So if you had to guess..
Which coach tonight said he was proud of each and every one of his players for a “heck of a game”?
And which coach talked about the need to be more consistent, the need to attack more, and who was asked to defend everything from his personnel decisions to his team’s practice habits?
If you guessed Craig Hartsburg as the ecstatic coach after his 14th place Senators lost their fifth straight and Tom Renney grimly assessing the state of his first-place Rangers, you were right.
Truth is, the Rangers were a few subway stops shy of stellar tonight. And if it wasn’t for Henrik Lundqvist, this was yet another game that could have easily gone in the other direction.
But honestly, if you didn’t know the score when you walked into the locker room, you’d have thought they were blown out of their building.
“We have to use this as our wake-up call,” Brandon Dubinsky said.
Right. Heaven forbid this winning should continue.
(I know what he meant, don’t worry).
As for Tom Renney’s benching of Aaron Voros and Nikolai Zherdev in the third period — no, you weren’t in a psychedelic haze, that really was Colton Orr starting out on the power play — the coach said he was trying to send both a message.
“I thought they could have offered us up more than what they had at that point in time,” Renney said.
Continuing a recent run of beefs with officials, Renney took issue with what he thought were two non-called interferences on Daniel Alfredsson’s second period goal and Jarkko Ruutu’s second shot on Henrik Lundqvist in the shootout.
“What happens if that hits Henrik in the side of the head?” Renney said of Ruutu’s shot. “He’s looking at our bench instead of straight ahead. We lose our goalie.”