Richard Bachman owned that game. Sure Henrik Lundqvust was great, but Bacher was better. In a must-win– for pride and bragging rights, I mean– Bachman stood tall and owned an excellent Rangers team.
I wanted to win that one so incredibly bad. Not because I have any hard feelings about B-Rad but because I wanted us to prove that we don’t really need him. Brad Richards is a really nice guy, and I don’t blame him for leaving. Actually, I thank him for leaving. Had Nieuwy re-signed Richie, he wouldn’t have made the Stars a deeper team with the signings of Fiddler, Dvorak, Ryder et al. Of course the perfect scenario would have been to keep Richards AND sign those guys, but I’m content with how everything worked out.
Lost in the mix was the fact that we were also facing former Star Jeff Woywitka. In much the same way that I forgot his existence, I didn’t realize that he played for the Rangers until they were actually playing the game. Also similar was the way he flubbed the puck and allowed Trevor Daley to score his beautiful game-winner.
However, I was a bit sad that my darling Sean wasn’t able to play. I know everyone hates him, but he’s lovely…at least to me. But whatever. Considering the last time we played at MSG with Avery in the lineup, perhaps it’s better that he didn’t play.
I also forgot about the fact that Mike Ribeiro made his first return to MSG since his throat was attacked by that idiot Chris Higgins. I think people tend to forget that that happened, since Ribs kind of acts like it didn’t. It’s like he got his throat hurt, sat out some games, and came back without changing anything. It’s just one of those odd hockey things.
Next up: let’s get revenge against the Isles. Make it happen.
GO STARS GO.