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Morning Commute: Amateur Analysis Of Hershey's Calder Cup Win

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I'm not smart enough to understand all the ins and outs of hockey strategy. I like hockey, but the tactical side of the game isn't my forte. That said ... am I on base to say that the Bears won the Calder Cup using pretty much the same basic strategy as the Capitals? They won with a high-powered offense, not with the kind of puck control, defense-first strategy that supposedly wins in the NHL Playoffs.

Again, I could be off here, but it strikes me as interesting. If that style of play can win back-to-back Calder Cups, it should also be able to win a Stanley Cup, right? If the answer is yes, then it's a sign that the Capitals don't need major changes in their style. Bruce Boudreau's system, which was heavily criticized after the Capitals' loss in the first round, can work. It just may require minor tweaks rather than a facelift.

So basically, I think patience is a virtue here. The Capitals don't need major changes; they just have to do what they do better.

Today's must-reads around the SB Nation network:

  • Speaking of Boudreau and the Caps, Japers Rink left no stones unturned in evaluating his performance in 2009/10. A great, great read.
  • Federal Baseball argues that Ryan Zimmerman is the best third baseman in the National League. I linked this in the Starting Lineup, but I'll put it here too because it's that good. 
  • Testudo Times talks to Maryland's freshman guard Pe'Shon Howard. Check it out.
  • The fact that Evan Turner turned down a workout invitation from the Wizards doesn't make much sense to us. It also doesn't make much sense to Bullets Forever.
  • Black And Red United asks how newcomer Branko Boskovic affects the rest of the roster.
  • Hogs Haven and Washington Examiner columnist Rick Snider debate whether Albert Haynesworth will be on the opening-day roster.
On tap on SBNDC today: Brian Murphy talks about the hope the next decade brings for D.C. sports, and Kyle Weidie's media column will be up later today.