While I never doubted that Brendan Shanahan would bring something beyond goals and assists to the Rangers, I always wondered if the “intangibles” quality people always attach to players like him and Mark Messier were a bit oversold.
But then came the aftermath of Game 5, and No. 14 again stepped to the fore.
To be honest, folks, I have no idea what’s going to happen today. Deep in their subconscious, the Rangers could still be shell-shocked from what happened to them Friday night and go quietly in Game 6.
But there is the chance that they recover enough to extend this series into Tuesday. And if that happens, at least some of the credit will go to the tone set by Shanahan, who made clear the Rangers had no choice but to leave the devastating events of Friday behind them and move forward.
It’s no secret that Shanahan has been a step slow through the playoffs, and that even with five goals, his production on the ice of late has been lacking. But he is still delivering on what the Rangers expected of him when they signed him last summer.
More from the Garden later…