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11-20-2012, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Rhiessan71 View Post
Lidstrom does NOT have a defensive advantage over Bourque or Orr and none at all over Harvey(less actually as Harvey also had physical tools) that is any where remotely close to the offensive advantage that Mario Lemieux had over his peers.
Lidstrom's defensive advantage over those 3 is greater than you realize or want to admit. Bourque often had to water-ski after opposing forwards skated around him and was simply not as good as Lidstrom defensively, Orr got caught up ice far more than anyone wants to admit, and Harvey played in an all Canadian league with a shallow talent pool.

Mario had all the talent in the world, anyone could see that, but he often took the easy way out and focused on offense too much and floated. This cost his team success at times. He was often criticised for it during his career and now all people seem to remember is the great moments he had. Yet I don't think I'll ever hear you barrate him as a player because people forget that he did indeed float and only focus on offense for most of his career.

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