1) How much fun would it be to watch Pavel Datsyuk for 82 games (plus a whole bunch of playoff games)?
2) I loved Datsyuk’s little subtle stick-whack to the middle of Joe Thornton’s back after Thornton’s sneaky/dirty shot at the end of the second period.
3) John Tortorella should show his forwards film of Logan Couture and how he fires pucks to the net, even if there’s not much there. Maybe that’s why the kid is probably the rookie of the year, and why he has, what, nine playoff goals in two playoff seasons … and is still a rookie.
4) Ruslan Salei reminds me of Igor Ulanov, circa his Rangers tenure. Or maybe a Michal Rozsival of two years ago. He’s going along fine, skates fine, moves the puck fine, leans on people effectively even if he doesn’t hit them. Then, boom, colossal mistake.
5) I thought Detroit was guilty of a premature substitution, if not too many men on the ice, on the tying goal. But I didn’t see what San Jose saw on the empty-netter.
6) I’m not a big fan of The Joe, but, man was that place loud for Game 6 … which reminds me, a couple of days ago (May 8) was the anniversary of the loudest game I ever witnessed at MSG, the night the Rangers eliminated the Islanders in the 1979 Cup semifinal. The Tank should be pretty loud for Game 7.
7) Dany Heatley had a nice seat for the GWG.
8) I can’t see enough of those History Will Be Made spots.
9) Every time the 1 vs. 8 upset of Detroit by San Jose in ‘94 is discussed, I can’t help but recall how that felt here … that the door was really opening up for the Rangers. Because the Wings’ remarkable run as the NHL’s best team over what is now 17 years was just starting.
AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, above.