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10-24-2012, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Noob616 View Post
Ovechkin scores 38 goals last year and he's washed up. Get real.

The NHL is a copycat league. A few teams had success playing grind em out defensive styles, and the Capitals ran into one of those teams (and one of the best goaltending performances in a long time) in 2010 and lost. So they did the copycat thing and completely scrapped their play style, deciding to play a grinder oriented two way game so that...Backstrom, Semin, Green, and Ovechkin could be two way guys. Jaroslav Halak doesn't get hot that year and we're probably not having this conversation. I just think it's a bit early to call a guy who's scored more than 30 goals every season in his career, and only scored less than 40 twice over the hill. No, he won't score 65 goals again, but it's ridiculous to call him past his prime.

Inb4 "scorers peak at 24" statistical analysis - See "no he won't score 65 goals again".
Absolutely ****ing yeah. You ran into an anomaly in that Halak performance, personally I want the offensive free going juggernaut capitals back, just more fun to watch. Defence doesn't always win championships, Pens won without that good D.

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