Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Mid Week Musings

Up to Eight

Chris Doyle (2008 5th) extended his scoring streak to 8 games with a primary assist but his Prince Edward Island Rocket gave up 4 unanswered goals in the 3rd period to drop a 6-2 decision to the Saint Johns Sea Dogs in QMJHL action on Wednesday evening.

Doyle set up teammate Matthew Lachaine for his 6th goal of the season just 39 seconds into the second period to tie the score at 1-1.
The Rocket traded goals in the second period end to it 2-2 but the collapse in 3rd period cost the Rocket a chance to go above 500 and instead dropped to 9-10-0-2

As for Doyle, the assist was his 18th assist of the season to go along with 10 goals to give him 28 points in 19 games for the Rocket. Doyle remains the leading scorer among Ranger prospects as well as 6th overall in the QMJHL.


Goalie Antoine Lafleur (2007 2nd) was the backup for the 2nd straight game has his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defeated the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5-4 also in QMJHL action. We are not sure if Lafleur is injured as he had been alternating games with fellow goalie Matthew Dopud.

In all honesty here, we simply have not been able to establish a good line of communication with the folks up in Rouyn-Noranda. In part because the good folks up there are mainly French speaking but we are not giving up on figuring out improving how to communicate with them.


Tomas Kundratek (2008 3rd) did not play badly as he continues to play himself into game shape while also trying to adapt to the North American brand of hockey. His Medicine Hat Tigers on the other hand showed that when they get their offense going they are almost impossible to stop.

The Tigers just flat out whipped the Moose Jaw Warriors 8-2 in WHL action as Kundratek remains scoreless in his WHL career but did pick up a +1. This game was not close at all as the Tigers scored 3 goals in the first and added 5 more in the second to cruise to this win.

The best part about this blow out was that it gave Kundratek a chance to get plenty of ice time as he tries to get back to the form he was showing during the WHL pre-season. One thing is for sure and that is when Kundratek does get it together then it will come as an explosion.


We would take the time to comment on how the Rangers have played as of late but why bother?

Toss out that record of 10-4-1 as it was built on beating most of the bottom of the NHL as in the big games against the best of the NHL (meaning the NHL Top Ten) then the Rangers are no better than a 500 team going 2-2.

It is old when we still have to talk about the same problems like the power play, the lack of a 60 minute effort and even worse; the same mistakes that never seem to get corrected.

When Tom Renney made a big thing about benching Dubinsky talking about showing the kid "who was the boss" one objection that we had and still do is that the same people make the same mistakes and nothing gets done.

When Rozsival coughs up the puck for not one but two shorthanded goals, when Gomez does it and it costs another goal and when the power play can not find it's way after 2 seasons then stop talking and start doing.

Once upon a time Ranger fans heard about a legendary butt chewing that Mark Messier delivered to his teammates when their effort was lacking. Strip everything away it was Messier taking foot and delivering it to the rear end of his teammates.

THEN Messier went out and led by his example on the ice not with his words.

In other words enough of the "I am peeved off", enough with the corny sayings about looking in the mirror. Someone needs to stand up and lead by example.

Someone needs to get angry at himself, at his teammates and do something about it.

We got a corny saying of our own: "Talk is Cheap, Actions Speak"

Will someone on the Rangers please show us some action?

(Doyle picture courtesy of PEI)

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