Capitals at Rangers Game 7 tonight


For the record, I expect that the Rangers will win tonight. Can’t guarantee it, because, well, guarantees are so stupid. I mean, if I’m wrong, what happens? So how is that a guarantee?

But I’m telling you, they’re going to win.


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 7 (Series tied 3-3)
Saturday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers (Regular Season)
: 51-24-7 (109 pts), 1st in East
Capitals (Regular Season): 42-32-8 (92 pts), 7th in East
* All information through NHL games on May 10

The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.; TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN Radio), in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The series is tied at three games apiece, following a 2-1 loss in Game 6 on Wednesday at Verizon Center. The Blueshirts are now 37-28 in potential series clinchers. The Rangers enter the contest with a 205-222-8 record all-time in 435 playoff contests (114-86-2 at home; 91-136-6 on the road). New York has posted a 4-5 record all-time in Game 7 of playoff series, including a 4-0 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.


  • Overall — 205-222-8
  • Home — 114-86-2
  • Away — 91-136-6
  • Goals for — 1,202
  • Goals against — 1,197

The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the seventh time overall and the third time in four years. Their last postseason encounter was in last year’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a series won by Washington 4-1. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 2-4 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 18-22 mark in 40 postseason contests.


  • All-Time (Regular Season)85-86-18-5 overall (47-38-9-2 at home; 38-48-9-3 on the road)
  • 2011-12: New York was 2-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 129-87, including a 47-24 advantage in the third. Ryan Callahan led the team with four assists and five points, while Brian Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko tied for the team-high with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 4.01 GAA.
  • The Rangers have won five of their last seven regular season games against the Capitals, out-scoring Washington, 26-14
  • The Blueshirts have 16 players with previous playoff experience against the Capitals, led by Brandon Dubinsky (12 GP) and Ruslan Fedotenko (18 GP) who have both tallied three goals and four assists entering the series
  • New York lists one former Capital on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08)
  • Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06)


  • Henrik Lundqvist — 6 GP, 3-3, 1.76 GAA, .923 Sv%
  • Marian Gaborik — 6 GP, 3-3-6
  • Brad Richards — 6 GP, 3-2-5
  • Derek Stepan — 6 GP, 0-4-4
  • Michael Del Zotto — 6 GP, 1-3-4


  • Power Play:  The Rangers did not tally a goal in five power play attempts (10:00) in Game 6, and are now 9-55 (16.4%) in 13 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 Capitals in three shorthanded situations (4:15) in Game 6, and are now 37-45 (82.2%) in 13 playoff contests. New York is 1-1 in three-on-five situations (0:33; last – 4/28 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals for (0).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 6. The Rangers are plus-one in eight four-on-four situations (10:00). Four-on-four goals for (1): Richards (4/30 vs. WSH). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

Brad Richards’ goal with 7.6 seconds remaining in regulation in Game 5 was the latest game-tying goal scored by the Rangers in the playoffs in franchise history, and the sixth game-tying goal tallied by the Blueshirts in the final minute of regulation all-time in the playoffs.  *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

Ten of the Rangers’ 13 playoff games have been decided by one goal, including four that were decided in OT. The other three games were decided by two goals. The Blueshirts and Capitals have been separated by one goal in five of six games, with two games requiring OT, and have been tied or separated by one goal for 90% of the total playing time in the series.

The team that has scored the first goal of the game in this series is undefeated. Overall, New York has tallied the game’s first goal in eight games during the playoffs, posting a record of 6-2 in those contests.

New York leads the league with 453 hits in the playoffs. The Blueshirts have five players ranked in the top 10 in the NHL – Ryan Calahan (1st, 62), Brandon Prust (5th, 44), Michael Del Zotto (T-8th, 39), Dan Girardi (T-8th, 39), and Brian Boyle (T-8th, 39).

The Rangers rank second in the NHL with 248 blocked shots in the playoffs, paced by Dan Girardi (44) and Ryan McDonagh (36) who rank first and third in the league, respectively. The Blueshirts also have three forwards who rank in the top six in blocked shots among forwards, including Ryan Callahan (T-1st, 22), Ruslan Fedotenko (T-5th, 15) and Brad Richards (T-5th, 15).

New York has out-shot Washington, 181-156, in the series thus far, with a 126-98 advantage after the first period. The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 38-18, in Game 5, including a 17-4 advantage in the first period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blueshirts’ 17 shots marked a franchise record for most shots on goal in a single period during a playoff game, and the 13-shot advantage is the most for the Rangers all-time in a single period of a playoff game.

In Game 3, the Rangers tied the franchise record for most shots on goal in a playoff game with 49, while the Blueshirts and Capitals combined for 95 shots in the contest. The 95 shots are the most in an NHL game since Boston and Philadelphia combined for 95 shots on goal on May 2, 2011. The Blueshirts registered 22 total shots on goal after regulation which, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the most by the Rangers in the expansion era (since 1967). The two teams combined for 39 shots in the three OT periods, which is also a franchise record for most shots on goal after regulation.

A few notes on the Rangers’ 2-1 triple OT win in Game 3…

  • Was the fifth longest game in franchise history at 114:41
  • Marked the seventh time the Rangers skated in a game that required at least three OT periods
  • Was the longest Rangers game since Mar. 21, 1939 (119:25, 2-1 loss vs. Boston)
  • Was the second longest game resulting in a win for the Rangers all-time (Mar. 26, 1932; 119:32, 4-3 win at Montreal)
  • The last triple OT game for the Rangers was a 3-2 win vs. Chicago on Apr. 29, 1971, in Game 6 of their Semifinals series at MSG. Pete Stemkowski tallied the GWG at 1:29 of triple OT to send that series into a Game 7.
  • Was the longest NHL game since May 4, 2008, when Dallas defeated San Jose, 2-1, at 9:03 of the fourth OT*
  • The last NHL game that required at least three OT periods was on Apr. 22, 2010, when Ottawa’s Matt Carkner tallied the GWG at 7:06 of the third OT in a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh*

*courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

Rangers rookie Chris Kreider notched his first goal at Madison Square Garden with the game-winner, and added his first career assist in Game 1. He became the youngest Rangers player to record two points in a playoff game since Niklas Sundstrom on May 11, 1996, and the first Blueshirt rookie to register a multi-point effort in the postseason since Brandon Dubinsky on May 1, 2008. Kreider is tied for first in the NHL with two game-winning goals in the playoffs, and is the first New York rookie to register two game-winning goals in the postseason since Mike Allison in the 1981 playoffs.

Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 14 times, posting a 7-7 record with a 1.69 GAA, .948 Sv% and two shutouts in those contests.

The Rangers organization is the only to still have both NHL and AHL teams in their respective league’s playoffs. The Rangers’ AHL affiliate, Connecticut Whale, currently trail the Norfolk Admirals, 3-2, in their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.


  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 13
  • Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 13
  • Brandon Dubinsky (injured, 4/26) — 6
    Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
    Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 42


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  1. charlie sheen on

    Here’s a stat for ya…. these are the 6 goalies who have won the cup since the self proclaimed “King” has been in the league:
    1. Cam Ward
    2. J.S. Giguere
    3. Chris Osgood
    4. Marc Andre Fleury
    5. Antii Niemi
    6. Tim Thomas

    Tonight is the night, I dont care if it takes 50 saves. If not now, when?

  2. Hope you’re right Carp! I have a feeling that they will win too. They just have to!!!

  3. Messier1194 on

    Im usually a lurker but need to post this. I am so excited about tonites game I cant even sleep. Its crazy how this team has just grabbed all of us and led us down this up and down ride this season. Since 94 I havent had as much confidence and respect for a Rangers team as I do this one. Tonite will show us what this team is made of… Ottawa game 7 was a biggie but this game 7 is even bigger. If they win tonite I have a really good feeling that youre looking at the Stanley Cup Champs this year. Could this be another year like 94 was where we just kept getting pushed into the wall and we pushed back?…I really hope so cuz I think this team can do it….


  4. Tuxedo Park on

    Remember that Hank is not playing against Holtby.

    Only recommendation is please put Krieder (or at least AA) with Callahan and Stepan.

    Maybe even Gabi Stepan and Cally with Krider Hags and BR.

  5. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I was confident games 6/7 vs OTT. For some reason, just don’t have that same confidence this series.

    Carp, either way, thanks for a fantastic season and making fanship of the greatest sport in the world, well, even more fun.

    Enjoy the day ‘heads.

  6. 3-0. Enjoy the pibbers. Let’s go Rangers! I was at my neighbors house yesterday celebrating the life of his dog Otto. A lovely pooch who used to escape through his sliding screen door and bark at Iona kids all day. Well after eleven years of haunting the neighborhood he has left us. Tears were flowing. Can anyone think of a way for my diehard ranger fan neighbor to feel just a little bit better tonight? Let’s do this! Good vibes all day and then a huge fame seven victory at the garden!! For OTTO!!!!!

  7. Let's Go Rangers!! on

    NO -waving white towels- tonight – are we surrendering? What’s next pom-poms?

    get out of your seats,

    clap your hands,

    and stamp your feet

    Scream at the top of your voice

    come on fans lets make some noise!!

  8. Good to see we’re making an early start on the dumb-as-rocks “if the Rangers lose tonight, whatever the score, it’s on Lundqvist” hypotheses. (And interesting use of the term “self-proclaimed” when I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard the man call himself that on a single occasion.)

    I’m almost hoping the Rangers lose 1-0 in being outshot 75-12, just to see if we can beat the RR record for comments of misdirected blame (previously set after the Game 82 SO loss in 09/10).

    Unless of course Mr Sheen was making the entirely reasonable point that the last six Cup-winning goalies include a few average-to-decent ones who were on dominant offensive teams, Chris Osgood, and an admittedly outstanding performance by another, but for whom it took until he was 37 to be unanimously recognised as the “clutch winner” he now is.

  9. I never, ever hope they lose. And I don’t tonight. But here it is. Last day of great season, or first day of a deep run. And Carp is right, the Rangers are winning this game and going on.

  10. Does anybody know of a site that’ll have the broadcast later tonight? If not I gotta find a sports bar in jersey. And I don’t wanna have to sit with Devils fans.

    I’m feelin confident. Woke up this morning thinking they are gonna pull this off and play their best game tonight. Still a one goal game though.

    Let’s Go Rangers! Do it Tonight!

  11. onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    I’m not a gambler BUT.. when the Pats were undefeated the odds of go undefeated were against them. Giants won

    This year when the pats won 10 in a row and were facing the Giants in the super bowl odds of winning 11 in row were bad. they lost

    when the hawks lost nine in a row and played the NYR this year odds of losing 10 in a row were not so good. they won

    Now the rangers are 4 and 0 at msg in game 4’s ?

    well look at the odds ?

    ” even a broken clock is right twice a day “

  12. czechthemout!!!! on

    We will win tonight!

    “No one expected them to do what they have so far this season” I’ve read that comment on here many times So what? What does that mean? Is it a pre packaged excuse of a comment in case they lose? I don’t buy it! Every season is different. As bright as the future looks, there is no guarantee they will be in this position with home ice again. We don’t know how much further if at all any of our young players will develop. Injuries happen and can effect how far a team can go. There is also the fact that other teams can get better. The fact is no one expected the Bruins to win last year. Or the Lightning on 2004. The point is that we are here now in game seven at home holding our destiny in our hands. We have to, we must, and we will win tonight!

  13. Blogmama Go Tony!!! on

    Good morning all! Carp, you’ve been oddly right so far, so I hope your prediction is right tonight!!!!!! LGR!!!!!

  14. Im never up this early!!! But its tough to sleep! This our chance, the chance of a lifetime. Come on Henrik, do whats necessary, shut them out and send us to the east finals!!!!

  15. I agree with Charlie Sheen 100 percent. The time is now for our king to win us this series.

  16. Good morning, boneheads!

    Woke up this morning and the first thought I had was to find an excuse to not go tonight to the Hospital’s Candlelight Gala. It’s an yearly money raising black tie event, and they’re are honoring a doctor who I know very well. So that isn’t an option, I’m going to miss watching game 7 with you. DVR for me.
    Fair warning. If someone out there ( and you know who are) is really thinking of updating me during the game via texting, you can consider yourselves dead, muerto, myertviy, dohliy, pizdetz etc. :-)
    I do not do predictions, but one thing I know. I expect the Rangers to come out and play the best game of the year. And so will the Caps. Both teams will be nervous. I know first hand the Capitals are nervous, but I’m planning to share that with everyone tomorrow.
    And I expect the Rangers to win. LGR!!!!!

  17. Instead of this team looking over their shoulders in amazement at LQ saving their hides yet again, I’d like to see an offensive onslaught that leads to the Craps pulling Holtby and then the backup giving up another 3 goals. I want a Ranger’s victory so devastating that Washington is still dazed and confused when next season starts.

    Dreams do come true, don’t they? LGRs!!!

  18. :-D Thanks Carp, you rock. Nothing can take away what they’ve done this year but the win would be beyond great.


  19. Good morning, Carp!

    ilb, tell your story!!! And maybe you should turn off your phone, just in case!

    I’m nerouvs, but I trust in Hank & these boys. They can get it done. LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!

  20. Ilb, Torts would be proud, you’re playing the game “the right way”! Hope you enjoy our victory whenever it’s “live” for you. Looking forward to your first hand insight.

  21. I cant wait to text a certain someone Henrik has done it! We’ve done it! Following the game ton8ght!

  22. Whatever happens tonight, Thank you, Carp, for the tremendous job you’ve done with this blog!


  23. I believe in this team. I have have been reluctant at certain times this season, but they have given me every reason to be proud of them, to have faith, and to believe. I truly believe we are going to win this game tonight. I had a dream last night that I got tickets for games 3 and 4 at the rock for nyr/njd conference finals. Good omen??

    I am going to miss most of the first period, but I will be checking for updates.

    Let Go Rangers, For the boys, the right way, believe. because it’s the cup.

    Enjoy game seven on our own ice. We have earned it, and we are going to use it to our advantage tonight.

  24. Hey! What’s all this laying around sh*t? What? Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is. Was it over when the German’s bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the going gets tough……The tough get going. Who’s with me? Let’s Go Rangers!

  25. I do not like the “no-matter-what-happens-tonight-thank-you-carp” obituaries this morning, ‘heads! Stay positive! You should be, knowing how this team responded all year when it counted. But, thank you Carp anyway! :-)

  26. We have a team that we are going to be proud of for years to come. We have all the right pieces in place. Cup is way more than half full. Go buy some Summer Shandy and enjoy the game. Let’s Go Rangers! I am going to coach a softball game now. Have a great day all.

  27. ilb, that was not an obituary. I fully expect this team to win tonight, but Carcillo happens, and considering what Carcillo Carp takes, I thought I’d extend some gratitude before the ungrateful dead heads invade.

  28. And Steve Serby’s piece in the NY Post today is particularly bad. Apparently Lundqvist needs to do the equivalent of pitching a perfect game in the World Series, or he’s a bum.

  29. Nasty1 – I can’t agree with you more. This team has risen to every challenge and only gives you a feeling of belief.

    I also agree that this is a team to be proud of for years to come. One thing that I’ve been surprised that hasn’t been much of a topic anywhere including here is:

    The Rangers are the youngest team in the league and ahead of schedule of where we should be right now. No matter what happens the rest of the way this year, we are a team to be reckoned with for at least the next 5 years.

    Good luck to all tonight! LGR!

  30. I heard the Capitals have hired the best barber in town for their beard-shaving celebration tonight.

  31. Live stream of the morning skate? Holy cow. I can’t be bored enough to watch that.

    This Charlie Sheen dork and his other duplicate handles, writing the same thing over and over again since the beginning of the playoffs – if the Rangers lose it will define Lundqvist – blah, blah, blah…..What utter bullcarcillo.

    So, after they win tonight then he’ll write the same crap again during the Devils series.

    The Rangers will come out on top tonight. Carp guarantees it!

  32. It’s almost PBR time. Peope we are buying the house from need 90 days to close? The place is empty for carcillos sake. We can rent it at 5000 a month until closing. I mean Cooke me the place is empty. What a way to shaft a family out of ten grand. Thanks but no thanks a certain hockey mom said once upon a time. Dead dog. Idiot owners. Stupid boss. That’s my 3-0 I guess. Lets go rangers! Unleash the hounds. We win in a walk tonight.

  33. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    I believe in this team & I believe in Carp! LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Morning heads! It’s a beautiful day in Rochester, aka Captain Callahan’s home town. I’m thinking that bodes well for tonight :)

    I have full faith in this team, which has risen above any obstacles placed in its path so far this season, to win tonight. They seem to thrive on the big moments even if they wind up doing it ‘the hard way’ to get the the end.

    I’ll be watching the game with a die-hard Caps fan who’s in town to visit so it will be an interesting game to watch. Not sure I will be around much during the game, but I will be watching.


  35. Agree with the charlie sheen post. These games will define players like Lundqvist and most of the other players. At this point in watching Richards I expect him to show up like he has.

  36. Mickey the New Yorker.

    Thanks for the kind words, guys and gals, but we aren’t shutting down no matter what happens tonight. So this ain’t goodbye.

    Good morning, Sally!

    ilb, there’s not a chance in hell that you don’t know the outcome before you watch it … and not a chance in hell that you don’t go looking for it.

  37. czech, that’s not an excuse … it’s fact. they arrived a year or two early and have given you seven months of remarkable hockey … if somebody can’t appreciate that and accept that, well your hockey-loving-life is going to be hell because you’re going to require a Stanley Cup every year.

    the point is, this has been a fabulous year, win or lose tonight. and after all the idiots come on and lay their blame (some of whom are hoping they lose so they can lay blame) most of you will realize that. In fact, I’d bet you the crowd will be cheering after the game tonight, no matter which way it goes — or at least those who don’t leave a one-goal game with a minute left (again).

  38. Ooo, I like that Carp! Might change my name to that :)

    Ok, I’ve bummed around enough this morning, time for pancakes and bacon, a trip to Wegmans and the liquor store for some vodka and to get my car inspected.

    Later heads!

  39. onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    Carp you say that you aren’t a Ranger fan.. your nose is looking like Pinocchio’s

  40. I agree with Carp, but this kind of game is what seperates greats from goods. It has been a remarkable year, and for that reason i am optimistic about this game. I know our big guys will step up even if we lose.

    Fact of the matter is some of the hockey media is banking on the caps storylines. They need stuff to write about and Holtby, Ovi, and Dale Hunter apparently provide that better than the Rangers who are mostly protected by Torts.

  41. The black-tie wedding im attending tonight will not be a fun place to be at if I get a couple of texts from ESPN saying Capitals goal….. We will win.

  42. QWhen I saw that there was a bonehead in Japan, then I really came to appreciate just how far flung this little blog is from it’s birth…………….Antarctica?

    Nah…only penguins and seals and we’ve got enough of them right here, but how about those denizens of the North pole,,,,any one up there ( except for errant Finlanders of course. Excuse pliss if I don’t call them Finns.Up in northern Minnesota there are large numbers of them, and we ALWAYS referred to them as Finlanders, by common custom.

  43. Back in 1991-92, I had just gotten married. I was living in a one bedroom duplex on the upper east side of Manhattan. Actually on east 89th between 1st and 2nd.. where the cup ended up at a Bar, right off of second ave the night the won the cup; but I digress.

    During that 91-92 playoff run, somehow, a part of my wifes lipstick fell from the 2nd floor and landed on the railing below on the first floor. So, there is a BRIGHT red piece (rather large, mind you) of lipstick on our stair railing. My wife goes to clean it off and I scream, NO!!!!! The rangers were winning… Somehow in my DEMENTED superstious hockey mind, this piece of lipstick was a sign!! My wife thought I was MENTALLY ILL!

    Today she was making fun of me for wearing my lucky sweatshirt and carrying my towel signed by Stefan Matteau, as if this is going to make a difference whether or not the rangers lose.

    In that vain, there was a great piece in the NY Times about Superstious rangers fans. I know a lot of you here have wacky superstions, so here it is!


  44. Let’s Go Rangers. I know the boys can do it. It would help if Holtby were a bit sleep deprived from his new baby :)

  45. czechthemout!!!! on


    You missed my point or I didn’t properly communicate it. I am very proud of what they’ve done and if I was at the game tonight and they lost, I would be one of those clapping for them. That said, they are here right now one game away from the semi finals against a team that they are better than. In fact, they are better than all the teams still left. As far as my standard of only a Stanley Cup being acceptable, you don’t know what your talking about. Long before you ran this blog I was one of those just hoping for some signs of life from a lifeless orginization. I was only hoping for some progression maybe an 8 th place finish, something other than the mercenary of the year. A few years ago it finally happened and now three years into a second rebuild under Sather , they managed to have a really good season. Better than anyone expected. They are the best team left in the tournament and are home for game seven, something they’ve earned with being the best team in the conference. The fact that they have done better than expected is not to be used as a cruch in case they lose tonight. Once again, they are playing against a team that they are better than and should beat. If they don’t, to and many other fans, it would he a disappointment not to win tonight. Anything less than a semifinal appearance should be especially given who they are playing against.

  46. Hey Carp. Hard to keep up with RR these days but always enjoy your posts and insights about the team.

  47. Disappointment and missed opportunity? Yes.

    Career-defining failure and inexcusable disgrace? Nope.

    But I bet we hear a lot of the latter view.

  48. Way to go Carp! I had to call up WFAN yesterday and make the exact point you did about this team being ahead of schedule and that they have already over achieved in the grand scheme. That being said, this is a golden opportunity to steal a Cup, and I really feel like they can do it. They’ve given us no reason this season to doubt that they could.

    Also, last night I asked you a question about what the Rangers do with their Whale players now that they are eliminated? Do they stick around in Hartford? Do some stick around the Practice facility in case of emergency call ups going forward? Hope we get that far!


  49. Whoever is going to the game tonight needs to give it to holtby. The guy is so suppressed its kinda obvious. Showed no emotion about his newborn son not even a smile.

  50. Fans have every right to feel proud, disappointed, elated, angry, or whatever they please. Wish the thought police would get over themselves.

  51. Everyone shows their passion and pride in different ways. Win or lose I think this season overall is a success. That being said if they lose tonight I will consider the result disappointing. I promise it doesn’t mean I love this team less than any of you.

  52. thinking about taking the train in now 6 hrs before game. cant think about anything else

  53. We need a big game from R. Callahan. Dont’ think he’s had a game-breaker yet.

    Anybody think his hand might be worse then we think?

  54. Hey czechthemout – I’m not sure about what you are saying.

    What I’ve been thinking while watching these games is that Torts has had the Rangers playing “Playoff Level Hockey” all season. Basically having them at 110% all year.

    Now that we are in the playoffs – they are still at 110% – but don’t have an extra gear to go to all the time – aka 120%.

    While other teams that the Rangers have been beating all year are now playing at the same 110% whereas the were only at a the normal 90-100% during the regular season.

    I especially noticed this during the Ottawa series, where at the end of games the would “Turn it On” and dominate the final 8 minutes. I have not see what I would think of as the rangers throwing in an extra gear this playoffs.


  55. his hand isn’t great. but that had nothing to do with the blown tire on the Ovechkin goal or the bad penalty.

  56. sept, how about the third OT when they thoroughly outplayed the Caps? Or the third period of Game 5? Or the third period of Game 1?

    don’t see any of that at all.

  57. Hmm – the did outplay the caps in period 6 – I thought that was more conditioning.

    Perhaps that is the strength of this team — strong and steady. While other teams have more ups & downs.

    I guess I’m used to Seeing RC do it on his own. Win a game :)

    Go Blue!

  58. Please be true carp. Please.

    My much richer Caps fan friend is sitting in a luxury box in some stupid Ovechcrap Sweater.

  59. McShanny (discp Czar) on

    How many times did Miami vote for the capitals to win? Thought you could only vote once.

  60. Carp, can you give me expressed written consent to text ilb the final outcome as it happens?

  61. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    I haven’t changed my lucky underwear since game 1 of the Sens’ series. Doesn’t make me a bad person.

  62. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Rangers complete the series sweep tonight.

  63. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    The key to any game 7 is to score more goals than the other team.

  64. Looking for a Game 7 hero? How about Ruslan Fedotenko? He’s 5-0 in Game 7s with 3 Gs scored.

  65. Wicky© You better run mojito!! LGT!!! on

    Morning ILB, Tony, Miami, and all!!

    I noticed you used a few languages in your threats earlier, but I didn’t see one so..I’ll keep you in the loop!! LOL ;)

    I hope the game goes just like this..
    Everyone remembers Game 6 of the first round in Ottawa, when Blueshirts enforcer Brandon Prust shook the rust off the Rangers’ skates by burying Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson way after the whistle and then fighting forward Chris Neil, the man responsible for Brian Boyle’s concussion. That jumpstarted New York win the final two games of that series and advance.


    Rangers in 7!

    I will aslo be working so a DVR’d game for me as well

    LGT, LGM, LGD, LGID, and……LGR!!!

  66. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Play Biron tonight and let Hank rest up for the Devils.

  67. carp…what is the third number in the rangers playoff record? were there ties back in the old days ?thanks…go rangers!!!!

  68. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    A walk in the park!!!

    Let’s go rangers, Tony, and the Pimp

  69. Blogmama Go Tony!!! on

    Have fun at the gala ilb! I’m not checking til my show is over cause I’d like to enjoy at least one thing in full tonight….but will be on iPad before the audience stops applauding curtain…hopefully I’ll really have something to cheer about! Note to self: no more plans until season is over…in June!

  70. Doodie Machetto on

    Embarrassingly. Like the kind of no effort loss that makes you wonder how they made it to this point in the first place.

  71. Doodie Machetto on

    Let me get this out of the way early:


  72. Blogmama Go Tony!!! on

    Let’s go everybody! Stay positive! I’m taking notes later to see who walks away or quits early…If I already talk to you, I’m going to stop talking to you!!! Then again, there should be no reason to quit, right!!!

  73. bull dog line on

    if they loose tonight it will definitely be a missed opportunity, but, the way this team is built right now they should be back here a few more times.

  74. Trimmed up the Boyler goatee, ready to go. Lets go Rangers. Win it and play on…the right way.

  75. I’m stuck here in jersey without access to the game. Anybody
    Know of a link to a site that might be hosting the game?

    I REALLY don’t wanna have to find a sportsbar in jersey
    Filled with Devils fans.

  76. Doodie Machetto on

    Remember last season when the Rangers were undefeated after taking a lead into the third period until the playoffs against the Capitals?

    All of this historical data that supports the Rangers in game 7 and all of these other stats that support the Rangers just tells me that the Rangers will lose tonight. Mark Messier guarantee on that.

  77. Doodie, Miami?

    That’s awesome sauce, Sally! Let’s Go Tony! Good thing that was shot from the waist up.

  78. Cjp, try

    I dreamed they won 5-3. I dreamed they lost game 6 so hopefully it’s all good tonight!

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