Game 3: a few thoughts before we move on…
A few quick thoughts on last night’s game before I banish it from my mind forever…
- Thunder Sticks – or should I say Power Sticks… not as bad as we thought they would be. They had an LED light inside them, and during the pregame the inside of MSG looked pretty cool. See video. Oh, by the way, you can rip the blue light out of the plastic and throw it! Considering the Garden doesn’t even let you keep your water bottle caps, I’d be surprised if they give these things away again.
- John Amirante is a classy gent. More video.
- Simeon Varlamov – I was impressed. Great rebound control all night. He really limited the Rangers’ second-chance opportunities to a minimum. Callahan had a good chance on a rebound in the first period, but as I’m sure you remember, he rang it off the inside of the post. Other than that, and one rebound in the 3rd that led to a phenomenal glove save, Varlamov deflected almost every puck that came his way into the corners. That was a big-time performance from the young Russian. The Rangers will have to put some bodies in front of the goalie in Game 4 unless they want to see more of the same. (Side note: My sister would like to remind us that Petr Prucha would have parked himself in front of the net).
- Ovechkin – Great backcheck on the Korpedo breakaway. Just a fantastic hockey play. He might go a game or several games without scoring a goal, but OV makes his presence felt in EVERY game.
- Sean Avery – WTF? Sometimes Avery’s antics work in the Rangers favor. Other times, he has a negative impact. Last night was definitely a negative night. He took 4 minor penalties including 3 in the second period alone! That is too many. When your team is down 2 goals, you can’t afford to put them a man-down for almost half a period. I know many fans will want to blame the refs, but I think 3 out of 4 were obvious calls. The first roughing was a very late hit after a whistle. The high-sticking was another late hit after an offsides whistle and Avery’s stick was definitely up high. The goalie interference was questionable because I thought he may have been pushed into the goalie. But the last penalty, his 2nd roughing, was stupid, and definitely not what I wanted to see from the Rangers with 3 minutes left on the wrong end of an ass-whooping. My college hockey coach used to say, “Win with class. Lose with class.” I am a fan of Sean Avery, but that was NOT a classy move.
- Avery + Varlamov = no speak english. Hey Sean, the dude can’t understand a word you’re saying. Move on.
About the author: Marc is a Long Island native and a hockey goalie. He has been a Rangers fan for as long as he can remember, although, in the interest of full disclosure, there was a time during the 1993 playoffs when he vaguely remembers cheering for Pierre Turgeon and the Islanders after the Dale Hunter cheap shot. His favorite Ranger of all time is Mike Richter.