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06-02-2013, 03:31 AM
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Originally Posted by eco's bones View Post
It seemed like last year we were tantalizingly close. One of the problems the Rangers have had in recent years is getting a good and consistent year in and year out performance from our top players--with the exception of Lundqvist who year in and year out does give us consistently good performances game in game out year in year out.

Why Gaborik can score 40 goals one year and look like absolute **** the next?--I just don't know. Tortorella's coaching certainly bears some scrutiny here but in the end the onus should come down on the player. I have the idea that Torts was bending over backwards to accommodate Richards who maybe should have benched long before.

Looking at the Bruins team that just knocked us out--it's a sum of its parts type of team. 4 solid lines--a solid defense led by an elite defenseman--a pretty good goalie. There's nothing really all that spectacular there. Everyone knows their roles. They do all the little things well--from board battles, to crashing the net, penalty killing, to clearing the crease, dropping the gloves--even their callups from the AHL fit right in and were large factors in why Boston won--watching them in the last series I got the idea that they were all on the same ****ing page. I didn't get that idea from watching the Rangers against them--confusion over roles, a dysfunctional 4th line, an inability to sustain pressure from shift to shift, shoddy penalty killing, unforced turnovers (Del Zotto), getting pinned in their own end for lengthy stretches of time.

Torts (using his own words) seemed to lose his way here and thinking that it's not a wonder why he got fired. What a difference a year can make.
Boston have similar players made and bred for a coach that has them playing one way. Rangers were sort of that way last year but there was not enough guys playing the Torto way this year.

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