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04-19-2011, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by 14ari13 View Post
I did not see the game, just the highlights. Anyhow
1. Kronwall, silently a great game with 2 assists and +3, leading the team in IT. Statistic-wise he is the clear 1st star of the game.
2. Helm, obviously he is killing their Dmen (Jovo) by his amazing forechecking.
3. Filppula, nice goal. His production in the playoffs is better than in the regular season. Nice.
HM Salei 1G and +3, Hulder 1A and +2, Howard.
This would be why they don't want to trade Flip despite all the "Flip Is a Waste" threads, even though he doesn't score a ton in the regular season. The guy puts up 40-50 points and plays good defense, and then in the playoffs he's a key contributor offensively and defensively because of his ability to control the puck.

Guys like Flip, Helm, Abdelkader, Eaves, etc are crucial in the playoffs because you can't go full-bore offensively all game, but you also can't sit back and play prevent. You have to kill the clock with puck possession. Abdelkader and Eaves are good at mucking in the corners, Helm uses his speed to get to the puck before the D, and Flip holds onto it as long as possible. I think that's why his scoring goes up in the playoffs - you control the puck long enough in the other team's end, and you're going to get chances.

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