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RANGERS GET FIRST WIN

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NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
New York Rangers 4, Vancouver Canucks 0
October 18, 2011 (Game 4, Away Game 4)
Rogers ArenaVancouver, British Columbia

Team Notes:
-The Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, tonight at Rogers Arena for their first win of the 2011-12 regular season.

-After two scoreless periods, the Rangers tallied four goals in the third period to record the victory.

-The win was New York’s first in Vancouver since Oct. 11, 1997 (6-3).

-The Blueshirts held Vancouver scoreless in eight shorthanded situations (12:29) to improve to 24 of 27 on the penalty kill.  Their 88.9% success rate ranks seventh in the league.

-New York out-hit Vancouver, 31-22 in the contest, and have now out-hit their opponents, 79-46, in their last three games.

-The Rangers were also credited with 23 blocked shots in the game. Continue reading

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IN VANCOUVER, OLD FRIENDS BECOME FOES FOR BLUESHIRTS

New York RangersNEW YORK RANGERS at VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Rogers Arena – Vancouver, British Columbia
October 18, 2011 – 10:00 p.m.

TOMORROW’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow, Oct. 18, at Rogers Arena (10:00 p.m.), to begin a six-game stretch against Canadian opponents including four on the road to begin the set. The Blueshirts enter the contest having been defeated by the New York Islanders, 4-2, on Saturday at Nassau Colieseum, and are now 0-1-2 (2 pts) to begin the season. New York ranked third among Eastern Conference teams vs. the Western Conference last season, posting an 11-7-0 record including a 4-3-0 mark against Northwest Division opponents. The Canucks enter the contest with a 2-2-1 (5 pts) record, having defeated the Oilers, 4-3, on Saturday at Edmonton. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Calgary Flames on Thursday, Oct. 20, at Scotiabank Saddledome (9:30 p.m.), in the second game of their four-game Canadian road trip.

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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – MOVING FORWARD… AND DEFENSE

BY: Bruce Berlet

The parent New York Rangers recalled defenseman Brendan Bell from the Connecticut Whale Sunday.

Bell’s call-up came only hours after center Kris Newbury was summoned after getting a goal and two assists and being named the No. 2 star in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday night. Newbury was leading the Whale (1-1-0-2) in goals (four), assists (four) and points (eight) while excelling on a line with newcomer Andre Deveaux and speedy rookie left wing Carl Hagelin, who had two third-period goals, including a brilliant shorthanded effort, and an assist against the Sound Tigers. In fact, the Hagelin-Newbury-Deveaux line combined for the Whale’s four goals plus four assists.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

BY: Bruce Berlet

Talk about eerie and haunting similarity in the deaths of two young, tough NHL players in a span of three months while trying to fight personal demons and found dead by family members.

First, Derek Boogaard’s two brothers discovered the New York Rangers’ left wing/enforcer dead in his apartment in Minneapolis, Minn., after an accidental overdose of alcohol and oxycodone on May 13. He was 28.

Monday, a family member found Winnipeg Jets center/enforcer Rick Rypien dead in his home in Crowsnet Pass, Alberta, at 27. No information on Rypien’s death has been released, but he had been battling depression for a decade.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

Good news and bad news today on the “used to be on the local hockey market scene.”

First, the Phoenix Coyotes, who are NOT moving to Winnipeg, Manitoba, signed former Hartford Wolf Pack and New York Rangers goalie Jason LaBarbera to a two-year contract extension.

Terms weren’t disclosed, but the unrestricted free agent earned $1 million this season to be the backup to Ilya Bryzgalov, who made $4.2 million. So it’s safe to assume former Rangers assistant general manager/Wolf Pack GM Don Maloney gave LaBarbera at least some kind of raise after he was 7-6-3 with a 3.26 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and two shutouts in 17 games in his second season with the Coyotes.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1I can only imagine what it was like inside the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday night.

I might have been more than 2,000 miles away, but I’m not afraid to admit I got a bit choked up when I heard the raucous crowd chanting “Man-ny, Man-ny” as I watched Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals on TV.

So much for no cheering in the press box – or from a living room couch.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night could have even more emotion than the scintillating opener that the Vancouver Canucks won 1-0 over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night on Raffi Torres’ goal with only 18.5 seconds left.

Canucks center Manny Malhotra, who played for the New York Rangers and Hartford Wolf Pack at the start of his 12-year pro career, practiced Friday with Jeff Tambellini and Victor Oreskovich, the wings on the fourth line in Game 1, indicating Malhotra could be on the verge of a miraculous comeback.

Malhotra hasn’t played since March 16, when he sustained a serious injury to his left eye when hit by a deflected puck in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. He has had two surgeries and likely will have a third, but general manager Mike Gillis denied reports Malhotra recently underwent an emergency operation, saying the 31-year-old had endured “multiple little, small procedures throughout this entire time” that are common for victims of eye injuries.

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TWO MINUTES from BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday had its highest overnight rating in 12 years.

That’s obviously good for the NHL, but when the numbers are broken down, it’s even better for Hartford.

The Vancouver Canucks‘ 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Raffi Torres‘ goal with only 18.5 seconds left generated a 3.2 overnight rating and 6 share, an increase of 14 percent compared to Game 1 last year between Philadelphia and Chicago (2.8/6). It was the best overnight for a Game 1 since 1999, when Buffalo against Dallas drew a 3.7 on Fox.

Not surprisingly, Boston was the top-rated market with a 25.5/39, the highest-rated NHL game in Boston dating to at least 1995 and topping the Boston rating for last year’s NBA Finals Game 1 featuring the Celtics and archrival Los Angeles Lakers (19.1/34). Munch on that number you basketball fans.

But the cities following Boston proved most interesting as two of the next three were AHL cities: No. 2 Providence (16.7/24) and No. 4 HARTFORD (5.5/8) surrounding Buffalo (7.2/11). No. 5 was Pittsburgh (4.3/7).

Yes, that Hartford, the capital of Connecticut. Maybe NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will finally have the decency to admit there’s an actual interest in hockey in a place where the NHL never should have left. I’m sure the NHL’s newest coach, Kevin Dineen of the Florida Panthers, would certainly agree.

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

The Manny Malhotra Miracle Saga took another major positive step Saturday.

And the former Hartford Whalers and New York Rangers forward had a difficult time hiding his emotions in his first media interview since a deflected puck to his left eye in a game against the Colorado Avalanche on March 16 seemingly ended his season and threatened his career.

Instead, the Vancouver Canucks center was cleared to play in the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins that begin Wednesday night in Vancouver, improving his status from a spiritual leader to a possible contributor for pro hockey’s most cherished prize.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

Could there be a miracle comeback for Manny Malhotra in the Stanley Cup finals?

The former Hartford Wolf Pack and New York Rangers forward has been cleared by doctors to participate in Vancouver Canucks practice, including taking light contact.

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