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Continued: Rau big enough to lead Gophers to Frozen Four

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 6, 2014 - 10:42 AM

Production line

Extra media attention as the No. 1-ranked Gophers progress in the playoffs shows Rau to be guarded. He gives short answers to questions, and appears generally disinterested.

His teammates agree that doesn’t exactly paint Rau as an intellectual but say he tends to be brief with those he doesn’t know well. Boyd, a junior, said he barely could get anything out of Rau during their freshman season, although he eventually saw the ball of energy Rau can be away from the rink.

Freshman winger Hudson Fasching heard plenty about Rau’s surly on-ice reputation before joining the Gophers. He couldn’t help but be a little intimidated when placed on Rau’s line, yet he’s grown to be impressed with Rau’s relentlessness.

“The fact that he’s [produced] all year, it’s easy to trust him and that he can do it in the playoffs,” Fasching said. “He’s a big-time player ready for the big games. … He does what he wants to do and he knows what he wants. He’s very decisive. I think that helps him on the ice. He makes his decision and commits to it and is not second-guessing himself ever.”

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