Let’s all agree that if there are going to be double overtime games, they should always be during the day, when we might risk missing dinner, but will at least always make deadline.
I got a couple of calls from friends today who thought yesterday was a night game, and who asked if I was groggy today. The answer, of course, is yes, but that’s because I’m always groggy, and not because I got to sleep late.
Meanwhile, a few updates:
A little more than half the roster skated for today’s optional, including Jaromir Jagr and Henrik Lundqvist, but not Brendan Shanahan, Michael Nylander or Sean Avery. Noted slacker Michal Rozsival also didn’t skate either, but that’s because his legs fell off in the middle of the night.
Altogether, a fairly upbeat room, but not to the point where the Rangers are feeling comfortable. The basic gist: it was a start. It’s better than 3-0. But they’ve still got plenty of work to do. “They’ve still got the edge,” Jaromir Jagr said.
Of course, Jagr couldn’t resist one crack when asked if there’s a defenseman out there who can stop him. “He hasn’t been born yet,” the Big Fella said with a laugh.
With Hartford’s elimination from the AHL playoffs, Tom Renney said the plan is to call up a handful of players to serve as a taxi squad here. For any of those players to be activated, the Rangers will have to use one of their two remaining call-ups (Brad Isbister and Ryan Callahan were the first two). Renney said management was in the process of deciding who would be brought in.
Naturally a lot of questions about the — ahem — officiating today, with everyone agreeing that a) Karel Rachunek scored a goal yesterday, and b) that the calls on whole went the Sabres way, but c) it does the Rangers no good to dwell too long on the officiating. Maybe its naivete, but the hope is that the calls will balance out over the course of the series.
It looks like Tom Renney is going with the same lineup, and it seems like the right call. I actually thought Isbister was pretty good, and that Rachunek, goal or no goal, recovered enough from the horror shows of Games 1 and 2.
OK, more later…