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The Struggles Of Mark Stone

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It was seven games ago.

It seems like, well, forever with Mark Stone.

The Golden Knights are one loss from elimination in the NHL playoffs, meaning it might be a good time for their captain to join the fray.
Montreal had little issue skating into T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night and leaving with a 4-1 victory before 17,969 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup semifinal....

Should he register a point, it would be Stone’s first of the series....

Now, the team’s best player hasn’t in any way delivered like that against Montreal....

He is everything a captain should be — a consistent but unpretentious leader, incredibly driven to win, deferential to teammates at the first mention of his individual success.

But frustration has set in. That’s more obvious than the loud boos that greeted the Knights at different times Tuesday.

Example: It was Stone who turned the puck over at the blue line while the Knights were trying to kill a penalty midway through the second period and down 2-0. As the Canadiens rushed forward, Stone coasted behind, not back-checking with any level of authority.

His was more a casual stroll through the neighborhood.

Just an alarming lack of effort.

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IwoCPO's avatar

As the Canadiens rushed forward, Stone coasted behind, not back-checking with any level of authority.

His was more a casual stroll through the neighborhood.

Just an alarming lack of effort.

A brief glance at Ed Graney’s bio (fifteen years in the Nevada desert as a sports columnist) tells me he may not exactly be the authority on whether a player like Mark Stone was “coasting” during a playoff game.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 06/23/21 at 10:12 AM ET

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