There’s a lot to discuss today regarding last night’s debacle and the sudden turning of this series, so we’ll start it here, and then at noon Jane and I will host a live video chat. Hope you can join us with questions and comments.
I was headed from the pressbox to the lockerrooms after the game last night when I heard some booing. I was in the tunnel so I didn’t see it, but I asked and people told me that Ovechkin and Backstrom waited until the Rangers were off the ice and then they went to center ice and did a mock stick salute and a chest bump. Fortunately there weren’t many people in the building at that point, and most of those blue bulbs from the thundersticks had already been thrown onto the ice.
(This photo was from Getty Images and on Yahoo.com’s slideshow).
1) Were the people at MSG really hoping some of that Knicks magic would rub off on the Rangers by having their players show up in Rangers uniforms? And does MSG Network then think Rangers fans really want to see said players interviewed between periods?
2) That old goal-scoring bugaboo is back, isn’t it? One in two games against a kid goalie who never played a playoff game before. Shows you how bad Jose ThreeOrMore was in Game 1. The power play? Ugh. Looks like Lundqvist will need to pitch shutouts.
3) Guess it was the correct move by Bruce Boudreau to go to that rookie, Simeon Varlamov, who has only had to be good.
4) Sean Avery took two bad penalties—punching John Erskine and high-sticking Tom Poti in the face (I have no idea why Avery has spent so much time trying to aggravate Poti, when there are like 12 more important guys for him to aggravate). But the goalie interference call was completely fabricated (reputation penalty) and the late-game shot he took at Varlamov was actually well-timed. That’s when you take a shot like that.
5) It’ll be interesting to see John Tortorella’s decision on Chris Drury, because the guy is more hindrance than help with one arm.
6) Thundersticks. Knicks. Throwing things on the ice. Virtual Subway ads on the glass. Then, with the cameras still on the empty ice long after the game, these “five dollar footlong” ads showed up right on the ice. Yeah, the World’s Most Famous Arena. Might as well call it Arco Arena or something.
We hit 1,000 comments for the first time in Rangers Report history. Great job by all you angry fans. The Rangers are skating at 3 p.m. today, so we’ll have a late afternoon update.