Tonight’s game was a moral victory for the Islanders. That’s right. I said it was a victory for the Islanders. Kudos to Joey McDonald. Regardless of the final score, the only reason the Rangers won was because Henrik Lundqvist stood on his head and the Islanders took matching stupid penalties. And yes, I mean you Captain Guerin.
I have several issues withÂ Rangers coach Tom RenneyÂ and I am not going to mince words here.Â Tom Renney, what in the world are you thinking about putting Colton Orr out on the four minute powerplay and sitting Petr Prucha? Prucha had an excellent game tonight, drawing penalties, blocking shots but you don’t give him a sniff on that four minute powerplay. What does this kid have to do to get a little respect and more ice time? Maybe you are still suffering from that stick to the head?
YouÂ bench Dubinsky for taking two penalties in the beginning of the game butÂ continue to play Zherdev after his penalties and turnovers? Redden and Girardi miss checks, cough up the puck and finally allow a short handed goal but they still get the minutes? I hope MSG doesn’t have another coaches forum anytime soon because trust me, I’ll be there with these questions.
Wade Redden has to be one of the worst off season acquisitions since Bobby Holik. Not only has he been terrible but his poor play seems to have infected Daniel Girardi.Â Unfortunately, the Rangers want to roll four lines. I think it is time for them to play seven defensemen and sit Redden for a while. This was the guy we signed to make that first outlet pass on the powerplay. Not only is he NOT doing that, he’s a turnover machine, he misses checks and he doesn’t take the body enough.
One of the guys in my section, Gorgeous George, has been telling me how bad Redden has been playing and I’ve been trying to give ReddenÂ the benefit of the doubt. George plays and coaches hockey. He knows his stuff. I refused to believe it but after watching the preseason and ten games in, I have to agree with him aboutÂ Redden.
I am glad that most of the Ranger players manned up and fought hard for the win. Callahan, Drury and Henrik had great nights. Unfortunately, Coach Renney underestimated the Islanders ability to come back against the Rangers. The lesson to be learned here is not to piss away a four minute double minor by putting out fourth liners.
The headline on the New York Rangers website says “League Leading Rangers Roll Over the Islanders”. I am not drinking that KoolAid. The Rangers were lucky to get out of the Mausoleum with a win.Â
All my due respect to the New York Islanders.