"This team played as hard as I've ever seen them play," said Islander defenseman Adrian Aucoin, outmuscled at the right doorstep by the usually polite Petr Nedved for the first goal midway through the first period. "I watch them play on TV and I don't see that intensity in most games."
That pretty much says it all. If we could only play that way night-in, night-out, we'd be able to string some wins together.
"This is the way hockey must be played in the 21st Century NHL. This is the way the Rangers must play in order to give themselves a chance to break their embarrassing six-year playoff drought. This is the way the Rangers did play last night."
"The Rangers got all their goals by going to the net, a place they don't often visit.
But there are still 51 games to go, 51 games in which the Rangers must play - and be coached - this way.
Again. And again. And again."
I think that Brooks pretty much nailed it here. Not only must the Rangers play that way every night, but more importantly they must be COACHED to play that way every night. No one out of position, Messier on the 4th line, people driving to the net, Holik and Lindros leading the team. Play that way and it's not too late to turn the season around.
[B}I think that Brooks pretty much nailed it here. Not only must the Rangers play that way every night, but more importantly they must be COACHED to play that way every night. No one out of position, Messier on the 4th line, people driving to the net, Holik and Lindros leading the team. Play that way and it's not too late to turn the season around.
I gotta be honest.... The problem with this team are the players. I dont mind the coaches so much... its just the team Sather built that kills me.
I'm not resolving Sather of blame... I'm just saying that he picked a lousy group of players. Once he steps behind the bench though I think you could do alot worse.
His job as a GM is bad.... his coaching is decent, but hey thats me.
also? if he let the lines stay the same with tweaking here and there, and i'm not talking wholesale changes as the moron sather said after the penguin game, this team can do some damage! his inabilty to realize messier is fecking 43 and should not be getting 1st line time! keep holik with his guys and lindros with his, i'd say those are pretty good top two lines! finesse and grit, mostly on holik's line cause the lindros line could just crash the net and win almost every time! this garbage about trading lindro's is really stupid and if he does? well i don't know? we can't seem to get rid of sather any other way so i don't know if that would do it? but he should leave well enough alone and ride the players he's got while giving time to ortmeyer, macdonald and rheaume and lundmark when he comes back. they could be a decent team! thats just my opionion!