Anders Hedberg was an unheralded Ranger in a lot of ways as far as The Mouth is concerned. When Anders and his linemate Ulf Nilsson were signed by the Bluehsirts for 2.4 Million dollars in 1978 with much ballyhoo, the NHL was a much different place then it is today.
The NHL had a very xenophobic attitude toward players from foreign countries. This was the case with owners, general managers and even the players themselves. Anders gave it 100% every night and scored a lot of big playoff goals for the Rangers.
The following clip took place on April 5th, 1983 during a preliminary playoff contest between the Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at the old Spectrum. This is Ranger “Smurf” hockey at it’s finest as Anders leads the way in frustrating the Flyers with speed and skill.
The game also features a young and very green Mike “Doc” Emrick in his first year as a NHL play by play man. Since this is the Flyers feed like many of these clips previously have documented, we of course are treated to the whining of the Flyers color men.
This time the culprit is Bobby “The Chief” Taylor who now presently does his whining during Tampa Bay Lightning broadcasts.
The Rangers would go on to win this game 5-3 and went on to sweep this 1982-83 best of five playoff series against Philly 3-0.
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