Sitting just 4 points above last place in the NHL on December 17th, the New York Islanders knew things had to change. And while they’re recent success has pulled them back into the playoff race with a still 2 and half months to go, the fate of their season may be instead decided in these next two weeks.
The New York Rangers have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL lately. Over their last ten games they are 7-2-1 and are the winners of three in a row after a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals Sunday night. As a result of their recent winning, they find themselves second in the Metropolitan Division.
It has been four years since the United States lost to Canada in overtime of the gold medal game of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Now, the time has come for all the hockey countries of the world to reconvene in Sochi, Russia to attempt to achieve Olympic gold in 2014.
The legendary Doc Emrick, lead hockey play-by-play announcer for NBC and NBC Sports, joins Kenny Ducey and Kelly Kultys to discuss all things New York hockey. Emrick offered his insights into the Henrik Lundqvist situation and the Devils' poor shootout play as well as offering his New Year's resolutions for the team.
The anticipation is over. After rumors have circulated for months about a potential contract extension for New York Rangers’ star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, the Swedish seventh round draft pick in 2000 finally signed a seven year extension worth $59.5 million on Monday morning.
Fan reaction to the Matt Moulson-Thomas Vanek swap has been extreme on both ends of the spectrum. Depending on who you listen to it was either the worst trade of all time and signifies an extreme disconnect between the organization and the fan base, or an example of why this Islander franchise is emerging from their recent history of ineptitude and moving towards a formidable power in the East.
The Simpsons provided a hilarious example of fan treatment of athletes in the classic episode “Homer at the Bat.” Bart and Lisa are taunting Darryl Strawberry when Marge says to them, “Kids, that’s not very nice.” Lisa responds by saying “Mom, they’re professional athletes! They’re used to this. It rolls right off their back.” It then cuts to Strawberry on the field, wiping away a lone tear.