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Face Off!
Michael Farber
April 27, 1998
Overlooked or dismissed as inconsequential by the casual observer, draws, in fact, can mean the difference between winning and losing—especially in the tightly contested playoffs
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April 27, 1998

Face Off!

Overlooked or dismissed as inconsequential by the casual observer, draws, in fact, can mean the difference between winning and losing—especially in the tightly contested playoffs

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Back to Phoenix, 9.9 seconds remaining, Carbonneau and Corkum, one of the approximately 80,000 face-offs in the NHL this season, one of the little things that can be so big. The puck dropped, sticks flashed, and Carbonneau drew the puck behind him to the spot where he had directed Keczmer. The defenseman wheeled, carried the puck behind the net and ran out the clock.

Carbonneau was 4-6 on draws in the first period but was 15-5 over the last two periods and owned Corkum, 7-3 for the game. Still, he was mediocre in the defensive zone (7-5), where the best face-off men make their living. Carbonneau also scored a goal and had an assist, but the Coyotes won the game. As he walked to the bus, he put that aside. It wasn't the wins or losses he was thinking about—it was the draws.

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