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Devils' Roller Coaster Ride Ends

by Nick Logerfo

New Jersey is home to some of the biggest and fastest roller coasters in the world. Jersey’s hockey team, the Devils, must have taken some inspiration from this and had a season that was nothing short of a roller coaster ride. On the day after the New York Rangers eliminated the Devils from the playoffs it’s now time to reflect on the season that could have been, but never was.

The Isles (and John Tavares) Control Their Own Destiny

by Mike Watts

Flickr :: DVDaniels

Maybe the writing was on the wall nearly four years ago when John Tavares first donned a blue and orange Islanders jersey.  No flashy ceremony to say “New York hockey is back," but a fresh face for a failing franchise.  More likely, you probably viewed the first overall pick of the 2009 draft as another future star who would toil away in a bad organization like Rick Nash (Columbus), Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta) and Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders) before him.  With seven games left in the 2013 season, The Islanders officially controls their own destiny to the postseason, and their young alternate captain is the reason why.

Captain Cally has been Captain Clutch

by Mike Watts

Mike Watts, WFUV Sports

There is a certain humility that comes with being a captain in the National Hockey League.  Often times when things go wrong, the “C” is expected to face the cameras of swarming New York media.  A soft spoken, gritty seventh year veteran, Ryan Callahan embodies humility as he sits in his stall and answers every question from every reporter.  He embodies the identity the Rangers wished they possessed right now.  Put simply, his on and off ice demeanor has held the Blueshirts in postseason position.

Despite Decade-Long Struggles, Knicks and Rangers Have Come a Long Way

by Steve Simineri

Mike Watts, WFUV Sports

Madison Square Garden is legendarily known as, ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’, but that very building has had some unpleasantly long summers for quite some time now. The Knicks are going on 40 years removed since their last Championship, and the Rangers last won a Stanley Cup behind Mark Messier’s guarantee in 1994, their first and last since 1940.

In A Business Built On Fans, How Much Access Is Too Much?

by Mike Watts

Mike Watts, WFUV Sports

At first, I was offended when I heard John Tortorella refused to answer basic questions from the media about injuries and in-game pep talks. He is paid plenty of money, money earned off the backs of the fans that attend games and spend a ridiculous sum for “NHL Center Ice”, to answer these questions.  How could a hockey coach ignore those fans that bleed blue when they want a little more access to the team they pay so much to see?  In hindsight, my offense was shortsighted.

One on One Catches up with Sam Rosen on the State of the New York Rangers

by Nolan Silbernagel, Kenny Ducey

Flickr | Robert Kowal

Kenny Ducey and I were able to get a great outlook on the Rangers season talking with Rangers play-by-play announcer for MSG Network, Sam Rosen. 

Rosen had an overall optimistic feel about where the team is in comparison to the start of the season.  We were able to ask him why the Rangers power play has been so poor this year, if he was surprised by Rick Nash's low goal total, and if he thinks Head Coach John Tortorella is too harsh on his players.

The full interview can be heard on the link below!

Devils Get Back On Track

by Nick Logerfo

Nick Logerfo, WFUV Sports

It was a rebounding week for the Devils following a week where they had three overtime losses, and one regulation loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils responded this week by rattling off four straight wins, three of which came against Atlantic division rivals.

WFUV Talks Giants, Rangers, and Nets

by Kenny Ducey

Flickr | MLM Photographic Art, sarah_connors, JohnWCoke

WFUV Beat Reporters Eric Mollo, Mike Watts, and Kenny Ducey broke down the Giants, Rangers, and Nets respectively before Fordham's game at La Salle Saturday. Click below to hear reaction to Ahmad Bradshaw's release, how the Rangers can return to the top of the East, and what is hurting the Nets so badly.

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Devils Have the Roughest Week an Undefeated Team Can Have

by Kenny Ducey

Flickr | Dougtone

By Nate Schiller

Two weeks into this lockout-shortened 48-game season, only the Devils, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the San Jose Sharks have yet to lose a game in regulation.  But for a team that is technically undefeated due to the NHL’s use of the one-point overtime loss, the Devils are looking beat up after losing their last three games following the 3rd period buzzer.