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:
The most remarkable part of the whole affair was an exchange between Nylander and Matt Cullen in the bathroom after the first period. Cullen was taking care of business when he heard Nylander jump in the shower.
“I said, ‘Hey, what are you doing?'” Cullen said. “He said, ‘I gotta go. My wife’s having a baby.'”
Speaking of good karma, you can’t say it’s rubbing off on Cullen, who failed to deliver on a a couple of point blank chances tonight, and who appeared hapless in his shootout attempt as well. It’s now reaching a point where a couple of us were openly making fun of the wing, if only good naturedly, after the game. Of course, one needs only to visit “one of my recent posts”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/12/06/the-mystery-linemate-returns/ to realize I’m not one to talk.
Interesting admission from Tom Renney after the game: My point about the game-tying goal from Shanahan was that it was one of the few signs of direct chemistry between Jaromir Jagr and Shanahan. Naturally, the two separately have been great, and they’ve certainly been on the ice for their share of goals together as well. But the Jagr drop pass-Shanahan one-timer was the very sort of play I’m sure many Rangers fans had envisioned when Shanny first signed during the off-season. I asked Renney if he’d seen any chemistry building between the two and he said flat out, “No.” Then after a lengthy answer, he clarified. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Maybe it hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happened as much as I anticipated. But that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean it canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happen.Ã¢â‚¬? Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
OK, folks, that’s all for tonight. Come back tomorrow and we’ll vote on a name for Nylander’s daughter…