Chris Drury skated for the first time in four days today and said he felt good. Both he and Rangers coach John Tortorella said the captain was day-to-day, but Drury seemed optimistic that he would continue to improve.
Was his injury upper or lower body?
“I haven’t figured that out yet,” Drury said. “I’m still waiting to be told.”
On Alex Ovechkin:
“What doesn’t impress you?” Drury asked. “He’s amazing. There aren’t enough words in English or Russian to describe him.”
Yes, Henrik Lundqvist heard what Ovechkin said about his pads being super big.
“There’s no way you can cheat these days because they measure it all the time,” Lundqvist said. “…I guess I look big then, but I’ve used the same stuff almost all year.”
And the Rangers goalie doesn’t think Ovechkin was trying to needle him, and he wouldn’t even chalk it up to pre-game gamesmanship.
“I think it’s more that you get so many questions about so many things,” Lundqvist said. “…some things will stand out a little bit more. I don’t think he tried to stir the pot.”
Tortorella experimented with the lines a little today. Avery-Gomez-Antropov and Voros-Betts-Orr were the same, but Dubinsky centered Drury and Callahan once, and Markus Naslund was mixed in with the group. Zherdev skated with Korpikoski and Sjostrom.
“Most people counted us out but I don’t think we ever did,” Derek Morris. “Actually I know we never did.”
Someone asked about my pick, which I emailed to Carp before he told me his and it was… Caps in 6. If you think I’m being negative just remember I covered the Jets last season. I have a lot of healing to do.
Update: Carp and I will host a live chat tomorrow where we will talk Italian food and roller derby! Actually, we will discuss the Rangers and Capitals in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Blast off for the chat is 12 noon. Be there with a question or a comment!