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12-28-2011, 09:54 PM
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Crabb and Gardiner are where Wilson (or the PK coach) wants them. Crabb is down low for support on the weak side and Gardiner, like all of the other Leafs d-men, don't worry about boxing out their job is to get in the lane and block the shot. You can say Phaneuf and Bozak didn't execute, but the other two are doing the same things you'll see on every Leafs PK. Our d-men haven't boxed out players for years and the weak side winger collapses down for support. Seems like the players are where they should be, it's just not the right spots to be on that particular play.
If one accepts that Gardiner and Crabb are not at fault and positioned where the coaches want them....
What good are they in this play? Neither one of them accomplished a thing.
Left dman wide open... because of Bozak falling and Phaneuf not making a play.
Right dman wide open... because Crabb is too low.
Forward with an uncontested screen... because Gardiner is executing coach's policy in not trying to box him out.
You say that the positioning didn't work for this "particular play". When has it ever worked? This is a 15-second microcosm of everything that spews about what could be the most poorly coached and executed unit in the sporting world... ever... of all time.
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