Slow start? Check.
Bad penalty? Check.
Give up the first goal? Check.
Make a bad goalie look good? Check.
Rally to give us false hope? Check.
Disappointing loss to a poor opponent? Check.
To quote Battlestar Galactica: "All this has happened before, and will happen again. Again. Again. Again. Again ..."
*My Twitter buddy Arron Asham returned from injury and scored a goal in his first game back. It was a easy wrister far side past Holtby's glove, just like Asham's first goal this year on the other awful Southeastern goalie Lindback. It also should have been a shot the Rangers scorers should have been throwing past LOLtby all night long. Good on Asham to finally decide to show up, let's see him do it again against a team he used to play for.
*Quite possibly the best defensive game Del Zaster has played in a Ranger uniform. He still made mistakes, but his positioning was better and he was relentless.
*I've been unable to re-watch the game a third time to check the numbers, but I can't imagine the official scorekeepers were accurate. Nine shots for Cally? Six hits for Boyle?
*It is so ludicrous that they call dives alongside the initial infractions.
*Amazing that Newbury was not one of those who took stupid penalties. But it is interesting that his presence created a comfort level for Kreider, in the same way John Mitchell helped Carl Hagelin last season.
*Keep thinking Matt Hendricks won't look that bad in a Blueshirt.
*Those Caps sweaters are beautiful, too bad they are constant reminders of John Druce.
3-Nicklas Backstrom - one goal and one assist.
2-Henrik Lundqvist - 22 saves.
1-Braden Holtby - 30 saves.
Scotty Hockey Three Stars:
3-Hank - Solid game by the King, hard to blame him for a goal deflected off Backstrom's chest and another was tipped by Ovie.
2-Ovechkin - Everything Gabby was not.
1-Backstrom - Everything Richard$ was not.