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01-19-2013, 10:30 PM
The Frugal Gourmet
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Originally Posted by LatvianTwist View Post
Hanzal shuts down Getzlaf, Thornton, Kopitar, Sedin, etc. consistently.

Couturier shut down Malkin among others.

Not sure how those guys aren't 3rd liners shutting down 1st liners...

Not only is he not a 3rd liner, but he doesn't shut down those guys consistently. When they do, it's a team effort from the goal out. If you can get a single 3rd liner to shut down all those all stars "consistently", then you hit the jackpot. As good as a superstar, about, if you can "consistently" stop one.

Would you say Hanzal was a - player tonight because he's lousy defensively? Maybe the high skill level of his foes had something to do with it.

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