Rangers v. Capitols - Game 1
There's nothing much to say. One can blame wonky calls or bad luck as much as they want. However, there comes a time when an individual controls his fate in spite of the odds stacked against him. The Rangers simply did not. A silly "too many men on the ice" penalty was a bad omen. The Capitols played a better game. And that cannot be taken away from them.
Part of me wishes that Mike Keenan would hop out from behind the MSG desk, punch Torts in the throat and put the fear of God in these kids.
Maybe Messier would come out from serving El Presidente drinks, and yell at these kids as well.
They need leadership. At the end of the day they are all capable. They are all NHL players. They are all New York Rangers.
I leave you with this quote:
"Playing for coach Mike Keenan in Chicago was like camping on the side of an active volcano. You had to accept the reality that he erupted regularly and that there was always a danger of being caught in his lava flow. He was a tyrant, a schoolyard bully, an oldschool coach who tried to motivate players through intimidation, belittlement and fear.
The truth is that Keenan scared me into being a better NHL player. I was 18 when I began to play for Iron Mike, and I was afraid of him. As a rookie, I felt as if my future depended on pleasing Keenan. I believed he was capable of murdering my career before it began. I believed he could do that with no sense of remorse. Before Keenan threatened me in my second NHL exhibition game, I didn't view myself as a physical player. Within a short period of time, he had bullied me into becoming one."-