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11-08-2010, 05:06 PM
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I think this came up in the past. I don't feel like looking it up, but if you go back -- let's say the last two years -- and look at Crosby versus us, I don't think Richards is as 'responsible' for Crosby's success as you think. I don't even know that he's the one on the ice against Crosby all that much (when Crosby has scored). Of course, PP points is one thing. I'm referring to 5-on-5 play.
Agreed. There have been some teams that have shut him down over the past couple years. The Flyers aren't one of them but there are a number of teams he has lit up. I couldn't find playoff data.
That being said, Crosby's numbers vs Philadelphia are approx 1.3 ppg over the past two years. That's a pretty good number for a guy who has had a premier "shutdown" center deployed against him.
Perhaps there are too many factors (like goalkeeping) in play for those numbers to mean anything...
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