Just think, if the Rangers hold Paul Stastny to four goals night, they can beat their chests and say, “Well, we shut him down.”
There is humor in there somewhere, if you can get past the fact that a team that was supposedly determined to maintain its defensive intensity was still exposed time and again last night against the Wild.
Five goals? Was that a dream? Was that really Marian Gaborik or was it the invicible Jeremy Roenick from the Sega hockey game we played endlessly as freshmen in college?
Look, we had said it before that any wins over this three-game set would be considered impressive. We just didn’t expect the other games to turn into the personal highlight reels for members of the opposition.
The good news is the Rangers get right back at it tonight, and whereas sometimes coming right back after a tough loss is an opportunity to be driven further into the ground, I suspect the Rangers will want only to make the mistakes of last night disappear as quickly as possible.