Hall of Fame goalie Glenn Hall once described the business of puck-stopping as “sixty minutes of hell.” Fortunately, Hall, the man who played 502 consecutive NHL games without a mask, never had to endure the hockey Hades that befell New York Rangers goalie Ken ‘Tubby’ McAuley one night in Detroit. Facing the Red Wings Jan. 23, 1944, McAuley allowed 15 straight goals in what was the most one-sided shutout in NHL history. “Tubby should have been awarded the Croix de Guerre,” said Rangers coach Frank Boucher, “if not the Victoria Cross.”
Alas, McAuley got neither prize, but he sure grabbed plenty of ink in the NHL Record Book. It included his involvement with the following: most consecutive goals, one team, one game; most points, one team, one game; most goals, one team, one period; and most points, one team, one period.
Hey, is anything controversial going on in the prospect world right now? Oh right, the Team USA world junior apocalypse. Here’s the thing: there will always be talented players left off camp rosters and second-guessing if the team doesn’t win. In the case of Minnesota first-rounder Alex Tuch, he hadn’t impressed as a sophomore at Boston College this year. With Toronto pick Jeremy Bracco, USA Hockey views him as an offense-only player – whether you agree with that assessment or not, it’s the mark he was given. But instead of dwelling on the negative, let’s get to the positives, shall we?
There was history made in the NHL Thursday, as the New York Rangers signed seven-year-old Kayleigh Petersen to a one-day contract. Petersen, from East Brunswick, N.J., became the first female in the Rangers’ 90-year history to sign a one-day deal with the team.
“She has tremendous skills and we felt her strength and character are through the roof,” said former New York Rangers winger Adam Graves. “We are proud and honored to have her as a part of the Rangers organization.”
As part of her contract with the Blueshirts, Petersen was part of the warmup and was the first skater on the ice ahead of the Rangers’ Thursday tilt against the Colorado Avalanche. Read more
The past week hasn’t been a good one in terms of errant skates and scary incidents. This past weekend, there was an extremely graphic incident in which KHL veteran Vitaly Sitnikov took a skate to the throat, and Thursday night Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson was sliced open by the skate of New York Rangers winger Rick Nash.
Johnson and Nash were skating towards a loose puck midway through the second period of Thursday’s game between the Avalanche and Rangers when Nash stopped abruptly. The sudden stop caused Nash’s right leg to swing up and it clipped Johnson in the face. Johnson went to the ice clutching his face, and he removed his gloves to check for blood. Incredibly, Johnson got up without any help and headed to the dressing room: Read more
The huge hit Boston Bruins winger Matt Beleskey delivered to New York Rangers center Derek Stepan broke his ribs, and now he’ll be watching from the sideline for at least a month.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault announced Monday that Stepan, who missed the third period of Friday’s matinee against the Bruins, will be out four-to-six weeks due to two broken ribs, and the Rangers subsequently recalled Jayson Megna from the Hartford Wolf Pack. But with Stepan out for more than a month, the Rangers, who just snapped a three-game skid, are going to need someone to step up and fill the second-line center role. Read more
Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy with the third period penalty assessed to Brad Marchand during Friday’s 4-3 win over the Rangers.
Marchand was penalized for goaltender interference after he bumped into Rangers’ starter Henrik Lundqvist.
A massive hit by Boston Bruins winger Matt Beleseky has put New York Rangers center Derek Stepan out of Friday’s matinee, and there could be concern that the 25-year-old pivot could miss more than just the third period of the Thanksgiving contest.
Around the midway mark of the second frame, Stepan was attempting to make an outlet pass from the Rangers’ zone when Beleskey finished his check and sent Stepan sailing head and shoulder first into the boards. New York defenseman Dylan McIlrath dropped the gloves with Beleseky following the hit, while Stepan struggled to his feet before heading to the bench: Read more
Montreal Canadiens backup goalie Mike Condon will get the start Friday night when the Canadiens visit the New Jersey Devils, which apparently would have been the case had reigning MVP and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price not left Wednesday night’s win over the New York Rangers with a right leg injury.
Condon proved that in the short term that he could be almost as good as the No. 1 man, going 4-0-2 with a 1.81 goals-against average and registering a .932 save percentage in the first six games he played after taking over the net when Price went down with an upper body injury in October.