It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Hurricanes

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Bottom line is the magic number is two. If the Rangers get two points tonight, they’re in. If Winnipeg doesn’t get any points in its season finale tonight at home against Montreal, the Rangers are in. If the Rangers get one point and Winnipeg gets on point, the Rangers are in.

If Winnipeg wins tonight and the Rangers lose in regulation, then the Rangers will have to beat the Devils Saturday or they’re out. Likewise, if Winnipeg gets one point tonight and the Rangers lose in regulation, the Rangers will need one point Saturday because Winnipeg owns the tiebreaker.

I think.

And if, if, if … if the Rangers had just beaten Florida twice instead of those two hideous inexcusable losses, they’d be in, and the fifth seed right now. If they’d beaten Florida in one of those two games, they’d be in and sixth. That’s how mediocre the East is.

Game 47.
Rangers at Hurricanes.

Ya boys have lost one in a row, after three straight wins that ended an 8-2-1 streak.

Same lineup, with Henrik Lundqvist in goal. Marc Staal (eye), Brian Boyle (knee) and Derek Dorsett (clavicle) remain out. Roman Hamrlik and Matt Gilroy are prucha’d.

Did you guys know that Marc Staal has brothers? And that Jeff Skinner was some sort of ballerina or something? Maybe MSG Network will fill in the details tonight.

Other games that matter for seeding in the East tonight: Montreal at Winnipeg, Ottawa at Washington, Tampa Bay at Boston, Toronto at Florida.

Games that matter tomorrow: Islanders at Buffalo.

Games that might matter Saturday: Devils at Rangers, Montreal at Toronto, Philadelphia at Ottawa, Boston at Washington.

Game that might matter Sunday: Ottawa at Boston.

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  1. Staal should play tonight. No one would touch him unless he collided with McDonagh. :)

  2. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”

  3. “He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety”.

  4. Hamrlik and Shonny, sweaty, nude, coming into cabin from day of woodland windsprints, pull up two wicker chairs, pour out two bowls of dry Rice Crispies and tune in to MSG feed.

  5. Canes feed for me, sadly. Hope somebody will convey Sam Rosen’s giddy Staal-Skinner-related excitement for me.

  6. The dilemma, will the ranger organization be better off making the playoffs or not?

    What would be the consequences?

    Besides early tee times!

  7. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Lets gogo gog gog og g gogogogogogo!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!

    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    big game!!!

    Huge game!!!

    LETS GO LETS GO LETS GO LETS GO!!!!!

  8. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGERS!!!

    RAAAAAAAAAANGERS!!!!!

    RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGERS!!!!!

    lets go lets go lets go lets gol~!!!!!

  9. Am I the only one that is going to mention the horrible defense by the 4th line which, ya know, has a DEFENDER at Forward?

  10. Del Zotto actually did really well there until he decided he would play it back to the point.

  11. This 4th line is a disaster. Latona and I were right to knock Asham for abandoning his real family.

  12. I think I might prefer watching the Rangers have to give up a ton of shots and scramble around their own zone like this than a game like the last one, where they have to carry the play and fail to threaten a bad team sitting back.

  13. The Canes have been Devils-esque with their interference so far this game. I’ve seen at least three significant picks so far.

  14. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    YEAH BABY . loveee the Brassard goal!!!!!!

    GREAT GOAL!!!

    GREAT TRADES!!

    GREAT TEAM NOW!!!!

    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    WE ARE , WE ARE … THE RANGERS!!!!!

    lets go lets go lets go lets go!!!

  15. NNice work by the rangers this period. Let’s keep our feet on their throat as E3 says ..

  16. soild first 40 mins to go. no pucks through the middle of the ice though. few careless plays

  17. The longest 40 minutes. In the. National. [jabs finger] Hockey. [throws imaginary dart] League. [waves papers in hand] Hashtag Knicks.

  18. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Here a Staal , there a Staal everywhere a Staal ,Staal.

  19. To compensate for Salmon Joe presumably talking about The Family Staal all night, the Canes announcers just had a 10-minute discussion about Stepan’s dad while play was going on.

  20. Can someone please explain this. The Rangers are playing their biggest game since Game 6 against the Devils.

    The Rangers had clear knowledge that Asham might have to leave and have their entire farm team at their disposal, yet they decide that a defenseman who hasn’t played in weeks is the best option at forward.

    I understand its the 4th line and its limited minutes, but flat out stupidity.

  21. I’m no expert, but I don’t think Kevin Westgarth is such a threat in the neutral zone that he needs four men to cover him.

  22. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Jets score first….

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!

  23. dudley
    im sorry taking a pen 200 ft away and blowing a 2 goal lead in a must win game is unacceptabl. u go shrug it off then. dont call me out though

  24. Calling out your fandom sir. Gilroys not a regular member and it sucked but I’m certain well make it up. Want to live your fantasy and bet against it?

  25. It doesn’t matter if Asham had to leave unexpectedly, How can you not have an extra forward with the team when your minor league team is eliminated????

    I happen to like Tortorella, but he has done this many times and its just flat out stupid…

  26. Admiral Akbar on

    It’s not fair – they have more Staal’s than we do! And ours ain’t playin!

  27. Chat should have been tomorrow carp… That would have been record breaker after this one

  28. if this last 10 mins of play doesnt bother every one of you in a game we need to win then i cant ever imagine what will with this team.

    the pp fails again when you can momentum back and they are pinned repeatedly.

    girardi been brutal

  29. How about that coaching by Torts. Call up Gilroy to play offense in one of the biggest games of the season. This has surely paid off with him single handedly shifting momentum for Carolina. Good job Torts.

  30. ThisYearsModel on

    Yikes. The biggest, strongest guy on the team gets knocked silly by an elbow?

  31. I hope you nay Sayers are starting to realize Torts is hurting the rangers rather than coaching and helping them. He has no idea even when to take a timeout anymore.

    Biggest red flag people should have seen. When he said leave the offense alone to make plays. No torts. You provide strategy in the offensive zone and let the creative players improvise.

  32. Broeduer not playing against Philty tonite, resting for Saturday, keeps asking Scott Stevens if the Rangers have lost yet.

  33. i dont blame torts for dressing gilroy because asham left after morning skate. was in a bind. i blame torts for giving him a shift. play 11 forwards.

  34. What’s with Nash and the blind passes inside the blue line on the pp? His play lately is really puzzling.

  35. clowe took a elbow to the head thanks to Bob Sanguinetti, you remember him, possible concussion for clowe.

  36. Eric

    He could have used J.T. Miller, Mashinter, Christian Thomas, Haley, Segal, Newbury, Hrivik. SO many forwards are available, but he doesnt seem to understand that defenseman can’t just play forward on a whim.

    He’s done it with Bickel and Eminger too, in the playoffs no less…

  37. look at the bright side, do you really want to see this team in the playoffs? Why would anybody want to torture themselves.

  38. As easy as it was to love last years team, that’s how hard it is to root for these guys. Sorry, I have no oonfidence in them going forawrd- this team has no work ethic, no plan, but most importantly- no will. Of course, a will with no work ethic and no plan won’t get you far either. They look too often like victims waiting for the axe to fall.

  39. oleo

    maybe those guys couldnt get to carolina in time. asham left late afternoon. the rangers skated at 1130 he skated and they announced same lineup. it must have been late afternoon he left.

  40. I just wish Carp and the other writers would actually ask him about it. It really is inexcusable to use a defenseman at forward in such an important game.

  41. Oleo and Co.: Asham probably left the team today. How could we get a kid from wherever the Whale are today and get them to Carolina and in uniform and ready to go for Puck drop? Not many options there, bud.

  42. At this point, the only reason I want them to make the playoffs is because i don’t want to give Devil fans the satisfaction of knocking us out. I know we will lose in 5 games at most to Pitt

  43. Czechthemout!!! on

    I have a question for all the Torts defenders. How can you only have Matt Gilroy as your only spare player for the forward position when there are no roster limits now? How could you not have JT Miller on this trip just in case? And does Torts really feel that a player that is a defenseman, who has not played in over a month is a better option than a forward who has played more games and is actually a forward? Not to mention the fact that he is also more physical and is a thousand times the player Gilroy is at forward?

    What say you?

  44. Manny

    The Whale’s season is over. Their last game was over the weekend. No excuse to have to be shorthanded like this.

    Tortorella CHOSE to stick with the 2 defenseman and he needs to be accountable…

  45. 20 minutes. We win the next 20 minutes and we are in the playoffs. Guys, you all want the Rangers to make it. You want to watch. You know it. We live and die by this team (which is sad and pathetic on a whole other level) and that means we NEED them in the playoffs. We will worry about winning 4 games once we’re in. Let’s get in.

  46. manny

    vibin all the way to the ledge.

    dont expect help from habs people. its on this crap team

  47. Olga Folkyerself on

    IF the Rangers make the playoffs, Pittsburgh will squash them like an ant on the sidewalk.

  48. Czechthemout!!! on

    There is no excuse for this blunder! The Whale season is over. There is no reason Miller,Newberry, I dont care who is not here with the team already! None!

  49. Czechthemout!!! on

    And there is your boy MDZ, unable again to make a play! Another piece of Carcillo!

  50. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Tommy
    Regardless of the rest of this season and the playoffs, I’m pretty damn sure it isn’t clowe’s last game as a ranger

  51. I guess torts gave em a good speech during the intermission. This is a joke. Open your eyes people and stop defending chihuahua face.

  52. Tortorella doesn’t think he needs spare players around in the event of injury. Tortorella also preaches rampant shot blocking. Perhaps he thinks discs of vulcanized rubber fired at 90 mph+ don’t cause injury.

  53. Go Habs Go
    This collapse is really going to be rough to take even by Ranger fans standards

  54. You guys do realize that the Rangers will wind up facing NJ in a playoffs or die game, right?

    Remember that “SEASON’S OVER” chant?

  55. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    So, now that Kreider has virtually NO big league experience other than to be slapped, he is on the first line? Sure, kid. Good luck!!

  56. Carolina is breezing through the neutral zone without resistance. Problem all season.

  57. The Rangers have shown absolutely zero heart these last two games. Apparently they think they are entitled to the playoffs.

    Disgusting effort AGAIN

  58. So let me get this straight, just tuned in. Clowe possibly concussed, Rangers give up three straight and trail in the third? This team is so fragile.

  59. “(Del Zotto) the kid is a freaking disgrace”

    Willie Mitchell would make a great Ranger.

  60. iDoodie Machetto, 0 on

    Screw this team. I hope they miss the playoffs so I can save the money on the tickets. No point in watching this goddamn disgrace. THE HURRICANES ONLY HAVE FOUR BYFULGIEN DEFENSEMEN! FOUR

  61. If you cannot beat two of the worst teams in the league to clinch a playoff spot, you do not deserve to be in the playoffs.

  62. I don’t think staying positive is a bad thing, but the glaring stupid mistakes by the coach are just mind numbing.

  63. Czechthemout!!! on

    And there is MDZ, once again unable to get a shot on goal. The kid just does not have the offensive chops and is very average defensivlely. Bottom line, he needs to go! And where is the call there against Nash?

  64. If you’d rather not spend the money, Doodie, why not just pass on the tickets even if they make the playoffs?

  65. i never blame hank he gets blame as well. last 2 goals glove side high drops down too quick

  66. We could sure use a LEGIT 40 goal sniper from Slovakia…oh wait, we have an underachieving center and a 20 year old babyfaced d-man, and a goon with a borken clavicle…just as good

  67. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Ellis is without a stick and we don’t take advantage of it?? No problem, we had a goalie getting cramps for 2 minutes and couldnt get a shot on net.

  68. eddie eddie eddie on

    Gabby with 1 assist in his last 5 games, NYR fan, not sure he’s your answer. Brassard scored this game….more than what the root beer floater could have done.

  69. At this point I really don’t think this team will make the playoffs. Uncle Daddy will shut them out on Saturday just to make it that much worse.

    You can’t beat Florida or Carolina when you have EVERYTHING to play for? And they have NOTHING?

    What a joke

  70. I’m waiting for the power play we will get in a few minutes which will fail miserably. Then the night will be complete.

  71. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Do they pass to each other anymore? Or just take wide angle desperate shots that have no chance?

  72. That’s the thing torts throws players under the bus so easily, and yet he makes the worst decisions. The good players bail his terrible coaching style out.

  73. iDoodie Machetto, 0 on

    How did we not get a first in the Gaborik trade? how could we not hedge on missing the playoffs?

    Good thing they got an enforcer who is out for the season!

  74. Yeah, my bad, Brassard is better. Plus, he is a Quebecois!

    Remember when Nicky Z led the team in points? He was my fave.

  75. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    One game and then Sather trades him? Now THAT’S a great GM!!!!!! And a great draft pick!

  76. Their lack of urgency is evidence that this team really does believe they are entitled to make the playoffs and don’t have to work hard for it.

    I bet Torts is happy he’ll have Gilroy to tear apart in the post game. Not like Torts has to worry about the fact that he coaches one of the worst PP’s I’ve ever seen.

    Oh, right…Torts says the PP isn’t his fault. CYA, Torts

  77. Olga Folkyerself on

    I want Winnipeg to win. The Rangers want to make the playoffs on their own…

  78. do we think the reason they are losing is that the team is still tired from last year’s playoffs?

  79. Admiral Akbar on

    Maybe Prust will bail out his old teamates tonight.

    Because they are NOT getting it done on their own

  80. Lack of skill has been there all year Carp…they used to make up for it by working hard.

  81. Can we get a fluff piece about how sad some of the Rangers are when they struggle? Like how much they CARE when they’re doing poorly?

  82. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    we’ll take that BS call.

    Please Torts. Please. PUT RICHARDS ON THE POINT. It’ll work, I’ll tell ya.

  83. iDoodie Machetto, 0 on

    It is lack of work though. Last year’s team would have physically overwhelmed a team with only 4 defensemen. The canes would have tapped out after the second

  84. I seriously think NYR should play for a point now. Worry about the next one once you get there.

  85. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

    YES

    YES

    YES

    YES!!!!

  86. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    This is why you have a Hank. It’s his time to prove his worth. Right now. And in tiddly winks, if it gets that far.

  87. Wait…Del Zotto has 2 assists in the game? Including the game tying goal?

    *ABSOLUTE DISGRACE*

  88. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Of all the players out there, I hate him, but Richards has showed poise.

  89. iDoodie Machetto, .5 on

    I think the team name should be changed to the new York long shot wides.

  90. Admiral Akbar on

    Richards is a winner. Always will be, regardless of what his skill level may be at this time.

  91. Olga Folkyerself on

    Go for the Shootout!

    I want to see Carolina put up Staal, Staal, and Staal.

  92. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    PLAYOFFS!!!

    PLAYOFFS!!!??

    PLAYOFFS!!!

  93. If delzotto puts on 20 pounds and plays with some grit like last season ill like him.

  94. Admiral Akbar on

    When you outshoot your opponents 35-16 or whatever it is, you create your own luck. Solid point against a tough team.

  95. THAT is what frustrates me about Girardi. What a terrible pass. Could have cost NYR the game.

  96. The Jets should just stop their match. And DeBoer’s Devils will have nothing to play for now.

  97. Heh, bet the Rangers wish Callahan was Gaborik there, huh? (That they traded Gaborik earlier this season is the joke here.)

  98. Devil Injury Report. Broduer pulled a hammy stretching. Will not be available for Saturday… Blaahhhh!

  99. Captain Cally comes through…playoffs, baby!!

    But man alive this teaingm looks like they’ll have a hard time winning a single game.

    Doesn’t matter. Time to HOPEFULLY believe the slate is clean and we can actually try and do something in the post season.

    Too much sloppy, uninspired play these last two games though. Troubling.

    Ah, well…Enjoy the moment for Captain Cally.

    Why can’t everyone play like he does?

  100. ATTENTION

    BEAT THE DEVILS NOW. U CONTROL YOUR OWN DESTINY VS THE ISLES. AVOID PITTSBURGH

  101. Mrs. Manny is on an EPIC rant about how much the Rangers suck right now. It’s awesome.

  102. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    So we need to dress mashinter and Haley and mcilrath for any bush league stuff from the devils saturday

  103. i can’t wait till the next few days when we start talking about how it’s conceivable that they could beat boston or pittsburgh…

  104. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    ILB
    Can I have your autograph?

    If clowe is out for the playoffs, we are going to have a tough go of it

  105. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    My three stars:

    1. Ellis’s skate

    2. Ellis’s skate

    3. Ellis’s skate

  106. clowe going out and the playoffs starting means only one thing… here comes the KREIDER!!!

  107. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    Ugly win, but a win and on to the next season. And currently matching up with Washington, although Boston/Montreal looking more likely. Not steamrolling into the playoffs, but rolling.

    WBM (c)
    0) Boyle
    1) Gilroy
    2) Richards
    3) MDZ
    4) Stralman
    5) Clowe

  108. Maybe Byfuglien will gain another 25lbs this summer? That could be all they need to get in…

  109. Hagerstown MD NYR fan on

    Whew. The Rangers are a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma. This team has multiple personality disorder. I wondered which Ranger team would show up the good the bad or the ugly. We got treated to all three. Scary. Who are these guys? What did Joe Pesci say in the movie JFK in regard to who committed the assassination of JFK The shooters don’t even know. Who are the Rangers The Rangers don’t even know. How can we know which Ranger personality will manifest next time? Answer who knows. All I can say is prepare to pull your hair out throughout the playoffs.

  110. Carp

    Do you think the CLOWN cares more about avoiding Pittsburgh or will he go with Biron in NJ?

  111. My guess: They will try to get a read on when Game 1 would be. If they have a couple of days off, Lundqvist plays Saturday. I know if it were me, I’m playing Lundqvist and trying to avoid Pittsburgh.

    and praying that Asham will be able to play against Boston, because I doubt Clowe will, and they are going to need some grit.

  112. Honestly, this team has so much JAM with Zuccarello. He has presence in front of the NET…

  113. I wonder how much money that elbow is going to cost Clowe in the contract negotiations….

  114. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers can clinch 7th at a minimum. Must win on Saturday. Clowe will be back by next week I hope…

  115. I didn’t make it, Carp. I did google it though. That counts for something….assuming it exists….right?

  116. I wonder if Olga goes to Blackhawks sites and pontificates about the rangers?! Woo hoo playoffs!!!!

  117. I voted for Asham (twice), Gravy. Assuming his place in the voting was also replaced by Gilroy.

  118. Rangers make playoffs, Dugay remains on the prowl for duration of playoff run. “Kim, I’ll be home late, post-game production meeting again tonight”

  119. i just sold my tickets for saturday on ranger website for $200 for pair. they normally cost $146.

    remarkable.

    carp u want 8 hot dogs

  120. Doesn’t really feel appropriate, but what the hell…

    _Ad the difference between me and you carp, is that if this team came out and looked great, i would be the first one to eat my words and say i was wrong about turderella, and be happy i was wrong. You,n the other hand, refuse to even acknowledge that there is a potential Ranger disaster here, and that the clueless coach “in charge” might be implicit in what is happening, or more accurately what is not happening._

  121. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    Gilroy will not be Clowe’s replacement. He was a last minute fill-in needed.

  122. Manny,

    That was great. That is one bad ass hobbitt. I wanted to see him drop Skinner tonight. That would have been elevated Zucc to Prust-like status on this blog.

  123. Too bad, NYR!

    Congrats everybody. Great job all season in the peanut gallery. See you in the ‘yoffs.

  124. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Olga, did you see Duguay’s comments just now complimenting Sather on the trades?

    Stick my finger down my throat, why don’t ya????

  125. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    _I voted for Asham (twice), Gravy. Assuming his place in the voting was also replaced by Gilroy_

    Makes sense Manny…already voted though.

  126. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    That loss to Florida, one of them, are really unfortunate now. That could have helped us into 6th, and possible Washington. Much more desirable than Pitt or Boston. You get what you deserve.

  127. When they go to the MSG studios between periods and Duguay looks like he wearing a test pattern I wonder what Clyde is saying about Dugie’s fashion sense while watching at home. (suspension of disbelief alert: Clyde watching hockey?)

  128. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    So, if they win the first round, is that a success (based on this year’s team) or failure (based on last year’s team)?

  129. What a way to get in! But they got in. That’s all that matters! So WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE to that!

    Big third period for the Blue -Rangers- Jackets. Maybe ol’ Butt-Chin can step it up for his team? No goals in his last five games.

  130. Matty,

    Stepan might be the most untouchable of the young Rangers. Your leading scorer now, as well. I remember a poll last summer about Stepan and would he get 50 points this year. His 82 game total would be 73 points. If he isn’t the team MVP this year, he is definitely one of the 2013 NYR 3 stars of the year.

  131. Hagerstown MD NYR fan on

    Well one thing we can say about Duguay is that his hair has not changed ever. If only he was that consistent as a player. The first Ranger program that I ever purchased in 1982 had a write up on Duguay. It actually said that he did many of the same things for the Rangers that Bob Gainey does for the Canadiens. Clearly delusional the writer of that article. The only thing Duguay did that Gainey did was lace up his skates

  132. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I hear you, Romeo. He isn’t the fastest. He is positionally smart. Sees the ice well. Is a good passer, an ok shooter. AND he is two way. He is a kid to be very proud of. Home grown and he improves each year.

  133. Finally composed myself- thank goodness God dropped everything else he was doing to put Rangers in playoffs- wonder what kind of torture he has in store for us? In all honesty, I thought team was playing Torts out of a job for the last two periods…it just didn’t happen.

  134. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Lol, Hager.

    He’s also a self important jerk from personal experience. He was an average hockey player.

  135. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    ‘Nite, Eric. Sweep it’ll be!!!

    Olga, keep him away, please. That is a franchise that doesn’t need Sather’s ‘help’ with drafting. Unless he asks Gord to come along!!

  136. For all you old time hockey fans, 1st round could possibly have three series of “Original Six” match ups:

    Rangers vse Bruins

    Canadiens vse Maple Leafs

    Red Wings verse Blackhawks

    I wonder when the last time that happened?

  137. Hagerstown MD NYR fan on

    Matty your right he wa average. More interested in the night life than hockey. Wasted talent. Did you know the Rangers drafted him and Lcien Deblois before the Fishsticks picked Bossy. Unbelievable

  138. SufferingSince79 on

    In the 8 finals since the lockout, 3 teams have made it after being the 7th or 8th seed in their conference. Kings 8th last year, Flyers 7th in 2010 & Oilers 8th in 2005. Kings of course won it all, Flyers losers in 6 (thank God) and Oilers losers in 7. Our expectations should be low and our hopes high because no one knows how this will end. LGRs!

  139. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    If we do finish 7th, I worry about our size with the loss of CLowe and Boyle. Boston is a huge team. With or without Lucic.

  140. Link didn’t work, looks like it has to be a cut and paste. It was Dugie with a crew cut.

  141. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Uh…Suffering…..not so sure we have the talent or balance of some of those teams. If there is an 8th place team that goes somewhere this year it’s in the west. Detroit!!!

    You can bank on that.

  142. Romeo, what I remember was Dugay was hazed as a rookie by the team and they gave him a crew cut.

  143. Hagerstown MD NYR fan on

    Matty I don’t remember who who was the GM then but clearly not much has changed. I remember so many games watching Duguay skate all over the place like a figure skater. Never anywhere near thge puck. In fairness he did have a 40 goal season inthe 81-82 season but that was it really as a Ranger. !9 goals thge next year and they sent him to detroit for the unforgettable trio of Willi Huber Mark Osborne and Mike Blaisdel. Not good.

  144. “He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety”.

  145. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    No matter what, Suffering, they’ll raise your expectations enough for them to rip your heart out!!!

    Just the way it is being a fan of this team!!

  146. We used to call Willie Huber “The Skating Refrigerator”. I don’t remember much about Blaisdell, but Mark Osborner was a hardworking, gritty winger, could score a little.

  147. Did not see the game in Phoenixx on bus. will review tommorrow.

    of course Stepan has been there best forward no doubt about it…

    though Staal might may an appearance before the playoffs, too bad that does not appear to be a reality

    Glad they made the playoffs, hope they do not play the cindies in 1st round.

  148. Interesting column by Reisman re: journalism. One thing I like about him (and Carp) is that they are equal opportunity skewers and just tell the unvarnished truth no matter where that truth lies. A vanishing breed. Congrats.

  149. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hearing Clowe has lower body problem…..hearing clowe has upper body problem….dave Maloney on radio said lower body…..anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

  150. Hagerstown MD NYR fan on

    Matty you truly understand what it is to be a Ranger fan. You get your hopes up and then they break your heart. I remember vividly the 1984 1st round matchup with that team from east cupcake Long Island. Game 5 Don Maloney unbelievable ties it up inthe final seconds. We are gonna beat these guys. OT comes Mikko Lenenen wide ope n net shoot s wide. Moments later that goal scoring phenomenon Ken Morrow puts one thru Glen Hanlons legs. Elation becomes devastation. It really sucked but with the wonderful exception of 94 Ive gotten used to it. Yet I will live and die with them again just like the rest of you and well like lotto you never know. Maybe the Penguins will take hockey lessons from Ron Duguay. What can you say about Duguay at least he could score with the chicks or so we were led to believe.

  151. SufferingSince79 on

    Matty…I picked the name for a reason. Only one year I can remember they didn’t rip my heart out but they gave me more than one heart attack before it was all over.

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