Found November 27, 2011 on Sox and Dawgs:
By Bruce Berlet Ray Bourque, one of the greatest defensemen in hockey history, speaks as confidently as ever at age 50 while continuing to carry plenty of clout, especially when it comes to discussing his sons. Chris Bourque, 25, a three-time Calder Cup winner with the Hershey Bears, is off to his best start as a pro, which comes as little surprise to his Hall of Fame father. “He should do well because he’s a sixth-year pro and has had other good years in the AHL and a really good year in Europe last year,” dad said of Chris, who has 10 goals and 16 assists in 19 games while playing on the Bears’ top line, with All-Star center and fellow alternate captain Keith Aucoin and former Hartford Wolf Pack left wing and captain Boyd Kane. “Everything has kind of come together for him, so it’s kind of his time, as he has done a lot of good things in the AHL and hopefully will get an opportunity (with the parent Washington Capitals) and take advantage of it. It’s a tough lineup to crack, ...

Rangers Unveil 2012 Winter Classic Jerseys

The New York Rangers unveiled their jerseys for the 2012 NHL Winter Classic this afternoon in Central Park, which you could've watched right here on the blog. Below are the jerseys, followed by my thoughts on the newly-designed sweaters.  I love the look of these jerseys, and they just so happen to resemble the new look I launched on the blog this morning. The crest actually...

Rangers Discover Identity in Past Two Wins

In their past two wins against the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers, the New York Rangers arguably played their best hockey of the season; better than they did during their seven-game winning streak two weeks ago. Don't get me wrong, there were times when they looked very sharp throughout that streak, but they weren't playing to their potential.  In a very well...

Rangers shut out Flyers at MSG

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots, Carl Hagelin scored his first NHL goal and the New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 on Saturday to improve on their best home start in nearly 20 years. After a scoreless first period that featured a fight 4 seconds into the game between New York's Brandon Prust and Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo, Brad Richards scored a power-play...

Postgame: Rangers' Complete Effort Blanks Flyers, 2-0

If today’s game was any indication of what the 2012 NHL Winter Classic will be like on January 2, then the fans are going to be very happy with what they see….. Ranger fans, that is. And rightfully so, because the Blueshirts came out today and put together a beautiful 60-minute performance less than 24 hours after defeating the Washington Capitals, 6-3, to complete the perfect...

Names the Capitals should consider for next bench boss

The Washington Capitals started off with a bang. Unfortunately that bang was followed by a monstrous thud. Bruce Boudreau appears to have no answers other than hard practices, healthy scratches to send bogus messages and juggling his lines. The Caps last two efforts show a team that has tuned out their coach. Rumors are rampant that Dale Hunter, A beloved former Cap is first in...

Highlights From Rangers Win Over Flyers

… the Rangers played a complete game against Philadelphia and it showed in a 2-0 shutout. Henrik Lundqvist and company were on fire all game. 

F Street Perspective: Strategy

Earlier this week, Bruce Boudreau celebrated his 4-year anniversary as bench boss for the Washington Capitals.  Nobody can doubt the amazing work he has done in those 4 years.  He took a team that had not made the playoffs in 4 years and turned them into a perennial contender almost immediately.  He is generally given the majority of the credit from taking the Caps from last in...

Capitals fire Boudreau, name Hunter new coach

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Capitals have fired coach Bruce Boudreau and replaced him with Dale Hunter.

Hunter brings a hard-nosed approach to his job behind Capitals' bench

The first fight Craig Laughlin ever got into in the NHL was against Dale Hunter. Not physically imposing with his size, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Hunter made up for it with his fists and the way he played hockey. When Hunter and Laughlin were teammates with the Washington Capitals, Laughlin recalled ...

Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) I don’t believe most staged fights serve any purpose. But when two rival teams get together, or when there is an axe to grind, and two guys go at it right off the first draw, well, that does set a tone. 2) Brandon Prust is certainly willing, and more than tough, and he’s a very good fighter, But he’s not a heavyweight (duh) and he takes some shots, for sure...

Washington Capitals fire Bruce Boudreau, hire Dale Hunter

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New NHL coaches will face surging Penguins

There was hesitance among Penguins players to specifically address the firing of Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.

Brandon Dubinsky on Jody Shelley: ‘He’s a terrible hockey player’

Here, for the second time today, is the teaser for HBO's much-anticipated 24/7 Flyers Rangers, which should serve to get you appropriately excited for program. It's worth a revisit, especially in light of the delicious back-and-f0rth it has spawned between Jody Shelley and Brandon Dubinsky. I direct your attention specifically to Shelley's standout moment at the six...

Rangers blank Flyers, 2-0, move to 6-1-1 at home

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots, Carl Hagelin scored his first NHL goal and the New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 on Saturday to improve on their best home start in nearly 20 years.
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