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10-20-2013, 09:57 PM
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Both Renney and Torts played to slow games down. They had a goalie that played deep in net, and was an elite performer playing that way. Torts took that even further than just trapping, but employing that 6-goalie system.

Said goalie made save after save, and it was very tough for the other team to score and to make plays. So frustrating was this set up, that the Rangers under Torts never lost a game and won 87 in three years taking a lead into the third.

Now the goalie is facing higher quality chances, the slot is left wide open, and that's something that was once a maze of bodies and human traffic; guys come in with speed in transition. Henrik is forced to play more pucks, come out of his crease to make saves, and take direct shots from the slot.

All things combined with the smaller pads, more space behind the net, and contract issues. Possibility of moving, employment, affect on family, identity are all things that can affect a man. He's been superhuman for the team in the past, but he is still human.

All that said being who he is, and the competitor that he is I think Henrik Lundqvist will recover. Hopefully the team in front of him does too.

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