Game 4: Rangers at Flyers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
Friday, Apr. 25, 7:00 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 2-1
Flyers: 1-2

The Rangers will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 4 of their Metropolitan Division Semifinals matchup. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one, following their 4-1 victory in Game 3 at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. New York enters the contest with a 215-234-8 record all-time in 457 playoff contests (121-90-2 at home; 94-144-6 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 3 of this series, are 22-28 in 50 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 six-game playoff point streak against the Flyers (two goals, seven 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 0-4 (5:19) in Game 3 at Philadelphia. The Blueshirts are eighth in the NHL overall during the playoffs (3-16, 18.8%). 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 5-5 (7:19) in Game 3 at Philadelphia. The Blueshirts rank 11th in the NHL overall during the playoffs (7-9, 77.8%). 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 allowed one goal (Streit) in two four-on-four situations (2:41) in Game 3 at 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 15 of their last 20 regular season and playoff games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011. New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 16 of the 20 games and has tallied at least four goals in 10 of the 20 contests.

Following their victory on Tuesday, the Rangers have won six of the last seven Game 3s they have played, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2011 vs. Washington.

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.

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, 69 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 67th career playoff game on Tuesday, passing Murray Murdoch for sole possession of 11th place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff games played list. Girardi is one game away from moving into the top 10 on the all-time list.

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).

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 (3 Man-Game Lost – Playoffs):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 12 (3 in Playoffs)

• None

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  1. Love this quote (sadly the last paragraph will still be true, and they won’t be the only ones – add to that Sabres and a couple of others):

    Formerly Relevant Ryan Callahan

    Faster than you can say “David Clarkson”, pending UFA Ryan Callahan has gone from indispensable captain of the New York Rangers to pointless in 4 playoff games.

    Sadly, the Oilers just lowered their July 1st contract offer to Callahan down to $52.5 million over 7 years.

  2. Off to visit the hungry dogs of New Mexico. Never liked traveling during playoff time, you get out of routine. Trip is 6 days so I miss the rest of the 1st round con the comfort of my couch (or my bedroom were I am relegated on Mondays and Tuesdays when my wife DVRs The Voice AND DWTS).
    Bring ’em home Boneheads

  3. We need a goal like the Bruin OT one…off two sticks and a leg…while sucking the life out of the Wings and their fans…leaving the media scrambling for a list of three game comeback teams and quotes about winning 5min period at at time..and one game at a time..yep…I would love to have all ths served up tonight….the dreaded three game lead!

  4. Look at those hockey slacks. Those were hideous, on par with the California Golden Seals white skates.

  5. For once, a game starts before 8 PM! Yippee! (Bears coming out of hibernation do not like late night starts, we’re too cranky) LGR!

  6. Let’s get some early shots through and pepper Mason froim the start! Keep blocking those Phylthy shots. Keep your heads up!

  7. Let’s get some early shots through and pepper Mason from the start! Keep blocking those Phylthy shots. Keep your heads up!

  8. I’m not stuttering…must have clicked again after I corrected the typo on “froim”…sorry ’bout that!

  9. If only the games did drop the puck on time!! I’ll be up till 2:30 am watching this – if they dropped the puck on time it might only be 2am!!!
    Lost sleep but it’ll be worth it when Steve “the sieve” Mason shows his true Philadelphia Goalie colours!

  10. 2-1 series leads after game 3 wins in Ottawa, Washington , devils only to drop game 4 in all three. Be nice for once if they could respond in game 4s

  11. Filthy will come out hard, fast and dirty tonight. Essential ingredients for a Ranger victory will be our smarts and discipline. Pressure on the home team will be immediate and palpable. The longer we can keep them off the scoreboard the more likely they will implode and we win this game. Final score 3-1.

  12. Is there even one Flyer we can like? Maybe Streit? Seriously, they are like that di*k fraternity that stands on their own bar and pees into the crowd of party guests. They high five each other, maybe slip two girls a roofie and drive drunk to the bar just to fight the bouncers. How can these guys even look at themselves in the mirror when they shave? Which they’ll be doing by Monday

  13. All these songs NBCSN keep playing are horrible. Music today really sucks.


    I think this all the time now. Ill be the first to tell you there is a ton of great music being made again. But the corporate NHL has a deal with some talent agency. every year, its the same type of soulless pop music. MSG is using the same songs that NBCSN. Its all so controlled and proganada like, that the music being pushed is corporate owned music and terrible pop music.

    Its a pet peeve of mine, the music used by the networks at every chance. the big one this season is called survivor by Eminiem. And theres one that goes ‘oooo oooo oooo ooo, why don’t you turn my soul into a flaming fire, oooo oooo ooo ooo’ hahahaha

  14. and i just looked it up. the guys name is phillips phillips. he is a prior American Idol contestant. There you go.

    Growing the NHL= cashing in on corporate.

    Not growing the game, or fixing it, or making it better.

    You know who could change the game.

    We all could.

    These owners want fans to pay and watch.

    The fans can insist that the officiating is partial and consistent.

    It would be great practice for the more important stands we need to take in our lifetimes

  15. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    Fat Guy – nice rant.
    But you really make the Phlyers sound too nice…

  16. Is there even one Flyer we can like? Maybe Streit? Seriously, they are like that di*k fraternity that stands on their own bar and pees into the crowd of party guests. They high five each other, maybe slip two girls a roofie and drive drunk to the bar just to fight the bouncers. How can these guys even look at themselves in the mirror when they shave? Which they’ll be doing by Monday

    It is a sport. Your priorities in life need adjustment.

  17. Traveling for work next week to Indy. Can we wrap this up in 5 so I don’t have to worry about finding nbcsn and disappearing from my colleagues at work for game 6 and 7.

  18. Claude Giroux: Centre Claude Giroux Centre: The support of Claude Giroux and his fans will help the small community of Hearst, in Northern Ontario, benefit from a state-of-the-art physiotherapy and rehabilitation centre.

    Scott Hartnell: Hartnell Down Foundation: the #HartnellDown Foundation as a way to provide support to charities that support hockey, children and communities around the US and Canada.

    Vincent Lecavalier: The Vincent Lecavalier Foundation: The Vincent Lecavalier Foundation/VL-4 has started several programs. The biggest program he has committed to thus far is the Vincent Lecavalier Center for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders at the All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

  19. Scott Hartnell: Hartnell Down Foundation: the #HartnellDown Foundation allows professional hockey player Scott Hartnell to give back while also staying sharp in the offseason by providing his smallest fans a chance to meet him then get knocked down by him from behind.

  20. Scott Hartnell: Hartnell Down Foundation: the #HartnellDown Foundation as a way to provide support to charities that support hockey, children and communities around the US and Canada. These little fellows can come be berated by Scott Hartnell (language) and, if small enough, Hartnell will attack them from behind and attempt to pound their face into the nearest ground surface.

  21. Happy Friday ‘Heads


    Love the “Carp-er-alls” pic. They made me hate the Flyers even more & I refused to even try them when I played back then.

    When do the refs play spin the wheel of various rule enforcement?

    WOOOOOO!!! LGR! Sire Father!!!

  22. Carp, did you say “Yessier” on purpose? As in, “Mark Yessier”? I think I might start using that term from now on. “Did the Rangers win last night?” “Yessier!”

  23. Cooperalls? It looked like Emery had his dress dockers on underneath his pads.

    Probably in case he had to make a quick after game getaway before the press arrived.

    BTW, I thought Cooperalls where the most uncomfortable piece of equipment I ever played in. Waste of money for sure.

  24. _Carp, did you say “Yessier” on purpose? As in, “Mark Yessier”? I think I might start using that term from now on. “Did the Rangers win last night?” “Yessier!”_

    I badly want that to be his nickname because no lady ever turned him down.

  25. Senior year of college I had a 11:10-er and it was a nightmare with my thrice weekly 10:30-11:20 Finance class.

  26. Mrs. Nash to Rick Nash. “Why didn’t Sather trade Callahan instead of Dubinsky for you? That SOB Dubinsky is making you look bad”

  27. MrD , must have been tough too crunch the numbers in Finance class while dropping Rinaldos mid-class Hope there was a Pass / Fail grade option.

  28. I tried to just play it off like 40 minutes of finance was my max or I had better things to do. Then I had to either go under 5 minutes or over 15 so as to avoid walking out when class was letting out. It was a stressful, stressful time for young Mister D.

  29. Manny I would have to agree that I certainly would like very much to not see the Rangers lose this game, please and thank you.

  30. ^ Oh look I got the hattie. I’ve already done more than Nash will do over the next week : D

  31. “Do they still play the R-A-N-G-E-R-S song at MSG?”

    Oh, GOD! I forgot about that. Horrible!

  32. Stranger Nation on

    Hope MacDonald gets his skates sharpened. He seems to lose his balance easily – future Bruin?

    Jah Rue goes down like Louganis.

  33. Hope Mason doesn’t use any of that occult black magic on NYR, or they will be stonewalled.

  34. -Any rumor those were actually secret Flyers tryouts?-

    Any truth to the rumor those were actually secret Flyers tryouts?

    Really stomped out my own joke there.

  35. I chuckled Mr. D. Well, I’m sure once the Pens trade Swiss-Cheese Fleury to the Flyers next season, they’ll need a capable starting goaltender and Brad Richards will be available.

  36. Rob in Beantown on

    Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN
    Ben Bishop, Tuukka Rask and Semyon Varlamov announced as three finalists for this year’s Vezina Trophy

  37. Doodie Machetto on

    We had a supply delivery from W.B. Mason. The delivery guy was wearing a Flyers hat. I booed him the entire time he was in my office. My boss yelled at me afterwards.

    Totally worth it.

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  39. iWicky "Where's my C"? on

    Mary carillo takes a major penalty tonight against read in retaliation for last game

    Book it

  40. Rob in Beantown on

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    Book it

  41. Rob in Beantown on

    If you disassociate yourself from the meaning and just try to look at it on it’s own, “book” is really weird looking and sounding word

  42. >>MSG is using the same songs that NBCSN…

    Semi serious question: Do people really want to hear music while watching or attending a sporting event? I know I certainly don’t.

  43. JBytes, I enjoy the organ renditions of popular songs Ray Castoldi comes up with along with the standard organ fare. I don’t care much for the actual songs. Will he play “Frankenstein” in Game 5?

    Book it.

  44. JBytes, if done right, yes. But I don’t want to hear Bfuglien Imagine Dragons or One Republic every Befuglien TV timeout.

    Book it.

  45. _Mary carillo takes a major penalty tonight against read in retaliation for last game_

    Yeah, there’s like a 70% chance he gives back the gains of last night.

  46. Last GAME. Goodness gracious do I need the ability to edit within 5 seconds of posting.

  47. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Allow me to finish. I was on the can this morning and my Rinaldo was ejected. 2 minutes for holding, 5 minute major for unsportsmanlike conduct, and a game misconduct for leaving the bench early.

  48. When some loud braggart tries to put me down and says his stool is great,
    I say ‘what’s a matter buddy, ain’t you heard of my stool?
    It’s number one in the State!’
    Be true to your stool.

  49. ‘atta boy, Doodie!

    Manny what’s with the *literal* hate? These guys *booked* something and didn’t invite you?

  50. Wicky©This team needs playable INTIMIDATION!! on

    I’m just waiting on the diver to start saying “papier mashay” that’s about all that prima donna has left to do before the pretentious transformation is complete…sheesh

  51. As Viceroy of *Metal* and with special permission granted by the *King*, I present to you today’s *Metal* selection.

    It comes to you by way of the mighty *Animals* *as* *Leaders*. These uber *Lords* of technical *prowess* are a progressive *Metal* band featuring virtuoso lead guitarist, Tosin Abasi. These cats be so good that they don’t even need to waste your *earholes* with a bassist or singer.

    You might be familiar with their *killer* new record, The Joy of Motion, but I would like to take you back to the beginning. Here is a track named *CAFO* off their debut album. I’ve included video so you can be fully mesmorized by these astoundingly talented musicians.

    Enjoy it punks.

  52. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Shooting pool, go to school, in a dual, way to cool, drop a stool, George Boole, what a tool, dont be cruel, play the fool…


  53. Day after day,
    Alone on a hill
    The man with the stoolish grin
    Is keeping perfectly still

    But nobody wants to know him
    They can see that he’s just a stool
    And he never gives an answer

    But the stool on the hill
    Sees the sun going down
    And the eyes in his head
    See the world spinning round.’

  54. Eddie you know I’ve been reading your posts for too long when I start reading them and my brain starts playing background music while I do it :)

  55. ‘Slow down, you move too fast.
    You got to make the morning last.
    Just kicking down the cobble stones.
    Looking for fun and feelin’ Pozy.’

  56. Wicky©This team needs playable INTIMIDATION!! on

    I guess to be one of the *cool* kids I need to use *grating bold* a lot and post about stuff most don’t care *about*, so here is my *AWESOME* selection of *METAL* for the day…

    Today’s *METAL* selection is Beryllium

    *Beryllium* is the chemical element with the symbol *Be* and *atomic number 4*. Because any beryllium synthesized in stars is short-lived, it is a relatively *rare* element in the universe.

    Fun Facts
    Beryllium is the fourth element on the periodic table and the 44th most abundant element in the earth’s crust.

    Beryllium is two-thirds the density of aluminum.

    By weight, beryllium has six times the specific stiffness of steel.

    Beryllium is non-magnetic.

    Only three countries, the United States, China, and Kazakhstan currently process beryllium ores and concentrates into beryllium products.

    Beryllium was discovered in 1798 by Louis-Nicholas Vauquelin.

    Beryllium is used in the Space Shuttle and the Spitzer Space Telescope – due to its strength and light weight.

    The next-generation James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to deploy in 2014, will depend on a 6.5 meter beryllium mirror to see objects 200 times fainter than visible before.

    Beryllium is a part of many of the things you rely on each day, including cellular phones, kitchen and laundry appliances, home temperature controls, MP3 players, desktop and portable computers, and your car.

    Beryllium ceramics are used to focus and control the lasers used in eye surgery.


  57. VVICky: No *offense* but you’re not authorized to post anything about *METAL*. That job, as Viceroy, was given to *Booby*. Please accept your fate.

  58. iWicky "Where's my C"? on

    I could *LIT’RALLY* care less about your delusional authority around here or your numerous annoying attention grabbing antics.


    Book it

  59. Remember VVicky, I am a gym rat. You get your workout in by doing house chores. Doesn’t bode well for your *head health*

  60. iWicky "Where's my C"? on

    Eddie x 3
    I live my life in a hostile and uncooperative manner, so there is no pozy

    Book it

  61. rangerjhw

    We need a goal like the Bruin OT one…off two sticks and a leg…while sucking the life out of the Wings and their fans…leaving the media scrambling for a list of three game comeback teams and quotes about winning 5min period at at time..and one game at a time..yep…I would love to have all ths served up tonight….the dreaded three game lead!


  62. and this..afternoon boneheads

    Alain Amour

    Is there even one Flyer we can like? Maybe Streit? Seriously, they are like that di*k fraternity that stands on their own bar and pees into the crowd of party guests. They high five each other, maybe slip two girls a roofie and drive drunk to the bar just to fight the bouncers. How can these guys even look at themselves in the mirror when they shave? Which they’ll be doing by Monday

    well said

  63. Stranger Nation on

    Ex3 – be sure to wipe your Jah Rue and shake your Babcock after your Rinaldo.

  64. Loved to see Gabby last night take his time, pick a spot, find it, fire, and score! No slamming it into the logo or crashing glass.

  65. Wow just read that article in the Post. So in short the Flyers are saying “WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. the Rangers won’t goon it up after the whistle so that we can beat up on them and get them to take penalties. that’s not playoff hockey”.Xomplaining that their physical edge can’t be used to their advantage? How bout asking Lundqvist to give up more goals?

    ..Maybe it’s time for a new regime to come in and change the identity of that organization. Someone with the correct ratio of brains to balls who can be like “listen we know the pride of this team has been being a bunch of goons but it hasn’t done anything for you in oh FORTY years. so guess what? it’s time to play with a little more than that”

  66. In Sioux’s hattrick, I have snuck up on the Toothless Icehole and passed his nasty azz, thang God.

  67. zebras would be well advised to stop just giving penalties to retaliators and take the creep who started it off the ice as well.

  68. Rinaldo: “let me score or I’m going to beat the *#%&#%(#&% out of you”

    Lundqvist: “that might have worked on prom night, but it’s not getting you anywhere in the playoffs, pal”

  69. Giroux is also the one that was trying to decide who he gets to fight. The Phlyers lost the game as you might remember.

  70. Rob in Beantown on

    Jimmy Howard has “the flu,” yet he is going to sit on the bench and be the back up. What could possibly go wrong?

  71. Also, someone in my office literally just called 9-1-1 to report the DMV for not mailing her license to her. Except they did. But it must have “gotten lost” she claims. She also thinks that whoever has possession of her license is going to commit crimes in her name and “the DMV is liable for those crimes!”

  72. Rob in Beantown on

    Giroux: [to Brian Byole] Hey, did Rupp do the “Jags Salute?”

    Boyle: I thought it was pretty cool.

    Giroux: How is that cool? That’s the second goal of his [byfuglien] career.

    Hartnell: That’s fucking embarrassing is what it is.

    Boyle: Shut up.

    Giroux: The guy’s a [byfuglien] legend.


  73. Rob in Beantown on

    Giroux: [to Brian Byole] Hey, did Rupp do the “Jags Salute?”

    Boyle: I thought it was pretty cool.

    Giroux: How is that cool? That’s the second goal of his [byfuglien] career.

    Hartnell: That’s [byfuglien] embarrassing is what it is.

    Boyle: Shut up.

    Giroux: The guy’s a [byfuglien] legend.


  74. Cannibal comedian – “The crowd gave me a big hand.”

    Cannibal Chief: “Cook it.”

  75. By the way, I totally had a brain fart. Mother in law had to cancel watching the kids again (for Mrs. Gravy’s belated b-day dinner) because she’s still sick. When Mrs. Gravy suggested calling my mom to sub tonight, I told her to do what she wanted because it’s her b-day dinner.

    What was I thinking?

  76. Cooke’s thoughts as he was skating towards Barrie: ‘I can’t do this, I’m a changed man”

    fook it

  77. She thinks that people are going to commit crimes with her license. Possibly open a bank account in her name using the license. Possibly people jumping the turnstyle and using her license when they get a ticket.


  78. Actually, I think this came up somewhere recently, that someone lost their license, didn’t report it, then had their identity stolen.

    I could have dreamed that though.

  79. Manny give me her direct number I’m going to call her and tell her I have her license and want a hundred thousand dollars in exchange for not stealing her identity.

  80. OMG James. That’s the best idea. I wish we could do that. But she would for sure get your number on her caller ID and LOSE HER MIND

  81. Matty"FromVienna!!"Boy on

    LGR!! LGR!!! LGR!!!

    We win tonight and break the PO schneid. No more 7 games to win a 7 gamer!!!

    Win, baby, WIN!!!! POZY!! POZY!!!!

  82. Thanks to South Park, all of us know who farted on the set of Blue Lagoon once.

    Brooke it.

  83. Manny, tell her you’ll get her a frozen burrito from the gas station to cheer her up.

    nuke it

  84. So, Rinaldo -the Clown- thinks the series hasn’t been physical. He said that maybe the refs are in his head, and he’ll have to change that.

  85. Stranger Nation on

    “Momentum is a big part of games and of the playoffs,” Vigneault told reporters after practice on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. “When you have it, you want to keep it. And when you don’t have it, you want to make sure those next couple shifts are good ones.”


  86. Rob in Beantown on

    This blog had *momentum* for a few hours this morning. But it seems to be gone now.

  87. Momentum in games, absolutely, 100 percent definitely and completely proven in these playoffs.

    Momentum from one game to the next, absolutely, 100 percent not, and completely proven out through these playoffs again, as always.

  88. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Or how about:
    Stuff costs more than it used to…Young people use curse words…

  89. “Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.” Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey

  90. I hope that after I die, people will say of me: “That guy sure owed me a lot of money.” – Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey

  91. “If any man says he hates war more than I do, he better have a knife, that’s all I have to say.” Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey

  92. “I bet it was pretty hard to pick up girls if you had the Black Death.” – Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

  93. “If you think a weakness can be turned into a strength, I hate to tell you this, but that’s another weakness.” – Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

  94. “To me, it’s always a good idea to always carry two sacks of something when you walk around. That way, if anybody says, “Hey, can you give me a hand?,” you can say, “Sorry, got these sacks.” – Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

  95. “If you’re a cowboy, and you’re dragging a guy behind your horse, I bet it would really make you mad if you looked back and the guy was reading a magazine.” – Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

  96. @Sun_Tychkowski 2h

    “We’re right there with them. Now it’s time, sorry about the words, to put our balls on the table.” – Avs coach Patrick Roy on Game 5

  97. “If you’re ever stuck in some thick undergrowth, in your underwear, don’t stop and think of what other words have “under” in them, because that’s probably the first sign of jungle madness.” – Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

  98. Jeff in South Dakota on

    “The fact that there is a Poutinefest occurring in Ottawa right now makes Canada’s universal health care system make so much more sense.” — Jim Gaffigan

  99. Rob in Beantown on

    I bet the main reason the police keep people away from a plane crash is they don’t want anybody walking in and lying down in the crash stuff, then when somebody comes up act like they just woke up and go, “What was THAT?!”

  100. “Instead of studying for finals, what about just going to the Bahamas and catching some rays? Maybe you’ll flunk, but you might have flunked anyway; that’s my point.” – Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy

  101. I’d like to see a nature film where an eagle swoops down and pulls a fish out of a lake, and then maybe he’s flying along, low to the ground, and the fish pulls a worm out of the ground. Now that’s a documentary!

  102. Rob in Beantown on

    I remember that one fateful day when Coach took me aside. I knew what was coming. “You don’t have to tell me,” I said. “I’m off the team, aren’t I?” “Well,” said Coach, “you never were really ON the team. You made that uniform you’re wearing out of rags and towels, and your helmet is a toy space helmet. You show up at practice and then either steal the ball and make us chase you to get it back, or you try to tackle people at inappropriate times.” It was all true what he was saying. And yet, I thought something is brewing inside the head of this Coach. He sees something in me, some kind of raw talent that he can mold. But that’s when I felt the handcuffs go on.

  103. Jeff in South Dakota on

    “It’s impossible to sit in a Range Rover and not look condescending.” — Jim Gaffigan

  104. If you get invited to your first orgy, don’t just show up nude. That’s a common mistake. You have to let nudity “happen.”

  105. uh oh. Manny’s on a jibberish bender.

    If Roy is putting his privates on the table I’m going OUT for dinner.

  106. Rob in Beantown on

    If you go to a party, and you want to be the popular one at the party, do this: Wait until no one is looking, then kick a burning log out of the fireplace onto the carpet. Then jump on top of it with your body and yell, “Log o’ fire! Log o’ fire!” I’ve never done this, but I think it’d work.

  107. If I was being executed by injection, I’d clean up my cell real neat. Then, when they came to get me, I’d say, “Injection? I thought you said inspection’.” They’d probably feel real bad, and maybe I could get out of it.

  108. Jeff in South Dakota on

    “At this point is there any difference between a yogurt commercial and Lifetime Television?” — Jim Gaffian

  109. Rob in Beantown on

    If they ever come up with a swashbuckling School, I think one of the courses should be Laughing, Then Jumping Off Something.

  110. Jeff in South Dakota on

    “Interesting Fact: Turkey bacon is the source of 70% of all the disappointment in our lives.” — Jim Gaffigan

  111. Rob in Beantown on

    If you’re in a war, instead of throwing a hand grenade at some guys, throw one of those little baby-type pumpkins. Maybe it’ll make everyone think of how crazy war is, and while they’re thinking, you can throw a real grenade.

  112. If you’re ever selling your house, and some people come by, and a big rat comes out and he’s dragging the rattrap because it didn’t quite kill him, just tell the people he’s your pet and that’s a trick you taught him.

  113. Jeff in South Dakota on

    “Ever read a book that changed your life? Me neither.” — Jim Gaffigan

  114. I hope that someday we will be able to put away our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.

  115. Rob in Beantown on

    I guess of all my uncles, I liked Uncle Cave Man the best. We called him Uncle Cave Man because he lived in a cave and because sometimes he’d eat one of us. Later on we found out he was a bear.

  116. If I lived back in the Wild West days, instead of carrying a six-gun in my holster, I’d carry a soldering iron. That way, if some smart-aleck cowboy said something like, “Hey look. He’s carrying a soldering iron!” and started laughing, and everybody else started laughing, I could just say, “That’s right, it’s a soldering iron. The soldering iron of justice.” Then everybody would get real quiet and ashamed, because they made fun of the soldering iron of justice, and I could probably hit them up for a free drink.

  117. If I had a mine shaft, I don’t think I would just abandon it. There’s got to be a better way.

  118. Anytime I see something screech across a room and latch onto someone’s neck, and the guy screams and tries to get it off, I have to laugh, because what IS that thing?!

  119. Rob in Beantown on

    If you were a poor Indian with no weapons, and a bunch of conquistadores came up to you and asked where the gold was, I don’t think it would be a good idea to say, “I swallowed it. So sue me.”

  120. Doodie Machetto on

    Whenever I see an old lady slip and fall on a wet sidewalk, my first instinct is to laugh. But then I think, what if I was an ant, and she fell on me. Then it wouldn’t seem quite so funny.

  121. I think a new, different kind of bowling should be “carpet bowling.” It’s just like regular bowling, only the lanes are carpet instead of wood. I don’t know why we should do this, but my gosh, we’ve got to try something!

  122. Doodie Machetto on

    I bet a funny thing about driving a car off a cliff is, while you’re in midair, you still hit those brakes! Hey, better try the emergency brake!

  123. Rob in Beantown on

    If you ever teach a yodeling class, probably the hardest thing is to keep the students from just trying to yodel right off. You see, we BUILD to that.

  124. If you go flying back through time, and you see somebody else flying forward into the future, it’s probably best to avoid eye contact.

  125. Doodie Machetto on

    I guess more bad things have been done in the name of progress than any other, I myself have been guilty of this. When I was a teenager, I stole a car and drove it out into the desert and set it on fire. When the police showed up, I just shrugged and said, “Hey, progress.” Boy, did I have a lot to learn.

  126. Doodie Machetto on

    Sometimes life seems like a dream, especially when I look down and see that I forgot to put on my pants.

  127. “The next time I have meat and mashed potatoes, I think I’ll put a very large blob of potatoes on my plate with just a little piece of meat. And if someone asks me why I didn’t get more meat, I’ll just say, “Oh, you mean this?” and pull out a big piece of meat from inside the blob of potatoes, where I’ve hidden it. Good magic trick, huh?”

  128. Rob in Beantown on

    I hate it when people say somebody has a “speech impediment”, even if he does, because it could hurt his feelings. So instead, I call it a “speech improvement”, and I go up to the guy and say, “Hey, Bob, I like your speech improvement.” I think this makes him feel better.

  129. Rob in Beantown on

    I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they choose a king, they don’t just go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas.

  130. “I bet a fun thing would be to go way back in time to where there was going to be an eclipse and tell the cave men, “If I have come to destroy you, may the sun be blotted out from the sky.” Just then the eclipse would start, and they’d probably try to kill you or something, but then you could explain about the rotation of the moon and all, and everyone would get a good laugh.”

  131. “Now it’s time, sorry about the words, to put our balls on the table.” – Avs coach Patrick Roy on Game 5”

    NEVER say you’re sorry about the words, then say the words. You lose the ability to apologize for an inadvertent remark.

  132. “If you ever crawl inside an old hollow log and go to sleep, and while you’re in there some guys come and seal up both ends and then put it on a truck and take it to another city, boy, I don’t know what to tell you.”

  133. Sometimes I wonder if I’m patriotic enough. Yes, I want to kill people, but on both sides.

  134. It’s funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating.

  135. If you ever catch on fire, try to avoid seeing yourself in the mirror, because I bet that’s what REALLY throws you into a panic.

  136. If you go to a costume party at your boss’s house, wouldn’t you think a good costume would be to dress up like the boss’s wife? Trust me, it’s not.

  137. Rupp, pounding Cooke: “I know you’re a changed man, but God said you haven’t changed enough.”

  138. If I was a cowboy in a lynch mob, I think I’d try to stay near the back. That way, if somebody shamed us into disbanding, I could sort of slip off to the side and pretend I was window-shopping or something.

  139. If Chastity Bono was the boss’s wife and you dressed up like her, no one would know the difference, so you would have a big joke inside your head that no one knows what the joke is about.

  140. If you’re robbing a bank and you’re pants fall down, I think it’s okay to laugh and to let the hostages laugh too, because, come on, life is funny.

  141. When you die, if you get a choice between going to regular heaven or pie heaven, choose pie heaven. It might be a trick, but if it’s not, mmmmmmm, boy.

  142. Graves, that is very close to Pascal’s Wager. (if anyone has the energy to look it up)

  143. Rupper, grabbing Nazem Kardri: Sorry I have to do this, but you’re worshipping a false god.

  144. Stat of the day last 10 times rangers led in a series they went on to lose the next game. Go back to 2008 Brodeur Avery.

  145. Released another Rinaldo prior to leaving the office for the day.

    Put that one into the Jersey Community.

    Not like me to pulse a second Rinaldo before the evening.

    I guess it must be game day jitters.

    Oh well. More room for dinner.

  146. This is definitely a game where the Rangers need to stay disciplined as I believe a Rangers win tonight will essentially end the series.

    Philly is going to come out hard, dirty and reckless and the Rangers need to weather the storm and kill them off the counter-attack.

    The Rangers really need Hank to be at his best tonight since I am expecting a full onslaught from Philly. First goal is huge.

  147. Good evening all!

    If you ever need to kill some time being amused and confused by total (j)gibberish, then this is the place, for dang sure.

    See you all later.

    LGR, please, please, please, please!!!!

  148. BickelsPickle on

    “My lucky number is four billion. That doesn’t come in real handy when you’re gambling. “Come on four billion!… Byfuglien! Seven. Not even close. I need some more dice. Four billion divided by six… at least. Snake eyes!” I just said “snake eyes.” That’s a gambling term. Or it’s a animal term too.” – Mitch Hedberg

  149. I know Mama, I copied and pasted your earlier post!

    LGR !!!

    I really want to win and I really, really hate the Flyers, really.

  150. Manny will let us know when it is allowed.
    When WHAT is allowed?
    Whatever Manny thinks falls within the realm of allowability.

  151. With the money we all pay here, there is no reason that Carp should be allowed to have a life.

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