Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/16/06 at 09:03 AM ET
One minute, he's sliding down on the opposite side of the puck and setting up in front of the net on the power play. The next, he's back at the blue line, pinching along the boards to keep an opponent from chipping out of the zone or stretching his wingspan to its maximum to keep a puck alive. In his own end, he angles a forward to the boards, applies a stick check and comes out with the puck. One step and bang, the outlet pass is on the stick of a teammate and out of harm's way In the span of one shift in a recent game, rookie Matt Carle demonstrated why the Sharks' franchise-long search for an elite, game-breaking defenseman finally might have come to an end. Carle just might be that good.read on
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