Like a lot of New Yorkers—judging by the numbers here yesterday—there was too much going on yesterday to fully focus on the Rangers, and even Rangers in 60 was in the way of the World Series. (I also has the three-hour leaf-blowing interruption).
To see some of the highlights of yesterday’s game, click here.
Some quick thoughts:
1) Michael Del Zotto. How good is this kid?
2) I thought some guys bounced back yesterday, especially Dubinsky and Gilroy.
3) I think that a lot of the improvement in the play of a lot of players was strictly, and specifically due to Marian Gaborik’s return.
4) If Gaborik doesn’t play, that game goes into OT and the Rangers lose there, or in the skills competiton that follows tie games, and everybody’s totally negative here today instead of totally positive.
5) It still amazes me how people jump to one side or the other of the emotional fence regarding this team after each and every game.
6) All in all, this was a better performance than they’ve had in weeks.
7) The Bruins are still a difficult team to play, but they are a lot less so without Milan Lucic. Incredible that in a team sport like this, one player (Gaborik, Lucic) can make such a huge difference.
8) I liked Derek Morris crying that Gaborik’s goal was lucky, that he fanned a little bit (he did) and it still found the upper corner. Funny how that happens to the real snipers.
9) I think the Rangers would be better off with Morris than some of their other defensemen. He’s playing on the No. 1 pair with Chara on a much better team.