You all know not to get too excited over those seven straight goals, right? You know that in the course of an 82-game season every team will have a couple of games like that, even your Rangers, right? You understand that the BJs goalies stunk, that everything went in. That this was a fluke, not the norm? That the next time it’s 1-1 late in the game, those guys who were Guy Lafleur last night will go back to being Blair Betts?
I don’t want to rain all over the parade, though. Some good things happened, for sure. Some thoughts:
1) John Tortorella should call timeout right after the national anthem from now on.
2) Staal and Girardi still chase pucks behind the net or off to the side of the net, and leave the front wide open. Why? No idea.
3) I know, there’s a lot of anger toward Chris Drury, but this team misses him, and is better when he gets back, which could be pretty soon.
4) Brashear and Voros can’t do what Columbus’ fourth-line guys did in the first period, create chances and convert. On the other hand, the Rangers did a pretty good job on the first, second and third lines of the BJs. Also, why is Voros retalliating for the hit that banged up Staal, while Brashear is on the ice counting his $1.4M?
4) Marian Gaborik is 18-14-32 in 21 games. Last year the Rangers’ leading scorers (Scott Gomez and Nik Zherdev) had 58 points. Last year their top goal scorer was Markus Naslund with 24.
5) You had to like the way Redden and Staal reacted to guys hitting their goalie.
6) Brian Leetch was fabulous in studio. As a player he was always a great analyst of the game, and always great talking about anything but himself. Don’t know if he wants to make a career out of this, but he’s already as good or better than a lot of analysts of the three area teams on the various MSG payrolls.
7) Four goals allowed was still too many.