Stanley in the house


First, though, another anniversary, and there sure are a lot of them around this time of year, almost all of them from 16 years ago.

On June 7, 1994, a certain Rangers goalie made a particularly dramatic save on a certain Vancouver sniper during a critical series-turning penalty shot. Remember that?


The Cup is always in the house for Game 6, so it will be Wednesday.

That means that the inaugural Boneheads Stanley Cup Finals Extravaganza (and picnic) Contest No. 1 and No. 2 could be ending. Anybody who had Blackhawks in four or five, or Flyers in four, five or six, is out of Contest No. 1

But everybody who entered BSCFE(ap) Contest No. 2 and picked a Blackhawk has a shot to win the prize Wednesday. So pay attention as that game goes along. And if you had a Flyer, then root hard for a Game 7.


Here are some post-Game 5 notes from the NHL:

In the 20 previous Stanley Cup Final series tied 2-2, the club winning Game 5 has won the Stanley Cup 14 times (70%). The six clubs that successfully overcame a Game 5 loss: the 1950 Detroit Red Wings, 1964 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1971 Montreal Canadiens, 2001 Colorado Avalanche, 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning and 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Year        Stanley Cup Champions After Losing Game 5 (tied 2-2)
1950        Detroit Red Wings * (vs. NY Rangers)
1964        Toronto Maple Leafs * (vs. Detroit)
1971        Montreal Canadiens (vs. Chicago)
2001        Colorado Avalanche * (vs. New Jersey)
2004        Tampa Bay Lightning * (vs. Calgary)
2009        Pittsburgh Penguins (vs. Detroit)
* lost Game 5 at home

Home clubs are 5-0 in the Stanley Cup Final for the second consecutive season. In 2009, the home teams won the first six games before the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7. In the 20 years prior to 2009, the home team won the first five games just once, in 2003 (New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks).
Since the best-of-seven format was implemented in 1939, home clubs have won all seven games in the Stanley Cup Final on three occasions, in 1955, 1965 and 2003.

Most Home Victories, Both Teams, Stanley Cup Final
7        Detroit Red Wings (four), Montreal Canadiens (three), in 1955.
Montreal Canadiens (four), Chicago Blackhawks (three), in 1965.
New Jersey Devils (four), Anaheim Ducks (three), in 2003.
6        Montreal Canadiens (three), Chicago Blackhawks (three), in 1971.
Pittsburgh Penguins (three), Detroit Red Wings (three), in 2009.

There have been 40 goals scored in this series (Chicago 21, Philadelphia 19), the most through the first five games of the Stanley Cup Final since 1981 when the New York Islanders and Minnesota North Stars combined for 42 in a five-game series win for the Islanders. The five-game total this year is more than the total of any Final, of any length, since the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks scored 40 times in the Rangers’ seven-game victory in 1994.

Road clubs posted a winning record through the Conference Semifinals of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs but home clubs have reversed the trend since the start of the Conference Finals.

Home Team Statistics        W-L        Pct        GF        GA
Through Conference Semifinals:         35-39        .473        207        234
Conference Finals and SC Final:         11-3        .786        52        32

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  1. ThisYearsModel on

    Carp-did you see where Slats said that, had the Rangers won the last game of the season, he could see them in the finals just like the Flyers? How can anyone expect this man to be successful whe he is delusional. 10 years of falure appears to not be enough.

  2. Banj!!!!!!!!!!!

    Model, so amazingly, stupendously sad that this guy is in charge! He also said, many moons ago, that if he had Rangers money, he’d win the Cup every year. JACKASSHAT!

  3. The Slats interview is exactly what its been reported as – a stunt to give some hope to the Ranger faithful and try and get a few more bums on seats.
    We can expect more of the same unless he is able to sucker another GM into taking on one of his mistakes.

    Someone summed it up the other day when they announced the possible $2m rise in the cap – its good news if it werent for the fact that Slats is the one who gets to spend it!!

    p.s. in defence of my nation we are not all warm beer swilling fish and chip eaters however, as for the Scots, the only 2 food related things of note come from there are Haggis and Tom Kitchin.

  4. Gift of GAB-orik (Vinny V) on

    Good Morning Linda!! Great commentary while watching the game last night… my facebook page was exploding, and i had about 67 e-mail notifications after that game! haha… good stuff.

    BYFUGLIEN=MONSTER. Copyrighted… and oh so true.

    I was downright giddy when i saw Buff destroy Pronger.

  5. Gift of GAB-orik (Vinny V) on

    the part where Slats said “we will not overpay for free agents” is the part that made all of us collectively laugh out loud.

  6. Morning Gab!!! I had a blast hijacking your wall with Damian last night! I had almost 100 email notifications, lmao, it was so much fun! Hope you guys are on for game 6!!

  7. Gift of GAB-orik (Vinny V) on

    Absolutely! At this point the Hawks give me hope the universe will correct itself and not allow the Flyers to claim Lord Stanleys Cup.

  8. The Flyers are a team built for the playoffs. NYR is not.

    At least their guys can step it up when it matters. Unlike Gabby, Dubi, Fankist, Pigman, Dreary, and on and on and on.

    Slats is delusional. We just suck. Enough said.

    Years of misery await! Go Hawks!

  9. Gift of GAB-orik (Vinny V) on

    The one resounding theme of the finals is DEPTH. The Hawks have plenty of it(albeit only for this season, as cap constraints will almost certainly bust up the roster) and Philly has it too.

    On Paper, the Hawks and Flyers top 6 forwards are better than the Rangers, and the role players for each team get results.

    The Hawks can roll 4 lines and get goals all the way through with some consistency.

  10. LIN

    Thinking aboot getting that Orchard Chicken Salad Sub from Subway. I hate the commercials, and sing-alongs, but for some reason the word “Orchard” makes me hungry.

    And I gotta get some IBC root beers.

  11. ZzZzo NYR ZzZzllo " Flyers still Suck !!! " … says Greg L. on

    The Flyers are a team built for the garbage dump. These cinderella sisters will win it all and all us Ranger fans will be crying in our soup cuz we lost to the eventual Stanley Cup winners , I get my book and Hossa weeps for another year.

  12. ZzZzo NYR ZzZzllo " Flyers still Suck !!! " … says Greg L. on

    Oh btw Tony , Hows that knee coming along?

  13. wicky (ILB says stay thirsty my friends!!) on

    I will say this, the team we had for the majority of the season was NOT built for the playoffs. When we got prust and shelley, the team became a bit more “playoff built” The problem is, everyone seems to think with tinkering of the forwards we are fine, but the fact is the blueline and the blueliners in the system are so far from being playoff built that with out 2 to 3 upgrades back there, we will be looking in from the outside for a long time. I’m hoping slatipuss finally realizes that.

  14. Enjoy that dry heat, Tony..

    GregL- just how far off were we in estimating your T size?
    And I like your garbage dump parallel…

  15. wicky (ILB says stay thirsty my friends!!) on

    the size on mine was way off…….oh wait, that was mrs wicky’s, never mind!!!!



  16. ZzZzo NYR ZzZzllo " Flyers still Suck !!! " … says Greg L. on

    Its super snug ilb !!!! It just means I need to trim up a bit. The neck is tight but I love it!!!

  17. Slats needs to just have a massive stroke, and then he loses all of his memory, and turns into a nice guy, and gives every Ranger fan $100 for sitting through the garbage we have to witness.

    $100 isn’t enough, but I’m trying to be fair, cause he just had a stroke.

  18. wicky (ILB says stay thirsty my friends!!) on

    ok, so I’m a bit “larger” than my mrs……we don’t have to make it headline news or anything!!! SHEESH!!!!

  19. Tony, I may not be better than you. But I am fatter. Lol, that’s why I didn’t get a shirt.

  20. GregL- I think Sally may have one left that would be your size..Talk to her.

    Wicky- :O)

    So some teams have been already signing up their important players..Detroit, Boston… Any news from our genius?

  21. wicky (ILB says stay thirsty my friends!!) on

    there is news, he ordered 10,000 new mouthpieces for the players!!!!

  22. ZzZzo NYR ZzZzllo " Flyers still Suck !!! " … says Greg L. on

    Good one Banj !!! Im outta hereee for now , naw ilb I like mine : )

  23. It sure would, Lin. But, I’d have to throw in a few Burgers, a few Donuts, a couple of bottles of Banana Milk, and some 2 liter selzer bottles along with Vanilla syrup, and some milk.

    Then I’m good to go.

  24. dry heat ? it’s Byfuglien hot ! My oven is a dry heat but I don’t sit in it ! It’s gonna be a hot summer.
    My knee still sucks. Now I have a torn ACL but I can’t get it replaced until January. I’m too busy at work to be off my feet during the summer.

  25. Sorry aboot your ACL Tony, but that gave me an idea. Since they can harvest body parts from cadavers, I thought maybe they could give you one of Redden’s ACL’s. But then again your knee may never work again. :)

  26. Good afternoon, Carp!

    I picked the Hawks to win 2-0 tonight, but the way the scoring has gone so far I’d say that’s unlikely!

  27. BroadwayBlue on

    Carp & Other ‘Heads- I’m one of the Draft junkies & have been boning up (no pun intended)on the players available. While most fellow NYR fans will say the team needs young, big forwards, I maintain NYR, should seriously consider selecting Dylan McIlrath, a monster defenseman out of Moose Jaw in the WHL with their 1st pick. He’s rated #15 in McKeen’s, 26 in the Hockey News. Though many would consider talking him at 10 a “stretch”, he’d be the perfect complement to play with eother Staal or Del Zotto. He’s a 6’4″, right-handed, crease clearing defenseman & considered to toughest player in the Draft. His nickname is “The Undertaker”. Although he just turned 18, the older players in the WHL didn’t want any part of him. In addition, he’s said to have a cannon from the point. NYR could pair him with Staal for the next dozen years. Staal as the shutdown d-man, McIlrath as the crease clearer the team so desperately needs.

  28. Broadway, I don’t have a clue about the prospects in the draft … but I will say this again: Don’t draft to fill needs. Get the best player available, regardless of position. He won’t be an NHLer for years anyway, most likely. Get the asset and hope be becomes a long-time regular for your team.

  29. I’d bet even money she won’t come back. Or, at least, if she had a choice she wouldn’t come back.

  30. Good afternoon all! ha, my ears were burning!!! Tony, shhhhhh.

    Carp, you are soooooooo not wrong!!

    Just got home a bit ago. Thought I had signed on to my blog when I saw this one’s subject line! Haven’t caught up here yet, but I will say about last night, phew! Let’s end this thing Wednesday!!!

    p.s. see my mom’s cats on sister blog :) heavens, I miss Maine!

  31. lol Laurel, just like i miss NY, or at least the incredible people I know and met!! heehee

  32. Game 6 is Wednesday? GRRR. I have a meeting that night. Hopefully it will be over before the game starts.

  33. I spent 2 hours at the doctors’ today. TWO HOURS! Insanity, I say.

    /end rant

    So, how’s everyone’s day been/going?

  34. Welcome back, mama!

    New iPhone announced today by Steve Jobs. Looks good. Video calling anyone?

  35. leethhalloffame on

    Loved Byfuglien blasting Pronger into another zip code last night. We need to get us one of them.

  36. mike….yap, yap, yap :)

    Tony, got a mil to spare?

    Thanks Mickey and ilb! ilb, wait for it….iPhone w/verizon is next!!! experienced two ATT problems with folks this weekend…

    Linda, the heads are going nuts on your grand photos!

    mama gotta go do stuff post trip, so tomorrow! GO HAWKS!!!!!!

  37. would make a great team name—-the Cleveland Cadavers

    just dying to get into the playoffs.

    our dmen really take the body

    sponsored by CSI and your local coroner

  38. Hello all. I am still hoping that Versteeg comes through for me and scores the winner.

    The new iphone looks alright, but it doesn’t seem like it will be coming to verizon or sprint anytime soon. The HTC EVO 4G from Sprint looks cool, and I actually switched from my blackberry to it yesterday and after some frustration with it, I switched back to my blackberry. A friend of mine at work got it and they have not had any problems with it, and they love it. I played with it at work today, and now I am torn. The battery life sucks, but other than that, it is a very very solid device. It is like the Incredible, but a little better.

  39. Nasty, I agree about the berry re: battery life. Yeesh, it stinks…but having just joined this world, me happy! OK, really, TA all….things to do… more wickying for me :)

  40. Mama, the battery life on my blackberry bold on Sprint is very good. The battery life on the evo is really not that great. But I guess the app/web browsing heavy phones are going to have battery issues. Which blackberry do you have?

  41. (oy, I’m still here)…nasty, I have the new curve. I think maybe the charge life goes fast cause I use it/get my e-mail on it too?

  42. Oops, I just dropped my iPhone 3G for the first time since I bought it almost two years ago. It’ll never be the same again; I guess I’ll just have to upgrade to the new iPhone 4, eh? Shucks! [Wink! Wink!]

  43. Mama

    I saw the bonehead pics on FB. While everyone in the pics is beautiful, you are stunningly gorgeous! So quit with the “Nice to be 20” crap! Got it?!

    By the way, Im pretty sure every one of the guys there could kick my ass in a heartbeat. Geez, who knew Rangers fans were tough? Not me.

  44. I’m not sure how I feel about Sathers comments. I wish I could find his comments from last season. Does anyone have a link?

  45. I don’t remember Sather having comments last season, but these new comments sound a hell of a lot like Torts’ comments from the beginning of the season, on that season preview that had Pearl Jam playing every 5 seconds.

  46. CR

    Ha, I saw that pic before, and that’s what I was thinking. She’s plumpy downstairs. I’m not really an “ass man” though.

    I enjoyed Katy Perry’s massive cleavage from her performance last night. I muted her, but enjoyed the show.

  47. Orr

    Saw the video of Sandra Bullock from last night. Recently saw “Blind Side.” Can someone explain to me how dumb you have to be to cheat on Sandra Bullock? I mean, really? How much of a lowlife can you be?

  48. Bullock still has some hotness left in her. I used to be a big fan when I saw her sweating her ass off in Speed. Pretty hot.

    She asked for it though. Look at that guy, he’s a biker who had a few kids with a porn star, ha. Enough said.

    She’s no Fox. That’s for sure. Speaking of her, I’m so glad she’s out of Transformers. I hate wasting $11 on that garbage just to see a little bit of her. But, that Rosie chick is hot. She needs a nose job though. If she got the nose job, she’d be an instant 10, in my opinion.

  49. I think Fox is a bit overrated. Bullock may have “asked for it,” but she certainly didnt deserve it. Bullock still has it all, IMO. Class, ages with beauty, stellar acting ability.

  50. ZzZzo NYR ZzZzllo " Flyers still Suck !!! " … says Greg L. on


    Momma , I brought my cat outside with her harness on to click her on her cable outside. she suddenly noticed the mini doberman my friend girlfriend had. Well Spoooks puffed all up with every black hair standing up ,arched her butt at the dog and started to growl. Crazy Black Manx , looks like a pitbull with no tail!!! …ooops wrong blog!!! DOH!!

  51. True and sad about Elin. But I am more able to believe that Tiger is still a good guy, who has real sex addiction problems, as opposed to that neo Nazi freak James.

  52. if i had Tiger’s money, I’d be screwing everything that moves too… and if you don’t move, I’ll move you and then screw you! :)

  53. ZzZzo NYR ZzZzllo " Flyers still Suck !!! " … says Greg L. on

    YO CARP , THE IMPOSTER has struck again!!! Some pervert has just used CCCP’s name!!!????

  54. cccp

    i know you’re just joking, but if Tiger wanted to do that, he shouldnt have made the commitment of marriage. The worst part about Tiger is, all the women he chose werent anything “looks-wise” compared to Elin. Uchitel was decent, but nowhere near Elin. :(

  55. ZzZzo NYR ZzZzllo " Flyers still Suck !!! " … says Greg L. on

    Cr9 , looks dont make the woman. Sure cute girls are great to look at but really now. If ya wake up in the morning with some sexy ,young skinny thing , Its you making breakfast not her!!! Ya wake up with a older ,chubbier and not as hot looking woman and she makes ya breakfast andddd does other things. Yeah I was told this so dont blame me for anything.

  56. greg

    Im not saying looks are the only thing that matter. Beauty is on the inside and out, and is in the eye of the beholder. You can be an older woman/man or a chubby woman/man and still have tremendous looks or personality.

  57. LOL Greg!

    I really don’t want to talk about Tiger…i just threw few comments… that’s all. :)

  58. ORR! Where the heck you been man? Never thought I’d say this, but we missed you and have been asking after you!

    CCCP, dude, that comment and Greg’s response actually made me go look for a troll, for nothing. Newspaper on nose to you…Sunday NY Times in fact….


  59. sex addiction is a myth created by people who cant keep their privates in control. Tiger was given a “golden plate” since he was a child and his behavior is the by-product of that “golden plate” influence.

  60. CCCP (or now that I know better, “T”), so do I, especially for the puzzles on weekends. But don’t push mama….:) farshteyn?

  61. ZzZzo NYR ZzZzllo " Flyers still Suck !!! " … says Greg L. on

    HAHA , T got his nose whacked by Momma’s newspaper!!!

  62. Hey, I played tennis for a couple of hours and this one turned into marriage counseling? WTB?

  63. still in the running …pretty sure i made one of the 1st first finals predictions if not the 1st calling Chi in 6

  64. # CCCP June 7th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    sex addiction is a myth created by people who cant keep their privates in control. Tiger was given a “golden plate” since he was a child and his behavior is the by-product of that “golden plate” influence.

    POST OF THE DAY!!! excellent!

  65. I hope nothing I typed was wrong or offended anyone. I didnt insult anyone or make any outrageous comments.

  66. That car looked like Byfuglien going through Richards in front of the Flyers bench.

    Good night, John-Boy.

    Good night, Sally!

  67. Good morning, everyone!

    I got nothing….The most exciting news this am is that Ray Whitney is unlikely to resign with the ‘Canes. I know…Memo to Slats- don’t even think about it.

  68. CR9, it’s the “I need more coffee” language. It’s not new, but only shows up when the person typing needs more java ;)

  69. Zucca!

    In an interview on the Rangers web site MZA gives this answer to what nickname he likes:

    (I just hope that it’s pronounced like Zooka and not like Zucka)

    What nickname do you like best? I have heard that “The Hobbit” is actually not one of your favorites. Is that true?

    Zuccarello Aasen’s response:

    If the fans like it, then it’s not a problem for me to be called that, but my friends just call me Zucca. I guess the other one only really started during the Olympics. I don’t mind either way. Fans can call me whatever they want.

  70. Pat Verbeek is about the only former Devil to come to the Rangers that actually played well. And that was probably because he didn’t come directly from NJ.

  71. wicky (ILB says stay thirsty my friends!!) on

    verbeek was awesome, yet another guy we got that we should have never let go. he doesn’t get enough credit as a ranger even though he was only here a couple of years.

  72. Happy Almost Afternoon on the east coast kids!!!

    Brings us one day closer to July 1 and the frenzied wheeling and dealing of the great and powerful Crazy Yeti!

  73. LI RangerFan on

    Is anyone else VERY afraid of what may happen on July 1st? After all, Darth is quite unpredictable despite his comments…

  74. LI RangerFan on

    Linda – unfortunately, the man behind the curtain forces everyone to pay attention by his asinine moves…

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