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02-23-2013, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by MPF24 View Post
They're soft in terms of not being difficult to play against anymore. We're not making anyone's lives difficult. We're not getting in on the forecheck and finishing hits. We're not winning battles, in either end. We're not a team you don't want to play against, physically. And we're not doing diddly offensively to make up for it. Unless you're going to be a high flying, dangerous offensive team, you'd better be tough to play against. We're neither.

Am I going to call Dan Girardi soft? McDonagh? Staal? Callahan? Hagelin? Miller? No. But overall? Yeah, we're not getting it done for my buck.
Let's be more accurate. In the first period, nobody can deny that the Rangers forechecked hard, and actually controlled play by a small margin overall.

Don't forget that. The question is, why did that level of play not be sustained? Seriously, that is the question. We know what this team can do, but why does that level of play, that commitment, just fall off and disappear?

They had a chance to raise themselves up by rallying around themselves after McDonagh was put out of the game. They did not rise to the occasion. After that, it was just going through the motions, waiting for the game to end.

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