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  1. Higgins was yet again invisible last night. Is he even on the team anymore ?

    Carp, Love the interviews and this is truly the second season. We fans always remember the guys who play well when it really counts and the dogs who don’t.

    Just wanted to let you guys know we will be doing shows every off day the Rangers have in the playoffs. We have booked guests and are having giveaways during these shows.

    Every off night at 9 PM EST

    More importantly we want to hear your take on whats going on.

    We broadcast live have a chat room and take your phone calls.

    Hope to see ya there



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

    odd question here, but I keep hearing about sullivan getting a head coaching job somewhere (I should say reading articles that say he is a candidate), who do you guys think would replace him?

  3. Bickell 6 minutes and change last night, interesting.

    staal looked real good yesterday. take it 1 game at a time.. win tommorow and the Sens are in deep doodoo.

    kreider around the guys cannot hurt.. kreider and Zucc wil play this playoff season that is my prediction.

  4. still curious to know how many minutes Bickel played after that cross-checking penalty

  5. wyshynski Trick question. RT @BlueJacketsNHL What was YOUR favorite #CBJ save of the season?


  6. Carp,
    In regards to point #10 in the last post around momentum. Here’s a quote from Tortorella last year:

    ‘The biggest key to Game 3, according to Tortorella, is “momentum.” “We can’t lose the series today or win the series today,” Tortorella said. “But we can grab some momentum, and that’s the most important thing in a series.” ‘

    We seem to have this discussion every year and you seem to enjoy stirring the pot with the pronouncement that there is no such thing as momentum. I get your point, as well as agree to a certain point – yes, these are professionals, they will wake up tomorrow brush off the win/loss and show up to compete in the next game.

    However, the quote from Tortorella above suggests to me that he believes that there is such a thing as ‘momentum’ in a series. I seem to recall him using the ‘m’ word on other occasions as well.

    Personally, I believe in momentum and I think the coach does too….

  7. still feeling effects today have being at garden last night and then coming home and watching more hockey to 130 am. how the hell am i going to make it through kings/vancouver. may just dvr game watch early morn tom not knowing score

  8. jpg, you think I was born yesterday???? You wanna try to help again, and maybe get it right this time :)

  9. Carp
    you might want to have a talk with your colleague
    Andrew Gross
    he used the word “momentum”
    in his tweet on today’s Rangers practice.

  10. of course I already know about the fall shows!!!!! and I have to work Friday!!! Ack!!!

  11. Rhode Island Ranger on

    JJP and jpg:

    Torts and Gross are guilty of Thought Crime.

    If they’ll stop paying attention to hockey and read this blog as holy writ, they’ll soon understand that…

    Doubt Is Confidence
    Losing Is Winning
    Hate Is Love
    War Is Peace

  12. The Other Tony In AZ on

    What a game! It made it worth flying in for!! What made it even better was meeting Tony from Az and his lovely wife,Billy Bleeds Blue and his Pops,Blogmama and of course,The Incomparable Carp-it was a pleasure. Having Prust walk up to the taxi stand in front of the Garden and chat while posing for pictures was the perfect ending-What a gentleman!!! LGR!!!

  13. I must report, I lost in my first game of chess with ilb!! He whooped me!

    But he says “no hard feelings?” as if Im gonna be upset that I got shellacked by a dr. that knows 321 different languages!! LMAO!

  14. Other Tony…I know! How amazing was that!!! I keep reliving that moment!!! I want those pics!!!!! Great meeting you and yours too!!!

  15. Are there seriously 2 Tonys from AZ that are here in NYC at the same time? ive been trying to figure this out for days LOL. :(

  16. Lev, yes indeed….what are the odds, right? But, to be clear, one is FROM AZ and the other is IN AZ. The one IN AZ always wears pants, too….

    one of the funniest bits of the night, Rose from AZ asking why we always refer to Tony as pantless…..”He always wears pants….” LOL!!!!

  17. well Mama
    at least i don’t have to worry about trying
    to get you friday tickets!

    my Bruce day finally arrives this tuesday!!!
    i’m sure the Cleveland Boys will be there.
    wonder if he’ll do something to honor Jane Scott

  18. ilb, once you get your decks, docks, piddles and poodles straight, you’ll be fluent :)

  19. i really don’t understand this “pants” thing
    i mean, except for weddings and funerals
    i cargo it the rest of the year.

  20. but jpg, you do!!!!! you do!!!!! And be prepared to be blown away!!!!!!!! This tour is kicking asshats and taking names!!!

  21. do you know if Tony FROM AZ is going to see Furthur tonight at the Beacon?
    i sent him an email. don’t know if he checks it much.

  22. I see we have lost momentum here this afternoon :) In a moment, I shall get some chow…(y)um…….later all!

  23. i’m done with it. tried to give you a heads-up from experience, that one game’s result means nothing in regards to what the result of the next game. think what you want. in every competitive series I can remember, the next game has stood on its own, without regard to who won the previous game. you can call that what you want or believe what you want.

    I am not offended by it, seriously. But watch how these series play out.

  24. and, whatever Torts said after an emotional win or loss, I know for sure that he believes the next game will not be won or lost based on what happened in the previous game. And that Messier and Gretzky believed that, too, as well as six-time champs like Kevin Lowe and Glenn Anderson.

    ok. now I’m done.

  25. Rhode Island Ranger on


    No hard feelings… even though you suckered me into agreeing with Torts on the importance of grabbing momentum in a series! You’re devious.


  26. awwww Carp
    i was just busting your cojones with the Gross said it deal

    i understand what you mean by the “momentum” idea

    its just a popular buzzword for
    “continuing to play well”
    “play better than last time in order to get a win”

  27. i think folks just need something to debate
    and there’s just not enough Boneheads
    around that can quote It’s Always Sunny episodes.

  28. that’s why winning ANY series is difficult
    if momentum was really such a definite thing
    based on a win
    then the Rangers would run through the sens
    and get four goals to start game 2
    blah blah blah
    but it’s a clean slate again
    the ol’ One Game at a Time

  29. a wicky….Carp, do you need a hug? :)

    And I’ll be honest, I just don’t get Sunny….I know Fozzy and her family loves it….it just doesn’t push my buttons….now Curb…..

  30. i just see Sunny as a more dark demented Seinfeld
    as far as characters that rarely get what they want
    because they do such terrible selfish things in their lives
    and at times you wonder how in the hell are these people
    even friends with each other but they are….like what happens in real life

  31. What if (and it’s a big ‘if’) next year they both make the big club and Tim sees Chris wearing his father’s number. That’s just not right!

  32. By the way, Larry David can kick Danny DeVito’s butt anytime he wants. Because Danny DeVito is so small.

  33. first off BANJ

    sorry i haven’t emailed back

    nah, Danny a small feisty guy. Larry would either run away or Danny would
    just cheat and throw sand in his eyes.

  34. wow, hadn’t even thought of that, re: the whole #20 thing…..I admit to stupidity here…and early Alzheimers cause I forget… do numbers get assigned anyway????

    OMG! I would love to see DeVito and David in a faceoff!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. did anyone notice this last night? i am pretty sure during the timeout, the PA system in the place looked like it was playing one of those clips to try and get the crowd going…maybe it was real loud and it looked to me Torts was pissed off , he was yelling his commands to the team, with the hand gestures and all, and at the end of it, he looked like he was angered at something above and he pointed up and cursed something out…thats how it looked to me at least, not a big deal at all, but i thought it was hilarious…i rewound about 5 times and laughed my ass off. “why the f**k is that thing on for” or something like that..hahaha

  36. Erixon was around at the beginning of the season
    so i would imagine that he had his chance of picking #20
    maybe he didn’t want that number. maybe he had #53 on other teams.

  37. LW, that link lost me at “A quick summary of the alternative metric:”……..perhaps e3 can explain….

  38. JimboWoodside on

    Evening, ‘Heads!

    Hey, Kenny Albert is doing the PBP in the Flys-Pens game – good for him!

  39. Listening to Chico Resch is extremely exhausting! Five minutes of watching the devils game I feel like someone beat me up with a stick!

    15 second in and Crosby makes it 1-0

  40. I want my dinner to arrive and then go to bed…..mama and 3 a.m. do not make for next good day…..Yet, Prust!!!!

  41. LMAO at Lips!!!

    LW, AD was the other day…’s all good. I’m a Seinfeld girl… fact, I wore my Golden Boy last night, and am afraid to wash……

  42. JimboWoodside on

    I won’t put the Devs game on – I’m not subjecting myself to that idiot Resch…

  43. Yeah!!!!Uh-Oh!?! on

    Depends how you define momentum. And, Rick C.,
    no. that won’t be your last on the topic. Any more than we’ve
    heard the last of your moanin’ about the Empire State’s salute
    to the brave skaters of South Philly. You’re a whiny, can’t-let-it-
    go ringmaster; hence the blog’s character.
    And if Mike V (who I generally like) is the best sportswriter in
    the area, then, oh, I dunno, Don Mattingly was the best player
    of his generation (it is to laugh – hwaaa-hwaaa-hwaaa!).
    And it’s good to know that if Kenny Albert wasn’t Marv’s son,
    he would have been every bit as successful as he is, if not moreso.
    Why, the commanding voice, the brilliantly complex on-air personality,
    his dazzling insights into the game as it unfolds – need I go on?
    And, yeah, I wanna say I was wrong about respecting the Sens –
    after the first SIXTY MINUTES! Like the Post guy who decided
    today, after one outing, that Kuroda has now proven he can handle
    1)the Stadium 2)the NY fans 3) the mythically fearsome AL lineups.
    One game. In April. Yeah.
    I didn’t notice any negatives from Staal last night, when I was watchin’.
    Compared to the regular season, I would agree that means he’s doin’
    just fine.

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

    do the nucks play tonight?

    So they are tweeting updates from the whale game and I have no idea who half the players are that they are tweeting about!!!

  45. JimboWoodside on

    Universe lets in another, and Lavi is f-bombing the hell out of his team……

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

    thanks lev!

    some guy named MOSES just scored a goal for the whale and it was on a great give and go from some guy named hrvlik???????

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

    so not trying to jinx anything, but it looks like we are playing the devs (perhaps the caps) in the next round!!

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

    and apparently christian thomas is a keeper…according to the tweets

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

    and vtank fires a bomb from the point for a goal…wonder what ever happened to him in the eyes of the organization

  50. JimboWoodside on

    Pierre is such a Pens-Ho! Looking to give them another goal on the Bryz save…..

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

    say what you want about bertuzzi, but good on him for this! (mind you that not for I’m rooting for him over future ranger weber, just considering all that happened with zetterberg getting weber’d and no wing response)

  52. JimboWoodside on

    What happened, Wicky? Did Bertuzzi lay a beatdown on Weber? I wasn’t watching that feed…

  53. JimboWoodside on

    I’ve gotta say, I don’t blame the Wings at all for going after Weber – if the league isn’t going to make the calls and take the necessary action after that shot that Weber gave to Zetterberg, then you’ve gotta go “frontier justice” all over his aasen…

  54. I just didn’t expect it from them, Jimbo; I figured they would just go up 2-0 like they did without the fisticuffs.. good for them, however.

  55. JimboWoodside on

    No, ORR – it didn’t really look like Bertuzzi got in many good shots, but it will be replayed on the Flys-Pens feed now..

  56. I just decided. I dont believe in momentum!! Why?

    Because mike milbury just said that the Bertuzzi-Weber fight was a momentum switch.

  57. JimboWoodside on

    Aha!! That’s it, Maaaaaaaaaaarty – make like you’re playing the NYR, and LOSE……

  58. Rinaldo is so useless it’s not even funny. im sure even Lloyd would agree that Rupp is about 50x more effective.

  59. im glad Doc isnt doing the playbyplay but to be honest i think Kenny Albert is having a disappointing game

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

    the crowd throughout the pens game has sounded awesome…wish msg would sound like that throughout!!

  61. JimboWoodside on

    Not enough “knifings”and “waffleboards” and “pinballs” in Kenny’s game for you, Lev!? ;-D

  62. I think that MSG (the channel) dampens the sound a little bit, but I agree wicky; that would be great! Too bad the prices are outrageous, huh? If us boneheads were in there, it’d be crazy!

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

    agree 100% and they would allow all of us boneheads in once…ONCE!!! LOL

    The mule scores!!

    how about skittered, my personal fave.

  64. Jimbo, i just dont feel as excited listening to him as i do when Doc calls it. and i hate Doc with a passion. Kenny isnt bad though.

  65. JimboWoodside on

    >>>how about skittered, my personal fave.

    Absolutely! And Skittles, too – they can be fatal!

  66. JimboWoodside on

    I hear you, Lev – well, then maybe for you, Doc’s type of hyperactive PBP is better – when I hear him, I’m excited too, but it’s mostly anger! ;-)

  67. I think the game has been knifed, scissored, sashayed, ballerinaed, refrigeratored, microwaved, dryered, elevatored, escalatored, and toothbrushed.

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

    vtank just boarded a guy with 4 minutes left in the tie game…maybe that is the answer to my earlier question

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

    JAM scores…avery trade fodder ties it up in the skill competition

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

    thomas hit post….MOSES misses whale lose

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

    thought all of you would appreciate this

    Mitchell R. Beck ? @HowlingsToday Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Character Award to Wade Redden

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

    CTWhale ? @CTWhale Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Character award is given to Wade Redden. Voted as captain by his peers, Wade has been a consummate professional.

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

    yep, last home game I think…are you kidding me 5 – 5

  74. JimboWoodside on

    Thanks, Wick – what a defensive struggle this one is – last SOG wins the game!!

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

    Lappy ? @dooda1414 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    got to love the french guys lol … keep going boys


  76. JimboWoodside on

    Where did the Flys find this Couturier!? Another great pick by them, the Bastages…

  77. Billy Jaffe said he has the Devils winning at least two rounds … which means the Rangers will be out in round 1 or round 2 according to him.

    … unless Washington beats Boston, I guess. dumb statement.

  78. Jimbo, he slipped to eighth in the draft because he had mononucleosis. another nickel for Orr.

    seriously, I’m doing a column on Coutourier’s roommate in college at McGill. Local kid.

  79. but by no means is Universe playing well. Flyers just have the Pens’s number. Rangers would still beat the Flyers right now. imo.

  80. JimboWoodside on

    Amazing stuff, Carp – Flys have made some really good picks and moves, I’ve gotta say..

    Who would have thought that MAF would be worse than Universe!?

  81. I wouldn’t put this series in the Win column for the Flys just yet.

    But geez, do the Penguins look disinterested in defending?

  82. Bettman just fired four refs and four linesmen.

    But at least the team of Mr. Snider, Comcast, NBC, The Winter Classic, HBO and the Empire State Building has two wins.

  83. JimboWoodside on

    I don’t think the Pens are done yet either – but if they don’t win that first game in Philly, they will be!

  84. Joekuh - 15 more... on

    as weird as it feela 2 say this……go penguins for games 3/4..this needs to be a longer series….

  85. hey all wasnt around to watch game with you. wife and son got into car accident. everyone is ok just shooken up but car is totally damaged. being on phone with insurance blows. just saw score have the game on dvr

  86. JimboWoodside on

    Jesus, Eric – glad that nobody got hurt – sorry about the car, but that can always be replaced – Thank God your family is OK…

  87. JimboWoodside on

    Joekuh, you are correct – I wanted this series to be a grinding blood-bath, with one team defeated and the other maimed and unable to compete in the next round. This isn’t going according to the plan!

  88. Crosby_Is_God on

    Oh please, Carpfish. I’m around win or lose.

    Hey, I love the sudden Philly fan club that’s sprouted up here. You can just hear the internal cries of “oh thank you Flyers now maybe we won’t have to face the Pens, who own our Rangers like prison boys dropping the soap.” Woo too, go Flyers huh? I don’t know about you, but I’d feel pretty dirty saying that…

  89. Wow – what an embarrassment!

    Flyers show great heart – typical of a young, talented team.. But I don’t think they would beat the Rangers – Lundqvist vs. Universe is big advantage for Rangers

  90. Crosby_Is_God on

    Hey I understand, Olga. I’d much rather have faced the Rangers than Philly. Oh well, you don’t always get the draw you want.

  91. I admit it, I don’t have confidence in this team. They’re playing like absolute garbage. I’m actually in tears right now. How about you, Crosby Is God?

  92. I don’t want to sound like a bandwagon fan though. It’s purely coincidental that I became a fan during the 06-07 season. I really do love Crosby and the boys. But, you can’t win when your best player is playing with Dupuis and Sullivan.

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

    who did the rangers take in the coutourier draft in the first round??

  94. I think nobody is rooting for Fluers, only for Rats to lose….

    But yeah – this series needs to get nastier and go longer..

    Would be nice if Washington can pull out a win in Boston tomorrow…. Would love to see Rangers-Craps, and Debbies-Flyers for the second playoff round…

  95. JimboWoodside on

    Carp, can you imagine if *Torts* said that about somebody, especially a Pens player or coach? Count Chocula would have him sent to the island where they exiled Napoleon!!

  96. boxcareddiehospodar on

    This flyer team reminds of the rangers when ted sater was the coach.


    I don’t know who is worse. Bryzgolof and the flyer defense or fleury and the pens defense.

  97. gotta give credit where credit is due, that’s a hilarious taunt, Carp. cant wait for the Nucks to lose though.

  98. JimboWoodside on

    Definitely nastier and longer, Per!

    Those would be 2 great series – I’d love to see those matchups!

  99. Joekuh - 15 more... on

    eric, that sucks to hear anout your wife. good that everyone’s ok though. cars can be replaced, lives cant.

  100. What in the name of Matteau has happened to the Byfuglien Pens’ team defense and goalie???

    Torts would’ve torched the locker room if these were his guys!!

    Holy Messier!

  101. Olga Folkyerself on

    Get lost. Go find a Penguins site. I hear they are giving each poster a box of tissues, a Valium and a picture of Crosby with his eyes crossed…

  102. eric, sorry to hear. Hope everybody’s fine … that’s what’s important. Must have been a scary, upsetting day for you and your family. Hang in there, buddy.

  103. M.A. Fleury – proclaimed to be the best goalie in the NHL by the Pens announcers, has given up 11 goals in 2 games.

    Why wait? Might as well give him the Vezina right now.

  104. Mary O'LePieux on

    My penguins will tank this series and next season, in order to stockpile more draft picks – why should the flyers and the fish sticks get all the good players?

  105. The third period was kind of a bummer, ORR. Two back to back periods of domination (by different teams in each), though, so not bad!

  106. Please guys pray for Tony. He had a stroke, his daughter will know more tomorrow. Oh my god. Please be okay Tony.

  107. iWicky "Rupp yours" on

    What the fugg?? Tony??
    Best wishes to him and his family!!!

    Get better tony!!!

  108. aw, i feel terrible!
    wishing him the absolute best!!!

    (btw, nothing against Tony in AZ but i’ve been emailing Tony from AZ so…)

  109. Olga Folkyerself on

    Too busy showing commercials to show the goal.
    Vancouver ties it up off camera.

  110. JimboWoodside on

    What!? The Tony who came to NYC for the playoffs!? My God – prayers to you and your family, Tony.

  111. And people here didn’t want to go after Dusty…

    Kid does everything. Very good all around player.

  112. Backes came out of the sick 2003 draft. The first round was full of awesome players. The second round was full of a few damn good ones as well. Backes, P. Bergeron, Weber, Eriksson, Crawford, Howard,

    NYR took Ivan Baranka. They passed up Backes, and missed out on Weber by one damn spot. Depressing! I hate that damn draft!

  113. Tiki, please keep me posted on Tony.

    Geez. He was in such good spirits last night, and ticked that he had to fly back Saturday because he wanted to stay for Game 2. What a good guy. And Rose is awesome too.

    I feel horrible.

  114. JimboWoodside on

    Good grief! Jessiman and Baranka – how did we even survive making picks like those!?

  115. JimboWoodside on

    Tony was only here for one game!? I thought he was staying for awhile. Jeez, what terrible news.

  116. We did get one guy drafted in the first round of ’03- Brian Boyle. You can think of him as our ’03 1st round pick, even though we for him from the Kings.

  117. I’m surprised about Booth’s physicality. I never remember him being that way in Florida. Maybe that was a little payback for the concussion, though. It was Richards that hit Booth, right?

  118. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    100th anniversary of the Titantic sinking. Amazing story. A ship touted to be the first unsinkable ship sinks on it’s maiden voyage.

  119. Carp and others,

    Tony is stable and being moved to a room. I assume thats good news, but I dont know, so continue praying for him please.

  120. Blame Canada! With all their beady little eyes and flapping heads so full of lies.

  121. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Tiki please tell Tony & Rose their in my thoughts & I wish him a speedy recovery .

  122. this is great! on the pens blog people want malkin traded and bylsma fired. theyre saying even a moron would have figured out how to get malkin away from couturier by now and that malkin just cant play together with crosby and malkin’s pathetic effort today has brought neal’s performance down. this is awesome!!!!

  123. iWicky "Rupp yours" on

    Thank you for all the updates and give our best to the pantless clans!!!

  124. Bush-League Operation on

    Please bring back the guy coughing up a Lougy the conversations are heard and clear and that is getting annoying

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