NEW YORK -- Physically, Mike Gartner looks the same. Same sinewy build, same mustache, same shield on his helmet, same speed, same deadly shot from the right-wing circle. So it is a tricky thing to talk about a new-look Mike Gartner.
Something is different, though. For one thing, as the New York Rangers right wing headed into Wednesday night's Madison Square Garden meeting with the Montreal Canadiens, Gartner had more assists (10) than goals (8) -- quite the departure for a forward who is known for his "Cy Young" statistics.
Cy Young stats in baseball mean a pitcher has won way more games than he has lost. Cy Young stats in hockey mean a player has many more goals than assists. Gartner, for example, had 49 goals last season and just 20 assists. His job is to score goals, and Gartner has done it as well as almost anyone in the history of the league.