Some Game 2 stats (updated)

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Because we had brought it up last night, and because John Dellapina, late of the NY Daily News and currently of the National Hockey League and a Rangers Report reader, used to laugh at me for keeping such stats myself, he just dropped me some stats on Game 2:

According to the Elias Sports Bureau:

*In NHL best-of-seven series, the winner of Game 2 has gone 381-150 — winning 71.8 percent of the series. Game 1 winners have gone 367-164 — a 69.1 percent winning percentage. 

*Teams that have won both games to go up, 2-0, have gone 254-37 — 87.2 percent. 

*Game 2 winners who lost Game 1 have gone 127-113 (52.9 percent). In contrast — and fairly obviously — teams that have won Game 1 but lost Game 2 have gone 113-127 (47.1 percent). 

Thank you, Mr. Dellapina.

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Sounds like we might be getting a guest visitor in the next day or two. I’ll let you know.

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Don’t forget to scroll down for the latest Playoff Beard slideshows. I’m getting pretty grubby looking myself, and I think I got some curious looks while working at the Stadium today.

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EVENING UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: In case you missed this.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION ASSESSED TO PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: 
COACH STEVENS FINED $10,000; CARCILLO SUSPENDED ONE GAME

TORONTO (April 16, 2009) – Philadelphia Flyers’ forward Daniel Carcillo has been suspended for one game and Flyers’ coach John Stevens has been fined $10,000 for an incident late in Game One of the team’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With seven seconds remaining in the third period and the Penguins leading 4-1, Carcillo delivered a blow to the head of Maxime Talbot directly off a face-off. Talbot did not sustain an injury and no penalty was assessed on the play.

“We held a conference call Monday with the General Managers and Coaches of playoff teams and told them explicitly we would not tolerate attempts by clubs to ‘send a message’ late in a game when the outcome had been determined,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell “Organizations—players and coaches—will be held accountable for such actions.”

Carcillo’s suspension will be served on Friday night when the Flyers meet the Penguins in Game Two of the series.

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

    We are a 7th seed playing a 2nd seed at thier home with the NHL’s leading goal scorer and the leading scoring defenseman with a frantic sea of red croud. We had every excuse to lose . Solid win and no one can take it away.

  2. ZzZ, I just got a few beard pictures … did yours go through finally?

    No doubt, a great, great win. They will have to play better in Game 2, and in each successive game.

  3. Doodie Machetto on

    “Sounds like we might be getting a guest visitor in the next day or two. I’ll let you know.”

    Dellapina or Weinman?

  4. (REPOST)
    You know what is really annoying? The article written by Slover at the Sporting News. This guy is amazing. “We wonder: Could this be a sign he’s(Avery) not getting special attention from referees?” Talking about the Green incident “If Avery does nothing more than this, we can live with it.”

    Who cares what this a$$ can live with, ug.
    Thank God for this site.

    Here is the link if you want your stomach to turn.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=539173

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

    Plus we played with out our Captain , Took a penalty 10 seconds into the game and still recovered.

    Yes Salty I agree with you on the Naslund “dark horse ” thing…I mentioned that a few days ago on here and even though he took some bad penalties …the guys gonna be our sniper .

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

    nope Carp , it wont work ..it sends to my friend in town here…but keeps erroring on yers..?

  7. if the SJO fits on

    I will be in a self induced coma until Saturday afternoon. The sound of AO crying about Hank’s pads will be enough to wake me up just shy of 1pm.

  8. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    You ooze drury like a cold-sore in the netherlands.

    Seriously, must we continue both the ‘first’ and Drury love? They’re both nauseating.

    * ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L.
    April 16th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    Im sooooooo First!!!

    … Plus we played with out our Captain

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

    Yeah truefans , I was stating a fact…It was all over the tv ” RANGERS CAPTAIN A LAST MINUTE SCRATCH ” ..the announcers were going on and the panel guys too. Me personally I knew we can do it with out him. I ‘m no Drury lover but he is a Ranger so yeah im ok with him…And yeah I was first …ya jelous?

  10. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Hahaha. Greg, please. I don’t have time for childish games.

    Thanks for clarifying about the Drury love. I’ll use “crush” to state it properly in the future.

  11. Couple notes from the game that may or may not have been touched upon (didn’t have enough time to read all 900 so this is probably all news):

    – I think we did a great job being extra physical with Mike Green. Book on him is he’s a bit of a softie. You take him out, it’s like chopping off one of their legs.

    – Semin is a regular season type player.

    – Ovechkin is probably one of the best individual players I’ve ever seen, but he doesn’t make everyone around him better a la Jagr. I’ve never seen someone pass less in my life at any level other than house league mites. That has to be fustrating to play with, I don’t care who you are or what level you’re playing at. Everyone wants to touch the puck. He may break scoring records, but he’s going to have to start passing if he wants to win.

    – What’s the difference between Avery being in the crease and Ovechkin skating over to Henry after every single play, a good 5 seconds after the whistle, mouthing some jibber jabber half-Russian, half idiot nonsense?

    – That’s the best game the King has played in a big spot since the double OT, game 3 against Buffalo two years ago.

    – I thought the hit on Freddy Shoes was dirty and the one behind the net on Cally was dirtier. The puck may have been there, but that’s still called head hunting if you leave your and go in elbow first.

    – Anytime Ovechkin hits someone he’s 6 inches off the ice and 5 seconds late on the play.

    – If Dubinsky and Callahan arent our future captains, then it at least better be Marc Staal.

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

    Truefans , you said you don’t have time for childish games? yet you spout off some garbage and go giggling off? Sorry to be this way Carp/Jane but this guy is an idiot.

    Brandon , well said every dam bit of it!!! wow nice way to state the truth …I could n’t have said it better myself . Good job!

  13. Angry Whopper on

    Does anyone know , when Bramptons Playoff run is over, can Grachev be called up?

    They called Korpi up during the Pittsburgh series last year, do you think they are thinking the same here?

  14. BrooklynDomi on

    i agree with most of the things you said brandon but i dont think you can cast off semin as a regular season player yet..it was only game 1 and I think our D played well against him and hopefully they can keep it up if not get a little tighter on their top players

  15. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    18th! Muahaha…

    * ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L.
    April 16th, 2009 at 5:27 pm
    Sorry to be this way Carp/Jane but this guy is an idiot.

  16. the esteemed (steamed?) Tom Renney on

    yes, I am here. I am the surprise visitor that Carp wrote about.

    I am going to announce to you guys, my favorite supporters, who seldom use my name in vain, my new job for next season.

    that’s right, I am going to coach the Edmonton Oilers. boy, what a treat. I can’t wait to get started sending Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier and Paul Coffey over the boards to play my trapping system to a T. we will keep that opposing team off the scoreboard, we will put people to sleep, we will play the entire game in the neutral zone, and we won’t give an inch to great teams like St Louis and Atlanta.

    I am calling my good drinking buddy Perry Pearn right now to get him on my staff as the expert for the PP.

    well, I gotta go now, my new case of chewing gum has arrived, and I’ve gotta look up some new fancy words to use in my next press conference. like travesty, or trepidation.

    thanks guys for all your support over the years. if not for your constant calls to fire me, I would have never gotten this new opportunity. bang on, spot on.

  17. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Greg, you were on here 2 nights ago calling anyone who picked the Capitals to win the series, and I quote, a “retard.”

    Who’s the idiot?

  18. Carp I just sent you an updated beard pic. I am getting nice and grizzly.

    The yankees sure know how to ruin a nice day huh?

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

    no I didn’t say that …did I ?? HAHAHAAHAHHAA …ummm I know I know ..maybe I said something to that …but hey ,
    We follow this team ALL YEAR and I follow it all off season too like most Ranger fans do …then to have bloggers on here who have cursed and swore , argued and ranted about our team here…comes playoffs I draw the line ____ . To follow this team all year and then to pick them to lose and state it on this blog…ok fine , yeah , then yer an idiot.
    (Carp/Jane are excused cuz they report )

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

    I’ll be nice ….btw Carp can’t send anything to yer email. I have it all ready to send but can’t. dam.

  21. Molly Wee pub for anyone interested is at the corner of 8th and 30th Before the game it is packed by people who are heading into the Garden. Jo and I usually wait for them to leave, but good news is they are out around 6:45… so plenty of time to be settled and well into your first pint!

    They put the sound on for playoff games and the whole bar is rooting for the Rangers. I love it and would love to meet up with any non ticket holding members of the blog to watch the game there!!

  22. Thanks, fellas. Just calling it like I see it. By definition of the rule, plain and simple, if you leave your feet to make a hit or even leave your feet while receiving a hit, it’s a penalty. It’s one of the most dangerous things in hockey next to leg checks and hits from behind. It’s blatant and should always be called.

    A guy his size and with his strength has no business jumping like that to make hits… especially late ones, at that.

    The NHL seriously needs to evaluate special treatment given to certain players.

  23. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I guess I’m frustrated Cap’n Krunch is coming back. What a downer.

    Ok, back to best behavior before Colin Carpiniello summons for a disciplinary hearing.

  24. Hey Carp,

    I’d be curious to see the breakdown of these stats based on teams that start the series at home vs. teams that start the series on the road. You say that Game 1 winners win 69.1% of the series, but I bet its even higher for teams that won game 1 on the road as opposed to teams who won game 1 at home.

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

    HAHAA Colin Carpiniello , good one truefans. Yeah Rick I copied and pasted yer email addy from here and it left the dot after the com , which is why it didnt work!! All is good now.

  26. Carp and everybody else,

    Great night last night. It felt even more sweet sharing the anxiety followed by joy and nervousness with you all. Gotta tell you, whatever happens next game; yesterday was intense and a lot of fun.

  27. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Kaptain Klutz = Drury.
    Kid Klutch = Dubinsky.

    * Salty
    April 16th, 2009 at 6:25 pm
    This team plays with WAY more fire without Drury.

  28. folks, Drury is going to be here for years whether we like it or not. so why not just make the best of it. give credit where due, and criticize when needed. but, don’t go overboard either way. you can bet there are some players who also feel Drury is not earning his keep, but they are team oriented, so they make the best of it. and I think the fans should follow suit.

  29. Happy day today!

    A few things worth mentioning:

    1) Anyone claiming a penalty on Avery on that play when just before that goal there was a bump at the blueline is dreaming. The D (was it Green?) tried to push Avery offsides and Avery ducked out of the way (or pushed back, whatever) to avoid going offsides. Both players were trying to do something, but it was 50-50. No call = the right call.

    2) Agree about Ovechkin’s borderline roughing/late hits as well as his leaving his feet. And how about his penchant for hamming it up? Fine, Naz tripping him in the O zone was a penalty. But who was it (Rosy, Girardi?) who got called for the trip in the D zone when AO definitely embellished the play by leaving his feet? I mean the guy is the MVP and the star player in the league, but let’s call it even handed at least.

    3) Nothing for Fedorov on the blatant crosscheck on Avery? I mean the goalie was out of the crease and he and Avery both took whacks at each other. Then Fedorov out of nowhere gives a two handed crosscheck to Avery from behind and NOTHING? That seems messed up.

    4) Redden actually played quite well last night. Maybe he has been saving it for the playoffs? LOL

    5) Naz is an enigma. If he didn’t score a goal last night, I would be calling for his head. His two tripping penalties (both in the O zone) were 110% inexcusable. He was being lazy and slow…and stupid (one O zone penalty was from behind the Caps’ goal line….WTF?) His slash on AO to break his stick was equally dumb. Just sweep the blade of the stick or move your feet more and body the guy. His lazy penalties left us short 6 mins last night and I think we gave up a PP while he was “feeling shame.” I hope Torts ripped him one…right after he said, “Nice goal.”

    6) Dubi really stepped it up. Cally is just an A level player these days. Those two guys need to keep up the physical game and crashing the net.

    7) Antro keeps doing good things in the O zone and making good defensive plays. His size is great too. Torts likes him. I like him. Z can walk next year, let’s keep Antro.

    8) For all the great stuff the Rangers did last night, they can be much tighter on D. Too many times (esp when they were winning) they were backing into the zone and giving up the blueline. There is no reason for them not to keep being physical, forechecking, and playing stand up D at the blueline the whole game. Or is there?

    9) LGR!!!! Cannot wait for Saturday. I am at both games next week at MSG.

  30. if you really want to see a great anthem singing and crowd roaring, watch the opening of the Chicago Blackhawks game tonight. Jim Cornelison does a great job, and so do the over 22,000 fans.

    and I have no connection to Chicago at all, just love the way they pump up the crowd.

  31. Kate Smith, do you remember the guy at the old Chicago Stadium with the pipe organ (I think they still have the organ at the new arena)? He was even better than this guy. But it is an awesome place for an anthem. I’ll never forget the all-star game during the first Gulf war at the old building. Unbelievable anthem.

    Joey Kocur used to talk about going into Chicago Stadium and the place would be shaking and he’d look across and see crazy Blackhawks tough guy Al Secord’s nostrils flaring during the anthem.

  32. The Caps and the Pens can do whatever they want. The NHL has already hitched their wagon to these two teams, they are supposed to win.

    So not only do the Rangers have to beat the Caps, well they also have to overcome biased officiating.

    Why is it I have to listen to the Caps announcers, the VS announcers and the Boston announcers? Can’t I just have Sam and HNC please?

    Oh, one more thing… Let’s Go Rangers!

  33. Rick, I’m talking about the singer, Jim Cornelison. he is great. the organ is still played but it is not as dominant as it was in the old Stadium. but the singer is better than the previous guy, who went to work for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

    just listen tonight, you’ll see what I mean.

  34. Linda misses NY @ Playoff time on

    great posts on here! *Colin Carpiniello* that’s just brilliant! Brandon, TrueFans and NewNewman, really enjoyed your take on things.

    Agravaine, how was the protest last night. I wanted to go to ours but for some damned reason the boss is closing the office on Friday and I couldn’t lose 2 days pay, lots of people depend on me to work so they can stay home and watch Maury and Dr. Phil lol. I’ve heard there may be another one on July 4th, that one i wouldn’t miss!

    I’d love to meet you guys at Molly Wee’s, not much would be better than to watch games with anyone here from the blog who shows up there. It sure beats watchin alone down here in da South.

    Hate to rush the weekend but is it saturday yet??!! Anyone watching Columbus and Detroit right now on Versus?

    And someone’s been reading our blog here….

    http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/gallery/featured/GAL1154532/1/index.htm?bcnn=yes

  35. The rangers were pretty lucky to win last night.

    If they take as many penalites in the next game as they did last night they will most certainly lose. STOP TAKING THE STUPID PENALITES. Girardi you gotta step it up, and hit like you did all year long. Naslund, 3 penalites, are you kidding? All lazy, all inecusable! He did this a few months ago also, and Renney actually benched him.

  36. Rick

    Still love for AO over here. But that’s on hold until the Rangers beat them in 6 ;)

  37. Linda

    Those pics were hysterical – insulting to some players – but hysterical.

    Thanks for that laugh!!!

  38. i think if torts had faith in anyone else he’d bench naslund or reduce his time but he clearly doesnt trust zherdev and cant put voros on anything above the 4th line

    and i think that may be the only thing dellapina has done this year, thank god he is no longer brown-nosing sather and company

  39. Linda misses NY @ Playoff time on

    Mako,

    I do what I can to bring joy and laughter to the blog! The Ovechkin one & the Mr. Bean one were out of control! A lot of them were pretty good though!

    I am absolutely furious right now because GameCenter live is freakin working for the Habs and Bruins, WHILE ON THE BLOG!!! IT NEVER WORKS FOR OUR RANGERS THOUGH! DAMNIT!!

  40. Linda misses NY @ Playoff time on

    there is a girl in a red habs jersey behind their bench who, I swear, looks like Geddy Lee!!! I’m hoping my video was messed up, cuz that would NOT be a good look for a chick!

  41. Linda misses NY @ Playoff time on

    ok i can stop being pissed cuz the video of the game finally froze up!

    Blue Jackets goalie has made some nice saves!

  42. Linda it was great, but between my bad leg and my Mom getting tired we had to leave a bit early.

    The tea party thing is getting bad press, its not about any political party or anything its about wasteful spending in government and a desire to have people control their own money. All of the press saying its right wing conservatives backing it.. may be they are giving money but their as much to blame as anyone else…

    there was a mole by where Jo was… she thinks… he kept yelling anti immigrant things and yelling nasty stuff about Obama, even when others around him told him enough already, that wasn’t what we were there for. There were a lot of people, they had to keep widening the barriers for us. It was a real good time. A lot of immigrants from former Soviet countries (and this isn’t meant to be disrespectful to anyone from those countries, CCCP or anyone else) but a lot of them were there with signs about if they wanted socialism they would have stayed there… and some older ones saying they feared America would become what they left…

    I will definitely be at Molly Wee on Monday and Wednesday so I look forward to seeing others there. It really is a good place to watch games, thats where we watch during the regular season. But Jo has to work late, she doesn’t think she’ll get there until the third period at best…

  43. GardenFaithfulinFLA on

    I’m happy with the win last night. Could they have played better, sure they could have. But on the other hand a playoff win on the road against a strong team, four goals and two of them on the powerplay – I’ll take it any day and every day.

    I also think it’s was great the way Dubinsky has stepped up to lead this team over the last couple of games with Drury out. I can really see him wearing the C one day and hopefully with us. Callahan brings it to the ice each and every game. Staal – what can you say! These guys are our foundation for the future.

    Linda – very funny stuff.

  44. Linda misses NY @ Playoff time on

    Yea Agravaine, I agree with you. Some of the coverage has been suspect at best, and I’m sure there were moles/plants/frauds at many of them. It’s too bad that you can’t turn anywhere for unbiased reporting of anything, except celebrities. Very sad what’s going on. I know several people down here in Huntsville who are from Canada or Europe, and they say the SAME thing that those at the rally from former Soviet countries were saying. Very *interesting* times we are living in.

    Jackets tie the game.

    I’m glad you guys/gals are liking those pictures. If I find anything else hilarious, you’ll be the first to know!

    I think my fiance wants to do an intervention for me because I am addicted to this blog!!

  45. BrooklynDomi on

    Linda some of those pics were hilarious, The ovechkin one and mr bean one especially and the sedin twins one kinda creeped me out

  46. Linda misses NY @ Playoff time on

    BrooklynDomi

    the scariest one, besides mr. bean, was Marty Birons eyes!! They were almost invisible. He scared the hell outta me!!

    Whenever I watch that James Bond movie again, whenever “jaws” comes out, I”m gonna yell OVECHKIN!!!!

  47. dumbass Malhotra just killed the Jackets by putting his glove out and deflecting in a soft, routine shot from the point

  48. Why did Beninati use the term double-edged sword when Vermette took a penalty? He uses so many dumb catchphrases that he forgets what some of them really mean, I guess. Another reason that I’m glad we are playing the Caps so we don’t have to hear him do our games.

  49. Linda misses NY @ Playoff time on

    jackets, that has to be a killer! what in the hell was he thinking????

  50. Yeah I forgot to mention that about those pics. Those Sedin twins are really creepy looking.

  51. Steve Patrick on

    Hello everyone.

    Yes, it is me, the *Range Rover*. You may know my more famous brother, James Jeep Patrick. I am doing well. Figured I would stop in to say hello, and do not forget to spay your pets and more importantly, to change the oil on your vehicle every 3,000 miles.

  52. There is a mathematical reason why the winning percentage of winning game 2 is higher than that of game 1.

    If you win game 2 that leaves two scenarios that your either up in the series 2-0 or you tied it 1-1. Now if the former was the case than obviously your chances of winning the series is great. If its the later than you have a 50/50 shot at winning which is still pretty good. In neither of these scenarios though are the odds against you at winning the series.

    If you win game 1, your chances of winning are marginally better.

  53. Linda….

    good find, way to funny!!
    Alex Ovechkin | Jaws
    Sergei Gonchar | David Hyde Pierce
    Markus Naslund | Gabriel Macht
    and some are we to uncanny!!
    Jamie Langenbrunner | Adam Ferrara

    and of note…some were wondering about adding players to rosters….The Flames left Calgary yesterday with 30 players traveling….and a third goalie MATT KEETLEY, met them in Chicago

  54. I just got tickets to Saturday’s game, YEAH! (Once again, memo to NYRangers: pleasssse don’t bush-league Game 2)

  55. Linda misses NY @ Playoff time on

    I think Rangers fans should show up at MSG with a mask with both Ovechkins and Jaws face on it….Make posters and signs…its UNCANNY!

  56. LIQUID, you rule! That’s him. “I think I broke his %$@&# neck.”
    Signed,
    Colin Carpiniello

    Kate Smith, Wayne Mesner was the guy’s name, right? The old guy they 86’d. I think he had cancer so there was a real uproar. But I thought he was great. I’ll have to listen to the new guy … although I thought I heard him a while back and preferred Mesner.
    Signed,
    Colin Carpiniello

    Mike, that’s why I stay away from math like it’s an angry skunk.
    Signed,
    Colin Carpiniello

    Steve Patrick, you played a major role in that 500-plus PIM exhibition game against Keenan’s Flyers in ’85-86 (Jeep also beat the bejesus out of Dave Poulin twice).
    Signed,
    Colin Carpiniello

  57. Did you see that Carcillo got suspended and John Stevens fined?:

    *DISCIPLINARY ACTION ASSESSED TO PHILADELPHIA FLYERS:
    COACH STEVENS FINED $10,000; CARCILLO SUSPENDED ONE GAME*

    TORONTO (April 16, 2009) – Philadelphia Flyers’ forward Daniel Carcillo has been suspended for one game and Flyers’ coach John Stevens has been fined $10,000 for an incident late in Game One of the team’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    With seven seconds remaining in the third period and the Penguins leading 4-1, Carcillo delivered a blow to the head of Maxime Talbot directly off a face-off. Talbot did not sustain an injury and no penalty was assessed on the play.

    “We held a conference call Monday with the General Managers and Coaches of playoff teams and told them explicitly we would not tolerate attempts by clubs to ‘send a message’ late in a game when the outcome had been determined,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell (no relation to Colin Carpiniello). “Organizations — players and coaches — will be held accountable for such actions.”

    Carcillo’s suspension will be served on Friday night when the Flyers meet the Penguins in Game Two of the series.

  58. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    the esteemed (steamed?) Tom Renney
    April 16th, 2009 at 5:33 pm
    yes, I am here. I am the surprise visitor that Carp wrote about.

    I am going to announce to you guys, my favorite supporters, who seldom use my name in vain, my new job for next season.

    that’s right, I am going to coach the Edmonton Oilers. boy, what a treat. I can’t wait to get started sending Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier and Paul Coffey over the boards to play my trapping system to a T. we will keep that opposing team off the scoreboard, we will put people to sleep, we will play the entire game in the neutral zone, and we won’t give an inch to great teams like St Louis and Atlanta.

    I am calling my good drinking buddy Perry Pearn right now to get him on my staff as the expert for the PP.

    well, I gotta go now, my new case of chewing gum has arrived, and I’ve gotta look up some new fancy words to use in my next press conference. like travesty, or trepidation.

    thanks guys for all your support over the years. if not for your constant calls to fire me, I would have never gotten this new opportunity. bang on, spot on.

    can u stop talkin crap about tom renny please?? hes gone. hes been gone. do u have a wierd obsession with him?

  59. What a surprise…the Flyers have another P of S on their team. They NEVER have guys like that on their team.

    It’s in f-ing Paul Holmgren’s blood to have a-holes like Carcillo on their team. They had Downie. They have Hartnell. They have a ton of scumbags on their team. It’s their mantra.

    Man, I hate the Flyers.

  60. anybody on here know what happened at the end of the Boston game? They showed a quick highlight on Versus but I didn’t really see it.

  61. nice job guys, you redefined the goaltenders name Jose ThreeOrMore. You should take this series in 5. The guy sucks, just rub The Washington Ovechkins in the face a bit more, and you’ll swiftly go on to R2

  62. Why do I get the feeling the league will use this conference call with the GMs as an excuse to suspend Avery (for a lengthy period) at the first chance they get?

  63. In the Boston game, it looked like the Bruin who scored the empty-netter (Kessel?) was celebrating too much and a Canadien took exception – jumped him while he was still celebrating…

  64. Liquid

    Thanks for that link. I dont know about that. Talbot hesitated to fall. I think the elbow to Sjostrom’s face was more vicious and the hit on Cally too. That was kinda weak.

  65. In the clip I saw it looked like a normal celebration by Kessel after he scored, but a Canadien must have thought he was rubbing it in (a la Ovechkin). Who knows? Maybe it was retribution for something that happened earlier in the game.

  66. Did anyone see Crosby’s 1st goal of last game, it seems that there should of been a goaltender interference call however because its the NHL’s son Sid he could do no wrong.

  67. Clive you saw it a lot better then I did. And with those teams it could’ve been anything. Wonder if the NHL will consider that a “message”. I hope versus shows some of those games before its over.

  68. From the SI pictures, I really like Tim Thomas to Drew Carey even with the weight difference, Roberto Luongo to Sacha Baron Cohen, and Marc-Andre Fleury to Apolo Anton Ohno.

  69. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Who’s dirtier? Philly or Montreal? Lappiere jumped Kessel after an empty net goal for no reason at all. Kessel didn’t even start celebrating and Lapierre went right after him. At the very final whistle, Kostapolous tried elbowing a Bruin and then Komiserak started hitting someone in the face (although he kept his glove on). Both dirty.

    Colin Carpiniello, drop the hammer!

  70. No Country For Old Rangers on

    Let’s give Drury a freakin break and see what he does on Saturday. He was heating up towards the end of the season and the playoffs is where he supposedly shines.

    i think he improves our chances to win. i dont care if you are (sigh) eric lindros, jamie lundmark or jaromir jagr, if you are wearing an NYR jersey, then i’m rooting for you (unless you are aaron voros or sandy mccarthy)

  71. No Country For Old Rangers on

    Hey I just checked out the updated beard slide show. It looks like I wont have much competition. My beard in 6.

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

    I like the Malkin – sly stallone , pritty good pics. Nice find Linda.

  73. Truefans – both teams lost their discipline once the game looked beyond them.

    The Komisarek thing was that Boston were accusing him of eye-gouging. The kid he “face-washed” had a cut on his eyelid that was showing blood and Savard wanted to draw it to the refs attention.
    I watched the video a few times over and there was nothing sinister in it. Montreal definately lost it in the 3rd period though, the missed elbow and lots of “afters”. Boston will cruise that series, 4-0 or 4-1.

    As for Carcillo, i think he’s unlucky, the league just chose the moment to make a statement about gooning around at the end of a one-sided game. I remember a few people talking about how we should sign him (before we acquired Avery) – he’s another guy that when he’s on your team its fine but when he’s on someone else’ team he’s the 2nd coming of Dennis Potvin. Flyers only option seems to be to get physical as the Ice Chickens looked too quick for them.

    Good news – I get to see game 3 on my European ESPN satellite channel..!! (If my wife hasn’t gone into labour – in which case DVR and no internet until he’s arrived!!)

  74. Havlat is not such a bad player when is isn’t hurt. He had a pretty damn good year, and scored some big goals for the Hawks. Especially last night.

  75. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    ya know im givin all these guys a clean slate now that the playoffs started. i think redden had a great game. gomez had a great one too involved in 3 of the goals. i like nazzy but he sure makes it hard sometimes. he really has to shape up or go next season, as for zherdev. hes just not doing that much that i can see to help the team. he didnt look like he stepped up from the regular season. i wanna see him taking shots like ovie. i wanna see him become our go to guy because he is very skilled, but hes just out there sometimes. inneffective alot of times, and doesnt use his teammates, which he should cuz hes not that skilled to being a one man show like jagr. at this point im still fighting myself over if id rather antro stay or him because antro is at least scoring. as for drury, im with truefans most of the time concerning what he brings to the team and his usefullness, but hes been ok of late and even though we won 2 road games in a row without him, i think he can be at least a help on faceoffs and defensive play. he may score a few but orr could score on their goalie, so that means jack. i wanna see him taking and WINNING important faceoffs. if its his hand, well, then that sucks, but i still wanna se what he will do as far as being “clutch”. lets se if he can step up and do anything noticeably different that we were lacking in game 1.

  76. Richtersgirl on

    haha just looked at the link you put up Linda….Sidney Crosby should have been compared to donkey from Shrek…i swear there is a resemblance!

  77. Hockeyman Rangers on

    Maybe you all have seen this but this is a report from
    The Hockey News

    Capitals contemplate possible goalie change for second game versus Rangers

    I suppose I could have brought up the link but it is on the front page of THN

  78. I plan on going for a stroll thru the park in a while…
    I’m so happy right now for some reason….
    the sun is out…
    the birds are singing….
    The Rangers are ahead in the playoffs…
    The Canadiens lost…I hate them so much..
    but the Jackets lost…
    theres a day game for game two….
    the Caps will be pumped…
    the rest of the series is on goddamn Versus…
    I have to go to a blabber-mouth meeting later on today..
    probably ask me to work weekends…
    salaries are frozen…”you’re lucky to have a job son!”…

    Screw the park…i’m going to the local firing range

  79. Hey guys!

    Missed being on the blog! Great game one! Speaking of ovi and company’s celebrations: I think its just all tactics. I play ultimate frisbee and good teams after every point run on the field and celebrate each point. It really is a momentum based game and gets the other team really fired up when you are celebrating the point. Back to hockey terms, It’s just like the annoying goal horns around the league. SO I think the ranger shouldnt worry about it and just play like they did in game 1!

  80. Hockeyman Rangers on

    Did anyone else notice or say anything about Antro in Wednesday’s game. He seems like he was skating slow. Yes I know he is not good skater anyway, but it seemed like he just wasn’t moving around to well??? I wonder if he is still hurting from his lower body injury from the last couple of games of the reg season. Carp’s right these reports are ridiculous (upper, lower body injury????)

  81. Hockeyman
    that crap has been goin on too long

    “hi ankle sprain”

    They say it like they know what the difference is between a regular sprain and a hi one

    We heard this analyst say “the puck deflected off the stick and came up and struck the player in his facial area just below the shield”

    which is how people who get paid big money to announce games say:

    “he got hit in the face”

  82. the Rangers are a better team with Drury on the ice.. end of story..

    …….

    That’s not what the numbers say charlie. The fact of the matter is that they actually look great without him. Maybe he should be on the 4th line upon returning until he proves he’s really in playoff shape and is ready to compete with a player like OV.

  83. Kaspar – i know how you feel, we had one of those meetings a couple of weeks ago. I’m losing a couple of guys so will have to pick up the slack – i just told my boss i will forward all customer complaints to him and he can explain why we can’t hit deadlines without manpower. I’m glad i’ve still got my job though!

    Antro did look slow, but then again i’ve never seen him look quick, so is he still bothered by the injury?

    If the Caps put the kid in nets for game #2 we need Avery in his face and Antro or Dubi parked in the crease on the PP. Either way we need to get at their goalie early and try and prevent them building their confidence up and force AO to take low %age shots.

  84. I know this is a pretty lame question, but does anyone on here use Twitter? I am definitely not in to myspace or facebook at all, but twitter just seems like it is not bad and easy for me to use from my BlackBerry. I am trying it out and finding it to be not so bad. Just wondering if anyone else uses it?

  85. I thought Antro played a strong game. He’s not fast, period. What he does best is protect the puck with his size and create traffic in front of the net. He worked the corners well and controlled the puck, not to mention, rifled a blistering perfect wrister for a goal… that’s what I want him to do. I’ll sign up for that every night.

    On a different note, I’m no Flyers fan, but I totall disagree with this suspension. Once again the NHL is subjecitvely deciding in the most arbitrary manner what “sending a message” is? I don’t get it. So, if you’re down 4-1 in the third, you can’t play you’re 3/4 lines b/c you might get fined?

    What else are you supposed to do? Send out the first line and wear them down in a game that’s already lost?

    This is the playoffs! That’s what you’re supposed to do… send messages. It’s hockey, not basketball or baseball. It’s part of the game. That’s why it’s 7 games and that’s why it’s so hard to win. YOu can make statements in losses… I.E. Messier cross checking Gilmore in the face at the end of game 1 against the Devils.

    Stop policing the nonsense and start calling the things that matter… hits from behind, leg checks, head hunting, fighting with a viser… etc.

  86. Going back to New Newman’s comment (at 10:20pm) about the Flyers: Trust me, it goes way back before Holmgren. That cancerous franchise won 2 Stanley Cups with their fists back in the 70’s. Many of the rules we have in the NHL today were a direct result of the crap they used to pull. Bench-clearing brawls were a nightly scene whenever they were close to losing a game. They had at least a half dozen players back in those days who were nothing but goons. Their mentality hasn’t changed a bit, and I said this when they picked up Carcillo. Their stupid fans are happier with a cheap shot than a goal. Go to a Flyers/Rangers game (if you dare), and wear a Rangers jersey. See what happens. If you happen to be the only Rangers fan in the men’s room it can get really ugly. But the team instigates that attitude. The majority of highlights they show on the scoreboard are fights and heavy hits, probably outnumbering goals 5-1. They flash things like, “Most intimidating fans in hockey,” “Most disruptive fans in hockey,” etc. on the scoreboard. That franchise has alway been, and still remains, a piece of garbage, supported by a legion of single-digit I.Q. fans.

  87. Yeah
    Nobody is that much tougher than anyone else anymore

    the “intimidation” tactic is really baloney
    If thats how you model you’re team you will lose

    The Ducks were big and fought but…
    they also had Perry, Getzlaf, Penner, Selanne, Macdonald,Kunitz, Neidemeyer and a great defensive checking line to go along with the big bad boys
    They didnt win a cup by fighting…dont think they had one fight in their playoff run

  88. Someone should call up the NHLLIVE show and ask Dowd if he still gets the nightmares of watching Matteau’s series winner in 94 since he was the other Devils player that was by the net trying to cover Esa Tikkanen

  89. i thought you were albanian as is tie domi as am i which is why in my name i put the only albanian hockey player i know of besides myself

  90. I sometimes get mistaken for Sicilian until I open my mouth….or show them my hammer and sickle tatoo

  91. BrooklynDomi on

    lol my comments completely sidetracked the topic at hand but i agree, we are apart of the blueshirt family

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