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WCQF: Game 1 - Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks - Apr 13th - 7:00PM PST - CBC
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04-12-2011, 04:46 AM
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This is a really good point. And you nailed it on the head with Bieksa.
He really has a tendency in these types of games to start running around like a chicken with it's head cut off. He gets too emotionally involved and makes a lot of boneheaded plays when he's doing that.
Since he's come back from his injury, he's been pretty consistent, but there have been a couple times where he has made some of those poor emotional decisions, like as you mentioned pinching on a 2 on 1.
In my mind Bieksa always is trying to find the line between playing too emotionally and playing too casually
. When he's at his best, like he's been for much of this season, he is able to play aggressively but controlled, pinching at key times or making a great rush in the offensive end, while breaking up plays and making life unfun for forwards in front of the net. At his worst, he is either running around shockingly out of position, or too lackadaisical and making poor reads and turnovers in his own end.
It seems like the Canucks are more focused on the final goal this year, rather than on the Blackhawks themselves.
Last year they were too focused on avenging their previous losses to Chicago, and were really wrapped up in it.
This year it seems like they are treating them as just another stepping stone on their way to their ultimate goal. We will see!
Great observations here, +1
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