It’s Go Time! … Game 5: Rangers at Capitals


The NHL again treated its fans like garbage and waited until today to announce the starting times for Sunday, and even though it’s Mother’s Day, the league is still holding you up until tonight if you want to make plans for that day.

So this is the best the NHL can tell you: If Boston wins tonight, the Rangers and Caps will play at 7:30 Sunday at the Garden. If Toronto beats Boston, the Rangers-Caps game is 4:30 Sunday. And, as far as the NHL is concerned, to hell with your mother, your grandmother or the mother of your children.

Then again, “Bleep You Fans” has been the league motto for some time now.

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Rangers at Capitals.

The home teams have won all four games in this series which is very unusual in a Stanley Cup playoff series (not in the NBA). If form holds true, then the Rangers lose in seven. Not likely to hold true.

The Rangers’ Marc Staal will not play tonight. He took part in the morning skate, but said he isn’t going to know anything until he sees how he feels tomorrow. Kind of vague, what with the Rangers’ super-secrecy injury policy.

Same lineup for the Rangers as Game 4, which had Ryane Clowe replacing Darroll Powe, and Steve Eminger in for Staal.

Henrik Lundqvist in goal. Duh.

Capitals’ rookie Tom Wilson makes his playoff debut, in place of injured Martin Erat.


Don’t forget to vote for the Three Rangers Stars, and to follow me on Twitter: @RangersReport.

Also don’t forget to get completely down on your team, give up hope totally, and blame everybody that you hate the second anything goes wrong tonight. I know you won’t.


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

    RANGERS , Capitals game 5 !!!!!!!



    lets gogt gtog og gog gog ogogogo!!!!



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

    Pritty scary bear there Papa!!


    COME on boys , Lets make some NOISE!!!!!!!


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

    RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGERS can you feel it!!!!!????

    LETS GO!!!!!

    L E T S !!!

    G O !!!!!!!

  4. Torts: “it’s not rocket science, Sam. It’s which end you’re going to play in.”

    We would like for your to play in their end, not your own. ………that……don’t …..sound …….to ……….nice.

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


    BIG GAME!!!!

    Washington is gonna come out all a fire and were gonna just play our game and beat them TONIGHT!!!!!

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



  7. Gregg L. !!!!!!!


    That’s my bear yell Greg L.

  8. Carp, if Rangers fans are smart (hahahahahaha) they booked a brunch and will be done in time for an early game :) If they’re lucky, mom is a fan too….

  9. For example, Fozzy, I’m sure, will be parked in front of the tube no matter when :)

  10. Taking time away from studying for the finals to watch the game! They better win!


  11. That Charp we had earlier today will prove to be our good luck charm tonight! Then Carp will be forced to do one before EVERY playoff game from now on >=D

  12. SufferingSince79 on

    First goal on the road would be huge. Have a feeling that someone on either side could take an early roughing type penalty trying to establish the tone.

  13. Need a good start tonite….take the crowd out early

    Ovie on his aasen early and often

  14. well boneheads, it comes down to tonight’s game, can the rangers score 4 goals and win?

  15. Hi kids!

    lmgo, Mama, about Fozzy. Couldn’t be a better Mother’s Day than sitting in front of the tube with the Rangers playing.

  16. Oates is “worried” about the Caps getting off to a poor start tonight. Gotta take advantage of that, pepper Holtby with shots, forecheck them into oblivion, put one past Holtby and quiet that DC crowd! Lets go Rangers!!

  17. me-manny-cccp
    ilb-papa bear-fat guy


    james g

    unhealthy butt scratch-common, mothball

    IR-tony in az

    head coach-lw3h
    asst coach-tomb

    gm-miami pimp

  18. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    who picks the awful music at the end of the intro ?? Please.

    No playoff beard contest,, tsk tsk

  19. One, there is a contest….check earlier threads…Manny is running it…

    Um, who asked for an early goal? BOYLER!!!

  20. Landlord with three houses on

    All Boyle had to do on that occasion is get a stick on the puck. That goal was created entirely by Zuccarello.

  21. actually third liner double-shifting on fourth line, Matty. Just like Game 4, because Powe’s out.

  22. That call was pretty awful and as Mrs. Manny pointed out, that means the Rangers will have to kill off a PP from a horrendous call later in the game.

  23. Czechthemout!!! on

    The stubborn buffoon just cant help himself. Mdz and Richards on the pp? Inncredible!

  24. call me crazy but that’s the best passing and scoring opportunities on the power play I’ve seen the rangers have ever.

  25. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Think back to the way The Craps started game1 with 10 minutes of pressure. Rangers had no shots. That’s what they wanted here. 7 minutes in, that’s not what happened, so far.

  26. guys need to cash in now on the pp. dont want to hear about good pp unless we score. cant waste these

  27. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    It would be great to score. They needed to, but those were two good units and two good PPs. Much better than even a week ago!!!

  28. The Mouth said today Doresett is useless, didn’t look useless to me on that semi breakaway.

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Zucchini needs to watch that cross ice pass through traffic. Up high that can cause a break away SH attempt…

  30. im trying not to be neagtive with some of you but should they lose anyone who says great pp now will look back and say if we would have converted just one of two diff game.

    its not the time of year IT LOOKED GREAT THE PP.


  31. boxcareddiehospodar on


  32. yea but eric, at least our pp didnt suck so bad that it totally killed our confidence and swung momentum their way.

  33. SufferingSince79 on

    Worth a 2 minute penalty to take a guy out of the game. Need to hit back a bit.

  34. rangers playing very well defensively. they will need more goals obviously but gotta like what theyve brought thus far. came prepared. if clowe is out, does torts release the kreider game 6??

  35. Norm Merton on

    That could have been called [incorrectly] a penalty shot, but no penalty at all? Ridiculous.

  36. Early penalty advantage for NYR negated any chance of Hagelin getting a call on that almost-breakaway.

  37. The Lord Stanley ad is the worst I have ever seen, nd I am old enough to know who Andy Hebenton is. But then when you choose Nik Backstrom as your spokesman? That incredibly exciting live-wire energetic public figure? Unbelievable.

  38. rangers got to bury these chances or it will come back to bite them in there derrière.

  39. Rob in Beantown on

    Pierre made it sound like Clowe was concussed. He’s in the locker room now. I have a feeling he is done for the night. :(

    Hope I am wrong

  40. Richards JUST cannot be on the ice in the final minute of a period. C’mon, Tort!

  41. Richards line will get destroyed on transition against Caps top line.

    May need to separate Nash and Richards, or Richards and Pyatt or Pyatt and Nash.

    Be smart Torts.

  42. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Tommyg, not sure. He got hit hard, and seemed to come out once. Wasn’t on the last 4-5 min. Fingers crossed.

  43. I’ve got the TSN feed, which is usually a good thing, but they haven’t even mentioned that Clowe left the game.

  44. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lets hope The Clowe is not seriously – hurt – make he tweaked his arm or wrist – please, no more concussions

  45. I don’t get it, Clowe never had a concussion and he comes to the rangers, gets concussed and now when his head hits the glass he gets concussed again. If that’s the case than you definitely don’t resign Clowe for any reasons.

  46. Norm Merton on

    If it’s his head, that may be it for the year. Wonder if it has anything to do with his loss of speed this year.

  47. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    No matter what, nash is a distraction. We have 2 lines that they have to defend against.

    That said, he has been pretty bad last 5 periods.

  48. Pierre said he asked Clowe how he was felling…he told him “not good”.

  49. invisible Nash? Just because he doesn’t have 10 shots or hit a post or scored doesn’t mean he was “invisible.” His struggles this series are way overblown. what do you expect, when he’s being double and triple teamed every shift. he keeps making assists on goals like Stepan’s game-winner and keeps playing physical (read: that hit on Ovechkin after the whistle), I’ll take it

  50. Matty, Torts stopped taking my calls when he found out I don’t have a dog.

  51. Matty, Oates is not defending against Nash / Richie / Pyatt line…..he is attacking them with his top line.

  52. WOW!! I can’t believe Clowe is concussed rom that hit, didn’t think it was that bad which makes me believe clowe shouldn’t have come back so soon from the concussion.

  53. Czechthemout!!! on

    That punk Chimera does this all the time. He cheap shots players from behind after taking ten or strides. They clearly targeted Clowe and Cally. Someone needs to atart targeting the Caps top players! This is bullcrap!

    Need to score when given a PP! You cant do it with Richards and MdZ on the ice!

    More Moore!

  54. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brassard will step up and bring us home….that lad is sweet as sugar with the puck.

  55. I didn’t say it was his fault that he’s invisble, Jeremy…see my earlier post that playing him with Richards is not gonna get him going.

  56. Norm Merton on

    Hagelin/Richards/Pyatt was quite good last game, but can’t switch in Hagelin now — what is bugging Nash, I wonder? Great time for him to step up if he’s healthy.

  57. Cross Check Charlie on

    Decent first period but thought Caps looked better 5 on 5. How that was not a penalty on Hagelins breakaway I’ll never understand.

  58. Anyone remember the hit Lindros took in San Jose that concussed him again? Talk about a nothing event, but it did him in. So it doesn’t take much to re-scramble what’s already trying to heal.

  59. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers need to close this series out and hope the others go 7 so that we rest and heal

  60. should be up more then 1 goal….

    chimera love from the announcers on nbc, laughable…

    if cindy got hit not clowe there would be outrage…

  61. Czechthemout!!! on

    Wow! Just watched the replay of the Hags breakaway. How was that not a penalty shot? Just because the refs gave them two PP is not a reason not to make an obvious call. Incredible!

  62. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    grabby promoted me from the 4th line to the 2nd line. Am I the boneheads’ Boyle?

  63. “So it doesn’t take much to re-scramble what’s already trying to heal.”

    No carcillo…:)

  64. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Clowe is concussed?

    Relieved Stralman is OK…hopefully a charley horse.

  65. Hmm, if I didn’t know it just couldn’t be, it almost seems that DC is targeting Ranger physical weaknesses (Clowe) and trying to eliminate a defenseman, knowing we’re short of quality there.

  66. Czechthemout!!! on

    So we are not going to get another call, are we? Boule tackled as well as Hags. No call!

  67. Caps have decided to hit us into oblivion. We need to counter with quick transition when we get the opportunity and make them pay.

  68. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Yea, Czech, the WWE factor in the NHL. It is BS. Next time we breathe on the Craps theyll get PP. It is BS.

  69. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Think Nash wears 61 so that they can’t do a Nash Sucks countdown chant?

  70. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Toronto leads 1–0 after 2. No way Reimer pitches a shutout. Not that good

  71. Rangers have to be careful of changes in 2nd period. DStepan line got caught too long. Change when puck is in the ozone

  72. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    CCCP, might be a bigger bust had we signed him, too. Let’s see how it plays out. When he’s right, he sure is an impact player.

  73. Czechthemout!!! on

    They are just putting the whistle away now when it comes to us. They will not give us another PP until the Caps get at least one too.

  74. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Clowe has been decent in the games he’s actually played in. Maybe his price tag will come down when they decide whether to re-sign him.

  75. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Clowe getting hurt is just horrid luck. Such a damn shame. He is such a clutch player….

  76. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Boston scratches Redden tonight. Guess they’re onto something.

  77. If Boyle is a winger … and he’s been good as a winger, they probably need another center in the lineup. If Boyle can play some fourth-line center and double-shift, maybe they use Kreider.

  78. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Sam: “Richards turned it over”

    Seems like a broken record. I believe Torts sees it finally. Only played 13 minutes last game. He may bench him in the 3rd.

  79. Czechthemout!!! on

    Dumb penalty by Boyle but wow! Boyle cross checked. Girardi cross checked before that, no call!

  80. well. looks like we wont be seeing boyle on the ice for the rest of the game. dumb penalty

  81. thats what freaking happens when u fail on your own pp

    but they looked good right enough already with that crap

  82. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Step has to push MDZ into position. Boy he is having one huge 5 game brain fart, MDZ.

  83. amazing how different the rangers are playing than when they had clowe in the lineup, only the rangers, fugging believable.

  84. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Maybe someday Ovechkin will actually act like he’s been on the ice for a goal before.

  85. Czechthemout!!! on

    This league is embarrasing itself. The Caps are just taking all the liberties they want.

  86. absolute stupidity by boyle. Went from Rangers 3 on 2 to a Caps PP that u knew they were gonna score on.

    Now Caps in the drivers seat, but luckily Ovechkin still MIA

  87. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    man, is it me or every time Nash and Richards are on the ice there’s commotion in front of our net???????

  88. del zaster the worst.

    nash sucks period


  89. As Mrs. Manny said….the Caps would get some weird make up call and score. Done.

  90. Norm Merton on

    Dodged that bullet — Lundqvist doesn’t do it that often, knows stickhandling is no part of his game.

  91. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    No doubt, Clowe’s loss has an impact. Says something about the player. Hope you’re better soon, Clowie.

  92. agree 100 percent, bad penalty by Boyle. But how does Ribiero chop him on the back of the neck right in front of the referee and not get called?

  93. Rangers haven’t generated much this period. Lundqvist’s power steering isn’t working well tonight.

  94. I am a fan of both teams.

    A player cannot retaliate in a playoff game of this magnitude. They always catch the retaliation.

  95. Moth, I missed the whole situation while I was away, but I was kind to you, so whatever it is that is ticking folks off…please stop.

  96. Rangers gotta change up all this momentum against us. Dorsett, ready to drop the gloves soon?

  97. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    nice pass by Ass-em. The guys got vision and some soft hands. Surprising.

  98. Rangers quickly revert to the defensive zone breakout “no look throw around the boards mode”. Ugh

  99. mothman, craps have there own blog, your smart enough to figure it out, go jump off a bridge.

  100. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    _Stupid Boyle makes an appearance, and the game is tied_

    You mean when he scored?

  101. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Richards next shift = commotion again in front of our net. Is there a pattern here???

  102. Isn’t it, Matty? It’s shocking that he looks talented at times but has been let go by so many teams..

  103. Blogmama-
    I am a fan of both the Rangers and Capitals, so I am cheering for the home team to win each game. I cannot control whether others get upset with that. I am entitled to cheer for both teams.

  104. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    We have a bunch of lightweights without Clowe. Asham, Dorsett, when he plays, Haley. Nothing.

  105. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Torts, have you seen enough of your lifelong best friend, already??????

  106. Gregm_oldsection403 on

    It’s pinball in the Rangers zone! Thank goodness Nash finally did something. He drew a penaltyvv

  107. Norm Merton on

    Really, really dumb play by Hillen. I’ll be happy with a conservative power play which stops the Caps momentum, with a line kept in reserve for even strength. Need to survive this period.

  108. Admiral Akbar on

    If they lose this series, I blame it squarely on the failure of the power play.

  109. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    No, that isn’t delay of game. You didn’t call it in game 2. Why now? Don’t understand.

  110. Doesit matterifRichards goes back to the point? If he needs to play, try him low Torts. Please?

  111. DELZ needs to shoot thew fugging puck, it’s amazing how dumb these guys are getting the puck to the net, ridiculous.

  112. Why oh why is it not Zucc and Moore ont the points? What kind of coach goes away from what works?

  113. I am not taunting anyone.

    Why does Richards still get valuable power play ice time?

  114. Norm Merton on

    Oh, well, that was the last Ranger power play. Will have to score 5 on 5.

  115. Rangers need to take this intermission and take a deep breath. Momentum 100% on Caps side right now. Hopefully we come out in the 3rd, go back to what was working before, and squeak out a victory here.

  116. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Well, on the bright side, this game is still win-able.

    Sam and Joe, the Caps already had the momentum…didn’t need the PK’s.

  117. I still can’t get over that clowe is concussed again. This reason alone is as good as a reason not to resign him, looking like a bad trade.

  118. As Carp said in his post….”don’t forget to get completely down on your team, give up hope totally, and blame everybody that you hate the second anything goes wrong tonight. I know you won’t.


  119. Admiral Akbar on

    The rangers need to get these pucks deeper on the power play. Those point shots are either getting blocked, or are seen all the way by Braden Roy.

  120. wait for the next 2 caps pp’s late in game . were done. just end it now. unless our boys can overcome clowes loss and start playing for a win and stop the playing not to lose like they did in games 1-2

  121. Admiral Akbar on

    Yeah Papa, I don’t like how this one is going. It feels like only a matter of time… Unless Hank can steal one.

  122. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Sorry, but Torts insistence on using Richards when he is clearly pitiful could well be his demise. He needs to look at the tape and view objectively. Wasting opportunities on PP. And giving Craps life when 5-5. THe guy is awful. His place is on the bench or let someone else play.

  123. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Richards won’t be bought out I bet…. He’ll have another year to suck even worse.

    Rangers win this 2-1.

  124. well, it looks like we are getting tonight the ranger team that struggles to score goals, puke.

  125. ThisYearsModel on

    The power play will be the reason we lose this series. It has been terrible for years.

  126. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Boston clutching their sticks hard. Peverly just missed an opportunity point blank.

  127. Nash needs to hop the first Amtrak train back to Columbus. Send back Dubi and Artie for game six. Rick. Please. And you can take Richards with you.

  128. Norm Merton on

    Rangers have to be happy to have survived that period. They’re running a very safe power play, taking what the Caps give them, shots from the point, easily blocked or saved, hoping for a rebound goal. Can’t see them changing in the third, staying compact, absorbing pressure, hoping there’ll be no deflections other than those that start counterattacks.

  129. Admiral Akbar on

    Admiral Akbar
    If they lose this series, I blame it squarely on the failure of the power play.

    May 10th, 2013 at 9:07 PM

  130. matty

    i love you in all but dude we looked good on pp. did we freakign score no


  131. Rangers just played their worst period of the playoffs- better shake it off- game still on the table. This series is ALL about matchups…

  132. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    In-game WBM (c)

    0) Boyle
    1) Richards
    2) MDZ
    3) Nash
    4) Pyatt
    5) Clowe

  133. On the positive side, the longer it stays tied, the longer neither of mothman’s teams are winning.

  134. I can’t seem to get past the clowe injury. That is huge, screws up the line combos plus the grit and talent clowe brings to the table.

  135. Norm Merton on

    It’s not the most charitable observation, but Nash better be hurt and just doing what he can. Otherwise, it truly is a disappearing act by your marquee player.

  136. A step slow tonight, all over the ice. Having Richards and Eminger on ice at the same time is like we’re defending a 5 on 3. If I were Nash and they put Richards with me again, I’d volunteer for Afghanistan.

  137. Okay…I’m over it…

    .I got my mind right again.

    Lets Go Rangers!

    Big 3rd Period Win!

    c’mon Rick, you can do it!

  138. “Caps did not have a shot over last 8:45 of 2nd period” per Andrew Gross. If that was our worst period of the playoffs, I’ll take it. Watch the Rangers come out like a team possessed in the third, lets go Rangers!!

  139. Nash needs to take over this game in the 3rd like Datsyuk doing for Detroit.

  140. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Eric, I hear you, my friend. Special teams tell the story, and I am gonna watch the third through my two hands over my eyes. Not good we didn’t score one PP and they score in 20 sec’s their only PP.

    The way the WWE, I mean NHL works, the Craps are owed a couple. If they get them, we are sunk.

    Just gotta believe. Gotta believe.

  141. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Rangers would have been more successful if they had 18 minutes to plan the PP.

  142. Nash needs to step up in the 3rd period and either score or set someone up for a goal. This period will determine if the rangers will move on or not.

  143. Our boys need to be quicker on transition. Take advantage of aggressive Cap forecheck. Turn the play around crisply and go!!!!!

    We can do it!

  144. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Eddie, I feel a Hank shutout from here on 8 shots. And a Brasshard pass to Nasher as the lines get switched up yet again. It’s ours!!!!!!!!!!

  145. Czechthemout!!! on

    By the way, Step has not been good tonight too.

    They need to step up their physical play. Stop being so damn soft already.

  146. Hey guys!

    So I’m a big Rangers fan. And, wouldn’t you know it, I am also a big Caps fan! My two favorite teams, both in the same playoff series. Yay!

    Really looking forward to posting here throughout this game and beyond since I know my contributions will be welcome.

  147. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    Game 5

    Magic game. Win that, win the series. Lose it, we lose the series.

  148. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Gotta wonder if Richards, MDZ, Nash, want to move on to next round.

  149. maybe the Rangers could look at this video of the guy in the high slot and how it forces the Rangers’ hand.

    How did Adam Oates run such a crappy PP in NJ?

  150. Yea, Carp. Thought they called Boarding which I was *not* OK with. Interference on the other hand…it’s the right call.

  151. That call on Del Zotto was 100% correct. Kudos to the officials.

    Hey – fair is fair, and I’m nothing if not a reasonable person.

  152. Czechthemout!!! on

    And there is that hockey genius, mr mdz!

    He is so fugging brain dead that he steppedout of the box late.

  153. There have been a couple penalties committed by the Caps that have gone uncalled this period.

  154. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Everyone is banged up this time of the year. Even my back and knee hurt.

  155. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    We are being pushed to the sides of the net again. Nothing available in front of their net. Ours, however, is fair game.

    Not a good sign.

  156. Norm Merton on

    Think I just saw 6 white shirts within 5 feet of their own net. Wonder what the focus was in the locker room?

  157. Czechthemout!!! on

    This team looks very intimidated by the Caps physical play. Someone need to push back already.

  158. i know we have nothing left to offer. we’ll need a huge mistake on the caps part and by sheer luck we will take this game. its so one sided when it comes to talent.

  159. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Sucks. I gotta put my tix up for sale. Mother’s Day. Shmother’s Day.

  160. my season tix prob available now since 430 game. what a bummner. anyone want them let me know.

  161. Norm Merton on

    Only one team trying to score now. Rangers happy to dump and change lines, hope for a bounce?

  162. You got that right, eddie. ON the plus side picked up a beautiful bottle of La Stoppa Trebbiolo today.

  163. Norm Merton on

    Bad, obvious leg trip on Cally. No more penalties coming against the Caps.

  164. besides the bell centre in montreal the verizon center in dc is 1A as for as the house of horrors for this team.

    7 shots on goal since 1st.

    how those wasted pp look and hags breakaway.


  165. Can’t believe Henrik’s keeping us in this one. This game doesn’t look too promising, hoping the boys don’t take any stupid penalties or make any dumb pinches. LGR!

  166. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    I have to go to the bathroom. Number two. That’s a bad sign. Always lose while im doing business. I’ll try to hold it.

  167. Czechthemout!!! on

    I am sorry but Stepan cant stand on the side there away from the play! Pay the price Derek!

    And this fugging board hockey is going to undo this team.

  168. Czechthemout!!! on

    This beyond ridiculous already!!!!


  169. the only way we win this is if holtby has a seizure, falls down, and we get lucky and hit the open net with the shot.

  170. Say whatever you like, but we have one of the better 4th line centers in all the league in Brad Richards. Depth is huge in the playoffs and you can’t have Stepan and Brassard out there for every shift.

  171. Well, there’s at least a 50% chance that Holtby has completely forgotten what a puck looks like by now.

  172. someone anyone on here convince me we could win.

    how we never have the puck and have pp putrid should we get one.

    took a shot of jamison to calm down.

    the rangers will take 10 yrs off your life.

  173. Rangers playing not to lose. Maddening but does work from time to time. A little better at the end of the third.

  174. wow, very interestng assessment of nash by jones there. its sad but why cant our top players who get the big payday ever deliver??

  175. Gregm_oldsection403 on

    Maybe Holtby will nod off half way through the OT, while Hank does all the work on the other end of the ice.

  176. Rangers just trying to survive now. Caps seem to be on the verge of winning in OT (like they always seem to)

  177. Grabby, I think when Holtby falls down after his seizure, we’ll need him to inadvertently kick the puck into his net as well.

  178. right p bear. that was after richards misses wide first, then holtby foaming at the mouth twitching banks it in off his skate

  179. Look up the word “impossible” in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of somebody trying to convince Eric that the Rangers are going to win a game.

  180. Just imagine how debilitating a loss this would be for the Caps. Outplayed us the entire game, into OT, then down 3-2. We can still pull this out and steal one. Lets go Rangers!!

  181. I’m dying here in a sea of Red. Boyle looks good n I never say that. Nash has a groin n the Capt is going to win it so I can go home

  182. Time for OT and the Rangers are obviously DONE.

    I gotta tell ya – my baby daughter running around in her little Ovechkin sweater is so adorable. Just cute as a button.

    And . . . my other daughter . . . yeah, my other daughter . . . she has her Callahan sweater on and she is also kind of cute.

    Because I am a fan of both teams. And I am not taunting you when I cheer for the Caps and write “AHAHAHA” when they score in OT like a certain other poster did a few days back.

  183. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Fingers and eyes crossed. Tough to watch the game, but it does bring luck!!

  184. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    I made it back. It’s a guaranteed win! Rangers will win! Thank me!

  185. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    Nothing to see here. I already wrapped up the game. We win guaranteed. Go to bed.

  186. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Cally taking shooting lessons from Richards, our $6M 4th line center.

  187. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    Game over. Series over. Rangers win. Daaaaaaaaa rangers winnnn.

  188. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Olga???? You know what I’m thinking???

    Yes, a Grey Goose Martini. THanks!!

    And……..FIRE SATHER!!

  189. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    Even if we get a penalty we will still win this game. I know exactly what I’m talking about. I have never been wrong yet.

  190. What a game! ALMOST don’t care who wins now. Coaches’ nightmare, fans’ dream.

  191. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    I guess I was finally wrong. It’s weird, this never happens, I’m never wrong.

  192. Czechthemout!!! on

    Cant fugging clear the puck again.

    Cally wide open shot? Sh..t to bed. Stepan wide open shot? Sh..t to bed.

    Bottom line,we suck! Every clearling attempt is to the god damn wall.

  193. Great stuff by both teams. But now Torts will never let them play again. Hate to see Moore make that mistake, but he’s a player.

  194. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Perfect storm…Moore stung by shot, couldn’t clear, then couldn’t do enough to cover Ribeiro.

  195. predictable outcome. The Rangers will tie this one up at the Garden, but they can’t win a game on the road when if they are on their heels all game.

  196. Taylor Pyatt could be the single most useless hockey player in the league this year.

  197. ThisYearsModel on

    The more deserving team won. The human shield game, which we started to play with a 1 goal lead late in the first period did not work.

  198. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    Nobody should be upset. We were treated to an amazing game. So as things stand as they are now, nobody has lost a home game yet. So likely we will win back at the garden, and then win the first road game of the series to wrap it all up. Thank you and good night. I’m never wrong.

  199. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Hank played very well. He gave the team a real chance. We can still do this

  200. Poor Henrik. He’s only won something like three OT games in his career, I think. And how many of the losses are his fault?

    The biggest issue is that NYR still seem content with letting the Caps fire away from the points. Both OT goals scored that way.

  201. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Hank almost got his glove on that. Strange, his best games have all been losses.

  202. I wish the Rangers would play the rest of this series like they did in overtime

  203. Llatona, you preferred the turtle-shell version from the rest of the game? That OT was great hockey by both teams, including great goaltending at both ends. Hated the result, loved the hockey.

  204. Nash is the goat so far this series. He’s been a non-factor this series and that CAN’T happen.

    Then again he has 2 games left to redeem himself

  205. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    For all those complaining about stats. Prust saying, Boyle has more playoff points and goals than Nash.

  206. CraigWeather on

    And that’s how important Clowe is to the team….. one of the only players w/ a set of balls who will set the tone.

    Lets not even START on how inept their power play is bc if it were any other team other than us, guess what? This game wouldn’t have gone to OT to begin with!!

    Sorry, but even if they force a game 7…. I just don’t see it happening this time. Nash needed to be our best player and its obvious he’s either hurt or can’t handle playoff hockey… Caps in 7 unfortunately.. And we’ve probably seen the last of Clowe as a NYR.

  207. Czechthemout!!! on

    No offense. No adjustment by the coach at all. Same lame PP with his son on it.

    Same board hockey bullcrap! Blaming Moore? Are you guys nuts?

  208. Reginald Dunlop on

    you’re right Carpy…….they are NOT that good……but I think it is effort related as well….cant count how many times I yell “move your feet”, “go to the net”..that is all effort….too many watchers on this team…

  209. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    There is some good here. Richards wasn’t on the ice much in the 3rd.

  210. We need Nash to SHOOT. Not get cute. We made it to easy on holtby again tonight. And faceoffs were horrid.

    Should be a good crowd Sunday…moving Mother’s Day to tomorrow..

  211. Richards is stil the guy infuriating me. > 4:30 on the PP and one shot total. For the series he’s over a game and half of ice time and 1 total point and that was a layup. Useless, and still inexplicably getting key shifts.

  212. If they would have called Ribeiro for that chop…could have been a different game if Caps didn’t go on the PP there with Boyle in the box…

  213. Reginald Dunlop on

    plus system of fronting guys in front of net sucks because if shot gets through or redirected on the wrong side of the offensive player…..

  214. Moore didn’t do his job on the goal, but it’s just one mistake. He had a hell of a game. Rangers are obviously in good position in the series. They know they can win it, Caps know they can win it. Both teams know the can take either the Bruins or the Leafs, excuse me, Leaves. Exciting.

  215. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    non call on hags breakaway awful
    back to back PP ‘s =0, a series killer

  216. Richards is useless…he is being outplayed by Stepan, Brassard, and Zuccarello…

  217. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It’s not that the rangers can’t score on the PP, it’s that they can’t even generate any good chances.

  218. I’d prefer the Rangers win by any means, Norm. I don’t really consider leaving the points wide open all series and shooting wide on some excellent chances “good hockey,” either. And you called the style of play a “coaches’ nightmare” but then you said “Torts will never let them play again.” Why would he want a reoccurring nightmare?

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

    Tough game but we all knew it was going no problems .

    Go out and take game 6 then off to Wash to fix what happened tonight.


  220. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    Rangers suffer from Premature shooting on PP they shoot way beyond the top of the circles, caps shoot below and score.

  221. Just three more periods of Tortorella as head coach? Could be! I’m getting excited.

  222. PP didn’t look awful tonite, but Caps did an unbelievable job of blocking shots and lanes all night…the whole game.

    Losing the field position battle night after night b/c of these damn FOs…it’s like your punter averaging 35 yards, eventually it comes back to bite you. If the team had even one finisher, we might be able to score anyway…or if they do the breakaways in the playoffs

  223. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    Unfortunately, with an overtime with as much end to end action as this one had, this would have been an amazing time to have Gaborik on the ice. But, I think moving forward the trade will be worth it at the end of the day. Just not during this game

  224. Hagerstown Md Rangers Fan on

    Boyle stupid penalty changed the comlexion of the game. Too bad for Hank who did everything humanly possible to steal this game. Where the heck is Nash? Where’s Richards? How many shots missed the net in OT? Come on! When you are 10 feet away you gotta hit the net. Really unfortunate. Crappy power play. More like powerless play. Will they ever figure it out. Gheesh! This SUCKS. Well hope they hold serve and then figure out a way to win in Washington. Who comes in for Clowe? JT? Kreider? Newbury? Is it just me or does it seem Chimera is hitting guys high? Rangers need to man up and answer that.

  225. Reginald Dunlop on

    no way Jeff……it’s part of the process…..there’s a good group of guys in that room….. blah blah blah….he’s got somebody snowed bad, they let him chase a 40 goal scorer out of town……part of the process

  226. Nash about to go down in Ranger playoff infamy . Mr October. What a disappointment.

    And to the MSG Network talking heads, from the studio to the booth, I don’t want to hear anymore what a “great job” the Caps are doing on Nash. (Although, I’m not sure Leetch should be lumped in with that crew).

    Dorsett made more things happen on the Ice than Nash did.

  227. Czechthemout!!! on

    Mdz sucks!

    Richards sucks!

    Pyatt sucks!

    Eminger Sucks!

    Nash has played like crap every game.

    Cally has done nothing!

    Stepan has played like crap in three of the five games!

    Tort’s is being out coached by Oates!

    Hank will leave this team at the end of next season! No support at all! He has given up two goals and one goal on the road and lost both games. They suck!!!

  228. Llatona, so it’s win or there’s no point? I don’t know what game you were watching if you didn’t think that was great hockey in OT. You are aware there’s another team out there, right, that you risk losing by trying to win?

  229. What’s amazing to me is that for a team that generates little consistent offense they sure give up an awful lot of great scoring chances on the other end

  230. I think the better team lost tonight…and that’s frustrating.

    He’s a young defenseman and by no means responsible in total for lose but you gotta tie up that guys stick or cross check him in the face when you are in OT and a shot is coming from the point.

    But…since they were the better team…no reason they can’t win the next two. And besides, Caps are definitely put out by their next opponent if they do move on.

    Kind of game you need Nash and your other big guys to score a huge goal….where are all those Boyle haters? Last time i checked…he has more goals than your favorites son(s)

  231. _What’s amazing to me is that for a team that generates little consistent offense they sure give up an awful lot of great scoring chances on the other end_



  232. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Norm – I wouldn’t care if it were the ugliest game ever played as long as the rangers win.

  233. Wait.. there’s another team out there? Let me watch the game again, Norm, I’ll get back to you with a new opinion developed by this revolutionary and groundbreaking information.

    Exciting hockey for a neutral, I’ll give you that. “Great hockey,” not at all.

  234. how could anyone say the rangers were the better team tonite? It’s like they were pinned in the corner by George Foreman for the entire fight after the first minute of round 1

  235. I know… Torts is a retard… i am sorry. I just dont kn ow what to call him anymore for using BRich in all important situations without getting ANY positive result all season long.

  236. Reginald Dunlop on

    tired legs for 24? might have something to do with never playing the 4th line consistently? or even having a 4th line, genius moves Cs to wing and then jumbles all the lines to compensate to create NO flow….but hey he’s the smartest guy in the room, just ask him

  237. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    You guys have to stop blaming the star players on the team. If anyone knows anything about hockey in the playoffs, it’s that the stars are always covered very well. Has Ovi been lighting up Hank? Give it a rest. Put a sock in it. I’ll take Nash over Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, and Malkin any day.

  238. BTW, some of the commentary I’ve been seeing over the past week is pure hilarity. At least I can be entertain by all the comments here.

    Thanks Carp

    Thanks Boneheads

    Thanks haters

    Lets go Rangers

  239. Olga Folkyerself on

    “I think the better team lost tonight…and that’s frustrating. ”

    So you missed the third period then?

  240. Czechthemout!!! on


    It is about damn time someone does! How many more games is Hank going to lose giving up zero or one goal in regulation before this garbage ends? Not attacking in the final 59 minutes of regulation is a joke. This staff needs to be questioned for their lack of PP now for 4 years. Why is Richards on the PP each and every game despite the fact that he is useless? I have many more questions but every tie I ask, I am told it is because I have an agenda.

    The thing is, I do have an agenda and that is for the Rangers to win the cup. Not to protect this a hole.

  241. Llatona, my apologies, I didn’t realize you were so young. Tough to lose, no doubt.

  242. Rob in Beantown on

    Nash needs to stop with the spin-o-rama. It doesn’t work. Seriously he goes to the net backwards more often than he does forward. Go in and take a regular good hard shot. He has a good shot and he isn’t using it

  243. if the Caps win on Sunday, I hope it’s 6-1 so we can start taking some liberties. Some orchestrated mayhem. The real question is, if this is the lack of sizzle that’s gonna frustrate us all winter, what changes next year? What’s gonna happen to score more goals, win some FOs and keep the net front clear?

  244. Reginald Dunlop on

    game changed after Sam and Joe with about a minute left in 1st commented on the great job Rangers doing NOT allowing any shots or chances…….BANG…frenzy at net to end 1st and whole game changed…nice going Sam and Joe

  245. I thought the first 2 power plays weren’t decent. Last 2 were garbage. Bottom line is it didn’t score and killed us again.

  246. Fat Guy!

    I said they were the better team…but that’s because I actually watched the game…and, more importantly, I actually understand hockey…and play it…and actually know a lot more than the supposedly “know it alls” around here who shart the bed at the first sign of adversity. Some of youse are so ridiculous in your comments that I question whether you even understand anything about hockey from a fans perspective…let alone from a players perspective. So sling your knowledge because this is about the only place in the whole world wide web where you can get away with it and still feel like you don’t have Tourettes

  247. Eric – You don’t have to be hurtful, Nancy. Hey, I know the pp didn’t score, but they worked the puck at least and kept some pressure on…not the typical turnovers or trouble even establishing the zone. They just don’t have the horses to get in in front and put it in the basket

  248. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    That was a very strange interview for Nash. The guy looked unphased at all by all this. I wonder why that could be. I’m very confuse right now.

  249. Reginald Dunlop on

    Some orchestrated mayhem???? Cmon Fat Guy…there’s no Kocurs or Domis and not too many guys with a set who play that hard like it means something

  250. Hey Z ,

    Ovie was robbed by Hank a couple of times tonight. Did Nash have any shots on goal?

    Nash had a couple of nice spin-o-ramas. Big deal.

    We all know playoffs are tighter checking.

    Crosby’s playing with a broken jaw for Christ sake.

    Superstars need to make things happen, not complain about the lack of space on the ice.

  251. Czechthemout!!! on

    The better team lost tonight? Who ever said that should go watch baseball!

  252. Hagerstown Md Rangers Fan on

    Zrat I understand what you are saying but still Nash needs to generate a few more chances. NO SHOTS in regulation. NONE. Not acceptable at this time. And if the team is tired now that can’t be good. Torts needs to roll 4 lines and 6 dmen. This strategy of lack of trust on his part cost them a trip to the finals last year.

  253. Malt ball – I understand you are angry about the game, but believe me, EVERYONE On here has watched and played hockey for a long, long time. There’s nothing you can say here that will be revolutionary or insightful. I don’t agree with you that they were the better team, and guess what, I’m not alone. I would have agreed with you, but then we’d both be wrong

  254. Torts when asked about Nash: “I’m not critiquing players”

    Two second later critiquing Boyle for taking dumb penalty.

  255. OK, now I’m letting it cloud my judgement which is why i actually only scan for Carp’s comments here..though I enjoy and respect a lot of others sense here….Rangers were the better team tonight…maybe you disagree..and that’s cool too. But it looked to me that they were….but where they aren’t the better team…especially compared to a team that is going to advance is that they didn’t get that “big” goal from one of their top players that should have sealed this game by the end of the 3rd……it’s been their problem for a while and its why we chase Gabby and Nash and the next guy….if Rangers score right before that last melee…you’re all talking Stanley Cup…but a young defenseman made a bad play after his teammates screwed up and its over. Hank should have stopped that first goal IMO anyway but he played beautifully and you have to be able to let your goalie let one of those in…but since we can’t seem to get a big goal on most nights…that bad goal is going to kill you….Rangers better team but Caps have finished where Rangers haven’t so they – up to now – deserve to be ahead….this is how the playoffs always work.

  256. Reginald Dunlop on

    watch all these other games, guys shoot the puck from all over to get the puck on the net to create 2nd chances and they crash the net and move without the puck to get open….Rangers bang it off the wall, and off the wall and off the wall and off the wall….pass to D and throw it deep off the wall….makes you wonder if they KNOW there’s a NET out there?

  257. How are we a better team (in this game) if after first period all the way to the end of OT we got outplayed badly?


  258. Excluding Clowe, the Rangers who played least were Dorsett (7:27) and Asham (8:09) and Asham played more than Richards in the third period. Callahan played 22:33 in regulation.

    (Hendricks, Beagle and Wilson got 9, 8 and 6 minutes respectively, by comparison.)

    Of all the reasons the Rangers lost, not playing the 4th line enough isn’t something I’d put near the top of the list.

  259. And Fat Guy….being morbidly obese and old doesn’t make you a hockey expert…but this is your blog and your comment page…i’m just visiting in between games…and i will go away again and just wait for Carp to post something that actually includes some hockey insight

    What if I told you I was older than Moses and actually used to work for the Rangers? You’d probably discount that too because no one here could have a different opinion than the mob and have any intelligence…that’s the beauty of the internets…inmates run the asylum…Rangers were better tonight…they just lost….put that in your cheeseburger and choke on it :0

  260. Feel bad being on Richie all the time, but I do have an early show bet in on him in Preakness.

  261. Looking at the replay, it’s a little ironic that the Rangers collapsed in zone again after such wide-open play leading up to it. Blind clearance by Brassard, unlucky bounce off Stralman on the resulting shot, Moore late to the tie-up. Nothing Lundqvist could do. Which is why I prefer wide-open as a tactic for this team — always give Lundqvist a chance. Get up on the points. Hell, get BEHIND them once in a blue moon — make ’em worry!

  262. Czechthemout!!! on

    Torts is a jack ass! Boyle is about as much to blame for this loss as I am. He was one of the better players tonight. Coming from me, you know he had to be good.

    They have no power play and they have zero offensive game plan. Zero! For a team that prides it self on defense first, they sure give up a lot great scoring chances.

  263. Reginald Dunlop on

    as long as he doesn’t have to skate, he’s a lock for that ‘show’ bet

  264. Malt, if you told me you used to work for the Rangers, that’s a whole lot of failure for someone who allegedly knows about hockey.

  265. We’ve seen 10,000 Malts come and go this season…brilliant insight, not terrible personal insults, but demeaning stuff to the people who come here to have a good time instead of trying to show how smart we are. Meanwhile, what is such a young stud doing in this blog on a Friday night at 11:30? Probably taping up his stick if you know what I mean

  266. Czechthemout!!! on


    What is your point? Cleaning people also work for the Rangers. Judging by your comments, they no more about hockey than you too.

  267. jpg's sister on

    carp, thanks for the comments sbout Mother’s Day.

    jpg and jpg’s sis’ mom said Bettman hates mothers

  268. Can someone tell me why we have to see so many Geico commercials with Craptials? I may have to switch auto insurance. And why does it sound like Oates is in a dungeon?

  269. Ribiero didn’t just throw his “first star” puck into the crowd – first he taped on his hotel room key with two hits of Ecstasy

  270. malt- rangers were not better and they lost tonight. it was a fairly even 2 periods, then the 3rd happened. and ot. we sat back and played not to lose. thats all.

  271. LOL Fat Guy. Current drug de jour is Special K, (Ketamine) which is a horse tranquilizer. Uh oh. There goes my Preakness bet.

  272. Wnen are they going to stop trying to poke check the puck in the defensive zone, and take the body instead?

  273. jpg's sister on

    1. boyle had a good game

    2. most penalties are dumb, maybe 99%

    3. caps got away with a lot of penalties, but if pp was working…. win

    4. an entire team shouldn’t fall apart with more than one period to play and the game was only tied at that point.

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