“We were out coached”
“We should have stayed with the run”
“We should have passed more”
“We should have blitzed more”
None of the above statements were said by New York Giants’ players after they were dismantled by the Cleveland Browns last week, 35-14. Granted the Giants didn’t lose a playoff game, and having a Superbowl ring tends to give players some perspective. But it’s a positive sign that the Giants didn’t revert back to their finger pointing ways after getting outplayed for 60 minutes on Monday Night Football. Usually when the media writes about players being a “distraction” or a “cancer in the locker room” versus being a “true leader” …
Archive for October 18th, 2008
It wasn’t Chuck Rayner vs. Turk Broda. It wasn’t Gump Worsley vs. Johnny Bower. It wasn’t Eddie Giacomin vs. Jacques Plante. It wasn’t Mike Richter vs. Curtis Joseph. It wasn’t even Henrik Lundqvist vs. Andrew Raycroft. But it might as well have been. Stephen Valiquette and Vesa Toskala dueled their way to a 0-0 regulation tie. And after overtime, it was still 0-0. Finally, Fredrik Sjostrom put in a shootout goal, to give the Rangers a 1-0 victory over Toronto.
After Wednesday’s sluggish loss to Buffalo, this was a let’s-see-how-they-react-to-their-first-bad-game-of-the-year game. Did they come out flying, storming and swarming? No. Were they better than Wednesday? Yes. For the first two periods both teams skated aimlessly around the rink, trading shots. But things started to get interesting in the second when the play got a little chippy. Jamal Mayers challenged Marc Staal to a fight, and the Rangers defenseman obliged. Unfortunately, Staal used his face to hit Mayers’ fists numerous times.
The Blueshirts turned it on in the third period, …