Game 4: Capitals at Rangers tonight


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

2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, Game Four
Wednesday, Apr. 20, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Washington leads the series 2-1

The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in Game Four of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up. The Blueshirts defeated the Capitals, 3-2, in Game Three on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and now trail 2-1 in the series. New York has advanced when trailing in a series, 2-1, seven times before, including a comeback from a 2-0 deficit in their 1996 Quarterfinal series vs. Montreal (won series, 4-2). The Rangers enter the contest with a 198-214-8 record all-time in 420 playoff contests, including a 110-82-2 mark at home.  New York has posted a 39-28 record all-time in Game Fours of playoff series, including a 5-0 mark in Game Four since 2007.

New York entered the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs having posted a record of 44-33-5 (93 pts) overall with a 24-16-1 mark on the road in the regular season. The Blueshirts are one of seven Eastern Conference teams to have registered at least five seasons of 40+ wins since 2005-06, and one of five Eastern Conference teams to advance to the playoffs in five of the six seasons (no team has advanced to the playoffs in all six seasons).  Compared to last season, the Rangers registered six more wins and six more points (38-33-11, 87 points in 2009-10), having tallied 11 more goals (233 this season, 222 last season) while allowing 20 fewer goals against (198 this season, 218 last season). The Blueshirts’ 44 wins tied for sixth most in team history, and their 24 road wins tied the franchise record (1993-94).

TV: MSG Network
6:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig, Brian Leetch, Bill Pidto, Ron Duguay and John Giannone
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Capitals
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Al Trautwig, John Giannone and Brian Leetch (In-Game Reporters)
Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Capitals
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • Overall: 198-214-8
  • Home: 110-82-2
  • Away: 88-132-6
  • Goals for: 1,171
  • Goals against: 1,206

The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the sixth time overall and the second time in three years. Their last postseason encounter was an Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in 2009, won by Washington 4-3. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 2-3 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 15-17 mark in 32 postseason contests.


  • All-Time (Regular Season): 83-84-18-5 overall (46-37-9-2 at home; 37-47-9-3 on the road)
  • 2010-11: The Rangers posted a 3-1-0 record vs. the Capitals in their regular season series, including a 2-0-0 mark at Verizon Center. New York out-scored Washington, 18-6, led by Brian Boyle’s seven points (three goals, four assists). The Rangers held the Capitals to one goal or less three times, including two shutouts by Henrik Lundqvist.
  • Over the last two seasons, the Blueshirts have tallied 10 power play goals in 30 opportunities (33.3%) in their last eight regular season games vs. Washington, including six goals in 17 power play attempts (35.3%) in four games in 2009-10.
  • Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 4-6 record with a 2.61 GAA and one shutout in 10 career playoff contests vs. Washington
  • Vinny Prospal leads the Rangers with seven goals, eight assists and 15 points in 17 career playoff contests vs. Washington
  • New York lists one former Capital on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08)
  • Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06)


  • Power Play: New York tallied one goal in seven power play opportunities (10:33) in Game Three on Sunday vs. Washington, and are now 1-11 (9.1%) in three playoff contests. The Blueshirts are 0-2 (1:34) in five-on-three situations (last – 4/17 vs. WSH).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Capitals in three shorthanded situations (4:28) in Game Three on Sunday at MSG, and are now 6-8 (75.0%) in three playoff contests.
  • Four-on-Four: The Rangers tallied one goal in three, four-on-four situations (2:42) in Game Three on Sunday vs. Washington, and are now plus-one (one goal for, zero goals against) in three four-on-four situations (2:42) during the playoffs. Shorthanded goals for (1): 4/17 vs. WSH (B. Dubinsky).

New York has comeback from a 2-1 series deficit seven times in franchise history:

  • 1928 – Round 3 vs. Montreal Maroons (3-2)
  • 1940 – Round 1 vs. Boston (4-2)
  • 1971 – Round 1 vs. Toronto (4-2)
  • 1974 – Round 1 vs. Montreal (4-2)
  • 1986 – Round 2 vs. Washington (4-2)
  • 1992 – Round 1 vs. New Jersey (4-3)
  • 1996 – Round 1 vs. Montreal (4-2) — *Began their 1996 Quarterfinal series vs. Montreal trailing 2-0

The Rangers and Capitals Game One match-up was the sixth time the two teams required overtime to decide a playoff contest, with New York posting a record of 2-4 in those contests. Game One (78:24) was the longest contest between the two teams, out-lasting the previous longest by 11:36 (Apr. 27, 1990 – 66:48).

Seven Rangers made their playoff debut in Game One at Washington on Apr. 13 – Brian Boyle, Matt Gilroy, Brandon Prust, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, Derek Stepan, and Mats Zuccarello. Gilroy (goal) and Prust (assist) also registered their first career postseason point in the contest.

The Blueshirts were the only team in the NHL who were undefeated when leading after two periods this season, posting a record of 29-0-0 in those contests. The Rangers tied for third in the league with a plus-22 goal differential in the third period (85 goals for, 63 goals against). New York also tied for second in the NHL with eight wins and 20 points in games in which it trailed entering the final frame.

The Rangers were undefeated in their last six games of the regular season vs. the top four teams in the Eastern Conference standings, including a 6-0 win at Washington on Feb. 25. New York out-scored their opponents, 27-7, in those contests, having tallied five or more goals in four of the six games while posting three shutouts.

Rangers Captain Chris Drury is tied for fourth in the NHL all-time with four playoff overtime goals, and ranks fourth among active NHL players and leads the team with 47 goals in 133 career postseason contests. Drury has participated in the playoffs eight times, having advanced to at least the Conference Finals in five of those eight seasons.

Henrik Lundqvist was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the period ending Mar. 27 after posting a 2-0-1 record, 0.32 GAA, .987 Sv% and two shutouts in three games. On Mar. 26, Lundqvist established a new career-high with his league leading, 11th shutout of the season, while appearing in his 400th career game. His 11 shutouts tied for second in team history for most shutouts in a season, and are the most by a Ranger since John Ross Roach posted 13 shutouts in 1928-29. He is now one of two active goaltenders with at least two seasons of 10+ shutouts (M. Brodeur – 4). Lundqvist also posted his 30th win of the season on Mar. 18 vs. Montreal to extend his NHL record by recording 30 or more wins in six consecutive seasons to begin his career, and extend his franchise record by posting his sixth straight 30-win season. Lundqvist established a new career-high by appearing in his 22nd consecutive contest (dating back to Feb. 11) on Mar. 31 at Long Island. Lundqvist has appeared in 29 straight games entering tonight’s contest, and has started each of the Rangers last 32 playoff games.

The Rangers tied for fourth in the league with 11 shorthanded goals this season, the most for New York since they notched 11 in 2006-07 and tied for 12th most in franchise history. Brandon Prust led the team and tied for second and third in the league, respectively, with a career-high, seven shorthanded points and five shorthanded goals. His five shorthanded goals are the most by a Ranger since Theo Fleury tallied seven shorthanded goals in 2000-01. Brian Boyle led the Rangers and tied for second in the NHL with a career-best, three shorthanded assists.

The Rangers completed the regular season leading the league in hits (2,333), ranked fourth in blocked shots (1,301), tied for first in shutouts (11), second in number of players with at least one GWG (19), third in shootout wins (nine), fourth in road wins (24), fifth in goals against (198), and fifth with a plus-35 goal differential.


  • Derek Boogaard (shoulder, 12/9) – 55
  • Alex Frolov (knee, 1/8) – 42
  • Martin Biron (collarbone, 2/28) – 21
  • Ryan Callahan (ankle, 4/4) – 5

Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season, Playoffs): 327
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 12


  • Apr. 18 – Assigned forward Mats Zuccarello to Connecticut (AHL)

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  1. Cause boudreau opened his yapper against this team of maniacs who will go through the wall to do it!

  2. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    There once was a team from D.C.
    Whose coach was a byfuglien crybaby

    They came to the garden
    Which was loud and rockin

    And left town the losers they be

  3. Glad to see the site so pumped in the morning.

    I have no limericks or chants but LGR!

  4. HockeymanRangers on

    Ok Boneheads, what will the chant be tonight for Boudreau?? I will be listening for it from my reclyner. Is it just as simple as Potvan sucks to Boudreau sucks??
    Got to play a smart game tonight no penalties and can not leave anything out on the ice. More pucks and players to the net. I could say that again MORE PUCKS AND PLAYERS TO THE NET. You can do this I know you can.

  5. Gonzo Grabby on

    i hope we get a lead on them and maybe more than just 1 goal lead so then the boudreau chants will really rub it in.

  6. If Brooks’ article doesn’t get your fired up for this game tonight, nothing will.

    What a major puss Boudreau turned out to be. #1 seed crying like a baby to the officials after one loss.

  7. It feels like forever. It also feels like I am going to puke from nervousness, anticipation or excitement. But here we are, at the Fuggin’ Catalina Wine Mixer. *POW!* Let’s Go Rangers!!!

  8. If you guys aren’t psyched up – watch the link that is my name. Watch it 150 times. Then you will be on the verge of puking like me. Who doesn’t want to puke!?

  9. We will win tonight, because my playoff beard is looking good, and we just made 3 Easter Pies. All the stars are aligned, LOL. LGR!!!!!!

  10. Manny- you watch that video 150 more times at work and your name might change to MannyFired, I’m afraid :-)

  11. Haha. ilb – You’re totally right. My office is already a bit “concerned” over my addiction to sports and spots radio and hanging sports pictures in my office. It really isn’t that bad they just don’t like sports. At all. The only guy here is a casual devils fan at best. So annoying.

  12. The people in my office actually think that there is something wrong with people that find fulfillment in Sports and not in other things in life. They are right….my life is so empty…oh wait. No it’s not. I am fulfilled because the Rangers are in the playoffs! LET’S GO RANGERS!!!

  13. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    John – I, too, predict a blowout tonight. Final score: rangers 68 – caps 1

  14. Pumped for tonight’s game…I think the biggest key is gonna be to get on the Caps early. Shake up the rookie in net and watch Tubby start to panic.

    Oh, how I want to go back to D.C. tied up 2-2 with all the talk about how the Caps are choking yet again.

    Let’s face it…OT could have gone either way in Game 1. And if the ref blows that play dead the Caps don’t even tie it. So, conceivably, it’s 2-1 Rangers.

    Not that the Caps haven’t outplayed us for stretches, and not that our PP isn’t off the wall atrocious…but the Rangers have a right to be confident.

    Boudreau has shown his hand…and it’s very shaky.

    Let’s shut Humpty Dumpty up tonight!

    And aren’t the Rangers due for a 5-6 goal night? Once every two weeks or so, right?

  15. Amen CJP – Key is getting on them early. Someone (it may have been you) pointed out the defeat that the Caps showed after Luigi’s amazing “History Will be Made” goal. That is a shocking attitude for a team that is up 2-0. You would think they would keep their heads up. But they didn’t. Get on them early – especially in the checking department – and you can rattle them and make them panic.

    BOoooooooooooooooooooo Droooooooooooooooooooooooo
    Booooooooooooooooooooooo Drooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  16. Also – I really think we could be UP 3-0 as well as up 2-1. These games have been evenly played. Maybe not minute to minute – but in the long run they have been even.

  17. Manny, I did point that out. And watching replays of that goal I’m still surprised at how crushed the Caps looked from that goal.

    I mean, Ovie layed on the ice in the exact same spot where Fetisov sprawled out after Matteau’s goal in Game 7.

    Fetisov just saw his chance to go to the Stanley Cup Finals disappear and buried his face in the ice.

    Ovie just saw his team lose their first game of the playoffs. And he looked just as crushed.

    Neuvirth was still shaking his head on the next faceoff.

    More importantly…watch that play again. There is NO WAY that Dubinsky should have been able to get to the front of the net.

    But the Caps backed off. A look of fear, perhaps?

    I’m reminded of the video of Messier from that ’90 game against the Blackhawks. Coming in fast towards the goal Doug Wilson had a perfect chance to intercept Messier.

    Instead, he backed off…and Mess scored.

    Fear is palpable on the ice.

    The Caps are afraid.

    Let’s make them terrified.

  18. In the words of Digital Underground, Bruce Boudreau knows all about getting busy in a Burger King bathroom. And by busy I mean making room for more Whoppers.

  19. I see someone used the screen name, “onecupin71yearsand counting”. Fans of teams like the Devils, Islanders, and Flyers frequently criticize the Rangers for only winning one Stanley Cup since 1940.

    What’s remarkable is that even if the Rangers went all the way this season and won the championship, they still would have won “only” two Cups in 71 years.

    If they won the Cup next season, they still would have won “only” three cups in 71 years.

    When does it end? When can you (or the oppositions’ fans) say that your team has won enough Cups?

    The Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the premiere NHL teams, has not won the Cup since 1967. Another premiere team, the Boston Bruins, haven’t won a championship since 1972. And up until last year, the Chicago Blackhawks hadn’t won it since 1961. Not to mention that there are many teams in existence that have NEVER won a cup.

    Just sayin’.

  20. CJP – so glad I remembered it was you. That was such a great point. I did go back and have since watched that goal upwards of 150 times. (no joke). The defeat is unfathomable. First round of the playoffs, first game they lose – still in the drivers seat up 2-1 with a 4 day break coming up. And they fall on the ice like they just lost the Cup in the last year that they can play.

    Boudreau either has them wound up way too tightly or they are just scared. Very scared. I lean towards both. It is palpable and we better feed off it tonight and hit them HARD when they are off-balance and confused.

    Gaborik needs to be the opposite of scared tonight. Get the puck and shoot the puck in an instant. Strike fear into the opponent. Quick release.

  21. Devils fans are pathetic. It’s like crazed baseball fans and those silly Yankees AND Red Sox shirts “got rings?” It’s insane. Past championships mean NOTHING during the current season and if you focus on that junk then you aren’t focused on the task at hand.

    The Debbies are in a down phase and they are really bitter about it.

  22. Boudreau the Dumpling on

    I plan on informing Boudreau that the benches and locker room wouldn’t seem so small if he would simply eat a salad once in a while

  23. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Joe girardi and Eric staal need to stand tall tonight…. Some keys to victory: rangers must show up, rangers must come to play, rangers must bring their A game, and finally – score more goals than the craps… Anyone hear anything in Crosby? I have to think that he either will or will not play this series.

  24. hey all,
    big day….watched that Dubinsky History clip and now I can’t sit still.
    I don’t know how I’m gonna get through the rest of the day now.
    I started thinking about what the Rangers need to do tonight, Gabby, power play, etc….
    But screw it, that was getting me down. They just need to come out hard and win a damn hockey game, Ranger style (UGLY)

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    “# BroadwayRoe April 20th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Hump-ty Dump-ty. Clap clap clap clap clap.”

    If this caught on, it would be amazing.

  26. The whole “comfortable” bench thing reminds me of an episode of Arrested Development entitled “Staff Infection” where Lindsay takes over as Secretary at the Bluth Company and then redecorates the office because the lights are too bright – she makes the office somewhere you would rather sleep than work.

    Applying this theory to the benches, I would rather have the boys excited to get off the bench and on the ice rather than really comfortable in their prime seats as a spectator.

  27. 10 Keys to the game:

    1. Show up;
    2. Come to play;
    3. Wear uniforms;
    4. Bring sticks;
    5. Bring Skates;
    6. Put Skates on;
    7. Use those skates on ice;
    8. Shoot the puck at the net;
    9. Put the biscuit in the basket more times than your opponent; and
    10. Let the opponent put their biscuit in your basket less times than you put your biscuit in their basket.

  28. Good morning all! I predict a win for CT’s 26th birthday (happy one to you!) and Nasty’s beard!

  29. Thanks Carp, I’ll be in section 324 tonight. But I’ll be waiting for Mrs. CTB to come down from Westchester so I don’t know what time I’ll get to my seats. If we’re in early enough we’ll try to stop by.

    MSG should install wider benches for the Caps tonight. Really put the squeeze on Boudreau.

  30. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    If the cap’s benches are that uncomfortable, they should all be able to lean back into the soft belly of their coach…he holds 14 easily.

  31. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Manny – your keys are spot on… Especially the one about their skates. This isn’t street hockey

  32. Instead of getting personal with Boudreau ( for he won’t get it anyhow), Just a long drawn out BRUCEEEEEEEE……MEEEEEOWW!
    Might get to him a bit quicker.

  33. Eddie – Brilliant. You know I heard a quote yesterday from a player, and forgive me I don’t remember the guy’s name, and the quote was about how the Rangers need to play a tough “hockey game.” Well great point guy but you forgot that you are on the ICE – this is ICE hockey – and not street hockey. The rules are different. These guys have got to know this is ICE hockey where you are allowed to check people. This is crucial because if I had more than ten keys one of the other keys would be “hit harder than the other team.”

  34. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Manny – in order to win, Hank needs to allow fewer goals than the craps goalie…

  35. Eddie, I was expecting a comment along the lines of “the key to celebrating a birthday is to make sure you were born on the date it says your were born on. Not the day before or the day after, the exact day”.

  36. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I know there is much going on in the world these days, but the fact that NBC’s today show didn’t lead off their show with a crosby update is absurd.

  37. CTB, Happy 26!

    CT, you said it the other day…The reason why Humpty Dumpty is so cranky lately is because he found out that the Haagen Daz in Penn Station closes before 10 PM.

  38. Eddie, it really is. They give us updates on the royal wedding everyday but no Crosby? Didn’t we fight a war of independence so we didn’t have to be inundated with news about the royals?

  39. CT! That is spot on – Sometimes people get confused about their Birthday. These people are normally Muslims (Lunar Calendar) or Jews (Lunar-Solar Calendar). When they use the Roman Calendar (Solar Calendar) they don’t find the dates of their birthday on their calendar matching up with their original birthday. In this situation you run into problems where people are not celebrating their birthday on the right day. It’s great that you knew to find the right day because a miscalculation of a few hours could throw off the whole thing.

  40. NYR, which is why Humpty’s comments are so peculiar. Game 3 was a day game, maybe Haagen Daz was closed on Sunday?

  41. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    CT – it’s those kind of brilliant observations that just earned you the right to be our first guest on the Edie, manny, and mamma show.

  42. Doodie- are you going to the game? We can start it! I’ll get my section going and you guys can join in!

    CTB, 26, Happy Birthday!

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

    morning ILB and all!!

    Happy Birthday CT and Banj (sorry I missed it yesterday)

    Ok, so here is the plan. I was off of work for game 3, but I have to work untill 1AM easter time today/tonight. So to not ruin the vibe of the game 3 victory, I’m going to go in a couple of hours early and go “oops read the schedule wrong” so I will have to take about a 3 hour lunch to watch the game. Good idea, right?

    so was either of the pressers after the hawks nucks game heated? Did you see bieksa pummel that guy? Like the way the nucks gave the what for at the end of the game, showed some spirit after a horrible game (sorry olga). Reminded me of a few of our guys at the end of the isles game.

  44. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It does seem possible, and therefore likely, that the date on which you are born should also be your birthday…how did I not see that one before… This truly is a great day.

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

    great feds article btw!!

  46. I am amazed I stayed up to watch it and still got up to go to work…I’m on running on pure adrenaline (and caffeine) right now…

  47. I watched the games last night- got into bed and became so anxious I couldn’t sleep over tonight’s game. I am with you NYR. It’s like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” when Depp shoots up the adrenaline. “As your attorney I advice you to take 3 drops of this.”

  48. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Wicky – another thought… Just before the ranger game, leave work saying you will be right back… After the game, casually stroll in and say… Ok..I’m back

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

    And that is why I love you guys!!

    eddie x3
    consider it done.

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, great read on Feds, but my only quibbles:

    “He’s certainly in the conversation, and he’s been involved in so many big, rugged, moments — the two most recent, the disallowed bank-shot goal he scored at the second-period buzzer in Game 3, and the board battles he won and the pick he set on Alex Ovechkin on Brandon Dubinsky’s game-winning goal.”

    1) How could you leave out the diving play to break up the 2 on 1?

    2) Fedotenko is 32. Or 26, like Josh Thomson, 26.

  51. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    NYR-fan – just be awake come game time… If you need to take a nap at work, it’s ok.

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

    have their been any “stache” t shirts made yet? Too soon??

  53. Noah-allahan-iron, 28 on

    Carp, will you be around so I can say a quick hello before the game tonight?

  54. Haha! I will be Eddie!

    Great article on Feds, Carp. He is a very solid player and I hope he’s back next year…

  55. Doodie Machetto on

    The beard contest should be won by anybody who grows a stache and colors it jet black.

  56. my mistake. he’s 32. I even bothered to look up his birthday and still got it wrong.

    Doodie, I said the two most recent.

  57. Noah, not sure … but stop by the box pre-game if you can. Or between first and second.

    Those who entered the beard contest can certainly switch to ‘stache and let the Boneheads sort it out.

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

    yes, resign him!! 2 more years.

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

    how many ended up in the beard contest

  60. Carp

    you never answered my question… how many people are in the “beard” contest? i hope im not the only schmuck!

  61. Noah-allahan-iron, 28 on

    I should be there pregame, Carp. I’ll be in my work clothes but with a nice, week-long beard. I’m in this to win this!

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

    I am in it as well, so 2 schmucks for sure!

  63. ok so 3 schmucks! anybody else?

    imagine if we go all the way? whoa… my beard is kind of thick already! Miracle grow, baby! lol

  64. Gaborik scored multiple goals tonight. My post at 10:26. Just wanted to get it in early…. In case I forget later due to the jubilation of watching the caps implode from the goalie on in (out?) tonight.

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

    I have such a baby face, but i’m confident i will win!

  66. Noah-allahan-iron, 28 on

    Not to be Deborah Downer, Negative Nancy, Pouty Peter, etc., but I just have a bad feeling about tonight’s game.

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

    knuble may be out if that helps noah!

  68. No pressure guys…it’s not like if the Rangers lose, they have to win 3 in a row, and 2 of them in DC. …oh wait…

  69. Just entered in “bruce boudreau humpty dumpty” into google. It returned 17,900 results.

  70. Noah-allahan-iron, 28 on

    If the Rangers lose 4 games against the Caps, my professional opinion dictates that they will lose the series.

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

    wholly schnikeees, LMFAO!!!

  72. Geez, and I thought the Caillou one was funny, but I bow to the master CT :-)

    Coach Dumpty is going to learn, the hard way, not to pish off Ranger fans.

  73. ???

    Is Warren 77 a good place to actually watch the game tonight? does it get really crowded? Its a long way to go down there if it turns out to be a bust

    I went to the viewing party at Stout nyc and thought that was pretty good.

    Any thoughts or advice on where to watch the game (with sound) in NYC would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks Y’all!

  74. I’m in 349 tonight!
    Heading to the Train Station in a few.
    Got my Beer
    Got my Train Ticket
    Got my “Dumpy” (Humpty) Garden Ticket

    You WILL hear me tonight.
    I guarantee it like a Mess


  75. W77 is small so it will definitely get crowded. I’d say unless you’re going to get there fairly early you’ll probably be left standing. It does have a lot of TVs though so anywhere you stand you’ll be able to see the game.

    I’d definitely say one of the pubs near MSG is your better bet for a more comfortable viewing experience.

  76. Someone should dump a gallon of urine on Humpty Dumpty tonight! if anyone wants to pay for a ticket behind the Craps bench i will gladly do so myself!

  77. CTB, thank you!

    I was sorting of thinking that was a better way to go.

    LGR!!!! Let’s stick it in the ear of the Craps and that Toe-head Boudreau

  78. Leetchhalloffame on

    Gillis, Yzerman, Poile nominated for NHL – GM of the year award. No Slats? What a travesty!

  79. You got it Tony.

    You know what stinks? The NHL store has like NO Rangers gear. Aside from a Gaborik and an Avery t shirt. They also have some “fashionable” items with the Rangers logo but you can’t just get a Dubinsky (Luigi) or The Prust T-shirt there. Now I have to walk all the way to the Garden. Sheeeeeeeesh. This is NYC man!

  80. Yo Blaze – (please post more often – I really love saying BLAZE)

    1. Boyle vs. Green: Boyle looks like maybe a hip check at most – but Green looks off-balance and he basically knocked himself on his arse there.

    2. Dubinsky vs. Green: This his looks like Green threw himself into the boards – aside from Dubinsky bracing himself with some hands to the chest on Green there is barely a hit

    3. Avery / Prust vs. Green: Please – both guys pulled up and gave him, at most, a little shove.

    4. Staal v. Green: Maybe slightly dirty because of the hands to the head – but not intentional. Staal took a swipe at most as he flew by trying to prevent the goal that was scored.

    After my incredible review & analysis I would agree that he was not hit hard enough. Those are all not solid hits. Maybe his concussion is effecting his balance a bit but the Rangers certainly are not head-hunting him. (not that there is anything wrong with that).

  81. CT – you’re totally right. Sometimes they are stocked on NYR stuff and sometimes they are not. There are some busted looking women out in front handing out puck-shaped ice cream sandwich things to generate some interest in the sport. Great job Hockey! Bring in that Nascar crowd.

    Also the front half of the store is overrun with some silly stage for broadcasting. Impossible to move in there. Also – why do they share space with Starbucks? Can we get a wall there? Please?

  82. Steve – that is AWESOME. Why does that guy get a penalty? Shouldn’t he get kicked out rather than 5 minutes in the box? Maybe they put him in the box to wait for the penalized player he just tried to fight to get in there too?

  83. Mister Delaware on

    “You know what stinks? The NHL store has like NO Rangers gear. Aside from a Gaborik and an Avery t shirt. They also have some “fashionable” items with the Rangers logo but you can’t just get a Dubinsky (Luigi) or The Prust T-shirt there. Now I have to walk all the way to the Garden. Sheeeeeeeesh. This is NYC man!”

    I actually wrote the NHL shop a while back (I wanted a Boyle shirtsey to wear around Boston) and they told me they aren’t allowed to offer custom shirtseys like all the other major sports do because of licensing. So the NHL shop isn’t even fully licensed by the NHL when it comes to seemingly easy revenue producers like player apparel. Pretty surprising and yet not surprising at all. Go Bettman.

  84. The Doctor: Really? That’s insane. At the beginning of the year they had a lot of Rangers stuff – lots of team shirts in the Heritage color. Then they disappeared. I guess that would explain it. Now they carry a lot of Mitchell & Ness and maybe some Reebok stuff. Shot glasses, beer mugs, mirrors and way too much women’s stuff.

    Also – It has more Whalers gear than the Hartford Civic Center had. I know, I tried to buy Whalers stuff when they were a team and it wasn’t “easy.”

    Guess I will have to take my business online so I can get the Heritage Jersey with Callahan on the back and a big. fat “C” on the breast.

  85. Mister Delaware on

    “Ken Hitchcock before he flew out to Europe for WC. Talking shotblocking, KH said “the NYR play like 5 goalies”.”

    Was he not including Henrik or referring to a shift where EC was on the ice?

  86. Ria (the silent bonehead) on

    Manny try this place for some Rangers gear Sports Fever their located on avenue U in Brooklyn I was there yesterday and they had lots of Rangers stuff . They also do customizing too. I’m going back there now to get some shirts but will not wear tonight per ilb’s instructions to do everything the same as we did on Sunday.

  87. Mister Delaware on

    “NHL Store is..
    First: Reebok store
    Second: NHL Store
    get it?”

    That doesn’t make it seem any less second rate compared to the other majors.

  88. Haha yea – i will be wearing my unwashed Rangers stuff from Sunday in the same spot with the same meal. No worries.

    Ria – Good looking out on the BK connection. I love my borrough!

  89. Best place I’ve dealt with in the past, if you don’t mind the wait, is River City Sports online. I think they’re in Winnipeg. But they often have deals that blow away anything you’ll find in the tri-state area.

    Any thoughts on Knuble being out for the Caps tonight? That’s gotta help us, you’d think.

  90. For everybody going to the game tonight…let’s dedicate this to budreau: Can you hear us?! Clap Clap ClapClapClap! Can you hear us?! Clap Clap ClapClapClap!

  91. CJP, yeah I ordered a few jerseys from River City. Got a couple of authentics at 50% earlier this year.

  92. That doesn’t make it seem any less second rate compared to the other majors.


    because it is second rate store…that was my point.

  93. There’s some weird agreement with the NHL store and the teams with how much merchandise gets stocked there. They explained it to me when I was looking for a heritage jersey after they first came out. When they had the unveiling of the jerseys last fall the stock they were selling was MSG’s stock, not the store’s. I suppose they don’t want to come off as favoring one team over the rest, but they have to know that Rangers merchandise would be among their best selling teams.

  94. Isn’t it just about time for a *new post* pre game time post practice pre go time? God I want this game to start but I also want to throw up over it.

  95. Noah-allahan-iron, 28 on

    I think the key tonight is that the Rangers score more goals than the Caps.

  96. Good job Noah – way to recognize the small things. Most people look big picture – score more goals than the opponent or (the Olga theory) allow your opponent to score less goals than you. This gives you a pretty good chance to win.

  97. Noah echoing the great Glenn Healy:

    “We need to score more goals than the Washington Capitals. If we score more goals than they do, believe it or not, we win the hockey game.”

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

    ok assens, I’m off to work. Hope I’m going in a the right time (cough cough wink wink). Perlast game, won’t be posting during “go time” thread so enjoy and LGR!!!!

  99. Doodie Machetto on

    Eric Fehr is rejoining the lineup in place of Knuble. Chimera moving up to top line in place of Knuble.

    I liked Fehr a lot last year but his game really dropped off this year.

  100. I’ll be standing in 221 trying to start the Humpty Dumpty chant. Boneheads unite! Let’s get this one off the ground!

  101. Why isn’t a huge game alone enough to get the crowd this fired up.
    Rangers play the Caps, not that fat fudd. You’re fighting the wrong fight IMO.
    How about focusing the energy on cheering the Rangers,*especially* when they need a boost.
    Garden with be like an overly excited teenager prematurely spewing some silly Boudreau chant and come up empty when it counts.


  102. ddebened-

    Totally agree. I’m just having some fun here. I will be screaming my head off for the boys in every way possible. Really, any chant will suffice. I just want him to hear how loud the Garden can truly be.


  103. Yea I have said it before – when waiting for a game it’s fun to make fun of Brucey and the other babies…but come game time it’s all:

    Let’s Go Rangers!

    I mean…this is the Fuggin’ Catalina Wine Mixer!

  104. Gonyrangers11 on

    Hump-ty Dump-ty clap clap clap clap clap Can you hear us?! clap clap clap clap clap

  105. Yeah Winning!
    I’m so tired of pretending like my life isn’t just perfect and just winning every second, and I’m not just perfect and biTChing and just delivering the goods at every frickin’ turn.

  106. Dde – Honestly. I respect anyone’s opinion who wants to win more than that of someone that just wants to have fun. I can make fun of fat brucey but he is not on the ice and I would rather see Green and Knuble and Ovie going to the trainers room than Brucey getting heckled.

  107. Carp- We need a next game countdown clock like they have on

    3 hrs 46 min 30 sec

  108. dde- that seems way to far away. I need to get away from computers, meetings, and blackberries and get to my happy place, MSG.

  109. Manny – Maybe some are just better at doing both, I don’t know. I doubt it’s fair to say I want to win more than someone else. Just approach it differently perhaps. All I know is I’m fired up!


  110. How about we push a “Let’s Go Rangers” chant. The best way to annoy Brucey is to ignore him. He wants to take the focus off his team – let’s refuse to let it happen.

    Let’s Go Rangers!!!

  111. Thanks all. Actually, being real and anxious sick is a sick combo. But I will tough it out for our boys! It’s Just Pain (and other stuff you don’t want to know about….:)

  112. CapeBretonRangerFan on

    Come on Mama, let’s hear all about that other stuff. We’re Ranger fans, we can take it. BTW it’s snowing again up here in Nova Scotia.

  113. Manny, I agree, stick with the real chant, don’t put the focus on Dumpty. Stay tried and true blue. Though……I will LOL and at anything else :)

    Greecian, normally I’d like that, today it just makes me want to boudreau (Def: Lose it from the mouth in an unappealing way)……Hey a new term!!!!!

  114. Really the only thing that I want to do tonight is sing the GOAL song over and over and over

  115. ORR, agreed!

    Cape, sorry about the snow. But even though it’s “spring” here, I’m just now seeing the sun for the first time in 4 days. Hartnell.
    And no, I am a believer in the TMI rule :)

  116. Roe, me too!
    Thanks Manny!
    CT, that did so not not help my cause today….(boudreau!)

  117. Noah-allahan-iron, 28 on

    You think MSG has any kosher for Passover items available tonight? A Ranch One sandwich with matzah perhaps?

  118. Noah! I convinced my buddy to get Ranch 1 today for the first time.

    You can bring a LOT of hard boiled eggs and eat them near Brucey and then tell him he stinks.

  119. Noah, you have a better chance with some of the halel guys on the street :) My Orthodox friend from California swears by them :)

  120. Is there no “Strictly Kosher” at MSG? Back in the days when I cared about that stuff I used to swear by their hot dogs. Delicious. I still get them but for different reasons.

  121. Manny, some folks dis them, but I like the dogs at MSG, nice snap….the ones at the former Debbie arena were for carcillo. And I don’t want to know your different reasons….wtb? :)

  122. Ahhh….Yes! Good answer! Hey, my fave “fast food”….NYC hot dog cart, mustard and kraut….or a gyro if I have time to wash up before train :) Heaven….

    OK all, off to rest before game. All this food talk is making hungry, and want to boudreau (man, I really like this RR term! :)

    Later! LGR!!

  123. Noah-allahan-iron, 28 on

    I honestly may just get a sandwich or a hot dog and just toss the bun.

    One thing I love about Passover = I always lose a couple pounds!

  124. And now I hate Vince Vaughn. I will not even watch your movies on cable anymore. Goodbye.

  125. Noah-allahan-iron, 28 on

    Mama, that stuff is disgusting. I stick with mostly water during the 8 days. So no $9 MSG beers tonight for me.

  126. Noah, I know :) just joshing (not the 26 kind) ….hey, think of the money you’ll save! Last time I was at MSG it cost me almost $40 for two sodas, one water and one beer and a popcorn….WTB!!!!!!!

  127. and btw, wicky, I never said TA, so none of these posts count as a wicky…just saying, in case you’re around…

  128. outside the garden. place is rocking. boudreau going to hear it. lets go rangerssssssssssssssss.

  129. Krisy And Anne on

    MannyFried said it so perfectly: feels like I am going to puke from nervousness, anticipation or excitement.
    Then MAMA made it even better: feels like I am going to boudreau from nervousness, anticipation or excitement.

    MAMA: Vince Vaughn!!! LOL We don’t need him we got our own. LOL !!!

  130. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    LGR whenever torts complained about the refs, the next game was worse for the rangers….zebras feel free to penalize the caps all night long

  131. Joekuh - Can I Get Another Question? Ptooey! on

    If Avery scores tonight, I may be forced to EAT my beard. Too bad I have to cut it after the game…but the mustache stays!!!!

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