Woo Rants: 94 Nevermore! And Game 4 preview
Last night was my day off from watching the New Jersey Devils systematically dominate the Carolina Hurricanes. So I decided to watch the Rangers/Capitals and normally I have the game on mute because of the commentating on MSG. It usually gives me a headache.
Watching the Rangers go down 4-0 is always fun. The MSG crowd, for the most part, was very quiet and the place had nothing to cheer about except some spectacular saves by the queen sized mattress pads of Henrik Lundquist. During the intermission, I should have shut off the television.
MSG had two of the New York Knicks basketball players. The Knicks did not make the playoffs and when they were interviewing them, thoughts of 1994 came about. Not sure the exact quotes but it went something like this:
“Wouldn’t it be neat if the Rangers played one day and the Knicks played the next?”
“That was 1994.”
Maybe I am overacting. Maybe I am not. But I am a forward thinker and hate living in the past. 1994? That was a long time ago. I understand that New York sports can go long droughts between championships but we do not need to see more documentaries about the spring of 1994. Why don’t I see any documentaries about the spring of 2003 when the New Jersey Devils and Nets were both in the finals?
Back in 1994, I did not have my driver’s license and the term “internet” started to become mainstream in the U.S. I guess I am just really annoyed about hearing 1994 because it was such a long time ago that we do not have to revisit everyday on the MSG network. Only in New York, you can make one lucky guarantee out of four and you are suddenly immortalized as one of the greats.
What next at MSG? Retire a 1994 jersey for both the Knicks and Rangers during a doubleheader?
Game 4 preview
New Jersey Devils are up 2-1 and play Game 4 tonight in Raleigh. Before Game 3, the Devils wanted to get at least one of two games. Now it’s time to get greedy and grab both games. This is how they are going to do it.
Devils keys to winning Game 4
1. Keep the forechecking and pressure at all times. It is wearing down the Carolina defense and good opportunities will follow.
2. Attack and get the first goal. The Devils have done that in the first three games and set the tone of the game. Make the Canes play catch up.
3. Protect the slot and crease area so Brodeur can see the puck. The Canes are driving to the net and trying to create havoc. Be physical and stand up to the pressure.
4. Keep out of the penalty box
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