Noels comment during WAS game...
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02-07-2008, 08:37 AM
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To me, this thread is kind of like a Seinfeld episode; it's really about nothing.
His comment translated in my brain as, "Well, we've done well offensively to this point, but we've got to play better defense in order to get the win". Now if he had said, "We're going to go into a defensive shell now and hope the two goals stand up", then I could see why there would be an uproar. But that's not what he said or how I interpreted his comment.
I missed the first two periods; did the Jackets go into a defensive shell in the second period? It seems that they probably were playing straight-up hockey after they got the 2-0 lead, as they had some prime chances to go up 3-0, including Peca's scoring chance that got blocked by the defenseman when the goalie was out of position. I watched the third period, and the Jackets seemed to be on their heels a bit, but Ovechkin will do that to most teams.
As it turns out, he was right; the defense didn't step it up, and as a result they lost.
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