There are few more heartbreaking scenes in sports than watching a beloved star player leave the game for good without ever capturing a championship.
That’s why when goaltender Henrik Lundqvist skated to the bench after the Rangers were officially eliminated by the Senators in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series Tuesday night, you had to wonder: Is the Rangers’ Stanley Cup window shut? Will Lundqvist ever win a Cup?
Up early on Monday, Hischier appeared on the Boomer and Carton morning radio program on WFAN, the popular all-sports radio station in New York. From there, a photo op at NASDAQ in downtown Manhattan before crossing back over the Hudson River into New Jersey, where a meeting with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka awaited.
Newark’s famed Hobby’s Deli then unveiled it’s Nico # 1 sandwich, which features grilled chicken, a red jersey tomato and, of course, Swiss cheese.
It’s clear this is no longer Lou Lamoriello’s team. The ultra-conservative former general manager and team president never believed in promoting individual players, even when charismatic types like Martin Brodeur were leading the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles.
When the Penguins were playing Game 2 of the 2016 Final against San Jose, veteran center Joe Thornton struck Crosby from behind twice in the right corner of the ice, first knocking off his helmet and then cross-checking him across the shoulder blades. With the Penguins up a game and battling toward what would become an overtime victory and 2-0 series lead, Thornton was trying to provoke Crosby into a retaliation that might have unleashed the Sharks savage power play.
Kevin Shattenkirk admitted it was pretty surreal to see his name and number on a Rangers’ sweater for the first time Tuesday afternoon at his introductory press conference.
Nearly three weeks after agreeing to terms on a four-year free agent contract with the team he grew up loving as a kid, Shattenkirk was still pinching himself over the opportunity to live out a childhood dream.
I am really privileged to play in the NHL every day, and I don’t take it for granted, but to have it now with my favorite team, that really hits home, offered the 28-year-old Shattenkirk, who grew up in New Rochelle 30 miles north of Madison Square Garden.
As he did Friday, with a tweet critical of Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby for an altercation with Predators star defenseman P.K. Subban during Thursday’s 6-0 Pittsburgh victory in Game 6. After a short skirmish behind the net, Subban wound up prone near the end boards and Crosby pushed his helmet into the ice several times.
Later, Crosby was seated on the bench and gesticulating for an official to call a slashing penalty and a water bottle slipped out of his left hand and onto the ice:
I love Sidney Crosby and hate the play on Subban and the immature, pettish throwing of the water bottle on the ice.
The debate died there, although neither mentioned that the play in question led to both Subban and Crosby being penalized, which led to a 4-on-4 situation near the end of the first period. And Crosby’s teammate, Evgeni Malkin, punctuated that situation with a searing shot over Pekka Rinne’s glove hand for a 3-0 lead.
Even when Crosby is dragged into the muck, it can lead to hockey magic.