I’ll join youse guys in progress tonight. Have to be somewhere from 6:30-7:30 or so.
Henrik Lundqvist is in goal again. Chad Kolarik will play, Brodie Dupont will skate in warmup and be prucha’d unless somebody else is felled.
That’s all I’ve got.
There you go!
Where is Izzy, really?
newyorknorthcackalacka and compton!
It’s Stahl vs Staal time!!
Drury on second line….Oy vei…
Actually I’d rather keep Izzy and FIRE SATHER!
Well, if you injure enough Rangers he’s bound to move up eventually. Are they running out of Centers in Hartford?
Somehow it’s pronounced Caloric. (Kolarik)
Thanks ilb and Mama – I’m getting close to 26 in real life, creeping up on it, three years away. But on here, I’m 26, at least for every game night. ;)
Seven goals last night for each of our injured Rangers: Fankist, Boogeyman, Cally, EC, Froggins, Dubi, Fedotenko.
No, they’re good down there, Olga. They have Todd White, he can fill in on all four lines, if need to..Very versatile player.
Love the Carolina third jerseys. If I had the extra cash, I would buy a Staal in black and red.
Sounds like Marc has a cold, or he’s going through puberty. :)
He is getting married soon, Spider…Puberty is in order.
Arrrr…. ilbsmael. Be Todd the Great White Whale?
Oh no – next thing you know Carp goes down with a sprained typing finger out 2 -4 weeks!
YEA BABY!!! LET’S GO RANGERS!!
I posted a link to cheap authentic jerseys today Spider, let me know if you’d like to see it again and I can send it you via FB.
Jersey choice for tonight:
Del Zotto blue
I get a feeling Marc will play with Eric in All-Star..
this pre game….is MAKING ME THIRSTY!
Gaborik white. Keep him hot
Here we go! Let’s get them, boys!
way over the top james… its… this pregame is making me THIRSTY!
Drury skates like Bingo the chimp on Abbott and Costello
The Drury skates like a newborn baby turtle washed up on the shore trying to navigate the beach.
Hey, I’m not doing this alone, ‘heads! Where is everybody?
i cant wait for the drury throwback performance tonight.. 2 blocked shots and one pk.. and joe will talk about much this GREAT man brings to a hockey club.. such a great great great man
This is a huge game for us to win.
Let out the Clutch!
Sather is scouting these two:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOj_QoSH6is
How’s that for a pass from Avery?
Look at all these great chances by a team that got beaten 2 times in regulation in the last 4 days by a total combined score of 10-2 by the Bruins. :mad:
shhhh. ilb, you’re scaring people :)
hey, who was it on the last thread who came up with the new Joe M (who I dopily called John G last night, oh well) drinking game? There is not enough liquor in all of Westchester to keep up with that :)
Oh, boy, this looks like a heart attack for both coaches.
I thought that puck was saved by one of our defenders. And our 2 idiots just kept saying it was a post.
CTB – Thanks for the tip. Went back in the blog to get the link.
take him Aves!!!
I guess they don’t call delay of game for deliberately knocking the net off the moorings anymore.
ILB!!! TIKI!!! BLOGMAMA!! A trifecta of goodness!!
Marc and Eric never play together. And so it shall be in the ASG! And they will probably hit each other then, too.
BSH – That was Gaborik’s fault.
Fire the OLGA and FOLKYOURSELF family to get the win!!!
Ehhhh, everyone, Drury has pulse…
No kidding, there’s another scoring chance coming. WTB?!
Gotta feel sorry for the goalies tonight.
Expected. Even though the Rangers had better chances
MZA did his best to save it, but Lundqvist’s skate was where it should be, and in the way.
This Carolina team showed ZERO effort in 2 games against the Bruins. And their “great skater” Skinner is a nothing, a ZERO
It was going right in, Joe…MZA tried
Eminger got undressed by Skinner, not so unexpected.
Spider, Gaborik bumped him but he made sure he finished the job. Gaborik didn’t hit him that hard.
Why would MZA try clearing the puck from that angle? How did he expect it to get past Hank??
Good effort though, just unfortunate.
I am not upset yet, no I am not…..
Anisimov = Monster
Joe : “It looks like nothing is going to happen.” laughs like a weasel “And then the seas open up and force the goaltenders to make saves” laughs again like a weasel
You knew this game was gonna go bad early when they put the pizza line out first.
Can we run and gun against them?
I like this Abe Lincoln commercial..
Mama – Is your back feeling any better?
LOL! Torts giving it to MZA.
Hey Sam, how many times are you going to mention Boston? 100? 3000? 5 million?
Eminger must still be hurt from the Colton Orr chop. It’s effecting his skating tonight.
ilb, i love that Abe Lincoln commercial. Geico’s ad team is brilliant…....
Maybe Eminger shouldn’t be on the ice against Skinner anymore. Just a thought.
And Joe is talking about “explodes.” I swear, this guy is sickening. “Fast and hard” Nothing like trying to watch hockey and listening to a closet …
UGH! Im disgusted already.
ilb, there’s a longer version of the Abe Lincoln commercial where you can see him wrestling with himself to not tell her the truth.
tiki, I got cat scratch fever…...yikes!
Sweet 16!! keep it up buddy…....
Drinking game: Sip of brew for each “Staal” uttered. We’ll be carcillo-faced in no time!
I’m trying to figure out why Kolarik is not pronounced how it looks.
some of my favorite 3 words…..save by Lundqvist
Mama – I hate hate hate hate all Geico commercials…and I’m a byfuglien customer of theirs! I almost cancelled the ploicy cuz of that. I do like the bud light commercials though.
Spider, LMAO!!! I was thinking the same thing…what’s with caloric? is he fattening?
The referee just came in at the commercial break like a bat out of hell and grabbed Avery?????
How about the Carolina guy, ref?
If I were Avery, I wouldve taken the ref and thrown him down and said “Get the Byfuglien off me!”
I saw it, mama. LMAO at cat scratch fever…
I liked the Abe Lincoln commercial for about the first 500 times I saw it. Now? Not so much…
Headzo, why?! I, naturally, like the bud lite ads when they make fun of the guys….don’t so much enjoy the bikini mud girls…..tho I’m sure we may differ on that too :)
ilb, Stanley, the little pisser…....:)
Gaborik is skating well..
How many time will MSG show that footage of Skinner figure skating?
Mama – Hope you feel better soon.
I like the Geico commercials the first few times also, then, not so much.
We actually were forced to see figure skating of an opposing player. :furious: Where’s video of our players when they were young?
MSG…opponents’ home network?
awwww. nice try Zucca…
hey, I got computer and tv in same room for a change…....come join me…...:)
Did you see Zuccarello explode there, Joe?
How about drinking every time you hear “release?”
Come on Zucca! Love the speed but don’t miss the net.
The crowd called that one…
Mama – probably cuz their commercials are on all the byfuglien time.
JBytes, new contest: I figure at least 1 jillion more times. Your bet?
ha, I love this bud lite ad!
ooops. miller…oh well, i’m not a beer drinker :)
thanks tiki…..all is good
I think thauer bitch thlapped that thilly figure skater!!!
Skiner figure skated this penalty..
Headzo, yes, there is that…:)
Spider, if the game was every time Joe said big, we’d all be posting from rehab :)
They need to get their carcillo together.
Time to put the television on mute. Cant take these 2 jerks anymore. Disgraces.
Headzo, wouldn’t that be figure thkater?
i am blaming Torts’ tie
>>...I figure at least 1 jillion more times. Your bet?
Mama, I say 1 kajillion and fifteen more times.
They need to slow down the pace of this game. They need a power play.
They “released” too much last night. Didn’t save any “big explosions” for tonight.
wow Colton Orr KOed by Tom Selleck look-alike George Parros!
Torts has a tie? I thought it was a dead woodchuck..
Iciings are not a good formula for a team that’s bad at face offs.
JBytes, if there’s no tie breaker, prize goes to Sally :)
Since Kaloric (yeah I know it’s misspelled, but if that’s how they’re going to pronounce it…) is wearing #25, does that improve his chances of being Prucha’d?
ilb, that woodchuck tie was chucking his wood.
Avery checked a lineman after that center-ice faceoff.
yay Parros! Torts, that look wasn’t even good in the 70s…...
Kevin Pollock, Stephen Walkom
I wish Avery wouldve checked the lineman through the glass into the next century.
Isn’t Kevin Pollock a comedian who does Shatner impersonations?
Skinner, you are not too young to get skinned….....
Penguin announcer when Max Talbot penalized for interfering with Martin Broudeur on an iffy call:
“That’s just respect for an elderly goaltender.”
I swear, I really cant stand watching Drury hang his mouth guard out of his mouth after whistles. This guy does absolutely nothing for this team.
That’s a tie? It looks like Torts neck threw up…
Carolina could be still had tonight. They look very porous defensively. The Rangers need to tighten up in their zone first. They are not plating their game
Blue Seat, that’s Kevin Pollak : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_kZJJUc4mQ
Blue seat – that’s Kevin Pollak
This Kevin Pollock is a Red Sox fan!
No Mike Sullivan? They must really be pissed and ready to scream at the team.
I knew – Rangers used up their 4 game goal allotment last night!
Goalie, that makes me sick
ilb, plating? are u driving your iPhone or was that a metaphor for being a good kitchen worker? hahahaha….mama love!
Torts is talking very calmly to them right now….
I’m actually driving my iPad, mama…..
Good evening, Carp. I’m pretty sure those tickets belong to ME.
I think we scored our goal allotment for the week last night. Missed way too many good chances.
Eminger looks awful. Has no clue what to do with the puck on his stick.
This new “Weight Watchers” guy is just happy to be here
Sassy!!! A nice bit of shining light on a dreary night thus far :)
Cam Ward made a few good saves too, btw
oh geez. Dug…really? Torts’ tie looks great compared…..what happened!!!!
MSG has way too many goofy people involved in Rangers game broadcast. Why do we need to hear from Ron Dugay and Bill Pidto between periods?
why does carton have a job and i don’t….grrrrr.
back in the day, a couple of years ago before I hit 26, I adored Ron. Now I am just perplxed.
>>Carolina could be still had tonight. They look very porous defensively.
The problem is, Rangers lack good finishers. Two breakaways and nothing to show for it.
That food looked very…..caloric.
ilb, that food made me thirsty, and hungry…...oy vey!!
let’s go boys!!!
I am lonely….....
>>I am lonely….....
could we perhaps hit the net?
That Green Hornet ad in the bottom left corner was almost big enough to see.
Mama – 26? You mean two years ago ;)
Keep pushing, boys
Will anyone be surprised if Rangers get shut out tonight?
JBytes, dang, forgot to pay the bill, no phone :)
Headzo, 3 years ago…..
are joe and sam getting paid by carolina… why are they so happy right now?
Ok, now looks like Rangers are back to normal self, Damn carsillo!!!
Joe said big, drink
this game is a problem, drink….
Would anyone be surprised if Drury scores the only goal tonight? CLUTCH!
The funny thing is the Rangers are playing exactly like they did last night, except their opponent is different.
big strong hands
joe said big again…..oy
FIRE OLGA, for Rangers sake!
He also used “lanky”. Drink!
Rangers Power Play. Game over.
ha! lanky made me spit out mine…..
Spider – they’re paying him $7 million for that goal. He needs to get it before the end of the season.
there’s a full moon tonight…..coincidence? and I hate that idiot yoga class guy
Dump Dreary NOW
But, I like the yoga class girl.
Joe, shaut up!!
Gilroy doesn’t look mentally fatigued!
I hope, they are not trying to even back goals difference in standing, after yesterday, it is just – 4 to go.
ORR, understood :) and as a yoga fan, i’ll tell ya, that move ain’t easy…
And yes Orr, she’s definitely a piece…
Another Perry Pearn Power Play.
Kolorik reminds of Klondike for some reason
>>Joe, shaut up!!
We should start a letter writing campaign to have him canned at the end of the season.
My dinner tonight was heavily Kolarik
this night is making me thirsty. and the fish are dying.
JBytes – It will never work. New York doesnt care what broadcasters do their games or about their fans. Ive tried that each of the last 5 years to have Michael Kay fired off YES, but it will never happen. We’re destined to listen to idiots that dont care about our teams.
Rangers 5, Carolina 4 GWG: Tiki Shots: Patron, Don Julio Anejo
tiki, but fug them. NY teams rock, especially the Rangers!!!
What was Girardi Doing there exactly?
Why would Girardi go down on his belly so early on that 2v1?
mao, I like your thinking…..
Damn, I knew this would happen. The Rangers go on to lose and they are 4 losses in the past 6 games with matches in Atlanta and Washington looming – they could very well end up in a 2 and 6 stretch with the Canes poised to push them into 9th overall.
If the second period ends 3-0, this game will be a 3-2 final…again. They better either score or give up a goal.
I predict a “too little, too late” 3rd!
Staal and Staal! drink!
I feel like there’s a lot of penalties not being called on Carolina. Ticky-tack ones, but ones by the book.
we will take the Caps…..injured players will be back. I have hope and no worries. I am a Ranger.
>>I predict a “too little, too late” 3rd!
I still predict a shutout. Gaborik hurt his shoulder again while scoring that fourth goal last night.
>>I am a Ranger.
A very optimistic one, I must add.
Stay positive, boys
take em Prustie!!! and shut up Joe!!!
prust fights the “big guys”
Sucks to be Mike Weber. He blocked a shot with his knee and crumpled to the ice in the slot and ended up getting hit with a few more shots while he was writihing in pain.
How do you not love that Prust kid?
Was Prust eating that plastic bag? He’s an animal!
Damn, missed the Prust fight, and I felt it coming, too. But here goes Newbury. WHOOEEEE!
Another one won, eh?
That last fight was scored a 10 by someone in the crowd.
JByes, if not, what’s the point?
eesh. fight less, score more boys. You ain’t the chippy Leaves….
newbury fights the “middle-sized guys”
Sam was right: “Weise is a battler.” Not really a fighter.
Big 2:0 or there is 3:2? Too bad it doesn’t count as a score.
As long as they are at it, I hope someone beats the snot out of Ruutu
if Prust learns of Joe’s comment about him needing “longer arms for Christmas” I hope he gets him in the stocking…
Kolarik must have big hands to grab that puck
Now, THAT’S funny! We needed that on a night like this.
This Kolarik gut outplays Drury by a wide margin…
3:0 for Rangers is a point of no return. This game could’ve went both ways, but is a perfect illustration of one team ability to score on same chances, good goalies given.
Gerbal can outplay Drury
Carp outplays Drury by a wide margin..
...a little embarrasing?
Kolarik makes a better pizza too
josh….LOL….Carp outplays everyone :) Though I do want him to finally meet Orr on the greens and see how that works out :)
End this buyfuglien period
Drury = FIRE SATHER
Reverse Toronto syndrom?!
FIRE OLGA, NOW!!!
>>Kolarik makes a better pizza too
Are you sure it won’t make you choleric?
My heart bleeds for Hank
drury = really good at ducking out of the way of the puck
And FIRE THE Folkyerselfs!!!
Uh oh, get ready to see the Skinner clip again.
Giagavone to Skinner – what kind of tights do you wear?
Skinner definitely looks like the youngest player. And there’s the figure skating again.
And there it is!
my heart bleeds. Period!
Mama – Which Orr? Bobby?
Skinner speaks with more gusto than Dreary.
“As Gaborik leads a young pack of Rangers”? Really?
Drury couldn’t lead a dog to a tree in the Amazon forest.
I see they’re down 3-0. Do they look any good at all?
Oh, and uh Hi gang!
Spider, that would be Mr. Eminger slasher….
Mickey- they look wonderful, like a well cared for grave.
Olga, not funny considering I just came back from a wake. :(
Like the shiniest dumpster on the block.
Drury has as much chance of leading as a fart in a windstorm
Should’ve played Biron. He’s got like 7 straight wins against this team. Useless 40 minutes for Hank. Oh, well.
LMAO @ Amazon forest!
Can they buy Drury out earlier? That way we may see Brodie Dupont.
OK 3rd period. Try hitting the net this time…
Kolarik “not a big guy”, Harrison “big guy”
Send him out for a pizza.
How about a goal? I hate getting shut out
Why are they talking about Pitkannen again?
Who was that team wearing Rangers jerseys last night?
dreary back with weise and newbury…. money well spent!!! i see a clutch bunt coming up from the captain
Because the Skinner figure skating tape is all worn out.
How many Staal brothers references have we had tonight? 2343294239?
Kolarik looks like he doesn’t wanna go back to HFD…
Carolina has someone named White?
Great pp, guys. (sigh)
The sad part is that nobody that’s injured would really make a big improvement on the PP as far as puck carrying and passing goes.
Dubinsky, Callahan, and Christensen wouldnt help on the PP?? i beg to differ a bit
Umm, Carolina announcer… McBain played with BOTH Stepan AND McDonagh at Wisconsin. Heck, he and McD were D partners.
As far as being a PP QB or being the set up man? None of those players do that. Dubinsky can carry the puck the PP was pretty dreadful with him in the line up too.
PP is just beyond pathetic, I can’t watch, my bilis overflows
Headzo = drunk cuz of the Staals
Strange, they play 5 on 5 like have PP, and having PP, play like they are in PK.
I see flipping Gaborik has gone back to his non-scoring ways already. Geeesh…
Shoot kids… still watching game (sigh) but bestest friend insists on talking on phone so I gotta sign off here early….can only do so much at once….LGR!!! keep the faith!
and you, you know who I’m talking about….behave!!! :)
LOL @ Headzo. Don’t watch All Star weekend, your liver will never forgive you.
There we go!
Got one back
Finally! A score!
Yay not getting shutout.
A Prust Thrust!
hey jim.. gaborik isnt going to score 4 every game.. imo hes skated well tonight
2 little 2 late, I think
Next goal = Drury
Samsonov is shifty little cooke
Unlike Rangers game – 2 good fights, but almost no good forecheck. Loosing in “open” game against this kind of team.
the warden of the crease… that is AWFUL
it is just me or do the Rangers rarely ever play OT games anymore?
Prust – future HOF?
Congrats to McD and Kolarik for their first NHL points and Prust’s goal.
That will do
I meant the next rangers goal.
no need for that, they either win 7:0 or lose like 4:1 as u can see.
I’m too tired to actually care. I just hope they tred water until some of the injured guys come back.
Bye bye Rangers – 4 losses in the past 6 games. The Rangers cannot compete offensively with the Canes – Staal, Sutter and Skinner put to embarassing shame what the Rangers can present at the center position.
Let’s see, Staal drafted 4th overall, Skinner 7th and Sutter 11th – mmm…rewards of finishing in the bottom 1/4 to bottom 1/3 of the league.
What a concept!
shut up, dude. we get it, you hate Avery. move on, please.
Too bad Chicago isn’t playing. I’d be watching them by now…
Is it anything positive out of this game, except Kolarik first NHL point? Interesting to hear from Tortilas
BTW, am I the only 1 who finds the drivel Rosen and Shitelitti keep spewing throughout the MSG broadcasts maddenly frustrating?
They’ll banter back and forth like 2 idiots for entire stretches of play, only stopping to focus on the game when there’s a whistle. And Shitelitti’s George Bush little laugh I find infuriating.
Damn, I wish Dave Maloney did the colour in these games.
Yeah, big win for the Canes against a team that’s missing half it’s regular roster.
It’s blow time!
MickeyM: Who are you talking to??
FIRE Hugh Jess Folkyerself!!!
we aint makin the playoffs with this lineup. 1 win in last 4 games. slowly lsoing ground here
Have it muted cause I don’t want to hear MSG’s bull, especially about Kolarik.
He doesn’t look terrible, but had two good chances early and didn’t drive to the open side of net either time, instead making very ordinary plays.
Hey, it’s one game, not killing the guy. He doesn’t look out of place.
This game was just annoying from the get-go. Better to forget it and get 2 points in Atlanta.
That’s what Torts was thinking when he said after last night ‘we had to get the home game’.
He was hoping for a split the next two.
Jim. Do what I do. Shut off the sound and play some good music during the game. You can follow the game all by yourself. The commercials are better too.
Jim, the Carolina announcers. They were talking up how big of a win this was for the Canes,
Congrats to Kolarik and McDonagh on their 1st NHL points. That is about the only positive tonight.
I personally think Cam Ward is on of the elite goalies in the NHL, right there with Lundqvist, Thomas, and Miller. I thought he should have started over Luongo and Brodeur in the Olympics for Canada. If the Canes make the playoffs, they have enough grit, experience, and talent to make a serious run, no question. And guys like Jokinen and Staal have been clutch in the playoffs. I think they will make a run and win that division.
You can’t be too upset over this loss, coming off of a game like last night. Just rest and focus on the next game boys…
two of those losses were to the best team in the NHL, im not worried. When we start losing to NJ, NYI, TOR, BUF then i’ll be worried.
I’m also grumpy and really tired tonight, so the sarcasm is really high for me right now.
Agreed gotta grant the Rangers some slack due to their depleted lineup…but they looked sloppy defensively several times and like so often with a full lineup, missed several glorious opportunities.
As Rod says – move on from this and look for 2 points against the Thrashers.
Makes you realize how bad Toronto is
Breakdown of the forty shots taken by the Rangers.
Gaborik: 2 [a fat -1, to boot]
Right! Gaborik certainly is leading these young pack of Rangers, isn’t he? So much for regaining his “confidence” and scoring form!
Mickey: Ah, I see. I’m Canadian and therefore, get NHL center ice to watch the Rangers – the MSG feed was all I could find – usually if there are dual feeds, I’ll listen to the opposition’s broadcast (although I cannot stand to listen to those Penguin idiots) just because Rosen and Shitelitti (especially Shite) drive me bonkers.
And yeah, when I do, often I get annoyed at the overkill from those announcers…
two of those losses were to the best team in the NHL, im not worried. When we start losing to NJ, NYI, TOR, BUF then i’ll be worried.
but none of those teams are going to playoffs…
aren’t you supposed to beat the best teams to win postseason?
Canes have more offensive talent than us, we can’t expect to beat them with half our regulars hurt.
Can’t get too down, have to focus on Atlanta.
Jim, I get center ice, too, but my only option was the Canes ‘cast.
Y’know, the Canes are a really good team and Ward a really good goaltender. With how depleted the team is right now, I’m OK with the loss. As I said before, they just need to tred water/hang around .500 until the injured guys get back.
JBytes: Agreed – it will be interesting to see if Gaborik continues his year long pattern of scoring in bunches (10 goals in 3 games) and then averaging 1 every 6 inbetween. I know Carp was sorta defending him in an earlier blog saying how goal scorers pile up goals against weak teams and often have goalless droughts, but IMO, what Gabbie has does this year isn’t at all the norm for snipers.
The Rangers play Atlanta Saturday, Washington Monday and Florida Tuesday – if Gabbie comes away with a single goal in total, he’s back to form and that, IMO, is worrisome and worthy of Sather entertaining trade offers (if there are any serious ones out there).
we are playing with half an ahl roster cant we chill out a bit??
A mountain lion was spotted near where I live. Holy carcillo!
JBytes was Gaborik the only Ranger that was a -1? Or are you emphasizing that stat because you have an unusual obsession with making sure the rest of us know he didn’t get on the scoresheet again?
Jeez guys, anybody here NOT want to win every single game? Every period?
Never happened. Don’t sweat it or draw grand conclusions. F’d up night. Move on.
We are depleted right now to the point where we’re treading close to being unrecognizable.
Main thing is getting people back healthy, without recurrences.
Then it starts to look like a whale of a team. Then comes the trade deadline.
So these are our dog days….
Minnesota fans did have a lot of the same complaints about Gaborik when he was a member of the Wild…
I know Carp was sorta defending him in an earlier blog saying how goal scorers pile up goals against weak teams and often have goalless droughts, but IMO, what Gabbie has does this year isn’t at all the norm for snipers.
Actually Gaborik has some pretty famous company
Rod/josh: Yep, agreed. Some of us just expressing some concern is all…no big whup.
Question: When does Biron get back in? IMO, he should have started tonight and the King against Atlanta and Washington and the Biron again against Florida.
But what do I know!?
Indeed, CT. Alex Ovechkin comes to mind. So does Patrick Marleau…
Biron should have been in there tonight. Was surprised it was HL.
I like the way they play in front of Biron, and he’s shown he can handle more than the 20 games they penciled him in for.
“Actually Gaborik has some pretty famous company”
Reasonable argument of course, but don’t forget, unlike those droughts, take away the 3 big games and Gabbie has 5 goals in 32 games. That’s simply, IMO, not good enough if it’s to continue the remainder of the season.
Hopefully, in the next 3 games he’ll pot at least 2 goals – that would indicate he’s turning the corner.
I’m not trying to excuse Gaborik for failing to make an impact for long periods this year. It’s frustrating and very disappointing. But he also showed last year that he can be a force on a consistent basis and got zero support for long periods of time. So maybe his game is somewhere in between being the force he was last year and the ghost he’s been this year.
But the entire team stunk tonight outside of Lundqvist and a lot of young and raw players are playing important roles. There are going to be nights and weeks where this team struggles. If the Caps, who were pretty healthy during their losing stretch can lose 8 games in a row then the Rangers are certainly not immune to poor play either.
and Bakstrom from caps as well…the guy hasnt score in like 20 games now
All right, gang. Been a long assen day, so I’m checking out and crashing early.
See ya laters.
I actually didn’t think of it much aside from being surprised when I saw Hank in there,
but really, what’s the rationale for going with Lundqvist tonight?
Probably go with your best and hope to get the first of the CAR-ATL games, then go with Biron.
But Hank had a shutout last night, why not let him feel good and rest up, and at same time make Biron feel important, and not just a mop-up man?
it’s been rare I’ve disagreed with Torts this year. But that’d be one (admittedly in retrospect).
Jim, I agree it’s not good enough if he scores only 10 or so goals the rest of the way. But if the Rangers season is that highly tied to one player then maybe they aren’t as good as we think they are.
I for one would rather have a team like Chicago did last year where they had 6 20 twenty goal scorers, with a few players on pace to score more than 30 based on their goals/game pace. As much as having a big time player is crucial, so is overall depth.
It’s also easy to forget what these guys go through sometimes.
This kid Dupont (2005 3rd rounder, good size, decent#’s @ HTFD) was saying how it was nice to get the callup after being in the organization for 6 years. That’s a long time to be chomping at the bit, and it can’t be easy when hotshots like Zuke get signed and zoom right past you.
So he gets called, and scratched. Hope they give him a look next game.
oh stfu about Gaborik jesus moses allah, did he look lazy out there? no. did he drive to the net? yes. did he look to shoot? Yes. stop simply trying to start some argument. entire team looked a step slow today, it happens, move on. new day tomorrow.
CTBlueshirt, most of the forwards finished the night on the minus side, but they’re not the guys with the huge contract and being advertised as sniper extraordinaire and “leader of the pack” by the MSG propaganda machine. Until he starts living up to that billing, my unusual obsession will continue.
I’d give Dupont a look over Weise. Weise’s best game was his debut in Philly where he had a goal overruled, otherwise he hasn’t been given enough time or really hasn’t done a whole lot with his minutes to justify a permanent spot even in this depleted lineup.
JBytes, but Drury is also part of the hype machine. Maybe he’s not the featured star in the commercials anymore, but Sam and Joe really try to paint the best picture possible for him. Out of all the big money deals that the Rangers have lavished on players, Gaborik has been the one that’s come closest to fulfilling his.
CTBlue: Agreed it would be nice, but with this group that ain’t happening. Yet. Guys like Stepan, MDZ and AA have to continue to develop before that happens.
So yeah, the team is relying on Gabbie to score more often and more consistently than his current pace.
Imagine if in those 32 games instead of 5 goals, he’d scored in 1/2 of them (which is close to what he achieved last year) – I’ll bet instead of 57 points, they’d have at least 6 more which would put them at 63 points and challenging for first overall in the east.
I don’t think that’s an unreasonable projection – lots of 1 goal games where 10 more of his could have made a real difference.
That’s what I find frustrating about his season – the Rangers are doing well without him contributing much on the scoreboard.
>>oh stfu about Gaborik
Well, that should definitely win you the debate.
>>but Drury is also part of the hype machine.
CT, I think even the MSGHeads have given up on hyping Drury since his return from injury. They were literally begging for him to score a goal last night. Even they realise that his tank is empty because it’s got a big hole at the bottom and can never be full again.
Only Sam and Shite drone on about Dreary now – but it’s kinda embarassing because it’s so damn hollow, you know?
Thanks everyone for thoughtful, content-rich and substantive discussion and good night. Hope for none of aftertaste in the morning.
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