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09-21-2013, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Ohashi_Jouzu View Post
You're right on that one. DD gets pancaked in the corner, and Pateryn made an excellent (risky) read on the pinch, deflects the defenseman's pass to Pacioretty (whose only play was the dump off to DD), and then he's back in position and yelling (can hear on the video) to DD with his stick cocked before DD even raises his head to make the pass.

I've been tough on Pateryn in terms of what I think his upside can be, but that's big league read, reaction, and recovery/reset to start AND end that play.
The difference, is that while he's getting pancaked, DD is keeping the D busy and unable to play the puck. Compare to a "bad DD night" where he wouldn't have been able to match the D's speed, or the D would have casually disposed of him and recovered the puck.

I don't mind DD getting pushed aside of the puck. Basic physics will teach you that K = mv^2 . But I mind DD getting pushed aside of the puck casually.

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