Post-practice interviews


First and foremost, I don’t know what you’ve read or where you read it, but when John Tortorella told the Rangers to get off the ice after a brief up-tempo practice, it was in a very positive tone … he liked the way they went through a quick workout, felt they moved past whatever they were feeling off Game 4, and didn’t need them to show him anymore.

It ABSOLUTELY WAS NOT done in anger, or because he was unhappy with anything. Just sayin’.

Also sayin’ there were about 9,000 media clowns in the lockerroom today, so the audio I got is pretty limited. Hope to put up some printed transcripts later.

And Tortorella was pretty good at the podium today, when asked about what he can do to get his top six scorers going, he said, “Pray.”

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Henrik Lundqvist:


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

    sched, an interesting, but flawed, hypothesis. NBC won’t have any primetime crap worth watching during the Final because most of their crap will have had their season finales by the end of this week.

  2. OK, awesome, just posting here to make sure that we are able to carry the momentum from the last post into this post. Carry on…..

  3. I got Carped!

    RE: the schedule from the previous thread:

    What no 1:00 Saturday game on June 9th? I was hoping that the NYC NBC affiliate would do 4 hours of Belmont pre race so people in their viewing area COULD NOT WATCH THE GAME.

    Yes this happened in Baltimore. WBAL in Baltimore did coverage of the preakness from 1:00 till 6:30 where they compared hats, did tarot card readings, showed the weather, and all the drunks in the infield.

    I was all over the WBAL facebook page as were many other Rangers and Devils fans in the area. The only explanation we got was National NBC would not allow them to air the game on their other station, WBAL+. Luckily I have a slingbox set up in the NYC area so I was able to watch the game, but i was furious.

    I wonder if that would have happened if the Capitals were still in it.

  4. Tom Foolery on

    “I haven’t talked to Rammer”. Yes. Was waiting to hear that. Love it!

  5. jpg's sister on

    Carp, I heard you have allergies like I do. Do you get the daily pollen alert emails? If not, I could send it to you via email.

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

    re your question about rupp on the deboer presser thread, see the same thread and my post at 2:00PM

    hi sis!!

  7. Slim Rickets from the Bronx on

    Rangers gonna sweeepppp the Jorsey D-Bags..Bada Beep, Bada Boop…Macaroni Sauce….Heeeeeeyyyyy Oooohhhhh…

  8. Slim Rickets from the Bronx May 22nd, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    Rangers gonna sweeepppp the Jorsey D-Bags..Bada Beep, Bada Boop…Macaroni Sauce….Heeeeeeyyyyy Oooohhhhh…

    A Perfect example of the type of posts of I was alluding to earlier in the day…….

  9. czechthemout!!!! on

    Prayer is not a strategy or an adjustment by the coaching staff.
    Prust sayin.

  10. yeah Wicky
    that was the best part!!!

    still hoping someone can make a gif of that.
    it would be pretty funny.

    at that point i wasn’t watching too closely but saw that part

  11. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Girardi and MDZ are 1st and 3rd these playoffs for points by a dman.

  12. Matty"WinWednesday"Boy on

    Carpy, I am not asking for your prediction for the next game. I think I know it :))))))

  13. I would still have a perfect record if i has stuck with what i believe instead of going with a guess in Game 4. Dammit.

  14. High Desert Roberto on

    this series is wide open, can go either way easily in 6 or 7. Lundqvist (as always..sigh) will have to be the Rangers best player and will have to steal at least one game probably with a shutout for the rangers to have a shot

  15. Carp are you still sticking with Rangers in 6? Also, as each game is its own beast, why do people keep harping on how the Devils played the past four games. Tomorrow’s game has nothing to do with the previous four.

  16. Should’ve pause posting…
    It is not like heat become more intense, the closer we are to SC Finals, what keep me out of the kitchen, it was rather unbearable amount of cockroaches which came out from the all slots and holes, with their irrelevant but stinky sounds. Obviously unbeknownst that knowledge (including hockey) is not just transmitted by sex.

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

    Carp, in fairness, I come out of the woodwork win or lose.

  18. Additionally, EVERY team has a bad game or two (look at last year’s Bruins and even Tampa in 04). While the Rangers are not dynamic offensively, wouldn’t you all take their defense and goalie in a best of three series?

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

    Carp, funny you should say that about OT. In college I worked in construction. One night I had to stay late and asked my boss about OT. He looked at me and asked “Who taught you that dirty word!?”

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

    ANF, the Rangers have had 4 bad games that they have been fortunate enough to win two of.

  21. I said at the beginning that the Rangers would win this in 7 and I still believe that. They don’t have the offensive firepower to dominate an opponent, but they have the goalie that will be the difference in the series.

    It seems odd hoping for a 10-goal scorer to come back, but I think if Dubi can make it back during this series it will make a difference. Sit Rupp or Mitchell (doesn’t matter which) he’ll make the third/fourth line more competitive.

    Zucc, I don’t know. I don’t see Torts having confidence in Zucc enough to put him in this series or the next even if he is medically ready.

  22. JimboWoodside on

    I’m glad that the players have gotten past it, but I’m still bummed out!

  23. Yes. Agreed. However, the Devils cannot play any better than they have and the series is still 2-2. I am just saying that anyone who thinks this series is over (from either side) is celebrating a bit too soon.

  24. What will it take to get the five goals in one game Gaborik on the ice? He’s had some really good shifts throughout the playoffs but he’s been almost invisible this entire series and for long stretches in general. Just imagine how dangerous this team would be if they could score some goals.

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

    I don’t think that the series is over, but I think the Rangers need to be better if they expect to win two more games.

  26. My brother is pissed at me for coming up to NY midplayoffs. He’s not even answering my calls or responding to texts. Ahh, superstitions, how I hate them so.

  27. Did anyone go to the Garden for the viewing party last night….result of the game aside, the viewing party was very disappointing.

  28. I can’t tell if Peter TheBore looks more like a drunk Kevin Spacey or more like Ross Matthews.

  29. Whatever happened in the previous four games has no impact on what will happen in the next three. All the Rangers should know is they haven’t played their best yet. And they still have 2 home games left. Nobody said this one would be easy, and I do not believe they underestimated the Devils. I fully expect tomorrow to be their best game in this series so far. *NO MOMENTUM*, *NO FATIGUE*

    Carp, you’re right about the noise in the room. It sounded like someone was drilling a root canal when Hank was talking.

    PS. Do you guys _EVER_ work? WTB!

  30. Well, Jimbo, it was promoted as an evening of being able to interact with Rangers alumni (VBK, graves and Beuke). However, the only people who were able to interact with them were the full season ticket holders who were allowed to skate on the ice for 1 hour prior to the viewing party. The rest of the fans were in the stands. There was NO interaction between the alumni and the fans. Contrary to what was promoted, there were no games or prizes. Indeed, the only prizes given out seemed to be pre-determined and awarded to the full season ticket holders. Further, they put the game on the Gardenvision, but it was difficult to see. There was hardly, if any food available. Th garden would not let people go into the 300’s (where they would be able to see the game better). The viewing parties at the Ziefield Theater (though smaller) were a lot more fun. I do not believe there was any more than 5,000 people there last night.

  31. I’m backing Carp’s “no momentum” stance…
    In a hockey, experience is a whole bunch of very valuable knowledge about what you’re NOT supposed to do in a situations which will never repete it selves.

  32. JimboWoodside on

    Thank you, ANF – that is quite surprising. Especially your estimation of the crowd – maybe it was not publicized properly.

    I’m not surprised to hear about the lack of accessibility, save for the season-ticket holders, though. I am surprised that many of the concession stands weren’t actively open.

    Sounds like it was poorly planned and publicized to me.

  33. No problem, Jimbo. Yeah, it seemed to really fly under the radar. I was looking forward to getting some autographs from the alumni as I became a fan during the 89-90 season when I was about 12-13 years old. Also, they conducted the event as if a real game was taking place on the ice. John Amirante was even performing the anthem live. My wife (who is a casual fan) looked at me like I was crazy for even going….

  34. JimboWoodside on

    Captain ilb, I’m hoping that you’re spot-on with your predictions. I was feeling pretty lousy after last night’s loss, but I’m still hoping that our guys have another couple of wins in them!

    I’ll be here rooting them on tomorrow evening! *Nothing is easy* for this team!

  35. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    PS. Do you guys EVER work? WTB!


    Addressed this earlier, Ilb.

  36. JimboWoodside on

    I hear you, ANF – I might have attended if I had heard about it early enough before-the-fact.

    Geez, other cities have viewing parties outdoors where *many* thousands of people attend – sounds like the Garden’s publicity department was caught napping on this event!

  37. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Time for a jersey dinner…? What’s the misses in the mood for?

    And by “misses” i mean #30 for the Devs.

  38. Is that the sun. Clear skies and a 100 percent chance of a ranger victory. Ah yes pollyana pbr is back. It only took his one devil fan colleague at work to bring me back. Hubris!!!! Go get em!

  39. JimboWoodside on

    I guess that it was a pipe-dream of mine that Kovy might get a call from Shanny regarding that stomach-spear to Cally last night.

    Looks like Shanny still has his “Devil Goggles” on – in reference to his comments going back to earlier series where the NYR fans had some complaints about his decisions.

  40. Let’s stay positive. The way this team has played and conducted itself, they deserve our unconditional support. Remember, this is not like 94, where based upon the age of some vets, it was a one-shot deal. The Rangers will only get better (though win or lose addign some more offensive talent, if possible wouldn’t hurt)

  41. True Blue- funny you mentioned….NJ players are often seen in Chatham, there is a famous Italian place….Gotta talk to mrs ilb, see if she in the mood :-)

  42. True Fans, I mean…And, yeah, I saw your post. Some clerkships are created to get a little rest, eh…

  43. ilb,

    Hopefully that restaurant is *in*famous after you visit it tonight and cast aspersions upon any Swamp Rat attendees..

  44. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    You got this, i have faith.
    We will be praying for your successful return.

  45. Which reminds me, Latona…I believe my successful dinner at Il Mulino before Game 7 against Washington earned me a few lunch points, don’t you think?

  46. Should one just let an oak tree grow out of a fosythia bush? Isn’t it metaphorical of the magic that ranger d and goaltending has transformed this team? I say I let it grow unabated until the cup comes up broadway… month.

  47. Just a couple of observations on last nite… Is it really our game plan to MAKE Marty play the puck on every dump in? Sure looked like it- virtually no soft dump ins to the trapezoid- maybe Torts feels he’s vunerable- not arguing, just asking… Didn’t really like the manufactured drama in the third period by us- because I thought it signified a coach that is worried about his teams “compete level” due to fatigue… That first goal really killed us- because it was such a crappy goal- because the Devils had gone quite a while without scoring- because it made us sag (prior to the goal nothing much of anything really happened, except a number of icings)- because the Devils knew they wouldn’t be shutout again… Hard to decide which is worse: losing to the Devils or having to watch the game(win or lose) on NBC-brutal, embarrassing coverage. Here’s hoping the future holds an option for pay-per-view different feeds…. I thought the Rangers were out of gas BEFORE the playoffs started- so I’m certainly not going there again….Please, please shoot the puck at Marty- if we ever got as many good chances in a game as the Devils do “I predict the Rangers are gonna fill the net tonite, Marv.” Ah, where’s the Big Whistle when you need him?

  48. Matty"NoWayWe'reTired"Boy on

    Carp still has a pretty damn good record in predicting Rangers games in this year’s playoffs. Kind of amazes me how he can read the team like this.

    Not that what I say matters, but I could definitely see them coming out hard and disciplined tomorrow. Just gotta get the first goal.

    The Garden better be absolutely rocking tomorrow night. No fake noise, please. We can do it ourselves

  49. Debbies’s Zajec, btw, in russian – wild rabbit. Another dish to chew and swallow…

  50. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    It’s because he doesn’t believe in momentum … literally!

    I use to believe in momentum. Truly.
    Carp has taught his ways. Wise, he is.

  51. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Could you imagine if this team had a half-way decent Zherdev still on it?! Or a Cherapanov?

    So close, yet still so far …

  52. Nice to see much calmer posters today and more optimism – our guys deserved it.

  53. Sure thing, ilb. What Caps did you dispatch of? I’ll give you the sum total of their numbers in lunch points.

  54. Speaking of optimism…I myself am a scared optimist, with kind of optimism – when you’re not washing the dishes tonight, hoping that you’ll be more wishful to do that next morning…but optimist nevertheless.

  55. Latona, he doesnt deserve Holtby’s points, because he didnt recognize him. With all the NBC shots of him, not sure how. Surprisingly, he recognized Ward. haha

  56. Man, I need some food, havent eaten all day, waiting for Mama to get home from work. Oy!! I need some sushi!

    Yes, you did ilb. Yes, you did. :)

  57. I dunno how much of an accomplishment recognizing Ward is, but recognizing Holtby might have been difficult considering how often they showed his parents in his stead.

  58. Oh I am an optimist through and through. Besides these guys have been clutch all year. I lost it game five against Ottawa game six against the caps and last night. I doubted them. I never have up on them. And tomorrow I will be there full throat rooting them On. And they will win. Because this season every time the doubt crept in they gave. The disaster in at Louis….the miracle in Phoenix. Marty shuts us out 1-0 at the garden….henrik shuts them out 2-0 the next time they meet a week later. No reason to lose faith. Start strong. Get the first goal. And tomorrow will be the kings third shut out of the series.

  59. May I suggest wraparounds? It’s worked on Marty in 94 and 97. McD almost scored on him that way.

  60. Tiki, see if Stanley shares her food with you, you seem to be on good terms at the moment.

  61. Where is CCCP? I miss his conventional wisdom dearly. …is his stockpile of cursing’s run short and dried? I doubt it.

  62. Do you think we could get all of the fans on ice level near the goal to hold up burgers and pizza while Marty is at their end of the ice? Maybe trow an occasional slice on the ice? Might get him off of his game.

  63. Youre so funny, ilb… They both leave their food unattended, but Im partial to dog treats, not cat food.

  64. Oh, my daughter left for Paris just yesterday and was bitterly complaining that 5 hours difference will force her watch live hockey streams at 1 to 3 o’clock in the morning.

  65. JimboWoodside on

    *Excellent* idea, Rangers West – it would be even better if fans could manage to get food aromas past the glass and into the rink area where Fatso is tending goal – it would distract him so totally that some of our non-productive forwards might even be able to put the puck past him.

    Hell, with enough food smells piped into his area, we could even score on icings!

  66. But, ilb, (thinking about CCCP),
    do you agree, that there is no one high-minded, sublime, cleanest and brightest thought in existence, which any Russian speaking human couldn’t express in a dirtiest, meanest cursing form. An Art, or bad, but funny habit?

  67. JimboWoodside on

    Can Gabby, Richards and Cally get some pizza and Popeye’s-scented after shave to splash on themselves before the game?

  68. Tiki,
    …the answer my friend is blowing in the wind, an answer is blowing in the wind…” or something like that. Wind name is ilb.

  69. Next time we dine together, ilb, Ill bring my favorite bacon doggie treats and sneak a lil into your food. Deal?

    4ever, so would I. I miss that face and smile of yours, very sexy!

  70. PBR where are you sitting tomorrow night? I will be in sec 114 screaming my brains out.

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

    JR – “the rangers’ intensification must be amplitated in game 5”

  72. JimboWoodside on

    Be careful with those cats, Tiki – they may not appreciate sharing their food with you! ;-D

  73. Lol we stand behind 408. I go with a season ticket holder whose seats are in the last row. I am not allowed to sit. I will need binocs to see your section but the devils will hear all of us nonetheless.

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

    JR – “whoever wins game 5 can externalize the series”

  75. LOL Jimbo. I have an understanding with cats and dogs. They know Im one of them.

  76. JimboWoodside on

    >>>CCCP is in Paris, 4ever…

    Not Paris Hilton? I thought he was auditioning her for his stable of Brooklyn Pimpettes.. ;-)

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

    JR – “the intrepidatory nature of game 5 ambulates everyone’s excitedability”

  78. JimboWoodside on

    OK, Tiki – I also have an understanding with cats, but that doesn’t mean that they will let me eat their food! The ones I’m familiar with even swat at their compadres occasionally when their food is being eaten… ;-)

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

    JR – “at some point, the rangers’ shot blockers must numbate the pain”

  80. hahaha, Jimbo. I was trying to say that Im one of them, meaning Im an animal too. :)

    Seriously, though, when I first got my girl Tiki from the shelter, she was abused and didnt eat her food. So I was worried she’d be malnourished and get sick, so Id put her food in my mouth, put my saliva on it, and then put it in her bowl, and she’d eat. Thats how I first got her to eat food. Yipppeee!! See, Im an animal.

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

    JR – “the therapeutic side effects of losing game 5 can overwhelm a team”

  82. PBR. I had seats in 412 last row.The renovation screwed up my view long story short they moved me downstairs this season.Next year I will be back upstairs with my blueseat brothers.Except it will now be called sec 221.Lets Go Rangers

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

    JR – “that’s what always the playoffs bring”

  84. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Yipppeee!! See, Im an animal.

    Errah…errah…well yes, Tiki – I agree – you’re *something*! Hahahaha!!! (just kidding!)

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

    JR – “speaking parabolically, the winner of game 5 can circulate the series”

  86. JimboWoodside on

    Actually, that’s a sweet story, Tiki – despite the “ick factor” of it!! ;-D

  87. ‘Tis okay Jimbo! You are firetruckin awesome!! So u can be straight w me anytime. I am *something* and I know its not human!

  88. JimboWoodside on

    Nobody else is p***ed off about Kovalschmuck’s spear of Captain Cally, I guess?

  89. I tried string beans, chicken grease, carrots, wet food, moistening it with water, nothing worked.

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

    Ilb – JR is as good as it gets…absolutely brilliant!!!!

  91. JimboWoodside on

    Cheap supermarket tuna, Tiki – the store-brand – the stinkier to better – it almost always works!

  92. Jimbo, if I were you guys, I wouldn’t be pissed about the spear as much as I’d be pissed the Rangers didn’t sign him.

  93. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Jimbo, he IN not ON…
    Pardon my English.LOL.

    Same difference!! ;-D

  94. Jimbo, bet you anyone who has dogs has eaten a few of those snacks inadvertently..Gotta tell you, it sure tastes better than that tuna you mentioned….

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

    JR – ” Jim Ramsey is as good at doctorforcating his team injuries this season as anyone in the medicating industry”

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

    Carp – have you ever reportificated 3 straight game 7’s?

  97. JimboWoodside on

    *Ouch*, Carp!!

    I really never wanted him on our team because he already had a reputation for being a prima-donna, moody bastage who often bailed out on his team – and I still think he is.

    I sure would like his scoring ability on my team, however. :-(

  98. JimboWoodside on

    You are correct, ilb – in my younger days, when we had dogs, I occasionally would munch on a Milk-Bone, just to see my dog’s reaction to me doing it! ;-)

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

    JR – “in the eventuality of a Rangers/kings final – my unanimous choice to win the cup are the rangers”

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

    JR -“if Hank plays a pefected game, the rangers will win game 5”

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

    JR – “from a questionality standpoint, the rangers must obtain more scorability”

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

    JR – “in the playoffs, both teams are playing their upmostest to win”

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

    JR – “the goalie position is the individuality that can speculate a winning team”

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

    JR – “the difference between winning and losing cannot be overshadowed”

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

    JR – “whoever can manage the ebbs and flows of the periodicity in game 5, should win”

  106. 408 crew claim they invented tge banned “larry” chant.”. Funny they all love the guy and hang with him before the game. As I understand it the bleak years the 408!guys would take out their frustrations on Larry who felt compelled to dance despite the impending losses. It all got blown out of proportion but everyone understands it to be a bit inappropriate and frankly offensive. Oh well.
    Dainus hubrus it will be when boyler runs him into next week at the garden tomorrow! Bring it!!

  107. I know for smarter an dumbest we would have a tremendous competition, but in “nice and calm” categories I expect long, hard look…

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

    4ever – can you imagine learning the english language by only listening to JR?

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

    JR – “the speculatory analysis is unifyingly meaningless this time of the year”

  110. I don’t care for the dancing Larry thing either.Defiantly thought the chants about him were hysterical.I know one of them was posted on you tube.Not politically correct.but still pretty funny.

  111. E3,
    BTW, that was a way for me to learn – like 1000 x JR + many different others.

  112. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Dang! I missed good stuff today?!

    “NHL Network, the League’s 24-hour, all-access pass to the most comprehensive hockey coverage…” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!


  113. I still do, even on this blog. I have to tell you, some of you guys, are just priceless in this department.

  114. Isn’t the argument Kovalchuk vs. Gaborik? Who did better against the Rangers – I bet that’s the one we got!

  115. Back to Torts answer: just to pray…(like nothing else left).
    Every time I remember that God is Just, I feel terribly sorry for this Rangers team.
    Another thing – I love them to tears…literally.

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

    JR – “the bottom of the line is the game 5 winner”

  117. Don’t beat yourself up, LW. You’re a EuroPansy. That’s a nice try for a EuroPansy!

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

    JR – “the possibility of the game 5 winner is a near certainty”

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

    JR – “the calming factor in any game is always an expected result”

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

    JR – “the belatedness of game 5 wont matter once the puck drops”

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

    JR – “the rangers are relying on hank’s translucent ability to stop every shot”

  122. eric by any chance did you call wfan this morning?Beningo & Roberts their was a eric caller this am to talk about the Rangers.

  123. looks like Mike Sullivan will be the next head coach in Calgary. Torts will have to get himself a new righthand man.

  124. Obviously if you define momentum as guaranteeing victory in the next game then of course there is none.

    But in the true sense of the word there absolutely is momentum in this series. You don’t think the Devils are carrying the confidence edge they have from playing the way they’re playing into the next game, win or lose?

    Of course it doesn’t mean they autmoatically win the next game. But in terms of establishing and maintaning a pattern, a confidence, and edge, how can you say that doesn’t exist in this series?

  125. I called the rangers in 7 but I’m going to revise that and call it in 6 for whoever wins tmorrow night.

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

    were you using ILB’s iphone for your 7:05 post?

  127. Evrockriser on

    I’m sure it’s been said before but I don’t have the time to reread all the comments from the very beginning of today: I know the Rangers haven’t won 2 consecutive games in what will be more than 11 games come tomorrow….. but can they at least win 2 PERIODS in row?!!!!

    ***BTW: Today is the last day to vote for King Henrik in the semifinals against Pekka Rinne for the cover of the EA NHL13 video game. Make those votes count!!***

  128. Evrockriser on

    I believe I just learned html. I didn’t put that last part of my comment in bold. lol

  129. Mrs. Manny is going on right now about what a difference SEAN AVERY would make and how he isn’t afraid of the Devils because he doesn’t care if he wins or loses. Not a bad point.

  130. I personally thought Sully would be great in Edmonton, although they don’t agree.

  131. Unfortunately, Manny, he also doesn’t care if the team wins or loses.

    *E-MAIL*, if you would.

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

    Rick Nash 6’4″ 216lbs under contract a long time at $7.8 mil
    76 33 34 67 -2 58 254 13.0 10 12 2 2 6 — 20:56 23:45
    75 32 34 66 2 34 305 10.5 6 8 0 0 7 — 18:56 21:30
    82 30 29 59 -19 40 306 9.8 6 13 2 0 2 — 19:05 26:31
    Bobby Ryan 6’2″ 209lbs under contract for 3 more years $5.1 mil
    81 35 29 64 9 81 258 13.6 11 10 0 0 3 — 18:29 23:24
    82 34 37 71 15 61 270 12.6 5 5 1 0 5 — 20:11 23:18
    82 31 26 57 1 53 204 15.2 3 8 2 0 3 — 18:21 26:24
    Jarome Iginla 6’1″ 207lbs under contract 1 more year $7 mil
    82 32 37 69 -2 58 257 12.5 10 11 0 0 5 — 20:36 24:29
    82 43 43 86 0 40 289 14.9 14 16 0 0 6 — 20:56 19:58
    82 32 35 67 -10 43 251 12.7 8 11 0 0 5 — 20:36 25:13
    Zach Parise 5’11” 195lbs UFA this summer (current $6.0 mil) expect $8.0 mil +
    82 45 49 94 30 24 364 12.4 14 16 0 3 8 — 18:46 16:22
    81 38 44 82 24 32 347 11.0 9 17 1 0 5 — 19:46 19:32
    13 3 3 6 -1 6 49 6.1 0 1 0 0 1 — 19:51 43:02
    82 31 38 69 -5 32 293 10.6 7 7 3 4 3 — 21:29 25:32

    Not sure if anyone else is even interested in this or not, but here are stats (from last 3 seasons unless significant injury…then a 4th season) and salaries for the potential top 6 forward candidates this off season…so who should we try and get??

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

    wow, sorry about the way the last post numbers posted, looked great before I hit submit

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

    fine until I did that last stats post..SHEESH!!

  135. “The Rangers won 51 games, won the East, reached the Eastern Conference final, are two wins from the Cup finals and six wins from the Stanley Cup, despite having only five or six players who are any good at all, and a goalie, and a dolt for a coach. Now I get it.”

    Bout time you got it, Carp. But make that a ‘sometimes dolt’ for a coach.

    They wouldn’t be in the semis without Torts, but he still loves to sabotage his own team at critical moments. Like when he benched Kreider, now clearly his best & most consistent offensive performer. Or last year, when he voted to demote Zuc and make Matt Gilroy a forward! Or should he keep Zuccarello in the press box for Game 5 while his team gets one decent scoring chance every period and a half.

    Because we must grind grind grind, even when we can’t.

    You might remember I was villified here for daring to suggest this team had little to no offense, called all sorts of names. Guess I’m still crazy.

    Except here’s that same coach now ‘praying for offense’ in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semis.

  136. Evrockriser on

    I don’t think anyone deserved a suspension from last night’s game for anything at anytime at all during the entire game. However I just saw this from a poster on a NYP article about the lack of suspensions stemming from the game. It involves the “slashing”call on Kovalchuk for the spear. I checked my copy of the rule book and it’s spot on. I thought the Rangers got the benefit of a huge amount of non-calls last night even considering the amount they were called for. But missing the spearing call is inexcusable. I’m guessing they didn’t call it spearing because of all the extras that come with it. Read on:

    All please read NHL Rule 62 on “Spearing”.
    Rule 62 – Spearing.

    62.1 Spearing – Spearing shall mean stabbing an opponent with the point of the stick blade, whether contact is made or not.

    62.2 Double-minor Penalty – A double-minor penalty will be imposed on a player who spears an opponent and does not make contact.

    62.3 Major Penalty – A major penalty shall be imposed on a player who spears an opponent (see 62.5).

    62.4 Match Penalty – A match penalty shall be imposed on a player who injures an opponent as a result of a spear.

    62.5 Game Misconduct Penalty – Whenever a major penalty is assessed for spearing, a game misconduct penalty must also be imposed.

    62.6 Fines and Suspensions – There are no specified fines or suspensions for spearing, however, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 28).

  137. JimboWoodside on

    If the Kings win tonight, do you think that they would loan us Kopitar for a couple of games?

  138. JimboWoodside on

    That was me, Evrockriser – everybody watching the game saw that spear, but somehow all the officials on the ice missed it – ridiculous!

    Maybe the NHL figures that if they let the Debbies win, that they won’t need to financially support the bankrupt sad excuse for a franchise…

  139. Remember, Jimbo, according to that idolator Tom Gulitti, it was an *apparent* spear.

  140. JimboWoodside on

    Yes, Latona, the idolator that we are compelled to have among us here on RR – maybe if Cally exposed his gut for all the officials to see where the stick poked him? Would that have helped, perhaps?

  141. Man, Kopitar is amazing. Best player in the game. And, get this, Marion, he plays two way hockey. He even checks!!!

    I would gladly welcome him to NYC once we beat his arse in the SC Finals.

  142. JimboWoodside on

    It would be nice to see Zucc play simply because he’s not been seen by the opposition during this series. That might be a plus for us.

  143. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, John Scott – why exactly did we get him? What was the point of that exercise?

  144. Also: the Hobbit Wizard is an exceptional passer of the puck. That could really help us counter a forecheck.

  145. JimboWoodside on

    Thanks, Manny – I had forgotten that – I’m getting old, you see…. ;-D

  146. “Also: the Hobbit Wizard is an exceptional passer of the puck. That could really help us counter a forecheck.”

    Indeed, Manny. There would also be immediate, noticeable improvement on the power play…

  147. JimboWoodside on

    It just ticks me off that we don’t seem to be able to get free enough to pepper Fatso with a lot of shots on goal – he has not looked very steady, and I’m sure that if we could get some shots on him that he would give up some goals. He sits back there in the “rocking chair” with very little pressure put on him, and all his shills idolize him when he may only need to make 15 easy saves in a game.

  148. JimboWoodside on

    Exactly, Matty! If Richter and Fatso were swapped early in their careers, Richter would be the one with all the NHL goaltender records now – he probably would have won a ton of cups with those trapping bastages in front of him..

  149. I actually like the howl they have at the Yotes games but they overdo it way too much.

  150. JimboWoodside on

    And if “native son” Richter would have played for Philthy, they would have a few more cups, too.

  151. No doubt. And I’ll tell you, Jimbo, I have been to the first 2 home games. Brodeur is so much weaker then Henrik, it’s silly. All we have to do …just have to do….all we have to doooo…is shoot the puck and bet in front.

    He is not total swiss cheese, but he has many holes. We can so beat this guy.

  152. Amen, Matty. We can beat that fat ……..

    We can also beat this Quick guy. His goaltending style suits is better than Marty. Our guys hate to shoot.

  153. Do you know how many times our porous, offensive rushing defense would let look out shots go by them…..

    “Hey Mike….LOOKOUT”

    His knees must be replaced already. Instead, Fatty still hasn’t broken a sweat.

    Think of this…remember last year when MacLean was coach early in the season. He tried to open up the Devils? What was Marty’s goals against average then? Huh? He was losing games 5, 6 goals given up. THE SYSTEM made the man.

  154. JimboWoodside on

    Marty is at the end of the string – you can tell by all the “whale flopping” he does now – he was a very good goalie back in the day, but the ultra-defensive style of the team he played for had an *enormous* effect on his career statistics.

    Matty, it has been obvious to all (except for the professional shills like Resch) as to which goalie is the better one in this series – Hank has had to stand on his head to keep us in games, and Maaaarty has just needed to plop his fat lump of a body between the pipes.

  155. Someone compared the careers of Patrick Roy, with Montreal, and Dancing Marty.

    Roy faced 2 times the about of shots!! something crazy like 65000 to 35000. Don’t quote me, but it was silly.

    Dancing Marty of the Rockettes with the High Leg Lift when Swatted by Rupp was lucky he was drafted by a trapping team.

  156. Amen, Matty. You should write this into a book. Marty is a product of horrible, boring and illegal hockey.

  157. Lol, iManny!! That he is……

    So, the storybook ending to his career is near. He is 40, isn’t he? He really wants this, doesn’t he? He and Henrik compete big time against each other, don’t they?

    Rangers in 7. We win game 7 and Dancing Marty retires.


  158. JimboWoodside on

    Did these idiots actually say that last night’s NJ performance was an “offensive explosion”!?

    “I think I will retire to Bedlam”…….

  159. Matty: what about this? Rangers in 6. We celebrate on their home ice. Marty retires.

  160. JimboWoodside on

    Manny, I would *LOVE* to see that happen!! With the Ranger fans in the crowd howling with delight in the background as he skulks off the ice for the final time in a Debbies uniform…

  161. JimboWoodside on

    It was funny how the fawning reporters in the interview room after the game last night were congratulating DaBore for “figuring out Lundquist” early in the game for the first goal – all because a shot that weaved its way through the legs of half the players on the ice managed to elude a hopelessly screened Hank – that was sure some master strategy!

    Are the only reporters that are Debbie fans (like the azzwipes in the Twitter feed above) get to ask questions of DaBore?

  162. Ibleedrangersblue on

    i have never seen a team on a 5-3 pass the puck behind the goal line like PHX just did

  163. That Pheonix 5 on 3 was so unique and intriguing… going to see that a lot in the future I believe?

    Come on Yotes!


  164. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    The Yotes are trying for Tony…even though he wants the Rangers……go Yotes!!!!!! See, anything can happen….LGR!!!

  165. Matty go with my plan: mute the television when the Rangers aren’t playing and throw on some music. I might suggest some Phil Collins Against All Odds.

  166. JimboWoodside on

    I’m surprised that such nice juicy gonzagas can exist out there in the desert – I thought that they would dry out from the intense heat!

  167. how many times have folks commented that
    they’ve commented highly about the play of

    and boy does it hurt me that we weren’t able to get dustin brown or shane doan.
    (doubt we had a much of a chance but i can dream, can’t i?
    which i should do soon
    early work day!!!)

  168. It’s late, NYR. No one noticed. At least, if we did, we sympathized.

    BONUS hockey!

  169. JimboWoodside on

    It looked like the yotes were fixin’ to give up the series-winner at the end of that period…

  170. I really want the ‘Yotes to win in 3OT or maybe 5OT. That would be nice for us (should we move on)

    Morris = Softer than Jumbo Joe Thornton

  171. Ibleedrangersblue on

    PHX fans throw their hands up calling for a penalty everytime two players get tied up

  172. Ibleedrangersblue on

    maybe im just not paying attention to the crowd when the rangers are playing

  173. You don’t have to pay attention, you just hear them whining, non stop. Every teams fans do it. Pretty much all the same.

    If I had to single out a group, it would have to be the Habs fans. They cry aboot every little thing.

  174. What an odd finish, eh boys? Let’s hope Dusty Brownstone gets a hefty suspension. He won’t obviously.

    Let’s Go Rangers!!!

  175. JimboWoodside on

    Sad ending for the Yotes, but the Kings really took it to them in the OT – and why shouldn’t they have? A team with a big lead in the series can “”go for broke”” and try to end the series..

  176. Arriving At the airport on route to JFK from tel aviv any minute and should get home. Just in time for the game.

    Let’s go rangers and according to the coyotes radio brown should be unavailable for game 1 but who knows

  177. JimboWoodside on

    I feel bad for Rozi – but I don’t think it was a deliberate intent to injure him..

  178. Brown made some new enemies around the league with that hit probably. There’ll be more people cheering for the Rangers now. (note the fact that i do not think the Devils will win our series)

  179. JimboWoodside on

    Yes, ORR!!! We *MUST* win our series now to end the season like it began, with these 2 teams!

  180. Wow, what an officiating debacle …or… just another night of NHL hockey. How many blown calls were there in the ot? Actually, its too bad…because this would have been a fitting end to the cup final. Embarrassing- lets just make believe it didn’t happen. Congratulations to the Kings.

  181. I counted two blown calls for the Yotes, before a makeup on a borderline penalty. Then the linesman blew that offsides call on Doughty, and then they blew the Brown kneeing penalty, which at the very least should have been a minor.

    Yeah, but you can’t criticize them, or YOU’LL get fined. LOL! Crazy.

  182. JimboWoodside on

    I really didn’t see what Phoenix was disputing on the final goal – what did the Kings do that was in question?

  183. JimboWoodside on

    You think Brown threw a knee there, ORR? I really didn’t see it that way..

  184. >>Doan was pissed at Brown!! Damn!

    Doan might have been singing, “All I see turns to Brown, as the sun burns the ground.”

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