Some post-game stuff

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First some Game 7 numbers: The Rangers haven’t played one since June 14, 1994, when they blew a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final and then beat Vancouver at MSG. They have won three Game 7s in a row — 1992 and 1994 against the Devils, both at home, were the others.

But, the Rangers haven’t played a road Game 7 since 1974, and they have never, ever won a Game 7 on the road: lost in 1939 at Boston, lost in 1950 at Detroit, lost in 1971 at Chicago, lost in 1974 at Philadelphia.

An interesting piece of news. Jim Schoenfeld, the interim assistant coach who was the interim head coach today, said that Brandon Dubinsky needed a tetanus shot after he was bitten by Shaone Morrisonn during a scrum, that Dubinsky got the misconduct because he was trying to show the officials he was bleeding.

Shoenfeld also said that Donald Brashear and Colton Orr nearly got involved in a pregame warmup incident, and that he thought Brashear could have been ejected from the game right there (Orr didn’t play). As an aside, I saw Brashear and ref Bill McCreary exchange pleasantries and smiles at the end of the game, on the ice.

It was Brashear who knocked Blair Betts from the game with an open-ice elbow to the head which went completely unpenalized. Betts didn’t return, and obviously has a concussion. He was very wobbly as he was helped off the ice.

“I didn’t see it at the time,” Schoenfeld said. “I saw it on the replay. It was a late hit to the head. It was pretty vicious. He’s a pretty strong guy … and Bettsy didn’t see it coming. And he’s hurt signifcantly.”

Some other Schoenfeld remarks:

“We had some guys who were locked in and ready to go and we had some other guys who wanted to test the water.”

Wow! In Game 6, up 3-2 at home? Wow. That’s an indictment.

In general about the Capitals being better. “They’re one-on-ones. … We frankly just didn’t win enough one-on-one battles. And if we don’t win our share of one-on-one battles in Washington it could be a similar fate.”

“It doesn’t matter who’s in, who’s out. The task at hand is the task at hand. We have to find a way to get it done or it’s over. It’s that simple … I think our guys have enough character, have enough courage, have enough want to get it done. If not, what’s the sense of even going to Washington?”

And this might be foreboding: 

“We had some guys who I could tell were physically gassed.  I could just tell that they wanted to give, and they didn’t have it to give.”

The players to a man refused to use the Tortorella suspension as an excuse:

“We’re not going to use that as an excuse,” Scott Gomez said. “That’s no excuse.”

And here was the captain about Tuesday night: 

“We’ve been booed at home, we changed coaches at midseason, now we’ve got to go play a Game 7 on the road,” Chris Drury said. “Given what this group has been through, we should be ready for anything.”

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  1. Carp you’re joking that Dubi got a misconduct for trying to show the ref his bleeding hand

  2. Tough to Swallow on

    Well…The Tides have turned.

    You can say what you want about what will happen Tuesday, but the fact is that when Henrik is average, so goes the ship.

    Rangers even had 8 power plays to 2, and it didnt mean a lick.

    Does anyone have a glimmer of hope for Tuesday? Henrik stole 3 games before, he can do it again right?

  3. just ugly all around, i feel like our leaders are basically spinning broken records at this point. i’d consider myself a fairly faithful fan but i’m not seeing good things in the rangers’ immediate future. our failure to capitalize on really big chances (see naslund/zherdev) are really starting to cost us.

  4. So lets see….

    1) Brashear goes after Orr pre-game
    2) Brashear destroys Betts illegally…nothing done
    3) Mara pushes Brashear into the boards…penalty
    3) Dubi checks from behind…penalty
    4) Dubi gets bit in the hand…nothing done
    5) Dubi gets a misconduct for trying to show the ref his hand
    6) They call a charging penalty, finally, on Ovechkin with the game out of hand

    I’m sorry, but that adds up to just as much as 2+2=5

  5. The first period in Game 4 is the template needed to be followed for a win in Game 7 because there was a will and a determination that night that set the tone.

    There was none of that today, and that is inexplicable. The effort wasn’t close to being good enough. How that could be, I don’t know, but it is pretty unforgivable.

  6. suspending Brashear means jack. he took a key player out for the Rangers, intentionally with the blessing of the coach.

    they should have given him a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. the rangers lost there #1 PK guy, and received no powerplay.

    Is suspending him a punishment??To who?

    This incident just shows what a joke the NHL is. Watch the replay betts was going to the bench, gave up the puck 2 seconds before he was hit with a blatant elbow to the head from a moron who has had a previous head injury. The stupidity is astounding.

    Yeah it had no affect on the game my bad.. Dubi gets a double minor and a 10 minute penalty and Grenn who when hit was at least 3 feet from the boards was hurt so bad he started the PP on the ice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THink about that………

    The rangers got there PP’s when the game was over.

    THAT IS THE NHL AND REF’S DOING THAT SO THE YCAN SAY THE GAME WAS FAIRLY CALLED LOOK AT THE PENALTIES.

    Again thug, animal, discussing human being got no penalty for bruising someone’s brain intentionally and you yo yo’s are debating this!!!!!!!again suspending him is like suspending Voros, irrelevant…

    any hack who disputes this is a bias moron on the nhl payroll and related to buttman and colin moron campbell

  7. i actually thought the rangers played a good 1st period I cannot disagree iwth Mcguire more. The 3rd goal was a unfortunate pinch by staal as the PP ended and boom.

    there was a goal Kozlov right after Zherdev missed a goal, etc.. the rangers did not get many breaks and Henrik played poorly…

  8. Hey Chris,
    You and the other overpaid players deserved all the boos you got this year.

  9. I thought the Brash hit was way late and dirty. I dont like to see it, and it was obvious the board on Green was retaliation.

    That being said, look at the rap sheet Avery has…he could of put Jurcina out big time. Crying about the Brashear hit is a mute point…I would just accept that the team was really lucky to get a 3-1 lead, and still have a chance to win this series.

  10. I always wondered why McSorley took his stick and two handed Brashear in the the head with his stick. Now I know! Brashear is a class less punk!

  11. And Drury…do all of us fans a favor…beg for a trade out of town.

    Don’t know who said it first, but I’m using the line now:

    CHRIS DRURY couldn’t lead a dog on a leash.

  12. Yeah, look at Avery’s rap sheet. Suspended once for an off the ice incident. Brashear is a thug on skates.

  13. I actually think that the Rangers have a good chance of winning in D.C. if they can keep the game low scoring and boring.

    The pressure’s now on the Caps to finish the Rangers off.

    The Rangers are depleted and have nothing to lose.

    Watch them go out and bore the Caps into submission…

  14. Carp have you heard if they have anything on replay of Morrisonn biting Dubi? If so how can the league overlook that?

  15. PBR…same exact thing I thought while watching the game.

    How about sitting Nicky Z?
    He has done nothing….turnover that leads to 2nd Caps goal and misses 2 wide open nets today, sickening.
    No idea who we replace him with but Sather BETTER NOT sign him next year.

  16. Do you start Henrik? The Caps bumped Jose pretty quick. You could argue Lundy is killing the Rangers right now. He has been awful.

  17. 1st – can we please stop with all of the stats/history for each game??? I don’t care about the fly that landed on the nose of my great great great Uncle’s best friend’s sister in the second game of the 1936 playoff game between the Rangers and the Frankfurt Fiddle Players – which happened to be exactly 44 years, 235 days, 17 hours and 37 seconds to the day that Marc Staal was born..please..it all means nothing to me..

    2nd – I dont believe that there is a conspiracy against the Rangers, but it is mind boggling that this series has seen some unfair officiating and rulings

    3rd – I will be a die hard Ranger fan to the end and will not count them out until the buzzer sounds in Game 7, but they just do not have the firepower nor the drive and desire to win any significant amount in this playoff.

    4th – Brandon Dubinski should, hands down, be our captain next year..with Cally taking on the “A”

    5th – We NEED a goal scorer

    6th – Torts benching Avery was sort of a double edged sword type of thing. Avery cant throw a hit now because he is looked at under a microscope by the officials, and Avery cant throw a hit now because he might get benched. it was obvious today too that he held up at every chance he had to throw a hit..very discouraging

    7th – We NEED a goal scorer

    8th – Our PP makes me want to slide down a mountain full of razors into a pool of salt water.

    Thank you.

    Game 7. Let’s Go. I guess

  18. DC-Joe,

    The only reason we are sniffing a Game 7 is because of Henrik. While he’s let in some questionable goals over the last two games, you cannot sit him in the biggest game of the year.

    That said, I feel like this team has no chance. This is the same feeling I had when the Sawx forced a Game 7 in the 2004 ALCS. Dead team walking.

  19. Drury’s comments to me don’t sound like a leader trying to regain his team’s confidence…

    Sounds like a meek man already reaching for the excuse bucket.

    Any comments from Torts after the game?

    And I’ll admit…maybe the Rangers SHOULD rethink Henrik in net. He’s giving up goals from all angles last two games. Maybe a change in net takes away that edge.

    And let’s be honest now…at this point Henrik is being bested by a 20 year old. Not that the entire team isn’t at fault…but Henrik has put in two ridiculously sub-par efforts in a row.

  20. 2 straight uninspired games. Just flat out pathetic. I feel I can say this because I don’t get too high after a win or too low after a loss. This team looks like it just flat out has given up. It’s defensive play was enough to get us through the first half of this series, but once Washington found a way to make Hank look human, it is just downhill from there.

    My prediction for Game 7. I think we come out and put up a hell of a fight, and make this a close game. It is not going to be as one sided as the last 2. With that being said, I think we lose on the road to complete an utterly disgusting bed shi**ing of a series.

    I really hope they prove me wrong, and maybe Torts having a look at his team from above, maybe gave him a better look at some things they can do better as a team, but I just don’t think we are coming back from this one.

    For a team that has blown leads in games more times than I can count, I can’t say I am too surprised that they would blow a series lead to a better team.

    You can say that Hank should have made a few more saves, but you can’t blame these losses on him. We had some major major breakdowns here. Breakdowns, that should not have happened from a team that was so strong defensively all year. I am not saying that our D was so strong, I am that out team D was strong.

    Even though a meltdown by our team wasn’t too far fetched of a possibility, I am so damn let down and depressed right now. I know it is not over yet, but it sure as hell feels like it is.

  21. onecupin69years on

    Schoenfeld lost any credibility as a coach with this loss. The team didn’t respond or play with any purpose.

  22. Henrik is a great goalie…He may be worn out…he has faced alot of shots…even he said in interviews that they just keep coming and dont stop…It has to catch up with you right?

    I never played goal, but I can only imagine…

  23. It’s crazy that some people are still here complaining about the refs. The refs have been since the lockout. Get the over it.

    If you think the reason this series is going to game 7 is because of the refs, or some conspiracy against the Rangers, you’re out of your mind. The Caps have OBVIOUSLY been a better team in 5 out of 6 games so far (game 1 is debatable). The Refs have nothing to do with the fact that the Caps have more talent, more speed, more strength, and apparently bring more intensity and passion to the ice than the Rangers do in half these games. That’s why we’re going to game 7.

  24. onecupin69years on

    But this is typical NYR hockey for 80 plus years, they dangle the carrot in the fans faces and choke.

  25. Paul Mara's beard~(formerly I miss the 78-79 Rangers) on

    We know what happened last time Drury said this team was ready. That was for game 5. ‘Nuff said.

  26. Carp, did you sense any anger from the Ranger players for a)the Brashear hit or b) for kozlav running over hank after the goal and 5 caps celebrating over the top of him?

    I’m mad, wondering if the team is…

  27. Face it folks, the Rangers are just a soft team – they have been that way all year. Who, besides Orr, do the Caps fear? Answer – nobody. So they are free to do whatever they feel like because there will be no retribution, and even if there were, the refs will protect them from those evil nasty Rangers who keep trying to break the Caps sticks with their faces.

    In the last game, Ovechkin checked Callahan along the boards, and as they were going down, he gave Cally a two-hander across the head. They showed replays of this yesterday and today. No comment from the announcers and of course no call. The correct call was a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. But Ovechkin will never get such a call in his entire career.

    My advice: since they will call mickey mouse penalties on the Rangers no matter how well they play, particularly in a 7th game in Washington, the Rangers must make the penalties worth something. They need to revive the fine art of butt-ending, spearing and cross-checks to the mouth. If you’re going to do the time, you might as well get the benefits of the crime.

  28. The conspiracy continues. Bettman is killing the nhl. Ovechkin and crosbys teams get cart blanche out there every night. I’m so furious at so many people and things right now

  29. THE PUCK DROPS HERE on

    I just do not understand Rangers teams. If they don’t have the motivation to play hard, then no team does. The NY market, the fan base, the salaries, Original Six team….. what more incentive do you need to give it your ALL EVERY GAME? Why or how they turn it on for some games and are flat for others is beyond me. We know they can play better! They are not the best team by a long shot but they continually fail to play up to their potential. It’s maddening! This is the SC playoffs for God’s sake! Go out and MAKE SOME NOISE. At least go down with a fight (and I don’t mean on-ice antics)!

  30. It’s really too bad Betts was hurt, but that hit is no more dangerous then the one on Green. If Green got hurt you would probably say it was no big deal…

    Avery could of crushed Jurcina’s eye with that butt end…Pothier could of had stiches from his hick stick too, and Avery also speared Erskine in the face in game 3.

    These things happen…I think the anger from Betts hit is because he was hurt…look at the replay…it was a late hit, but Brash is taller…It was dirty…but no suspension…not if Avery hasnt been suspeded.

  31. Amen to that, Bob…First shift drive into the net sticks high on the goalie. Then make the first period about taking out Ovechkin any way possible.

    If the Caps can put out Mr. Goon to take out one of our guys…it’s eye for an eye time.

    They’re gonna do down in flames anyway…at least pretend you have pride in your jersey. The ought to be forced to watch video of the Betts hit and the celebration over Henrik again and again and again until they get the message.

    But they won’t. This is a horrifically soft team led by the weakest “leaders” of any NHL team. They quit in the first period today just like they quit in the first period of last game.

    Forget the gap in talent…there’s NO excuse for a team to not give 100%

  32. The entire Washington Capitals organization is a disgrace to the NHL and to humanity. Their fans are ignorant and vulgar. Their security guards are incompetent. Alex Ovechkin has remarkable talent, but he disrespects the league with his antics (i.e. sitting on the Rangers bench during their practice). They have dirty players like Brashear who has no other role on his team and does not contribute in any way aside from being a thug. And now this…they resort to biting players on the opposition?

    Disgusting. I now officially hate the Capitals more than the Devils, more than the Islanders and more than the Flyers. And that’s saying something.

    And to make matters worse, apparently Dubinsky’s misconduct was not related to the checking from behind call. It was because he was trying to show the refs his arm was bleeding from having been bitten, and the refs interpreted it as excessive whining.

    Wow. I’ve seen it all. Something has to be done about the bias and incompetence of the officiating in the NHL.

  33. Losers.

    This team sucks, i wish everyone besides Hank, Cally, Dubi, and Staal were traded.

    Better yet, it’s a real shame we didn’t tank so we can get a guy like Tavares, or Hedman for the future.

    This team makes me sick, and ruined my summer, like they always do. Prepare for the worst for game 7.

    In the end, Carp was right, Nyr wont win this series. I feel like such an idiot for backing these losers up. I hate Drury, i hate Gomez, i hate everyone.

  34. “I saw Brashear and ref Bill McCreary exchange pleasantries and smiles at the end of the game, on the ice.”

    And you all thought my “fix” conspiracy was stupid!

  35. Wow how renney got to the players is unbelievable. The team has no balls,no scorer and no size oh and did I say no balls.Dubi and Calli were the only players who even resembled trying. Drury and gomez were terrible along with the rest of the team. To bad Hank was left by himself in the biggest game of the year. Hank was off his game too but he had no help.
    The gorilla who wears #87 for the craps should be suspended at least 10 games. What a joke that all he got was a 2 min penalty. If that was Avery he would have gotten a 2 a 5 and a game then suspended. But buttmans stoogies obviously missed it (bullshit) as they have most of the year when it is against Avery or a Ranger.But the Rangers dress Voros and not Orr. Orr is just as good hockey wise and canfight and win them.I wouldn’t get rid of orr I’d just get him some help.We are being run and we have no one of size heart and balls to do it back especially when our only fighter is benched.Didn’t the team realize something was going to happen when the gorilla tried to start with Orr during warm ups.
    Before Torts came here I said if they made the playoffs they would be one and done. Then Torts came and the team started to play with some balls and attitude but unfourtunately Iwas right and it looks like they will be 1 and done. Torts had a very good seat for evaluatimg his ahem players and hopefully he knows who has to go for next year. As a long time Ranger fan I want them to win tue more than anything and shut up the craps and the rest of the trash that have been comming on our site and showing there class or lack of class.Thankfully Dubi Calli and Staal have showed they can play and are a good foundation for the future. I didn’t mention Hank because I didn’t think anyone would be stupid enough to not already know that.
    How wasn’t koslov not pemalized for running over hank? Why didn’t someone drop there gloves and pound him or anyone else while they enjoyed the goal still on top of Hank.Oh yea no heart no balls end of statement.If that was another teams goalie there would have been a war out there but not with the Rangers and why just remember what I already said and keep repeating it over and over.

  36. Just watched the Betts hit again in slo mo. There is no question in my mind Brashear will get MORE than a 1 game suspension. Not sure if they call it an elbow or not, but Betts shot puck in and the puck was JUST ABOVE the faceoff circle in Caps end while Betts was STANDING at center ice WHEN Brashear hit him! I can’t believe refs blew that. No way Betts expected to be hit that late. Where is that smurf lawyer Bettman now?

  37. Dubinsky bit himself and tried to get Morrison kicked out of the game…The refs knew it…that was the misconduct…

    Why would you get a 10 minute penalty for showing the ref an injury?

  38. Dr. Ogrodnick on

    Conspiracy:
    The difference is, every other incident you mentioned was penalized in game. Had the Rangers been awarded the appropriate 5 minute major, then the game goes in a completely different direction. Brashear knew exactly what he was doing. The only excuse for not calling it is not seeing it, which then brings up the question why are they allowed to call a penalty on Avery in Boston after watching the replay but not here? The fact that Brashear gets nothing in game yet Dubinsky gets 10 for trying to show the ref his bloody hand after being bitten is a disgrace, and demostrates once again what a joke the NHL is.

  39. I have to say this game was brutal to watch. I know the Caps are a better team blah blah.. but before these distractions between coach and player and coach and league the team at least showed focus. Now they are an unfocused mess who frankly looks anemic and tired. there was a point in the game even strength i though I saw red scrimmage jerseys on the Rangers as the Caps passed the puck around for 45 seconds looking for the highest quality shot.

    Also, No retaliation by any of those midgets after Betts gets jobbed is disgraceful, add another one to the list to the Rangers legacy of On ice cowardice. Speaking of cowardice thanks to Rick and this awesome blog for giving me the heads up on the Game #5 viewing party on April 24th. I got to ask Jeff Beukeboom about the cowardly Matt Johnson Cheap shot that ended 23’s career.

    Listen it looks hopeless now but sillier things have happened in sports. Let’s Go Rangers !!!

    The Mouth

    Ranger Crisis # 25

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWLxYfWTQtE

  40. I’m not saying that the Rangers wouldn’t have lost anyway. But you are an absolute fool if you don’t think that the refs are biased. An absolute fool.

  41. This was a joke. Why didn’t we send someone out (orr but he didn’t play, maybe voros) with 10 min left in the third to run their goalie, perhaps clean his clock like Brashear did to betts????? Please someone tell me. Please

  42. Hank is my favorite player but this series is a summary of his career. Brilliant most of the time, but very ordinary the rest.

  43. went to the game —

    Brashear won it for them – the rangers never recovered.

    Dirty Play – so obvious from the top = but that’s what he’s there for – and the rangers don’t have anyone to balance it out.

  44. The only way to keep stuff like what happened with Betts out of the game is to self-officiate. This is how soccer works and it works great. Voros, who is completely worthless anyway, should have beat the living hell out of varmalov and been done with it. That’s the only solution to a brute like Brashear.

  45. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    the officiating/NHL in this series is worse than last series with Shittsburgh. When they stole games 1, 2 and 5 from the Rangers.

    And Cano just earned himself another benching for not running out a ground ball… as in not leaving the batter’s box.

  46. Was the lineup submitted after Brashear’s message in warmup Schoenfeld’s call or Tortorella’s? Did Torts demilitarize by removing Orr before the challenge even happened (as per the league’s noon moratorium on Tort’s contact with the team)?

    If so, it was incredibly wrongheaded in light of the Rangers’ Game 5 weakness.

    Or was the lineup submission (presumably after Brashear’s name appeared on the Caps’ card) really Schoeny’s call?

    One of the two (or both) got used by Boudreau.

  47. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Well here’s to hoping that Ovarychkin celebrates with a joyride on the yellow cart at the Verizon Center… in the dark… with Brashangutan with him.

  48. the saddest part about the brashear hit, was nothing was done in retaliation for it. no one stood up for betts. no one did jack. no one went after ovie, semin, federov, backstrom…the green hit was an attempt, but in reality it didnt do much.

    i know this is nothing new with this team. they are soft, they are small, they have no thunder, save for orr who was scratched. they have minimal leadership.

    betts is one of the few heart and soul guys the NYR have and they just turned away from him getting knocked out. terrible, gutless, i was ashamed of all of them. especially near the end of the game when it was a blowout. someone could have tried to do something.

    most of the vets need to go in the offseason. they need to build around hank, staal, dubie, callahan, girardi. betts, sjo and orr could be brought back as well but everyone else needs to find a new place to play their flaccid hockey.

  49. PRU

    I don’t know, the dive in game 1, and missing the high sticking double minor on Malone, but calling the one on Drury.

    Tough call.

    Each year, it gets worse.

    06 – Swept by the Devils
    07 – Blew a lead with 7 Seconds left, and losing in OT, and losing the series in the next game
    08 – Blow a 3 goal lead in game 1, and lose in 5, in BS fashion
    09 – Potentially blow a 3-1 lead in the series, and lose in game 7

    It gets worse, and worse. More depressing by the year.

    CTRAIN

    Nobody had the balls to do that, and Brash barely played the 3rd period.

  50. Isn’t it funny, the last time Orr was scratched, Fedoruk ran at everyone, and threw cheap shots, and Orr is scratched for the first time since, and Brash takes a cheap shot at him.

    Honestly, im not joking, i hope Orr ends Brashear’s career in game 7. I hope he knocks him out like he did to Fedoruk, and Brash has to be taken off on a stretcher, and is forced to retire.

    Scumbag.

  51. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    ORR
    Don’t forget Game 2 when that wonderful ref Dan O’Halloran blew the whistle (among other things) before the puck crossed the line when that rat Fleury didn’t have it covered… and every time Henrik controlled the puck it took an extra 5 seconds for the refs to blow the whistle.

  52. Some interesting comments here tonite- the Caps are better, have played better, the refs stink, the league has it in for the Rangers, Brashear should have gotten a major (absolutely)- but one thing I’ve noticed in the last two games- the Caps are clearly a better coached team than the Rangers- they have gone to school on the Ranger PP. Now don’t get me wrong, four nuns with electric brooms could probably stymie this bunch, but the Caps seem to be arriving to put pressure BEFORE the puck gets there. I thought one good thing about playing the Caps was going to be that we would at least be able to score against their weak defense- oh well. Lets just say I don’t think I was wrong about how good they were… I’ll leave it at that. Game seven- Drury must sit. Rangers only hope is that Caps show up tight. Brashear will get suspended for “rest of series” see Rangers the NHL is fair.

  53. Another painful game. I honestly don’t know if I’m even going to watch game 7, I don’t know if I can take it. The hit on betts is par for the course from that j.o. I’m not big on the conspiracy stuff but I will say that if it was any cap on the ice and Avery made the hit, even if none of the four refs “didn’t see it” it would have been assumed Avery made a cheap shot and off to the box he goes. I’m tired of being the team that makes history for the wrong reasons! One post said maybe it would have been better if they tanked to get a high draft pick…see before the lockout, and see what high draft picks have done for this team, ie jessiman, montoya etc. They would have screwed that up too.

  54. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    abindy April 26th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    “four nuns with electric brooms”

    That sounds like the start of a good joke

  55. At least the Devils are doing their Rangers impression tonight and are letting Carolina smoke them. The only thing I can smile about today

  56. -Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t we have FIFTY–50!! blocked shots in the first two games combined. I don’t think we’ve had a total of 50 in the 4 games since. Talk about hanging Henke out to dry.
    -Any coach would kill for just one game in a series where you get outplayed and your goalie stands on his head and steals you a win. Henrik’s stolen 2…arguably 3…what more can be expected?
    -Zherdev proves the stereotype of lazy Russian players who would rather make fancy plays and look good and lose, rather than work hard, get dirty in the trenches and win. How many open nets can you miss in one series…?
    -On NBC they said “Who’s going to take charge of this Ranger team? Who is going to lead on and off the ice and turn this around for them?” Seems to me there was a big man who used to wear number 68 that, if nothing else, could/would be double shifted to take back momentum, control the puck and make plays to get us going…glad we didn’t keep that guy.

  57. Hey Dave:

    Rewind the game to where Zherdev misses the open net. Watch how he instinctively skates AWAY from the net in spite of his backhand shot toward the net. That’s not easy to do! That takes serious noncommitment.

    And remember, the Rangers scratched Orr so the Caps could scratch Betts with impunity… so Zherdev could continue to dazzle.

  58. @Dave G

    Agreed sir. Z has really disappointed in the last dozen+ games. He’s lazy and doesn’t like the get in front of the net. Antropov is making his fellow Russian look bad. Naslund had a bad day, should have buried that open net goal.

    Hopefully the stars align and we can pull this one out so that we can get swept by Boston.

  59. Paul Mara's beard~(formerly I miss the 78-79 Rangers) on

    GET VALARMOV!!

    That’s all I have to say. If they can be Neanderthals and go after our best defensive player, we should do the same.

  60. Oh no doubt…Z has perfected the art of slacking off and giving roughly 40% effort.

    And to the comment about Antropov…give me a guy who’s passionate, give me a guy who is so frustrated with himself and the team that he goes to the bench and nearly kills someone as he’s taking out his frustrations, give me someone who cares. I’ll never take that away from him at least…I’ll take Antro on a bad day any day over Nik Twinkle-Toes

  61. notice the hockey geek morons on tv and print will mention zippo about the brashear hit and when the goon gets suspended they will say that is fair.

    it is if the rangers are forced to not pla ywith VOros, that would be some hinderance to the team!!!!

    the PK gave up 2 goals I think today, nah Betts being cheap shotted had nothing to do with it.. My bad.. Gary buttman and colin clown this league is a joke…

  62. i cant fukken understand..if i wanted to get behind the ranger bench to shake torts’ hand i would be tossed but some fukken trash gets to have his ear for 90 minutes until he snaps and somehow rangers pay the price. what message does this say…fans can really have an outcome on the series…they suere fukken did. fine…. suspent torts but the caps coach should have been suspended as well for lack of security at that venue.

  63. PRU

    Oh yeah, i forgot aboot that. I think that was Dubi, or Straka scoring that goal.

    Now that you mentioned that, right now, i gotta say that series was worse. But this one definitely is right next to it, depending on how it ends on tuesday.

    Go Canes. Fugg the Devs, and that fat ass Browhore.

  64. It’s too late for this team to take the initiative and get some payback for the hit on Betts.

    If this team had an ounce, just an ounce of heart, they would have got payback today. Frontier justice is the only kind you can depend on when officiating is so inept as to endanger players on the ice.

    When I think of the Rangers, all I think of is a bunch of heartless mercenaries eager to end their shift and get back to the bench so they can plan how to spend their money.

    They should have run the Caps goalie and made damn sure to leave Ovechkin feeling might sore. But they didn’t…they wouldn’t…they can’t.

    I never mind it when the team I root for is beaten by a superior team. I DO mind it when the team I root for rolls over and dies like this one has.

  65. Dr. Ogrodnick on

    There will be plenty of time for cheap shots next game once we are being blown out. You can also bet we will be penalized for every single one of them.

  66. Paul Mara's beard~(formerly I miss the 78-79 Rangers) on

    PS

    People who went to that game today should ask for a refund. Even if they don’t get it, just bug them about it. Be a pain in their @sses.

  67. Let’s be honest about it. Even in their wins the Rangers have been terrible this series.

    Maybe we will luck out Tuesday so we can get swept by Boston.

  68. Paul Mara's beard~(formerly I miss the 78-79 Rangers) on

    Dr. Ogrodnick April 26th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    There will be plenty of time for cheap shots next game once we are being blown out. You can also bet we will be penalized for every single one of them.

    Doc,

    It would be worth penalty time or suspensions to get revenge on these scumbags.

  69. Was in the city on this beautiful day and THANK GOD I decided not to go. Rangers had things happening and such but I’m pinning this loss on Lundqvist. He has to be better and can’t be letting in that many goals again.

    The team wasn’t perfect but by the standards that I hold for the guy, he was the worst player on the ice. And SUCKED when he needed to be his best again.

    W’re making this rookie goaltender look like the next Cam Ward which isn’t helping.

    But whatever. People say all they want about momentum but all tha matters is game 7. Get it together boys, let’s all play our best at the same time! LGR!!!!!

  70. Dr. Ogrodnick on

    Can’t say that I disagree, Mara’s beard. I was hoping worthless Voros would be a good soldier and finally contribute to the team with some violence and a suspension, but I guess not.

  71. Brashear is such a scumbag and your right CJP we should have done something about it today. Maybe they’ll let Orr have some fun if the game goes badly…

  72. No room for taking cheap shots or settling the score for cheap in a game 7. There’s always next season for that. Nobody and nothing is bigger than the team and this game.

  73. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    I would rather Antropov take out his frustration on his commie comrade Ovarychkin than on his own stick on the Rangers bench.

  74. Call up Byers, Weise, Bell (Do waivers apply during the playoffs?) and Anisimov? It’s too sketchy to call a defenseman—let these guys play in practice—put one or two of them in for Zherdev and/or Voros? All of these guys skate better than Voros and will hit and play with more passion than Zherdev. Byers and Weise have three goals each in the Pack’s first round defeat—even if we lose game seven (Looks unavoidable the way they’ve played the last seven periods) some of the young guys get a taste of playoff hockey—ideas?

  75. Its amazing how some see things very differently.
    First of all, Brashear should have been tossed before game started. That is the harse ruling the NHL said they would take! NO, of course not, they were playing the Rangers.
    Second, The same guy tries to take off our best pk and faceoff man’s head, no 5 minute major. not even a minor???Caps power play now has open door the rest of series. ( that’s ok its AO vs Rangers )
    Third, a coach gets suspended for elimination game at home
    for squirting water! at a fan that was harrasing the team all game! that areana officals ignored complaints
    NO, the league loves the Rangers!

    Give me a break Chris and others. You don;t think these things had any consequence to game!

  76. Paul Mara's beard~(formerly I miss the 78-79 Rangers) on

    Thanks, Pru

    Has there been any word on if Betts is ok yet?

  77. No Country For Old Rangers on

    Jaromir’s shadow looms large. I miss the greatest offensive player in Rangers history. Love Jagr. Hate Sather. Rangers in 5, Rangers in 6, Rangers in 7.

  78. OH, for those who say Avery is dirty. Stupid maybe,careless possible but he does not look to injure someone intentionly.
    & Dubi’s hit on Green? Dubi tried to hold up and Green went down like he was hit by lightning. He never hit the boards, just went down.

  79. I definitely play AA. they need a center.. He is big and can play…

    betts is not great but he is great Pk, is pretty big, and can win facoffs. On a team like this with so many issues his loss hurts a lot….

  80. The dubi hit was not even a penalty. green was over 3 feet from the boards.. he was so hurt that he started the PP on the ice……

    brashear tried to hurt Betts Avery probably would not do that, big difference…

  81. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    I read Betts is doubtful for Tuesday. Schoenfeld said the injury is “severe”

  82. Tough to swallow, you’re 100% correct when you say”When Lunqvist is average so goes the ship”. Unless he plays like God we don’t win. Everyone has his number on high on the glove side shots and the jig is up. It’s a shame because we had some chance b4 STUPID Tort’s benched Avery and then became the super hypocrit by freeken up the chemistry of the entire club. I was there Wed. nite & they played a great team game. Why would you want to change anything other than bringing up Ansinanov to replace Drury with a broken wrist. Why are they playing Drury. He severely hurt. And why was ther no retribution to Brashire for what he did to Betts. That’s Assault on any street. Torterella really blew this series with his hothead mentality. Make Schoenfeld the GM & bring in Graves & Messier to coach this team. I’M FREEKEN FED UP. Also, the only players we keep next year are Lunqvist, Staal, Callahan, Dubie, Korpi, & Girardi. Dump everyone else no matter what it takes. Bring up the youth from Hartford and with the Cap space obtain some 1ST tier players. TIME FOR TOTAL RE-TOOLING

  83. If you watch the Brashear hit in slow motion, you can clearly see that he also left his feet to hit Betts in the head with his elbow. Through him out of the league.

  84. With the Rangers luck, Brashear will be suspended for game 7, and the Caps will dress Nylander who will score the winning goal in OT.

  85. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    ORR
    In the differences between this series and the pens series last year, the officiating was just as bad, but here guys are getting away with trying to seriously injure people (although I just remembered about Malkin twice slew-footing Mara in the end of the Rangers shutout win at home)

    Cheap elbow to the face – no penalty
    Trying to eat Dubinsky’s hand – no penalty
    Showing the ref you were bit – 10 minute misconduct
    Squirting water at a homeless drunk guy – game suspension

  86. rangers are done…don’t know if i can deal with the BS for next two days…”WELL, if you would have tried to sell me a 3-3 series two weeks ago i would have bought it” (again) team full of pussys. period.

  87. No Country For Old Rangers on

    Squirting water at a homeless drunk guy – game suspension

    hahah that’s great

    i miss pru too man. i rather have pru and jagr than dru and gomez anyday

  88. 1. The playoffs are not the time for a coach to make a point. Whether Avery would have made a difference or not in game 5, he should have been dressed. Torts came in in the last quarter of the season. His job was to get it turned around, make the playoffs and try to steal the first round. He begins his reign of accountability in training camp and moves forward.
    2. Torts was wrong with the fan incident. Period. If there is an issue, you call over the ref to have it corrected. If nothing is done, you pull your team off the ice and bench for security reasons and don’t return until your team is safe. I blame Schoenfeld for not understanding this.
    3. No matter what happens in Game 7, someone with smarts needs to be making decisions in the front office. Build around the core of Ghirardi, Stall, Callahan, Korp and any other youth in the system. Some others merit return for what they have done this year – Betts, Avery. Do what you can with the rest. Some need to be moved, if possible.
    4. Revamp the power play. These guys have been playing since they were four years old, and they still just stand around. Move with the puck, move without the puck. Create open lanes, short and quick and on the stick passes.

    No matter what happens in Game 7, and I don’t think the Rangers have a chance unless they all of sudden grit it out, the new mindset starts on Wednesday.

  89. Cheap elbow to the face – no penalty
    Trying to eat Dubinsky’s hand – no penalty
    Showing the ref you were bit – 10 minute misconduct
    Squirting water at a homeless drunk guy – game suspension

    That was classic man…couldn’t be put any better

  90. No Country For Old Rangers on

    i just watched the dubinsky hit on nhl network, he def. held up and green went down like a ton of bricks. hate green. we have no hope game 7 if they keep exposing hanks weak high glove side.

  91. No Colton - No Backbone on

    What a stupid and desperate move to sit Colton, who has played every game. Some people only know what is in the boxscore and can’t figure out that the team plays with more bravado when the sherrif is in the game. A white flag waving performance after the coach sent his team into battle without their biggest gun. Pathetic and cowardly decision that costs us betts.

    Blame Torts, not Brashear.

  92. Many good points by many tonight about the hit on Betts, the ridiculous misconduct on Dubi, the giddiness of the NHL in propping up Washington at the Rangers’ expense …..

    But the big story is getting obscured: The effort today was sub-standard, even for a game against Colorado in January. And the effort wasn’t there because the leadership on this team is non-existent. There is no excuse for the lack of hum and buzz and will ——- and that is on Gomez and Drury and Naslund and Redden entirely. Clean them all out, get rid of them.

    Oh, by the way, Zherdev is a coward. The giveaway on the first goal against is all you need to know about why he needs to be gone as soon as this season is over. No heart, no guts, no sack. Goodbye.

  93. We are all disgusted by the Rangers general lack of heart. We’ve bitched and moaned, but the root cause, as many have said, is Sather’s choice of players. The only solution is if Dolan wakes up and fires him.

    Yes, we are all Ranger fans, but anyone watching this series and the appalling “standard” of refeering has to question the integrity of the league. This sh*t has to stop. Of course Buttman won’t do anything, as he is the only human being that is flexible enough to lick his own crotch, and that keeps him happy and occupied all day long. Pathetic.

    As I said the other day, I want to see someone on this team, other than Dubi and Cally, grow a pair and put some Capitals teeth on the ice as payback. Sure penalties will be called, but its WAY past time to send a message.

  94. When Jagr was not re-signed this season, Gomez said he and Drury were excited and ready to lead the team. Lousy job by them all season and into the playoffs.
    And sure, Zherdev has not played well, and he’s missed several open nets, but he’s also not getting paid 7 million dollars. As Gretzky once said, who cares if the young kids make mistakes, it’s the highly paid veterans who better perform and earn their huge paychecks. And that’s not happening on the Rangers. Nor has it happened all season.
    And by the way, why did Dubinsky need a tetanus shot? Isn’t it the Rangers medical staff’s responsibility to keep players up to date on their shots? You’re supposed to have that shot every ten years. It’s not impressive for the Rangers to be whining about everything — they’re losing because of their own inadequacies.

  95. you heard it here first. the Rangers will win on wed

    now, it might be the Texas Rangers of baseball, but, they are Rangers

  96. Zherdev – wow, what a disappointment and lost cause that guy is. I was a fan, of his moves and skill, at least, until the playoffs. This guy has completely disappeared, and when he is visible, its cause he’s turning his back and running away from something.

  97. Naslund, Gomez, Drury, Redden, Rozi…these are the veterans that are supposed to step up and lead us and yet they have done nothing different in the playoffs…And Sather is never going anywhere unless he resigns…All of us that have Cablevision should threaten to switch unless Sather is fired…at least it would get a point across.

  98. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Slew-footing a player twice because your team is getting shutot – no penalty

  99. Anyone else ever wonder why Drury has bounced around so much despite being such a great “leader?”

  100. I was at the game and that hit from Brashear was not a hit, I considered it a mugging, he should of been arrested for that life threatening hit on Betts.

    I had posted the Rangers in 6 before the series began, after being at todays game I just gotta borrow a motto from the NEW YORK METS “GOTTA BELIEVE” and that is the mode I am in.

    I seriously hope on Tuesday being that it is a double feature battle between two teams from the Atlantic Division vs. two teams from the Southeast Division, I HOPE THE ATLANTIC DIVISION WINS ON TUESDAY.

  101. The officiating was compliments of the WWE (world wrestling entertainment) and not the NHL

  102. Wow…I never knew that Colorado traded to Drury to Calgary in order to get a top defenseman…and that defenseman was Derek Morris!

  103. the attitude of the league and the TV morons was summed up at the end of the game when clueless nerd ahole Emrick joked about the Rangers blaming a lack of security in Wash, and he basically belittled the team and us, their fans, and even cackling Edzo, former Ranger from ’94, laughed at us too.

    then douchebag Pierre interviewed the Caps like they were conquering heroes.

  104. ZzZz ? ZzZz !! says Greg L. on

    Biggest choke sinse 1994 but luckily we won that time and can do it this time but were not home which could be a good thing.

  105. This series really does show the gigantic void left by #68. I miss having a guy that can turn it on and literally take over the game by himself (not counting Henrik). Sadly, with our cap situation, we won’t be able to experience that situation for a while.

    I’m going to watch YouTube highlights from the Devils series last year. That’s about the only thing that will cheer me up right now.

  106. I want the Canes to win, not fatso Brodeur and his debbies. and their annoying dumbass announcers, emrick and chico

  107. Of course they do…Once Carolina and Wash win Tuesday…they will finally have their Ovie Crosby matchup.

  108. it’s all about $$$$. the league wants to promote Cindy and Ovary.

    hey, they could make a song with Ovechkinov and Brashquear. call it “Ebony and Ovary”

  109. What I find interesting is that Avery’s little stuff was shown all over the highlights and yet I have not heard or seen ONCE Brashear’s cheapshot on Betts…NOT ONCE ANYWHERE!

  110. Domi, I honestly thought that letter was a joke before I saw it on the NHL site. Is this what the league has come to this year?!? That is unreal.

  111. Gary Bettman’s wish is to award the Stanley Cup to one of his two prized possessions Ovechkin or Crosby. Well, on Tuesday even though the odds are against us, Miracles do happen and I believe in miracles.

  112. Still Gotta Fire Sather on

    Anyone else ever wonder why Drury has bounced around so much despite being such a great “leader?”

    ……………………………

    nope, Drury has always been EXTREMELY overrated (especially by the media), and the only time this “consummate winner” ever won anything was as a 4TH LINER on BU’s NCAA title team, and on Colorado’s STACKED 2001 Cup team, where you can make the argument that he wasn’t even a Top 7 player on that team (Sakic, Forsberg, Roy, Bourque, Blake, Hejduk, Tanguay)…

    what happened when Drury was the leader and co-Captain of a STACKED Buffalo team favored to come out of the East? 2 straight Eastern Conference Finals exits…

    if our play in Games 5 and 6 aren’t an indictment of the leadership by Captain Clutch (and to be fair, the rest of the so-called “leadership” on this team), I don’t know what is…I mean just look at this quote:

    “We’ve been booed at home, we changed coaches at midseason, now we’ve got to go play a Game 7 on the road,” Chris Drury said. “Given what this group has been through, we should be ready for anything.”

    ^ does THAT really serve as inspiration for ANYONE?

    the only thing he’s ever won in a Rangers sweater is the puck flip for his precious Mattingly #23 (and looking back it’s disgusting how the NYR media was already fawning over him even then- “does it really surprise anyone that Drury won the flip??? OMG what a winner!!!”)…

    Captain One Arm should sit for Game 7

  113. The good thing about next season is that it will be Torts’ guys and its like starting from scratch…at least I’ll have something to look forward to this off-season

  114. Sure, get the NHL to fix security — they shouldn’t have to be told to do that. Of course some fan can now sue more easily, since Sather is on the record as saying the Caps didn’t take care of security. The league won’t be too happy about that.

    But as usual, Sather only comes out of his cave when he needs to save himself. Things aren’t going well, if you haven’t noticed, and the “Fire Sather” chants are starting again. All of a sudden, we hear from Glen. Time for him to start blaming someone else. He’s obviously setting the stage to implicate someone besides old Slats for this lousy team he’s assembled. What a surprise. Watch your backs, players. It’s never Glen’s fault.

  115. TheMessiah94
    April 26th, 2009 at 11:15 pm
    Domi, I honestly thought that letter was a joke before I saw it on the NHL site. Is this what the league has come to this year?!? That is unreal.

    I was actually looking to see if there was any updates on Betts and that letter had caught my attention. I guess even Sather has had enough.

  116. “As an aside, I saw Brashear and ref Bill McCreary exchange pleasantries and smiles at the end of the game, on the ice.”

    I’m surprised they didn’t do a jumping chest bump, and high fives

  117. Paul Mara's beard~(formerly I miss the 78-79 Rangers) on

    # Shoryuken (Redden gets a clean slate for the Playoffs) April 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Glad the Devils lost, hopefully Canes will beat them Tuesday so we don’t have to hear those smug asses gloat; “Rangerz spend 2 much money and still lose lololol, Devils build their team the rite way duh” F off, hope you lose Game 7 at home.

    Don’t you just love how other teams hate on us and say their teams build the ‘right’ way? It’s as if WE are responsible for the hijinx of our upper management.

  118. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Greg ZzZzZ…

    Remember when you called anyone who predicted the caps to win a ‘retard?’ I hope you were right on and not the focus/butt of your own joke there. Remember when you called me out with your arrogant “rangers are going to plow the caps” “what the hell are you so proud about TFBRWB, you picked the caps?!” hahaha.

    Hmmmmm. We’ll see.

  119. “I guess even Sather has had enough.”

    Please, Sather can’t wait till the season is over so he can go fishing. The guy needs to get the hell out of the Rangers organization because he has done absolutely nothing for this team.

  120. “Captain One Arm should sit for Game 7″

    maybe Drury is the one-armed man that the Fugitive was always looking for.

  121. Drury’s moved around alot because he’s little more than a journeyman third liner who’s somehow fooled the entire league into believing he’s some kind of “proven winner”.

    He’s a small player who can’t shoot the puck well, doesn’t pass well, isn’t all that great at faceoffs (anybody else been watching him?), coughs up the puck at key times in both zones….and wouldn’t be fit to lead the Hakawi Tribe in F-Troop

    The fact that we’ve had his Little League World Series jammed down our throat says enough. The flag waves high saying “proven winner”!! But when you ask for his references all he’s got is a Stanley Cup won with a stacked team in his rookie year. That and the goal he scored against the Rangers which had more to do with the Rangers blowing coverage on a faceoff than anything else.

    To put it in Rangers’ terms…if Drury were on the ’94 team he’d be at best Stephane Matteau. But more likely Brian Noonan.

    And NOBODY ever called either of those men PROVEN WINNERS.

    The sooner we can get rid of Drury the better…this team needs a LEADER and Chris Drury has shown he’s flat out incapable on every level.

  122. Still Gotta Fire Sather on

    The good thing about next season is that it will be Torts’ guys and its like starting from scratch…at least I’ll have something to look forward to this off-season

    …………………………….

    good point, I was talking about this with a friend at the game today, if Renney gets fired at the end of this season and Torts comes in during the summer he doesn’t get this evaluation period, so hopefully Torts will have input on the roster/makeup of the team next year…with Dolan and Sather in charge, that’s our only hope

  123. Paul Mara's beard~(formerly I miss the 78-79 Rangers) on

    NYRGuy April 26th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    What I find interesting is that Avery’s little stuff was shown all over the highlights and yet I have not heard or seen ONCE Brashear’s cheapshot on Betts…NOT ONCE ANYWHERE!

    I wonder if the league is worried about ‘racial profiling.’ This whole situation makes me sick to my stomach.

  124. Perhaps Sather should send a letter to Bettman about that hit on Betts, that sewer rat should be suspended for Game 7, F-U Brashear!

  125. NYRGuy
    April 26th, 2009 at 11:30 pm
    “I believe his contract is up at the end of this season.”

    Who’s contract?

    Glen Sather’s contract

  126. Oh…he’s got a contract for life as long as he keeps crawling into bed with Dolan everynight…

    And the NHL would be doing the Caps a favor suspending Brashear…I’d rather have him in the lineup than Nylander

  127. From the Post, from the fearless on-ice leader:

    “You look at the score of the last two games, it’s hard to say we worked hard enough,” an ineffective Chris Drury told The Post. “That’s what we told ourselves after the second period, that if anyone thought they were giving enough, they probably weren’t.

    “So we have to dig deeper. Washington did the last two games, and now it’s on us to match them, and I believe we can and will.

    “We’ve been a resilient team this year, we’ve maintained our belief in one another through a season where we’ve been booed at home; had a coach fired who ripped us [in The Post] three days later; worked with a new staff; made it to the playoffs when no one thought we would; and have beaten the Caps three times when no one thought we could do that, either.”

    Interesting that Drury took that shot at Renney in his self-pitying last paragraph. Also interesting that this gnome says no one expected them to make the playoffs. Oh yes? After the 10-2-1 start?? What a buffoon.

  128. Reginald Dunlop on

    hey carp….any word on the ongoing investigation into the Brashear punch to Orr’s chest in the warmups???? I am sure Toronto is conducting overnight and day long investigations into it…..hope they have time to look into the people’s elbow at center ice……. who’s on game 7 ? Lloyd Christmas? Moe? Larry? Curly? how about Neil Moran, CHSHL official who ran along the boards on the outside of the ice because he couldn’t skate all the while possessing vision in only one eye??????

  129. Still Gotta Fire Sather on

    Drury’s moved around alot because he’s little more than a journeyman third liner who’s somehow fooled the entire league into believing he’s some kind of “proven winner”.

    He’s a small player who can’t shoot the puck well, doesn’t pass well, isn’t all that great at faceoffs (anybody else been watching him?), coughs up the puck at key times in both zones….and wouldn’t be fit to lead the Hakawi Tribe in F-Troop

    The fact that we’ve had his Little League World Series jammed down our throat says enough. The flag waves high saying “proven winner”!! But when you ask for his references all he’s got is a Stanley Cup won with a stacked team in his rookie year. That and the goal he scored against the Rangers which had more to do with the Rangers blowing coverage on a faceoff than anything else.

    To put it in Rangers’ terms…if Drury were on the ‘94 team he’d be at best Stephane Matteau. But more likely Brian Noonan.

    And NOBODY ever called either of those men PROVEN WINNERS.

    The sooner we can get rid of Drury the better…this team needs a LEADER and Chris Drury has shown he’s flat out incapable on every level.

    ……………………..

    nice…and I still can’t believe we will have Chris Drury at age 33/34/35, making $7 million per year for the next 3 years…Redden’s toxic contract is horrific and is the ultimate Cap-killer, but when you look at the numbers, Drury’s contract isn’t far behind

  130. When did Renney rip the Rangers 3 days after? The only thing I remember is him telling the truth

  131. If I’m Dubinsky or Callahan…I stand up at practice tomorrow and throw down the gauntlet to the so-called “veteran leaders” of the team.

    Call out these pussies for what they are.

    Mr. Zherdev…your box of Depends is at the front desk. Mr. Naslund has already taken his.

  132. NYRGuy
    April 26th, 2009 at 11:34 pm
    Oh…he’s got a contract for life as long as he keeps crawling into bed with Dolan everynight…

    And the NHL would be doing the Caps a favor suspending Brashear…I’d rather have him in the lineup than Nylander

    Actually, we perform better when no Brashear and when Nylander plays and the proof is in Games 1 & 2. Also, if no Brashear in the lineup, they are less hitting and clam up

  133. If not for Redden, Drury’s contract would stand as the worst contract signing in the NHL.

    Thanks Glen.

    Drink bleach, Glen.

  134. Paul Mara's beard~(formerly I miss the 78-79 Rangers) on

    I think Boudreau ought to be questioned about what Brashear did to Betts as well. Ed Olcyk mentioned how the Caps said they HAD to get their PP going to win the series and it just so happens that Brashear goes after our best PK’er? Something stinks here to high heaven.

  135. “and I still can’t believe we will have Chris Drury at age 33/34/35, making $7 million per year for the next 3 years”

    To be exact, I looked it up and his cap number actually increases to 8.05 mil next year, 8 mil the year after and its down to 5 mil in his final year

  136. Still Gotta Fire Sather on

    “We’ve been a resilient team this year, we’ve maintained our belief in one another through a season where we’ve been booed at home; had a coach fired who ripped us [in The Post] three days later; worked with a new staff; made it to the playoffs when no one thought we would; and have beaten the Caps three times when no one thought we could do that, either.”

    Interesting that Drury took that shot at Renney in his self-pitying last paragraph. Also interesting that this gnome says no one expected them to make the playoffs. Oh yes? After the 10-2-1 start?? What a buffoon.

    ……………………………

    haha @ Captain Clutch getting his feelings hurt because Renney made HONEST comments about how “your top guys need to be your top guys, or you won’t win” (Torts also said that during this series) and how it’s a different ballgame when you don’t have Jagr, Shanny, etc. around to carry the “top-guy” and leadership burdens…what a joke

  137. You know some team is going to sign Cali to an offer sheet if we dont sign him to a multi yr first…Sather better not be stupid

  138. Carp wrote: “They have won three Game 7s in a row — 1992 and 1994 against the Devils, both at home, were the others.”

    Isn’t it a winning streak of FOUR Game 7s in a row? Because didn’t they beat the Devils in 1990 in 7 games as well?

  139. Still Gotta Fire Sather on

    To be exact, I looked it up and his cap number actually increases to 8.05 mil next year, 8 mil the year after and its down to 5 mil in his final year

    …………………..

    I think the NHL bases the Cap hit on the average annual value of the contract, not the actual salary…I’m pretty sure Gomez made like $10 million in actual salary last year, but his Cap hit was still a little over $7 million

  140. Probably, but the cap hit is really all that matters…should be interesting what happens with Dubi and Cali both RFAs

  141. Reginald Dunlop on

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm now what did those teams have that this one is lacking?????? hmmmmmmmmmmmm

  142. I hope when I wake up tomorrow that the league is investigating the hit on Blair Betts by Donald Brashear

  143. Then again, I’m not sure if it’s like that…I think the cap hit is however much they delegated that year, I can’t imagine them doing the average amount, we’ll have to find out

  144. Carp, any idea on if the NHL bases the cap hit on average amount of salary or the amount delegated by the team for that year?

  145. Lundqvist wasn’t average he was bad. And so was some of the team. THIS LOSS IN ON THE KING WHO NEEDS TO RECLAIM HIS THRONE.

  146. I’ve been following the Rangers for the last 41 years and I have to say that this is the only team that I can remember in all that time that has come into big games and basically given up. It’s very frustrating to think that we have a bunch of prima donnas who don’t have an ounce of passion in them…no pride in their team, city or jersey that they wear. I have not been a great Dubinsky fan all year….but I have to say he came to play in this series, so has Callahan, Girardi, Staal, Korpikoski and Paul Mara.
    I will probably catch grief from you guys but I think we need to bring some of our young defensemen and young scorers from Hartford (since they have been eliminated) for game 7 and let’s see how hungry they are. Honestly, even if we win game 7 how far are we going? We all want to win, but I believe that Ranger fans know how to deal with losing and certainly properly recognize effort even in a losing cause. The young guys will certainly make mistakes, but will give an honest effort. They will skate their butts off and will put some Capitols on their butts. For the money that Sather pays these guys their performances have been a disgrace. I’ve always wondered how other teams are able to sign much better players than we have to such manageable contracts while we overpay and now are maxed out? Time to attempt to trade our “high priced talent” and if no takers then waive ‘em. Then bite the bullet and bury them in the minors until they beg out of their contracts. Like I said, NY loves a winner, buts demands effort.

  147. Maybe the Rangers finally play with passion…

    Maybe they finally start crashing the net and putting pucks past Varlamov…

    Maybe the PP comes through…

    Maybe Zherdev finds his nuts…Maybe Naslund remembers something Messier told him…Maybe Gomez stops reading Ziggy in the morning and starts getting serious…Maybe Drury decides to earn his salary for once this season…Maybe Rozsival learns how to shoot the puck…Maybe Redden plays like he’s back on coke…

    Maybe Henrik actually stops a few pucks.

    Maybe…just maybe…

    Nah…stop dreaming.

    But in the case of Lundqvist…anybody else remember seeing a goalie so completely dominant one game and a total sieve the next?

  148. FlaRanger…I’d say bring in as many players from Hartford as possible.

    Zherdev, Naslund, Rozi, Redden, Gomez, Drury, Morris…they showed loud and clear today that they have ZERO interest in earning their salary or attempting to compete in this series.

    I say bench as many as possible. And if we lose Game 7 with them out of the lineup Torts should say “They had their chance to do something and CHOSE not to. There are plenty of other players who would kill to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs”

    Really, is it possible to put in LESS effort than our leaders have done the past few games?

  149. I’ve been saying all year that the worst officiated games have been the ones that McCreary has officiated….I would love to see the game stats and game summaries from all those games for the last 2 years….there may be nothing to it, but they seem to stick out in my mind.

  150. **BREAKING NEWS**

    Newsflash regarding the epidemic that’s hit NYC

    It’s confirmed

    Yellow Fever has hit the Rangers

  151. CJP,

    I’m with you…..we need to see how they can handle the big time anyway……and it doesn’t get much bigger for them….give them a shot. Potter, Sauer, Parenteau, Moore and Anisimov….give them a shot…they’re the future. There are plenty of 20 year olds performing at high levels all around the league….but not in NY.

  152. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    NYRGuy,
    Cap hit is the average of a players salary over the term of a deal. Drury is something around 7.05million and Gomez around 7.35million even though their numbers jump around from year to year. http://www.nhlnumbers.com is a great place to check that kind of stuff. Be careful looking at older players, over 35+ they’re still allowed to have bonus-laden 1 year deals which alters the team’s cap cushion because some of that can be postponed to the following year’s salary (as most often times those bonuses are end-season performance based). But the AVERAGE YEARLY salary for the term of the contract is the actual cap hit.

  153. CJP

    Let me make a defense lawyer’s brief for Lundqvist.

    The first goal looked terrible — but it was deflected off a Ranger’s stick at launch, and that ain’t easy. Not a great goal, admittedly. But not a horror show.

    The second? A great look by Green, but I don’t disagree that LQ coulda/shoulda had it. Way too deep in this crease.

    The third? Not the goalie’s fault at all. Tic-tac-toe 3-on-1.

    The fourth? Staal gets abused and Kozlov makes a very good shot. Not a goal you can pin on the gaolie, but yes, you would like to have a save there.

    The fifth? Again, a deflection that anyone who has played the position knows cannot be laid at the goalie’s feet. One of those things.

    So all in all? No doubt LQ was not at his best today. But he didn’t cost this team the game. They didn’t come out with anything close to the skating legs and the guts and the will they needed. And that’s why the NYR lost.

  154. With all the potential buyouts this summer, it’s important to note that for players 26 and older, the cap hit is a % of the buyout value spread out over twice the length of the remaining years…which means buying out Redden is virtually impossible

  155. I never expected much from this team to begin with. I wasn’t even expecting them to make the playoffs. The fact that they did means more money for the Dolans and another chance to draft lower. Lovely! But you know what? I’m not going to let any of this ruin my summer.

  156. “Rumor from high ranking person is that Valiquette starts Tuesday”

    Not possible, we win with Hank and lose with Hank…Torts isn’t about to bench who he calls the “best goalie in the league” for the biggest game of the season, especially when the team in front of him has been awful

  157. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    NYRGuy:
    2/3’s of the remaining salary (1/3 if player is under 26yo) paid out over 2x the remaining number of years on the contract.

    To buy redden out: 2.05million a year/8years
    To buy rozsival out: 1.43 million a year/6 years
    Drury: 2.32 million over 6 years
    Gomez: 2.4million over 8 years.

    Wow.

  158. “Rumor from high ranking person is that Valiquette starts Tuesday.”

    And Tom Renney will be behind the bench. And Ron Low will be handling the defense changes.

  159. Yep so basically we are screwed…Maybe we can take LeCavalier from Tampa for Gomez, the cap hit is pretty much the same and Tampa wouldn’t mind clearing that number a few years quicker than Vinny’s. Obviously we would need to give up more, but who knows…I’m just spewing at the mouth here

  160. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I’ll tell you two lineup changes, I bet Blair Betts is out and Colton Orr is in! How about that prognostication?!

  161. Paul Mara's beard~(formerly I miss the 78-79 Rangers) on

    Another thing that bothered me about the hit on Betts is that Mara (good for him) was the only one who went after Brashear! Most other teams the whole bench would have gone after him – or EVERY player on the ice. Especially at HOME, for crissakes!

    I’m so sick of this team.

  162. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Did anyone here Schoney in the press conference “Betts is hurt pretty significantly, i’m not ahhh, i’m not going to disclose the type of injury it is but he got hit by a pretty strong man.” hahaha. Smooth Schoney.

  163. I’m just asking…..but do you have to buy them out? If you waive them and they clear can’t you send them to the minors and they no longer count against the cap?

  164. Paul Mara's beard~(formerly I miss the 78-79 Rangers) on

    True Fans Bleed RW&B April 27th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    NYRGuy:
    2/3’s of the remaining salary (1/3 if player is under 26yo) paid out over 2x the remaining number of years on the contract.

    To buy redden out: 2.05million a year/8years
    To buy rozsival out: 1.43 million a year/6 years
    Drury: 2.32 million over 6 years
    Gomez: 2.4million over 8 years.

    Wow.

    The only answer is WAIVERS!!!????

  165. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    In defense of the Rangers, i’m sure they wanted to rip Brashear’s head off. But the game was 1-1! Avery was disciplined in game 5 for playing too liberally! Torts got suspended game 6! I’m sure they wanted to pound that 6’2 baheemeth like Lindros, York, and Fleury jumping Peter Worrell many years ago (simultaneously), but I’m 100% sure the team was warned by Schoney to stay out of the box, especially if it was only a 1-1 game.

  166. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    If Tom Renney is behind the bench then Petr Prucha is a healthy scratch.

    I feel sad now.

  167. “Another thing that bothered me about the hit on Betts is that Mara (good for him) was the only one who went after Brashear! Most other teams the whole bench would have gone after him – or EVERY player on the ice. Especially at HOME, for crissakes!”

    That’s what happens when Orr isn’t in the lineup…our ironman all year and the one game he misses is the one we need him

  168. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    And Nigel Dawes and Fred Sjoestrom are only in the lineup because Renney’s still playing for the shootout.

    * PruBelongsOnTheIce
    April 27th, 2009 at 12:23 am
    If Tom Renney is behind the bench then Petr Prucha is a healthy scratch.

  169. I know all us Ranger fans have suffered
    but, we still only need one win
    After a stinker in game 3 they won game 4
    hopefully they get a bounce or two and Lundqvist plays great again

  170. “I’m just asking…..but do you have to buy them out? If you waive them and they clear can’t you send them to the minors and they no longer count against the cap?”

    Someone will claim them back on re-entry waivers and we aren’t about to give them away for nothing and still have to pay part of their contract (like Avery with the Stars)

  171. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    My question is whether the Rangers can pull a Alexander Mogilney, Gary Roberts, Dave Andreychuck, and just bury these guys in Hartford without ever recalling them to have them go through re-entry?! I’m not sure about the answer to that. I do know if they were buried in Hartford that the NHLPA would make a huge stink about it, Sather would be admitting failure, and the Dolan’s would be paying an AHL team over 20million a year! So it just seems like a non-option.

    * NYRGuy
    April 27th, 2009 at 12:26 am
    “I’m just asking…..but do you have to buy them out? If you waive them and they clear can’t you send them to the minors and they no longer count against the cap?”

    Someone will claim them back on re-entry waivers and we aren’t about to give them away for nothing and still have to pay part of their contract (like Avery with the Stars)

  172. I think it would be hilarious if they stashed them in AHL, but that would mean Sather admitted failure and that man will NEVER admit failing anything

  173. Do you guys realize that Tuesday could be the last game for the Rangers and that there be no Rangers hockey until October! I need another drink… Hiccup!!

  174. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I hope Sather pulls a page out of Bobby Clark’s book and tells the NHL how much the Rangers are fortunate to have players who don’t whine and dive like Crosby and Brodeur… if he were about to resign. And then I hope he slashes ticket prices in half. Ok, enough dreaming for a day?

  175. The NHLPA might not be happy, but the players still get their money……if you leave them down there long enough they will be looking to opt out of there contracts. Life isn’t as good in the AHL.

  176. WHERE THE HELL IS ZHERDEV ???????

    I cant wait to get some draft picks for him in the off-season, when a team puts a offer-sheet in and we dont match.

  177. betts is not playing any time soon doctors. the guy is also a 29 yr old FA this offseason..
    concussions are very serious.. Betts looked terrible coming off the ice….

    but hey the thug will get 3 games and his coach will get a raise..

    that is justice..

  178. the NHL gave the ok for Brashear to get Betts
    without betts on pk, Caps could & did score 2 goals in 2 chances
    without the two goals they might still be playing.
    OH, & they had their boy McCreary as ref to make sure Rangers get screwed

  179. there is a game 7 on tuesday, but thats only a formality. stranger thing have happened than the rangers winning a game 7 in that gimmick ridden arena, but not many. they have to pray that hank can stand on his head again while the pressure of the big stage will finally get to varlamov. im not holding my breath.

    the off-season plan for sather: make sure you re-sign callahan and dubi for at least 3 years. same for at least one of sjostrom and betts, if not both. do not sign Z or morris. do not sign any big ticket UFA’s just for the sake of signing one. be patient. risk having a down year. stay under the cap by as much as possible in order to blow ilya kovalcuk out of the water with an offer he can’t refuse in the summer of 2010. use the donnie walsh method slats!!

  180. Billy C with some good idea..

    god forbid the yplay AA and Grachev many minutes…

    morris an mara should be adios.. 5th and 6th d men come from inside the system..

    they need to sign 1 guy who can put the puck in the net but adios to antro unless it is a 1 yr deal for low money and zherdev looks done…24 yr old woosie…

  181. They should bring up Mark Bell to replace Betts on Tuesday.

    He’s the only Wolfpack player i trust stepping into a game 7 situation

    They picked him off of waivers for a reason … maybe this IS that reason??

  182. yeah, im ok with signing antropov for one year. i am a fan of his. gotta like a guy that size with hands. i don’t think this forward ufa class is very enticing, unless you really like the sedin twins (i’ll pass). i don’t think they’ll be able to get anyone significantly better than antropov on the market, especially for one year.

  183. Jim Morrison said “when the music’s over turn out the light”…When a Ranger fan says “Maybe game 7 is the reason we picked up Mark Bell from waivers”..hit the light with a bat….Im a diehard til the end but this team has no identity..nuff said…To quote one more musician tonight-Wake me up when September ends..

  184. DC-Joe
    April 26th, 2009 at 7:17 pm
    Do you start Henrik? The Caps bumped Jose pretty quick. You could argue Lundy is killing the Rangers right now. He has been awful.

    Laughable.. awful? r kidding me? first 2 goals shoudl have been stopped today but mike green cant b open the way he was on that 2nd goal, lots of washington goals hav been results of poor coverage.. see game 3

    this guy is a joke, and anyone else who thinks there is any more than 0% chance valiquette will start game 7 is as well.. maybe if kevin weekes wasnt hurt he would get the start in game 7 for the devils too, since they lost 4-0 tonight… CLOWNS

  185. sorry for the language , but these posts about henrik r driving me up the wall not to mention them losing the game today has juuuust a tiny bit to do with it… valiquette is a ideal backup but did anyone see his last starting performance of the year vs. atlanta.. it would be a goal a minute for washington, it just doesnt get any stupider than recommending to sit henrik lundqvist, it just doesnt

  186. About trying to get a big time scorer for next season.. I have no idea if it could work money wise bc im sure he makes plenty of it, and i know hes not even a free agent so it would have to be a trade and god knows what we could possibly even have to offer for a guy with such skill, but.. John Tortorellas brother was at my bar about a month ago after a sunday afternoon Ranger game, (guy looks and sounds just like his brother, felt like i was talking to the coach himself) Anyway, he said that John still keeps in touch with Marty St.Louis, that marty cannot stand it in tampa bay, will do anything to get out of there, and would even be willing to take a paycut to play somewhere else. This is exactly the type of guy the rangers need, a guy that can guarantee u 35-40 goals, and this guy would really help scott gomez’s game, everyone is pretty down on gomezs stats this season and play of late, but if he had a legit goal scorer playing with him, he could have 60 pts just in assists.. two guys that can both fly, it would just be nice to have that one go to guy to score, oh and st.louis wouldnt hurt the power play either hah shot in the dark but u never konw.. not making this shit up swear to god

  187. No Country For Old Rangers on

    I like St. Louis coming to NYR in theory but you know as soon as he gets here he forgets how to score and turns into Theo Fleury.

    NYR syndrome. See: Gomez, Drury, etc.

  188. seems to me that Sather should realize he has two players on the team… that being Lundqvist and Callahan but yet 6 other players who have put up about 3 points in this series are making 50 million dollars

  189. The rangers got there PP’s when the game was over.

    THAT IS THE NHL AND REF’S DOING THAT SO THE YCAN SAY THE GAME WAS FAIRLY CALLED LOOK AT THE PENALTIES.

    stuart- we still played like crap. penalties or not, its not an excuse. betts is not gonna score even 1 goal in any of the games, and thats what we need. every single time we blew a great chance in this series, washington came back and scored on us. the rangers get so little actual decent chances that when they do get a good one, they forget what to do.(naslund) we actually scored 3 goals in the game. our goalie let 3 softies in and that was the game. our offense is not gonna win us games. our defense and goaltending will. but you can be sure by next season torts is gonna change this around. i am fine with waving bye to zherdev, drury, naslund voros. keep gomez and bring up the pack. why not right? they cant be any worse than what weve seen in this playoff

  190. billy c- here here!!! kovalchuk!!! i would love that too, but remember we wont be able to get him because wed be $5 over the cap still with reddens contract!! and thats after morris, mara, zherdev and antro are gone. we will have an old gomez to get his 40 assists though if we could get him! a 30 goal 65 point a year kovalchuk will not help this team. just another huge millionare that will retire here

  191. RANGERS ARE INFERIOR TO THE CAPS.
    SATHER PLEASE RETIRE THAT WOULD BE THE BEST MOVE FOR US.

  192. A few points:

    1)I understand the team is frustrating and some players wanna make you vomit but we all are passionate fans and we want them to win and it kills some of us when its 4-1 and then 5-1…and i understand the game is over but I just dont get it how 20-25% of the seats are empty after the second periond…..WE NY fans are pathetic-where the f is everyone going, rushing home to watch the yankees (yankee hater sorry) get swept by the sox…..the rangers are the 7 seed not many people predicted us to win that many games, we barely got in the playoffs (it looked bleak after the 4-2 carolina loss) but the series is far from over-i understand they are better than us-no doubt about it, they have three top 25 players in the league (ovechkin, backstrom, green)… we have hank and then might not have a top 75 player (Gomez??)…bottom line is its one game

    2) We have to play smart defensively, we have to win 1-0,2-1,3-2-they are way to skilled on offensive… staal had a rough game yesterday-he cannot get caught circling along the boards in the offensive zone and get caught on a three on ONE…..

    3) HANK IS OBVIOUSLY PLAYING TOMORROW…..1st goal i guess you can say was weak but the second goal ovechkin’s shot gets blocked and the puck bounces to the other side and green steps into a perfect lane and rips one by hank-great shot great play great player…..third goal 3-1….koslov sick play on staal give the caps some credit

    4)The blueshirts all the knowledgeable fans keep yelling hit ovechkin, they are obviously trying to hit ovechkin-the guy is a monster-he is quicker, faster-it isnt that easy to just knock him down

    5) Roszival-honestly not making any excuses but this guy must be scared after his off season hip surgery, he refuses to take any punishment in his own zone, he refuses to shoot and easily has the best shot on the team

    6) GAME 7 GAME ON, KEEP THE FAITH, one lucky bounce here or there LETS GO BOYZ-

  193. Mikey McD!CK on

    stuart- we still played like crap. penalties or not, its not an excuse. betts is not gonna score even 1 goal in any of the games, and thats what we need. every single time we blew a great chance in this series, washington came back and scored on us. the rangers get so little actual decent chances that when they do get a good one, they forget what to do.(naslund) we actually scored 3 goals in the game. our goalie let 3 softies in and that was the game. our offense is not gonna win us games. our defense and goaltending will. but you can be sure by next season torts is gonna change this around. i am fine with waving bye to zherdev, drury, naslund voros. keep gomez and bring up the pack. why not right? they cant be any worse than what weve seen in this playoff

    dead on bro..

  194. UpstateRanger on

    From a Wash. Post columnist today…

    But what’s really going on in this series is that the Caps have taken the measure of the Rangers’ toughness. They have bullied their way back to even, and now there is just one game left and it’s in their home arena. They are again the favored team. The Caps seem to have figured something out: If they can withstand the first few minutes of physical play from the Rangers, the New Yorkers will fade a little. And when they do, the Caps can take over with superior hockey skills and impress their will on the ice. “We know they are going to play hard the first ten minutes, so we battled hard and scored the first goal,” Ovechkin said.

  195. Paul Mara's beard~(formerly I miss the 78-79 Rangers) on

    UpstateRanger

    That’s interesting stuff there. Our team ought to be ashamed.

  196. Whining. That seems to be the Rangers’ final strategy.

    And Sather’s letter to the league that the Rangers released is pathetic. That’s not going to win any friends in the league either — another failure by Sather.

  197. Letter from sather on

    I dont mind Sather writing the letter, but it was poorly written. To name players names, and go in detail of what was said was just stupid…If I were Stahl and Dubi I would be like “Leave me the F out of this!”

    The Caps fans are going to do the same thing tomorrow, so you better learn to play around it…only way to shut up the fans is to get a substantial lead, which we all know is about as likely as the Islanders winning the cup this year..

    I dont see the heart to come out, and I think Henrik has been worn down by the shooting gallery that he has been all series…He just looks spent in his interviews….getting yanked twice and then a game seven on the road…he will be shaking in his skates…

  198. Actually, as abysmally as the Rangers played – and the turnovers in response to a minimal forecyheck and neutralk zone trap were pathetic to be sure – the game actually turned on the Brashear play. He basically wiped out a guy who has been among the Rangers’ hardest workers and best players, did so only because Orr was not in the lineup so the Rangers had no possible response to it, and because it went unpenalized the Rangers got nothing from it. 2 minutes later a ticky-tack call is made against the Rangers and Hank gives up a softie on the ensuing Betts-less powerplay.

    Yeah, they showed no heart and played terribly. But the officiating has been atrociously one-sided.

  199. Speed Ranger on

    Ugh – stop it with the STAT CHAT — it doesn’t matter that the Rangers won their last game 7, it doesn’t matter that the Rangers lost their last game 6 — just play to win.

  200. About hitting Ovie…The people that want him to get lined up obviously have not seen him play much…People have tried to hit him all year…I would say 75% of the time he gets hit, the HITTER takes the brunt…

    So you got a 1 and 4 chance of putting him down..what would you do?

    It’s just stupid to think it’s easy to go out and hit him.

  201. “And Sather’s letter to the league that the Rangers released is pathetic. That’s not going to win any friends in the league either—another failure by Sather.”

    Sorry but this “league” is a bush league joke. I didn’t realize part of the probelm was that we needed more “friends” around the league. Maybe it’s time to start watching college hockey instead.

  202. “How ironic is it that the ONE game Orr sits ALL YEAR is the one game where we needed him”

    Hopefully now all the Ranger fans will shut the fugg up aboot taking Orr out of the lineup. You got your wish, even though it was Voros, it could have been anybody, and the result still would be the same.

    An enforcer’s presence alone, is worth it. If nobody is there who can take on the other teams toughest guy, THIS is what happens. It’s a shame that it had to be Betts, and not Drury, which is even more funny, cause when we signed Dreary, who thought we’d be thinking that we’d rather Dreary get injured, and not Betts. Funny.

    I agree with the guy who said Nylander will score the winner on us. LOL, that’s Nyr’s luck, and always has been.

  203. @Seth
    April 27th, 2009 at 8:54 am
    About hitting Ovie…The people that want him to get lined up obviously have not seen him play much…People have tried to hit him all year…I would say 75% of the time he gets hit, the HITTER takes the brunt…

    So you got a 1 and 4 chance of putting him down..what would you do?

    It’s just stupid to think it’s easy to go out and hit him.
    ============================================================

    I hear what you are saying he is a great player-you have to attack him not let him skate through the neutral zone with the puck…..i have been saying it all series-we have to play keep it simple stupid hockey-we have to do the basics as a defensive team that has trouble scoring-we have to clog the neutral zone, we have to dump the puck over the red line and establish a forecheck and like schoeny said win some ONE on ONE battles…..our defensive have to shoot the puck-the coaches have to demmand this-get pucks towards the net, screen the goalie-the one advantage we have is still in the crease…..you can try to hit ovechkin but first you gotta try to slow him down and of course when he is in the corner hit him to wear him down but my point was give the guy a whole lot of credit-he is incredible to watch

  204. Speed Ranger on

    You’d have needed Orr in any game he didn’t play – it’s not an accident he was needed yesterday. Caps knew he wasn’t in the line-up.

    As for Mara being the only one to stand up to Brashear when the whole Caps team would have protected their man – well, that’s the way the Rangers have played since the lockout.

    Jagr took abuse his whole Ranger career, his teammates let it go.

  205. John Tortorella blew this series and he should be out as Rangers coach if they lose game seven in Washington. If they win non of this will matter but if they lose he should be out. I never saw a coach that blew a series for his team before. Benching Avery for gmae five was simply stupid. He never benched a player during the run to the playoffs then why start now? He should have sat him on the bench like he did Zherdev earlier in the year. The worst thing he takes it out on a fan and throws a water bottle at him and waives a stick at him. If he does not pick up the stick he might not get suspended. But he odes get sus pended for game six where Rangers lose at home in what should have been the final game of the series. If he does not win that game seven he needs to go.

  206. The key for the rangers is to get a lead…They can change their style and play safe..without the lead, they have to push, and it opens up everything for the Caps. Thats where the game of skill is won in the Caps advantage.

    On the flip, when the Rangers have the lead, Henrik is getting blasted with shots…if he is worn down, then he wont be able to pitch the shutout’s like he has been…

    So it’s damned if you do, and damned if you dont. The Rangers have not been able to play a 2-way game and if you cant do that…you dont deserve the series.

  207. This team went as far as HL would take them. He ran out of gas two games ago and the Rangers are done unless Hank gets his tank filled. It’s not really bizarre if you think about it.

    When a goaltender carries the team then runs out of gas, the rest of the team knows they are in trouble. When the team is soft, like the Rangers, they fold their tent and like Schoeny said, they just test the waters. They know the only reason they have advanced this far is HL and without him at his best, they feel beaten, intimidated and shy away. That doesn’t apply to stalwarts like Dubi, Callahan, Staal (although he made some mistakes), Girardi and I would include Betts, Shoe and Korpi in that group.

    Interesting that it’s Sather’s poor FA signings that are the culprits. Redden, Rozi, Gomez, Drury, Naslund, Zherdev, Antropov, Voros to name them. Orr has not been given enough time to contribute, sure could have used him yesterday. Mara is on the bubble.

    Bad decision not to play Orr by either Torts or Schoeny, whoever made the decision who plays.

    First thing that must be done when this is over is to give Schoeny the GM reins, kick Sather upstairs into a title only president job or fire him. Dolan needs to talk to Sather and absorb the big contracts.

    As far as Gomez is concerned, read on another board that Torts would like to get St Louis for the Rangers. If so, he just might be what Gomez needs to be more effective next season.

    Drury definitely needs to go, maybe LA will take a portion of the contract to acquire him. Convince Rozi and Zherdev to go play in Europe, send Redden and Naslund down to Hartford, don’t sign Morris or Antropov (invisible in the playoffs), If Mara doesn’t give another discount, sign him or else let him walk. Sign Vally at a discount if he is a FA or UFA.

    Between Anisimov, Grachev, Bell, Gilroy, Sags, Del Zotto, Sauer, Potter, some of those guys will stick. Give them all a good look next fall.

    SATHER MUST GO…SATHER MUST GO!!

  208. onecupin69years on

    One of the main reasons for this teams failure is the lack of leadership .
    Drury and the other players should have controlled Avery in the locker room.
    Tortorella antics after game 5 shows he lacks class and shouldn’t be this teams coach.

    Sather is an egotist and his best years are way behind him.
    Dolan doesn’t have clue about winning and he chooses chumps instead of champs.

    The fans deserve better even if they win this series, but they’re sunk.. Losers

  209. So…….Do we shave our beards tonight in hope of a fresh start, or do we leave them and hope that it gives the team strength?

    I wonder if any of our players read this blog like Ovie reads the blogs of the Caps?

    Hi guys, you suck! Can you change that a but for us?

  210. Greg_Section_403 on

    Rick, as a season ticket holder, I was shocked to hear the PA system at 7th ave entrance (as we were entering the Garden) announcing that there were still tickets available to the game yesterday in EVERY PRICE LEVEL!! I don’t know if it was a combination of the great weather, the lousy economy and the Rangers putrid play on Friday night that kept people away from Sunday’s game, but there were a number of empty seats in the pricey club seats, 100s and event some 200s seats wer empty. Did MSG announce attend yesterday?

  211. Yeah, Torts getting screwed is why we will lose. Dumbest comment i have seen here.

    You must be Drury in disguise, trying to shift the blame elsewhere. No excuses for losing that game yesterday.

    The team just has a bunch of players who care more aboot money, and the rest cant carry for the team on their back, and at this stage of their career should not have to.

    Suck ass team !

  212. Greg,

    Same goes for section 309-a few empty seats…and the NY Ranger ticket exchange was loaded with tickets for sale for face value

  213. I’m sorry but this league is a fing joke
    BEttman is a joke, his so called “Refs” are a joke

    ITs all been said above, but that was the most pathetic officiating Ive ever seen in a playoff game

    A player gets bit, shows the ref and gets a 10 min misconduct?
    are you kidding me?

    Look Im still gonna root for our boys and hope they can pull out a win, more for the fact that evev more than before Washington needs to be EMBARASSED at home.

    How sweet would it be if we could pull off a 2-1 win in there own barn for a game 7?

    It can be done
    Will it be done?
    Its up to our boys

    LETS GO RANGERS

    ANd PS All you fairys bitching about HAnk: Your all pathetic

    Guy stands on his head for 4 games and has two bad games and your all crying? Talk about band wagaon fans

  214. you’ve all got to be kidding, right?

    i don’t think that game could have been called more favorably than you. the fact is the caps just dominated the ice in 5-on-5 situations.

    brashear’s hit was devastating–yes. betts did not physically have contact with the puck at the time–yes. but it was not a late hit for the following reason: no one else had touched the puck after betts had passed it and the hit was only seconds later. maaaaaybe an interference but probably just a great open ice hit.

    and what about the bull call on the antropov tripping/holding/interference? or the non-call on the mike green boarding? or the interference call on ovechkin when all he did was lightly check? or the non call on the crosscheck to ovechkin’s face in front of the rangers’ bench.

    stop crying, new york. see you in game 7.

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