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10-05-2008, 12:36 PM
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Saku wasn't good at all in that serie . I remember a thread where we were questioning his health condition , because he was invisible .

We didn't lost that serie because of Koivu , but because of Ward who was unbeatable .
Definitely disagree 100%. Having Koivu go down changed every single matchup. Koivu was put up against Brind'Amour and both pretty much nullified each others contribution leaving Kovalev and his line to play around with the Canes while Staal was being shut out by Plekanec. The moment Koivu went down, Carolina put Brind'Amour against the Kovalev line which was a complete game changer. It rendered Kovalev/Ribeiro inneffective while Brind'Amour didn't have anyone combative enough to stop him. It made him, Staal and the rest of the Carolina offense better.

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