Game Of The Century!

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OK, so perhaps that is overstating it but tonight’s matchup with the Flyers is for all the marbles. Yes, technically they can still get into the playoffs even if they lose tonight, but clearly sewing up the berth with a game to spare avoids that sour air of desperation in Philly.

Don’t try telling that to John Tortorella. He insisted before the game tonight that this game is the same as any other, and the same for the players.

“They’re ready to play,” he said. “…I consider all games important.”

When he wasn’t being testy — when a reporter walked in late he turned to a PR rep and suggested that the door be barred once his presser starts — he did reveal his lines. Tortorella said he liked the way the offensive lines were Avery, Gomez and Antropov; Naslund, Drury and Callahan; Dubinsky, Korpikoski and Zherdev and Sjostorm, Betts and Orr, and defensively it will be Staal and Girardi, Morris and Mara and Rozsival and Redden.

For a look at how the race stands now, check out nhlplayoffrace.com.

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  1. Rangers win 5-0. Zherdev scores two, Avery scores one, Korpedo scores one, and Gomez pops in a PP goal, unbelievably. Hank only makes 21 saves, and does a swedish jig for the person that gets his jersey.

    And Cuthbert gets Avery’s jersey after the game, and forgives him, and they make out, and Phanuef cries on Iginla’s shoulder, and that causes Iggy to feel all weird, and he doesn’t show up for the game, and the Flames lose, and the Nucks win the division.
    Also Go Bruins in regulation, and go Panthers, and go Isles, and go Wings in regulation.

    Die Habs, DIE !!!

    Oh yeah, and go Lightning, they’re one point behind the Avs, which means they’ll get Hedman. Avs need to get him, for fuggs sake i just traded him to the Avs in NHL 09, and started a franchise, i don’t want to start over.

  2. MiamiPimp
    April 9th, 2009 at 5:51 pm
    I’m in The Hague (6 hours ahead) … worth losing sleep to watch
    **************************************

    ABSOFREAKINLUTELY!!!!!!!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope Sally has her lucky PBR and that the cats are well rested!!!

    Great blog title Carp…props as always!

  3. Hi Linda! How’s it going down there?

    The cats are ready to go! I’m having a Lucky Pregame Whiskey, but I’ll switch to Lucky Beer later on. (The kids were hell today at school since vacation’s coming up… hence the multiple drinks.)

    ORR! Love the positive attitude!

  4. I’m back on beer for tonite…because tonite MUST BE the night…right?

    and if its not…I’m not sure if I can watch the game in Philly this weekend…I’m serious I don’t know if I can do that.

  5. Why is The Hague so freaking boring … oh well, allows me to watch this BS that better be a win

  6. CCCP
    I’m so excited; I’m already drinking; there is hardly any beard talk and Jane and Rick called off that confusing new format they dropped on us yesterday

    Jane great blog title!!
    We get to watch a team clinch 8th place!!!
    Maybe

    By the way…congradulate my Blue Jackets anytime now gang…

    Wish Rangers had Nash

  7. Hell wish the Rangers had Tyutin back, did you see that sick move in the shootout?

  8. kaspar

    i been drinking and…ahem… u know…since 1 o’clock lol
    i was off today and had some friends over… they made huge mess outta my apartment so i had to kick them out! i am very VERY DiZzzzY! LOL

    Go Blue Jackets! Good for them and good for hockey and good for you Kaspar too! Very interesting to see how far they get…

  9. It sucks that they never organized another viewing party at the beergarden. That was good times!

  10. my bad JANE!! Props to YOU for the title! It must have been that spiked water I was having at work!!!

    SALLY!!!! Glad to see you’re ready with the lucky beer and that Dubinsky and Gomez are ready to go!!

  11. Here we go gang!

    CCCP
    Eat something!

    I’m so pumped everyone in house is a little afraid

  12. UESBlueshirt on

    Brooklyn Lager #1 has been opened and dispensed into Rangers souvinier cup.

  13. Hopefully this WILL BE THE GAME OF THE CENTURY SO FAR!

    I like your thinking McManus. Heh, McManus. I sound like a tough guy

  14. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    Game of the year , most certainly . Biggest game so far and I say ….GO RANGERS GO GO GO!!!!!

    RANGERS RULE boys , let’s go fetch us some playoffs!!!

  15. I’m in section 80 Row G seat 4. Jane I just saw you talking to Giannone. You were like 10 feet from me. Nice Orange sweater ;)

  16. Hey Carp-I called Bettman on his radio show and asked him if the NHL is planning on reviewing more replay’s before calling a penalty as they did during the Avery/Thomas dustup..

    He denied that that’s what they did and claimed the officials merely “convined” before they made the call. sure.

    I hit a little bit of a nerve i could tell and he was very defensive..

  17. great work Patrick!!! That damned little weasel will spin anything, but it just makes him look worse! Is there a level low enough for him to sink to?

  18. Im going to try tonight to not express anything positive beyond woo’s and hoo’s because you get grief when you express any optimism on this blog

  19. no way…those a$$hole subway adds are back!! is this going to be a regular thing now?? someone better let someone know that this is completely unacceptable!! LOL

  20. good job gettin rid of the troll rick!

    gotta love the flyers knockin their own guy into the net with the puck!!!

  21. I’m so excited to see these last two games, even if it is on CSN Philly. I’m not really sure how that can be called a goal, not even being influenced by the crying homer announcers. I’ll obviously take it, however. I like the fans performing the goal song on their own!

  22. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    wooooo hoooo….keep positive!!!

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

  23. I’m curious as to how Sam and Joe called the play, so I will have to watch the replay on my Slingbox later. The Philly announcers said that van Massenhoven did not have sight of the puck and should have blown the whistle, but their replays were crappy, probably because they are the road team. Did the MSG replays show anything conclusive?

  24. carp

    r u at the garden? if yes, then can you find Dolan and tell him that those trash subway adds are pissing the fans off!

  25. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    Hartnell looks like he escaped from a Winger video!! What a knucklehead!!

    lmao @ slooooooooooooooooooooow whistle

    every time they say SIMOAN Gagne, I think of that chick from PeeWees Big Adventure!!!

  26. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    i finally saw the SUBWAY ad you guys have been complaining about….that is a visual eyesore for sure!

    ZHERDEV and Winger!!! WOW that’s classic!!

  27. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    good point Spider!

    i bet “winger” spends a good portion of the night in the box. Man I’d love to see Orr annihilate his caveman arse!

  28. Carp

    Of course you can’t see them… it’s a digital add! I swear I will never eat another subway sandwich! I’ll use reversed psychology on their aZZ!

  29. wow 11 minutes into a game and finally the betts line is out there…we really must be out of that renney era

  30. NO FN WAAY!!! GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. cally ! from Morris and Drury

    aves did all the work, and does not even get an assist

  32. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    nothin against cally but that sure looked like a straight shot from the replay. but hey, good for the kid. what a player he is becoming. im definitely gettin a cally jersey!!! hes a new yorker too. and he plays like one!!!

  33. I thought it hit the stick of the Flyer with Callahan in front.

    Wonder why NHL.com has the Buffalo, Montreal and Florida scores up to date, but doesn’t have the Philly-NYR game even started yet.

  34. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    wonder what kind of Avery fantasy the flyers coach will invent tonight!

    Hmmm, Imagine William Shatner callin the game….

  35. Nice ovation for Joe Devenney, the clubhouse guy who is probably the hardest working person in the whole organization and is retiring after this, his 37th season. I’m writing a column on him next week. He’s from Somers and his son Scott, who works here, is taking over his duties. Great, great guy. Good for him. I’ll link to the column when I write it.

  36. Damn, I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to watch the regular season finale on TV because the Flyers are broadcasting it on their stupid Comcast network which they don’t broadcast on my cable! They used to put the sports games on an alternate channel here, but I’m not so sure anymore. I’ll have to check out the Phillies game tomorrow afternoon to check. :(

  37. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    idk deja, but our first goal was pretty questionable. but ya know what, the refs cost us so many games, we deserve to get one back!!!

  38. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    wow dubinsky got clobbered by the puck…poor kid!! but he’s a hockey player, he’ll shake it off and be right back on the ice!

    In front of the net Knuble… SURROUNDED BY RANGERS…wow!!!

  39. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    our pp is still very pathetic, and gomez the gonad please dont be a turnover machine tonight!!!

  40. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    atlanta up 1-0 too carp- the hockey gods are smiling upon us

  41. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    ues- they have been the achilles heel so far all season. and both are offensive d men!!! why do they have such trouble doing anything offensive?? redden is better than rozy lately and that sad

  42. Wow subway really wants to sell us a sandwich! Besides these annoying digital ads… they also just ran two commercials in the row! I guess recession isn’t an issue for subway people!

  43. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    ottawa joined the spoiler party!! 1-0 over the deb kaufmans!

  44. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    ….stands and applauds for Nasty….

    WOOOOOOO HOOOOO!!!

    Here comes an Avery goal!!

  45. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    asham should get a penalty there for hitting after the whistle….freakin punk.

  46. when i saw the 2 on 1 developing i was jacked then i saw it was redden then not so much

  47. linda asham should have gotten one for diving too..

    i didnt know you can get tripped when your stick gets lifted

  48. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    i will refrain from predicting goals for the rest of the night..

    nice nice….

    good goin boys! nice kill so far!!

  49. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    i know linda what a punk!!! aaron freakin asshat asham!!

  50. UESBlueshirt on

    Good period, great start to the game. Power play is still a disaster, it’s forcing me to open Brooklyn Lager #2…oh who am I kidding that thing was due to be cracked even if the power play was a mild annoyance.

  51. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    wade redden, the ultimate kill joy!!! and another drury interview… BETTER THAN AMBIEN!!!

    chris, i guess ANYTHING is possible in Bettmans NHL….. damn him and his napolean complex!

  52. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    deja- it wasnt reddens fault though. biron deflected it. but yea he wouldve missed anyway!lol

  53. no i meant it before anything happened just as soon as i noticed he was the trailing skater i knew nothing would happen

  54. UESBlueshirt on

    Drury always looks like that never quite clean shaven never quite Mara beard. I have to been relatively clean shaven for work but I won’t shave until Monday if we win tonight.

  55. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    so far so good ,lots of emotion and these Flyers better watch out for us come playoffs . We are playin dam good and good ol Renney could never get us to this level.

  56. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    rangers are winning but they got outplayed and theyre pp was dreadful as always. they might be a little nervous though. but with chris”van winkle”drury giving them a pep talk maybe they’ll relax a little. but i better not see little dubinsky suckin his thumb on the bench!

  57. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    UES you are a REBEL!!

    we need before pictures so us ladies can judge the contest properly!

  58. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    cccp- its funny how subway really wants to sell me a sandwich but across the street is quiznos, so i went and got quiznos instead. that was last game, not tonight!

  59. UESBlueshirt on

    Brooklyn Lager #2 has been poured, Good chance the other 4 are gone by the end of the night if they win.

  60. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    poor Starsky…reduced to Credit Counseling commercials!

    HOLY CRAP 75 million dollars! I need to move back to NY!!!

  61. I see Schneider is playing for the Habs. he played about 8 mins in the first period with a bad shoulder

  62. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    quiznos mike in iowa!! if you were a subway manwich you’d be the italian bmt!! what is quiznos equivalent??

    I told my fiance the other night that if we EVER had a kid, his name would be Sean Avery Shaffer…. lmao..he wasnt too excited about either idea!!! I’m just gonna call him Redden from now on!

  63. UESBlueshirt on

    how many keyboards are *you* seeing at this point…maybe drinking all 6 BK Lagers is a bad idea but no work tomorrow for me!

  64. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

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

    i typed something but erased it cuz i dont wanna jinx anything…

    FINISH THE KILL BOYS!

  65. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    I think Hank may have to be HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE this period!

    nice kill boys

  66. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    i was just gonna say it sounds kinda quiet there and sams like…. theres a buzz in the crowd….
    hmmmmmmm

    lets go boys !!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. I was enlightened by Darren Rovell through Puck Daddy’s post that the Bemidji State Beavers can’t really be considered Cinderella in this context. http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Taking-Cinderella-s-slipper-and-bashing-Bemidji-?urn=nhl,153943

    For those that don’t want to read the link, this is what each Frozen Four school spent on it’s hockey program (this year I’m guessing):
    Bemidji State: $359,238
    Miami of Ohio: $327,723
    Boston University: $310,630
    Vermont: $254,162

  68. Linda, I’m not planning on judging the beard competition… I have a plan to win it myself (no worries… it’s G rated).

  69. UESBlueshirt on

    So close, keep plugging away, Biron is doing his best Carey Price imitation.

  70. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    yea kerr is right,omg cally almost!!!!! this line is the only good one tonight!

  71. You know, this is exactly what Subway wants, the fans to be talking about their ads. The people that don’t like it remind the people that do like it that they should buy some.

  72. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    lmao i was just about to type that UES!!

    sally, are you gettin eyebrow extensions?!

    someone please destroy Hartnell!!!!

  73. Even CSN Philly is keeping fans updated on the games tonight, despite the fact that they matter more to Rangers fans. I think they’re just doing a good service to NHL fans. Go Boston so we can face Washington; even if we don’t win, it should be entertaining, and I think they’re the lesser of two evils.

  74. I’m boycotting subway so hard that I’m giving up sandwiches all together.

    Linda, eyebrow extentions? Just you wait!

    When was Z’s last goal?

  75. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    Antro is SOooooooooooooo huge!!! He just uses his body! BAMBAM!!

    lmao @ sally, she’s out of control!!!!!

  76. UESBlueshirt on

    I think it meant who’s the player that scored 50 career goals with the Rangers and Philly. Can’t be 50 goals in a season b/c Graves and Jagr never played for the Flyers.

  77. I’m glad people aren’t all bitchy tonight. This is fun!

    Now can someone please correct Brodeur’s wiki so it says he’s 2000 lbs. again?

    Lets go PK!

  78. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    rick, excellent point! it just seems the crowd is kinda blah right now, God help us if the Flyers score! ELBOW FROM REDDEN!!!! tee hee

  79. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    thanks hank for never being able to control a simple rebound!!1 what is wrong with this guy??

  80. Here’s the CSN Philly trivia question (abridged): Handzus had the first-ever regular season overtime penalty shot for the Flyers in 2002. Who did he score against? Blackburn, Holmqvist, or Richter? (they haven’t given the answer yet)

    Nice elbow by Redden on Powe in the corner!

  81. mike, Kerr never scored 50 with the rangers … only Hadfield, Graves and Jagr. That’s why i asked.

    must have been worded incorrectly … like which 50 goal scorer played for the Rangers and Flyers.

    Kerr, in his first training camp with Rangers actually said: “I hope to have a health-free year.” Honest.

  82. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    hanks fault. he shouldve stopped and controlled that shot

  83. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    lmao @ Ryan Leaf!

    now now Mike!!! keep it positive! OH CRAP MARA HURT!

  84. Apparently “van Massenhoven had his whistle in his mouth ready to blow the play dead,” but he didn’t, and the Flyers scored. So he’s not as great as we thought!

  85. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    aw crap.. you called that rick!

    grrrrrrrrrrrr!!! Lets get it back boys! Wake up

  86. so let me get this straight….

    phlyers get a whistle when we had the puck before the tv time out and that guy went down

    mara goes down hard they dont blow the whistle

  87. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    k time to start controlling this game. were the ones needing to win. not them. enough bs. and as good as hank has been, hes gotta start controlling those rebounds. hes awful at it

  88. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    chris- we didnt have possession, but i agree it shouldve been called dead. if mara doesnt get hurt they dont score

  89. mike what Im saying is they blew one dead for philly when he had possession this perioid

  90. Mara’s lumberjacking through the pain. Love that guy!

    It’s time for Rangers to take this game back though. Enough foolin around, guys!

  91. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    sonuvabitch i am hating this period! they are not playing well and the crowd is dead…grrrrrr!!!!!!!!!

  92. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    zherdev as good as he is, is a one shot and done guy, he shoots, he scores hes a hero, 90% of the time he shoots bam, save, bam, thats it

  93. UESBlueshirt on

    I had a feeling that Boston would love the chance to beat the Habs just to stick it to them. Although it wouldn’t be beyond the hockey gods to see Montreal take out Boston in the 1st round if they match up.

  94. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    wow. in the garden too. cmon rangers take over like you wanna win this!!!!!

  95. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    we’ll be lucky to get a point at this rate. bad showing. one very lucky goal allowed and thats it. otherwise its 1-1

  96. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    you go Mara!!! Hockey players, they are tough guys!

    BE HUGE HANK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MORE HUGE THAN ANTRO

  97. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    ya know what, if they dont grab this game by the horns and come out flying in the 3rd they dont deserve playoffs. torts, if ur gonna do something about your team, do it fast. this could get out of hand like the good old renny days

  98. Mike, you’re such a Negative Nancy.

    Seriously though, get it together guys. We know you have it in you.

  99. UESBlueshirt on

    That evens out the Sjostrom non call and Joe should have known it wasn’t a PP since the FO was in the Flyers end.

  100. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    this period has felt like its gone on for 3 hours!!! get it over with already and get the vocal assault from Torts during the intermission!!!!!!!!!!

  101. That was a really, really bad NYR period, and the Flyers know it. Third periods have been a big problem for Torts’ boys. Now would be a good time to reverse that.

    PS, anybody know why Gomez was scratched? Oh, he wasn’t?

  102. Rangers need to come out strong and with a stronger effort in the third period…they won’t be able to escape the third, if they play like they did in the second.

  103. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    this period was so bad my damned sugar free jello is staging a revolt in my stomach!! Where’s dem tums!!

  104. Montreal missing the playoffs because of the Panthers passing them would just be the icing on the cake to the circus that is the Canadiens this season.

  105. UESBlueshirt on

    Count your lucky stars that they still have the lead. Torts better lean into them in the intermission. I am going to take my frustrations out on another Brooklyn Lager.

    No comments from CCCP for a while, he pass out?

  106. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    thanks God in heaven that calamity ended!!!

    Looks like it wasnt Kerr Mike lol

  107. Linda, have some milk.

    I get the feeling that I’ll be standing up punching my tv through the next period. The kitties will be hiding under the couch.

  108. Linda "ITS A GOOD GOAL!"" on

    lol sally…my cat got smart and actually went upstairs to safety!!! i scare her ( and the man) at this time of year with this team!!!

  109. “telling them how great i am”

    eddie is so modest!!!!!!

    that guy in the green rangers hat is special

  110. Check-check ONE TWO… I AM OK! … i was just working on my lasagna with dark cherry Manischewitz wine here… feels sooo good to know that you guys care!

  111. Linda say "JUST WIN BABY WIN!!" on

    ugh butch boring….can this guys mouth get out of its own way????

  112. Linda say "JUST WIN BABY WIN!!" on

    thank God you’re OK CCCP!!!

    lmao@ green hat rangers fan…what about at the end… when that skinny little guy with the black ‘muscle shirt’ and lil baby moustache came into the picture~

  113. Linda say "JUST WIN BABY WIN!!" on

    ok kids here we go!!!!! they have GOT to kick some major tush now!!

  114. linda i think their kicking major tush will look a lot like hanging on for dear life lol

    OH MY EFFING GOD WHAT A SAVEEEEEEEEEEEe

  115. SallyBeard FTW on

    OK missed the last 7 min due to a little fam emergency but I have my priorities right so here I am… did I miss anything important?

  116. I still think “save of the year” is too much.

    Ummmm, Biron was outside of his crease and Naslund had just as much right to that puck!

  117. You’ve gotta be ****in kidding me. How do you call that goalie interference? Biron came out of the ****in NET!

  118. are they seriously calling goalie interference when biron was 10 feet out of the crease pokechecking the puck?

  119. Unbelievably terrible call… I really wish refs got fines or some kind of punishment for absolutely horrific calls like that

  120. These announcers keep complaining about the ice being really bad. Any reason for that besides the usual crapload of events at MSG?

  121. NASLUND YOU SERIOUSLY CAN’T PASS IT THROUGH A GUY WITH NO STICK? YOU SUCK GET RID OF THIS @SSHOLE

  122. MSG ice has always been crappy due to the amount of craptastic events that go on..like Knick games lol.

  123. Linda says "JUST WIN BABY WIN!!" on

    they are gettin on my last nerve right now! what happened to them?!

  124. So the answer to CSN Philly’s trivia question was Dan Blackburn and the stupid turd play-by-play announcer said “where have you gone Dan Blackburn?” and that he struggled at the NHL level and his career tailspinned. Um no, you jackhole, he had a career-ending injury. Somebody needs to correct this guy! Can you tell I’m upset? :)

  125. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    thanks rob- yea nazzy bye!!! u suck. these guys forget theyre actually playing for their playoff lives and are struggling!!

  126. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    wow cally is the only one besides hank that came to play

  127. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Can we clinch the playoffs and lose Drury on the same night?! That would be too good to be true.

  128. Linda says "JUST WIN BABY WIN!!" on

    gomez is playing this period?? wow!

    LETS GO RANGERS DAMNIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  129. Couple of good shifts by Korp-Dub-Sjo, then Drury-Call.

    Place was really, really loud for that. Everybody’s standing still during the timeout, but of course they have to drown out the crowd noise with loud music. Geez.

  130. Shouldn't Make Playoffs on

    Team MVP? Is there any doubt? SCOTTIE GOMEZ!!! Buffalo takes only 10 of 26 pts with their backups. Thank you, Scott!

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  132. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I just wanna thank Sean Avery for coming back and getting us into the playoffs for the third consecutive year!

  133. Linda says "JUST WIN BABY WIN!!" on

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BABY!!!!

  134. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Playoffs! I know it’s just an excuse to raise ticket prices, but it will be fun to watch. And now I can be happy that the Panthers won.

    Classy move by the Philly broadcast to show the stick salute.

  135. We NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED to play like this in the playoffs. If we do, we have a chance.

  136. Linda says "JUST WIN BABY WIN!!" on

    thank you!!!playoffs 4 years in a row!!!!!!!!!!! wooo hooo

  137. aaahhhhh, i can relax for a little now. i loved how we closed out those last 2 mins.

  138. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    rick- they played a great defensive game that had me on the edge of my seat. i’ll die young, but i’ll die a ranger fan !!!

  139. If i got Redden’s jersey i’d literally destroy it in front of him. He doesn’t deserve to be apart of this.

  140. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Where’s everyone who skeets on Lundqvist? Terrible seasons? Never clutch? I forgot who ALL of you are but it’s alot of you.

    37 wins. .915 SV% on the year. Huge 37 save evening tonight!
    Not too shabby.

  141. I’ve seen this shirt-off-our-backs ceremony after losses in non-playoff years, and it’s not the same.

    Dubinsky’s jersey mush have blood all over it.

    Put the razors away.

  142. I told my wife about the collective playoff beard agenda. I got a very strange look.

  143. Carp, I was going to say that. Those other years it was kinda sad…like circus-leaving-town kinda sad…

  144. UESBlueshirt on

    Is Henrik’s beard showing grey? Mine would be if I played behind Redden and Rozi.

  145. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    cmon guys lay off redden. hes played fine lately. he doesnt pull a malik every game. yea he makes 5 million too much, but bitch sather out for that.

  146. Philly really played hard, so that was an impressive victory.

    the most home wins since ’94.

  147. Colorado Mark on

    Drury plays his A$$ off these past two games and enhances his clutch performer rep and there are still guys dumping on him? As bad as he was in certain games this year, he wasn’t nearly as bad as he was made out to be in the Rangersphere this season.

  148. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    ues- pissberg will be gone after 1 rnd. maybe 2.

    ian- u need to find yourself a girl mate!!! deb placey is a goofy ass

  149. UESBlueshirt on

    Would have loved to see the Habs miss out during their 100th anniversary lovefest.

  150. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I scoff at this.

    Carp said it best: “The Rangers paid Drury 7 million for him to show up on game 80!” hahaha.

    Clutch? Mark, don’t even try it.

    “I’m not going to let the one point ruin my christmas”

    * Colorado Mark
    April 9th, 2009 at 10:00 pm
    Drury plays his A$$ off these past two games and enhances his clutch performer rep and there are still guys dumping on him? As bad as he was in certain games this year, he wasn’t nearly as bad as he was made out to be in the Rangersphere this season.

  151. Habs lost in OT, so now Rangers are in 7th

    they both have 93 pts, but the Rangers have more wins

    one game left for each team

  152. UESBlueshirt on

    Mike,

    In all likelihood they could face the Devils in the 1st round and I suppose the enemy of my enemy is my friend but I despise Crosby and the PlayPens and in the interest of us having to play the Pens in future rounds I’d love to see Fatso shut the lid of them.

  153. Linda says " get over it hon its PLAYOFF TIME!!!" on

    roflmao @ sally and her made in china beard!!!

    You guys are absolutely hysterical!!! Is the contest officially on, or are we waiting until Wednesday? I gotta know when to tak the pic of my eyebrows!!!

    Having the Pens out in round one would be a fine efyou to bettman!!! I swear I hope Ovie wins a cup before that pox upon hockey cindy bettman!

  154. Linda says " get over it hon its PLAYOFF TIME!!!" on

    because I’m in such a wonderful Rangers inspired mood, I will buy the office Frostys tomorrow!!

    Those last 5 minutes were just nerve racking. My daughter was laughin at me on the phone as I was yellin at the screen!

    Wow, what a horrible story about that young pitcher on the Angels! So very sad about him and the others in the car.

  155. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    drurys been good. but yea, i can understand the anger with his houdini acts this season. god knows ive called him out enough for it. hank played his ass off tonight too. tonight is the type of performance that will realize him as the rangers best player and only chance of a cup anytime soon. not his best season but he finished it off and made sure we got in this year. lots of props hank. one thing i didnt like was although we won, we certainly got lucky tonight and hank was brilliant. this is exactly the type of game that he needed to steal for us. but, lets hope this game isnt the last celebration of 09. i wanna get there. i want to watch this team surprise all of us and do something this year. with the uncertainty of the years to come because of slats mistakes, this maybe the last time in a few years we get to go for it.

  156. What a game! Just got home and read every comment haha. I saw Jane after the game, wanted to give her a big old hug but had to control myself. I was really impressed with the way, in the last 5 minutes of the third we took it right to the Flyers never letting them get anything going. I still would like to score an actual goal every once in a while in the 3rd but Ill take 2-1 any day. Is it ironic that a Renney score gets us in to the playoffs?? Built to win 2-1 games. Maybe… Oh yea, and WHAT a save from Hank when we needed it. After that, I felt that things were going our way. Bring on Beantown or the Craps! LGR!

  157. Linda says " get over it hon its PLAYOFF TIME!!!" on

    ;-)

    you just KNOW they’ll all be having multiple changes of slacks on a nightly basis for anything the forcefed saviour of hockey might do! It’d be awesome to have a Crosbyfree round two!!!!

  158. we have a better chance against the caps..the bruins defense is too big and too good…we’d have a better chance at an offensive war vs. the caps (and their goaltending is weak)

  159. Mikey McD!CK on

    start your playoff beards boys! king henry had the game of his life tonight!

    i think the blueshirts off our backs thing is really cool but on the other hand its really f’n gross, every players jersey was soaked in sweat except vally’s lol

  160. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    as my esteemed colleague truefans pointed out, and carp too, we paid him 7 million to show up in game 80!!! ya know what, he is very overrated and very uncaptainlike. i am happy that he has been playing great lately, but the 1 point that he didnt lose sleep over, if we had lost tonight and sunday, he wouldve and shouldve been stripped of captaincy and bought out. hes very lucky that im not his boss or his ass wouldve been sharpening voros skates before games

  161. Linda says " get over it hon its PLAYOFF TIME!!!" on

    mike in iowa(perkins alter ego)
    April 9th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    . this is exactly the type of game that he needed to steal for us. but, lets hope this game isnt the last celebration of 09. i wanna get there. i want to watch this team surprise all of us and do something this year. with the uncertainty of the years to come because of slats mistakes, this maybe the last time in a few years we get to go for it.

    ***************************************************

    Mike, thats a pretty sobering statement after such a win. It’s also scary at how right you may be. That assclown has handcuffed the team for the future unless he pulls some totally unreal moves out of his sleeves!! But that’s talk for another time….

    TONIGHT WE CELEBRATE A PLAYOFF BERTH!!!!!

    Champagne all around, and bring on the beards and eyebrows!!

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

    Oh and by the way, I need your deposits for Sallys Lucky Beer Fund, we gotta keep her well supplied!!!

  162. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I don’t think the Rangers can beat Boston.

    Hank CAN stand on his head, but they won’t make the offense score goals (the Rangers have scored just 6 in 4 games against Boston).

    Hank CAN also stand on his head against Washington, against whom the Rangers have scored 11 goals in 4 games. Based on the Rangers weakness, offensive depth, and the strengths of the other teams (Boston is a defensive juggernaut too powerful for the Rangers forwards, Washington an offensive power-house but with extremely susceptible goaltending) you gotta just play Washington and hope Hank can stand on his head. If they play Boston, Hank can stand on his head all he wants… they still won’t score any goals for him.

  163. Linda says " get over it hon its PLAYOFF TIME!!!" on

    mike in iowa(perkins alter ego)
    April 9th, 2009 at 10:35 pm
    as my esteemed colleague truefans pointed out, and carp too, we paid him 7 million to show up in game 80!!! ya know what, he is very overrated and very uncaptainlike. i am happy that he has been playing great lately, but the 1 point that he didnt lose sleep over, if we had lost tonight and sunday, he wouldve and shouldve been stripped of captaincy and bought out. hes very lucky that im not his boss or his ass wouldve been sharpening voros skates before games

    ****************************************************

    and the brain searing mental images continuuuuuuuuuuuue!

    I was hoping the lady in the wheelchair would have gotten Orr’s jersey….that would have been awesome!!!

    A series against the Caps would be incredibly entertaining!

  164. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Re: Drury

    I am very satisfied the guy finally showed up. I give him a lot of credit the past… ummm… 2 games (let’s not get carried away, he’s had 2 good consecutive games). Nonetheless, I do give him props for that and I’m happy he’s done a little something. That being said, will he continue to be the silent Captain in the playoffs or can he continue as this supposed ‘clutch’ captain for which the comments give me agita nearly everytime i read this board.

    He can make or break himself a Broadway career these next couple weeks (and maybe beyond).

  165. Maybe we will see a new offensive Rangers team in the playoffs…lol can’t say that with a straight face. But you can have hope at least, anything can happen.

    I’d agree with you guys and would rather take my chances against AO and the Caps over the defensive beast that is the Bruins. Either way, it’s going to come down to Lundqvist and his performance.

  166. Linda says " get over it hon its PLAYOFF TIME!!!" on

    it’s going to be an honor and priviledge to enjoy this playoff season with all of you guys and girls here! You are one crazy bunch of passionate,knowledgeable, smart, funny, opinionated hockey fans and I’m so lucky to have found this blog!

    Great job as always Rick and Jane!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!! CRUSH ‘EM!!!!!!!!!!!

  167. “I’ve seen this shirt-off-our-backs ceremony after losses in non-playoff years, and it’s not the same.”

    Yeah, ya think? I remember the first year they did it was the 99-00 season when they had Kevin Hatcher and Fleury and Quintal – I remember a drunken, hostile crowd jeering and booing a heartless team as they tried to give their jerseys away to kids. That ceremony is certainly much better than it was.

  168. sam (not the great Weinman) on

    Hank needs to play well…Bring in those scumbag bostonians. maybe this time, after were about to sweep them at home, our fans will come on the ice and attack the bruins players, the way those scumbags went into the crowd to attack our fans!!!!!!!!!!!

  169. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    its gonna take a possessed hank, a suddenly awoken “clutch captain”, and a d corps from hell to go deep, but this game is just 1 closer to the ultimate prize, and like everyone said here, once the playoffs start, its a clean slate. great game from most tonight. zherdev is gonna have to man up and become the sniper this team needs so badly. drury can contribute in other ways as well, but we need z and nazzy to use their quick shot and start becoming snipers. cally is the man and maybe doobs can step up and get some goals too. we definitely have the best pk, so we have a good chance with that and our goaltending. its kinda ironic how we clinched tonight playing a 2-1 game that renny wouldve creamed himself over!! wonder what rens up to these days. is he still in the rangers orgnization?

  170. nyranger4life on

    Truefan: honestly dude, the Rangers just won and will be in the playoffs. Stop being such a downer and doubting the Rangers. They’ve proven they can beat any team in the East when they are on top of their game.

  171. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    peter- its sad that fans would do that after a nonplayoff season. if these guys missed it, id be pissed but wouldnt boo them.

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