Here we go again: Rangers-Caps


It’s the Monster. Again.

Alex Ovechkin, as you all know, has played three games so far and has three points in each of them. Tonight he’s the Rangers’ problem, again. I’ll have an update later on, with the pregame notes, etc.

Meanwhile, here’s a  little something left over from last spring’s playoffs that continues to crack me up.

Speaking of things that make me laugh, and made all of you laugh last season, I was reminded of this when I saw that Phoenix is 2-0, and that Petr Prucha has a point in each of the wins.

Sean Avery’s return appears to have been put off until the weekend, at the earliest, but we’ll scan the other blogs for updates from the morning skate in D.C.

See yas later.

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  1. And the Coyotes were also 2–0 to start last season, eventually making us laugh by the end of the season.

    Voros vs. Bradley tonight in Washington?

  2. washington irving on

    Rangers prove whether they are legit or not with this game tonight.

    I actually think the kids that are still on the team from last year are going to elevate there play and get some revenge for last years playoffs.

  3. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I just typed a long post, but it didn’t accept it. Long story made short… there are 4 “look like a star” rangers in there; Gabby, Drury, Hank, and Redden. Kipprusoff gets honorable mention for looking like his twin and honorable mentions go to the kids in Pittsburgh who resemble Andy Samberg (Cindy) and a Jonas brother (malkin).

    I’m surprised Prucha wasn’t scratched! It wasn’t too long ago that many of us thought Renney deserved to be scratched everytime he scratched prucha. My Christmas would not be ruined if I found out Drury and Rozsival were traded to that weakling coach in Edmonton. I still dont know why some of you had a love affair with Renney. Few things he did right (ie. Handling Sean Avery), everything else he did horribly (see any timeout Renney ever used his entire LIFE).

  4. prucha would probably do well under tortarella. renney was such a dick. so glad hes gone. when torts called that timeout the other night, you know what renney wouldve done? he wouldve kept chewing his gum in his ugly plaid jacket.

  5. I wish I could get pumped for this game but it has blowout written all over it. That Cap offense is unstoppable.

    Our best chance is to forecheck aggressively and limit turnovers and defensive end play. It will be very tough.

  6. Steve:
    As much as i was upset with Renney’s decisions and play style by the end of his tenure, i think calling him out as a dick and mocking him is a bit unfair. He brought this franchise back from the dead, we broke 100 points the full season under him, and we’re a perennial playoff team. For what its worth, I would gladly welcome him back to the garden (not necessarily to coach, but a small tribute would be in order as thanks for his work and giving this fanbase some hope)

  7. Say what you will but Renney was a class act.
    Something some posters are sorely lacking.

  8. Tribute, eh? Like what kind of tribute? “Thanks Tom for not completely boring us to death!” lol
    Class act, nice guy, players coach… it’s all great, for sure… but you can’t help but question his coaching abilities.

  9. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Dubi stops Semin tonight!!! " ...says Greg L. on

    IM FIRST!!!!!!!!! WHOO HOOOOOO!!! YES!! you guys can all eat a bag of sh….whhooops , I didn’t make first!??

    Happy Birthday Sally ( even though ya never said it to me last week)Get well eh.

    RANGERS RULE , Caps drool.

  10. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Dubi stops Semin tonight!!! " ...says Greg L. on

    RANGERSSSSSSSSSSSS win win win win win win win win win win win win today!!!!!!

  11. “Class act, nice guy, players coach… it’s all great, for sure… but you can’t help but question his coaching abilities.”




    happy birthday sally

  12. Bring back Prucha on

    Great to see Prucha getting the chance he deserves. Too bad we shipped him out of here before he could get some decent playing time under Tort’s system. I think he would have fit in nicely.

  13. Happy Birthday Sally, you evil genuis you!! Hope you’re feeling better and that you have a great day! Don’t blow off Rangers-Caps tonight!!!

  14. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Dubi stops Semin tonight!!! " ...says Greg L. on

    Win win win win win win win win win Rangers WIN!!!!

  15. I was watching the Flyers-Caps game Tuesday Night-ovechkin obviously looks great but his linemates were terrific as well semin and backstrom looked great…should be a fun one tonight, the goaltending as we know is suspect-lets get the puck towards the net, if i was a betting man i would take the OVER tonight,expect lots of goals and LETS GO RANGERS

  16. Varlamov has a weak glove on quick wristers from the slot. Mike Richards got 2 for his hat trick exposing that side.

  17. Thanks boneheads!

    Greg L, happy late birthday! Sorry I missed it!

    CCCP & Carp, I THOUGHT you meant photoshop Carp’s head on there. I still think you’re a strange man, CCCP.

    Can’t wait for the game tonight. Hope the Rangers DESTROY the Caps!

  18. Feliz cumpleanos Sally
    Bonne anniversaire Sally

    Is that guy they posed Ovie with in the NHL player-celeb look alike the dude from Happy Gilmore? The one he shot in the head with a nail gun and wears the t-shirt “Guns don’t kill people, I kill people”?

  19. I’ll have to admit I’ve never seen a lot of the older Bond movies.

    :: turns in “man” card ::

  20. inhankwetrust on

    joekuh, if only it were that easy- maybe we should tell drury to post it on a whiteboard in the locker room

  21. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    I was at that February Avalanche game last year, when Prucha scored under Torts and came to the defense of a teammate (forget who) in the closing minutes when Redden shied away from it. I thought his Rangers career was revitalized under Torts. Didn’t think it would be his last game here.

  22. Carp, thanks for the laugh with Jaws. He also was “I think I broke his f-ing neck” guy in The Longest Yard. Finally missing my 1st game with work tonight. I’d be very surprised to win down there. I expect this team to take a while to find its groove. It’s time for Valle to start, either tonight or Sunday.

    Don’t crap on Renney!

  23. “I’d be very surprised to win down there.”


  24. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    Renney spoke about accountability but the only one he held accountable was Prucha. And for what? For wearing down?

    Yet he continued to play Aaron Virus night after night, who would look gassed on each shift.

  25. I was talking about Renney with someone the other day. Looking back on it he did some good with installing a disciplined system after the lockout. It had been a while since the Rangers had any sort of structure to their play. It was successful for a couple of years but eventually he started to believe that the system alone could win them games. His style stifled a lot of individual talent and it basically seemed like the players revolted at some point last year.

    Torts stresses that his best players determine the outcome of the game. Push guys like Gaborik, Dubinsky, Prospal, Kotalik into taking the game to the other opponent versus waiting for a chance to occur.

    We’ve seen teams can win with sticking to a system (the Devils) and we see teams that can win with individual talents (the Caps). So hopefully the Rangers can let their talent loose but make sure that applies to everywhere on the ice.

  26. Carp, those pics are hysterical, however…..Hank is way cuter than James Blunt and that is just a damn insult comparing John Corbett to Marty…ugh.

    Sally, happy birthday and congrats on a lmao tweet!

    Greg L., belated happy birthday.

    Keep the faith Staal and all.

  27. Renney merely happened to be the man behind the bench when Jagr, Straka, Nylander, Sykora, Rucinsky,etc…. and mainly Lundqvist, revived the franchise.

    He never did anything aside from standing aside. His personnel decisions were horrible. His line combos were horrible. His in-game tactics were horrible. He was like a deer caught in the headlights during games.

    On the other hand, if a coach like Tortorella or Tippett was hired instead of Renney, those teams would have been much more dangerous and would have gotten much further in the playoffs.

    Now Renney may be the nicest man in the world outside the rink. But he was totally overmatched as the coach of the Rangers.

    I seriously doubt that Renney will ever get another head coaching job in the NHL. Other GMs aren’t stupid like Sather.

  28. I love how people are just throwing Renney under the bus. The fact is he was great with star players, something no coach since Mike Keenan has been able to do with the Rangers. He got Jagr to play in his system and it worked. The fact is there were too many chances and a move to young players, something Renney isn’t good with. He was a great coach for the team at the time, but as time wore on and the faces changed, he wasn’t the right guy for the job. It’s not that he isn’t a good coach, just wasn’t a good coach for the team from last year.

    About tonight, I wouldn’t expect a win. The three top teams in the East right now are Philly, Washington, and Pittsburgh (even though they didn’t show up against an underrated Phoenix team). I think the Rangers are good, but not that good to be up in those top 3. They will beat them in some games, but if it was a 7 game series, I don’t think they have the horses to keep up with them. I think the Rangers will finish somewhere from 4th-7th depending on injuries and things.

    As for the Yotes last night, I said them and the Islanders I think would do a lot better than people thought, and so far the Isles gave a tough game to the Pens and the Yotes ended up beating them. Phoenix was in 5th at the ASG last year and tanked, but I think a lot of that had to do with bad coaching. Tippett has great experience so I think he can help turn that team around. They have great young talent, some of which like Kevin Porter are in San Antonio for the time being, but if they learned to put it together they can make a run at one of the bottom playoff spots.

    The Isles are in the same boat, but I think are another year away from being a true surprise team. They have a boat load of young talent and finally have real goalies to patch in while DiPietro goes on his 15 year vacation. They’ll be fun to watch with Tavares and Okposo too.

  29. I don’t want to get into this whole Renney thing (although it’s great for the traffic numbers), but it’s silly to say he had nothing to do with the turnaround of the franchise. I don’t think he’s the coach Tortorella is (and I championed for Tortorella to be retained as head coach in 2000). But he was far better than any of the previous four coaches, arguably all five after Keenan. Just remember where the Rangers were when he took over and where they were a year later.

  30. Aves wants to be extra healthy so he can beat the sh*t out of Perry, and the Ducks announcer. That’s why he’s out.

    Go Rangers ! Make it three in a row. Same with Del Z, make it three goals in a row !!

    And once again, Pruuuuuuuuu !! I miss those chants.

  31. Rick, I’m just sayin’ that it was Jagr and Lundqvist who took the team on their backs. For Renney, IMO it was a case of being in the right place at the right time.

    Renney even fought against Lundqvist being his starting goalie. I just think that the team would have been a lot more formidable with a coach like Tortorella or Tippett.

  32. no doubt. but the guy deserves some credit for the turnaround. and, again, he was the best since Campbell, if not Keenan — far, far better than Muckler, Low, Trottier and the GM.

  33. The only time he fought about Henke being the starter was when we signed Weekes to be the #1. That was right after the lockout, and Henke was an unknown. He was doing great, but in the 2nd half he wasn’t the same goalie and eventually got hurt. The next 2 years there was no doubt who his goalie was, but in that 1st year, nobody knew Henke was going to be who he is now. For as well as he did to start the year, he could’ve been a flop too.

    but yeah, I think we need to move on from Renney and talk more about the game tonight.

  34. ooh it’s Sally’s birthday happy bday to you, Sally I love your dwrarings!


  35. My guess is Gaborik = David Hyde Pierce

    And don’t get me started on Renney. Right place, right time.

    “He got Jagr to play in his system and it worked.”

    (For one season after the lockout)

  36. I never understood peoples desire to keep kicking dead horse, speaking of Renney. He was definitely class act, did his job bringing team out of sh*thole to respectability to everyone surprise, first very delicately and successfully building team around capricious star (and having exciting games and spectacular wins) and after that dealing with mediocre (to say the least) bunch of players, trying to create any kind of fitting system (yes, boring to watch) to get some results with material he had. Doubt that someone could do much better. Was it a time to change? Yes, absolutely. After all, coaches are 75% what their players are. You can’t change the whole team in a 3/4 of season and coach has to go. I was and am very excited having Torts behind the bench and different team and way to play, but it doesn’t make me less grateful to Tom for his contribution in his stay with Rangers. It is just unfair to blame him for everything what team underachieved
    (btw it always the easiest way for weak analysts). OK, now spit on me…

  37. Its funny how I don’t remember Jagr being so beloved by Rangers fans when he was here. Yet when people talk about Renney, the only reason NYR had a winning record was the great savior Jaromir, and not a single thing that Renney did.

    I am very very happy he was fired and Torts brought on board. But to blame a coach 100% for the bad times and give 0% credit for the good times is flat out ignorant.

  38. PruBelongsOnTheIce on

    and I miss those chants too, it was the only positive thing the crowd could chant for a good portion of last winter.

  39. Look at Bill Belichick. 4 out of his 5 seasons with the Browns they won no more than 7 games.
    Now he’s arguably the best coach in football. A lot of factors come into play.

    Regardless of what you think of Renney’s coaching ability the personal attacks and name calling are just wrong.
    He cared about his job, tried his best and and handled himself with class.

    As Jonny D said, it’s time to move on.

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