Greetings from suburban Duluth, where the Rangers are practicing today, and where Petr Prucha, Thomas Pock, Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan, and Jason Strudwick were all just kicking a soccer ball out in the parking lot.
Brendan Shanahan made a brief run around the parking lot and Marty Straka is sprawled out on the asphalt stretching. Otherwise it’s just us pallid media folk are soaking up some last few rays while waiting for practice to start (who’d have thought the Ice Forum here would have wireless internet outside?)
Marcel Hossa did get hit by Alexei Zhitnik last night, leading to a brief scare. But other than missing a shift, the wing was assured by doctors he should be fine. Then again, we should see how he looks in practice.
In other news, a happy 72nd is in order to the original master behind the bench, otherwise known as my old man. When I called him this morning, my Dad and I talked over the game last night, and he agreed that Atlanta looked flat in its playoff debut. But he, like me, expects Game 2 to be a different story.