Now that the riots in the streets of Montreal have been avoided, a few thoughts on your Rangers and the state of hockey:
But what became apparent once the Rangers came to life in the second period is that the game had been boring not so much because of the style they were playing, but because they were just playing poorly. I don’t mind defensive hockey, and I’d even so go far to say that it’s more exciting when a team consistently ALMOST scores, which is what has defined the Rangers through the first part of the year.
And if this is the style that carries them deep into the playoffs—they won’t get there by running and gunning—they’ll be plenty entertaining.
Hence you find yourself going off on unnecessary tangents just to fill up space: the significance of the previous game, emerging trends throughout the league, a particularly captivating 3-on-2. My friend Lynn Zinser of the New York Times often jokes that her running stories on scoreless ties turn into existential essays on the meaning of life. Somehow I get the feeling that as the Rangers continue to embrace this defensive style, we’ll all continue to plumb the depths of the human psyche.
More from practice later…