Rangers-Sabres in review

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Two very important games against two inferior teams in two nights, and the Rangers get two critical victories. Hey, you don’t dissect these at this point.

Put the four points in the bag and move on. Four games left.

Thoughts:

1) I wonder if any of you are taking a little extra pleasure in the knowledge that the win in Buffalo not only knocked the Baby Buffaloes out of the playoffs but it also eliminated Mr. Snider’s Flyers. Turn out the orange lights on the Empire State Building.

2) I also wondered if the Rangers’ new No. 1 center told the Rangers new No. 3 center – who scored his first career hat trick – “Hey, I scored a hat trick in this building in my first NHL game.”

3) Seriously, good for Brad Richards, who scored his first hattie in his 896th game. I’ve been on him all year, and mostly deservedly, IMO. But I’ve also mentioned that the guy cares, that it really hurts him to not contribute (and to not win). And that this team isn’t going anywhere without him, Rick Nash and Marian Gaborik scoring. Well, Nash has been no problem overall, and Gaborik was turned into two players who have helped, but the Rangers still need Richards over these final four games and whatever follows.

4) Derek Stepan, who had the hat in his first NHL game, didn’t light up the scoresheet, but he was on it, and I thought he really had a great game again. Stepan beat Steve Ott cleanly on defensive-zone draw to start the 1-0 goal, which occurred because of Carl Hagelin’s speed. It was a little thing, the won draw, but who knows where this game, which was 0-0 at the time, goes if Stepan loses that draw?

5) Another little thing while it was 0-0 was when John Tortorella had to use his timeout after an icing because his guys were completely gassed. They were still puffing after the timeout. And Buffalo’s interim coach decided that was a good time to put his fourth line on the ice instead of Tomas Vanek or somebody who could take advantage of the exhausted Rangers.

6) Though I will say, that fourth line, about 11-12 minutes into the first, helped Buffalo take over physically for a brief period. Last year it would almost always be the Rangers who set that tone.

7) That all said, before the onslaught – a Rangers franchise record five in 2:58 including three in the final 1:18 of the first period — of silly goals, on bounces, deflections and just a horrific Ryan Miller coughup, I thought the Rangers were playing fine. I’m not, and I know you won’t, get too nuts over the pucks going into the net at that rate, but I thought overall the Rangers were twice as good as Buffalo on this night, and that’s how the score turned out.

8) Also, that’s two good games in a row for Ryane Clowe, who really scored the back-breaker in this game, after setting up the most important goal in the 6-1 win that was 2-1 and teetering the night before.

9) Buffalo’s going to have an interesting off-season. They Baby Buffaloes already made the mistake of firing coach Lindy Ruff, and then traded away some nucleus, and now GM Darcy Regier might walk the plank. And I wonder if assistant coach James Patrick will be available over the summer, and if he’d be interested in coming home to New York, or if the Rangers would be smart enough to bring him back. I think he’d be great for their young defense core, especially if Mike Sullivan goes elsewhere (total speculation).

10) Games like last night’s you can see what a competitor Henrik Lundqvist really is. He doesn’t give a rat’s behind about his stats. He hates giving up goals any time in any game, whatever is at stake and no matter how important the game is. And when it’s over, all he cares about is the win.

11) Ryan Callahan should play all his games in Western New York.

12) The Rangers still control their own destiny, and still have a shot to get higher than the eighth seed. Though it’s been unseemly at times, and though the two losses were hideous as were some of the wins, they are 7-2-1 in the last 10 down this stretch.

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My Three Rangers Stars:

1. Derek Stepan.
2. Brad Richards.
3. Carl Hagelin.
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RangerJHW’s Three Rangers Stars:
Most relaxing game of the year…
1. Brad Richards-hopefully just the start
2. Cally-just another great day at the office
3. Stepan-blown away by just how good you’ve become.
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Your poll vote for Three Rangers Stars:

1. Brad Richards (19.05%).
2. Henrik Lundqvist (12.7 %).
3. Tie, Ryan Callahan, Ryane Clowe and Carl Hagelin (11.11%).

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  1. Two big points. They are all big right now. I guess we root for isles today. Whatever the result let it be in regulation.

  2. I like Miller but I still cannot get over that weak sauce goal he allowed to Crosby in OT at the last Olympics.

  3. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    The Sabres didn’t seem to try until they were down 6-0…I like Papa Bear’s comment about pyrite and chalcopyrite – almost looked like a staged win. I think they need a training camp and the teambuilding exercises, then I’ll let you know what I think of the team, not this conglomeration of individual players. I hope they make it into the playoffs and go far, but I’m not counting on it. I’m more impressed with the Isles and the Caps at this point in time.

  4. “isles jets and leafs senators. must watch tv today. clear your schedules folks”

    Why? I am sure you will keep us posted on all the doom and gloom.

  5. Admiral Akbar on

    Impressed with the Isles??

    I’m not. Its taken years of hoarding top 5 draft picks to get to this point of finally being in 7th place in the Leastern Conference.

    Its only Bettman parity at work here, folks. Not any magic from Long Island. Anyone could draft a Tavares, et al. Good for them.

  6. Admiral Akbar on

    I’m much more impressed with how franchises like Detroit and New Jersey have been so consistently competitive nearly every season since 1995, despite not being awarded top 5 draft picks every season.

  7. 40 yrsof watching hockey some of the worst goals in one game, wow usually happens to us. Take the two and keep plugging. I thought Hags was quietly good last night as well

  8. Czechthemout!!! on

    Right, team building exercises. Ok.

    What we need is to score goals, plain and simple.

    What we need is to get Staal back and replace Eminger who has been decent in his role.

    What we need is to get Dorsett back and put him on a line with Boyle and Asham. Speaking of Boyle, looks like another in the long line of overrated plumbers on this blog. They really miss him when he is out this year. 5-0 and counting! That said, I would rather play him than Powe.

    Scratch Pyatt and put Kreider with Richards and Zucc. Kreider’s speed will create more space for Richards and Zucc to operate in and also give us another line that can score. Kreider played very well last night considering the fact that he had about as much chance to score playing on that line as I have of groing hair on my palm.

    In my opinion, John Moore is outplaying MDZ by a lot. He has a better shot, is a better skater and takes better defensive position. He is even more dangerous rushing with the puck than MDZ. Oh, and he is not afraid to take a hit to make a play.

    Overall, it was good to see an easy win last night. Many Ranger fansat the game too!

    The Muse concert last night was awsome!!! One of the Highlights of the show for me me was when Matt Belamy played the National anthem in transition from the song” hysteria” . The crowd at the Izod center went nuts given the current events happening in Boston!

  9. The flaws with the post-full-season-lockout changes are really highlighted this year. The Bettman bonus point has outlived it’s usefulness (as if it ever were useful).

    But since ties are apparently as E-ville as allowing pitchers to bat in MLB, how about this:

    3 points for a win, 2 for an OT/Skills competition win and 1 point for an OT/Skills competition loss.

    It probably has been suggested before. Won’t be the first time I’m behind the curve.

    While we’re at it, no more extra innings in baseball: Score tied after nine – Home Run derby!

  10. Aye, Aye, Admiral…but I’m not talking about the relative merits of the franchises. In that respect, I think Lou Lamoriello has achieved amazing results compared to Sather or the Islaes rotating GM position. B ut as of this moment in time, I think the Isles are playing consistently better as a team than the Rangers.

    Pooh Pooh the teambuilding exercises if you wish, but the Rangers and Tortorella surprised everyone and made the playoffs for the first time in years when they instituted this in pre-season training camp (if I am not mistaken, the first ones took place at West Point.)

    For the sake of clarity and honesty in reporting, I must admit I do have a number of clients engaqed in business that involves team building across the U.S., but the fact remains that it achieves positive results, when done thoughtfullky and with with careful planning.

  11. Reomeo, ROFL, love that comment about home run derbies deciding ties after the 9th inning!

  12. Admiral, how they arrived at this point is inconsequential for me. Truth be told, I am both envious of and impressed with the Fishsticks. Why? Read on.

    Their players have come together as a team and are performing with determination and consistent effort, executing at a high level on the ice both on the road and at home. They have several lines capable of scoring, skate well, check hard, have team toughness and an NHL caliber goaltender who has won more than 40 playoff games during his career. I don’t like their coach and think that he may ultimately hurt them in the PO’s, but, the way they are playing, the confidence they have developed, I think they will be a tough out in the playoffs, no matter who they play.

    I hope / pray Wang does not hire Lindy Ruff to replace nest head Capuano next year. They also have several highly touted prospects coming out of juniors and college Unfortunately, The Islanders are not going away anytime soon.

  13. Carp, Great write up.

    Loved #1: Is Laviolette on the hot seat?

    All very good points, EXspecially #3 & 12.

  14. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Nice to have an easy win for Hank. I wonder, though, for the few moments Buffalo actually tried, like right before Cally’s goal, if anyone was thinking the “oh no, here we go again”!!

    Hank with an assist? And unlike Fatty, had no idea? Good for him!

    Was worried about Buffalo playing to their best and Miller being at his best. Because that team, ya know, can beat you on a good night. Was wrong. They both sucked. TYVM and we’ll move on!!

  15. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I haven’t been to a home game in a while. I look forward to tomorrow. National tv, I guess? Most important Rangers-Debbies game, for us anyway, in years! That Garden better be….just better be totally rocking!!!

    We can knock them out and move us up. Or they can cling to their minimal hopes and knock us down.

    I chose the former and I hope and pray the bounces continue to go our way!!

    No KOVIE!!! LGR!!!

  16. Matty, I could be wrong, but I believe a win (in regulation) by the Rangers tomorrow will eliminate the Little Debbie’s and start golf season for the French doughnut lover.

  17. Missed the game last night- out to dinner . Got home and watched rangers in sixty…I thought something was wrong with my tv the goals were so fast ! NO motherflipping piece of Cooke three point games today PLEASE!!! Thanks for the review carp and LGR tomorrow!!!!

  18. Stranger Nation on

    Check out Isles record with Viznovsky in line-up – he stabilized D
    IMO they are not set up for a bang-bang rough and tumble 7 game PO series so be interesting to see how they fare v Boston

    Speaking of Bs – Loose-cheeks may be benched – wow

  19. Good morning, boneheads!
    Heading back to NY tomorrow.
    Two games in a row all the bounces go our way. Nice to see. Couldn’t be any better timing, eh?

    Was very surprised how flat Bufallo was last night considering it was their do-or-die game. They showed up after they felt embarrassed. 6 goals too late.

    Maybe Torts’ insistence on playing Richards finally pays off? We can only hope.

    Still think we’ll be missing a goal scorer next year, but I’m liking the trade so far. And that’s without seeing Dorsett play yet. Can’t wait to see what Brassard turns into after going through the camp and full season under Torts. No reason to think he can’t turn into 2nd line center. Also I don’t think Moore will stay at #6 too long.

    Don’t look now, but I don’t really care about Clowe’s speed at the moment. He is exactly what this team has been lacking for some time, and it has nothing to do with Prust’s departure. If they can only sign him to a reasonable length. The amount per year is less important.

    Hmmm, Carp gave John Moore #1 star. I wonder why. :-)

  20. Leetchhalloffame on

    Once that game was 5 or 6 zip did Hank really have to play anymore? A 1/2 game rest would have been nice since he’s been in a non-stop pressure situation. Torts should have used some common sense there.

  21. Good morning, Carp! Just read the review to Fozzy. What was that about not getting nuts about the pucks going into the net? Fozzy’s hands are bruised from clapping too hard.

  22. The more I watch, the more I think the Rangers need to move MDZ this year. He hasn’t turned into the offensive D man we’ve hoped for, and has been a defensive liability to boot. If we can move him for a young offensive prospect to a team that has a plethora of young offensive forwards but no D cough:Oilers:cough the Rangers should make that deal. Moore has been a nice addition. He skates well and has a good shot that actually gets through. With Staal, Girardi, McD, we can move around the other parts with the crux of the D corps on lock. Stralman has played very well and offers a fine replacement for Sauer, who I’m assuming will never come back. McIllrath developing into a servicable stay at home defender will be a bonus.

  23. Czechthemout..

    I agree with every move you mentioned scary.

    Richards hattie was the weakest hat trick I have ever sen. he should have scored zero goals, Miller had a real bad night and same for enroth.

    even before mdz big turnover I was thinking he is terrible tonight. he was terrible last night. only problem with Moore is he can be a turnover in hiw own zone, he has gotten bulldozed multiple times with the puck near the boards in his own zone…

    dorsett for asham. boyle for powe, pyatt, dorsett and boyle 4th line love it.

    kreider has looked fine the last 2 games, not sure whay is up torts a– pertaining to Kreider…

  24. Carp. Richards I the 3rd line center and seniority and contract do not matter that is where he should be and Torts has finally bitten the bullet on that.

    again Boyle is a good 4th liner who can kill penalties. Richards is a decent 3rd line center…

    as czechthemout said 5 and 0 with BOyle out of lineup is that coincidence? I will say it is not all because of Boyle but if he is used correctly on the 4th line, taking faceoffs, and killing penalties they are a better team then using Powe..So that is torts fault…

  25. I shouldn’t even mention it, but it’s clear that any team worth more than two bits would’ve score more than 10 goals last night. This team is garbage-league at best, Belize-league at worst.

  26. Cross Check Charlie on

    Didn’t see the game, but checked in to the score from time to time. I wondered why when the Rangers were up like 7-1 why they didn’t put Biron in net just to get him some action and to rest Lundqvist a little.

    Can’t argue with two regulation wins in a row. Now 8th is theirs unless they give it up.

    I can’t believe Richards hadn’t had a hat trick before last night. Good for him to finally get one.

    Be looking forward to all the posts about Clowe being too slow today. :)

  27. devils lose in regulation officially eliminated this afternoon.

    lets go isles. DEFINITELY NO OT THOUGH.

  28. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Clowe may be slow, but he knows where to go, the pucks he can throw, will provide a show, eating cookie dough, tic tac toe, Ho Ho Ho, way down low ….

    Boyeeeeeeeeeeee

    PS. Clowe has 3 goals and 4assists in 9 ranger games…. I’ll take that kind of slow any day of the week – moreover replay his assist to the hobbit against FLA, me was pretty byfuglien fast with the puck going around the net on that play…

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Eric – if the Fishsticks lose and the rangers win out we get the 7th seed and a fragile Boston or Habs team…..

  30. eddie

    i understand but for today only i want distance btwn 8th and us. i want 7th your right but for terms of today only it makes sense you root for isles. agree after today we go for 7th

  31. kovalchuk back today for devs. one last shot must win for them. i was hoping he would miss tom game guess not

  32. clowe 6 year deal is insane. the guy is 30. people ever learn. at $6 mill again insane…

    only someone as stupid as Sather would give CLowe that contract.

    I give him 3 years at max $4 mill a year and to me that is an overpay….he is a nice, old, slow, power forward…the guy is a 30 goal scorer more or less…guys like that get $3 mill a year..

  33. Admiral, “Anyone could draft Tavares” at 8:13.

    Then one assumes anyone drafting top picks should be winning or at least competing annually?

    Oilers and how about Stamkos with Tampa?

    Hockey is a team sport requiring a blend of top talent and judicious lower round picks,trades and FA’s by a GM and scouting staff that are competent.

    Say, the Wings, Hawks, Bruins,Pens to name a few.

  34. a winnipeg win in regulation and caps loss in regulation in montreal has jets as 3 and caps to 9th after today.

  35. unfortunately have to take the wife out to dinner sometimes. mother in law watching my son. no toronto ottawa and wash/montreal for me tonight.

    hockey in the afternoon though. would love to see florida end it for devs today

  36. clowe 3 years 12 mil take it or leave it. he will leave it as the open market he commands more

  37. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Eric – order a pizza and have date night watching hockey tonight. You are the king in your castle.

  38. Simply saying, for what Clowe brings he doesn’t have to be fast.

    Eduardo, you may want to start using (s) more often. Lol.

  39. Admiral Akbar on

    Cmnsense

    Yes, anybody could draft a Tavares.

    I like to see the Islanders doing well, but lets not assume anything theyve done is “magical” or “way above expectations”

    The Islanders have had years as a bottom-feeding team to draft high and often. They have also been a team where top players refuse to sign as free agents, and many whom are traded there come reluctantly if at all (nabokov, vishnovsky). Thus, the only team they can put on the ice is HOME GROWN drafted players that came through the system together.

    I am NOT saying they arent good. In fact, theyre excellent and may be better than the Rangers at this point. But the fact they are good is not surprising to me at all. And is not magical, despite what their fair-weather fans may perceive. It is surprising it has taken this many years to come this far.

    Oilers? Columbus? They are just more inept as franchises than the Islanders.

  40. Admiral Akbar on

    Also, regarding Tavares:

    As has been said here many times on this blog, Tavares is a player (like Crosby, Messier, Gretzky, Lemieux) that makes everyone around him better.

    Tavares is having his best year so far, as are the Isles team as a result.

    Makes common sense to me.

  41. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    DC – indeed…. Those first 12 years will be dynamite…

    Ilb – I’m serious…. Clowe : 20 years $150M :)

  42. …obviously, some of the fans are not going to take in their team anything less than 9 TGOs, 6 BobbyOrrs and 2 Giacomin/Ken Drydens. Not to mention Scotty Bowman as a coach. Good luck and bag of Tic-Taks (against bitter taste).

  43. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    With Clowe riding protection on Nash’s wing, Nash has more space to churn and burn…

    Love the lines:

    Hags step cally
    Clowe Brassard Nash
    Zucchini Richards Doesett
    Asham powe Boyle/kreider/pie hat

  44. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Welcome your 2028 NY Rangers…. Introducing your Captain # 29 Ryane Clowe…..

  45. I can speak only for myself, but tomorrow game of elimination (for Debbies, – I don’t believe a sec. they will lose today), is more emotionally important than glee of two last, high scoring wins.

  46. Clowe did get in Kaleta’s face last night. Of course Kaleta realized it wasn’t Hagelin, so he politely declined.

  47. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    There will be at least 2 upsets in the EC first round as the Fish and Rangers win their series. Get a hold of your bookie and bank it.

  48. Hey,3E,
    I notice, that chess situation on your avatar is Pat – means stalemate – no legal moves. Game is in a draw in regulation. How about Buttman SO, using heavy rooks (towers)against each other?

  49. Joe in DE @ 10:10.. I agree. MDZ has value in the trade market. His play is much too inconsistent for me. His lateral skating is below average, which is why he gets beat off the rush to the outside so often. Many here are fooled by his “aggressive physical play”. I don’t buy in. Not a top 4 defenseman on a Stanley Cup challenging team, unless of course you top three are Leetch, Borque and Robinson.

  50. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    When kovalchoke went down I said to my sister “watch he’ll be back in time to play the Rangers at the end of April”. That was his “mini” vacation .Wish I could pick 6 # in the lottery. BTW is there any sport that awards a point for losing? Nice write up Carp!

  51. ThisYearsModel on

    I like when MDZ plays phisically, and I think he is a good player that we should hang on to.

  52. Stranger Nation on

    Re MDZ – would be nice to find him a more defensively consistent partner – Stralman has played well, but is not a great fit with MDZ

    He played great last season and just need to make better decisions – that probably comes with age/experience. IMO – not a ‘game changer’ offensive D-man. Too young to give up on without depth back there if we continue to play conservative D first approach

  53. Moore, while looking very promising, will have to prove he can play top 4. McD, while showing some ability, will have to add much more to his offensive upside before they even think about moving MDZ. And even then it’ll have to be worth it. Doubt they’re thinking about it at all.

  54. Morning all,

    Are we talking about the same Michael Del Zotto who took Alex Ovechkin out of the play in the Ranger zone and rushed up ice to score the game winning/series winning goal against the Caps last year in game 7?

    Come on, people. MDZ is a true talent and an integral part of the team.

    Think of a D corp next season with McMonster, Block Ness Monster, Staal, MDZ, Moore and Stralman and perhaps McIlrath.

    Tough to beat that.

  55. eddie eddie eddie on

    4 ever – there are a couple of good tournaments right now,,,a Grand Prix even in Zug Switzerland…Morozevich (one of my favorites) Nakamura, Topalov, Leko, Caruana, among others…and in St. pete…The Alexander Alekhine Memorial…..just watched a good french between Leko and Nakamura

  56. eddie eddie eddie on

    4-ever – did i ever tell you that I met the great David Bronstein at a tournament in Los Angeles early 90’s?

  57. eddie eddie eddie on

    I did ask him about Fischer…..and Botvinnik and 1951 World Championship…we talked a good 30 minutes….he was a great man…

  58. Carp 12:15 … Yeah, probably right. Wouldn’t win a cup with MDZ as #4 with Leetch, Borque and Robinson. Not today anyway :)

  59. Point is, everyone who has been crying over the *”missing magical 40″* that Gaborik was guaranteed to bring next year, MDZ has trade value, get something good in return.

    Gaborik and that *magical 40* – gonna take us to the promised land. Right.

  60. And I love the “blame it on Stralman” or “blame it on Eminger” excuse for MDZ whenever he has an off night.

  61. eddie eddie eddie on

    Brassard and Clowe have 3 goals since the trade…gabby 3 goals…..great trades…

  62. Werd up Ex3. Clowe don’t blow. He’s like a nice breeze on a warm summer day. 8 years….. $88M.

  63. eddie eddie eddie on

    papa – I’d take clowe…30 years $250M…he is in great shape and could easily play into his 60’s

  64. Clowes a go, he ain’t no mo, plays with Flo, heav-ho, my bestest bro, on the d-low, gotta go. Counting crows.

    Booooooooooyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeee!

  65. eddie eddie eddie on

    clowe be good, chopping wood, in the hood, if i could, i surely would, rather be a hammer than a nail, lunch pail, eating snails, hartford whale, christian bale

    boyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  66. Let’s Go Rangers! (Let’s Go Jekyl! Let’s Go Hyde!)

    This team should be a tough out for any other team in the playoffs. This team is built better for the playoffs than other NYR teams that have sneaked in the playoffs as the 8th seed recently.

    Sign Clowe! 5 years $25m. Seriously, that isn’t a bad deal for NYR. I am so glad he was brought here. But, it’s silly for him to be just a rental. You can’t waste picks. He isn’t done, but he isn’t 25 anymore. As long as he is in shape, I love the guy on this team. He doesn’t have to be faster than Hagelin.

    The Gaborik deal is clearly working. The team has been starting to find their mojo and identity at a crucial time…

    Mats Zuccarello has been the catalyst to getting Richards going the last few games. I think the Rangers have to lock up Zucc in the summer. It’s clear that he is ready to play a big role in this league. I would hate to see this guy on any other NHL team than the Rangers…

    How good does Richards have to be over the rest of this season and next season to put the buy out talk to bed? Is that even possible?

    My only beef with this group is that they still need to establish a firm identity. And, I have no problem if that identity is that we put 5 or more goals every night…

  67. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    “Anyone could draft Tavares”

    Sather can’t. 13 years and counting…

    FIRE SATHER.

  68. If Booby Ryan hits the trade market this summer (and I think that he will) and we can get him for a package headlined by MDZ, let’s see how many MDZ lovers are left defending his portfolio of work and the fact that he is an integral part of our future.

    Too much love for homegrown products. I’ll take the Jersey Boy.

  69. eddie eddie eddie on

    my brutha – i have done a 180 on the little zucchini – i like his moxie, soft hands, and excellent passing skills

  70. eddie eddie eddie on

    slatsko – you have to admit that the trades this spring were brilliant moves….

    EXTEND SATHER

  71. Admiral Akbar on

    Im rooting for Winnipeg tonite – i am not giving up catching the islanders and/ottawa for a higher playoff berth.

    I am not concerned aboot the winnipeg jets.

    But most inportantly, please no 3 point bettman game

  72. NYR Fan…like they way the little guy has played too, but also recommend to Slats and team, proceed with caution and let’s first see how the little guy handles playoff hockey before we lock him up. Gonna be a little different than playing the Panthers and Sabres.

  73. PB- MDZ may have to be a throw in in that package that they will ask for Ryan. They’ll start with Stepan/McD.

  74. eddie eddie eddie on

    Islander have an easier schedule…tonight is the only game i see them losing….

  75. eddie eddie eddie on

    we need another ryan on the team

    Ryan for Step/Kreider/miller/MDZ/MZA/Brassard/Hags

  76. I’ll never get why MDZ gets killed by Rangers fans. HE is one of our best young players…

    Is it because he isn’t as good as Brian Leetch? Is it because he likes Twitter?

  77. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    I admit nothing. The jury is still out. When the Rangers win a game, they are “brilliant” moves. When they lose a game Torts, Richards, Clowe, Sather (Go down the list) Stink.

    Maybe the trades are good. Maybe. But the drafting stinks, the UFA signings stink. The coaching picks stink. The results stink.

    So far the final verdict is 13 years of no Cup and counting. Sather generally stinks.

  78. 2-0 florida over devs. would be classic see panthers eliminate them with regulation loss today

  79. ILB, Probably right, but if we could package some prospects / picks with him? also we could sell Anaheim on the $2M difference in salaries as instant cap relief

  80. What has two thumbs and said on the day Gaborik was traded that this team wouldn’t go any worse than 8-5? Thiiiis guy..
    I dont care about the amount of goals over the last two games what i’ll give them credit for is having their heads screwed on right and playing with the raw determination we’ve been waiting to see them play with since late January. I sure hope it keeps up and goes into the post season, where if you get Nash and Richards going and get the solid post season play you’d hope for out of Clowe and Hank you can’t just say it’s a waste of a spot.

  81. Anyone who overpays Dupuis due to his inflated #s playing with Skid obviously hasn’t learned much or paid attention to the careers of guys like Kovalev Nedved or um….Steve McKenna…

  82. eddie eddie eddie on

    slatsko – it will all be worth it if the rangers can win at least one cup in the next 80 years…

  83. And Manny, Pyatt scored last night..you probably could have had a hatty along side B-Rich if you played.

  84. eddie eddie eddie on

    I’ve been told there’s a gorgeous girl. take a trip around the world…..

  85. NYR. Re: 1:21

    it is not my intention to “kill” MDZ. In fact, I think he should feel flattered that i put forth that he could headline a deal for Bobby Ryan. He has value, but perhaps his value is greater in what he can bring in return from a trade than what he delivers on the ice. I’ve watched him for 4 years and his skating, especially that which is critical for a defenseman ( backwards, lateral, pivoting, stops, starts, ) continues to need improvement.

    In rebuttal to the “killing”, IMO, there are many here who overstate his talent and skill level. He has games when he is good and games when he is bad, parts of games he goes both ways. Inconsistency rules. I’m too old for inconsistency.

  86. Papa, I didn’t single you out, did I?

    But, I do think there is a large percentage of the fan base that wants to get rid of him under almost any circumstance…Largely because they are impatient and can’t see past growing pains from 2 seasons ago and now, IMO.

    He is a solid player…He has all the tools to be a #1D man. His decisions with the puck need to improve and they will over time. Really don’t want to get in a Del Z debate. I agree with what authorben said at 12:26.

  87. Moore deserves a maintenance day after the fight and the abuse last night. I think he took two or three big hits.

  88. Eddie……

    “I was constant MDZ should be banish’d/And constant do remain to keep him so”

  89. The weakest D-Man on this team, recently, has been Stralman (if you ask me). I think the guy has really slowed down, defensively.

  90. eddie eddie eddie on

    it wont be long, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, it wont be long yeah….

  91. Thanks, Papa. I will probably have my secretary request a copy of that record. What’s your per page charge for expedited transcript services and where can I forward a personal check?

  92. We need some more MCD, who, coincidently learned his trade in Division 1 College hockey at Wisconsin.

  93. eddie eddie eddie on

    papa – i think MDZ is capable of a good and lousy game during the same game…he is much better when he is physically engaged…he makes great passes and stupid passes – but is good at receiving passes…he gets caught up ice on bad pinches……his shot is terribly inaccurate…all in all ok 2nd pair guy…..not a first pair guy…he needs someone like a Boo Ka boom – where he can roam and be involved on the attack….

  94. I think John Moore has McDonagh type potential, Papa. He certainly has the skating ability. Hopefully he has the brains as well. Maybe even more offensive potential and a bit more physicality, as we have seen.

  95. Manny, the record is virtual, retrievable in the ether. Charge for services, pro bono, of course.

  96. eddie eddie eddie on

    Tom Poti was the greatest ranger D man in their history…First ballot HoFer

  97. Richie’s been praying. God said, “Okay, here, I’ll do it for you, but that’s it. Do it yourself from now on in.”

  98. Anyone have an old pair of 10 and a half Air Jordans they’re not using? Ring me up, Sean A.

  99. Anyone out there have free use of large Hamptons waterfront for the summer? Tweet me, The Real Avery

  100. Anyone out there in tweetland have an original Declaration Of Independence they don’t want any more? Let me know – SA.

  101. If anyone out there has a fully restored 1920 Indian motorcycle laying around that they don’t want anymore, I could us it. Ring me up. Sean

  102. If anyone has Judy Garland’s original dress worn in The Wizard of Oz, circa, 1939, I’d be willing to trade a game-used undershirt, signed. Think it over – Sean #16

  103. I did notice Kreids throw a couple of body checks out of the corner of my eye while Mich was yakking about Lindy Ruff.

  104. That’s a swell guitar, Akbar. Wish that i had one to share. Closest I got is a 1970 Gibson SG with Vibrola bridge.

  105. Leetchhalloffame on

    Mind boggling to think how much money Slats paid for a guy who didn’t have a hat trick in his entire career until last night.

  106. Anyone got an original 1958 Fender Stratocaster signed by Buddy Holly laying around collecting dust? Willing to trade autographed game-used puck. Tweet me. Aves 16

  107. Doesn’t bother me, Leetch. Richards was never signed for his goal scoring. He’s a first line Center that is supposed to get other guys going. Also experience, leadership and big game responsibility. (Not saying he delivered all that this season. Just WHY he was originally signed.) Also, he was THE pre-eminent free agent available in that off season.

  108. Remember when NYR blew a 3-0 lead in Game 4 against Washington in the playoffs and had an opportunity to go in alone in OT but the linesman picked off Dubinsky?

  109. Anybody got a 1940 Stromberg, Master 400 Archtop Acoustic? Ring me up. Will trade actual stick used during the inception of the “Avery Rule”. ♥ Sean.

  110. Will trade pair of gently used Lorenzo Bruno Magli shoes, similar to ones worn by OJ, 10 1/2 W, for airfare and clean title to summer house in Cote d’Azur, Provence. tweet NYR #16

  111. eddie eddie eddie on

    carp – jets win in regulation….rangers win out….rangers and Islanders win their first round……

    rangers vs Islanders EC finals

  112. eddie eddie eddie on

    rangers in the cup final…Nix in NBA final…..all we need is a white ford bronco chase for the trilogy….

  113. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    ILB @ 11:46 = EXACTLY

    Finally, someone that understands hockey and it isn’t all about speed!!

    Clowe 4 yrs around 4 mil

  114. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’d take eminger on d any day over Stralman and twice on sunday!

    Anyone see him knock parrots on his aasen in front of the net the other day?

    He is our most physical damn right now and other than Moore, the other 4 aren’t really close.

    What’s our record without Staal?

  115. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Wow Wick. Was that Emminger quip sarcasm or are you serious? I used top think Emminger was one of our most reliable d-men, but this year he’s been more reliably out of position or reliably confused about which color jersey hits teams wearing when he’s made passes. He’s been a lot better in previous years. I like him a lot but I think he’d rather have a mulligan on the season.
    Stralman’s been extremely reliable for a while and although he makes a few gaffes here and there, this year I’d take Stralman over Emminger any day of the week, especially offensively.

  116. bull dog line on

    ilb,
    do you know any other names besides Stepan and McD. every time somebody brings up a trade you say, there gonna have to start at McD, and Stepan. those 2 guys are not prospects anymore, they are established NHLer’s. pretty good ones at that.

  117. To compare Eminger with McD is to compare a clogged toilet to a clear flowing mountain stream.

  118. eddie eddie eddie on

    I mentioned this already, but watch a replay of Clowe grabbing the puck, going around the panthers’ net, and throwing that beautiful soft pass on Zucchini’s stick for the 3rd goal thursday night…..Aint nothing slow about that play….

    Extend Clowe..4 years, $18M

  119. Anyone got an old ’42 Rolex Chronograph that needs a new home? Willing to give up autographed photo of me and my mom taken in Buffalo visitor’s locker room.

  120. eddie eddie eddie on

    Clitsome with the only assist on well’swood second goal….let me repeat….wellwood scored from Clitsome

  121. Guess I never realized that he stopped calling Fishsticks matches at a certain point, Papa. They haven’t been playing this late in the season for quite a while. Lol.

  122. eddie eddie eddie on

    Islander have easy schedule after today….going to be tough to grab the 7th seed…

  123. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    These Icelanders playing like a playoff team. They may well win The Cup before we do, hate to say it.

  124. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Question: Is the Rangers-Derbils game a must win game tomorrow????

    Answer: It is….for the Derbils.

  125. eddie eddie eddie on

    matty – i would even fly out and buy one of your tix and go to the game with you…

  126. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    It’s ok. It’s ok. We just got to take care of our own business. No problem. No worries.

  127. eddie eddie eddie on

    Torts – “i cannot ******* believe that they ******* tied the ******* score”

  128. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Some comments today by the Boston tv announcer about the gentleman, Matt Cooke, that plays for Pitt:

    “… when the Pittsburgh writers nominated Matt Cooke for the Masterton award for dedication and perseverance to hockey, the justification being that Cooke had changed his ways after basically assassinating Marc Savard,” Edwards said during the broadcast. “Nominating Cooke for the Masterton is about the equivalent of nominating Sirhan Sirhan as the prisoner of the year. An outrageous lack of judgment on the part of the Pittsburgh press.”

  129. Olga Folkyerself on

    I can’t bring myself to root for Fishsticks…

    Error! Error! Does not compute…

  130. Olga Folkyerself on

    hail mary, full of grace…..
    Go punch Sather, in the face
    If we’re lucky, we’ll see eighth place
    Sather is a big disgrace.

  131. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Eddie, Sather gets a 15 year, $300M extension after this glorious season, if you ask me. Nobody better.

  132. eddie eddie eddie on

    matty – i love the trades….for that alone….I’d give Sather a lifetime membership

  133. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    is he in NY? Or is he up north trout fishing? no one will know. If the Knicks keep winning, no one in the Dolan family will care.

  134. Rooting for Jets. Rather win 7th or higher than back into 8th. And can’t root for isles anyway.

  135. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    If he IS in NYC, I’d like to ask him a few questions:

    1. How is Boyle? When will he return?
    2. How is Dorsett? Will he play this year?
    3. How is Staal? Will he play this year?
    4. Do you remember a guy named Sauer?

    Might be nice to know. Prust saying.

  136. Olga Folkyerself on

    If I have to root for the Isles just for the Rangers to make 8th place, then I might as well just forget the whole thing.

  137. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Latona…AND, of course, they made him apologize immediately. Of course. Don’t say nasty things about that team.

  138. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    E3, I believe he had a mannequin made for his box at the garden, so it looks like he’s there, but he’s ‘gone fishing’.

    If he really watches these gams, with 35 years of experience, he couldn’t do the silly things he does. Can’t be.

  139. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Now there’s a superstar that CAN take the heat in the SO. So many can’t.

    He is the best player in the New York area. Credit where credit is due. He’s for real.

  140. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    True. Game wouldn’t be the same without good ole’ Mario. I’m sure Jaromir feels that way. :)

  141. eddie eddie eddie on

    matty – no way slats is fishing…staring into the water would kill his bladder…

  142. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Jiggs and Butch all smiles. Homers? Nah.

    I think Jiggs’ left hand is…uh…roving… a little bit. Notice how its’ below the camera angle? Butchie is all smiles.

  143. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Tomorrow is certainly the biggest game of this year at MSG. It is one of the bigger games there, regular season, in a while.

    I am pumped. LGR!!!

  144. Edward the Third, did Stuart say anyone who would give Clowe 6yrs. is stupid or just insane?

    Was that just a stimulant for your poetic genie to activate? :)

  145. once the game went to ot the best possible outcome took place for us.

    we win 3 of 4 games now we are in playoffs

    winnipeg can only get to 55.

    we have 50

  146. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    butch moved his right arm to show he’s clean. Jiggs is smiling and hasn’t moved it at all. Just saying.

  147. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Eric, I agree. That’s a big point. Nice to have the game at hand, too. We do have 2 games left vs. the Derbils. Tough to sweep them.

  148. eddie eddie eddie on

    rangers are in control of their destiny…they win the next 20 games and the cup is theirs…..

  149. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Evrock
    No sarcasm, eminger is the most physical d man. Look how he plays in the blue paint, mean! He puts people down there all the time.

    I’m not saying he is our best d man at all, just the most physical.

    Just because you don’t like a player doesn’t mean that player can’t or doesn’t contribute.

    A couple seasons ago he played with Staal and got first pair minutes for a few games and did very well.

    If you look at eminger and expect leetch or mcdonut speed, you will be disappointed, but he is our most physical d man in the crease area and like I said before, it’s not even close.

  150. also let me say i dont want 8th place but i have to make sure we get in 1st before we worry about 6th/7th.

  151. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    And, iwicky, if THAT is your most physical d-man, you are an 8th place or lower team. Hate to say it, but just another reason our GM has NO concept. Been a need for years.

  152. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Did anyone else catch the statement earlier in the thread about manny having a secretary?

    Just saying…royalty on the hill looking down on us peasants!!

  153. eddie eddie eddie on

    Senators have a tough schedule remaining…rangers could easily slip into 7th…Fish settling in on 6th….

  154. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Olga, speak of a team with a balanced, tough defense. Slightly better than ours.

    BTW, that’s either Boyle’s or Tort’s fault.

  155. eddie eddie eddie on

    wicky – the slow clowe nonsense needs to stop with some of these guys too

  156. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I don’t care how crapola his goals were. Richie Rich should feel a bit better about himself. And, man, that was about the worst hat trick ever.

  157. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Eddie, we will ONLY hear that from you. No one else has the guts to predict that.

  158. Good evening all! LMAO at thought 2 Carp!

    I would adore Patrick to return here!!! But why are you speculating about Sullivan?

    I’m not going to let the Debbies ruin my Sunday…LGR! Good night Snider!!!!

  159. eddie eddie eddie on

    olga – i ran 10,000 simulations…..rangers win in 7…….Clowe with the cup winner

  160. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Eddie x3
    Agreed

    Matty
    There are a few tough D and different options that might be out there in the off season (in addition to mcilrath, who I expect to be here next season)

    It kills me when people want to add fowler or Dan Boyle, just tells me they don’t really pay attention to the team.

  161. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Course those are probably the same people that think because clowe doesn’t skate like Hagar he sucks lol

  162. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    I want nothing to do with the #7 seed.   I’d rather take on the pens with their porous goalie and ir problems than even the possibility of playing the habs.  I don’t mind playing the Bruins, but we get swept by Montreal.
    The sixth seed is the only place they should feel hopeful about when the playoffs roll around. As usual the team in the sixth position has the most enviable spot. The winner of the Southleast division is easily the one most ripe for toppling. I’d probably even rather be in 6th this year than even 4th or 5th.

  163. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    I don’t agree with most of what you said, Wick.  I never mentioned anything about not liking Emminger.   And even if he is  arguably our most physical defenseman (which is more a knock on the rest of the D than praise for him) that doesn’t make him a reliable player defensively.
    Boyle is arguably our most physical player according to hit statistics and I sure wouldn’t rely on him much.
    The final goal against Lundqvist last night went off of Emminger, who was screening Hank.   I’d call that somewhat out of position.
    On another note, as a former goaltender,I thought Lundqvist played that puck wrong anyway.  Being screened by Emminger, he moved to his right to stop the shot.   if he had moved to his left, or even just stayed exactly where he was, that deflection doesn’t go in.   However I’d never put the ultimate blame on that goal on Hank….. only the third goal.    Lol

  164. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Evrock
    It is a knock on our other D!!

    If we judge screening our own goalie as being out of position, mcdonut should be in some pee wee league somewhere because he is “out of position” more than anyone

  165. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    DDE – It’s not a typical contract but, Clowe – the next 3 lifetimes @ 1.2T

  166. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    This isn’t a knock on Cally, but as a left winger, I too would have scored on that breakaway yesterday.

  167. Edward111, Clowe deserves the same deal as Sappy.

    That would a lifetime deal,cigars, brandy and no questions from the media!

  168. DelRicotta is not over rated Coos, he is simply over hyped by the front office and fans.

    He is a good not great #4 and needs as all our D do a mean S.O.B as a partner…………….without going to prison! ;)

  169. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Gotcha Wick. That I can agree on!
    Hey Cmnsnse, you get my email addy yet?

  170. Admiral Akbar on

    I hate the Fishsticks.

    Given multiple high draft picks year after as a reward for franchise ineptitude year after year.

    Bettman has created another monster (see: Pittsburgh).

  171. Olga Folkyerself on

    Are you kidding? Ineptitude is finishing out of the playoffs for seven years in a row, and STILL not getting a top of the line player out of your draft picks.

  172. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I haven’t hated on the Fishsticks for a long time….but it’s starting to grow again…. But if they are able to knock off the Habs or pens I will not complain.

  173. Yeah but that seems unlikely Carp, especially with the Csps up 2-0 on Montreal. Personally , the seed I want Least is 6. The Caps are playing lights out right now. Neither Boston or Montreal look all that great at the moment any Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh. I think the 7 seed is the way to go and frankly I’m not buying the Montreal building curse or whatever it is. They beat the Rangers this year because they were playing great hockey when the teams met. Now their goalie looks awful and they are beatable as all get out . I want them.

  174. I am VERY EXCITED to have John Moore on our team.
    But FWIW, ..and I HATE juxtaposing Rangers players for fear that it seems I’m in anyway down on a player but:

    Picked a year apart in nearly identical draft position Del Zotto (MDZ ’08 1rd #20, Moore ’09 1rd #21) DZ is a whopping 5 months older than Moore. Has already played 151 more games averaging .43 pts per game to Moore’s .13 per game. That is not however, to say EVERYONE is claiming MDZ is expendable because of JMoore’s uhh emergence.

    MDZ has worked himself from a career -25 to a plus player. Moore (career-23) will most likely do so as well.

    MDZ is playing over 2 minutes more Even Strength + SH time vs last year.

    Has he been the savior of the PP?, no. Is he entirely to blame?, hell no.

    22 years old WTF!

  175. Olga Folkyerself on

    Isles stunk for so many years, we sort of took it for granted. As bad as we were, it gave some satisfaction every year to say “at least we’re not as bad as the Islanders”.
    We squandered a lot of opportunities in search of eighth place, and now the fishies have stumbled onto a good player again and are making some noise.
    Bottom rail on top, now.

  176. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Sorry DDe, but if havent won a Norris by 21, you ain’t never gonna win one.

  177. Fishies will get hooked, scaled and eaten in first round….but hey let them enjoy the run :)

    nobody knows a physical crease clearing d man than wicky/

  178. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Corey Price will lose 4 straight in the first round. I pray we play the Habs.

  179. “I hope America is able to survive this latest terrorist attack.”

    Tapping my foot, biting my tongue

  180. MDZ doesn’t skate beautifully and I hope he will never stop trying to be a better skater.
    Although, when I watch Stepan skate, I swear to god I think he should be wearing a ten gallon hat, leather vest and fringey cowboy chaps.
    That boy waddles – but he’s a hell of a hockey player!

  181. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Ottowa down 2-0, about 5 min left in second. They are at home, but tons more TO fans there.

    Feels like watching a Ranger game at The Rock. Haha!

  182. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Stepan, if he gets a chance on a breakaway, should double axle, double toe loop, sits spin, triple saw cow, double lutz, triple axle, then shoot and score….

  183. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    MDZ doesn’t have to skate any faster. Putting the puck on net, finding open men, playing a smart point…that’s what he needs to do. He’s just a kid. Is he great? No, but he’s ok. A 3 or 4.That’s ok.

    But, if we have him, MacD, Staal, and Girardi, we freaking need a couple guys to clear the crease and duke it out that don’t play the game like these guys do. It’s really not a hard concept

  184. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Nothing better than Step’s smile when he is involved with a goal. He’s a leader and got class.

    Kids like that don’t grow on trees. Slow or not.

  185. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Sens just scored with 31 seconds left….. Toronto is one physical bunch. I’d prefer not to play them.

  186. mothman- There are a multitude of directions this conversation could go. Balls in your court.

  187. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    DDe – don’t mean to be sleazy but those ads regarding mesothelioma are scary,,,

  188. e3^
    Just my initial emotional response, then thought exactly that- you were commenting on a commercial.

  189. You think dale bozio wished she was pat benatar? And the lead guitarist from missing persons wished he was nick Gerardo?

  190. ddebened-
    I did not intend anything political. I hope America is able to sustain yet another terrorist attack.

  191. I only ask because I find early 80s rock/new wave way more exciting than the Chicago freaking Blackhawks.

  192. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Going to see Phil and Bob and the rest of Further next weekend. Look forward to that almost as much as tomorrow;s game.

  193. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Definitely be listening to see if it’s “I know You Kreider” or “I Know you Rider”.

  194. Have I offended anyone? I am referring to the past week’s terrorist attacks on America. #americastrong

  195. This will be the longest week of my life….and leaving to see Krisy and the Wegians on last game day with Debbies…..AHHHHHH!

  196. Olga Folkyerself on

    Looks like the Rangers best bet would be for Boston to catch Montreal for second, and Rangers to beat Ottawa for seventh place. At least NY has a decent record against the Bruins. Against Pitt and Montreal, not so much…

  197. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Olga – price couldn’t stop a beach ball right now. No way the Habs beat the rangers….as crazy as that sounds…. Bring on the Habs.

  198. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Dirk – you hungry?

    Jesse st Vincent – starving!

    Dirk – then feast on this.

  199. Olga Folkyerself on

    There is 87 years of NHL history that say’s you’re wrong about NY-Montreal matchups.

  200. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Olga – that was then, this is now. Corey Price couldn’t stop me these days…..Habs can be had.

  201. Olga Folkyerself on

    Yes this is now. Rangers are hanging on to 8th place, as usual. Habs can be had, but not by NY. The Rangers will fold like a cheap deck chair against Montreal.

  202. Olga Folkyerself on

    I’d rather see the Islanders v. Montreal. That way one of my bad teams is sure to lose.

  203. With MDZ skating foreward is not the problem. I’ll say it again – His transitions and pivots from forward to backward and backward to forward, his tight pivots, his lateral mobility, these are the areas, all critical for a defenseman, which require improvement.

    His shot? lets start with his inability to put it on the net consistently.

  204. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’d bet on Boston and Montreal losing in the first round irrespective of opponent.

  205. Olga Folkyerself on

    Jebus Kreiss! Did you see the logo on the floor of the Rangers locker room? How can they NOT step on it?

    And who’s the idiot that put it on the floor in the first place? What’s wrong with one of the walls?

  206. Must be Sather’s idea, Olga :-)

    The beauty of the playoffs- anything is possible, no team gets a free pass. Or is it Bettman’s parity?

  207. I don’t see anybody in the East beating Pittsburg. However, I said that last year. If the Pens get taken out—really any team in the East could get to the finals. None of the other teams in the East strike me as “the team to beat”.

  208. Carp, Is Oscar Lindberg going to play for the Rangers this playoff, he won the MVP for the playoffs.

  209. After the the first 20 games of the season, I thought fo sure Boston was Finals worthy. Don’t see it anymore. maybe they pick it up again in the Playoffs.

  210. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers west – MAF doesn’t strike fear in me. I think our boys could take them. But we get 7th and maybe Ottawa will do it for us…

  211. Also, what’s the deal with the announcer in Boston having to apologize to Cooke? I can see if he was embarassed for taking cheap shots or not taking the high road but nobody should have to apologize to that lurker.

  212. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The pens announcing team should have a homer off with the bruins crew… Both are pathetic and couldn’t spell objective if you spotted them the o-b-j-e-c-t-I-v-

  213. “That’s right. I’m Brock Landers. So I’m gonna be nice. I’m gonna ask you one more time. Where the *#*€ is Gringo”

  214. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I never thought I would see anyone celebrate goals better than fankist, well I was wrong, brassard does it even better with more emotion!!

    I think 7th is the spot to have, the only 2 teams that concern me are a red hot caps team and the penguins…if we make the playoffs that is ;)

  215. Richards, removing pictures in wallet at bar with Ranger groupie –
    “Ever see my three little miracles?”

    “Are those your children?”

    “No, they’re my last three goals.”

  216. Stranger Nation on

    Ex3 – TSN reporting Clowe is now owner of Cablevision and has signed 45 year $1.8T deal

  217. McTeague a bit dusty, eee. Finally finished Lewis and Clark. Will submit full report anon.

  218. Archie Bunker’s Lawyers: “Rabinowitz, Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz” AKA “The Three Wise Men”

  219. Thanx for the funny stuff, boyos! Cheers me up. But, ‘Two Years Before the Matzo?’ Yikes!

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