Apparently the John Amirante theory many of you have applied to the Rangers loss in Game 3 is shared by Tom Renney.
“I’m superstitious about a number of things,” the coach remarked, “and that is one of them.”
No truth to the rumor the team will be stowing Amirante on its flight to Pittsburgh for Game 5.
As for the Rangers, they held a team meeting at 11 today, followed by an optional skate, but only Jaromir Jagr and Marek Malik took to the ice. The entire team will skate tomorrow before jetting to Pittsburgh.
In other news:
<li>Outside of assorted bumps and bruises, the team emerged from Game 4 intact. That includes Jagr, who said he felt fine today; and Chris Drury, who not only played 20 minutes last night with a rib injury, but was a willing participant in the last minute fireworks.
<li>Renney says the team has been in contact with the league not so much about both Evgeni Malkin’s actions late in the game — where there was no suspension levied –Â but the ruling on the penalty shot awarded to the center in the second period.
“They’re getting back to us. It was a penalty of some kind. I don’t know. It has to be a trip, hook, cross-check, whatever,” Renney said.Â “It doesn’t say that in the rulebook at all…Glen can take care of that area and has.”
More in a bit…