Typically I write a lot about the Yankees on this blog. They’re one of my oldest sports loves. Traditionally winners, it’s great to be a Yankees fan. I do, however, root for one of New York’s biggest losers, and it’s not the Jets. I’m a big New York Rangers fan. Last night, their season ended as they blew the first round series with the Washington Capitals.
I shouldn’t be surprised considering it’s a team that sucked (and I mean sucked) for 54 years before they won a Stanley Cup in 1994. I need to keep my hockey expectations low. It’s just hard when you love the Blueshirts so much.
So to all Rangers fans out there, don’t dispair. A few high-priced losers will be replaced by new high-priced losers that will give us flickers of hope. While we didn’t win again this year, we’ll always have MATTEAU, MATTEAU, MATTEAU!!!
Posted in hockey, MSG, New York Rangers, nhl, sean avery, Stanley Cup
Tagged 1994, blueshirts, hockey, matteau, New York Rangers, nhl, rangers, sports, Stanley Cup
Well the Pens beat the Rangers in OT this afternoon, ending the Rangers’ hopes of winning the Cup. 1994 will have to continue to stand as our bellweather event. The other question is, what will the Rangers look like next year? Jagr has said that he wants to play for four more years and that the Rangers are his first choice. That being said, the team and Avery are likely far apart on money and Shanahan is done. Straka is also likely to go from what I’ve been reading.
The Rangers did give away game 1, and they made a few bad plays that caused goals, but overall the officiating was some of the worst I have seen in a Stanley Cup playoff series. Today was no exception with Chris Drury catching a high-stick that drew blood but no penalty was called. At the end of the game the refs called a four minute on Drury. I hope the Pens don’t make it solely because I’m sick and tired of hearing about Crosby.
So now I have to pull for the team that wins the West. I hate both the Flyers and the Pens and am cheering for injury in that season. Now begins the long summer with only baseball to keep me happy. Sigh. Go Yankees.
Posted in hockey, I love the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, New York Yankees, nhl, NY Rangers, sean avery, Stanley Cup
Tagged baseball, hockey, Penguins, rangers, Stanley Cup
It’s obvious to me who te NHL wants to win the series between the Rangers and the Penguins. The poor officiating is so biased to help the Pens. While they call the obvious penalties in favor of the Rangers, they keep calling weak penalties on the Rangers. The NHL wants Crosby to hoist the Cup, it’s so damn obvious. The worst call was the quick whistle on Straka’s goal in the third period. That goal should have tied the game, instead it saves the Pens from shifting momentum.
Let’s hope the officiating looks better when the series shifts to MSG.
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Tagged crosby, MSG, nhl, pens, rangers
So finally the NHL’s obsession with Sidney Crosby will get the Rangers on television more and more. While he’s a great player, I have a feeling that this series is not going to go more than 5 games. The Rangers seem to be pulling together at just the right time, getting scoring from key players, great defense, and great goaltending. Plus I think Avery will drive them nuts.
Once again, I’m heading to the New York Times Hockey Blog for all my coverage. Though I’ll check out the backpages of the NY tabloids online too. Let’s Go Rangers.
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Tagged nhl, Penguins, playoffs, rangers, Sidney crosby, Stanley Cup
So the Rangers have beaten Fatso and the Devils to win the series five four games to one (sorry, lack of sleep=bad math skills). While Versus continues it’s poor, limited coverage of the NHL playoffs, the Times’ hockey blog has been one of the best media outlets. It covered Sean Avery calling Brodeur “Fatso,” and posted a number of videos questioning the fatherhood of the Boston Bruins’ captain and equating Alex Kovalev to Sampson. Check out the videos in this post, they’re fantastic.
Posted in Canada, hockey, MSG, New York Rangers, news, nhl, NY Rangers, sean avery, sports, Stanley Cup
Tagged brodeur, fatso, hockey, nhl, rangers, sean avery, Stanley Cup
Living in the south, I often hear a lot about ACC basketball. In fact, I live in the center of ACC country and constantly hear about March madness. Now that that nonsense is over, we can focus on the real tournament worth covering: the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That being said my beloved New York Rangers are leading their first round series with the New Jersey Devils 2-0. The thing that is most frustrating to me right now is that television coverage of the NHL is SO bad that I’m not able to watch all the games.
The lameness that is Versus (thanks ESPN for dropping hockey… assholes) has forced me to be a little more creative. I’ve found a great blog run by the New york Times that is not only covering the playoffs but also offered a very cool link today. Go here for a treasure-trove of information.
Let’s go Rangers, I hope to see more of you on television in the second round.
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Tagged hockey coverage, New York Rangers, nhl, sports, Stanley Cup, television