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11-28-2003, 04:59 AM
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Originally Posted by kolanos
Again, not making sense. When Blake gives a guy a big hit, at the very least he succeeds in taking a body out of the play. When Gonchar gets caught deep, he leaves his team in the very best case at a 4-on-5 disadvantage on the rush. I'd take the Blake scendario ten times out of ten.
I guess you got this analysis all wrong. 2 scenarios...

1. in an 3 on 3 situation when blake steps up to hit a guy the play continues unless he also controls the puck, which is rare. from that developes a 2 on 2 with a forward and a defenseman back. if he misses the check its a 3 on 2 against a forward and a defenseman.

2. in the vast majority of cases when gonchar jumps into the play a forward backs him and takes his spot. gonchar is caught no more deep and any forward would be on an offensive chance. the disadvantage that is left for the Capitals if Gonchar's attempt does not result in at least a carry on the offensive thrust is the Caps having to defend with a forward in a defenseman's spot.

In effect the results are the same. The disadvantage of playing defense with a forward.

Gonchar does get caught deep, what he is rarely guilty of is an ill timed pinch at the point where he can not be backed up and allows a 2 on 1 against.

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