+/- Pens v Stars (The Tired of Waiting for Cole Edition)
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11-11-2011, 10:27 PM
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+Jordan Staal. Jamie Benn is a top offensive player. Staal shut him down.
+Malkin. He was creating all over the ice. I do not get the complaints in the GDT.
+Neal. Two goals against his old team. Can't go wrong with that.
+Martin. Similar to Staal's plus.
+Fleury was great when he was needed.
The complaint on Malkin, IMHO, stems from his not flying out there. Think back to the burst we saw throughout preseason. It's just not there. BUT, I think he played a really smart game and, outside of overhandling the puck in the last thirty seconds of his two minute PP shift, didn't force anything. He shot the puck. He gave Neal and Sully a lot of looks. And, he was doing what he's supposed to do without the puck. But, again, the burst isn't there. He doesn't look like a thoroughbred skating out there. His first step isn't there. Personally, I think it's the knee, and I think he played tonight like a guy who made a conscious effort to not force it (and to try to take advantage of what he is given instead of trying to do too much).
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