Category Archives: Stanley Cup

Season Over

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!!!


Pens End Rangers Hopes

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.

Refs Steal Game 2 from the Rangers

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.

Big Sports Day

The Rangers lace the skates back up and take on the Penguins in game two of their series today. After blowing a three goal lead on Friday night and then getting screwed by the refs on a bad late penalty, Tom Renney is shuffling his lineup a bit today, playing Petr Prucha in an attempt to add some speed to his fourth line. I’m also hoping to see Sean Avery drive the Pens crazy. While the league may want Sidney Crosby to win a Cup, I’d much rather see the Rangers win it. What Gary Bettman never seems to get is that when the Rangers win, the NHL becomes relevant.

The Yankees are playing in Cleveland today, they need a win to help ensure they’ll have a .500 April. Another slow start leaves me wondering why Jason Giambi hasn’t been cut outright. The Yankees have some trouble spots this year, though I think Cano will play better and Morgan Ensberg will eventually win the 1st basemen’s job. They need to start hitting with runners in scoring position.

The NFL is holding its annual draft this weekend. It reminds me that football is not too far off. So far the family teams (Cowboys, Giants, Jets) seem to be doing alright. Let’s hope the Eagles and Redskins stumble.

Sean and I will be on the couch experiencing sports overload today.

Rangers vs. Penguins Starts Tonight

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.

On to Round Two

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.

New York Rangers and the Stanley Cup Playoffs

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.