Lundqvist: “It’s just such a terrible feeling”

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A devastated Henrik Lundqvist tried to explain his feelings and tried to make sense of the final goal — the Adam Henrique overtime rebound that sent the Rangers home for the summer and the Devils to their first Stanley Cup finals since 2003.

Lundqvist kept coming back to the same words. He was “disappointed,” “empty,” “hurt,” and still couldn’t make sense of a gut-punching, game-ended play that just happened too fast to make proper sense of it.

“Honestly, I don’t even know what happened. I don’t even remember,” Lundqvist said. “It was just a big scramble in front. It’s not a good feeling when you just feel all the guys on top of you, behind you, in front of you. It’s just a big scramble and nobody knows where the puck is. You’re just hoping for a whistle.”

The loss dropped the goaltender to 2-8 in his career in playoff overtimes. That included an 0-7 start trumped this postseason by a pair of dramatic overtime victories last round against Washington.

He finished with 26 saves on 29 shots, but was often at his best during New Jersey’s early onslaught. But that, two Game 7 wins and, perhaps, a Vezina Trophy, meant nothing after tonight’s loss. The Devils walked off with the Eastern Conference title for the first time in nine years, beat the Rangers for just the second time in six playoff series and ended the Rangers’ streak of seven straight series’ wins when they held home-ice advantage.

Here’s more from Lundqvist…

Henrik Lundqvist:

More notes:

• The Rangers cost themselves an opportunity to play another Game 7. They are still 5-0 at the Garden in Game 7s.

• The Devils’ fourth line burned the Rangers again. Ryan Carter scored the game’s first goal, giving the combination of Carter, Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier nine goals, 10 assists and a plus-16 rating this postseason. Carter and Gionta had both scored Wednesday night in New Jersey’s 5-3 Game 5 victory.

Ruslan Fedotenko delivered against the Devils again, scoring the first Ranger goal when he punched home Ryan McDonagh’s wraparound try. He scored a point in five of the six games and finished the series with two goals and three assists after recording just two points (and no goals) in the first 14 playoff games.

• The offense was abysmal all postseason for the Rangers, but the main culprits against the Devils were Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. They combined for just one goal and four assists in the six games despite 35 shots on goal.

The highly-paid duo finished the series with a minus-5 rating. Richards failed to score a goal and shot a loose puck into the body of a prone Martin Brodeur midway through the third period that could’ve given the Rangers a lead. Gaborik recorded just one point all series — a Game 5 goal he shot from behind the goal line that went in off Brodeur.

As a team, the Rangers scored just 30 even-strength goals in 20 games this postseason.

• The merry-go-round of defense of Stu Bickel and Steve Eminger continued. Bickel was scratched for Eminger, who then played just 2:06, including 15 seconds in the second period and zero in the third period and overtime combined.

Bickel and John Mitchell both dressed and skated in warmups before they were announced as scratches.

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  1. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    repost:

    wicky 2….fug

    Carp, not saying thanks like it’s over, cause the report never closes! But thanks, for a great, awesome and tremendously tremendous season here. The horn never sounds on the heads!!!!

  2. I dont know about not making the playoffs, but sure as hell wont have this kind of season without Gaborik. Look it cant be just him. They need another star. Parise, Nash, or Iginla. Pick one.

  3. I don’t believe there was a trade to be made that would have put the Rangers in the finals and I said so repeatedly when everyone was in a lather about trying to land Nash. Granted, obtaining John Scott was obviously the most meaningless move to make.

    My point is that it’s not really possible to make predictions about the Ranger’s future in todays NHL. There are simply too many variables.

  4. duckbill platypus on

    I think tony mckegney would have made the difference for us…or maybe shane churla

  5. Carp May 26th, 2012 at 12:11 am e

    and I’m not defending Gaborik by any stretch. Because their entire first line (meaning Hagelin, Richards, Gaborik) wasn’t even close to being good enough in this series.

    what I’m saying is, they need more skill, not less. You don’t get rid of a 40-goal scorer, no matter what he did in the playoffs … because they might win 10-12 fewer games without that guy, and not make it.

  6. Carp May 26th, 2012 at 12:12 am e

    I fear the Report is going to take a few days off at some point in June, after the Kings beat the Devils and Anze Kopitar sends Brodeur into retirement.

  7. charlie sheen, get your ass out of here you loser. go to another blog where they like lowlifes like you.

  8. for me Hagelin and Stepan had the worst playoffs. way worse than Gaborik and Richards (without whom we dont win two of the games)

  9. Yup, I agree, Lev. Stepan was the biggest disappointment IMO, and he’s probably my favorite Ranger after Callahan.

  10. Carp, thanks for everything…looking forward to the season ending chat ( hopefully). I am still so proud of this bunch, and i am looking forward to the years to come. At least we went out swinging, which isnt surprising with the heart this team had. Cant wait to read the review tommorow morning. 2011-12 will still be a memorable season just like 78-79, 85-86 and 96-97. Good night all!

  11. if they get sauer back and add erixon on the back end they are loaded there. then they need to add speed/skill up front. if it is from within, a big signing or a trade I could care less.

    prust, boyle, rupp, mitchell, feds(will not be back) are significant plumbers. add a underachieving dubi and they need more skill..

    hagelin played on the first line and got zero goals in the playoffs and stepan had similar production. they need more goals, bottom line…………

  12. Rangers issues offenively are pretty apprent theoughout the ineup. At least two more first or second line guys are needed. Devils showed the importance of a 4th line where players are capable of putting in an occasional goal. Rangers played an entire season with a 4th line that never scored. Just a lot of holes to fill.

  13. YorktownRanger on

    OMG, Carp got Joshed…

    Anyway, my own personal standing ‘O’ for Carp and crew….

    LGR !!!

  14. Rollin Dubious on

    Carp….keep up the good work man. Do a helluva job keeping us ledge jumpers in line..
    Damn proud of our team.

    Everyone get outside tomorrow and enjoy some fresh air…Talk future come early July.

  15. On a lighter note: Sean Avery, “finally scented candles for men!” What do they smell like bacon double cheeseburgers or somthing?

  16. Fedotenko, for all intents and purposes, was the best Ranger forward for much of this series. That’s not his fault but speaks to some of the issues that have to be addressed.

  17. JimboWoodside on

    >>>On a lighter note: Sean Avery, “finally scented candles for men!” What do they smell like bacon double cheeseburgers or somthing?

    I saw that yesterday, and I thought about commenting on it, but there was NO WAY that Carp would have allowed what I was going to post to stay up here – and I might have become another *Rod*…

  18. Carp agree they need more scoring and the point is not to dump Gabby but to get equal value but more of a playoff player. How about for Iginla for example?

    Regarding the point that you dont let 40 goal guys go I have 2 words for you; Mike Gartner

  19. Rollin Dubious on

    Only thing I ask of team is for Hank to work on stick skills during his down time. Puts the fear of god into me when he plays the puck behind the net.

  20. You know what’s driving me mad right now?

    The whole playoffs I was wondering, if Feds won another cup, where would he tattoo it?

  21. ” John Scott was obviously the most meaningless move to make.”

    What? Take your words back!

    John Scott got us to the CF!

  22. The only psychological silver lining – if Kings will beat debies in Final, nobody will tell the difference in post season between Rangers and Devils teams – both will be forgotten (except for their fans, of course).

  23. JimboWoodside on

    Having said that, since we lost anyway, and nobody remembers the loser, I wish we had Averyin the lineup for this last series, just to get under Marty’s, Kovy’s and Clarkson’s (did he even play?) skins for one last time..

  24. Look, the Rangers did not play well in this series. Apart from game 1, they were woefully uneven. Game 3, they were completely outplayed but Lundqvist stood on his head. Rangers were behind the 8-ball before breaking a sweat in 4, 5 & 6. Added to which the Devils revealed themselves to be the better team. Given all that, it’s impressive the Rngers got to an OT in game 6.

  25. will be disappointing if the blog is down. Latona, i was shocked Stepan was as invisible as he was.

  26. N.CountryNYRFan on

    Repost:

    N.CountryNYRFan May 26th, 2012 at 12:25 am
    We basically played the entire playoffs with 5 d-men and 9 forwards and look how far we got. We add a couple of new pieces and we will be legit contenders, this year we were just a hardworking ballsy team with alot of jam.

  27. JimboWoodside on

    That’s a very thin silver lining, 4ever – but I guess it’s true – the losers are always forgotten.

  28. Lloyd we will never know what the price really was for Nash. Sather low balled him. Sather misplayed his cards thinking he had Howson over a barrell. Of course Howson wasn’t goin gto budge off his crazy request (McD, Kreider, Step, etc) why would he undermine the value of his core asset when the offer is a lowball. If someone offers you $1 for your house do you counter?

    I will continue to believe Nash could have been had without giving up Kreider. Dubi, MDZ, maybe Anisimov, prosepcts and pick would have done it. We’ll never know.

  29. JimboWoodside on

    Hank can be as numb as he wants – his game 5 performance still sucked the moose.

  30. I don’t say this enough probably, but you guys rule. With all your crazy stuff, all your humor, all your fatalism sometimes, you are the most loyal fans anywhere on this planet, and you are absolutely nuts.

    and that’s what makes this place go.

    so thank you.

  31. To be clear I am beyond proud of the guys and the effort they gave. Was the first poster on here to say this after game 5- win or lose I’m proud.

    But truth is Gabby if he wasn’t injured needs to go. Richards needs to be a 2nd line center next year. Meaning he can’t be the go- to guy.

    But that would mean 2 top line additions this Summer. And a real power play.

    If Sather manages to accomplish this then we have a shot.

    Still took too long to get here.

  32. the rangers outplayed the deviles in game 5 and 6.. the only thing that mattersw is who wins not who plays better.

    the slow starts are ridiculous. how that happened over and over in this series is not a good thing..

    assume the rangers will be trading some young d men in the system to get more offense……………..

    gabby gave the rangers there money worth during the regular season not so much the playoffs. richards played real good in the first 2 rounds, against the devils richards sucked…….expecting stepan or hagelin at 21 and 23 to lead the team over the vets is silly…….

  33. Carp,

    Thanks for everything this season – and for letting me guest post. Hope to get the opportunity again next season.

    Ben

  34. Matteau:

    When you compared Gaborik to Gartner, you won me over. I was initially reluctant to dump Gaborik’s regular season goal output, but if you can come up with comparable replacements, you move him. Some guys are winners and some guys aren’t. I’m not convinced Marian Gaborik falls anywhere but the latter category.

  35. matteau you are dreaming. gabby and richards will be back next season….

    this team does not need to make 6 changes. a few additions/tweaks are all they need….

  36. Ok, guys I’m exhausted. It is time to go to bed in a bad mood in anticipation that in the morning it will be even worse – kind of hockey hangover.
    Carp, again my sincere thanks for doing your great job on creation and managing this platform. Good night to you if you can sleep.

  37. ok stuart i’m dreaming i didnt realize you were clairvoyant and know for a fact gabby wont be back

  38. Lloyd unless we learn gabby was hurt it is clear he is not a playoff winner. he needs to be shopped for Igninla, nash, whoever.

  39. Carp, hate to be negative but……when players of lessor skill and talent are on the ice shift after shift fighting for every loose puck, for position, back checking, sacrificing their bodies to make a play, paying the price, moving their feet, never coasting, never giving in, players like Cally, Feds, Dubi, Prust, Artie, Boyle……it makes me sick to see two players and supposed leaders with the skill level (and pay level) of Gaborik and Richards give in and fail time and time again. Anyone who watches the tape of this series will see two players who time and again during this series failed to compete, failed to want it enough, coasted and turned away from the compete areas in both the offense and defensive zones over and over again. For the life of me, I still don’t see Richards as a first line center for a championship team. Gaborik, wouldn’t it be nice if they could dump him for a consistent 30 goal scorer who plays both ends of the ice and competes every shift?

  40. Matteau,

    Just a reminder – Iggy hasn’t won anything – been to the Finals once and lost game 6 at home in OT with a 3-2 series lead against Torts and his Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Nash – hasn’t even won a playoff game in the NHL. Even with all his stats – he is an unproven commodity.

  41. JimboWoodside on

    *Thank YOU, Carp!*

    Gabby and Richie will certainly be here next year – but if there were another 40 goal scorer available, I’d trade Gabby for him in a minute – he brings nothing on defense or the forecheck, he’s easily injured, and let’s face it, he’s never won a damned thing – not in the NHL, and not in international play. he’s soft.

  42. Rangers will need at least three forwards, two of which need offensive punch. I doubt Gaborik is even movable and if he is, what’s he going to bring back? rangers will go ape crap to get Parise. Nash could be had, I guess, but between those two any additional moves will make resigning the players they need to resign in the coming seasons very difficult…and of course none of this even begins to address the needs on defense.

  43. The loss dropped the goaltender to 2-8 in his career in playoff overtimes.
    The loss dropped the goaltender to 2-8 in his career in playoff overtimes.
    The loss dropped the goaltender to 2-8 in his career in playoff overtimes.
    The loss dropped the goaltender to 2-8 in his career in playoff overtimes.
    The loss dropped the goaltender to 2-8 in his career in playoff overtimes.
    The loss dropped the goaltender to 2-8 in his career in playoff overtimes.

  44. I don’t disagree, Papa Bear. But you can’t remove skill from this team that is so desperate for it unless you can replace it.

    I’m not going to do a whole analysis here, but Richards is a No. 1 center in the NHL who doesn’t often work well with the only other No. 1-line player they have, and I have serious doubts that Hagelin will be a No. 1-line player. Kreider might be. But they need more skill than that. And it showed. Again.

    same with Del Zotto. He’s going to struggle. He’s going to make mistakes. But he has a skill level that this team needs. And you have to live with his mistakes.

    You only trade guys like that if you can upgrade your skill level in the deal. God knows they don’t need more third or fourth liners, they’re set on D for a long time. They need offensive players.

  45. gabby is moveable. he has 2 years left on his deal at reasonable money…
    he is not a superstar once you understand that he can be evaluated fairly. he is a 40 goal scorer, who is soft in his zone..

    on a team with 3 or 4 20+ goals scorers, his 40 goals are huge…

    i am suprised how richards faded, wonder if he is injured. he played poor for 6 games, not 1…….

  46. Jimbo, so would I. But nobody’s going to trade you a legit, more competitive 40-goal scorer for Gaborik. So forget about that.

    And I said it before, will say it again. They missed the boat on Kovalchuk, then spent the money on Richards.

  47. ben, didn’t you say you want to do a post-season wrap at some point?

    I gotta go. Still got a long drive home, then have to write the review … probably be up until 3:30 a.m.

    Just so you know, breakup day is Monday. So we’ll have a bunch of stuff at least through Tuesday, and then probably a Live Chat, etc. So we ain’t done here.

  48. I think d is most easliy addressed. They have their Robinson, Savard, Lapointe (sorry for the old fogie reference), and they can add a solid dman this summer and will be fine. MDZ can grow.

    Gabby and whatever else for Iginla. Can’t possibly be knocking Iggy’s playoff performance he was a monster. You don’t win hockey games with one player. Yes same cd be said for Gabby except he is no Iginla.

    Make the play for nash he is a monster as well. His teams have always sucked. Rumor is Boston going to move Lucic as part of a pakg for him.

    If they go into next season with Iggy and Nash on top line, Richie and Cally on 2nd, and then Kreider somewhere in the top 2 we’ll be in good shape.

  49. Matteau, I seriously doubt any deal for Nash would have made sense. … and going forward, Kreider’s upside might be higher than Nash’s, since he’s already started a downward turn. Plus we have no idea how he would fare in a series like this, since he’s never done it.

  50. JimboWoodside on

    Carp, I’ll admit that I’m tired and very disappointed right now, and probably not thinking as clearly as I could be, but to me, Hank just didn’t look like the same goaltender in this series as he looked in the first 2 series – and that includes the fact that he had a few shutouts!

    He just didn’t look “in command” of his moves – and he seemed to have trouble seeing the puck.

  51. Rangers need two defenseman and don’t have power play qb. Assuming one of those spots is filled from within the system, where do you go for the other?

    Quite honestly, I don’t believe Igninla and Nash are enough if you’re going to ship Gaborik out, not unless you’re banking on some pretty big stuff from Dubinsky who I quite frankly feel is a guy you ship off if a team shows any interest at all.

  52. Carp I think Dubi, MDZ, Anissmv, prospect and picks, no kreider, would have gotten it done. We’ll never know because Sather lowballed.

    Can’t fault nash for his team sucking. He certainly has done well when he’s been in intl competition w top players.

  53. I know its about baseball but…
    Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
    And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout…

  54. Per Djoos (Stay thirsty, my friends) on

    I’m still thinking Gaborik was playing injured…

    Or… He just ran out if gas after 95 games. He is a player who has been oft injured in his career, and rarely has played the full 82 games – add a long playoff run, and it makes sense Gabby may just be really out of gas.

    Something for him to (and his coach and GM) may want to think about going into next season.

  55. Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t great for most of this series and because of the composition of this team, there was no way for them to win without Henrik Lundqvist being great.

  56. JimboWoodside on

    >>>And I said it before, will say it again. They missed the boat on Kovalchuk, then spent the money on Richards.

    Carp, you may very well be right – but when I envision Kovalchuk in a NYR uniform, the image cries out “dog” – I think that he would have sucked playing here, and that the fans would have eventually booed him over to the KHL, long contract or not.

  57. Thanks Carp. As I said, the pain and hurt will eventually go away and be replaced by excitement for next season. Could be when Hank gets his hardware, could be at the draft, could be on 7/1/12, could even be tomorrow when you’ll have some thoughtful stuff for us on here that we can all reflect on and appreciate greatly as always.

    Going into this season, we had no idea what we had, or could have. Now we know. And it can only get better from here.

  58. that’s an unfair and asinine stat, Salty.

    ………..

    I wouldn’t even think twice about the stat if so many of those losses didn’t seem to come on the first shot of OT.

  59. None of the BIG guys lived up to expectations in the last games, true, unfortunately. However, carsillo happens. Gabby and Richards, undoubtedly, are the best in this team skill wise and therefore untouchable. MDZ could be replaced easily with no damage to team (less goals probably, but we have to find more offence anyway, but also less goals against, less headache and nerves consumptions).

  60. Lloyd I didnt think they needed depth in scoring as much as they needed a couple of go-to guys who can also light up the power play. If 5 of their top 6 fwds are Nash, Iggy, Cally, Richy, Kreider, and they have the big 3 (maybe 4) on D, hank in goal, they are a real contender. I also doubt they can play this all out torts system for another full season, it’s too much to expect.

  61. Rangers could have survived those guys not being absolute best. They showed all season that they couldn’t survive Henrik Lundqvist not being at his absolute best. That was the difference in this series. The Devils were the better team, Rangers had the better goalie. unfortunately the better goalie didn’t play as well as he needed to.

  62. JimboWoodside on

    Kovy got one coach fired – and I don’t think Torts would have put up with his carcillo for a minute – but we’ll never know.

  63. DJK – you’re absolutely right. There’s no reason to get too down on this team. We all know how young they are, and that if anybody had said to you this time last year that the Rangers would be two games from the Stanley Cup Finals, you’d have taken it in a heartbeat. The young guys (which is essentially everybody aside from Feds, Richards, and Gaborik) are only get better and some moves will be made. But this team is on the right track, and we finally have a team that we can be proud of. Compared to how it was pre-lockout and right after, that’s the best thing.

  64. JimboWoodside on

    Until further notice, Hank *still* can’t carry Richter’s jockstrap!

    End of that topic for me.

  65. Proud but be aware there needs to be changes. Torts gets it, he allluded to changes in his press conf.

  66. Oh and who would I trade Gaborik for? None other than Shea WWEber. Like Carp said, nobody is going to trade a legitimate, more competitive 40 goal scorer for him. But Nashville, who is desperate for someone like Gaborik, who maybe could have beaten the Kings if they had him, and who may have to part ways with Weber due to external factors ($$$, lingering bad feelings from him getting the biggest arbitration awarded contract in league history), may give us the one guy we have nothing in our system even remotely resembling for him

    Executing better on the PP would have changed the course of our playoffs and our ultimate fate. That’s our biggest need.

  67. And let’s face it- the playoffs are decided by capitalizing on questionable calls by the officiating.

  68. Matteau – What Torts said in the presser was absolutely the truth. This team can’t be satisfied, and I’m not saying that we can’t be disappointed that it ended in such heartbreaking fashion. I just think that we should feel good about where the Rangers go from here.

  69. Carp… Agree. We need more skill. But a nice combination is skill and grit (I refer to them as “skitty” players) ala Cally or Parise or even Kovlacuk. The Devils always seem to produce skitty players. I hope some of these vaunted Ranger prospects in juniors are skiity. Also agree, Hagelin is not a first line player. Last thought, ther is something to be said about the value of having mobile, agile defense. It is no coincidence that that Florida was able to take the Devils to a double OT game 7 and fall within a conversion by John Madden of knocking them off. Why? They were often able to beat the Devils aggressive forcheck with thier mobile defenseman.

  70. Czechthemout!!! on

    The only way you can trade Gabby is to do a Braden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds for Gabby type deal.Than use the extra Cap space and some of the young assets to acquire a big young scorer who is not afraid to get his nose dirty and can create his own scoring chances from Time to time.
    Sadly, Gabby has proven to have neither of these traits.

    Once again, Rick Nash/ Bobby Ryan would be ideal but as of now, only Nash is available.

  71. Lloyd Braun on

    Matteau:

    Maybe. Kreider looks like a star but hes yet to play a regular Seaon game. I’m not sure Hagelin is a top 6 forward. Stepan? Who knows. He looks pretty good but I got the sense he was way over his head. He’s young, but how much better can he get? Boyle is probably somewhere in between what we saw last year and what we saw this year. Dubinsky is a third-line forward. So, as of this moment, you’ve got Callahan, Richards and Gaborik as the only proven top six forwards. I think you can’t go into a season that way.

  72. If you criticize Lundy…what are you thinking? We would have the number one pick in the draft this year. Feds can go but I think letting Boyle go is a big mistake. The D on this team is great if Sauer gets healthy and/or Erixon or McIlrath are ready. The offense is a different story. They need a little more depth but how? If they sign Parise or trade Nash and Kreider develops, they can lose Gabby when his contract runs out and be okay for their other signings. But i will always go back to Carp’s statement on the character of the players the team brings in. Not just anybody can play for this team. Is Nash going to be defensively responsible? Block shots? Maybe. This team is really close. If they can fix the offense without hurting the overall dynamics that will be awesome and some crazy work by Sather.

  73. JimboWoodside on

    “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”
    Vince Lombardi

    “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”
    also Vince Lombardi – good enough for me!

    Losing *SUCKS!*

  74. Lloyd Braun on

    I’ve sung Lundqvist’s praises all season long and said at least 50 times on here that the Rangers weren’t a playoff team without him. The Rangers success this season was attributable to Henrik Lundqvist. When he wasn’t at his best, the Rangers didn’t win. Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t at his best in this series and the Rangers didn’t win.

  75. iWicky "Rupp Yours!!!" on

    Just done with the dvr’d game…LGK!!!

    I just want to say thanks to the rangers! While they didn’t get us all to our dream of a cup this season, they sure as hell exceeded our expectations!!

    Thanks boys and enjoy the summer and get ready to get back to work!!

    LGR!!

  76. Lloyd Braun on

    Devils 4th line has 19 points in the postseason. I’d be curious to know how many total points the Rangers 4th line had in the regular season

  77. Czechthemout!!! on

    No way Nashville trades Webber for Gabby unless David Poile goes mad!

    If you are gonna trade Gabby, it has to be to a team that thinks its one scorer away from competing for the cup. Nashville could be that team but unfortunately, they don’t really have much in terms of young vets that can develop like Schenn or Symmonds.

    Matteau

    I don’t think there is a chance in hell that Boston trades Lucic for anyone. He is a beast and incidentally, was passed over by us in the second round of his draft year in favor of that fantastic goalie, Antione Lafluer, who they drafted instead. What kills me is they supposedly almost pulled the trigger on Lucic but at the last second wanted to” give a toy to the goalie coach”

  78. JimboWoodside on

    >>>But i will always go back to Carp’s statement on the character of the players the team brings in. Not just anybody can play for this team.

    That’s why I don’t think Kovalchuk would have fit in here – I don’t think he’s the type of player that Torts wants on his team.

  79. Czechthemout!!! on

    Lloyd

    We talked about that the other night. We once again were victimized by the Devils Fourth line. And we have Mithell and Rupp, two useless clowns who haven’t score in five months .

  80. JimboWoodside on

    >>>almost pulled the trigger on Lucic but at the last second wanted to” give a toy to the goalie coach”

    That sounds rather sick, actually…

  81. JimboWoodside on

    Rupp sure helped us against his old team, eh!?

    Sorry, I’m just running on bile at this point – gonna get away from the computer now.

  82. CTO I’m a big Lucic fan but the rumor in Boston is they are considering moving him for Nash. Sather lowballed, blew it, and now I bet we will lose out.

  83. Lloyd Braun on

    Czech:

    It blows out of the water by of the people who contend that the bottom lines don’t have to produce. Devils got a point per game out of their bottom line Rangers. I’m pretty sure the Rangers didn’t get any more than a point or two from their 4th line in 20 games.

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

    The first 2 rounds were incredibly special. Down 3-2 against the sens and winning in 7 followed by throwing the caps monkey off their back in another 7 game series…. Wow – terrific season.

    Upgrades are needed for sure but the days of fighting for an 8 seed are long behind us.

    Ricardo – great work — truly awesome

  85. For the Rangers to have a contending team their 4th line (and not their 2nd or 3rd) needs to be Boyle, Prust and maybe Hags or MZA. Scott or someone like that as an extra when needed.

  86. Lloyd Braun on

    I’d take Lucic in a second. If Boston wants Brandon Dubinsky and Artemis Anisimov. I’ll charter a flight for them out of my own pocket.

  87. Man, losing sucks and hurts at the same time. Especially to the fuggin devils. I think the Kings will destroy them though and I hope Dustin Brown runs Uncle Daddy over repeatedly.

    Still, so proud of what this Rangers teams accomplished this year. They gave us a hell of a ride all season long.

    (just posting now cause i drove 4 hours after work and have spent the evening hanging with my family while watching the game. God love my Dad for understanding my love of this team when he hasn;t seen me for 6 months.)

  88. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Upgrades are needed for sure but the days of fighting for an 8 seed are long behind us.

    We shall see, E3 – we shall see! ;-D

  89. Carp
    can you pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze take the
    byfuglien
    fire and ice guy off the tweet widgets?!?!?!

    the perverse reasoning behind keeping Avery up
    i can understand
    but
    i don’t think ANYONE here has ever cared about the inside scoop about the devils side of things
    if i’m wrong i’m sure i’ll be shouted down!
    if not
    PLEASE!!!!!!!

  90. Lloyd Braun on

    There’s no consolation in the Devils losing to L.A. It was like in 2004 when the Yankees lost to Boston. Even if Boston didn’t win the WS, nothing was going to make that loss feel any better. To have to go out to the mother byfuglien Devils with a 60- year old tub of crap goaltender and that awful drowning crow screaming his head off in the television, it doesn’t get any worse for a Ranger fan. The Devils and Kings can both get knotted as far as I’m concerned.

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

    Lucic in a ranger sweater is a nice thought.

  92. JimboWoodside on

    jpg, there’s gotta be some perverse reason why Carp has literally *tormented* us with that widget addition, but he’s not talking – and I don’t know if it will get taken down, even now.

  93. Actually Lloyd i beg to differ. If your wrapped up int the whole hate sadist thing then yea. If your a hockey fan then you can appreciate any team. Even if they beat us.

  94. Czechthemout!!! on

    Matteau!

    Wow. But it wouldn’t be the first time Sather missed out on a good player. The Bruins better be prepared for an uprising from their fans if Lucic goes. They love him up there. One of the most popular athletes in the city.

    Lloyd

    I agree. The Wings rolled four lines to many Cup wins. Interesting thing is that we have the makings of a decent Fourth line in Boyle and Prust. They need to find them another winger who is big, fast, and can actually play the game. Andrew Yogan comes to mind. Kid is injury prone a bit but he is big fast strong and can drop the gloves fairly well. Rupp is a clown along with Mitchell.
    The other problem is that Torts sees Boyle as a third line player and he is not. He is a border line third mostly fourth line center and pk killer who can chip in 10-12 goals a year.

  95. To be clear, they’re talking Lucic as part of NASH deal. Not otherwise looking to move Lucic.

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

    Lloyd – that was byfuglien hilarious “crow”

  97. Lloyd Braun on

    I’d be hard-pressed to imagine there’s a Ranger fan alive who says they “appreciate” the NJ Devils. And that sure as hell isn’t a Rangers fan that I want supporting my team.

  98. JimboWoodside on

    >>>To have to go out to the mother byfuglien Devils with a 60- year old tub of crap goaltender and that awful drowning crow screaming his head off in the television, it doesn’t get any worse for a Ranger fan. The Devils and Kings can both get knotted as far as I’m concerned.

    Now *that* is definitely something that Lloyd has said that I can unequivocally agree with!!

    *NOTHING* else recently has been as bad as this playoff series loss – perhaps not since the Rangers lost that first playoff series to the Icelanders way back in the early 1970’s, and all that came after that.

  99. thats because your not a hockey fan Lloyd. your just a war, hate driven fan. Obviously someone like you wouldn’t admit being that though.

  100. Lloyd Braun on

    Czech:

    But obviously the Rangers didn’t need 4th line players to do anything and we saw that because they won the series despite the Devils 4th line putting up a point per game. Just give me many more years of Mike Rupp.

  101. I think it makes a big dif if Kings beat the Devils. Huge. Are we looking back all warm and misty because we beat the Caps? That’s what Devs will feel like if they lose in finals. Messier, Matteau etc are not nearly as legendary without the cup that year.

  102. Lloyd Braun on

    By a quick show of hands, how many people here are very happy for the New Jersey Devils right now

  103. JimboWoodside on

    Lloyd, I think I just answered your question, but, as the bus was going down, I’d be directing tracer fire towards it, if I could..

  104. I’m not happy for the Devils and hate them violently but how can you not appreciate their management? They didnt make the playoffs just 2 yrs ago. And we’re patting Glennie on the back for getting us here 12 yrs later? Please.

  105. I gotta say, i’m furious that Fatso gets to play for cup, but otherwise, i’m very happy with this team. Maybe add another scorer if possible, hopefully not too many sophomore slumps for next year, we’ll be a good shape. This was a tough group of guys that most of the time gave their heart and soul for the logo. Very entertaining season, and thanks Carp for keeping us informed and entertained.

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

    Lloyd / no joke / I am crying from laughter – “that drowning crow……….”

  107. LOL i never said be happy for the devils. maybe you should learn english before you argue. I said appreciation. Any team that beats a Ranger club that gives blood sweat and tears has some recognation from me. Doesn’t mean im happy. Just means i can appreciate good hockey.

  108. Plus double bonus if Kings win, it makes Philly look really stupid. Though I do think Holmgren made some ballsy moves (not bryz) which will help in the future.

  109. Lloyd Braun on

    Mazz:

    Although your English language skills seem about on par with Jeremy Roenick, I freely admit I HATE the New Jersey Devils. In fact, I’ve said on here numerous times that I frequently hate the Devils more than I love the Rangers. Hate may not even be a strong enough word. If you can imagine what Christian fundamentals envision when they think of Satan, that’s a rough approximation for how I view Mike Emrick and Chico Resch. But I’m sure glad you’re a big hockey fan. Makes me happy to know at least one of my fellow Ranger supporters is willing to “tip his cap” to the New Jersey Devils.

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

    Honestly – how can anyone possibly grow to be Devils fan???

    Lloyd I am still laughing.

  111. Lloyd Braun on

    Jimbo:

    I’ll happily feed you additional ammo both during the descent and well after it’s…you know…landed.

  112. Lloyd im sure your in as much pain as i am, and lets leave Roenick out of this pls, but ill dare to say that in this series we didn’t get outwilled, but outsmarted. As far as the hate. I dislike the devils too, but not in the sense that i enjoy other people’s misery.

  113. Lloyd Braun on

    If you call yourself a Ranger fan and feel anything but utter contempt for the New Jersey Devils right now you’re probably one of those guys who calls into WFAN to talk about hypothetical Met and Yankee trades and when challenged by the host, you refer to yourself as a “New York fan.”. Go away.

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

    Mazz – get off lloyd’s back. Everything he said tonight is spot on.

  115. Lloyd Braun on

    Only thing that would make me happier than the Rangers having won tonight and Sunday is Chico Resch sobbing uncontrollably in a shower like Ace Ventura after he kisses Lieutentant Einhorn.

  116. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah, Mazz – leave Lloyd alone – we’re all mourning in our own way today. You do it your way, we’ll do it ours..

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

    Jimbo – tonight pales in comparison to the ’75 loss to the fishsticks. I literally cried after that game 3 OT loss.

  118. JimboWoodside on

    Ugh! Resch – you had to remind me of him, Lloyd – I may have to take back my defense of you.. :-)

  119. E3 are you Lloyd’s mom, because if you are you should let him go be a man on his own. Once again Lloyd maybe you should know the meaning of words before you argue. Ive been through disappoinment many times before. This is no different, but to act as if we got beat by pure evil entities is rediculous. We got beat, and im ok with that. Lots of good things to think about for next year.

  120. Anyone think another mistake was not trying for Jeff Carter? Could have had him relatively cheap.

  121. Lloyd Braun on

    For some reason when I think of Gaborik right now, the only thing that comes to mind is Alec Baldwin talking to Ed Harris in Glengary Glenn Ross when he says, “…the real favor is to fire your byfuglien ass because a loser is a loser.”

  122. Btw ive been a Ranger fan since 90. Don’t judge my fandom like your some kind of uber ranger fan that better than other.

    I swear holier than thou ranger fans are so stupid.

  123. JimboWoodside on

    E3, you are unquestionably correct – I was beside myself for weeks after that crushing loss – but tonight is gonna have its special place on my “wall of hate and regret” for quite awhile – although I won’t live as many years after this one as the Islanders one.

  124. Wow, people still slamming Kovalchuk?

    The guy just played a MAJOR part in sending the NYR home, and he’s on his way to the Finals. Whatever.

    That goal he scored tonight, the right-handed trigger on the PP, was one of the most important differences in this series.

    They’ll be plenty of time for what to do & what went wrong (though thankfully not as much time as years past. 3 weeks to the draft, 2 months till training camp is around the corner).

    Rangers have problems, almost half their forwards need to go.

    The coach literally needs to have his 3rd line dismantled so he stops playing them so much.
    Kreider was basically their best forward since the Washington series. He gets 9 minutes? Fedotenko gets more? Nice offensive zone penalty Feds, you grisled vet.
    Enjoy the euro leagues!

    And it’s doubtful Parise comes here after the success he’s enjoying in NJ right now.

  125. Lloyd Braun on

    Jimbo:

    It’s the ever present “oh what a great night fur Mardee Bruhdur!” in my head that makes moments like this impossibly nauseating for me.

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

    The rangers won 2 rounds of game 7 hockey and shot their load in the process. Hags did little after his suspension, Boyle probably sees 3 pucks on the ice, mcD looked totally gassed, and cally’s legs scored more than his hands …. I have never seen him fan in so many passes and shots.

  127. JimboWoodside on

    Wow! Mazz, you suffered for four whole years (or was it three?) while the Rangers lost all those times?

    I think you lack a little perspective, that’s all.

  128. JimboWoodside on

    Hahaha!! Here’s Rod!!! You knew he was gonna show up! I’m surprised it took this long!!!

    OK, fellas! Goodnight!!

  129. No way Parise comes here. They better figure out Nash and/or Iggy before someone beats them to the punch. They will be gone on draft day.

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

    Mazz – as lloyd’s mom, i am telling you to chill with your attacks…. We can bitch and about anything we want and why should you care?

  131. So were judging how many suffered years before victory. Do you know how rediculous that sounds. For 1 second can you fathom a Ranger fan with the same amount of Love for his team that you have. Pls explain to me this perspective you imply.

  132. I am also not attacking. I have a right to disagree and express my own opinion as much as anyone, and usually the ppl who just ignore know there wrong.

  133. Evrockriser on

    I couldn’t even bring myself to go online at all until now. This has been a magical season. Unfortunately it hasn’t been “Merlin” magical, more like “David Copperfield” or “Criss Angel” magical. lol It’s been a great year. Unfortunately it’s gonna be a lot harder next year because everyone knows we’re coming now.
    I’m still trying to figure out if I’m happy that they made the last two games competitive or if I’m depressed because of the huge “SYKE!” they pulled in both of them. They had a hard time most of the playoffs in the first period. You just can’t do that and not expect to be demolished physically by the 20th game of the postseason. And both games came down to a momentary breakdown in defense. We pounded and pounded Marty (that doesn’t sound as good as I thought it did at first) and he and the rest of the Devils took it and just waited for us to make a mistake and that’s all it took.
    Overall I’m happy with the season, I’m just not happy with the way it ended and with who ended it. However I’m still on the fence on whether I’m happy about the fact that the Rangers saved me money since I was going to buy a new jersey if they made it to the finals. Maybe I’ll go to Vegas and put that money on the Kings. hehe

  134. As if this night couldn’t get any worse, just checked Capgeek.com and Gabby has a no trade/no move.

  135. Lloyd Braun on

    Alec Baldwin as Mark Messier. Kevin Spacey as Glenn Sather. Jack Lemmon as Brandon Dubinsky. Alan Arkin as Artem Anisimov. And Ed Harris as Marian Gaborik.

    Quite frankly, Harris could be either Gaborik or Dubinsky.

  136. Evrockriser on

    You get nowhere near the President’s Trophy or the Eastern Conference finals without Gabby. People need to give it a few days before they start with the trade talk. Perspective needs to be regained. It’s all a knee-jerk reaction at the moment. Though we need more offense, so I say Lundqvist for Gomez!

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

    Mazz, no hard feelings. Tell ya what tho, you could help me with my JR quotes if interested :)

    I think we are all in shock. I know I am…

  138. E3. Agreed. I will think of some for the future, and remember we all have a great future in the rangers.

  139. That fire and ice twitter feed HAS GOT TO GO.

    Gabby’s not to blame. It’s like Jagr. If a team has one go-to sniper, he gets buried. This team needs a bunch of guys who can score 25+.

    Like Carp, or fake Carp, said: more talent, not less.

  140. ThisYearsModel on

    Hey CARP–THANKS! Your great work, knowledge and sense of humor made this season a fun ride. No doubt the Rangers made strides this season. Still, it is difficult to lose to NJ and lose the way they did……….dropping 3 games in a row, giving up so many goals. The two highest paid players on the team providing very little and a -5 this series. The Rangers had the second-best goalie the last 3 games. Having been watching them since 1970 or so, I have seen many such endings, all but one year. They all feel the same………crappy. Who knows if they will have an opportunity like this again. Boston and Pittsburgh will be back. The one positive is that most of them left it all out there. I believe that Gaborik is a poor fit for this club and that they should look into trading him. Not a bad guy, just not a fit for the style this team wants to play.

  141. Robby Bonfire on

    It’s a shame the regular season in the NHL means virtually crap, as it does when two non-division winning teams play for the Stanley Cup. And ALL those regular season games, at least a dozen too many.

    Another reason the regular season is crap is that results can do a “180” in the post-season, such as the L.A. Kings grading as the ~worst~ team in the entire NHL for the entire month following the All-Star game. More power to them for turning it around, and for (ssshhhhh) saving something, such as peaking at the right time physically, for the real dance.

    Well, kids, how do all those grotesque minutes piled on McD and Girardi from day one last October, look now? Along with not enough minutes for the fringe players, rendering about 1/3 rd of the team either over-worked or rusty. Dreadful mismanagement of player minutes does come back to bite you at the damndest time, doesn’t it? One comment from Devils radio, during the deciding game, was that the Rangers “looked like they were skating in sand.”

    How does that insane “practice,” scheduled just 36 hours following the marathon game vs. Washington, look now? Who the hell needs to practice what you already know in your sleep? Rest and regeneration of mind and body count for nothing with this slave-driving coach.

    How does the coach pissing all over Sean Avery’s career, look now, given that some added mental and physical edge in the playoffs could have helped and could not have hurt, given that this team missed the champagne drenching, this season? Funny how the last straw was his bringing his mother into the clubhouse for introductions, in Pittsburgh. I recall a national icon by the name of Tommy Lasorda used to let that seven-times suspended druggie, Steve Howe, bring his mobster body guards right into the Dodgers clubhouse.

    Guess hockey is a different sport in a more sanitized era. Hell, they even had a moment of silence for Steve Howe in Yankee Stadium, the night of his passing. Steve Howe deserved better treatment than Sean Avery, who gave his all to the Rangers cause, and preferred girls to drugs? Pinch me, I’m dreaming.

    How does not starting the back-up goalie even once in the playoffs, look now? Can we acquire a back-up goalie we can put a little faith in, and even call upon to give #1 a respite, once in a blue moon?

    One major bone I have to pick with the NTHL (National Television Hockey League) is the Rangers being given just two days off before starting both their first round and second round playoff series. That is disgusting! And of course the brilliant coach, who thinks this team should either play, travel, or practice every day from September camp through the team’s final game of the season, deserves full credit for futher negatively impacting this team’s dullness factor with his asinine practice schedule, knowing full well the TV schedule was going to be unmerciful.

    All teams have injuries, so that they can rarely be used as an excuse for failure, but Michael Sauer’s consistency was painfully missed, and all we can do is hope he can return and regain his game and his confidence, next year. A pox and a plague on that Maple Leaf D who took a good man out of his livelihood, in such wanton and malicious fashion. He and “Shanny” are probably having coffee together and a good laugh, about now.

    Have a nice off-season, and hopefully, the Miller’s, and the McIlrath’s of the world won’t get shipped out for that rusty Nash Rambler, but it does seem inevitable, given this frustrating result, dammit.

    ********

  142. The year you needed me most, John “Gotti” Tortorella had my career “whacked”

    HOW YOU LOSERS FEELING WITHOUT ME??

    Couldnt have happened to a better team! YEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWW!!!!!!

    I’ll come back next year for $10,000,000 a year!!!!

    YOU NEED ME MORE THAN I NEED YOU!!

  143. Honestly don’t think devil’s are a better team, but they were well coached and stayed more consistent to the Rangers.

  144. Evrockriser on

    The good thing about having moved to Florida is I don’t have to put up with any idiot Devils fans in person now. lol

  145. Carp,

    PLEASE get rid of the Devil’s bloggers/reporters from the twitter thing.

  146. GOTTA LOVE A SORE LOSER THAT GOES SOUTH, ERR SOUTH BEACH? I HOPE NOT…. SAY HI! TO SEAN AND THE HUBBY.

  147. No sore loser here! The Rangers just plain SUCK! If they played in my backyard I would never be on their side. Seriously, they waste money on superstars that don’t deliver! There’s no I in TEAM. Learn and loose LOSER (S).

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