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12-05-2006, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by zx81 View Post
The problem on the second line is Kovalev.
5 on 5 I would even say he's the worst forward of the first 3 lines.

Probably the most talented but the less effective...

Kovalev is now a PP specialist.
I hate to let facts get in the way of a good story, but this is just ridiculously wrong. Kovalev? The worst forward on the whole team 5 on 5?

Guess who leads the team in even-strength points. If you said Garth Murray, wrong. Alex Kovalev. Guess who's tied with Kovalev? Koivu, yes. But guess who else is tied with those two? Sergei Samsonov.

Kovy, Sammy and Saku each have 11 even-strength points, which leads the team. So if you honestly want to claim that Kovalev isn't producing, or is ineffective 5 on 5, fine. But you also better complain about Koivu, Ryder, and everyone else.

I know it's trendy and popular to blame the one-game losing streak, the 13-year Stanley Cup drought, global warming, and the upcoming plague of locusts on the Kovalev-Samsonov duo, and it's easy to say the 2nd line sucks. But that's plain wrong. Sure it could maybe be improved, but they're producing better than anyone else 5-on-5.

And before someone jumps in with the plus-minus, let me just say that a Muller-Carbonneau-Jarvis line would have been minus-3 last night with the same uncharacteristically awful goaltending by Huet and the ridiculous Brisebois-like turnover coughed up by Bouillon.

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