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03-06-2010, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
I think our team defense has been better all year long (even under Stevens). The last two games, however, we've seen teams just throwing the puck at Leighton...don't know if that's because they are weaker offensive clubs, or because they watched tape and decided that the best way to get goals on him was to just throw the puck at him (consecutive games where bad angle shots on net have ended up goals).
He's very good, generally, at making the first stop so trying too much finesse is a mistake. The way to take him down (and take him down rather easily) is to pepper him with shots and have guys willing to do the dirty work to get at the rebounds. Kimmo and Pronger know what they have to do to protect Leighton but even they can't be everywhere at once. Rebounds are going to kill this team in the playoffs if the other teams just throw the puck at the net whenever possible.

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