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Panthers at Rangers

Posted By On December 23, 2009 @ 6:45 pm In Uncategorized | 349 Comments

Not much news: Boyle is in for Christensen, who joins Voros on the prucha list. Lundqvist in goal again.

I forgot to mention … Adam Rotter at the SNY Rangers blog kick-started my old memory the other day, but it didn’t stick to my burned-out cells and gray matter …

But tonight is not only Festivus, it is also the 30th anniversary of the Boston Bruins visiting the Rangers’ fans in the stands, good old Mad Mike Milbury taking a shoe to one guy, and clowns Terry O’Reilly and Peter McNab leading the charge over the glass. I was there that night, and scared like heck that it would turn into a riot that might never end. I’m still pretty amazed that there weren’t more serious fights and injuries, if not deaths, under those circumstances.

Anyway, the Times did a memory-lane piece on that night [1] which, if you ever watch the video on Raucous Rangers or YouTube or anywhere else, began with Phil Esposito on a breakaway. Espo was hit in the ass with a tennis ball thrown from the blue seats on his way in against Gerry Cheevers. Then JD took exception to a few things, I think, that John Wensink did late in the game, and it was his yapping that escalated into some pushing and shoving and eventually the fan taking O’Reilly’s stick, and the parade into the seats while the Rangers stood, mouths agape, watching.


You probably saw earlier today that Rangers prospects Chris Kreider, Ryan Bourque and Derek Stepan were all chosen to play for Team USA in the World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

Here are tonight’s pregame notes [2].

The Festivus pole requires no decorating. I find tinsel distracting.


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[1] Times did a memory-lane piece on that night: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/sports/hockey/23brawl.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

[2] Here are tonight’s pregame notes: http://rangers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=510907&navid=DL|NYR|home