Rangers at Canadiens tonight … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Mar. 30, 7:00 p.m.
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Rangers: 16-14-3 (35 pts)
Canadiens: 21-7-5 (47 pts)

The Rangers will conclude their three-game road trip when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 16-14-3 (35 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 3-0, on Thursday at Scotiabank Place, and are now 1-1-0 on their current three-game road trip. New York has recorded a point in four of their last six contests (3-2-1). The Canadiens enter the contest with a 21-7-5 (47 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last five games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, Apr. 1, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).

All-Time: 191-322-94-3 overall (127-123-54-1 at home; 64-199-40-2 on the road)
2013: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Bell Centre. The Rangers are 0-2-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 3-0 loss at Bell Centre on Feb. 23. The Rangers have out-shot the Canadiens, 42-36, in the series, including an 11-6 advantage in the first period. Henrik Lundqvist is 0-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA, while Martin Biron is 0-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA.
Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Canadiens, 5-2, in the first period. New York’s power play was 3-17 (17.6%) in the series. Derek Stepan led the team with five assists/points in the season series, while Michael Del Zotto led the Rangers with three goals and all team defensemen with four points. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.67 GAA, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 4.01 GAA.
– Only two of the Rangers and Canadiens last seven meetings have been decided by fewer than three goals – a 5-3 win for the Blueshirts on Nov. 5, 2011 at MSG, and a 3-1 loss on Feb. 19, 2013 a MSG
– New York ranks 22nd in the NHL with a 6-8-1 (13 pts) record on the road; Montreal ranks 17th in the NHL with a 9-4-3 (21 pts) mark at home
– The Rangers are 4-6-1 vs. the Northeast Division this season; the Canadiens are 6-2-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists two former Canadiens on their roster: Arron Asham (1998-99 – 2001-02); Roman Hamrlik (2007-08 – 2010-11)
– Montreal lists two former Rangers on their roster: Jeff Halpern (2013); Brandon Prust (2009-10 – 2011-12)
– Rangers’ defenseman Ryan McDonagh was originally selected by the Canadiens as a first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft

– Henrik Lundqvist — 26 GP, 13-10-2, 2.87 GAA, 1 SO
– Martin Biron — 30 GP, 14-13-0-1, 2.44 GAA, 2 SO
– Brad Richards — 36 GP, 9-13-22
– Rick Nash — 8 GP, 3-4-7
– Derek Stepan — 10 GP, 0-7-7
– Anton Stralman — 11 GP, 4-3-7

– The Rangers’ power play is 11-59 (18.6%) in the last 21 games
– The Blueshirts have posted a record of 9-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (8:00) on Thursday at Ottawa. New York ranks 25th overall (15-103, 14.6%) and 29th on the road (5-44, 11.4%). The Rangers are 3-9 (7:53) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/24 vs. WSH), and 1-1 (0:21) when four-on-three (last – 3/7 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Senators in two power play attempts (3:23) on Thursday at Ottawa. New York ranks 16th overall (88-109, 80.7%) and 21st on the road (35-45, 77.8%). The Rangers are 6-6 (7:34) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/24 vs. WSH), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last – 3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (3): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday at Ottawa, and are now minus-1 in 22 four-on-four situations (46:13) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).

– Tonight’s contest will be the seventh of nine scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (3-3-0)
– Henrik Lundqvist is 3-2-0 with a 2.54 GAA and Martin Biron is 0-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA against Original Six opponents this season
– Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with five goals and seven points against Original Six opponents this season
– Rick Nash has tallied a team-high, five assists against Original Six opponents this season
– Michael Del Zotto (one goal, two assists), Dan Girardi (three assists) and Marc Staal (one goal, two assists) are tied for the team lead in points by a defenseman with three apiece
– New York is 57-35-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 13-14-3 mark vs. Montreal over the span. The Rangers’ .606 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.647, 44-22-9) and Montreal (.608, 81-50-13), and ahead of Chicago (.545, 37-30-11), Boston (.534, 68-58-23), and Toronto (.486, 60-64-20).

The Blueshirts have registered a point in 85 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 79-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is 9-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.

Rick Nash and Brad Richards both reached significant career milestones in the Rangers’ 5-2 win on Tuesday at Philadelphia. Rick Nash notched two goals, including his 300th career NHL goal, and added an assist in the contest, while Brad Richards registered two points (one goal, one assist) to record his 800th career NHL point.

The Rangers rank fourth in the NHL in hits (985) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and is tied for eighth in the NHL with 114 hits, while Ryan Callahan ranks second on the team and 11th in the league with 110 hits.

Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 400th NHL coaching victory with a 5-2 win on Tuesday at Philadelphia, becoming the 30th head coach in league history to reach the mark. He is now three wins shy of fourth place on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list, with 161 career wins as the Blueshirts’ head coach.

The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
– 3rd (4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.36
– T-3rd (T-6th in NHL) in FO% — 51.4%
– 1st (1st in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.7
– 3rd (4th in NHL) in Hits — 985
– 4th (7th in NHL) in BkS — 530
– T-2nd (T-5th in NHL) in OT wins — 2

– The Rangers did not surrender a power play opportunity against on Mar. 7 at Long Island, marking the first time the Blueshirts did not have a shorthanded situation in a game since Jan. 10, 2012, in a 2-1 shootout win vs. PHX. The last time the Rangers did not allow a power play attempt against the Islanders was Jan. 7, 1989, in a 5-1 win at Long Island.
– The Blueshirts have had 13 players make their regular season debut with the team this season
– New York has registered a point in 10 of 12 games when scoring the first goal this season (9-2-1), and are 7-12-2 when allowing the game’s first goal
– The Blueshirts have posted a 7-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 9-0-0 when leading after the second period
– Henrik Lundqvist is one win shy of Ed Giacomin (267) for second on the Rangers’ all-time goalie wins list

– Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each of his last 14 games (7-6-1, 1.98 GAA, .929 Sv%)
– Rick Nash — 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in his last 19 games, including five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games
– Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in 11 of the last 15 games (seven goals, nine assists over the span)
– Michael Del Zotto — five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games

– Ryan Callahan — 1 assist from 100th NHL career
– Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Carl Hagelin — 3 games from 100th NHL career
– Roman Hamrlik — 7 games from 1400th NHL career
– Henrik Lundqvist — 3 games from 500th NHL career
– Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Derek Stepan — 3 games from 200th NHL career
– Anton Stralman — 2 games from 300th NHL career; 3 points from 100th NHL career

– Rick Nash — 300th career NHL goal (3/26 at PHI)
– Brad Richards — 800th career NHL point (3/26 at PHI)
– John Tortorella — 400th career NHL win (3/26 at PHI)
– Brian Boyle — 300th career NHL game (3/28 at OTT)

– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 33
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 12
Total Man-Games Lost: 84

– Mar. 23 — Montreal claimed forward Jeff Halpern off waivers
– Mar. 24 — Assigned defenseman Stu Bickel to Connecticut (AHL)
– Mar. 28 — Signed free agent forward Mats Zuccarello


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  1. I’ve made plans to go to diiner with friends in no small part to miss this game #unwatchable

  2. Onecupin73yearsand counting on

    My son and his girl are making the trek to Montreal too see the game.. even he expects to see them lose.

  3. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    good morning folks!!

    I smell a win tonight and a hat trick for Gabby.


  4. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    so, we sign 6’1″ Conor Allen. Devils get a guy that’s 6’4″ 230. Tampa gets a 6’8″, 208. Whats wrong with this picture???IS it known even amongst prospects we are going small?

  5. Admiral Akbar on

    It should be an interesting game tonite.

    A rangers win could do wonders for this team’s fragile psyche this season.

    I wonder if Hank starts in goal?

    (Most likely)

  6. The Hobbit and Gandolf will put up great numbers, 3 assists and baggin a goal, we win! we win! we win!

  7. >>I smell a win tonight and a hat trick for Gabby.

    Ah, your sense of smell is playing tricks on you again.

  8. Czechthemout!!! on

    Tank nothing! Get out there and overcome the Montreal demons and win this damn game.

    Show some testicular fortitude already! It could be a spring board to great things this year. I still believe that this team is much better than wht they have shown his year.

  9. Does the term “pied dans la bout à bout to de rangers” mean anything to anyone here?

  10. @sbaickerCSN@ : If I were the Flyers, I would shop Talbot, Gagne, Fedotenko around. Playoff-bound teams want vets with Cup experience.

  11. I have been watching/following he Rangers for over 30 years and I rarely miss any games.The other night I found myself switching channels during the game and I don’t feel like watching tonight. I can’t explain it but I hope this feeling passes.

    I know I will at least turn it on tonight but not sure how long I will watch.

    LGR…make something happen!

  12. chopper, don’t feel bad. I’ve been watching the rangers since the late 60’s and I haven’t watched a full game for at least a month. I realized a while ago this was a flawed team. I’m already done with this year. I’m chalking it up as a lockout shortened season that screwed everything up.

  13. Cross Check Charlie on


    The game is on NHL Network and I’m plunking myself in front of the TV because of one or more of the following:
    1. I’m really dedicated
    2. I’m really bored
    3. I’m really masochistic

  14. Funny thing is not only will they lose, but at least two Rangers will end up injured and at least one will be struck by lightning. It’s something about the Bell Centre.

  15. I think I’m the only person left who hasn’t yet predicted that Halpern will score tonight.

    I’ll decide later.

  16. Hope everyone is looking forward to the Penguinlas breaking the record for consecutive wins* when they play the Rangers on Friday.

    I think Sam and Joe are the only people more excited than I am.

    * Apart from the game they didn’t win.

  17. Marian the Friendly Ghost on

    The NYR just plain suck. I’ve seen teams suck before but they are the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

  18. when you think it can’t get any worse, islanders probably get the 8th spot, Columbus other 1st they got in the Nash deal will end up being a lottery pick and Columbus will be in the rangers division next year as a up and coming team, great.

  19. I’m driving 7 hours Thursday night to see that crap Friday night ????? Oh my god, shoot me now and put me out of my misery.

  20. Ledge getting less crowded, but no one’s yet left through the entrance. This could mean only one thing.

  21. Is there another John Scott available this year that the Rangers can flush a fifth round pick down the toilet for?

  22. The SalmonJoe Pre-Game Report – Sponsored by Scott Paper – the official toilet tissue of the NYR.

  23. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Sometimes things happen that surprise you. Tonight’s win a-gainst Le Habs is one.

  24. I’m used to my teams being horrible. I grew up being a met, jet, rangers, knicks fan. I used to pain, I’m bullet proof.

  25. Marian, not saying this team doesn’t, but plenty of Rangers teams in the not-so-distant past have done so more. Doesn’t take a long memory to recall some of those from, say, 1997-2005. Or late 1980s.

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers win tonight

    Sweet carolina beats the leaves

    6th still there for the taking

  27. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    If Prust goes, I hope he slips and falls on his bad shoulder ending his season.

  28. that away record against the Le Herbs is terrifying! This must be Rangers’ the worst away record against any of the original six teams…

  29. Anyone ever see “The Deadliest Season,” where a player (Michael Moriarty) who is playing himself out of the league decides to take on a more aggressive style and becomes an enforcer? (Merle Streep, Kevin Conway.) Wonder if Boyler ever saw it. :)

  30. Must play behind the oppositions net!

    Must dump the puck in on odd man rush!

    Must make wishful thinking passes!

    Must make cliche excuses after loss!

    Must insult Sam Rosen in the post game!

  31. Funny thing about this team and Torts systen. It appears the system he uses makes the ofensive skills of players disappear. Besides what we are seeing this year look at some of the players who have moved on to other teams who are far surpassing their offensive output while with the Rangers. John Mitchell, Brandon Prust and PA Parenteau to name a few who just come to mind. I really think its the system rather than to players in most cases. (Except for Richards who appears to be the second coming of Scott Gomez).

  32. I really hope they play with some edge tonight. Paccioretty deserves a fresh beating…as does Subban…

  33. yea, I can’t picture Zuccarella at 5’7″ 170 pounds soaking wet, dumping and chasing. That should bold well, yea. When your counting a guy like Zuccarella to be the savior, you know your team is in trouble.

  34. Remember when Slewban slewfooted Gaborik at MSG this year and the Rangers scored on the delayed penalty and Subban got off scott-free?

  35. When -your- you are -counting a guy like Zuccarella to be the savior- missing legitimate 1st line production and have no real 3rd line , you know your team is in trouble.


  36. I said it last night when no one was here so I will say it again:

    Stopped by Warren77 last night for a happy hour beer after a hellish work day. The place is totally different. All the Rangers stuff was taken down and replaced with generic NY City Sports clubs. There still is a Rangers logo here and there but nothing like it used to be. Shame.

  37. speaking of dumping and chasing. I thought the reason why they played this system last year was because the rangers didn’t have the type of players to play any other way but yet they still are playing a dump and chase style. It appears to me there something smelly going on in ranger land, possibly a clueless GM, maybe, possibly, could be…

  38. We (NYR, Manny and ilb) vibe with overflowing positivity, @CCCP@

    The ^Hobbit Wizard^ was not only a phenomenal passer, great in shootouts and a very skilled player, he is shockingly good along the boards. Don’t overlook the little guy.

  39. ilb2001 March 30th, 2013 at 12:40 pm
    If MZA is 5’7”, I’m 170

    sorry, your right. According to rangers website Zuccarella is 5’7″ 179 pounds

  40. @penguins@ Today’s #Pens lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis, Iginla-Malkin-Neal, Morrow-Sutter-Cooke, Glass-Adams-Kennedy


    And so it begins…Those are NUTS lines.

  41. Started out well, a sunny weekend day in la la land where I don’t have to cut the grass. Then got my choke-on-it school tax bill in the mail. If this team adds to my aggravation tonight, the fit’s gonna hit the Shan.

  42. Ralph from N.M. on

    Tort’s favorites under his umbrella . Richards is just as lacking in production as Gabby , but you’ll never see him on the 4th line . Boyle is a 4th liner . Tort’s takes every chance he gets to slap Gabby . Gabby on 4th line, REALLY . Richards will get PP time & ice time no matter how bad he is . Because he’s Tort’s boy . contrary to alot of opinions Tort’s is not a good coach

  43. I wonder why Asham is a scratch tonight? Hasn’t he scored one of our only goals in the last three weeks?

  44. _The Hobbit Wizard was not only a phenomenal passer, great in shootouts and a very skilled player_

    Yeah Torts will fix that in a second by benching hobbit after two shifts for a minor giveaway….

  45. Not surprised….I didn’t think they would break up Crosby’s line. Really can’t get much better than what they have been doing…

  46. Rob in Beantown on

    Is Luongo even a huge upgrade over MAF and Vokoun? Luongo’s shakey in the playoffs and MAF, average as he is, has won a Cup.

  47. So in a game that might actually require some toughness/fighting Asham is scratched. Perfect!!!

  48. That’s why it doesn’t matter what the rangers do this year because the pens are going to blow through the eastern conference. Hopefully the team they face in the stanely cup will beat the pens.

  49. I’m confused as to what the coaching staff sees in Taylor Pyatt. Asham looked very, very good against Washington… I’d also rather him play against the cheap shot artists in MTL.

  50. Manny are you playing NHL ’13 on Xbox with the pens as your team again? Oh right that’s their actual lineup.

  51. I heard the Rangers were feeling ill. Head ache fever sneezing and chill. Maybe tonight they won’t suck. On second thought I think they’re…..down on their luck?

  52. Haha, James. I actually play NHL 2K11 on my iPhone and I traded Todd White for Ilya Kovalchuk. Pretty funny team. I keep trying to score with Boogard.

  53. Marian the Friendly Ghost on

    Win, lose, or OTL, the boys will no doubt partake in the famous Montreal nightlife ce soir

  54. czechthemout!!! on


    Another brilliant coaching decision. Lets play Pyatt over Asham. Because Pyatt is slower, plays with less jam ( I hate that word already) has scored a few more goals in twice as many games at least and he can’t fight either.

    I know its minor but it continues to raise questions about what is Torts thinking.

  55. Going to take a 4 hr trip to MSG to watch them play the Pens…. Am I nuts?? Meeting the Prez/GM hooray gotta behave

  56. I imagine Pyatt is the type of player tortorella loves, dumps, chases, anchor along the boards, keeps puck along the boards for a entire shift. Unfortunately the name of the game is to score goals and your not going to score goals along the boards.

  57. @DetroitRedWings@ *BREAKING NEWS* — Red Wings trade D-man Kent Huskins to Philadelphia for conditional 7th round pick in 2014

  58. that trade is no big deal by philly, there defense is decimated with injuries, they need bodies.

  59. islanders out shooting the pens 8-0, wow, islanders look like they are coming together, just one more twist of the knife.

  60. yea, rangers luck he will miss the rest of today against the islanders and will be ready to play against the rangers.

  61. Isles heavily outshot the Penguinlas early last time they played too, I think. Still re-emerged with a loss.

  62. Marian the Friendly Ghost on

    Hard not to root for the Islanders to make the playoffs (as long as it doesn’t come at the expense of NYR spot)

  63. Well said, Rob. I’m sitting on my couch and definitely not into the idea of being hit in the face with a puck. Ever.

  64. The Penguins only need to outplay a team for the last 7 minutes. They usually net 3-4 in that time span.

  65. not only do the pens have offensive talent but they have a good mixture of gritty players. The only thing stopping the pens from reaching the cup finals this year is key injuries.

  66. Marian the Friendly Ghost on

    Though the Flower has shown that he can take the Pens to the promised land, he is not the guy I would want between the pipes for a playoff run. Last year was scary bad.

  67. Marian the Friendly Ghost on

    I think this Icelanders team is pretty likable. It may sound like blasphemy on this blog but that team has been so bad for so long, guess I’m a sucker for a good underdog story. Also it should light a fire under the Assen of the NYR.

  68. I know what you’re saying, Marian. I don’t think many people around here would root for the Islanders to make the playoffs, and I certainly won’t. But they are an underdog and I do like Moulson Ice and Tavares is an all time great player and seemingly good guy.

  69. I’ve been following this team since the late l940’s, the big line was Edgar Laprade, Tony Leswick and Dunc Fisher. We also had Frank Eddols, Fred Shero, Don ( Bones) Raleigh, Allen Stanley, Pat Egan MR HARD SHOT…He wristed them in an era when slap shooting was not only unused but disdained( too erratic to control)………..my how times have changed. When Rangers start bringing back old timers they should look at these guys. No one wore helmets, and goaltenders wore no headgear at all.
    Pansies eh?

  70. If the Penguins waive Brooks Orpik for hitting Crosby in the face I would hope the Rangers pick him up.

  71. So is Fast even with the team? Heard he was traveling with them but he hasn’t taken part in a practice and is not on the roster. Waiting to see if they make a deal before they activate him? Just with the team for his karaoke prowess?

  72. Wicky©This team is too soft...bring back the Rupp! on

    DVR’ing the game and off to work, so LGR and LGD!!!

  73. damn! You can see Crosby’s teeth flying outta his mouth! I mean, i dont blame Orpik for hitting Crosby in the mouth… that thing is so huge its hard NOT to miss it!

  74. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Manny, thanks for the video.

    My first thought, as Dupuis looked just as bewildered as he was arm in arm, helping Sidney off….Dupuis is thinking…..”OMG, with him gone, now everyone is gonna realize how much I truly suck!!”

  75. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Crosby will not return. He will be happy to return Wednesday night. :)

  76. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    As long as he has no broken bones, anything that happens because of puck to mouth injury can be fixed. Just a matter of how.

  77. He will at least sound like he has a mouth full of Marbles when he returns. He might even sound like Kramer in “The Jimmy.”

  78. So I don’t know if you guys saw, but last night it was reported that Staal’s recovery is going slower than expected and he’s out until mid/late April at the earliest. So basically done for the season. You have to think it’s a concussion at this point, right? They even said there are good days and bad days. If it was merely a broken bone he could throw a cage on and get out there.

  79. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Islanders are playing a great road game. Keeping them as wide as possible and countering with speed. Pitt is obviously more talented and gets chances no matter what.

    Iginla = Bull
    Trade that brought him there for a 30th pick and 2 non-prospects= Bull $*$*

  80. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    It sure sounds that way, Manny. Which is the worst possible symptom, given that this is number 2 on record (if it is a concussion). If so:

    1. could effect his playing ability going forward
    2. could shorten his career (aside from the ‘Eric Injury’, has has he had others??

  81. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Even the Islanders have some good grit on this team. The Pens sure do. It is UNTHINKABLE what Sather did to the heart of our team. Just unthinkable.

  82. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Speak of smart signings. Let’s see now. Visnovsky’s contract expiring this summer. Hmm. Do we wait and let him get to free agency. No, that’s stupid. He’ll realize full value. So, let’s sign him NOW. Bang. two year deal with contingency at a fair number.

    Is the Islanders front office getting smarter than ours?

  83. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Crosby off to hospital. Being carried in Stanley Cup-holding wood box and carried with white gloves.

  84. AP REPORT:


  85. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Would be hard to fathom, Manny. Could not blame that on Sather. But he did go out when Staal got injured and got a great, smart, economical, speedy replacement, now didn’t he??

  86. Marian the Friendly Ghost on

    Pens GM just dwarfs big Glennie. Unreal.

    Pascal Dupuis, James Neal, Matt Niskanen, Chris Kunitz, Marian Hossa, Brendan Morrow, Vokoun and now Iginla. All pretty solid acquisitions.

  87. Haha. Exactly. Hamrlik is not really much of a replacement for Staal. At least he pulled the trigger way earlier than the deadline and before other, more useful, players were waived.

  88. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    I think a couple of them look better because of who they are playing with, to be fair. But, by the same token, whether helped by the fact that guys want to come to his team (Iginla, Morrow) or not, he got them for little in return. He also has a stash of draft picks and prospects that our GM simply is too inept to put together.
    THe Pen’s have been in the playoffs since 2007. Don’t tell me they had high draft choices those years. They were smart and did their homework and collected picks and prospects to use as leverage.

  89. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Yep, good for them. Sickening for us. In one year, we have none of that. Amazing.

  90. That’s the one, Matty. Draft picks. Of which we have none.

    But seriously, this year isn’t looking so good as it is so maybe we can just make the playoffs, get some experience for the kids, get some grit, jam and toughness back and come back stronger next year. Maybe with Mcllrath and Conor Allen and Skej, Lindberg, Fasth, Borque and others.

  91. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    That was some illegal hit. Bailey looked woozy to say the least.

  92. Kunitz is just like Ribiero. Soon as you see his face you want to punch it. Pens fans not happy that not every call is going their way

  93. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Notice who the fans REALLY respond to ? Cooke.

    Interesting what a player like that gives a team. Not worth $3m. THey grow on trees. DOn’t they?

  94. Im not so sure that was a major. Looked more like a push from the side with some distance from boards. Definitely a penalty just not convinced that it was a major.

  95. That looked pretty Kaleta on Richards in the result. Bailey was far away from the boards. Although there was a fight for the puck. I think I’m OK with it though…

  96. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Yes, Manny. 5 min major. Didn’t see what for..but should be boarding. Brutal hit. Could be suspendable.

    No problem, to play the Rangers, they’ll trade away a 5th rounder for say, Lucic?

  97. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Honest, I find the Islanders to be more interesting to watch than our team right now. It’s all about passion. I hope we find some.

  98. Goring: “looking for the shot one time..err looking for the one time shot”….

    i believe you mean one-timer?

    Worse than Michelletti.

  99. I actually have a problem with that 5 min major call. Kunitz shoulder bailey behind baley’s shoulder, bailey lost his balance and went head first into boards, if anything it was more like interference and it definitely wasn’t anything like kaleta’s cross check in the back.

  100. Agreed Tommy. The result was Kaleta/Richards in that Bailey slammed his face into the boards from a few feet away. But overall, it didn’t look like a boarding hit to me. Definitely not Rule 48 or whatever.

  101. It would be nice for the NHL and the refs to get on the same page with these calls. it appears the really dirty hits along the boards either don’t get called at all or just get 2 minutes where here, it wasn’t a boarding call or a dirty play but yet a ref calls for a 5 min major, ridiculous, nhl is run by clueless idiots.

  102. So if Brad Richards retires we save $11M and the penalty is about $1.5M.

    If Brad Richards retires or defects in the 2013 off-season (age 33 as of July 1 that year) and is not traded before doing so, following is an estimated breakdown of the recapture penalties for the involved teams.

    Benefit (2013-14 through 2019-20) $10,666,667 Penalty $1,523,810

  103. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Manny, he should be BEGGED to retire. Saves us all a lot of heartache the Dolans mucho donero.

  104. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    See those fans with the Penguin’s Iginla jerseys. Freaking all-star team.
    I will even root for Boston against them in playoffs. First time ever rooting for them. Maybe.

  105. Rob in Beantown on

    I can’t believe Brad Richards is just 32 years old. He looks 42 this season

  106. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    THe Pimpster looking mighty healthy. Bless you, my friend.

  107. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    This is the part where the ref’s realize thay need to even up the calls against the Islanders now.

  108. Pimp! Looking pimptastic out there. And healthy!

    I’m rooting for the Islanders to get as few points as possible.

  109. well, if the islanders win, there in the eight spot alone and the rangers are in 9th place, so yea, pens are going to win the east anyway so what is the difference they win another game.

  110. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    with all the space these stars create for everyone, even Matt Cooke can score. This team is about as perfect as can be put together. Finesse, grit, speed, goaltending.
    Sather could do that in another 50 years.

    Nice job, Mr. Shero and…ugh…Mario.

  111. Funny you mention that, LW. The *Orchid Show* is back in town and Mrs. Manny is demanding we go.

  112. lmgo, Goring and Howie talking about how Pittsburgh gets all the calls, and still their fans cry over every non-call.

  113. Oh ye Matt Martin taking Tanner Glass’s number down. If he’s in the mood to get knocked out..

  114. >>are you guys actually rooting for the Penguins right now?

    Blasphemy, I say! I refuse to admit to such a thing.

  115. Maybe in 2020 they can get the salary cap removed and Dolan can allow Sather to go out and buy a team like Pittsburgh.

  116. @TheBroadwayHat@ RT @wyshynski: Islanders announcers complaining Pens get all the calls. PIT has 137 minors, 8th in the NHL; NYI have 123, 20th in the NHL.

  117. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    If Sather is the GM in 2020, we will be a Calgary by then. Actually, from here, it may take him only 3 years to make us Calgary II.

  118. Hmm, left shot on the right wing. Maybe Gaborik should try that.

    (Do we have a sign for sarcasm? we should. anybody?)


  119. yea, there is no doubt I think Richards will be bought out after next year because the rangers are built to win now, after next year with contracts up, the rangers will need to free up cap space and go in a different direction.

  120. well, the islanders and rangers are still tied in the standings. The rangers got shutout by the pens not to long ago, islanders get shut out by the pens today, islanders = rangers.

  121. I HATE those whining baxxtards in Pittsburgh But, thanks for the win and NoT another three point Bettman debacle.

  122. Crafty, Torto, crafty. Get the Canadiens to commit to shutting down Newbury, Pyatt and Gaborik, open it up for the Stepan line… I mean, I hope it works, and the coaches know their team, but this makes very little sense. Are these posted lines for real? No other way to get Zuch. in there? Is Asham hurt again? Is Pyatt blackmailing someone up top?

  123. The only bouncing back Richards will do is when the opposition slams him against the boards.

  124. I find it ironic that you guys are trying to come up with signals showing that you are being sarcastic. And the irony of this sarcastic statement should be lost on none of you.


  125. Where’s Sioux? I figured Sioux would be here to talk about the Fighting Sioux leading Yale in their game, considering the Fighting Sioux are central to Sioux’s handle and most likely Sioux’s existence. And it’s people like Sioux who make the Fighting Sioux relevant to people other than Sioux and the Fighting Sioux.

  126. Dare I dream the house of horrors isn’t so horrible tonight? Someday a streak has gotta end. Yanowhadahmsayin’?

  127. Yea, Kaberle is perfect. 35 with a $4.2M cap hit. Averaging 13 Minutes a game with 0 goals.


  128. I’d say its ironic you should ask that, Carp, but it’s not. That would be serendipitous, if I could quote Clyde Frazier. Maybe then the symbol for serendipitous should be (CL) then. I think (I) will do.

    In fact, maybe we should come up with a whole system of shorter hieroglyphs to make conversations flow more freely, and facilitate people posting from their smart devices, particularly during games. It would also make it easier to scroll through repeptitive, perseverative posts. So for example, a simple #ledgerant# could be used to mean “The team stinks, everyone is horrible, Torts should have been fired 16 weeks ago, game over, season over, trade everyone, call me when it is over, why do I do this to myself, Gaborik and Richards stink yadda yadda yadda play against the walls and dump and chase yadda yadda and open it up open it up open it up yadda yadda.”

    Now wouldn’t it just be easier to read “#ledgerant#” (for those of you hashtag challenged that is ledge rant as one word)

  129. Actually makes perfect sense. Claim Kaberle and it’ll lure Leetch out of retirement. There’s your pp point men

  130. There’s a vision, Clyde and the Blueshirts: DUMPin’ and BUMPin’, WINDin’ and GRINDin’, conNIVin’ and DIVin’… Good Lord.

  131. Gonna buy a tank and an aeroplane
    When she catches up with me
    Won’t be no time to explain
    She thinks I’ve been with another woman
    And that’s enough to send her half insane
    Gonna buy a fast car
    Put on my lead boots
    And take a long, long drive
    I may end up spending all my money
    But I’ll still be alive

  132. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Penultimate round tomorrow in London. Former WC GM Kramnik leading world # 1 GM Carlsen by .5

  133. OIU, OIU (open it up 2 times) so maybe we could just say #OIU*2#

    #Pretzels# = these pretzels are making me thirsty”

    #decline# = “oh crap, the Rangers have been awarded what is sure to be another abortion of a power play, do we have to take it and thereby give the momentum to the team that is about to kill it off?”

    #mistersoftee# = “how come they keep getting outworked for pucks, pushed around, manhandled and how did our team, this team that was so good last year, end up so soft.”

    #henksoftee# = “how did Henk let that one by?

    #saveitforlater# = “the team has now scored five goals tonight and taken a 3 goal lead when they should be saving some of those goals for one of the many nights when they will only score one, two, or zero.”

  134. Paul – or #Fe#

    I dont tweet, or twitter, or follow tweeters or twitteerers, but I like the whole hashtag thing

  135. Eddie,,,,, My center stayed in his lane and played a hard game. His wingers were bouncing and flopping all over the place.

  136. Torts rests Henrik for playoffs
    Torts primes Biron for playoffs
    Gaborik 4th Line experiment
    (S) ?

  137. Maybe we need some Hispanic players so that -Wilpon- Dolan can call the team Los Guardabosques on promotion nights.

  138. Fat Guy still in Cali on

    I very highly recommend the Simpsons ride and the Transformers ride at Universal in LA. Insane. We’ve come a long way since the Dumbo ride’s maiden voyage in Disneyworld.

    Oh, the Rangers are playing tonight? Ho hum, another game to show the shortfalls

  139. Rolling out the cliches. Gut check, character test, do or die, must win, make or break, turning point, statement game. Tonight’s game could be all of those.

    It could also be another 3-0 Price shutout.

    I broke out the ’94 SCC Starter cap. I’m grasping at straws.

  140. I’m going to be positive for tonight’s ranger game. Final score, Canadiens 4, rangers 1, got the rangers scoring a goal, that’s positive.

  141. You wear a dress, baby
    I’ll wear a tie
    We’ll laugh at that old bloodshot moon
    In that burgundy sky.


    watch NY/Montreal

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