Archive for April 19th, 2007


Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Devils Knot It Up

Devils Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)For the fourth straight game, Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur allowed three goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and for the fourth straight game the Devils’ defense had no answers for Tampa’s tandem of Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier. But for the second time in four games, the Devils uncovered their scoring touch, taking a 4-3 overtime win last night and knoting the series at 2 games a piece.

Gomez gets Devils even

New York Daily News

GOMEZ GETS DEVILS EVEN

New York Post

Gomez’s jump pays off on game-winner

Newark Star Ledger

Gomez Shares Spotlight in Win

New York Times

Isles Face Elimination

Islanders Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Ed Betz)Just yesterday Islanders coach Ted Nolan was complaining about the lack of respect that his team receives from NHL officials. Today the coach has one more reason to gripe, as another controversial video review denied the Isles the tying goal in a 3-2 game. Moments later the Sabres scored, pushing the score to 4-2, and pushing the Islanders to the brink of elimination. The Sabres will now take a 3-1 series edge back home to Buffalo.

The Islanders meanwhile are starting to sound like a broken record. Via The Daily News’ Peter Botte:

The Isles, who will face elimination in Game 5 tomorrow in Buffalo, angrily showed reporters video they believed disputed that assertion. And they once again made implications about NHL conspiracy theories and espoused the “no respect” mind-set they have maintained throughout this entire season.

And some sample quotes via Newsday’s Greg Logan:

GM Garth Snow: “A play like this, and we’ve just had a frustrating play that’s similar. I have no …

SWEEP!

Rangers Rumors & News

(Robert Caplin for The New York Times)

Via The Post’s Larry Brooks:

For the 10 years, the loudest cheers in the Garden have been reserved for the guys who used to be Rangers, for the guys whose numbers have been or will be retired, for the guys who won in 1994.

But now there’s a new team on the block, a new team for the great fan base to embrace, a new unit of hockey winners on the streets of Manhattan.

The 2006-07 Rangers have advanced in the Stanley Cup playoffs, closing out their emphatic first-round sweep of the Thrashers, 4-2, at the Garden last night. No Rangers team had won so much as a playoff game, let alone a round, since 1997.

Via the Star-Ledger’s Brendan Prunty:

Not only did the Rangers not give the Thrashers the chances they were looking for, they took them out of their game, which centered around four big-time playmakers — Bobby Holik, Ilya Kovalchuk, Keith Tkachuk and Marian Hossa.

In the four-game sweep at the hands of …

MAR-CEL’S BE-TTER

Rangers Rumors & News

Chase Is All Wright

Yankees Rumors & News

Rookie Shows Some Potential

New York Times

Yankees’ rook gets it Wright

New York Daily News

CHASE MAKES A SOLID CASE

New York Post

BIG BATS PROVIDE WRIGHT ANSWER

New York Post

Wright gives injury-riddled Yanks just what they needed

NorthJersey

It’s Wright’s night in Bronx

Newark Star Ledger

Philly Fanatic

Mets Rumors & News

Via ESPN.com:

After the Phillies were drubbed 8-1 by the New York Mets on Tuesday night, manager Charlie Manuel blew his top in his office, letting loose with a profane tirade and challenging WIP-AM talk show host Howard Eskin, a longtime critic of Manuel, to a fight. Later, in the team clubhouse, he had to be restrained from going after Eskin by two Phillies coaches.

Insert your own punch-line here.

Nolan: Isles Get No Respect

Islanders Rumors & News

Islanders coach Ted Nolan agrees with his trash-tossing fan base that the Islanders have been getting the short end of the stick from the officials in their first round series versus the Buffalo Sabres.

Nolan believes that so much has been made of the team’s underdog status against the juggernaut Sabres that refs aren’t giving the Isles any respect. Said Nolan: “Certain teams get certain calls, and that’s life. Some people get breaks and some don’t, and we’re that group right now. We’re not going to get any breaks.”

Nolan won’t find an ally in Newsday’s Jim Baumbach. Via Newsday:

After watching the Islanders fans’ idiotic trashing-the-ice display and then hearing several players question the referee’s calls after their 3-2 Game 3 loss, I got a little tired of the belly-aching.

The referees are always such an easy target for fans and players when things go sour, offering a convenient excuse not to look your team directly in the mirror and say we just screwed up.

Grit and Guts

Rangers Rumors & News

Via the Journal News’ Rick Carpiniello:

[Sean] Avery wore a bleeding eyebrow throughout Game 2 of this series, a badge that befit his performance, along with all those nicer things he had racked up on the score sheet….There have always been the great pains-in-the-neck, the disturbers, from Ken Linsemen to the Sutter brothers, to Claude Lemieux, Keith Acton, Esa Tikkanen, Theo Fleury and Ulf Samuelsson, Bobby Holik, Darcy Tucker and Tomas Holmstrom. Guys with varying degrees of greatness with the puck, but the same grate-ness without it. Guys who could stir the pot with their stick, their elbows, their knees, in some cases (but not all) with their fists and with their acid tongues….With 16:09 to go last night, Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk had had so much of Avery’s guff in this series that he slashed Avery and then dropped his gloves and fought Avery, bloodying his nose. They both got 17 minutes’ worth of penalties, so Atlanta lost its best player for the remainder of the night, and the Thrashers would …

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