Because that was about as good a point as you’re ever going to get.
I am not going to go on and on again about the silly skills competition that John Tortorella called a gimmick (and he’s right). But here’s my column from The Journal News and LoHud.com today. (in the column I messed up and said it was the bottom of the fifth when Elias scored; it was the fourth round).
Some other thoughts:
1) I know that a lot of shots got through to Martin Brodeur, but the Devils, as always, were again excellent at getting sticks into passing and shooting lanes. Some Rangers coaches over the years have marveled at how well the Devils—no matter who is wearing the jersey—do this, and how this may be as much a reason for their success, or more of a reason, than their trap. You wonder why they are so good at it, and why other teams (the Rangers for one) aren’t as good.
2) One thing the Rangers did well was not let Brodeur handle the puck much behind or around the net.
3) Another solid performance by the fourth line, especially Brian Boyle, but also Donald Brashear and Ales Kotalik.
4) How good has Henrik Lundqvist been since he called that meeting after the Islanders’ embarrassment?
5) Maybe it’s time to stop over-analyzing this 13-game streak (8-1-4, points in 12 of the 13 games) now that the Rangers have played two games like that in a row against quality opponents.
6) I still don’t know why some of the Rangers forwards treat the skills competition as if somebody’s chasing them. Take your time. All the great shootout players go in slowly, and not straight down the middle. You are helping the goalie by going in a straight line, by doing so quickly, and you are increasing the chance that the puck will hop off your stick (example: Erik Christensen).
7) One of the best parts of that 0-0 game for 65 minutes was that the officials didn’t whistle every ticky-tac infraction. I thought the Christensen penalty was questionable. But for most of the night, the boys played hockey almost like the old days.
8) I haven’t heard MSG like that during the regular season in a long time, other than when they retire numbers, that is.