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03-14-2004, 01:43 PM
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Even strength time on ice from last night's game:

Ryder + Ribeiro = 26.5 min
Begin + Dowd = 32 min

It appears that we have a real shut-down line for the first time since the early 90s, folks. The two guys on top may get more accolades, but I think it's the two guys on the bottom that won it for us. If anyone out there still thinks that Gainey has not put his stamp on this team, you don't need to look any further than Begin and Dowd. Can't wait until Bulis joins them!

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I fell in love with Begin during that shift where he blocked a shot, got hurt, then blocked another one...

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Even strength time on ice from last night's game:

Ryder + Ribeiro = 26.5 min
Begin + Dowd = 32 min

It appears that we have a real shut-down line for the first time since the early 90s, folks. The two guys on top may get more accolades, but I think it's the two guys on the bottom that won it for us. If anyone out there still thinks that Gainey has not put his stamp on this team, you don't need to look any further than Begin and Dowd. Can't wait until Bulis joins them!
They did play well offensively, but the two guys on top didn't have to because they were most of the time in the offensive zone while the two at the bottom were always in the defensive zone (well a lot). And they were there for a while too, which may have contributed to the total minutes on the ice. But again, if it was Ribeiro's line on the ice, perhaps TO would have scored

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I fell in love with Begin during that shift where he blocked a shot, got hurt, then blocked another one...
Yeah, you gotta love players like that.

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They did play well offensively, but the two guys on top didn't have to because they were most of the time in the offensive zone while the two at the bottom were always in the defensive zone (well a lot). And they were there for a while too, which may have contributed to the total minutes on the ice. But again, if it was Ribeiro's line on the ice, perhaps TO would have scored
Begin-Dowd-Ward spend a whole lot of time in the offensive zone doing some checking. They even create some chances every game.

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I fell in love with Begin during that shift where he blocked a shot, got hurt, then blocked another one...

Guy Carbonneau was the KING

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Begin-Dowd-Ward spend a whole lot of time in the offensive zone doing some checking. They even create some chances every game.
They did, but they rarely controlled the puck they would forcheck maybe have a shot, but the puck would turn around right quick, and they were back on D.
While Ribeiro's line spent more time there cause they could keep the control of the puck longer

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don't forget Jason Ward , he has made huge improvement this year .

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I fell in love with Begin during that shift where he blocked a shot, got hurt, then blocked another one...
He had me at "Hello"!

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Bob Gainey is such a genius for bringing players like Bégin and Dowd. When almost every hockey fans think about big names like Lindros, Barnaby and Primeau, Gainey brings no-names but hell ...they do so much here like blocking shots, playing hard, shutting opposition down. THIS is what a real good GM can do. And these players are cheap !

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