We expected the Pittsburgh games to be fiesty, so far we’re 1 for 3. The Islanders game turned into a nice throwdown, but that was in the final few minutes. The Anaheim game started off nice, but the rough play didn’t really last that long. Tonight, against the Rangers, maybe we’ll get to see what we really want. Let’s not forget how the last game against them went:
You think they’ve forgotten? You think they are over it? Not a chance. The players that remain are still feeling the hurt and the pain from that loss. As the score remained locked at 1, and time ticked away, the Rangers decided to rest their fate on the shootout. They had King Henrik in net…we had Bobby Brian Boucher. There was no way they’d lose, right? Well, we sent them home packing. All of their hard work towards the end of the season to climb the standings and have a final shot at making the playoffs ended on a weak move by Olli Jokinen.
I’m sure as the Rangers cleaned out their lockers, said goodbye to their mistresses, and booked return trips to wherever they call home that they consoled themselves by saying that the Flyers wouldn’t get very far in the playoffs anyway. They must have thought Brodeur would shut us down. They must have been overjoyed when the Bruins went up 3-0. They must have thought our defense would crack against red-hot Mike Cammalleri. Instead, they sat glued to their TV’s, with their hearts in their stomach, as we battled injuries, rotated goalies, and destroyed everyone in our path on the way to the Finals.
The Rangers must now be thinking that it could have been them. It could have been different. It should have been different. And they must be angry. If they somehow tried to forget the painful way last season ended, I’m sure their coaches, and the New York media have reminded them. I’m sure they want some measure of revenge. The Flyers won’t just let them have it though. They’ll make the Rangers fight for it and earn it. After all, this game is in our house. We’re finally starting to come together. Both teams have room to improve, but we’re still better.
Tonight’s game will be a bit more intense than any game we’ve played so far. I don’t know if we’ll necessarily see any fights, but a Shelley-Boogaard meeting might be in the works. But I will expect more scrums after the whistle, a lot of hits, and Sean Avery making his presence felt. If you are lucky enough to go to the game, enjoy it. Hopefully, this one turns into a classic.
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Topics: Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Brian Boucher, Derek Boogaard, Henrik Lundqvist, Jody Shelley, Martin Brodeur, Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Olli Jokinen, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sean Avery