“He said one more job ought to get it/One last shot ‘fore we quit it/One more for the road”
- Boz Scaggs
As usual, I found myself ready to hang up my skates, hang up my Ranger jersey until the start of the 2013-14 season. I found it difficult to believe that a team that has seriously looked overmatched and borderline unprofessional would ever come back to tie a 3-game deficit, let alone come back at all.
I only had one wish: that the Garden Faithful would give the boys in blue a send off in a loss.
I had a discussion with a friend about it. He had mixed feelings about the idea (and he’s not a Ranger fan at all). He wasn’t sure if he could take another team celebrating on his team’s home ice. I guess I could understand that one. But it’s not a Cup game. It’s not like the Bruins would have paraded the cup up and down the ice.
I felt cheated last year because we couldn’t give the Rangers a send off in their season last year.
So last night, I had a few posts in my head, mostly about what went wrong, about Brad Richards’ healthy scratch, about how Rick Nash was “supposed” to be the difference maker (clearly there is an operative term in there), etc etc. But I also wanted to talk about how the shortened season was doomed from the get go. Nobody on the team seemed to get in a groove. And how Henrik Lundqvist managed to nab a Vezina nomination, because I didn’t think he had as close to a dominating season as usual.
Just found themselves behind the 8-ball quite a bit.
I’ve been saying all along that I was comfortable with how this series ended. Win or lose, I had an eerie calm that the chips may fall where they will, and I’d be okay with it. I don’t have an emotional dislike of Boston, after what they’ve been through this year as a city, it might be nice to see the Bruins give them a feel-good story. But as far as a rivalry, Original Six or no, I continue to be fine with however the series goes.
Yet, like another Boston/New York series, oh about nine years ago in the fall, when a certain team came from three games down, and managed to win a game in extra innings when the odds were against them. Then went on a roll to win the ultimate championship.
Of course that was baseball, and Boston Red Sox coming from behind, but it was against the Yankees, so it was all good in my book (apologies to any Yankee fans reading this right now).
The Rangers could very well be ousted in the next game. Yet, the fact they went out with a fight, and not a whimper, is what the fans needed. Not some kind of moral victory, that “Well, they made it this far with a shitty ass power play, and with Brad Richards sucking and Rick Nash underperforming and Henrik not having some of his best moments, let’s cheer! YAY!”
No. I was sorely mistaken. That crowd needed a home game win. Something to give them hope that this team was everything they thought last year, and more.
I’ll say that an overtime win was something that I needed to see. For once, I got to see an overtime work in MY team’s favor.
The New York Rangers gave us something last night, they gave us one more for the road.