Game 2: Capitals 1, Rangers 0 (OT) … post-game notes


Courtesy of the Rangers:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, Game 2
Verizon Center – Washington, DC
Capitals 1, Rangers 0 (OT)

Team Notes:

–      The Rangers were defeated by the Washington Capitals, 1-0, in overtime today at Verizon Center, in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The Blueshirts now trail in the series, 2-0.

–      New York has posted a record of 208-228-8 overall in postseason action, including a 92-140-6 mark on the road.

–      The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 58-50, with all 18 Blueshirt skaters registering at least one hit in the contest.

–      New York was credited with 21 blocked shots in the game, compared to 13 blocked shots by Washington.

Player Notes:

–      Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves and is now 25-32 in 57 career postseason contests. He has recorded 30 or more saves in 16 playoff games in his career, posting a record of 8-8 with a 1.55 goals against average, .953 save percentage, and three shutouts in those contests.

–      Ryan Callahan tied for the game-high with eight hits, and registered team-highs with five shots on goal and 26:05 of ice time.

–      Derek Stepan won a game-high, 17-32 faceoffs (53%), and logged 25:52 of ice time in the contest.

–      Derek Dorsett was credited with seven hits in 15:17 of ice time, while making his Rangers debut after missing the previous 26 games (14 games with the Rangers) with a broken clavicle sustained on March 7 vs. Vancouver.

–      Dan Girardi was credited with a game-high, five blocked shots in 26:01 of ice time.

–      Anton Stralman was credited with four hits and three blocked shots in 23:35 of ice time.

–      Darroll Powe was credited with seven hits and two blocked shots in 8:02 of ice time.

Team Schedule:

–      The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, May 5, is 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center.

–      The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Monday, May 6, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network, and can be heard on ESPN 98.7.

Post-game quotes courtesy of the Washington Capitals:

Adam Oates:
on the Capitals penalty kill…

“The penalty kill did a great job tonight. I think both teams played very good hockey tonight. Not a lot shots, 0-0, both goalies played good. Really good hockey.”

 on the play of defenseman Mike Green…

“He’s obviously a huge part of our team. We talk about this a lot. It’s a reason why I don’t want Mike to try too hard to be a scorer during the game because we need him to have the poise back there at a key moment when it’s a big power play, place is going crazy, there’s electricity. You need guys out there who are calm. That’s one of his gifts.”

Steve Oleksy:
on the flow of the game…

“They [Rangers] had moments too during the game but I think we did a great job weathering that and I felt we controlled a lot of the game and we knew it was going to come down to one bounce either way and fortunately we got it.”

on the importance of winning both games at home…

“It’s huge. In any series you want to take both games at home to start the series. Get a 2 – nothing lead. Obviously MSG [Madison Square Garden] is a tough building to play in and we are going to head in there pretty focused and keep doing what got us here.”

Nicklas Backstrom:
on the play of Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist…

“He played really great. We had a couple of really good quality chances, but he made some great saves. I think it’s strong of us that we won anyway even when they played well. Obviously [Braden] Holtby played well for us too.”

on the key to the Capitals penalty kill…

“We’ve been working hard and working together. That’s the biggest key, I think. They have really good players on their team, so you’ve got to make sure to take away all those options.”

Mike Green:
on his game winning goal…

“He [Mike Ribeiro] does such a great job drawing guys to him and obviously they are on Ovi [Alex Ovechkin], so I just happened to be open and my goal was to get it by the first guy and try to hit the net.”

John Tortorella:
on Rangers forwards Dan Boyle and Derek Dorsett stepping into the lineup…

“They played well, they played well. We changed the lines to try to create some more offense and also due to some matchups.”

on his team’s power play…

“We’re just too stagnant, we’re almost paralyzed.”

Ryan Callahan:
on the power play for both teams deciding the game…

“I think it comes down to they score on the power play and we don’t. We had a couple chances on our [power play] to capitalize late in the game and then again in overtime and we don’t get it done.”

on the emotional factor of dropping a game like this…

“It’s tough. It’s tough to lose in overtime especially in a game like this but at the same time, we’ve got two [games] at home now. We have to take care of business at home. We lost two [games] on the road and we’ve just got to take care of business in our building now.”

Rick Nash:
on how the Rangers couldn’t get the job done on the power play…

“I think those last two power plays have to better chances [and] we’ve got to execute on them and score a big goal. We had the opportunities and we didn’t get the job done.”

on how difficult it feels to be on the losing end with a great goaltending effort…

It’s a tough one. [Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist] was unbelievable, we have to get goals for him;  there are no excuses. We go home now and the next game is a huge game.”


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  1. If it makes you feel like you know more about hockey to put people down then go for it, but would anyone care to explain how he is a first pair Dman. I have 25 years experience with hockey. I know the game plenty.

  2. Norm Merton on

    Ah, the joys of rooting for the most underachieving franchise in the USA. Think about where this team began the year, and now look at it—not one single player who couldn’t be traded, other than the goalie, and of course Richards, for the wrong reason. Even Nash, who doesn’t fit here yet might still be attractive to a good team. Remember when McDonagh was the untouchable steal of the century? Now it’s intriguing to see what you could get for him. Remember when you breathed a sigh of relief that the Rangers didn’t have to give up much to get Nash? Now you’d give any of them for the right return. And Gaborik for Moore (and the two other guys who won’t be here very long)—how’s that looking now? Will Clowe be in the NHL next year? Boyle? Pyatt? But you get the sneaking suspicion that at least guys won’t be traded—Sathie and Tortie. Those two, Lundqvist, Richards and maybe Cally to start next year. Oog.

    OK, got them little britches out of my system. Time to sweep the next four games!

  3. wildplaces on

    Rangers seemed out of steam by the end of the game…I think Tortorella played his top 6 forwards and top 2 defensemen too much during 3 periods and they had nothing left after 5 minutes of overtime…end of story. Hoping they come back in NY. Was a great game, and could have gone the Rangers’ way if Strallman’s clinker had fallen into the net in the first period.

  4. I’m unlikely to change your mind anyway. Nor I’m unlikely to get you off your main agenda- to fire Torts.

  5. i’m so tired of the “player are tired”
    have you watched any other playoff games?
    LOTS of players are playing A LOT
    and you know what they suck it up and
    play with the same intensity that
    they started the game
    because it’s the CUP
    and if the can’t do that
    then maybe they are better off getting their clubs outta
    the closet

  6. Ooh, 25 years experience with hockey, impressive.

    Onecup, not happening. and it was 0-0 through three periods. Not saying they were the better team, but unprepared, please.

  7. Fact: Washington has a power play, we do NOT. They have a shot from the point. We do NOT. They have snipers in FRONT of the net, we do NOT. Their penalty kill clears the crease, ours does NOT. Washington plays like a team, we do NOT. Torts must be doing something right for us to only lose 1-0 in OT. How many floors up are we?

  8. jpg what other team plays two lines excessivly. I agree tired isn’t a good excuse, but it goes back to Torts again.

  9. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    The game after Rangers players receive accolades they usually play crappy. Lundqvist was a star of the week in April and the game after that we lost to Toronto and he gave up 4 goals on 28 shots for an .857 SP. Richads got his star of the week and promptly took a penalty that led to a goal in a loss to the Panthers. Stepan was a star of the month for April and hasn’t stood out since (granted “since” only consists of two playoff games). And, lastly, Dan Girardi was voted an all-star last year and this year… oh, sorry, I forgot I was talking about games and not seasons.

  10. Third line played 16 minutes. Fourth line center played 12, fourth-line wingers eight, and one of them was in the box for four. That’s pretty standard line rolling.

  11. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Nannu has been texting me, I think the line for the ledge is too long and he can’t get in here

  12. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    bmac, you said it brother. But us losing only 1-0 is more in spite of Torts than because of him. It was all Hank. If he had played like this the first game we would’ve…. oh wait, I forgot we only scored 1 goal. Nevermind.

  13. Carped.

    And get off Nash. He is mugged on every shift and face-washed after every whistle. Put some athletes out there with him to get him the puck. He should have 12 shots a game. If Crosby was mugged like Nash, Pitt would be on the PP eight times a night.

  14. Admiral Akbar on


    On a hospital bed somewhere lies Ranger cast-off Marian Gaborik…

    Today’s 1-0 OT shutout loss to a mediocre (but great against NYR in playoffs) goalie must put a nice healthy smile on his face..

    Speedy recovery, Gabby!

  15. If the fourth line plays two more shifts in the third, instead of Nash’s line, you’re complaining that they’re playing not to lose.

  16. I don’t know what else to say. Torts is known for burning out his top players. Been doing it since Tampa. Regardless of this game.

  17. Coos, I’m not on Nash. He wasn’t nearly good enough in the first, he was pretty darn good (except for the PP) in the third. I agree that he got mugged, and I wrote a lot about him in my game review.

    When he doesn’t fight through stuff, then he’s all of the bad and good things Gaborik was.

  18. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Rumour has it lindy ruff was spotted in the box with slats during the third period

    Jk folks, just trying to fan the flames lol

  19. Norm Merton on

    Just stopped in for cocktails in the new, spacious ledge wing. There’s some sort of Karaoke thing going on in the back… oh, never mind, it’s just a loud-ish Seppuku session.

  20. Admiral Akbar on

    Hey look, another game that could have gone either way.

    A crossbar, a post — this stuff happens.

    The most disturbing thing to me is the failure of their power play (and penalty kill for that matter) to at least get some shots/momentum for the rangers if not goals.

    That said, Washington has looked like the more skilled and more comfortable team in these first 2 games.

    I would also posit that Holtby and Mike Green are overrated. Green is soft.

  21. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    Coos, Crosby would never get mugged like that because of all the other offensive juggernauts on their team to worry about. With us it’s pretty much one and done. I say pretty much because there’s always Stepan but neither of them has a fantastic playoff pedigree.

  22. Did I misread someone saying that the worse players should be played? I must have missed that. Playing your top players too much though can have an effect. Especially if your picking out your best playing fowards and meshing them on one line, as apposed to spreading the skill through the lines. How many times have I seen the same line burnt out at the end of the game when the game was on the line.

  23. Admiral Akbar on


    Lol – it’s definitely not karaoke of the Rangers Victory song — that’s certain.

  24. Carp, I said Carped, not Carp. Meaning ‘New Post’ suddenly came up. I think that Gabby, too, needed to be set up more, just like Nash needs it also. The offense suffers not from them, but too often from their associates, and Gabby and Nash erroneously get too much of the blame. Nash is preferable to Gabby on defense, but they are there for the lights.

  25. Cross Check Charlie on

    A couple of observations (some which may not be popular):

    The Capitals played the entire overtime like they were on the power play. Is that Torts fault? No, that’s the players playing scared.

    jpg made a good observation about players dumping the puck out of the zone when they were not pressured. They do it all the time. You would think at the professional level that guys would take a look for an open teammate before just dumping it out.

    Zuccarello is probably the best passer on the team, but in the neutral zone and at the blue line. For all of his passing prowess he rarely creates a scoring chance for a teammate and he doesn’t have much of a shot himself which is OK, I guess, because he rarely shoots.

    I mentioned it between periods during the game that if the Rangers had a player that could finish Nash would have had 3 or 4 assists. They’ve got to get somebody else on the team that is dangerous. In fact, a couple more is probably needed.

    Why does Torts keep putting Richards at the point on the power play?

    Richards plays like an old man. You can tell that he has (had) skills, but it’s like the old guy in the beer league he keeps trying to do moves that he can’t do any more.

    Pyatt on the 2nd power play unit? Why Torts? Why?

    Stepan? Hello? Where are you?

  26. We got to bury our chances a copule of posts the last couple days. Played a good road playoff game. Series ain’t over. Torts is not the problem, no coach is perfect, who’s available better? My 2 issues with him are Kreider n Richards at the point, but the positives are hitting, shot blocking and discipline. Need a win Monday though or watch the hollering get louder.

  27. Nash nets that one in the third, instead of hitting iron, and everyone is in 7th Heaven.

  28. As my son said to me on the ride home from our game watching party ….”it’s not the end of the world daddy.”

    And after I punched the top if the dashboard he said, “I love you and I feel bad for you.”

    He’s a nice kid.

  29. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    Did Torts mix up the lines at all today? If he did I really didn’t notice.
    By the way, the linesman, Pierre Racicot, involved in the indefensible non-called delay of game puck over the glass also screwed the Panthers at the end of the season. The Panthers were controlling the game and then when they went to pass it out of the zone he blocked it and kept it in. The closest player to the puck was a Panther by far and then Racicot went and stepped directly on the puck and tripped on it pushing it right to a Penguins player and in less than 10 seconds the puck was in the back of the net. I was yelling at him personally (you suck, Racicot! etc.) for the rest of the game. I hope that he and the rest of the officiating crew from today’s game all get cut before the next round. They flat out suck.

  30. Cross Check Charlie on

    “It’s not that they were unprepared. They’re just not very good.”

    A common mistake among fans to blame everything except the skill level of the players. The coach is the problem, the players don’t try hard enough, the coach doesn’t yell at the enough, the players don’t care, etc, etc, etc.

    Many fans just can’t accept that the players just may not be good enough.

  31. If one didn’t know better, one might think the Rangers were shopping Richards like an over-ripe tomato. Grocery error.

  32. He’s playing rugby with his buddy in the backyard right now. Both are wearing their ranger jerseys. I guess my negativity isn’t rubbing off on him too much.

    He’s a good kid.

  33. “If they had won today instead of lost, you guys would be ecstatic.”
    “If they had won the Stanley Cup last year, you guys would think this organization was great.”
    “If they had scored with the goalie pulled instead of giving up an insurance empty-netter, you guys would think it was a brilliant decision.”
    “If they had scored on those power plays instead of not gotten any shots, you guys would think this team had a great power play unit.”

    These brilliant hockey insights brought to you by a box of rocks.

  34. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    If my unit were any larger, I’d be running in the Derby today.

  35. “We’re just too stagnant, we’re almost paralyzed.”

    Hey Tortorella, Richards should not be on any PP unit, let alone the first one. A good power play could have us singing a different tune.

    This team should beat the Capitals. If they don’t, it’s not going to ruin my Christmas, but Memorial Day is shot.

  36. Is This Real? on

    Gotta give credit to the Caps but Torts is style is just awful. He has them collapse defensively and Hank gets peppered with 35+ shots, one will eventually get through. That would be fine if the Rangers did anything offensively, but they have no creativity at all. Bye Bye Torts. Take Richards and Boyle with you. Tampa Bay was like 10 years ago.

  37. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Teams have come back down 2-0 before. One shift, one period, one game at a time. Win on Monday and we have a competitive series. Win on Wednesday and we are tied. Believe and it will happen….

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    ….and definitely get Richards to the third line and off all PPs going forward.

  39. I’m not sure why so many people are flatly saying “we should beat the caps’

    No we shouldn’t – we stink and they’re playing well

  40. i looked at the times played after regulation. girardi and mcdonagh were in the very low 20 minutes. the d was distributed well so you cannot blame TOrts on that point unless you want to forget about the facts.

    i blame torts for richards on the point, kreider and clowe if healthy not in the lineup for powe, asham, or pyatt.

    mcdonagh should have just cleared the puck at 5 feet high instead of trying to get cute with it….his fault plain and simple even though he has a chance to be great, needs to learn to finish his offensive opptys.

    nash 0 for 6 in playoffs game and far from a difference maker so far…yea he hit the post I know. still stinks in his own zone and needs to get it in the net somehow, someway, end the story.

    i also play staal, time is now. sit emminger put staal to start on the 3rd pair, that will help with nergy for game 3. dorsett is a much better asham…when at full strength sit asham, he stinks. and is bad in his own zone also.

  41. the ranger offense does make many goalies look a lot better then they are…..

    torts breaking up the 1st line early in the game.

    brassard needs to man up…he is playing soft and scared….

  42. iCCCP - Who Gives A Puck?! on

    The only reason this game was tied 0-0 after 69 min is because of Hank. Period. The team in front if him is not good enough.

    Bunch of pansys

  43. the only reason this game was tied at 0-0 after 69 minutes is because no one scored yet

  44. 3 posts in 2 games. 2 posts today.

    complaining about the defense that has given up 4 goals total in 7 periods is silly….

    the theme is the same as it has been all season, richards sucks and they cannot score. no econdary scoring on thsi team the whole season.

    boyle sucks, pow sucks, pyatt sucks…asham sucks..

    right there they have 8 forwards…throw in dorsett playing his 1st game and they played today with 7 forwards……

  45. Think we can trade Richards to some Tayichiuds on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar in exchange for several camels and a yurt?

  46. iCCCP - Who Gives A Puck?! on

    Maybe a yurt…doubt anyone would give up camels for Richards

  47. I have to thank Con Edison for sending me another bill today, confirming my suspicions that theories that the world has ended have been greatly exaggerated.

  48. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Richards must be bought out after this season no matter how far they go. He’s done.

  49. iCCCP - Who Gives A Puck?! on

    _Many fans just can’t accept that the players just may not be good enough._

    I accept it. This why I am going to sleep well tonight.

  50. Isn’t lack of skill a bad excuse though. I mean the Kings weren’t loaded with talent, and they won the cup. If a team lacks skill they can still manufacture goals with a good system. Blues aren’t loaded with talent either. They have team grit and a good playstyle.

  51. McDonagh was on the ice for over three minutes before shooting the puck over the glass. Maloney blames Boyle for the turnover in the neutral zone that led to the penalty.

    I certainly don’t blame McDonagh for the loss. He is so good at hockey. People who skate like he does make us fellow hockey players just say WOW.

  52. I think Mothman is one of the bobbies that stands guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier…that’s why Carp is reluctant to ban him

  53. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers passing and receiving the puck, 2 basic pee wee skills, are horrid. They play nervous with the puck. Throwing it anywhere with no one challenging them is bad fundamentals. No patience. Their minds are not playing relaxed confident hockey.

  54. tomb it was Torts’s matchup call. he wanted McDonough on the ice for 4 min’s which is way over the amount a Dman should be on the ice. Especially when the Caps were putting on a lot of pressure. His fatigue no doubt led to the mistake, but apparently playing your best players into the ground isn’t a bad thing.

  55. onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    This game ranks in the top 500 worst played ranger playoffs games , why 500 ? because you can count the great ranger playoff games on one hand

  56. iCCCP - Who Gives A Puck?! on

    I mean, this team is a reflection of Torts…and top of that they are not very skilled and kinda small

  57. Carp’s in the bar car on the Acela, making eyes at some Congressman’s blonde legal intern

  58. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Tomb – I posted the same… I even gave the time in OT when it happened. Boyle had a chance, after the rangers had been under major pressure, to take the pass and carry it in or dump it in…. It bounced carelessly off of his stick…. Carried back in by the caps, and then the penalty… I think it was @13:25 left in OT..

  59. I blame the coach. who else? I believe this team can win this series. So the only thing left is the proper arrangement of deck chairs before we go down.

    I think Tortorella is slow to change some things and quick on the trigger for others.

    This was another very close game.

  60. Czechthemout!!! on


    Thank god Boyle came back today. They really missed his skill.

  61. Wish youuuu would step back from that ledge my friend! Cut ties w all the lies….hmm hm hm hm h hmmm

  62. Czechthemout!!! on

    Oh and I have to add this.

    Torts was totally out coached by Oates so far in this series.

  63. Eddie Eddie CEddie on

    Rangers can win this series. They need to up the urgency, focus, and play solid fundamental hockey.

  64. Czech no doubt. Oats has a great hockey mind. Look at both coaches body language. Oats is confident and Torts looks like he can’t wait for the game to end. He’s all slouched.

  65. I was at the game. It was pretty even, slight edge to the Caps in scoring chances but the game could have gone either way really. One observation on Holtby, he is as bad as or worse than Hank in puck handling. Keep putting it behind the net & shoot at the big mans feet. NY had too many shots to his chest. Pyatt is s l o w, put Krieder in please! Dorset was noticeable in his debut. Would love to see more of him. This year’s team just is not going to go far even if they manage to get past DC. Can’t people temper expectations a bit and be happy that the young guys are gaining valuable playoff experience? Its not Torts, Ritchie or Nash. They are just not that good

  66. I actually slept through the first period after turning off two alarms. that was 8 AM here after a night of mild to heavy Svedka). Should I bother watching the first?

    We paid $69 million for it, may as well right? I bet there is lots of pre-game excitement with Dorsett, Boyle, etc.

    I saw Dorsett a few times but didn’t notice anything…..

  67. Sorry Box I disagree. Observing the game live isn’t going to give you better perspective on what happened. Coach or even management needs to go. The Rangers could be just as good as last year. Even if they finish lower than first in the conference. It’s been a massive drop though from last year. Teams learned how to defend against them and Torts has yet to implement different strategy.

  68. Eddie Eddie CEddie on

    Czech – Boyle had 2 hits that I saw and about 4 flubs on passes to him…

  69. wildplaces on

    Point well taken, Carp, just seemed like the first two lines played most of the time…but doesn’t change the Rangers’ look of exhaustion after 5 minutes of OT, when they seemed to look lethargic and tired when going up against the Caps energetic fore checking. Lundquist was spectacular…the goal posts and the refs were the Caps’ best players aside from Ovechkin. I think Tortorella must be unhappy with his team’s energy in the OT. They were out of gas. I’ve seen quadruple overtime games, and the Blueshirts’ pace was too fast, to early for their conditioning level in a playoff OT game.

  70. i missed the first period. was Dorsett outstanding then? I sure didn’t notice much in the rest of the game.

  71. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    PaPa – pay no mindto Eric – he gets a little wound up sometimes. I’m sure after a few Xanax, he’d apologize and mean it….

  72. Tom Foolery on

    I wonder if that guy who climbed up the tower of the Brooklyn Bridge today was a Ranger fan

  73. Czechthemout!!! on


    You dont understand! Boyle brings so much more than goals and assists. How many times do I have to say it?

    Those two hits were pivotal in the game. And his one big flub that resulted in MCD’s penalty was not his fault. Do you not agree?

    He was sorley missed! ;)

  74. I am quick to criticize Tortorella, but at the end of the day, we had a chance to win, plenty of them. If Nash scores, is Tortorella forgiven?

    I would bench Richards, there are plenty of better options on this team. Kreider for Pyatt is the only lineup change I would make.

    Any more than that is giving the coach too much credit.

  75. I watched the Montreal game. Prust was very noticeable.

    Dorsett was supposed to be a better version of Prust? Maybe he is rusty. He has to be. I expect more……

  76. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I think Newbury is a better option than Boyle. I’d play Kreider over Pyatt if Clowe can’t go. Dorsett played with grit. For someone who hadn’t played in 8-9 weeks, Dorsett did fine.

  77. Cherry Ice Cream Cone on

    I thought the Rangers controlled play all night…just couldnt finish…not worried at all…

    Refs were awful also…no way we lost that with a decent called game…

  78. Sad storm whose tears are vain,
    Bare woods, whose branches strain,
    Deep caves and dreary main,–
    Wail, for the world’s wrong!

  79. Not good, not bad, just average!

    However the sky is not falling permanently as the roster has some good players and a few very good ones.

    We need as posted numerous times a large, mean D who can at least make a first pass.

    We need second line scoring to take the heat off Nash, who is with Lundqvist the only true stars on this team.

    Cally, Hagelin,Stepan, are not natural scorers, we need a Jeff Carter, James Neal type guy with hard accurate shots.

    The rest of the roster needs grit, I like Dorsett and one heavyweight on the fourth line. Brassard the third line center.

    Overall if Staal returns we only need that mean SOB as the others have played very well especially Stralman a genuine surprise.

    Finally give it a rest about the coaching, Torts is an easy target because he is a controversial guy.

    But he is not the reason we might fall short.

    Blame the hasbeen GM who put this roster together for most of the damage.

    My sleeper call is to trade Staal if healthy and get Moore another surprise a strength coach,then all we need on D is the monster!

    The rest of the team could also use one!

  80. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Cherry ice cream – I disagree. The caps controlled the pla throughout, won nearly every race to a loose puck, had way more better chances to score than we did, and they played a faster game than our boys.

  81. Tom Foolery on

    I see Anson Carter is doing some studio analyst work for NBC. If you think things are bad now just think back to the Anson Carter era. Good times

  82. Hello! You can not bench Richards thereby completely diminishing his value! Maybe they buy him out or possibly Sappy has a relative in the league like himself who might take him. Where’s Gainey when we need him?

    Pyatt’s game should be to stand in front of the net, same with Boyle and be beaten on!

    Sad to say both are stiffs.

  83. Tomb even with last years success. You can see the flaws in Torts system. In fact it was probably the Rangers downfall. They were spent playing the Devils. Beat down from all the sacrifice for blocking shots.

    Now blocking shots is good, but it is situation dependent. The Rangers were blocking every single shot they could last year and it took its toll. He’s not a very good coach. He’s a good motivator. I would wager most people know more about hockey than him. I would give more credit to the alternate coaches than him. Assistant and goalie.

  84. hank: ” we are losing the special teams battle.”

    translation: we better kick some as next week.

  85. Tyler Bozak just held up the play while outmanned more than entire NYR roster did tonight. NYR so content to dump it in and get off the ice.

  86. Getreal – I see flaws in Torts system, every time I think I know better I check myself.

    I kind of understand the Richards thing….

    the Boyle thing is a mystery.

  87. the Richards fetish is hurting the team. That is not good for me.

    I don’t know if management tells a coach how to coach, but I doubt it. There has to be some discussion though.

    It is an issue. no one can deny that.

  88. Tomb why. If it’s blatently obvious then why doubt yourself. They say the coaches spend hours with the players. yet I know for a fact the players are not so stupid to show no semblence of a working system. Chances are we are seeing some of the tought system while watching. The mistakes are mistakes but the game plan is flawed.

  89. iCCCP - Who Gives A Puck?! on

    Cherry Ice Cream Cone

    I thought the Rangers controlled play all night…


    This guy is having a brain freeze from all cherry ice cream

  90. Oates has a good system in place. He brought what he learned with the Devils to Washington and everyone, particularly the most important guys, have bought in. He has Ovechkin having fun again and Green doing what he is paid to do. Im not going to say Oates has outcoached Torts because I dont know what that means when you have a 0-0 game going into OT but it’s pretty safe to say that Oates’ system > Torts’ system. For starters our D is way better (or at least should be) and yet they get completely outhustled by guys like Jason Chimera and cant hit the net on 8/10 shots.

  91. Czechthemout!!! on

    I have to say just how much fun it is to watch a real playoff hockey game etween the Leafs and Bruins.

  92. Was thinking that this series felt a lot like two years ago, so looked back at the scores.

    The Caps also won the first two at home, one in OT, aggregate score 4-1.

    Caps in five then…

  93. Eddie, thanks for your concern.

    It took me a while but I learned a long time ago watching this team, disappointment with the outcome of a game/series/season is no excuse for me to act in a rude, unpleasant or immature manner towards family, friends or strangers.

    As for my return volley to Eric, I’ll say I’m embarrased by my completely inappropriate and harsh response. As a christian, I need to be bigger than that. I really need to turn the other cheek. But, some times when I get poked in the ribs,, well you know. :)

    It’s all good. :)

  94. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It ultimately boils down (no pun intended) to which team wants it more. Hockey is about passionate physical play. The Caps are in 5th gear and the rangers idling in neutral. 0-0 may have been the score at the end of regulation but there is no denying the better team won today. I am royally pissed….

  95. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – I’ll turn a cheek and blast some hot air your way…..

  96. _Post-game quotes courtesy of the Washington Capitals:_

    _John Tortorella on Rangers forwards Dan Boyle and Derek Dorsett…_


  97. Czechthemout!!! on

    Eddie x 3

    You need to understand that goals are not everything and that you need to look beyond just goals.

    Goals shmoals!

  98. Wow. The Rangers are bland offensively. Washington is so so defensively. It is a case of the moveable object meeting the resistible force. On the other side, Washington is strong offensively and the Rangers are pretty good defensively. Washington scores one goal, on a power play after 68 minutes. Nothing unusual here. NOthing to see. Move along.

  99. How long into game 3 till the MSG faithful start booing if we dont score? This could get ugly….

  100. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I imagine most of Eric’s posts are made with his veins bulging in his neck. I like his passion. His grammar not so much. ;)

  101. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Czech – I agree. Goals are way over rated. Winning zero to negative one works for me.

  102. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I saw that Dan Boyle too and laughed – was it wishful thinking?

  103. Czechthemout!!! on

    Eddie x 3

    Thats what I am talking about!

    By my count, Boyle has not scored negative 23 goals and not posted 18 assists.

    His plus minus therefore leads the team at an incredible -190

  104. I hate the system too. but I am coming around to the idea that a lot of these Ranger players, offensively speaking, could not punch their way out of a paper bag.

  105. Latons, thats nice, but I don’t believe anybody here hates you, not even Eric. :)

    Eddie, thanks, but I’ll “pass” on the hot air.

  106. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers averaging about .46 goals per game. How they aren’t up 2-0 with that offensive power is beyond me.

  107. Lloyd Braun on

    yet to score a legitimate goal against Braden Holtby through nearly 7 periods

    but I’m sure Tortorella thinks pinning the puck to the wall is the answer. just a hugely frustrating team (read: coach) to watch.

  108. Czechthemout!!! on

    It is never teflon Torts fault. Always everything and everyone else’s. The players, the refs, the best goalie in the world, never the head coach and bumbling ASSistant who”coaches” the PP.

  109. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – Eric gets piqued whenever latona busts on his subject verb disagreements.

  110. JDon, i think you’re on to something…..

    The system doesn’t call for missing the net with every shot, not catching passes that are on your tape, loosing the one on one battles in the the corners and behind the net, etc……

    At some point, the players need to accept responsibility and be held accountable.

  111. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I think if mike Babcock or Kevin Hitchcock were coaching this team – we’d be more successful. My opinion for what it’s worth.

  112. Czechthemout!!! on

    Eddie x 3 and Loyd

    I don’t know what you guys are complaining about.

    .46 goals per game is more than enough goals for Hank to win 2 games.

    And what’s wrong with pinning the puck on the wall? Is that not how you play this game?

  113. Lloyd Braun on

    no problem with the players accepting responsibility (as they frequently do for anyone who’s paid any attention to this team). the problem is that the coach, slippery little bugger that he is, never seems to have a hand in the failures, only the successes.

  114. as painful as that was, my caps in five prediction is looking pretty good right about now…

    i thought torts did a better job than usual with giving his lines and d pairs regular shifts and the reason for that was that the fourth line was having a nice game and once brassard woke up so was the third…

    my problem is with how pyatt could possibly be on a third line with kreider sitting in the press box and this team being unable to score at all. i get kreider makes mistakes but c’mon, two games, one goal.

    i’m not looking to fire torts but he’s gotta stop pounding this system into this team, this blocking shots, snow angel, no offense business needs to stop. he needs to recognize that they need help scoring and pyatt over kreider isn’t going to help.

    i’m sorry, i’m not usually one to rant, and as i said above, i don’t really have any expectations of winning this series, but something as silly as scratching kreider for pyatt will never make sense to me when they can’t score at all

  115. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The ranger team in these first 2 games looks more like the pre-trade ranger team. How much is not having Clowe hurt them. Clowe is willing to get in the goalie’s face and provide a screen. No one has plopped in front of Holtby yet that I can see.

  116. I’d really like to see the team come out of the corner once in a while with the puck and the chance to make an offensive play towards the net.

  117. Czechthemout!!! on


    You are kidding right? Pyatt is so much better than Kreider it’s no contest. Pyatt can pin the puck Kreider cant. Thats all there is to it. Thats all that matters.

    And dont you think a “great”player like Kreider should produce more than he does,given the 3 minutes on the fourth line he gets? Come on!

  118. kreider was fine in his 8 minutes the night before and we have plenty of what pyatt brings to the table…

    i guess my point was, i don’t necessarily think that kreider would have made a difference between winning and losing, but to not have a player like him in the lineup over someone like pyatt seems crazy considering the trouble they’ve had scoring

  119. Lloyd Braun on

    hoping Tortorella decides to split Richards and Nash shortly after they go down 3-0

  120. Eddie, Caps weak D has owned the slot because we have very few forwards who are willing to do battle there.

    After each and every whistle in the offensive zone, the Craps surround our forwards and proceed to face wash, menace, cross check and commit general felonious thuggery without fear. Now at the opposite end of the ice, no such treatment of Ovie and his mates by our DMen.

  121. Tf , Kreider’s speed might create some space and keep the Caps D a little more honest off the rush. Might.

  122. eddie just made my point… pyatt on the third line, pyatt on the pp… i’ll never get it.

  123. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers’ D having a tough time making plays getting the puck out of their own end.

  124. The strength of the team is our goaltender. The weakness of our team is too many forward with feet for hands.

    So if we open it up, will our forwards with feet hands score more than our all-world goalie can keep out?

    Apparently, Torts thinks not.

  125. Can’t win hockey games if you don’t score. This team hasn’t changed. They still struggle top score goals, bottom line.

  126. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Given the rangers inability to make consecutive passes, opening the game up probably isn’t wise. I wonder what the heck they actually practice because basic skills seem lacking.

  127. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Richards, Pyatt, and Boyle play at a different speed than everyone else.

  128. Czechthemout!!! on


    I will tell you the same thing I told Eddie x 3 earlier. It is not about goals. You have to think in more abstract terms. Wall play, wall play, wall play. That is what matters. Goals are overrated!

    Goals shmoals! Enough with such simpleton thoughts.

  129. ThisYearsModel on

    Our PK is basically 5 goalies. They were backed on so far that Green was about 40 feet from the net instead of at the blueline. Eventually, one of those is going in.

  130. Czechthemout!!! on

    Eddie x 3

    I was shocked when I saw that line going against the Caps top line. And in overtime no less! That has to be the slowest line in the history of the Rangers if not the entire NHL.

  131. Czechthemout!!!,
    what ever you want to call it I know one thing, it isn’t working and if it continues this will be a short series.

  132. Czechthemout!!! on

    Eddie x 3

    I would agree that Pyatt Boyle and Richards play at different speed than everyone else. It’s called Valium speed.

  133. This year.

    Our DZone strategy is to collapse low. I was watching the Caps today. They have a similar strategy but it seems their forwards have more quickness or aggressiveness in reading the play and getting to the points when the puck goes out there. We are either not quick enough, not aggressive enough or some combination of both.

  134. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Czech – it doesn’t make sense. Pyatt and Boyle should be replaced Kreider and Newbury – if Clowe can’t go. I’d even bench Richards.

  135. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – the rangers are losing nearly race to loose pucks. It really blows the mind to see them out hustled and out worked.

  136. Czechthemout!!! on

    Eddie x 3

    Completely agree!

    When it comes to Richards, not happening unfortunately. Even if Richards scored deliberately for the other team his spot is safe.

  137. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Well, Monday is a new day. Pretty much a must win. I’m not ready to throw the towel in yet, but ch ch changes need to be made.

  138. I know. And then you hear in the post game comments, they appear to be oblivious as to how much more effort will be required to win those battles.

  139. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I imagine torts wants Richards next year too. Here’s hoping Messier/Sather say otherwise.

  140. What bothers me most about Richards: when he makes a bad play resulting in a turnover, he shows no remorse, no effort to correct the mistake. He coasts, complete lack of hustle.

  141. Randy Carlyle making lineup changes prior to Game 2, those put in lineup involved in both Toronto goals. 2-1 Toronto.

  142. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Guys, we’re only down 2-0. If it was 3-0, that’s an issue. We hold serve, it’s a 3 game series. That’s what we gotta do.

    Both these games were close enough that we have a shot. And if Hank can play close to that good, we have a real chance.

  143. Did you guys listen to Leetch on the post game talk about the power play and why it isn’t working? They need to get him to the next practice.

  144. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    …and the piss poor passing is incredulous. The rangers look to give the puck away as fast as they can. Absolutely no patience. The cross ice into traffic passes needs to stop as well.

  145. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Randy Carlyle’s secret weapon was Wad Redden on the ice for goal 1 making as pitiful a play as a defenseman can make.

  146. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    In Tort’s world, Redden would be off the ice for the rest of the playoffs. If he was Kreider, for life.

  147. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – didnt see Leetch – what did he say? Paraphrase if you could….

  148. Czechthemout!!! on


    Teflon Torts is ten times the coach Carlyle is. Don’t you know that? And adjustments like goals are overrated man.

  149. Czechthemout!!! on


    Thats the thing. These games were not that close. Hank is the reason that the games were close, nothing and no one else.

  150. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Eddie, agreed. How many times did the D panic and send it around the boards to the Craps point men. Holy Hemmed in, Batman!!

    MDZ was like a rushed deer in headlights, poor kid. There are set plays and concepts that can be used there. The coach knows them and has used them.

  151. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Matty – Czech is right. The rangers have controlled play barely at all. Even on the PP, I wouldn’t say the rangers are dominating the play.

  152. Czechthemout!!! on

    Leetch would not know what a good power play is if it bit him in the assen.

    Sully and Torts have more knowledge about the PP than Leetch ever could.

  153. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Puck possession about even – maybe slightly in rangers favor – with the man advantage.

  154. Not enough movement with purpose, not reading the play well.. puck doesn’t move quick enough from player to player. Rotation should be preferred to standing stationary. Need to draw opposition players out of position and move the puck appropriately. Object I’d to free up a player for a high percentage shot to net and crash the net for rebounds.

    Obviously, He said it much better.

    Matty, no chance Leetch will be invited. Now, if Torts job depended on it, that might be a different story.

  155. Czechthemout!!! on

    I will repeat once again how thoroughly enjoyable the Leafs-Bruins game has been so far.

  156. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Czech, a big part of me agrees with you. I am trying to stay positive (while I have many doubts). And, yes, despite what an idiotic blogger told me today, time of possession was way lopsided for a good portion of the game, with scoring ops heavily weighted to the Caps. I get it, Czech.

    However, the fact that Hank had such a controlled game is a positive. He is elite and he played to it. Lots of pressure on him as this team has offensive issues. But with him in a zone as he was today, we have a shot.

  157. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Haha, Papa!! If Torts job depended on it? Haha!! Dolan is probably just watching the Knicks already, his banner two round playoff team. No one’s going to pressure the management here. We all know that.

  158. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    And, E3, if you watch the TO Boston game, this is effort. Running through guys. Banging, Forcing your way to the net. Nothing’s missing from the efforts of both these teams.

    The Rangers? Might be a little missing.

  159. My son was at both games in DC. He said there is a noticeable difference in size. Caps much bigger, wider. Wasn’t so obvious to me on the Telly.

  160. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Leetch was a great ranger. So smart. Wish he could tell Torts what to do/try.

  161. Czechthemout!!! on


    I agree that if Hank plays the way he did today than we have a shot. But a very small one. Maybe we score 1 and hope for a 1-0 win on Monday.

    By the way, have to be in freaking St.Louis for a business meeting on Monday. Does anyone know where I can stream the game from? Or if I can get it on NHL center ice on my iPad.

  162. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Our two fourth lines have some size. Our 1st and 2nd line (I think I know who they are) have Nash, with size. The rest of those two lines are not so big.

    I believe we are seeing an average Craps defense control the front of the net because they are simply bigger and acting tougher than our not so big, not so tough top 2 lines.

    Do we get any rebounds? Do we get close in shots? Just a few.

  163. Czechthemout!!! on

    Eddie x 3

    Leetch sucked! Bruce Driver was by far the best dman the Rangers ever had. And remember, he totally replaced Zubov if you recall.

  164. Datsyuk is my favorite player in the NHL. Just outstanding in every facet of the game..

  165. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Czech, maybe NBC national has a website?

    If not, I’ll tell you what I have heard. There are sites, like ‘’ or ‘’ that have streaming feeds. you might have to deal with advertisements. They can be ‘buggy’ so be careful, but someone told me you can, with effort, get games on them if all else fails.

  166. Czechthemout!!! on

    Boyle is my favorite player in the NHL. He sucks in just about every facet of the game!

  167. Norm Merton on

    (looks left, looks right, lowers his voice) I thought Richards looked pretty good at times today — great pass to Nash 2nd period in open ice. There, I said it.

    He does NOT create well at the top of the PP, though.

  168. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    And I think having the home ice, line match, and perhaps some crowd noise (sadly, I don’t think MSG is as loud as a Craps home game is anymore), should help.

    If the Craps jump on us early and get through, it could get very ugly.

  169. eddie eddie eddie on

    czech – i disagree….Tom Poti was the greatest Ranger D to ever wear the sweater…

  170. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Norm, I wish Coach would watch the tapes and realize his buddy is just a fourth line center, if that.

    And, since Torts is always shuffling lines when they are not effective…WHY DOESN’T HE CHANGE THE PEOPLE ON THE PP, BECAUSE THAT SURELY IS NOT EFFECTIVE, EITHER??????

    Seriously, anyone, feel free to answer that.

  171. Czechthemout!!! on

    Eddie x3

    My all time Rangers defensive pair would be Tom Poti and Bruce Driver.

    The worst would be Leetch and Buek with an honorable mention to Zubov and Kevin Lowe.

  172. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Tom Poti and Bruce Driver would be a formidable pair. HOF caliber.

  173. Czechthemout!!! on

    Torts to Matty

    “Stop fuggin yelling at me! The fugging PP is not effective because of the poor wall play. If you dont fugging like it, piss off you fugging ice hole”

  174. Norm Merton on

    Richards might be the best passer on the team. He or Del Zotto. More or less an indictment of the rest of the team.

  175. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I am one of the few, Papa, that still can deal with Torts. But there is a lot that is hard to comprehend. That blows me away. The Richards obsession all year, when he watches the tapes, is tragic. Us little people will never know how much his infatuation with Brad Richards has deflated morale on that team.

    Evidence today was the proverbial anchor lifted from Nash in the 3rd when he and Richards were split up.

  176. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    How about Richards backhand, BLUE LINE pass in the 3rd today?? Is he kidding? Cross ice?? OMG.

  177. Looked like a great hit to me at first as well. On replay though he definitely left his feet right before contact. Dont know if he hit the head or shoulder. There’ve been worse hits for sure though.

  178. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Can’t imagine if Kreider, or any of the whipping boys pulled crap like that. They’d have their lockers removed. But, Richie? No problem.

  179. Czechthemout!!! on

    Brian Boyle is the best passer on this team, without question. Honorable mention goes to Darrell Powe.

    Best shooter is Darrell Powe! Honorable mention to Brian Boyle.

  180. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    So, if this lead holds, the ONLY EC playoff series not 1-1 is ours. That just plain sucks.

  181. Czechthemout!!! on

    Brian Boyle is a first round draft pick.

    Darrell Powe is an UDFA.

  182. Czechthemout!!! on


    Cheer up man! Our series will be tied 2-2 after Wed. Hank will pitch two shutouts and we will score two goals total.

  183. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Czech, one thing the non-offensive players you just mentioned could do that would help would be to crash the net and hit the D as much as possible. That, at least, would be constructive.

    We do know they can’t score, but there are many other things they can do to help our cause.

  184. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Cz, I’m smiling. Not so sure that will work. We may need 2 goals a game!

    It IS hard to believe we have been virtually SO for over 2 games, except for a puck off a skate. Wretched stuff there.

    You and I just blame different people. That’s all. :)

  185. Ticket prices for game 4 dropping substantially online…not alot of confidence in it’s value…

  186. Czechthemout!!! on

    Its funny how much better Kreider looks since he has been coached up by the orginization.

  187. eddie eddie eddie on

    czech – in the next 16 games, the rangers will outscore their opponents 16-0 and hoist the cup…Bank it…

  188. Czechthemout!!! on


    I agree. But they don’t go to the net ever. None of them. They are coached to go behind the net with all three forwards and pin the puck against the wall. I call it the dump dig and change system. Or dump and change.

  189. This puck action between the Broons and the Torontans is pretty entertaining.

  190. Czechthemout!!! on

    Eddie x 3

    Not for long. In fact, I noticed Clowe more and more creeping to the dark side behind the net with each passing game, and in front less and less as the coaching taking effect.

  191. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    What moves with the puck by Chara!!!

    What great speed in this game!! This is fun to watch.

  192. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Oh, yea, Czech. I try to guard my words here, but this is a light years difference. There is some real talent on both teams. And, to think a number of Boston’s players are home grown. Including Kessel.

    We are not even close. But I am not so sure that is all on Torts. However, I am not going there.

  193. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Some of the west series are awesome, too. Incredibly well, put together teams. St. Louis. Ducks, Detroit (in a rebuilding year), Kings, and of course, Chicago. We are so lucky we didn’t play west this year.

  194. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Toronto is showing us something here. Pretty good team holding on here.

  195. Czechthemout!!! on


    It is not all on Torts. The buffoon with the cigar is also to blame for all that is wrong with this team.

    But we do have Kreider with speed and talent. We also have JT Miller with speed and talent. Yes they will make some mistakes but so what. Boyle and his ilk are a skating turnover machine that does nothing out there except throw the occaisional check and win a faceoff.

    Did you just see that last goal? That is what wins games ultimately. Not plumbers like Pyatt, Boyle.

  196. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Wait till Claude watches this tape. Not so sure this guy plays again. Whew. Awful.

  197. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    It also helps to have incompetent D men that your playing against. But, yes, I get what you are saying. Special play by JVR.

    There is another element, too. Having youth gives the team a boost. And I have agreed all season, so what if they make mistakes. So what. Look at the way Seguin has been handled. He has been given a real chance to play, pretty much from the beginning.

  198. May 4th: Richards will be fine once he gets in shape. He missed training camp. :)

  199. Olga Folkyerself on

    Shoulda played Pittsburgh in the first round. We’d be up 2-0 by now.

    Where did THOSE guys go?

  200. I don’t know why everyone picks on Richards. HE hasn’t done anything. :)

  201. czechthemout!!! on


    Total agreement on the youth. I also always say, let them play!

  202. I think some of you guys who usually disagree with me on things will enjoy my game review tomorrow.

  203. does Stephen Whyno ever say anything negative about the Caps? Starting to regret my “yes” vote for Caps reporters. I wanted Caps news not 3 extra Caps fans blabbering away.

  204. Anyone live near Aviator rink? My buddy’s kid plays there and they just met up with Alexei Kovalev.

  205. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Always look forward to your reviews, Carpy. You have some winning record!!

  206. Just read that llamas are very popular and effective as sheep guardians. I did not know of this deployment of llamas.

  207. Yup, way far for me though, Pretty cool that he was there. Sign him for game 3 perhaps?

  208. Richards should work on his blind, no look, cross ice, backhand point to point passing over the summer.

  209. boxcareddiehospodar on

    Same problem as last year no PP and some D men playing more than they should. This coach has no flexibility.

    Still can’t figure out how kreider is not in uniform.

  210. Llamas are very social creatures. I’m sure there are some grass-smoking countercultures amongst the llamas.

  211. Richards could hire three tutors for his personal trainer. He is still weak. Tortorella keeps putting him out there.

    McDonagh was kept out there by Tortorella way too long. Those are both coaches decisions that hurt this team’s chances.

    If the Rangers get swept, I hope he has to answer to Messier. That would be a great meeting to eavesdrop on.

  212. Shonny, running naked through woods with Hamrlik: “Haul azz, you fat bastid, Torts wants an update.

  213. CraigWeather on

    I’m sorry- I’m just going to say it…

    Are you telling me that alllllllllllll these other teams in the Playoffs are THAT much quicker… That much stronger…. That much more skilled than the Rangers? Newsflash- other than the penguins… They’re NOT. I FIRMLY believe its the wonderful “system” our team plays. I’m SOOOOO sick of watching teams back us into our own zone and KEEP US HEMMED IN while we collapse down low and get gassed by the end of the shift. Meanwhile… Let me sum up our offense: How about that AWESOME “lets try and score our goals behind their net” strategy. Ummmm… How about a solid forecheck followed by a pass to the point… Followed by a shot… followed by players driving / creating traffic around the net?!?!?! I’m SO SICK of their system. Don’t you find it to be the slightest bit curious that ALL of our new acquisitions played their best games the 1st night they got here against the PENGUINS? Yet once they learned the “system” ….. well, we all know how great they’ve been since.

    And then there’s Chris Kreider…. A raw talent who can blow by players and be a 30-40 goal scorer in this league who showed us all what he was capable of this time last year…. yet once he learned the “System”……hmmmmm.

    Like ANY other NHL team, no… our players aren’t perfect… our team isn’t perfect and could use a few upgrades…. But I’m sorry, if you can’t see that coaching is BY FAR the biggest issue… You’re blind.

    There, I said it.. end of rant.

  214. Torts is going to have a Llama walk in Central Park during the summer. He said he likes Llamas more than people, but not as much as dogs.

  215. I once vacationed at a llama farm, where I hiked through the mountains with llamas and participated in a llama race. I proceeded to be dragged across a large field by a llama.

  216. I can’t believe the Leaves with little playoff experience can get a road win, and the Isles with little experience, going against a healthy Pens team get a road win as well.

    Meanwhile, NYR suck. Cruel fuggin world!

  217. Mama Torts: “John, get in your car seat.”
    Torts: “Gimme a ****** llama!”

  218. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    There’s a llama farm about 2 miles from my house. If you guys are nice, we can set up a field trip.

  219. My next door neighbor, Doug, is tall, thin, has curly white hair, has a long face and spits a lot. He reminds me of a Llama.

  220. in theory can easily see Rangers winning the 2 home games and then making it interesting… is there even any doubt that Clowe and Staal will be back for Game 3?

  221. I wonder if Sather has any llamas in that barn Burke and Lowe wanted to rent for their catfight.

  222. The one-l lama,
    He’s a priest.
    The two-l llama,
    He’s a beast.
    And I will bet
    A silk pajama
    There isn’t any
    Three-l lllama.

    Ogden Nash (no relation)

  223. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Shanahahahahahahahan Wheel of Jusice hearing tomorrow for his ex-Detroit Red Wing team:

    Justin Abdelkader left his feet, flew, elbow first, and hit Lydman in the head.

    But, he plays for Detroit.

    Anyone want to guess what he gets as a potential suspension?

  224. Why’s that? Both have practiced in contact jerseys (Staal for over a week now) and Torts said soon as they are physically ready they’re in. No concern about conditioning. Tortorella’s words: “because if we dont win we’re done.”

  225. are you completely disregarding the non-suspensions of Nash and MDZ? Do you honestly believe in the “because he played for the xxx” thing? Abdelkader will get 2 games.

  226. Torts to Plotzie, his pit bull: ‘Well, at least YOU’RE glad to see me.”

    Plotzie: “What’s with you and Richards?”

  227. Llama “mating sessions” last unusually long, anywhere from 25 to 40 minutes, very unusual for a large animal. Thats a Llama with some Stamina.

  228. Books open on PB’s desk: “Milbury’s Tried and True Power Play Schematics,” “Shakespeare’s Tragedies,” “The Love Life of the Domestic Llama.”

  229. Somebody throw Richie’s skates in the East River where they can dance with Avery’s.

  230. LOL on my library, Coos.

    You forgot, “Famous Wang’s of the 20th Century”

  231. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Cally Step Hags have not produced many chances. I liked Dorsett’s effort today. Powe and Asham played ok. Boyle was brutally bad. Nash had a chance. Brassard had a couple of terrible shifts. Brassard needs to play with Nash. Torts finally moved Richards away from Nash in the 3rd but it was 5 periods too late. Pratt sucks.

    Girardi has not been good this series. MDZ not much better. MCD has been ok. Strahlman bad game 1 but better today. Eminger has played ok. Moore has been good. Hank has been their best player.

  232. If I had a Llama,
    I’d Llama in the morning
    I’d Llama in the evening
    All over this land.

  233. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    So, on the LA/St. L game they just said that blue zone and the area around the net?? Whoever controls that will win this game.

    Someone should tell our boys that’s what they need to do.

  234. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers need to play with some swagger. Their team confidence is low. Not a lot of urgency in their play. Too much gliding going after loose pucks.

  235. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Ah, man. You guys watching this LA v. St. L. game? They are so superior to what we are subject to it’s ridiculous. Speed, hands, Strength. They have it all. We are light years away.

    While we worry about resigning Zucc’s? They wouldn’t even think of him in their farm system. Different level

  236. Ollga Follkyersellf on

    Matty compared to StL-LA even the Caps look like dogmeat. And the Rangers can’t even beat THEM!

  237. Cally to Nash: “Can’t believe the coach is handing out those ‘WE WILL NOT BE DISHEARTENED’ tee shirts.”

  238. Powe and Pyatt out, Miller and Kreider in. Unless Clowe can go, than Miller and Clowe.

  239. Ollga Follkyersellf on

    For all those people that want to get rid of Torts: Mike Keenan is salivating like a llama, just waiting to “Return to NY”

  240. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    The one thing I’m fairly curious about is Nash on the perimeter a lot…is it his choice or is it the coach’s instruction?

    You would think he should be in the slot and in front of the net

  241. Not sure where I heard this stat, but Powe has been on the ice for only 1 Ranger goal all season. could that be possible?

  242. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Matty – the rangers look really slow these first 2 games. Every team in the west looks fast.

  243. Maybe Slats can re-hire Bryan Trottier to coach next year! Wouldn’t that be special.

  244. And that might not be a bad idea. Rather see Ash with Nash rather than Richards.

  245. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Lets go with what we know here…

    Competition be damned, the best this team has played all season was after the gabby trade

    Nash played his best in that run on a line with brassard and clowe

    Richards played his best on the third line away from better opposition players (for the most part)

    Powerplay, while never good, was much better when Richards was not on the point

    We all know clowe is hurt, but some of these other things we can still accomplish…right?

  246. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Wicky – Clowe’s injury has had a devastating affect on this series. I had a bad feeling after he got hurt. Hope he is fully healed and ready to go on Monday.

  247. Bring up Kreider And JT Miller up immediately. We need their speed and it’s getting very late for us but may be even to save Torts due

  248. ThisYearsModel on

    I can’t hold it in any longer even though I know it is futile, but Torts Must Go.

  249. Ollga Follkyersellf on

    You’re just moving deck chairs. Don’t you know the Titanic is sinking fast?

  250. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The Clowe injury erased whatever toughness they had. Dorsett tried to be physical. Powe, Asham, and Boyle throw the body but didnt see a lot of ice time. Hags/step/cally are small – cally hits but if he were 6’3 225 it’d have more impact. Nash threw some checks – finally today – Pyatt is too slow to hit anyone and when Richards hears checking, he thinks about account balances.

  251. ThisYearsModel on

    maybe Pysie will be moved up with Stepan and Callahan after his scintillating performance in the past 2 games. He gets PP time on each PP today. All hail Pysie! ALL HAIL PYSIE!

  252. Ollga Follkyersellf on

    PP not so hot this time. StL could never get control in the Kings end.

  253. Stranger Nation on

    Pie-hat, Richards, Boyle was a great line only because it left Tricky Ricky with two guys who couldnt screw up!
    When coaches get involved with personnel, like Torts advocating the Richards’ signing, they are forced to validate that decision.
    That is what is killing this team.

  254. Ollga Follkyersellf on

    Well, I certainly hope you’re right Eddie, but I don’t even see the Rangers playing a game six. I think they are out in 4 or 5. This team stunk all year, and they stink now.

  255. Stranger Nation on

    They cannot win without Staal and Clowe. Hate to be a defeatist but this team has no get up and go!

  256. Admiral Akbar on

    Poor kid.

    Doesn’t he have any friends who are Islander fans. They’ll win (four more) before we get one.

  257. I’m not sure where the idea the Powe is some kind of defensive specialist comes from. The dude is a negative player. You’d think that after playing half a season he’d get one point. I mean seriously, he could get an assist getting hit with a puck. Even Halpern got an assist. This guy is kryptonite to offense, and struggles with defense too. No good.

  258. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ranger history : when trailing 2-0, the rangers are 1-20. I’ll take those odds…. It’s in the bag.

  259. Ollga Follkyersellf on

    The Rangers can’t make two passes in a row most times. They spend most of the shift just getting out of their zone, then just dump it in and change. Hell of a system.

  260. will the Rangers make some noise this season?

    Hank tried today, he needs a little help. He didn’t get much last year. I still have hope.

  261. Is This Real? on

    Be real and set yourself free. Sometimes when I’ve had enough “sodas” I can see through all of the bs and realize they are just not that good.. I fool myself into thinking this year there will be some magic but its always the same.. Can’t score can’t win. They suck. Maybe not a bad as some of the dark years but they still suck and pay ugly hockey.. And at least when they were basement dwellers they would get some decent picks , these days they are just mediocre. Brutal.

  262. I have seen this team light it up. They must hate seeing Richards take their ice time.

    if they win at home, things could look a lot different.

  263. Torts as a coach has improved the Rangers every year in wins and post season results. Their power-play percentage however; has dropped every year.
    Rank 13 18.3 %
    Rank 18 16.9%
    Rank 23 15.7%
    Rank 23 15/7%
    These stats don’t mean much if they are winning in other ways; even strength goals, great penalty-killing but games like yesterday when they had two late power-play opportunities and couldn’t even get a shot on goal and his apparent unwillingness to try different players on the pp make these stats relevant. I would hope he starts jugging the lineups for the power-play starting in game 3; otherwise this post season run could look a lot like 2010-11 (lost in first round to washington) except this is a much better team on paper.

  264. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added
    I get three emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Many thanks!

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