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Video: Stralman talented but steady on Rangers blue line

Jun 12, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

In a game the New York Rangers needed to have, Anton Stralman made a reactionary save he absolutely needed to make.

During a scramble in the New York crease, the Rangers defenseman cleared the puck right off the goal line in the first period of Wednesday’s Game 4.

The play came with New York ahead by a goal. The Rangers held on for the win to avoid being swept in the Stanley Cup Final by the L.A. Kings. They have life, a small chance.

On a team that includes Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, Stralman doesn’t get nearly the public recognition that the other three defenseman do.

“I think he’s been so steady ever since he came to New York. He’s such a humble and quiet guy, you don’t talk that much about him. But you always know what he’s going to bring,” said Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

“He sees the game really well. He’s a really smart player with and without the puck. So he definitely deserves more credit, I think.

“He has so much talent. I think his game is so steady, I really do. As a goalie, when you have a defenseman in front of you that’s so calm, you know, making good decisions with and without the puck, it definitely helps me relax and gives me confidence, too.”

 

  1. 7mantel - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    NYR’s better resign Stralman , and maybe AV should play him more on power play!!

    • DED - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      I’ll second that. Stralman has been looking a lot better than Girardi and it would be criminal to let him go.

  2. bbqbandit - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    I’ve been saying that all year.

  3. bbqbandit - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    After watching him and klein play, I bet sather is upset about overpaying girardi

    • DED - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      I don’t know the specifics of his “modified NTC” but Sather will probably have to live with it.

      I’ve liked Girardi’s work in the past, but during these playoffs it seems like for every nice play he makes, a costly mistake follows.

  4. 311sucks - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    please come to nashville so we can have someone to replace klein lol

    • barkar942 - Jun 13, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      We already dumped… I mean sent you DelZotto. What more could you ask for?

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