At least there were a few laughs last night:
A) Sean Avery mocking Talbot’s slapping. That was hysterical. (Avery’s turnover at the end of a long shift that led to a goal wasn’t so funny to you guys, I’m guessing).
B) Henrik Lundvist confronting Sid the Kid and telling him to get up, and scolding him on “using” the protection he gets from referees (and he does). Good job by the goalie, the real captain.
C) This Safe-is-Death moment: With Crosby on the ice during 4-on-4 overtime, the Rangers don’t get Marc Staal out there, as he had been all night. Instead, it’s Del Zotto, who then joins the offensive-zone play, deep in the left corner … again, with Crosby on the ice! … and sure enough Lundqvist had to survive a 2-on-1. That was before the Redden penalty.
Some other thoughts:
1) In addition to the ridiculous one-sidedness in the shots on goal, I thought the Penguins terribly outhit the Rangers in the third period. Terribly.
2) If Marc Staal’s third-period shot off the post goes in, maybe today is a happy, happy, happy day in Ranger-land.
3) Anisimov is starting to show signs of becoming an NHL offensive force. But we’ll just call it signs for now.
4) Dubinsky tied his career high with 15 goals. You’d have hoped that by now he’d have to go a lot higher to tie his career high.
5) Staal really showed me something against Crosby most of the night.
Andrew Gross is reporting that Gaborik practiced today and will play in D.C. tomorrow.
NBC has “flexed” the Rangers’ March 21 game in Boston to a 12:30 start.