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07-27-2009, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Trottier View Post
Your opinion, which I respect.

However, I could not disagree more.

The comment quoted is a comment born strictly of numbers and not context.

If you equate scoring a goal in a 5-1 intra-conference game in November vs. Phoenix with scoring a goal in tied Game Six of a playoff series in May, we watch a different game.
Well clearly the level of competition in a playoff series is upped, and the level of effort required to be a significant factor is slightly different, but good players strive in either. There is no clutch, no "playoff warrior" persona that guys play, it's just strange sample sizes amplified by myths and legends.

Look at a player like Claude Lemieux, who has always been praised as some sort of primetime performer, his playoff GPG average is just slight percentage points higher than his regular season GPG. A player's overall success in a single playoff series should not have significant impact on their value as a player, look at Chris Drury.

If you believe Zherdev is just not a quality player, well then you are free to believe that, but the idea that he is some sort of heartless ghost because he failed to put up points in a single series is absurd.

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