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03-01-2013, 12:57 PM
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billybudd
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These aren't really pictures of the defensemen screwing up, per se.

In most cases all the players in the middle are trying to get their sticks in a passing lane to create a turnover instead of just eliminating a man to stop him from being able to get a scoring chance (which is something I personally prefer). I think this is what Rierden and Bylsma want them doing (sticks in lanes, stick on puck). Problem with this approach is: skilled players like Alex Semin can thread that needle leaving the open guy alone with a clean look on the goalie from the high slot.

Doesn't matter if there were a Bobby Orr-Ray Bouque pairing on the ice, I think all four of these would still have gone in if they were given the objective our D is given. And on the last one, Martin was on his way to probably pokecheck Tlusty(?), but he was tripped.

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