Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 start) tonight: pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Tuesday, Apr. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 21-16-4 (46 pts)
Flyers: 17-21-3 (37 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m. — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 21-16-4 (46 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New York Islanders, 1-0, in overtime on Saturday at Nassau Coliseum, and have now registered a point in six of their last seven games (5-1-1). The Flyers currently own a record of 17-21-3 (37 pts) to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference entering their game last night at Montreal, and had lost their last four games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, Apr. 18, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.
All-Time: 119-108-37-7
overall (62-47-23-4 at home; 57-61-14-3 on the road)
Tomorrow is the fifth and final meeting this season, and the third meeting at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers are 3-1-0 (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road), following a 5-2 win on Mar. 26 at Philadelphia. The Rangers have out-scored the Flyers, 12-7, in the series. Three of their four meetings have been decided by two or fewer goals, including two games seperated by one goal. The Rangers’ power play is 4-13 (30.8%) in the season series. Rick Nash (four goals, two assists) and Derek Stepan (one goal, five assists) tied for the series lead with six points apiece. Nash leads all skaters with four goals, while Stepan has tallied a series-high, five assists. Henrik Lundqvist is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA and .941 Sv%.
Last Season:
New York was 6-0-0 overall (3-0-0 mark at home; 3-0-0 mark on the road). New York out-scored Philadephia, 24-11, including a 7-1 advantage in the first period and a 10-4 advantage in the third period. The Rangers tallied the game’s first goal in five of the six contests. The Blueshirts’ power play was 8-25 (32.0%), while the penalty kill was 23-26 (88.5%) in the season series. The Rangers had 18 different players tally a point against the Flyers last season, including 12 different goal-scorers. Marian Gaborik led all skaters in scoring with nine points (four goals, five assists), while Ryan Callahan notched a series-high, five goals, and Brad Richards tallied series-high, six assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 6-0-0 with a 1.83 GAA, .942 Sv% and one shutout.
The Rangers have won 11 of their last 12 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Flyers, 46-20, over the span.
The Blueshirts have won five of their last six games at Philadelphia, out-scoring the Flyers, 22-13, over the span
New York ranks 20th in the NHL with an 8-10-2 (18 pts) record on the road; Philadelphia ranks 14th in the NHL with a 12-6-2 (26 pts) mark at home
The Rangers are 8-5-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Flyers are 4-9-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
New York lists four former Flyers on their roster: Arron Asham (2008-09 – 2009-10); Martin Biron (2006-07 – 2008-09); Steve Eminger (2008-09); Darroll Powe (2008-09 – 2010-11)
Philadelphia lists four former Rangers on their roster: Ruslan Fedotenko (2010-11 – 2011-12); Adam Hall (2006-07); Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Jody Shelley (2009-10)
— 41 GP, 25-11-3, 2.51 GAA, 4 SO; Martin Biron — 18 GP, 9-7-2-0, 2.18 GAA; Brad Richards — 40 GP, 10-30-40; Ryan Callahan — 31 GP, 15-9-24; Derek Stepan — 16 GP, 5-12-17; Dan Girardi — 40 GP, 0-23-23.
The Rangers’ power play is 5-20 (25.0%) in the last six games, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline.The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 19-20 (95.0%) in the last seven games. New York has registered a point in 16 of 20 games (14-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal.
Power Play:
 The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (7:59) on Saturday at Long Island. New York ranks 20th overall (20-125, 16.0%) and is tied for 23rd on the road (7-58, 12.1%). The Rangers are 3-9 (7:53) in five-on-three situations (last –3/24 vs. WSH), and 2-2 (1:20) when four-on-three (last –4/13 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 held the Islanders scoreless in two power play attempts (4:00) on Saturday at Long Island. New York is tied for 13th overall (108-131, 82.4%) and ranks 19th on the road (46-58, 79.3%). The Rangers are 7-7 (8:13) in three-on-five situations (last –4/1 vs. WPG), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last –3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (4): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan).
 New York tallied one goal in two four-on-four situations (4:12) on Saturday at Long Island, and are now Even in 28 four-on-four situations (60:44) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik); 4/13 at NYI (Girardi). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).
The Rangers swept the season series against the Flyers last season, posting a 6-0-0 record overall with a 3-0-0 mark at home and a 3-0-0 at Philadelphia. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is only the second time the Blueshirts swept the Flyers, having also done so in 1971-72 (6-0-0). The last time the Rangers swept the home series against the Flyers was during the 1991-92 season (4-0-0), and the last time they swept the road series in Philadelphia was in 2006-07 (4-0-0).

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 29 shots faced to post his first shutout of the season, 44th of his career, in a 1-0 overtime win on Saturday at Long Island. The shutout was Lundqvist’s 50th career total, including six playoff shutouts, tying him with Ed Giacomin as the Rangers’ all-time leader in total shutouts.

The Blueshirts have registered a point in 88 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 82-0-6 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 12-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.

The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
3rd (4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.24
1st (1st in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.3
2nd (3rd in NHL) in Hits — 1227
5th (8th in NHL) in BkS — 660

Henrik Lundqvist
— has allowed two or fewer goals in 12 of his last 13 games (8-3-2, 1.66 GAA, .941 Sv%, 1 SO over the span)
Derek Stepan
— 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in the last 23 games, including nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last seven contests
Rick Nash
 — 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in the last 10 games
Derick Brassard
— eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last eight games, including six points (one goal, five assists) in six games as a NYR
Ryane Clowe
— nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last 14 games; four points (two goals, two assists) in six games as a NYR
Ryan Callahan
— five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven games

Anton Stralman
— 2 points from 100th NHL career
Steve Eminger
— 2 points from 100th NHL career 

Michael Sauer
(concussion, 12/5/11) — 41
Marc Staal
(injured, 3/5) — 20
Derek Dorsett
(broken clavicle, 3/7) — 6
Total Man-Games Lost: 106

AP photo, above.

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  1. Who’s ready to board the no-talent train? No way these clown-conductors make the playoffs.

  2. Will be interesting to see how they play against a team that is coming off a win against the Habs…this is not an easy game, despite Philly’s lower ranking in the standings. Saddened by the inexplicable tragedy in Boston yesterday afternoon. LGR.

  3. Jakub Voracek will score, Wayne Simmonds will score. this I can assure you. We will need 3 goals to win this game. This shouldn’t be hard depending on which garbage can the Flyers start in net. I have the utmost confidence that the Flyers shot their proverbial wad last night against the HABS combined with coming off a back to back night, that the Rangers will win.

    Also Game Note In the last 33 games Piesy (Taylor Pyatt) One Goal – 0 Assists

  4. Admiral Akbar on

    I was at the Red Sox game yesterday with my wife. It was a beautiful day, people were off from work, celebrating in the street. Men dressed as
    Revolutionary War heros, women, children, jovial college kids hanging outside their windows cheering the Marathon runners. When the game ended, we had to cross the marathon route in order to get back north to Cambridge where our hotel was. Near Fenway was mile 25 of the marathon, so we were real close to finish line. The time was around 2:00 — I looked over towards the finish line, and saw thousands of people shoulder to shoulder, and figured it wasn’t the best place for my pregnant wife to be! So, I elected to walk back west, towards Brookline and try to find a way to cross the marathon, which we did. An hour later, around 3:00, we saw throngs of black-colored police vehicles and ambulances racing east on Mass Turnpike. Then we found out the parade was bombed at the finish line. A beautiful day in Boston tragically ruined.

  5. AA- sometimes life takes seemingly random turns, but at the end it makes you wonder whether it was really random. I hope your wife is ok.
    When will this end? Doesn’t look like anytime soon.

    Good morning, boneheads!

  6. Admiral Akbar on

    Unfortunately, ilb, it will never end.

    At least we have a hockey game tonight.

  7. Sioux-per-man on

    Henrik with have his second shutout tonight! Nash Lights the Flyers up like a Christmas tree. We will be 3-0 after toni

  8. leaving for phil around 4 today. will set the scene later. need to work today before i go.

  9. Cross Check Charlie on

    @I know this a newb question how do I get an avatar in this new format ?@

    You have to bring to the Wizard the broomstick of the wicked witch of the west.

  10. Ottawa Boston cancelled game will not be made up according to news reports is boon for Rangers and Islanders catching 6th. Essentially, a loss for Ottawa.

  11. You have to Like the Facebook page retweet a tweet and send a link to your myspace page

  12. Good morning all! Admiral, glad you and your family made it out safe.

    Mouth, go to gravatar.com and use the same e-amil you use for the blog

    LGR! Good night Debbies!!!!

  13. Mouth: http://en.gravatar.com/

    Go there. Enter the email you use to post here and then click the “Get Your Gravatar” button. Upload any picture you want. Wait 5-10 minutes. Refresh this page and your previous quotes will now have your avatar.

  14. If it’s not some idiot human being killing humans it’s the earth attempting to reject us. Now an earthquake killed 40+ people in Iran and 5+ people in Pakistan. Hopefully it hit in an underpopulated area and this won’t be like previous earthquakes that have shaken Iran.

  15. So which obscure Flyer will Pierre and the boys go crazy over. When we played the Capitals on NBC they went all ga-ga over defenseman Steve Oleksy.

  16. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Their are indications that a major earthquake will hit somewhere out here in the next 36 hours….can’t wait….

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

    AA, enjoy each day, my friend! Be positive.

    Pimp, like your positive expectations, as always!

    The Hankster will need to come up big from here till we clinch 6th!! Da boys can hitch a ride…..

  18. Nice avatar, eddie! Maybe I should call you Checkmate from now on?

    I hope your posting from a doorway, eddie. Where you will remain for 36+ hours.

  19. It’s getting really jammed up in the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Can’t imagine the NHL would actually just cancel the Senators/Bruins game since it has serious playoff implications on both sides of the puck.

  20. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Anyone see the picture of the guy in the wheelchair whose leg was blown off below the knee???? It was in the online Atlantic. Unbelievable! There are some sick bastages in the world.

  21. They have to stay focused after what had to be an emotional win on LI. Need these points just as badly.

    Also, just want to thank all yous guys for the kind words yesterday.
    It really is appreciated

  22. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Re: Bruins/Sens – not to mention it hurts Boston’s chances of catching Le Habs…. That is French for the habs.

  23. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I shared my condolences James much later in that thread…. Death is the cruelest of all ironies….

  24. Reg season finishes 27th, playoffs start 30th – cant see any gaps in either teams schedule other than to play it on 28th/29th?

  25. James, condolences for loss of your cousin. Lost my dad at 43, terrible when they seem to have so much life left to live.

  26. El Nino – for those of you that don’t Habla Espanol, El Nino is Spanish for, “The Nino”

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

    I’m thinking Pyatt and Boyle net 3 each, they split ‘the broadway hat’ in half and they both wear it. We win 7-4 tonight.

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

    And if they get it to stay on their heads, Torts will be saying, “they found a way. they just found a way to get it done….”

  29. dont want to drive home 2 hours after game tonight with a regulation loss. bad car ride home

  30. rangers are 6-3-1 last 10 games. I still don’t have any confidence that this team is nothing more than a team fighting for the 7 or 8th spot. The same feeling I had before last years season. If they make the playoffs don’t see them going very far. I still think there to soft and Nash disappears game to game. This team is to consistently inconsistent, game to game, period to period.

  31. Oh, I like this one… One dog goes one way, the other dog goes the other way, and this guy’s sayin’, “Whadda ya want from me?’ Guy’s got a nice head of white hair, it’s beautiful.

  32. Stranger Nation on

    It’s more than obvious their problem is leading scorer Nash disappearing during games playing with a 22 yr old developing center and a different wing every other game. He really should be able to go through the entire defense every rush and be sure to get back to back-check so there are no scoring chances.

    Nash is outscoring all 3 players he was traded for, but he really should be doing more…doesn’t hit enough, how many blocked shots does he have? Can he really grind, I don’t think so…

  33. Craziness yesterday. Apparently I was the last person in Boston to find out about everything. Took yesterday off of work to study for my financial exam and was going over to the marathon area, then decided against it since I had more I wanted to read/study. Good thing I didn’t.

    Back to hockey, hopefully we continue to own the Flyers. Should be an interesting game.

  34. Good morning all. I just took a look at the NHL.com website and the official announcement is that the Boston-Ottawa game was only postponed, will be made up, but no date announced yet. I can’t believe they don’t play this game.

  35. Agreed, Stranger. Why Nash can’t go coast to coast every single shift he’s out there for and net at least 1 goal per shift is beyond me. Rangers should be winning 23 – 1

  36. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Matty – earthquake is predicted on west coast…. A big daddy….electro magnetic signals are strong indicators. CA may soon be an island if we split off..

  37. boston/tampa game april 25th is the makeup from hurricane sandy

    they are looking at two dates april 24th wed which would make bruins play 3 straight days or the sunday after the season ends april 28th and both teams would start playoffs on wednesday may 1st not tues april 30th the first day

    starting last night the bruins were suppose to play every other day for rest of year

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    After tonight, Thursday, and Friday…8-1-1 in 7th and looking at 6th…

    The Habs are fragile right now. Price looking not so bueno. Bruins with some key injuries. Caps on fire. Maybe 7th is better than 6th.

    Que sera sera

  39. Rob in Beantown on

    Can they just not play the Ottawa game if it turns out not to have playoff implications for any teams?

  40. Rob, last day of the season is April 27 with Ottawa and Boston both playing that day. So maybe they schedule it for April 28 or 29, and then don’t play it if it doesn’t have any playoff implications. The NBA cancelled last night’s Celtics game for that reason.

  41. Sioux-per-man on

    Morning Manny! Those pictures were amazing.

    Quiet day for Hockey talk, after Boston.

  42. Rob in Beantown on

    Things are pretty somber. There’s noticeably more security around town. Places are open and people are back at work, trying to get back to normal. I haven’t gone anywhere near the affected area so I have no idea what it’s like there. That whole area is locked down for investigation– about a square mile right in the middle of the city.

  43. Rob in Beantown on

    I wasn’t at the marathon yesterday, but I was right in that exact spot 2 marathons ago. Lots of people at my work were there yesterday. I have no idea how they are at work holding together because I only saw it all on television and its weighing pretty heavy on me.

  44. Sioux-per-man on

    I can’t imagine Rob. I just can’t help but think of the family that lost its son, as he is waiting for his Father to finish the marathon.

    I’ve had my daughter (age 4) run out on the course and great me just before I finished my 2nd marathon. I just can’t help but think of the people standing there.

    I hope all your family is safe and sound.

  45. I am going to the game tonight. I usually hate going to the Wells Fargo Center but the seats are good and in not in section where you would normally encounter the classless Philly goons…just hope for a convincing victory tonight, and not a “flyers hitting the post fifteen times” lucky type victory.

  46. Sioux-per-man on

    So who picks the jersey numbers for the new guys?

    15 – 16 – 17 numbers of the new guys from Columbus.

    Kind of funny. If you’re a number guy :)

  47. Rob in Beantown on

    Thanks, Sioux. My fiance and I were lucky that we haven’t heard anybody who we directly know who was hurt.

  48. And Pyatt wears #14. And Staal 18. And Richards 19. That’s a bunch in a row. If Kreider comes back….then Stepan at 21, Boyle at 22 (Drury 4-Eva at 23) Callahan 24, etc…

  49. Sioux-per-man on

    It will take a few practices to get in game shape for Dorsett. I wonder if Torts puts him in against Philly, if ever there was a need for more Grit. It would be against the Flyers!!!

  50. eddie eddie eddie on

    Sioux – it should hang somewhere for sure….hopefully, without him in it….

  51. Sioux-per-man on

    I suppose I’ll have to hang Gaborik’s Jersey up in the poker room. Not sure I’ll wear it anymore, with two Hank Jersey’s next to it.

  52. _I wasn’t at the marathon yesterday, but I was right in that exact spot 2 marathons ago._

    Its weird that we were probably standing about 50 feet from each other. We just moved away 6 weeks ago and its a weird mixture of the selfish thankfulness knowing we would have been somewhere along the route with our 18 month old and wishing we were still there to do … something. No idea what. Glad to hear you’re ok.

  53. eddie eddie eddie on

    It is terribly sad that world is full of so much pain…..Every time something like this happens, the earth fractures a little bit more….

  54. Sieve Mason is horrible at goaltending. But I bet he has a GREAT game against us. As always with weak goalies.

  55. eddie3x – did you read about the impending earthquake in the sports pages? Might be a San Fran Revis sighting.

  56. Manny, “the earth is rejecting us”?

    Eddie3X, “death is the cruelest of ironies”?

    Manny, what would you expect when humans treat the planet like a dorm room? Mother Nature responding to human nature!

    Eddie, why is death ironical when in fact it’s the most normal thing in the world of humans?

    Man’s nature is to destroy what he creates?
    The expectation of civilized behavior is too often an illusion in view of history.

    As Robbie Burns said, “man’s inhumanity to man while countless thousands mourn”.

    The more things change etc…

  57. Ladies – Did I read right that McIlrath was at (or approaching) the marathon’s finish line yesterday as the bombs went off?

  58. Is Comnsnse real nanem Moe, since those are the three missing letters? Or is that some boring, obscure coincidence?

  59. McIlrath’s tweet ——–> doesn’t make it sound as if he was there … so much misinformation out there.

  60. Sioux-per-man on

    Looks like Ottawa has 5 out of 7 games against playoff teams, we could easily jump them for the 6th spot if we don’t let ANY points get away from us.

  61. Well, it was Captain James T. Kirk who taught us that everyone has a good side and a bad side

  62. fivefootzero on

    My brother in law ran the race yesterday. Thankfully he’s a Forest Gump, and ran a 3:03. He and his friends were finished a while before the explosions thankfully. But the waiting to hear from him was the longest hour.

    I just feel so sad today. I have an 8 year old daughter (and an 11 year old son). I cannot fathom the pain that the family is feeling. While I do feel for all of the injured and those who lost loved ones, it hits home when its a child for some reason. I squeezed my daughter extra long last night as I said good night and I didn’t want to let go…they’re so innocent. I breaks my heart.

  63. Running Bear AKA Fat man, a comedian you’re not but in my never ending quest to ascribe a human component to certain blog acolytes, I forgive your impertinence.

    Perhaps no word with “lyte” in it describes you accurately! ;)

  64. Commonsense – I’ll never be sure what you just said, but did you just call me fat?

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

    E3, thinking of you and all the west coast brutha’s. It’ll be ok and you will thrive.

  66. Running Bear and he who should be nameless, I believe you named yourself.

    The weight of your body does not interest me, only the weight of your ideas….so make more use of that obvious brain and never ever classify me with Moe, I have no proprietary interest in Pep Boys.

    If you must characterize me as a Hollywood type, call me Groucho! And wait for the duck to s**t on your head!

  67. Belushi, Sioux. He has a sweatshirt on that just says “COLLEGE.” No specific college, just ‘college.’ :)

  68. What if Jersey/Philly gets the first pick in the draft lottery? Or even one of the top 4…

  69. ‘I study nuclear science,
    I love my classes.
    Got a crazy teacher who wears dark glasses.
    Things are going great
    And they’re only gettin’ better.
    I’m doin’ all right, gettin’ good grades –
    The future’s so bright
    I gotta wear shades.’

  70. Sioux-per-man on

    Coos – best college to watch hockey as a student, has to be at the home of the Fighting Sioux!!!

  71. Sioux-per-man on

    2 Points! Tonight!!!

    Just leave this building with 2 more points!

    This team controlls its own destiny! Let hope it is in the 6th spot!!!

  72. I almost look forward to the comedy, but ya boys probably aren’t going to run the table here, and I guarantee it will be armageddon whenever it is that they lose.

  73. FIGHT to save UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname!!!!!!! DO NOT let the PC daffodils prevail!

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

    Dunno, could be me. There is Manny, Moe, and Jack.

    But there’s also Moe, Larry and Curly.

    Rather presumptious to think the author meant one over the other, isn’t it??

    FatGuy @2:25; Cmnsnse@2:34

  75. Sioux-per-man on

    That a boy Coos – never give up the Fight! It’s never the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

    Alot could be said of our Rangers this year. Can’t wait to watch Dorsett play for the Rangers :)

  76. 7 Years of College down the drain!

    LGR!! They’ll win tonight and then the big let down against the Kitties.

  77. Dolan orders unlicensed ledge closed down. Opens Naysayers Precipice, announces “slight” upcharge in admission, beer, wiener prices. Special suicide rates.

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

    Don’t know if you guys saw the Andew Gross tweet to the right, but not good news on Staal. Not at all.

  79. Ah, Matty the Monster and his friend the Very Strange one. You feel compelled to defend someone other than your miserable selves? Very courageous and dumb!

    Early entries in to the Troglodyte HOF, might I be your presenters?

    What are you blaming those genetic mutations on so I can respond properly to the audience?

  80. Sioux-per-man on

    Matty – he just needs more time. It’s getting better.

    If only he was wearing a shield. Grrrrrrr.

  81. True, Sioux. Nate Thompson took a *much* worse shot to the eye area and is completely fine. Why? Visor…

  82. @TSNBobMcKenzie 2m Rescheduled OTT-BOS game will be played Sunday April 28, 7 pm ET, the day after rest of regular season concludes.

  83. Sioux-per-man on

    So no Sam & Joe tonight?

    We will have to listen to the Flyer feed. Grrrrrrrrr.

    Well at least it’s not the Pittsburgh feed.

  84. Sioux-per-man on

    Rodney Adkins or Rangers/Flyers?

    The wife calls and asks me what I “want to do” tonight.

    Is this a trap????

  85. eddie eddie eddie on

    Common sense – death is the cruelest of ironies in the sense that you never expect it to actually happen unless you are in the latter stages of cancer……Certainly, that 8 year old that went to the marathon to cheer had no expectation that just moments before the explosion he/she was about to die……….or someone driving along and a car accident occurs…..that kind of fatality is the definition of irony…….or an otherwise healthy person in their 50’s or 60’s having a fatal heart attack…..same thing….

    James Fixx – the running guru dropped dead of a massive MI during a morning jog….the guy was 51 and rail thin…..that my friend is a cruel irony…

  86. Rob in Beantown on

    Game is on NBCSports so doesn’t that mean we get the Consummate Professional and Pierre?

  87. eddie eddie eddie on

    on our way back home…we are on our way home….we are on our way home …we are going home……

    wearing raincoats standing solo….

  88. eddie eddie eddie on

    you and I have memories……..in the sun….you and and me chasing paper, going no where…..we are on our way home….we’re going home….goodbye…

  89. Jim Fixx was irony of ironies. I ron,e, all the way home Just to say I’m sorry. What can I say? I ron all the way. Yay. Yay. Yay.

    Can you believe there once was a group called The Impalas?

  90. from Jaques Brel:

    Goodbye to you
    My trusted friend

    We’ve known each other since we were nine or ten
    Together we’ve climbed hills and trees

    Learned of love and A-B-C’s

    Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees.
    My friend
    It’s hard to die
    When all the birds are singing in the sky;
    Now that the spring is in the air

    Pretty girls are ev’rywhere
    Think of me and I’ll be there.

  91. Carp, YES! I’ll be there the 26-29th, I think. I’ll be nearby MSG for that Devil’s game. Will I FINALLY get to meet you???

  92. Guys on PTI are talking about how sporting events are “joyous occasions.” Guess they haven’t had to sit through 60 minutes of agony at MSG as the Broadway Clowns slide aimlessly across the ice.

  93. The Mouth! You are totally welcome to come hang out! I think a bunch of us will meet up at the Flying Puck for the last game of the season.

    Who else is coming? I think Fozzy & family will be there.


  94. Ty Cobb’s Mum gave him a ‘slide rule’ for Christmas. “Try not to spike the shortstop on the DP unless he’s asking for it”

  95. I’m up in Webster NY this week so I’ll have to try and catch the game tonight at a local bar… I hope we beat the snot out of Filthydelphia tonight!

  96. I’m here in Phil.
    Ranger fans in plenty. My only wish besides a win is my car doesn’t get hit. I did put my eagle hat in the window letting them know I am an eagle fan.

    Mason vs Hank.

  97. Irony of ironies: Ranger fan in Philly trashes Ranger fan’s auto, cites confusion over Eagles cap.

  98. Anyone here cast their Steven McDonald votes yet? Seems like it’s been this way for the last few seasons but I can’t find anyone more worthy than Cally..

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

    E3, I have to say. What we have been missing. What we had last year and it seems no more. It can reappear in a flash it can. What better time is there than a Filthy game with Mason in goal. I feel it coming. I do.

    What we need. What we need. What we need is solidarity.

  100. Eddie, my learned and funny fellow poster.

    We all wait for the winged chariot and no not where it goes.

    It’s only a matter of when, time waits for no one!

    So when you speak of innocents everywhere “Socratic Irony” is simply the pretense of ignorance……….of life’s randomness. Fairness is never in the equation.

    Nice chatting with you, perhaps our interpretations are generational.

  101. Summerall from Lake City Fl.,a true gentleman who will always be remembered for that field goal in the snow.

    If there’s a better place I hope he’s there.

  102. Attorneys for Sidney Crosby have filed suit against a strip club owner who named his place “Club Crosby 87.” The owner counter-sued stating “Club Crosby 87” is not the name of his club, but merely a suggestion.

  103. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Common sense – indeed….tho situational irony is an incongruity between the actual result and the expected result….going to the store to pick up a gallon of milk and dying in a head on collision on the way is the cruelest of all ironies…..:)

  104. The story of that poor eight-year-old boy is even worse than imaginable. My God. I can’t even bring myself to type it.

  105. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    Part of the reason I am a Rangers fan is the distraction it provides from real life.

  106. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    On that note:

    Let’s go Panthers!
    Let’s go Lightnings!
    Let’s go Canes!
    Let’s go…Capitals I guess.

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