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NY Rangers post second straight shut-out

Are the New York Rangers finally gaining momentum? It is a great question and hopefully it becomes more of a reality as the team continues on for the remainder of the season. The Rangers have shown glimpses of greatness, and yet they find themselves losing games in overtime or in shutouts. One would figure coach Alain Vigneault is preaching consistency to his team.

The Rangers are never not in a position to win, but they can’t quite find that winning formula to close out games. Either way, fans must like what they are seeing early on from the team. The talent is their and one of their biggest strengths, defense, seems to be lacking. It is bizarre, but hey, it’s hockey.

Looking on the bright side, the NY Rangers won two straight shutouts, the first against the Philadelphia flyer and the second to the Montreal Canadiens. Against the Flyers and with backup goaltender Cam Talbot, New York notched a 2-0 win giving Cam his first win on the season. The following game against the Canadiens, New York scored five goals with each forward recording a point on the night. Talk about balanced scoring and lines. If the Rangers can find a scoring balance like this on a consistent basis they can be a very dangerous team. With each line finding productive minutes and points, opposing teams will have their hands full preparing for an onslaught of fire power.

Only pointing out the NY Rangers for their stellar play would do a disservice to another team in the region that has been in a dark place behind the Blueshirts for what seems like an eternity. The New York Islanders are sitting quietly at the top of their division with an exceptional record early on. The fan base is kicking and screaming in joy after losing seasons year after year. It is great to see such a dedicated fan base respond to their team. You can’t help but love that about sports. If you’re team is winning, naturally everyone is going to be happy and no questions will be asked. Hopefully the Islanders keep it up. If so, they will win over their fans, which will only bode well for them as they make the move next season to the Barclays center.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Bruce Heen

 

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Shopping mistakes to avoid this holiday season

Take a deep breath everyone, the holiday shopping season is fast approaching, but not to worry! Many of us fret at the thought of buying gifts at such a busy time of the year, but with a little helpful guidance, we can make some smart decisions to get over the finish line this year:

1. Black Friday

Many people believe that Black Friday is the best day to shop because it always has the most favorable savings. The day has become a huge marketing ploy for big stores, so don’t feel the pinch of needing to wake up at 4:00am in the morning to beat the people and lines for great savings on a specific day. A lot of stores offer similar deals to the ones displayed on Black Friday throughout the year and a lot of items are the same year after year as well.

2. Going Over Budget

This is an easy mistake to make. The best way to budget your money is to think of all the people you will be buying gifts for. Have a number in mind for how much you would like to spend on each and don’t go over! There are a number of great free applications for your smart phone that will help you.

3. Store Credit Cards

You’ll likely find yourself tempted to open up an in-store credit card at checkout to receive an additional 20% off, but be cautious! If you currently have a high interest rate credit card that you can’t pay off this is not a good idea. Be sure to consider outside factors before you dive in to additional savings. This could have a serious affect on your credit score!

4. Free Shipping

Don’t wait to the last minute to purchase gifts! If you do, you may find yourself paying a great deal of money on shipping in order for the gift to arrive on time. Take advantage of retailers that are offering free shipping. This will likely happen weeks in advance, so don’t procrastinate!

For more information, check out the original article here.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Bruce Heen

 

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