Back in July, Larry Brooks of the New York Post published these quotes from Scott Gomez:
“It’s going to be on Chris and me now, and that’s what we wanted when we came to New York,” Gomez said by phone yesterday from his home in Alaska. “If I’m playing with Zherdev, it’s going to be up to me to see that it works, and I’m up for it.
“We’re going to go be an in-your-face team that moves and pressures the puck. I’ve been talking to Chris and he feels exactly the same way I do.
“We’re ready for the responsibility.”
It doesn’t look like you were ready, Scotty. You scored 58 points this season. That is your lowest offensive output since 2002-03, and that was a Cup year! Chris Drury can barely move his hand and he’s out there blocking shots and killing penalties. While you meander into coverage and smile all the while. Yeah, I’m making $1,600 on this shift.
This team has no heart. Aside from the players I’ve listed before, (half of them are home grown!) this team has no heart. They don’t finish checks, they make stupid passes, they don’t take good shots, they just don’t seem to care anymore. Six players can’t do it by themselves.
Aside from the heartless performance on the ice, the refs more than ever seem to be in the pocket of Gary Bettman and rest of the NHL front office. Let’s start with Mr. Donald Brashear. That gutless neanderthal has no place in this league. He can’t skate, he doesn’t score, he doesn’t do anything except fight and injure people. Today, it started at least an hour before Blair Betts lay facedown on the ice.
During warmups, Brashear skated over the red line to have a chat with Colton Orr. I couldn’t tell you what was said but as Brashear turned to leave, he gave Orr a shove. That, by itself should have gotten Brashear kicked out of the game. You are not allowed to purposely make physical contact with a member of the opposing team during warm ups. That was the first time the league and the refs looked the other way. The next time was when Brashear sent an unwarrented elbow into Blair Betts’ head. And now, Betts may have just played his last game as a Ranger.
How tragic is it that Donald Brashear did more damage to the Rangers with his paltry 2:30 of ice time than Alexander Ovechkin did with 20:50 of ice time? Brashear should be banned from professional hockey before he kills someone. Brashear wasn’t even penalized for that hit! The roughing penalty he got was from the scrum with Paul Mara after the hit.
Sadly, that is not the last time the refs would fuck up royally. 15 minutes into the second period, Brandon Dubinsky got a boarding minor which was deserved. That is not what the refs messed up. The refs then awarded Dubinsky a second minor penalty when he got into a scrap with Shaone Morrisonn after the boarding of Green. The bad part comes when they award him a 10-minute misconduct. Apparently, Shaone Morrisonn BIT Dubinsky on the arm and Brandon was trying to show the ref the bite marks. The refs mistook this as whining about the call and gave him a misconduct. Dubinsky even needed a tetanus shot after the game! That is why Dubinsky slammed his helmet down on the floor after leaving the ice. He wasn’t upset with the penalty, he was upset that he was bitten and it went unpunished!
Game 7 will be on Tuesday and I am not very optimistic at this point. Will the Rangers follow in the Flyers’ (of last year) footsteps and secure the series in game 7 after having a 3-1 series lead? Or will the Rangers become the 21st team in NHL history to lose a series after holding a 3-1 lead?
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About the author: Eric is a lifelong Rangers fan and is currently studying Computer Engineering at Hofstra University. You can follow him on Twitter: @5holeEric