Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rangers Up: Cally Down

The bad news is worse than the good news. Flyer Max Talbot said he heard Callahan's shoulder pop in their encounter at the Garden last night. The Rangers fortunes may have popped along side Callahan. During their 2-1 win the Rangers  didn't show anything special, except maybe killing off a 5 on 3 power play by the inept Flyers.

Let's face it, this was a dismal hockey game between two offensively challenged teams. The Flyers put 28 shots on net, the Rangers 27. The Flyers are averaging 2.0 goals per game and the Rangers 2.66 goals per game. San Jose is averaging 4.6 goals per game. However, in the last three years the Rangers have added offensive fire power with the likes of Gaborik, Richards and Nash. That's pretty good firepower until you consider who they are working for.

You remember that famous phrase, "Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead." Well, the Rangers have, "Damn the puck, retreat to the net." So we will continue to see low scoring, tight checking and holding games and shot blocking games. We will probably lose a few more players to stupid fights and even more stupid blocked shots. But that's the way it is with our coach who showed his disagreeable side when Carl Hagelin picked up a too many men on the ice penalty, giving the Flyers a 5 on 3 PP. The coach called it "dumbness." But there were no comments on the equally dumb tripping penalties taken by Gaborik and Staal. Ayn Rand had it right: "All pigs are created equal, but some are more equal than others."

My two sons keep offering me tickets to the games, which I have turned down. It's embarrassing to fall asleep at a hockey game as opposed to home. Also, if I go to the game I will miss the occasional shots of coach disagreeable making like one of the three stooges. You figure out which one.

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