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The stage doesn't get much bigger than CBC's Hockey Night in Canada in Toronto on Saturday night. Add in a matchup against the game's most explosive player, Alexander Ovechkin, and you've got yourself a recipe for a nationally viewed disaster for a struggling team. It's one thing to be the player a coach asks to have the dubious duty of attempting to shut down Ovechkin. It's another thing to tell the coach you want to be on the ice every time Ovechkin is; to tell him that you can shut down the league's best player. A strong statement, indeed, and one that Francois Beauchemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs made last Saturday night prior to their game against the Washington Capitals. The Leafs were struggling mightily, last place in the Eastern Conference and coming home after a heart- ...

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