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04-05-2011, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by we want cup View Post
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I noticed that Stepan was particularly physical last night. I remember reading an article last year where he and his coach talked about how physical engagement makes his overall game improve, and I think last night is a testament to that. Even just his little bump on Ference on the 2nd Prospal goal bought him enough time to make a play on the puck.

He was banging defensemen all night. He isn't heavy enough for them to be bone-crushers, but he was making good body contact on every shift. It isn't something that's been there all year for him, but when he plays like this, he's much more effective.
Great point and thats the point about finishing checks they don't need to be rock'em sock'em to be effective

Brickley pointed that out with the telestrator last night as soon the goal was scored that Stepan used his body to get body position in the corner.

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