Post-game notes


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March 31, 2011 – New York Rangers 2, New York Islanders 6 (Game No. 78, Away No. 40)

*       The Rangers were defeated by the New York Islanders, 6-2, tonight at Nassau Coliseum, and are now 41-32-5 overall with a 23-16-1 mark on the road.  New York is now 8-3-1 in their last 12 contests, and are 6-3-0 in their last nine road games.

*       Vinny Prospal opened the game’s scoring with a goal at 14:25 of the first period and logged a season-high, 20:00 of ice time.  He has tallied 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in the last 17 games, and ranks second on the team in scoring with 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 25 games since returning from injury on Feb. 3.

*       Marian Gaborik tallied an assist on Prospal’s first period goal and logged 17:40 of ice time.  He has now registered 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 21 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders, including 10 points (six goals, four assists) in six games this season.

*       Brandon Prust notched a goal with 14 seconds remaining in regulation, and has now registered five points (three goals, two assists) in the last nine games.  Prust improved his career-high season totals to 13 goals and 28 points.

*       Brian Boyle recorded an assist on Prust’s third period goal, led the team with four shots on goal and won a team-high, nine faceoffs in 16 attempts (56%).  He has registered 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 22 games vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.

*       Henrik Lundqvist (18 saves) and Chad Johnson (nine saves) combined to make 27 saves.  Lundqvist established a career-high by making his 22nd consecutive appearance (dating back to Feb. 11).  Johnson made his season debut, entering the contest at the start of the third period, after dressing as Lundqvist’s backup in the last 12 games.

*       Please note the Blueshirts do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, April 1.

*       The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, April 3, at Wells Fargo Center (12:30 a.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.  The game will be televised live on NBC.

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  1. eric – I think your March 31st, 2011 at 10:43 pm post is absurd and child-like. First, the all capital letters. Second, if we miss out on the playoffs, it’s not the end of the world and would not be a “collapse”. Third, they’re done “physically and mentally.” Not sure how you have any knowledge of that. It’s more likely just the rant of a fan quitting on his team.

  2. This loss could be good. It could be the motivation they need to get some wins against a few tough teams.


    Great point from the last thread, Orr…

  3. A lot of players around the league are physically and mentally drained. That’s when you know it’s Spring.

    Look, we were on a hot streak, five wins in a row, 8-1-1 in the last ten, but now we hit a cold streak.

    Canes were out of it a week or two ago, and now they’re in it.

    It’s dumb to just throw in the towel and assume the worst. Anything can happen.

  4. Mister Delaware on

    Lame. For some reason when I DVR the game, wait until my wife goes to bed and start it at like 9:30 the losses suck even harder.

  5. Orr – Mentally drained is different from “mentally done.” Fans are mentally drained near the end of a season. “Mentally done” means they’re done, they’ve mentally quit. Sorry, but the Rangers aren’t quitters like eric.

  6. Exactly. And, the identity of this team wasn’t on display tonight…Rangers have to go back to the formula that works…it is when they out-work the opposition…forecheck, grind, rinse, repeat

    I have so much more faith in this year’s squad than last year’s!

  7. On second thought, maybe the Rangers are quitters. Ive seen it in sports before, teams just throwing in the towel. Much of the 2010 ALCS involved the Yankees’ batters just throwing in the towel against inferior pitchers. I just don’t get the vibe that these Rangers, with the Prusts, Boyles and Callahans, are going to quit after busting their asses for 78 games.

  8. JimboWoodside on

    How many more page views are needed, Carp?

    Good interview with Maloney, BTW…..I respect him more and more because he doesn’t sugar coat anything.

  9. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Tike – kudos to you… I am read to drop big $$$$$$ on the rangers making the playoffs… I am calling Vegas tomorrow to see what the line is… Some of these ” fans” will hope I lose money…carolina has buffalo, det, TB, atl, and the fish… I say 4 pts max they get…

  10. JimboWoodside on

    NYR-FAN, I think what you said is why we all were so disgusted with what we saw tonight. This was a performance that last year’s Rangers would have given us – once they got down by a single goal, they were through. They didn’t show any of the characteristic (for this season) “never-say-die” attitude that we’ve enjoyed seeing this season.

    The PP was non-existent (like last year) and the effort once they went behind on the scoreboard was minimal. That sounds like last year’s team to me.

  11. did not show up for the game. think about that. this team did not show up for the game, and you saw it. it wasn’t a goalie playing out of his mind or bad luck but a laughable effort..

    the rangers have been soft most of my lifetime, the cally plays hard crap is bull. where was callahan? dubinsky? the faux fights at the end were standard neanderthal bull, they did not show up.

    they got what they deserve a possible vacation starting next saturday…………….

  12. one thing i know for sure coming out of this game is that i have elevated respect and admiration for Fedotenko. not a fighter, not an agitator, just a hard working, defense first but offense producing as well type of player and today he is ready to fight when challenged and does well. he should teach avery. still pissed at reeves wearing that visor even though Feds ripped it off.

  13. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Let’s kick some flyer assen Sunday… Then all will be good again… Believe it and it will happen….14-10 fellas, a TD and we are world champs… Believe it and it will happen…

  14. JimboWoodside on

    Losing a game like we did tonight is bad no matter who the opponent is – but losing it to those byfuglien Icelanders is just horrible to take.

  15. also, the banging of sticks on the bench when Prust came out of the box back to the bench. that was great to see too.

  16. EDDIE! Quotin’ the StraMAN Strahan!!!!!!!! BOOOOM! I love that man with every fiber of my being!

  17. the 5 on 3 was beyond bad. thse guys play in slow motion. i detest christensen and his soft bull. zucc looks like crap. his performance on the 5 on 3 was how a 13 year makes decisions on 2 man advantage.

    gaborik is so nothing, where is this world class player? 5 more years of him… give me a break… girardi stunk from the strat and mccabe is just slow damn slow…………

    when you are hoping avery will make a difference you are in big big trouble. for those without a clue avery stinks and has zero skill with the puck on his stick……….

  18. ORR SAYS:

    “I’m a Tortsaholic! Powered by anger, energized by self tanning.”

    Maybe best line of the year!!! ROFLMAO…that was some funny carcillo!

  19. Eddie, count me in on that bet!! ..although I got a big bet going tonight, so prolly no sleep for me…maybe I better wait..BWHAHAHA!!

  20. fedetenko hasn’t scored a goal in about a month so enough with the fedetenko love. he is a good 4th liner, he problem is they need him to do more on this team of bricklayers………….

  21. Jimbo – Teams throw up stinker performances now and then. Our PP was shoddy because we haven’t had many PPs in the last few games. Our PP prior to today’s game has been pretty good. This isn’t last year’s team. Also, you must remember that every bone in Henrik’s body is hurting. Just a bad game. Get some rest, put it behind us, move forward, and come out Sunday like the house is on fire, and maintain the same intensity all game long. This team will once again show its character and desire.

  22. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    F the islanders and their fat effin coach… That piece of dung team hasn’t done a thing in a long long time… Hey owner Wang…pull on it…

  23. JimboWoodside on

    Tiki, I hope you’re right. As a Ranger fan for 40+ years, I have seen so many disappointments at the end of seasons (including in the playoffs) that I can’t help reverting to form. Spring is a terrible time for a Ranger fan.

  24. really wonder what that fat sob said to the media. i think i despise him now as much as ORR does.

  25. JimboWoodside on

    And throwing a stinker after a bad game last night in Buffalo, when you KNOW that these 2 points were needed very badly tonight – that makes you wonder what they were thinking.

    They HAD to know that the Icelanders wanted nothing more in life than to embarrass them tonight, and they let it happen.

  26. Mister Delaware on

    I liked the idea of the Avery-Boyle-Prust line but that was only in the 1st period before everything went to shit. MZA was terrible.

  27. Jimbo – Ive been a New York fan for a long time. Ive felt the same disappointments that you have, and from many more teams. New York has some ugly ugly ugly collapses.

    The Giants late this past season, up 21 points on the Eagles with 7 minutes remaining. Myself and my brother Jason must have been the only 2 Giants fans in the world that were not comfortable with that lead. Because New York teams have a great ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. However, you just gotta believe. You have to put your whole heart and soul into it and never give up.

  28. “did not show up for the game. think about that. this team did not show up for the game”

    *Duh, No shyte sherlock*

    “the 5 on 3 was beyond bad”

    *Duh, No shyte sherlock*

    “fedetenko hasn’t scored a goal in about a month”

    *Duh, No shyte sherlock*


  29. JimboWoodside on

    OK, Tiki – I must admit, I’m a lot more fatalistic than you are. (as a Ranger fan, I almost was going to say “realistic”, But I’ll stop this)

    I just thought that this was not a “character” game – they didn’t show it tonight.

  30. Mister Delaware on

    I saw we tell the fat Islanders coach he’s a pussy if he doesn’t give us a rematch for the 2 points. Seems like the type of guy (and team) that would fall for it.

  31. JimboWoodside on

    But then again, I am descended from a family (on my father’s side) that were Brooklyn Dodger fans – so suffering and angst is an inherited trait in me, I guess!

  32. mao starks 2-for-18 Game 7 vs Houston Rockets BWHAAHAHA on

    dont forget the Knicks collapse vs Houston…that was pretty epic

  33. CARP

    After what, 2 years? Is the game after which you finally use “bush-league” or “amateur-hour” in your next days analysis? Or maybe use it as the headline?

    You promised!

  34. Jimbo – LOL! It’s okay to be fatalistic or realistic :)

    When a team doesn’t show up in a “character” and important game like tonight against lesser competition, IMO, there’s only one person to blame. That’s the coach. The coach didn’t have them properly motivated and/or prepared. That’s his job.

  35. I hope the new Mrs. Lundqvist’s isn’t in the mood to get laid. Don’t need her screwing up his neck and knee. I’ve heard these Swedish chicks are wild in bed.

    Oh yeah, and don’t cheat on her. We’ve all seen what a pissed off Swedish woman can do to a man who betrays her. Ask Tiger Woods.

    We have enough troubles as it is.

  36. JimboWoodside on

    Yes, Tiki – but these are grown men – the coach should remind them of what is at stake, of course – but in their hearts and heads, they HAVE to know what is expected of them. The coach has some responsibility, but the players play the game, after all!

  37. Just aboot to say exactly what you said, Jimbo. You’re right, they’re grown men. Most of these guys have been around for a while. Young, yes, but not entirely inexperienced.

    Can’t blame the coach for this one. Just yet another excuse.

  38. JimboWoodside on

    Orr, you’re something else! Where do you get this stuff!?

    Great analysis of the Tiger Woods situation, though – we don’t need Hank getting whacked with 9 irons or drivers!

  39. JimboWoodside on

    Must be those long, cold nights in Scandinavia, Orr! They want to keep moving to keep warm!

  40. Jimbo – I know that the players play the game, but they have to be put in a position to succeed rather than a position to fail. Im not saying that they were put in a position to fail tonight, just pointing that out.

    Despite being grown men, they’re just like you and me. They have issues in their personal lives, they are affected by things in their personal lives and professional lives, such as the loss to the Sabres.

    It’s up to the coach have them prepared and ready. The numerous 2 on 1 chances the Islanders had in the 1st period indicated that they were not prepared for tonight’s game.

    And Torts not speaking to the reporters after the game, I think that’s an indication that he knew he failed them tonight. He was obviously angry at himself, IMO.

  41. JimboWoodside on

    Torts was angry at everything in the world tonight – and to be honest, I don’t blame him. And all that silly stuff at the end of the game was just so unnecessary…..and stupid.

  42. JimboWoodside on

    Yes! A therapist would have been useful after this game – I know I needed one!

  43. Tiki, I respectfully disagree…

    Torts is a man’s man and he has taken this group of players and made into a team. What is Torts supposed to say? That his team sucked? That Capuano is a fat byfuglien? I find it refreshing that he denied questioning…

    The players take responsibility for what happens on the ice…

  44. Orr – The coach is like a therapist. It’s his job to have his team *focused* on the task at hand.

    It’s his job to have them prepared for the team we’re going to face.

    It’s his job – and the job of the leader of our team – have everyone put the Sabres game behind them and look at only tonight’s game.

  45. I’m with Torts. I mean, listen to the questions that were asked.

    Sam asked “Do you take this tape and burn it”

    I mean, really? Does Sam not know the answer to that? One thing is clearly evident, rhetorical questions piss Torts off.

    And then there was the “Do you want to address the PP” question.

    Again, another question the reporters know the answer to because they have gotten the same answer the last few games, and throughout the season when the PP struggled.

    I’m disappointed cause I wanted to hear him talk aboot that chunky monkey coach, but, I’ll live!

  46. NYR_Fan – I dont mind one bit that Torts didnt answer questions. That’s his right. Im just saying IMO he knew the blame for tonight fell squarely on his shoulders and was angry at himself. The players are on the ice, but they have to be put in a position to succeed in order to thrive.

  47. Is it Torts’ job to make sure his players are having protected sex?

    Is it Torts’ job to make sure his players are getting enough protein?

    Is it Torts job to make sure his team is getting enough sleep?

    Nope! Not his job. His job is on the ice. The players have to take care of the rest, and if they’re not capable of doing so, then *they* have serious problems.

  48. Stranger Nation on

    Tonight is a prime example of how close we are to being a bottom rung team. We could not finish good chances early and when that happens we give scrubs like that team a chance.

    They mentioned Dubi was battling flu like symptoms, I hope it was not the Irish Flu caught up in Fort Erie. Those who have been there know what I am talking aboot. He and his line were horrible tonight.

    As soon as people starting talking 5th or 6th seed, we were cooked. This team needs to play with it’s guts hanging out to be in every game.

    The filth and Bs back to back. Holy carcillo this sucks. I do believe we will find a way, but losing to that team in that fashion just sucks. We were gawd awful! Turn the page…

  49. “Is it Torts’ job to make sure his players are getting enough protein? Is it Torts job to make sure his team is getting enough sleep?”

    Please dont turn this discussion into a joke. But those 2 questions above: Yes, that is part of his job description. He has to have the players healthy and rested, that’s why coaches oft times impose curfews.

  50. LOL! Anyone reading the widget?

    “TSNBobMcKenzie In not-so-funny hoax dept, some idiot did up Facebook page claiming to be Brayden Schenn and made racist remarks. It’s NOT Brayden Schenn”

    “TSNBobMcKenzie There’s been serious backlash against Schenn due to these fraudulent comments. Police may be involved now. And they should. That is criminal”

    Blame the Kings coach for that. It’s his fault. It’s Murray’s job to know that someone is making fake Facebook pages of one of the players in his organization!

  51. JimboWoodside on

    And don’t forget – these players, although young, have been playing hockey since they were children. They know about crosstown or regional rivalries, and what is needed to make the playoffs – they’ve been doing it for at least ten years or more in their various leagues and in junior or college hockey.

    Mirror time, Rangers – when you’re shaving tomorrow morning, take a good look!

  52. Stranger Nation on

    Like MZA, but that 5 on 3 with him at the point was the worst execution of a 2 man up PP.

  53. “he knew the blame for tonight fell squarely on his shoulders and was angry at himself”

    Not sure where you are getting that from but, you are entitled to your opinion…

  54. Stranger Nation on

    I may be in the minority but Gabby has had jump in his skates the last two games

  55. Just because you don’t agree doesn’t make the discussion a joke.

    The players on the ice need to be properly prepared for the opposing team, properly focused for the game. Torts’ job and he’d be the first to admit it.

    Im not knocking Torts, because he’s done a great job with the team. He just didn’t do a good job tonight.

  56. Stranger Nation on

    Agreed re gabby shooting though he is making hockey plays which is more than you can say about others last 2 nights – why does he play off wing side. Has he always? I know he and vinny are lefties, but I would defer to gabby and his $7M contract on what side of ice he should play on.

  57. NYR Fan – It’s just my opinion. The players on the ice reflect on him as a coach. He knows that, and I believe he knows he didn’t do his job tonight.

    by the way, Im posting a bunch to try and get Carp his page views. 3 am EST and 12am PST is the end of March.

  58. I must say, I love the fact the Dave Maloney reads the blog…awesome stuff…

    He knows where to find intelligent/passionate/opinionated/hilarious hockey discussion…

    f5! f5! f5!

  59. The players would be the first to tell you that it’s not his job.

    It’s not his job, and it’s not any coaches job. It really is a joke to even say otherwise. But, it’s your opinion.

    Is it Torts’ job to bathe them? Or to massage them?

  60. Why do you think coaches in other sports have curfews for their players?

    Why do you think country football managers wont allow their players – to have sex – to have their wives and girlfriends around during the World Cup?

    Are those jokes?

  61. All Butt-Chin has tried to do is beat a defender one on one, and when he can’t do that, he’ll protect the puck (and fail) and take it behind the net, before losing it.

    That’s it.

    He had an assist on the goal tonight. Nothing special. His shot was blocked, and he tapped a little pass over to Vinny. I could have made that pass with my weener.

  62. It’s Tort’s job to be a hockey coach. Not a dad, not a therapist, not a wife, not a doctor…

  63. This isn’t the World Cup. Soccer people are just flat out weird. That’s a *fact*!

    This is Hockey. Every organization has a team of people to help the players. It’s not the coach’s job to do all of it. All he has to do is prepare the players for the game.

  64. JimboWoodside on

    I take issue with that statement, Orr! If the puck was down on the ice, your weener would have to be about 3 feet long in order to pass that puck…..and it would need to be in the condition that the Cane’s players were when they were watching the Rangers get corn-holed by the icelanders..

  65. “All he has to do is prepare the players for the game.”

    Having your team focused is part of preparation.

    That’s enough from me on this topic. Im not going to change anyone’s mind, so Ill just agree to disagree.

  66. LOL! Okay, realistically you’d have to squat to make that pass.

    Just make sure you don’t get your “stick” slashed. If it breaks, you’ll have one of those “V” weeners. They call it a V-enis, when it has that bend to it.

  67. I really hope the Isles move out of Long Island…I really don’t want to deal with them in a few years…they are going to be a very good team…their core players are very young and will get better…

    but so will the Rangers’ players…

    I just think the Isles have more natural-goal-scoring-type players…it sucks…Montoya is a pretty good goalie…

  68. JimboWoodside on

    Tiki, there’s plenty of blame to go around for this putrid effort tonight…but I’ll still be rooting for the team to win their last 4 games. I just felt very let down by the effort they showed in this game.

  69. I don’t know aboot Montoya. He could be solid, but it’s hard to tell. He played this way with the Yotes, and it looked like he’d be the backup, but at training camp he lost his job, and was in the AHL.

    We’ll have to wait and see.

  70. JimboWoodside on

    Hahaha!!! Orr, you’re a nutjob! But it’s a lot of fun to read your posts. “V-enis”…..good grief!!

  71. I disagree, Orr. The Rangers were outclassed tonight by the Islanders. The Islanders. The coach failed the players tonight. The players were not prepared.

    Jimbo, you have every right to be. Im very down to. I expected a blowout win in a very very important game for us. They just weren’t prepared.

  72. JimboWoodside on

    I’ve watched several Isles games that Montoya played in. He doesn’t look bad – and compared to DiPietro, he looks like Patrick Roy!

  73. eddie eddie eddie on

    tiki is right…a coach, even in the pros, is more than just X’s and O’s…look at the Jets (a team I hate)..they suck with every coach until ryan…..basically same players,,,,but look at the results 2 yrs running…..a coach is part cheerleader, part psychologist, part disciplinarian, part rah rah rah. part x and o….torts has done a great job but when a team comes out for a game flat…something behind the bench isnt being done to ready them….that is a fact and it is indisputable…anyone who has played any sport at any level will tell you the same….remember Messier’s quote about Keenan’s speech before game 7????,,,,the tangers were the consumate pros, yet even they needed to hear it from their coach

  74. Tiki and Orr,

    I agree with both of you, actually. I think they both failed each other.

  75. Didn’t that mammoth coach come in when that Dirty Sanchez kid came in? Sort of like Renney with Lundqvist :P

    Not saying he’s a flukey coach. But, it’s not his job to tuck the players in at night, and fire up some milk when they’re having trouble sleeping, and so on, so forth.

    His only job, is to get some feet! Sweaty, stinky, pink feet, with dead skin, and unevenly cut toe nails.

  76. JimboWoodside on

    Dave Maloney said that he reads this blog? Did he say that in Carp’s interview tonight? I missed a minute or two of the interview while I was at the checkout in the supermarket.

  77. eddie eddie eddie on

    i will say this…i am getting sick of callahan’s same old BS after every loss…..blah blah blah blah blah blah blah….i think it must be a pre-recorded speech of nonsense…he needs to listen to his postgame crap before the start of “any” next game just so he knows what he should do before he says what he didnt do

  78. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – sanchez should have been a senior at USC his rookie year…. A ROOKIE in what may be the most difficult postion in all of sports…trust me ,,,ryan is a good coach…tho i cant stand him…he gets his team ready PERIOD

  79. JimboWoodside on

    Yes! Today they called it “a baby girl cobra” on the radio report – a far cry from how they made it sound the day it escaped – you would have thought that it was going to singlehandedly (wait! -they have no hands!) eat the whole borough of the Bronx!

  80. I’m not saying he’s a bad coach at all.

    Believe it or not, despite the struggles this team has gone through every now and then, this team is overachieving.

    I personally had them sitting in 10th before the season started. I wasn’t expecting much. But, they’ve been competitive throughout the year.

    Frustrating at times, but definitely overachievers, which is why Torts deserves a Jack Adams nomination if he gets them into the playoffs, and depending on how deep they go, potentially a Jack Adams win.

    Torts = Monster of Freedom

    *He* put this team in the right direction.

  81. eddie eddie eddie on

    on a more positive note, 17 more goals and B prust nets 30 this year…believe it and it will happen

  82. loneranger April 1st, 2011 at 1:01 am
    Was that reality last night or were the Rangers one day early for an April Fools prank??? Observations: What in the world did Snorts I mean Torts say to his team right after the Sabre game; appears the team to a man quit on him last night. Right on CPJ ’s post at 8:40 where states “Torts sure knows how to come up short at the end of the season, doesn’t he blows a 3-1 lead to the Caps after his little temper tantrum with a fan behind the glass” Honestly, this is not the same team we’ve been watching the last couple of weeks. What in the world is wrong. I know it’s difficult to play Lunch Pail Hockey for 82 games and still have energy in the playoffs. The Bruins of over 10 years ago used to die at the end of every season. Without scoring it’s hard to check your ass off every game and expect Hank to stand on his head every night. Are we finally out of gas??? Why does Torts sit players for long periods of time and wear out the productive people this late in the season.??? Why did he break up the four lines that were so effective several weeks ago??? It’s too freeken late in the season. I guarantee you that the Isles will get killed by Carolina this weekend. Unless this becomes a massive reality check that scares the freeken hell out of this team and propels in the right direction, we’re in deep sh t. Whats Torts role in this late turn around???

  83. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – i agree completely…but what tiki and I are saying…when they come out as flat as they did tonight…torts has some (how much…not sure) blame…players failed coach and coach failed the players…

  84. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – have you ever played a sport?…team or individual?….done underestimate how important a coach is to the collective pysche of a team…or player……his job is to motivate the carcillo out of them EVERY GAME…i think torts has done a masterful job this season…but he didnt have his team ready tonight…that is on him

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


    First thing I want to bring up is how the majority of the posters here early in the game thread are talking about how the isles are a bunch of minor leaguers and suck and then they kick our assen 6-2……you guys are BRILLIANT!!!!

    on that note, I really don’t see them having a bunch of goons (yes gillies would qualify as a goon that honestly shouldn’t even be in the league any longer after the trash talking at the door incident, but I’ve beat that horse to death already), and I don’t know that much about the kid haley, but konopka is a serviceable player and so is martin.

    The isles have players are willing to fight, hell the guy dubi fought hillen isn’t a fighter and normally doesn’t drop them, but the fishies nutted up and stuck together better than we did tonight, end of story!!

    I have no problem with what torts did in the post game presser, probably a good idea at that point.

    I also have no problem with the isles coach and the players he kept putting out there (like Prust said, you have to be ready for that sort of thing), young hungry players who want to earn a spot on the team, so they are willing to fight…good for them! Maybe the boneheads appointed future and current by default captain should have done that instead of feds or avery or prust. Or maybe along with them.

    Good on Prust, good on feds, and hell, good on avery even though he got bloodied (and dubi also) because at least they showed they cared enough to literally keep fighting which you can not say about any other ranger on the team after the game!!!

    OPG is a 4/5 d man…a shot blocker and nothing else if not way overpaid!

    Talking about EC is like talking about Todd White (sorry ILB)!

    The sticks against the boards when Prust left the box is all anyone needs to know about who should and deserves the McDonald award!! That also shows why he should have an “A” on his sweater and the respect he has in that room!!

    This team will still make the playoffs. LGR!!!

  86. JimboWoodside on

    Maloney tells it like he sees it – he said that EC and Wolski were “passengers” in the Sabres game…..and he was blasting the team when they had 7 straight man-advantage chances and hardly even got any shots on goal during them, much less any goals!

    I’m surprised that he hasn’t been told to tone it down..

  87. enough with the torts love. he made a huge blunder putting MZA on the point on the 5-on-3 PP. the kid looked like crap on it, and that helped turn the momentum over to the Fishsticks.

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

    because if avery did that now, torts would sit him for 2 months…I’m guessing!

    I also would have pulled hank after the 2nd isles goal to motivate the team!

    Does torts realize you don”t get “credit” for unused timeouts at the end of the games? He was once really good about using them early if a game started to get away! You would have to be drunk not to realize the game was going south after the 2nd goal!!

  89. JimboWoodside on

    Disturbing too, that for the second night in a row, Hank just flat-out got beat by a shot over his stick-hand shoulder – Connolly’s and Martinek’s shots were nearly identical…if the scouts for the other teams didn’t know this before, it’s really becoming obvious lately…

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

    One last thing that the rangers should take lessons from the isles on….where the front of the net is and how to score from there.

  91. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, I guess so, Orr – it’s just such a glaring weakness for someone who is supposed to be a top-shelf goalkeeper. Any kid in the juniors can blast a shot over a goalie’s stick-hand shoulder.

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

    who said last assens??

  93. This Haley who put Avery away is the guy who put Carcillo back in his crib with his ba ba. He can handle himself.

    I disagree with all who believe that this was a game that the Rangers gave up on. In my book, they were beaten ( once again) by technicalities.

    I mentioned several months ago in this venue, ( to a bit of scorn I’ll admit), that the Islanders were a much better passing team than Rangers…they still are.

    I also believe that as long as Girardi is a front page defenseman with the team, they will never amount to anything. He could be called a King of sorts…the King of ill considered passing.He thinks nothing of carelessly making a soft pass to a team mate right within easy reaching distance of a checking opponent..and I’d hate to count the number that has been intercepted and turned into attacks on goal. I fault Torts for one thing…the insistence in keeping Girardi on ice no matter what the situation,
    perhaps because of his shot blocking reputation.

    Did you notice how many of those badly directed passes were intercepted during Ranger power plays? Or what passes for their POWER plays. That’s just plain carelessness or thoughtlessness.. perhaps both.

    Islanders are well coached-never mind the avoirdupois of their coach. He has infused something into this team of rejects with
    something that they have not had in many years. Confidence in themselves and a system that works for them. I call them rejects, not in any demeaning way, simply that most of them came not thru Isles organization but in being picked up from other teams. They most likely will improve next season, if they don’t fall prey to carelessness and over thinking their game play.

    A bit more consistency in goal is also a factor here. Montoya has looked quite impressive for a number of games now.

    Flyers ..beware. you will be facing a wounded beast this time around.

  94. I really hope the rangers lose out and get a better draft pick. Making the playoffs would only be false hope. This team is nowhere near being a cup contender. I have this terrible feeling in the off season Sather will sign another 7 mil player which will sink the rangers even deeper. It never ends until Sather retires or dies unfortunately. I am tired of the same old story. I admit, didn’t watch last nights ranger game because I knew the rangers were going to lose last night. I won’t even waste my time watching the remainder of the games. I’m done for this year.

  95. ToMG has been predicting a Rangers defeat pretty much every game of the season. He’s finally got a couple right and bails on the rest of the year. I shall miss his valuable contributions.

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