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01-28-2010, 01:19 AM
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Originally Posted by RothmanHockey View Post
I absolutely agree with you. I don't think they're pinning their woes on it, but I do think it wears and weighs on them. How can it not?

Same as the fact that you're happy when you win, you're just miserable when you lose. That's just how it is, especially in a hotbed like NY, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, etc.
Yeah, I think it would get to any player no matter how good their mental fortitude is. Lundqvist is one of the few players who seems immune to it and has such great concentration and focus that he is able to block it out.

It's obvious that players like Kotalik really struggle with the pressure of playing at the Garden. Lots of players don't realize that a market like NY isn't for them until it's too late. The fans here can be ruthless and it throws some players off their game.

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