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05-03-2012, 08:40 AM
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I think that Eminger needs to take Bickel's place if Tortorella's only going to place Bickel 3 or 4 minutes per game. Having a 'dead-weight' #6 puts too much stress on the other d-men.
I'm sure Torts didn't go into the game expecting to only give him 3 or 4 minutes. Otherwise, he would have dressed Eminger.
Sullivan runs the defense, so it may have been his decision to hold Bickel out.
We won the game. What are we upset about again? Whatever moves the coaching staff made, they worked. The rest of our dmen aren't going to be appreciable more tired than washington's dmen simply because they played 5 minutes more in the game, on average. Our team is better conditioned anyway. That showed in the 2nd and 3rd OT.
What would you guys have said if Bickel had played in overtime and ended up costing us the game? I'm not saying that's what would have happened, but it's silly to second guess the decision, particularly since we won.
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