This was the lead to my story in The Journal News and on LoHud.com about last night’s game:Get ready, hockey fans. The NHL is going to shove more nights like this down your throats with realignment.
More non-conference games, more games with zero playoff implications. Less passion. Quieter arenas.
The Rangers and Dallas Stars put a library-like Madison Square Garden to sleep in a 1-0 Dallas victory Tuesday night.
“It was kind of a boring type of game,” ex-Star Brad Richards said after playing his 800th NHL game and first against the Dallas since leaving there as a free agent in July. “Both teams were kind of playing that way.
“You could tell it was going to be ‘first goal wins’ probably.”
“Not a lot of hate out there,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said.
Well, at least it was quick.
1) Seriously, this game is what a lot more games are going to look like once realignment takes place. Fewer four-point, playoff-implication games. Relatively emotionless games,...