Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mmmmaaaaarrrttttyyyyy

The Rangers played, and won, the biggest game of their season to date tonight by beating Brodeur and the Devils 3-0. It was loud and it was wonderful and I am completely exhausted so check back tomorrow afternoon for a real game recap.

Sweet dreams are made of these.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow, Avery is a wuss.

David said...

No, Avery is smart. This is what a lot of critics (read: haters) of Sean Avery don't get. He's not a mindless goon. He is a scrappy, smart player. Up 3-0 with 10 minutes to go in the 3rd period? No reason to get in a fight. Better to stand down, draw a penalty, and not let momentum shift (especially since we're not exactly immune from blowing big leads in the 3rd period).

Justin said...

I was so impressed with Avery. Throw the glove to show you're in the fight, then do nothing and let the other guy take the fall. Awesome.

Chris said...

David has it spot on... Im not usually a fan when people 'wuss out'. But it was 100% the right choice. Not to mention... from that point forward the Devils were even more focused on him then they had been before.

Anonymous said...

I'm just saying, the game was in-hand, you have a three goal lead, Quistie was on, the Devs got (next to) nothing going all night...why take crap from a Devil's goon? Avery has backed down from Clarkson repeatedly in the past. I just don't get it.

Patrick Hoffman said...

Avery backed down from Clarkson because like he said last season, he doesn't fight minor leaguers.

Brother P said...

Did anyone else see what happened last night in the 1st period when the Rangers were on the power play? Avery was in front on the net with his back to Marty. Marty proceeds to put his stick right between the legs of Avery and pull it up where the sun doesn't shine. That's some bush league shit right there.

Graying Mantis said...

Brother P -- I believe Yahoo has a picture of Brodeur poking Avery in the back with his stick, possibly right before the movement "up top."

As for Avery being a wuss -- he was trying to send a message to the league to stop calling him for every penalty. He wanted to show that he can be cool and collected even when being provoked -- as we was all night. If he gave in, then when the next series of critical games comes up, who is going to be sent off? Avery, that is who. It's the price he has to pay to play.

The best thing for the Rangers is to have him on the ice and not in the box. If the Rangers had a totally secure playoff spot, then things might be different.

Avery showed restraint in front of a national audience, he showed up the refs and the NHL and aggravated Clarkson to no end. It was brilliant performance art.

David said...

Avery on the Clarkson deal:

“It’s a 3-0 game at that point, I don’t think that there’s anything to gain by doing anything. It certainly takes discipline for sure. You fight for your team and for your teammates. At that point I didn’t need to fight for either of them.”

Anonymous said...

The same people who are defending Avery wussing out on Clarkson are the same people who cried about Claude Lemiuex every time he turtled during a fight. Stay classy Ranger fans.

Duniyadnd said...

@Anonymous - I'm waiting for a Devil fan to actually come out of the "Anonymous" shell before I care about what Lemieux did over 10 years ago.

Anonymous said...

Man, Avery put on a hell of a show last night. Every time he did ANYTHING on the ice, all of the Devils lost their crap and went after him. Nice to see how they will be exiting the playoffs early yet again.

Anonymous said...

@Duniyadnd
If you had my sn, what would it matter? If 10 years ago does not matter, then how come the Rangers keep celebrating 1994 which by my count is 15 years ago? Seriously, I have never seen a single team celebrate one Stanley Cup win as much as the Rangers are for 1994. Soon, it will not be long until they will retire every player from that year and I will see a Nick Kypreos banner hanging at MSG.

Noah's Art said...

anonymous go away the devils cant sell out a game despite having 3 cups in like 8 years and being a contender almost every one of those seasons. at least we have fans who...yknow...show up and root for their team.

and we celebrate 94 because it was the most colorful, memorable rangers team in the history of the franchise. and it was exciting unlike the trapfest snoozehockey of the devils cups. GO BACK TO THE SWAMP.

Scotty Hockey said...

It is well known that 1994 was the pinnacle of hockey popularity in America. Amazingly the Devils years are known as the dead puck era and hockey fell from one of the major sports below NASCAR and nearly soccer. Yay, Devils rock! Let's go back and parade around the parking lot of the Izod center! It would definitely be safer than Newark ...

Anonymous said...

The 2000 Devils were among the top scoring teams in the NHL when they won the cup that year, so your little trap-fest arguement goes out the window. Funny, Oilers fans would say the 1980's were the pinnicle of hockey while the Islanders would say the same about the early 80's, so what you are saying about 94 is just Ranger Kool-Aid. I would rather take a club that can only half-fill an arena and win 3 cups and make the playoffs every year except one in the last 15 years rather than selling out and sucking for most of those years. Hope to see you watching the Ranger parade on Broadway in 2048 Scotty!