Originally written on Rangers Review  |  Last updated 12/21/11
Lundqvist
For all the praise being heaped on fill ins like Bickel, Erixon, and Stralman. For all the kudos being thrown at the Rangers and what a great job they do backchecking, blocking shots, getting in passing lanes, etc. The cold hard truth is this. This team will only go as far as Henrik Lundqvist will take them. Tonight, he took them to a 4-1 win that is a very, very deceiving score. Yes, it’s true the Rangers hit 4 posts (1 a few moments before a goal was eventually scored anyway), in addition to putting 3 goals past Uncle Daddy (and an empty netter). But the Rangers were outshot 31-21, and were probably outchanced by a 2-1 margin. Henrik Lundqvist was completely on top of his game. Moving side to side at blazing fast speeds, showcasing picture perfect form, being square to the shooter at all times, and forcing the opposition to be too fine with their shots, therefore making them shoot wide. He was a monster. Brodeur was a slug. Slow, predictable, and completely deserving o...
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