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New York Rangers Fan Club

From The Rafters
by Matt Pennino

Sunday, October 20 2002


Leave The Kid Alone

After the Rangers managed a tie against the Sabres, Iíve been reading nothing but bad reports from other fans concerning the play of Dan Blackburn. I donít think Iíve read anything dumber and more ignorant about one-hockey player in my life. First of all, does anyone remember the kind of season this kid had last year? Yeah his record wasnít the best, but for a rookie starting with a team who couldnít play defense, these look like good numbers to me.

From message boards to WFAN all thatís been heard is to ďsend the kid downĒ or ďheís no good.Ē So let me get this straight. It was Blackburnís fault that the Sabres scored four goals in the second period? I agree that the goal by Tim Connolly shouldíve been stopped but other than that he was fine. There was no way he was going to stop that Chris Gratton laser beam, and the first of Satanís two goals was the result of an excellent passing play by Jochen Hecht. Satanís second goal was a back-hander up close that would be hard to stop due to the traffic that was in the crease. But Iím making a mountain out of a molehill as far as his performance goes in that game. In my opinion, New York is the toughest place for a rookie such as he to start his NHL career in. I think he can overcome this, and if he can then he can play anywhere. This goalie has future Vezina winner written all over him.

Could you play any better? Seriously now. Imagine yourself being an eighteen year-old kid coming into New York City from Canada. You donít know your way around, but you know there is constant pressure to win. New York wonít accept anything but winning. Here you are, in the crease for a team that hasnít made the playoffs in five years, who has had terrible defense, and who, on a nightly basis gets booed by impatient fans. I felt bad for the kid when he had to face thirty to forty shots a night. But you know what? He did a damn good job of stopping them. At the end of this past season, Richter went down with a fractured skull. In a way, I was upset to have Richter gone for the rest of the year, but in the back of my mind, I knew that this was Blackburnís chance to shine. So you what he did? He won five straight starts (which tied an NHL record for most wins in a row by a rookie) that mightíve gotten the Rangers in the playoffs if Montreal had not gone on its hot streak as well.

Any people who bash Dan at this point in his career should be ashamed of themselves. Whether you like it or not, he is the future of the New York Rangers. When Richter has retired and his memories are secured with Rangers fans forever, it will be Blackburnís turn. If you donít like him now, then get used to it. There is one thing he wonít be getting used toÖgiving up goals.
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