So if you’re looking for positives … the Rangers snapped that home-ice scoreless streak that spanned almost two full games.
1) I agree with Lundqvist. If the Rangers played that exact same game and scored one or two more goals, we’d all be sitting here saying how well they played and what a good, solid win it was.
2) And it would have been, because they were prepared (for a change for a home game) and they were physical and they stuck up for one another and they kept attacking.
3) That said, Carolina is pretty much a mirror image team. It has one line, and a few good players, a good goalie (now that Cam Ward is back) and a lot of third-liners. Oh, and both teams’ captains do absolutely zero offensively.
4) Michael Del Zotto is going through some rookie hiccups lately, but man the kid is adding some nasty to his game, and you can only imagine if he puts on 10 or 15 pounds and continues to progress skill-wise. We could be saying “Del Zotto = monster.”
5) Unrelated, but how the byfuglien did Byfuglien = monster not make Team USA?
6) Aaron Voros challenged Kotsopolous to a fight after a hit on MDZ (Kotsy declined) and had a terrific shift that set the momentum for Gaborik’s goal. He gives energy and courage (and the occasional stupid penalty). So play the guy all the time! (My mistake, sorry. It was Boyle who challenged Kostopoulos; and I spelled his name wrong).
7) Unrelated again, but does any team make more stupid comments than the Jets? And this clown Braylon Edwards guaranteeing victory? Well, that’s easy to do when the other team is expected to lay down and give you a second consecutive gift victory. But the media should not be comparing this to Messier and Namath. The guaranteer-giver should be able to be the difference maker in the guaranteed game. I mean, if Glenn Healy had guaranteed Game 6 instead of Messier, would we even remember it?
8) The MSG Network guys keep saying there’s 17 games in January. I keep counting 16.
9) In my column (link below) I did some other math: Rangers record for the 2000s decade: 335-310-32-59. The way I look at that is, there are no more ties, and since OT/skills competiton wins count as wins, I’m counting OT/skills competition losses as losses, which makes the record 335-369. And all but the first 17-23-6 came under the current managerial regime.
10) One of my buddies in the pressbox said during that snooze-fest: “These indoor games are never going to make it.”
And here is my column from The Journal News and LoHud.com today, mostly about the toll this offense takes on the goalie.