Archive for April 25th, 2008

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Rangers Let 3 Goal Lead Slip Away

Rangers Rumors & News

The Penguins young duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined to score four points in a 5-4 come from behind victory against the Rangers.
The Rangers lead 3-0 early in the second period after goals from Martin Straka, Chris Drury, and Sean Avery.  But midway through the game Pittsburgh answer back with four unanswered goals by Jarkko Ruutu, Pascal Dupuis, Marian Hossa, and Petr Sykora which gave them a 4-3 lead.
The Rangers answered back with a goal by Scott Gomez to tie the game at four.  Then with less than two minutes to go, Malkin scored to put the Penguins ahead for good.
“A game is never finished for us,” Sykora said. “We have the power to score to score a lot of goals here. It doesn’t matter if we’re down one, two, three goals.”
Early in the game the Rangers jumped out ahead behind strong goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist.  He kept the puck out of the net and allowed the Rangers to be creative offensively.  At least …

Rangers Rumors & News

Colton Orr will replace Ryan Hollweg in the lineup tonight, says head coach Tom Renney. “It’s time,” said Renney, who believe Orr’s size will be an asset against a Pittsburgh team that is bigger than the Devils.

Is that even true? Mike Rupp and Colin White aren’t exactly pipsqueaks. Are we game-planning around Georges Laraque now?

In all seriousness, this is pretty inconsequential in my eyes. I’m a Hollweg fan, but there’s no doubt that the hard-hitting forward looks a bit worn down after a long NHL season. Perhaps that 5-11 frame is catching up with him.

Your primary concern with a move like this would be rust. Orr hasn’t played since March 27th after breaking a bone in his foot. The Rangers as a team haven’t played since last Friday, however, mitigating some of those concerns.

Of course, this is the fourth line we’re talking about…

Enough talk! Game on!

Mets Need Heilman

Mets Rumors & News

Before we begin, let’s get a couple of things straight.

First off, Aaron Heilman is a good pitcher. Over the last three seasons, he has been one of the best relievers in baseball. In 2007 he pitched to a 3.03 ERA, and opposing hitters hit just .224 against him. His 1.07 WHIP in ’07 puts him in company with guys like Pirates closer Matt Capps, Rockies closer Manny Corpas, the Cards’ Jason Isringhausen, and the Cubs’ Carlos Marmol.

Fans will dwell on the homer surrendered to Yadier Molina in the 2006 NLCS, and there is no doubt that Aaron is prone to the long ball (a three ERA is a bit high for someone with a one WHIP); however, the fact remains that Heilman’s numbers match up with any setup man in baseball year-after-year. Moreover, the guy is a workhorse. Only seven relievers in the sport pitched more innings than Heilman (86.0) in 2007, and one of those seven (Atlanta’s Peter Moylan) seems headed for Tommy …

Breakfast time: It’s a feel-good morning at the Hot Stove

Jets Rumors & NewsMets Rumors & News

Good morning, New York sports fans! Before we dig into our daily ‘Breakfast at the Hot Stove,’ give somebody close to you a hug. Nobody around? Give yourself a hug. C’mon, it’s OK. Wrap those arms around yourself and squeeze.

After all, that’s the least we can do to honor Harold Reynolds, hired by SNY as a part-time studio analyst.

Reynolds, you will recall, is the former big league second baseman and ESPN analyst who was forced to leave the network in 2006 due to allegations of sexual harassment.

The folks at Hugging Harold Reynolds are very excited about this news! Yippee!

Peaches and Cream: Ozzie loves Derek

It’s a very lovey-dovey morning here at the Hot Stove. Apparently, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has a huge man-crush on Derek Jeter. As I said this morning over and Bugs & Cranks, the whole thing makes me uncomfortable.

Fast food: Danica visits Dave

This is one of those ‘it happened in New York’ deals. The video is here.

Bran Flakes: Is there a first baseman in the city?

What is it …

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