Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The New Mr. Zero

Back in the late 30's and early 40's the Boston Bruins had an American born goalie named Frank Brimsek. He would later be known as Frank "Mr. Zero" Brimsek. In his rookie year with the Bruins, 1938-39, Brimsek in 43 games had 10 shutouts and a GAA 1.56. In the following two years he would post 12 more shutouts with GAA's of 1.99 and 2.01. Brimsek was inducted into the hockey Hall of Fame in 1966. He is also in the American hockey Hall Of Fame.

Now we have the heir to the throne named Henrik Lundqvist. Last night he pitched his fourth shutout of the season which puts him second to Pascal Leclaire of Columbus who has five. Lundqvist ranks fifth on the list of goalies since 2005-06 with eleven shutouts which puts him six behind leaders Martin Brodeu of the Devils and Mikka Kiprusoff of Calgary.

Last night was another night at the office for Lundqvist as he out-dueled Flyer goalie Biron who was also outstanding in the nets, turning aside 43 of 45 shots. Biron should have been the third star of the game but lately the writers are becoming homers when naming the three stars. Brandon Dubinsky, who along with Marc Staal continues to improve after every game, was voted number three star.There was one particular sequence in the third period with about five minutes to play and Lundqvist made a great save with his left leg and the Rangers came down and Biron made a great save with his left glove.

Jagr made number two star with a beautiful shot past Biron's glove with 33 seconds left in the first period. In the third period he fed Shanahan for a power play goal after Tyutin made a great play keeping the puck in the zone. And what did the new Mr. Zero, the number one star think of all this? "It wasn't a great game to watch, but we played smart and got the two points." Now its at the Island tonight where the Rangers hope to stretch the winning streak to five and to do that they will have to win their first road game. With the heir to Frankie Brimsek guarding the nets anything is possible

ICINGS: If there are any other Ranger bloggers out there who read this blog we should all make a concerted effort to get our readers to stop the _ _ sucks chant. It is annoying; during pivotal times in the game some idiot, and I do mean idiot, starts the whistle that lets the other idiots yell the chant.

No Stupid Chant

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  • Anonymous said...

    im going to have to agree with the whole __ sucks issue.

    its getting a little out of hand. its funny, but not haha funny anymore.

  • Section 335 said...

    It bothers me too. Kids should not be hearing it. Wives do not appreciate it. It makes no sense except when we play the Islanders. When we do, I will yell it too!! (And also scream Fish Sticks!!)

  • Section 423 said...

    Pundit, totally agree on the chant. 20 years after the player retired, it is time to retire the chant. I prefer when the Garden is rocking with "LET'S GO RANGERS!".

  • mike said...

    anonymous-Good. Spread the word.

  • mike said...

    section 335-There should be no exceptions. Yell Islanders suck and Fish Sticks! but stop the other chant.

  • mike said...

    section 423-You got it right. That's what we should be chanting, "Lets Go Rangers.!"

  • Anonymous said...

    I'm going to have to disagree with you guys here. There's no argument that the chant no longer has any semblance of its original meaning. But that is the glory of it. It is a meaningless chant that belongs exclusively to the Rangers at the Garden, and as such it is a special thing.

    It is also a rare example of a dying art -- the crowd-originated chant. Sure, you get Let's Go Rangers and Hen-Rik! (and the occasional Fi-re Sa-ther or ***-hole), but not much else. I'm tired of being told what to do by the arena sound system.

    So, Long Live The Chant!

    Section 330

  • mike said...

    anonymous-Sorry to disagree with you. The chant must go. There are plenty of players today who we could apply that chant to. Also.I do agree with you on the PA issuing orders. I think I'm in Minnesota everytime I hear it. That is what they used to do way back.