What do we have here? Hope? I’ll buy in. I’ll be a sucker. That’s what we Rangers fans are. We’d have been P.T. Barnum’s favorite customers. There’s still Kool-Aid left if you want some too.
Last night’s victory was 45 minutes of solid hockey. (I’m discounting the first period debacle.) Dubsinky was a monster on the puck. A mini-Jagr in the way he controlled it in the corners. Christensen is starting to consistently show his talent. Definitely the most creative non-Slovak on the team. Anisimov gets better with every minute he plays. So play him more. And The King held court again. Even yelling at the team defeense in the third period after standing on his head. The PP looked fairly good too, tossing in the first goal. Importantly, the effort was there most of the night from most people.
But it was not there from a few. Was Gaborik playing? Jokinen was — for the Devils. Redden got beat back-checking on a goal. Prospal was quiet. And Gilroy was doing his best to keep up with the big boys in the NHL, but that’s not good enough.
Got to applaud Torts’ coaching. Rolled the 4th line since they were playing well. Though giving them a shift down 1 with 1:40 left is a bit suspect. Nice use of the timeout to set up the game-tieing goal. And finally some raw positive emotion from him after Drury tied it late in the third. Get the sense that he might be coaching for his job a little?
Next game is against the Leaf’s in Toronto. Statistically, a worse team. But they’ve been playing better recently, and won last night. I’ll be ready. Hopefully the Rangers will have replaced their Gatorade with Kool-Aid and believe as well.