Quick question: What’s worse? Getting beaten 10-2 by Dallas, or having your best player being beaten up by a Flyers goon and doing nothing about it (and thinking you responded properly)?
Does anybody remember how long it took to get over the Dave Schultz-Dale Rolfe beatdown? Well, horrifying as that was, and it was, Rolfe wasn’t the Rangers’ best player.
1) We’re piling on Dan Girardi here, and I did, too, in the comments last night. He should have jumped in, no question about it, taken the third-man penalty and game misconduct. No doubt. But he was in a tough spot in this regard: By the time he arrived, the officials just about had control of the situation. Still, he has to jump in. Has to. He even said if he had to do it again, he would. He also had two chances in a row to hit Carcillo clean and hard along the wall and pulled up both times.
2) I didn’t like the re-aquiring of Sean Avery when it happened, and I knew he was high-maintenance and that he rubbed some teammates the wrong way, and I don’t care for his personality. But I will say this. You can throw all that other crap right in the dumpster because he proved last night that he is a great teammate. And in the end it’s what you do on the ice, in tough situations, that matters. Give him one of the captain’s letters right now. Adam Graves has his number in the rafters because, in part, he was that type of teammate.
3) Tortorella picked a fight with Larry Brooks because he was looking for a distraction. Just like the now famous YouTube thing with Brooks after a terrible Tampa Bay playoff loss. It takes the focus off his team’s ineptitude, and in this case the Rangers sure were inept. Brooks’ question, “should somebody have jumped Carcillo and taken a third-man penalty” needed to be answered, and Tortorella failed to answer it. He took the easy way out. If he really had a problem with Brooks writing “Wade ‘Golden Gloves’ Redden” he could have taken it up with Brooks at his press conference before the game, or at a practice, or any other time. This was a time to answer a question, and Tortorella took the easy way out. Not cool.
4) Gaborik did drop his gloves first. “I didn’t really expect to fight who I fought, but it kind of worked out,” Carcillo said. “I don’t know who on that line would have been able to help him though. I wasn’t expecting him to drop his gloves, but when he did, I pretty much was licking my chops.” Carcillo separated Gaborik from the pack and was threatening to beat him up no matter who dropped the gloves. Gaborik had to defend himself.
5) Once that happened (and let’s remember that Aaron Asham ran straight over Henrik Lundqvist without retribution earlier), the best way to handle it would have been to rough up some of the Flyers’ best players. Especially since the Rangers don’t have a heavyweight who could possibly win a fight against Carcillo.
6) All the stuff that happened afterward could have been avoided if somebody, anybody, jumps in and prevents Gaborik from being pounded. Simple as that. And whoever jumped in wouldn’t have had to fight Carcillo, just tackle him.
7) Did you see the YouTube of Washington’s Bradley streaking off the bench (legally, or he would have been suspended for a long time) to jump Downie before Downie could fight Ovechkin? That’s how it’s done. And that’s Ovechkin, who is a really tough guy for a superstar, and who had dropped his gloves and his hat and wanted to fight Downie.
8) WPIX went with the “same fire, same desire” promo for tomorrow’s game. Ugh. Last time WPIX did this was after the awful Ottawa game and before the one-sided St. Louis game.
9) Even Donald Brashear in his prime, or Colton Orr, could not have had an effect on that incident. If they’re not on the ice at the time, whatever they do later is just retribution. Although sometimes you need that, too.
10) I could go on and on about this. It was an embarrassing night for the Rangers and their soft roster.