October 1, 1997 |
The Vulture chose his words carefully. You don't dismiss a New York sports icon and walk away unscarred by Manhattan's passionate, hyperventilating hockey fans. So Neil "The Vulture" Smith, president and general manager of the New York Rangers, the team at which Flyers followers vent most of their wrath, was saying, yes, it's a valid concern to wonder how the Blue Shirts will replace Mark Messier's 36 goals of a year ago, and, no, the fierce leadership the Ultimate Captain provided was not irreplaceable.
March 15, 1986 |
Paul Coffey scored two goals and set up six others to tie a single-game NHL record for defensemen and carry the Edmonton Oilers to a 12-3 whipping of the visiting Detroit Red Wings last night. Coffey's output gave him 43 goals and 126 points for the season. With nine games remaining, he needs four goals and 14 points to break Bobby Orr's single-season marks for goals and points by a defenseman. Coffey's assists gave him a career total of 403. His eight points for the game tied the NHL record for defensemen set by the Flyer's Tom Bladon in 1977.
December 23, 1998 |
On a night when Vancouver lost Mark Messier with a suspected concussion 3:36 into the game, the Canucks turned in one of their best performances of the season. The visiting Canucks managed to overcome the loss of their captain to beat the Calgary Flames, 5-3, last night. Newly acquired Harry York sparked the offense with a goal and two assists as Vancouver won the first of back-to-back games with the Flames. "Winning a game like this on the road will be a big boost to our confidence," Canucks coach Mike Keenan said.
May 26, 2012
Eighteen years ago, Mark Messier set the stage for one of sports' most dramatic moments. On the eve of the New York Rangers' must-win Game 6 against the Devils in New Jersey in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals, Messier guaranteed his team would force a deciding contest back at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers not only won, Messier backed up his promise with a hat trick. Fast-forward to now. The teams once more head to a Game 6, in New Jersey on Saturday night, with the Rangers - again the East's top team - down three games to two, needing a win to stay alive.
March 4, 2016 |
HERE ARE some notable opposing players and their Philadelphia debuts. None of them won the game. * Wayne Gretzky, Nov. 15, 1979: Had two assists and was stopped on a first-period breakaway by Flyers goalie Phil Myre as the Flyers extended their unbeaten streak with a 5-3 win. They eventually stretched it to a record 35 games (25 wins, 10 ties). * Mark Messier, Nov. 15, 1979: Didn't register a point, but did get into a fight in the third period with John Paddock. * Mario Lemieux, Oct. 21, 1984: Registered an assist during a 4-2 Flyers win, but was described as "largely invisible" by Daily News beat writer Jay Greenberg.
November 13, 2007 |
On the day he accepted hockey's greatest honor, Mark Messier remembered where it all began. "It starts at home with the efforts put forth by your mother and father for all those early-morning practices," he said before last night's ceremony. "All your minor league hockey coaches who picked you up when your parents couldn't get there, your brothers and sisters, and all the players and coaches that helped you along the way. " Messier, the granite-jawed center who epitomized leadership on the ice, entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto with defenseman Al MacInnis, center Ron Francis, longtime Devils defenseman Scott Stevens and former executive Jim Gregory.
June 10, 2004 |
Ray Bourque and Paul Coffey, the two highest-scoring defensemen in NHL history, were among four people elected yesterday to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Also elected were Larry Murphy, who is fifth in scoring among defensemen, and Cliff Fletcher, the longtime NHL general manager. They were chosen by an 18-member committee made up of former players, coaches, officials, executives and reporters. The induction ceremony will be held Nov. 8 in Toronto. Bourque, who won his only Stanley Cup in his 22d and final NHL season, holds career records for defensemen with 410 goals, 1,169 assists and 1,579 points.
July 14, 2000 |
Three long years had passed since Mark Messier last donned a New York Rangers sweater. When he pulled one on again, the memories of the good times overwhelmed him. "I knew what it meant to be a Ranger before and how tough it was leaving," said a tearful Messier, who signed a two-year deal with the Rangers yesterday to return and be their captain, as he was from 1991 to '97. "To be able to come back is exciting for me and my family. I'm proud to be a Ranger. " In the three years Messier was gone, neither his Vancouver Canucks team nor the Rangers made the playoffs.
September 13, 2005 |
Mark Messier was 30 and already a five-time Stanley Cup champion when it was time to leave the hometown Edmonton Oilers. That was the summer of 1991, 3 years after Wayne Gretzky's stunning trade to Los Angeles and a year removed from the Oilers' fifth title in 7 years. The dynasty was over and Messier was the latest big star about to be shipped out. Glen Sather, the man who built the team and ran it from the bench during the glory years, asked Messier where he wanted to go. The answer was the New York Rangers, a team that hadn't won a Stanley Cup since 1940.
November 5, 2003 |
Even at 42, Mark Messier still has a flair for dramatics. Messier enjoyed being tied with Gordie Howe on the NHL points list for two periods before he passed Mr. Hockey in the closing seconds of the New York Rangers' 3-0 win last night over visiting Dallas. The Rangers' captain scored the first and last goals to give him 1,851 points and set off an on-ice hug with his teammates. "I always find it hard to celebrate something like that, but what I have to realize is it's a tremendous honor for all the people I played with and the game of hockey itself," Messier said.