Let me ask a simple question.
How many times do you think the Rangers have come across a game like that, with so much snarl from the start, and not only won it, but seemed to get more fired up the nastier it got? Seriously.
How often did that happen with guys like Gomez, Redden, Brashear, Lisin, Kotalik, Higgins, Jokinen in the lineup? Not to mention, perhaps unfairly, Drury and Prospal and Rozsival?
Here’s another question: How much do you love the way this team plays hockey?
A few thoughts:
1) Dan Girardi had a very strong game, but that 3-on-1 with him sliding on the ice … I know, he didn’t have much chance of breaking that one up. It’s just that it seems no Rangers defenseman ever stops the pass across with that sliding backward move on a 2-on-1 or 3-on-1. Right?
2) The guys on TV read my mind as I was thinking, this Rangers team sends out four lines, and every one of them makes you think something positive might happen.
3) The Step-child seems to be over his early jitters, doesn’t he. Looks like he belongs in the NHL to me.
4) Derek Boogaard is starting to change my mind a little bit. Just a little bit. But he’s been able to arrive and deliver some hits. Now he needs to get in more people’s faces in scrums around the net, you know, be a little bit of a bully. Because, really, you can count on one hand the number of guys who want to fight him.
5) Nobody does promos like MSG Network. My gosh, do they ever, ever end? My favorite might be the one with “Raymond Felton leads the Knicks against his former team.” My initial reaction: Who?
6) The vicious cycle: Sean Avery can’t be Sean Avery getting this kind of minutes. But if he isn’t Sean Avery, he won’t get more minutes. Catch-16.
7) Martin Biron=5 wins. All goalies not named Lundqvist all of last season=3 wins.