I HATE motherfucking shootouts. Especially in games where your team HAD the goddamn lead late in the 3rd, and still managed to lose in a shootout. Losing in a shootout is one thing; losing in a shootout where a) you had the lead going late in the 3rd AND b) not even getting a goddamn shot in the net in the shootout is annoying.
I digress. I went to the game on Thursday night. I’m sure you’ve heard about the “Shot Heard ‘Round The World.” No, I’m not talking about Bobby Thomson, I’m talking about Artem Anisimov reacting after scoring a shorthanded goal. I love shorthanded goals: I was spoiled as a young child when the very first game I ever went to, Brian Leetch scored one. My dad had to give me a crash course on what exactly happened.
But I wasn’t prepared for World War 3 to break out afterwards. Granted, I was too busy standing up to celebrate to notice Anisimov’s Anisimoving. I was confused and had to retreat to my Twitter feed to see what set this thing off. Several misconducts, minors and penalties later (oh, my!), it looked as though this was almost too easy.
But let me ask you Rangers fans something. Doesn’t it seem like Henrik gets a little complacent late in games, like he gets a little too comfortable with leads…even if he shouldn’t be? Not to mention, I’ve always equated Lundqvist to be kind of a “closer in a non-save situation” in some games. It’s almost like big leads don’t challenge him. Either way, Henrik gets a little complacent for my liking, no matter how good he is.
So this game could theoretically be one that got away. I could say that about a lot, but what a killjoy, especially when there were fights breaking out EVERYWHERE.
Few other thoughts:
~ The Garden is coming along nicely with its construction. I can see their inefficiencies from the old set up are still there from the old design. Hence, longer lines but better food you are willing to wait for. I could do without having just ONE ladies room on the 400 level, along with the two whopping mens rooms. Seriously?
~ The sky bar is the exception to the rule. I had the NICEST and efficient people helping me up there with my beer and hot dog. Not that it takes a rocket scientist, but still. When I saw the lines on the 100 level, I was pleasantly surprised. And I still love the frickin view from there.
~ I got to chill with my girl, KB. While I’d always like a Rangers win, it’s fun to watch a loss with someone who loves the team as much as you do.
~Bonus: It was Jackie’s birthday! Con: the Rangers STILL lost. Didn’t they get the memo?
~The bear in the pic is Gabby, the newest addition to our bear family. She is the first non-Mets jersey and New York Ranger fan bear.
I’m still a hockey purist. I guess I have to learn to roll with the punches and changes and all. But I still hate shootouts. I hate this particular game that the Rangers had in the bag and lost a point in the standings. Sigh.
Unlike Artem Anisimov, the Rangers couldn’t finish the job and gain points and shoot in the shootout. What else can you do but dust yourself off and move on to the next game.