A disappointing end to the night, and I’m not even talking about the Rangers losing in overtime. More important, I never even laid eyes on Miss World. Is it possible she was avoiding me?
A few thoughts:
Adam Hall: you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him. As expected, the struggling right wing offered the standard “I’d trade it all for a win,” line, which I’m pretty sure is built into the most recent collective bargaining agreement. But in private, you know the two goals were something he desperately needed. I don’t know if Hall is a good enough player to go on any sort of scoring rampage. But one would think this will spur him on to be more effective than he’s been.
So much for karma: Again, we spend all this time talking about who’s playing on the fourth line and it turns out to be irrelevant. Total ice time for Colton Orr: 2:21. And the shame of it is Orr actually had his best shift of the season in the first period, only to disappear shortly thereafter. What’s the answer? In the new NHL, with penalties and stoppages galore, I don’t know if there is one.
I’m hardly breaking any news when I say the Rangers’ defense is a liability, but not in the way you’d expect. Instead, it’s the fact that when certain players join the rush, no one’s there to cover for them. I’m not sure you can get away with that against any teams in this league, but especially against a speedy team like Atlanta.
Plenty of concerns, I know. We’ll get to them. In the meantime, the charming and talented — if poorly educated — Josh Thomson is scheduled to cover for me tomorrow while I tend to some duties on the golf beat. But I might check in later in the day.