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05-23-2011, 05:22 PM
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He was the associate coach, look it up. Actually I'll do it for you since you seem incapable of stating actual facts.

http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php...58/la_id/1.htm

Cowen played with at least 4 different partners throughout this year's tournament. And Barrie was not a good partner, he was directly responsible for a number of breakdowns that led to opponent goals. Cowen was often left on his own.

At the start of the tournament, most pundits (TSN etc) had Cowen and Gudbranson as the logical shut down pairing who would be out against the other team's top line and log huge minutes. Ellis and De Haan would be the offensive pairing and log the majority of the PP time. Almost immediately, Gudbranson got paired with Despres and Cowen often played in the 3rd pairing with rotating partners every game (Olsen, Barrie and Despres) even though he was clearly the best defensive option to shut down the other team's top line. Despite all the uncertainty with his role, Cowen was still consistently awesome but they really dropped the ball in the way they played him.

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