Gamer, Rangers-Lightning


Never liked those singular names. Ought to be Lightnings. Or Lightning Bolts. Or Lightning Strikes. Or just Bolts. Or whatever.

Anyway, here was my checklist for today: Get up, blog, go to office, drive to Syracuse, survive that (despite rain and sleet and some snow), check into hotel before 7:30, find out if they have MSG. Well, check, check, check, check, check, check, check.

Wait a minute! Panic! The Knicks are playing tonight. I’ll bet the hockey game is on one of those cheesy Plus-Deuce MSGs. Grab the paper. Find out your right. Grab the remote. Spin around  the dial. See Brad Park talking to Fran Healy. I guess this is MSG Plus. So I may have the game in my room. Now, new checklist: call Ruby Tuesday’s for a takeout order, go pick it up, get seated for puck-drop. And if this isn’t the channel the Rangers-Lightnings are on, then drive to a sports bar. I know where there is one, fortunately.


According to my buddy Arthur Staple (filling in for the vacationing Zipay) Kotalik (ribcage strain) will play tonight as expected. Sanguinetti will be paired with Gilroy, at least to start, in his NHL debut. Lundqvist in goal, which brings up an interesting scenario. Does LQ play three games in four nights, or does Valiquette start in Pittsburgh tomorrow? Or does it depend on how tonight’s game goes? I’m guessing Voros will get prucha’d, but I’d sit the bigger guy.


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  1. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on

    Carped! First!!

    CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back)
    November 27th, 2009 at 6:56 pm
    I’m stuck watching tonight’s game on Sunshine or whatever channel the Lightning are on.

    Which means The Chief and his whining about referees.

    For the rest of you that get to see it on MSG, enjoy Joe Mich. spongebath of the Lightning.

  2. Second !

    Watch out for Stamkos and Hedman two of the best Young stars in the league ! Lets Go Rangers !!!

    Brashear’s fights against Columbus’s Jared Boll and Florida’s Steve MacIntyre

    Video w/commentary

  3. Stole my second carp…

    Not to be a negative Nancy, but I say we lose in ot 3-2 with goals by gabby and sangs

  4. carp

    thanks a whole frakking lot for not only carping me but carping me about getting carped!!!!!

  5. I’m so pissed I can’t see the game. I’m at the gf parents house on my phone AND we have a dinner party tomorrow night so there goes two games. Grrrrrr

    I’ll email ya back soon. You should be here tonight lol it’s the Odessa captial here in the house ;)

  6. what if somebody is out with an injury? are they half lighting? intermittent lightning? scattered lightning?

    I’m hoping they are all of that tonight.

    I’m kind of excited to see Sanguinetti tonight. I’ve heard some stories about him playing bad defense, but not from any credible hockey sources. And if that were so, I suspect Genander would send someone else.

    The makeover of the D-corps is definitely in full swing. 3-rookies, Staal, Girardi. This is something to get pumped for.

  7. MAKO- good luck. Should be fun. Don’t use any strong Russian words there. Especially those you learned from us.

  8. Gang, I’ll see you after the game- party at friends’ tonight. And another black tie tomorrow night. Love those during the games! I wonder if DVR is ranked as high as sliced bread… See you all later. Have fun and LGR!

  9. take a shot(or drink a beer),every ranger goal,fight.take a shot every time Joe refers to a players size or girth.whos with me?,ill be with the Patron.

  10. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Saskatchewan is in the Grey Cup!!!!"... says Greg L. on


  11. NHL94 break the glass style, let’s see a fight where the player lies in a pool of animated blood.

  12. take a shot(or drink a beer),every ranger goal,fight.take a shot every time Joe refers to a players size or girth.whos with me?,ill be with the Patron.


    With the JoeMich references + patron = morg going to the morgue

  13. isnt free as they say? i ekep gettin that i need to be a premium account holder?`???

  14. Girardi was responsible for the blind clear on the 1st goal and the bad cross ice pass on that led to that Marty StL breakaway. The more I’ve thought about it, the more I think he won’t be back next year if Sangs can prove he’s NHL ready.

  15. teams gettin outplayed badly in the d zone. puck just cant stay on anyones stick. somehow the puck magically clings to all the lightning players sticks though. gilroy had 2 good chances to shoot and passed. higgins,cally,parenteau are stonehands tonight but we are doing ok in getting to the net. just gotta play better d and get the puck out faster. so many turnovers

  16. Olga Folkyerself on

    “why does it look like tampa have power play constantly?”

    Because the Rangers are basically a mediocre team and have been ever since Sather has been GM.

  17. whats the thing all youngsters have with chewing on their toothguards? do they think they look cool or whats the thing?

  18. i sense another 1 goal game by the boys in blue tonight. we havent scored but 2 regulation goals in the last 2+ games on the road. is it me, or is higgins just bad and he has no hope of getting better? he just cant get anything. 2 goals on top line?

  19. i think im gonna do some crossword puzzles or something a little more exciting. torts!!1 why didnt u call a timeout before the game began??? thats the only way we will remember that theres a game to be played!!

  20. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on

    Look at that scumbag referee.

    Hank can get hit in his crease,

    but we dare hit some EFFING LOSER BEHIND THE NET and our guy did not leave his feet SO THERE WAS NO CHARGING

    and the referee at center ice made the decision to EFF THE RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  21. casper, we don’t use those words here. tomb, that goes for you, too. I think that’s your second warning of the week. next time, you’re out.

  22. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on

    THat loser didnt get the puck out of the zone.

    Who is this sick pervert Curtis Foster.

  23. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on

    I apologize, Foster obviously had mentally ill parents as his name is spelled Kurtis Foster.

    What kind of human being has his name as Kurtis

  24. yes carp, hank will give up 2 more and gabby will get 1. he’ll have 100 goals by years end, and our team total will be 120. my lord how people were complaining so much about getting this guy in the summer. just think where we’d be if we had to rely just on our other snipers cally,duby and higgy.

  25. *Grabashnoogies*, there are still forty minutes to play. They scored two in the first; we can score four in the next two periods. Now, we all know that’s not going to happen; but “we gotta stay positive”, don’t we?

  26. Who’s Dubby? Oh, never mind! I heard he really broke his hand while trying to lift that stack of money with the googly eyes.

  27. “Softqvist”! I like that name. I think Carp should verb it for when a goalie gets beat “high glove side”.

  28. this is pathetic, the lightning clearly have more heart thatn the rangers, I cannot take this anymore the rangers are a joke of an organization, sign no heart players, and let players like jed ortmeyer leave.

  29. Carp if that’s my second I don’t remember my first. I didn’t know that was crossing the line. Now I do.

    I will wait ten seconds before I post here when I feel that way. Sorry about that.

  30. Now if we can just find a way to rid of Rosival we would have a good defense… They should be cautious with Redden and have him sit out a few months.

  31. wtf is up with you guys, seriously. u want guys with heart like ortmeyer, we have that in voros, same amount of production. drury on the PP is actually productive. who would you rather get there? kotalik who hits the net 3 out of 10 times? u wanted youngsters, you got them.

  32. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on

    Why is everyone quitting and insulting the Rangers?

    Hey, they missed the call. They cannot discuss it now and then call it.

  33. listen ive been Ranger fan my whole life, and this team is soft, ortmeyer was a role player, if we had more player with his heart we would be fine, but, I doubt this team will make the playoffs, too many other teams giving there all.

  34. >>they are really not creating anything at all, sad hockey

    You can’t create much when you don’t have creative people in your line-up.

  35. omg, it has nothing to do with creative ppl, it has to do with heart and drive. Rangers don’t care, they got there money and fancy cars.

  36. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on

    He did not even get the puck at all.

    They showed a clear replay on the Sunshine Network.

    And it shows he did not get the puck first before taking Gabby down.

    And these sick perverted scumbags said “nice job getting the puck”

  37. tomb, no prob. glad you’re on board.

    That fourth goal, that was Sanguinetti’s man. But what a soft play by Higgins in front.

  38. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on

    These sick thugs Chief and Peckham sound like criminals.

    I wish I was a police officer sometimes so I could arrest people like these 2 on bogus charges.

  39. Great shot of the Capt chewing on his mouthguard not even given a token stick tap. Care about the team much Dru?

  40. im back baby, yeah!!! i’ll tell ya…there is NO place like home!

    i guess i didnt miss much! tampa is a great team with a world class goalie… give Rangers a break! :)

  41. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on


    That’s a joke right.

    A great team? Possible

    A world class goalie? Rather, he is a world “floater in the toilet” goalie.

  42. This game is an example of the Rangers at their worst. Soft defensive coverage, bad game by Lundqvist and their passing is terrible. You see some of the better teams when they’re on their game seem to have that sixth sense of knowing where each other are on the ice. The Rangers have no flow to their passing game and are more than content with trying to throw half hearted shots to the net that rarely get through and hardly pose a challenge to the goalie.

  43. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Torts to Sullivan: “Start packing up the equipment. And on the way out, let’s step on their logo”

  44. i think we should sneak into Tampa’s locker room…steal VL… bring him back to NY…make him change his name… and pretend like he was always playing for us!

    or not…

  45. i try and support Brash,but this is pathetic,he should be running around right now throwing his body like crazy,daring TB to do something,as he could handle anyone they have with ease.instead he thinks hes gonna score,wtf.

  46. Hoenstly, I’d rather have Marty StL, he’s been involved on almost all of their goals and seems to put pressure on the D every shift. Vinny LeCav has been pretty quiet this game especially since the little scrum with DZ and then Avery. He’s still a great talent, but imagine StL and Gaborik opening up the ice.

  47. Bro-shmear is O L D!!! stop expecting anything from him!! He is in New York now… he’s made it! you know what i mean… this is it…life is good!

  48. I hope someone takes their shoulder, and drives it into Brash*t’s jaw, ending his season.

    Then this would be a win, at least for me personally.

    He’s a joke, just like the rest of this team.

    I agree, lets man-nap Vinny L, and make him change his name to Doyle McKendric or something.

  49. after that “Hedmans Body” reference by Joe i started taking shots when then rangers coughed up the puck,im on my second bottle and im Dyfuglien Brunk.

  50. Yeah, i wouldn’t be surprised if he’s someone targeted by Slats. Supposedly at the deadline last year, Torts really wanted him, but Slats was too cheap.

    Im more willing to give up some of the youth on this team for guys like him. Cause with him, you don’t get greed, and zero heart, unlike the majority of this team.

    Losers, all fuggin losers !!

    Smith is a garbage goalie, he shouldn’t be pitching a shut out. This is pathetic.

  51. Rangers can’t deal with the pinching D-man. When they do, they don’t make them pay.

    I watch the forecheck, it’s four black jerseys against two white jerseys any time at thh circles or above. Tampa has some skilled skaters too. We chip it along the wall to the circles and its almost invariably a turnover.

    Im still watching because I know we are gonna score some goals here in the third.

  52. I bet Joe Mich has a massive wet spot going down his pants. There is a ton of young “muscular” players on the ice.

    Im pretty sure he’s having a private wank session between periods.

    Ugh, i even grossed myself out with that one.

    End it now !! Cant wait till this game is over.

  53. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Struck by lightning!!!!"... says Greg L. on

    Gaborik is having a rough time out there and Boyle is worse than Voros. Atleast Voros doesn’t look as scared when hes fighting.

    TOP 3 PUSSYCATS on the Rangers

    #1 Boyle
    #2 Brashear
    #3 Voros

    We’ll see if this team has any heart come the third…

  54. I know MSG only sells the ads, and doesn’t produce them … but Geez, they keep coming, one worse than the next. I say bring back that Heineken ad with the closets.

  55. I just about traded Brashear for an ice girl on another site.

    I will tolerate losses if we are promoting youth and building the team for the future.

  56. I did get Carp’d! Well, thanks at least for putting my message up buddy.
    Just got home, turned on TV. Now I’m thinking of turning it back off. What in holy hell?! Too tired to play catch up heads, sorry, got an early plane to catch and I’m in too good a mood to have it spoilt!

    tomb, i hope you prove me wrong….have a good weekend all. Back Monday. LGR!!

  57. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Struck by lightning!!!!"... says Greg L. on

    Yo ORR , we have to relax , you …me . Why? Cuz we have alot of young kids playing, we are gonna have ups and downs, we have to be patient. This is a learning lesson.
    Id rather lose with young guys and take these lumps then lose with washed up guys , ala Drury.

    Plus Hank is awfull again , wow he lets in another clunker …Clunker-Qvist!!! Junk-qvist , or again bunk-qvist!! Poor team Sweden , watch this …( bear with me here ) cotashtrophy.

  58. Nothing to cheer about yet. They are totally shut down, and Tampa are not really playing all that good. The Rangers are making them look real good.

  59. Another debacle! The Rangers are being out-hustled and out-muscled right from the opening face-off. It’s sad and frustrating to watch. The Rangers are just too soft to compete.

    The Rangers have had few, if any, quality scoring chances, while Tampa has had dozens. It could easily have been 8 to 0 by now.

    Back in the day, “sign man” in the Spectrum had a sign that said “LADY BYNG DIED IN PHILLY”. Unfortunately, Lady BYNG seems to be living now in MSG.

    Years ago, Darcy Rota of the Blackhawks ran Gilles Villemure into the boards behind the net. Curt Bennett immediately tore into Rota and beat him into a bloody pulp.
    Was Ranger Management pleased by this support of a teammate?

    Apparently not – the very next day, Curt Bennett was shipped off to the Atlanta Flames. Can’t have any ruffians on our team, can we. Bad for marketing image.

    Home and home next with the Penguins. Lord help us!

    Prediction – Rangers will be on vacation starting April 12.

  60. im trying to understand something here… they all keep saying “stay with it…stay with it” stay with what? can i get an answer here?

  61. higgins, drury, cally, anisimov, lisin, kotalik, avery… thats like half of the team…NO ONE IS SCORING!! cant get far like this

  62. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Struck by lightning!!!!"... says Greg L. on

    a Gaborik goal would be cool. A delzotto rush…maybe even a Avery -Vnny L fight. A Brashear…naw , don’t need to see any hugging at the moment.

  63. “i’ll go beat up that big guy who can’t fight. it will make me look like a stud and i’ll get on the highlights!” – Konopka’s thoughts

    it’s like last year when folks were hunting for Voros. embarassing.

  64. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on

    Why exactly is Don Brash not even taking cheap shots at the Lightning. What do we have him for. We’ve got Brian Boyle, Sean Avery fighting. And Brash is nowhere to be seen. And no cheap shots.

    I want to see Brash take someone’s head off with a career ender.

  65. morg, but they don’t think that way. they’ll trade more draft picks for guys like Antropov and Morris and barely make the playoffs and be done by mid-April again.

  66. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on

    Come on Brash. Career ender for an unsuspecting Lightning player.

  67. Prospal is a UFA after this season,trade him at the deadline and if you want try and sign him next year.get some picks-prospects,not as Carp said Morris and Antro.

  68. thats if we play like this for the next couple months,btw,and yes i know hes our heart and soul right now,im just talking pure worth,easy contract,will fill that missing spot for a team thats one player away from a SC team

  69. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Struck by lightning!!!!"... says Greg L. on

    Nothing really to get too excited about in this game except for the boobies …err I mean ladies behind Rick Tocchet.

    You have seen the full completeevolution or Higgins (piggins) . Starting from second line,to third line …too forth ..back to 3rd , then to First and not back on 3rd. Higgins will be gone come deadline. He by far is the biggest bust and I don’t care if we got rid of Gomez. Gomez sucks and we should of packaged Drury with him.

  70. yeah,he was missing the whole night, I know he went off the ice after he was pulled, But usually they come back to the bench to sit.

  71. Man that was torture, They must really feel foolish after a game like that. The worst one i’ve watched in a while. They made Tampa look so good, it looked like the Rangers should not be on the same ice surface with these guys.The goal tending was not good tonight, that made it worse. The D was terrible. Tampa’s defence play really well, totally shut the Rangers down. Long story short just plain terrible.

  72. Messier will rough up Sather if he repeats his shenanigans. I think this Kotalik and Boyle thing was his last gasp.

    No hockey mind will give him any more free reign. I hope?

    I like the youth on this team. I don’t like the vets besides the first line.

  73. What’d everyone think of Bobby Sangs? I think he did fine. Made some nice plays. Was physical. The -2 wasn’t really his fault. He could’ve maybe ran the PP at the end until Brashear started that melee and cancelled out the PP.

  74. Boyle is not that old, but he hasn’t played for anyone has he? He came from LA but I don’t think he got much ice time there.

  75. Sather's WrapUp on

    Well, fans. Great Game! The boys got that one goal at the end. That, and 4 more and we would be going to overtime. I love OT!
    Brash was tough tonight. Glad I picked him up. Where is Brash? Oh, here he is. Brash, here’s a couple hundred, run out and get me a box of cubans… I’m running low.
    Damn Cap, I could be winning every game. I did in Edmonton you know… Me and Muck.
    Where’s Muckler, anyway… Get him on the phone. I’ll have him mentor Messier into the next Assistant GM.
    Say, nice weather down here in Mississippi. Got in 18 holes today. Shot a 69, didn’t I Torts? You were keeping score. I always win!
    Who’s next? Pittsburgh? I used to play for them. Taught Lemieux everything he knows about hockey.
    Well, got to go make some calls. Trying to trade Redden for Kovalchuk. I’ll get him, too. Just like I got Lindros. Lion for a day on that one.
    See you in Pittsburgh, Ranger fans…

  76. 4Generations and only 4Cups on

    Im’a gonna say this right now, the Lightning have a great horn in person. I’m a fan of the lightning, but it was annoying to see them get lit up, i wanted the Lightning to score a few, not to cream us up completely. the last time i sat in good seats, the same exact thing happened.

  77. Is there a reason why Sam is doing the interviews with Torts this year instead of John G.? Did they have an incident?

  78. 4everanger
    November 27th, 2009 at 7:34 pm
    Too bad it seems too deep for you. I will simplify for you perestan’ systematicheski materitsja v bloge, ne pozor’ drugih russkogovoryaschih. Nelovko pered det’mi.Gives them wrong message. Is it too much to ask? So,don’t take it as an offence. By better I meant you seemed like intelligent person, able to understand. Sorry, if my assumption was wrong,( based on your reaction.) Oh,and I love you too, bro…

  79. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    “checklist for today: Get up, blog, go to office, drive to Syracuse, survive that (despite rain and sleet and some snow), check into hotel before 7:30, find out if they have MSG. Well, check, check, check, check, check, check, check.”

    Carp, that last check bounced…

  80. wicky229(and no, I don't wear a visor!) on

    three best rangers tonight……I actually thought brash played his edgiest game, avery was avery, and the ranger fan giving it to torts from behind the glass (yep, i saw it also carp).

  81. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    That was indeed painfull..
    I have another my wife story. We were watching the first intermission with Duguay and whomever. She takes one look at Duguay and says to me…
    Thats a wig!
    He’s wearing a hair piece.
    Wow.. No way..

    Wife owns her own salon so i always trust what she has to say about people and their hair. Could be wrong, but much more fun to think she is right.

  82. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on


    You were in Boston? I sure hope you are not African American, or of any other discriminated ethnicity, otherwise you may not walk out of that city alive.

    That city and state is filled with criminals and racists.

  83. CR9 (Red Sox farm system = Hydra, except cut off one head and 6 more grow back) on


    Brash had no problem taking out our best PK Blair Betts. Brash would have no problem beating the living day lights out of a 3 year old child.

    But New York Ranger Brash cannot even lift his right arm above his head. Edgiest game?

    His game aint edgy unless someone’s career has been ended or at the least, altered.

    I want Brash to start inspiring fear and inflicting severe injuries on opposing teams.

    That’s the only way to make other teams think twice about coming near Hank or coming in the slot.

    Tonight’s blowout was the perfect time for Brash to put the opposing goalie in the hospital, considering the beating Hank has taken all year.

    And people wonder why Hank is not performing. Why? Why else? Because he has to be concerned with getting pummeled and subsequently, cheated by the ratbag inhumane pieces of carping carp referees.

  84. wicky229(and no, I don't wear a visor!) on


    yes, lundmark is in calgary on the first line with iginla, no seriously he is!!!

  85. wicky229(and no, I don't wear a visor!) on


    I respectfully disagree, two different ning players deliberately avoided going after the puck with brash barreling down on them on the forecheck (one time in the 1st period and one time in the 2nd). This was the most involved i have seen him between and after the whistle all season!

  86. wicky229(and no, I don't wear a visor!) on

    btw, did anyone see macintyre hand orr his jock to him tonight, wow!!!

  87. wicky229(and no, I don't wear a visor!) on


    my bad, you posted the orr beatdown farther up in the thread! sorry!

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