Game 1: Rangers-Flyers in review

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Thoughts:

1) I wrote a whole column about the power play (click here to see it) and the type of weapon and deterrent it can be. You know, we always hear about teams that win Stanley Cups without a good power play — Boston most recently. But how many teams have not won a Cup, or have been eliminated early, because they didn’t have a good power play? As this series goes on, that power play will make the Flyers think twice, at least while the game is close.Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers - Game One

2) That said, I didn’t think the Rangers backed down at all. I thought they were physical. I thought they took hits to make plays. I thought they were effective with their hits, even if not tossing monstrous haymakers other than one by Brian Boyle and one  by Kevin Klein. They took a whack and gave a slash. It was another onions game. That also said, I thought the Flyers handled the Rangers speed pretty well. The Rangers controlled play, but didn’t dominate. Philly kept them to the outside in the offensive zone, even while the Rangers owned the puck at times. And the Flys blocked a lot of shots.

3) What gets overlooked in this game, I think, was that penalty kill early third with Ryan McDonagh in the box. Marc Staal blocked a couple of shots, Henrik Lundqvist was solid, and maybe that was the difference in the game. If the Flyers score there — and what an opportunity  it was when they got the second shift with Anton Stralman on the left and Klein on the right — who knows?

4) Be thankful that the Jason Akeson that caught Carl Hagelin was so blatant, because the fine officiating crew for this game apparently threw out the experimental rule book that had been in use for the previous, oh, 82 games.Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers - Game One

5) Wonder what the Rangers’ record might have looked like with a power play humming the last 30 games, when they racked up a ton of wins with a power play that had stalled. Also, when they cashed in both ends of the double minor, did anybody else think about Joel Ward in that playoff game against Washington in 2012?

6) Of course, the first shot had to go in, right? It deflected off Martin St. Louis’s skate and past Lundqvist, after a turnover by, of all people, Ryan McDonagh, forced by Scott Hartnell. Lundqvist didn’t see a lot more rubber, but he was as perfect as you could be the rest of the way. The Rangers had a lot more chances at Ray Emery, who was pretty good himself, though he didn’t see much traffic or rebound or close-range shots until the third.

7) Daily Nash-O-Meter. I thought Rick Nash had some good wheels, I thought he did the smart thing by firing from all over on Emery. He was solid on the power play in the third. Was somewhat involved. He didn’t score, so,  you know … but I liked this game that any of the games he played against Boston last spring. His center, Derek Stepan had the goal and just missed picking top corner on Emery in the second. He’s been solid for a long stretch of games now.

8) Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis. Richards was having himself a good game long before the goal and two assists. He rubbed out some Flyers — didn’t knock them into the third row, but finished some checks and sealed some plays along the wall. Let’s face it, there were plenty of times this season and last when you’d be pretty damn happy with that kind of effort. Showed up in the D-zone, too. His goal was pretty special. His assists were too. And his linemates at even strength — Carl Hagelin and Jesper Fast — were very noticable too. St. Louis also had a bunch of chances to go w ith his two assists. Seemed Flyers got a little bitty piece of a couple of his Grade A chances, just enough to send them wide.

9) The “No. 1 line” came to play. Derick Brassard was good in all areas, hit a pipe, fought Timonen in front on the 1-1 goal by Mats Zuccarello. Those two and Pouliot probably battled as hard as anybody in the game. Zuccarello did take a retaliation penalty, but Brassard drew one, hit a pipe, and got the Flyers’ attention more than once.

10) Early on, McDonagh was obviously rusty and felt off — he admitted it — and I thought John Moore struggled. Klein had a ferocious hit, was involved in some rough stuff. Not a bad night. I thought Dan Girardi and Hartnell, as per their usual, did some nice hacking and slashing away from the puck.

11) I don’t like reviews where you go up and down the lineup and say, “he was good, he was good …” but for about the 40th time since December, the fourth line — Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore, Derek Dorsett — had a wildly effective game for the Rangers. If Boyle had even a mediocre pair of mitts he’d be worth that $2.5M he supposedly wants, because, man he was strong in this game. All three were (Boyle’s been good in the first round the previous two springs, too). That line saw a fair deal of Claude Giroux’s line, and in case you weren’t counting, Giroux and Jakub Vorachek combined for zero shots on goal. Credit to McDonagh and Girardi for that, too.

12) Alain Vigeanult sure won the matchup game all around, didn’t he? And Craig Berube the rookie kept throwing Zac Rinaldo over the boards. Must be a Philly thing. Though, in fairness, the game could easily have gone the other way. Vigneault got off that nasty schneid in which he’d lost 10 of his last 11 playoff games in Vancouver.

13) Happy Anniversary. Fifteen years ago today, The Great One played his final NHL game, right on the Garden’s ice.

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My Three Rangers Stars:Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers - Game One
1. Brad Richards.
2. Marc Staal.
3. Martin St. Louis.
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Kenny Albert’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Brad Richards.
2. Martin St. Louis.
3. Mats Zuccarello.
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Josh Thomson, 26’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Brad Richards.
2. Mats Zuccarello.
3. Rick Nash.
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Your poll vote for Three Rangers Stars:
1. Brad Richards.
2. Mats Zuccarello.
3. Carl Hagelin.
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  1. Rangers were definitely dominating play……….

    that 4 minute power play turned the tide.

    I was bored so I went on Flyers board….they gave up already. I love it.

  2. Carp: Richie ignoring Stepan on the bench after being praised for a “nice pass, Richie.” Typical veteran move or?

  3. Carp, nice review and article!

    I agree with the great Rod Gilbert’s one word tweet.

    Happy.

  4. bull dog line on

    one win closer to Mr D’s worst case scenario. it must be miserable to root against the team you root for because of a 1st round pick.

  5. Nice review, Carp, except I do not agree on BR and MSL. I think BR’s involvement in the game has improved and MSL, as well. Not sure if MSL is simply unable to adapt easily, because he is used to being the center of the team’s universe. Same with Nash…obviously, that game in Columbus woke up the sleeping giant. I’m reserving judgment on BR, but he does have a great shot and calming presence on the ice…I’m taking it one game at a time.

  6. Wow i just checked out their blog, as per tomb. They don’t have one Eric over there, its filled with Eric’s and people getting mad at them.

  7. Good win. Did what we’re supposed to on the PP.

    Boyle was an immovable force all over the ice. Guess he saves it for the post season. That’s OK with me.

    We’ll have to keep taking hits to make plays-and hacks slashes and face washes.

    15 wins to go. CAN’T WAIT! LGR!

  8. Oncupin74yearsandcounting on

    4 minute PP the rangers looked like men against boys.
    At times it looked like Philly didn’t want to be there ,
    but the rangers can’t over confident going into game 2.. they have to go for the throat each game.

  9. Sioux-per-man on

    Perfect start to the playoffs. The power play sure was a thing of beauty. The Flyers took to many penalties an the Rangers made them pay. Typical Ranger/Flyer game.

    Zucc & Hags both made some plays. Both earned their goals.

  10. Sioux-per-man on

    15 wins to go.

    1 game at a time!

    Have a Happy Easter Weekend!

    See you on Sunday Funday!

  11. Now that’s the start we needed. Was telling my dad at the game after 2 per 1-1 I didn’t like where the game was at. With all the puck possession I thought we were in trouble. Big kill early on pk in 3rd was tremendous followed by richy rich looking 18 again.

    Take the 2 pts or should I say game 1.

    Flyers will be much better on Sunday.

    Did Wayne simmonds play?. Don’t wake him up.

  12. I loved Joe Mich’s line last night when Rinaldo started his typical Flyers crap trying to start fights and slash and crosscheck…It’s in their DNA :) When you have a goon for a coach, not sure I’d expect anything different.

    Imagine this scenario (and yeah, it’s only one game). Richie Rich continues to play like this, wins the Conn Smythe as the Rangers win the Cup. You KNOW that Sather will probably keep Richards. Plus, the Rangers give up the draft pick for making the Conf finals. Would winning the cup trump having to keep Richards and losing the draft pick? Would you rather us lose and keep the pick and and jettison Richards?

    I disagree with Carp on one point. I really thought we dominated play. While they did a decent job of keeping us to the outside, we had the puck all night, and their best player didn’t even get a shot (it reminded me of a game the Rangers had against Mike Bossy in the ’79 playoffs where, Bossy didn’t get a shot the whole game). I thought Emery was ok in nets, but you could see that he has trouble moving side to side, as Joe mentioned. And I had said to my son, right before the F’ers scored, that Hank is going to be cold for that first shot and that I bet he wishes he had a decent shot to handle by that time. Of course the first shot goes in.

  13. iDoodie Machetto on

    I had it Richards-Boyle-Hagelin, with honorable mentions to Staal, Zuke, and St. Louis.

    Richards is a paradox. They say the hands are the last thing to go, and for Richards, that definitely is the case. When the puck is on his stick, especially in the offensive zone, he’s still very, very dangerous. At all other times, he’s still dangerous, but in this instance, he’s a danger to his own team. He still needs to be bought out no matter what, but make no mistake about it, the offense will be worse without him.

    Boyle was a monster. He will score in this series, just by volume if chances, if he plays more like he did last night. When it was still a 50/50 game, I thought he was the best player on either team.

    Hagelin was a spark plug. He took contact to make plays and I was glad his efforts were rewarded with a goal.

    The real first line was buzzing at times, but they remain dreadful in their own zone. That roughing call against MZA… I don’t know. You have to be pretty light on your skates to go down from a shove by Zuke.

    The other thing is the selective enforcement of the reaction penalty. At least three times a Flyers player fouled a Ranger Ayer behind the play after being hit without a call, most notably Voracek hitting both the defenseman who had hit him (Girardi?) and lundqvist before leaving the zone.

    The garden was loud last night. The crowd cheered at the right times too, like before the faceoff after the Rangers were scored on, or each time the puck was cleared on the PK.

    I thought Nash was not very good. If he shot it from any further outside he would have been on 31st street. The only time he cut to the middle was while he was short handed. It’s like when he knows that there isn’t a bruiser on defense, then, and only then, will he cut to the middle. He needs to be more willing to absorb contact in order to be a factor in the playoffs.

    Lundqvist was ok. I thought he struggled a little bit with his rebound control but was otherwise good.

  14. One note about the crowd: I was upset by the Emery chant. Emery hasn’t done anything to earn that kind of disrespect. And it was one goal that TIED the game! That’s not the time for that stuff.

  15. Manny the crowd these dats is filled with people more ridiculous than some of the visitors to this blog : D

    Just be thankful they were chanting SOMEthing instead of just posting about the game on facebook via their cell phones during the third period.

  16. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    Thanks for the review, Carpiniello. I owe you a(nother) dog.

    *Re 11)* Yes, yes and yes.

    Even ms inthearms was a big smile when i woke up at 10.30 this morning. She’d read the news about #36 and the Rangers on the norwegian websites.

    That’s a first!

    To quote an unsung, singing antihero on theese boards:

    “Number 1 – smashing”

    Manny – I have to delete all your posts from last nights gamethread to free up some space on my internetz. But it worked!

  17. Thanks, Arms. Whatever you have to do to make the Rangers win!

    You’re right, James. I was asking for too much!

  18. Rob in Beantown on

    I agree the Emery chant is kind of bush league, but I’m also kind of glad the crowd was getting into and not sitting on their hands or tweeting, so for that reason I’ll allow it.

  19. Rob in Beantown on

    And Emery’s done plenty to deserve disrespect, even if it wasn’t against us.

  20. I think you chant a goaltenders name when they are THE BEST and they let in a soft goal. You can do it to Brodeur, Hank, Quick, Miller, etc. Elite goaltenders.

  21. Well this ain’t college hockey, Rob. It’s the NHL. You also shouldn’t be jumping into the glass after you score a goal.

  22. jimG the desertrat on

    Geroux ain’t no BoobyClark,loved the line about Barubee’s suit needing to go back to Robert Halls after the game.

  23. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Manny the whole student section or about 8,000 fans (out of 12,000) stand up and give the Sieve, Sieve, Sieve chant as you tomahawk the goalie.

    It’s been that way forever.

  24. Rob in Beantown on

    Unless you’re Ovechkin and you just scored to break the shutout and make it 4-1.

  25. I enjoyed seeing the *REAL* Kevin “Coach” Klein show up last night. He got a bit nasty.

  26. LMGO, Rob. Exactly. Bush League Selfish ME ME ME style celebrating. Save that for the NFL

  27. iDoodie Machetto on

    Some other thoughts:

    Brassard and Pouliot were both very good. When Schenn was jawing Pouliot, it was clear that Pouliot is actually a pretty big boy. Not a tough player, but he’s got great size.

    Staal was our best defenseman. McDonagh was not very good, especially early. Girardi was old school Girardi: solid but unspectacular. Stralman played a similar game to Girardi. Moore was not very good. I also thought Klein, aside from his big hit, was also not very good.

  28. iDoodie Machetto on

    I agree to an extent with the Emery chant. He isn’t of note and it was after the first goal. But it’s an easy mark, the whole arena does it(making it loud) and the idea is to get in his head.

  29. Rob in Beantown on

    I was wondering for awhile which team @SinceFlyersCup is a fan of, but based on the last few days it looks like he’s a Rangers fan

  30. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    If a simple chant like calling his name gets in his head, he isn’t much of a goalie.

    I was fine with it.

    But then I grew up on Sieve, Sieve, Sieve!!!

  31. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Manny that number is going to increase by another 1,000 before they even start to sniff at a cup.

  32. “One note about the crowd: I was upset by the Emery chant. Emery hasn’t done anything to earn that kind of disrespect. And it was one goal that TIED the game! That’s not the time for that stuff.”

    *NOT METAL*

  33. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Doodie I agree with you on Staal, he was as good as he’s ever been. McD gets a pass for the first game back.

    You did notice how many shots G had last night right? 0

    So even on an “off” night he shut his man *DOWN*

  34. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    *If* that’s what it takes to get inside a visiting goalie’s head.

    You do *it* after every goal.

  35. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    That chant should be the 101th thing we talk about. The Potvin chant should come before that :)

  36. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Goalie’s are chanted since they’ve played high school hockey.

    On the Grand scheme of things, it doesn’t add up to the dirt under your pinky fingernail.

  37. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    I’m just glad we WON.

    How about the overtime games out west. Holy shishkabob!

  38. Rob in Beantown on

    All I could think about as I went to sleep, Blues/Blackhawks still undecided, was how glad I was that wasn’t _our_ game

  39. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Now, we should be Talking about Richie Rich.

    What a game.

    Where did that come from?

    What if he plays 15 more games like *THAT* this year?

  40. Stranger Nation on

    _Would winning the cup trump having to keep Richards and losing the draft pick_

    Dumbest post ever

  41. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    No kidding Rob.

    I fell asleep in 2OT, too many beers after work :)

  42. Stranger Nation on

    _McDonagh was not very good, especially early. Girardi was old school Girardi: solid but unspectacular. Stralman played a similar game to Girardi. Moore was not very good. I also thought Klein, aside from his big hit, was also not very good_

    and yet only 15 shots and 1 goal. Can’t wait for them to get better….

  43. I think the Emery chants are stupid. I bet half the people in MSG have no idea who Ray Emery is or his past.

    Stupid chants should end. It’s dumb for a goalie to give up one goal and then he gets the fans chanting his name. The point of hockey is to score goals.

  44. Rob in Beantown on

    The Potvin chant is fine when the game is boring. It’s the knuckleheads who try to start it when it’s tied 1-1 in the 3rd period of a Stanley Cup playoff game…

  45. *Manny*, I agree with you about the *Emery* chants, but I also agree with *Rob* in that they fans were at least into it last night. So, *whatever*.

    Just want to say, as much as we berate *Richards* (myself included), his performance last night is what we pay him for. That was absolutely brilliant, especially that extra pass to Stepan. How do you like your steak? Well done.

  46. Stranger Nation on

    The sad reality about Richie Rich is he had that in him all year as many of us suspected but chose to earn his salary in the second season, which he better.
    Nash should get with the program too. Thought he was too passive again, but it is a broken record.

    What is our record when Richards is a +??

  47. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    vogs – I love everytime MSG chants Hen-rik!

    Emrey – non issue. It surly wasn’t the reason he let in 4 goals. Not even a little.

  48. Stranger Nation on

    Thought the 4th line and particular Double Ds set a great tone for the game. He was on fire!

  49. Rob in Beantown on

    The NBC broadcast team said something interesting during the game last night: the Flyers are staying in New York until Sunday, even though they could have gone back to Philly easily last night if they wanted to. A team building experience, or something.

  50. Stranger Nation on

    Joe M was correct on Emery’s movement. He has trouble going post to post.

    St Louis with great tip in on first goal….for Flyers

  51. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    I’m not saying it’s right or wrong. I’m just saying I grew up on chanting goalies in college.

    So if I was in “my” seats, (2 behind Emery) I might succumb to the peer pressure of an Emery Chant :)

  52. I like the Potvin chant. Especially when the Senators are in town and he has to hear it.

    I mean, at least they stopped chanting “Beat your wife Potvin” at him.

  53. Carp, Great review.

    Boyle and Dorsett were solid. Klein had one of his best games as a Ranger. Strahlman was weak. Big goal from Zuc. McDonagh very rusty.

    One guy you did not mention was Fast. Thought he was solid and how about the hit on Rinaldo!

    Penalty on Zuc was panisification. Refs were bad. Let things go which was OK. Missed a few real penalties, then called a few weak ones.

  54. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Carp – #11 – nice touch by AV for sending them out on the last power play. Shut it down, don’t let anyone take a senseless hack for no reason.

  55. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Fast got an assist last night. I think he earns the right to keep his spot. I like how he played away from the puck.

    Who knew the Rangers would have 3 solid lines. I like it when each line has compete for the “best” line of the night.

  56. Again: *THIS ISN’T COLLEGE HOCKEY* It’s the NHL. This is the big time. If you’re gonna chant you have to do it RIGHT

  57. Imagine if Sauer never got hurt and The was playing? And if Avery was in charge of wardrobe.

  58. Rob in Beantown on

    I agree with you in principle, Manny. I actually think any chants at all at the NHL level are silly. I would prefer the crowd just got really, really *loud* and into the game and erupted in loudness whenever anything awesome happened. But since that barely ever happens anymore, I guess a dumb chant is better than silence.

  59. I would prefer the crowd sang like they do at European football matches.

    To the tune of London Bridge..
    “The Mausoleum’s falling down, falling down, falling down,
    The Mausoleum’s falling down, poor old Fishsticks!”

  60. I can’t believe there is so much discussion about a stupid chant. Rangers won game 1 in the Playoffs, chant whatever you want!

  61. *Rob*, not even the *Let’s Go Rangers* chant? What’s wrong with chants at the professional level? The only things that are acceptable in college but should *never* be allowed at a professional sporting event (no matter the sport) are: face and/or belly painting, goofy outfits with team colors, cheerleaders, and Natural Light beer.

  62. I would love it if the crowd went MC Hammer. Embarrassing, yes but high lair ee ous!

  63. Oncupin74yearsandcounting on

    And a year ago under Torts Richards and Zooks are not playing or in the dog house.
    I hope he enjoys the playoffs in cat and dog footsies.

  64. Rob in Beantown on

    Let’s go Rangers is fine, I was referring to really involved or creative college-style chants.

  65. I have a confession: I LOVE THE NASSAU COLISEUM. That place is PERFECT for hockey. That’s how hockey should be viewed. In a real Barn.

  66. See, unless it involves something like “Here we Rangers Here We Go” or “Give me an R! etc.” or Seven Nation Army, I’m down for any chant.

  67. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Gravy – Leading the way in the Bonehead Hat Trick!!!

    I doubt the top guy is in “the room”

  68. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Manny you would have *LOVED* the old Sioux Barn. As cold on the inside, as it was outside.

  69. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    I like having the Sioux on the Sabres, Fishsticks, and Devils. Makes the game more interesting for me.

    But I really enjoyed James Patrick!

  70. Good morning, Sally!

    Onccup, Zuccarello played plenty last year and in the playoffs after he returned from Europe. And Richards mailed it in. You’re in the minority if you think he should have not been demoted.

    I also love when people disagree with me then say the same thing I said.

    And if you don’t think Richards played at least “well” last night, then you just hate Richards.

  71. iDoodie Machetto on

    I tried to get a “buy a Porsche Hextall” chant going but was unsuccessful.

    I’m watching the blues-hawks game from last night. In 2OT right now. It’s amazing. I don’t know how any team from the East is supposed to win the Cup.

  72. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The Emery chants were excellent. If it gets in his head, great. Noise is noise – and the louder the garden gets the better. How anyone sees this as a negative is beyond the beyond.

  73. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Manny/Wicky – wait till you see the new Barn.

    Best in all of hockey!!!

  74. Sioux, thanks for sharing the podcast again. I really enjoyed it the other day.

    Manny, I did hear such a thing.

  75. Doodie, the only way any team from the East will win the cup is if all the games in the West are like that one.

  76. Carp, re: #11… I said it last night, been a real long time since I found myself looking forward to the 4th lines next shift (perhaps not since the days of Nicky Fotiu?)

    Kudos to Boyle, DMoops and Dorsett. Great effort. Very effective on the forecheck. Had the Flyer D men flinching and looking over their shoulders all game long.

  77. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers played inspired, intelligent, and physical hockey. Hags and Richards were even throwing the body….and they weren’t patty cake hits…Obviously McDunner was rusty – but stepan seemed extra nervous too. Both settled down…

  78. *Carp*, is it just me or did our *D* look a little tentative for 90% of the game last night? It seemed to me that they weren’t pinching as much as they did during the season.

    Also, kudos to the *refs* for actually making good calls. Typical Flyers just getting penalty after penalty for no reason. What a bunch of *whiners!*

  79. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The Blues were pounding the Hawks all game. The sharks King’s game was nasty too. The sharks are still upset over Brown’s knee on knee that put Hertl the turtle out for 4 months…

  80. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – 4th line was huge, has been huge, and if the rangers are to make a run, must continue to be huge. Our 4th line is playing old school 3rd line hockey – physical, tight checking, great defensive hockey. Let 4 roll, let em roll.

  81. Ranger-on-the-Isle on

    Thought Nash was okay, didn’t get any shots from inside but I did notice him going between the circles. He needs to be MUCH better though. If only Boyle played like that all the time…

  82. Good morning, boneheads!

    Loved the game, LOVED it. You knew something special would happen when Richards threw a hit and got physical on his first shift.

    Nice review, Carp. But you didn’t think the Rangers dominated the game? I thought it was no contest overall. I know it’s only one game, but if I were Berube and Co. I’d worry a lot. They couldn’t sustain any physical advantage, their best players couldn’t generate much, even against the fourth line. In a game where Hank was far from his best and was fighting it, providing long, unpredictable rebounds. And NY’s best defenseman looked like 6/7 at times. They’ll both will get much better. And now you have to concern about taking penalties too? Yes, I’d worry sick.

  83. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    If someone could hypnotize that every opponent is CBJ, we’d all rest more comfortably.

  84. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Great review Carp, but I say that everyday, so I hope it doesn’t get watered down :)

    Love the top pic, and I agree on #3.

    STAAL had a HUGE game, and deserved a star!

  85. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ilb – I agree totally…Hank was not tested and that’s a good thing as he seemed off…Both goalies looked nervous – and Emery was clearly fighting the puck in the first period..

  86. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    This is the most intense fan base, on one of the wurst blogs on the internet, lead by the Blogfather.

  87. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I read the comments section of the twitter link posted by one of the flyer guys >>>>> and their fans have already thrown in the towel – the best

    “ja rue, typical stupid slashing penalty after being frustrated all night. You won’t beat Henrik by putting only 15 shots on goal”

  88. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Eddie – maybe Nash will be the “Richie” next game. It could happen.

    Then St. Louis steals the show in the 3rd game.

  89. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    It’s only one game.

    It sure makes Good Friday a GREAT FRIDAY.

    Still 3 more wins are needed, before we move on.

  90. Miami Playoff Pimp on

    CARP, all:

    I actually don’t think the Rangers played close to their best game last night. They certainly played well, but they were staring at a 1-1 game with 12 minutes left. Had they not gotten the PP, they could easily have lost the game (that they had no business losing).

    So, while confident, I’d like to see this team step on the gas and put the Flyers away early on Sunday. Close it out by the end of the second.

    And MSL has got to score. I don’t care “how close” he’s gotten. He’s got to put the biscuit in the back of the net. If he does, then we’re not 1-1 in the third.

  91. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Sioux – agreed. I also concur with sieve sieve sieve – goalies getting called out by 18000+ can only be a good thing…

  92. ThisYearsModel on

    Zac Rinaldo had more ice time than Vincent Lecavalier. Jack Adams Berube is doing a fine job.

  93. Should I go and read Go Time thread from last night? I’m sure it’s fun, but it seems too long.

    Flyers will be a different team Sunday. They have to. Otherwise they’ll be looking to avoid Bering swept, let alone win this series. I wonder if having an inexperienced coach would be something to watch for for the next few games. Berube surely has much, much more adjustments to make.

  94. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Funny, but Stepan’s line was probably the worst all game. AV must roll 4 lines / and I’d give the other 3 more ice time. Richards had some serious giddy up last night. Hags deserved a star. I do think MSL is going to start lighting it up soon – and if he does – this becomes a very dangerous team to match up against…

  95. People shouldn’t complain about chanting Emery’s name… Nothing wrong with that, part of a hockey game.
    Fans in Philly are much more ignorant and annoying.

  96. Stranger Nation on

    ilb – just skip the inane Nanny praying posts and it will cut down your reading time immensely

  97. Stranger Nation on

    Agree on No Domination, but a great neutralization of Filthy’s forwards. McD gets his legs back and Nash wakes up it could be a quick series with Emery in net and refs calling it tight

  98. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Sunday – the pressure is squarely on filthy. I’m betting on Hank. Rangers win with a shutout.

  99. Stranger Nation on

    Ex3 – agree on #1 line (in salary only) play.

    Step did make some very good defensive plays and MSL/Nash were quick to use speed to move puck through zone and put pressure on Filthy D which is not very good if you have 3 lines that can motor.

  100. Miami Playoff Pimp on

    “People shouldn’t complain about chanting Emery’s name”

    Of course they shouldn’t complain.

    What weaksauce is complaining about this? You’ve gotta be kidding me.

  101. I *HATE* the Islanders.

    I just have an admiration for that old style hockey and seeing Hockey in an arena similar to what we grew up with. The posh environments that are taking over are kind of a bummer and definitely lead to some crappy groups of fans.

  102. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Mason will get the 2nd game, but he won’t be able to save a sinking ship!

    Rangers need to keep it simple, play their game, and don’t let the flyers get any momentum. Let them take their stupid penalties, and let the Rangers make them pay.

  103. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Detroit vs Boston.

    Original 6 in the 1’st round, there’s some history there.

    Blackhawks vs Blues – 3OT.

    Great Games all around.

    Best post season in sports.

  104. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Manny – I agree. Old school barns, hot chocolate, and home made soup in a cup.

  105. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mason’s noodle ain’t right yet…if he plays game 2, it’s pure desperation. He’ll be yanked after 5 goals on 8 shots…

  106. To be fair John Amirante is easily the worst anthem singer in the NHL. Combine that with the circus music playing at the end of Rangers wins and you could see why fans of other teams can complain.

    Also for everyone commenting on how stupid Berube is for having Vinny Lecavalier playing on the 4th line and getting less minutes than rinaldotheclown: look at what you were saying for Richards last year. And Richards easily had a better year last year than Vinny had this year.

  107. Having said that the game was pretty much as dominant and lopsided as I remember the Rangers playing against another good team and not against someone like the Oilers.

    Giroux and Simmonds were completely invisible. In fact Giroux has been shut down completely by the Rangers, at least at MSG, for a VERY long time now.

  108. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Lev – you can’t discount traditions.

    Something’s should never change.

  109. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    The first 2 periods where pretty close.

    Rangers dominated the 3rd period.

  110. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers dominated zone time in all three periods. They weren’t getting superb chances but they certainly controlled the puck way more. Now it’s no resting on their laurels….need to come out in game 2 like they did versus Vancouver at the garden….guns blazing and score inside the first minute.

  111. No the Rangers goal song is the best. The Rangers victory song is fitting for rinaldotheclown

  112. ThisYearsModel on

    The rangers Victory Song is classic, and is a great thing to follow their wins. Amirante is not what he used to be. Everyone gets old eventually but their is sentimental value with him performing. He gets the building going.

  113. BTW ye the Emery chant for a tying goal was absurd.

    You do the goalie chant when the goalie gives up a softie or a couple of very quick goals.

  114. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The emery chant is not absurd. Any and every means should be used to torment the opposition. The louder the better…

  115. Mark Pavelich auctioning off his Miracle on Ice gold medal. Mark Wells’ went for $310,000 in 2010.

  116. Emery deserves to be chanted at even if he never again gives up a goal in his entire career, what’s left of it.

  117. Kate Smith singing ‘God Bless America’ in Philly, in lieu of the Star Spangled Banner for important games got the crowd fired up and the Philthies have an impressive record in those games. I think they still pipe her voice in now and then and we will probably hear it before this series is done.

  118. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Wouldn’t be surprised, especially if the rangers win game 2, to see filthy roll out Kate Smith’s bag of bones and a recording of her singing while the bones rattle along in tune…

  119. Colorado Colleges announce 30% surge in applications. CU Boulder announces it will close on every 4/20, no classes. Can’t make this stuff up.

  120. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Couturier with a horrible play allowing zucchini his own rebound on the first goal…

  121. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Klein has a good playoff resume…I expect him to be sa stud this serious – and I bet he goes with Simmonds at least once…

  122. LeCavalier also produced at a MUCH better pace from the 4th line than he did anywhere else in the Phlyers lineup. They are definitely getting the maximum out of him by playing him at that position.

  123. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’ve a former student at Columbia writing his doctoral thesis in Astro-physics….also NYU has a fab numerical analysis school….The Courant Institute…

  124. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Amateur hour – famichar hour – the louder the better.. …next thing I’ll hear is you don’t like the shampoo I use in my hair…

  125. @iancmclaren Hopefully Quenneville’s passion for winning really rubs off on his players.

  126. Stranger Nation on

    Ex3 – hope your Rinaldo did not interfere with that piece of Cooke floating around

  127. Stranger Nation on

    Joel Q grabbing his Johnson last night was my personal NHL highlight favorite from non-Ranger games

  128. Stranger Nation on

    Future Ranger Stastny added another $1.5M per year on his next contract last night

  129. We have the Daily Nash-O-Meter. Maybe we should also have the Daily Ledge-O-Neter. The boneheads have moved off any ledges and are two steps inside the building with this win. Looked good last night. I’m sure the Flyers will make adjustments, though, and the remaining games won’t be as easy as last night.

    I had to work last night, so I had to wait to get home to watch the game. I try to avoid hearing a score while I’m at work, which is sometimes impossible,especially when I’m wearing my Rangers hat. I work in Pennsylvania alongside some rabid Flyer fans. My co-workers are usually really good about not telling me the score. Last night, however, I walked by a co-worker, who looked at me and said,”F*** you, f*** your hat, and f*** the Rangers!” I smiled. I knew it was going to be an enjoyable game.

  130. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    SNation – u be a poet, and I really know it, who gonna grow it, I’m gonna show it, Edgar Allen Poe it

    Boyeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  131. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Singing god bless America in place of our national anthem anywhere at any time is absolutely disrespectful and a slap in the face to Americans everywhere IMHO.

  132. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Most msg chants seem pretty stupid for the most part, especially the one during the caps series “can you hear us”.

    Let’s go rangers is awesome.

    I like the singing idea someone suggested earlier like futbol matches, that would be cool.

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