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08-28-2009, 04:54 AM
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maybe I only get caught up with the media thing against Joe Thornton not performing in the playoffs, even though Claude Lemieux kinda talked against him not rising up in the playoffs, but there was the same problem with Datsyuk a few seasons ago and during the regular season Pavel played 0 time on the PK. Some coaches think that defense and PK playing in particular is all about effort and being involved in the play at all time and not about perimeter play like when you're on the PP. I'm not sure if Pavel's play in the playoffs turned around when Mike arrived, but it seems like his level of play rose when he started playings on the PK, just wondering if it could help Joe being the player he can be during the playoffs.

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