Sam here checking in from my sick bed in Augusta (it’s a long story).
Just watched the whole game online through the wonders of modern technology, and my immediate thought was this:
Heading into the playoffs, Tom Renney and others talked about how the Rangers would learn from last year’s experience and not beat themselves, and tonight was a perfect example.
Hardly perfect, and in many ways having even been outplayed, they were still the ones forcing the Devils into mistakes at critical junctures. And at times when they could have imploded — i.e. a sluggish start to the third period, a handful of ill-timed penalties — they somehow kept their composure.
It’s only one game, of course, and if anything, Game 1 only reinforced the idea that this will every bit the grind the Rangers expected. But unlike two seasons ago and even unlike last season, the Rangers might not be the team to blink first.
OK, back to Josh and Carp. I’ve got golf to cover…