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12-10-2008, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by OpenWheel View Post
Yeah, de Vries messed up there.

I say that despite it not being Legwand's fault on that goal he did loaf a few strides at the blue line, once the play was past him, until he saw the open man and then tried to catch up. If he hadn't quit briefly he may have been able to make a difference and bail the dee out.

He's shown much more consistent hustle since he was "called out" and he's very effective then. But this time he slept a bit.
Legwand didn't need to hurry...his man, the third one into the zone, wasn't even in the play.

The center isn't supposed to just blindly skate back as fast as possible to cover for any brainfart by a d-man. He was in a support position just like he is supposed to be. If the center did try to chase down every play from behind, just in case the D has a brainfart, he'd be completely out of position to do his job on breakouts and transitions.

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