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The Difference Between 68 & 79

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
For last night at the Coliseum, in a game that Ranger leader Jaromir Jagr said, "was huge and we knew it," Stirling's Islanders came up as small as . . . well, as small as Alexei Yashin in losing 6-2 after holding a 2-0 lead in the match's eighth minute. Could there have been a greater contrast between the two New Yorks' two signature players? Could there have been a better illustration of the gulf in leadership between the Rangers' No. 68 and the Islanders' No. 79? It's not only Jagr's remarkable skill that has set him apart this surprising season; it's the passion and work ethic he has displayed on a consistent basis while assuming the league lead in scoring with 59 points (24-35). There's no doubt he's the straw who stirs the drink. Meanwhile, no such return for the Islanders on Yashin, whom they named team captain after excising Michael Peca from the program. But while you can transplant a "C" onto a man's chest, you can't do the same for what beats beneath it.
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