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06-20-2013, 04:07 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by WhiskeySeven View Post
It astounds me that people regularly delude themselves into thinking that since Gionta, Bouillon and Desharnais are smurfs in a big man's league that they're somehow tough to play against it happen to play extra-physical.

No they don't. Only Gallager hits the crease regularly, the rest of them (Gally included) can't play the body well whatsoever.

Then I see Lucic and Boychuk boxing players out, crushing them by the boards and I weep.
Gionta scored 14 goals this season.

11 of them were within 10 feet of the net on goalmouth plays

Gallagher scored 15 goals in the regular season. 10 from goal mouth plays. 12 of 17 if you count the playoffs.

The guy you praise and the guy you can stand got essentially the same amount of goals from playing around the net. The main difference is Gallagher actively fights for space while Gionta slips into open areas next to the net.

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