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04-17-2013, 11:02 AM
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Mattb124
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Originally Posted by TheJuxtaposer View Post
Holy ****, did you not watch the play? Marleau skates all the way back from the offensive goal-line, despite being on the tail-end of a long shift, while Couture isn't fast enough to make it back. Watch the goal again, you'll notice that he skates 2 times as fast as Couture or Vlasic. You have no idea what "all out" means.

http://video.sharks.nhl.com/videocen...S.J447&lang=en

I can't believe people blame Marleau for that. He's literally the only one that plays defense on that play.
I watched the play and then watched the replay a few times. What Couture or Vlasic did or didn't do has no bearing on Marleau not being in position to take away the passing lane to the man he is covering. Even though Marleau closed on Kopitar up the ice, it doesn't look like he tried to gain that last stride until after the pass made it through Boyle. He did what he could at that point by tying up Kopitar, it is just my opinion that little extra push should have come before rather than after the pass was made.

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