|Freeze-framed interview between periods, ex-Ranger Blair Betts sends a message|
With half of the Flyers goals scored by recent ex-Rangers (Blair Betts and NikIdiot Zherdev), it was a bittersweet loss to Philadelphia, as we were outplayed, outwitted and beat by another unknown Flyers third-stringer goalkeeper. Where is Stephen Valiquette when you need him?
Official recap here.
With expectations at an all-time high, emotions ran high for the team and for its fans -- Daniel Carcillo had a target on his back for taking on our marquee player last season, and this new & improved Blueshirts squad was going to payback and take the physical game to them this time around. Were the Rangers willing and ready to drop the gloves and set the tone? Absolutely. Did NYR enforcer drop the gloves with Jody Shelley? Yes and Boogaard won. Did anyone pay back Daniel Carcillo for his sins of the past? Yes - and Brandon Prust taught him a lesson by undressing him. Did Carcillo then turn down a bout with The Boogeyman? Yes. But...
|Lee Harvey Oswald or a shaven Daniel Carcillo? Both deserve punishment.|
"If the league is trying to protect shots to the head, they will address it," Fedotenko said. "We, as players, need to play. I thought the first one was hooking, as I tried to shoot the first time, and the second was a shot to the head. I'm sure the league will review it and see if it was a clear hit to the head." So....I can almost guarantee that this will be forgotten and overlooked. We will have to wait until December for retribution as it's the next time we meet the Philadelphia Flyers. We can assume by that time Marian Gaborik, Vinny Prospal and Chris Drury will be healed and fitting into the Torts system.
|Richards left wide-open and Hank had no chance.|
Additionally, Philadelphia has an uncanny instinctual ability to control the neutral zone and create breakaways (Richards, Carter, Giroux) - sloppy play by our young blueliners. This, too, will change.
Though, through all the bad, Brian Boyle continues to impress the hell out of me -- he is not the same guy as last season, though I wish he had more offensive talent. Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky (our one goal last night), Sean Avery, Fedotenko, Erik Christensen all played hard -- and our D-men held their own with the exception of two costly errors and a ridiculous Brandon Prust mis-call penalty that led to Philadelphia's power-play fourth goal. Henrik Lundqvist as always prevented more Philly goals, but didn't seem on his game - along with the rest of the team.
|Hhhmmm....? Goalie interference?|
The Rangers lost their mojo against the Flyers. Maybe it was the 'expectations running high that could never be met', but whatever it was we all hope they lose it and regroup for tonight's important match against the NJ Devils of Newark at The Rock. Tune in Rangers fans because it's a long season and this is not the Rangers squad we've seen in years past. We've seen a consistent effort by this 'elite & star-less roster' and we're going to win some and lose some.
But for now we have to look forward to Maaahhhhhhty Brodeur and his bandwagon of 'underpaid compared to Kovie' brethren over in Newark. See you tonight.
Let's Go Rangers!!!!!
p.s. It still makes me chuckle when I think of what's eventually going to happen to Daniel Carcillo - the universe answers in different ways. HURT is coming.
'RETRIBUTION PENDING....STAY TUNED.