Wow, that was a nice win over the champs.
And at this point, any home win is pretty important.
1) I’m sure this has crossed your minds, too. It’s all great and good that the Rangers have become this shot-blocking team. It does, indeed, show a courage, and a passion, and a commitment and a will, and a togetherness. But if you block 20-30 shots per game, or more, isn’t it a given that somebody’s going to get hurt?
2) I told you during the preseason, these guys play differently than last year … and they can score enough.
3) So many guys played well in this game and the one before, and you know me, I hate to be a Negative Nancy, but I still think Staal and Girardi are better apart than together. So many times the Blackhawks had a guy all alone behind the defense, it was those two defensemen. Granted, they played against the Hawks’ top line. But on the PPG, there were two Hawks behind Staal and Girardi. In the final minute, when Lundqvist saved their butts, it was those two. They’re too alike, and they both follow the puck too much.
4) Again, I don’t mean this to be negative … but this was one of those cases where the bad Garden ice might have been an advantage. Bad ice usually affects the more skilled more. And if you’re willing to be the dirtier team on bad ice, it can be your friend.
5) This team is going to get better when Gaborik gets back, and better — though some of you will disagree — when Drury gets back, and better if Frolov ever checks in.
6) Again, I love the team toughness these Rangers show. That makes me really look forward to the test in Philly (where the Flyers have won four in a row, but will be without suspended Danny Briere) Thursday. And makes me wonder if Derek Boogaard goes back into the lineup for that one, or if he’s necessary for that one. I’m guessing he will play.
7) On this Mercedes commercial, let me understand … the car senses when there’s going to be an accident seconds before it happens? Why the byfuglien can’t the driver recognize it, then? Oh, right, he’s probably on the phone or texting. And it closes the windows? Wait, how long does it take for a window to close? Enough time for the driver to avoid the accident? And what if somebody’s arm is outside the window. Does the window still close? And do you really need some extra flying glass in an accident? I don’t get it.
8) Would it be redundant to say how well Callahan, Anisimov, Dubinsky, Prust and Boyle are playing?