1) On the Michael Del Zotto non-goal … I understand that the replay everybody saw on TV and in MSG was with the unofficial scoreboard clock. The NHL situation room in Toronto and/or the replay judge (John Damante in this case) in the arena, has the actual official clock burned into their video replay. They should absolutely show the official video replay to the arena crowd. No reason to not do that. But this is the NHL, where offending teams get to choose whether they will kill a 5-on-3 or a four-minute 5-on-4, where cross-checks to the head are punished by a one-game suspension and elbows to the face are punished by couch-change fines, and where losers are awarded points just about every night.
2) It’s worth noting that Columbus got jacked out of a point when the clock stuttered in Los Angeles, apparently freezing for a second, and the Kings scored with .4 left earlier this month.
3) Say what you want about the way the game went, but a lot of Rangers played well, and you have to admit the Rangers almost always seem to respond … whether it be from a loss like that one to Chicago Thursday, or from a late goal to “We don’t want you” Rick Nash late in the third period, or whatever. Henrik Lundqvist spoke about it in the post-game interview a couple of threads down. It’s a pretty cool characteristic of this team, and it has become an absolute strength. Something that could/should serve them well if they make the playoffs (kidding).
4) Given that I already said a lot of players played well, I thought a few guys passed up shots when they had them and instead chose to pass … including that give-and-go with Brad Richards created by Carl Hagelin’s speed. And they missed the net high a lot, though one of those high misses hit the glass and ended up in the Artem Anisimov goal.
5) And if we’re going to praise him when he does well—to the dismay of some who don’t appreciate the guys who do the heavy lifting—we have to point out when he doesn’t. I’m pretty sure Brian Boyle cleanly lost two draws that ended up behind Henrik Lundqvist.
6) The power play. Despite the people screaming “SHOOT!” from the moment the player sat down in the penalty box, the 5-on-3 didn’t get anything of note to the net, and the 5-on-4 was mildly better. I am one who sometimes thinks “shot” on the 5-on-3 is a bad thing, especially a shot that could be blocked or misses the net. How about that first PP unit on the first PP: Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Brandon Dubinsky, John Mitchell and Anisimov? I know, it’s at the point where you pretty much try anything. … but …
7) People in MSG were actually cheering when they showed Jeremy Lin in a promo on the big screen. I don’t recall that happening since the Starks-Ewing days, if then; though it used to be cool when Anthony Mason came into hockey games wearing a Rangers jersey. The atmosphere in the building was pretty good. It amazes me how it varies from game to game, regardless of the opponent sometimes. You would think this would be a silent night, and it wasn’t.
8) I know it’s been mentioned before, but Glen Sather was Edmonton’s GM when Scott Howson was the GM of the Oilers’ minor league team. Just sayin’.
9) Here is the column I wrote for The Journal News and LoHud.com on the Rangers’ craving for Rick Nash … and though I’m not sure it’s the right move or the wrong move, I think it’s going to be a full-court press to get him. And I think the Rangers, right now, this year, will be a much better team for it; and for the next little while. People a lot smarter than me will have to figure out the salary cap implications later on.
10) Nash looks like a very good player on a very bad team to me.
My Three Rangers Stars:
1) Michael Del Zotto.
2) Derek Stepan.
3) Ryan Callahan.
AP photos, above.
Guys, I already have a volunteer to review tomorrow’s game. Thank you to all who offered.