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02-15-2013, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Machinehead View Post
It's not about the record. This team is just doing things contenders don't do.

It's not all about talent and points. They have talent, and as such they will get their share of points. But championship teams play clean. That's the important thing. The Rangers, I would argue, are the sloppiest team in the league.
The Rangers last year 9 games in were outplayed in pretty much every game and were 3-3-3 largely because Lundqvist was amazing (and Biron against Winnipeg). This included a 3 goal blown lead in the 3rd to a team much worse than the Bruins. It included, being outclassed by the terrible Leafs (albeit they were pretty good to start the season), where Lundqvist who is "meh" now had a brutal game and the team looked like ****. It included a 2-1 win against the aforementioned Jets where Biron stood on his head and we got completely outplayed by a mediocre to bad Jets team and only won because Cally's pass hit someone and went in the net. It included a 2-0 shutout where we looked like **** against the 2nd worst team in the league (albeit they too had a decent start). It included a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ducks. Richards scored a goal with 3 minutes left. I'm pretty sure that was the only chance we had all game. Ducks missed the playoffs. This was before the coaching change too. Then after we "righted our ship" we lost to the worst team in the east in Montreal by a combined 8-1 on the road. We were down 4-0 10 minutes in against the Blackhawks who lost 9 in a row, including a penalty shot and 2 breakaways. Sound like a contender to you?

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