Friday, February 8, 2008
27-24-6: Quack, Quack, Quack Mr. Renney
The New York Rangers are two different teams - the one when Jagr is on the ice and the one when he isn't. There is no clearer example than in the third period of the 4-1 loss to the Ducks tonight. Already down 3-1, Mathieu Schneider took a holding penalty. The Rangers 'second' power play unit took to the ice, and battered the Ducks - pinning them in deep while getting chance after chance. Instead of keeping them on for an extended shift, Renney put the Jagr unit on and the Rangers passed the puck around, getting no chances, while eventually passing the puck away. Jagr turned the puck over and Todd "The Paralyzer" Bertuzzi scored to put the game out of reach. Jaromir Jagr should not be the captain of this team, hell, he should not even be on the team.
Renney ranted and raved how Jagr doesn't go down when battered, how he won't take a dive ... well that goes to show that his personal pride is more important than his drive to win. If you will do anything to help your team win, then falling when a guy is mauling you is a necessary evil. Until the Rangers get a leader who will do anything to win, they won't go anywhere.
*I was one of the biggest supporters of Ryan Hollweg but enough is enough, he has to go. In his first game back from a suspension for a stupid, selfish hit, Hollweg made another selfish play that cost the Rangers. This time, he was attacked by Ryan Carter midway through the third period. The Rangers were down 3-1 and Carter threw down his gloves. Rather than do the smart thing and skate away, drawing a penalty, Hollweg threw down the gloves and took on the rookie nobody. Both got matching penalties, with Hollweg winning - yippee. Try thinking of the team first pal, that's why I hate Jagr and that's why I think your time is through. Dane Byers proved he was capable during the Kings game, its time to get him more ice time with the big boys.
*Blame as I might Jagr and Hollweg, the real culprit was the Man Who Would Be King, Henrik Lundqvist. Hank was horrible, giving up two, maybe three inexcusable goals. You have to wonder what Renney is thinking by putting him in night after night. Hank played decently but lost to the Kings, the worse team in the NHL. So he automatically gets the start against the reigning Stanley Cup champs? Expect Valley to get a well-deserved, well-needed start this weekend.
*Dubi, buddy, I love ya pal, but take a boxing lesson or something. Nick Fotiu is often around, get a lesson or two on how to take care of yourself with the gloves off. I love the fire, but watching you fight is uuuuuuuuuuugly.
*I went home and threw on Rangers in 60 while I typed this ... seriously, how does anyone listen to Micheletti? This guy is terrible!
*Petr Prucha had probably his worse game of the season. Let's hope that once he has hit bottom, things can only get better.
*I feel bad, just tearing on the Blueshirts, there were some good moments - like the late power play shift I mentioned at the top. Drury worked the crease while Gomez, Girardi and Dawes smoothly moved the puck around, shooting at will. Gomez skated like the wind for most of the game and got a few great chances but couldn't finish them. Marc Staal was fantastic. And onto the three stars:
*PHR Three Stars
3-Corey Perry - one goal.
2-Schneider - goal and an assist.
1-Jean-Sebastien Giguere - 32 saves.
Scotty Hockey Three Stars
3-Colton Orr - finally defeated another heavyweight in George "I'm Bringing Sexy Back" Parros.
2-Jiggy - he stood strong, even if most of his saves came on shots right into his chest.
1-Matt Schneider - the native son makes a successful return to the city. I told you guys we should get him ...