A couple of housecleaning notes after the latest clunker here at the Garden:
You may have heard Al Trautwig in his first intermission interview with Blair Betts refer to a Journal News story tomorrow about “A Day in the Life of Blair Betts.” Al was only partially right. My story tomorrow takes a look at all of the Rangers’ game-day routines from the morning skate through the completion of a game. That said, the photo and video component focused on Blair, who was kind enough to let us shadow him. The story and the complete photo gallery will be online tomorrow at “Lohud.com”:http://Lohud.com.
And as for the upgrades to the blog, I’m told it will be done roughly between 10 a.m. and noon tomorrow. You likely won’t notice anything other than the fact that some comments might disappear into the ether for a bit. But it’s all for the greater good.
As for tonight, what can you say? The Rangers played like a team that won a big game on Saturday and failed to show up two days later. On one hand it’s inexcusable. On the other, it’s almost impossible to not have one of these games once in a while. I’d be surprised if the Rangers don’t come out flying against the Leafs on Thursday.
“Our coaching staff prepared us for a Carolina team that’s talented and that just came off an 8-1 loss. So we knew they were going to come out desperate,”? Brendan Shanahan said. “Everything we were told they were going to do before the game, we went out and acted surprised that they actually did it.”?