It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Capitals


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Rangers at Capitals.


The post-Christmas break ends, and the Rangers begin a five-game road trip that will take them into 2014 and the second half of the season.

Ya boys have won two in a row and are 3-1-1 in their last five, with a hideous loss to the Islanders tainting what has been a decent streak following an 0-3-1 start to their nine-game homestand.

Calm Talbot starts his third straight game in goal, after winning the last two, as Henrik Lundqvist is a healthy backup for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

Otherwise the Rangers go with the same lineup, meaning Taylor Pyatt is prucha’d.

Marc Staal (concussion) practiced with the team today and hopes to play during the road trip. Ryan Callahan (knee) is off crutches and skated lightly on his own after the morning skate.

Philipp Grubauer, who beat the Rangers 4-1 at MSG Dec. 8 in his second NHL start, starts in goal for the Capitals, who will play the Rangers for the 200th time (Rangers are 88-87-18-6) tonight. The Caps, who have lost three of four, have the NHL’s best power play (25.9 percent) and the league’s leading goal scorer (Alex Ovechkin, 30).

Borrowed this from Larry Brooks this morning: “Matched primarily against Ryan McDonagh, Ovechkin has not scored against the Rangers in eight straight games — all with Henrik Lundqvist in nets — since his second-period power play goal in Game 1 of last year’s first round of the playoffs.”


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  1. Wow, that’s some stat about Ovechkin vs McD. Hope the kid can keep it going. I like the Cam start, hope I like it post game too.

    LGR !!!

  2. Carp likes the word-order games. Inflates the # of postings and leads to significant end of year bonus.

  3. Two myths could be ruined tonight unbeatable CamTal, if we lose and/or hottest commodity – Ovy, if he leave dry.
    Kind of almost mutually exclusive.Hah?

  4. Ovi: “Somebody get that #27 off my back!” (Maybe my imagination, but it seems some teams are taking runs at McD so that he will slow down late in his long minutes. Hasn’t worked yet.)

  5. Do we like this team again? Or does it depend on tonight’s result? I like Calm Talbot, does that count?

    Anyways, hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and eggnog! Let’s go Rangers!

  6. I bet Ovechekin runs (charges that are not called?)at least 2 Rangers and 1 will be McDonough.

  7. Depends on the score, Callyman. and please note that 0-0 or anything tied is not good enough; that’s a negative. Oh, also, leads of one goal or two goals should always be more. And if they beat a bad team, that doesn’t count.

  8. Ranger who falls (purposely or unintentionally) to the ice tonight the most number of times? Girardi or Boyle?

  9. cooscoos
    AV glued The Kreider to the bench for entire overtime.

    Did you have to remind me of that? I was just getting over it.

  10. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Ok everyone! Let’s all get out our positive hats and put them on! I will frequently monitor the attitudes here. I hope I don’t see any boos.

    Pozy pozy pozy! <3

    We are ranger fans!
    We couldn't be prouder!
    If you can't heat us!
    We'll shout a little louder!
    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3


  11. Haha Carp, that sounds about right! Having said that, it’d be nice for this team to get above .500 for good. Baby steps

  12. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Complaining about Rick Nash is NOT being positive.

    BOOO to all the ones complaining. Don’t talk about my Nash that way. Me and my significant other will be cheering the whole game!

    Cheer. Cheer. Cheer. Cheer!!!

  13. Nash must have been feeling the effects of the concusion on that double boner bad pass/tripping penalty.

    Not Nash’s Fault.

  14. The dark ages have arrived, future is looking bleak. Lundqvist and nash are happy, they are laughing all the way to the bank.

  15. I still don’t think you can blame many deflected shots on goalies, regardless if it’s Hank or Cam.

  16. funny, I remember boneheads on here killing Dubinsky because the production he was giving making 4.2 mil a year. Instead the rangers now have Nash and his game making 7.8 mil a year, puke.

  17. I agree, Gravy … but some here blame Lundqvist for every single goal, regardless of deflection or breakaway or 3-on-1 dunk.

  18. And conversely, some here give Hank benefit of the doubt on more goals allowed than he deserves.

  19. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!! Nash is great!!!

    Positive! Guys! Let’s be positive!

  20. The rangers are the worst passing team in the nhl, they pass the puck so softly, it’s disgusting. I haven’t been this down on the rangers since the early 2000’s.

  21. I read on here last week that somebody read sather might be stepping down next year. I wouldn’t be surprised, just in time to leave this mess for some other GM.

  22. Sather has this job for life…until he decides this organization can’t recover from the damage he’s done.

  23. @rangersreport

    Wilson clobbered Kreider high last game, and some think Kreider was tentative for a few games after that.

  24. you know it’s bad when there isn’t anything you like about your team. This team is soft, can’t score, doesn’t fight for one another, can’t pass. This team is awful.

  25. Step is a nice kid, but it is not a profession. In a total, prolonged moronic state… thus far.

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hanging out in Pt Reyes, in Marin County, eating oysters and drinking Guinness. Life is good.

    Let’s go rangers

  27. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    If I see anymore negatives, me and my significant other will withdraw our positive energy from this game. That will teach you the value of positive energy.

  28. ThisYearsModel on

    Talk about never called…..that interference called on OV would have NEVER been called on Crosby.

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Headzo – seriously? We are at the pt Reyes seashore lodge – eating oysters at the farmhouse

  30. No, Carp, not good period by design and even worse by execution. Rangers players are lethargic…and looks like nothing can wake’em up.

  31. Tommyg @ 7:33.

    that would be me. I posted that I had my palm read and they said I will have an unexpected joyous event occur in my life during April. I assumed the Gypsy meant Sather would be stepping down in April.

  32. Well Anisimov isn’t actually a top 6 forward…he just would be one on the rangers. #Zucc nation

  33. “Carp

    they have nice uniforms, tommy. their coach is a nice guy.”

    Nice Carp, everything I always wanted in a team (s).

  34. Eddie – lived in SF for ’03-’07. Used to mountain bike up there a lot. Loved there & Tahoe.

  35. My Birthday was Saturday. I was told to make a wish and than blow out the candles. I wished Sather would disappear forever.

  36. Rock Center is so packed with brain dead idiots that this must be the zombie apocalypse. No other possible explanation for this over the top, inconsiderate lemming mindset

  37. I keep saying the Rangers would be better for it if MDZ found his game. I think I have come to the realization that this is MDZ’s game, and it aint pretty to watch.

  38. That would be a good name if you were a rapper, papa. You could wear Duguay’s jacket and a clock around your neck

  39. watching the devils game and they showed players for each team that are on the injury list. I see Gaborik now has a broken collarbone. Some things never change.

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

    Talbot does it again. *Toughness* from Talbot leads to the tying goal.

  41. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Headzo – ever hang at Samuel P. Taylor State Park? Great place to camp..We were at the light house on Pt. Reyes today….we come up here several times a year…..lots of people riding bikes….

  42. I know you guys don’t want to hear it, but Richards has been pretty good on the PP this season. Horrible at the point at times, but his passing makes it go.

  43. I have to admit, we have gotten some timely pp goals this year

    And by timely, I mean it’s about F’in time

  44. Question: The Caps are much more physical and bigger than the Rangers. They have a ton more skill than the Rangers. So why are they not better than the Rangers?

  45. ThisYearsModel on

    I just figured out what is wrong with the Rangers: Our best 2 forwards are named Pouliot and Zuccarello.

  46. Carp

    Caps give up tons of chances game by game. Horrible play in own end. Mos teams with skill make them pay. We just have waste of players

  47. carp, caps are 4 points ahead of the rangers with 1 game in hand so technically they are better than the rangers. Also there is still plenty of time for the caps to build there lead on the rangers.

  48. My comment was in jest I think Richards and the PP look much better than last year funny how you get a guy like Pouliot who is willing to go stand around the crease and suddenly you score goals like that.

  49. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Carp – good question. Three years ago, the caps has a great team. They have skill, have grit, good coaching…Maybe it’s their G. Put Tam on the caps and they win the cup.

  50. Why take penalties? If they want to give Washington a freebee so bad they should just put the pick in their own net…

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

    Defensive breakdown. Quality shots against. They refuse to play in front of Talbot.

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

    _Hanka Hanka._

    Too early. That is not a goal.

    Hanka Hanka

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

    Talbot with another sparkling save. His *toughness* is *inspiring*.

  54. “They refuse to play in front of Talbot.”

    If anything, they play *much* tighter when Calm Talbot’s in goal compared to when Hank plays. Not sure why that is, but it’s definitely not the other way around.

  55. Papa I’m gonna have to concur about Nash. If Gaborik didn’t have a broken collar bone, fractured rib, dislocated shoulder, concussion, flue bug, pink eye, athletes foot, a hernia, ruptured disc and a migrane headache I’d argue that we would be better off ditching Nash and getting Gaby back

  56. If what Sam says about Washington making sure Alzner is matched up on Nash. I have to wonder what tape is Oates watching.

  57. James, maybe we can trade him. If not, buy him the eff out. I can’t watch this sissy for the next 4+ years.

  58. Papa wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they bought him out and kept Richards. Wouldn’t be any more jaw dropping than not buying Richards out this summer imo

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

    The Rangers dominating the action. The Capitals score against the run of play. Defensive zone breakdown by McDonagh. They just refuse to play defense in front of Talbot.

  60. ThisYearsModel on

    Control the entire period in their end and we are still losing on the one chance they have.

  61. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    You people are just too negative. Nobody put on their positive hats. Everybody keeps complaining with negativity like pooh-pooh doo-doo heads!!

  62. These last 5 mins show you the caps issues and the ranger issues. Caps 5 on 5 are awful rangers have no finish.


  63. I’d trade Nash for a 7th round pick. Or, if can’t get that, put him on Waivers see if somebody (Dumb Holmgren) claims him.

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

    Soft goal allowed by McDonagh. Turnovers. Snow angels. Defensive zone breakdowns.

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

    Talbot with the incredible save to keep the score 2-1 Capitals.

  66. Mac screwed up ok how bout talbot make save there. How bout we freaking finish one scoring chance in period prior. U all see caps issues they are not a good team 5on 5.

    It’s infuriating rooting for this franchise

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

    Hanka Hanka would have excuses created for him if he allowed that goal. (:

  68. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The third period is The Brassard period. Sit back, grab the popcorn, and watch # 16 take over.

  69. Ovi tries go negate Richie’s buyout, just one big check away from bankrupting Slat’s future.

  70. “Hanka Hanka would have excuses created for him if he allowed that goal”

    Like the excuses you’re coming up with for Talbot, right?

  71. ThisYearsModel on

    This is all Henrik’s fault. If he did not suck so far this season, he would be in there and we would be up 1-0.

  72. Is this team ill-coached? I only ask because of three offensive zone penalties and a too many men penalty.

  73. Definitely still a winnable game though. If we keep up that offensive zone time, I can see the game at least going to OT

  74. Richie to Ovi: “Hey! The Big Boss says I’m not supposed to have contact!”

    Ovi: “He’s your Big Boss, not my Big Boss.”

  75. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’d say the first two goals were Hank’s fault. However, Tam seals the deal in the 3rd and rangers win 3-2.

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

    Talbot again kills off the penalty and creates the game-tying goal.

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

    _Like the excuses you’re coming up with for Talbot, right?_

    Yes. They are designed to poke fun at the Hanka Hanka apologists.

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

    Is Nash ever going to find the back of the net again?

    Talbot with the sensational stop.

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

    A lesson in stick-handling *toughness* by Talbot. He wins the board battle.

  80. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Concussions aside, If X-rays reveal that Nash is missing a heart – I think they get relief too…

  81. Yeah I’ll give Calm Talbot that one…if that was Hank handling the puck there, it would’ve ended up in the back of the net most likely

  82. Hank talking about the history in MSG. He knows they’ve won once since the building opened in ’68, and once in 73, going on 74 years overall, right?

  83. Carp, believe me, I’m not kidding.

    Anything that possibly could be done to get rid of Heartless Sissyman I would do.

  84. I don’t think Hank really cares, they paid him 8.5 mil per year and he will say anything Dolan wants him to say.

  85. I know, and I don’t disagree, but the cap recapture penalty makes it an absolute must that the remaining buyout is used on Richards.

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

    Amazing awareness to let the puck pass following the offside whistle. Talbot is reminiscent of Dominik Hasek.

  87. Yea, to many mistakes by the clueless GM, too many bad contracts, can only get rid of one, remember, they already got rid of another one, redden’s.

  88. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hank and Duguay are looking to have Avery represent them on the cat walk….both are so pretty

  89. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ricardo – Headzo can attest to the seafood I speak of – should you find your NY assen out in my neck of the hood…

  90. As much as Boyle frustrates because of his lack of scoring, the guy is a physical presence in this game.

  91. ThisYearsModel on

    These Ranger games are generally boring, but it is fun to watch Zuccarello. Dude has a huge heart.

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

    There is nothing to fehr but Fehr himself.

    That was a Hanka Hanka goal.

    Meanwhile, on the bench, Hanka Hanka quietly celebrates.

  93. I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter who plays goal for the rangers, it doesn’t matter, rangers stink, plain and simple.

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

    This performance was better than every bad performance of Hanka Hanka this season.

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

    Terrific performance by Talbot in front of defensive breakdowns, snow angels and turnovers.

  96. Inexcusable game winning goal. Careless pass by Hags, weak coverage by Moore and the second softie of the night by Talbot. Rangers could have won that game. They tried like hell to give away two points and succeeded

  97. What’s up w Nash anyhow? He’s such a dog. And there’s no one pointing it out! The talk of the team is AV, how bad Del Zotto stinks and the goalie controversy. No one talking about how this guys making nearly 8 million a year to be invisible except for every 10-12 games when he gets a goalie to fall for his far side tuck in move. Awful

  98. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’m so angry I will eat 2 dozen more fat plump juicy oysters with 6 pint chasers of Guinness..

  99. If I was a season ticket holder I would be cashing in my tickets and find something worth while to spend my money on, definitely not this crap. This product sucks, people at MSG are getting ripped off, badly. Time for ranger fans to wake up and hurt Dolan where it hurts, in his pocket.

  100. Re: Nash- I’m not just complaining. I’m really asking. What’s up w this guy? What did I miss?

  101. Anson Carter says the Rangers have to keep it simple. If they get any more simple, they’ll qualify for Obamatherapy.

  102. Tommy

    I’m the moron who spends money to watch this debacle. And yes I will be at both winter classic games. I couldn’t sell them to anyone

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

    Talbot crediting his defense and teammates while accepting fault for the loss. He definitely has more maturity than Hanka Hanka.

  104. eric, all I can say is you are a true blue ranger fan. I hope for your sake it doesn’t snow on either of those out door games your attending.

  105. I Think Carter stands in front of a mirror for two hours pre-game and memorizes the ten banal lines he will utter between periods and post-game. DuGay doesn’t even bother.

  106. Carp: # 19 doesn’t have
    Much more to give in his career.

    # 21 is making camp look a lot more important than it probably is.

    # 61 you can see my feelings on above

    And #16 hasn’t been significant to this team since Pat Verbeek played in ’95 and ’96.

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

    _Nash is an utter piece of crap_

    _Take off 2 of talbot wins after this debacle tonight on last 2 goals._

    Look in the mirror, Eric. (:

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

    Hanka Hanka: _I can’t score goals_.

    Cameron Talbot: _I didn’t make enough saves_.

  109. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    I hope you’re all satisfied. You lost a game tonight with all your Negative Nancy talk. The boys didn’t overcome your negativeness. Congratulations. You Negative Nancy’s are miserable people, and I feel sorry for you.

    Me and my significant other will have to discuss with eachother if it’s worth bringing some pozy friends of ours on this blog. The mopieness is worse than anticipated.

    Nobody cheered. I earned that we were pulling our support to show you the power of pozyness! It was 2-2 when I saw no cheers. So we vacated our energy. You need to be cheery.

    Boo! to all the miserable posters! You lost the game! Not our sweet boys! It was you!

  110. Scraping for the positives — and I don’t think they were bad at all 5-on-5. but “they held Ovechkin without a goal” and “they played a good road game.” … blah, blah, blah.

  111. Good for the kid owning up to it. Problem is, we have way too much of these clowns owning up after losses than we can bear. The other aspect of this is that they are totally boring to watch. If I spent the cash to bring the family and was subjected to this dreck, I would lose it. Right now, 3 episodes of Lilyhammer on Netflix looks like a better investment of time than a Ranger game.

  112. Other Rangers 16’s:

    Troy Mallette, Marcel Dionne, Mark Pavlich, Pat Lafontaine, Kelly Kisio (1 season), Rod Gilbert (2 seasons), Derek Sanderson, Pat Hickey, Bobby Holik, Dave Silk, Brian Noonan to name a few.

  113. Carp, even when they’re winning some games I’m still concerned over the likes of Brassard Nash and Co. These guys really are the most vanilla group since the roster the year after Jags left for Russia.

  114. There’s been only one other #61 in Rangers history. He is still in the league, and tonight he gave his team about as much as Nash gave the Rangers tonight.

  115. Why don’t our D take a look at other teams who blast you out of the crease without taking a penalty? Doesn’t Ulfie have that on one of his 10,000 videotapes?

  116. Any time you can trade key pieces to a 1st place team for “top” players and a coach from a last place team, you do it 120 times out of 100…

    In a non sarcastic comment, they played fine 5 on 5. Too many lazy dumb penalties caused from lack of effort though. The Moore-Boyle-Dorsett line skated hard every shift. The others picked their spots. The top lines are either thinking too much or not giving forth a top effort on most nights. That’s a mindset that’s hard to teach when the “key” players come from losing organizations.

  117. Coos, You wanna know what Ulfie has? A meaner physical build at age 50 than anyone on the blueline not named Ryan Mcdonagh..

  118. I have to admit that, for the first time in my life, I am hoping they do not walk the tightrope around a playoff spot, add at the deadline and so on. Henrik is locked up. Richards will be gone after the season, move Girardi and Callahan to contenders at the deadline, as well as anyone else we can dump off. Really, not that it will happen, but I have had enough of the Sather regime for now.

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

    _Any time you can trade key pieces to a 1st place team for “top” players and a coach from a last place team_

    Your sarcasm is fallacious.

  120. Staal back and Conor Allen here is just wheel spinning from what I’ve seen of them. Nothing necessarily wrong, just not game changers.

  121. So is it going out on a limb to hope that Richards, Brassard, Pyatt, Moore, Stralman, Del Zotto Asham and Powe are all former Rangers this time next year?

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