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11-20-2012, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Rhiessan71 View Post
I'm not downplaying anything, I'm correcting for exaggeration.
Lids was a defesnive D-man than could QB a PP.
He was NOT an offensive D-man.
He was also a coaches dream, hence Scotty Bowman citing the word "perfect" along with his name. Give it a rest already.

You would never focus this much energy on Mario Lemieux's lack of a defensive game or criticize him for floating this much. I adored Lemieux but you know what, he and his teams would have had far more success (winning!) if he played a more all around game. He often floated and left defense up to everyone else. Even though he was probably the most gifted player ever offensively and was capable of playing an all around game he rarely did. His teams should have won more cups and had more success than they did. Defense is just as important as offense and Lidstrom did what it took to be successful and win and did it amazingly well.

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