Fedorov is every bit the skater that Coffey was, but since the average skater is much faster he doesn't appear to be as fast as Coffey.

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Yeah, Washington should just cut their losses and gotten rid of him .

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