Game 7: Says it all


I had the pleasure of sitting in Scotty Bowman’s office during the playoffs a couple of times when he was in Pittsburgh.

And he said this to me one day, although he probably said it a bunch of times:

“This is the only business where the worse job you do, the more vacation you get.”

Not much more needs to be said about Game 7, although I was thinking that I’ve been lucky enough to cover three of them with the Rangers (all home-ice wins), and as a kid I saw the one in 1971 at Chicago and the one in 1974 in Philadelphia (both road losses).

So I’m pretty excited tonight, even as a neutral observor.

I’m sure you guys are much more excited that I, and probably a lot more nervous, and maybe we ought to hire a cardiologist to be on hand here at the Festivus Blog for tonight.

Here we go, one hour and counting.

Try to enjoy it.

(Just a side note, in case it doesn’t go as you hope, please try not to use profanities. Thank you.)


PS, I don’t buy this whole thing about how important the first goal is based on the rest of the series. First of all, if you put all that importance in the first goal and don’t get it, then what? Do you quit?

Also, Game 6, the Caps scored first, the Rangers came right back with one. It was the third, fourth and fifth goals that were biggest.

In Game 5, the first goal was big because the Rangers didn’t score all night. Ditto Game 3. And just the opposite in Game 2, when the first goal was the only goal. Washington scored the first goal in Game 1 and lost. The Rangers scored first in Game 4, and that wouldn’t have been enough if they hadn’t added another one.

First goal: overrated.

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  1. Saves ya work on deleting stuff. This is a open site and kids could be reading, so I definitely get it.

  2. Zherdev’s last game as a Ranger,

    Morris’ last game as a Ranger,

    Mara’s last game as a Ranger?

    Naslund’s last game as a Ranger?

    Voros’ last game as a Ranger?

    Sjo’s last game as a Ranger?

    Betts… was it Sunday?

    Antropov’s last game as a Ranger?

    Orr’s last game as a Ranger?

    Korpi’s last game as a Ranger?

    The first few don’t have question marks intentionally. The rest, I don’t think it’s entirely negative to ask. Some of those guys have been part of the “re-identification” of the NYR, post-lockout.

  3. Carp

    Detroit in 1971? You must be a Dead head:

    “Chicago, New York, Detroit, it’s all the same street/
    Your typical city involved in a typical daydream/
    Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings.”

  4. Big Games from Henrik and Naslund Tonite !!!!!

    Naslund: 2 Goals, 1 assist

    Rangers win 3-2

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

  5. True Fans Bleed RW&B on


    * (Just a side note, in case it doesn’t go as you hope, please try not to use profanities. Thank you.)

  6. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Anybody read the Brashear comments when he heard about his suspension? Laughable.

    * This comes after Brashear told the Washington Post that “Anybody who knows hockey knows that was a great hit.”

  7. And none of this getting through the first few minutes of the game. Eff weathering the storm —- make them weather you!

    Sixty minutes of hell. They can’t out-talent Washington, but it is definitely within their control to out-hunger them.

  8. I am getting together with a half a dozen of my buds to watch the game hopefully we can find a way to win. It always looks darkest before the calm or something like that. I dunno lets Go Rangers !!! If you want to laugh go to my show and watch MSG fans yell ” Milbury Sucks” during the NBC post game wrap up this past Saturday,

    Let’s Go Rangers Wake UP !!!!!

    The Mouth

  9. I think players contracts should be based mostly on playoffs performance. It’s obvious that the lure of the Stanley Cup isn’t enough of a motivation for a lot of the non North American players.

  10. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    JBytes, Euro’s have been avoiding contact since they joined the league! It’s not just in the playoffs, it’s over the course of the season. You have some that thrive on the physical aspect (Malkin, Ovechkin, etc…) but you also have your Zherdev’s, Jagr’s, Kovalev’s, etc who avoid a hit because they have played a “whimpified” game their entire life. Has nothing to do with the playoffs or the stanley cup bro.

    I’m right with ya on being pissed with Zherdev though. I hope he comes through tonight.

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

    Last game ..? …F – dat man!! Last this , last that , NO WAY HOOSEY!!!!! HELL NO , WE WONT GO!!!!!!!

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

    Thats right!! were not leaving these playoffs!! Repeat after me!! HELL NO , WE WON’T GO!!!

  13. Captain Mumbles on

    what Brashear actually said was,”anybody who knows hockey, knows that I’m a dumb sh!t”


    HOMELAND SECURITY: Mr. President, we have every reason to believe that Osama Bin Laden is right here in Washington, Sir.

    PREZ: What are you saying?

    HOMELAND SECURITY: Yes, Sir. Osama is hiding in Mara’s Beard.

    PREZ: What do you propose?

    HOMELAND SECURITY: Two tickets to tonights game……

  15. BTW – what with the commentators these days saying to the players after the interview “have fun”

  16. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Mako, what happened? I use an online feed which isn’t up yet? The door for pre-game skate was locked?

  17. Hang in there Carp. Boy what a lousy time to get sick! I probably won’t be able to join here much tonight, but all my cat people….win or lose (hopefully win!) send kitty reaction photos to me tomorrow huh? This way we can either celebrate (hopefully) or commiserate with a laugh.

    (sorry for using you for self promotion Carp:) LET’S GO RANGERS!

  18. “Raining Blood” is as good as it gets, but unfortunately, the Pens start to that one

  19. I know Zherdev, who is my whipping boy will be the hero tonight and turn me into a fan. LETS GO RANGERS!

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

    The thing is . If our team shows up , we usually win . We are good enough to win 3 games and now it’s time to take the 4th and head out to Boston!! Biggest choke in Ranger history if we lose this one…

  21. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Haha! Good stuff.

    * PBL
    April 28th, 2009 at 6:39 pm
    I wonder if Brashear thinks Marty McSoreley got him with a “good slash”.

  22. Why doesn’t Boudreau get a game for not controlling his goon? How does 6 games for that hit help the Rangers? We still lose our best faceoff guy and our best PK guy..big deal the Caps lose Brachear

    Avery taps Tim Thomas on the head, the 4 officials watch it on the jumbotrom and call the penalty after he has gone to the bench..unprecendented move; why wasn’t the same done here?? None of these four officials saw that cheap shot?? And then to see Fat Bill McCreary yuking it up with Braschear after the game infuriated me..

    no equal justice in the league.

    total cheap shot. The guy broke his orbital bone and has a concussion..his career is probably done but I guess we have to focus on Avery’s stupid antics and not the cheap shots to the head we see on a regular basis.

  23. I’m done ranting. Hey I live in DC, does anyone know how I can listen to the Rangers radio broadcast online? Would like to watch the game on the tube with the sound off.. thanks.

  24. True

    The door to the ice for the optional skate today was locked. So the Rangers staff had to pry the door off of the hinges so the players could skate today.


  25. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Serious question:

    Where is Glenn Sather tonight? Is he even watching the game?

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

    Facing eliminating for the first time , just watch our boys rock!!!

  27. True Blue 23 on

    why would Brooks bother Torts before game 7? what a scum how about we win (hopefully) and then have a chat about it… why have all this drama with apologies and explanations.. all we want is a win not an appology!

  28. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    That seems intentional because the Rangers decided to practice at MSG before game 3 (when Ovech spied on them).

    That’s pretty dirty if it was.

    * the Rangers staff had to pry the door off of the hinges so the players could skate today.

  29. Do’nt know if anyone caught the replay of the media interview with Torts where Brooks was grillin’ torts?? Well our very own Carpy was standing right behind Brooks while Torts was givin him the business – Carp your face was priceless. Like a kid in a candy store – you were so pumped that this was gonna be a juicy story, gotta love it.

  30. Patrick
    Go to; click into scores and there will be a watch or listen selection there…you can choose between NY and Was radio

  31. Shoryuken….almost time for the swedish national anthem!

    Ok, now ya know its close, my stomach is absolutely going nuts!!!!


  32. Henrik Lundqvist
    April 28th, 2009 at 6:01 pm
    Has anyone seen my game? I’d really like to have it tonight

    hsaha- yea and hank said after game 4 win”thats why they pay me the big bucks, to make the big saves”. wow, hank, if only you would have not said that. because you jinxed it man!! so yea, if you could, make the big saves tonight like you said. that would be great. but yea his glove was great first few games, then there was a huge hole in the middle of it. whether hank plays great or not, we gotta step up and not give them tons of chances on him. hes only human. hes worn out.

  33. jbytes- first goal is almost as crucial as hank playin like god tonight. even if they tie, we need to not play catchup all night.

  34. keep the puck behind the Caps net. make Vmov and Erskine and Morrison etc handle it, and get on them and cycle deep in their end.

  35. I told u guys that i had my first child last week … my Baby girl Charlotte.

    Well, her little infant Ranger socks we ordered came in the mail last Saturday, and i got them on her for the game tonite.

    Hopefully, this is a good luck charm !!

  36. Markus Naslund-Scott Gomez-Ryan Callahan
    Lauri Korpikoski-Chris Drury-Nikolai Zherdev
    Sean Avery-Brandon Dubinsky-Nik Antropov
    Fredrik Sjostrom-Artem Anisimov-Aaron Voro

  37. Just remember guys, win or lose this game wont effect my summer.

    Ill be living it up with my 14million dollars over the last two years. Just imagine one game between me and my Ferrari and estate.

  38. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    damn it, O’Halloran is the bastard that blew the whistle before the puck could slide across the line in Game 2 against Shittsburgh last year! What a jerk!

  39. Speed Ranger on

    I look at the locked door as evidence the Caps think they need an edge. If they were confident, why would they bother?

    L G R

  40. OK, I think it’s time that Tortorella stops using the disclaimer, “I haven’t been here all season.” You’re here now; DELIVER!

  41. so mccreary and brashear had a laugh after the game? you know its fixed now. unreal how someone can laugh at a serious injury to a great guy and player who never hurt anyone while playing

  42. Ah here we go…verrry nervous and very interested to see how some of our guys will react to this moment.

  43. Artie and Sjo may get something going, maybe showing a little speed and then AA with the finish. Voros just needs to stay out of the way and out of the box. If the Rangers can get a puck possession game established, they will be much better off. Washington is going to push, but we will need to push back harder

  44. yea its kinda gettin old with him sayin he hasnt been here. hes been here 3 months almost.

  45. GardenFaithfulinFLA on

    Hope you’re feeling better. LET’S GO RANGERS!!! Could use a win and a uplift. Just came in from hosing down the house and yard ’cause of brush fire nearby. All is good now. I love springtime in FLA.

  46. As much as I’d like Rangers to win, somehow, I think we’ll see the same Rangers we saw the past couple of games. We’re too thin on offence to be able to just turn it on for one game. I have a feeling I’ll be switching to Fringe midway through the match. It’ll be over quite early.
    [My predictions are almost always wrong.]

  47. GardenFaithfulinFLA on

    Oh – it’s out now and I can enjoy the game. Glad they didn’t have to evacuate ’cause I wasn’t going anywhere with the game going on.

  48. Rangers are due to score some goals, let hope they do so tonight & Lundqvist can keep the puck out of his net!

  49. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Too bad this game is not at MSG, I want the Rangers goal song to rock my living room! I’ll have to settle for Sam Rosen!

  50. how are the eyebrows lookin Faithful??

    mine are messy, but since one of my nervous, stress relievers is to pull them, I think I may have to recluse myself from the contest because that could be considered ‘grooming’ lol.

    OMG Where the hell is my man with my lucky damned coffee?!?!?!

  51. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    That seems like bad luck after last game.

    * Got my Blair Betts jersey on, ready to go…

  52. I just put this in the post above, too:

    I don’t buy this whole thing about how important the first goal is based on the rest of the series. First of all, if you put all that importance in the first goal and don’t get it, then what? Do you quit?

    Also, Game 6, the Caps scored first, the Rangers came right back with one. It was the third, fourth and fifth goals that were biggest.

    In Game 5, the first goal was big because the Rangers didn’t score all night. Ditto Game 3. And just the opposite in Game 2, when the first goal was the only goal. Washington scored the first goal in Game 1 and lost. The Rangers scored first in Game 4, and that wouldn’t have been enough if they hadn’t added another one.

    First goal: overrated.

  53. Rick – on MSG pregame, they played the clip of Larry Brooks going back and forth with Torts and I couldn’t help watching you laughing as Larry pressed on. Good stuff……

  54. yeah they really need to help LQ by scoring some goals. Jeeeeeze!!!


    My heart is POUNDING!!!!!!!

  55. nowhere id rather be than with my esteemed blogmates!!! go rangers!! go carp!! go torts! go aves!!! go mike in ia!!!

  56. First goal, last goal, I’ll take any friggen goals at this point. Beggars can’t be choosers.

  57. What happened to the Jack Bauer introduction on Versus?!

    Dave Strader, Billy Jaffe, and Chris Simpson: it should be a good one.

  58. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Carp’s right. The 5th goal is the most important one! If the Rangers get it, they win! Better yet, i’ll add that if they get the 6th or 7th i’ll bet everything I own that the Rangers will get the win! Far more important goals than scoring the first!!! ;-)

  59. “MAKO April 28th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    whatcha think? 1500 posts tonight?”

    If we win 1500. If we lose 2000+ easily

  60. go mako, go orr, go kaspar, go cccp, go staal, go linda, go deja, go fake deja, go fake mike in ia!! go shoryuken, go truefans!!!

  61. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    mike in ia
    April 28th, 2009 at 7:03 pm
    go mako, go orr, go kaspar, go cccp, go staal, go linda, go deja, go fake deja, go fake mike in ia!! go shoryuken, go truefans!!!



    damnit with all these commercials…get the game going already!!!


  64. Im saying it now ladies and gentlemen.

    If its not 2-0 rangers by middle of the 2nd kiss this game goodbye.

  65. NYR fan in MD on

    I sure as heck hope they do it!! Otherwise it will be a long day at work for me tomorrow.

  66. Ovechkin thinks people are comparing Hank to tretiak, I think he’s more like jimmy craig baby. LGR One time

  67. Why doesn’t the NHL drop the puck exactly on the hour, like we do in football [soccer, for you Americanos]?

  68. 1 hour 143 posts ;) Its gonna be a great one!!!!

    Rick, did you get those servers fixed? LOL

  69. i am gonna kill my fiance!!!! He just got home and I’m like ‘where the hell is my coffee!!!! I told ya i needed it by 545!” Damn his non sports loving self!!! GRRRRRRRRRRR

  70. Rick, nice spot next to larry brooks (brookzyyyy as torts calls him) during the interrogation by Larry…..

    LETS GO RANGERS, smart fundamental KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID HOCKEY…..get the puck deeps win some battles show some heart show some pride show us


  71. GardenFaithfulinFLA on

    Got the Scorsese thing going on. lol You’ve got the lucky coffee too. I’ve got my Ranger cup – only use it during games.

  72. lmao @ scorsese!! you win!!!

    DAAAAAAAAAAAMN!!!! lmao @ redden who has game 7 experience!

  73. hello all,

    have to work right now because i’m waaaaaaaaay behind.
    and i must admit that i hope for nothing but the best for my
    team and all of us Blueshirt Fans
    right now
    my heart’s just not in it.
    my beloved Golden Retriever Sugaree passed away
    Sunday evening and i’m pretty %&$*##$*# crushed.
    he was 4-0 in games he watched with me
    so maybe his kind spirit will help us to victory.

  74. Zherdev could have had a sweet shot in the slot but of course, he was too lazy to take 2 strides to get the puck and just reached out instead.

  75. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Anyone see Clark purposely whack Hank when the puck wasn’t anywhere nearby (on the above view cam)?!

  76. Revised: Why won’t our [players from countries formerly a part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics] play like their Russians???


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

    I honestly believe that we are the better team and the reason we lost those other games was because Hank was below average.

  78. No Country For Old Rangers on

    Weird…Voros looked like a hockey player for a split second

    good start

    keep it going boys

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

    KEEP IT UP , TAKE IT TO THESE GUYS , take it to them!!!

    HELL NO , WE WON’T GO!!! Gooooooo , Rangers!!!!!

  80. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! AVERY set that all up! Dubi got schooled but Antro hanging in no-man’s land ends up with it on his stick! LGR!

  81. YEEEESSSSS The players from the Former Soviet Socialist Republics have shown up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    This is OUR team , and we all aint going down with out a fight!! Our team is playing like we should , no pressure , just play hockey and dominate that puck!!!

  83. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    This is the best I’ve seen the Rangers captain look all season!


  84. i’m even more nervous now! they look pretty freakin good so far! Avery is having a great first period!!

  85. They need to score more so when they run out of gas, they will have a big lead.

    I haven’t heard Semin’s name yet on the Versus broadcast, I don’t think.

  86. No Country For Old Rangers on

    Is this what it takes to see some passionate play from the NYR?


  87. Twelve minutes and still not shots for DC. That should change very soon with this penalty. Let’s see how much we miss Betts.

  88. Joe and Sam need to lighten up on the analyzing and do more describing, because somebody, I think it was Avery, blasted Ovechkin just out of the picture before Girardi hit Ovechkin and Ovechkin hit Avery. But they never mentioned it.

  89. lmao, my fiance thinks Torts looks like the Fonz. I’m pretty sure someone else mentioned that on here a while ago.

    lmao “Wade Redden has to be firm on the puck” ya gotta love dave maloney

  90. yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!

    fratboy with a penalty!!!! WOOOT WOOOT

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

  91. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    No Country, that’s a penalty! but biting and crushing someone’s face… LEGAL!

  92. NYR fan in MD on

    I hate to say it. We just saw the best the Rangers could bring. Now it’s the caps turn.

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

    Rangers are the better team here and the losers Capitals get a free bee!!????

  94. No Country For Old Rangers on

    Right back. No bullsh*t. They got a lucky bounce, gotta keep working

  95. WHAT THE HECK? Man there was nothing to do with that goal, just a pair of freak bounces.

  96. mike,

    I’m with you, just keep plugging away, we will get that one and hopefuly a few more back.

  97. Mister Delaware on

    There should be a rule about teams who can’t score goals not being allowed to give up fluke goals. I know Bettman is cool with instituting rules mid-series, what about mid-game?

  98. True Blue 23 on

    can they please stop jumping on glass everygame there is a delay because of that stupid sh*t

  99. I’m shocked that they’re fixing the glass. I’d assume they’d just let the fans out onto the ice in the middle of play.

    Also, this stoppage could kill the flow of the game. Neither team has an advantage from this. Maybe the Rangers do since the Caps just scored.

  100. I think Avery dove on that play; but had it been the reverse, he wouldn’t have been called for interference.

  101. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    how many of Henrik’s horses and Henrik’s men does it take to put Boudreau back together again?

  102. what happened to rozi? cuz i cant count on versus for anything but the TV feed. and thats a stretch.

  103. It was a simple play against the boards – he was defending a foward, was leaning into him with his legs straight and it looked like his left leg hyperextended from the slight impact…. He went to the locker room right after that play

  104. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    There’s some lady “rocking” her red just to Budreau’s right. OK, back to the game…

  105. Is this VS coverage or Caps coverage? I don’t know if anyone else has mentioned it yet but this broadcast sounds like a home broadcast for the Caps. I have barely heard a thing about the Rangers and they almost sounded upset when the Rangers scored. Terrible, terrible, terrible.

  106. No Country For Old Rangers on

    who cares about the devils? f them. cant be worried about that right now

  107. Love the lack of urgency in Zherdev when he has the puck…he’s gonna look great doing that in Canadiens jersey next year

  108. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    I like Avery’s play… using his energy to go for the puck… effective!

  109. the next big question, can the Rangers play like this for a full 60? If they do, good chance they win this game.

  110. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    haha no problem with me, I was actually thinking of something to respond to that too.

  111. Gomo the Clown on

    Wait until you hear what I have to say to John G! I’ve been spending that whole period thinking about it!

  112. Zherdev is doing well, except for when he’s about to shoot and takes forver when there is somebody right on him. He got back on a backcheck once to break up a play I believe.

  113. avery was awesome in that period! my God i would love for him to score!!! he deserves it tonight!!

  114. spider- yea i noticed that too. anisimov shouldnt be forced out there too much though. the doob, antro and aves line is rockin. right? its them 3 right? or is cally on that line?

  115. ZzZz 13 ZzZz !! says Greg L. on

    Total domination , Rangers play a real strong attack and PUCK CONTROL …sweeeet. Zherdev is one cwazzyyyy muthaa. Will today be the day he scores??

  116. oh baby, i think the rangers just might pull this off. the caps shouldnt be happy even that they scored. they sucked. keep goin boys!!! we wanna go ballz deep!!!!

  117. lmao Rick, too bad I won’t be seeing the gomez interview! What is that, his 694th interview this season? I still say he has the same goofy face as Vin Diesel.

  118. Unreal, it has begun. We should have had a 5 on 3, instead the refs pretend they didn’t see Aves getting pushed into the Craps bench, and a few secs later they score.

    This is what i mean. Every game it’s something else.

    This sucks, because Nyr actually looked great in that period, and were better. They should be up 1-0, instead it’s tied cause of a stupid freak goal. Now the Craps might have a better period, and Nyr might have a bad one, and they wont be able to rely on that one goal.

    This sucks. Hopefully they can keep up the good work.

    And Danny G needs to know better. Why would you should wide when your PP just ended, you’re pretty much begging for an odd man rush.

  119. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Well he’s obviously sweating because he’s wearing a Crosby jersey under it and a Brashear jersey under that!

  120. They are playing like a team tonight. Very smart hockey. Outplaying the Capitals by far.

    Versus really wants and expects the CAps to win.

    Yes the Rangers are desparate. Thye Capitals expect to win too. They should remember from last year. It aint easy to win game seven. Nobody gives up.

  121. yea bill patrick, the caps will push back, but were not standin around for this one. this is gonna be the rangers turn to show them what we got. maybe we rope a doped them and now maybe ovie is gassed from playin 59 minutes a game

  122. We HAVE to keep up that pace in the 2nd. We actually looked pretty good that period. We can’t let them get their flow going.

  123. Gomex not allowed any more airtime to show off how “funny” he is until he contributes. Feel like he wanted to be in NY over NJ more for the big media stage than the big game stage.

  124. jones did rave about antro, dubes and aves though. Sayin how smart Torts was puttin them together and they sure sparked the first period! Hopefully the do it again in the 2nd AND 3rd!

  125. orr- antro couldve had 2 for us. should be 2-1 or 2-0. but we’ll fight all the way baby!!! EVEN VOROS IS GOOD TONIGHT> I DONT CARE IM LEAVIN MY PREJUDICES AGAINST SOME OF THE PLAYERS ALONE TONIGHT. go voros!!!! score a goal off your right cheek buddy!!! i dont care. lets go rangers!!!! duh duh duhduhduh!!!!

  126. Tortorella on Avery between Games 6 and 7:

    “Sean’s a guy that in yesterday’s game I thought was good in spurts. He’ll be better in Game 7. He’ll be better in Game 7.”

  127. Kaspar

    I dont want to jinx anything. But they are playing damn good. One of the best periods I’ve seen from them all season. WSH only has 2 SOG….

  128. nasty- the long stoppage helped us a lot. they had just scored so at least some unforeseeable circumstances have helped us a little. but we gotta keep pressuring their d. their d is playin bad.

  129. Did anyone else get nervous with the Capitals shot at the buzzer? Am I wrong or did Lundqvist look shaky on that?

  130. Between the Geico commercials on MSG all the time and the constant male enhancement commercials on Versus, commercial breaks are painful these days.

  131. still though. 2 shots on goal and they 1 goal. so i mean hank, even though that was impossible for him to stop, needs to make a couple of good saves to get him in the game a little.

  132. lobster- u know hank is shaky. few good saves should get him into it. i hope that were not gonna be gassed by the 3rd and then caps start pourin it on.

  133. jcl..thats odd because i’ll see about 5 seconds of those male enhancement commercials and a different commercial comes on. Not that I’m complaining lol.
    I get those freecredit report dot com commercials all the time.
    Ok here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  134. The one shift I remember seeing Anisimov, he was out there for a long time. He skated 1:22, so he could have had one shift, but most likely two. Five is rediculous. Maybe they got him confused with Antropov.

  135. Oh my Jesus! Lundqvist ust saved us!

    The problem with Anisimov is that he is on a “defensive” line. I would rather see Korpikoski there.

  136. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Thomthum April 28th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    aren’t those billboard lights supposed to be off during the game?

    No, and the door is supposed to be locked for practice, and there aren’t supposed to be gaping partitions in the glass.

  137. Line of the night by Joe Mich

    “Redden down on his knees, had some contact with Semin”

  138. Joe Mic got it right about puck possession. can’t allow these guys to have it on their tape all period long

  139. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Do we get a 5 on 3 if they have 7 skaters on?

    I mean, if we weren’t the Rangers and they didn’t have Ovarychkin on their team

  140. were rockin blue!!! almost a goal korpi! keep it up baby!. gomer flyin. everyones flyin!!!!

  141. Completely agree deja. The entire bench could of got on the ice on that shift and no penalty would of been called.

  142. everyone get prepared for the phantom call on avery in the last 10 minutes of the period

  143. deja (is never leaving the house) on

    Linda – did i miss anything news worthy did doobs turn into a zombie from morrisons bite?

  144. No Country For Old Rangers on

    Let’s send Ovechkin and Semin back to the motherland to hang out with their mom and dad Briggite Nielsen and Dolph Lungdren

  145. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Rick, would that be a Brashear type ban (he’ll be back next round) or an Avery ban?!

    * New Country, don’t make me ban you during Game 7, bud.

  146. lmao @ green crackin himself into the boards!

    who is this Voros guy? not too bad so far

  147. deja (is never leaving the house) on

    what we really need is for backstrom to slam one home into his own net like last year

  148. wow we better win this one. we deserve it badly!!! caps are befuddled because they havent seen us show what we can do yet!! artie playin a solid one as well as voros!

  149. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    That was the absolute best Zherdev woosy play… EVERY!!
    I hope Green’s hurt.

  150. Joe Mic got it right about puck possession. can’t allow these guys to have it on their tape all period long…we’ll get our chances if we aren’t chasing the puck.

  151. jason
    April 28th, 2009 at 8:21 pm
    Wow, Green went down hard!


    now THATS a funny post

  152. Let’s send Ovechkin and Semin back to the motherland to hang out with their mom and dad Briggite Nielsen and Dolph Lungdren

    I get the Rocky reference, but Dolph is Swedish and Briggite is Danish

  153. No Country For Old Rangers on

    we’ve been the better team so far. will that translate to a win?

  154. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Oh man! hahaha. Ray Ferraro chuckled describing the Green play into the boards.

  155. No Country For Old Rangers on

    I need to control myself better but when they show the replay of that cheap shot on Bettsy, it’s hard to keep it PG.

  156. deja (is never leaving the house) on

    did….d-d-d-d-did vorros just beat a guy to a puck holy crap

  157. i think Voros ditched the crisco and went to EVOO..he was skatin pretty quickly there!

  158. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    No call on the goalie interference, no call on the hit on Avery, what’s new?

  159. NYR fan in MD on

    God, it feels like it’s been in the caps zone for most of per. 2 and its still 1-1. Jeez! COME ON RANGERS!!!!

  160. deja (is never leaving the house) on

    betts even but for the most part put a beet in some skates 9 times out of 10 it would play better than voros

  161. great save hank. gotta stay sharp. were wearin out their d. even if we lose i’ll be happy. great effort boys. all around. if only we could get some good 2nd chances and rebounds wed be way up in this one

  162. Rick C.,

    Let’s not brand them “great fourth line” just yet. I’d like them to get a couple of goals first.

  163. Hi Game 7! I’m here now!

    I got locked out of the house for a little while. I heard the 1st was pretty good!

  164. Everything is outside on the perimeter. They can’t get anything goin down the middle

  165. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I wouldn’t have guessed in a million years that anyone would be outskated by Aaaron freakin’ Voros.

  166. yea were outworkin them but we havent had the best scoring chances. gotta get some good low point shots

  167. No Country For Old Rangers on

    Come on mike, even if we lose you’ll be happy? we got this man. there is no reason the NYR cant finish off these amateurs

  168. lmao @ ovechkin checkin his face… could it get any worse…
    omg these guys are killin me!!! CMON CALLY!!!

  169. I’m surprised the Caps haven’t become as frustrated as their fans and taken a bad penalty. On a related note, it’s refreshing to have the refs let the players play without calling minor stick fouls, as I had hoped. We need a goal!!!

  170. PruBelongsOnTheIce, obviously I smashed the window open and climbed through.

    Avery with the game winner, please God.

  171. Avery and Dubinsky are soooooo good at this cycle game … just an aside, this is the same type of game the Rangers used in Game 7 in ’94, after being dominated by the Canucks the previous two games. The get-it-deep, cycle, beat up their defense, game.

  172. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Sorry Sally didn’t see that. The Rangers had to break a door off the hinges to get into practice today. Caps locked them out.

  173. No Country For Old Rangers on

    If I have a heart attack everytime the caps gain the blue line, how could I possibly handle OT? (if it goes that far)

  174. No Country For Old Rangers on

    man, that garbage goal by the craps. unbelievable. we should be going into the 3rd with the lead

  175. Just saw the replay: gorgeous play by Callahan.

    You know what the problem is for the Rangers? Most of the game has looked like a power play for them, and they’re not good at those! I’m really upset that we could not get a go-ahead goal in that period. Hopefully they score that goal before they start feeling gassed.

  176. Greg_Section_403 on

    This isn’t the same Ranger team we saw on Sunday. Happy they showed up today

  177. that defensive play by cally is as good as another goal. so i think im happy its still 1-1. not really, but 20 more minutes of this and the caps d will be draggin and we will score again!!! thank you torts for lightin a fire under their hineys!!

  178. if this is a preview of the 09-10 Brandon Dubinsky, i would like the trial showing to last another month and a half! WOW he is having a huge game!!!!!

  179. PruBelongsOnTheIce, that’s so lame. Really??? Which Ranger did it? My money’s on Mara.

  180. No Country For Old Rangers on

    Where are CCCP and ORR? I need their angry, hilarious observations

  181. Excellent game so far. Wish Antro would’ve buried it on that opening-minute breakaway. We’re controlling, but 1-1 is tight (especially with #8 roaming around). Hope we can put a couple in the back of the net for some breathing room.

  182. if we keep playing like this,we will get our chance. just need to bury it. Avy Dubi Antro are playing out their minds right now.

  183. you think it’s stressful watching it…try being out of the market and not getting versus, I’m clinging to my radio right now lol

  184. Carp,

    I feel like Costanza when he proclaimed the next few months “THE SUMMER OF GEORGE”

  185. Mikey McD!CK on

    ugh completely owning them and nothing to show for it.. we are clearly lacking strength on the boards though

  186. Tommy April 28th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    The caps fans tears make me happy



  187. Greg_Section_403 on

    20 more minutes. shift by shift. WOW look at that thing? That beard isn’t legal south of the Mason-Dixon

  188. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Sally I just read the Rangers “staff” had to break the door off. Maybe Mara’s beard did it.

  189. It is tied after two on a lucky bounce for them. Stay out of the damn box and keep bringing it.

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  190. WELL SPIDER- IF ANTRO HAD LIFTED THE PUCK UP ON VARBLABLKAN we would be up 2-1. but no sense cryin over spilled ukranians. i know i wished we couldve gotten anothet 1 before that period ended. it was almost as good as the 1st but were tiring them out.

    chris simpson looks smitten by the doobster!!

  191. ThisYearsModel on


    Been through this too many times. been cognizant of the Rangers starting in about 1970. Every year has ended the same except for one. Good performance so far, but they should be ahead. We’ll see.

  192. I think mara’s gonna hatch some small chickens i nthat beard, nurse them to health, then let them fly away from the nest. peter from family guy comes to mind

  193. ZzZz 13 ZzZz !! says Greg L. on

    sucks having let in that weak goal but then again , Caps feel like they have done enough and they watch Ovechkin , hoping he will pull off a goal!!!! Ovechkin over sstays on the ice shows hes a selfish player.

  194. These officials need a little Son of Sam style medicine !!

    Surprising the score is still what it is.

    Im not confident in OT, Hank is 1-3 i think, and 0-1 in elimination games.

    I agree with the guy who said, to switch Korpedo and Artie. Artie has size and can create.

    Just Win !!!!

  195. Jarret April 28th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    We need to get to the cup if only to see how crazy awesome Mara’s beard would be.


    They’ll have to give it it’s own number.

  196. judging by some of the beards I’ve seen down here, Mara would fit right in!

    on a lighter note, Bettman has just opened his 4th package of depends!

  197. e.m. April 28th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    keep the puck behind the Caps net. make Vmov and Erskine and Morrison etc handle it, and get on them and cycle deep in their end.



    that is what I posted just before the game. it looks like it is the Ranger strategy. it is the best way to keep the puck away from another team’s skilled forwards, and keep them in their own end.

  198. lmao shoryduken!! maras beard did a chi blast and then e hondas b!tchslap move on it!! redden tried doin a blanka ball move but he got knocked out by the beard

  199. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Linda April 28th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    “on a lighter note, Bettman has just opened his 4th package of depends!”

    That’s a lot of brashear!

  200. hell yea orr. me n some guys were talkin aout her the other night. somebody said she was passable. i said, what???? sotos hot!!

  201. Speed Ranger on

    It was clear half way through period 2 the Rangers wouldn’t score – but their D got the job done – now just regroup for period 3… THEY CAN WIN THIS!!!

  202. NYR fan in MD on

    What a friggin game. Rangers NEED the next goal. They keep coming strong, to my surprise, but they need to get it done!!! Please, please, please….GO RANGERS!!!!!

  203. UpstateRanger on

    The pseudo-fans in red were boo-ing their boys at the end of P2 – – I like that.
    Mara’s beard will notch one in the third.
    Nice to see NYR show some real character.
    Let’s win it.

  204. Mikey McD!CK on

    How ya feeling Carp? I am in bad shape too. Watching this game is not helping my pneumonia whatsoever.

  205. Torts has been rolling 4 all game, expect to see the dubi and gomez lines to get 3/4 of the ice time in the third

  206. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Best hit of the night? Green, on the boards! The assist goes to Zherdev for jumping out of the way!

  207. ZzZz 13 ZzZz !! says Greg L. on

    score a F#@!&^ Goal RANGERS!!!!! come on , you can do it!!!!
    Dubinsky!!!!!!!! come on , and run to center ice with yer hands raised!!

  208. Speed Ranger on

    Period 2 must have been great for Hank’s confidence —
    Oh and Artem? Lookin’ good!

  209. ORR – Then you agree with me about Anisimov-Korpikoski. However, I think I disagree with myself now, seeing how that fourth line is playing. haha. I just saw Soto for the first time in the playoffs, so I haven’t had a full chance to take in her beuaty yet, but she is nice.

    Nobody liked my power play line? :P

  210. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    NJ took a one goal lead on the biggest BS call of the playoffs! anyone see Cullen get called for a slash on a nothing play? Even chico says it was weak and if he says that, you know it wasn’t a penalty.

  211. ZzZz 13 ZzZz !! says Greg L. on

    omg Rick , Excited ..then Nevous ,then excited…wtf , this intermision is a killer!!

  212. Orr what is it good for-

    i totally hear ya man i totally hear ya…either the upper east side is going to be rocking or get the tissues out…


  213. Mikey, pneumonia? Yuck. I’m not that bad … as long as this thing doesn’t turn out to be Pig-Man flu. I’ll Nyquil up after the game. Best stuff I’ve had since I was in my 20s.

  214. ZzZz 13 ZzZz !! says Greg L. on

    Ovechkin smells the Rangers swagger and he gets all confooosed out there!!!

  215. dont worry sally. if we lose, drury wont let it ruin doobs b day party. im sure they’ll have his b day at mac dees and gomer can dress up like ronald mcdonald for some entertainment. voros will be grimace, and redden will be the hamburglar stealing sathers burgers. dolan will be mayor mc cheese

  216. This really upsets me….why couldn’t we have played like this 2 games ago!!!

    Oh well, better late……LGR!!

  217. NYR fan in MD on

    I would LOVE to see a Ranger, I don’t care who…Avery would be preferred, to score and throw their stick on the ice and rub their hands….THAT WOULD MAKE MY MILLENIUM!!!!

  218. by the way, during first intermission, did you hear Duguay talking about finding out which team gets to play Boston. Way to be plugged in there, Mr. Studio 54.

  219. Nobody better score while I walk half a block and back to get my Mexican food. Well, if the Rangers score, I’ll be okay with it.

  220. Doodie Machetto on

    I’ve been busy dealing with some family stuff. I’ve been following the team as best as possible. I finally have some time to sit down and watch the game with no distractions, so let me say this:

    If this is the final 20 minutes of hockey we see this season, it’s been a pleasure dealing with you boneheads all season.

    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  221. Doodie Machetto on

    If they win this game, Rozsival will have earned a lot of his contract for this year with his gutsy performance tonight.

  222. we really need some shots on this guy. this is game 2 all over again except the caps got a luck break. well, were playin better but we need shots!

  223. Doodie Machetto on

    We need the Callahan line to start generating chances and not just possession.

  224. I wouldn’t have known that Rozsival missed any time had I only been relying on Versus for information. My brain hasn’t been able to function properly to keep track of numbers of players on the ice all the time.

    I won’t be able to type much while I eat here, so I’ll leave you with this for now: SCORE A GOAL! POTVIN SUCKS! LET’S GO RANGERS! VAR-LAME-OV!

  225. muck up the neutral zone and the caps look very beatable. if we lose, the caps better expect more of this.

  226. please please please get a goal!!!! i dont care which Ranger it is, as long as it’s behind varLAAAAAAAAAmov, i just dont care!

  227. yeah there were a few interferences I saw…. JB

    Gotta forecheck and press in their zone….

  228. deja (is never leaving the house) on

    oh im sorry alex didnt tretyak fail in the biggest game of his life

  229. I am twitching like an electrocuted flea, and not breathing. This is not healthy living.

  230. Henrik can have the game of his life, but if the rangers can’t get some offense going it isn’t going to end well.

  231. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    You don’t earn 5million for guts. That’s called hockey. Any player that doesn’t go out with a strain, cut, something almost broken, isn’t a real hockey player.

    As Gomez said last year “If something’s not wrong with you, there’s a problem” in true Yogi Bera style.

    * Doodie Machetto
    April 28th, 2009 at 9:01 pm
    If they win this game, Rozsival will have earned a lot of his contract for this year with his gutsy performance tonight.

  232. deja (is never leaving the house) on

    i hope someone reminded them that theres no shootout in the playoffs

  233. Greg_Section_403 on


    i don’t think TORTS can shorten the bench too much … rangers are tired.

  234. Could someone inform these idiots in DC that chanting the opposing goaltender’s name after making a big save against your best player isn’t going to rattle him

  235. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Guys, i have an exam to study for! Put one in the net before this goes to OT. please!

  236. mako i was just thinking that from when you said it earlier!!! unreal!!

    ok who wants to be a Blueshirt hero tonite????

  237. It’s their offence against our defence now. Things don’t look good, and I don’t feel too good.

  238. Doodie Machetto on

    “oh im sorry alex didnt tretyak fail in the biggest game of his life”

    I wouldn’t call that the biggest game of his life. The only reason why anybody remembers it is because America won. If they lost, it would’ve been just another semifinal win on the way to yet another olympic gold.

    Biggest game of team USA’s life? absolutely. Tretiak? Absolutely not. Probably one of the Summit Serieses or the 81 Canada Cup.

  239. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    True Fans Bleed RW&B April 28th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    “how the Eff was Green not called for that?!”

    Because Ovarychkin didn’t blow his whistle.

  240. NYR fan in MD on

    HOW MANY F-in penalties are the ref going to overlook ….. Jeeeeez-Us-F’in-H-Christ already!!!!!

  241. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Carp, you’re going to have to do a lot of selling with these calls/non-calls because the Caps have gotten two marginal PPs and Avery should have drawn one along with Shjoe.

  242. holy hell, they have got to score just so i can breathe just slightly!!!!! this is hurting the chestal area

  243. caps are goin for it and we can try to exploit an odd man rush hopefully. really need someone to step up here and get us a big goal. please dear lord let the rangers win!!!

  244. Rangers have nothing going right now. They are trying to not lose the game, as opposed to trying to win the game.

  245. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Ok, the shjoestrom wasn’t a punch, just the standard caps charging/leaping check for the opponents neck/head area.

    Phewww… and I thought it was a dirty play.

  246. Doodie Machetto on

    True Fans, it’s not just that he’s out there, he’s out there and playing very well. On one leg. That’s big time.

    I wish Zherdev could play the left side. He has been very good, has wanted the puck, and I’d like to him swapped with Naslund to try and get Gomez and Callahan going. All they can do is get pucks deep and keep possession, no chances really being generated.

  247. deja (is never leaving the house) on

    wow did anyone see the blatant “a guy touched me call a penalty move by ovie right there is there actually someone worse that cindy

  248. Ovechkin is looking to the referees every time he’s hit. Did he contract the Sidney Crosby flu?

  249. this is so freakin nerve wracking even my hair is sweating…then again its also 82 degrees right now

  250. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    My exam is Friday but it takes like 3-4 full days/nights of studying for it.

  251. “These times are made for Drury.” – Joe.

    Drury could earn his entire salary right now.

  252. Did we manage to get a cardiologist on call for the blog? I think I need one.


  253. LOL @ Sidney Crosby flu. Inshaallah!

    Underdogs of the world, unite! The Rangers can win this one!

  254. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I don’t want the PPs but if they’re not going to give them to the Rangers they can’t call marginal ones for the caps.

  255. These times are made for Drury.” – Joe.
    Drury could earn his entire salary right now.



  256. The longer this goes, the better it is for DC. They have the game breakers; we do not.

  257. Doodie Machetto on

    Avery can’t be the target on his line. He’s the least skilled player on that line. They need to refocus their attack. He needs to be the guy digging the puck for Dubinsky to make a play to Antropov, like on the first goal (or vice-versa).

    Swap Sjostrom and Korpikoski to try and get some jump up with Drury and Zherdev.

  258. ZzZz 13 ZzZz !! says Greg L. on

    hopefully we can take this game to the shoot-out , Hanks record is awsome in those!

  259. I also picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue. I am freaking out Stanley for the first time.

  260. Greg_Section_403 on

    no….noo…i was just thinking, federov used to score all the time…gotta watch this guy…ohh man

  261. ThisYearsModel on

    Gave him 2 feet up there by going down and Redden couldn’t close on him. How appropriate.

  262. Varlamov > Hank on

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! Good-bye Ran-gers (clap, clap, clapclapclap).

  263. what an epic colapse this series. feel bad for hank that we canot produce any scoring chances at all this whole period. just cycling and no shots. o well. good effort tonight. i guess maybe next season we can try to get a goal scorer on this team. theres nobody!!!!!!

  264. Doodie Machetto on

    If we don’t get someone to show the feats of strength, it will soon be time for the airing of grievances.

  265. Doodie,

    You are very wrong. Nothing soft about that shot. That was ridiculous. He put that exactly in the corner just under the crossbar. Just because Lundqvist gets beat high doesn’t mean it’s automatically on him.

  266. I’m glad Gomez showed up for Game 7. Unbelievable how useless he leaders of the Rangers are

  267. Doodie Machetto on

    Dude, it was a clear shot, short side, no screen, no defelction. You MUST stop that shot.

  268. It was a good game. It could have been ours. I’m really okay with this. I will miss you, Rangers, but we need some time apart.

  269. I’m very curious to see how Darth sather is going to fix this mess he made. All that money tied up to average players is a crime.

  270. wow. they cant even get it in the damn zone. hey rangers, if u played like this at home, we wouldve won!!!! damn you

  271. If i were Torts…15 seconds, Avery gets cheapshoted. I tell my players. “Hit anything that moves, and make sure it doesn’t get up.”