I never really understoood what was so hard about playing back-to-back games until I started covering hockey. Now I get it.
The Rangers got done with their win against the Devils about 9:30 last night. By 10:30 or so, they were on their way to the airport. Now throw in the flight, the travel to the hotel, trying to fall asleep in a strange bed, waking up in a strange city, and……it still beats working for a living. But you can also understand why it might be tough to wake up and get ready for a hockey game that night.
OK, this ends the apologist portion of the program. Had the Rangers not played in a week, maybe they would have suffered the same fate tonight. But given the circumstances, I’m not sure the end result was all that unexpected.
A few thoughts:
As I said earlier, a long day for the kid. Let’s talk more tomorrow. In the meantime, discuss amongst yourselves…