Postgame: Rangers 7, Maple Leafs 2

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OK, here’s a quick wrap-up on tonight’s game. Of course, it’s all Sean Avery, all the time.

Yes, Avery’s interview was hysterical at times, but it was also just plain good. Here’s some snippets of what he said:

*On playing in the Garden:* “It’s a passionate building — a crazy building — to play in. I’m just happy that their enjoying what I’m bringing to the team by playing hard.�
*On Darcy Tucker:* “Darcy’s always been a whiner. You say you don’t like his hair…so maybe that’s it.”
*On Jagr saying Avery had been the biggest factor in the team’s turnaround:* “I just come in and play hard. I think Jags is exaggerating a little bit. I think Hank’s played well, a lot of guys have played well. Shanny coming back has really helped us. I just try and play my game every night.
*On New York vs. L.A.:* “People care. That’s probably the biggest thing. We had a good core of fans in L.A., but these fans here they’re bleeding Blue and that’s been a big motivation factor and getting us ready to play a game. We knew coming back they’d be loud and we appreciated it for sure.”

Also, more great stuff on Avery from Jagr and Renney.

*Jagr:* “I read (somewhere) that players voted him the most overrated, but I think he’s the most underrated.”
AND…”He’s just playing great. He’s been the difference, no doubt about it.”

*Renney:* “He’s been able to elevate the passion-meter within some of our players. Not that it wasn’t there in the first place, but he’s certainly been a catalyst for it.�

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Obviously, in addition to the spreading of man-love toward Sean Avery, the Rangers have themselves in almost ideal position. They will clinch a berth with a win over the Islanders on Tuesday and, if some other things break right, can knock the Islanders out.

Right now, it looks like Carolina, Toronto and Montreal will vie for the eighth and final spot, and that Tampa Bay and the Rangers will fight for sixth. And as you all know, a sixth-place finish helps avoid Buffalo/Ottawa and Pittsburgh/New Jersey and would net a first-round series against Atlanta.

OK, I’ll be back tomorrow. Enjoy…

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  1. something from my blog for all you Ranger fans:

    Killing Sean Avery doesn’t make him dead. It just makes him angry.

    If Sean Avery was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Darcy Tucker, and he had a gun with 2 bullets, he’d shoot Darcy twice.

    If you wake up in the morning, it’s because Sean Avery spared your life.

    Superman wears Sean Avery pajamas.

    If it tastes like chicken, looks like chicken, and feels like chicken, but Sean Avery says its beef. Then you better believe it’s beef.

    Sean Avery once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.

    1.6 billion Chinese are angry with Sean Avery. Sounds like a fair fight.

    Let’s get one thing straight: the only reason you are conscious right now is because Sean Avery does not feel like carrying you.

    Sean Avery was never addicted to heroin. Heroin was addicted to Sean Avery.

    Sean Avery played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun and won.

    When life gave Sean Avery lemons, he used them to beat down Darcy Tucker. Sean Avery hates lemonade.

    Sean Avery once won a game of Connect 4 in 3 moves.

    Osama bin Laden’s recent proposal for truce is a direct result of him finding out that Sean Avery is, in fact, still alive.

    Sean Avery is the leading cause of death in Canadian men.

    Sean Avery doesn’t miss. If he didn’t hit you it’s because he was aiming at another player twelve miles away.

    When Sean Avery was a child, he made his mother finish his vegetables.

    Sean Avery hit 93 people in just 1 shift. Wait, that is a real fact.

    Simon Says should be renamed to Sean Avery Says because if Sean Avery says something then you better do it.

    Sean Avery won the Tour de France on a unicycle to prove to Lance Armstrong it wasn’t a big deal.
    When Sean Avery pisses into the wind, the wind changes direction.

    Sean Avery’s favorite color is Ranger blue. His second favorite color is violet, but just because it sounds like violent.

    When you open a can of whoop-ass, Sean Avery jumps out.

    When Google can’t find something, it asks Sean Avery for help.

    You can lead a horse to water. Sean Avery can make him drink.

    Sean Avery can get McDonald’s breakfast after 10:30.

    When the boogie man goes to sleep, he checks his closet for Sean Avery.

    Every mathematical inequality officially ends with “

  2. Fruity Cupcake on

    Just made my night, Inferno! May I copy those and send them out to friends, especially the ones out in the Western Conference who MUST be missing him?!?!?!

  3. Fruity, sure, id appreciate a shoutout for my blog (rangersreview.com) since it did take me a decent while to edit those down :)

  4. good stuff inferno…

    as for playin the isles. nothing can be better than clinching a playoff spot and eliminating the isles. I’m officially salivating.

    and finishing 6th will probably be the best case scenario in the east right now. The only other team I wouldn’t mind playing would be the Penguins, primarly due to soft goaltending recently.

  5. to add one i didnt see…

    Sean Avery’s tears cure cancer. Too bad he’s never cried ;)

  6. Inferno- That is absolutely hilarious, I read it with my g/f and I was on the floor. Def visit your site.

    Thanks for the laughs.

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!

  7. I’m glad he finally got the time to acknowledge the core fans in Los Angeles. I realize that New York is a completely different caliber but I know he appreciated the people here as well.

    Enjoy him. Too many people here in LA didn’t.

  8. Fruity Cupcake on

    Inferno, I’ll be happy to simply send the link to friends. I checked it out and bookmarked your blog. Great stuff! Who knew?

    And Chris, the Rodent played an April Fool’s joke, as I learned earlier today. If you hit any link on the fake site, it’ll send you back to the Rodent…..

  9. DanTheRangerFan on

    The rodent is still there..It was a april fools joke! you have to click on the link on the farm page that says contact the page people. It had me for awhile (: Lets Go Rangers!!!

  10. Malik's laser guided poke check on

    when your woman is having sex with you, in her mind she is making love to Sean Avery.

    When Jaromir tucks in Petr, Prucha dreams of being just like Avery.

    one person who is definitely immune to Avery is Marek Malik (but he was dropped on his head when he was a baby[hard to imagine Malik as a baby])

  11. Malik's laser guided poke check on

    “When Jaromir tucks in Petr, Prucha dreams of being just like Avery.”

    and occasionally gets wet dreams when he imagines getting 17 minutes of icetime every game.

  12. Avery for President! on

    Ha, it was a trick? I just assumed he forgot to pay the bill and I didn’t bother to click a thing.

  13. josh ask Jagr if he’s done the math, 2 points and they’re in the playoffs.

  14. Good stuff Inferno. I especially like the one with the 2 bullets both going to Darcy Tucker.

    If they get the 6th seed and face Atlanta, I’d love to see Avery get under Holik’s skin.

  15. Avery’s one of those players….if he were on the Isles or Debbies he’d be public enemy number one. He’s a guy you just don’t want to play against – he can score, he hits, he skates well and he distracts the opposition from other players on your team.
    He seems to have matured a little since coming to NY, not taking too many bad penalties and keeping his quotes to a minimum – although i love the Darcy Tucker hair comment..!!

  16. I feel, for the first time that the Rangers can win in the playoffs this year even if Jagr or Shanny got hurt.

  17. Chuck Norris/Jack Bauer ones are all rip-offs of the Bill Brasky sketches from SNL, so all is fair….never seen the McDonald’s breakfast one before, well done

  18. Strange that after they introduce Tikkanen at MSG and then show his face on TV Avery goes in and assists on Straka’s goal. Then scores again 30 seconds later.

    I was waorried this team would come out and wilt under the pressure instead they got better as the game went along and it was Toronto that had nothing left in the tank.

    Boy did they get some bad goaltending last night from Raycroft.

    Rozival had a fantastic game, calm and confident with the puck, as did Girardi.

    Yet the fans still find time to boo Malik, what a bunch of clowns.

  19. Also, after watching the Avery/Tucker bout, Avery took a shot square to the chin from Tucker in the only punch Tucker landed and Avery kept coming. Avery then landed about 4 or 5 on Tucker before taking him down.

    All that being said, Strudwick’s game has gone downhill and it’s just in time for Toots to get back in there.

  20. Methinks Tuesday night’s game at the Eyeliners will be a scrappy affair–look for some cheap shots if the Rangers look headed for a win in the 3rd period.

    Can they please salute the crowd after they win at the Coliseum?

  21. I think we should be careful with Toots and Hossa. Can we really expect these guys to be in game shape? Seems unlikely, no matter what they say.

  22. I would recommend saluting the crowd if they win at NYI. Yes, there will be a lot of Rangers fans there, but it would not be the classy thing to do.

  23. when paul maurice,head coach of toronto, was asked if the team was distracted by sean avery, his response was, “i think there are other guys who do it more effectively”.

    ok sure. you’re right, darcy tucker did win the game for you, my bad.

  24. AP reports Claude Julien fired as coach of the Devils.

    And, yes, unfortunately, this last month has maybe — just maybe — shown that Renney has some inkling of how to coach…maybe? Ah, screw it. Fire him, too.

  25. I’ll admit I was the one calling for Jagr to be traded during January… the team was floudering, Jagr was pouting on the ice, not putting in an effort to get the team back into the playoff race and they were blowing leads every night.

    I was also critical of Renney and stated quite a few times I didn’t think he was a .500 coach in the NHL. I stated he was a good soldier who has a love for the game, but might have trouble motivating players to perform at the level necessary to win at the NHL level, it seems I might be wrong.

    In all the years I have been watching the Rangers, my entire life, I am 34 yrs old, there has been one season, I think it was the 1986-87 season when the Devils beat Darren Pang and the Hawks on the last game of the season to prevent the Rangers from making the playoffs. That season the Rangers were surging and I thought could have done some damage in the playoffs, but since then, not have I seen a Rangers team have a surge like this. I don’t recall the 78-79 season, I was too young, nor do I remember the Herbie Rangers, but I know it’s been at least ten years since this team has done what I am seeing.

    I really enjoyed the trivia question last night. The last time the Rangers had a rookie score 20 goals his first season and then score 20 his next was Kovalev in 92-93 and 93-94, Prucha has done the same thing this season, sure would be nice to have the same result.

  26. they fire Julian. Lou is a maniac, smart but a maniac….

    they run the team much more bottom line oriented then the Rangers, this move in my opinion is not warranted but often I marvel at their bottom line decisions……

    they have made the playoffs 10 straight yrs. wouldn’t we love that..

  27. Dave – I doubt the Rangers would do the salute to the crowd (it would be like college football when a team dances on the home teams logo, I think TO did it to Dallas when he was on the visiting team also). That would bring the rivalry to the next level (as if it could be more intense).

  28. Fruity Cupcake on

    Yeah as much as it would be fun for the fans, it’s too classless to salute your fans in another team’s building. And we New Yorkers are a class act. They can (and will) salute us with their hard work and bringing home the two points!

    Bringing a gift to your host is the proper etiquette, so a tasteful box of Gorton’s fishsticks to share with the Wrong Islanders fans ought to do the trick :-)

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