Louis found the net again, too

Lundqvist redeems himself

TAMPA The big noise coming from Amalie Arena Friday night was the sound of the New York Rangers kicking the door down to get back into the Eastern Conference final.

Henrik Lundqvist redeemed himself. Rick Nash remembered how to score, twice, and Martin St. Louis found the net again, too.

Lundqvist, who had given up six goals in each of the last two games, was the difference maker while stopping 38 shots, including 18 of 19 he saw in second period.

“I think No. 1 our goaltender is one of the best in the league,” said Nash. “Hankie has done a great job. I think other than that we got some bounces tonight. They had some really close plays that kind of went off our skates or we just missed the net. We gotta tighten that up a bit.”

Along with the pair from Nash just his third and fourth of the playoffs and the first of the post season for St. Louis, also scoring for the Rangers were Chris Kreider and Keith Yandle, who added two assists for a three point night.

“It fun to help out offensively,” said Nash, who also had an assist, “I trying my best to do it, but sometimes you struggle and it gets frustrating, but tonight it went in.”

Steven Stamkos had the lone goal for the Lightning.

“Our power play didn get it going tonight, our PK wasn good enough, the forwards were not good enough, the D weren good enough, the goaltender wasn good enough, we all weren good enough in a full 60,” said Stamkos. “We found a way to win last game, they found a way to win tonight. It 2 2 and we turn the page.”

Except now it Tampa that has the question marks in goal, as Ben Bishop was lit up for the second straight game, this time while facing 24 shots.

“You never want to give up 10 goals in two games, but we did and now we got to go back and look at it and adjust,” said Bishop. “Tonight I felt pretty good, but obviously on some of those you got to make a save here or there.”

## ## The game was a close one until the third, when St. Louis fired in a one timer after taking a pass in the slot from Derick Brassard, just past the five minute mark, and Nash scored his second of the night on a backhand from close in at 11:33.

The Rangers were in front 1 0 after one, but it was a precarious lead to say the least. The Lightning looked like the better team, buzzing in the second period.

Finally, Alex Killorn set up Stamkos for a one timer from the top of the right wing face off circle, and the Tampa captain made no mistake, cranking his shot just inside the far post to tie the game 1 1 at the 11:30 mark.

But the Rangers quickly re established the lead. Kreider was in the right spot to put a rebound through Bishop legs less than four minutes later, and 1:50 after that Yandle took a slap shot from the point that deflected off Victor Hedman shin pad and wound up behind Bishop.

“People are going to wake up in the morning and look at the box score and say, oh, wow, Tampa got waxed,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “But I think if you were in the building, you probably wouldn see it that way.

We had our looks.”

Nash scored the only goal of the first period, looking very much like the power forward who netted 42 during the regular season. Taking a pass on the right wing from Kevin Hayes, he found another gear and some extra strength in breaking around Tampa Cedric Paquette on his way to the net, where he also showed his deft hands by pulling the puck to his backhand and tucking it around Bishop.

This series, just four games old, has already had so many twists and turns. Now it a best of three to see which team will represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup final.

Tuesdays used to be the days where we had our team

Making this awful moment more tolerable

hour is unique and the only one given at the moment, exclusive and endlessly precious,” wrote Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

And yet, how much we would give for these hours to pass more quickly.

We sit, cooped up, waiting for time to pass, worrying for our loved ones and ourselves and longing for human connection. We alternate between joy and anger, between hope and despair. A new, intense mood can suddenly overtake us, displacing the last completely.

Time, it seems, has become our enemy, as much as coronavirus.

But as Heschel shows, how we spend, mark and sanctify time is core to Jewishness. It may yet be our way to keep our sanity in a moment when days blur into weeks.

What did you do last Tuesday? I have no clue and you probably don’t either. Tuesdays used to be the days where we had our team meetings at the office and where, once a month, I’d attend Ve’ahavta board meetings. But today, Tuesday is no different than Thursday or even Sunday. Time is all the same.

Except that, I know precisely what I did Friday and Saturday. Last Friday night, our family, spread across Chicago, Toronto, Vermont and Winnipeg gathered by video to light candles and sing Shabbat songs. Grandparents saw grandchildren, cousins waved to each other and all of us smiled. It was a precious moment of pure joy, just as welcoming Shabbat should be.

We couldn’t have had the same experience on a Tuesday. Even now, when we have nothing but time, we may not have bothered. The absence of the Shabbat ritual might have made a Tuesday video call feel artificial.

Once Shabbat ended, the online Havdalahs began, and never did the beginning of a new week seem as significant. Shuls and schools and other wonderful Jewish institutions lived their core purpose to the fullest: strengthening our community, even (or especially) in this moment of physical distancing, this time just doing so online.

## ## READ: SHINEWALD: THE DIVERGING CAREERS OF IRWIN COTLER AND ALAN DERSHOWITZ

It may feel like physical distancing is about time, but of course it is entirely about space. Heschel contrasts Judaism’s approach to time with humankind’s approach to space. “The mythical mind would expect that, after heaven and earth have been established, God would create a holy place.” But, Heschel notes, the Torah first applies the word kadosh (holy) to time to a day called Shabbat.

Today, Jews use time how we mark it, how we sanctify it to break through the spiritual void that is physical distancing. You see this in videos of Israeli apartment dwellers singing Shabbat songs together on their balconies, in well wishers communicating holiday greetings online and in many other ways.

I write this before Passover, before my family’s first ever virtual seders. The idea, preposterous a month ago, immediately lifted our spirits, giving everyone something to look forward to (and dress up for) and alleviating the fear of spending Passover alone.

For others, the very notion of an online seder is contradictory, given Judaism’s prohibitions against electricity on holy days. But even the more observant will be calling each other just before and immediately after the holy days. This, too, is a deeply Jewish expression of time.

Imagine, now in particular, if you really did treat every single day identically if you didn’t separate the holy and the secular, or however you describe it, by somehow marking Shabbat or Passover or anything else in our Jewish cycle. To me, days that are truly indistinguishable seem much more imprisoning than physical distancing.

Heschel reminds us that, “Judaism teaches us to be attached to holiness in time, to be attached to sacred events, to learn how to consecrate sanctuaries that emerge from the magnificent stream of a year.”

We may not realize it, but through marking Jewish moments in time, we all consecrate those sanctuaries in our own way and, in so doing, we make this awful moment a bit more bearable.

Create your website at WordPress.com
Get started