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#61|Feb. 25, 2012|Flyers at Flames| (Part 2)
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02-26-2012, 05:51 PM
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It was high percentage save, barely a scoring chance. If Bryz makes a fairly routine save, this isn't a discussion. I'd expect anyone wearing pads to make that save.
It was a 3-on-2, another man was coming. Timonen does step up ready to maybe make a play on the body, but he has to account for the pass. If he takes the body and gives up a pass, it's becoming a 2-on-1 and a better scoring chance.
How is an open shot from the slot on a 3-on-2 a "high percentage save"? Say what you will about Bryz not making that save, but that's a really, really good scoring opportunity, and a non-scorer was able to score.
Timonen wasn't the one who played that poorly. He could have made an outstanding play to seal the puck carrier and right winger, but that's expecting a hell of a lot.
Kimmo played the 3-on-2 well: the defensemen should essentially create two separate 2-on-1s, effectively allowing them to cover the pass and partially block the shooting lane. Kimmo does that, whereas Meszaros skates backwards with his stick out. That's why Stajan went towards the left winger: that side was completely open for either a pass or shot.
Defense is largely based on positioning, and positioning is heavily affected by angles. Meszaros skated with the rush, took an odd angle back, and overcompensated for the pass. That's why Stajan coasted into the slot. Bryz didn't make the save, but he didn't hand them the goal.
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