by positioning himself deep in the net, he makes himself damn near impenetrable down low, and his stops on backdoor shots are second ton none. ying and yang. it took mike richter to do the splits to make some of those saves....henrik does em night in and night out just by being deeper in his net.
I didn't say Hank's positioning himself so deep in the net is bad for Hank. It obviously works for him even if it does leave him open to redirection on occasion. He more than makes up for that by giving himself more time to react.
But one of the strengths of Richter's game was in fact his positioning, his ability to cut down angles and also be shockingly quick at getting himself right back into position almost immediately.
Don't forget...they are/were BOTH amazing goaltendes.
One difference about our 12 team is the youth ,,,although inexperienced can survive multiple 7 game sereis through3 or 4 series... something an older team like 94 could not...nor anyteam has to date...but this 12 team i think has so much youth they can pull it off..IMHO.
this years team is younger overall sure, but the 94 team wasn't ancient by any means. in fact some of the core players were pretty young.
some of the key guys during the playoffs
Beuke 28 Graves 25 Kovalev 20 Leetch 25 Richter 27 Zubov 23
Larmer 32 Matteau 24
Two guys I would have liked to have seen stay around long enough to win a cup in 1994...Jan Erixon and Mike Gartner.
One guy I would like to see win a cup with the current team...Vinny Prospal.
Mike Gartner, for sure, is a bit of a black spot on this organization for letting him go. You can thank Mark Messier for that(not one of his best moments). Neither was giving up Tony Amonte or Doug Weight.
As far as Vinny goes, I could care less. The guy was showing his age last season(granted he came back from an injury), and it would probably be even worse at this point.