I was having this discussion with a member of the Rangers’ organization. Which game is more difficult, at Buffalo, or home against Detroit the next night? He thought the first game was tougher, because it was on the road, because Buffalo was playing so well, especially Ryan Miller, and because Detroit had so many off-season losses followed by injuries.
I didn’t disagree, but I have had it hammered into my memory too many 8-0 and 6-2 losses to Detroit over the years … some of which resulted in the firing of just about everybody in the organization … to imagine a game against Buffalo could be more difficult than a game against Detroit under any circumstances.
Anyway, what do you think?
Some quick hits from last night:
1) Yeah, yeah, Drury played well in his return to Buff, but it should also be pointed out that when that guy went around three Rangers, and turned Del Zotto inside-out, it was Drury who made a weak stick check attempt first. Still, it was a good game for the Captain.
2) Lundqvist has to get the shutout there. That’s a horrible goal, and it resulted in white-knuckle pressure at the end of the game. Otherwise, he was terrific.
3) Sean Avery has been the best Ranger not named Gaborik for about three weeks.
4) If they defend that way, and get that kind of goaltending, they’re in every game and have a shot to have a winning record and making the playoffs. But they won’t defend that way every night. Or at least, that’s what they’ve led us to believe so far.
5) Glad the Heineken commercial returned (in honor of Heikkinen’s debut?).
6) Boyle stepped up, stood up for his goalie, played a strong game.
7) Higgins should have to buy Gaborik a present for getting a pass like that. Great shot, though.
Instead of giving the link to the official game summary and event summary, I’m going to start to link to NHL.com’s recap page. On it you can find the game report summaries yourself, but also the AP game story and video highlights and all sorts of statistical stuff. OK? Here’s the one from last night.