Archive for April 18th, 2007


Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

A Return To Garden Glory

Rangers Rumors & News

Via the Journal News’ Josh Thomson:

When a New York City team needs a singer for the national anthem, Daniel Rodriguez is on the short list. The former New York City policeman heeded his call to duty yet again last night, but he might as well have stayed home. After the first verse, the Rangers’ faithful drowned out his words with those of their own. Had you closed your eyes, you almost could have dreamed it was the Garden circa 1994.

Bold words? Maybe, but it was the playoff revelry of Garden nights past that backed the Rangers last night as they rolled to a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Thrashers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal….

7-0 Rout Puts Rangers Up 3-0

Rangers Rumors & News

The Atlanta Thrashers were brutalized last night at Madison Square Garden as the Rangers scored just 32 seconds into the game and never looked back. Atlanta’s supposedly explosive offense – which prompted Barry Melrose’s mullet to pick the Thrashers in 6 – was a complete no-show. Sniper Ilya Kovalchuk has just 1 point in the series – a goal – while Marian Hossa has yet to register a point.

The Rangers meanwhile opened the flood gates last night, scoring seven times, and have now outscored the Thrashers in the series 13-4. As the seconds ticked down on goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s first career postseason shutout, the Garden faithful derided the visiting team with a mock tomahawk chop – the incessant chant of the Atlanta Braves that is frequently mocked by Mets fans at Shea Stadium.

Michael Nylander (7 career playoff goals entering the game) had the first multi-goal game of his playoff career, tallying three times for the hat trick. It was the first playoff hat trick by …

Isles Falling Short

Islanders Rumors & News

The heroic return of goalie Rick DiPietro propelled the Islanders to an improbable Game 2 victory in Buffalo, however that momentum was not enough to carry the team to a win in Game 3 at the Coliseum last night.

The Isles clearly ran out of gas in a third period in which they were outshot 17-2 despite trailing. Said Randy Robitaille, as quoted by Newsday’s Greg Logan: “Two shots in the third period when you’re down by a goal is unacceptable…We felt we were right there. We should have come out a little more desperate.”

The night ended on an ugly note as fans littered the ice with beer bottles and other projectiles, angry at what the sellout crowd perceived as poor officiating. The Sabres had received the benefit of a five-minute goal review in the 2nd period that pushed the score to 2-0, and Robitaille was called for a cheap tripping penalty with 1:34 remaining in the game.

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