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I SAW MCAVOY RECORD his ‘Gordie Howe hat trick’ against Columbus. His fight with Pierre-Luc Dubois was of the old-time va­ri­ety. Two highly skilled play­ers were com­pet­ing hard, they col­lided in a bat­tle for the puck, they got mad and they fought. McAvoy was im­pres­sive. He did not back down an inch. He’ll also go out of his way to make an open-ice hit if he catches an op­po­nent with his head down. This type of play is not at the core of his game. He makes good use of his stick and is try­ing to steal pucks so that he can con­vert to of­fense. His courage is aug­mented by the im­pos­ing pres­ence of part­ner Zdeno Chara. Provorov does not have Chara with him. He’s on his own. Play­ing with a con­stant phys­i­cal edge in 1-on-1 bat­tles is at the core of his game and he’s very ef­fec­tive at it. EDGE: PROVOROV

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