Some PredBloggers, including a really hilarious blog in See Puck City, and a bunch of post-game tweeters, were up-in-arms over the defensive pairing of Dan Hamhuis (D, #2) and Kevin Klein (D, #8). I didn't get to see the game myself, so I decided to devote an Anatomy of a Goal to one goal against this defensive duo. My conclusion: Hamhuis, Klein, and David Legwand (C, #11) get caught flat footed. Who is most responsible? Cast your vote in poll after the break.
In this edition of Anatomy of a Goal, lets look at how defensive breakdowns, and losing track of your man, can result in easy goals against.
seen before that bad things can happen when defenders over-play the puck
6. Thus, two other Anaheim players, the primary assister and the goal scorer, can skate freely into scoring position.
This is the play of the play-of-the-play because, if either Hamhuis or Legwand played his man, the goal would not have happened. Until this point, this play looks like any other hockey play. Now, however, the Preds' fate is sealed.
Matt Beleskey, has a wide open net to score on. Rinne is hopelessly out of position from being bounced around by two excellent passes. With this, the Ducks go up 2-0.
Like last week's tilt against Anaheim, this could easily be another clinic on how great passing scores goals. However, in this one, its pretty clear to me that these passes could have been (or should have been) broken up by better defensive play. Whether this goal is exclusively Hamhuis' and Klein's fault is debatable. They certianly don't look great on this play, and seeing how I didn't see the rest of the game, I can't speak to it. I am looking forward to breaking down more against them in the future. Until next time, PredNation, take care.