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01-24-2012, 04:47 PM
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Jose
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I'm on board with you for everything except citing what happened with Bolland as an indictment of Thornton's play. The Copper & Blue were tracking scoring chances for that series (they're usually very reliable, they do a terrific job) and Thornton killed Bolland based on those:
. Of course, Niemi stopped everything and Bolland and his linemates ended up capitalizing on the few opportunities they created. **** happens over as minute a sample size as 4 games that's not going to be reflective of actual performance. I would go back further in time (i.e. RW era) for examples of Thornton-sheltering handicapping the team as 09-10 was actually the first year McLellan routinely used JT in power versus power matchups (it was mostly Michalek/Pavelski/Clowe his first season).
Not contesting the C&B article, I meant the message as JT perceived it. IMO, JT should have received the message on the Anaheim series of a year earlier. That minus number would still be tops even if the Chicago series was entirely removed.
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