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03-25-2012, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by txpd View Post
you totally miss the point. by putting beagle and hendricks on the ice for almost half of all shifts in the 3rd period, that led directly to the puck being in the capitals d of the ice for the entire period.

yes, the jets did not score on beagle and hendricks. conversely beagle and hendricks almost never had possession of the puck for that entire time. that consequences. had ovechkin played a more average amount of ice the caps might have scored a goal to salt away the game. if semin had played a little, maybe the caps score that goal. maybe at least the puck gets into the jets end of the ice and forced them to play a little defense. at the same time giving the caps defense and goaltending a moment to breath.

you cant seriously be defending the idea of making brouwer, beagle and hendricks the caps top minutes forwards. are you?
You're missing the point. Hunter wanted to go super defensive. Whether or not you think that was a good idea, you can make a good argument that Beagle, Hendricks, Brouwer and Laich are the best forwards on this team suited for shutdown duty. As in, they're not bad at it and if you're trying to close out a game leading by a goal with 2 minutes left, having them on the ice for most of that time won't result in a goal against and can be considered a hockey decision.

Tyler Sloan, on the other hand, is extremely bad at everything and playing him the way Bruce was has no hockey explanation.

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