It’s Go Time!

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Game 62.

Start of the toughest month of the year, and of Southeastern back-to-backs (at Tampa Bay tomorrow) and of three in less than four days (Boston at MSG Sunday at 12:30).

Ya boys have won two in a row after an 0-1-1 skid (imagine, we’re calling 0-1-1 a skid?).

Ryan Callahan (bruised foot) is out. Steve Zipay reported that Callahan was wearing a boot, and on crutches today. The Rangers say he’s day to day.

So Big John Scott makes his Rangers debut. Ruslan Fedotenko is expected to move up to Callahan’s spot with Carl Hagelin and Brad Richards. Steve Eminger and Jeff Woywitka are prucha’d.

Martin Biron starts in goal. And Eric Staal faces his brother Marc for the first time since causing his concussion just over a year ago.

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  1. Cally just had an interview on MSG, said X-rays were fine, feels “day to day”….should be ok. Scott said that when he first saw that the Rangers had tribute stickers to Boogy on their helmets he had to take a few minutes to regain his composure…they were roommates in Minnesota and close family friends. side note, Scott’s only NHL goal came in Carolina…..

  2. JimboWoodside on

    Oh-oh! Biron starts tonight? I hope that his five-hole has some two-by-fours nailed into place to block it, especially early in the game.

  3. Paul in sunrise on

    My three stars:
    1) Henrik Lundqvist
    2) Henrik Lundqvist
    3) Henrik Lundqvist

    Wait. He’s not playing? I am supposed to wait until after the game?

  4. evening folks…LGRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!

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

    GO TIMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

    Lets go go gog og og ogo go go go go go!!!!!!!

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

    GO RANGERSSSSS!!!!!!!

    STAAL VS STAAL , paybacks a you know what!!!!

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

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!

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

    COME ON BOYZZZ LETS MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!!!!

    GO RANGERSSS!!!!!

  9. Evening gang.

    A boot and crutches for Cally for a bruise?? Ruh roh. Sounds waaayyyyyy to much like Ike Davis last year.

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

    No , im using a different one but it aint too bad..not what i like but i can at least type on this!!!!

    sometime the comment go “white screen” then i have to refresh…

    GO RANGERS!!!!!

    KILL CAROLINA!!!!

  11. Mickey, I’m being zzzzzz positive….just extra protection….he will be back and lead us to the Cup!

  12. Really! Did not know that Jimbo….yes, good for them both…gotta be coming on almost 20 years? Lord, I am so not 26…..

  13. Mets first baseman, Jimbo. Had a bone bruise on his ankle, they put it in a boot and it got worse. To the point that missed the majority of the season last year.

  14. Without googling….I bet most folks here don’t even know who Kim Alexis is….I do. And that’s why I am a fake 26er…..

  15. JimboWoodside on

    Oh! OK, Mickey – please, no comparisons to anyone on the Mets for our beloved NYRs – we don’t need that bad voodoo!! ;-D

  16. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, Mama – leave that stuff for the Mets – they need an exorcist! ;-D

  17. That’s just a rumour from Rod’s ‘sauces’, ilb. There are no brothers in the NHL.

  18. No hackles. I’m just sick and tired of political ads already. And we are nowhere’s near the election :/

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

    Im usin an older but different one , and it has spell check!!!!!! No gramma check ilb sorry!!

    GO RANGERSSSS!!!!! WE LOVE YOUSEEE!!!!!

  20. JimboWoodside on

    I thought that Feds got killed in the last game – glad to see that he’s OK, and back in the lineup…

  21. JimboWoodside on

    OK, Mick – get used to them – media spending this year is gonna be astronomical!

  22. Hartnell….note to self….don’t cook diner while doing online Rangers stuff….

  23. You don’t need to tell me that, Jimbo. We’re already planning on that kinda spending… and the ours we will be working come October.

  24. ugh please dont let this be the kind of game where the goalie steals the game for the other team

  25. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    I dont understand the “thirsty.” Why would this time of year make u thirsty?

  26. Feels like the Rangers have had more shots already this evening than they did against the Swamp Rats on Monday.

  27. If you choose to play the Staal brothers drinking again… you would be soooo wasted already.

  28. JimboWoodside on

    >>>True. but I know his music and the story with AC/DC.

    Hahaha! Your grandma told you all about him, eh!? ;-P

  29. Good thing I’m not playing it then…OMG…even Kenny and Dave just said Staaaall 3 times… club soda!

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

    STAAL BROTHERS ” DRINK!!!”

  31. Tiki…it’s a Seinfeld thing….I’ll explain when we chat….thought you knew that, sorry….

  32. Know this about the Staals,
    They use to put razor blades in each others diapers.
    Mark would pee in Jordan’s chocolate milk.
    Their parents would rent them out for medical experiments.
    Thunder Bay Board of Education ordered them to be home schooled.

  33. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    okie dokie Mama. Ive seen every show of Seinfeld and I dont remember that lol

  34. JimboWoodside on

    Looks like the live streaming site domains have been shut down by the gubamint.

  35. There’s a 25% chance that Sam Rosen has never downloaded the Rangers app, never listened to Booger and Cretin, never watched the Knickerbockers and has no idea what or who Foxwoods is.

  36. As opposed to Skinner, it looks like John Scott *DID NOT* take figure skating lessons when he was young…

  37. it’s brilliant moves like that that make it easy to overlook the atrocious year Brandon Dubinsky is having

  38. If Dubinsky got a penalty every time he fired something into the corner, he’d have 20,000 penalty minutes this year.

  39. wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Dubinsky got moved up to the first line

  40. JimboWoodside on

    Thanks, ORR – that’s good – although IDK who I’d rather see win that game…either way, it’s not good for us!

  41. For their figure-skater Skinner, we have fast-skater Hags, for their Staal we have our Staal and nobody beats our new toy – soft Big Panda – John “kill ya” Scott!

  42. JimboWoodside on

    The skunkbutt Fishsticks could help us tonight by beating Pfilthy flys – but they probably won’t!

  43. Whoever from Rangers will score GWG tonight, I’ll put his picture as my screensaver for next 24 hours. Promise!

  44. Have to admit – boring game so far…Lack of skills or good defence, I don’t care. Just gimme 2 points at the end, that’s it.

  45. wtb?!?!?

    finally get done w/ dinner
    and bring up the board
    and the 5-Whore gives up a goal!!!!

  46. The finally woke up. There is something to say about two teams playing where there is not much animosity.

  47. that whole thing just blows my mind a bit.
    thought Gabby was too close to ‘canes stick to
    make the pass and Artie was too close to make the shot
    glad i was wrong!!

  48. what in the hell is MDZ thinking?
    he got the puck after the block
    and had a major chance to shoot?!?!?

  49. is eric staal like the neighborhood bully who just goes around injuring
    all the other kids in the neighborhood?

  50. Would really like a sinkhole to open up and swallow Flyers & Islanders right now…

  51. OK….kitchen cleaned up….not a cooking mess, Mickey…but oh boy…..spillage and breakage…cats!!@!!

    happy eve of 26th bday Hank!!!!

    what I miss….gotta get up at dawn again tomorrow for work….fug!

  52. JimboWoodside on

    Wow! Flys lead 4-2 in second – Piles really suck against every team except ours….

  53. Olga Folkyerself on

    Well Mama, apparently Skinner used to figure skate and the two guys named Staal are actually brothers…

  54. i think Sully and Torts should
    shout behind Dubi every
    20 seconds
    “YOU COULD HAVE BEEN A BLUEJACKET!!
    ACT LIKE YOU WANT TO BE HERE!!”

  55. Olga, thanks…never would known that otherwise….interesting…two Staals? That’s more than are available at MSG between periods for the ladies…..

  56. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Sally, what about the Devils and that team they’re palying tonight?

    We had a 3 on 2 a few minutes ago, and Richards completely botched it, we had a guy wide open at the top.

  57. JimboWoodside on

    Can’t hurt Jonny Mac by hitting him in the head – hardest part of him!

  58. “He’s not Pavel Datsyuk…but’s there’s certainly a lot of similarities when Derek Stepan has the puck” Maloney on Stepan….

    GABBY!!!!!

  59. hmmmmm…..we’re doing pretty good without Dubi
    in the lineup……
    prust sayin’

  60. WOOOHOO!!! My feed froze right before that goal!

    BANJ, not the WHOLE Eastern Conference! But I’ll work on a 2nd sinkhole for the Devs “and that team they’re playing tonight” LMAO…

  61. Incorrect, Joe…The goal they gave up is what woke them up. And they just added another gear. You can see why Carolina isn’t making the playoffs.

  62. first two powerplays looked pretty good.
    lots of movement, shots on goal
    perfection would have meant goals scored
    but they were better than majority of this last one.

  63. Sally/Mama

    i would love Dubi to be what he’s supposed to be
    but you would think that after the trade deadline weight
    taken off of him
    there’d be some boost in his step and he’d show
    Torts/Slats how happy he is to stay here.
    he did alright things last game
    but nothing better, especially in offense
    mistakes make it worse tonight.

  64. JimboWoodside on

    I guess so, jpg – but it would be nice to get a goal from the PP once in a great while.

  65. N.CountryNYRFan on

    Am I the only one thinking that maybe needs to sit a game or two and maybe bring up MZA? Maybe that lights a fire under Dubi’s assen and wakes him up in time for the playoffs.

  66. jpg, I agree….
    he is an enigma wrapped in a better player,
    who is having trouble this year
    I don’t know/get why

    Carp?

  67. crazy!! montreal’s campoli’s holding wild player
    while white is punching him

    is it a scene from Slapshot 4?

  68. been catching up started watching dvr at 800. can we get a pp goal to extend leads. please one time

  69. JimboWoodside on

    Hartnell with his 31st goal a minute ago – I’m convinced that the Mayan calendar story must have some validation…

    5-2 Flys over Fishies..early 3rd..

  70. JimboWoodside on

    Or is it *validity*? I think that’s what I meant. Anyway, no way that slug should have 31 goals – not even in 2 seasons worth of games..

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

    Sweeet , Boston now losing to the devils!!!

    What a shot by AA!!! OMG I spilled my drink when it happened!!!

  72. N.CountryNYRFan on

    Iknow NYR_FAN but I think it’s now time to give it serious thought, Dubi has been good on the pk all year, but we need some production and no stupid plays. Hard to believe he can have a year long slump.

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

    The look on dublowskys face is priceless!!! Poor guy , come on Torts he learned his lesson!!!

    GO RANGERSSS!!!

    LETS GO GO GO GO GOGO GO GO GO GO GO HO GO!!!!!!

  74. Girardi is having flashback to last season tonight.

    a couple of scary ones already.

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

    RAAAAAAAAAAAAANGERS!! stick it to ’em!! NICE PASS BOYLE!!!!!!

  76. iDoodie machetto on

    It’s going to take something special for anyone to break into my three stars. It’s been the same three guys reinforcing themselves since the end of the first period.

  77. Biron should give those posts sweet sweet lovin’
    when no one’s around after the game
    because they deserve it

  78. So 4 D the rest of the game pretty much. With another game tomorrow night. Yikes.

  79. JimboWoodside on

    Didn’t MDZ take a hit to the hip the other night? Wonder if it’s the same hip that’s bothering him?

  80. Dubi wont see the ice again tonight……. he me might see it on the way to the locker room.

    he can help it if he’s a little slower than some mentally. I love that guy.

  81. iDoodie machetto on

    Would love to see Marc just totally Matt Cooke Eric. What a story it would be! And how does Jordan react to it when playingarx? Would he avenge Eric?

  82. >>I love the work ethic of Haglin, he never quits on a play.

    The kid is making a fan out of us all.

  83. cally foot del zaster hip weve been fortunate all year please dont let injuries happen at this time of year. woywitka def goes in for del zaster tom.

  84. N.CountryNYRFan on

    I’d rather see a few minor injuries now with 20 games left than later with 5 left.

  85. Beer on needs this win. really needs to win this for Hank. oh yeah….and Cally

    against a cellar dweller.

    \

  86. MDZ’s body language is saying “owwwwww”.

    MSG commercials are great. Just showed one about how the Knicks are a team and how it’s not about the name on the back. After weeks and weeks of Lin-only promos.

  87. think Dubi turned to Torts just now and said

    “Hags took a penalty and i bet he still gets ice time!”

  88. wonder what Sam was watching
    by sayin’ that MDZ “ran” into the post

    kaleta pushed him…DUH!!

  89. sadly
    you see the difference between
    Boyle’s play
    and Dubi’s

    Boyle is trying harder to go to the net
    and shoot and make plays
    and made a great pass to Prust

    Dubi…..not so much

  90. Sorry all….hate the Debs, but I got a thing going with my beaner cousins….Boston must lose…especially Sunday!

  91. its imperative we win div and not be in a 4 vs 5 matchup to have long term playoff sucess

  92. don’t know why Boyle waited til he got past
    blue line.

    did that just to make me look bad for
    complimenting him

  93. ilb, that’s an insult to….oh wait, I promised myself I wouldn’t get into that all…

  94. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    We have 39 seconds to kill of this game and these idiots are concerned about who scored the goal.

  95. Prust gets one of the stars

    jpg’s sister thinks he should get the hat if we make it through
    next 9.7 seconds

  96. N.CountryNYRFan on

    good win, nice to see Beer-on get the win he had a good game and made some big saves.

  97. Biron looked pretty good tonight.
    back to early season form
    even if he did let one
    through the 5 Whore

  98. mama love….LGR!!!! Oh my…Gotta be up at dawn again so TA!!! til tomorrow….Yay!!!!!!

  99. JimboWoodside on

    That was a *very* weak icing call – again! Why do we get snagged by those calls all the time!?

    Anyway, we win! I really thought the game was over after Prust’s goal.

  100. Season high 16 games over .500. Wonder what we are going complain about tomorrow. My guess is Dubinsky. Followed by how useless the signing of Scott was. Any other suggestions?

  101. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, B’s didn’t let the Debbies get another undeserved bonus point – Bruins had plenty of chances to win the game in regulation, but they couldn’t get it done.

    I hate the Debbies – and they’re in our division, so byfug them!

  102. Wooooo!!! Lets go Rangers! I love this team!!!

    And I got no problem with Torts benching Dubi all game. Whatever it takes to get him going again. Plus, all those close-ups of him on the bench are exciting opportunities to see him pick his nose!

  103. JimboWoodside on

    Torts id giving Dubi a little dose of “tough-love” – Dubi needs to smarten up and get his aasen in gear for the last quarter.

  104. i would play dubi with richy and hags while cally is out. he needs to find more of an offensive game playing with boyle and prust will have him more in def role.

    WE WILL NEED DUBI TO SCORE GOALS IN THE PLAYOFFS TO GO FAR.

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

    Orr , what are you thinking? We want Boston to lose , NJ is on a 4 game losing streak ..they are a joke and Im telling you to not fear them. We are gunnin for first , are in first and we plan to keep first in the east so yeah we want Boston to lose. We are also in the presedents trophy race and that one is the close one to watch. Not this stinkin East…we already prove were the best so far.

  106. you think Dubi will be 1 of the 3 stars tonight?

    Man do not cross Torts. He did the benching down by 1 with Cally out.

    Dubinsky needs to use his brain, what a moron.

    Torts presser should be cringeable…….

  107. JimboWoodside on

    I don’t think Lucic will dance with Scott – who’s the other goon on the B’s?

  108. Hard working win. Gotta love Prusty, as in SIGN the UFA, Sather! He did it all. Their line was awesome. And, wow! We win with our second string goalie! Great ‘d’.

    We’ll lick our wounds and see who can compete tomorrow night. This is attrition time. Hopefully everyone can get some rest as we wind down and get ready for the BIG SHOW in 20 games. After being at MSG on Monday, it’s pretty clear we are better and deeper than the Devils. I only fear Pittsburgh and Boston in the east, but most importantly, the injury bug. Stay healthy boys. Stay healthy.

  109. JimboWoodside on

    GregL, I’ll take some of ORR’s punishment – we just hate those byfuglien Debbies – and I, for one, would like to see them fall out of a playoff position.

    I really don’t fear the Bruins – they are a flawed team at this point – many aspects of their game are just not working right. Not to say that they won’t get it “fixed” before the playoffs start, but right now they have problems.

  110. Greg, just to be on the safe side, I’d rather them lose. Never know what can happen.

    I worry more aboot the Pens taking over the division than the Devils though.

    It would be awesome to finish first. Then we’ll have home ice throughout the playoffs. Of course, unless we finish second in the league, and go against the first place team in the Cup final!

  111. JimboWoodside on

    Chico was whining like a little girl tonight on behalf of Kovalchoke – Kovy is frustrated because he hasn’t scored a “real”goal in 6 games, and he’s pressing – and it’s got Chico on the Midol….

  112. totally agree with ORR ive been preaching for weeks worry about div first then east then presidents trophy. no guarantee the west winner is sitting there in finals if rangers are there and trail in pts

  113. JimboWoodside on

    Hahahaha!! Habs and Isles are in the sweepstakes for the bottom of the east division!!

  114. Lucic isn’t really a goon, he’s Boston’s Randy McKay. I believe Shawn Thornton is their goon.

  115. JimboWoodside on

    Yes, DJK – that’s what I thought, too – Thornton, that’s the guy I was thinking of – he’ll go with Scott, I’m pretty sure.

  116. “Ad the difference between me and you carp, is that if this team came out and looked great, i would be the first one to eat my words and say i was wrong about turderella, and be happy i was wrong. You,n the other hand, refuse to even acknowledge that there is a potential Ranger disaster here, and that the clueless coach “in charge” might be implicit in what is happening, or more accurately what is not happening.”

  117. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    We dont need to worry about any other teams. We just gotta go out and play our game every time out there and we’ll end up in 1st.

  118. jpg, I remember Keenan going ballistic on Zubov for smoking, then they traded for his boy, Larmer, who smoked.

    I used to smoke when I first started covering games, and I’d go into the room to do post-game interviews and half the team would bum cigarettes off me and light right up in the room.

  119. thanks, jpg. Bit of a costly game. Sam said Rupper wears a knee brace. It didn’t look like it just needed some adjusting. He went down at an awkward angle. That means G is sore, and we lost MDZ and Rupper for a bit. We have some depth and can find a way. The more we thin out now, the more tired the guys will be later on. Games like this can become more significant than the score…..

  120. billybleedsblue on

    smoke if ya got ’em?

    so, they gonna get serious come playoffs and ditch that ridiculous hat or what?

  121. Funny story about smoking…. When I moved here 18 months ago, I didn’t know that smoking in public places was still allowed. So I walked into a Denny’s one morning my first week in STL and the hostess goes ‘Smoking or Non’. I literally stared at her speechless for a few moments, then she asked again and my reaction was ‘What??’ Took me a good 5 minutes to figure out what she meant and to give her an answer. I was so used to NY and the northeast being smoke-free that to be somewhere it wasn’t was a total shock to my system.

  122. I remember Pierre LaRuche, “I’d like to give up smoking as my new year’s resolution. Boyle dishes the best pass of his life tonight. great goal.

  123. GySgt. Hartman is Jeff in CT on

    Mickey – Us too when we moved there! Saw people smoking at the airport; was dumbfounded! But we were really blown away walking into a waffle house for the first time – major smoke fest!

  124. GySgt. Hartman is Jeff in CT on

    Oh Mickey — how about the hard liquor on the shelf in the grocery store? We had to special order haddock too – the seafood people at the supermarket never heard of it! Weird place ST. Louis. My wife hated it (me too).

  125. ok, this is what concerned me was injuries. Rangers have been healthy for the most part all year while other teams, Pitsburgh, boston, flyers and devils have had injuries during the season. Yesterday I posted how the most important thing for me was for the rangers to make the playoffs healthy and get a 1st round favorable match up. March has barely started and already Callahan is out and now Delzotto. Hopefully this will be the extent of injuries but Girardi look injured tonight blocking a shot. It’s a real problem but hopefully nothing serious happens and the rangers go into the playoffs healthy. Winning the president cup and the eastern conference means nothing to me. Biron was excellent tonight so that should silent the biron complaints and prust was ridiculous, prust saying.

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