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How do teams get blown out in the playoffs? May 3, 2010

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.
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Or, will the real Chicago Blackhawks please stand up?

I’ve been chewing this around in my head for a few days now… how does it happen that a team makes it to the playoffs, and especially to the second or third round, but still gets blown out of the building? A few theories:

  1. The team was physically or mentally intimidated.
  2. Your players decide, usually unconsciously, not to play “the system”.
  3. Your goaltender gets rattled.
  4. You experience a loss, (injury or otherwise), of a key player, and instead of it firing you up, it scares you.
  5. Your coach makes a crucial tactical error.

I don’t know what happened, but hopefully the Blackhawks will make it a series.



1. Cynthia - May 4, 2010

I agree. When you get a sudden letdown, like the other team gets two goals 30 seconds apart, you panic a little. You start holding your stick too tight and trying to go too far to try and get your team back up and you commit penalties and the system falls apart. First thing you know, your team has collected three more penalties and two more goals and you’re pretty much blown away.

2. Richard - May 3, 2010

I think that in a lot of ways hockey is a mental game, and a lot of things can throw a team off. Emotions, both good and bad, can be infectious.

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