So the Rangers collapse in devastating but sadly familiar fashion, and Chris Drury somehow has found a silver lining. No, seriously.
“That could be the point that gets us home-ice advantage,” Drury said. “I’m certainly not going to let it ruin my Christmas and I don’t think anyone here is going to let it ruin their break, either.
“There are 24 others teams in this league who would be dying to have our record, with all the points we’ve accumulated over a tough schedule. It’s certainly not a good way to get a point. But it’s over and done with. It’s already in the garbage can as far as I’m concerned.”
It was a surprising assessment from the captain, especially a captain who earlier this season said the Rangers shouldn’t be deceived by a record inflated by shootout wins.
But it was also apparent Drury was using the occasion of another dispiriting loss to try to make a statement. It was the most animated I’ve seen him when talking to the media in his two years here. And while it’s hard to believe anyone on the Rangers was actually OK with blowing a 4-0 lead—heck, this is just what we wanted! —there could be something to a captain taking on a decided shift in tone.
Because right now, this team clearly needs something.
Meanwhile, I’ll try to check in over the next two days. But if not, I hope everyone out there has a happy and healthy holiday.