Rangers got burned in prior games by Brodeur's puck handling, that's why they switched it up tonight and rarely sent 2 in on the forecheck. No reason to get caught with 2 players in deep with Brodeur moving the puck up the ice quick for an odd man rush. The Rangers tinkered the game plan tonight based on their opponent and did what they had to do to get the 2 points.
The current size of NHL goalie equipment has NOTHING to do with protecting the goalie and EVERYTHING to do with stopping the puck. Yes, the stick technology improved and added 2-4 mph to the shots, but that's not enough to cause goalie injuries. Remember, even back in the day it was NOT the goalies that got injured by pucks, because their equipment was already more than satisfactory.
This isnt even a debatable argument - NHL goalie equipment is designed to block the puck, PERIOD.
And the above, IMO, are just the three WORST examples of blatant goalie equipment abuses, but there are many more - ridiculous side pad flaps, XXXXXXXL jersey cuts, knee extenders that are ridiculously long etc......
Not only are the pads and equipment over sized, they've been super sizing the goalies for a while too. Ever since 1991 I believe. *cough*Marty*cough*
Fraser's take on the penalty shot that should have been. I think his excuse is BS, but typical of his column to defend the ref.
I have never seen one team screwed by the same call so many times throughout the season. I think this is the 4th time a puck being covered in the crease affected the Rangers this season. 2 PS against and 0 PS (when they should have had 2) for, pretty unbelievable.