Continuing his fondness for awkward football analogies, Jaromir Jagr compared Ryan Hollweg and Colton Orr’s goals tonight to “when a big fat guy scores a touchdown.”
Believe it or not, it was actually kind a compliment. Of course, if it was me who said that, and not one of the best hockey players in the world, I’m not sure Hollweg and Orr would be as amused.
What else to make of tonight? I’m not sure. All along, the Rangers have been saying they’ve been playing good hockey since the All-Star break and they just haven’t been rewarded.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that they never had to come from behind, which is another reason that Orr goal was so huge (the other reason being that it was Colton Orr).
So tonight was something. Whether it’s something that can be sustained is the real question.
Some other thoughts:
“Jags said it between the second and third period: every game is a playoff game for us the rest of the year. That is the way we have to play it,” Sean Avery said. “It is certainly my feeling, playing for these fans here, we owe it to them to win some games and give them something to watch in April.Ã¢â‚¬?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is an unbelievable feeling. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forget,Ã¢â‚¬? Hollweg said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not a lot of people can say they played a hockey game in the Garden and have 20,000 people screaming my name. I just want to thank all of the fans. It is a great feeling.Ã¢â‚¬?
OK, more tomorrow for the dawn of the Pascal Dupuis era. The new guy will apparently be wearing No. 98, so be the first one on your block to order a jersey….