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05-26-2012, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by trilobyte View Post
Not sure if I was seeing the same thing that some here describe.
In this series, when the Rangers began a forecheck in earnest, they were trouble for the Devils and the game was truly a contest, and one which the Rangers had a great chance of winning.
When the Rangers skated around like zombies for as much as a full period, and even more, and passed the puck over to Brodeur (don't even dare call it a dump and chase, it could be more likely termed a turnover), the Devils owned the ice.

It was that simple when it came to good minutes versus bad minutes for the Rangers. That is where the series tipped. The Rangers know it. They wish they had not played like zombies for many, many minutes on end.
That is what happened.
I think a player who personifies this so much was Callahan. When he was forechecking well he was looking good. However too many times he had no discipline with the puck and was whacking at it with his stick. I couldn't stand that there would be a Devils turnover in the neutral zone and our players would play "whack a mole" with the puck.

It was embarrassing at times.

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