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07-07-2006, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by hunjeebakala View Post
nah, ovechkin played with halpern for the majority of the first half of the season with halpern. he started to get double shifted in most nights before the allstar break (olympics)...where he saw time with halpern, laich and yes zubrus.
first game of the year:

one of the last games of the year:

might i add, ovechkin around the middle of january started playing more with zubrus and clarke. but saw pp time with halpern and often centered by halpern with the net empty. halpern struggled with ovechkin, and that's why the change was made to zubrus moving to center to play with AO instead.
Here's another game. Hardly played with him at all.

Halpern is a much more complete player than Ribeiro, but since MTL re-signed Ribeiro, he's great.

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