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Filip Zadina's Complete Game

04/21/2021 at 5:29pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The plays have been happening more frequently over the last month to six weeks, showing the completeness and competitiveness of a young hockey player who is growing his game.

And though this is about Filip Zadina, it’s not plays of the jaw-dropping variety offensively. No booming shots off one-timers or nifty passes showcasing Zadina’s playmaking ability.

You can find Zadina's exploits with the puck on the stick on YouTube and they are impressive.

But just as impressive have been recent defensive plays.

Those might be tougher to find, but just as important.

There was a play earlier in the month, with Tampa Bay looking to clinch the game in the third period, which had Zadina backchecking vigorously, skating hard down the ice, and getting his stick on a pass to Brayden Point near the net. In doing so, he upended what looked like a sure-fire scoring chance.

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