A quarter-century of hockey experience has gone into my latest assessment of the Rangers:
Jagr good, Rangers good.
Jagr bad, Rangers bad.
Take a moment to let that sink in.
I know, it’s actually more complicated than that. But when you try to explain this weekend set — one awful loss, one inspired win — that might well do the trick.
A few other thoughts:
That was the most matching lines that Tom Renney has done all year, and it looks like he picked the right time. After the work Blair Betts, Jason Ward, and Marcel Hossa did on Tampa BayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top unit of Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, and Nikita Alexeev, you can probably expect more of the same.
Meanwhile, how about John Tortorella’s outburst? I couldn’t hear what he was saying, but I’m pretty sure he wasn’t asking the officials about their plans for Thanksgiving. Seriously, a tough sequence of events for the Lightning, and it could have changed the game. Again, it takes an expert to say things like that.
To be clear, the video review of the Michael Nylander goal was over whether they should review it at all. At issue was whether Nylander touched the puck, which, upon realizing he did, negated any further debate about whether Brendan Shanahan’s stick was too high. Confused? Welcome to my world.
Here were are debating ad nauseum who should be on the fourth line, and when Thomas Pock gets in, he plays a grand total of 4:46. I’ve got news for you: At 4:46 a game, I’m pretty sure I’d make about as big an impact as Pock. To his credit, Renney said he didn’t use Pock enough, and I’d imagine we’ll see an encore Tuesday against the Hurricanes.
That’s all I’ve got for you now, folks. I’m out of here…