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Going Over the Hudson

This is exactly what the New York Rangers will be doing tonight as the travel across the Hudson River to take on the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

These two clubs last met last Monday at Madison Square Garden, where the Blueshirts took care of business and shutout the Devils by a 2-0 score. It was not the most exciting game as there was only 28 combined shots.

The Blueshirts are coming off a big 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon at MSG. The team continues to get goal scoring from Marian Gaborik (32 goals on the season) and excellent goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, both of which have contributed greatly to the Rangers’ success this season.

Going forward, those two will have to continue to play better but others must step up and contribute a bit more. There is no doubt that Brad Richards can create scoring chances and setup teammates (27 assists).

With that said, it would be nice to see him do that on a more consistent basis as well as putting the puck in the net a bit more. Yes, Richards has 18 goals and yes, 7 of them have been game winners but this team needs to see a bit more goals from him if they want to have success in the postseason.

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Rangers’ PP Comes Through in the Clutch In Win Over the Bruins

For much of the season, the New York Rangers’ power play has been lackluster to say the least.

It looked like that was going to be the case again this afternoon against the Boston Bruins until overtime when the Rangers’ were awarded a five minute power play when Andrew Ference hit defenseman Ryan McDonagh from behind. It was then that Rangers’ sniper Marian Gaborik came through by beating Bruins’ netminder Tuukka Rask to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory.

It was Marian Gaborik’s second goal of the afternoon, giving “Gabby” 25 goals on the season. His first of the afternoon came of a blocked shot on Carl Hagelin and he sniped one past Rask to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.

This was a game that lived up to everyone’s expectations. There was lots of hitting, lots of blocked shots, great goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist (32 saves) and Rask (30 saves), and had the feel of a playoff game.

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Kevin Baumer of Blueshirt Bulletin thoughts on the MSG Renovations

As I mentioned a few days ago, I was going to feature the full e-mail interviews I conducted with the Rangers’ bloggers who took part in my article on TheGoodPoint.com on the renovations currently being done to Madison Square Garden.

Today, I’d like to share with you what Kevin Baumer of Blueshirt Bulletin thought about the renovations currently being done to MSG:

PH: Why do you think Madison Square Garden decided to do these renovations?
KB: As partial as I am to MSG, it’s not really up to date with the latest in stadium innovation. It seems like there’s a smaller and smaller window for being current when it comes to sports stadiums, and MSG hasn’t really been on the cutting edge for awhile. When you’re in NYC, that’s not really acceptable. The sight lines to the ice and bridge above should really be appealing to fans.

PH: When you first heard that the Garden would be undergoing renovations, what was your initial reaction? Why?
KB: My first reaction, and I’m sure the first reaction of many, was that I wondered what the impact on ticket prices would be. They’ve gone up pretty dramatically over the last decade and although you can still find some good deals on StubHub and the like, buying face value tickets means digging deep into your wallet. I knew that wide-scale renovations wouldn’t be cheap, so I worried how much more it was going to cost to see my beloved Blueshirts in person.

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More Thoughts from Scotty Hockey on the MSG Renovations

As you all know by now, I wrote a piece for TheGoodPoint hockey section on the renovations taking place at Madison Square Garden. I am sure that most of you have read it by now but what I would like to do is show you folks what else was said by a few of the bloggers that were kind enough to answer a few questions about it.

We’ll start with thoughts from good friend of the blog Scotty Hockey:

PH: Why do you think Madison Square Garden decided to do these renovations?
SH: The short answer is because James Dolan is a businessman who likes to make money. The long answer is because Dolan was shortsighted and shot down the west-side Jets stadium. Once he did that, he slammed the door shut on Bloomberg and the rest of the NYC politicos and thus couldn’t set up any kind of tax breaks or financial assistance for a new MSG. Without being able to build a new building, Dolan had to find other ways to raise long-term profits and a full renovation was the next-best thing. The old layout only had so much space for sushi bars and other trappings of the rich, corporate elite that Dolan hopes to attract more of. Yes, regular people enjoy sushi too, but not at hockey games.

PH: When you first heard that the Garden would be undergoing renovations, what was your reaction? Why?
SH: I was less than pleased, because I saw a dark future in it - a future where hardcore fans and children can’t afford to go to games. A future where the Garden is as intimidating as the Air Canada Center in Toronto (which is not intimidating at all). A future where the team goes back to it’s mercenary ways where they overpay for names to keep bringing in corporate clients. I was part of a focus group the Garden held with other season ticket holders. The third-party gentleman that they brought in to conduct the group asked a battery of questions, all along the line of ‘what would make it alright for them to take your seat away and give you a worse one?’ The answer, unanimously, was nothing. The fellow recommended an exclusive entrance to the building,
some exclusive concession stands or minor discounts on said concessions. He was completely unable to grasp the concept that hardcore Ranger fans don’t care about the accommodations or intermission entertainment options, they care about watching the game.

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A Quick Explanation: My Piece About the MSG Renovations

Good afternoon folks. Two days ago, I posted a link to a story I wrote for The Good Point on what some Rangers’ fans/bloggers thought regarding the renovations currently being done to Madison Square Garden.

I know that the piece came off as a negative one because that is the angle I decided to take with it. Anyone can write about the great things being done to MSG and how terrific the arena is going to look but I decided against that because I wanted to be different.

The bloggers who took part in this, Scotty Hockey, Kevin Baumer (Rangers Tribune) were all kind enough to share their opinions and believe me when I say that there were also many positive things to be said about the renovations.

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My Take on the New MSG Renovations

Over at TheGoodPoint.com, I posted a story about the new renovations that are currently taking place at Madison Square Garden:

While hockey fans in one area of New York are complaining about not getting a new arena, fans in another area are thinking negatively about new renovations being made to their arena. This is the case when it comes to the New York Rangers and the changes to the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” Madison Square Garden.

Currently, the NYC mainstay is being gutted on the inside and transformed into something even more corporate and new age than it was before.

New York Rangers blogger Scotty of Scott Hockey is not exactly thrilled with what MSG is transforming into.

“I am less than pleased because I see a dark future in it,” he told The Good Point recently. “I see a future where hardcore fans and children will not be able to afford to go to games.”

Please click here to read more. I would really, really appreciate it if you folks gave this read for me!

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Playing with Pride at Home

Last week over at RLD Hockey, I blogged about how the New York Rangers need to take pride in the fact that this season mark’s the club’s 85th Anniversary and that to honor it, they need to play with pride all season long.

I figured that since tomorrow night is the team’s home opener at Madison Square Garden, I would share with you some of what I blogged over at RLD Hockey that is relevant for tomorrow night and going forward in 2010-11:

- The New York Rangers are one of the Original Six franchises in the National Hockey League, which is something that the team should take pride in. This season marks the 85th Anniversary for the Blueshirts; and in order to make it a good one, the team needs to make things happen and get off to a good start.

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Changes Coming to Madison Square Garden?

From Terry Lifton at Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal:

The mantra at MSG is “change.”

Change, as in NBA veteran Scott O’Neil, who was named president of MSG Sports last July. That was followed by hiring a phalanx of new sales and marketing executives to help sell a building renovation that started at $500 million but now is at the “we won’t discuss price right now” phase.

Change, as in more and bigger sponsor inventory, with plans for a new entrance, clubs, and skyways across the top of the renovation, which is scheduled for completion in time for the 2012-13 NBA and NHL seasons.

Change, as in new suites, so luxurious that at the high-end, the choice of amenities includes a fireplace or a waterfall. Prices for the super-premium, event-level suites also aren’t being discussed publicly, though we are hearing they are in excess of a million dollars each.

Forthcoming amenities aside, the spin at a recent MSG sponsor summit was an altogether “new” Garden, one willing to work more closely than ever with its corporate partners. “We need to be better at asking questions and you need to be better at giving us feedback,” O’Neil told a crowd of around 80 sponsor and agency representatives.

Click here for more. Let’s see if they can make good on their word.

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Quick Hits

Tonight, the New York Rangers take on the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden and will look to take over the top spot in the Atlantic Division as the New Jersey Devils currently sit atop the Atlantic thanks to a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

According to various beat reporter blogs, Petr Prucha and Lauri Korpikoski will be the scratches. Aaron Voros and Dan Fritsche will take their spots in the lineup.

Now, I know that the Ducks are a physical hockey club but I believe that by taking out Prucha and Korpikoski, the team is potentially sacrificing at least three-five scoring opportunities. When your offense isn’t that strong as it is, why would head coach Tom Renney do something like this?

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Look at the Bright Side

Yes, yesterday afternoon’s 3-0 loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins certainly stings but look on the bright side: the New York Rangers picked up points in four of their five road games, including wins against the Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and the talented Chicago Blackhawks.

The trip saw Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist return to form, especially his statistics: 23 wins, a 2.54 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and two shutouts. These numbers certainly show why he is attending this year’s NHL All-Star game in Montreal.

The team’s recent road trip also saw Chris Drury come alive as well as the continued strong play of Ryan Callahan and Nigle Dawes. Hopefully, these three will continue to play well because they are the only ones that are performing consistently on an offensive level in the past couple of weeks.

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An Interview with a Rangers Blogger

Since I’m sure all you die hard New York Ranger fans know what happened last night and know what this team needs to do to be better on a consistent basis, I figured I’d forget about talking about last night’s debacle against the New Jersey Devils and instead post an interview I did with a Rangers Blogger: Scotty Hockey.

Scotty was kind of enough to take time during this holiday season to tell us how he fell in love with the game and the Rangers, how he got into writing/blogging about hockey, what the future of hockey blogging will bring and of course, his outlook on the Blueshirts.

Enjoy and remember to visit Scotty Hockey for thoughts and opinions on the Broadway Blueshirts.

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