Senators at Rangers Game 1 tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One
Thursday, Apr. 12, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Rangers (Regular Season): 51-24-7 (109 pts), 1st in Eastern Conference
Senators (Regular Season): 41-31-10 (92 pts), 8th in Eastern Conference

The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in Game One of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. On Saturday, the Blueshirts were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 4-1, in their regular season finale. New York finished with a 7-4-0 mark in the final 11 contests. The Rangers enter the contest with a 198-216-8 record all-time in 422 playoff contests (110-83-2 at home; 88-133-6 on the road). New York has posted a 41-47-5 record all-time in Game Ones of playoff series.

New York enters the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference having posted a record of 51-24-7 overall (27-12-2 at home; 24-12-5 on the road) for 109 points. The Rangers’ 51 wins ranked second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time. The Blueshirts finished second in the NHL overall, tied for first in wins and led the league with 47 wins in regulation and overtime. New York is one of four Eastern Conference teams to have posted 40 or more wins in at least six seasons since 2005-06, and one of four teams in the East to have advanced to the playoffs in six of the last seven years.


  • Overall — 198-216-8
  • Home — 110-83-2
  • Away — 88-133-6
  • Goals for — 1,175
  • Goals against — 1,172

The Rangers and current Senators franchise are meeting in the playoffs for the first time. The Blueshirts had previously met the original Ottawa Senators franchise in the 1930 playoffs. New York won that two-game, total goals Quarterfinal matchup, 6-3 (Mar. 20, 1930 at OTT, 1-1; Mar. 22, 1930 vs. OTT, 5-2).


  • All-Time (Regular Season)33-35-3-3 overall (14-21-0-2 at home; 19-14-3-1 on the road)
  • 2011-12: New York was 1-2-1 overall (0-1-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Two of the four meetings were decided by one goal, including one that required the shootout. Marian Gaborik led the Rangers in scoring with three goals and five points in four games, while Derek Stepan tallied a team-high, three assists to go along with a one goal. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-1-1 with a 2.92 GAA and .905 Sv%, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 3.08 GAA and .857 Sv%.
  • Three Rangers have previous playoff experience against the Senators: Brad Richards (5 GP, 3-5-8), Ruslan Fedotenko (12 GP, 1-0-1) and Mike Rupp (8 GP)
  • The Rangers are 8-5-2 in the last 15 regular season games against the Senators
  • The Blueshirts have won six of their last seven games in Ottawa, out-scoring the Senators, 20-12, in those contests
  • Martin Biron’s start in the Rangers’ final meeting with the Senators on Mar. 8 ended Henrik Lundqvist’s streak of 26 consecutive appearances against Ottawa, dating back to Dec. 26, 2005
  • New York lists no former Senators on their roster
  • Ottawa lists two former Rangers on their roster: Alex Auld (2009-10); Matt Gilroy (2009-10 – 2010-11)


  • Henrik Lundqvist — 26 GP, 11-12-2, 2.05 GAA, 1 SO
  • Martin Biron — 31 GP, 14-10-2-2, 2.80 GAA, 2 SO
  • Brad Richards — 35 GP, 13-13-26
  • Marian Gaborik — 16 GP, 8-10-18
  • Derek Stepan — 8 GP, 3-4-7


  • The last playoff series the Rangers began at home was their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup against Montreal in 1996
  • The Rangers have won their last five playoff series in which they held home-ice advantage
  • The Blueshirts have won seven of their last 10 first round playoff series
  • New York’s last playoff game in Canada was on Apr. 28, 1996, a 5-3 victory at Montreal in Game Six of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series
  • The Rangers have lost Game One in each of their last three playoff series in which they held home-ice advantage, all in overtime — 1994 ECF vs. NJD, 1994 SCF vs. VAN, and 1996 ECQ vs. MTL. The Blueshirts went on to win each series.

The Blueshirts posted a record of 25-2-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and 34-13-3 when not allowing a power play goal this season.

  • Power Play:  The Rangers’ power play tallied eight goals in the last six games of the regular season (8-27, 29.6% over the span), and 13-56 (23.2%) in the last 15 games. New York ranked 23rd overall (44-280, 15.7%) and 22nd at home (23-146, 15.8%). The Rangers were 4-18 (13:15) in five-on-three situations (last – 4/5 at PIT), and 2-9 (12:08) when four-on-three (last – 3/11 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore); 12/17 at PHX (Korpikoski); 4/5 at PIT (Letang).
  • Penalty Killing:  New York’s penalty kill was 52-60 (86.7%) in the final 20 games, and tied for seventh in the NHL with eight shorthanded goals. New York ranked fifth overall (224-260, 86.2%) and ninth at home (100-118, 84.8%). The Rangers were 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: The Rangers were plus-seven in 84 four-on-four situations (151:10), 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).

The Blueshirts’ 51 wins this season ranked second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time. The Rangers also tied the franchise record for most road wins in a season with 24 victories away from MSG. 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 tied as the second fewest games to reach 40 wins in team history.

New York ascended to the top position in the Eastern Conference following games played on Dec. 26 (game #34), and held that position for two days before claiming the top spot for good following games played on Dec. 30 (game #36). The Blueshirts clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 5-3 win on Apr. 3 at Philadelphia. It is the first time since 1993-94 the Rangers finished atop the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings.

Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik ranked third and fourth in the NHL, respectively, in scoring from March 1 through the end of the regular season. Richards registered 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 21 games, while Marian Gaborik recorded 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) over the span.

The Rangers ranked among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories this season…

  • T-2nd in points (109)
  • T-2nd in win% (.665)
  • T-1st in wins (51)
  • 1st in regulation/overtime wins (47)
  • 3rd in fewest regulation losses (24)
  • 3rd in fewest goals against (182)
  • 3rd in GAA (2.22)
  • 1st in hits (2,419)
  • 4th in blocked shots (1,338)
  • 4th in +/- rating (plus-34)
  • 6th in goal differential (plus-39)


  • 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
  • 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 was 21-3-3 when leading after the first period and 30-0-3 when leading after the second this season
  • The Rangers ranked fifth in the league with a .208 win% when trailing after two periods (5-18-1), and tied for 11th in the NHL with five third period comeback wins
  • New York led the NHL with a .682 win% when out-shooting their opponent (30-13-1)
  • The Rangers ranked third in the league when scoring first, posting a 35-5-3 mark (.814 win%) in those contests
  • Henrik Lundqvist’s 39 wins marked a career-high, and rank second on the Rangers’ single season wins list
  • Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards tied the franchise record for most game-winning goals in a season with nine apiece (Don Maloney – 1980-81; Mark Messier – 1996-97; Jaromir Jagr – 2005-06)


  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 58
  • Steve Eminger (injured, 3/15) — 12
  • Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 8
    Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237


  • Apr. 10 — Agreed to terms with forward Chris Kreider to an entry level deal



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  1. David Dubinksy on

    Long time reader first time poster and big DUBI fan! Let’s go rangers sweep Sens in three!! These best of 5 series make me nervous! (no Eric)

  2. Does anyone know what AM channel they will broadcast the game on? I’ll be driving home from Jersey.

  3. The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in Game One of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup.

  4. Thanks Messiah!
    Yeah, Banj, sorry about that. My critical reading skills aren’t so great this early in the morning.

  5. Loved the Flyers comeback even though that play was soooo offsides. Linesmen had a tough night throughout. Full buy in for the Rangers. Dubi heading for the Con Smythe unless he grows that awful moustache that he had last yr. GO RANGERS

  6. Who cares if that was off side, Pens always get the calls, any word if they were whining aboot it after the game? lol

  7. Long-time-reader, first-time-poster …

    Rangers will lose game 1 by a score of 9-0, GWG: Anderson

  8. This is going to be a long 10 hours. First hosted playoff series since I was in high school. Weird.

  9. Watching the Penguins blow the dreaded three-goal lead was quite comical. Meszaros got re-injured and became the first casualty of the series? There were some great games last night and I am looking forward to another great one tonight. Preferably the one where the Rangers beat the Senators.

  10. Keep dreaming,

    This bush-league “team” couldn’t even beat a fourth-division Nicaraguan women’s U-20 squad, much less the Senators.

  11. I got in trouble with my mom last night for staying up past my bedtime so I’m grounded from the family computer. No posting from me tonight.

    I’m hiding in the locker room during phys Ed right now with a friends’ phone and just wanted you all to know so you wouldn’t worry about me.

  12. nyrmessier011 on

    Unseasonably cold morning here in charlotte. It’s a sign… Playoff biscuit has arrived

  13. HockeymanRangers on

    Good Morning Boneheads,
    I so do not want to be at work TODAY. Sitting here waiting for this game to start is going to take for EV RRRRR. I might just have to find something to do today just to keep my mind on somethng other than this GAME. OH Boy. I also wrote a letter to my wife last night letting her know that I am leaving for the next couple of months but promise to return in June. Let’s see how that goes LOL. OK boys, show no MERCY _alls to the walls non stop. Listen to Tort’s he has been here before. I’ll give the Sen’s one game Rangers in 5. just enough for a little break before well NOUGH SAID.

  14. I love how they purposely leave out Ottawa’s head to head stats against the Rangers over the last 10 years.

    Ok so fellow Rangers fans, I’m torn. Who do we want to win the Pens/Flyers series?

    Growing up in the 90’s I learned to hate the Flyers and Devils (and the Isles a bit too, although we destroyed them in 94). I didn’t necessarily hate the Pens, I just knew that Jagr and crew were always going to get the best of Richter. But for the most part I liked their team and their players.

    Then came the playoff series a few years back when we lost to the Pens. Between Crosby’s diving and Malkin’s slew footing, I started to hate them immensely. And while I still want to hate the Flyers, I actually kind of like some of their players (Simmons since I loved him on the Kings, Schenn, Bryz, Giroux, and Hartnell just because of his recent hilarious antics).

    So should I pull for the Flyers since I don’t hate them like I used to (and the Rangers have had success against them) or do I pull for the Pens since I grew up hating the Flyers?

  15. Jonny – I think we want the Phlyers because the Penguins are a powerhouse and them losing would be hilarious! Then the Phlyers would play the Bruins and that series would be another brutally physical series. I think the Phlyers make our path to the cup easier (of course we have to beat Ottawa first). I cursed myself for cheering on the Phlyers last night during their comeback. For me, it’s like this:

    I hate the Penguins more in theory and the Phlyers more in practice. Losing to the Phlyers would hurt more because of not only the hate I harbor for the individual players, coaches and their fans but also because they aren’t *supposed* to beat us. The Penguins I hate, uniform, ownership and players (not coach) but at least they are *the best* so losing to them isn’t such a dagger.

  16. Just like to point out that Briere’s offside non-call by Bettman’s minions was just a clever ruse, a red herring if you will, to throw us off the trail. The conspiracy lives, trust me.

  17. The conspiracy lives because of the Jagr interference on Sidney Crosby call in the 2nd. To me, that call was absurd. Both players were tangled up and Crosby initiated the contact. And interference? If you want to call Jagr for a hold just do it. Interference makes it sound like it’s a penalty against the NHL in that scenario. 2 Minutes for interfering with the NHL’s golden boy. (Golden Boy *IS* a Seinfeld Reference)

  18. Rangers would get SWEPT by Montreal in a 7 -game series … AND would somehow allow Gomez to score a hat trick in every game.

  19. I am glad you haven’t switched to soccer given the impending and unavoid-able loss coming up by the Rangers.

  20. Is-that-all-you-got, Miami? It’s playoffs! BUSH-LEAGUE-AT-IT’S-WORST on your part!

  21. HockeymanRangers on

    I’m Ok with hoping the Flyers win this series. MY theory is I dislike the Penguin players more than I dislike the Flyer players. And this just has come to be in the last year or so. I really really dislike the Flyers fans most arragant sports fans in any sport. Believe me I have sat in amongst flyers fans and COME ON MAN enough is enough. I vow to never do that again. And the Pens players I have grown to dislike more and more being the NHL babies that they are. I am so glad Tort’s spoke out, we should all send him a couple of dollars for him to do again LOL. Any way so I found myself cheering Flyers last night and this is my theory to make it all good.

  22. Haha! For my car’s back fender actually. It hasn’t had one since last summer. I’ve been meaning to paint “MAKIN’ ‘ER LOOK MEAN” on the bumper but haven’t gotten around to it.

  23. Me too, ilb. We got one of those gems last night. How much fun is playoff hockey without the shootout! REAL HOCKEY!

  24. ilb, agreed. I can’t bring myself to root for injuries, but I’m definitely rooting for 7 game series and a few triple-OTs.

  25. Just for old times sake: Man Dusty Brown is really, really great. Perfect fit for our team.

  26. Joekuh - 16 More... on

    Gotta love the Penguins choking away Game 1….now to only have the Flyers choke away a game at home as well…

  27. Negative Nancy on

    Is it true Senators are 11-1-2 in last 13 at Garden?

    Is it true Anderson is 6-0 at MSG during that run?

  28. ilb2001

    As a Rangers fan, you should be rooting for the Flyers to win first. A Flyers sweep is better for us than the Penguins winning in 7.

    The Penguins are the only team in the NHL I don’t think we have a legitimate chance of beating in a 7 game series…

  29. “This bush-league “team” couldn’t even beat a fourth-division Nicaraguan women’s U-20 squad, much less the Senators.”

    You know Pimp, I take exception to this. I have a close friend whose daughter plays women’s youth hockey at a fairly high level, and the Nicaraguan U-20 squads are all universally considered nearly impossible to beat. Apparently things get pretty physical and violent pretty fast.

  30. On Boomer and Carton this Morning, they said Sens 11-1-1 in last 13 at MSG and anderson has a 1.16 GAA… GULP….

    Still think we will kick their asses tonight!

    I will be in Section 228, Row A serving SOUP FOR ALL!


  31. BANJ, I don’t know about your computer/iphone capabilities, but my entire site is in 4D.

    BTW, I’m still waiting on your entry.

  32. Lev, yes, we do quick their rears. Remember how good of a record the Isles had against the Rangers in the 4 year period prior to their ’94 first round series. Don’t get so involved with the numbers

  33. I’m sorry, Hank was only on the cover of SI along the East Coast? Bubba was everywhere else? Yeah, that’s hockey’s clout in this country right there. Still the best niche sport.


  34. Pair of game 5 sat april 21 tix a row in front of me for $150 a tix. $ 300 for pair. My buddy trying to get rid of his pair. Section 330
    Email me if interested. Stubhub has close to $200 a tix I believe

  35. I also remember the Rangers had won like once or twice in 12 years in Montreal when they fell behind 2-0 at home in rhe ’96 series, then went up there and won Games 3, 4 and 6.

  36. Yeah baby! !!!!!!!! Are u guys ready to rumble?! Tonight, we move one step closer to our destiny!!!! Clear eyes, full hearts, cant lose!!!!!!!!

  37. Welcome all to ‘HOCKEY IN SHORTS’ season. Some quick thoughts:
    – Kreider IS going to play. He’ll play either because 1) we are going down the Sens or 2) someone up front gets hurt or 3) Cally’s wife gives birth on a game day in May. The first is less likely – the second is inevitable – the turd, well, let’s hope everyone is healthy

    – The Kings, who were DOMINANT last might, are my dark horse to get out of the West. I know it’s only the first game but the game wasn’t that close. Quick is, and will continue to be, brilliant. Dustin Brown is a Cally clone. And who woulda thunk Scuderi could play D-stopper (for st least one night). As long as Carter is sober on game days they have as legitimate shot as anyone of getting to the Finals.

    – The Philth should just start each game at the me Igloo with a 2 goal deficit just to get it out of the way. Schenn = MONSTER. Jagr’s butt is in fine post-season form

    – Dubeliveau . . . . . I’ll give you 500-1 on Dubi bring Conn Smyth. He’s having Twitter withdrawal

  38. All I want to see now, what are the Rangers *really*made off. It is truly, totally new season starts now, with a different games content. In previous, exceeding wildest expectations, they were tremendously tremendous and stars alignment (on the ice and the sky) helped, of course, a little… Honestly, I don’t give a flying puck about all predictions (meaningless in PO, as we experienced in the past), all I know: it will be “Triumph of the Will” mostly. My only real concern today is for “rope’n soap” Eric and his survival conditions after the first game. He is too valuable for this blog, young father and just a great guy. LGR!

  39. Sioux-per-man on

    Well said Manny, on Pitt vs Philly winning. I think we all want Philly to win this series. Who cares about the whiners, how ever they seem to have our number lately.

    Game Day tonight!!! So excited for this game to start. I just feel the RANGERS are going to steam role the Senators. I’m sure they might win one or two games, but NOT tonight.

    Now back to work for me.

  40. Hey, you all hear that Cally’s gonna be a daddy! And today is Gravey’s 2th birthday! All happy signs!!!!

  41. Tiki, I almost fell off the couch when Phil Schoen compared Cristiano’s first goal to an R.A Dickey knuckleball!

  42. So who does Kreider replace next year? Dubi or Anisimov?

    Rangers really could have used some extra depth at forward for the playoffs. What was Prospal thinking signing that extensions with Columbus? Carp, you should ask him tomorrow when you go golfing. -Though, last time he left a Torts team was 2004…He was in Anaheim when TB won.

    It sure was strange rooting for that Flyers comeback. No Pronger, and they are still pretty good. I think we see the reason Briere was signed in the first minute of UFA, while Blomez and Dreary were waiting for the buck truck to arrive. Midget is a macheen. I love that LeTang assisted on the winner.

    Holmgren is a gambling mad man but those moves look real good. It looks like the Richards and Carter trades were pretty damn good moves. Schenn and Simmonds and a 2nd rounder, Vorachek and a 1st (Couterier) and third. Noice. And Jagr… Gotta love the fat bast@rd. He certainly isn’t what he was but he is still effective.

    My Mom said I can’t blog during games so don’t worry about me either.

  43. So, lemme get this straight. Capital Eric is the same as lower case eric?!?!

    Id like to share the only wisdom I know with all of you. When things get down, never give up. If u have enough faith in something and you believe something enough, you can will things to happen. Always believe, Never give up, Never Surrender!!!!!

  44. Whoah. That’s an odd reference. I am literally listening to RA Dickey on NPR’s Fresh Air being interviewed about his autobiography.

  45. 7 hours til Go Time??? Bahhhhhhh. Could this day be going any slooowwweerrrr????

    Maybe I’ll drink a lot of coffee…

  46. kreider replaces mitchell next year. not DUbi or AA.. another large skilled player. you can never have enough.

    Kreider will sit and watch unless the Rangers have an injury or play poorly. If he plays he will start on 3rd or 4th line…

    Rangers forecheck well and skate they will win the game and the series………..

    It is a marathon all……………

  47. BANJ, I didnt hear it but that is funny haha! I listen to the games on mute because I cant tolerate their commentary.

  48. If only Fedotenko could roll back the clock to ’04 and put up 12 more playoff goals. Heck it’d be great to get ’09 Ruslan who scored 7 playoff goals #gameday-daydreaming

  49. The whole Greg L thing isn’t working for me.

    Speaking of things that aren’t working for me, my playoff beard has never brought us any success. I’m officially starting a Latona playoff clean shave!

  50. Id take a dead man’s corpse over Joe Micheletti any day. I usually watch NYR games on mute too!

  51. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    I still think Kreider will replace Mitchell at some point in this series. Otherwise, why isn’t he playing for Whale right now?

    Anyways, getting nervous about tonight. Think I’ll go throw up

  52. So if Eminger is ready, does he wait for a chance or step right in for Stralman or Bickel? I know which I’d pick …

  53. Kreider isn’t with the Whale because our only “injury-insurance” forward is John Scott.

  54. Hipbone

    It all depends on what they do during the offseason. I would expect the Rangers to sign a top line guy such as Parise, Selanne, Whitney, Doan, Hudler or at the very least a 2nd/3rd line player like Penner, Stoll, Samuelsson, Holmstrom, Chris Kelly, Ryan Smyth etc.

    I would guess the Rangers have the same defense, but adding Justin Schultz to replace the outgoing Eminger and Woywitka. The forwards will look similar to this:


  55. Damn Straight baby!!! Tonight’s the night the world begins again!!!!!!!!!! WE WANT THE CUP! WE WANT THE CUP!! MSG better be loud tonight, they better be deafening!!!!! This is our year, its Henriks year to make his legacy!!!!

  56. If we lose this series the rangers can take there 109 pts and shove it up there u know what. It Would be a freaking disaster.

  57. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    Hey Sally. What would you like to spew into again? Not much sleep last night. Neurons aren’t really firing today, lol.

  58. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    Is it bad that although I would still be pissed about the Rangers losing in first round, as long as the a penguins don’t win it all I will feel ok?

  59. No, Jobi, not good enough and not consoling. Let’s not talk about it now, OK?
    Defeatism?…Not here!!!!!

  60. Eric

    I agree. Losing a series to Ottawa, Washington or New Jersey is unacceptable. However, if all the top seeds win and we lose to Pitt in the next round, then we can’t complain…

  61. THat is the funniest video Ive ever seen, Latona. The way people are looking at him, because he’s got the camera crew and they probably dont know who he is. And when he sticks his nose to smell the tree. LMAO!!

  62. My personal preparedness to share: with a help of my little friend – French bird Grey Goose, I try to suppress adrenalin rush. Also it helps (after 2 periods) to miss TV screen throwing things toward, when something goes wrong in a game.

  63. To my good friend Ufie…I accept the 500-1 on Dubi winning the Con Smythe. Seems like good value to me at there are only 300 or so players in the playoffs. And I am concerned about your MAN CRUSH on Kreider. I hope he is the real deal and can make the team next year. Otherwise a yr in Hartford with Kenny G might be helpful. If he is dressed for us it means we are in big trouble.

  64. Yev the linesman only blew the call by a a foot and a half. nhl officiating stinks like all the sports.

    shocking Pens loss. You need to win 4 to win a series, no downers if they lose tonight. this team has been resilient all season…….

    i do think Kreider will play in this series for Mitchell at some point also.

    if kreider had some experience and Zucc was not hurt they could roll 11 or so fairly decent forwrds who all could skate. Rupp cannot skate so he does not count……

  65. When I saw the replay of that Briere goal I was shocked, it wasn’t even a close call. In games like this, with so much on the line, that kind of non call is UNACCEPTABLE!

  66. Why don’t they play these two songs for the playoffs Carp?
    “RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM” by Maxine Nightingale and “A LITTLE BIT SOUTH OF SASKATOON” by Sonny James. Both epic hockey playoff songs than that lame R-A-N-G-E-R-S song. Somebody’s nephew must have written that awful song.

  67. I never said anything about Tortorella being phony with that poor kid. in fact, it was the sequences with Tortorella and that kid in 24/7 that made me like him more.

  68. Only fining Weber is a ——– disgrace. This is a joke. Shanny, man up. You don’t need the money the NHL pays you. But you’re reputation and integrity are taking a huge hit (for which only you will be fined).

  69. You know what’s funny? It’s that time in the Jewish religion between Pesach and Shavuos known as Sefiras Ha’Omer. During that time the Jewish Men are restricted from trimming their beards. Maybe Judaism is just like hockey and this is the “playoffs” religiously for Jews? Maybe Hockey preceded religion, at least Monotheism?

  70. No surprise there; $2,500 for throwing a Bertuzzi-esque punch(which is apparently acceptable since he didn’t connect) and then Weber continues on with a face smashing move that I’m pretty sure I last saw Patrick Swayze execute in Road House. What a joke.

  71. Road House?

    “I used to [Byfuglien] guys like you in prison” and other amazing lines like, “When a man puts a gun to your head you have two options (1) Die; and (2) Kill him.” (followed by Swayze tearing out the guys throat in knee deep water using a three-finger claw method)


  72. The way you presented Sefiras Ha’Omer to us, Manny, makes me think you had a past life as an amusement park PA announcer. Or a present one.

  73. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    I don’t think its ever to early for this !!!!! LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. Colin Campbell is a Penguin-crack-sniffing dirtball, Part 129

    No anger at the linesmen or sorrow for the Kings over Ryan Clowe’s move from the bench last
    week, but Pittsburgh suffers a blown call and the NHL can’t wait to bemoan it. Revolting.

  75. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    I think if Kreider plays it will be next week on the road less pressure on the road than at home for him.

  76. NHL recently passed a few new rules:

    1. No Touching Sidney Crosby;
    2. You *must* allow Crosby to get to the net unimpeded and if possible, allow him to score; and
    3. You are *not* allowed to score a goal for your own team if Crosby is on the ice.

  77. And the fourth rule, which is more of a “nudge” than a hard rule is:

    *All* announcers working an NHL game are required to note Sidney Crosby’s whereabouts for each and every goal scored even if the Penguins are not playing in that game, on that night or have been eliminated from Playoff Contention.*

    *this is an impossible scenario since the league plans to make a rule that the Penguins be allowed to be perennial cup contenders with the playoffs merely determining who faces the Penguins in the Final.

  78. Dubeliveau,
    My MAN CRUSH?!?!?
    I had no problem when you bought the Dubi caribeau-stenciled pajama outfit with the little red,white, and blue footsies , OR you sending money to Sarah Palin because you had a vision that Dubi told you to do it, OR, you growing a mosutache similar to the vomit-provoking one Dubi grew last sping, OR that your license plate is now DUBELIVEAU. . . . .

    What concerns me is that you still think Dubi can score even 30 goals a season and be something other than an average ‘jack of all trades but master of none’ NHLer who’s best contribution to the Rangers is that of solid ‘support’ player who will need to make way for a soon-to-be elite player . . . . . . . named Messiah, er, I mean KREIDER.

    BTW – Just like you did with Dubi in his rookie season, I am hoping to get Kreider to autograph my tank top before the season ends.


  79. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    Figures the first time I’ve ever heard the NHL be upset about a blown call happens to be a call against their poster boy Penguins team

  80. Manny

    your 4th rule makes no sense since league rules stipulate Crosby MUST win the Stanley Cup every season…

  81. What a bunch of crap! A blown call on the Pens and the league is upset. I guess it didn’t matter what happened to the Kings! This is laughable, what a joke! They keep proving our point!

  82. Those calls last night went both ways…

    In the linesman’s defense, on the Pens’ third goal (Sullivan) they blew that call also. They had initially motioned for icing and then only one of them waived it off and he was not as vocal/obvious about waiving it off as he should have been.

    Watch the TSN recap they show it too. Flyers D man was expecting offsides and let up after he touched it. I think the call I heard was that icing, no, good job by sullivan I guess, goal!

  83. Oleo – they are working on that rule which would make the last rule 4a rather than 4

  84. If the refs/NHL were really in favor of the Pens, don’t you think they’d be in the Cup final every fuggin season?

    I’m not a believer in that. I’m also not a believer in the whole Canadian bias either.

  85. I don’t believe in it either, ORR. But it sure is funny to talk about and it’s really fun to fuel the flames of discontent!

  86. I don’t believe in the Canadian bias either. Why the hell are they plopping teams in Phoenix and Florida, then?

  87. Refs are human, and it was a fair game called, everyone seems to agree on that. So why was the NHL upset?

  88. I don’t know if there are any unarmed, mounted police officers or moose farms in Phoenix, Manny.

  89. “Refs are human, and it was a fair game called, everyone seems to agree on that. So why was the NHL upset?”

    “Everyone” doesn’t include the NHL, and for good reason. Refs might be human, but you can’t make a mistake like that. They should be upset.

  90. “that” mistake happens all the time, the end result is what made the difference. That’s like calling an elbow to the head worse because a guy got a conclusion, but the one before didn’t….. Just silly, a blown offsides call happens EVERY GAME!

  91. Orr, The problem isn’t that the NHL is upset — they ought to be, as you say. The
    problem is that they are selective in whom they publicly pick to feel pain for. Where
    was the official statement on Clowe’s action that very well could have cost the Kings
    their playoff drive? That incompetence far outweights a blown offsides call, but not
    a peep from the league.

    That is what pisses people off —– Torts slags the Penguins,
    he gets fined. Linesman misses a call against the Penguins, he gets called out by the
    league by name and Campbell says the NHL is almost as upset as Pittsburgh? WTF
    is that?

  92. NHL Department of Assuring Players Leave Game In Concussion Fog For Life on

    Clowe; Weber: the farce that never ends;
    the wacky little kindergarten thinking that will not die…

  93. NHL Department of Assuring Players Leave Game In Concussion Fog For Life on

    An impartial observer might reasonably conclude that
    This Week’s Smart Guy from New York Fantasy Rules
    In the Real World included “no icing, no off-sides calls
    unless even I could actually see it as it was happening.”
    The whole came in Pennsylvania was called that way.

  94. NHL Department of Assuring Players Leave Game In Concussion Fog For Life on

    That might read better if I typed: the whole “game”…

  95. Give me some examples then, Johnny.

    “The problem is that they are selective in whom they publicly pick to feel pain for”

    Unless I’m mistaken, I think this is one of the only times they’ve publicly defended the Pens. As for the Sharks/Kings incident. It was a bad non-call, that goes without saying, but I don’t think it warrants a response from the league. If you do, then you have to publicly respond to every little thing that happens in every game.

  96. If they were trying to protect the Penguins then they wouldn’t be so obvious in their support. That’s how kidnapping works. No hostage, No Money. Those are the rules.

  97. If the NHL tried to protect the Pens, they wouldn’t have repeatedly suspended Matt Cooke…

  98. This team is an abomination … I’d rather watch the 3rd division Mexican women’s league than this group of no-talent clowns

  99. If the NHL tried to protect the Pens, they wouldn’t have *let them acquire* Matt Cooke…

  100. “It was a bad non-call, that goes without saying, but I don’t think it warrants a response from the league. If you do, then you have to publicly respond to every little thing that happens in every game.”

    Exactly. Which is why Campbell should have shut his pie hole in this case.

  101. Anybody hear that Micheletti picked the Sens to sweep the Rangers? According to my brother, he threw out the stats that Ottawa is 14-3 in their last 17 trips to MSG and Anderson is 6-0 career at MSG.

    Can’t wait to hear everyone here rip him apart even though he makes good points.

  102. Hartnell the Pens! Hartnell the NHL! Hartnell everything! It’s New York Rangers hockey night!!!!

    if anyone is going, or not going to game, Tony from AZ and I are meeting pre-game before he deserts me for MSG…e-mail me if interested… If not, LGR!!!

  103. Orr it’s because Campbell said “we”. Who else is he taling about if not the
    league, heres the quote: There’s no other way to explain it but a missed call,” Campbell told The Canadian Press in an interview. “We’re as upset as Pittsburgh almost. It’s a mistake.”

  104. The NHL should be *more* upset than the Pens. This is like people blaming Buckner when the Mets failed to turn a double play. Or the same situation with that poor guy (Steve Bartman) in Chicago. So Briere got a goal. The Pens gave up *3* others. Had they not given up *3* others they wouldn’t need to whine about the offsides. Way to focus on what was clearly *not* the problem with you losing.

  105. anyone else near the garden. sitting at starbucks doing paperwork for work. just want to go to my seat now

  106. I am only 6 blocks north, eric. Which means I am 7 blocks south of the gigantic Stanley Cup replica fountain.

  107. To be fair, Bylsma did say that call wasn’t the reason they lost the game. They blew a 3-0 lead. That’s why they lost.

  108. Following up to my point at 2:50P.M. This is what makes the Penguins whining babies. Whining about something that had minimal impact on your game rather than focusing on your *collapse* in game 1, on home ice to the Phlyers (who own you). Maybe they should be watching video of their Defensive system rather than video of the offsides?

  109. Did Micheletti really predict a sweep?

    That might be worse than Howie Rose’s “off-camera” comments!

  110. He had the good kind Pimp. (before everyone gets all over me- that’s a Curb Your Enthusiasm Referece re: Party of Five)

  111. eric….yeah!!! closer to 5…..manny, come play!!!

    Sally, e-mail. Everyone else, no e-mail. (I don’t know how to do bold :(

  112. The best is when Larry is waiting behind the woman at the ice cream shop and she wants to taste the vanilla flavor.

  113. The only shows I’ve watched regularly in the past decade:

    – 24
    – Curb
    – Entourage
    – Modern Family
    – Family Guy
    – House Hunters (yes, I admit it)

  114. My favorites are: (1) The episode where LArry asks his cleaning woman to buy a bra and then her husband comes after her and is name is HEY-Seuss (Jesus) and he chases larry with the cross and then steps on the nail; and (2) the entire episode where Larry hits the Orthodox Doctor’s car so he can meet him and then they go on the skiing trip and Cheryl cooks bacon in the dishes and Larry is like, “Of course we have to bury the dishes now! 7 Years!”

  115. heard michletti. didnt once say rangers would get swept. said all those things about record of sens and anderson but didnt once mention rangers get swept

  116. MANNY

    Those are CLASSIC.

    What about the one in which Larry picks up a hooker so he can use the carpool lane to get to the baseball game on time …

  117. No, I’m agreeing with you, Miami. It’s not boring; it’s just a great, peaceful, quiet show to doze off to. Calms me down from NYR failures quite often.

  118. One of my faves is the handicapped bathroom stall episode. And any episode with Wanda Sykes…..hartnell you Larry!

  119. Im so nervous, and had too much coffee, Ive got the backdoor trots! Destruction of another bathroom in a few minutes!

    Pimp!!! 24 was my favorite show ever!!! And Modern Family is the best comedy on TV now.

  120. Tiki……no more caffeine!!!!!!

    OK all, gotta run…..LGR!!!!

    eric, since we’ve never met, here’s how to find us….Tony wears a Kangol hat with Rangers on it. I’ve got short hair and glasses (sigh) with green frames (yes, I am that cool :) hope to see you there!!!!! Or, as I usually tell people, just yell out bonesheads or mama :)

  121. OMG – YES! The hooker to the Lakers game is unbelievable. I love how she just ends up tagging along forever.

  122. Curb is really great. Stealing the golf club (3 wood) from the casket because Larry thinks it’s his….oh man.

  123. Mrs. Eminger on

    It’s outrageous (to me) that Shea (Stadium) Weber only got fined $2500 for going all “George-The-Animal-Steele” on Zetterberg. Of course George would have ripped the padding off the turnbuckle first and eaten it, then gnawed on Zett’s ear a few times. Maybe next time Weber can smash him directly into the metal upright and actually TRY to kill him.

    I feel obligated to add that…”if it had been Crosby..” Well, you know.

    The good news is that now the baseline has been set for head smashing. I encourage every Flyer forward to smash Crosby’s melon against the glass in a similar fashion, pay the $2,500 and move on.

  124. Mama what u mean we never met. Seen you with ilb and didnt u take tix from me before. I know what u look like

  125. Ah…it’s 3:40. Time to start getting the game face on. Can’t wait to get there tonight and hear the introductions. The crowd better be LOUD!! It will be in Ottowa.

    On another note…..anyone think the ‘LordCrosby’ or the other guy from last night will be bold enough to show their faces for the next PHlyers game?

  126. Yeah, hopefully we don’t have another “can you hear us” moment with the fans. They shouldn’t have to be told to be loud for a god damn playoff game. Get into it! There’s no reason why the Coyotes fans should be louder than NYR fans.

  127. I don’t see our team folding like Pitt did with the lead. We have better leadership.

  128. Crosby can’t get his head smashed like Zetterberg…Crosby’s had like what, 35 concussions?…definitely would need to be suspended.

  129. Asshat at Grand Central sees my Rangers and shirt and says, while passing me, I hate the Rangers. I promptly, and very politely I might add, told him to hartnell off.

  130. Manny – Bylsma and Pittsburgh didn’t say they lost because of that call. The NHL pretty much did. Bylsma straight up said that when you have a 3-0 lead after the first and you blow it, you don’t deserve to win the game. And the offside non-call had nothing to do with why they lost.

    Orr – Yes, Joe Mich said it on NHL Live or one of those shows.

  131. My favorite curb episode was this years episode where larry has the Palestinian girlfriend! CLASSIC!!!!

  132. It’s obvious that the offsides noncall was horrible last night but it’s not as if Fleury stopped playing….Briere beat him fair and square. Also, like someone on tsn commented, i thought the Pens were part of the NHL, not the NHL part of the Pens…. There wouldnt be such an outcry if this happened to Nashville.

  133. Sat with two fans on train though……cool chat. Carp, he reads blog but doesn’t post. I encouraged…

  134. The key to this series is Henrik. Is he completely healed from from that shot last week?. He seemed totally out of it in the last game of the season. We won all year (maybe slightly over-achieving) with excellent goaltending and great defense. Doesn’t change in the playoffs, in fact, it becomes more important. Lots of pressure for these real young players. Need to be up to the task, mentally.

  135. I’m starting to feel really nervous about Stu Bickel playing in his first playoff game tonight…

  136. Stranger Nation on

    Bickel will be fine – worry about Hank cause if he don’t play his A game we are hartnelled.

  137. I wouldn’t worry about Bickel – not sure he will be on the ice enough to make that much of a negative impact on the game.

  138. iWicky "Rupp yours" on

    Afternoon ILB and all!!!




    My playoff dark horse is flicka!

  139. Is everybody ready? I am. Nice butterflies ever since I left work. Can’t wait to see what they look like when it really counts.

  140. The key to this series is Anderson. If he plays well like he has in previous games against the Rangers, it’s going to be ugly for our guys. If he is just his usual self, it’ll be fine.

  141. CraigWeather on

    Chris Neil needs to be put over the boards by an Anton stralman hip check. All in favor, say “I” !

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