I’m off to catch a train, so I’ll have to chime in with more on the latest debacle in a bit.
Here’s quick summary from the Rangers’ perspective: They did didn’t score early, got frustrated, and then fell apart.
“You can feel the tension and frustration when things aren’t going well,” Drury said. “Maybe if we have that game on the road, it’s 0-0 after two. But we got off page a little bit. And then we started doing things that weren’t in our system.”
Here’s the other possibility: That this is a flawed team that simply came into this afternoon unprepared, and that became more apparent as the game went on.
Updated, 6:38 p.m.: Meanwhile, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Tom Renney didn’t bite on a question today about Wade Redden.
As long as I’ve been covering the coach, he has refused to single out players who are struggling (the exception being players who Renney has singled out on his own via a benching or a scratch). That a coach chooses not to chastise his players in the press is a mostly admirable trait. But it can be frustrating to reporters who want an answer on a player who has appeared adrift this season. And as much as I like dealing with Renney, it’s part of the reason such questions can be a waste of breath.
“I think it takes on that appearance,” Renney said when asked whether he thought Redden lacks urgency. “I don’t think that’s the case, but it takes on that appearance. Could you not say the same thing about Marc Staal? He’s a calm, cool, collective, poised guy, and I’ve had comments to me that say, ‘Is he engaged? Is he intense?’ I’d have to say yes and so is Wade.”
Of course, most fans would note the difference this season between Redden and Staal is that Staal isn’t beaten to nearly as many pucks, or beaten on as many odd-man rushes. Renney is smart enough to know that difference, too.