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05-14-2012, 01:48 PM
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An Opinion You're Going to Hear For Years to Come: The Rangers Are Killing Hockey

http://www.thehockeynews.com/article...d-for-NHL.html

I expect this to be a more popular opinion and longer lasting than similar claims against the Devils from pre-lockout.

A team mentality built on sacrifice and hard work will be spun as "killing the game." We will be hated league-wide. Everyone get used to being the bad guys.

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Lmfao. It's not like Washington blocks shots, too, right? I doubt he would have wrote this article if Washington won.

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Complaining about a team blocking shots.. For real?

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Didn't the caps block more shots than we did anyway?

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didn't the caps block more shots than we did anyway?
Yup!

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I hope we are killing the game for a very long time.

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Didn't read the article but all I'm gonna say is the Rangers forechecked with two forwards while the Caps at points had all five guys behind the red line. We're the ones killing hockey though.

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Didn't read the article but all I'm gonna say is the Rangers forechecked with two forwards while the Caps at points had all five guys behind the red line. We're the ones killing hockey though.
Yet he complains that they don't forcheck. Does he even watch the games?

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It's not pretty, that's for sure. It's give and take from a league wide-perspective depending on which game I am watching. A blue collar style is what I respect most in any team that I root for passionately, and the fan base truly respects it out of these guys. On the other hand, I'd rather watch the hockey I am accustomed to growing up--where pucks get to the net and the battles in front between forwards, defense and the goalie make the difference. I'd rather see my team win a 3-2 game, than a 6-5 game. On the other hand, I would probably rather like to watch a random hockey game that is 6-5, rather than 3-2.

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This article is an absolute joke.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. This isn't the reincarnation of the trap system era. This is the system Torts put in place because of the offensive abilities , it lack thereof, of this team. He knew we didn't have enough talented players to be given more leeway offensively. I'm sure defense first is important to Torts, but I can guarantee that if we had more scorers you'd see a much different system. Look at the system he had in Tampa, sure they focused on defense but there was also a lot of offensive creativity.

This is simply Torts understanding the personnel on his team and trying to get the most out of them.

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I think Washington's system is harder to watch than the Rangers. Besides, how many Devils fans were bored to death enough to wish they didn't play that style and didn't win 3 Cups? A: Zero

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Didn't the caps block more shots than we did anyway?
During the first 6 games, Rangers averaged a little over 15 blocked shots.

The Capitals? A little over 25.

Minnesota and the Islanders lead the league in blocked shots. Both missed the playoffs.

Compared with the Devils, the Rangers blocked a whopping 66 more shots. I guess 606 is respectable, 672 is not.

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As others have already pointed out the Rangers did forecheck...in fact the 3rd period of Game 7 was their most agressive period with a lead in the 2 series they've played. What I find funny is that when this team was squeaking into the playoffs or missing by a SO point the past few years nobody questioned their shot blocking...this is just a lazy writer.

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for years we were the 'bad guys' for spending on missed the playoffs anyway...so i'll gladly take still being the 'bad guys' but finishing 1st and getting to the ECF

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Typo in thread title. Rangers are saving hockey. Together with LAKings, the Rangers are the reason behind the incredible jump in ratings.

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Typo in thread title. Rangers are saving hockey. Together with LAKings, the Rangers are the reason behind the incredible jump in ratings.
I'm pretty sure LA gets bad ratings..

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I've seen the Garden erupt when Cally blocks a slapper from the point.

Don't tell me it's not exciting.

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I'm pretty sure LA gets bad ratings..
From what I just read on the business board, "they're setting records." I do know a lot of people in the LA area don't get NBC Sports though.

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I bet that guy is a Vancouver fan. The only people you'll see complain about this are fans of rival teams and fans of offensive teams that put next to no emphasis on defensive play and have goalies that are sieves. It's not always pretty hockey but why the hell do I care what other fans think when my team is winning?

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I bet that guy is a Vancouver fan.
I don't think he's a fan of anything. All his articles are just complaining about something in the game, usually fighting.

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http://www.thehockeynews.com/article...d-for-NHL.html

I expect this to be a more popular opinion and longer lasting than similar claims against the Devils from pre-lockout.

A team mentality built on sacrifice and hard work will be spun as "killing the game." We will be hated league-wide. Everyone get used to being the bad guys.
The media and fans of hockey already think this. But what people don't realize is their style is as old as hockey itself. It is playoff style hockey. It's just that the Rangers are probably the first team to actually play this style all year long. And with the playoffs, they upped their level of play along with all the other playoff contenders making this style even more pronounced.

The first 2 rounds were awesome. Who wouldn't wanna watch that kind of action, is not a fan of hockey.

It is absolutely not new, just perfected to the point where it can be played all season long.
Skating as hard and as fast as you can, hitting and competing at 110%, giving it everything you have and more, each and every shift, is why hockey is such a great sport.


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