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11-05-2003, 03:55 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Ranger fan in Philly
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I was just going to same the same exact thing. How many times after a game that has been won can you say, "3rd no good. Dunham is holding the team together. Messier shouldn't be the shining star. Were are the other guys." What matters is wins! It doesn't matter how you get there! Stop this nonsense. We could go on a fifteen game winning streak and I bet if I come here I will see the same stuff.
Headline: "Rangers Win President's Trophy"
Come hear and read: "There D seems a bit shaky in the 3rd. Dunham is holding in and that is scary. oooh, so scary. They have to start losing at this pace."
It is difficult for many to just be happy with the current level of play because it is difficult to believe that this will last. We are winning almost entirely because of the great play of a goalie not known for his durability (Dunham played back-to-back games once this season and now has a groin injury) and a 42-year-old center who cannot possibly have enough in the tank to be the best center on a playoff team for an entire season. Many of us recognize that this little streak is on borrowed time.
It almost seems us Ranger fans are so used to losing we don't want it to end. There will be nothing left to talk about on here.
Can we just enjoy what is happening and look at the positives?
What about how great the passing has been over the last 7 games? What about being 3rd in less goals against? What about making a statement like this: "Wow, we are winning games with a 42 center scoring day in and day out! Can't wait until the rest start playing hot!"
Ranger fans have been saying that for years. Last year, we couldn't wait for Bure and Lindros to make a dominant top line. Didn't happen. With Nedved scoring, we couldn't wait for Lindros to heat up to give up 2 scoring lines. Didn't happen. With Lindros scoring the year before, we couldn't wait for Nedved to come around and give us scoring depth. Didn't happen. Hell, it goes all the way back to the end of the Smith era when every year we couldn't wait for this team full of great talent to finally gel and take the league by storm. That didn't happen either. Do you see a pattern here?
Do we ever look at it like that? We say ooooh, that is not good when Mess, Barnaby, and Simon are scoring the goals. Is there something wrong with this? Why is it the stars that we only look for the goals from? Do you realize the goals scoring spread out amongst all four lines is how the Devils win cups? Hasn't this penetrated your skulls yet? What is happening right now is what we must hope for the rest of the way! Noone standing out in goals scored. Let everyone get 20. A win is a win is a win! Why do we always have to have the dramatics of one player scoring day in and day out. Doesn't make sense. You don't win hockey games like that never mind playoffs and cups.
The Devils rely on their top players to carry the offensive load and their depth players to add in some extra offensive push when possible. The Devils scoring may be spread out, but their top 5 point-getters last year were still Elias, Langenbrunner, Gomez, Friesen, and Nieuwendyk, all top 2 line forwards. You cannot rely on your 3rd and 4th liners to carry the offense for a season and make the playoffs.
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