Rangers-Capitals Game 7 in review


Happy Mother’s Day!


1) I am almost without speech because I don’t know what to say. Other than that was a fabulously hard-played hockey game, the kind you’d really hope to get in a Game 7. The Rangers were really good from the start, and to the finish. In the middle, the Capitals were really good for a while, and never went away all night (all series, for that matter). I thought your boys were almost drawing-board perfect protecting the lead with aggressiveness, too. I didn’t expect anything less.

2) Is Brad Richards everything a free-agent signee should be? Yes, I still question whether his contract is going to be a disaster toward the end, or at least perhaps an anchor … but not if he performs like this for a bunch of years first … And especially not if he gets the Cup handoff from Captain Callahan at some point. The guy had a rough year at times, but man has he been all the clutch Captain Drury was supposed to have been, and much more. And he bought the Broadway Hat and ended up with it on his head after Game 7. Stat: Richards is 7-8-15 in his teams’ last 11 elimination games.

3) Here’s the thing with playoffs. A lot of people, off the season this team had, thought, well, they have to win two rounds. But what about that now? My, how things change. Because they are by far the highest seed in the tournament, by far the team that has had the best season, and I imagine that this now becomes an opportunity that changes the expectation. Not sure if that’s fair or just. But this is a chance to really do something special now. Though let’s remember they are only halfway home.

4) How many years has it been since a Rangers team was this tough? How many years since a Rangers team played this hard almost every single night? And now we can also ask this, how long has it been since the Rangers had the kind of speed they can put on the ice? Carl Hagelin’s wheels created the first goal. Marian Gaborik’s wheels helped create the second. Ryan McDonagh’s kept Alex Ovechkin off the board, with plenty of help from Marc Staal (who was exceptional in Game 7 again) and Dan Girardi. And Chris Kreider’s wheels made a big difference on a top line. Speed kills.

5) I swear, Ovechkin’s nostrils were flaring and he could barely contain himself when he came out of the tunnel before the anthem. I thought he was going to jump out of the building. Then, right off the hop, he got away with a couple of potential penalties — a tricky trip/borderline slew-foot on Girardi, and a hit from behind on Ryan Callahan. He was good, but he was clearly frustrated. And I will say this about him — he’s an absolute star in this league, but I think he should be better. I think he goes into glide mode too much.

6) And while we’re knocking Capitals, was there a softer player in the series than Alex Semin? Makes Petr Nedved look like Zdeno Chara.

7) I’m not sure why, but Artem Anisimov reminds me of Bernie Williams. Maybe it’s all those tools but at times something’s lacking. He played a really solid Game 7. He needs to do it more. And do more.

8) Hey, is the Garden available next week or are the Knicks playing? Seriously, though, while I’m sure it’s not great for the blood pressure of a lot of the Garden inhabitants and employees, not to mention players and coaches and staff, I’d guess some of the bean counters have to be doing cartwheels having the maximum eight home games so far.

9) Here’s a question: Why do people leave a game when their team is down by a goal with a minute or two left, but stay when the team is up by a goal with a minute or two left?

10) That two-minute shift the Capitals had in the Rangers end … Henrik Lundqvist made a couple of great saves there, and the defense, though it was dead on its feet and couldn’t get the puck, didn’t really give up much. Crucial point in the game, I thought.

11) Was pretty funny, John Tortorella taking a shot at Michael Del Zotto for finally hitting the net. For 14 games now, Del Zotto’s mixed in a good amount of offense (leading all playoff D-men with 2-6-8) and he has really used his body. … vs. Chris Neil for an entire seven-game series … and last night he plastered Jason Chimera and, just before his goal, slammed Ovechkin off the puck.

12) Probably shouldn’t have waited until No. 12 to get into Lundqvist, who has won a pair of 2-1 Game 7s now. He was so good. And he will have to be the man for the next four to seven games. Plus, you know how I always say he gets it? Listen to his interview a few threads down.

13) I thought Kreider did really well, tossed a few big hits, including one on the Great Eight. Thought that line could have been better. Clearly  Callahan is having trouble holding his stick with two hands. And Derek Stepan, who was very good with the puck, was late getting back on the Roman Hamrlik goal. But I still liked the lines much better than the ones they used in Game 6.

14) Too bad Cam Janssen and Officer Joe Boulton haven’t gotten a sweater for any playoff game yet. I was kind of hoping for some synchronized fights to start the series. The Devils haven’t had a single scrap in the postseason. Rangers haven’t had one in eight games.

15) I thought it was pretty cool for Phoenix GM Don Maloney to admit he was rooting for the Rangers … and ripping brother Dave over his playoff beard: “Obviously you have to be somewhat impartial,” Don Maloney said. “I played with (Caps GM) George McPhee. I hope the Rangers win tonight. I got a lot of good friends … Glen Sather was very, very good to me. And not only Glen Sather, but the whole organization was very, very good to me. I’ve got nothing bad to say about them and I’d love to play them in the finals. … My brother Dave, he scares viewers away on occasion. A young Stan Fischler there.”

16) Told ya.

My Three Rangers Stars:
1) Henrik Lundqvist.
2) Brad Richards.
3) Marc Staal.

AP photos, above, below.

One more thing … On short notice, I’m looking for volunteers to do the Three Rangers Stars for the Eastern Conference finals games. E-mail me at rcarpini@lohud.com.


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  1. Lgr!!!!! Wonder when ilb posts on here? 4 52 am? Lol

    Great review, dont get the Bernabe comparison!!!

    Wake up ilb, we know youve watched it!!!!

  2. I wonder what CBC will use to fill time now that they can’t cut to Holtbys mom every other shot.

    Happy mothers day. Mrs. Holtbys baby boy is coming home.

  3. “TOLD YA”!


    Carp, loved that review. So on target. I am so filled with pride.

    This season has been an unexpected gift and a joy. But, you are so right….. Things have broken in a way where I find myself saying…

    WHY NOT US??????

    But, While I would be truly disappointed if they lose, I do not think this team is a one trick pony. I think that they will be good for some years to come and that is the most exciting thing about this.

    Carp: Is Cally’s hand or finger broken? He is NOT making the impact I would have expected in games like this.

    I am on such a HIGH…


    The Dev’s are a great team, but I think they will learn that our defense and our goalie are a FAR CRY from the Panthers and the Flyers.





    RANGERS IN 6!!!

  4. Still Cant Sleeep!!!!

    You dont know youre beautiful!!!!!

    Youll understand why I want you so desperately!!!!!!!!!!!

    You light up my world like nobody else!!!!!!!!!!

    Because its the Cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  5. once again… “Honest” = Douche Nozzle..

    Clearly a Isles or Dev’s fan in pathetic disguise…

  6. The world is ours, if you want it!!!!!
    We can take it, if you just take my hand!!!!!!!!!!
    There’s no turning back now!!!!!

  7. Remember the “When do we accept that Staal is never again going to be a decent NHL defenseman?” discussion from a few weeks ago?

  8. Happy Mothers day all. I’m simply ecstatic. These playoffs have been gut wrenching but I’m proud of the boys.

    The Vets like Staal and Girardi Played great. These things never happen in Rangerland often so revel in them ! But again that is also changing and I for one could get used to this !

    Boneheads , Join us tonight on Blueshirt Underground Radio at 8 PM for the Jubilation Celebration


  9. Will we really have to endure the Devil’s personal announcer through the ECF? NBC should get Rosen in the booth with the Doc Devil.

  10. Stranger Nation on

    Holtby can take off his mask and leave it off now. What a punk, later Craps, another demon is exorcised.

    Now we have another opponent with weak D and some top line talent up front.

    Those 3 stars say it all, but Hags should get one to.


  11. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Ridiculous carp!!!

    I was going to list all of your exceptional points but I got to about 9 or 10 and scrapped that.

    Moms going to think I’m so happy for her day today, everyone wins.


  12. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Weak D?! Did you watch any of their 4 wind vs philthy? They made an offensive juggernaut that’s 3x what the rangers pack in heat look like a bunch of Hiigh school field hockey tryouts.

    The devils asset is their team D. When you let up 16 (pun) shots or fewer a night it reduces how much fatso Is exposed as the generally mediocre and inept slob that he is now.

    No D, funny.

  13. Good morning, boneheads!
    Happy Mother’s Day! Go spend some time with your moms. I know I will.
    Great review, Carp! You called it. And as most of us expected, they played, arguably, the best game of this series. Sometimes you just know, by the way they start, they are going to prevail. This one was it!

    Speaking of knowing, I was able to stay away from updates and didn’t know who won until the end. Well, sort of…I found out they scored almost right away because a byfuglien surgeon, who is a big Rangers fan, texted me right away even though I told him not to say anything. He said he couldn’t help it. I told him if updates me one more time, I’m going to remove his bickels using fish knife, all my surgical skills( which I have none), and *no* anesthesia. He didn’t say anything afterwards, except he looked at me with his smirk at the end of the party that made me very suspicious that they won.

    Bring on the Devils!

  14. Devils do have a week back end. Brodeur is old. The Devils beat the Flyers because their back end is worse!!!. And the goalie was a horror show. Devil forwards beat the Flyers in every battle. That was a key for them. But the Devils should be another tough matchup.

  15. “Honest”= Pathetic asslander or Debbie fan=Douche Nozzle..

    Ignore mode… engaged.

  16. Do you what I thought was the most impressive stat? The fact that the Rangers outshot the Caps 11-4 in the third period while trying to hold a lead. They had their foot on the gas and never let up. The Capitals should have been the desperate team in the 3rd, but they could barely get their goalie off the ice in the last minute and a half because the Rangers kept the pressure on.

  17. Cross Check.. The rangers were IMPRESSIVE in the third period. I was loving when they were killling time in the caps zone by keeping the puck in the zone along the boards..

    The third period was a clinic!

    In terms of the Debbies, I hope the team has learned its lesson from the regular season. While Uncle Daddy Fatso is past his prime, he can still show flashes of brilliance. Most importantly, if the Rangers dump the puck in, THEY MUST keep it away from FATSO. He is still great at handling and passing the puck. He killed us in that one game where they shut us out.

    Still so high from last night!!!

  18. Rangers lost to 2 Cap rookie goalies who were and are way worse than Hotbly. Weird. We will beat the Devils for one main reason. Goaltending. Even though we(I) hate Marty and love to bash him, he is done. He may have some moments, some games but he is. Big time Shaky. Rangers in 6 home games

  19. McShanny (discp Czar) on

    Maloney very funny. Hey Carp #6 is a repeat from your post during the game here, nice

  20. Did you hear Torts talk about how we owned the puck most of the series, yet all the media says we go in a shell and lean too much on Hank. All I know is I wouldn’t want to play this team, fast, hard on the puck, out hit ya, shut down D, shot blocking at its best,best goalie in the world, excellent coach and young. Give us our due so far………

  21. That ruled. Mostly because my buddy, Caps fan, got unreal tickets in a Center Ice luxury box. Saw him on TV and he wasn’t wearing any Caps gear. And he had to watch that.

    Also what ruled is that we are in the EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. NYRanger4Life on

    Carp – I’ve been reading this blog for a few years now….well before Josh was 26, and before you were running it.

    I have to say, Kudos. I look forward to reading your reviews after each game – win lose or bettman bonus point.

    Your review of this game was spot on…..and I was surprised you waited until the last point to say TOLD YA SO.

  23. Stranger Nation on

    Stick in a fork in -Farty-, -Fatty-, Marmy- Marty then again, he may start eating himself.

    True blue – who is the Devils best D man. They had puck possession 75% of the Flyers series, that is why Filth could not score. It was the flyers D that was worse than theirs.

    Do they play team D? yes – everyone in the playoffs does

    Will the Rangers struggle to score – definitely, we would be challenged against any team

    Rangers in 7 – there, it is out there now – HA!

  24. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Great job boys. This means another dose of you know who for the next round at least!!
    Kenny Albert Rules!!!!

  25. Tans Schlifer on

    Lou L has been prolly best exec in all of sports for years. Drafting all those USA lads, and having the vision to see the impact they would have. Have to love that the Rangers followed that model giving this roster some wonderful USA homegrown talent. Should be a wonderful series as there is no better hockey than NJD vs NYR. Thank you for allowing me this space to write to the blog’s owner.

  26. I think for as well as the Devils played the Flyers, lets not forget that the Panthers gave them all they could handle.

    Flyers don’t play D, and The Universe did not have a great series. Marty has let in some bad ones this year, and Hank has generally outplayed Marty in their overlapping careers.

  27. I have a confession to make and a story to tell.

    Story first. I texted a few boneheads right when it happened, so feel free to correct me if I forget the exact words. Friday night mrs and I are having dinner in the city. Four tall guys with beards walk in, got greeted by waiters and sit down two tables down from us. Brooks Laich, Joel Ward, Karl Alzner, and a fourth guy who I couldn’t recognize right away, it took me until yesterday when I saw his picture on Yahoo again- Holtby. I tell mrs:”These are the Caps players( she isn’t into hockey, btw). She says”Can’t be.” “Why not?” Mrs goes:”I’ve never seen an African-American hockey player. And also, the waiters knew them. How can they be from Washington?” Honey, trust me. Ask the waiter. Our waiter spoke Spanish, so she asked him in Spanish. Yup. Apparently they go there every time they’re in NY, and the whole Caps team was there one week prior. “Please do not stare, honey” she asks. I told her I needed to go talk to them. She told me to leave them alone, people came here to eat and not to be bothered. By the way they were barely talking to each other, even my wife said they looked very seriuos, not like they were having fun. I told her she now knows how to read a hockey *body language*, because they looked nervous. Anyway, I told her I had to go and jinx them otherwise I wouldn’t be able to consider myself a true fan anymore. “Honey, just please be nice”. For your information, everyone from the blog who knew about it at that moment suggested to me that i should poison their food. Not to kill them, just poison their food. That list of boneheads includes some very serious and, supposedly, ahem, mature people.
    Anyway, I come to their table: “Hello, boys. I’m so and so. I can’t wish you a good luck tomorrow because I’m a Rangers fan. But I have to tell you that I really enjoy the way you’re playing this year”. Laich, and Ward( who I thought was especially nice) said :”Thank you”. “Well, I said, enjoy NY food, and I hope you do know that you’re going down tomorrow, right? Hard!” Ward had a half smile on his face, Laich looked like he was ready to change my tires, if you catch my drift. You could see, even though they knew it was only half serious, they were not pleased at all.

    Boneheads’ jinx? I HOPE SO!

  28. Life is good today. No life is great today. Thank you New York Rangers . 8 down 8 to go .

  29. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Great morning all!!!!!! Carp, LMAO at #16….Came home to watch the very end and cheered like I didn’t even know what happened. I think my mom is glad to be rid of me for the rest of season.

    I adore that pic of Hank up top! Want it blown up and hung on my bedroom ceiling!!!!!

    Why do all the game shave to be at 8 p.m.?

    P.S. Reading Jeff Klein’s story in the Times today…yeesh. Hey Jeff, you know they won, right?

  30. There is only one thing to say…




    RANGERS IN 6!!!

  31. Does anyone recall a time that a number 1 seed has faced the number 8, 7, and 6 seeds in the first three rounds of the playoffs?

    Seems like an unusual year we’re having!

  32. Czechthemout!!! on

    Great review Carp!

    I wanted this team to make the semi finals in order to have a successful season. They are there.

    But like you said, “why not us”? We are the best team left of the four remaining. I also think that we will score more in this series than we did against the Caps. I think Hags, who has been great will give us some goals in this series. I also expect the second line to get some goals too. And finally, a couple of our muckers like Prust will pop ine a few.

    Great season to be a Rangers fan!!!

  33. Carp:

    Do you think we see Dubi back this series?

    If you think he will be back… Who sits?

  34. The Devils will be tough and certainly have looked good. That said, to take 7 games to get by Florida is worse than taking that long to get by Ottawa, and I’m unimpressed by the Devils making Ilya Bryzgalov look like Ilya Bryzgalov. Let’s see how they do against a team that actually plays defense and has atruly elite goalie. Hopefully the Rangers have plenty of gas but to hear DZ tell it, that is a non-issue.

  35. Gotta go see my mom. Later, ‘heads! Apparently, I forgot how to write in Russian, dammit. This card ain’t looking pretty….

  36. Czech:

    You and I were the ones talking about the importance of putting Kreider back on that line before the move was made! I think this is a key to the next series. This gives us two legit scoring lines and that is so important.

    I am sure you enjoyed last night as much as I did.

    Peace Bro…

  37. I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned the great job that NBC did after the game showing Ovechkin in the handshake line. It didn’t matter that the Rangers came out on top. It was like focusing on the Rangers players might not fit their marketing plans. First Crosby was gone and now Ovechkin. Now, what are they going to do?

  38. Czechthemout!!! on


    We were. That kid is going to do great things for this team for many years. And yes, the second line will be big this series I think.

  39. The knicks are DEAD! It is early in the baseball season. Fatcessa and Carton are going to have to talk hockey whether they like it or not! :-)

  40. happy mothers day to all

    wow just getting up after long night of drinks to celebrate a tremendous win. sitting in the garden was just surreal. this team battled so hard and today i feel relief more then excitement. that said enjoy today and then tom comes the anxiety all over again.

    whats crazy is there are only 4 teams left and we still need another 8 wins. the toughest trophy in all of sports to win hands down.

    lets go rangers baby

  41. ilb, what restaurant is this? phillipes?

    BTW, I wish Cally would get some rest. Maybe have him sit for a game or two – although, not exactly sure how much that would help his hand. I think we miss Dubi, too. He works hard and would be a force in the playoffs. And zuc would do well too. Damn. Who to sit?

  42. True Fans Bleed RW&B on


    Unsung team MVP. Great story!!
    I’m going to arrange a dinner date between you, Mrs., Mr Brodeur and whichever female family member he now associates with. Keep your schedule free around Thursday next week :-)

    Great day ‘heads!!

  43. Speed kills Czech. Mac Truck, Kreider, Hags, Gabby.. All world class skaters! I agree, the speed component on the team will be a factor for years to come. And just a reminder, that highly regarded Swede prospect Jesper Fasth is supposed to be a speed demon as well!

    I agree that the 2nd line will be big. Let’s just pray that Cally’s hand is better so that he can be the factor we all know he can be!

  44. “Hey Brooks, do you *laich* your dinner? Get it? Ha! … … … Oh, and you’re going to lose.”

    Ilb, I’m pretty sure this means you have to go find the NJ 2nd line sometime in the next 2 weeks. Keep the jinx going.

  45. Gravy, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles and on

    If any team can go 7 games in the first two rounds and still win the Cup, I believe that this team can. History be damned. This team is different than any Rangers team I’ve seen. The only similarity between the ’94 and 2012 teams are their belief that nothing can stand in the way.

  46. Last night was the Lundqvist signature game I’ve been waiting years for, a dominant performance in a game that really mattered. While all the regular season wins are nice, he finally earned his playoff stripes.

    I almost feel bad that he ‘has’ to win the next series from a legacy perspective because what fan, myself included, would look fondly on this season if it culminates in losing the Eastern Conference finals to a 40 year old Brodeur.

  47. Per Djoos (Stay Thirsty, My Friends!) on

    Whaling Expedition starts tomorrow!

    Uncle Marty the Whale…

    Flippin’ and-a floppin’ in the goal-crease like a beached sirenian!

    And that Friggin’ Kovalchoke will be shut-down by Staal & Co…

  48. The King was phenomenal last night. That poke/stick check when Semin came in on that partial break away was a defining moment. He is at the TOP of his game.

  49. Does anyone else think that Boyle looked like he’s still concussed in his post game interviews?

    He looked like his eyes couldn’t focus and his speech seemed weird. Maybe he was just exhausted?

  50. great overview Carp. AA played well last night, he was close to scoring multiple times and had some good forechecks…..

    this team is tough, young, and mainly homegrown what’s not to like.. look at the damn ages of these guys….if they had sauer they could go 3 lines deep defensively and manage the big boys minutes… hope dubi will be back for the debbies they still need more skill/depth up front….he is a good skater, with size, who hits………..

  51. Per Djoos (Stay Thirsty, My Friends!) on

    A Haiku for Marty the Whale:

    Flippin’ and floppin’
    in the crease
    a frozen puck flies into the net

    …A man with Broadway Hat celebrates.

  52. Making it thru 2 rounds would have been been considered a great season for this team because “this much” was not expected from them.

    Having said that, this is the Devils, so they too must be dispatched.

    I could (sorta) stomach losing in the finals now, but I CANNOT take losing to the Devs.

  53. Looked like the same standard Lundqvist has been playing to all playoffs (and all year). Really don’t see why this becomes the first time he deserves credit for a dominant/signature performance.

  54. Cross Check Charlie:

    Its simple- Henrik Lundqvist is by far the most marketable player in the league still in the playoffs at this point. They’ll focus on him.

  55. Per Djoos (Stay Thirsty, My Friends!) on

    I’m gonna start looking for tickets to see games at the Pebble…

    has anyone checked prices for Pebble tix?

    Imagine a series with 7 potential “home games”!!



  56. boxcareddiehospodar on

    Amazing what happens when someone stands in front of the goalie when the puck is shot.

    Let’s do more of that in the devil series.

  57. Carp, another fine review, as always!!
    Finally landed tickets for Monday nights game! Will be seated in sec 114… can’t wait!!!!

  58. Carpy!! Thanks for that beautiful Mothers Day ode of a game review!!!

    Cross Check Charlie, NBC will now focus on Brodeur and Parise.

    Happy Mothers Day to all moms of Rangers! Thanks for birthin’ these boys!!!

  59. bull dog line on

    on number 4 Carp,
    there have been more skilled Ranger teams in my time. there have been tougher teams in the dropping the gloves kind of way ( 81 Rangers). but in my time, this is by far the hardest working toughest, most physical Ranger team I have watched.

  60. Wonderful review Carp! It is the first thing I read the morning after a win.

    Thank you!

  61. I love this team and I love this blog. Congrats to all – we deserve it!

    Happy Mother’s Day to all!

  62. Wow what a game last night. . . . . and my how expectations change . . before the season the Rangers weren’t picked for much but they chipped and scrapped and scored and blocked their way to first place in the east . . . and then they chipped and scrapped and scored and blocked their way through seven games against the Senators and then they chipped and scrapped and scored and blocked their way through seven games with the Capitals. . . . and I can’t say hey they were the one seed they should do that because just look at the west and what the Kings have done. . . All I know is as long as they keep chipping and scrapping and scoring and blocking their way through every game they play I will be happy. . . . I expect them to beat the Devils. . . I think it will take six games. . .

  63. Happy M-Day Carp
    You are the Blog Momma.

    And I take off my hat to you as well. You put in me in place yesterday.

    I think I was just setting myself up for a failure. Human weakness.
    Glad the boys in blue don’t have that problem!

    Now for the war of the hudson.

    Go Blue!!

  64. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    ilb, I also said you should spit…..:) Great story, though I can’t believe you didn’t recognize beardneck!!!!

    off to see Tony and celebrate….later all!

  65. bull dog:

    definitely the hardest working Rangers team in a very long time – that ’97 team worked hard in the playoffs, especially with a badly depleted roster, but they didn’t produce the consistent level of effort throughout the regular season that this group did.

    so hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the Rangers have played in a conference final and while that ’97 team overachieved like crazy in the postseason, I don’t think there’s any doubt that the ’12 team has a great chance to beat the Devils and play for the Stanley Cup (for the first time since you know when).

  66. for all interested in officials for 3rd round

    lee mccauley o halloran o rourke pollock rooney sutherland watson.

    if you notice no stephen walkom

    thank god

  67. for all you fans, nhl.com has a pic of Stepans mom on their Happy Mothers Day header

  68. As a former defenseman for the NYR, I’d like to personally congratulate all the D-men of the NYR for setting an All-Time NHL record for allowing the fewest goals through 14 games. Your defense, with The King’s help, has outshined even the team we had in ’94. Let’s now hope that with the infusion of speed in Hags and Kreider, that you can keep scoring early in the remaining playoff games. If we can score first, we can beat anybody hands down. Go NY Rangers!

  69. Blogmama Go Tony!!! on

    Septemous….ha! I’ll let Carp have that title today, but I want it back tomorrow!

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

    Morning ILB, Mothers everywhere, Tony, Miami, and all!!

    great review! Thanks!

    So I had to DVR the game last night due to working until about 0130hrs (ranger time) this morning and the mrs did a great job about not letting me know what’s going on and I threatened all the hockey followers at work bodily harm if they told me anything about the game…and then i get a jackwagon bag lady woooo hooooo text right after the game ended (I won’t mention any names on who sent it, let’s just say that person is a spitter), so I had an idea on the result before I got to watch it:(

    That being said, great game by the boys and keep it going!!

    Happy mothers day to our AWESOME mama here and all the other bonehead mothers!!!!

    great story, and for the record all I suggested was to simply call John Scott and have him meet them in the parking lot after their meal or at least go over to their table and noogie them all!!

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

    who officiated our game last night?

    oh, I forgot. I did tell ILB to go ask them if they were washington nationals players lol

  72. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Pretty good recap except I have no idea why you have to bring up the potential effect of the back end of a long term contract. It is hardly relevant at all, and not relevant at all when writing a game recap report.

    Being at both game 7s this year, I can honestly report that the Rangers were by far the better team in those games and the close score does not reflect their superiority. The Rangers just do not get rewarded enough for their excellent play and the other’s teams goalies have played well.
    Fans have been awesome !

    I did not like our matchups through the first half of this playoff season, but I LOVE the Devils matchup for our team

  73. Yeah, Wicky, you were the only one who didn’t suggest I poisoned their food. I have to tell you, and I can now, nice guys. Joel Watd was especially friendly, you can just tell by his smile and the way he spoke.

  74. Morning everyone. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. kg4ngoi4ngoi5nhgo5nov5nh[o5ngrnkjl5ngit.

  75. No Boston officiating conspiracy rant about the amusing conclusion to the Anglopånsy soccerball championship on here yet?

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

    Did anyone else hear barry melrose interview on NHL tonight? I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but after the game he said the rangers put a clinic on the caps last night and the rangers were far and away the best team left and unless some goalie plays out of his mind on another team he didn’t see anyone beating them (paraphrasing a bit)

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

    that was pretty sweet and you handled it well ;)


  78. Melrose also said Semin was playing his heart out, somebody here told me last night.

    And This One, I only bring that up so that you guys don’t think I’m a hypocrite. I have maintained since July that I don’t like the length of the contract. And here I am praising the guy for what he’s done as a free-agent signing. So I just want to be consistent. Not all of a sudden going to jump up and down screaming “he’s worth it!”

  79. Does MC’s victory satisfy you, LW? I dunno with whom your allegiance lies in the BPL.

  80. I’m an always distant and increasingly disinterested Liverpool fan, Latona, but always a warm glow whenever Man Utd fall short and I live in Manchester, so it’ll be an interesting day tomorrow…

  81. Hey Carpy, if he brings us far in the playoffs for the first 3 or 4 years of the contract, I think most of us will think it was money well spent! And when he’s getting his minutes grinding it ou on the 4th line at the end, well, he’ll still have been more clutch than Drury!

  82. Czechthemout!!! on

    I don’t if anyone on here is a soccer fan but I just watched an incredible game between Machester City vs Queens Park, an also ran of a team. Man City needed to win the game to clinch the title and were down 2-1 in injury time. Man City wound up scoring 2 goals in a minute and a half to win their first title in 44 years. One of the most incredible finishes to a title clinching games I have ever seen in sports. Right up there with the 07 giants final TD drive and of course Matteu Mattue Matteu!!! And the USA bitch slapped the Finns in the World Championships. Wow! Just Wow! What a great sports weekend it’s been. Highlited of course by the New York Rangers!!!!!

  83. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR ” the rangers instigated the play and the collaborating inexunberance is the direct result

  84. So im at the wedding last night, a nervous wreck. Richards scores. I get a text. As the groom was walking in to the synagogue i let out a big “Yes!” As the wedding continues i keep checking my phone. Finally the game ends. We win. Sitting at the table i pump my fist and tell a fishsticks fan next to me, “someday you’ll know what this feels like, just not any time soon.” Anyways, after the parents of the bride and groom make their toasts, a friend of the groom comes up. He mumbles some words that I did not hear and then said, “As the rabbi pronounces you husband and wife, I said two little prayers. One prayer was obviously for you guys to live a long happy life together, and the other was for the New York Rangers. The boys in blue just won so obviously the prayer is off to a good start.” That followed by a loud roar from the audience, primarily Long Islanders. Was a great night!

  85. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    LW – manchester has produced many fine musical bands

  86. Czechthemout!!! on


    Brad Richards has already proven to be worth his contract no matter what happens in years five through nine of it.


    Totally agree with you as well.

  87. One main difference between this year’s team in the playoffs and last year’s?


    Great review, Carpy!!! Congrats to all the boneheads!! Happy Mothers Day!!

  88. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR – “the defensive starwart is nonsingulary any one person, the entire team irregardless of their position coordinated their efficiency”

  89. Went to this place in Houston last night called Maple Leaf Pub, Houston’s only hockey bar. Tons of Rangers fans. “Potvin sucks” and “Let’s go Rangers” chants all night.

  90. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    richards is over rated and hasn’t done a thing….

    Recall Avery

  91. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR – “the only thing that can deny the rangers a chance at the cup is the systemitizing of their power play…it has been adismal”

  92. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR – “any of the 4 teams remaining has has an overwhelmingly decided advantage once the games start”

  93. Finally fell asleep around 7am! Woke up, and still got that amazing feeling!!! Gotta get back to work tomorrow night, I hope the crowd is in full voice!!

  94. I guess Rangers fans have been occupying Stubhub. Tickets for games in Jersey are more expensive than they are for games at MSG.

  95. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR – “if the rangers can play shutdown the devils, the kings-yotes winner makes it to the finals”

  96. We probably claimed the Rock tickets before our series was even finished, Lev.

  97. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR – “if you put the four teams remaining on a white board, and i closed my eyes trying to pick a winner, i would be unable to, because , my eyes would be closed and i wouldn’t be able to see the board”

  98. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR – “i expect a lack of miscombobulation on the ranger power play in the devils series. The rangers are showing they weren’t not the #1 seed”

  99. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR ” the keys to the series are the relevance and the irrelevance between the goaltenders”

  100. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR “Torts has done an emancipation behind the ranger bench. They are playing with a unification not seen since Bismarck gathered up the Prussian States”

  101. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR – “Game one could turn the series for the rangers. Even if they win game 1, however, the series is far from over”

  102. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR – “the devils have to be concerned by the intensive situation that they find themselves surrounded in”

  103. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR – “if the crowd at MSG can roar evaporating noise pumping up their team, the ranger players will be boosterized.

  104. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR – ” As I sat at the red light ponderating the rangers chances to win the cup, and the light turned to green back to red back to green again, i wondered if life was more than just honking horns”

  105. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JR – “anyone doubiously enough to think the capitals could win game 7, is foolishly incapable of assessment”

  106. czech, I don’t want to argue about this. it’s easy to say that now … but when there’s a $6M cap hit five or six years from now, well, let’s just wait and see.

  107. Czech

    Weren’t you one who had the season being an outright failure if the Rangers had lost last night? So how does (only) getting to the Conference Final validate Richards’ entire contract already?

  108. Jimbo (Win It For TONY!) on

    *TONY!!!! How are ya, man!?*

    Happy Mother’s Day to the Bonehead mamas!!

  109. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    Lets Go Rangers, Tony, Pimp

    In a guest blog after last season, i predicted CF. I would revise to say at least Finals now…

  110. Good afternoon, Carp!

    Hi Tony!!!!!!!!!!

    ilb, “That list of boneheads includes some very serious and, supposedly, ahem, mature people.” Who the byfuglien are you talking about? I can’t name ONE serious and/or mature bonehead. And how could you not recognize Neckbeard???

    Wick, LMAO @ spitter.

  111. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Carp thank you for another great review. You always write it like it is never sugar coat it and thats what makes reading your post & reviews a great read . I just want you to know the reason i’m always silent is because of the “clique” on here & I have nothing against that, except for those who deny that there is one to begin with, so please don’t anyone try to deny that it exist after reading today’s post it just confirms it. I will still be be here always hungry to read what you have to say aint no “clique” gonna keep me away!!!!!!

  112. I was reading a caps blog this morning and there were a few posters calling for the league to ban shot blocking by making the act of intentionally blocking a shot a minor penalty. :)

  113. Congratulations to another blue team: Manchester City. Wow, such dramatic finish!

  114. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    Ria – no worries my dear….to hartnell with all those cliques……nearly everyone ignores me too….but that doesnt bother me at all…..as sad as it sounds, i crack myself up and don’t care if i am the only one laughing…

  115. LOL Winston . . .that would definitely increase the number of 5 on 3s.

    Ria if you ant to post then post . . . don’t let a clique keep you silent…. its not high school :-)

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


    well done about boogey..RIP boogey!

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

    Ria and Ex3
    You are not excluded in my book at all, you guys rock!!

  118. time to go make cheesecakes!!

    all you mom boneheads, vocal or silent, ENJOY the rest of your mothers day!!
    and guys, be good to your ladies, your day comes next month!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!

  119. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    wicky – ria – jorek and all us other losers….LETS GO RANGERS

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


    And no matter what happens the rest of the way, lets get iggy or nash or ryan in the off season!!

  121. Winston i read that too. But not from Caps fans. Bob Mckenzie and many other analysts have proposed it.

  122. so they want to make blocking a shot a penalty? you can block a shot with your stick, will that count as well??

    eesh i really need to get baking lol

  123. Seriously Lev? Bob McKenzie is a pretty smart guy, one of the few analysts I respect. I might have to reconsider.

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

    remember folks

    The plaque for the alternates is down in the ladies’ room

  125. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    latona – back at ya…..i just ate a pound of heavily salted fried chicken skin…….how many lunch pts?

  126. Ok well. The Senator’s and capitals both played a brand of trap hockey. So what makes ppl think that different from the Devil’s. In fact Sen’s and Craps both have better top end talent than the dev’s, and Marty is swiss cheese if you know him like the Rangers do. Could be a short series.

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