OK, a lot to discuss, but some of it will have to wait for tomorrow because I’m fried (caffeine count: four cups of coffee, one Diet Coke).
First off, for all the questions about whether Sidney Crosby was going to get all the calls in this series, you now may have your answer.
â€œI think itâ€™s a weak call at that time in the game,â€ Brendan Shanahan said. â€œSidney embellished and you could make the call that he was interefering with Martin Straka. Itâ€™s too bad it had to happen to a guy like Martin Straka. Heâ€™s such an honest, hard-working player… I think it was a tough call for the referee to make at that time in the game.â€
Of course, regardless of whether the Crosby call was a good one or not, there is the larger issue of the Rangers coughing up a three-goal lead; and whether it has repercussions beyond just tonight. There is certainly reason to fear that, and as Jaromir Jagr said, the Rangers would have probably been better off losing 5-o rather than the manner in which they did.
But they don’t have that luxury, and now they’ll have to summon all their time-to-turn-the-page, it’s-only-one-game, Sunday’s-a-new-day mantras by practice time tomorrow.
In fact, they were already preaching as much tonight.
â€œItâ€™s over. Thereâ€™s nothing you can do about it,â€ Scott Gomez said. â€œMaybe when youâ€™re younger you might dwell on it. But weâ€™re not going to let that happen. Weâ€™re down 1-0. It doesnâ€™t matter how you lose. Thereâ€™s no use in crying over it.â€