I know the Rangers did some hitting in the game. I know they knocked Alfredsson potentially out of the series. But I felt like Ottawa dictated the physical nature of this game tonight. And I didn’t care for it one bit.
One thing this Ranger team is known for, it’s for being a hard working, heavy hitting, lunchpail type team. Tonight, they got the game taken to them, and while it took some flukey bounces for Ottawa to pull out the win, you still have to wonder how the team is feeling after being semi-dominated physically. Is that maybe an exaggeration? I’m not sure, but from where I was standing, I saw the Rangers get pummeled in fights, I saw the Sens take some major runs at Rangers without any repercussions, and I saw the Rangers get schooled in an aspect they usually do the schooling in.
Long and the short of it? The Rangers could have won tonight, but to me it would have been a little bit of a hollow win because of the way they got smacked around. Over on one of the message boards I frequent, one of the posters there mentioned Ottawa waking a sleeping giant. I think this actually may be 100% correct. I think the Rangers will be pissed off. I think Brandon Dubinsky will be pissed off. I think Brian Boyle will be pissed off. I think captain Ryan Callahan will be pissed off, and I think Chris Kreider may get his chance to play if Carl Hagelin is in fact suspended. What a way for the kid to start his career aye? Potentially playing on the top line? Heh, would be interesting to see.
OK, as mentioned in the post prior to this, I was furious because the score was ruined for me, I’m still extremely angry, so I need to go blow off some steam and maybe kill some zombies or something. I’ll see you guys later.