Thoughts on a game that really could have used a little more action:
1) My head nearly exploded over the huge deal that was made of the disallowed goal. The most critical point was not made (on TV) until Dave Maloney left the radio booth and got onto the post-game set, because for all 4,689 times they replayed it and cried about it, nobody brought up the most important point. Maloney was right. The goalkeeper almost surely let up after playing the puck, and probably even heard the whistle before Frolov scored.
2) I don’t know what the rulebook says—and I’m too lazy to look even though it’s within arm’s reach—but I’m pretty darn sure that when a goalie plays a puck, it is treated as possession on delayed penalties and such. And when a player touches the puck on a delayed penalty, on a hand pass, or whatever, the whistle usually blows.
3) That’s Bill McCreary being Bill McCreary. In other words, what did you expect? The right call? Just like the missed double-minor on Dubinsky. I think that was a worse non-call than the “disallowed goal” especially since any of the four officials could have and should have called it.
4) Where was Frolov the rest of the game, not to mention the rest of the season?
5) Full marks to the Rangers and their coach for manning-up and not making a big deal out of that one play, and blaming themselves for the loss … and crediting St. Louis … which really does look like another Bestern Conference power, and should be for a long time. If it gets goaltending.
6) Speaking of which, did you catch those shots of Halak on the bench. Was he wearing some of the Macy’s Thanksgiving balloons under his jersey? I never understood why the NHL still to this day isn’t serious about limiting the size of goalie equipment, and that includes Lundqvist’s. That guy weighs like 140 pounds, and when he’s on the ice he’s bigger than John Candy.
7) Another big return on that Boogaard contract.
8) How is it, for all these years, the Rangers don’t have more than one legit power-play point man? And why can’t Marc Staal play there?
9) I didn’t think your boys played poorly overall. They were simply stifled by a better team. But they do need to do better at home. They all say it … blah, blah, blah, blah. But when will they figure out how?
10) Erik Christensen found the bench, even during the five-minute PP, which I think means he’s headed for pruchaville when Gaborik comes back, probably by the end of this week. Deservedly so.
11) Two best pieces of news for NYR: Biron’s play, and Gaborik’s shoulder.