The Rangers go to Montreal for a game they absolutely need to have. Well, maybe not. But they sure could use it after two straight home losses.
I remember in the pre-Messier days, which also happened to be the Montreal Forum days, when this was as automatic a loss as there was in sports. The Rangers never, ever won in the Forum, and always, always, came away shaking their heads at how the referee (in the one-ref days) would make every call for the Canadiens because it was Hockey Night in Canada. Never mind that the Habs would skate circles around the Rangers.
Anyway, it’s a chance for you guys to see one of your favorite former Rangers, Paul (the Beard Contest) Mara. And one of your least favorite, Scott (or Scotty as he’s known around MSG) (Salary Dump) Gomez.
Staal Wart stole my thunder by posting this. Here’s everybody’s pal, Gomer, denying that he fought Sergei Kostitsyn after a preseason game, and also making his usual bad jokes—which somehow used to crack up everybody over at MSG.
Me, I get to endure another long, wet, cold day at Yankee Stadium, to write an early sidebar nobody will read, and attempt to make impossible deadlines with an updated sidebar in the middle of the night. Not that I’m complaining. But I will also have to miss another Rangers game, so I’m bringing the radio, and I will count on my Bonehead friends to keep me up to date.
The Rangers, by the way, are insisting that Donald Brashear’s soreness is not an injury from his fight with Colton Orr. But we still don’t know what it is.
Just a reminder for those who missed the “rules” the other day, and most of that was in jest, but this one is for real: I don’t want to see cursing on here, and that includes where you use a curse word but use asterisks for a couple of letters. Just for an example: f**k is not going to be tolerated anymore. I’m not putting out a list. I’m just telling you you will be deleted the first time, and banned after that. So don’t do it. Not kidding.
Here are the pre- game notes for tonight.