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04-09-2009, 11:12 PM
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Defense! Why do we make bad plays in our own end so often?

This isn't a defense! chant, but with us having secured a playoff spot, we really need to sort out this back end of ours. We're just too unstable back there. I don't know if its just an issue of confidence in our own end but we need to find a way to remain calm. I don't know why, whenever we're playing a good game, we always end up with one stupid mistake in our own end that leads to a goal against. This is our biggest problem - these are the goals that kill you.

Bob sort out the following please:
-Price coming out and sending the puck along the boards for us to lose it on the half-boards because the opposition's winger hits us off the puck
-please sort out the stupid penalties. Again I think it's a confidence issue, we lose our cool and make stupid decisions, i.e. don't dress O'Byrne
-make a better effort in letting our defense know which side of the ice they're playing on. Too many times in the last 10 games have our defencemen thought they were on the opposite side and left the opposition completely open. Gorges the other day and O'Byrne today on Boston's first goal tonight.
-and finally, the stupid passes up the middle when we're behind our own net. Our centers aren't big enough and won't win that battle. Find a better break out play.

If we sort out our own end, we'll beat this Boston team. They showed today that they can't handle our speed when we pin them in their own zone. JUST AVOID THE STUPID MISTAKES IN OUR OWN END. That is all that is killing us.


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Hamrlik looks slow out there. We need more speed on the back-end...some of the players' ages are really apparent.

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Hamrlik looks slow out there. We need more speed on the back-end...some of the players' ages are really apparent.
I don't think hamrlik is playing at 100% right now.

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There's a 79-shaped hole back there. You can't expect miracles, especially before they get used to not having their best guy.

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There's a 79-shaped hole back there. You can't expect miracles, especially before they get used to not having their best guy.
It's been going on even when Markov is around. We make bonehead plays in our own end at least 5 times a game. Don't you notice that even when we play really well, we always let up one bad goal?

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So why does everyone think this happens? Why do we always let up that one bad goal even when we're dominating the play? How do we solve it? Is it confidence? Trust in other players? Our defensive strategy? This is the biggest thing holding us back.

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