Hockey Rodent: Game not as close as score indicated

January 15, 2006

Despite what Tom Renney said after the game yesterday,

“I thought we were the better team than they were. But off the attack, they were outstanding. They kept getting odd-man rushes.”

Ranger writer Hockey Rodent feels the Blue Shirts didn’t match up well at all.

This contest appeared closer than it was. Detroit is now where New York might be someday with sufficient schooling. But it won’t happen solely with experience unless Tom Renney installs some coördinated play.

My guess is that the Rangers are the NHL’s elite in throwing together a great mix of dedicated, hustling and talented players who don’t play formation hockey. But the Sensators and Red Wings are that much better because they do.

This is not a cut against the good guys.

It is an admission that this team has another level to go before it becomes a true Cup contender.

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