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04-19-2012, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Was Pavelich big and strong? Averaged sized checkers are just going to bounce off Howe ( if they don't eat his elbows first)
Wing vs. wing checking is mostly done in transition, and as such has a good deal less to do with raw contests of strength than wing vs. defenseman or (sometimes) center vs. center. Pavelich is not going to be following Howe into the corners in the defensive zone; he's going to hand him off to a defenseman and go pressure the point. It's obviously ideal to check Howe with a big, strong guy like Pulford who can troll him all over the ice, but it's not like Howe is going to crack Pavelich with his elbows (without drawing a penalty) while carrying the puck through the neutral zone.

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