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What Can Boogaard Do?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

We’re not assigning Boogaard blame for anything, and we’re most certainly not blaming him for Colby Armstrong’s crushing and penalized second-period hit on Marian Gaborik on which the Rangers’ indispensable sniper suffered a separated shoulder.

We’re not blaming Boogaard for Dion Phaneuf barreling into Henrik Lundqvist early in the first period, either, though preventing such blatant nonsense was specifically listed as one of No. 94’s most important responsibilities by Glen Sather when the general manager hired hockey’s Primo Carnera as a free agent on July 1.

The idea a fourth-line player—who gets a mere handful of fourth-line shifts a night and who is essentially in the lineup to punch it out with the opposition’s fourth-line heavyweight—can be a deterrent is flawed. The idea this presence will create more skating room for his team’s stars is misguided.

It’s even more misguided when it comes to Boogaard, who is so feared as a puncher that very few of the league’s heavyweights are even willing to drop the gloves against him, and that includes the (almost always) willing Colton Orr, who wanted no part of the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Rangers galoot on Friday.

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Once Hot, the Lightning/Panthers “Rivalry” Needs a Serious Spark

The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning share a home state, divisional alignment and the perks of leaving their home rinks to 80 degree-plus temperatures on the regular.

Their tenure as National Hockey League member franchises is nearly identical as well, with Tampa entering the league for the 1992-93 season and Florida one year later.

But you won’t find much evidence of a rivalry when speaking to current players from these clubs and, from members of the organizations of years gone by, what once sounded like legitimate hostilities have either fizzled into forced assertions or a longing for the good ol’ days.

It can’t hold a candle to the long-standing, emotionally charged levels of Calgary/Edmonton, Boston/Montreal or Colorado/Detroit.

It’s not likely to ever split households, a la Islanders/Rangers or Canadiens/Maple Leafs.

And, though both teams have had their share of supreme talents over the years, the odds of a superstar-driven rivalry, as in Ovechkin-Crosby/Capitals-Penguins, between the Lightning and Panthers are poor.

But there has to be something there still, right?

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/16/10

Today’s three cheers (a little late because, you know, a dad’s gotta take his two-year-old to Sesame Street Live every now and again) for the NHL’s top performers from a night ago:

***Cheers to Toronto’s Phil Kessel, whose overtime tally toppled the Rangers in New York, improving the Leafs’ stellar start to a perfect 4-0-0. The OT winner was Kessel’s second of the game and fourth of the season and the former Bruin also added an assist earlier in the contest. Clarke MacArthur also scored for Toronto - the impressive fifth goal of the year for the Buffalo/Atlanta castoff

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What Is Avery Thinking?

Why would Avery do something like this?

Mike Komisarek says the league should take a look at the slashes from Avery, watch below…

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Gaborik & Drury Leave Game Tonight

from TSN,

The injury bug took a big bite out of the New York Rangers Friday night as both Marian Gaborik and Chris Drury have left the game with injuries.

Gaborik suffered a shoulder injury in the second period in a collision with Maple Leafs’ forward Colby Armstrong.  Armstrong received a boarding minor on the play and Gaborik remained on the ice for the ensuing power play.  Later, Gaborik was seen grimacing on the Rangers bench before heading to the team’s dressing room.

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added 9:15pm, Darren Dreger tweet,

Broken finger for Drury is the early assessment. Not sure if its the same finger he injured in the preseason

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added 9:27pm, Video of Gaborik injury is below…

added 10:28pm, Multiple reports, Gaborik out 2-4 weeks with shoulder injury and Drury out 6 weeks with the broken finger.

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Sticks and Stones (and Hits from Behind) May Break My Bones but Words (and Gestures) Won’t Hurt Me

I’m a little late to the party on this topic, though I’ve shared a thought or two on Twitter this week, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least offer some extended opinion on the recent suspensions handed out to James Wisniewski of the New York Islanders and Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Wisniewski, of course, was banned for a pair of games for making what the NHL dubbed an “inappropriate gesture” directed toward Rangers forward Sean Avery, while Hjalmarsson got the same sentence for a dangerous, blind side hit on Buffalo’s Jason Pominville.

Pominville was concussed on the play and there is said to be no time table for his return to the Sabres lineup. Avery – go figure, be he the perpetrator or the “victim”, involved in yet another incident – suffered, perhaps, some shame and hurt feelings because of Wisniewski’s gesture. But he’s a big boy. He’s over it already, I’m sure.

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Enough Of Avery

from Tony Care of CBC,

While Milbury condemned Wisniewski’s action, calling it “ridiculous and immature,” he’s bothered by the notion that Avery is innocent of any wrongdoing in this case.

“He has been a pretty good player, but he’s become a caricature of a professional,” Milbury told CBCSports.ca. “It’s not good for hockey, it’s not good for the image that [the league] is trying to portray. We’re not all poster boys for this business and never will be, but this has gone on far too long with his focus on being a distraction and an agitator rather than honing his craft.

“Here we are we’re talking about Avery again, not because he made a great backhanded pass to set up the game-winning goal, but because he’s part of another unsavoury incident. It’s like watching a car wreck. You know it’s not going to be pretty but you can’t seem to turn away from it until you’ve had a look.”

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/12/10

Today’s three cheers, saluting those who deserve as much for their performances yesterday:

***Cheers to Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, whose 41 saves thwarted the efforts of his former club, the Florida Panthers en route to the first win of the season for the Canucks. Luongo’s .973 save percentage through his club’s first two games is hardly anything to scoff at and his quick start is a great sign for a Canucks team with extremely high hopes for the season. As for Florida, 42 shots on goal are great but three goals through two games won’t get the job done and that sort of paltry offensive production could be exactly what keeps the Panthers from succeeding this season. Tomas Vokoun can only keep opponents at bay to a certain extent.

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The Bolts Beat, 10/12/10: Lightning Home Opener, Road Trip Ahead, Devils Dilemmas, Wisniewski & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Jon, Mike and Mark recap the Lightning’s successful home opener and preview their road trip ahead. The boys also discuss the current (disasterous) state of the New Jersey Devils and the James Wisniewski/Sean Avery incident (how about that? “Sean Avery” and “incident” in the same sentence? Shocker…) Finally, JJ blows his top (again) in the latest installment of “What the Hell Was THAT?”

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The Aggressive Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Blueshirts’ byword from Day 1 of training camp has been “consistency.” They are certain that inconsistency kept them out of last year’s playoffs, though the case could be made that two separate runs during the gut of the season where they went 7-15-2 and 9-15-2, respectively, indicates consistency of a kind better left unspoken.

There’s a different mentality. Perhaps most significantly, head coach John Tortorella, who consigned his “Safe is Death” philosophy to the scrap heap very early last year and even at times tried to pretend it had never existed at all, has dusted it off.

“Some of the inconsistency we had last year kind of knocked us back and we played too safe,” Tortorella said following yesterday’s 45-minute practice. “We want our defensemen up and we want them taking chances.

“There were mistakes, sure, but I liked the aggressiveness through most of the game. Our guys bought into taking the puck to the net. I liked our flow. We were manufacturing goals.”

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