Today was my first regular season Rangers game in person. After over 20 years of rooting over the TV and internet I finally was able to witness the awesomeness that is the Blueshirts, MSG, and a good old fashion beat down in person. Even another winter storm couldn’t ruin the day, although I am getting sick of these. More on my first game later.
2) It’s hard to find fault with fault with a shutout. While Henrik only had to make a few incredible saves, he made those incredible saves as well as all the easy ones. Plus the Rangers blocked a ton of shots and were in all the passing lanes.
3) It doesn’t really show on the TV but the Rangers spend a lot of time away from the puck moving, moving, moving. That is a good thing. What worries me is the amount of time they spend going to one knee and back. This causes them to scramble a lot, good thing Torts has them conditioned.
4) Avery’s goal was disallowed because he is Sean Avery. That may be my blue blood coming out, but I’ve never seen someone do a “distinct kicking motion” while on his back.
5) Richards vs. Dubinsky. It was nice to see old friends reacquainting themselves. Richards’ hit seemed a little high but I’ll give him credit—he tried to rally his team which is what a leader does. Dubinsky answered the bell which is what leaders do. Our leaders were just better Sunday.
6) Torts was MAD, I mean furious. I was in the old blue seats and he looked animated enough to be right in front of me. He lost his mind over the Boyle 2, 5, and 10.
7) I think Boyle deserved the 2. He was the third man in. The 10 may even have been warranted. I however completely applaud, understand, and am 10 percent behind what he did. He stood up for one of our skill players, which your more “scrappy” player need to do. That’s what a team does, that’s what builds character.
8) Seven goals! Wow. How many times would we have given lord knows what for just a second or a third. Seven!
9) Second period, Versteeg and Gaborik went at each other a little bit. Gaborik stick got knocked out of his hands and it looked like gloves may come off. Before the Rangers could be shamed into letting their star get pummeled a couple of Rangers flew across the ice and came to his defense.
10) The Rangers looked like a team, the whole package. Hunger, desperate, fun, loose, just everything you could ask of a team.
11) Special thanks to bleacher creature Joe and his friend for welcoming us to section 416 row G.
12) Extra special thanks to my dad and brother for making the day truly memorable.
13) And finally thanks to my wife for one of the best Christmas gifts I have gotten. The three tickets to the game.
AP photo, above.