As a sportswriter who works on deadline, you find yourself writing thousands of words that never see the light of day because of events turning in unexpected directions. That was tonight, when the bulk of a 700-word story was suddenly swept away over the course of a frenetic third period.
Long story short: I, like pretty much everyone else, was prepared to hammer the Rangers for such a listless effort over the first two periods. Granted, there was still plenty to find fault with. But the tenor of the story changed by virtue of how the game ended.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You learn something from every loss, and this is something we have to keep in the back of our minds that we can come back when weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in that situation,Ã¢â‚¬? said forward Jed Ortmeyer. “But we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to be in that situation to begin with, either.Ã¢â‚¬?
Some more thoughts:
All of those combinations revealed some semblance of chemistry, but it remains to be seen whether any of them will be together beyond tonight.
That’s all for me. More tomorrow….