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NEW YORK (AP) — Vic Hadfield joined his former GAG Line teammates as the latest to have his number retired by the New York Rangers.A banner with his name and No. 11 was raised to the rafters at Madison Square Garden on Sunday in a ceremony before the Rangers hosted the Winnipeg Jets.Hadfield had 262 goals and 310 assists in 841 games over parts of 13 seasons in New York before he was traded to Pittsburgh in May 1974 and finished his career with the Penguins in 1976. With the Rangers Authentic Alex Smith Jersey , he was the left wing on a line with Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert — dubbed the GAG Line for “goal a game.”Hadfield, a Rangers captain from 1971-74, received an ovation from the crowd when he was announced and walked out on the red carpet on the ice, and then again when he was called up to the podium by Gilbert.“I can’t explain how incredible and amazing it is to stand before you and accept this tribute tonight,” the 78-year-lold Hadfield said. “This is such an honor, a privilege for any player.”Hadfield became the 10th player to have his number retired by the Rangers, and his No. 11 — also retired for Mark Messier — is the second to be selected for two players. The other is No. 9, retired for Adam Graves and Andy Bathgate. Ed Giacomin (1), Brian Leetch (2), Harry Howell (3), Gilbert (7), Ratelle (19) and Mike Richter (35) have also been honored.“A special thank you to Rod and Jean,” Hadfield said. “I certainly wouldn’t be able to be here without you two.”Giacomin, Richter, Messier, Leetch Alex Smith Jersey Elite , Graves, Ratelle and Gilbert also attended the ceremony, while Howell and Bathgate were represented by family members. Some of Hadfield’s former teammates were also present, including Ron Greschner, Steve Vickers, Bob Nevin, Bruce MacGregor, Ted Irvine, Bill Fairbarn, Pete Stemkowski,k Walt Tkaczuk, Tim Neilson, Brad Park and 91-year-old former coach Emile Francis.The GAG Line’s big season was in 1971-72 when they finished third, fourth and fifth in the league in points and Hadfield and Ratelle became the first two Rangers to reach 100 points. Hadfield was the first Rangers player to score 50 goals that season, and Ratelle — who suffered an ankle injury late in the season — set a franchise record with 109 points that stood until Jaromir Jagr had 123 in 2005-06.“Our line had great chemistry and we made each other better players,” Ratelle said.Francis added: “I’m so proud all three of their names will be together on the roof.”Hadfield was presented with a specially inscribed commemorative watch http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/alex-smith-jersey , a standard-sized sideboard with names of his 132 teammates during his tenure with the Rangers, and a five-day cruise with his family.Current Rangers players sat on the bench during the ceremony, all wearing No. 11 jerseys with Hadfield’s name on the back.The ceremony for Hadfield was announced on Feb. 28, after Ratelle had his number retired.“I didn’t have a clue,” Hadfield said before Sunday’s ceremony. “When Rod announced it, it was quite a shock, and emotional.” OTTAWA — More pressure will be on the Ottawa Senators when they host the Montreal Canadiens for the second time in two days Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre.Not only will be trying to keep up with the pack, but also to show that the corner they had appeared to turn isn’t going to lead them back to their sorry ways.The Senators (12-13-3) could have pulled into a tie for the second wildcard spot with a win in Montreal, but are now in danger of falling six points behind their arch rivals. Fortunately for them, the back-to-back set shifts to a venue where they’ve had much success. Their 9-4-2 home record is one of the best in the NHL.Article continues below ...The 5-2 loss at Bell Centre snapped the Senators winning streak at three games and also saw the return of the shoddy defensive play they were starting to get away from. During the three victories, they had only surrendered five goals. That was big for a team that have allowed more goals and shots against than any other in the league.On Tuesday they broke down in the second period, allowing the Canadiens three unanswered goals in a 3:39 span.“We weren’t quite ready to play right from the start,” center Zack Smith told the Ottawa Sun. “They were better and kept their foot on the grass. It’s only one game. We’re only a few days from paying our best hockey of the year.“We still have confidence … (Thursday) is a good opportunity and we have a lot to prove. The easy way to explain (Tuesday’s) game is that our effort level was not there, but we don’t have too many days to think about it.”Major obstacles will be in the Senators way as they attempt to get back on track. The Canadiens (13-10-5) will again turn to goalie Carey Price, who had some timely saves among the 28 he made against Ottawa earlier this week. Price has impressive career numbers against the Senators. Along with a 23-9-5 mark that includes three shutouts, he boasts a .922 save percentage and 2.32 goals against average versus Ottawa.Price will be making his sixth consecutive start on Thursday.“I think there’s no reason we can’t ride him Authentic Matt Ioannidis Jersey ,” coach Claude Julien told reporters, per Montreal Gazette.The Canadiens also hope to ride the offensive combination of Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin, who both had three points in the win over Ottawa.“Both of them are smart players, both of them are good playmakers and they see the ice real well,” Julien told the Gazette. “They also enjoy playing with each other. That’s more important than people think.”Rounding out Montreal’s new top line is a mucker, veteran winger Andrew Shaw, who is raving about the speed of his new linemates.“When they have the puck and they’re going, they’re great at making quick, little plays or beating guys one-on-one,” Shaw told the Gazette. “Their compete level is pretty cool, too.”Craig Anderson, who made 35 saves in Montreal, will start in goal for the Senators. Against the Habs he has career numbers of 12-12-3 along with a .895 save percentage and a 3.20 GAA.


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