Maybe this wasn’t going to be a game the Rangers could win no matter what, especially with a half-speed superstar and a backup goalie.
The Capitals are 25-3-3 at home, with 13 consecutive wins. Wow!
The Rangers played a much better puck-possession game in D.C. than they had Thursday against Pittsburgh (they couldn’t have done worse), and a much better overall defensive game in D.C., and frankly a much more boring game in D.C. And did just enough to lose it.
I want you to watch the Belanger goal develop. Isolate on Dubinsky. The video starts after Dubinsky had a chance to smash No. 26 in red, and instead brushed him. Then watch how many poor plays Dubinsky makes, and how lazily he glides around.
I am not blaming Dubinsky for the loss. But this play is so typical of the Rangers. You see one or two guys playing like this on a given shift all the time. And this is why they’re mediocre players, and why the Rangers are a below-average team having a below-average season.
It appeared that Wade Redden was benched in the third period. This after committing the penalty in overtime that led to the loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday. What is it going to take for him to get Brasheared?
Well, for one thing, a change in the GM’s seat. Hundreds of fans are expected to attend tonight’s 5 p.m. “Fire Sather” rally outside the Garden. We will attempt to link some coverage, and to post some notes and comments from attendees (and maybe even some photos).
Not that this rally will do one bit of good toward the cause.
Rangers honor Scarsdale’s Peter Caputo
New York, March 7, 2010 – On Sunday March 7th, the New York Rangers will present the 3rd Annual Emile Francis Award in recognition of the sacrifice, dedication, and impact that volunteers have on grassroots development in youth and amateur hockey. This year’s honoree is Scarsdale native Peter Caputo, who has been a volunteer with Scarsdale Youth Hockey for over 15 years. In 1996, Caputo helped found the program in an effort to provide a local organization for his son and the children in their community and has remained actively involved as a coach even though he no longer has children in the program. During the second intermission of Sunday night’s Rangers game, Caputo and five children from his youth hockey league will be joined on center ice by Rangers alumni Nick Fotiu and Brian Mullen who will present him with this prestigious award.
The Emile Francis Award is named after the former Rangers Coach and General Manager who is a longtime supporter of youth hockey. Francis is the founder of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey Association, which was the foundation from which many local amateur hockey associations and leagues were born, and helped launch the careers of Rangers alumni Nick Fotiu and Brian Mullen.