Finally a game, finally a home game


Had a chance to play at Colton Orr’s favorite golf course yesterday — Centennial in Carmel. Wow, was it in fabulous condition. Greens ate my lunch.

Speaking of Orr, he got knocked down the other night, but not out, apparently. We’ll see if he plays tonight, and if he obliges Mr. Boogaard in the home opener.

No morning skate today. So I’ll see youse from MSG later on. I think the coach will be available around 5 p.m. Hope to find out who is out if Christensen plays, and where the captain might fit in.


So the new design was launched while I was on the golf course. I know there are some bugs, and I am sure at least one of our tech guys (Rangers fan) is reading the feedback from you guys. I will implore them to make any changes that are really necessary. The small type is one … but as a few readers noted, just hit “Control” and “+” and the font gets bigger.

I’m going to change some of the links, too. Any suggestions? Sites you think I should display — for example, I’m going to link to some of the salary cap sites, and to TSN, etc. So let me know.

Also wondering how you like the tabs on top for schedule, stats, roster, etc.

And as soon as I can figure it out, Josh Thomson, 26, will return. In theory, anyway.


Here are tonight’s game notes from the Rangers:

To read more, click on “read more.” Duh.

Friday, Oct. 15, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 1-1-0 (2 pts)
Maple Leafs: 3-0-0 (6 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 13

The Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their 2010-11 regular season home opener. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 1-1-0 (2 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having been defeated by the New York Islanders, 6-4, on Monday at Nassau Coliseum. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 3-0-0 (6 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers return to action on Monday, Oct. 18, when they will face-off against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their first match-up against a Western Conference opponent this season.


  • TV: MSG Network
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig and Brian Leetch
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 970 The Apple
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Kenny Albert
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
    Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • The Rangers have posted a record of 36-32-15 in 83 home openers all-time at Madison Square Garden
  • The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest riding a franchise record, five-game winning streak in home openers, having won their home-opening game in each of the last five seasons – Oct. 6, 2005 vs. Montreal (4-3), Oct. 5, 2006 vs. Washington (5-2), Oct. 4, 2007 vs. Florida (5-2), Oct. 10, 2008 vs. Chicago (4-2), and Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Ottawa (5-2)
  • New York established franchise records for most goals for and largest margin of victory in a home opener with a 7-0 win vs. Toronto on Nov. 20, 1932
  • The Blueshirts have posted nine shutouts all-time in home openers, with the last shutout in a home-opening game on Oct. 16, 2003 vs. Atlanta (Mike Dunham, 0-0); Andy Aitkenhead has posted a franchise record, two shutouts in home openers (Nov. 20, 1932 vs. Toronto and Nov. 18, 1934 vs. St. Louis)


  • All-Time: The Rangers are 215-270-95-5 all-time against the Maple Leafs: 126-109-56-2 at home and 89-161-39-3 on the road.
  • 2010-11: This is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Maple Leafs this season, and the first at Madison Square Garden.
  • Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 against Toronto in 2009-10, including a 2-0-0 mark at MSG. The Rangers out-scored the Maple Leafs, 12-3, at home last season, including a 7-2 victory on Oct. 12.
  • New York is tied for 25th in the NHL at home last season with a record of 18-17-6 (42 pts) in 41 games; Toronto has posted a record of 1-0-0 (2 pts) in one road game tying for fourth in the league
  • The Rangers have posted a record of 1-0-0 vs. the Northeast Division; the Maple Leafs have registered a 1-0-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 3-0-1 with a 1.74 goals against average in four appearances vs. the Maple Leafs last season; Lundqvist is7-4-3 with a 2.81 goals against average in 14 career regular season contests vs. Toronto
  • Brandon Dubinsky led the Rangers with five assists and seven points in four games vs. the Maple Leafs last season, and tied Sean Avery, Erik Christensen and Dan Girardi for the team-high with two goals in the season series
  • Chris Drury has tallied a team-high, 14 goals and 29 points in 39 career regular season contests vs. Toronto
  • New York lists no former Maple Leafs on their roster
  • Toronto lists two former Rangers on their roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 – 2008-09); Fredrik Sjostrom (2007-08 – 2008-09)


  • Power Play: The Rangers notched two goals in four power play opportunities (5:14) on Monday at Long Island, and are now tied for seventh in the NHL with a 28.6% (2-7) success rate. The Rangers did not convert on one five-on-three chance (0:30) on Saturday at HSBC Arena, and are now 0-1 on five-on-three attempts (0:30). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered two goals in five shorthanded situations (8:19) to the Islanders on Monday at Long Island, and are now tied for 27th in the NHL with a 70.0% (7-10) success rate overall. The Rangers yielded one goal in one three-on-five situation (0:35) on Monday at Long Island, and are 0-1 on three-on-fives (0:35) this season. The Blueshirts have not skated in a three-on-four situation this season. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky).
  • Four-on-Four: New York has skated in two four-on-four situations (1:50) this season. Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

New York has posted a record of 38-20-11 (87 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 11-6-3 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .630 winning percentage ranks second, trailing Detroit (.721%, 35-12-5) and ahead of Montreal (.619%, 57-33-11), Toronto (.530%, 44-38-18), Boston (.525%, 45-40-15), and Chicago (.445%, 21-27-7).

Derek Stepan notched three goals while making his NHL debut in the Rangers’ 6-3 season-opening win on Saturday at Buffalo.  He registered the Rangers’ first goal of the season, opening the game’s scoring at 10:53 of the first period.  His second and third goals were recorded in a 3:12 span late in the second, with his third goal at 18:20 of the middle frame standing as the game-winner.  Stepan’s hat trick established the following Rangers’ and NHL marks:

  • He is the first Ranger in franchise history to record a hat trick in his NHL debut.
  • His three goals tied the Rangers’ franchise record for most goals in an opening-night game, becoming just the second player in team history to record a hat trick in the season opener.  Ron Murphy also tallied a hat trick in the 1955-56 season opener on Oct. 7, 1955 at Chicago.
  • The last Ranger rookie to register a hat trick was Jan Hlavac on Feb. 11, 2000 vs. Boston.
  • Stepan is the 26th Ranger to record a hat trick in their rookie season.
  • The last Ranger to register a hat trick at Buffalo was Petr Nedved on Feb. 25, 2000.
  • The last NHL player to record a hat trick in their NHL debut was Fabian Brunnstrom of the Dallas Stars on Oct. 15, 2008 vs. Nashville.
  • Stepan is just the fourth player in NHL history to register a hat trick in their NHL debut.

According to opening day rosters, the Rangers have the ninth youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 27 years and 44 days, and the secondyoungest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.

The Rangers had six new players dress in their season opener on Saturday at Buffalo: Martin Biron, Derek Boogaard, Steve Eminger, Ruslan Fedotenko, Alex Frolov, and Derek Stepan. Stepan (three goals) and Frolov (one assist) both registered their first point as a Ranger.


  • Entering the season, the Rangers have posted a record of 276-266-90 all-time in the month of October, including a 175-114-47 mark at home and a 101-152-43 record on the road. New York is scheduled to play 10 games during the season’s opening month in 2010-11, with five games being contested at MSG and five scheduled on the road.
  • Legendary Rangers’ defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season’s opening month.
  • The Blueshirts’ all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season’s opening month.
  • Last season, New York tied the franchise record for longest winning streak in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games from Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17, 2009 at Toronto. The Rangers also won seven straight October games in 1988-89, beginning on Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver and ending on Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh. Their seven-game winning streak last season was also the team’s longest since they won seven straight from Feb. 1, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh to Mar. 2, 2006 at Philadelphia.


  • Ryan Callahan: 2 points from 100th NHL career
  • Chris Drury: 4 power play goals from 100th NHL career


  • Derek Stepan: 1st career NHL game and 1st career NHL goal/point (10/9 at BUF)


  • Vinny Prospal (IR – Sept. 24) – 2

Total Man-Games Lost: 4


  • Oct. 4: Agreed to terms with free agent forward Ruslan Fedotenko
  • Oct. 13: Assigned forward Tim Kennedy to Hartford

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  1. LindaCalPruBoylahan on


    hopefully we’ll have a very entertaining and victorious game to ‘discuss’ here.

    Carpy, it’ll be great to have Josh return. And I, for one, like the tabs at the top!

  2. Linda, that’s an Irish name with some Middle Eastern twist!

    Love the tabs. NHL salary and teams cap numbers would be good.
    Does anyone want a link to NHL CBA ? It’s available. J/K
    Bleushirt Bulletin, Carp? And no Rodent?

    I still think we need to see boxes for each comment, it’s easier on your eyes. For both the main site and the mobile devices. The name should be more visual and the links are still somewhat difficult to identify. Just an opinion.

  3. CarpRick Carpiniello, 26, grew up in Harrison and began working in The Journal News’ sports department (back when it was The Reporter Dispatch and eight other newspapers) in October of 1977 …”26 in 77? ………how’s your memory?

  4. Sounds like some people are more interested in seeing a fight than a hockey game. I couldn’t care less if Orr and Boogaard fight as long as the Rangers win. But, sadly I’ll be traveling during the game and won’t be able to watch.

    It’ll be interested to hear how Drury did on the top line and hope Stepan has another hat trick.

  5. MickeyM really likes the second line on

    Gooooooood home opener and Friday morning boneheads!

    Just noticed the links at the bottom. Very nifty.

    Off the work. See ya all around the second period (dang having to work late on a Friday and a Rangers home opener).

  6. I could be in minority here, but I don’t want to see Orr fight tonight. He was knocked down, if he fights Boogard tonight and gets another one on the chin, it could be serious, at least long term. Anyone else against Boogart- yes. But not Orr. I know, who else…

  7. wow nice work on the new and improved bonehead festivus blog. im not gonna lie, it was fine just the way it was, and still like the old version better, and i do agree about the comment boxes. easier to scroll through. but i’ll get used to it. as long as we win tonight, i dont care really. its really the great people here that makes the blog so good anyway.

  8. i agree ccc. but i do wanna see our 1.6 million dollar thug actually do what hes paid to do once in awhile.

  9. Carp, the tabs are great! You don’t look at day over 25 1/2 by the way. And since when is Ken Gernander on the roster?!?! LGR!!

  10. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Home opener!!! i’m pumped for this… it’s like the start of the season all over again. Interested to see what happen with Drury on the top line.

  11. New blog looks great Carp – might be slightly better with usernames in bold.

    Looking forward to seeing Dru play and if he’s going to click with Gabolov and also if he’s going to provide some goals this year.
    I think we could see a mid-game swap with Stepan if Drury’s lack of games catches up with him or if he shows no signs of chemistry with our top 2 wingers.

  12. Best thing about the new look? The page doesn’t load dark before changing to white background, like the old one did. Everything else is just gravy.

  13. i feel like this template was a step back. i dont know why. i cant put my finger on it. maybe im too tired. happy game day all!

  14. Anyone know when the puck drops tonight (a.k.a. how long the opening shenanigans will take)? I’m going to be a little late to the game and don’t want to miss much.


  15. I like the new site design – it’s much cleaner and loads faster. The old site would drive me nuts with the dark background waiting for the white backimage to load.

    The tabs are a nice touch as well.

    Keep up the great work!

  16. Oh man, first time skating last night in full pads in nearly 12 years. Went to one of my local rinks where I was told there was an adult pick up night. The players were mostly former D1 players (Harvard, Cornell, one of the Boston schools, etc.). The guy that organizes the games told me that one of the guys who plays on a regular basis skated on the same U of Vermont team as Marty St. Louis. I started out playing defense and after the first few shifts of getting burned worse than Rozsival on the blueline I had to switch to forward.

  17. Good morning all! And what a good one one it is! (the fact that I have the day off doesn’t hurt!)

    I do so wish I could be here with you all tonight, but a date with mr. warren and some local boneheads calls. TR, warren, right??


  18. Add one more complaint about the League scheduling process – three of the four times the Rangers play the Leafs this season will be over the next two weeks. Awful…

  19. I like the new layout, love the tabs, and don’t really miss the boxes around the comments. Can’t wait for tonight, it’s been like… a week! :) LGR!!

  20. ranger win is all that matters. boogard and orr, is a sideshow. the red wings win year in and year out with no thuggery…..

  21. CT, I was playing street hockey with some local kids a few days ago, and definitely do not have the stamina I once did. I started to get frustrated and play a little dirt to buy myself some space. It worked, and then I started to light the lamp. Those 4th and 5th graders never knew what hit them. LOL. Just kidding, they were HS aged kids, not that it makes much a difference.

  22. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m headed to the game tonight. A surprise gift from my father to share one of his tickets tonight with me (we each have part of a split for season tickets). It will be the first time I get to wear my new, used Mark Messier jersey. I have to look at the collar to determine whether it is a first go round or 2nd go round. If it has strings, its a 2nd go round Messier away jersey or a home jersey from the 2002-2003 season.

    Some questions (and my answers to them) for tonight’s game:

    1) Is tonight the night Boogaard finally drops the gloves as a Ranger, or will he be headed for less than 2 minutes of ice time? I’m guessing he plays a decent bit, but if there is a fight tonight it involves Prust.

    2) Does Drury play? I think Drury plays tonight so they can introduce him before the game. It would be very strange to not introduce the captain on the home opener.

    3) Does Christensen play? I think Christensen sits, even if healthy enough to play hurt, because why rush him back when there is no need?

    Looking forward to roster info/line combos from Carp.

  23. Hello all!

    I am about 90% sure I will be going to Hartford at Albany game tonight. I will be taping rangers game and probably miss the yanks.

    I will put up a game review tomorrow as I won’t want to come on here and see what you guys are saying about the rangers game as it happens. Plus I’m guessing you will have the comments up around 700 or so and I don’t want my review lost in the shuffle. Is there anything you want me to pay special attention to? Grachev, mza, mcdonut? Redden??

  24. Fran,

    an avatar is an image used online to portray what you look like in real life. Although a lot of people use many different images like cartoon characters or the rangers crest. The avatar would appear in a little box by your name when you post a comment. If you go to a yahoo sports page and look at comments you will most likely see avatars next to the comments…maybe somebody can put up a link to a thread that will show Fran what an avatar looks like?

  25. Doodie – I thought I had read there would be no individual introductions (like last year). However, I can’t find that posting – I thought it was on Zip’s Blog. However, he did post this on Thursday: For opening night festivities tomorrow, no Blue Man Group (thank goodness), but plans are for a popular rock guitarist and cool hometown song…

  26. Good game day morning to all!

    Toronto’s undefeated season ends tonight! While my first wish is for two points, I’m feeling a little greedy so I have a few others as well:

    * Gaborik scores a goal and does it with a nifty move in the slot
    * Gaborik gets a secondary assist passing to Drury who one times a pass setting up Frolov who scores after driving to the net
    * Dubi scores yet again (I don’t care how!)
    * Callahan levels Kessel with a devastating open ice hit.
    * Avery scores off a brilliant pass from Stepan

    Do you think I’m asking for too much?

  27. >>I had read there would be no individual introductions, but plans are for a popular rock guitarist and cool hometown song?

    Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s gonna stink. As far as home openers, giveaways, season ticket holder events, the Rangers are the absolute worst.

  28. Been a while since I’ve posted, but just wanted to say the site looks great!

    Over/under on the amount of games that it takes for Gabby to take the team lead in scoring (PTS)? Let’s say 5…


  29. Mama, I must admit that I wasn’t in favor or bring Avery back. I feared he’d be a distraction and disrupt the locker room. I’ve done a 180. He’s much more talented than I first thought. I get a kick out of his interviews where he practically whispers. I’d love to know what he says to get so many players fighting mad.

  30. LindaCalPruBoylahan on

    How I wish I could be there with youse guys tonight!!! I just hope I get the Rangers feed on hockeystreams and that the pregame festivities are included! 22, rob, James, doodie, and all the other boneheads going tonight… Have a blast and cheer a bit louder if one of my boys score!!!

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