What a kick in the nuts last night’s Rangers-Kings game 2 was. The Kings have not played with the lead at any point in these first two games of the finals, until it counted at the end of overtime. If that wasn’t stomach churning enough for Rangers fans, the fact that this Rangers team is playing its collective ass off shift after shift makes it worse. It would be one thing if the Rangers were being out played, out hustled or out smattered but they’re not. They are being out lucked.
I have bitched and moaned about the officiating in the NHL for years since the league went to a 2 referee system that absolutely doesn’t work. Last night was a total embarrassment for the NHL officials and the league. If Gary Bettman has at least one testicle, he’d tell Dan O’Halloran to go home his season is over.
Not an excuse at all but the ice at the Staples Center is really subpar and it’s a shame that the Cup Final has to be played in slush. Yes I know it’s slush for both teams but it’s more about watching players on both teams try to make cuts and lose their edge and watching pucks tumble along like an R.A. Dickey knuckleball . The Garden ice isn’t much better. I guess that’s why it makes no sense to play the Cup Final in June.
What doesn’t Rick Nash see any time on the PP ? I wish he would just park his big bod in front of the net. It seems to work for the Kings.
With all that, this series is still a series. Now the fun starts as the teams head to NYC with Game 3 the biggest game the Rangers have played in 20 years.
Please MSG Network reassign Joe Micheletti to NJ Devils telecast next season and put Captain Dave Maloney with Sam Rosen.
On to the Mets.
Travis d’Arnaud has been sent to Las Vegas and Taylor Teagarden brought up. TDA gave the origination no choice but to make this move. Hopefully Travis gets himself right and he should be of the mindset that once he gets his bat going he will be back up as the Mets have no competition for him at Triple A . This is another demerit for Sandy Alderson for not having a veteran backup catcher on the big league roster. Anthony Recker is not a big league player.
Today marks the end of the 20 straight games the Mets have had to endure on the schedule. Going into game 20 the clubs record is 6-13. If the Mets do not make a change in manager after today the signal to Mets fans is enjoy your summer at the beach.
This team finds more ways to lose. Against any team if you make errors or bone head plays it’s tough to win but against a team like the Giants that’s baseball suicide.
Collins has lost any kind of feel for this club and the team looks like it’s ready to surrender. This is not a mentally tough bunch and it’s a tough team to watch game after game. As much as I love seeing and listening to Kevin Burkhardt do play by play when was the last time Gary Cohen took a weekend off? I guess the organization knows everyone associated with the Mets needs a mental health break.
If I ran a team that needed a pitcher for down the stretch I’d go after Bartolo Colon, the man is a professional pitcher.
I’d love to know what David Wright thinks of the promise Sandy Alderson made when he signed that contract extension.