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10-21-2011, 06:18 AM
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McDonagh and Girardi had a rough game last night but that is to be expected during a long season.

At Wisconsin,McDonagh seemed to lack confidence with the puck. He mostly took care of his own end and let Jake Gardiner carry the puck. McDonagh would gain the offensive blueline and take a weak shot on net or just dump the puck in the zone. He would always get his shot blocked from the point. McDonagh still gets his shot blocked from the point. Then again,every shot is blocked or deflected and every passing lane has a stick in it.

Iím going to invoke the name Brian Leetch again. Because Leetch always had a clock in his head, and he knew at the end of periods, end of games, when there wasnít enough time left for him to have to worry about defensive responsibilities, and heíd just go. Just go to the net, go to the offensive traffic. Itís a simple thing, but not many defensemen do it. Thereís no risk when itís down to the final seconds. And Ryan McDonagh, who just gets better every day, had the clock in his head winding down and went to the net, no risk at all, and won the game. The kidís got great wheels, got a good head, is big and strong. Too bad they had to give up Scott Gomez to get him.

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