I don't see the problem with Mitchell in the shootout. He came close to scoring, and I know it's one of those either-you-do-or-you-don't moments, but the selection of Mitchell in the SO is surely not what lost this game.
Agree. The SO is a toughie. Do you go with the guys with the best skills or the guys that have proven to be good? I think the latter.
At least it wasn't Gilroy. I would have broke my television if he scored.
Rather him than Dominic ****ing Moore. Whined about the Rangers to the media and is stealthily one of the dirtiest players in the league.
Originally Posted by MSG the place to be
Who cares how many shots he gets set up for. The guy is a stiff. And I mean that literally. Someone find his oil can because without it Gaborik aka Tinman has zero dexterity. Zilch. Evidence is all over the game tape. Highlighted in the shootout.
The horse is beyond dead at this point, stop beating it.
Gaborik is the best scorer on this team by far, you don't need to exaggerate the point to this level of extremity. He may not be the best player in the shootout, nor is he going to deke around every player on the ice, but he's a PPG player that is far from a defensive liability. It'd be different if he was constantly on the ice for goals against, but he's not.
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I can't blame Tortorella for the shootout choices. He is going by the statistics. Mitchell, sure "AHL fodder" is 4-for-6 in his career. Richards is over 40%. And Gaborik is there "big gun." Not bad choices.
Lundqvist is too hard on himself here for "I have to be better in the shootout" Richards has to be better. Richards was an elite shootout player, and hasn't done it here in the SO.
Agree, that creates a huge depth problem in that 2nd pairing & especially the 3rd pairing.
It makes our D go from Decent to absolutely pathetic. McDonaugh is tired, you can see it tonight. and rightfully so. But he and girardi have no room for rest. Pretty sure this is the downward spiral coming that was lurking around the corner. and for once, it's because of injury.
It barely deflected at all. I love Lundqvist, but that goal cannot go in the net, with the Rangers leading 2-1 and in the last two minutes. Is it a "horrible" goal? No. But it's far from unstoppable.
Agree again, it's not an unstoppable goal, and you can't rip him apart for it, but that's the type of situation where you kind of expect a goalie of his caliber to make that save. But then again, I think we often take for granted a lot of the difficult saves that he makes, and makes looked relatively routine.