Tortorella: On the tiebreaker, on Tampa Bay, on his team

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John Tortorella:

“I don’t think any one thing (won this game). I think an important part of the game was when they score late to make it 2-1, I don’t think we got rattled. We just went out and played and found our way. We played the way we need to play and we found a way.”

“I thought their top player was dangerous every shift. I thought we did a better job in the second half of the game on him. … I thought we scored some opportune goals. I thought we kept it simple. Our whole gameplan was not to overpass, just to keep on shooting pucks and look for rebounds, because we thought we could get some rebounds. We were fortunate to score goals at key times and I thought we just kept our patience and stayed with it.”

On waiting for their fate:

“I’m not anxious. It’s a little frustrating in how this has played out. First of all, our inconsistency put us in a spot of losing control. But it’s frustrating when you end up with 44 wins and a team that may end up with 41 gets in and you don’t. I guess I’ll leave it at that. I have quite a few thoughts as far as how this could happen. Anxious, sure. Frustrating? Yeah, a little at both ends, how we let the control get away, but also … I’ll just leave it at that.”

On what Drury did today:

“That’s good stuff. That is. I’m so happy for him. He catches more (carcillo) out here, all different ways, and I couldn’t be happier or more proud of him as far as how he handled himself. That’s really good stuff.”

When I told him what Lundqvist had said about this being a good or bad season based on tonight’s game, he said:

“I don’t agree with him. Not at all. If for some reason we don’t get there, I don’t agree with that at all. I’m a coach, remember. I look at it differently. As a player, I can understand what he’s saying. He wants to get in. I think he looks back at last year, and he’s tasting it. He wants an opportunity, and I totally understand that. I’m certainly not arguing how he put it or how he thinks. But as a coach, I have to look at it another way. I know what we’re doing here as far as our plan, as far as our organization.

“I’ll tell you right now, I am not going to be talked into, and I am not going to be talked at. I am not going to listen to any bull(cooke) as far as what type of year this was if we don’t get in for some reason. Because it’s bull(cooke) because too many good things have happened with this club and we are on the right road and we are doing it the right way. So don’t even bother asking me. Write what you want, but don’t ask me about that.”

(I later sought him out to make sure he understood that I would be the last person to suggest this team has been anything other than a success, regardless of what happens tonight, and he said he knows that, as you all do).

On the good things this season:

“It’s just our whole … I think we have a plan. I think it’s very important to have a plan. I think the youth that we’ve infused, our own, the way we’ve used our minor-league system this year with McDonagh, just where we are as far as the guts of this team, the foundation of the team, are mostly our guys. They’re at a really good age, and are going to get better. I think we have created an identity that the players, like I tell them … I said, ‘You screwed yourselves here as far as how hard you have to play. You’ve created that identity and that’s how we’re going to be successful.’ So I think that is on its way.

“I’m not going to lie to you. I think along the way our skill has to be upgraded if we’re going to get where we want to be. But I think we’re doing it the right way. We’re in the middle of a process and I’m going to defend the hockey team to the bitter end, no matter what happens here. Because too many good things have happened here with this organization.”

On McDonagh’s timing, his first NHL goal being a game-winner:

“He’s just what we’re talking about as far as development. He did his time down in the minor-league team, struggled at first down there, and has slowly come along. Home-grown guys, well, not home-grown — it’s a great deal we made to get him. Him and Sauer, it’s two very important pieces as we continue to build. And good for him scoring his first one at a key time.”

Asked by someone else to clarify the point he made about what Lundqvist said … about how making the playoffs or not doesn’t change his opinion of the season:

“I know where … you’re going to try to play with my words …”

Then the question was rephrased, does making the playoffs or not have any bearing on how he evaluates the team:

“Oh, sure. Oh, sure. Yes. But I’m not going to listen to this team being called clowns because they had a bad game. I’m not going to listen to the (carcillo). I’ll tell you right now. But I understand what you’re saying. Yes. Ask the question again.”

Does whether you make the playoffs or not make the playoffs have a bearing on how you evaluate the team?

“Yes. Yes, it does. Yes. And I may be jumping the gun a little bit.”

He stopped there and then was asked if he has any money out to his buddies in Tampa (jokingly, of course).

“Do I? Not cash, but …” He was laughing, as was everybody.

“Listen, I’m pissed off, not at you guys. I’m pissed off at the whole circumstance here. I’ve kept my mouth shut through it all. And, listen, understand me, I know we make our own bed in losing a little consistency, especially at the end of this year with some clunkers. That falls on us. I just don’t get it. I don’t get it. Forty-four wins to 41 maybe, and we’re picking our ass somewhere when we should be in the playoffs. I don’t get it. I hope we’re … well, I’ll leave it.”

On sitting Zuccarello and Christensen late:

“Coach’s decision. I’ll be honest, with him and Erik, they didn’t do anything wrong. Erik struggled on one play along the wall on one pretty key play and Hank made a save. But I went in with a mindset that I was going to go with those three (lines) and I was going to move Dru in in certain spots as we got the lead, and that’s what I stuck with.”

On winning Game 82 with a 19th different guy getting the game-winner:

“Yeah, and that’s the way we’ve won. That’s what we are and that’s the way we’ve won. I think that’s helped our room. I don’t think there’s been any real game-breaker for us. It’s been a group and I think that helps your room as you try to build a team.”

“Look at what (youth) I’m putting out on the ice there in certain situations. I go back to (the previous questions). That’s something that I think is very important for this team, is to get in, because I think that’s part of growing as a team, getting experience in playoffs. Do I think our team is ready to run through four rounds and win a Stanley Cup? No. But you never know what happens. You watched what happened with Philly last year. I still think they were a different animal than we are right now as far as development of our club. But that’s very important for us. That’s how you become a better team, is to play playoff hockey. I hope we get the opportunity. We’ll see what happens.”

“We’re kicking ourseleves because we let something get by with a couple of clunkers here. That falls on us. Make no mistake about it. That’s where we lost our control. So we’ll see what happens at about 9:30 tonight.”

Asked of he might text Vinny Lecavalier:

“That’s tampering, isn’t it?” (again, laughing).

Told Vinny Prospal could do it, he smiled and said, “There’s always ways. There’s always ways.”

“I’m not watching it.”

I asked him if he thinks teams have the responsibility to play hard even if they’re out, or locked into their playoff spot, as Tampa Bay is.

“Yes. Yes. And I know they will. I know they will. I know they will. I’ll tell you right now, no matter what happens tonight, I know Tampa has handled the situation the right way. I have friends in the organization, and it’s not tampering, but I am close to a number of players there and I know it’s going to be handled the right way.

“That’s good for the league. I hope it’s good for us.”

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  1. Good win today boys and girls. Let’s hope Mike Smith can hold up tonight. Glad it’s not Roloson playing back to back for the Lightning tonight.

    Tampa should win one for Torts! :)

  2. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Great job carp… I love this team… Always have, always will… I never get angry at them … Sad, yes… But never angry……let’s go lightning

  3. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Torts did a great job this year…I have a feeling we won’t have sit around like this next year… I hope to clinch a spot by Christmas.

  4. Erik Erlendsson: “Victor Hedman will not play tonight, will be ready for start of playoffs, however. M-A Bergeron to play as a forward, Smaby will play on D”

    He would play if they needed the game.

    I was looking back at past seasons to see if the three Staal brothers had all made the playoffs in one season before, and of course they did, in 2009. Also, a bad omen from that season: Canadiens made the playoffs with 93 points, winning the tiebreaker from the Panthers, who also had 93, due to head-to-head record. :(

  5. YEAH BOYS!

    Good atmosphere at the Garden today!!

    Dreary really played a great game and Zucco looked awesome in his limited minutes!!!

    Let’s Go Bolts!!!

  6. Mama had said he was in a car accident…and was in his critical condition with a brain injury…

    Thanks for the update, ilb…

  7. i heard
    eric erlandson on espn 1050 radio on the ride home from game because they wanted input and he said the only tampa player not in was malone and roloson. however dont expect to see top guys more then 15-17 mins

  8. Nice to see the emotions going back to read the game thread.

    Funny story: Was watching from about 2:30 left in the third on MSG+ to see if Chico was complaining as he usually does, and he said something about how Henrik is only the King of Luxembourg because he hasn’t had a good playoff run. With about 1:10 left, I hear the crowd start to cheer, so as I turned it back to MSG, I said “And they’re on their feet at the Garden” as Sam wasn’t talking. What do you know, three seconds later, Sam spits out his line, “And they’re on their feet at the Garden.” Hilariously predictable.

  9. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Geez. That’s terrible, my thoughts are with him and his family, I hope he pulls through ok.

  10. “But I’m not going to listen to this team being called clowns because they had a bad game.”

    Does he read the blog? Is he referring to Miami Pimp? :P

  11. Great news on Tiki. Thanks for sharing, ilb.

    I like how Torts is refusing to determine the success of the season on whether or not they make the playoffs. It’s the right thing to do, and the way we should all be looking at it.

  12. aight guys just like mcdonagh i am not wathcing. will next stop in here around 930. taking my wife and baby to mall for a few hours.

    all i could say is DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES.

    GO TAMPA

  13. lets hope for a miracle tonight. Pray to the hockey gods for Mike Smith to have a monster game and that the Bolts PP sees plenty of action…

  14. Wow, Carp! I love what Torts said. Every single paragraph. Isn’t it exactly what most of us have been saying for awhile?

  15. Also hope everybody is enjoying the picnic. I was at Warren77 but left after the game. May head back later.

  16. I like Torts’s fire…..” He still has friends in Tampa “….. We’re getting in !!!!

  17. Nothing like a little face melting to get me in the mood for a big hockey,,

    Yes, Raiders of the Lost Ark is on :)

  18. We are all pulling for you, Tik! Hang in there, bud!

    Mick, I totally agree. It’s great to have a coach like Torts with a long term plan and see his confidence in it. It’s not just about this year…

  19. I really want to watch but I feel like watching is jinxing myself. Decisions ilb. Decisions.

  20. I was supposed to go to W77, Manny, but I had to go to my upstate house. Just talked to some ‘heads at W77. They are having a lot of fun…

  21. Chris Gibson on

    @Gift of Gab: Stamkos has 44 goals, he would need 2 hat tricks just to tie for the scoring race. That’s just not realistic. What is realistic however is that Martin St. Louis is 3 goals shy of 300 on his career and 4 points shy of 100 on the season. Hopefully that motivates them.

  22. This was a good win from the Rangers today. And credit has to be given to Drury for scoring his biggest goal as a Ranger after playing his first game in two months and having had an utterly abysmal season.

    What frustrates all of us is the inconsistency this team has shown throughout the season. They came out flat as a board against Boston and rebounded to score their biggest regular season win since, probably, 1994. With the ball totally in their court, they come out two nights later and put up their worst loss of the season, showing absolutely no passion or urgency against a pretty subpar Atlanta team. What Carolina did to Atlanta last night, the Rangers could have done just as easily if they’d played with even half of the passion they showed for much of today’s game.

    Now, the team is in a position where it has to hope for “help” from rival in order to get a crack at Washington next week. As mediocre as the Rangers roster is, there really was no reason for them to be in this position.

  23. No matter the outcome of this season, the road ahead looks extremely bright. Someone earlier said we won’t be sitting around like this next year and that is absolutely correct. I’m excited to see how these terrific kids develop. A big thanks to everyone in Connecticut for being able to send these players to the big club and where they continue to fit seamlessly into the system.

    However, this season is NOT over unless the fat lady sings in Tampa- LET’S GO LIGHTNING!LET’S GO LIGHTNING!LET’S GO LIGHTNING!

  24. In as much as just about everything that can be said about the Ranger’s situation, has been said, for a bit of comedy relief, I offer the news on TV note about the Minnesota Arena whose roof caved in this past winter due to the weight of snow. They are conducting tours of the site and would you believe that they are offering pieces of the old roof to visitors who want them as souvenirs?

    What a clever and inexpensive method of getting rid of all that old debris. Now why couldn’t the old Whalers have thought of doing that when their roof caved in one year due to snow weight. ( which by the way gave rise to the “I-91 Club)
    That was the cavalcade of fans that drove the 40 miles north to Springfield Mass to watch the Whalers play their games at that Arena.”)

    Don’t say there were no dedicated Whaler fans….just not enough of them.

  25. Whatever happens tonight, I am very proud of the Rangers. Yeah, they have their times where they are not consistent, but are on their way to being a much better team next year. I had a blast watching the game today. Don’t know if I will watch the game tonight because I’m nervous now just thinking about it!
    ilb, thanks for the update on Tiki. We’re praying for you Tiki!

  26. I’ll be watching, but probably up and about doing housework as I’ll be a nervous wreck the entire team.

  27. I left w77 before anyone showed up. I blew it. I’ll have to meet you guys another time and solidify our friendship.

  28. 30 minutes to go i feel real nervous…..im thinking red wine to sedate me!!!!! one TIME lets get some help cmon TAMPA

  29. Lloyd- Don’t make me have to get Tortsy on your aasen. :)

    Could you please save it until 9:30 at least?, coulda? please?

  30. As far as Tortorella’s beef with the ROW situation, I lost count about three months ago of the number of games where he coached the team to get to a shootout rather than win in OT. If you don’t want ROW to be the decisive factor on whether your team misses the playoffs, you can’t coach OT with the mentality of, “Let’s hope Henke steals another one for us.” Too often the Rangers went through those 5 minutes with no mindset other than winning in the shootout. And, obviously, they’re not the only one that did it, but you can’t go through an entire season that way and then whine about it after game 82.

  31. I’m excited! I’ve never rooted for TB, at least not as much as I’m about to.

  32. ddebened,

    If you happened to see Lundqvist’s interview with Giannone after the game, I feel pretty much the same way he does about what’s going to happen tonight. For the last several weeks, the Rangers have received no help from any of the teams around them, and I don’t expect that to change tonight. This Carolina team basically turned invincible in the last few weeks, so I’ll be shocked if they don’t win.

  33. ddebened,

    I’m sure you’ve been a Ranger fan long enough to know that situations like this never go the our way. ;-)

  34. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    hockey night in canada, so you KNOW the Habs game will be on the NHL Network. I will be SHOCKED if i get the Bolts/Canes, not that i’ll be watching much because once the man gets home, out we go. Hope when I get back you guys are celebrating!

  35. C’mon, no need to be negative nanciies right now. We need all the positive vibes in the universe tonight for the Lightning.

  36. I really don’t know what to do with myself right now. Guess I should go to the pub and pick up my card that I accidentally left there last night. Not sure if I can handle watching the game or not.

  37. eddie eddie eddie on

    manny – if TB wins tonight, good chance that rangers will make the playoffs

  38. eddie eddie eddie on

    LETS GO LIGHTNING…..Vinny L shoots and scores….Marty STL shoots and scores and scores and scores and scores

  39. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Would love to see a little jumpiness in the Canes in the first. Tampa relaxed, counter punching, making plays.

    Hope setting a franchise record for wins means something to the Bolts. Sounds like it does (not surprisingly) to the rookie coach, Bouchard. LGL.

  40. Amen ilB. Looking for a lot of Tampa bay breakaways with their shooters. St. Louis better help us for once!

  41. Doodie Machetto on

    Will post thoughts and happenings from today later. For right now, does anyone know where/how I can see the Carolina game?

  42. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    remember a lil while ago you guys were debating on whether cam ward was overrated or not?

  43. LET’S GO TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING!

    Hoping for Stamkos, VL and St Louis to light Ward up tonight.

  44. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    or nhl game center live, someone said they were doing a freebie today

  45. Why is Center Ice playing make believes versus habs on the station that says lightning vs. hurricanes!?

  46. Remember last year, at this time we were arguing whether Hank was elite or not?

    Ha! Seems like it was just yesterday.

    After that week long argument, we had to give our definitions of the word “elite”

  47. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    for all you Ranger cablevision people the bolts/canes game will be on channel 426!! other areas check your center ice/mlb channels for the game!! Let’s go Bolts!!

  48. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    GO TIMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

    really it is cuz if Tampa dont win ,we go.

    On a serious note . News of Tiki( Cr9) is quite bothersome. I wish him the best and can’t fathom the sorrow and fear he and his familly is having. My heart goes out to him and his family. I know Tiki would want to be here ….this one is for Tiki !!!!!!

    GO RANGERSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! Everyone repeat after me…YOU TOO RANGERS PLAYERS ( cuz I know ya reading this)

    CHOKE-O- LINA!!!!!!

    CHOKE-O-LINA!!!!!

  49. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    hockey streams = $5 for the day if you really want to watch and nothing else works

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    Something for Tampa to play for: Win tonight and they set the franchise record for wins.

  51. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    BIG GAME , IM FREAAAAAAAAKING OUT MAN!!!!!

    LETS GO RANGERSSS!!!

    too nervous over here , holey hell im going to Carsillo my pants!!!

  52. I don’t get NHL Network. Will my Fiance go nuts if I add something to our cable package!? Decisions!

  53. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    Torts said it best.

    He has many friends in Tampa still and they will NOT let him down!!!!

    IM FIRETRUCKING stoked man!!!!!!

  54. Headzo Del Headzo on

    Thx orr…but not sure i can watch the frozen four, make a frozen drink, & watch my computer freeze all at the same time!

  55. Time Warner has me on hold forever to get the this channel added. I am missing the most important game my team has ever *not* played

  56. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! I LOVE TAMPA!!!!!!

    Yeah baby!!!!

  57. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    I think Tampa has a better chance winning then us winning.

  58. OK, I laughed at this:

    PeterBotte Peter Botte
    If I understand these NHL tiebreakers rules correctly, if the Mets win this game, the NY Rangers are eliminated from the playoffs?

  59. Doodie Machetto on

    Can we all stop the “Cam Ward is why the Hurricanes are fighting for the playoffs” hogwash? It’s Eric Staal. He’s a MONSTER.

  60. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, don’t add it! It’s not worth the money! Just watch it online.

  61. Anyone got a link to the game? Its blocked on GameCenter for some reason. I’m listening on Tampa’s website right now but it’d be nice to watch it. Thanks!

  62. TB came to play, and play hard. VL got injured and back playing PK. Carolina will have to work hard to get in.

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    I’ve got some GREAT stories from today. Just some examples: Brodeur gave my brother the finger, we hung out with a lottery winner from Vancouver, and I saw Carp, eric, Mama, and Fozzie

  64. YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  65. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    hell headzo, i’m gonna pick up some cranberry juice and mix it with my vodka for later!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP IT GOING BOLTS

  66. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    OMG I LOVE VINNNNNNNYYYYYYYYYY!!!!

    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO omg omg omg omg!!!!

  67. Doodie Machetto on

    “Mrs. Torts must make a mean lasagna!”

    That would be tampering. Must be Mrs. Prospal.

  68. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    WE are all dyingg over here!!!!! LETS GO TAMPAAA!!!!

  69. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    spider, so many guys are watching online links because they wer GETTING

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO STAMKOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    HOLY FIRETRUCKIN CARCILLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMKOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. I said it last night and someone made fun of me. TB players, especially VL and St. Louis, have a tremendous respect for what Torts did for them and for TB. They will not just give them a free ride.

  72. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    wow this link is behind..I saw youse say STAMKOS…and Im like…whaaaaa

    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!

    RANGERS baby!!!!! yeah yeah yeah yeah !!!

    GO TAMPA!!!!!!

    CHOKE-O-LINA!!!!

    I bet yer nervous Hurricanes ,hahahahahahaaa!!! Im more nervous though!!

    RANGERSSS!!!!!

  73. Headzo Del Headzo on

    I love Tampa’s nudie bars, now I’m loving their hockey team! Pad those stats TBL!!!

  74. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    CHOKE-O-LINA!!!!! Choke you idiots CHOKE!!!!!

  75. eddie eddie eddie on

    the hockey gods are smiling with us tonight…3 near misses for canes….

  76. Boy, I see a lot of shoulders and heads down on the Former Whalers. Told ya they’d feel some pressure. And I was told by somebody tonight something I can’t repeat, but it was an assurance that TBL would play hard.

  77. eddie eddie eddie on

    yeah…what about the skid?…..if i could i would inject skid updates into my veins because it would be a high like no other…

  78. In a cab on my way home…met mama and Linda Fuzzy at Warren…had a great time with the girls! Mama, you don’t suck… ;)

    LET’S GO BOLTS!!!!!!!

  79. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    VINNY = Monster!!!

    IM PUMPED IM PUMPED IM PUMPED!!!! GO TAMPA GO!!!!!!!!!

    If Tampa wins , Im gonna actually respect them.

  80. JimboWoodside on

    Would love to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation, Carp – thanks for the encouragement, though!

  81. Great tidbit there, Carp. Had to know the Bolts players would play hard for Torts.

  82. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    CHOKE-O-LINA!!!!

    wow a distubance!!! Too funny eh Linda?

  83. Just catching up … that’s good news about Tiki, I suppose.

    TIKI, IF YOUR BROTHER IS PAYING ATTENTION HERE, WE’RE ALL PULLING FOR YOU BUDDY.

    ilb, Torts is the man. I’m telling you, the stuff he’s done behind the scenes with this team, the way he approaches stuff … right down to not running down his guys after the Islanders game … it’s incredible. Imagine if they had hired him, or kept him, in 2000 when they had the chance.

  84. eddie eddie eddie on

    the rangers should get rid of torts and rehire the greatest hockey mind in the world…..JOHN MUCKLER

  85. eddie eddie eddie on

    ricardo – great reporting last few days..especially today…superb writing….

  86. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    TIKI IS THE MAN!!!!!

    GO TIKI!!!!! TIKI has touched everyone in one way or another , the guy is a TRUE bonehead and we all love his spirit!!!!

    GO RANGERSSSSSS!!!

    3 – 0 after the first , wow!!!!!

  87. this really has been an amazing Saturday spent with you Boneheads. for once we are going to get good news on all fronts.

  88. It may be that Guy wanted to sit his star players. And I wouldn’t be surprised if VL came to him privately and said: “Look, if they have a chance, we got to do it for Torts. For what he did for our development and for the franchise.” What coach would say “no” to this?

  89. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    lmao headzo! hope all your laundry is done and the dishes are clean!

  90. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Voodoo psychology time: Still expecting an epic Canes comeback. Already written off any Rangers playoffs. But a nice period from the Bolts all the same.

    (Cue happy whistling sound effect here…)

  91. oh look, the Mets are losing. I don’t care tonight. Tomorrow, I might, but right now, I don’t give two carcillos about them

  92. JimboWoodside on

    If the Canes look to open it up, it could allow TB to put in three or four more goals!

  93. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    CHOKE-O-LINA is desperate. They are at home and need to win. Biggest game of the year for the ‘canes and they are NERVOUS. They have anxiety ,stress and are “clutch” thier sticks too hard. Time to panick soon for them so hang on to your hats folks cuz this game is far from over!!! GOOD NEWS , Smith in net is serious ,all horses on Tampa wanna end the season on a high. They are playing just as hard cuz when you enter the playoffs , you dont wanna lose the last game . Period.

  94. LMFAO, dde!

    Carp- yes, it’s pretty good news from a medical standpoint on Tiki. First 24 hours are crucial.

  95. eddie eddie eddie on

    the east is so up for grabs, you could put all 8 teams in a hat and draw out a team…..

  96. The Canes look like us against the Isles. They can’t hit open nets, they can’t score on the PP.

    Hopefully the result is the same, and not like our game against the B’s :P

    OvechCANT! Time for *revenge*!

  97. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    C3 is on his way home from Warren 77 and the bonehead hijinx going on there lol

  98. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Doesn’t this feel like a Rangers doubleheader today? However this turns out, it’s been a helluva hockey day.

    Keep the thrills comin’.

  99. ilb – Greg said it and I’m sure Tiki would have gotten a kick out of it as well

  100. LMAO @ this guy saying:”The Rangers did their business” That’s what I tell my wife after I come back home from walking our dogs.

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

    ILB
    Thanks for the tiki update!

    Stay calm everyone, two periods left. Not too high or too low, calm!!!

    So because they won today, does this mean I have to post during every ranger game now?

  102. eddie eddie eddie on

    i love to laugh and make people laugh…it truly is the best medicine…now we need a big TB 2nd period…

  103. considering Tampa is looking to limit their big guys tonight, it should now work in Rangers best interest. Tampa wont be taking any risks and playing simple hockey

  104. I feel very comfortable that MAB is playing at forward today instead of his regular position…

  105. eddie eddie eddie on

    ricardo – like king midas himself…truly a golden touch……canes are pressing…LOVE IT

  106. Wow. Good for those guys shaving their heads. Now I hope the Lightning wins the Stanley Cup, for the character they showed then, and the way they played Game 82 the right way.

  107. eddie eddie eddie on

    the longer the canes stay off the scoreboard…the greater the frustration…..LOVING IT

  108. JimboWoodside on

    How did the Rangers do against Smith this season? Did he play in any of the TB-NY games?

  109. VL should be mentioned more often for establishing this Children’s Hospital in Tampa. His own $3M.

  110. eddie eddie eddie on

    lin – joe and sam spend more time rambling about nothing than they do actually calling the game….

  111. Cccp.. Drury was clutch today. That answer ur question aboot my statement yesterday?

  112. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    catch you guys in a few… time to take the man out to dinner! GO BOLTS GO!!

    want to come back to youse guys celebrating!

  113. its amazing how much of a Debbie Downer Larry Brooks truly is-rubs it in our face with a tweet last night when canes are up 2-0 but MIA so far today! LETS GO TAMPA LETS GO TAMPA LETS GO TAMPA!

  114. eddie eddie eddie on

    while i certainly like MZA,,,,,he is NO Marty St. Louis…..smith with a BIG save

  115. I DONT KNOW COOKE!FKA IDKC on

    Holy carcillo just got home put on the game 3-0 told you they would choke!!

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

    ILB
    You are absolutely correct about vl and the hospital! Quality human!

  117. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    This game is like our game vs the THRASHERS . You can get too uptight before a real big game and fall flat on your face. Tampa bay is a really good team and looks like they arnt messin ’round tonight!!!

    GO RANGERSSSSSSSSS!!!! Rangers baby….30 more min , then im gonna EXPLODE!!!!

    Yeah Tiki touched everyone one way or another and he is a True Bonehead. The news of him hurt that serious breaks my heart. This game was dedicated to him from me.

  118. JimboWoodside on

    Lin, he should be bringing dinner to you! Doesn’t he know what is important here!??

  119. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! yesss yesss yesss yessss ohhhh yeahhhh!!!

    OMG this is super good shtuff man!!!!

    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!

    yes!!!!

    YES!!!

  120. JimboWoodside on

    “VL should be mentioned more often for establishing this Children’s Hospital in Tampa. His own $3M”

    Great Guy! More should be like him…………..

  121. Doodie Machetto on

    Can we stop all of the Cam Ward talk? That game 7 stat should go out the window too!

  122. eddie eddie eddie on

    i am greatly pleased that THE PRUST won the officer McD award….THE PRUST, M. Sauer, and R. McD are my 3 favorite players

  123. My gf made me watch the Devils game earlier today…

    And I couldn’t help but keep tsn on refresh on my laptop tonight…

    I’m not gonna say anything…

    Except how does one best prepare a plate of crow? :-)

  124. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    Ive been Jinxing them sinse yesterday!!!!!!

    CHOKE-O-LINA!!!! its working!!

  125. JimboWoodside on

    Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez!!!! That last minute lasted forever!!

  126. JimboWoodside on

    I thought that Larose was gonna score – I wish someone would “pluck” him!

  127. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    I want us in the playoffs so bad ..come the 5 min mark in the 3rd…I could cry.

  128. JimboWoodside on

    You’re not kidding, Headzo – I was flailing around in the last 5 minutes of that second period – don’t know how I’m gonna manage to keep it together in the third…

  129. I have a feeling that the next 20 minutes are going to involve some stress. No way this comes easy.

  130. eddie eddie eddie on

    i have to think the rangers watching this are texting furiously at those that arent…and all are happy…

  131. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    HAHAA Headzo love it!!!!! wait ..I love cats!! Cats or Rangers…..

    GET the kitty!!!!!!

    The Hockey gods are finally answering our prayers!!!

  132. 4generations 4 cups on

    i did not think this would happen but anythinig can happen in the 20 minutes that are left. PLEASE remember that this is the same team that beat the devils in the last minute of a game 7

  133. eddie eddie eddie on

    another bloody mary for me…how i can sit here and type without fallin over is beyond me….i have had enough to kill most humans

  134. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    RANGERSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

    Only way I dont want Tampa to win the cup …is when we play ‘em .

  135. I DONT KNOW COOKE!FKA IDKC on

    tampa should get alot of oddman rushes with the canes pulling out all the stops

  136. eddie eddie eddie on

    don cherry dressed as conservatively as i have ever seen him…normally he looks like a clown

  137. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    KEEP drinking EDDIE!!!! This is OUR TIME!!!!

    Repeat after me , this is OUR time!!!

    If Tampa bay hangs on to the lead and they win , they would have ULTIMATELY unleashed the best playoff goalie in Henrik Lunqvist to the 2011 Stanley CUP playoffs. Scary thought for other teams facing Hank. I want this game so bad to give our youth growth and experience. We need the playoffs…Stepan could be our hero , we need to be there , this time it is ours!!!

  138. Hey, you will all get newspapered by mama if she sees this cat bullcooke. And I’ll help her too :-)

  139. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    While mommas away the cats will play…..

  140. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    SACRIFICE!!!!! sorry kitty its for a good cause!!!!

  141. Rhode Island Ranger on

    That dive by Cole that gave them the 5 on 3 and their lucky goal was shameful. Love the candid TB radio guy in studio calling it for what it is and reminding the listeners why the rest of the Southeast hates the Canes.

    Go Bolts!

  142. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    ilb , you know it!!! Momma would be “papering” alot of noses!!!!!

  143. Kaiser Permanente on

    I’m durnk as hlel. Is this werre I found out how to rplace aclutch on a Rubasusu?

  144. I once had an argument with someone who compared someone throwing newborn puppies into a river to eating meat. Yeah, there are people like that out there.

  145. CapeBretonRangerFan on

    Can you believe this is happening in the last game of the season….we’re FINALLY getting some help.

  146. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    just kill the clock!!!! Time is ticking CHOKE-O-LINA!!!! LOOK OUT!!!!

  147. so jitttery right now… not sure if its the lack of food today or the game… but im blaming the game

  148. eddie eddie eddie on

    headzo – given all that i have had to drink…good thing i only took two percosets…not to mention what i have inhaled…

  149. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    SCREW YOU ERIC STAAL!!!!! NEXT TIME YOU BETTER PICK “OUR” boy sooner at the all-star game!!!!!

  150. Sorry if I’m kind of going off topic, but, my anxiety level is extremely high right now. Trying to take my mind off of hockey.

  151. Headzo Del Headzo on

    eddie x 3 – good stuff. me too. I did happen to make it to the gym somehow today – probably to stay awake while watching the masters!

  152. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    Mickey , Its the GAME!!! This is our season here…all on the line!!! It a BIG Deal!!!
    The anxiety you feel is real , WE NEED THIS GAME!!!!

  153. eddie eddie eddie on

    Latona – you should be in my shoes….my house could be on fire and i wouldnt even care :)

  154. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    You Too Latona , Im Freaking out over here!!!!

  155. Excellent timing with the “house on fire” comment, eddie. I just remembered I had cream puffs in the oven.

  156. don’t like the counterpunch system. they spend way too much time in their own end, overdepending on the goalie, and then just waiting for odd man breaks offensively.

  157. I’m never this nervous at a Ranger’s game. This is by far the biggest game in our season,and we’re not even playing….how funny is that

  158. N.CountryNYRFan on

    YES!!!!! Great game today and now Tampa winning 4-1 in 3rd. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

  159. Headzo Del Headzo on

    eddie x 3 – I don’t think we’d survive that one! We’d need Mama to run the intervention!

  160. im hungry and cant eat, im so nervous, and yet i was eating breakfast at the start of the Rangers game… so weird

  161. long ago Rangers Dominic Moore and Adam Hall are doing the big job on the PK in this one.

  162. Again, NYR is the only team that can make the fans bite their nails for 83 games during the 82 game regular season. Only our boys!

  163. Headzo Del Headzo on

    And to all you cat lovers – I sacrificed a couple CATs – Cirocs And Tonics. So stop trying to ruin my fun!

  164. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    TIME IS TICKING IN CHOKE-O-LINAS season!!!!!!

  165. Headzo Del Headzo on

    Ciroc = vodka. And I’m sacrificing another in a minute – this game is sick!

  166. wow fell asleep right after the game..and now its 4-2 lightning I cant believe it i haven´t expected it, Rangers making playoffs..:)

  167. ilb, Capital District Pediatric Cardiologists are damn good. They were my group until I moved down here.

  168. i’m mentally pacing around my apartment, but not actually moving right now. too superstituous

  169. Pediatric, Mickey? I may not qualify. It’s 21 and below in NYS. I’m 26, remember?

  170. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    Crosby is doing well and could start in the playoffs.

  171. no! Look – NO COUNTING OUTS. That is something Red So fans did in 2003. NOT a good idea! As Wicky says – *it isn’t over until somebody cries!*

  172. LMAO at Mitch Beck latest tweet!!

    HowlingsToday

    Newbury just beats the Carcillo out of Neigum with 1:23 to go. Total KO and pummelling

  173. Dear Everybody – please stop counting down. please. let’s just get there.

  174. Torts, this one is for you from VL, St. Louis and the whole Tampa Bay franchise!

    Boneheads, we are going to the playoffs after all!

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  175. MSL!!!

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS

  176. ya know eddie – it seems to me that when time runs out….if the Hurricanes still trail…they will lose. Can you check that for me!?

  177. I DONT KNOW COOKE!FKA IDKC on

    Who would have thought that rookie ryan mcdonagh would score the goal to propel the rangers to the playoffs!!!

  178. holy freaking crap guys. holy freaking crap! let’s light this town on fiiiiiiiiiire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  179. Headzo Del Headzo on

    Headzo with the MSL empty netter call! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    LGR!!

    BYFUGLIEN THE CAPS!!!

  180. I believed NYR could win today, but I didn’t think Tampa would help us out.

    Unreal. Truly shocking. I’m not expecting a Cup, but it’s great for the guys like Step-On, Artie, McDonut, Boyle, Sour Power, etc, all getting some playoff experience.

    LOL! That creepy Islander guy said “Pocket Rockets”

  181. HOLY CRAP I JUST TURNED IT YOU GUYS ON . I DIDNT WATCH ONE BIT.

    HOLY CRAP WERE INNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

  182. St. Louis 6-2 Thank you very much Lightning you did a much better job helping us than the Red Wings…

    Rangers open in Washington on Thurday or Friiday or even Wednesday ?????

  183. >>What in Holy Byfuglien happened today????

    Ending up with a HUGE headache is what happened. WHEW!

  184. THEY’RE IN. OMG, THEY’RE IN.

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    SWEET REDEMPTION FOR THOSE OF US THAT BELIEVED

  185. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Just win ,Tampa!! "...says Greg L. on

    GAME 82 BABY!!!!

    Game fricking eighty -two!!!!!!!

    YESSSSSSS YESSSSSSSSSSS YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

    IM IN SEVENTH HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!

  186. JimboWoodside on

    Where’s all the girls!! I wanna kiss them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  187. As big as an egg we laid against ATL, the Canes laid a much bigger one tonight!!!

  188. Eddie- My question is who do we face in the 2nd round? LOL! Keep the faith, brutha!

  189. It is also me doing a great job. I bought a new rangers hat to un-curse my old one that i was wearing during game 82 last year. bring it Caps. bring it. I can taste it.

  190. Ej Hradek saying that Dallas is upset because they have more pts than Rangers. screw them and Hradek

  191. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Washington Wednesday!! "...says Greg L. on

    It looked bleak but SCREW YOU ALL who never believed, Believe it baby , THE NEW YORK RANGERS are in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playofffs!!!!!! Ok sorry for the screw you all comment but it true , Rangers are in!!! RANGERS are in!!!!!

    Rangers are in!!!!

    Rangerss are in!!!

  192. JimboWoodside on

    Craps vs Rangers

    Sabres vs Flyers

    Pens vs Lightning

    Habs vs Bruins

    And for the first time in 15 years, the Devils Vs. the golf course!!!!!!!!!

  193. ZzZz NYR ZzZz "Washington Wednesday!! "...says Greg L. on

    Yo Salty!!! DO you Believe it , WE MADE THE PLAYOFFS!!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!

  194. >>…Dallas is upset because they have more pts than Rangers.

    Maybe Bettman should change the playoff qualification rules to suit Dallas?

  195. LOL! I bet you all my left nut that if we won the Cup, Dreary would fall down on his way to Buttman.

    When he was named Captain, he fell while they called his name. So funny! Some say he never recovered from the embarrassment, and is why he’s been so bad ever since.

  196. Tickets not available!? But I want to make passionate and expensive decisions!

  197. yea the bruins vs. montreal will be a fun series to watch, two arch rivals who hate each other.

  198. ILB

    im home with wife. we didnt put a televeision set for 3 hours. i turned on computer at 915pm to check score and miracle saw 4-2 10 min to go.

    i had to go to bathroom i was so nervous i came out and it was 6-2 and a miracle had happened.

    the best thing is i taped the game and if tampa won i would watch otherwise i would delete tape

  199. Rhode Island Ranger on

    For sheer drama, maybe the best Ranger day since ’94. Huge respect for TB.

    Real happy this gutsy Rangers team gets its just reward. It’s all gravy after this week’s craziness.

    LGR.

  200. Headzo Del Headzo on

    Rangers win – check
    Yankees win – check
    Tiger chokes – check
    Canes lose – check
    Great day – CHECK!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now let’s go Hagelin!!! Win it for Michigan!!!

  201. 1st goal of the season for Pizza Pants…..he has to hit his “average” so he will make up a LOT of goals in the playoffs. riiiight.

  202. actually i did have to work this
    morning/afternoon
    just my luck that lunch break
    occurred prior to game time.
    may have been better for my stress level.

    jpg’s sister taped it for me. so, i’m going to watch and
    enjoy later.

    been checking in here and tweets from Gross and Zipay
    and then nhl.com.

    wildly and happily surprised.

    happy to see us get over the hump with this group of players
    and we’ll see what happens.
    nhl network guys were talking about how the caps should be
    worried about facing us.

  203. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, you really have to tip your hat to Tampa Bay – they didn’t need these 2 points, but they played a hell of a game!

  204. Christian Thomas scores his 60th and 61st goal (including playoffs) in tonights 2nd round OHL game. Has there ever been a Rangers prospect this dominant in juniors??/

  205. LinCalPrustBoylahan24 on

    Helmet Nuzzles. Dubi Kisses and Torts pulsating neck veins all around!!! I love you guys!!!!!

  206. Ladies and Gentlemen, start your playoff beards!!!!

    LET’S GOOOO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  207. I DONT KNOW COOKE!FKA IDKC on

    a great playoffs can erase a mediocre season,are you listening gaborik!

  208. JimboWoodside on

    “Have sex with a new edition to his family

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!! *Great* one Orr!!!!!

  209. Playoff Beard: I wanted to shave today but I thought it would Jinx us so I kept the beard going. Now I can’t touch it. And I have a VERY important job interview. And I already have a raggedy beard going. ……. trouble.

  210. here is the hope for the rest of the west

    LA beats Ana tonight

    then Phoenix loses to Sharks in reg

    Nashville loses in reg to st louis

    Chicago wins tomorrow

    that would mean LA 4th, Chi 5th, Nash 6th, Phoe 7th, and Ana 8th

    thus LA-Chi

    Det-Nash

    SJ-Phoe

    Vanc-Ana

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