The Bruins, playing their second game on consecutive nights, lose to the Islanders, 2-1. The loss marks the first time since Jagr has joined the team that he has recorded a point and the team has been defeated. (more)
The Boston Celtics play host to the Washington Wizards this Sunday. With just six games remaining in their season, the C’s are making a push for the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference and a win against John Wall and the rest of the Wiz can only help. Tip off is at 6pm at the TD Garden. (more)
Matt Moulson set the tone early for his squad, scoring the initial goal six minutes into the first period as the New York Islanders went on to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-1 last night at the TD Garden. Daniel Paille found the net for the B’s in the second before Moulson decided to tack another on the board. From there the Islanders shut down the Boston attack for the rest of the game. Trent Hunter added the fourth goal with less than a minute to go when the Bruins pulled their goalie for the extra skater.
The Bruins have now let up ten goals in their last two contests. “Those little details that meant so much to us being successful aren’t consistent right now,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “There’s not that confidence or determination we need to be successful. Right now we have to have our best players playing their best if we’re going to turn it around.”
Hopefully Boston can turn things around against the Atlanta Thrashers Thursday night. After heading to Atlanta they’ll travel north to square off against the Buffalo Sabres. Boston Bruins tickets are now available!
After beating their rival Canadiens in a tough game on Tuesday, a somewhat fatigued Boston Bruins team headed to New York – their first road game in nearly two weeks. The Islanders out-skated, out-shot, and generally outplayed the Bruins; but Tim Thomas’ dominant goaltending gave the Bruins the win. Thomas stopped an incredible 40 of 41 shots (Islanders netminder Yann Danis stopped 25 of 27) and continued to show why he was selected to the NHL All-Star game. On Saturday the Bruins will face the Capitals in Washington at 7:00pm.
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The New York Rangers won in dramatic fashion at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. Down 4-1 in the third period, the Rangers battled back to drop 4 points on the Islanders, and help hold on to their lead in the Atlantic Division. Petr Prucha, who has not seen much ice time this year, scored one of the key goals jst 49 seconds into the final period. “I got lucky,” Prucha told AP writer Ira Podell. “It’s tough being out of the lineup for so long, and it was frustrating. I got the chance to play again and scored, so hopefully I will be in the lineup for the next game.” Left wing Nigel Dawes put the nail in the coffin on a shot assisted by Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan with just 19 seconds to go in the game. On January 3rd the Rangers will face the Capitals in Washington at 7:00pm.
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The New York Rangers remain one of the hottest teams in the NHL with a 9-2 record to start the year. They earned that 9th win last night in a win over the rival New York Islanders by a 4-2 score.
Rangers’ captain, Chris Drury got his first two goals of the year while Henrik Lundqvist earned another win between the pipes with 28 saves. Ryan Callahan and Scott Gomez each added a goal for the Rangers.
The Rangers haven’t won 9 out of 12 games since the 1983-84 season. The Rangers will face the Atlanta Thrashers in their next game on 10/30. New York Rangers tickets are available for this and all 2008-2009 games.
Upcoming Rangers Schedule:
Rangers vs Thrasher 10/30
Rangers at Maple Leafs 11/1
Rangers vs Islanders 11/4
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Forget about summer, it’s free-agent signing season in the NHL. Over the past few days, rumors have been flying around about what market will land the big names out there like Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin.
Sundin was reportedly offered a 2-year, $20 million dollar contract from the Vancouver Canucks, a deal that would make him the leagues highest paid player.
“We put a major offer together to try and attract the player we felt was the best center iceman on the market,” said Canucks GM Mark Gillis. “It’s an indication we are prepared to do what it takes to attract the best players here.”
The big signing of today was by far the Detroit Red Wings landing Marian Hossa to a one-year deal worth reportedly $7.45 million dollars. The high-scoring wingman was one of the top players who propelled the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup finals, which they lost to Detroit in six games. Hossa is 29 years old.
The Chicago Blackhawks made two big signings landing probably the top defensemen on the market in Brian Campbell as well as goalie Cristobal Huet. Campbell signed an eight-year $57.12 million dollar deal and Huet inked a four-year contract worth $22.5 million.
The two other big defensemen to reach deals Tuesday were Michal Rozsival and Wade Redden, who both signed with the New York Rangers.
Rozsival re-signed with the Rangers for a four-year contract worth $20 million while Redden signs a six-year, $39 million dollar deal after skating with Ottawa last season.
Defensemen Jeff Finger, formerly of the Colorado Avalanche, signed a four-year $14 million dollar deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Dallas landed forward Sean Avery to a four-year, $15.5 million dollar deal.
“We are excited about the opportunity to add a player like Sean Avery to our group,” Stars co-general manager Brett Hull said. “His ability to play the game with skill and tenacity makes us a better team and is a great complement to the players we have here.”
The Washington Capitals will say goodbye to longtime goalie Olie Kolzig after he signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning after spending 16 seasons in Washington.
The New Jersey Devils got their hands in the mix of the free agent pool by signing Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik to contracts. Rolston agreed to a four-year, $20 million dollar deal while Holik signed a one-year contract worth $2.5 million dollars.
The New York Islanders made a little noise by singing Montreal’s former defensemen Mark Streit to a five-year $20.5 million dollar contract while the Boston Bruins also signed a former Canadien in Michael Ryder to a multi-year deal.
With the NHL salary cap rising up this season, teams have not been shy about dishing out the money to lure top free-agents to their squads. Over the next two weeks, look for almost every free agent out there to receive offers from teams trying to help the players find a new place they can call home.
Recap: The New York Islanders are really lucky that they were able to acquire center Mike Comrie as a free agent during the last off-season because he was the team’s leader in points (36) for the first half of the NHL season. Offensively, the team struggled from the start. With the leagues second lowest total in goals scored (117), and no superstars in their lineup, the Islanders look for a new leader to step up every game on the ice. Eight-teen members on their roster have scored goals this season, so you never know who could be the hero. Goaltender Rick DiPietro has put up solid numbers in net, especially his .913 save percentage but just doesn’t have the offensive core around him to always make them hold up.
2nd Half – There will not be any surprises when the Islanders are in town because they will skate hard for three periods and battle you until the final horn. They will continue to have a hard time scoring goals but do look for veteran right winger, Bill Guerin, to finish right around 35 goals. The defense will stay solid and the Isle will sneak into the last playoff spot in the East.
Final Standing Predictions: 4th in Atlantic Conference, 8th in Eastern Division
Team Name: New York Islanders (23-19-6)
Atlantic Division Standing: 4th place
Conference Standing: T-7th
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