Game 6: Capitals at Rangers today (4:30) … pre-game notes

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Happy Mother’s Day!

The Rangers attempt to come back from a 3-2 deficit for the third time in their history. They did so famously in the 1994 Eastern Conference Final against the Devils. They also did it last spring against Ottawa. In both of those, the Rangers were the No. 1 seed in the East and had to play Game 6 on the road, then Game 7 at home.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game 6
Sunday, May 12 (4:30 p.m.) – Madison Square Garden
WSH leads 3-2

TODAY’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (4:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The Blueshirts currently trail in the series 3-2, following a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 5 on Friday at Verizon Center. The Rangers enter the contest with a 210-229-8 record all-time in 447 playoff contests (118-88-2 at home; 92-141-6 on the road). New York has posted a 15-19 record all-time in Game 6 of playoff series.
ALL-TIME RANGERS PLAYOFF RECORDS:
Overall — 210-229-8
Home — 118-88-2
Away — 92-141-6
Goals for — 1,228
Goals against — 1,224
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 21-25 mark in 46 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 — 24 GP, 10-14, 2.26 GAA, 1 SO
Martin Biron — 7 GP, 4-3, 2.67 GAA, 1 SO
Brad Richards — 18 GP, 5-4-9
Derick Brassard — 5 GP, 1-5-6
Michael Del Zotto — 12 GP, 2-5-7
SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Blueshirts are 2-0 in games when tallying a power play goal during the playoffs, and are 2-0 when holding the Capitals scoreless with the man advantage
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 did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (8:00) in Game 5, and are now 2-21 (9.5%) in the playoffs. New York is 2-10 (20.0%) at MSG in two postseason contests. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Capitals in two shorthanded situations (2:11) in Game 5, and are now 11-14 (78.6%) in the playoffs. New York is 5-5 (100.0%) at MSG in two postseason games. Shorthanded goals for (0).
Four-on-Four: The Blueshirts did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 5, and are now Even in two four-on-four situations (4:00) in the playoffs. Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).
QUICK HITS:
Each of the last four games have been decided by one goal, including two games that required overtime
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
DOWN, BUT NOT OUT

The Rangers have come back from a 3-2 series deficit to advance in the playoffs twice before – in the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals against Ottawa and the 1994 Conference Final against New Jersey.
TIMELY GOALS
Derek Stepan notched the game-winning goal in Games 3 and 4 to become the first Ranger since Adam Graves in 1997 (May 8, May 11) to tally the game-winner in consecutive playoff games.
BROADWAY PREMIERE
Derick Brassard registered his first career playoff points with a three-point effort, including a power play goal and two assists, in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Brassard’s three points were the most by a Ranger in their home playoff debut since Sergei Zubov on Apr. 17, 1994 vs. the NY Islanders (one goal, two assists). Brassard followed up his three-point effort with two assists in Game 4, becoming the first Blueshirt to record five points in consecutive playoff games since Jaromir Jagr in 2008 (Apr. 29 vs. PIT: one goal, one assist; May 1 vs. PIT: two goals, one assist).
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:
Game — Derick Brassard (Game 1), John Moore (Game 1), Kris Newbury (Game 1)
Goal — Carl Hagelin (Game 1), Derick Brassard (Game 3)
Assist — Derick Brassard (Game 3), Mats Zuccarello (Game 3)
Point — Derick Brassard (Game 3, assist), Mats Zuccarello (Game 3, assist)
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 is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender for the fifth time
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) — 53
Darroll Powe (injured, 5/6) — 2
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 134
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 14

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209 Comments

  1. Nash's Caddy on

    I just booked Nash a tee time for tomorrow. He said he plans to play win or lose tonight.

  2. New day, same old story. This team just can’t score. Very disappointing end to the season later today. Way to adjust Torts!

  3. Season will not end today. Happy mothers day and happy game six. We will play tomorrow. This series is meant to go seven.

  4. I think they can pull it off if Nash comes alive. Otherwise how about Ted Nolan for coach?

  5. I have a pair in Section 225 Row 19 if anyone is looking. Face value is $245 for the pair. gregkoko at gmail dot com

  6. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    this team sure does try your faith and optimism..I would hate to be in a foxhole with this team

  7. Egg Roulette on

    Look at how far we have come…#1 seed last year..ECF in the playoffs, young team…get a superstar in Nash..best goalie in the world..

    Now we barely make playoffs, and season ends today vs a team that has no business even being in the playoffs..

    Please fire Torts…he has messed the bed..time to clean the sheets..

  8. everyone wear black for the ranger funeral around 7pm. nash and richy go quitely into the night and the pp fails to take a shot

  9. Woke up w The Doors in my head..”this is the ennnnnd. This IS the ennnnnd.” But they won’t lose tonight. Not their style to avoid giving us false hope. So they’ll win today and lose in Washington in game 7.

  10. I’m a contrarian…Rangers win and force Game 7. LGR! Clowe and Staal play Game 6…

  11. Oh, and the Pens didn’t deserve to win last night vs Islaes…they won’t win the cup with that kind of effort. Isles surprisingly good forecheck. That’s what the Rangers need to do today vs. CAPS

  12. bull dog line on

    the Islanders lost. who are all you so called Ranger fans going to root for now.

  13. bull dog line on

    ok, here is your next question.
    why has this generation of Ranger fans lost there passion? the Garden is quiet, and rooting for the Islanders. is it because they are to lazy to have learned about the History of the team they claim to root for? do they think the Rangers started playing in 2000? I have such level of disgust I have for the fans that were rooting for the Islanders. ashamed of each and every one of them.

  14. Cross Check Charlie on

    bull dog – I think the rooting for the Islanders was as much rooting against the Penguins than anything else. I think it would have been the same if it was any other team. The fact that the Islanders made the mighty Penguins look so ordinary even with their roster full of stars is what made it even more interesting.

    I think most of us are sick of the Crosby, Crosby, Crosby, Crosby and if the Islanders could have sent them packing early then we wouldn’t have to put up with that all through the playoffs.

  15. Bull dog

    Isles had no chance to win the Cup. Would like to see Crysob out ASAP. Tomato tomahto.

    Isles really havent been an issue for 20 yrs. I can only muster a certain degree of disdain which is currently centered on Pens and Debbies.

  16. bull dog line on

    don’t care what the reason for rooting for them was. there is no reason to ever root for them.

  17. bull dog line on

    Llotona,
    I have been to many games in my time. I know what the Garden used to sound like, and what it sounds like now. and it is quiet now.

  18. I think Rangers fans (some of us) were rooting against the Pen()s more so than rooting for the Islanders. I wasn’t around back in the day when they (FishStix) were dominating and killing the Rangers. So i do not have the hate that some of the old time Rangers fans do towards the Isles.

    I started to root for the Rangers back in 1992-93 season when i came to the States. The Isles have not been comparative team ever since i became the Rangers fan. It’s the Pen()s, the Habs (because they dominate the Rangrers almost on regular basis!), the NJD… these are the teams i hate with passion!

  19. bull dog line on

    CCCP,
    it is safe to assume that you know the history of Russian Hockey. whether you saw the players play or not, whether you were old enough or not. well thats what this generation of Ranger fan needs to do. learn the history of the rivalry. do any of you think Red Wing fans can ever root for the Avs? whether there old enough to have seen it, they have learned it. and Wing fans will always hate the Avs.

  20. I’ve been a ranger fan since late 60’s and despise pukesburgh way more than the islanders at the present time. The islanders have been non existent for so long now there irrelevant. That might change when the islanders move to the Barclays, time will tell.

  21. bull dog line on

    can you please tell me what your point is Llatona? i have been to 2 this season.

  22. You just have a lot of criticism for NYR fans and the Garden so I was wondering if you went to the games.

  23. bull dog line on

    I do not have any criticism for the Garden, just the new breed of fan. and I don’t what going to the games has to do with anything.

  24. bull dog line on

    and it is just not Ranger fans that have lost it. its Yankee fans too. Yankee fans have forgotten Pinnela vs Bill Lee, and Munson and Fisk, or pedro and Zim. there thought process is, hey Jonny Damon, he great, Roger Clemens? open arms. it used to be tough for the road teams to come to the Garden. not anymore, they look forward to it.

  25. YouveGotGold on

    Anyone looking for last minute tickets? I can’t go today. I have to catch a flight to Chicago for work. Willing to sell at cost. $230 for the pair. Section 227 Row 5 Seats 20 & 21 on the aisle. email wag279@gmail.com.

    Thanks! LGR!

  26. Czechthemout!!! on

    Bull dog

    The real reason for the lack of noise an passion in the garden is the rediculous price of the tickets. I went to a playoff game last year with my Daughters and had to shellout over to $800 dollars for 3 tickets and some food and two souveniers. The average income in the country is around $50,000. That means I spent one weeks pay for a single game for 3 not even 4 people. If I took my wife, it would have gone $1000 dollars for an evening of entertainment. They have priced the average passionate hockey fan out of the arena and on to cable.

    And I say this not because I cant afford it, because I can, thank god. Many people on the other hand cannot.

    Too bad!

  27. Stranger Nation on

    Boy the way Glen Miller played
    Songs that made the Hit Parade
    Guys like us, we had it made
    Those were the days

  28. Stranger Nation on

    Or choose not to attend and spend their money elsewhere and still enjoy (sometimes) the games on HD big screen in the comfort of their home.

  29. Stranger, Edith would be better at clearing the crease than some of these NYR no-talent clowns.

  30. YouveGotGold on

    I hear ya Czech. Add on top of that the horrible scheduling! A mid-afternoon game on Mother’s Day would be bad enough, but not to find out until Friday night when the game would be? And to have the 2 options (4:30/7:30) be different than what was originally listed as the likely time (3:00), is just that much worse. I booked the latest flight I could within my company’s policy and would have been able to go to a 3pm game. A 4:30pm game, I know I’d have to leave before it was over to catch my flight and that just isn’t an option in my mind – unless I’m unable to sell them. It would be worse to have them go to waste.

  31. Czechthemout!!! on

    Stranger

    That too. But I think if prices were cheaper, many fans who just cant afford it now would be at the games. I know the reality is that because of the escalating salaries, thats the way it will be.

  32. iCCCP - Who Gives A Puck?! on

    I understand what you’re trying to say, bull dog. And you’re right. As a fan, you must know the history. But it doesn’t mean that you always must hold on to the past, especially if not much to remember ;)

    As far as CCCP hockey goes: yes, I would never root for Canada! No matter what! But i dont hate them (Bobby Clarke and Crosby excluding), I repect them because they are always a worthy opponent. Something that can’t be said about the Islenders.

    And I do root for the US notational team even though back in the 80’s I think, they won some kinda miracle game at some kinda tournament…not sure exactly what happened ;)

    Nowadays, sport isn’t what it use be. Fans are haply and pretty much up for anything that helps their team win.

  33. CCCP, I’m googling that 1980 thing, but nothing is coming up except this word Tretiak.

    I googled that and found this: “Craig>Tretiak.”

    not sure what that means :)

    Hope you did well on your exams.

  34. back ‘in the day’ when the rangers were not playing you had a choice of watching the islanders or no hockey. i was thankful…hatred was already developed for the flyers and bruins…leon stickle is my hero.

  35. Stranger Nation on

    CMO – agree – used to attend 3 to 4 games a year – now 1 or 2 not just because of cost but ‘value’ when compared to other options.

    Bull Dog – the entertainment value of the fans made it a 2 for 1 special back in the day. There were some crazy ‘fanatics’ roaming the Garden which made more of a spectacle win. lose or draw.
    Now all cotton candy for the Wall St. kiddies and mobile phone surfing for their poser Dads.

  36. Czechthemout!!! on

    The real problem is that here we are, on the brink of elimination, and we all are still discussing and bemoaning the same things we have for 4 years! We have no odffense and no PP.

    We have brought in star after star. Gabby,Richards,Nash. Yet our offense still sucks. Our still sucks. What is worse, we are wasting the skills of a great goalie while we continue to play wall hockey and grind with a team with almost no grinders.

    The one constant that is still here Is JT. Maybe, just maybe he is really what ailes the offense and PP?

    Discuss!

  37. Stranger Nation on

    Offense starts with the Defense – Cannot bear to watch another DannyG stationary on the weak side Pipe waiting to help Hank block a shot.
    That PP goal the other night was all on him – just slow and slower game by game.

  38. While I’d like to believe the Rangers can at least force a Game 7, there’s little reason to believe it possible with our “top” players playing like its a September exhibition.

    Richard$ had better be bought out immediately. He’s been worse than Gomez and Drury combined. Contributes nothing on the ice and we’re stuck with a jack wagon coach who won’t admit his good buddy Richie can’t cut it in the NHL anymore.

    Rick Nash I’m convinced is just a soft player. Both physically and mentally. He’ll score in the regular season but is obviously missing that drive that most players find in the post season. Watch him out there , he floats as bad as Ovie does.

    Spending the day doing landscaping for my mom at my parents house. Gonna enjoy the weather and good times with family. No need to suffer watching Nash and Richard$ insult the sweater with their poor performances.

  39. “I had my owner up here talking about a Stanley Cup. That’s a bunch of bull(crap)!”

    Ain’t it though?

  40. Stranger Nation on

    Schoney owns a couple of Dunkin Donuts franchises – think he was cross-promoting with Koharski

  41. Cross Check Charlie on

    I don’t know Czech. There are some things I don’t like about Torts, but is it his fault that Richards has been terrible or that Gaborik was ineffective? If the 3 stars played like stars it would have been a different story.

    Getting the bottom 6 of the lineup gutted didn’t help matters either.

  42. Stranger Nation on

    Would you have taken no playoffs last year (no Richards) and run to ECF finals to watch Miller develop?

  43. eddie eddie eddie on

    lets go rangers…..never surrender……never give up ….

    hope is a good thing….maybe the best thing…

  44. Hmrlik: ‘I’m tired of those protein bars. I scooted down into town and got us a couple dozen donuts.”

    Shonny: “You fat bastage!”

  45. I need to figure out which Rangers shirt to wear today:

    Swagelin = Game 1 Loss
    JT Miller = Game 2 Loss
    Hustle & Close = Game 3 and 4 Wins, Game 5 Loss

    HELP

  46. ?@TheWrage 2m
    Insight us bloggers don’t get: @HartnettHockey (and other beat guys have said) Nash has been wearing a wrap on left wrist for over a month.

  47. Stranger Nation on

    Manny – put on your Cally jersey, your Hank boxers and tear down that Crosby poster for Chrissakes!

  48. I’ve been a Rangers fan since Andy Bathgate and Andy Hebenton and Gump Worsley. I consistantly read this blog because its the best of both Ranger worlds, Optimist and Pessimist. We despised Boston because we always battled for 5th abd 6th place with them, we get Park ,they get Orr. We lose to Boston in 72 ,beat the cooke out of them in 73.It was a special. Islanders get 4 Cups, but Torrey built that team fair and square and they deserved their 4 in a row, but we despised them, it was a rivalry. Now come the ice chickens, the igloo, no fans and they tank for Mario. Win some cups and tank again (although not on purpose), no fans, same igloo. Enter Buttman, change some draft rules, can’t lose a franchise on his watch, Get Skid, Choke Fluery and then since the draft is good give them #2 for Malkin so the cheating doesn’t look bad. My point is the other were rivalries this is down and out hatred. So Ranger fans appreciate and know their hockey, they also know getting carcilloed and that is why we hate the ice chickens and took the lesser of two evils by hoping they would lose but still not root for the Isles. How many of us were happy when Philty took them out last year? We hope for the best but always expect the worst. I personally want to cry one more time when we win the Cup.

  49. eddie eddie eddie on

    i hate the penguins. If crosby accidentally set himself on fire I woudnt shed a tear.

  50. @jDundon29 14m
    Rick Nash has been wearing a wrap/brace around his wrist for the last month or so.

  51. worked in abar on 8th ave inthe 60’s red kelly used to come in for a beer and give me tickets to the old garden loved the rangers ever since favorite player Phil Goyette

  52. This team is toast (and, appropriately, I write this as I’m having toast).

    I’ve never seen such a group of two-bit-cowards take the ice. Played Game 5 as if they were facing the Mayan Astronomers (with their all-powerful Captain Christensen) a pre-season matchup.

    Don’t blame the impending Game 6 loss on me. I’ll be watching “The Great Gatsby”. Once again, very appropriate since much of the storyline has Gatsby reaching for the green light, but never reaching … much in the same the Rangers grasp for Stanley, but with the exception of odd years like 1994, also never get there.

    This year’s clowns, of course, are much worse than the 1994 ones (that had great talent but still made us suffer). And so, the season end’s today.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there (inclusive: all NYRangers players).

  53. Ricky, ‘You Don’t Have to Put on the Red Light’ but if not, you better slide it to someone who does a couple, three times. (Stinging comment)

  54. Czechthemout!!! on

    Miami

    I know its rare for you, but what is your honest ( serious )assesment of this team and its coaching?

  55. rangerz great post.

    the early messages were beyond down they were suicidal.

    nash has been a big disappointment in the first 5 games. the 1 game he has 8 shots he played very well besides that the dangle is a bad idea in the playoffs big boy.. get shots off that is all I ask. 6 shots today regardless of if they go in I will be satisfied..

    this team is not far away…need Richards to be gone before next year.. need a swede or 2 lindberg or fast or Thomas or miller or multiple of these guys to be on the team next season. they need to roll 4 lines a scrap powe, asham and other junk.. no freeriders.

    btw they will win today and the series.. henrik deserves it…………..

  56. I dropped $35 in CVS this morning on cards alone. they must jack up the price day of.

  57. The Caps are the only franchise, in the history of the NHL, to actually have a losing record when taking a 2-0 series lead.

  58. eddie eddie eddie on

    papa – no need for me to tell you what i dropped this morning…and believe me, it wasnt pretty

  59. CZECH,

    Honestly, I think the coach is fine but you can’t have clowns like Nash (injured or not) and Richards under-performing like this. If they had played up-to-par, then we would have already won the series.

  60. Bull Dog I’m sure you recall the rivalry with the Boston in the 70s was as intense if not more so than the later one with the Isles. Things change and at some point it becomes much less fun to hate on something irrelevant.

    I do agree the Garden is just not the same but that has been the case for a long time, it’s not just this season. To me the barometer is the national anthem- in the 70’s and 80’s in the playoffs all you could hear was “Oh say can you see” and that was it for the rest of the song.

  61. also of course Kreider should be in the lineup for Clowe. the clowe trade will wind up beinga disaster. DO NOT RESIGN HIM FOR MANY YEARS OR BIG $$$$ under any circumstances. 2 concussions in 2 weeks, over 30, fogedabaoutit…

    I do not want to see ovechkin, Erskine, chimera, hendriks and others celebrating at MSG under any circumstances…

    the staal situation is troubling…………VERY

  62. Torts is impaired by his stubborn, aberrant and continual psychological need to prove his theories correct even when logic contradicts. Thank you for your attention.

    Dr. Freud

  63. bull dog line on

    the Boston rivalry was a good one, but it was brief. from 1975 to 1994 the Rangers and Islanders played each other in the playoffs 8 times.
    czech,
    I agree, the pricing out of most fans has quieted the Garden.

  64. Stralman and Moore, though certainly not mistake free, have saved the Rangers’ Post Toasties. Imagine the available alternatives to those two.

  65. eddie eddie eddie on

    Rangers have never beaten Pittsburgh in the playoffs…..I dont like the fish….but they have sucked for so long….even in 94 when we played them…i wasnt the least bit worried….

    i replay the shot to crosby’s jaw whenever i need a lift….

  66. eddie eddie eddie on

    Bulldog – the 75 series with the fish was the worst……That bummed me out for months….

  67. kreider is in because clowe is out.

    clowe is not playing zero chance of that happening…….

  68. eddie eddie eddie on

    Stu Bickle is the man. He could score 30 goals he played top 6 minutes.

  69. Manny how many years and dollars does GM for life throw at Ribeiro this summer? :)

  70. Had to steal this off facebook:

    “Happy Mother’s Day to Brad Richards and Rick Nash.”

  71. kudos to my wife for allowing me to go on mothers day. wearing black under my jersey for what i expect to be our funeral around 7pm.

    i have the same feeling today that I had when we lost to buffalo in game 6 at home on a sunday afternoon after losing in ot in game 5. ( thank drury that piece of crap 7.7 sec)

  72. If Nash doesn’t bring the “A” game today, i’ll personaly pay for his one way ticket to palookaville

  73. eric as positive as ever.

    the #1 downer on this site by far ERIC..

    in erics world rangers are slightly better then the panthers…slightly….

  74. “Happy Mothers Day to Rick Nash and Brad Richards”

    THAT had me laughing out loud. Two girly men supposed to lead us to glory.

    And I don’t buy the Nash injury excuse. Watched him all season and I’ve seen a soft player who’s gotten by on his skill, not his heart.

    He’s shown himself to be a very easy to defend player. With guys like Cally giving it their all its a disgrace to see Nash float around the ice

  75. Says the no. 2 downer who hates 3/4 of the team:

    eric as positive as ever.

    the #1 downer on this site by far ERIC..

    in erics world rangers are slightly better then the panthers…slightly….

  76. Papa I said before the series watch Ribeiro he’s the key difference this year on the Caps and he’s exactly what the Rangers need, a guy who holds the puck, draws defenders and makes plays. Consistently, not just flashes. But I do think he is going to be too expensive, he reportedly turned down 5m for 3 years from the Caps.

  77. Cross Check Charlie on

    “He’s shown himself to be a very easy to defend player”

    What team have you been watching this season. Until he injured his wrist he would be a monster to deal with. Still, with an injured wrist, they put 2 and 3 defenders on him. Yeah, very easy to defend. You give it shot.

  78. Yes I think some team like StLouis will give him a 4th year. He’s 33, 3 years should be max.

  79. Stranger Nation on

    Will be there – loud and proud!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!

    EH-EH…EH-EH-EH

    Mothers Day could clear out the posers and leave the Garden to the faithful

  80. Chris Christie teeing it up at Players Championship? Oh, wait, that’s Tim Herron.

  81. Best chance to see knuckles thrown today is not at MSG. It’s between Sergio and Tiger!

  82. Carp-
    I will be at MSG today with my ill daughter and my wife. If you would like to meet, I would be happy to oblige.

  83. One ticket available for tonight. Sec 225 Row 19. Any takers? Face is $125 but willing to negotiate. Can meet outside MSG before game. gregkoko at gmail dot com

  84. Franklin Kistner on

    You folks on this site are much more fun than watching the games. In California we are hoping to get Sam Rosen today.
    Hey Carp, are you a friend of Bill’s?
    Lets go Rangers!

  85. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Looking forward to getting home and watching the tape, Sam saying “and that’s a power play goal!!” 3 times as we coast to an easy one.

    LGR!! LGR!!!

  86. At least it got confirmed today that Joba Chamberlain is the singel stupides person in MLB.

  87. I really hope if the Rangers need a goal or to protect a lead in the third, that Tort rolls four lines evenly and gives Eminger some more minutes.

  88. bull dog line

    You are completely off the mark here. A Rangers fan should concern first and foremost root for the Rangers and then root for situations that best favor the Rangers in the future.

    The Isles beating the Pens would be more beneficial for the Rangers since it would have allowed (1) the Rangers to get home ice if they advance, (2) eliminates the one team we would struggle the most against, (3) leaves an easier opponent for us in Round 2 and in Round 3.

    That is more important than any “rivalry”.

  89. Rob in Beantown on

    Rangers win 6-1 please. I can’t do another game like the last few.

  90. Rob in Beantown on

    And if we’re going to lose, make that a blowout too. It will be easier to take than other close game

  91. eddie eddie eddie on

    I could be wrong, i could be right
    I could be black, i could be white
    i could be right, i could be wrong
    i could be white, i could be black

    MAY THE ROAD RISE WITH YOU

    LETS GO RANGERS

  92. Sadly I really think it is the end today. PP will continue the same failed path and Nash will flop on the ice like an invisible wire has been stretched across the blue line. Like others have said, just let it be a blowout rather than an OT loss.

  93. Sinking Like An Evrock on

    The worst part of the Rangers playing the early game is being home while the game is playing and not being able to watch it because you know you won’t be able to finish it before you go out for Mother’s Day and because you’re going to watch the game in its entirety when you get home. How’s that for a run-on sentence?

  94. Sinking Like An Evrock on

    Pil, very nice. They were down here last month but I didn’t get the chance to see them.

  95. eddie eddie eddie on

    love love love love love love love love love love love love love

    new gold dream, she’s the one in front of me silence and the ecstasy

  96. eddie eddie eddie on

    and when you dream…..dreaming the things with me

    81,82,83,84

    new gold dream

  97. mothman, I would love to meet you and try to figure out what you are all about. :)

    Will you be in the arena by warmups?

  98. So the Pacers/Knicks had a game 2 on Tuesday and a game 3 on Saturday but the Rangers/Caps have to play every other day and games 6 and 7 back-to-back….

  99. Rob in Beantown on

    Carp, do you know are both teams taking Amtrak after the game tonight IF NECESSARY?

  100. Sinking Like An Evrock on

    Carp, I believe the “Bill” that Franklin was talking about was someone you’d know right away if you knew him. Hope that’s not too vague for you. lol

  101. eddie eddie eddie on

    …sorry you didn’t see him, but I’m glad we talked…

    Oh, the rangers are still alive….well, ahhhhh we are still alive……..

    ohhhhhhh, we are still alive…………….

  102. Yea. They just said a Charter flight is waiting for them after the game.

    Yea. I think he’s the kind of Bill that takes things one day at a time…

  103. eddie eddie eddie on

    and if so, if so, if so, who answers?

    THE RANGERS ARE STILL ALIVE….

  104. Sinking Like An Evrock on

    Why do the Knicks get all the rest? it’s not like basketball is anywhere near as hard on the body as hockey is. Just goes to show how “tough” basketball players are….

  105. Norm Merton on

    Coaching options:

    A) “Kreider, get your keister out there, skate hard, shoot the puck, have fun!”

    B) “Kreider, get out there, stay in your lane, dump in the puck, hug the wall, and don’t make any mistakes or you’re sitting.”

  106. Cross Check Charlie on

    I don’t think it matters who replaces Clowe in the lineup, it’s the top 6 guys that are going to decide this game.

  107. Is it “against the rules” to put 4 skaters out while on the power play? Honestly, I think we’d do better that way than having a 5-4…

  108. Sinking Like An Evrock on

    Not watching the game until later tonight leaves me with a bunch of time to kill before I go out to dinner. The part of that that sucks the most is that I’ll have to stop reading and posting to the blog when the game starts as well.
    Pray for me.

  109. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the blog mamas and blogmama!!

    LGR!!

  110. Cross Check Charlie on

    I haven’t been this nervous over watching a hockey game since……since…..Friday.

  111. Cross Check Charlie on

    Is CNBC having a pre-game show? I hate watching those things. I could tell you right now what they’ll blather on about. Nash need to score and Richards needs to play better and yadda, yadda, yadda….. So, if Callahan and Hagelin each get hat tricks it doesn’t matter because Nash and Richards didn’t score.

  112. Sinking Like An Evrock on

    Anyone else having trouble deciding whether or not to shave prior to going out for Mom’s Day?

  113. Hit me with your best shot.
    Why don’t you hit me with your best shot?
    Hit me with your best shot.
    Fire away!

    Win it for the Gipper!

  114. Norm Merton on

    If the Rangers can score more goals than the Caps do, that could bode well for them.

  115. Sinking Like An Evrock on

    Alright guys, puck’s dropping soon so I’m out of here. See all you late nighters…. later tonight. Keep on keeping on. LGR!

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