Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/15/09 at 10:13 AM ET
from Dave Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
This year’s version of the Detroit Red Wings reminds me of another Big Red Machine of years gone by, the Soviet National team.
Those Soviet teams were defined by a similar kind of player, tough and courageous but not rough, skilled but not individualistic, strong but not generally huge, talented enough to win on talent, but smart enough to do it with brains.
They are both heads up, high tempo, disciplined, highly organized, dynamic squads, not big on big hits and big rushes, but masters of their game.
Just as the Red Army teams were often criticized for the players being robotic clones, there is a certain sameness to the way the Detroit players play. They win the puck, control it, then hold it just long enough to move it in the right direction.
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