Turns out Colton Orr wasn’t sick with food poisoning. He had just been watching the Rangers practice the power play.
A discouraging effort on many levels. I ended up with tomato sauce on my shirt. Marek Malik, meanwhile, had to settle for egg on his face.
Seriously, the question was posed to Tom Renney about Malik’s shortcomings tonight, and the coach wouldn’t say much more than “Marek’s reach is his asset, not his footspeed.” Evidently. As much as I’d love a juicier answer, I’m not sure what is gained by calling out a player to the media.
The theme in the locker room was that the Rangers outplayed Nashville in the first period but were deflated when they had nothing to show for it. Maybe that’s not far off. But I’d have to think plenty of better teams find themselves in the same scenario and still manage to win games. Right now that’s the difference.
The boos were fairly loud tonight, and here’s the good news: The Rangers play 10 of their next 13 games on the road. What a relief for the Rangers. You can go seven 5-on-3s without a goal in San Jose and no one is going to care.
Closing question: Is this a good team that is playing poorly, or a deficient team playing to par?