Game 7: Rangers-Flyers in review

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In case you missed it overnight, click here for the entire second-round playoff schedule.

Click here for my column on the Rangers winning the series the hard way, smoking in the dynamite shed, as usual.

I will post the links to Josh Thomson, 26’s game story and my notebook from Game 7 later.

Don’t know if anybody went back and checked the first-round predictions contest results yet. I will get to that … eventually.

Thoughts:

1) As I wrote in the column, maybe you wonder what’s missing from this core group that’s been together three years now, that they can’t win games that aren’t Must-Wins. But, boy, you wonder how they can keep going to the well and winning when they’re facing elimination (7-2 now, with four straight Game 7 wins).

2) The schedule. It is just absolutely ridiculous, absurd, that the Rangers are going to have played six playoff games in nine days. Thanks NBC and Madison Square Garden and whatever sponsor’s name is on that Pittsburgh arena for the time being. Billy Joel and the Liberty at the Garden are more than partially responsible for this mess. And ya boys are partly responsible, too, for not closing out the Flyers earlier.

3) I honestly don’t give the Rangers much of a chance to beat the Penguins. Not unless Marc-Andre Fleury really implodes. And that certainly could happen. But the way the Rangers played in three of the games against the Flyers, they will be destroyed by the Penguins. Pittsburgh’s forwards and defense are miles better than the Flyers, and the Penguins are just as rough and rugged, maybe more so. I don’t see which Rangers forwards are gonna be able to tangle with Crosby and Malkin, not to mention Neal and Kunitz and Sutter (is he healthy?). But that’s for later on today and tomorrow.

4) Making the playoffs eight of nine years. Playing seven playoff rounds in three years. It ain’t the Stanley Cup, not even close, but there aren’t many teams or fanbases that wouldn’t trade places with you guys. Those great, loud fans in San Jose sure would today.

5) Daily Nash-O-Meter. Again, this is what infuriates fans about this guy. So freakin’ gifted. Such a dominant figure …. when he wants to be. Don’t anybody dare say Nash didn’t playing his hind quarters off in this game. He sure did. He had three very big hits. He made sensational defensive plays. He was dangerous all over the ice. I don’t care that he didn’t score. But he needs to play like that a lot more often. The top stars in the league do. He doesn’t. We saw it from him in Columbus one night. We saw it from him before the Olympics and for a while after.  We saw it on that last shift of the Game 4 loss in Philly, when he did jack the first 58 minutes. Again, I thought Nash was better for some of this series, especially early, and then in Game 5, than most of you did. He didn’t score a goal, and that’s a major problem. But to me, it’s the dearth of nights like last night’s that’s most troublesome.

6) I’m going to level with you. If my team’s in a Game 7, I want Henrik Lundqvist in there. Last four Game 7s, three total goals against. But, I didn’t think he had to be spectacular in this one. He was terrific, don’t get me wrong. I just didn’t think he was fabulous throughout the series. And Steve Mason was fabulous, especially early in Game 6 and throughout Game 7 when the Rangers were as good as they were in Game 5. Crazy series.

7) Alain Vigneault=genius. On the eve of John Tortorella’s dismissal in Vancouver, AV made another minor move that came up aces. His lineup switch to Daniel Carcillo paid off big-time in Game 3, his switch to J.T. Miller was a roaring success in Game 5, and his move back to Carcillo in Game 7 ended up in the first goal of the game — and to that point, the teams that scored first had won 16 consecutive Game 7s. And, hey, AV used his timeout!

8) The Carcillo goal in Game 7 was the fourth in this series off what I call the “Jack in the Box” play, where a player jumps out of the penalty box and scores a goal. It was the third by the Rangers, the second by Carcillo. As @gfallar said on Twitter: “The box is Danny’s home base, he recharges in there.”

9) As was the case in Game 5, I’m not going to list all the guys who played well, because pretty much everybody did. The defense was superb, with a big bounce-back from Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh after a sub-par Game 6 (they tend to do that, come right back after a rare stinker), and yet another remarkably strong  game for Marc Staal and Anton Stralman. And the Rangers’ top regular-season line of Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Benoit Pouliot played its best game of the series. All series, whether Carcillo, Jesper Fast or Miller was on their wing, I thought the Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards combo, Hagelin with his wheels, Richards with his puck skills, was the Rangers best of the top three, and of course, the fourth line just keeps on getting the job done, creating zone time and problems for the opponents. The Rangers are going to need scoring from all lines against the Ice Birds.

10) Sideshow Rinaldo=much, much offensive-zone hilarity and happiness for the Rangers throughout the series. Been going on for three years, actually. And he also took a stupid penalty. Fortunately for him, “stinks” isn’t a strong enough word for the Rangers power play. Maybe Torts can come back as an assistant to help out with that (sarcasm).

11) Going back to Mr. Offensive Zone Penalty, Pouliot. This time, for sure, it wasn’t his fault. he was shoved on top of Mason. Just another of the many dreadful calls throughout these playoffs, against all teams in all series. New game, new rulebook. Pouliot didn’t deserve a penalty. The Hockey Gods smiled with that eye-popping penalty kill — blocked shots by Stralman and Dominic Moore, monstrous plays by Staal and McDonagh. Then the Hockey Gods smiled again, as Pouliot buried Brassard’s pass through two sets of Flyers skates, off a Sideshow Rinaldo turnover.

12) I didn’t see  any Rangers fans gang up, 40 against 2, in any drunken brawls in this game for some reason. Oh, right, it wasn’t in Philadelphia. Click here to see Mr. Snider in his private suite for Game 7 at MSG, with his cute little Flyers pennants hanging from a string across the ceiling. And click here to see the Empire State Building all lit up in Blue and Red for the Rangers after the game.

13) How about the guy in the Lundqvist jersey who fired a puck from center ice through a hole the size of a golf ball to win a Lexus during the second intermission? The Garden, I must say, was loud all night long. The bridge shook (I wasn’t happy about that) after both goals, and again at the end of the game. People even put down their phones at times.

14) I don’t care which teams are on which sides, the post-series handshake line is one of the coolest things in hockey, in sports. Actually, it is one of the things that separates hockey and its playoffs from all the other sports. It’s even cooler when it’s two old rivals like these lining up in a show of sportsmanship and respect. And it reminds me how classless some of the Devils were once upon a time, skipping out on the handshake with the Rangers (1997, I think). And how classless Skid Crosby was, leaving Nick Lidstrom hanging to do a TV interview. If Rinaldo and Carcillo, if Derek Dorsett and Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux and Girardi, can shake hands at the end of that series, everybody ought to be able to do it. Almost everybody always does.

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My Three Rangers Stars:
1. Marc Staal.
2. Henrik Lundqvist.
3. Daniel Carcillo.
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Kenny Albert’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Marc Staal/Anton Stralman.
2. Daniel Carcillo.
3. Rick Nash.
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Josh Thomson, 26’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Henrik Lundqvist.
2. Anton Stralman.
3. Daniel Carcillo.
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Your poll vote for Three Rangers Stars:
1. Henrik Lundqvist.
2. Anton Stralman.
3. Daniel Carcillo.
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  1. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Game 7 , baby !!!"...says Greg L. on

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    RANGERS win!!!

    BTW IM FIRST!!!!!

  2. Thanks Carp, on to another PA team. If we thought the refs were bad in this series can’t wait for the Crosby sideshow. Nice point on Nash, anyway he can self motivate, I hope he does more. LGR!

  3. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Game 7 , baby !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Carp , Fat head forgot to shake Avery’s hand…

    Great write up , lots to read .

    You don’t give the Rangers a chance against the Pens . Then what do we have to lose? The Penguins have PRESSURE . We have none and we start on the road where we are the best .
    Last I looked Malkin sucks and Crosby can’t do squat . Ok yeah then played pritty good and won their last series but so did we. We can play better and we will , we have to or we lose.

  4. The rangers are in the second round. MAF is not going to play anywhere near as good as mason. You can book it. Penguins are way more formidable than basically every team in the league up front. They will get a ton of calls. But the end of the day, we play the game. Opinions. Predictions, etc. I am going to celebrate this team right now. Worry about round two tomorrow. Carp has called the rangers the third best team in the east all season. He’s sticking to it. Totally respect that.

  5. Sweet….got all day today…and a good chunk of tomorrow to enjoy the win…this was a series I felt they should win….and now is a series they can win….after that,,,who knows…so we will deal with this now…and if nothing else….give Rick Nash an opportunity to tie Carcillo in goals for this years playoffs…and Dan may not be finished scoring yet. Nice to know…late in a game…we got Boyle and Moore upfront…tremendous confidence…and two pairings of shutdown defensemen…we just need some goals..and while the Pens overall are a better team…our Goalie should outplay theirs…and that wasnt always the case in Round 1. Goodbye Mr, Snider..or rather…good riddance!

  6. Besides liberty playing Thursday may 8 at 11:00 am in the morning and billy Joel next night there stil is no reason the ranger series should be over paying 7 games in 11 days

    Look at Anaheim series off days and don’t end till 3 days later for a game 7

  7. wildplaces on

    WeeeHaaaa! Nice writeup, Carp, but not sure I agree about the Pens. They turned it on when they needed to against the Blue Jackets, but could have one either way toward the end of several games…I’m hopeful, if not optimistic. Pens reminded me of watching Rick Nash over the past season. They seemed to glide for much of the games, then turn it on periodically to show off their talent. If the Rangers push their work ethic, they have a fighting chance.

  8. New Newman on

    Stemkowski said, “maybe we can ask the NHL to let Carcillo rest in the box, not the bench.” Funny.

    Stralman deserves special mention. Best game of series for him, blocking shots, hitting guys, making nifty plays/passes.

    Pens were streaky vs Jackets btw.

  9. Carp, it’s got to be Stralman over Carbomb great review…….remember when Billy Smith wouldn’t shake hands at the end of the series. Another reason to hate Cindy, leaving classy Nik standing there. Stay classy Philly lol

  10. The thing with MAF is he really plays great in stretches…..maddening for his team and opposition alike

  11. Norm Merton on

    Pouliot should know that that the goalie cannot be touched unless you accidentally brush his jersey while twisting like a swordfish on a hook, desperately trying to avoid contact while screaming all the while, “Ref! Ref! Look at me twisting out of the way like a swordfish!” He had a half-second to remember this after Timonen pushed him, and he lost his focus, right? I was pissed at Pouliot at the time, but what an idiotic call by the ref, who was perfectly positioned for his misinterpretation. Good for Pouliot not to facewash him after he scored.

  12. Game 6 at the garden on Mother’s Day. Last year 4:30 on Mother’s Day for game 6 vs caps. My wife is going to freaking flip. NBC has players championship golf on that weekend so can they please make the rangers game at night or after hawks/wild game

  13. Shoot the puck Barry on

    Great quote on the post game handshake

    Dino Ciccarelli on Lemieux after that fateful Detroit-Colorado series: “I can’t believe I shook his freakin’ hand.”

    but he did….Draper took about 75 stitches to the face courtesy of Claude…

  14. The Empire State Building sure looks purdy in Rangers colors :)

    If the Rangers play like they did last night throughout the series they have a better than fighting chance against the Pens. MAF didn’t look all that great against Columbus and we have better weapons.

    Pouliot did the right thing standing in front of Mason, and got called for a penalty for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. What a joke. It will be much worse against the Pens who get the benefit of EVERY call. Look at Skid funny and it’s two minutes for staring.

    Nash….wow. He needs to play like that every game.

    How many of you thought, after Philly scored (and btw, that was kind of a weak goal by Hank), that they’d lose? Especially after getting SO many chances and Mason came up big.

    I can’t believe, after all these years I’m rooting for that piece of Carcillo and he’s actually scoring big goals…for us!! Still seems kinda wrong. Are we signing Matt Cooke for next season?

  15. iManny-O-War on

    We won’t beat the Penguins. I actually know this. Am ok with it. So everyone digest that and try to have fun with this round. I certainly won’t be able to. My terror/excitement ratios will remain consistently offensive.

  16. Manny,

    We are now playing with house money. Whatever happens happens. If we lose, we weren’t suppose to win the series, if we win, it’s that much better. LGR!!

  17. Sioux-per-man on

    SIOUXper win last night!

    So much fun to watch!

    Rangers in 7 over the penguins!

  18. Two more home games for Richards! And two more box office bonanazas for Dolan!!!

  19. If we had someone to shoot bombs from the pp point, our team would instantly move up to the next level. We’d have much more space below the hash marks to shoot wide from

  20. Pens in 5. Schedule doesn’t help but regardless like manny we have no depth in center ice to contain Crosby Malkin over 7 games.

  21. Staal had a great series, no? Didn’t curse him once that I can recall, or his future generations that he shall begat. Rounding into shape just in time for his annual tango with Sid. Sid to start a reality series – Dancing With Two New Scars

  22. Pens defense looked suspect last series and Fleury has major breakdowns so we have a shot…. Great game by Staal and Stralman…two world class passes from Zucc and Brassard

  23. how absolutely insufferable will the NBC commentators be in this series. I might have to watch it on mute the whole time.

  24. Rob in Beantown on

    Football players play 16 games per year. Hockey players play 6 playoff games in 9 days. Which sport is tougher, again?

  25. More to your point about new game, new rulebook; get ready for the Cindy Crosby referee rulebook!!!!! If one of our D-men, pitchfork Cindy between the legs like Macdonald did to Carcillo last night, Both Referees would call a penalty. And of course, Cindy would go down like he was shot!!!!

  26. BickelsPickle on

    Waiting to be surprised by our boys this series. I smell a sweep though. But after watching NHL’s inside the locker room shenanigans, it gave me SOME #HOPE #OBAMA #2014

  27. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    What’s with the Sunday/Monday back to back, plus travel.

    That makes ZERO sense?

    Does Calm Talbot get the Monday game :)

  28. BickelsPickle on

    thinking about how these players are able to play these back to back PLAYOFF games makes my muscles ache

  29. iDoodie Machetto on

    I had it Stralman-Carcillo-Nash. Strong honorable mentions to Staal, Girardi, McDonagh, Lundqvist, Moore, and MZA. And Boyle deserves a mention just for crushing Voracek.

    That was the best this team has played all season. But holy crap, the PP is dreadful.

  30. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    SeeeDubbb – at the quarter pole takes the lead around the first corner!

    I can’t believe I didn’t hit save when I switched my vote to the KINGs. Ugh.

    Oh well, nice to see my past Captain Greene, play and all world game against the Sharks, and steal game 7 on the Road.

    Probably the best night in hockey ever, while simultaneously the worst night in cards. But I’ll take the Ranger win, EVERYDAY!

    THE KING wins game 7 > My Pocket KINGS lose to a one outer on the river – to a straight flush. The hand went down at the same time the clock hit zero. How crazy is that?

  31. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    I still think this is going to be a great series.

    Hank will steal *TWO* games, and MSL & Nash will win one, with the 4th win coming from Zucc’s line. Not sure in what order.

    Now the other 3 games, the Rangers probably get smoked by the talent in Pittsburgh. They have forwards that can score! But the Rangers have the better goalie, and the edge on Defense.

  32. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    The EPIC game last night had to go to the WILD!!!

    Down 4 times to come back, each and every time, just to win it in overtime. HUGE WIN!

    Finding Neno – I can’t believe the fish sticks had that kid in the AHL. He wins this game for the Wild last night on two great goals.

  33. The worst part of the condensed schedule in this series is it means less of an opportunity for Kreider to get back.

    I was hoping he’d be back if this series goes to 6 or 7, but not sure that will happen now.

  34. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Great write up Carp, thanks! Spot on with item #5. The inconsistent effort from Nash is what frustrates me the most. If his effort was there every night I could live with the streaky goals, he was a force to be reckoned with, but it isn’t and it hasn’t been visible for long stretches this year. He has to be much better and consistent for me to change my opinion. As of now, I’d look to trade him during the summer. But then again, I wasn’t for the trade that brought him here in the first place.

  35. Jeff in South Dakota on

    In addition, I thought Staal and Stralman were monsters last night and deserved to be the top stars of the game.

  36. Doodie Machetto on

    How do you figure? They’re going to be totally gassed. Pens in 5.

  37. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Carp – do you think Nash could step up a WHOLE series? Perhaps engage Pittsburgh like they are Columbus?

    Or will he let Crosby steal the show on Broadway?

  38. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Doodie – Rangers are a great road team! The back to back will slow down the Penguins more than it will the Rangers. Rangers scoring comes from all over the line-up. IF the games are close, Hank wins over MAF.

    McD & Girardi will shut down Sid the Kid, in 4 games that the Rangers WIN!

    Rangers in 7. Because Hank doesn’t lose game 7’s.

    Put it in the Books! Sioux said it first :)

  39. What is the difference between a poor finish and a good/great save? Maybe the Rangers just finished very poorly throughout the series. Rangers definitely have a chance against Pens, but they can’t have “good” periods based on shots and gameflow. Winning period = good period.

  40. The Rangers will not get swept.

    Book it.

    In fact, I forsee 6 games, or a backbreaking 7th. Of course, I did pick the Rangers to win in my bracket :)

  41. Here’s a project for someone today. Go through the last umpteen Stanley Cup winners and see how many average games they played through the first three rounds.

  42. That didn’t come out right. See how many games they averaged playing in the first three rounds.

  43. Manny-O-War on

    By that I mean, 16 straight games in the playoffs. No one sweeps their way to the Stanley Cup.

  44. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    So the Rumor is Torts is OUT?

    He has to be laughing all the way to the bank!

    Didn’t he sign an extension in New York, then gets fired, so he gets to keep that money. Then hired for another $10M in Vancouver, so he will get all of that.

    So does he take the job in Nashville or Florida?

  45. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Manny – that will never happen, but when the KINGS won as the 8th seed coming in, it sure felt like it.

  46. Hate the schedule- but the underdog has to benefit from a situation that could see the series flipped or hammerlocked in lttle more than a 24 hour period. Sorry, don’t see this as the Rangers “playing with house money”- we’re not the Bluejackets- we need to seriously raise our level (esp. our goalie) and- no way MAF plays poorly against us. Hope our rolling four lines and perhaps Pitt. injuries work for us.

  47. AB, you really think goaltending is the area where our level needs to be raised? How about PP?

    Throw out Game 6, and Henrik gave up less than 2 a game on average. I’ll take that forever.

  48. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp,

    Last night was the first and only game of this entire series in which we agreed upon Nash. Guy was a force and unlucky not to have scored. If he plays every game like that, we won’t have to argue about how long it’s been since he’s scored because he WILL score eventually.

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    Can someone explain to me why the Anaheim-LA series doesn’t even play game 6 until May 14, but the Rangers have to play game 7 by May 13?

  50. The Rangers scored 5 goals in their 3 losses, including the throwaway goal at the end of Game 6. Hank wasn’t the problem.

  51. I like the schedule if anything. Penguins are better so any quirks that could throw them off are fine with me.

  52. Yeah, I mean, they play one back to back, and it’s not like it’s games 6 and 7…because that would never happen. (s)

  53. It won’t matter how many games they scheduled when the Ranger *sweep* the Pens.

  54. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Torts best fit would be Nashville. Great goaltending, with a strong defense. He would fit perfect there.

  55. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Gravy what are you drinking out of your Listerine bottle. It smells like Scotch :)

  56. What about Philadelphia, Sioux? Seems like a team that badly needs a coach who can stress and teach defense.

  57. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Anyone see the 1’st goal in the Wild game last night?

    How does a clear goal tender interference, with the ref waving off the goal. Turn into a goal. With no explanation of why?

    I’ve NEVER seen something like this before. The Ref right behind the goal, seeing everything that happened. And HE gets turned over. The replay shows he was right.

    And the color guys were all over it. Then nothing …..

  58. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Doc – Torts is perfect for Philly.

    I don’t see them firing a coach, that just took his team to the playoffs in the first year.

  59. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Trotz to Vancouver.

    Torts to Nashville :)

    Let’s do it again!!!

  60. Just look at all 4 playoff schedules how does kings series start a day later yet end 3 day later.

    Bruins start tonight end a day later.

    Blackhawks start same night and end 2 days later

  61. Mister D

    Telling your players to lay in front of every shot isn’t really what i would consider teaching defense.

    I think Dave Maloney said it best the other day during chat “Put simply. JT teams defended for the sake of defending while AV defends to make a play.”

  62. The answer to #1 came right out of Hank’s mouth a couple of weeks ago. When he was asked how it felt to clinch the playoffs with a few games still remaining, I rolled my eyes at the stupid question and expected, “feels great.” But that’s not what Hank said at all. He said, “It’s different.” and then something to the effect that it sure is exciting when it’s left to the last games. My heart sank. This simple statement was such an insight into the mentality of the core. They like the excitement of the must wins. Implying that, hey, clinching the playoffs with games remaining isn’t a big deal for the players…it’s merely different. These procrastinating, thrill seeking, adrenaline junkies can’t get fired up for just any ol’ game. That’s why MSG hands out towels during playoffs – to wipe away the nervous sweat and disappointed tears of the fans. They should include antacids.

  63. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Torts is a great teacher, so he could help the youth in Florida.

    It’s a tough call.

    Then I could see him sit back and walk the dogs with all the money he will be depositing.

  64. Manny-O-War on

    ?@Real_ESPNLeBrun Crosby, Getzlaf and Giroux announced as Hart finalists.

  65. Manny-O-War on

    Who would have thought that Claude Giroux would even be in the discussion for the Hart trophy after that start he had…

  66. Manny-O-War on

    Really happy to see that Ovechkin didn’t get nominated. I can’t wait to hear the Caps fans reactions to that.

  67. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    _Nino Niederreiter scored the game 7 winning-goal in OT_

    Finding Nino in MN. Boy did MN fleece the fishsticks trading Clutterbuck, for a goal scorer.

    Kind of reminds me of Kristo, buried in the AHL :)

  68. So relieved today. Hope my flight home tomorrow at 12:00 from Indy isn’t delayed . Need be home on my couch by7

  69. Surprised Prust didn’t get nominated for whatever…I can’t wait to hear Manny’s reaction to that.

  70. More the focus on D, CCCP. Aside from Couturier, none of their forwards seemed committed at all to playing deep inside their own zone.

  71. I think they just picked #2 and #3 in points because they had to. Its Crosby’s award by a huuuuuuuge margin.

    (Giroux’s secondary assist rate in terms of total points was really high this year. 5th highest of the 83 players w/ 50+ points this season.)

  72. Manny-O-War on

    Yup. Crosby again. And people are calling Crosby winning the Hart a “joke”

  73. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Manny – if Stralman has more games like that the Rangers will have to keep him :)

  74. _Crosby had freaking 68 assists!_

    26 setting up Chris Kunitz goals. That’s all you need to know to crowd him.

  75. Doodie Machetto on

    Stralman was my #1 star last night. His best game as a Ranger. It wasn’t just the blocked shots, either. His positioning was terrific, he made good pinches, and his passing choices were very smart. Just a great, great game all around.

  76. That’s the kind of game you win before even hitting the ice, just getting ready to play and come back off a terrible Game 6, so my #1 star was Brad Richards.

  77. Rob in Beantown on

    I had it Carcillo, Lundqvist, and Pouliot, because goals are all that matter. Goals and stopping goals.

  78. Doodie Machetto on

    Mister D, I didn’t think Richards was particularly good last night.

    I agree with Carp that Richards’ line was one of the better ones throughout the series (I think the fourth line was actually the best), but I thought Richards’ line was the worst last night. Not that it was bad, just that I thought the other three were really humming.

    Also, the PP was terrible, and Richards was a big reason for that. I think it might be time to try a different look than Richards on the point. Maybe put one of Stepan, MZA, or St. Louis on the point.

  79. (I was using the sarcasm about Richards the new leader, Doodie. But I thought he was good and engaged this series, or atleast games 1-5. Its the going away present he owes us.)

  80. Hahaaha! Jumbo Shrimp choked again!

    Aaaah, I just had to say that one more time. I can’t promise I won’t say it again, though.

  81. Manny-O-War on

    Can you guys believe that Ilya Byzgalov is advancing further than the Phlyers?

  82. “Can you guys believe that Ilya Byzgalov is advancing further than the Phlyers?”

    Yes. MIN won their series and PHI lost theirs.

  83. Doodie Machetto on

    What I can’t believe is that he won a game 7 in OT. sure, he only faced one shot in OT, but it’s crazy that he got that far in the first place.

  84. Last night was the type of game that you could throw about 10 player’s names in a hat, pick 3, and be happy with them as the stars.

  85. “I wasn’t given a chance to flame out in spectacular fashion.” – Bryz, post game

  86. Norm Merton on

    The Stralman bandwagon is interesting. Either he or Staal had the best series of the six D, certainly the most consistent. It wasn’t just Game 7, though he was something else last night, no doubt.

  87. jpg's sister on

    boy NHL really dislikes the Rangers fri, sun, monday games after 7 game series

  88. My favorite part of his series is that he didn’t go with any of those trademark Frozen Anton plays. When he’s good, he’s invisible, and that’s cool with me, but I still don’t want to go anything resembling long term or high money on him. Maybe if there’s some deep stats to show he’s not built on a great pairing and the safety of rarely facing a top line I’d change my mind, I guess. Probably not.

  89. Norm Merton on

    Penguins will be tough, but Fleury’s a significantly softer target than Mason of late. All pucks to the net might actually work against this guy.

  90. Doodie Machetto on

    I cannot find my ticket price for the 2nd round anywhere. Anyone have any suggestions as to where I can find it? eric, what are you paying?

  91. Step and Moore line need to be used vs skid and Malkin. Can’t have richy or brassard line out vs them

  92. Manny-O-War on

    I read somewhere on Twitter that Marcel Goc has still been unable to attend Penguins practices. That would be a big blow to their 4th line.

  93. Manny-O-War on

    That’s the one, Mister D. The Frozen Anton. That’s the one that kills me. He was very decisive and intelligent in this series. J. Moops was not…

  94. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Great write up…small correction, it was zucchini’s pass that went through 2 five holes – not Brassards…

    Rangers in 6

  95. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Parise vs Toews in the WEST!

    This is as bad as Oshie vs Toews. How do you pick against two of the greatest Sioux players?

  96. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Manny – How about the hit by Stralman last night, play the body, not the puck!

    Stralman and Staal outshined McD & Girardi, last night. Just imagine if they play like this against the Penguins :)

  97. Miami Pimp on

    You guys crack me up. Celebrating this Game 7 “victory” as if these no-talents have any shot whatsoever against the flightless, but talentful Penguins.

    They are going to rip us a new one. Even CARP (who’s typically this team’s biggest fan-boy) has explicitly stated that your heroes will get shredded, TMNT-style.

    I would post my usual “they’ll be so embarrassed in the first 3 games that they’ll forfeit the series” manifesto. But I actually have a good feeling that the two-bit clowns can make it to a 4th game.

    Of course, Malkin AND Crosby will probably alternate hat tricks on their way to the ECF. And MAF? He’s been saving up his best for this round. At least, at the very least, 2 shutouts. The rest will be history.

    So enjoy last night for what it was: a fortunate win against a Flyers team that should have man-handled us in 4 had they put up any effort.

    Hasta-la-vista.

  98. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, the goaltending interference was called by Tim Peel, who literally has no idea what goaltender interference is. He constantly gets in wrong: in both directions.

  99. Both passes were similar, one backhand, one forehand. But both went through a maze of sticks and skates and landed flat on their sticks. This team is different this year because of that type of skill.

    Orpik is out, it looks. Both Vitale and Sutter have been practicing, however. Surprisingly.

  100. Norm Merton on

    Perfect saucer pass by the newly-sung Stralman to Brassard on the 2nd goal. I am not tiring of the replays of those two goals, what it took to beat a pistol-hot goalie.

  101. Czechthemout!!! on

    The best and only place for Torts to go coach is in a peewee league. That is the only place that lunatic will find a coaching job. He will never get a job as head coach in the NHL again after his debacle in Vancouver. Putz!

  102. Norm Merton on

    Brassard’s pass went through clear ice, no maze. Still a great pass.

  103. Brassard’s line played a really strong game when they needed it. The Rangers are going to need to convert more chances against the Pens. They’ll likely need to average about 3.5 GPG to have a fighting chance.

  104. I thought there were at least three players on the way, Norm. 2 Flyers and one Ranger. But you could be right, I was already delirious by that time.

  105. Alain Amour on

    Who the hell wants the Rangers to win this series? They will lose a first round pick.

    The above is sarcasm.

  106. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Re: Torts — I would also like $10+ MM to never work again, thank you very much.

  107. Norm Merton on

    I’m still delirious. Made more so by watching Brassard find that gap over and over. He finds it every time.

  108. _They’ll likely need to average about 3.5 GPG to have a fighting chance._

    Exactly what we averaged in 4 regular season games against them. 3.50 for, 3.25 against. Very even.

  109. Oh the subject of Torts, I feel for the guy. He brought us back to respectability. He clearly did a lot of things wrong but he shaped a team that we all loved. He really should have taken some time off and collected himself and found a better fit

  110. ThisYearsModel on

    No THE, no advance past Pittsburgh. That is really the long and the short of it.

  111. Miami Pimp on

    “No THE, no advance past Pittsburgh. That is really the long and the short of it.”

    Yes.

  112. Doodie!
    If you login to your account and look up invoice for the playoff that’s where the price is.
    Mine in sec 210 is $150 per.

  113. So, with Carcillo seemingly playing an important role, do you sit Dorsett if/when THE is ready?

  114. If I were Torts, I’d be pretty thrilled. The only thing better than maintaining my current job and salary would be maintaining just my current salary.

  115. Doodie Machetto on

    I can’t even find that invoice on my account. I can only see my season ticket renewal invoice.

  116. well yes, i get the monetary part of it but his pride must be injured don’t you think?

  117. I do not, Gravy. Carcillo has been a big plus, but I don’t see any of it as predictive or sustainable.

    (Also, based on last year’s 1st round Game 7, either both Carcillo and Pouliot are gone next year (if you consider Pouliot’s goal our “2nd goal”) or just Carcillo is (if you consider Pouliot’s goal our “last goal”.)

  118. _well yes, i get the monetary part of it but his pride must be injured don’t you think?_

    Sure, but if he lets that get in his way, he’s a big dummy.

  119. Shoot the puck, Barry on

    On the handshake, did anyone notice that AV and his entire coaching staff joined the handshake line? I never saw Torts do that (maybe I missed it– he seemed to always sneak out), and thought it was classy. MSG pulled away when you saw AV shake Berube’s hand (although did Berube peel off the line right when he got to AV? Carp, what did you see?)

    Can’t argue with AV at all this series– agree with Carp that he has made all of the right moves. Tough call between offense (Miller) and experience/toughness (Carcillo, who has offense? who knew?)

  120. Doodie Machetto on

    It’s not. The only thing in my paid invoices section is actually LAST YEAR’s renewal.

  121. Manny-O-War on

    Maybe the Garden decided to ban you, Doodie. For inappropriate behavior?

  122. Doodie Machetto on

    I don’t think there is anything inappropriate about walking around without my pants on.

  123. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, when can we swap those Philly trash writers for the Pittsburgh trash writers (although I’ll admit Rossi isn’t nearly as terrible as all of the Philly guys.

  124. jpg’s sis, MSG is as much to blame as the NHL for this schedule. Billy Joel concerts, NY Liberty have the building. As if they don’t plan on having teams still playing in May.

  125. Doodie!
    I think yours should be few dollars less then mine. I think your regular season price is $4 less then mine, so your playoff should be somewhere around $140.

  126. Would have been a real mess if the Knicks had made … I can’t even finish that.

  127. ThisYearsModel on

    Have I mentioned how happy I am that we have AV as our coach lately? Even if we would have lost the series, I am still much happier watching this style of game. I am also happier without the egomaniac we had previously. His coaching shelf life continues to decrease.

  128. Jeff in South Dakota on

    If $10+ million US can soothe your ego, I think that qualifies you as a raging egomaniac.

  129. @rangersreport

    Torts made his own bed here, square pegs into round holes; the Calgary/Hartley incident, sitting Luongo for the (indoor) outdoor game.

  130. Manny-O-War on

    @TSNBobMcKenzie Hearing NYI are working on a trade with WSH to get pending UFA G Jaro Halak.

  131. Torts would look great as Barry Melrose’s replacement on ESPN…you know, where real hockey fans don’t have to see him.

  132. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Give ZUCCO the C !!!"...says Greg L. on

    Mister D , Nash was out there with a minute left cause AV wanted him to get the empty netter . Like Nash , he did n’t stay on the ice long enough and jumped on the bench Team Canada style.

    Rangers in 4

    GWG’s

    1) Zucco 2)Brassard 3)D.Moore 4)Nash

  133. Manny-O-War on

    @kcarrera #Caps have traded Jaroslav Halak (pending UFA) to NYI for a fourth rounder in 2014.

    **********************************

    This is all about cap space, right?

  134. Doodie Machetto on

    No, it’s about obtaining his rights and trying to sign him before he hits the market.

  135. Manny-O-War on

    Halak is a UFA in like two months so I doubt he ever suits up for the Islanders.

  136. Manny-O-War on

    Hrivik is having a nice world tournament right now. Two assists and a Goal.

  137. Doodie Machetto on

    Orr, gonna be next year. Can’t send that message to your team and fans that you think you’ll be worse next year.

    I imagine they’ll trade back into the 1st round. They might even use this year’s 1st round pick to trade down within this draft and back into next year’s 1st round.

  138. Can you imagine if the Buffalo Baby Buffaloes end up with a top 5 pick next year? They’re probably going to be drafting top tree next year on their own.

    Apparently next years draft is pretty deep too.

    Isles could be a huge help to the Bay Buffalo rebuild.

  139. Trotz for Torts and Torts for Trotz back in play…Maybe he goes to the KHL…battle Keenan for biggest ego…after Putin, of course.

  140. Surprised our usual suspects aka blind Torts lovers do not have much to say in Torts’ defense…

    oh and, I love this excuse here “Torts got fired not because he did a lousy job but because he wanted to get fired” LOL

    m’kay!

  141. Trotz for Torts coaching “trade” then Torts goes to KHL…

    I just like the play on words there.

    Either KHL for Torts or a show on NBC Sports Network called “The Torts and Avery Show” – now that would be good TV…

  142. Panthers, Preds, Canucks & Capitals all need coaches.

    Gotta figure Laviolette is in the mix.

    Leaves & Sharks could fire their coaches.

    Blues another team that could consider a change.

    Possibly the Penguins if they don’t get to the Cup finals, at least.

  143. _You’re the one who’s always bringing him up. Broken record._

    I guess you haven’t read any of the Carp’s reviews.

  144. Alain Amour on

    Can the Rangers forfeit the series so they do not lose the first round pick?

    The ultimate goal of hockey teams is to compile first round picks.

  145. Pretty Good interview with ex-cap GM Mcphee.

    This comment stuck out to me. McPhee is talking about whether the jagr trade (coming to washington) was the right move:

    “It may have been, but what was more important was the lesson. You’ve got to draft and develop your own stars. That’s how you win. Draft and develop your own guys and your own elite players. And if you want to add somebody else’s star late in the game, you can. But getting someone else’s star to change your team, I’m not sure that culturally that’s the right thing to do.”

  146. …and how has the alternative worked out for McPhee?

    He hasn’t won using either method.

  147. “Oh the subject of Torts, I feel for the guy. He brought us back to respectability. He clearly did a lot of things wrong but he shaped a team that we all loved. He really should have taken some time off and collected himself and found a better fit”

    This. Torts needs to have a long sit down with his bud Tom Coughlin and then go home and think about a way to connect with his players, his passion and dedication and intensity a team loves, nobody wants to be screamed and cursed at. If torts can find a way to connect his players, they’ll play for him.

    And he needs to become more flexible about his systems.

    If he can do those two things, which are very do-able. The guy will be in the league and coach until he’s a old man.

  148. TO be honest, I think McPhee’s comment is based upon what happened to the Rangers with the nash trade. That’s what stuck out to me. The last part of the quote.

  149. How am I being the delusional one? I just love to keep sticking it to some of you on this blog…that is all.

    And if you think about it, any topic on this blog is a broken record.

    This team sucks, Boyle sucks, Manny sucks, Nash sucks, Crosby sucks…I can keep going on and on.

  150. better for me to say I think McPhee is reflecting upon how the Nash trade worked out for the rangers culturally.

  151. Alain Amour on

    LOL! Now you’re being the delusional one, CC.

    Quite a few of the reviews mention him.

  152. iCCP lets take further, man calling it how it is. Everyday is a broken recored basically then right. we wake up, we go to the bathroom, eat, go to work…. i can keep going on

  153. Give you a clue. The universe is all about patterns and cycles. break out of the lines of a circle and where do you find yourself.

  154. I can’t shake the Toothless Icehole. He’s sneaking up behind me again.

  155. Lol @ Avery.

    Has nada to do with Avery since Torts turned out to be bigger clown of the two.

    I just can’t help but to laugh at some of you when you bring up some sort of delusional belive that Torts turned this franchise around.

    Gaborik demanded to be traded, Prust didn’t want to resign here, and he supposedly was Torts’ guy…even his good buddy Brad Richards threw Torts under the bus not to mention half of the locker room. So… Torts is awesome!

  156. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    jpp – yeah I’m going to take the summer “off” after someone offers me $10M. Hello?

    He still gets the Money!

    I’ll take my lumps every year for those deposits :)

  157. torts was a good guy man.. He helped teach the rangers how to play consistently the way they did in 2011-2012. He demanded it day in day out. Thats gonna help a lot of these guys throughout their careers. I think the players would scuff at your comments

  158. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Torts will be hired, that’s a fact.

    Nashville is already built for his style of hockey.

    Florida could use a defensive coach to get them to respectability.

    He should coach Philly before he retires :)

    I would love to hate him in Philly, but I respect him as a coach too much. HE almost had us to the cup in ’12. That was such a fun year to watch the Rangers.

  159. Also, if there was mutual interest between the Islanders and halak and Halak is going to be a UFA in two months. Why did the Islanders give up a 4th round pick for the rights to sign him now?

    Is it making moves from a media standpoint, want the fans thinking they are doing something? Yeah they are doing something, giving up 4th round picks

  160. Doodie Machetto on

    “This team sucks, Boyle sucks, Manny sucks, Nash sucks, Crosby sucks…I can keep going on and on.”

    I can only say for sure that one of those things is true: Manny definitely sucks.

  161. I heard Dubinsky, Anisimov, Prospal, Mitchell, Fedotenko, Wolski, Rupp and Christensen all demanded out too. Drury retired because of him. Bickel won’t even return to the same *league* Torts is coaching in.

  162. You don’t even have a decent argument, CC. You are making things up. Gaborik never demanded a trade. Prust probably would have re-signed if NYR gave him the money he wanted. Or maybe his heart was set on Montreal because of his Yoko Ono girlfriend.

    Richards threw him under the bus? Why, because the guy benched him for playing like garbage the whole year? Do you disagree with that?

  163. Sioux thats short term thinking. Torts is gonna keep flaming out until he changes some of his ways. How many more contracts does he get, with his mentality right now?

    Take a year off, visit some coaches, spend some time in camps working with other players on in a more relaxed environment. Think about your philosophy, how to fine tune it to the pace of the game and the way teams are being successful Offensively. Come back in a year

    Toronto might have a nice looking roster for a coach like torts in a year from now. I think Caryle deserves and gets another year.

  164. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Spot on ORR!

    So Who’s a better coach the ’12 version of Torts or the ’14 AV?

    To early to tell?

  165. oh so now we’re going to deny everything that happened with this team, players and Torts when Torts got fired? Fine… lol

  166. Although Torts would be better suited in a small market. I know he likes the big markets and buzz, but he should go somewhere where the hockey media is non-existent. Good fan base, tiny media contingent

  167. “oh so now we’re going to deny everything that happened with this team, players and Torts when Torts got fired? Fine… lol”

    lol aren’t you doing the same thing the other way around. denying the positives.

    Come on man

  168. Can we please put Torts to bed. Old news…been gone long enough now.

    We’ve got a damn good coach who is leading our boys to Pittsburgh…a vulnerable Pittsburgh team that can be had.

    Correction – who is leading our men to Pittsburgh…and that’s a BIG correction. He is leading man to man, unlike his predecessor who was a bullying dictator treating players like low-level subordinates.

  169. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    I disagree. Torts could turn around half the teams in this league.

    Plus I like the fire inside of him. Florida could use him, if Nashville doesn’t sign him ASAP!

    Torts vs Trotz they coach a similar game. Really what is the difference between their styles?

  170. torts is being talked about bc he got fired 3 hours ago. Isn’t now an understandable time to discuss him ?

  171. He got fired the second he walked over to Calgary’s locker room…it only became official three hours ago.

  172. That’s the funny thing with CC. All the negatives he’s quick to point out, and doesn’t miss a day. But if you bring up any positives, he’ll always say that it has more to do with the team than with the coach.

  173. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    I’ll talk Torts all night long.

    I still think he got a raw deal in NEW YORK.

    But I like the offensive flow to AV’s system. He has trouble getting it to work every night, but it’s fun to watch when it’s working.

    Tort’s style isn’t any different than the Kings, Blue’s, Bruins, Ducks. They are all tough teams to play against.

  174. The handwriting for Tortorella was on the subway walls the day he said “I had my owner up here talking about the Stanley Cup, and that’s a bunch of bull(crap!”

    Is there an owner or a GM extant who wants to put up with that plus all the other psychological baggage he carries around when there are literally dozens of qualified people looking to be an NHL coach?

  175. I didn’t like Torts’ firing at the time, I’m quite fine with it now. I imagine that’s a not uncommon progression.

  176. I did give Torts credit for that one year when we went to the ECF. Other than that, every other year under Torts we had to rely on other teams to help us get into the playoffs.

    WTF is so great about that?!

  177. Torts did get a raw deal here.

    I think it wrong to have fired him after that lockout season, no training camp etc..

    But a member of the FO told me themselves, paraphrasing, but quoting it

    ‘tort isn’t here anymore bc he couldn’t coach’

  178. Yeah, we had to rely on other teams to get us into the playoffs this year too, didn’t we? But I don’t hear you complaining aboot AV.

    The team Torts inherited from Renney was a depressing group. Zherdev, Redden, Roszival, Drury, Gomez, among others. Who could win with that group?

    Things finally turned around when they started to shed that dead weight.

  179. ThisYearsModel on

    Poti ran out of purses to swing at opposing forwards and had to retire. Good luck to one of the softest big guys to ever grace NHL ice.

  180. I still say Torts should have been given another year, but what can you do? According to rumors, a lot of the players were acting like babies, with Hanka Hanka leading the way.

    They forget a year earlier they were in the conference finals.

    AV’s done a good job. This team isn’t that improved, as far as the regular season goes. Now you have to judge him on playoff success.

  181. Rob in Beantown on

    _I didn’t like Torts’ firing at the time, I’m quite fine with it now. I imagine that’s a not uncommon progression._

    That’s how I feel. If given the option of trading Vigneault for Torts right now there is no way I go back to Torts.

    As a fan I appreciated Torts’ intensity in part because it mirrored how I felt about the games. At the beginning of the season when the team was playing its road trip from hell I got mad because I wanted Vigneault’s demeanor to match mine as I was fuming and throwing socks around my living room. But he didn’t do that, and I’ve come to appreciate how calm he is. He’s a cool cucumber and the team seems to respond positively to it. And not to mention they’ve adjusted to his style and been all the better for it.

    Vigneault is a good coach and I’m glad we have him.

  182. I agree, I would not go back to Torts either. I do get maddeningly frustrated at how inconsistent we can be under AV though.

  183. I don’t think Hanka was as nearly involved in the mutiny as some others, from what I’ve heard.

    Torts, in retrospect, was deservedly fired, even if that decision changed on a dime after player interviews.

    He had one absolutely wildly successful season, some very good ones. He effed up a lot. He probably wouldn’t have had a better season here this year than AV did. His fingerprints are still on the core of this team and its onions. He was as responsible for the Nash trade as he was for the Gaborik trade. He was victimized by a $60M player who mailed in an entire season then turned on him.

    Torts did a horrific job in Vancouver, promised to change for the better, changed for the worse.

    He will coach in the NHL again.

  184. Manny-O-War on

    Our IT department just came around and updated everyone from Windows XP to Windows 7 and while the system might be better (still not even CLOSE to anything Apple has produced) I am basically starting from scratch on my work computer.

    This SUCKS

  185. The one thing torts did positively for the rangers organization was to convince sather to draft and develop and not to try and build team through free agency.

  186. Manny-O-War on

    I still can’t stand the system that Vigneault plays but I think that’s more of an indictment on modern hockey from my old time annoying genes than anything else.

  187. XP pro coporate edition was the best OS Microsoft has put out there but if your going to use windows 7 than use windows 7 ultimate edition.

  188. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    _when the team was playing its road trip from hell I got mad because I wanted Vigneault’s demeanor to match mine as I was fuming and throwing socks around my living room_

    Rob – nice way to save the TV screen :)

  189. _Yeah, we had to rely on other teams to get us into the playoffs this year too, didn’t we_

    excuse me? who did we have to rely on? didn’t we have well enough points to make the postseason and it was just a matter of placing? Now you;re making sht up…

  190. Doodie Machetto on

    I don’t know, Carp. I think Torts is through in the NHL. Persona non grata.

  191. Manny-O-War on

    Well we had to rely on the Devils and Caps not being able to win a few games at the end there. But we also had to keep winning. Which we did.

  192. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny is a diver who sucks. I’m not saying he sucks at diving. I’m saying that he sucks and is a diver. He probably sucks at diving, too.

  193. How many lives did Keenan, an even bigger maniac, have in the NHL? And he might not be through yet.

    Torts will coach again.

  194. Well put carp.

    if you could for me. I wouldnt ask you to name names. But can you give me a number of players you think were involved. Like a digit.

  195. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Carp – Who’s “shelf life” is longer? Torts or a gallon of Milk?

  196. Manny-O-War on

    “and” being the crucial word there. Good use of language, Counselor!

  197. Manny-O-War on

    Keenan is going to get a LOT of phone calls from the Capitals who would probably enjoy having a coach with a history of success with Russian players. Could be a good fit.

  198. @SeeeDubbb I think I’d have a hard time breathing in the 3rd period even if I know the outcome

  199. NYR finished six points ahead of the Caps. Tree points out of the wild card spot. Yeah, we had to rely on other teams.

    I remember the final couple of days of the season, everyone here saying this team needs to lose to that team, we need to beat this team.

    And you say I’m making this up?

  200. Manny-O-War on

    If I ever embellished it was only for your own enjoyment. Everything I did I did it for you and the blog and the enjoyment of the readers.

  201. Who is going to take Todd McClellan’s place in SJ ? They can’t keep him around for yet another collapse, can they?

  202. draxen, lol. I still scream at Leetch to SHOOT when I watch game seven from 94.

  203. Boy, Dave Maloney is such a pleasure to listen to. His heart is on his sleeve and it comes through loud and clear.

  204. Very awesome trip to see mom in hospital. She gets out tomorrow. No more hocus pocus. Gonna have to beat these clowns using the mustard stained jersey. Or a better goalie and d. Or an en fuego car bomb.

  205. Doodie Machetto on

    Keenan is cooked. And Keenan had much better results than Torts. In Philly, he reached the Cup Final twice in his first three years, including the first year. In Chicago, he made the conference Final in his first two seasons, then the Cup Final in his fourth. He won the Cup with the Rangers in his only season in NY. That;s why he had so many chances after NY.

    Torts’ track record is NOTHING like that. One Cup, one other conference final. Torts is through.

  206. Did anyone see the footage of Keenan getting thrown in the air by his players?

    I texted my dad and said what did you think some of the comments and reactions of his ex-players would be.

    Carp, you should get in touch with the guys you know who have played for keenan, ask them to watch a clip of it and then together a post with the video and the players comments below it

  207. Doodie Machetto on

    @AGrossRecord
    Ex-Ranger D Tom Poti announces his retirement from the NHL. Career sidelined by injuries at the end.

    And sucking during the beginning and middle.

  208. Tortorella was a joke from the second he got the job with the Rangers. Does anybody not remember his act when first hired with the Rangers and asked about the players “I don’t know anything about him”. This from a former head coach and color commentator on TSN, who just accepted a job offer with the team. Then he gets tossed in the playoffs in Washington, which I still believe is the reason they lost. Total joker.

    He knows his Xs and Ox on the ice, no doubt, but seems incapable of being a responsible leader and figure head for an organization. Eff him, the whole thing is tired. While I enjoy the circus, I hope he never coaches in NHL again. I find it hard to believe that a GM will take a chance on a guy that two GMs and two sets of players have turned on in the past year. But it’s pro sports, I guess logic gets thrown out the window.

  209. Rob in Beantown on

    I just turned down *free* Red Sox tickets for tomorrow night because I have more *important* things to do.

  210. Doodie Machetto on

    Also playing in Germany: Steve Reinprecht. He’s like 2nd in scoring I think, too.

  211. Rob, that’s the definition of embellishment. Do you know if unsportsmanlike was called?

    In his defense, Stoner is very strong. (Who do I sound like?)

  212. Admiral Akbar on

    JJP

    For all his “circus act” as you call it, Tortorella got the Rangers to the playoffs every season and within 2 games of the Stanley Cup Finals. Mike Keenan was the last coach who took the Rangers any deeper in the playoffs.

    Tortorella was demanding, but he created an atmosphere where players had accountability for their play. An atmosphere that continues to this day under AV.

    Tortorella was a winner with Tampa, as well as the Rangers.

    His players gave their all under him.

    What more do you want?

  213. Doodie Machetto on

    Akbar, the Rangers missed the playoffs in Torts’ first full season on the Jokinen-shootout.

  214. Doodie, lol. That will be the second thing I think of when I hear his name.

  215. By the way, AV … whom I like and I respect and think is a very good coach … came in the same way. Didn’t claim to know a thing about anybody or anything that had happened before he got here. Still plays that card. And he’s not a joker.

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

    *Mallards for Peace* as an organization, hates Olli Jokinen.

  217. I guess I expect a coach who’s getting paid a few million bucks to act like a professional. Is it really that hard? Every coach eventually gets fired but two teams have decided they’ve had enough of Tortorella in under a year. Anyone who follows hockey knows he can coach but both again, two teams decided that they can find that elsewhere.

    And no Carp, I’m not a huge Avery fan though I did find him to be very effective in his role.

  218. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m not sure if a penalty was called or not. It looks like it was after the whistle. Do they even call embellishmnet/diving for stuff after the whistle.

  219. ThisYearsModel on

    Tortorella is a smart hockey guy in the wrapper of a bully. Bully coaches work well with the proper type of team. It worked here for awhile because the Rangers were bringing in kids. He asked for gabby to be brought in, and he ground him into the ice. Remember the year we lost on the Jokinen shootout? Remember who got the most ice time? Prust-Boyle Shelley. It was a complete joke. No way he was going to be successful with a veteran team like Vancouver. No surprise he got canned. he has only himself to blame.

  220. bull dog line on

    Torts is not the Ranger coach anymore. I don’t care how he does. just like Callahan, Dubi, Prust, and AA. if your not with us, you are against us.

  221. Carp, did I win the prediction contest, 8 for 8 on series picks and the 1st tiebreaker accurate. I was a bit off the games though!

    East
    Rangers in 5
    Bruins in 6
    Pens in 5
    Canadiens in 7

    West
    Wild in 6
    Ducks in 4
    Kings in 7
    Chicago in 7

    1st tiebreaker: 3

    2nd tiebreaker: 27

    April 14th, 2014 at 10:31 PM

  222. Well anyway glad the boys won this round, I am off to Norway for a week, hope to come back with a lead on the Pens!

  223. One more night in this hell hole Indy. I’ve eaten steak and veggies all 3 nights. Headed back down to rest for bruins game. May go with wings tonight

  224. ORR, I agree that STL may need a new coach, but that’s a damn good team and Hitch(bleep)’s fingerprints are all over it. I think they’d need a coach very similar to him in ideology. Teams like FLA and NSH are a different story.

  225. Stranger Nation on

    Nash with great passes in the 3rd….all to the Flyers!!!

    From Rangers Alumni Report twitter – ouch!

  226. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    *Manny* stunned we haven’t had any *message from Torts* today :)

  227. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    #Torts – Boy that axe was sharp. I didn’t feel a thing :)

  228. Manny

    Trade secret, you can change windows 7 to a classic windows view by right clicking anywhere on the desktop and selecting personalize, one of the themes is windows classic, just select and save.

    If you need to adjust more, go to control panel and select folder options. You can pretty much set it up to mimic any earlier versions.

  229. Matty"Rangers in 5!!!"Boy on

    Carpy, just looked at the 2nd round schedule. Have to say, during the regular season, the boys played back to backs and were fine. Realizing Pitt will have 3 full days rest, and us 1, the rest of the series is pretty concentrated.

    The game that sticks out to me as trouble is Monday night, game 3. Back-to-back with travel. But both teams are going through it.

    Does it favor anyone?

  230. My favorite star

    Alpha Centauri

    But I’m just lazy, once you have Alpha Centauri selected as first star, the other two are locked in.

  231. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    I could see Torts in Florida.

    He did win a Cup there. Weather is nice. Get’s to play in the East. Lot’s of young talent to teach.

    What more could you ask for? a #1 Pick? oh they have that as well.

    Sign him up.

  232. Sorry, Carp. I was having a diner.

    And why is it every time anyone got something negative to say about Torts , blind Torts lovers somehow make it about Avery and how Torts mistreated him and that’s the only reason why they don’t like Torts? You don’t think people might dislike Torts for Torts?

  233. Richards didn’t mail in anything. Don’t talk like an idiot. The players take pride in the logo they represent.

  234. Milbury, talking about the a Bruins is only slightly less excited than Pierre talking about “Kristoffer” Letang.

  235. Carp’s #14 (almost) brings tears to the eyes. So true. Just another reason hockey is the the cat’s meow.

  236. Matty"Rangers in 5!!!"Boy on

    Coos, as always, vibin’….

    It is a treat to watch it. Very special. Being there is even cooler than on tv.

    There were more ‘hugs’ than usual which makes it even more special considering these guys went pretty hard at each other. Rivals, but friends.

    It’s the best sport. Face it!!

  237. Agree about the handshakes, one of the greatest traditions. I always liked the way Chris Neil went through the line two springs ago. Simmonds did a pretty good imitation of that last night. You have to respect that.

  238. My uncle was a PD Lieutenant and took me (a tyke) to a Yankee game years past and the guy in front of us sat at the beginning of the Anthem. My uncle took my Yearbook and hit him on the head with it and said ‘Stand Up!’ The guy gave the unc an ugly face, then stood. That was the beginnings of my love for hockey.

  239. Cool story, Coos.

    Doesn’t look as though the layoff has hurt either team.

  240. My brother in laws name is Jimmie. Hates it when people call him Jim. I don’t think I’ve ever called him anything else. :)

  241. Seee, they named him “Dougie?’ Who knew? (you did). I stand corrected. I should have learned long ago never to assume.

  242. Frank Zappa: “When it’s you against the world, bet the world.” :)

  243. One of my brothers took off years ago on a one-year Route 66 with my sunburst ’59 Stratocaster and returned home without it. He felt bad, but I yearly look up the escalating retail price and remind him at the family cookout.

  244. McDonuts is playing much better, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he has some kind of off season doctor appointments.

  245. Habs look good. I think only team that can beat bruins.

    Can you imagine the rangers in Montreal the house of horrors for a game 7 to go to cup final

  246. Likely true. Glad we’re able to roll 6D and keep his minutes to a reasonable 23 or so.

  247. I think we should call CarBomb ‘Danny Boy,’ and Dorsett ‘Derekie.’

  248. I’ve lived and died with every Ranger goaltender since Jacques Plante and I trust Lundqvuist with a lead in the third period more than any of them.

  249. Bs are really trying to take their shots at Subban but other than that, far too friendly of a game.

  250. I have been having a month long disagreement with the Carpster on the Habs being better than the blue shirts, still think I’m right.

  251. Seedubb I don’t have to respect Simmons or his handshake or his crack trick in game 6, he purposely tries to hurt people, cheap and will never stand up to a Colton Orr, Lucic or anyone that’s been known to throw em….have a nice summer jackwagon

  252. ThisYearsModel on

    Pruster chickened out when he saw Chara. Torts would have benched him for that.

  253. Torts was fired. After Mike Gillis was fired. After Trevor Linden was named President. But, before Linden names a new GM. This was surely a move to make some fans stop crying…

    They should maybe get rid of some of the veteran players that are losers and way past their prime and invest in YOUTH and a new identity. This is the Tortorella philosophy that they rejected!

    Vancouver better wake up and look in the mirror and realize it isn’t 1994 or 2011 anymore…

    At least Torts is laughing his way to the bank on both coasts…

  254. By the way, thoroughly impressed with Subban. Great all around play tonight and what a goal in the first!

  255. Hedberg, you got me there. Don’t disagree with your comments. I was referring to the way he went through the line. But you’re right, he’s a Jackwagon.

  256. ThisYearsModel on

    So did I understand this right………did the Tire Fires trade for a guy that was going to be a UFA anyway? A 4th round pick for a guy they could have signed for free?

  257. That’s an awesome video you posted this morning, Manny.

    LMFAO! They give Pouliot the hat and they all yell what sounds like “Stupid Pooooooooo”

  258. The Isles traded for the right to negotiate with Halak for 2 months before he becomes an UFA. It also came out yesterday I think that Anders Nielssen (sp?) told the Isles that he will not go down to Bridgeport next year and it’s either the big leagues or Europe for him. Guy has some onions saying that with a .889 career save % in his rookie year.

  259. ThisYearsModel on

    He wants to immerse himself in a Tire Fire? Heck, Caps don’t have a GM and they fleeced Garth Snow anyway?

  260. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It would be a hoot to see Torts go coach a high school team. Bet he’d last about one practice before getting fired. Guy is a tool. But he did win 4 cups for the rangers…

  261. Who was that giving PullOut the hat? Didn’t look like Miller. Or was it?

  262. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bruins lose to the Habs, rangers beat the pens, rangers beat the Habs and play for the cup

  263. “LMFAO! They give Pouliot the hat and they all yell what sounds like “Stupid Pooooooooo” ”

    The team must read my comments!

    Unlike everyone else around here who ignores me.

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

    Remember Tory Krug? Olli Matta is about to do the same thing to us.

  265. C3, I can see where most people wouldn’t like him. Hell, I don’t like him. But when people say he accomplished nothing here, well, they wear No. 16 jerseys still :)

  266. This rules:

    @Herman_NYRBlog

    “The waiting is over! No more 1940!”

    “You know, Doc, I remember when Doug Lidster started out with the Kamloops Rockets…”

  267. I’ve been eating at same rest in hotel for 4 days with same bartender asking fir hockey game with sound. They can’t wait fir me to go home tom

  268. CARP, that is funny. “Herman_NYRBlog” can teach you a thing or two, it seems.

  269. Hedberg, I’m going to go right ahead and say Montreal is better than the Rangers because both are going to lose in this round and there’s no way to prove which one is better then … so unless the Rangers beat Pitt and Montreal loses, I’m saying Montreal is better. Rangers clearly the fourth best team in the East.

    (I don’t believe any of that).

  270. I’ve found that a recalcitrant bartender very often turns into a bunny rabbit when you lay an early Jackson on him. If you want it really loud, and a plethora of buybacks, try the Grant.

  271. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brassard – “We will beat the Pens, book it, eh”

    You heard it from the Captain

  272. I’ve found the recalcitrant bartender to remain so if Washington and Lincoln are involved.

  273. I saw a bartender once hand a couple of Washingtons to a guy who just waked in and he said, “I’ve been holding this for you. You forgot it last time you were in.”

  274. Yeah, I want to buy Easter tulips from Joe Benigno! Tell ‘em Joe B. sent you.

  275. Love Marchand, take that guy on the rangers in a heartbeat.

    Pk slew foot getting under the bruins skin like Pouliot did the flyers.

    After we beat the pens I’d rather face mtl.

    If we lose to the pens I’m rooting for whichever team wins between bos mtl.

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