Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Prince Of Broadway

Try to get a copy of today's New York Post (10/5/06) or go online to and read a wonderful column about Henrik Lundqvist and how much he loves New York. The article is written by gossip columnist Cindy Adams who trekked up to the Ranger training camp in Westchester County. Cindy is the widow of the late comedian Joey Adams. Joey was the emcee of the famed Friar's Club Celebrity Roast. You remember the Dean Martin roasts. Those were church socials compared to the Friars.

Lundqvist opens tonight against the Washington Capitals and their all everything Alexander Ovechkin. The Rangers also will have rookie Nigel Dawes in the lineup. Dawes had an excellent camp and it is hoped he gets more than 4-5 minutes of ice time. He should be on the line with Cullen at center and Jason Ward at the other wing.

The big line for the Rangers will be Nylander centering Jagr and Shanahan. Renney's reasoning is that Shanahan will be protecting Jagr. So that is the Rangers answer to the toughness question. A thirty seven year old sniper will be riding shotgun all night. Oh well.

But the story tonight will be Henrik Lundqvist, the Prince of Broadway. Yes Jagr is probably the best player in the game right now but the Blueshirts will only go as far as Lundqvist will take them. He has risen to star status in New York. Think about this for a second. There are fewer Ranger fans than Yankees, Mets or Knicks fans in this city. Sure, Jeter is in the paper all the time, but an all page column by the Queen of New York, Cindy Adams, that is something special. The Prince is a celebrity.

The game should go a long way in telling us whether Lundqvist has recovered from last years maladies. Washington, with Ovechkin, will be a test for Lundqvist. With the Rangers defense expect anywhere from 30-40 shots from the Capitals. The Prince will be there as will his loyal subjects cheering him on.

Long live the Prince!

Lang levande painsen!

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