NHL Playoffs 2011: How a Coach Can Win a Series with the Right Moves

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NHL Playoffs 2011: How a Coach Can Win a Series with the Right Moves
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Bruce Boudreau and the rest of the Capitals coaching staff.

Playoff hockey is all about determination, grit and intensity.

16 teams are fighting for their lives in a race for hockey's highest honor.

Players are battling harder than they have all year, digging in the corners and fighting in front of the net. Scraps and fights are born out of sheer passion and desire to win.

Often overlooked amongst the madness is the role of the head coach in playoff action.

A coach can have a huge effect on a team, positive or negative. There are numerous things he can do to tip the odds in favor of his team.

Here are five ways a coach can win a playoff series with the right moves.

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