Oilers’ Adam Larsson too slick for Ducks – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM — In a sports kettle that boils over with stats, you warm up slowly to players like Adam Larsson.

As a defenseman, he’s on the cleanup crew. He removes traffic from the front porch of goalie Cam Talbot. He gets rid of pucks before they find dangerous sticks. He plays in correct positions, which means he stops plays before they even start.

However, Larsson is also 6-foot-3 and 204 pounds. He isn’t the stealth bomber. But the Ducks didn’t detect his presence until Larsson had made two major plays in Edmonton’s 5-3 victory Wednesday, in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Sometimes there are too many holes in the boat to plug.

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