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PIERRE MCGUIRE'S IN THE CREASE

May 28, 2012
May 28, 2012

Table of Contents
May 28, 2012

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
LA LA PALOOZA
HORSE RACING
SOCCER
  • The hero of Chelsea's historic Champions League final victory, Ivorian striker Didier Drogba is a man of the world whose intellect and impact extend far beyond the pitch

MOTOR SPORTS
  • His final-lap crash in the Indy 500 last year could have been a career-defining moment, for all the wrong reasons. But JR Hildebrand handled the heartbreak of letting a sure victory slip away with grace. Now he's focused on closing the deal at the Brickyard

INDY 500
  • Since the first daredevils took to the bricks 101 years ago, the race has been on at Indy to find that balance of handling, safety and, above all, speed needed to prevail over 500 miles. Decade by decade, there have been both incremental advances and breathtaking leaps in automotive evolution—concluding with (for now) this year's wholly reimagined supercar

THE TRANSGENDER ATHLETE
  • Playing fields have long been segregated on the basis of sex. But what happens to the athletes whose physiology doesn't match their gender identity? Against whom do they compete? What obstacles do they face? And how are they being treated by sports' governing bodies?

POINT AFTER
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PIERRE MCGUIRE'S IN THE CREASE

For the Devils and the Kings, the best defense is a good offense that forces their opponents' top players to defend rather than attack. New Jersey upset the Flyers in the second round—and had outshot the Rangers 84--75 through three games of the third—because of a relentlessly aggressive forecheck. Under first-year coach Peter DeBoer, the Devils dominate offensive-zone board play with pressing forwards Adam Henrique and Zach Parise, and use their defensemen to create offensive chances off point shots. This high-energy game, similar to that played by the Kings, requires four lines, quick shift changes and unceasing puck pursuit. It's a refreshing switch for New Jersey, which for so long was the preeminent team of the prelockout Dead Puck Era, when the Devils stymied opponents with their passive 1-2-2 trap. Even the Rangers try to push the pace of things. While coach John Tortorella's system does rely on blocking shots, he also asks his defensemen to get involved in the offense, especially in supporting the rush and pinching down the boards to keep plays alive in the offensive zone.

This is an article from the May 28, 2012 issue

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