Hi everybody. Sleep well? I did. Just got up, after getting home from Kingston at 2 a.m. and being all coffee-d up on the ride home. I know none of you ever go to bed after midnight, so you don’t know what I’m talking about.
So I saw some of Rangers in 60, heard a bit of the game on the radio, watched MSG’s Hockey Night — have you guys seen that Niedermayer clip where he gives the stick to the fans and starts a brawl? — and heard some of Tortorella’s post-game. I have an idea how the game went, but didn’t see the whole thing, so I’m not going in-depth with my analysis.
I will say this, and this caused some reaction when I said it last winter. A team like the Florida Panthers has more speed and skill, overall, on its roster than do the Rangers. I’m saying it again. They don’t have a Gaborik, or the name-brand stars, but the Panthers have a better roster top to bottom. The Panthers — on the road for a third game in four nights — put it to the Rangers pressure-wise and the rested Rangers did not respond well. Again, they didn’t play horribly. But they didn’t play well enough to win.
Also, what I gathered:
1) On the third goal, I think it was, what the heck were Staal and Girardi thinking? That’s just plain awareness, or lack thereof. Girardi skates by the net when all he really needs to do is stop, and Staal goes to the front and doesn’t pick up an open man. It’s been that way all season.
2) It seemed as if Sean Avery had another Avery game — please tell me if I’m wrong. That’s got to be a little bit of a silver lining, if he’s coming around.
3) The elite goalie needs to make a big stop when the team struggles like this.
I don’t have much else to add. The plan is for me to go to the game at MSG tomorrow. See youse later.