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Game 39.

Ya boys lead the Patrick, lead the East, lead the whole freakin’ enchilada. They’ve won three in a row and eight of nine and are undefeated in 2012.

The Rangers are the masters of back-to-backs, having gone 5-0-1 in the first games and 4-0-1 in the second this season, and 25-8-3 in the second game of back-to-backs since 2009-10.

John Tortorella has clinched a spot as a co-coach of one of the all-star teams in Ottawa Jan. 29, since the Rangers are assured of having the best winning percentage in the East (other than the Bruins, whose coach automatically qualifies to coach the other all-star team as defending champ) after games of Monday.

Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal against Marc-Andre Fleury. Otherwise, the Rangers are expected to go with the same lineup, which means Wojtek Wolski, Erik Christensen and Jeff Woywitka are prucha’d.

Of course, no Sid The Skid Crosby for the Penguinos.

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  1. Maybe it’s the no-Crosby, but this Pens games seems to be lacking some juice. Maybe that changes at puck drop.

  2. LGR!!!! Haven’t been on all week :( Think I had too much fun Monday…been sick ever since. Ah well. Lots to catch up on, then I shall formally return!!!!

  3. And on that note, I’m out. Going upstate. Mrs is driving. See you all after the game, ‘heads!

  4. The best winning percentage excluding the Bruins whose coach is already down for the ASG because they won the Cup…

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

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    lets go ;ets go lets go!!!!

  6. Does anyone know if the NHL Network broadcast of the game is going to be blacked out in the NY area?

    I’m a TWC pawn, I mean subscriber, and I want to know if setting up my DVR for the NHL Network is just a pipe dream?

    I just purchased the ESPN radio app to listen to game until I can get to a pc….

    any ideas? oh yeah, LGR

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  7. 2nd half of back to back usually means 1 of 2 things. A quick start and then running out of gas or A slow start and then a 2nd wind later in the game.

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

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    I LOVE RANGERSSSSS!!!

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

    LETS GO RANGERSSSSS!!

    BEST Club in the world!!!!

    GO GO G GO GO GO GO G)O GO GO GO!!!!

  11. I guess I’ll just have to cross my fingers on NHL Network! I think it’s going to be blacked out though? = (

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  12. LW – Here’s the update.. In a few days he’ll be changing his last name to Lindros to fit in.

  13. Carp they’d go 82-0, and sweep every round in the playoffs.. it’d be like everyone else is standing still..

    but then again where’s the fun in that?

  14. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/opinion/2012/01/las-vegas-coyotes-a-longshot-30-thoughts.html

    “10. New York head coach John Tortorella can be very tough, but it’s clear the Rangers respond to him. Why? Several players say it’s because they respect the fact he treats every player the same, no matter where they fit in the lineup. One added that if you have a couple of bad shifts in a row, he makes it clear you may not get many more.”

    Not sure everyone here will quite agree with that…

  15. “Technical difficulties” with the MSG feed on GameCenter. Three minutes of Steigerwald and already I want to drown kittens.

  16. William: it streams on firstrow.tv or vipbox.tv.

    Just don’t download anything, even if they prompt you.

    Matt: thanks for the judgment. Almost sure it comes from a profoundly beautiful human specimen – a regular beavis or butt in the flesh.

    McDonagh starts this one like so many lately – less than steady.

  17. what is going on with the game? blacked out here. I had a Mango Msrgarita and need a nap.

  18. Not a lack of effort by Eurostinko getting back but a bad read to go deep in the offensive zone as Boyle turned it over left him for dead.

  19. Rangers will find their legs in the third period. The score might be 0-4 by then, but hey…

  20. Carp – Got your wish. Realignment stopped although it smells more of Donald Fehr wanting it to be a CBA item for this summer.

  21. JimboWoodside on

    Boy, it’s tough to be a Ranger fan – we get our games blacked out on cable, and we don’t even get the stronger radio station to listen to them on – what’s on 1050, the Knicks?

  22. Whatever we think of the realignment proposal, I can’t imagine most players really give a damn, other than how it impacts on travel, which I thought was meant to be improved?

    So it’s being used as a bargaining tool then…

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

    RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRICHARDS!!!

    Brad Richards is MONEY!!!

  24. Another timely goal by Richards! Trailing 1-0 after slow tired start now survive the last minute all it’s all good.

  25. I’m really glad that the Rangers are #1 in the NHL and the Knicks who havent been good since Clinton was in office just got back from a lockout and take priority. I mean hey what die hard fan WOULDNT want to watch them get their butts kicked by Washington instead of seeing the Rangers play a divisional rival??

  26. Talk about a team with no quit. Totally outplayed for first 15 minutes of period, got the goaltending they needed and scored another timely goal! See it’s not about the amount of goals but when you score them and they get them when they need it. That’s winning hockey!

  27. JimboWoodside on

    Hockey has *always* played second-fiddle to basketball in the MSG world, at least since 1968, before then, I’ve no idea…

  28. Tyler Kennedy lost a faceoff badly.

    As well as his unfortunate appearance, he was also beaten by Richards on the draw before the goal.

  29. My Celtics are versing the Pacers right now. You know who the president of the Pacers is??? Well, let me give you a hint….he’s a HOF’er, he’s one of the greatest pale basketball players of all time, and he’s a great father!

    Aha, Aha! Larry Bird!

    *Go Celtics*

  30. not a bigg deal, but one of the last plays of the period was an icing on the pens, right? and i know malkin was on the ice because he was the one who girardi beat to the puck, which made it an icing in the first place. so why did the camera, which was tracking malkin, show him skating over to the bench for a change…?

  31. LW, LMAO.

    So does Lundqvist prefer a ski mask, a stocking, or a Nixon mask when he’s pulling a heist like that?

  32. Here ya go Carp….
    Real_ESPNLeBrun Pierre LeBrun
    NHLPA says extra travel was major concern as well as playoff structure…. Union says it consulted with players on conf calls …

    Extra travel for the Eastern Conference. The West had significantly less travel.

  33. When the Rangers scored I played the Goal Song as loud as it would go. Take THAT, obnoxious roommate!

  34. Here’s the bigger story. Donald Fehr is in charge of the NHLPA and we know he doesn’t back down.

    DarrenDreger Darren Dreger
    For those who have interest in CBA negotiations…get ready for a brawl between NHL and NHLPA in the coming months.

  35. ThisYearsModel on

    I agree with the players. Why give away approval on something like that with a big negotiation coming up, where Bettman will once again try to take the players to the cleaners?

  36. This realignment sucked for most teams. People on Twitter seem to think the plan would have meant less travel. Only true for a few teams. What Eastern team would want this realignment? And the playoff format sucked.

  37. ThisYearsModel on

    Didn’t mind the travel, as it would have guaranteed my seeing the Rangers twice in SoCal. But the playoff system was screwy and not appropriate, IMO.

  38. JimboWoodside on

    Wish we at least had the hometown game feed – this Firstrow.tv site only has the NHL Network feed, which is the Penguins home broadcast.

  39. Well one more year of the Southleast division getting the 3rd seed when they are not even the 6th or 7th best team in the Conference in the weakest division in sports when they don’t play a tough divisional game all year.

  40. Do some of these commercials make you run screaming from their products? Or is it just me? I mean, I’m feelin’ Subway? and that asshat Jay Glazer? That’s supposed to make me go buy a sandwich there?

  41. Jimbo – Link 2 on firstrow.tv is working with the MSG feed now.

    I can see it now in CBA negotiations: players cave on this realignment and they get to play in the Olympics. Screw Buttman!

  42. Dubi Dubi Dooo! We’ve seen that similar setup before on an OT goal against this same team; Cally was on the receiving end then. 2-1.

  43. DUBI from a Great Feed from Cally! There’s the core getting it done again! Trade Dubi!? HAHA

  44. BRANDON DUBINSKY HAS 4 GOALS IN HIS LAST 8 GAMES.

    “You are a different team when Brandon Dubinsky can contribute offensively.” Dave Maloney

  45. JimboWoodside on

    I said last night that it would be nice if Dubi broke out in this game – maybe he’s good for another one!?

  46. And just to balance things out after the last two games, an example where the defenseman sliding to break up a 2-on-1 didn’t work.

    That goal remind anyone of the OT winner in Pittsburgh last year?

  47. Mcd needs to be more aggressive there. Shoot that puck – he was looking for the one timer with MAF moving but it’s better to shoot first.

  48. JimboWoodside on

    Wow..this MSG feed must be originating from the UK – weird commercials during the breaks!!

  49. Carp, the name of that young lady is Kathryn Tappen. Others can correct me if I’m mistaken.

  50. awesome action. rangers taking the body. battling.

    dang i love this hockey. definitely not the old boring Renney Rangers

  51. We must be on the nth level of a RR meme when two of us make the same Kathryn Tappen comment about people making the same comment about the OT goal last year.

  52. Marty Biron for MVP of this team! His ability to play and win has allowed Hank to be ultra sharp so far in this one.

  53. Tyler Kennedy’s parents once wanted to enter him in a teen beauty pageant to help his self-esteem. He turned his nose up at the idea.

  54. Cry me a freakin’ river about that piece of clarke, Cooke. He ended one career and maybe others, and what if McDonagh had suffered a concussion last year?

    Why are they praising this p.o.s.?

  55. Congrats Dubi:

    AGrossRecord Andrew Gross
    With a goal and an assist, Brandon Dubinsky has reached 200 points in his NHL career.

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

    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    keep it up!!!!

    LETS GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO!!!!

    RANGERSSSSS!!

    Number one .

    Get it , got it …GOOD!!

  57. JimboWoodside on

    Sam & Joe are always showing love for an opposition player in their schtick! Usually one who is detested…

  58. >>Why are they praising this p.o.s.?

    Maybe because that part of their script calls for it?

  59. “Cry me a freakin’ river about that piece of clarke, Cooke…what if McDonagh had suffered a concussion last year.”

    Hitting the nail on the head!

  60. and St. Patrick’s friends deny a goal once again..

    mad props to anyone who gets the reference..

  61. LULZ Malkin is so lazy and self-entitled he just sits on his butt expecting a penalty on the Rangers for falling. SORRY BABY HUEY HOCKEY IS A ROUGH SPORT!

  62. Jimbo -“Sam & Joe are always showing love for an opposition player in their schtick!”

    Be fair, because I’ve heard you complain time and again about homers.

  63. So impressed with this team. No matter tired legs, back to backs, tough skilled opponents – they never change their style of play. Tough defense in front and allow Hank to make the first save with little to no second chances. Keep the other team down and goals will always come.

  64. By the way, this 3rd period lead is huge in this 4-point game. Could be a 10-pt lead even in games!

  65. Oh my! With all 3 NHL games in Intermission, watched MSG 150. I’m pretty sure that if I’m ever sent to purgatory I’ll be forced to watch that for eternity.

  66. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Be fair, because I’ve heard you complain time and again about homers.

    Yes, I do – but what Sam & Joe do is going overboard – they’re being almost *anti*-homer. No need to throw the love at the opposition, just call the game!

  67. JimboWoodside on

    This Brit feed showed part of a 24/7 episode – the one where the NYR beat Philly in the game just before Christmas…

  68. You can see the light goes on for McD in the Foxwoods final five at times
    Can’t wait until McD realizes what he can can do if he turns that on sooner

  69. CTBlueshirt January 6th, 2012 at 8:50 pm
    Matt,

    Patrick Roy used to talk to his posts?

    —————-

    He had too.. they were the only “people” that understood what he was saying..

  70. That was a very weird goal. I like how Step/Gabby almost knock each other over afterwards…

  71. That was such a nifty move by Stepan on that goal that Fleury was looking for his jockstrap in the corner.

  72. “He doesn’t have many holes, but that may be one of them.” -Pens announcer about Lundqvist.

  73. “He doesn’t have many holes, but that may be one of them.” -Pens announcer about Lundqvist.

    Steigerwald must have a hole shortage too, since he talks and Carcillos out of the same one.

  74. Jesus every time a Penguin goes down you can hear the crowd screaming for a penalty. When MDZ tapped that dude and he half-butt tried to plant himself into the boards no call?! LOL I would love to troll a Penguins board right now.

    Listening to the homer broadcast right now (no MSG). Said they got away with a few “fringe” plays. I’ll give them 1 but it’s a choppy feed! HEHE!

    Refs are letting them play, boys!

  75. I hereby award the next five number one draft picks to the Pittsburgh Penguins because they told me to.

  76. Good team hockey! Staal stood up for himself took a roughing penalty and they killed it off for him!

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

    WERE NUMBER ONE!!!

    #1

    GO RANGERSSSS!!!

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

    LETS GO RANGERS LETS GO RANGERS!!!

    NUMBER 1 , FIRST PLACE team here folks!!

    WE WANT THE CUP!!!!

    Its our’s , …..ohhh poor Staal , hope hes ok .

  79. Rupp: Take that Staal, this is for what you did to Eric!
    Marc: Wrong brother
    Rupp: Oops…

  80. oops!!!!
    I meant

    Rupp: Take that Staal, this is for what you did to Marc
    Marc: Wrong brother
    Rupp: Oops…

  81. JimboWoodside on

    This Premier Sports NHL feed is pretty cool! No Knicks to hear about, no TWC-MSG Network BS…

  82. JimboWoodside on

    These fans sound like they were transplanted into PIT from Montreal!! Lotsa whining and calls for penalties!

  83. Glad Staal got his first big hit out of the way and returned the favor on the same shift. Going to do wonders for his confidence.

  84. “These fans sound like they were transplanted into PIT from Montreal!! Lotsa whining and calls for penalties!”

    Over recent times Pittsburgh has been so entitled you really can’t tell the difference anymore.

  85. Montreal booes blatant offsides against their team. I’m talking 2+ feet.

    Who does that? LOL

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

    sweet Carolineeeeee oh oh , good times never felt so gooood.

    RANGERS are the best !!!!!

    We are Number 1

  87. How many times a game does Sam say “Nice Defensive play by McDonagh”?

    Ryan’s slowly becoming REALLY good

  88. JimboWoodside on

    You are certainly correct, Noonan – between having Mary-O and Cindy, they have become major whiners.

  89. They keep on finding ways to win! Hank otherworldy! Timely Goals! Tough Defense! That’s the winning formula!

  90. Drill Sgt tooooo easy Drill Sgt! This team continues to wow me.

    Tomb- seriously thank you. I even got to see the recap of the first two periods and the goals scored.

  91. wow i am speechless. this team continues to amaze me. another back to back in a city where things dont go well against a team who hasnt played in 6 days and the rangers find a way. i hope this magical carpet ride doesnt end to june.

    IN HANK WE TRUST

  92. i didn’t like how often the puck was in our zone but King was King and defense sound. got chances and capitalized. TO THE MOON, KIDZ!

  93. Orr I can’t stand watching them play the Yotes. I’ll just tune in with 1/10th of a second left in the game. seems to be all that matters lol

  94. Rest of the Atlantic teams vote for the Rangers to get re-aligned out of the division.

  95. Can’t believe this team is doing so well. My decades of Ranger experience tell me not to get my hopes up.

  96. we win too much!! jeez, throw ina loss once in while. shake it up boys. lol j/k!! good win. solid roadwin i should say, cuz we were outplayed bad

  97. JimboWoodside on

    They looked like hell in the first period, but they really came out with a burstin the second, and flummoxed the Pens – maybe Pitt had too much time off between games!

  98. I’ll be diped in cooke! Who would think at the begining of the season? Amazing race. Speechless…

  99. Good pitching and timely hitting always get it done, folks

    the team is for real

    26-9-4

    ‘Nuff Said

  100. Torts most frequent phrase: “We were not good, but we found a way to win”, is epitome of this game.

  101. Honestly, I’m curious to see two things from this team at this point. 1) How they match up against Boston and 2) How they respond when they finally face some adversity. Once some bad luck hits Im curious to see how they’ll respond. Last year the first 3 game losing streak turned into a 6 game losing streak. If they can triumph over those two things I think I may start believing the hype!

  102. Thanks, HWirth

    This team knows how to get it done

    period

    anyplace, any way, any time

    every game will not be a rembrandt – just not possible

  103. biron being able to take some pressure off hank is a major factor why we have done so well too. one of the best signings lately was biron

  104. bull dog line on

    James,
    they have dealt with much adversity already this season. no Staal for most of season, no Sauer, no Eminger. started season in Europe with crazy travel. I suspect that whatever may come there way, they will handle.

  105. I know it is an honor, acknowledgement and all that, but I’m kind of not particular ecstatic about Torts to coach an All Stars. Don’t even know why, but somehow…

  106. Bull Dog – Totally agree with you. They have had distractions all season long and have actually thrived through it. I was more concerned about the letdown which clearly didn’t happen this week.

  107. Marc Staal also looked good – the best of his 3 games so far

    much more engaged in the play – he’s a tough SOB to come right back at that piece of Cooke after the hit

    very impressive

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

    We won and we will win again . We just go about our biz and keep collecting the points. We have a bizness like attitude that ” just gets the job done” Is it because of Torts or is it this young group all comming together with a splash of Gaborik and the million dollar man , Richie Richards. Hank seals the deal and we can’t forget the gritty players too..umm who are they? Just kidding ,we know our whole team is gritty right down t the coach . Our team is ready , ready now and after being in europe , being in the Winter Classic and now being on top .
    We want it all . We want everything , and were comming to get it . Try and stop us.

    GO RANGERSSS!!!!!

  109. “1) How they match up against Boston”

    That has yet to be seen. I figure it’ll be a goaltender showdown with D playing a big part on both sides. Boston is the only team in the east that I see beating the Rangers in a 7-game series (barring major injuries)

    “and 2) How they respond when they finally face some adversity. Once some bad luck hits Im curious to see how they’ll respond.”

    They have faced adversity with their rotating D lineup, win games decisively because they are good, and never give up when they don’t score the first 1 or 2 goals. IDK what more adversity you’d expect them to go through other than a bunch of young kids in the playoffs.

    With Staal back and his brain tightly screwed on this team is only going to get better.

    Biron holding his own while Lundqvist gets so many rests (especially after getting run into so much in previous seasons) is a bonus.

    “Last year the first 3 game losing streak turned into a 6 game losing streak. If they can triumph over those two things I think I may start believing the hype!”

    Last year is not this year. Gaborik is healthy and on fire, Richards is now on the team, Dubi is BACK, MDZ is having a Norris year, Girardi improves every single game (will get the Norris snub), and the farm is tight.

    Don’t live in the past or the future. The team we have right now is the team we got!

  110. really ecstatic the the playoff format will stay the same as always. hated the conferences. now we bring all east teams back into the mix.

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