….and why does he inspire so much whistling?
I’m kidding, of course. Bear in mind you’re talking to someone who came of age during the heart of the Rangers-Islanders rivalry. Never mind where you were when Kennedy was shot. Where were you when Ken Morrow scored that overtime goal to beat the Rangers in the 1984 Patrick Division semifinals?
Seriously, it’s been a while since the Rangers and Islanders met for something as important as first place, but that could be the scenario tomorrow night at the Garden (the Islanders would need to win tonight in Pittsburgh for that to be the case. UPDATE: Islanders win, and are now a point behind the Rangers. Game on.). It should be fun, especially when you consider that these Islanders, on a number of levels, are the equivalent of what the Rangers were last year.
“They play hard. They play within their structure, their system. They believe in what they’re doing. They’re getting really good goaltending from both goaltenders,” Rangers coach Tom Renney said. “They have nothing to lose by working hard and paying attention to detail. So whether that compares to what we did last year, I don’t know. But it certainly sounds familiar.”
There will naturally be some new faces — not to mention the easy target of Tom Poti in orange, white, and blue. But it’s likely to have the same crazed atmosphere as always. That said, my old man had originally expressed an interest in scoring tickets for tomorrow. Then I told him the game was up against the Cowboys and the Giants.
“Oh,” he said. “Never mind.”
He’s my Dad, and I love him. But I can’t speak for him…
A few quick hits:
OK, that’s all for now. Back with more tomorrow…