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04-04-2013, 11:06 AM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New York
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Richards was wide open at the point, but he had plenty of people between him and the net. Brassard tugged the puck back and pulled the defender out of the lane. He had an angle to shoot but chose to pass. It worked in this instance, but as teams begin to realize he's not a threat to shoot, that play is less and less likely to work. Remember, the Pens haven't seen much of Brassard, Clowe or Moore. That gave us a bit of an advantage.
True, but considering the Rangers are usually awful at shooting from the point I don't have a problem with reminding the Pittsburgh D (or any other teams defense) not to forget about a bomb from the blueline. Brass was able to get in close but Fleury was still pretty square with him. You see the guys who are starting to float towards Brass scramble to get over to block Richie when Brassard surprises them with the pass.
While it probably won't work all the time, I really like the idea. And again, it was a very well executed pass, which is probably why it ended up working. No look off the backhand RIGHT in the path of Richie.
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