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03-25-2004, 12:32 AM
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All good point db, but Rivet is also a liability at times. On the goal where Komisarek cut across, Rivet backed up too quickly and then did not switch off on coverage until it was too late. Also, he uses his stick instead of his body down low and often loses the puck in his feet and is a terrible stickhandler.
We all know the faults of our defense, but it seemed like when Souray went down and Julien mixed the pairings it fell apart. I think Julien might have done it on purpose to get a look at how they would react or to see how it would work.
Now we know, our D is very delicate and the strengths of one player are needed to cover for the weaknesses of the other and we can't stray away from the pairings that are working for us.
Komi is not the first D man to come across like that and leave the backside open, it happens many times. It is in no way Rivets fault he did that the only thing bad on Rivets part is not maintaining a tight enough gap, that got Komi excited when he saw it. In that type of two on two Rivet is to play it as a one on one and Komi should drop off to take on the streaking Dumont. Komi is only responsible for Satan if Dumont cuts behind Satan yet still in front of the D, Komi would then assume one on one with Satan and Rivet would be responsible for Dumonts whereabouts. I agree that Mike is tough in front and that is great, useful against bigger slower players. I am just not thrilled with his decision making on his first pass, he is nervous. He will be a good one though.
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