Well, tonight was quite exciting, with the Rangers eliminating the Canadiens, and sending Price and his cronies back to Montreal. Henrik Lundqvist was on his game and Mats Zuccarello showed everyone why he’s a fan (and teammate) favorite. Read more
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The Bell Centre is a madhouse at puck drop. After a first shift of Montreal applying some pressure, the Rangers second shift sees Nick Holden work a slick pass play on a 2 on 1 with Mats Zuccarello. Read more
There was a very palpable and nervous energy at Madison Square Garden preceding game 4. The fans hoping to see a home playoff win, which hadn’t happened at MSG since May 16, 2015. The puck is dropped. Read more
If you are a hockey fan of a certain age, you have seen professionals and non-professionals representing their respective countries. Perhaps the greatest moment in Winter Olympic history came in 1980 when 25 college kids shocked the world, by defeating the Soviet powerhouse. And amateur players were the standard for the Olympics until 1998. Only since then has the NHL sent its players to the Olympic games. But while everyone is out arguing for and against, let’s look at what they are fighting about.
The NHL playoffs are right around the corner. When I realistically look at the Rangers chances, I see a team that is in better shape than last year, but not as good as the two years previous. Despite the presence of Ryan McDonagh, and the unreal emergence of Brady Skjei, the Rangers defense is their Achilles’ heel. Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein are coming back from injury, and at best are the second pair, but more likely third-pair defensemen. Marc Staal and Nick Holden have lost their chemistry as a pair, and have both been uneven from game to game. Trade deadline acquisition Brendan Smith has brought some bite, but hasn’t found chemistry with any one player to form a consistent pairing. Read more
I’m gonna preface this recap with the fact that I was most likely the source of the bad luck yesterday. The loss had nothing to do with the woeful defense and the Rangers’ inability to capitalize on their chances and clear the puck from their zone. This was my 2nd annual pilgrimage to MSG from Tampa, and it’s very clear that I’m a fan who should stay away as my record at MSG is now 0-1-1. Read more