Thought I’d post early in the morning because I have a lot to do today, and because I know a lot of you guys start blog-surging with the roosters. Don’t get used to it, though. I’m a late sleeper.
Some thoughts on the victory last night:
1) Was that really Wade Redden making big plays in both ends?
2) Capt. Drury finally showed up in the skills competition. He made an awful giveaway that Lundqvist complicated by allowing a terrible bad-angle goal.
3) Like them or hate them, this team needs Drury and Redden to play better. Much better. They are not going anywhere for a long time, and they are going to play every day. So they’d better start contributing. Or else.
4) When Alexei Kovalev plays that way, it makes you (me) think, “Why doesn’t he play like that all the time?” And that’s what has always been so infuriating about him.
5) You know what Iron Mike Keenan would have done with a player like Sean Avery? Double-shift him. Give him a few shifts per game with Colton Orr and Blair Betts, and use his energy and edge to stir it up even more.
6) I mentioned this in the comments last night. Some of the referees aren’t biased against the Rangers as much as they are just incompetent.
7) Why is it that the Rangers continue to give up goals right after they score?
8) Lundqvist’s third goal allowed was awful. The second, though, it looked to me that he had one eye on Ryan Callahan who was about to run him over. I mean, Hank sure looked as if he moved his right leg to avoid the collision even as the puck was coming from his left.
9) Tortorella just loves it when somebody asks him a dumb question after the game, doesn’t he. And if it’s an out-of-town writer, he loves it even more. And even more if it’s after a loss.
10) Martin Brodeur broke Patrick Roy’s record last night, and still nobody in New York (except Chico Resch and Ken Daneyko) know how to pronounce his last name. The second part is “der” not “dure.”
11) What if Antropov sees the light and lives up to his ability and becomes a keeper and the Rangers don’t have the cap space to re-sign him?
12) Have I mentioned how I feel about the skills competition deciding NHL games?
There’s still time to take a shot at winning $100 million. All you have to do is fill out a perfect NCAA men’s bracket. It’s free. I will be competing with fellow blogsters Pete Abraham, the Blogfather himself, Kevin Devaney Jr., Josh Thomson (the mystery man from the right side of this page) and Sam Borden. Last year we had a side bet and I lost my shirt (although I think I beat out Sam Weinman; God I miss him). Even if you can’t make a perfect bracket, why not try to beat me? I don’t think you can. How’s that for a dare?
Finally, this: I know a lot of you probably root for the New York Football Giants, too. Well, we have an extraordinary Giants beat writer named Ernie Palladino, who just spent a year fighting for his life. He won, and he’s back, and I strongly urge the Giants fans among you Rangers fans to check out his blog from time to time. Or at least stop by to welcome him back, by clicking here, or by pasting this into your bookmarks/favorites: http://giants.lohudblogs.com.