Friday Rangers News and Thoughts

Sorry for the lack of blog posts this week. I just haven’t been around, and I was able to score some last minute tickets to last night’s game. My first trip to the partially-renovated Garden, and I Have to say I really like what they’ve done with the place. The concourses are gorgeous and the place just has a new feel to it. I did, however, locate a game-worn Erik Christensen jersey in one of the team stores that was priced at $599. I don’t even think Christensen’s mother would buy that bad-boy.

Anyway, some news to get to today. First, Mark Messier last night announced he was good to go for the alumni game Dec. 31 against the Philadelphia Flyers‘ alumni. Really great news, as Messier has always been, and forever will be, my favorite hockey player. I’ve already given my impressions of the roster, so check that out there.

Next, Artem Anisimov made some headlines last night after his over-the-top celebration in the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In case you missed it, check the video out.

As you can see, Anisimov turned his stick into a shotgun, and targeted the Lightning net, leading to some chaos at the Garden. Was it too much? Sure, but people want to crucify the kid. He knows he messed up, as reports have stated he apologized to the team. I don’t think any fine or suspension is needed, nor do I think that gave the Lightning to jump it needed to tie and eventually win the game, as Dominic Moore‘s game-tying goal came some 25 minutes after the Anisimov short-handed tally.

In the age of the ridiculous N.F.L. celebrations and guy’s taunting players in basketball after a dunk, a 23-year-old kid could have some fun after scoring a big goal. Let’s put it to rest.

Mike Rupp practiced in the non-contact jersey, but still appears to be a couple weeks out. I’m sure he and Sean Avery, who has been getting about four minutes of ice time per night, will jump in-and-out of the lineup upon his return.

Michael Sauer is still day-to-day with a concussion he sustained Monday night against the Toronto Maple LeafsDion Phaneuf, and according to Andrew Gross at Rangers Rants, Marty Biron was the first goalie off the ice in practice today, so expect him to get the nod in goal Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

Follow Matt on Twitter @MattCalamia

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