One Year Ago Today: An Early Timeout Leads To Victory

I love watching these two score against the Penguins almost as much as I think they love doing it. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

Throughout the lockout, many blogs are doing fake recaps of the games that should’ve been taking place. I’ve decided to go another route by doing real recaps…of the games that happened on that date one year ago.

The game didn’t start well. But then again, games against the Penguins never do. But this one started so poorly that Tortorella used his timeout at 5:43…of the first period. Unfortunately without 24/7, we will never exactly what he said. But it worked. And by the end of the night, the talk was back to the fact that the Penguins blew another game against a division rival.

Oh and a bad hit by a Ranger on his former teammate.

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One Year Ago Today: Former President Sees Rangers Win

Who scored the overtime winner a year ago on a slap shot? Yes, a slap shot. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

Throughout the lockout, many blogs are doing fake recaps of the games that should’ve been taking place. I’ve decided to go another route by doing real recaps…of the games that happened on that date one year ago.

After a huge win against the Flyers in the spectacle that is the Winter Classic, it would’ve been understandable for the Rangers to have a letdown game against the Florida Panthers three nights later. Tortorella wouldn’t have accepted it but everyone else would’ve understood. Fortunately the players were worried about what Tortorella would think as they dominated the game from the seven minute mark of the first period on.

The biggest news of this night? Former President Bill Clinton had a front row seat to the game while showing he’d been following the boys a little bit:

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One Year Ago Today: HBO 24/7 Episode 4

Since I didn’t put him at the top of the Winter Classic post – Welcome Back Staalsy! (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

Throughout the lockout, many blogs are doing fake recaps of the games that should’ve been taking place. I’ve decided to go another route by doing real recaps…of the games that happened on that date one year ago.

All good things must come to an end. (Except the lockout…that’s a horrible thing that doesn’t seem to want to end.)

I have no idea what it was like for the players and teams, but for fans HBO 24/7 is one month where they get to go behind doors they never thought they would be able to. I’ll admit that I was probably more excited for the TV series than the actual game (but that might have to do with the fact that I hate playing any team in our division).

Episode 4 was exactly what you would expect it to be. It gave a little bit of inside info leading up to the game but spent the majority of the episode allowing fans to re-live the Winter Classic. Most Rangers fans didn’t mind. Not sure how Flyers fans felt. (Side note: Can we get one more episode of 24/7 for the next time these two teams play? I want to know what is said in the locker room now that the Flyers haven’t beaten the Rangers since February 20, 2011.)

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One Year Ago Today: The Winter Classic

Throughout the lockout, many blogs are doing fake recaps of the games that should’ve been taking place. I’ve decided to go another route by doing real recaps…of the games that happened on that date one year ago.

I’m not going to recap this game. I can’t. There are no words I can put down here that will capture the emotions fans ran through during that game. I’m not sure how I would’ve done it if I had to in real time.

From Marc Staal making his season debut to Ilya Bryzgalov being benched or the Rupp salute to the penalty shot and hectic last minute of the game, there are just no words for this game.

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One Year Ago Today: Boys End 2011 With A Win

Why is my lasting image of this game of you, Tomas Kopecky? (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

Throughout the lockout, many blogs are doing fake recaps of the games that should’ve been taking place. I’ve decided to go another route by doing real recaps…of the games that happened on that date one year ago.

My lasting memory of the game between the Panthers and Rangers on December 30, 2011? The crap that took place with eight seconds to go along with the ridiculous quotes that followed afterwards. I really hate when games are remembered for stuff like that rather than things that actually happened on the ice.

The good news was in their final tune-up before the Winter Classic, the Rangers did actually get back in the win column as they once again chased a Panthers goalie.

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One Year Ago Today: HBO 24/7 Episode 3

Callahan & Tortorella discussing a move by Jagr during intermission. (Photo: screen shot from Episode 3 courtesy of Puck Daddy.)

Throughout the lockout, many blogs are doing fake recaps of the games that should’ve been taking place. I’ve decided to go another route by doing real recaps…of the games that happened on that date one year ago.

This one is actually one year ago today last night as episode 3 aired on December 28th right after the Caps game. I actually remember hoping the post game didn’t run over because I didn’t want to miss any of 24/7. I’m pretty sure I ended up missing the end of the post game.

Episode 3 was based mostly on the game between the Rangers and Flyers that took place right before Christmas – the one the Rangers won so we knew the episode would be good for Rangers fans.

Little didn’t we know what else we were in store for as our boys also took us to their personal Christmas party and we got to watch one of them buy a Christmas tree. Of course, they showed the Flyers too as the game where Laviolette had a run in with a Dallas player took place during this week as well so lot’s of videos to get to.

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One Year Ago Today: Not A Memorable Game

You’re supposed to be making us laugh while “playing the bongos” not scoring goals. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

Throughout the lockout, many blogs are doing fake recaps of the games that should’ve been taking place. I’ve decided to go another route by doing real recaps…of the games that happened on that date one year ago.

The Caps had lost four of their past six and were sitting out of a playoff spot this far into the season for the first time since April 2008. The Rangers were on a five game winning streak sitting at the top of the East, with their last loss coming 13 days ago but the signs were there in their last win. So what do you think happened when these two teams met on December 28, 2011? I’ll let Torts tell you:

“I wouldn’t say it’s the defense, I would say it’s some brain-dead plays at our blue line as far as turnovers,” Tortorella said. “It’s unfortunate with Del Z (Michael Del Zotto) — he loses the puck on the first one. But a turnover by Mitch (John Mitchell) and a turnover by Richie (Brad Richards), not against their third or fourth line, but against their top line. It kills us. That’s what’s frustrating. I thought we beat ourselves a little bit there in those situations.”

Yes, it was one of those games.

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