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06-27-2011, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by LeftCoast View Post
Actually, Bieksa wasn't playing poorly, even to start the year. The problem was, everyone was expecting him to be bad, so that every goal or scoring opportunity against was immediately blamed on Bieksa. It just took him half a year to convince the critics that he was playing really well.

I recall screen capturing and annotating several goals that were blamed on Bieksa (complete with that animated gif of a puck bouncing through his skates from last year). In one case it was both Sedins who went for a shift change with a loose puck in the neutral zone and in one case Ballard (whom Bieksa was playing with) fell down, Bliznak failed to pick up anyone, Bieksa was left to cover 3 guys and Luongo left the post open on the short side. On another, Malhotra failed to cover Heatly in front of the net.
What about the play where he was first to the puck behind the net but let Rick Nash just steal it from him and waltz to the front of the net? He was not particularly good to start the season, despite the ever more popular "oh you guys were just hating and too blind to see" rhetoric.

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