Welcome to the playoffs, BSB’ers! By popular demand, I will be hosting a pre-game chat on this first round eve for about 30 minutes. Stop by around 6:15pm to fill up the queue, and we will chat from about 6:30pm-puck drop. Hope to see everyone there.
Sorry about missing last week, but I’ll make it up to you today in a pre-playoff chat. Make sure to stop by at 11:45 to fill the queue, and we’ll get going at noon sharp. See everyone this afternoon!
The Rangers were kind enough to send me a press release the other day, noting that they will be devoting all of the programming tomorrow to Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist, as you know, recently set the Rangers all-time wins record, passing Mike Richter with his 302nd win. Programming will begin at noon, and end just in time for the game against the Phoenix Coyotes. You can read the full release after the jump.
The folks at MSG were kind enough to share a quick note about tonight’s new episode of Beginnings, featuring Derick Brassard. The episode airs tonight after the Rangers/Senators game finishes up.
On tonight’s all-new episode of “Beginnings” (11pm MSG), immediately following coverage of the Rangers-Senators game, forward Derick Brassard takes MSG’s cameras to Quebec, Canada for a stop in Ottawa to see his new home, where he shows off his collection of signed jerseys, which includes Mike Modano, Pavel Datsyuk, Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and Mario Lemieux. He also puts his softball skills on display when he plays in his weekly game with some of his high school friends. Brassard then heads to his hometown of Gatineau to meet up with his family and to visit the house he grew up in.
Each year, the New York Rangers throws a benefit for the Garden of Dreams Foundation which allows the players and fans to interact in a mock casino setting. All of the proceeds go to the Garden of Dreams, so the steep price tag goes for a great cause. After buying the ticket as a generous birthday gift to myself, I only hoped it would live up to my expectations. Fun fact: it did.
A lot of the experience is exactly what you’d expect – upon arrival, you’re handed a cup with a voucher for chips, introduced to items for auction, introduced to the team, introduced to the bar, and sent off on your own way. You’re given the option to mingle with the team, alumni, NYR staff, and MSG staff, as well as fellow fans. The players set up at table games – some dealing, some playing – and are extremely approachable for photos and conversation.
Since it would be unfair to give you a detailed minute by minute breakdown of the night – things do get hazy when you’re drinking wine — instead I’ll just give out random awards to pieces of the night with some wonderful iphone photography sprinkled in.
This came to me via email this afternoon. I thought you guys would be interested as we head into the Olympic break. Sunday February 9 will be dedicated to Henrik Lundqvist, and MSG will seven and a half hours of hockey televised honoring Hank. The press release is below:
New York, NY (February 6, 2014) – MSG Network will send Rangers fans into the NHL’s Olympic break with “King For A Day,” a special lineup of programming dedicated to Rangers All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Sunday, February 9 starting at 3:30 p.m.
In addition to MSG Original programs featuring Lundqvist, the “King For A Day” schedule will include 60-minute versions of the Swedish Olympic goaltender’s five favorite games from his Rangers career on MSG. The games include Lundqvist’s first game in a Rangers’ sweater (Rangers vs. Devils – 10/13/05), the final game of the 2012 season sweep of the Flyers to earn the top spot in the East (Rangers vs. Flyers – 4/3/12), a matchup against his twin brother Joel (Rangers vs. Dallas – 12/14/06) and his back-to-back shutouts in the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals that clinched the series (Rangers vs. Capitals: Game 6 – 5/12/13 and Rangers vs. Capitals: Game 7 – 5/13/13).
This was again sent to me by our friends with the Rangers. Adam Graves’ episode of Beginnings will air tonight after the game. Apparently he likes to play Frogger. I can give him a run for his money there. The release is below:
Tonight at 10:30pm, immediately following coverage of the Rangers-Islanders game, Rangers legend Adam Graves takes MSG Network back to his hometown of Toronto on the original series “Beginnings.” In the episode, Graves and his mom Lynda visit the former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Maple Leaf Gardens, which was turned into a grocery store and hockey center when the Leafs left in 1999. They also take a trip back to the house that he grew up in, which he hadn’t been to in 28 years.
“Growing up in Toronto, I think I was like a regular kid, like everyone else. I enjoyed skateboarding, and back in the day that was when Atari first came out and I remember ‘Frogger’ and all those different games that people had, so we used to play that with our buddies all the time. When I was at school I enjoyed playing football and soccer, track and field, I did some running, I mean, pretty much anything athletic or anything physical I was involved in, but hockey was my number one passion, without question.”
All-new episodes of “Beginnings” continue in February and March as former Ranger Nick Fotiu heads back to Staten Island on Tuesday, February 4 at 10:30pm and current Ranger Derick Brassard visits his hometown of Hull in Gatineau, Quebec on Tuesday, March 11 at 10:30pm.
The folks at MSG were kind enough to remind me that the the newest episode of Beginnings, featuring defenseman John Moore, will air tonight following the game against Columbus. There’s some video up at MSG.com now, and there will be more videos added around 3pm this afternoon. Check after the jump for the full notice.
Kudos to Joe Girardi and Dan Girardi for this one. Definitely worth the watch: