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01-16-2013, 01:03 PM
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Phillips was 4th in ice time per game (ahead of Cowen).
Phillips was 4th in even strength ice time per game (ahead of Cowen). Gilroy appears ahead on nhl.com but he got most his ice time in TB obviously. He got less than Phillips on the Sens.
Phillips was 3rd in short handed ice time per game (6 sec behind #2 Cowen).
Phillips was tied for 4th in PP ice time per game (with Cowen).
4th, 4th, 3rd, 4th
You're absolutely KIDDING yourself if you think Phillips was the #5.
In the playoffs, when it counts, Phillips was
4th, 4th, 1st, 4th
in the same order as above. He had 4.5 more minutes per game than Cowen.
Well, for ES in the playoffs, he was paired with one of Gilroy or Carkner on the third pairing for 57 mins leaving 46 mins of his 103 total with one of Karlsson, Gonchar, Kuba or Cowen.
Cowen on the otherhand spent 77 mins with Gonchar on the second pair.
Phillips was the go to guy for filling in for missed shifts due to minor injuries and coincidental penalties. He was also double shifted for some instances where a more defensive presence was needed (late in the game while holding a lead). That said, Cowen was clearly on the second pairing, Phillips was clearly on the 3rd. That's why people call him the 5th defenceman.
Had the series been more wide open, it's safe to say Phillip's TOI would have dropped.
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