Some notes before the Rangers face Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins for the first time this season.
Regardless, Prucha’s fourth appearance leaves Fritsche and Lauri Korpikoski as the healthy scratches, unless you count Patrick Rissmiller, who still hasn’t been assigned to Hartford.
“Starting with (goaltending coach Benoit Allaire) putting the name tag on so I wouldn’t forget him. Glen brought me a helmet this morning, plus a hundred e-mails from your friends out there, who were a little redundant on the helmet part,” Renney said.
The coach was actually examined by doctors this morning, and was deemed fit to be behind the bench. But even if he wasn’t, he said he would have BSed his way into being here.
Update, first intermission: The reason back-to-backs are tough isn’t because of how you start, but how you finish. So after a pretty encouraging start for the Rangers, you have a fairly disjointed conclusion of the first period, and a 1-0 deficit.
The guys who look like they’re feeling it the most are not surprisingly, the team’s older sect: Naslund, Rozsival, Drury, etc..
Update, second intermission: Anyone want to score a goal here? Anyone? Going once…