Rangers at Flyers tonight


Light up the Empire State Building in Orange and Black!

You know what’s at stake tonight. If the Rangers get a point in any way, or if the Penguins fail to win tonight, the Rangers clinch first place in the Patrick Division and the Prince of Wales Conference.


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Tuesday, Apr. 3, 7:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA

Rangers: 50-22-7 (107 pts)
Flyers: 46-24-9 (101 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Apr. 1

The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank first in the league overall, with a record of 50-22-7 (107 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Boston Bruins, 2-1, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden to end their four-game winning streak, and are now 6-2-0 in the last eight games. The Flyers enter the contest with a 46-24-9 (101 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have won four of the last six games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, Apr. 5, at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.), in their final road game of the regular season.


  • All-Time115-107-37-7 overall (60-47-23-4 at home; 55-60-14-3 on the road)
  • 2011-12: Tonight is the sixth and final meeting this season, and the third at Wells Fargo Center. New York is 5-0-0 (3-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road) following a 5-2 win on Feb. 11 at Wells Fargo Center. New York has out-scored Philadephia, 19-8, including a 10-3 advantage in the third period. The Rangers’ power play is 5-19 (26.3%). 17 different Rangers have tallied a point against the Flyers this season, including 10 different goal-scorers. Marian Gaborik leads the team in scoring with seven points (three goals, four assists), while Ryan Callahan has tallied a team-high, four goals to go along with an assist. Henrik Lundqvist is 5-0-0 with a 1.60 GAA, .947 Sv% and one shutout.
  • Last Season: New York was 2-4-0 overall (1-2-0 at home; 1-2-0 on the road). The Rangers power play was 4-19 (21.1%) in the season series. Ryan Callahan (four goals, one assist) and Derek Stepan (three goals, two assists) tied for the team-high with five points, while Callahan’s four goals led the team. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-3-0 with a 2.57 GAA, .908 Sv% and one shutout in five games.
  • The Rangers enter the contest with a seven-game winning streak against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 29-10, during the streak.
  • New York ranks third with a 23-11-5 (51 pts) record on the road; Philadelphia is tied for 15th with a 21-12-6 (48 pts) mark at home
  • The Rangers are 14-6-2 vs. the Northeast Division; the Flyers are 11-9-2 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • New York lists three former Flyers on their roster: Martin Biron (2006-07 – 2008-09); Steve Eminger (2008-09); Ruslan Fedotenko (2000-01 – 2001-02)
  • Philadelphia lists four former Rangers on their roster: Blair Betts (2005-06 – 2008-09); Jaromir Jagr (2003-04 – 2007-08); Ian Laperriere (1995-96); Jody Shelley (2009-10)

Henrik Lundqvist
 — 36 GP, 21-10-3, 2.58 GAA, 4 SO
Martin Biron — 18 GP, 9-7-2-0, 2.18 GAA
Brad Richards — 36 GP, 9-27-36
Ryan Callahan — 26 GP, 11-8-19
Dan Girardi — 35 GP, 0-20-20

The Rangers’ power play has tallied four goals in the last three games (4-12, 33.3% over the span), and are 9-41 (22.0%) in the last 12 games. New York’s penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in six of the last eight games, and are 42-48 (87.5%) in the last 17 games. The Rangers are tied for seventh in the NHL with eight shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 24-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 34-12-3 when not allowing a power play goal.

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in three power play attempts (5:39) on Sunday vs. Boston. New York ranks 26th overall (40-265, 15.1%) and is tied for 22nd on the road (17-122, 13.9%). The Rangers are 3-16 (11:52) in five-on-three situations (last – 4/1 vs. BOS), and 2-9 (12:08) when four-on-three (last – 3/11 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore); 12/17 at PHX (Korpikoski).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Bruins in two shorthanded situations (3:22) on Sunday at MSG. New York ranks fifth overall (214-248, 86.3%) and fifth on the road (116-133, 87.2%). The Rangers are 9-10 (6:17) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/28 at WPG), and 2-3 (2:24) when three-on-four (last – 2/16 vs. CHI). Shorthanded goals for (8): 10/20 at CGY (Prust); 12/8 vs. TBL (Anisimov); 12/10 at BUF (Hagelin); 12/10 at BUF (Callahan); 12/20 at NJD (Hagelin); 1/6 at PIT (Dubinsky); 2/12 vs. WSH (Prust); 3/28 at WPG (Del Zotto).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Sunday vs. Boston. The Rangers are plus-seven in 80 four-on-four situations (145:47), and even in two three-on-three situations (0:38). Four-on-four goals for (10): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi); 1/2 vs. FLA (Gaborik); 2/9 vs. TBL (Stepan); 2/9 vs. TBL (Richards); 2/14 at BOS (Anisimov); 2/19 vs. CBJ (Stepan); 2/25 vs. BUF (Callahan); 3/21 vs. DET (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 2/9 vs. TBL (Lecavalier); 2/25 vs. BUF (Stafford); 3/2 at TBL (Malone).

New York completed a home sweep of their season series against Philadelphia with a 5-2 win on Feb. 5 at MSG. The Rangers out-scored the Flyers, 11-4, en route to their 3-0-0 mark at home. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers swept their home series against the Flyers was during the 1991-92 season, when the Blueshirts posted a 4-0-0 mark against Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers will look to complete a sweep of their season series against the Flyers tomorrow at Wells Fargo Center. The only time the Blueshirts swept the season series against the Flyers was in 1971-72 (6-0-0), and the last time the Rangers swept the road series in Philadelphia was in 2006-07 (4-0-0).

New York continues to climb the team’s all-time single season wins and points lists, currently sitting in a tie for second in wins and ranking fourth in points. The Rangers reached the 50-win mark for the third time in franchise history with a 4-1 victory vs. Montreal on Mar. 30, and eclipsed the 100-point mark for the seventh time with a 4-3 shootout win at Toronto on Mar. 24. The Blueshirts reached the 40-win mark in 61 games, which is tied as the second fewest games to reach 40 wins in team history.

Brad Richards ranked second in the NHL with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) during the month of March, finishing one point behind Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. Marian Gaborik tied for third in the league with 10 goals and 20 points in March.

The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…

  • T-1st in points (107)
  • T-1st in win% (.677)
  • 1st in wins (50)
  • 1st in regulation/overtime wins (46)
  • 3rd in fewest regulation losses (22)
  • 3rd in fewest goals against (170)
  • 3rd in GAA (2.15)
  • 1st in hits (2,347)
  • 3rd in blocked shots (1,301)
  • 4th in +/- rating (plus-38)
  • 6th in goal differential (plus-43)


  • The Rangers’ magic number to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference is one point relative to Pittsburgh
  • The Rangers became the first Eastern Conference team, and second in the league overall, to clinch a playoff spot with a 4-2 win on Mar. 19 vs. NJD (game #72); The last time the Blueshirts clinched a playoff berth that early was in 1991-92, when New York clinched on Mar. 8 (through game #68) following a Philadelphia defeat to Vancouver
  • This is the latest the Rangers have been in first place of the Eastern Conference standings since the team captured the Presidents’ Trophy during the 1993-94 season. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
  • The Rangers posted a combined record of 19-4-5 in back-to-back games this season, including a 9-2-3 (3-1-0 at home, 6-1-3 on the road) record in the first game and a 10-2-2 (6-0-0 at home, 4-2-2 on the road) mark in the second
  • New York is 20-3-3 when leading after the first period and 29-0-3 when leading after the second
  • The Rangers rank fourth in the league with a .227 win% when trailing after two periods (5-16-1), and are tied for 10th in the NHL with five third period comeback wins
  • New York leads the NHL with a .714 win% when out-shooting their opponent (30-11-1)
  • The Rangers rank third in the league when scoring first, posting a 34-5-3 mark (.810 win%) in those contests


  • Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of the last nine games (6-3-0, 2.09 GAA, .910 Sv% over the span)
  • Marian Gaborik — five-game point streak (five goals, three assists over the span); 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in the last 13 games
  • Brad Richards — seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last five games; 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in the last 14 games
  • Michael Del Zotto — six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven games
  • Brandon Dubinsky — five points (two goals, three assists) in the last eight games


  • Martin Biron — 1 game from 500 NHL career
  • Ryan Callahan — 3 points from 200 NHL career


  • Henrik Lundqvist — 250th career NHL win (3/28 at WPG)
  • Michael Del Zotto — 200th career NHL game (3/30 vs. MTL)


  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 55
  • Steve Eminger (injured, 3/15) — 9
  • Mats Zuccarello (injured, 3/23) — 5
    Total Man-Games Lost: 228


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  1. So that is it – get one point and wrap it up, huh? The last blog started well with all the erudite lurkers but once joined by the regulars aka BONEHEADS, I was forced to watch the Fox business channel. Take this Eddiex3, he does not even know how to be sarcastic even though he tries…..
    This Wicky cannaot complete a post, she tries and tries again, one wonders if the game of hockey is too fast for her/him. The cuisine mentions are far to numerous, I know, the need for levity, but still, please, we are not that desperate, are we???
    Where is Manny, the primordial narcissist, perhaps a bout of introspection or flu or something, always an enjoyble drivel coming out of his keyboard.
    Perhaps I do not understand the purpose of these blogs – I am a former hockey player and happily married.
    Thanks for any corrections.

  2. I agree the inane responses really serve no purpose.

    This game and the game in Thursday are the pre Playoffs. The Rangers need to bring the A game and continent the dominance over the Flyers plus jopefully solve the Penguins on Thursday. Remember if everything goes to form the second round opponent is from Pennsylvania.

    It seems the chief concerns should be the long season catching up to Hagelin and Torts finally putting Dubinsky on the 3rd line for the remainder of the year. Dubinsky is simply not a good hockey player from the mental approach, he cannot create and is out of position. He needs line mates to create for him. That is not the MO of a 2nd line player. The Rangers are better with Stepsn Callahan and either AA or Boyle. I would AA for the first 2 periods and Botle for the 3rd.

    On D, the Rangers seem to be pulling it together,
    Hopefully, fatigue does not come into play.

    The most important factor might be if some of these baby face players can actually grow a playoff beard.


  3. It would be for the best if the Rangers clinch the East tonight – you don’t want to have to face Pens in Pittsburgh with the Pens alive, it will be an extra “playoff-type” grind game.

    Furthermore, if the Rangers were to go into the final game of the season against Washington with the East still up for grabs, it would be another playoff-type game – Washington is holding onto 8th place for dear life with the Sabres hot on their tails..

    So it’s the best scenario to get this done tonight to avoid these “interesting scenarios”.


    LGR! Get this wraped up, unless you are haunted by Caps of past

  5. So are the Flyers fighters going to take a breather tonight to save their ire for Pitt or will Torts have John Scott on the bench to save Prust/Dubinsky’s knuckles for the playoffs?

    67.7% chance we see Caps 1st round; 25.1% chance we see Sabres & still a 25% chance we miss #1 seed!

    Lundqvist is always hot after a loss, but I hope he gets a game off before the playoffs – a win tonight would certainly help.

  6. I am a current hockey player (unless you’ve seen me play), happily divorced, and enjoy this blog and most of its inane drone about cuisine, etc. there are plenty of blogs out there to read if you don’t like this one. Speaking of cuisine, Carp, how was the eggplant SANGwich?
    LETSGORANGERS! got the playoff tix in the mail yesterday!

  7. Good morning, boneheads!

    Four top teams in EC are playing against each other tonight. Hockey can’t get better than that. Too bad we can’t enjoy both games since they are playing the same night….

  8. Newbear- a former hockey player? Was Torts your coach? Because if he was, you misunderstood the meaning of “stiff”. He meant when you play, not when you live your life. Your posts exclusively consist of complaining about the gibberish and the BONEHEADS. Nothing about hockey. You started with Miami, now it’s eddie, wicky ( WICKY? Really?), etc…Guess what would be the first step to making it better? Post something hockey related since that’s what you’re preaching. Unless, of course, you prefer the Fox business Channel.

    Oh, and I’m a former….Never mind.

  9. Anyone know what channel MSG 2 is on Time Warner? Trying to set up the DVR remotely to no avail….

  10. LGR’S!!!

    Hope that the Pens and Flyers send each other to the hospital in the first round!

    Then, we need to take care of business in the first round.

    We need to win a couple of rounds this year to put a real stamp on this year.

  11. Whoah…. who’s bad-mouthing the Fox News Channel?

    JJP – I just walked out of the apartment PISSED for the same reason. Couldnt find the Rangers against the flyers but had no problems locating the Penguins, Devils and Islanders. Absurd.

    Newbear – I laughed but ultimately you shouldnt derive too much satisfaction from being the self professed best looking horse in the glue-factory.

    GO RANGERS!!!!

  12. @CCCP@ I saw that on Facebook. I also just learned, coincidentally, that in Singapore that is a major crime deserving of a hefty fine!

  13. Is that right, Manny? Good thing we are not in Singapore! Though, I’ve heard it’s a great city-state. Would love to visit one day.

  14. Apparently, in Singapore, you have to ask someone for permission to hug them. If not, it’s a crime.

  15. Yea – it’s Channel 197 for MSG2. It’s called something like, “Game” but it switches to MSG2 for the pre-game and until the game ends.

  16. I’m with Mama–my stomach is doing flip flops already too! I’ll be doing lots of pacing during the game tonight.

  17. Putting these games on TW channel 197 or 198 is BULL CARCILLO! These channels are NOT HAD. What the hell is up with TWC. I have deep, deep hatred for that company. I wish I had a choice, would switch in a second.

  18. I really…. really…. hate Time Warner. Juggling my hatred for scheduling and completing a fresh install of a competitors product with disbelief that I’ll be stuck watching the best team in hockey on non-hd despite paying a carcillo-load every month for the privilege.

    Carp – I was wrong re: John Scott… but hope to see him in uni tonight.

  19. LOL Julie. Me too. Im concerned about injuries. I hope for no cheap shots against our players in our last 3 games.

  20. Fingers and crossed Tiki. I have such butterflies in my stomach just thinking about the game tonite.

  21. Good morning, Sally!

    Even better morning, Newbear.

    Where is Wicky. Hope she’s OK.

    Julie, don’t calm down.

  22. I’m trying Tiki! I’ll have so much nervous energy for the game though, so don’t worry. LOL

  23. Just saw on Twitter that Scott isn’t playing. I’m absolutely shocked.

    The guy seemed like a real difference maker

  24. I bet John Scott is really happy about the trade. He probably didn’t like playing so much in Chi-Town.

  25. Stranger Nation on

    John Scott is very helpful carrying the equipment bags and making all the other players feel great about their skating ability during practice.

    Is Mr. Irrelevant (Mary Shelley) playing for the Filth in Delphia?

  26. he hasn’t been playing, Stranger. Flys going with Rinaldo as the resident jackwagon … not including Hartnell, of course.

    Tell you the truth … and you may not like this … I’d want Hartnell on my team.

  27. FiveFootZero on

    I’d take Hartnell too…off the ice he seems to be a great guy. Can only imagine what its like to have him as a teammate.

  28. Stranger Nation on

    After this season, not too many teams who wouldn’t want Hartnell on their team. He does look like he got lost in the ugly forest, slept under the ugly tree, and was continually beaten by the ugly stick.

    More specifically, any forward would want Giroux as their center and Jagr, wonky groin and all, on the other wing. I think Rupper could score 20 on that line.

  29. Id take Hartnell too. Jagr is simply amazing. Not playing in the NHL in 3 years, 38 years old or more, and he’s still a force. He made a play in the Pens game that turned around the whole game and brought our magic number down to 1.

  30. Hartnell was pretty funny with that jackwagon, Hulk Hogan looking dude in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

  31. While I’d love to get the win tonight and clinch, I’m thinking the Pens are more likely to lose yet again as they’ve become an absolute sieve defensively and in net.

    Funny that TSN still puts the Pens as #1 in their power rankings. This despite losing to Ottawa, Philly and the Isles TWICE. Blind loyalty to Cindy and Corky is rampant.

    The Flyers are gonna be PUMPED for tonight’s game. The Rangers need to match that intensity. We’ve all but embarrassed the Flyers this season and it’s been immortalized in 24/7…this is their last shot before the playoffs. They’ll be ready.

    Thinking how things might work out in the mind of a dreaming Rangers fan:

    We either beat the Caps in the first round and get revenge for two playoff losses, or we beat them the last game of the season and keep them out of the playoffs altogether (revenge # 1 complete)

    We beat the Pens in Round 2 after Buttman and the officials do everything in their power to help the Pens beat the Flyers and try to beat us. We get revenge for ’89, ’92, ’96, ’08 (revenge # 2)

    We beat the Bruins in the Conference Finals…avenge ’72 (revenge # 3)

    We beat St. Louis in the Stanley Cup Finals…revenge for….ah….well….I dunno…running Gretzky out of town ’96?


  32. Doodie Machetto on

    No John Scott against the Flyers on April 3 when the Flyers have no way of catching us in the standings? Well that was a 5th round pick poorly spent.

  33. St. Louis revenge:

    Taking JD.

    Hiring Keenan after he jumped ship in ’94, and giving up Nedved for Tikkanen as compensation.

  34. Hartnell aka Sideshow Bob is the next Ryan Malone, albeit to be fair – slightly better.

    Right now he’s playing with two amazing players in Giroux and Jagr, he’s putting up a lot of points, and undoubtedly will want a bigger contract after next year….he’ll sign elsewhere for more money and proceed to suck it up.

    I think I could score 20 goals playing with those two.

  35. Revenge for taking JD…


    And yeah, that Nedved for Tikkanen/Lidster deal as part of the whole Keenan fiasco.

    Ah, well…a guy can dream.

    Thinking about possibly clinching a division title, I’m remembering my old ’89-’90 MSG highlight video “Poised for Glory” which centered around a weak Rangers team winning a weak division title…their first in 50 years.

    I still remember being so happy at the time (I was 17) thinking we were finally going to be considered a contender. Raising the division title banner the next season was a big deal at the time.

    Now…the Rangers’ team and coaching staff are all saying the right things: Regular season titles are meaningless. The playoffs are what you’re remembered for.

    This team, I hope, has a long run. An early exit would be a sad post-script to an amazing regular season story.

  36. No Scott? Impending Ranger disaster…

    No revenge for the Christian Backman trade? I’ll let them off for the much-missed Peter Smrek though.

  37. This wave of admiration for the Flyers here is quite amazing. Braking news – it is not mutual; they don’t have the same respect for ANY Rangers. I love to objectively discuss anything hockey, but today Objectivity has nothing to do with harsh reality. Pure hatred is much healthier. LGR!!!!

  38. I get the Hartnell appreciation, that being said, I’d sell him while the selling is good, I dont see him sustaining it. Heck of a season for him/his hair though.

    Didn’t realize Sestito was out… would have enjoyed seeing JS show something and figured that was the opportunity. Instead, I’ll derive pleasure from watching the Flyers play an integral part in our winning the ….. EAST.

    I like keeping the lineup in, Torts has a plan and I LIKE IT.

  39. Lets make sure Torts stays behind the bench, looking at the ice ,watching his men go to work again on those cheese steaks . Not standing on the bench with his back to the ice with and a cup in his hand, jawing at those Jr. cheese steaks . Number one in the Patrick sounds nice, but Being #1 in June . Priceless !!

  40. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Can I get a “LETS GO RANGERS” chant started early? LETS GO RANGERS LETS GO RANGERS LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. I am a bush-league pond-hockey ice-cream popsicle who is happily married to a former meat-packing cross-dresser.
    Can’t say I’m upset, though, about missing all the food or black-cloud posts from yestiddy, but it’s a free country and blog.

    Sticking to my gut-feel we will see Kreider on the ice before the end of the playoffs due to a healthy scratch. Go BC and stay healthy #19.

  42. Doodie Machetto on

    As a hockey player, Hartnell is everything Sean Avery wished he could be.

    I think he is a fantastic hockey player. Do I think he is as good as his numbers are this season? No, but I don’t think he’s far off.

  43. Maybe this has been discussed, but . . . .
    Do the Bruins have anything to play for at this point?
    If I assume that the teams are re-seeded by points regardless of where you finished in the regulare season, then the Bruins should be looking to win out so they can get the home ice in the 2nd round IF they get that far.

  44. Makes no difference what the Bruins do this week – they are fixed as the #2. Coincidentally, they are dressing the talented Turco/Khudobin tandem tonight…

  45. Colorado Mark on

    Carp- (Long time no post, I know!)

    You posted yesterday that Granato and Laviollette were teammates for 12 games as Rangers. They also played on the 1988 Olympic team with 4 other Ranger prospects: Leetch, Richter, K. Miller and my personal favorite almost Ranger Corey Millen. And I think they played a bit together in the minors. Pierre McGuire was saying Tony was just telling him to back off as Laviollete was yelling at Bylsma. I take that with a grain of salt, though.

  46. Hah. Thanks Colorado. I do think Tony was playing peacemaker between Bylsma and Laviolette. Because if Tony was really involved, I think you would have seen his temper to a much greater degree.

    He’s the best.

  47. I actually like this blog, Carp. It always starts excellently with your comments and/or pre-game histories and stats. Then the “boneheads” take over and crowd out the lurkers who, I guess, can better appreciate the plays away from the puck.

  48. I’d take Hartnell on this team in a heartbeat too. And Simmonds, btw. Both fit the style, and Torts’ ways to play perfectly. Both can score. Hartnell, btw, has done an admirable charity work in Philadelphia.

  49. Thanks, newbear. I guess what makes this site different is the variety of topics or non-topics discussed here, the comedy, the attempts at comedy, the gibberish.

    But it’s always good, too, when we talk hockey … Most of these people are pretty astute, very passionate and extremely loyal to their team.

  50. Remember when Granato and Schoenfeld got into it during the Avs/Rangers game a few years ago? That was pretty funny. I think they had to be separated by security. That was Torts’ first win when he took over. Great game!

  51. Playing Turco doesn’t mean Boston will not play hard tonight. This is about messages sent for the playoffs. Thomas needs some rest at his age, so it’s not unexpected.

  52. Doodie Machetto on

    The Coburn trade is one of the most overlooked worst trades of the Atlanta Thrashers.

  53. Sanguinetti chosen immediately before Giroux…..


    And in my prior anti TWC screed, meant to say that Channel 197 and 198 are not in HD (Not HAD). I have deep hatred for TWC.

  54. Turco in net means if we don’t get pt Tonite see u sat. End this before we get to the burgh. No way we get pt thurs

  55. Stranger Nation on

    bad trades by Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets – that is a long list…

  56. Boston is really going with 65 year old Marty Turco tonight?

    Which brings me to a point: Is “Marty” the most popular name for a goaltender?

  57. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    Morning ILB and all!

    Sorry I’ve been missing, had a Spa day the rest of yesterday and got my nails done along with my hair….Did I miss anything??

  58. Eric, Johnson in goal for Pens, though.

    Marty in French has two meanings: 1. Backup goalie. 2. Fat goalie.

  59. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    I’d have to agree with you on hartnell, giroux, and coburn!!

    isn’t that the game where schoeny was yapping with lappy?

    I’m sorry if my previous post had any points of levity in it to any one, absolutely unacceptable behavior on my part. I really think that I should….is John Scott ever going to play again??

  60. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    no on the pedi….my feet are so ugly, I’m self-conscience about them after so many years and miles selling all those girl scout cookies as a little girl. Yes to the wrap though, those are fantastic!

  61. John Scott is going to be missed for the 48 seconds he plays in a game…is it really a concern to not have the resident “tough guy”? there’s no one on the Flyers that intimidates the Rangers as far as toughness. what you have to fear, instead, is the offense. even the secondary guys like Wellwood, Schenn, Couterier Simmonds, have skill and can score.

  62. JimboWoodside on

    Johnson has been better for his team lately than Turco has been for the B’s, aside from that Fishsticks game that he won last week.

    NYR can’t depend on *any* help from another team – they have to win or tie a game in regulation themselves.

  63. billybleedsblue on

    You guys have made me even more nauseous than I already am with all of this Philly love talk.

    Please stop, I don’t think I can be any more sick…

  64. Not sure if it matters who is in net for the pens. Both goalies have stunk lately.

    Let’s see Hank get a shutout tonight! That would be a statement. Moreso on Thursday

  65. Not sure the bad Coburn deal is overlooked anywhere other than in Don Waddell’s résumé, Doodie.

    I’m guessing his résumé says he was in jail between 1998 and 2011, since it increases his chances of getting another job, compared to the truth.

  66. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    wow, more “speculation” that Iggy could be out in calgary if the deal is “right”. We should be able to make the right deal!!

  67. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    similar to “veterans preference” points on many job apps, there are “marty preference” points on goalie apps.

  68. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    Damn, was hoping sally was here so we could share spa stories!

  69. Fat Guy in A Little Coat on

    We should lure Mark Janssens out of retirement for this one game tonight

  70. Did you all see NHL.com has their picks for the nhl trophies for this yr and have quick winning over hank…what a bunch of BS this is….

  71. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    pantless tony woo hoo!!

    how is the pantless mrs??

  72. wicky, are you asking Tiki how he is? or are you asking him how he’s your friend? :)

    According to Pat Leonard, Jody Shelley is in the lineup tonight for the first time since March 18. Laviolette never learns, does he? Or maybe he just doesn’t have enough healthy bodies. Whatever. He’s irrelevant.

    lmao, Gravy.

  73. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    with in the next 3 weeks hopefully. Always nice for mrs wicky and I to expand our alternative lifestyle family!!

    valid point. how the hell is anyone my friend for that matter??


    doing well you sexy man you!! And yourself?

  74. tony in az

    the rangers will open on thurs april 12th at home with game 2 sat april 14th. april 11th playoffs start but concert at msg some group mana and friday april 13th and sunday april 15th the knicks play at msg.

    thurs sat means prob nbc game on sat especially if its the caps. if its rangers sabres i dont think nbc will pick that game so prob a sat night game. if the rangers blow number 1 and play phil in 4 vs 5 without a doubt nbc carries game 2 in the afternoon

  75. JimboWoodside on

    I’m doing just fine, dear Wicky! I’m too sexy for my shirt, but other than that, I’m doing very well!

    Did you get the acrylic tips with those pretty designs on them when you had your last mani-pedi? ;-P

  76. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    After watching mainstream media talk about the pens/flyers incident the past couple of days…I’ve decided that non hockey people should just not talk about hockey any more. They all talk bout the cross check to crosby starting the whole thing, but fail to mention what crosby did before that actually led up to him getting cross checked

  77. eric, thanks for doing all that research. I had heard Thurs-Sat for Games 1 and 2, and knew it was something to do with Knicks and concerts … but hadn’t cared enough to check.

  78. JimboWoodside on

    I’ll bet that you look stunning now, Wicky-gal! ;-P

    Darn, Manny – too bad little Ignatz the mouse isn’t around to watch the game with you!

  79. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    yep, I’m so excited to meet with her for it. We are going to talk on the phone the rest of the night and online shop together!

  80. and, Wick, as brawls go, it was pretty tame, really. If the coaches didn’t get up on the benches, it probably wouldn’t have gotten the notoriety … also if the NHL’s darling wasn’t involved.

    start of Rangers-Devils was much more of a brawl. No?

  81. Let’s hope for a clean (no fights) game tonight, And no injuries for either side, please, so that the upcoming PO drama has no excuses. But it will all depend on what strategy Philly has decided on already. Also, in the Boston game, the officials subtly interfered with our attempts to clear the zone, anybody noticed ? I am afraid that the refs may try to decide the game tonight.

  82. Rangers had no need to dress someone like Scott the first 5 times we beat them, so no need to this time. If the Rangers are up convincingly at the end, it will definitely be garbage time.

    Someone lock Pruster in a cage so he doesn’t fight Shelley when the game is still on the line.

  83. We could actually control the Caps fate. AND – whether or not they play US. Interesting, no?

  84. carp

    if you need an assistant i am your guy. jealous of u. u have the job i always wanted

  85. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    IKR, i still get emails about that youtube video that went viral after she picked out that last outfit for me!

    if you take crosby out of the equation, it probably doesn’t get that much attention any how, but I agree the coach altercation didn’t help. The blood on the ice with the rangers/devils didn’t help with that either. People commenting on the game that just have no idea makes it far worse.

    Of course, you know me though, I’m a bit of a (JRism) ruckus gal!!!

  86. however i did hear from this guy that the rangers may open on the road in the playoffs to accomdate tv. what a putz i am to have it ruin my day sunday

  87. Back. Sorry, I was busy driving badly, calling myself fat, and talking about boys.

    Did I miss anything?

  88. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    I think we are all sure you are not newbear!!

  89. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    oh stop it, I would give anything to look as good as you!

  90. wicky, read his last post! Its about not getting injured tonight, as I said earlier, then about referees deciding games and getting in our way in the Bruins game. LOL!!

  91. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    I know, I read it (in between skimming cosmo and talking to mrs manny about our appointment later), you are far more knowledgable than you give yourself credit for!

  92. For lunch today I inhaled a big gust of wind. Fat.

    Wicky, girl, I would legit DIE to have a body like yours.

  93. would anybody else like to see Lucic beat the clarke out of that piece of carcillo Cooke tonight?

    Oh, right, I forgot he’s reborn. He’s a nice guy now. What a pile of clarke.

  94. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Dudes and dudettes!!! Cannot wait for my two minute drive home from work. i am a nervous ball of energy! Cannot wait for the game! boys will be disciplined and ready to take these two points and make all their fans happy!!!

  95. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    I hate to ask a hockey question and ruin my tarnished reputation here, but who are your 10 favorite rangers of all time?

  96. Id like to see -Lucic- Cooke beat the clarke out of that piece of carcillo -Cooke- Lucic tonight!

  97. Wicky, don’t you mean to ask, “Carp, who are the top 10 hottest Rangers of all time?”

  98. I’m soooo excited to go to my first playoff game since 1981.
    BTW that ticket in ’81 was $15.00 , section 329, row L seat 13. – again, $15.00

  99. You can’t get a hot dog for that today, Tony.

    Wick, it’s funny, I was scribbling down a list, by position, a little while back … thought I’d present it as a post some day. I probably have too many favorites for a 23-man roster. But I will do it soon.

    I’m sure you can guess who are my top three or four.

  100. new poll over there (I forgot how to do the pointing finger) ——–> … based on the assumption that ya boys eventually clinch the No. 1 seed.

  101. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    I would have to say messier, graves, samuelsson, prust, cally, beuk, simon, nemchinov, verbeek, and ……..

  102. Heads, on a totally un-hockey-related note…

    I’m doing a bowling fundraiser tomorrow to raise money for an LGBT youth organization. Email me at sallyher at buffalo dot edu if you’re interested in sponsoring me.

    There are amazing trophies to win! And you all know how I like winning.

  103. If Pits-berg is still alive after tonight for the top seed, how motivated will they be to get first place to avoid a grudge match with the fly girls. Imagine the Ranjuhs losing out on first place with by getting beaten by the Jagr’s, then blown out by Crosby/Malkin, then coughing up to a desperate Washington team… Then have to face Hartnell, Carcillo, Read, etc in a playoff round…

    Devils get the best matchup: devils-panthers. Devils will be dangerous!

  104. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    the last one is tough because there are so many options (larmer, hank, biron, healy, ricther, karpovtsev, zubov, lappy, boyle, norstrom, wells) but i’m going with a tie of bickel/rupp for #10

  105. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    add kaspar, brad brown and ville niemienen(sp?) to the list of liked a lot as well

  106. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    speaking again of hockey, kudos to chimera for doing the respectful turtle after getting rung up by malone in that fight yesterday instead of trying the BS takedown!

  107. Stranger Nation on

    Who said no fights tonite – what kind of pansy talk is that? With Mr. Irrelevant in the lineup with Tostitos, the Rangers scrappers; Bickel, Rupp, Prust, Dubi better be ready (just kidding on Dubi). The Filth is looking to make a scene when they go down in the cesspool that is philthy..

    Speaking of which, Bickel has to stop leading with his face and learn to use the reach advantage he usually has. The Joe Bugner fighting style is not a long term proposition.

  108. For far too long the Rangers have tried to get by with “tough” players to watch out for their gifted guys, with so so results. Prust has the heart but not the fists.

    Remember when Colton Orr was there he did some hurt to guys on the Rangers. He even took skating lessons . There are dertain players on some teams that go out of their way to hurt people, and I refer now to Cooke on the Penguins, and the banana nosed snot on the Bruins, but he’s not worth a special hit man, anyone with some gall and intensity can wash him out..he’s sneaky mean and not as tough as he pretends, and you might throw in a couple that you think of, like the guy on the Devils whose name I cannot recall. If this Scott is used, let him play the game…I saw him early on and was not aware of his reputation and I thought he handled the puck well and made the most of his time on ice. I’d not waste him on Flyers but wait and save him for the Pens.

  109. Sioux-per-man on

    Game day boys.

    Need a point. One for bad, two for good. It would be nice to get the win and let a few players rest a bit, and mabe let Biron get his 400th game in before the end of the year.

    Carp do you think the Rangers break the team record in wins this year, after they get the big point?

  110. And also, guys, remember.

    Go Bruins aha aha i like it aha aha Bruins aha aha beat Crosby aha aha

  111. Stranger Nation on

    There you go fran – like your thinking – let the big man out of his cage – this is why he got the slug, no?

  112. Stranger Nation on

    Rangers play better when things are a little nasty on the ice – have to pay back Hartnell for that cheap shot on McD in WC after the game ended

  113. So many cheap shots on McDonagh — Cooke last year, Ference, Hartnell, Lucic.

    Sioux, they’d need to win all three to break the record. Two to tie.

  114. One of the great moments in Neil Smith’s regime was when he called up both Domi and Vial — who had both been suspended in the AHL — for a game in the Spectrum. “Well, we have to see what the youngsters can do,” Smith said sarcastically. Domi shot a puck that hit Hextall in the back during warmups almost causing an all-out riot.

  115. Lol, Carp….

    Kennyroger- I always thought Wicky was a male…until today. And I met him, I mean her, too…Looking at the pictures right now. Damn, plastic surgery really has it down pat.

  116. Maybe if Wicky went pantless, it’d be more obvious what (s)he is?

    Dennis Vial played over here for my hometown team for a couple of years.

  117. Tony! That’s so awesome!!! When are you thinking? I’ll be in Iowa for a wedding sometime around 6/9 (huh huh).

    ilb, *email*

  118. The bride picked that day on purpose so her fiance would remember when the wedding was. Thoughtful, huh?

  119. Tony, you’re on my calendar. Now I’m just trying to picture Rose’s reaction…

  120. You, guys totally confused me now with Wicky’s gender, so, if that’s was a goal, it achieved.

    It’s never easy for fans in Rangers kingdom…Not even with the last 3 games.
    I’m afraid, that Philties motivation today will be higher and more intense – their hockey pride is at stake. It would be too humiliating for them to lose even the last one and on their turf. More so, I’m worried about game against Pissies in anticipation of “kangaroo court” of referees who will decide the outcome. And finally, Craps will be probably desperately crazy between death and life at last one.
    At least try to avoid injuries before PO, please.

  121. Chris:

    Thanks for the link. Milbury happened to be right on the money with everything he said but I’m a bit surprised because I thought he was a massive Crosby fanboy.

  122. Haha, well, I think it’s sweet and I’m sure you kids will have a great time. And I’ll call the Maid of the Mist and see what their pants policy is.

  123. czechthemout!!!! on

    In no particular odds:





    Bubba Beck








    Don Maloney

  124. did you guys see this:


    NEW YORK (April 3, 2012) — Edmonton Oilers head coach Tom Renney has
    been fined $10,000 for comments made following NHL Game #1188 at Los
    Angeles on Monday, April 2, the National Hockey League announced today.
    Fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

  125. He played what, LW? Don’t tell me they play hockey in that soccerpansy land of yours. Bet you most of the players there are retired former members of Ecuadorian over 55 summer league.

  126. czechthemout!!!! on

    By the way, Ron Greschner was a warrior for this team having spent his entire career here. I believe that up until Leetch finished playing, he held most if not all of the team scoring records for defensemen. I had read that before Kevin Lowe was aquired, his number was supposed to have been retired but was delayed and since forgotten. I think he should be given his due and have his number retired.

  127. What did he say, Carp? “It’s all bullcarcillo, to be quite honest with you”?

  128. This must have been the money quote after the game against the Kings:

    RENNEY: “They’re good at home. As with the game in Edmonton, they’re a desperate team and they’re certainly going to stick with their game plan, and hope you’re your opponent — us, in this case — makes the odd mistake to give them a chance, and that’s what we did. It’s tough sledding out there and we killed a couple too many penalties.”

    Q. You had trouble drawing penalties … [audio garbled]

    RENNEY: “I’m not sure [why]. Maybe [they] need Hollywood in the playoffs. I’m not sure.”

  129. Johnny LaRue on

    Renney can’t pay the fine so he’s been ordered to become Mr. Snider’s butler.

  130. Carp-didn’t Greschner’s jersey retirement get put off because of the ’91 Gulf War? I heard something to that effect. Was that true?

  131. I could certainly be wrong. Didn’t someone make a big deal when the number was assigned to Lowe in Nov ’92? I wasn’t sure if you any of you guys had any insight…

  132. Thanks Carp. I only saw the very end of Greschner’s career. I became a fan during the 1989-90 season and remember Gresch more for his MSG Network work than his play.

  133. I got to admire him more at the end of his career, when they moved him to center out of need and he played really well there, and even developed an edge to his game. he was a pretty good fighter as he got older.

  134. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    my top 10 were not in any specific order either…FWIW

  135. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    For all of you “regulars/BONEHEADS” that are seemingly confused due to the incessant ramblings and uninformed complaints from the thoroughly misguided and jaded newbear, my gender has not been altered by any drastic surgery or anything else and I apologize for the confusion.

  136. Are you sure, Wicky? I was worried for a sec….You’re surrounded by 3( soon to be 4) females, I wouldn’t be surprised is it crossed your mind :-))))

  137. Yeah, Julie is a guy too, bet you…Why is she/he in the kitchen all the time then?

  138. gotta cover a show tonight
    so i’ll have to watch replay

    trying to stay positive
    (and you know how that can be for me!!)


  139. Haha! I love it!

    Okay, gotta go, probably wont be around for the game but who knows. So LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  140. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    you know, you could be right!!! ;)

  141. Anyone know what channel the game is on. I have Time Warner cable in manhattan. regular MSG is channel 727. Thanks so much in advance.

  142. I think I got it. Looks like it’s on channel 197 but won’t know for sure till game time or possibly pre game time ie 6:30.

  143. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on


    evenin’ ‘HEADS!!!!!!!! LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!! no kaletafooting around tonight, get these 2 damned points!!!!!!!

  144. You know, the more I see of the confusion among so many of the Bonesters about the gender of these names we see posted, and that seem to have no particular
    intent to differentiate between male and female, then why not simply have all the fems apply an ette to their chosen IDs, and who really cares about the gender?

    Now that wouldn’t work too well with some of the lassies that have obvious intention of indicated gender,
    ( Blogmomma for example………) but let’s say that Rolypoly was a chosen ID……..( although I cannot imagine a female who would take THAT one), but let’s say the name was ah, Wicky for example..Wickyette?

    Oh, I gotta stop….I’m getting so silly here that I’m making myself laugh and tbw thinks I’ve finally reached the old dudes home possibility.)

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