Friday, February 5, 2010

Highs & Lows of Jokinen's MSG Debut

Dave Lozo at NHL.com looks at the good and bad of Olli Jokinen's MSG debut last night against the Capitals.

Jokinen finished with a goal and an assist, however, two of the three penalties he took led to Capitals goals including the game winner.

"Obviously we didn't get the result that we wanted. We got to find a way to stay out of the penalty box. That was the difference. You score five goals at home, you should be able to win," Jokinen said.

...while the penalties were troubling, I was really excited about what he brought offensively. Good on the forecheck and loving his willingness to shoot (11 shots in two games as a Ranger).

On playing on a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan (combined 3g, 2a last night)...

"I think there was some chemistry with those guys," Jokinen said. "They're both good players. It was easy to play with them."

...it's funny that when the Rangers traded for Jokinen we all thought they had finally obtained a top line center for Gaborik, but it looks like Jokinen is much more comfortable being the top dog on a line rather than playing shotgun.

3 comments:

rusty said...

I was there last night and was delighted when I saw the starting lineup with Jokinen centering for Cally and Dubie. Jokinen will be better on his own line while Christiansen seems to have a chemistry with Gabby and Prospal. I thought it was a mistake by Tortarella when he took Christiansen off the line when Vinny came back from his injury. Hopefully the Rangers will now have 2 lines that can score.

rusty said...

Also, I agree with your comments from the game post last night. Ovechkin is simply a beast. He plays hard, take a hit without crying or complaining, blocks shots and is ridiculous with his speed and moves. He is the best player in the world and would be my first choice if I was starting a team. To those people that boo him: relax and enjoy what you are seeing even though it kills me as a Ranger fan.

Jack said...

People that boo Ovechkin aren't fans of ice hockey or have never played ice hockey themselves.