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New York Islanders

There's No 'D' In Faceoff: Defensemen Take On An Odd Job

Jake Gardiner and the other Toronto Maple Leafs defensemen like to think they can hold their own in the faceoff circle.

"Sometimes in practice we'll just joke around and go against the centermen and tell them we can beat them," Gardiner said.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson wishes he had that luxury. Angry after he lost a faceoff, he blamed teammate Jay Beagle.

"I used to practice all the time, but the centers don't let me practice anymore," Carlson said. "I was 1 for 1 in my career and now I ruined it."

Such is life for NHL defensemen these days, thrown into the faceoff circle to do something they never figured was...

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