This just simply isnt true. Helm, Larkin, and Smith are our fastest skaters. Nyquist takes a lot of strides in a short amount of space, so it LOOKS like he's moving rapidly. But he does not skate powerfully like Larkin. Larkin and Helm would be back to goal line by the time Nyquist hit the redline in an around the rink skate.
Smith isn't our fastest. It's evident of his lack of speed by the amount of times he gets caught pinching and can't get back.
Yeah, he just slid a bit too fast. his stick is in good position to take away the pass until the last second then open up the lane. Larkin should have been back covering and the timing would have worked out.
Anyway, the next play in the NHL.com highlights Green does a good job covering a 3-on-1 so he learned from the mistake, took away the passes and let Howie play the shooter.
I agree with this, but you gotta give it to Kopitar as well. He's a really good player and made a great play. Most players don't do what he did there.