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No review today (updated)

Posted By On February 26, 2011 @ 11:06 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 67 Comments

Sorry. I didn’t see a minute of the game. Heard some of it on the radio while I was at a local playoff semifinal (an OT game that didn’t start nearly on time). Then I sat down at 1 a.m. to watch the replay, and instead they were showing a Jay-Z concert. Uhhhh.

Didn’t see the Derek Stepan hit on Mike Green everybody’s talking about. Don’t have any idea what happened to Ruslan Fedotenko. Don’t have a clue about how bad the Capitals were, and whether the new OvechTrick is getting shut out. [1]

But …

1) This is why they keep Erik Christensen around. Because they see the skill he has, because they think he can pop at any time. John Tortorella likes him, and he’s a monster in the shootout. So, I guess the theory goes, how bad could he be as a fourth-liner who you might be able to move up and who might help you one of these days when you’re dying for a goal.

2) That’s two good ones in a row for the goalie, who despite all his struggles, has eight shutouts.

3) Unless I’m mistaken, the Rangers have won four of six. So where are the Chicken Littles and the “Trade Everybodys!” today?

4) Somebody mentioned in the game thread: McDonagh=Monster.

Anybody have anything to add to help me out here?



Wow. I just saw the Stepan hit. I don’t know about it. It was definitely a head shot. Blind side? Not sure. Was he just getting position to play the puck without getting himself squished, as he had moments earlier by Green, who sent him head-first into the boards (also no call)? I don’t know. It’s borderline at best.

I also didn’t realize until now that Green was lying in the corner, shaken up, when Eminger scored. Can anybody tell me if Green returned, or if it was one of those “Pittsburgh” injuries? If it was one of those, Green sure helped his team go down the toilet by allowing that first goal.

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