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07-20-2008, 12:58 AM
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Originally Posted by polako View Post
That 05-06 team will always have a special place in NYR fans' hearts. It's almost as if the lockout was a blessing for the team, as absolutely everything changed.

That year on these boards was so much fun.

Anyway, I know everybody contributed their share, but I'd also like to add some of the unmentioned:

Betts and Jason Ward for their pk hustle
Sykora for his beautiful shootout goals
Kaspar for his monster hip checks
Marek and Poti, the undeserved whipping boys, for their combined +42
Marek for his shootout goal vs WSH
Agreed. That first season, especially the first couple of months, was the most fun I've had watching the Rangers since the 1997 playoffs. Granted, there wasn't much to cheer for in between, but it was very nice to have a winning team again.

Betts definitely deserves credit. I don't think many people knew who he even was coming into that season, but he managed a few goals and provided some much-needed grit and penalty killing ability. And he still does. And he's still an extremely unsung hero in my opinion.

Sykora was great after coming here too. Erased all hatred I had of him as a Devil.

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