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10-11-2012, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by blinkman360 View Post
It really has nothing to do with his offensive game. In the first half he was constantly getting beat by guys breaking in along the wing, and he was responsible for countless turnovers trying to make breakout passes. During the second half, he was a different player. He looked like the old Streit. He was taking better angles to the puck and was rarely beat, was much smarter with the puck and with his stick checks. In the first half he seemed to try to force plays that weren't there. In the second half, he was much more calm with the puck and seemed to always make the right play on the breakout.

Any Islander fan, even the most pessimistic(if you think I'm being a homer) will tell you the same thing. Streit looked like the old Streit during the second half of 2011-12.
I'd have to agree with this statement. His shoulder may have been healthy to start the year, but it takes time to get over the mental hurdle of a significant injury like that. His first half of the season wasn't pretty, but he looked very much like his old self towards the second half. Most likely a combination of finally believing he was completely healthy and shaking off the rust.

The same applies to Okposo as he was playing like his pre-injury days towards the second half as well. Getting over a serious injury like that is as much mental as it is physical.

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