Browsing: Wayne Gretzky

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74 Rangers at Sharks tonight (10 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at SAN JOSE SHARKS Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, 10:00 p.m. ET SAP Center at San Jose – San Jose, CA Rangers: 23-11-4 (50 pts) Sharks: 22-15-5 (49 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers conclude their three-game road trip against the San Jose…

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92 Rangers at Oilers tonight (9:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes

Pre-game notes from the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS at EDMONTON OILERS Sunday, Dec. 14, 9:30 p.m. ET Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB Rangers: 13-10-4 (30 pts) Oilers: 7-18-5 (19 pts) TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers continue their four-game road trip and conclude their fourth back-to-back set of the season against the…

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260 Rangers-Lightning in review

Click here to read my story from lohud.com. Thoughts: 1) The Rangers were the better team for a large chunk of this game. And I thought they tossed it away. Alain Vigneault said it best, and said it for me: “Unfortunately when you are playing against such a strong opponent,…

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235 Rangers-Penguins in review

Click here for a photo gallery from last night’s game. Thoughts: 1) I sure wish this could be all about the first 65 minutes of that hockey game. But it can’t because of the bizarro ending, which was nobody’s fault, but very unfortunate. Fact is, the correct call was made…

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238 Rangers-Flames in review

Thoughts: 1) When you score three in this league, you have to win. When you allow four, you deserve to lose. 2) I thought the Rangers were the better team throughout. But a few brain-freezes got them in trouble. Couple of bad turnovers. Couple of bad coverages. And too many…

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505 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) The enormity of the win over Mr. Snider’s Flyers notwithstanding, let’s first get into this Norris Trophy conversation. Finally, it seems, Ryan McDonagh is getting some traction, well deserved. His coach, Alain Vigneault, came out and said he should get some consideration. People around the league — well,…

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254 Who’s No. 1? No. 4, No. 9, No. 66 or No. 99?

I don’t normally pump a TV show or a book signing, but since Bobby Orr is really making the rounds with his book, and since the Rangers have a few days between games here, I thought this would be a good topic of conversation. In my mind, the best players…

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271 Panthers at Rangers tonight: Pre-game notes

Could it really, really be 14 years since The Great One retired? April 18, 1999, Wayne Gretzky hung ‘em up at Madison Square Garden. Cannot believe it’s been that long. Have the Rangers scored a power-play goal since then? Photo by Getty Images. Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR: NEW…

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74 Guest blogger: UKRanger

How does an Englishman end up a Ranger fan? By UKRanger It all started around Christmas 1983 for me (around the time of the Maloneys, Greschner, Larouche, and Sandstrom and a first-round exit to the Flyers) not as a Ranger fan, but that was when my interest in American sports…

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176 Post-practice interviews

The news: Daniel Alfredsson did not skate, and Paul MacLean said there was no change in his condition, so you’d assume he will not play in Game 4 tonight. Again, it’s playoffs, so never say never. MacLean would not divulge his lineup, but Matt Carkner, back from his one-game suspension…

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332 AK27: Is this the end for Alexei Kovalev in the NHL?

The reports yesterday had Alexei Kovalev going to the KHL for the next two years (click here for the story from NHL.com), probably ending his NHL career. And if so, then there are no players left from the ’94 champions. Hard to believe Kovalev’s 38. Hard to believe it’s been…

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140 Don’t Mess with the Captain

I was reading some speculation yesterday that, if Captain Callahan gets to arbitration and ends up with a one-year award, he may not get the captaincy. And, well, that just doesn’t make any sense to me. The guy is the captain of the Rangers. It’s his team. The team takes…

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387 Hey! Where the heck is The Great One?

I hate to be confrontational or argumentative. Right? But NHL.com did a list of the most exciting players of all time … and somehow Wayne Gretzky wasn’t on it. Nor was Mario Lemieux. Or Jaromir Jagr, who, love him or not, was a thrill a minute when he wanted to…

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181 Zuccarello demoted; Another Gretzky anniversary

You guys know me. I’m big on anniversaries. Is it really 12 years since The Great One’s farewell game at Madison Square Garden, April 18, 1999? Holy smokes. ————————— Here’s the official announcement on Zuccarello: NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE New York, April 18, 2011 – New York Rangers President…

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168 Panthers-Rangers in review

Ah, what a nice way to start the all-star break. A fluky loss by your boys, and then another snow storm. I remember being on a road trip in Houston with the Mets in 1986, and they were on a roll when the all-star break hit, and they didn’t want…

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51 Rangers-Yotes in review

Another one of those see-what-you’re-made-of wins last night. I won’t repeat all the stuff about resilience, and about playing to the end, and sticking to the system, and all that. Even though, it seems, every time they win and even most of the time when they lose, they are all…