It’s all about karma these days for the Rangers, or at least that’s one way to explain their come-from-behind win after two mostly forgettable periods against the Penguins. According to Brendan Shanahan, Michael Nylander was torn over whether to leave the game to be present for the birth of his sixth child, but his teammates pushed him out the door.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a firm believer that when you do the right thing Ã¢â‚¬â€ and when you send a guy off to be with his family for the birth of his child, that is the right thing — good things happen,” Shanahan said.
Sure enough, consider the alternative: Nylander stays, Rangers lose, and when the soft-spoken Swede has to face his wife at the hospital later in the evening, his only response is, “Hey, this whole miracle-of-life thing was getting old anyway.”
A few more thoughts:
“I said, ‘Hey, what are you doing?'” Cullen said. “He said, ‘I gotta go. My wife’s having a baby.'”
OK, folks, that’s all for tonight. Come back tomorrow and we’ll vote on a name for Nylander’s daughter…