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Madison Square Garden erupted into complete jubilation last night as BlueShirt sweater number 9 ascended into immortality among the rafters.

Scrappy left wing Adam Graves became the fourth and final member of that hallowed 1994 New York Ranger Stanley Cup squad to have his jersey sworn in.

Mark Messier, Mike Richter and Brian Leetch are the other three members bestowed the honor.

Graves played ten years under the big lights at MSG and currently sits at third on the Rangers all-time goal scoring list.

His 52 tallies in the 93-94' season were a club record until Jaromir Jagr 54 eclipsed that mark in the 2005-2006 campaign.

More importantly, those 52 goals paced the BlueShirts to a league leading 112 points in the standings, the Presidents Cup and a number one seed throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

He would add ten more post season goals and act as Captain Messier's "lieutenant" in the team's epic Stanley Cup march, a march that vanquished a 54 year Cup drought.

He would spend seven more years with the Rangers and would eventually finish his career out with a few underachieving San Jose Shark teams, but as displayed last night he will always to be held in high reverence as a Broadway BlueShirt.

Fight of the Night

We got two for today.

The first one is between Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islander's Tim Jackman.

Respect due to Lecavalier for dropping the mitts with Jackman, while Jackman is certainly no Clark Gillies, he has collected 12 fighting majors this season and is much more experienced and well versed at this type of dance then Lecavalier.

Lecavalier is not there to fight, he is there to make plays, score goals and help move merchandise, but Jackman made physical contact with Lecavalier's net minder and that is a no no on the rink.

The second fight involves Light heavy Jared Boll of Columbus and St. Louis middleweight BJ Crombeen. Boll continues to improve and notched his league leading 16th fight fighting major. Crombeen, on the other hand, still has plenty to learn, but you gotta give the kid credit for continuing to drop'em even though he usually losses.

 

-MB

 

Graves

 

Lecavalier vs. Jackman

 

Boll vs. Crombeen

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