Posted in 5-hole.com Pick 'em, New York Rangers, NHL, tagged Alexander Ovechkin, anahiem ducks, Antero Niittymaki, atlanta thrashers, avs, bjs, bolts, boston bruins, buffalo sabres, Calgary Flames, cam ward, carolina hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, columbus blue jackets, Dallas Stars, detroit red wings, florida panthers, henrik lundqvist, jed ortmeyer, joel lundqvist, jonathan quick, justin pogge, los angeles kings, mats sundin, mighty ducks, miikka kiprusoff, minnesota wild, Nashville Predators, new jersey devils, new york islanders, new york rangers, niklas backstrom, Ottawa Senators, pensblog, philadelphia flyers, phoenix coyotes, pittsburgh penguins, San Jose Sharks, Sean Avery, sens, Sidney Crosby, st. louis blues, steve mason, tampa bay lightning, the joe, tomas vokoun, toronto maple leafs, vancouver canucks, vesa toskala, washington capitals on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 |
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There is controversy brewing over the Penguins’ game winning goal scored by Sidney Crosby in overtime last night. The big question is whether Crosby made contact with the puck above or below the crossbar. The goal was reviewed and it stood. So what’s the problem? The call on the ice was goal. The replay did not conclusively disprove that. It’s a goal right? Maybe, maybe not.
Why it’s a goal:
1. The NHL says it’s a goal, therefore, it’s a goal.
2. Someone at Pensblog drew a cute picture! They can’t be wrong, can they?
Why it’s not a goal:
1. Conspiracy theorists claim the NHL is just furthering the Sidney Crosby love fest.
2. The picture from Pensblog is misleading because the puck was not in line with the corner where the post and crossbar meet when it made contact with Crosby’s stick. It was actually closer to the center of the crossbar. Oh no! The new line goes under Crosby’s arm and the puck! NO GOAL!
3. Commenter Tom L. on the Puck Daddy post says, “Crosby is 5′ 11″, 6′ 3″ on skates. The crossbar is 4ft high and the puck hit a few inches below his armpits. Unless Sid’s swollen head is 28 inches tall, that’s well over 4ft.”
4. If the NHL had disciplined Crosby for his actions in the game against Atlanta, he would not have even been playing in this game.
5. This picture left by another commenter in that Puck Daddy post shows with more lines that the net is only 80 pixels tall in the image, while the distance from the puck to the ice is 91 pixels. 11 pixels isn’t all that much but it’s still something.
I say it was no goal. But what do I know? Onto the picks!
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Posted in 5-hole.com Pick 'em, New York Rangers, NHL, tagged Alexander Ovechkin, atlanta thrashers, bolts, boston bruins, buffalo sabres, Calgary Flames, caps, chicago blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, detroit red wings, florida panthers, martin brodeur, martin st. louis, milan lucic, montreal canadiens, MSG, new jersey devils, new york islanders, new york rangers, no habs no, Ottawa Senators, petr prucha, pittsburgh penguins, prudential center, Sean Avery, sens, sloppy seconds, tampa bay lightning, the rock, toronto maple leafs, washington capitals on Friday, December 12, 2008 |
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Yes, we made picks yesterday and no, we didn’t post them. We’re sorry. But just to show our dedication to this, I am revealing to everyone that Marc and I both picked the Habs as our gimmies last night. The Habs lost. To the Lightning. That’s right, the Lightning.
Last night, I went 5-3 and dropped my first gimmie of the season by picking the Habs over the Bolts. Marc also went 4-4 and also dropped his gimmie by picking the Habs. Rory went 3-5 last night but did not pick the Habs as her gimmie. She went with the Sharks who won.
Oh well. Let’s get to some news:
Petr Prucha’s days in a Rangers uniform may be numbered. Andrew Gross over at Ranger Rants has this:
Renney was asked whether Prucha’s latest three-game stint was enough of a sample for him.
“Yup,” Renney said. “If it wasn’t, he would still be in. He gave me everything he could. It depends also on what you need. Nigel is in primarily because of his ability to score and help create offense. Also, he’s a playmaker. He helps, I think, supplement what we might need offensive by his ability to make plays. It’s where we are and what we need to generate. It’s capitalizing on guys that have been out of the lineup that want badly to get back in and do the right thing as they do that.”
So there you have it. Nigel Dawes: playmaker. Did anyone actually notice Dawes in that game on Wednesday night? I mean besides the time in the third when he blew his golden opportunity.
The Islanders got absolutely destroyed last night by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Enjoy:
Picks coming as soon as I clear all these hats out of the way… (more…)
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Posted in Game Recaps, New York Rangers, NHL, tagged Dallas Stars, henrik lundqvist, joel lundqvist, john giannone, MSG, new york rangers, Sean Avery, steve valiquette on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 |
(Yes, this is late. Midterms. Suck it.)
Really? – The Dallas Stars? – They’re 1-3-1, and we can’t beat them? Seriously?
I’ll be quite honest, I was looking forward to this game since this season’s schedule came out. Actually, I look forward to The Lundqvist Bowl every year (more on that later), but this year was different. Because it was the return of Sean Avery. I always loved him as a Ranger, and even up until tonight, I was still a big fan of his. I actually wore my Avery shirt the other day, come to think of it. Yes, he had expressed frustration in what he felt was being rejected by the Rangers, then seeing them turn around and give the contract he wanted to someone else. But, honest as he was, he was still gracious(as gracious as Sean Avery gets), and left his teammates out of it, which proved to me that I was totally justified in still liking him beyond his Ranger tenure.
Until tonight. You, Sean Avery, are an ass. Are you an ass for yapping at anyone and everyone during warm-ups? No. Are you an ass for getting all up in Hank’s grill on the first whistle? No. I expected you to pull all that shit. Looked forward to it, actually.
No, you are an ass for this: “Valiquette is really a minor-leaguer and he’s got to get noticed, so what better way than to talk about me?” [Source: Sam Weinman's Rangers Report] (Ed. Note: He’s 2-0 with a shutout!)
Also, you’re an ass for this:
With at least half a dozen onlookers nearby, Avery emerged from the Stars locker room with about four minutes remaining in the break and unleashed a barrage of obscenity at Giannone. Unclear what lit the fuse.
During his tirade, when Avery reportedly made a remark about Giannone’s wife, the broadcaster fired back. [Source: Steve Zipay's Blue Notes]
Going after an announcer and a back-up goalie? You are one classy bitch, Sean Avery. One classy bitch.
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Posted in New York Rangers, NHL, tagged brendan shanahan, Devils, Dmitri Kalinin, henrik lundqvist, jaromir jagr, joel lundqvist, marcus naslund, Marek Malik, martin brodeur, New Jersey, new york, rangers, Sean Avery, Wade Redden on Sunday, October 5, 2008 |
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I actually look like this.
Is this introduction and season preview horribly late? Yes. Is this probably not going to be published until after the season technically begins? Yes. But do you care all that much? Probably not. If you’re that pissed, blame Eric.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rory, and I’m an angry, sarcastic, die-hard, 3rd-generation Ranger fan born in New York and raised in New Jersey. In addition to the Rangers, I love coffee, stiletto heels, and curly fries. Most likely due to my Ranger-fan-in-Jersey upbringing, the New Jersey Devils are the bane of my existence, and it is my personal belief that one of the most important things Lundqvist can do in his career will be to pummel Marty Brodeur in a team brawl until he oozes donut jelly from his man boobs chiseled athletic form.
That being said, I do hope y’all will find what I write, at the very least, amusing, as I do love ranting and raving about my beloved Rangers to anyone who can hear me, whether they want to listen or not. And this is a Rangers blog, so if you’re here and don’t want to hear(read) it, then, um, yeah that’s your business.
So anywhoozle, you’ve all read all summer about every reason why or why not we should or shouldn’t have let Jagr, Avery, and Shanahan go; and the same goes for signing Naslund, Redden, Zherdev, and blah blah blah. So I’m not going to bore the piss out of you by rehashing what you already know. But, since you are taking the time to read this, I’ll at least sum up my overall feelings. In bullet points! Yay!
- I loved Jags. I don’t care about the prima-donna reputation or him sitting out in shootouts. I loved that man for everything he did for this team: bringing us back from being a league-wide joke. Not to mention his willingness to be open and honest about how the team was doing, good or bad, his humor, and, yes, that massive ass. So Naslund is going to have to work extra hard to win me over, which is his ultimate goal, of course.
- Last year’s power play was basically a piece of butt crack lint with some spray glitter on it, so if Redden ends up blowing (Ed. Note: Not shooting the puck), oh well. How much worse could things get?
- Love him or hate him, Sean Avery was, at the very least, entertaining. I’ll miss his borderline unsportsmanlike ass.
- We signed a lot of key guys and spent a lot of money on the premise of them “benefiting from a change of scenery”. Not exactly a good plan, if you ask me.
- In dumping both Marek Malik and Christian Backman, us fans have no immediate option for booing at MSG. I nominate Dimitri Kalinin, he seems to be shaping up pretty well for it.
- The Rangers owe Brendan Shanahan an official ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Just letting it drift away and not saying anything is like breaking up with someone by just not calling them anymore and resetting your Facebook status to ‘Single’. Uncool, and super un-classy.
- Lundqvist’s preseason had been somewhat worrisome, as is the situation with his knees slowly deteriorating. But the last couple of games he’s gotten his form back, and looks Kingly for the start of the season, so I’m willing to push that worried feeling to the backburner for now. He’s poised to make NHL history this season, potentially the first NHL goalie to post 30 wins in his first 4 seasons. Pretty awesome.
- Speaking of Lundqvist, on an un-Ranger-related note, Eric made fun of me for drafting him to my fantasy team (go Bea Arthurs on Ice!), but I think this is Joel’s year to bust out and have an awesome year. You can quote me on that. But only if it comes true. (Ed. Note: Great Success will have great success this season.)
Alright, I’ve rambled enough. If you’ve made it this far, I applaud you. I’m very excited to be here at 5-Hole, and I hope y’all are just as excited as I am for this upcoming season.
LET’S GO RANGERS!
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Posted in New York Rangers, NHL, tagged Dallas Stars, Free Agency, New York Rangers, NHL, Olson twins, Sean Avery, Vogue on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 |
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The Sean Avery era in New York is officially at an end.
Avery signed a 4-year deal worth $15.5-million with the Dallas Stars. If you’re keeping score at home, the Rangers let Avery go over a difference of a few hundred grand per year. For a team that has no problem throwing ridiculous money around (e.g. “making it rain”), they seemed to be awfully blasé about re-signing one of their top wingers.
If you’re feeling upset, take a minute and put yourself in the position of the Mens Vogue editors or the Olson twins. Imagine how they must feel!
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Posted in New York Rangers, tagged christian backman, game 5, hospital, intensive care, jason strudwick, New York Rangers, Penguins, Sean Avery on Saturday, May 3, 2008 |
On the ice: Expect the same lineup in Game 5 that we saw in Game 4. Sam Weinman reports that Jason Strudwick is likely to play in place of Christian Backman again.
Off the ice: Sean Avery is still in the hospital, but was moved out of the ICU this morning. That’s good news for Avery. Get well soon!
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Posted in New York Rangers, NHL, tagged Avery, cheap shot, dan girardi, dirty, Evgeni Malkin, injury, intensive care, jaromir jagr, Malkin, Marek Malik, New York Rangers, paul mara, penalty shot, Penguins, Playoffs, Sean Avery, slew, slew-foot, slew-footing, slewfoot, Stanley Cup, suspension on Saturday, May 3, 2008 |
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The Rangers had a team meeting yesterday followed by an optional skate, but only Jaromir Jagr and Marek Malik took the ice.
Evgeni Malkin’s dirty plays (he slew-footed Mara twice!) towards the end of the game seem to be a non-issue for the Rangers and for the league. NHL Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell told John Dellapina of the Daily News that the league does not plan to investigate further and Malkin is not at risk for suspension. I call shenanigans. This is a dirty play [fast forward to 1:35].
For their part, the Rangers contacted the league regarding a different play Malkin was involved with: the breakaway that led to the penaty shot. While Dan Girardi did push Malkin from behind, and while most parties agree it should be a penalty, the Rangers would like some clarification on the rule because it was not a penalty as per the NHL rulebook.
Avery update: His doctors reported they were able to stop the internal bleeding on Thursday, but Avery remained in intensive care as of yesterday.
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Posted in Game Previews, New York Rangers, tagged blair betts, boarding, center, chris drury, christian backman, Colton Orr, Game 3, henrik lundqvist, hurt, injury, jason strudwick, Lauri Korpikoski, lineup, MSG, New York Rangers, NHL debut, Penguins, petr prucha, Playoffs, round 2, ryan hollweg, scott gomez, Sean Avery, Sjostrom, Stanley Cup, tom renney on Thursday, May 1, 2008 |
As if coming back from 0-3 in the series wasn’t going to be hard enough, the Rangers are going to have to do with it without Sean Avery (lacerated spleen), Blair Betts (broken bone in face), and without a 100% Chris Drury (torso injury). Drury is probable but after watching him skate at half speed and not taking any faceoffs in the 3rd period of game 3, I have to think he’s playing hurt.
So, where does that leave the Rangers? Well, the situation is not very good. Betts and Drury are the team’s top penalty killers, and the Penguins power play was destroying the Rangers despite Betts and Drury’s best efforts. I would be surprised to see Drury on the penalty kill even if he does play tonight. Now, without their services, it will be up to Scott Gomez, Ryan Callahan, and possibly Brandon Dubinsky to really step up their penalty killing.
Who is going to fill the empty spots in the lineup? Hartford call-up Lauri Korpikoski is going to play center for the 4th line but it’s not clear who will play wing and it’s also not clear who will play on the 2nd line in place of Sean Avery. It will be some combination of Prucha, Orr, and Hollweg. Korpikoski, the 19th overall pick in the 2004 draft, will be making his NHL debut tonight. Hopefully he can make the most of his 2-3 shifts per period. I think Prucha makes the most sense to fill in on the 2nd line. On Defense, Jason Strudwick will play along side Paul Mara in place of Christian Backman.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the situation does not look very good. But, there is still some hope. The Rangers have lost 3 in a row, but the Pens haven’t exactly dominated the Rangers in this series. The Rangers let a 3-goal lead slip through their fingers in game 1, and in game 3 the Rangers dominated the flow of the game but couldn’t capitalize on scoring chances as effectively as the Penguins.
It’s possible, right?
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