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Messages - Strangelove

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Tavares with an idiotic play. He was back covering for Barrie but tried to intercept the puck Hail Mary style rather than just skating back and playing a 2 on 2.

He has been atrocious recently.

Also Andersen no longer makes saves on shots.

2
Shootouts are terrible.

Especially when shooters basically stop and drift to the net at half a mph. At that point it stops even being a traditional shootout.

3
Tavares looks like he is dragging a semi behind him.

Yeah he is playing in slow motion.

The lesson is that players should never have kids.

4
Nylander is being totally wasted on the PP. whatís the point of having him out there if you never let him shoot. Itís like they think Matthews is the only option.

5
Tavares is playing terrible but so is Andersen. Looks like his confidence is shot right now.

Tavares deserves to be benched though. One awful giveaway after the other.

6
Spezza has some nice mitts.

7
Tavares is playing like garbage, like he has far too many games this year, but that was a ridiculous call.. There was no actual hold.

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This isn't unexpected. A lot of people speculated that he was playing injured. In a way it's comforting to confirm that his abilities haven't precipitously declined overnight.

I'd be tempted to sit him and bring in Sandin.

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McDavid being good doesn't explain Rielly getting caught flat-footed in a one-on-one.

Shockingly, you missed my point. McDavid isn't "good". He's currently the best hockey player on the planet.

So when said "sure McDavid is good but come on" what you should have said was "sure McDavid is currently the best hockey player on the planet but come on" it changes how that sounds.

You can repeatedly appeal to McDavid being good or great or the best player in history. But in the actual hockey play that's being discussed, Morgan Rielly was caught flat-footed and then decided to guess where the puck was headed based on a head fake rather than keeping himself in front of McDavid's body. That's not how to effectively play a one-on-one.

In other words, the fact that McDavid is "currently the best hockey player on the planet" does not imply that Rielly defended that play well. He didn't.

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As a defenceman in a one-on-one, you control the gap and play the body/chest of the other guy, rather than the puck. Head fakes shouldn't matter. NHL defenceman should never get beaten cleanly in a one-on-one situation. Sure McDavid is good but come on.

Sure McDavid is good but come on.

Sure McDavid is good

good

Come on indeed.

McDavid being good doesn't explain Rielly getting caught flat-footed in a one-on-one.

It was a good play. But Rielly absolutely should have defended against it much better than he did.

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As a defenceman in a one-on-one, you control the gap and play the body/chest of the other guy, rather than the puck. Head fakes shouldn't matter. NHL defenceman should never get beaten cleanly in a one-on-one situation. Sure McDavid is good but come on.

It's also worth noting that the play wasn't even the first time during the game that Rielly misplayed a one-on-one leading to a goal against. Something is up with him this year. He seems to have lost all of his confidence.

12
Rough game for Tavares and Nylander. The McDavid line made them look like AHLers.

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Didnít see much of anything there.

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Hey that was worth the loss

That was pretty sick
That basically sums up Reillyís defensive prowess and gap control this year. Yikes

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Man remember when Rielly used to rush with the puck? What happened

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