Blair Betts was coy when we asked him what exactly put his spot in the lineup tonight in jeopardy. “If you don’t know already, I guess you’re not supposed to know,” the center said with a smile. Whatever it is, it’s not enough to keep Betts out tonight in Game... Read More →
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Just as it had been 10 years since the Rangers had a playoff win of any variety, they now have a chance to “snap a similar streak at home”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070417/SPORTS01/704170372/1034/SPORTS. After that, what other milestones can we cross off? First playoff win when they sold nachos at the concession stand? First... Read More →
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Tom Renney said Blair Betts was only receiving treatment today, and that he expects the center to play tomorrow. Maybe the question mark there is redundant. I don’t know. What I do know is that while Blair Betts was seen working out in the fitness area here... Read More →
I somehow beat the storm and made it home on time yesterday, which ensured a fun-filled afternoon and evening of emptying buckets of water in my basement. The good news, and I know this was keeping many of you up last night, is that I kept my hockey gear out... Read More →
The Rangers are able to relish “another impressive win”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070415/SPORTS01/704150413/1034/SPORTS with an off day today. I’m still at the airport and crossing my fingers that I can get home before Game 3. Some quick responses: Mood of the team? Quiet confidence. Why no Ryan Hollweg? Great question. If Colton Orr serves... Read More →
I already booked a flight and a hotel for Game 5 Friday night. Dare I ask if I’m even going to need it? OK, maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves here, but the psychological factor alone of that late goal is huge. I am very interested to see what happens... Read More →
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 →
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 →