It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Senators


Game 16.
Rangers at Senators.

Ya boys will be one-third of the way through this Bettmaned season after tonight’s game in beautiful downtown Kanata, Ont., just a short 55-minute, bumper-to-bumper, straight-into-the-setting sun, 3 mph ride from Canada’s capital.

This is the first meeting since the nasty seven-game series with the Senators in last spring’s playoffs, the one in which Teflon Chris Neil promised that he will catch Michael Del Zotto with his head down, after concussing Brian Boyle with an unpunished elbow to the head. Of course, some of the main combatants in that series, including Matt Carkner, Zenon Konopka and Brandon Prust are all gone.

The Rangers had gotten points (albeit one of those a Bettman Bonus Point for Losing) in five straight games before Tuesday’s loss to Montreal … … … … oh, sorry, I dozed off for a moment there just thinking about that game.

Rick Nash (undisclosed super-duper top-secret injury) did not make the trip. Arron Asham, who skipped Wednesday’s practice for maintenance (the same reason Nash and Girardi skipped practice before missing games with undisclosed injuries), skated this morning. Stu Bickel skated at forward, too.

Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal, which means Martin Biron, who was one of our Three Stars Tuesday, might start Saturday in Montreal … … … … … ooops. nodded off again

Craig Anderson starts in goal for the Senators, who lost Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson for the season to an unpunished Matt Cooke cheapshot, and are without injured Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek (though they were “without” both of them for most of the seven games last spring).


We will have our weekly Live Chat Friday at noon. Be there. Or else. Should be fun and lively if the Rangers don’t take two tonight.

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  1. re-post:
    No, it was in a scrum in Game 1 and Boyle threw a bunch of short rabbit punches at Karlsson. That’s why Carkner dressed and went after him in Game 2.

  2. Oh Right. I do remember Boyle doing that to Karlsson. Bet he wishes he could be treated like that now. Instead of undergoing surgery because didn’t wear a kevlar sock.

  3. double ditto: Boyle’s a large specimen. If he got totally outraged and didn’t care about being hit, he might be a problem. The real gorillas are ready to take a couple to throw a couple.

  4. I think they targeted Boyle because he was a beast in general, maybe the Rangers best player in that series…

    Certainly, the little jabs at Karlsson didn’t help him make any friends in Kanata….and, they tried to “intimidate” him with Carkner…

    It took a dirty, illegal play for them to neutralize Boyle…

  5. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    “Beast in general” ???? Do you even watch hockey? Are you stupid? Idiot? Moron?

    Get a clue – he was a beast in Colonol

  6. RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGERS lets do this!!!!!!

    Lets go gog gog go gog gog og goggoogo!!!



  7. ARE YOUUUU ready to rumble!!!!!!!?????

    Three fast periods of Rangers hackey folks!!!! Put the kids to bed and get ready for a ring -a-ding-dong-dandyyyyy!!!!!

    lets go lets go lets go lets go RANGERSS!!!!!

  8. Something that makes me feel old…

    I watched Andre Benoit for a year playing for a terrible Kitchener Rangers team in 2000/01 (alongside Derek Roy and our very own Steven E. Minger) when he was a 16-year-old forward.

    He’s now a D-man on the Senators and scored his first NHL goal last game at the age of 29.

  9. It’s a 1895 Remington, Coos. It was really difficult to hook up. Let me tell you. Carp’s IT team had to work overtime.


  10. Wouldnt you know it, at Buffalo Wild Wings for game tonight, ask bartender for Rangers game on TV, guy next to me says “I was hoping for the Bruins game.” Of course, he looks like a child mo-mo. :)

  11. Tiki – tell him if he can name 10 players currently ON the Bruins then he wins. When he can’t….you get the Rangers game.

  12. I remember Asham getting hurt in the Montreal game … but he came back so I didn’t even write it down, and now I can’t remember what it was. Left arm?

  13. they stick the rangers on a small 27 inch tv. college basketball is on the big screen. this is disgusting.

  14. Another of our new “superstars” is injured? (Asham….hehahaha!) The “Blue Flu” continues…

  15. Carp – Forgot to post to ask a question about Tuesday. Why would the ice have been so bad at the Garden compared to any other average night? And I don’t think the zamboni liquid takes terribly long to set, or else they wouldn’t have between-periods entertainment. Maybe the one extra intermission minute is to sell two more commercials.

  16. well that sucked. I’ve already noticed Richards not back checking or hustling back to the bench for a line change… nice effort. :/

  17. blow it up the whole team is an utter disgrace and richy is the biggest piece of crap i have seen lately

  18. Fair point, Papa. That is precisely the soft goal that Hank has been giving up all year. Over the left shoulder.

  19. Czechthemout!!! on

    This is terrible so far. This team is missing four of their best five players including their best dman and two best forwards.

  20. can’t kill hank on that goal. The guy walked out all alone and had all the time in the world.

  21. Does MSG really, really think Rangers fans give a flying crap about the minor stuff going on with the opponent? Spend 30 seconds in pregame to tell us who’s hurt, who’s hot, whatever … then stick with the team that people tune in to see. Am I wrong?

    I mean, shouldn’t they be breaking down the mutiple breakdowns on that SHG instead of telling us about the Senators draft picks and minor leaguers?

  22. Papa Bear Wang on

    Matt – not killing him. Looking for more from him. At that angle, he needs to poke check or challenge not sit back and sit down.

  23. eddie eddie eddie's wang on

    Carp – i like when pierre tells us what time some player ate breakfast in 5th grade

  24. Hank needs to make that save. Come on. He won the Vezina. He has not been that great, statistically, this year. Just like the rest of our team.

  25. finally on laptop
    did i miss much?


  26. we really don’t have much snarl. we are getting some opportunities, but I wish this team would play a little meaner.

  27. Move Boyle down to the 4th line already. Big, Humaingous 4th line. Let Halpern get more ice time with the kids on the 3rd line. He creates. He’s like Mini-Nash (way exceeded my expectations)

  28. at times like this in the past, i’d say it was time for Dubi to get into a fight. now, i don’t know who would or could and have any impact on the team as a whole. mainly i’d worry that one of these figure skaters would get hurt.

  29. Please get a humungous line on the ice to annihilate these guys. Mashinter vs. Turris and Bickel vs. Neil. Boyle can hide in the corner and cry into his glove with some PTSD flashback….

  30. i think Dave Maloney may
    put on a pair of skates
    and show these players how it’s done

    he sounds pretty
    peeved right now

  31. Kenny Albert had a “love-letter” interview with Potvin (sucks!) before the game, and Sam & Joe are having an Alfredsson love-fest…all is normal..

  32. If this was last year we would have Mashinter and Bickel on the ice for the last 15 seconds of that to rough it up a bit…

  33. I would put Halpern in Richards’ place…Halpern really has been playing with speed and can make a play…

  34. Papa Bear Wang on

    Jpg – if Maloney keeps going of the reservation he’ll be working with brother Don in exile

  35. Has “the room” tuned out on Torts…..? Everything he says that they need to do, they don’t!

  36. seriously if brad richards is this type of player we are wasting our time believing this team is any more then a 500 type team

  37. great Pp boy the Rangers. like the boyle cross ice giveaway about 1 minute into the game. besides his inability to score he is a moron…

    richards no clue late in the period he tried to get the puck back to gaborik who was being checked as he was 3 seconds earlier. if richards looked where he was passing on occassion it might help, just saying…

    girardi looked horrible on the shorty, he fell because of?????

    staal with a nice giveaway near the end also, newsflash go up the friggin wall, dope.

  38. well,
    Maloney’ll probably much less
    stressed commenting on the coyotes

    i swear it’s as if carbon monoxide is pumped
    into Rangers locker room
    and brain cells of how to play
    the game disintegrated.

  39. Yea. How does Hank not poke check that puck? I just saw the replay in slo-mo on NHL Network. Sheesh.

  40. FlaRanger, one of the best things about the video of Malik’s crazy SO goal is JD’s reaction. I love watching that thing. Classic!

  41. who is more of a waste boyle, richards, bickell, halpern??? they do almost nothing…

    boyle says all the pablam but he stinks…

  42. Definitely fair to throw Bickel in there, Stuart. Definitely pin it on him…..

    And Dr. Halpern? Have you been watching? How could anyone be upset with him?

  43. Papa Bear Wang on

    Boyle will make a good announcer.. He is oblivious to the game and the way there playing.

  44. dammmm it!!
    i was really hoping and
    going to try
    not to be so negative
    and cranky
    but a shortie
    and sens mauling us like
    it was game 2 from last spring
    just eats me up


  45. Yeah, stuart…we should be putting Newbury and Segal out there….right?

    Maybe we should trade for Erksine!??

  46. Obviously, Mr. Ed is the problem. The $6.66 million dollar problem that can be solved with a check from Jim Dolan…

  47. Great points, NYR. Segal had a GWG for the Whale the other night. Newbury (age 31) usually leads the team in goals. Give them a chance!

  48. Carp – you don’t think you would throw Halpern on the second line for a few shifts in the second? He’s been working really hard and maybe he gets something going. Why not at this point?

  49. Folks just deal with the fact we are a terrible team. We have no right making the playoffs and if we do we will be one and done. Total disgrace of a hockey team.

  50. “i swear it’s as if carbon monoxide is pumped
    into Rangers locker room”

    Best possible reason that they are playing this way!

  51. in all seriousness
    based on last year
    and some of the additions
    of last summer
    we looked like
    we’d be a top team in the league

    to be watching this chaotic mess
    is just becoming frustrating to the point
    of apathy

  52. newburry is not an option. when a guy is late 20’s or 30 + and been in the nhl a few games here and there it is for a reason. i got an idea play miller and kreider more minutes!!!crazy but what the heck.

    halpern has zero points, nada, 1 less then boyle. what do you want to do, give him a raise?????

    3rd and 4th line have to score on occassion, they do not get a pass. they are less to blame then richards or gabby for sure but they need to contribute on occassion.

    gabby, scores in very few games, when he scores it is usually multiple…he is a soft….

  53. i have seen enough of newbury to know hes useless. career minor leaguer

    just poured myself a scotch.

  54. Maybe Richie Rich is colorblind. He likes to pass and drop pass to the opposition. And how long are Micheletti and Mister Everyone is Great going to milk this Amorante thing?

  55. Yea….I was being Sarcastic about Segal and Newbury. The only guys in Hartford I want to see that I haven’t are Kyle Jean and Thomas

  56. nice on the erskine jab..

    erskine is no worse then bickell.

    erskine may have as many points as dumbo del zotto.. again i think mdz has rocks for brains…

    i did not see the alfreddsson save on mdz i was in the car but i could imagine….

  57. What kind of scotch, eric?

    Speaking of…..apparently Maker’s Mark is going to water down it’s product 6.75% because they want to sell more of it (they say they can’t keep up with Demand). I think they are at 88 Proof right now.

  58. Czechthemout!!! on

    So we are playing a team with 3 rookies, 4 minor leaguers and are still losing to them. Gee, I dont know, maybe it’s time to start questioning what in the hell our style of game is? Maybe we start questioning he coaching staff and start holding them accountable for the lack of a powerplay now for four seasons? Carp?

  59. I think they added that extra minute of intermission time so I could finish watching a full episode of Wheel of Fortune during that time and have none left over.

  60. “Richards is hurt? Put him on LTIR, acquire O’Reilly! Boom!”

    Latona, we still have plently of room on the infirmary list for O’Reilly, too – that’s where he will wind up if he’s acquired by the NYR…

  61. Doodie Machetto on

    Richards hasn’t taken a stride and has been gliding since the season began, getting hurt didn’t make a change.

  62. Yea, Doodie. I think Richards is going to say the injury that happened tonight actually happened in the off-season.

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    I understand Pitbull’s English less than I do his Spanish, and I don’t speak Spanish.

  64. Doodie Machetto on

    I said 1 or 2 nothing Sens. I see nothing that suggests to me the score will be any different except the Sens might score another and then have the opportunity to get a third via empty-netter.

  65. Sounds like Anisimov was strapped to a stretcher and taken off the ice. Not good. Poor Artie…

  66. Doodie Machetto on

    Richards is terrible. I wish Torts would grow some balls (I said balls) and bench him. Honestly, Richards < No Richards.

  67. Doodie Machetto on

    I think if I could ask Torts one question, it would be why do you continue to give Richards not only a lot of ice time, but any ice time, considering he is consistently the worst skater in every game?

  68. Czechthemout!!! on

    Play Miller at center between Kreider and Cally. Speaking of which, he hasnt done much either today.

  69. Doodie Machetto on

    Richards does not touch that puck, sorry Joe. Also, conveniently ignored the fact that the whole odd-man rush the other way was caused by Richards coughing up the puck on a boneheaded play just inside the offensive zone.

  70. Doodie Machetto on

    Bad physical condition this season would be worse, Carp. Because if he comes back next year in some sort of shape, then the Rangers might not use their amnesty buyout on him. But if he’s done and sucks next year, then spending 18 million to get rid of him without a cap penalty will be MIGHTY appealing.

  71. Mertonian Norm on

    Anderson has had NOTHING to do this period. Rangers finding energetic ways to not be dangerous.

  72. Right. That’s what I meant. If he’s done, then he’s a compliance buyout this summer. If he’s out of shape, then they try to get him in shape next summer and give him another shot.

    ps, agree about Hagelin and Stepan, but neither player is good enough at this stage, or maybe ever, to carry a team for very long.

  73. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, you must be loving how they are playing tonight. Tomorrow’s Charp will set records.

  74. I hope Anisimov wakes up and says, ” Crazy play. He jump. Land on head. I try move. No. Skate. No. Then get off. Go locker room. Feel good. Come back. Play hard. Do good. Shoot. Score.”

  75. richards loves the friggin backhand. must have 3 giveaways a game from his backhand slow pitch pass. 1/2 blueline or out..

    gabby not quite as severe but he sucks in his own zone..

  76. eddie eddie eddie's wang on

    RIR – welcome back my friend, to the show that never ends…….come inside come inside…..

  77. LMGO, LW.

    Chat will be fun tomorrow.

    I didn’t think that the start to this game was bad, then the shorthander — I don’t know who to blame other than the last three guys, Del Zotto, Girardi and Lundqvist, but there was more before that — then this team didn’t do jack after that.

    and yet, they get two goals in the third and everybody turns those frowns upside down, because this place is like that, as you know.

  78. Are they trying to make me hate hockey?! We we too spoiled by last year our one freaking year where things went right

  79. I mean that Hagelin has been the best Ranger for a number of games in a row. Not just tonight.

  80. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, I think physical condition or being done, either way they won’t buy him out until after next year. It will cost $24 million to buy him out this summer. Next summer it will cost them $18 million. His salary next season is $9 million. So it costs them only an extra $3 million to give him another shot next year on the slim chance (read:not a snowball’s chance in hell) that he gets it together next season.

  81. Gaborik has been scoring so many goals from around the net the past few years. Great, but where are the mid- and long-range wrist and slap shots that he scored on in his debut season?

  82. Totally agree, Carp. I’m not saying it’s a good thing. I’m just saying the kid has stepped up. He is going to make a career out of smacking home Nash’s rebounds. And that’s great. We obviously need the top guys to step up.

  83. Dallas Starts Twitter account makes me like the team:

    @DallasStars@ PP Alert: Kevin Bieksa is sent to the *sin bin* after a knee-to-knee collision with Loui Eriksson. #Stars with their first PP of the night

    Mix in that hilarious Romo stuff with the Modano tweets. Awesome.

  84. Remember when people were complaining that WE DIDN’T trade assets at the deadline a few years ago for Richards?

  85. Doodie Machetto on

    Richards, just a suggestion: how about looking at where you are passing and using your forehand? Because your no-look backhands only end up on Senators sticks.

  86. ?@AGrossRecord@ Stu Bickel with a decent shot from above the left faceoff circle. *Just wanted to type that.*

    Good one from Gross!

  87. start the 3rd on the PP with a clean sheet. great. our studs can make this PP machine perform like clock work..


    stepan and hagelin been there best forwards for games…

  88. Czechthemout!!! on


    Its called Tom Renney hockey. Thats what Torts’ team has become. What happened to the coach that believed in safe is death? This not what I thought we were getting .

  89. i never asked the rangers to dump prospects for richards intraseason.

    i believe allmost every FA sigining is a waste any paying big $ for anyone over 30 is insane…

  90. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    I don’t know Papa. Was Slatsko GM then? He must have had some real scouts back then…

  91. Holy Crap! Chara (Largest man in NHL) was just in a shoving match with Connacher (Smallest man in the NHL)

    Chara takes a roughing penalty for punching the little rugrat.

    PS – Connacher is really good.

  92. gabby plays at 70%, richards has no clue on the backhand stuff, mdz has rocks for brains, boyle does not believe in gravity and therefore he can never find the puck. i can go on and on.

    torts generates offense from forecheck only and when that is not working they have nothing..

  93. Looked flukey. Two guys going to the board and Anisimov just falls in between Quincy and White. Quincy fell elbow first right into his head. Ansimov wasn’t moving and ended up strapped to a stretcher.

    John Davidson came running down to check it out.

  94. NHL Blue Jackets ?@BlueJacketsNHL
    Per #CBJ VP of PR @ToddSharrock: Anisimov is alert, moving, never lost consciousness. He’s gone to a hospital (precaution) for evaluation.

  95. Mertonian Norm on

    Highlight of 2nd period, late on: Bickel fires one on net, at about 50 MPH, with no teammate in front. Anderson checks his cell for messages, scratches at that annoying, hard-to-reach itch just below his shoulder blade, and steers the puck to a teammate. Gives the lie to: Putting the Puck on Net is Never a Bad Idea.

    Bickel. Playing. In the NHL.

  96. maybe last year was just a dream

    before you know it teams in 6th 7th and 8th will be 6-7 pts ahead of us

  97. What the holey hell is wrong with Nash!!!???? WE NEED him , badly!!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!! just win baby , just win this thang!!

  98. “bill pidto freaking blows as well. everything and everyone associated with msg”

    haha…relax there, hondo.

    not a fan of pidto, but MSG has a great team.

  99. Coos or Eddie…remember that song ” oh marezdoats and bradeats oats and Sidneycrosbydivey”..sung by another Crosby :)

  100. Especially all the volunteers sitting at MSG, where the game is *not*, answering phones for the Garden of Dreams.

  101. Olga Folkyerself on

    Your name is ZzZz NYR ZzZz and you want the Rangers to wake up?

    Is there a disconnect here?

  102. Gordon & Chadwick were SO much better than what we have now….We could use Nicky Fotiu back here now, as well…

  103. Actually Olga its a play on words ..get it? Nawww didn’t think ya would cuz your too busy kissing ChuMpcagos azzes.

  104. This is without Nash. Torts wont get fired unless playoffs are missed this year and next. He’s not getting fired this year. Of course, there are circumstances in which he wouldnt be (Henrik injured for extended period of time)

  105. Ovechkin is drawing a lot of penalties tonight. He’s a regular Chris The Kreider out there.

  106. *Tiki* February 21st, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    This is without Nash. *Torts wont get fired* -unless playoffs are missed this year and next. He’s not getting fired this year. Of course, there are circumstances in which he wouldnt be (Henrik injured for extended period of time)-


    Just one change (in the spirit of TRUCE)

  107. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Which scented marker did Torts’ use for his pp diagram this intermission? I’m guessing asparagus.

  108. Olga Folkyerself on

    Do they HAVE real words in Saskatchewan? Because you’re not using too many.

    Don’t play with them if you don’t know how they work… Eh?

  109. Doodie Machetto on

    Funny that Giannone is between the benches but whoever is broadcasting the Sens game doesn’t.

  110. “This team went soft…’

    Maybe Rammer handed out the Viagra during the intermission…?

  111. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    Looks like the rangers need an offensive coordinator .. much too much D minded..

  112. Doodie Machetto on

    The Rangers PP should have set plays from behind their goal, since that’s the only guaranteed place they will control the puck on a PP.

  113. The Storm Trooper is coming in!?

    This is horrible. Not our fault. Definitely their own fault. But still awful. But that’s probably a torn MCL or whatever is around your knee and tears when you hyper extend your knee (towards your thigh).

  114. Potvin calling for Kreider to be sent off the ice for the dirty hit….oh wait…maybe his skate was pushed out from under him…..

  115. “Rhode Island Ranger February 21st, 2013 at 9:20 pm
    Which scented marker did Torts’ use for his pp diagram this intermission? I’m guessing asparagus.”

    i would guess nitrous oxide
    because the players
    look as if their brains are scrambled

  116. Torts should get thrown out over that quick whistle. Pull a Wally Backman and just start throwing every piece of equipment you can find on the ice. He needs to do something to wake them up!!

  117. “Which scented marker did Torts’ use for his pp diagram this intermission? I’m guessing asparagus.”


  118. i think i’d enjoy this game more
    if i was sniffing nitrous oxide

    can you help a drowning man?

  119. eddie eddie eddie's wang on

    too bad you can’t win a game zero to negative one….we would be in like flint

  120. maybe too many Ranger players
    hurt themselves laughing
    too hard
    at the Subscribers event
    and that’s why they’ve been
    playing softer than
    the current state of
    my belly
    (aka 1 pack)

  121. This team just doesn’t have any snarl at all. I’m not saying they are intimidated, but they seem to be incapable of bringing emotion to the game. This looks like pond/pickup hockey.

  122. Doodie….our friendship just went to insane levels. I actually worked the door at their farewell show. In Boston. We had them play two sets.

  123. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, we’ve discussed Orchid before, when you were going to Orchid shows and I thought you knew of an Orchid reunion that I did not, but you were going to see flowers.

  124. Doodie Machetto on

    CCCP, no, I don’t remember that time. Everybody wanted Turris, just not at his crazy contract demands.

  125. I wanted Turris.

    Haha. Really, Doodie? Jeez. We need to get on the whole e-mail thing tomorrow and talk about ridiculous Bahston haaaadcore

  126. Carp, if it were an 82 game season I’d say yes… I feel good about them bouncing back and making the playoffs, but…. I just don’t see it. This team lost all its grit/shot blocking/cycling down low abilities when they lost Anisimov, Prust, Dubi, Feds and even Mitchell.

  127. Mertonian Norm on

    Lundqvist keeping them in. Why bother? Crap, another power play. Can we score on the counter?

  128. Doodie Machetto on

    OK, I’m going to bed. If they win, it’s because I stopped watching. You’re all welcome.

  129. “Rangers drew a penalty” mighty dangerous words this season. But it’s gotta change sometime…..right?

  130. WOW , Salty was right!!!!!!! WTG Salty!!

    GO RANGERS!!!!

    Injury the goalie , then we WAKE UP!!!!!!




  132. This place is like the Waterboy. Basically Rob Schneider’s character.

    “Oh No We Suck Again!”

  133. no Carp
    they’re still playing awful
    they played a total of
    20 seconds better
    and it led to 2 goals

    kinda like 2 long bombs in football that lead to touchdowns and Tebow viewed as a great quarterback

    game not over

  134. yep
    after that “commercial break” of
    2 goals
    we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming
    of the Rangers getting outplayed, outhustled and overmatched in the d zone

  135. definitely a Halpern tip there. more appropriate score now given that the Rangers have been better all game

  136. LW – I think they do that so they can be struck in the back by flying pucks without being able to defend themselves.

  137. If that did get deflected by a Ranger, then at least Sam’s call about it being McDonagh’s first of the year will still be kind of accurate.

  138. Pretty Sure

    Callahan-Halpern-Pyatt is our second line. Can’t imagine Boyle would Centre the 2nd line.

  139. i know, jpg. … but that’s often the feeling around here, based purely on the score.

    they’ve sucked pretty much all night tonight, and last game, too.


  140. Carp, I was going to right how wacky it is that a Japanese car company is featuring US presidents in it’s commercial. What Hirohito wasn’t available?

  141. That means Richards and the kids are 3rd and my all-time favorite Humungous line is 4th.

    Now boys. Get out there and FIGHT

  142. Before the goal barrage, I was going to say that the Rangers had probably been the better team, in that they were the bald man marginally on top in the comb fighting contest.

  143. Mertonian Norm on

    That didn’t take long. Can the ‘gers steal the point from here? Sure don’t deserve one.

  144. well

    yeah a bad bounce
    not winning face off
    not retrieving puck
    not having the grit and passion of the sens
    both Hags and Step watching the 4d version of the game
    rather than bothering to pay
    attention to player
    next to him
    who ended up scoring

  145. get the damn point first and then worry about OT. this is a team we would need to beat out for a playoff spot.

  146. that goal was just so easy. Stepan losing the draw, Staal and Girardi both going to their knees. 5-on-4 with two of the four on their knees? Do the math.

  147. E3- I’m not sure how to respond to pp outside,only can say I’ve been renovating downstairs bathroom since…well,I’m not sure I remember

  148. sens playing with same passion
    that they showed against Rangers
    in last year’s playoffs


    BRING IN TONY ROBBINS ’cause this team sure look like they pee their pants when they should be putting the pedal to the metal
    which is what the sens are doing.

  149. Sam’s been missing a LOT lately….all except for his voluminous praise of players on the opposing teams…

  150. that was moment that defined this season…so far

    Girardi is standing with the puck
    thinking that there’s no way a sens player
    would dare try to check him or get the puck away for a shot
    luckily Staal was there to clean up


  151. In the next 15 minutes we’re going to know if we’re super resilient or the worst team in the NHL. I’m betting on one or the other.

  152. why the byfuglien would Richards being sending the puck back to Girardi
    when there was no one within 5 feet of him and someone near G?

    it’s just IQ effin stooooooopid!

  153. I will say…Richards and Gaborik looked like their old selves there for a second. Of course, there are less people on the ice….

  154. Hey, here’s an idea. Let’s settle this by stopping the hockey game and having a contest of some sort, unrelated to hockey.

  155. 3 total shifts for Brad. One really good chance from Richards to Gaborik and one lost faceoff in the last few seconds. Guess we miss John Mitchell in that situation….

  156. the call on boyle was going to be called with us having the multiple pp to there 1.

    as carp said blame step for losing draw clean and goal scored in 11 sec.

    the rangers are beyond awful on draws

  157. Olga Folkyerself on

    So why do the coaches have to pick the shootout players ahead of time? What purpose does it serve?

  158. Gotcha Fla. When I was down there a couple weeks ago I met this crazy Ranger fan who knew the blog. Thought it may have been you!

  159. Dave Maloney calls it.
    Gabby tries to go 5 hole all the time
    (maybe someone has the stats)
    no idea why he does that
    when his goals are usually from other spots

  160. Miller and Kreider did fine. Just did not finish. Gaborik, Richards the big stars were awful. Take the point and got to Montreal.

  161. Is it time to start wondering about this team yet?? 1/3 of the way there and out of the playoffs… And do we practice shootouts at all? I mean good God! Miller and Kreider had the best moves.

  162. some of the highlights from this Picasso.

    Boyle with a nice penalty with about 7 minutes left.

    gaborik doing the same stupid non move in the shootout and failing like he always does.

    richards with another shootout shot that si not on goal…

    staal gets more shots blocked then richards….

    another disgrace, to a ahl team. silverberg best forward on the ice by far…..

  163. I think Cally better take these firetruck ups to practice tomorrow . Shooting practice is needed .
    Like if I was a pro hockey player I’d be EMBARASSED by that . No one can hit the net and Gaborik alway , alway going 5 hole …like no one knows hes going to do that. Funny thing is he had it but shot right at the goalie instead. What a joke. Nash is the best player on this team , better than Hank . We miss him . ALOT!!

  164. Fat Guy Duberstein whose back is killing him from shoveling (food down his throat) on

    I think part of the reason I’m lukewarm on the shootout is that the Rangers suck at them…bad goals allowed and no offensive dance steps

  165. It’s the blown leads in the shootout that are really irritating. I cant even remember how many times it’s happened to Heinie.

  166. The biggest difference, IMO, between this year’s team and last year’s team, is the amount of free goals we give away. Both of Ottawa’s goals were freebies. Epic fail by Girardi on the first one, and anyone else who chose not to backcheck at all, and then wide open Zibanejad with Staal and Girardi on the ice and a clean face-off loss by Stepan after a lame penalty on Boyle.

  167. Another rough game… I don’t think Torts is getting through to some of his players.

    It’s getting hard to watch them. :(

  168. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    should have asked this much earlier, but why do teams with half the talent look so much more polished when getting the puck out of their own zone…bing bang boom change lines….will we ever get that right, or do we like the spinorama and chaseorama…agaiun like arcade bubble hockey for the last 5 minutes

  169. Callahan willed that team to a point and almost willed it to two. That kid is some competitor. He needs to kick some of these guys in their Cooke!

  170. Isles beat the Habs in OT – were trailing 2-0……

    Gee, is that the same Habs team we lost to the other night….?

  171. That would be Miller coasting back on the SHF, Latona. And the biggest difference to me is the lack of snarl, and the lack of push-back. Last year, the nastier a game got, the better the Rangers played. They don’t initiate nastiness at all, and don’t seem to do well when the opponent initiates it.

  172. when hank was great in shootouts we loved them cuz we could squeak a goal or 2 in the first rounds almost a given when we had nylander,straka, even roszival!!, and then up till recently wolski,ec and zucc

  173. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    isn’t Zibanejad the CEO of Iran or something?

    and what’s with all the stick sweeping this year? Cally on the Habs 2nd goal and Giro tonite, plus more, so many many more

  174. the rangers will make the playoffs..

    no problem….nothing gone right and in the playoffs 8 ths seed if playoffs tatrted today…

  175. They aren’t hitting.

    If I’m the other team, I’m not afraid to play aggressive / rough because even if I take a penalty, chances are they aren’t going to score on it. Yep, Callahan got one on the PP, but the PP also gave up one tonight, so net is zero.

    Let’s face it – we are an easy team to play against at the moment. Not sure what they are going to do to fix this.

  176. Czechthemout!!! on

    Three stars

    1. Boyle stellar overall play and a smart penalty with 7 minutes to go.

    2. Richards is becoming a bigger liability with each passing game. Clearly he is playing for the amnesty buyout.

    3. MdZ is clearly terrible night in night out. He does nothing for the team. Has no shot, is afraid to take a hit to make a play and cannot pass. He also makes dumb decisions 90% of the time.

  177. Definitely a huge difference there as well, Carp. Last year’s team, after grabbing the 2-1 lead, probably would have held on through a combination of both points.

  178. Carp – totally agree. There is no snarl at all. We don’t get under anyone’s skin, and no one is afraid to play us from a physical standpoint. Too soft at the moment.

  179. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    if this was a full 162 game schedule, I agree they’d have time to snowball, but with the injuries and bad habits mounting, I think time is already running short

  180. ” I don’t think Torts is getting through to some of his players”

    I think they’ve tuned him out….they’re sick of the same old carcillo, over & over again….

    Night, All!

  181. Here’s where I say something really smart …

    Goal 1: RYAN Callahan
    Goal 2: RYAN McDonagh
    Goal 3: Ry… nope, no goal 3

    Final offer to Colorado: Ryan O’Reilly for Richards + Stan Neckar autographed game worn pants (very rare)

  182. Probably wouldn’t have been skating frantically around the zone on the shift which led to the penalty either.

  183. need to figure some things out…while doing that torts cannot run girardi, staaal, and mcdonagh into the ground…

    gilroy with under 10 minutes again…

    miller and kreider doing fine; stepan and hagelin playing well. cally playing fair..

    gabby and richards bad…need to keep plugging away…