Winning is All That Matters!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

With wins over the Anaheim Ducks (3-0), Toronto Maple Leafs (7-2), and the Los Angeles Kings (4-2), the New York Rangers are proving to be a very versatile team early on in this season. The Rangers have been versatile in the sense that the boys in blue have won games while playing the full 60 minutes, won while taking some 2nd periods completely off, won after getting outplayed during the course of a game, etc. To me, these are all good signs. Signs that lead me to believe that something very good is brewing in Ranger Land.

I mean, how bad is it when we as fans start to worry about a period of bad play? Or a game in which the Rangers got outplayed and still end up victorious? Are we getting spoiled? I hope not. Of course we must always remember the “It’s early in the season” line and yadda, yadda, yadda. But you know what? The Rangers are winning and that’s all that matters!

Getting off subject a little bit here, but isn’t it time to get on board with Donald Brashear? Enough is enough! He’s a Ranger now and that is not going to change. Brashear has done his job so far and has done it well. The fans just have to get over the past and embrace “The Donald”. Colton Orr, much beloved by Rangers fans and by myself, is no longer here. It is time to get on board and accept the man who has one of the toughest jobs in all of sport- let alone hockey. That man is Donald Brashear and he is a Ranger! Over and out!


Wrath of Sanity said...

Another great win tonight. Wasn't pretty, but I'll take it!

Gotta love the way that this team is playing/made up. So much better than last year, it's ridiculous. We actually have enough depth for once to afford to play someone like Kotalik on the 4th line (granted he gets good amounts of ice time/pp time).

And I agree... time to accept Brash. I love Orr, but he's gone. Brash is here now and I fully support him (and obviously supported him over Orr the other night).

Kotsy's Korner said...

Wrath, It's tough to fire it up night after night. Good teams find ways to win. It also helps when you have a world class goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

This team has depth, bench strength as I call it. It's a good mix that's for sure.

As a former player we learned to dislike and like players depending on which team they were on. it's okay to dislike the enemy, but not when he's one of yours. Brashear is a Ranger it's that simple.

snowcloud said...

Kotsy, thank you for standing up for Brashear. There was no bigger Colton Orr fan than I was, but, with Brashear here to replace Orr, he out skills Orr in a big way. Brash can score the odd goal for you and make some good plays with the puck. As far as enforcers go, Brash is the best skilled by far.

Tonight's game was a nice win considering they really didn't play all that well. They've been playing 3 games in 4 nights and it was showing, but coming out with 2 points is great.

What else can be said about Gaborik? The guy makes a great play and scores on a nothing shot - just a routine shoot in. The guy is amazing!

Kotsy's Korner said...

Snowcloud, Welcome to my blog. I really don't understand the harsh feelings that still linger for a player who has done his job and done it well for every team he has played on.

Brashear is one of ours now and he will do the job that he was brought in here to do. The fans have to get over it.

It's always a good sign for a Hockey team when you can win games you shouldn't.

Keep an eye on Gaborik's release when he shoots. What may look like nothing is one of the quickest in the league. Goaltenders are startled and usually not ready for the shot.

Jess Rubenstein said...

Sorry Kotsy but I can not root for Brashear Ranger or not. I can not root for someone who has caused someone else to get hurt.

That uniform is supposed to mean something, I would dislike any Ranger who causes an injury that could have been avoided as the Betts one could have been.

Leatherneck said...

Hello Chris, How about them boys in blue..seems like great chemistry so far on all cylinders. I still would like to add a bruiser on D for Roszival and another tough guy as a forward to substitute time to time for the teams like the leafs and flyers. Gotta love Del Zotto and Gilroy, a couple of more weeks and Gilroy will be good to go offensively...he is learning his end first which is great

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Kotsy's Korner said...

Leatherneck, What's happening my man? Things are looking very good for the "Boys in Blue". I'm really liking this teams makeup.

However I think you may be right about toughening up the team a little. We will see if it becomes a problem down the road. I'm sure that Sather will take care of that if needed.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Jess Rubenstein, You sound a bit hypocritical to me. Surely if we dig into the history of the Rangers we would find players who would fall into your way of thinking would we not? Some would probably shock you!

By you saying wearing the Jersey means something that's true too some degree. It's certainly not the be all end all. Players make the choice to accept and that's what really matters.

Troublizing said...

Snowcloud one of the all-time greats he subscribes to my vids on You tube (The Mouth)

As bad as the second periods have been, the Third periods have seen the Rangers get the first goal and make the opposition play catch-up once again.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Troublizing, It's nice of snowclowd to check out my blog.

It's wonderful to see how we as fans are picking apart periods of Hockey rather than the outcome of the game LOL. That my friend is a good thing.

greg m said...

hey kotsy,
i think the key word you mention is versitlity,im seeing all the lines picking up slack now, and having good shift after good shift,and when your back up goalie comes in and scores a shut out, if that doesent say versitlty i dont know what does.the selfless play of gaborik in the last 30 seconds of the kings game and the fact that the pass didnt make it thru doesnt even matter.that was huge!its a long, long season,and all fingers should be crossed for a injury free first quater.the brashear thing hes a ranger now, love him hate him hes a ranger. if years ago free agency was different,and if people dont think that theyd of been rooting for dave schultz in a ranger jersey,there nuts.and the winning is all that matters and if i was on the ice id want brashear watching my back.

Kotsy's Korner said...

greg m, I think you have made my point. Versatility is something the Rangers have not had for awhile.

This team can beat you many ways. Scoring,Defending,and Goal tending.
Even if they are not firing on all cylinders they are capable of winning.

Staying healthy is a big key for the Rangers success the rest of the season. That go's especially for Gaborik.

The Brashear thing is now getting old in my book. He's a Ranger and if fans want to hold grudges good for them. I along with many choose not to.

Leatherneck said...

Hello Chris, How have you been Chris? Any word on bringing up a 7th D-man and another forward? With a contracted schedule I think it will be vital to rest players time in and out during this season. Game against the Leafs Saturday will be an indication of what I was talking about, it wont be pretty, it'll be rough. Intimidation will become a factor, 3 games and at least twice Lundy was run over and no one paid the price for it, not good.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Leatherneck, No I have not heard anything about a 7th D-man?. I think as the season wears on they will take care of that.

As for Lundqvist getting steam rolled. It's got to end and end now. You don't have to be a tough guy to defend your goalie. It's a team thing, you must stick together.

The leaf game will be interesting to watch if Brashear is not in the lineup.

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