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The Rangers have now dropped to 7th in the East after Boston’s stunning 2-1 win today over the Capitals. What’s so stunning about a 2-1 win, you ask? Well, with the Caps winning 1-0 with 6:41 left in the game, Donald “Goon Extraordinaire” Brashear took a TRIPLE-MINOR!!! That’s 6 freakin penalty minutes. Technically, he was originally called for a double-minor for a high stick, but then he decided it would be a great idea to punch Boston defenseman Shane Hnidy in the face after the whistle to complete the trifecta. Boston ended up having two different 5-on-3 power plays during the course of those 6 minutes thanks to penalties committed by John Erskine and Tom Poti, and capitalized on both of the two-man advantages.
The Bruins and Rangers are tied in points at 79 but the Bruins have 36 wins to the Rangers 35. The two teams will meet in a Sunday matinee at the Garden tomorrow in a game that now has even more importance to the playoff picture. Game Preview coming soon!
I caught a replay yesterday of this year’s All-Star Skills Competition, which took place on Jan 29th. Behind the bench for the Eastern Conference: former Ottawa Senators Coach John Paddock. That was a definitely a little bit strange. It got me thinking, has there ever been a coach who led their team to the finals in one season, led the team to the hottest start in the league the next season, coached in the All-Star Game, and then got fired within a month?
CORRECTION (2:00 PM 3/9/08): Bryan Murray was the head coach that led Ottawa to the finals last year. After the end of the 2006-2007 season, the Senators fired general manager John Muckler and promoted Murray to GM. Paddock had been an assistant coach and was promoted to head coach. (Thanks to commenter j2i2m22 for pointing that out.)
About the author: Marc is a Long Island native and a hockey goalie. He has been a Rangers fan for as long as he can remember, although, in the interest of full disclosure, there was a time during the 1993 playoffs when he vaguely remembers cheering for Pierre Turgeon and the Islanders after the Dale Hunter cheap shot. His favorite Ranger of all time is Mike Richter.