I almost didn’t use that title out of fear that I may jinx it. Like a no-hitter. We have a legitimate winning streak. Though, let’s not break out the good beer just yet. The wins were against the Fishsticks, Flyers, and Canes — all teams ranked worse than us. That said, two points is two points. And the best team we play in our next 5 games is Florida. There is a real chance for some serious points here.
What I particularly liked about last night’s game, even more so than Gilroy’s return, was the pace at which the team played. They were flying to pucks and energized throughout the game. Dubinsky’s looked like a kid out there with his energy. (Kind of like how he started the season after the holdout.) We had some neutral zone defensive lapses but that happens, and none were costly thanks to the Lundqvist making some huge saves yet again. Too many penalties though. OK against Carolina. A death sentence against Pittsburgh.
Redden was okay in his return. But I have this funny feeling that he’s going to have to be much better than just okay to get out of Tortorella’s doghouse, especially after those thinky veiled comments he made before the game about just having to play how Torts wants him to. Reading between the lines: Torts is a fool and I know better than him. Not good for playing time.
Prediction, not that this is going out on a limb much. In 5 years we will think of the defense pairing of Staal and Del Zotto as Beukeboom and Leetch. Perhaps even better on the Staal/Beukeboom side cause Staal skates better and has some offense (though is not nearly as nasty…yet).