It’s Go Time!


Game 5. The fifth of a seven-game journey to start the season for your once-beaten, three-losses, NHL-.500 Rangers, who happen to be 1-0 in their last one going into the Saddledome which changes naming sponsors every five minutes.

Most likely the exact same lineup that beat the Riotville Canucks two nights ago. That means Michael Sauer and Wojtek Wolski still injured; Brendan Bell prucha’d. Both Sauer and Wolski are getting close, Wolski thinking Saturday in Edmonton.

I also suspect that Martin Biron gets the start Saturday … unless Henrik Lundqvist pitches another shutout and ends up retaining the Broadway Hat.

Brandon Prust returns to the scene of the thievery; Tim Erixon to the place where he didn’t want to play; the Rangers to the first of two Canadian cities to accept a failed Atlanta team.

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  1. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on



  2. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    GO RANGERSSSSSSSSSSSS go go go go go go go go!!!!

    LETS GO BOYS , time to make sum NOISE!!!!!

  3. They showed no respect for our boys, putting backup golie in a net tonight. Let’s make’em pay!

  4. here we go,
    Blah,blan,blah,Fire Sather! Blah,blah,blah,Hawks are 1:0. Blah,blah,blah,Fire Sather, Blah.blah,blah, Hawks are 2:1. Blah, blah, blah, Fire Sather. Blah,blah,blah Rangers sucks.Blah,blah, blah, Chicago wins.
    Blah,blah,blah,Fire Sather. {{{{{LINDA}}}}!!!!
    You’re in a wrong place, pal.
    Nothing against Linda, BTW. She’s favorite, love her.

  5. You’d think for $170 a year, Center Ice would not be having broadcasting issues. I’m still getting the schedule screen again.

    Also, would it kill them to add post game coverage?

  6. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


    No Drury , No Redden , no rozi and no malik…ahhhh live is great!!!

    GO RANGERSSSSSSSSS!!! go go go go go go!!!!

  7. anybody have a link to watch game? I cant get it anywhere, even with free center ice…but i can watch the sabres on three different channels!!!

  8. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOO CALLY!!! Nailed Iginla!!!!

  9. power play goal? oh yea. Gabby is trying to show the point guys how to take the lane when it is there.

  10. Dan the man! Always good for a failed clear.

    With all the improvements he’s made over the last few seasons, he still needs to work on that.

  11. actually the king should have stopped the puck behind the net but the king isn’t very good with a goalie stick.

  12. Of course, tomg. Lundqvist is horrible with the goalie stick. Girardi still should have cleared, though.

    What a save, though!

  13. What a consistency in refs decisions, no calls for obvious before and picking on invisible…Let them play , or else…go Newberry!!!!

  14. Love what I am seeing tonight out of the grinders. Prust a Shortie. Rupp fights early in game. Now Newbury fights Sarich after hit on Richards. That’s how you will win in this League. Defend and fight for your position. Newbury and Rupp are why Avery is no longer needed.

  15. Hank looked a little slow on that one..Ya know I don’t think that yogurt he’s been eating is really fat free!

  16. Actually, with this instigator’s, refs encourage hits from behind and liberties for vulnerable star players.

  17. Well that was the most entertaining period of hockey we’ve seen so far this season. Lets hope the boys can pull out a W.

  18. Bet the MSG 150 after the second period is almost exactly the same as the MSG 150 after the first period. Pidto trying to be Berman.

  19. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    Hope i can stay up for the rest of this. seems like they all have some emotion for this one. well…. except for EC.

  20. Good first period. Would be better if refs called it more consistently for both sides.

    Hanky looks sharp again.
    Hope it stays physical.

    Would be better if I was watching it in HD but I guess thts asking too much of time Warner cable.

  21. Gaborik is back!! 4 goals already.

    Talk about the pansification of the game, that penalty call on Gaborik was ludicrous. If that didn’t make you say, “Are you kidding me?” you weren’t paying attention.

  22. That was a good first period. NYR played with their most intensity of the season. Gabby scored and showed everyone on team how to slide in from point into slot and finish. For all the whining about Sather around here, he committed two grand theft larcenies getting Prust for Jokinen and McDonagh and cap space to sign Gaborik for Gomez (who is hated in MTL).

  23. why would flames fans boo erixon? when he was with them, he was in the minors, if I remember correctly. rangers giving him a chance in the big league. they didn’t really give him a chance did he?

  24. I agree everything pre-lockout with Sather was a joke. Since the lockout, they haven’t done a terrible job. They developed a 7th! round goalie and turned him into a superstar! Their drafts have been good to pretty good, especially after the first round. They found Dan Girardi who was an undrafted UFA. They corrected the Gomez trade by using it to get McD and Gaborik signed. The Prust draft was a steal. Jagr and Shanny out of the lockout worked. Have they won a CUP? Of course not, but neither has SJ, Phily, Washington, and Vancouver who have better talent and spent just as much money. Quite honestly, whoever won the Crosby lottery out of the lockout was destined for greatness, like him or not it’s a fact!

  25. I guess technically it is interference. but I see it all the time, if he wouldve skated in front of him, would’ve been the same, but never gets called.

  26. WOW WOW WOW!! If you are going to call the game soft keep it up the WHOLE game! That’s a hook if what Gabby did on the PP was a hook bottom. Now NYR penalized for stupidest rule in hockey. Delay of game for puck in stands which is same thing as icing puck on purpose yet one is a penalty and one doesn’t allow you to change players for doing the same thing.

  27. Barry they called Gaborik for that same play and he wasnt even denying a scoring chance with his. 10 years ago that stuff is fine but that’s how they call it in today’s NHL.

  28. Olga Folkyerself on

    Rangers have won only two playoff rounds since the lockout. For every Lundqvist there’s a Jessiman. For every good pickup like Gabby, there a Gomez. And a Redden, and a Drury…. Why point out other teams that haven’t won? I can point to Chicago, Anaheim, Carolina, Tampa who have all had worse teams to work with than Sather did and won the Cup.

    If you’re happy with 8th place every year, (maybe) then Sather is your guy. He can’t put it all together. He makes more mistakes than good moves.

  29. @Tomb.
    It’s the middle of the night really, just trying to pretend it’s morning or I’ll fall asleep! ;)
    Went to bed after the second period last game and we all know what happened after that.

  30. That period is why the officiating in this league drives me nuts. They call a soft first period and go letter of the law on the rule book with a soft call on Gabby and a soft interference on Sarich (This is not a NYR whine – this is a huge NHL fan whine) than in the second period they let them play and Gabby is hooked the exact same way he got nailed on and it’s a no call. Erixon gets his stick knocked out of his hands and it’s let go.

    My suggestion for every NHL ref, let them play. Coaches would much rather a whole bunch of no calls for both teams and lots of 5 on 5 play than 1 or 2 soft calls and then the whistle goes away. I WILL GUARANTEE you there is at least 1 maybe 2 soft calls this period that will make the no calls in 2nd look like penalties. Players never know what’s a call and what is not. LET THEM PLAY!!

  31. that was a hook on the gaborik breakaway under the new new NHL rules why no call???

    man cannot get sauer and staal back soon enough.

    MDZ bad idea/pass middle of the ice almost cost them.

    how about more forechecking please

  32. Earth to the Pack Line. Anytime you guys wanna join this season let us know. Cally, you are slightly excused because of the great PK work, but I can’t of more than 1 or 2 shifts where they gotten us into a solid offensive zone possession with a good cycle and forecheck.

  33. Olga Folkyerself on

    3-1 Black Hawks with an Empty Net Shorthanded Goal.


    2 points in the barn.


  34. ilb – So that means they shouldn’t outwork that line and generate offense. No Coach in the NHL would ever excuse a line because they have to cover the other team’s top line. Outwork them, get the work and get in the zone.

  35. Interference call on Girardi was bs. No call on hook on Gabby? Jeez, after McCreary retired I should learn the names of the new horrible NHL refs.

  36. Olga Folkyerself on

    Erixon will get over the booing. He only has to put up with it once every 3 years or so.

  37. maybe after this trip is over they can stop off in alaska and pick dubinsky up on the way back for the home opener?

  38. bobthebuilder (the goos bob) on

    So funny how these Flames announcers get the players’ names wrong!

    A builder named Bob

  39. Is there some sort of evil dynamic between Callahan and Dubi? The more Cally grows, the more Dubi regresses?

  40. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    No home game for us yet , BOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    Lets win!!!!

  41. The dumbest rule in hockey might settle this game. What a joke. he’s trying to flip puck out of zone to not ice it. He should’ve just iced it, which is why the rule doesn’t make sense.

  42. bobthebuilder (the good bob) on

    rofl!!! the high draft pick conspiracy continues unabated and as unabridged as little webster aka emanual louis

  43. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Rangers dont usually lose in regulation , we just have to start sealing the dealing in this here overtime . God forbid any lame shoot out!!!!!

    GO RANGERS!!!!

  44. tim erixon wins it in the shootout

    right after dubinsky shoots it into the protective netting

  45. N.CountryNYRFan on

    you’ve gotto be kidding me!!!!!!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RANGERS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. 1) WHAT!
    2) WOW
    3) McDonagh for MVP, Norris, Hart, everything
    4) WHAT! I had to see the replay twice before I could take in what happened.

  47. bobthebuilder (the good bob) on

    CTB, are practicing your radio call? we used to listen to long ranger on radio…uncle miltie was a fave too

  48. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    MCDONAGH is a BEAST!!!!!!!

    we won we won we won we won!!!!!!

    Yeah man no shoot out to boot!!


  49. wow. the canadiens afre better off with gomez for mcmonster. after all mcmonster is like 22, he is not going to get any better.


  50. RE: win hat…

    McD had a nice moment
    Hank had another huge game.

    I think the king retains the crown

  51. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    RANGERS WIN , RANGES win again!!!! on the road against the west!!!

    LOOK OUT , HAnk is now Elite so yeah hes gonna win a few for us.

  52. the real avery on

    I would have won the game in the first period!!! AVERY..AVERY..AVERY..AVERY!! Screw Chrisuxon!!! AVERY..AVERY..AVERY..AVERY

  53. Dubinsky made the play, McD scored the winner. I think we can get 2 nd rounder for both of them, eh?

  54. I think it’s safe to say that McMonster deserves some PP time when Staal is back and he doesn’t have to also play 26 5 on 5 and PK mins. He understands when to slip in from point and his shot is accurate. NYR have needed that from a defensemen forever. He doesn’t have to be Brain Leetch, that’s not what anyone is saying, but he does need to get his shot through which he can and they have not even had that in forever.

  55. True Blue Mike on

    CCCP “It’s funny..Callahan hand his hands up even before the puck went in lol”

    – I noticed that to haha

    -Prust with the hat!

  56. Up and down game for McD and Girardi, many terrible mistakes on defence, but solid at the end and what a great offensive instincts, especially by McD.

  57. Yes Dubinsky made the play and it was his best effort so far this year. But that line all got raises in the offseason with the expectation they were going to take over this team and that has yet to happen.

    The Boyle Prust Tank line was their most consistent line again for the second straight game.

  58. the real avery on

    We should trade Dubi. If for no other reason that he can’t stay on his skates…and..I am so much better than Chrisawhatever

  59. woywitka is gone once 1 of the injured d men comes back.

    the only way erixon goes down is if they want him to play a ton more minutes on the PP and PK, at Hartford versus playing 13 minutes a night in the NHL.

    MDZ is playing fine, some mistakes but not to many…. they need there forecheck to be better that is how they generate offense. down low, turnovers, etc….

    this team is young and good. this is the low water mark for the next 4 years unless the king got hurt or staal is out real long term……….

    staal is key………….

  60. It’s funny that the “who we going to trade now crowd” are the same people who butcher Sather on this board like he’s never saw a hockey puck before. Can’t have it both ways. Either Sather has done a good job developing this team coming out of the lockout and therefore “who we going to trade now” of the kids or Sather hasn’t brought us the CUP and therefore you have to realistic about this team and see their talent does not match Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh or the Flyers, especially on the back end which is why trading a guy like Dubinsky for a top defenseman is not a bad move.

  61. If I remember correctly, Girardi made this deliberately missing type of shot from the right point 2 times last year, which lead to goals. But anyway, thanks Sather for McD, – well worth box of Cuban…

  62. Olga Folkyerself on

    real avery- in my church going days a lot of people wore hats like that…. Presbyterians came to mind.

  63. yea McD put in a ten foot shot in to an open net, but he made alot of youthful mistakes on Defense tonight.

    Yes he is a great prospect, but if we played any teams from our division tonight, I think we wouldve got eaten alive.

    takes about 5 years to become a grat NHL defenseman it seems. we need Staal back , Sauer will help alot too.

    I hope it happens soon. we will make some noise with a full roster.

  64. Of course, as I said, you, one trick jackass, the most important thing for you today is Hawks win, Rangers after all sucks at 9 place and your doctor, as usual, forgot to change this old cassette in loop in your tired brains. Poor parrot…

  65. This one is for the Torts bashers. I watch every game every night. Once hockey season starts, my TV and internet are set to Center Ice package on TV and Gamecenter Live on Computer and that’s really it. My wife wants to kill me at times but she’s a waitress and works nights.

    Anyway, on Torts, there is not a team in the NHL that plays more as a team than this Rangers group. Hank talked about it when John asked him about the defense sticking together. Every player has to contribute for them to win and that credit goes to the Coach. Whatever you think of his personality, which as a former PR person in the NHL I found obnoxious at times, he’s a damn good coach.

    I just can’t wait for 24/7 when Torts and my guy Lavy, two of the most impatient and grumpy coaches in the entire League, are surrounded by those cameras all the time.

  66. Nevertheless, Stepan in this game was disappointingly soft, slow and did zero along the boards. Superhero – McD(baby Bobby Orr?), wonderful winning goal aside, had a hangover today, making too many mistakes. But I was again surprised how solid and calm was Ww(Woywitka)in hard situations back home. Girardi turns to be phenomenal, just don’t know how long he can play like that. Duby woke up and started do something useful. And Gabby will be flying and stinging star of the show. BR is his excellent self, and is waiting ammunition, like very few in league. Optimism rises. Well deserved win.

  67. not more than you for years (and 100000 repetition) of Sather, pathetic idiot. BTW, how did you realize address without your name?

  68. Olga Folkyerself on

    I tell you what, Wanker. Just to keep peace on the blog, if it really bothers you that much, I wont say anything more about Sather, or the Black Hawks again tonight. Would you STFU then?

  69. Stepan took an awkward hit in his first shift of the game and came back with no delay. Made the great feed for Gabby’s goal from the corner. He’s not big so he will get overmatched at times but if you want to see a good sized player play soft then look how easily Boyle stripped the puck from Bouwmeester to set up Prust’s goal.

  70. I thought Stepan had a pretty good game. He’s no power forward but he made some good plays tonight, kept the puck alive in the zone too. He played hard in the zone too, I was surprised and noticed it too.

  71. I thought Boyle had a very nice game, he plays every square inch of ice.

    Joke- Hank got the hat in Vancouver. He has to pass it on to someone new.

  72. Absolutely, Olga, as soon as you will stop. As I said it before, I’m not at all Sather fan and mention Sire Father few time is a good joke, but more habitual use, with serious (and baseless) use becomes a real annoyance and it remains me very much ritual “Hail Hitler” in 3rd Reich. (I am from occupied territories and local Nazis used it a lot even after war). No *personal* parallels, though!
    Same with Hawks. I really like this team, but not on the middle of important Rangers games on the Rangers blog and not so often. Sorry.

  73. Tomorrow is today. OK, than…I don’t know about Love, but Peace I promise. It is a shame, because other than that, I found most of Olga’s posts (when he is not about Mr.S) in good humor and fun.

  74. Olga Folkyerself on

    Jeez, now I can’t mention my two favorite subjects. It’s like one foot is nailed to the floor.

    I must be a big wheel, I can only go in circles…

  75. U Otto Folkyerself on

    You keep your effin’ mouth shut, Slatsko. Blogmama still has the Sunday paper…

  76. Hugo Folkyerself on

    I can’t believe we didn’t explain our position on these two topics adequately. People should be flocking to our banner.

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