Rangers-Predators in review

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Thoughts:

1) The Rangers, with their new system, defend. They succeed because/if/when they defend. I keep going back to what Alain Vigneault said on the last homestand when I asked him about the way they defend, and he said a big part of that is taking care of the puck when they have it. And, boy, did they take care of it in this game. Very much unlike the game in Dallas, where they treated the puck like a grenade in the first period.New York Rangers v Nashville Predators

2) One more thing to like about this team, and this coach, is that when it has a stinker, or even when it survives a win like the one in Dallas, it fixes things quickly, in the next game (since the Western trip, at least). The 2011-12 team did that, too. It shows character and commitment, IMO.

3) Ryan McMonster. I AM NOT comparing him to Brian Leetch (because some misinterpreted this last time). Their games are different, and Leetch was an all-timer. But I like the way McDonagh understands and thinks the game, and the way he breaks it down afterward, very much like Leetch. And now I love the way he comes down the wall to keep plays alive, as he did on his game-winning goal last night, also very much like Leetch. The coach wants his D-men in the offense, and McDonagh has embraced that.New York Rangers v Nashville Predators

4) Calm Talbot, Mr. Zero, won the battle of the backups with his second straight shutout. You can’t say enough about how important it is, and how comforting it is to a team, to have a 1A as a backup instead of a 2. They had that with Martin Biron a couple seasons back. Talbot, like Biron, also helps the defensive effort with the way he handles the puck. Of course, he doesn’t make the power-play passes that Henrik Lundqvist makes (s). And enough of this counting shots to determine how well a goalie played. The kid made some very big saves when this game was 0-0 and sitting there for the taking.

5) Michael Del Zotto had those two nightmare plays on the same shift, at end of the power play. He lost the puck, then got beat down the ice … then after that rush was thwarted by a Talbot save, Del Zotto threw a very dangerous pass to the front of the net. Now, two Rangers, including Derick Brassard, skated right past it, probably never expecting a pass there, but it never should have been made in the first place. And Talbot bailed him out again. But, other than that shift, I thought Del Zotto was fine.

New York Rangers v Nashville Predators6) Speaking of bailouts, Roman Josi cleared two pucks from behind the backup keeper, Marek Mazanec. And Del Zotto swept one out of trouble for Talbot.

7) Mats Zuccarello, on a 4-on-2 with both Del Zotto and John Moore up ice, makes a lateral pass through everybody, creating an odd-man rush against, of all people, Chris Kreider covering as a defenseman. Only Moore’s skating prevented that from being another disaster. But Zuccarello made the really skilled dip-and-pass to Derek Stepan for the 2-on-1 goal. Stepan, it should be noted, defended Zuccarello for passing, not shooting, in the game against Boston, saying that if he makes a great pass, nobody’s questioning it. So he makes the great pass last night. Though I guess we’re all screaming if Stepan doesn’t score there. And how about the guy trying to beat Stepan at center ice, as he’s standing still? That steal was like, well, stealing.

8) Interesting that, with all the Team USA talk with Nashville GM David Poile also running the U.S. Olympic team, both Dave Maloney and E.J. Hradek, on MSG, think Stepan’s a long shot to make the team. When last season ended, we all thought Stepan would be a lock.

New York Rangers v Nashville Predators9) Shea WWEber can sure fire it. … when he’s not ramming somebody’s head into the turnbuckle.

10) There were actually whispers that Barry Trotz was in trouble a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately for the Preds, Poile isn’t a butt-coverer like Darcy Regier, who fired Lindy Ruff in Buffalo. Trotz is one of the best coaches on the planet, especially for that franchise in that market.

11) That hit on Boyle was dangerous and with bad intent, but it wasn’t illegal, IMO. Then again, who knows what exactly is legal and what isn’t in today’s NHL? And it’s scary when a guy with a concussion goes hard into the wall like that. And I have no problem with Derek Dorsett’s response. None.

12) Brad Richards seemed to be one of the few Rangers who handled the Nashville defensive pressure well early in the game.

13) The power play, on the other hand, didn’t handle it well at all. And if that wasn’t enough, losing the faceoff to start every power play — and subsequent power-play faceoffs, too — doesn’t exactly help the cause.New York Rangers v Nashville Predators

14) I was worried that some of the dads fell asleep during the first 30 minutes.

15) I thought that was the best game for the Brassard, Carl Hagelin, Benoit Pouliot line since Hagelin was demoted when Rick Nash came back.

16) That’s 100 straight regular-season games (94-0-6) without a regulation loss when leading after two periods.

17) How about Ron Duguay using the totally non-P.C. “Chinese firedrill” line. Reminds me of Esa Tikkanen, who once called it a “Chinese fireplace.”

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My Three Rangers Stars:New York Rangers v Nashville Predators
1. Ryan McDonagh.
2. Cam Talbot.
3. Anton Stralman.
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cooscoos’ Three Rangers Stars:
1. McDonagh – Irish eyes are smiling.
2. Zucc – Kitten sees a lion in the mirror.
3.  Dorsett – Does everything asked of him EVERY night.
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Your poll vote for Three Rangers Stars.:
1. Cam Talbot.
2. Mats Zuccarello.
3. Ryan McDonagh.
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  1. Stranger Nation on

    Great review…great game. McD locked up his place on the US squad with that game. He did every thing except tape sticks between periods. Very, very impressive.

    Saw that same play with Zuc on the cross ice odd man rush. He has now done that in almost every game.

    8 degrees wind chill outside in Metro NYC. WTB?

  2. Stranger Nation on

    Another way McD reminds me of Leetch is he never seems to be gassed. Logs the most minutes playing against the top line with The Human Zamboni as a partner, but he always seems to have his wind.

    No Gomez and McD will go down as the best move of Sather’s NY legacy

  3. Stranger Nation on

    Finally, so everyone doesnt think its personal, Thought Richards played his best game all season. With Nash and Cally hes starting to realize he doesnt have to fire the puck on goal as soon as he gets on the ice.

    MOST importantly, he is hustling more. That has been the biggest problem is him playing hard in one zone only. As centericeman you have to play the whole sheet!

  4. MD Rangers Fan on

    Spot on review as always. Per #10, you have to wonder if Trotz would have the same length of service (4th longest in any sport now I think) in any other market. At least they recognize a good coach can only take you so far if you will not spend to get the players.

    I think Maloney is right. Step may be just a tad slow for the big sheet. Would love to see him improve that in the offseason, which I think Boyle did a few years back.

    McD just had a beautiful game last night in all phases. Great to watch the obvious things and the subtle things.

  5. This was a game the Ramgers filled with smart, short passes…getting the puck out of trouble…basic game plan ignored most nights…well played…

  6. McDonagh for Gomez not only will go down as the greatest move by Sather; I have long said it could end up being the best trade in Rangers History. Sort of like a karmic answer (FINALLY) to the Rick Middleton deal. I know it is very early in McDonagh’s career, but, I think he will be an All Star defenseman on this team for many, many years to come. There is untapped offensive potential that we are just starting to see as well.

    I really, really like the chemistry on the team. The atmosphere seemed to have grown toxic last year. They look much more relaxed, but buying into the system in the same way. I happen to like this system better; but I guess time will tell….

  7. Thanks for another great writeup, Carp. I liked Nash’s game last night, he controlled the puck, and we missed that in his absence. Amazed that he is coming around so quickly. Great all-around effort. Yeah, MDZ needs some coaching and direction, the kid’s only 23 yo

  8. Zucc, Richards, and DelZ, and to some extent Stepan, are always going to catch it here and elsewhere because they are the team’s creators, the best passers. When you play the playmaker’s risk/reward game, fans will ignore the risk when it’s rewarded and excoriate it when it goes the other way, even if it’s only to pass up a good shot for a better pass [that doesn’t come off].

    Last night in the first period, the time Nash bowled over two Preds, Callahan had an open pass to Richards that any playmaker would have made quickly. He froze and settled for an easily-stopped shot of his own. No one’s going to rip him for that, nor should they, but heaven forbid he try the more dangerous pass and get it tipped away.

  9. Carp

    It’s no secret why the Rangers have such difficulty winning draws on the PP, Derek Stepan is taking them and he has been consistently one of the worst at faceoffs in the NHL

    At this point, Richards has to take them for him…

  10. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    Those findings were interesting findings, KK. Although Rine was nominated twice for the Vezina, he didn’t win either time.It appears it’s not as unheard of as one might portray it to be. The last four Vezina nominees were taken 217th, 138th, 205th, and Bobrovsky was undrafted, while Rinne was taken 258th. Granted, Bobrovksy hasn’t established what one would consider a successful career yet, however none of these goalies are Jim Carey.

  11. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    A couple corrections. Those findings were interesting, KK. The last four Vezina winners were drafted with those picks, while Bobrovsky went undrafted, and Tim Thomas won the Vezina twice.

  12. couple quick points-

    People will criticize Talbot because they’re concerned about the “we don’t need Lundqvist for 9 million a year” movement that will inevitably happen here by March if the kid keeps playing well. I’ll go on record now as saying a rookie who puts up a solid season won’t keep from wanting back a franchise player who has been our life line for quite some time now..

    on Del Z- remember when some people continuously justified Roszival’s spot on this roster? the sand is running through the hour glass here.

    McD- imagine if he had a D partner like Shea Weber?

  13. Good morning, boneheads!

    Nice review, Carp!
    Talbot was good, but he wasn’t spectacular. Didn’t have to be. The team played an excellent defensive road game. And it wasn’t only defenders, the forwards collapsed and backchecked, they gave Nashville nothing.
    I enjoy watching this team develop. Not only they continue improving their identity, but also this identity is starting giving teams some serious issues. Including teams with an excellent, deep defense. Like Nashville last night.

    Just a thought. If Ryan McDonagh ( 5 goals, 7 assists in 23 games) maintains same offensive numbers while playing his regular defensive game, I think he at least has to be discussed as a Norris candidate, no?

  14. Boy, were you feeding the troll last night. Same troll under different names. Here he is again this morning talking to himself. In a few minutes, the above mentioned KK will show up to “participate”. Except it’s the same person using different IP. Same person appearing under different names last year and year before. Can’t you see, he sticks around saying something indifferent until he throws a controversy and waits if someone bites. Once he runs out of his welcome, he goes away. Then comes backs with different name(s). Same agenda.

  15. boy if this team learns how to score goals and finish look out. I guess that’s a Big If. If Talbot keeps playing like he has and is the real deal the rangers arguably will have the best goalie tandem in the league. King Henrik and Prince Talbot. It has a nice ring to it.

  16. I actually thought Nash was fighting it a little bit. He was slightly behind the play, and slow to react. Expected, first two games he was running on pure adrenaline, now he really needs to get into game shape.

    Maybe it’s time to say it- MZA was an excellent signing this offseason. At $1.15M he fits their identity. His speed is underrated, he possesses the best passing skills on this team. At 26, he still remains Rangers property after this season.

  17. Hmm, isn’t this KK character the same Trolleybus under King Henrik…something name, last season? If it so, IT is simple The Debbies disgruntled fan with a zero display value. Yawn.

  18. ilb.,
    Absolutely second you in a case of Zuk.(how many were ready to sign him off?!) As we can see from his example, as well as Kreider’s and some, it appears just a matter of wise coaches patience and trust and creating the right atmosphere in team/locker-room.

  19. @GardenFaithful: Since Islander fans chanted “Last Place Rangers!” their draft lottery-bound team has gone 4-9-0 (2 ROW) & the #NYR have gone 9-4-0 (9 ROW).

  20. Rob in Beantown on

    One really awesome thing about watching Prince Calbut is not shrieking with fear or having to close your eyes every time he leaves the net to play the puck. He’s really good at it and just adds a certain dynamism to the Rangers’ game that’s missing with Lundqvist in net

  21. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I am not trolling, but I’d like to know why everyone was dumping on Kenneth and his opinion re: Talbot. I’ve never been one to join the herd and start picking on someone just because their thoughts on a certain player are slightly off from the mooooing cows. I also think Talbot is playing lights out hockey. Do any of you think in a million years that hank shuts out the Habs 1-0 at the Belle Center???? Hank breaks out in hives as soon he hears St. Catherine St. Now, it’s true Talbot wasn’t tested all that much last night…..but Mr. D (and I spot on in agreement with you on The Brassard) I have a feeling that if you were in goal for the rangers, the Preds score on every shot.

    Talbot has impressed me every game that he’s played. 5-1 all on the road!!!! Not having giving up more than two goals in any game!!!!! Sure, it’s only been 6 games, but let’s not come to bury Ceaser, we should be here to praise him. If the kid turns out to be a complete flame out then the herd will have been correct to temper their praise, but if Talbot turns out to be really good, dare I say great, how loud will the mooooooooooing be? Just axin

  22. Rob in Beantown on

    That said, I am not awarding him the Vezina or a max length contract yet. We still have the (second) best goalie in the world as our number one

  23. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    PDCMAT

    Please Don’t Call Me A Troll

    I bleed blue like the rest of you. I couldn’t identify a player on the Devils or Isles besides Marty or John Tavares.

  24. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rob – it is obvious to anyone with eyes that Talbot is orders of magnitude better than Hank in handling the puck. That is a fact – and it’s indisputable.

  25. Manny that’s funny because one night a few weeks ago I met some friends at a bar in Huntington and 2 of them were islander fans and they were giving it to me. At that time the rangers were 3-7, I think and the islanders were a game over .500. Since than the islanders have nosed dive and the rangers look a lot better. I imagine I should thank them for jinxing there team.

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ilb – I only read about Talbot last night….and the herd’s response was out of line and off base.

  27. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    What goes back?

    I commented on Cam and Hank last evening.

  28. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Talbot has been pretty damn good so far…..great poise, stands tall, and plays the puck as well as ANYONE in the league right now…,including that fat assen uncle daddy in joisey.

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ricardo – I refer only to last night….Kenneth didn’t say anything I haven’t thought re: talbot….

  30. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I didn’t see that….only that Talbot has the potential to be as good as the King. Now, don’t get me wrong…..The King is a big game stud and if it were game 7 and my life was on the line. Henrik is my man – hands down…..But I really like this kid. I think he’s special.

  31. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    I didn’t mock you. Your quality newspaper stories steered me to your blog to begin with.

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Werd. Btw, regarding 17) Duguay is pretty – whether the fire drill be in China or Zimbabwe

  33. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It’s up in the air……we might wait till spring break and come back…..But, no matter, you needs to be meeting me and the other two of me making for an e3 ensemble….

  34. Talbot is Very calm and positionally sound. It’s a great mix for a backup. Credit to Benoit Allaire

  35. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ricardo, if the Gmen make the Super Bowl – I’m going…..I figure for tickets to that, plus the two games at The Bronx ATM, hot chocolate, parking…..I’m looking at 3.1 mil (excluding parking) does that sound right? Good thin I’m just a typical fan making normal money,,,otherwise I’d be priced out….

  36. That may have been mcdonagh best game ever. Wow he is a stud and at 4.7 mil. My only knock on 4th line is once in a blue moon put the puck in. The carter and Thornton of the world do it to us.

    Big game vs tampa. With stamkos injury I want to catch them. 5 pts back.

  37. Lol:

    “You, and more to the point, GM Garth Snow, do realize as of Saturday, the Islanders had won fewer games in regulation and overtime (five) than the 29th-overall Oilers (six)?”

    Emerging?

  38. Nice write up Carp.
    I can see how Steps may not be a lock for team USA but I can’t not see him on it.

    Eddie three times…I like your style. Are you Carp’s understudy? (That’s gold Carpy, gold!)

  39. We can talk about hotel, Eddie. I may have an extra “Pouliot” couch in the basement. And a beautiful chess set brought from Greece. :-)

  40. I heard on the wfan radio this morning that Stepan, Callahan and McD were going to make the USA team.

  41. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ilb – so long as you don’t sleep surgery in the middle of the night. Did you follow any of Magnus-Vishy? Most games were boring, but the 9th game made up for everything…

  42. not sure I’d take WFAN’s word on a hockey story over Dave Maloney, who talked to Poile yesterday. Doubt anybody at FAN knows who Poile is.

  43. point number 5 made me laugh. I did not see much of the game, so I do not no how MDZ played. but it now seems that if MDZ makes through a shift without tripping over himself, its acceptable.

  44. I see that Brassard has become the whipping boy for the anti Gabby trade crowd. Brassard is the Rangers 3rd line center. he has managed 9 points so far this season. that is already more points than last years number 3 center managed. if you get 40 points from your number 3 center, I would say you are in good shape.

  45. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Magnus is amazing….Interesting year ahead for chess….I sense Kramnik or Aronian will win the candidates…..Next go round, I’m hoping for a Carlsen-Nakamura WC.

  46. Just imagine if we got Brassard a real wing. Could be a … gasp … above average scoring 3rd line for the Rangers??? When’s the last time we had that?

  47. (To get that wing, we obviously trade Lundqvist because there’s no reason to think Talbot isn’t the next Lundqvist and it’s silly to have two elite goalies.)

  48. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    (there’s no reason to think Talbot isn’t the next goalie that will advance as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in his career)

  49. Carp, like your re-cap and really like your stars of the game with the unheralded, underappreciated but steady contributer Anton Stralman innthere at #3. its especially nice to see because……….

  50. Talbot’s inclination to handle the puck (well-done, so far) could lead to a few embarrassing and costly incidents until he and his Dmen become comfortable with his aggresive stickwork.

  51. No one was complaining about Brassard as a No. 3. At least I wasn’t and can’t recall anyone comaining about him as that.

    The question is whether the team feels comfortable qualifying him at near $4M/Year and letting him be their #2 Center after this season.

  52. Funny if fawning Canada puts Richie on the team. When he glides off the large ice for a change, could take 8 minutes.

  53. Nash has impressed me with his lack of fear in putting himself a few times directly in harm’s way after his scary interlude.

  54. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    Nash has impressed since his return and shown quality toughness.

  55. Coos, good job on the 3 stars. I liked your little comments.

    In case you missed strangers post earlier today he referred to Girardi as “The Human Zamboni ”

    That’s hysterical.

  56. Brooks is right that the playoff format is an absolute-joke.

    And he didn’t even go into how confusing it it’s for the fans.

    And not confusing just for us, but for the imagine how confusing for the casual or beginning fan.

    If I’m one of them, I say “forget about this” vs try ping to understand the ridiculousness.

  57. I don’t know how I missed that, Seee. I read every post, sooner or later. Stranger can be imaginatively precise.

  58. (Ed Olczyk was better than Mike Gartner because Mike Gartner never won a Cup and smart people analyze players based on team accomplishments.)

  59. Glad you’re going to DC, Pimp, instead of Cleveland. Strange if your new handle was Miami of Ohio.

  60. Andes Hedberg once said in an interview he looks for 3 traits while scouting: skill level, hockey IQ and whether or not the player can play without fear.

    I guess it’s somewhat similar to a receiver going across the middle and extending to make a catch knowing they are vulnerable to a lurking DB or LB.

  61. I agree, The Doctor. I think Brassard will be a fine #2 as long as we have a cheap backup ready for the third line

  62. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It’d be great if Hank can win a cup for the rangers….not so much for his stature and place in history but rather for all our sake…

  63. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mr D – that’s a bit disingenuous….Edzo was a spare part more than anything…..Pitchers in baseball…..QBs in football… And goalies in hockey are ultimately judged on their post season performances. Hank has won some HUGE game 7’s no doubt…..and if his team is crap, what can he do? But Dan Marino for all his great numbers, is tagged with he didn’t win the big one….fair or not.

  64. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    (Smart people recognize that team accomplishments are one determinant of a player’s overall success)

  65. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    That was not intended for you, EEE. I got yo back, my brutha.

  66. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Werd Kenneth, my brutha. We obviously will never all agree on everything except one thing….

    Let’s go Rangers & this is the best website (porn aside) on the internets…

  67. when you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way
    From your first cigarette ’til your last ugly play.

  68. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    Werd EEE. Let’s go Rangers & this is the best website (porn aside) on the internets, my brutha from anutha.

  69. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Imagine seeing a club entrance reading “members only”, a peek inside and you see bunch of chairs with Johnsons sitting atop….

  70. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Even Duguay’s chest hair blows in the breeze…impressive stuff really…

    Headzo – my brutha….I be understudy, over study, and in between study….know what I’m sayin?

  71. Talbot’s had a nice little stretch here, but you put Talbot in over Lundqvist against Dallas and the Rangers are down at least 3-0 going into the second and Hank is probably taking over for him.

    If Talbot keeps this up, then 1-2 years from now we can maybe flip him for a good return, but that’s getting way ahead of ourselves.

    Hank is the best goalie in the league and the Rangers will pay him like one…

  72. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Oleo – While I agree in spirit with yo assen, it’s pure and utter conjecture….maybe Talbot shuts out Dallas? An equally unprovable notion….

  73. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Maybe if Talbot is on the big club and plays against the Sharks, Rangers win 2-0. Hank was far from all world in several games this season., that being one of them……Mind you, I’d rather have the King in a Game 7 more than anyone, dead or alive, save (pun intended) Mike Richter.

  74. If Pittsburgh had taken Lundqvist in the 5th, Lundqvist has his name on the Cup by now. That’s why I don’t care about team accomplishments for an individual, far too dependent on uncontrollable variables.

  75. So funny that Talbot played hockey the U of Alabama Frozen Tide. It’s funny because Alabama has a hockey team. Who knew? LOL…Last night was his coming home party in Nashville! Impressive run for the kid…

    Zuccarello = Hobbitt Wizard

    McMonster, what a game ….or should we just calling him, Ryan Leetch

  76. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    Lundqvist’s success is in part due to Benoit Allaire. Pittsburgh doesn’t have Allaire.

    However, you are a psychic. I can’t dispute a psychic. Keep on keepin’ on.

  77. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Imagine The King on one of several teams (see Detroit) and count his cups. But put Jimmy Howard in goal and Crosby on the rangers’ team two years ago – do they win the cup?

  78. You still never gave me your percentage, Ken. What percent chance Talbot equals or exceeds Lundqvist’s 1st 8 years?

  79. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bottom line: The King is world class. But this kid Talbot is impressive. I like him and glad he’s our backup. Someday, perhaps Talbot will be our number one. Ya just never know what the future holds…

  80. Sorry, Manny.

    I’ve been told have anger problems and sometimes say things I don’t really mean.

    Please keep your devices plugged in. It wouldn’t be the same around here if you didn’t.

    As for Canada, I wouldn’t want you to move there if you didn’t want to. But, if you were relocating, you could count on me to help you on moving day.

  81. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mr D – you want a %? I’d say somewhere between 0 and 100. After 6 games, it’s closer to the latter….

  82. Max The Talbot, max Hank, max The Kreider, max Zucc.
    Extend Sather. Bring back Renney.

    Everyone else, go find a job.

  83. Jack Nicholson to Mister D…..

    “You want the perctage?”
    “You want the percentage???”

    “You can’t handle the percentage!!!!”

  84. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    But then some here say the D is the only reason Talbot is 5-1 (all on the road) First ranger goalie to shutout the Habs in Montreal, hank’s personal house of horrors, since ’67. You’d think that all Ranger fans would celebrate, not denigrate, his efforts. Oh well…

    Duguay is pretty

  85. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mr. D – funny enough REM’s “Stand” probably ranks in my top 5 of crap too. For such a great band, those two songs suck the moose.

  86. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    And for Stipe to have asked Kate to sing on that song, was an abuse of their friendship.

  87. Doesnt Flacco have a ridiculous 16 million a year contract? 1 million per regular season game?

    That’s Ted Danson kind of money.

  88. Matty"NashIsBack!!"Boy on

    Carpy,

    Excellent review!! Get better as the season rolls along!!!

    Two comments:

    3. MacD = MacMonster. Agreed. Give this kid time and wow. Just wow. Maybe not Leetchie, but a darn fine player. And complete, too, with excellent speed. Kid’s the real deal. Thank you, No Gomez.

    11. The hit on Boyle was an attempt to injure him, but agreed, was far enough away from the boards as to be legal. Dorsett had THE ONLY response, THE RIGHT response. He ain’t no Prust, but it’s a good sign. This team needs everyone to stand up for each other and the effect of his doing so will create more of the same.

  89. Well, nickel is a nickel, I said, dime is a dime
    I need a new gal, she won’t mind
    Tell me how long do I have to wait?
    Can I get you now, I said, must I hesitate?

  90. Wicky©No one screens the goalie, no one gets to rebounds!!! on

    Carp
    great write up.

    MZA is playing well, I’d still trade him if a team wanted him…I think he disappears during the playoffs tho.

    Carp hates brassard (s)

    I like the way brooks says if the sens offer methot, sather should jump at the chance (Been said by me for qutie a while, he must read the blog). He also said neil would be a no brainer. I’m paraphrasing a bit.

  91. So one morning when the sun was warm
    I rambled out of New York town
    Pulled my cap down over my eyes
    And headed out for the western skies
    So long New York……

  92. Wicky©No one screens the goalie, no one gets to rebounds!!! on

    Who, if anyone, sits when pyatt is ready to play?

  93. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Pyatt should sit when Pyatt is ready…. Useless. Tho, poop-yo is close behind.

    MZA does disappear during the playoffs…

  94. I guess AV will decide based on the opponents. Pouliot has been much better lately, and his speed fits the identity of this team better. Pyatt is good at different things.

  95. At this point Pyatt belongs in Prucha land with JT Miller going back to HFD.

    Moore has a been a great fit with Boyle and Dorsett on the 4th line which has been very good despite not being productive.

  96. Wicky©No one screens the goalie, no one gets to rebounds!!! on

    I agree re pyatt sitting…I figured whipping boy pouliot would be the popular choice

  97. Stranger Nation on

    Checking line has been amazingly productive if you look at how other teams’ top lines have fared.

    Dorsett is keeping it simple, Big Rig is playing strong with body and D Moops is playing a pesky, pest like game.

    They may not score but they are not getting scored upon which is huge…just ask Henk and Cam

  98. Wicky

    As much of a disappointment Pouliot has been so far, he is still the best fit as the “9th forward.” He has far more offensive talent than the others and Miller clearly isn’t ready to produce yet.

    Maybe Kristo will be later this season, but for Pouliot has to be the guy…

  99. Strange @4:12. agree……Checking line (Boyle/DMoops/ Dorsett ) seem to be playing more in the O zone ( forechecking) then the D zone. That’s a good thing, (even if they don’t score)saves some wear and tear on our D Corp.

  100. Talbot has joined an elite list.

    @RothmanHockey: Elias: Talbot is 3rd goalie in team history to post two shutouts in their first six career starts, (Lorne Chabot and Hal Winkler, 1926-27)

  101. Matty"NashIsBack!!"Boy on

    Man, the G-men playing like crap. Too many stupid infractions. Just way too many. Especially when you have so many other issues. Like, what’s with Eli’s arm?

  102. Matty"NashIsBack!!"Boy on

    Carp, I am curious what you are currently thinking about the Devils. Aside from beating us twice, they are gelling nicely. You gotta think that the old men will tire as the season moves towards end (did you see Brodeur’s ‘injury/act’ last night?), but they have played the same tough big west teams that mauled us, and played them hard (a little luck with bounces, too, though). I was most impressed with their loss last night. Seriously. SJ is an amazing team.

    No Kovie. No Parise. Gelinas looks like a good player.

    What say you?

  103. thanks to
    Carp
    eddie x 3
    Latona
    Gravy
    SeeeDubbb
    Matty
    Manny
    Wicky
    (and possibly anyone else i might have missed)
    for your kind thoughts and condolences

  104. Wow. The Rangers’ #1 point getter is a defenseman, Ryan McDonagh. He is currently 134th in points. Only 18 pts behind Slew foot Crosby. Crazy that they are so lacking in scoring yet very much in the hunt. Is it reasonable to think they will start producing more?

    Also, who, if anyone, comes out if Pie-Hat returns in Tampa?

    Carp: Your game reviews are my moments of Zen, thanks.

  105. Now that that Big Blue are toast, maybe I can get something done around the neglected homestead on Sundays.

  106. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – werd on that – while tonight’s NBC game out to be good. This brutha won’t be seeing much pig skin – u dig?

  107. Can’t activate that website. Can get it later, though, on replay.

    Shaft – Richie Roundtree from my old turf. Same with Ray Rice.

  108. ‘I was so surprised and shocked
    And I wondered, too
    If by chance you heard it for yourself
    I never told a soul
    Just how I’ve been feeling about you
    But they said it really loud
    They said it on the air
    On the radio
    Whoa, oh, oh, oh
    On the radio.’

  109. Stral has been a pleasant surprise for what he’s asked to do. Not bashful about blasting it either.

  110. Video killed the radio star.
    Video killed the radio star.
    In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind we’ve gone to far
    Oh-a-aho oh,

  111. I bought me a guitar about a year ago
    and I
    Learned how to play it in a day or so.
    And all over the radio, it was well understood
    that I was knocking ‘em out like Johnny B. Goode

  112. CARP did an awesome job. He comes off as level-headed, knows-his-stuff, sticks-to-his-guns … love it.

  113. Elvis Costello played Radio radio on saturday night live, even when he was asked not to. Being live, there was nothing they could do to stop him. What a rebel.

  114. Seedub – I saw Elvis on his “spin the wheel of fortune board and play what song came up tour” mid 80’s

    When watching the Detective first came out (79?) I was blown away. Original as all get out…

    Do you know him?

  115. Unfortunately missed your segment, Carp. Think you can link us an audio clip? The Sports Radio website is not cooperating.

  116. Well the sun’s comin’ up, I got cakes on the griddle, life ain’t nothin’ but a funny, funny riddle…

  117. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Just about every analyst I listen to talks about how all the better teams in the league are heavy teams thus built for the playoffs and success there…

    I don’t feel like we are a heavy team at all, I think we will get killed in the playoffs if the roster doesn’t change and get “heavier”.

  118. Tom Brady of the Pats arrived at Michigan as 7th on their QB depth chart. He ended up drafted in the 6th round, #199 NFL. ‘Ain’t where you come from son, it’s where you’re goin’.’

  119. thanks for condolences. don’t know if jpg said,
    Uncle Dom used to talk about going to games in Detroit when he lived there and watched Alex Delvecchio and Gordie Howe play.

  120. The current Bruins roster tilts the scales at an average 203.56 lbs.

    The current Rangers roster: 203.26 lbs.

    Heavy, man. Where’re them Rangers gonna find that half a pound a man to get them to the finals?

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