Posts Tagged ‘Rangers’

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Add the Rangers to the list of NY teams that suck

November 29, 2009

Crosby had 3 goals and 2 assists last night against the Rangers

 Article was taken from ESPN.com

 PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby made the Penguins’ cap night giveaway at Mellon Arena an appropriate one.

Crosby had his fourth career hat trick and added two assists for his second five-point game and the Pittsburgh Penguins won for the fourth time in five games, 8-3 over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

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Rangers vs. Panthers

November 25, 2009

Hip hip, hoooray! Drury set to return?

@ Bank Atlantic Center: Sunrise, Florida

 

New York Rangers (12-10-1, 25 pts)

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Florida Panthers (10-9-3, 23 pts)

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

 

Chris Drury news and more after the jump!

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Making it rain; Rangers squash Jackets with 7-goal outburst

November 24, 2009

Gaborik had two goals and two assists

NEW YORK — Fiery coach John Tortorella had a calm, reassuring tone and message after the New York Rangers fell into an early two-goal hole.

He called timeout and told his club to relax. It was only two goals and there were still nearly 50 minutes remaining for a comeback against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Marian Gaborik got the offense going, the Rangers took the lead before the first period was over and they rolled to a 7-4 victory Monday night.

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This weekend in the wild world of sports…

November 21, 2009
NFL, NHL,College Football,Hocks, UFC!…what do I watch!…jdizzle will tell you

Saturday-

12:00 pm Michigan vs. Ohio St.—Yes, this game does not have the hype surrounding it as it once had, but it is still once of college’s greatest rivalry’s and if Rich Rodriguez is to stay in Ann Arbor he knows what he has to do today:  Not only win, but win convincingly.

1:00 pm Knicks vs. Nets—Hey, somebody’s gotta win.  Knicks and Nets don’t deserve high fives…

7:00 pm Panthers vs. Rangers- Rangers had a tough week of practice.  Henrik Lundqvist and Gaborik can not do it by themselves.  The Rangers will need help from Kotalik, Del Zotto, and the Captain Chris Drury who returns after suffering a concussion on November 7th.  Dubinsky will be out, so someone is going to have to help Gaborik out offensively otherwise the Rangers could start sliding quick.   

7:30 pm –  Cal vs. Stanford- Stanford over the last two weeks have put up ridiculous offensive numbers against  USC and Oregon, two of the best teams in the conference.   With a win against 25th ranked Cal and losses by Oregon, Oregon St, and Arizona in the remaining games can give the Cardinals a Rose bowl birth.  Gotta root for the geeks, sorry folks.

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Stick to your Guitar Jimbo!

November 20, 2009

The Knicks have yet to post a winning season since 01'

After days of deliberation from coach Mike D’antoni and general manager Donnie Walsh, reports are surfacing that the Knicks are not going to pursue current free agent Allen Iverson. It was as early as noon today that a source from the New York Times said that the Knicks likelihood of pursuing the 34-year-old guard were in the high 90’s and that a deal would be struck this afternoon. Hours after that report, general manager Donnie Walsh was quoted as saying the following:

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Lundqvist Phenomenal Against Ottawa-Rangers win in shootout

November 14, 2009

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The Rangers were able to escape numerous scoring chances on the road against the Senators and sneaked out of Ottawa with a 2-1 shootout victory.

It was a complete team effort to even push the game to a shootout as the Rangers were called for a penalty in OT.  Kotalik was called for tripping with 1:23 left  giving the Senators a 4-3 man advantage.  Ottawa forced the pressure with shot after shot, but each time Callahan and Staal showed complete disregard for their bodies, throwing themselves in front of the blazing shots from Spezza and Lee.

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Reenergizing the Garden

November 10, 2009

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These are not your typical Rangers of years past.   Besides their recent success over the last few seasons, the Rangers are changing their demeanor as a hockey club.

Coach John Tortorella is a fiery coach; the complete antithesis of former Ranger coach Tom Renney.  We all remember during the Washington series Tortorella attempting to hop over into the stands with a stick in his hand going after an obnoxious fan.  Yes, this may have been too much, and he was reprimanded for his actions;  however, this is exactly the kind of intensity that his players need to bring to the ice every night.

The Rangers over these first 18 games are mean, physical, and constantly pushing the action in turn creating turnovers and scoring opportunities. Dictate the tempo!  By doing this, the opposing team will play on their toes and this is exactly what creates opportunities.

Fans don’t get excited for ‘reaction’.  Good teams act, and force the opposition to react.  As fundamental as it sounds, it is a trait that is overlooked and why teams such as the Red Wings are in the playoff picture year after year.  When you play in Detroit, the fans are amped for hockey because they know their team is going to come out and perform, and perform well.  You can’t say the same for the Rangers in the place once referred to as ‘Mecca’.

What happened to when opposing teams feared coming into the Garden when players like Anthony Mason for the most part ran sh*t?

One factor  that is extremely neglected in many arguments pertaining to why our New York Teams that call Madison Square Garden home are a constant disappointment year in and year out is the fact the Garden is not an intimidating place to play; but rather a place for teams to come and embarrass our beloved teams and showcase themselves on the world’s biggest sporting stage (cough, Lebron, cough) .  Why can’t GM’s realize that this is New York, and regardless of what Mayor Giuliani did to clean up the streets of New York, we need to bring back the ‘nasty’ that those competitive teams had that drove fear into their opponents every time they dared to step foot into the garden.  Truthfully, I think New York has lost it’s ‘gangsterness’ if you will.  The hardest state in the US should have the badest nastiest dudes playing for us.  Like Bart Scott, Antonio Pierce and David Lee.  Wait, David Lee is the toughest dude on the Knicks. 

Thats a problem.

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A recent list came out talking about the most hated people in pro sports.  Sean Avery was at the top of the list.  Granted the list was alphabetical, but it is fair to say that if it wasn’t that he would be in the top 10.  Sean Avery is the kind of guy that can even annoy his own teammates (a reason why after his “sloppy seconds” comment got him shipped out of Dallas before he returned from his suspension).  But having Avery on the ice represents something.  It tells the opposing team that you will be in for night of hard-hitting, taunting, and aggravation whenever he is on the ice.  This psychological factor will some nights simply force teams to not play their style of play and stray from whatever their game plan was on that particular night.

So if the Rangers come out and play hard everynight and show heart, the crowd will respond and the Garden can become a factor again. With the additions of Avery and Donald Brashear, there will be a ton of physicality. Brashear guarantees one punch to be thrown during the night and Avery increases those odds even more giving the fans something they can go apeshit over.

In more Rangers team news,  x-rays came back positive for RW Brandon Dubinsky indicating that he in fact had suffered a broken hand that will sideline him for 4 to 6 weeks.   This is disappointing after a lengthy offseason back and forth with Rangers management about contract negotiations.  After a promising start, Dubinsky  will not be able to show he is worth the money he demanded.

Over the next few days, it is imperative that the Rangers take advantage of the elongated time off between games because in the following week, the Rangers starting Saturday play five games in seven nights. Albeit these games are against mediocre teams, playing that amount of hockey in a short period of time can cause trouble.

The Rangers next game is Thursday at the Garden versus the Atlanta Thrashers.  After a disappointing 3-1 loss to Calgary, the Rangers need to turn it around. The Rangers will be able to do this with aggressive play and with the help of the Ranger faithful.

Free Pick: Under 5 1/2 Flames/Canadians

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‘A New Look for New York—Fans are ‘Wild’ over Gaborik’

November 4, 2009
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The new look New York Rangers after a major off season revamping are looking like a very promising hockey team.  But as we learned from a season ago, good starts do not equate to Stanley Cups.  After a tremendous start last season, the Rangers were able to squeeze into the playoffs luckily and had a 3-1 series lead before crapping  the proverbial bed, and losing the series to the extremely talented Washington Capitals led by ‘the future’, Alex Ovechkin in 7 games.  This is what separated the two teams and why the Capitals were able to advance while the Rangers were sent home packing.  The Rangers simply lacked a bona fide star.  Yes, Scott Gomez and Nik Antropov are very talented hockey players, and there is no question in my mind that Antropov will be one of the top players in the league in the near future.  Nonetheless, the team lacked a dominate presence that the locker room trusted to run their offense through night in and night out.

Marian Gaborik however is a star and is a game-breaker.  He has 11 goals this season making him 2nd among all NHL players with 6 of these goals coming in the 3rd period.  Gaborik has absolutely blazing speed with phenomenal vision and puck handle.  When the Rangers acquired Gaborik from the Minnesota Wild, no one could have imagined the immediate impact that he has brought each and every night to the ice, and it seems that the 2009-2010 NY Rangers very simply will go only as far as Marian Gaborik can take them.

With the additions of Sean Avery and Donald Brashear, the Rangers in addition once again have a tough and pesky presence which brings back memories of the old Blue shirt brawlers.  If the Rangers are able to dominate the physical game and can be a nuisance to the opposition while creating turnovers, the Rangers will score enough goals per game to propel them into the playoffs once again with a much greater chance to advance farther than season past. 

Henrik Lundqvist right now is not playing his normal lights out hockey, yet the Rangers still are winning convincingly each night.  As the season progresses look for Henrik to be a force in net which will enable the Rangers to go on 4 and 5 game point streaks.  With the additions of the young Canadian Del Zotto, a very talented defenseman who shows poise, skill, and goal scoring capabilities (something which we have not seen since Brian Leetch was in blue), and in seeing the obvious offseason work put in by Callaghan and Dubinsky especially, these strides being made by both management and players of the organization to improve is all a fan can ask for. 

The New York Rangers led by the no nonsense John Tortorella, a coach that players enjoy playing for and want to win for makes the New York Rangers undoubtedly a team that must be reckoned with.

–JDizzle10