The Rangers just finished up at the MSG Training Center and many of them spoke to the same theme: To win again, they’ll have to play better.
Tom Renney conveyed that message to us in last night’s postgame, and continued doing so during the team’s video session this morning.
Blair Betts told me the Devils thrive off the opponent’s mistakes, he and his teammates made far too many of them, and Renney pointed out as much to his club.
“There are some minor little details we have to tidy up,” Renney said. “How we manage the puck, in particular. This is a team that preys on the counter-attack, the turnover and the counter-attack. We just have to make that a little more difficult for them.”
To a man, most of the Rangers felt they were outplayed, or at least matched play for play. Renney went so far as to say his team needed to adjust, but he’s not so sure about the Devils. Jaromir Jagr agreed, saying the 4-1 final in Game 1 was “unfair” to the Devils.
Mind you, the tenor of the Rangers’ comments wasn’t all negative. Many showered praise on Henrik Lundqvist, who clearly outplayed the great Brodeur. Hank continued to speak about how physically and mentally strong he feels. Obviously, the implication being, he didn’t feel so hot two years ago.
As for the lineup: the lines were the same today, both up front and on defense.
“There’s a couple of question marks there,” Renney said, but didn’t elaborate further. Paul Mara did take an ill-advised hooking penalty early and Ryan Hollweg had just one hit and one blocked shot in 6:08, so you never know.
Colton Orr removed the boot on his foot and went for a skate today. Renney said he’ll need several more looks before thinking about inserting Orr into the lineup. I wouldn’t expect to see him this series.
Anyone have questions, I’ll be around for a while.