So I don’t really see what all the fuss was about. The Rangers are just fine, can’t you see that?
No, I think we can all agree tonight wasn’t so much a cure-all as it was a band-aid for the Rangers. But like I said earlier, the Rangers needed any win at this point, and they got it thanks to Petr Prucha and others.
“Right now, two points is two points. It stopped the bleeding,” said Scott Gomez, who had a goal and an assist in the win. “I think Valley made a joke to me that we have to win this game or its going to be five days of reading excellent print.”
In other words, it would have been five days of reading and thinking about all that ails this team. There is still plenty of time to do that, because let’s just say this was not the game that gave Corey Potter much reason to unpack his suitcase in Hartford. But it was at least a needed show of resolve before the end of the year.
As for Prucha, what more can the guy do? He returns to the lineup after 10 games out and scores a huge goal against the Penguins, then comes back after eight games and does the same thing against the Islanders. No one is expecting him to score like that every night. But it’s apparent this team needs his type of energy more than once a month.
“What can I say? It’s tough to be out of the lineup for so long,” Prucha said. “I’m not going to lie to you. It is frustrating. But I got a chance again and I scored again. I hope I’m in the lineup the next game. That’s how I have to take it right now: Game by game.”