Now, I could be wrong here, and it certainly won’t be the first or last time that’s happened, but did you guys happen to see who the Rangers had on the ice during the final frantic last 30 seconds of the game?
LW: Brandon Dubinsky – Rangers Draft Pick
C: Artem Anisimov – Rangers Draft Pick
RW: Ryan Callahan – Rangers Draft Pick
LD: Ryan McDonagh – Rangers Rookie, acquired by trading away a Veteran.
RD: Michael Sauer – Rangers Draft Pick
G: Henrik Lundqvist – Rangers Draft Pick
Anyone else catch that? The amount of combined games these players have played for a different organization is 0. Zip. Zilch. This isn’t a team full of mercenaries here, this is a true blue, home grown, hard working, nose to the grindstone, blue collar team that I absolutely frikkin love. Even when we were losing, we played strong hockey. Win, lose, draw, this team plays hard, are seldom outworked, and are always in their games. How awesome is it to have this team to watch? Are they the most talented team in the league? No, based on talent this team should easily be out of the playoffs. But they work hard, they play for each other, and they never give a square inch of ice up without making the other team work for it.
Tonight was a great example of the Rangers patience, which is a staple of what Torts preaches. They dominated the Panthers for the vast majority of the game, but Vokoun kept em in it. Instead of panicking and trying to do too much, the Rangers played their game, and managed to pick up a 3rd period goal late to win it. They never deviated from the game plan, they played a strong 60 minutes of hockey, and they picked up 2 crucial points. The Rangers are now closer to the 6th spot than they are to being out of the playoffs, chew on that for a bit Tortorella haters. In Torts I trust.