PGT - Bronze Medal Game - Canada vs Russia
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01-05-2013, 08:33 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Originally Posted by
Michael Gary Scott
Wasn't his play. Pay attention next time. That was 120% Murphy. And up until this game Rielly was only on the ice for 1 goal against ALL tournament. But just speaking for the sake of it works too I guess
Of course it's his play. You see your partner getting beat you have to make every effort to back him up. He has to try harder to beat the Russian to the post and block him off from cutting to the front of the net. You act like you have to take turns making plays. Soon as the Russian starts cutting wide Reilly has to see the play developing and bust his hump to get position on the Russian and force him to the side. This play gets made all the time. As it was Reilly comes back slow and in the end makes a very soft effort to check the player.
I watch Reilly in the WHL and he not a physical player. This showed up clearly in the tournament and clearly on this play. This is how he plays
This player is tremendously slick and very good at moving in off the point to help the offense (at least at the Junior level). Showed some signs of that in the tournament. But he is not about bumping people around in his own zone or using his body to separate people from the puck. The defensive deficiencies in reilly's game were on clear view in this tournament and all the stats manipulation in the world is not going to undo what our eyes told us about Reilly in this tournament.
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