Game 3: Rangers at Flyers tonight (8 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Tuesday, Apr. 22, 8:00 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 1-1
Flyers: 1-1

The Rangers will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 3 of their Metropolitan Division Semifinals matchup. The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece, following the Flyers’ 4-2 victory in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. New York enters tomorrow’s contest with a 214-234-8 record all-time in 456 playoff contests (121-90-2 at home; 93-144-6 on the road).

The Rangers entered the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division, having posted a 45-31-6 record (20-17-4 at home; 25-14-2 on the road) for 96 points. The Blueshirts are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years.

The Rangers and Flyers are meeting in the playoffs for the 11th time, and the first time since the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals. The Rangers have posted a 4-6 playoff series record against Philadelphia, and following Game 1 of this series, are 21-28 in 49 playoff contests against the Flyers. The Blueshirts have faced the Flyers in the first round of the playoffs on five occasions, and have a 3-2 playoff series record in those matchups. The Rangers defeated the Flyers in Game 1 of a playoff series for the fourth time in franchise history. New York is 2-1 in the three previous playoff series in which they won the series opener against Philadelphia.

All-Time: 121-111-37-7 overall (64-47-23-4 at home; 57-64-14-3 on the road)
2013-14: New York was 2-2-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). Derick Brassard tied for the series lead with two goals, while Brad Richards tallied three points (one goal, two assists) and led all skaters with 18 shots on goal. The Rangers allowed two goals or fewer in three of the four contests, including one goal in each of the two games at MSG. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 2-1-0 record with a 2.03 GAA and a .940 SV%.
• New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 15 of the last 19 overall contests against the Flyers
• Martin St. Louis has a five-game playoff point streak against the Flyers (one goal, six assists over the span)
• New York was 20-17-4 at home during the regular season; Philadelphia was 18-16-7 on the road
• New York lists one former Flyer on its roster: Daniel Carcillo (2008-09 – 2010-11)
• Philadelphia lists one former Ranger on its roster: Adam Hall (2006-07)

• Henrik Lundqvist – 45 GP, 27-13-3, 2.49 GAA, 4 SO
• Martin St. Louis – 46 GP, 15-43—58
• Brad Richards – 45 GP, 11-32—43
• Derek Stepan – 21 GP, 6-13 —19
• Dan Girardi – 45 GP, 0-23—23

Power Play: The Rangers were 1-6 (11:27) in Game 2 vs. Philadelphia. The Blueshirts are tied for sixth in the NHL overall during the playoffs (3-12, 25%). New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and seventh on the road (28-132, 21.2%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 6-18 (8:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/21 at CBJ), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (6): 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); 3/2 vs. BOS (Campbell).
Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 1-3 (4:50) in Game 2 vs. Philadelphia. The Blueshirts rank 16th in the NHL overall during the playoffs (2-4, 50%). New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and third on the road (109-127, 85.8%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 8-10 (8:06) when three-on-four (last – 3/24 vs. PHX). The Rangers were tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals with 10: 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan); 3/5 vs. TOR (McDonagh); 3/5 vs. TOR (D. Moore); 3/7 at CAR (McDonagh); 3/30 at EDM (Nash); 3/30 at EDM (Zuccarello); 4/1 at VAN (St. Louis).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:18) in Game 2 vs. Philadelphia. The Rangers were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) during the regular season. Four-on-four goals for (8): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin); 1/31 vs. NYI (Brassard); 1/31 vs. NYI (McDonagh); 3/7 at CAR (Nash); 3/24 vs. PHX (McDonagh). Four-on-four goals allowed (10): 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); 3/5 vs. TOR (Bozak); 3/26 vs. PHI (Voracek); 4/12 at MTL (Gionta, PS).

The Rangers have won eight of the last 12 playoff series in which they split the first two games, including five of the last seven playoff series in which they split the first two games at home.

Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis combined for five points (one goal, four assists) in Game 1 against Philadelphia. Richards and St. Louis have tallied 11 and nine points, respectively, in eight career playoff games against the Flyers (seven in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals and Game 1 on Thursday). In Game 1, St. Louis assisted on a Richards goal for the first time in a playoff game since Apr. 16, 2007 – Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – vs. New Jersey, when the two were teammates with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Rangers have home-ice advantage in a playoff series for the fourth time in the last three seasons, and the first time since the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012 vs. New Jersey. Following their win on Thursday, the Blueshirts are 10-4 in their last 14 Game 1s at MSG. New York has won seven of the last eight playoff series in which they have had home-ice advantage.

The Rangers are 32-12 all-time in playoff series when winning Game 1, and have a 21-6 record in playoff series when they won Game 1 at home.

The Rangers posted a 25-14-2 record on the road this season, including a 23-8-2 record in their final 33 road contests. The Blueshirts established a franchise record for road wins in one season with their 25th of the year on Apr. 1 at Vancouver. The Rangers are the only team to win at least 24 road games in three of the last four seasons. The Blueshirts led the Eastern Conference in road wins, and were only one of three teams to record at least 25 road wins this season. The Rangers posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts’ 52 road points this season rank second in franchise history (2011-12 – 53).

Henrik Lundqvist established two franchise records during the 2013-14 season, becoming the Rangers’ all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa, and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey. The Rangers goaltender also became the first goalie to win at least 30 games in eight of his first nine NHL seasons. Last season, Lundqvist moved into second place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff appearances and wins list in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 23, 2013 vs. Boston. Lundqvist has started a franchise-record, 68 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey.

Dan Girardi played in his 66th career playoff game on Sunday, tying Murray Murdoch for 11th on the Rangers’ all-time playoff games played list. Girardi is two games away from moving into the top 10 on the all-time list:

The Rangers ranked first in the NHL in and established a single-season franchise record for games in which they allowed one or fewer goals (31). New York posted a 28-2-1 record when allowing one goal or fewer. The Blueshirts also allowed two goals or fewer in 49 games this season. New York ranked fourth in the NHL in goals against per game this season (2.32).

Rick Nash tallied his ninth game-winning goal of the season on Apr. 10 vs. Buffalo, tying Mark Messier, Jaromir Jagr, Don Maloney, Brad Richards, and Ryan Callahan for the franchise record for game-winning goals in one season. Nash tied for third in the NHL in GWG and led the Rangers in goals (26) this season.

INJURIES (2 Man-Game Lost – Playoffs):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 11 (2 in Playoffs)


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  1. Matty"FromPrague!"Boy on

    First? It’s 1030 am here!!

    All that matters is:

    LGR!! LGR!!!! LGR!!!

  2. Matty"FromPrague!"Boy on

    I see the piece of ‘Cooke’ has an in person hearing for his 2 minute ‘minor’, crippling Tyson Barrie. Of course, he is not a past offender (SSS) according to The NHL Office of Disciplinary Action. He has never used his elbow in any way to attempt to injure another player. He has never used his knee or legs or stick high or low in an attempt to injure a player.

    As he is a ‘first time offender’ he will likely get off scott free. Forever. He will always be first time.

  3. Matty, maybe the new guy gets the suspension correct? (Quintal I think) Anyway I agree LGR, LGR, LGR!!!!!

  4. Good morning, boneheads!

    Wow! Some exciting games last night. Columbus almost had it. It also shows how dangerous Pittsburgh is even without Crosby being a force. MAF got it together finally, I thought Bylsma would bench him.

    Matt Cooke again. Saw the hit. I’d suspend him for a year. But does NHL consider him a repeat offender? It depends whether they count his suspensions before or after he became a *changed* man. Ugh. He shouldn’t be in the league. Except the NHL wants him to be here.

  5. Miami Playoff Pimp on

    If you guys like disaster in the form of a hockey team, then you like the Rangers.

    Definite-loss tonight.

  6. iManny-O-War on

    Seems like there is a ton of disciplinary stuff going on in this round. Way more than usual.

  7. Sioux-per-man on

    Cooke will get 3 games, for taking out someone’s knee. Almost as bad as HaGOONalin’s 3 games for his face wash in the playoffs.

    How about the refs in the Penguin game? First time I’ve seen 2 mins called for snowing the goalie from 5′ out.

  8. Sioux-per-man on

    Must win tonight to keep the pressure on Emery. Here’s hoping Nash is available to PLAY.

    Not sure if AV makes any changes. Should Carcillo come in for Fast?

  9. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’m shocked no one has said something to the effect of “doesn’t matter that bordeleau was in the line up, Cooke still does it”

  10. Rick Nash comes through tonight. 2 goals and an assist on the game winner. And later tonight the blog will be overrun with declarations about how St Louis should be bought out, Lundqvist sucks and Pouliot is the worst forward on the team.

  11. Stranger Nation on

    Nash is way too ‘dude-like’ in his demeanor and approach to hockey. It would be easy to chalk it up to concussion if he hadn’t played possessed against Lumbus and for the Red Leafs in So-she.

    Is he Waiting for Columbus?
    Looking for him to play less “Dixie Chicken” doing the “Old Folks’ Boogie” and not like some old “Fat Man in the Bathtub” wearing his “Sailin’ Shoes” Need him to “Join The Band” any “Day or Night” and be “Willin'” to strap that “Rocket in His (My) Pocket” and do the “Tripe Face Boogie”
    He has to remember “Time Loves a Hero” and “All (That) You Dream” can be found in “Mercenary Territory” so “Skates (Feats) Don’t Fail Him Now”

    If not we will all be howling “Oh Atlanta” at the “Spanish Moon”

  12. Cooke is such an awful person. My hope is when his suspension comes out more people are saying its too long than not long enough, but I doubt that really happens.

  13. Stranger Nation on

    Ryan Getzlaf: “Me, personally, if a guy has a bad jaw I’m not going to hit him in the jaw. But everybody’s different.”

    Then get out of the guys face and move away from the crease. If you have a bad jaw, you shouldn’t be in the scrum or be ready to accept what’s coming.

  14. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Vibin’ big time.

    Getzlaf sounds like he went to the torts school of logic lol

  15. Stranger Nation on

    Torts School of Logic and Obedience for Hockey Players and Canines

    Now accepting applications for the Spring session…

  16. Stranger Nation on

    Piece of Cooks’ act was egregious, but well planned as Barrie is their best defensive defenseman and will be missed by the Avs big time.

  17. Stranger Nation on

    Those Bestern Conf series are nasty, nasty, nasty

    In the Leastern we have very little rough stuff

  18. If there ever was a player to make an example out of, or perhaps set new precendent with, it’s piece of Cooke. I want to see some intense suspending.

    Effin subhuman.

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

    Cooke would be a player we would want on our team if he wasn’t such a piece of Carcillo?

    Now, that Carcillo is on our team, that just doesn’t sound right anymore.

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

    Last nights first 3 games, where the best to back to back playoffs games I’ve watched.

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

    Ilbster & The Gravy Train struck out on the Hatty last night.

    So 2 for 6, is the leader boys.

    Get your best picks in :)

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

    Now if you are sitting at 0, you are just as good as Barry Melrose, and are tied for 7,328 position :)

  23. _Cooke would be a player we would want on our team if he wasn’t such a piece of Carcillo?_

    Cooke is worse / the worst. He (literally!) ruined Marc Savard’s life, not just his career, and somehow parlayed that into a semi-self-victimized redemption story. Then he destroys a really fun young D’s knee for no reason other than competitive advantage and the fact that he’s a piece of garbage. If Minnesota wants to be legit, send him out before he even gets a chance at his suspension.

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

    Granlund’s Game winning goal, will go down as the goal of the playoffs.

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

    I agree Doc. He will get 3-5 games, when he should get 3-5 years for the Savard hit.

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

    I had to change the channel, I couldn’t listen to the Fox Sports North boys go on and on, on how good of a game he played. They didn’t show the kneeing in the replay.

    I guess that’s only a 2 minute penalty. Same as a snow shower on the goalie.

  27. Here are the guys I wouldn’t cry over if they got suspended forever:

    Todd Bertuzzi
    Matt Cooke
    Raffi Torres
    Patrick Kaleta

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

    Cook should get a month, or as many games as Barrie is out. Which reads as a minimum of 4 weeks for his MCL.

  29. Why is Matt Cooke in the league? Is it because he bakes Gary Bettman his special “Matt Cooke-ies: one bite and you’ll be on your knees!”

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

    If he needs surgery, he will need all summer to get back for next year.

  31. Stranger Nation on

    Lumbus choke show is painful on many levels but how can they play 5v9?

    Snow shower? please…

  32. The thing is, even if Cooke got suspended as long as Barrie’s out, it still wouldn’t be comparable.

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

    So MN loses a 4th line goon, Colorado loses their “McDonagh”.

    Seems fair in Bettmans eyes.

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

    Easy Booby, it’s just a game. In the spirit of Easter we could go with crucified.

    Grab some rope and spikes :)

  35. Yea I was going to say “injured painfully into retirement” but I tried to be mature about it

  36. Right, I don’t know how you quantify key, but there should be massive penalties for taking out key players in a series. Otherwise, the Avs are forced to play shorthanded or take matters into their own hands and even the score. Cooke for Barrie is laughable.

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

    Gravy – our fearless leader in the Hatty contest. What’s it like to be leader of the Boneheads?

    Any advice for your followers?

  38. Sioux, I’m afraid that I use advanced statistical analyses that are beyond the comprehension of “normal” people.

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

    Lets see Cooke took out McDonagh (for which he got 17 games), Erik Karlson, and Gagner earlier this year. Add to that he ended Marc Savard’s Career. Now he can add Barrie to the list.

    How weak will the Bettman wheel be?

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

    I have my luck silver dollar :)

    Heads or Tails, has won me more than picking the one that makes sense.

    Lead on!!!

  41. I’m hoping for the flipside, Sioux, that Bettman et all see this as a chance for Quintal to come in and swing it around from the start. Like I get the whole “owners don’t want to lose players and players don’t want to lose checks” thing, but no one besides Cooke can be unhappy if Cooke gets blasted here.

  42. Stranger Nation on

    Hat Trick Challenge would be better if the person who started it reminded everyone to enter to place their choice.

  43. Rob in Beantown on

    Can Cooke really be considered a repeat offender though? Since he reformed and became a changed man, I mean

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

    Google Matt Cooke Suspensions, just the images alone go on forever.

  45. Rob in Beantown on

    Only for a little bit because the Marathon route goes right by a block from my apartment. I didn’t go to the finish line or anything.

  46. Not to open a can of worms but…Avery eluded to doing the deed with Phaneuff’s gf and they suspended him indefinitely…Cooke has caused how many issues and injuries? and his wrist has yet to even be slapped hard enough to leave a bruise.

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

    I was thinking of qualifying for Boston this year, I’m not sure I could cut 35 minuets off my best time from 10 years ago :)

  48. Suspend Cooke indefinitely. Force him to take anger management and get some kind of therapy for 90 days then have him evaluated by a psychologist. and depending on the outcome of the evaluation either let him back into the league on a “one and done” offense policy or release him outright from the NHL. Give his team some kind of compensation via the draft.

  49. _Give his team some kind of compensation via the draft._

    If that’s the case, I’d encourage Carcillo to run Hartnell.

  50. Just for fun, Dubinsky has 4 points (3 primary assists), 22 hits and a team leading 52.3% ES FF (while matching up w/ Crosby 55% of the time) in 3 games.

  51. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m reading the books now! I’m about a quarter of the way through book one. It’s interesting to see what the same and different from the show, but also kind of boring because I feel like I’m just watching season one for the 3rd time. I can’t wait to get caught up.

  52. Oh man, Rob. That’s great. Feel free to e-mail me about the books. It’s one of my favorite subjects

    LOL, Rob. The day we got MSL I posted “at least we have a shot at the Lady Byng.” If I wasn’t lazy I would go find it.

  53. Rob in Beantown on

    I have all of the books already since my lovely other half already read them. I put off reading them forever but now that I’m finally doing it I’m really excited. I’ll probably want to talk to people about them so I might email you.

  54. I voted that Simmonds wouldn’t have a goal tonight for the purposes of Sioux’s hat trick shenanigans. So he’ll get a hat trick now.

  55. Doodie Machetto on

    St Louis nominated for Lady Byng doesn’t make sense to me. He
    gets butthurt about being left off of team Canada to the point that he demands a trade, but then refuses to be traded to any team other than the Rangers. Seems more like a petulant little child than a gentlemanly player.

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

    Mikael Granlund – the player taken before McIlrath in 2010.

    Check out all the players in the Playoff taken after McIlrath.

    Fowler – Ducks
    Schwartz – Blues
    Tarasenko – Blues
    Bennet – Penguins
    Charlie Coyle – Mn now.

    Nick Bjugstad – Florida’s pick was probably the best player, now buried in Florida. Brock Nelson (Sioux) was the Islanders.

    A lot of playoff talent in that draft. But not for the Rangers.

  57. Doodie Machetto on

    After seeing the Blue Jackets against the Pens the past three games, how can anyone think that the Penguins wouldn’t have been the better match up for the first round?

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

    Latona – I was thinking the same thing. I’m good at getting 2 out of 3 wrong each night :)

  59. Doodie Machetto on

    Don’t forget Sheahan for the Wings. But I think you’ve got it all wrong about Bjugstad. I think he’s probably the lowest of the players you named in the playoffs, with the possible exception of Bennett.

    He’s definitely below the Blues kids and Fowler. And I like Coyle a lot more. Bennett is having a great playoffs so far, but I think Bjugstad is the better player with a higher ceiling.

  60. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Philly reporter seems to think carcillo is in tonight.

    Totally unnecessary with #zuccourage

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

    Doodie – I’m basing my opinion on Bjugstad strictly on games I’ve watched him play. He was a MAN amongst boys when he played for MN. The best player on the ice in the Playoffs, his size and strength reminded me of THE KREIDER. In 3 years as a PRO, he will be a FORCE.

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

    Rangers have all the pieces and they sure look good in game 1. Here’s hoping they can find THAT Chemistry tonight on the road.


  63. “Do *not* embarrass me tonight. Do you hear me? Do *NOT* embarrass me. I have a lot of interests outside of hockey and I don’t want you screwing them up.”

  64. @stevezipay 1m
    Appears Carcillo in; just had one on one discussion with Richards near end of practice

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

    So does Cally and the Bolts get sent home tonight for good?

    So much for Cally taking the Lightning to the next level :)

  66. The only way I’m cool with this is if the plan is to double shift Nash and/or MSL most of the game with Richards + Hagelin and Carcillo as goon insurance is deemed more necessary than 5:00 of Fast or Miller time.

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

    Carcillo in for Fast?

    Fast & the Furious – NO MORE.

    More Grits & Quits on the 3rd line :)

  68. One on one discussion with Richards? What did he tell him? I’ll beat a rinaldo out of you if you don’t set me up for a goal?

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

    Carcillo is in to take the extra 3rd and 4th penalty :)

    Just to give the Flyers the “Penguin Advantage”.

  70. _So much for Cally taking the Lightning to the next level_

    A true leader would volunteer to play goal.

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

    So who get’s more Frequent Flyer Points tonight?

    Rinaldo the Clown or the Piece of Carcillo?

  72. Rob in Beantown on

    Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN
    #NYR #PHI Daniel Carcillo said he’d like to play but doesn’t know if he’s in tonight vs. his former team

    So is Carcillo playing or not?

  73. Ryan Callahan 2014 playoffs: 0 goals 0 assists 3 shots on goal, -4, ranked 304/306 skaters +/-

    also how about that Tampa staff allowing Stamkos to return to the game after he told the medical staff he had a headache when he took a knee to the head. If it comes in a few days that Stamkos has a concussion, since concussion symptoms can take a few days to appear, id fire all of them.

  74. umm…Ryan Callahan 2014 playoffs: 0 goals 0 assists 3 shots on goal, minus 4, ranked 304/306 skaters plus/minus

  75. I know, MisterD

    Lev, where did you see that? Wow! If he told them he had a headache and they didn’t take him out of the lineup, it’s a blatant violation of the new protocol the NHL has implemented.

  76. Matty"FromPrague!"Boy on

    Hate to say it but, I, for one, am not upset to see Callahan bow out in 4 or 5 (if that happens). Sorry, but in my little world, I feel it serves him right.

    It would be especially sweet if his old team goes further than him.

    It was great to have him grow up here. He is a heart and soul RANGER, but playing for another team in the playoffs, he’s not as important. He blew the advantage he had in his career. He is now another salary sucking greedy player. As I have said, I am not for the greed that today’s athletes have. Sorry to say he’s one of them. And, I didn’t think that he, too, would be one of them.

    I know, I know, Carp. He has his one chance to go for the big contract. I know. Well, he went for it. Good luck to him.

  77. Waiting for these myopic zebras to call an unsportsmanlike for ‘excessive’ celebration after a goal.

  78. Matty"FromPrague!"Boy on

    Ok, let’s get this straight. Clearly the hit on Barrie was a cheap shot, an intent to injure, premeditated. Clearly.

    He is also out 4-6 weeks because of the injury. How much more does it effect the suspension because it is IN the PO’s, and not the regular season?

    Shanahahahahahahahahahahahahan is no longer making the calls. It seems someone in his regime protected Cooke.

    This will be an interesting call. I believe, despite the fact he is a ‘first time offender’ (S), once the Don Cherry highlight reel plays, he’ll get a stiff suspension. Partly, that’s because it is a new regime. Partly because it’s time for the book to be thrown at this fraud of a player.

    Let’s see why happens….

  79. Cooke, without the disgusting attempts to end other players’ careers, is actually a decent 3rd line player and a really good PKer. But if he’s made an example of i dont think anyone will really be upset.

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

    Ilbster – please shed some light on the wisdom of your picks tonight?

  81. His hearing is in person for a reason. Seabrook’s hit was also pretty over the line and he didn’t get an in person. So …..

  82. … hits like Seabrook’s, from players not on the list of ~10 who aren’t allowed to take disgusting cheapshots, will continue to happen. Until nice guys and “first timers” start facing seriously harsh penalties for seriously messed up plays, those plays will continue. Then someone will get paralyzed or worse on the ice and change will come too late.

  83. Fired up for our game tonight and believe we’ll see what we need to out of our boys. NASH will be bigger, Marty will continue to tee up plays and McMonster will HANDLE CG. Hope Carcillo gets the nod – always nice to see a player get to pay back those that weren’t there for him and just hope he gets Hartnell off the ice.

    Sneaky superstar tonight? Girardi. He is IN IT.

    It’s time we erupt and I think it happens today.

  84. Sioux -Hat Trick- on

    I’ll be shocked if Cooke gets 3-5 games.

    NHL has no teeth or backbone. Just look at Bettman.

  85. Can’t help but think that Cally and/or his agent overplayed his hand, thinking that his leadership, net presence and scrappy play was a palpable necessity on a team loaded with Nashes, Richards, Stepans, Hags, etc. and very little in Hartford Maybe I’m off base on this.

  86. “Shocked by Girardi’s ineffectual fly-by when McD was beat on that goal.”

    Why? He’s been good for three certain-prevented goals and one terrible-mistake-leading-to-a-goal a game since he’s been here.

  87. You bring up a good point, Sioux. Reminds me that the Rangers are a MUCH better team on the road.

  88. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Manny – how about all the home team wins in the WEST. EVERYONE started out 2-0. Every home team won last night in the west 2-1.

    So do the Flyers or the RED WINGS have a chance tonight as the home team?

    Seriously who pick Detroit to win tonight?

  89. Doodie Machetto on

    In fairness, Callahan should have one goal if it wasn’t for Carey Price taking advantage of the rule book.

    In further fairness, all of the Lightning outside of Stamkos and Palat have been terrible all series.

  90. Stranger Nation on

    _By the end of the day at least 6 out of 8 series will be 2-1. And if LA wins, it’ll be 7 out of 8_

    The Bestern has held up home ice, not so much in Leastern where every home team/higher seed has lost at home.

    But you guys knew that.

  91. Stranger Nation on

    Jah Rue is a punk. His off-puck BS needs to be called. Lot’s of stick work; tripping, holding, interfering. If they refs let him and the filth get away with that cr@p no need for them to play tough.

    IMHO Girardi has to line that guy up and send him into the boards….HARD!

    my guess Berube, Berube (shattered, shattered) will put Jah Rue on against Step or Richie rockets line.

  92. @JimCerny 1h
    Quote of the Day! RT @NYRangers: “The only matchup that matters tonight is our will against their will” – @RyanMcDonagh27

    Future captain.

  93. “Also, our forwards against their defensemen, our defensemen against their forwards, our forwards against their forwards, our forwards against their goalie, our goalie against their forwards, our defensemen against their goalie …”

  94. jeff in South Dakota on

    … our knights against their queen, our pawns against their dog catchers…our popcorn vendors against their hotdog men…

  95. Does anybody know what happened with Ryan Malone? Did the Lightning let him play after his arrest?

  96. Thanks, Lev. That’s pretty on their part to listen to what Stamkos wants and let him play. Headache after that type of a hit is more than worrisome.

    SPM- you don’t really think I remember what I picked for tonight, do you? :-)

  97. He hasn’t played, Manny.

    (And I’d like to take this chance to call Mister D out for wondering before the deadline if Malone might be interesting to look at if Tampa ate most of his salary.)

  98. MD, I remember being against that because I totally knew he was a coke head that was going to get a DUI.

  99. Malone was primed for contract buyout this summer based on his salary and level of play. Instead, Yzerman may have an option to nullify his contract if this latest incident goes further through legal channels.

  100. Yzerman’s only option to rid the club of Malone is a compliance buyout. There is no precedence for the nullification of a contract due to legal troubles.

  101. jeff in South Dakota on

    On Sunday, August 13th, 1961, the eyes of America were on the nation’s capital, where Roger Maris was hitting home runs #44 and 45 against the Senators. On that same day, without any warning, the East German Communists sealed off the border between East and West Berlin. I only mention this to show the kind of people we’re dealing with – REAL SHIFTY!

  102. Dear Abby, Dear Abby, I have a six speed manual ‘Vette and I feel shifty every time I drive it. Signed Tranny.

  103. One sad day someone will be given a season suspension and he will sue. The courts will tell the team to re-instate him or make him a free agent in that they have taken away his only way to make a living.

  104. Just realized the game is at 8! I might be able to watch with you live after all. Providing little ilbster doesn’t want go through more than 3 books at bedtime :-)

  105. _Makes the NHL look pretty good too. Not letting him play post crimes._

    Meh. Guys play after DUIs all the time, so its really saying they draw the line at cocaine. Seems mad backwards to me.

  106. Coos- there are clear-cut rules in the NHL By-Laws that deal with that issue. They include the length of suspension for legal issues, when the NHL Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program kicks in, when a player is imprisoned, etc.

  107. Tonight will be a challenge. Kids’ bedtime is 8:30. Plus, it’s Mrs. Gravy’s birthday – though I warned her about this last week, so we’re ordering in :)

  108. Same here, Gravy, but I see that as a bonus, not a challenge. 7:00 starts are far worse, you can’t settle in until midway through the 2nd.

  109. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Mrs. Sioux put me in charge of the Hat Trick Dinner

    She wanted something “Romantical” on game day.

    Rib eye or Fillet.

    MonteKRISTO or Opus X.

    Merlot or Moscow Mule.

    Can I go wrong with these picks :)

  110. I’m going to pick up a cake and sushi on the way home from work, which means we should be eating about 6:30.

    Of course, we’ll be going out for the real celebration on Friday (sans the little ones), so I’m still making a sacrifice. Maybe I can convince her to go to a sports bar.

  111. MD, if everything breaks right, sometimes we can get them both set up and in bed during the first intermission of 7:00 games. But, those are rare nights.

  112. Good thing Carp can only regulate what I type and not what I say. We made the exact same plans, Gravy, but for some reason I was confident Game 4 was Thursday night. Ugh.

  113. Hah. Not only that, but the original plan was to go this past Saturday, which would have been perfect. But, her mother came down with the flu and couldn’t watch the kids.

  114. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’d rather see any or all of that list of “dirty” players in the league than bettman.

  115. LMGO, MD…exactly. Depending on when the last faceoff is, the next 18 minutes I’m like a drill sergeant.

  116. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Way way wrong call by ning med staff if those reports are true.

    Horrible decision!

  117. ‘Now just because we’re kids, Because we’re sort of small, Because we’re closer to the ground And you are bigger pound by pound, You have no right, You have no right To push and shove us little kids around.
    Now just because your throat Has got a deeper voice And lots of wind to blow it out At little kids who don’t dare shout, You have no right, You have no right To boss and beat us little kids about. Just because you’ve whiskers on your face to shave, You treat us like a slave. So what? It’s only hair. Just because you wear a wallet near your heart, You think you’re twice as smart, You know that isn’t fair.
    But we’ll grow up some day, And when we do I pray We won’t just grow in size and sound And just be bigger by the pound. I’d hate to grow, Like some I know, Who push and shove the little kids around.”

    (Dr. Seuss) :)

  118. In deciding whether or not Cooke gets suspended by the league for that filthy hit, lets remember the most important factor: He’s no longer a Penguin.

    Therefore, the book will be thrown at him, big time.

    I Hate Penguins.

    I Hate Cooke.

  119. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Did you know:

    Since players don’t receive salaries in the playoffs, Cooke can only be fined, but he won’t lose salary that would come with a regular-season suspension.

  120. Once again I’ll say this:

    Minnesota should dress 1 less player for every game of Cooke’s suspension.

    Chicago should dress 1 less player for each game of Seabrooke’s suspension.

    Punish the player? yes.

    Punish the team too.

  121. Early bedtime?

    Say hello to my little friend.

    Dimetapp, grape flavored magic potion.

    I’m only kidding.

    Not really.

  122. Totally in agreement, Papa. If you punish the team, that stuff goes away tomorrow.

  123. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Tampa Bay needs Bishop in goal.

    That is what is missing in their lineup. He was HUGE for them all year.

  124. You’re damn right I’m putting on war paint for tonight. The real question is – why aren’t YOU?

    I’m on the Septa and ready to bring home some cheesesteak scalps

  125. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    FG – philly cheesesteaks eat them alive?

    or Game of Thrones style and cook parts of them over fire?

  126. Would love to see a lineup for tonight that included Cally, Prust, Rupp, Bickel and Dubie, but then Hank would have to pitch a -.50

  127. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I squeezed a Rinaldo so big this morning, I’m still walking with a limp.

  128. Carp is in the Spectrum right now wearing his Don Zimmer MASH helmet, wondering if he got the day right

  129. James Gerace on

    I smell go time in the distance..and it smells like victory…or ham. maybe it’s ham.

  130. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brassard and Zucchini breaking in two on one …..Brass to zucchini back to brass over to zucchini back to Brass back to zucchini back to Brassard – shoots and SCORES

  131. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    He speaks German in French
    The sun buys heat from him
    He drives a stick shift in an automatic

    Stay thirsty my friends

  132. One Messier crosscheck to Hartnell’s grill would change this whole series

    And he’d do it too, I’d betcha. Darn tyutin!

  133. Maybe emery will play like Emery since mason will be staring at him all game ready to get the call for game four as emery gets torched by nash of all

    Too much to hope for.

  134. Going to game 4 Fri really don’t want to go there down 2-1. So win for me…..thnx

  135. Kevin Klein has now played 32 games as a NY Ranger and has yet to be called for a penalty…

  136. Admiral Akbar on

    Of course Emergency Emery, whom hasnt played in back to back games all season, would outplay Lundqvist in Game 2…

    It was as if SCRIPTED…

  137. Junior's Farm on

    Hey Eddie, Eddie, Eddie……

    I was talking to an Eskimo,
    Said he was hopping for a fall of snow,
    When up popped a sea lion ready to go.

  138. Oleo…..”Kevin Klein has now played 32 games as a NY Ranger and has yet to be called for a penalty…”

    Is that a good or bad????

  139. Matty"FromPrague!"Boy on

    want you guys to know I am watching the game on my computer at 2 am, Prague time. Won’t be able to comment much, as it would mean signing out/signing in. However, there is ONE thing I need to say:

    Let’s GO RANGERS!!!!!! LET”S GO RANGERS!!!!!

  140. ThisYearsModel on

    Carcillo needs to play against Giroux, and be the pest he can be to him and Voracek.

  141. Stranger Nation on

    Laughter, joy, and loneliness and sex and sex and sex and sex
    Look at me, I’m in tatters
    Berube, Berube
    Shattered, Shattered

  142. Stranger Nation on

    Pride and joy and greed and sex
    That’s what makes our town the best
    Pride and joy and dirty dreams and still surviving on the street
    And look at me, I’m in tatters, yeah

    Berube, Shattered, Shattered

  143. Stranger Nation on

    Uh-huh, this town’s full of money grabbers
    Go ahead, bite the Big Apple, don’t mind the maggots, huh
    Berube, my brain’s been battered

  144. Stranger Nation on

    Don’t you know the crime rate is going up, up, up, up, up
    To live in this town you must be tough, tough, tough, tough, tough!
    You got rats on the west side
    Bed bugs uptown
    What a mess this town’s in tatters I’ve been shattered
    My brain’s been battered, splattered all over Manhattan

    Berube, Shattered, Shattered
    Huh, Berube, Shattered, Shattered

  145. Stranger, Strong work with the atones song BUT that Little Feat montage this morning was extraordinary. Kudos to you Sir.

  146. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go
    Take me down to junior’s farm
    Everybody tag along..

  147. Stranger Nation on

    See Dubb – making some magic purple potion now…for me.
    Looking for the white rabbitt
    Go ask Alice, I think she’ll know

    Feed your head!

  148. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    You have potential. And you have potential, and you have potential (oh boy)

  149. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Everybody’s talking about the president
    Everybody chipped in with a bag cement

  150. Jeff in South Dakota on

    The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands,
    To fight the horde, singing and crying: Valhalla, I am coming!
    That is Metal

  151. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I took my bagger to a grocery store
    The price is higher than the time before
    Old man asked me why is that for

  152. Stranger Nation on

    See Dubb – background music this morning Little Feat concert from London in ’75. Lowell George was a man ahead of his time.

  153. “It is looong, it is hiigh, it is gone! Gardner rakes one! Oh, wait, that ball was caught.” (thirty second delay) “Thought that one was gone, Suzyn.”

  154. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    You should have seen with the poker man
    I had a honey and I bet a grand…..

  155. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Let’s go let’s go let’s go let’s go
    Take me down to juniors farm
    Everybody tag along

  156. Gone too soon, for sure. Of all the music I had on vinyl that never was replaced. Hoy – Hoy is my most sorely missed.

  157. ‘You wear a dress, baby, I’ll wear a tie
    We’ll laugh at that old bloodshot moon in the burgundy sky.’

  158. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Only hardy should have had more sense
    He bought a gee-gee and he jumped the fence
    All for the sake of a couple of pence

  159. Wow…I didn’t expect Tampa to crap the bed like this. I really thought this series was going 7 with Tampa standing last. That no goal call the other night really took any life out of Tampa. Where is the offense? By the way, I don’t think these Lightnings would have fared any better with St. Louis.

  160. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My Rinaldo was shaped like an iceberg. The park rising above the water. And had titanic hit it, she would have sunk…

  161. Junior's Farm on

    Hey Eddie, Eddie, Eddie….one more time!

    (As the Bass Guitar Pounds 1/16th notes)

    Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go,
    Take me down to junior’s farm
    Everybody tag along..

  162. Is it still your Rinaldo once it’s launched into the sewer?

    Or does it then belong to the community?

  163. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I was talking to an Eskimo,
    Said he was hopping for a fall of snow,
    When up popped a sea lion ready to go.

    Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go
    Down to juniors farm ego here I want to lay low
    Low life, high life, oh let’s go
    Take me down to junior’s farm

  164. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    He’s just not carrying them all that far is all…

    What channel is Vancouver on?

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