On Hockey Night Live last night, EJ Hradek mentioned an old story about how Al Arbour would talk to the Islanders when they were winning Stanley Cup’s in the early 1980’s about how the team didn’t play for Arbour, they played for each other.
Hradek says that when he looks at this Rangers team he sees a team that is a tight group and playing for each other.
John Tortorella talked on 24/7 about how the Rangers can’t play for him or Mike Sullivan, they need to play for each other.
On the team, earlier this week, Brandon Dubinsky said:
“We love our team and guys play hard for each other every night and we just win. We aren’t satisfied with where we are and we want to keep building and keep building and see where that takes us and make sure we are ready every night.”
During the 2009-10 season the Rangers had a talented but even group of players that never seemed that joined together. Last season it began to show that a lot of the guys were close and bonding with one another, but they are on another level this season. These guys go to battle as a unit and their group mentality has had a lot to do with many of their wins this season.