Saturday, May 3, 2008

Under Their Skin

One Step at a time

One Shift at a time

One period at a time

One game at a time

BELIEVE

As we write this there are 11 hours before game time. The time has long past for debating whether or not Malkin deserved the penalty shot he got in game 4.

It is long past time to debate whether or not Malkin should have been suspended for slew footing Paul Mara. We know what happened as the video evidence is crystal clear as to what happened them.

It is also past time for debating who out played who or whether or not this series should be where it is currently at.

We can only hope that Game 5 is called right down the middle fair and square but more importantly that a penalty call does not wind up deciding the out come of Game 5.

No now is the time to look forward, to continue with our mantra of:

One Step at a time

One Shift at a time

One period at a time

One game at a time

BELIEVE

It is now time to deal with the here and now to focus forward not behind. We all know that the odds are stacked against us but having some faith can do wonders when one is fighting the good fight.

We can joke about the Rangers having the Penguins right where they want them but the reality is that now is about taking advantage of the situation. To grow that seed of doubt that the Game 4 win planted.

Jump on the Penguins early and often then apply a choke hold upon themselves. We have seen that the Penguins can be rattled so take advantage of it.

Force the Penguins into going away from their own game plan but at the same time quieting their fans who we know will be out there trying to motivate their team.

One Step at a time

One Shift at a time

One period at a time

One game at a time

BELIEVE

The key to the entire game just might depend upon on how the Rangers handle the first 10 minutes of Game 5. Come out of the first half of the first period even or ahead and you will create doubt in both the Penguins and their fans.

Now matter what should the Rangers abandon their own game plan as long as they are in Game 5. If they remain focused and disciplined then they will increase the chances of the Penguins losing their focus and their discipline.

The Rangers need to remember that they must not retaliate as long as the game is in doubt. It is a hard task but we all have seen firsthand that the Rangers have repeatedly gotten the short end of the calls.

The longer the Rangers control Game 5 then the better the odds that the Penguins will lose their control. Win Game 5 with Game 6 on Monday will do more to rattle the Penguins into taking dumb penalties.

The Rangers and their fans just have to keep remembering:

One Step at a time

One Shift at a time

One period at a time

One game at a time

BELIEVE

Do that and we will be talking about what they need to do in order to win on Monday.

(pictures Dubinsky/Portland Winterhawks (WHL), Staal/Hockey Canada, Dawes/Kootenay (WHL), Callahan/Guelph (OHL), Byers/Prince Albert (WHL), Sanguinetti/Brampton (OHL))

2 comments:

Lee said...

Jess - since he's been carrying the Flyers, would you care to comment on Umberger? I know he was only Ranger property for a few months... Was letting him walk a mistake? Were there good reasons? I believe they got a compensatory pick for not signing him - which player was that? Thanks

Jess Rubenstein said...

Lee

As much as I like Michael Sauer (who the Rangers used their comp pick on) I still believe the Rangers made a HUGE mistake by allowing Umberger to walk.

I think Umberger got a bum rap because he refused to take less money from the Canucks then those select before or after him received.