If you’re going to criticize Tom Renney’s stubborn—some might call it maddening—faith in his players, then you have to give the coach credit when it pays off. Last night was “one of those examples”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081214/SPORTS01/812140404/-1/SPORTS.
Not only did Renney insist on going back to Henrik Lundqvist a night after Lundqvist was hung out for eight goals, but the coach tapped Chris Drury for the shootout tonight fully knowing that Drury is immersed in another goal-scoring slump and had missed a breakaway at the end of regulation.
“It was one of those things where I could feel him looking at me,” Drury said. “I knew he was coming to me. I knew he knew I missed the breakaway. And I know he knows I miss a lot of breakaways. But I just had a feeeling I was going to get called on. I’m glad I delivered for him.”
We can all go back to questioning why Renney stands by the likes of Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival, and Dmitri Kalinin soon enough. But with the Rangers desperately in need of two points, here was a case of the coach pushing the right buttons.