Penguins at Rangers tonight


Hockey seasons are loaded with nights like this, and the Rangers’ season so far has been almost nothing but.

Tests. Barometers. The Minnesota game after the Colorado game was a test. The Florida game after the Tampa Bay game was a test. How would they react? And these Rangers have passed most tests so far.

Tonight is a barometer game, against the Penguins who have figured it out lately, with six straight wins, and against Sid Crosby, your buddy, who has 25 points in a 12-game point streak, and who had the hat trick Saturday, which by the way included his 200th career goal (earlier I incorrectly had it at 300. Ooops). And you know, he kind of has this new rivalry going with Henrik Lundqvist and Brandon Dubinsky.

It’s a barometer, also, because the Rangers beat the Penguins two weeks ago, in that game that had those huge emotional swings at the end — the Rangers blowing a lead, falling behind, tying it on Marc Staal’s short-handed goal and winning it on that beauty of an OT goal, from Dubinsky to Ryan Callahan.

So, well, I’m kinda interested and excited to see how this one plays out. I’m headed to MSG later on, so we’ll do the full monty here at RR. I’m guessing Marian Gaborik will be back from the flu.

Meanwhile, here are the pre-game notes, from the Rangers:

Monday, Nov. 29, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 14-10-1 (29 pts)
Penguins: 15-8-2 (32 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 27

The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth game in six nights. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 14-10-1 (29 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Nashville Predators, 2-1, in the shootout last night at Bridgestone Arena for their second consecutive win, and are 4-1-0 in their last five games. The Penguins enter the contest with a 15-8-2 (32 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have won six straight games since losing, 3-2, in overtime vs. the Rangers on Nov. 15. Following the contest, the Rangers will begin a home-and-home set against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Dec. 2, at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.), before closing out the set on Friday, Dec. 3, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).

*       TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig and Brian Leetch
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Penguins
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
*       Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Penguins
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


*       All-Time: The Rangers are 112-96-23-7 all-time against the Penguins: 63-45-9-2 at home and 49-51-14-5 on the road
*       2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the second of six meetings between the Rangers and Penguins this season, and the first of three contests at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers own a record of 1-0-0, following a 3-2 overtime win on Nov. 15 at CONSOL Energy Center.
*       Last Season: New York was 1-4-1 against the Penguins in 2009-10, including a 0-2-1 mark at Madison Square Garden. Four of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two that required overtime.
*       Each of the Rangers last three games vs. the Penguins have gone into overtime, dating back to a 3-2 win on Feb. 12, 2010 at Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are 2-1-0 over the span.
*       New York ranks 21st in the NHL at home with a record of 5-6-1 (11 pts) in 12 games; Pittsburgh has posted a record of 8-3-1 (17 pts) in 12 road games to rank third in the league
*       The Rangers have posted a record of 3-2-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Penguins are 3-2-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
*       Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-0-0 with a 1.89 goals against average and .949 save percentage in one start against the Penguins this season, and is now 17-12-4 with a 2.41 goals against average and two shutouts in 33 career regular season games vs. Pittsburgh
*       Ryan Callahan (one goal, one assist) and Brandon Dubinsky (two assists) have registered a team-high, two points in one game vs. the Penguins in the season series
*       Ruslan Fedotenko has recorded 14 assists and 22 points in 33 career regular season appearances vs. the Penguins; Marian Gaborik has registered 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 13 career regular season contests vs. Pittsburgh
*       New York lists three former Penguins on their roster: Ruslan Fedotenko (2008-09 – 2009-10); Erik Christensen (2005-06 – 2007-08); Michal Rozsival (1999-00 – 2002-03)
*       Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)


*       Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (7:46) on Saturday at Nashville, and have now tallied a power play goal in four of their last five games (4-17, 23.5% over the span). New York ranks 17th in the NHL with a 16.3% (15-92) success rate, and ranks 25th at home with a 14.6% (7-48) success rate. The Rangers notched one goal in one, five-on-three chance (0:30) on Wednesday at Tampa Bay, and are now 1-5 on five-on-three attempts (5:01). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (1): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen).
*       Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Predators scoreless in three shorthanded situations (6:00) on Saturday at Nashville, and are now 41-45 (91.1%) over the last 13 games. New York ranks 18th in the NHL with a 82.6% (81-98) success rate, and are 25th in the league at home with a 81.0% (34-42) success rate. The Rangers held the Maple Leafs scoreless in one, three-on-five situation (0:31) on Oct. 30 at Toronto, and are 4-6 on three-on-fives (5:08) this season. The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in one, three-on-four situation on Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, and are now 4-6 (2:41) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (5): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky); 11/15 at PIT (Staal); 11/24 at TBL (Boyle); 11/26 at FLA (Prust).
*       Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two, four-on-four situations (7:00) on Saturday at Nashville, and are now plus-two in 22, four-on-four situations (35:08) this season. Four-on-four goals for (3): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 17 of their 25 games and posting a record of 12-4-1 in those contests. The Rangers own a record of 8-1-1 when leading after the first period, having out-scored their opponent, 18-11, in the opening frame. Brandon Dubinsky leads the team with four, first period goals on the season, followed by Brian Boyle with three goals.

The Rangers completed their sixth of 18 back-to-back sets with a 2-1 shootout win on Saturday at Nashville, improving to 6-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season having out-scored their opponent, 18-6, and are 5-0-0 when the second game is on the road. Over the last two seasons, New York is 15-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 10-1-1 mark away from MSG over the span.  The Blueshirts’ next back-to-back set is a home-and-home against the New York Islanders, beginning on Thursday, Dec. 2, at Long Island and concluding on Friday, Dec. 3, at MSG.

The Rangers have had nine different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is tied for second most in the league. New York trails Washington (10) by one, and is tied with Detroit, Montreal and Tampa Bay entering tonight’s action.

The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 420 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 16.8 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi leads the NHL with 74 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 34 blocked shots.

The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 737 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.5 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently ranks second in the NHL with 97 hits.


*       New York has won four of the last five games and are now tied for fifth overall in the NHL in wins (14), sixth in points (29) and seventh in goals (72)
*       The Rangers lead the league with nine victories on the road and are tied for third with 37 road goals
*       The Blueshirts’ power play has tallied a goal in four of the last five games (4-17, 23.5% over the span)
*       The Rangers’ penalty kill has yielded just four goals in their last 13 games, registering a 91.1% success rate (41-45), and have notched four shorthanded goals over the span
*       Derek Stepan has registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last nine games
*       Marc Staal has recorded three assists in the last three games
*       Michael Del Zotto has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games
*       Brandon Prust has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games, including two shorthanded points (one goal, one assist) over the span
*       Dan Girardi has tallied eight points in the last 13 games
*       Ryan Callahan has registered 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in his last 20 games
*       Brandon Dubinsky has tallied 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in the last 20 games

Based on 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 second youngest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.

With a 5-2 win on Nov. 20 at Minnesota, Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 300th career NHL victory to become the 40th head coach in league history to reach the mark. Tortorella has posted a record of 303-275-37-52 in 667 regular season games over 11 seasons with the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and is tied for 11th among active NHL head coaches on the NHL’s all-time wins list and ranks first among U.S.-born coaches with 303 career victories.


*       Erik Christensen: 1 game from 300 NHL career


*       Ruslan Fedotenko: 700th career NHL game (11/24 at TBL)


*       Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 25
*       Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 22
*       Marian Gaborik (flu) – 1

Total Man-Games Lost: 76


*       Nov. 23: Acquired defenseman Stu Bickel from Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Nigel Williams

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  1. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    Gday all!
    Could it be that we are Pitts hucklebery this year? That would be so great. LGR!!! RAWK

  2. ohhhh, the baby tonight. somone make sure that he doesnt get his nap and bottle, so he is off his game.

    malkinstein and carcillo cooke, too.

    looking forward to what should be a good game.

    first, work, though.

    later gators!

  3. Brooks seems to be saying what I was saying the other day. the Rangers need a play making, left handed shooting, center, and a goal scoring left wing.

  4. I am reaching a little here, but I think if they get a good lefty center, they become contenders. I think they have all the secondary pieces, and just need one more real good player. like I said a bit of a reach.

  5. Doodie Machetto on

    “which by the way included his 300th career goal (could that possibly be?)”

    No, it could not.

    Headed to the game tonight myself, which means the Rangers are likely to lose. I think I’m something like 1-4 or 1-5 this year.

  6. Headed to the game tonight myself, which means the Rangers are likely to lose. I think I’m something like 1-4 or 1-5 this year.


    Putting my 1-3-0 record on the line myself. Going with an actual Pens fan too, from Pittsburgh and liked them well before the “Second Coming AKA Second Tanking to Get A Once In A Lifetime Draft Pick”.

    Last year my friend witnessed her first ever Pens win on the road, I believe the Pens won all the games at MSG in a complete reversal from the previous couple of seasons. We’ve been to a number of Rangers-Pens games at MSG and before NY she lived in DC for the really bleak years for the Pens and never saw them win there either. But enough of that. She had her moment of joy, I’m hoping to claw back to a .500 record at games this year with a win tonight and Friday night vs the Isles.

  7. Don’t blame Carp for the 300th goal mistake. MSG and Sam Rosen gave out he wrong figure during the game Saturday night. It didn’t sound right to me either and then I saw in the paper yesterday that it was his 200th.

  8. Hey CT, stay the heck home! Just kidding, sometimes you just get on a bad streak like that. My brother was 0 and 3 or 4 this year until the Edmonton game and he was also at the Calgery game last monday so he is on a 2 game winning streak now. By the way, he’s coming to the game with me tonight.

  9. Maybe Drury needs a change of scenery. Trade Drury (with his consent we would hope) to Toronto for a low pick. That will cheer him up. The NYR don’t need him anymore. He probably feels sad because it was so obvious that he was holding this team back.

  10. Doodie Machetto on

    Want to win most of your faceoffs? Just tie up the opposing centerman and have your wings be ready to come in and grab the puck as soon as the puck drops.

  11. To echo what Seth said:

    AGrossRecord Andrew Gross
    Gabby: “I want to go out there and help the team. If I won’t be able to perform in terms of helping the team, I don’t think it’s worth it.”

    Steve Zipay
    Gaborik: “If I won’t be able to perform in terms of helping, I don’t think it’s worth it.” Translation: Barring amazing recovery….out

  12. why do you guys think we cant use dru? I think we can, he is excellent at what he does besides being best at chewing his mouthpiece he is also good on faceoffs and we can deff. use that… we brought him in as a “scorer” which is not who he is and we all kind of knew that… i think he might be good in this line up

  13. gaborik always is injured and none stop excuses. bottom line others play sick and hurt. year in and year out gabby misses a lot of games….

  14. Morning… When Drury was healthy he did a lot of things well. Things that right now this team could use. Faceoffs is one, he also bolstered the pk. He is not a goal scorer, but his defencive game is very good. He would be putting in big minutes if he were healthy. It is easy to understand, if he is questioning his hockey career. He has got to be getting down after the injuries he has had and the way the whole thing went down. When he heals, and is out there playing again he will be a great asset to the team like he has been in the past.

  15. Doodie: You and I must be going to the same games. I’ve seen them win one in the preseason and that Edmonton game, but nothing else. If they win tonight though, I’m blaming my girlfriend since she’s been at all of the losses and neither of the wins that I’ve been too and she’s not going tonight. They win tonight and it’ll be 3-0 without her and 0-4 with her.

  16. Funny thing is, I’m also a 49ers fan. I’ve been to 3 games in my life and they’re 1-2 in those games. 1-0 without her. 0-2 with her.

    I’ve gone to too many Yankee games for me to count how they do with/without her.

  17. No wonder I was so flabbergasted when I saw 300 on TV the other night. I thought, wow, he really got there fast. But 200 makes a lot more sense.

    Thanks fellas. I’ll fix it up top.

    Good morning, Sally, 26!

  18. Rewind to last Pittsburgh game where Torts was coughing and wiping his nose with towels and hacking behind the bench. Gee, wonder how Gabby got so sick?

  19. >>Rumors swirling about Drury not so excited to play hockey anymore…..

    That’s exciting news…I mean…rumour.

  20. >>gabby looks like a no go tonite as per zipay/gross “tweets”

    So, our super sniper extraordinaire is going to sit out a second match because of the flu? Didn’t Callahan recently play with the flu?

  21. It’s fun to joke aboot Gabby missing games due to the flu, but I appreciate that kind of honesty. If he truly feels like he’ll be useless, then why play? It’s like Jags not wanting to shoot in the shootout. I never understood why fans b*tched and moaned aboot it.

    I hope Booger’s shoulder is good to go. This guy’s been the Forsberg of enforcers. First his finger, then the flu, now the shoulder. He’ll miss his next five games after his girlfriend breaks up with him. Get it together!

  22. Here’s the source….and I am going to protect the parties involved….some people I know quite well had a biz meeting with a former Ranger and guy who is still actively involved with NYR and NHL. He indicated that Drury is not that excited about getting back to the ice. Take it for what it’s worth. My initial reaction, “Junk him. Clear the decks for Semin. But we still need another center.”

  23. ?Junk him. Clear the decks for Semin. But we still need another center.? really? torts will absolutely kill semin in his system….

  24. Rick (No, not that one) (age 26) on

    So, the same refs as we had in the last Penguin game…

    that worked out well.

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    “So, the same refs as we had in the last Penguin game…

    that worked out well.

    The NHL needs to have consistent officiating of its games. For instance, they want every Penguins game to have the penalties called consistently in Pittsburgh’s favor.

  26. Gaborik is a little girl!

    I got a flu! I can’t play!


    Drury played with a BROKEN hand and scored a goal! You can’t play with a flu?? get the crosby outta here! :)

  27. Rick,

    Dan O’Hallorhan was the veteran ref last game, and pretty much the reason it was the way it was

  28. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    IF you put any weight to that “Rumor” Which doesn’t make sense to me, but if you do….
    He is an adult, a Professional & a competitor. He understands what is at stake and for whom. He is in control of his own future as a NY Ranger or otherwise. Unless there is more to the injuries than we are led to believe, he will be back.

  29. CCCP,

    id rather play with a broken hand then the flu.. when you have the flu you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus, you cant breathe, cant think straight and pretty much feel like you have the worst hangover of your life.

  30. i wonder how many extra power plays the Penguins will go on tonight

    would LOVE to see Crosby and Dubinsky drop the gloves.

  31. Here is what you all fail to understand.

    It’s not that the Penguins received 5-10 power plays. It’s that we received NONE. ZERO.

  32. No team can go an entire game without committing a penalty. It’s impossible.

    Sure, it’s been “done” before, but only because of piece of carcillo referees.

  33. jt

    I’ve never had a flu thanks for the detailed report! :P

    i kid i kid!

    for some reason i feel like Gaborik likes to make carcillo up about his health… just a feeling i have…I don’t know.

  34. Tiki, its not completely impossible, we did it last year or the year before against the caps and the refs would never call (or not call) in our favor ;)

  35. It’s simply impossible for a team to not a commit a penalty all game. IMPOSSIBLE. No team is perfect for 60+ minutes.

  36. I’ve had the flu for a week now. I forget what the light of day looks like, because I’ve been locked in my room ever since.

    Hate the flu!

    I can’t even imagine playing hockey with the flu. Although, I’d sure as sh*t play if I was offered millions :P

  37. cccp,

    its all good, i understand where your coming from, its just comparing apples to oranges with playing with an injury to playing with the flu.. i played rugby in college and played with a broken clavicle bone and also missed games due to the flu/mono.. id take playing with a broken bone anyday then with the flu

  38. And please quit with this pro-Crosby, pro-Pittsburgh refereeing crap. Frankly, Im sick of it. Maybe Pittsburgh draws so many penalties because they’ve got the best group of centers in the game.

    O’Halloran is not a Pittsburgh name. It’s an Irish name…aka Bostonian.

  39. “Rumors swirling about Drury not so excited to play hockey anymore…..”

    Does he ever look excited? Haha. IF that’s true it’d be awesome for him to take the high road and go out like Naslund. Free of his cap space. He’s turned into a $7.5million Blair Betts.

  40. cccp – unless you’re facing the New York Rangers. Any team can be “perfect” against us. It doesnt take much.

  41. Sorry for that rude outburst.

    I just watched the movie “edge of darkness” with that dirtpile Jew-hating, African American racist dirtpile Mel Gibson.

    The whole movie is sickening. That criminal Mel Gibson tries to sound like a bostonian throughout the movie, and he does a terrible job and sounds like a queer.

    and a town in Massachusetts gets compared to PARIS, FRANCE! Can you believe that carcillo!!!

    UGH! UGH!

  42. Interesting comments from Ken Hitchcock who was on XM, as he picked the Rangers as his “leastern conference sleeper team” this year. Said they have good depth, and he likes their attitude and how they play for one another. He thinks they could be a dangerous payoff team.

  43. >>…when you have the flu you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus…

    Have you ever been hit by a bus?

  44. I’m still on Team Gibson!

    Lethal Weapon & Braveheart FTW!

    When Blowzy and Dreary are gone, I’m going to climb on top of MSG, and scream “freeeeeedoooooom”

    Then I’m going to handcuff myself to the next guy with a bad contract, and jump off the building, Riggs style!

  45. >>…when you have the flu you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus…

    “Have you ever been hit by a bus?”

    LOL! I saw a guy get hit by a bus before, it looks nothing like a guy who has the flu. Maybe you’ll get a nose-bleed when you have the flu, but you don’t get a brain-bleed.

  46. wicky© (We still need a hard hitting physical crease clearing d man!) on

    off to work!


    Later assens!!

  47. >>jesus you people want Gabby getting the entire team sick with the flu?

    My frustration with Mr. Gaborik has more to do with his inability to perform in tight-checking games.

  48. Back in my troubled youth I was in NYC and saw a guy get hit by a car…the car backed up, pulled around the guy and took off…I was floored…and I didn’t have the flu…and the guy who got hit…not so sure he cared if he had the flu or not…

  49. yes, i have been hit by a bus.. well a 300 lb prop crushed me a few years ago (im 5’9″ 170). i cant see a bus being much different

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    If you get hit by a school bus that weighs 22,000 lbs, travelling at 30 MPH, you get hit with 28,882.905344644 lbs of force.

    To put that in perspective, to break a femur, the largest bone in the body, it takes about 400 lbs of force. To break a cranium, the hardest bone in the body, it takes about 196 pounds.

    In other words, if you get hit by a bus, you will be dead.

  51. Something they teach you in medschool:” If you walk in the patient’s room and he tells you he wants to die, it’s probably flu”

  52. i remember (vaguely) some time ago i got hit with a femur straight across my cranium! My cranium was OK… but the femur slit in half! lol

  53. Maybe Gabby is so sick he would welcome being hit by a train, but if that was not possible he would except being hit by a bus.

  54. I’ve said it since Drury came to NY… he’s a hell of a player that still has a lot to give and you wont see a lack of hussle from the Captain. You will see an increase in face-offs won and likely even penalty’s killed. He can be a strong set-up man and regardless of recent stats, opposing goaltenders dont want the puck on his stick in close contests with the time ticking down.

    This has been a great season and if it hasnt surpassed your expectations (to date) you should be online betting sports… seriously. I for one love the hussle and heart and am excited to see what the new attitude does for Drury.

    I want Boogard in tonight… would love to see him shame the Penguins be that through a fight or even their unwillingness to fight ;-)

    Good to see Hank earn a solid W against the Preds.

  55. Force = mass x acceleration. 30 MPH in that case is only the velocity right? Acceleration is measured in m/s^2. You’d have to oppose it with the force of the person, which due to the mass of a person relative to the bus is minimal, then you’d get the force imparted on the person.

  56. So, Cablevision can bring me MSG Varsity HD, which broadcasts high school sports in high definition, but they can’t bring me Fox Soccer Channel or GolTV in HD. Wonderful!

  57. I thought the Isles were considered the junior varsity team? I mean they have their JV coach behind the bench now.

  58. Doodie Machetto on

    CTB, yes, exactly. 30 mph is the velocity of the bus. You, standing still have a velocity of 0. Therefore, the acceleration of the bus, relative to you, is 30 mph.

  59. Good ole Peter puck sent down, to bad. I watched him play a few games this season, lots of hustle to bad he just to small. I wonder how he will fare in the American league?

  60. not that make’s a hell of a difference, but remember than when you get hit by a something, lots of other muscles and bones absorb the impact.

  61. Now on what other Rangers blog would there be a physics related analysis of getting hit by a bus?

  62. This is a silly debate in my mind… Having played both Hockey and Lacrosse with the “flu” I’d like to buck the trend and say that I’d MUCH rather play sick than injured. Sickness can be largely alleviated for short periods of time leveraging the right meds, rest, etc.

    An injury can effect range of motion, strength, etc. which isnt to say those cant be adversely effected by a flu…. it just isnt a given.

    Not that either is ideal, just voicing the other side of the coin (and hoping MG steps it up tonight).

    Back to the math problems ?

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    Pux, I did convert it, then converted it back so I could provide a pound force number as opposed to Newtons.

  64. Doodie Machetto on

    Pux, the full equation was:

    force=9979.0321399945 X 12.874752 meter/second^2

    Weird that I used the exact kilogram conversion instead of the ballpark 2.2 lbs, while I estimated the miles to meters conversion. I suppose a more exact equation would be:

    force=9979.0321399945 X 13.4112 meter/second^2

    which works out to 30086.359734004 pounds of force.

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  66. Doodie Machetto on

    dudley, physics is why everytime someone would throw a puck in fornt of the net, they would go in off of Aaron Ward’s skate.

  67. I know Ive got CCCP on my side re: Mel Gibson. Right, CCCP! :)

    El Clasico! GolTV! Cristiano! No Higuain? UGH!

    Theyre talking about these two teams being the best two in the world. Sorry, but even Manchester United with their pitiful defense could play better defense than this crap.

  68. dudley, physics is why everytime someone would throw a puck in fornt of the net, they would go in off of Aaron Ward’s skate.


    An object gliding on a frictionless surface collides with an immovable object and redirected into a framed 4′ x 6′ opening?

  69. Doodie Machetto on

    While you are certainly taking liberties with the term “frictionless,” I can’t say that I can argue with your use of the term “immovable object” in describing Aaron “The Statue” Ward.

  70. These two losers commentating the game.

    Kaleidoscope Chameleon vision. These are simple passes, and deflections are going right to Barca for tap-ins.

    Why? Because defense in La Liga is crap. You dont score goals this easy on the Premier League.

    Ooooooo, Xavi has completed 100 passes 4 times this season and is the only person in La Liga to do it at all. Whoopy. If someone on the Knicks offense scores a lot of points, it’s attributed to MDA’s system. Barca’s system is all about passing.

  71. Awesome definitions of fisicks… I stand corrected (and possibly laughing). Anyone else excited to own MSG+ rights (beggars/TMC customers cant be choosers) once that carcillo of a franchise gets moved?

    I’d love to see the hard charging, aggressive fore-check, version of the Rangers tonight…. back to back losses for Cindy and Co. at the hands of the NYR’s would be exciting.

  72. I know Ive got CCCP on my side re: Mel Gibson. Right, CCCP! :)


    i rather be called a pile of stinky hot carcillo than Mel Gobson. :)

  73. Rangers get a PP tonight?

    Not likely, there’s a virtual guarantee they’ll always be more people on the ice wearing white and black uniforms.

  74. Doodie

    Tying up the other center on a face off is not quite as easy a task ( without taking an interference penalty) as it might seem.
    Accomplished face off winning is partly ( but only partly) a feature of alertness, timing, puck handling skill and natural physical talent. Anticipation plays a big part in it as well. The best face off men weren’t born with this ability ( although many of those traits contributing to it are congenital), many of these experts at the ploy have worked hard and studied it and devoted hours in practice
    toward perfecting the moves. Again it’s one of those special skills that can be acquired by almost any normally gifted skater. It can be learned, but how many players are willing to devote the time and work ethic to becoming an ace in this department, especially if the player is normally slated for wing or defense assignments?

  75. Was great, Tiki. Full house of adults, kids. And six dogs. Does 6 dogs qualify for kennel? Where is mama?

  76. hello Mama
    see what happens when you’re not around.

    good luck with your upcoming offspring
    sorry i can’t help with buying tix off of you

  77. Doodie Machetto on

    fran, It’s not that difficult to tie up the stick. Timing is important, but it’s much easier to do that than to win a draw cleanly.

    I hate it that every time we play the Penguins, we also have to play the Zebras. Must be the black and white connection.

  78. “a goal of orgiastic proportions” Seriously, buddy?

    “Magic” every time a pass is made.

    This Real Madrid defense (the best in La Liga) is crap. Says all you need to know about La Liga. It’s crap.

  79. Because it is easy, JBytes. The defense is crap, and Real were pushing in the 2nd half and leaving themselves open at the back. Not that it mattered anyway, as they were ripped to shreds in the first.

    “Orgasmic passing to perfection” This guy is the sickest commentator Ive ever heard. Im totally angered and disgusted listening to this loser.

    Barca are picking apart a terrible defense. Not hard to do with a couple of the top 5 players in the world.

    Maybe Cristiano will shut his mouth leading up to the next El Clasico.

  80. >>“a goal of orgiastic proportions” Seriously, buddy?

    Ray Hudson has a lot of those types of orgasms, especially when Messi is involved.

  81. This match and La Liga matches makes you really appreciate the Premier League – a game of skill and toughness, sorta like the NHL. Unlike La Liga.

  82. From the start, Real’s defenders were playing the offside trap, but the midfielders weren’t putting enough pressure on the ball. You can’t give a skilled team like Barça all that time to needle passes through. Recipe for disaster, really!

  83. Exactly, JBytes. Absolutely exquisite description! You need to take away time and freedom from Barca, especially if they are going to play the offs. trap. Just gave them all day to make plays.

    It’s amazing how every team I watch or cheer has an astounding lack of awareness or unpreparedness.

    Wasnt expecting this with The Special One at the helm. Wasted all day waiting for this game, hoping that Real could take a point or at least show that they belong with Barca.

  84. doodie

    blogmama has and can vouch for me. he sent me check and had tix 2 days later.

    you could also do paypal and i will email you tix

  85. >>Cmon Carp how about a new post….Math and Soccer are a few of my least favorite things.

    Don’t you find it funny how some people think the sun revolves around them?

  86. What a bust Cyber Monday has been. I havent seen a decent deal all day. A Real shame (pun intended), HA!

  87. carp

    it was great seeing u at the boston game in btwn periods 2 weeks ago.

    trying to get all my games in now before son comes in feb

  88. Blue Seat Horror on

    I didn’t realize the Rangers power play was so good. This is verbatim from the preview of tonight’s game:

    “The Rangers’ power play is 41 for 45 (91.1 percent) in the last 13 games. Their record over that time is 8-5-0. …”

    How can they only be 8-5 if they’ve scored 41 PP goals in the last 13 games?!!! ;-)

  89. Doodie Machetto on

    Putting that error aside, how many did they give up against Tampa? If you can subtract that one game, I bet the numbers are far more impressive.

  90. Doodie Machetto on

    So, Tiki, the 7-1 result that Man United just put up, what’s your explanation for that? Berbatov had 5 goals.

  91. Ok, about to leave for the train. I’ve worn my home DZ jersey most of the season. I think I’m going to switch it up and go with home Staal jersey for this one. Although I really wish I had my heritage Callahan jersey already.

  92. Doodie Machetto on

    Scores from this month in the EPL:

    4-2, 3-2, 3-2, 4-2, 3-2, 3-0, 3-2, 5-1, 3-0, 4-1, 4-1, 7-1, 3-1, 3-2.

    Yup, not the norm at all to have a ton of goals.

  93. One month does not accurately portray the recent history of the Premier League. Small sample size, eh?

  94. >>So, Tiki, the 7-1 result that Man United just put up, what’s your explanation for that?

    Well, Blackburn is not exactly a powerhouse.

  95. Doodie Machetto on

    They’re in the middle of the table.

    Scores from October:

    2-2, 2-2, 3-2, 3-0, 5-1


    3-3, 4-1, 3-1, 3-1, 3-1, 3-2, 4-0, 3-2, 2-2, 2-2


    3-0, 2-2, 4-0, 6-0, 3-0, 6-0, 3-1, 6-0, 6-0, 3-1, 2-2, 3-0, 2-2, 3-0, 2-2

    That’s every game this season. Sure seems pretty common to me.

  96. Doodie Machetto on

    I listed about a third of the games played in the EPL this year. I had originally left out 6 games from November that were 2-2. That brings it up to 49 games out of 150, almost exactly 1/3rd of games that either had at least 3 goals scored by one team or a total of at least 4 goals between the two teams.

    Face it, you’re wrong.

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