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03-25-2012, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Atlas View Post
it was Boudreau thinking he could give a guy he likes (Sloan) a taste of sweet victory.
I really don't think so. Boudreau's favoritism always seemed to be based on a real belief that the players to whom he was giving perhaps unearned ice time had more to show. Fleischmann was his Ovechkin in Hershey, and he believed Fleischmann could be a first-liner (I guess) in the NHL too.

Originally Posted by txpd
for a player like beagle, there is a rational cap to the minutes he can play while even maximizing his game. 20 minutes is well over that cap. playing every other shift in overtime.
Beagle is his checking-line center right now. His checking-line center was going to get 20 minutes in that game, unfortunately. If Hunter notices Beagle not handling that role well (in his eyes, probably if Beagle had been on for a goal against in that third period), he will probably designate someone else as his checking-line center. That player would have gotten those 20 minutes.

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