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04-17-2013, 11:33 AM
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Mattb124
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Originally Posted by Pinkfloyd View Post
People want to keep ripping Marleau on the back-check. Kopitar had the position on him. That was the only thing he could do. I don't know what part of that people don't get. The whole 'keep skating' angle doesn't work when space is limited and the guy is directly in front of you. He did what he could to keep Kopitar from doing what he wanted. Boyle was too busy trying to kick the puck instead of tying up Brown's stick and that was the part that was weak on that goal.
Kopitar only had position in the o-zone because Marleau didn't appear to skate all out up the ice and eliminate the passing lane. He probably didn't expect Boyle to vapor lock and allow the pass unchallenged, but not a strong play by either player.

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