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Bye Bye Bure?

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http://www.nypost.com/sports/rangers/26691.htm

By JAY GREENBERG

Sabres 4 - Rangers 1

December 7, 2002 -- As if to confirm the Rangers' 8-4-2-1 surge seemed too good to be true, a Garden filled with jaundiced eyes watched Pavel Bure limp to the locker room last night with a left knee that could no longer support him or, likely, his team's hopes for a first playoff appearance in six years.

LMFAO

A Ranger source said Bure was out for the year, and if it's slightly possible that was an immediate overreaction, it is also surely an indication that Bure and the medical staff will be surprised to read any good news in today's MRI.

Asked how bad it looked, Eric Lindros shook his head.

"We've got an uphill battle now," he said, and one that with 52 contests to play dwarfs a bad 4-1 loss to the 6-14-1 Sabres, a game that turned quickly after the Sabres' Curtis Brown turned trying to put a legal hip into The Russian Rocket and struck knee-on-knee instead.

The hit drew no retaliation from the Rangers, who largely didn't see it, but the video indicated there was nothing dirty about it, other than it being a dirty shame for a team as thin on the wing as the tissues with which they will now have to dry their tears.

There obviously is no replacement for a player who has had five 50-goal plus seasons; never mind he has played this season in sporadic fits, sort of like the Rangers did last night after jumping up 1-0 on a late first-period power-play goal by Lindros.

Within two minutes, Holik took a tripping penalty, Ronald Petrovicky a silly cross-check and Tom Poti a brainless retaliation for what should have been a pressure-relieving slash by the Sabres' J.P. Dumont, thirty-four seconds before Holik was due to come off.

Miroslav Satan's point drive, off a clean faceoff win by Stu Barnes over Mark Messier, beat a screened Dan Blackburn to tie the game only 22 seconds before the end of the period.

"The penalties took a lot of energy out of us," said Blackburn.

Presumably, fatigue causes brainlock. Mikael Samuelsson, skating through center, was marginally taken down by Jay McKee, who relayed to Satan in a one-on-one mismatch with Dave Karpa. The Sabres' sniper went around the defenseman and roofed an impressive backhander under the crossbar to put Buffalo ahead.

Less than a minute later, Radek Dvorak lost the puck on a double-team along the left-wing boards to a dogged Jochen Hecht, enabling Dmitri Kalinin to drop the puck to Vaclav Varada, spin off Vladimir Malakhov, and go to the net on a pretty give-and-go.

Suddenly down 3-1, with only the newly-minted pairing of Holik and Lindros effective for any sustained stretches, the Rangers wandered aimlessly in Buffalo's trap before Satan hit a net that was as empty as some of his opponents' heads most of the night.

Certainly, there was little left in the tank of Messier, who, playing back-to-back games at age 41, had more ice time than Lindros, and managed a minus-three.

LMFAO

Coach Bryan Trottier, who made that call, talked too much about the officials' calls without a word about the coverage and puck-handling mistakes that cost his team the game.

"The guys are giving everything they've got," he said. "We're not making excuses."

It's going to take an extraordinary effort, now that they have the saddest and greatest alibi a team can offer. The Rangers just lost an indispensable player.

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I hope that isn't the beat writer for the Rangers. Damn that was a depressing read, but I liked it ;)

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If Bure is instead out for the whole year, then the Rangers are out of the playoffs. That simple.

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Ouch; maybe the Ranger$ really are cursed this year (not that I'm crying or anything). Every time I think they're about to become a threat, they lose to Atlanta, lose to Buffalo, lose to Columbus, lose to the Isles, etc. And now just after they get Sir Bob back they lose Bure maybe for good.

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even with Pavel they weren't going to make the playoffs.

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It's a shame about Bure, but losing the cherry-picker will IMPROVE the Ranger D.

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As Devils fans we should not stoop so low as to cheer opponents, even the hated Rag$, injuries.

That is not right.

I hope he returns healthy.

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Nice post Jimmy.

SBT... maybe you haven't been following the Rangers' too much this year. Bure has played the system and was doing well at both ends of the ice. It was Bure who was leading the team with a +7 rating.

If he's out, the Rangers are in deep trouble.

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Rangers have been in trouble since Richter went down. :mellow: Bure's injury if serious is just another hole punched into the side of the sinking ship.

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Very true, Kovy.

The Rangers rank very low on SBT's list of interests.

Let's just say: Once a cherry-picker, always a cherry-picker.

Seriously though, the SBT is flat-out shocked that someone like Bure would "play the system" and actually lead his team in +/-.

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I don't root for players to get injured (welllll...ok, maybe Tucker) but I can't get worked up over it now that it's happened.

If he's really out for the year, bring up Lundmark & move on.

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ESPN updated their article, apparently it is pretty bad Rangers have ordered an MRI on the knee. They state its probably season ending.

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I have always liked watching the Russian Rocket. He is one of the greastest offensive shows on earth.

Too bad he will be the one doing the watching.

:ph34r:

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Damn, sucks for him and the Rag$.

Good for the Devs, POINTS and STANDINGS wise.

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How many knee surgeries can one joint endure???? I know msweet, Rock and me never want to find out :o Maybe ligaments and tendons are more forgiving than bones :rolleyes:

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How many knee surgeries can one joint endure???? I know msweet, Rock and me never want to find out :o Maybe ligaments and tendons are more forgiving than bones :rolleyes:

1) It's not the same joint, it's the left knee and he blew out the right knee before

2) Update from the Ranger broadcast today: They still don't know that he actually tore the ACL. There's too much swelling to see. They know he DID do some damage to the cartilege and they will go in to clean it up. During that operation they will look at the ACL and tell. If the ACL is OK he should be out 4-5 weeks. If it's done, he's done for the season.

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wish I could say I was upset. the fact of the matter is that the Rags weren't making the playoffs with him, so not having him won't change much of anything. Couldn't have happened to a nicer team. too bad he didn't play for the Flyers instead

:evil::evil::evil:

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I feel terrible for Bure, a player w/ that talent is always good for the nHl...

Buyt if it had to happen I'm glad it happen to the rangers!!!

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It's really too bad. As much as I hate the Rangers, I never want to see a guy lost for an entire season, especially when he's had a lengthy history of knee troubles.

I never got it when people cheered on injuries - that's just not cool. I'm not talking about this board, but I've noticed some people (other places) rejoicing as they hear the news that he could be lost for the season.

I like watching Bure, he can be a fun player at times (damn cherry-picker though, blech...). Hope he has a speedy recovery, and I hope this doesn't put a damper on his career.

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I'm sure Holik will pick up the slack. :rolleyes:

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