Rangers at Panthers tonight (5 p.m.) … pre-game notes


First and foremost, if you’re going out tonight and plan on drinking, don’t even dream about driving. Have fun … but be safe, please.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 5:00 p.m. ET
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL
Rangers: 19-19-2 (40 pts)
Panthers: 15-20-5 (35 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center (5:00p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue a five-game road trip. The Blueshirts rank fourth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 19-19-2 (40 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, on Sunday at Tampa Bay Times Forum, for their third win in the last four contests. The Blueshirts are tied for fifth in the conference in ROW (17). The Panthers enter the contest with a 15-20-5 (35 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, Jan. 3, at Consol Energy Center (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

44-28-6-4 overall (23-14-4-0 at home; 21-13-2-4 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at BB&T Center. New York is 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 5-2 win on Nov. 27 at BB&T Center. The Rangers have out-scored the Panthers, 9-5, including a 5-3 advantage in the third, while their power play is 3-6 (50.0%) in the series. Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello have both tallied two goals and one assist in two games, and Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh, and Derek Stepan are tied for the series-lead with two assists apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-0-0 with a 2.50 GAA and .917 Sv% in two games.
Last Season: New York was 1-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Panthers, 9-7, including a 6-3 advantage in the third period, and out-shot Florida, 113-75, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play was 2-10 (20.0%) in three games. Rick Nash led all skaters with four points, and tied Ryan Callahan for the series lead with three assists apiece. Derick Brassard notched a series-high, three goals, in two contests. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-2-0 with a 1.69 GAA and .932 Sv%.
The Rangers have won 11 of their last 16 games against the Panthers, having out-scored Florida, 49-28, over the span
New York is 11-9-0 on the road; Florida is 8-9-3 at home
New York is 8-4-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Florida is 3-4-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists one former Panther on its roster: Dominic Moore (2009-10)
Florida lists two former Rangers on its roster: Scott Gomez (2007-08 – 2008-09); Mike Mottau (2000-01 – 2001-02)

Henrik Lundqvist – 27 GP, 17-9-1, 5 SO, 1.79 GAA
Brad Richards – 55 GP, 19-31–50
Benoit Pouliot – 19 GP, 7-7–14
Mats Zuccarello – 7 GP, 4-5–9
Michael Del Zotto – 15 GP, 1-6–7

The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in five of the last six games (8-23, 34.8% over the span), and are 14-53 (26.4%) on the man advantage in the last 16 contests … Have tallied two or more power play goals in six games this season … Is tied for third in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
Power Play: The Rangers were 3-3 (2:34) on Sunday at Tampa Bay. New York ranks eighth in the NHL overall (28-135, 20.7%), and first on the road (17-63, 27.0%). The Rangers are 3-12 (5:58) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. TOR), and 0-3 (3:55) when four-on-three (last – 12/20 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 1-2 (3:30) on Sunday at Tampa Bay. New York is tied for seventh in the NHL overall (104-123, 84.6%), and ranks eighth on the road (55-65, 84.6%). The Rangers are 2-4 (3:25) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/20 vs. NYI), and 4-6 (4:29) when three-on-four (last – 12/15 vs. CGY). Shorthanded goals for (2): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Sunday at Tampa Bay, and are now -2 in 45 four-on-four situations (70:39) this season. Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin). Four-on-four goals allowed (6): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr).

ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won nine of its last 12 road contests, and is now 11-9-0 away from Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers’ 11 road wins are tied for third in the Eastern Conference, and seventh in the league overall. The Blueshirts power play also leads the NHL on the road, tallying 17-63 (27.0%) with the man advantage on the road.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in seven of the last nine games, and hold a 299-251 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. New York has registered 40 or more shots five times this season, including in two straight games on Dec. 23 vs. Toronto and Dec. 27 at Washington, and have posted 30 or more shots in nine of the last 13 games.

RINGMASTERS: The Rangers have won 412-782 faceoffs (52.7%) through 13 games in the month of December, including a season-high, 41 faceoff wins (41-64, 64%), in a 3-1 victory on Dec. 5 at Buffalo. Derek Stepan has won a team-high, 129 faceoffs over the span, while Dominic Moore (76-119, 63.9%), Brad Richards (83-152, 54.6%), Derick Brassard (52-102, 51.0%), and Brian Boyle (51-88, 58.0%) have each won better than 50% of their faceoffs taken during the month.

POWER RANGER: Derick Brassard tallied two power play assists, including his 200th career NHL point, on Sunday at Tampa Bay. He is now tied for the team lead with 13 power play points this season, having registered nine of his last 12 points overall with the man advantage. Brassard has registered a power play point in five of the last six games, recording six power play points (one goal, five assists) over the span.

MILESTONE MATS: Mats Zuccarello established a career-high with three power play points on Sunday at Tampa Bay, while tying his career-best for most points in a game. On Dec. 20 vs. NY Islanders, he tallied a power play assist to establish a single-season career-high in scoring with his 24th point of the season. Zuccarello has registered 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in the last 18 games, with seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last six, and has tallied 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in the last 32 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. He now leads the team in assists (19) and points (28), is tied for first in power play points (13), and second in goals (nine) this season.

NEW FACES: Conor Allen registered two shots in 15:47 of ice time while skating in his NHL debut on Sunday at Tampa Bay. He became the fourth player to make his NHL debut with the Rangers this season, joining Jesper Fast, Cam Talbot, and Dylan McIlrath.

Conor Allen – 1st career NHL game (12/29 at TBL)
Derick Brassard – 200th career NHL point (12/29 at TBL)

INJURIES (78 Man-Games Lost):
Marc Staal (IR – concussion on 12/7, out indefinitely) – 10
Ryan Callahan (IR – sprained MCL on 12/10, 4 weeks) – 8
Anton Stralman (injured on 12/27, day-to-day) – 1

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  1. Thanks, ilb2001, I will be spending the New Year with those I love – my two adorable cats, Panther and Einstein, a.k.a. “Uncle Buffington.”

  2. Going to the game tonight…. You know why I love catching a Rangers game at the BB&T Center? I paid 87 bucks and I have 7th row seats. Pretty sure 87 bucks would get me a fountain drink at the garden and maybe a packet of mustard?

  3. Have a happy New Year y’all…hope Sather, AV and the Ranger stars have made and keep their *New Year’s Resolutions*!

  4. With *single digit temps* and *a foot of snow on the way* for January 2, enjoy the clear weather while you can!

  5. Lucky you, ilb – enjoy your New Year’s Eve with family. I usually spend New Year’s Eve hibernating in my cave with a good book or a good classical music score at the piano and get up before the sun rises on the New Year, but this year opted to announce a movie MeetUp, so I might actually have some others to talk to on New Year’s Eve this year. Bears are solitary creatures.

  6. Sounds like the Toronto Make Believes are intent on moving John Michael Liles anywhere. Including to the Hurricanes for Tim Gleason. It seems to me like a swap of annoying, burdensome contracts for both clubs.

    The question for us is: Does this mean that the Maple Leafs need to move another D-Man? Or Perhaps Kadri?

  7. I just don’t get why they are hot to move Kadri, if indeed they are. I mean they brought the kid along slowly and then last year he was pouring in the points and he’s a homegrown talent. They must think they are the Rangers.

  8. Maybe it’s a bit concerning that they want to move him, but, they are the Maple Leafs and they are morons. They did move Scrivens. Although they completely fleeced the Phlyers in the past and got JVR and Lupul. It’s really hard to tell with them. But after signing Phaneuf you know they need to move some Contracts on Defense and Liles, a $3.875M guy they sent down last season, is a perfect candidate. But they still have a surplus of decent defenseman so I would assume they would make moves there.

    On the other hand, they just signed Tyler Bozak through 2018 at a cap hit of $4.2M. That leaves them with Kessel, BOzak and Bolland. If Bozak is going to play 3rd line Center at $4.2M they have a problem. So why not move Kadri for some Wing talent? They still have depth down the middle. But it is COMPLETELY a Rangers move. Make a move in an area which you think has depth and following that move you realize there was no depth at that position.

  9. Thanks. I had a moment of clarity. Probably because I got to work so early and prep’d for a trial. Turns out the Judge is on Vacation. On the day SHE picked to adjourn it. Muy interesante…..

  10. winter classic street hockey game at 2pm today. fathers n sons in the hood. under 5 game in between periods, adult beverages. NYR game at 5 then good food and more neighborhood drinks. Perfect day other than the Ranger game….ugh. lol

  11. I totally remember the start of the season when all analysts were saying that the Rangers had some of the best defensive depth in the NHL. LOL!

  12. Hedberg that’s fun. Gonna be laser tag and bowling with family and friends here in lake placid. Go USA!

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

    I’m feeling the joy of facing another positive new year!

    Pozy New Year everyone!

    My New Years resolution!
    Cheer! Cheer! Cheer!
    Never Boo Boo Boo!!!

    My partner and I will be monitoring for Pozys during the game :)))) < 3

  14. I think Stralman, Falk and Del Zotto are sitting tonight. Possibility that J. Moore sits instead of Falk.

  15. Manny, I’m gonna start calling you Matlock Mannu. My wife already has prissy Perry Mason as her title so I figured it’s the next best thing.

  16. That is so funny, James. My friend who is a Veterinarian actually calls me Matlock because he, for some reason, still loves to watch that show. So he always texts me about the show he’s watching and asks if it’s similar in real life. My response is always, “I have no idea. I’m not a criminal Defense Attorney.”

  17. Stranger Nation on

    _My partner and I_

    multiple personality disorder is an extremely rare mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person’s behavior, and is accompanied by memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness.

  18. And while I’m at it, has anyone referred to Girardi as OPG outside of this venue, doesn’t work, but I love that one too!

  19. Matlock was awesome. my wife has never dealt w a criminal case either but I still bust chops. When we met she told me she didn’t do criminal work I told her she wasn’t making a profit from any of my friends.

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

    Happy New Year. Is it possible for Mister D to record a single victory in 2014? Time will tell.

  21. Happy New Year’s Eve Boys!

    USA vs Canada!!!

    Let’s get the party started early!

    Go USA.

    Lobster & Ribs for everyone!

  22. LMGO @ Matlock Mannu. That’s almost as good as when Bulldog changed his name to “grumpy old know it all” while we bickered last season

  23. *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!*

  24. “Chris Kredier will be going to the Olympics in four years, Sam.”
    “No doubt about it, Joe.”

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, remind me again, how many representatives from the University of North Dakota are there on the US WJC team?

  26. lets name this place.

    draw some letters

    “c” eh

    “n” eh?

    “d” eh.


    Lucia. he told me sometimes he could tell I played hockey….and other times….

  27. Global warming scientists stuck in ice, expected melting. Icebreakers can’t get through. What does that tell us about jumping to PC conclusions, class?

  28. Doodie Machetto on

    That’s two great plays by Eichel on that shift. Great takeaway, then great no look pass into the slot.

  29. Global warming? don’t get me started.

    where are the dinosaurs?

    global cooling is more like it

    Ferraro is pretty good

  30. Watch out for Fasching, Copp and Matteau. I would take any of those guys on our AHL team. Those kids are so strong on the puck!

  31. Doodie Machetto on

    Kerdiles has been hot and cold. I really liked him at the draft, but he’s been very inconsistent.

  32. Doodie Stefan Matteau had committed to the Sioux, then he was drafted in the 1’st round and de-committed, very much like Miller did the year before.

    But last year Grimaldi had 2 goals in the gold medal game.

    Don’t forget our other alums Kristo, Toews, Oshie, & Parise before him :)

  33. Rob in Beantown on

    I really dig these classic USA sweaters. Better than the ones they were wearing earlier in the tournament. As a rule I really don’t like the USA Hockey or Canada Hockey logos on a sweater

  34. none of those kids are from there Sioux.

    how many NHL’ers are from ND?

    pride comes before the fall…

  35. Stranger Nation on

    USA with better chances

    US Goalie giving big rebounds on few shots getting through

    great end to end action

  36. First time in a long time we have no Sioux on the world junior team. I was surprised. Usually there are one or two from the US or Canada.

    What do you do when a player recommits? Like Miller or Matteau. Not much you can do.

  37. You can find Skej easily, he’s the guy pinned in his defensive zone, in the corner, on the opposite side.

  38. Definitely, Doodie. Although Ekblad and MacKeown look like pretty high draft picks as well. I’m all about drafting a Defensive Stud!

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    But I think the difference between him and McDavid is probably more like Crosby-Ryan than Taylor-Tyler or Ovi-Malkin.

  40. Doodie Machetto on

    Well Ekblad and I’m pretty sure McKeown also are draft eligible this year. McDavid and Eichel are next year.

  41. tomb – I think it is 16 NHL’rs this year that have played at least one game from the Sioux. 57 are playing pro hockey total. If you add in the AHL, KHL, and Europe.

  42. Doodie Machetto on

    “57 are playing pro hockey total. If you add in the AHL, KHL, and Europe.”

    Those don’t count.

  43. Doodie Machetto on

    Eichel has such great vision. He tried to dangle through, but when the puck was close to being stipped he found an open man across the ice at the point.

  44. Doodie Machetto on

    Petan is an interesting player. Huge junior numbers, but I’m not sure those translate to NHL. He’s so small. And you have to wonder how much of it was Leipsic and Rattie.

  45. Here comes a piece on Brady Skej and being cut last year and performing this year. Complete with Interview!

  46. Doodie who’s counting?

    So you go to college get a degree, tour Europe, play for the Red Bull team Austria, get a check for playing a boys game, and you are a “rockstar” in your little corner of the world and win a championship.

    I’ll take that job over mine any day, but I’m sure yours is better.

  47. So did you catch the story on MSN?

    A train caught on fire, hauling ND Crude. Big news for our little corner of the world.

  48. Here it is again with the Skej to McDonagh comparisons. Talking about Skej being a shutdown defenseman who can have a mean streak

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, yes, my job of making paper and getting yelled at is much more interesting than every job, including professional paint drying watcher

  50. Each car caught on fire and blew up like a bomb one after another.

    The fire is still burning. That God it happened out of town. It’s 15 minutes from my desk.

  51. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m not sold on Skjei, yet. In terms of excitedness about our recent defensive draft prospects, I am more excited about him than I was about Sanguinetti, but less than I was about MDZ.

  52. I have family that had to be evacuated from their house. Just incase the wind switched.

    Fumes are to toxic.

  53. My buddy drives the train every week. Lucky he was east bound yesterday, and not west.

    He figures it will burn for a couple more days, then a week to fix the track.

  54. CARP, at your request/behooval/etc, I watched Santini closely that first period and will continue to do so throughout the game. The best way I can describe him is that he looks like he’ll fit in nicely on the Swamp Rats’ blueline. Good composure in his own zone and seems a decent enough skater with decent vision. Although, USA didn’t face much pressure until the end of the period.

  55. tomb – there are so many jobs out here it isn’t even funny.

    We have 50,000 more people living here than last year.

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    Latona, I’d say starting around 8 minutes left, Canada really controlled the play. Santini and Skjei had a communications breakdown on one play in particular, and Santini cleaned it up well.

  57. Nail Yakupov was a healthy scratch and the Oilers need a defenseman bad. How is MDZ not there yet? Sather better get on that

  58. Tomb – I work in the trucking industry. I know a 100 companies that could put you to work if you have your CDL.

  59. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, Santini on the right and Skjei on the left. Both below the goal line. Santini in possession being pursued by a forechecker. Both on left side of goal. Skjei expects Santini to wheel around goal, instead, Santini plays backhand pass along boards to Skjei, catching him off guard. Canada gets possession, but US manages to recover with Santini in possession behind the goal. He then carries out along right boards and distributes to a forward once he reaches the red line.

  60. But the jobs trickle all the way down to McDonalds.

    In Williston they would give you $500 just to sign on and work, and up to $25 an hour.

    It’s the busiest McD’s in the world. No Joke.

  61. Doodie, was that the play where Skjei won the puck battle in the corner and played it behind the net to Santini who basically skated it out of the zone himself? They did take care of that situation pretty well.

  62. Latona: Can you take minutes and write up your impressions of Santini please?

    Is Carp a Devils fan?

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    Erne’s hands aren’t good enough to play in front of the goal. He should’ve had that shot imediately on the back hand.

  64. jimG the desertrat on

    Appricate all the laughs , and serious hockey talk led by el mistro THE CARP Youse guys kill me. Thanks

  65. RILEY BARBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1-0 USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!* *USA!*

  66. Doodie Machetto on

    As soon as the puck came off of Slavin’s stick, Skjei broke to the goal and played it perfectly off the end board to Barber, which fooled Fucale who thought it was going to come back around the other side.

  67. Happy New Year!

    I just called my architect.

    He said I can party tonight… job due Thursday instead of today

  68. Doodie Machetto on

    Skjei’s speed evident on almost creating a 2 on 1, but poor hands lead to turnover on first touch.

  69. Really, really, really good pressure from the Americans. But, of course, Canada counters well and scores. UGH

  70. Doodie Machetto on

    Gryzlyk. Jesus. What the hell was that? And Slavin totally blew his coverage assignment, as well.

  71. Rob in Beantown on

    Grzyelcyk out of position and leads to the Canada goal. I’m not sure who he was paired with

  72. These are kids.

    When you watch a college game and then go to a pro game… you see the difference.

    USA should have scored a couple of times there………

    Lucia had my brother as captain of his hockey team… I was faster….. he better win

  73. Yeah, Santini won a battle along the boards but then put the biscuit into a precarious position for Barber. CAN won the puck back with ease.

  74. Nice play by Santini on the PK there “knifing” the puck up the boards, leading to a chance. Kid’s quite composed in his own zone.

  75. Doodie Machetto on

    Latona, I agree, although at times at 5 on 5 he can get caught chasing the puck a little too much.

  76. Doodie Machetto on

    Tough couple of shifts for O’Regan. First takes a penalty, then comes out of box, loses edge and slams into boards.

  77. We need to be more typical “us”. Are there any players in Midget that we can *demand* be called up immediately to replace these bums?

  78. Doodie Machetto on

    The Matteau-Copp-Fasching line is a real bruising line and is great at keeping possession in the zone, but those guys couldn’t put the puck in the ocean.

  79. Juniors much more enjoyable style to watch. Skating. No just keep it simple, chip it out etc. etc.

  80. Yup. Well said, Doodie. Which is why the Rangers shouldn’t be trying to play some stupid uptempo system.

  81. Doodie Machetto on

    Did you see the report that Bobby Ryan isn’t going to make US squad? What a mistake that would be. That kid can flat out play and score.

  82. They left *Bishop* off (probably because of his age) so I wouldn’t put a *Ryan* snud beyond the idiocy.

  83. Doodie Machetto on

    Bishop I kinda get. You’re talking about the third goaltender. But Ryan was on the team in 2010 and he’s on pace for his sixth consecutive 30 goal season.

  84. …the only hockey player reminded me a lobster is Blake choked by Messier.
    Happy and prosperous New Year to everyone who loves Rangers!
    “Fatigue” or not, please, do a full “concentration”, grab a “momentum” and you “must win” this final accord of this year. LGR!!!

  85. Carp Happy New year to you and all the devout bloggers at this very special site. You deserve much credit for providing this great forum over the years.

  86. True. I was just shocked that they took Howard over Bishop. That schedule is intense and it would behoove them to have a young guy on the squad that could jump in should one of the old guys get sick or tired.

  87. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Scrambley defense from the US with Skej right around the cage. Classic Ranger.

  88. That’s true, Rob. Have to go to OT. They need to get a goal here so they can play the Suiss.

  89. Doodie Machetto on

    That one was on Skjei. took himself totally out of the play chasing that guy to the blue line. Then somehow ended up out of the zone.

  90. Skjei just a second late getting to the front of the net there, but I wouldn’t put that one on him either. First guy snowangeled, and then the second collapsing American didn’t go to the puck or Lazar.

  91. He did take himself out of the play, Doodie. So it’s a lot more on him than I initially said. But he recovered pretty fast, and the two other Americans failed as well.

  92. Doodie Machetto on

    But Skjei took himself entirely out of position and ended up in neutral zone. Don’t see how a defenseman should end up in neutral zone on PK.

  93. Doodie Machetto on

    Santini clears up another miscommunication, this time between his d partner (didn’t catch him) and Matteau.

  94. Rob in Beantown on

    Canada is very *good*. Not sure why they had such a rough time of it in this tournament. Maybe because Fucale started making saves

  95. Happy New Year everyone! I’ve got 4 hours to go here in Belgium to get my drink on!

    Let’s hope for a year with more wins for our boys, fewer trolls on the blog and me coming to NY.

    “It’s a process, we’re just trying to do things right here” – let’s go!!!

  96. Doodie Machetto on

    Eichel making bad decisions now. Needs to try and keep possession and get better angled shots.

  97. Rob in Beantown on

    O Canada is awesome for exactly this reason. Several thousand Americans singing the Star-Spangled Banner would sound terrible

  98. He was real good, Doodie. Fucale, that is. I still hate Canada.

    Santini and Skjei both had very good games, IMO, sans Skjei’s adventure into the neutral zone.

  99. Rob in Beantown on

    I guess you’re right Latona. It isn’t a song that could be easily sung at, say, a pub like O Canada though

  100. But, I LOVE it when our junior team stood arm in arm at the blue line and belted it out the Star-Spangled Banner.

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

    _Tough to have a lot of juniors when you pretty much didn’t participate in the ‘13 draft_

    For 20 games of Ryane Clowe. (:

  102. happy new years carp, sallywaffles, and all boneheads! rookies and all the old time alumni here! hope u guys have great time tonight and a safe, happy 2014. and lets get a win tonight to close out this turd of a year for our boys, let alone all of ny sports.

  103. i didnt know there was 2 alumni games today. i was wondering where kocur and domi were. that was a good first game with mio verbeek and ogrodnick playing.

  104. Don Murdoch years ago to uniformed gentlemen outside hotel lobby: “Call me a cab!”

    Gentleman: “Young man, I happen to be a Vice Admiral in the US Navy,].”

    Murder: “Then call me a battleship!”

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

    The Rangers use the car service I am employed by. The drivers bring crazy stories back to the office frequently.

  106. no eddie, i had just dropped my daughter off at her mothers boyfriends mom house, then got into an argument with the bf, got jumped by him and his sasquatch brother, they broke my nose, orbital bone and got a concussion. my glasses were broken so i couldnt see, tried driving back home but was leakin blood like crazy, it was icy and i skidded out and went of i-80 into a ditch n broke ribs, collarbone and some internal bleeding. thank god my kid wasnt with me!! and thank you eddie for the well wishes

  107. but i wish i could thank the guy who stopped and helped me. i owe him my life. i couldnt even remember my birthday or address. lol. he got the ambulance for me n called my family, stayed with me in the freezing cold.

  108. To all,

    Here’s wishing you and those you love a happy and healthy New Year.

    Many things are more important in life than Rangers hockey. i hope all those things go your way in 2014.

    PS: Carp = best. avatar. ever.

  109. eddie eddie eddie on

    grabby – that effing assen hole. I wish I’d been there to help……hope the bf and sasquatch get karmic retribution. They sound like total tools….hope your daughter is ok being around such trailer trash…

  110. thanks alot carp and ilb! u guys are some of the best people i know and thats why i love this blog. i know i act like a jackwagon sometimes, but i really respect alot of you guys here and made alot of friends here who i never even met, but hold in high regard. wish all u guys n gals a great new years and hope to one day watch our boys win a cup with all youse! i imagine the blog’s flux capacitor would overload and cause a ripple in the space time continuum and destroy the universe!

  111. eddie eddie eddie on

    don’t ya just love it when a tool and his brother play “gang up” on the solo guy?

  112. Rob in Beantown on

    Grabby, so sorry to hear what happened. I hope your recovery is quick. Take it easy! What a nice guy to help you out. Shows there are some good people in the world.

  113. yea eddie, my kid hates him. hes a drunk too. but im working on getting custody soon.

    ok, im off. my sister n her husband are pickin me up we gonna party like its 1994 baby!!, well, not me really. not with the meds im taking! see youse(chat) tommorow. later all. and LETS GO RANGERS!!!

  114. eddie eddie eddie on

    grabby – get the best lawyer you can afford…..this incident isn’t going to help your ex’s case…..hope everything works out…..is there a way we can start a little fund to help out?

  115. eddie- im already on it. got a good lawyer and my fam is helping me out big time. i really appreciate the gesture and i know u guys would help if i needed it. thanks man. i’ll be keepin in touch here and facebook with wicky, ilb,cccp,so add me as a friend. names mike. im in iowa. k, my rides here. gotta go man. ttyl!

  116. Grabby that’s horrible to hear man just glad you’re still around to talk about it. You have a ton of guys on here myself included who would have had your back if we could have been there. Get well soon and know we’re thinking of you.

  117. eddie eddie eddie on

    james – you are a good dude….wish we’d been in the back seat…..i’m not a violent person, but i would have been throwing lefts and rights

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