Jaromir Jagr was asked about home-ice advantage, or specifically, the lack of it so far in this series. No home team has won a game yet.
“It’s been huge so far,” he said, laughing. “I knew it was going to be like that. That’s why we lost the last game (in New Jersey). Everybody thought we lost but it was pretty smart. Sometimes when you lose, you actually win.”
So why then, I asked, did you score a goal in that game to tie it up?
“To be exciting,” he said. “And to get to 25. I did it for myself.”
Evidently Jagr was very uptight before Game 4 this morning.
<li>No line-up changes are expected, meaning Petr Prucha, Jason Strudwick, Marek Malik and Colton Orr will be the scratches. Orr did skate with the team for a second straight day. I suppose the tenor of tonight will dictate whether he, or anyone else, is a consideration for Game 5.
<li>Brendan Shanahan was “asked about Sean Avery’s antics in Game 3”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/16/sports/hockey/16rangers.html?_r=1&oref=slogin. He shut it down pretty quickly. “Are we still talking about that?” he asked. Shanahan did go on to answer the question.
<li>Meanwhile, Avery didn’t talk again today, but he did get me thinking about who he reminds me of: Dennis Rodman. Think about it. A player not quite a superstar on his team — albeit still very good — who receives an inordinate amount of attention. The only thing missing is a wedding dress, and sadly for him, Carmen Electra.
<li>Straying from the Avery topic, I wrote in my story today about “the play of the Rangers rookies so far in this series”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080416/SPORTS01/804160405/-1/SPORTS, and how contrary to popular belief, they understand the magnitude of the playoffs.
“My feeling going into the playoffs is if you miss the playoffs, you miss one chance. So this is a chance,” Brandon Dubinsky said. “(Roughly) half the teams don’t make it to the playoffs and half the teams are left, and I have a chance to win. You look at guys in their careers. I’m a big fan of hockey, and you watch guys like (Ray) Bourque or Glen Wesley who won Stanley Cups late in their careers. Mike Gartner never won. So I think for me, I understand every step you take you have to take seriously, and try to bear down and get the job done. It’s the hardest trophy to win.”