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06-17-2011, 03:13 AM
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Having a high-quality 3rd line though would give the Habs a big secondary scoring threat against comparatively weaker 3rd-lines.
You can get sort of the same result by having a high-quality DEFENSIVE third line that plays against the first or second line of the other team and shuts them down. This gives your first or second line a better matchup in most cases.
When Moore-Lapierre-Pyatt were buzzing about on the ice and shutting down the Washington and Pittsburgh offensive juggernauts in the 2010 playoffs, either Cammalleri or Gionta got an easier matchup. And they profited by scoring.
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