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Archive for October 2007
I haven’t been able to post for the past few days…
We beat the Devs on Thursday 2-0; Henrik as usual.
We lost to the Leafs on Saturday 4-1; No offence as usual.
Check back later, I’ll have game day articles ready to go!
From the Rangers — “Ryan Callahan suffered a grade two knee sprain last night in Pittsburgh and is out indefinitely. He underwent an MRI today. He will not require surgery.”
Thomas Pock Waived today.
Hey we can at least take solice in the fact that the Rangers made history last night. No Ranger team has EVER lost two back to back 1-0 games (126 minutes running). Great, if those are the records we are gonna be breaking this season, the rest of the NHL best look out! At least with the loss the other day against Boston, we got to see a shoot-out. No such luck yesterday – it was just a regulation 1 zip disaster. Going into the season, offense was supposed to be our forte, not defense. So far it’s the other way around. Defensively, the team is on fire. Henrik, once again was looking at a loss when he only allowed one goal. That should never be the case. Sure, the Rangers rung the post 3 times in the game, which is great if you’re making a musical, but don’t count for s#@t on the scoreboard. Just shoot, hit the net, and good things will eventually happen. As Drury said yesterday following the game “We owe Henrik a lot of goals” – a lot of goals indeed.
Game Reports as usual: The NY Times talks about (shocker) the Rangers scoring drought, the Daily News does the same, oh yeah, the Post also brings up the offensively challanged team, and finally, the Journal News takes a different angle – oh wait – no, they hit on the blanking as well. Fun reading today fellas!
Straka will be out at least one month with a broken index finger. He blocked a shot by Chara on Saturday with his hand. Avery skated on his own, but is still two weeks away.
Poor Henrik. All he does is give us a chance to win games night in and night out. The Rangers will not do that unless we get more than 1 goal (thus far) from Shanny, and 1 goal so far from Jagr. Oh yeah, Gomez and Drury have a grand total of 3 goals between them. Hell, Roszival has 2 goals already…that should tell you something. Our offense is hurting. What the Rangers need tonight against Sid the Kid and Pittsburgh is a couple of early goals, otherwise they will be gripping those sticks even harder, and feeling the pressure mount with every missed shot or save. Keep those fingers crossed…
Tonight’s game has been moved from the original start time of 7:00 pm to 4:00 pm to accomodate the RedSux. Anyway, some gameday reading as usual.
In the Daily News, John Dellapina talks about how the Rangers are constantly playing catch-up this season; the Post discusses the Ranger Offence (or lack there of); Newday‘s Steve Zipay focuses on Nigel Dawes and the impact he wants to make; and ESPN has an article on the Rangers putting on a “Happy Face”. Let’s win one in Boston today!
Another loss – 5-3. Atlanta got to use both goalies (this time in one game) to put the beat down on us last night. What a miserable effort it was. I feel like I’m still watching pre-season games, except for the fact that I know all the players & their numbers. I thought sitting Malik was gonna solve all of our problems (sarcasm). The offense blew, the defense blew, and Henrik was Henrik. It easily could’ve been 7 or 8 to 3 if not for King Henrik.
The only excitement of the night was provided by Garnet Exelby, the coward. He started off by charging Prucha, then turtling when Orr went to have “a talk” with him.(See Video below) Real tough, with his visor and all. McCarthy then started trying to run our guys – sticking the ‘ol knee out when he was gonna miss.(see this video below as well) Two top quality individuals (more sarcasm). At least Orr, Hollweg and Shanny went back at those two clowns. So, this far into the season, one thing is for sure – they stick up for each other. Great. Now if we can get the wins I’ll be happy.
Whew, that was some stretch without any games – especially this early in the season. Tonight we get to relive our past glory with a game against the 0-6 Thrashers (0-10 in the last 10 games – our sweep adding to the Atlanta misery. The Thrashers, who just fired their head coach yesterday, will be all fired up….great, right when we get to play the league’s laughing stocks, they get a much needed spark. Hartley was done for all intents and purposes after we swept them. He couldn’t make up his mind as to which goalie was the starter in the playoffs. That more than anything hurt his team in the post season. As Ranger fans, we know that the 2 goalie tandem never really works out. We had a couple of years where VanB and Richter were splitting time. I didn’t mind because I liked both equally, BUT we didn’t win anything until we jettisoned Beezer and chose Richter as our numero uno netminder.
Sorry, I was away for the weekend. I saw the game Friday night, and skimmed through the Tivo’d Rangers-Senators game late last night. First, the game against the Caps. Finally, the PP cashed in. 3 PP goals in the first period. Gomer’s 1st as a Ranger. For a bit there it looked like it had the makings of a blowout, but there were no goals scored for the rest of the game. Henrik continues to keep pucks out of the net! His GAA will again be tops in the league if he keeps this up. Can anyone say VEZINA? Game Reports, which all praise the power play: NY Times, Daily News, NY Post, Newsday, & Journal News
The game against the Sens was well played except for a 52 second span. In that 53 seconds, the Sens scored 3 goals. This the quickest 3 goals the Rangers have allowed since 1983. Jagr netted his first of the year. Let’s hope he hits one of those hot streaks he is capable of. There was one decent fight in this game…Orr Vs. McGratton (check vid below) Game Reports all focus on that 52 second outburst by the Sens: NY Times, Daily News, Post, Newsday & Journal News
Here is some other reading regarding the Rangers:
An interview with Avery (NY Times)
Staal’s Progress (Newsday)