Game 1: Rangers at Penguins … It’s Go Time!


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Rangers at Penguins.


Boy, I sure took a lot of shots for having the audacity to pick the Penguins, who finished 13 points ahead of the Rangers. Holy shishkebob!

So I’m sure all of those who complained about my negativity aren’t going to creep out to the ledge and list the guys who suck and should be bought out and fired and traded at the first sign of adversity, or if, you know, the Penguins somehow win this series.

Yikes. And by the way, just because I picked the Penguins doesn’t mean I’m rooting for them. Grab a clue.

Anyway, ya boys play their fourth game in six nights, and the fourth of six in nine, which of course is absurd.

Looks like Alain Vigneault will go with the same lineup … as he normally does after a victory. That means Henrik Lundqvist in goal, of course, and that Daniel Carcillo is in and J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Justin Falk, Raphael Diaz and Ryan Haggerty (is he still around?) are prucha’d. Chris Kreider continues to skate on his own and remains out indefinitely.

The Penguins, who beat Columbus in six, are expected to be without Brooks Orpik (one of those mystery playoff injuries).


After the game, vote for the Three Rangers Stars in the poll on the left.

Twitter: @RangersReport.

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  1. I just picked up a bottler of Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.

    Wine-heads, Put a little of that in a your glass and sip it!!!!

  2. I’m more nervous for this game than I was for Game 7 in round 1!!!!!!

  3. Can we get Ron Duguay to come onto the blog and lead us all in a stirring chant of “Let’s go Rangers”??

  4. YOU THINK THE PENS ARE TOUGH?! point to anything in this room and Doodie will lift it over his head!!!!

  5. Rock me Amadeus. Actuallly, I’m getting pumped up with some Ronny James Dio.

  6. Manny-o-war on

    Pens aren’t tough. With Orpik and Goc out of the lineup? Wait. Is Goc out? Engelland?

  7. MANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    terror/excitement ration 11:9 to start the first. That’s the only Messier Graves reference for the night. *book it*

  8. Jeff in South Dakota on

    I’m still at work! Damn you Mountain Daylight Time zone!!

  9. I cry out for magic – see it floating in the air
    But it’s fear – and you’ll hear
    It calling you beware – look out!

  10. So how long does it take for Crosby to take his first dive of the series?

  11. We should do a role call to see who’s on board for game 1:

    Manny? Doodie? Eric? Oleo? Gravy? CARP? Jeff? Coos? Fat? Papa? Sally? See? Cally? 4ever? CT Blue? *LINDA*?!?!

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





    HUH still can’t hear ya?


    LETS GO!!!!

  13. Oleo he’s already sprawled out on the locker room floor crying that Carcillo tripped him in the hallway

  14. ThisYearsModel on

    Go Time! Hate officially transferred from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. Ready to go.

  15. Jeff in South Dakota on

    General quarters! General quarters! Man your battle stations.

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

    James you idiot ya forgot me!!!


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


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


    IT A BIG GAME…Must win? NO but it would sur feeel goood!!!

    Do ya wanna feeel goood??


  19. Wish we had a center to contain LiverLips. Will be up to McD and Danny G.

  20. Another one or two of the Redbreast 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey and I will be


  21. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Who are you who can summon fire without flint or tinder?
    There are some who call me… Tim.

  22. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    No terror – just POZY.

    I bet Zuccarello and Kunitz will have an extended “chat” during tonights game.

    Go Rangers!!
    We’ve got this all wrapped up by the middle of next week.

  23. Should be ridiculously fun to see Zucc muck it up and get under the skin of either Crosby or Malkin, whichever line he gets matched up with.

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

    Carp , ya got guts , mak’n a prediction like that on the blog. I love your honesty . People may hate on you but at least your not fake. You tell it like it is and I respect you for saying the Pens will beat us. I gonna love to see you eat your words but in a reality its what make your words so golden. Good job.

  25. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Someone toss an Orca on the ice! They eat Penguins for snacks.

  26. Somebody give Nash’s new wife a bribe so she will say to him: “I thought you were a star!” That might get him going.

  27. Richie playing a tad better lately, now that he’s read that Olivia Munn is back on the market.

  28. Via The Twitter

    Employees at a hotel bar in Indy relieved to be rid of a psychotic NYR fan who forced them to watch hockey four nights in a row.

    Many patrons were heard asking “what’s hockey?”

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

    OMG this game give me chills

  30. Eric got off on the wrong foot when he mentioned to his bartender that he thought the Indianapolis 500 was an anti-war group.

  31. ThisYearsModel on

    LOL @ Boomer prepping for another Crosby/Penguins series……..Boomer Esiason ?@7BOOMERESIASON 1m
    Judging a Dive 0:Completely Failed ½ – 2: Unsatisfactory 2½ – 4½: Deficient 5 – 6½: Satisfactory 7 – 8: Good 8½ – 9½:V good10: Excellent

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


    RANGERS hackey folks , Nash WE NEED YOU!!!!



  33. Olivia Munn still operating on the same tube of toothpaste since she threw Brad out.

  34. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    It’s official:

    Pierre is on the Brassardforthegamewinninggoal bandwagon.

    Alez, Derick!

  35. If I went to the Gym and saw the Flyer chick and Bruin chick on the treadmills, I probably turn around, leave and head directly towards the bar.

  36. Brad, I need to take a shower, will you please get that enormous tube of toothpaste out of the bathroom?

  37. Thank god for the dvr…

    6pm 70deg. And 9 more holes to go.. have fun with this win boneheads!!!

  38. LGR!! Kenny Albert in the booth is a nice bonus. NBC uses Joe Mich, why not Maloney?

  39. Enjoy the game heads. Gonna miss it at my in laws 50th unless there is a tv. I pick mom up in the am!!! Very psyched. Leave no doubt tonight that we have come to win.

  40. Because Maloney is a huge homer who is awesome, but would be highly inappropriate for a national audience.

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

    First goal Rangers , series tone set

  42. Manny-o-war on

    I’m shockingly and disturbingly calm, Eric. Especially considering the spotty cell coverage and me watching on an NBC app

  43. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Maloney is hardly a homer. You should try listening to him once in a while. I’ve heard him say a penalty given to the opponent was a bad call lots and lots of times…As example

  44. Good evening all!

    Greg, I just love it when my neighbors tell me to tell you to keep it down :)

    Can’t post much tonight, sadly, but I am in spirit and mama love.

    I leave you with my latest mantra, which some of you seem to like:

    Please, please, please, please, please!!!!


  45. That fooled me completely, didn’t think that went in initially. Thanks MAF!

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

    First goal Rangers , series tone set


  47. Carcillo starting to blur the line. He needs to reel it in and not take a stupid one.

  48. Stranger Nation on

    Pierre quickly confirming regs made great call on no too many men

    oy vey

  49. ThisYearsModel on

    We are winning already. Awesome. If Henrik does not shut them out, he sucks. This should be in the bag for us.

  50. @rangersreport

    That’s the Rangers best chance in this series … that Marc-Andre Fleury gives up bundles of those.

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




    Mamma we are all crazy now!!!

  52. Stranger Nation on

    ref doesn’t call icing, keeps puck in with skate and then doesn’t call boarding on Glass on hit on Staal

    tough playing 5v9

  53. ThisYearsModel on

    Here we go. We are not allowed to clear the front of our net. No way that was a crosscheck.

  54. carp, i liked your prediction. from an outside perspective it makes sense. i know u were just using reverse psychology on all us negative nellies though ;)

  55. BroadwayBlueshirts on

    New series = new ways to interpret the rule book for the refs.

  56. @rangersreport

    As Pat Leonard noted, Moore was called for crosscheck, even though he had no stick.

  57. Pens look like the team who are playing 4th game in 6 nights. Rangers look so much better

  58. im just pissed we might have to give up a potential 1st rounder if we beat these bums!!! ;) haha i’d give up 5 years of first round picks(that eventually sign with the rangers anyway) to beat crybaby n frankenweenie

  59. I want to start calling him Ben Wha!!!

    Carp, you should know not to push folks on to the ledge !

    Have to admit, I love the Hank/Rhino commercial

  60. btw-doodie, that penguin-pierre face gif u posted early today had me rollin!!! i laughed like a little school girl

  61. Our PP is going to end with the crowd loud and on its feet. Of course, it’s the wrong crowd at the wrong arena.

  62. Grabby! I’d give up a lot if I could walk the next parade and not have to wheel it, to watch it from a nursing home…

  63. It looks like when Pittsburg crosschecks a Rangers player, it’s not a penalty. Good to know!

  64. cant believe pouliot is our leading goal scorer!! nash just doesnt seem to get it does he? he looks like boyle when he gets a scoring chance, how can he be this bad?

  65. wicky did spell out nash sucks on ur truck windsheild the other night and send me a pic of it? haha it had to be u!

  66. Hahaha! I wanted the face-off to be at centre ice. There’ll be one there now, for sure. 2-0.

  67. It can’t be! I don’t care who scores at this point, as long as someone does whose not a bird!


  68. I thought they were calling a penalty not an offside on the play before the goal there

  69. Manny-o-war on

    St. Louis and Zucc looked great together on the PK. Who knew that two tiny people could do it!?

  70. Crosby grabs the puck with his glove and Pierre McGuire thinks it’s the greatest play ever.

  71. 4everanger on

    Funny, how this little bespectacled prick try 3 times to sell and link BRich goal, as a result of the linesman offside mistake

  72. 4everanger on

    Funny, how this little bespectacled …(you know who), tried 3 times to sell and link BRich goal, as a result of the linesman offside mistake

  73. PruBelongs on

    can’t they just show replays in full screen? not on pierre’s ipad

  74. Played well but u can’t keep this pp issue going. Have to convert . We aren’t winning these games in series 2-1

  75. Pierre McPenis’s flute voice can’t carry over the crowd noise, so that’s a plus.

  76. 4everanger on

    Just wondering – do ALL of this guys with mikes and in NBCSN studio are rooted for Pissies?

  77. somebody noted on twitter that if Ovechkin did the drive-by Crosby did on the Richards goal, Milbury would have skewered him.

  78. Richie must be on beta-blockers. That pause, move to forehand, then shot was craftworthy.

  79. Kenny and Dave saying Crosby works the refs every whistle, from the ice and from the bench.

  80. -at the start of the telecast, I spent at least 10 minutes trying to sync the television with the stereo in order to listen to DMalones……to no avail, utter failure.

    …….Sonny Boy shows up ( surprises POP again!!!) and in the 3 clicks of 2 remotes, perfect synchronicity!!!!!

    Sonny Boy knows his remotes!!!!

  81. Manny-o-war

    St. Louis and Zucc looked great together on the PK. Who knew that two tiny people could do it!?

    dont be a neagative manzeil!!! ok! ;)

    stranger- pierre loves his canadian boys!

  82. Papa – aren’t kids wonderful? Twice a year when my daughter visits from London, she fixes the time on the clock in my Honda.

  83. Only 236 posts… 1st period, Game 1. 2nd round.

    It’s Friday night……The Young Boneheads must be out partying…..

  84. Coos, that’s perfect…..daughter visits US from UK fixes clock on a car from Japan!!!!!!

  85. How about a penalty too Crosby for the round the back close the hand on the puck self pass????

  86. hanks been solid so far. i think hes had enough of crybaby and co. he might let the boys in blue sweep them

  87. ThisYearsModel on

    I like John Moore on D. But he sure makes some dumb passes on the O zone.

  88. PB change of strategy against Pens…

    Forecheck Smartly……Backcheck Fiercely……

    Anyone See what I did there???

  89. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    Pierre really pisses me off.
    In stead of recognizing Lungquist’s *TRIPLE SAVE* he drools all over a Crosby-pass.

  90. Bettman called the refs between periods. Obviously the two goal lead is not sitting well.

  91. Have to say though Nash has gone to “rough areas” quite a few times so far tonight. Looks dangerous for really the first time all postseason.

  92. ThisYearsModel on

    Good Lord. Stop Malkin, Crosby, Neil and give one up to those complete clowns.

  93. how can hank let that in? hes the best paid goalie by a mile!! get with it man this might be ur last attempt at a cup man wow

  94. @rangersreport

    McDonagh whiff in offensive zone, Girardi over chases in defensive zone, Zuccarello snow-angel = Goal.

  95. Memo to Rangers….

    It’s may be more important to keep the pens 3 & 4 lines off the score sheet than it is to keeps Crosby and Malkin lines….

  96. mcdonagh or not that is not a goal u give up in this type of game. im so worried because hank always loses to these guys. uhh please someone score 3 more goals we will need it

  97. Sutter….Sutter …..Sutter …….sucks his mutter…..that’s a old one

  98. Alain Amour on


    McDonagh whiff in offensive zone, Girardi over chases in defensive zone, Zuccarello snow-angel = Goal.

    Goalie allows puck to cross goal line = Goal.

  99. You have a PP against a goalie that is looking terrible. Just shoot the puck and look for rebounds. geeze, especially Stepan who has eyes only for Nash and St. Louis.

  100. Crosby has already had more opportunities in one and a half periods against the Rangers than he had in the entire CBJ series.

  101. orr- u think stepan is gonna score?? dude had 16. 16 big goals all 82 games bro. he is on the top line cuz sather cant admit he hasnt drafted a winner in 200 years

  102. Besides being slow how many open nets has Stepan missed? All playoffs long

  103. Stranger Nation on

    In all cases in which an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, whether or not the goalkeeper is inside or outside the goal crease, and whether or not a goal is scored, the attacking player will receive a penalty (minor or major, as the Referee deems appropriate). In all cases where the infraction being imposed is to the attacking player for hindering the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely in his goal crease, the penalty to be assessed is for goalkeeper interference.

  104. Didn’t know you are allowed to hit the goaltenders arm when you is making a save.

  105. The amount of room the Pens have in the O zone should be reviewable by AV

  106. Even so Malkin had no effect on the goal. Puck was behind Hank before Malkin ever touches him.

    Horrible effort this period all around.


  108. 71 stopped Hanks arm… rule. Btw Hank should have had that clean anyway. That’s it boys and girls, enjoy the summer

  109. Why is pierre taking on ALL of the jobs?! He’s the guy behind the glass, color commentator and the analysis! I know it’s bad to wish things on people but, i wish Pierre would get something really painful and extremely itchy in his mouth…i’m sorry.

  110. @rangersreport

    From the NHL: There were 29 comeback wins (60.4%), including a record 10 multi-goal comeback victories in the first round.

  111. PruBelongs on

    Didn’t the Rangers lose a goal and get penalized due to something on review a few years ago? I remember Avery being involved…

  112. Admiral Akbar on

    This is what happens when your power play sucks.

    Other team seizes momentum, gets makeup calls, gets fans into it.

    And goodbye lead in Game 1.

  113. Survive this period, survive next period, win on a flukey deflection in double OT. Sounds like a plan to me!

  114. Malkin didn’t hit it with a high stick….but he swings and misses the puck but hits Hanks arm, head and shoulder. If contact like that is made with a skater……penalty. No doubt.

  115. Totally flat. I guess that’s as far as we are supposed to go mentality

  116. Goal was not a high stick, but Henrick was slashed, preventing his glove hand from participating in the play.

  117. Be lucky to be tied after 2 at this rate. Very similar feel to 2008 game 1. Series was over after blowing that lead

  118. yea djr when is it ok to make contact with the goalies arm when u score a goal? if only justin st. pierre were reffing tonight. i knew it and i wished i was wrong. its all downhill now kids

  119. Coos,,,, completely agree. These numb nut announcers missed the point.

  120. Norm Merton on

    Lundqvist needs to be unstoppable rather than make unbelievable saves followed by softies. Impossible request.

  121. Rangers have suddenly forgotten how to play hockey. This will not end well!

  122. Each freaking pp gets worse and worse.

    Face it guys were not beating this team without a pp. Never

  123. Norm Merton on

    Girardi doesn’t have the skills to be on a PP where all five players are standing still.

  124. @rangersreport

    Anybody notice that Marc Staal, who was good on PP early in season, hasn’t had a sniff in forever?

  125. If I was Pitt I would slash, high stick, board, spear and impale the Rangers on every play.

  126. Puck does up in the sir…..Malkin chops his stick downward. Hits Hank in the Helmet, arm and Shoulder. Puck falls towards the ice and bounces in…..

    That’s an effacing penalty on Malkin. No Goal.

  127. It wasn’t long ago that Richie was rhapsodizing to a reporter how the PP was really clicking because of all the time they were putting into it. lolol

  128. Stranger Nation on

    Would put Stralman in for Dan G on PP. Dan G giving us nothing there

  129. Without getting emotional, anyone have any idea why our power play, with a number of good offensive players, JUST SUCKS! And I know we gave up a lot for Nash, but I think we should buy him out this summer instead of Richards because this guy is never, ever gonna be the kind of game breaker we thought we were getting. Slats made a mistake, a costly one, but let’s admit it and move on. He is not and never will be a big stage player.

  130. SeeeDubb – he thought it was really funny. If a Ranger did that he would be complaining that the refs missed it.

  131. Here’s how tonight end

    Pens get a pp goal less then 10 mins to go take 3-2 lead get another one late 4-2.

    Game over and series over. I expect pens to get better . This game was for the taking and we pissed it away with this awful 2nd per with this pp and useless off zone pen

  132. Come on Heads. Two, two at the end of the second. We all would have signed up for that.

  133. Admiral Akbar on

    That may have been their worst period this playoffs.

    The power play failure is KILLING them!! (Pun intended?)

  134. orr- not like our pp crew is anything special, but when u cant trust your d to keep the puck in and make a good pass, your gonna screw up. if i was slats, i wouldve made damn sure we had at least 1 d man who can qb a pp. but hes sather, so whatever. he doesnt give a shat. as long as he gets dolan 2 extra games

  135. Kerry Fraser has been calling for goalie interference to be part of goal reviews for years. It’s like that last minute kick-in goal when Hank got speared by Chris Neil 2 years ago in round one.

  136. ThisYearsModel on

    Told you Henrik sucks. The old Henrik would have had both of them.

  137. Having complained like a little kitty I’ll say this too. Rangers got schmussed that period by the Penguins.

  138. Surprised NBC is even mentioning the contact. They should expect a call from Bettman any moment.

  139. Kevin Kline with Giannone: “It’s a learning experience and we have to…” You start playing hockey at 3 and then you’re 30 – when do you start learning?

  140. Admiral Akbar on

    This game is more annoying and disappointing than any against the flyers.

    NYR blowing a 2-0 lead to Pittsburgh??

    Of course – ITS SCRIPTED!

  141. See dub

    Before game I would have signed for 2-2 seeing it play out his no. Can we get a diff look in the pp. It’s beyond pathetic. Stralman staal. Hagelin Moore anyone

  142. I just read the transcript re: the second pens goal.

    Ref- he may have hit lundqvist’s glove.
    Toronto – who?
    Ref- Malkin
    Toronto- good goal.

  143. ThisYearsModel on

    I just don’t get how the goaltender interference call was not made there. It couldn’t have been more blatant.

  144. Norm Merton on

    In the locker room: “ok, boys, on the power play, let’s do this thing that other teams do. We have an extra player, see, so if you move around and move the puck quickly, it makes it harder for them to defend you, and you can find an open man this way. No, seriously. Guys?”

  145. Stranger Nation on

    69.3 Contact Inside the Goal Crease – If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.

  146. Admiral Akbar on


    Interesting point. I would have been happy with 2-2 after 2 also. But to blow a 2-0 lead, and have the power play at 0-4, I would not be very confident on the outcome of this game regarding the NYR.

  147. i wouldve signed up for a 2-2 game if we were the losing team and came back to tie. yea. other than that, nahhhh!! lol

  148. leetchhalloffame on

    McDonagh is definitely not 100%. The beginning of the end. FIRE SATHER!!!!!!!!

  149. BtW….if Dave Maloney does a Charp again during this series, someone should ask him why he was only concerned withMalkin touching the puck with a high stick on the goal and voiced no concern or objection to Malkin’s stick hitting Hank in the head, shoulder, arm and glove while the puck was falling towards the ice.

    So if you swing wildly at the puck and miss it, but in so doing make contact with the goaltender on the helmet, shoulder, arem and glove,, no foul???

  150. I hear you Eric. Brutal pp, brutal effort, brutal period. Maybe we get an early one in the third.

  151. Carp, but is should have been called on the ice. If a Ranger had done that to Fluery it would have been called no goal and a penalty

  152. because, Papa. Once that penalty is not called, it’s irrelevant. all that matters on the review is whether he touched the puck.

  153. Stranger Nation on

    Yup – ref missed Malkin giving Henk the El Kabong and so did Pierre on the review….odd

  154. Admiral Akbar on

    Also – what kind of legs will the rangers have this third period, now playing 3rd playoff game in 4 nights?

  155. Marc Andre Fleury is like John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, and James Earl Ray. Anybody with three names is wacko. Except eddie eddie eddie.

  156. Stranger Nation on

    Stralman on PP – put Richie on wall and St Louis for deflections down low.
    Nash doesn’t really do much close to net

  157. I’m sure the Pens are looking at their PPs and are kicking themselves for not cashing in on even one of them too. This game’s far from decided.

  158. BTW, watching JMoops is like watching DelZaster, in double time. He sucks.

  159. Scream goalie interference all you want but (1) the rangers defensive coverage was awful and (2) that puck was going in regardless of Malkin touching Hank.

  160. Carp, I don’t give a crap about the review…. I’m talking about the missed call on the ice by the on ice officials.

  161. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Stepan has the slowest feet and release. He telegraphs everything. I still like him, though.

  162. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Staal to Malking………….SCORE!!! Assist to Staal.

    ah, thank you lord……

  163. Nash is having a typically “good” playoff game.

    Thanks for showing up Rick.

  164. I want Diaz in for Moore. Nash gliding to get to boards.. Step has chances every game. Hid hands suck

  165. Norm Merton on

    Good so far, avoiding the PP. Better chance of scoring on the PK if the Pens get too greedy.

  166. nash is like the kid whos parents were rich and gave him everything but didnt tell him there’d be days like this.

  167. Carp,,,,,,,,that’s makes me feel even better.. The thought of Stralman playing for the Flyers and McIlrath getting cooked by speed game in and game out.

    Thanks for sharing..

  168. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Man, can’t believe the ref’s didn’t buy that Pittsburgh swan dive.

  169. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Stralman is BIG???? Pierre, you must mean compared to you??

  170. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Nash couldn’t go any wider unless he jumped the boards.

  171. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Yea Pierre, Strallman is listed as 5’11” and 190.


  172. Norm Merton on

    “#1 line” showing elements of what makes a #1 line: skill, intensity, speed… and an utter lack of ideas once they get near the net.

  173. *With all the good money the NHL has thrown chasing good officiating, I swear There is better officiating in the local men’s rec league.*

  174. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Year, Ref. But it’s ok for Malkin to hod Henrik’s glove on the goal, huh?

  175. Ref – “Don’t do that again, only Pittsburgh is allowed to hit the goalie”

  176. Matty,,I said at she same about Crosby earlier…. He is playing hurt…. Definitely.

  177. Aside from St Louis, Dom Moore might be our most consistent player this entire postseason so far. I’m thrilled for him, but I’m not sure thats such a good thing

  178. Norm Merton on

    Ooh, #1 line generated offense there. I take it all back. Keep it up!

  179. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    We have had a number of in close solid chances here. Keep it up. One may go in!!

  180. Pierre, please explain why the ref would not be wearing a helmet, since it is required.

  181. Norm Merton on

    Risking all, I note that the Rangers have defended well this period.

  182. ThisYearsModel on

    Much better this period. Probably due to the fact that we have not had a PP for awhile.

  183. Every time Klein and Moore on ice especially Moore u hold your breathe. It could be 3rd 4th line Moore is too weak along boards

  184. _ORR!! What Is It Good For!!??
    Step-On’s shot hits Nash. That’s the last time Nash will be in front of the net_

    Stepan Shot was going wide.

  185. Corky Bucek on

    feel like zuccs line mates are incapable of holding up and letting him feed them a pass… they’re all possessed by some weird counterproductive instinct to fly by the net regardless of what happens. would never crash the net tho

  186. Carp
    Are you still here or did you go add a few more seats to the chase ledge?


  187. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Stranger, while you could argue Nash got away with an interference, as usual Pens have gotten away with more.

  188. The ledge is fully equipped to hold an extra-large crowd tonight, Wick. Put in additional men’s rooms.

  189. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    all they need to do is put it on net and make Fleurie move. He’s nothing.

  190. *bTW, Devil Louis could have put this game away twice on the PK, but he never hit the net with his shot*

  191. Will Be a miracle with long change if we win this. Everyone be trapped in zone

  192. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    A loss would be a missed opportunity here, but we have more than held our own. With Cindy not 100%, we can play with this team. That we have proven.

    Of course, goalie match up is key.

  193. Norm Merton on

    Some good hockey there at the end. And now I hand over the mike to Captain Obvious. Captain?

    “Uh, thanks, Norm — just wanted to say that in overtime, anything’s possible.”

    “As long as you give 110%, you mean?”

    “Indeed. Both teams have come to play tonight. Like two tired heavyweights, each has has come out swinging…”

    [a shot rings out]

  194. Quick, someone get a beach ball for the rangers, MAF can’t stop those!!!

  195. iDoodie Machetto on

    Good thing we got the Bettman bonus point.

    If the rangers are going to win this game, it’s going to be a defenseman that scores, because our forwards are dog carcillo. Well, all of them except Dorsett, who just sucks overall, but is playin well.

  196. So Carp,
    forget the silly meaningless review,

    what do you think about the non-call by the on ice officials on the 2nd penguin goal?

  197. This is the Nash I know. The one I didn’t want to trade for. He’s played awful this game. It’s almost like when the stakes get higher, he gets worse.

    And it’s not even the scoring. Crosby hasn’t scored, but he’s at least making plays and doing things defensively this game. Nash wants nothing to do with the puck and when he finally does get it, instead of chipping it in and chasing it down, he tries to do a toe drag and turns it over.

    When you have no support, just get it deep. Without the Brass line and the 4th line, this team wouldn’t even be in this game tonight. Richards line isn’t terrible, but that whole first line is brutal. Seems like they are always playing in the defensive end and can’t string a pass together.

  198. Crosby holding Stralman stick and now showing it on replays… mention though shocking

  199. Papa, Carp is angling for an invite to New Hampshire next winter. Must be a skier. :)

  200. Not sure it mattered. Not sure Lundqvist stops that anyway. Not surprised that these fine, fine officials missed something.

  201. 4everanger on

    OT is not good for Rangers, after short rest.
    Can’t really see why we cant play Pissies with parity, – scored really beautifully working goals, – they two lucky bounces. 5 X 5 is OK on the road. PP sucks big time, that’s right, but PK is excellent. Team looks organized, defense good to outstanding and spirit is high.

  202. I have a bad feeling Malkin ends this early but…

    hopefully Richards ends it before that

  203. Fact is (am I wrong?) the 4th line has kept us competitive all year, and despite all the “stars” above them, we wouldn’t even be here were it not for them.

  204. Agreed Doodie, reffing hasn’t been one sides. It’s been bad for both teams. Both the linesmen and the officials.

  205. I have to say this new playoff format is growing on me. The divisional matchups are definitely exciting and helps makes the rivalries better.

    Should see a lot more of NJ, PHI and maybe even NYI in the playoffs

  206. Stranger Nation on

    69.6 Rebounds and Loose Pucks – In a rebound situation, or where a goalkeeper and attacking player(s) are simultaneously attempting to play a loose puck, whether inside or outside the crease, incidental contact with the goalkeeper will be permitted, and any goal that is scored as a result thereof will be allowed.

    refs may have had it right…

  207. Rick Nash shall score on a deflection in the second period of OT. You heard it here first.

  208. New nick name for Rick in the playoffs: “Pluto” Nash. You can’t seem him anymore…

  209. Carp, appreciate your response…..
    But, It just absolutely drives me into a frenzy
    considering the BS, non-game impacting, silly calls the officials make routinely.

    Hank was hit 3 times by Malkin’s stick while he was searching for the puck!!!

  210. And BTW, unless he hits the twine ( with a goal ) in OT, Nasher is back on my siht list.

    (he really never left, but most of you know that)

  211. I hate sudden death overtime. They should play out the period after a goal is scored.

  212. ThisYearsModel on

    There is no guarantee that the puck goes in had Henrik not been pushed backward by Malkin.

  213. Doodie Machetto on

    “Crosby hasn’t scored, but he’s at least making plays and doing things defensively this game. ”

    You mean like that fly by on the Richards goal?

  214. Sonny Boy is in the wind. Said he doesn’t want to be here when they lose.

    Smart Sonny Boy.

  215. 4everanger on

    What is this game lack so far that playoff’s intensity. Saving energy and emotions for later?

  216. Doodie Machetto on

    Good start for Nash; that’s the last you’ll see of him in this game.

  217. Doodie Machetto on

    At least it’s not Doc.

    And Pee Air has been better than usual. Still bad, but better.

  218. Doodie – one bad play. He’s been fine by me the rest of the game. You notice him and hear his name called out a lot since he has the puck.

    And as I call out Nash he actually does something.

  219. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m just pointing out people tend to focus on all of the good stuff Crosby does, but miss all of his bad plays.

  220. As I said, this line was the best line all night. Great stuff by all three of them.

  221. Stranger Nation on

    Hilarious overhead view of the flower flopping in the crease like a pregnant seal

  222. Doodie Machetto on

    Officials blowing the OT winner call is the perfect summation of their work in this game.

  223. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    I’m not gonna say I had confidence. But I had confidence!!!!!!!! WOOOO!!!!

  224. Good thing it was Brass. Would have been unseemly for PullOut to give the hat back to himself.

  225. Norm Merton on

    Another great study in momentum. The Rangers were done after two, but more than held their own in the third and waxed ’em in OT. This may still go five for the Pens, but the Rangers are growing as a team right in front of our eyes.

  226. How aboot the arrogance in Pierre McPenis’ voice when he said “that puck didn’t go in”

    Five minutes later after he’s told behind the scenes that it went in…

    “wait, lets see if this puck actually went in”


  227. Papa Bear
    We need to score twiCe in OT too win!!!!!!!$

    May 2nd, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    *i see overtime goals before the officials see them*

  228. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Thankfully, Richards didn’t have to move on the 2nd goal. If it involved foot speed, as we have seen, it’s over.

  229. Is Pouliot the best FA signing that Sather ever had? 2 goals and an assist tonight in the 4-2 OT win tonight…

  230. Pullout responding well after game 6.

    Game winning goal in Game 7. Goal and an assist on the game winner in OT in game 1.

    Need guys to step up if that pathetic excuse of a star player, Rick “The Good One” Nash, is going to float around and do nothing all game long.

  231. Norm Merton on

    When Brassard’s name is all that’s remembered on the scoresheet, remember what a great non-goal that was by Pouliot, who didn’t know the game was already over.

  232. Carp

    Does that goal actually go to Brassard? I mean it wasn’t reviewed or can they do that retroactively since technically play hasn’t restarted.

  233. This guy EJ Siht head on the post game is a major tool. Send him back to wherever he came from.

  234. I have a feeling that goal will go to Pouliot, not that it matters, except to eddie3X.

  235. Yeah that what’s his name, Strawlmahn guy… when is he going to b e send back to Sweden?!

    *Manny*, any update on that?

  236. Doodie Machetto on

    Stralman with another absolute monster of a game. That goal happens because of his hard work on the boards.

    Stralman my #1 star for the second game in a row.

  237. W.C Fields wrote his own epitaph long before he died: “Here lies W.C. Fields. I would rather be living, even in Philadelphia.”

  238. That’s true Carp. But they had the most puck possession time and were the only line to truly dictate play.

  239. One day at a time….so far between us and Habs, mama is a happy girl…niters all….LGR!

  240. Eric: “I’m satisfied that we won, but I’m not entirely happy about the way that we did it.” :)

  241. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    So the question was asked up above, “Is Pouillot the best FA signing Sather has ever had?”

    Gee, let’s see now, Holik….Gomez…Drury…Richards…..Redden….Boo….Brashear………Driver….

    Hmmmmm… never know!!!!

  242. Didn’t see the game? Should I just vote for the goal scorers and assume they are the only ones that had good games?

  243. With his last two playoff games alone, Stralman took his salary from 3 to 4 million per year ( and maybe 4.5)

  244. Well, I hope everyone enjoyed that win, because it apparently is the last ranger victory of the season. right , Carp?

  245. Hank was above avg. stopped some real tough ones. Thought the 2 that went in were shaky, but in the end he was solid again.

  246. Hank was OK. Not more, not less. Better than loser Fleury, that’s for sure.

  247. Keep it up, guys! couldn’t have dunnit without Carp and the Bonehead rooting section…

  248. ThisYearsModel on

    If only Henrik would have come through, it would not have gone to OT ;)

  249. Is Staal stealing Richie’s liquid sunshine lotion, or is it just high blood pressure?

  250. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Let us hope that Bielsma continues to go with Fleurie. The guy is totally beatable. Just put it on net and make him move. BANG!!!

  251. wild….mama love…LGR!!!! Ta for tonight….

    Carp, can’t wait for review….

  252. Carpster,,,,,,the game may have ended up with Staal getting the Hat…….but the way he played, Stralsie will probably get another $250K per…

  253. I think everyone should stop already with the losing four straight and Carp’s prediction. Don’t bring bad juju.

  254. Yup, eric. This coach isn’t as stubborn as the previous donkey, but he’s stubborn about the PP.

  255. You rule Carp. Heard you were hanging in our section when Dave arrived the other day. Please, anytime, love to have you.

  256. And BTW, in this game we got what we’ve come to expect from Nash… Bupka.

  257. How can they give Brass the goal when Toronto did not override the official’s call on ice?

  258. I want to resign Staal and Stralman. Keep the top 4 DMEn together . Unless they can trade for A Weber\Doughty type player.

    Anyone who watches these games and doesn’t appreciate what Stralman brings to this team is Stralman Blind.

  259. Norm Merton on

    Staal was a monster, along with Stralman. I wonder if Moore and Klein will get the disease. What a solid D-unit the Rangers have developed! Anyone missing Zel Zotto now? — I loved the guy, did not like the trade at the time, but the switch to Klein has allowed AV to put together a well-meshed six. Great trade by Sather.

  260. Direct quote from Tikkanen when the Rangers got Gretzky:

    “Gretz he say gonna score Cup-winning goal on my ass. now he’s can no do it.”

  261. SN – not only was Crosby on for the last goal, he was doing a Snow Angel in the crease when Poileet the 4th (Robin Ventura) goal in.

  262. Bennett looks very dangerous for the pens.

    I had Pouliot, brass, Staal as three stars.

    Pouliot is our best PWF.

  263. Best centre on the team gets the game winner.

    Pens are in trouble if he heats up.

  264. I hated DelZotto and spent a lot of effort here justifying why he was not worth keeping.

    Conversely, I often voiced my appreciation of Stralman and his hockey smarts…..

    I certainly caught a lot of ridicule here from some for my opinions on both…..

  265. Alain Amour on

    Doogie’s full of crap that Vigneault saw something special in Pouliot in training camp.

    Hank has never been responsible for a goal against.

  266. Alain Amour on

    Somebody slap Duguay and tell him it’s not a Pahr Play.

    Could they also slap Sam Rosen and relay the same message?

  267. With this crazy playoff schedule, we’re sure to see a bunch of Miller. Who else?

  268. wow what a horrendous turnover by Messier there. What if the fans would get on him if twitter and blogs were around back then

  269. Long Beard since 1994 on

    Been saving money for the beard cut

    Carp, love it!

    Gretz he say gonna score Cup-winning goal on my ass. now he’s can no do it.

  270. NATW looks like a totally different player in the playoffs so far than in the regular season.

    I’m glad he is playing so well, but I agree with manny, he needs to be on another team next season.

  271. Long Beard since 1994 on

    Dave Maloney on the radio wondered if the Rangers will start the next game up 1 goal.. Hilarious…!

  272. Carp, as a Ranger Historian, Is Dan Girardi the best non-drafted player to ever play for the Rangers?

  273. Czechthemout!!! on

    Great win!

    Nice to see Poo Poo and Brassard stand out and key the win.

    Paging Rick Nash!

  274. Balcony Bob on

    Interesting series of events surrounding Brassard’s game winner. First, Sgt. Shultz, the goal judge, said “I saw nothing”. Then the ref, who was somewhere else, waves “no goal”, after checking with Mario in the Owners box.

    First time in NHL history there were 2 game winning goals scored in one game.

  275. Miami
    Was it you that said sit Pouliot in one of the earlier threads?

    Shame on you

  276. _”Stralman has been AMAZING”

    ….”he needs to be on another team next season”…

    A contradiction of reason perhaps, but it Yeah, it makes a lot of sense to me too. (S)

    Strallman, for two years, has proven he can play in NY, unlike many others before him, so let’s ship him out, and bring in an unknown quantity….like a Poti or (fill in the blank)

    Since the Flyer series, Staal and Stralman are referred to as the Ranger’s “shut down pair” by many of the pundits. Based upon what I’ve seen during the playoffs, hard to disagree.

    Unless of course , for whatever reason, I just don’t like either player. Then yes, one, or the other, or both should move on to be replaced by McIlrath or Skeil.

  277. Carp, do you think Neal’s goal should’ve been disallowed?
    I think it should’ve been no goal, with inadvertent goalie interference and no penalty on Malkin.

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


  279. Certainly could have been disallowed, ilb. Not the worst non-call I’ve ever seen. Probably not the worst non-call in this game. But yeah, the correct call was what you said.

  280. Almost my fantasy ending for a playoff game- Brass scores and no one (except the shooter and most Ranger fans) actually see it- play continues Pens come down and score- big celebration- GAME OVER! Wait, Ref comes to center ice while fans are wildly celebrating” After further review- game is indeed over- but you lost.” Wonder how that would go over in the stands- ah, someday it will be a reality and another milestone for NHL and its rotten officiating will indeed be achieved.

  281. yea, 2nd goal by the pens lundqvist was interfered with by Malkin and should not have counted but it’s pukesburgh, what do you expect.

  282. It’s possible now, Wick. Before the series I didn’t think so, obviously.

    I’d be shocked if it’s not 1-1.

  283. Papa
    I’ve been saying this for a long long time that our D is too vanilla.

    We need more size back there and some bite.

    I don’t think they are going to dump Klein. I think they like j Moops speed and offencive potential.

    Doubt if they dump mcdonut, girardi, or Staal (I would consider moving Staal due to his injury history and upcoming contract in another season).

    So if we need more bite and size, NATW needs to be the one to go.

  284. Pens think Pouliot’s first goal was deflected. Which means it wasn’t an awful goal allowed by Fleury.

  285. On the other hand, the ref was adamant that Brassard’s goal didn’t go in. I know a very solid program that graduates excellent guide dogs :-)

  286. I expect it to be 1-1 too, but up 2-0 coming home sure would be sweet. At least there’s a chance.

  287. It’ll be a different Pittsburgh team on Sunday, for sure. More like what we saw during second period. Could be time for Hank to steal one.

  288. ThisYearsModel on

    It will come out that Skidney is injured when the playoffs are over. Either that, or he is bailing on Bylsma.

  289. Papa
    Although I will say this. AV seems to like the left/right D pairings and
    NATW is a righty which are harder to find (unless you think mcilrath comes up next season which I’m not so sure he does).

    So perhaps they move j Moops who is a lefty which are easier to find (methot for example..orpik)

    Or maybe they move Staal (again, I doubt very much they do that).

  290. Bonehead Brothers, a question?

    Did a Ranger, in the last 65 years, play a better clutch game then Mike Richter did in game 6 against the Devils on 1994??!

  291. big WIN. Thats a heck of a way to start a series.

    THey scared me in the second, they were giving away the blue line..

  292. Is there ever a better moment in Ranger Hidtory than when Mark Messier took the Cup from Gary Bettman and, in his Ranger Jersey, displayed such complete and utter joy?

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