Found December 14, 2011 on
Michael Del Zotto
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This was the lead to my story in The Journal News and on LoHud.com about last night’s game:
Get ready, hockey fans. The NHL is going to shove more nights like this down your throats with realignment.
More non-conference games, more games with zero playoff implications. Less passion. Quieter arenas.
The Rangers and Dallas Stars put a library-like Madison Square Garden to sleep in a 1-0 Dallas victory Tuesday night.
“It was kind of a boring type of game,” ex-Star Brad Richards said after playing his 800th NHL game and first against the Dallas since leaving there as a free agent in July. “Both teams were kind of playing that way.
“You could tell it was going to be ‘first goal wins’ probably.”
“Not a lot of hate out there,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said.
Well, at least it was quick.
1) Seriously, this game is what a lot more games are going to look like once realignment takes place. Fewer four-point, playoff-implication games. Relatively emotionless games...
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A very busy and compact NHL schedule for tonight.
Early games start just after 7:00pm ET and the last game should end around 11:30pm.
Highlights include Jagr returns to Washington, Wings and Penguins battle (Malkin and Staal are game time decisions along with all the other injuries the Pens have) and Brad Richards faces his old team, the Dallas Stars in New York.
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