Or step down?
It’s always confusing when you play a great game against a bad opponent that plays horribly. It’s is also confusing if you beat a good team, which is what the Rangers need to do tonight … unless they are tanking, which apparently they aren’t doing. Or at least, they didn’t get that memo last night.
1) Nice to see Marian Gaborik turn on the jets as he did early in the season. He’s almost blameless in this whole season (except for the Olympic injury controversy), but when he plays and moves like that, you can understand why John Tortorella gets frustrated with him at other times.
2) Ditto for Sean Avery. I assume he will be himself tonight vs. the Devils, because he is always that way against the Devils, the Islanders and the Flyers. Look out Kovalchuk and Brodeur. But where is this most nights? Coach Keenan wondered the same thing (so now, I guess, I’m stealing his stuff).
3) It’s easy for a lot of guys to look good when the other team spends most of the night A) distracted by Avery or B) getting out of the way. I mean, how about all those breakaways? And posts? I mean, Girardi scored. Let’s see ’em get more than one goal tonight.
4) In a game like that, I prefer to look at who did what early. And early, Anisimov scored on a terrific shot (Shelley got an assist because, I think, the puck hit him). I know more might have been expected from Anisimov, but considering how much time he’s spent playing with stiffs on the third and fourth lines, and how good defensively he is, I think this has been a pretty darn decent rookie year for him.
PS, I’m finally getting away from the hardwood for a night. Going to Newark for the game (unless we have another hurricane or some other unexpected disaster at blog HQ).
New poll on the right.