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Focus On The Power Play

10/06/2021 at 1:28pm EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Tanguay was hired in the offseason to replace Dan Bylsma as an assistant coach to work with the forwards and oversee a power play that was the worst it has been in recent memory last season, converting at 11.4 percent and ranking second from last in the NHL.

“There’s been a huge emphasis from Alex about just playing hockey,” Dylan Larkin said. “He encourages us -- when we get in high-pressure moments -- to not go to the book. Go to your instincts and make plays.”

Nick Leddy, who played against Tanguay toward the end of his career, said the first-year NHL assistant communicates well and encourages players to do likewise.

“He’s put a lot on us to communicate with each other, try to find plays,” Leddy said. “If we get a power play early in the game, see the PK’s tendencies and talk about it, kind of know what we’re going to do before we get out there. For us, just getting pucks to the net, creating opportunities and moving the puck quick are a few of the keys he’s talked about.”

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