Without too much time before what better be a rebounding win over the the Isles. We'll keep this short and sweet. A disallowed goal was all we allowed to stand between us and 2 badly needed points. In perhaps one of the biggest 4 point games of the season, The roof fell in on the Tortorella balls out offensive movement. It doesn't happen every game, but several times this year, the chip forward aggression tactic has come back to bite us in the ass big time as any team with a bunch of aggressive forwards and an endless supply of young legs have been able to beat us at our own game.
It was no mystery that our play would leave us with large defensive holes, that someone would have to fill. Our cloning efforts for the Girardi/ Staal tandem falling short, we had to rely on a long of young guys stepping up. Mistakes would be made, and painful lessons learned. Perhaps now is not the best time to revisit the merits on this system or the personnel decisions made regarding veteran presence on our blue line. One thing is clear about this season. The fate of the team always hangs in the balance as far as the fans are concerned. The realist outlook is that this season will go down as a rebuilding year or another disappointment with a pocket full of experience and youthful consolation prizes. Are we hopeful optimists or bitter perennial pessimists?
As we continue a run for the post season, we fight the urge to get too happy too soon .. or two sad without a backwards glance to see how far we've come. With young Chad Johnson possibly looking at some time in net due to the tweak that hobbled the king last night, we must treasure these moments. Its not destination (playoffs) but the journey and the rites of passage our young players must endure that makes this season special.
Till Next Time Rangers Fans,