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April 9, A Day of Sports

April 9, 2011 Leave a comment

[UPDATE 7:43 PM] — So the Rangers did all they can at this point to make the playoffs, but their fate is still out of their hands. Luckily, the Lightning are out to an early 3-0 lead, and things are looking up for the Blue Shirts. It’s frustrating that the Rangers have now played do-or-die games in the last two seasons on the 82nd game, but on the bright side at least they have been keeping it exciting, and thankfully they had a winning effort on the final game this time.

Rangers fans enjoy the highlights, and lets hope the Lightning finish the job.

Nice job Drury. Keep it up.

Lets go Lightning!

Hey guys,

I don’t have a lot of time to write today, so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

There are a whole lot of sporting events to choose from today if you are a New York sports fan.

12:30 – Devils vs Rangers – Rangers need to win, and Carolina can’t win for the Blue Shirts to make the playoffs. Score so far is 1-1.

1:00 – Yankees vs Red Sox – I would like to see the Yanks take care of business today, light up Buchholz, and send the Sox into a new losing streak.

7:00 – Lightning vs Hurricanes – This game could be big for the Rangers if they can manage a win today. I will have a lot of respect for Tampa if they play their “A Squad.”

All Day – The Masters – Tiger is very much so in the hunt. This could be an exciting weekend of golf.

I’ll try to find time for tomorrow to be a bit more comprehensive of a post. In the meantime, enjoy this video of Chris Drury, Danny Briere, and the Buffalo Sabres stepping on the hearts of Rangers fans everywhere in game 5 of 2007. Drury continues to crush the hopes of Rangers fans even now that he is on the team.

He did score the Rangers first goal today, but we’ll see if he can finally put together a clutch effort.

April 3, Eastern Conference Hockey

April 3, 2011 Leave a comment

[UPDATE] 7:44 PM — The Rangers were able to hold of the Flyers today, and took the win in a shootout. Erik Christensen and Wojtek Wolski scored in the shootout, while Lundqist made his two stops to secure the win.

The Sabres also just finished playing, and they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in Overtime by the score of 2-1. The Rangers and Sabres both gained one point on the Hurricanes this afternoon.

Heres an updated look at the playoff picture in the East:

Standings through April 3

 

Hey guys,

As many of you hockey fans already know, the Eastern Conference is very tight at the bottom, and it is basically a three team race for two spots. Carolina defeated the Islanders last night, and the Sabres lost to the Capitals in overtime, so both teams got at least one point, with the Canes getting two. So here is what the race for the playoffs looks like:

Standings Going Into April 3

I’ll make an update once the games go final. The Rangers are just going underway now against the Flyers on NBC.

March 30, Matteau! Matteau!

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

Lot of homework to do tonight, so I leave you with one of the most exciting plays in the history of the NHL. After coming back from a 3-2 deficit in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Rangers finished off their Hudson River rival New Jersey Devils in double overtime of game seven. Of course, the Rangers went on to win the Stanley Cup against the Vancouver Canucks in seven games, ending a 54 year drought dating back to 1940.

I saw this video on a friend’s Facebook page, and it is awesome. It’s a promo by Versus for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Enjoy, it’s a classic!

March 14, Concussions, Concussions

March 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

So today I write about the latest issue in major contact sports like hockey and football. Concussions have become a recurring problem in these sports, and even baseball too despite the generally non-contact nature of the sport.

The reason I bring this up today is because Sidney Crosby has resumed skating for the first time in a long time since his concussion. Crosby was initially injured during the Winter Classic from a hit delivered by David Steckel, then of the Washington Capitals and now of the New Jersey Devils. Crosby then played a few days later, and if Steckel did not give him a concussion, then Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning certainly did.

So since Crosby has finally resumed activities such as skating, he poses as an attractive pick up in fantasy hockey, if his previous owner decided to cut him loose. I am here to tell you to stay away. As an owner of Justin Morneau in fantasy baseball this past season, you should know that if the team doesn’t outright say he is going to come back, then you probably won’t see him again this season. When Morneau was first injured, it seemed minor. It was the week before the All-Star game, and the initial talks were that he

Justin Morneau was concussed on this slide into second. PHOTO // sports.gather.com

would probably miss the All-Star Game. So he missed the mid-summer classic, and the talks became he will be back in a few weeks. Deadline after deadline passed, and Morneau never came back. Just like Crosby and the Penguins now, Morneau and the Twins took me for a ride of hope, expectations, and disappointment last season (Though I still managed to win my fantasy baseball league.) Almost one year later, and Morneau is still not back to his normal self.

Now I am not trying to say, “screw you Morneau, you almost ruined it!” I understand that he had a legitimate injury, and I’m sure it was killing him both physically and mentally that he couldn’t get back to his usual self, and continue playing. I am just taking the time now to express the unpredictability of this particular injury. For some players it can be a death sentence to their season, while others like DeSean Jackson came back from a very ugly hit after only a few weeks. So here is my warning to all. Do not add Crosby to your fantasy roster. If he does return I am willing to bet:

A. He won’t be the point scoring machine he was earlier in the season.

And

B. He probably won’t even play until the playoffs.

So here is my video today. The Steckel hit, and the Hedman hit.

March 1, This Is Sean Avery

March 1, 2011 1 comment

Hey guys,

Sean Avery on his first team, the Detroit Red Wings fighting Trevor Linden. // IMAGE Ioffer.com

So today I decided I would dedicate my post to the most polarizing man in the NHL, Sean Avery of the New York Rangers. Avery is famous for his antics on the ice, and his salacious comments about ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert, and her then boyfriend Dion Phaneuf.  The comments got Avery suspended from the NHL, forced him to undergo psychiatric evaluation, and ultimately led to his release from the Dallas Stars and signing with the New York Rangers for a second regime.

Avery gives his supporters hoards of ammunition to make them love him, and even more ammunition for his haters to hate him. From his propensity for fashion, to his willingness to throw down with any player, he is a deeply interesting player, who does not fit the mold of a prototypical NHL player. Avery has earned the reputation as the league’s pest, from the very first day that he skated on NHL ice with the Detroit Red Wings. In his earlydays in the NHL, he drew guidance from some of the greatest players of his generation.

 

Sean Avery doing his fashion thing. An aspect of his life that arms his critics with ammunition. IMAGE // http://www.bittenandbound.com

Ansar Khan of MLive.com did a story back in December of ’08, where Chris Chelios and Kris Draper reacted to Avery, and his comments about Cuthbert. The following quotes were lifted from Khan’s story:

Chris Chelios said he had to kick Avery out of his house after living with him for three weeks during the NHL lockout in 2004-05, when they were playing for the UHL’s Motor City Mechanics.

“He turned my house upside down,” Chelios said. “It was funny, but after a while … ”

Chelios said “anything goes on the ice,” but added, “there are certain lines you don’t cross.

“I wouldn’t listen to anything he says, because sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s just dumb,” Chelios said. “He was never a problem here. He said dumb things, but we had such a veteran team, guys like Mac (Darren McCarty) and Shanny (Brendan Shanahan) would straighten him out if he stepped out of line.

“Hopefully, he won’t miss too much time and he’ll learn his lesson. He’s not a bad kid, he’s just had bad judgment once in a while.”

Kris Draper trains with Avery for a few weeks every summer in Toronto. He echoed Chelios’ sentiments that Avery is “a good guy” with poor judgment. But Draper questioned whether a comment deserved the same punishment as a dirty on-ice hit.

“The one thing I’ve always said about Aves is, if he would just keep his mouth shut and play the game he’d be a very effective hockey player,” Draper said. “I’ve tried to tell him that. I’m sure I haven’t been the only one.”

Avery squares off with Ed Jovanowski while a member of the LA Kings. IMAGE // UPI.com

I wish I could find the article that I read about Chelios and Avery’s relationship when he was freshly broken into the league, but I found Chelios’ comments to be hilarious. I can’t remember the exact context, but here’s the jist of it. Apparently Chelios had Avery over his house for dinner, or some sort of social gathering, but Chelios eventually had to kick Avery out of his house because he was forcing Chelios’ kids to fight each other…. So Avery.

So now I will make my plea to the Rangers about Sean Avery. In his fifth season with the New York Rangers, it has become clear to me what he has to offer this team. Avery has had a bad rap for taking bad penalties that have cost the Rangers, but from my perspective, Avery is a very underrated and underutilized player. All things aside about his antics, or his reputation, when he is on the ice, he brings energy. Avery hustles for every puck on every play, and plays his heart out. He creates chances, and has an uncanny ability to take star players off their game.

Avery gets into it with Brodeur, further fueling the Hudson River Rivalry. IMAGE // Americalovescountdowns.com

Rangers fans need not look back further than his first stint in New York, when the 6th seeded Rangers took down the 3rd seeded Thrashers with a four games to zero sweep. Avery forced Kovalchuk to essentially go nuts, and completely abandoned his discipline and ability. Avery also brought back a spark that was missing in the Rangers and Devils rivalry when he angered Martin Brodeur past the point of tolerance, to the point that Brodeur refused to shake Avery’s hand following the Rangers 4-1 series win.

So, to get to the YouTube video for Avery today, I will show the video that I saw when I first learned that he would be coming to the New York Rangers. It was a pretty good indication of what he would bring to the team, and I still watch it here or there for a good laugh.

Enjoy.

And, the infamous Brodeur incident.

February 19, A look back at Richard Zednik

February 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Richard Zednik had the wherewithal to get up immediately once he was sliced, and skate to the bench for medical attention. Image courtesy of http://www.arstechnica.com

Today is close to the three year anniversary (Feb. 10, 2008) of that brutal play where Richard Zednik almost bled out on the ice. This came up in conversation last night when we were watching the Rangers, Devils game, which I might add was a shit show for the Rangers. Lundqvist is the only reason the Devils only won 1-0 and not much more. There was a play in the game last night where Kovalchuk took a reckless swing at the puck in the air, and smacked a Ranger (I think Wolski) in the face.

 

Zednik has not played in the NHL since the 08-09 season, but played in the KHL in the 2009-10 season. While he did play in the NHL, he was successful, by no means a great player, but certainly had an NHL career to look back at with reverence. Zednik is the type of player that went about his business, tallying 200 goals and 179 assists in his 15 year career (10 of which he played at least 49 games.)