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The defence pair of Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson was on for four even-strength goals against Ottawa, which was certainly glaring on the stats sheet but coach Dave Tippett, after watching video, cut them some slack.
“On their fourth goal, we turned it over, (Anthony) Duclair whiffs on it on a nothing play, the puck goes across, another guy shoots it wide and it comes right back to Duclair. Is that Oscar’s fault? I dunno. On the fifth, the puck hits the stanchion (glass) and bounces back and Oscar overskates it. Now, Adam thinks he’s got to cover up for him, and the next guy is open,” said Tippett.
“Hey, can they play better? Yes. The one that bothered me most was the third (in the second period). Oscar and Adam were both on for over a minute. We turn the puck over, Klef’s up sniffing and is too tired to get back on the 2-on-1 goal. Is there things they can do better? Sure. They got caught with some minuses but they’re more bad breaks than bad minuses to me,” said Tippett.
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