Rangers at Penguins tonight


Now that the Penguins’ 12-game winning streak is over (they hadn’t lost since the Rangers beat them a month ago, until last night’s game in Philly) I wonder if the mustachioed noted slew-footer, Sid “The Skid” Crosby, on a 19-game point streak, goes to the razor.

There’s a fair amount of bad blood between the teams, with Brandon Dubinsky and Henrik Lundqvist having a running feud with The Skid, who performed his infamous slew-foot trick twice in the last meeting, once unpenalized vs. Ryan Callahan, once penalized against Sean Avery. And Avery was jumped by that clown Kennedy.

Plus, with the captain Chris Drury returning, who can forget last year’s incidents with that piece of carcillo Cooke (who faced that piece of cooke Carcillo last night).

Let’s not forget that the Rangers go into this game probably without Derek Boogaard, and that the Penguins — who forever cried how the NHL shouldn’t allow fighting or tough play — now lead the NHL in fighting majors. The Rangers are second in fighting majors, thanks to league-leader Brandon Prust (10), Boogaard (7) and Avery (6). Pitt’s heavy-fisted Deryk Engelland (9 fighting majors) has beaten up some of the baddest men in the league this year. These Penguins play a tough game, and with all their skill, it sure makes them a beast of the East.

Not that I want to promote the fisticuffs.

Anyway, here are tonight’s pre-game notes, from the Rangers:

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 7:00 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center • Pittsburgh, PA
Rangers: 18-13-1 (37 pts)
Penguins: 21-8-2 (44 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 13

The Rangers will begin their ninth back-to-back set against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 18-13-1 (37 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Washington Capitals, 7-0, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 8-4-0 in their last 12 games. The Penguins currently rank first in the Eastern Conference with a 21-8-2 (44 pts) record entering their contest last night at Philadelphia, and have won each of their last 12 games. Pittsburgh’s last previous loss was a 3-2 overtime defeat to the Rangers on Nov. 15. Following the contest, the Rangers will conclude their back-to-back set when they face-off against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday, Dec. 16, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Mike Keenan
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Penguins
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)

  • Radio: 970 The Apple and newyorkrangers.com
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Penguins
    Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • All-Time: The Rangers are 112-97-23-7 all-time against the Penguins: 63-46-9-2 at home and 49-51-14-5 on the road
  • 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the third of six meetings between the Rangers and Penguins this season, and the second of three meetings at CONSOL Energy Center. New York owns a 1-1-0 record vs. Pittsburgh thus far, following a 3-1 defeat at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 29, and are 1-0-0 at Pittsburgh.
  • Last Season: The Rangers were 1-4-1 against the Penguins in 2009-10, including a 1-2-0 mark in Pittsburgh. Four of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two that required overtime.
  • The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL on the road with a record of 11-5-0 (22 pts) in 16 games; the Penguins have posted a record of 10-5-1 (21 pts) at home to rank eighth in the league
  • The Rangers have posted a record of 5-3-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Penguins are 5-2-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 2.46 goals against average and .924 save percentage in two starts vs. Pittsburgh this season, and is now 17-13-4 with a 2.43 goals against average and two shutouts in 34 career regular season games against the Penguins
  • Ryan Callahan (one goal, one assist) and Brandon Dubinsky (two assists) have registered a team-high, two points in two games vs. the Penguins in the season series
  • Chris Drury has registered a team-high, 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points in 39 career regular season games vs. Pittsburgh; Michal Rozsival has recorded 17 assists and 25 points in 36 career regular season contests against the Penguins
  • 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 notched one goal in three power play opportunities (5:54) on Sunday vs. the Capitals, and have now tallied a power play goal in nine of their last 12 games (9-43, 20.9% over the span). New York ranks 15th in the NHL with a 17.0% (20-118) success rate, and is tied for seventh on the road with a 20.0% (11-55) success rate. The Rangers notched one goal in one, five-on-three chance (0:30) on Nov. 24 at Tampa Bay, and are now 1-5 on five-on-three attempts (5:01). New York is 0-2 (2:23) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (2): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in four shorthanded situations (6:35) and notched one shorthanded goal on Sunday at MSG, and are now 53-60 (88.3%) over the last 20 games. New York ranks 16th in the NHL with a 82.3% (93-113) success rate, and rank 15th in the league on the road with a 81.0% (51-63) 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 (7): 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); 12/5 vs. OTT (Prust); 12/12 vs. WSH (Staal).
  • Four-on-Four: New York notched one goal in one, four-on-four situation (2:00) on Sunday vs. Washington, and are now plus-three in 24, four-on-four situations (39:08) this season. Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan); 12/12 vs. WSH (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

The Blueshirts are currently 4-4-0 in the first game of back-to-backs, and are 3-4-0 when the first game of the set is on the road following a 3-1 loss on Saturday at Columbus. New York has posted a record of 8-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season following a 7-0 win on Sunday vs. the Capitals, having out-scored their opponent, 27-6 in those games, and are 3-0-0 when the second game is at home. Over the last two seasons, New York is 17-2-2 in the second game of back-to-back sets, including a 7-1-1 mark at MSG over the span.

The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 21 of their 32 games and posting a record of 15-5-1 in those contests. The Rangers own a record of 10-1-1 when leading after the first period, having out-scored their opponent, 22-14, in the opening frame.

The Rangers have had 12 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which leads the NHL, and are one ahead of Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Washington.

The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 945 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.5 hits per contest. Ryan Callahancurrently ranks second in the NHL with 128 hits.

The Blueshirts currently rank second in the NHL with 520 blocked shots on the season, averaging 16.3 blocked shots per contest to rank third in the league. Dan Girardi leads the NHL with 89 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 39 blocked shots.


  • The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (seven), are tied for fourth in wins (18) and fourth in road wins (11), seventh in points (37), and rank eighth in goals (95), fifth in road goals (49) and seventh with a plus-13 goal differential
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 6-3-0 with a 1.64 goals against average, a .937 save percentage and three shutouts in his last nine games
  • Marian Gaborik has tallied 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in his last 15 games
  • Brandon Dubinsky enters the contest with a three-game scoring streak (two goals, two assists) and has registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last six games
  • Marc Staal has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last 10 games and three in the last two
  • Brandon Prust has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last six games
  • Brian Boyle has registered four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games
  • Michal Rozsival has recorded three assists in the last three contests
  • Dan Girardi has registered three assists in the last four games
  • Sean Avery has tallied four assists in the last six games

Blueshirts’ prospects Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque have been invited to USA Hockey’s evaluation camp for the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York. This would be the second trip to the elite tournament for both Kreider and Bourque, if selected, having both represented the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2010 World Junior Championship.  Roman Horak has also been invited to attend the Czech Republic’s evaluation camp, while Jesper Fasth is on Team Sweden’s preliminary roster.  If selected, this would be Horak’s second appearance at the World Junior Championship, having represented his native country in last year’s tournament. Fasth is looking to make his first appearance in the elite tournament.

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.


  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 32
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 29
  • Derek Boogaard (injured on Dec. 9) – 2

Total Man-Games Lost: 96


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  1. Sid the Skid – love it. LW – Carp doesn’t sound all that complimentary does he?

    Should be a good one – Happy game day! LGR

  2. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    Happy GameDay Morning ‘Heads!!

    LMAO Carp!! Thanks for continuing my fun start to the morning! Between you and James, this laughter should last at least until I walk in the door at work!! Between “sid the skid”(mark) and …”who can forget last year’s incidents with that piece of carcillo Cooke (who faced that piece of cooke Carcillo last night).” plus the term fisticuffs, you’ve brightened my day!

    Gonna be a battle tonight with these chippy, slewfooting, whining, diving asshats. If Prust’s shoulder is still an issue, and with Boogie being out, this has the chance to be really ugly, and that has nothing to do with the genetic misfortune of several of the pen()S.

    I hope the boys are up to the challenge tonight, and I hope Dubinsky gets interviewed!!

  3. So mrs and I are having nice dinner last night celebrating her birthday. I told her our “26 year old” story. She was happy to hear her age, of course. But some interesting question came up. Help me out here, will you? I was always under impression that I was older than her. By a reasonable margin. Shuddup. Anyway, I am turning 26 on Christmas Day. Does it make her 11 days older? The thing is, I’m pretty sure I turned 26 last Christmas. Then again, she turned 26 last year before me. Oh, boy….

  4. Carp, i literally lol’d while reading the entry on my phone at work. outstanding! thanks for the laugh to start my day.

    i repeat- hotdog lips v dubi tonight? if so, me thinks dubi kicks his you know what.

    ok, gotta work. laters!

  5. Morning… I can’t say I hate the Penguins so much as I hate the way the NHL showcases them. Sid is basically the spokesman for the league, and if the league is promoting anything it seems they have to have Penguins there. Also the pens have their share of trashy dirty players. (I am including the great Sid) they seem to get the up side of the penalty calls every game. That said I am looking forward to Drury’s return. I don’t expect much right away, he hasn’t played for a while. He will be more effective that either of the scratched guys first game back i’m sure. I am looking forward to tonight, should be a tough battle. Later.

  6. Please, just please give them a Capitals-esque beating tonight. I have to imagine that the HBO cameras are going to be there for the over-saturation of the Pens vs the Caps show. A high profile opponent, bad blood between the two teams, a game after their not so historic win streak came to an end. Flip the script Rangers, send the crowd home crying in their Rolling Rocks.

  7. I don’t know how much it was discussed yesterday, but everyone saw the Devils waived Brian Rolston?

  8. So the Devils waived Rolston. His cap hit is just over $5M. How much cap relieve do they get if (LMAO @ myself for saying ‘”if”) he clears waivers and sent to AHL? Zero. Nada. His contract is above 35. And they are on the hook for next season too. Does Lou really think someone will pick him up? Even for the half price?

  9. TheREALMikeyNJ on

    No Boogie tonight i dont think will be that much of an issue:

    Prust, Dubi, Boyle, Avery, Sauer, hell even Cally will fight if need be, and that shoudlnt be our game plan tonight anyway.

    Carpsburg isnt practicing this morning, and there bound to be a little beat up from last nights game.

    Just stay out of the box, bump Fleury alot and play smart, play our hard forecheck/north south game and it will be a great game.

    I’m really hoping Drury being in the line-up tonight really gets the team going.

    And there’s few things better than wathcing the princess fo the NHl lose and complain about it


  10. Here are tonight’s pre-game notes, from the Rangers:

    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Toupee -By-Toupee ), Joe Micheletti (Anal-yeast), John Giannone (In-Game Rape-mortem)

  11. I really don’t get the Rolston waiving. They have Parise on the LTIR so they can be over the cap if need be. Zubrus or White would make more sense if they wanted to rid themselves of a cap hit. Or they could trade Captain America, which is basically what the Devils fans want them to do.

  12. Good Morning! It’s gonna be quite the game tonight eh? Tonight would be a perfect night for the pesky Avery we all know and love to show up and play like we want him to. Also, would love to see a Dubi-The Skid fight. Let’s keep this fire going!

  13. Either that or Lou thinks/hopes somebody might take him at half price on re-entry. Otherwise they’re stuck with the entire cap hit, and maybe they keep him.

    CT, real Pittsburgh fans drink Iron City … also known there as IC or Vitamin I … though I can’t say for sure that they’re still in business.

  14. OK folks

    I don’t care what else you all say, but please….do an old guy a favor…….don’t complain about how cold it is up there .

    you ought to cry about how cold it is down here !

    I looked at the temp this AM about 5 o’clock, and it was 26!

    You know….sunny Florida? And with a 35-40 knot wind!

    I thought I’d left those kind of temps behind me long ago in Duluth for Pete’s sake.

    After living down here for the past 15 years we’re not used to this WX. Right now my hands are freezing typing this….because these homes are few and far between the ones that are insulated. All summer I looked forward to winter ( which are generally nice and balmy), and the hockey season. Now I’d started to wonder whether I inadvertantly came home the long way around and arrived back in CT.

    Keep the posts coming however, cause without you bonesters I have a tough time keeping up with the goings on in Rangerland.

  15. CARP,

    Would enjoy knowing who the Rangers have as road roommates, which players are the closest and inside features like that. This team seems closer than in years past, would be cool to see how they spend time off the ice. Just a suggestion. Great Blog!


  16. I will never understand how the head programming honchos at MSG choose to put the 29th place Devils on MSG+, which has HD coverage on nearly all cable/sat providers, while the team that actually plays at Madison Square Garden is relegated to MSG2, which is non-HD (aka blurryvision) on nearly every cable/sat provider other than Cablevision. Not to mention the Devs are playing a meaningless game against Glendale’s finest, while the Rangers are playing a divisional rival in what should be a great game. It baffles my mind! I understand that I spent the majority of my life watching hockey in non-HD, but I find that now that I’ve adjusted to HD over the past few years it is nearly impossible to watch anything else.

  17. The New York Rangers’ Sean Avery ranks 18th in voting among forwards thanks almost entirely to text voting. Of his 93,600 votes, almost half — 45,812, second among all players — have come from text voting.


    Good, I only voted for him 5500 times via text last week! I think I may have to step it up…

  18. Good almost crack of noon all! I am very fraidy about tonight….oh, please please please take those hartnellers out!!!

    ilb, your math question made me spit out my coffee!

  19. she’s welcome :) good thing nobody’s inviting me to festivus this year. Boy, do I have gripes!!!

  20. Chipotle? The guy is in the big city and he’s still making around a million a year, live it up a little Stepan.

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

    Morning ILB and all!!

    you’re 26 and just leave it at that!

    love the morning read. And promote the fisticuffs!!!!!

    You guys don’t really think slats would take rolston off re-entry just for the PP do you??

    It’s a whole new world!

  22. I am not arguing the virtues of Chipotle (in fact I am pleased that one is opening up in my town), but if I had Stepan’s loot I’d change the burrito bol to the handmade guac and a nice chicken mole from Rosa Mexicano.

  23. It should be a donnybrook tonight.

    Avery should ‘Smid’ Sid’ The Skid’, I kid, I kid…. well maybe not.

    Was it ever confirmed that Boogaard broke his nose?

    lmao @ fancy and delicious!

  24. yeah but who needs the attitude from the snotty waitstaff at Rosa Mexicano. These guys are kids without tastebuds. They don’t know the difference beween taco bell and and a hand made burrito made by Scot Blomez

  25. CT

    I hear you, bro! For the money he’s making i would hire a chef to cook for me at home! ;)

    btw, Rosa Mexicano is a great place!

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

    good question about the nosen!

  27. For what its worth? I’m STOKED to have the Captain of my favorite hockey team back on the ice. I miss his face-off percentage and am hopeful that the new look Rangers assist him in getting back to his game-winning goal days (remember that game against Buffalo when Drury knocked one in with seconds remaining as a Sabre?).

    Great post Carp, that cracked me up.

  28. She loved it, Carp, thanks. I tried to ask her opinion on which line Drury should play. Didn’t go that great. I’m pretty sure she thinks Mark Messier is still playing. Baseball.

  29. ^ Awesome ILB2001.

    I was at a Flyer fans house with my girlfriend watching the last matchup. He asked her who her favorite player was. She blanked. Then wowed the room by saying, “The King?”

    Then the bastard tricked her…. asked, “Whose your second favorite team” to which she replied…. “The Devils?” simply because she is from Jersey.

    So much to learn….

  30. Dudley, be happy she can at least name a team. Baby steps, baby steps. Mama, I’m still LMAO @ Ashes and Puddles

  31. Hopefully they do Orr, I was thinking the same thing. I would think the Craps game would be included since it was such a shellacking.

    Would be awesome to hear the trash talk on the ice between the NYR and those two teams…

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

    it’s bosco!

    off to work! LGR!!!

    later assens!

  33. True Blue Mike on

    I know this is very random, but i really hope Kreider makes the team next year i cant wait to see that kids speed on display in the NHL wearing a Ranger Jersey.

  34. Noah-tenko-rury, 28 on

    Can I do it like this? And keep adding on when players return?

    So, when Fankist returns, it’ll be “Noah-tenko-rury-kist, 28.”

  35. Joekuh, thanks. I amused myself with that one too, but you’re the only genius who commented :)

  36. >>So the Devils waived Rolston. His cap hit is just over $5M. How much cap relieve do they get
    >>if (LMAO @ myself for saying ’”if”) he clears waivers and sent to AHL? Zero. Nada. His
    >>contract is above 35.

    “You know that it would be untrue, you know that I would be a liar if I was to say to you” I didn’t love the Devils season so far. Bwahahaha!!!

  37. Anyone see that Conor McDonald was swore into the NYPD today….he was granted permission to take Commissioner Kelly’s badge number….nice connection to NYR….

  38. Do we know whos in and out tonight yet?


    White & Boogie out….Drury (hopefully not dreary) in

  39. The blog is on-fire today with the quips! I’m home for a late lunch before going bowling with the co-workers for an appreciation thingy the rest of the afternoon and I am dying laughing here. Hope to be back in time for the start of the game. Hopefully Cindy Lu-Whoo-by will learn the Santa ain’t coming dressed as the Rangers tonight.

    wicky- huh?

  40. If NYR plays as good as they did against the Craps, then they have a chance of winning tonight.

    Lets not forget, the Pens are the best team in the league right now. You don’t win 12 games in a row in the NHL and call it a fluke. The Craps are in a bad slump, losing six in a row, so they’re two totally different teams.

    Hank better show up to play, and not give up any crucial softies like he did the last time we were in Pissburgh.

  41. Thanks… I’ll miss Boogy, was hoping to see the Super Heavy-Weights drop ’em tonight.

    That being said, looking at our line-up…. I’m stoked. Let me get this straight, end of December and the Rangers AND the Knicks are playing consistently strong? Dear Diary, JACKPOT!

  42. Key to winning tonight is to get traffic in front of Fleury and plenty of shots on goal. We have to have the puck more than them and pepper Fleury with shots from all angles. Fleury is the Pens weakest link and I want him exposed for what he is: an overrated, frenchy goaltender.

    Agree that Hank can’t let in a softie if we expect to come away with points tonight…

    Avery – Kennedy Round 2?

  43. ILB – UGGGHHH – I cannot believe the nerve of this guy. I wish someone would do to him what he did to those animals – I’m gonna upchuck:

    “I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding.”

  44. wow, ilb. The Kovalchuk signing now finally makes sense to me as to why Lou did it. I knew Lou couldn’t have been the one behind it. It just isn’t in-line with the types of moves he has made for the Devils over years. But hey, I’m not complaining :)

  45. Noah-tenko-rury, 28 on

    Judging by how the Nets look this year, I wouldn’t mind nor care seeing Prokhorov take over the Devils.

  46. ilb – that Post story is very revealing.

    “Citing two NHL sources, the Canadian newspaper reports Devils owner James Vanderbeek made a strong pitch last summer to Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire.”

    So the guy out of Dawson’s Creek owned the Devils all this time? Explains a lot.

  47. Noah-tenko-rury, 28 on


    I think the question will be: will the name ever become “Noah-tenko-aard-kist-ICHARDS?”

    I hope not until after the season.

  48. C3, no…

    ilb, I’m touched so much by his comments, that it would help his image…..the only pet that should be allowed in his house is a snake.

  49. There you go ILB – he should do some community service as a chew toy at the place that has to rehabilitate these dogs.

  50. Bluebloodury!!!!!

    “ilb, I’m touched so much by his comments, that it would help his image…..the only pet that should be allowed in his house is a snake.”

    A snake is too good for him. How about a bear, id like to see him try to put down a bear with his bare hands.

    I think this an appropriate time to use the word s-bag. What a scumbag this guy is; help your image by getting an animal. How about donating some future paychecks to animal movements to help save some animals you piece of cookeing carcillo.

    Just to be 100% honest, if Vick came to the Giants or Jets, Id like him.

  51. I am on the Drury bandwagon. Drury is going to help this team. Tonight is a real test for this young group of guys, I expect them to pass with flying colors.

    fran – you’re in FL? You anywhere near Tampa? We ought to get together sometime.

  52. Joekuh – He did his time. He should be able to play in the NFL. He should also be allowed to have a dog. However, it’s his sickening comments about his “image” as Mama put it that is disgraceful. How about helping animals in need and looking for credit from the media for it.

  53. Right on, Tiki.

    Vick doesn’t give a damn about dogs or having them as pets. All he wants is positive publicity for his image. He is an ego-maniac like most of these buffoons who play in the NFL…except he is d-bag and IMO doesn’t deserve to be within 5 feet of a dog…

  54. Pardon Me Machetto on

    “- Former Canadian Olympic figure skater Barbara Underhill, who worked with Brian Boyle on his skating technique this summer, is working with the Whale’s players on a regular basis.”

    That’s the best news I’ve heard about the Whale all year.

  55. Pardon Me Machetto on

    Pardon me Carp for asking such a stupid question. I forgot Todd White was still in the lineup because of Boogaard’s injury.

  56. TIKIRURY!!!!! Your name looks great.

    I know he did his time, but I think if you have it in you to be that cruel to that many animals you should stay away. And screw using those poor animals to help his image – messed up.

  57. cw

    On the space coast mi amigo…just across the Indian River from the Shuttle launches. We watch them from my rear patio.

    It’s normally great when the thermometer behaves, but when the temperature drops into freezing, and the wind comes sweeping from the Gulf, it is beyond cruel…it’s
    oh, I don’t know, cold?.

  58. I believe that Vick shouldn’t be discussed on this blog for more than 15 sec. But I’ll say this:
    He is a millionaire who didn’t need the money. He had that thing running at his house for long time. He was doing it because he enjoyed watching defenseless animals kill each other. He was also torturing them after if they didn’t “perform”. And his only remorse thereafter was that he was caught doing it. This wasn’t a mistake that you do your time and move over. He is what he is. I’m not a vicious person or someone who doesn’t forgive a person for a horrible mistake. This is totally different. He should still be in jail enjoying multiple aluminum poles and not playing football. Dog my MZA!

  59. It’s bad enough that he forced these dogs to fight each other, but to kill them for losing the fight is a whole other story.

    Jeffrey Dahmer was killing animals before luring guys to his home, and chopping their bodies and keeping them in barrels, and keeping their weeners in a little case, and using their bones as a shrine, and eating their brains, and guts…

    Just sayin’ :P

  60. ddeb, you are cruising for a serious Sunday newspaper…..step outside warren and call me that!!!!

  61. can we move off vic, pleeeeeaaaaaaasssssssseeeeeeee! we have enough hartnells to deal with tonight.

    hey tiki, i kind of, mostly solved my app problem….life is good!

  62. ilbrury2001 December 15th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I agree completely. Animal laws are not strict enough in this country or elsewhere. There’s not a lot of protection for these animals. He did serve his time, however, his time should have been around 20-25 years.

  63. power plays tonight

    pens 6 rangers 1

    by the way over the last 5 years in games in pittsburgh

    pens 130 pp
    rangers 87

    pens plus 43

  64. He made Pigs in a Blanket with their weeners, Orr. Think next time you reach for the appetizer tray.

  65. eric, if you’re my tix eric, then I want my money back for that comment!!!

    ORR, my hatred for Pitt has reached such new levels this year, I didn’t think it was possible.

  66. Oh tiki, that’s very sweet, but even kitties have natural instincts to claw certain species :)
    I think even Carp, who adores mama :) would tell you I am not filled with love for the whole world….:)

  67. Last night I played 6 periods of hockey against our local AZ youth hockey league for charity We raised 2 vans full of unwrapped toys & tons of canned food. We played one period each against the 10, 12, 14, 15, 16 & 18 year old kids. My knee held up for about 2 periods & then I had to sit every other shift & I had to miss the last period all together. Only so much my old body could handle. I should have listened to ilbrury !
    We combined the scores of all 6 periods to determine the “AZ Annual Winter Classic” winner. We lost 26-23
    But we had a funny bench clearing brawl against the 10 year olds. A little kid tripped me & fooling around I asked him if he wanted to drop the gloves. As he was hitting me in the legs, his team mate came over & pulled my skates out from under me & the bench emptied & kids where hitting me every place they could. When I finally got up a little girl told me she was trying to punch me in the nose but she couldn’t get my helmet off.
    I love really playing hockey but I think this was probably my last game.

  68. the jury is out, Drury is not on

    the 4th line, accdg to Zipay, is Avery-Drury-EC with the last 2 both playing center at different times, and Drury getting some pk and faceoff work

  69. I have no apricot scarves, and only get clouds in my coffee when the milk is bad, which I try to avoid. and I’ve never been to Saratoga, so there! I do, however, have two autographed Carly Simon records, addressed specifically to me. She likes tapioca pudding, in case you were wondering.

    Tony, saw all your posts on FB…love the ice tackle pic! Glad you went out in a blaze of fun and good works!

  70. “CT, real Pittsburgh fans drink Iron City … also known there as IC or Vitamin I … though I can’t say for sure that they’re still in business.”

    Oh yeah. I have a daughter in Pittsburgh and you can see billboards everywhere for IC, IC Light, IC Ice, IC sludge, etc.

    I hope they work Drury in slowly. He’s played in part of one game since the preseason. He’s bound to be a bit rusty.

  71. bye guys! wont be around for much if any of tonight’s game.

    hope we win. hope we get a few power plays and score on a couple.

    hope drury plays well and doesnt get ripped too badly.

    glad the great mrs ilby had a terrific birthday and that she doesnt know about the rangers…saves her the heartache.

    In advance, LUV YA LINDA my sis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope work didnt beat you down too badly today.

    and as always, Sweet 16 :) oh, nevermind, that’s not my trademark :)

  72. eric, nothing wrong with tix, but we must keep a positive attitude! karma dude!

    Cross Check, I’m with you. To repeat, I am so nervous (but feeling positive) about tonight

  73. tiki, trademark infringement gets you a newspaper, but only a skinny sad Monday one :)

    all, tonight will be my first try at the wireless blog-while-watching deal. Wish me luck. And I promise no proper spelling or anything while still getting used to tiny keyboard etc. so don’t expect my usual eloquence :)

    Carp, your inbox is fairly warned :)

  74. Grabbywaffles(sir spins alot)-URY on

    great teh games on versus. i can watch and blog at teh same time. anybody know when prospals comin back? should be soon.

  75. The Rangers need to hit the ground running and never let up or this could get Malkinberry ugly.

    The Pens got paybacks with their win at MSG but I’m sure they’d like some revenge in front of their home crowd.

    Then you’ve got the Dubi comments. This game could have playoff-like intensity. I can’t wait.


  76. HARTNELL! can’t blog and watch tonight at same time…..just stupidly realized I need one more piece of equipment. GRRRRRRRRRR, sigh.

    I’ll still be here though…….LGR!

  77. Go time yet?

    Had a blast bowling with the co-workers, although my game is rusty and I left my ball back in NY. Stuffed myself full of free food and beer and now ready for this shindig to go down.

    I wanna see liver lips get his keester knocked into next week.

  78. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    TOO MANY POSTS TO CATCH UP ON!!! you guys are hilarious!

    I want to take this time to explain to everyone how AMAZING everyone here is! I just got a shocking surprise in the mail today from our very own ‘Head “REDDENS BABY” lol, and I am flabbergasted, shocked, and still in tears! You guys truly are the most tremendously tremendous people I know, and it is an honor that you’re part of my life!


  79. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    oh, by the way, Fran, when I woke up two days ago, it was a balmy 9 degrees in Alabama! 26 is a freakin heat wave for us right now!

  80. I decided that Matt Cooke reminds me of Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers…. (Sorry Flea…)

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