No, really, I love the suggestion the reason I haven’t criticized Sidney Crosby is out of fear of repercussions.
What exactly do you think happens—one cross word on No. 87 and Gary Bettman himself comes to confiscate your laptop?
Look, I’m in agreement that Sid the Kid has, shall we say, a flair for the dramatic, and I’ll even concede that may have had an outcome on the game today (that said, if any of you for a second wouldn’t want Crosby on your team, you are Chris Simon-crazy). But I also stand by my original premise that Pittsburgh’s impressive arsenal of skill players is problematic for a Rangers defensive corps that can occasionally be caught flat-footed
Do I think the Rangers could beat the Penguins in a seven-game series? Absolutely. But I also think one of the Rangers’ great strengths this season has been their ability to manage the tempo of games. With the Penguins, and especially with Sir Laurence Olivier at center, that isn’t always the case.
But let’s see if tomorrow is a different story….