Panthers at Rangers tonight

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These next two games, at home against non-playoff bound teams, could really put your heroes in a solid playoff position before they hit the road for four straight. They’ve won four in a row, six of seven, and are on a three-game home winning streak. Imagine that? That piece of cooke is gone for a while. Life is good for Blueshirts fans.

Scoreboard watching tonight:

Devils-Bruins
Senators-Carolina Whalers
Buffalo Baby Buffaloes-Habs
Air Canada Leaves-Wilds

I’m headed to MSG tonight, then one final weekend of state hoops, then it’s all hockey for the final two weeks of the regular season right through the finals (just wanted to see if you’re paying attention).

Here are the pre-game notes, from the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS
Tuesday, Mar. 22, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY

Rangers: 39-30-4 (82 pts)
Panthers
: 29-33-10 (68 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Mar. 20

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to begin a two-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 39-30-4 (82 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, on Sunday at CONSOL Energy Center to extend their season-high winning streak to four games, and are now 6-1-0 in their last seven contests. The Panthers enter the contest with a 29-33-10 (68 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have registered at least one point in four of their last six games (3-2-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, Mar. 24, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out their two-game homestand.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

  • TV: MSG Network
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig and Mike Keenan
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Panthers
    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 vs. Panthers
    Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. PANTHERS:

  • All-Time: 37-25-6-4 overall (18-13-4-0 at home; 19-12-2-4 on the road)
  • 2010-11: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-2-0 overall, and 0-1-0 at home following a 4-3 loss vs. Florida on Jan. 25. The Rangers power play is 2-8 (25.0%) in the season series.
  • Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall and 1-1-0 at home. The Rangers out-scored the Panthers, 12-6, in the season series.
  • The Rangers rank 23rd with a 17-16-3 (37 pts) record at home; the Panthers rank 27th with a 14-18-2 (30 pts) mark on the road
  • New York is 7-9-2 vs. the Southeast Division; Florida is 7-9-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 11-6-1 with a 1.90 goals against average and four shutouts in 18 career regular season games vs. Florida; Chad Johnson has yet to face the Panthers
  • Vinny Prospal leads the team with 14 goals, 31 assists and 45 points in 57 career regular season contests vs. Florida
  • New York lists three former Panthers on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09); Bryan McCabe (2008-09 – 2010-11); Vinny Prospal (2000-01)
  • Florida lists one former Ranger on their roster: Patrick Rissmiller (2008-09)

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Blueshirts have posted a plus-13 rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which is tied for fourth in the league.

  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied two goals in three power play opportunities (7:03) on Sunday at Pittsburgh, and are now 13-45 (28.9%) in their last 12 games. New York ranks 13th overall (48-263, 18.2%) and 11th at home (28-140, 20.0%). The Rangers are 4-12 (10:42) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/20 at PIT), and 0-5 (7:02) when four-on-three (last – 3/18 vs. MTL). Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly); 1/2 at FLA (Weiss); 1/16 vs. PHI (Richards); 3/20 at PIT (Kunitz).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in three shorthanded situations (6:00) on Sunday at Pittsburgh. New York ranks 12th overall (203-244, 83.2%) and 19th at home (93-113, 82.3%). The Rangers are 7-10 (7:21) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/27 vs. TBL), and 4-6 (2:41) when three-on-four (last – 11/15 at PIT). Shorthanded goals for (11): 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); 2/27 vs. TBL (Prust); 3/15 vs. NYI (Prust).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Sunday at Pittsburgh, and are now plus-four in 59, four-on-four situations (116:05). The Rangers are even in one, three-on-three situation (2:00) this season (2/17 vs. LAK). Four-on-four goals for (7): 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); 3/4 at OTT (Stepan); 3/6 vs. PHI (Zuccarello). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel); 1/1 at TBL (Thompson); 3/15 vs. NYI (Moulson).

HOME SWEET HOME
The Blueshirts have tallied six or more goals in each of their last three home games, recording 19 goals over the span. The last time the Rangers tallied 19 or more combined goals in three consecutive home games was 12/26/95 to 1/10/96 (20 goals). Friday’s contest vs. Montreal was the 10th time this season New York recorded six or more goals in a game, marking the 26th time in franchise history they accomplished the feat and first time since they tallied six or more goals in 11 games during the 1996-97 season.

GOAL OUTBURST
New York notched five goals in the first period vs. Montreal on Friday, which is a season-high for goals in a single period, and tallied three goals in a 67-second span. The last time the Rangers scored at least five goals in a period was on 3/17/07 vs. BOS (six goals in Period 2), and the last time the Rangers tallied at least five goals in the first period of a game was on 12/15/99 vs. LAK (six goals).  It was the first time in 25 years the Blueshirts notched at least five goals in a period vs. MTL, having last done so on 1/10/86 (five goals in Period 2). The Rangers’ three goals in 67 seconds is the fastest three goals by the Blueshirts since they notched three in 65 seconds of the first period on 11/8/01 at NYI.

BUSY NIGHT
Henrik Lundqvist faced 40 shots in a 5-2 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday, marking the fourth time this season he faced 40 or more shots in a game. He is 3-1-0 with a 1.51 goals against average, a .964 save percentage and one shutout in those contests.

RECORD STREAK
Henrik Lundqvist posted his 30th win of the season on Friday vs. Montreal to extend his NHL record by recording 30 or more wins in six consecutive seasons to begin his career. He also extended his franchise record by posting his sixth straight 30-win season.

STRONG RETURNS
Rangers’ forwards Ryan Callahan and Vinny Prospal rank first and second on the team in scoring, respectively, since returning from injury in early February. Callahan leads the team with 13 goals and 23 points in 21 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. Prospal leads the team with 11 assists and ranks second with 16 points in 20 games since he made his season debut on Feb. 3 vs. New Jersey after missing the first 53 games of the season with a knee injury.

POWER SURGE
Since acquiring defenseman Bryan McCabe on Feb. 26, the Rangers power play has tallied 10 goals in 37 attempts (27.0%) in 10 games. McCabe has registered five power play points (one goal, four assists) over the span.

COMPARED TO LAST SEASON…
The Rangers have posted seven more wins and nine more points compared to last season through 73 games (32-32-9, 73 points in 2009-10), having tallied 24 more goals (215 this season, 191 last season) while allowing 18 fewer goals against (179 this season, 197 last season).  New York has also shown a six-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (11 this season, five last season).

AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
The Rangers lead the league in hits (2,084) and players with at least one game-winning goal (18), are tied for first in shootout wins (eight), second in shorthanded goals (11), fourth in road wins (22), rank fourth in blocked shots (1,160), seventh in goals against (179), and fourth with a plus-36 goal differential.

THE HOT LIST:

  • Henrik Lundqvist enters the contest with a four-game winning streak, and is 6-1-0 in the last seven games
  • Ryan Callahan enters the contest with a three-game goal/point streak (three goals, three assists over the span), and has recorded 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in the last 16 contests
  • Marian Gaborik enters the contest with a five-game scoring streak (five goals, one assist over the span), and a three-game goal streak (four goals)
  • Erik Christensen enters the contest with a four-game scoring streak (two goals, four assists over the span), and has registered at least one point in seven of his last nine games (five goals, seven assists)
  • Vinny Prospal has tallied 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in the last 12 contests
  • Artem Anisimov enters the contest with a three-game assist/point streak (two goals, three assists over the span), and has tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last seven games
  • Brandon Dubinsky enters the contest with a three-game assist/point streak (one goal, four assists over the span)
  • Mats Zuccarello enters the contest with a three-game assist streak (three assists)

INJURIES:

  • Derek Boogaard (shoulder, 12/9) – 43
  • Alex Frolov (knee, 1/8) – 30
  • Chris Drury (knee, 2/4) – 19
  • Martin Biron (fractured collarbone, 2/28) – 9
  • Marc Staal (injured) – 1

Total Man-Games Lost: 289

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

  • Mar. 16 – Agreed to terms with forward Ryan Bourque and defenseman Dylan McIlrath

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328 Comments

  1. Carp, not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but will LoHud let you travel to/cover road playoff games?

  2. OK. These next two games are must win (duh). Put these Panthers to bed early and another rousing garden win will really cement the Rangers spot in the playoffs. For me, this is a basement game (a game i watch in the basement). They cannot come off these victories against clubs so much better than the panthers in every single department and come home and lay an egg can they? I am a little nervous. My head is telling me 5-2 Rangers but my heart is telling me this is exactly the kind of game that previous incarnations of the New York Rangers would struggle in. Cheesy Panthers goal. 45 futile shots on goal. That is not going to happen tonight. LGR LGR LGR!!!!! At least I know that isnt what they are thinking. They are playing like a team on a mission. They are young, so not a bunch of mercenaries and they have totally invested themselves in the name on the front of the sweater not the back of the sweater. That is why my head tells me the Panthers have no chance in carcillo tonight.

  3. 2 tix tonight. 426 Row C right off the aisle. Will take below face vaule. Hurt my back and just can’t sit in those seats for three hours. E-mail me at ajp9977@msn.com

  4. I recall EC when he was a Pittsburgher…got surprised when they let him go. He stoned the Rangers a couple of times, if memory serves me -( and sometimes it doesn’t). That deadly wrist shot of his was eye opening.

    Let me put it this way…I’d really rather have him with us than against us.

    It appears that no one has ever heard of Hilliard Graves. He was the first Cooke. His specialty was going into a low crouch and “body checking ” an opponent the old “hip check”…but somehow those checks always seemed to catch a guy at his knees. I don’t know how many knees he has painted on his fuselage, but he was despised throughout the league for his actions.

  5. Rangers have a better record vs the Caps and Pens than they do vs the Puddy Cats. Someone needs to remind them this isn’t a game they waltz through without matching the intensity of a team that is left to play spoiler. Maybe McCabe can tell them where Vokoun’s kryptonite is located.

  6. LinCalPrustBoylahanZoless on

    Happy Game Day Morning ‘Heads and LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. LinCalPrustBoylahanZoless on

    bklyn… it’s that time of year for all the cloak and dagger injury reports lol.

  8. LinCalPrustBoylahanZoless on

    as marlin perkins would say

    The rare, red headed Staal, was seen circling a frozen pond.

  9. we’ll be fine tonight. just gotta say : like a good Rangerrrr Cally is there! with a win tonight!. and the girl from 4e? AND CAN I GET A HOT TUB!?

  10. Good game day morning, ‘heads!

    “…how many knees he has painted on his fuselage” ROFL!!!!!!!!!!! fran, you’re the best!

  11. Linda, would that be Mutual of Omaha’s Marlin Perkins? LOL We’re dating ourselves, don’t you think? ;)

  12. It’s a long and complicated story ilb. Actually it’s neither long nor complicated but it sounds better if I put it that way.

  13. Ilb – My spanish is limited to crowning people champions of the UEFA cup. It’s all I know!

    We learned CTB’s story on St. Patty’s day I believe.

  14. Dangerous two games. I’m sure it’s difficult to prepare mentally to play against bottom teams as opposed to the ones that lead the league. It’s on Torts to make sure they are ready, I’m sure he’ll do what he can. But, at the end of the day, it’s up to the players to go on the ice and perform. That’s when we need our young leadership to lead the way, come out with a lot of energy and jam. I don’t think our young leaders gave us too many reasons to believe they will not. Two wins will be huge in terms of their confidence, and will put a lot of pressure on two teams chasing them.

  15. Yeah, I have a feeling the Spanish part doesn’t come from college or high school either….

  16. Stranger Nation on

    This is the classic ‘trap’ game that has bit this franchise in the arse in year’s past. Given their recent home record and scoring binge, they should put this to bed early and hope for no injuries.

    My concern is no Staal (or McD?) and they play Ochocinco leaving Girardi, Caber, and Eminger on the ice too long with a minor league goalie. Of those three, I think Eminger is playing the best right now. Still need Caber for QB on PP, but the other one has been a horror show.
    Damn Girardi is his name as in,

    “Damn Girardi would you get over to the corner and win a puck battle” or

    “Damn Girardi would you stop screening Hank on shots from the point” or the all too frequent

    “Damn Girardi would you make a better outlet pass and not expose your forwards on the side boards”.

    If Staal and McD play, I am more comfortable starting Ocho this game or next (Sens). If either are not playing, do not start him as in do not. Maybe start Damn Girardi in net? He seems to like blocking shots and stays near the cage most of the game.

    I missed it, did we talked about Avery yesterday? ;-p

  17. I was at the last Rangers-Cats game when the GWG went in off of Anismov’s back. Crazy stuff.

    I think the Panthers with a bit of a chip on their shoulder in NY, because I’m sure they’re cognizant of how most of their home arena is Rangers fans when they come to visit, they like to spoil the party at MSG.

  18. Yeah at times I think Girardi inherited all of Rozi’s sticks when he flings the puck up along the boards with ill-timed clear attempts. You can’t even say they’re outlet passes because that would imply that he’s trying to shuttle the puck to one of his teammates, he’s just “fire up the boards, recipient be damned”. Again, I’d love to see him moved during the summer to a GM that loves the blocked shot stat.

  19. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ranger goal, his 12th on the year, and 6th shorthanded…..#8 brandooooooonnnnn prussssssssssssssssssttttt

  20. rangers need to come out desperate, this is a trap game.

    when they play there aggressive tough game they are good but when thye read the press clippings they usually disappoint.

  21. Very impressive Eddie, childcare one hand/typing the other. That’s dedication. Definitely beats Tony, who doesn’t bother to wear pants most days.

  22. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Que dia hermosa. Espero que Los Rangers gana esta noche. Prust es mas grande que la vida. Prust es muey muey macho.

  23. I think if you use “espero que” it means you’re using the subjunctive in which case it would be “espero que los Rangers gane esta noche”.

  24. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    CT my la Nina is an absolute angel. A 5 year old ball of energy that we love more than life itself…

  25. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I had 4 years of Latin and my wife’s Spanish is rusty…your corrections were her original thoughts… But alas…. She thanks you :)

  26. I could very well be wrong. The last time I was inside a classroom for a foreign language was for French, not Spanish.

  27. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Oh yes, CT – total mini -prust. A real lil tigress… I said to my wife yesterday… By third grade she will be dropping her gloves and pounding boys that bother her…

  28. Maybe she can be part of a US women’s team that beats Canada for the gold and then pops beers and smokes stogies on the ice.

  29. Happy Gameday, ‘heads!

    I must have watched the Dustin Brown hit on Cooke last night on youtube like 30 times. It never gets old…Hearing Aves taunting Cooke from the bench in the background is a bonus!!

    Also, that video of Don Cherry calling out Cooke is fantastic. I recommend that all hockey fans watch it…Cherry is kooky, but is spot on in that video…

    The links are in last night’s comments…

    Wonder if McCabe is extra jacked up tonight going against his old team?

  30. Mao Zedongs, A Minor League Hockey Extravaganza on

    Dios mio! No manches! Ya estamos en los tiempos de Los Rangers!! Y que bueno que Tiki Y olga estan en las ligas menores! BWHAAHAHAHAAA!!

    Nos Vamos a La Copa! Anadale pues, mis compadres!!

  31. Stranger Nation on

    NYR FAN – my fav part of Cherry clip is his interaction with Cooke in the hallway. Cooke knows he’s a punk. The more you consider he is an Ass. Capt on that team, the more you hate Mary-O and the dirty birds.

  32. Stranger Nation on

    I feel bad for the penguins species having to be associated with that team

    Be a heck of a 2nd Round series if chips fall into place. Exp with Cindy back in the lineup

    I would suit up McIlrath for Game 1

  33. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Good point, Winston = Avery saying “Sloppy seconds” instigates Buttman’s rage and an indefinite suspension; Cooke trying to cripple people for life is just a walk in the park. The NHL needs a REAL commissioner, badly, someone who takes the position more seriously than just trying to make the the N.O.W. happy.

  34. McIlrath? No way would they insert a player in the lineup for the playoffs that has never even played a pre-season game at the NHL level, let alone a playoff game. Also, I don’t know if having a player that just signed his EL deal play this season would start the clock on his contract and thus count as a (pro-rated) year on his deal.

  35. Stranger Nation on

    CTB – glad you are taking yourself so seriously this morning. Decaf my friend. It was a joke…

  36. I’m pretty sure the distribution of the punishment levied on Avery was the 6 games and anger management imposed by the league and the rest was imposed by the Stars.

    And in actuality, Avery was a repeat offender when it came disruptive team behavior as he was suspended from the team during his time with the Kings.

  37. Good morning all!

    I’m not worried about tonight’s game. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not putting this in the win column prematurely, but this team is a far cry from Blueshirt teams of recent past. Losing tonight would negate the wins over Montreal or Pittsburgh. This team will be all business tonight as they want to continue establishing MSG as ‘Hostile Territory’. They also want to continue building momentum into the PO”s. It may not be an easy win, but it will be a win because they want it more than the Panthers. I’m filling out the deposit slip now for two points to be dropped in the overnight depository.

  38. Stranger,

    Forgive me for my tinge of skepticism.

    This is afterall a place that has suggested that some mix of Gilroy/Rozi/Redden/Drury, mid-ceiling prospects and only one premium draft pick is enough to land a point per game player or franchise cornerstone defenseman.

  39. We love to overvalue our people. It’s the same way a mother loves her son and thinks he is the best son in the world even if he is basically an idiot or worse.

  40. Frankly they just have to win. That game where the winning goal went off anisimov’s back was like their only shot of the period. The puck is going into the nets for the Rangers right now. It will continue tonight, i hope. LGR

  41. Stranger Nation on

    CTB – didn’t we trade Rozi for a point per game player in WW? Oh, I’m sorry that stat is hits per game.

    I hope Torts is not messing with Step’s head about lowered production. Yes, MZA is unique and WW has SO skills, but our future 2nd line center does not have a lot to work with.

  42. I think Wolski has more than shootout skills. That guy can really handle the puck. He might be the only person that can pass. Zuccarello and Wolski can actually center the puck.

  43. Any Hank updates? Is he back to 100 percent? Ochocinco has a tryout with an MLS team this week; will he be playing goalie for the ‘Gers tonight or Thursday too?

  44. Stranger Nation on

    Yes, wolski has mad skills, especially when nobody is near him like in a shootout. If a Dman breathes near him, he crumples like a cheap suit.

  45. I don’t know about you guys, but as I got older I got serious neck problems. I get muscle spasms and end up with my arm in a sling and dosed up with painkillers and valium. Thus, I know how it feels to go through severe neck pain. That said, I cannot believe he played against the Pens. That was remarkable for him to fight through. If he played that game, I imagine he keeps playing. Keep his energy up and don’t let him rest up and really feel the full pain.

  46. Did I hear it right? Carp’s going to all road games in Newark, and maybe even to Philly? All these F5s are starting to pay off, I suppose :-)

  47. Stranger: You have a point. Wolski is not the “toughest” SOB on the ice. However, he makes some great passes. He centers through his legs, behind the back. Like Larry Bird but on the ice.

    Ok – seriously – I think this is a great environment for him to flourish in. He can play with some tough guys and just get open and take some shots.

  48. WW is an interesting cat. Too much skill to leave him off a potential playoff roster but definitely not bringing anything consistent to the table. He helps support my case for carrying 7 dmen if they make the playoffs.

  49. Stranger Nation on

    If you look at Step’s goals this year, many are rebounds jammed in or shooting from in close. Guy is fearless going to the net for someone who is prob 170 lbs soaking wet.

    Wisky Badgers (08-09) current NHL players

    Stean (2nd round)
    McD (1st Round)
    McBain (Car – 2nd Round)
    Blake Geoffrion (Nash – 2nd Round)

    Oh yeah, they missed the NCAA tourney that year – go figure

  50. Why do I get the feeling that the term Prucha’d will be retired for the term Avery’d soon?

  51. Stranger Nation on

    Man – much rather have WW than Rozi – the SO is made for him. He is no rookie as this is season 5 for him. We have him signed for another year and is he doesn’t upgrade his production, no more mutli-yr $$MM contracts from us or anyone. Especially when we have youngsters down on the farm he may be holding back next season.

    Maybe playing for a contract will motivate him more to play with some ‘jam’ and show some ‘6@!!s’ like Artie is starting to do.

  52. Carp: If maybe Philly, why not maybe Boston? It’s not too much further. Washington would be a hike.

  53. I can get down with that. I like giving him a year to prove himself.

    I actually LOVE anisimov. Like a son. I want him to do well. It’s great to see him getting more physical. I think it has to do with his weird off-ice haircut (that devils peak thing).

  54. ilb, that’s all rangers PLAYOFF games in newark. and maybe one or more in philly. so F5.

    and I think I might get my second trip to Nassau Coliseum next week. Yipee-freakin-yay.

  55. Boston can put all playoff hopes by the Devils to sleep tonight. Let’s go, Boston!
    Montreal can do even better- distance Sabres even more from us. Let’s go Habs?
    Not sure if Ottawa is capable if doing much, even though they handled the Devils well….

  56. Youve, probably because they know once I get into Boston’s North End, that expense report is going to get fatter than Bruce Boudreau.

  57. ilb – I know it’s unrealistic but I really want to catch the Habs. I don’t know why. I understand though. We have to just assure ourselves a spot and get ready for whoever we are about to face (and then upset) in the first round.

  58. Are you serious? I thought you were kidding, since there is no games left in Newark this year, and only one in Philly..

    Playoff games in Newark my foot, btw….

  59. I’d say that the average distance of Stepan’s goals is probably less than 20 feet from the net. The biggest constraint on how good of a player he could be is that his physical skills, particularly shooting and skating, aren’t particularly exceptional. But he has amazing hockey IQ for a player his age and his passing vision is very strong. Still, I hope as he grows he gets some more mustard behind his shots.

  60. Stranger Nation on

    No doubt Artie’s play has allowed us to think we have a 1st line (AA-Cally-Dubi) a second line (GAbby, EC, Vinny). More like two very good second lines if they continue to produce at these levels.

    Artie has a very high ceiling when considering his age, size, and hands.

  61. CTB: Maybe Stepan should watch the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” episode entitled “Mac’s Big Break.” Charlie explains how to get more mustard, jam and other condiments on a slapshot.

  62. Vokun is one of those guys that has their number..might get interesting since theyre scoring goals suddenly

  63. Carp I wont lie at times I miss Prucha. I think he’d fit well with the style this team plays.

  64. Speaking of Holmstrom, do you know the reason why he became such an effective net player? Apparently Scotty Bowman told him:”You stay near the net all the time, or I’ll bench you”. Holmstrom said he wouldn’t go in the corner after that even if his life depended on it.

  65. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=6244492

    Matt Cooke: “… I need to change.”
    Probably quoted just after pooping his pants during the meeting with Campbell…

    “Lemieux was not made available for comment Monday, according to Pittsburgh-area media reports.”

    Now I can see that… It’s pretty hard for Lemieux to talk to the press with his foot in his mouth and his head up his Aasen.

    (BTW-That is not a pretty picture…)

  66. Stranger Nation on

    Holmstrom is a Gravy clone who spends almost all his time in the goalie’s face, nieuwendyk was like that as well without the jam but crazy hands for tip ins. For old school versions look at Espo and Tim Kerr.

  67. No negative nancy’s today – We’re gonna beat those florida guys.
    And I don’t care who’s in goal for the cats.
    TONIGHT = 2 MORE POINTS

  68. No Joke – I swear I saw Prucha at a liquor store in Brooklyn. He not only looked like him but he was wearing a PRUCHA cap? Who knew they made those?

  69. Tony – I thought of you when I saw that an F-15 fighter jet had a malfunction and crashed in Libya (no one was hurt).

    F-15 is like 3x F5!!!

  70. Carp: “Staal out tonight; McMonster in; Avery prucha’d.”

    Avery deserves to sit in favor of Wolski. Avery hasn’t done much of anything all season except take dumb penalties.

    Carp, what’s the deal with Staal…is his knee injured or is it a concussion?

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

    morning ILB and all!!

    ILB
    you are killing me and you KNOW what I am referring to!!!!

    I think the phrase must stay at prucha’d…nothing else really makes sense!

    IMHO, I don;t see any way or reason mcilrath plays this season or post season and would be surprised (albeit pleasantly) if he was here next season! Would love to see him instead of OPG on the team.

    What a coup it would be if slats could get iggy and richards in the offseason…just saying!

    Mama
    laurel laurel laurel….was that it??

  72. the Hawks are bringing in their swedish prospect Marcus Kruger right now to play the last 10 games because they lost Bolland to a concussion from a dirty elbow by Kubina, who was not even penalized during the game, and was only given 3 games suspension for it.

  73. iWanna, it’s hush-hush. I want to believe it’s not a concussion, and they’ve led us to believe it’s a body injury. But they’re in triple-probation-playoff-secrecy mode now.

    Atta boy, Tony.

    $1.50, $1.50, $1.50.

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

    really like holmstrom’s game!

    so here is a question for all of you rule/policy folks…..when does a player have to be on the roster before he is eligible for the playoffs? Didn’t we get strudwick late one season (like ten games left) and he was eligible to play out the regular season, but not the playoffs??

  75. Wicky- :-))

    I don’t see any reason to sit Hank until they clinch. Even if he plays all games left, he will still have played less game than he played during the last few seasons.

  76. ilb, wick, I think if they win these two and are comfortable in their playoff position in the middle of next week, Ocho might play one of those four games in six nights starting next wednesday. Otherwise, there’s plenty of days between games for Lundqvist to rest and play them all.

    Tony, do you want a Captain’s Slice with hot oil from the Colony Grill?

  77. Carp – Does Drury put pieces of his pants on that “Captains’ Slice”? Maybe that is where they are disappearing to!

  78. It’s not disappearing pants, Manfried. It’s called skinny jeans. Kinda in…right now.

  79. eddie eddie eddie on

    I think the rangers should send a simple message tonight…after the anthem – Prust alone on the ice…no mates, no D, no hank…..Puck drops, he drops his gloves and takes on all 5 skaters…then after bringing on major pain…he stares at the goalie, who then spontaneously combusts….that surely will get the garden rocking….easy game to win after that..

  80. eddie eddie eddie on

    In prust, we trust, me must, the goalie combusts, losts of dust, Orr likes busts…naughty boy, plays his toy, helen of troy, liked her look, threw the book, at that wanker matt cooke, a dirt bag, doggies tail wag, never bet a nag, to win the derby, car named herbie, carp = cool, i am old school, sauer power, garden flower, 7pm is the hour, as we go for 5, garden be alive, lets get ready, win it for eddie…

  81. eddie eddie eddie on

    matt cooke ran into brandon prust
    He blacked my eye and he kicked my dog
    My dog he turned to me and he said
    Let’s head back to Tennessee, Jed

    I woke up a feeling mean
    Went down to play the slot machine
    The wheels turned round and the letters read
    Better head back to Tennessee, Jed

    brandon prust, brandon prust,
    we all him, we know him best
    brandon prust brandon prust…

  82. eddie eddie eddie on

    o say can you see
    brandon prust number 8
    oh so proudly we hail
    as other players trembing
    As prust’s eyeballs do stare
    at the twilight’s last gleaming

    prust’s house home of the brave…

  83. Eddie – I think you just won me over.

    The Zombies
    Talking Heads
    Levon Helm

    That is the way to my friendship heart.

  84. Does anyone else find it odd that Cooke wears an “A” for the Pens? What kind of sht is that? Here’s one of the biggest goons and cheap short artists in the league…yes, the Pens want him as an “A.”

  85. Red and white, blue suede shoes, I’m Brandon Prust, how do you do?
    Gimme five, I’m still alive, ain’t no luck, you better learn to duck.

  86. eddie eddie eddie on

    manfried – bring yo ranger assen out to monterey CA, and chill wid me and the fam-o-lee….

  87. Sounds great man. I am on the next flight. Anyone who is an addict of “The Band” holds a special place in my heart.

    Music + Hockey = Fun

    Are you also into high quality headphones? We can bore people by talking about sound quality all day!

  88. wicky – The player has to be in the organization by the trade deadline. So anyone who would have claimed Stars defenseman Brad Lukowich today could not have used him in this season’s playoffs.

  89. eddie eddie eddie on

    i have a pair of those killa bose head phones….drowns out plane noise…killa

  90. eddie eddie eddie on

    tony – PRUST had a hard run
    Running from your window
    he was all night running, running, running
    he wonders if you care?
    Cooke had a run-in
    Run around and run down
    Run around a corner
    Run smack into a tree

    I had to move
    Really had to move
    That’s why if you please
    I am on my bended knees
    cooke don’t you come around here anymore

    Dressed myself in green
    I went down to the sea
    Try to see what’s going down
    Maybe read between the lines
    Had a feeling I was falling, falling, falling

    Turned around to see
    Heard a voice calling, calling, calling
    You was comin after me
    Back to me

    I had to move

  91. Tony – Can we do peyote (pantsless) in the canyons of Arizona and find our spirit beasts!?

  92. eddie eddie eddie on

    tony – manfried –

    Let Prust’s inspiration flow
    in token lines suggesting rhythm
    that will not forsake me
    till my tale is told and done

    While the firelight’s aglow
    strange shadows in the flames will grow
    till things we’ve never seen
    will seem familiar

    Shadows of a PRUST forming
    winds both foul and fair all swarm
    down in Carlisle he loved a lady
    many years ago

    Here beside him stands a man
    a soldier, named PRUST, by the looks of him
    who came through many fights
    but lost at love

    While the storyteller speaks
    a door within the fire creaks
    suddenly flies open
    and a girl is standing there

    Eyes alight with glowing hair
    all that fancy paints as fair
    she takes her fan and throws it
    in the lion’s den

    “Which of you to gain me, tell
    will risk uncertain pains of Hell?
    I will not forgive you
    if you will not take the chance”

    Then PRUST gave at least a try
    the soldier being much too wise
    strategy was his strength
    and not disaster

  93. Who cares if Cooke wears the “A”. They don’t base their decision on the fans and player opinions, outside their team.

    It’s just a letter. Besides, a lot of players are out of the lineup who would probably wear that letter.

    Fugg em all!

    Two points! I want another five-six goal performance.

  94. eddie eddie eddie on

    i love mushrooms on my pizza especially as the pizza lifts off the table and spins around the room….

  95. Eddie – I am currently rocking the Grado GR-8 in-ears. Super, mega sweet. Get some “Music from Big Pink” remastered going on in there….wow.

  96. From TSN:

    I made a mistake,” Cooke told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m the one that’s accountable for that. I take full responsibility for it. I’m sorry to my teammates, my management, my coaching staff and my organization. It’s something that, moving forward, I’ll make different.”

    Cooke went on to indicate that he plans to change his style

    ***

    Notice how he doesn’t even acknowledge McDonagh or say he’s sorry to him. What piece of you know what…

  97. I think that might be a done deal Eddie. That’s pretty spot on for Prust. I bet he is a big time dead head.

  98. eddie eddie eddie on

    Come hear Uncle Prust’s Band
    by the riverside
    Come with me or go alone
    He’s come to take his children home
    Come hear Uncle Prust’s Band
    playing to the tide
    Come on along or go alone
    he’s come to take his children home

  99. well he texted McD:

    “I’m fortunate that Ryan McDonagh wasn’t hurt,” said Cooke. “I don’t want to hurt anybody. That’s not my intention. I know that I can be better. … I made a mistake, and I’m the one who’s accountable for that. And I take full responsibility for it.”

    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, quoting GM Ray Shero, said Cooke had sent McDonagh a text message.

  100. eddie eddie eddie on

    rangers need to slam the door shut tonight, and streamroll forward….imagine winning out?? a byfugelin 13 or so game winning streak to enter the 2nd season…

  101. Noah-rury-aal-(if Devils make the playoffs)-Noah, 28 on

    What did the text say?

    “Hey ryan…pretty good hit i gave u, eh? LOL! anyway, sorry about that. i <3 u. l8r!"

  102. eddie eddie eddie on

    cooke – right…saying sorry after you drop a wine glass and it breaks is one thing…an accident….throwing an elbow at someone’s head?….hmmmmm, not an accident

  103. LOL! Orr.

    Thanks, Dubi…

    Well, at least he texted him…how can he say he doesn’t try to hurt people? Then what the hell is he trying to do?

  104. eddie eddie eddie on

    it be all good, choppin wood, in my hood, as it should, if i were a hammer, wish i could,…know what Im sayin?

  105. eddie eddie eddie on

    beatle fest – napa valley june 18…..chance to celebrate, drink some killa grape juice, and celebrate winning the cup….be there or be square…

  106. Maybe the NHL should set up a P.O.W. style camp where they torture people like Cooke for a while. Cooke would be there for 10 days plus the playoffs.

  107. Matt Cooke didn’t have to do anything but change his on-ice behavior in the future. I applaud Matt Cooke for taking responsibility, apologizing, and being committed to being a cleaner player in the future. I hope he wins another Cup this year, if the NYR dont. Disclaimer: Cooke winning a Stanley Cup means the bruins did not.

  108. eddie eddie eddie on

    steve weeks said on NHL-on-the fly…that cooke is too afraid to fight his own battles and he needs his players to fight for him…too fraidy cat…he starts trouble and then hides ..letting his mates clean up his mess….total pansy…

  109. Whatever Colton. I said what I had to say. I didnt expect a classy, mature response from you. It’s time to put my doc’s advice into action and ignore.

  110. eddie eddie eddie on

    nyr_fan – if you be serious ’bout cillin wid the eddies – at the eddie crib…..be doin some holla at me. know what i be sayin?…uh-huh…aight….only hiccup..be my women’s sista..be lookin to celebrate sum-tin serious…but that date likely not be so set in stone…know what i be sayin?

  111. You’re more a Pens fan then a Rangers fan.

    I’m a big Celtics fan though, even though I don’t know any of the players on their team, except for the Rondo guy. He made some nice plays last night.

    Seriously though, I’m glad NYR doesn’t have any fans like Spike Lee. That guy looks like a clown in his Knicks gear. It’s scary to look at.

  112. Cooke deserves ZERO credit for apologizing. It isn’t his first time. Therefore, if he was so sorry his play would have changed. It’s not even his first time THIS YEAR. He deserves to be punished severely on the ice and that punishment should be obvious that it is intentional.

    Maybe Boogard can sacrifice himself to see that this gets done. One last (first) moment of glory.

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

    spider thanks…
    time to make the donuts…..

    Off to work, later assens!!

  114. eddie eddie eddie on

    serial killer kills 20 people…..”Im sorry”…..probably not all that sincere…

  115. eddie eddie eddie on

    tiki – its all good…be positive….do for others…..learn as much as you can…..the keys to life

  116. JUst a couple of things……

    Cooke and his mea culpa: Is it just possible that he suddenly became aware that he was looking down the muzzle of one huge loaded pistol called, the NHL players on other teams?

    This is something like one could call a gallows apology for misdeeds..too little and a bit too late. He could really be facing retribution from many quarters and not just the Ranger players.

    He gives off the impression of being not overly bright, and even his stating of his misdeeds had a hollow and time worn quality to it.

    But the thing that I find incredibly odd is his wearing of the Alternate Captain A on his shirt. All I could think of is: finding daddies big boots and wearing them so as to be mistaken for Daddy. (But it also occurred to me in a rather droll moment, that if you look very closely, you might see the threads where the other two letters besides the A were on the jersey, but pulled off…the two letters S. Perhaps a team mate’s Puckish attempt at humor?…………….Naahhh. Just wondering.

  117. eddie eddie eddie on

    Fran – i believe you are on to something…too little, too late, too insincere….i really think cooke is disturbed, maybe even, mad……medication could help, or some time in the rubber room for him to sort thru things…

  118. I am just putting two and two together. Detective style…Tony is missing and Matt Cooke is suspended (missing)…..hmmm…….Man Cave?

  119. eddie eddie eddie on

    yikes – the man cave….lord only knows what goes on in that dark, deep, crevice….

  120. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp,

    I know Jeremy Roenick isn’t exactly one of your favorite people in the world, but last night on Vs., he called out Lemieux to suspend Cooke for the rest of the season and the playoffs. I can’t say that I disagree with him.

  121. Roenick has a great point. Lemieux has to stand up for this game if he wants to remain a part of it. It might be appropriate for the Pens to suspend him and strip him of that “A” he wears on his chest.

  122. Doodie Machetto on

    Cooke’s apology would have meant something if he issued it right after the game, to anyone that would listen. If he said “I’m sorry, I made a mistake, I deserve a lengthy suspension and will make my best efforts to curb my dangerous play” right after the game, it would have been more meaningful.

  123. Eddie: I want to make so many more “deep, dark crevice” jokes but I will refrain in the name of decency!

  124. Guys, just have a question:

    Is it possible that a coach in the NHL works with two different teams in one season, par example get fired in November and will be named with a different frenchise in February ????
    or even quicker as it happened over here these days :)

  125. Doodie Machetto on

    Matthias, you have to get permission from the team he was previously under contract with.

  126. Cooke’s apology is a complete joke. Asshat.

    carcillo is too kind a word for this piece of cooke. He’s not sorry. He tries to end somebody’s career every time he plays. I hope he gets his.

    The thing I don’t like about Roenick is that, while I agree with this particular opinion, he really shoots off his mouth before he ever thinks. And he’s not very bright. If he was asked the same question five seconds earlier, his opinion might have been completely different.

    I agree, Orr. But soon enough he’ll be in jail for something else, or dead.

  127. You don’t need permission if you’ve been fired. So some teams will re-assign a coach, and continue to pay him — they have to pay him anyway — and then you need permission, I would think.

  128. Eddie, Manfried – you guys crack me up.
    Just got out of the hot tub, Cooke says hi.
    We should not take the next 2 games lightly , points – gotta get them

  129. Did you see that Jody Shelley needs surgery for broken orbital bone. Rangers play Flyers one more time in season, and again possibly in playoffs, and though goons don’t factor into playoffs, Shelley did take physical liberties with Gilroy and Boyle last meeting.

  130. Thanks, the reason I ask was because there were a number of moves over here in the last week or two that even one coach was fired and started almost the next day with another team.. Its crazy because those moves makes the whole sport unrealiable..Its becoming more and more a circus and the normal fans over here just shaking heads in disgust :)

  131. I hope you’re not wishing he dies. That would make you a horrible person, IMO. Im proud and excited for him to not be going to jail. I hope he’s able to turn his life around for the better and do good for others.

  132. Mao Zedongs, A Minor League Hockey Extravaganza on

    Cooke’s apologies are like Tiki’s apologies…joke city! BWAHAHAHAHAA!

  133. Or maybe Cooke feels bad for what he does, but doesn’t know any other way. Maybe Cooke has a habit of taking 2 steps forward and 3 steps back. People in glass houses….

  134. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, I thought there was a potential permission issue with Torts when the Rangers tried to hire him?

  135. Tiki – I can go a good amount of time between posting but your comments are beginning to make me wonder if the basis for your opinions is weighted entirely around what will get the biggest rise from the collective?

    Hoping Cooke wins a cup this year? I’d venture there are more deserving athletes no? How about Modano?

    Praising Cooke for saying the only thing he could to potentially save his career? How about praising hard-nosed players that dont try to disfigure one of our bright young stars or offenders that havent already been punished for the same offense….this year.

    Not looking for a debate, simply offering my $.02

  136. dudley – Im entitled to my sincere opinions. I believe in 2nd, 3rd, and 100th chances for people (except for from one specific state). And if Cooke wins the Cup, that means the bruins didn’t, and that’s all I care about.

  137. Tiki – “Do good for others.” What is he going to do? Open a soup kitchen? Donate his salary to Make-A-Wish?

    I really want to be able to defend you around here but really? It sounds like you are just “trying to be a bigger person” and forgive your enemies and the like.

    I have to wonder if you are merely trying to incite a full-on argument on this blog.

    No one is wishing he dies. People just wish for retribution equal to the action deserving of retribution. It’s a human instinct.

    I see a lot of “Tiki taking a moral stance” on this blog which assumes that everyone around here has no morals and if it weren’t for your posts we would all be lost. Racists, murderers and rapists alike.

    I think you need to give people some credit and remember that this is a Blog Community.

  138. I would much rather see the Bruins win the Cup than the Pens. Preferably neither, but it’s unfathomable to want a division rival to win the Cup.

  139. CTB – That’s understandable. I can see and respect your position for wanting the bruins to win over the Pens. Well reasoned.

  140. Amen – put the cup “on ice” for the year and wait until it has another chance to come back to its rightful home!

  141. CTB – I must ask you, in all sincerity, Phillies/Yankees 2009…who did you want to win? And Im looking for a serious answer, not a joke like I hoped YS burned down :)

  142. Mao Zedongs, A Minor League Hockey Extravaganza on

    Manfried, I tried defending Tiki too, but then I realized he is like a castle with the moat filled with cement! BWHAHAHAHAHAA! Indefensible!!! ROFLMAO!! OMG!! TAKE my wife, please!!! BWHAHAHAA!

  143. Yea, moving on…

    LETS GO RANGERS. I want to see a spirited carcillo kicking this evening with 60 minutes of intense hockey demonstrating an understanding that THIS IS the time that matters most.

    What a great ride our Rangers have given us this season and it only gets better from here.

    Let’s see it boys!

  144. Uh, 2009 WS? I root for the Armageddon meteor to hit where the game is being played.

  145. Tiki. You post some really odd crap on here. You have already ticked off Carp and you are starting to annoy many more people. If I cared, I’d ask what is your problem? But I don’t care. So I will simply ignore you as many people should.

  146. Man – All I want is to be able to discuss things with people and give my actual opinions, and not be ridiculed for it. That’s all.

    For example, like CTB and Tony think it’s “unfathomable…….”, I think it’s unfathomable for a NYer to want any boston team to win. Just my opinion of course, and I can respect CTB’s and Tony’s thoughts because they were spoken (typed) sincerely.

  147. Tiki – you just proved my point. You said that their opinion is bad… “I think it’s unfathomable for a NYer to want any boston team to win.”

    No one said they wanted a Boston team to win. You present your opinions in a way that makes you seem like the moral authority (in your eyes) and all others are thinking the opposite. But people aren’t thinking the OPPOSITE…just differently.

  148. I wanted the Phillies to not win, how about that? The Yankees, it doesn’t really make a difference in so far as they already won a lot, their fans will bring up 27 WS instead of 26 and blah blah blah. The Phillies, well they’re the only sports franchise with 10K losses (that’s 100 seasons of 100 losses) and they’ve won 2 WS in 120+ years of existence but everyone now thinks they have a glorious and rich tradition and are some model franchise. And of course because I really dislike Philadelphia.

  149. And then I get answer like CTB 3:50 and I just feel like crap. Wishing a meteor (and subsequent death) on a stadium full of human beings. There’s not really much I can say to change anyone’s mind. My doc says that the more I try to convince or change people, the more they’ll resent me.

  150. Doodie Machetto on

    Tiki, they will resent you more because of the outlandish nature of most of your statements.

  151. See when you talk about your “Doc” it seems like you’re just playing a character and trying to start something. I think people here believe you are real though so I guess it’s really what you’re saying?

    CTB has no interest in seeing people die. Come on. I never met him but I am sure he wouldn’t actually wish death. I have screamed a LOT of horrible things during sporting events. I wouldn’t want people to actually die. Just theoretically die.

    We don’t control the universe with our thoughts. We aren’t psychics. Stop feeling badly, it’s a blog.

  152. Man – No I didn’t say that their opinion is bad. I said that I respect their opinion, since it was presented sincerely and not meant to be antagonistic.

    CTB – I take back my last post, I thought that was serious. You dont see me throwing around “27” to you, a Mets fan. Rather, I wish the Mets well and hope every year for a Mets/Yankees World Series. Therefore, NY must win. Im tired of the Mets being laughing stocks and hearing ESPN ridicule them on a daily basis. And Im not a Mets fan.

  153. Tiki – re-read your post. I literally quoted you: “I think it’s unfathomable for a NYer to want any boston team to win.”

    No one WANTED a Boston team to win. We all want the freakin’ Rangers to win. That is why we are on here 24/7. You assumed that they WANTED something which makes an argument about a side issue.

    Also – your Doc’s advice (“My doc says that the more I try to convince or change people, the more they’ll resent me.”) sounds like he/she told you to Give Up. That doesn’t sound like any trustworthy medical advice.

  154. Ya know what, Manfried, fugg it! Doc is short for doctor. He’s real, just as my thoughts are real. I discussed with Dr. many things yesterday. One thing was this blog. He said, ignore them as you would ignore some idiot on a street insulting you for wearing a Yankees hat. I explained to him that the idiot on the street, I dont care about, but I care about most of you people and that’s why i have trouble ignoring. My problem is I care too much about things. I care too much about my family, about you people, about NY teams and fans. The moment I stop caring is the day I lead a better life.

  155. Uh, thanks I guess Tiki. The Mets aren’t going to be good for the next few years and there’s a good chance some of the more exciting players the team has had in recent years won’t be around much longer. So a Subway Series is a long way off, but if I wanted more instant gratification from my teams I probably wouldn’t be a Rangers fan either.

  156. I give up, see you all later tonight for another key 2 points. Please don’t post to me again until then. I cant take this much longer. Carp is gonna be pissed at me, even though I presented my sincere opinions, nothing controversial.

  157. I know that ‘Doc is short for Doctor. It was used in Back to The Future. Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). I am aware.

    That post just makes me think you can’t be serious. I don’t know what to say. Its “unfathomable” to me that someone would hop on a blogosphere and talk about their therapy sessions.

    Maybe you should get your “Doc” to come in here and we can do a group therapy session?

  158. Mao Zedongs, A Minor League Hockey Extravaganza on

    Tiki, when you discussed this blog with your Doc, did you tell him/her, “REFRESH, REFRESH, REFRESH!”

    BWHAHAHAHAHA!

  159. Stranger Nation on

    Well, Tiki got her wish – getting the convo off hockey and onto some nonsensical BS

  160. HAHAHAHA. Great Point CTB! Probably why they are having such a “tough” time with our “F5’s!”

    I can’t believe i engaged with Tiki. Sorry guys. I tried to use adult wisdom.

    Serenity Now.

  161. oi…oi..oi..oi…

    This all should be an entertainment blog, but you guys are almost too serious…
    Come on…relax…enjoy and have fun and make jokes…

    The real world is serious enough:)

  162. Everyone is losing their minds here. I think it’s the nature of this time of year!

    Wedding is this weekend and this is my last day of work, so you may not see me here for a while. Let’s go Rangers! I’ll be back from my honeymoon in time for the last game of the season against Jersey, and you’ll find me in 316 that day. Let’s hope it’s not a must-win like it always is…

  163. Can we get that therapist from The Soprano’s in here? I think she owns a wine vineyard in Italy.

  164. I was the one who rooted for Boston teams.

    Go Celtics, Go Red Socks, Go Patriots! What do I care? All I care aboot is NYR!

    “I have to wonder if you are merely trying to incite a full-on argument on this blog”

    That’s exactly it. I mean, he could always root for a Western Conference team to win the Cup, but he goes for the rival.

    It’s all aboot attention.

  165. Word? I would believe that. I guess we should all make a pact to “not engage.” Top Gun Style….

    “Maverick, Engage, Damnit!!”

  166. Jim: “That’s 72 unforced errors for Richie Tenenbaum. He’s playing the worst tennis of his life. What’s he feeling right now Tex Heyward?”
    Tex: “I don’t know Jim. There’s obviously something wrong with him. He’s taken off his shoes and one of his socks, and actually I think he’s crying.”
    Jim:” I think you’re right.”

    Strange day here at windswept fields…

  167. Im angry, angry at the world, angry at all of you. Goodbye for a long while. Im going to leave under my own terms. I need help, and this isn’t helping me one bit. Maybe when I come back, there wont be any mentions of Knicks this or LT to provoke me.

    P.S. The Rangers can win the Cup this year, miracles happen every day, you just have to believe.

  168. Viper: I flew with your old man. VF-51, the Oriskany. You’re a lot like he was. Only better… and worse. He was a natural heroic son of a bitch that one.
    Maverick: So he did do it right.
    Viper: Yeah, he did it right… Is that why you fly the way you do? Trying to prove something? Yeah, your old man did it right. What I’m about to tell you is classified. It could end my career. We were in the worst dogfight I ever dreamed of. There were bogeys like fireflies all over the sky. His F-4 was hit, and he was wounded, but he could’ve made it back. He stayed in it, saved three planes before he bought it.
    Maverick: How come I never heard that before?
    Viper: Well, that’s not something the State Department tells dependents when the battle occurred over the wrong line on some map.
    Maverick: So you were there?
    Viper: I was there

  169. Tiki, if you don’t mind my opinion.
    You’re too serious man, lighten up.
    I don’t need a apology, I need a joke, I don’t need a sob story, I need a laugh.
    Nothing personal my friend, it’s about entertainment & NY Ranger hockey.
    just sayin’

  170. Funny we mention Back to the Future and Top Gun in the same thread and the common link is the principal (BTTF) and the aircraft skipper (TG).

    Maybe Carp needs to come in and lay down the law today…You screw up just this much, and you’ll be flying a plane full of rubber dog carcillo out of Hong Kong

  171. Hey CTB – watch what you say…”your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash!”

  172. Sorry ORR!! There are so many good ones though.

    Go put on your Top Gun Soundtrack CD and cue up “Playin’ With The Boys.” You will think of one in NO TIME.

    “After chasin’ sunsets…one of life’s simple joys … is playin’ with the boys!”

  173. Ria (the silent bonehead) on

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding I wish you both many years of togethernes & lov

  174. Baaaah!! Roe!! Congratulations. Mazel Tov. From my family to yours.

    That got lost in the confusion. I apologize.

  175. anyone else getting pretty sick and tired of this daily bickering that Tiki triggers? it seems like for the past 2-3 weeks it’s really gotten to an annoying level. i know i dont post much so my opinion may not count as much as say “ilb’s” or “CCCP’s” but really it’s annoying. there are plenty of discussions to be had without some drama queen trying to stir Carcillo up. side note: is Carcillo capitalized when used as a substitute for that other word, or is it carcillo?

  176. To: Tiki
    Love: Kenny Loggins

    I’d say it was the right time
    To walk away
    When dreaming takes you nowhere
    It’s time to play
    Bodies working overtime
    Your money don’t matter
    The clock keeps ticking
    When someone’s on your mind

    I’m moving in slow motion
    Feels so good
    It’s a strange anticipation
    Knock, knock, knocking on wood
    Bodies working overtime
    Man against man
    And all that ever matters
    Is baby who’s ahead in the game
    Funny but it’s always the same

    [Chorus]
    Playing, playing with the boys
    Playing, playing with the boys
    After chasing sunsets
    One of life’s simple joys
    Is playing with the boys

    Said it was the wrong thing
    For me to do
    I said it’s just a boys’ game
    Girls play too
    My heart is working overtime
    In this kind of game
    Someone gets hurt
    I’m afraid that someone is me
    If you want to find me, I’ll be
    Playing with the boys

    I don’t want to be the moth around your fire
    I don’t want to be obsessed by your desire
    I’m ready, I’m leaving
    I’ve seen enough
    I’ve got to go
    You play too rough

  177. WTB, is Tiki PMSing again?

    Dang, can’t watch tonight’s game. Gotta play.

    So, Torts benched Gaborik because of his defense. Was he expecting a Selke Trophy out of Gabby?

  178. Hey guys: Really sorry for the length of that post. Didn’t think it was that long. I have egg all over my face on that one

    Hey Lev (heart) – I had the same question about capitalization.

  179. I was just reflecting on the fact that immediately following the All-Star break, I wouldnt have thought this was possible. Momentum, scoring outbursts, and a return to hard-nosed and aggressive fore-checking. Not to mention, Sather refraining from trading guys like AA AND being rewarded for trusting the Youth Movement.

    Not for nothing, but our Ranger’s recent sum of work is pretty damn impressive. Moving forward, I want to keep it in perspective. There will be a bad loss here or there as a result of a young team lacking a few pieces but… I’d be full of Carcil… I cant event type it. I’d be full of manure if I didnt say that I honestly believe the sky is the limit for THIS squad when they are firing on all cylinders.

    LETS GO RANGERS!

  180. i think capitalizing it would show too much respect to the player so let’s NOT capitalize it :)

  181. The more I read the lyrics to Kenny Loggins’ masterpiece “Playin’ With the Boys” (which I am simultaneously blasting in my office) the more I see the connection between the lyrics and Tiki.

  182. Doodie Machetto on

    “Doc Brown sold the Libyans parts from a pinball machine.”

    Is that what’s causing all of the commotion there?

  183. ye i realize it’s been going on for a while, but it’s really started to bug the heck out of me the past 2-3 weeks. and you cant really ignore it since he posts like 50 times a day.

  184. Since you’re new here, I’m gonna cut you a break… today. So, why don’t you make like a tree and get outta here?

  185. Doodie Machetto on

    They should change that line of the movie to “make like a tree and go get your shine box.”

  186. Tiki has an inner ear infection. This is affecting his/her (?) intensity influx capacitor resulting in inverted emotional responses. Normal treatment is a good whack to the back of the head. Side affects include a compulsion to forgive morally reprehensible asshats and a disorienting affection for sports teams from a distant city. Treatment may need to be repeated daily in more serious cases.

  187. Tiki,

    I have never directed ill-will towards any member of this blog, and I am not wishing it upon you as I type. However, if the primary reason you’re seeing a doctor is because people on a blog that you don’t even know disagree with, poke fun at, and occasionally lambast you and your comments, you should probably be getting a much larger degree of professional help.

    And trust me, I would know.

  188. Scanning the scene in the city tonight looking for Prust just to start up a fight ….

    There’s an evil feeling in Prust’s brain
    But it’s nothing new
    you know it drives Prust insane

    Running,
    On our way
    Hiding,
    You will pay
    Dying,
    One thousand deaths
    Running,
    On our way
    Hiding,
    You will pay
    Dying,
    One thousand deaths
    Searching,
    Seek and

    Seek Prust and Destroy …

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