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05-13-2014, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Lafleurs Guy View Post
Great game for him tonight. I anticipated some mistakes but they never came.

From very early on he was on you could see the difference. In his own zone, gets to the puck first, outlet pass and scoring chance against the Bruins. No fumbling around, no getting hemmed into our own zone, no desperate icing attempt. Just good puck movement and transition.
I genuinely don't think you can understate how important Beaulieu's presence was on that third pair last night. Instead of being a brutally exploitable matchup for the Bruins, as it was with Bouillon and especially Murray, the Bruins really couldn't make any headway against it. We had three reliable defensive pairings for the first time in the series last night and it paid off in spades. That long outlet pass by NB to MaxPac -- neither Bouillon nor Murray could have made that play. Period. Yes it took a lucky bounce to still end up on Max's stick, but we would never have been in position to get that bounce had either of the anchors been on the ice in NB's place.

You can still see that NB is raw in his positioning, but he's got great speed, good vision, good passing ability, and doesn't give up on any plays. That speed mattered last night as we really outskated the B's up & down the entire lineup last night. That's what we have to do to win game 7.

Please, MT, in the name of the Richards, don't screw this up for G7!

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