Senators at Rangers Game 2 tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two (NYR leads 1-0)
Saturday, Apr. 14, 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
* All information through NHL games on Apr. 12

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 Two of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The Blueshirts opened their 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs by defeating the Senators, 4-2, in Game One on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. New York has now won four of their last five opening round Game Ones, dating back to the 2007 playoffs. The Rangers enter tonight’s contest with a 199-216-8 record all-time in 423 playoff contests (111-83-2 at home; 88-133-6 on the road). New York has posted a 45-46-2 record all-time in Game Twos of playoff series.

New York entered 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 — 199-216-8
  • Home — 111-83-2
  • Away — 88-133-6
  • Goals for — 1,179
  • Goals against — 1,174

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 regular season games in Ottawa, out-scoring the Senators, 20-12, in those contests
  • Martin Biron’s start on Mar. 8 at Ottawa ended Henrik Lundqvist’s streak of 26 consecutive appearances against the Senators, 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
  • The Rangers have posted a 30-11 series record when winning Game One
  • 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 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:  New York did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (8:00) in Game One on Thursday vs. Ottawa. 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 held Ottawa scoreless in three shorthanded situations (6:00) in Game One on Thursday at MSG. The Rangers’ 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: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game One on Thursday vs. Ottawa. 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).

Five Rangers made their playoff debut in Game One on Thursday vs. Ottawa – Stu Bickel, Michael Del Zotto, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, and Anton Stralman. Hagelin and Stralman each tallied their first career postseason point with one assist apiece in the contest.  With the assist, Hagelin became the first Rangers rookie to record a point while making his playoff debut since Lauri Korpikoski on May 4, 2008, in Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins (goal). Artem Anisimov (two assists) also registered his first career playoff assist in the contest, while Brian Boyle notched his first career playoff point with the game-winning goal.

With his win in Game One, Henrik Lundqvist moved into a tie with John Davidson for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time playoff wins list with 16 postseason victories. Lundqvist made 30 saves in the contest, and improved to 5-7 with a 1.98 GAA, .940 Sv% and one shutout when posting 30+ saves in the playoffs.

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) — 1
  • Steve Eminger (injured, 3/15) — 1
  • Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 1
    Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
    Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 3


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



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  1. Just saw the post about Tony from last night. All my prayers are with him and his family. Hope he’s going to be OK.

  2. Stranger Nation on

    If Dubi scores, the Mayans were probably right – he had a doorstep opportunity last game and buried the shot into the goalie’s pads – his hockey IQ is negligible for someone with his physical tools. One annoying facet of his game has been the lack of hitting. he really needs to get down and dirty by hitting on the fore-check and good things will follow. Boyle can only carry him for so long…

    Torts needs to play Bickel more – MDZ was struggling in own zone and take away the cross-checking penalty which was a half-dive, and Bicks played OK for a young Dman in first PO game.

  3. Stranger Nation on

    Warm day in the city… the ice surface will be horrendous as usual.

    Canucks and Pens down 0-2 – things are breaking right for the blueshirts.

  4. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    its not about things breaking right – we have a series to play also and if we lose focus we are done for

  5. Stranger, Dubie also had an open break and he hits the right goal post with half the net open for him. He has beyond lost his touch and should remember he gets his goals from in close and behind. They’re gonna be like the Kings scored last night. Ugly, but they count.

    He didn’t check a ton Thursday, but he back and fore checked well. His presence was felt out there.

    Agree about rolling the lines. He faces tiring these guys out if he can’t roll 4 and 3, plain and simple. Other teams are. This is a recipe for potential disaster. Of course, other teams are put together better by better GM’s, and this is the hand Torts has drawn. He has done a great job getting the absolute most out of 3 lines of ‘o’ and 2 lines of ‘d’. Problem is if you don’t us them all, you could face exhaustion.

  6. Can we please start calling Kathryn Tappen (Tap In) “Gimme” – you know like a golf round where you have a tap-in and you call it a gimme?

  7. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    LETS GO RANGERS……… and, of course

    GET WELL SOON TONY!!!!!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!

  8. OMG. Tony had a stroke? That is awful. Many thoughts for him and his. Keep us all posted. Feel like I know the guy personally.

  9. Thoughts and prayers with Tony and his family.

    Pens and canucks both dropping first two home games. Sweet! Oh how I would love to see both out in the first round. And to the experts who think MAF is a Vezina candidate. HA! He has sucked for weeks

    Go Rangers

  10. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    someone mentioned the rock hard the other day, i almost had the water i was drinking come out of my nose! Hilarious bunch of people, i swear!

    Man, the Flyers love here is nauseating! Too much celebrating their goals… bad boneheads! Last nights blog was so dirty, I could only read a few games posts this morning.

  11. Yea that stuff is rough. I celebrate the Phlyers beating the Pens, but quietly. It’s nice that they are out to a nice lead. I still think that series goes the distance. I would love to see the Penguins out of it. More than that, I would love to see the Rangers in the second round.

  12. “Agree about rolling the lines. He faces tiring these guys out if he can’t roll 4 and 3, plain and simple. Other teams are.”

    Are they? A quick skim of the boxscores suggests most of the other teams have a couple of forwards who play 5-8 minutes. Maybe not a D-man with few minutes to such an extent, but is spreading a few minutes of Bickel’s regular time across the other five all that difficult?

  13. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    you celebrate the pen()s losing…NOT the flyers winning lol. there’s a difference!!

    no other team is a ‘friend’ in playoff hockey! Cuz they’ll come back and bite you in yo’ azz somewhere down the road!!

  14. Pen()s lose, Bettman shivering under his desk surrounded by empty Manischewitz condord grape wine bottles.

  15. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    lmfao BANJ!!!

    five times for them to lose 2 more games. Count Bettmancula’s head will explode

  16. bickell needs to stay out of the box and not run around in the d zone.

    the rangers need to play better in there own zone to win tonight.

    go up 2 to 0 and they are in good shape, lose tonight and this series will go a long time.

    forecheck forecheck forecheck…..

  17. Onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    Stranger Nation April 14th, 2012 at 8:35 am
    If Dubi scores, the Mayans were probably right – he had a doorstep opportunity last game and buried the shot into the goalie’s pads – his hockey IQ is negligible for someone with his physical tools.

    Dubi reminds me of an extinct dinosaur..he roams the ice , can’t make a kill and starves.

  18. Good morning, Sally!

    Fingers remain crossed for Tony and Rose.

    Kenny, the real Kenny saw your three stars and got a big, big kick out of it.

  19. Tony thoughts and prayers…….. Never celebrating a orange goal or win. Way way too many memories, scumbag town owner team yuck. Go Caps this afternoon

  20. Good morning all!!
    Lin, exactly! ” you celebrate the pen()s losing…NOT the flyers winning lol. there’s a difference!!”

    Our boys better pull this off for Tony tonight!!!

  21. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    if anyone gets any news on Tony this afternoon, please text me to let me know!!

    Good post Hedberg, and Laurel, you should have been newspapering last night! I can understand Tiki exaulting over Jagr’s goal ( he did that on FB LOL) but after reading a few posts, it was troubling!!

    Boys win tonight, we need to get Tony a Broadway Hat!

  22. Carpy, as I get ready to go into the city to enjoy the day before going to MSG, 1050, Jody Mac, is ACTUALLY talking hockey on ESPN Radio!!!!

    The media blackout on our great sport has to be lifted as this team shows it’s lunch pail mentality! Each game we move forward people around here have to wake up to the special things we are seeing.

  23. Hate to say it, but with the fear Ranger fans are showing, I’m looking for a better effort tonight. It felt like we broke their psyche and then they came back in the 3rd. Ottowa is overmatched and knows they are brittle. We keep pushing tonight, like we have done all year, they don’t have the spirit or inner strength to compete with us. At MSG, you could feel them let down at the end of the 2nd through midway of the 3rd. Had Alfredsson not kept working and scored (he is one of their regulars that doesn’t quit), they would have been emotionally beaten. We have the chance to do that tonight and I don’t think our team will do anything but that! LGR!!!

  24. Tony, stay strong my friend. After heroics quitting smoking and having precious Rose it should be just peanuts. Hope you’ll get well soon. Entire Rangers organization and RR need you back quick and healthy.

  25. Get well soon Tony!

    I’m excited for tonight’s game and hope the Rangers keep pressure like they had for most of the first game.

  26. Linda, I was passed out so early after two late nights with Tony and Rose, I wouldn’t have had the energy to lift an insert, much less a whole paper.

    Tony update from his son:
    Still has the blood clot in the brain. They are taking him for another CT scan right now to see what the next course of action is. As of right now, he will remain in the hospital in New York for at least 2 more weeks. The road to rehabilitation will be long and hard. They are trying to get him to swallow water and eat applesauce. Mom says he is still being as awnry as ever, busting everyone’s balls.

  27. If I’m not in the lineup tonight, this two-bit Rangers “team” is going to be decimated.

    Put me on the first line. I’m twice as fast as that clown Hagelin. I’d smoke him in a race. Imagine how many goals I’d have scored in Game-1, particularly given my soft hands vs his granite-countertop digits.

    Vision? That no-talent Gaborik scored by banking on luck vs skill when he fortuituously slid the puck past that EHL goalie Anderson. I’d have taken Anderson to task with a much niftier shot that would have gotten the clown embarrassed, pulled, and likely caused him to altogether retire from the sport.

    Torts knows what I can bring to the table. He is an angry bird that needs to be put back in his cage if I’m not playing tonight.

  28. Great Spring day for some playoff hockey….or to take your wife out for a nice birthday dinner. Thank goodness for DVRs and smartphones.

  29. duckbill platy-pus on

    the duckbill is rooting for the Penguins to win in six, so that the road to the Stanley Copa de Oro sees our Rangers defeat the Penguins before beating the Kings in the finals.

  30. duckbill platy-pus on

    is there anything better than seeing Canadian teams lose in the playoffs? Ok, maybe Crostini Toscana, but not much else.

  31. eddie eddie eddie on

    tony get well…….try not to show those doctors and nurses your big hairy balls …..could scar them for life

    lets go rangers

    recall avery

  32. eddie eddie eddie on

    i would feel a whole lot better if we had traded hank for montoya….we need a real #1 in goal

  33. Cold 'n' Calculatin' on

    This was the time we would begin to know the kind of job
    the Philly FO did on those high-risk trades last year.

    Wow! (And the 19-yr old, besides the hat trick, good-to-great
    job on Malkin!).

    Broadly speakin’ – Rangers impressive young talent on “D”
    versus Flyers on ‘O”. For many years. Tough, tough, tough.

    More pressure that Chris K turn out to be the deal, help close the
    scoring gap…

  34. Ugh I can’t wait for the game. . . . . .. this is gonna be a looooooooooooonnnnnnnnggggggggg day

  35. You said it Jorek….and welcome back!!!!!!!!!

    Hey all, we’ve been thinking of doing something bonehead worthy for Tony and Rose….any ideas?

  36. Wow, that’s sucks about Tony. My thoughts are with you.
    Same for the Duckster and your Dad.

  37. JimboWoodside on

    We could all show up at the hospital with no pants on, but that might not be so great for Tony – it might set him back, so never mind!

  38. Jimbo! How’s it been, friend?

    This Bruins-Caps series has been a snoozer so far. Might even be more boring than the Devs-Cats contest last night; who would have imagined that?

  39. JimboWoodside on

    Yes, I agree, ilb – it wasn’t a very good idea! ;-D

    Latona! It’s been good here – and with you!?

    Very boring series between Bruins-Caps so far. There’s no “hatred” or animus there. Guys between periods are cheerleading Ovie to get nasty and whack Pinocchio Marchand for dissing Holtby.

  40. There was a fire only a few blocks away from my house at a local park which I used to frequent as a sprout. Pretty scary.. my pets were trapped inside all day, something they weren’t used to. The smoke was rather astonishing. But we’re okay!

  41. Quick question – does anyone else has huge ads running on the side of this site when using Google Chrome? Huge ads right on the side of the page taking half of it!

  42. JimboWoodside on

    Wow! Glad it didn’t get closer to you, Latona – must have been pretty scary, though. Crazy season we’re having.

  43. I have ads on the top of the screen when I use Chrome, CCCP.

    It sure is crazy, Jimbo. There was a huge warehouse fire in Paterson which isn’t too far away from myself either. My cousin lives in a complex right near the Meadowlands, where there was another fire. That was scary.

  44. JimboWoodside on

    Paterson is right across a little bridge from where my GF’s parents lived in Fair Lawn – I used to walk across that bridge to get to Dunkin’ Donuts, and even Burger King when I was very desperate for junk food!

  45. Are you sure they’re capable of that, Jimbo? After all, they are a Mickey Mouse organization.

  46. The Dunkin’ Donuts is still there, Jimbo. I frequent it often before games to grab myself a jelly doughnut. They used to bake them on location at that franchise – sadly, they don’t anymore.

  47. JimboWoodside on

    They certainly are Mickey Mouse, but they’ve got El Diablo working on their side, so anything BAD is possible with them! ;-/

  48. good advice, Joker but i like chrome.. i like that it has spell-check option when you type on the blog. Oh well…

  49. I think you might have the Burger King confused with a McDonald’s. I never knew of a Burger King being over there, and Mickey D’s has been there all my life, and my parents’ too.

  50. JimboWoodside on

    Really!? Are we talking about the same bridge over the Passaic River? This one was along Morlot Avenue in Fair Lawn, if I’m recalling the street’s name correctly..

  51. JimboWoodside on

    You could be right, though – I remember the DD a lot more fondly than the burger joint!

  52. Jimbo, I think this was just a big excuse to not have to wear pants for the next two weeks :)

    btw, tiki has come up with a good idea and he got me thinking….so a plan is afoot. Will keep you all informed.

  53. I’m pretty certain it’s a McDonald’s, Jimbo, but doesn’t really make a difference. Kinda neat that you remember some stuff near me – I feel so distant from the boneheads!

    Am I the only “Jersey” bonehead?

    1-0 Caps!

  54. JimboWoodside on

    OK, Latona – you’re not distant from me, at least not distant from my memories! – I spent a LOT of time in your neck of the woods, and even a short outpatient stay at Valley Hospital – I spent more time there as a visitor (unhappily) than I’d care to recall, but I loved staying for awhile in North Jersey.

  55. JimboWoodside on

    What I was *wishing* was across that bridge was a White Castle, Latona – and I learned that there *is* one in Paterson, but not within a short walk of the Morlot Avenue Bridge! I was advised not to spend much time in Paterson, BTW..

  56. I really like Bergen County – there’s access to everything you’d want or need. Especially the Rangers!

    That was some good advice – Paterson isn’t the most pleasant of places. I go to a White Castle in Hasbrouck Heights when I have me a hankering, although you may not be familiar with that area.

  57. JimboWoodside on

    Bergen County been very very good to me, Latona! Not familiar with HH, though. I get a WC “jones” once in awhile, but there are a few here near me, so no big deal to get a fix.

  58. Speaking of fixes, both of these teams look like they need to fix their offensive zone play. Pretty lame!

  59. Anyone think this series (Bruins vs. Caps) doesn’t go 7? My buddy, Caps fan, told me that the Caps could win in 4 or 5. I told him that if the series goes anything less than 7 the Caps lose. Any thoughts?

    Any word on Tony?

  60. CraigWeather on

    And that’s why I had a bad feeling matching up against the Washington Holtbys…. This kid’s feeling it right now.

  61. Manny, does your friend have “inside info?”

    Manny, also FB message….no e-mail :)


    My friend is actually kind of a hockey moron. He became a fan because he was dating a girl who has a family that are part of the piped-in-noise-red-shirt-wearing-Cap-fake-fan-wagon.

  63. Also – Mrs. Manny and I just got back from the *orchid show* It was actually awesome.

  64. All…..Tony is being allowed to watch the game tonight, which means his doctor is way awesome, and he is in Tony spirits…..It’s gonna be a haul, but he’s supported by lots of awesome people….

    …and…..he will be really really mad that I’m gonna post this…..but too hartnelling bad. Our blog captain is on the case, supporting the family and doing his awesome doctor/awesome human thing……

    I love this place……

  65. Well, this series is fun. ……And may all our potential opponents play long, brutal, exhausting series!

  66. Thanks for the update, Mama. Keeping Tony and co. in my prayers. And good work, ilb. Good work.

    I don’t know how much experience his doctor has with NYR fans though. Couldn’t he suffer another stroke as a result of the game tonight?

  67. this game was probably the most boring of all the playoff games thus far. but OTs are fun!

  68. we’ll keep you all informed as we can…..

    So odd, Tony and I were talking about this just the other night….he started reading the blog with Sam….and he loved Sam, as do I, and nothing against him (Sam! xoxoxo…you started it all!) but Tony never posted then. Since Carp took over, this place has become a true community, not just a blog…..

    and I dare say, no other blog has a community like we do here (resident doctor/captain?) that has resulted in serious friendships…

    so, to you all who sometimes think this place is a silly clique, with only insiders, I say to you…..join us. Cause this situation with Tony is what we’re really all about. And that’s not (g)jibberish.

    mama love…..

  69. Nothing more important that the health of our friend Tony. Prayers are with you. Rest up and get better soon.

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  70. All, he does…..he knows he has major bonehead love pulling for him….that, plus a great hospital, doctor and our captain…, you should know, his kids are really appreciative of the head love…..

    Nasty!!! Miss you, you bastage!

  71. Mama, thank you for what you wrote. I’ve been trying to put that into words lately and I think you hit the nail on the head.

    Jersey on, off to watch the game. Lets go Rangers!

    PS LMAO @ Velocobinsky!

  72. There may not be such thing as momentum but there certainly is such a thing as fatigue.

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

    this was pretty damn funny

    Mike Hume ? @MikeHumeESPN Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Saw Alex Semin block a shot from Chara. Checking to be sure, but appears sun is still setting in West. Next will check for winged pigs.

  74. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan GET WELL SOON TONY!!! on

    a bit late but

    THE KREIDER sounds a lot like UNCLE GLENNIE, who i mentioned to someone two seasons ago who i though was behind that ! LMAO

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

    so did anyone else think rupp sounded like the sniffing accountant in his interview courtesy of woywitka—>

  76. I was getting worried that this game would bleed into the Rangers game and block us from seeing the start!

  77. 15 minutes till the game!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for the welcome back Blogmamma! (Though was I ever really here . . I think I was in by association with Meg :-) I may not be on the blog much but if you all gather for drinks and fun times I’ll do my best to be there!

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