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02-24-2009, 01:28 AM
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Lucius
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Originally Posted by buddahsmoka1 View Post
I tend to believe that its not just Kovalev's fault that lines aren't productive when he is on them, alot of his linemates just sit there and watch and expect him to make the plays.
Exactly.

Kovalev doesn't dump the puck in often, which is a fault. But he does pass the puck (see Plekanec's goal last game). I really don't think he's that much of a puck hog. He does try more one on one (or one on three) moves than the average player, but that's because he's not the average player. You all freak out whenever it works, but whine about it the rest of the time. That's the price you pay for a talented, creative player. If you want someone to dump and chase, call Steve Begin.

If Kostitsyn isn't producing on Kovalev's line, then I'd put 80% of the blame on Kostitsyn, 10% on Carboneau for not making a move and 10% on Kovalev for not utilizing his linemate better.

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