Oh no, not again (Updated below)

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Good thing there isn’t much new to report since the mysterious forces of the Blog are again conspiring against us. If you had checked for a while today and didn’t see any updates, part of that was my own fault for exercising the optional part of today’s optional skate.

But the other is that this Blog has again been acting goofy for the last hour or so.

Here’s hoping we’re out of the woods, but seeing how I am a technological moron, I have no idea if that’s true.

As for news:

  • Same lineup for tonight’s ORIGINAL SIX MATCHUP (I just like saying that), meaning Jason Strudwick will again be working his magic at left wing.

    For what it’s worth I asked Tom Renney about when there might be a Stephen Valiquette sighting in net, and the coach reiterated that October might belong completely to Henrik Lundqvist. The next time the Rangers play a back-to-back is Nov. 5 and 6. Should the team string off some wins before then, Valiquette might be able to make his debut then.

    If not, Lundqvist might play straight through April…

  • The latest on Darius Kasparaitis’ potential move to Russia is that while a deal is being negotiated, nothing yet is in place. And with the Russians, that is not significant. If I had to guess, a stumbling bock might be how much of the defenseman’s salary the Rangers continue to pay.
  • Our thoughts are with Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, who some of you may already know was boarded from behind by Philly’s Randy Jones this afternoon and fell straight to ice without moving. No question, Jones will be suspended. But if the player has any conscience, he is already doing a number on himself.

  • Updated 6:40 p.m.: Lots of Leafs fans at the game. Unfortunately they have to see the Leafs new jerseys, which are without any stripes at the bottom and look merely like long white-sleeve T-shirts. Awful.

  • Updated, 6:45 p.m.: For those interested, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe has the “latest updates on Bergeron, including a statement of apology from Randy Jones”:http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/. Still no word on Bergeron’s condition.
  • Updated, 7:35 p.m.: Bad omen of the day: of the three games the Rangers have won this season, they’ve scored early in the first period. When they haven’t…well, you know what happened. That said, this has been a fairly impressive period for them, particularly from their top line.

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    1. While I have not seen the replay of this incident and probably wont until On the Fly comes on later, I find it ridiculous that this is the 3rd incident that has happened in this early season by a Philadelphia Flyer player. It is about time that the Flyer organization face some type of financial punishment from the league.
      There really should be a rule placed in the CBA that states that a player that is suspended can not be placed on waivers and be sent to the AHL or ECHL. Teams need to start to be held accountable in these incidents and players who commit certain acts like this should not be able to play in the NHL.
      With all that being said, I still haven’t seen the replay yet.

    2. i gotta be honest sam, i didnt think it was an intentionally dirty play, it looked accidental to me. bergeron stopped skating to play the puck instead of playing the puck and continuing his stride, jones did what any other defenseman does in that situation, follow through with the body. unfortunately bergeron was bent over at the time of the hit and was driven into the boards.

      weve seen hits like this a billion times before, this time it resulted in a scary injury, but i dont think there was any intent at all behind the hit.

    3. Shoot Shanny Shoot!!! Don’t even wait to get in the zone! Shoot man! Shoot from the bench! Shoot from the locker room! Jesus..

    4. Ernie and Bert on

      Sam you are really everywhere…you are doing the blog and I have heard you now during the intermission..You are a genius…..!!!!

    5. Ernie and Bert on

      probably the most busy man in the Garden tonight !:)
      You don´t need an assistant to help you out ???

    6. Ernie and Bert on

      Oh man you definetly need someone because it took almost three minutes after I click the submit button until it was shown on the blog….

      Sam is doing a good job, but the others from journal news, oh man oh man….

    7. Deja,
      Toronto by far is the worst defensive team in hockey. if the Rangers cannot score goals against this team than it’s going to be a long season.

    8. im so sick of this the rangers just assume that if they score they are going to win because their defense will just shut everyone out. Its not gonna happen its time to get some more offense into the lineup.

    9. Come on everyone! What are you so upset about? It’s only 10 games into the season. So what if they can’t score goals? So what if they lose all the time? I’ll start worrying when they’re 50 games in and looking like this, because the games played in the first half of the season don’t count for anything anyway. You forgot last year, when the team had to go 17-4 just to make the playoffs by 2 points? But then they ran over Atlanta – and look at the Thrashers now – and won 2 games from Buffalo. They’re Cup Ready!!!

      Man, I just don’t understand some of you people.

    10. SAM do you need a donation so you can get center ice, or will you wife stick check out the door? ;-)

    11. Ernie and Bert on

      When you watch the guys on the ice you will not be surprised that a lot of those players have back problems after their careers..They have always run around with those stoop all over the ice…

      Sam do you feel sometimes your back after playing for yourself ???

      I am really surprised that this point was not discussed before….

    12. It’ coming, I swear it is. Be patient. The offense is about to show up and score goals in buckets!!

    13. Oh and by the way, for those of you who think Shanny is this year’s Messier circa 2003, think again. At least that guy scored a fair amount of goals…

    14. tomg
      October 27th, 2007 at 8:35 pm
      Deja,

      Toronto by far is the worst defensive team in hockey. if the Rangers cannot score goals against this team than it’s going to be a long season.
      —————————————————-

      thats really all i have to say…just reposting that.
      anything to say now tom?

    15. Ernie and Bert on

      Jagr shouldn´t have scored, so we would have now another scoreless tie heading into overtime and shootout !!!;):)

    16. The only way to end wanton violence is to ban Randy Jones for life. Anything less would be demonstrating weakness.

      He’s a wuss and he needs to be made an example of.

      One strike and you’re out.

    17. How many goals did Matt Cullen score tonight? He’d be the leading scorer on our team by a mile. Not that I disagreed with the move at the time. It’s just a wee bit ironic…

    18. 16 goals on the year….FEWEST IN THE ENTIRE LEAGUE! ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC! Players deserve the blame of course, but Moron Tom Renney doesn’t help with this constant line juggling and failing to create cohesion.

    19. Deja,
      It appears it’s going to be a long season. Barry Melrose stated that Toronto is the worst defensive team he has ever seen and yet the rangers not only just scored one goal but didn’t even have many chances to score. I know, it’s only ten games and than twenty, than thirty, so on and so on.

    20. Yeah, I don’t want to read another post about how no one should worried, it’s just chemistry and the goals will start coming by the bucket, etc. Something needs to happen. Wins don’t just arrive.

      I hope we don’t lose anaother game the rest of the year and every bad thought I have about this team is proven wrong, but this is brutal. I don’t even think the D has been that good. Henrik has been. Has — he’s great, but that stickhandling move was so obviously a mistake. I’ve never seen another team do so many things well and then suddenly attempt whatever the lowest percentage play is at the end. Not to mention just simply miss the net.

      Ugh! Come on Rangers!!! Let’s go!

    21. I was at the game tonight and this team plays with no heart and grit. You cannot dump and chase with no hussle and on top of that the team is poorly coached. No one knows where any body is on the ice and they have no “set plays”.

      Having Hollweg, Orr and Struds in the line up with one of them on the 3rd line really limits the chances to put the puck in the net. These guys score 1 maybe 2 goals a season.

      Call up Greg Moore. At least he will play with heart, grit and will have a better chance to scroe a goal then with Hollweg on the 3rd line.

    22. I was at the game tonight and this team plays with no heart and grit. You cannot dump and chase with no hussle and on top of that the team is poorly coached. No one knows where any body is on the ice and they have no “set plays”.

      Having Hollweg, Orr and Struds in the line up with one of them on the 3rd line really limits the chances to put the puck in the net. These guys score 1 maybe 2 goals a season.

      Call up Greg Moore. At least he will play with heart, grit and will have a better chance to scroe a goal then with Hollweg on the 3rd line.

      Great game again by Dawes and Dubinsky. Hossa is getting more confident every game. Dawes – Drury – Shanny best line tonight.

    23. That hit on Bergeron was scary, always disheartening to see a guy drop to the ice like that after a hit. I’m not a Bruins fan, but I’m first and foremost a hockey fan, and I never, ever want to see something like that happen in this game. I had to stop and have a quick prayer for his safety, I was really worried about him.

      There’s less than 1,000 guys who can play hockey at an NHL level, out of over six billion, if one of them gets hurt, and it looks that bad, it’s going to concern me. If anyone in this game gets hurt due to the carelessness of someone else, it concerns me. But to see it with my own eyes, and see someone down and out, it really hits me.

      I know I might be a bit dramatic, but I play hockey, I live it. I feel a bond with everyone that plays. I know for a fact none of us want to get hit like that, and I know if something unfortunate like that does happen, we’d want the hockey community as a whole, to wish us well, and a hasty recovery.

      So, amen, God bless, and let’s hope the Ranger’s get their butts in gear, eh?

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