Thrice As Nice

I don’t know if you saw last night’s triple-OT classic between the Rangers and Washington, but you missed one heck of a game if you didn’t.  The Rangers showed the value of conditioning as they had legs in the second and third OT, while Washington did not.  Watching the game, I really felt the Rangers would have been psychologically damaged if they had lost- they controlled the pace of play that much in the later stages of OT.

But, they won and now they have a chance to take a 3-1 lead Saturday with Game 5 at MSG.  I don’t put too much stock into momentum in hockey.  Washington lost a tough game Wednesday, that will have zero impact on their chances Saturday.

A couple of notes from last night:

Gotta give Torts credit for sticking to his guns and not sending Stu Bickel out there because of his concerns about his defense.  Amazingly, Bickel played only 3 minutes in a game that lasted well over 100.  At various points, the Rangers actually played with only four defensemen because of injuries and penalties.  Kudos to the New York defensive corps, especially Girardi, Staal, McDonaugh and Del Zotto, for an amazing effort.

That being said, the Rangers have to, absolutely have to, dress someone other than Bickel Saturday.  Paging Steve Eminger, please pick up the white phone!

The best thing about playoff hockey is the fact that there are no timeouts.  But, the NHL has decided to add a stoppage after the first whistle inside of 10-minutes remaining to repair the ice.  I understand the reasoning behind this, but the rule needs to be changed.  You can’t stop action there if one of the teams has iced the puck.  Since 2005, the league has mandated than the team that ices the puck has to keep its players on the ice.  If the game is stopped for ice repair, it defeats the whole purpose of this rule.

Along those lines, if a player from the team that iced the puck tries to sneak onto the bench, a penalty has to be called.  We saw this last night as well and I can’t blame the player.  The Refs go over to the video monitors and figure out who should actually be on the ice.  By the time that is completed, the team that iced the puck has gotten a pretty solid rest.  The announcers highlighted this yesterday, hopefully the league was listening.

Game 4 is Saturday at 12:30 on NBC.  I know where I will be.


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  • blmeanie  On May 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

    sorry I missed it. When your team gets bounced too early for realistic expectations you need to step away from the sport for a few days or so. I’ll be ready to jump back in as a spectator soon though.

    • nysportsfanatic  On May 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      I find that I always take the next series off to deal with the pain. So, you should be back from the conference finals.


  • By A Sickening Night « nysportsfanatic on May 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

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