The Rangers tied Ottawa yesterday in Kanata, Ont., and then won a skills competition.
So technically, they won.
Anyway, some other thoughts.
1) I think P.A. Parenteau should get a shot to stick around for a while. I know, the Rangers are concerned about his skating. Yeah, he’s not one of those speed guys you want to play that puck-pursuit game. But, geez, the guy has done nothing but score in Hartford, and he’s scored a goal in his first two-game callup, and the skills competition winner yesterday. All I know is that, for two years now, the Rangers have often been starved for goals. Here’s a guy who might be able to give them some. Maybe he can play with Gaborik and Prospal. Or maybe he works on one of the power-play units. At the worst, keep him up for that, and let him take Aaron Voros’ spot on the fourth line at even strength. Give him a shot.
2) Whenever I see Alex Kovalev I wonder … what if? What if he had a fraction of the will to score, and the scoring instinct, that a guy like Gaborik has. Gaborik wants to score every shift, or set up a goal every shift. Obviously, if you score a goal every other game you’re a star. But Kovalev doesn’t have those things. In a pure skill sense, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Ranger with more, except maybe Jagr. He has more skill than Leetch, more than Messier, more than Gaborik. Shot, strong skating, hands, passing. And then you hear Joe Michelletti say that he doesn’t have many shots this year. What a shame.
3) I saw some signs of turnaround for Staal and Girardi yesterday. They really need to get it together. Maybe they will.
4) It was a 1-1 game, and yet there were stretches when both teams made each other look like the Penguins.
5) Did you see what the Penguins did to Boston and Tim Thomas? Tied it on a Guerin goal with 0.4 seconds left, won it in OT on a Thomas mistake behind the net.