Running Diary of Rangers/Bruins & Knicks/Bruins
Well because someone at the NHL scheduling office forgot to call his counterpart at the NBA scheduling office, we get the unique scenario of having both Rangers/Bruins and Knicks/Celtics at the same time on Sunday afternoon. Now this is a blessing and a curse. The curse is clearly that you cannot watch both games in their entirety live. Yes, because there is a thing known as a DVR, one could possible tape the one game and watch it after. But since we live in a world with Twitter and Facebook, you literally have to live in a sealed vacuum to avoid any updates or scores before you got through both of them.
The blessing is that after 21 weeks of the NFL regular season and playoffs, I feel as if I have the chance to be unchained from my flat screen on Sunday’s. I can go to the dog park, the gym, or even visit my parents. If both New York teams are taking on both Boston teams back to back, I feel like its mid-November all over again and I can’t get off the couch. Plus New York is still on a high from beating New England in the Super Bowl a month ago.
So what is a young adult male to do during both of these HUGE regular season contests? Fire up the Mac Book and do a RUNNING DIARY. New York vs. Boston is BACK!!!
12:30pm (EST) – Rangers wearing the Heritage jerseys! Oh, must be a big game for them. We have the “A” announcing team on NBC today: Doc Emrick, Eddie Olchuck, and Pierre McGuire behind the glass. The NHL really does it right with the announcers. Of course every team has affection for their own team’s announcers, at least we have a solid go-to national announcing crew. Shot of Lundqvist warming up. “#30 just turned 30 and won his 30th game” Nice, Doc.
12:36 — Back from break. We are reminded this is an original 6 matchup and a tough matchup for both teams. Rangers are 2-0 against the Bruins already (both games in Boston). But there is something to say about being defending champs.
12:37 – Pregame interview with Brandon Prust. He’s expecting a physical game. Good, because I was concerned they were going to attack each other with pillows during this one. Meanwhile we are still 25 minutes from Knicks/Celts in Boston. I hope Tyson Chandler tells the pregame crowd it’s going to be physical.
12:39 – Doc mentions how both teams have limited their goalies playing time this year. Except last night backup Rask got injured and now Tim Thomas is playing day game after a night game. Wonder how many times this gets mentioned today.
12:41 – Quick shifts for both teams to start. Mention of the Rangers role players stepping up this year. No mention of Dubinsky thanking his lucky stars he didn’t get shipped to Columbus last week.
12:46 – Doc is just vomiting stats and numbers to start the game. Maybe I was too early to praise him. OOOOOOO LOOOKIT FIGHT!!!!! Rangers Mike Rupp and Bruins McDermot MacDermid something or other. Apparently, this is his first game and first fight. Well, hes going to have a great story for the kids. Rupp throws the heavy blows, McD gets more volume and a takedown! Impressive, considering the amount of brain cells Rupp has murdered over the years.
12:50 – Chara has a high cross on a charging Dubinsky. Dubi was probably going to do something stupid, but he gets the Rangers Power Play. Chara to the box. Has anyone noticed that Dubi is playing a lot like Avery lately? Or maybe I just miss Avery… Lets move on.
12:51 – Well our Power play is just gross. Let me instead talk about my food options for this running diary. Normally, I would go for a giant pizza and wings, but since I’m going to dinner tonight, I went for cashews and nutrigrain bars. Doesn’t really feel the same. This can’t be a good sign.
12:53 – Oh, what do you know, PP ends with 0 shots. We are anemic on the advantage. This is going to come rear its ugly head in the playoffs. BALLS.
12:54 – STRALMAN!!! That was unexpected! Rangers 1-0. I need a replay… Who needs a power play when you can just throw the puck at the goalie and get lucky? Maybe we should throw the puck at the goal during the power play too. Can’t hurt, right Torts?
12:59 – WHOA! HAGLIN GOAL!!! Rangers 2-0! He spun in front and found Dubinsky. The throw the kitchen sink at the tired goalie game plan seems to working. 1 minute to Knicks tip. I can’t even find the energy to change the channel. MSG is rocking and I’m torn. DAMN YOU SCHEDULE MAKERS!!!
1:01 – Ok, so Fedotenko deflected that first goal from Stralman. For those of you scoring at home. Thomas looks a little old. Chara made 2 bad plays in a row. That’s weird.
1:06 – Turn to basketball… Knicks up 5-0 to start. Well that’s some good news. Clearly we are on pace for a 125-0 win right now. Back to hockey though.
1:08 – Stralman giveaway in the defensive zone leads to a Bruins goal. 2-1 Bruins. Sorry to take anything away from the Bruins, but almost every goal Lundqvist gives up is a giveaway from his defense.
1:09 – FIGHTTTTTTTT!!!! Lucic and Prust going toe to toe. Oh that got ugly fast. Lucic rocked him bad. REAL BAD. Now go sit down, Prust and think about your poor decisions…
1:12 – Ok can’t stop thinking about that fight as the first period continues. I’ve seen Lucic before, I know he can hit. But man, he absolutely destroyed Prust. To his credit, Prust never backs down from a challenge and will often go up against a bigger brawler, but you have to know when to fold them.
1:13 – Knicks down 10-16. So much for that early lead Lin is off the court already. Tirico informs the audience that Lin had 2 fouls in 3 minutes and will sit for the rest of the period. Lot of sloppy play so far. Timeout with 6:15 left.
1:14 – ANOTHER FIGHT!!! This time Bickle vs. Cambell. Well that was a major let down. Neither player got any good shots in, kind of lame. All the enforcers feel like they need to get in some fights early before there ice time is cut in the 3rd period.
1:15 – We’ve hit a milestone… First Dual Timeout in both games!
1:17 – Rupp off so Boston gets a power play. And then theirs a stoppage for a broken pane of glass. Oh sweet! This game has everything so far! They are going to break. Wonder how long it takes the crew to change the pane. That job must be stressful. Kind of like live blogging in my apartment stressful.
1:18 – Baron Davis doing his best J-Lin impression. His step is just is so slow to the basket. At least he’s trying though. Melo is on the court with the 2nd Unit, or as Knicks fans call it “The Entire 2nd Unit”
1:21 – Double Break in the Action Again! Time to catch my breath. And give updated Hockey Fighter Power rankings for this game: 1. Lucic 2. Rupp 3. MacD 4. Bickle 5. Prust 6. Cambell
1:24 – Ok, the hockey game went to 1st Intermission with a few minutes left in the first to change the glass. Interesting. Celts Peitrus misses 2 wide open threes. Well that’s not going to get it done. Boston’s bench is weak.
1:27 – JR Smith steals the ball, breakaway and Dunks! Crowd is silent with the Knicks up 29-25.
1:29 – 1st Quarter ends 29-27 Knicks. Novak buried a few three’s when I wasn’t watching. He’s hit 50% from behind the arc in February and has taken 81% of his shots from three. Discount double check.
1:32 – 2nd Quarter begins and Novak buries another 3. The second team is carrying the Knicks right now. Celtics need to put the starters back in.
1:35 – Lin is back in, and Ray Allen gets a three point play. Hubie Brown reminds us to NEVER FOUL RAY ALLEN. Duly noted.
1:38 – GAME ON! Glass is fixed. Very audible “Potvin Sucks” chant coming through my TV to start. Boston Power Play ends. 1st Period ends, and the 2nd Starts right away. Never seen that before, but I’ve also never done a running diary of 2 competing sporting events either.
1:42 – The Rangers are blocking a ton of shots, but the story is how dominating the Bruins have been since their Timeout down 2-0. Almost all of the play is in the Rangers defensive zone.
1:43 –Lin to Shumpert Alley-oop. That would have been a good combo in the Dunk Contest. Garnett is struggling by the way. He is being left open and can’t knock down the 20 footer.
1:46 – Ok, there’s no denying it, the fights and Bruins physical play has changed this hockey game. Jordan Caron blasts a laser past the King. Game tied at 2.
1:49 – First Lin turnover of the game. But Knicks are up 44-36 and they are shooting 60% from the floor so far. SECOND TEAM IS KILLIN’ IT!
1:50 – Break in the hockey game. Keep flipping back and forth and forth and back and on and on. Update on my mental state… DIZZY.
1:52 – Brandon Bass leads the Celts with 8 points, while the Knicks have 12 assists on 20 field goals. Which brings me to my new favorite website! http://sites.google.com/site/didnickyoungetanassistlastgame/home
Did Washington Wizards guard have an assist in the last game? Never gets old.
1:56 – Girardi has a big hit on Lucic. Crowd is back into the action. Then Rangers get a too many men on the ice penalty. Assistant coach Mike Sullivan bursts a blood vessel in his head screaming at the refs. OMG I can’t wait for playoff hockey.
1:58 – Melo big dunk driving off the dribble. But the physical play is picking up out on the court. Maybe they are being inspired by the fights on the ice in New York.
2:00 – Bruins outshooting Rangers 19-9. One of these teams played the night before on the road. Guess which one? (Hint: not the one from New York). The early momentum is way over for the Rangers.
2:03 – Another bad lob pass. This game got all Rucker Park on me when I was watching hockey. What happened to the fast breaks? Good news is there is another simultaneous break!
2:06 – Halftime. Melo gets the halftime interview. He thinks the team plays the same whether its Lin or Barron on the floor. I will just go ahead and disagree for ALL of us. 56-51, Knicks up 5 and 12 points for Melo.
2:07 – Commercial on NBC for Tiger Woods at the Honda Classic. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Honda Classic is like playing in the summer league for the NBA. Kobe doesn’t lace them up for those games in Las Vegas right after the draft.
2:11 – Sarcastic applause for the Rangers getting a shot on goal. 2nd Period Intermission. Bruins winning the shots on goal battle 10-3 in 2nd, 24-11 for the game. Rangers are missing the gritty play of their Captain whose out the last few games.
2:25 – OH SWEET GLORIOUS BREAK! I never looked forward to halftime and intermission as much before. Knicks come back first. Tirico reminds us that Knicks bench is outscoring Celts bench 23-9. But we start with the starters on the court. *Sigh.
2:28 – A few ugly Landry Fields turnovers, and then we get a shot of Lin’s Harvard basketball coach in the stands. Finally! I was waiting for that.
2:29 – Well I just realized that Rondo is the best player on either team. He’s getting to the basket at will. And he has 11 assists already. Celts tie the game and Knicks take a quick timeout.
2:31 – 3rd Period starts up. Yes, we are still tied 2-2. That’s all I got. The room is closing in on me. I don’t want to watch TV anymore.
2:35 – 3 on 1 break for the Rangers. Stoned by Thomas! Control the puck behind the net and somehow Gaborik gets the puck in the net. Boston fans must be PISSED. First, the “Helmet Catch”, then 3 garbage goals to take the lead in this game.
2:37 – Teardrop bucket for Lin. He’s good when he drives to the lane and gets those herky jerky shots. Not so much at the cross court passes. Meanwhile, Barron is mimicking Lin in one regard; both have 5 turnovers so far. GREAT
2:41 – Knicks are ice cold at this point. Bad jump shots. No offense. This is January all over again.
2:42 – Marchand breakaway on Lundqvist barely goes wide. That was close. Bruins are losing and outplaying the hell out of us.
2:42 – The brick disease is contagious. Novak is long on 2 straight three attempts. Remember when the Celtics swept us last season? Apparently, neither do any of the players.
2:47 – 3 good chances in a row for the Rangers. They finally found their forecheck and put pressure in front of Thomas. No goals however. I also realize I need some more snacks. Meanwhile D’Antoni calls timeout with the Celts running away with this one 80-65. TD Garden is ROCKING!
2:51 – After a Knicks timeout, they go on a 5-0 run to cut the score to 70-80 mid 3rd quarter.
2:52– Beautiful pressure and passing by Bruins top lin. Put it past the King easily to make it 3-3. New snacks have been removed from eye sight.
2:54 –STEPAN!!! Quick turnaround goal. Sucked all the momentum away from the Burins. Thomas was not ready for that. Still had water bottle in his hand. Sort of.
2:56 – “LETS GO RANGERS” “LETS GO RANGERS” “LETS GO RANGERS” “LETS GO RANGERS” “LETS GO RANGERS” “LETS GO RANGERS”
2:57 – End of the 3rd Quarter in Boston, Knicks down 72-80.
2:58 – Stupid penalty on Bickle flicking the puck over the glass. Delay of game. Torts trying to explain his way out of it, not unlike trying to talk your way out of a parking ticket, but if while the cop came to talk to you, you screamed in his face and called his mother a naughty word.
3:00 – End of Bruins power play. 3:14 left in the 3rd and Rangers winning 4-3 still. Rangers block almost every shot every game. How do any of them have teeth or non-broken bones left.
3:02 – Shumpert gets a big dunk, but the game is getting a little ugly out there. Meanwhile, Pierce and Rondo can’t really be stopped, unless it’s Rondo stopping himself.
3:07 – Rangers keeping the pressure in Bruins zone. Thomas can’t get to the bench for the extra attacker. He final gets a window to go at 1:07 left.
3:08 – Haglin misses dump into empty net, flurry of shots at Lundqvist all bounce off, and the buzzer sounds. Lucic sucker punches McDonough at the end of the game behind the net. Didn’t Obama educate us to stop bullying? I can understand his frustration, however. Bruins outplayed the Rangers for the majority of the game, except one team let in garbage goals and one team didn’t.
3:10 – Rangers now 3-0 against Bruins, and 5-0 against Flyers this season. Either of those teams in the playoffs will be just fine.
3:12 – First double break in action since 3rd intermission.
3:14 – Ok, 82-88 Boston. Lin is not very good this game. You can see the pattern where good point guards take it personally playing against him. Rondo is out there to crush him. Proof? 18 Assists and his 4th Triple Double. And he should have at least 10 more points if he was a better shooter, finisher at the basket. SCARY.
3:18 – Shumpert might be the only bright spot today. Only if he could guard Rondo or Pierce and Knicks might have a better chance.
3:24 – Lin gets a layup, Pietrus miss on the quick 3, then Lin trailing the ball gets a BIG 3. Knicks back in the game! Pierce is shutting Novak off from the ball, which is the best way to make him ineffective. Timeout at 2 minutes left, 95-96 Boston lead.
3:27 – Pierce for 2. He’s battling Reggie Miller and Jordan for biggest Knicks killers. He might be the winner for pure longevity.
3:28 – Melo gets 4 points on 2 possessions and out entire offense is to get fouled and to get to the line, and its surprisingly effective. 99-98 Knicks leading.
3:36 – Knicks up 3, Boston with the ball with a foul to give. Pierce takes the ball, step back and drains a three…… Game tied 4.9 seconds left. Knicks time out.
3:38 – Melo failed to convert with defenders all over him. I wish I could have placed a bet on that before it happened. Game going to overtime.
3:39 – You know what, no. I’m done. I signed up for regulation running diary. I can’t watch any more sports. You win Television. I am going outside for some fresh air. I already know the Celts are going to win in overtime. That Pierce shot was a back breaker. Good for him.
Postscript: Celts win in overtime 115-111. Lin continued to be ice cold in the extra time. On the plus side I had the rest of the day to enjoy the rest of my weekend.
New York 1, Boston 1. The rivalry is back!