Opening day live blog: Rangers vs. Lightning in Prague


Seeing how we’re still minutes away from the start of the season, we can safely say the Rangers in 2008-09 have yet to infuriate their fan base by passing up shots on the power play; Tom Renney has not yet leaned too heavily on his fourth line; and I have yet to make a typo.

Of course, give it time. That could all change within seconds.

I should be clear that I am sadly not in Prague but at Blog Headquarters in Port Chester. Most of you know that, although I have received a handful of e-mails from readers wanting to meet up for a pilsner after the game. If only…

Anyway, the people have spoken, and spoken loudly, so all updates from here on out will be posted chronologically on the bottom of the post. Democracy in action, folks. It sometimes brings a tear to my eye.

More before the puck drops…

Update, 11:37 a.m.: It is rare that I question Dave Maloney’s judgment, but today with the red tie and the black and white striped shirt, would have to count as one of them. Can I play $20 chips here, pit boss?

Update, 11:46 a.m.: Reader Pierre is already in mid-season form. I indeed made the season’s first typo…in a post about how I had yet to make a typo. That has to be an omen of some sort…

Update, 11:55 a.m.: We should take this moment the lament the regrettable dearth of mullets in this game. First the Rangers cut ties with Jaromir Jagr, and then Barry Melrose snips his off before the season. Is nothing sacred?

Update, 12:00 p.m.: National anthems. Sadly John Amirante does not make the trip. Although word is he’s huge in Eastern Europe. And I must say, it’s a rare moment when Amirante has a better head of hair than anyone. But with this lady, it’s a toss-up.

Update, 12:05 p.m.:  On second thought, maybe Melrose still has remnants of the mullet going. A semi-mullet, we’ll call it…

Update, 12:06 p.m.: Two Czechs get to start — Prucha with Gomez and Drury, with Rozsival and Redden on the back end. That’s only a temporary combination, I’m sure…

Update, 12:08 p.m.: A lot of Sam Rosen right now with Joe Micheletti’s microphone not working. 

Update, 12:11 p.m.: One departure from the past two seasons: The Rangers scored on the first shift of both of those openers. But we’re at 0-0 five minutes in.

Update, 12:14 p.m.:  Michal Rozsival, looking to make an impression in his homeland, almost causes the first Tampa Bay goal.

Update, 12:15 p.m.: That’s two glaring defensive lapses that almost lead to goals, and now Tampa Bay has a power play after Brandon Dubinsky gets called for a hook.

Update, 12:18 p.m.: Henrik Lundqvist, on three stops in particular, looks sharper than he did all preseason. That’s the good news for the Rangers. The bad news is they’re forcing him to stand on his head.

Update, 12:26 p.m.: Rangers appear to have settled down after shots by Scott Gomez and Dan Girardi.

Update, 12:28 p.m.: Dmitri Kalinin does little to endear himself to Rangers fans by fanning on a shot from close range, but the Rangers have their first power play.

Update, 12:30 p.m.:  Even in not scoring, the Rangers power play looks sharp.

Update, 12:34 p.m.: Another Tampa Bay power play after the Rangers get caught deep. The Dmitri Kalinin lovefest continues as he goes to the box. Drury springs loose on a breakaway, but can only manage a slapshot from the top of the circle.

Update, 12:38 p.m.: Rangers kill the penalty with ease, and now draw their second power play after a scrum in front.

Update, 12:40 p.m.: End of first period, 0-0. After a very dicey start, the Rangers were the far better team in the second half of the period.

Update, 1 p.m.: Start of second. Rangers still have a power play. Joe makes reference to he and Sam going on a shopping spree in Prague. I’m not sure how to respond.

Update, 1:01 p.m.: Naslund somehow misses right at the goal mouth. Power play is over, but still a decent showing.

Update, 1:05 p.m.: Another power play for the Rangers after Scott Gomez is interfered with off the face-off.

Update, 1:08 p.m.: Dan Girardi gets beaten to a puck by Martin St. Louis and is eventually called for a penalty.

Update, 1:11 p.m.: We’re still at 0-0 approaching the midpoint. Suddenly the fans in Prague are wondering what the big deal is. “Do they not score goals in NHL?”

Update, 1:17 p.m.: Kalinin redeems himself by drawing a penalty.

Update, 1:19 p.m.: The Rangers are making Mike Smith look like Patrick Roy. The kid is decent, but he’s also been known to be a complete liability with the puck. I’m surprised they’re not trying to exploit that.

Update, 1:23 p.m.: It is remarkable how much better a skater Colton Orr is compared to even last spring. No one’s going to confuse him with Scott Gomez, but he’s much more effective with the puck than he was.

Update, 1:29 p.m.: Markus Naslund is snakebitten. He just missed his third golden scoring opportunity. And despite all my claims that the Rangers’ power play is much improved, it’s now 0-for-5.

Update, 1:33 p.m.: Rangers 1, Lightning 0. Naslund accepts a beautiful feed from Gomez, then wrists a shot Messier-style off the wrong foot past Mike Smith. It’s the Rangers’ first goal of the season and Naslund’s first goal as a Ranger.

Update, 1:36 p.m.: End of the second period. Rangers 1-0.  Although sloppy at times, the Rangers are offering a glimpse of the style they want to play all season, limiting chances against and pouncing on turnovers. The Drury-Gomez-Naslund line looks like it has staying power, and Nikolai Zherdev already looks like a more responsible player than he was the first few days of training camp.

Update, 1:53 p.m.: Start of third period. The first test of Barry Melrose’s new gig. Does he rev up the boys for the third, or did he spend the intermission sitting in a corner watching ESPN?

Update, 1:57 p.m.: Smith is down after taking a shot off the left arm. He stays in the game, but is still clearly hurting.

Update, 2:02 p.m.:Rangers 1, Lightning 1. Phenomenal backhander by Martin St. Louis beats Lundqvist high. St. Louis has been buzzing all game. The question still remains if the Rangers can take advantage of Smith’s condition.

Update, 2:04 p.m.: So much for Zherdev’s new-found responsibility. He coughs up the puck in the defensive zone, which almost leads to a goal. But the Rangers now have their sixth power play.

Update, 2:12 p.m.: Ridiculous glove save by Lundqvist off of Steve Stamkos on a breakaway. That kid’s going to score a lot of goals in this league. Lundqvist obviously doesn’t want the first one to be on him.

Update, 2:19 p.m.: Yet another chance for the Rangers power play after a Gary Roberts high-stick. But it’s only a minor.

Update, 2:20 p.m.: Rangers 2, Lightning 1. I was just about to make another snide comment about the Rangers’ power play when Brandon Dubinsky rips a shot through traffic and past Smith. Just under six minutes remaining.

Update, 2:23 p.m.: The Lightning will get a chance to tie it on a power play. Biggest kill of the season for the Rangers coming up. OK, that’s not saying much…

Update, 2:28 p.m.: Rangers kill it off thanks to Lundqvist, who has been stellar all day.

Update, 2:30 p.m.: Put it in the books. Final: Rangers 2, Lightning 1. Rangers are 1-0.

Update, 2:32 p.m.: Altogether, a very encouraging effort for the Rangers. Solid defensive game, some remarkable saves by Lundqvist, and a couple of big goals — one by a player who is looking to get back to where he was, another by a player looking to take it to the next level.

It’s still hard to say what kind of season this is going to be, but if the Rangers can play the style they did today and get some of the performances they got from some key individuals, they may surprise some people.

OK, that’s it for me for now. Thanks to everyone for reading.

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  1. Doodie Machetto on

    Here’s hoping that Rozsi and Prucha have good games in front of their families and friends.

    Sam, have there been any Martin Straka sightings? He’s in CR now, so I think it would be REALLY classy for him to go by the team and wish them luck. Of course, I understand entirely if he didn’t.

    Lastly, I think it would have been really funny if you had a typo in that post, especially in the sentence talking about typoes, or the sentence immediately following it.

  2. Doodie Machetto on

    Look at how hard Giannone and Maloney are working to NOT mention any of the departed players.

  3. Shouldn’t it be: it sometimes bringS a tear to my eye?

    I may be French but I think I spotted the year’s first typo ;)

  4. Doodie Machetto on

    HA! well done Pierre!

    That could only mean were seconds away form complaining about Renney leaning too hard on his 4th line!

    I wonder how many times Maloney can get the words “believe” and some form of the word “commit” into a sentence.

  5. Sam re:Maloney’s tie,You got to stop watching”what not to wear and queer eye for the straight guy”

  6. My stomach hurts from the excitement, and lack of sleep. Its finally here !!! All the bitching, and moaning, and the heat of summer is way behind. Now its nothing but Hockey, and awesome, beautiful cold air !!! I love it.

    Lets go Nyr, hopefully Rozi, and Pruchs have a great game along with every other Nyr. Hopefully Hank gets into game shape, and the pre season was nothing. Also, i cant wait to see this Cally-Korpedo-Pruchs line. That’s pretty exciting.


  7. So we can blame you when Renney has Betts and Orr out there for 12 minutes and with the Rangers trailing in the 3rd period?

  8. Haha, David Koci, who is a healthy scratch for the Lightning, as well as being their enforcer, is from Prague. Since last night, it seems like one Czech for another, as Prucha was put in, Koci was taken out.

  9. Awww, why didn’t Melrose keep the mullet?! In semi-related news, Matthew Barnaby will be making his debut on ESPN on Wednesday, October 8, presumably during the 11:00 SportsCenter.

    Only five more minutes!

  10. I guess at the Penguins-Senators game, there will be three national anthems: US, Canada, and Sweden. I’m a bit surprised that they’re not doing “O Canada” here, even with two American teams, but happy about it.

    This opera singer can’t do our anthem ever again!

  11. I can’t believe Milbury is on CBC’s hockey night in Canada. He’s still complaining about Jagr

  12. Sam – Make sure you flip your updates into “p.m.” even though we still have to be in “a.m.” for another hour.

    She broke the feed on that high note!

  13. Let’s go rangers! Go get em boys!

    P.S. I hate Al Trautwig. I know I’ve said it before, but I hope he gets lit on fire in the town square.

  14. Doodie Machetto on

    Melrose should grow his mullet out throughout the season and into the playoffs, like a beard.

    On a related note, Joe’s feed and the crowd feed are dead. Hope everyone really missed Sam.

  15. And Kalinin gets into the act with a neutral zone giveaway during the PK; should have just dumped in for a line change. Good thing Lundqvist looks great so far. Good PK aside from that.

  16. Center Ice package is not playing this game. Un-freaking-believable. Anyone have a link to the game?

    Comcast eats my cornhole

  17. The Rangers do not hit. There is no price to pay if you are an opponent in the offensive zone. If Renney didn’t have Lundqvist, he’d be selling insurance in Flin Flon.

  18. The Prucha-Korpikoski-Callahan line looks really good. Nice speed and pretty gritty line. The Redden-Rozsival and Kalinin-Girardi pairings look terrible. I’m not sure why Staal’s on the third d pairing. Lundqvist looks really sharp.

  19. Yeah, what happened to the Redden-Girardi and Rozsival-Staal pairings.

    Doodie – Kalinin is almost Malik spelled backwards. Just push together the n’s in Kalinin.

  20. Oh man! How did we not score there?

    I’ve got a good link for you to click during the intermission (in my name): Slovak pole dancing during hockey games.

  21. Doodie Machetto on

    Yeah, Straka is the GM.

    That’s really clasy of Nedved, Straka, and Rucinsky, particularly Nedved and Straka.

  22. There’s a pretty good live blog going on at Yahoo’s Puck Daddy page.

    Don’t forget to watch pole dancing from my link during intermission! :)

  23. and when Redden lost the puck earlier leading to a 3 on 1 break I did not have a good feeling. fortunately nothing bad happened.

    good period by the king

  24. Voros got out there on a line change and had a good shift playing with a skilled player(Gomez) coincidence? Zherdev and Dubi don’t really click I would have Nasland and Zherdev switch spots in the lineup. Both goalies were terrific. Both teams d are soft and mistake prone.

  25. onecupin67years on

    So far for the Rangers the usual suspects played their best: dawes callahan ,Gomez ,Drury ,Dubi and Hank, this is the core.
    I hope hank’s health is ok, if he goes down ,ouch.

  26. Kalinin looks pretty good to me, he actually is very active and creates offensive chances, he does make mistakes, but who doesn’t.

    Redden on the other hand looks like an absolute disaster signing and will likely have to be bought out or shipped off to AHL forever.

    Rangers are desperate for scoring, yet Betts and Orr are playing, absolute genius.

  27. I bet you can’t guess who’s played the least time for the Lightning so far. The Ranger who has played the least is not surprising, though.

  28. Prucha getting 2 minutes will never regain his scoring or his confidence under Renney, so either fire Renney or trade Prucha, because he will never score with that icetime and will end up gone sooner or later anyway, so trade him now.

  29. repost from before:

    October 4th, 2008 at 9:27 am
    Fritsche, Rissmiller, and Sjostrom are scratched? Is Renney braindead? What happened to wanting more offense from the 4th line? What is the point of Orr in the lineup? I bet Melrose is not wasting a spot on some goon. Not that Orr can’t play, but come on, he is a 13th forward at best.

    Will Betts and Prucha ever be traded?

    October 4th, 2008 at 9:40 am
    I’ve been saying it for years, Renney is one mean evil hyena that uses favoratism and doesn’t understand how to reward players for playing well and working hard and how to punish those that play lazy and refuse to finish their checks. Dubinsky was one of the best hitters on the Rangers, was he out of position a lot because of his hitting? No, so why would Betts be out of position, just simply ridiculous.

    and what does this line from Larry Brooks’ article mean: “Having Jim Schoenfeld, the assistant GM, on the ice at every practice barking out instructions as if he were a member of the coaching staff? Outrageous.”

    October 4th, 2008 at 9:43 am
    And to have captain and 2 assistants on the same line is as retarded as it gets. Other teams award young players with letters, Renney never, he only rewards mercenary vets. Girardi easily deserves an “A” he has far more leadership qualities than Gomez.

    October 4th, 2008 at 9:48 am
    Renney’s refusal to play 2 new guys and 1 relatively new guy who was sort of in his dog house without any apparent reason is a direct challenge towards Sather and our pro scouts. I hope Sather goes over Renney’s hyena head and trades away his boy Blair “2.5 assists” Betts, Renney will weep I guarantee.

  30. onecupin67years on

    awful job by rosen and joe on the announcing ,way too much ass kissing and BS, they keep losing the flow of the game,just awful.

  31. Nasland of 5 years ago would have buried that one on the last pp. Melrose is a moron giving over the hill Recchi pp time over Stamkos.

  32. How can anybody compare Kalinin to Malik? Malik was huge, slow, never hit, never used his body. Kalinin is one of our fastest blueliners and hits and uses his body.

  33. insane goaltending on both sides. Rangers need to make him move to get a shot into empty half of the net. Or screen him.

  34. For someone who threw a fit when he thought he was being scratched, you’d think Prucha would do anything at all in this game

  35. Nasland looks great but it looks like his hands just aren’t good any more. Imo he’s been the best Ranger(outside of Lundqvist)

  36. The Lighning sure made the right move trading an elite offensive dman(Boyle) so they can sign dreck like Vrbata.

  37. Hank worked on his puck handling over the summer. I noticed that he looked much better in the pre season at it. We look very fast and sharp and the goals will come. And guys, let’s not look for someone to hate already. Nobody has done a thing to warrant being the new whipping boy yet. Damn!

  38. Naslund has been pretty damn good, to bad he couldn’t bury that other goal, but im happy to see he scored after missing that one. Good for him. Hopefully the first of many.

    Nyr had a pretty good period, they were the better team, but they gotta stay out of the box.


    Trading Boyle was perfect. They got a young D man like Carle, a promising prospect with Ty Wishart, and they were able to sign a good D man like Mezaross, and sign a good young kid like Vrbata, who put up good numbers for a crappy Coyotes team. Good move in my opinion.

    Lecavalier, St Louis, Malone, Vrbata, Recchi, Stamkos. The D needs to make good plays, and play smart, cause there’s a lot of talent on that team. 20 more mins !!! Hopefully they stand strong.

  39. I still think Dawes-Gomez-Drury and Zherdev-Dubinsky-Naslund would be better both in terms of chemistry and balance as well as spreding the veteran leadership around.

  40. NASTY

    I agree with that. Kalinin, Girardi, Redden, Rozsival all made not to good plays, but they haven’t done a thing to get boo’d. I hope Nyr fans manage to actually show some class, and not boo anyone in the home opener.

  41. Hank is amazing, the 1st line is awesome. Zherdev and Dubi are great, and Dawes is invisible.

  42. “Trading Boyle was perfect. They got a young D man like Carle, a promising prospect with Ty Wishart, and they were able to sign a good D man like Mezaross, and sign a good young kid like Vrbata, who put up good numbers for a crappy Coyotes team. Good move in my opinion.”

    do you think we can trade Redden for anything at all? I can’t believe Sather gave so many millions and for many years for such a player, what were scouts thinking?

  43. The reason Dawes was invisible ever since being put on a line with Dubinsky and Zherdev is he has had absolutely no chemistry with them and they barely ever pass to him. Zherdev is a puck hog in a way. Dawes would be perfect with Gomez and Drury.

  44. Nasty1,

    Good call on Hank’s puck handling… I noticed that a bit in the pre-season games as well. I really think that he’ll eventually be “not horrible” at it lol.

  45. Évreux
    October 4th, 2008 at 12:33 pm
    I hate Kalinin already.

    Yeah, Im gonna judge that book by its cover.

    To all you bitchers
    Sounds like we could have Staal, Leetch, Pronger, Zubov, Girardi, etc etc and you’d still find something to complain about…buncha whiners

  46. First time posting,long time reader. Have to post because getting very tired of Prucha bashing. He has looked good when on the ice for all of 6 minutes (third lowest)while Dawes has had close to 9 minutes and has played the “Invisible Man” better than Kevin Bacon. No surprise here since he has been doing the same role since preaseason began. No one posting about that? Renney seems OK with that or anyone else doing the same but Prucha. He has done everything possible to bring this kid’s confidence down for some reason. Let him play without looking over his shoulder and he will be fine. If we don’t someone else will and it will come back to haunt us.
    Sorry for the long first post.

  47. Orr Vrbata has been a huge underachiever with the 3-4 teams and one good year with no pressure (and no fanbase) with the Yotes. He is a very soft player who only was motivated in his contract year.

  48. God, does St. Louis have a sick backhand shot or what? He beat Valiquette with a similar one in preseason…

  49. Whoever called Zherdev a puck hog was correct. He needs to make his teammates better not overhandle the puck. Great shift by the third line.

  50. the source is not usually reliable. hopefully he’ll sign somewhere else so we can stop the nonsense.

  51. Amazing that Renney is giving Kalinin more icetime than Staal. Kalinin reminds me more of Rachunek than Malik.

  52. Renney has not changed his MO. Tampa ices the puck and he puts on the Betts line. We score a goal on the PP and he comes back with the Betts line. SSDD

  53. grave9 – Actually, that’s a good call on Kalinin = Rachunek. If only he could be Ozolinsh! haha.

    Good job by Mara and Girardi getting assists on the Dubinsky goal.

  54. This team without garbage like Jagr, Malik, Shanahan, etc. is very exciting and very fast and energetic, can you imagine what it would look like with Fritsche in instead of garbage Betts?

  55. To make Zherdev not be such a puck hog you have to give him a big name winger like Naslund so he would pass him to, because he doesn’t seem to be interested in passing to Dawes.

  56. Now I can enjoy the rest of the day! Enjoy the win fellas. Right back at it tomorrow. I love hockey.

  57. Encouraging stuff right? Fun to watch… fast… a few too many mistakes but overall… a hockey team not 2 or 3 different factions all playing different styles.

    Again, it’s just one game but if they can tighten up some of the plays defensively/improvisationally it could be a fun season.

  58. Long season. they looked good. We are young with a lot of talent.

    good game..

    Staal is our best D man already, he is a total stud.

    Korpi looked good…

    All these home grown studs…

  59. Unfortunately, Henrik had to bail us out too much. There were at least six bad turnovers or defensive coverage. Hopefully, we can cut down on that. Henrik should have been #1 star, despite the low number of shots!

  60. Wow the two talking heads only said that Fritsche might be put in in place of Prucha, Betts nobody questions his contribution at all. Ridiculous.

  61. HockeymanRangers on

    Ok that’s 2, 122 more to go. I would say 164 more to go, but I feel that would be a jinx. 122 should do just fine. aaah pretty solid game the D has to shore things up a bit, the scoring will come.

  62. Nice effort but you’d like more of a finish. The defense espicially early looked soft and error prone. Staal needs to play alot more. The third line added alot of energy. Naslund and Gomez were likely the best forwards. Zherdev needs to stop with the overhandling of the puck and the turnovers. Lundqvist was tremendous. I was shocked at how well he was at puckhandling. That has been his weakness.

  63. Friends of Dr. D on

    Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, Korpedo, blahblahblhablahblahblah.

    He’ll be in the minors in two weeks.

  64. Redden had 0 shots in the game, and with 7 pp’s he needs to let it go. I know its only 1 game, and its a win haha.

  65. Stamkos was flying thankfully retard Melrose only played him 8+ minutes today. Melrose will help plenty of teams beat the Lightning. I can’t believe they fired Tortorella and replaced him with a yutz like Melrose.

  66. People that hate Dawes are likely racist, same people that would vote for McCain because they can’t bear the thought of non white being the president.

  67. “This team without garbage like Jagr, Malik, Shanahan, etc. is very exciting and very fast and energetic, can you imagine what it would look like with Fritsche in instead of garbage Betts?”

    Right on, Bob! Or Voros or Orr, too. Unless we’re playing the Syracuse Crunch, we’re never gonna need both of them in the lineup in one game.

  68. Melrose is a moron. Stamkos hasn’t proven he can be a star, or superstar, or what ever the fugg, but even so, to have only 8 mins. Roberts blew the game for them, and Recchi had a pathetic giveaway that nearly turned into a short handed goal. He needs to play the right players, and Recchi, and Roberts are not the right players.


    I thought it was Redden who fired that shot at Smith that hurt him, or maybe im wrong. But he never really had a great chance to shoot the puck. On the PP if i remember correctly weren’t really looking to set him up. Also i think he was uncomfy playing on the left point, i think he usually plays right, but Rozi was there. Rozi did the right thing and shot though, which is great. Redden had a good game though.

    Hopefully they bi*ch them tomorrow, and show Kolzig that he needs to give up and retire.

  69. Rangers dominated for most of that game. They were flying and if they play with that intensity every night, the goals will come eventually. Looked really good out there. A couple mistakes here and there, but Henke played well and we had some instances where guys made up for their mistakes. Example was Kalinin gave the puck away to Stamkos and got back to barely interrupt his shot by hitting his stick from behind. Happened with a bunch of guys and they worked hard to get back.

  70. is showing the game.

    And Orr, I agree. Redden didn’t want to shoot because he wasn’t on his off side. They were setting up Rozy and getting the puck low. He’ll show when he has to though. I’m happy he made some great outlet passes since that was a problem for him in the preseason.

  71. Orr- You might be right. He might have been the one that fired the shot. I was just looking at the yahoo stat sheet after the game, and that is not always reliable, and I think Redden had a solid game as well.

  72. Sam,

    Thanks for switching your update format, it makes it much easier to read through your posts in their entirety.

  73. “Anyone else notice that Anisimov had a hat trick last night?”

    In an AHL preseason game against an ECHL goalie. Wow.

  74. onecupin67years on

    I hope one of the Rangers have the balls to welcome Stamko’s to the NHL.Or is he hands off like Miss Crosby.

  75. onecupin67years on

    Staal should stop being so polite and crush somebody .
    Scott Stevens was very rude.

  76. Good start!!
    Dubinsky looked good, so did Naslund, Girardi, Callahan, Korpedo, Gomez, Drury. I coudn’t believe i was watching Colton Orr beat a defenceman round the outside for a chance on net, he looks to have found some speed over the summer..!! Kalinin seemed to get easily beaten a couple of times.
    Other than that it was nice to see some speed and shots and plenty of chances, although at times we did make Mike Smith look like Patrick Roy.
    Bring on tomorrow afternoon!!

  77. czechthemout!!!!! on

    Nice game all around.Like I’ve said all along for the last two years,LET THE KIDS PLAY!!!!!


  78. I think some of you guys are being a little tough on the defense (Kalinin, Redden). They kept a very potent Lightning team to only one goal (an incredible backhand shot).


    Great game from Naslund, Lundqvist, and Dubinsky.

    Tomorrow’s game will probably have the Rissmiller – Fritsche – Sjostrom 4th line in

  79. I think Dawes would be better on a line with Korpedo and Callahan. Move Prucha to the 2nd line so maybe Dubinsky can protect him a bit and keep Cally and Dawes together on the 3rd line.

  80. Best quotes in the East…

    “We’ll get home and have some good practice time to get things settled out. But just like defensemen, you never have enough goaltenders,” Melrose said. “You think you’re solid, and all of a sudden someone takes one off the coconut and someone tweaks a knee to go pick up the puck and you’re getting a goaltender out of the East Coast League. You can never have enough good goaltending.”

  81. My last two cents of the day;
    If the Rangers can play a quick attacking style and up tempo game like this all season long, and actually score on many more of the chances that they had, I do not mind some odd man rushes against or our D men being turned inside out by other team’s marquee players, like St. Louis. The guy is a talent, and that backhand is something he has perfected. I guess my point is this. Other than some plays like that, if we can double the shots against of the other team and score 3-4 goals a game, I think we can win a lot of games. The real test will be when we play teams with a more mature defensive corps. Time will tell, but I like what I saw today a lot. I like the development of our young players. I have pride in having guys like Hank, Dubi, Cally, Korpi, Stahl, Girardi, Dawes…..that are drafted or signed Rangers from the start. I like the free agent signings of last year and this year. I love that Drury is our captain.
    I know this sounds like a real love fest, but this team, could make great strides this year. And I said this the other day about Orr. He has made strides every year to better himself as a player. I think he deserves a spot on our fourth line from now until the end of the season. He competes, he is a better skater from a year ago, and he will knock the fu*k out pretty much anyone else in the league.
    The mistakes made in the game today can be corrected and if they are, this team could be a pretty dangerous surprise in the league. Hmmm, “Dangerous Surprise.” I like the sound of that.

    We will see you tomorrow when these two teams go at it again. From the o2 Arena in Prague, I am the Nasty 1. Goodnight everyone.

  82. by Dan_Rosen,
    So the Czech reporters here think the crowd was subdued. One even suggested to Scott Gomez that Saturday night’s game wasn’t anything special because it wasn’t too exciting.
    Excuse me for a moment, but WHAT?
    I understand the Rangers game against Metallurg Magnitogorsk may have been more thrilling than tonight’s game considering the Rangers came from three goals down to win it, 4-3, with 20 seconds left. Yeah, that was pretty thrilling. In fact, it doesn’t get much more thrilling than that.
    However, to even suggest or bring up the fact that you don’t think a 2-1 game full of breakaways, power plays, great chances and great saves isn’t exciting, well I have to wonder what you were just watching.
    Gomez did, too, which is why he suggested that the Czech reporter asking him the questions shouldn’t drink before the games.
    “I don’t know what you’re thinking, but that was a high quality game out there,” Gomez said. “I don’t know what you were watching, but that was a pretty good game out there.”

  83. Lauri Korpikoski’s new nickname is: “Korpral”

    Korpral (Korpraali in Finnish) means chief and is a Swedish and Finnish military rank.

  84. Loved the game!

    The good
    Dubi, Hank, speed, youth, puck control time

    The Bad
    A season of low scoring 1 goal games and….Did any defenseman throw a single body check??? Seems they didnt address that with signings or preseason mantras….you are not going to “position” yourself into the stanley cup finals

  85. Stamkos doesnt kill penalties. There was roughly 40 minutes of even strength play during the game and Stamkos got about 25% of that. The penalties kept Melrose from being able to play Stamkos. If you think he’s an idiot then I don’t know what to tell you. Pretty simple math if you ask me.

  86. bob

    no reason for politics but if you can tell me one of obamas policies that you really like id be shocked…

    but fuck your politics bob this is a hockey blog…
    go talk about that shit someplace else…

  87. inhankwetrust on

    pretty solid game, althought a little weird that 2 games count and the rest are still preseason….

    i thought the crowd wasn’t so great, but then again were they expected to be?

    naslund i thought was one of the rangers best players- he was strong on the puck and had plenty of scoring chances, which he created on his own.

    is it me or kalinin seemed to do almost nothing right tonite? -1 w/ a penalty and plenty of giveaways, plus the scoring chance fanned on from point blank…o well!

    all in all a great win and so much better than it wouldve been watching the mets rip my heart out and toss it on the floor and jump on it in the playoffs instead of in the season

  88. Mustache John on

    Three of Prucha, Korpikoski, Dawes and Orr should be yanked tomorrow for Fritsche, Sjostrom, Rissmiller. Keep the competition fresh.

    And I see there are going to be a lot of unhappy people here in November when Obama crushes McSame. Haha!

  89. What McCain’s policies do you like, Paul? I will never vote for right wing fascists who only bring destruction and corruption. Obama will raise taxes of the rich, the fat cats, not the middle class. He is pro peace, pro regulation, he will improve our economy, create more jobs, he is pro stem cell research. Why would anybody vote for a 73 yearold carcass and some random female that can recite her lines?

    Kalinin is a surprise for me, I expected him to be playing kind of like Redden is playing

  90. Kalinen suciks, he’s our Malik of 2008-09. Dawes seems out of it but he has shown he could do the job in the past. Korpikoski is a great addition. He will be the Dubinsky of this season. To me, Prucha and Dawes are on the bubble. Fritshe, Sjostrom and Rissmiller are waiting to play.

    Voros, Betts and Orr look solid foir the 4th line.

    Not ready to do my usual bashing of Renney until I see more of this team. Right now, I’m bashing Sather for picking up Kalinen, Roszival and Redden. All Mr Softee’s.

  91. Some thoughts from today’s game:
    -Redden looked FABULOUS. Super responsible with the puck, made killer outlet passes, a few real key keep-ins in the offensive zone, rarely failed to clear the defensive zone. Moved the puck superbly. This is what he is here for. His game is to get the puck deep, and he pinches a lot. True, this could burn him if the opposition comes the other way, but forwards that play with him are going to need to be cognizant of the fact that he likes to play deep, and back up and chip in on defense. That way nobody gets caught. He is an offensive threat creeping in deep from the blue line though.
    -Hank looked great, obviously. No shame in giving up a goal to St. Louis.
    -Jury is still out on Kalinin.
    -Zherdev needs to learn how to pass. Seriously. This is the NHL, not open hockey. Dipsy doodling around the opposition will more times than not result with him on his ass and the puck coming the other way in an odd man rush. That crap needs to stop. Simple hockey wins games.
    -Colton Orr’s move to the net was a surprise. He must have looked like a freight train bearing down on Smith, who likely crapped his pants. Notice not a single TB player acted hard after Orr ran Smith over. Must’ve seen the Fedoruk fight on YouTube.
    -Naslund looks like a 25 year old playing with Gomez. He has looked outstanding all preseason and the trend seems to be continuing.
    -The trend of Rozsival getting beat and committing a stick penalty continues. Old habits die hard.
    -TB did an excellent job of collapsing around the goal and clearing loose rebounds. The Rangers need to work on that aspect of their game. Lord knows they got the puck to the net today, now they need to work on finishing the secondary chances. This could have been a 5-1 rout if NY was able to bury loose rebounds

  92. Nasty,
    My permanent address is in South Plainfield, but I live in PA and go to school in DE. Ordered the Center Ice package and have been watching the games on NHL Network

  93. Melrose is a dolt having washed up Recchi on the pp over Stamkos. Once he saw him flying he should have given him more time. I am glad he didn’t though. Update, 2:30 p.m.: Put it in the books. Final: Rangers 2, Lightning 1. Rangers are 1-0. Sam expect to hear from Howie Rose’s lawyer sometime this week.

  94. John McCain right wing? Lmao if you actually knew anything about him he’s about as far away from right wing as you can get. Barack Hussein will do well with the terrorists most of em are his close buddies.

  95. The problems Kalinin displayed were due to lack of ability, and nothing to do with attitude or something like that. Nothing personal against him, he just doesn’t have it for this team. Lose him.
    The team looked pumped today, great show.

  96. I think Kalinin just needs to warm up a bit, as does everyone on the team. It’s way early. Kalinin although a bit scary defensively at times, does show flashes of brilliance, and has a good shot that gets through. He could prove to be a good addition to the team and I hope fellow NYR fans don’t write him off and boo him already.

    BTW, Gomez was a turnover machine today, though he did win 85% of his face offs and had 6 SOG

  97. bob
    October 4th, 2008 at 1:53 pm
    People that hate Dawes are likely racist, same people that would vote for McCain because they can’t bear the thought of non white being the president.

    Priceless!!! Wait are you Joe Biden…?

  98. St. Louis is a very fast slippery player, Kalinin wasn’t really at fault for that goal.

    It is amazing that they already label him Malik after just 1 game.

    October 4th, 2008 at 10:15 pm
    John McCain right wing? Lmao if you actually knew anything about him he’s about as far away from right wing as you can get. Barack Hussein will do well with the terrorists most of em are his close buddies.”

    watch Fox News much? McCain is not right wing? Oh yeah I forgot he is a “maverick”.

  99. Mustache John:
    “Three of Prucha, Korpikoski, Dawes and Orr should be yanked tomorrow for Fritsche, Sjostrom, Rissmiller. Keep the competition fresh.”
    That’s 4? Not sure why you’d want Korpikoski sitting, but the other 3 I’ll give you. At the very least I think Fritsche should be in there instead of the Invisible Dawes..
    With that being said, go back to your Village People reunion.

  100. Bob said
    “St. Louis is a very fast slippery player, Kalinin wasn’t really at fault for that goal.

    It is amazing that they already label him Malik after just 1 game.”

    St. Louis is very fast, and a defenceman has to be aware of that. All I saw today was that Kalinin does not really show much ability to handle these situations.
    Why should Kalinin be given benefit of the doubt so many times? He didn’t look good in the pre-season either. If he becomes better that would be wonderful, but I don’t think he will, though it would not be the first time I’ve been wrong.

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