The Duluth excursion made for a curious dynamic today, although one I would gladly welcome again.
For instance, rather than huddle in some dark locker room after practice, we waited outside in the sunshine for players to come out. Everyone eventually did, and since there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, there was no rush for anyone to get on the bus.
Naturally, the fact that the Rangers stole off with a win in Game 1 last night allowed for an even more upbeat mood today. Practice was a scant 40 minutes (with the Thashers actually skating on an adjacent rink across the hallway), and then it was a matter of resting up for what will likely be a physical Game 2.
“Half done as far as we’re concerned,” Tom Renney said of the two-game set in the Southland. “The big thing for our team is to not feel full of itself that we’ve come in here and got a game. This is a very good team that I know will play better. We’ve got to be much better ourselves if we expect to beat the Atlanta Thrashers.”
OK, that’s all for now. More later….