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Yes, Tim, the lights at Madison Square Garden are different than in any other arena in the NHL. Yes, Tim, the reason Henrik Lundqvist was able to thwart the Bruins offensive attack may have been because he’s played at MSG all season and has gotten used to this unfavorable lighting.
But no, Tim, the lighting is not the reason you gave up four goals on 17 shots to the Rangers. And no, Tim, the lights were not an excuse for the Flyers’ Bryzgalov when he gave up five goals at MSG on February 5th. And no, Tim, the lights were not an excuse for the Lightning’s Garon when he gave up four goals at MSG on February 9th.
If that isn’t proof enough, Tim, that the lights did not cause you to allow four goals on 17 shots, let me ask you: in November of 2009, were the lights a problem when you allowed just one goal in New York? And Tim, I have to ask: were the lights a problem for the aging Devils’ goalie, Brodeur, when he shut out the Rangers at MSG on February 7th of this year?
And Tim, maybe the lights were too dim against Toronto on March 6th, or against the Islanders on March 3rd, games in which you gave up four and three goals respectively. If it wasn’t the lights, it must have been those “weird, goofy” bounces that have caused you to fall apart over your last 12 games, in which your goals against average has been 2.75.
Let’s be honest, Tim: you’re not playing well because you’re nearly 38 years old, you had a shortened off-season, and you’re tired. There is no great conspiracy throughout the league to score goals against you. There is no intentionally dim lighting, there are no Might Duck knuckle pucks, and you’re not as good as you used to be.
Tim, I have to tell you: you sound an awful lot like your tire-pumping friend, Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo. You sound like someone who can’t own up to a negative performance. You sound like someone who wants to make excuses for things that are your fault, and you sound like the type of player that most fans don’t like rooting for. Perhaps most important of all, you don’t sound at all like your Captain, Zdeno Chara, or the rest of your teammates. Even more troublesome, Tim, is that you don’t sound like a Bruin.
But really, it must be the lighting.