The Malik Report
by George Malik on 04/17/12 at 08:11 PM ET
Paul for George who will return later tonight…
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
Roman Josi thought he had time, thought he could protect the puck, thought there was nothing to worry about. But just as he was preparing to make an outlet pass from behind his net, the best thief in the NHL stole the puck, stepped out front and beat an unsuspecting Pekka Rinne.
“I knew he was coming,” Josi, the Nashville Predators defenceman, said after a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarter-finals on Sunday, “but it happened so fast. He just lifted my skate and was gone.”
If he had wanted to, Pavel Datsyuk probably could have taken the rookie’s watch as well. That is how skillful the Detroit Red Wings forward has become at stealing pucks. He has averaged 106 takeaways a season over the last six years, leading the league three times.
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