You know, they’re not completely blinded by the blue-colored glasses when they say that some of these losses haven’t been bad. And they’re not off-base when they say that effort is not the problem. I thought the Rangers played a really strong game, lots of jam, not many passengers (pick your cliche) but lost a skills competition against Atlanta.
Should you win that game? Absolutely. Should you not even get to OT or a shootout with the Thrashers at home? No doubt. Give Hedberg some credit. If they play that way against the Islanders the next two nights, they should be fine.
1) The skills competition. Is anybody coming around to my way of thinking on this ridiculous way of deciding HOCKEY GAMES? The Rangers played their almonds off and that would have been a good tie. Instead a conference rival gets an extra point that could mean the difference between who makes and who misses the playoffs (not to mention millions of dollars in revenue), because Kozlov is good at slow-motion, practice-rink breakaways. Instead of feeling like, “Hey, we could have had two points, but we’re happy with one” the Rangers left the building feeling like they lost again Idiotic.
2) What the heck is Drury doing on the ice repeatedly in overtime? Isn’t safe death anymore? The captain did some nice things on the PK and especially the 5-on-3 (although the goaltender had something to say about that). But when will it dawn on the coaches that Drury’s got about the same chance of scoring as Brashear?
3) We’re really seeing the ups and downs of an 18-year-old future star, aren’t we. And MDZ’s ups really outweigh his downs. It’s time to put him with Staal, give Staal a directive to be the shutdown guy and not worry about offense, and put Staal and DelZotto on the ice in a group of five with Gaborik, against the other team’s best players. All the time.
4) I thought the officials were really, really good after being very iffy in the Buffalo game.
5) Ales Kotalik, welcome to MSG, the world’s finest ice surface.
Reader Hockeyman Rangers tipped us off to this story in The Hockey News. Nothing we haven’t discussed, but worth reading anyway. I thought this was light on the Drury contract.