Lightnings at Rangers tonight; NYR go for win No. 2,500 again


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 15-6-3 (33 pts)
Lightning: 11-14-2 (24 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Dec. 6

The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first of three games in four days. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 15-6-3 (33 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, to end their five-game winning streak. New York is now 12-3-0 in their last 15 contests. The Lightning enter the contest with an 11-14-2 (24 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Dec. 10, at First Niagara Center (7:00 p.m.), to begin a back-to-back set.

TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig

  • 7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Lightning
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
    Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Lightning
    Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • All-Time: 38-29-5-5 overall (21-13-2-3 at home; 17-16-3-2 on the road)
  • 2011-12: Tonight is the second of four meetings this season, and the first of two at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-0-0 following a 4-2 win five days ago on Dec. 3 at St. Pete Times Forum. The Rangers erased a 2-1 deficit with three goals in the third period for their first win of the season when trailing after two. Artem Anisimov, Brad Richards and Derek Stepan each recorded one goal and one assist, and Ryan McDonagh tallied two assists in the contest. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves.
  • Last Season: New York was 0-2-2 overall, including a 0-1-1 mark at home. Each of the four contests were decided by two goals or less, including three that were separated by one goal and two that required extra time. The Blueshirts notched two shorthanded goals in the series, from Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust. Derek Stepan led the Rangers with two goals and three points in the season series, while Boyle tallied a team-high, two assists and three points. Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 0-2-2 with a 2.97 GAA and .891 Sv% in four games.
  • The Rangers are 8-3-2 in their last 13 games against the Lightning
  • Henrik Lundqvist has started each of the last 25 games against Tampa Bay, dating back to Nov. 10, 2005
  • New York ranks 14th with a 7-2-1 (15 pts) record at home; Tampa Bay ranks 25th with a 4-10-2 (10 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers have posted a 6-1-0 record vs. Southeast Division opponents; the Lightning are 3-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 14-7-4 record with a 2.10 GAA and two shutouts in 25 career regular season games vs. Tampa Bay; Martin Biron is 10-7-2-0 with a 2.66 GAA in 19 career regular season games vs. the Lightning
  • Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 12 career regular season games vs. Tampa Bay
  • New York lists three former Lightning on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09); Ruslan Fedotenko (2002-03 – 2006-07); Brad Richards (2000-01 – 2007-08)
  • Tampa Bay lists three former Rangers on their roster: Matt Gilroy (2009-10 – 2010-11); Adam Hall (2006-07); Dominic Moore (2003-04 – 2005-06)


  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in five power play opportunities (7:41) on Monday vs. Toronto, and are 6-24 (25.0%) in their last six games. New York ranks 20th overall (15-98, 15.3%) and is tied for sixth at home (10-47, 21.3%). The Rangers are 2-10 (7:37) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/05 vs. TOR), and 0-4 (3:46) when four-on-three (last – 11/3 vs. ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (1): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Maple Leafs in four shorthanded situations (5:32) on Monday at MSG. New York is tied for 10th overall (77-91, 84.6%) and ranks sixth at home (27-31, 87.1%). The Rangers are 2-3 (1:16) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/05 vs. MTL), and 0-1 (1:17) when three-on-four (last – 10/7 at LAK). Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/20 at CGY (Prust).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:41) on Monday vs. Toronto. The Rangers are plus-three in 29 four-on-four situations (49:54), and even in one three-on-three situation (0:01). Four-on-four goals for (3): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

The Rangers are scheduled to play 14 back-to-back sets this season. New York has posted a record of 2-0-1 (1-0-0 at home, 1-0-1 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 2-0-1 (2-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 23-8-3 in the second game of back-to-back sets, with an 11-3-1 mark at MSG and 12-5-2 on the road over the span. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 56 times in his career, posting a record of 35-14-7 with a 1.82 GAA, .935 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers fourth back-to-back set will be on Dec. 10-11 against the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers.

The Rangers’ 4-2 win at Tampa Bay on Saturday marked the first return visit to the St. Pete Times Forum for Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella, and forwards Brad Richards and Ruslan Fedotenko, as members of the same organization since they won the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship as members of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fedotenko notched the Blueshirts’ first goal of the contest, and Richards registered two points (one goal, one assist) to record his first win in Tampa as a member of an opposing team. In 2003-04, Tortorella guided the Lightning to a franchise record 46 wins and 106 points to win the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach. Richards led the league with 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 23 playoff contests to capture the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP that season, and Fedotenko tallied both Lightning goals in their 2-1 Cup-clinching victory over Calgary in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Blueshirts’ 33 points through 24 games (15-6-3) is their most since they recorded 34 points in 24 games (16-6-2) to begin the 1993-94 Stanley Cup Championship season. In addition, the Rangers’ 7-2-1 record through 10 games at MSG is equal to the 1993-94 team’s start at home.

The Rangers are currently one win shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,499 games all-time in franchise history.


  • The Rangers have the fewest regulation losses (six) in the NHL
  • New York has out-scored their opponent, 51-32, in their last 15 games (12-3-0)
  • The Blueshirts are 6-24 (25.0%) on the power play in their last six contests, and have posted a record of 10-1-1 in games when tallying a power play goal
  • New York is 4-1-0 when leading after the first period and 9-0-1 when leading after the second (4-0-1 mark when leading after two at home)
  • The Blueshirts lead the league with an .889 win% when out-shooting their opponent (8-1-0)
  • The Rangers are 7-0-0 all-time in games when Brandon Prust is assessed a fighting major in the opening two minutes
  • The Blueshirts own the best record in the NHL when scoring first, posting an 11-1-0 mark (.917 win%) in those contests, and their 11 wins is tied for fourth in the league
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 9-2-0 with a 1.99 GAA, .932 Sv% and one shutout in his last 11 games
  • Brad Richards enters the contest with a six-game point streak (four goals, six assists over the span), and has tallied 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in the last 16 games
  • Derek Stepan enters the contest with a three-game assist/point streak (one goal, three assists over the span), and has tallied 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in the last 16 contests
  • Artem Anisimov enters the contest with a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists over the span), and has tallied 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last 13 games
  • Marian Gaborik has tallied 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in the last 17 games, with five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four
  • Ryan Callahan has tallied 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in the last 16 games, with seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last six
  • Michael Del Zotto has tallied four assists in the last five games
  • Ryan McDonagh has tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in the last seven games
  • Ruslan Fedotenko has tallied four points (three goals, one assist) in the last six games
  • Rangers’ prospects Christian Thomas (Canada) and J.T. Miller (USA) have been invited to participate in their respective National Junior Team’s selection camp for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship


  • Marian Gaborik: 3 assists from 300th NHL career; 4 goals from 300th NHL career
  • Dan Girardi: 4 assists from 100th NHL career
  • Brad Richards: 4 games from 800th NHL career
  • Michael Sauer: 2 games from 100th NHL career


  • Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 24
  • Mike Rupp (knee, 10/24) – 17
  • Wojtek Wolski (groin, 11/3) – 13

Total Man-Games Lost: 63

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  1. So I’m standing in line at the local Quick Check this morning and some guy sees my Rangers hat, points and shakes his head and says “bro”. I like “what? your’re a Devil fan? He said “no, worse”. I said “Islanders” he said go north. Bruins? He says yes, with the look that only a Mets fan can have. (I’m a Mets fan for the record). I’m like “are you kidding me? You just won a Cup and you second in points over all as of this morning. He shrugged. But then paid for my coffee. If only Tiki was around!

  2. Carp, turns out I’ll be there tonight (Mrs. CT was feeling generous with the hall pass). I’ve been coordinating with ilb about meeting youse guys during warm ups.

  3. Well, here’s to hoping the Lightning bring the same game they brought to The Masoleum the other night.

  4. If I see one more article about banning fighting in the NHL I am going to just lose it!

    BANJ – go get ’em buddy. You da man.

  5. Mister Delaware on

    Any of you guys / girls who go regularly: Do they sell baby Rangers gear at the team store? You’d be amazed to find out how tough it is to just find a standard onesie with a logo (and no stupid saying across it). Baby Q is starting to feel uncool when I’m in my jersey and she’s just wearing pink.

  6. That is a crucial purchase The Dr. You can get them online and you can get them at the NHL Team Store on 46th and 6th but they don’t always have Rangers stuff despite being only a few blocks from MSG.

  7. Manny – The good news is the soft, crap their pants if they ever were on an actual NHL ice media doesn’t decide on this topic. The GM’s and NHLPA do and they overwhelmingly want fighting in the game and understand the risk they take. And again for the media, the NHL is always the whipping boy here. Take on the NFL were the 5 on 5 line play leads to head contact or at least jostling of the neck on almost every play.

  8. 2. If the NHL is so concerned about injuries than Nate Gerbe should be suspended today for turning his back towards Bourdon of the Flyers AFTER looking over his shoulder at him. He knew he was coming, did nothing to protect himself and then allowed himself to be thrown face first into the boards wearing a full face shield and clinching up for the hit just to draw the PP. Nervous about head injuries?! PLEASE, these guys would trade a broken nose for a PP goal 100 out of 100 times. Trust me.

  9. That’s what the National Geographic article I posted actually points out. There are more concussions in the NHL than the NFL (11 per week compared to 9) but the NFL has more CTE brain injury because of the constant play of the linemen. One theory was to eliminate the tripod stance so that people will have to put two hands on the ground and thus the first contact will be between their hands rather than their head.

    Honestly, I don’t know why the NHL is the whipping boy. What about UFC? Boxing? Car racing? These things are so much more dangerous. And again, these players sign up for this. They sign waivers because this is what they love to do!

    Vibin’ HWirth. Yet again.

  10. Another great point, HWirth. If Wicky was here he would agree that players who intentionally put themselves in a vulnerable position, I guess to draw a penatly, should be punished equally.

    I agree that every single hockey player would trade a bone for a PP. 100% of the time.

  11. 3. Oh here’s another piece of carcillo nonsense. Ryan Miller doesn’t use a chin strap so his helmet comes flying off abt. 6 times last night vs. Flyers to get automatic whistle. If that happens to the NYR a scramble in front and his helmet easily comes off to stop play and NYR lose a scoring chance. Torts should scream for a delay of game penalty. Sorry to point this out, but Miller, Ruff and Reiger up there in Buffalo ARE BIGGER cry babies than Crosby.

  12. Agree with that also. Gustavsson did that to us on Monday night. Shook his helmet off to get a whistle during a scoring chance. It’s just an absurd tactic.

  13. Manny – The amazing part is both Edso and Pierre (who i like and don’t usually hate it) both acted like Gerbe looking over his shoulder was a smart way to avoid hit?!! Huh, then how did he still get hit in the back if HE KNEW he was coming. Real instinct says turn to the side or face forward. NHL instinct Says brace for the hit and draw the PP.

  14. Gerbe so worried about injury? Really? The guy came back 2 games after having his nose sliced with a skate blade. Sorry, I don’t really don’t think he’s too concerned about getting himself hurt from a hit from behind. Only the media is.

  15. Manny: Dunno about Miller but Gustavsson shook his helmet off because seconds earlier he’d been hit on the helmet by a shot and that helmet was dislodged, no doubt obstructing his view.

    I’ve watched enough Leaf games to be able to safely say doing that to get a stoppage is not a tactic I’ve ever seen him use.

  16. It’s True. Look at a guy like Sean Avery? His entire job is to draw penalties. Guys are definitely taught to draw penalties. If someone intentionally puts themselves in a vulnerable position they should at least get a penalty for Embellishment. If Del Zaster gets one for spinning as he falls down at top speed when a stick is crammed in between his knees, then a player intentionally making themselves vulnerable should get one too!

  17. Jim Jim Jim: Don’t be so nieve to think that the goalies don’t think: hey took one off the head puck still in zone our defense been out here a while – throw this thing and play like it got knocked off by the shot. How come all the other goalies get hit helmet and their helmets go flying off yet our goalie tries to make saves with his and nothing happens. Curious.

  18. If a goalie intentionally shakes their helmet off it should be a penalty. Who cares if it obstructs their view? Get a better helmet. Tighten your straps. Players are responsible for their own equipment (through their team) and if your helmet is constantly becoming dislodged FIX IT. Henrik’s helmet almost NEVER comes off. Other goalies have them pop (or be shaken) off a few times a period.

  19. The NHL players are so worried about injury!! Please, must’ve missed Jesse Winchester in last 3 mins vs. the Caps last night fake a wrist injury on a play where his stick broke to draw a slashing penalty. Again, players and GM’s are only concerned about THEIR Players’s safety (ie. how can we take advantage of this)

  20. jpg

    I just read your reply from yesterday. I watched the hit again, you and Lloyd may be correct in regards to Sauer’s ching strap being tight. Also it looked like the snap came undone after the hit. I didn’t notice that at first look. Quite quite a few players have their straps much looser.

    The NFL has strict rules with chin straps. Last year Bart Scott was fined $20G for an unstrapped chin strap. Ocho Cino was fined two times for having colored chin straps (Orange and Black) He was fined $5G for a preseason game(Orange) and 10G for a regular season game (Black). His excuse was that he was color blind lol. No such rule in NHL.

    Unfortunately it may take a tragedy for the NHL to change it’s rules.

  21. Manny? Goalies cheat? WOW! What a NOT NEW concept in the NHL. People must have missed ALL the years pre hurry up faceoff when goalies used to untie laces to stall time, change straps on different pads all miraculously when their team was down or up 1 goal with 1 minute left. And I won’t get into the pre-lockout pad stuff cause I’d be here all day.

  22. Banj – I don’t wanna jump down your preverbal throat here, but again that word tragedy? Where? This notion that some tragedy MIGHT occur on the ice. They soften the baseball in MLB. There is just as good a chance some “tragedy” occurs from a HBP in baseball as there is in hockey. The only few incidents that have occurred have come from actions that would be suspendable no matter what new rules on put in. What Bertuzzi did to Steve Moore would have gotten him thrown out for year in any decade. What other on ice tragedy has there been?

  23. The worst incidents in the NHL I am trying to think of didn’t even cause injury. Simon on Hollweg (hollywood didn’t even miss a shift). Brashear vs. McSorley? Nothing happened there. Chara last year on Pacioretty? It was so tragic he had no problem blind siding Letang last week.

  24. The only “near tragedies” that have happened on the ice were Milarchuk and Zednik getting their throats slit. But they both lived. What should we do? Not allow sharp skates? Everyone wears goalie skates?

    Hockey is not as dangerous as people make it out to be. It just isn’t. UFC is way, way, way more dangerous and people LOVE it. They love to watch “rear naked turtle grabber bloody face choke holds” or whatever those moves are called. LOVE IT. That stuff is really popular. Hockey is NOT that bad. They already have a full hospital staff on site (_see_ Girardi, Duncan Keith’s mouth, etc…) The sport takes proper precautions and everyone signs up.

    No Tragedies.

  25. Patches was so hurt by Charra that he was able to fake an injury until the suspension hearing was over!

  26. Manny – I hate to bring up the I’ve been in the lockerroom (because Eddie will call me a know it all) thing but I have, so I’m just repeating what I witnessed. But I can tell you first hand that I watched a player in the playoffs with a broken bone in his foot tell the trainer “Cast it and get (equipment manager) to find me a bigger sized boot so my foot will fit in” That player did play with a cast and bigger boot. OHH and fought in the next game (during the playoffs which is rare to begin with). As for the media in that spot, it was called an upper body injury officially.

  27. Cool HWirth. I always like to hear “inside” stories because I grew up with a heart condition that required a pacemaker from age 5 I never got to “play” organized hockey. I really like knowing more about the inner workings. So thanks for sharing.

  28. HWirth, no worries aboot my throat lol. But Eddie Shore-Ace Bailey hit came to mind when I wrote that and Bill Masterson wasn’t wearing a helmet when his head hit the ice and died 48 hour later. Those guys weren’t wearing helmets but Sauer’s helmet was off then his head hit the dasher.

  29. If Tampa wanted to stop their losing streak they should have done it vs the Isles.

    I hope the Rangers want to stop their 1 game losing streak.

  30. Key to tonight’s game: Score more goals than the opposition. Do that by not turning the puck over to Martin St. Louis in the Neutral Zone!

  31. If the Ranger D gets running around and taking penalites tonight, it has the makings of their first blowout of the year.

    TBs PP is too wicked. I wanted Stralman in the lineup, but not at Sauer’s expense.

    They’re also due for a wild, crazy game. haven’t had one of those either.

  32. Wow, just checked and TB PP is 22nd. We’re 20th.

    Must be a misprint.

    I wouldn’t mess with those guys……

  33. Combined age of Tampa’s goaltending tandem = 76
    Combined age of Anisimov+Stepan+McDonagh = 66

  34. HWirth – for sure I’m not saying goalies don’t cheat – I’m just responding to the Gustavson incident on it’s own.

    I’ve never seen him do that previously….

  35. And in regards to the Gustavsson I say….WHO CARES if his helmet was loose. Keep playing. If he shakes it off it should be a penalty.

  36. BDubi17 Brandon Dubinsky
    Strawberry Fin Roll anybody?? Love me some sushi!! Fantasy football playoffs start tomorrow! Who made it and who didn’t??

    So we can blame Dubinsky’s goalless game tonite on food poisoning or fantasy football. Fantasy football? That’s where his focus is? One goal.

  37. Hey BANJ can you tell Dubinsky that I barely made the playoffs in my league. I hope he has access to his team during the game. I wouldn’t want him to miss a great run or sack by his team defense. I blame his poor play on using phrases such as “Love me some [BLANK]” That offends me more than his lackadaisical play on the ice.

  38. Today sucks. Lennon’s dead. Dime’s dead. Staal and Sauer are concussed and I’m miserable and turning 30 soon.

  39. Doodie Machetto, 26 on

    Hey all, guess who is 26 today!

    I hope I get something good from Mrs. Machetto to make missing tonight’s game worthwhile.

  40. Haven’t we got a big defenseman we can call up? like a big bruising guy? Redden sucks and Mcilrath is like 12 years old. Someone call Strudwick. Or Corey Cross. Can we claim Shea Weber off waivers? is he on waivers? We can ask Nashville to waive him. and claim him…

  41. Tampa in the house tonight. Maybe we should have Brooks ask them how they managed to keep winning in 2004 with the limited ice time that was assigned to Tim Taylor. After all, he was the “tool man”…

  42. Wicky Hi. Doodie Happy hatching day. Manny- It sounds like a plan to me. Carp, Mr Steinbrenner’s here. George is dead. Call me back.

  43. Anaheim, NYR.

    Definitely end of an era in the Loo. TLR and El Hombre leaving at the same time.

  44. Doodie Machetto, 27 on

    Oh wait, didn’t we say that we are now turning 27? Man, can’t even remember my own age.

  45. Happy birthday Doodie.

    Have you dropped hints that the Rangers came out with a Winter Classic jersey to the Mrs?

  46. The Rangers are 7-0-0 all-time in games when Brandon Prust is assessed a fighting major in the opening two minutes

    This leads me to believe that we’ll win the Stanley Cup if Prust just swings his stick at someone during the opening face off. even from the bench. Hit a ref even. someone. idk.

  47. iWicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    Happy birthday!!


    Seems to me brassard is getting showcased in the top six.

    Too bad he isn’t a crease clearing d man.

  48. James – that number fell to 7-1-0 in the last game because I think that fight started at like 1:59 in.

  49. As a Cardinals fan, i’m gutted we didnt re-sign Pujols, but at that length and money i’m glad we didnt – those last 4-5 years when he’s a 37+ year old DH eating up a huge chunk of your payroll and playing in 110 games a year (if you’re lucky), it will be hard to watch him for the next few seasons though, especially if Holliday and Berkman cant carry the load and we dont sign a decent SS or 2B.

  50. Damn it….well at least Christensen is skating at practice with Wolski and Rupp…I mean if that doesn’t make you excited I don’t know what will….Oh wait, did I say make you excited? I meant step out in front of a bus on 7th Ave…

  51. Stralman-Woywitka as our 3rd pair tonight. Can I get a “whoaa shut down pairing for when Stamkos and St Louis are on the ice!” ??

  52. You’re on fire today James! Christensen. Blergh. Give him another game to prove why he doesn’t belong on this team. Maybe we showcase him and then trade him straight up for Shea Weber or Brian Campbell (who sucks at actual Defense)

  53. Does Stralman immediately get time on the PP point? I guess that will give Girardi about 2 minutes of rest tonight.

  54. iWicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    St Louis may not be out there, got rocked with a shot in practice left bloody and wobbly

  55. Brian Campbell is one of the jerks that caused this whole “calling all mediocre Dmen- we can cash in by being the hottest ufa ticket for teams desperately needing blueline help” era the NHL currently resides in. It’s his fault we signed Wade Redden. I say trade for him and immediately send him down to CT and pair him with Redden. Then call up Stu Bickel…and trade him for Ryan Suter. If that’s not enough throw Bobby Ryan into the deal…and I know what you’re going to say “but James Bobby Ryan isn’t a Ranger” which only means you fail to see the brilliance of said trade proposal.

  56. Hsppy 26th, Doodie.

    Nobody is turning 27 here. Ever….

    Eminger is on 2nd pair with MDZ? Maybe I should skip the meal and a beer before the game…

  57. Thanks for the info Wick.

    CCCP- I’d love to have Jagr here still. But not at the price he wanted to stay a Ranger at.

  58. Manny so would you if you were out on the ice with Kane and Toews most of your career.

    ILB- Im turning 30. I have the somber look on my face and the tears on my pillow to prove it.

    and no worries about the 2nd pairing tonight- they serve hard liquor at MSG

  59. CCCP- CT has a Stralman Winter Classic jersey. He’s a reasonable guy- $375 and the Sanguinetti jersey and it’s yours…

  60. In all seriousness, I really hope someone at the winter classic Alumni game wears #25 in honor of Potsy. And if I’m the only one out of Me, Maloney, Leetch, Beukeboom and Greschner to have that thought then I hope the Flyers alumni kick their ass.

  61. It does matter for Jersey purposes. Could you guys imagine if one of us got a “Stahl” jersey? It would be endlessly funny to all of us.

  62. Idk what’s worse. Felix Potvin having to know for the rest of his life that Scatchard was the last player he was ever traded for or the fact that the Blues actually gave this guy a contract 2 years ago.

    I’m still amused over the headline: “Stephan nets game winner as New York defeats Tampa Bay”

  63. Happy 26th, Doodie!

    HWirth, were you calling me soft? ;)

    James, tell it to the new assistant to the general manager.

    ilb, if you’re bringing CCCP and CTB to warmups maybe we should meet somewhere less crowded than that spot on the steps, like 8-10 rows up behind one of the benches? Let me know via email if you can.

  64. As for this talk about goalies cheating, here’s one I never understand. The net comes off its pegs, the play goes the other way, the goalie puts the net back on its pegs. Why? Leave it off until a stoppage and the opponent can’t score. Why fix it? Wait for a whistle and let the linesman fix it.

  65. Or when they intentionally bump it off just to get a play stoppage (players playing Def at the time are guilty also)

  66. It’s true. It’s not an advantage. It’s just general housekeeping that apparently goaltenders like to take care of. It is “their crease” or whatever.

  67. my twitt to Dubinsky;

    @BDubi17 is that what you’re concerned with? fantasy football? dude, u got 1 goal! step it up!

    btw, Carp… i am not coming to the game tonight. Ill be there with ilb on 13th. are safe…for now! [evil laugh. disappear into thick fog]

  68. Carp – I was definitely not referring to you. :)

    I’m thinking the NYR marketing department has fallen in love with twitter and is getting all these guys on there. Did they do a seminar on how to tweet while they were at it? I’m just waiting for the first slip up and response by Torts. Cause the more tweet the more likely you say or do something stupid on there.

  69. Weber-Suter



    Someone call Nashville, Chicago, Phoenix and Santa Claus

  70. Too bad the Canadiens don’t have Weber, Suter, Keith and Yandle. Then Slats could trade Wolski, Christensen and Avery to the Habs for those guys.

    Though some on here would think that’s a bad deal since Avery would be involved.

  71. I see that. How come ONeil didn’t have the guts to admit he voted down the new realignment plan because he knew the Rangers get a ridiculously unfair advantage in travel under current plan. Kinda hard for NYR to say a word when 9 road games a year they don’t enter a plane.

  72. Well then Avery could play top line minutes on the LW with Gomez and Gionta. It could be the new GAG line. Because that’s what all the Habs fans would do. Aside from riot.

  73. yeah whats up with the twitter (or is it tweeter?) crap? i dont see any other team in any other sport do it but the Rangers. Did the MSG sign some kind of deal with twitter (tweeter)?

  74. “Anisimov42 ??? ????????? ??? ????.”

    I think Artie just tweeted “Fire Torts” in whatever Europansy language he speaks.

  75. lol oh come on- who didn’t immediately picture Jody Shelley with his usual snarl face staring at a Mac Book?

  76. DaveLozo Dave Lozo
    Steve Yzerman on Martin St. Louis: “I assume he won’t be able to play tonight.”

    If true, St. Louis falls one game short of 500 consecutive games play. Pretty Impressive streak considering his size.

  77. Wow. That’s a HUGE break for the Rangers. I wonder how they will make it through the game without being able to give him the puck in the Neutral Zone and letting him score on a breakaway. It’s like our whole game plan is destroyed!

  78. LW3H

    our Europansy match-up in “one concussion too many” fantasy league is heating up! Will i stay perfect? Or will you be served with a second defeat of the season? I def. like the latter!

  79. iWicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    You have a ranch? Is that where all the”mulchings” take place?

  80. Ranching is tough business. Sometimes a calf is born and that calf has a problem, for example it may not be able to stand up. That’s sad. Then you have to shoot it or just tie it up in a garbage bag and throw it out.

  81. I think he was referring to which bag of Dorritos he’d hand over to Andrew Gross if St. Louis doesn’t play, Wick.

  82. James – quick story. So a friend of mine who is a journalist or whatever got a job as the beat reporter for the third shift in Atlantic City. First night there he’s sitting by the scanner waiting for the scoop. He gets a call that there is a “baby in a dumpster” situation. He excitedly grabs his steno pad, fedora, trench coat and other classic journalist garb and rushes off to the aforementioned dumpster. He gets there quickly. Too quickly. It turns out, no one else responds for over an hour! So for an hour he sits there next to the dumpster containing the dead baby all alone in some alley in Atlantic City.

    Welcome to the job, kid.

  83. Carp maybe you and Gross can be in the Dorritos commercial for this years Superbowl. You know the Superbowl- it’s that big game that Sanchez and Manning won’t be a part of.

  84. After my wedding I will. Right now I have to focus my funds towards making the woman I am -stuck with- spending my life with happy.

  85. Manny, I guarantee you that Pujols, CC Sabathia and both Mannings wives nag them on occasion. Point is, that’s a futile attempt so don’t even try it.

  86. I will, ilb. We will meet up and shake hands with the one they call “Carp” and you will all meet my sweet gal. Don’t fret!

    Amen, CT. Amen. I follow your sage advice.

  87. Steve Tractenberg on


    Section 305, Row H, isle seats 11-12

    Face is $120/pair

    Looking for $90/pair. I can email them to you immediately after Paypal payment. Thanks.

    steve at blacks4 dot com

  88. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    UKRanger: Please, as a Cardinals fans, don’t complain about Pujols jumping ship, or anything else for the next 10 years. Your team just won The Playoff Championship which is falsely marketed these days as “The World Series.” The REAL World Series features the best regular season team from each major league, meaning that the entire country outside of St. Louis and some hot grille part of Texas was cheated out of the legitimate world championship match-up which was the Yankees and Phillies.

    You should celebrate television’s corruption of baseball, and baseball’s sell-out to money over integrity for the rest of your life.

  89. Boom boom so are you going to ask the Phillies to take down their 2008 WS banner? After all the Cubs had a better record playing in a better division that year. And they wouldn’t have played for the WS in 1980 either.

    Then they’d have 0 WS titles in over 125 years of existence, so be careful what you wish for.

  90. Martin St. Louis possibly out for tonight’s game. Puck to the eye injury & currently being treated at NYU Med Center

  91. Steve Tractenberg on

    CCCP: You’re welcome to sit on concrete steps if you want. My tix will get you into the building in that case :)

  92. Carp Going to the game tonite. In which pressbox are you located . Love to stop by and say a quick hello.

  93. I bet Torts visits Larry in the press box a lot. It’s all an act for the cameras, WWE style.

  94. Larry has his hair, make-up, and wardrobe people in the press box since HBO started filming Monday.

  95. Looks like Sutton will be out a WHILE. I can’t see him getting anything less than 10 or 15 for this. Definitely left his feet, definitely targeted the head and is just over one month removed from another suspension. Didn’t Sutton once knock our Poni?

  96. eddie eddie eddie on

    the plastic ono band playing Slim’s in San Francisco, a few days before christmas….but i will be in the core of the apple….

  97. eddie eddie eddie on

    no one knows what its like to be the bad man, to be the sad man, behind Avery’s eyes…

  98. eddie eddie eddie on

    headzo – not yet…but its bloody marys tonight….did you see my comment about the rangers behind, pun intended, the kate upton bobblehead?…..boing boing boing boing

  99. eddie eddie eddie on

    is there possibly a better breakfast than bagals, hard rolls, bloody marys, shredded wheat, bananas, blueberries, and more bloody marys?

  100. Impressive Eddie x 3, but Manny’s right…you must focus for the sake of our boys tonight! I’ll be at the game so no Upton video’s for me…only $9 beers for my lady & I!


  101. eddie eddie eddie on

    manny – you do realize i mostly joke….i am only serious about 94.76354736% of the time

  102. Eddie – Ii understand you better than anyone on this board. That’s why we are the gruesome tuesome of announcing.

  103. eddie eddie eddie on

    i will focus on the hocus pocus that exits in the surreal of my surroundings layered by the existence of all that is seen and unseen by the nakedness of my senses that live beneath the brimming tides of the oceanic movements towering those that stand in its way

  104. eddie eddie eddie on

    manny – should mark stauelehealwuellhl’s pinched nerve heal itself, we will be fine on the line

  105. eddie eddie eddie on

    headzo – have a few of those inexpensive beers for me….i will be listening via ranger radio,,,,and watching via the TB fox sports replay later tonight……jump naked on the ice and i will know its you

  106. Burke is right. players used to be allowed grab guys who stood against the boards with their backs to the hitter. they would just grab them and tie them up, so they did not have to crunch them from behind. since that was outlawed, now there is little choice but to either let the guy go, bad option, or crush him, suspension option, or grab him, now a penalty. iow, the rules have made it more dangerous for both the hitter, suspensions and loss of income, and the hittee, loss of health.

  107. eddie eddie eddie on

    manny – if the rangers are able to score first, it is almost a certainty that one of 4 things could happen….the rangers might lead 1-0, TB could be down 1-0, the rangers will have scored first, or TB will not have scored first…..

  108. Doodie Machetto, 28 on

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, folks.

    Is St. Louis being out confirmed? That would be a big break for us.

  109. eddie eddie eddie on

    happy birthday doodie…as it only come a few times each year…celebrate it up…

  110. lone, ilb, CTB and I will be watching warmups on top of the staircase between section 110 and 111.

    Pressbox really isn’t accessable.

  111. eddie eddie eddie on

    found a way downstairs i drank a cup….found a way upstairs and i had a smoke


    i read the news today, oh boy

  112. I believe he got hit in the “eye” which is pretty scary. Good for us tonight. Scary for Marty.

  113. eddie eddie eddie on

    my brutha, carputha, – i wish i could be joining yo assen’s fo tonight’s contest

  114. I know, Carp. Dropped my authentic home blue to customize at Cosby’s. Just saw Dubinsky walk in. He looks like he shouldn’t even be driving yet, let alone drinking, lol… Before that- Woywitka and Stralman. Maloney was walking out for some reason.

  115. Carp – I’m sitting in 111. Not sure how early I’ll get there due to a work function but I’ll keep an eye out (bad timing for that phrase…sorry MSL) for you.

  116. Eddie x 3 – My friend’s kid is playing in a kids game between periods & told her I’d snap a few pictures. Think she’ll be mad if the memory card gets filled up with KU pics?!!

  117. eddie eddie eddie on

    headzo – jump on the ice and bodycheck one of the kids…they will get you attention….

  118. In the long HNIC Postagame show this past Saturday, Andy Sutton was their prime guest. It was a love-fest of his hitting ability, and just a game or so later he’s headed for a long suspension!

    During that show, they played a clip of a hit that Sutton delivered to someone a season or so ago, and he laughed and joked that he would probably get suspended for 100 games if he leveled that hit during this season.

    I didn’t see the hit on Ponikarovsky, but it must have been a doozy!

  119. NYR_FAN "Step-on the GAS!" on

    Sup ‘heads! Headed to the game soon! Unfortunately, I really would like to meet some of yall but I won’t make it for warmups!

    Let’s GO RANGERS! Make me proud….I don’t plan on blogging at MSG! But be sure I will be reading comments…

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