Rangers-Panthers in review

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What an opportunity the Rangers let get away in Sunrise, Fla. Beat the worst team in hockey, whether in regulation, overtime or the tiddly-winks contest, and the Rangers would have clinched a playoff spot and jumped over the Islanders into the sixth seed.

They should thank their lucky stars that Winnipeg lost in regulation in D.C. and the Islanders lost in a breakaway contest in Raleigh. So their magic number is two, but now the Rangers are technically eighth and looking at Pittsburgh in the first round … if they make it. They will need help to finish any higher.

Also, they now may not know their fate in terms of seed and first-round opponent until the day after their season ends, because Ottawa has that make-up of the postponed game in Boston Sunday.

Thoughts:

1) This is a classic second-guess, and I admit it, but I don’t ever like the pulling the goalie with that much time left and a power play, ever. Just too easy to backfire, and when it backfires, the game’s over. Let the PP play out. That said, if the Rangers score 6-on-4, it’s a great move. That’s why it’s a second guess.

2) I can also sort of understand why they tried it, even if I don’t like it, because the power play has been disappointing in big spots, and let the Rangers down earlier in the game when they really needed a PPG.

3) Weren’t these the same guys who, earlier in the day here on the blog, were beating Pittsburgh in the first round?

4) I thought the Rangers tried in this game, but they weren’t the same team that went out and thumped the Devils on Sunday, physically, with an edge. They skated hard and defended hard, but they sure weren’t nasty.

5) I was thinking during this game, how many (or how few) times has a Rangers player intentionally deflected a puck into the net all season? (and was reminded that Derek Stepan did so Sunday).

6) And the Rangers’ offensive players were off. Stepan had one great chance. Ryan Callahan was off. Ditto Rick Nash, Carl Hagelin, Michael Del Zotto and Ryan McDonagh, and to a lesser degree, Brad Richards.

7) This Taylor Pyatt guy they got at the trade deadline has really sparked the offense.

8) Seriously, you know who is probably the best addition the Rangers made? Mats Zuccarello.

9) John Moore just continues to impress, and you wonder when he gets a shot at the rotating and often-failing PP point.

10) The 1-0 goal by Kuba wasn’t even a legit scoring chance. It was a wrister that deflected by Tomas Fleischmann and past Henrik Lundqvist.  Michael Del Zotto needed to do a better job tying up his man. He was right there.

11) John Tortorella insisted post-game that it was the two failed clearing attempts on the critical 2-1 power-play goal that killed the Rangers, and I don’t disagree (not sure who had the first one — McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Callahan and Stepan were on the ice — and McDonagh had the second one for sure). But both McDonagh and Stepan can’t allow that guy to be so alone in the slot.

12) The two best chances, I thought, that Florida had through two periods came off turnovers by the way, by McDonagh and Stepan.

13) The Rangers’ four best chances, through two, though, were by Zuccarello (post), Darroll Powe,  Pyatt and Stepan. And that’s not good enough.

14) That giant goalie Markstrom takes up a bunch of net, but geez, he probably had to have his logo replaced between periods because the Rangers kept trying to shoot through it. Softly, I might add.

15) You could argue the penalty call on Brad Richards, but he put himself in position to take that penalty with a bad giveaway at the offensive blue line.

16) MSG+ or MSG2 or whatever it was – again – came back late from local ads to miss live action and/or interviews. Which makes for a pleasant evening.

17) We’re planning a Live Chat for Thursday at noon. Should be fun. Be there. Or else.

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My Three Rangers Stars:

1. Taylor Pyatt.
2. Mats Zuccarello.
3. Derick Brassard.
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RangerJHW’s Three Rangers Stars:

1. Henrik
2. Henrik
3. Henrik
Brad Richards…dumb penalty…the kind you’d expect of a player with a low hockey IQ…not a team leader…shameful..just shameful! We expect more!
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Your poll vote for Three Rangers Stars:
1. Mats Zuccarello (30.3%).
2. tie, Taylor Pyatt (15.15%).
2. tie, Henrik Lundqvist (15.15%).

 

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  1. I’ve said this before about the whole “ledge” thing. Truth is this team has given us zero reason to believe they will do anything but back into the playoffs and if they do get there, they will be out rather quickly.

    I have zero faith they will beat Carolina because this team has showed me not to expect anything else. And if it comes down to Saturday, you can bet the ranch the Rangers will get sent home by the Devils yet again. I also would not count out Ottawa or Winnipeg at all, those teams are much more likely to be able to dig down and come up big this week than this Rangers team.

    The Rangers usually give up the first goal and when they do that, they usually lose. They are ridiculously fragile.

    Say I am being overly reactive or fatalistic or panicking on the ledge if you will, but this is reality folks. The reason the whole ledge metaphor exists on this blog is because 8 or 9 out of 10 years this team is wholly disappointing, and not in a “they didnt win the Cup” kind of way.

  2. Shouldn’t be surprised by this loss, it’s what we have seen all year.

    Not being a professional athlete, I will never understand how in this situation, against this team, you cannot come out and overtake your opponent.

    2 More games…LGR!

  3. They are a very slow team. If a puck was lose along the boards, they were beaten to it. I think Cally negated an icing, and Hags has speed, but the Panthers really dominated in the loose puck dept. Clowe is DANGEROUSLY slow. If the NYR re-sign him for a penny more than Prust is making Sather should be fired. Del Zotto was bad. MacD average. This team will be crushed by Pitt…if they even make it.
    Zucc was good.

  4. Stranger Nation on

    Been his biggest fan this season, but Nash played like doo-doo these last 2 or 3 games. Seems to be falling down a lot like Richards does and a step behind in his reactions.

  5. When can I start playing golf? This game of hockey is boring and tweeting about golf is much more fun.

  6. We spent most of the time in their zone, they go ahead on their 3rd shot of the game half way through the second period…I think Tort’s confidence in a particular over the hill, over-paid go-to center is mis-placed and hurting this team. Introduce Brad Richards’ girlfirend to Redden’s wife. Carp warned us about his contract early on, and that prognosis is playing out earlier than later. Other than Richards’ effort, I thought the Rangers played a respectable game and would have won without Richards’ lackadaisical play. He appears to put in a little effort in spurts, but obviously lacks motivation, and the long-term contract has taken its toll.

  7. iCCCP - Who Gives A Puck?! on

    So we score like 18 goals on 3 games and what this CLOWN of a coach does? He changes the lines! This why my patience is running thin with Torts.

    Here is another example of stubborn Torts…John Moore…as Carp noted, the kid continues to impress and Torts has yet to give the kid a shot on, as Carp noted again, often-failing disgrace of a PP.

    Freaking idiot!

  8. This is a two-bit, dogs-breakfast-of-a-team composed of no-talents whose best descriptors are “amateur-hour” and “bush-league” … a circus-act with un-shaven clowns who shouldn’t be playing in the El Salvadorean u-17 girls late-evening Sunday mimosa league, much less the NHL. A pure-farce.

  9. Dude those El Salvadorian U17’s are tougher than nails and after a few mimosas even they could beat the Panthers with a playoff berth on the line. Please be careful who you insult PImp.

  10. Oh not an insult at all. Guaranteed they’d beat the Panthers. Even the Paraguayan u-10 squad would.

  11. Anyone else forced to watch the Florida feed on Center Ice? Gotta be the worst in the league. Looks like the camera is in the stands at ice level. I have a sore neck trying to follow the puck. I’ll take the overlong commercials on msg any day.

  12. Rob in Beantown on

    Now now, POWE would be easily be one of the top 3 point scorers in the El Salvadorean girls u-17 league. And those girls don’t mess around

  13. Sioux-per-man on

    Going to be a fun day on the blog today.

    Nothing worse than losing to the worst team in the NHL when you need a win!

    Why change the lines when your on a winning streak?

    Boy if the Rangers don’t score in the first, it seems to skate on thin ice the rest of the game.

    Richards must have used up all the puck luck last week. They didn’t get one bounce or deflection last night. This might be a whole different game had Zucc’s goal gone in.

  14. Rob in Beantown on

    They looked good in the first period but had some bad luck. I think they started clenching their sticks tighter in the second when it was 0-0 and tighter yet when they fell behind. Four non-playoff teams beat playoff teams last night– not an excuse but certainly a missed opportunity. Eric is right from last night– the result of this may well be 8th place and a date with the Penguins. If they make it at all! All they can do is win Thursday. I still think they make the playoffs but my confidence is a bit shot.

  15. Joltin – we had the same feed on MSG+. It took a long time to get used to the camera angle. If done right though, on HD, it can work, but the angle wasn’t wide enough.

    On the game and you guys…..c’mon, one bad game after a stretch of really good one and you guys are ready to pack it in? You know if they played all season like they have the last 15 they’d be fighting Pittsburgh for 1st place. Again, I remind you that the LA Kings rode a hot goalie to the Cup out of the 8th seed last year. Who says we can’t do the same?

    I said after the Philly loss we would take 10 out of the remaining 12 points and so far, I’m not wrong. I thoght we would lose either the Buffalo or one of the NJ games. So we lost to FL. One game…that’s all. Ottawa is sinking faster than a Carnival Cruise ship. Montreal is playing terrible. Boston has been up and down, and we beat the Isles the last time we played them. Sure Pittsburgh scares me, but they are banged up, and we know Fleury can choke in the playoffs as easily as he can be great. Do I think we’ll win the Cup? No. Do I automatically rule us out after one “not THAT terrible” game against FL? No. Tell me which team in the East we have absolutely NO shot against?

    Last night I thought we were fighting the puck again and trying to get too cute. Too many blind back passes instead of going to the net. I hate to say it, but that’s the kind of game we needed Boyle, when he’s playing his best. We simply didn’t have the grind, and reverted back to pre-Gaborik trade play. I think we’ll beat Carolina and NJ and lets see what happens.

  16. They just don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. It’s really fun being a Ranger fan. Games like last night. Chapter and verse. So freeken predictable.

  17. where was nash last night. cally an step looked a step slow and the puck always bounced off there sticks. richy penalty is all because the moron tries to make a drop pass at the blueline. most of the time it fails and then a goal or penalty occur. pp is an utter failiure.

    i am not 2nd guessing torts there for goalie pull because this pp needs every man they could use and still doesnt produce.

    so now we sit and wait and pray for a win or a jets loss.

    THE BIG PICTURE IS IF WE SNEAK IN IT NOW MOST LIKELY MEANS 8TH AND PITT. thats what last night may mean in the short term.

    anyone on here who thinks we could beat pitt get a grip.

    we are a franchise that makes there fans suffer.

    scenario

    1-1 3rd period under 10 mins to go on saturday vs devils needing a win or go home. draw your own conclsuions from there. (it better not come down to saturday)

  18. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Heck, we are all disappointed. It was a game that should have been won. I agree with Eric. They are almost locked in to 8th which is an impossible spot against the best in the east, possibly the sport. Why, they are SO good, that with their 3 top stars, #1 goalie, and some other players, they are STILL on a 7-0 streak. And their 3 top stars don’t run away and hide like, uh..our lower level 3 top stars (if you can call them that). And, our team ain’t no LA Kings of last year in 8th place either.

    Had we…had we found a way? In 6th with a win? Playing the Craps? A chance to emerge, as slim as it would be.

    Pitt? Zero. Just Zero.

    So, the game had a strong bearing on our fortunes this year. The guys knew it and couldn’t deliver. Period. Not good enough. Period.

    And we can talk all day and off season long about the Gabby trade. This team that almost made it to the finals last year will be one and out. Couldn’t ‘find a way’, to use Coach’s terms, when the chips were down.

    Why? What went wrong?

  19. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Sorry, that would be with their 3 top stars, 1st string goalie and others OUT and being ‘rested’, they are 7-0 and mowing down teams. Imagine what they are with all wheels turning.

  20. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Ah…to renew or not to renew…that is the question.

    Like a sheep being brought to slaughter, I know the answer before even going…….

  21. Good morning, boneheads!

    Good review, Carp!
    And great assessment, Miami! Except not enough hyphenation. :)

  22. Jets did us a favor. Or was it Washington? Would’ve been much more depressing had they won. They’re playing Montreal Thursday. Not an easy game.

    The Rangers are still in great shape, even though it looks more like 8th place at the moment.

    Let’s see how bad the Staal brothers want to see Marc miss the playoffs :-)

  23. The problem I’m having is I can’t tell if the Rangers played badly or if Florida played really well for once. Maybe a little of both?

  24. I like when people say they have no chance against Pittsburgh. Tell me you won’t watch and root for them because they have no chance. It’s playoffs, anything is possible. I’m a Rangers fan, and with the best goaltender in the game, I’ll take my chances against anyone. Let’s just get in. Cheer up, ‘heads!

  25. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    We have two games to get two points. IMO, if we can’t accomplish that, we don’t deserve to be in the Playoffs. Period. End of Story. That’s all she wrote. Adios.

  26. Ilb is right. We have a chance against anyone. Come on. We have HANK. Last night was miserable but it happens. And it’s going to continue to happen for the rest of our lives as long as we cheer for _any_ hockey team. This is what happens. Two games against the Panthers in a week. One we embarass them. One we barely lose. Move on.

    4-2. Let’s get to the magic 5-3 over our next two. ONE must win. Or the Jets must lose.

  27. Classic 2nd guess on pulling Hank there but it’s more an indictment on how little faith Torts has in his PP!!! And, when you think about it, who’s responsible for the power-play? Players or coaches? Aren’t players professional enough to figure out what works and what doesn’t? Personnel on the PP Makes huge difference too but Torts has put just about every player on the PP & it’s still horrible. So, pull Hank and get a 6 on 4. If they tie it, great move!!! Pitifully inconsistent team!

  28. Manny ^^, the game at MSG against the Panthers was embarrassing even though our boys won, 6-1!!! The Rangers played like crap but got a few in the 3rd to put away a very, fragile, young team!!! So, they didn’t embarrass them at MSG, they escaped with the win!

  29. To pour salt in the wound I think Isles could easily win out and finish as high as fifth drawing the slumping, goaltender-less Habs in round one. So while they then advance to round 2 our boys will be either playing golf or playing Pitt and then playing golf.

  30. Rob in Beantown on

    Yergs, I don’t think Florida played particularly well. I think they were loose and it showed against a Rangers team that was feeling the pressure. And it helps they had good goaltending. Against Clemmensen we win that game at least 4-2.

  31. Stranger Nation on

    Artie – slight disagreement with your 9:02. The reality is the personnel decisions on who plays PP and where they play is part of the problem.
    Richards on pt over Moore or Stral – FAIL
    Girardi on pt over Moore or Stral – FAIL
    Stralman with :08 PP TOI – why?

    Reality is Nash, Cally, Step were on PP a lot and gave very little

  32. STranger Nation ^^ Agree that personnel moves, especially his bromance with Richards on the point, is a fail BUT, again, these guys are pros and our O fensive players; how do they not figure out what they’re doing isn’t working??? I totally agree, point man duty should go to stralman as a change of pace!!! All the other point men aren’t working!!!
    Bottom line, coaching and player decisions contribute to horrible PP!!!!

  33. Bombs from the point by Dmen, not this Step or Richards or some other forward at the point!!! Clog the front of the net and bombs away!!

  34. The great irony is that the Devils and Rangers might eliminate each other from the playoffs. I could easily see this coming down to Saturday, and Marty going out in blaze of glory with a shutout win…he could get the last laugh.

  35. Rob in Beantown on

    This is why I was and remain 100% opposed to gloating about ending the Devils season until we clinch a playoff spot

  36. i was dying when sam said lundqvist was heading to the bench for the extra attacker with 1:40 left to go… i get it, their pp is awful and all of that, but the reality was if florida got the empty netter, the game was over and there was a lot of time left. i really hated that move.

    if they scored it would have looked great, but to me, that’s a move that you make when you’re on the brink, season’s about to be over, you take that chance… not when you need 2 points over the course of three games.

    as for the pp, at what point does he put moore on there? game 49?

  37. The PP problems, to me, is coaching. It’s my biggest pet peeve with Torts / Sather. The PP has stunk for years, no matter WHO they bring in. They need a PP coach, or at least one that works part time they can bring when needed. Heck, they got TWO of the greatest PP performers ever on the payroll, Leetch and Messier!! How about they come in and help coach a little bit.

    I really don’t get this doom and gloom. Now I know how it must feel to be a Red Sox fan pre-2004 (or maybe you are all Mets fans). We have a world class goalie. We have players, who in the past have risen up during the playoffs. We have a few young hungry players who might look at the playoffs as an opportunity to impress. You all know the playoffs is a completely different game. Did anyone look at Pittsburgh going into the playoffs last year and not think they are going to play us in the ECF? They are pretty darn hot. And then, their goalie blew up, and they got beat up and taken off their game by Philly. We DID beat up this team a few weeks go and barely lost to them the next game. I don’t see this “we have no chance, might as well not bother showing up” attitude. Do I think we’ll beat them? Probably not. Do I think we have more than a puncher’s chance? Heck ya!!

  38. Better beat Carolina because the Devils are going to play the game of their lives if we don’t….

  39. I hate pulling the goalie during a PP as a general rule. You just give the PK team an open shot at the empty net. It just take a little space and it’s over. Especially if there’s time after the PP to STILL pull the goalie. It’s not like we’ve been lights out on 2 man advantage anyway.

  40. DJK,

    Not sure about that. The Devs might be looking foward to their tee time. Why risk getting hurt and ruining your whole summer. Score a quick goal like the other night and it will be over. I wonder if they will even start Marty?

  41. Steveknj, I don’t think we all of us are ledge steppers but their inconsistent play all season is highly frustrating!!! I’m sure if you poll all Ranger fans, we feel once they get in, with Hank as their goalie, things change. Playoff hockey JUST IS DIFFERENT. but damn, this losing, they way they do, is pull-your-hair-out frustrating. With that said, and my apologies to all of you out there that are folically challenged, I agree they have every chance to beat Pitts!!!

  42. Rob in Beantown on

    The thing that bugged me most about the empty netter was the Florida player had about an hour to line up his shot perfectly. You knew it was going in the second he shot it. Given that much time I’m pretty sure I could have put it in the net too. With the two man advantage somebody needs to hit him or breakup the play somehow.

  43. Comments from the game:

    Many blue sirts in the stands – loud LETS GO RANGERS chants in 1st period. Rangers lackadaisical play quickly quieted the Ranger fans.

    Worst game I’ve ever seen from McD – he was a turnover machine in the first 2 periods. Better in the third.

    Most Rangers were playing with stone sticks – pucks kept bouncing off them.

    Panther player chasing the puck in the Rangers zone – falls down, gets up and STILL beat the gliding Rangers to the puck. Sad!

    Overall, they were outhustled by a horrible team. What does that say about their motivation.

  44. Artie – Frustrating sure. But I think most of you would agree, that over the last 15 games or so, they’ve had less games like this, and they’ve mostly taken care of business. The only really BAD games were the ones against the Flyers, and I think the second game against T.O. Last night really wasn’t terrible. They dominated the 1st period. The first FL goal was really kind of fluky and they don’t score that one, it’s a different game.

    What IS frustrating is the lack of a PP and this propensity to try and make the pretty pass all the time. The PP has stuck for years, as I said, and last year they made it to the ECF without one (and if I recall, the PP was a bit better during the playoffs). As for this pretty pass thing, during the playoffs, because you are playing good/great teams every night, you tend to play a simpler, more conservative game. I think that plays into the Rangers wheelhouse. But we’ll see.

    I look at this team like the 1992-93 Rangers, the team in between the President’s trophy season before and the Cup winning season the season after. I still like the core. I am liking the young guys they brought in for Gabby more and more, and hopefully with a full season, guys like Kreider and Miller could develop. Stepan took a huge leap forward, to where he MIGHT be on the cusp of being a real 1st line center. Del Zotto has shown he can play a more expanded role (although he has regressed a bit the last few games), and remember, Staal was playing Norris Trophy type hockey before he got hurt. Next year will be the Cup year, but I want to make some noise this year and put teams on notice.

  45. 85 and partly sunny in Miami today, hope they are enjoying their respite. 69 and sunny in Charlotte tomorrow, hope they return to work.

  46. Cross Check Charlie on

    “We have players, who in the past have risen up during the playoffs.”

    Like who?

  47. I guess I agree with you to a degree. I feel the Rangers have had more uneven efforts over the last 15 games and got away with some wins. Last night’s game started out like the Rangers were toying with the Panthers but they didn’t have the knockout punch. And in the 2nd, they hardly threw a body check to get the puck away from the Cats!!! Regardless of last night’s result, it’s important they play more consistently and yes, I agree with you, the young players coming up are a bright spot. Whether they’re Cup worthy next year, we shall see.

  48. Hey Cross Check, does #10 ring a bell in the playoffs?? OH, that’s right, he’s gone. We’ll have to hold judgement on the trade til after the playoffs

  49. Cross Check Charlie on

    I just don’t see this team getting out of the first round of the playoffs. All they have that gives you hope is Lundqvist, but they’ve had him all season and where has that gotten them? They are still mired in mediocrity.

    I wish the power play was good enough to be mediocre.

  50. I can’t believe Asham didn’t get killed by Parros. I was very worried about him. Good for him though standing up for himself if Parros is going to be angry about whatever he was angry about.

  51. We’re all frustrated with the result of last night’s game, but I agree with those that are more concerned that the team is often rudderless, and unable to muster the intensity to “will” an available victory. To change the subject and hit a sore spot…I understand it is blasphemy, but how about the “King” making a save on a soft redirect to keep the game tied. Did Goc’s redirect even touch the back of the net? I am sure I will hear all about the two saves he made shortly thereafter, but it is hard to believe he is beyond reproach. Maybe it was the greatness of his 23 yr. old, oversized, and underachieving opposing goaltender who in each of his last two starts faced 38 shots and allowed two goals, but somehow was only able to gain a split! Or: mabe it was TuukKa Rask who was able to make 28 saves on the vaunted Florida offense, while the reigning Vezina Trophy Winner was able to manage only 13 saves on 15 shots. Seriously, Markstrom has 7 wins this season – two versus the NYR and the King! He has even adopted the King’s blocker/stick pump for his post-victory celebration which alone should annoy somebody in Red-White & Blue. As I said, I know this is an extremely unpopular stance to knock the King, but that just makes it more interesting to me. Bring on the King’s body guards!!

  52. Tony – I think that has been a knock on Hank, by fans that watch every single game he plays, this season. He has failed to make the timely saves. Regardless that his numbers are all world right now, he’s really not making that one save that can win the game.

  53. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    @Cheer up, ‘heads!@

    If we don’t we’ll all be dead!

  54. The King is not beyond reproach. However, this isn’t the main concern. IMO, it’s that they don’t bring the intensity (forwards). According to NHL.com’s stats, the most hits Nash, Richards, Cally, Steph, Hags, had was maybe one hit? Nash and Richards had 0. Nash is suppose to be a power foward. How is it that Derrick Brassard and Zucc, the HOBBIT?? are outhitting the “stars”.

    Also, in the final goal, how is it that Derrick Brassard is in the slot and Nash is in the perimeter? He should adopt Gravey’s game and he would be so much more effective.

    If your leaders are unwilling to play in high traffic areas and throw hits, this team is done for.

  55. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Full disclosure: work and home has been crazy busy lately, so I’ve only been able to catch a period here, a period there. I saw the third period last night. The Panthers team I saw on the ice last night is one of the sorriest excuses for a professional hockey club I have seen since the Rangers’ fire sale in 2004, and we STILL couldn’t beat them. Brutal.

    Doesn’t matter who they match up with. They are getting swept in the first round. Maybe against Boston they take one game. But other than that, 4-0.

  56. Thinking they will get swept is as crazy as thinking they will win the first round (provided they get in).

  57. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    @Thinking they will get swept is as crazy as thinking they will win the first round (provided they get in)@

    They will be beaten into the ground (they will not win).

  58. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    CSS Final ranks were just released. There is a North American skater named Justin Bailey. I think his parents played a lot of Metroid.

  59. Why? Why can’t they win a few games in a playoff round. Why!? In 8th place they won’t have pressure. They will just be there and just play. The playoffs always tighten up and that plays right into the advantage of the Rangers.

  60. Sioux-per-man on

    Manny – the first two goals against Hank last night were both redirected at the last second. Pretty tough to stop a one tip shot.

    That said the Rangers had ZERO puck luck last night. It was as if Richie used it all up on his 7 pt week last week.

  61. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    This team is very Jekyll and Hyde.. these last two games will be tough no doubt. but I think they will back into the playoffs somehow .
    If they get in .. it doesn’t look too promising , maybe a round but not 2 rounds.
    Despsite Hagelin’s speed he’s an awful sloppy player, no finesse.

  62. Sioux-per-man on

    Still a chance at the 6th spot, still a chance we don’t get in.

    Just get in and go from there.

  63. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Some of the guys I like as values based on their list:

    Hartman at 16, Domi at 19, Lazar at 20, and Mironov at 17 in the Euro rankings.

    Admittedly, I know nothing about Mironov, other than him playing nearly every game for Dynamo Moscow and being a plus player. I hate plus/minus as a stat, but honestly, having seen nothing of this kid, I don’t have a lot to go on other than big game experience, on a championship team, at a young age. Looks like he could hack it there. Oh, and he’s 6’2″ and only 176 lbs. So once he fills out his frame he has the potential to be an NHL-sized defenseman.

  64. Sioux-per-man on

    I’ll say this. The Rangers have a way to step up against the better teams and play Ranger hockey….and win.

    But how they loaf around against the lesser teams and let them win is beyond comprehension.

  65. Glad to see I’m not alone in feeling that a save here or there would make a world of difference in the standings and moreover the team’s confidence and ultimate style of play. I too wonder how Nash ends up on the half-wall with Cally & Richards below the goal line with the goaltender pulled! I understand why Zucc has the opposite half-wall being a small darting style player, but Brassard is a playmaker and is wasted in the slot. Nash should be between the circles and driving the middle. His goal line cuts are great theatre, but are very low percentage plays. Can anyone explain why they do not go back to the strong slot presence that Aaron Voros gave them for two weeks when Gabby and he first arrived? I guess Sully has other plans – please hire Doug Weight away from the Isles, and get someone who actually ran a PP successfully!

  66. First goal was CRUCIAL last night. They didn’t get it. And lost as a result. Cannot give a team like that life.

  67. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Manny, I find the “8th place, no pressure” argument to be unpersuasive. Of course there is pressure. Everyone can win in the playoffs. Not to mention the Rangers still have all sorts of expectational pressure based on their roster and moves entering the season, their aggressive buying moves at the deadline, and their performance in the playoffs last season.

    The only teams without pressure this year are the Islanders and Columbus, and it’s because their whole seasons are just house money.

  68. Sioux-per-man on

    Torts better find a way to MOTIVATE this team to win on Thursday. The last thing the Rangers want is to play the Devils, on the last game of the year and have it mean something.

  69. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Also, based on this year’s draft class, I’d be shocked if a goaltender goes in the first 40 picks.

  70. Sioux-per-man on

    Manny I was losing faith after the first 30 minutes and no goal. The longer they get into a game without a goal, it seems they all get a little tight.

    The Rangers had very little flow last night. Richie and Zucc had some, and had Zucc’s goal gone in, I think it gives the team a boost, and relief to play their game.

    It didn’t happen, they score first, and the whole team tightens. We all felt the same way after they scored first.

  71. Miami Pimp
    This is a two-bit, dogs-breakfast-of-a-team composed of no-talents whose best descriptors are “amateur-hour” and “bush-league” … a circus-act with un-shaven clowns who shouldn’t be playing in the El Salvadorean u-17 girls late-evening Sunday mimosa league, much less the NHL. A pure-farce.

    LMFAO!

    Good morning, Sally!

  72. So who do you guys think gets the Hart Memorial Trophy? Ovechkin? Crosby? Stamkos? Toews? Tavares?

  73. Sioux-per-man on

    Carp #3 – I never said we would beat Pittsburgh, I said it would be easier in the 1’st round to beat them with Crosby’s mouth wired shut, than the 3rd round with him in and healthy.

    But if they can’t beat the 30th best team in 1 game. it’s a tall order for them to beat the Best Team in the East 4 out of 7.

  74. Despite the embarrassing loss last night, the Rangers still have a pretty decent chance at getting the 6th spot.

    Islanders at Philly is gonna be a tough game for them and Ottawa has to beat all three of Boston, Philly AND Washington.

  75. Sioux-per-man on

    That has to be the Quote of the week Pimp.

    Un-shaven clowns league vs U-17 Mimosa “late-evening” girls league.

    Not THERE’s a GAME I WANT TO watch!!!

  76. Sioux-per-man on

    Oleo – we are going to get the 8th spot.

    Get your blender out and watch Crosby sign to the refs.

  77. Does item #4 just about sum up the game, the season and the franchise?

    They do “try”…….but that’s a very appropriate description of “average”!

  78. Sioux-per-man on

    Half way through the game I was wishing Dorsett was on the bench. Go out and hit someone. Get the team into the game.

  79. Sioux-per-man on

    #4 They sure were NOT tough to play against.

    Looked more like a Gaby team, than a Clowe, Boyle, Dorsett, Asham team….. oh wait only one of them showed up last night.

  80. “Torts better find a way to motivate this team”?

    And the band played on with the same old lyrics.

    Fan “victims” in search of other victims but missing the forensic evidence residing in the owner’s box smoking or chewing his cigar and collecting millions.

    The fish rots from the head!

  81. Sioux-per-man on

    Hit flush one more time….. forget about it!

    Let’s just hope they don’t flush the whole season away.

  82. Typical suckers game last night. Rangers should have known better or been prepped better. The irony is that if Fla were a more veteran team, they might have sent it in and not risked injury, etc. They have a ton of kids who are trying to make a name (and $) for themselves, playing at home, and were bound to be energetic.

    I remember a civil war General who said, after a battle, that he was glad that he had green troops, because grizzled veterans would have seen early-on that the battle was lost and not risked their skins. The kids didn’t know any better, and ultimately won.

  83. For some reason the Rangers seem to struggle with bad ice more than the other team on a pretty consistent basis. I’m not too sure why that is but to me that was pretty evident last night.

    My only possible idea there is they are overthinking things too much.

  84. Sioux-per-man on

    What I should have done…. is listen to my daughter and watched the VOICE with her. I would have been in a much better mood.

  85. Looked like a trap game to me from the start and was exactly that in both execution (fla trapping in 3rd period) and outcome

  86. Sioux-per-man on

    Draxen – that doesn’t hold. The Rangers are use to bad ice. They play above a train station for Christ sake.

  87. I’m gonna summarize all of the posts from the next two weeks:

    we’re great
    we stink
    we’re great
    we stink
    we’re great
    we stink

  88. Sioux-per-man on

    Carp – I’ve been told, I get a little “pissy” after a loss, and they don’t want to be around me. My daughter asked next time, can we watch the voice first and watch the game later. (That didn’t happen, but perhaps it should have)

  89. Sioux – even at home games they seem to battle the puck more than their opponents. I could be clutching at non-existent straws though.

  90. Sioux-per-man on

    Carp – the NHL is pretty much a copy cat league. Why is it so difficult to teach a team how to run a successful power play? What works for other teams, can’t work for the Rangers?

  91. Rob: Dorsett gets xray this week to determine his playability. Says he feels good. Staal?

  92. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Who do we want in the second rd? I think we get the pens.

    Rd 1. Pitt over Senators
    Rangers over Bruins
    Fish over Craps
    Leaves over Habs

  93. Rangers/Bruins will be a bruiser of a series. I think we’d have a pretty good shot in that one.

  94. Sioux-per-man on

    Draxen – I’m just saying MSG has soft ice. It will never be as hard as the best “Hockey Rinks”. Most rinks are 100’ft in the ground, and only used for hockey.

    MSG ice is on the 4th floor? Above a train station, and it’s multi use. Let’s face it you will never have a great ice there.

  95. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Folks, Winnipeg plays Montreal at home in their last game tomorrow. Good luck with that as Montreal needs the points.

    Ottowa has 3 left vs. Boston, Philly, and Washington. Boston may want the win, Philly and Washington play for pride. But, none of those will be easy either.

    Us? Well, if it’s not too hard for them, we need the 4 points. It’s gonna be hard jus not to back in to the playoffs, but moving to 7th is unlikely.

    Last year’s team, a good team, would have won last night.

  96. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Is Boyle alive? Is there a diagnosis? Is Staal alive? Is there an ‘official statement’ from management?

    Nice way to treat your fans. I sometimes think we care more than they do.

  97. This team is told to play tough, but don’t take penalties, a difficult psychological task. We’re not arrogant enough. Even Asham , despite Micheletti incorrectly saying he was attempting to spark the team with that fight, simply responded to a direct challenge, on his own.

  98. When Ichiro hit that RBI single in the 9th last night, I gave my wife an undisclosed lower body injury…she had to call in sick today.

  99. Actually Matty, moving to 7th is probably the most likely scenario since (if the Rangers win out and all teams, the Rangers will likely have the tie-breaker over both NYI and OTT.

    I just can’t see Ottawa finishing with more points than the Rangers given both teams remaining schedules AND the Rangers holding the tie-breaker

  100. oleo

    why cant ottawa run the table when they are playing at washington( caps clinched 3 spot) and could rest a few players tom. then home vs phil(winnable game) and then at boston( which could mean nothing should montreal continue to falter)

    a caps win last night is exactly what ottawa wanted.

    on paper the schedule looks like easier then you think

  101. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Manny, I think it’s Ovechkin.

    Record when Ovechkin scores a goal: 19-3-1.

    Record when he doesn’t score a goal: 7-15-1.

  102. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Eric – “on paper” Montreal, with a lot to play for, shouldn’t lose to NJ.

  103. steveknj

    Not sure about that. The Devs might be looking foward to their tee time. Why risk getting hurt and ruining your whole summer. Score a quick goal like the other night and it will be over. I wonder if they will even start Marty?

    you wrote this at 937 am.

    this may be the most idiotic comment i heard today. get a clue if you really think brodeur wouldnt play saturday.

    the stupdity of some on here sometimes is mind boggling

  104. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Saturday is the Devils’ Cup Final game 7, especially if the Rangers haven’t clinched or aren’t locked into a spot.

    Even without that though, they will be looking to exact a pound of flesh.

  105. pointing out a team schedule now with who needs what and who clinched what and saying something isnt as daunting as it looks isnt stupidity compared to saying brodeur wouldnt play.

  106. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Eric – your “on paper” remark isn’t too bright. Last night’s games alone prove that. In three Important games….Montreal lost, Islandes lost, rangers lost….all against teams already eliminated. Don’t underestimate the amount of pride these teams and players have. I see the flyers beating the sens, as example.

  107. eddie

    but if you going to handicap games u favor teams needing wins. yes i agree things need to play out anything can happen.

    but saying marty brodeur not playing saturday is plain stupid should rangers need the game

  108. “On paper” I am the fattest guy here, but it’s still up to me to actually live up to that in real life

  109. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The way Marty has been playing lately – terribly – I would bench him too….

    Not saying Marty should or shouldn’t play, but he hasn’t actually played all that well in the last several weeks.

  110. Sioux-per-man on

    Ranger will win the last 2 games, and get into the Playoffs. THEN…….

    It’s a whole new season!!!

    Would I like Boston over Pittsburg, sure. But it really doesn’t matter at this point, what round we play them. We will have to play them eventually.

    Going out the 1’st round or the 3’rd round does it really matter that we were 2 games away from the Stanley Cup finals last year?

    It will take an act of GOD or Congress, perhaps both, for this team to win the Cup with such a “dog breakfast” of a team this year.

  111. If E3 doesn’t have the guts, then I’ll be the one to say it, right here, right now, once and for all:

    Marty should or shouldn’t play

  112. “latona

    point me out my stupid comments if you have such a problem. start the list”

    There’s number one.

  113. if you handicap games based on teams needing wins, how do you explain last night? NYI, WIN, NYR all needed them, not got them.

  114. Sioux-per-man on

    Why wouldn’t Marty play? Of course he will. Watch he’ll stand on his head win the game – then retire. So he doesn’t have to face Hank again!!!

  115. carp

    your correct but its handicapping going into the game where u favor a team needing it more then another. your right doesnt always play out so maybe washington wins tom even if they rest some regulars vs ottawa.

  116. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Regardless of Boston and Montreal jockeying for that 2 or 4 seed, the last game of the season – bruins/Senators is quite meaningful even if the seeds are set in stone. Do you really think Boston wants to lose that last game given the horrid, for them, stretch they’ve had over the last 10 games? I think they want to win to get some feel good vibes going on…

  117. erik karlson could be back tom after 10 weeks of severely cutting his tendon 70%. remarkable

  118. eddie

    its also there 6th game in 9 days and the playoffs start 2 days later. so if game is meaningless for both it will be treated as preseason

  119. “erik karlson could be back tom after 10 weeks of severely cutting his tendon 70%. remarkable”

    There’s number two.

  120. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Too bad this isnt a 82 game season. With 38 games to go, Montreal would fall to 12th and the Bruins would slide back into the third – islanders/rangers battle it out with Toronto for 4th.

  121. czechthemout!!! on

    LOL!!!

    Someone actually posted that we missed Boyle last night. We miss him about as much as we miss Marcel Hossa.

    Nash, Cally, Stepan, MDZ, McD. Thats who we missed last night.

    Boyle sucks! End of story.

  122. have to say I’ve got a very bad feeling about the upcoming game against the Devils, especially if the Rangers end up not getting two points against Carolina

  123. Loved that article from Ottawa about Cooke…he’s an albatross and his sins are cast upon this brothers–Crosby, Malkin and the breakfast of astronauts…LeTang…the onions on that guy to deny he “accidentally” severed his tendon…

    I will gladly take the Pens in Round 1…of course having Dorsett and Staalsie back would help…I think after the shot is fired..we get a measuring tape and a chainsaw to help remove the defeated Pens from Dean Wormer’s office!!!

  124. we went to game 82 with the flyers 3 years ago. then game 82 vs devils two years ago. so why not game 48 this year.

    its what this team does to there fanbase. NEVER EASY

  125. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    WBM (c)

    0) Boyle
    1) Richards
    2) Clowe
    3) Nash
    4) Stepan
    5) Callahan

  126. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    eric, technically, we went to game 83 two years ago, as we had to watch the Lightning-Hurricanes game.

  127. So Jared Stauwahl is making his NHL debut tomorrow night. Sam Rosen is going to be the happiest announcer in the world for a few hours.

  128. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    If only Marc were playing! Did you know that they are brothers? And also, that they have two other brothers, Eric and Jordan, who also play for the Hurricanes? There are four brothers and they all play hockey. Two of them regularly play together on the Hurricanes. One of them is making his NHL debut tomorrow, also on the Hurricanes. They are all three brothers with Marc Staal, who has three brothers on the Hurricanes.

  129. Well eric, at this point you have to realize that this is far frrom a “storied, proud franchise” right? I mean this is no Yankees or NY Giants we are looking at here, they are more akin to the Mets. You are what your record says you are, and the Rangers, over the years, says they are not one of hockey’s best franchises by a long shot. Oldest yes, but that’s about it. At this point I am always hoping that they are able to put together a team that truly contends every year, that wins a Cup or two along the way, a period of sustained competitiveness. Like Detroit did for the last 18 years, like Chicago is doing now, like Boston may be doing now, like New Jersey has done for the last 20 years.

    It would appear that is an awful lot to ask.

  130. Will we have to hear about how mom and dad came down to watch him play and they all had dinner together the night before?

  131. Rob in Beantown on

    Marc will be really upset that he won’t be able to play, but he will enjoy spending time with his brothers before the game I’m sure!

  132. My favourite remains that idiot Bob Errey saying Marc Staal was “brother of one of the Staal brothers” earlier this season.

  133. Sioux-per-man on

    Peter – Can’t buy a WINNING team. As close as this team seems to be, it is yet so far away.

    Not an easy fix. That’s for sure.

  134. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Sioux, you can in other sports, just not in hockey. Basketball and baseball, you absolutely can buy a championship. It’s not automatic, but it’s better odds than you have at a casino.

  135. Boys, play nice, please. thank you.

    just to point out fact, the NYR aren’t the only team that regularly goes to Game 82 (or 48 in this case). Happens to a lot of teams every year.

    and no, they aren’t a storied, successful franchise, but some of the other Original Sixers had some nice droughts, too, no?

  136. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I personally want to see a sens pens first round series where Neil kills Cooke after the karlsson incident. Caps beat the way overrated isles and we beat Boston!

  137. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Carp, we do it a lot more often than any other team. Certainly since the whole season lockout (before then we were eliminated wayyyy before game 82/48).

    As for the other original sixes, here are their longest and second longest droughts in number of seasons:

    1) Montreal: 18 (active), 12
    2) Toronto: 44 (active), 10
    3) Detroit: 41, 9
    4) Chicago: 48, 22
    5) Boston: 37, 28
    6) New York: 54, 17 (active)

  138. Sioux wins carp. The voice has SHAKIRA !! The rangers have Doo- gay The hips don’t lie ..:-).
    My son returned last night after a year of teaching in South Korea. It was very special to have him at the dinner table safe and sound once again
    Then I sat with both of my boys and we watched the game…halfway through the third period the younger guy says ” If this is the kind of luck you’re gonna bring us, just pack your shxt up and go back!!! Have some faith boys,we WILL get there!!

  139. Sioux-per-man on

    I’m a fan of the game.

    At every level. I enjoy the college game as much as the Pro game. My favorite year was when my son was a squirt. We had 124 teams come to Fargo for the Squirt International tournament. Nothing like running into an old Pro while watching his 10 year old son play.

    There going to win another Cup, the season it’s over, never know when the next one is, just NEVER give up…..

  140. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I watched the game on the dvr late last night and most of the points have already been beat to death that I didn’t like (mainly pulling hank too early and no clowe on pp in front of net)

    I really didn’t think we played a terrible game and I am shocked that so many here just expected the panthers to just roll over. I mean guys on their team trying to earn a spot or contract next year and truly not a “must” win for us.

    Relax folks!

  141. Sather to caterer Tuesday afternoon – “Have some bubbly available by 9 PM.”

    “No bubbly, Pepsi.”

    “Okay, then deliver it to Raleigh Thursday.”

  142. Wicky: And we just recently embarrassed the Panthers. Not only on the scoreboard but physically and effort wise. Of course they were going to attempt to win this game, screw us over and embarrass us right back.

  143. Jared Staal has been called up by Carolina and he’ll make his NHL debut on the same line as his brother Jordan Staal Thursday against the Rangers.
    He is the younger brother of Hurricanes centers Eric and Jordan Staal. Jared has four goals, three assists and 25 penalty minutes in 52 games with AHL Charlotte this season. He was originally drafted in the second round by Phoenix in 2008 and was acquired by Carolina in 2010.
    Related: Eric Staal, Jordan Staal
    Source: Chip Alexander on Twitter
    Apr 24 – 2:00 PM

    PROB SCORES THE GAME WINNER WOULD BE FITTING

  144. Czech, while not the best military strategy your frontal assaults on this blog are priceless!

  145. Stranger Nation on

    PP D should be (not necessarily in that order…)
    MDZ/Danny G (if Torts must)
    Moore/Stralman

  146. I wonder if that kid is related to Jordan Staal and if Jordan is related to Eric and if those guys, if related, are possibly linked or related to Marc…

  147. Sioux-per-man on

    I guess that’s the drawing card to get fans to come out for a team that has Staal’d and can’t get to the playoffs!

  148. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Rangers are 6-2 this year without Boyle. 6-3 if you count his injury game. Prust sayin.

  149. Sioux-per-man on

    Eric – to bad Marc isn’t playing. It could be billed as an “ALL STAAL” game.

  150. question for you all on here today

    assuming we clinch tomorrow does anyone want my pair of seats for saturday game. I am accepting $100 for two tix rather then $146 which is face.

  151. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Can anyone think of a set of NHL brothers where there was one brother who was so clearly inferior to the others?

    The closest comparison in sports I can think of is Cooper Manning.

  152. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    eric, what a waste of your time. You might as well condition the sale upon the end of the Korean War.

  153. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Just read up on Cooper. Medical condition disqualifies him.

  154. Rob in Beantown on

    The Sutters had one brother who played hockey but never made the NHL. The other 6 did.

  155. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Rob, Gary Sutter chose not to pursue hockey professionally.

  156. Sioux-per-man on

    Eric sell them and put the money on the Rangers 28-1 to win the cup …… or …… you can use it to pay off Carp’s Hot Dog Bill at Walters :)

  157. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    LW, but that’s just one brother being much better than the other. I’m looking for multiple good brothers and one black sheep brother.

  158. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    coos, again, that’s just one good brother, one bad one.

    I’m looking for multiple goods, one bad.

  159. Sioux-per-man on

    That pretty cool of the Carolina team to pull up brother Jared and make an all Staal line.

    No doubt MoM & DaD will be there. Who knows maybe Marc will suit up and play a shift. He’s cleared for contact right?

  160. if Rangers get 1 point tomorrow night and Winnipeg wins, does Winnipeg have the tiebreak? because if that happens, I have a very bad feeling the Rangers lose to the Devils on Saturday.

  161. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    LW, Brent and Keith were both bad. I’m looking for the reverse of that.

    coos, the two non-Joe DiMaggios weren’t slubs either. Dom was a 7X all-star and Vince was a 2X.

    Jared Staal is barely even an AHL player.

  162. William the Conqueror, Ted Williams, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, and Schnorrer Williams.

  163. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Lloyd, Winnipeg would have the tiebreak in that scenario, yes. But the Jets would have to win their finale and the Rangers would have to lose in regulation.

  164. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    coos, it’s cool. I am able to separate the serious entries (Dimaggios) from the not serious (Fords & Williamses)

  165. Doodie, because Winnipeg would have more wins correct?

    Yeah, I think the Rangers really need to get those 2 points tomorrow night. It just seems too perfect for the Devils to win that game on Saturday in regulation and end the Rangers season after what happened last weekend.

  166. My thinking was that Wayne and Brent share the record for most points by brothers in NHL history. Keith doesn’t.

    Not quite a fit, but the three Stastny brothers and Paul were all better than Paul’s brother, Yan, right?

  167. better make the playoffs this year with this realigment non sense for minimum 3 years.

    pitt
    wash
    phil
    rangers
    isles
    devils
    carolina
    columbus

    only 3 guaranteed next year for sure. you think its hard now wait to next year and beyond

  168. we go 2-0 ottawa goes 2-1(reg loss) and isles go 1-1(reg loss) we get 6th and ovechkin and the boys one more time.

  169. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Lloyd,

    It comes down to whether the Rangers can get 2 points over the Jets in the next two games, regardless of whether they are active (Rangers winning/OTLs) or passive (Jets losing/OTLs).

    Don’t get concerned with ROWs. The way it works out is two points. If the Rangers can’t get some combo of two points, they are out and the Jets are in.

    Rob, the highest finish is still 5th, but they need a lot of help.

  170. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    haha, we go 2-0, hahaha. Eric, you’re cracking me up.

  171. Sioux-per-man on

    Doodie – Half the Panthers where barely AHL players. That’s what scares me about Carolina.

    If the Rangers don’t show up, they will all get out skated like Clowe did last night.

  172. how many of you are comfortable with the prospect of the Rangers season coming down to Saturday’s game against the Devils

  173. eric staal semin and tlusny. one of highest scoring lines in league this year.

    if not for cam ward injury they make playoffs

  174. eric, I think you’re right. that Ward injury really buried them – not that he was playing spectacularly before the injury, but he would have upped his game down the stretch. they got painfully mediocre goaltending from two painfully mediocre goaltenders and their season went down the toilet.

  175. ThisYearsModel on

    Carpster—your recaps are the best words being written about the Rangers anywhere. I always look forward to them. Thanks.

  176. Sioux-per-man on

    Lloyd – Let’s hope not. But I would have bet have the farm that we would have won last night against the 30th team in the league.

    Now I’m Not sure the Rangers will be able to handle the 24th & 25th teams in the league playing rookies from the AHL, that have something to prove.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the All Staal line scores on us tomorrow. Let’s just hope they don’t score first at the end of the 2nd period.

  177. rangers might be better off not making the playoffs. I don’t think I can take another penguin beating from donkey face and company.

  178. coos, you forgot Tiger Williams … and Stevie Williams, who used to work for the other Tiger.

    I had a chance to do a story on the Mannings after Eli was drafted. Peyton, Eli and Archie all think Cooper could have been an NFL WR before his neck injury. Might be wishful thinking, but he apparently wasn’t a schlub.

  179. Sioux-per-man on

    Papa – half full you see it’s like this.

    Two boys who on beautiful day were exploring their neighbor’s farm and came upon an empty barn that smelled of manure – the first boy said, “we got to get out of here, this smells horrible“, but the second boy said “Oh boy, this is great – there must be horses around!“. Yes, true optimists can even find a silver lining from manure!

    Last nights game was full of manure! But just wait until we release the Horses in the Playoffs!!!

    Never Give Up!!!

  180. I wouldn’t say I’m giving up, just don’t trust the rangers. I’m not convinced this team is a playoff team and if they do make it don’t see them going far. If you think about it, excluding last year, this team has been barely a playoff team for years, usually out in first round. I haven’t seen anything this year that shows me this team is a good team and can get hot in the playoffs. I understand being optimistic and all but this is the rangers organization where talking about.

  181. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    That’s what I’m saying. Rarely do you see at least three brothers where only one of the brothers is not a quality professional.

    Jared Staal has that dubious honor.

  182. I think it’s more common than you think, Doodie. I think that in this case the other brother is pretty high up so it’s more visible. But I bet there are plenty of families that have 25% dunce in the sibling pool.

  183. For example, my brothers and I are 33% dunce. We bring the average up. But since none of us are pro athletes, no one noticed.

  184. Rob in Beantown on

    As human specimens they are all 99.9% of hockey playing humans. It’s just that three of them are in the 99.999%

  185. Carp, how sweet do you think Stevie Williams found that Masters? (Rhetorical question.) Fluff Cowan still dragging a bag, I think Furyk’s. Tiger fired Butch Harmon, too, maybe his biggest mistake (besides hanging with Charles Barkley (or vice-versa).

  186. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Manny, I’m looking for that high up category, though. A family with multiple professional brothers and one brother who aspires to be a professional, but fails.

    Latona came up with a great example in the Pronovost brothers, but given that they played 70 years ago, it gives you an idea of how rare this is.

  187. I thought of the Moores as well, Doodie, but I think you were considering upper-echelon players. Steve and Dominic were both serviceable NHL regulars before Todd Bertuzzi and the death of a spouse. Mark never made it.

  188. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m not making any sense. All of the Staals are in the top 0.001% of hockey playing humans is my point. It’s just that three are in the top 0.0001% or whatever. But they’re all good.

  189. Ten thousand Kardashians and Bruce Jenner. Does anyone remember that plastic-faced Bruce was an Olympic Gold Decathlon winner? From the top of the world to a laughingstock. Sad.

  190. Guys, tomorrow night is official opening night for my new restaurant: pbsteak.com

    Look underneath “Other Steak” … a special surprise for all of you. What do you think?!

  191. Rob in Beantown on

    Miami Pimp, Mazeltov! That is a beautiful, non-amateur hour menu if I ever saw one. May you have years of real, non-bush league success in this new venture.

  192. Papa Bear said yesterday the Rangers would beat the Penguins in the first round and I’m sure that stellar performance against the Panthers did nothing to diminish his enthusiasm

  193. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Joey mullin Brian mullin and Chris mullin – while Chris wasnt a brutha, he also didnt play hockey

  194. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lloyd – the rangers won’t beat the pens in rd 1….. Largely because they will be beating the bruins in rd1

  195. Ruland and Mahorn, the Bruise Brothers, and Belushi and Aykroyd, the Blues Brothers.

  196. Lloyd, no need to go back to yesterday, Papa said it again today.

    I refuse to follow in the footsteps of the Debbie downers who can only scream, “the sky is falling, the sky is falling”……..Rangers in 6, put that in pipe and smoke it!

  197. Rangers in 6…unless we have Boyle back for the start of the series then it will be ……Rangers in 5. …….if we have both .Dorsett & Boyle ……….Rangers in a sweep.

  198. OK, not brothers, but believe the following pairs are distant cousins…

    Mark Messier and Joby Messier…

    Martin Brodeur and Mike Brodeur (LOL)

  199. It’s no secret that the stars are falling from the sky
    It’s no secret that our world is in darkness tonight
    They say the sun is sometimes eclipsed by a moon
    You know I don’t see you when she walks in the room

    It’s no secret that a friend is someone who lets you help
    It’s no secret that a liar won’t believe anyone else
    They say a secret is something you tell one other person
    So I’m telling you,

    A man will beg
    A man will crawl
    On the sheer face of love
    Like a fly on a wall
    It’s no secret at all

    It’s no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest
    It’s no secret ambition bites the nails of success
    Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief
    All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief

    A man will rise
    A man will fall
    From the sheer face of love
    Like a fly from a wall
    It’s no secret at all

    It’s no secret that the stars are falling from the sky
    The universe exploded ’cause of one man’s lie
    Look, I gotta go, yeah I’m running outta change
    There’s a lot of things if I could I’d rearrange

    It’s no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest
    It’s no secret ambition bites the nails of success
    Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief
    All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief

    A man will beg
    A man will crawl
    On the sheer face of love
    Like a fly on a wall
    It’s no secret at all

  200. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Pimp – good luck – just make sure your stable of babes smoozes with the cliental. Kill 2 birds with one stone.

    Also, for dessert, you need the “pimp special” – a tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream served in a miniature car seat

  201. And one of the 2 postseasons he made it to was only because they lucked out and backed in.

  202. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Maurice Richard, Henri Richard, Brad Richard(s)

    Clearly the 3rd one is the black Richard

  203. Stranger Nation on

    Ex3 – agree with your 8:21

    Don’t forget Frank Howard, howard Hughes and Howard the Duck

  204. Rob in Beantown on

    Boyle’s brother was drafted last year– Rangers should trade for him and build their own stable of Boyles. There’s like 20 of them, right?

  205. II got it…Geoff , Russ, and Bruce courtnall!!!! Had fun watching the repeat of gretzkys 97 playoff hat trick on MSG tonight…hoping Nash was watching too…

  206. Randy Johnson = Best name in all of sports

    The Big Unit = 2nd best name in all of sports

  207. Great review as usual Carp.

    Last night was typical rangers. Hopefully they play with a sense of purpose tomorrow. clinch party tomorrow. IPAs are on ice.

  208. Doodie MaFezzik, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    Detroit just made the perfect 5 on 3 play and Datsyuk was unlucky not to score. It’s so simple. It’s two quick passes. One from high to low. One across the goal.

  209. How did Gaborik and Richards manage to save so much money? Neither of them ever picked up a check.

  210. Doodie MaFezzik, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    The Moore brothers were a pretty good example. Not quite there with the Staals, but pretty good nonetheless.

  211. Doodie MaFezzik, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    How fitting would it be if the Rangers missed the playoffs but both Redden and Gomez were playing in them?

  212. Doodie MaFezzik, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    And Rozsival. And Wolski. although those two have a hard time getting into the lineup. At least for Rozsi it’s more about health. For Wolski, woof.

  213. Doodie MaFezzik, unemployed in Greenland, 1.5 on

    If St. Louis wins a second Art Ross trophy, does he get into the HOF? Not many guys with two of those, and all of those who do are in (except Malkin, who has a pretty damn good chance of having a HOF career at this point).

    What do youse guys think?

  214. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I will go on record as saying I would NOT want to play Detroit if they are the 8th seed in the playoffs.

  215. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Toronto pulls an NYR and is beaten by second worst team in the east, TB. Opens the door for the Isles to move up to 5th.

  216. Jason Bay ripping it up in Seattle. $16 million, .184 (20 points above last year) 1 dinger. Saw him in Larchmont CVS last fall. Assume he was purchasing aspirin.

  217. Pimp’s restaurant menu rocks! I love steak and seafood! Love it! I already recommended your place to a few friends who live near by! So if anyone comes in mentioning CCCP take good care of them, please! Udachi! Good luck!

  218. Olga Folkyerself on

    I bet the Devils heard that “Sea-son’s Ov-er” chant and would love to try it out on Saturday.

  219. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    #4) I agree…. they tried…. to win this game with minimum effort. Well they got the minimal effort part done. The 1st period was a really good road period even if it was against the absolute zero of the NHL thermometer. After the 1st panther goal they stopped playing hard. Everyone tried as hard as they could to not get hit and make the play. Passes turned into turnovers due to a lack of effort and inability to get the puck deep. They also half-assed their attempts to get the puck out of the defensive zone. Everyone waited for the puck to get to them instead of going to the puck.
    No one knew where anyone else was on the ice and I can only assume that there wasn’t a whole lot of communication going on between the ranger players.
    #15) I don’t know what game anyone else was watching but when I saw B(too)Rich take that tripping penalty, that’s exactly what it looked like to me. I just watched a bit of the game again (to see Lundqvist’s unbelievable duo of right leg kick saves) and watched the penalty take place again. He never touched the puck and, while his stick didn’t really sure the tripping he got enough of Brennan’s leg for it to be

  220. “8) Seriously, you know who is probably the best addition the Rangers made? Mats Zuccarello.”

    Yes. He is awesome.

  221. Cardinal Egan’s list of Which one doesn’t belong and why:

    Buddy Ryan
    Rex Ryan
    Rob Ryan
    Ryan Nolan
    Ham on Rye
    Mark Sanchez

  222. Hagerstown MD NYR fan on

    Last night was…..not good. Hard to know which Ranger team is going to show up night to night. Their consistent inconsistency is disappointing to say the least. Having said all that it’s clear the Rangers never do anything the easy way and we will all probably be pulling our hair out on saturday. Still I love em anyway I can’t help it their my team.

  223. I didn’t see Olga’s 12:05 either. Rahm has been doing this on and off since Sarah Lawrence.

  224. I received notification by mail this AM that I’ve been chosen to pay another Con Ed bill.

  225. Bed check! All the Red, Blue and White boys snuggled in? The Raleigh Motel 6. We’ll leave the (red) light on for ya.

  226. I think I heard on the Mets radio the other day that some manager, whose name I didn’t get, at midnight before a day game, gave the doorman a bat and a marker and asked him to get the signatures of every player who came in after 1 AM. Next morning, he collected the bat, got the names, handed out stiff fines and gave the bat back to the doorman.

  227. If jets win and lose tomorrow, I will shut down all personal electronic equipment until post game Saturday.

  228. Snoozers, PB. I’ve been banging on this keyboard since 10 AM, intermittently coming back to the Ranger Blog every time I get writer’s block (which is becoming too often). :)
    Catch you on the rebound. zzzzzzzzzzz

  229. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    At least the Rangers won’t have to worry about hearing devils fans cheering “season’s over” on Saturday. Since the game’s at MSG it’ll be the Ranger fans chanting it.

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