Through two…

4

There is something going on on the ice right now involving a golf cart and a girl with a microphone. Hey, I just report what I see.

Anyway, we’re at 1-1 after an eventful second. Including:

* Remember what I said about Karel Rachunek? Maybe I should say the same about Marc Staal. I know that might sting some of you since there were plenty of high hopes for Staal this year. But the kid looks a little bit out of his depth playing against a more experienced NHL lineup. Then again, it doesn’t help that he’s playing alongside Darius Kasparaitis, whose having his own problems out there. Either way, it’s becoming more apparent that Staal needs some time before he plays regularly in the NHL.

* The second period brought more of the same from Jagr, who has had his moments, but has also appeared out of shape. The clear highlight was a 5-on-3 midway through the period when Tom Renney had the good sense to put Jagr and Shanahan on each point, with the two players teeing off on Rick DiPietro as if it was the 18th hole at Pebble Beach. Another highlight: a 100-foot pass from Jagr to Shanahan that Shanny knocked out of mid-air with one hand, then knicked the cross-bar with a backhand. No goals between them, plenty of chemistry.

* The irony is I was just preparing to write how Brandon Dubinsky has been invisible on the fourth line, when what happens? Dubinsky scores, sending a shot caroming off an Islander skate and past DiPietro to tie the score. The same concerns apply — that if you put a kid like that on the fourth line, he’s going to be obscured. But if he can still provide the occasional spark as he did just now, maybe you can’t complain.

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  1. Not scoring on a 5 on 3 in hockey is like not scoring with the basesloaded and no one out in baseball. And it usually ends in a loss. In Germglish this is “nicht so gut”. (Matthias is that correct grammar?)

    Thanks for the updates Sam. You could put this one in your article about the state of the nhl. Put the friggin game on TV. The rangers get a 1 rating regular season. How much worse could the pre season rating be ?

  2. What a waste of time until three in the morning !!!

    You kidding me, man

    “Another highlight: a 100-foot pass from Jagr to Shanahan that Shanny knocked out of mid-air with one hand, then knicked the cross-bar with a backhand. No goals between them, plenty of chemistry.”

    “There are reasons why I write a hockey blog instead of one on relationships. That said, a beautiful woman always takes precedence over pre-season hockey. C’mon, man. I shouldn’t have to tell you that”

    Those two statements contradict each other !!!! There is no way you are right, I am gone…!!!!

  3. Sam,
    Good stuff again man, thanks for doin the kinda play by play coverage. You think that shanny and jags will play point on pp during the year or was that just to protect them from injury for some reason? i would like to see shanny unleashing big shots but id love him in front of the net screening and getting rebounds. Shanny-Jags-Prucha could be deadly on the pp if they can get it goin good

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