Senators-Rangers Game 7 tonight; Live Chat at 2:30 p.m.

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Don’t forget our Live Game 7 Chat from Madison Square Garden today at 2:30 p.m.

Bring you questions, comments, predictions, fears … whatever.

Should be off the hook.

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. OTTAWA SENATORS
2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 7 (Series tied 3-3)
Thursday, Apr. 26, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

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. 24

TONIGHT’S GAME:
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 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The series is tied at three games apiece, following a 3-2 win in Game 6 on Monday at Scotiabank Place. The Rangers enter the contest with a 201-219-8 record all-time in 428 playoff contests (111-85-2 at home; 90-134-6 on the road). New York has posted a 3-5 record all-time in Game 7 of playoff series, including a 3-0 mark in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden.

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.

ALL-TIME RANGERS PLAYOFF RECORDS:

  • Overall — 201-219-8
  • Home — 111-85-2
  • Away — 90-134-6
  • Goals for — 1,187
  • Goals against — 1,184

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS — RANGERS vs. SENATORS
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).

RANGERS vs. SENATORS:

  • 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)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SENATORS (Regular Season):

  • 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

MISCELLANEOUS PLAYOFF NOTES:

  • 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 Rangers are 3-0 in three previous Game 7s at Madison Square Garden — 1992 Division Semifinals vs. New Jersey (8-4), 1994 Conference Finals vs. New Jersey (2-1, 2OT), and 1994 Stanley Cup Finals vs. Vancouver (3-2)

SPECIAL TEAMS:
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 tallied two goals in seven power play attempts (10:33) in Game 6, and are now 5-29 (17.2%) in six playoff contests. New York is 1-1 in five-on-three situations (0:40; last – 4/23 at OTT), and 0-1 while skating four-on-three (0:30; last – 4/23 at OTT). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • Penalty Killing:  The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Senators in five shorthanded situations (8:07) in Game 6, and are now 21-24 (87.5%) in six playoff contests. Shorthanded goals for (0).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (0:41) in Game 6. The Rangers are even in five four-on-four situations (6:14). Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

SHOOTING GALLERY
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

SETTING THE PACE
The Rangers have tallied the first goal in four games this series, and have held the lead for 156:38, been tied for 134:49 and have trailed for 72:32 through six games.

PLAYOFF FIRSTS
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. In Game 6, Kreider notched his first career NHL point with the game-winning goal, while Derek Stepan tallied his first career playoff points with one goal and two assists.

KING HENRIK’S ASCENSION
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, to pass Andy Aitkenhead for fifth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff shutouts list. Lundqvist passed John Vanbiesbrouck for third in franchise history with his 39th career playoff appearance in Game 4, while his 25-save effort in a 3-2 win in Game 6 moved him passed Dave Kerr for third all-time with 18 playoff victories.

COOL UNDER PRESSURE
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.

THREE OF A KIND
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

PLACE IN TEAM HISTORY
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.

TOP SPOT
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

INJURIES:

  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 6
  • Steve Eminger (injured, 3/15) — 6
  • Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 6
  • Brian Boyle (injured, 4/21) — 1
    Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
    Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 19

 

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  1. True fans bleed rw&b on

    Rangers v. Caps. Let’s get it done and move on!

    Have a great day boneheads!!

  2. Considering how long this franchise has been around, it is hard to believe that this is only their 4th game 7 at home and all of them have come since 1992. I am going tonight and now will have been lucky enough to have been at 3 out of the 4 game 7’s at home.

    I am also now 0-6 in series predictions. Just amazing that the Caps, who were lousy and inconsistent all year defeated the defending champs. Also makes me VERY worried about tonight!

    Shift by Shift…

    Period by Period…

    Game by Game….

    RANGERS IN 7!!!!

  3. GregM_section403 on

    Still 12 HOURS until the game tonight! (how am i going to get any work done today?)

    Come on boys.

    Just bring your game tonight…the grit, intensity and focus that worked so well all year. Do that, and you’ll be fine!!

    LGR!

  4. Carp, going to Woodstock this morning to pay my respects to Levon Helm. Hope to hook up with cousin Jerry M. for lunch. Hope to be back in time for the chat. If not, at the garden tonight in gorilla outfit for luck. See you there.

  5. Stranger Nation on

    Was is the Vegas line on Bickel TOI +/- 2 mins?

    Will he be allowed on ice for the 3rd?

  6. Can You Hear Us!? on

    It will be a war at MSG tonigt.

    We the fans will do our part to pump up our boys.

    We will give Chris No-Suspensions Neil a good ol’ fashioned MSG-style rogering..

    Chants of ‘Brian! Brian! Brian’ for Boyler.

    A chance for payback to the Craps….

    Tonight, they will hear us.

  7. Gonna be hard keeping my mind on work today…

    I just hope the game is decided by the PLAYERS. Not the incompetent officials.

    And yes, I agree that the winning goal last night should NOT have counted. Looked like goalie interference to me.

    God Help Us if we end up losing in such a manner. Hank might kill the refs.

    Biggest game in years…crowd has gotta be loud and behind the Rangers. Rangers need to just play their game. Hank needs to be lights out. Let’s take the Sens out of the game early. Anderson has gotta be due for a shelling already.

    LET’S GO RANGERS!

  8. http://theprospectpark.blogspot.com/

    Look at the photo in the lead story. That warms my heart! We need a big, mean, crease clearing defenseman. Many people were critical of Gordie Clarke and the Rangers for this pick. Let’s hope that Gordie proves everyone wrong yet again!

  9. Rangers are bush-league.

    And I know it’s true, simply by using deductive-reasoning:

    Do the Rangers like “bush”? Hopefully.

    Do they play in a “league”? Yes.

    There you go.

  10. Shame on the racist Bruins fans. I know it was a small minority, but just awful! I am glad they are done
    Bruins will not play in May…doo da doo da
    Chara playing golf today oh the doo da day Let’s take care of business tonight

    LETS GO RANGERS

  11. Miami, logically, why don’t the Rangers choose to live in Flat-bush, Brooklyn?

    LGR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. While watching the NHL network the other day they were talking about all the victories on the road in this first round. Well let’s hope both home teams take care of business tonight!!!

    LGR!!!!
    LGR!!!!
    LGR!!!!
    LGR!!!!

  13. TheMessiah11 on

    Great moments are born from great opportunity.
    And that’s what you have here tonight, boys.
    That’s what you’ve earned here, tonight.
    One game
    If we played ’em ten times, they might win nine.
    But not this game. Not tonight.
    Tonight, we skate with ’em
    Tonight, we stay with ’em, and we shut them down because we can!
    Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world.
    You were born to be hockey players — every one of ya.
    And you were meant to be here tonight.
    This is your time.
    Their time — is done. It’s over.
    I’m sick and tired of hearin’ about what a great hockey team the Senators have.
    Screw ’em!
    This is your time!!
    Now go out there and take it

  14. Pimp prefers Ecuadorian Women’s Bocce to Hockey.

    Scared. Fear. Panic. Fear. Calm. Panic. Fear. Scared. Sick. Nauseous. Angry. Scared. Fear.

  15. Isn’t anybody worried about Holtby? It seems like Boston struggled to find a way through him. Hank is far superior but his numbers are only marginally better than Holtby’s in the post season.

  16. Racist Bruins Fans = Bruins Fans

    I don’t mean to sound like my boy “Tiki” here but….I have seen more blatant and offensive Racism in Boston than anywhere else. I don’t mean tongue-in-cheek racism or jokes or maybe something off-the-cuff. I mean screaming epithets at people, starting fights with foreigners etc.

  17. Im not worried about anything….Hope you guys win…looking forward to ending your season.

  18. Holtby had a great series. We’ve seen that before from young Capitals goaltenders ( _see_ M. Neuvirth).

    Thomas on the other hand, did not.

  19. Manny: Go to Philadelphia. Lived both places and found Boston well behind in 2nd place.

  20. Good point, The Doctor. I have seen and heard some crazy stuff during my time in Philly. For me it’s augmented probably by the fact that I spent a tremendous amount of time in Boston and less time in Philly.

    Fair enough though.

  21. Good morning, boneheads!

    Did anyone mention there is a big game in MSG tonight? And it isn’t the Knicks for a change. Even though if you open local papers you’d think otherwise.

    I missed the racial thing in Boston last night. Probably a good thing. Idiots. But I wouldn’t generalize it a specific city related. Unfortunately, it still happens everywhere.

  22. Not at all surprised about the racism being sprewed by Bruins fans. Or any fan from Boston.

    It’s inherent in their city. I remember, and I can’t think of what it was, either “When it Was A Game” or “Ken Burns’ Baseball” or maybe that documentary on the Red Sox that they had to re-do after they finally won the Series…

    Anyways, they made mention that they were the last team and took the longest to finally have an African American on their baseball team. Suggesting that the refusal to do so for so long directly resulted in their team suffering for many years.

    But the garbage being thrown around last night and this morning by Bruins fans…shows just how classless so many of them are.

    Hope it’s another 40 years between Cups for them.

  23. Like this series, and every other, this game is 50/50. However, this team has crazy amounts of heart and character. Also, having Hagelin back and Kreider following his blueprint is really a tide turner.

    I think they get it tonight. This team just has a little something special going on.

  24. CJP – I actually think the Yankees were the last team to integrate. Elston Howard was the first black player on the Yankees and that was WELL after Jackie Robinson.

    The Bruins did have Anson Carter (now broadcasting).

    But Boston/Philly are not the best places for anyone not white and inherently privileged.

  25. Morning Carp –

    I saw we dress Mess in full gear, send him out for the first face off and then have him return to bench, have Buekeboom or Samuelson (or both) dressed come over the boards and beat the snot outta Neil –

    Prust sayin!

  26. What I have read from Boston Bruin fans is absolutely disgusting. As a hockey fan I am ashamed to be even remotely associated with those creeps.

    What social media allows people to say and get away can be sickening at times.

    Great goal Joel Ward! Adios Boston, your fan base doesn’t deserve it.

  27. Boston is out! Buh-Bye! Boston players didn’t seem too upset last night.

    Now our team must take care of the business tonight! LET’S GO RANGERS!

  28. Manny: I’m going to disagree again because that’s the type of person I am. Boston is pretty awesome for most everyone as long as you’re in a transient area, which most of inner Boston is. So basically avoid Southie (although that’s gentrifying by the minute) and, especially, the outer suburbs. And most especially Revere. I wear either a Yankees or Rangers hat most every day around here (Cambridge/Somerville) and people are fine. Took 100 times more abuse wearing the Yankees hat in Philadelphia, which is pretty counter intuitive, until you realize Philadelphians hate everything, including themselves and their teams, and are always looking for a fight. Probably because its far more provincial; you’re either from the Philadelphia area or you don’t live in Philadelphia. Or you go to college there and get the f-word out after 4 years then, almost a decade later, when you decide you want to leave Wilmington for a bigger city, tell your wife flat out you will not move back to Philadelphia because you can’t stand the people so you instead move up to Boston. I absolutely used to think they were linked cities before coming up here but it couldn’t be further from the truth. There are awful Boston natives, like there are anywhere on the east coast, but the awfulness isn’t nearly as pervasive.

  29. Interesting to see that Anson Carter is now broadcasting. That’s good, because he sure as
    shootin, never showed much during that brief ( but horrid) period of time he played for the Rangers.

  30. (Also, I have to assume most of those “Bruins fans”, who didn’t really exist until about 12 months ago, are just the trash boyfriends of the pink hats. All from Revere.)

  31. Win one for the Boyler!

    Had a -dream- nightmare that the game was 0-0, went to OT. Girardi and McDonough mishandled the puck off a draw and it beat Richter (not Lundqvist). I was crushed. The replay showed my 4 year old son actually scored an own-goal. After explaining that he was supposed to be shooting at the other net, I woke up relieved.

  32. Mcshanny Czar on

    Just saw an NHL tweet (yes I’m that bored) that Dale Hunter was last Caps player to score OT game 7.

  33. Nervous. Fear. Panic. Gripping. Fear. Boudreu. AHHHH. Turris. CARKNER! Fear. Scared. Not OK. Hungry. Sweaty. Panic. Help. Help me. Scared.

  34. CCCP – The Bruins really did accept their fate pretty easily. I’m not totally sure I understand that series. Was it Holtby standing on his head? Or were the Bruins simply not up to snuff as a defending champ should be?

    Hopefully, with the blessing of the hockey gods, we’ll start finding out early next week.

  35. Thanks, CT. That’s something I did not know! The Professor.

    The Doctor: Thanks for that info. You’re right. Maybe I am being too harsh. I have had some good times in Boston. Most of my bad experiences came between Dorchester/Roxbury and The actually City Proper and Allston, Jamaica Plains etc. Not a big deal.

    In Philly I was told by a cab driver, upon him inquiring why I was going to the airport and me telling him I was going to Israel, he pulled over and looked at me for a while and said, “So you’re a Jew? Well….you’re the good one.”

  36. I hope I’m truly wrong but the other day I was flipping channels on the tv and there was Barry Melrose talking hockey. I forgot that this guy is a major jinx. I forgot that I had told myself not to listen or watch his predictions because they are never right. Well, he predicted that Boston would win game 7, rangers win game 7 and the panthers win game 7. I’m not going to say it but the rangers are in trouble.

  37. The Capitals have rarely had Ovechkin, Backstrom and Green on the ice in the same game this season, but when they have, the record (I wish I knew it) is unbelievable.

  38. Mister D, is that, if you go to Dorchester repeatedly you have an 87 percent chance of being shot … or do you have an 87 percent chance of being shot every time you go there?

    CTB?

    Good morning, Sally!

    Let’s Go Tony!

  39. I wont get into this discussion other than to say that the Red Sox were the last team to integrate. Im 100% sure of that.

    ilb, stick your nose out when others are bashing that place, or Ill chop it off!!!! :)

    Manny, you can sound like me anytime!!!

  40. That’s true carp. That’s why washington struggle through the regular season. They had key injuries but now the Caps are 100% healthy. This could be the caps year to win it all.

  41. The Doctor: A friend of mine from Berklee College told me that he was sitting on a bench in a subway when he heard two gunshots, he looked up to see a pistol pointed at him and looking left and right he noticed two bullet holes in the tiles above his shoulders. The guys pointing the gun screamed “OH $H*! That’s not the guy!” and then ran away. So I believe you statistic.

    Dale Hunter is also the last Capitals player to be suspended for 21 games for trying to kill Turgeon after he scored a goal.

  42. Every time you go there. For every 8 people that cross the line, just under 7 are shot.

  43. Theyre whining on the Bruins blogs that there was goalie interference on the OT winner and the referees shouldve waived off the goal. Waaaaa!!! Waaaa!!!!! Not even Id complain for that, or maybe I would. Referees aint taking away a series winning goal without a definitive reason.

  44. That’s so funny, Tiki, I was just waiting for Edwards to start screaming for an interference call and he never did. And, to be honest, if we went out on a similar play with Neil making that level of contact with Henrik, I bet I’d lose my mind.

  45. therealmikeynj on

    Today is my 36th, bday, and all I want is a ranger win!!!

    Wasn’t posting much this season, dad was sick, got better, and life got hectic.

    But as always, carp and u ladies and gents with our ranger talk helped.

    Finish it off.tonight boys!!!

    Let’s go rangers!!!!

  46. Definitely Mister D. The Chris Neil play was as obvious a call as it gets. The OT winner last night there was no contact with the goalie at all. One guy responded that Thomas was interfered with by the sight of a black player, since theyre few and far between!!!

  47. Happy 26th, Mikey and Missus D.

    And also to my late great aunt Clare … she’s the one I told you about: Got her tickets to a Rangers-Flyers game and by the third period, this little old 70-something high school English teacher was standing on her chair chanting “Flyers Suck!” … may she rest in peace.

  48. Fat Guy in A Little Coat on

    I hope they start the game with 5 synchronized fights tonite, just to get it out of the way

  49. @thenyrangers@ #NYR hit the ice for morning skate… *Ryan Callahan is skating* , Brian Boyle is not…

  50. fourscoreandsevenfaceoffsago on

    Have experienced both places, many years apart,
    (which could mean more reporter bias).
    Think it’s more a hockey thing than general, though
    would agree I would take Boston before Philly, if I
    had to take one, but would seek a passage to Nome
    before either.
    There’s a congenital mean-ness in Philly that has always
    puzzled me, because the ethnic mix is not that different
    from other east coast cities.
    Thought Caps had a slight edge in last night’s game, but
    agree it was basically another “lucky bounce” tilt.
    If I had to bet it, Boston’s fatigue would have been the
    deciding straw. Last year’s champ, in most pro sports
    now, is at a decided disadvantage in terms of what I
    think of as Deep Rest. Bruins, in particular, really slogged
    through it last year, as did the Canucks.
    Glad Caps won; Bruins got away with much more after-
    whistle garbage, and Chara was often a thug against much
    smaller guys. B’s were the Bad Guys.

  51. therealmikeynj on

    Thanks Carp, & Manny. Long haul, but life finally back to normal

    Mister, happy bday to ur wife.

    Carp: so do I get to be eternally 26 like josh?

  52. therealmikeynj,
    There is not such thing as 36 when it comes to birthdays at this blog. You’re bad with the numbers. So, Happy 26 therealmikeynj and please, stay this way the rest of your life! Best age ever! LGR!!!

  53. Why does no one give me any credit for how well I represented the Rangers’ sweater in my NY years?

  54. Mikko Lenionen on

    Put me back in coach, I promise I won’t fan on my next chance to change NY sports and hockey history

  55. Im rewatching the game and at the 2nd intermission, this idiot Keith Jones says Holtby hasnt seen many shots. He stopped 24 of 25 shots through 2 periods. He says Holtby looks shaky.

  56. fourscoreandsevenfaceoffsago on

    Rangers and Sens were 50% faceoff teams during season.

    Sens have 55% this series (mostly Zenon?).

    Rangers skating uphill, again. Possession woes.

    That’s why I would like to see a change, maybe a handful
    or two of occasions, in D-zone. Press the points, which would be
    a surprise to Sens. No set pattern. Caps took puck from
    Bruins now and again last night doing that. Know there’s
    some risk; maybe in practice it breaks down their positional
    discipline, so not worth it. But they gotta re-tilt the
    possession battle, if they can, any way they can.

  57. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Carp same question as on Monday do you know who the refs are for tonight?

  58. Wayne Gretzky's Daughter on

    Guys – My Dad won’t let me use Twitter anymore. Is it alright if I instead post all of my pictures here on this blog, just for you guys?

  59. Bob Brooke … once scored a humangous goal to beat the Capitals in a playoff series.

    Mikko “the Breeze” Leinonen still holds the Rangers single-game postseason scoring record, if I’m not mistaken.

    I’ll check right now, Ria.

  60. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Good morning all and happy 26th birthday to everyone!!!!

    Heading to see Tony soon so he can join live chat! LGR!!!!! My stomach feels like there are 10 billion butterflies on acid having a rave….

  61. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    UUGGGGGG LETS HOPE NOT Carp ! Thanks you are the bestest!!!!!!!!!!!!I won’t go to nhl website as I have boycotted their site for 3 years I refuse to give them the hit.

  62. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Mama do you know Tony’s room number I want to send him a get well card?

  63. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Torts quote on Krieder “will not hesitate to put him in all situations tonight” will he see power play time?

  64. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    At least 50 times a day Carp I even have my sister down in Florida giving you hits !!!!! LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. Remember this stat: *No* team has moved on that hasn’t lead their series in blocked shots. Yes. The Caps blocked more shots than the Bruins.

  66. Which MSG channel will the game be televised on? I get conflicting responses. If its on MSG, is it automatically on MSG HD?

  67. Wayne Gretzky's Daughter on

    I think the game should be aired on Channel 9, with their old piss-poor graphics, and rollover over Jim Gordon and Bill Chadwick to do the play-by-play

  68. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Ria, and all:

    Lutheran Medical Center
    150 55th Street, 3214A Stroke Unit (Tony Caminiti)
    Brooklyn, NY 11220

    ha! no prob tiki!

  69. Carp – actually, my 1986 playoff game winner was in OT, but didn’t win the series. It only evened things at 2 games apiece. Let the record show that our old friend Scott Stevens coughed up the puck.

  70. CARP…Miko (#28) was one of my faves. I believe he holds or shares the NHL record for most assists in a playoff game 6!!!! But he broke our hearts missing that easy goal vs the Icelanders.

  71. The dream scenario – Rangers go up by 3-4 goals in the first period, effectively squashing the resolve of the Senators and allowing the Rangers to exact some revenge on Chris Neil without worrying about the outcome.

    The nightmare scenario – Ottawa goes up by 3-4 goals and the MSG crowd turns on the Rangers as Chris Neil successively headhunts blueshirts left and right while the officials look the other way.

    The probable scenario – It’s either a 1-0 or 2-1 game. Possibly in OT. Oh, dear God, don’t let this go into OT

  72. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    *Ilb said:*

    Good morning, boneheads!
    Did anyone mention there is a big game in MSG tonight? And it isn’t the Knicks for a change.
    ………

    And yet, somehow, the Rangers still get put on MSG-“Ocho” en espanol

  73. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony on

    Boneheads,

    It’s been a great season. Win or lose tonight, it’s been fun. I’m just going to take the game as it comes, and if the Rangers win, I’ll see you all tomorrow. If they lose, I’ll see you after locker clearout day.

  74. That big Bob Brooke OT winner was on a direct giveaway from the overrated Scott Stevens who also gave away the puck right to Matteau on his first 2OT winner in 94
    who was also pancaked and robbed of the puck on Mess’ opening minute goal in ’94 game 2
    who also was draped around Adam Graves skates as he scored OT winner 1997 game 5

  75. Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in this history of mankind. Mankind — that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution — but from annihilation. We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive!” Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!

  76. Can we please just win?

    I agree with Doodie. Great season. Tons of fun. Great being around here. I really, really don’t want it to end!

  77. very depressing around my house with my father in law passing yesterday all i ask is the 3 hours or so i get out tonite to msg i come home with a win. please let me smile for a few hours before his funeral tom

  78. “Scared. Fear. Panic. Fear. Calm. Panic. Fear. Scared. Sick. Nauseous. Angry. Scared. Fear.”

    That’s what the RR *body language* experts see when looking down the line of faces on the Rangers bench when it’s 0-0 after six minutes.

  79. “Scared. Fear. Panic. Fear. Calm. Panic. Fear. Scared. Avery. Sick. Nauseous. Angry. Scared. Fear.”

    That’s what the same *body language* experts would like to see when looking down the line of faces on the Rangers bench when it?s 0-0 after six minutes.

  80. Stranger Nation on

    time to send the Sens home kicking (Karlsson, Michalek) and screaming (Neil) or both (Alfredsson)

  81. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Eric so sorry for your family’s loss please try & stay positive & hang in there .

  82. Stranger Nation on

    Hoping Hags (7 secs) and Kreider (6 secs) can increase their PP TOI by taking time from Feds (2:39) and Mitch (4:35).

    Approx half of Mitch’s TOI for Game 6 was(9:49) on PP. John MItchell – PP specialist – can’t shoot or pass, but can stick handle with best of them.

    Prove me wrong Johnny and put the biscuit in the basket please!

  83. Wicky© Where have all the NOOGIES gone?? LGT!!! on

    Morning ILB, Tony, and all!!

    Happy 26th mikey and mrs D!!

    I’m reading all the previous post so I don’t repeat anything that has been said hopefully and keep making mental notes on posts I want to respond to and get to the end to do my post….and I have forgotten what the hell I wanted to respond to.

    Love it when the subway magazine stand experts comment on the body language experts!! LMAO and makes my day;)

    So what happened in Boston or should I ask about the racial comments? I watched the end of the game and thought the open mic by the handshake line was great and the bruins all seemed pretty classy with what they were saying…

    ILB
    more maltby..woooo hoooo!

  84. Wicky© Where have all the NOOGIES gone?? LGT!!! on

    Eric
    condolences my friend! Best wishes for you and your fam!

  85. Hmm interesting, looks like Carkner and Konopka have not skated at all the last 2 days. Maclean says they are available but why wouldn’t they skate at all for 3 days?

  86. We will win tonight. I feel it in my bones Charloots………Lets Go Rangers.
    Somebody PLEASE pummel Chris Neil right from the get go. Make a statement.

  87. Wicky© Where have all the NOOGIES gone?? LGT!!! on

    lloyd
    thanks, what a bunch of boucher bags!!!!

    manny?

  88. Wicky© Where have all the NOOGIES gone?? LGT!!! on

    maybe the sens are not only not skating them, but aren’t feeding them or anything prior to tonights game…you know trying to get them mean as hell!!

  89. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Wicky been meaning to tell you your new little wickster is absolutelyadorable!!!

  90. Stranger Nation on

    Well…both are horrible skaters so practice will not help

    Konopka out would be a huge plus – been a best on the FO dot – Dubi looked good on draws last game – would put him in for defensive draws and Richie in for offensive draws – Step has been awful on FOs this series.

  91. I swore to myself I wouldn’t talk about possible next round oppnents until tomorrow.

    But I do have to say I would have much rather played the Devils than a healthy Caps team which was tops in the league last 2 years and now knows how to win tight games. While Bruins and Flyers killed each other in the other bracket.

    Ok that’s all, back to focusing only on Rangers winning tonight.

  92. All the pressure is still on the Rangers tonight….at home, #1 seed, etc. They have responded to adversity by winning just about every time.

    I will not be able to handle OT tonight.

  93. Sioux-per-man on

    6 hours till the drop of the puck!!!

    Direct TV just left my house. Anyone else having troubles with the game pausing for a second or two? At first I thought it was Versus/NBC it’s not its your HD DVR, after they did there upgrade you will notice more problems with the older boxes. Long story short, they will replace them for free.

    No issues for game 7. Outside of the 12 year old music concert tonight starts the same time as the puck drops.

    Looks like I will have to DVR, and watch tape delayed for the first hour. (No commercials or Ottawa powerplays for me tonight :)

    Let’s Go Rangers!!! Great day to be a Ranger fan!!!!

    No Bridge jumping tonight!!!

  94. Wicky© Where have all the NOOGIES gone?? LGT!!! on

    Ria
    thank you so much. Thankfully she looks like her mother and not me (blogmama will be the first to agree with that)!!

    manny
    vibin’

  95. Why are you folks so shocked that some white hockey fans would be making racist remarks towards a black player? What world do you live in?

  96. fourscoreandsevenfaceoffsago on

    Stranger: Step has been the most consistent Ranger at faceoffs all year
    he’s stunk:-)! But the rest of his game, finally, was so good in 5 and 8 that he
    was an overall big asset. Hope he’s still got gas in tank tonight. (Brad
    has been unpredictable game by game; BB was their best, but even he would
    go into a funk for a game or two or three). Wanna see occasional, surprise
    pressure at the points to make up for some lost possessions; Caps did well at
    that last night.
    Gravy: Agree about the pressure. One reason I give the Sens a slight edge
    here.
    Matteau: couldn’t agree more. Think Caps at fairly high level right now.
    Been emphasizin’ last week: these are my fav all-time Rangers, win or lose.
    Exemplars of showin’ up, workin’ hard. Love ’em for that.
    Torts and Co did great work with a roster I see as more limited than many of you.
    He had very few optimum choices…
    Still not sure he’s a “great” coach, a coach for all teams, all seasons.
    But he sure was an excellent fit for this one.

  97. Rangers West on

    With Boyle gone let’s hope Dubious and Artie show up tonight to to help fill the 6’7″ gap on the ice. These two guys haven’t played awful but, for what it seems they’re capable of, they’ve been a letdown.

  98. Don’y really care who we get in the next round- lets just get there. (Besides- you want it get any easier than drawing the 8 and 7 seed in the first two rounds? Truth is, any team that clears the first round will be tough to play against in the second- though I must admit Devils/Panther series has been a real weak one.)

  99. Even if the Rangers won, still it’s Canada, if you check there are 10 players in the Rangers team that are Canadian. So maybe you should thanks Canada for the win.

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