Thursday, January 24, 2008
Leech Night: Long (a bit dull), But Better Than Expected
I am going to sound like a Rangers Heretic, but I found Messier night to be a snooze. Long winded, silly, self-serving, and well, ultimately, boring. So I was not running to get to Leech night tonight. As much as he was a great defensemen, MSGs idea of a party is run long, use big words, and try to sell as many "special night" mementos as they possibly can. So, rather than run there, the boys and I had an excellent take out meal from Chirping Chicken, which is still the fastest delivery on the Upper West Side, and headed down to MSG, arriving about 20 minutes late. Although we missed the presentation of a custom Harley Davidson Motorcycle, we missed little else. We heard Mark Messier cry during a speech, and then heard Leech's speech, which was fine. He did tell us that Adam Graves was next in line to have his number retired (supposedly a surprise to Graves). Which means another overblown event next year. Whoo-whee.
Finally the game started. Although not well played, it was exciting. The Rangers fell behind in the beginning of the second period during a power play. This despite the fact that they couldn't score once during 3 regular power plays and an almost 2 minute 5 on 3. Rozsival finally slammed one in almost 9 minutes into the third period to tie up the game. Shanahan scored in the shootout, and Lundqvist stopped Atlanta. Game over. Even though it was late, we were all glad we stuck it out.
So the Rangers remain in 9th, one slot out of the playoffs, with a little over 30 games to go. Hopefully things will continue to improve. The All-Star break is coming, and as only Gomez is going, it should allow the older guys to get some rest!