A year ago I returned for the first practice of the post-season and was surprised to see a tray of bagels laid out for the media. Those bagels were there for the rest of the playoffs (actually they were different bagels. The same bagels would be gross), but when training camp started up again the following September, they were gone.
The lesson here: The playoffs are important.
The second lesson: Bring your own breakfast to training camp.
But I digress. Larger issues beckon, one being Game 4 tomorrow that could tilt this rollicking series in either direction. The Rangers say they remain a confident group despite their loss in Game 3, and let’s face it, if your knees are buckling after one loss in the post-season, you’re not cut out for this line of work.
Some other updates:
<li>Colton Orr skated with the team for the first time and said he felt good. It was the first practice, so he’s not a realistic possibility for tomorrow. And either way, it doesn’t sound like Tom Renney’s interested in tipping his hand.
Question: “If you were playing tonight would your lineup be the same?”,
Renney: “We’re not playing tonight.”
So that’s how it’s been around here.
<li>There’s been a lot of talk, maybe too much talk (to paraphrase U2) on Sean Avery’s strange antics in Game 3, and reactions among players ran the gamut. Jaromir Jagr said it was a smart move, but that Avery would probably have been better off saving it until later in the playoffs. Henrik Lundqvist echoed many of the same sentiments. Stephen Valiquette made it clear he was not a fan.
Renney tried to nip conversation about the incident in the bud, although when I asked the coach later if he knew that Avery was going to do what he did, the coach answered rather unambiguously that he did not.
Once again, Avery did not talk, and was last seen walking through the team’s fitness room (where the media can’t go). Curiously, playing on the TV above was a TSN segment on the Top 10 Sean Avery moments.
OK, more in a bit….