Originally posted on Rangers Report  |  Last updated 10/3/11
Thoughts: 1) The Rangers were totally outplayed by an adrenalized Slovakian team until midway in the second period when the Rangers received a 5 on 3 for a full two minutes. The Rangers scored twice on beautiful passing and from then on dominated the game. The capacity crowd of 10,000 was extremely reserved; hand clapping and some chanting was the measure of their enthusiasm. There were, however, a number of cheerleaders dancing in the aisles and a guy with a megaphone exhorting the crowd apparently to little avail. 2) Richards is a hockey artist. He appears so relaxed and he sees the ice exceptionally well. Gretzky once said that when he was in “the zone” the game appeared to come to him in slow motion. I get the feeling Richards also inhabits that zone. He has a wonderful feel for angles and invariably leads his wingers so they receive the pass in full stride. I love how he is committed to getting pucks on net either by shooting, passing through the crease or by passing in fro...
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