It's obvious that if the Bruins want to beat the Rangers they're going to have to go through Henrik Lundqvist. And their GM Peter Chiarelli thinks the best way to do that is by creating traffic in front (via Bruins Daily)...
“We’re talking about traffic. We’re talking about net front and we’re talking about getting pucks deep. Really, it’s a simple recipe and I think you could probably canvas all of these press conferences and with the questions to GM’s, you would probably hear a lot of the same film. He’s a big goalie. He’s been really good against us. You’ve got to move him around. You’ve got to get traffic and get pucks on him.”
...going to be on the Rangers defensemen to drive guys like Lucic and Horton away from the front of the net to open up the lanes for Lundqvist to see Chara bombs from the point.
...it's also going to be imperative that the forwards get out to the points to make sure they're blocking those big point shots as well. Wonder if the Rangers are issuing Iron Man like body armor to their players as an additional precaution against Chara breaking another player's leg...
Here's Dan Girardi on boxing out the Bruins forwards (via Boston.com)...
‘‘Box them out before they get (near the goal) so they can’t provide a screen. If we can’t box them out, the biggest thing is getting (at) their sticks. Hankie is going to stop that shot if he sees it. We have to do a good job of letting Hankie see those first shots, make sure there’s no tips.’’
John Tortorella said this about the possibility of backing off shot blocking strategy because of Chara...
‘‘Anything they can get to, they’re going to block. If they have a chance to block a shot, they are going to block a shot. Everybody.’’
...wonder if any of the new guys read this Torts quote and were like "you want me to stand in front of who's shot?"
I have faith that the rangers will take game one. This is going to be a great series. I just hope that nobody gets hurt. Those Chara shots are dangerous. Get ready to absorb some big hits, rangers...
Wait, all this talk about defending against Boston....we're making it sound like it's against Gretzky, Kurri, Anderson, and Messier! Granted the Bruins can score a bit and are tough, but there's also a good chance they could be missing 3 of their top 6 defensemen. THAT is what the Rangers need to take advantage of! The more time they spend in Boston's zone, the more tired Chara will be, the more tired Rask will be, and the less time the Boston forwards have to "create havoc" in front of Hank. Rangers need to forecheck and use their speed to create their own havoc!
BTW, Ovechkin the "savior" lost 8-3 to the US squad in the World Quarter...HA HA HA! A two-time loser in 1 week...that's gotta be a record!
Chara is a huge presence in front of the net on the power play for the Bruins - lets hope the penalties stay nonexistent throughout this series. Bite me OVECHKIN!
Boxing them out sounds fine, but I haven't seen enough of that all season. The Rangers D got a good warm-up vs. the caps, but this will be tougher and our guys can't be soft. Easier said then done when you got lucic vying for position. This is the job. Man up.
yeah, why not let's spend some time in their zone and have them worry about our traffic?
@gravey94 Agree. Key to series for Rangers is forecheck and offensive zone time and wear down Chara who will be playing half the game. Can't get bottled up like what happened with the Caps. If Chara is left alone on the point he is going to shoot just to hurt people and teach them not to get in front of his shot. Again, need to wear him down.
@NYRANGERS1234 He is also a huge shot on the point. Not sure where I prefer him.