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04-17-2011, 01:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Wooty View Post
I like the fact that nobody will take on Westgarth. That is a huge advantage especially if he is getting regular (4th line) time.
He has been a good deterrent. For once I'm going to buy into the deterrent argument everyone likes to use for the regular season. There are multiple Sharks players who seem like they want to take liberties. Usually those 4th line guys wind up on the ice at the same time as him, and they aren't doing anything overboard. Instead they're taking stupid slashing penalties and things like that while Westgarth is not.

And if something actually does happen, the best way to stem the tide of positive momentum for San Jose would be for Westgarth to pound whoever actually takes that next step into mush. There is nobody on that team who wants to fight him. Plus, it's hard to find heavyweights who can actually play playoff hockey and make themselves useful in a non-fighting capacity and Westgarth has done that.

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