I’m not sure what I expected when I showed up at the practice rink this morning, but I figured there would be some overt residual effects from “last night’s dispiriting loss”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061204/SPORTS01/612040343/1046/SPORTS to the Islanders. Players dressed in black. Half the roster shipped to Hartford. Some sort of cruel and unusual punishment involving skating drills while listening to ABBA.
How disappointing, then. It wasn’t that last night wasn’t a topic of conversation, because it certainly was. But given the Rangers fairly cavalier attitudes today, maybe they were taking it for what it was: a discouraging showing against an important rival, but still just one game in the early part of the year. Is that palatable to fans? I don’t know. But to rely on the most maddening phrase of the 21st century, “It is what it is.”
With that in mind, a few thoughts:
“I have total faith in this team to get over what happened last night. I have total faith in this team to make the playoffs. I really believe in these guys. I hope I don’t have my head too far up where the sun doesn’t shine. I honestly believe in them, and the reason I can say that is because of the synergy on and off the ice,” Renney said. “I believe that the most important thing going for us is our character and desire to win and do things right. It doesn’t always manifest itself night in and night out, and you guys (the media) do what you have to do to chronicle that. But I believe we’ll right this thing and be a consistent team.”
So there you have it. See? There’s nothing to worry about….