Last night, off the opening face-off Arron Asham did his best to fire his teammates up by doing this...
Unfortunately, the Rangers didn't respond to the dismay of John Tortorella (via NY Post)...
“High marks for Ash. That’s what [ticks] me off a little bit. Ash goes in there and hangs in there and turns it around and we don’t come in behind him. When a player does something like that, as long as he did that, the other guys need to feed off that and do their thing and that has not happened.”
...great job by Asham setting the tone early. He was one of the few players on the team who actually had a decent game. I was at the game, so couldn't tell if Asham was jawing at any of the Pens, but if he can keep this up he'll fill a big void I felt the Rangers had in the playoffs without Avery. Having an agitator on your side brings another element to help keep the opponent off balance. When the other team is paying more attention to Asham than Nash, that's a good thing. Plus he has the ability to bring a ton of energy to the team and the MSG crowd with his game.
Would rather this nonsense of dropping the gloves as the game starts be eliminated from the game. I want to see hockey not lame boxing on skates. It is one thing when something like that evolves out of the emotion of the game and/or to protect your teammates but agreeing to fight for no reason when the game starts does nothing but lower the credibility of the sport in my opinion.
Asham is awful, not going to convince me other wise. Cerny couldn't have been more dead on during spreecast the other day, this team is badly going to miss Prust.
If he plays every night like last night id say hea better... Hes got stuf to prove if he wants us to like him but i can see that happening