Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 5/6/13
So how futile has the Rangers offense been in the first two games? Even Capitals netminder Braden Holtby admitted he had an easy time of it in Game 2 (via Washington Post)... “It wasn’t a very hard game for me,” Holtby said after the game. “We did an outstanding job. Penalty kills are usually where you get the most work and if you eliminate that it’s basically just making the saves that you have to make. A shutout’s one thing but a win is the big thing.” And if that wasn't enough, he added... “It wasn’t a very straining game on a goalie,” Holtby said. “It probably didn’t even reach double digits in scoring chances. I felt comfortable out there but there’s still room for improvement.” ...this is far from being bulletin board material and I find it highly doubtful Holtby was trying to needle the Blueshirts, but if the Rangers players aren't completely motivated by these embarrassing comments there's no chance for this team. ...hockey players are very proud and don't like to be disrespected, so I'm hoping Holtby's comments unintentionally lit a fire under this team. ...and if this doesn't work, maybe Sather should call Avery to see if he wants to criticize Torts again. Here's how the Rangers plan on making life more difficult for Holtby (via Blueshirts United)... Ryan McDonagh... "Yeah, absolutely, we have to better at going to the dirty areas, make it so that (Holtby) can not get out of his crease. That's really one area we can focus on that might help us. You can see in this series it's tough for both teams to score goals, so maybe we just need to put more bodies around their net." Brian Boyle... "I wouldn't say it's the only way (to beat Holtby), but it's a good way to start, trying to get traffic in front and getting momentum with shots while crowding the net. I think that's an important way to play, especially in the playoffs. But we want some (more) zone time because you can get a heckuva' lot more offensive chances by playing in their end. I just think we have to challenge Holtby more, make life more difficult for him." Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.
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