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03-22-2013, 01:04 PM
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Simple question here, but how the heck did the Rangers turn into a one threat team? If anything, they seemed to be a prototypical Eastern Conference powerhouse with no weaknesses everywhere and enough depth to score and grind it out. It's like you guys got trapped trying to play Bruins hockey or something.
As far as Rick Nash goes, I've never been a fan. He seems to get into a lot of these "man-alone" situations and looks like a hero on a sinking ship as opposed to a guy who elevates the energy and play of everyone around him.
They lost a lot of "strength" down the middle. When we dealt Dubi and Anisimov we lost two players who could play center when other guys were struggling. Not saying they're key players, but the ability to rotate guys in and out was an underlying factor to our success. Stepan has been our only reliable center for a large portion of the season. Richards is a ghost. Gaborik needs someone to get him the puck in open ice and Richards isn't able to do that.
Nash has been fantastic when he's playing with guys like Stepan and Hagelin. Until the last couple games, he was easily our best player night in and night out.
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