Because the game ran late, I couldn’t put up the post-game quotes before calling it a night … hope to do that later on this morning.
In the meantime, I was impressed as heck with that Vancouver power play, and you ought to be hoping that Mr. Tortorella and Mr. Sullivan were watching that. The Canucks played that umbrella set-up, with the D man in the middle, a forward planted in Antii (Em) Niemi’s face. Then they move the puck to one side, and the other forward sneaks into the high slot from the weak side. Wow.
And I know, the Canucks have all this skill that the Rangers don’t have, but it worked for the Canucks’ third-line guys, too. The Sharks will break it down, I’m sure, and adjust. And it can’t work for any team for a whole season. But the Rangers might want to have that PP in their playbook for when they really need a goal next season. I imagine that might happen from time to time.
Also, I know you guys have talked about this before, but the Rangers might be interested in signing one of those FA Vancouver D-men, right? I mean, if there’s any money left over after Brad Richards.
Oh, one more thing. The Matt Cooke Award for Game 2: To Ben Eager. It wasn’t even close.