Archive for October, 2009



08
Oct
09

Rangers Knock off Caps

The New York Rangers battled the Washington Capitals until the final buzzer. In the end, the Rangers emerged victorious handing the Caps their first regulation loss of the season. (The last time the Rangers played the Caps, the Rangers were defeated in game seven of the East Conference quarter finals). Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves, but let up a soft goal in the third, which at the time tied the game at two. From there, it was the Marian Gaborik show. Gaborik scored the tying goal and game winner, both wrist shots that beat Jose Theodore between the legs. If Gaborik can stay healthy he can be one of the best in the NHL. He has it all; explosive speed, a great shot, and he is a smart two way forward.

The Rangers return to MSG on Sunday where they will face the Anaheim Ducks (fresh off their big 6-1 win over the Bruins).

This was the first time the Rangers beat the Caps in Washington since February of 2007.

Finally, I never thought I would say this, but I miss Sean Avery. That is the explanation for the video…

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07
Oct
09

Bruins lock up Lucic

milan lucicLooks like Lucic will be picking up the tab a little more often these days. The Bruins announced yesterday that they signed the power forward to a 3 year contract extension that will keep him in a B’s uniform until the 2012-13 season. More from Fluto at Boston.com:

Lucic will earn $4 million in each of 2010-11 and 2011-12, and $4.25 million in 2012-13. Lucic, currently on his entry-level contract, is making a base salary of $685,000 this year. He will get a 484 percent raise next season.

Lucic’s $4,033,333 annual cap hit will make him the fourth-highest-paid Bruin behind Zdeno Chara ($7.5 million), Tim Thomas ($5 million), and Patrice Bergeron ($4.75 million). It is a lofty number for a player once cut by his Junior A team and not selected in the WHL bantam draft, but an appropriate price to pay for one of the league’s up-and-coming studs. Lucic’s status was reaffirmed this summer when he was invited to Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp.

Commish’s take:

Definitely a great move buy Chiarelli. A good amount of people will question the cap hit for Lucic over the next three years. $4m is a hefty price for a 21 year old kid with an ugly stride and only 17 goals last year. However Lucic’s ‘hit first, ask questions later’ mentality along with his hardworking nature and other intangibles made resigning him a must for the Bruins. Looks like everyone can go out and buy a Lucic jersey now without worrying about where he will be over the next 3 years.

04
Oct
09

Rangers win home opener

The New York Rangers won their home opener last night, defeating the Ottawa Senators 5-2 in front of a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden. It was all New York early as the Rangers out shot the Sens in the first period and had several quality scoring chances. The Rangers scored the first goal of the game 3:20 into the second period and never looked back. Vaclav Prospal scored his first goal of the season and his first as a New York Ranger. The Blue Shirts continued to dominate play through the period scoring two more times to carry a 3-1 lead into the third period.

Play got a bit rough in the third with two decent scraps… Continue reading ‘Rangers win home opener’

02
Oct
09

Rangers lose season opener 3-2

The Pittsburgh Penguins raised their 2009 Stanley Cup banner and carried their play right into this season. The Penguins scored two goals in just over a minute en route to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.  This was the Rangers first opening game loss since 2004. The Rangers fought hard all night and got to within a goal in the third period, but fell short in the end.

A few highlights for the Ranger:

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02
Oct
09

Open Night Ceremony

The New York Rangers will kick off their 2009-2010 campaign with the Stanley Cup in the building. The Rangers will witness the Pittsburgh Penguins raise their Stanley Cup banner in the final opening night at Mellon Arena. Rangers coach, John Tortorella says the team will support the NHL and the Cup and watch the ceremony. Tortorella has been on the winning side of one of these ceremonies in the past with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

I am sure the ceremony will be fun for the Penguins, but possibly even a distraction. For the Rangers, it should serve as motivation. The Rangers have not won a cup since 1994, which does not seem long when compared to my blogging counterparts who have not won a cup since 1972…

Here’s my preview/predictions of the 2009-2010 New York Rangers…

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01
Oct
09

Road to the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Starts Tonight!!

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Business school and a new job for the Loge19 crew has caused some serious posting deficiencies for the site. Not sure what the solution is but here is tonight’s lineup and some blogs that have their shit together for a real preview of opening night. Can’t Wait to get over to the real LOGE 19 for the 1st game of the regular season!!

Opening night lineup from Fluto over at BruinsBlog:

Milan Lucic
Marc Savard
Marco Sturm
Blake Wheeler
David Krejci
Michael Ryder
Mark Recchi
Patrice Bergeron
Chuck Kobasew
Shawn Thornton
Steve Begin
Byron Bitz
Zdeno Chara
Derek Morris
Andrew Ference
Dennis Wideman
Mark Stuart
Matt Hunwick
Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

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