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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Why Anthony Duclair belongs in the NHL

Bobby Bevilacqua

New York Rangers vs Chicago Blackhawks preseason Hockey

Anthony Duclair has been one of the Rangers better forwards, and the 19 year old has done enough to prove that he belongs.

Anthony Duclair, the exciting 19 year old rookie making headlines with the New York Rangers, may only have a few games left with the Blueshirts before being sent back to juniors.

Let’s clear up a few things first. The “9 game rule” that applies to 18 and 19 year old players allows them to play 9 games in the NHL before being sent back to their respective clubs and “slide,” or delay, the first year of their entry level contract.

However, this rule does not apply to Anthony Duclair. Duclair signed his ELC on January 2nd, 2014, missing the December 31st cutoff to be considered 18 under the CBA.

This means that the Rangers can use Duclair for as long as they like, because he signed as a 19 year old and only maintained one “slide.” The Rangers will burn a year of his ELC whether plays in the NHL or with his junior team. Read the rest of this entry

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John Moore Suspended for 5 Games

Bobby Bevilacqua

John Moore

Rangers’ defenseman will be suspended for the next 5 games as a result of his hit to the head on Minnesota WIld forward Eric Haula.

Following John Moore’s match penalty on Monday against the Minnesota Wild, Moore has been handed a 5 game suspension by the NHL department of player safety.

Moore delivered an illegal blow to the head of Wild forward Eric Haula, which did cause an injury. It is important to know that the hit was not late and was not with the elbow, but Moore was unable to hit him square through the body.

Initial contact was made with the shoulder, but the main point of contact was with the head, which is the reason for the suspension, as well as the hit leading to an injury. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers come back to beat the Wild with huge 3rd period; Duclair scores first career NHL goal

Bobby Bevilacqua

Did that really just happen?

Rangers team 10-27

The Rangers managed to score 5 times in the third to complete a crazy, come from behind victory over the Minnesota Wild. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

After looking dead for the first two periods of the game, and dealing with two ejections, the Rangers managed to stay strong and scored 5 goals in the third period, leading them to a crazy 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

This was the first time the Rangers have scored 5 goals in a period since 2011 against the Canadiens, and it’s only the first time they have come back from a 3-0 deficit in the third since 1992 against the Minnesota North Stars.

Coming into tonight, the Wild had only given up 6 goals in 6 games. The Rangers practically managed to double that in one period, with the 5 goals coming from 5 different Rangers. Kevin Klein, Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Anthony Duclair, and Mats Zuccarello all scored for New York.

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Rangers look to rebound against the Wild; AV considers center shuffle again

Bobby Bevilacqua

MSG 10-19

The Rangers return home to begin a 4 game home stand starting with tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

After a loss in which New York was overwhelmed by Montreal, Vigneault and the Rangers (4-4-0) will change things up in order to create more offense tonight against the Wild (4-2-0) in the first game of a four game home stand. Vigneault also may shift the wing positions for tonight’s home-ice match as well.

After struggling in Montreal, especially in the faceoff circle, rookie Kevin Hayes may wind up being a healthy scratch for tonight. Hayes was demoted to the fourth line towards the end of the game after beginning the night with Chris Kreider and Rick Nash. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers win streak snapped in Montreal; Duclair tallies another point

Matt Steccato and Bobby Bevilacqua

EDITOR’S NOTE: A big thank you for my friend Matt who wrote a lot of the article, because I had to work for most of the game.

Senators pregame after Ottawa tragedy

A scene from the Senators’ tribute at home following the shooting tragedy in Ottawa. Photo courtesy of NHL.com

Heading into the Bell Centre, the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens were both riding 3 game win streaks, and for the Rangers, it came to an end.

After going through a 6-game series in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, the two teams are starting to develop a heated rivalry, which certainly came out in tonight’s game.

Following the tragedy that occurred in Ottawa a few days ago, the Habs were looking to help distract their country and come together to watch the sport they love.

The Canadiens came away with a 3-1 victory, thanks to goaltender Carey Price, who was stellar in tonight’s effort. Price is now 8-1-1 in his career against the Rangers. Read the rest of this entry