Ya boys are practicing today here in D.C. so I’ll head over there and post some audio after I finish catching up on the sleep I (we all) lost Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Then we’ll have our Live Chat at 2 p.m., so be here to discuss Game 3, Game 4, or whatever.
Couple more thoughts:
1) After Game 3, after John Tortorella praised Ryan McDonagh at his press conference, I saw a couple of Canadian media types giggling. Then I heard what they were laughing about: “Scott Gomez!” Which is, you know, pretty funny.
2) I’ve spent some time in these playoffs talking up team execs, scouts and all sorts of hockey people, some of whom I haven’t seen in a long time, since I left the beat back in ‘02. And you know what pretty much everyone of them, right across the board, says? That they’re unbelievable impressed with the way the Rangers play, with how hard they make it for every opponent every night. And mostly, how good a coaching job John Tortorella (and Mike Sullivan) have done in getting so much out of so many guys. And you can go right down the list of players who contribute to this Rangers team who might not contribute nearly as much, if at all, under other coaches and on other teams.
3) I also heard a good story maybe you’ve heard before, but I hadn’t. Seems NBC’s bench interviews—which are uncomfortable at best when Torts is involved—haven’t all aired. There was one during the season when the bench interviewer asked Tortorella about his team’s slow start. And Tortorella, I was told, went into an F-bomb rampage about how maybe the start had something to do with NBC forcing the start of the game to be delayed, as usual. That never made it to TV. I also wonder if that might have had something to do with the fine for his later F-bomb during his Skid Crosby-Evgeni Malkin tirade.
4) Did you see the goal Brian Elliott allowed to Mike Richards last night? Well, they’re calling it an awful goal, and it definitely was. But that goal is by design now. Goalies who go to their knees are extremely vulnerable to bad-angle shots because, by going to a knee, the goalie creates angles off of which pucks can carom, and most of those angles can only cause caroms in one direction—toward the net. I’m actually still surprised, if not shocked, that more forwards haven’t figured this out, and haven’t launched more shots from near the end line toward these butterfly goalies’ feet.
5) I think Braden Holtby would be ripe for a couple of those, if the Rangers figure it out. And maybe the TV analysts will figure it out one day, too.
6) Since some of you asked, that was Jeff Gorton seated next to Glen Sather in the skybox Wednesday night. CBC had a camera on Slats and another on George McPhee throughout the overtime(s). Some good reactions were the result.
7) Oh, I forgot to tell you, I finally watched the new DVD—“Road to Victory”—about the ‘93-94 Rangers. It was outstanding, IMO. Some of you will be getting copies as prizes for the predictions contest. They got some really good stuff out of the key guys from that season, exceptional stuff from Brian Leetch and Eddie Olczyk and even Mike Keenan. And the fans they chose to play big roles were fabulous. One guy tells about how, after Game 5 against the Devils, he put all his Rangers jerseys, etc., in a cardboard box and put it on the back lawn, next to a can of lighter fluid, and he promised himself he would burn it and never root for the Rangers again if they broke his heart that time. They also found the “Now I Can Die In Peace” guys. I highly recommend it.
See youse at 2 p.m.