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02-14-2012, 09:17 PM
Sam the Lion
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I would like to have seen Julien pull Thomas after the second goal, although neither were really his fault. Thomas has, honestly, not been 'spit-take otherworldly' of late, and that is his game.
Starting Rask for the 2nd could give Thomas a chance to stew a bit (I'm good with that), and Rask would have a whole intermission's worth of adrenaline to enter a huge game (still close), and possibly emerge with an epic win - and a ton of confidence. Win-win?

There is also this:
If there really is anything to the unfounded 'team disgruntled with Thomas' speculation, it might have immediately been evidenced by an energetic, determined team effort to get Rask the win. Who knows, but it might have been interesting.

Another note.
Rags are relentless in their shot-blocking. With Chara and Boychuk, the B's could have put some real tenderizing on them that could have had significant late-season/Playoffs fruits to bear, as the Rangers suffer the attritive effects of a season of taking close-range bombs to the 'lower-body'.

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