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08-31-2011, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
It's kind of offtopic, but I think the forwards don't escape blame. I've seen Ovechkin spend too much time hovering in scoring positions waiting for teammates to win battles, but I've also seen him try to do to much - run around hitting everything in sight, fighting every battle himself... perhaps since his soft teammates aren't doing it enough.

I don't think Backstrom has been bad in the playoffs (Semin on the other hand...), but I don't think he's been great enough to model a line based on his situation.
The forwards have not been good, no. Especially compared to their production in the regular season. My point with all that linemate stuff was that Backstrom played his best in the playoffs with Ovechkin and Kozlov. Why? Who knows, but that was his best playoff season.

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