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“Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be. But what happened Friday night on Long Island wasn’t hockey. It was a travesty. It was painful to watch the game I love turn into a sideshow like that.

“The NHL had a chance to send a clear and strong message that those kinds of actions are unacceptable and embarrassing to the sport. It failed.

“We, as a league, must do a better job of protecting the integrity of the game and the safety of our players. We must make it clear that those kinds of actions will not be tolerated and will be met with meaningful disciplinary action.

“If the events relating to Friday night reflect the state of the league, I need to re-think whether I want to be a part of it.”

So…did ya read it? Ya? Well do me a favor and read it one more time. Ok, are you back? Have you absorbed the quote above? Know who it was written by? The guy who signs this guys checks:

There is no other word to describe “Super Mario” than to call him a hypocrite. The Penguins owner loves to cry and whine, traits he has passed on to his heir apparent (injuries included) in Sidney Crosby, but the question is, does the man have the balls to back up his words? If so, you’ll be hearing how the Penguins have outright released Matt Cooke following the leagues discipline tomorrow, which I would assume will be harsh. I would guess Cooke will get 8-15 games, though personally I think you give him 25+. I mean, a repeat offender got an indefinite suspension for using the words “sloppy seconds”. This clown is a repeat offender head hunter during a time where the league is extra sensitive to head shots, AND he did it on national television where the announcers all but called out the league, and the Penguins organization for their stance on headshots. Do I think Lemieux has the balls to do it? No, he is a hypocrite, and will more then likely just sit quiet as one of his employees continues to personify exactly what he whines against.

Getting back to the actual game, the Rangers played an average at best game, but, like earlier in the season, they found a way to win. When the Rangers had their losing streak, they were playing well, even better than they did tonight on most nights, but they weren’t able to find the way to win. They didn’t capitalize on the late game 5 on 3 like the way the Rangers did twice tonight. They don’t bury that Stepan shot, instead they hit the post. The Rangers though, of late, seem to be back to playing the way they did early in the season when they were one of the better teams in the East. They played hard, they left it all on the ice, and they walked away with 2 points. Did they play well? No, but they played hard. I’ll take it, along with the 2 points. We earned it.

Tomorrow will be interesting. Let’s see what happens.

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