So, I'm not normally inclined to enter the transient, partisan world of the immediate post-game blog, but I felt the need to comment following tonight's increasingly-rare in-game sighting of this man:
I'm not the inveterate Renney-basher than seems to make up much of the Rangers fanbase, but Prucha's treatment over the last couple of years still doesn't make much sense to me.
Yes, he'll probably be anonymous for the next few games. Yes, he'll never be a regular top-six forward. Yes, he's so lightweight he'd have to be scratched from an outdoor game because the wind would knock him over.
But...he's clearly got a scoring touch that is lacking in most of an offense-starved line-up, hasn't complained a bit about being scratched so often and he is still as hardworking and as gutsy a player as anyone. His excellent game tonight showed that - and it was good to see the fans acknowledge it amid the usual (but increasingly justified) negative reaction to Kalinin, Redden and the powerplay.
I was still surprised to see Prucha only got 12 minutes of ice-time tonight - hopefully this will increase a bit if he gets Renney's confidence again and he gets a fraction of the security afforded to the other underperforming forwards (I'm looking at you, Messrs Gomez and Drury).
The game itself?
- As expected, the Isles were hard-working enough to make a game of it longer than they should've, but just lack enough talent
- As expected, Kalinin and Drury screwed up big time leading to a goal conceded
- Still way too shaky on defense from the Rangers, but a win is a win is a win at the moment
- Hopefully Trent Hunter is OK - nobody (even a Fishstick) should end up injured because someone forgot to close the penalty box door properly