It’s go time!

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As youse know by know, Atlanta lost to Pitt in OT, but escaped with one of those Bettman Bonus points.

S0 the Thrashers jump ahead of the NYR with 81 points, but the Rangers have two games in hand and one more victory (the first tiebreaker). Tonight the Rangers play their game-in-hand on Philly, which is off. The Flyers, by the way of looking ahead, have three more victories.

Here are the current standings in the Least.

Other pertinent games tonight: Boston (5GR, 82 pts.) at Toronto; Buffalo at Montreal (4GR, 84 pts.).

And since you know that I’m always a cockeyed optimist when it comes to the Blueshirts, here’s what the standings would look like if NYR, T.O. and Buff all happen to win in regulation (Rangers having  the tiebreaker over Boston):

6. Montreal 84 (3 GR).
7. Phila.  82 (4 GR).
8. NYR 82 (4 GR).
9. Boston 82 (4GR).
10. Atlanta 81 (3 GR).

That is some serious race!

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  1. Carp,

    Are you prepared to be showering yourself in champagne as the Rangers hoist the Cup in 2010!!!!

  2. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    REPOST:

    “Shemale” and “fish tacos”
    …………..
    Salty,
    What are you trying to prove? It’s fine if you want to ask CR9 to stop, but you just put yourself at his “level” with the sexual jokes… but worse, you’re a hypocrite and a bigot.
    I respect your hockey knowledge quite a bit, but the other carp isn’t necessary.

    Obviously Carp’s addressed the issue (as you so willingly pointed out)… maybe you need the next call out?

  3. hi everyone. enjoy the game. unfortunately, i think we’ll have an alex auld sighting tonight.

  4. Let’s all just cut out all this bull-carcillo now. I really don’t freakin’ need to, nor have the time to, have a one-on-one chat with every one of you about what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Use your brains. You know where the damn line is. Don’t go over it. In fact, stay a few feet behind it.

  5. Salty Dupuis just likes to be a part of trouble. In fact, the majority of the time he posts, he’s usually in some sort of argument on some level.

    Coinkidink? I think not.

    And those Apple Puffs were nothing special. I should have went with the Apple Pie, or the Chocolate Donuts 8 pack.

    Pizza is on the way!! In the words of Christensen…No worries.

  6. Zipay is reporting that Lundqvist is in goal. And in fact he says he asked Tortorella if he considered using Alex Auld in one of the two games in Florida, and the coach’s answer was: “No, why would I?” So it sounds like Auld gets the last game in Philly if the Rangers are mathematically out or mathematically frozen in their position.

  7. “:You think you’re better than Winnie The Pooh”

    What exactly does that mean :)

  8. Just because Auld isn’t starting, doesn’t mean he wont play. That’s what I was implying.

  9. lol “supposebly??” what are u greg now? haha. i havent had bk or any fast food since the steak burger came out at bk. thats a damn good burger too. my favorite is the royale with cheese. but not the way mc dees makes it. i worked there when i was 15, back when the arch deluxe came out, i made a 5 layer burger. 5 burgers, 5 pieces of cheese, 5 strips of bacon, onions,pickles,and arch deluxe sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun. i gained probably 40 lbs that summer. holy carp if i got cut, youd see crisco bleeding out from it. havent really eaten fast food much since my cholesterol was really high few years ago. lost a lot of weight too. taco smell is the worst. it tastes good but its so damn fattening. anyway, gametime!!! go rangers!!!!

  10. GRABBY

    Boyle doesn’t like it when people say “Supposebly”, so I’ve been saying that ever since.

    “Suppoesbly” and “Flavah Explosion In Ya Mout” are some gems from that interview.

    I had the Steakhouse when it first came out, but the XT is Broduer sized. Those losers got my order wrong, so i didn’t get to have it.

    I’m a burger guy, i LOVE burgers!! I’ve been wanting to try this burger i saw on this show Man vs Food. It’s a burger with cheese and bacon between a sliced Krispy Kreme donut.

    It sounds weird, but I’m really curious aboot it. Everyone says it’s unreal.

  11. Carped again

    Sorry for my part in that Carp – I don’t think anyone wants this to be place to be ultra PC but no one wants to be offended as well.
    We all need to have thicker skin and and at the same time be a little more tolerant.

    Let’s go Rangers!

    Greg – We need a pep talk

  12. i went to sonic today in hasbrouck heights. had the new supersonic cheeseburger that had jalapeno poppers in the middle of the two patties. plus free tater tots. delectable.

  13. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win,baby!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Gametime!!!!

    I love our position in the standings!!!

    Go boys!!! Go boys!!!

  14. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win,baby!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Rangers!!!!!!!!!!!! Biggest game of the year!!!

    HUGE GAME!!!!

    win win win win win win win win win win win win at all costs.

    We control our own fate. We are in the drivers seat.
    The fat lady has lost alot of weight and may NEVER sing again!!!

  15. Orr

    You are too funny. I think the MANDLEBAUM thing is so ridiculous, I decided to continue putting it, to show him how ridiculous it is.

    But aside from that, I’ve decided to leave Izzy alone, it is very difficult to overcome the drinking problem he said he has.

  16. OK, Tarnasky landed more punches. So, why does he have to resort to the cheap and dangerous MMA take-down?

  17. Johnny LaRue on

    You think they could put the camera a little higher up. These low cameras are the worst. It’s like sitting behind the glass at the game.

  18. I thought Voros’ leg got hurt because it was bent underneath him when the linesman fell on top of him … and that’s why he was complaining to the linesman all the way off the ice.

  19. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    CR- how’s it feel to have your wings clipped? :))))) As for the Mandlebaum thing, I guess imitation is the sincerest for of flattery. Otherwise, I don’t plan to spend much time responding to you. I suggest you just let it go.

  20. Thanks, Carp. That was so easy that I missed it! I used to find the radio link through nhl.com/radio but that goes to gamecenter now.

  21. That Voros injury was the Refs fault for sure. Add another guy to the ‘lower body’ list.

  22. I feel much more free, in fact :))))

    I was truly concerned about your health, given your admission the other night.

  23. We are playing like a bunch of girls out there. throw a friggin hit. WE are gonna lose if we keep this up for sure.

  24. What a boring period of hockey in a game deemed “one of the most important games this season”

  25. LMAO-
    I have the Google toolbar for Internet Explorer.
    I type ‘Dubinsky’ so I can look up his stats. Under the Google Suggestions they have “dubinsky calls crosby a baby”

  26. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    I’m just praying for the end of the period so Torts can get them in the locker room and beat some sense into them.

  27. We are lucky to get out of that period tied. Lets hope they find their legs in the second, start hitting people instead of watching them skate around our own end.

  28. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    tomb, my network has limited ports open… one of the blocked ones is the port that sopcast uses. Still searching for another link.

  29. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win,baby!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Good game so far boys. Yeah yeah I know were a little slugish to start out. WE PLAYED LAST NIGHT for pete sakes!! We will get our legs and hopefully win this thing 2 -0 .

    This is a playoff game for us. WE JUST GOTTA win this game and keep on winning!!!

    Cr9 , way to give ‘ol IZZY a taste of his own medicine. Hes usually the one “picking” on others .

    A @ W has a tastey poutine ORR. MMMM Mozza burger is good too.

    Its tough to get points at this time of year. Be patient guys.

  30. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win,baby!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Izzy , The Rangers are Desperate , geeze man , duH.

  31. Linda "i love technology" on

    FIRE SATHER!!

    hey guys. this night is NOT going very well… Hopefully the Rangers can pull out a regulation win in this game, that might make me smile!

  32. Man, if they win this game, they might actually force me to consider believing they can make the playoffs on their own steam and not purely by default.

  33. Linda "i love technology" on

    thats the right way to do it dshea, just win outright and to hell with everything else.

  34. I didn’t type fast enough to get that in before the goal. Oh well. Let’s see how they respond.

  35. rangers look like theyre old boring selves again. cmon rangers u should be dominating this team. get some shots.offense!! u play an offensive system!! get soem offense! and no lucky deflections!! some actual good shots. ok im calm now

  36. Linda – if they can actually go 4-1 over these last 5, they would show that they might have the heart to do some damage in the playoffs. I think Messier once said that championship teams don’t make excuses. They find a way to win. This team doesn’t have the talent to be a champion, but anybody can display the heart of a champ if they suck it up and do what needed and right. Hopefully, this team can show some of that over the last few games.

  37. LOL Krisy – at first I didn’t see that you put Orr before the link I was gonna tell him to look into the future

  38. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win,baby!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Every team thats trying to get into the playoffs are losing. None of them can buy a win. This game is gonna be one of our toughest challenges. Panthers play so defensivly… that our first goal could put this thing into OT.

  39. i hate when other teams players talk about how dangerous gabby is when hes having another dud. its like” oh really ballard? well, all the things you just described i havent seenm in awhile

  40. This team hasn’t been able to hit the net in 3 seasons. Just more of the same disease.

  41. jeez gabby its freakin clemmenson. somebody please step up and get a goal before this period is over. this is looking like the boston-panthers game from except we arent getting as many chances

  42. Olga Folkyerself on

    Why do they have to string it out against these teams? Just score already!

  43. i hear that olga. they barely scored last night and won 5-0!! all goal were either flukey or weak. youd think they would realize that youre not gonna get lucky goals like that every night. if they dont win this they are screwed. gabby needs to step up now. sick of watching goalies like clemmenson stop this guy everytime.

  44. and i know hes got 40 and hes been amazing for us this year. im not forgetting all his contributions. i just havent seen that guy in awhile. and its worrying me that if we do make the playoffs, hes gotta be much better. not just that, but it looks like he still cant play a full season. if we had clinched a spot by now or even a week ago hed probably be resting. i think hes still hurt.

  45. If they don’t get a point in this game. Then that would be beyond pathetic.

    The Trashers got a point and nearly two against a great team like the Pens, but we can’t even get a goal against these guys??

    No excuses. The Cats suck. They’re garbage.

  46. Olga Folkyerself on

    This looks more like they are playing “Win is Death” hockey.

    Mike, I was just thinking about that too. Jagr would take the team on his back and drag them as far as he could. Gabby’s been pretty quiet lately. He needs to pick it up a notch.

  47. as they say ‘everybody’s hurt’ at this point of the season somebody STEP UP! 0-24-2 traling after two wow not good Somebody be a leader

  48. I bet Du-Gay gets more ass than the whole Rangers team combined.

    I’m sure her “Jersey Shore’s” his chest hair when he hits the bootleg underground Studio 54 joints.

    I can picture him having a Travolta moment, while Maloney is break dancing.

    Sounds like one hell of a night. And you know Dredden is there supplying the cocaine, naturally.

  49. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win,baby!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Go time boys , LETS LAY IT ALL ON THE LINE!!!!

  50. Exactly Jagr could carry the puck and hold it with 2 guys on him and either still make a play or score a goal while they were draped on him…gabby doesnt have the power to fend off players while he carries and keeps the puck hes to fineness and looks to dump the puck and then get a pass back.

  51. yea thats sad. need a win to erase that awful record. no comeback wins ever!!! how do we go into the playoffs with that in their heads??

  52. >>Gabby’s been pretty quiet lately. He needs to pick it up a notch.

    The thing is, he doesn’t have another notch. Gabby is the not the sort of player who can carry a team. I wonder how long before Rangers fans start complaining about his contract.

  53. Jagr could carry me on his back and drag me as far he could. Or vice versa.

    Sorry, I couldn’t help it. There’s no innuendo there either.

  54. Linda "i love technology" on

    glad you’re getting a kick out of it dde!

    Who set Staals hiney on fire lately? WOW

  55. Anyone who complains about Gabby is an idiot. Maybe he’s not a team-shouldering player, but he’s an insane talent a great scorer. I’d rather we actually surround him with a handful of talented players than try to find one man to lead this team. Didn’t work with Jagr, won’t work. We need a very good team, not a one man team.

  56. Olga Folkyerself on

    I’m not complaining about Gaborik. I just see this situation as an opportunity for him to put in a game winning goal in a crucial game against a mediocre opponent. As he’s the leading scorer on the team, who else would you look to?

  57. chris that would be what we all want, surround gabby with players that can also score and deflect attention from him so he doesnt have to be the go to guy, but we dont have that and i dont know if we will with sather running the show like hes been

  58. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win,baby!!! " … says Greg L. on

    WOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  59. yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS
    LETS GO RANGERS
    LETS GO RANGERS

    i need to get to a game in florida so many ranger fans!

  60. Doodie Machetto on

    I’ve been saying this since the Rangers made the deal with Calgary: Next to dumping Kotalweak’s contract, Brandon Prust was the best part of that trade. I love that guy, AND he wears my number.

  61. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win,baby!!! " … says Greg L. on

    OMG , VOROSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NICE PLAY to Chris Drury!!!

  62. vorossssssssssssssssss huge play….wtf is going on….our role players are stepping up!!! captain clutchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ROOFS it

    LETS GO RANGERS
    LETS GO RANGERS
    LETS GO RANGERS

  63. Mike,

    You may be right. All I know is I hope Messier is learning from someone other than Slats.

  64. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win,baby!!! " … says Greg L. on

    Voros , Drury and Gaborik …Thats my line again!!!

  65. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win,baby!!! " … says Greg L. on

    LALALALALAAAA LA …LA LA LA LA la la ..la la la!!!!

    Lets go Rangers!!!!

    Ya guys hear that??

    THE RANGERS ARE COMMING!!!

  66. A beautiful reading of the Official NHL Media and Broadcast Chris Drury Guide there from the Panthers guys. Flawless use of the sentence “When you think of Chris Drury, you think clutch” and the term “the little things” within 10 seconds of each other.

  67. Orr,

    IT IS STILL 1-1 in the bruins came, was lucic’s goal disallowed?

    LETS GO RANGERS
    LETS GO RANGERS
    LETS GO RANGERS

  68. Dubi can smell his 20th.

    [I first wrote he can “smell #20″, but I remembered Prospal wears that number.]

  69. I love how much more comfortable Staalzy is getting in his offensive game. And him stepping up on the defensive side at the same time

  70. Olga Folkyerself on

    seth- you’re best bet is to put ORR on ignore… he’s a simpleton that thinks he’s cute by making up scores…

  71. Prust gives the Rangers what they have lacked. a guy who goes to the net. he is not big, but he is tough, and he has decent skill. but he really has made it contagious to go to the net, where most goals occur

  72. Poor Olga has been fooled so many times. I bet he stays in hs house for the entire month of April, so he can avoid being fooled since he’s so gullible, ahaha.

    Oh wait, you probably just stay in your house 24/7 cause you don’t have any friends. Lol, that’s from being such a baby.

  73. Linda "i love technology" on

    anyone have a link? hockeystreams hq feed just carcilloed the bet

  74. Still time left but this will be be a win to be proud of.

    BUT THEY CAN’T BE SATISFIED

  75. any ranger fan is a friend of mine, im a lover not a hater

    LETS GO RANGERS
    LETS GO RANGERS
    LETS GO RANGERS

    oh for one night GO LEAFS GO!

  76. Linda "i love technology" on

    wow… i am just amazed that they’ve come together like this with Cally, Aves and Boyle out, with 1/3 of us wanting them to tank, another 1/3 hoping for the playoffs, and the rest of us totally confused. WOW

  77. Linda "i love technology" on

    oh i saw that part Krisy! did you check out my new album on fb??? i’ll be adding to it along the way

  78. wow, two well deserved days off!! then buffalo/toronto cmon boys CMON!!!

    GO WINGS TOMORROW GO WINGS!

  79. They have no choice but to make the playoffs. I wanted a top 5 seed, not an 1th-13th pick which is what they can get if they miss the playoffs.

    Hopefully the rumors of Slats retiring is true. I’d hate to see him come back just because they made the playoffs, despite what ever the end result may be.

  80. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win,baby!!! " … says Greg L. on

    We won a HUGE GAME TONIGHT..Time to finish watching Toronto beat Boston…and then its MILLER TIME.

  81. that makes 2 of us. I lurk on FB when I’m bored. like now.

    Big win. Detroit better handle their business against Philly

  82. Linda, havent seen fb tonight. Too tired, two games in two nights is brutal, hope to get some sleep tomorrow! But will check it out! Good night to all! :)

  83. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Eastern Conference Miracle! (there’s tomorrow’s headlines folks) … Linda should get all of the credit though (that includes you too Torts, don’t short her).

  84. Sather's WrapUp on

    Hello from Florida Ranger Fans! I always travel with the team when they go south. Gives me some time to relax from all my GM duties lately. Can’t trade, can’t draft, can’t sign free agents. But then, I never could before, so why worry now?

    We just got some more bad news about the Rangers Road Tour. The B team left for Mexico last week and hasn’t been in contact since. However, the bus showed up when it was stopped at customs full of dope and illegal immigrants trying to sneak back over the border. No sign of the occupants yet. They must still be partying in Cancun…

    Looks like the boys took care of business tonight. A 4 goal third period. And you were worried! I told you before- this team is going to make the playoffs or I’ll resign as GM of the Rangers. The money I make as President is more than enough to scrape by on.

    Holy Moly! Did you see Keenan jump out of his seat when I said that? I KNEW that little dweeb had my office bugged. Well, I’ve got a surprise for him- Muckler has been begging me for an assistant. Let’s see how he likes being underneath ol’ Muck for awhile. Talk about the living dead…

    Nap time. Gotta rest up before we shuffle off to Buffalo.
    Uncle Glennie

  85. Linda "i love technology" on

    Thanks True!

    Could it be, the 2nd annual Paul Mara Memorial PB Contest on the horizon? LETS GO RANGERS!!!! I am sure Sally has something special planned!

  86. guys dont get me wrong im pumped up for the garden on wed night, its gonna be an exciting scene but i kinda wish they had FOUR left on the road……they play a much simpler north/south style game on the road….Torts, KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID when u come home KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!

  87. Olga Folkyerself on

    All the tank-ers can now get back on the wagon.

    All Except ORR. I was just joshin’… dope.

  88. “tanking” would be to miss the playoffs by 1 point at this point. make the playoffs see what happens, or miss the playoffs and get a top 10 pick.

    thank you western conference.

  89. AWESOME JOB BY THE BROADWAY BLUESHIRTS!!!! Loving it right now… especially since we will likely be bumping filthy out. Double yahtzee.

  90. Call me dopey but Staal willed that goal. He will not be Brian Leetch but I was impressed. Prust is guy that will stand up to anyone, is smart and is a no brainer to be resigned. He is great at retrieving the puck.

  91. Duke game: Referees are at it again. No free throws for Duke in the 1st half, and 3 of the 5 team fouls against the best player on Duke, Nolan Smith.

    The referees sure know how to maximize their effect.

  92. Just got home from the game. Sat on the club level, sat next to some girl on my right, who was cute, if it wasn’t for the trucker mouth and the lack of hockey knowledge. Either way, was surrounded by blue shirt fans. Two of them sitting behind me, and two in front.

    Saw Boyle on the club level, hobbling around on his left foot that has a boot.

    That is why I like sitting up there in the 300s, especially when the Rangers play. Last year we ran into Graves, and Sather. I was wishing we ran into Cally or Aves tonight, but no dice.

    Either way, great third period, we were demoralized after the first two frames.

  93. >>some girl on my right, who was cute, if it wasn’t for the trucker mouth and the lack of
    >>hockey knowledge.

    Lack of hockey knowledge, I can work with. Trucker mouth, instant turnoff; her parents can keep her home.

  94. A lot of teams have after-two-periods records like that. Even the best teams only win three or four after trailing after two periods.

    But that doesn’t mean no comebacks. Just last week the Rangers trailed the Devils late in the third, (Capt. Clutch) scored with 16.5 seconds left and won in a shootout.

  95. true Carp,but when you are lining yourself up to face the most potent offense in hockey youd like to have seen a couple more third period comebacks.

  96. Stan’s Five Best rivalries didn’t include Calgary-Edmonton, which not only belongs on the list, but is No. 1. Not even close.

  97. Linda "i love technology" on

    ok boys, have a great night!!

    HAPPY EASTER to all who celebrate! Enjoy a beautiful Sunday with family and friends!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!

  98. Carp,

    good evening! how about these blueshirts! you going up to buffalo for the game? will you be at the last two homes games, the garden will be rockin!

  99. Carp, for me personally there are too many blowouts in that Alberta rivalry nowadays, and Rangers-Devils with all the great game/goalie duels has to be up there. I didn’t see his list, what did he have?

  100. MORG

    Lets not get crazy. I remember everyone saying that aboot Voros last season, ahaha, and then everyone started calling him “Virus”.

    Both he, and Shelley have been pretty good since Artie started centering them. Even Artie, surprisingly has been good since moving to the 4th line. Who would have thunk it?

  101. 4th line again, eh? This time with GWG.

    Did you hear Joe suggesting that Staal-Girardi could be the best shutdown D-pair in the league? Joe, really? Is is that hot in Florida?

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