All I read on the message boards is how upset everyone is about the reffing. About how the refs blew the too many men on the ice call, about how that call cost us the game. All I can say to that is…meh.
Yeah, it was a marginal call, and yeah, it probably did cost us this game, but you know what? I don’t really care. We came out of Detroit, playing against one of the best teams ever assembled (even without Zetterberg and Chelios) and got a point. You know what? I will take that 99 times out of 100. Frankly, I came into this game expecting to get absolutely destroyed. Their offensive is better than ours, their forwards are bigger than ours, their forwards are just as fast if not faster than ours, their defense is better than ours…basically the only place we are better than them is between the pipes, and even then we really didn’t get good goaltending tonight anyway. Oh, I am not faulting Henrik for this game, really only 1 of the goals would I pin on him, the rebound goal he gave up on a soft shot he should have handled cleanly, but Henrik was off his game all night. He was fighting the puck big time, and had real trouble picking up the puck with any consistency whatsoever. Also, I still think the guy should switch to a more flexible glove, I hate the fact that he uses the super stiff glove to give the shooters less to shoot at.
Anyway, getting back on topic, the Rangers played fairly well against the Red Wings for stretches. When the puck was in the Wings zone the Rangers did a great job of cycling the puck and generating pressure, the real problem though was whenever the Wings had the puck, particularly in the offensive zone, we had no answer for them whatsoever. They held the puck on a string, and frequently caused us to dump and change, rather than dump and chase. They out chanced us by what seemed like a fairly large margin, and they held the real quality chances against to a minimum. Osgood was Osbad between the pipes, giving up a few super softies to Voros and Rozsival, but really, that is how Detroit wins, they don’t need good goaltending, their skaters are second to none…and again, this is without Zetterberg and Chelios…yikes.
Still though, you play against the Wings, in their building, on the second day of a back to back, after playing a game that went into a shootout the night before, and still manage to escape with a point? In my book, thats a win.
Guys, take these points and run, because this team is NOT talented enough to take a point against a team like this very often. Next up, Sean Averys return to Dallas, which I will miss because of my own game Monday night. Thank God for TIVO.