Shut the front door.
That’s how you smother a good team, how you make their night miserable, how you bounce back from a loss.
Fact: The Rangers are quickly becoming the team you don’t want to play, because they will make you absorb a beating, fight for every inch and for every puck, and will give you every reason to give up and get to the lockerroom … and with many icepacks when you do.
Next team to be tested: Canadiens tonight.
1) Is it possible, still, after these last two games, that people don’t appreciate Brian Boyle? My goodness, how? Never mind that he finally scored a goal. Guy was a beast all night long, starting when he ran over Phil Kessel, who didn’t bother competing. Seriously, can you really understand what these Rangers are about, and not think Boyle’s been terrific? And his buddy/roomie Brandon Prust was a predator, too. Seems he might be getting healthy lately.
2) Because of what the Rangers have become this last season and a half, this bounce-...