#34 - 12.17.09 | New York Rangers @ New York Islanders | 7:00 PM - MSG 2
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12-18-2009, 06:40 AM
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You hit it right on the head Inferno. Lundquist made some great saves and Roloson
let in 3 goals on 5 shots. It wasn't like the Rangers were dominating the game they just cashed in on some bad plays down low by the Isles.
The king stole the show. He played ELITE and that makes the differance in games played between two very poor NHL squads at this time. There is no doubt the blue shirts have more offensive talent, defensive talent and goaltender talent.
No coincidence Hank's numbers are getting better once Torts changed systems. The wide open Tampa system employed where the Bulin wall was so consistant holding the fort so guys like Vinny, Boyle and St louis would score enough to win did not test well with Hank unfortunately. Hank did not hold up well under the pressure. Torts either miscalculated Hank's abilities or miscalculated the his overall talent or it was a mix of both.
Hank was not consistant enough to lead the team in this system as it put alot pressure on him so Torts changes things up and the team has troubles scoring but the good news is Hank is warming up again. Year after year, Hank turns it on during the stretch drive. This may very well be the case this year if Torts does not expose him like he did to the Bulin wall. Two differant teams, Tampa had a better supporting cast obviously than the present blue shirts. It's a long season with many many ups and downs and one nice winning streak sometimes is all it takes to make it to the dance. The time may be coming soon enough.
In face of adversity comes opportunities. Whom will lead the way? Hank finally did what he is being paid to do. Be an ELITE NHL goaltender and come up big when the team needed him. Without that first period play by Hank its 3-0 Isles and the blueshirts are gripping sticks tight and steam is coming out of Tort's ears. Great job by the king. Now be consistant at it to be considered ELITE.
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