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10-03-2013, 11:14 PM
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Master Lok
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Smyth does almost none of those things at this point in his career. He lost every puck/board battle last game. At best he can stand in front of the goalie and if we're lucky, not just act like another blocker. And when he is in front of the net, better cross that defense off your list of reasons he's on the line because he certainly isn't getting back for any turned over pucks.
I guess I'm disagreeing. On the play where Arcobello had the opportunity to score in the last minutes of the game, it was Smyth who was able to find him in front of the net and got the puck to him. On the goal by Hemsky, it was Smyth who drove Byfuglien into the goalie and then got out of the way when Hemsky shot.


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One game when we're already going to be in tough this season. There is no reason to toss away points for nostalgia's sake and drag our best player down with this anchor around his neck.
The problem I have with this - is that against Winnipeg Smyth wasn't even the worse player on his line. IMO, Hall had a worse performance than Smyth - two costly turnovers leading directly to goals. Those weren't on Smyth - but Hall. And yet, everyone's blaming Smyth...? Where's the criticism on Hall?

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