If Sauer Was Healthy During Last Season's Playoffs
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11-28-2012, 09:26 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
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Thanks for the sarcasm but anyone who knows the game realizes that we lost to the Devils because they forechecked us to death. If we had another strong defensive defenseman in the lineup throughout the playoffs our D would have been much better equipped to handle that forecheck and chances are we win the series. Beating the Kings is another story, but it's stupid to downplay the impact Sauer likely would have had on our playoff fortunes, unless of course you became a Ranger fan last week and have no idea how good a player Mike is.
Sauer would have made a HUGE difference. He is a physical defenseman. He is very smart as well in his own end. He would've been able to endure the forecheck the devils put on as well as the capitals and senators, though the latter teams were to a lesser extent.
But it's not even that. It's the human nature aspect of it all. We had two 7 game series. Torts began to sit Bickel and go with 5 defensemen in the Washington series. The team simply wore down. They were getting beat to loose pucks. I'm not going to get all that crazy in this "theory" but even on the game winner by Henrique in game 6, it was a loose puck that he put home because we couldn't react quick enough. Not to mention the 5 on the ice were a step behind on that play. When you are tired physically, mentally you slow down as well. We all know this. Torts didn't trust Bickel otherwise he would've been out there. Bickel cost us a couple goals in the playoffs. Sauer doesn't make many mistakes and he would've been out there.
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