Game over: Rangers 7, Thrashers 0


I rushed downstairs before, but just to wrap this thread up…Nylander polished off the hat trick late in the game and the Rangers won. Post game thoughts to follow above.


I was typing when Shanahan scored before, and when I looked up quickly I thought Jed Ortmeyer scored. My first thought: No way Malik AND Ortmeyer scored in the same game???

Alas, it wasn’t true, but the Rangers have added a sixth goal on the strength of Shanahan. I believe his shot went in off Shane Hnidy, one of the many Thrashers instigators who has been humbled by the Blueshirts ’94 turn.


Bizarre move by the officials. It was almost like they are trying to make up for 2 1/2 games of turning a blind eye by sending everyone to the locker room. G’bye to Avery and Mara, and Kovalchuk, Tkachuk and Belanger.

I know Kovalchuk drew blood on Avery, but I have the sneaking suspicion that scuffle would’ve turned bad for the young Russian. Just a hunch.

The Rangers need to be careful on this power play right here. I imagine Atlanta will look to hit here, dirty or not.


Judging by the way the game has unfolded, I’m pretty sure the Rangers sold their souls and have embodied their 1994 predecessors for a night. So I ask you, fair readers, who is who? I guess Avery would have to play Messier, that’s for sure.

And as you know, Callahan scored the last goal on a deflection. That was some booming shot from the point by Mara, who, it at least should be noted, has been around almost exactly as long as Avery. (Not suggesting he has had the impact of Avery, but the defense has been very good since he joined it. Just a thought.)


I know it’s been a topic of discussion all week, but you have to wonder why Atlanta has been so dirty, like a boxer who can’t beat his opponent so he results to biting his ear or punching him in the you-know-where. Every time they fall behind, one of the Thrashers throws an elbow or a fist. It’s gotten to the point where it looks like a natural reaction.

What a save just now by Lundqvist on Exelby. Lundqvist will be overlooked in this one because of the offensive display, but he has been as sharp as if the game is 0-0.


I think I just got goosebumps.

That had to feel pretty sweet for Ryan Callahan, who just got a partial Standing O from the Garden crowd after scoring the first playoff goal of his career.

Of course, making matters more delectable for Ranger fans was the long feed up ice from cult hero Sean Avery. In other news, Avery just burped on the bench and it sounded like Jimi Hendrix’s version of the Star Spangled Banner.

(OK, maybe not, but I think it’s time you start calling Avery by the name “Midas.” Where did this come from?)


So I just did a quick tour of the Garden to meet with a few of our readers. It was quick, but everyone was understandably in a great mood. How can you not be?

The Thrashers just started the second period strong, but you forget; it’s going to be awfully tough to come back from three down vs. Lundqvist. Plus, they just took a bench minor for too many men on the ice, which is about the worst mistake you can make down three.


The Thrashers are completely dead in the water. Done. Finished.

I mean, the only comparison I can draw is that they just treated Marek Malik like a team defending Shaq at the 3-point line. Only problem: This isn’t basketball. You simply cannot leave someone totally unattended, especially when you can’t get the puck out of your own zone.

Anyway, 3-0 Rangers. What a start…


That is amazing that Avery just got a penalty. I know he fought back but both DeVries and (I believe) Holik made a point to go after him following the whistle. Tough call.

That said, the Rangers take a 2-0 lead on another goal from Nylander, who followed up on the efforts of Jagr and Hossa. The line really has been dominant to finish the season, but even more so since Hossa came back. How many of you would’ve laughed if Sam told you that back in December???


Wow! In the 30 seconds it took me to figure out a shaky internet connection (I’m up in the North Press Box), the Rangers are on the board. You all saw it, but in case you didn’t, more great stickwork from Nylander and a tremendous lead pass from Jagr to set up the goal, Nylander’s second of the playoffs.

I tried to find you the Blueshirts record when they score first in a playoff game but I don’t have it. Umh…media relations staff, you may want to add that for the next round. It sure looks like there’s gonna be one…

More later…

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  1. Why the hell is Avery going to get two minutes for that piece of crap. If it is him, as it looked, what another horrible call

  2. Doodie Machetto on

    Keith Tkachuk was at BU. Josh, you’re on my shitlist by default right now.

    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!

  3. WOW, I thought Malik was going to do the “Jagr through the legs dipsy doo,” but he made a good play then followed up the play with a GOAL!

    Sam, you should be proud of your boy!!!!

  4. Thanks for the in game, I have no tv access but i do have internet access, so this is a valuable resource for me!

  5. 1. I went to use the bathroom: 1-0 Rangers
    2. I went upstairs to grab my iPod 2-0 Rangers. I run down.
    3. I run back up and hear, “Malik! Malik!” and the traditional goal clapping.

    I think it is a practical joke.

    3-0 Ranger!


  6. JRG – Are you listening to the game on NHL radio on the internet? You should, if not.

  7. Tonite has been Tommy Pock’s best game yet. He looks solid out there. The other player I’ve been suprised with is Colton Orr, he has been very diciplined. Didn’t fight early when he had the chance, but I think he may have to soon with the high hits!

  8. Walt Poddubny on

    Josh – you need to blog every game… you’re good luck… this is ridiculous.

  9. P.W. – it’s only because he doesn’t have TV access. Same with me. I’d much rather watch the game than listen to it. I even like Rosen and Micheletti, but Maloney is very good, as well. I thought and hoped he would take over on MSG when JD left.

  10. I have a mac and can’t get the windows media plug in to work for nhl radio…that is the prob, so i am getting text messages and following along on and here.

  11. I’d much rather watch the game. I’m forced to listen to all of the NBC games on radio because I get the Ottawa broadcast.

  12. So where’s Malik’s Laser Poke-Check [goal into the net] tonight? Sobbing because the Rangers look great? Nothing to complain about?

  13. JRG – Damn, I have a Mac too and it’s working fine for me.
    P.W. – You are getting to see this game tonight, right?

  14. Doodie Machetto on

    Does anyone else think that they should put Hossa on the top PP line instead of Prucha? I love Prucha, but the Jagr line is so dominant at even strength; imagine them on the PP!

  15. DOODIE FOR ONCE I AGREE…I actually thought Renny was telling him to go out when they show shot of bench..Guess not.


  16. I don’t even want to discuss what Maloney just said on the radio, but I’ll bring it up – Callahan was close to being a scratch today with Izzy and Holly both in the lineup, but it was decided that Callahan might be able to score that key goal, since the games have been so close, and now he has scored two!

    P.W. – 5 mics?

  17. Yeah, 5 Mics, you know, Irish people, like me.

    Avery, Callahan, Shanahan, Cullen, Mara

    There’s Irish somewhere along the line with all of them, even if some of them have been infiltrated by Canadian.

  18. just trying to make some kind of connection to give a great unit a pseudo name. Cally – Shanny – Avery has been a great line.

  19. I have to say, I couldn’t be happier right now… I talked so much trash today at work I was seriously worried that I’d overdone it. With a 5-0 lead heading into the 3rd, I’m thrilled to know that I didn’t jinx us!

  20. Josh,

    Messier – Avery
    Larmer – Shanny
    Kovalev – Callahan

    Matteau – Malik (who ever would have expected that)


  21. P.W. – I knew I’d heard the term before but couldn’t come up with the meaning, especially since I didn’t know who was on the ice. Thanks! It’s great to see Cally back on the PP, too.

  22. refs need to start calling these slashes/cross checks. someone’s going to get hurt out there

  23. AngelusMortis on

    Woah, I log on to my computer after a long day and see that the good guys are up 5-0, and Callahan’s got a pair, and even Malik got in on the action. Get your brooms ready.

  24. czechthemout!!!!! on

    do you guys think callahan has now finally erased any questions whether or not he plays again?wow!!!!

  25. czechthemout!!!!! on

    bklynblue -i know that next year we will be sreaming fir dubinsky,who i think can be a star in this league.but that’s next year.right now i am very proud of the way they are playing.avery with 2assts tonight!.what a find just amazing.

  26. Doodie Machetto on

    The Amazing Machetto predicts that the Thrashers will recall Jason Krog and then take the next 4 games, with Krog and Rucchin(where is he anyway?) scoring 3 goals each in every game.

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    Van Massenhoven has been watching too many NBA games- pulling retarded ejections like the guy that ejected Duncan for laughing and wanted to fight him afterwards.

  28. Doodie Machetto on

    Mark my words: Jason Krog will play every position, including goal, at the same time, and Atlanta will win the cup.

  29. JUST WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11


  30. AngelusMortis on

    So, Nylander finally does something, gets a hat trick, and the Blueshirts win 7-0? Me likey…

  31. AngelusMortis on

    Ahh, another good stat I almost missed. Hits were 28-27 this time around…certainly better than the ten they put up in Atlanta.

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