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05-09-2013, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
On that goal where Eminger lost the puck in the offensive zone, I might be crazy here, but I feel like that was on Richards. He was back checking and Del Zotto directed him to take Perreault on the off wing. Richards didn't react at first, which caused Del Zotto to hesitate. That threw off the timing of DZ going down to block out the pass, which allowed Ward to go around him. If Richards reacts instantly, Del Zotto is a stride further back when he goes down and Ward runs out of room.

Did anyone else see what I saw on that play?
Yeah, I'm surprised Richards didn't get more criticism on that play. He also ignored Perreault in the crease because he was chasing the puck instead of taking out the man. Richards is definitely one of the last forwards on this team I would want covering for a pinching defenseman, his defense is pretty shaky for a center.

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