Remember that story from earlier today about “how the Rangers’ old guys can’t score?”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/03/sports/hockey/03rangers.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Two goals from Jaromir Jagr and a goal from Martin Straka later, maybe the Rangers can convince the New York Times to write more stories just like it.
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I will try to contain my emotions that this will be my last trip here for a while—barring an unforeseen switch to the Arena Football beat (I should keep my voice down. I don’t want to give the boss any ideas). But at least tonight will be packed with meaning.... Read More →
With the Rangers still looking to lock down their playoff spot tonight at the Coliseum, my friend Lynn Zinser “has a worthwhile look”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/03/sports/hockey/03rangers.html?_r=1&oref=slogin at the Rangers’ three thirtysomething forwards, Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan, Martin Straka, all of whom are struggling with low offensive numbers, all of whom become free agents... Read More →
Barring a miraculous third period comeback in which the Tampa Bay Lightning forget that they’re, well, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Rangers will have to wait for tomorrow against the Islanders for their next chance to clinch a playoff spot. And let’s be honest: if the Rangers can’t beat the... Read More →
In fairness to Scott Gomez, I should also pass along this dig he took at me today. The question was about playing a team tomorrow that is already out of playoff contention. “Tomorrowâ€™s a must-win on the road against a team that has nothing to lose. Thereâ€™s a lot of... Read More →
This was Scott Gomez a moment ago when talking about his sore ribs, and the Rangers health in general: “If you’re 100 percent at this time of year, there’s something wrong with you.” The line immediately elicited laughter from a handful of us around Gomez’s locker, and when we repeated... Read More →
The Blog Headquarters supercomputer has been spewing out probabilities left and right, and my understanding is yes, if Carolina loses in regulation to Tampa Bay tonight, the Rangers are in. Furthermore, if the Devils get even a point, the Rangers would be guaranteed not having to play Ottawa in the... Read More →
The Caps win and pull into a tie with Carolina with 90 points. More importantly, the Rangers will most likely have to wait until Thursday against the Islanders for a chance to clinch a playoff spot. This is the way it should be, in my book. Until tomorrow….
I’m not sure what happened to the look of this blog, although given the problems we had earlier in the season, this isn’t even worth complaining about. Meanwhile, it’s Caps 2, Canes 1 in the second period, so the clinch watch is ongoing. As a Rangers fan, you obviously want... Read More →
It’s been so long since I subbed at the training center for my boy Sam that I forgot how cold the rink was. Thankfully, I’ve returned quickly to the relative warmth of my apartment. (Hopefully, my thoughts on today’s optional skate will be all the more coherent for it…) With... Read More →
Brendan Shanahan tweaked something at the end of the second period and won’t return. It looks like Petr Prucha will jump into his spot. More when I have it…
His junior season now over, Bobby Sanguinetti is headed to Hartford for the remainder of the Wolf Pack season. It’s the second stint in Hartford for the Rangers No. 1 draft pick from 2006. He had three assist in five regular season games and one assist inÂ a playoff game... Read More →
Turns out the boot on Colton Orr’s foot I spied this morning was not the Rangers enforcer heading off to the ski slopes. Instead it was evidence of a fractured toe that is going to knock the right wing out of the lineup indefinitely. Strangely enough, Orr first injured the... Read More →
There is no need reminding the Rangers the importance of tonight against the Penguins. If they weren’t looking at TSN on the TV in their workout room or scanning the newspaper, then they needed only to look at the serious expressions on their own faces at today’s optional morning skate.... Read More →
No, really, I love the suggestion the reason I haven’t criticized Sidney Crosby is out of fear of repercussions. What exactly do you think happens—one cross word on No. 87 and Gary Bettman himself comes to confiscate your laptop? Look, I’m in agreement that Sid the Kid has, shall we... Read More →