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02-29-2012, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Stugots View Post
Fine, if you think its okay to have to rely on two lines to score every night, then so be it. Go back and look at all the cup winners post lockout. They all had third lines that could actually produce offense. And you can call it "snake bitten" but what it really is is poor offensive skills.
Please refer to line matching concepts in hockey. Third lines are called checking lines for a reason. When you go against the other teams top line almost every shift, shutting them down is more than sufficient, scoring is not expected. And offensive skill is not what always scores goals. Hard forechecking and possession in the offensive zone lead to garbage goals. And though many of these opportunities have presented themselves to all three of these guys in virtually every game, they have had trouble finishing them. I call this snake bitten, and I also call this an opportunity to get really hot if some of those start going in.

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