Sunday, April 30, 2006


New York = Old News

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The playoffs are a cruel mistress. All of the blood, sweet, tears, and bag skates are quickly all for naught for some teams, like the New York Rangers, who get swept in the first round.

I don't often feel sorry for New York sports teams, but it's hard not to feel a little something for a team that works hard to get into the playoffs for the first time in 9 seasons (as the Rangers did), and then get swept aside like old garbage.

If anyone is thinking about the MVP debate, this series is a prime example of how important Jagr and Lundqvist were to the Rangers performance this season.

Jaromir Jagr - He tried, but if your shoulder is that sore after 1 shift and 1 hit, you pretty much shouldn't have even bothered. The next time you think of Jagr as a selfish player, just remember the determination he showed in this series as he tried to come back and play some role. It looks like Jagr has done some growing up these past 9 months.

Henrik Lundqvist - Of all of the rookie playoff goalies, I expected Lundqvist to be one the best. He took evil Sweden to the gold and he's not exactly a spring chicken in the world of hockey. He pretty much blew kisses the entire series.

The supporting cast? You could see how little the Rangers really had. They do have some good young talent and a few good veteran pieces, but the Rangers need some serious upgrades, especially at defense.

The Sandis Ozolinsh Experiment will end up being one of the worst trades of the season for any team. Bozolinsh was benched for game 4 after giving John Madden and the Devils enough goals in the first three games, and he wasn't providing all that much offense. The playoffs don't tend to be kind to risky defensemen.

Patrik Elias? 5 goals and 6 assists in 4 games has him in the early lead for the Conn Smythe and scoring races.

Today's video is Edmonton's Chris Pronger rocking Dan Cleary with a hit. Pronger has been teh bomb for the Oilers in this series, which makes me wonder why he was never that good for the Blues.

I predict that the Devils will succumb to the Malik Effect.

Bank on it.
umm... hello, the injury that Jagr was so unselfishly trying to come back from was INFLICTED UPON HIMSELF IN A SELFISH ACT. come on, pay a little bit of attention here.
don't go blaming the Blues' playoff failure on Pronger...
You love that YouTube, don't you Jes? ;)
i have to say i agree on the "what the heck is the blues-pronger thing" as well. occasionally there has been some concerns about "excessive" penalty minutes he supposedly took, but looking closly at the situation even that turned out to be nothing but smoke.

I've had to say this 100 times, now it will be 101. pronger is a solid scoring d-man (but scoring isn't his job one) in the regualr season. his scoring actually INCREASES during the playoffs which is, especially for a d-man, incredible.

the only reason pronger is not a blue is because the walmart heiress wanted a few extra million to add to her 1.5 billion.
For Devils fan's, this sweep is almost as delicious as winning the Stanley Cup.. The only thing that would have made it better would be if Messier was there crying, with Lou licking his tears :)

"Yes, that's right. Cry. Your tears sustain me"

- Blatant FG ripoff, Go Devils!
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