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05-05-2012, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Legionnaire11 View Post
i'm honestly not impressed with Smith's antics. I didn't pay attention to him this season until the Shaw hit. It appeared to me then that he embellished a bit on that one.

Every time the puck is behind the net, he stands back there with it taking up as much space as possible and only passing it out at the last second. He knows that if an opponent initiates contact it will be a penalty. The only decent part of this is that he has a tendency to make mistakes handling the puck.

The plays that you mentioned, and last night when the Preds had some good pressure and momentum, Smith conveniently needs to have his equipment adjusted...

I suppose if he were on my team I would be applauding him for his sneaky gamesmanship, but as an opponent it's extremely frustrating. Similar to Hasek constantly knocking the net loose.
Wasn't Hasek also known for conveniently losing his stick when the other guys were buzzing around him and(unfortunately)clogging the passing and shooting lanes in the vicinity of his net?

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