Archive for November 4th, 2007

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Avery Returns to Rangers Lineup

Rangers Rumors & News

Saturday night’s game was the first appearance by Avery since he was injured on a hard hit by Ottawa Senator’s defenseman Chris Neil on October 6.

Without Avery in the lineup the Rangers looked very similar to the same passive team they had early last season, not able to protect finesse players like Gomez and Jaromir Jagr. With Avery back in the lineup things are different.

During the second period of last night’s game Devil’s defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski landed a big hit along the boards on Gomez and it wasn’t long before Avery came down on Vishnevski in retaliation. Colton Orr and Paul Mara followed the feisty winger’s lead later in the game, and the message was clear that when you mess with Rangers skaters now there will be consequences – an ingredient that’s been absent in the season’s opening weeks.

In fact even before that play came close to materializing the Devils were well aware of Avery.  Before the game started the scrapper was jawing with winger David Clarkson.  The confrontation …

Prucha Beats Brodeur in Shootout

Rangers Rumors & News

The New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in a shootout at Madison Square Garden Saturday night.

Petr Prucha has been spending most of his time this season on the third line with rookies Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan, but was the hero of the game Saturday while skating on a line with stars Scott Gomez and Sean Avery.

Prucha assisted on Gomez’ goal in the first period and won the game during the shootout with a shot over the left shoulder of Devil’s goalie Martin Brodeur.

This was not the first time Prucha notched the game winner in a shootout against Brodeur. As a rookie he won a game on November 5 when he beat the future hall-of-fame goalie between his legs. That season Prucha got attention as he scored 30 goals, but up till this point this season he has not looked anything like that promising young star. Going into Saturday night’s game he had only one goal and one assist.

Many Prucha fans have been …

Maybe the Knicks should stay on the road

Knicks Rumors & News

When the Boston Celtics opened their season a couple of night ago at the Fleet Center by blowing out Washington it was a joyous occasion.

There was the voice of legendary Red Auerbach on the PA, and there was a new Big Three (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen) playing well, offering a glimpse into what looks like a new era of quality basketball in Boston.

When the New York Knicks open their home season Sunday night, it’s highly unlikely those same good vibes will be felt inside Madison Square Garden.

The James Dolan-Isiah Thomas New York Knicks are a mess. They are an embarrassment to the Garden, an embarrassment to the league and an embarrassment to themselves.

What’s really scary is that Dolan, the owner, and Thomas, the GM/coach, don’t seem to get it. Dolan, particularly, seems oblivious to just how bad the perception of his coach — and his franchise — has become.

Despite NBA Commissioner David Stern’s recent proclamation that the Knicks are “not a model of intelligent management” Dolan remains clueless. He says …

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