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10-06-2006, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Tricolore#20 View Post
I thought Niinimaa was fairly strong, all things considered. He played in his first game, with a new team less than a week after being traded. He certainly didn't make any glaring mistakes, and was very good defensively on a few occasions (situations that could have led to trouble). He was certainly much stronger than Souray or Rivet tonight, both of whom made a terrible error in failing to shut down Briere after his faceoff win.
a couple niinimaa plays looked vey suspect to me.

there was one where he was the last man back while the habs were breaking out of their zone but he didn't provide puck support and the puck turned over leading to a partial breakaway.

The other was during a 2 man adv where he took too much time to wire the puck and instead gave it to bonk in an akward situation, and bonk turned it over.

I wish its all a matter of getting used to the team.

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