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Horse carriage owners could cash in big with $1M taxi medallions

Written By kom Namsat on Kamis, 24 April 2014 | 12.56

The city is negotiating a sweetheart deal with horse- carriage owners that would give them recession-proof yellow taxi medallions worth about $1 million each to compensate them for a ban on their business, The Post has learned.

Mayor de Blasio has called the hansom cabs "inhumane," and vowed to replace them in Central Park with a fleet of electric, replica antique cars.

The 68 carriage license owners are hammering out an agreement with the city to make up for their lost livelihood, and giving them taxi medallions is one proposal being discussed, sources said.

That would be a huge payday for the owners, whose carriage licenses are worth a fraction of what a yellow-cab medallion goes for at auction.

A carriage license was recently sold for between $170,000 and $200,000, said Stephen Malone, of the Horse & Carriage Association of New York City.

Yellow-cab medallions went for nearly $1 million at auction this year — and their value has consistently gone up.

De Blasio spokesman Wiley Norvell said, "We're considering a range of options that would move the horses off our streets, safeguard the animals and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who provide carriage rides."

The city has had 68 officially licensed horse-drawn carriages since the late 1940s.

Prior to that time, the same medallions were good for both carriages and gas-powered taxis, but then-Mayor Bill O'Dwyer created separate licenses and 68 drivers opted to stick with the horses.

The tourist-friendly industry currently generates about $19 million a year.

City law allows carriage owners to transfer or sell their licenses, subject to approval of the commissioner of consumer affairs.

But the licenses rarely trade hands, with most remaining in the families of the original holders.

Asked about the medallion-swap plan, Malone said, "We've been researching that for a while."

But Malone, a second-generation carriage owner and driver, noted that despite the potential windfall, not everyone was on board with the idea — and some might look the proverbial gift horse in the mouth.

"We're in the carriage business to stay in the carriage business," Malone said.

As a city councilman and the public advocate, de Blasio refused to back a ban on carriage horses.

But he was elected last year after beating rival Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary, with TV commercials funded by opponents of the carriage trade.


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Jon Niese, Mets hold off Cardinals

D'Arn right he was out.

Travis d'Arnaud didn't know for sure as Matt Carpenter came hurtling toward the plate in Wednesday's ninth inning with the potential tying run, but the Mets catcher knew he had reached around and applied the tag.

The fact it was on time was confirmed moments later, when instant replay upheld plate umpire Marty Foster's "out" signal and Kyle Farnsworth and the Mets were about to escape with a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals at Citi Field.

"I don't even remember what happened, honestly," d'Arnaud said after the Mets won for the third time in four games. "I just turned my head and saw [Carpenter] out of my peripheral vision, kind of past me, so I tagged almost behind me right away."

Daniel Descalso's shot to left-center had landed for a double, allowing Jon Jay to easily score from second. But Kirk Nieuwenhuis threw a strike to Ruben Tejada, who wheeled and fired a bullet to d'Arnaud just in front of the plate.

"I thought I was going to catch it off the bat," Nieuwenhuis said. "I just had to stick with the play and finish the play."

Farnsworth, who retired Matt Holliday to end the game after the play at the plate for the second out, admitted he was thinking "tie game" as Descalso's ball landed, but was treated to a new life.

"I knew that there needed to be two perfect throws," d'Arnaud said. "And Nieuwy and Tejada had two perfect throws to give that play any chance, so kudos to them."

The Mets (11-10) certainly savored the victory, after watching slow and steady outlast fast and filthy.

The Cardinals had stud Michael Wacha on the mound, mowing through the Mets as if they were overmatched Little Leaguers early, but Jon Niese kept pitching.

Even as Wacha recorded his first nine outs by strikeout, Niese continued grinding away. Wacha was done after four innings and 93 pitches, but Niese was just getting warmed up on a chilly, windy night.

"The conditions were rough out there," said Niese, who allowed one run on six hits and two walks over 6 ²/₃ innings. "The wind was blowing hard in from left, so I knew if I could pitch in if possible and try to get them to pull the ball, the ball wasn't traveling that way."

The wind gusted strong enough that Wacha's cap blew off in the second inning and tumbled to second baseman Mark Ellis, who made a clean scoop.

Wacha's final line included 10 strikeouts, three hits allowed and five walks. He was finished after facing eight batters in the fourth inning and allowing two runs on three walks and two hits.

Lucas Duda gave the Mets a 3-1 cushion with a solo homer in the sixth against Seth Maness. The blast was Duda's fourth of the season and first since his competition at first base, Ike Davis, was traded to the Pirates on Friday. It was also the Mets' first homer in their last eight games at Citi Field.

Wacha had a filthy curveball through the first three innings. But each of those three-strikeout innings was interrupted by a base runner.

Most notably, Curtis Granderson singled in the first inning to snap a career-worst 0-for-22 drought. Granderson finished 1-for-3 with a walk and raised his average to .125.

The Mets took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on two walks with the bases loaded. D'Arnaud's sharp single loaded the bases before Tejada walked to make it 1-1. Wacha then struck out Niese before walking Nieuwenhuis to bring in the inning's second run.

"We've been pitching well, because we certainly haven't been swinging the bats the way we would like," manager Terry Collins said. "We're hanging in there because we play hard."


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Condé Nast rumored to shutter Lucky Magazine

Could Lucky magazine be in for a bit of bad luck? Talk in media circles is that Condé Nast will finally shutter the struggling shopping title soon, and move Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen back to Teen Vogue.

Chen was the beauty director at Teen Vogue for many years, and last year was tapped to overhaul Lucky.

A Condé rep insisted the rumors are not true, and pointed out that the magazine's ad pages in its May issue are up 19 percent.


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Study reveals what US cities like to sleep late

Fancy an extra hour of sleep every morning? Maybe you should move to another city.

Nate Silver has used data from the American Community Survey to calculate the "median time" at which people in different cities start work.

Silver was able to do this because, essentially, he's some sort of freaky statistical genius.

His analysis found that workers tend to start later in heavily metropolitan cities with high populations. More rural areas, which rely on farming, or cities with military bases have earlier median start times.

"The workday schedule is dictated more by the type of work than the location," Silver writes. "If you're an early bird or a night owl and want a work schedule that matches your metabolism, changing jobs is a better strategy than changing cities."

Of course, if you want to sleep in, you could choose a city dominated by industries with late start times. We've picked out the five latest- and earliest-rising cities in the United States, according to Silver's data.

LATE RISERS

New York, 8:24am
"The majority of highly populous metro areas begin working a little later," Silver says. Well, New York is about as highly populous as metro areas come.
Atlantic City, 8:23am
The city's economy relies heavily on tourism and gambling, which means a whole quarter of the workforce doesn't start until 11:30am or later.

Surfers make their way to the water at the Golden Gate BridgePhoto: EPA

• San Jose, 8:21am
This Californian city has been called the "Capital of Silicon Valley". It's home to a bunch of young technology professionals, who are otherwise known as "nerds". San Jose began life as a small farming community, but now it's the 10th-largest city in the US.
• Ithaca, 8:19am
Ithaca is the home of Cornell University, with its student body of more than 20,000. Silver says university towns sleep in. Go figure.
• San Francisco, 8:17am
Come on. You can't expect the hipsters to start work before enjoying a leisurely bowl of quinoa.

EARLY RISERS

• Hinesville, 7:01am
This one probably has something to do with Fort Stewart, a United States Army post that houses more than 11,000 people in Hinesville. The total population of the city is about 33,000. When so many people in the place are in the military, they're going to be early risers.
• Pascagoula, 7:06am
This city in Mississippi is dominated by industrial work, which tends to require a lot of early starts. It was a fishing village until World War II, when the shipbuilding industry exploded.
• Jacksonville, 7:14am
Jacksonville is another big military town. It hosts Camp Lejeune, a training facility for the US Marine Corps. The large military presence also makes it the youngest city in the nation.

Sgt. Kenneth Starcher of the U.S. Army holds his son following a homecoming ceremony at Fort Campbell

• Elkhart, 7:15am
This city in Indiana has been called the "RV Capital of the World", because it's well known for making recreational vehicles. And that's just about everything you'll ever need to know about Elkhart.
• Clarksville, 7:20am
Clarksville is right next to a US Army base, Fort Campbell. Can you see the trend yet?

This article originally appeared on News.com.au


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FDA to propose e-cigarette regulations for the first time

WASHINGTON — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.

The agency said the proposal sets a foundation for regulating the products but the rules don't immediately ban the wide array of flavors of e-cigarettes, curb marketing on places like TV or set product standards.

Any further rules "will have to be grounded in our growing body of knowledge and understanding about the use of e-cigarettes and their potential health risks or public health benefits," Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said.

Once finalized, the agency could propose more restrictions on e-cigarettes. Officials didn't provide a timetable for that action.

Members of Congress and public health groups have raised concerns over e-cigarettes and questioned their marketing tactics.

"When finalized (the proposal) would result in significant public health benefits, including through reducing sales to youth, helping to correct consumer misperceptions, preventing misleading health claims and preventing new products from entering the market without scientific review by FDA," said Mitch Zeller, the director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.

The FDA said the public, members of the industry and others will have 75 days to comment on the proposal. The agency will evaluate those comments before issuing a final rule but there's no timetable for when that will happen. The regulations will be a step in a long process that many believe will ultimately end up being challenged in court.

E-cigarettes are plastic or metal tubes, usually the size of a cigarette, that heat a liquid nicotine solution instead of burning tobacco. That creates vapor that users inhale.

"Right now for something like e-cigarettes, there are far more questions than answers." - Mitch Zeller, director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products

Smokers like e-cigarettes because the nicotine-infused vapor looks like smoke but doesn't contain the thousands of chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes. Some smokers use e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking tobacco, or to cut down. However, there's not much scientific evidence showing e-cigarettes help smokers quit or smoke less, and it's unclear how safe they are.

The industry started on the Internet and at shopping-mall kiosks and has rocketed from thousands of users in 2006 to several million worldwide who can choose from more than 200 brands. Sales are estimated to have reached nearly $2 billion in 2013. Tobacco company executives have noted that they are eating into traditional cigarette sales, and their companies have jumped into the business.

Some believe lightly regulating electronic cigarettes might actually be better for public health overall, if smokers switch and e-cigarettes really are safer. Others are raising alarms about the hazards of the products and a litany of questions about whether e-cigarettes will keep smokers addicted or encourage others to start using e-cigarettes, and even eventually tobacco products.

"Right now for something like e-cigarettes, there are far more questions than answers," Zeller said, adding that the agency is conducting research to better understand the safety of the devices and who is using them.

In addition to prohibiting sales to minors and requiring health labels that warn users that nicotine is an addictive chemical, e-cigarette makers also would be required to register their products with the agency and disclose ingredients. They also would not be allowed to claim their products are safer than other tobacco products.

They also couldn't use words such as "light" or "mild" to describe their products, give out free samples or sell their products in vending machines unless they are in a place open only to adults, such as a bar.

Companies also will be required to submit applications for premarket review within two years. As long as an e-cigarette maker has submitted the application, the FDA said it will allow the products to stay on the market while they are being reviewed. That would mean companies would have to submit an application for all e-cigarettes now being sold.


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Pierce unable to repeat late heroics in Nets loss to Raptors

Written By kom Namsat on Rabu, 23 April 2014 | 12.56

TORONTO — As Paul Pierce let go of the potential go-ahead 3-pointer with 24.9 seconds remaining Tuesday night, everyone on the Nets expected Pierce to come through once again.

"He got a great look at it," Joe Johnson said.

"Epic Truth," Kevin Garnett said. "He usually hits that."

This time, however, he didn't. Pierce's shot rimmed out instead, and the Nets would never get another chance to tie or take the lead as they eventually lost 100-95 to the Raptors in Game 2 of the first-round series in front of an over-capacity crowd of 20,382 inside Air Canada Centre.

The loss meant the teams head back to Brooklyn for Friday's Game 3 with their best-of-seven series tied at a game apiece, after the Nets wasted a golden opportunity to take both games on the road and take control of the series.

"I got some good looks," said Pierce, who scored seven points on 2-for-11 shooting, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range, in 25 foul-filled minutes.

"Foul trouble kind of threw me off, but the looks I got I was very satisfied with them. Some nights like I said, they fall. Some nights they don't."

It was the exact opposite of the way things ended in Game 1, when Pierce scored nine straight points for the Nets late in the fourth quarter to put the game away. This time, while Pierce did make his only two field goals of the game in the fourth, he finished the final quarter 2-for-6 as it was the Nets — who came into the series with the massive edge in experience — failing to close out the young Raptors when they had the chance.

Instead, it was Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan who made the difference, scoring a game-high 30 points — including 17 in the fourth quarter on a combination of free throws and difficult jump shots — to ensure Toronto split its first two home playoff games in six years.

"He's just a great offensive player," said Deron Williams, who had 15 points but went 5-for-15 from the floor. "He's an All-Star, and we knew he was going to bounce back from the first game.

"He took the game over and hit some crucial shots, some tough shots, and we've just got to do a better job of stopping him, especially late."

Even after not playing well through the first three quarters, shooting 42 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range, the Nets still managed to head into the fourth quarter clinging to a 66-64 lead, and in prime position to get a second straight road win.

But it was then their defense failed them, as Brooklyn allowed Toronto to shoot an absurd 75 percent (12-for-16) in the fourth quarter and go 12-for-15 from the foul line to score 36 points and close out the win.

"We can't have fourth quarters like that," said Garnett. "Thirty-six points, that's too many points for anybody.

"Pre-school, Little League, YMCA, Raptors. Too many points. The fourth quarter is supposed to be the best quarter for us defensively, and I don't think we played our best basketball. But on the road, hostile environment, still having a chance to win, I'll take it."

He might take it, but the Nets failed to take advantage of an opportunity to put the Raptors away — something that could come back to haunt them. A 2-0 lead in the series heading back to Barclays Center, where the Nets haven't lost with their full complement of players since January, would have all but assured moving on to the second round of the playoffs.

Instead, they head home even after letting one that was right there for the taking slip through their fingers.

"They did what they're supposed to do, defend home," Garnett said.

"It's time for us to go home and do the same."


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Jacoby, Yanks rout Red Sox at Fenway

BOSTON — This version of the Red Sox isn't last year's model due to free-agent defections, injuries and the pixie dust not being as thick.

Twenty-one games into the season, the clearest indicator is the way the Yankees have handled the defending world champions.

Jacoby Ellsbury, a Red Sox defector who landed in The Bronx, and Masahiro Tanaka, the jewel of the Yankees' offseason free-agent haul, combined to lead the Yankees to a 9-3 victory Tuesday night in front of a sold-out Fenway Park gathering of 37,041.

The victory was the Yankees' fourth in five games against the Sox and the first inside New England's living room.

Last season, the banged up Yankees were 6-13 against their blood rivals.

Booed every time he stepped into the same batter's box he worked out of last year when he helped the Red Sox to the title, Ellsbury went 2-for-5 with two extra-base hits and two RBIs and robbed Grady Sizemore of an extra–base hit with a diving catch in the first inning.

A video tribute to Ellsbury in the top of the second — after he had already led off the game with a triple and robbed Sizemore — led Ellsbury to tip his hat in the Yankees' dugout and was easily the nicest thing done for him by his former team, whose fans booed him louder as the night advanced.

"Right away and he makes a big catch as well,'' Joe Girardi said of Ellsbury's contributions. "He got the hit to make it 7-2 after they got it to 4-2. I thought he played extremely well.''

Tanaka gave up back-to-back homers to David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the fourth and nothing else. In 7 1/3 innings, he surrendered two runs, seven hits, whiffed seven and didn't walk a batter. Tanaka is 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA, has 35 strikeouts and just two walks in 29 1/3 innings and is certainly rewarding the Yankees for the $155 million they gave him (plus the $20 million posting fee).

"It's basically how I think to myself. I try to tell myself I gave up runs but no more,'' said Tanaka

Derek Jeter stretched his hitting streak to 11 games, going 2-for-4 and driving in two runs.

Jon Lester entered the game with a 12-5 career record against the Yankees and beat them, 4-2, on April 11 at Yankee Stadium.

Tuesday night was completely the opposite. In 4 2/3 innings, he was raked for eight runs (three earned) and 11 hits, falling to 2-3.

"[Lester] has been extremely tough on us. He got a couple of double plays early that kept us from getting a few more runs but guys had a lot of good at-bats,'' Girardi said. "Maybe his command was not as good. It's hard to say, pitchers walk such a fine line every start.''

Two runs in the first and two in the third, when Alfonso Soriano, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann started the inning with doubles gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead. But in between Lester got Carlos Beltran to bounce into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play with the bases loaded in the second and Ellsbury to hit into a bases loaded 4-3 DP in the third.

Ortiz and Napoli homers shaved the Yankees' lead to 4-2, but four runs in the fifth when Napoli committed a crucial fielding error broke the game open. Beltran added a solo homer in the eighth.

Girardi has seen leads larger than four runs vanish in Fenway, and Tanaka understood the dangers of pitching in such a hitter friendly environment.

"I was a little pumped up because I know how good their lineup is and how small of a stadium,'' Tanaka said.

Neither seemed to overwhelm the latest entry into baseball's best rivalry, one that has been dominated this season by the Yankees.

When it comes to baseball traditions, the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is near the top. This year there is a new twist from last season: The Yankees aren't the Red Sox whipping boys.


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Returning Ellsbury lets his play rile up his former fans

BOSTON — The last time a title-winning center fielder jumped from the Red Sox right to the Yankees, he returned to Fenway Park and immediately evoked sheer hatred … which dissolved into apathy by night's end.

How fitting Jacoby Ellsbury — the quiet, first-year Yankee whose personality couldn't be more different from that of the chatty Johnny Damon — took a wholly divergent path Tuesday night. Red Sox Nation booed him seemingly out of obligation in the first inning. By the fifth inning, that obligation had metamorphosed into much louder aggravation.

Ellsbury recorded a homecoming for the ages, delivering two extra-base hits and driving home two runs to overshadow even the Rivalry debut of Masahiro Tanaka as the Yankees thumped Jon Lester and the Red Sox, 9-3.

"I know when I was with the Red Sox, you always knew how well you were playing by the boos," Ellsbury said. "The louder the boos, the better you were playing."

Power, speed, defense. Grace, humility, toughness. The Yankees' $153 million man showed off his impressive range and, at least for this night, made the Red Sox look silly for letting him switch sides without putting up much of a fight.

"I thought he played extremely well," Joe Girardi said of his leadoff hitter.

In a pregame news conference, Ellsbury showered praise on the Yankees, saying they "gave me the opportunity to play the game I love, and I'm excited for that."

That proved as close as Ellsbury got to tweaking the Red Sox, whose discussions with their homegrown product never went past the five-year, $80 million range — slightly over half of what the Yankees gave to the 30-year-old. Whereas recent Rivalry figures such as Damon, David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Alex Rodriguez and even Derek Jeter have enjoyed the trash talk, Ellsbury looks like he'd rather scoop up trash with his hands at a shopping mall than dish out smack about his former employers.

But if he won't sing it, goodness, did he bring it on his only chance to make a first impression in New England as a Yankee.

For Ellsbury's (and the game's) first at-bat, I stood behind Section 18, just to the right of home plate, at Fenway Park. It's the same place I presided on May 1, 2006, and watched the fans savage Damon upon his return in Yankees grays. Damon's goodwill gesture, doffing his helmet to those who had supported him the four prior seasons, just made them angrier. He proceeded to go 0-for-4 in a 7-3 Yankees loss.

On a scale of 1-to-Damon, Ellsbury's opening reception rated a 4. He drew more boos than cheers, for sure. Yet within the range of five sections I could see, just one fan felt strongly enough to stand up to underline his unhappiness. About 15 other folks stood up, all of them to cheer.

Only one person in the immediate area, a man in a wheelchair, offered anything more pejorative. "Don't get hit, you piece of s—!" the man shouted to the injury-prone Ellsbury. And then, when it appeared for a moment that Ellsbury had hit an inside-the-park homer — the umpires, noting that a fan interfered with the ball at the center-field wall, ruled it a triple — the man turned to me and exclaimed, "That piece of s— hit a home run!" Ellsbury quickly scored the game's first run on a Jeter single.

The Red Sox's first batter, reclamation project Grady Sizemore — whom Boston acquired to help replace Ellsbury — struck a line drive to left-center, where Ellsbury made a beautiful, diving catch.

Upon the completion of the first inning, the Red Sox ran a delightful tribute video to Ellsbury on their jumbo scoreboard, with Ellsbury highlights playing to Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." The folks in the seats finally gave Ellsbury his due for his seven years of service that included two championships, and Ellsbury, standing on the top step of the Yankees' dugout, waved to the fans. It was a very nice moment.

"The tribute was very classy by the Red Sox," said Ellsbury, who said the Red Sox alerted him to their plans before the game.

And then, when Ellsbury lined a two-run double to left-center field in the fifth inning, expanding the Yankees' lead to 7-2, the boos came at their hottest and heaviest.

Both during his time in Boston and upon his departure to the Bronx rivals, Ellsbury didn't seem to get the locals' juices flowing. Probably because he's quiet, and because he did suffer a couple of serious injuries.

Only once Ellsbury performed tangible damage to the Red Sox did he rise on the villain scale. That's precisely how he and the Yankees like it.


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Throwback playoff ‘W’ for Carcillo & Co.

PHILADELPHIA — Dan Carcillo may not be anyone's notion of a prototypical Ranger and he may not fit the definition of a savior as, say, Bobby Sheehan did against the Flyers when summoned and inserted into the lineup following an opening overtime defeat in the 1979 Cup quarterfinals to spark the Blueshirts to four consecutive victories and a five-game series triumph.

But Carcillo's entry into this first-round series against these Flyers for Game 3 following a split of the opening two games at the Garden proved a key component in a 4-1 victory as Tuesday night became Throwback Night for the Rangers … a throwback all the way to 2011-12, when that club earned the label, "Black-and-Blueshirts."

This team that thrives on open ice, creativity and pushing the pace, well, it pushed back after getting pushed around a little bit in Game 2. The Rangers blocked shots, 28 of them in all according to the official sheet; they competed for every puck, and they did so with a sense of urgency absent at the Garden. This game was won in tight quarters.

"You could feel the intensity, and you could feel the desperation," Brad Richards said. "We were on every puck, we had sticks on pucks, and our penalty killers just laid it all on the line. A lot of guys were sacrificing out there, but that's what it takes to win these games."

Brian Boyle got black-and-blue and so did Dan Girardi, getting in lanes, getting in the way of pucks. On this night, at least in their own end of the ice, the Rangers of Alain Vigneault looked a lot like the Rangers of John Tortorella.

"Hey, there's nothing wrong with that," said Richards. "There are different ways to win, and different ways to win in the playoffs. We did what we needed to do."

And so did Carcillo, inserted into the lineup at the expense of fresh-faced freshman Jesper Fast, who seemed out of his element through the opening two matches at the Garden. Carcillo, of course had been persona non grata around the Garden for years since whaling on Marian Gaborik right here in the Flyers' building on Jan. 22, 2010 while wearing No. 13 for the home team.

But then Carcillo slipped into the Blueshirt this January after a trade with the Kings … and though Ranger fans might only have been lukewarm in receiving him, he could probably get a parade through Manhattan right now after his hard-edged effort last night that culminated with him scoring the match's final goal.

The winger with previous anger-management issues played with admirable restraint for most of the night, taking one over-aggressive penalty that can be understood if not quite condoned.

Carcillo took an uncalled (and maybe unintentional?) forearm/elbow to the jaw from Matt Read early in the third that knocked him down, if not out, and wasn't especially pleased about it. He cleared encroaching Flyers from Henrik Lundqvist's crease, shoving them away. He added fiber to the diet.

No. 13 was a presence, and a constructive one, and when he returned to the bench with arms held high after he scored at 10:53 redirecting Boyle's two-on-two feed past Ray Emery, he was greeted by front-row fans with upraised middle fingers signifying just how they considered him "No. 1" or something like that.

"Nothing surprises about this city and the way people act," said Carcillo, who played 153 games in two-plus seasons with the Flyers from late 2008-09 through 2010-11.

Carcillo earned himself a reputation with which perhaps only Raffi Torres or Matt Cooke can identify. This was a player who'd been suspended or fined 10 different times throughout his career and was regarded as incorrigible.

Every time he goes on the ice, he is under a microscope. He is guilty of being an undisciplined and undependable wild card until able to prove himself innocent of the charges. Carcillo understands that.

"When you get pigeon-holed and locked into a role, it's hard to change people's minds around the league," said Carcillo, who has pretty much been a model citizen as a Ranger. "When I get the opportunity I have to make the most of it."

The Rangers went five-for-five on the penalty kill, and three-for-three in the second period of this mysteriously called match in which the Flyers attempted to instigate on essentially every stop of play. The Rangers were equal to the challenge.

The Boyle-Dom Moore-Derek Dorsett unit played smashmouth hockey. The Rick Nash-Derek Stepan-Marty St. Louis first line scored the Rangers' first two goals for a 2-0 lead by 10:24. Lundqvist was steadfast in nets.

This wasn't classical hockey, but the Blueshirts were a symphony. Flautists played the flute. Percussionists played the drums.

Guess in which section of the Black-and-Blue Orchestra Carcillo sat?


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Lundqvist, Rangers dominate Flyers to take 2-1 series lead

PHILADELPHIA — Out of a side room came a familiar gruff voice.

"Henrik," it said, then louder. "Henrik."

The Rangers goalie was unwrapping the tape from his skates in the visitor's locker room at the Wells Fargo Center late on Tuesday night, and looked up. He had just backstopped his team to an impressive 4-1 win over the Flyers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series, taking a 2-1 edge in this best-of-seven contest, a contest that had just ratcheted up the intensity tenfold.

And what Lundqvist saw was the bearded face of the owner, Jim Dolan, holding out his curled-up hand for a fist pound.

"It's a fast sport," Lundqvist would say minutes later, after stopping 31 of the 32 shots he faced. "Just one shift, one goal, one incident can change the momentum, change the game. … If you start relaxing and think it's a done deal, it can bite you."

Relaxing, well, that is something that can be forgotten here, and certainly forgotten for Friday's Game 4.

Because what happened in this tide-turning adventure was the Rangers found a way to push back against the Flyers' brutish ways without going too far over the edge; found a way to use their speed and skill without coming off as weak; and, above all, found a way to want it more than the team that out=willed them in Philadelphia's 4-2 win in Game 2 at the Garden on Sunday, the win that had stolen the Rangers hard-earned home-ice advantage.

"We knew that this was going to be a tough environment, and I knew our guys were not only well prepared for it, but I think they thrived on it," said coach Alain Vigneault, as this South Philly megalith was clad from rafter-to-rafter in bright orange and went through waves of loud emotions, the final one being disdain as fans filed out the doors with their team's best efforts thwarted, the Rangers home-ice advantage yet again restored.

"They wanted this opportunity. We wanted to come in here and win a game," Vigneault said. "Win tonight. Our sole focus was on tonight, and that's what we did."

For a while that looked iffy there, and boy, was there a moment in the second period when it was easy to flash back 40 years, as it seemed Jakub Voracek was morphing into Dave Schultz and Carl Hagelin was playing the unfortunate role of Dale Rolfe. Yet after Voracek tried to decapitate Hagelin with a missed cross-check, and after the two dropped their gloves for what was a resounding Voracek victory over the smaller Hagelin, the tide was not turned in favor of the hack-happy Flyers.

Instead, by that point, the Rangers were already staked to a 3-1 lead. They got out to the same 2-0 lead as they did on Sunday, this time via goals from Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis. Then, just as they did on Sunday, they gave up a momentum-killing goal before the end of the first, this time Mark Streit playing spoiler.

"My first thought was, 'Let's not do this again'," Lundqvist said. "It was extremely important for us to have a strong second period."

And so in the second, the Rangers got a rare occurrence — a long, bomb of a slap shot from Dan Girardi that got past Ray Emery's glove and gave them a 3-1 lead. From there, they weathered the storm, blocking shots (28 in all) and killing penalties (5-for-5 over 7:19) that made it seem as if John Tortorella was priming for an absurdly terse press conference.

When Dan Carcillo tapped in the final tally with 9:07 hanging on the clock and making it 4-1, that was all she wrote for this night.

"Every little thing matters," Lundqvist said, smiling, knowing that his team at least acted on that for this important evening — even being rewarded with fist pound.


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