What’s the proper headline?Jets take a bite out of the Big Ap— no, no, that’s not right. Jets fly right through the Big Orchard… no. Rangers should have started Lundquist! There we go. Look, it doesn’t matter, Jets win, that’s rad, there was some exciting plays and off they go to Florida to build on all the successful elements they implemented tonight, like… well, there was Trouba blocking shots and… just how did they win this game?!
That were an ugly 60 minutes of hockey, Jetsons, and that win was mostly luck and opportunism. If you were looking for a textbook execution of anything, tonight was not the game to watch. If you wanted to see the Jets pull off a Hollywood sports movie win – a seemingly ragtag group of guys assembled off the streets to play the well-oiled, well-funded legacy team, well, then you had a good time. If you were a stats guy or a Rangers fans you were bewildered. By every measure, The Rangers were the better team but were not rewarded for their efforts. The rewards went to the mooks who happened to keep finding themselves in the right place at the right time. I’m sure the Jets will chuckle, grab a slice of pep & mush, and run off to Florida faster than a toy company backpedaling away from the wrath of The Beastie Boys. No sleep til Sunrise. Here’s a few notable high and lowlights:
The Second Line?!
Yup, the best group of Jets on the night by far was the deeply mocked (by us here at JN, to be fair) JTS line: "Jump The Shark" or, if you must, Jokinen/Throburn/Setoguchi. Okay, so we really only mocked Thorburn, but he made us eat our words. Two points, hard, physical play, and a team best Corsi of 52.4%. Noel, you sonofamuther, how dare your hunch pay off?! Honestly, though, Guch & Oli (my favourite CBC kids show, 1978-1984) have developed terrific chemistry and are playing with confidence. Thorburn had some chances and kept things moving for the skilled duo but he doesn’t really belong in that role. He was a 4th liner understudying as a 2nd liner and was up to it at least for tonight. Still, they were fun to watch and really the only members of the Jets that looked like they played on a team. And since they had success, the line will be broken up immediately.
Hard to admit but his play, as flippy-floppy as a trout in hauled into a Zodiac, was effective enough to keep the team in the game in the first when it looked like they might get dominated. This is a very cautious endorsement however, since the Rangers missed on a number of chances where Drej invited them into his open house like a desperate realtor trying to unload a leaky condo. And the rebounds? Good lord, he’s like a one man game of Pong.
Another hesistant endorsement. He made some exciting plays offensively and blocked a bunch of shots but the kid is risky. As a fan you like confidence, but coaches might prefer discipline. We’ll see how the coaches assess his performance.
Did everything you can ask of him. Strong game, points on the board, bodies into the boards, responsible in his own end and a sweet, sweet pick-off of a Brassard pass attempt that lead to call-up John Albert’s first (and spectacular) first goal. Thanks, Buf. You’re a champ!
Come on, dude. Mike Johnson called him a “stalwart defenseman for the Jets”. I think he just meant “wart”. Took a useless penalty that luckily didn’t cost the Jets but it was emblematic of his typical play.
Dude, come on. That giveaway that led to the first Rangers goal was awful. Another giveaway in the 2nd almost lead to another Rangers goal. This is a long way from the promise of a 1st round pick. Hang in there, buddy.
On must you come, Dude. Trouba’s gift doesn’t count as breaking a slump. First line was kind of pointless tonight. Come to think of it, aside from the empty-netter, they were, in fact, pointless.
Special/Any Team play
No sustained offensive pressure, lots of one-and-out’s, terrible PP, terrible play along the boards. Seriously, this was a win borne of turnovers and rushes. The coaches might as well have been playing Pictionary on their dry-erase boards. In most cases, if you’re winning, the default logic might be “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. We know plenty is broke but tonight there was no way to tell if there’s been any work is being done to fix it. It was all scramble, baby, eggshells and all, yet still somehow the team ate up a full two point helping.
- Mike Johnson is an entertaining colour guy. I hope he finds his way into the Rogers hockey-media empire eventually.
- Lundquist hadn’t sat two straight games since 2011. I don’t think Vigneault will make that mistake again over the next two years.
- I enjoyed a spiced rum taste-test tonight, Sailor Jerry VS Kracken. Still prefer the Sailor Jerry. Just works with the cola better. It’s downright Sweetoguchi.
- Why do we still bother with anthems at the start of sporting contests? It would be as relevant as playing them at the movies or political events. If we’re going to keep on doing this, I insist we sing for every nationality represented on the two teams, as led by the team members from said nation. We live in a global community, Jetsons. Fair is fair.
MORAL OF THE TALE
Spinning wheel, round and round – ya place yer bets and ya takes yer chances! This team absolutely needs upgrades to be properly competitive in the league. They need depth, they need goaltending, they need consistency and they really need to be able to execute a game plan. If you insist on telling me any of those things were on display tonight, you had more spiced rum than I did. Hey, I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade but we just burgled two points off of the Rangers, we didn’t quite earn them. Don’t be surprised if they don’t follow up with another improvised success in Florida. Tim Thomas will probably have a different script to read from than Cam Talbot did.
Go Jet ‘em!
**Thanks, Jetsons, for patiently waiting for me to get this up tonight. This is my first stab at the recap so I feel like I’m writing a high school math test! “Yikes, time’s running out…! What’s my thesis statement?” Hope you enjoyed it. – RS