All this and to think, Martin Straka said he seriously thought about hanging it up after last season. “I guess when you’re 34 you go year-by-year,” Straka said. “I’m not getting any younger.”
Apparently not. Read on…
In the “It’s-all-about-my-personal-well-being” category: We’re talking to Straka after his three-goal effort and the left wing says that he feels a lot better seeing how he’s been battling the flu. And just like that, whatever Straka is saying losing all importance. Don’t get me wrong, I finished the interview. But it probably seemed odd that I did so from across the room.
Maybe because it was against the Flyers, but Henrik Lundqvist tried his best Ron Hextall imitation. Needless to say, it didn’t work out as planned, with the goaltender’s shot attempt ending in the gut of Mike York and leading to an easy Philly goal. When I saw Rangers goalie coach Benoit Allaire in the locker room, I asked him what his star pupil was thinking. Allaire’s answer? Lundqvist wasn’t thinking. “It was a bad move,” the goalie said.
Good game all around for the Rangers, but Tom Renney missed a perfect opportunity to start Jed Ortmeyer so Ortmeyer could be announced to the Garden crowd. It would have made for a pretty cool moment, and it’s not like starting the game means that much. I mean, I could start for the Rangers and…well, actually, that probably wouldn’t go well.
OK, that’s all for now. More tomorrow….