It was such an incredible relief to see 0-2 become 5-2... I hope it gives Henrik some confidence back to get the 2 points. I don't feel like he was happy with his game (who would after such a start) at all though, hope he can shake it off. I feel like the media's been too hard on him since the all star game and his slump isn't as big as some make it seem, but he's definitely not 100% yet. Want him to get a big shootout sometime soon, he needs that.
Hank didnt look his normal confident self in this game, the 2 early goals had alot to do with that but he stayed focused and made some key saves during the 2nd and 3rd period. How he made some of those saves with all the traffic infront of the neck is remarkable, he just makes it look easy.It good game for him to build on, he got the win thats all he cares about.Chris S
I agree with all you wrote, except for the last sentence. I think it's usually all he cares about, but this time he seemed frustrated even while they were leading with three goals and even after the game. I think it felt like the others got this win for him, while he wants to get the win for them. He wants to be there for the team, not that they have to be there to save him. But you're right, it's a good game to build on. He did play a good game for about 55 minutes, I just don't think it was a big enough confindence boost to make him completely shake this off and feel comfortable again. Like you said, he didn't look confident during most off the game, he seemed a bit... awkward.
I agree with the both of you. Anna, I think the media,Torts, and some of the fans forgot that Henrik has gotten them many wins when the rest of the team slumps. When Henrik does slump, he always finds a way to get over it so I wouldn't be worried. Better to have a minor slump now then to slump in the playoffs. Ok, I just used the word slump entirely too much.Do you guys think that maybe the impending 200th win is weighing on Henrik's mind and he is trying too hard and maybe that's where the awkwardness comes in?
No I don't think so, to be honest. He doesn't seem to focus on numbers much, just on playing as well as he can and getting wins. Win 150 he hardly noticed, if I remember correctly. They had to tell him afterwards. He seems more performance-focussed than stats-foccused. But who knows, I could very well be wrong, that's just my impression. At least it's a much more reasonable thought than that he got Bieber-fever, lol.But really, he has slumps during every season. It's very like the hockey world to put way too much focus on it when it happens, some make it seem like he's been absolutely terrible lately. I think that attitude makes the pressure on him much bigger than it would be if people would just put it in the right perspective, and I think it's that pressure that might make him uncomfortable and make him try too hard.But like you said, he always gets over it. I'm not too worried either.
Maybe we should because NY Rangers are netting several loses in a row.Thus lowering our chances at a playoff spot.... I felt like we are a better team this year. But still are struggling (sic) This is where we need Hank. Probably why Torts was pissed a little. I'm not blaming Hank here. Obviously Goalies struggle too. Usually things like this cause worry.
@ Anon.... I know Henrik is our most important player and the one we rely on the most every year, but the Rangers are one of the lowest scoring teams in the league yet again. (Although we are better than last year.) I was thrilled to see them score 5 goals vs. Pitt. The rest of the team needs to step up and generate some offensive when Henrik is slumping. Gaborik has been invisible for most of this season, he is finally coming around now but the point I am trying to make is perhaps Henrik's slump would have been less newsworthy had his team had scored enough goals and relied on him to a lesser extent. I won't even get into the fact that we have an extremely young and developing defense.