Game 4: Capitals at Rangers tonight (7:30) … pre-game notes

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NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 4
Wednesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers (Regular Season): 26-18-4 (56 pts), 6th in Eastern Conference
Capitals (Regular Season): 27-18-3 (57 pts), 3rd in Eastern Conference

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The Blueshirts currently trail in the series, 2-1, following a 4-3 win in Game 3 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers enter the contest with a 209-228-8 record all-time in 445 playoff contests (117-88-2 at home; 92-140-6 on the road). New York has posted a 39-32 record all-time in Game 4 of playoff series.
New York entered the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference having posted a record of 26-18-4 overall (16-6-2 at home; 10-12-2on the road) for 56 points. The Rangers are one of two teams in the Eastern Conference, along with Pittsburgh, to have advanced to the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons.
ALL-TIME RANGERS PLAYOFF RECORDS:
Overall —209-228-8
Home —117-88-2
Away —92-140-6
Goals for —1,223
Goals against —1,219
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS —RANGERS vs. CAPITALS
The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the eighth time overall and fourth time in five years, including a third consecutive season. Their last postseason encounter was in last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals, a series won by New York 4-3. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 3-4 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 20-24 mark in 44 postseason contests.
RANGERS vs. CAPITALS:
All-Time (Regular Season): 87-86-18-6 overall (48-38-9-3 at home; 39-48-9-3 on the road)
2012-13: New York was 2-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including one game that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Capitals, 5-0, after the first period, and out-shot Washington, 102-81, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-9 (33.3%), while their penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters with three goals, while Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash tied for the series-high with three assists apiece. Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists) and Brad Richards (one goal, two assists) also tallied three points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and .942 Sv%, and Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .966 Sv%.
The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 10 regular season games against the Capitals (7-2-1 over the span), out-scoring Washington, 34-19, over the span
The Blueshirts have 18 players with previous playoff experience against the Capitals, led by Brad Richards (13 GP) who had tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) against Washington entering the series
New York lists two former Capitals on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08); Roman Hamrlik (2011-12 – 2012-13)
Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06); Wojtek Wolski (2010-11 – 2011-12)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER PLAYOFF LEADERS vs. CAPITALS:
Henrik Lundqvist — 22 GP, 9-13, 2.26 GAA, 1 SO
Martin Biron — 7 GP, 4-3, 2.67 GAA, 1 SO
Brad Richards — 16 GP, 4-4-8
Derek Stepan — 15 GP, 1-4-5
Michael Del Zotto — 10 GP, 2-5-7
SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers’ power play was 9-48 (18.5%) in the final 13 games of the season, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline
New York registered a point in 19 of 23 games (17-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal this season
Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in six power play opportunities (10:08) in Game 3, and are now 1-13 (7.7%) in the playoffs. The Blueshirts ranked23rd overall (24-153, 15.7%) and 17th at home (16-83, 19.3%) this season. The Rangers were 3-12 (10:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 4/27 vs. NJD), and 2-2 (1:20) when four-on-three (last – 4/13 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN); 4/23 at FLA (Shore, EN).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in three shorthanded situations (5:54) in Game 3, and are now 8-10 (80.0%) in the playoffs. New York tied for 15th overall (120-148, 81.1%) and 10th at home (69-80, 86.3%) this season. The Rangers were 8-8 (8:24) in three-on-five situations (last – 4/1 vs. WPG), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last – 3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (5): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan); 4/27 vs. NJD (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: The Blueshirts did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 3, and are Even in two four-on-four situations (4:00) in the playoffs. New York was plus-one in 33 four-on-four situations (66:39) this season. Four-on-four goals for (3): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik); 4/13 at NYI (Girardi); 4/25 at CAR (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).
QUICK HITS:
The Rangers have won eight of their last 11 first round playoff series
All Original Six teams qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1996
The Blueshirts were the least penalized team in the NHL this season with 183 penalties and 9.2 penalty minutes per game
New York ranked third in the NHL with 1,413 hits, and sixth in the league with 773 blocked shots this season
The Rangers held opponents to 2.25 goals against per contest, which ranked third in the East and fourth in the league overall
RANGERS DEBUT
Derek Dorsett made his Rangers debut in Game 2 to become the 12th player to make his Blueshirts debut in the playoffs (Chris Kreider, Lauri Korpikoski, Doug Weight, Tony Amonte, Mike Richter, George McPhee, John Hughes, Bobby Sheehan, Steve Andrascik, Dennis Hextall, and Gordie Bell).
PLAYOFF FIRSTS
Three Rangers made their NHL playoff debut in Game 1 — Derick Brassard, John Moore, and Kris Newbury — while forward Carl Hagelin notched his first career playoff goal in the series’ opening game on Thursday.
DÉJÀ VU
This is the first time the Blueshirts have faced the same opponent in three consecutive playoff seasons since New York played Philadelphia in the 1985, 1986 and 1987 playoffs. The Rangers are meeting the Capitals in the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years. The last time that happened was against the Flyers from 1983-87.
IMMEDIATE DIVIDENDS
The Blueshirts led the NHL in goal scoring since the trade deadline on Apr. 3, averaging 3.6 goals per contest. Prior to the trade deadline, the Rangers averaged 2.4 goals per game.
APRIL SUCCESS
New York posted a record of 10-3-1 in the month of April, marking the third time the team has won 10 games in a month since October of 2008.
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 92 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 85-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York posted a 16-0-0 record when leading after the second period this season.
KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist finished the season tied for the league lead with 24 wins, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to lead the league in wins since Mike Richter in 1993-94 (42).
Lundqvist posted his 20th win of the season in a 6-1 victory on Apr. 18 against Florida, to become one of five active NHL goalies to reach the 20-win mark in eight consecutive seasons (Brodeur, 12; Luongo, 9; Vokoun, 9; Kiprusoff, 8).
Lundqvist posted a 20-save shutout, his second of the season and 45th of his career, in the season finale against New Jersey to pass Ed Giacomin as the franchise leader in career total shutouts (regular season + playoffs), having posted 51 total shutouts in his career.
The Blueshirts’ netminder captured Rangers’ MVP honors for a franchise record, seventh consecutive year. His seven Rangers’ MVP awards are also a franchise record, passing Brian Leetch (six) for the most in franchise history.
NINE STRAIGHT FOR NASH
Rick Nash notched two goals in the season finale against New Jersey, including his 20th goal of the season, to become the only player in the NHL with an active streak of nine consecutive 20-goal seasons.
INJURIES:
Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 51
Ryane Clowe (injured, 4/25) — 4
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 134
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 10

 

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  1. wildplaces on

    I won’t hide my pleasure at watching Isles demolish the arrogant Pens…my cousin polar bear also enjoyed the play by play. The Pens were really playoffs nasty at the end, poor losers…Also nice to hear that the Sens took the wind out of the Habs’ sails at the end.

    Hope the Rangers find their second win(d) tonight…nhl.com interviews with the Caps players extoll the amazing play of Lundquist, we would be lost without him. Henrik gives our team a chance every game.

    Also like our youth movement…even if they are not all products of our own farm system. This is a tidal change from years’ past. I’m up for a win at MSG tonight!

  2. Ive been a fishstick hater since The beginning, BUT, they all deserved a stick tap after crushing the pengwhiners!! To see Malkin stripped of the puck and then flailing helplessly while laying on TOP of HIS goalie nearly bought a tear to my eye.
    Tonight…hoping to see Clowe or Kreider in for kung powe . Let’s get a BIG win and rock the garden tonight !! LGR!!!!!

  3. I’ve been a Ranger fan for many a decade and it pains me to say how happy I am that the Isles won last night!!! And I’m thinking, I probably HATE the Pens more than the Islanders because of Cindy Crosby!!! Take his whiney, entitled attitude off their team and I’d probably want the Pens to roll over the Isles in 4! Go figure.

  4. Not an Isles hater, and never a fan, but you gotta be impressed with how they’ve played so far against the Pens. A lot of the Boneheads, and Carp, have not had much good to say about the Isles this year but they’ve got some really good players on that team. I just wouldn’t underestimate them when we play them in the next round. :-). As for tonight I hope we have Clowe back and that Stahl hasn’t suffered any issues. Let”s bring it to the Caps tonight and not let up. LGR!

  5. Wasn’t thinking. No coffee yet. But only way our boys play the Isles is if we both make it to the ECF.

  6. Artie – here’s the thing. As Rangers fans, we can all be happy that the Islandorks are showing the NHL how vulnerable the Penguins are. And it’s a lot of the Penguins losing more than the Islanders winning. Four of those Six goals were absolutely horrendous and I can’t believe Vokoun didn’t get thrown out there for a bit.

    But think about how *MAD* or *ENRAGED* we will all be if the Islanders win the cup. I would *NOT* be happy. So temper that enthusiasm for the Islanders beating the Penguins.

  7. Czechthemout!!! on

    Moderation for using the plural of female dog? Common guys, grow a pair already!

  8. Czechthemout!!! on

    The Isls have no shot at the cup because Nabakov is not much better than Fluery. Just enough to beat them.

  9. Cross Check Charlie on

    Never lived in the NYC area so I never really built up much of a hatred for the Islanders. I admire what they’re doing. They could have folded after that first game, but came back hard. Penguins probably thought it was going to be easy especially after getting Crosby back. Welcome to reality, Pittsburgh!

  10. Stranger Nation on

    Not only does the Pens’ flower not bloom in spring, but they are a team or dirty birds. It’s very easy to root for the Ice Mets and take great pleasure in them knocking off the mighty Pissburg Dirty Birds, just like the Philth did last year.
    How bout fmr Pres. Teddy Roosevelt and the Senators taking the life out of the Habs…where is prust???

  11. if the isles knock off the pens and lose next round i will sign for that. and i am someone living in long island growing up the lone ranger fan amongst 6 isles fans who i am still close with today.

  12. The thing about the azzlanders, they are young and don’t have that penguin arrogance yet, so for me, its easy to root for them over Cindy. However, I’m pretty sure we’ll all go back to despising them real soon.

    Like Philly last year, if the Isles get past Pittsburg, they’ll be toast in round 2. IMO, Nabakov is not good enough to win more than a “Fleury gifted” first round.

  13. I will sign for that too, eric. I just won’t sign for the Islanders advancing past that. Beat the Penguins in 6 or 7 and then get swept.

  14. and then when the isles fans are upset, we can trade Stralman for Tavares!! yeah!

  15. As I was watching the Caps forecheck the crap out of us, i’m reminded me of the Jersey series last year. Yuk.

  16. I was reminded more of the Sens series Papa Bear, NJ did alot better job working us behind our own net where as the caps do most of their work on the side boards and moving the puck with their d-men

  17. Yea, Papa. We don’t move the puck well. Especially not in our own end. Even the Wild are better at breakouts (I will give you that the ‘Hawks don’t forecheck as aggressively as the Caps).

  18. Manny, so like me, you have no untouchables on this team, other than Hank?

  19. Have to admit I’m enjoying this Isles run, mainly bc of who theyre playing. Last time I rooted for them was when they were pretty much an expansion team and came back from 3-0 to take 4 straight from Pens. In next round they almost did it again going down 3-0 then winning 3 straight before losing game 7 to the hated Broad Street Bullies who were also defending Stanley Cup champs.

  20. I’m not sure if LQ for Tavares was dangled in front of me what i would do. I’d prefer not even think about that.

  21. They may be 3 or 4 players in the league if the became available anyone or a package of anyone could be traded for them

  22. I can’t wait until someone comes on here and tells us how crazy we are even discussing this. You know, since we all know that this is NEVER happening.

  23. Cross Check Charlie on

    I’m not sure if I’m enjoying watching Pittsburgh lose or watching Fleury look so inept that it’s comical.

  24. I think it’s safe to say game 6 (if necessary) will be a 12/12:30 start

  25. That sounds right, Oleo. And it favors us since Ribeiro will be out LATE the night before and probably still in the clink by Noon.

  26. Can’t say i’m rooting for the Isles…but i’d rather see them than the Ice Chickens in the later rounds if we can get past Ovie and the Craps

  27. Stranger Nation on

    Papa Bear
    As I was watching the Caps forecheck the crap out of us, i’m reminded me of the Jersey series last year. Yuk.
    May 8th, 2013 at 9:22 AM
    ________________________________
    As disturbing is the off puck interference they do preventing our fore-check – another Devils staple. Watch the center or strong side forward loop back on their break out and just ‘happen’ to b e skating up ice in front of where our forechecking forward is going
    Same Derbils BS

  28. Rob in Beantown on

    Bylsma has no choice now but to play Vokoun, right? Which is a shame because I think the Isles win for sure if Fleury is in net the rest of the series. Vokoun might actually get the job done.

  29. Rob in Beantown on

    Fleury is so bad. I dont think he ever knows where he is in relation to the net. His positioning is always wrong

  30. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    If I had to chose a winner between the Islanders vs Penguins. I would chose the Islanders, it’s not like they are going all the way. But it sure would make for a great story to knock off Crosby & Co. After they loaded up on the trade dead line just to go out in the 1’st round.

  31. Rob in Beantown on

    Yes, it’s Daenerys from Game of Thrones. The Khaleesi, as I’ve also taken to calling my fiancee, moon of my life.

  32. Do you guys think that Bob is the first non playoff goalie to win this? (I think I heard this stat before right?)

  33. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    Way to go Hank!
    How hilarious is it that Philthy moved a future Vezina Trophy winner to make room for “The Humangous Universe”? lmmfao

  34. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    The order for the Vezina Trophy should look like this:
    1. Bob
    2. Hank
    3. That other guy.

  35. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    I was surprised at that one too, Rob. He only played 7 less games than Hank and Niemi but in a shortened season I guess that’s considered a lot.

  36. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    I think Bob’s got this one. The only reason Columbus even sniffed the playoffs was the play of their goalie. Then again, the only reason we even made it in was due to Hank so…..

  37. I think Bob deserves it but would not be surprised in the least if Hank won for pretty much the reason Evrock said

  38. Czechthemout!!! on

    Congrats to second best goalie in Rangers history! He truly is special and he should get a piece of Torts’ contract because he bails him out almost as much as he bailed Renney out. For a team that plays defense first, Hank sure gets a lot of point blank shots against him.

    If Hank can get a Cup here than he will become the best goalie in team history.

    Richter is still the man in my eyes!

  39. Rask was on place to start 58 games over an 82 game season. Not enough to win

  40. Stranger Nation on

    Flyers have some problems in goal but much bigger problem in front of goal with their D and lack of back check from forwards

  41. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    Czech – Both are great goalies, in different times, but Richter has a ring. Hank will get us there, but he needs some support from Nash and Richards.

    Hank doesn’t have near the goal support that Richter had in Messier’s team.

  42. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    I wouldn’t mind if Bobrovsky won! Just to laugh at Philly, for letting him go over Mr. Universe. Then he goes out and win the Vezina. In his 1’st year as a starter! HA. That’s funny stuff right there :)

  43. Stranger Nation on

    Hank doesn’t have near the goal support that Richter had in Messier’s team.

    No the Defense in front of him – Leetch, Buek, Zubov, Lowe is prob a Ranger TOP 4 of all time

  44. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    Niemi just swept Vancouver in the 1’st round. He is on top of his game, nothing like a hot goaltender in the playoffs. Will he be the next Quick?

    I’m sure Hank would trade his Vezina for the Stanley Cup!

  45. Doodie Machetto on

    @Now we await Doodie’s explanation of who he thought should get it…@

    I’m good with the Vezina finalists. I think if Anderson hadn’t gotten hurt and played most of the games he had missed with a similar level of play to the ones he actually did manage to play, then he would win almost unanimously. But since he missed so much time, I’m good with these finalists.

    I think Bobrovsky or Lundqvist wins. Bobrovsky because of the incredible level of play from March through April, as well as all of the Hart buzz surrounding him. Lundqvist might win not only because of his lights out second half, but because Bobrovsky and Niemi may have siphoned votes from each other.

    I don’t think Niemi wins because of the aforementioned vote-siphoning and he didn’t have the same buzz that Bob did, so if either of them wins, it’s gonna be Bob.

  46. Rob in Beantown on

    Remind me, did the voting already happen and they were the top 3 vote getters? Or does the voting happen later?

  47. Doodie Machetto on

    CTO, Richter was a big game goaltender. Always raised his play in tournament play, be it the playoffs or internationally. That’s what makes him the best.

    Lundqvist is the far superior regular season netminder. But the regular season doesn’t mean squat. I’m sure Jonathan Quick is much happier with his Conn Smythe and Cup ring than he would have been with the Vezina.

  48. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    Clowe is going to add more punch than Powe!!!
    MSG Crowd will be Rockin’
    Nash is healthy!
    Moore will get more Power Play time!
    Staal is back!
    Hank is due for a Shutout!

    Ranger Win!

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    “Do you guys think that Bob is the first non playoff goalie to win this? (I think I heard this stat before right?)”

    He would be if he won.

  50. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    Hank got his team into the playoffs, Bob didn’t. Not sure if Bob wins his first time being a finalist. Hank gets all the votes in the East, Bob & Niemi split the votes in the West. Hank wins! Just my gut fealing.

  51. Doodie Machetto on

    The only other guy I thought that would have been eligible for consideration was Jimmy Howard, but he has such a bad rep, there was no way he would get the votes, even though he was excellent this year.

  52. Rob in Beantown on

    You might be on to something with the East/West split. But if the voting already happened, there could have already been a split in the East. Maybe Hank split with Rask and finished 3rd in the voting. Who knows.

  53. There were a lot of serious goalie tandems that hurt the spread since none of them played enough games to really be considered.

  54. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    Rangers Win Manny. It’s a whole new series!
    With the Rangers healthy. Clowe will be Clubbing the Caps tonight. Staal back makes our D even tougher to score on. Moore breathing some life into the Power Play.
    Playing at MSG…..all adds up to a BIG WIN!!!

  55. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, getting your team into the playoffs has nothing to do with whether you’re the best goaltender or not. I think for the Hart, yes, absolutely, your team needs to make the playoffs. But for the other individual awards, I don’t think it’s necessary.

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    Although, it seems like the winner of these awards invariably has been from a playoff team.

  57. Doodie Machetto on

    Rob, that may be true, but for both Niemi and Bob to be in the top tells me that the West vote was basically split on those two guys, because I find it hard to believe very many west GMs were voting for an east goaltender.

  58. Doodie Machetto on

    I’ll be at the game tonight, so just pencil in a 3 goal Rangers loss.

  59. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Doodie, agree with your point Richter was a big game goalie. I want SO desperately to call Hank the same.

    Shutout tonight!!! No SOFT goals!!!

  60. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I think we owe Erat, Erskind and Brower a few light taps on the shoulder. Whaddya think, Clowie????

  61. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    “Hello, number 8. That’s what you look like. Being out west, never saw you. Enjoy sitting on the ice tonight!!!….” Clowie says.

  62. Morning all,

    Regarding the Isles/Pens series – and a lesson that the Rangers can learn from it:

    So at this point, its not necessarily what the Fishsticks are doing. It’s what they’re not doing – not giving the Crosbys a single ounce of respect or a single inch of ice.

    They truly believe they can beat the Pens and it shows. Malkinstein and co. are in a tough spot. Now they have to go to Vokoun to bail them out and the Isles may be smelling the blood. If they win game 5, there’s a good, if not excellent chance they’ll eliminate the Pens in Game 6.

    Lesson for the Rangers?
    Do not show Ovechkin, Holtby or the rest of that crew the least morsel of respect. Come out storming from the opening faceoff. Keep the crowd engaged throughout. Let the Caps know they are not repected. That can be the difference not only tonight, but for the rest of the series.

  63. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Glad the Icelanders are playing Pitt tough. With Voukoun in the nets, they’ll likely move on, but please soften them up a bit. Check hard, boys!!!

  64. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers 5
    Caps 0

    SOG rangers 28…..caps 32

    GWG Brassard, Dorsett, and Moore

  65. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Author, sounds good. Please get a megaphone and stand outside the player entrance about 4 pm or so.

    One thing, if, and I mean, if Voukoun is on, he’s a darn good goalie. He can also be rotten, but he is a good 2nd stringer. If a real goalie is in the nets last night, not so sure Isles win.

  66. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Geez, 8 hours to game time and I’m ALREADY pumped!!!

    LGR!!! LGR !!!!!

  67. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Anyone know who happens to the rangers playoff scoring leader after 3 games?

  68. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Eddie, my prayer is that Torts devised an up the middle outlet for the d-men to move the darn puck up ice. This wrap around on the boards pass to THEIR point men might not be working too well.

  69. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Anyone know the name of the rangers scoring leader this playoff season?

    My above post channeled Stuart

  70. Remember when people here were convinced Andersson had the Vezina in the bag? Even though he played about 1/2 of the games that Hank played.

    Think Bobrovsky will win it though I dont agree with it. Needs to do it again next year (for a full year) and then I give it to him. Just like Hank/Quick debate last year.

  71. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Joe Pavelski 4 goals
    Ranger team 5 goals

    Go back a few months and you’ll see that I was pining for him daily. Clowe/Pavelski for Gabby/Thomas/ #2

  72. great scrum in the Isles game after the bell rang ending the 15th round…Malkin showing his true colors

  73. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    When was the last time a non-playoff goalie won?

    It could be a tighter race than one would think.

  74. Really like Bylsma as coach but what the hell was he thinking sending Malkin and Crosby out against the Isles 4th line for the final shift of a game out of hand? Malkin was bent over holding his hand/shoulder after his little scrap with Martin I believe.

  75. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    All right kitty cats -,I have oodles of work to do…..

    Lets go rangers

  76. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Hey, enjoy the game. Heading out. We need to bring home the bacon. It starts with a lively crowd!!!

    LGR!! LGR!!!

  77. I was eating a Subway 12 inch late one night
    When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
    For our right wing from the endboards shook off two guys
    And suddenly to my surprise

    He did the Nash
    He did the Monster Nash
    The monster Nash
    It was a graveyard smash
    He did the Nash
    It caught on in a flash
    He did the Nash
    He did the Monster Nash

  78. But Sather can work his voodoo and offer like 2 cigars some fishing time in Canada Gabby, a 2nd and get the deal done!

  79. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    Clowe will make an impact on this game!!!

    Rangers 3 – Caps 0.

    Goals: Nash, Brassard, Cally.

  80. Lyova, I can’t believe the announcers didn’t mention that. Of course, Butch was probably too busy throwing confetti. But, yeah. Malkin scrapped with Hamonic, too, at the end, and he looked like he was hurt.

  81. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    Back to the oil can for me, have tons of work to get done today.

    Have a Siouxper Day.

    #LGR

  82. The dreaded Fishsticks continue to impress regardless of how this season ends.
    I hope some of the folks on this blog and the writer have the courage to admit they’ve misjudged the organization in the future since……

    You’ve been Wanged! ;)

  83. If you gave Butch Goring a pair of thick black glasses, would he look like Les Nessman?

  84. Cheering when an athlete takes a puck to the teeth or a nasty puck to the Adams Apple, no matter who that athlete is…well, fill in the blanks. Nice retrogression to the Jurassic.

  85. laich’s first time on the ice in over a month, i wouldn’t think he returns tonight but i suppose crazier things have happened

  86. Is there a video out there of Cally’s big hit on Erskine from Monday? I didn’t get a great view of it from my seats. Thanks!

  87. hope i see no laich tonight. have a bad feeling chimera scores tonight again. hes like the the john druce of for us now. seems to play his best hockey in playoffs vs rangers.

    also for the weekend nbc has the players championships coverage saturday and sunday from 130-7pm. unless NBC puts hockey on cnbc or nbc sports network in afternoon which i highky doubt then it will be an msg game on sunday with same and joe but does the nhl will have the call on start time for mothers day

  88. Matt – I haven’t seen it anywhere. They also didn’t do a good job showing replays of the hit during live coverage, maybe they didn’t get a good shot on camera.

  89. Great GIF of the Cally hit on HFBoards, but I can’t seem to copy & paste the link here…fat fingers?

  90. Washington Post has Laich out tonight…..originally not expected back until Round 2. My guess is Game 6 or 7 at the earliest(if necessary).

  91. In fairness, Hamonic dropped his gloves and was throwing punches while Malkin was still holding his stick. Not exactly the cleanest move.

    It’s gotta be Vokoun for game 5, right? I mean, how many goals can one goaltender knock into his own goal before he gets the hook?

  92. Stranger Nation on

    How about Martin of Isles in Pitt bench giving Morrow noogies
    funny stuff

  93. “Fleury is so bad. I dont think he ever knows where he is in relation to the net. His positioning is always wrong”

    Yet the Penguins were two time Stanley Cup finalists and one time winner with Fleury in goal.

  94. Stranger Nation on

    Visnovsky is good – game their top 4 D balance and some O push we could of used an offensive D man upgrade, instead we got Hamr time!

  95. mothman, Michael Leighton led the Flyers to the Final. Cam Ward was a Conn Smythe winner. Dwayne Roloson led the Oilers to the Final, then nearly did the same for the Lightning. Look how many Stanley Cups Chris Osgood has won.

    Fleury is all sorts of terrible right now. Almost as bad as last year. Almost.

  96. Doodie Machetto-
    The quote was ever knows where he is and positioning is always wrong. A goalie gets to the finals once, it can be a fluke. The Penguins do not make it to two finals and win one if Fleury has always been wrong.

  97. Rob in Beantown on

    I didn’t check this to confirm, but I read Fleury hasn’t had a save% above .900 in a single playoff game since winning the Cup.

  98. Mothman must be a plant fromt he Yankee LoHud site….cherry picking posts and causing unnecessary conflict. There’s a way to debate without sounding so heavyhanded but those Yankee folks don’t know it either. This is a barroom, not a draft-day conference room table.

  99. Rob in Beantown on

    mothman, there was obviously a bit of hyperbole in that sentence, no need to read it so literally. The point is Fleury is bad.

  100. He is a streaky goaltender but his cold streaks mightily outweigh his hot streaks in both performance and length.

  101. Rob in Beantown on

    And if you disagree that Fleury is underperforming, you should read the Penguins boards I’m reading now. They’re freaking out and want Vokoun

  102. HOw’s this for professionalism: Went to get lunch (in dry weather) got POURED on coming back and am now sitting in my office in my gym shorts drying my dress slacks over a chair in my office. Good thing I have shirt and tie on so it looks fancy above the desk.

  103. Haha, Manny I have perfected that move. Whenever my presence is requested on webex or GoToMeeting, its business top with nap-time bottom.

  104. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    How isn’t MAF a Vezina finalist? The guy is standing on his head against the islanders. He’s not stopping many pucks, but he is standing on his head.

  105. doodie

    i will be at the flying puck if you want to meet. be there by 530 and will be in back by the bar.

  106. That’s awesome. 1940! As this is my first experience, I could use some advice from an experienced professional!

  107. I may actually drop everythign and go to the game tonite…you guys mind if I meet you somewhere? Of course, my belly will get there first.

  108. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Re-unite the clowe-brassard-nash line please!!!

    I like what the pens did at the end of the game last night, the nasty stuff. If you want that warm fuzzy feeling, wait til the handshake line at the end of the series.

    Until then, it should be every bit of nasty!!!

  109. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – it may be cave man talk…but here’s to hoping Crosby takes 3 pucks to jaw and Malkinstein spontaneously combusts thereby ending their season…

  110. Wicky – Believe you me, I love the nasty

    but a hit on the end boards with 1.5 seconds left or somethign like that? Unnecessary, and you have to know there’d next be a dog-pile-on-the-rabbit with your best guys ont he ice

  111. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Nannu
    You should build the sleep compartment under your desk like George Costanza did.

  112. Stranger Nation on

    iWicky “Frag Out!!!”
    Re-unite the clowe-brassard-nash line please!!!

    I second that notion
    harumph, harumph, harumph

  113. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Cally Step Hags
    Clowe Brassard Nash
    Dorsett Richards Pyatt
    Asham Newbury Boyle

  114. anyone have an intellectual guess as to how Ottawa is so summarily dispatching our old friends in red?

  115. Stranger Nation on

    the bigger tougher team is beating the smaller more skilled team – Prust be damned

  116. Senators are good. That’s how. Great goaltending, very tough, physical team, good scoring, Erik Karlsson, Great coach…etc.

  117. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    SNation – another brilliant Blazing scene

    What’s you name?

    My name is ….Jim ….. My friends …..call me……….Jim

    Well Jim, what do you like to do?

    I like to play chess and screw.

    Well Jim, let’s play chess

  118. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    On 5/713 I am listening to 5/7/77

    If the clowe dont get ya, then the Dorsett will…

  119. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    It’s funny the double standard applied to the Rangers and Islanders by some boneheads. Fleury is an average NHL goalie, and the Isles are taking advantage of that. They have one star and a handful of OK players.

  120. Rob in Beantown on

    _”In this exclusive one-on-one interview Biron discusses how proud he is of Lundqvist, who earned his fifth Vezina Trophy nomination on Wednesday, what makes Lundqvist such a great goalie, hoiw goaltending coach Benoit Allaire is the guiding force behind both netminders, and what’s it’s been like to play with three Vezina winners in his career—Lundqvist, Dominick Hasek, and Ryan Miller.”_

    Poor Marty. Always a bridesmaid never a bride

  121. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Why is Alex Frolov still listed in the “Tags” sections down below?

  122. Looks like the Penguins listened to their fans and decided to go with Vokoun in a MUST WIN GAME 5

  123. for anyone who says that time is going slow,

    today is the one year anniversary of the late Richards/OT Staal goals that beat the Caps in Game 5

  124. Manny, Bylsma is in a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation if the Pens lose no matter who he puts in net

  125. It’s true, but it’s a real panic move. And it shatters the confidence of the goaltender you need if you want to win a cup. I just think pulling a panic move in Round 1, against the Islanders is insanity.

  126. Cousin Tom on

    I think leaving Fleury in is the scared move. It was last night. That game could have been salvaged with a change after the 2nd period.

  127. I agree that Flower should have been pulled last night. But I don’t agree with pulling him for game 5, at home.

  128. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    1940!, I get the others, even the ones that are no longer on the team. But, Frolov was only with the team half a season.

    Pens hit the panic button.

  129. Brad Richards starts in net, blanks Caps. Tortorella states: “Early to say, but this might be the start of a beautiful new NHL career.”

  130. Vokoun was brought in for this specific reason..esp after the disaster in first round last year.

  131. Rob in Beantown on

    The tough thing will be if the Pens win the series, when do you switch back to Fleury? If Vokoun is lights out then there’s no problem, you just keep playing him, but what if he’s okay enough to beat the Islanders but not great? Do you bring Fleury back game 1 of next series then?

  132. Might be a panic move, but it’s necessary. Fleury has been brutal the last *three* years. If there was every a time to bench him, now’s the time.

    Vokoun is 13-4 this season, so if the team plays well in front of him, he can get the job done.

  133. 4everanger on

    I can only hope, that Debils elimination from PO (my biggest joy so far) is not the Rangers biggest achievement this season.

  134. Unconfirmed sources reporting Pens had one-time Ranger & Flyer net-minder Bob “Frosty” Froese in for a workout this morning.

  135. Rob in Beantown on

    Fleury is signed for a few more years. If the Pens lose in the first round does he become a buyout candidate? Probably not, but if this is going to happen every single year…..

  136. Manny, conversely, how many terrific goaltenders are done in by the uninspired play of their team-mates?

  137. Cousin Tom, Manny: when would you have pulled Fleury. It was a one goal game until the very end. Have you ever seen a goalie pulled when the score is tied (as it was at the end of two last night)? Even though Fleury gave up the lead at the end of the second, it was still only a one goal game. I think Bylsma had no choice but to stay with Fleury.

  138. Strange 9:46.. Oates has put a Devils flavor into this particular version of the Caps, for sure. I’ll say again. Yuk.

  139. Did you guys notice how poor the ranger passing was on monday. I am surprised they won that game. I thought they played better on game 2. Last year they were out-played and they won, except for devil series. I wonder if this formula will work on the Capa again?

  140. The goals the Fleury gave up were so incredibly soft though. I might have pulled him. I might have pulled him to stick it to him and wake him up after that awful 6th goal.

  141. Cousin Tom on

    If I was unhappy with his play, at the end of the 2nd period. When the goalie is that shaky, where the opponent is shooting from anywhere just to get pucks on him, you owe it to the rest of the team, who were playing, or risk losing THEIR confidence.

    I always go back to Roger Neilson pulling Richter in Pittsburgh in 1992 after the Ron Francis goal from center ice. Jagr almost score from the same spot after the ensuing face-off. Richter was skating around dazed.

    As I recall, the Francis goal tied the game.

  142. Me-thinks the teams will turn-up the nasty volume tonight.

    “Does your amp go to 11?”

  143. manny

    pre game relaxer. be inside garden by 7. come for a beer before subway home.

    as for bylsma. his job could easily be on the line here should they go out three years in a row in the 1st round 2011 tampa blew a 3-1 series lead and lost game 7 at home. (yes i know crosby was out) 2012 flyers we all rememeber what happened last year and now fast forward to 2013.

    with what ray shero did at the deadline should they go out 1st round this could lead to a coaching change. if he feels vokoun can get them past the isles thats all he is thinking about at the moment.

  144. Ladies & Gents,

    Busy day- so all I have to say to you all is:

    LGR!!!!

    Let’s take care of busines…

  145. Lloyd Braun on

    Putting Vokoun in is the right move, Manny. Fleury is not a number 1 goalie.

  146. Cousin Tom: good point. But Neilson put in Vanbiesbrouck who played half the third, gave up the game winner in overtime, and then proceeded to lose the fifth and sixth games. (Not working from memory, just went back to check the box scores at hockeyreference.com).

  147. eric, I think they give Bylsma another year regardless of what happens in this series because two years before this string of first round exits, he won a Stanley Cup. Also, he has the highest regular season win percentage of any active coach.

  148. Couldn’t give a charp about Fleury, Drury, Flotsam, Jetsam, Curt Flood, Flipper, Friedlander, Finley, Fayne, Phaneuf, Frolik, Frolingo, Franzen, Ference, Flynn, Fratin, Fraser, Fehr, Byfuglien, and all the rest of them. But, hey, that’s just me.

  149. Bylsma isn’t getting canned because his 7yr / $35M goaltender can’t stop a shot commonly stopped by a peewee goalie.

  150. Manny6, your view @ 8;38 of the Islanders is petty and childish.

    Would you wish for the child who beat yours out of the lead role in the play to break a leg? ;)

    Evrock @10:25 Just say it directly, without Lundqvist the Rangers are NOT in the playoffs.
    Now my question is would the Rangers be in the playoffs with Nabokov in goal?

    Then compare the current rosters!

  151. Cousin Tom on

    ljreina- You’re correct, but the Francis goal and the Graves suspension for slashing Mario were the turning points of the series and season. The issue was that Richter was not operating at a “compete level”.

    It’s funny that when people recall his career, they forget this game, and Game 5 of the Finals in 1994 (after the Rangers stormed back from 3-0 with a chance to win the Cup, Dave Babych scored from a really, really bad angle).

    Had they not won Game 7, he would have been remembered entirely for the Francis and Babych goals.

  152. Coos, Coos, never insult Curt Flood, the man sacrificed his career for a principle and while that principle has been vindicated by later events courtesy of Marvin Miller and the players union.

    He was the sacrificial lamb.

    Curt Flood is a hero to all who know the story!

  153. Fluery has had the yips for 3 straight playoffs. Good for him. He probably made a Faustian bargain for the one Cup he’s hoisted, and now he’s just paying the rent.

  154. doodie

    you could have the highest winning percentage with that roster. its like a fantasy team

  155. I’m really enjoying witching the kid Hamonic get in Malkin’s grill. Rangers should take note.

  156. gionta and prust ruled out for montreal in game 5 tomorrow and perhaps price as well.

  157. With all the statistics that are twisted and spit out, the game still gets played on the ice, especially during the playoffs! Great way to crown a champion, playing games that is.

  158. Take your afternoon nap, show up at the rink, suit up, take your warm-ups, coaches give pep talk, back on ice, national anthem(s), whistle blows, line-up, drop the puck……..

    It’s on. Do you’re best and give it your all.

    Game Over.

  159. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Good chance one of Ottawa or the Isles win their series…2nd round matchup against Boston or Toronto would be nice if the Rangers can come back.

  160. Lloyd Braun on

    I hate saying this but I’ve got a really good feeling about tonight’s game. Monday’s game was the first time (in a playoff game) they’ve really made Holtby look like the mediocrity he is, and since it’s so seldom we ever see the Rangers expose mediocre goalies, I feel like they’re going to start scoring more frequently now.

  161. bull dog line on

    boy how times have changed. Ranger fans openly rooting for the Islanders. sad, sad, day. I guess Rangers fans have gotten soft. I am disgusted at the so called Ranger fans rooting for the Isles. but I guess seeing Yankee fans root for Boggs, Damon, and Clemons should have been a sign that New York fans have lost there passion.

  162. Is This Real? on

    I am die-hard Rangers fan rooting for the Islanders for the following reasons:

    1- I hate Penguins more than any other team in the NHL.

    2- I am foremost a fan of the game of hockey. My love of hockey trumps my love of NYR and anybody who loves hockey can appreciate the awesome and thoroughly entertaining brand of hockey that the Icelanders have brought in the playoffs.

    3- I love underdogs.

    4- I am 29 years old and thus I don’t remember any Icelander domination of early 80s. For the vast majority of my life, the Icelanders have been a basement dwelling travesty never really posing a threat. Never had much of a reason to hate the Icelanders so I don’t.

    5- My brother is a long-suffering Icelanders fan, I empathize with him and those fans.

    You can call it lack of passion or going soft, I call it having a brain and thinking for yourself.

  163. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    Bull dog would you Rather the Rangers play Pittsburgh or the Islanders? Down the road in the playoffs?

    I didn’t grow up in New York, so I don’t have the hate instilled in me. I just don’t want to see the Penguins win. I don’t care who beats them!!!

  164. “boy how times have changed. Ranger fans openly rooting for the Islanders. sad, sad, day. ”

    I hope that the Islanders die like pigs in hell. I would rather watch Crosby win 100 Cups than watch the Islanders win one preseason game.

  165. Bull Dog… I hope this helps you to understand.

    I want to beat both, but, if you asked my preference of who I would rather beat today it’s 1.Penguins 2. islanders

    if you asked me that in the 80’s it would be 1.islanders 2. Penguins

    I hate the Penguins.

    Now, if I was given a choice, I would rather the Rangers not the Islanders knock off the Penguins.

  166. One more shot at Bettman this year. T

    hanks Gary (Yes I blame him) for not setting a start time for game 6 on Mother’s Day. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there wanting to have dinner with dear old mom on Sunday. But we have to wait and see what time the game will start because Mom is as big a Ranger’s fan as I am. We want to make dinner reservations but….

    Bettman!

  167. bull dog line on

    Sioux,
    I would rather the Islanders loose. I don’t care if we have to play Pitt.
    is this real,
    you are the new breed of fan, you don’t have the hate. if my brothers were Islander fans, I would want them to suffer. screw the Islanders.

  168. Rob in Beantown on

    Everytime I go to shave, I assume there’s someone else on the planet shaving. So I say “I’m gonna go shave, too.”

  169. Is This Real? on

    would be crazy if all 4 lower seeds advance, has that ever happened?

  170. Norm Merton on

    I only root for Rangers who were born within the city limits, have never played for opposing teams and have no-trade clauses. Well, to be fair, if they can’t get that in the contract and they are traded, I expect them to retire.

  171. Doodie, is that some weird aasen quiz where you reveal the answer first?

  172. Asham has played for the whole division because he has provided value within that division and, at age 35, continues to do so.

  173. Watch yourself Nnsnse, I just got a sweet pump in at the gym and I’m feeling the burn and ready to snap.

  174. Is This Real? on

    my friend is a big Penguins fan and claims Asham has been awesome in the playoffs for them…time will tell i guess

  175. I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I don’t need a receipt for the doughnut. I’ll just give you the money, and you give me the doughnut, end of transaction. We don’t need to bring ink and paper into this. I just can’t imagine a scenario where I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut. Some skeptical friend: “Don’t even act like I didn’t get that doughnut! I got the documentation right here…oh, wait it’s at home…in the file…under “D”, for “doughnut.”

  176. bull dog line on

    Norm,
    I’m guessing the Yankee fan part of my comment is the one that has you upset. I am not a Yankee fan. I am a Met fan. if Chipper Jones became a Met, I would change the channel. real hate, not the fake kind.

  177. I like vending machines ’cause snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at a store, oftentimes, I will drop it… so that it achieves its maximum flavor potential.

  178. Norm Merton on

    Yikes, Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring! Can the Rangers get him for a year or three?

  179. Norm Merton on

    Bulldog, I’m not upset, I’m just a wise-arse. We’re all rooting for laundry here, so there’s no way to rationalize any of it.

  180. If I was a locksmith I’d be [Byfuglien] pimpin’ that [Cooke] out. “Say, what’s goin’ on, man? Tell you what. I’ll trade you a free key duplication.” That joke made me laugh before I could finish it. Which is good ’cause there’s no ending.

  181. If you had a friend that was a tightrope walker and you were walking down the street with him and he fell that would be completely unacceptable.

  182. Rob in Beantown on

    I don’t have a microwave oven, but I do have a clock that occasionally cooks carcillo

  183. Here’s a thought for sweat shop owners: Air Conditioning. Problem solved.

  184. Is This Real? on

    I want to hang a map of the world in my house, and then I’m gonna put pins into all the locations that I’ve traveled to. But first I’m gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map, so it won’t fall down.

  185. I find a duck’s opinion of me is very much influenced by whether or not I have bread. Ducks love bread, but they can’t buy any. That’s the biggest joke on the duck ever.

  186. True story: I was at a dentist’s once and on the form they had me fill out, a question was “do you use alcohol, cocaine, or other narcotics?” I had to check yes.

  187. Sometimes in the middle of the night, I think of something that’s funny, then I go get a pen and I write it down. Or if the pen’s too far away, I have to convince myself that what I thought of ain’t funny.

  188. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    Bulldog – its like this. Our “Pro” team in ND is the Fighting Sioux. I hate one team deep down in my nuggets and that’s the Gophers. Very much like the Islanders are for you. I’ve been a Ranger fan since Patrick played for them 20+ years ago. Why because he was a Sioux player first.
    I may be a Parise fan, but I was never a Devil fan. Brock Nelson is going to be one H$ll of an Islander player, do I want to see him succeed – I do, just not against the Rangers.

    As a Fighting Sioux fan, it’s like watching your kids grow up, before they are famous, and wanting them to be successful.

    No one year will question my loyalty to the Rangers. But most will understand being a fan of a player, even if he was drafted by a different team.

  189. Is This Real? on

    I went to a pizzeria, I ordered a slice of pizza, the Byfugliener gave me the smallest slice possible. If the pizza was a pie chart for what people would do if they found a million dollars, the Byfugliner gave me the “donate it to charity” slice. I would like to exchange this for the “keep it!”

  190. I had a piece of Carefree Sugarless gum and I was still worried. It never kicked in

  191. Rob in Beantown on

    Fish are always eating other fish. If fish could scream, the ocean would be loud as carcillo. You would not want to submerge your head, nothing but fish going “Ahhh, byfuglien! I thought I looked like that rock!”

  192. Come on Mitchell don’t give up. Please try again. A message of inspiration from your friends at Yoplait. Fruit on the bottom, hope on top.

  193. Is This Real? on

    I like to wear ‘do not disturb’ signs around my neck so that little kids can’t tell me knock knock jokes.

    Say, “How you doin’, little nephew?”

    “Knock Knock?”

    “Read the sign, punk!”

  194. I hate turtlenecks. It’s like being strangled by a really weak guy, all byfuglien day. If you wear a turtleneck and a backpack, it’s like a weak midget is trying to bring you down.

  195. Norm Merton on

    The Bulldogs knocked the Sioux out this year, so I’m thinkin': FIGHT? C’mon, you two, drop ’em!

  196. I think Bigfoot is blurry, that’s the problem. It’s not the photographer’s fault. Bigfoot is blurry, and that’s extra scary to me. There’s a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside. Run, he’s fuzzy, get out of here.

  197. Rob in Beantown on

    I was walking by a dry cleaner at 3 a.m., and it said “Sorry, we’re closed.” You don’t have to be sorry. It’s 3 a.m., and you’re a dry cleaner. It would be ridiculous for me to expect you to be open.

  198. Lloyd Braun on

    I don’t see how anyone could root for anything from Pittsburgh under any circumstances, particularly when Sidney Crosby is under contract

  199. I never joined the Army because “at ease” was never that easy to me. It seems uptight still. I don’t relax by spreading my legs apart slightly and putting my arms behind my back. I’m ease bro, because I am not in the military.

  200. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    Manny as they say in the land of the Sioux –

    Dig down deeper puppy at bottom :)

  201. I hate sandwiches at NY delis. They put too much meat on the sandwich. It’s like a cow with a cracker on each side. “Do you want anything else?” “Yeah, a loaf of bread and some other people.”

    I went into a deli and he asked me what kind of sandwich I wanted, and I said Pastrami. “What kind of bread?” “Banana.” “Any cheese?” “Yeah, cottage.” “Get the cooke out. I’m not making you a banana bread, pastrami, cottage cheese sandwich. It will severely ruin my reputation.”

  202. I saw a lady on T.V. She was born without arms. Literally, she was born with her hands attached to her shoulders… and that was sad, but then they said, “Lola does not know the meaning of the word ‘can’t.'” And that to me was kinda worse… in a way… ya know? Not only does she not have arms, but she doesn’t understand simple contractions. It’s very simple, Lola, you just take two words, you put them together, then you take out the middle letter, you put a comma in there and you raise it up!

  203. If I was on death row and given one last meal I would ask for a fortune cookie. “Come on ‘long prosperous life!'”

  204. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    Doodie – Thanks for the laugh!!!!

    I’m so using that the next time I go to Subway!!!

  205. Rob in Beantown on

    I just bought a 2-bedroom house, but I think I get to decide how many bedrooms there are, don’t you? “Cooke you, real estate lady! This bedroom has an oven in it! This bedroom’s got a lot of people sitting around watching TV. This bedroom’s over in that guy’s house! Sir, you have one of my bedrooms, are you aware? Don’t decorate it!”

  206. An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.

  207. If I worked at a store and a duck came in I would like just give him some bread– “sure man no problem– tell your friends”— but I would not give him Pepperidge Farm bread….You know that stuff right? you open it and it still ain’t open. That is why I do not buy it. Cause I do not need another step, between me and toast.”

  208. They say Flintstones vitamins are chewable. All vitamins are chewable, it’s just that they taste [carcillo-y]. I’m glad they made Flintstones vitamins because I used to watch The Flintstones and go, “Man I bet you if I ate that dude, I would be healthy.”

  209. Rob in Beantown on

    I think Pringles original intention was to make tennis balls… but on the day the rubber was supposed to show up a truckload of potatoes came. Pringles is a laid-back company, so they just said, “Cooke it, cut em up!”

  210. My legs were severed and I wanted to sue, but my lawyer told me I didn’t have a leg to stand on.

  211. Is This Real? on

    I’d like to see a forklift lift a crate of forks. It’d be so damn literal. “Hey, you’re using that machine to its exact purpose!” “That machine has been misunderstood for years!”

  212. Rob in Beantown on

    I’ve got an oscillating fan at my house. The fan goes back and forth. It looks like the fan is saying “No”. So I like to ask it questions that a fan would say “no” to. “Do you keep my hair in place? Do you have 3 settings? Do you keep my documents in order? Liar!” My fan byfuglien lied to me. Now I will pull the pin up. Now you ain’t sayin’ carcillo.

  213. Is This Real? on

    I was in a movie recently. I had a small cameo with Peter Frampton. We had to smoke fake pot in our scene. Do not buy pot on a movie set! But yeah, for this scene I got to smoke fake pot with Peter Frampton. That’s a cool story. It’s as cool as smokin’ real pot with a guy who looks like Peter Frampton. And I done that waaaaaay more.

  214. Emerick has misused the term “pitchfork” and “waffleboard” for years…

  215. Is This Real? on

    I can go all day with the Mitch jokes but it’s time to begin the pre-playoff game drinking ritual..see yous laters

    in closing- I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re goin’ and hook up with them later

  216. You ever see those commercials for McDonald’s that end “prices and participation may vary.” I want to own a McDonald’s but not participate in carcillo. “Cheeseburger? Nope. We’ve got spaghetti! and blankets!”

  217. Rob in Beantown on

    I order the club sandwich all the time, but I’m not even a member, man. I don’t know how I get away with it. How’d it start anyway? I like my sandwiches with three pieces of bread. So do I! Well let’s form a club then. Alright, but we need more stipulations. Yes we do; instead of cutting the sandwich once, let’s cut it again. Yes, four triangles, and we will position them into a circle. In the middle we will dump chips. Or potato salad. Okay. I got a question for ya, how do you feel about frilly toothpicks? I’m for ’em! Well this club is formed; spread the word on menus nationwide. I like my sandwiches with alfalfa sprouts. Well then you’re not in the byfuglien club!

  218. Went to an all night diner that had a sign that said ALL MEALS SERVED, ANYTIME. So I ordered French toast during the Renaissance.

    courtesy of Steven Wright

  219. Sioux-per-man 9.5 on

    You know when you see an advertisement for a casino, and they have a picture of a guy winning money? That’s false advertising, because that happens the least. That’s like if you’re advertising a hamburger, they could show a guy choking. “This is what happened once.”

  220. One leg is good to have if you’re a horse and going for the Triple Crown.

  221. Rob in Beantown on

    OK I lied.

    I got two straws here, in case one breaks down. You know Crazy Straws, they go all over the place? These byfuglien straws are sane. They never lost their minds. They said, “We’re going straight to the mouth. That Cooke-r who takes a while to get there? He’s crazy.”

  222. True Blue Mike on

    Carp, please ask some of the Rangers to comment on this quote by Ovechkin. I hope they hit him every chance they get tonight. Ovechkin commenting about the type of game McD and Girardi play, “it’s kind of nice to when that when you go into the corners they aren’t going to hit you. They play too many minutes and if they are going to make a couple of hits, their energy level will go down.”

  223. If you’ve lost that Lovin’ Feelin’, can you still be Righteous, brother?

  224. Rob in Beantown on

    Some of these really aren’t funny unless you imagine the way he said it on the CD, in which case they’re HILARIOUS

  225. If the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, what happens if you always drive to work?

  226. Mike: “It says breakfast anytime.”
    Waitress: “That’s right.”
    Mike: “I will have the pancakes in the Age of Enlightenment.”

  227. “Anywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” – Steven Wright

  228. Trent, the beautiful babies don’t work the midnight to six shift on a Wednesday. This is like the skank shift.

  229. Norm Merton on

    “I was walking down the street the other day… Wait, that wasn’t me.” Also Mr. wright

  230. “How about if I wait six weeks to call. I could tell her I found her number while I was cleaning out my wallet, I can’t remember where we met. I’ll ask her what she looks like and then I’ll ask her if we [Phaneuf’d]. How about that? Would that be money?”

  231. “Um… a malt Glen Garry for me and my friend here. And if you tell that bartender to go extra easy on the water, this 50 cent piece has your name on it.”

  232. “You treat us right, we won’t forget to decorate the mahogany, comprende?”

  233. “Uh, Nikki? Mike. It’s uh, uh, it’s just, uh, this just isn’t working out. I think you’re great, but maybe we should just take some time off from each other. It’s not you, it’s me. It’s what I’m going through, alright? It’s uh… it’s only been 6 months …”

  234. I don’t want you to be the guy in the PG-13 movie everyone’s *really* hoping makes it happen. I want you to be like the guy in the rated R movie, you know, the guy you’re not sure whether or not you like yet. You’re not sure where he’s coming from. Okay? You’re a bad man. You’re a bad man, Mikey. You’re a bad man, bad man.

  235. Is this the point where I remind you that I have a map of the United States… Actual size

  236. “There’s nothing wrong with letting the girls know that you’re money and that you want to party.”

  237. Rob in Beantown on

    Trent: I wish they still had fights in this game so I could …-slap Wayne.
    Mike: What? They don’t have fighting anymore?
    Trent: Doesn’t that stink?
    Mike: Why’d they get rid of the fighting? It was the best part of the old version.
    Sue: I think kids were hittin’ each other or somethin’, man.

  238. Norm Merton on

    “Please baby, please, baby, please baby, baby, baby, please!” S. Lee, working the refs

  239. Mike: The Kings suck in this game you should play another team.

    Sue: I took the Kings to the cup.

    Trent: Yea, against the computer with the offsides off.

    Sue: They are a finesse team.

  240. I wanna hang a map of the world in my house and put pins in all the places that I’ve been to, but first I gotta travel to the top two corners of the map so it don’t fall down.

  241. So let me get this straight. The party started at eight. Why are we going to a bar at ten?

  242. Powe: “In the Thirteen season, I scored…two concussions.” Sorry, Powsie, you played with vigor.

  243. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Switch coaches/systems and which team is better with current rosters?

    Rangers or islanders?

    I still say isles are way overrated!!

  244. Bull Dog @3:39, my boy passion only goes so far, say 72 years! Give credit where it’s due regardless of what team you root for! Hate is like an ingrown hair which probably accounts for the 72 years!

    Manny @4:04, your terminal goofy humor always manages a laugh but how would you ever explain to your cronies how a 76 year old dropped you like a used condom? ;)

  245. True Blue Mike on

    Do you guys even talk about hockey anymore? Every time I post something hockey related it seems like nobody ever answers…

  246. Re: your 4:41, True Blue, I didn’t read where Ovie said ‘it’s kind of nice,’ but maybe he did. At any rate, though what he said could be taken as disparaging, he’s pretty much correct. Defensemen must get quickly back into play and can’t be sprawled on the corner ice trying to smack one guy into oblivion. Front of the net, you do what you gotta do, hopefully.

  247. Norm Merton on

    I’m going to post a terrific comment now so I can read it after dinner… damn, can’t think of a thing. Could someone else post for me? Thanks.

  248. No one is enjoying Isles handing it to Pens more than I am- unless they’re an actual Islander FAN. But this is this worst goaltending performance in the playoffs I’ve seen since NYR ousted Bruins and ended the career of the great Jacques Plante (when they realized the master of angles could no longer stop long shots- bombs away!) Of course, Bruins did lift the guy- but the dye was cast- not so sure if pens bring in Vokoun this series isn’t a walkover from here on.

  249. ABindy, while I don’t disagree, Fleury might have been worse last year than he’s been this year. So far.

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