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When Will Henrik Lundqvist Get His Cup?

Bruce HeenHenrik Lundqvist is a true competitor, and he won’t back down from the overarching goal that comes with the territory of being a professional ice hockey player – a Stanley Cup Championship. Over the past two seasons, Lundqvist has come so close but to no avail. What could rock someone to their core after nearly receiving the greatest achievement in the sport’s history, in back to back seasons, continues to be the biggest motivation factor to one of the best goaltenders the sport has ever seen. Lundqvist believes he will get his Stanley Cup, and at his current age of 33, it calls to question how much he has left in the tank.

Lundvist will continue to prepare before every game with extreme dedication. He will take care of his body with a strict diet, keep his body in fantastic shape in order to handle the rigorous 82 game season, and lastly and maybe most important, believe. Part of believing in winning the one trophy that is missing from his illustrious career are the off season moves made by the New York Rangers.

The Rangers are bringing back a tight nucleus of young talent locked up in long term deals and are looking to build off the positive outcome of the past two seasons under the steady leadership of coach Alain Vigneault.

But still, you can’t help but questions Lundqvist age and how tough it is to get the big one. He only has two to three years and some may consider him to be past his prime after coming in to league back in the 2005-06 season as a rookie.

We will have to wait and see.

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Posted by on September 14, 2015 in Bruce Heen

 

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NY Rangers turn a close game into a blowout

Bruce HeenThings were neck and neck going into the third period until the NY Rangers found new life and the back of the net. Tied at three a piece, New York came alive and ran the Florida Panthers right out of Madison Square Garden. Dan Boyle, Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash each scored in the decisive third period of play.

It is no surprise that when Rick Nash scores goals it bodes very well for the Blueshirts. With 31 goals on the season, Rick Nash is scoring at will and putting his team on his back. With a little bit more help on the bottom two lines, the NY Rangers would have more of a complete team and would in turn be even more dangerous then they currently are.

With Rick Nash clicking on all cylinders, you have to suspect the Rangers are finally smiling widely after the blockbuster trade that sent him packing in Columbus and into the bright lights of New York City. You can also make the assumption that Rick is more comfortable with his surroundings and in better health after sustaining a particularly bad concussion last season.

It will be interesting to see how the season plays out. Will Nash continue his scoring ways? Are the New York Rangers serious contenders for another run at the Stanley Cup? There’s still a lot of hockey to be played and it will be a lot of fun to see how things pan out.

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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Bruce Heen

 

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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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NY Rangers Come Back to Win Against NJ Devils

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Although still early in the season, every win, especially Tuesday night’s 4-3 overtime comeback victory over the Devils, is something to cheer about for the rangers.

“It’s important for everybody to believe that no matter what, we have an opportunity to get back in a game,” captain Ryan McDonagh (two assists) said. “And the strength of our team is doing it in fives. We’re not depending on one guy to try to create on his own. I like that guys are continuing to play with confidence even if we’re down now.”

The obvious hero of the game was Kevin Klein as he shot a game-winner at the 2:42 mark of the extra period. The Rangers have won three straight after falling three in a row but they’ve done so as a unit. Four different blueshirts scored on Tuesday at the Rock including Chris Kreider, Chris Mueller, Rick Nash and Klein.

“That was a little redemption for that one that went off my butt in the second period,” Klein said, wearing the ceremonial Broadway Hat.

The first five goals of the game were all scored on power plays, Derick Brassard’s line with Mats Zuccarello and Martin St. Louis resulted in the only consistent even-strength pressure, but when the Rangers finally broke through at 5-on-5, it was Nash scoring his NHL-leading eighth goal of the season off a rebound from rookie Kevin Hayes.

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Bruce Heen

 

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Jets plan of action for upcoming Green Bay Packers

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The Jets plan to defeat the Packers Sunday should fundamentally be straightforward one. They’ll look to spread out Green Bay’s defense with their various wide receiver formations, allow Chris Johnson to play the role of percy harvin and ignite Chris Ivory between the tackles into a soft middle.

The Packers front is a disaster and played an embarrassing four quarters in the West last week. Their poor tackling, disappointing gap discipline and penalties galore together made for a humiliating loss to the Seahawks, which could give the Jets an idea on how to defeat them this weekend.

The best way to put the brakes on Aaron Rodgers passing game is not as clear cut as the Jets would like.  However, the Jets dominated the time of possession against oakland, controlling the ball for almost 35 minutes, but Rodgers, Nelson and Cobb will create an all too familiar problem for the Jets’ defense.

The backfield family of Ivory, Johnson and Powell can’t afford to be flagged six times again. Putting Johnson in the slot or out wide here and there could help Ivory discover a lighter box to exploit similar to Lynch last week. Lynch forced nine missed tackles on 20 rushes, but the Packers’ poor gap discipline was hard to watch.

Ivory is perfect to be the focal point for the game plan this weekend. He forced a total of six missed tackles on 10 carries and averaged 9.0 yards after contact per rush against the Raiders.

“You love just handing it to the big back and let him roll,” Rex Ryan said of the impact of a fresh Ivory against tired defenses late in games.

Last year’s Superbowl champs destroyed the Packers, it would be wise for the Jets to copy the guys with the rings.

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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Carmelo Anthony to stay with New York Knicks?

Bruce HeenCarmelo isn’t Ready to leave New York just yet.

After Knick fans stressing for the past week over his choice, Anthony is expected to finally make it public that he will be staying with the Knicks. Leon Rose, Anthony’s agent claims that there is no official decision that has been reached but a friend close to Anthony commented that Anthony “wants to get it done in New York.”

The deal on the table brings the Knicks to a max contract deal with Anthony for $129 million over five years. The Lakers have also offered Anthony a max deal over four years for $96 million alongside a $75 million dollar deal from the Chicago bulls.

Anthony, who constantly was reported saying that he wanted to stay in New York, seemed to be interested in joining the Lakers and close friend, Kobe Bryant. He also liked the idea of playing with the champion contender Chicago Bulls. He liked their presentation and appreciated the strong bond Head Coach Tom Thibodeau shared with his players.

However Anthony seems to want to stay in the Big Apple, a place his family calls home and the place he believes that can be turned around by Phil Jackson.

A source close with Anthony claims that his prolonged decision is not a reflection on his confidence in the Knicks of Jackson. The Knicks ideally wanted a verbal agreement from Anthony last Thursday but Anthony requested at least the weekend to make this decision about his future.

By Wednesday, Anthony was reported as telling friends that he could see himself in a position to win a championship in New York. The last NBA title for the team was back in 1973.

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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Bruce Heen

 

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UConn Wins in 2014

Bruce HeenThe UConn Huskies beat the Kentucky Wildcats 60 – 54 in this year’s NCAA March Madness tournament. With a total of 32 wins this season, the Huskies became the national champions for the second time in just four years. Every year that UConn has made it to the final game, they’ve won, leaving the program with a perfect 4 – 0 record. Kentucky was a formidable opponent with 29 wins this season, but the team with an all-freshman starting five but couldn’t pass the Huskies, who came back this season after being suspended for over a year.

Shabazz Napier, the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player who scored 22 points in the championship game, addressed the audience after UConn received the championship trophy, saying, “Ladies and Gentlemen, you are looking at the hungry Huskies. This is what happens when you ban us.”

A postseason ban was imposed on UConn’s basketball team last season as part of a penalty for poor academic performance in past years. Ryan Boatright, another UConn player, explained that the team had been angry for sometime and that the team talked about it often, saying, “We had nothing to do with the sanctions last year, and they punished us.”

UConn’s basketball team had a strong start from the beginning of the season and was determined to make up for the time they lost. At the championship game another UConn player, DeAndre Daniels, said, “We always knew we were going to get here. We’ve known since last year. It hurt to go through what we went through… That was when we knew we were going to be here and win it.”

Throughout the process, the Huskies’ coach, Kevin Ollie, supported the team, offering them words of encouragement and motivating them to strive for the title in the future. The players kept their spirits up and continued to work hard, making their dreams of winning another NCAA championship title a reality.

For more information about UConn’s win over Kentucky, please visit: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/nap-time-uconn-rides-defiant-shabazz-national-title-win-kentucky-article-1.1749046.

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Bruce Heen

 

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