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April 5, Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

So yesterday was a big day for the Rangers and the Bruins. With 99 points, the Bruins were hoping to add two points to their record in an effort to catch the Flyers and Captials (both have 103.) The Rangers are fighting for their playoff lives, and they were playing to add two points to their 89.

The game started out quite ominously for the Rangers, falling behind 3-0 in the second period. Vinny Prospal took control after the Bruins third goal, netting two goals before the end of the period, and making the score a managable 3-2.

The third period was all New York. Dubinsky netted his 24th goal of the season with less than four minutes to play. Dubinsky’s goal was followed shortly after by a Michael Sauer goal that just barely crossed the goal line, and with less than a minute left, Derek Stepan netted a 75 foot empty netter. Final score 5-3.

Here’s an updated look at the confence standings:

Eastern Conference Standings Heading into April 5

Even though the Rangers got a must needed win for their playoff hopes, the game did not go without dissapointment. Early reports indicate that Ryan Callahan injured himself, likely blocking a Zdeno Chara shot, and will miss the remainder of the season. The Rangers were fortunate to get the win last night, a win that will likely mean they will be playing playoff hockey, but at a devastating cost.

It’s going to be a lot harded for the Blueshirts to make a serious playoff run this season without their gritty leader, but they can still rally an effort to make a serious run. Especially with Henrik Lundqvist in net because as we all know, the best equipped playoff teams are those with the best/hottest goalies.

Watch the highlights of last nights contest:

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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.