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04-07-2004, 12:44 PM
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I'll start off by stating that I think Raycroft is a damn good goalie. Having said that, he has had bad experiences in playoffs past. Sure, it might not have been "his fault", but there might be a psychological factor as a result. He's a rookie, and thus lacks the benefit of NHL experience. If the Habs jump all over him in the first game or two, it's possible that he'll feel more pressure or his confidence might get shaken (partially) based on his past experiences and it could influence the series. Of course, he might stand on his head from game one and establish enough confidence to elevate his game even more. Either way, I believe that the past is baggage you bring with you (more so as a rookie than as a vet), and can affect your play if things go poorly.

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