Devils at Rangers Game 2 tonight

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Final, Game 1 (NYR lead 1-0)
Wednesday, May 16, 8:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers (Regular Season): 51-24-7 (109 pts), 1st in East
Devils (Regular Season): 48-28-6 (102 pts), 6th in East
* All information through NHL games on May 14.

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m.; TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7FM), in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Blueshirts opened up their third round series with a 3-0 win over the Devils in Game 1 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. New York has now won six of their last nine opening games of playoff series dating back to the 2007 playoffs. The Rangers enter the contest with a 207-222-8 record all-time in 437 playoff contests (116-86-2 at home; 91-136-6 on the road). New York has posted a 45-48-2 record all-time in Game 2 of playoff series.

New York entered the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference having posted a record of 51-24-7 overall (27-12-2 at home; 24-12-5 on the road) for 109 points. The Rangers’ 51 wins ranked second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time. The Blueshirts finished second in the NHL overall, tied for first in wins and led the league with 47 wins in regulation and overtime. New York is one of four Eastern Conference teams to have posted 40 or more wins in at least six seasons since 2005-06, and one of four teams in the East to have advanced to the playoffs in six of the last seven years.

ALL-TIME RANGERS PLAYOFF RECORDS:
Overall — 207-222-8
Home — 116-86-2
Away — 91-136-6
Goals for — 1,207
Goals against — 1,198

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS — RANGERS vs. DEVILS
The Rangers and Devils are meeting in the playoffs for the sixth time overall and the third time in seven years. Their last postseason encounter was in the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a series won by the Rangers, 4-1. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 4-1 playoff series record vs. the Devils, posting a 17-12 mark in 29 postseason contests.

RANGERS vs. DEVILS:
All-Time (Regular Season): 101-84-27-6 overall (56-30-20-2 at home; 45-54-7-4 on the road)
2011-12: New York was 3-2-1 overall (2-1-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road). Four of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less. Carl Hagelin led all skaters with six assists and eight points in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 1.41 GAA, .940 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron made 26 saves in his only appearance (4-3 shootout loss).
Thirteen of their last 17 regular season meetings have been decided by two goals or less
The Blueshirts have seven players with previous playoff experience against the Devils, led by Brad Richards (11 GP) who had registered three goals and eight assists against New Jersey entering the series
New York lists one former Devil on their roster: Mike Rupp (2002-03 – 2003-04, 2006-07 – 2008-09)
New Jersey lists one former Ranger on their roster: Petr Sykora (2005-06)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DEVILS (Regular Season):
Henrik Lundqvist — 41 GP, 25-11-5, 1.79 GAA, 6 SO
Brad Richards — 38 GP, 5-28-33
Marian Gaborik — 24 GP, 8-12-20
Ryan Callahan — 25 GP, 7-9-16
Dan Girardi — 35 GP, 1-13-14

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers are 4-1 in games when out-scoring their opponent on special teams in the playoffs.
Power Play:  The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play attempts (7:36) in Game 1, and are now 10-61 (16.4%) in 15 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 held the Devils scoreless in four shorthanded situations (6:38) in Game 1, and are now 42-50 (84.0%) in 15 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 1. The Rangers are plus-one in nine four-on-four situations (10:22). Four-on-four goals for (1): Richards (4/30 vs. WSH). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

HOME SWEET HOME
The Rangers have won their last seven playoff series in which they held home-ice advantage, including a 4-3 series win against New Jersey in the 1994 Conference Final.

OPENING ACT
The Blueshirts have opened six of their last nine playoff series with a win in Game 1. The Rangers’ 3-0 win vs. the Devils on Monday was the 12th shutout by the Rangers in series opening games all-time. New York is 8-3 in playoff series when posting a shutout in Game 1. Overall, the Rangers have posted a 32-11 series record when winning Game 1, including wins in seven of the last eight playoff series in which the Blueshirts won the opening game.

MILESTONE WIN
The Rangers won their 100th victory all-time against the New Jersey Devils franchise on Feb. 27. The Blueshirts held the Devils to a season-low, 13 shots against in the 2-0 victory, the fewest shots allowed by the Rangers in a game since they held Calgary to 11 shots on goal on Jan. 19, 1981 at MSG. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

SINCE 2007-08
The Rangers are 20-8-3 overall (11-4-1 at home; 9-4-2 on the road) against the Devils in the regular season since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 20-8-2 with a 1.96 GAA, .929 Sv% and six shutouts in 30 games over the span.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 34 career regular season games, posting a record of 23-6-5 with a 1.73 GAA, .935 Sv% and five shutouts over the span.

IN-KREID-IBLE
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 vs. Washington. 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 the first New York rookie to register two game-winning goals in the postseason since Mike Allison in the 1981 playoffs. In Game 1 of the Conference Final, Kreider tallied his first career power play goal and added the primary assist on the game-winning goal to become one of four players in NHL history to have notched at least three playoff goals before skating in a regular season game, and one of four such players to have registered at least five points. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

KING HENRIK’S ASCENSION
Henrik Lundqvist continues to climb the Rangers’ all-time playoff leaders list in several goaltending categories. He posted a 21-save shutout in Game 1 of the Conference Final, moving into a tie with Ed Giacomin and John Ross Roach for third in franchise history with five career playoff shutouts. He also passed Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers’ all-time total shutouts list with 48 in his career (43 regular season, five playoff). In the first round, Lundqvist passed John Vanbiesbrouck for third in franchise history with his 39th career playoff appearance in Game 4 at Ottawa, while his 25-save effort in a 3-2 win in Game 6 of that series moved him past Dave Kerr for third all-time with 18 playoff victories.

COOL UNDER PRESSURE
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.

BROADWAY HIT
New York leads the league with 521 hits in the playoffs. The Blueshirts have five players ranked in the top 10 in the NHL – Ryan Calahan (1st, 68), Michael Del Zotto (5th, 51), Brian Boyle (6th, 46), Brandon Prust (T-7th, 45), and Dan Girardi (T-9th, 43).

BLOCK PARTY
The Rangers rank second in the NHL with 293 blocked shots in the playoffs, paced by Dan Girardi (1st, 52), Ryan McDonagh (2nd, 42), Marc Staal (T-7th, 31), and Ryan Callahan (10th, 26). Ruslan Fedotenko (18) and Brad Richards (15) also rank third and sixth, respectively in blocked shots among NHL forwards.

SEVENTH HEAVEN
The Rangers advanced to the Conference Final behind a pair of 2-1 Game 7 victories, defeating the Ottawa Senators in their Conference Quarterfinal series and the Washington Capitals in the Conference Semifinals. New York remains undefeated in Game 7s played at MSG, having posted a record of 5-0 in those contests. The Rangers are 5-5 all-time in Game 7s, with eight of the 10 games being decided by one goal. Head Coach John Tortorella is 4-1 all-time in Game 7s, with the final score of all five contests being 2-1.

KING HENRIK’S ASCENSION
Henrik Lundqvist continues to climb the Rangers’ all-time playoff leaders list in several goaltending categories. He posted a 21-save shutout in Game 1 of the Conference Final, moving into a tie with Ed Giacomin and John Ross Roach for third in franchise history with five career playoff shutouts. He also passed Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers’ all-time total shutouts list with 48 in his career (43 regular season, five playoff). In the first round, Lundqvist passed John Vanbiesbrouck for third in franchise history with his 39th career playoff appearance in Game 4 at Ottawa, while his 25-save effort in a 3-2 win in Game 6 of that series moved him past Dave Kerr for third all-time with 18 playoff victories.

COOL UNDER PRESSURE
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.

BROADWAY HIT
New York leads the league with 521 hits in the playoffs. The Blueshirts have five players ranked in the top 10 in the NHL – Ryan Calahan (1st, 68), Michael Del Zotto (5th, 51), Brian Boyle (6th, 46), Brandon Prust (T-7th, 45), and Dan Girardi (T-9th, 43).

BLOCK PARTY
The Rangers rank second in the NHL with 293 blocked shots in the playoffs, paced by Dan Girardi (1st, 52), Ryan McDonagh (2nd, 42), Marc Staal (T-7th, 31), and Ryan Callahan (10th, 26). Ruslan Fedotenko (18) and Brad Richards (15) also rank third and sixth, respectively, in blocked shots among NHL forwards.

SEVENTH HEAVEN
The Rangers advanced to the Conference Final behind a pair of 2-1 Game 7 victories, defeating the Ottawa Senators in their Conference Quarterfinal series and the Washington Capitals in the Conference Semifinals. New York remains undefeated in Game 7s played at MSG, having posted a record of 5-0 in those contests. The Rangers are 5-5 all-time in Game 7s, with eight of the 10 games being decided by one goal. Head Coach John Tortorella is 4-1 all-time in Game 7s, with the final score of all five contests being 2-1.

FOLLOW THE LEADER
New York has tallied the game’s first goal in 10 games during the playoffs, posting a record of 8-2 in those contests.  In their Conference Semifinal series against Washington, the team that scored the first goal of the game was undefeated.

CLOSE CALL
Eleven of the Rangers’ 15 playoff games have been decided by one goal, including four that were decided in OT. The Blueshirts and Capitals were separated by one goal in six of seven games, with two games requiring OT, and were tied or separated by one goal for 91.1% of the total playing time in their second round series.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
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. Below is a complete list of last minute, game-tying goals by the Rangers in postseason action.

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

INJURIES:
Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 15
Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 15
Brandon Dubinsky (injured, 4/26) — 8
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 48

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
May 14 — Recalled Cam Talbot, Tim Erixon, Dylan McIlrath, J.T. Miller, Kris Newbury, and Casey Wellman from Connecticut (AHL)

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  1. ???! Carp, forgive me if I’ve missed this but can we get a “last comment” button on the page? Scrolling all the way down after a refresh (from my phone) is starting to give my thumbs a callous.

  2. There is already a ‘skip to comments’ button at thr top.

    LETS GO RANGERS!!

  3. Sioux-per-man on

    Good Morning Boneheads!

    Carp says the series is going to be 1-1 after today. Here’s to hoping our boys come flying, Kreider an Hags chasing down pucks, Richards and Gabby picking the corners, Cally and Boyler hitting everything that moves, Girardi blocking everything in front of him, and to the King standing in front of the brick wall he just built.

    I say we go up 2-0 for the first time this year. Play ahead and stay ahead.

    LET’S GO RANGERS!!

  4. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Good morning all! I’m with you Sioux…..we’re taking half this series tonight!!

  5. I’d be willing to forfeit the next three games to give Bickel a few more minutes and keep Girardi and McDonagh fresher for the Final.

  6. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Just got the chance to listen to Torts from yesterday…..man, I love that guy.

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

    Sorry Carper,

    I just dont see the Rangers losing tonight…

    Anyone see Marty the Whale’s comments about the Devils’ shooters headhunting the Rangers’ shot-blockers??

    What a fat toad.

  8. I think someone needs to test the Kings for performance enhancing drugs. How can they be this dominant in the playoffs?!?

  9. Good morning, boneheads!
    Next round, LW? What for? Haven’t you heard? Whoever comes out of the East has already lost to the Kings. According to many reliable *sauces*, the Kings are steamrolling everyone and will do the same with EC champs. Why bother?

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

    L.A. is making a real cakewalk out of the Western finals, eh?

    …makes it more important for the Rangers to win tonight, and try to keep this series as short as possible. Of course, the Devils will have other ideas…

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

    The LA Queens will meet their match in the NYR.

  12. The Kings better be steam-rolling, I mean Morris with 25+min, the Korpedo with 18+, Rosival with 15…if that team plays for the cup our ledge is going to have to come with weighted vests and electrified machetes at the bottom.

  13. We match up better against the Kings than the Yotes do. Didn’t expect this kind of manhandling. Yotes’ wheels came off the bus last night. They could get one to three suspensions, possibly. Realistically, one. Our coach would never let us play undisciplined like that.

    Kings are big team. We can match the size, to a point. Phoenix is struggling with that big time.

  14. I agree. We will prove The Carper to be wrong. Rangers find a way to plow past these rotten Devils who have a goalie that is telling them to “shoot at the heads and feet” of the Rangers who go down on the ice to block shots.

    Nice guy.

    I say we take a few headers at him early on to shake him up! Easy to say stuff like this when you’ve got a mattress worth of protection for pads.

    M-A-R-T-E-E!!! M-A-R-T-E-E!!

  15. Good call, LW. I mean we called up so many kids from the AHL. Why not play them? We can obviously, based on Game 1, beat the Devils whenever we want so let’s rest our guys until e are down 1-3 and then play them.

  16. We need to concentrate on the Devils first – 2-0 is a big hole for them to climb out from and if we can stop them scoring again it will put a lot of doubt in the minds of their scorers.

    As for the Kings, we are physical enough to deal with them and they wont find the gaps in our D like they have done in the West, we clog the middle of the ice and round the net and shooting lanes close pretty quick with flailing Rangers blocking shots. Courage and Physicality are the hallmarks of this team, the Kings will not get an easy ride. There is only one King going to be putting his hands on the Stanley Cup – King Henrik!

  17. Amen, Matty. The Rangers, should we be lucky enough to get to the Stanley Cup finals, would match up pretty well against the Kings, should they continue to make a cakewalk and get their as well.

    We are more like the St. Louis Blues except we show up and our goaltender doesn’t randomly become a sieve.

  18. Not so sure that Bettman’s goal of putting hockey in places you’d never expect like Nashville, Florida, and Phoenix is really working. Before last night’s game, tickets for the upper level were for sale, reportedly, for a measly $25 per ticket, for a conference final. The temp outside was 106 F.

    In LA, with the Cup Finals at hand, the cheapest Stubhub tickets are only $95.

    In NJ, if the Rangers fans weren’t around, what would they be? Would they sell out?????

    Hmmmmm…….not so sure this expansion/dilution concept is working too well……

  19. Isn’t there some classic story where the Kings and Rangers were playing each other and they ended up on the same flight back to LA together? Am I getting that one right?

  20. gotta say, EVEN in New York, the best fans in the world, tickets are only going at or near face value for the lower levels. Back in 1994, same tix were going for thousands by now.

    Something smells in hockey, and it’s not just the economy.

    Tickets are too overpriced in big markets, and not enough fans in smaller.

  21. Thanks Dan. Is Ken Campbell the guy that was trying to get Torts to say that this team is different than the Lightning and that he didn’t remember them blocking shots and then Torts said, “I do. Well I DO.”

  22. Wow. This article is making me physically angry. He is saying that the Rangers don’t forecheck? Does this guy watch hockey?

  23. Not that I am a betting man but at some point last series someone pointed out to me that whoever Vegas favored with respect to the Rangers always won. That had nothing to do with the spread of course. So for example every result in the Caps series was picked – the Rangers were favored in 1,3,5,7 and the Caps were indeed the favorites in the 3 games they won. Rangers were favored in Game one and they are again tonight in Game two.

    But aside from that I think these guys get it done tonight and show that they have learned how to play desparate even when their backs are not truly against the wall and how to kick the opponent when they’re down.

  24. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Geez. Is Ken Campbell related to Colin?! I’ve never seen such a big soapbox full of whine.

    You know he’s a Marty fan. Love it.

  25. In general, the rule is “Good for NY Rangers = Bad for the NHL” amongst any media outlets outside NY. Seriously how on earth can you hate a team that basically outworks their opposition every night and makes rtemendous physical sacrifices to win? If the Habs or Leaves did that they would be mounted on a pedestal as Canada’s Team.

  26. That Jackwagon Ken Campbell probably thinks that the Cindy style of hockey, to include whining, diving, and cheap shotting is far superior to the Rangers hard-working, playing for each other approach.
    And he probably is one of those morons who thinks that the immature, unsportsmanlike, effeminate Cindy Crosby is the ideal poster boy for the league.

    The NHL has become offensive in some ways under bettman and the Rangers are a welcome relief from all of the above mentioned traits.

  27. So the only thing we can do is to hope it doesn’t succeed -Ken Campbell

    We can also hope this jerk gets hit with a PATH train on the way to the Pebble

  28. To make it clear as to what people really think about that article, scroll right down to the comments…..

  29. Lloyd Braun on

    Ken Campbell = man who’s never blocked a shot in his life

    I don’t necessarily disagree with his point that other teams will mimic the way the Rangers play, but it’s incredible shortsighted to act like this just started now. We heard the same things said about the Devils a number of years ago who essentially ruined the sport by not only blocking everything, but grabbing and riding every opposing player on the ice. Hockey has never fully recovered from the glut of teams who recognized what the Devils (and they weren’t the only ones to do this either) were doing and the league has spent more than a decade trying to figure out how to negate it. So, you had a system in place that basically supported parity, and then the league implemented a salary cap that guaranteed parity. What exactly is so different now? Sidney Crosby plays for the Penguins and all of a sudden the NHL is a wide open sport? Bull carcillo. The fact is that most of the teams in the league are not overwhelmingly talented but play systems that enable them to hang in games; the Rangers simply do that better than every other team right now.

  30. If the Rangers were to go out to the Devils, teams are certainly not going to look at our system and conclude that it doesnt work…in any case, win or lose, there will be teams that will mimic the Rangers going forward…just another example of the flawed thinking in this article.

  31. Carp. Did you or anyone hear the interview with Marty on the Rangers blocking all the Devil’s shots? Maybe he was joking, but he basically said that they would have to shoot for the head!!!

  32. I could not believe Uncle Daddy Fatso’s comments about trying to HURT the Rangers. What do you expect of a guy who has an affair with his sister in law. No class loser!

    Is it 8:00pm yet?

    SHIFT BY SHIFT…

    PERIOD BY PERIOD..

    GAME BY GAME…

    RANGERS IN 6!!!

  33. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    P.K. Subban darts his way up the ice, enters the offensive zone and a drop pass to Ryan McD, he shoots… he SCORES! Ryan McD!!! – Hold on, that’s what was supposed to happen but instead its – Patcioretty lays it off to Gomez who cuts to the middle and gets NAILED by Ryan McD, oh Glen Sather you are a genius my friend.

  34. I don’t know where this crap about Marty saying they need to injure the Rangers came from. The guy said that the Rangers blocking shots is GETTING in the other teams’ heads and that they need to keep shooting and getting pucks through.

    Whoever made up that crap about him saying they need to injure the Rangers is false and probably made up by some stupid Devils fans.

  35. Oh wait, I saw the article. He didn’t say try to hurt the, he was saying that if they keep shooting and a player gets hurt, they’ll second guess trying to keep blocking shots. There’s nothing wrong with that. Every team who played against the Rangers tried to do that.

  36. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Sorry, Jonny.

    He smirkly implied that if the Devils hurt a Ranger with a few shots off the “toe or i don’t know, maybe HEAD” the Rangers wouldn’t be so readily diving for these shots.

    I heard it. He didn’t say the Devils would go out and try to hurt Rangers, but it was almost a “Dive in front of the next one, I dare ya”

  37. We are not going to get scared. Or change the style of play. We are like the NKPA, we will just have another man pick up that man’s weapon and fill his role.

  38. True Blue, don’t even go there. We all know that Sather couldn’t come up with this on his own. He has needed Gord Clark to come in and rescue him with his draft picks (take a look at his great choices from when he started here till 2008-9). Dolan’s the idiot that is willing to pay the extra salary of Clark and other people that are here to help as the brain trust.

    Don’t forget, as well, that Gomez and Drury were both brought in stupidly by Sather. Was he a genius then? “If they are there and dangled, I’ll take them” was his attitude.

    In luring Montreal to take Gomez, he got lucky that Montreal came after him. All it was was making up for a ridiculous FA signing. He got lucky that they were quite willing and I am sure he was helped by other brain trust people as to what to do, otherwise we’d have another Wade Redden, waste of salary cap player in Gomez.

    Credit where credit is due. He is an awful GM, way past his prime. The only good thing he has done lately is to surround himself with smart, modern day thinkers that do understand todays game. It costs Dolan a heck of a lot more to do it this way, but I guess money means nothing to the Dolans.

  39. Maybe our entire team should come out tonight wearing full cages on their faces for warmups. That would be humorous.

  40. I still don’t see what’s wrong with what Brodeur said. Every team thinks/does that. It’s not purposely shoot at them, it’s, “if they want to block it…”, which they’ve done all year anyway.

    And Matt, isn’t part of being a good GM surrounding yourself with smart people? You think Ken Holland does all that on his own? The whole point of being the head of an organization (i.e. CEO) is not to be the expert in everything, it’s to hire experts in their appropriate fields. Sather has done that, which would make him a very good GM.

  41. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Jonny,
    It’s not that he thought it. It’s that he said it. Did you read the quotes in the article?! Sather couldn’t even believe how asanine the comment is.

    Apparently 40 year old obese canadians just don’t mentally mature the same way as 30 year old men from Are, Sweden. The guy has no cooth (sp?). He’s made a career, now ride off with some dignity. You don’t need to dive and whine and look at the refs *ON. EVERY. SINGLE. BYFUGLIEN. GOAL!!*

  42. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    The devils did have chances in game 1. The rangers just capitalized when they needed too. The devils aren’t going to change much in game 2 – the forecheck will still be there and the pressure will be their. I wouldnt be surprised if Pete Debeour tries to pull a Carkner out of his hat against the rangers top line.

  43. Now that we know our lines will be able to operate with a little more room in this series, I’d like to see Stahl and Girardi join the rush less often…Devs try hard to counterattack with home run passes, so these two D-men should stay back & leave the rushing to MacDaddy and DZ…before you tell me I am an idiot, yes, I am not counting Girardi’s game 1 goal as “joining the rush”

  44. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    i agree Fat Guy. There has been a lot more room on the ice, but i do know that Torts will not change anything at all – hence given an opportunity any dman who has that opportunity to join and make an impact on a rush or pinch down low will do so.

  45. True Fans – I’m fine with him saying it. Everyone knows it’s a consequence of blocking shots. Milbury said it, Melrose said it, plenty of TV analysts keep saying that if the Rangers keep blocking shots like this, they are going to get hurt. It’s a known risk, so I have no issue with him saying what every analyst on TV has said since they think it will deter the Rangers from blocking shots.

  46. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Why do you think people are saying that the Rangers way of blocking shots is nonsense blah blah blah. When all season long they’ve been doing this? Its called defense, its called having no fear to do what it takes to win. These people drive me nuts.

  47. BroadwayBlueShirts on

    The Rangers won’t stop blocking shots.

    That’s their style and they’ve been doing it for a while now.

    They’ve had injuries along the way too. Yet still do it.

    Wishful thinking on Brouder’s part.

  48. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Jonny,

    I’m glad you accept it. Outside of NJ, you’re probably the only one who does.

  49. So Hanzal gets a hearing despite no injury. Right call, but the inconsistency continues.

  50. Stranger Nation on

    Never had such a good time
    in my life before
    I’d like to have it one time more
    One good ride from start to end
    I’d like to take that ride again
    Again

  51. The Rangers have been hurt blocking shots though. It’s not like a surprise. Last year we lost a lot of good men to shot blocking. Ne’er a man got through the season without bruises and broken bones and it killed us.

    This year we have been VERY fortunate to survive with only facial scars.

  52. Most of Callahan’s injuries are due to blocked shots. So Marty can say it all he wants, it’s not going to stop them from doing it.

  53. How can Marty criticize blocking shots…isn’t that his job? Doesn’t he block more shots than most people but with more padding?

  54. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I know, Shore! What’s next, a French Canadian promoting humulity?!

    Geez, Bettman’s softened up this league.

  55. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Guys, the comments were tongue in cheek. Let it go. I hate the over analysis over everything anybody ever says anymore.

  56. I’m feeling a win similar to Monday, but with an earlier 1st strike. Devils go 5+ periods without scoring before Clarkson farts one in, giving him yet another no-stick goal. Rangers goals by Callahan, Gaborik and Boyle.

  57. First off, Doodie:

    1.) “Guys” – you know, as well as I do, that women post on here as well. So let’s stop gender bashing you patrocentric jerk!

    2.) “Tongue in cheek” – I don’t want to hear about Brodeur’s tongue. It’s probably not even in his cheek but stuffed into a carton of iced cream and you know it.

    3.) “Hate” – that’s a crazy strong emotion and it really has no place on this blog. Get a life! (Pimp’s classic dis to me)

    4.) “anybody every says anymore” – don’t you think that’s a little general? We are analyzing a comment by one person and even if he _said_ it we didn’t hear it. We only read it, some of us, or assumed what it says.

  58. Yeah, I’m not exactly Brodeur’s biggest fan (and with the amount of sweating he must have to deal with, he needs a lot of big fans…) but the first report I saw of that quote made clear that he was joking, but it seems to have taken a life of it’s own since then, including reporters seriously asking Devils players if shooting at heads was something they would consider.

  59. These clowns are done. They never win Game Two anyways.

    THey’re going to be stoned by the Whale tonight. It’s going to be embarassing.

  60. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    Anyone else think Callahan is injured? and no live chat today Carp = amateur hour.

  61. I thought it was a well known fact that Callahan had a broken finger. Probably from blocking a shot that was purposely shot at his weakest finger.

  62. It’s OK, LW. I am reviewing some papers written by another Attorney here and they made that exact “it’s” mistake a million times trying to make “it’s” possessive by just using the contraction. And they actually spent days writing this. You just shot up a post on a blog.

  63. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Ha, someone imitated me on the Puck Daddy chat. I’m honored.

  64. “I am reviewing some papers” = “I am -reading- looking at the feature article in Buttman magazine”

  65. Nice pattern, LW. I defend you, you attack me viciously and unwarrantedly.

    Congrats, Doodie. Mazel Tov, from my family to yours.

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

    JR – “in all dubiousness, I expect the rangers to come out exhilarated in game 2″

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

    JR – “by winning game 2 tonight, it can almost be determinated that rangers kings will meet in the finals”

  68. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Manny!!!

    12:08 = pure brilliance. Enjoyed thoroughly.

    Sincerely yours,
    Please forgive me for the WCSF bashing.

    TFBRWB

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

    JR – “I have never seen such accelatory skating like KREIDER and Hags, Those 2 have tremendous terminated velocity”

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

    JR – “hank’s glove hand’s imperviousness cannot be denied”

  71. That Ken Campbell piece was horribly overblown (he’s always complaining about something anyway) and amusingly completely contradicted by one of his THN colleagues yesterday.

    While I can understand to a degree people not liking shot-blocking – though it’s more the total collapse in front of the net that the actual act of shot blocking itself that I think is the real target of their ire – the complaint that every team will copy the style of the Cup winner is way overblown too.

    I remember similar critical articles after the Ducks won the Cup, foreseeing that all teams would load up on physical players and fight more (ignoring the probably more important loading up on two likely Hall of Fame defensemen…)

    Didn’t happen. Just as the Bruins (and the final four standing this year) are not very similar at all to the Wings, Penguins and Hawks that won.

  72. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    They should play Anisimov-Boyle-Staal-Girardi-McD against the Kovi-Zajac-Parise line and play a 3-2. Like to see that line work around that

  73. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Pimp,
    I have to ask if you are one of the 4 “Devils in four” votes?
    Or do i have to ask… silly question.

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

    JR – “any contemplation by the devils will be met by the resistitory ranger defense”

  75. Has anyone ever read a Montreal exec explaining why Mcd was included in that deal? What they thought he had wrong with him?

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

    JR – “it may a virtualization to suggest that the kings rangers will compulsatory the finals and compete for the cup”

  77. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    Chris, they didn’t think he would bring enough offense

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

    JR – “by interpolating the rangers’ D men’s ice time, you can, by extrapolation, see big numbers”

  79. I just don’t understand the problem with shot blocking. Why do these people want the games to be so high scoring? Just let Flower and Bryzgalov play for every team if you want high scoring. It’s *not* fun. Watching teams adjust and beat tough systems is fun. The Rangers didn’t lead the league in blocked shots. The Blues had more and they lost in 4 to the Kings who scored a lot of goals on them. There is just no correlation between blocked shots and goals allowed.

    LW is right – it’s the defensive collapse that he hates.

  80. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    Haha Carp, someone just posted in Pat Leonardo’s live chat using the username “Carp” and commented saying “whats up son”?

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

    JR – “in hindsinght, I see the rangers beating the devils in 5 games”

  82. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    And this is what Pat said “Ahh locker room memories. Reporter got fresh with other media members in Washington. Things were said. Bit of an inside joke. trust me. was hilarious” CARP TELL US THE STORY!

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

    JR – “the institutionalization of the ranger shot blocking has been fastidious”

  84. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Manny, you are right, I was misogynistic earlier by addressing only the male visitors of the site.

    I amend my previous comment to address guys, gals, transgenders, and nongenders.

  85. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Speaking of all of this shot blocking hooplah, did anyone read the Dave Shoalts article yesterday interviewing Scotty Bowman. Bowman totally nailed it as to why we see so many more shotblockers.

    I can’t tell you how many times this season where I was able to easily predict when a team was going to work it back to the point for a shot, and yet there were no forwards anywhere to be found to break up the pass, but instead were left scrambling up to the point and diving in front of the shot.

    LW hit the nail on the head. It’s the collapse in front of the net that is the true scourge, not blocking shots. Nobody challenges the point anymore.

  86. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Correction, I was chauvinistic, not misogynistic.

  87. I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.

    NOTHING CAN STOP KOPITAR, NOTHING

  88. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    Oh wow I didn’t know you guys went on each others sites! Miami Pimp must be Pat than!

  89. I just break Pat’s onions.

    Here’s Torts’ morning skate presser, from the NHL:

    An Interview with:

    COACH TORTORELLA

    Q. The guys you brought up, how do you use them, not in the series,
    but what is the thought behind having them up here?
    COACH TORTORELLA: Just have players ready to play in case we run
    into injuries.

    Q. What has been the key do you think of your strong recent third
    periods?
    COACH TORTORELLA: Staying with it.

    Q. Being aggressive?
    COACH TORTORELLA: Staying with it.

    Q. John, if you’ve got a guy who is not going offensively that you
    know can. What has historically been your tactic? Do you talk to him? Do
    you just ride it out?
    COACH TORTORELLA: Depends on the player. Depends on the player,
    depends on the situation. It’s a question that I can’t answer because it
    all depends on the situation.

    Q. So if I asked you about Ryan Callahan?
    COACH TORTORELLA: I won’t answer.

  90. You gotta love Torts! He sets the tone in all things Rangers and the guys buy into it….follow. To quote Torts, “It’s good stuff.”

    LGR & LGT!

  91. The only drawback with a Rangers – Kings SC matchup for NBCSN is that they have to show occasional shots of “Bitter Beer Face” Sutter, which could scare away half their audience.

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