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In another article by Larry Brooks of the New York Post, he quoted Brad Richards after Game 4 stating:
“We’re getting a good number of attempts, but they’re blocking a lot and we’re missing the net.”
From that same article Rangers defenseman Marc Staal also commented about the need to crash the net more saying:
“I think we can always get more shots, more traffic, things like that. I think we need to get in the goalie’s face more.”
I couldn't agree with either of them more. They know what they need to do, so just go out there and do it for God's sakes.
If they crash Holtby's net, he will crumble. They just need to intimidate him, because he lacks the finesse and polish of a veteran goaltender.
Look at Game 1 for example when the Rangers won 3-1.
They totally psyched Holtby be out to the point where the NHL commentators on NBC Sports were questioning if he would be put back in goal for Game 2.
By planting a seed of doubt in Holtby's head, they will soar this series and they proved how well that can work for them in Monday night's Game 5 match-up.
The Rangers planted that very seed with 6.6 seconds left in the game, leaving the Capitals deflated going into overtime and scratching their heads as to how they blew the win.
Then, they were able to score on Holtby again with just under two minutes played in overtime.
Holtby had been resilient for most of the game, but crumbled when the pressure really came on.
This is an important lesson to learn from and utilize going into Game 6 on Wednesday night.