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Kovalchuk, DeBoer, praise Loktionov

Devils rally past Capitals, 3-2, on goals from Andrei Loktionov and Ilya Kovalchuk | NJ.com. In a marquee matchup between Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Ovechkin, the two Russian stars did not disappoint. [...] But it was 22-year-old Russian Andrei Loktionov who arguably had the best night of all. Loktionov, acquired in a Feb. 6 trade with…

When playing the right way is wrong

It has often seemed odd to me that Dean Lombardi would draft players like Oscar Moller, or sign undrafted gems like Teddy Purcell or Matt Moulson, if he really expected them all to play like Mike Richards.

Is it really the case that every line has to be defensively responsible to the same degree and in the same way? Under Terry Murray, it often seemed like the first three lines were all designed to be ​the same, or at least, to play defense the same way.