We just had a conference call with Tom Renney since the Rangers were given a well-deserved day off today — ridiculously lucky break or no ridiculously lucky break.
As I said to Josh last night on the podcast, I’m not completely certain that the puck off Daniel Briere’s stick ever crossed the goal line. It was close. Man, it was close. But even if it was out of self-preservation, the officials probably made the right call. Otherwise that “Rangers win story”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070502/SPORTS01/705020398/1046/SPORTS I wrote for today’s paper may have been replaced by a referees-drowned-in-nacho-cheese story instead.
I probably shouldn’t make light.
Anyway, nothing major to report. The Rangers obviously feel like they’ve now got a puncher’s chance in this series, although the major challenge will be finding a way to steal a game in what will certainly be a difficult environment in Buffalo.
Among the other topics discussed is the continued misconception that only now is Jaromir Jagr showing signs of motivation — including Bill Clement’s master overstatement, “He’s got the fire in his belly now.” For those of us have been around the team all year, we know that Jagr has been this driven all season. But given his past reputation — some of which is justified, mind you — there seems to be a sense that the Big Fella has only decided to show up this week.
But there’s no disputing that he is here now, and between the Captain and Henrik Lundqvist, you wonder if the Rangers could actually have a chance to pull this thing off.
Either way, it’s certainly interesting.