Rangers at Senators Game 6 tonight


In case you missed it, the NHL made this a 7 p.m. start for TV. But don’t expect it to actually start until 7:14 or so. At least that’s what they’re saying up here on Canadian TV. Just saying.

Lot at stake, eh? Going to the morning skate, will have some stuff later on.


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 6 (OTT leads 3-2)
Monday, Apr. 23, 7:00 p.m.
Scotiabank Place – Ottawa, ON
Rangers (Regular Season): 51-24-7 (109 pts), 1st in East
Senators (Regular Season): 41-31-10 (92 pts), 8th in East
* All information through NHL games on Apr. 21

The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators  at Scotiabank Place (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The Blueshirts trail in the series, 3-2, following a 2-0 loss in Game 5 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers enter the contest with a 200-219-8 record all-time in 427 playoff contests (111-85-2 at home; 89-134-6 on the road). New York has posted a 14-17 record all-time in Game 6 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 — 200-219-8
* Home — 111-85-2
* Away — 89-134-6
* Goals for — 1,184
* Goals against — 1,182

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. Marian Gaborik led the Rangers with three goals and five points, 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 an 18-12 series record against Canadian teams
* New York has posted a 30-11 series record when winning Game 1
* The Rangers’ 1-0 win in Game 3 was the 200th playoff victory in franchise history
* The Blueshirts’ win in Game 3 was the 38th postseason shutout in team history; It was the 11th time New York won a playoff game with a final score of 1-0, but only the second time since the 1940 playoffs
* Prior to Game 3 on Monday, the Rangers’ last playoff game in Canada was on Apr. 28, 1996, a 5-3 victory at Montreal in Game 6 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:  The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (8:00) in Game 5, and are now 3-22 (13.6%) in five playoff contests. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
* Penalty Killing:  The Blueshirts held the Senators scoreless in four shorthanded situations (8:00) in Game 5, and are now 17-19 (89.5%) in five playoff contests. Shorthanded goals for (0).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) in Game 5. The Rangers are even in three four-on-four situations (5:33). Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

The Rangers 41 shots in Game 5 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden were the most by the Blueshirts in a playoff game since they registered 46 shots in a 2-1 double overtime win against Buffalo on Apr. 29, 2007, in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. The last time the Rangers registered at least 41 shots in a playoff game that ended in regulation was Apr. 20, 1997, when they registered 44 shots on goal against Florida in a 3-0 win in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

The Rangers have tallied the first goal in four games this series, and have held the lead for 133:46, been tied for 119:31 and have trailed for 50:42 through five games.

Six Rangers have made their playoff debut in the series. Five of those players debuted in Game 1 – 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 Game 1. 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 at Pittsburgh (goal). Anisimov (two assists) also registered his first career playoff assist in the contest, while Boyle notched his first career playoff point with the game-winning goal. In Game 2, Del Zotto tallied his first career playoff point with an assist, and Stralman added his first career playoff goal. Chris Kreider, the Rangers’ first round pick in 2009, made his NHL debut in Game 3, becoming the first Rangers player to do so since Korpikoski in 2008. He is also the first NHL player to win the NCAA National Championship and make his NHL debut in that year’s playoffs since Tony Hrkac with St. Louis in 1987.

Henrik Lundqvist continues to climb the Rangers’ all-time playoff leaders list in several goaltending categories. He posted a 39-save shutout, his fourth career in the playoffs, in a 1-0 win in Game 3, passing Andy Aitkenhead for fifth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff shutouts list and tying Dave Kerr for third all-time with 17 playoff wins. Lundqvist passed John Vanbiesbrouck for third in franchise history with his 39th career playoff appearance in Game 4.

Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 13 times, posting a 6-7 record with a 1.85 GAA, .945 Sv% and two shutouts in those contests.

Henrik Lundqvist became the third goaltender in NHL history, and second in as many days (Jonathan Quick, LAK), to post 39 or more saves in a 1-0 shutout victory in a non-overtime playoff game. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

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 reclaiming 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.

QUICK HITS (Regular Season):
* The Rangers posted a combined record of 19-4-5 in back-to-back games, 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
* The Rangers ranked fifth in the league with a .208 win% when trailing after two periods (5-18-1)
* New York led the NHL with a .682 win% when out-shooting their opponent (30-13-1)
* The Rangers ranked third in the league with a 35-5-3 record (.814 win%) when scoring first

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

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  1. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


    Good morning Ilb and The Carpster!!!

    Rangers game is HUGE!!!!


  2. Line combos important

    Hagelin Richards Gabi
    Callahan AA Stepan
    Krieder Mitchell Dubinsky
    Feds Rupp Prust

  3. As Yoda once said: Tonite we must score, not try to score -do or do not- there is no try!

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    Tuxedo…line combos not important….it’s just a matter of everyone playing the right way for 60 minutes (or more)
    Kassem…exactly….win a shift…win a period….win a game

    King Henrik….step up and lead then way…

    Let’s Go Rangers

  5. I think Yoda would have: “score we must tonight.” Also “Chris Neil’s head on a stick bring to me.”

  6. What part of “concussion”, “he’s out”, and “didn’t travel to Ottawa” do you need explained or answered?

  7. Well, excuse me, there is a ‘theory’ by some members that this all could be bs and he’s not concussed and Torts said he was to increase the likelihood that Neil gets suspended. Since that ‘decision’ was made, following that line of thinking, if the Rangers were ‘lying’ they might come out a disclose that BB is, in fact ok to play.

    That said, it’s not a great idea to sarcastically state a mistruth about something like that here. ok?

  8. What the heck, if Torts DID do that, I wouldn’t blame him. Still seems that Alfredsson’s INJURY is what made Hag’s a 3-gamer. Still hard to believe that one, but we move on.

  9. An expression leapt out at me from someone above.
    and it gave me pause, “if they play the right way”,
    aye but there’s the rub…which way is the right way?
    For this team? For any team? We are all well aware of the “wrong” way…they’ve been displaying it for game after game this season, despite all the weeping and gnashing of teeth of their loyal followers.

    They must get over the destructive inclination when in enemy territory to show off their incredible passing ability ( wish it were a bit less incredible).

    I’m not hard to please, I don’t demand the impossible, nor even the “little bit less”……………………..just how about some practical hard nosed attacking activity
    that has won games for countless teams over countless years thruout history….you know – the kind that begins and ends with ” shoot the puck Harry!”

    Or as in the immortal words of the late Boom Boom Geoffrion, “Shoot dat puck….score dat goal”

  10. Yes, Fran – an astute comment as always – I remember your comments written in your inimitable style back when you often blogged o the Ny Post’s NYR site!

    The Rangers can begin playing a less nebulous “right way” by winning some battles along the boards in the offensive zone and getting some players as well as pucks on goal. These soft potato tosses amongst each other, some of which eventually land in Anderson’s midriff aren’t cutting it. Also, by actually winning some puck battles, they need to get play into the middle and out of the perimeter where they’ve been hemmed in.

    Players that ate key for tonight: LQ (of course), as well as Richards and Callahan. Hagelin may be a huge factor tonight in upsetting Ottawa’s ability to keep the Rangers pinned to the outside, and away from the money areas on ice.

    How nice would it be for McDonuts to get some of that “Brian Leetch finish” going??

  11. I kind of wish the NHL would be willing to start games at 6:30 (6:45) ET, but I’m sure that a lot of people in New York would get their panties in a bunch. It would match up better with the 9:00 (9:20) ET start of the game in Chicago.

    Just saw this quote of Neil from after game five in regards to Boyle: “It takes a lot out of me giving those hits too.” Pretty callous.

  12. I’m hearing that Boyle may have sustained a concussion Saturday. Can anyone confirm this?

  13. Being down in Florida and missing the true MSG broadcast experience I’m just hoping NBC doesn’t send their second-stringers out again for this one. (After searching the internet) Fantastic! I just found out I get to watch another wonderfully narrated game utilizing the amazing broadcasting talents of John “Who?” Forslund and Brian “The Ducks Didn’t Make The Playoffs” Hayward. Still don’t know who the third musketeer in this ragtag group will be but I can bet it won’t be Emrick, Olczyk or anyone else with any actual worthwhile national broadcasting experience.
    At least it won’t be on NHL Network which only comes in in SD and also truncates the whole picture so you can’t even see both teams listed on the graphic showing the score. Does anyone else have this problem or is it just a problem for Comcast in South Florida? And I never thought I’d miss Cablevision until I experienced Crapcast (there’s an actual crapcast.com site btw, which I found because I got pissed one day and just typed that in the address line instead) and it’s putrid Xfinity service. Plus Center Ice has shown less and less MSG Ranger broadcasts every year for the five seasons I’ve been down here. Anyone know if that’s just a location thing or if different broadcasts are available from Center Ice in other parts of the country?
    As far as the game is concerned, if we don’t win I hope they make sure Neil gets a well-deserved parting gift from the team. Leave it to Shanahan to not even schedule a hearing. I’m thinking about using my Eastern All-Stars (Rangers) Shanahan jersey as toilet-cleaning rag. Anyone have any better uses for it?

  14. Stranger Nation on

    Evrock – the work around on the audio (if you have DVR) is to delay the TV broadcast by 5 or so secs to align with WFAN’s radio broadcast streamed on their website with Kenny and Dave – even if you do not have that synched up it is a better experience given Dave’s spot on commentary.

    Salty – sounds like you just switched to Sanka – lighten up Francis one of these boneheads may save you life you day.

    Boyle Status???

  15. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Good morning all! Yikes, if this is the tone already, I dread later on. I am an early wreck today.

    LGR! LGT!

  16. The local news said Boyle is not playing tonight. They did not mention if he traveled with the team.

  17. How about that Home Ice Advantage yesterday, eh?

    We can finally go ahead and say it, *Must Win*

  18. Thanks Stranger, I love your workaround. Unfortunately the tv downstairs has no computer near it and the one upstairs uses the same 40″ screen for the computer and “never the twain shall meet”… at least not at the same time. lol I figure if they force a 7th game then I’d be forced to drown out the Garden crowd and sound too and that would kinda suck. Wouldn’t mind drowning out the crowd tonight though! lmao

  19. Stranger Nation on

    Thanks Chopper for the Boyle update – cannot believe he came out for 3 shifts after wards – guy is a warrior.

    Was that NY local news or Ottawa?

    Neil rubbing salt in the wound on his comments about the hit.

    So Carkner can play 10 or so minutes for Sens, but John Scott cannot play 5 mins for NYR. Sorry, I don’t get it.

    Ice is much ‘smaller’ in POs – do not need to cover as much ground given the clutching and grabbing allowed (see ‘interference’ in rule book).

    Paging Dubi, paging Dubi – please come pick up your hockey sense at the lost and found.

  20. Boyle can’t play. There is no chance. Carkner! Who is going to replace him? Bickel at Forward!? We’re doomed!

  21. BANJ – I heard Brian Boyle has a brain inside his skull. Can you confirm or disconfirm?

  22. My father and I have season tickets to the Panthers and most of the year I’ve been saying the best part of being a Panthers fan is being a Rangers fan. lol I really hope this isn’t karma catching up to me! lol

  23. Julie, Buffalo weather is doing *something* but I’m not sure what to call it. “Rain blizzard”, maybe?

    Manny Loggins. *MUST WIN!*

  24. Question for the blogdoctor: How long do I have to ignore a stress fracture before my foot just falls off and I can grow a new one? Thanks.

  25. Face it folks, the NHL is bush league, what a joke…..that hit was worse than Hagelins….

  26. I can’t believe people are still complaining about Neil’s hit. If anything, Neil eased up right before the hit. Am I happy about it? No because Boyle is a huge part of this teams success. But it was a clean hit. Once he saw Boyle’s head coming down, he eased up a bit and just made contact with him. Nothing wrong with that.

    And Neil didn’t punch Boyle’s head after, he just had his arm on him so he could get up.

  27. easy win tonight on the road since the home teams can’t seem to win at all in these playoffs… then all we have to do is figure out a way to steal game 7 at the garden!

  28. Also while I don’t think they’ll win tonight (I had the Sens in 6 this series), I can’t believe all the clowns around here calling for Sather’s head. This guy took a team that was a perennial 10-13th place finisher and turned them into the #1 team in the East. Him, along with his staff, helped build a young team that played hard, physical hockey and he has the pieces in place to become even better.

    As I said, the Sens were a bad matchup. They were fighting for 2nd place all year until Anderson got hurt at the end of the season (when he was finally playing well) and then they dropped off. It sucks that they’ll lose the series, but considering last year this team was fighting just to make it into the playoffs, it’s a pretty big step.

    These kids will get more experience, other kids like Thomas, Erixon, and some others will get a chance to step in, and the team will continue to grow. The base is solid and as long as they can keep that core together, this team should have success for awhile.

    I just find it funny that two weeks ago people were praising Sather for not making any moves and keeping this team intact down the stretch and now they are ripping him for not gutting it and bringing in new pieces to try to make a run. Be patient my friends, next year will be better, and that’s something us Rangers fans haven’t been able to say in a long time.

  29. Nervous the Canadian Prime Minister, the NHL, the officials, and most importantly the Canadian Media wants a Canadain team to beat a team from the good old USA. We have a USA coach, NY is in the USA,our Capt. is from the USA and breaking news Brian Boyle is from the USA. We are DOOMED.

  30. I can’t really tell on the Neil hit. It’s definitely worse than what Hagelin did. When you’re against the boards and about to absorb a hit KEEP YOUR STICK DOWN so that the other player doesn’t throw their arm up to block their own face.

    On Boyle’s concussion hit, don’t skate through the middle with your head down. It’s not a late hit. Neil does not hit Boyle when he’s down. But Neil does turn into Boyle (left hand/right hand shot ???) and targets the head and lays him out. I think it’s way worse than Hagelin but after seeing it, I don’t know if it warrants a suspension.

  31. Well said, Johnny. Well said. Even if we lose tonight, or in game 7, this season is a success. Take the experience, get Kreider to play a full season, bring in a big time scoring threat and win.

  32. They asked Neil about it on TV in Ottawa and he got pissed. They were pretty much saying how fans loved his hit and the fact that he took out Boyle. He said “I was just trying to hit him, not hurt him”.

  33. Johnny, I’m not counting them out yet. This team is full of fighters and they’ve surprised us all season long. That said, I agree with everything else you said and I feel totally optimistic about the team continuing to grow.

  34. Manny – If you slow it down and look, Neil doesn’t target the head. He makes contact with the head, yes. But he doesn’t target it. He has Boyle lined up, glides into the hit, and just before making contact when he sees Boyle’s head start to go down, Neil eases up and turns away so his shoulder doesn’t make full on contact.

    And the result from the hit is definitely worse because in open ice, you fall down and can smack your head on the ice. The new glass/boards has some give, so even though Alfie’s head got crunched, the impact wasn’t as great. I don’t think what Neil did was worse than what Hags did. Yeah Hags tried to protect himself since Alfie had his stick up after following through, but he still came up with an elbow to the head. Neil through an open ice hit, kept his elbow down, and eased up before impact. Not sure what else Neil could’ve done there.

    The only way they get rid of that is to ban open ice hits from the blind side (which I wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to, since we’ve seen a ton of concussions come for those). But until they do that, there was nothing wrong with that he did.

  35. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony on

    Game over season over could have legit meaning tonight.

    I haven’t been around and I haven’t read the comments, and I’m late on this, and you shouldn’t care what I think, and I just like to voice my opinion, and I just like to hear myself talk, and I hope this doesn’t spark up some furor, and I won’t be around to debate it, and I wouldn’t want to debate it even if I was, and this is a run on sentence, but I thought the Neil hit on Boyle was clean.

  36. I am beginning to lean towards that analysis Johnny. So, I agree.

    And what Sally said. I am NOT counting this team out. Not yet. *MUST WIN*

  37. evrock – There will be no third player with the Forslund/Heyward team, as there hasn’t been for the whole series. On NHL Network, they don’t know the meaning of letterboxing to fit the whole graphic in, but it shouldn’t be a problem with the MSG scorebug as that is 16:9 safe. The FSN scorebugs are the ones that get cut off. That happens everywhere. On Center Ice, I’m guessing you have never seen an HD broadcast from any MSG network because Cablevision is full of hartnell-heads and they don’t make an HD broadcast available. Therefore, Center Ice probably plays less of the MSG broadcasts on busy nights. Comcast sounds like it really sucks, as they were blacking out the first Flyers-Penguins game in random places even though they own NBC and the Flyers and should know better. Get used to the NBC broadcasters because there are no more local telecasts in the second round. And I’m guessing Forslund will still be the third man. Maybe Rick Peckham fourth.

  38. I kinda trust Incarcerated Bob, but still think Lundqvist will play. He is an Islanders fan, so he could be messing with us: “**UPDATED NHL NEWS**Source: Henrik Lundqvist battling “Stomach Issues” team source confirms he was given an IV late last night”

  39. The FACT Chris Neil has been able to do whatever he wants to whomever he wants on the Rangers says it all about this team.

    I said this after game 2 that the Rangers needed to respond to the physical, nasty edge the Sens played with in game 2, and they didn’t. I put all of this on Tortsand the rest of this organization.

    Not one player on this team stepped up to challenge ANYONE on the Sens, not Bickle, not Rupp, not Prust, nobody. This is all on Torts and the Rangers organization.

    The league tells the players to tone it down, then Neil goes headhunting on Brian Boyle, and there is no suspension. Now the Rangers are in no position to be able to defend themselves lest they be so afraid of having a penalty called on them and lost the 4th game.

    I tell you I lost a lot of respect for this team after this series. Not one player stuck up for anyone. They let Gabby get run, they let Cally get run in Game 2, now they have let Boyle get run.

    Total and utterly Bush-league! I have been fuming for days. You think the Pens, Devils, Isles, Flyers or Boston would have allowed their best players to be targeted like this? Think again.

    All the talk about team play and how tight this team is, what a bunch of crap. You don’t let yourselves get pushed around. This is the same nonsense we have been putting up with ever since Messier left. It’s sickening.

  40. Doodie – According to the NHL’s new rule for this season, even if Neil didn’t mean it, the principle point of contact was the head, and it looked partly blindside, so it was dirty. By the way the NHL has been suspending players, Neil should be out a game or two because Boyle suffered a concussion. Shanahan must have been confused because Boyle came back to play in game five. Even though I hate him generally, check Damien Cox’s take on the hit:


  41. vogs – While there hasn’t been any fight besides Boyle vs. Neal, players have been standing up for each other. Dubinsky in game two. Callahan for Gaborik in game five. I’m sure there’s more. Probably not as much as there should be, but it’s been there.

  42. Manny, Boyle’s brain was scraped up off the Garden ice by the Zamboni and dumped in the Hudson. Rangers medical staff inserted a micro chip in it’s place. Should be good to go by September.

  43. vogs – to be fair, the Rangers started it. The Sens responded. If you wanted the Rangers do respond back to the Sens response, it would’ve just started a series of dumb penalties and allowing the Sens PP to be on the ice.

    The Rangers went after Karlsson and Alfie and Spezza (specifically Karlsson) and the Sens (rightfully) responded. If the Rangers would’ve forcefully responded to that the same way the Sens did, with how tight they’ve been calling the games, the Sens PP would’ve destroyed them. Game 3 they started to until penalties kept getting called and the refs finally got control of the series so it didn’t turn out like Pitt/Philly game 3.

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    jonnyD…I had predicted the Rangers in 7

    and I still like that pick…your vibe has been neutralized

  45. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    i think gaborik will have a strong game finally! I do think that the Rangers will be extremely disciplined tonight and will play with extreme urgency. Do not expect a 1 goal game. I think the Rangers will win 3-0.

  46. Larry Brooks article today is pretty damning of Torts and the Rangers…using Torts’ own words how the regular season means squat and you’re only rated by what you do in the playoffs.

    Of course we all know Larry and Torts don’t like each other. But Larry Brooks does hit the nail on the head by saying the Rangers haven’t yet shown that they understand it’s the playoffs and to this point haven’t elevated their game or intensity.

    Sadly, the Rangers’ entire season comes down to tonight. They need and MUST make a statement. Failure to do so, to me, means this team really hasn’t improved all that much. They lost last year to a top seed in 5. What if they lose to a bottom seed in 6? That’s not progress…that’s regression as far as I’m concerned.

    And buck-tooth Richards, butt-chin Gaborik, and hole-in-his-head-filled-with-his-ridiculous-contract Dubinsky need to step it up BIG TIME if we are to have a prayer in winning this game tonight.

  47. Johnny D – The point is they have been pushed around series long and their response has been nada, zilch.

    So the ONLY conclusion I can draw from this series is that the Rangers just aren’t as tough as everyone thought they were.

  48. GUYS – The season is already OVER ….. STOP STRESSING.

    Think about the off season and what can be done to improve the team.

    1) Kreider on the roster
    2) See if McIlrath can be the physical ‘D’ presence
    3) Explore the ‘Parise’ option … I don’t think he will leave the Devils and why would you want to add a Captain from another team and have him take a lesser role? Would Parise actually want to do that? I doubt it.
    4) Explore the Justin Schultz option. Hopefully the Wisconsin presence on the team can sway him.
    5) What happens to MZA? Does he get resigned
    6) What happens to John Scott? I saw resign him, get him into Rangers shape and have him play every other game or so.

  49. Fat Guy in A Little Coat on

    to all the self-appointed blog police and censors – NOW can we say “tonight’s game is a must win”?

  50. The way I see it going forward is after the rangers lose tonight there will be changes to the rangers roster in the off season, changes that hopefully give the rangers more scoring and grit.

  51. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony on

    SP, looked like shoulder to chest to me as principal point of contact. And that’s the last I’m going to talk about it.

  52. Sally April 23rd, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Spider, I’d like to take a poll: Who doesn’t have stomach issues today? My nerves are a mess.



  53. Sioux-per-man on

    Game Day Boys….. Lot’s of Hockey to be played.

    No room for MISTAKES tonight. Play HARD and score often, with a HANK shutout in the backround.

    No Worries Rangers in 7. Save to Doom and Gloom for another day!

    Carp are you already in Kanata?

  54. I agree on Boyle, clean hit as far as what the rules are right now. I think we win tonight, would not be surprised if we shut them out. Btw so many of you are saying gabby and richards nee to step it up. I disagree. I at least see them trying. The difference in this series has been secondary scoring and thus i think the people that need to step up are dubinsky stepan and anisimov. All three pretty much invisible.

  55. Matty'"Rangersin6"boy on

    Johnny D, I’ll be bold an answser your 9:11 comment. I have been saying ALL along that Sather is awful. Who else could take this long to get a semblance of a first round playoff team? How long has he been here? He has vacilated from going FA’s like midgets like Drury and Gomez that were thoroughly thoughtless to building from within. Contrast what we are evidencing right here and now in St. Louis and Phoenix (I stand corrected) with deep teams all built from within with GM’s that ACTUALLY can pick draft picks on their own!! What a concept!! He even needs Gord Clark for help on that! Unfortunately, he wasted years of dreadful picks will spinning the wheel on his own…wasted time. Wasted time

    In the end, this team is getting better. Almost 12 years of mediocrity is a bit too long, don’t you think???

    I do look forward to next year. I look forward to tonight. And I say it again as I have said time and time again, Torts is the one who took an 8, 9 or 10 team that was given to him and made much more of it during the regular season. The ‘pieces’ were not there to begin with. That …THAT is because of the GM. But the coach, in regular season, performed miracles.

    Let’s win tonight and keep it going!!!!

  56. Fat Guy in A Little Coat on

    anyone here truly conifdent that the smurfs can pull this out without all that Boyle has done for us this series? Or next series, or the one after that or the Finals? I don;t know that we’ve been “out-toughed” other than a few standout incidents. But we haven’t come up with ANY loose pucks along the boards. Does that alone say something about toughness, or does it instead say something about lack of will/urgency/skill in that fact of the game? Bottom line, their big guys have skill and ours, other than Boyle, have none. In a nutshell, that’s the two-way hockey that wins the tournament. Anyone think the Isles win those Cups with Mike Gartner and Marcel Dionne rather than Gillies and Nystrom?

  57. Amen, Lev. I think we might net 4 or 5 tonight. That’s a guess based on how this team has played all year and rebounded. We lost three-in-a-row ONCE this year. Let’s not make it twice.

  58. Torres > Hagelin > Neil … but all were illegal one way or another and, with results based decision making, I don’t see how hunting across the middle and concussing a guy without priors isn’t clear enough reason for suspension. And how is it that Boyle has absorbed what should be double digits in dirty hits and the Sens have been punished a total of one game? If we’re clearly eliminated at the end of Game 6 or 7, I want Rupp matching up Neil on every shift. Give him the chance to fight and get saved by 5:00 in the box or just pound the hell out of him.

  59. Spider – There’s always a third. Two in the box, one between the benches. Hayward’s spent his time between the benches so I still don’t know who’ll be the second in the box. Most of the games on Center Ice are broadcast in SD. But in South Florida even the ones in HD are broadcast in SD. I’ve seen more Islanders and Devils broadcasts than Rangers ones which makes no sense seeing as they’re both MSG broadcasts. Add the Sabres into that mess and it’s even more ridiculous and convoluted. The Rangers games have also mostly been broadcast from either the home or away perspective as opposed to both like most other games took advantage of this year. I definitely heard way too much of Chico Resch than I would’ve liked to and more of him during Ranger/Devils broadcasts than the Ranger broadcast team. It makes no sense. Fans around the league think the Rangers are treated better in the media than other teams and they couldn’t be more wrong. THN practically shuns them and probably had a ridiculously difficult time this year with the team being so good (at least the first 70 or so games anyway).
    I’m with CJP. This year is a step backward if we lose tonight… or even if we lose in a game 7. We barely made the playoffs last year and got knocked off by the top seed. This year we cruised into the playoffs and we’re getting shown up by a bunch of upstarts. If we lose tonight then we’re actually worse off than last year. Last year we built up. This year we’d have to tear down slightly to build in its place. We need more scoring, plain and simple. Now I really wish we’d won the Presidents Trophy. At least we’d be able to add another meaningless banner to the rafters alongside the ones for winning the conference and division. Yay…. banners.

  60. Fat Guy in A Little Coat on

    Sally – I celebrate INP Day every day, so this is nothin new for me. Oh, and any of youse guys got a tissue?

  61. This is my favorite (and I’m not being sarcastic) line of the day:

    “The Rangers have not scored an even-strength goal in 135:17. They have scored two goals at even strength in the last 259:30, both scored by Boyle. Ridiculous”


  62. Let me repeat: “They have scored two goals at even strength in the last 259:30, both scored by Boyle.”

    WHAT A JOKE. We deserve to be eliminated.

  63. we will see tonight what this team is made of! we will see if giving our lives and nerves for this team is really worth it!

  64. High Desert Roberto on

    I think the NYR has a good shot tonight. I think they may rally around the fall of Boyle not unlike the Sens have done around Alfie.. here we go now..22..21..20..19..eh screw it

  65. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    One game – the king vs Darren pang’s bald younger brother ….

    My money is on the king

  66. High Desert Roberto on

    Pimp- how about last time they scored more than 4 goals (against a team that’s not PHI) was December 11th against florida! december. even Renney’s squad would breakout for 5 or 6 on occasion..these guys need to pour it on. it starts with the BIG KREID

  67. Lundqvist hasn’t been the problem, it’s the guys around him who aren’t delivering the goods. Ottawa’s done a great job of shutting down Gaborik, Richards and Callahan and that’s forced the Rangers to rely on scoring from a lot of guys who, during the regular season, were scoring at a one goal per month pace. Hagelin coming back will definitely help, and really hope Hagelin, Gaborik and Richards are put back together because those are the guys you need to deliver big time.

  68. wouldn’t it be kind of fishy if Alfredsson plays tonight? I mean, Hagelin returns after the 3 gameS suspension and all of a sudden “Alfy” is back too? Sitting out on purpose to justify Hagelin’s suspension? hhhhmmmm???


  69. ThisYearsModel on

    CARPSTER—on the left coast, and have a meeting that will run through most of this game so will be following the blog (in clandestine fashion) on my phone for updates. Thanks for doing this. Hopefully, I won’t get caught and we will have another game to talk about after tonight. Oh, and GO TONY!

  70. Pat Leonard ? @NYDNRangers Alfredsson says he is playing tonight #Sens

    Isn’t this a bit dangerous for someone who got a concussion a week ago?
    What is he gets his bell rung again and gets another concussion? Could this not affect his life in a very bad way for years? (see Marc Savard)

  71. Matty – that’s fine, but don’t forget that Neil Smith completely ruined/gutted the franchise. There were no prospects, a bunch of old vets that couldn’t hack it anymore. Sather tried to buy his way out of it and it almost, but didn’t work (people forget that the Lindros/Fleury year we were in a playoff spot until injuries took over, Fleury was in the top 10 in scoring too).

    Then thanks to the lockout and the cap (which definitely helped), he had to change the organization from the bottom up. He did that, relying on draft picks while still signing (and overpaying) UFAs until the young guys were ready. It’s not easy since unlike the Penguins, the Rangers weren’t bad enough to get a top 5 pick every year. It’s similar to the situation the Leafs are in right now.

    So I’m not going to say he’s done a great job, but from where it was when Smith left it and when Sather had to start over, he’s done a pretty good job of building the team from the bottom up.

  72. Evrockriser – NBC hasn’t gone with a 3 man team. It’s just the PBP announcer and the guy between the glass. I think only the games that are actually on NBC have gotten the 3 man team. The ones on CNBC and NBCSN have only been 2 man teams.

  73. final score

    sens 4 rangers 1 gwg alfredson shots ottawa 36 rangers 24.

    game over season over trade the whole freaking team.

    call howson about nash 10 mins after game is over tonight.

  74. I don’t care if Alfredsson plays. What if he gets another concussion and has issues for years to come. Aren’t Ottawa doctors liable for clearing him to play? He could sue the pants off that franchise.

  75. it’s sad that i have no confidence for tonight…expecting Sens to build on “momentum” and shut them out again…hope I am wrong, but this team just can’t score goals. they overachieved all season, but the playoffs have cast a harsh light on their offensive weakness. it used to be that a strong defense and top flight goaltender would carry you far. not in this NHL.

  76. High Desert Roberto on

    Rangers have tailed 3-2 in a series 17 times. They are 1-16 in those series.. some dude named Mark put the team on his back

  77. Facing elimination? Hmm, what did you guys expect from a team whose most important has become “shots blocked”. Where is the offensive defenceman? Where is the nasty intimidator? This team is DONE!

  78. Oh yea Vitaly. I wasn’t saying that TO anyone. Just saying it out loud that Alfredsson probably won’t make a huge difference.

    Unless one of our guys taps him and injures him and then another one of our players gets beaten as a result and someone gets suspended for it.

  79. Stranger Nation on

    Regarding 5v5 production – Hags was integral in Game 1 scoring 5v5 for Gabby and B Rich – both opps off his fore-check. Need some of that mojo tonite.

    IMO – torts has done a great job, taking a team of 6-8 seed talent and capturing the #1 seed. My biggest issue was him sitting Bickel in Game 1 after his cross check in front of net on Zac Smith (I believe). This move spoke volume to team – if you commit a penalty on the rough side, you sit the rest of game. Not the only reason this team has not showed fight, but plays into mindset of young team.

    How many would have traded a Bickel cross check or roughing against Smith, Neil or Konopka for a 2 min PK over the last 4 games. They are playing a different game called PO hockey the last 4 games. Where we in every game? – yes. But these losses were no ‘moral victories’ as we ended up losing on the scoreboard AND, not surprisingly, in the trenches. Either pick up you skirts and go home (Dubi, Artie, Rupp) or let then know “there will be blood”.

    Only player to raise their game this series was Stralman, Hank, McD and some moments from Staal. Everyone else is playing at or below their level of performance we seen all season.

    *MUST WIN*

  80. If they give effort you have to be satisfied with the rangers.
    The future looks bright. They need some tweaking but they will get it done soon.

  81. Matty'"Rangersin6"boy on

    I appreciate that, Johnny. And let’s not forget the lockout and its effect on where this team is going. I do realize he has not had a high up draft pick, but we should all realize that there are always some good pearls that drop from late first and beyone. Want me to list the wasted picks HE selected? You know, just look across the river. Lou had worse picks. Look the talent and SIZE he has put together with LESSER picks.

    12 years? 12 years?????

    And, still, while many were fooled by their regular season record (and I will be there rooting like crazy and am nervous right now….like all of us true fans here we SO want a game 7 and for this great season not to end), this was not a first place team by the roster. It became a first place team because of the coach and the players being coached well.

    I don’t want to discuss now what have been obviousl unaddressed weaknesses FOR years, suffice it to say, other GM’s would have done it faster and better AND we are still not a cup worthy team.

    Hyacinths, anyone?

  82. Im glad Alffy is playing. Hope we win but that the crowd gives him a standing ovation forhis last home game. Then we end his career at home by beating the sens.

  83. JohnnyD as a season ticket holder since 1978 and as one of the clowns calling for Sather’s head I can assure you I have been consistent in this since the trade deadline, since before the season, and for the last 10 years.

    The team’s regular season performance has been over the heads, courageous, and in spite of the very average team put together by the Great Gardener. The boys are giving it their all and deserve praise- I still think they may pull this off.

    I find preposterous your defense of Sather and giving a pass based on the Rangers finishing in the middle rather than condemning him for that fact.

    I would respond in more detail but Matty’s 10:10am post pretty much nailed it.

  84. Matty'"Rangersin6"boy on

    Today is about….today is about…today is about…being positive and Rangers Win GAME 6!!!!!

    WE Want Game 7 @ MSG. We win tonight!!!

  85. iWicky "Rupp yours". LGT on

    Morning ILB, tony, and all!!

    LGT and LGR!!

    I broke out the 94 Stanley cup champions t shirt from the drawer this morning, business casual can kiss my aasen today!!! I’m all about bringing luck (I’m hoping) to the boys!!

    I heard Boyle was drunk!

  86. Boyle out. Here’s the lines as it should and probably be
    1.ZsaZsa, Hags & Buck toothed Richie
    2. Step, Dubi (needs to do something fast), and Cally (no stupid penalties please)
    3. AA, Feds and Kreider
    4. Rupp, Mitch & Prust…By the way. Who’s better? Brad Richards or Brad Richardson?????

  87. Perhaps not a comment of utmost pertinence but…wtf, Nickelback is playing at the NHL award show?!! This is why the NHL is far below MLB, NFL, NBA, probably MLS in popularity here. There’s a reason there was no comments section at nhl.com’s page talking about Nickelback playing.

  88. Regarding the coaching Torts certainly earned the Cup he won and got this Ranger team to buy in and play over its heads. But I think he erred terribly in not responding forcefully in Game 3. Too carried away with the “right way” and not realizing his team needed to assert itself physically even if nasty. To me, he has looked a bit bewildered.

  89. Ok, I’m done with the past for today, and looking forward to the beginning of the playoffs starting tonight where we win the first of 2 straight.

  90. So the Sens get the feel-good moment of having Alfredsson back and can close out the series at home tonight…

    In other words, I’m gonna be puking in my hat sometime around 9:30 – 9:45 tonight.

    Anybody wanna bet they get swept in the next round? Wanna bet Craig Anderson gets lit up for 4+ goals a game?

    In all honesty…do the Rangers bother to look at game film and try to figure out WHERE to shoot the puck? Or is it really “Gee…I dunno…just shoot it that way”. I’ve yet to see Torts make a single adjustment to strategy. It’s all about “Our team and the way we play…not the other team”

    Well…isn’t that a mark of poor coaching? Shouldn’t you adapt to your opponent to some degree? Or just keep trying the same thing that’s given you exactly 5 goals in 4 games?

    I dunno…this series is leaving a horrific taste in my mouth. This is as disappointing as the ’91 – ’92 season. Although at least that team lost to the eventual Cup winners. We’re gonna lose to a team that’s gonna likely get destroyed in the next round.

    Pens are out, supposedly the only team we could easily lose to. The path is wide open…and the Rangers are blowing the chance of a lifetime.

    Yeah, not feeling optimistic at all. No matter how much I try, I just don’t feel it or see it.

  91. If they can net one early, I think it will go a long to getting some confidence going. This team has battled all year, but I think it would be tough to get down by a goal again.

  92. Cjp ye id take the bet. If everything holds uptheyd play florida next round. Florida wont sweep them.

  93. Everyone just relax and have faith. For the first time in a long time we have a team that never quits. We may not always win but we slways try.

  94. gabby, hagelin, richards

    cally, dubi, stepan,

    AA, kreider, prust(or feds)

    feds or prust, mitchell, rupp

    same d..

    win the friggin game…..

    so cjp has already given up.. why watch the game then??

  95. alfreddson is not that good anymore.

    rangers forecheck the way they can and should they win the game…………

  96. Why is John Scott dressing? At least Neil will have something else to think about besides scoring goals….just saying….

  97. no chance john scott will be in the system next year. NONE.

    he brings nothing accept against the philthys in regualr season.

    enough with the tough guy BS………

  98. High Desert Roberto on

    if the rangers were playing a mid-season home/home against the sens, would there be NO chance of us sweeping the 2 games? I would probably feel pretty good about our chances.

    http://youtu.be/gLYTObRhcSY at 1:08

    or in other words: DONT THINK. JUST LET IT FLOW.

  99. Matty'"Rangersin6"boy on

    Matteau, I don’t disagree….just talking about regular season with Torts. Great, great job.

    We’ll talk about the playoffs sometime…….

    For now, all we need….all we need is to win minute by minute..check and play hard….win game 6….that’s all we need……

  100. I mentioned most of my immediate issues the other day (last night around 9pm).

    Rangers played in semi-playoff mode most of the season (most hits, most fights, blocked shots) so when we got to playoffs, only had half a gear left to shift up. Most other teams went up a full gear.

    Worst 3 in postseason so far: Anisimov, Dubi, Stepan. Honorable mentions: Prust, Gabby.

    Anisimov is a wimp, skates w head down, won’t go into tough spots.
    Dubi looks lost. He must be a dumb or lack hockey smarts or both. I just cannot get past his physical size, natural hockey gifts, yet persistent zoning out, lack of smarts, inability to use his size all the time.
    Stepan looks intimidated out there, slightly scared.

    Prust should be facewashing people more, snowing the goalie, etc. I am shocked he has not fought Chris Neil yet. Not a person on our team other than Boyle fought Neil. Did Neil get an instigator for fighting Boyle? Nope. So why Prust (or Rupp or Bickel )has not fought that a-hole is shocking to me. Neil isn’t backing down from a challenge, so I think an instigator penalty is irrelevant with him.

    Gabby….more shots. Period. Enough of the fast move to the wing. Flip the puck to the net, make something happen.

    In general, Anderson has seen it all. He is barely screened. We are not sending guys to the blue paint like they send Neil and Konopka. We still have no answer for that. We miss a crease clearing D-man. We’ve said this all along.

    On the Neil hit…look, do I like it? Of course not. But his head was down and he was shooting. What is Neil supposed to do? If it was Gabby doing a toe drag and trying to beat someone but lowered his head, would you expect the D to stop skating just because Gabby put his head down? No. That said, Neil targeted him from across the ice. It should be at least reviewed by the league. But we’ve gotten the short end of the rulings the whole playoffs.

    We are not winning a game scoring ZERO goals. Stop shooting the puck right at Anderson’s belly. And on the PP, enough of the East West BS….shoot the puck and hopefully into a screen.

    We are a good road team. We respond well to backs-against-the-wall. LGR!

  101. If we lose tonight and this series because we cant score on CRAIG ANDERSON its because Sather wouldn’t trade the “dime-a-dozens” for Rick Nash.

  102. Newman those guys haven’t backed down from a challenge all year. They clearly have a leash on them.

  103. Parise has looked pretty physical in his series. He has been blocking shots and banging bodies. Prust sayin’

  104. Matteau…you may be very right on that. So did the Sens coach outcoach Torts then? I mean you cannot know what the refs or the puppet Shanny would say or do, but the proof is in the pudding right?

  105. Everyone on this board realizes how GOOD the Senators PP is, right? We don’t want to tempt them with 4 and 5 minute PP’s.

  106. A lot of bipolar comments this morning. Expected. Everyone is nervous. My approach- not much I can do about it at the moment, so I fully intend to relax before the game and watch how they respond. Unless I have a heart attack beforehand, that is…..


    Yes, that stat was super depressing.

    And I agree. It alllll starts with The KREIDER.

  108. But Manny….I think engaging Chris Neil in a fight has like nearly 0% chance of any instigator. You know he is not backing down. You know he is not going to turtle.

  109. the neil hit was cheap and a penatly. what choice did neil have? not line up a guy for 40 + feet and hit him 1/2 a second after the puck is gone in the head.

    just because the incompetent and bias nhl said it was clean does not mean so.

    neil should have been suspended……the PPOC or whatever term the nhl uses was the head…Therefore it should have been suspendable……..

  110. again you can’t have your 2 most expensive forwards do little to nothing and advance. gaborik just isn’t a playoff talent.

    and our faceoffs are absolutely brutal. can’t win close games with that problem either.

    i am not giving up hope bc if they win i will be there game 7 ready to light that place up.

  111. Fat Guy in A Little Coat on

    would the Scott Stevens hits on Lindros or Kozlov have been suspendable in today’s NHL?

    actually, I don’t give two shats – they were both awesome and I’d love to see them again

  112. LW – I think it’s because Sestito is a LW (technically but we all know he can play anywhere and everywhere)

  113. To touch on a few things:

    Prust fighting Neil? While I know Neil has been effective in this series, one the ice, Prust does a lot more for the Rangers than Neil does for the Sens. Between his forechecking and d-zone coverage, that 5 minute trade off is not worth it.

    Torts benched Bickel for his cross-check because it was an idiotic penalty. Playing physical is fine, playing stupid and taking dumb penalties is not. The Sens PP will eventually click and chew up the Rangers PK. If you take 3-4 penalties a game? Fine, I put my money on the Rangers killing those off. But if you play overly physical and the refs call it tight and the Sens get 6-7 PPs? Rangers are toast. With how well they move the puck and all of the weapons they have (Gonchar, Karlsson, Spezza, Michalek, Foligno, Turris, and now Alfredsson back), the Rangers would’ve been swept.

  114. Stuart – if Prust or Rupp threw that same hit on a Sens player, you’d be saying how it was a great open ice hit. As a matter of fact, did you love that hit Orr threw on Matt Cullen a few years back? Because it was essentially the same thing.

    Neil didn’t target the head. He hit Boyle’s head, but the main point of contact was the chest. It wasn’t charging because he glided into the hit as Boyle turned and actually went in his direction. There is no rule against that hit. Should their be? Probably, since I personally believe those open ice hits are dangerous even when there is no contact to the head. I’d like to see it where it’s just only open ice hits when the player is facing you.

  115. Let it go with fighting Neil. In case you forgot, on top of that not being their first priority, Neil is a very, very good scrapper. He can stay with most of them. Youtube his latest fight against Chara. The last thing we need is him winning the fight and giving Ottawa extra energy.

  116. Fat Guy in A Little Coat on

    suspension or no suspension, how many high fives did Neil get behind closed doors in the locker room?

  117. rumor has it rangers leafs oct 28th home opener. is it july 1st yet. did we sign parise. did i miss the handshake. WERE DONE I KNOW IT U ALL KNOW IT. preparing myself since sat night

  118. Is it good luck to wear NYR garb today? Does that include certain former Rangers that aren’t with team anymore and yet are still playing in this years playoffs?

    Sure wish we could say Jags to Hags to Gabs, goal!

  119. Fat Guy in A Little Coat on

    Big Al – You aren’t the original owner of the restaurant on Happy Days, are you?

  120. Matty'"Rangersin6"boy on

    we are a bit more than 6 hours from game time….and I’m humming…because I know we will win tonight….we are gonna win tonight…..

  121. Carp, may I finally say: “*MUST* win game” today, or should I wait for second intermission in the game?

  122. JimboWoodside on

    >>>I want this win tonight for Tony, ilb, and Henrik. I need this win tonight for them.

    Correct, Tiki – Let’s Go Tony! Let’s Go Rangers!

    Eric, how are you doing? October 28th? Pretty late – due to more Garden renovations?

  123. Matty'"Rangersin6"boy on

    I am a little sick and tired of Brad Richards throwing every cliche he can at the media….biggest game of the year….we have to play our best tonight….

    Brad, please set the example and throw some cream puff passes to those that are on your team. No, not those rushed, too hard passes we’ve seen all series….some flat on the ice cream puffs….thank you….if you do that the chances are….

    we will win tonight…we will win tonight……..

  124. >>I will say that Nash would be a better fit for next year (somehow) than Parise.

    I’m not sold on Parise either. The guy plays hard, has better scoring touch than Callahan, and is a fantastic little player for the regular season. But when it comes to the playoffs, he’s not the game-breaker the Rangers so desperately need.

  125. Matty'"Rangersin6"boy on

    Heck, the guy to fight Neil is Rupper. He’s big and ugly. And we don’t need him on the ice. Problem is, who fights Carkner, too? We got nothin’ but Rupper. Carkner’s a big dud….

    Based upon the coaching, not too sure Torts lets our guys fight anyway. I think it may all be a dream.

  126. Well, I for one am not overly concerned about tonight. Don’t get me wrong, I woke up disgruntled to realize this could be the last day shouldnt Miami Pimp prove brilliant. I have been conditioned, over the past few years, to assume that it SHOULD be our last day…

    Funny thing though, two weeks ago, would the collective assume we weren’t LIKELY to win two in a row as needed against an opponent? Sure, I’m aware of their record against us this year and internet instigators need not poke holes, simply sharing my thought process.

    This team has answered the bell EVERY time this year, even when I was sure we’d piss away 1st in the division. Well, they won 1st in the East and here’s why they’ll win tonight:

    1) Hank wont be outplayed by Anderson two nights in a row. No way. The King with make Craig Anderson look more awkward than Bambi on ice regardless of how he plays… I’m expecting an “A+” performance.

    2) Big players make big plays in big games. They don’t need to be big names around the league (though some are) but they’ve been big names for us all year. Stepan, Gabby, Richards, Dubi, Staal… I’d put my money on our big names rising to the occasion and while it’s a little delayed, it’ll come in time.

    3) McMonster. Flat out, McDonagh looked like the best player on our team on Saturday. Did anyone else want the W as much as him? Callahan was taking penalties and playing frantic (I love him, but it wasnt his best by my assumption), sure, but everytime McMonster had the puck, he looked like… Boyle?! Guy wanted it and you could see it and I see him tallying one this game as well.

    4) Staal’s back? Looked mean, strong and skilled. The game looks like it might have slowed down for him a bit.

    5) Torts back? Sorry, but our boys have been told, “don’t take a penalty” and a leashed dog isn’t as dangerous as one free to indulge its whims. I’m looking for the “old” Torts to let them run and I’m putting it in a public forum right now, Prust will be remembered in Ottowa tonight for his will to win and the hit he puts on Neal for lighting up Boyle.

    Most importantly, we’ll win tonight because the Rangers wont let this year be a wasted opportunity. We fail to push a game 7 and we’ve had a POOR year. Who cares about the regular-season if you fold week #1 of the post-season? This teams worked too hard and experienced too much positive reinforcement for doing the right things to end the season on such a sour note. Hanks been in our franchise for 12 years (crazy right?!) and knows how special this current opportunity is…

    SUPER pumped up for the game this evening and proud to trust the NY HOCKEY RANGERS!

  127. No need to get on Brad Richards now…

    Get on him 5 years from now when he’s gonna be REALLY, REALLY bad.

    But yeah, those brain-dead cross-ice passes that a monkey with a glass eye in the fourth balcony can see is a bad idea…not the mark of a supposed “veteran”

    KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid

    I really don’t understand the team-wide brain fart of passing up great chances to shoot and then when they finally DO shoot they throw it dead center into the goalie making his job a thousand times easier.

  128. Will Carkner actually play tonight? Based on Mark Stone’s play I would think they slot in Alfredsson and sit Carkner.

  129. >>I am a little sick and tired of Brad Richards throwing every cliche he can at the media…

    Do what I do: don’t listen to their interviews. All I need from Richards is for him to do what Giroux did for his team yesterday. Go out there and make a difference!

  130. Matty'"Rangersin6"boy on

    Great comment, Dudley. They did answer the bell during the regular season. Let’s let the bell ring loud, long and hard for tonight. They can answer it.

    No time for the kids to be nervous again..time to hit’em with all you got!!

    Step had a terrific game Saturday night. One or two shots he passed on, but tons better than he was.

    We can do it. we will win.

  131. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    I am very relaxed. I might feel different if I wasn’t so heavily sedated.

    Let’s go rangers.

    It’s just 1 game

  132. Faceoffs and chances. We can’t seem to win either. Ottawa has thoroughly outchanched us to equal their domination in the face-off circle. You can block shots all you want but the problem lies in having to block so many of them. They’ve taken an unbelievably enormous amount of shots when you take into account the blocked ones as well as the total misses. Most of our shots just happen to wind up on net… usually in Anderson’s belly. We can’t let them take so many damn shots! What happened to the deep grind in our opponent’s zone? What happened to ownership of the puck? Ours, not theirs. Ottawa has controlled the majority of this series whether they’ve led in regulation or not. We’ve got to learn to play more than just one period. And I have no clue how Torts can think that the 3rd period of the last game was their best period so far. If that’s true then we might be done already.

  133. Franklin Kistner on

    We live in CA and have had DirectionTV for 20 years. We used to by Center Ice and got to hear Sam about one in ten so we dumped it. We get Rangers in 60 and it works for us. If the great state of FL does not permit a dish, move. We have gotten all games on NBC’s family. Sam in game one only. One thing that they do well is no bottom crawl. It is a beautiful thing to see.
    Flew to NYC for game 5 – gone 36 hours – exhausted but ready for tonight’s big win. Rangers 5 – 0.

  134. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony on

    BTW, just did an unofficial tally of the predictions contest. The serious contenders (besides myself) are:

    Headzo: Rangers, Bruins, Devils, and Coyotes remaining.

    Scott: Rangers, Bruins, Devils, and Blackhawks remaining; wins tiebreaker against Winston Wolfe with three correctly predicted series game numbers (Blues, Devils, Blackhawks).

    Dunfs: Rangers, Bruins, Panthers, and Blackhawks remaining.

    Orr: Rangers, Bruins, Panthers, and Coyotes remaining.

    tf: Rangers, Capitals, Devils, and Blackhawks remaining. May be disqualified for improper entry.

    Vitaly: Senators, Bruins, Devils, and Blackhawks remaining.

    Jonny D: Senators, Bruins, Devils, and Coyotes remaining. If the Coyotes win in 6, he gets the tiebreaker over me. If they win in 7, I get it over him.

    I’m pretty sure this is everybody left that has a shot at winning. I haven’t checked tiebreakers of the different remaining prediction combinations against each other to see who will win in the event of 7 correct, but I think Headzo, Scott, and Winston Wolfe are the only 3 left who can go 8 for 8.

  135. Jonny D – Wow, talk about a disservice to the fans (especially us). Sounds like a lot of extra golf time for the Emmy nominees, huh? They’re probably spending a lot of time down here! lol

  136. Listening to Fatcessa on the FAN.

    He actually WENT to the game on Saturday night; and he actually is opening his show talking about NY RANGERS Hockey!

    Wonders will never cease..

    RANGERS IN 7!!!

  137. Franklin – I’ve never even heard of DirectionTV. Obviously not something down here nor in NY/NJ (nor in St. Louis for that matter when I lived there). I wish I could choose TV service based solely on my hockey preferences. Unfortunately Comcast pretty much has a stranglehold on everything down here and it’s “triple” packages are actually pretty well inclusive for the price. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for “Just Off” Center Ice.

  138. Yev – He’s like all the fans at the Panthers games down here (including my not-such-a-fan mother). It’s important now so they all show up like it’s mattered to them all along.

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