Update, 2 p.m.: The Rangers just announced they called up Brad Isbister from Hartford to take the roster spot vacated when Brendan Shanahan went on injured reserve on Saturday. This is probably a precaution should Marcel Hossa not be able to play tomorrow.
If you were looking for your Knute Rockne moment from Jaromir Jagr today, you’re likely to be disappointed.
Because on a day when Rangers coach Tom Renney said his team has no choice but to forget about last night and push ahead tomorrow against the Devils, the team’s captain was busy lamenting how the Rangers continue to beat themselves late in games.
“It’s getting frustrated because it’s the same thing all the time,” Jagr said. “It’s just over and over and over. You figure it out.”
Then Jagr walked out of the room.
Like I said, not exactly rally-the-troops stuff. But in some ways Jagr may have been expressing what everyone else was thinking— that it’s tough to stomach a game in which the Rangers felt like they threw practically everything they could at the Devils, and still had nothing to show for it.
“It’s kind of frustrating but we got to forget about games like this and focus on our next game,” said Petr Prucha, who had his own share of almosts last night. “We know what we have to do to be in the playoffs and we’re going for it. So we just have to forget about a tough game like this one.”
Easier said than done?
Well, yes, especially given the Rangers are physically as well as emotionally banged up after last night. Among the wounded: Michal Rozsival and Jed Ortmeyer with black eyes; Sean Avery with an injured wrist, Colton Orr with bloody knuckles. And there are the guys who are pretty much fine.
OK, more in a bit….