Driving home last night and listening to sports radio, the prevailing sentiment from Rangers fans was that last night was merely a continuation of the team’s worrisome play.
I agree. Sort of. Actually, I don’t know.
Here’s the deal: The Sabres stink recently. They were without some of their best players, and the Rangers may have only emerged last night thanks to resourceful thighs of Blair Betts (OK, I’m not completely comfortable with that phrase. But I’m talking about him blocking a shot).
But here’s the other part to consider: The Rangers needed a win, they have lost plenty of games this year just like it, and thanks to a timely goal from Petr Prucha, some excellent penalty killing, and some encouraging signs from Henrik Lundqvist, they walked away with two points.
Either way, a lot of this will be determined by how the Rangers fare during their weekend set against the B’s. Because if they falter, then it’s easy to say that the Sabres win was merely a facade.Â But if they build some momentum, then you can point to last night as some sort of start.
It’s up to the Rangers to decide which they want to go with this.
In a related topic, we’ll see if Brendan Shanahan is disciplined from the league for his late hit last night on Clarke MacArthur.
More on that later….