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Nash is trying to do too much on his own, carrying the puck into the zone all the time and drawing double coverage. He needs the others on his line to gain the zone, and hit him in stride at the top of the circle. Then he can go one-on-one with the D or get his shot off.
2 months, 1 week ago on Stralman OK, Status Uncertain for Sunday
These are the kind of games Lundqvist used to be able to steal for them. But honestly, he hasn't been the same this year and last overall, his play down the stretch last year being the exception.
There are different types of "trying", and I'm not saying there is a lack of effort overall. When I coached kids hockey teams, I told them that when they didn't have the puck they could either be "dog walkers" or "prison breakers". Dog walkers keep one hand on the stick, stretched out with little leverage, trying to break up passes and deflect the puck, looking like you are walking a small dog. Prison breakers have both hands on the stick, leaning in and forward, like they are digging a tunnel to bust out of jail. THOSE are the guys that win the battles for loose pucks, don't let anything stop them. The Rangers need more Prison Breakers and less Dog Walkers.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on It's Time To Apologize To John Tortorella
You really can't think that Silverspoon A**Hole Dolan, a guy who never made a penny in a competitive business in his life would have a clue about hockey. He is dumber than a rock and lower than worm piss, so don't expect any change to come from his empty skull.
True that his approach to the players and constant berating and personality were starting to be tuned out by the players. My main gripes with Torts were his forecheck strategy which sent 3 guys behind the other goal line, leaving NOBODY in the slot to shoot, and his complete lack of ability to fix the PP. Vancouver has 3 elite players on offense, the Sedins and Kessler to the Rangers' one in Nash, and until the underlying softness of the NYR players is addressed, the problems with the up-and-down play will continue. This team is NOT hard on the puck, not hard when skating into opponents and gets bumped off and knocked down most of the time. Nobody skates THROUGH the opponent, like a Lucic or a Malkin does. It is always 'try to arrive first and get out' which isn't working most nights. The opponents know this and go right at the Rangers, willing to battle because there is little price to be paid. And I don't mean fear of fighting, because Asham and Dorsett will go at any time: I mean constantly being beaten physically in battles for the puck, wearing a team down and banging them around. Nobody is worried about taking hits when they play NYR, so they can break out and dump in without looking over the shoulder. And that is on Sather.
I won't set foot in the place until Silverspoon Dolan is gone, hopefully dead and buried. I will make sure to practice a few moves and drink plenty of fluids so that I can dance and piss on that human slug's grave. That crooked scumbag and his dirtbag father should be skinned alive and boiled in vinegar. They have never ever succeeded in a competitive business and use their constant ripping off of the customers to spend on ridiculous "improvements" that only help themselves. They are just part of the aristocrazation of sports, and their catering to the upper crust and the thieves that run big business have driven real fans to their couches. Just like all the empty field level seats at Yankee Stadium that are merely business writeoffs, so nobody bothers to go, cretins like Dolan only understand and cater to other ripoff artists that populate the boardrooms of America. He can't die a miserable enough death soon enough for me.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Death of Madison Square Garden?
@BleedBlueNYR Considering the lineup they'll have this year, and not making the playoffs last year, if you and your friends bring sticks and skates you can probably sit on the NJ bench during the game.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Herman Rants Open Thread: 7/20/2013