As much as we fans want one more year, the sportswriters want one more year it is time for Nick to retire. We've all seen the little cracks in his game that were never ever there. Everyone who has watched Lidstrom play mentions what an incredibly intelligent player he is. They are right. Nick's intelligence is what told him now was the right time physically as an athlete. We must trust that intelligence once more. He knows what's what. No hanging around for him, no third pairing minutes or simply special teams, he knows it is time as a proud player as well. We've all seen guys in every sport hang around too long and you know how sad that makes you feel. Thankfully nobody will ever ever remember Nick Lidstrom just trying to get through one more year.
We will have a grand night for him when his number hangs up next to Stevie's. Both quality captains who knew when it was time to pass the torch to a franchise well equipped to move forward.
If I were ken Holland I would call Brian Burke late tonight and offer Lidstrom for Kessel. Maybe the Blue Jays game ran late and Burke hasn't heard yet.
It struck me in reading a long-time Rangers fan board after their loss to New Jersey the other night. Like LGW I was reading the board of a high profile team, an Original Six team, and a team that had a lot expected of it board on elimination night just as I have done on those nights it happens to the Wings. I think you'll find it interesting to compare certain types of posters to people here, the overall tone and tenor of things and I did get a chuckle out of several of the more Dr. Smith on Lost in Space doomsday comments as I recall similar ones here.
I'm not trying to denigrate anyone or crap on the Rangers but reading that evening sure sounded familiar. Our story begins with post #125 at the bottom of this page referencing Henrique taking a puck to the nard area and feeling man pain earlier in the game but returning for glory:
Again, who cares about ratings and who cares about a sexy NY vs LA final. I think the key point made above that this series sets us up with two string teams playing EXCELLENT hockey and affords us the best series possible now. Let's face facts, the Rangers end the playoffs at 10-10, they weren't exactly worldbeaters.
I think two teams who forecheck HARD, two teams that are FAST and one young gun netminder vs the legend makes for great storylines. The glamour and gitz of LA vs the tough as nails Tony Soprano Jersey attitude.
The John "Circus is in Town" Tortorella act continued tonight in Newark as a guy watching his team get beat to loose pucks and outskated and outplayed for most of a fourth straight game decided even though HE sent out Rupp and Eminger had to complain to DeBoer about it. What was tonight, Tortorella's fifth or sixth chickensh*t act out?
Thus far the Devils have been better and I grow very very tired of people pearl clutching about possible Final ratings for the NHL and how New Jersey would simply ruin everything. Who gives a frog's fat a** about ratings? When did Wings fans start worrying about what is good for Gary Bettman and the NHL offices? The NHL I'm sure will survive a Devils vs Kings final should it come to that.
So, the Rangers looked tired tonight for stretches. The Devils speed and willingness to engage physically I'd say is starting to take a toll. The Rangers won game 3 but were outplayed for long stretches and this was after an extra day's rest. Tortorella we know has lost faith (if he ever had any) in one of his best offensive players Gaborik. Tonight he benched Del Zotto for two periods, it looks like another player has gotten the no faith vote. Unless Torts has better backups for these two he needs to ride them as the Rangers are looking at possibly playing a third straight seven game series. If the Devils score first at MSG Wednesday I think you'll really start to see the Rangers tighten up on those sticks and possibly get a little nervous.
Let's just hope they got that penalty box door fixed in the World's Most Famous Arena
Nobody can make you include something you don't want to include or call something a name you don't want to. Really. Legally. The Denver Broncos and Invesco took the writers of I believe the now defunct Rocky Mountain News to court for not referring to Mile High Stadium as Invesco Field at Mile High. They actually sued the papers and writers and of course lost.
Hear me now and believe me later, the Devils win this in SIX games.
I posted my long blathering take on the series on my craptastic infotainment blog ( http://jerseycitydes...-1-tonight.html ) but in a nutshell, if the Rangers can't forecheck the Rangers got nuthin. Once the Devils hit the shutoff valve on the Florida powerplay there hasn't really been an area they've struggled in. They're faster, they have more scoring depth up front and yes, guys who can create shots when the Broadway Blues pack it tight unlike most of the Sens and Caps.
Unlike many the Devils aren't intimidated by MSG. It is an entire franchise and fanbase built on hating the Rangers. It is. There is a guy who whistles at set intervals at the Prudential Center and ends with the old cavalry shrill Da da da duh da da RANGERS SUCK (and they've added Flyers swallow to that ditty after the Rangers part, classy bunch that they are). The Rangers could be playing in Vancouver and yet they'll be chanting Rangers suck in Newark. Remember how we Wings fans used to laugh at the Nordilanche fans in Denver while playing Phoenix would chant "Red Wings suck"? Devils players and fans are not intimidated by the Rangers but they do have one unhealthy obsession with them.
Yes Lundqvist is better (Though Brodeur has a 2.05 GAA which isn't horrid) but he will need to be. He also gets peeved and you at times can get in his head. Nothing phases Brodeur, I'm convinced of this. He looks the exact same getting shelled as posting a 40 save shutout.
Yeah, I said it, Tony Soprano whacks Phil Leotardo once more. Every game is sold out but I'm going to go Saturday afternoon with second row seats in the corner to Brodeur's right (1st and 3rd). I can't wait. When you can't have the Wings this far away nasty rivalries like this must do.
Suter Yes! parise? No thanks. Just don't see it. he is a small sniping forward that is weak on D. Most of us agree that the RW need to be bigger, faster, younger, and grittier. parise costs a ton of money and doesn't solve but half of those problems. How does a guy that scores 35 goals, end up with a -5 rating on a defensive focused team like the devils? Hulder is a 3 million per year player that scores 25 goals. parise is a 6+ million player that scores you 35 goals. Are ten more goals worth 3 million more? No. I would take a Hudler and Jones combo over parise every day of the week, and I am not a fan of Hudler at all. Doan and jones would be even better!
Trust me, I watch Parise play here a lot. The Wings WANT Parise
What an awesome time at the Prudential Center tonight. Lots of Flyers fans, lots of taunting and rude language and I finally get to cheer FOR the Devils. I hate the Flyers, always have. The fact the Devils have been outplaying them this series is a wonderful thing. Ponikarovsky scored the winning OT goal not 15 feet from me but by then, deep into the first overtime, my phone battery had run down and I didn't get it. But here is some of the rest of tonight's game.
The tying Briere goal in the third period to make it 3-3
Lilja crush Devil. Lilja mash two New Jersey man at same time. Lilja smash.