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08-03-2009, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
This is how a player like R.J. Umberger should be played:

On the other hand this is NOT how you play R.J. Umberger.

Watch Lidstrom on the last goal, Umberger comes down the right wing. Lidstrom has at least three points where he can take Umberger out of the play physically and cleanly YET he allows R.J.Umberger to pull the old "Maurice Richard buttonhook move" and score on his forehand.

Lidstrom knows that the Wings are playing Joey MacDonald in nets, 3rd - 5th string goalie so it is up to him to step-up.

Players play differently when there is no threat of a bodycheck, Lidstroms style which produces errors that are hard to explain.
It's not that you don't bring a valid point -- it's just that Lidstrom didn't play that well on that sequence.

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