Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The Rangers are done. D-O-N-E. Done. My only regret is that the Rangers will get swept and not lose in five games as I predicted. Too bad....
ANTHONY: A chance? Yes.
If I sat here and said the Rangers will definitely come back, it would undercut the vast amount of hockey knowledge I obviously have. But to say it's impossible? No way...
...click on The Final Score link for the full debate.
...me, as much as I love the Rangers, I don't think they're doing it. I can see them getting a game or two, but four in a row against this Penguins team is a tall order.
"Team sources are refuting a report that said Avery was in cardiac arrest. Instead, they said Avery was complaining about an injury after the game, and that he walked into the hospital with team physician Dr. Andrew Feldman."
John Dellapina at the Daily News adds...
"Avery's mother, Marlene, told The Toronto Sun that the injury occurred during a first-period collision with a Pittsburgh defenseman."
...while a lacerated spleen is nothing to sneeze at. It's good to hear that the earlier reports of a cardiac arrest were erroneous.
SEAN AVERY SIDELINED FOR REMAINDER OF SEASON
New York, April 30, 2008—New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Sean Avery suffered a lacerated spleen in last night’s game, and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. He was taken to St. Vincent’s hospital after the game, and was admitted following a CT scan. He is expected to make a full recovery during the off-season.
...great to here that Avery will make a full recovery. Hockey players are the toughest in sports. The guy was playing with a lacerated spleen last night. Wow.
"It seems to happen every 33 years in the NHL. 1942, Leafs. 1975, Islanders.
A back-from-the-dead comeback from 0-and-3."
...just in case you're not a math major, 33 years from 1975 is 2008.
...maybe we do have a chance. Plus three of the four remaining series are 3-0. One of those has to get interesting. Why not ours?
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Yesterday, Straka appeared to have knotted Game 2 at 1-1 with less than five minutes to play only to have the goal waved off because the play had been blown dead by the officials."
"The Rangers overreacted today. I wonder how many of you will do the same.
After a Game 1 that was decided by one goal that was set up by a controversial penalty call, the Rangers completely withdrew into a defensive-minded shell. While that didn’t succeed in completely shutting down the Pittsburgh offense, it pretty well succeeded in precluding any Rangers offense."
...while defensive adjustments needed to be made, I agree with Dellapina that Renney and the coaching staff might have overreacted.
...after a shaky Game 1 we needed to get pucks at Fluery. Instead we paid too much attention to our defense and forgot that we need to score to win. Like I mentioned in my post game comments, Renney needs to reunite the three lines that catapulted this team into the playoffs.
...and get Tyutin off the point on the power play please.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
...one of the issues the "crew" discusses, which I forgot to mention in my post game comments, is Avery's cut in ice time. This guy has been averaging over 16 minutes a game all year and in the first two games against the Pens he's only averaging 12 minutes. Why? And why isn't he on the power play in front of the net agitating Fluery. I'm completely baffled.
"...right wing Petr Prucha will make his first playoff appearance this afternoon, subbing for Colton Orr on the fourth line with Blair Betts and Fred Sjostrom."
...look for Prucha to hit anything that moves.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Although there wasn’t much hope anyway that this Sidney Crosby-is-a-diver storyline was going away, Michel Therrien breathed new life into after practice today in defending his captain. And for the record, it didn’t take much prodding, either.
“Where I’m kind of disappointed is that there’s gamesmanship before the series about Sidney drawing penalties,” Therrien said. “And I’m disappointed. I’m kind of disappointed about that. This is a star player that plays into traffic—a powerful skater. And when a star player like this goes to traffic and plays into traffic, well he’s going to draw penalties.
“And we all know what Tom Renney’s trying to do. He tried to do it before we started the series. He tried to do it last night, I saw his comments today. He’s trying to get attention to the referees and complaining about the penalty last night at the end of the game...I’m kind of disappointed they complained about.”
Breandan Shanahan's response...
“I haven’t read the papers today but I feel like the only thing our team did last night was defend Martin Straka,” Brendan Shanahan said. “We certainly didn’t come into the room and throw down our equipment and say we got hosed by the refs. So I’m kind of surprised that Therrien’s making a big issue today. I’m actually really surprised. But if he wants to bring the referee’s attention to it, that’s fine.”
...what in the world is Therrian talking about? No Ranger, except Shanahan who said it was a weak call, said anything about Crosby diving or the refs losing them the game. Like Shanahan said if Therrian wants to bring attention to it, great.
Asked about the call after the game, Crosby said: "I just saw Pas block a shot and I just tried basically to catch up with him and I ended up falling. I don't know what I tripped over - whether it was (Straka's) stick or his feet or what it was. I think he was just trying to get back and get position on me."
...even Crosby thought it was a bad call. And what will Bettman do? Probably put Don Koharski and Kelly Sutherland on for the rest of the series.
Friday, April 25, 2008
...most of the Rangers didn’t want to talk about the interference call on Martin Straka. Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez said they didn’t see it, and Straka didn’t want to talk about it. The one exception was Brendan Shanahan. “Weak call,” he said.
Weinman has since added the entire Shanahan quote...
“I think it’s a weak call at that time in the game,” Brendan Shanahan said. “Sidney embellished and you could make the call that he was interefering with Martin Straka. It’s too bad it had to happen to a guy like Martin Straka. He’s such an honest, hard-working player… I think it was a tough call for the referee to make at that time in the game.”
and this one from Gomez...
“It’s over. There’s nothing you can do about it,” Scott Gomez said. “Maybe when you’re younger you might dwell on it. But we’re not going to let that happen. We’re down 1-0. It doesn’t matter how you lose. There’s no use in crying over it.”
Steve Zipay at Blue Notes has this quote from Jagr on the call...
"I cannot comment on that. I didn't see it I don't know what happened." Then, he says, "I was expecting something like that."
...I watched MSGNetwork's post game coverage after the game and not much more from the players or Renney on the call. Renney said to a reporter who asked him about it "You saw it." And when Straka was pressed on what he said to the ref after the call he stated "I told him he dove."
...although the Rangers didn't get crazy after the game over the call, which I'm very happy about, Stan Fischler went nuts on the post game report. I'm trying to find video of it.
...and speaking of the post game report. Why in the world is Butch Goring on there? What Ranger fan in his right mind wants to listen to Goring break down a Ranger playoff game. He was especially pissing me off tonight when he was talking about how the Rangers can't whine about the interference call. Go hang out with Giggs McDonald and Deb Kaufman.
"Yesterday, we got this beauty of a column by Newsday’s Arthur Staple, as well as this little snippet from John Dellapina of the NY Daily News.
And it got me to thinking, is it just me, or are the Rangers’ fans and media the biggest bunch of hypocrites, or what ??
Let’s focus on the subject of whining, since that’s high on Artie’s list.
Let’s, for the sake of argument, agree with Artie’s assessment that Sidney Crosby is a master whiner.
If Crosby is a whiner, what does that make Brendan Shanahan ??
Even the most diehard of Rangers fans would have to wade through the homer-ish fog and see that Shanahan is one of the biggest whiners in the history of the NHL, and that’s no stretch.
Brendan Shanahan is the Grand Frickin’ Poobah of whiners !!!!
Just so I understand, Crosby is the master whiner, but Shanahan is merely an intense competitor ?? You can’t be serious !!"
...is this guy Ferrante out of his mind or is it just me? In his two years with the Rangers I can't recall once when Shanahan embellished a call or cried to the referees. Unlike his boy Cindy who does it on a gamely basis.
...despite the stupidity of this column, I'm glad I found it because I can now bring up a concern. I'm worried that the Rangers are going get consumed by Crosby's whining the way the Devils got caught up with Avery's antics and their play will faulter. Hope I'm wrong, but just something to keep your eye on.