Detroit Red Wings’ Lack of Intensity Will Result in a First-Round Exit

April 18th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
"Intensity" is a word that gets tossed around a lot come playoff time in the NHL.

In fact, it gets used so often that it almost becomes just another cliche to describe whatever intangible asset one team has and another does not.

When it comes to NHL playoff hockey, "intensity," to my mind, encapsulates two very specific things: passion and execution.

A team playing with passion works hard every shift, finishes their checks, and never passes up an opportunity to win a battle.

Execution is a bit tougher to define, but is largely evidenced by a team playing their system for 60 minutes.

Put these two things together, and I think you've got a pretty good definition of what someone means when they talk about "intensity" as it applies to a team's play.

On Sunday, one team in Detroit played with intensity, the other did not and it cost them the game.

The Phoenix Coyotes began the game by scoring 29 seconds into the contest and from there, never backed off their pace of play or strayed away from the system that earned them 107 points in the regular season.

If they do this twice more over the nex ...

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