It’s Tee Time! It’s Go (Kings) Time!


Devils-Kings Game 3.

You guys know I don’t believe in must-win games until a loss sends you home. But this is pretty close to a must-win for the Devils, not to mention for NBC.

The Kings have a woeful two losses at home — as opposed to zero on the road.

No team has come back from 0-2 after losing the first two at home, in the finals, since 1966’s Canadiens. The Devils rely on the idea that easily Games 1 and 2 could have been theirs, and also that if they can just win one, it puts doubt and pressure on the Kings … who, to be honest, sound as if they’ve gotten a little ahead of themselves with all this “two wins away” talk, particularly 10-foot-pole Carter.

Be ready to have your senses hammered to death by NBC Sports with vomit-inducing shots of all the celebs — especially those from NBC shows — and also shots of TGO (The Great One) and Mark Messier, and all sorts of former Kings.

Also, stay tuned after the game (which probably means overtime) as John Tortorella continues his media tour by doing a spot on Bob Costas’ butt-kiss-a-thon.

Let’s Go Tony! Let’s Go Miami!

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  1. Then to re-post:
    Not to stir that poisonous pot again, but most of the Russian Sport media and Radulov’s KHL agent Yury Nikolaev today are talking (not speculating) as of a done deal for him to go to Moscow CSKA, which, btw, acquired his older brother Igor from St.Peterburg SKA in advance (as a bate?), for compensation of 260 mil. Rubles (about US $ 8.125mil.) to “Salavat Yulaev”’s rights. THANKS A LOT! SPASIBO! …if really happens.
    P.S But Slats was for real, jumped to this Radu jackwagon. Fact. Arghhh.

  2. re-post:
    Carp June 4th, 2012 at 7:34 pm e

    tomb, I think what Messier was saying was that Gaborik is 10x the player Gaborik was before he came to the Rangers.

    I mean, Mess realizes he (Mess) is one of the top five or six all-timers … and he sure isn’t putting Gaborik in that group, let alone 10x what Messier was.

  3. My wounded soul needs not just a win, but total humiliation for debbies. LGK!

  4. Blogmama Go Tony! on

    Good evening all! Go Kings!! Costas? oy vey….Carp, get him on RR!!!

    Great good news all, Tony moved his left leg today by himself, brain made it go time! Family from AZ wanted me to let you know…this is a big great deal!

  5. I can’t believe that the Stanley Cup Final, Game 3, in 2012, isn’t on an over-the-air broadcast like NBC….

    We have to watch Vers…er…Outdoor….NBC Sports Network….


    Awesome news on Tony! Thanks very kindly for sharing, Mama.

    Something I mentioned once before was that Torts has brought in a former player of his every full season that he’s been here. Could be coincidence, but does anyone know if anyone who played under Torts previously is on the market?

  7. Since I haven’t been able to watch any games since Game 4 of the Rangers-Devils series until tonight, I’d quite like for this to go seven.

    But only by letting the Kings win an unprecedented seven game sweep.

  8. ThisYearsModel on

    Let’s go Tony! Let’s go Kings! I want the Kings to lose one of the next 2 so they can skate the cup around in NJ while Jackwagon Chico and Carcillo Daneyko cry corocodile tears and the Devils Jersey Shore-like fans can classlessly boo the winners.

  9. Ata boy, Tony! I also spoke to his doctor in AZ who is pretty happy with his progress. And this was before he moved his leg!

  10. Strange, I would never believe that debbies loss gives me almost, if not deeper, satisfaction, than Rangers victory.But it’s true.
    Does it make me a bad person or unstable fan?

  11. Please, finish them, LA boys, today and Wednesday. Promise, I will drink for you and your Cup for a whole next week, and the best stuff money can buy, and will never say any bad word about your organ-i-zation.

  12. What is more preferable:
    (a) Debbies are swept;
    (b) Debbies win one in LA to lose at home in 3OT;
    (c) Debbies even the series, then Fatso lets in 7 goals to lose in game 7?

  13. Torts is on a little interview world tour…PR must have him trying to repair his image before the Olympics. Sure seems like someone talked to him at some point during the ECF.

  14. I hate to say it but the Kings are going to kick ass.
    oh yea and ‘wayne ‘gretzky is my hero

    and that is what made me a Rangers fan.

    Friggin strokes suck

  15. Kelly Hrudey just said that Brodeur is playing as well as he ever has in any of his previous Final appearances.


  16. The one devils fan at work looked like he swallowed a bag of vomit. He was looking to me for empathy. Fat chance. Go kings go.

  17. Are the kings tge only us based team that uses tge Canadian style chant like that?

  18. I think that was Cartman.

    Atta boy, Tony! Refresh, Refresh, Refresh!

    Yes, both logos up top are vintage. Sort of.

  19. Matty, I was surprised too. I didn’t even think to check Versus. I thought the game might be on tomorrow. NBC would rather have America’s Got Talent than Hockey. I guess this was the whole point of taking over Versus.

  20. matty orr

    this was planned nbc gets game 1 2 5 6 7

    versus game 3 and 4.

    been like this past few years

  21. Sorry guys. I took a small nap. But Jimbo and Lev, I saw your questions on the last post and well, long story short, I whacked my head in the shower like 2 weeks ago, which kinda explains the PCS and the vertigo, well, the ER docs think I have fluid in my ears (who knows how it got there) so that kinda explains that. In short, doing anything more than really slow speed is kinda hard. :(

  22. LOL @ 8 seed in original six era!

    Kings have a great chance to make history…

    I wonder if we’re watching the Rangers few seasons from now in these Kings :)

  23. I love HNIC vs. NBC. all the weekday games I get thru Hstreams and its HNIC what a break.

  24. ThisYearsModel on

    Cartman has made apearances at Kings games for at least 10 years. He is regularly on the screen yelling Go Kings Go. When Richter was playing, he would come on the screen chanting “Rick—Ter…….Rick–Ter”

  25. Thanks ilb and wicky. I’m trying. Hence not watching the game and watching re-runs on the Food Network instead. Relying on you guys and twitter for updates.

  26. JimboWoodside on

    Yikes, Mickey! Those showers are dangerous – cleanliness may be overrated!

    In all seriousness – wow, I’m sorry about that – I hope get over it as soon as you can.

  27. wicky

    i am as much Ukrainian as you are Russian… in fact, you’re probably more Ukrainian them me ;)

  28. JimboWoodside on

    Totally, matty! SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. JimboWoodside on

    That’s the way you do it! Goalie makes big save, offense goes down the ice and scores!!

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

    Maaaarrty! Maaaaaarty! Maaaarty!

    Chant in LA – awesome!

    But still wish we were there… :(

  31. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about the goal. Looked covered.

    EVERYONE is stealing our “MAAAAARTY!” chant. Nobody can ever match it, though.

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

    Latona – yeah, it’s a rather less vitriolic and hateful Marty chant than ours… But at least they’re doing it..

    Do they chant Marty at the mausoleum?

  33. And not nearly as loud and in unison, Per. But I’ll gladly take anti-Fatso any way I can get it.

  34. ThisYearsModel on

    I think Fatso deserved to be angry. The puck was clearly trapped under his leg pad. Let someone bang away long enough and they will get it loose. Of course, as the call went against him I think it is great. fear not……refs call a penalty against LA in an attempt to even the game up. Penalties are 10-4 against LA so far this series.

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

    Sorry Marty – similar thing happened to henrik in game 6 in OT in the ECF…

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

    But – we could beers assured the whistle would have blown if it had been the Rangers on offense.

  37. JimboWoodside on

    AHA!! Crow just tipped us off – the scoreboard is prompting them to chant MAAAAAR-TY!!!

    Bah! Make-up call!

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

    Cheap call – interference my arse! Marty hardly even flopped on that one.

  39. ThisYearsModel on

    Another absurd penalty call. Penner barely touched him and was never in the blue paint.

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

    Doc said the scoreboard prompts fans to the Marty chant – we gave the LA fans too much credit

  41. what a joke. you touch Fatso and its a penalty. but you can trip Quick and no call. 5 penalties to 1 so far.

  42. one thing that worries me is marty be at his best in this series when devs have trailed by a goal. kings could not get that 2 goal lead

  43. Thought that was a huge Marty sequence dive by quick even.though his skate was grazed.

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

    I love that Mike Quick is a huge fan of Mike Richter. It’s like the Luke Skywalker getting back at the Emperor for the sake of his father, Aniken… Or something..

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

    Kings threatening to take big control of this game soon…

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

    A Gagne goal would be superb. Enjoy it, cryer fans

  48. Surprisingly similar to the Lakers-Nets Finals years ago. One team was still Showtime-ish and the other smelled like a landfill

    I still hate the ads on the boards

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

    Fat guy –

    Now that you mentioned the ads in the boards, I can’t stop looking at them… Ughhh. Carcillo.

  50. what would annoy flyer fans

    richards gets cup passes it to carter who then passes it gagne

  51. Get word out on the ice that WE MEAN BUSINESS!!!!

    We don’t care how many power plays there are, dammit, the Dervils MUST WIN.
    Oh, and get to that Quick fellow.

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

    Is it me or does doc seem 50-75% less annoying when the Rangers aren’t playing…

    Alyssa Milano… Wow!

  53. After all these years, I still dream about showing Alyssa Milano who’s the boss…damm she still looks erectifying

  54. Boo-Ka-Boom on

    Anze the giant….2nd of the series..i predicted he would get 7. 5 more to go!

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

    As I said, I feel the Kings are about to take this game over. Another Marty chant — “Luke, I am your father!”

  56. In the interview before the last game I believe Quick said that Mike Richter was his idol growing up.

  57. ThisYearsModel on

    Think Torts would bench Parise for allowing his guy to bury that one?

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

    Yeah – I’m gonna have to pass on Parise… But I WILL take Milano!

  59. I’m at the Kings game. This is the team the Rangees were during the season.

  60. JimboWoodside on

    Hey, Carp – Alyssa is one celeb that isn’t vomit-inducing – she’s “Schwinggg” inducing!!

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

    CCCP – yeah, Quick idolized Richter… And now, Quickie will get a chance to slay Marty.

    …another penalty?? Six???

  62. To all the Devil’s fans — Hope you enjoyed paying for an extra series and losing every game. Good morning. Good Afternoon. Good Night

    And have a safe trip home.

  63. “what would annoy flyer fans

    richards gets cup passes it to carter who then passes it gagne”

    Who passes it to John Stevens, who passes it to Ilya Bryzgalov, who lets the Cup slip through his hands, striking Chris Pronger on the head…

  64. Devils players do so much whacking and hacking, but rarely do they get called.

  65. >>To all the Devil’s fans—Hope you enjoyed paying for an extra series and losing every game.

    Easy! It’s far from over. Devils can easily win this match 2-3.

  66. JimboWoodside on

    I wonder if MaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarTY goes ballistic in the locker room and rips the rest of the team for not scoring ANY goals for him!? I hope so!

  67. By the way, every single Kings fan in the suite I’m in at the Staples keeps talking about how they’re gonna sign Parise as if it’s a lock.

  68. JimboWoodside on

    Zach hasn’t looked like a world-beater so far in these playoffs, that’s for sure.

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

    Cartman kicks carcillo!

    I don see the Devils getting up off the mat in this game. I think they are toast.

  70. when u look at arty and then u see kopitar they look similiar in size except arty is a child and kopitar is a man

  71. I liked the face of DeathBore – looked like an old bag with bickels…sad and wrinkled.

  72. The difference here, folks, is Quick. Marty has been good, but Quick has been unbeatable. Henrik did this for us in many games this year. Quick is doing it in big games late in the playoffs. An ordinary effort here and the Devils are ahead in this game.

  73. Looking good! Parise’s future contract may have gone down in size a bit after his current performance, eh

  74. the debbies have not been out of the eastern time zone in months. they will wilt in the 3rd.

  75. Our boys wouldn’t have beaten the Kings either, but I’m confident they wouldn’t be in an 0-3 hole.

  76. Czechthemout!!! on

    A little late but wow, that was some piss poor coverage by ” future Ranger” Zach Parise. Torts would bench his assen after that.

  77. JimboWoodside on

    They will still be throwing monster money at him, ilb – but he seems very “human” all-of-a-sudden, doesn’t he!?

  78. Kovalchuk has been completely awful in this series. he has done nothing at either end. the kings are thankful they did not sign him.

  79. The more I watch Parise in this PO, the less is my desire to see him in Rangers’ uniform. As per Kovy, he just looks like a deflated used Magnum condom.

  80. Tom, I’d like to have believed Henrik would have played like Quick and it would have been really cool to see them battle it out in the finals. But, I am not so sure Henrik was up to that this year. I hope he is the next.

  81. no doubt parise would help big time in regular season prob score 35 goals. can he get it done in critical moments in playoffs or will his lack of size be an issue. do we the rangers have any size with talent and dont say freaking rupp or boyle.

    kreider may be it and to me hes not even gigantic

  82. kreider cant go in a nash deal and thats why i dont see nash being realistic to us unless columbus gets off there demand fom kreider

  83. YorktownRanger on

    Wow, if there is nothing else to make these SCF stand out, perhaps there should be an award for the ugliest coach.

    At least DeBoer has the Andy Kaufman thing going for him.

    Oh, and has anyone heard anything about Anze Kopitar’s brother, Hele, tearing it up in the Slovenian juniors?

    Just wondering … ;-)

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

    Ill take Brad Richards over KovalCHOKE — now, let’s get Nash, Gaustad, and a d-man for next season. Forget Parise. Let him go to Detroit.

  85. Rumour has it that a Kings sweep would be terrible for NBC. Draw your own conclusions!

  86. Nash is still a possibility without Kreider. But you’re just going to have to give up Step & Hags, along with one of our top four d-men. Probably a prospect and pick as well.

    But this whole Dublowsky, Thomas, two first round pick crap is not happening. It works in NHL12, I’ve tried it. But it wont work in reality.

  87. Czechthemout!!! on


    All great points. Nash or a Bobby Ryan. Size with skill. Parise is not it. Very good but not great player. He will not be the difference in the playoffs just like he is not in these playoffs.

    Kreider, Nash, I also want to see what a kid like Andrew Yogan can do. Has size speed skill. Just needs to get his head on straight but boy if he does it, he can be very good.

  88. onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    Parise, too small .. he should have AXED Kopitar on the goal.. 2 minutes is better than giving up the goal.

  89. onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    what gets me is , the rangers have a hit fest with the sens. then tone it down with the caps then get out hit Vs the devs..

    the devs should have come out pounding the kings tonight ,, why play it safe ?

  90. Izzy Mandlebaum on


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

    0 for 6. Vs 1 for 1!!! LmFAO!!!!

    “don’t count the Devils out!” LMFAO!!!!!!

    Jeff carter!!!!

  92. Parise will be regretting that Kopitar goal mistake to the tune of 8 years and $1.5M less per year = $12 M. Anyone seeing that one realizes he’s not the toast of the town. From $8.0M to $6.5M in one fell swoop.

  93. >>That should do it, no?

    The pessimist in me won’t let me agree with you. Sorry!

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


    Full that fat slob!

  95. TheMessiah94 on

    Salt in Marty’s wounds!!! Hopefully he’ll disintegrate like the fat slug that he is!!!

  96. Czechthemout!!! on

    A big reason why the Kings are good is players like Boyle and Prust on their team play the fourth line. Players like Mitchell and Rupp play in the AHL in Manchester.

  97. Lol, can you put “Fire and Ice” back in the widget, Carp? Just for an hour…4-0

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

    “don’t count the devils out, it could easily be 2-3”


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

    Now, lets get the shutout for Mike ‘Richter’ Quick!

  100. JimboWoodside on

    You know, ORR – I’m tempted to do the same, even though I swore I wouldn’t do it!

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

    Derbils will do anything to avoid being shutout by Quichter…

  102. I have watched a lot of the LA playoff games. I hate to say it, Quick is as good as Henrik. This clutch PO play is what separates the men from the boys. He has had a TON of scoring chances and tonight he has repelled them all, so far.

    Brilliant performance. Bravo!!

  103. JimboWoodside on

    Philly has to be pissed off – they thought that “The Universe” was gonna be like Quick has been in the playoffs….and now with Carter and Richards scoring….

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

    MSG plus post game show will now get highest ratings ever since ECF finals!

  105. JimboWoodside on

    And Daneyko is probably drunk aleady – warming up for the post-game show…

  106. ThisYearsModel on

    I was busy looking at the Gretzky daughter on the other side of him. At least she is fully dressed at the game.

  107. Jimbo, the shut out games Henrik had were kind of like this. I know…I don’t want to say it..but this is one of many incredible performances by this guy. He’s terrific.

    I’m just afraid to be banned from this blog for life. I’ll stop there. :)

  108. JimboWoodside on

    >>>I was busy looking at the Gretzky daughter on the other side of him. At least she is fully dressed at the game.

    That’s unfortunate…..

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

    Devils fans must’ve enjoyed seeing messier at the Stanley cup

  110. “Well, Marty was terrific because Marty is the best goal ever. He is amazing. The Kings got a lot of good calls. And how could the Kings interfere with Marty in the second period. How dare they???? Even in defeat, Marty stole the game. He is still the best goalie in hockey since me”

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

    Not having the Rangers in SC Finals has been a disaster for NBC, NHL…

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

    This is exactly the type of game we never saw from the rangers in 20 playoff games…

    (win or lose)

  113. TheMessiah94 on

    The Kings’ defensemen are a lot smarter than the Rangers’ D-men when it comes to getting pucks on goal from the point. I’ve counted numerous times where they will just take a quick wrist shot from the point just to get it on goal. Totally different mind-set than the Rangers who ALWAYS seem to take the big wind up to get a hard slap shot, which is usually shot wide or is blocked.

  114. JimboWoodside on

    Have the gerbil-derbil fans seen the last game at home this season? And the last one in NJ with PA-REE-ZAY as a derbil?

  115. JimboWoodside on

    The police are already deserting Newark – they will leave it to degenerate back into a murder-zone every night of the week aftet this series is over….

  116. JimboWoodside on

    Hahaha!!!! Chico and Cangelosi ALREADY making excuses!!! And Daneyko looks bombed already – and like he’s been crying! Hahahaha!!1

  117. Ok, so what are the things that we should all say to Dervil fans tomorrow?

    1. The Rangers would have represented the east better than you.
    2. You can keep Parise
    3. Marty still sucks
    4. In a must win game, you lost!!
    5. The Rangers must have tired you guys out big time! La owes us one.

  118. JimboWoodside on

    True – but Karma’s a beeyotch, ORR – they’ve gotten the advantage on calls all playoffs long!

  119. >>MSG plus post game show will now get highest ratings ever since ECF finals!

    Now that you’ve mentioned it, I’m tempted to tune in just to see the look on Chico’s face.

  120. The best way to deal with Devils fans tomorrow: don’t say a word. Let them start the hockey conversation.

  121. “I’m at the Kings game. This is the team the Rangees were during the season.”

    This is somewhat true and both a bummer and reason for optimism.

  122. JimboWoodside on

    I’m convinced that our boys would have put up a better showing than this – maybe they would also be down 3-zip, but they wouldn’t have looked this bad..

  123. ThisYearsModel on

    Waaaaahhhh. Waaaahhhh. My hairpiece is crooked. The ref blew the call. Waaahhhhh.

  124. JimboWoodside on

    I’m not sensing enough pain and suffering in the Debs shills – I guess it’s gonna take that final loss (maybe another Quick shutout on Wednesday?) to put them over the edge!

  125. I love it. Cangiolosi asks Bernier if the way they have played, do they deserve to have scored more than 2 goals in 3 games. Not if they deserved to win a game, or deserved to be better off than down 3-0 in games, but just if they deserved more than 2 goals.

  126. JimboWoodside on

    So, the NBC-NHL calls 6 penalties on LA and 2 on debs – and debs score nothing, and LA scores on both!! Hahaha!!

  127. JimboWoodside on

    Ya know, ORR – I was thinking the same thing – how did these guys beat us so relatively easy? It is a bit of an embarrassment..

  128. JimboWoodside on

    I wonder if Gretzky is happy that the Mickey-Mouse gerbils are getting killed by his former team?

  129. Last Week’s Reporter: So Anze, what made you go Five-Hole on Marteee?

    Anze: Uuuh, I went Top Shelf.

  130. ThisYearsModel on

    “here are a few people there that I have no respect for (Brooks), but I recognize (Brooks) that they have a job to do (Brooks). I don’t mean to be disrespectful (Brooks) but I don’t take back anything I did or said.”

  131. JimboWoodside on

    I’ve always disliked Costas – thinks he’s God’s gift to “Sports Journalism”….little dweeb-schmuck!

  132. Atta way torts…tell em all that we have the biggest set of “pucks” on our boys

  133. Suferringsince79 on

    What is best in life? To crush your enemies (in four games), to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women. How in God’s green earth did we let these guys beat us?

  134. ThisYearsModel on

    The Devils are going on Let’s Make a Deal tomorrow in an effort to win something. Marty is dressing as Jabba the Hut.

  135. Sorry I wasn’t present for most of the debacle – had some other stuff going on, but I sure was reveling in it!


  136. Chico’s still lamenting, : “Marty is the best goalie ever, except me, of course. He coulda stopped them all. He just missed a few. Those ref’s did it all. What unfair calls. They drove to the net on our guy and knocked him down. How awful. They can still win. A period at a time. One by one.”

  137. I don’t know if this was mentioned, but Kings first goal looked very similar to Devils late tying goal in game 7 in 94. Devils shoved that puck in with nobody complaining. There just butthurt because there being embarrassed by the kings.

  138. in one way, i’m glad we’re not there. we may have just gotten swept up in the kings’ playoff run.

  139. Lloyd Braun on

    have yet to watch a second of this series but learning that the Devils are down 3-0 is very comforting.

  140. Wicky© RUPP SMASH!!! on

    what did you think of the chick on man on a ledge? The one that got engaged at the end of it?

  141. >>Kathryn Tappen?

    Isn’t she shackled to a Devil? She can’t possibly be too happy about how this series is developing so far.

  142. When put like that, i can agree. I was just going on the basis of finally getting there, only to lose

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