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02-01-2010, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Devils Advocate View Post
I don't even care about his points, just the intensity he played with.
In a way, and I know it might sound stupid, this is something that irritated me quite a bit last night. Until then I was starting to question Mueller's ability to raise his game's intensity. I was thinking maybe he just can't do it. He'd always be this kind of guy who seems to be floating around but uses good stick work and solid positioning to get points on the board. It would have been disappointing, but understandable. Not everyone can take over a game with an intense performance like Doan, Jovanovski or even Upshall sometimes do.

And then he pulls a game like last night out of nowhere?? Why the **** doesn't he do that every single game?? As you said, when playing like that, his points total becomes irrelevant. His presence was felt all over the ice, and when he didn't have the puck he created openings. That's what Doan does almost every night. Even if he's in a scoring slump, it's extremely rare that Doan might go for a whole game without being noticed. Whether it's forechecking, blocking shots, hitting, he'll always try different things to help the team win the game.

Now that I know Mueller is actually capable of playing with such intensity, there is zero excuse for any other piss-poor performance. There is no reason why he could at least work this hard most games. I'm not asking for 2 points a night here. Just hard work and make that #88 show up on a regular basis.

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