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11-28-2012, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by KingWantsCup View Post
If Sauer was healthy, do you think he would have made a difference in where the Rangers ended up?
Yeah, potentially. I remember commenting on that our D's a few times against NJ kind of broke down. Especially in G2 IIRC.

There were a couple of games there when NJD just seemed to have all kind of room in our defensive zone. They were able to get in the face of Hank and scored several goals of deflections, rebounds etc. While at the other side of the rink, things were extremely crowed infront of Marty -- as up until this point had been the case in our zone too -- and it seemed like shots never made it even halfway to the net and so forth.

Its something you don't often think about, if someone cough up the puck and a goal is scored its noted by everyone. But in this case our forwards all of a sudden didn't quite get into the shooting lanes and our D's wasn't really riding the NJD forwards defensviely. McD, Girardi and Staal had been forced to play really hard for a long time, neither is really that experienced, which could explain the situation that occured. Another D like Sauer potentially could have helped there...

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