It’s Go Time! … Capitals at Rangers


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Capitals at Rangers.


The Rangers come off a solid 4-1 win in Kanata, Ont., yesterday and have won five of their last six, and are 9-3-1 in their last 13.

The Capitals come in having lost four in a row, but got Bettman Bonus Losers Points in two of those.

Yesterday’s game was the only real road game in a stretch of 13 games for the Rangers, who will also play two “road” games at Yankee Stadium next week. They start a three-game homestand tonight.

Washington has won two of the first three meetings this season, and this is the final meeting. Alex Ovechkin, including last spring’s playoffs, has not had a point in eight games against the Rangers, has not had a goal in nine against them and is minus-6 in that stretch. He had a goal in Game 1, an assist in Game 2 of that series, and nothing since.

After tonight, only nine games left until the trading deadline, thanks to the Olympic break.

Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal (after Cam Talbot’s strong performance Saturday) against Phillip Grubauer. Otherwise, same lineup for the Rangers, which means Justin Falk is the lone prucha.


Don’t forget to vote for the Three Rangers Stars in the poll on the left.

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




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

    LETS gogogogo ggogog og gog g!!!



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


    Our boys play great , pass great , powerplay greatttt , our goalies are greattt!!! This is goona be a real ring -a-ding-dong dandy!!!

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



    lets go lest go lets go lets go!!!

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

    Heeyyyy dubber!!! Rangers looook gooooood, cant wait cant wait!!!

    LETS gog gogg oggog ogogogo!!!

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


    GO ZUCCO GO , GO GO GO!!!!

  7. who cares about Cally’s ****** grandmother, I have to pack my bags for a ****** plane ride to NY to have a ******* hearing in person.

  8. This game is going to be an absolute-disaster.

    You guys want to see bush-league? Either walk around any MLK avenue tomorrow or instead get a preview of complete-amateur-hour by watching tonight’s match.

    Ovechkin will score at least 9 goals against the Queen. Richards will gallop around like a clown. And POULET will … we’ll, he’ll Poulet-it-up like usual.

    Save yourselves and turn the TV off now.

  9. To think, one year ago tonight, we were giddy to have hockey players back in skates and sweaters and not in suits at somber press conferences.

    How great it is to not hear names like Fehr, Hill and Jacobs and talk about Lundqvist, Ovechkin and McDonagh.

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


    RANGERS win PIMP , wanna bet!!!!


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



    HAHAHHAHAHAAAAAA!! yeah right!!!

    RANGERS are too good , wayyyy tooo goood.SUPER GOOD!!!!

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



  13. This is the perfect game for the Rangers to assert themselves. Playing a struggling team that’s lacking some confidence.

  14. I hate Mike Green. Mostly for the while Socks with Sandals while riding his Vespa thing from 24/7.

  15. boyle. god love him, but man imagine if half the nhl players had his size?. man he should be powering thru defenses like a hot knife thru butter

  16. i miss torts. even though i like vino, ya gotta love tortsy. hes just a one of a kind dude. besides his short shelf life with certain players n whatnot, hes just a passionate guy. he still should be here imo

  17. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, I don’t know if anyone mentioned it earlier today, but Lupul isn’t a first line player First line quality, but he plays on Toronto’s second line. Toronto’s first line is JVR-Bozak-Kessel.

  18. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    It’s ” a man” mannulok, it would be “the men”, not ” a men”.

    Sheesh I thought you were educated!

    I liked torts, he was my 2nd favorite rangers coach in the last 20 years, but he had run his course and clearly the team thought a change was needed. I like AV, just not fond of the roster right now.

  19. Doodie Machetto on

    Remember guys, two passes: high to low, across the goal mouth. That’s it. And when puck is at one side of goal, opposite side player has to skate towards the net to meet the pass.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    Ah, right. Dubinsky. Forgot him. Man, what a difference between teams at forward. Toronto has Lupul on the 2nd line, Columbus has Dubinsky on the first.

  21. Doodie Machetto on

    Everyone is asking how Grabby is feeling. I havent been around enough to know what’s wrong. Someone fill me in. Grabby, hope you’re feeling OK, bud.

  22. Doodie Machetto on

    Don’t know why Oates wouldn’t start with Holtby. He has played REALLY well against us, last year’s game 7, notwithstanding.

  23. Grabby was in a hunting accident while he was out in the back country with his boyfriend. Got it, Doodie?

  24. im feelin freakin fantastic manny. thanks. still some sore ribs which sucks when im sleeping but my shoulder is getting better and nose is ok. 3rd time its been broken so i got a bottle nose haha.

    ohh kreider discipline yourself dude!

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    Kreider and Pouliot are trading habits. Pouliot is picking up Kreider’s good habit of going hard to the net. Kreider picking up Pouliot’s bad habit of taking bad penalties, especially in offensive zone.

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

    RANGERS are too good , wayyyy tooo goood.SUPER GOOD!!!!

    WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!! had to repost that one!!!!

  27. I don’t think that’s a penalty if the score is 0-0. Or the Rangers didn’t get a two man advantage.

  28. When the Rangers are winning, those penalties are playing with an edge”. When you’re losing they’re “undisciplined”

  29. Our PP makes a big difference. Now when teams take away good scoring chances or play outside the rules we can make them pay for it.

  30. doodie, i was in a car accident on christmas eve. dont let manny fill your mind with silly notions, or an imposter manny, idk

  31. I don’t think that’s a good penalty up 3-0 and in command. Give them a PP for what? It would be different if he ran somebody through the wall. He’s slashing the goalie after the whistle. Not a good penalty.

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


    ALRIGHT Miami Pimp….Im winning this bet!!!

    YES!!!! LETS gog gog o og oggoogogo!!!

    Your prediction is bush-league!!!!! HAhahhahahahaha

    Yeahhhh ,mind you we have been bush-league earlier this year…

  33. A couple of people have made that point, and it’s a good one. Teams will take less liberties if you’re going to score on the ensuing PP.

  34. Offensive zone penalty is never a good penalty, but Kreider is growing to learn that you either play with a little snarl, or you’re just another talented kid who will be pushed around and manhandled.

  35. Doodie Machetto on

    Brian Engblom should switch to an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.

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

    Kreider didn’t have to push ’em after he wacked him . If Torts was here he would bench him , which is WRONG!!!!!!

    AV rules!!!! LETS GO LETS GO LETS GO!!!!

  37. I’ve been calling him The for months now, Grabby — it’s dumb-ass penalties like that one that prevent me from calling him THe, much less THE. A great talent, but young, young…

    Who was it way, way back who dubbed him The Kreider to begin with?

  38. I thought that was what you told me when we were doing FaceTime, Grabby!!! Hunting accident with your boyfriend?

  39. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Engblom – “i asked henrik what’s been the difference with the ranger PP this year and he said ‘we practice it’

    And torts was a good coach?

    No thank you

  40. Whacking the goalie is not snarl. Whacking the goalie is getting your teammates hurt. Dumb-assedness of the first order. Or punk-assedness, perhaps. There’s an ass in there somewhere.

  41. That’s a lot of awesome beauty tips, Doodie. You might have to be our resident makeup guy.

  42. Bad penalty by kreider. Especially against the goalie who they are going to protect. No need to put the team down a man on a fresh sheet of ice to start the second.

  43. jpg, thanks buddy. i was in a fight with my ex wifes boyfriend n his brother, got jacked up, then tried driving home with broken glasses in the snow and crashed. was bleeding bad from my nose which was broke, n had some internal injuries with my ribs and broken collarbone. got a concussion. my 4th, and only serious one. but theres some good people here in iowa. guy pulled over when he saw my stumbling around like a drunken fool, but ive never had a concussion that bad and couldnt even remember my address, family members birthday etc.. i know it sounds funny but i’m lucky this guy scraped me off the road or i probably wouldve frozen to death

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

    I’d wonder who would win in a fight , CCCP VS grabby (Mike)???

    My money is on grabby!!! Coat check boy couldn’t hold Carcillio to Mike!!!

  45. Carp on radio, answering my unanswered question about: is it necessary for the home team coach to put his 4th line on the ice if the visitors start that way? Are their 4th liners going to beat up your first line? Unlikely. Torts gets to blame someone else, then acts like he was imposed upon.

  46. Grabby, that’s bone-headedness of the first order. Makes me ashamed to be even a quasi-Bonehead. Glad you’re OK!

  47. Torts is watching on his iPhone at 30,000 feet and screaming and scaring people in first class

  48. Dan Carcillo is an agitator not an enforcer. Chris Neil was the biggest guy on the ice and a bonafide heavyweight. Not fair to view Carcillo as a deterrent to bad hits/dirty play.

    Nice job on the radio!

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    This is all because Kreider took a stupid penalty. Doesn’t merit being called “The” tonight.

  50. I, Manny, King of Metal on

    Exactly, Gravy. Missaein is their starter and they signed Stajcer off the street I think.

  51. I hope Tortorella gets banned from NHL. What an idiot. Hartley can put whomever he wants on the ice, he doesn’t have to check with Tortorella to approve.

  52. Disagree with Carp on the “tough guys.” When Moore was run, Carcillo would jump in, and take Neil off for 5, precluding Moore from taking a retaliatory.

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

    Carp , im so happy I wanna swear . I will contain myself.


    HOOO HOOO HOOO HOOO HOOO WHO yer dadddy!!!!

  54. Oates has his jaw going back and forth, as if he might have snorted contraband between periods.

  55. Carp
    disagree about THE Kreider penalty
    refs have allowed opponents to take
    several whacks at Hank or Calm
    when they get the puck
    (i.e. maple leaves goal by nadri)
    maybe he was playing mind games with him
    and the extra push was uncalled for
    but it’s not much different than other stuff happening
    and green should have received 2 for retaliating

  56. “Wolfpack have no goaltending.”

    yeah, but they cannot score, so what they really need is a good coaching staff.

  57. Doodie Machetto on

    MZA has such offensive creativity. He plays the puck into space in ways that you wouldn’t expect. It’s actually really impressive how he can translate his on ice vision into action.

  58. Doodie Machetto on

    Oates definitely uses a water activated gel cleanser, then a honey almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub.

  59. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Doodie – I didn’t hear “more” but wont argue and will replay it later…but, I suppose if practiced a few nano seconds a day it qualifies as practice…

  60. The more MZA defends himself and asserts himself, the more room on ice he gets. He might not fight you, but he’ll bruise your calfs into submission.

  61. I, Manny, King of Metal on

    If I were going to join you, Doodie I would quote the moisturizing comments of Harry Shearer in _A Mighty Wind_ ……..

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

    grabby I love CCCP but I still think you can beat the carcillio outta him.


  63. I, Manny, King of Metal on

    Thanks Romeo! There are so many people I would like to thank for making this possible….

  64. Hate Green but wicked curl n shot. How is that Erat working out for the Caps after being scratched

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

    The shot was blocked if Erat didn’t knock down McD . After our dman fell , the hole was there. Either way …NO GOAL!!


    NO GOAL , easy call.

  66. Doodie Machetto on

    Eddie, just went back and listened. The exact quote is “We practice it more, that’s one of the things.”

  67. I must not have seen the replay correctly. Did the Caps just get two minutes for being tired and resting a stick on our goalie’s pad?

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

    Best Ranger team I have ever seen!!!

    Ever since Jagr and Nylandr ..Straka

  69. Doodie Machetto on

    look at them skating on the PP. But this time, too many men above the circles again.

  70. that was the wimpiest sticking up for your
    teammate who just had his cojones broken
    i’ve ever seen

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

    HAHAHA CARP , carefull we may have to get the shoe-box out fer ya .


  72. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, taking penalties doesn’t help you get traded. I think he’s trying to force being placed on unconditional $125 waivers to be released from his contract and go overseas.

  73. Doodie Machetto on

    Callahan was lucky not to get a holding penalty there. took one hand off the stick and put it on the man.

  74. yep. too easy going just keep rippin them on net. why try to play like were elite. thats how we lose games. whatever. cant really complain, were up by 3. we good! right? (evil snickering bruhahaha!!)

  75. Strader and Engblom do a solid job. The old #2 team from the ESPN days. I wish NBC would call up Gary Thorne and Bill Clement.

  76. “Erat gets two for slashing … more like shishkebobing … got a couple of onions on that skewer.”


  77. I don’t think there’s any doubt that THE KREIDER is the best player in this game. His presence is of the utmost quality.

  78. SF guy hurt gets the ball clearly and not reviewable at goal line. NHL not the only joke league. This play is unbelievable, it probably decides the game.

  79. I love it when written rules make it impossible to use common sense and get the call right. As I write they blow the 4th down, so moot.

  80. Good for SF….hawks fumble on 4th n goal n I don’t even like SF….screwed up league, jeez

  81. Jones more or less said ‘Last shift, last game as a Capital….George McPhee should send him(Erat) home unless you can, by some miracle, find someone who doesn’t watch hockey to take him off your hands’

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

    Ever since we pounded the Champs and took thier cup , we have been on a roll!!!

  83. Olga Folkyerself on

    Better take another look at what you’re holding, greg. The Cup is still in Chicago.

  84. i know that Torts is probably in New York
    for his meeting with Collie on monday
    is he behind the bench tonight too?

  85. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    This team needs a bit of a makeover prior to the playoffs or we don’t go far.

  86. We need to trade Boyle he totally doesn’t fit the new style and doesn’t do much.

    And we have plenty of depth in Hartford.

    I am surprised nobody besides me wants Gernander to be replaced.

    check out the offensive production:

    especially Yogan, Hrivik, and Lindberg. This coach is destroying our prospects not just their hockey ability but also their trade value. They need to let him go ASAP, he has been getting worse and worse every season.

  87. Oh, right. I was thinking about the first series when the Rangers scored like six goals and the Caps came back from 3-1. That was Varlamov I think.

  88. wasn’t it Robert Plant who said
    at MSG during “The Song Remains the Same”
    “Does anybody remember forechecking?”

  89. What does Boyle do? Does he destroy people with big hits? Does he fight? Can he pass? Can he skate? Can he score? We got plenty of good penalty killers. Get a 2nd round pick for him and call somebody up from Hartford.

  90. i have more problem with Girardi trying to move the puck up
    the right boards several times when there was next to zero
    chance of it getting through
    than MDZ’s play….so far

  91. Stralman…another boneheaded chip along the boards led
    to it being another pass to a cap and scoring opportunity.
    this stuff drives me NUTS!!

  92. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©” Don’t Stepan the logo!!!”…says Greg L.

    Ever since we pounded the Champs and took thier cup , we have been on a roll!!!
    January 19th, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    we got JR on the blog now?

  93. Rangers are REALLY playing with fire
    by being so passive and allowing caps take the play to them again and again.
    hope pk wakes ’em up

  94. Next time there is a late one goal lead and defensive faceoff, take note of who’s on the ice. And the last coach put the same guy out there.

  95. boyle has like 12 siblings. and his sisters are bigger n tougher than him. hes a gentle giant. he was a first rounder. the only other one from that nightmare 03 draft, so, at least we got something out of that year, even if hes not very skilled. at least he has jam. toe jam u say? neigh i say, right brad?

  96. Yet Boyle is a guy this coach and the previous coach trust on the ice to defend a one goal lead in the last minute.

  97. At least Gernander cannot be blamed for forestalling prospects NHL careers, like a certain G.M. In fact, Gernander has to deal with the demoralized likes of Miller and Allen, who show plenty enough to stay in NYC, but get treated like yesterday’s smelly fish by that power-crazy, control freak, ego maniac General Manager who likes to shuffle people around like ping pong balls. Damn I want him gone. NOW!

  98. The Rangers should have 12 forwards that score 30 and injure opposing players when they hit them. That’s he only measure of a good team.

  99. here we go

    New York Rangers ?@NYRangers 53s
    Your 3 Stars of the game:
    3. @HLundqvist30
    2. @RMcDonagh27
    1. Rick Nash

  100. Guessing the line will be Denver -8 vs. Seattle. Can’t see them giving Payton Manning and company away for less than a TD. Best chance for Seattle is inclement weather, which is a possibility.

    Just know that the NFL wants Manning to win another ring to solidify his “Greek God” status in their pantheon of larger than life heroes. Expect Seattle to get about as many breaks from the officials as they got vs. Pittsburgh, a few years back – exactly zero. One thing I know, it’s either rigged for Denver, or it ain’t rigged, but, 100 per cent – ain’t rigged for Seattle.

  101. A small point, but a classic illustration tonight of why +/- is an unreliable stat. Le Kreider was +2.

  102. Rob in Beantown on

    Rick Nash looks exactly like, sounds like, and has the same mannerisms as a guy I work with

  103. nash is a guy who grows stubble cuz he wants to look more mature and older, ovi just looks like a finger painting caveman that breaks a club over his future wifes head, captain caveman style

  104. Erat arguing his case to the ref after spearing Boyle in his boys used the George Costanza defense:

    “Had I known that sort of thing was frowned upon…”

  105. tonight was a night that gives me hope for this team in the future. if we only didnt give richie such a cap killing contract, and could just grow our own stars, not counting guys like THE, cally n girardi, we’d be ok.

  106. Rob maybe it is Rick Nash supplementing his income. He didn’t show up for work at MSG for a couple of months. Even see both of them together? Hummmm

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

    Chicago has the fake cup , we gots the real one!!!

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

    no offence but this team is better without Gaborik ,dubinsky and Torta-smella !! We play haaaackeyyy. real hackkkey!!! we are goood , SUPER GOOD!!!

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