Don’t know what else to say, except this:
I keep hearing “the winner of Game 4 wins the series.” And I may have even agreed to some degree with that on our video chat yesterday.
But I’m not convinced that’s true. Let’s put it this way. If the Rangers win Game 4 and go up 3-1, they should be able to close out the series in Game 5 or 6.
If the Capitals tie the series tonight, though, I don’t think it’s an absolute given that they then go on to win two of the next three. Not at all. Unless the Rangers continue to be as offensively challenged as they have been the last two games — not to mention pretty much all season long. They’re not likely to win two of the next three scoring one a game. Not to mention none a game.
I just heard John Amirante warming up his pipes again. I wonder if he’ll be drowned out by the crowd tonight, because he sure wasn’t drowned out before Game 3.
And as I wrote in the comments of the previous thread: If they hand out thundersticks tonight, people should thrown them onto the ice BEFORE the game, and P.A. announcer Joe Tolleson should be forced to say, ‘Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Arco Arena.”
My buddy Kenny Albert is the go-to guy when it comes to numbers and statistical information. Here’s his Game 4 numbers column on MSG’s Web site.
I’m going to listen in on Matt Gilroy’s press conference around 5:30. If there’s anything interesting, I’ll post it. If he’s boring, I’m going straight for the pregame buffet.
Enjoy the game. Let’s see if we can hit 1,000 again!
EVENING UPDATE, 6:09 P.M., FROM MSG: Hobey Baker-winning Boston University defenseman Matt Gilroy, signed by the Rangers last week, is at the Garden tonight.
Couple of things about him. Apparently he wasn’d drafted, and thus a free agent, because he grew about six inches after his draft year. He even said, “To be honest, I didn’t hit puberty until I was 18 years old. I still don’t even shave and I’m 24… it’s embarrassing,” he said.
He played for John Tortorella in the World junior championships, and both Tortorella and Chris Drury (another former Hobey Baker winner from B.U.) called and helped recruit him away from two other teams in the running. Drury, his idol, told him “Matty, I’ve been all over the NHL … and there’s nothing like being a New York Ranger.”
He got a one-way contract, which means he gets the whole amount whether he plays in the NHL or in the minors.
About playing for Tortorella: “We were skating him at the Worlds, the first day of practice, and he’s screaming at Patrick Kane and (Zach) Parise, and I’m like, ‘Geeeez.’ This guy’s honest. But that’s what I had with (B.U. coach Jack) Parker. He didn’t care who you were. If you were wrong you were getting called out on it, and that’s what coach Tortorella is: Honesty and full of passion and that’s what draws me right to him.”