Rangers at Capitals tonight


Next-to-last game before the trade deadline. Capitals seem to be getting it together lately. Big, big test for your boys.

Not sure yet whether Marc Staal will play, and if so, how effectively. Remember, he normally plays every single shift directly against Alex Ovechkin. If he’s even slowed a little, it could have a dramatic effect on this game.

Here are the pre-game notes, courtesy of the Rangers:

Friday, Feb. 25, 7:00 p.m.
Verizon Center • Washington, D.C.
Rangers: 32-26-4 (68 pts)
Capitals: 32-19-10 (74 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Feb. 23

The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center (7:00 p.m.), in their second of three consecutive games vs. Southeast Division opponents. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 32-26-4 (68 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, in the shootout on Tuesday at RBC Center, and are now 3-2-0 in their last five games. The Capitals enter the contest with a 32-19-10 (74 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have won three of their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, Feb. 27, at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m.), in the first game of a three-game homestand.


  • TV: MSG 2

6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay

7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Capitals

Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)

  • Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com

6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show

7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Capitals

Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • All-Time: 82-84-18-5 overall (46-37-9-2 at home, 36-47-9-3 on the road)
  • 2010-11: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second at Verizon Center. New York is 2-1-0 thus far and 1-0-0 on the road, following a 2-1 shootout victory at Washington on Jan. 24.
  • Last Season: New York was 1-3-0 overall with a 1-1-0 mark at Washington. Each of the four meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two games decided by one goal.
  • The Rangers have tallied eight power play goals in 26 opportunities (30.8%) in their last seven games vs. Washington, including six goals in 17 power play attempts (35.3%) in four games last season
  • New York ranks seventh with an 18-13-1 (37 pts) record on the road; Washington ranks sixth with a 17-7-7 (41 pts) mark at home
  • The Rangers are 6-8-2 vs. the Southeast Division; the Capitals are 9-2-4 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 10-6-2 with a 2.89 goals against average and two shutouts in 18 career regular season appearances vs. Washington; Martin Biron is 11-8-1-2 with a 2.50 goals against average and one shutout in 22 career regular season games vs. Washington
  • Vinny Prospal leads the team with 12 goals, 29 assists and 41 points in 58 career regular season games vs. Washington
  • New York lists one former Capital on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08)
  • Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06)

The Blueshirts have posted a plus-eight rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which ranks fifth in the league. The Rangers did not skate in a power play on Sunday vs. Philadelphia, marking the second time this season they were not awarded a power play opportunity (Nov. 15 at PIT).

  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play opportunities (6:00) on Tuesday at Carolina, and are now 8-44 (18.2%) with the man advantage in their last 11 games. New York ranks 24th overall (36-221, 16.3%) and 24th on the road (15-107, 14.0%). The Rangers are 2-10 (8:17) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/22 at CAR), and 0-3 (4:23) when four-on-three (last – 2/17 vs. LAK). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly); 1/2 at FLA (Weiss); 1/16 vs. PHI (Richards).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Hurricanes scoreless in three shorthanded situations (6:00) on Tuesday at Carolina, and have allowed only six power play goals against in the last 20 games (53-59, 89.8% over the span). New York is tied for seventh overall (172-205, 83.9%) and seventh on the road (95-114, 83.3%). The Rangers are 7-9 (6:45) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/3 vs. NJD), and 4-6 (2:41) when three-on-four (last – 11/15 at PIT). Shorthanded goals for (9): 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); 12/16 vs. PHX (Prust); 1/7 at DAL (Fedotenko).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (5:00) on Tuesday at Carolina, and are now plus-three in 47, four-on-four situations (96:57). The Rangers are even in one, three-on-three situation (2:00) this season (2/17 vs. LAK). Four-on-four goals for (5): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan); 12/12 vs. WSH (Callahan); 1/5 vs. CAR (Zuccarello). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel); 1/1 at TBL (Thompson).

The Rangers completed their 15th of 18 back-to-back sets on Feb. 18 at New Jersey. New York is 9-5-1 (3-1-0 at home, 6-4-1 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs. The Blueshirts are 10-5-0 (4-2-0 at home, 6-3-0 on the road) in the second game this season, having out-scored their opponent, 39-25, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 19-7-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including an 8-3-1 mark at MSG and 11-4-1 on the road over the span.

200 WINS
Henrik Lundqvist posted his 200th career win in a 4-3 shootout win vs. Los Angeles on Feb. 17, becoming only the fifth goalie in franchise history to reach the 200-win mark. He currently ranks fourth on the Rangers’ all-time wins list (201).

Rangers’ forwards Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Vinny Prospal have each made strong returns since returning from injury earlier this month. Callahan has registered eight points (six goals, two assists) in 10 games since returning from injury on Feb. 1 vs. Pittsburgh, following a 19-game hiatus due to a broken hand suffered on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh. Dubinsky also returned on Feb. 1 after missing five games with a stress fracture on his left fibula, and has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) over the span. Prospal made his season debut on Feb. 3 vs. New Jersey after missing the first 53 games of the season with a knee injury, and has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) and 28 shots on goal.

New York has posted a record of 7-18-3 when trailing after the second period. The Rangers’ seven wins, 17 points and .250 winning percentage rank first in the NHL. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent, 135-65, in the third period of their last 11 games.

The Rangers have registered four more wins and five more points compared to last season through 62 games (28-27-7, 63 points in 2009-10), having tallied 11 more goals (172 this season, 161 last season) while allowing 14 fewer goals against (155 this season, 169 last season).  New York has also shown a four-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (nine this season, five last season).

The Rangers lead the league in hits (1,772), are tied for second in shorthanded goals (nine), seventh in penalty killing (83.9%), rank third in blocked shots (989), eighth in goals against (155), are tied for fifth in road wins (18), and rank eighth with a plus-17 goal differential.

The Blueshirts have skated in 31 one-goal games this season, tied for fourth most in the league, having posted a record of 17-10-4 in those contests. Their 17 wins are tied for third in the NHL. Eighteen of the Rangers’ last 24 games have been decided by one goal, including 10 of their last 13 road games.

The Rangers have had 17 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is the most in the NHL.

The Rangers have the sixth youngest team in the league with an average age of 26 years and 210 days, and the youngest defensive corp in the league with an average age of 24 years and 328 days. *based on NHL rosters on Jan. 11


·         Ryan Callahan has recorded eight points (six goals, two assists) in the last 10 games, including six points (four goals, two assists) in the last five

·         Mats Zuccarello has registered seven assists in the last 11 games

·         Marc Staal has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the last six games

·         Derek Stepan has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last eight home games


·         Henrik Lundqvist: 200th career NHL win (2/17 vs. LAK)


·         Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 32

·         Alex Frolov (injured knee on Jan. 8, expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season) – 19

·         Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder separation on Jan. 19/appendectomy on Feb. 2, 3 weeks) – 14

·         Chris Drury (injured knee on Feb. 4, 6 weeks) – 8

·         Marian Gaborik (concussion-like symptoms) – 1

Total Man-Games Lost: 235


·         Feb. 20: Recalled forward Kris Newbury from Connecticut

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  1. First!


    Only acceptable people to trade are Christensen, Prospal, and Drury.

    Reality This < .01

  2. be a miracle if we could steal a point tonight especially if staal is out. our d wont contain ovechkin. im assuming sauer and girardi get the nod.

    be happy if we could force ot

  3. I doubt we’ll see any deals until Monday. Sather is gonna let it go down to the wire in the hopes that some other GM’s demands come down.

  4. we aint getting anybody this year. sather is doing the right thing. sather hasnt really lost a trade in awhile. dont think he will give in now for any rentals.

  5. with any kind of rebuild, or whatever u wanna call this. a transition period for the rangers, you arent going to want to give up on alot of these players who arestill learning and improving just for a run in the playoffs when youre team is average and has little chance of winninga cup, and also when youre top players are injured. now staal is down with maybe a concussion? gabby is out, drury, the captain and a good playoff performer. richards is hurt too. he wont help much this year anyway. stastny is a good player but avs will also ask too much because he is established and better than alot of maybe all of all our players at this point in time. mccabe and liles are redden are rozsival in terms of money and style of play. maybe just getting some picks for gilroy or prospal is teh way to go. fedotenko too. i would rather trade boyle actually, over any rooks or prospects too./ hes having a career year. who knows if he is just having a lucky season. ona good team he is 4th line center. but we need more guys like him on this team so id wanna keep him to. were in teh same position last year. almost. ehh, i think the wolski trade was great and prob the best deal we made/make.

  6. Grab are you still with hockeystreams ???

    I have finished my subscription as you get probably all the games somewhere in the net for niente :)

    …And I dont need the archives any more..live is live ……..:)

  7. I’m going tonight, not as worried about Ovie as usual even with Staal out. I think he’s been saving a liitle this yr. for a playoff push. Still a tough place to get some points. BTW Verizon Center is a great hockey rink

  8. Drunk and loud Caps crowd…Friday night…rested team…Staal hurt…Call me crazy, but I am concerned an Ovechkin Hat Trick is in the works…better slow things down, and stay out of the box…

  9. Morning fellow Boneheads! ($1.50)

    Fedotenko would be a truly welcome sight. Not having him really shows how valuable he was. Now he is back and lighter than ever without that pesky appendix to weigh him down!

  10. Carp you’re already up 30 bucks for the day and you haven’t even checked in yet. I can’t wait to see what kind of soup they have at Mendy’s

  11. Happy Friday Boneheads!

    Morning Ilb, If you’re in the NYC area, I think they will blackout NHL Network if its a Rangers game…Hopefully I’m wrong!

    I hate watching hockey in standard definition…I would almost rather just listen to the game on the radio…

    I would prefer the Rangers stay away from Liles. I think his best years are probably behind him. Yet, I think Stastny is the guy the Rangers should go after hard. We have enough assets to land him without giving up the core. He is a very good fit with the team’s style of play and would instantly become the #1 center on this team. Richards is going to cost a fortune and it is a risk to expect him to sign on July 1…

  12. Morning all. I do not post often because of work but read every day. Anyway, with the team in my neck of the woods, I am very excited to see them live tonight. I will do my best to bring good Bonehead karma into the building. I think we are going to need Hank at his best.

  13. This is a tough call, whether to rest Staal. But I think the Rangers should do it; I know I’m being optimistic, but remember the Vancouver game a while back? We were pretty depleted then, and the team got it done. Just like Biron has been an immense help for Hank, I don’t want to see Staal get any more Leetch’d than he already is.

  14. Doodie Machetto on

    Gotta sit Staal if he isn’t ready. Too much risk in the short and the long term. Short term is he leaves the game and they have to play with 5 defensemen. Long term is he could really damage it and that would REALLY hurt the team down the stretch.

  15. ‘Atta boy, Miami! Mickey Mouse better shoot the Byfuglien puck…otherwise, it will be a pure bush-league effort…


  16. Tony, no problem at at all, I will watch it either on ESPN America or on Zone in or veetle.or.or.or. and I am from overseas at 1am in the morning :)

    Ovechkin isn´t the same as he was, so we will crash them tonight 5-1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. I despise Time Warner… Hate them. To have to watch the NYR on Standard Def. when I pay $100 a month for the “pleasure” of their service really chaffes my…. tennis balls.

    That being said, here is a fearless prediction for you: The Rangers seriously rough-up the Caps tonight. I’m guessing we come out with a chip on our shoulder and an eye for punishment. I didnt like that lack of support shown to Staal in Carolina and I’m guessing Torts didnt either.

    Rangers win in OT, 3-2 w/ goals by MZA, Callahan, & Avery (been too long eh?).

    In my mind, there isnt a player on the Avalanche I’d trade Dubi or Callahan for. Thats not to say that the Avs dont have players that are technically better, moreso that I just dont want to see our chemistry on the ice or in the locker room affected by the loss of one of our two young studs/leaders.


  18. and its definitely on one of those russian channels with

    #12 SopCast
    SopCast 1564kbps sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/90522

  19. Is there more to Staal’s head issues than what we’ve heard to this point?? Certainly hope NOT, but definitely suspicious

  20. And yes, seriously rough up = win by 1 goal. I’m talking big hits, hard fore check, and an uptempo grating pace.

  21. Staal´s head issue ??? Gross is reporting from DC that Staal try to skate to test whether his twisted knee is strong enough to play. Sounds doubtful right now but we’ll see what another 10 hours of rest does. If Staal can’t play, Eminger goes in.

  22. A great day in the making… it’s Friday (third favorite day of the week) and its a game day.

    Tough call on playing Stall or not, don’t want to risk aggravating an injury (is it really the knee or is it his head?) but we sure need these two points. I want to see us qualify for the PO’s asap so we can rest and heal the last few games instead of the usual press and stress from trying to get in.

    I hope we’re not watching on MSG2 more often since the Knicks acquired Melo Man. I’m sure MSG would rather have the Knicks as the featured team on the network since their ratings will be better. ARG! The MSG2 video has the quality of a 1960’s telecast. I don’t think it qualifies as a decent standard definition signal.

  23. Stan February 25th, 2011 at 10:39 am
    MSG2 on Cablevision is in HD on 414, don’t know about the other cable cos.

    414 on cablevision by me (LI) is not HD.

  24. MSG 2 on Time Warner is the reason I am semi-ok with missing the game tonight to have some Couples night out / double date BS

  25. Heave Ho! – Yeah – be careful. 414 is like IO sports something or other. Its basically an overflow for the MSG stations that are fully booked. Cablevision will also convert a channel for temp usage. They will use 14 or 60 which are usually the channel “guide” stations. When they do this, the quality it terrible – both sound and video.

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ranger goal # 8, and 7th of the game, Brandon Prrrrrrrrrrusssssssst, that is goal #16 on the season for B. Prust.

  27. Good double game day morning! The Knicks are back! The Rangers are back! We’re relevant again and a year or 2 away from competing for the hardware!

  28. JD, I set my DVR earlier to record channel 99, usually the channel guide. The video is so bad that I frequently lose sight of the puck so I’m hoping 414 works. Either way, good to have a game on a Friday night! Let’s hope Semin’s slide continues and he brings Ovie down with him. LGR’s!

  29. I acually hope Staal doesn’t play tonight, it is not worth risking further injury. I am curious to see how McD/Sauer will handle Ovechkin and Co. Expect Sauer to log heavy minutes tonight…

  30. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    A team should never have a dilemma when it comes to playing a player, or not, due to physical concerns. You use the opportunity to sit him so the player gets to rest, and all players should be given games off during the regular season that counts zero relative to the post season. Being relatively fresh for the post season can overcome a talent gap vs. a burned out team. Rangers were the best team in the 1992 regular season and it is not even a year, or an accomplishment that is ever mentioned. The regular season is a paper cup compared with the Stanley Cup chalice.

    Sit Staal for a game or two, someone else will pick up the slack. Rather have 95% of an AHL-D than 50-75% of Staal.

  31. Darn it. Poor Staal :(

    Yankees are on tomorrow! And so another grueling mentally and physically draining season begins!

  32. Good morning all! Ed, Fozzy, her entourage and I will be watching the game at the Blarney Rock if you care to join us. All are welcome in fact, during or after game. You’ll either figure out it’s us cause there will be a large group of silly women or just yell out “boneheads!”


  33. Sweet, Tiki! Looking forward to better season this year! I think Bartolo Colon is starting tomorrow!

  34. Bart is starting tomorrow! Our starting pitching is going to be the focal point. Im excited that Joba has come in the best pitching shape he’s ever been in. And a slap in the face of the unprofessional NY media that claimed Joba came in to camp overweight and out of shape, when in actuality, the extra weight Joba has is all muscle and he’s in shape!

  35. Baseball? Isn’t that a past-time or something? You’d imagine a hockey-board might have love for Lacrosse…. but bbbbbbbbaseball?

    C’mon Hank, be a MONSTER tonight.

  36. Carp, will do. We’re going to be at the game Sunday. If you are (I hope) let us know where the press box has been banished to so we can say hi!

  37. DINAMO

    I read in LB’s column in today’s NY Post that Gaborik experienced headaches on Wednesday.

  38. Noah-tenko-rury, 28 on

    Only way the Rangers win this game is if Hank has one of those unconscious games.

    Speaking of goaltending, I wonder when Biron will get his next start.

  39. Yeah, Joba needs to return to form. Remember when he first came up? Dude was unhittable. I think the Yanks really Byfuglien’d his head up with those stupid “Joba Rules”. I hope he just throws serious gas (95 MPH+) and that devastating slider. I really hope he doesn’t try to become a “control” pitcher.

    He is his most effective when pitches with “jam” and “stays within himself”… Maybe Torts can help him? ;)

  40. Joba is the odd man out. With the addition of Soriano he is useless. Hopefully gives him to regain form.

  41. Yep. Yankees really messed him up. But he’s got to shoulder some of the blame. The key to any pitcher is being able to repeat one’s motion. That’s why AJ Burnett is up and down, because he has no consistency with his motion. And for Joba, being out of shape prevents him from being able to repeat his delivery. Now, with him in good shape, he should have better success repeating his delivery.

    That’s what so great about Mariano. He repeats his delivery flawlessly nearly every time. It’s all about discipline and commitment.

  42. Well, let’s not quit on the guy. AJ Burnett could be helpful to us, and Joba as well. AJ helped us win the 2009 WS with his all-important WS Game 2 performance.

  43. LOL @ Buccigross. He’s whining and moaning that the Celtics played and lost last night undermanned due to the NBA trade deadline and the Celtics deadline deals. Like no other team has ever played undermanned before due to a trade deadline. And then he tried to bash Carmelo saying the Nuggets have gotten out of the 1st round only once with him. BYFUGLIEN YOU Boston Bucci!

  44. I quit on Burnett when he was a Florida marlin. He literally Is horrible. He got a world series ring by sittin on a couch and he walked 11 in a no hitter. He is garbage and he is too old to have the hope for his potential to develop.

    The guy no one should have quit on was chien Ming Wang.

  45. Mister Delaware on

    “He got a world series ring by sittin on a couch …”

    Then he got another in part because of a dominant Game 2 start with NY down 0-1.

  46. Broken leg. Signed with the nAtionals and spent 2 years recovering from surgery. He will be back to hi 19 game winning form this season.

  47. He’s ours; we might as well continue to believe in him as long as he’s here.

    I loved the Wanger too! But, the guy hasn’t pitched in 2 years; he felt like the Yankees organization treated him badly (wrongly, of course), so he turned his back on us. He also wrote a book with Boston Globe Red Sox beat writer and Red Sox shill/fan Peter Abraham, so it speaks to Wang’s lack of loyalty to the Yankees.

  48. even if Gaborik returns this season, he will be even more of a perimeter player than he already was, even less aggressive and willing to go into traffic areas due to being cautious about his concussion. iow, he won’t be very productive goal-wise.

  49. Sturm put on waivers by LA. he is washed up with the bad knee, but also they are clearing cap space for a big deal.

  50. Oh Jesus……AJ BURNETT sucks. He is absolutely horrible. He only wins by being bad. He has a really “great” slider that he literally cannot control. He wins games when the opposing team decides to swing at his Slider.

    Let’s remember he leads the league in Hit Batsmen and Walks on a consistent basis. He won 18 games once (for Toranto in a completely bizarre year) other than that he has never topped 13 wins. He is Garbage. His ERA hovers around 4 which when you walk 75 – 95 (and hit about 10) batters a year combines for a TERRIBLE number regarding runs against.

    I can keep going….but it’s a hockey blog.

  51. Yea – talking baseball is amazing. I can’t wait for this season. Maybe we should all invade a Yankees blog together. Keep the solidarity.

  52. lol Manfried. No argument here on Alan James Burnett! You’re right, he wins by being bad. But maybe by some miracle, he’s just average this year.

  53. If he can post 15 wins (which would involve him having maybe his best year in the league) I would be happy.

    However, if he took a line drive off one of his stupid tattoos and broke something I would be happier. He is too expensive to demote (unlike Kei Igawa??).

  54. Mister Delaware on

    “Let’s remember he leads the league in Hit Batsmen and Walks on a consistent basis.”

    He has lead the league in walks or HBP once each. Lets not make stuff up.

  55. Newbury is waived because Fedotenko is returning. He now has to clear waivers because of the amount of games he played, before they return him to AHL. So don’t get any ideas.

  56. It’s America’s past time!


    and so is eating boogers! :P

    I only watch roid-ball* if Yankees make postseason…otherwise i couldn’t care any less!

    Yes, i am a fair-weather Yankees fan.

  57. Sorry for “making stuff up.” Burnett is UP there most years. He almost walked 100 the year he led, right?

    Saying that AJ Burnett is good (especially at his salary, which is asinine) is an indefensible position.

  58. Amen CCCP. I’ll only watch post-season or live baseball… Golf will draw my attention more consistently and I’d rank watching that on the tube somewhere between infomercials and the On-Demand menu screen and its elevator music.

  59. Mister Delaware on

    “Sorry for “making stuff up.” Burnett is UP there most years. He almost walked 100 the year he led, right?”

    Yup, 97. But that’s not really the be all, end all of pitching. CJ Wilson led the AL last year and he had a really good year. Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, JR Richard, all those guys did it more than once. I’ll gladly 97 walks and a 4.04 ERA in a rough park for righties again in 2011.

    “Saying that AJ Burnett is good (especially at his salary, which is asinine) is an indefensible position.”

    No one said present AJ was good. He was great in 2008, good in 2009 and then abysmal last year. So, if you believe in trends, he might literally explode on the mound this year. Or revert back, which is the hope, I guess.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    But its hockey time. Sad to see Newbury probably go when a certain other top 12 forward just seems to float through the first 65 minutes half the time. Couldn’t we have held back Fedotenko’s return a few more days until after the deadline?

  60. He was not great in 2009. You are delusional my friend. He had a freakishly good year (for him) in 2008. His comparable Players through this age include TED LILY and RANDY WOLFE. I am only using his walks and HBP to show how awful his control is. Check out his Wild Pitch totals. I bet he leads the league in that. (Sorry I am not looking at stats right now).

    But yes – it’s hockey time. LET’S GO RANGERS.

  61. Wow I really slept in. Of so of course ull throw my two cents in.. like I said yesterday our success will be indicated by staals injury and gaborik being out because we play better with players having to step up. We have had success against the caps this yr and they have found their game, so carp is right, this will be a big test and will have some indication on what we should expect for the last 19games. Staal has a sore knee, I doubt torts would make that up, but I guess you never know, so were prob not going to see him tonight but feds will more than likely be in and it will fill some holes that we’ve lacked for the last couple of weeks. I have confidence that we can take this game.. anyone think about trying to sign backstrom from the caps, weren’t the caps, possibly shopping him?

  62. Mister Delaware on

    “He was not great in 2009. You are delusional my friend. He had a freakishly good year (for him) in 2008.”

    I didn’t say he was great in 2009, I said he was great in 2008 because he was. And yes, that was the most opportune time to be great. 2009 he certainly was good; 4.04 ERA in a bad RHP park (114 ERA+) is a good performance. Not a $15MM performance, but good.


  63. Mike Mussina could and should get into the Hall. If he doesn’t, he’ll be the only player with 100 wins over .500 to not make the Hall.

    Andy Pettitte should make the Hall as well.

    The above is based on the premise set forth by ESPN that Curt Schilling is already a guaranteed Hall of Famer because of “moments.” And the fact that Jim Rice is anything but a Hall of Famer, but Peter Gammons and his Boston cohorts campaigned to get Rice into the Hall.

    I really cant stand Jim Rice. Always seeing him on NESN postgames, his voice is absurd and his face is disgusting.

  64. CCCP, I’m with ya. Jeez, there’s a game tonight and snow is still on the ground and we’re wasting valuable blogosphere air on hardball? Please give it a rest until there’s nothing else to discuss, IOW, June when the Cup has been decided. Here’s a question for ya… would Baseball be as popular if there were other sports to watch (sorry, golf doesn’t count, okay to play but to watch?? paint drying, crickets chriping etc.)

  65. Baseball is the worst sport ever.. stop he nonsense.. Yankee suck, mets suck, baseball sucks period. Go to a Yankees blog with this CARP!

  66. Understood! I am done talking about baseball. Unless it involves Wolski getting a pie in the face followed by Rosen talking about whether or not whoever is pieing people (if that is a word) will have the guts to pie Lundqvist.

  67. I am not done talking about baseball! We can talk hockey, baseball, entertainment, Charlie Sheen!

    On TheSun, they are referring to him as the Sex MaSheen! LMAO!

  68. Speaking of Pies……Anybody have any info on what kind of rookie hazings have been going on with our beloved Rangers and their little guys?

  69. “Brad Richards skated Thursday for the first time since being hit in the jaw Feb. 13, and Stars coach Marc Crawford said that was a good first step in the recovery from concussion-like symptoms that have kept Richards out for five games.” – Dallas Morning News

  70. What a strange posting this was. For a moment there I thought I might have wandered into a blog via Bedlam,and the home for the incurably silly.

  71. Staal out I heard. Also hearing Fedotenko in which would mean Newbury out. But couldn’t imagine (have not seen it anywhere) that Newbury waived.

    Guys, enough with the baseball talk. It’s February and this is a hockey forum. Hit the pavement with that boring-ass byfuglien baseball talk.

  72. It is February. February 25th precisely – which means the first Spring Training Game is TOMORROW. HOORAY!

    Ok – I am done talking about beisbol in this finest of Hockey Forums.

  73. from TSN today——–

    Feb 25, 12:49 PM – Waivers

    Placed on waivers on Friday:
    Marco Sturm (LA)
    Kris Newbury (NYR)
    Nick Boynton (CHI)
    Wade Belak (NSH)
    Todd Ford (WAS)
    Craig Rivet (re-entry; BUF)
    Mike Commodore (re-entry; CBJ)

    Cleared waivers Friday:
    Steve Bernier (FLA)
    Mike Smith (re-entry; TB)

  74. Yes, Staal is out. Fedotenko is in. Newbury put on waivers so he can be returned to the Whale. No, I don’t think he will be claimed.

  75. Thanks Carp! I will take my musings over there. In my defense though, I don’t think I brought it up. i just snapped.

  76. Assuming Carp showing everyone that link as a hint to all you baseball bloggers…pls save the boring, slow moving sport of baseball chatter for that website. I don’t have the time to wade through 50 comments if half of them are baseball dreck.

  77. Baseball is the worst sport ever.. stop he nonsense.. Yankee suck, mets suck, baseball sucks period. Go to a Yankees blog with this CARP!


    I just made a comment to Tiki about Joba and asked Manfried about Wang. I have no interest in analyzing baseball further here.

    Perhaps you can enlighten us on hockey, “A V” ? I haven’t seen much hockey talk from you but just a lot of complaining about baseball and Charlie Sheen. It would be nice to see an intelligent contribution to the blog relating to hockey. I don’t see one from you. Just sayin’…

  78. Hey guys! Remember – we love each other. We all share common interests…As Propagandhi says:

    “We may not be the same, but it’s not like we’re from different planets.
    We both love this game so much we can hardly byfuglien stand it.”

  79. lol be quiet Newman! Hello Newman!

    yankees.lhblogs.com is the biggest Yankees blog, and they’ve got the best Yankees beat writers, as we here at RR have the best Rangers beat writer.

    But it’s not a great place for discussion as RR is.

    Here, the people are accepting of other people’s opinions on hockey. If one person thinks Sean Avery is not valuable to the team, they can disagree peacefully.

    Over at that blog – and I never had a problem with this, I just got tired of seeing blog fights all the time – if you think AJ Burnett stinks, you’ll get called a troll and an idiot and a jerk. If you use statistics to back up your claim as some do on there and as a Doodie or CTB do here, you get called stat freaks and told that stats dont mean anything. The level of absurdity that that blog reaches is astounding.

    They talk about Muppets, for God’s sakes.

    If you say Zack Greinke might not be able to make it in NY because of his Social Anxiety Disorder – even though that’s what you hear from the media – you get called a pop psychologist.

    I never had a problem with that stuff, because I found talking baseball with a bunch of know-nothings that think they know everything is pointless. Talking with you people here is a nice way to spend time, because most of you are open minded and willing to take in others’ points of views on players, coaches, etc. And of course, it’s fun being able to talk in our RR dialect and having our leader join in and have fun with us. And of course there’s Blogmama!

    My favorite disagreement over there – which I was involved in – was I got called an idiot and many other inappropriate names for calling the Chilean miners heroes!

  80. Really? The Chilean Miners thing was unbelievable. Those guys are heroes. I almost teared up when I inadvertently saw one of them running the NYC Marathon in his mining gear. That was pretty magical. Those guys sounds like a bunch of Carcilloes.

    I have to agree with Tiki that this blog and this forum are spectacular. I am relatively new here and I rarely involved myself in discussion elsewhere. Here is a really terrific space of a few people that really know their stuff and I learn a lot around here. Much thanks to Carp for putting up with us and providing all this.

    I always thought NY was a great place for Grienke because we have the best Pyschologists and Medications. :) They say the best cure for a fear of heights is jumping out of a plane so……

  81. I for one will be glad when the Trade Deadline ends. I’m dizzy from reading all the speculation.

  82. Remember when Gift of Gab / GOALS posted this:

    • Brandon Prust got perfect grades in school… he forechecked every answer.

    Gets me EVERY time…

  83. Doodie Machetto on

    Baffled by the Sturm waiving, unless they have a deal lined up that involves bringing back A LOT of salary.

    I’d claim Sturm and play him over a guy like Christensen, easily. Sturm is a very solid two-way player.

  84. Yes, the Chilean miners were not heroes because they were trained for that situation. Seriously, that’s what was said. What a Byfuglien joke!

    My point was this: Anyone can be a hero to anyone. Blogmama is a hero of mine for the way she dedicated herself to finding animals homes and saving animals when she was with TJN.

    Alex Rodriguez is a hero to me for the way he showed honesty in the face of adversity, changed his life around, saved a young boy’s life from getting hit by a bus, put the Yankees on his back in the 2009 playoffs and won us the World Series, grew up without a father and made something of himself.

    Eli Manning and Michael Strahan are heroes for defeating the undefeated cheating Paytriots and saving the NFL from having a black mark of having an undefeated cheating team.

    And John Tomase, a Boston reporter who turned in the Paytriots for their Spygate and dealt with death threats for daring to question the legitimacy of the Patriots and their “dynasty”

  85. Exactly my point, guys. Just because you’re trained doesnt take away from heroism. And my main point was that anybody can view anyone as a hero.

  86. Carp, are you equipped for Monday? Water, food, chips (not a food), ice scraper (not a Zamboni), flash light (in case the power goes out) snorkel (in case the rain doesn’t end), internet connection, Uncle Glennie on speed dial, Vitamin Water, ergonomic chair, loose-fitting clothes, scintillating Boneheads……

  87. Tony how long have you been a Rangers fan? Did your wife know about this addiction from the onset?

  88. Manfried, I’d also add that all husbands are heroes for putting up with their wives. Life is a two way street.

  89. Marji, been a NYR fan since I was 15 years old (1961) & when I met her she knew what she was getting. Now she sits next to me & curses like I do during each game.

  90. Amen.

    You know what? We are all Heroes in our own ways. Awwwwwwwww…Hallmark Moment.

    (Do you think Carp gets more $$ for the Product placement reference?)

  91. I dont think we will be claimed and if he is, I dont think the Rangers care all that much. If they really wanted to keep him, they could have kept him as the spare forward since at some point one of the forwards is inevitably going to miss a game.

  92. Sturm has had serious knee injuries. he continues to have fluid drained. and if you watched the Kings games you would see that he is a shell of his former self, a washed up winger making $3.5mill

  93. Florida got Alexander Sulzer from Nashville for a draft pick. People think this means we’re getting McCabe.

  94. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    I’m only paying $.50 for this stupid baseball crap going on right now (guess I’ll owe you a buck at some point carp!)

    I wish they would cancel baseball and basketball permanently and just leave it to family picnics or whatever!!!

    Of course on the other hand with baseball and basketball around, it helps show what an AWESOME sport hockey is and how bad those other two just suck!!

    So newbury saived and staal not playing, I heard they are getting traded in a package (i kid i kid).

    It’s a little too quiet if you know what I mean…

    Morning ILB and all!

  95. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    congrats to you and her!!

    feds is back!!! SUHWEET!!!

  96. Doodie Machetto on

    If you were watching Kings games this season, you wouldn’t have seen much of him. He has only played 17 games. I thought he’s played well given the fact that he’s barely played.

    He’s got decent offensive skills and is very solid defensively. You could do a lot worse for a 4th liner, especially since he is an impending UFA.

  97. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    the more I think about it the more I would rather have richards and liles than stasny and mccabe!

  98. Dear All those older and wiser than myself who post here: Anybody got a wicked helpful and quick hangover cure?

  99. If I wasn’t at work I would pull out a flask of Grandpa’s Cough Syrup and head down the alcoholic highway. Unfortunately, here I sit at my desk.

  100. Doodie Machetto on

    Manfried: the only cure for a hangover is prevention. Most of the hangovers I’ve ever had were just caused by dehydration. I found that if I chug a lot of water before I went to sleep (read: passed out), I’d be fine the next day. In college, I used to leave a giant water bottle on my pillow before I went out so I would have it right there when I was about to go to bed to make sure I drank it.

  101. Now for something completely different… not really but I’m in a Monty Python kind of mood.

    Watched about half the Fish-Filthy game last night and I gotta say I was impressed with the effort the Isle’s gave and wasn’t overly impressed with Philly. Maybe it was a case of not being motivated enough on the Flyer’s part but they didn’t wow me. I was impressed with Versteeg’s play however, great pickup by them.


  102. Yea you’re probably right. I need to drink more water. My 30’s are proving to be less pain free than my 20’s.

  103. Noah-tenko-rury, 28 on

    Doodie said what I was about to say. I have a bottle of water on my nightstand always ready for me for when I get back. Also, and I know it’s not too healthy, but I like to eat a little something as well before going to sleep. I’m no doctor but that also seems to help (maybe it “soaks in” the alcohol…who knows).

    Drinking more never cured it for me. I think that’s an old wives tale.

  104. Can we start saying “Positive Outcome” instead of “Happy Ending”? It’s giving me the wrong idea….

  105. I love the heroes thing! Tiki Jay is one of my heroes! The Yankees are heroes! They fight against adversity every game (b/c of scumpires)!

  106. he just returned from a 12 game absence from having his knee drained. and played poorly last night, he was invisible. not my view, but the LA Kings mgmt, cuz they just waived him.

  107. Noah-tenko-rury, 28 on

    So if someone goes into a massage parlor, they ask for a massage with a positive outcome?

  108. Manfried, not sure that will have the ‘desired’ affect, it’s just another play on words of the same ‘wrong’ idea. No judgement here, I’m just sayin’

  109. Doodie Machetto on

    I’ll admit, I haven’t seen his first two games back, but he’s got an assist in one of them and he isn’t a minus.

    Maybe the Kings just want to clear the cap space for a big move. I think today is the last day you can waive a player and have his salary come off your books in time for the deadline.

  110. I am really sorry for my performance today. I have been involved in two debacherous discussion in this forum.

    I will go refresh myself.

  111. Tenko!!!!!! wicky, I can’t believe you and I are the only ones to welcome him!

    Do I need to take you all for a mani-pedi to calm you down? sheesh :)

  112. Speaking of heroes (which is kinda making me hungry) I’m putting in my votes for Carp, Springsteen and Tony!

  113. Opps. Sorry Man, must have missed that. tiki, I know! Just trying to move past the parlor chat with a stupid pun :)

  114. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    If we really are talking heroes…pat tillman…. and every individual in the military (past and present) that has given their life so we can blog.

  115. And I am NOT joining your gibberish- I’m leaving for one week skiing trip tomorrow early morning, and I have packed exactly nothing. Mrs is fully packed, of course.

  116. Is it Tuesday yet? OK, got stuff to do before I prep for city fun with the Fozzy Posse…….later

  117. Refresh, refresh, refresh…. ahhhhhh.
    I always feel calmer after refreshing.
    Is it true there’s a hockey game tonight?
    Is LQ starting?

  118. ilb, gee what a fricking surprise! mrs. ilb is also my hero! have a fab trip buddy. may the slopes be with you.

  119. ilb is abandoning the Rangers for a skiing trip?!?! WTB! Holy Carcillo! Whats goin’ on ’round here?! The Rangers need their team doctor! HARUMPH!

  120. I’m with you on that Man :)
    tiki, enjoy the flight….have the cab take you to 33rd between 7th and 6th….Ok, I’m off running now!

  121. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    everyone’s fave ibob at it again, says kings have deal in place for hemsky, just working on rest of it before announced…..here is tweet

    incarceratedbob incarcerated bob
    **NHL BREAKING NEWS**Source: Kings have a DEAL in principle with Oilers 4 Hemsky (That part is done) more work to be done on other players

  122. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    you know I love ya, just don’t love baseball or basketball!

  123. 5’0″ – you can get a mani-pedi whenevs and wherevs. If you get a mani-pedi you are a hero(ine).

  124. What do you mean I’m abandoning the Rangers? Are you nuts? I’m watching every game (thank you, Slingbox!), following all the news, and will keep blogging. With the exception when I’m on the slopes.

  125. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    yes, I’ve got so many hockey tweet pages it isn’t even funny! (no hacklund though).

  126. Quite alright, wicky wicky wickster! You dont have to love baseball or basketball, just the Yankees and Knicks! :)

  127. ilb – I was just kidding. A person is more than entitled to miss a week of regular season Rangers; just not playoffs. And YAY!! for Slingbox! You are die hard Rangers! :)

  128. Manfried…oh how I wish there was time. I’m drowning in kid activities and a kitchen remodel.

    Calgon take me away…at least there’s Rangers hockey on tonight.

    Was in DE last weekend for my son’s hockey tournament (the took the Mite Championship)…I’m getting out of my “all hockey’d out” mode and looking forward to a game.

  129. Per Andrew Gross:
    Ryan McDonagh will take Staal’s spot in a pairing with Dan Girardi because while coach John Tortorella likes McDonagh’s pairing with Mike Sauer, he doesn’t want Girardi to lose ice time against the Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals. Steve Eminger will rejoin the lineup and be paired with Michael Del Zotto while Matt Gilroy will be paired with Sauer.

  130. Thanks Orr. Damn, ibob’s tweets are protected. Maybe it has something to do with prison security?

  131. You and me both Heave….especially since Fozzy is coming to town with all Philthy fans, but she’s making them ALL wear Ranger jerseys to Sunday’s game!!! Go Fozz!!!!

  132. no surprise whatsoever. the Kings took young players out of their lineup, Loktionov and Martinez, and they waived Sturm. they are clearly setting the stage for a big trade, probably either Hemsky or Penner. Lombardi refuses to trade Schenn, which is smart.

  133. Doodie Machetto on

    LA, yeah, I figured it was for setting up a trade, I’m just surprised they waived Sturm and not Ponikarovsky instead.

  134. Manfried, I love Stout! … and Lagers (which includes Pale lagers, Light Lagers, Dark Lagers and Pilsners) as well as Ales (which includes Brown Ales, Porters and Stouts).. Cheers!

    Moma, I’ll bet those Ranger jerseys will itch terribly and cause hives for those Philthy fans, especially with a Ranger win!

  135. Guinness Extra Foreign Stout (which is unavailable in this country!) is oh so delicious.

    I will be having a Belgian Dark Ale (Specifically a Westmalle Dubbel) with my meal tonight.

    Marty BEEEEEEEEEEEEER-on (<—I stole this from someone on here).

  136. Doodie Machetto on

    Yeah, but when healthy, Sturm produces, and at the very least, is a decent defensive player. Can’t say the same for Poni.

  137. I might have been wrong about it not being available here. How did I miss this? I thought it was only available in Africa, Ireland and Japan.

  138. Noah-tenko-rury, 28 on

    I happen to love Flying Puck on 7th Avenue a couple blocks from the Garden. It’s obviously a hockey bar, it’s never too crowded, and the place has great burgers. Highly recommended.

  139. Thanks for the tip Noah. I work near that place and always see it and think – hey I should try that joint.

  140. Heave, welllllllll, I would prefer to avoid the ER or searching for calamine at Duane Reade……

    Marji, not done yet! Krissy comes end of April and we’re going to last game of regular season v. Debbies! I think I should get $1.50 for every out-of-town bonehead I host!
    Let’s see: tiki, Fozzy plus 10 friends, noremy and mr. noremy on Sunday, Krissy and friend plus Fozzy in April….that’s $25.50 …. I can charge extra for introducing people to Carp at games, surcharge for buying tix in advance….hey, I’m almost ready to retire!

  141. Noah-tenko-rury, 28 on

    Manfried, you should definitely pop in next time you get a chance. It’s become my and my brother’s go-to pre and post-game locale.

  142. Noah, you’re right on about the Flying Puck….love that place. I’d take Fozzy Posse there, but they want to check out Blarney Rock since that place is a FB Ranger fan, and they put ALL the tvs on the game, not just some like Puck does.

    Mama is very sad that you all know and hang at these places, and never answer the call when she asks if anyone is going out to watch games. It’s like you have jobs or something….yeesh!

  143. Man, no!!! Fozzy Posse and I will be at Blarney Rock! Check out Puck another time or you will be on my carcillo list :)

  144. Moma, you truly are a great friend. I would probably let my Philly friends, if I had any, suffer. I would probably not be able to stop laughing either. Of course, this is all contingent on the Blueshirts winning.

  145. Ok- ok. You got it Mama. I have some double date shenanigans and I have to get to a television ASAP!

  146. Heave, thanks, and agreed :)

    Man, hmmmmm. I smell a story here :)

    All….if you’re in town tonight, please join me, Fozzy Posse, and Man and his troika at the Blarney Rock…..33rd between 7th and 6th. You can find me by shouting bonesheads, mama or look for me in black sweater with a big white dragon-like design on the back. Use your screen name if you tap me on the shoulder or I make take you for an assen and newspaper you on the nose :)

    OK, really gotta run or I’ll miss train to meet Fozzy…..have fun tonight, behave, and TA!!!

  147. Noah-tenko-rury, 28 on

    Mama, while you’re right about the TV situation, the bartenders will usually be flexible if you want a certain game on (as long as there’s not a Yankee playoff game on or something of that ilk).

    You honestly can’t really go wrong with many places around the Garden. I just prefer Puck because it doesn’t get as loud and crowded (call me old-fashioned). I went to Stout before Leetch Night and I literally thought I was going to die from claustrophobia.

  148. I will not be called old fashioned. I am so old fashioned I do not recognize the new fashion. I am pretty old.

  149. was playing NHL 11 just now online with someone… I get two quick goals in the beginning of the first period and the guy quits! I got pissed and wrote him a msg “YOU PU…” the guy writes back to me “I’m only 8” LMFAO! Boy, did i feel bad!

    But i made up for my foul mouth… i added the kid to my friends, played him again and I let him win the game!

  150. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    ok, if you guys are talking beer, hands down best ever is la fin du monde!!!!!

  151. Give Fozzy a big hug, mama. Tell her she is great. And tell her to keep staying with it. It’s tough, we know.

  152. PHARMACIST: Can I help you?

    ELAINE (with little hope): Yeah, do you have any Today sponges? I know they’re off the market, but…

    PHARMACIST: Actually, we have a case left.

    ELAINE (excited): A case! A case of sponges? I mean, uh…a case. Huh. Uh…how many come in a case?

    PHARMACIST: Sixty.

    ELAINE: Sixty?! Uh…well, I’ll take three.

    PHARMACIST: Three.

    ELAINE: Make it ten.


    ELAINE: Twenty sponges should be plenty.

    PHARMACIST: Did you say twenty?

    ELAINE: Yeah, twenty-five sponges is just fine.

    PHARMACIST: Right. So, you’re set with twenty-five.

    ELAINE: Yeah. Just give me the whole case and I’ll be on my way.

  153. Noah, sponge-worthy?
    Refresh, refresh, refresh… ahhh.

    Manfried, constant refreshing helps maintain a youthful and vigorous, and dare I say fashionable, state of being. Being sponge-worthy also helps.

    Let’s drop the puck already… LGR’s!!

  154. Sponge worthy = good
    List worthy = bad :)

    Noah, agreed on all counts. But tonight the call has been made…..OK all, cab on way to get me to train (mama is a safety girl :) Hope to see some of you later, or maybe Sunday or in a galaxy far far away. Or maybe at the mani-pedi place……LGR!!!!! TA!

  155. Doodie Machetto on

    LA, from what I’ve read, the knee surgery he had in the offseason was on his right knee, but the thing that has kept him out of the lineup recently was tendonitis in his left knee, which he had surgery on in 08-09. He played all of 09-10 on it without a problem. That doesn’t seem to be a chronic injury to me.

  156. CCCP.. LMFAO!! But I’ll bet that kid threw his controller against the wall while swearing like a sailor after your two quick scores!

  157. NYR FAN I’ve given you at least 4 solid topics to discuss.. but you’ve ingonred them all. Just because u prefer to discuss other topics other than hockey on a rangers blog doesn’t mean that because I want to read and wrote about hockey I should have to read thru nonsense that has nothing to do with this blog. Youre in the wrong here, and let’s face it baseball is the last thing I would ever want to discuss here. Plus were at the most exiting part of a hockey season and many bloggers can’t find something about hockey to discuss?

  158. Best Beer? I happen to be a Belgian and I’ll cast my vote with Delirium Tremens followed by Delirium Nocturnum. Both pack absurdly high % alcohol and taste oh so smooth and light for a Belgian beer.

    Look for the dancing alligators and pink elephants and then imbibe carefully, its a sneaky carcillo-show in a bottle!

  159. I like Delirium OK but I prefer the Abbey brews. Westmalle and St. Abbey are good for exports. But I don’t know much.

  160. NYR fan

    Don’t be hard on Baseball. That’s how we get thru the summer waiting for October and opening of hockey season.

  161. Dudly, instant high standing and credibility due to your heritage. Thanks for joining us, are your recommended brews available here in the States?

    Damn, I’m getting thirsty. Have a feeling I’m going to really enjoy tonight’s game.

  162. Plus, I don’t have all day to write on this blog, and there is money to be made. I come here to read, vent, and find out any info that I may have missed throughout the day.. that’s kind of a task when half of the comments are topics other than rangers or hockey.. please just stop trying to pass blame and get to talking hockey. Thank you.

  163. Hockey is for bourgeois denizens clearly demonstrating proper panache and savoir-faire in all matters. Now please pass the byfuglien Grey Poupon!

  164. LOL! When I played NHL10, if I destroyed someone early on, they would spend the rest of the game taking penalties every single shift until I’d get annoyed, and quit so they could get the win. Pretty good move.

    I’d just keep the game running and take a shower until it ends.

  165. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m partial to Newcastle, but because of the clear bottles, it’s best to get it on tap or there’s a high risk of skunking.

  166. uh-oh. Sather is on the trip to Wash, looking over the team.

    ” NOTHING TO SEE HERE? Rangers GM Glen Sather is on the road trip, and he watched both the morning skate in Raleigh and yesterday’s practice from the stands. Sather was at the arena this morning in Washington, but did not observe his team going through its preparations for tonight’s game. While there are no fresh trade rumors surrounding the Rangers, you have to wonder if it’s possible that Sather was working the phones this morning, and whether he might be talking about already-reported trade targets, or something out of the blue – as the Wojtek Wolski-Michal Rozsival deal was last month. “—————— Spector

    sounds like the trip to Dallas a couple years back when he pulled the plug on Renney. something is up, sounds like the GM from “Slapshot”, maybe a fashion show, Avery will host.

  167. Gonna finish a 6er of Saranac Irish Red tonight. Pretty good beer. Hope the Rangers don’t make me spit it at the TV…

  168. Seems to be the only team on Ur mind.. don’t worry baseball will be just as horrible next yr and ull love it.. but for now. Who do you think will step up tonight? Will wolski make a difference tonight? What line do you think will be most effective against the caps improving defense?

  169. Leaving shortly to head home and look for some of the recommended brews to aid in the enjoyment of a well played and hard fought victory tonight. Cheers!

  170. Your welcome Manfried! It’s been awesome for me too today! I always love the heroes discussion! And the Yankees! And the greatest sport in the United States….NOT hockey, but Beisbol!

    What’s better in life than a 5 hour extra inning baseball game with 10 pitching changes! Baseball is never boring!


  171. dudley gets the win for best post of the day..

    “Look for the dancing alligators and pink elephants and then imbibe carefully, its a sneaky carcillo-show in a bottle!”

  172. Really, it was hilarious to read blogs today; I literally laugh myself to hiccups. Not to mention beer description Poem by dudley. Piece of high art. One of the funniest lately, baseball notwithstanding.

  173. Baseball is horrible and if u were living outside ny you wouldn’t be blinded by their success. Baseball= old men and spitting on balls/graning balls.

  174. Heave Ho – You can… it’s gaining momentum and can even be located in Brodeur-Gut sized bottles at local grocers in NYC. Proper bars will serve it in a similarly marked goblet that needs to be five-finger discounted at every opportunity. It makes Little John’s crunk-cup look like a used spit cup from the dentist.

    For NY’ers looking for a great place to sample a HUGE list of Belgian Beers, head to Resto. Awesome Mussels and fries… and pig/pronger head for the more adventurous.

    But now I’ve gone and gotten off topic just like all the baseball fan-boys.

    I want to see an aggressive and angry team out there. Whenever I watch the caps, I recall a certain hooligan (a Brash hooligan) taking liberties with a certain penalty killer (BB) at center ice. I also recall my time in DC and remember far too many uptight and self-righteous nerds discussing what type of $$$ their parents make. I also remember that they make the playoffs every year…. long story short. I dont like them and I would love to see our Rangers leave them pointless and worse for wear.

  175. I love hockey; there hasn’t been too much Rangers success that’s blinded me. I love football and loved it prior to February 3, 2008, and there wasnt much Giants or Jets success prior to that date.

    I do, however, hate basketball. Always have. But my loyalties are and always have been to the Knicks, so Ive remained true. Basketball is by far the worst sport; completely controlled by referees, no rhythm, and when referees want a team to win or lose, they can send whatever team they choose to the free throw line. Now, they’ve made technical fouls easier to receive. Too much power for officials. Officials are slime and need to be treated as such.

  176. wicky, O’Douls.

    ilb, don’t ski on your iPhone.

    Youse are all really nuts today, and yesterday, in an awesome kind of way.

    please spare me all this iBob carcillo.

  177. Correction: But my loyalties are and always have been to the Knicks (unlike Mike Breen)! Im kidding, Im seriously kidding. :)

    Over a decade ago, I was visiting Tiki Jay and my oldest brother in college, and I was watching a Pacers/Knicks playoff game at MSG. We were at MSG! MSG! And yet the Pacers had double the amount of free throws as us, with 45+ free throws. We were all so angry; I took my hat off and threw it at the big screen TV; the bill of the hat cracked the TV screen. Ill never live that one down! LOL! :)

  178. It’s a shame but Tiki is right… the ref has far too much power and discretion.

    While I dont love the game, I do enjoy march madness… I also respect and view the game as the best organic barometer for athleticism. It’s ready accessible, everyone knows the rules, agility, dexterity, speed, strength, eye-hand, aerobic/anaerobic, etc.

    I’ve always “liked” the Knicks, but hadnt watched a full game since Starks, Houston, etc were in jerseys…. until we got Melo. We’ll see how long the novelty lasts but Billups looks SICK.

    Boogie and Drury likely done for the season…. think either joins for the playoff push?

  179. dudley – Referees in the NBA are putrid. The entire Knicks/Bucks game the other night was completely dominated by the officiating, and of course, the Knicks were getting cheated. The refs were making a statement, and it was loud and clear. We have our 2 stars, and aint nothing gonna get handed to us like the “Big” 3 in boston.

    I do love March Madness, except when Boston College had Jared Dudley and Craig Smith and had an outside shot at the NCAA title. I held my breath until they got knocked out!

  180. And of course UCONN and that lying cheat fraud Jim Calhoun, who is of course a Red Sox fan.

    “NOT A DIME BACK!” And he got lauded in the media for that line. “NOT A DIME BACK!” NOT A DIME BACK!

    Calhoun is as classless as they come.

  181. Dreary will be great on faceoffs when he comes back healthy for the playoffs.

    That’s why we’re paying him, right? I forget.

    I think we’re just paying Booger to have a really tall emotionless guy in the locker room.

  182. JD – The Sriracha Mayo is a must try dipping sauce should you enjoy a little fire. Tables outside during the warmer months. My old man and I hit it up regularly and have yet to be disappointed. I believe they’ve won awards for their burgers, though I’ve never deviated from the Moules et frites for fear of being disowned ;-)

  183. Who cares aboot Betts. He was good on the PK, weee! So are a lot of people on this team.

    I didn’t lose any sleep over it.

    But, I did lose sleep over signing one of my most hated players in the NHL instead of re-signing Orr who gave way more effort, and showed way more heart than puddin.

  184. Orr!! –

    It wasn’t the talent we lost on the ice, it was the intentional and unnecessary affront on our sweater. It was insult to injury. It was DC not realizing that while they may have our capitol (on marsh land no less), they’ll NEVER hold the title of Capitol of the World / Worlds Greatest City.

    Realistically, “who cares about betts” is a little silly isnt it? He wore our sweater, worked hard, and was a great role player… But I’m sure you’re right, its not like he plays for a good team these days anyway ;-)

  185. anther thing I don’t like about iPhone – scrolling to the bottom of the page every time after refresh! Dumb…

    you can skip to top of the page fast but not to the bottom? Dumb…

  186. Doodie Machetto on

    dudley, using the post declaring a hat trick as a hat trick is like scoring the hat trick goal on an empty net.

  187. is the greatest checking center of all time ( Blair Betts) injured? because I do not believe he was in the lineup last night against the Isles. so, while he may be on a good team, i’m not sure he is actually playing for one.

  188. Wicky (trying to go as fast as ILB on this thing) on

    Don’t forget the peroxide, coupled with duct tape it can fix/cure anything

  189. Doodie – Goals a goal and a wins a win… I never declared myself proud.

    Bull Dog – Injury note Day-to-Day as of Feb 19, 2011 (Left ring finger laceration)

  190. only two flyer forwards average less time on the ice than Betts. they would be Carcillo, and Shelley. he was a very easily replaced Ranger, and I am sure the Flyers are not having a hard time replacing him either.

  191. Dd, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate everything he did, and he was never a liability on the ice.

    That being said, defensive players are not impossible to find. They’re all over the NHL, so I could care less if he wasn’t re-signed.

    Although, maybe I’m being hypocritical, since Ortmeyer was my favorite Ranger while he was here. But, he was a more physical player than Betts, which is what appeals to me.

    CC, like Doodie said, instead of re-freshing, just type something in, and submit your comment, and it goes right to the bottom.

    I was b*tching aboot that the other day. They have that thing that you ctouch that sends you right to the top of the page, so I don’t get why they don’t have one that sends you to the bottom.

  192. Oh, so all the garbage baseball/Knicks posts are just from iPhone users who can’t be bothered to scroll down to the bottom of the page? Now I get it…

  193. Bull Dog – The point of my post, were it not clear, was not regarding his skill but rather my anger at a hardworking Ranger being derailed arbitrarily. Fortunately the Beard had his back to some extent…

    You came back and said he isnt even playing and I simply pointed out that he was injured. I guess what I’m saying is that a thesis around his lack of merit not necessary.

    Heck, I’d be pissed if ANY Ranger this year got drilled like that… Headed home for the game, be well all!

  194. Wicky (trying to go as fast as ILB on this thing) on

    When did I post anything about baseball basketball other than they suck?

  195. ORR, I think Minnesota recently recalled Ortmeyer. I didn’t notice him last night, although I wasn’t really that concentrated on their game.

  196. Yea trying to figure out the channel is a pain in the ass….. i have comcast in central nj… so who knows where they will throw the game… all i know is i can gaurentee non had, and poop for audio

  197. Hockey involves the most athleticism.. don’t fool urself. Plus its the fastest sport and theirs fighting. Come on.

  198. billybleedsblue on

    # NYR_FAN February 25th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Best Beer = Spaten on draft

    Spaten Octoberfest on tap, yes please, thank you.

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