After talking it over with a few supposed experts, I guess the Avery goal was nothing more than a goofy bouce. Johan Hedberg did what every other goalie would do in that situation, which is to try to get a jump on the puck as it wheeled around the boards.... Read More →
Recent blog posts
You have to love the afternoon game, if only because it relieves the tension of deadline. A couple of thoughts: So much for the laissez faire officiating of Game 1. Of the three calls against the Rangers, only the Brendan Shanahan high-stick appeared justified. And I didn’t even see the... Read More →
Also, Spike Lee is here.
UPDATE, 2:45: Blair Betts, Colton Orr, Brad Isbister, and Ryan Hollweg are all skating in warm-ups, so it’s still up in the air who will be scratched. Just when you thought Tom Renney led the league in verbose answers, Bob Hartley may make the Rangers coach sound concise by comparison.... Read More →
Courtesy of loyal reader Anthony, although first on MSG Network. I never saw the original but I think this is a new soundtrack. Beyond that, I’ll let the art speak for itself.
…over an overpriced Starbucks coffee and muffin: The Rangers need to avoid getting “lured into a track meet against the high-powered Thrashers”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070414/SPORTS01/704140374/1108. I may have to start paying taxes in the state of Georgia. I’ve spent 10 of the last 12 days here, and it doesn’t look promising for me... Read More →
The Duluth excursion made for a curious dynamic today, although one I would gladly welcome again. For instance, rather than huddle in some dark locker room after practice, we waited outside in the sunshine for players to come out. Everyone eventually did, and since there wasn’t a cloud in the... Read More →
Johan Hedberg, who did stone the Rangers in making 38 saves in a 2-1 win last month, will start Game 2 for Atlanta. Talk about a quick hook for Kari Lehtonen in his playoff debut. I’ll have more in a bit…
Greetings from suburban Duluth, where the Rangers are practicing today, and where Petr Prucha, Thomas Pock, Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan, and Jason Strudwick were all just kicking a soccer ball out in the parking lot. Brendan Shanahan made a brief run around the parking lot and Marty Straka is sprawled... Read More →
I take back what I said about Atlanta’s paltry hockey fan base because tonight in Blueland definitely had some juice to it. I’m not sold on “Blueland,” mind you, mostly because I don’t know what it means. But whatever it is, it didn’t disappoint. Naturally, neither did the Rangers, who... Read More →
I knew something was up when I saw Orr as part of a group of players kicking the soccer ball around in the hallways in their warm-up clothes. In other news, don’t look now but the Thrashers have their own ice girls. I’m assuming they’re different ones, although I’m sure... Read More →
Greetings from Philips Arena, or “Blueland,” as the Thrashers marketing department has taken to calling these parts. Thrashers Fever, catch it if you can. And if you do, tell three of your friends and maybe the team will double its season ticket base (Sorry, too easy). Anyway, my apologies for... Read More →
Bad omen of the day: I am stuck in Charlotte, N.C., of all places, where Elton John’s “Rocket Man” (“I think it’s going to be a long, long time…”) is playing above. In other words, I’m not making it to the morning skate. If that’s not torture enough, at airline... Read More →
Note the time of this post. The wise reporter, the one that leaves little to chance, leaves the day BEFORE a game as opposed to dragging himself out of bed at 3:45 a.m. the day of. I have never claimed to be a wise reporter. So if it ends up... Read More →
It is now apparent that the Rangers need to play a hockey game soon, if only to avoid another day of “Do you think you’re ready?”-type questions. Of course, I was asking those questions today as well, and in added wrinkle, I did it with a TV camera in tow... Read More →