The Zuccarello Appreciation Thread (Videos inside)
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03-22-2012, 01:54 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Jersey City, NJ
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I have to say again, if Boyle doesn't start hitting the damn net soon, it's such a waste to play him with Zook. It's a waste of goals (that we need!) to see quality passes get ruined time after time. Although for all the Boyle bashing, he's at least good at putting himself in a position where Zook can find him. We know Boyle
score, that's what's so damn annoying.
The funny thing is, it seems it's almost always Boyle Zook is threading the puck to. They seem to have a really good understanding of eachother. Now if only Boyle could remember how to finish... ARGH! He could've scored a couple of goals already from the prime chances he's had. Hopefully, Anisimov can get some good passes in the next couple of games. His shot is wicked when he gets the open space to set it up.
Zook has looked better than ever in the last couple of games. His offensive skills have always been elite, but he isn't dogging it defensively and his board work is underrated. You get the impression he's all over the ice on his shifts, but that's not because of his skating, but because of his hockey IQ and vision once again. He's reading where the puck will end up before it is arriving there. It's such a joy to watch, not many players can do that. That's stuff that is so hard to teach out, you must have it in your gut feeling.
It is irritating. I love that he drives the net so hard this season, LA begged him to do that, but he just didn't have the legs to get to the net when plays were happening. I'm not going to hate on what is essentially a 4th liner that can play puck possession and drives the net hard with a scoring chance at least twice per game. You really can't ask for more. Guys like Boyle score with luck. With the way he's playing he could get hot and luck a few in during a playoff series. At least he looks like he's playing playoff hockey.
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