Battle of the Beasts of the East.
Ya boys have lost three of their last five. The Big Bad Bears are a point back with a game in hand, and have won six of their last seven at home.
This is the first of four meetings that promise to be all about blood and guts this season. The Rangers beat the Stanley Cup champs three times in four meetings last season (remember the comeback from 3-0 in Game 80 last season, the loudest Garden game of the year, when Ryan Callahan — ouch — blocked Zdeno Chara’s shot?).
They will also be sort-of-rivals in the all-star game next weekend, with John Tortorella and Henrik Lundqvist on one side, and Boston coach Claude Julien and Chara on the other side.
Guess youse also saw that P.K. Slewfoot was fined $2,500 for his slew-foot on Chris Kunitz Friday. So how exactly does this work? Matt (piece of carcillo) Cooke, Skidney Crosby and Evgeny Malkin are allowed to slew-foot, and they are on the Penguins, but P.K. Slewfoot is not allowed to slew-foot against the Penguins?
Maybe you guys really are onto something with this Penguins bias.
Also today Marc Savard spoke with the media, and I’m sure we will see it on MSG today; a reminder of some of Cooke’s proudest work. And yet the clueless media continue to tell us about St. Matt and his new persona. The pile of clarke.