Rangers defenceman Marc Staal, left, and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby have had their share of on-ice battles over the years.
Expect Staal to be in Sid the Kid's face when the teams begin a first-round playoff series Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.
New York held Crosby to no shots in the first of four meetings between the teams on Feb.
Crosby has been on fire since Mike Sullivan took over as coach, scoring 30 of his 36 goals in the past 53 games. 10, the New York Rangers met the challenge head-on and passed.Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby, who entered the first of a four-game season series with 12 points in his previous four games, failed to record a shot on goal and extend an 11-game points streak.The Rangers defence, led by Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, smothered Crosby and company, and outhit their longtime rivals 46-25.Books of Africa is launching Daniel-Sidney Bechet's book, Sidney Bechet: My Father on Sunday May 4 at the Hippodrome, Leicester Square, followed by a concert of Bechet’s music performed by Daniel and accompanied by a British quartet presented by Jazzmo’thology.The panel discussing the book includes BBC broadcaster Alyn Shipton, writer Howard Rye and Gary Crosby, Chairman of Dune Records.
Clarinetist and saxophonist Bechet, who is the musical hero of film director Woody Allen (he named Bechet as the person he would most like to have had dinner with), lived in France for many years and worked in England with Will Marion Cook’s band the Southern Syncopators.
There are also firm plans to commemorate Bechet with a plaque in central London.
Camden Council have given permission for the plaque to be erected at 27 Conway Street.
Bechet, who was born in 1897, lived there in 1922 (when it was called Southampton Street), during which time he was performing at the Rector’s Club in Tottenham Court Road.
The plaque has been applied for by the Nubian Jak Community Trust.
As Larkin wrote in his 1954 poem For Sidney Bechet: On me your voice falls as they say love should, Like an enormous yes.