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08-15-2012, 10:55 PM
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Originally Posted by
Giroux tha Damaja
I think that they misunderstood what he said about Sean O'Donnell at the end of that playoff game. O'Donnell went for a block that ended up as a screen because the puck got by him. When asked why a shot that looked sort of harmless got by he mentioned the screen that O'Donnell set as he was trying to block the shot. Then he expounded saying "he has to make that play there."
I heard that as "it's not his fault he screened me, trying to block that shot is the play to make there, everytime". How they heard it was "he has to successfully block that shot, he has to make that play there".
Who's take on it was right? I can't swear to know, but my take on it is more consistent with how Leighton has carried himself before and since. If he really was blaming O'Donnelll, then it's the only time I've ever heard him do it.
While your interpretation is plausible I think some of the criticism of Leighton when he addressed that question from the reporter was that he chose to deflect some of the responsibility at the outset when it was primarily his bad misplay that was responsible for the goal. He should have just manned up. The criticism was not completely unreasonable given the context ...but that is my interpretation. I just don't completely trust his character/integrity and mental fortitude. I mean he imploded in the finals and then went AWOL after that critical game 6 against Buffalo that he started b/c Lavi had one of his playoff brainfarts...
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