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01-19-2011, 08:33 PM
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I remember that after Viktor Kozlov's first season in NJ, he got caught with the bad end of the inconsistency bug, and was pretty awful during the game - he'd stickhandle until he lost the puck, didn't play defense, didn't play physical. IMO, he was only kept in the lineup for the shootouts. For several months, he played on the 4th line (imagine trying to use a player like Kozlov on your 4th line in this thing ), getting about 5 minutes per game. But he was there for every shootout, and despite being totally useless during the 60-65 minute game, singlehanded got the team at least an extra 5 points in the standings with his shootout prowess.

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