Islanders at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:


Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 27-21-3 (57 pts)
Islanders: 20-24-7 (47 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their fourth game in six days. The Blueshirts rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 27-21-3 (57 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-1, on Sunday. The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 15 games (11-3-1) and six of their last seven, and are tied for third in the conference in ROW (24). The Islanders enter the contest with a 20-24-7 (47 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have won nine of their last 12 games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m.), to conclude a three-game homestand.

All-Time: 120-100-19-7 overall (69-38-11-5 at home; 51-62-8-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the third of five meetings this season, and the second of three meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home;1-0-0 on the road), following a 5-3 loss on Dec. 20 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers power play is 4-11 (36.4%) in the series. Derek Stepan leads all skaters with three points (one goal, two assists) in two games, while Benoit Pouliot is tied for the series lead with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist is 0-1-0 with a 4.03 GAA, and Cam Talbot is 1-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA.
Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Three of their four meetings were decided in extra time, including one that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Islanders, 10-6, in the series, including a 4-1 advantage in the first period and a 4-1 advantage after the second. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-13 (23.1%), while the penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%). Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists), Rick Nash (one goal, two assists), and Marc Staal (three assists) each tallied three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 0.65 GAA, .977 Sv%, and one shutout in three games.
The Rangers have registered at least one point in 18 of their last 22 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 15-4-3 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island
The Blueshirts have points in 10 of their last 11 meetings with the Islanders at Madison Square Garden (8-1-2), having outscored Long Island, 43-23, during the stretch
NY Rangers are 12-11-3 at home; NY Islanders are 12-15-0 on the road
NY Rangers are 7-8-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; NY Islanders are 4-11-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
NY Rangers list no former Islander on their roster
NY Islanders list no former Rangers on their roster

Henrik Lundqvist – 45 GP, 27-12-5, 5 SO, 2.12 GAA
Brad Richards – 41 GP, 13-23–36
Ryan Callahan – 34 GP, 7-14–21
Rick Nash – 14 GP, 5-7–12
Marc Staal – 31 GP, 3-9–12

The Rangers have notched a power play goal in seven of the last nine games (8-31, 25.8%) and 12 of the last 17 (16-61, 26.2%)
Posted a five-game power play goal scoring streak from Jan. 4 at TOR – Jan. 12 vs. PHI (6-18, 33.3% during the streak)
The Rangers rank fourth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (104.9%)
Have tallied two or more power play goals in seven games this season
Tied for first in the league in 5-on-3 goals (five)
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-5 (7:24) on Sunday vs. Washington. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (36-172, 20.9%), and is tied for 19th at home (16-94, 17.0%). The Rangers are 5-16 (6:55) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). 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 3-4 (7:04) with a shorthanded goal on Sunday vs. Washington. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (126-150, 84.0%), and 11th at home (61-73, 83.6%). The Rangers are 2-5 (3:54) in three-on-five situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 5-7 (5:39) when three-on-four (last – 1/6 vs. CBJ). Shorthanded goals for (3): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:59) on Sunday vs. Washington, and are now -3 in 56 four-on-four situations (90:14) 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 (7): 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); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson).

HOME COOKIN': The Rangers have registered a point in seven of their last eight games at Madison Square Garden (6-1-1), and nine of their last 11 at home (7-2-2). New York is currently playing a stretch of seven home games in an eight-game span, having already completed a four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark.

THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Blueshirts have held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last seven games, and nine of their last 11 overall. The Rangers have also allowed two or fewer goals in five straight games at home, and seven of their last eight at Madison Square Garden.

KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two goals or fewer in each of his last six games (5-1-0, 1.34 GAA, .958 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 7-2-1 with a 1.97 GAA, .937 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 10 appearances. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is seven wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and eight wins away from Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories. He is also four appearances shy of Tiny Thompson for 50th on the NHL all-time goaltender appearances list.

Rangers All-Time Wins Leaders:
1. Mike Richter – 301
2. Henrik Lundqvist – 293

NHL All-Time Appearances List:
50. Tiny Thompson – 553
51. Johnny Bower – 552
52. Henrik Lundqvist – 549

RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has notched a goal in five of the last eight games (seven goals over the span), and has been credited with the game-winning goal in each of the last four games in which he scored. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first Rangers player with a four-game streak of that kind in one season since Tom Poti in 2003-04. Nash leads the Rangers with 14 goals this season.

EARLY ADVANTAGE: The Blueshirts have tallied the first goal of the game in five of their last seven contests, and rank fourth in the NHL with a record of 21-3-1 (.840 win%) when scoring the game’s first goal. The Rangers are also 13-3-1 when leading after the first period, and 17-1-1 when leading after the second.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 16 of the last 20 games, holding a 698-585 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots eight times this season, and have posted 30 or more shots in 19 of the last 24 contests. New York ranks fourth in the NHL with 32.4 shots per game.

ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 13 of their last 17 road contests, including five of their last six, and are now 15-10-0 away from Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers’ 15 road wins are tied for first in the Eastern Conference and second in the league overall. The Blueshirts power play ranks third in the NHL on the road, tallying 20-78 (25.6%) with the man advantage on the road. Henrik Lundqvist is 4-1-0 with a 2.36 GAA and .923 Sv% in his last five road games.

Henrik Lundqvist – Is 5-1-0 with a 1.34 GAA, .958 Sv%, and one shutout in his last six games, and 7-2-1 with a 1.97 GAA, .937 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 10
Rick Nash – seven goals in the last eight contests, including three goals and a plus-four rating in the last two, and four game-winning goals in the last six games
Brad Richards – 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last nine games
Mats Zuccarello – has registered a point in five of the last seven games (three goals, two assists over the span), including two goals in the last three games, and has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 12 games
Ryan McDonagh – three assists in the last five games, including a power play assist in each of the last two
Ryan Callahan – has recorded a point in six of the last nine games (two goals, four assists over the span)

COUNTDOWN TO 6K: The Rangers have played in 5,991 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just nine games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.

Alain Vigneault – 3 coaching points from 1,000th NHL career
Michael Del Zotto – 5 assists from 100th NHL career; 9 games from 300th NHL career
Henrik Lundqvist – 7 wins from 300th NHL career

INJURIES (88 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 9

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  1. 1980-1983 were dark years to be an elementary school student in massapequa for this ranger fan.

    Get the two points boys. LGR

  2. Torts coming back as *guest coach* for next two weeks…lunch pail brigade having fun on the ice. LGR!

  3. Oh, and the game has been postponed due to weather…you heard it here first. I’m headed back into my hibernation cave (building a snow cave today!)

  4. With the way the Rangers are playing right now, this definitely has the potential to be another laugher.

  5. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    we roll 4 lines and put these guys out of their misery. got too much talent for this no defense, non-NHL goalie club.

    Rangers, 4-2, ho hum.

  6. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    If Torts got 15, Sullivan should get 10. If for no other reason, for what he did to our PP and what he is doing to Vancouver’s!!

  7. Bossy has always been a big ‘what if’ for me. The Rangers had not one, but two picks ahead of the Isles in the ’77 draft and they take DeBlois and Duguay and leave Bossy there for Bill Torrey to scarf up.

  8. My favorite Islander was Bob Bourne. Best skater in the league for a while, I thought. The man could fly.

  9. Interesting and possibly pivotal stretch for the Rangers coming up before the Olympic break. Eight games, 7 of them in NYC. 5 against teams below them in the standings, the other 3 against teams 10 points or more better than them. and 5 of the game against long time, hated divisional rivals.

    While the Blues and Avalanche will be a good measure of how far the Rangers have progressed, you almost don’t mind losing those points to them as much as you do Eastern Conference teams.

    If I had my wish for these 8 games I would like to see wins in regulation against the Devils, Pens and at least two of the Islander games, one win from the either the Blues or Avs, and lastly they should, in any scenario beat the Oilers.

    Not trying to get too far ahead of things here, but based on the body of work over the last 2 weeks, these Rangers have the chance to put themselves into the driver’s seat for a top 4 spot in conference heading into the final quarter of the season.

    First things first: Slice up some Fishsticks!

  10. That’s Pat Hickey in the picture. Did Sheehan take Ulf Nillson’s spot on that line after Ulf was Potvined?

  11. Favorite Islander – Brock Nelson!!

    He will be the one to watch, the kid was a stick in college. He played 2 years for the Sioux, and was the point leader as a sophomore, than he made the jump. Last year he lead the Tigers in scoring. And look at him now?

    Now Jason Blake – came before him. I actually have one of his Jersey’s, but I could never come to put an Islander Jersey ON :)

  12. I don’t think I EVER had a favorite Islander.

    But you would have to go with Bossy if you had to pick an old school guy, right?

  13. I remember Sheehan, Andres and Walt K or Sheehan Vickers and Hedberg am I wrong. Didn’t think Hickey who I never liked, played with Hedberg?

  14. Yes it was Nillson, Hedberg and Hickey. But Nillson famously was injured in the regular season by a Potvin check. You know Potvin s…s.

  15. Not many Isles I liked, Bourne was ok and always wanted Nystrom, hated Smith, Potvin, Trots, Howatt both Sutters. didn’t mind Goring. Why I hated the Flyers more is because there was only one I could take…Rick MacLeash

  16. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Favorite islander…Chris Simon

    I see the league tires of torts antics like they tired of Avery’s

  17. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I do not understand the fine for Hartley, he did zippo wrong IMO.

    NHL makes no sense there.

  18. Hartley got fined because of the actions of Westgarth? WTB?
    Bieksa was not a willing opponent? So why did he step into the face-off circle from his usual D-man position?

  19. Rob in Beantown on

    Does anybody know the financial impact of Tort’s suspension? I haven’t seen a dollar figure quoted anywhere

  20. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Oh, you mean, “How much money does it cost Torts to be not paid for 15 days”

    Great question….

  21. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ilb – the islanders took a red eye last night from LI, should be landing any moment…

  22. I’m guessing 6/82 of his salary? Although it says suspended without pay rather than fined.

    He’s on $2m per year so either way he’s losing out approx. $146k ?

  23. Is that his salary, UK? I don’t know how the coaches are paid, but players salaries are prorated based on days on roster, not games played. So if coaches are payed similarly, his suspension will cost him 15/186.

  24. I think John O scored 40 too on a line with Capt. Kissio n Hell’s Kitchen Brian Mullen. didn’t like him either, maybe I was a tough grader.

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    My favorite Islanders are as follows (no particular order):

    Roberto Louongo, Olli Jokinen, Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden, Alexi Yashin, Oleg Kvasha, Mark Parrash, and Rick DiPietro.

  26. Doodie Machetto on

    Hard to say how much this costs Torts. It depends on how his salary is structured. Does he get paid based on 186 days like the players? Does he get paid per game? Does he get a 365 day salary? A lot of ways this could go.

    I thought I read somewhere that there was an undisclosed fine as well. Maybe I didn’t.

  27. Was getting ready to hurl at the idea of naming your favorite Islanders, but then I saw Doodie’s list and started to feel much better.

    Only fishsticks I like are Gortons.

  28. Doodie – even if its calculated annualy (which would be Torts best case scenario) that’s $80k he won’t be getting paid this month!

  29. Rob in Beantown on

    I don’t really understand why Hartley was fined, unless he did something we are not privy to

  30. Yup, don’t understand the Hartley fine at all, considering the info that’s been put out there so far.

  31. Rob in Beantown on

    Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord
    Lundqvist sick so Cam Talbot will start tonight.


  32. Rob in Beantown on

    Does that mean the Rangers need to sign somebody to an emergency tryout contract to dress as a backup?

  33. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    What if *Hank* is really sick? What if it’s a *stomach* virus? He can’t want to put on all that equipment.

  34. Seriously, Manny. Being sick and *putting* on all that equipment must really *suck*. He should be the guy on the couch.

  35. Rob in Beantown on

    Speaking of, did Jimmy Howard really have *diarrhea* and have to come out of the game last night? Maybe something is going around the goalies in the league?

  36. Romeo –

    The knock on Bossy was his utter lack of defense at the position. Many NHL G.M.’s were buying into that.

    The Isles got really lucky. In fact, the first time Bossy scored 50+ goals many in and out of the game were still saying “Yes, but…..” as regarded his callous disregard for back-checking and fore-checking. Not to fret, the Rangers cannot be blamed for making a mistake as regards Bossy, any more than anybody else who passed him by in that draft.

  37. Doodie Machetto on

    Hartley was fined for his player selection to start the game, which was viewed as an intent to start a line brawl. WestGarth, a right wing, was placed at center ice to take the faceoff, and made no attempt to do so, instead immediately dropping his gloves and going after Bieksa, who actually makes a play to win the draw.

    The precedent for this was set when Ron Rolston was fined in the preseason.

  38. Rob in Beantown on

    Booby, they called it a *lower body issue* but people read into his motions and his dash off the ice that it was something *else*

  39. Rob in Beantown on

    LOLuongo tweeted about it:

    FINALLY!!! Another NHL goalie that almost **** his pants #welcometotheclub

  40. The link was Vickers/Tay-Chuck/Hedberg. Sheehan was called up after the game 1 OT loss to the Flyers in the 2nd round when it was clear the Rangers could use some extra speed, and he made an immediate impact.

    The Rangers held Bossy without a goal until Game 6, so this shot is from the Mausoleum.

    Not sure of Hickey’s other line mate, as Don Maloney/Espo/Murdoch was the other line. Might have been Eddie Johnstone.

  41. Tort’s has the Canucks fired up.

    I bet they rally around this, and come out a winner on the other side.

    It seems like the players and fans, are behind him all the way.

    Watch – he will change that skilled twins team, into a tough team to play against – that can SCORE!!!

  42. Gotta get a real headlight for my snowblower. Headlight. The duct tape and the flashlight are not working out.

  43. Coos, go find that annoying neighbor we all have who still has their Christmas lights on, steal them, and attach them all over your snowblower. Surround lighting.

  44. Rob in Beantown on

    Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord
    Rangers not sure who will be backup G tonight. Not sure if they can get someone from Hartford due to weather. They’re working on it.

    Manny, this is your *chance*

  45. They tell me I’m suiting up for the Broadway Blues, even if it’s on the bench, I start now and ski downhill from Hartford.

  46. Carp

    Did you get to know Bobby Sheehan at all? Or was that a little before your time.

    That ’79 run was so enjoyable — I remember it vividly. And Sheehan had one of the great booze quotes (he was known to have a healthy thirst):

    “It’s not that I drink so much. It’s that I put it all into such a small body.”

  47. Rangers should sign Biron to a one day try-out! Let him go from the booth to the net, and back to MSG for the Post Game Show!!!

    That would be one of the BEST EVER!!!

    He is as good as anyone they would call up. Right?

  48. Doodie Machetto on

    Who was that goaltender from Manhattan College they used to use for practice? Maybe they can call him up.

  49. Has anyone ever witnessed both goalies getting hurt? Would you be able to dress a skater in that case?

  50. Rob in Beantown on

    Stranger things have happened. The Maple Leafs called up a 19 year old college kid to be a backup on short notice earlier this season

  51. Doodie Machetto on

    Gravy, I believe you would *not* be allowed to dress a skater as a goaltender. But I am purely shooting from the hip here, with no actual citation to a rule to back that up.

  52. We should get one of the guys from *Gwar* as a backup. They wear so much gear that it would be impossible to *score*.

  53. Doodie Machetto on

    I stand corrected. From the rulebook:

    “In regular League and Playoff games, if both listed goalkeepers are incapacitated, that team shall be entitled to dress and play any available goalkeeper who is eligible. This goalkeeper is eligible to sit on the player’s bench, in uniform. In the event that the two regular goalkeepers are injured in quick succession, the third goalkeeper shall be provided with a reasonable amount of time to get dressed, in addition to a two-minute warm-up (except when he enters the game to defend against a penalty shot).”

  54. Doodie Machetto on

    and this:
    Except when both goalkeepers are incapacitated, no skater in the playing roster in that game shall be permitted to wear the equipment of the goalkeeper.

  55. Bill de Blasio apparently dressing as the backup tonight. Gangly at 6’5″, but quick on his feet, covers a lot of potholes. A lot of net, I mean.

  56. Thanks for the research, Doodie. I figured you’d be able to dress a skater, but only if both were hurt. Didn’t think they’d make you forfeit the game, or play with an empty net, but I haven’t seen both get hurt before.

  57. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    If doodie’s 10:51 is correct, then that is a stupid reason to fine Hartley.


  58. Zajac – Coos?

    What did I miss?

    He would be a fine Fighting Sioux addition to the blueshirts :)

  59. Stranger Nation on

    Torts should have started 1st line. If Flames start up, ref has discretion to hand out game misconducts and throw two of their goons out of game.

    Gory Buttman ruining the game one ruling at a time

  60. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    @martybiron43 Won’t make it to NYC. Must be pretty bad out. Stay safe. I was so looking forward to doing broadcast from my old backup seat!! #justkidding

  61. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    @BlueSeatBlogs: Chris Testa, #NYR practice goalie, will likely back up Talbot tonight.

  62. Is There anything worse than a rainy day in Key West?

    Perhaps a foot of snow and frigid temps?

    Barkeep, keep *Mary* flowing and make her nice and *Bloody*


  63. No Kidding Doc. Give them both $25K and call it a night.

    Crazy 15 Days. What? $150K? Maybe more?

  64. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    ?@DownGoesBrown The post that needed to be written – NHLPA 93 vs. NHL 94, my definitive head-to-head breakdown:


    This seems up our alley

  65. _Way late here, but the Torts suspension is ridiculously over the top._

    Over the top actions take over the top punishments.

  66. IMO, it’s only over the top compared to the pansy suspensions for head-shots. I actually thought Torts could get 10, and I would have zero problem with that.

  67. Hartley’s actions were even more over-the-top, he just clammed up after them. He was the aggressor.

  68. Torts wasn’t suspended for what happened on the ice. It was for his maniac performance between periods. What Hartley did happens all the time.

  69. Maybe that’s part of it, Carp. 6 is huge for the NHL, that’s like a 2nd offense malicious headshot right there. Torts just screamed at a guy who disconnected from his own BS the second it happened.

  70. Doodie Machetto on

    I’ve played both of the games, extensively. The winner is NHL 94. I don’t think it’s all that close. Basically, the only negative was the removal of blood and fighting. Had it carried those over from NHLPA 93, it wouldn’t even be a conversation.

  71. Rob in Beantown on

    _As long as you weren’t an Islanders fan stuck playing as “Long Island,” you might not even notice the lack of an NHL license._

    LOL. To this day I still call the Islanders “Long Island” because of NHLPA 93, but mostly to piss people off.

  72. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I agree, Doodie. NHL ’94 is my single favorite video game ever invented. I miss the blood and the fighting but it’s a better *game*

  73. Rob in Beantown on

    NHL94 is the better game, though. Entirely because of one timers, even though they were the only way to score.

  74. Again, Mister, what Torts did between periods is disgraceful and cannot happen. I dislike Hartley and what he did and does, too. But as long as staged fights are allowed and even encouraged, so be it.

  75. I get that, Carp, and I’m not saying he shouldn’t have picked up a major fine, but a half month away from the team is excessive.

  76. Rob in Beantown on

    True, Doodie, but I was looking past those superficial things and just looking at the *gameplay*

  77. Doodie Machetto on

    I think the only thing that got Torts in serious trouble was the fact that CBC got it on film. If that game is not on HNIC, then there wouldn’t be a stationary camera over the vistors’ dressing room. Without that camera, you’ll get a bunch of unconfirmed reports about an altercation. He probably gets a big fine, but no suspension because of the attention that it would draw to the altercation.

  78. One thing is for CERTAIN – There’s ALOT more JAM in the Canucks locker room these days!

    The players & fans are supportive of a coach that has a little passion for the game. Culture is changing.

  79. It also shows what a tremendous blown decision the John Scott thing was. Although it still doesn’t matter to Vancouver; if Calgary eats some major suspensions for injuring a Sedin, that’s of little consolation for the player loss.

  80. Vancouver was 6th in fights last year to NY’s T-22. Torts didn’t bring anything that wasn’t already there.

  81. Good Stat Doc. But I’m thinking the locker room between periods and the noise on the bench is ALOT different this year.

    Players even say the culture is changing, new team identity under Torts.

  82. That said notice how AV has changed the Rangers.

    All three lines rolling equal, with the 4th line playing 8-10 minutes. That’s not a Torts team either.

  83. Jeff in South Dakota on

    The camera shot of the altercation in the hallway reminded me of a clogged drain — lots of crap not going anywhere.

  84. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Completely agree. If the Tort incident isn’t caught on film then it’s just a “thing of legends” and an awesome story to be told.

  85. Midnight repos

    Torts, soon coaching in McMurphy’s Cuckoo Nest Sanatorium: “Shoot the puck, Chief!”

    lol, according to Leonard, AV calling Boyler ‘Boylzee’ and MZA ‘Zookee.’

  86. I’m thinking Torts will keep it pretty quiet for awhile now.

    Has any Coach been fined more?

  87. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I’m confident in Talbot, Sioux. Although this team is due for a bad spell….

  88. AV – has “spell check” for that!

    I say keep the pedal to the *Metal*!

    Keep winning!

  89. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Oh! Important *BEER* update. For those of us involved in the *Porter* discussion and those of us claiming that *Founders Porter* was the best *Porter* on the planet, I checked this weekend and it’s the highest *rated* Porter in America receiving a perfect *100/100*

  90. Torts will have a whole MONTH off for the Olympics.

    That’s a lot of dog walking there.

  91. Can’t get the USA Labatts Hockey Jersey can in ND. Had to get mine from neighboring state :)

    A must have in the “House of Hockey”

  92. Got my Con Ed bill today in an envelope that says, “I used to be a tree!” Not only do they glom the chit out of me, they want me to feel guilty on top of it.

  93. Edmund Fitzgerald > Founders

    But that’s nitpicking two greats (and never a blind test, so who knows).

  94. ‘In a musty old hall in Detroit, they prayed
    In the Maritime Sailors’ Cathedral.
    The church bell chimed ’til it rang twenty-nine times
    For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
    The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
    Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee.
    Superior, they said, never gives up her dead
    When the gales of November come early.’

  95. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Torts puts his 4th line out to counter other teams 4th line then loses it due to the fights???…torts is an idiot in this case.

    I would have also deployed my 4th line like torts did, difference is I would have told Hartley “we can do this all night if you want” instead of freaking out about the subsequent fights.

  96. Stranger Nation on

    Musky & Torts is to Jekyll & Hyde
    The evil Musky once again showed his uncontrollable rage driven by Napoleonic feelings of inadequacy and transitions from dog loving family man to screaming lunatic hockey coach.

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