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He isn't known for his playmaking, but he had some great assists last night. That Shanny goal was purty.
He's also great on the PK, and he backchecks very well. He's the defensive positive of Ortmeyer, but he can actually stick handle.
He's had some bad luck offensively. He was robbed twice by Brodeur, and I think he was also open-net robbed against Kolzig and he's hit the post twice.. that's gotta be frustrating!
So far, he has 8 points, which puts him on pace for about 80 points since we just passed game 11.
Gomez has not been worth it so far. He's mishandled the puck on a few occasions, and he has trouble getting the puck out in the attack zone.. but I'm not worried.
Gomez has been playing very well on the PP unit, which includes Drury, Jagr, Shanny and Roszival.
When we're in a 5 on 5 situation, he really shows his speed, and honestly, I think Hossa and Jagr can't keep up with him.
He has definitely been improving lately, showing more patience such as Nylander did last year with Jagr.. but again, I'm not worried.
Once Straka is back, he'll most likely be paired with Gomez and Jagr. Straka can probably account for as many assists to Jagr as Nylander last year (just look at their respective stats).
Our defense is playing better than they were post-January 06/07, and what else can we ask for? Lundqvist has been amazing and is in top-form already.
We've had a few stinkers, but last night, things really clicked.
Jagr with a goal and an assist, and lost 2 teeth. Shanny with a goal. Drury with 2 assists. Henrik with another brilliant performance, minus the stupid penalty shot, which would not have been one in the old aka better NHL.
Holmqvist made some great saves last night, otherwise the score would have been easily 6-1.. and that doesn't include the posts hit by Gomez, Jagr, and I think Staal had one as well.
Tampa has one of the top scoring lines in the league, and they were shut down yesterday.
Just be patient, Ranger fans. We have Nylander and Ovechkin to outplay on Thursday.
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