I cannot help but ask this question, and I am sure you have asked yourself this as well, especially if you are a New York Rangers fan like me.
It is quite obvious that the Rangers play harder and more disciplined in front of rookie backup goaltender Cam Talbot than starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. At first, it looked like this was all just a big coincidence, but with this still going on more than halfway into the season. I believe it is fair to say that the coincidence notion is now out the window and it is not funny anymore.
Why does this team not play as hard in front of their franchise goaltender? Is there something going on behind closed doors that we do not know about? Do the players and Lundqvist not get along that well anymore?
I mean, the difference in play from the Rangers during games Lundqvist starts compared to the games Talbot starts is extremely noticeable.
Is it due to the Rangers playing too loose in front of Lundqvist due to his elite past and being more alert and sharp in front of Talbot because he is a rookie, or is there something going on in that locker room that we do not know about?
Are all those times that Lundqvist criticized his teammates for not scoring enough goals coming back to bit him? Are the players fed up with his glamour lifestyle off the ice, knowing that it is effecting his game?
Obviously no one can say for sure, but this is all something you have to think about and question because of how long this difference in play has been going on for, now in the second half of the season and the Rangers on the outside looking in when looking at the current playoff picture.
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