Post-practice quotes


Brandon Dubinsky:

“We look at it, it could very easily be 3-1, us, if we find a way to get one in overtime, hang onto the lead, at least 2-2. So, yeah, it’s a tough position, but we’ve got to remain focused and believe in what we’re capable of in here and believe in each other, and continue with that mindset going forward. They did it to us a couple of years ago and it’s happening more frequently.”

“Obviously it’s a tough position to be in, but it’s funny how things change. You look at that Chicago-Vancouver series. Not to draw from it, but a little bit. They’re down 3-0 and now all of a sudden it’s 3-2 and they get to go back to Chicago, which is a tough building. So we go down and play a great road game and find a way to steal a win and all of a sudden they’ve got to come into our building and beat us. So, not to look too far ahead, but we’ve just got to do that, and if we do then we’ve put ourselves in a pretty good position.”

On the closeness of the series:

“They’ve poured it on on us in some stretches and we’ve poured it on on them in some stretches. Unfortunately, they get a bounce the other night. We had a great period, they had a great period. I mean, it’s been about as close as you can get. We’ve got to find a way to break through. We’ve got to find a way to make a big play at a big time and that’s what’s going to, I think, make a difference.”

On the third-period leads:

“It’s not frustrating, no. A hockey game’s 60 minutes. We score with a minute left in the game we win. They score and it goes overtime. That’s just the way hockey is. It’s a 60-minute game. So anything can happen. I don’t think we can be frustrated. We’ve just got to look ahead and make sure we play with the confidence we’re capable of playing with for 60 minutes rather than 40, and backing off.”

Chris Drury:

On 3-1 being more possible today:

“Yeah, there’s certainly a lot  of examples as close as last year, as close as last night with a team (Chicago) down 3-0, now making it 3-2. I think it’s changed a bit since I started just because the gap has narrowed between an eighth-place team and a first-place team.”

“It’s been very close. Obviously, there’s been overtime games, every game has gone down to the wire. Dubi’s goal. We feel good about how we’ve played and we should feel good about it. Obviously we’d like to be in the lead in the series, but there’s certainly no reason why we shouldn’t feel good and go in there ready for a good battle.”

Henrik Lundqvist:

“I think we need everybody to play their best to have success and maybe when there’s no room for us to turn the other way … you know, there’s no where else for us to go other than winning right now. Hopefully we’ll challenge ourselves to just play our best.

“That’s what we need. The whole year we’ve been pretty good when we were in tough spots, challenged ourselves or been challenged. We’ve stepped up to the plate. So we still have some confidence here. We believe in each other, we believe we can do it. We’re facing a good team and we’re down 3-1 so it looks pretty tough. But we believe we can do it.”

On Capitals trying to jump on the Rangers in the early going:

“Oh we’re going to try to do the same thing. We want to make sure they know we’re there to compete and I think it’s important that we focus on our game. We know what we have to do. Me personally, I know what I have to do, and just focus on my job and not think too much about ‘What if’ or consequences, or what’s going to happen if we win or lose. We just have to focus on what we have to do and really break it down to the first 10 minutes, then for the next 10 minutes and then after that the next 10 minutes.”

“It’s been tight games, no question, and with some luck it could have been a different story. But it is what it is. We’re down 3-1 and we just habe to accept it and  I think we all believe in each other and that we can do it. That’s where it starts.”

On getting over Game 4 with a day off the ice Thursday.

“Not so much get over what happened, but physically it was a tough game. I was exhausted. So yesterday I was still tired. Today was a good practice day. So, yeah, I like the extra day. Tomorrow there won’t be any excuses for not being ready and play our absolute best.”

On the late Capitals surges in games:

“You have to realize in the playoffs you’re playing good teams. They’re a good team, and sometimes during the year, maybe you can make a mistake and still get away with it. But playing a team with so much skill up front, if you make mistakes there’s a big chance they make you pay for it. So that’s a big thing. You have to almost play perfect. And you have to play really hard.”

“Like i said, it is what it is. You’re hoping to get that win (in Game 4) and be tied right now. But there’s no point in looking back. We just have to get ready for tomorrow. I look forward to it.”

Do elimination games feel different?

“It can be. It depends how you, I mean, you can put yourself in a tough spot, but you can also angle it and make sure you just enjoy it and see it as a great challenge. I think the whole playoffs, the key is to just be in a good place mentally. It is a lot more pressure and more expectations, and you’re more excited and more nervous. So the mental part is huge. Playing in an elimination game, I think the mental part weighs even more.”

On 3-1 being different now than it was years ago:

“Yeah. I think you’re going to see even more moving forward. You see what happened last year, and this year, teams … it can change so fast because the difference between teams is so small. Maybe in the past, if you had a 3-1 lead, it usually meant the other team was a lot better. I don’t think that’s the case any more. It’s more about finding ways to win games. This series has been very tight. It could have been a different story here with some luck or whatever. Yeah, nothing is impossible anymore and we definitely see this as a possible, achievable test.”

Did he think “That’s us” when he watched Chicago close the series to 3-2 after going down 3-0 to Vancouver:

“I mean, it just shows that it can change really fast. In the first three games it looked like Vancouver, looked like the best team in the playoffs. Then it turns so fast. A lot of it is mental. It’s how you think, how you approach it, how you focus, how much pressure you put on yourself. Again, especially in the playoffs, it’s a constant battle with your brain, I think. You just try to see everything in a positive way so it benefits you.”

So who’s winning, him or his brain?

(Laughs out loud) “I don’t know yet. We’ll see. We’ll see.”

“It is the toughest part, when you add more pressure and more excitement, because your brain is working a lot more.”

On how much he’s grown in the mental department, from the shootout loss in Game 82 last year, through this season and these playoffs so far:

“Yeah, I feel like … I mean, I don’t want to say … it’s not like you solve anything and figure it out. You try just to grow and to learn from the past and experience. And every year’s different. I said all along, I have pretty much the same feeling now as I had when I was 22 — excited. Maybe  better to control your emotions and stay cool, try to stay cool.”

“I try to do the same thing (to prepare) as I’ve done the last couple of months. You’re just maybe a little more excited because it’s do or die here.”

Does a team lose some of the pressure when it loses its third game in a series?

“I don’t know. I think every year, every series is different. It depends on how you get there and how you’re playing. I mean, I can’t really say the pressure’s off. We have to win, or else we’re out. So we still have pressure. But knowing that if we win tomorrow, I know they’re going to have a lot of pressure coming back to New York. So that’s exciting. Like I say, you try to twist everything so it benefits you, it motivates you to, ‘OK, let’s just go in and focus on this game and if we win that one …’”

Is there pressure on the Capitals to prove they can close out a series?

“I don’t know. I’m just going to focus on us. I don’t know how they feel. I don’t really care, either. I don’t know. You’ll have to ask them.”

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  1. One game at a time. You win saturday, then you worry about monday’s game. Hank is right, everyone needs to play their best.

  2. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – show me an NHL player that is innocent, and I will show you someone who gets beat-up at the bus stop and has to give all of their lunch money away

  3. eddie eddie eddie on

    we will all hear this come monday….”And they are on their feet at the garden!!!!”

  4. I never said the game’s supposed to be innocent. But, Avery plays a certain way, and that makes him part of *that* group. He *is* a cheapshot artist. He’s not a headhunter, and he doesn’t deliberately try to injure guys with knee on knee hits, low hip checks, head shots, etc.

    You want an innocent player. Datstyuk! But, nobody can take his lunch money. Just ask Perry.

  5. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – you dont think Datsyuk has ever laid a little wood on another player?…I think you are naive

  6. eddie eddie eddie on

    hockey is not a sport for the weak…it is a rough game played by very tough men….what are your thoughts on synchronized swimming?

  7. This isn’t aboot being weak, this whole subject is aboot Avery being in the same group as guys like Kaleta, Carcillo, Rutuu, Tootoo, Booboo, or who ever the fugg.

    Which in the big picture he is.

    But, he *is* a dirty player, to some extent. He’s not like Cooke, but he has that reputation. Are you going to deny that?

  8. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – Avery is not a dirty player…he plays with an edge….an edge that is part of hockey lore

  9. I’m a bit confused here, help me out. So NHL fines Ference $2500 for flipping the bird on national TV. The NHL suspends Wisniewski for lewd gesture on TV. And a few years ago the same NHL almost decapitated Avery for inappropriate statement on national TV. And yet, the same NHL allows and promotes this:

  10. Yeah, that “edge” by a wide margin of players opinion, is considered “dirty”

    I didn’t make this up, this comes from the players mouths. The players know a hell of a lot more than you.

    But, once again, and probably again, and again, I’m *not* saying it’s not part of the game.

  11. Manny –

    In Loungo’s last 2 games:

    4 GA in 21:15
    6 GA in 44:03

    I think it comes to 9.19 GAA over those two games

  12. eddie eddie eddie on

    you follow baseball?…is a pitcher “dirty” when he throws way inside or at a batter to intimidate in order to claim his part of the plate?….Avery, if a baseball pitcher, does not hit batters in the head

  13. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – stick to figure skating….its less manly, but maybe more thrilling….

  14. I love how Avery lovers lose the ability to read when they talk aboot Avery. It’s funny.

    CC is the only Avery lover that is realistic. Everyone else, I’m convinced is an Avery groupie, or related to him

  15. eddie eddie eddie on

    ilb – very little makes sense when it comes to the NHL….i truly belive it is the worst officated sport in the world.

  16. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – of the two, which sport do you prefer?…men’s gymnastics or men’s figure skating

  17. As a Rangers fan, I think getting Avery’s autograph shouldn’t mean a lifelong commitment of ass kissing.

    But, to answer your question, I prefer Men’s figure skating, because there’s more likely a chance of blood.

  18. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – lets stop, before i reach into my screen and squeeze your head until it empties all of the carcillo that clogs your veins

  19. Slow down, boys..The last thing we need is internal bickering. Avery has never been suspended for hison ice action, but to put it mildly, he has never been or never will be in consideration to win the Lady Byng Trophy…

  20. Noah-allahan-iron, 28 on

    Aww look at everyone hugging it out! Just when I thought Carp was going to step in and play Dr. Phil!

    After having over a day to digest being present for the Game 4 debacle, I still have nightmares but remain cautiously optimistic for Game 5. With the “backs against the wall,” I hope the guys are loose and play less timid than they did in the 3rd period and OT’s of Game 4.

    Should the Rangers lose Game 5, I still feel 100% confident in calling this season a rousing success. And while that sounds like such loser talk, I’m sure many would feel the same.


    (And my beard is starting to itch.)

  21. I think that the league should try to get to 10 Canadian teams and 20 American teams. That way you can have an Eastern Canada Division and a Western Canada Division, then divide up America however you want. Even though they’re pretty arrogant about their hockey, for the most part, they deserve the teams. And the league will do much better with teams up there than in some of the US markets.

  22. I do think that Phoenix has done more to earn themselves a team than other locations have, though. It’s really just the ownership there. Fan numbers are higher and the team is solid.

  23. ilb- that boudreau video is brilliant for right now. Remember at the end of game three when the rangers scored a goal to get ONE game and the whole team collapsed on the ice? That really is a bad attitude that those guys have. Boudreau is probably right to call them on it and he was right to get the focus off of them after that loss and right back on them after the win.

    I know that isn’t why it was posted…just hit me as appropriate.

  24. “Hate it or love it the under dog’s on top. And I’m gon shine homie until my heart stop” – Sean Avery

  25. DDE – you’re right. I forgot to add in that he didn’t play those entire games! Good point.

    I know that the playoffs don’t factor into the voting but what is with this guy? The NHL puts him in the all-star commercial BEFORE they realize he isn’t going to be part of that celebration. Are they trying to save face here and force him into the vezina finalists?

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

    I should not be reading this today!

    I have ZERO problem with boudreau’s rant. ZERO problem with the fact that it was on TV and ZERO problem with 75 to 80 percent of the hits/collision everyone seems sooooo upset about all the damn time.

    Having suffered more than my “probably fair” share of concussions from hockey (and a couple other things) it is part of it. It is the risk you take when you lace them up. Most of the people that bitch about them are not the people getting them, so STFU!!!

    I do not want to see ANY player have his career ended by ANY type of injury, but that being said they happen unfortunately. This freaking mamby pamby crap just pisses me off, It’s like people that join the military, then get all upset that they have to go to war..REALLY?? I mean REALLY?? It’s the military, that is what you are there for. Same with hockey, COLLISION sport, injuries and concussions happen!! Don’t like it, don’t want to see it, DON’T WATCH IT or participate in it!! Take up figure skating (btw, people get concussions in that too i’m sure) or watch golf!!

  27. How MZA got hurt:

    As “The Norwegian Hobbit” chased a puck along the boards late in the first period, two fingers on his left hand got caught in the photographer’s camera hole in the plexi-glass, resulting in a broken hand that will sideline him four-to-six weeks, ending his first season in North America unless the Whale or parent New York Rangers make long, long runs in the playoffs.

  28. Wicky = Rant of the week! Great job man. I don’t and have never played hockey (because of a stupid pacemaker) but for what it’s worth I completely agree with you. On all accounts.

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

    btw, morning ILB and all!!

    that ference history will be made commercial that someone posted last thread was hilarious, thanks!!

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

    Hi folks, long time poster, first time reader! We talk hockey here??

  31. eddie eddie eddie on

    manny – rip that pacemaker out, strap on some skates, and go collide into the glass… will never feel better

  32. You’re totally right eddie. I am such a baby. I can’t believe my heart won’t function on it’s own. Survival of the fittest right? I should rip it out!

    Actually I only need the pacemaker when my heart beat is slow so technically it wouldn’t effect me while I was skating. I would just have to worry about wires ripping out and then bleeding to death internally. Which is a sweet way to go but not as sweet as bleeding externally.

  33. eddie eddie eddie on

    i for one cannot wait till monday when sam the sham screams out “they are on their feet at the garden”

  34. I thought that “Ference history” had a lot more potential.
    ‘History can rely on a single finger’

    Somebody here’s got to have something more clever than that.

  35. What a freak injury for the Hobbit Wizard. His ^magic^ was no match for that photographer hole, eh?

  36. eddie eddie eddie on

    nigel ; how much more blacker could it be?..and the answer ….is…none…none more black

    david; uhhh it looks like death

    ian: death sells, its in all the cinema

  37. And I don’t think that a sexy cover is the answer for why an album sells or doesn’t sell becuase you tell me…the “White Album”, what was that? There was nothing on that go**amn cover. Excuse me, the phone’s ringing. Ian we’ll talk about this after.

  38. eddie eddie eddie on

    manny – i thought mabe one of your wires short-circuited,,,,dont be angry at a brutha :)

  39. haha. good one. I get really mad when people won’t make fun of their own medical disabilities.

    Actually – a good friend of mine lost his leg playing hockey – got checked into the door while making a line change in juniors. He was really depressed. But then I made him make fun of it and I used to steal his wheelchair. Long story short, I saved his life.

  40. eddie eddie eddie on

    bobbi – ian its eaton hogg

    ian – hello sir dennis, what…i cant believe it…..bugger

  41. eddie eddie eddie on

    …most people when they see me walking cant believe i only have ONE leg…

  42. Marty: Given the history of Spinal Tap drummers, uh, in the past,
    do you have any fears, uh, for your life?
    Mick: When I did join, you know, they did tell me, they kind of
    took me aside and said “Well, Mick, ah, you know it’s like
    this” and it did kind if freak me out a bit, but it can’t
    always happen to every…. can it?
    Marty: Right…right, the law of averages says…
    Mick: The law of averages…
    Marty: …says that you will survive.
    Mick: Yeah.

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

    I got it, how about history is made “ONE” shot at a time??

  44. @stevezipay: Gaborik watched replay of parts of Game 4 at home. On Game 5: “We know we can play with those guys. It’s 1 game. We know we can beat them.”

    Ha! He replayed Game 4? Oh, I can’t wait to see what he does in Game 5.

  45. To say even if we lose game 5 the season is a rousing success is setting the bar way to low. We have a top 3-5 goalie in the world and we lose in the first round in 5 games, no way a rousing success. Maybe a little better team to root for who finally hit, but if we are out tomorrow, no way we put a happy face on it. It will suck all summer and make me hear and somewhat believe same old Rangers. The standard has to be a game 7. And that has even come down for me, earlier in the year I thought we had to get passed the1st round to be a successful yr. We have some young pieces but to lose this way is a HUGE set back plain and simple

  46. This might be old news but I just saw it:

    Chris Kreider will be playing in the World Championships, April 29 – May 15, in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.

    The undefeated US Under-18 team plays Canada in the semis tomorrow at 12:30.

  47. I wouldn’t call it a *huge* setback. It’s not even a little setback.

    Yeah, we have a “world class” goalie, but no goalie in the NHL can make a difference on this team. They’re young, and inexperienced.

    Yeah, it would be nice for them to last a little longer in the playoffs. They’re the 8th see for a reason.

    This is the team we’ve all wanted. *This* is a huge step forward, and we can only get better, unless Slats fuggs it all up.

  48. Noah-allahan-iron, 28 on

    Hedberg, as a team that was picked to finish 12th in the Eastern Conference, and a team that fielded a defense whose oldest defenseman was, until McCabe arrived, 27, I think making the playoffs is a big step in the right direction. I’m not sure how losing in the 2nd round rather than the 1st round makes the season that much better.

    Many fans looked at the playoffs as a bonus and as a great learning experience for the rookies. So, win or lose tomorrow, I think the team will look back on the season with pride and excitement for 2011-2012 (when the world might conceivably end…which would make the season a failure in my mind).

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

    making the playoffs should be the goal every season. that being said i agree that this is invaluable experience for the team, regardless of the outcome of this series.

    As long as slats adds a couple of necessary free agents, cant imagine how he could screw this up. he seems to be going in the right direction with the organization.

  50. We’re in the middle of a playoff series and have a huge game tomorrow.
    Can at least wait until the season is over before we asses it and start to play our fantasy GM games?
    Prust sayin’

  51. Not to be a pessimistic, but I’m very afraid Lundqusello will have plenty of time starting tomorrow about 5:30 PM to manage and run his place with Captain clutching pizza, as a full time consultant.

  52. eddie eddie eddie on

    Rangers will win tomorrow I GURANTEE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…this season has been a great success

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

    so restaurant talk, hbo series talk, album cover talk are all ok, but no one can bring up the off season???

    calm down my friend, it is just chatter! no one is throwing in the towel or hoping for our team to lose/have their season end any time soon (at least not that I am aware of).

  54. Hi wick. Hope the little wickys and the puppy wickys and the wickyette is doing well! :)

  55. I’ve seen more towels here over the last few weeks than were at the Garden Wednesday.

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

    maybe, but you certainly don’t have mine!

    doing well, thanks! how are you doing?

    bull dog
    pretty sure he won it and the vezina already!!

  57. JimboWoodside on

    Argh! Kate Smith – they took a national icon and turned her into a shill for a thug team!

  58. Playoffs in Philadelphia and they have Boucher in goal and dress some minor leaguer who had 331 PIMS for his first NHL game. Plus ça change…

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

    she isn’t the knucklehead that sings some other song instead of the national anthem is she?

  60. Horrible defensive effort by Zherdev and a horribly weak bad angle shot past Brian Bush-league. 1-0 Sabres. Plus ça change…

  61. JimboWoodside on

    She’s the late knucklehead who sings a duet with a living knucklehead named Hart.

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

    bull dog
    he has to be considered the front runner at this point!

  63. bull dog line on

    once I saw Avery back check. that should put him in consideration for the Norris Trophy.

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

    thanks for the knucklehead update!

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

    bull dog
    you really have to think he is the selke favorite along with dubi.

  66. bull dog line on

    Avery for the Conn Smyth is a no brainer. look at what he has done for the Rangers in his 3 playoff games. they had no emotion until he entered the line up. plus he plays with an edge, but not to much of an edge, because he is not that kind of player.

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

    bull dog
    he has edge, but he isn’t dirty…def conn smythe award winner!

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

    or maybe he is dirty but doesn’t have an edge…i’m very confused now….either way, conn smythe winner!

  69. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, Bolts have been disappointing…..looks like Roloson isn’t the answer for them.

  70. JimboWoodside on

    Sabes will be in trouble if Pominville can’t return – they depend on him quite a bit.

  71. eddie eddie eddie on

    avery shoots and scorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrres…we will hear at least 3 or 4 times tomorrow

  72. JimboWoodside on

    Sabes need to go back on offense – they aren’t getting any shots on goal…sound familiar!?

  73. eddie eddie eddie on

    peter lavatory looks like such a pimp…that and he chews gum like a byfuglien horse

  74. How aboot on your knees, like Wisniewski?

    on your face, like “insert favorite bongo playing Cap player”


  75. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win ,baby !!!"...says Greg L. on

    FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT on the blog!!!! yeah man thats the ticket guys!!! We need more emotion ’round here . The wayy you two made up was perty cool. Nice to see grown ups acting like grown ups.

  76. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Just win ,baby !!!"...says Greg L. on

    SCREW YOUUUUUU WASHINGTON!!!! pathetic excuse for a #1 seed!!!!

    we win guys , thats all we gotta do , backs are against the wall!!!!

  77. LOL! That Semin bongo incident didn’t get enough attention. It’s disappointing how quickly it was forgotten. I loved Stah’s quote after the game…

    “Yeah, he slapped me….He also scratched me some”


    Semen slapped Stahl’s face. They call that the “Spiderman” in the porn industry

  78. just pathetic of the kings rangers and now sabres. all hit rock bottom and will prob lose series because of there collapse

  79. JimboWoodside on

    It’s like a disease – and once it starts, there doesn’t seem to be a cure – Hawks didn’t allow it to happen to them last night, but all these other teams seem to be powerless in stopping it.

  80. watch leighton get hot and lead these pieces of carcillo back to the finals. he will run with the job now

  81. JimboWoodside on

    Eric, but he will fail in the end – Philthy goalies always do!

    Eddie – in PRUST we trust! He IS due for a shorty or two!

  82. JimboWoodside on

    Flys are just not that impressive a team right now….don’t know if it’s because of Pronger’s absence (and Carter’s, in this game), but they sure don’t seem to be anything “special”…

  83. JimboWoodside on

    Sabes fighting the Flys and the refs now, it seems…..

    Whatever happened to the refs putting the whistle away near the end of playoff games!? It seems like they’re actually LOOKING to call penalties in the last few minutes now.

  84. wonder if versus will show us 1st per of ducks game since its suppose to be on versus at 10. we may miss most of that game if this game goes long

  85. JimboWoodside on

    If Z had that puck on his stick against the Ranger goalie, he’d score every time!

  86. JimboWoodside on

    We need more “substitute” words named after scummy players…..there are too many words that I want to use, but there aren’t any subs for them!

  87. Love the reasoning that we were picked 12th so we should be a happy bunch. That mind set has led us to one cup in 70yrs. If we lose tomorrow NO WAY was it a good year, not with what happened in MSG on Wed

  88. it was important that we made playoffs because of the kids getting experince but wed night loss will sit with me for years. a 2-2 series and you never know. so yes to me we didnt have a good year.

  89. JimboWoodside on

    I thought that rebound was going to go in off the Sabes defenseman – I guess that only happens to us…

  90. Ville Leino is a good, good hockey player. And doesn’t it say something about Detroit? They didn’t have room for him, apparently.

  91. JimboWoodside on

    eric, your Stafford guy had his chance – Leighton didn’t see that puck at all, but he got lucky!

  92. Hedberg, it’s been a good year, despite what you think.

    Stepan, Boyle, Zuccarello, McDonagh, and Sauer are key pieces to the puzzle. This year is not about advancing in the playoffs, it’s about creating a team of youth with an identity. Playoff experience for these kids is a bonus. I think Torts has done a very fine job with this group…

  93. JimboWoodside on

    Just one thing, NYR – I would have considered it a much more successful season if we held our playoff position comfortably till the end of the regular season – and that we didn’t have to be thankful to make the eighth spot – if we stayed at a middle/upper seed I would have felt a lot better about the progress this season.

  94. Can’t argue there, Jimbo…that would have been nice…

    Unfortunately, Carolina and Buffalo went on an insane run towards the end and the Ragners let some points slip away….again, I don’t look at it as a failure as much as a learning experience…it’s not like we had a bunch of overpaid vets on this team…NYR are overachievers this season…

  95. JimboWoodside on

    The whole bottom of the division went on a surge – everybody was winning a lot more than they did in the first 2/3 of the season….but yeah, we slipped down into the pack, and that was unfortunate. Maybe next year it will be different, I hope.

  96. JimboWoodside on

    I sure hope that DelZ makes a comeback next season – he looked so good last season, and this season, Pffft!

    I hope he’s learned his lessons from being sent down.

  97. And they can put that shot in, and our shot from there inevitably is right into the goalie’s stomach…or missed wide or over the net.

  98. Either a person gets used to it or they drive their self insane watching it. Like I’ve always said, even if others dispute the leadership of Jagr, the fact is, that guy could put the puck in the net, he carried our team – and opposition players without penalties being called – on his back….offensively.

    Weber scores to tie it with 35 secs to go! What’s the series at?

    I didn’t know Emery was starting again. Why is there a Kostitsyn on Nashville? Did they brothers get separated?

  99. Series is tied at two.

    Emery is filling in for Ellis who wasn’t that good in the first game or two. Hiller is still injured with concussion-like symptoms, I think.

    Yeah, the Tit bros were split up. This tit had a career year with 23 goals, 50 points.

  100. JimboWoodside on

    Road teams are tearing it up! Hope that’s a good omen for our game tomorrow!

  101. I just saw the Ryan highlight….incredible! Those moves look like the moves from some of the Ranger’s forwards…how did the Rangers miss out on him in the draft? Oh, we have Glen Savior, I almost forgot. I’m surprised Lamoriello didn’t trade up for him, since he’s a Jersey boy.
    Hey, maybe Gaborik will score a great goal tomorrow, but I don’t care how it looks, just score!

  102. As a Knick’s fan, what a debacle that was! The sooner D’antoni goes, the happier I’ll be.

  103. Ria (the silent bonehead) on

    I was just saying the same thing Jimbo I think the road teams have won their games the last 2 night good omen is right!

  104. JimboWoodside on

    Absolutely, Ria – we have to win tomorrow, then break the string of road teams winning on Monday here at the Garden!

  105. Referees + D’Antoni + 35% healthy Amar’e + DNP Billups and that’s the final result. It’s a shame the refs decided to take us out of the game early and often despite our injury troubles. One thing the Knicks need to learn to do moving forward, along with defense, is not allowing easy baskets, especially to offensively-challenged guards like Rondo. Guys like that go to the rim, you put them on their aasen, you foul them hard, you make them pay a price for going to the rim. Thus, it discourages them from doing so in the future. We let Rondo have 10 uncontested layups in Game 2, and he’s a bad free throw shooter. Put him on the line, let him miss 50% of his free throws, and in the process, beat him down physically. He’s a thin kid, lay the hammer down on him, pummel him so he doesn’t drive the lane anymore.

  106. Speaking of D’Antoni, the guy is such a fool that, when Jeff Green charged into our guy in the 2nd quarter with us down 5, the referees expectantly called a blocking foul on us. Being the complete and utter moron that D’Antoni is, he began arguing for a traveling call on Green – when there was no traveling – completely ignoring the “missed” charging call. The guy has brains up his aasen. We got him solely to lure Lebron, it didn’t work, this guy’s been a failure his entire career. He looks befuddled 99% of the time on the sidelines, it’s time to dump the trash.

  107. CCCP – Good pont. That’s why I have a hard time seeing the Knicks and Rangers being really good again until Dolan’s gone, but I will surely take Sather and D’antoni out the door. All Dolan cares about is filling the seats with money and casual fans, who text all night, and go to games because they treat them as social events.
    D’antoni is gong to get a full year next year with this team, so we’ll see if it improves, but this guy doesn’t teach defense. Bring in the Oak man from Charlotte to teach these guys defense and toughness.

  108. Home teams are just 14-21 in the NHL playoffs so far – strange stat, but I will like it a lot more when the Rangers make it 14-22.

  109. newsflash no billups and a hurt stoudemire, what do you expect playings with out 40% of your starting roster???????????

    fans just bitch and moan, knicks were 6th seed celtics are 3rd no billups and stoudemire, shocking they lose……sure tony douglas is better then billups and i am better then eric christensen….

    playing without 2 starters in basketball is like playing without 5 starters in hockey. sure amare played… newsflash the guy can barely move, that is a problem in basketball.

    terrible 10 days in NY for sports…

  110. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bobby Ryan’s goal was the prettiest thing I’ve seen in a long long time…. Talk about a Rick Middleton move…

  111. Far be it from me to defend Sather, but he can’t really be blamed for not drafting Bobby Ryan when he went #2 in the Crosby draft. Slats did manage to accumulate as many ping pong balls as possible by screwing up the team so badly in the previous three years – he just wasn’t lucky enough (or threatening to move his now extremely profitable franchise to KC…) to end up drafting that high.

  112. Until the Rangers learn how to pass intelligently, and until they change their attack zone practices of floating around looking for a perfect shot..they’re never really gona amount to anything.

    It’s really that simple.

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