Sorry for the delay in posting, but it’s good to see you all aren’t taking the loss hard…
A couple of quick thoughts before I keel over from exhaustion:
I actually switched up and ventured over to the Panthers’ locker room to talk to Gregory Campbell, who I actually wrote about when he was in high school, and who, of course, torched the Rangers for that Don Maloney-style mid-air deflection in the second period. One thing you forget but that was quickly made apparent by the Panthers jubilant post-game mood: EVERY team comes into the Garden wanting to stick it to the home team. And then there’s the the Rangers, who are currently playing just to avoid looking like fools, and it’s a sorry combination. And by that, I mean the Rangers end up looking like fools anyway.
Karel Rachunek is minus-9. What’s Czech for “I hear Hartford is lovely this time of year”?
Reason for Rangers fans to be depressed No. 9,746: Henrik Lundqvist said after the game that the puck is looking small these days. Maybe that’s not a surprise given the results of late (although you can’t peg it on him), but it certainly doesn’t help.
Reason for Rangers fans to be depressed No. 12,756: Back-to-back games next week against Anaheim and San Jose.
You all want to talk about toughness, have at it. Here’s the one thing to consider: This team can’t be pushed around if it expects to win. No argument on that. But it’s certainly not a team that can win by spending any more time in the box than it already does.
With that in mind, I should mention Colton Orr spent the second and third periods sitting behind me in the press box. Word is he’s so discouraged by his lack of ice time, he’s thinking about getting into sports writing.
You know, mostly for the money and the chicks…