Oh, the irony

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In the midst of what would eventually be “a disappointing loss last night”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071107/SPORTS01/711070397 came this rich comic moment:

On the power play in the second period, as the Rangers casually moved the puck around the perimeter, a frustrated voice from directly behind us in the press box implored them to get pucks to the net.

“Shoot!” the voice said. “Shoot!”

That alone wasn’t unique. It is the rare Rangers power play when you don’t hear as much. Only here the voice behind us was Marty Straka — who of course isn’t exactly known for his quick trigger finger.

Given the source, I suppose this means you shouldn’t hesitate to complain about the Rangers not shooting in the future.

By the way, the Rangers ended up scoring on that power play, with Chris Drury beating Rick DiPietro from Straka’s usual spot at the left point. Straka erupted behind us.

More from practice later…

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  1. The Rangers just could not get it together last night. I also think that on two of the goals that were scored, a hell of a lot more could have been done to take away the shot and or pass that created the goals. Hank is amazing, but if you can help prevent a shot on goal you do it. In the third period we were just standing around instead of moving our feet and getting our bodies and sticks in to the shooting lane. Don’t get me wrong, the Isles were the better team for most of the game and dominated the third period, but we could have done the little things that we have been doing, instead of being LAZY, and we would have picked up the win, a valuable 2 points, and first place in the Atlantic and 3rd place in the conference. Oh well, on to Thursday night against the Pens at home. A team who completely ripped Marty and the Devils a new a**hole two nights ago. I hope we learned from our mistakes last night and bounce back.

  2. The Rangers just could not get it together last night. I also think that on two of the goals that were scored, a hell of a lot more could have been done to take away the shot and or pass that created the goals. Hank is amazing, but if you can help prevent a shot on goal you do it. In the third period we were just standing around instead of moving our feet and getting our bodies and sticks in to the shooting lane. Don’t get me wrong, the Isles were the better team for most of the game and dominated the third period, but we could have done the little things that we have been doing, instead of being LAZY, and we would have picked up the win, a valuable 2 points, and first place in the Atlantic and 3rd place in the conference. Oh well, on to Thursday night against the Pens at home. A team who completely ripped Marty and the Devils a new a**hole two nights ago. I hope we learned from our mistakes last night and bounce back. A rested and healthy Straka will be a welcome addition back.

  3. What’s wrong, Malik was not in the lineup so now you have to find someone else to blame. How about the whole team didn’t play a great game last night? Ever think of that. You can not blame one player for a loss like that.

  4. Look, we lost last night because we ran out of gas. Plain and simple. We came off a big win on Saturday and a tough win on Monday, we were bound for a letdown. At the end of the 2nd and for the 3rd it was 100% clear that we were tired. That was what happened. The Islanders last played on Saturday the 3rd. We had battled Philly just 24 hours earlier.

    I mean we were playing very well most of the game and then

    Avery looks good. Great pass to Mara (improving every game, btw). However, Aves needs to avoid making the behind the back, highlight reel passes in our own zone.

    Girardi had his worst game of the season last night. He has been an animal out there, so he is allowed one soft game.

    Rosy has me perpelexed. The guy just makes a lot of boneheaded plays.

    None of the goals were Hank’s fault last night. The defensive zone play lacked a little crispness in terms of getting the puck out of the zone when given the chance.

    Give the Isles a little credit, but it was 100% clear that they were the more fresh and energetic team.

  5. Why must Hossa go? Because he has 3 assists in 11 games as a first liner. He had 9 good games last year, but what about this year? He’s a waste. Put a scorer on that line.

  6. I agree to an extent. I say that when Straka comes back you put him on the top line with Jagr and Dubinsky.

  7. Straka Dubinsky Jagr
    Avery Gomez Prucha
    Dawes Drury Shanahan
    Hossa Betts Orr/Hollweg

    More adjustments can be made when callahan comes back.

  8. I was all for Hossa on that top line before Dubinsky was put there. Hossa and Dubinsky are both good along the boards, but Dubinsky has a pretty good rush while protecting the puck, for a pretty big kid. He just needs to hit the net. He had a few chances last night. He needs to bury one.

  9. I do think there is a place on this team for Hossa though. Especially with injuries and whatnot. He can easily replace an Orr or Hollweg on the fourth line when we don’t need those kinds of players in the lineup.

  10. And for the completel idiot who said Drury sucks. The guy was all over the place last night. He scored a goal on the power play and he saved a goal for us as well. He dropped to his knees in the crease and stopped a goal from going in. He did his job last night. He actually got the puck out of danger on a few occasions last night.

  11. Nasty – I don’t really want Hossa off the team just not on the top line. Once Straka gets back he should play with Jagr and Dubinsky.

  12. The team simply ran out of gas. Back to back games caught up to us in the last half of the game.

    As for all you complainers about this and that shut the F up. Half of you morons post in the wee hours of the morning when you have just made it home from the bars and all you complain about is the TV network and refs.

    Spiderpig the game ended earlier then 930p, so VS was able to show the stick raising. It has nothing to do with Buttman and whatever else you were complaining about regarding big markets blah blah blah. VS was scheduled to air hockey from the site from 700 – 930pm. 930p is post game from the studio by contract. NYR/Philly game ended at 932p so they had to quickly throw it to the studio.

    Orr, your comments about the refs is the best you could come up with after watching last nights game. Get real. The refs were not the problem it was the endurance of the NYR coming off back to back games. As well as a lot of dumb plays in the defensive zone.

  13. OK, here we are :) ha. I don’t like all the bitching and moaning either. I think we could have won the game but were tired and sloppy. Nuff said, back at it thursday.

  14. The offense will come. Once this team is completely healthy and the lines are pretty much set. I don’t want to make excuses, but I really believe that.

  15. I agree with nasty, i was all for hossa but npw that Dubi is up there and playing the role of Nylander as the man to set the pace and control the puck, id much rather have Straka with Jagr rather than Hossa and Jagr because besides the scoring ability i feel like Hossa has low moral and no real drive to play the game.

    I dont think you can say that the legs were not there in the third period! i would say the whole game!!! i just didnt see the same defenseive team we’ve been of recent wins. i believe that we tried to force the issue of scoring only to lose out on our defensive ability.

    As for Thursday, i will be there representing the lovely section of 318 and im 4-0 at games but then again we only win at a home. if you see a random guy on the big board with a rangers scarf… im that fool! LETS GO RANGERS

  16. We all forget that last year this same thing happened. We played like garbage the first half of the season and came together in the second half. It will all come together in time. We are only 15 games into a season with plenty of time ahead. Relax.

    As Nasty did mentioned above when Cally and Straka return we will be fine. Hossa, whom we all love, will play on the fourth line and Cally on the 3rd. Dubi will remain on the first and Straka will score goals when Jagr is getting mugged and Dubi is throwing his size around and feeding Straka.

  17. Very true Richy Rich. I agree. I have faith in this team and I am going to guarantee that we make the playoffs. I am sure that we will.

  18. Drury’s power play shot was amazing last night, through two sets of legs. I’d much rather see him at the point than Straka because I don’t think Straka has a strong shot from that distance anymore, and they’re both good defensive players in the case of a shorthanded rush.

    Richard S. – It’s a sport. They don’t have to follow their predetermined broadcast schedule. When most sports games end, the announcers talk and wrap it up for about a minute. If it ends early, then maybe they go interview somebody or talk longer. They surely don’t need a whole half-hour to talk about whatever irrelevant thing on the Versus postgame show. And I’m pretty sure they went back there before 9:30 last night anyway because the game ended at 9:24. It’s just because Versus still doesn’t know what they’re doing.

    Does anybody know who is replacing Bill Clement on the NBC set, since I believe he is leaving?

  19. making the playoffs shouldn’t even be in question with the roster we have. If we have to start guaranteeing playoff spots at this point I think we are in trouble.

  20. I am impressed with the Isles thus far. They remind me of us two years ago, when we were picked to be bottom feeders. I think we are a better team of course, and our record will indicate that come the end of the season.

  21. I am simply a poster on a blog. So guarantee the playoffs I will. If the players start doing the same then I will agree with your comment.

  22. as a fellow poster on the blog all I was trying to say is that I don’t think the playoffs is even in question. This team should make it to the 2nd round at least.

  23. Well agree to disagree my friend. It is what the makes the world go around. Do do it intelligently. And I am not saying that you didn’t. But there are some people on here that like to disagree just for the sake of it.

  24. Sam, did you get some airtime when the press was interviewing Renney after the game last night? I thought it looked like you but I wasn’t sure. The had some coverage on MSGNY and I was watching it as I fell asleep.

  25. I was wondering the same thing. Or do we rest him on the road against Toronto on Saturday night?

  26. Spiderpig, after I spent 5 years in the sports broadcast business I learned networks HAVE to follow a predetermined schedule. The company that pays to have their named attached to a network show runs the show. They pay all that money to for the “brought to you by” so they have to get off the air and to the studio. Nuff said on this….I understand your point from your previous posts but it is out of the networks and NHL hand.

    I expect the Rangers to get past the second round of the playoffs this year. Not a G’tee however.

  27. Nasty – do you really think Dubinsky with 1 point is our number 1 center. all they did was balance the lines more. and who do you thonk will be out there in the last 2 minutes down a goal. I’m thinking Drury and or Gomez not Dubinsky.

  28. maybe a rest on saturday in toronto is the best thing. they don’t play again until wednesday so he’ll get almost a week off.

  29. I didn’t say he was a NUMBER 1 center. I said he compliments Jagr’s play more than anyone else has thus far. I hate the label #1 #2 #3 and so on. We need balanced lines. Simple as that.

  30. There is no number 1,2,3 center or lines. You put the three players that play the best together on a line plain and simple. The key is finding three players with chemistry and if it happened to be that Betts works well with Jagr he would be on the 1st line but by no means is he a number 1 center. Whatever works to score some goals.

  31. I like the discussion going on here.

    So when both Cally and Straka return, what do the lines project to be? I am hoping they can keep Dawes on the top 3 lines.

    I like Hollweg and Orr, don’t get me wrong. But we need a better 4th line. It seems like they get pinned in the defensive zone a lot. We need a goal from the 4th line every few games, and with the current 4th line, we may not get a goal all season!!

  32. Is there a worse pp quarterback in Nhl History than Rozsival? My God shooting the puck must be against his religion. Avery made a sweet pass to Mara on the goal but otherwise had a bad night. Gomez continues to look competely lost. Staal was terrific with some booming hits. Girardi had a bad night. Girardi took a bad penalty that really changed the momentum. Isd there a bigger waste of space than Hossa? Hey Coach Tomfoolery take him the frick off the first line. Dubinsky looked really good again as did Jagr. I’m shocked to see how great Mike Comrie has been with the Isles. Dawes had a quiet game until he had a great golden chance late. Rozsival continued his great night by icing the game by fumbling the puck then taking a penalty good game idiot.

  33. Nasty at 9:43 you said when Straka comes back you put him on the top line with Jagr and Dubinsky. That’s what I took issue with. A kid with 1 pt in 15 games is not on our number one line. In fact like you’ve later said there really is no top line.

  34. seeing marcel hossa on the first line makes me sick to my stomach. he’s a disgrace, as is our moronic head coach.

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