Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Game Sure Has Changed

I will be posting later my take on The New York Rangers win in OT against our rival New Jersey Devils in OT (thanks Shanny)this afternoon.

I was reflecting on fdarangers - who in the comments section included some clips of the flyers vs. rangers fights. I found the following clip and it is remarkable how much the new rules over the last five years have improved the game.

This fight is brutal (pre-season as well) and would absolutely set the tone for a season of fights to come.



  1. 1) " Now this is Hockey!" Thanks for the reminder of when hockey was always exciting to watch! LOL

  2. While I know a lot of people that thought that the days of bench clearing brawls were the dark ages of hockey (not me), that looks like a lotta fun. Those teams hated each other and that makes for more exciting hockey ...

  3. 1) Dam right Scotty! Think anyone was sitting/leaving during that brawl? Think any fan would miss any subsequent Flyer-ranger game that season?
    2) The 'rivalries' of today pale to those of the past. Even watching the devils/rangers, Rangers-Islanders, rangers-Flyers etc are NO where near as intense as they were 20 years ago!

  4. The benefit today is that we have a quicker game - more technique - but these were the days. This is hockey as The Dark Ranger knew it -- living in Philly, going to the Spectrum - driving into NYC - MSG. My earliest memories of hockey were red blood, pools of it, on the grey-'ish ice. Dark, dark days for a Ranger (fan).


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