Game 2: Rangers at Penguins … It’s Go Time!

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Rangers at Penguins.

 

Ya boys play the fifth of what will have been an absurd six games in nine nights after tomorrow’s Game 3 in New York.

The Rangers look to snap all their negative strings tonight:

As you are well aware, the Rangers have failed, nine times in a a row, with chances to take a two-game lead in a series, and have lost an NHL record 12 in a row when leading a playoff series. They also haven’t gone up 2-0 in a series since 2009 vs. Washington and, well, we all know how that turned out. They have lost seven consecutive Game 2s, four of those after winning Game 1.

Alain Vigneault goes with the same lineup, meaning Henrik Lundqvist in goal (duh), Daniel Carcillo in, and J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Justin Falk and Raphael Diaz prucha’d. Chris Kreider (hand surgery) continues to skate in a non-contact jersey and is not yet taking full shots, so he remains out indefinitely.

One switch, though: Vigneault used Anton Stralman on the power-play point, in John Moore’s spot, during the morning skate.

The Penguins remain without top-pair D-man Brooks Orpik (lower or upper body mystery injury).

Here’s Vigneault’s morning-skate press conference, courtesy of the Penguins:

Alain Vigneault

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

Twitter: @RangersReport.

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

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

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

    IT IS TIME!!!!!

    RANGERS ARE IN THE HOUWWWWSEEEEEEEE!!!!

    Nothing to lose , nothing.

    GREAT NIGHT TONIGHT!!!!!

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

    Eric repeat after me…Nothing to lose tonight.

    Nothing.

    It could really be a stinker if Pissyburger can’t come up with a win. Pressure for them .

  4. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    It’s going to be an ALL STAAL night.

    Staal shuts down Skid.
    Hank shuts out the Penguins.
    Nash gets a goal.
    Carcillo gets a fight.

  5. Wick, I honestly don’t know a lot about Stastny … except that he’s going to cost somebody a lot of money.

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

    RANGERS HACKEY folks , grab your drink , put the dog out and the kids to bed cuz this is gonna be a real ring a ding dong dandy!!!!!

    SO LETS gog gogog og gogogogogogoo!!!!

    NASH , attention to Rick Nash . IT IS YOUR TIME TO SHINE!!!
    To THE Krieder , you get healthy dude . We need you .

    LETS GO LETS GO LETS GO LETS GO!!!!!

  7. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    0-12 for the Rangers after leading.

    Tonight – IT CHANGES. 1-12 after tonight!

  8. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Speaking of number 2’s, I dropped a Malkin this morning while on the can that nearly killed me….

  9. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    THE CAPTAIN …. Carp you will have to get DAVE on again. That was a Great Charp to read.

  10. Skid’s personal trainer apparently thinks he’s going to have a big game tonight. Does that count as a guarantee?

  11. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    When Tays and Doc lock eyes, it’s spooky #crazy eyeballs

  12. Talking a minute ago on the NHL Network about Rick Nash, Jeremy Roenick stated the obvious that the big man continues to play too much out on the perimeter. Roenick’s better insight on Nash’s playoff problems was that the Nash is going about his business in the playoffs as if these are regular season games. He is not upping his game at all and I am someone who, until Nash convinces me otherwise, thinks he might not have the internal drive to do so. Outside the game with Columbus, I don’t recall another instance where Nash played with a heartbeat that would indicate fire in his belly. Hate to say it but he may never be that kind of player.

  13. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Manny – We get extra Stralman tonight.

    Mr Fix it for the power play.

  14. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    *Stralman Sunday* – Ha!!!!

    Carp’s Headline tomorrow, after Stralman scores the game winner on the power play :)

  15. @EliasSports

    .@NYRangers will be the first @NHL team in 25 years to play 5 playoff games over a span of 7 days.

  16. except he played that way around the Olympics, and in Game 7 just a few days ago, John. Otherwise, I concur.

  17. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Carp – They already set a record. Only team to play 3 game in 4 days, in 3 different buildings, and win the game 3 :)

    That says something.

  18. I want McDonagh and Girardi to be the two marble lions in front of the NY Public Library, which eddie named Lundqvist Library after he purchased it late Friday.

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

    LETS gog ogg og gog o gog ogogogogo!!!!

    LETS DO THIS!!!

    Love watching the favorites get spanked!!! Lets do some spanking!!!!!

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

    Rangers could play 7 games in 7 days , all triple overtimes to boot!!!!

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  21. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    ESB is now “The Brassard”

    The Plaza – The McDunner

    The Former Pan Am building – The AV

  22. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Keep it Simple.

    Shoot the puck.

    Score more goals!

    Easy win tonight :)

  23. When I was in my twenties, I could play eight grueling games of any sport over a weekend. No big dealie.

  24. First 10 mins will be played in rangers end. Hank needs to bail us out I believe

  25. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Brassard all alone on a breakaway – dekes left right, left, a right to the body, shoots and scorrrrrrrrres

  26. They were hiding behind hay bales
    They were planting in the full moon
    They had given all they had for something new
    But the light of day was on them
    They could see the thrashers coming
    The water shone like diamonds in the dew

  27. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    JR – “no team that has lost 4 in a series has ever won the cup”

  28. Dave Molinari @MolinariPG

    Consol Energy Center crowd is nearly as fired up as it would be for, say, a game against Winnipeg. On a Tuesday. In early November.

  29. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Engblom – “every mistake MAF makes is amplified. While he makes an infinite amount of them, it’s unfair”

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

    BEWARE and BE SCARED ( Penguins/fans )

    THE RANGERS tonight will show the world.

    We will have the game we all have been waiting for .

    LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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

    We wont cower. We will be ALL OVER THE PENGUINS!!!

    ATTACK!!!! No sitting back . I believe we have more to give and the Penguins have more to lose!!!!

  32. BroadwayBlueshirts on

    Let’s Go! More periods like the first and third and we will be ok!

  33. Did NBC just come back from a commercial…only to go right back to more of them?? Ugh.

  34. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Cally – I’ve had commercials for the last 35 minutes

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

    Earn your salary TONIGHT Hank!!!!

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    Lets go ALREADY!!!!!

  36. Gotta love NBC! Though on the other hand, at least they’re showing the National Anthem.

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

    Must win game……for the Penguins , HAAAAHHAHAHAAAAA!!!!

  38. This time of the year, I always like to play WWBD (What would Bettman do?) Or “which teams to the NHL want to advance?

    LA and Chicago in the west, but do they want the lone Canadian team to adv

  39. Stranger Nation on

    no shiny headed Penguin lover, but dumbassen Engblob in his place

  40. @rangersreport

    Good call, IMO. Kunitz was pushed, but made sure to fall completely on top of Lundqvist.

  41. His dad was as good as a hockey writer as Carp….and that’s saying something

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

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    LETS GO BOYS!!!!

    RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGERS!!!!!!

  43. Admiral Akbar on

    HEY RANGERS, YOU HAVE TO AT LEAST GET SOME MOMENTUM OFF THIS POWER PLAY IF NOT SCORE!!!

    Geez!!!!

  44. How about Stepan not taking the faceoff to begin the PP. He’s terrible on draws.

  45. Glass half-empty is thinking “man, I almost wish we wouldn’t get these calls because eventually they’ll even out and I don’t want to give them those chances”, right?

  46. And how about putting Carcillo in front on the PP. Maybe that causes Pitt to be distracted enough to give the Rangers more time with the puck

  47. or use 5 forwards. Our d-man are all below average offensively with McD hurt

  48. “OH COME ON STARS SHOULD NEVER GET CALLED FOR BOARDING!!!” shout the Penguins fans

  49. BroadwayBlueshirts on

    this is ridiculous! Pens are trying to give this game away early. of course we are 0 for –

  50. We should just play 4 on 4 and keep someone deep or something. This PP is just gross.

  51. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    WoW!

    Just think if the Rangers had a power play like they did in the first game of the playoffs.

    How did it get SO good on one night, then disappear?

  52. Three futile power plays in a row! Fans should not complain about the next Rangers player to take a stupid penalty.

  53. Does it really matter? Pitt can take penalties for entire game – they are not scoring

  54. Can someone tell Maloney to blow his nose out?

    He keeps on sacking the snot in lol

  55. 3 PP in the first 10 minutes of the game and nothing. Put MSL on the point so we have someone who can shoot from there.

  56. How about putting our 4th line on the PP. At this rate they’d at least get the puck deep, forecheck, and get chances.

  57. Good evening all!!!!

    These hartnelling Pens sure are being jack wagons enough early….would be nice if we could capitalize on their asshattedness

    These announcers make me want to punch out a wall.

    LGR!!

  58. Henrik can stop the puck, but he obviously doesn’t know hockey.

    As I said over a year ago..he should be fined for leaving the crease

  59. Manny-o-war on

    So, the Penguins have decided to take a page out if the Phlyers book?

  60. Looks like we need a broken play to score…..please hire Adam Oates for the PP

  61. And the worst thing is the Pens will the get the PPs to even it out slightly and they can score.

  62. Pens pp coming

    Can we start this game over. Can you have asked for a better chance.

  63. Stranger Nation on

    point is Nash should have SHOT the puck and not passed it to the guy skating 3 ft from him

    confounding…

  64. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    And Carcillo takes the last one to the chin….. how do they not go to the box.

  65. No rule says the Rangers have to use the extra skater when a Penguin is in the box. AV should just send out 4 skaters since they’ve been way better at even strength

  66. _That’s a dumb penalty under the circumstances._

    Yup, have to know they’re looking for one.

  67. Whoa, isn’t it illegal to throw cross ice passes when on the man advantage?

  68. Engblom: “Woah, there is an intensity on this Pittsburgh power play.”

  69. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Yikes!

    They better stay out of the box.

    This doesn’t look like a power play that will go 0-3.

  70. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Good kill!

    Sure wishing Nash’s attempt would have gone in.

  71. ThisYearsModel on

    Pittsburgh players “accidentally” running into Rangers after whistles, on the way to the bench, etc.

  72. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Rangers seem like they are holding on.

    Penguins are pushing the pace.

  73. Stranger Nation on

    now that I hear Eggblob, it is not a Pierre thing but an MSNBC love affair

  74. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    What was Nash’s thought process there, shoot one off the boards for a rebound/pass …. goal?????

  75. Are we going to flick the pick out all night? Can’t make 2 straight passes just awful

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

    THOSE PP’s kept the Penguins from having momentum. We killed the start of the game flurry by drawing penaties. Now if you can’t see this as a Ranger fan…your an idiot.

  77. NBC seems to have a knack for hiring annoying sports announcers. We have this Engblom guy in hockey, and there’s Arlo White who does EPL matches.

  78. LOL! Nash shouldn’t have cross checked Bortuzzo, but man, what a loser that guy is! Looked like a little girl.

  79. You guys are being pretty harsh on Bortuzzo given every single one of us knows how uncomfortable it is if someone tickles your ribs when you aren’t expecting it.

  80. And Neal was absolutely going for a typical Neal hit there. I hate him as a person.

  81. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    So a close game is Rangers advantage!!!

    More Kathryn is needed :)

  82. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    All the soap in the world won’t clean Neal – he’s Dirty

  83. Stranger Nation on

    Nash barely touched him but at least we dont have to watch the pp again.

  84. A period early for taken just disappointing. 0 for 3. How we going to win 4 games with a pp this hideous.

  85. Admiral Akbar on

    Crosby coming alive — very good sign for the Penguins.

    From the Rangers’ standpoint, there needs to be more 5 on 5 play – a lot more. If I’m Pittsburgh, I look to exploit the 5 on 4 and 4 on 4 play. Big edge to Pens with special teams.

    All in all, if the game settles down with more 5 on 5 play, the game is winnBle from a Rangers’ standpoint.

  86. BickelsPickle on

    I’m at a point where if we lose, well, we expect that. if we win, well, that’s kinda cool, do we celebrate?

  87. _Nash didn’t get his money’s worth at all there._

    Mister D…. Agree. If you gonna give the retaliatory cross check, make it count.

  88. Nice of the NBC crew to admit that the officials try to even out penalties.

  89. Stranger Nation on

    explaining the Carcillo penalty – the ref told him to stop and he didnt..wha??

  90. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    JR – “by not scoring on any of those power plays, they didn’t”

  91. BickelsPickle on

    I’m interested in what is different from this PP and the one that got going before Jan 2

  92. “Clap your hands
    if you feel
    like a room without a roof”

    CARP, whenever I hear that song, especially that line, on the radio, my mind goes to Frank Costanza in the police station: “What the hell does that mean?”

  93. Callyman
    How about putting our 4th line on the PP. At this rate they’d at least get the puck deep, forecheck, and get chances.

    May 4th, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Keith Jones stole my idea =)

  94. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    JR – “pressure is on the pens to not be going down after not winning this game 2″

  95. Manny-o-war on

    We could use stiffer neutral zone defense to deter the Penguins from setting up so easily.

    Should also spread your the defense a bit in the offensive zone.

  96. Hate to say this (especially since I’m going to the a garden tomorrow night) But the ridiculous and unfair schedule appears to be catching up to the Blueshirts.

    They look tired, zero jump.

  97. Manny-o-war on

    @ScoutingTheRefs: Fourth straight period of 6+ penalties called by Furlatt/McCauley. Let’s see if things settle down in the second. #Rangers #Penguins

  98. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Too many rushed passes on the pp. Rangers need to slow time down and let the play just happen – puck movement is sloppy

  99. Ty Doughme on

    Agree on being happy with 0-0. Thought Pens would score on that pp for sure.

  100. ThisYearsModel on

    We seem to have opportunities to leave the zone directly, yet pass it backwards exposing up to the forecheck. I don’t get it.

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

    pressureeee

    Crosby feelin the heat

    Malkin spazzn out

    The Penguins really have no business being in this series.

  102. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    JR – Has at least 10 gaffs every night.

    So far my fave tonight, “The had Hotels at the meeting” in the pregame.

  103. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Me thinks JR is merely trying to tap Tappen. He isn’t thinking clearly. Not that he ever does…

  104. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    E3 – I’m thinking he will have to.

    I said it pre-game. Now will he get a shutout, not so sure. But he 1/3 of the way there.

  105. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    McD has his hands full tonight with SKID.

    He sure undressed him on that play.

  106. ThisYearsModel on

    Now would be a good time for the Rangers to wake up and start playing.

  107. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Rangers aren’t looking uber sharp, but neither are the pens

  108. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Nash standing on the Blue line.

    Don’t get to close to the net.

  109. Stepan is constantly more physical then Brassard. He does it quietly but he consistently plays his man.

  110. Staal Wart on

    I just realized…it’s a beautiful thing when doc emerick isn’t calling the game!

  111. Pittsburgh look so vulnerable. It’s frustrating Rangers cannot take advantage.

  112. That must be the first clear breakaway Hank has stopped in a while. Great save!

  113. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Bryz doesn’t make that save!!!

    We are SO lucky to have a Healthy Lundqvist!!!!

  114. Don’t the coaches anywhere alert the D that the guy is about to come out of the box?

  115. @rangersreport

    Remarkable how the Dorsetts and Moores and Carcillos get pucks on net, but the skill guys miss so much.

  116. How many people honestly thought Kunitz was scoring out of the box there? Everyone?

  117. You just cannot be this inept on the PP and expect to win games. The other team feels free to play way over the line

  118. The goalie bangs his stick on the ice as the penalty is about to expire, coos. Girardi can’t turn it over there.

  119. Wouldn’t be surprised if McD’s injury is really lower body and they’re keeping it quiet.

  120. “i wish the rangers could score, the penguins look ripe for the taking”

    My dad’s text a second ago

    So True. The Rangers got this if they can grab a goal first

  121. duckbill platypus on

    Lettuce go Rangers! Howdy all!!

    Missing you regardingly,
    Le Duck

    CARPSTER!!!! LATONA!! EDDIE CUBED!!!

  122. Take a close look at the save on Kunitz and how for no reason at all he sticks his leg out-makes contact to try and trip Hank!!!!!!!!

  123. ThisYearsModel on

    How on earth does that turn into a 4 on 2? Girardi finally scores on the snow angel.

  124. I think I might have said it here a couple months ago

    The ‘Guins are either playing like world beaters and you could a perfect and get beat.

    Or they are very beatable.

  125. Blatant interference by a Penguin in their own zone as they were coming up the ice, Zuccarello with a bad decision in the neutral zone, and Girardi acting like a small child hopping on a slip’n’slide. Sounds like a recipe for a Peguins goal!

  126. There was a pretty clear interference by someone on Pouliot before that goal play headed out of the zone.

  127. Great play by Letang. Zucc nearly hit Brassard with a sweet pass who was wide open in front.

  128. DUCKY!!!!!!!!

    I have been posting your name in hopes you would re-emerge from your mammalian abode. Great to have you back – I’ve really missed my affable, semi-aquatic friend! LGR!

  129. Neal is such a weasel. sprays hank looks around sees nobody reaction. And now will go in and do it again. Like a weasel

  130. Hank’s the only reason we’re still even in this game. Tie this up, maybe we can steal one in the 3rd

  131. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Not our period.

    Still have time.

    If only Richards would have got that shot off.

  132. Looks like we are up one and trying to run out the clock….zero offense

  133. Norm Merton on

    Be nice to get back in this game, but it’s looking as though Lundqvist is going to spend it all tonight in a losing cause. Will make tomorrow interesting. Hope the Penguins are tiring themselves out just as much.

  134. I think the ref said, “I’m only taking one” … in other words, if anybody does something stupid it will be a power play, not a 4 on 4.

  135. Admiral Akbar on

    Lundqvist standing on his head… But the offense just putters out….

  136. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    cArcillo is on the top of his game.

    Too bad they don’t call any after the whistle penalties.

  137. NBC should either turn the mics up so we can hear it, or turn them off. Because we’re getting all the nice words.

  138. These NBC announcers really xxx! Doesn’t a drought mean there was at one point no drought? Nash has virtually never scored in the playoffs. Despite my dislike of Crosby at least he does have a history of scoring…

  139. gregm_oldsection403 on

    carcillo isn’t following blog rules with his language. watch out, carp may ban hiim!

  140. I will not blame Lundqvist when gives up the next softie. He’s the sole reason why this is still 1-0.

  141. Norm Merton on

    Penguins will be a little anxious to have dominated by such a wide margin with only a goal to show for it, but a lead is a lead.

  142. so that was a perfect example of what is wrong with Nash, Him and Step cross on the rush step keeps going towards the net when the play gets broken up they pan out and Nash is on the boards

  143. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Good it’s not 3-0 Pitt.

    So I’ll take it.

    If Brass, Pouly, and Zucc get one in the first 10 minutes, we will be right back in this.

    Can’t rely on Nash, MSL, or Richards.

  144. Hank hasn’t had a period like that in months. Great to see him back to his dominating ways.

    Now let’s hope the Rangers can put one past Flower

  145. After 2 periods It could be far worse. Hank is the only reason we are still down 1-0.

  146. With a power play, you have to see the game in your head. We’re missing heads.

  147. Already on twitter they’re complaining about Rangers’ lacking intensity … which couldn’t be further from the truth. Just a fan-boy reaction to trailing.

  148. Miami Pimp on

    NASH is dogs-breakfast.

    When is he going to man-up? It’s getting ridiculous.

  149. Boy I never thought I’d say I miss salmon joe and pitdo… NBC = No Body Cares

  150. I’m fairly certain in this game, Nash is holding step and MSL back.

    Again, I don’t think it’s lack of try with Nash. To me he just seems to be playing scared

  151. The funny thing about playing scared is it is probably more likely to lead to re-injury than not

  152. Admiral Akbar on

    I think the Rangers do not have their legs. The self-inflicted/NBC television $chedule has begun to show in the Rangers’ play, IMO. Good thing there’s a day off tomorrow… Ummm…

  153. Confession: I wasn’t drinking the beer I drank during Game 1 for some reason. I am now.

  154. I’m pretty sure the self-inflicted wound tomorrow is MSG’s fault due to arena availability … as if they didn’t expect Rangers to still be playing.

  155. Thurs afternoon liberty Friday night billey Joel. You can’t move a liberty game.

    Was either Monday Wednesday or Tuesday Saturday which would never happen.

  156. If the Rangers lose this game 1-0, everyone will be talking about Hank’s win one lose one record.

  157. Pretend you were handed a video showing every chance for Pitt right up until the shot and were asked to guess how many goals they had that period. Low end is 3, right? If we win, Henrik stole it in the 2nd.

  158. Any complaints should start and end with Kitty Nash..

    What a facking pice of Rinaldo.

    The nerve of him to not show up again.

    He’s got 1 period or I’m gonna boo the Rinaldo out of him tomorrow night.

  159. Can’t help on the PP, but Carcillo and Dorsett bring it every shift, every night. Kudos.

  160. I have three points if like to make tonite if I may:
    1 we are getting absolutely alarmingly manhandled
    2 we are the worst passing team in NHL history – I’ve seen better connections on a rocky driveway with an orange Burger King puck
    3 trying to get onto this site on an IPhone is the worst in sports history- really Carp it’s time for you to fire some propellor heads

  161. Carcillo plays playoff hockey. One of their best forwards tonight, probably difficult for some folks on this blog to accept/admit.

  162. I’m on it, FG. They put the blog posts on the mobile site, but it’s not the same comments string, so, you know.

  163. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Hey guys. I’m really proud of our team playing a road game like this.

    Hanka Hanka is world class-a, world class-a. If he could steal this one it would be amazing!!! What a game he is having!!! Way to go Hank!!!

  164. Orr:
    I was always curious how Nash is called a “power forward”. Where’s the power? He glides most of the time, does not hit. Short shifts and looks winded. Totally get he was concussed but even when he first came to NY, so unimpressive

  165. What would happen if 1) Nash scores GWG + 2) on the powerplay + 3) as the Rangers win a playoff game while having a lead in a series? The hockey statistical world would instantly combust…

  166. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Pittsburgh just threw the kitchen sink at us. And, they only scored one goal.

    They can’t keep this energy up, can they?????

  167. ThisYearsModel on

    Honestly, I am not surprised at all. Pittsburgh had to come out and play like this. The cannot afford to go down 0-2. What is disappointing is our failure to push back. Keep in mind……if we had a marginally-successful power play we are at least tied, and probably ahead in a game in which we have played like crap. I hope this is not fatigue-related. It looks like some of our guys don’t have their legs.

  168. Miami Pimp on

    Oh man, some of you are clueless. This team is obbbbviiously losing tonight.

  169. Wonder what the PP pct actually is since the Del Zotto trade. Not saying he was doing anything great, just wondering. Because the PP went south in January.

  170. Admiral Akbar on

    Bylsma: “Boys, lets hit them every chance we can — they are one tired bunch of @&&-#+%=’s, and are ours for the taking. The rest will take of itself.”

  171. MD, add that I now have my white Graves jersey on, and we should be good to go.

  172. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Had we converted on one PP, this game takes a totally different complexion.

  173. Gervais is a fang faced wimp!!!!

    Gene Rayburn says:
    Girardi has more goals tonight than BLANK in the entire postseason

  174. ThisYearsModel on

    If we had THE KREIDER playing, this game would be over via the mercy rule.

  175. Bylsma in room: “They’re exhausted, kill them.” We had better be prepared.

  176. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Skill guys having a hard time hitting the net. Character guys much more accurate.

  177. _we are getting absolutely alarmingly manhandled_

    What bothers me most is its their d-men running up high and we’re not able to make them pay or even get through.

  178. “Girardi has more goals tonight than BLANK in the entire postseason”

    Girardi has more goals tonight than DUMB DORA in the entire postseason.

  179. Time for NY to crash the net and mess with MAF! Need some more MEAN and less peripheral BS gliding

  180. Man it would feel great to capitalize on a mistake and steal this game

    Pitt is dirty when the lights go out

    At least Philly did it to your face

  181. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Step, if you are going to mess up, at least GET IT DEEP.

  182. McDonuts getting beat to the outside consistently. Must have a hip problem.

  183. wildplaces on

    Too many Rangers trapped in the offensive zone for those give-away odd man rushes…King Henrik has kept us in this game…still only a one goal differential. Amazing!

  184. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    since we will not score when we pull Hank, we need a goal before the 2 minute mark.

  185. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Man, how do these guys fly, then play tomorrow? I’m exhausted. Don’t know how they do it

  186. Manny-o-war on

    When a guy is struggling to find a puck in his skates why doesn’t our team KNOCK HIM OVER!? Why is everyone just trying to stick check

  187. Refs have just completely given up on trying to prevent interference this game.

  188. Manny-o-war on

    How does Nash not fight to the net? Seriously. Just fighting at the blue line then throwing it deep. Come on, man.

  189. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    “YOU are NOT TJ Oshie, Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmut”.

    Thanks for telling me Enterprise :)

  190. Jeremy Roenick: Hi my name is (snaps his finger 3x)–help me out, Jonsey!

    Keith Jones: Roenick

    Jeremy Roenick: Roenick…Right…as I was saying…….

  191. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    “YOU are NOT TJ Oshie, Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet”.

    Thanks for telling me Enterprise :)

  192. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hank needs some O help. Its not right that he loses this game.

  193. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    I guess it’s not a good idea to play Tam tomorrow night, is it ?

  194. Miami Pimp on

    “If we had THE KREIDER playing, this game would be over via the mercy rule.”

    Exactly.

  195. Norm Merton on

    2nd line showing some jump tonight. Great, great game overall by both teams. Amazing pace.

  196. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Agreed, Norm. Pittsburgh playing for their lives and responding. They just can’t keep this up, can they??

  197. eric’s right, this game was right there for them with the three early PPs and they crapped it away.

    yet they’re still one shot against MAF from tying it. So …

  198. “Nash plays like a stereotypical European hockey player.”

    Nash is everything Don Cherry stands against in the sport, except Don Cherry loves Nash because he’s a good ol’ Brampton boy.

  199. Girardi got interfered with first, but what he did looked worse so he got the called.

  200. MAF’s fake skate fix was so the refs could check the script for the next scheduled rangers penalty

  201. I feel like guys named Neal/Neil are invisible when it comes to penalty calls.

  202. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    How is Nash going to get a shorty if he isn’t on the ice?

  203. You know our first line has been atrocious and you cannot have that. Those guys need to show up.

  204. @rangersreport

    This is the best-officiated of the Rangers’ nine games … and it’s still officiated terribly.

  205. Oh just flatten cry baby and take the 2 minute penalty! I’d like to have the smirking piece of Carcillo feel some pain!

  206. Manny-o-war on

    Can we please gain the zone with speed? Stop the fancy garbage and the offsides!

  207. Maybe just go hard to the net and get pucks to the net like they forget to do every one of the last 12 times they have been unable to get a real lead in a series? Maybe?

  208. Completely disjointed on the offensive side of the red line his whole game. Best line has been the Richards line and not really that good.

  209. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Story line:

    Rangers blowing early PP’s

    Nash still sucks, so does first line

    Hank saves the day with awesome night

    Pen’s get one by him.

    Hey, this ones not over, but really. Did we expect to win one in Pitt?? I didn’t.

  210. Alain Amour on

    The Rangers had a chance to step on the Penguins’ throats early. Three power plays without a scoring opportunity. It set the tone for the whole game.

  211. Over a 7 game series a lack of pp and center depth vs skid and Gino is the downfall

  212. Manny-o-war on

    Cant these guys just see what Hank is doing and make an effort of similar magnitude?

  213. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Cmon boys just shoot on net away from MAF’s body. He is awful. Get some shots on. PLEASE!!!

  214. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Who’s going to be our Gaborik, and score with 7 seconds left, and win in overtime?????????????

  215. Manny-o-war on

    Zero puck support on your Defenseman in a forecheck battle down low. Zero

  216. Good news..Stepan..Nash…ST. Louis all due back…and will be in the line up tomorrow…oh..maybe that is not good news!

  217. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Manny, totally agree. Hank SO deserves a win here. Great, great effort..

  218. Fatigue setting in. They can’t make a tape to tape pass. Guess what 6 in 9 Tom. Maybe Nash is rested.

  219. I like that penalty
    We won’t score tonite anyway so may as well give them some welts

  220. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Kunitz with his Bobble head imitation.

    Sick.

    He needs some type of an award for that one. LOL

  221. Seamus McDuff on

    Since when do the linesmen bring non broken sticks back to he bench during play?

  222. Norm Merton on

    You can have Dorsett. Useless. Yapping on his way to the box rather than hanging his head. Idiot.

  223. Oh what a deal hole we must scramble out of…maybe Nash shows us he has a big pair!

  224. Even if it was a bs penalty, the way the rangers have been playing in this game, they weren’t coming back… I just feel extremely sad for Hank… he’s been outstanding.

  225. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Their worst game offensively in a loooooooong time. Hank was superb!!!

  226. The thing about the “three failed power plays” is that if NY scored on the first one, I doubt they would have gotten another, let alone two more. So yeah, it was a critical failure, but they didn’t do enough the rest of the game to win anyway.

  227. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    If only AV could coach a Power Play :)

    Rangers could be up 3-0 in the first 10 minutes.

    Oh well. 0-13 after a playoff lead :(

    We are Happy with a 1 out of 2 on the road right?

  228. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    The Penguins are very beatable. Just wasn’t our boys’ night.

  229. “I think we should spend the last 90 seconds spearing Crosby in his penis.”

    You think it will only take 90 seconds to find it?

  230. Kunitz gave himself whiplash……he looked like one of those crash test dummies.

  231. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Time Out?

    What’s that?

    You use those up 2-0 with 1:20 to play.

    Coach of the Year right there!!!!

  232. Forget the clutch mobile just get on the plane and regroup for tomorrow’s game.

  233. They could only split the first 2 at hoe vs. Flyers with Ray Emery, could you realistically expect them to win 2 in Pitt?

  234. RangerJHW
    “Oh..how I love areas with sirens and horns….HICKSVILLE!”
    ———————————————–

    Oh you mean like the Garden during the Rangers last Cup run? I thought I was in the middle of an NYPD drill every time they scored. Still have the flashing red lights burned into my retinas.

  235. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Yea, Fleury is great. And he had a great game. A shutout while doing nothing.

  236. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    Time to watch Game of the Thrones :)

    Girardi should get 2 Stars of the game, and another for his Goal.

  237. Well the better team won that’s for sure. Pens played an almost flawless game.

  238. Not sure if there’s more blame on the Rangers or credit to the Pens, but NBC will credit the Pens.

  239. Hey, they played tough. Split in Pittsburgh. King at the top of his game. Let’s beat these a-holes!

  240. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Predictions:

    Nash: “We are glad to go home tied 1-1.”

    Nash: “No, I am working hard and goals will come.”

  241. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Tough game for the a Ranger O. Not much zone time……Nash had the best chance in the first and he didn’t even shoot – passed instead

  242. Norm Merton on

    Good team defense by the Rangers, led by their best defender, Lundqvist. Top-drawer defense by the Pens — Fleury looked shaky, got a shutout.

    Fortunately, only have to win the odd-numbered games.

  243. When the Rangers played a bad game 6, they came back the next day and won. So, let’s see.

  244. boxcareddiehospodar on

    Look no further than 0-4 on the power play.

    As i said this morning, you can sit Dorsett and Hagelin anytime.

  245. I feel bad for Hank. He stepped up and the team let him down. We need to see Intensity from the drop till the last second tomorrow

  246. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Tell you this, one BS Pen’s goal tomorrow night at the start and the house of cards could tumble. We need to score first.

  247. Who played lousy…Dorsett, Danny, McD, Nashless, MSL, Boyle, less awful everyone else except Hank…..HM Carcillo

  248. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    More post-game presser predictions:

    AV: “No, I thought the PP had some good chances.”

    Richards: “We just have to convert on one and it’s a different game”

  249. Easiest shutout ever? Have to credit the Pens though. They played outstanding even though the Rangers didn’t play their best.

  250. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    AV, Rocket, MSL: “Nasher worked real hard out there. It’ll come.”

  251. boxcareddiehospodar on

    Stupid penalty more like it on #15.

    It would not have mattered anyway.

    God forgive me for saying this but I might switch Boyle and stephan. Can’t be any worse than it is now.

  252. Norm Merton on

    That was boys vs. men out there tonight. Have to hope the Penguins decide not to bring that game again.

  253. “crosby was the best player on the ice”

    I guess Lundqvist wasnt at tonight’s game

  254. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Slight difference in quality, effort, skill, energy between Crosby and Nash? Just a tiny bit?

  255. boxcareddiehospodar on

    Miller gives you more than Dorsett gives you from a pure skill point.

  256. Big teeth got a pass today. No traffic in front of him. Will the coaches do another all nighter to review video? They could make it mandatory for the team to read this blog it would be a faster.

  257. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Well, the world’s quietest arena better be extra loud tomorrow night.

  258. If Boyle doesn’t punch that Malkin in his big dumb head in the first five minutes of the game tomorrow……

  259. Sat Bucky during last year’s playoffs….time for Nash to sit out.

    Need the Kreider back!

  260. Let’s leave Dorsett alone. Not the smartest player, but the kid’s got HEART. Nash? Stepan? MSL? What are they showing you???

  261. with guys like nash, msl, richards on this team we’re talking about a need for jt miller to provide offense…in postseason… hilarious.

  262. I am not a big believer in excuses in the playoffs, but this absurd schedule could well cost the Rangers this series. Thanks to NBC, the Liberty, MSG and Billy Joel.

  263. Seriously, does anyone who watched this game (or played in it – meaning his teammates) think that Nash came to the rink and tried tonight?

  264. agree, C3. … but AV will make a change after a loss. And hoping to get one not-tired player into the game.

  265. A son carter is clueless. Dugay is pretty and trautwig is a joke. Why I even bother to tune into the post game on MAG. Just a glutton for punishment. NYR fan for life.

  266. “with guys like nash, msl, richards on this team we’re talking about a need for jt miller to provide offense…in postseason… hilarious”

    Great point CCCP

  267. Pens played like a team that lost the last game. We let them. Plus we never win game two anyway. I’m not even poking my head out to see the view from the ledge.

  268. Orrsie,

    I am going tomorrow night with Sonny Boy. We will boo Nash loud enough for everyone.

  269. Teams that need the game more tend to win a great percentage of those games, I would venture, seeedubb.

  270. The inept PP will be the downfall of this team.

    Penguins can take liberties at will.

  271. Jeff in South Dakota on

    MSL is a diva and was a ghost tonight. Went offside something like 4 or 5 times.

  272. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Imagine if the Rangers could win both at home? wow!!

    But, the PP needs to be functioning as well as some aspect of the offense. With the second change? Maybe???

  273. AV obviously not impressed with Stralman on PP, says it’s his responsibility “to find the right trigger.”

    LOL! This guy’s a piece of work. What does he think of McDonut, Girardi, J.Moore, etc.

  274. CraigWeather on

    Men vs. boys.

    Let’s call a spade a spade. They’re a quick/talented/nasty team and if they’re clicking on all cylinders like they were tonight, we don’t stand a chance.
    We’ll be lucky to win another game.

    Sorry, but Carp was right. We’re a “good” team, but they’re a cut above us and tonight it was painfully obvious.

    Pens in 6 and that’s with my Rosy colored glasses on assuming MAF has an off game.

  275. JT Miller is not the answer.

    He was dragging in the 3rd period of the games he played.

    He’s not in shape for this.

  276. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Joe: “Brad, how about when you got the lead pass and were ahead of two defensemen and were caught instantaneously?”

    Rocket: “Just one of those things. Our second period PP was pretty good. We’ll improve.”

  277. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Craig, I think we can find another win. MAF flat out sucks. If we can get shots on him, we can beat him. Plain and simple.

    If they had a real goalie, too? Different story.

  278. To give the opposing goalie a star is an insult to the opposing team as a whole.

  279. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Carpy, I know MAF had a shutout. Do you give him first star?

  280. Yawn, didn’t even have the intensity of a November game. A word about embellishment- if Girardi embellishes on Neal’s hook with five or so minutes to go, maybe Neal gets called instead of him. How about Kunitz reacting to Dorsett’s hit as if he’d been shot from the grassy knoll… no sense complaining I guess. I was going to try and come up with some points on the game but I’m determined not to work harder at that then the team does at playing. No sense of urgency, doesn’t begin to cover it. Guess we’re in the “dog” series again- some coincidence.

  281. @stevezipay

    AV, asked if fatigue was a factor: “Did my goaltender look tired? He’s played every minute in the playoffs. If he isn’t, no one should be.”

  282. Pittsburgh played a great defensive game. We never put any pressure on their goaltender. where was St Louis and Staal on the last goal . Henik should sue for non-support He was fantastic

  283. “Did my goaltender look tired? He’s played every minute in the playoffs. If he isn’t, no one should be.”

    Awesome answer!

  284. Anson Farter couldn’t score a goal when he was with the Rangers and now he’s telling us how the Rangers need to play to score.

    Really Anson?

  285. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Man, Boyler with the great quote. No BS. No “we were good” crap. Tell it like it is, Big Guy!!!!

  286. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    IF anyone complains that Hank left a rebound on goal 2, I will come to where you are and…………..

  287. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    AV: ” Did my goaltender look tired?”

    Reporter: “No, but you sure do”

  288. Reginald Dunlop on

    4-4 record with McCauley during the season and 0-2 in playoffs…………not a good bump by dorsett, but first time all night a pp was given on an after whistle play……neal, Crosby malkin and Kuntz all game without a call…….embellishment should’ve been called or did #4 forget how to call it……

  289. Carp, you make a great point about the schedule. These guys can’t have too much in the tank at this point.

  290. MAF had a shutout? Do you really get credit for a shutout like that? They could have used a cardboard cutout (that’s what we told our goalie in the old days when he boasted about his shutout- stopped the only shot he faced, so I guess in a way he was right).

  291. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Ah, A Vanilla: “You have to give them credit. They played a great game”

    Who writes this stuff??

  292. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    How many “Crosby Sucks” chants will occur tomorrow night?? I’ll guess 9.

    Over-under is 6.

  293. _“Did my goaltender look tired? He’s played every minute in the playoffs. If he isn’t, no one should be.”_

    _Awesome answer!_

    except it’s not exactly true. Tam played 3rd period of Game 6 in Flyer series.

    But we get the point!

  294. Honestly, I’m going to try to refrain from being negative towards Nash, only because it’s the playoffs and we’re still in this series.

    If it were 3-1 and we were down, I’d take no prisoners.

  295. Stranger Nation on

    Henk’s best game in months. that could have been 7-0 if he wasnt playing lights out. we will need that from him tomorrow night as well.
    Got the split, need to cash in on PP
    schedule hurts speed game, but still had chances
    for the life of me, why does nash pass when he is 10 fn ft dead center from goal
    stage fright…and the water is not cold

  296. Jones called it the Pens best game of the playoffs. We were in it until middle of the third. Hank was awesome. I looking forward to tomorrow. LGR !!!

  297. Can you imagine if the Knicks were in the playoffs? We’d be playing doubleheaders….

  298. ‘And here comes Nash down the stretch, moving like a tremendous enigma.’

  299. Can’t believe I’m saying this, but Richards has been more effective than Nash

  300. Reginald Dunlop on

    games are Monday and Wednesday because liberty play an exhibition game on Thursday………………at 11am……?????????? question that needs to be answered

  301. Maloney was sucking his own snots in all evening on the radio…was pretty nasty…Carp, you should mention that to him next time you see him…tell him to blow his nose out before he goes on the air.

  302. Jeff in South Dakota on

    I agree with Kern and I can’t believe it but Richards is out playing Nash.

  303. Did we set the record for most PP without a goal? Just curious, not ragging. Though I reserve the right.

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