It’s Go Time!


Game 41.

After tonight’s game the Rangers will be halfway through their season.

Ya boys have won five in a row and 10 of 11, and lead the entire National freakin’ Hockey League in points.

Three of their players — Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik and Dan Girardi were named today to the all-star game, along with coach John Tortorella.

Brandon Dubinsky (shoulder) will sit this one out, so Wojtek Wolski will be de-prucha’d. He hasn’t played since Nov. 5 due to hernia surgery, though he’s been a healthy scratch the last two games. He was involved in a hit on Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who suffered a concussion, in an early-season meeting.

Lundqvist — who has held opponents to two goals or fewer 21 times in 30 starts — is in goal against the Senators, who are 6-0-1 in their last seven, and who had four all-stars selected by ballot-box-stuffing fans.


LIVE CHAT TOMORROW: We’re planning a live chat tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. so be there with questions/comments about the first half of the season, the all-star picks, tonight’s game, Sean Avery (sorry, couldn’t resist), or anything else you care to discuss.

Just do me a favor and please use a username when you ask a question or comment. It just makes it easier on me. Thanks.



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  1. Good evening, Carp!

    I’m ready for the PROFESSIONAL-HOUR! (Nice one, Miami!) LETS GO RANGERS!!!

  2. Let’s make it 6 in a row…Wolski, keep your head up, Chris Neil’s gonna be on the ice, looking for a little revenge…LGR!!!

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



    TIME TO GO!!!!



    Greatest team of all time!!!

    Wohooooooooooooo!! go time!! LETS GO RANGERS LETS GO RANGERS LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!

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





  5. come on borderline hits and scraps!
    we havent had a nasty one in a while,hope we get one tonight!

    Lets Go Rangers!

  6. Ilb, I’m gonna check in with my supervisor tomorrow but it looks like the training is Jan 31-Feb 2. The only Rangers game during that time is against the Devils (in NJ). Also, I’ll probably be missing the Rangers when they come here to Buffalo, although maybe they’ll offer me a ride home…?

  7. Darn, you won’t be able to meet Carp….Let me know anyway. And let me see if I can go to NJ with you…

  8. Hear that, Sally? It’s Tuesday, I think I’ll be able to swing it. Let me know ASAP. Not that it’s difficult to get the tickets in NJ, lol..

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

    ALRIGHT , LETS GET the FIRETRUCKIN show on the ROAD!!!

    lets go g go go go go go go go go go go go go!!!!!


    come on boys lets make sum NOISE!!!!

    GO GO GO GO GO!!!!

    First place baby!!!!

  10. I’m sure the headshots MSG uses in the pre-game graphics profiling players to watch make every player look roughly 65% uglier than they really are.

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

    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO game time!!!!! Center ice , New HD box …optical digital sound …its the sound where ya pull the cord out and the laser shines on the wall!!! True beutyyyy!!

    LETS GO RANGERSS!!!! heyyy wait , I hate these dumbazzz Senators announcers!!???? what gives? BOOOOOOOOOOOOO these guys sound LAME , there not real Canadians!!! LETS GO RANGERSSS!!!!!

    LETS GO!!!!

  12. Can’t wait for the first Wolski turnover … guaranteed it’ll be on his first shift.

    This team is going to get annihilated tonight.

    They’re going to put the “bush” in “bush-league”.

  13. Ilb, I will definitely let you know ASAP! I’ve been out of the office all week at a training, but I’ll check in with my supervisor tomorrow.

    And YAY live chat!

  14. jpg’s sis: it’s been so long i can’t remember Wolski’s number

    jpg: he’s right there, standing around, doing nothing.

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

    BOOOOOOOOOOOO Blackhawks suck!!! Rangers are better then the Black chUmPs!!!


  16. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    Of course the coach is wearing training wheels between his ears, but that’s the norm.

  17. Evening folks!

    Fun commutes today here in the Gateway City. At least I didn;t hit any cars, only sidewalks, hahaha.

    Now to settle in and watch the boys again :)

  18. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    Hey, if he (WW) is standing around doing nothing – that means he gets a shot on the PP, right “Coach.” lol

  19. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    Carp –

    We both want this team to win the Stanley Cup, and they do have a decent shot, but at the moment, it is fair and objective to say that they are the third-best team in the National Hockey League, behind Boston and Vancouver.

    Let’s not get carried away here, just yet. Hags gets PP time, and delivers, Kreider gets the call-up and delivers, Sauer comes back and checks out ok – hell, count me in on the Rangers bandwagon to go all the way, if those three plausible events come to pass.

  20. N.CountryNYRFan on

    Let’s GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BOOOOOOO still no MSG on TWC….get a deal done you greedy carcillos!!!!!!!!!

  21. >>>Radio broadcast is not on 970-AM or 1050-AM—anybody know where? Thx in advance!

    Try WBBR 1130, UpstateRanger

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

    Yo BOOM BOOM , did you see Rangers 24 7 ? Coach Torts is a beast!! Did you see him in the dressing room? Did you see Lavolet , he was ok but Torts was really good. Our team has been pampered ,babied and acted like a bunch of spoiled hollywood stars…Torts came in and stopped all that. He came in and said ” Don’t step on the firetrucking logo!!!” Torts came in and made players accountable and he got rid of Malik ,Redden, and put Avery in his place. Torts is coach of the year , Im not bias , I am serious. Our team is what it is because of Torts. Period.

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

    BTW Boston Bruin are the champs BUT We are number one and Boston will NEVER win again , they are one and done. Rangers are the BIG BOYS on the block ,accept it…IM on no bandwagon either , I bleed Ranger blue and I can look in the mirror and say…WE are number one. Vancouver # 2??? haha come on , they are bunch of chokers. Whos gonna deny Hank a cup? No one.

  24. You’re welcome, Upstate – I had to hunt them out on the radio bands, too……why-oh-why can’t we at least have a regular radio home for the team? They’re like gypsies of the radio dial!

  25. BTW, Big congrats to Hank, Gabby and Danny G for getting named to the ASG! I just hope no one gets hurt!(crosses fingers and toes)

  26. eddie eddie eddie on

    why don’t americans pronounce kovalchuk the right way?????…its ko voo shook….last syllable gets emphasis

  27. this period is nowhere near as boring as the
    coyotes game
    but it just seems as if
    it’s been going on forever

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

    Dubi has a sore shoulder… Need a goalski for Wolski!!

  29. Brian Lee surely ranks as high as second in the list of best players with “Brian Lee” in their name to play on MSG ice.

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

    Whoaaa Feds, ya gotta ease up on that play…That was a dirty hit on Spezza . If that was Gaborik I woulda FREAKED out!!! Torts will tell Feds to ” ease up” on that play. New York Rangers are top hitters in the NHL and are a CLASS act.

  31. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    ZzZZZ –

    No problem agreeing with you there, except for the mis-handling of Hags re the PP situation, and Girardi being saddled with too many minutes. But that is not a long litany of grievances, by any stretch. My problems with Renney were off the chart. Thank goodness the front office took action there, too. So I wasn’t alone in that regard.

  32. Manny that link is cool! Two times it sounded like Al was treating his body like an amusement park.

    i didn’t think Feds hit was dirty
    he getting ready to pop spezza
    shoulder to shoulder
    and the sen moved his upper half
    but left his left leg in place.

    looked bad, yes.

  34. Cool BANJ. It’s nice to see someone went to it. It’s pretty awesome to hear them preparing before they talk.

  35. Like right now they are all going….Staal got …. on the Ice…McDonagh…8:10…SHEESH Girardi Close to 10 Minutes Already!

  36. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    ZzZZZ –

    Careful when you say a Boston team “will never win again.” It seems the redoubtable Steve “What’s His Face” at The Fan said, all of one month before the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004: “The Boston Red Sox will never win anything in our lifetime.”

    Then, when they were newly crowned champions, Steverino said: “I picked the Red Sox to win it all.” Right, Steve, and I guess some people who were suffering you in August missed the October turnaround program. And some people listening to you in October missed the August put down program. But then, some of us heard both shows and know first-hand what a fraud you are, Stevie Sweetie.

    So be careful when you pronounce a Boston team “dead in the water,” Zzzz – It can come back to haunt you.

  37. Trautwig’s son is on a date. Al is off to go meet her. The relationship has been percolating (Al’s words)

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

    Interesting analogy Jpg , but I can’t see Spezza putting himself in that kinda danger . If it is true , SCREW YOU SPEZZA!! HE SHULDA RIPPED YOUR LEG OFF!!

    Boom Boom , Tom Renny was awful for our team. My Brother loves the Oilers and is crying to me that his coach sucks!! HAHA I told him I once said Tom Renny was more of a women volleyball coach then a hockey coach haha no offence to Vollyball and the lovely ladies who play sports. The Rangers NEED a coach like Torts.

    When Torts stares at Messier , Messier looks down , and away!!!



  39. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    LW3H –

    If only EVERYONE living in NEWARK could become a statistic – except for you, of course, we need you here. lol.

  40. well Carp
    at this point
    and with little sustained
    pressure on (non)allstar anderson
    being down a goal
    a skills competition
    will be a fine thing
    1 point maybe more

  41. Czechthemout!!! on

    Way too many players are playing the role of spectator in this game.
    No energy at all. Just like last game.

  42. Fedostinko-Boyle-Hagelin is the only line with good offensive pressure second game in a row.

  43. Czechthemout!!! on

    I said before and I will say it again. They don’t have enough scoring on the team. Five of the bottom six forwards are bonafide fourth line players. That just is not enough.

  44. Czechthemout!!! on

    Torts should put Hagelin on the Richards line. This kid will waste away on a line with zero offense Boyle and almost zero offense Feds. They should be playing with Prust.

  45. >>>The MSG feed dropped off GameCenter too, so that’s probably why it’s gone from the legally dubious sites.

    Great……just great..

  46. I sense a small losing streak coming up, after tonight toronto and the canadiens. Two teams the rangers never seem to beat. As long as this team keeps the losing streaks at a minimum it will be fine.

  47. Richards doesn’t get ice time on pp

    way it looked
    NO ONE should get any ice time


  48. Senators really took a page out of the Rangers playbook in this game. I hear imitation is the highest form of flattery

  49. Hey look! Our boys are finally figuring out that we can’t dump and chase and beat these guys. Get space!

  50. Czechthemout!!! on

    For all the Boyle lovers out there. How is it that a little guy like Karlsson out muscles Boyle who outweighs him by 70 pounds and is at least 7 inches shorter!

  51. Gotta love that Boyle guy Hun? He hasn’t left the ice tonight and guess what no goals. Earlier on the play he’s pushed around on the face-off like some bitch. Huberish

  52. Where’s Miami pimp? This team is bush-league tonight, and so is TWC, MSG Networks, and the rest of the stinkin’ world!

    Where’s the freakin’ scoring!?!?!?

  53. mike camalleri told to leave montreal bench hes been traded. in cab back to team hotel. doesnt know where yet. just bizarre.

    the rangers had this coming

  54. Dammit, we shoulda traded Dubinsky for Spezza. Dubi’s done NOTHING all game long and Spezza’s got 2 goals.

  55. Way to hustle back on the play Brian, he did about 5 things wrong on one play. And now mr. Boyle keeps getting there in time to get the puck out of his own night. Great

  56. Talk about total role reversal; team gets outshot 32 – 21 but manages to win the game….sound familiar?

  57. This game so reminds me of what we’ve endured offensively from this team over the past few years.

    It’s tough to complain, I guess, given their record overall, but this has been coming for a while – too many games where offensively the team did nothing for way too long.

    Lots of perimeter shots, no jumping on rebounds, nothing creative.

    If this isn’t a prime indication of the need for another top 6 forward, I don’t know what is.

  58. Can’t beat Sens …Blues…Habs ….better take the bears on the 21st.

    scoring is not what drives this team, but come on.

  59. BTW, if the Rangers come to play like this Saturday, they will be inundated before the end of the first period against the Leafs…

  60. I Rarely Speak on

    TRADE McDonaugh.. GET RID OF DEL ZOTTO… Gaborik needs to be a healthy scratch… TIME TO REBUILD!!!!!!

  61. I Rarely Speak on

    Jim, the Rangers were the better team tonight for the most part.. every game isnt going to be a win.. losses do happen!!

  62. >>>Cammileri traded…no word yet to who and what for…interesting…

    Really!!?? He mouthed-off, and that didn’t take long!!

  63. Find another top 6 forward…or be prepared to accept an early PO exit.

    You guys can lambast me for being negative and all that, but let’s revisit this come PO time.

    If I’m wrong, I’ll gladly eat crow…

  64. Eric – I totally agree. They were dominating the game and couldn’t cash in on either powerplay. It has to get better.

  65. I Rarely Speak on

    fran and jim… WOW.. the wings lost to the piles 5-1 the other night.. are they finished too?? jesus h. christ so many negative people its incredible

  66. BANJ- you think they get anything of value if they trade that hat? I mean, it stinks, but it may bring back one of the Sedins I’d think….

  67. did not see the first period.

    as i have posted over and over not enough scoring punch to compete for a title..

    boyle could not score if there was no goalie out there. 1 time he was battling karlsson in the corner, he is probably 50 pounds heavier, guess who took the puck away? yep BOyle got stripped par for the course.

    mitchell should sit put WW in for him, get dubi back and give that a spin..mitchell has done zilch in quite a while and the guy does not shoot the puck.

  68. It will be interesting to see what sather does at the trading deadline. This team needs to be tweaked in order to make a run in the playoffs.

  69. Olga Folkyerself on

    Whoever they get for Cammallari better speak french. They seem to like that up there…

  70. This team is so depressing, I shall now go drink my sorrows away. Til the morrow ‘heads…

  71. >>>ottawa 11-1-1 in last 13 at MSG

    That’s a shocking stat…’s not like the Sens have been a world-beater of a team for awhile.

  72. I know I’m gonna be lambasted as one who gets all negative at the first sign of trouble.

    So be it.

    Like it or not, from where I sit, the Rangers offensive woes started several games ago and now have spread throughout the entire lineup. Of course, all teams go through this and to think that the Rangers wouldn’t be immune to it is naive.

    My problem is that what’s occurring now is precisely what’s been hampering this club for the past 4 years – lack of top end skill. Adding Richards to the mix has been a huge factor in why we’ve not seen it until now, but IMO, there’s no denying it’s back.

    Let’s see how the club climbs out of it. That will be the difference between a top 4 finish and the possibility of a deep PO run or something more akin to what the Rangers have managed in the past few seasons.


  73. i would take cammaleri for EC and some other stuff…

    he has skill, he is a midget but he can and will shoot the puck and hit the net.

  74. The team might very well need more scoring, but why the stampede of “I told you so” every time they score two or less in a game? Hardly a one in a million event for any team, regardless.

  75. boyle, prust, mitchell, feds, 71, all these guys cannot score…

    5 of the 12 forwards are 4th liners. they win with defense, goaltending and grit. can they go far in the playoffs with 2 #2 lines? we may see.

    Hagelin is a legit , to me he was the best forward on the ice for the rangers tonight…

    to many plumbers…need more skill Kreider or someone sooner versus later…..

  76. TSN reports that Cammy is heading for Calgary – boy, that’s punishment…only way it could be worse is if they sent him to Winnipeg or Edmonton..

  77. They struggled tonight, Did Mitchel play tonight? Really there were not many stars in blue tonight. We will see how they come out this one.

  78. Camallieri to Calgary? That makes no sense to me…but then lots of Flames moves make no sense to me…

    FIRE TORTORELLA, preferably before the all-star game so he can be the first coach to go behind the bench in an all-star and not have a job!

  79. calgary is the old rangers.. hanging around 8th thru 11th each year. never breaking it up.

    not much youth….that is the 15 year plan..

  80. Absolutely! We needed a few of those tonight ourselves. The Yotes game was a hint that the NYR scorers needed to crank it up….

  81. eddie eddie eddie on

    well, you cant win them all….but the pp is horrid…..i dont get it…standing still sure isnt the answer…

  82. Olga Folkyerself on

    E3- the PP has been a problem for years now. They should hire the best PP coach they can find and pay him enough to come to NY. At least coaches salaries don’t go against the Cap.

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