For some reason thoughts of the Rangers having a chance to close out the Devils tomorrow conjures up memories of the above quote from “The Karate Kid” (and for the record, “I am hardly the first person”:http://espn.go.com/page2/movies/s/simmons/020830.html to celebrate the metaphorical genius of this 80s classic).
The point is, the Rangers have an opportunity to end this series tomorrow night in Newark, and much like the blond jerk character who wanted to be done with that pesky Ralph Macchio as soon as possible, the last thing they want to do is allow the Devils the chance to hang around (by the way, if the Devils are Ralph Macchio, who is Elizabeth Shue in this analogy? And is Mr. Miyagi Brent Sutter or Lou Lamoriello?)
Pittsburgh is already done. Montreal could be done as well tonight. If you’re already thinking about the second round – the Rangers say they aren’t, but pretty much everyone else is—you know either of those opponents will be difficult enough without the Rangers already being worn down by Round 1.
“You don’t want to prolong anything,” Scott Gomez said.
“The last game he scores the game-winning goal and now he takes the day off,” Jaromir Jagr cracked. “All the old guys have to practice.”
“I don’t know what he said but before we played the New Jersey Devils we preached going hard to the net for rebounds and loose pucks. It’s not something unique to the NHL and it’s not unique to our team,” Brendan Shanahan said.
Personally I find it ironic this is actually an issue seeing how one of the great concerns surrounding the Rangers earlier this season was that they didn’t go hard to the net enough.
More in a bit…