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Hearts Crushed in Carolina - An Analysis

Immediately following the game, many people were up in arms with Claude Giroux's defense (or lack thereof) on the Hurricanes' tying goal, yet were less vocal about the problems faced in overtime.

I've never really done one of these before, but I'm sick of the false blame and terrible excuses that people are coming up with. Hopefully I don't make a complete idiot of myself.

Here we go.

The first screenshot shows Carolina's set-up immediately prior to the goal. The puck is in the corner, and the only viable option is to pass it behind the net, which is what occurs.

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After Staal receives the pass most of his options seem to be shut down. Grossmann and Coburn both collapse on Staal, forcing him to move the puck. Based on this angle you can see that a pass would have to be perfect for it to reach across to his brother.

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And another angle.

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Grossmann attacking the puck, a split second before the pass.

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Unfortunately, Staal does make a perfect pass to his brother, resulting in a game tying goal. (On a side note, this is really unfair. Two brothers on the same team really shouldn't be allowed, they have amazing chemistry).

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Tie game, to Over Time we go!

Many people (including Bill Clement) made mention of Giroux not getting any ice time in OT. He did have one shift though of just under a minute (from 4:24 to 3:36).

There he is!

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And again!

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Here is one play in OT that bothered me before the goal. The puck is chipped over to Timonen before going off on a change by Voracek. While being pressured, Kimmo chips the puck forward in hopes of a forward in the area, rather than chipping it back towards his other defenseman in hopes of retaining possession.

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This wasn't too costly though, as just 30 seconds later Streit is making his way up the ice with open passion options on either wing. Literally all 3 of his teammates are open and in good position for either a pass, or a dump in. Coburn is "streaking" up the right wing, Read is ready for a quick pass or chip-in, and Coots is prepared for a drop pass, or more likely to hang back if Streit decides to carry the puck in.

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As we all know by now, Streit does the worst possible thing here and runs straight into the collection of Carolina defensemen waiting for him, leading to the game winning goal.

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Hopefully the screenshots weren't too confusing, as I didn't think to bother to put any fancy boxes or arrows around players or the puck.

All in all, this was a game that neither team deserved to win. Maybe the Flyers deserved to lose less than the Canes did, but that wasn't what happened tonight in Carolina.

This item was written by a member of this community and is not necessarily endorsed by <em>Broad Street Hockey</em>.

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