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Samuel Påhlsson & The Third Line

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Imagine if Hodgson centred the 2nd line and Kesler as the shut down centre in the playoff instead of Pahlsson...history would have been made.

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Imagine if Hodgson centred the 2nd line and Kesler as the shut down centre in the playoff instead of Pahlsson...history would have been made.

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Game 3, Goal Against #1 - Brown:

Pahlsson hits down Brown then skates into center position but Edler decides he'd rather stand still than look around for the open guy.

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Yeah, I like Pahlsson. I'd be very happy if MG re-signed him at 1.8-2M for 2 years.

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I really like Pahlsson, he's a great shut down guy and most of the time you don't even know he's on the ice (meaning he's doing his job).

This goal I quoted was the coaches fault. They put Pahlsson and Malhotra in the defensive zone in case one of them got kicked out of the faceoff circle. The problem with this is that both of the play center and were lost when the play started. Yes Pahlsson hit Brown but then he skated away from him towards the play (into his natural center position) leaving him wide open at the side of the net.

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I really like Pahlsson, he's a great shut down guy and most of the time you don't even know he's on the ice (meaning he's doing his job).

This goal I quoted was the coaches fault. They put Pahlsson and Malhotra in the defensive zone in case one of them got kicked out of the faceoff circle. The problem with this is that both of the play center and were lost when the play started. Yes Pahlsson hit Brown but then he skated away from him towards the play (into his natural center position) leaving him wide open at the side of the net.

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Not a fan of Pahlsson. Seemed like he didnt really give a crap out there. Coach didnt even trust him with defensive zone face-offs, didnt really shutdown anyone but his own 3rd line, and was just average.

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I also thought Pahlsson's line was good. Pahlsson does the little things right. As a matter of fact in Game 5 I could barely tell the difference between Pahlsson and Hansen, they were both working hard and playing physical. The main problem for us in the series was the team turning over the puck too much. Our defense should have kept their heads up and made better passes.

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That is reaching quite far to blame AV. Putting on two centers has been done so often and been done by several coaches. How about the several times they've done something like this and they won the face-off and cleared the puck? Shouldn't the coach be praised for putting out two centermen?

It was just a play that worked out for Brown. He got hit, so he sort of got out of the radar as the play was developing elsewhere on the ice. Brown was just in the right place for the rebound. Sure, you could say Edler should've had him because he happened to be on his side, but it's not like Edler is suppose to only check him and forget any of the play elsewhere. Edler didn't have the strongest series, but these plays happen to even the best defenders. It's easy to sit back and watch all of the replays and say he should've done this and that, but when you're in the game, it's not quite as simple as "he should've stopped the man that scored".

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*Hansen and Pahlsson both score

Hansen was playing with Henrik that game btw

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Pahlsson isn't bad, but I would prefer an upgrade in the 3rd line center spot. If Gillis wants to keep moving in the speed/skill direction I would rather use the 3rd line as another offensive line, similar to how we deployed Hodgson earlier. We could try Schroeder there or sign a different UFA.

I wonder if Marcel Goc is available? He's underrated and a solid all-around player with untapped offensive potential. Florida and Vancouver love trading....Plus Florida needs to clear a center spot for Huberdeau.

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If we keep Pahlsson, he needs to be centering the 4th line, not the 3rd.

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Imagine if Hodgson centred the 2nd line and Kesler as the shut down centre in the playoff instead of Pahlsson...history would have been made.

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We had Pahlsson in Chicago too for half a season. He's good on face-offs but the guy signs with the team that pays him the most money. He's one of those guys. Don't expect to keep him unless you're willing to pay more than someone else offers.

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If you want a guy who is on the downside of his career but who can still check quite well but can't score worth a lick and is average at best in the faceoff circle then he is the guy for you.

I don't think a team should have two guys like Malholtra and Pahlsson because they are somewhat redundant. Malholtra is better in the faceoff circle and Pahlsson is a better checker at this stage but neither can score.

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If you want a guy who is on the downside of his career but who can still check quite well but can't score worth a lick and is average at best in the faceoff circle then he is the guy for you.

I don't think a team should have two guys like Malholtra and Pahlsson because they are somewhat redundant. Malholtra is better in the faceoff circle and Pahlsson is a better checker at this stage but neither can score.

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