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Are you guys noticing a certain new rowdyness in our captain?

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A LITTLE better than usual. I think this guy would at least punch Marchand back once now.

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He gets four minutes a game in hooking and holding anyway. I'm happy if he switches it up to four minutes of roughing instead.

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I've noticed it too. Some new pushback after whistles, some snarl. I love it. Hope it grows and leads to a Conn Smythe. I think it goes back to the Brown hit in the playoffs, it made him grow/learn/toughen. Definetly a bright sign in a rough patch of weeks.

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Henrik is definitely playing more physical and scrumming it up from time to time. The Sedins have laid more hits this season than I've ever seen.

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I love it when someone upends Danny and thats when you see the fire in Hanks eyes. He goes after whoever it is and knocks them down. It is awesome.

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Yes indeed, I mentioned it in my thread "Positive Thoughts" last week.

"Little things like Henrik getting between one of his players and shoving his opponent back, both he and Danny finishing checks and pushing off opponents, like they meant it, around Cory's goal."

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Not even joking , but Hank has been smoldering sine the second week of the season. I have a few games recorded and he has been throwing some savage croschecks and has this nasty scowl on his face ? The twins still have that step and vision as well. These two have some stones and I bet they are willing to roll a few more seasons yet.

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I've noticed it too. Some new pushback after whistles, some snarl. I love it. Hope it grows and leads to a Conn Smythe. I think it goes back to the Brown hit in the playoffs, it made him grow/learn/toughen. Definetly a bright sign in a rough patch of weeks.

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I don't think the stick to bobrovskys face was intentional at all, hank was clearly looking at the puck turned around and accidentally hit him when he moved his stick. But I do agree with you that he actually defends himself more and sends a message.

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He defiantly looks like he has had enough with being pushed around. Now we just have to till he fights Marchand.

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Yeah I'm loving the transformation.

I think a light bulb went off in his head. He can't rely on the refs to do their jobs and call penalties because they simply wont. So instead of continuing to take abuse, he's had enough.

Frankly I'm glad he came to this realization because I was really hating the way this team was tucking their tails in between their legs on scrums after the whistle.

This is also huge because he is our captain. His style will build team culture and if they see that their captain wont take crap anymore, no one else will either.

For instance, if a 3rd liner sees their captain take abuse in order to draw a penalty, the 3rd liner will probably follow suit because he would be selfish to go after someone after the whistle when he sees his captain putting up with crap for the sake of the team. But now that they see Hank is ok with mixing it up, I can see the rest of the guys do the same

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"Yeh! Hank's a killer"...............with apologies to Slapshot. :rolleyes:

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Yeah I'm loving the transformation.

I think a light bulb went off in his head. He can't rely on the refs to do their jobs and call penalties because they simply wont. So instead of continuing to take abuse, he's had enough.

Frankly I'm glad he came to this realization because I was really hating the way this team was tucking their tails in between their legs on scrums after the whistle.

This is also huge because he is our captain. His style will build team culture and if they see that their captain wont take crap anymore, no one else will either.

For instance, if a 3rd liner sees their captain take abuse in order to draw a penalty, the 3rd liner will probably follow suit because he would be selfish to go after someone after the whistle when he sees his captain putting up with crap for the sake of the team. But now that they see Hank is ok with mixing it up, I can see the rest of the guys do the same

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Probably has more to do with the realization that even though they are all star elite players in the lleague the refs do not make the calls. And actually make the calls agWinston them instead they have some tough guys on the team who can keep other teams from getting out of hand but they themselves seen to be taking it into there own hands.

Maybe the offseason training with kassian helped them in the ruff and tough side as much as they helped him mature and get in shape.. Plus having a tighter relationship with a guy like kass never hurts knowing he will watch your back.

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Or how bout when he that full on slapshot to the jaw, hit the ice bit sprung up immediately and skated off just slightly wincing. Wtf was that??? Lol the guy is an absolute rock this year and if it weren't for major team slump this year he'd probably be in the running for MVP again if Crosby went down.

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