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11-28-2013, 09:54 AM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Originally Posted by
Bleed Ranger Blue
People remember the soft goals (which every goalie gives up through the course of a season), and don't remember the incredible stops. Its just human nature. How about in the first period when Lundqvist made 4 saves on one play sprawled across the crease. Does that not count? Does the fact that Lundqvist's numbers are stellar over the last 14 games or so not count because he has a few weak goals on his ledger? Cam Talbot's 6 starts (6!!!!!!!) empowers this silly argument perpetuated by spoiled brats who are used to the amazing run Lundqvist has had for 8 years and counting. Most of these people probably don't remember when the Rangers were starting Guy Hebert in net, or when Mike Dunham's game fell off a cliff.
The most ironic thing of all is alot of these people are the same ones that begged for a new coach to "unlock the offense" so that "we wouldnt have to rely on Lundqvist as much." Considering that hasn't happened (big surprise
), now the target is on Lundqvist for giving up 2 goals a game instead of 1 over the past month? Its bizarre and its reactionary.
Its just odd that the guys that are big net positives for this team are often the target of such off-based criticisms when theres plenty of real waste on this roster to complain about.
It's gotten to the point where the fans are so accustomed to Lundqvist bailing the team out while the skaters give him scant goal support that Lundqvist ends up getting the blame when he isn't perfect.
I saw some posts last week that said while it would be nice if the team could put up 2 or more goals, it is really on Lundqvist to ensure that he gives up less than 2 goals since he is supposed to be the best goalie in the league. No one is free from criticism on the team so I don't have an issue if Hank gets some heat after a mediocre game, but to absolve the rest of the team of any responsibility when they have either failed to defend or score goals is beyond absurd.
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