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Game 76.

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First of the final back-to-back set of the season.

Ya boys have won three of their last four. They remain a point up on Pitt, which is playing the Islanders right now.

Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal again. Anton Stralman replaces Tim Erixon, who is prucha’d along with Jeff Woywitka and, presumably, John Scott. Marian Gaborik plays his first game at Minny as a Ranger, and Erik Christensen faces his former team for the first time.

Garden of Dreams telethon reminder:

“Garden of Dreams Telethon,” starting at 7:30pm with the pre-game show and running through the post-game show. Viewers can call 212-465-3900 to purchase a $100 raffle ticket, which enters them in a drawing to win memorabilia and experiences from MSG and the Rangers (full list of items to be raffled off below). All proceeds from the night benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which makes dreams come true for kids facing obstacles in the tri-state area (

Raffle items:

Signed Henrik Lundqvist stick.
Signed Henrik Lundqvist jersey.
Signed Brad Richards jersey.
Signed Marian Gaborik jersey.
Signed Ryan Callahan jersey.
Signed Winter Classic stick.
Signed Ron Duguay jersey.
Signed personalized Adam Graves photo.
Signed Brian Leetch stick.
Signed Ron Duguay stick.
Two tickets to a Rangers game and a both visit with Sam Rosen and Joe Michelleti.
Two tickets to a Rangers game and a tour of the transformed arena with Al Trautwig.
Two tickets to the Rangers’ first playoff game.
Four tickets to a Rangers game and a Zamboni ride for a child.
New York Rangers Legends mult-signed horizontal 16×20 photo.
New York Rangers autographed retired numbers collage.


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  1. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    TIKI!!!!! {{{{{IZZY}}}}}

    CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! {{{{{C3}}}}}

  2. wow, stamkos is the best pure goal scorer in the nhl. Sather almost pulled off the heist of all heist when he was trying to trade for stamkos with the lightings old ownership. He would have looked great in a ranger uniform.

  3. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    oooh speaking of Stamkos, i have to go see how badly CJ in Buffalo is kickin my teams ass in our playoff! BRB

  4. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Sather had as much chance of getting Stamkos as you do of being named Ambassador to Leichtenstien.

  5. isles up 2-0 still have zero confidence. i will be happy if isles can get a split in this home and home.

    watched first per of caps/sabres. miller is in a zone the sabres will be handful if they get in

  6. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    it’s creepy when joe swallows his lips, and, considering he has NO top lip, it’s freakier

  7. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Stanford girl volleyball player passed away at 19. Rip. life is short.


  8. Wait a minute….the Idles are beating Pitt? What in holy hell indeed! LGR!!!! Win the contest Sally!!!! Good evening all!

  9. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Eric, can you do us all a favor and only be ledge jumpin for ONE game lol

  10. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    thanks Eric, it would be too much worrying about you watching 2 games lol

  11. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Eric’s the type of guy that throw himself off a building, survive but be paralyzed, and then whine about how bad his luck is

  12. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    nah, we’d have a big rescue air bag at the bottom to save him and watch him bounce a bit lol

  13. JimboWoodside on

    I turned on Pens-Isles for 2 minutes, Nabokov gave up a stinker, so I turned it off…..

  14. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    the cheesecake was sooo yum!~
    if we do wind up moving to Nashville, we’ll have to have you and Anne over for lasagna and cheesecake!

  15. Lasagna yes. Cheesecake not so much. Not a big fan of it.

    Anyways, good to see Jed Ortmeyer still playing.

  16. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Nick Johnson? Is he as injury prone as the brian cash an all star nick Johnson?

  17. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    The man wasn’t either, now he’s all over it like white on rice…its odd!

    So, who gets more goals in this game, PeeWee or Jed?

  18. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    really Sam? the whistle had blown well before it went it

    although it was definitely too quick

  19. I really hate it when these guys start talking about more popular American sports during a hockey broadcast.

  20. A lot has been said about how Malkin and Crosby are important for Pittsburgh. I believe having or not having Letang could be as important for them. And he is out tonight

  21. what’s up with Fedotanko, it appears lately he is always hurting or getting hurt. It seems like ever since Moore took him out, he hurts easily.

  22. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    glad i wasn’t the only one.

    fedotenko changed his name to fediPIETRO?

  23. Maybe the pens have shot there load by playing insane hockey to catch the rangers and hopefully the pens struggle the remainder of the season and playoffs. One can only hope and dream.

  24. Czechthemout!!! on

    Ridiculous! Seven minutes of power play time=0 goals.

    Shut Up Joe M! Harding had maybe three tough shots all period. Maybe.

  25. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    DYING ILBZO!!! he’s gonna go sit on the roof of the arena in a clawfooted bath tub now

  26. what drives me freaking crazy is the rangers pp never can break open a game. so sick of puck movement its about scoring

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

    Win baby, that all I ask!!!!


    lets go gog og og go go go gogo !!!!

  28. Why didn’t Bill Pidto yell “Cindy Crosby was on the ice for the goal!!!!!” when it was the Islanders scoring?
    I’m still mad at Sam for saying that when we played the Cindys.

  29. They look like they’re allergic to shots from the point, Eric. One from MDZ, and finally Richards landed a few at the end of the period. Mystery.

  30. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    lol winston!!

    i was waiting for him to say

    “Sid Crosby douses himself with water, and i need to go change my slacks”

  31. >>I’m still mad at Sam for saying that when we played the Cindys.

    That truly was one of the most ridiculous things I had ever heard during a hockey telecast.

  32. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    i couldnt even enjoy the 1st period. idiot brother keep screwing my fb up. aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. eric,

    You do know that if the Rangers PP scored some goals, you would just complain that they’re going to inevitably going to blow the lead.

  34. This might send eric over the edge, but with as hot as Buffalo has been, I actually would be in favor of the Rangers sliding to 4th

  35. Harding gives up a good amount of rebounds, someone needs to look for garbage around the net…

  36. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Jeff, did you know that Drury won the little league world series and that jeff skinner was a figure skater?

  37. Fug. Clutterbuck… watching Cally making the effort with no stick though…..

  38. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    i dont understand. just go get a new effing stick. it takes 7 seconds. or make a personnel change.

  39. Kinda a dumb question but why don’t players use tougher sticks that don’t break so easily on the pk or in general?

  40. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    why doesnt torts make Swagelin tighten his freakin chin strap! PET PEEVE!!!

  41. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    weve gotta take advantage if the islanders win 2nite. get up guys and pound these losers

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

    GABORIK , beuteyyyyyyyyyyyy , wtg RICHIE RICH!!!!

  43. Heatley with two-bit attempt to stop Gaborik…..Thats why we should be happy that trade fell through…

  44. So weird how Gabby and Richards had nothing at start of season and now they are clicking like false teeth!!!

  45. New drinking game for tonight. Every time you hear Minnesota when it has nothing to do with the Wild….drink!!

  46. tonite was bigger for sabres then caps. caps have 6 more reg/ot wins entering game. they get tiebreaker.

  47. OMG, a terrible offensive team and they give up two Power play goals. This team has become extremely frustrating.

  48. The opposition always has so much time in the Rangers zone on the PP even if they don’t score.. I think the PK is slightly overrated because of that. Rats.

  49. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    staal was already lazy prior to concussion. now he is lazy and afraid of contact

  50. whatever magic this team had going for them in the middle of the season is obviously gone and doesn’t look like it is coming back any time soon.

  51. get rupp off the ice he cant skate . his line led to the goal being outworked by there 4th line

  52. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    only sometimes Winston?
    funny thing is, when i’m stuck with the game on national tv, i whine for sam and joe… i’d rather complain about our guys then be stuck with someone elses crap

  53. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    winston, sometimes i wanna take a hit glue gun, stik it in mich’s mouth and make sure his mouth never opens again

  54. Pitt losing to Isles and we’re fighting against Wild…bizarro world. Can we just fast forward to playoffs please

  55. This anaemic power play is simply ridiculous. It’ll cost them big time in the playoffs.

  56. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on


    THEY BETTER GET SOMEONE TO SEXYUP this freaki power play next season

  57. I just got my first close up look at Cindy this season (I usually avert my eyes as quickly as possible when he’s on tv) and he looks like his nostrils are even more flared than they used to be, which is especially noticible as he whines and cries.

  58. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Ok, time to end this crap and put Decembers team back on the ice for the next 3 months!

  59. I wonder if Cindy went to a plastic surgeon during his “downtime” this season with a picture of Tyler Kennedy as his inspiration for nostril enhancement

  60. CapeBretonRangerFan on

    Does anyone know when we have had an easy game last? It seems like in 2011, honestly!

  61. Olga Folkyerself on

    Is it appropriate to say “God bless you” if you’re dead?

    That determination will have already been made…

  62. ORR!! What Is It Good For?!?! March 27th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    “On that note, CCCP, what do you say to God if He sneezes?”

    Avery bless you?

    Aaaaand I just snorted water all over my keyboard. Awesome, Orr

  63. if we blow first place this third per ahead we may look back on because of the huge gift tonite. you cant exepct isles to do it again on thurs

  64. Creepest tag line for a local car commerical…and the winner is: “Bob’s of Milford, he just wants to get you a loan!”


  65. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    The Penguins lost me 100 dollars tonight. My hate for them is ever growing

  66. Oddly, the only team that got screwed out of making the playoffs the last 3 years because of the bonus point was the Rangers in 2009. This year still pending of course, but no one projects to miss out.

  67. Who exactly is in charge of the power play? Whoever it is (assuming it’s not Tortorella) why hasn’t he been fired yet?

  68. not much to cheer about in Minnesota these days i guess….. cheering when Gaborik goes down.


    MCDDDDDDDDDDDD nice play!

  70. Struggling to win a big game against a team 29 pts behind them.


    Better than letting up 5 and losing to a team that’s 25 points behind you and hasn’t won in your building since 2007?

  71. Hugo Folkyerself on

    I’d take Ovechkin for a couple first rounders, Dubi and some other fluff on the team.

  72. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    lmao toddler jesus!!!

    that wasnt an icing.

    when will the imaginary noosees learn?
    ball game!

    3 point lead! magic number 9 for division tie

  73. I know some of you say you don’t care or it doesn’t matter, but at this point, I really really want us to take the top prize……after all this time, how can you not?

  74. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    that was tougher than it should have been, but 2 points! 3 point lead over team facial fallacy!

  75. Stranger Nation on

    ‘only’ standout McD – thought Boyle played well and Gabby had a ‘decent’ goal…

  76. JimboWoodside on

    The game tomorrow night is gonna be tough – Jets are nearly out of it, but I’m sure they’ll play like their lives depend on winning..

  77. Hugo Folkyerself on

    I never thought they would be here at the start of the season, but I want 1st place now. I’d rather see Buffalo or Washington than Philly or Pitt in the first round.

  78. roenick just said” im gonna plead the first on that one liam” sware to God. box of rocks this guy. they should start makin t sirts with all roenickisms on them.

  79. Yay Jimbo!

    Educator, no carcillo …

    OK all…off to niters happy…see you tomorrow!!! LGR!!!

  80. Czechthemout!!! on

    I have to say that with every game McD is proving again and again that he is the best defenseman on the team.

    Tough night again for Staal.

    Strallman didn’t do anything to show Torts that he is a better option than Erixon. If anything, he took a step backwards.

    Thought Boyle played well.

    I am a big fan of Torts but I have wonder why he would have Rupp anywhere near the ice up a goal and 5 minutes to go.

    PP sucks!!!!!

  81. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    If we lose tomorrow, I say the fans hang Torts by his ugly ties and Richie’s horse teeth!

  82. Stranger Nation on

    McD said 80 family and friends – class act – that guy is a keeper – who did we give up for him? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  83. Czech, Rupp is on the ice there because he’s rolling four with short shifts, and because if there’s one thing Rupp can do, it’s get the puck off the boards and out, and get if off the boards and in. Which is textbook with-the-lead stuff.

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

    Rangers win again!!!!

    Again I tell you!!!! AGAIN!!!!

  85. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    you know it Mickey!! I just pray Sauer makes his return next season! I miss Whiskey!

  86. JimboWoodside on

    I still can’t figure out the Blues – so terrible in the beginning of the season, and now leading the whole league…

    Hitchcock can’t be THAT good a coach…

  87. He is Jimbo. Once upon a time he wanted to be the Rangers coach, but his penmanship wasn’t good enough.

    It’s getting late, and when it’s this late, a three-point lead is big. It’s even bigger when you have the tiebreaker in your pocket, as the Rangers do. So in effect, it’s a four-point lead on Pittsburgh with six to play. In other words, if the Rangers go 3-3 for 109 points, Pitt has to get 10 out of 12 points the rest of the way. And that includes a head-to-head game next Thursday.

  88. Czechthemout!!! on


    Rupp can skate fat enough to get to the puck to do that. He had Rupp on the ice with AA and Mitchell while Prust sat. You think that Rupp is a better option than Prust? I don’t.

  89. JimboWoodside on

    Interesting, Carp – but he coached the Flys and the Devs, too….

    Penmanship!? Don’t tell me that they hired Trottier instead of him!?

  90. Stranger Nation on

    McD was awarded the hat but turned it down -didn’t want to see family and friends with that smelly fedora on his melon.

  91. Glad for the win. Congrats whomever won the contest! Just needed open net goal, Iwassoclose

  92. Czechthemout!!! on

    Plus in that instant, you can double shift someone on that line for that same short shift.

  93. No, Czech, they moved Prust up to the Boyle line … and Prust was influential in the winning goal. And in protecting the lead. Rupp skates well enough to bang the puck off the boards, and is smart enough to do it.

  94. Boyle deserved the hat, goal, won faceoffs, shiner on top of left eye during interview between periods

  95. amen tiki. sick of this guy tortellini. if h was a good coc. the pp would work!!and aver would be here scoring! goals, and with chicks! tons of honeys would be flocking to the garden like the salmon of copistrano

  96. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    damn straight Grabby. Fire Torts! This guy has us beating the Minnesota Mild 3-2 on a late goal by Red face Ruslan! He must be feeling the heat right now, because the noose is tightening!

  97. i think the players are the only people who care who gets the hat. it’s their thing. whomever had the hat last game decided it was Boyle’s. It was a great selection, IMO, though it could have gone to Gaborik, McDonagh or Dubinsky, also IMO.

  98. Stranger Nation on

    Not saying Boyle did not deserve hat, but McD only getting it once all season as possibly their best player all year, playing tonite in his hometown, gets game winning assist – along with another.

  99. How ’bout the Minnesota kid, with 2 assists, in his return to his hometown?

    How ’bout Gaby scoring against his old team for the 1st time?

    How ’bout Feds scoring a HUUUUUUUGE goal!

  100. I think the players, though, understand that there’s more to the game and the hat than goals/assists/saves. and they appreciate all the things Boyle did … plus the goal.

  101. Stranger Nation on

    Gabby Trivia – the Wild was the only team he had not scored against in his career

    (sorry if this was already stated – heard on radio earlier)

  102. Stranger Nation on

    La flower was drilled by his own player in Icelander game and left early – hate when that happens, just hate it!

  103. JimboWoodside on

    >>>La flower was drilled by his own player in Icelander game and left early – hate when that happens, just hate it!

    So both starting goalies got hurt in the game? – that’s pretty uncommon!

  104. Czechthemout!!! on


    I know they moved Prust up to Boyles line. I am just saying that Rupp is not a defensive stalwart. He is not a good option protecting a 1 goal lead with less than five minutes to go. Look Rupp seems like a good guy and all that but he is what he is a that’s a goon who can once in a while chip in a goal. I just don’t like his game enough to have him in there protecting a lead at a crucial point in the game.

    I guess this another one of those points of disagreement between us. Ha ha!

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

    Boyle was good tonight . Callahan and Dubi were good too.

    Gaborik ,Mcdonagh and Hank are the stars.

  106. Stranger Nation on

    Jimbo – when the isles play there is always a chance of the goalie getting hurt

  107. JimboWoodside on

    WW scored a regulation goal and the winner in a shootout tonight. Florida must agree with him!

  108. JimboWoodside on

    Stranger, I’m afraid that your right about Beer-On..I just hope he has the 5-hole boarded up…Jets are gonna be tough.

  109. Stranger Nation on

    The Byfuglien Jets are going to be Byfuglien tough, you can bet your Byfuglien assen on it!

  110. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Niters ‘Heads!!

    another HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE 2 points up for grabs tomorrow night!!
    Big time effort ahead! Have a great night!!

  111. JimboWoodside on

    Blues always exit early, though – this year might be different, but they’ve been a disappointment in the post-season.

  112. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, they were officially eliminated from playoff contention tonight – those fans in Toronto really have it rough!

  113. JD has done a great job with St Louis. A lot of people were laughing last year when they signed up Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott. Those guys have been great vet influences for a young team.

  114. just to point out that pass to Fedotenko was completely unintentional. McDonagh was clearly trying to put it on goal and it was deflected by the Minnesota player right into the slot.

    Still a beast though…

  115. Similar to Rupp and Richards here, no, NYR?

    Richards is (supposed to be) a different caliber on-ice player, but still.

  116. Yeah, you need guys like that on your team. Lloyd probably disagrees, naturally.

    The Blues have only been in the playoff once in the last few years, haven’t they? They were swept I think. Totally different team though. Definitely didn’t have the defense and goaltending they’re getting now. They should definitely go deep.

  117. Stranger Nation on

    have to disagree – McD pass was not unintentional – it hit Dman stick and it actually slowed down and ‘flattened’ the pass, but McD was throwing it out in front – McD said in post game interview he did not know Feds was right in front, but that is their philosophy when pinching if there is an opening – call it good coaching…

  118. Did not read all the comments. rangers won, did not play real good in my opinion. cally not 1 of his best games. to many turnovers in their own zone… richards nice pas on the gaborik goal, mcdonut is going to be a monster big time…..

    stepan has to learn how to win a faceoff once in a blue moon………

  119. Halak is a world-class goalie. Remember what he did for the Canadiens in the playoffs a few years back? Took them all the way to the Conference finals…and nearly, the Cup…

  120. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Halak is a world-class goalie. Remember what he did for the Canadiens in the playoffs a few years back? Took them all the way to the Conference finals…and nearly, the Cup…

    And then they dumped him immediately after that series! I wonder how the Habs fans are feeling about that now?

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