All right everyone, I’ve finished my story for the night and I have to say: It was a strange game and a strange postgame downstairs.
First things first, I was surprised to hear that the second Islanders goal actually bounced off Jason Strudwick and past Henrik Lundqvist. It appeared to have snuck to Miroslav Satan, who put it in the net. But Lundqvist said it went off Strudwick and Strudwick confirmed that it went off the back of his leg. And obviously the first goal was redirected by Blair Betts, then stuffed in by Arron Asham.
You could tell Lundqvist thought his team should’ve beaten the Islanders tonight judging by his postgame comments. He looked like he just wanted to toss his hands up.
“They scored two really lucky goals,Ã¢â‚¬? said Lundqvist, who made 32 saves. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But they play a style where they crash the net and sometimes the bounces go their way.Ã¢â‚¬?
The others parties interviewed Ã¢â‚¬â€ Tom Renney, Jaromir Jagr, Sean Avery, Brendan Shanahan Ã¢â‚¬â€ all seemed torn. Here the Rangers were playing a desperate team on the road, so a point closer was a point closer. But they were obviously disappointed for the following reasons: 1) They played a bad opening 10 minutes; 2) They had a power play in OT with the playoffs on the line and didn’t score; 3) They had the game in a shootout and lost; and 4) They lost to Wade Dubielewicz.
Tom Renney said he felt good for Dubielewicz, who used to go to his hockey camp as a youngster, but you could tell the coach and his players knew they needed to beat what amounts to an AHL goalie with a playoff berth on the line.
Here’s a sampling of what was said:
Renney on the final power play only mustering one shot (he said he thought Nylander was slashed in OT and that the refs should’ve called it, but I can’t understand his exact words on my tape recorder): Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had some looks we shouldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve taken advantage of, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no question about that,Ã¢â‚¬? Renney said of the final power play. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We needed to move the puck a little bit quicker to get more opportunities to shoot.Ã¢â‚¬?
Sean Avery on his team’s position: Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a typical Rangers-Islanders type game, they just got the better end of the shootout,Ã¢â‚¬? Rangers left wing Sean Avery said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re still in pretty good position.Ã¢â‚¬?
Brendan Shanahan: “It’s disappointing to not do it tonight, but we crept a little closer.”
Shanny on Dubielewicz: “He seemed to have more of a book on us than we had on him.”
Shanny on scoring for the first time since Feb. 15th: “I’m feeling more and more like myself with each game.”
OK, I’ll be back after practice tomorrow.