Thursday, December 4, 2008
After a great shoot-out come from behind victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, The Rangers headed north for a showdown. The showdown was against a team that, I feel, will be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time - the Montreal Canadiens.
Boy, was this a downer from the start. Montreal just looked like the hungrier and faster hockey team. On the flip side, the Rangers looked like they were just standing around, had no energy, no hustle, and another slow start left Henrik Lundqvist out to dry. Sorry, there is no way to sugarcoat this one.
The Habs got 2 quick goals by Kostitsyn and Begin within a span of 55 seconds, midway through the 1st period. With the Rangers down 3-0 after the end of the 1st period, something very interesting happened. Lundqvist, instead of leaving the ice, headed to the bench and had words with coach Tom Renney. What was said? I don't know, but it sure didn't look good! For Lundqvist, it has to be frusterating night after night watching the Rangers get off to such slow starts. I think the fans are feeling the same, Henrik.
Getting back to the game... Montreal did whatever they wanted for the most part with the Rangers looking like pylons. Standing and watching... admiring the play of Montreal. The shots were 39-20 in favor of Montreal... and the box score was filled with minus players up and down the scoresheet.
With Calgary coming to MSG, the Rangers had better get this one out of their system... fast. I also wanted to mention the nice tribute by the Canadiens before the game showing off some of our Ranger greats. It was nice to see, especially seeing my good friend Ron Greschner taking part in the ceremony. Does someone want to tell me why his jersey isn't hanging up with the other Ranger greats yet? Over and out.
Oh, and I'm off to Quinnipiac on Friday doing the broadcast against Providence. The Stanley Cup will be present at the Banknorth Sports Center! Check it out if you're in the area!
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