- The New York Rangers has had its best start to a season since the 1989-90 season, and it appears practicing with the team via NHL '09 is partly to thank.
Players Brandon Dubinsky
, Nikolai Zherdev
, and Aaron Voros
found that putting each other in the same line worked well in the NHL video game and in real life too. They have dubbed the tactic the "PlayStation Line".
To quote: With a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Rangers have started 3-0 for the first time since the 1989-90 season.
But more then the team's record that is creating a buzz among Rangers fans.
Three players–Brandon Dubinsky, 22, Nikolai Zherdev, 23, and Aaron Voros, 27–played a game for the ages. Dubinsky had a goal and two assists, Zherdev had a goal and an assist, and Voros had a goal and as assist.
Not only were they playing great offensively, but all were getting involved physically, and used solid defensive play to transition to offense. It's the kind of energetic, youthful effort that Ranger fans have been wanting for a very long time.
The name "PlayStation Line" is starting to catch on. This started when Dubinsky invited Voros over to play PlayStation. They started playing NHL and Aaron told Brandon to put them on the same line. Next day in practice, they were on the same line for real. Apparently video games ARE realistic.