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05-09-2014, 11:42 AM
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Andy
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Pacioretty is getting close to scoring, but I still don't think he's putting in the effort level required for playoff success.

DD is one the boards biggest whipping boys, but people haven't been on his case much (compared to the regular season) because despite not putting up points, he's battling every shift: going into the corners to retrieve a puck, fighting off cross-checks, holds and slashes.

Pacioretty, on the other hand, is still playing a perimeter game, he's not skating like we know he can and he's waiting for the play to come to him. In the playoffs you create your chances by out-working your opponent, the chances don't come to you magically. Much won't change in Pacioretty's production if he's not willing to change his game. He's got to be first on the puck, willing to cycle, battle through crosschecks and fight for every inch of ice in the slot and the blue paint. Until then, he won't be successful in post-season games.

These issues go back to last season against the Sens. He is not giving an extra gear. And while I understand that he's being targeted and facing tougher matchups, he's doing very little to make defending him harder for the opposing team.

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