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Scuderi's 'Small Play' puts Kings on the board

Thursday, 06.06.2013 / 6:58 PM / Small Plays

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Scuderi's 'Small Play' puts Kings on the board
Visa presents "Small Plays," which looks at the little things during a game that turn into big results.

Visa presents "Small Plays" which looks at the little things during a game that turn into big results. Here is a recent example from Game 3 of the Western Conference Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.

Scuderi puts it on the tape: With two Stanley Cup championships on his resume, Rob Scuderi knows what it takes to win, but the Kings' defenseman is used to doing it at the other end of the ice, most notably in 2009 when he blocked a puck in the crease for the Pittsburgh Penguins to force a decisive Stanley Cup Final Game 7. On Tuesday, however, Scuderi showed his prowess at the offensive end, taking the puck at the point and making a perfect tape-to-tape pass across the blue line to Slava Voynov, who then found Justin Williams for the first goal of a pivotal Los Angeles win. Were it not for that goal, the Kings might be playing for their season Thursday night, and that goal wouldn't have been possible without Scuderi's deft pass to Voynov.

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