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01-29-2013, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Plague View Post
The hit on JT behind the net in the last game that led to a goal was entirely his fault. Tavares had his head down. That being said, I completely agree with you. It's obvious that Tavares is the main target for hits as he is the biggest threat on the Islanders but, in response, the Islanders have to play more physical then they have been.

Also, and I hate to keep playing this card but it's true, Islanders physical play usually backfires on them. Carkners hit in the last game was called for boarding, yet the hit on Tavares the other night was not called at all.
It was borderline interference. Tavares was trying to follow the puck behind the net and instead of playing the puck Burmistrov dropped a shoulder into his chest. Considering JT's only fight has been with Burmistrov, it's pretty clear the guy went out of his way to lay Johnny out. 99% of the time the player will attempt to move the puck there. Unfortunately for Johnny the 1% will be a guy who would rather lay you out then make a play(which ironically enough they scored, mainly because Hamonic decided to go after him instead of defending the net).

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