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from the New York Times,
The Rangers have not scored in 126 minutes, dating to the final minute of their loss Thursday in Atlanta, and have a total of 13 goals in eight games. That is one goal fewer than the Washington Capitals have through seven games.
“It’s tough to take,” Rangers center Chris Drury said. “You feel for your goalie and you feel for your ‘D’ that’s playing solid. It’s our job to put some goals in the net.”...
“At some point, it’s got to give,” Drury said. “You get 30-plus shots every game, at some point they have to go in. That’s the way it works. We just have to keep shooting.”
added 6:06am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
If Shanahan were going to be 29 in January rather than 39, his lack of finish wouldn’t cause alarm bells to ring. But he is 38, and though Jagr’s lack of production can at least partially be attributed to learning how to play with a new pivot, Shanahan is simply failing to bury shots he’s made a Hall of Fame career of burying….
Shanahan came into the season, experienced. The Rangers had best hope he hasn’t become old.
In honor of tonight’s game between the Penguins and Rangers, Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has posted what they think is the best NYR video to be found on YouTube. (So go check it out.)
Meanwhile, I think I have a pretty strong challenger for that honor. If you ask me, this one should win the prize:
*hat tip to GGower.com.
from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
In its lengthy rebuttal to the lawsuit brought by MSG over new media rights, the NHL alleges MSG’s “real gripe” is with a league-imposed $100,000 fine — not the NHL’s effort to migrate MSG’s New York Rangers Web site to a league platform.
The league also dismisses MSG’s antitrust charges in the lawsuit saying, “MSG’s implicit suggestion that the NHL and its Member Clubs have somehow limited the scope of their joint venture to scheduling games and agreeing on limited broadcast rights is absurd.”...
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly wrote, “The Rangers’ complaint amounts to an attack on the fundamental manner in which the league and every other professional sports league is organized and operates. … Granting MSG its requested relief would strip the league of its essential and fundamental structure.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Manhattan, we’ve got a problem.
Let’s face it. Gomez has looked lost skating with Jagr the last two games, but what’s even more troubling, Chris Drury also looked lost skating with Jagr the first five games of the season. Really, there hasn’t been a single shift on which either center has appeared to be speaking the same hockey language as No. 68….
As long as Jagr insists on playing the game his way - and obstinacy is a trait shared by every great player extant - then going with Gomez as his pivot is a dicey proposition. So too is reverting back to Drury. So what to do with the 2-4-1 Rangers who have scored two even-strength goals their last six games and pretty much will go as Jagr goes as long as he’s here?
From Lynn Zinser at the NYT [reg. required],
The Bruins held Travis Roy Day to help Roy’s foundation raise money to help victims of spinal cord injuries. Roy was paralyzed in his first shift as a freshman at Boston University in 1995. One of his teammates was Rangers center Chris Drury, who has stayed close to Roy. Before the game, Drury met Roy outside the Rangers’ locker room and leaned down to give him a hug and hugged him again when Roy dropped the ceremonial first puck. “Chris is such a great guy,” Roy said. “He’s always been there, supporting me. It’s so fun to watch him succeed.”
from the NY Daily News,
Having opened this season in London with a two-game series between Anaheim and Los Angeles, the NHL is close to awarding the opener for next season to a more avid hockey country - the Czech Republic. As you might imagine, there are several prominent Rangers who are dying to be a part of such a venture.
“I would love it,” winger Martin Straka said. “The Rangers are the team in the Czech Republic, because of Jags (Jaromir Jagr), of course. I think it would only make sense for us to go.”
Henrik Lundqvist robs Marc Savard with a fantastic save yesterday.
Savard thought so too- Notice the tap on the pads Marc gives Lundqvist at the end of the video.
New York Rangers veteran forward Martin Straka broke a finger on his right hand in a game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Towards the end of the first period, Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara cranked a slap shot from the point that hit Straka in the right hand in front of the net.
Straka, who has two goals and one assist this season, is not expected to return.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Get this: The Rangers have been shut out in 12 of the season’s 18 periods. They have scored 10 of their 13 total goals in three periods (four in the third period of the opener against the Panthers, three in the first period of last Friday’s victory over the Caps, and three in Thursday’s third period). They have scored seven goals at even strength, two in the five games since the opener.
Jagr, who has scored once, has been on the ice for one even-strength goal since the opener. Chris Drury hasn’t been on the ice for an even-strength goal since opening night.
from the NY Times,
He is a veteran superstar who commanded a five-year, $35.25 million contract in the off-season, a former captain and Stanley Cup winner who is widely considered the best clutch player in the N.H.L. None of those prevented Chris Drury from feeling like the new kid at school when he started playing for the Rangers.
“I think a lot of times, you’re just trying not to step on anybody’s toes,” Drury said. “You don’t want to sit on anybody’s seat on the bus or anyone’s seat on the plane or get in someone’s way on the ice.”
But the acquisition of Drury and Scott Gomez, a free-agent center who arrived the same day as Drury, has not provided immediate success. The Rangers (2-3) have sputtered. Every time they want to hit the gas pedal, they grind a few gears.
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