It’s go time!


In the desert, no less. Those of you who always pined to see Petr Prucha play might actually see him play tonight.

I’ve been up to my eyeballs in basketballs, and incommunicado all day. But I did just hear something that you probably all know already: That Henrik Lundqvist is sick, and so Ocho Cinco (aka Dos Nueve; aka Chad Johnson) starts in goal tonight.

Otherwise, we expect that Erik Christensen gets de-prucha’d — and actually promoted to one of the top lines — while Donald Brashear remains prucha’d and Ales Kotalik is re-prucha’d. Fun with words.

I don’t have much else, but you guys deserve a blank slate, since you’ve all behaved so nicely lately. Maybe I’ll give you all lollipops, too.

See youse during the game.

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  1. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Hopefully Prucha scores 5 goals so we get to see his game hilights as often as we see Gaborik torture us as a Minnesota Wildite? Wildian? I feel like Ron Burgundy, San Diego-en? San Diegan?

  2. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    It’s from Billy Madison, the whole family says it each time one of them beats up Adam Sandler.

  3. LOL Yeah I’d like to see Prucha score too. If he does…. expect the Rodent to be in a good mood tomorrow LOL

  4. We should really change “prucha’d” to “redenned”. Unless we use it to (hopefully) describe a player who is sent to Hartford!

  5. I don’t get it. Is Christensen so lousy that he doesn’t dress or is he good enough to be on the top lines?

    Christensen is the epitome of what Carp was talking about with his posts about the talent level. If you’re putting a shlump like Christensen on a top line then your team is in trouble.


    and if by some miracle they win tonight, its because YOU’RE NOT LATE!!! i hope they win for Tony and NYRinPHX!!

  7. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Who thinks the Rangers are trying to showcase Chad Johnson to trade him?

    I suggested it earlier today, that trading Johnson to get rid of Redden and get something of value in return would be plausible, and probably effective since his trade value is growing and he can’t be a starter in NY for the next 5 years (unless the unthinkable happens…)

  8. guys, pavels hosting a real time chat right now… link is on previous thread, just click his name

  9. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Happy Aniversary Rick!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Rangers gametime is …NOW!!!

    GO RANGERS!!!!!!

  10. Hi all,

    are they losing yet? Happy anniversary Carp!
    Prucha with the Gordie Howell Hat trick!!!

  11. NYR needed to get out of town so they could start playing better. I wonder what’s tonight’s excuse going to be?

  12. Linda, maybe… I can’t find a working link.

    Hopefully I can join you ‘heads a little bit, but I promised Ilb I’d finally get to work on our little project.

  13. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Happy Aniversary Rick!!! " … says Greg L. on

    TEPPO TEPPO TEPPO!!!!!!! Boring at first but touching at the end. wow this guy is a class act.

  14. sally, pavel made a chat room for the game if you want to pop in over there… just go to the previous thread, and click on his name

  15. well deserved teppo
    speaking of retiring……doesn’t sather know if he quits he can fish all the time now?

  16. Blah blah blah, Redden needs to show he wants to compete, blah blah blah. Does he want someone to chew his food too?

  17. Sam describing Teppo: Steady, solid, smart player.

    What are 3 words that can rarely be used to describe the Rangers blue line Alex (Trebek).

  18. Staal Wart says "Can Sathers Pep Talkin Ways!" on

    ok…guess I’ll watch. Its too cold to do anything else.

  19. Can Drury ever skate in a straight line? He cuts and swerves a lot which he could do if he had Lisin or Gaborik speed but he doesn’t and he can cancel out potential odd man rushes because of that. Maybe because he’s afraid to get his clock cleaned but he rarely takes on a D one on one.

  20. Staal Wart says "Can Sathers Pep Talkin Ways!" on

    See like Carolina, the Coyotes also have a real Capt. Clutch…hehe

  21. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Happy Aniversary Rick!!! " … says Greg L. on


  22. thats all there is to it. we effin suck and everybody knows it. except the guys running this team. this johnson kid was a brick wall in preseason. what happened? he got ranger fever

  23. No help at all from the D, of course, but Dos Neuve didn’t look like anything like an NHL goalie on those two goals.

  24. Staal Wart says "Can Sathers Pep Talkin Ways!" on


  25. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    normally i drink wine for the games. Tonight I am drinking Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum.. should ease the pain some.

  26. “Dos Neuve didn’t look like anything like an NHL goalie on those two goals.”

    agree… we have to keep in mind that before we go and hang ourselves… but the D still sux a big one

  27. Anisimov has been the Rangers best player the past couple of games. So we got that going for us, which is nice.

  28. We can’t blame Dos Nueve for the lack of offence, can we?

    You know your team is bad when the opponent decides to “rest” its starting goalie against you.

  29. Yeah jbytes and the backup gets the shut out!

    this team sucks like a Hoover~
    getting outworked!!!!

  30. chad johnson’s career is over before it started….funny how CJ rhymes with BJ….they both suck!


  32. a couple of games like this and dos nueve’s gonna need the Rangers suicide hotline number. What a shame Tony’s at the game right?

  33. Doodie Machetto on

    Johnson is not an NHL goaltender. The Rangers do not have an NHL level backup.

    Maybe they can arrange a transfer for Martin Gerber.

  34. This players are just floating through the games now on cruise control. SELL SELL SELL DUMP THIS SALARY

  35. now we have stats like no goal on the road in God knows how long. wow. This one’s over. Might as well root for Pru to score. lol

  36. Still Gotta Fire Sather on

    it’s a good thing they got away from MSG, since the fans were obviously the problem

    nice job by Sather on the “pep talk” too

    more losses are a good thing though, you know Dolan would be giving Sather a pat on the back for the 2 home playoff gates after yet another inevitable 1st round exit…probably would raise ticket prices again too


  37. Doodie Machetto on

    Ha, Tony waits all year and not only does Henrik sit the pine, but the rest of the team never got off of the plane.

  38. Ok so my food isn’t ready yet. The Rangers basically had a free break out there since PHX was changing, they really can’t get their acts together on the ice. That’s where a lot of their problems come from. No one knows where to be in any zone. You can talk about the lack of physical play but without proper positioning they’ll run around in their end, sustain nothing in the other end and can’t transition in the neutral zone.

  39. 1 possible way to shake up the team, grab a fire hose turn on the cold water and spray the team to wake up.

  40. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Happy Aniversary Rick!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Rangers can’t even keep up with the Coyotes!!??? Patheticly pathetical Pathethic showing ive seen from this group all year. The Coach and the Captain have to go. Redden still sucks and MDZ gets a pass.

  41. sell sell sell. it is over for this sad lot.

    higgins, kotalik, girardi, prospal, sell all the vets you can they are toast…

    they are friggin toast.

    DZ needs to learn he gets caught pinching alot thei is not the Quebec junior league.

    the rangers do not have the cajones to send down redden..

    I have jumped ship on this team, they are dreadful.. tank the season and trade any guy over 27…………..

  42. i do cccp. i can re-arrange my sock drawers. it would be more exciting. haha i got that from an ahhnold movie linda. oh wait, he says” i think i’ll do something more dangerous…like re-arranging my sock drawers”!! haha ahhhnold. loved in demolition man where sly goes arnolds the president?? this was before he became govn’a

  43. czechthemout!!! on

    What a display of gutless hockey! They are being out worked and out hustled. No one is skating hard or playing with any kind of passion. The lines are not working. There is zero chemistry on this team right now. I trace this back to the Flyer game when LQ was run and Girardi di not stick up for Gabby. I think the players lost the trust and confidence needed in each other to be succsfull in the sport of hockey. No one thinks they have each others back.

    I am happy in one sense though. The more they lose the better the chances are that Sather the scum bag will be fired. I also think that Torts is losing the team as well.

  44. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Captain Clutch to the Rescue??!!! " … says Greg L. on


  45. Tank The Season on

    Season over. This is worse than the post-Gretzky crap teams. Tank it and trade up to first overall.

  46. torts lost the team when he refused to bench drury and rozy,higgy,whoever. the team doesnt like when u say one thing, but then do another. they kinda lose respect for u. and all his yelling and belittling players this young can have an effect where any little mistake is gonna make them nervous. torts isnt good enough with a real young team. and the lack of skill doesnt help, but see games at home against habs and lightning. wtf was that? they obviously dont care and hate torts.

  47. Since there’s pretty much nothing new to say about this latest “effort” anymore, I suggest we all just post “FIRE SATHER” multiple times for the rest of the night.

  48. fire drury!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bench duby!!!!! tie wade redden down and hit him over the sack with towels wrapped around a bar of soap like in full metal jacket!!

  49. well they’ve improved this period! havent let up a goal yet, but here comes a PP, maybe prucha gets his goal now?

  50. What a joke it is seeing this idiot with a “C” on his jersey…………What a disgrace to Messier and the entire organization!!!!

  51. Doodie Machetto on


  52. CCCP – nah, only 2:20am. How could I miss this exciting game? *Bangs head against wall*

    Vancouver has just comeback from a 3-0 first period deficit. Only snag for the Rangers is that they don’t have the Sedins and they’re not playing the hopeless Leafs.

  53. czechthemout!!! on


  54. I think it’s time to trade Prospal when we can still get something for him. A cup contending team will take his services for the rest of the year with his contract and we will still get something in compensation. I mean lets be real, do we want to be embarrassed by the Caps 4-0 in the first round

  55. I know how bad this team sucks, but I can’t believe how hard it is for us to generate scoring chances let alone score a goal. Just completely pathetic.

  56. It’s sad to say but if Mcd makes the team next year I think he would be our most physical blue liner

  57. cmon now peeps. we cant be posting all these pessimistic things about our boys. we dont want any of those “negative things” swirling around the team. after all theyre really puttin on a good show and the home crowd is cheering!!! finally the home crowd cheers!! lets play here more often!! gives the boys a serious confidence boost

  58. they should stop whining about things swirling around the team,put their freakin big boy pants on and freakin play hard, play smart and leave it all on the ice..

  59. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Captain Clutch to the Rescue??!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Tenderheart bear has more heart than our Captain .

    Bet Hanks looking forward to playing the next game…hahahaa!!

  60. How ironic that the GM of the Coyotes is interviewed by a Ranger announcer on MSG network while the Rangers GM is nowhere to be found. Do you appreciate the irony?

  61. im about to linda. lol. i cant take it anymore. i missed teh last 2 games and after the sather pep talk i was actually lookin forward to seeing a comeback game. i really feel bad for tony and the other guy here from phoenix. hes probably home by now though lol. later guys. pray that we dont make any stupid trades and we geta good draft pick. see in a few months

  62. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "The Captain is going down with the ship!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Poor Tony , going to this garbage ( dibockal). Come on rangers , let’s show some fire!!!!!!

    GO RANGERS!!!!

    GO GO GO GO COME ON !!!!!!!! Fire it up!!!!

  63. What is the basic principle of life? Anyone?

    Basic principle of life is happy life…happiness! We are being denied of life basics by this oran-EYE-zation! NOT COOL!

  64. The most entertaining part of this game is seeing those 3-4 idiots jump up out of their seats every time there is a faceoff deep in the Coyotes zone try to get on TV.

  65. This team really sucks. Becoming one of the worse teams in the NHL. I’ve never seen a ranger team that gets shutout almost every game, truly pathetic. What’s sad is Sather will still be the GM of the rangers.

  66. Perhaps Torts is “prucha-ing” the wrong 4 players over & over…this is definitely not working

  67. I dislike the commentary with ‘nice passing’ ‘nice moving up the zone’ ‘good penalty kill’

    how about you score a goal, or at least look like you are trying.

  68. Olga Folkyerself on

    Labarbara was drafted by NY. What did we get for him?
    Oh, yeah, NOTHING!!!

    FIRE SATHER!!!!!

  69. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "The Captain is going down with the ship!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Deep breath ………Gaborik scored….Deep breath ….nice pass back from Prospal…Deep Breath.

  70. Doodie Machetto on

    Hey Drury, maybe you can send them certified mail before you shoot because apparantly you can’t telegraph your shots enough.

  71. czechthemout!!! on


  72. holy firetruckin carp are you kidding me..rozi with the hat trick tonigh……sheeeeeeeeeeeesh set him on fire

  73. No big deal. Good thing we didn’t get the extra point. Gotta get that 2nd overall pick !

    Ocho Cinco might have had a rough 1st period, but he made some damn good saves, and gave them a chance to come back, but of course, NYR couldn’t help him.

    Just like they have the last 3 games he has played, they leave him out to dry. Sad.

  74. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " No points , whats the point!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Losing by 1 goal hurts more than losing by 4 or 5. I hate losing and not even getting a point. I need a bit to calm down or I might start flappin crap Im gonna regret.

  75. czechthemout!!! on

    I hope we don’t here the “we should take some psoitives out this game” crap! This loss was like putting lipstick on a pig,it’s still a god damn pig!

  76. They played pretty good for the last two periods. The defence wasn’t much help to the kid in the first.

  77. That shootout thing must be automated. I really doubt any person is going to read every text message.

    I’d much rather the team tanked for the rest of the season and got a good draft pick then to squeak into the playoffs and get kicked in the first round

  78. Sather's Wrapup on

    Good Evening, Ranger Fans- from Phoenix. So now the NHL has expanded into Mexico? How DOES Bettman do it? I better stock up on Tequila while I’m here…

    What are the Coyotes thinking of, by beating us? I had us down for two sure points at the start of the season. I thought they were our farm team fer Cripes Sake! I thought I was just sending guys to the minors. You mean I traded them? Dolan’s gonna be pissed when he finds out he doesn’t own them anymore. Maybe Maloney will give me a do-over…

    Well, at least I figured out Torts game plan now! Fall behind early, that gives us plenty of time to catch up. By the time I get to Phoenix, we’ll be losing…I can’t believe that Labarbara would stick it to me like that. After I Prucha’ed him down to LA, too!

    (singing) “Macho. Macho, Man. I’ve got to be, a Macho Man” Oh-oh. That’s Dolan. Hi-Di-Ho Big Guy! Did your Knicks lose to the lowly WIZARDS tonight? Man! They really stink! Just Awful! No. The lowly Wizards are awful… Tell D’Antoni I said Hi. (chuckle) There’s another box of Kleenex in my office if you need it. (click)

    At least I’m still safe for now. It doesn’t matter how bad the Rangers were, D’Antoni’s gonna be taking the heat tonight. Sooner or later Jimmy D will find out though. Somebody will read the paper to him. So how do I put all this on Tortorella? I’ll come up with something. I’ve fired coaches more times than you all have had hot lunches.

    Brash! Where is my Million Dollar insurance policy? Brashear! Here.. taste this for me will ya? I can’t take any chances nowadays. Muck brought it over for me. He just might be trying to become a GM again.

    Brash? Are you OK? Speak to me! He’s not responding, not that he did very much when he WAS conscious… Geez, I’ve got to call 9-1-1! OMIGOD! I can’t remember the number…

    I see they honored Teppo Numminen tonight in Phoenix. I never liked him. Whenever I met him anywhere I used to just say…“Hello Numminen!”

    I can’t beat that Seinfeld reference, so I guess I’ll have to get ready for Colorado tomorrow.

    I’m a sad little Panda
    Uncle Glennie

  79. great showing tonight boys. you got far away from MSG and the ‘distractions’ swirling around the team,and ya sucked ever worse

  80. I don’t think there is much doubt this team is going to do anything but tank. These guys are not likely to go on a winning streak. There is something wrong here. Some personal things? Who can say? For sure there is something going on that we don’t know anything about. Did anyone notice after Avery scored the goal, who ever was sitting beside him, I think it was Callahan was talking to him, the look on Avery’s face was differant. Not happy just differant.

  81. It seemed a reaction to what was said, maybe a duh reaction. I am likely reading to much into it, but I just found it funny.

  82. The lottery commercial.

    “Hey Jeff, you don’t mind if I call it fat do you?”

    Guy in white shirt against the wall says, “Wow” and walks out of the room.

    Something about that part makes me laugh every time.

  83. Gaborik with 30 goals… (not counting Jagr) Prucha was the last post lockout Ranger to score 30 in a season…who was the last pre-lockout Ranger to score 30 goals?

  84. yeah… when Gabby swings at the puck in mid-air he hits the post… Elin takes a divot out of Tiger’s head!! lol

  85. onecupin69yearsandcounting on

    In chronological order
    Why do non American players can’t stand still during the national anthem?
    They act like 2 year olds standing in a line waiting to pee.
    its going on for decades.

    I’m getting tired of the Milf lady in the lexus commercial.

    Prucha still sucks.

    Can’t score goals sitting on your ass in the box.
    And the rangers act like petty criminals.. if you’re gonna take a penalty , take the other guy with you OR knock him so hard you make a point and fire up your team.. ticky tack penalties are lazy .

  86. i must have missed that good energy when they were letting them score 2 goals in the first 6 minutes

  87. lol onecup…the guy in the beer commercial is getting annoying too….i lorrrrrrrrrrvvvvv you ok ENOUGH

  88. onecupin69yearsandcounting on

    Linda : guys watch the girls
    girls watch the lllllvvv stories
    and in between they play pretend hockey

  89. niters Mess

    they have reached the unwatchable for hockey but watchable for sheer comedic aspects level

  90. shor the best part about that commercial is the dog

    the beer closet commercial never gets old though

  91. ThisYearsModel on


    Did you see how aggravated Avery was when Higgins ran into him? I think he is about to erupt. I imagine that he can’t handle being around teammates that don’t give 100%. That does not appear to bother Tortorella.

  92. Watched a good movie tonight…..”Whip It” with Ellen Page….I recommend it to everyone. Its about girls roller derby. They even had a “Slapshot” reference in the movie with the Hansen Sisters….In one scene, they were pounding on a vending machine!

  93. on his goal, he looked over and saw higgins in onthe rush with him and was like “YEA I am takin it myself, this chode couldnt hit a golf ball in the gulf of mexico.

  94. onecupin69yearsandcounting on

    2 years ago we had the constant robert di nero amex commercial ” this is my…” Hockey was a tad better with jagr.

    I guess the commercials and rangers go hand in hand.

  95. hey i am glad you guys liked that

    trying to find one more appropriate for the team… lots of bush and obama ones though

  96. onecupin69yearsandcounting

    hey CCCP hows that M I international in Brighton?


    …. whats M I international? lol

  97. Chris from Buffalo on

    “The Rangers had not scored on the road since Dan Boyle’s goal at St. Louis on Jan. 16” Thanks ESPN… I didnt know the Rangers had Dan Boyle.

  98. Tank The Season

    that would be me… i actually liked Lindros when he was here…i brought him up because he was the last pre-lockout player to score 30+ goals for us before Jagr and Prucha…and now Gaborik has 30 as well… kind of says a lot aboot this team.

  99. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Lindros blows. He always did as a Ranger. It was a disgrace to see him in Ranger Blue. Kinda like Brashear…

  100. Tank The Season on

    Lindros put in his time with us before we dumped him. In fact we were the only team he e
    ever managed to play all 82 games of a season for.

  101. the roszival penalty at the end was horrible… prucha should have gotten 2 minutes for a dive. imagine 4 more yrs of drury and redden at about $7 mill each!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that statement is so horrible it is mindboggling.

    the rangers almost showed some heart in the 3rd period. they have come close a bunch of times in the 3rd but never get over the hump. this is a horro show…

    again trade; higgins, prospal, girardi, and any other older guy with any value…this team is hard to like..

  102. Well I just got home from the game. Not my greatest Ranger experience. My night started as my family & I walked right into a fight in the lobby of the arena. I mean punches being throw at me, over me ,all around me, between about 4-5 Ranger fans & a shit load of Yote fans. Fortunately my son got me out of the middle before I got tagged. Then the dumb ass Phx police try to throw us out for fighting. Not a great start to my evening.
    Then the game started & that first period was a disaster. You saw it, I don’t need to tell you what happened.
    BUT, I got to meet some of the guys from this blog. It was so cool to be sitting in my seat & having guys come up to me saying they are “boneheads” I got to meet NYRinPHX & his lovely wife Jenna & a guy named Will who told me he is a loyal reader but never posts. Even though we lost I gotta tell you I had fun.
    My next game is Rangers/Islanders on 3/24 in MSG.
    I hope I get to meet more of you guys.

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