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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.

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March 19, Lundqvist Gets 30

March 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

Last night the New York Rangers played the Montreal Canadiens, and delivered a punishing win. The game was determined before the first period was over. New York jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off the unassisted goal of Artem Anisimov. Montreal retaliated shortly after with a goal from rookie P.K. Subban, but after that it was all Rangers for the rest of the first period. Halfway through the first, Girardi netted a goal making the score 2-1.

The changing of guard: The NHL makes the transition from the great goalie of years past to the great goalie of the future. IMAGE // hlundqvist.blogspot.com

Then the flood gates opened. Callahan scored a bizzare goal in the last three minutes of the period, which set off a series of fortunate events for New York. 32 seconds after the Callahan goal, Gaborik netted his fourth goal of the season on a quick wrister, and before the Garden could settle down, Brian Boyle tallied his 21st goal of the season only 35 seconds after Gaborik’s goal.

 

The Canadiens never even had a chance after the offensive explosion in the first period, but they were able to shrink the lead to 5-3 before Vinny Prospal put the icing on the cake with a third period goal. Final score: 6-3 Rangers.

The win was a momentous one for King Henrik, who recorded his 30th win of the season. It marked an NHL record six straight seasons of 30+ win goaltending for Lundqvist. No other goalie has started their career with 30 wins in each of their first six season. Lundqvist is clearly a talented goalie. I personally feel that there is no better goalie in the game right now than Henrik. There are plenty of goalies who are highly talented, but when Hank is on top of his game, he is in a class of his own. Congratulations Henrik, next step in a hall of fame to-be career; Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Check out some highlights of Hank from the other days game against the Islanders. This is what I mean about his brilliance and dominance.

March 16, Marian Gaborik

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

Last night Marian Gaborik did what he does; put up goals on mediocre teams. His two goals in last night’s contest with the Islanders brought his season total to 20, a far cry from what he is capable of. Last season Gaborik tallied 42 goals. To his defense, he has not been healthy this season, battling injuries throughout. Last night was the fourth time this season he has scored multiple goals in a game, and the least amount of goals scored in a game where he had more than one.

On November 14 against Edmonton, Gabby tallied a hat trick, On December 2 in Long Island, he added another hat trick to his season. On January 19, he scored four goals on the Maple Leafs, leading up to last night when he recorded his fourth multi-goal game of the season. So he has tallied a total of 12 goals in four games, and 8 goals in the rest of the season.

Gaborik needs to get some consistency in his game because right now he is not being as helpful as he can be. He is a super star in the league, and has evidenced it by his stellar play in four games this season. Now that Vinny Prospal is back he needs to start gelling, and making it work with his teammates.

To commemorate Gaborik’s ability to light up the score sheet, take a look at this video from when he was a member of the Minnesota Wild. On this particular night, Gaborik scored five goals on the Rangers. Now he needs to do that for us! Enjoy.

February 21, The Brawling Islanders

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

So for anyone who pays attention to hockey, you probably have heard about the New York Islanders’ recent scraps with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The action started on February 2, when Rick DiPietro shoved the Penguins antagonist, Matt Cooke. Pittsburgh goalie Brent Johnson took exception to DiPietro, and skated down the ice to challenge him to a fight. The two dropped their gloves, and came together in the Islanders zone. Ricky D went into the fight with WAY too much confidence , which resulted with him getting knocked out with just one punch. The fight resulted in DiPietro having to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. In DiPietro’s time with the Islanders, he has been more fragile than glass. The Islanders signed Ricky D to an unheard of 15 year contract in 2006, and since that point it has been impossible for him to stay healthy for any extended period of time. I didn’t think it was possible, but DiPietro has taken the title of, “American Idle,” from Carl Pavano. Don’t worry Isles fans, he will be off the books in 2021.

Back to the goalie fights. So following the first meeting that ended in DiPietro’s injury, the two teams met again on February 11, just 9 days later. This time it was the Islanders who had a score to settle. There were plenty of prideful Isles that felt offended by the beatdown of their goalie, and the way the Penguins basically laughed in their faces about the whole thing. One Islander who made it known that their would be payback was Micheal Haley, a young, tough rookie. Haley scored the first goal of his NHL career, and followed it up with a series of hard-hitting fights. The fight to be remembered in the game was the one that got him ejected. Haley skated down the ice and challenged Brent Johnson to a fight in redemption of DiPietro. The two went at it for awhile before Eric Goddard of the Penguins left the bench to defend his goaltender. The end result of the game was a 9-3 Islanders win, with 65 penalties, 10 ejections, and 346 Penalty Minutes (The Florida Panthers as a team only have 486 penalty minutes this whole season.) Former Penguin great, and now partial team owner Mario Lemieux had harsh words for the NHL following the brawls.

SO….

All this talk about the Islanders, and brawls, and goalie fights got me thinking…. There must be a time that all of these things happened when they faced off against the Rangers. Then I remembered one of the most one sided goalie fights in hockey history. Enjoy the show.

This video piqued my curiosity when I saw Chara in an Islanders jersey. I didn’t recall a time when Chara played in New York, so of course I had to look it up. In 2001, the Islanders shipped Chara up to Ottawa in a trade to acquire Alexei Yashin. The trade also included the Islanders’ first round pick in the draft, which ended up being Jason Spezza. Spezza just recently tallied his 500th point in his 501st NHL game.

I’m surprised I didn’t know about this before, but looking back on it I have to say, “wow.” Talk about highway robbery.