Old Friends/Bookends

Old Friends
Old Friends
Sat on their park bench like bookends …

A time it was
It was a time
A time of innocence
A time of confidences

Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They’re all that’s left you

-Paul Simon

This weekend Saturday and Sunday nights were hockey bookends for myself and Mr. Hurley. Saturday night we went to see the Detroit Red Wings play the Icelanders at the Mausoleum. Sunday we went to the Garden to watch the Rangers stumble through their second game in two nights against the LA Kings.

Whether at the Garden or on the Island, I always try to see the Wings when they come to town. Now, having moved from the Western to the Eastern Conference, I’ll be getting to see my second favorite team play more often. More Mule, more Zetterberg and especially more DATSYUK!

What a barn burner it was! Every time one team scored, the other answered back. The Icelanders went up 4 -3 at the 4:43 mark of the third period. It looked like the Fishsticks would prevail. Detroit pulled their goaltender and Pavel Datsyuk tied it with 43 seconds left in the third period for his second goal of the game.

The game went to the shoot out. Neither Datsyuk, Zetterberg or Bertuzzi could beat Poulin. Franz Neilson won it for the home team, scoring the only goal.

…from excitement to ennui in 24 hours…

The Rangers had a bookend weekend of their own. They shut out the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal for the first time since 1967. It was the first time the Rangers won in Montreal in their last 8 games at Le Centre Belle.

This was no mean feat for as we all know the calls usually go the way of Blu, Blanc et Rouge at home. It was a shut out for our new sensation, rookie netminder and Quebec native, Cam Talbot.

A mere 24 hours later and the Rangers lost by a score of 0-1 to the LA Kings.

As well as the Rangers played in Hab town, they played equally as badly in Rangertown. Not even a tribute to their biggest cheerleader, Dancing Larry, could rally the Rangers to put a puck behind Kings backup goalie, Ben Scrivens.

If it weren’t for our King, the score would have been at least 4-0. Granted, it was the Rangers second game in two nights. To make matters worse, fog delayed the Rangers return flight from Montreal and they didn’t get home until after 3 am.

Still, it’s early in the season. They just had three days off before the Montreal game. One set of back to back games this early in the season shouldn’t tire them out that much. No excuses. Perhaps Alain Vigneualt doesn’t demand the same level of conditioning as did his predecessor.

Speaking of predecessors, I had a nice pre-game conversation with my all time favorite Ranger coach, Tom Renney, at the Mausoleum on Saturday. Tom currently assists Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock.

We chatted for a few minutes about the Wings, the Rangers and our families. Tom looks great. So much less stress being out of the red hot spotlight that shines on NHL head coaches. So nice to see an old friend doing well. We are both a little older and a lot grayer but happy and healthy.

Speaking of old friends, I’d like to thank Rob Kowal of New York Hockey Talk for including me in on the group tickets his Long Island Dragons got for the Red Wing game. Sorry we couldn’t stay to watch the Dragons play. I’m sure we’ll pass each other in the night as we leave/arrive at some Long Island rink. :)

 

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