It’s Go Time!


Game 78.

The Rangers will announce the Steven McDonald Extra Effort award before the game.

They go for win No. 50, which would tie the ’91-92 Presidents’ Trophy team and would be the second most in franchise history behind the ’93-94 record of 52.

Ya boys have won three in a row and five of their last six. They are five points ahead of Pittsburgh for the Patrick Division and Prince of Wales Conference titles. The Penguins play the Baby Buffaloes tonight in Buffalo. A Rangers win combined with a Penguins loss would knock the magic number from five to one, meaning the Rangers would have to not get a point in their final four games, and the Penguins would have to go 4-0 in their last four for Pittsburgh to overtake ya boys.

That’s complicated with ifs … just know that going into tonight, because they hold the tiebreaker the Rangers can clinch with five points, or any combination of points gained and/or points the Penguins fail to gain.

Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal for the season-high eighth game in a row. Same lineup, which means Jeff Woywitka and John Scott are prucha’d.

The Habs, who pretty much fired everybody Thursday, are toast and have lost five of six. They are without Scott Gomez (concussion).

That’s the 1910-11 Habs logo up there, FYI.


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  1. And first!!!! Yay!!!!

    repost: Well, no reason to take tower C anymore. Sigh.


  2. a quick HELLO to all

    feeling under the weather today after dealing with headaches the past week.
    so just stopping by ’cause i doubt i’m going to be posting anything tonight.

    hope everyone is doing well

    Let’s Go Rangers!!

  3. LGR!….. hopefully our struggles and Hanks struggles against Montreal end tonight…. i want at least 5 goals tonight!

  4. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    lmao Lev, we drove to Tennessee last night to get tickets. Every car that was parked had Alabama plates. Waited on line an hour.. hilarious! Good luck

  5. haha wow! that’s crazy…. it’s good that we have grocery stores on every corner here… i didnt even wait a sec… good luck to you too!

  6. Evening gang.

    Will only be around for the pregame ceremony most likely. DVRing the game as I’m heading out for a previous commitment. Have fun and LGR!!

  7. JimboWoodside on

    Feel better, jpg – I hope our boys make your pains go away!

    Carp, what’s that Canadiens logo? Must be a real oldie!

  8. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    we’ll miss ya MICKEY!! hope its a fun time commitment!!

    Lev, i miss that convenience very much lol

  9. Feb. 5 1994

    Start of the third period. Rangers 3 Habs 1. Me at the forum. Third year at McGill. Standing behind the reds at 12.00 a pop. Waited on line from 4:30 on to get centre ice. Ran up the stairs as soon as the doors were open. This was it. This was what I had waited my entire McGill experience for. A victory at the forum. Kirk muller scored. 3-2. Desjardins scores with two minutes to go. 3-3. Vincent damphousse scores in ot 4-3 habs. Previous game icelanders demolished our boys at the mausoleum. First place rangers were in shambles. The wheels were off the cart. Ron Francis was about to score am 80 footer. It was 1992 redux. As I walked out of the forum this french Canadian guy looks at me and says “de stanley cup winnerrrz lost de game toniiiight. You can take it do da banque.”. I will never fOrget that moment.

  10. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    so yea, Al Montoya decided to give my daughter the game used goal stick last night. Now all she needs is his mask and jersey lol, and she FINALLY got to meet Tavares. I told her to thank them for beating the pen()s lol

  11. Sorry Lev! Linda, thanks, but I’m actually going to church for a live edition of the stations of the cross, with music. Thinking it will be very powerful.


  12. Sam had to throw a little “Final Five” in there at the end of the Tortorella interview.

  13. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    oh i miss the stations of the cross… we used to go with my grandma when we were kids! That should be a pretty intense evening

  14. I went to the Stations of the Cross when I was in Jerusalem. It was pretty interesting.

  15. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    lmao, are they supposed to be showing a video of Cally at that point? Neither Sam NOR Joe were looking at the camera

  16. We need to have a breakout night.Scoring 5 or 6 goals would give guys some confidence.Especially if they can spread the scoring out.That would be a great confidence builder.

  17. I think Cally earned it. But then again, so did like 10 other guys!

    Jimbo, there is no such thing as being “too close” to the land of bacon and mooses. <3 Canada!

  18. JimboWoodside on

    Bacon I can agree with – Mooses I have no experience with, and I think I’m glad of that!

  19. JimboWoodside on

    Oh! Well in Florida, you should be getting the game, Gony – I don’t know what’s going on.

  20. Everything today is against Montreal. That makes me somehow very nervious about outcome…

  21. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    holy crap thanks FLA! i can watch on tv until FRINGE comes on, then go back to the computer!

  22. ORR, that one is really awkward too! Only he doesn’t seem to grimace as much as Dubi did. LOL!!!

    LW, haven’t won it *yet*.

  23. Carp, you know what they say about weather in Buffalo? If you don’t like it, wait 10 minutes.

  24. Knicks up 12-11, so they have to show highlights on the big board during the stoppage. Ugh. And that stupid Go New York song.

  25. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    the funny thing about the online feed is , they don’t go to commercial… you just watch whatever is happening on the ice lol

  26. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on


  27. Carp, “that stupid Go New York song” is a rip off of the best Vanilla Ice song ever.

  28. So funny how certain guys stopped showing up here again when they started winning again, because they can’t complain about the dime-a-dozen guys, and their hope for a complete disaster — so they can blame the coach — isn’t happening.

  29. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    i was joking with someone about him… he was on my brain for a minute lol

  30. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    i was gonna ask where Lloyd’s been lately, unless he just comes on during the day

  31. Now people are booing because they’re stuffing more Knicks first-quarter highlights down their throats … and now the Knicks are losing.

  32. JimboWoodside on

    Would be nice if McDonut could get a goal or two against the team that traded his rights away..

  33. Sorry, Mama. Have a pretzel … at least you (and other Avery fans, I assume) aren’t rooting for the Rangers to collapse and fail in epic fashion so they can say “told you so.”

    More Knicks highlights. Now they’re really booing. This is pretty funny.

  34. JimboWoodside on

    I guess the refs just are in the HAB-it of calling penalties on the Canadien opponents…

  35. When Ryan Miller gives up 6+ to the Penguins like he always does, will that put to bed all the “I hope the Rangers don’t play Buffalo” talk?

  36. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    they called a penalty on Montreal.. lemme make sure the sky did not fall

  37. Aww! I love how there’s like 50 little kids on the ice and they all skate in the same direction. Cute!

  38. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    hilarious sally!!! i love this… sometimes they go back and you can hear the tech people talking random nonsense or singing

  39. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    interesting, we’re watching Rangers Habs on NHL network, but have a crosby between his periods interview.. wtf?

  40. some guy sitting in first row at the Knicks-Hawks game in Atlanta is wearing a Lakers tshirt…..

  41. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on



  42. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    sally, you gotta hear some of the conversations! during football season, it was hilarious

  43. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Ha ha….you’re right Jimbo

    I swear, when I first saw that commercial, I thought, “A tiny Don Cherry”!

  44. Stranger Nation on

    The Habs look like the Hab nots in this game – can you tell they are in last…

  45. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    how many times is joe gonna tell us how fun it is to watch slewfootban

  46. This game is reminiscent of the Rangers team of three years ago. In that Gomez has had no effect on it whatsoever.

  47. JimboWoodside on

    They don’t look good so far, but they have a history of coming back on us, like heartburn..

  48. Sam’s vocal inflection is cracking me up tonight:

    missed the net

    that went straight through

  49. Anybody still want to talk about BRich = Drury 2.0 or not worthy to sign? Anyone?

  50. Anybody who saw the McDonald award tonight knows the Rangers are winning it all this year. McDonalds right, if they play like champions every night, nobody, nobody, NOBODY is beating us in the playoffs. NOBODY!!!! Play like champions!!!!!!

  51. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    jimbo, who gives a stink about the pens… these Rangers got this. clear eyes, full hearts, cant lose!!!!!!!!

  52. I’m taking one season in a time, Carp. He sure plays like a star. Even with all this adaptation to new for him system. He is real and I believe in him.

  53. JimboWoodside on

    I want the Pens to drop as far as they can, so they get into a blood-fest with the Flys in the first round…

  54. That’s cool, 4ever. Nobody said he wasn’t a good player. He’s just not a superstar, and he’s getting superstar money for too many years — probably, IMO. But he’s been great since that awful slump he had.

  55. Lloyd was getting a Richards nameplate for his Avery jersey wasn’t he, Carp?

    I think the Montreal fans actually just want to see a Mexican waived…

  56. 3-0 columbus over florida. florida loses they have 4 pt lead over caps with 4 games to go for both teams. play once in wash and wash has the tiebreaker 5 more reg/ot wins.

    i want florida in 1vs 8

  57. Lev, if they win the Cup, then I guess you live with whatever it turns out to be. If they don’t win it, and he starts to look like Drury in year 3 or 4 … uh-oh.

  58. Agree, there are too many variables for many years ahead and everything could happened, but as a base, talent level is incomparable between him and Drury and you can’t teach or buy it in a pizza joint. He IS a star for real to begin with. That’s all I’m saying…

  59. i think that’s debatable, 4ever. He’s not one of the 20 or 30 best players in the league. You could argue he’s exactly what Gomez was when Gomez signed.

  60. Carp…me and Jimbo were trying to figure out
    what Gomez used to call Morticia
    since Gomez not playing tonite and is home with the family

  61. Stranger Nation on

    lets have Gabby get his 40th along with the shutout and send the faithful home happy

  62. JimboWoodside on

    Need to come out strong and not just back into our own end in this last period…

  63. Stretch again, IMO, Carp. BRich has *consistently* better numbers for longer period of time being on a worse team than Gomez, and not having Gomez speed, has much superior hockey IQ, pack handling and sniper’s ability. In my mind, he has to flourish in a team like Rangers with years to come, becoming just better. At least, I can’t see any signs warranted him being worse, his relatively short midseason slump notwithstanding. BTW, I was the one who wasn’t ecstatic at all before signing him. It is just rare treat to see on the team a real talent.

  64. Avs 2-0 over Flames. Flames lose, and their season is pretty much over, if not already. Avs would tie for 8th place, but they only have two games left. They need a miracle to make the playoffs. Too bad, cause I was hoping they’d sneak in.

  65. Sally, what happened, dear?
    Glass of Vodka with black pepper will heal everything. Just don’t tell ilb., OK? And get well soon, fast and with vengeance. PO coming.

  66. If they awarded points for hitting posts and shooting wide….Dubinsky would win the Art Ross

  67. Our forwards have been great at getting back to cover the pinching dman in this game, Torts has definitely gotten through to them

  68. 4ever

    Regardless of whether Gomez and Drury are accurate comparisons as players, I suspect the list of players who improve from age 31 onwards is a pretty short one.

  69. i know they have one pp goal this is now the 2nd time on the pp they could end it. do it now

  70. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    our boys seem to be getting back to their November/December selves, which bodes well for the playoffs!

  71. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    i can assure u Olga, when Mama is cranky she can be a real bit…, er witch!!!! so shes not makingup the wiccan meetings!! lol ;)

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  73. Tiki XLII XLVI on






  74. Tiki….be afraider, be very afraider……you all are one reason I subscribe to the NYT….get half the Sunday paper early on Saturday……

  75. You’re the coolest, Lin. Also, LMAO BIKFC.

    eric, imagine if they actually had a PP.

    this will be 24-1-4 when they score a PPG.

  76. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    bwahahah you guys are hysterical!!!!!!!

    glad ya liked that Carpy, we needed a big Italian kid lol

  77. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    its too freakin hot for march. this summer is gonna be brutal weather wise lol!!

    LETS GO BOYS SHUT THE DOOR and keep that lead over the pen()ses

  78. Ira Podell of AP just told me today is the anniversary of the Canadiens’ first Stanley Cup in 1916. I think that was Chelios’ rookie year.

  79. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Knicks losing. thankfully, the Celtics wont be winning anything this year. My only concern is the bruins.

  80. So, at some point C3 said I was a Brit I just learned? Huh? Not that there’s anything wrong with it…..

  81. It’s gonna be 85 here on Sunday, Lin. On April 1st!!! It’s ridic, although I don’t mind not having the heat or air on.

  82. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    wait, you’re just learning about that NOW Laurel??? DYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. JimboWoodside on

    I didn’t think so!! Why does MSG management think that any Ranger fans give a hoot about the Knicks scores??

  84. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    catchin up to us Mickey, it’s been in the 80s for almost 3 weeks!!!!!! BRUTAL!!!!!

  85. If I had a dollar for every time I heard Derek Jeter tell me to get to my Tri-State Ford dealer, I’d be Derek Jeter.

  86. Actually we’ve been in the 70s and 80s since mid-March. I was wearing shorts on St Patrick’s Day!!

  87. JimboWoodside on

    >>>jimbo facebooked her, linzo, to rat on the three planter lol!!

    Translation, please!? What did I do?

  88. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    jimbo, because they play in the same city, building, for the same fans. most rangers fans are knicks fans, jimbo. just a few people here that are only hockey fans dont like em.

  89. JimboWoodside on

    Only speaking for myself, I’ve never known a Ranger fan personally that was also a Knicks fan. But that’s just me.

  90. Nothing Jimbo…….nothing at all….Linda, I was wondering why Jimbo kept making Brit references to me….when did this happen??? Hahahahahaha! Yes, I’m just getting this now!!!!! Hartnell me!

  91. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on


  92. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    wow nhl network couldnt get away from that game quick enough.. bastards!!!!!!!!!!

    wooooooooooo PREDS WON ALSO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    i’m sorry but I agree with Mickey. what the hell are they chanting USA for when half the guys on the Rangers are Canadian. stupid

  94. Sather's Wrapup on

    Hello Ranger Fans!! Welcome to the World’s Most Famous Amoeba.

    Montreal comes to MSG tonight. You know, I’m surprised they fired Gautier. He spoke very good French. After the Gomez trade he called me once a day just to say “Faux Queue, Bas Tair…”

    Well, your New York Rangers are in the playoffs. I’m not used to having them clinch so early. Mess! What are we going to do for the last 4 games after this? Maybe we could play Avery and Redden. I still want to get my money’s worth out of those guys…

    Speaking of MIA’s, where’s my newest big boy, John Scott? Torts, when you said you were gonna play him religiously I figured that was more than just Sunday mornings. I think you gave him up for Lent.

    Lin-g! Lin-g! … Lin-g! Lin-g! That’s Dolan’s new ringtone, I wonder what he wants…
    Hey there, Big Guy! How’d the Knicks do tonight? Did Lin get a hat trick, or whatever they have over there? Looks like over here we’re going for the Presidents Trophy. What does the NBA give for first place overall? Yeah, I forget too…Well, you’ll finally have something to put on your mantle besides those old guitar picks and picture of Daddy D….

    Muck! Hey Muckler! Is that Steven McDonald guy one of your draft picks? He’s here a lot, wearing his jersey, but I don’t think he’s played a game yet for the Rangers. Every time I see him he’s always injured. I’m gonna offer him to the Islanders for Dipietro. He’s always injured too. That should be a fair trade.

    And for you Negative Nancys out there, eric and Lloyd, I want to assure you that I am doing everything exactly as I have every year since I got here. You can count on that.

    A Ranger for Life
    Uncle Glennie

  95. caps control there own fate.

    home vs montreal home vs florida at tampa at rangers. very doable

  96. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    wow Jimbo. every person ive ever met is a rangers knicks giants yankees fan. just met 2 at the bar at cheesecake factory tonight. most on here are as well, just dont talk about it. maybe 20 % are only rangers fans. but the thing w knicks fans and fans of other ny teams, theyre filled w fairweather fans. so the knicks have been laughing stocks for a decade. so very few people are gonna proclaim to be a fan of knicks. sort of like the celtics, who were laughing stocks for 15 years until 4 years ago, not many people proclaiming to be celts fans, the new fad was patriots fans

  97. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    cant play Hank against the bruins, if they Lucic him, they will get the biggest laugh on us. dont even wanna think about it. ill pray for biron on sunday. a pens loss tonight wouldve assured us of biron on sunday. stupid ryan miller, sabres

  98. Yeah, Preds!!

    Uhh, Tiki. I am NOT a Knicks, Yankees or Giants fan (though I rooted for the Giants in the Super Bowl). I actually cannot stand the NBA. Give me college hoops any day of the week over the NBA. And when it comes to the NFL, I don’t have a team per se. Although I tend to root for the Bills because I was indoctrinated to them in college. And well, you know I’m a Mets fans.

  99. Hank’s gonna play the rest of the games I believe. He needs to get into the groove of playing every other day in the playoffs and what better chance to do that than in the last week of the regular season after you’ve clinched a playoff spot.

  100. JimboWoodside on

    Tik, I used to be a baseball fan, but NEVER the Yankees – I was a Met fan. Same with football – was a “mild” Jets fan, never was a basketball fan at all -ever.

  101. JimboWoodside on

    I’m a descendant of Brooklyn Dodger fans, so there’s NO WAY I would ever want the Yankees to win – ever!

  102. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    theres are always gonna be people w different views… diff strokes for diff folks.. but the general ny sports fan population is rangers knicks yankees giants. of course there will be some variety here and there. nobody can be perfect :)

  103. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Kids, our team is

    FIFTY -TWENTY ONE-SEVEN!!! Our New York Rangers 50-21-7! AFUGGINSTOUNDING!!!!!!!!

  104. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    lmfao according to mullet melrose. the sabers MIGHT bet the best team in the East right now…

    DYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! asshats

  105. Lev, I have already conceded the Mets season. To the point where I’m not buying the baseball package cause I’d rather save the $160. If I wanna watch a baseball game, I’ll put on FSMW and watch the Cardinals.

  106. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    so of course the turd ball picks the Blues to get number one overall… this guy is a freakin asshat

    “New York Rangers have too tough of a schedule” your sisters ass and your brothers nuts!

  107. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    i gotta put on the local news here at 10 then. They don’t have lottery in alabummer, but they sure show the numbers lol… backasswards state

  108. Missed the game.. had a family obligation.. so figured I would check in with my online family to see how things went.

  109. LOL Mickey, good decision!! Boyler’s interview was great, im sure Carp will put it up later.

  110. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    things went AWESOME LATONA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    50-21-7!!!!!!!!! i just love typing it

  111. whenever Fischler opens his mouth to ask a question i want to throw up. i know it’s not just me.

  112. holy smokes… I know the whole Brit thing….I am so behind on everything in my brain.

  113. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    well MICKEY, did you get your lottery tickets?

    I got Mega, of course, but the TN Powerball is like 60 million, which is NOT chump change, so got a couple of those also. Hey, ya never know lol

  114. If I win, I’ll share with the heads. Anyone else willing to toss a couple mil, or one, my way? :)

  115. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Mickey, that cracks me up every single freakin time you post it

    oh ok Orr, that’s just funny

  116. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    there’s a picture on my fb of some radio station’s ticket, and it says that someone who likes AND shares it, will partake of part of the winnings… INSANE

  117. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Six minutes until someone (or several ‘ones’), are going to be INCREDIBLY well to do lol!!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL MY FRIEND WHO PLAYED!!!

  118. Winning Mega Millions numbers: 02 – 04 – 23 – 38 – 46 and the Mega Ball was 23


  119. Higgins scored his 17th of the season. He has 42 points. He’s doing well for the Nucks. Shame he couldn’t be the player everyone thought he’d be. You just can’t have Rangers fans playing for the Rangers. It never works out!

  120. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    no mega millions for me, and i can’t check the power ball because the lottery site has crashed lol

  121. JimboWoodside on

    Higgins – I can just hear “The Big Whistle” describing his shooting accuracy for the short time he was a Ranger…

  122. JimboWoodside on

    “He couldn’t put the puck in the ocean if he was standing right on the dock”….

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