Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Atlantic City Extra: Scenes, stats from Sandy benefit
Recap from Jersey’s City-By-The-Sea:
My story is on newsday.com. Some extras.
Fun event for fans. Not much D by Flyers to help Martin Brodeur, shaky early, vs. loaded NY squad…
Scott Hartnell provided better post-game quotes than Brad Richards/Henrik Lundqvist: “The dang Rangers, they’ve got our number, that’s for sure,” he said. Confessed he was “all choked up” hearing 11,000 fans chant “We want hockey”…Told Brodeur: “You’re a great guy, no matter what they say about you.”
The two main stats that emerged were Lundqvist’s 56 saves and James Neal’s four goals. Some others: Brian Boyle, with a jam-in in front, and Jeff Halpern scored for New York. Richards had three assists. Halpern, Eminger, Staal, Girardi, Pyatt, Asham each had one. Matt Martin of the Isles had two assists.
Chirps. There were plenty on the ice. Arron Asham tried to goad former Flyer Dan Carcillo into dropping the gloves several times.
Dissent on the Blueshirts D? Boyle, a center who dropped back to play defense, got the needle from Marc Staal in the post-game locker room. No. 18 said that Boyler’s reading of the plays led to a lot of 2 on 1s. Boyle called him jealous and concerned about his job. “He should be worried; I make less than him.”
Heard and seen…
Best press box line of night about 20 seconds in: “Torts would have changed lines already”…Dan Girardi’s son Landon made the trip from Manhattan…Lundqvist and pals adjourned to Morton’s Steakhouse after the game…Which sportswriter, at 21 Bar in the wee hours, observed: “As the music gets louder, the skirts get shorter.”…No visit to Caesar’s is complete without seeing the statuary, Romanesque and at the slots, where people don’t seem to move for hours… Edward Dickson, a former FBI veteran who was named director of N.J.’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness in February, dropped the ceremonial puck…Lauren Hart sang the anthem, not God Bless America, though…