Focus for Game 2: Cutting back mistakes

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The Rangers just finished up at the MSG Training Center and many of them spoke to the same theme: To win again, they’ll have to play better.

Tom Renney conveyed that message to us in last night’s postgame, and continued doing so during the team’s video session this morning.

Blair Betts told me the Devils thrive off the opponent’s mistakes, he and his teammates made far too many of them, and Renney pointed out as much to his club.

“There are some minor little details we have to tidy up,” Renney said. “How we manage the puck, in particular. This is a team that preys on the counter-attack, the turnover and the counter-attack. We just have to make that a little more difficult for them.”

To a man, most of the Rangers felt they were outplayed, or at least matched play for play. Renney went so far as to say his team needed to adjust, but he’s not so sure about the Devils. Jaromir Jagr agreed, saying the 4-1 final in Game 1 was “unfair” to the Devils.

Mind you, the tenor of the Rangers’ comments wasn’t all negative. Many showered praise on Henrik Lundqvist, who clearly outplayed the great Brodeur. Hank continued to speak about how physically and mentally strong he feels. Obviously, the implication being, he didn’t feel so hot two years ago.

As for the lineup: the lines were the same today, both up front and on defense.

“There’s a couple of question marks there,” Renney said, but didn’t elaborate further. Paul Mara did take an ill-advised hooking penalty early and Ryan Hollweg had just one hit and one blocked shot in 6:08, so you never know.

Colton Orr removed the boot on his foot and went for a skate today. Renney said he’ll need several more looks before thinking about inserting Orr into the lineup. I wouldn’t expect to see him this series.

Anyone have questions, I’ll be around for a while.

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  1. Josh – Can you dig up anything from “the other side” regarding Gionta?

    How bad is the cut on Avery’s face?

  2. Doodie Machetto on

    Great report Josh.

    Any idea of whether it would be Strudwick or Malik that came in if Mara sat?

  3. i actually agree prucha throw him in tomorrow night he cant do any less then holweg did last night. give the kid a chance.

    whats the deal with gionta??

  4. Prucha for Hollweg, do it Renney!

    ……..

    Hate to say it, but no chance in hell. I didn’t expect this series to be as intensely physical as it was last night. Prucha, I really don’t know. If I were him I’d be hitting that juice harder than marty st.louis right now trying to get straight up deisel for next season. He’s got everything but the muscle mass he’s going to need to survive.

  5. Beer Me!…Avery didn’t speak to the media, but his face didn’t look so hot today. I wish I had a picture of it, but there was that certain day-after look. He practiced though so don’t worry there.

    As for Gionta, “click here for a link to read more.”:http://njmg.typepad.com/devilsblog/2008/04/what-happened-t.html This is Tom Gulitti’s blog on the Devils. They don’t practice till 3:30, so you can head over there for a more complete Gionta update later on today.

  6. I am just listened to Ryan Callahan on nhl.com during their nhl live show and he sounded very sympathic..Don Maloney the host praised the young guns of Rangers including Ryan, Dubinsky Staal or Dawes bringing very huge element in the Rangers locker room….

    I have the feeling that one of those guys can be really the difference in the series bringing a whole new element of energy, probaby pouncing on a another gaffe by the older Devils defensemen…

    Josh, do you really sense as well as the Rangers really have the right mix from veterans, tschecs and the new young ones which can give the Rangers the upper hand in the series ????

  7. Doodie Machetto on

    Why what happened to Gionta?

    You miss a lot when you’re watching it in person.

  8. Man I can’t handle how arrogant the devs are even after the loss. Apparently broduer is great and they gave the win away. Rangers are just lucky to be playing the glorious devs. It’s an honor.

  9. Anyone realize how many faceoffs druery won last night..? something like 78% thats def something we did not have last year

  10. Found this little gem over at that devils blog…

    “sad to say everyone, but we are going down. SWEPT actually. we cant score, patrick 5 million a year elias should give his money back. Lou, good job finding someone to score goals. “this is the team to get us to the cup” yea okay. how about spend some money, the farm doesnt have much to offer, FA does. im disgusted. mix the lines up dammit. sad when rupp and clarkson do more damage then the big money players.

    langs and gio should be switched, ZAJAC should be sent back to highschool, and re learn how to play big boy hockey. I blame marty for nothing, the whole season this team has left it to him. and without him this season, we would have been in last place. being in the playoffs is a joke, we dont deserve to be. 1 goal. give me a break.

    Posted by: joecat | April 10, 2008 at 01:42 PM”

    Salty – Do you have a brother/cousin that’s a devils fan? haha

    doodie – that link that Josh provided should shed some light on what happend.

  11. Who Needs Lohan on

    Hey guys, my company’s internet system is blocking whatever site has this picture of Parros. Can anyone get me another way to see this? I cant wait til I get home, I have to see this!!!

  12. The Rangers did to the Devils what the Devils had done for years and years to other teams. They counterpunched the other team got big saves and got the one huge break and took advantage. The Devs never used to give up leads or give up 3 shots in the third period let alone give up three goals in the third. I think in the big spots and in the playoffs espicially it shows how badly they miss the elite dmen they once had. They may be able to trudge along the season with a d full of journeymen but not in the playoffs.

  13. Patrick Hoffman on

    Josh,

    Just wanted to tell you that you are doing a fine job in Sam’s absence.

    Keep up the great work and most of all, keep us informed on all things Rangers!

  14. Who Needs Lohan on

    That is priceless BeerMe, does sound a bit salty to me!!! Hey say what you want about the Devils and their fans guys, one thing is for sure, at least they know that Daylights Savings Time is in effect!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. emu…You can really tell Renney loves the mix of young and old. Also, there was a funny moment this afternoon where Jagr said he watched Dubinsky and Straka in a two-man drill at practice today. He said neither could make a pass, which is probably why he can’t score anymore. Dubinsky got wind of this and came over, after which Jagr proceeded to tease the rookie about how he can’t pass. Jagr said everyone feels sorry for him, having to play with guys who can’t get him the puck.

    The bottom line: In truth, it’s probably the opposite. I don’t think Jagr dumps on Dubinsky like that if he doesn’t believe in him.

  16. Who Needs Lohan on

    I’m on this blog so effin much that when I see the time I think wait, is it really 2:30 or is it 3:30?????

  17. I’ll admit that sounds just like me.

    I’ll also admit that he’s got a point, the devs really do have a tough time scoring. *If* we tighten up our D game some, I do believe they are pretty well f*cked.

    I think I said my guess was that the goalie matchup was not a wash, and that one goalie would have a very soft game, was last night the worst we’ve seen of Marty? Or perhaps just the first few cracks in the shell?

    I’m obsessed with Nigel’s Black Magic powers over Marty.

    Dawes is the 4th *Brotha*

  18. Can´t wait for Game 2 tommorow night, It is really time for revenge for 2006…

    They don´t need to sweep them, but I really hope to see Brodeur saying :

    “What the heck, where is the guy coming from to tap it in through my five hole”??????????????

  19. LMAO salty! “the 4th”.

    And yea, if Jags didn’t like playing with Dubi, he wouldn’t be. That’s the long and short of Jarda.

  20. Lohan send me your email and I will send it over. And love the comment about the time. It throws me off every freakin day.

    And I agree with JoeJoe315 – lets post it on the site!

  21. “Great pic Parros. While watching on TV, I heard the homo song and I knew, through myspce, that Larry was at the game. My question is, was there a homo Larry chant after the game? Gyro II is great for my drunk ass after a game, the only problem is they close too early.”

    There was a small homo larry chant around my section. that was it.

    “Why what happened to Gionta?

    You miss a lot when you’re watching it in person.”

    You couldn’t miss it Doodie. Staal rocked Gionta right by the bench and you could tell he wasn’t the same afterwards. It was a hard loud body check. When Staal puts on some pounds, hes going to be beast.

  22. why would renney even think of changing the lineup, mara’s penlty was a very marginal call at best…they need hollweg for energy and hits…keep the lineup the same for all games so the team can get in a rythm

  23. mikenyr – Don’t fall into the trap! I wouldn’t believe a word from any coach at this point of the year. That’s not to say there wouldn’t be a tweak. But I don’t think anything should be taken too seriously at this point.

  24. Chris Vanore on

    It seems obvious over the course of the last few years that if a player loses his stick he becomes useless on the ice. Puck movement is so rapid now that a stickless skater is defenseless and of no help to his team, especially on the PK. I went bananas last night when Straka stayed on without his stick. Regardless of the puck being in the defensive zone it would literally take five seconds for him to get off or get another stick. Eventually these obdurate North American coaches will realize this and change their strategy. How many times in the last three years have we seen the Rangers surrender a goal when a player stays on without a stick?

  25. Allow me to credit Renney here too. He seems to have a decent grasp here. Interested to see how things would look if we end up down a pair of goals.

  26. “It seems obvious over the course of the last few years that if a player loses his stick he becomes useless on the ice. Puck movement is so rapid now that a stickless skater is defenseless and of no help to his team, especially on the PK. I went bananas last night when Straka stayed on without his stick. Regardless of the puck being in the defensive zone it would literally take five seconds for him to get off or get another stick. Eventually these obdurate North American coaches will realize this and change their strategy. How many times in the last three years have we seen the Rangers surrender a goal when a player stays on without a stick?”

    Um the problem wasn’t straka. He blocked several shots. The reason they scored was because Toots and Danny both had a chance to clear the puck and whiffed. Straka goes off and its a 5 on 3 and even though its only for a couple seconds, it would’ve given the Devils a much better chance of scoring. You never try to get a change when you are in your D-zone because you obviously give the other team a significant advantage. That was like the #1 thing you learn as a young hockey player and I know it seems like Straka was useless, but he was not the cause of that goal at all and played well without the stick.

  27. salty – In response to yours, obviously any answer would be speculative… my recent word of choice….

    I’d say Drury would play until he buried one, or we buried him!!

  28. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Beer, for some reason I want to say “Rangers 16″ but I’m not sure if that was last night or another game.

  29. Thanks johnnyD. I almost took that one down a dark path.

    Some of straka’s, drury’s, betts’, moments (as rangers) have come without a stick.

  30. thanks truefans, I really can’t remember. But you never know what can happen when you fill out one of those sweepstakes forms.

  31. Doodie Machetto on

    “You couldn’t miss it Doodie. Staal rocked Gionta right by the bench and you could tell he wasn’t the same afterwards. It was a hard loud body check. When Staal puts on some pounds, hes going to be beast.”

    I saw that hit, but Gionta played for a while after it.

  32. just sent it lohan…

    and chris vanore…. johnny d has it spot on. strake did the right thing 100%. had he left to get a stick they would have had a five on three. he blocked like 4 shots on that shift before they scored. nothing you can do in that instance but try to get your body in front of their shots and try to tie up the puck with your feet against the boards and try to get a whistle.

  33. i was blown away by drury’s faceoff performance in the game which wasn’t noted really by the announcers. 78% which is surreal against some good folks on the debbies. amazing performance

  34. the person that I hate most is the flopper himself – Mr. Waffle – who can’t give credit when it’s due and always blames someone else. He couldnt acknowledge Gomez’ game and his bad read on Cally’s brilliant goal. And why wasn’t the flopper given a penalty for checking Cally with his stick when he got close to him in the crease? Oh excuse me, we live in a double-rule world in the NHL where the Prongers go free and the Simons pay (as he should). Call it the right way!!!

  35. JonnyD- Actually the Debbies goal that was scored when Straka was stick-less….Girardi cross-checked a debs player right to the side of the net and at the edge of the face-off cirlce (shoulda been a penalty)….puck pops free and Blair Betts over-skated/muffed it while the Debs player who was crosschecked and on the ice kept it alive in the Rangers zone

  36. Who Needs Lohan on

    Parros- Awesome!!!

    I kinda agree with Chris V. What is worse, 5 seconds of 5 on 3 or 45 seconds of 5 on 3.5? Its at least worth a discussion.

  37. Lohan – fair enough but I am telling you every hockey coach will agree. You stay in the play until you hopefully get a clear or can freeze the puck and then you go get a new stick. Just like when you are dead tired in the defensive zone – you don’t go to the bench for a change until the puck is cleared. You can debate it – but any hockey player never would.

    Thanks for your props on the pic!!

  38. Who Needs Lohan on

    The part that makes Parros’ picture so priceless is the way his pose is reacting to something that the other people almost cant react to or are too discusted to even notice. Its not like a goal was just scored, its just a guy showing elation amongst a bunch of statues and a crying kid. Eff him and his consoling dad, thats just flat out awesome!

  39. Part of it depends on the period, the player, the score…I don’t think this is cut and dry. Not by a long-shot.

  40. Who Needs Lohan on

    And the scary looking little Asian baby who doesnt even know where he is supposed to look is like a cherry on the top of the whole experience.

  41. “JonnyD- Actually the Debbies goal that was scored when Straka was stick-less….Girardi cross-checked a debs player right to the side of the net and at the edge of the face-off cirlce (shoulda been a penalty)….puck pops free and Blair Betts over-skated/muffed it while the Debs player who was crosschecked and on the ice kept it alive in the Rangers zone”

    From my angle I saw Toots and Danny both kinda go for the puck and miss (Betts was in there too). I’m not saying it was either one of their faults though since it was a big pile on next to the net, I’m just saying they failed to clear at that point and it was less having to do with Marty not having a stick. Also Tyutin overskated when he tried to block the attempted shot by Martin, who did make a pretty nice fake to have Tyutin drop like that. It wasn’t so much the fake as it was his patience I guess.

    “I kinda agree with Chris V. What is worse, 5 seconds of 5 on 3 or 45 seconds of 5 on 3.5? Its at least worth a discussion.”

    But Straka was our best PKer out there even without the stick. Trust me the last thing you want is a 5 on 3 in that situation even if its that quick because unlike an actual 5 on 3 where you are setup for it, you have to try to rotate around and wait for the other guy to come back, then you have to move back into the box. Its really a pain and plus its easier to score for the other team since you are moving around instead of blocking the lanes and they can keep their same setup since they aren’t changing anyone. Even when Marty was without a stick, its easier to block all of the lanes, or most of them at least, because you are already in position. If Marty leaves, then one of the d-men has to move up high and the other two have to rotate a bit taking them out of position.

  42. JOSH–Just curious if Renney mentioned why Tyutin was on the PP instead of Mara. Toots has been awful there all season, and we finally found 2 decent PP point tandems with Backman-Rosy and Mara-Girardi, and now he goes back to Tyutin not being able to get a shot through from the point? I just dont get it. Any ideas?

  43. He doesn’t look like he’s gonna barf. In fact, Marty looks like he’s pretty used to that position.

  44. I was so pumped up last night! I know we made some mistakes, and many people are quick to say that the Devils could have won and yada yada yada. Hockey is a game of mistakes. We capitalized on the ones that they made and they didn’t. Now, we need to clean up our own play, but I liked our game for the most part. Can’t wait for tomorrow.

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  45. Who Needs Lohan on

    “He doesn’t look like he’s gonna barf. In fact, Marty looks like he’s pretty used to that position.”

    Yeah but not with his skates on, that could be dangerous

  46. People calling for Prucha in for Hollweg should just STFU! What game were you guys watching? Prucha would get thrown around like a rag doll and forget about getting anywhere in the slot. No way!

    Look, I gave props to Pru for getting back in there in the last 5-6 games and hustling and trying.

    But he is just not fit for this team. Nope. Hollweg blocked a shot last night. He hit people. He played reasonably well defensively. We need his edge in there right now with Orr out of the lineup.

    And who is the clown saying that we should call up Hutch or Gratton? What a shrewd hockey fan? You can STFU too. You just showed us your ignorance.

    Did Mara play well? Nahh…looked slow but he played OK. Girardi varies his play each shift. Toots did not play particularly well either.

    But do I want a minor leaguer like Hutch in there during the playoffs? Are you out of your f***ng tree?

    And btw my bro said to me in the 2nd, “Did you see Staal crush Gionta?” I did but didn’t think it was a big deal. My bro was saying that he saw Gionta’s back get totally torched. We’ll see. Staal played very well.

    LGR!

  47. Yeah he didn’t fall. He was hit right into the glass and his back got hit pretty hard on the dasher. It happened right in front of me thats why I said it was a crushing hit. From the other side it might not have, but if you saw how weird Gionta hit the glass, you could see how he could be hurt. I know he kept playing, but he wasn’t the same.

  48. Tony from AZ on

    yada yada yada – LOL
    I don’t care how we win – as long as we win.
    I wish it was tomorrow already !
    Marty on his knees , looks like he’s done that before

  49. ok, this is from that devils blog again from practice…

    “Gionta missing practice with “sore side”
    Devils right wing Brian Gionta is not on th ice for this afternoon’s practice at Prudential Center. The Devils said he is “resting” with a “sore side”.”

  50. Who Needs Lohan on

    Newman, I like your fire today.
    BTW, my beard looks like something you’d see in a middle school changing room.

  51. newman,

    i dont think hollweig did a bad job, but i think he had a blocked shot and maybe two hits. i dont think prucha would do worse than that and with the amount of ice time the fourth line was given i dont think it would make much of a difference. so either player is fine in my opinion but i think you overreacted just a tad to someones idea

  52. Out of my tree? Rozsival is USELESS defensively and on the PP. Might as well call up someone who has improved his game significantly on both ends of the ice! The ONE THING this team needs is a functional PP and we have a QB in the system.

  53. Who Needs Lohan on

    Pavel, you already fell out of the tree like 3 hours ago. Hey does anyone know any bars that are showing the game tomorrow night? Maybe one that plays the sound of the game and not some lousy loud bar music?

  54. Pavel. No offense, but you’re just wrong here. Calling up someone who didn’t play in the NHL at all this year to replace a guy who played 80 games for your team is just not smart. It would disrupt chemistry. There’s a reason Hutchinson wasn’t brought up when the team needed d-men. He’s not an NHL caliber defenseman. I’m sorry, you’re just incorrect here. The Rangers are in no way a better team with Roszival off the ice and Hutchinson in his place.

  55. The game was great!!!!! I was in section118

    after the game Avery’s face looked awful!! and he wasn’t allowed to sign stuff or go near any fans. Apparently someone confronted him with a copy of the Daily News, when the black book story came out and Avery dumped a gatorade over the guys head, so until that is sorted out Avery can’t go near fans… one guy begged him to sign a jersey and the bodyguard told Avery he couldn’t do it. So Avery told the body guard “I can sign whatever I want you work for me.” then a NHL rep said to Avery “Maybe, but you work for me and you can’t go over there.” So Avery got his brother to get the jersey and then Avery signed it. Just to spite the NHL rep I am sure, since he doesn’t sign much anyway!!

    Awesome job with the chanting there was a real poed Dev fan in front of me and this Devil fan girl behind that I think the only word in her vocabulary is “sucks” I didn’t like the arena, and its a law suit waiting to hapen. THe rows are extremely steep and there are no bars at the front. A friend with e leaned down t take a picture of herself at the game, she almost sliped and if she had she would have been all the way down…

  56. If anyone finds out about bars in the vicinity of the Garden that play the game’s volume (besides Vafe 31 (or whatever it is beside the parking gargae) I wuld be interested to. Cafe 31 is a little to pricey for me… but they did put on the volume…

  57. He wasn’t called up because he’s on a one way contract. He’d be picked up off waivers instantly. He has NHL experience (about 92 games) and has 33 points in those games… that’s not bad at all.. and he was with Carolina when they won the Cup.

  58. btw expect another video form me soon, I took about 700 pics at the game yesterday!!!!!!

    oh and after the game I got Sjostrem to sign a picture I took of him scoring the shootout goal agaisnt the Islanders, he looked at it and said “I scored on that one” and he smiled!! I love getting pictures I took signed. I got Shanny to sign a real good one of him, just standing looking down at the ice, it was from warmups against the Islanders on the fourth… And I got Hollweg and Orr (and some others) to sign a picture of the hood of my car. Orr laughed and said nice car!!

    but anyway, Sjostrem was real cute (for the few girls on the board!!) And Jagr was so nice. Rozsival laughed when he saw us there and told us to go home becuase it was rainign, but then he signed for everyone. THe only one who was a real jerk was Callahan (but he usually is form what I have seen)

    And before the game Jo asked Dan to sign something (the friend that almost fell is trying tog et a jersey with the whole team signing it, so we have been helping her) Anyway J called to Dan to sign something and he said after the game. SO when he came out Jo yelled “Dan you said you’d sing after the game.” He snapped back “I know” and then came over but we actualy didn’t need his signature so we just congratulated him, but then he signed for the other people!!!

  59. Well Pavel he can’t come up now, and if he was better then the guys we have he would have made the team from the beginning… I think he had to be on the roster before or at the trade deadline to be eligible for the post season…

  60. Roszival scored 38 points in 80 NHL games THIS YEAR.

    It’s a moot issue anyway. these are the guys we have and these are the guys we’re going to either win or lose with. I think Roszival is a good hockey player. Could he get a little tougher? Sure, especially for his size. I wish he’d move the puck quicker, but he knows how to play the game and I think he can be an asset. He won us an OT playoff game last year.

    I just think suggesting that a borderline AHL/NHL player would be a better option than a guy who did the 80 game grind this year is a little outlandish.

  61. Tony from AZ on

    Hey Agravaine, how are the seats in 118 ?
    I got seats in section 12 for game 5 – section 12 is below 118. how’s the view of the ice ?

    I hate to root for us to lose a game so that I can go to game 5.
    I guess I can hang out in the city for 4 days !

  62. Tony from AZ on

    Anyone who thinks a AHL player is better then what we now have is just nuts.
    If they where that good they would not be in the AHL.

  63. Rob C.,

    agreed. The thing with Rozsival is that (and my sister was making fun of me for it) when I look over the game pictures, I have a lot of him starting rushes and strong defensive work in the zone. He doesn’t hit and I wish he did, but he passes cleanly out of the zone and he gets into positioning a lot. With the pictures I take I’m not just picking players, I don’t have time for that, I just follow the puck…. and a lot of the time I get him doing good work… Staal to, not surprisingly they are the two I seem to see doing the strongest work, when I look back over the pcis form the day before, I haven’t edited the pics fomr yesterday, I am uploading them now, but I can’t think of anything that would change that opinion, in fact I know there was one real good play ROzsival had that I didn’t get, because it happened in the second period and I had the net in fornt of me so I couldn’t focus tha camera and gave up trying…

  64. Who Needs Lohan on

    Agravaine, you remind me of the girl in the American Pie movies, “and this one time in band camp”……

  65. “newman,

    i dont think hollweig did a bad job, but i think he had a blocked shot and maybe two hits. i dont think prucha would do worse than that and with the amount of ice time the fourth line was given i dont think it would make much of a difference. so either player is fine in my opinion but i think you overreacted just a tad to someones idea”

    yeah but if anything goes down and they start going after our stars, Prucha isn’t going to do anything to defend them. Thats why Hollweg is out there. As much as people think we can have 4 scoring lines, it’ll just be begging the other teams to beat up on our superstars and get away with it. As long as Hollweg stays out of the box and just plays simple, then we need him out there until Orr is back.

    “Out of my tree? Rozsival is USELESS defensively and on the PP. Might as well call up someone who has improved his game significantly on both ends of the ice! The ONE THING this team needs is a functional PP and we have a QB in the system.”

    Pavel have you ever watched Hutch play? He’s piss poor in his own end. Carolina never used him much except on the powerplay because hes an even bigger defensive liablity. Still people are trying to say our PP answers are in Hartford and they just aren’t calling these guys up. Trust me, if these guys were ready they would be up. In Pock’s case I just think they felt he would be better served in Hartford to further work on his defensive game so he won’t ever be used as a forward again even though he can play at the NHL level. Hutch is not an NHL defenseman and don’t look at his offensive numbers and think we need him. I’d rather take someone who is average defensively than a big defensive liablility who might help the powerplay, even though we don’t even know that he’ll help since the systems for the PP are slightly different and he’s playing against AHL PK’s.

  66. Tony,

    its real steep, you are going to have a nice view though, we were pretty good, except that it was so steep and I have a bad leg so I don’t like anything that is going to through off my balance any more then normal… I could see real well, the whole ice, unless someone stood up or sat up to much, then I lost behind the net. You are behind the net that our guys shoot on twice.

  67. “What about injuries? You should be able to have callups from the AHL, right?”

    Yes, guys with two-way contracts. Thats how we got Dawes up last year.

  68. Who Needs Lohan on

    you better go to your local video store right away Agravaine. And please take a picture of yourself when you see what I am talking about.

  69. I’ve watched Pack games this year, and I would feel confident in his play. Rozsival got a majority of those 38 points early in the season when he had no offense… so near Souray of 06/07 numbers made up for his awful defense.. what has he done lately besides takes awful penalties and create turnovers?

    I hope Rozsival signs with a division rival next year, so we can exploit his awful, soft play.. same with Malik.

    Hutch was also a plus player if you find that stat useful (although Malik’s +130 career is BS, IMO).

  70. Rozsival is going to want 5m+ anyway… I really hope he causes someone cap troubles.. I’m hoping Sanguinetti is NHL ready because he’ll be cheap and we can use the extra $ for Malone or Orpik :D

  71. I just don’t see him being that good at the NHL level defensively. I don’t think his offensive game will be as good, but thats obvious. I’m in no way a Rozy fan and want to see him go at the end of the year (he’s basically Rachunek just worse on defense, so we should be Racoon back). That being said, you don’t just pull him for Hutch when he’s played almost every game this year for the Rangers and Hutch has played 0. Hutch will have to learn the NHL system, which is similar but at a different pace and you don’t just do that for the playoffs.

    We’re stuck with the guys we have right now and they will either pull it off or lose. Hartford guys won’t help and I don’t think they would anyway. Also our PP looked fine yesterday and had plenty of chances. It was shaky at first but the 2nd two were much better.

  72. Rozsival is going to want 5m+ anyway… I really hope he causes someone cap troubles.. I’m hoping Sanguinetti is NHL ready because he’ll be cheap and we can use the extra $ for Malone or Orpik :D

    Sanguinetti needs to put on some pounds. From back when I played when he was younger, he was not necessarily a big kid then he grew a bit and is now a very solid hockey played. He just needs to add some pounds and he’ll be ready. Hes only like 175 so thats not strong enough as a D-man in the NHL. And if we let these guys walk, we’ll have about 27 million to fill like 4 or 5 spots. We can get plenty with that.

  73. Fine, then let’s just call up Mitch Fritz to breathe fire on Brodeur so we can battle the mighty Kevin Weekes!

  74. Rozsival is going to want Brian Rafalski money which is 5 years, $25m. I don’t know where you heard $2.5-3 because that’s not accurate. Backman is going to earn $3.4m next year as our 5th/6th defenseman so Rozsival is going to definitely want more cabbage than that. And with Brian Campbell most likely looking at $7m per, Rozsival will get that $5m per somewhere.

  75. Andrew,

    I know that and was expecting that and then I saw the three million figure… I don’t know what will hapen though we will see when free agency happens.

  76. “Fine, then let’s just call up Mitch Fritz to breathe fire on Brodeur so we can battle the mighty Kevin Weekes!”

    haha I laughed at that.

    “Rozsival is going to want Brian Rafalski money which is 5 years, $25m. I don’t know where you heard $2.5-3 because that’s not accurate. Backman is going to earn $3.4m next year as our 5th/6th defenseman so Rozsival is going to definitely want more cabbage than that. And with Brian Campbell most likely looking at $7m per, Rozsival will get that $5m per somewhere.”

    I would sign Campbell in a heartbeat. He puts up points, QB’s the powerplay, and does this…

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=XD03ut-iUzg

  77. yea im not saying u should replace prucha for hollweig, i just dont think itd be that big a difference. Rozsival is definitely afraid to take a hit when the puck is dumped in our zone, he had a couple give aways last nite b/c he was shying away, but he is what we have now so got to root for him

    and no way campbell is worth 7 million a year, he may get it, but his numbers are not that great for an offensive quarterback/offensive defenseman

  78. Tony from AZ on

    We have 100 comments on this post.
    I went to the Devils blog & they have 3 comments – LOL
    I guess they’re in shock !!

  79. Tony from AZ on

    How cool was it to see Dawes give Shanny the puck & Shanny give it right back to Dawes.
    Shanny is a classy guy !

  80. Bettman was just on The Fan trying to get Mike & Chris to go to a Rangers-Devils game at the Crock.

    Also during the interview, Bettman called Afinogenov a defenseman before correcting himself a minute later. What a knowledgeable commissioner!

  81. Incredible – Still low priced seats for Friday night hockey! Just on Ticketmaster.

    Last night was a fun night at the Rock!!

    We need more Ranger fans!!

    Section
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    8
    21 – 22
    Mezzanine Level Seating
    PRICE LEVEL 10
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    PRICE LEVEL 7 Type2 Full Price Ticket Ticket PriceUS $65.00 x 2 Convenience ChargeUS $5.75 x 2

  82. JK –

    I was in Section 109 last night. I’d say it was about 65/35 Devils fans – but a pretty good show of Blue amidst the Red

    My cousin has season tix there, and I’ve gone to the Rock a couple of times. It’s not a bad venue.

    It still boggles that their fans stole the “Let’s Go Band”/”Potvin sucks” routine. I’ve heard “Rangers suck” chants at 4 different (non-Rangers) games. That’s pretty sad in my book

    (Also noticed that “Let’s Go Devils” is chanted with the same cadence as “Let’s Go Rangers”)

    I thought Straka was one of the better Rangers last night – had a lot of jump, and was a general pain in the butt

    The Gomez/Avery/Shanahan line was the best Ranger line of the night, and Gomez was the best player on the ice for either team.

  83. Backman makes 3.4, but he’ll only be a 2.3m cap hit because of his original contract. Blozsival is going to want 5.5-6… Orpik seems like a must and he’s going to want around 3m… it’s going to be interesting what Slats will do, but I will wait for that blood pressure condition after the playoffs.. it never ends, does it? :(

  84. Fruity Cupcake on

    The nice people at Blondie’s are always happy to put on the Ranger games. (I go to watch when their away games are on Vs.)

    My guess is that if you call ahead and ask, they’d tell you if they could put the sound on for you. Check if NYY or NYM are playing. No one’s watching basketball after this crappy hoops season.

    Blondie’s has two locations: West 79th between Amsterdam/Broadway (near the 1.) And Second Ave at 92nd Street. Good people, good wings, good prices.

  85. Yorktown Ranger on

    Ok fellow bloggers, I’m going out on a limb here but please bear with me. My eldest son is in the Coast Guard (following in dad’s footsteps), and is stationed on a cutter out of Kodiak, Alaska. His boat left on patrol the week before Easter, and was involved in the rescue of 42 fishermen on the “Alaskan Ranger” (

  86. Yorktown Ranger on

    OK my last post got cut off. So I will try to reconstruct it.

    Ironic isn’t it. He will probably be deployed for most of not all of the finals. The only hope that I have of caching a game is if the Ranger play the Caps in a subsequent round. Tickets for that series would be pretty hard to come by since Caps fans are pretty passionate about there team.

    What I am asking is if anyone comes by an extra memento from a Ranger, and would be willing to part with it so I can send it to my son, I would greatly appreciate it. Please don’t drop any bucks, or go too far out of your way.I’m looking to boost his morale a bit since he is really bummed about the timing of this patrol.

    I know this request may seem a little off the wall from a total stranger. If anyone finds this post inappropriate, I apologize in advance.

    LGR

  87. Tony from AZ on

    Yorktown, you must be a proud Dad.
    What kind of mementos are you looking for ?
    I know what you mean about morale boosters, when my grandson Cam had his last heart surgery, a lot of fans from this blog sent him their best wishes & I was able to get him some autographed Ranger pictures.It really lifted his spirits.
    Like all of us here I’m a long time, die hard Ranger fan. I have tons of Ranger stuff – tons !
    E mail me at tony@cameostudio.com & let me know how I can help.
    I’m happy to see a Dad help his son.
    Tell him the Rangers WILL go deep in the playoffs. He will get to a game.

    Tony

  88. Tony from AZ on

    Also Yorktown, don’t ever apologize for wanting to help your son.
    Ranger fans are without a doubt the best in all of sports.
    Let’s go Rangers – Let’s go USA !

  89. Aggravine it’s so crazy you think Cally is a jerk. He was the nicest guy when I met him back in November, was very gracious, took a pic with me, and personalized something for my 8-year-old cousin.

  90. Yorktown,

    I try to get autographs from the guys before and after games sometimes, email what kind of thing you are looking for (or who his favorite players are…) and I could try my best… :^) no promises because tomorrow will be too short notice (I prob won’t check again) and Sunday I can’t get there… but I will try!!!

    my email is Agravaine@aol.com or if you clik on my name above it links to my myspace page.

  91. MikeA,

    I can only say what I’ve seen and everytime I’ve seen him he has walked quickly passed most everyone.

    A guy I talked to who met up with him when he was in Hartford said he was very nice to back then, but that guy was shocked by the way Callahan was last week, he said it was totaly different.

    All I know is what I’ve seen since January, I never tried for autographs before that, I’ve only done it seven or eight times now… I’ve seen him five times at least and he has been a jerk each and every time…

  92. Agra- Maybe Cally is trying to keep focused ….or maybe he thinks you are a stalker ….hehe j/k

  93. Cally can hate rainbows and puppy dogs and despise ice cream cones for all we care…As long as he keeps playing like he did last night !

  94. LIQUID

    I would believe the other guys that do stop might think I am a stalker, but trust me, there are folks that do it way more often then I… nah even the first time I saw Cally and Girardi they were jerks. It was funny because it was after a day game. They came out together from the 4 Penn Plaza exit and refused to sign mostly but then thye stood at the taxi stand waiting for a taxi, so everyone went over to the there and they were trapped… At least they don’t laugh at ya when you have a bum leg and can’t keep up with them like some others (ahem Gomez ahem) (j/k I forgive him for laughing at me even though it was very mean….)

  95. Yeah, Rangers players have always been mad cool with me..maybe it’s a pity thing :)P. The only one who wasn’t was Kaspar, but he wasn’t even mean, he just seemed like he had nothing to say to me so at least he tried. I met Beezer in like 91 and he was real cool, Olzyck and Kocur in 94, both were cool, Leetch was very polite, and Cally in November, among others who i won’t mention (it was during THOSE years so let’s forget about them LOL).

  96. inhankwetrust on

    great game….there was a huuuuuuuge homo larry chant last night at the game, and he couldn’t get enough of it. apparently there’s a class action suit by those who feel the rangers support the mocking of homosexuals by not putting up a sign to stop people from chanting homo larry.

    i love the intensity that was there and the fact that all the young guys brought their games to the layoffs and played like they would in practice, no butterflies whatsoever. lets get em tonight!!

  97. ugh. The start of another loooong day. I’d rather get kicked in the crotch than have to wait 11 hours for this game to start. Fungool!

  98. Wow did anyone watch the Montreal game last night? That place is absolutely insaneeeeee. I knew they always have great fans in the regular season, but last night that place was absolutely rocking. Say what you want about how annoying they are, but damn their fans are passionate.

  99. Let’s go RANGERS!!!

    God this day is gonna be sooooooooooooo looooooonnnggggggg.

    I can’t wait!!!

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

  100. haha, I was in 118 on Wednesday night too, Agravaine … good to see a solid amount of Rangers blue in that section. Did you see the Devils fan with “Gomez Swallows” on the back of his shirt? My brother was ripping on him so badly and tyhat guy couldn’t handle it. That guy had a Lundqvist t-shirt too, and after Martin scored, turned around and ripped up the t-shirt, trying his hardest for all the Rangers fans in our row to notice. I saw him, but I wasn’t going to give him the pleasure of any sort of reaction (and if he was waiting all game for a Devils goal in order to do this, he’s lucky because with that team, it could just as easily taken them until Game 4 to score).

    …and WTF is up with “Princess Lundqvist?” Devils fans would do better to not attempt to taunt any player than to yell stupid crap like that.

  101. Scooter-
    It still boggles that their fans stole the “Let’s Go Band”/”Potvin sucks” routine. I’ve heard “Rangers suck” chants at 4 different (non-Rangers) games. That’s pretty sad in my book

    (Also noticed that “Let’s Go Devils” is chanted with the same cadence as “Let’s Go Rangers”)

    I remember in the 70’s and 80’s that the Flyers and Icelanders chant was more E E D E where the Rangers chant was always G E G E. Now all the cadences are the same as the Rangers. Sorry for the letters for non musicians.

  102. Woke up at 3am this morning to take a wizz and could not get back to sleep as could not stop thinking about this game tonight! This game is going to be a battle.

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!

    Oh and have to quote my Uncle Pete on “the pic”… He wrote…

    “Dude if possible I got to have a copy. It’s as perfect as life itself. I get chills.”

    …so good.

  103. Anyone have a prediction for the Pens game tonight?

    I’ll say Pitt will win 8-0. lol

    Maybe they should put Volchenkov in net. He seems to stop the puck well with his face. Maybe he’s on to something.

  104. That MSG crew thing is VERY cool! Talk about MSG South…bringing a crew in with towels and everything… I’m surprised they have what little balls it takes to organize something fun like that.

    I myself made the fatal mistake of agreeing to go to a show tonight at the Nokia, got the tickets a few weeks ago, really can’t back out of it…. I’m not sure what I’m going to do…

    I may actually have to find a bar that plays the game (with volume!?!!?)around times square…hm?

  105. Good morning folks…
    Yes Beer the day off yesterday was great, I stayed away from the computer for once…
    And I woke up and its friday…LGR!

  106. Who Needs Lohan on

    Tixx for next Fri night are available in Sec 24 and 26. Only problem….the section doesnt exist! Anyone know anything im missing

  107. I have a very good feeling about tonight’s game. I think the first 10 minutes the Devils are going to come at us very hard, and we might have to even kill off a penalty. But after that we are going to play a solid game with much fewer mistakes. I hate waiting all day. I just want it to be 7 already.

    Let’s Go Rangers!

    I see them really trying to be physical with Gomez, but they are going to have to catch him first. I say he has 2 assists tonight, and for some reason I can see out fourth line putting in a goal. And I think Straka is going to have a very solid game.

  108. I wish I was going tonight…I’d love to be in that River of Blue heading to the Pebble…hopefully to overtake the Arena and a 2-0 series lead…

  109. Ha, yeah I know. Most of them are Devil fans and have been pretty quiet the last two days. Ha.

  110. Who Needs Lohan on

    Apparantly these are in the Gold Bar. Section 24 Row B, I just bought them for 150 each. Anyone know what Im in store for?

  111. I get tired of hearing the last two days about how the game could have gone either way. No kidding! Hockey is a game of capitalizing on the other teams mistakes. We did and they didn’t. Do we have to clean up our game and make fewer mistake? Yes we do. I really have a good feeling about this series and our ability to score work and to get good games from our youth, who are going to have better legs this time of year. I don’t think the Devils suck, at all. But I do think we are a better team. And if it took us all year to develop chemistry, and it finally, fully, shines in the playoffs, then I am totally fine with that too. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I feel like each guy on this team knows their role. Execute and win boys. Get the job done and make us proud.

  112. “Tixx for next Fri night are available in Sec 24 and 26. Only problem….the section doesnt exist! Anyone know anything im missing”

    I’m pretty sure they do exist, just you have to see the seating chart on the Devils site because its much more indepth. I wanna say its over by the bar/restaurant on the 2nd tier.

    And Beer me thats great. I guess MSG saw how many Rangers fans were there and decided it was worth it to give out Rangers towels and ruin the Devils party. Its really hilarious.

  113. Who Needs Lohan on

    What happens to Game 5 Tickets after we sweep? Are they refunded or you just lose your money? Sorry, if this is a stupid question

  114. Jagr needs to have a big game tonight… the Devs are gonna key in on Gomer more… that should give him a bit more space or at least maybe he won’t have the same guys shadowing him.

  115. Lohan, they are refunded. They can’t just take your money since its illegal. haha.

  116. JAROMIR JAGR

    On Game 1: “The result, I would say, was unfair to New Jersey. They played really well. They had more scoring chances. They forechecked very hard and gave us a tough time in our zone. They fight for the puck very well and we have to get better there and maybe create more offense. I think they’re going to play the same way. We are the team that has to adjust, even though we are up 1-0. We know it wasn’t our perfect game. We want to get better and hopefully we will (tonight).”

    so classy…

  117. Who Needs Lohan on

    Thats what I figured Jonny. Anyone know anything about this Goal Bar? Is it private to the section? Can you see anything?

  118. I noticed that too about Shanny’s car. He loves being a Ranger…makes me happy and proud because he’s such a world-class hockey player. He cares so much about this organization and he’s been here for only 2 years…feels like 20.

  119. “And if it took us all year to develop chemistry, and it finally, fully, shines in the playoffs, then I am totally fine with that too.”

    My interpretation of the direction this team took from July 1, 2007 to today was that the plan was to use the 82 regular season games as ‘practice’ for the playoffs. Very few teams are able to play a run-n-gun style in the playoffs. The ability to do that begins with who your opponent is. Often times, teams that take that approach will not advance very far(but not always).

    We sure as hell played enough close games to get that type of practice under our belts.

    I’m not trying to bash the guy here, at all. But if Jags had just buried a few more goals(as expected) here and there, we would have won a few more games, and the div/conference title were just a handful away.

    So our confidence with this playoff push is based on the foundation that we’ve played playoff-type hockey since the all-star break. That type of hockey can put you to sleep…but only until April. Then its what we crave.

    You also need your entire roster to be playing great hockey. While I wouldn’t say it’s been ‘great’ across the board for us, I think our over-acheivers weigh at least evenly with the under-acheivers.

    Boston…injuries + overall personel + 1st rnd opponent = not going anywhere.

    Ottawa…don’t even need to explain that one. Almost to the bottom of their downward spiral.

    NJ…can a goalie win it all for his team? He’ll have to.

    Washington…is the MVP and a hot goalie all you need? Maybe vs philthy, but further? A winning streak carried NJ through the end of the season in ’06 and through the 1st round. But what happens when you drop 1 or 2?

    Philthy…this is a borderline playoff team. Inconsistent goaltending, a coach with 0 playoff experience, and many players in the same boat. imo, they just don’t have ‘it’.

    Pitt…serious cup contender. Pitt is loaded with offense and made the right moves at the deadline to put themselves there. Fleury is on top of his game, and they could be trouble.

    MTL…another cup contender. Rookie goalie could be a weak spot. Winning the top seed will help them advance due to the matchups they’ll face.

    NYR…picked by many to be #1 contender before the puck dropped on the season. Faced troubles, but as noted above, honed a playoff style over 82 games. Seems to be firing on all cylinders, with a little sputter on the blueline. Could it cost us?

    Sorry for the long post fella’s. But I’m bored as absolute hell at work. Boss outta town ta boot.

  120. Beer, that is it and I just posted 2 new pics. I am not gay bashing here, but something about posting my pic seems very gay to me. Gay meaning just kind of cheesy and weird. Not that I think gay people are cheesy and weird. Just thought I should clarify.

  121. I was not able to get a before picture up, but I am keeping it honest. And also, Doodie, I know it is just because of the camera angle of your pictures, but if the family guy was going to ever do a real life movie and they had a casting call, you need to get your ass over there and read for Glen Quagmire. It is not a jab at you at all. That guy is my favorite character on the show.

  122. Fruity Cupcake on

    Nasty, when they make a movie of Jake Gyllenhall’s life, you could be him! Unless you ARE him…

    Also, that Shanny piece ran in this month’s Blueshirt Bulletin that arrived in mailboxes last week.

    Wish I was on that train tonight. Wish they thought of it on Wednesday when I was on it!

    Wish it was 7:08pm already!!!!!

  123. Fruity Cupcake on

    Oh and it’s not “gay” when it’s for the amusement and information of your fellow fans! We appreciate it!

  124. ah…thanks Fruity. I usually take my brothers copy of ‘the bulletin’ when he’s done with it. Anything really good in it? (I know I should subscribe myself…)

  125. “When somebody kills a penalty and there’s a shot from the sideboards, if there’s a rebound, the first thing you do is backcheck. You don’t swing around the back of the net. I see these things when I play. When (Scott Gomez) goes in for the rebound, (Callahan) has to go back. So, I see Gomer in front of me and I’m all right and the next thing I know (Callahan) pops out. But, again, it’s not me stopping the puck. It’s really me making a bad decision. That makes it a little easier (to shake off).”

  126. yeah. Calling something ‘gay’, is like saying that something is ‘cool’, when at the same time someone can say its ‘hot’, and it means the same thing. Or when something is ‘bad’, when its really ‘good’. Or that the best offense is a good defense….OH! that reminds me… That coach from the NHL commercials was in Police Academy 3, and something else I can’t remember. NHL Live was talking about it the other day.

  127. salty – You picked the same part of the txt on that entire link that I did to think is ‘typical’ from that a-hole.

    oh, is that how it’s done Farty?

  128. Think these guys can play a mistake free game?

    If they can… tonight would be the night to do it. I feel a nailbiter coming on…

  129. It’s just funny to me. He’s obviously not “moved on” from it at all. He practically wrote an essay as to why he let a goal in, he wouldn’t have gone that far into it if he was really “over it”. We are totally in his head…. they are making that out to be the biggest mistake in playoff history… it’s really not that big of a deal IMO. It was a big goal for us of course, but I don’t think it was the kind of play you need to watch a million times to figure out what went wrong or anything. He’s hung up on it though, you can tell.

  130. Guys is it normal to not care at all about what Baby Broduer is thinking or if Gionta is out…I get more out of what Shanny likes etc. than reading the Devils blog or thoughts…
    Not to knock those who do care but, I just look at the Devils as being in the way of Round 2 and whether Marty sucks or Gionta is in or out…I could care less…

    TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT A LITTLE…

    We realize that the Rangers didn’t play the best the other night…
    But we got to see how dangerous and explosive they can be in short bursts…I mean in less than 5 min the other the night the Rangers changed everything…and they did it with authority…2 mistakes and the win was sealed…
    And I look at our lineup and you see proven performers, guys who live for this time of year and that rubs off on the young guys…its a beautiful thing…not to be gay or anything…

  131. It got in his head more cause a few minutes later his Nemesis Avery buried one right in his face…that probably got to him just as much if not more…

  132. Fruity Cupcake on

    To me, the best parts of the Bulletin are that local reporters (like Sam, Zipay, Dellapina) save inside NYR stuff just for us. Also, there are two “biofiles” like the Shanny one. This month, we read about Sjostrom, too. There’s always at least one fan-authored article, like the Up in the Blues column. A page of quick game recaps in a calendar format. Get to know the future with a couple of prospect updates. And the last page is by John Halligan, whose hockey books may be on your bookshelves! His stuff is usually skewed to NYR trivia, little-known stories, NYR history, stuff like that.

    For $30 a year, it’s a real good deal. Just as important is the fact that it supports Ranger fans!!! They put a lot of love into it, ya know?

  133. Guys,

    First: I love how Gionta said something like, “It wasn’t the hit by Staal that injured him.” Of course it wasn’t Brian, it was the boards being in the wrong place after he crushed you into them. Damn those boards.

    Second: While we are all dreaming big about how many games this series might go (Lohan), I advise not saying “no hitter.” We have confidence but cockiness will hurt us.

    Third: Can we, for the love of G, get a new thread or post from Josh or Carpie or someone, anyone, to help us get through the next 8 hours. I think I just saw the clock move backwards!

    LGR!

  134. Newman – Just start a rumor. Or say you want to see Hutch called up. That should spark the conversation you’re looking for! LOL

    fruity – It’s usually a good read. Halligan stuff is always good to.

  135. Just read the Shanny article… pretty cool. His answer to Last Vacation… Nantucket – that is where is met him. At a charity event had dinner with me and my wife, shanny, tom poti and his girlfriend, Hal Gill and two other random Nantucket folk. Was freakin so fun. I sat next to shanny and my wife and hal sat on the other side of my wife. To be honest – Poti was really nice as was Gill. Both funny guys.

    At the end of the night though my wife and I say our goodbyes get a few autographs and take off. The event is at a house on the beach so the jeep is parked in the sand. I had had a few so asked the wife to watch while I back out and then I hear her talking to someone. Next thing Shanny hops in the back of my mom’s jeep cherokee and is like yeah your wife just said you guys could drop me in town. I was like – are you freaking kidding me! Should have just asked him to sign the back seat but I was so banged up and already on cloud nine from the evening that I forgot…. Was a bad arse night non-the-less! Glad I didn’t get in a reck that night and kill Shanny!!

  136. Staal Wart, come playoffs I really do care MUCH more about what or opponents are up to, rather than Shannys worst House League moment was.

    Another thing thats funny is that Marty is just ASKING for Callahan to come up big on him again. He had to go and critique Dawes’ penalty shot instead of just shutting his mouth and it came back to haunt him big time when Dawes shouldered it in.

    Honestly, it’s funny to say this guy or that guy or this team or that team has no class…Marty is a true exception where it is 100% accurate. In the NHL you’ll so much more often find a sense of brotherhood even among opponents, when all is said and done. Just reading that Shanny article, you can tell the guy is just so full of class, and would rather give credit wherever he can to other people, saying Hatcher and Foote were all such warriors and that they all gave eachother a hard time. Marty is just a F****-C****** bitch with an accent that everyone hates. I hope we drill him tonight.

    Callahan owes him another one. For that high shot, and for trying to sling mud in the press about his positioning. Obvioulsy he was in the position to own you gay blade marty.

  137. Jonny D, I don’t know how long ago you played youth hockey but things do change. My son’s mite coach instructs his players to leave the ice as soon as they lose their stick. By the way, the goal was scored on Straka’s side of the ice.

  138. parros – That’s an incredible story. And since it’s not April 1st. I guess we should believe it, eh?

  139. Damn Parros, another awesome story.

    I used to caddy at winged foot and knew a few kids who were members. Kovalev used to play there on occasion and hopped a ride into town with one of my buddies one time, and he actually did have him sign the back of his read rest.

    My sisters piano teacher used to give Kovy saxaphone lessons as well, she got me a few things signed. Say what you will, I’m proud of Kovy’s success in MTL. He’s a good guy, I’ll never foget seeing him cry after breaking his goal drought.

  140. Salty,
    when I thought of who would respond to that post (right after I hit “submit”) I knew it’d be you…and after reading my post for the 3rd time I should have said it different…
    It’s not that I don’t care…I think I’m more concerned about how we will tighten up our game, than whether Gionta is playing or hurt…cause either way we know something is bothering him and in the back of his mind, he remembers Staals hit or whatever “hurt” him…
    As far as Brodeur…he’s grasping at straws…who cares…Its obvious we are in his head, in more ways than one…Avery, Dawes, now Callahan…
    I hope I clarified a little…and as far as what other Devil fans think…uh…nvm…

  141. clams – fair enough but mite hockey is not the nhl. straka did the right thing. ther is no two ways about it.

    remember the goal we scored on nj on the last day of the season when gomer collided with someone (salv maybe). Jags grabbed the puck and passed to a wide open avery in front and he burried it. that’s cuase in the middle of a shift they lost a guy and were not prepared.

    its the same thing with straka – had he left the ice after his stick broke it would have been a huge mistake. would have left a gapping hole somewhere and they would have burried it. I realise they scored anyway – but straka did the right thing.

  142. Who Needs Lohan on

    Tonights game…..I honestly wont be satisfied unless we take a goalie interference penalty. Even if it causes a PP goal against, it will be worth it long term. I honestly think Farty Brassiere is like a fighter shaken on the ropes after an early round right hook catches him. Down but not quite out. At the very least, NYRs need to be swarming around the net.

    Newman, I just want to make sure I dont lose money. Turns out, I got myself sweet seats for Game 5!

  143. yeah Parros…that is a great story…
    I think you must be one of those people who gets all the “breaks” lol
    Pic in the paper…and a sweet shot is was…
    Dinner with Shanny…
    your like the opposite of Nasty 1…
    He has the Nasty 1 stories I’d never wish for…
    And your runnin with the Big Dogs LOL

  144. Fruity Cupcake on

    Thanks for not killing Shanny, Parros. Although if you banged up Gill, we would’ve understood…. J/K!! Count me as anticipating getting home to watch pre-game stuff and not concentrating so much on the projects on my desk, too.

    Maybe my best charity-event story is from this past August. Me and my sister were volunteering for Ice Hockey In Harlem’s big annual golf event and were unexpectedly asked to give Stephane Matteau and Donald Audette a ride from the hotel to the course.

    We were given the wrong directions, so we had spent too much time on the highway trying to figure out our mistake. My sister only knew that they were hockey players and was happy to chat with them about their families and life in Quebec and I’m FREAKING out because it’s a STANLEY CUP HERO!!!!! We DID contemplate asking him to sign the backseat, but thought it was tacky. Plus, it wasn’t my car!

    Later, I had to send her the YouTube clips of Matteau, Matteau, MATTEAU!!! Then she nearly flipped.

    He was SO nice.

  145. There are so few stoppages in mite hockey, you ARE better off going to the bench. Not the same in the NHL though. I still believe that those situations call for different decisions.

    2nd period. who else is on the ice. other team changing. manpower situation. what position you play. and more too.

    It’s not cut and dry.

  146. I know life is good in Ranger land when we are discussing mite hockey, working charity events, how bad we wish it was 7:00, and how work just ain’t gettin done…
    Lets Go Rangers!

  147. Hey maybe we should all go on the Devils blog with our same names and start a conversation…
    maybe we should say that Avery is not playing because of that puck to the head…They’d go nuts…LOL

  148. Beer Me, I think ultimately coaches will change their strategy. Goals are being scored too frequently when a player on the kill loses his stick.

  149. salty – this one’s for you. Courtsey of Jess Rubenstein(blueshirtbulletin)..

    “Renney has coached in the WHL just like Sutter. Renney has coached in the WJC like Sutter. Renney is the person who BUILT the Ranger’s developmental program, modeled after the same Hockey Canada program that has now won four straight golds. Guess who helped to develop that Hockey Canada program? That would be former VP of Hockey Canada Tom Renney. Who was it that revamped and rebuilt the Ranger’s scouting department? Here is a hint: it was neither Maloney or Sather. Renney has three straight appearance in the playoffs. Renney must have done something right because his record against Sutter this season is now 8-0-1. His name is Tom Renney. He has done more to fix the Rangers than most Ranger fans will ever realize or give him credit for.”

  150. “OH! that reminds me… That coach from the NHL commercials was in Police Academy 3, and something else I can’t remember. NHL Live was talking about it the other day.

    He was also the ring announcer in “Cinderella Man.” Drove me nuts until I figured that out.

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