Thursday, November 27, 2008
16-7-2: Beating the Bolts
I wish I could provide my usual coverage of tonight's Ranger shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning but I cannot. I read the recap but you know that never gives the full picture. As I mentioned in a previous post, I was at the Islander game and MSG has decided not to re-air the game this evening. According to the channel guide, there will be "Rangers in 60" from 6am-7am but that is it.
Instead of replaying it tomorrow - a slow sports day in New York - they are airing 10 straight episodes of the "50 Greatest Moments at MSG," that mediocre documentary series that fell far short of the hype. I will try to tape the early morning cut of the game (I'm not in the modern age with DVR/Tivo) and update this but can make no guarantees.
Instead, I ask you guys to use the comments to point out the big stuff and answer some questions:
*Was Michal Rozsival actually good? The box score had him assisting on both goals in regulation. How about Markus Naslund, who was credited with both goals and scored in the shootout ...
*One of those was a power play goal and yet the unit still went 1-6. Were they that bad?
*Were the Rangers playing for overtime, even with a one goal lead? Is that how Tampa tied it late?
*Nik Zherdev fought Steve Stamkos? Wtf??
*While there is little surprise that Colton Orr fought David Koci, was there any actual reason for it? Or was Orr lowering himself back down the level of a common goon and fighting another meathead for the sake of justifying their paycheck?
*The Rangers were outhit 26-11, what happened? Where was Cally?
*How was My Lil' Buddy Marek Malik??
*Are the PHW three stars worthy choices?
3-Evgeny Artyukhin - seven hits.
2-Michal Rozsival - two assists.
1-Markus Naslund - two goals and a third in the shootout.