My otherwise spry 71-year-old father had a mild heart attack this summer. For his sake, I’m going to advise him to stop watching the Rangers.
You understand what I’m getting at here. I suppose we could go into full detail about the Rangers coughing up another two-goal lead to have to go into overtime. The difference this time is they come away with the “road win,” which is quickly one of my favorite hockey cliches, right up there with “attention to detail”, and “good things happen when you go to the net.”
A few stray thoughts:
Meanwhile, in the just-shut-up department, how about my “honky dory”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/11/08/thats-more-like-it/ post after the first period? Um yeah, never mind. The Rangers again slipped back into utter scramble mode in the second, and they were fortunate to come away with the result that they did. Bottom line: big win, two points, LOTS of work to do.
In that vein, just when you thought you saw some encouraging signs from Sandis Ozolinsh, the defenseman was on the ice for all three Panthers goals tonight, and seemed badly out of position on the first. Confidence has been a problem in the past for the veteran in New York. It’ll be interesting to see how he rebounds Friday.
Same goes for my praise of Marek Malik. As reader Jonathan Probber suggested, maybe I should withold judgment until the game is over. Point taken.
Blair Betts: offensive wizard? No, not quite, but the guy can surprise you once in a while. That’s two impressive goals in four games for No. 19. I say Tom Renney should give him another crack at second line center? Who’s with me? Anyone? Hello?