Chris Drury is going to be on conference call at 10 p.m. I will attempt to transcribe some of it live, but I have to finish my work for the paper first. So we’ll see.
But I wanted to make a few points … and, oh, by the way, congrats to you guys.
First, this has been the most unique day/night in the history of this blog, and one of the most unique final days in Rangers/NHL history. I hope those Rangers who said they wouldn’t watch changed their minds and watched, especially John Tortorella, who knew his former guys would play with integrity.
Next, I wanted to tell you guys that I saw a bunch of Boneheads today, including Mama her friend, and Fozzy, I met Krissy from Norway (in her Zuccarello jersey, of course) and she gave me some awesome candy and a cool little gift (she needs to translate for me what’s written on it). I saw Doodie and eric and CCCP and his buddy Mike (CCCP gave me a victory cigar and told me not to smoke it until tonight). You Boneheads are so awesome. I’m glad we’re going to have some more hockey and I’m sure you will be more nuts than ever. Hopefully our friend Tiki can recover in time to join us.
ps, Happy Birthday to our buddy Josh, who stopped by the comments section today to wish you guys good luck. He just turned 26.
Then I wanted to point out that the Skills Competition, which once was a pet peeve, these last two years has really become an albatross. The NHL should really consider cooke-canning it for good. Or fixing the point system and the tiebreakers. Or something. Because two years in a row, it was a factor in Game 82 and a playoff berth involving the Rangers (That’s right, if they hadn’t changed the tiebreaker this year to exclude Skills Competition wins, the Rangers would not have needed help tonight).
Finally, wanted to pass this along, courtesy of my friends Ira Podell of the AP and Jesse Spector of the News. Martin Brodeur was asked which team he’d like to see in the playoffs.
He said, “I don’t like both teams. That’s honest. Carolina has been hard for us in the playoffs and, well, the Rangers are the Rangers. So it doesn’t really matter.”
Oh, one more thing. I told youse all they’d make it (exhale).