It’s Go Time! … Game 1: Rangers at Capitals


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Rangers at Capitals.

Ya boys finally end their league-imposed playoff lockout with Game 1, and their fourth meeting in five years with the Caps.

The Capitals ended their season 11-1-1. The Rangers ended their season 10-3-1. Neither team played a very difficult schedule down the stretch.

As you know by now, the Capitals had the best power play in the NHL, and Alex Ovechkin led the NHL with 32 goals, and the Rangers power play mostly stunk, etc.

Anyway, try to remember that anything that happens in Game 1 … it’s just  Game 1. It will probably be 1-1 after two games and 2-2 after four. We know this because we’ve seen dozens, if not hundreds, of playoff series before, right?

The Rangers go with the same lineup that ended the season, which means no Marc Staal (eye), Brian Boyle (knee), Ryane Clowe (probable concussion) or Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle).

Henrik Lundqvist in goal, of course, against Braden Holtby. Roman Hamrlik, Matt Gilroy and Micheal Haley are prucha’d.


Don’t forget to vote for the Three Rangers Stars in the poll on the left, and to follow me on Twitter: @RangersReport. Also, if anybody wants to volunteer to pick stars in any of the playoff games, drop me an email at

Try to stay away from sharp objects and the ledge during the swings within the games.

Also remember, there is no such thing as home-ice advantage. Go back and look.





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  1. Sioux-per-man on

    Let’s Go Boys!!!!

    Drop the Puck!!!

    Let the quest for the cup begin!!!

  2. Stranger Nation on

    *Hey!* *Hey!*






  3. Stranger Nation on

    Praise baby Jesus this game is on MSG

    NYR 3 – Craps 2

    GWG – MDZ

    Shots – Patron followed by Silver Patron…

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


    RANGERS RANGERS RANGERS lets gog gog og gog og go go go!!!


    Come on boyz n gals lets make some NOISE!!!!!!


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


    kill OV kill OV kill OV!!!!!


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


  7. Stranger Nation on

    Love to see Nash lay out Green on his first shift – time to step it up Nasher and lets get Physical!!

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

    THREE PERIODS and mayyyybe overtime but no SHOOT OUT!!!!!!!!

    YEAH baby!!

    IT IS OURS!!!!


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


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


    goosebumps baby!!!!

    love it love it!!!!!!

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

    spider , ask Carp .



    OMG is this for real or what!!!??

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

    FIRE OLGA!!!!

    LETS gogog gog og og ogog ogo gog!!!!

  13. Kenny Phelps on

    Wife bought be a brand new Rangers tshirt….. it says Gaborik on the back. Do I dare wear it?

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


    lets go go gog gog gop gog gog LETS GO RAAAAANGERS!!!!!!


    RANGERS!!!!!! …..holey hell yeah Carp!!!!!!

    IM freakin outtttt!!!!!!!

  15. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    i guess everyone had their shots of jack daniels and is ready to go

  16. Kenny Phelps on

    Carp – I’m still waiting on my custom John Sterling HR call.

    First garbage penalty of the night!

  17. Is anyone else having issues with the worst cable company in the world, Time Warner Cable?

  18. Stranger Nation on

    Brower hits McD in head with stick as McD is dumping his and then hits him way after he passes it

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


  20. Czechthemout!!! on

    They look a little nervous so far. Hank is keeping them in the game. Need to survive this period. If they do, they have a shot.

  21. Could have sworn I saw the official signal interference before the commercial break. What happened?

  22. wow!!! rangers standing around, not hitting anybody, looks like they are taking lessons from the islanders, ridiculous.

  23. Czechthemout!!! on

    Yeah, they really miss Boyle’s offense and defense, and goaltending and coaching and play by play, and scouting, really!

    Have to step up their physical play too.

  24. My son went to the game in DC. He just texted me. Can. torts please put Nash and Stepan together” … Texted back….. “Hold on Son, hold on!”

  25. BroadwayBlueshirt11 on

    Pretty brutal to listen to so far! Hoping this doesn’t turn into a long metro/bus trip home.

  26. I don’t know who made that pass to Asham, think it was Moore, but GREAT play.

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


    yeah man , I can see some goals !!!


  28. Newburyport, 0-2 on open nets in the last 2 games……but, on the bright side, he’s getting chances! :)

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

    Noooberry had a great chance , wow!!

  30. Czechthemout!!! on


    They really do need to raise their physical play though, don’t you think?

    Way too really for the ledge. I say this as a frequent ledge dweller.



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


    OUR boys look GOOD TONIGHT!!!!

  33. SWAGELIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Anisimov anyone??? Watch Arty’s goal from game 1 a year ago

  35. Like I said yesterday on the chat, this guy is vulnerable to wrap arounds and bad-angle shots. Not guilty on that one, but that’s what Hagelin was trying to accomplish. Rangers turnaround started by the fourth-line shift and not an awful PP.

  36. Sonny Boy texted on the goal.. “Matteau,!!!!!,, Matteau!!!….Matteau!!!!!!”

  37. Czechthemout!!! on

    Mcd needs to wake up.he has had at least three or four poor plays so far.

  38. Holding? WTB? Only thing McDonagh was holding there was his breath after Ovechkin got past him.

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

    What the …. OVETCHICKEN just boarded our guy !!!???

    Thats boarding in my books..maybe more if his neck got hurt. OV should be in the box man..

  40. Hagelin continues to show how he is one of the most dangerous players in the NHL behind the net.

  41. Mcdonut has been a turnover machine in the first period. I hope the real Mcdonut shows up in the 2nd period.

  42. listening to a radio stream while in flight from San Fran back to nyc. Technology is cooool. lgr

  43. Ovie disregards the puck and goes for the decapitation at least twice in the period.

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

    Carp , The way Stepan and Hags cris-crossed behind the net got the deman all screwed up…AWSOME!! I don’t know if Ive seen that before ..Carp is this something new done by our Rangers this year?

  45. The rangers need Staal badly if they want to go deep in the playoffs. Staal in the lineup balances out the blue line.

  46. Caps frustrated by the king already. Trying tip ins and looking skyward gotta love it

  47. BroadwayBlueshirt11 on

    Figures my work day ends right at the end of the period. At least it easier to brave the red masses with a lead!

  48. Caps with a few drop passes this period. One got intercepted. See if Oates continues this strategy to be very aggressive.

  49. Admiral Akbar on

    If Del Zotto had a period like mcmonster did, he’d be crucified on this site

  50. The Garden is quiet when the Rangers play. An indictment of shoddy fans.

  51. Kenny Phelps on

    JBytes – no, he’s amazing and he came back from an injury that would end many players careers.

  52. Czechthemout!!! on


    Mcd played badly this period. He plays badly one out of every 50 periods he plays. Mdz plays 5 good periods out of every 50 he plays.

  53. Admiral Akbar on

    Ottawa is no joke – they had an amazing season despite being decimated by injuries to so many great players.

    I would say Ottawa may be the second best team in the east, after Pittsburgh.

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

    I can’t believe anyone one of Ovetchickens friends havn’t told him to stop wearing Bright yelloow laces. It helps the defense keep an eye on him..what a moron.


  55. Anyone watching the Montreal gamer, I thought that was a clean, Scott Stevens type hit on Eller. Don’t know why Sens player was ejected?

  56. Admiral Akbar on

    Nice save by holtby.

    Green a little too aggressive — or is it passive defensively??

  57. Admiral Akbar on

    Awesome short handed playing — keep backing the claps back into their own zone

  58. Admiral Akbar on

    The caps have to know that if they are overly aggressive on the pp, the smart ranger PK can and will counter attack effectively.

  59. How’s that for coaching? Washington is too aggressive on PP, Rangers deploy offensive players to kill it.

  60. Anderson got hit in the head with a shot and was shaken up. Back in net now. And Montreal scores for the lead…

  61. Latones, do you think that was a major penalty in the Montreal game? I didn’t.

  62. >>…I thought that was a clean, Scott Stevens type hit on Eller.

    Scott Stevens hits weren’t even clean back then. He’d be prosecuted for assault in today’s hockey.

  63. Seeing the replay, Papa, it did look like he caught him primarily in the head. So I wouldn’t necessarily argue the call by the on ice officials. However, with the replays, it really looked like it was an accident more than anything else to me, so I don’t think he should be suspended.


  65. I didn’t see a replay, Latona. Looked high in regular speed but I trust you.

  66. J bytes, disagree. They were dirty but within the rules. Hockey used to be a contact sport one time.

  67. I mean you say stay out of the penalty box, but Asham didn’t do anything wrong. Just bad officiating

  68. We are he least penalized team all year, refs decide tonight to start calling BS penalties.

  69. the asham and beagle calls were a joke. but u play with fire they will score

  70. iDoodie Machetto, .5 on

    “we need to stay out of the penalty box”

    Takes 4 penalties in less than half the game.

  71. _Does anyone other than Pierre McGuire think Green shot wide on purpose on that goal?_

    no, but thanks for asking.

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




    suree were dirty but they are too!!!

  73. Whoah whoah whoah. Why in the world is Callahan in the box!? This is absolutely ridiculous.

  74. LOL. Ryan Callahan – two minutes for getting cross checked and tackled.

    What the actual Byfuglien?

  75. Fehr without stick, jumps up, shoulder first into Stepan’s jaw. Oh Stepan was no were near the puck.

  76. I counted three cross checks from Erskine. Two on Callahan and one on Nash.

  77. Dumb shot by Zucc there. Easy save for Holtby, Caps win faceoff and clear.

  78. The good thing is Holtby isn’t playing particularly well and the Caps are losing their composure.

  79. Last year’s team would have scored with 6.6 seconds remaining. Let’s see what we got… FUGGGGGGGGGGG

  80. mothman
    It is sour grapes to blame referees.

    funny coming from a troll, idiot.

  81. That should have been a penalty on Perreault for taking down Stralman who had the puck and turned it over.

  82. Tom Foolery on

    Chimera of course. He’d be a 500 goal scorer if he played the Rangers every night


  84. Stranger Nation on

    Carp – 1000% on the non-call – right in front of the ref – BS


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

    Alllllllright folks , were down by TWO but were playin really gooood. Nash needs to bury some chances and we need Callahan playing and NOT in the box.


  87. The Rangers aren’t going to win a game if Henrik plays like that. No margain for error.

  88. throw in the fact the non call on stralman there

    mac and danny g heads up there butts

    hank mad at himself for 2nd goal so lets in another


  89. any night in this series where the Rangers need so score four, well, that’s going to be a problem.

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


    GREAT GAME !!!

  91. Czechthemout!!! on


    That was a penalty without question.

    Why the hell is Pyatt on the PP?

  92. I can’t answer that question, Czech. Other than they’ve tried everybody else and it always sucks.

  93. Admiral Akbar on

    Hey grabby – if you don’t thing it’s a winnable game, why are you still watching? Unless you like looking at the scene of a disaster..


  94. mothman
    I am a Rangers fan and a Capitals fan.

    that is front running , either way, your a troll and still a idiot, go on a caps blog, nobody here needs to read your garbage.

  95. I actually thought the first two PPs weren’t terrible, but they do tend to drift toward the blue line instead of toward the net. … and lost faceoffs have cost them big-time.

  96. You know, it is sad but the way this game is playing out, as a Ranger fan, this is exactly what you have been conditioned to expect to happen, and it always does. There are rare years like last year when it doesn’t, but by and large, this is how it always plays out for the Rangers. Someone takes yet another bad penalty, defensemen make lousy plays, the goalie lets in a total softie.

    This is our life as a fan. Guess we should own it.

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

    Awwww come on , down by two and we defeated??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAAA






    Caps suck Caps suck!!!!

  98. Still can’t believe Hank let in those two goals like that. We were outplaying them the prior 15-20 min and all for nothing.

  99. tommyG
    I am a Rangers fan and a Capitals fan.

    also, nice try, you were the same idiot who was throwing kisses the other day with commsnse, another troll, hit the road.

  100. Czechthemout!!! on


    He has not tried Kreider at forward or Moore at the point.

    And not for nothing, despite the first period, LQ has been outplayed by Holtby.

    The top two dmen have sucked as well as Nash and Cally.

  101. Front running requires the teams to, you know, win. I am a fan of both teams and have not broken any terms of service.

  102. mothman really has very little grasp of the game of hockey. and how do you root for two teams. What a joke and a jackass.

  103. Is This Real? on

    Lundqvist has to stop that Chimera shot. 90 was offsides. the NYR can’t hit the net. depressathon 2013

  104. oh come on. Holtby hasn’t made a single good save all game and his been vulnerable all game.

    Hank just made 2 inexcusable AWFUL plays

  105. Is This Real? on

    No problem, NYR just have to score 3 goals. Should be no problem 3rd period on the road, that’s their bread and butter. scoring.

  106. Common Sense is a cool dude.

    A well played period by the Capitals. Too many penalties committed by the Rangers, and they did not convert on the 5 on 3.

  107. Czechthemout!!! on


    I know he was but only for about 20 seconds towards the tail end of it. Not nearly enough because he is the one dman on the team that can get his shout through to the net.

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

    ITS a Firetrucking shooting gallery out there for us !!

    I can’t see why we wont win.

    RANGERS are out playing the caps.

    I REPEAT , RANGERS are out playing the Caps!!!

    Our PP has faultered but were still gonna win!!

  109. Miami Pimp on

    Hey guys!

    I’m on the plane. I see our no-talents are following my gameplan to perfection!

  110. And the Rangers played BETTER than the Caps in the 2nd period. A gift PP goal and 2 softees later and we have a deficit we’re likely incapable of evening up.

  111. looks like by the time nany gets before pics up for the beard contest this series will be over lol

  112. what went from a winnable game now tonight is over. we dont come back from 2 goal deficits.

    hags has chance to make it 2-0

    5 on 3 fails regain the 2-1 lead

    thats the game nothing else including steve kozari #40 which so far this has been worse game officiated of all the games and i have watched them all. both ways. beagle asham non call on stralman.

  113. My three year old daughter likes Ovechkin and is a Capitals fan. She suffers from leukemia. That is why for personal reasons, Go Caps!

  114. Third goal was definitely soft, but I still have more of a problem with the blatant hook, and on the second one, with Girardi and McDonagh snoozing.

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

    These Caps look pathetic…there goals are fluke..exept it was a beutiful pass and goal on the go ahead goal but thats it.

    When our boys wake up , were popping in 3 ..CARP .

    Highest scoring team since the trade deadline , I like our chances in the 3rd !!!!

  116. Miami Pimp on

    This game is over.

    It was over before it started.

    Who smells a wet broom?

  117. BroadwayBlueshirt11 on

    Never fails. Walk in the door and immediately they are down. Might have to head back to the office…

  118. Stranger Nation on

    Peter – may I remind you that last years’ team won two 7 games series last season with 2-1 scores in both game 7s.

    Let’s not confuse their performance with the 94 team. Last year they won 2 series, but it was painful hockey to watch.

  119. Go Folk yourself mothman. Pretending to have a kid with Leukemia. Get rid of this troll, Carp

  120. Why is everyone worrying? Down two goals… just means it’s time for the stars to put the puck in the net, and the power play to take advantage of some Capital mistakes.

    That’s how NHL teams work, right? That’s how the Rangers should work too. Right?

  121. Oleo 9:16? so the two “inexcusable awful” mistakes Hank made, just curious, how do we measure those against the first 10 minutes when we could have been down 4-0 if it weren’t for him standing on his head????

  122. The Rangers could be in command of this game if Hagelin scored on the breakaway, or if they converted on the 5 on 3.

  123. _My three year old daughter likes Ovechkin and is a Capitals fan. She suffers from leukemia. That is why for personal reasons, Go Caps!_

    that is the biggest pile of crap i’ve ever heard! F OFF, mothman

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

    Anyone who thinks we can’t win tonight , hasn’t been watching the games . Rangers PP is hurting us . I looking forward to a GREATTTT third. Sureee I ‘d like to be up by 3 goals but this is a 4 win series. Rangers are better then these bums. I can’t wait to move on to another round. This round is fun and exciting but the Caps will run out luck…

  125. Listen peeps. Adam Oats is a big reason the Devil’s made it to the finals last year. A bigger reason than Deboer.

    Looks like Rangers scored and left the rest to Hank and the D. On the 5 on 3 the Rangers passed like it was a scrimage, and it’s the post season. Hope all you want but a two goal deficit a huge mountain for this team to overcome.

    Also looks like the refs decided to decide this post season again. It wasn’t terrible the last couple of years, but I guess thier agenda is back to control games the way they want to. It’s no coincedence that Cap’s had what five PP’s in a row then all of a sudden when we are down we get the PP’s. Shameful reffing.

  126. mothman,
    you are a low life to make up a story like that, complete low life, not funny at all, wise carcillo. The caps have a blog, no excuse.

  127. Papa Bear

    Doesn’t matter. Yes he stood on his head the first 10 minutes of the game, but that doesn’t absolve him from blame for 2 goals that almost every goalie stops…

  128. So Stranger, you are objecting to the ” except last year” clause in my statement?

    OK, I’ll buy that. New York just isnt a place for hockey players, except one, and he is now 55 years old.

  129. He’s not a caps man. He’s an Icelanders or Debbies fan with nothing to watch b/c their teams stink

  130. your daughter is 3? and likes hockey? wow. cool. did she get you into the game or how’d u become a fan?

  131. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    as a rock band once said, i wish you would step back from that ledge my friend

  132. grabby-
    I have been a fan since I moved to the States from Latvia in 1993. The Rangers won shortly after my arrival. New York City was wild that season. She likes Ovechkin and calls him the funny looking boy.

  133. Stranger Nation on

    Hank took a dump on the ice in the 2nd period – even Joe M was calling him Mr. Softee

  134. Oleo, start turning on the goalie in period 2 of game 1? Horse Crap!

    The breakaway wads weak?

    Third goal he was screened never saw the puck?

    *Horse Crap!*

  135. I hope to god it’s the end of Torts. Have nothing agains’t the guy but he’s bringing the team down. Just like he did with Tampa for how many years.

  136. Meanwhile Sens (led by Teddy R) have scored 2 goals in first 10 mins of 3rd to lead Montreal in Montreal 3-2 even after that 5 minute major.

  137. oh stop kenny albert. holtby made some good saves too. ok, at 2-1 i was fine, but that 3rd one killed us. cmon, we all know hes the greatest. he is human and does make mistakes though. its not on him we lose the game. but he is to share in the blame.

  138. Tom Foolery on

    I actually wouldn’t be shocked if they tie this up and then lose it in the final minutes

  139. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    so if we win Saturday, you all will be Torts is the best. Make a statue of him outside MSG.

  140. Admiral Akbar on

    This is going to be a very difficult 2 goals to get. Caps will trap here and hope for a counterattack to put the rangers away..

    If only Princess Leia were here to point out a weakness in the caps’ system…

  141. why are people blaming torts for this?? u guys are insane. we played very good so far. we just dont have the talent. cant anybody see that? torts isnt to blame here for this game.

  142. Norm Merton on

    Joining the game at 3-1 down. Crap power play after third goal — Caps not biting on Richards’ fake shot at all — but NY passing the puck quickly and well in the last minute, hope they stay with that program.

  143. Carp that must have been trick photography showing rangers practicing the pp :-)

  144. it’s only 1 game. I have rangers winning in 7, still think rangers win this series, caps still have to win 3 more, it’s not over.

  145. Admiral Akbar on

    Did George Costanza ever complete his conversion to Latvian Orthodox?

  146. onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    Walter opened a concession on the ledge…you can whine and Die N

  147. Gabby good teams don’t rely and make excuses on talent. Look at Penguins. Their team was decimated with injuries earlier in the year. Didn’t matter and they didn’t use that excuse. Good team’s remain good team’s because of a system. Not individual talent.

  148. If this is the result of them practicing the pp then they should do the opposite.

  149. What has Tortorella done to deserve blame?

    What available coach is better than Tortorella? Perhaps we can replace Tortorella with Brian Boyle..

  150. BTW, Sonny Boy who is at he game, says in a text, “Ranger forwards look like midgets compared to the Caps”

  151. Hank’s been outplayed tonight, plain and simple. And the PP sucks eggs like it has all year long…a PP so brutal it costs them momentum AND games.

    Only one game, though. You gotta win 4 to win a series.

    That being said, I’m getting sick and tired of seeing Nash floating around the ice. Big guy needs to step up his game big time, it’s the playoffs. Needs to stop skating like he’s on his way to Lebowski Fest.

  152. Papa Bear

    I’m not turning on Hank, but that was a terrible job by him. I know it, he knows it, his teammates know it and the Caps know it.

    You can’t give up 2 goals like that and expect to win a playoff game. Luckily it’s only game 1. Next game is now a MUST WIN.

  153. this is a very Prusty kind of game

    difference so far is that the Caps’ borderline dirty players can also win puck battles and scora da goalas

  154. getreal, so us not scoring on a 5 on 3 is our system? or was it because we missed the effin net 3 times!!! yea, we needed someone to hit the net with their shot. thats called skill. that blown 5 on 3 and next 2 pp’s are torts fault right? i think u need to get real

  155. Apparently the coach has no accountability on thier teams. They never make mistakes and it’s all on the players.

  156. Nash and Horseteeth need to start skating with a purpose….enough of this coasting crap

  157. Admiral Akbar on

    Fat guy

    Also difference is caps winning face offs – especially in defensive zone when killing penalties.

  158. Czechthemout!!! on

    Nash is playing this game at regular season speed. He needs to turn up his game big time.

  159. Nash goes into scrums and leads with his stick the same way someone might dip their toe in the water to see if it’s cold.

    With this size he should be running over people, forcing plays.

    I just don’t see that drive in him at all. Very disappointing for his first playoff game as a Ranger.

    Not blaming him for being down 3-1, just stating the obvious.

  160. Grabby yea it is a problem with playstyle. We spread out and play catch the whole 5 on 3. Why do you think all of a sudden this year the Cap’s PP is so good again. It’s Adam Oats, and what do you know. HE IS THE HEAD COACH WOW!!!

  161. Just overheard the best comment:

    “Someone tell Nash to take off his water wings…stop floating out there”

  162. Stranger Nation on

    Gonchar and Prust – is that a joke? Prusty going after the heavyweights, huh?

  163. Admiral Akbar on

    Nash better get his Assen going or else he’ll be 0-5 in playoffs

  164. sens up 4-2, 5 minutes left, at least one team I want to win is winning tonight.

  165. getreal, so when we do score goals and win games, do u praise torts or do u say its all in spite of him? when we made the ecf last year, it was all on the team, torts had nothing to do with it

  166. Stranger Nation on

    Zucc not looking as strong tonite – attribute to Richards as center – Mr Kryptonite

  167. good news is that the Caps D is unimpressive…but matched by our O unimpressive move by unimpressive move

  168. Grabby no I never praised Torts when we win. I think he peaked with the Rangers last year and it will be all downhill from then, but I never though he was a great coach. Just a good motivator, but those coaches have short shelf lives.

    This game would be 7-1 without Hank right now.

  169. Czechthemout!!! on

    Just not meant to be for Hags except when its from behind the goal.

  170. Olga Folkyerself on

    Jeezus, will you guys stop blaming individuals for losing a game? This is a team sport for cripes sake!

  171. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Zucchini not having a great game… His passes either miss or have to much on them. He is also trying to pass through too much traffic.

  172. the one thing about Nash that I’ve noticed is he disappears from game to game, when he is good, he is good, when he isn’t good, he isn’t good. Nash seems to disappear from games to games, weird.

  173. Richards line not matching the tempo of all the other lines for both teams

  174. Orr, funny you say that, sonny boy’s last text said if Torts doesn’t put Nash with Stepan, we may be looking at a sweep!!!

  175. Richards streak of incredible good luck ended with the new month apparently. Use-Less

    Most annoying part of tonight is watching the Caps celebrate every goal like they’ve won the Stanley Cup. Never stops getting annoying.

  176. Can’t score, no traffic, let losers score, lundqvist let’s in a softy, losers.

  177. Norm Merton on

    Top two lines looking dominant now, bodes well for the series. First pass out of the D-zone happening very quickly, also a good sign. Need a goal-scorer, though.

  178. Holtby is such a tool raising his arm for icing every time it happens. Loser.

  179. Czechthemout!!! on

    Great play! Stand behind the net or 30 seconds and then ice the puck!

  180. This Cap D can be forechecked. We’ll see as the series goes on if Torts has the balls to forecheck really hard.

  181. TommyG – Imagine what Nash could do if he had the drive of, say, Callahan.

    For a big talented guy he plays awfully soft at times and is invisible far too often for a “Superstar” player.

  182. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    Once again we’re making an average goalie look like Patrick Roy on steroids.

  183. This game is over. Not enough time left. They better wake up and be ready to play early for game 2

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

    Rangers should have 5 goals eh Carp?

  185. i sware, if torts doesnt have danica patrick and mr T come in and teach them how to shoot, i want him fired!!

  186. Stranger Nation on


    put pie-hat back with Richards and Zucc – you know the lines when the team was scoring all those goals!

    Torts’ man love with Richards is this team’s undoing!

  187. jpg's sister on

    computer froze a I typed

    ANYWY didn’t Kreider score against the caps last year.

  188. Everyone should just remember that time when they were leading. Those few minutes will last a lifetime.

  189. Rangers need to look themselves in the mirror and ask themselves if they’re ready to push back on Sunday.

    Hags hits the crossbar, missed on a breakaway, the 5 on 3 was atrocious, Hank lets in a couple of soft goals…

    We could be ahead in this game very easily.

    Even it up on Saturday, boys.

    Richards…you’re still a useless waste.

    Nash…Ask yourself if this is the best you can do. Because it’s playoff time and it ain’t enough.

    Hank…don’t even THINK of letting in soft goals like that again. This team is too putrid offensively to make up for it.

  190. Torts post game pressors. “you can’t practice hitting the net. It’s like offense, and the the power play. Can’t be practiced”

  191. He’s been noticeable, Latona. But, I would really like to see him at least get a shot on goal there on that break…he has such a good release…just a hard low shot would have been fine…get a rebound…etc.

  192. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    Stepan tried to pull a guy down with a scissor hold. Lmao

  193. I agree Papa. We need to leave the Offense alone. Don’t touch it with a ten foot pole.

  194. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    We would’ve been ok if they had called this a goal on the ice.

  195. That reminds me of the Lundqvist save on the Bruins in Game One. We all know it’s in, but I don’t know if they can provide evidence.

  196. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    No goal, then they score with :30 left to add insult.

  197. i think that’s a goal but not sure you can prove it. although if holtby is over the goal line where else can the puck be?

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


    RANGERS are better then these fools!!!


  199. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    It was like Lundqvist’s save on the Sabres on the line with his glove. not enough conclusive evidence to refute the call on the ice.

  200. Norm Merton on

    Goal or not, that’s terrific puck movement from the Rangers. This game is likely lost, but the series looks promising — Lundqvist doesn’t usually give games away.

  201. Common sense prevailing is too much to expect from the NHL. Holtby’s smirk said it all.

  202. They did get it right, Stranger. No definitive evidence, you cant “assume”.

  203. Holtby looks like he tries really hard to look confident. Rather than being confident.

  204. The puck was in the net, but the rule is that you have to see it cross the net. stupid rule, obviously.

  205. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    The second Hagelin hit the bar on the 2 on 1 I knew it was time to get ready for game #2.

  206. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    Another stupid wraparound/pass to the front of the net with no-one there

  207. It’s not like we didnt have chances in this game…Hagelin’s breakaway, Hagelin’s crossbar, PPs…. will be a long series.

  208. Yea. You would think that if the puck is in the glove, and the glove is in the net, it would be a goal.

    But remember earlier in the year when Hank gloved that puck that was in the goal and they called it, “best save of the year”?

  209. Bettman’s talking heads in Toronto are set to announce that they’re disallowing the Rangers’ 1st goal too, and, in their exact words, “suck it new York”

  210. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    If the goalie is pulled isn’t that essentially a powerplay? Why would we want anymore of those?

  211. Isn’t there a camera in the goal? Why not use that shot? Must show clearly whether it’s in or out without the post blocking view.

  212. recap!!!! refs screw rangers, mothman a lying troll and types English words well for a clown from some foreign country/city. That’s ok, every dog has his day.

  213. We really, really, really need Clowe or Boyle. We need a big body that can get out there and bang in front of the net and intimidate stupid, stupid Holtby.

  214. jpg's sister on

    doesn’t matter if scored on pp but if opposing team fishing stick in the net then he must gbe fishingh out a puck that scored against them

  215. important guys who were worse than Nash today: Richards, Stepan, Callahan, MZA, Girardi, McD

  216. Devils won Game 1 in ’94

    Canucks won Game 1 in ’94

    Quebec won Game 1 in ’95

    Montreal won Game 1 AND 2 AT MSG in ’96

    Florida won Game 1 in ’97

    Devils won Game 1 in ’97

    We won ALL of those series.

    Even it up Saturday, boys.

  217. And Nash ends the game with a lame “one-timer” my grandma could have stopped.

    You’re getting paid the big bucks, we traded big to get you here…


    Brad Richards…your buyout is waiting

  218. I know this might sound a bit “Tiki” but I really want to see some injuries to some Capitals players. I’m sick of all this cheap stuff and whining.

  219. And with that…we have at least 180 minutes, 3 games or 9 periods of hockey to turn it around and get a W. Let’s try that on Saturday.

  220. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    Great shot at the end there Nash. Another shot making Holtby look like a god. Has anyone on this team learned the true meaning of a one-timer?

  221. Olga – Well, I didn’t mention all the Game 1’s we lost where we LOST the series.

    That would be negative thinking. I’m only thinking positive.

    Rangers can even this series up on Saturday.

  222. Miami Pimp wants you to know that if you ever want to see hockey at its worst … hockey that will make you question your existence … hockey so brutal that it will make you see the sport for the last time … watch any NYRangers game.

  223. Rangers were the better team tonight. But they lost.

    Well saturday is our game 7. Not coming back against this team down 2-0

  224. Tom Foolery – This is the alliteration blog…the rhyming log is on the Post’s site now

  225. Obviously going to have to play better to win the series, but still frustrating that they beat themselves tonight as much as the Caps beat them. Don’t think the Caps had to be outstanding at all.

  226. Well, I’m disappointed and upset… if only there was somewhere I could go to read about what Brandon Dubinsky and Brandon Prust think about things.

    If only….

  227. Norm Merton on

    Puck off the crossbar, puck unseen in the net, not a bad period at all. Washington won’t be happy to have given up that much opportunity while playing only defense, will know they were lucky tonight.

  228. I knew Mothman was a troll the other day when he had a romance with commsnnse. The old saying, birds with the same feathers like to fugg together.

  229. is there any worse feeling in life then when the Rangers lose a playoff game?

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

    Craps are done like dinner .

    Put a fork in OV , hes done.

    Holtby from Saskatoon , I hate him but hes good. He played his last game . He will be pulled next game.

  231. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Yes Fat Guy, when i don’t win the lottery every week. I hate that feeling.

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

    Rangers are the better team that lost tonight…I can’t wait till next game!!!!

  233. Brian Leetch – great hockey player – great hockey analyst. No wonder why Messier calls him hi best friend in Hockey.

  234. Czechthemout!!! on

    This was a poor performance by many of the players you count on to win. Four of the top six dmen were putrid tonight!

    The behind the net crap is back again! They are easy to defend, yet no adjustments were made by the staff.

    The PP was awful again as the definition of insanity power play employed by the staff costs them again. They continue to use players in the wrong place at the right time. Same clowns at the point who cant get a shot on goal. The one dman who can, can not get a sniff on the point.

    Despite the first period, our goalie once again had his playoff soft goals.

    Best forwards by far tonight were Hags and Kreider, yet Pyatt gets PP time, Kreider sits.

    All that said, I bet we win game two! I fully expect Nash and the rest of the top forwards to make a difference. I expect the same from the dmen.

    We will be tied at 1-1 after game 2.

  235. worst part about any loss is that we get to hear Dugie go on about how he could have done it a pirate shirt…he dresses like he’s going to a screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show

  236. Really wish Leetch was willing to become a full-time analyst. He’s so on the money…

  237. I agree with Manny….need to be bigger.
    Need Clowe and the Boyle (from last year) to be more physical down low and front of the net.
    Nash has to find another gear,,,,Richards a waste of time.
    Missing Staal….want to see more Moore

    If no Boyle…maybe Haley…you gotta make that defense skate with their heads up

    Lastly for Torts ….if you’re not gonna play certain guys don’t dress them…wtb

    Kreider and even Newbury are giving you more than Richards and Pyatt

  238. MVP in game 1 for Caps definitely the refs…first bad call led to the go ahead goal, the second led to the Chimera goal that should never have counted. Then the disallowed goal that obviously was pulled out of the net by Holtby…Zebra Stripes all around!

  239. I thought the worst part of the game was the fact they allowed themselves to be physcially abused from the start…and Erskine was top of the list…someone should have straightened him out at the start…instead of taking dumb penalties

  240. Just waiting for Torts’ tirade…who thinks he learned from last year and will not blast the refs?? Anyone??

  241. Oleo, Leetch should have a major front office job…Hopefully, when Slats is gone, he comes back…

  242. this year’s team will soon be just another in our long line forgotten overmatched single-season teams that slipped silently into and out of the playoffs while other cities and franchises make moments to remember in May and June. Our time has got to come soon, right?

  243. Olga Folkyerself on

    Did you see the Caps banners behind Micheletti? They put them up for Southeast Division Championships!
    Might as well put one up for “Finished the Season”.

  244. Jack Klompus on

    Staal and Dorsett are on the ice, this is a whole different game. Not to mention Boyle or Clowe, but I doubt they will be back before this series is over.

  245. Stranger Nation on

    Fat Guy – Duguay is part cyborg, sent from an alien race to dumb down our intelligence. Those shirts are just a distraction

  246. btw—did I miss it..or did no one ever figure how Lundqvist took that spill behind the net?

  247. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Our time has got to come soon, right?
    As soon as they get rid of Sather…

  248. Will not be able to watch the Sat afternoon game….hope youse all have a lot to cheer about….LGR!

  249. “Let’s all go to the lobby;
    Let’s all go to the lobby;
    Let’s all go to the lobby
    To get ourselves a treat”

    Seemed like the caps allowed us to enter the zone pretty easily just need to put themselves in better shooting positions esp nash. The continued play behind the net is brutal. Still not sure why cally was in the box, could,ve helped on that 5 on 3…..even up Saturday and back home.

  250. I’m sure the reason Leetch isn’t full-time is because he doesn’t want to be there for all the games, not b/c the Rangers prefer Dougay.

    I just find Leetch to be an outstanding analyst. He doesn’t have the demeanor for color commentary, but he’s very very good in the studio.

  251. Refs blame there missed call on the video review on being rusty from a 4 day layoff and endless coke party

  252. NYR, I have always felt that way about Leetch. He may be the most astute evaluator of a game that I’ve ever heard. He may make a tremendous coach someday, Olympics and USA Hockey Maybe?

  253. Leetch was always, as a player, a better interview after a loss than after a win, because of his analytical gift.

  254. once they get past how much the rangers and devils hated each other, I’d love to hear Leetch and Daneyko talk defense off the air

  255. And i refuse to blame the refs, because without that pansification boarding call on Beagle, the Rangers don’t get the momentum shift that ultimately gave the Rangers the lead.

  256. yeah, it was kinda lousy on both sides, and the refereeing had nothing to do with the disallowed goal or the Caps PPG.

  257. No surprise the powerless play let us down again. Who takes the blame for that?

  258. Carp, re: Leetch, why not USA Hockey GM or Coach to start? First USA winner of the Conn Smythe? Obviously, we Ranger fans love the guy. But I mean c’mon. What an unbelievable hockey mind, no?

  259. Carp

    you need to expand your 3 stars seeing as the Rangers had 12 scratches tonight. Jason Missiaen is certainly deserving of one tonight…

  260. yup, tommy. yup, Fat Guy.

    Papa, I don’t get the idea from Leetch that he wants to do that type of stuff at this stage of his life with young kids. Maybe as he gets older. He’s only 45. I think he could be great at it.

  261. Not to nitpick but, how can anyone vote for Hank after that second period?

    If Biron doesn’t get a star I am just going to lose it……

  262. Czechthemout!!! on

    Right! Boyle is such a difference maker. If he is in the lineup than we lose by a score of 3-1 tonight. ( eyes rolling ).

    Staal and Dorsett plus Clowe in, Pyatt/Powe/Asham (makes no difference), Newberry and Eminger out would be welcome for sure.

  263. I really believe, the winner of this series goes on to the Stanley Cup Finals. No joshing.

  264. This certainly wasn’t the worst loss of the season, IMO. Actually pretty even other than the first 10 minutes.

  265. I highly doubt Leetch has any interest in coaching or managing anywhere except maybe his kid’s youth team.

  266. The Rangers played well. You know the coaches message is going to be, “stay the course.” They didn’t finish on some shots and they had a bad minute with an awful turnover and a soft goal. Other than that, they did pretty well after the first 12 minutes.

  267. I have rangers in 7, sticking by my prediction. Playoffs have so much up and down from game to game, period to period, can’t get to high, can’t get to low, rangers will prevail.

  268. Czech, would you rather have Boyle on the PP than Pyatt, since he can, you know, win a faceoff and then not score?

  269. Of course they did, Czech. Boyle is the best faceoff guy on the team. Better than POWE believe it or not…

  270. Stranger Nation on

    Leetch sitting between Dugay and Troutwig wondering where it all went wrong…

  271. Carp, surprise, surprise! We have found something else to disagree on! Pens, over rated.

  272. Tortorella has to find a way to play John Moore more than 11 minutes. He was their best defenseman tonight and arguably their best player…

  273. Stranger Nation on

    Why change lines the last two games of season and POs and have Nash back with Richards and Zucc

    Richards needs to be with Pie-hat, he really needs to

  274. I’m not turning on Hank but that 3rd goal was awful. The second one wasn’t much better.

    My point is this: (and I *LOVE* Hank and think when he’s gone this team has NO chance) Hank is fantastic in the shootout so he should be fantastic on the breakaway.

  275. Lundquist was phenomenal in the 1st period. Any one care to chime in? Look at the tape. Could have been at least 5-0. Carp, like to hear from you on this.

  276. The Caps defended VERY well. Kept our offense to the outside (which happens to be this idea that exists in Hockey. Not just NYR Offense) and really clogged the lanes well. Rangers have a chance but they have a very tough matchup. Caps are damn good now with Oates.

  277. Papa, he sure as hell was. Needed to be. He took the blame for the third goal. Got a big piece of the second.

  278. Oh. I didn’t know that, Carp. But I assumed. He looked as upset as I was. Very upset with a soft goal when you’re already down.

  279. Olga Folkyerself on

    Pens are overrated? How?
    Business acumen?

    They are second best. Black Hawks are First.

  280. “Lundquist was phenomenal in the 1st period. Any one care to chime in? Look at the tape. Could have been at least 5-0.”

    That is all true. But the fact is he let in 2 goals he shouldn’t have and the Rangers went from being in position to win the game to game over in less than a minute

  281. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    It is disappointing they lost, but I am not disappointed with what I saw. We CAN beat this team. We can play better. We can stay out of the box better. Hank can steal one, I think.

    We can win this series. Period.

  282. Atta boy, Matty! Good to have you on board the POSITIVE Train. I follow the motto on the Rangers player shirts…. *STAY POSITIVE*

  283. Stranger Nation on

    Manny – they defended well, but our line-up is a mess with a listless Nash playing with a has-been and a wanna be.
    More Moore
    More Kreider
    Less Em
    Less Richards

  284. only 1 goal was questionable by Lundqvist but ranger fans need to get real. Lundqvist kept them in the game in the first period and can the rangers score more than 1 goal. This team, after all the trades, still struggle to score goals. This has been this teams Achilles heel for a few years now.

  285. Eminger plays with Moore. So you get more Moore and Eminger or less Moore and Eminger.

    And, no, Kreider’s not taking Richards’ minutes.

  286. *Manny*10:56 , dead on. Caps D defensed the slot and the front of the net like the Canadiens of the 70’s. very physical, always the first to loose pucks.

  287. Olga Folkyerself on

    Manny- If the Rangers can beat the Caps, the Hawks can beat the Pens.

  288. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Anyone realize if Ottowa wins their series, we get by Wash, we avoid Pitt in round 2? It would be like the type of luck to the ECF the Derbils had last year.

  289. Manny,11:00 , Isaw the same last night with the Penguins. I think we can beat the Penguins too.

  290. My opinion on why the rangers struggle to score goals is partly because they have no one on defense who can shoot the puck or get pucks to the net from the point. It’s unbelievable that the rangers organization hasn’t been able to draft any defensemen that can shoot the puck.

  291. Czechthemout!!! on

    Carp Manny

    Actually, they had plenty of zone time on the PP. Torts continues to play the same players who have not produced squat on the PP all season.

    The point men cant shoot for chitt. And Torts love child, Richards shoots when he should pass and pass when he should shoot. He also tries to always pass through the other teams players. Yet, there he is, on the PP always. John Moore is the only guy who can get his shot on goal from the point and yet, he is glued to the bench not only on the PP but also at even strength. MDZ had no buisness getting more ice time than Moore tonight.

    Playing Pyatt over Kreider on the PP is beyond stupid. It borders on the insane.

  292. Stranger Nation on

    Richards 22:14 – Brassard 12:08

    They will not win this series if Richards plays almost twice as much as Bros-hard.

  293. I agree about Pyatt. I don’t get this love affair with pyatt, the guy is a pilon, almost useless.

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