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Neighbors And Foes

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

After all this, three Cups, seven Atlantic titles, and yet another finish above their unneighborly neighbors, the Devils New Jersey Devils enter the fifth Battle of the Hudson still Strangers in a Ranger land, even in their own home, by their own admission.

“It’s weird living here,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner Jamie Langenbrunner told The Post. “You have all these people in New Jersey that are Rangers New York Rangers fans. And you have the Devils fans.

“It’s like we’re the ugly stepchild team and they’re the glamour.”

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Can Jagr Dominate

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But now, two years later, beginning on Wednesday, Jagr will get a second chance at the Devils.

Yes, the conflict between Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Brodeur will be fascinating. And yes, there will be delicious subplots featuring Gomez, Sean Avery, Zach Parise and Patrik Elias, whose shootout goal was decisive in his team’s 3-2 victory over the Blueshirts at the Rock yesterday that gave the Devils first-round home-ice.

Still, the outcome of this series between this matched set of flawed opponents is almost certainly going to be determined by whether Jagr can dominate the Devils over seven games, the way he dominated for shifts at a time while logging 24:12 yesterday while skating on lines with both Gomez and Brandon Dubinsky.

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Hockey in His Blood

From Vincent M. Mallozzi at the NYT (Sunday’s edition),

Also in his collection are 60 autographed jerseys, one of which was signed by 38 members of the Hall of Fame and 6 worn in games by Hall of Famers, including Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, his favorite players.

“Wayne Gretzky was the most remarkable player I have ever seen,” Poitras said. “But Bobby Orr was a combination of greatness and toughness when the N.H.L. was a much tougher league.”

Poitras, who owns season tickets to the Rangers and the Islanders, has four rooms in his home filled with the kind of memorabilia that would make Lord Stanley raise his silver cup in appreciation.

“I do have a rather unusual collection,” said Poitras, a logistics and planning manager at Citigroup, who has turned his Long Island home into a veritable hockey shrine over the years, amassing much of his collection through auctions. “People who visit me get a real kick out of all my stuff.”

more… about one NY family’s passion for hockey

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Failure To Communicate

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“I told the referee what order I wanted to shoot and I put my finger up and told him to give me a second, because I wanted to check with Shanny [Brendan Shanahan] to see if he could go first after he’d been on at the end of [OT],” said Renney, whose team has gone first at essentially every home game.

“I looked up, the referee was gone, he came back and he said, ‘You’re going to shoot second.’

“I said, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t want to shoot second. He said, ‘You told me that.’ I said, ‘No, I said to give me a second.’ He decided I couldn’t change my mind, or he couldn’t change his, which was unfortunate. No shots had been taken. I was very, very clear.”

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Rangers Gathering Momentum

from Ryan Dixon at the Hockey News,

But this year’s version of the New York Rangers isn’t your typical brash, big-city bunch. A team that in recent years came to be known for its heavy Czech presence is really more about checking hard at both ends of the rink and thriving on a north-south game. That and fantastic goaltending.

With the Eastern Conference as wide open as Saskatchewan, the Rangers are starting to gather a sizeable following of people who believe this could be the year Madison Square Garden plays host to another Stanley Cup final.

read on.

Update 5:56pm ET— From Bill Clement at NBC Sports, more Rangers optimism:

Having made the playoffs for the third straight year under coach Tom Renney, the Rangers shouldn’t be sold short of capping their season with a ticker-tape parade down New York’s Canyon of Heroes.

The only other time such a celebration took place for this franchise was in 1994, when captain Mark Messier helped end over a half-century of futility on ice in the Big Apple.

Looking at the competitive balance in the Eastern Conference, one would be crazy not to think the Rangers could make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. And if they do, with the strengths they possess and with the possibility their opponent will have paid a heavy price to come out of the rough-and-tumble West, the Rangers will have a better-than-average chance to sometime in June skate around the ice with Lord Stanley’s Cup held high.

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Between The Benches - In The Action

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

When the first TV producer decided to place a hockey analyst between the benches a few years back, the idea looked like it might end up high on the pointless ideas list, just behind the infamous glowing puck….

But this idea, used to great advantage by TSN and NBC, is proving to be one of the best broadcasting innovations since the advent of the second camera.

It was on display during yesterday’s Pittsburgh-New York Rangers game on NBC, with Pierre McGuire stationed between the benches and providing viewers with the kind of insights that only someone in that position could get.

Throughout the game, McGuire told viewers how the coaches were rotating their lines and even what players were saying to each other. When New York coach Tom Renney chastised his players for passing too much and not shooting enough, McGuire passed that on, too.

read on

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Jagr Being Jagr

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Regarding Jagr and his meeting this week with Omsk, Sather told The Post, “Jaromir has never told me he does not want to be a Ranger next season and I have never told Jaromir I don’t want him to be a Ranger.

“If he meets with Omsk, that’s fine, but I don’t see why he had to tell anybody about it. If this becomes a distraction in any way, I’m certainly not going to be happy about it.”

more on the Rangers…

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Acting Class

from John Dellapina at the Blueshirts Blog,

...That said, what I don’t get is how the hard-working and utterly honest men who referee NHL games can repeatedly be duped by the same maneuver - you know, that fling back of the head in mock horror in reaction to an opponent’s stick that didn’t come close to striking it. Like, say, the tap to the hip that Scott Gomez gave Crosby, drawing that head flop and a high-sticking penalty in today’s third period.

But even more mystifying is how Jaromir Jagr could have begun his career in Pittsburgh, developed into a superstar here and never learned the diving and face-clutching and horrified equipment shedding that has been part and parcel of Pens hockey ever since Mario Lemieux decided to shame the league into enforcing its obstruction penalties by embarrassing all officials who didn’t do so.

read on

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Jagr Talk

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This afternoon, Jaromir Jagr will play the 420th regular-season game of his career here at the Igloo. The Post wanted to know if he expects to be his last.

“Are the Penguins moving?” a grinning Jagr responded following practice yesterday, before the Rangers departed for the opener of a back-to-back, home-and-home series against the division leaders they trail by six points while holding a game in hand.

“Should I wave to the fans?” Jagr asked. “Maybe I’ll wave . . . after I score.”

Jagr was as coy in talking about his plans as he has been since telling The Post on March 9: “I have a pretty good idea what I’m going to do next year and I’ve known for three or four weeks, but I’m not going to say anything.”

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Report- Avery Name Attached To Brothel

from the New York Daily News,

Avery, 27, a trash-talking enforcer who has dated a string of models and actresses, is listed as a $500 client of brothel Maison de L’Amour.

Contacted Friday at the number in the records, the pretty boy known in the NHL as “The Animal” at first laughed when told where his name had turned up.

“For some reason, I highly doubt that,” Avery told the Daily News, insisting he was the target of a practical joke.

“It’s April Fools’ Day coming up and I’m not going to fall for it.”

It’s no joke. His name is one of more than 2,000 on a computer spreadsheet, detailing Davis’ X-rated operations, obtained by The News.

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