Hi kids. My story on John Tortorella ran in The Journal News and on LoHud.com today. But as I typed this, the link had not yet been posted. So if any of youse want to go to LoHud.com and find it and put it up before I awaken, please do so. I think you’ll enjoy it, because this guy has really done a remarkable job with your team.
I will put up the link in a separate post if I ever do wake up this morning. It’s 50/50.
1) You know, in addition to all the heart and jam and resilience and youth and determination and togetherness, we’re sure noticing something else. All of last year, there just wasn’t enough skill. Well, there is some skill now, isn’t there? That play by Dubinsky to get the puck to Zuccarello, and then the pass by Zuccarello to Stepan, and then the Step-kid’s move in tight quarters and goal … wow. Zucc, in addition to his OT and shootout goals, has made some remarkable passes, and Stepan really is starting to be a young veteran, 43 games into his career. Not to mention Anisimov, whose game is skyrocketing … provided he doesn’t get his head removed by an opponent one of these days.
2) On that Blues’ deflection goal, both Marc Staal and Dan Girardi were there. I wonder if the Rangers coaches think the right play is to put a body on that guy making the deflection, or at least tying up his stick with your stick. Or if that’s just one of those plays where you tip your hat? Again, we criticize the No. 1 s defense pair, but absolutely must add that they were incredible for most of the night.
3) It’s the 21st century. Don’t you think that a league with the television part of its game so critical to its success could see to it that these arenas have center-ice camera positions where fans’ heads don’t get in the picture?
4) Martin Biron was sensational. He didn’t face quantity, but he faced a lot of quality shots by pretty good players and in big situations. What a signing he is turning out to be.
5) The power play, in my opinion, has too much turnover, too many combinations who don’t get to spend nearly enough time together. If I were coach … and I’m not … I’d just pick my six most skilled forwards, and make two units and leave them together for a while. A good while.
6) Dubinsky=Well, you know.
7) It looked like Marian Gaborik—who was pretty good in this game, again—might have been arguing his case that he should have been credited with the goal Sean Avery got. Now, I’m not convinced that the goal shouldn’t have been his … but you can’t do that, especially when the guy who got the goal hadn’t scored in 34 games. I think Gaborik and Avery are buds, so this shouldn’t be an issue. But it didn’t look right, if that’s what it was.
8) How much did you enjoy it when that Blues player, I think it was Steen, took an extra whack at Biron’s pads and ended up in a Prust headlock?
9) Notice I’m not trying to quantify that win last night, only because every night these Rangers take it up a notch, win another game that impresses the holy hell out of you, and because I am running out of words to describe their ascension.
10) After the game, I watched the Super Bowl Champion Jets win.
AP Photo, above.