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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Hot Stove New York/New Jersey Hockey Quiz

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See how much you know about the history of the local hockey franchises. The answers will be posted tomorrow.

1. What year did the Rangers debut?

2. Before the Devils moved to New Jersey, they played in two other locations. Name them.

3. Besides the Rangers, Islanders and Devils, what other NHL franchises have played in the New York area?

4. What WHA franchise played in the New York area?

5. How did the Rangers get their name?

6. How many Stanley Cups have New York/New Jersey teams won?

7. In the past 50 years, only three New York-area players have won the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP. Name them.

8. How many New York-area players have won the Art Ross Trophy (leading scorer; first handed out for the 1947-48 season)?

9. How many New York-area players have won the James Norris Trophy (top defenseman; first handed out for the 1953-54 season)?

10. Which center of the New York-area’s WHA franchise was named a first team All-Star for the 1973-74 season?

Rangers Rebound vs. Isles

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Yes, the Rangers can play well – when they choose to. Tom Renney sat them down and gave them a speech about applying themselves, working hard and not ruining the family name or they won’t get into college and will end up wasting their lives, and then gave them a smack on the back of the head and called them an idiot. Ok, that’s what my father said to me. But it’s relevant to the Rangers. And they rebounded from their three-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Islanders last night.

How many times have we said this: If the Rangers skate hard, forecheck, drive to the net, dump the puck in and play a simple game, they’ll win. And that’s what they did against the Isles. And they were actually physical. They can hit people after all. Nigel Dawes clocked Kyle Okposo, and Ryan Callahan absolutely leveled Trent Hunter, who crashed into an open door (and thankfully seems to be ok). Dawes even fought Mike Comrie, …

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