Looking For Writers!!!

March 29, 2010 1 comment

Does anyone want to be a writer or just contributor for us here at BlueShirts and Pinstripes Blog? If so shoot me an email at blueshirtsandpinstripesblog@gmail.com

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New Blog

January 16, 2013 Leave a comment

I’ve started a new Rangers, NHL blog, and will no longer be updating this site. The site can be found here.

Thank you all for supporting the blog here for the past few years, and here is to a great future!

JC

New Blog

January 6, 2013 Leave a comment

I know I haven’t updated in a while. I’ve been thinking about starting a new blog now for a while. This upcoming week, I’ll launch a new blog. I’ll be back with more details and link to the site soon. Thanks for all the support over the years.

Chris

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Rangers at Devils: Game 4

May 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Tonight, the Rangers take on the Devils in game number four of the best of seven series. The Rangers lead the series 2-1.

Leading Scorers
NJD- Ilya Kovalchuk
NYR- Brad Richards

Starting Goalies
NJD- Martin Brodeur
NYR- Henrik Lundqvist

Prediction
The game goes to overtime and the final score is 2-1. It’s too close to pick a winner.

Prust Suspended One Game

May 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, the NHL’s Wheel of Justice has been spun again.

This time the man at the center of the wheel is Brandon Prust.

The league has suspended Prust for one game for his elbow on Anton Volchenkov.

TSN notes that the hit is similar to the hit Hagelin had on Alfredsson which received a 3 game suspension.

So the league’s pull-a-number-out-of-a-hat-in-order-to-determine-suspension-length continues.

ECF Game 3 Review

May 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Yesterday afternoon the New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-0 and took a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

1) Man, Henrik Lundqvist is some goalie, eh? How about those two saves on Ilya Kovalchuk? He was stellar all game. He was tracking the puck well, and the defense did a good job keeping the lane free from those deflections that plagued the team in Game 2.

2) The Rangers first goal was a direct result of Pete DeBoer not using his time-out after having a tired group trapped on the ice after an icing. Salvador was trapped on the ice, couldn’t move his feet, and took a hooking penalty on Gaborik. Then, Richards won a draw cleanly, and Girardi fired a shot past Brodeur for his 3rd goal (all GWGs) of the playoffs.

2) The second goal all started with a great shift by John Mitchell. The puck was cleared out of the zone, and Mitchell, instead of dumping the puck deep, carried the puck and held it until reinforcements arrived. He cycled the puck to Callahan, who took a shot, a second chance by Callahan deflected off Salvador, past Kovalchuk, to the point where McDonagh’s shot was deflected by Kreider making in 2-0.

3) Hopefully those three will be teaming up on goals for quite a while.

4) Another game, another PPG. Every game in the series has featured a PPG by the Rangers against a Devils penalty kill that was top 5 all season long.

5) The empty net goal was a great effort by both Boyle and Callahan. Boyle hit the red line, and angled a shot toward the net and it went just wide. Callahan was speeding after it, beat the Devils player to it and scored from about 1 foot off the icing line at a crazy angle.

6) Even though they won, I thought the Rangers played dreadfully the first period and a half. The first period had maybe one shift that the Rangers dominated. Midway through the second, John Tortorella had seen enough and used his timeout. He laid into his team and they seemed to respond, as they always do, to the coach.

7) DeBoer calling Prust a headhunter, that’s a bit extreme. I’ve been watching Prust since he’s been traded here, and this is the first time I’ve seen him do anything borderline dirty.

8) I thought Torts did a good job protecting Prust today. Basically saying if we want to talk about hits Zubrius had an elbow on Stralman and that the Devils set picks to allow Kovalchuk open chances at the net.

9) I fully expect the Devils to come back and play just as good as they did last night. I think the series will probably head back to New York tied at 2.

Rangers at Devils: Game 3

May 19, 2012 Leave a comment

This afternoon, the Rangers take on the Devils in game number three of the best of seven series. The series is tied at 1 game apiece.

Leading Scorers
NJD- Ilya Kovalchuk
NYR- Brad Richards

Starting Goalies
NJD- Martin Brodeur
NYR- Henrik Lundqvist

Prediction
The Rangers will come out and do what they do after they lose a game and win 3-1.

ECF Game 2 Review

May 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Last night the New Jersey Devils defeated the Rangers 3-2 to tie the series at 1.

1) The first goal for the Devils was a result of Brian Boyle being in the box. Stepan was forced into penalty kill duties. He lost the draw on the opening face-off and the Devils controlled from their. With the puck along the near side half-boards, all 4 Rangers went to that half of the ice, leaving Ilya Kovalchuk all alone. Eventually the puck worked it’s way to Kovalchuk who had a clear lane to the net, skated in and ripped one over the glove of Lundqvist.

2) The Rangers would tie it in the second with a powerplay goal of their own. Marc Staal’s shot from the point took a perfect bounce off the end boards, went off Brodeur and into the back of the net.

3) The Rangers would take the lead on another powerplay goal. This time Anton Stralman, who has been a pleasant surprise this postseason, stepped down the right side and took a shot to the net that deflected off Kreider in front and past Brodeur giving the Rangers the lead.

4) The Rangers couldn’t escape the second with the lead. Early in the sequence, Marian Gaborik had a chance to clear the puck, but couldn’t get it out. The puck was kept in the Rangers zone, and worked its way back to the point. A shot from the point deflected off Carter in the slot and may have hit Zajac right on top of the goal crease past Lundqvist tying the game at 2.

5) Early in the third the Devils were buzzing. They were working the puck well and Marek Zidlicky took the puck deep around behind the Rangers net. The puck worked its way back to the point where Henrique was covering for Zidlicky. Henrique let a soft shot go that was deflected by Clarkson with his stick right below the crossbar giving the Devils a 3-2 lead.

6) The Rangers were flat in the first. Very flat. Tortorella was seen a few times on screen giving his team a stern lecture. Whatever he said must have worked because the team was much better in the second.

7) Following his gaffe that lead to the Devils second goal, Marian Gaborik didn’t have a shift for the next 12 minutes of hockey.

8) I fully expect this team to come back and have a very strong game three and win.

9) After Zajac’s penalty and the box wouldn’t open, was anyone else waiting for that guy dressed in the Rangers clothing to absolutely destroy that door? He was putting some serious force into that door. One of the funnier moments this playoffs.

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