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05-04-2013, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by WhiskeySeven View Post
He was partly at fault for a goal against in the first game and aside from ~7 games he's been god-awful this year.
If Gionta was god-awful this year, and we agree he didn't score THAT much, the how come he was a plus player despite facing the other teams' top lines most of the time? The answer is that he was not god-awful. He had the streakiness level of a normal 20-29 goal scorer, with superior defensive play.

The early season conventional wisdom was that the full-time return of Gionta and Markov helped this team show that last year's 15th place was an anomaly. And the people saying that were right. Despite SOME flaws in their games, Gionta and Markov played way above average and were way, way better than the borderline guys that had to replace them. So before we throw them under the bus when we lose a game or three, we should remember what it was like to play without them for a long stretch.

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