The Mouth has been away for about a week shoring up the video archives for this summer, because from the looks of it, it is going to be a long one for us Ranger fans. So don't fret Ranger faithful the Big Man is still on the scene, just working on videos for over the summer.
Tonight on Blueshirt Banter Radio at 8 PM The Mouth & Jim talk to Mitch Beck of Howlings.net.
Mitch is is the reigning King of everything Hartford Wolfpack related.
The show is always a blast when Mitch joins us. This will also give us the chance to catch up with sad state of the Ranger team right now with our fellow fans.
I think everyone has an opinion on th epic failure of Blueshirts this season and as always we will be taking your calls at (646) 478-4692.
This is about as close as a St. Patrick day themed video as you're gonna get from The Mouth. In this case it might be a reach, but here goes.
In this game the Rangers fan club made the road trip to Toronto and the Blueshirt fans proudly displayed their banners all over Maple Leaf Gardens, showing their love for their favorite Ranger players.
The player banners just so happened to be dominated by Ranger players of Irish lineage.
Dave Maloney, Don Maloney, Don Murdoch, Pat Hickey
But besides the iffy St. Patrick's Day tie in of this video, the game is an interesting one for several reasons.
First and foremost. It's a Hockey Night In Canada broadcast featuring legendary Hockey announcers Bill Hewitt and his color commentator Brian McFarlane calling the game both whom have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame for their broadcasting.
The video has some neat shots of The Maloney Brothers serving minors together in the penalty box while their parents watch on from the stands.
Also, Don Murdoch after serving his 40 game suspension that year has a terrific game, scoring a couple of goals and notching an assist.
The Mouth thinks this a prime example of how intense the Rangers and Islander rivalry once was. The video is from an frenetic confrontation between the two teams at MSG on December 30th, 1981.
Unfortunately this date in Ranger history is know for Clark Gillies utter destruction of Ed Hospodar's face. As much as we Ranger fans hated the Islanders, we all knew that Gillies was a destroyer of men akin to our own Barry Beck.
When it was all said and done Ed Hospodar wound up with a shattered jaw and several missing teeth after his pummeling by Gillies.
The game is a wild and wooly affair that sees a lot of up and down hockey as both teams go full throttle. Ten goals are scored by both teams combined when this is all said and done.
With The Rangers current state of affairs looking fairly grim, the Blueshirt Banter Radio Team decided Ranger fans needed a breath of fresh air as we welcome a young man who has a bright future with our Blueshirts Ethan Werek.
Ethan is in the home stretch of completing yet another impressive season (his second) in juniors with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL.
Ethan was the Rangers second round draft pick in the 2009 draft and from what the Mouth tells us is a really personable and talkative kid.
Please join us live at 8 PM on the Radio as well as our live Blueshirt Banter Radio Chatroom to join the other hardcore fans who talk Rangers hockey while you listen.
Andrew Gross, Ranger beat writer for the New Jersey Record will be joining The Mouth and his radio partner Jim Schmiedeberg on Blueshirt Banter Radio tonight at 8 PM sharp. The show runs from 8-10PM and can be heard by visiting the link below.
The Mouth will be on the scene at the Fire Glen Sather Rally with Video camera in hand to film this historic social networking event where hundreds of Ranger fans are expected to attend.
Frankly, The Big man thinks nothing will change in Rangerland, but just perhaps this arrogant and other worldly out of touch organization will finally hear the true voice of the New York Ranger fan.
Ranger fans have no true traditional media outlet to vent their frustrations except for the wildly popular internet radio show Blueshirt Banter Radio which will be covering the event from 4:30-6:30.
The rally is being held at 5 PM today on the East Side of 7th avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets in front of the FUSE Building.
Mike Zippo the rally's organizer has sent out this email addressing the following about the Rally :
We are encouraging everyone to bring signs, be loud, and to have fun. However, there are a lot of people who worked very hard on this event. We want to be taken seriously by both the media and the organization. Try to keep the signs PG, and try to keep the use of foul language to a minimum.
As a reminder to everyone, there will be uniformed police at the event ready to make arrests if someone steps way out of line. To make sure this rally goes off without a hitch and goes well,
please act like adults.
Try to refrain from taking any shots at the players. Today is not a trade so and so rally. This is all about Mr. Sather and the poor decisions he has made as GM of the Rangers over the past 10 years.
The Mouth will be covering the event for Blueshirt Banter Radio and will be reporting live from the scene, feel free to say hi to him as he always loves commiserating with his fellow Ranger fans.
If you cant make it out to the rally listen to the live coverage on Blueshirt Banter Radio 4:30-6:30
The Rangers very rarely beat the Atlanta Flames at home or on the road. It was just a simple fact, the Flames gave the Rangers fits.
No matter how much of a talent difference on the ice there was Dan Bouchard and his fellow teammates flat out owning the New York Rangers to both the teams and fans utter frustration.
It all came to a screeching halt when the Rangers beat them handily in the Preliminary round of 1980 playoffs.
Atlanta's curse over the Blueshirts also ceased to exist when the Flames decided to move their team to Canada. This video shown here is footage of the last game the Atlanta Flames ever played as a part of the NHL. The following season the Atlanta club moved to Calgary and became the Calgary Flames.
This particular video has some very interesting hi-lites. Ed Hospodar's first NHL goal, a stick swinging incident between Phil Esposito and the aforementioned Flames goaltender Daniel Bouchard.
There is also a weird technical glitch where the audio starts off with the Atlanta Flames announcers, then after about a minute or so the familiar voices of Jim Gordon and Bill Chadwick take over the announcing reigns.
According to our fearless video leader The Mouth, Ranger netminder John Davidson was a total goaltending enigma.
Some games he was simply sharp as a tack and virtually unbeatable and other times he looked like a randomly picked out a Ranger fan from the crowd that was thrown in between the pipes.
The game featured here took place in the season that Ranger fans most fondly remember J.D, the year Davidson lead the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Montreal Canadiens. A playoff which early on Davidson was spectacular.
Davidson and the Rangers in this particular game faced the Washington Capitals at the Cap Centre and frankly our Blueshirts got waxed.
Then again back in the day the Rangers always got waxed at the Cap Centre, they frankly rarely ever won there, and the same can be said for the Omni which was the home of the old Atlanta Flames.
Let's just say J.D wasn't at his best this night, but to be fair neither were the Rangers. Not many regular season games exist from this year so even a Ranger loss is a rare video treat.
Ranger Crisis is a video blog hosted by The Mouth. Established in February 2009 Ranger Crisis was created to discuss New York Ranger Hockey from the fans point view as well as explore the lighter side of being a Ranger fan through a satirical lens. However, in this case the lens is being wielded by a 48 yr old boccalone who has been following the Rangers since he was 10 like it was a religion.
The Mouth also has more Complete Ranger games and Ranger archival footage 1952-1985 than any other person on the planet. The big guy from time to time will crank up the time machine and share these video gems with his fellow Ranger fans with the intent to hearken them back to the simpler days before salary cap and Gary Bettman.
So sit back and enjoy Blue Shirt fans as it's all beamed right onto your computer desk for your enjoyment. We wholeheartedly thank you for stopping by and most importantly as always say...