The Rangers must have forgotten to TiVO the saturday game cause they played an identical one last night against Atlanta. I love the effort and the grit. Reminds me of teams of old. But sports is all about the result. And the Rangers failed again. The Rangers dominated play at times, and were never out-classed or out-played. Yet two mistakes — and not even glaring ones — ensured OT. One point is not good enough. Mediocrity is not good enough.
Part of the reason why the team looked better was Dubinsky’s return. He allows the Rangers to play 4 true centers and adds much-needed depth across all lines. Of course, the key to this being effective is Dubinsky playing at a high level. He did just this. From the opening faceoff through the final one of OT he played like a top-line center. He was aggressive offensively and defensively, added creativity to his play (some nifty passes and ideas), seemed to click with Gaborik and Higgins, and had plenty of stamina. He was understandably rusty in a few areas, such as when he missed the net on the breakaway. But all things considered, I am very excited about his return. Just stay healthy.
Going into this season I never thought I’d be writing this, but we have two very important and shockingly tough games against the Islanders coming up. 3 points is close to mandatory.