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04-24-2013, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by RGY View Post
Please, spare me. It should've been 3 goals (not counting the empty net), possibly more. Lundqvist bailed them out, just as he has bailed them out time and time and time again. It is a constant defense of Tortorella here with you two, especially Kel. He can do no wrong. Pull up the stats all you want, if you put a Dan Ellis in net those numbers are significantly higher. Watch the damn game please. The Rangers get pinned in their own end so often. The majority of times it is because their wingers are way too loose on the point men. The puck constantly gets cycled around the end boards and they constantly are chasing it. How many times has Nash gone down to block a shot this year? How about Powe, other than tonight where he finally went down and sacrificed the body. Or Pyatt? These guys are not Fedotenko, Prust, Mitchell, and Dubinsky. New players came in who don't play that shot blocking game and Torts never adjusted to them. The constant pinning in their own end has them struggling to transition to offense and breaking out of the zone.

I did say Torts was not the only one to blame tonight. Nash and Richards are the other culprits. It was Nash's turnover that led to the 1st goal. As usual trying to do too much with the puck and turning it over, rather than using his 4 teammates on the ice. It was Richards dumb penalty when he had Stralman back that led to the PP goal. It was Richards and Nash who did nothing on the PP tonight. They weren't even getting shots.

So I blame both sides of it. But to be that naive and not see what has been going on all year with their defensive strategy is unfortunate. And to bring up the GAA just hides the inadequacies. Henrik is a dominating factor in the GAA, not Torts' system, at least not this year.
Every post in every thread, if I disagree with you I'm an idiot or I'm naive or I didn't watch the game. Can we cool it with that kind of down-talk? It's a hockey game and I'm a person you know nothing about. Make your argument without that kind of crap. Where did I say Torts can do no wrong? I've repeatedly called his decisions in question in the past. All I did here was post the GA/G stats and draw attention to the fact that they're very similar this year. You're not refuting me by putting an argument in my mouth and then breaking it down.

The post I was responding to said the D strategy worked last year and it isn't working this year. I pointed out that the GA/G numbers are extremely similar, as are the league rankings. We can talk about what the team would look like if they had a completely forgettable goalie all day but it's a completely useless exercise because they have Hank. What if any team didn't have their best player? They'd change their strategy.

The offense is the most consistent problem in my opinion. Florida's D is terrible and their goalie is not up to par. Scoring 1 flukey goal until the last minute was the problem. The D works in my opinion. Yeah, they get pinned in their own zone sometimes, so does every team. Yeah, people make dumb turnovers now and then, so does everyone. If you score more than 1 goal a game it doesn't matter as much.

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