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03-05-2012, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by arrbez View Post
I guess...I mean, he played very well, which is a pretty good indication of being a big game player to me. I guess it would be really notable if he was playing 33:00 a night, but that doesn't seem reasonable to expect from Kimmo Timonen. Outside of the true top dogs in the league (Pronger, Lidstrom, Chara), I'd bet Timonen compares pretty well with that second tier of playoff defensemen since the lockout.
yeah, I'm not disputing how he played or anything, and of course being the #2 defenseman on a cup finalist is great. It's just that his rise in TOI from the regular season to the playoffs is within the statistical norm, so that in and of itself does not really serve as evidence that he's a big game player (I see no "raising his game" based on TOI)

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