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12-04-2012, 09:10 PM
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I'm not entirely following all the statistical gymnastics but there appears to be an assumption that scoring points is the only way to improve a team's power play. The TmPP+ stats I originally posted on the strength of team power plays are for the net success of the power plays, which also includes the ability to prevent shorthanded goals.

Bourque's teams over his career obtained about 50% of their value above average by scoring more PP goals. The other 50% came from the fact that they allowed very few shorthanded goals. In fact, Bourque may have the best record of any post-expansion defenceman when it comes to playing for teams that allowed very few shorties.

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