More from the Garden later, but in the meantime…


Turns out the Mystery Linemate took part in a historic reunion game in Red Square yesterday to “celebrate the 60th anniversary of hockey in Russia”:, this just four days after “skating alongside yours truly in a late-night pickup game”:

No word yet on how he fared, but let’s just say he had a built-in excuse if he was at all out of sync. “Sorry, Slava, but once you skate on the same line as Weinman, it takes about a month to recover…”

Me, I’m still bitter I didn’t get an invite myself.

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  1. Hey Sam, Any word on who will be making the start tonight? The post game interview on MSG yesterday with Henrik made it sound like after a strong game against the Senators, he might get another shot at home tonight. By the way, you are an excellent photographer, even though your notepad got in the way!

  2. A charity game featuring former Soviet greats against former NHL players took centre stage at Red Square on Saturday to mark the birth of Russian hockey.

    The Great Five of Soviet hockey – Igor Larionov, Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov and defencemen Vyacheslav Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov – as well as other famous Soviet players faced Team World, led by legendary NHL coach Scotty Bowman.

    Viktor Tikhonov, who brought the Great Five together, coached the U.S.S.R.-Russia team.

    The Russian team played in the U.S.S.R. jerseys in the first two 15-minute periods, but wore Russia’s in the third.

    Larionov scored four goals while Fetisov, Kasatonov and Krutov had a goal apiece for Russia. Petri Skriko scored two goals for Team World. Thomas Sandstrom, Jarri Kurri, Ron Dugueq, Brad Brown and brothers Peter and Anton Stastny also had goals.

    “It was just like in the old times,” Larionov said. “Our mutual understanding was excellent and how precise our passes were. It was great.”

    Coffey, a four-time Stanley Cup winner, converted a penalty shot with two seconds left to secure a 10-10 draw.

    “Look around – Kremlin, Red Square, Spassky tower – what a nice scene,” Coffey said. “And we were a part of this great event.”

    The first hockey game ever played at Red Square honoured the 60th anniversary of the birth of Russian hockey, the 50th anniversary of the former Soviet Union’s first hockey victory at the Olympics and the 25th anniversary of the creation of the famous KLM line in the 1980s.

    “This is a historic event – to come to Moscow and play at Red Square,” Bowman said. “And it’s an honour to have all these great players to play here at a time to honour the heritage of the Soviet and Russian ice hockey.”

    The game was played at the outdoor skating rink built at the square where military parades and political rallies dominated during the Soviet era.

    About 2,000 spectators cheered for the home side at two stands erected a bit ahead of Lenin’s Tomb.

    “It was the first time the game was played at Red Square and we will remember it forever,” Kasatonov said.

  3. No word yet, guys, but I’ll update you later. Meanwhile, Rosanne many apologies on the sloppy photograph, but look on the bright side: perhaps you picked up on some of my brilliant insights (probably not).

  4. What a great game in Moscow on the Red Square ! I was in Moscow a couple of years ago I can just imagine to have the game on the Kremlin Square close to the tomb of Lenin…
    What a location for such a game…great unbelievable idea…..!!!

  5. fdgd— I totally agree with your comment..lalala..!

    Sam — you need to play a game at the Red Square and say hello to Lenin that makes you happy when you see lying him in the tomb :):)

  6. Sam,

    how about a photo of you and your mystery linemate swooping down on a two-on-one, and Val feeding you a softball for a booming onetimer? and signed!

  7. Hey Sam,

    When Ortmeyer comes back, the Rangers are going to have to make a roster move. Care to speculate on what that move could be?

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