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Speed turns Union defense to offense

Shayne Gostisbehere and Mat Bodie don't stop at protecting their goalie

Originally Published: April 10, 2014
By Eric Sorenson | Special to ESPN.com

The usual concept of defensemen in hockey is one of guards at the gate, sentinels to watch over the goalie and brutally push transgressors aside as they get close to the net.

The Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara, a 6-foot-9 mountain of a man, or Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets, a bruiser who throws around his 265 pounds liberally, comes to mind. They play the kind of defense that leaves you with a bruise and a headache just from watching.

Then along comes a defensive pair of starters ...

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