Archive for October, 2009

19
Oct
09

2 More Reasons To Love The Show

So I was cruising youtube today and found 2 more reasons to love the show, and any excuse to put up a good scrap on the Loge is reason enough for me.

First, Troy Brouwer taking on Jarome Iginla last week in the Hawks/Flames rematch. What’s so great about this fight? Chicago was down 5-0 and came roaring back to win in OT. Iginla had enough, and as great captains do he stood up for his team and fought Brouwer at center ice. Well played by both guys…dropped the buckets and went at it.

The second fight, Radek Smolenak from Chicago taking on Brad May of Detroit. A great scrap early in the first to get this rivalry heated up early in the season. A nod to both players in this one, May for fighting Smolenak who is trying to make a name for himself, and Smolenak realizing it’s time fire up the troops and hopefully find a permanent home away from Rockford, IL. I love the dialog they show at the end of this clip…

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19
Oct
09

A Nasty Slash and A Great Fight

A few items before I hit the sheets tonight.

First, the AHL’s Portland Pirates Joe DiPenta earned a 1-game suspension for this slash which ignited a fight between Jeff Cowan and Kip Brennan. Funny enough he was only assessed a 2-minute slashing minor for this swing in the last week’s Portland Pirates/Springfield Falcons game. I know of few of the Maine guys and let me tell you, DiPenta must be from New England, because he swings like a guy from Lewiston, I’m surprised he didn’t have mace on him to protect himself after this incident.

Also, last week George Parros was nice enough to give rookie John Scott an attempt to drop the buckets in the show. Parros got rocked, yes, but it was pretty cool of him to give Scott a chance at a fight. If watch these guys pair up at the face off it was clear this fight was staged and Parros gave Scott the go. Good time to fight for Scott as Minnesota was down 3-0 at this point. This fight sparked the Wild bench and Minnesota came back to win 4-3 in OT.

Scott Hartnell’s hair is way out of control, I love it:

Scott Hartnell

Finally, the helpless Canadiens can’t win a game even with 7 guys on the ice!

With Carey Price on the bench and Montreal head coach sending out an extra attacker to try and notch the equalizer, defenseman Hal Gill’s penalty ended during the final minute and he remained on the ice, not realizing he was the seventh skater for the Canadiens

7-man advantage

Thanks to Puck Daddy for the links

18
Oct
09

For Sale: 1 Bruins Season Ticket, Great Seats, Terrible Team and Management

Chuck Kobasew

What’s going on at the TD Garden? Well I know what’s not going on, winning. The B’s drop another one to soon-to-be homeless Phoenix after stomping Dallas 3-0. Where is the consistency? And then, they go and trade slumping Chuck Kobasew to Minnesota for “rights” to sign forward Alexander Fallstrom and forward Craig Weller, and the Wild’s 2011 second round draft pick. So let me get this sorted out, the B’s were going to deal Kobasew in the off season so they could sign Kessel, they don’t, instead the get draft picks, Kessel goes to Toronto and now we get rid of Kobasew for some potentially signed forwards and a draft pick. Chiarelli, how many picks do you want? You’re picking up draft picks like they are dot-com stock shares in the late 90’s.

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17
Oct
09

7-1-0 equals #1

The New York Rangers continued their stellar play in 2009 with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The victory is their seventh in a row and keeps them in a tie for first place in the NHL with 14 points (Pittsburgh is also 7-1-0). The Rangers had a well balanced attack against the struggling Leafs (0-6-1) with two goals coming from defenseman (Del Zotto (3) and Staal PP (1)) and two goals from forwards (Dubinsky (3) and Lisin (1). Henrik Lundqvist was excellent with 34 saves, he gave up the lone goal to Ian White.

Marian Gaborik stretched his point streak to 8 games with 2 assists tonight. Gaborik has 12 points in those 8 games and currently sits in 3rd in the NHL. Vinny Prospal also continued a scoring streak making it 7 games for him, Prospal assisted on Del Zotto’s power play goal.

The Rangers head back home for two games, Monday against the San Jose Sharks and Thursday against the New Jersey Devils.

This is the Rangers best start in a while and their longest win streak since the 2005-2006 season. Now I know it is still very early in the season, but I am not only happy with the Rangers play, but I am extremely impressed. I was a little uncertain with the new and young lineup this season, but the start they have put together has canceled any doubts. The Rangers struggled scoring goals last season, they are currently tied for the league lead with an average of 4.00 goals scored per game. The Rangers defense seemed to be a big issue at the start of the season, however they lead the NHL in scoring with nine goals.

Notes:

The video is from Battle of the Blades, a Canadian TV Show that features former NHLers figure skating. The show is kind of like Dancing with the Stars. Here is a list of a few of the former players:

Tie Domi

Bob Probert

Claude Lemieux

Ron Duguay

The game Monday against the Sharks (4-3-1) will be aired on Versus.

Enver Lisin scored his first goal as a New York Ranger.

The Rangers have the best home record in the NHL 4-0-0.

The Penguins have the best road record int he NHL 5-0-0.

That is it for me tonight, the Yankees are going to extra innings and I need to give a little more attention to that game…

15
Oct
09

My New Favorite Player, and Post-Game Beverage

Laraque got in trouble for this commercial he put out, I’m over it, I think he might be too…. Also, well played by Georges, he didn’t know what the ad’s script was and he agreed to do it because the money went to charity. People, it’s for charity, what’s the huge deal?

From the Ventura County Star

NHL tough guy Georges Laraque of the Montreal Canadiens apologized after appearing in an advertisement that violates NHL rules regarding alcohol.

The ad for an alcoholic beverage called Octane. 7.0 shows Laraque playing street hockey with several scantily clad women, and it has drawn the ire of the NHL and some women’s groups.

The league’s collective bargaining agreement states no player can sponsor or endorse an alcoholic beverage.

Laraque said he had no idea what the ad’s script was when he arrived for the television shoot and that he only agreed to do it because it offered a lucrative payday for charity.

12
Oct
09

B’s drop another one…

BruinsSo there has been a lot of chatter about the B’s coverage on the Loge. Yes, as Clark Dub has said there are Whalers blogs that have been updated more frequently than the B’s blog….good one, have fun golfing in April. Yes, I know the B’s coverage has been soft, Commish was just promoted and the Kiiiiid is now in B-school so time to have fun has been short, but we have not been slacking on the B’s watching. So, for those of you who do not know, the B’s look like dog poo, tonight they dropped their third of the season to the Avs to drop to 2-3 on the season. The B’s now stand third in the division and 10th in the Eastern Conference. A big deal? NO. But I don’t like it and I’m not happy with them. The Bruins are not doing what they should, tonight they went down 2-0 early in the first and no one wanted to drop the buckets and stand up for the team. Why not? I don’t know, maybe Thorton’s purse was too heavy or Lucic didn’t have his dose of cranberry juice this weekend. Yes, I’m calling out town favorite Milan, if he wants to feed me my lunch, by all means, atleast I know he can still throw a punch, sissy.

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11
Oct
09

Valiquette and Rangers shutout Ducks

Steve-Valiquette

Not even a flying-V or knuckle puck could find the back of the net against Rangers back-up goaltender Steven Valiquette. Valiquette made 18 saves against Anaheim Ducks for his first win of the season. Starting goalie, Henrik Lundqvist was given his first night off of the season as the Rangers play back-to-back nights, hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow night at MSG. Continue reading ‘Valiquette and Rangers shutout Ducks’




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