by Patrick Hoffman on 03/09/11 at 05:00 PM ET
From good friend of the blog Rob Simpson at MSGNetwork.com:
3) I don’t want to hear man-games-lost-to-injury as an excuse for this year’s Rangers team if they don’t make the postseason. They didn’t make the playoffs last year, and had the least man-games-lost in the League. Plus most teams get banged up in some way at inopportune ways.
4) The only thing worse than the concussions in the NHL is the incessant whining about the issue, and about fighting, from myopic revisionist historians who somehow think they can snap their fingers and change the fabric of a great game that’s been around a century. Steps are being taken to address the issues. If you really don’t like hockey, move on to tennis. Why cover a game you apparently hate?
5) “Start on time” is what Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock calls it. The Rangers did it Sunday against the Flyers and need to do it every game. We’ve seen what happens to the Blueshirts when they get out to slow, flat starts and it’s not pretty. When you rely on hard work to win, you need to work hard for 60 minutes. The win over Philly may have been a nice little wake-up call/reminder for the Blueshirts with 14 games remaining.
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