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


In case you missed it, we had a whole bunch of Game 7 stats and facts a couple of posts ago.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. ET
CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Rangers: 7-6 (3-3)*
Penguins: 7-5 (3-3)*

* Record in the playoffs (record in the series)

The Rangers will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow, May 13, at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 7 of their Metropolitan Division Finals matchup. The best-of-seven series is tied at three games apiece, following the Rangers’ 3-1 victory in Game 6 of the series on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. New York enters tomorrow’s contest with a 220-239-8 record all-time in 467 playoff contests (124-92-2 at home; 96-147-6 on the road).
The Rangers entered the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division, having posted a 45-31-6 record (20-17-4 at home; 25-14-2 on the road) for 96 points. The Blueshirts are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years.

The Rangers and Penguins are meeting in the playoffs for the fifth time, and the first time since the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2008. The Rangers have posted a 0-4 playoff series record against Pittsburgh. Four of the Blueshirts’ five playoff matchups against the Penguins have occurred in the second round of the playoffs. The Rangers’ victory on May 2 was the first time they defeated Pittsburgh in Game 1 of a playoff series. New York has won three games, including two road games against the Penguins, in this series, the first time they have done either in any playoff matchup against Pittsburgh.

RANGERS vs. PENGUINS (Regular Season):
• All-Time: 120-105-23-10 overall (67-50-9-4 at home; 53-55-14-6 on the road)
• 2013-14: New York was 2-1-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Mats Zuccarello led the team with six points (two goals, four assists), while Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot each tallied two goals and two assists in the four contests. Dan Girardi led all Blueshirts defensemen with three points (one goal, two assists) in the four games. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-1 with a 2.88 GAA in the four contests.
• New York was 25-14-2 on the road during the regular season (3-3 in the playoffs); Pittsburgh was 28-9-4 at home (3-3 in the playoffs)
• New York lists one former Penguin on its roster: Dominic Moore (2006-07)
• Pittsburgh lists two former Rangers on its roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07); Taylor Pyatt (2012-13 – 2013-14)

• Henrik Lundqvist – 51 GP, 25-19-7, 2.46 GAA, 2 SO
• Martin St. Louis – 50 GP, 17-30—47
• Brad Richards – 42 GP, 9-34—43
• Dan Girardi – 45 GP, 2-15—17
• Rick Nash – 18 GP, 7-5 —12

• Power Play: The Rangers were 0-6 (10:03) in Game 6 vs. Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are 15th in the NHL overall (5-53, 9.4%), and are tied for 11th on the road (2-24, 8.3%) in the playoffs. They have allowed one shorthanded goal in the playoffs: 5/7 vs. PIT (Sutter). New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and seventh on the road (28-132, 21.2%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 6-18 (8:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/21 at CBJ), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (6): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner); 3/2 vs. BOS (Campbell).
• Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 4-4 (6:03) in Game 6 vs. Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are eighth in the NHL overall (33-40, 82.5%), and are eighth on the road (17-21, 81.0%) in the playoffs. New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and third on the road (109-127, 85.8%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 8-10 (8:06) when three-on-four (last – 3/24 vs. PHX). The Rangers were tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals with 10: 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan); 3/5 vs. TOR (McDonagh); 3/5 vs. TOR (D. Moore); 3/7 at CAR (McDonagh); 3/30 at EDM (Nash); 3/30 at EDM (Zuccarello); 4/1 at VAN (St. Louis).
• Four-on-Four: New York did not yield/tally a goal in two four-on-four situations (1:57) in Game 6 vs. Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are -1 in 14 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (16:56), allowing a goal in Game 3 at PHI on 4/22 (Streit). The Rangers were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) during the regular season. Four-on-four goals for (8): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin); 1/31 vs. NYI (Brassard); 1/31 vs. NYI (McDonagh); 3/7 at CAR (Nash); 3/24 vs. PHX (McDonagh). Four-on-four goals allowed (10): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson); 3/5 vs. TOR (Bozak); 3/26 vs. PHI (Voracek); 4/12 at MTL (Gionta, PS).

The Rangers rank:
• 1st in blocked shots (229)
• 2nd in shots against per game (27.8)
• 2nd in goals against per game (2.23)
• 2nd in hits (398)

• Rick Nash is 1st in shots on goal (51)
• Henrik Lundqvist is tied for 1st in wins (seven), is 3rd in GAA (2.07), and 3rd in SV% (.926)
• Kevin Klein is tied for 1st in plus/minus rating (plus-seven)
• Brad Richards is tied for 3rd in shots on goal (45)
• Dan Girardi is 5th in blocked shots (33) and 5th in hits (42)

The Rangers have posted a 7-5 record in 12 Game 7s in franchise history, and have won seven of the last eight Game 7s they have played, dating back to the Patrick Division Semifinals vs. New Jersey in 1992. Including this series, the Blueshirts have played a Game 7 in six of their last nine playoff series, and five of their last seven series.

The Rangers have won nine of their last 11 playoff games when facing elimination, dating back to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 23, 2012 at Ottawa. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers are the third team in NHL history to win at least one game when facing elimination in six series of a seven-series span. New York has also won its last seven home games when facing elimination, dating back to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 1, 2008 vs. Pittsburgh. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blueshirts’ seven-game winning streak at home when facing elimination is tied for an NHL record (Detroit – two times; 1934-40, 1949-55 and Montreal – 1941-50).

Henrik Lundqvist established two franchise records during the 2013-14 season, becoming the Rangers’ all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa, and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey. Lundqvist is the 23rd goalie in NHL history to appear in 80 playoff games, including the 18th to appear in 80 career playoff games with one team. The Rangers goaltender has started a franchise-record, 79 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. Lundqvist is one of four goalies who are tied for the NHL record with four consecutive victories in Game 7 (Patrick Roy, Ed Belfour, Cam Ward).

Lundqvist is:

9-2, with a 1.35 GAA, a .955 SV%, and 2 SO in his last 11 games when facing elimination

4-1, with a 1.00 GAA, a .963 SV%, and 1 SO in five career Game 7s

4-0, with a 0.75 GAA, a .973 SV%, and 1 SO in his last four Game 7s

3-2, with a 1.60 GAA, a .948 SV%, and 1 SO in his last five games when facing elimination on the road

1. Martin Brodeur – 194 (NJD, 1994-present)
2. Patrick Roy – 133 (COL, 1996-2003)
T-3. Henrik Lundqvist – 79 (NYR, 2006-present)
T-3. Marc-Andre Fleury – 79 (PIT, 2007-2013)
5. Jacques Plante – 78 (MTL, 1955-1963)

Derick Brassard, Benoit Pouliot, and Mats Zuccarello have a total of 27 points (12 G, 15 A) in 10 regular season and playoff games against Pittsburgh this season. The line combined for seven points in Game 5 on May 9, as Brassard (2 G, 1 A) and Zuccarello (3 A) each talied three points. Brassard and Zuccarello became the first Ranger teammates to tally at least three points in a road playoff game since Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky on May 18, 1997 at PHI. Brassard has tallied two GWG on the road in the series, becoming the first Ranger to do so since Adam Graves in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1996 against MTL. Brassard (6 G, 3 A) has tallied a point in seven of the 10 games against Pittsburgh, while Zuccarello (3 G, 7 A) and Pouliot (3 G, 5 A) have recorded a point in six of the 10 meetings.

The Blueshirts are one of two teams – and the only Eastern Conference team – to win a playoff series in each of the last three seasons. The last time the Rangers reached the second round of the playoffs in at least three consecutive seasons was a four-year span from 1993-94 – 1996-97.

INJURIES (10 Man-Game Lost – Playoffs):
• None

• None

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  1. Not to digress or get ahead of anything but this is the chance for Bruins to get ousted. If they survive this series, they could be an almost impossible out- if they go down- thing is pretty open.

  2. Can somebody explain how Lundqvist was fined $5,000 when Shawn Thornton was only fined $2,820.52, the maximum allowed under the CBA per the NHL Dept. of Player Safety. Is there a special clause in the CBA that states if the infraction was committed against Crosby an additional fine can be assessed?

  3. Game Seven says it all..we are guaranteed another Carp recap…enjoy the ride..should be a wild one! Just dont wanna lose on a dumb penalty in OT! Winning on a dumb penalty..well, that would be just fine.

  4. DjR hanks fine was way after the whistle and the period was over, way more dangerous than a player skating at full speed during a game……got it makes sense, right? Welcome to the new NHL. Coming next outdoor playoff games, what could go wrong. The fans love it. Love this sport really hate this league

  5. It’s not the amount of the fine, it’s the tacit ignominy that is inherent within it.

  6. Sioux-per-man on

    Pimp did you see Hanks numbers in game 7’s?

    You may want rephrase that statement :)

    Here hoping your boy comes out possessed like he did the last game.

  7. Sioux-per-man on

    Nash gets the game winning goal tonight. He ties Crosby, and knocks him OUT!

    So grab your bottle of Blue, and get your cigars ready to light, tonight is the night! Rangers Rule, and take the Penguins to school.

    Rangers In 7.

    I Believe!

  8. I believe the fines are based on player salary. Lundqvist makes a ton more than Thornton so…

  9. In an important game, e.g. a game 7, how difficult would it be for someone to slip a mild soporific into the goalie’s water bottle?

  10. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    I have been saying it all along. Except during that one window of time from Wednesday night thru Friday night at 9 pm.

    RANGERS in 5!!!!!!!!!! LGR!!! LGR!!! LGR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  11. Matty"Rangersin5!!"Boy on

    100 years from now, forensics investigators will investigate why, oh why, the Rangers sucked so badly Monday and Wednesday nights to go down 3 games to 1 v. Pittsburgh in 2014. The only answer will be have been found that there was a heck of a lot of SLATE CLEANING going on starting Wednesday evening at 11 pm. CLEAN SLATES.

    Something to it.

  12. Admiral Akbar on

    Watched video of off-day presser with Sid and Geno together – they didn’t exactly exude confidence/swagger. Pressure is squarely on them, their coach, their franchise.

    Pittsburgh’s ledge (if they even have one) must be filled to capacity for this one.

    If the Rangers win, is this more of a choke or an upset?

  13. Good morning, boneheads!

    AA- it’s both and neither, if it makes sense. On one hand, Pittsburgh is the better team going into the series. So if they lose, it’s an upset, and a choke by their leaders and their goalie. On the other hand, they are playing a totally different Rangers team than they faced during the first 4 games. More determined, better prepared, and motivated. With a far superior goaltending.

    Hockey is an interesting sport. Just ask San Jose Sharks ( try to catch them on a golf course ) if this Rangers team is anything similar to the one they played against last October.

  14. I’m extremely confident today. Wasn’t exactly expecting that but I guess it all boils down to Hank. We got ’em and they don’t.

  15. Can’t seem to get the phrase “and in typical Rangers fashion” out of my head. Sorry to be cynical/realistic boys…they’ve definitely shown some pride and emotion though. We can have some pride in that.

  16. Matty, I truly believe that the Rangers had NO CHANCE to win Game 3 with that absurd 5-in-7, 6-in-9 schedule (3 in 4 nights, a day off, 3 in 4 nights). None.

    Then they laid an egg in Game 4.

    No forensics needed.

  17. I will ask this, though: Did you guys ever in your wildest dreams imagine THESE Rangers pushing around an opponent?

  18. Morning everyone, I wouldn’t say I’m confident, but I’m also no where near as nervous as I was going into g7 vs Philthy.

    Really do feel like we’re playing with house money on this one.

    I think a lot of it has to do with how as a collective many of us felt sort of resigned to our fate after game 4

    I don’t think anything that possibly happens tonight would be a shock to me in the least.

  19. I didn’t, Carp. All year long there was this fear of the Rangers having to play in the turned-up-physically playoffs.

    Never expected *them* to be the ones who turned it up.

  20. First 0:01 to 10:00 – Rangers flying

    Pittsburgh scores first on fluke goal or PP

    How Rangers respond determines outcome

    It has been written.

  21. _Win or lose, you guys need to find a way to enjoy and appreciate this._

    No doubt. This isn’t the same as heading into Game 5 off two very gross games. Turned the series around, if we lose, its a “good loss”.

  22. Which isn’t to say I’m going to enjoy this. Short of a blowout, I’ll have the barf in my mouth all night.

  23. Manny-O-War on

    _Win or lose, you guys need to find a way to enjoy and appreciate this_

    Not until it’s over, Carp

  24. Hockey is as mental game as chess and as emotional as divorce. Everything around MSL tragic event become story bigger than life and was like mighty catalyst, adrenalin shot, which can’t stay too long, but change the course of events for our team. Let’s pray it’ll be enough to finish skillful, but gutless Pissies tonight.

  25. I don’t think we should start breaking things should they lose however we shouldn’t be just satisfied losing 2nd round yet again.

    Be more sad and dejected then mad and asking for coach to be fired and all
    Other nonsense.

    We know what needs to be done in off season.

  26. Stranger Nation on

    Knocking out Pissburg would be oh so sweet.
    If Nash scores game winner I will take back all I said about him…until the next series.
    chances we get more PPs than them tonite? .5%
    Need to attack Bortuzzo’s side – he is the weak link with Orpik out.
    Also pound the heck out of ‘The Tang’; he gets frustrated when hit early and often.

    How much longer till game time??

    MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Stranger Nation on

    Would you take a ECF loss in 6 games to Boston where Richards plays well and provides Sather with more ammunition to not let him go or just take the loss tonite, keep #1 pick and get rid of Richie Rocket?

    tough call…

    chances are he is staying anyway…

    Sire Father!!

  28. Carp, regarding your point in an earlier post about the Rangers physicality, did anyone notice the stat that says that the Rangers are 2nd in the league in total hits? (398) They have certainly pushed back hard against the Penguins in this series and are not backing down from any confrontations.


  29. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    The Power of the Holy Spirit :)

    To France!

    … and her son’s TEAM!

    I Believe they WIN tonight! I just Do.

  30. Manny-O-War on

    Yea. Better be careful taking penalties tonight. Can’t take stupid penalties and give them *momentum* early.

    I’m just really scared. Emotionally. Tonight is a 50/50 toss up.

  31. Manny-O-War on

    Every time you idiots are confident the Rangers lose. STOP BEING CONFIDENT. Get realistic.

  32. Rob in Beantown on

    Tonight’s going to be soul crushing. Probably an OT loss. Better to just accept it now.

    GWG Crosby. Book it.

  33. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Just imagine if Nash gets the game winning goal late in the 3rd period. Because that’s just what he does.

    He would get a clean slate for that one, and perhaps a get out of jail card free.

    Not to mention a *fresh* start :)

  34. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Rob – Buddy, Pal, Bonehead for life, that attitude is not accepted in the pregame post.

    So back under your rock.

  35. Carp, I’m trying to enjoy this day. This is like the Super Bowl for me. A great hockey game I get to look forward to, with my team involved nonetheless. But man… I’m nervous as hell!!

  36. Manny-O-War on

    Look. We *CAN* win tonight. We may even have every opportunity to win. But we won’t.

    Enter the third up 2-1 or 3-1. Cough up the lead late. OT winner by some no name idiot a/k/a Tanner Glass (a hero of mine) in 2OT.

  37. Nash 4
    Crosby 5

    Sorry, guys, the script has already been written. So, what should they do this *offseason*?

  38. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Manny – it’s just Faith.

    You Gotta have Faith!

    Now I’m not going all scripture on you, but I will touch on the “Sunday Morning” Mothers day conversation.

    I can’t help but think of it, the topic was the gift of the holy spirit. Maybe you’ve witnesses something you can’t explain. Or what has *galvanized* this team since Thurday. The WHOLE team won that game on Sunday.

    That WHOLE team, and a very special MOM, will win tonight.

    Just Believe.

    No negatives today. None. Not one.

  39. I would like to see somebody on the rangers rock Crosby when his head is down and knock him out more ways than Tuesday.

  40. Manny-O-War on

    Nash COULD erase a whole two series of horrors with one or two crucial goals tonight. But he WON’T.

    The Rangers will be typically snake bitten. Fleury will get comfortable. Nash will fail to finish on an early turnover/breakaway and down and down and down we will spiral.

  41. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    You could just see the “look in THE KREIDER’s eyes” the last game.

    If that look is there…… fagetaboutit!!!

    They’re DONE. Their Time is OVER! Tonight is OUR night!

  42. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Manny – consider this a Bonehead *HEAD SLAP*!!!!

    Snap out of it Boy!

    Go do something productive if you are going to make noise like that.

  43. Rob in Beantown on

    There’s some good news: Barry Melrose picked the Penguins. So there’s that.

  44. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Pimp is the only one that pulls that off.

    And even he is positive today :)

  45. it’s a dam if you win, dam if you don’t.

    If the rangers win they move on to the conference finals and give up a #1 pick, if they don’t, again they can’t get past the second round and lose to pukesburgh which thinking about it is making me nauseas.

  46. Not only are the Pens going to win, but Crosby is going to spear every Ranger, even Talbot, in the onions.

  47. SIOUXper game by MSL on


    Marty is worth it.

    Just think if the Bruins lose. Rangers win.

    Rangers vs Habs in the Finals.

    Rangers to the STANLY CUP FINALS.

    Then….. let the games begins :)

  48. Not official yet but I’m hearing that both joanette and pollock both officials in game 6 will be working game 7 as well.

    That is just utterly ridiculous. How is that allowed.

    Pens 11-1 with pollock after game 6 loss

  49. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Gravy – In my Def Leapord sing along voice

    “Pour some GRAVY on me” two scoop for the pregame win please.

  50. I would be shocked if the bruins lost at home in game 7 to the habs. I did pick bruins to win in 6.

  51. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    After you win a big pot….. you reach in and motion – pass the sugar – for those chips that you can’t reach!!!

  52. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Eric – I prefer to quote from above, Hen-rik is 4-0 in the last 4 game 7’s.

    HE breaks the record tonight with 5 in a row.

    Get on board Buddy!

  53. And not only is Crosby going to spear everyone, including Talbot, in the onions, but Malkin is going to be allowed to slewfoot each of them after.

  54. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Malkin is a beast.

    He will get one tonight.

    But the Rangers will get ONE MORE.

  55. Sioux rotter has it. Ottawa sun Bruce garrorich who never gets anything right.

  56. Let’s also keep in mind that last year against the Caps was the first time *ever* that the franchise won a Game 7 on the road.

  57. Inscription on my tomb: “He saw 59 minutes of 7th game Rangers-Penguins”.

  58. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Maybe Spezza wants to play with Hank & Marty, and win a cup before he retires.

    Can’t blame him for that. I would to if I was in his shoes.

  59. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Spezza – $7M
    Bobby Ryan $5.1M

    They only have 1 year left in Ottawa. It could happen. Not sure what the Rangers would trade, but rumors are always just rumors.

  60. Sather is going to spend the next 15 years trading like he’s about to die and instead its going to kill all of us.

  61. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    If Nash gets the GAME WINNING GOAL *tonight*, I will totally forgive him for the 1-27 Nash-o-Meter playoff numbers he has running at $7.8M per year.

  62. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Doc Sathers double down on Marty is going to pay off HUGE!

    Rangers win, he looks like the mad genius.

  63. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Back to the 9 to 5, but I’ll check back for the Bonehead crack.


  64. where is the disciplinary action on Crosby for using his stick in an unsportsmanlike way?

  65. Long time, no check in, I’m so nervous and superstitious that I decided not to go on my school trip to Washington, D.C., during which the rangers have never lost a playoff game in all the years I’ve gone.

    In addition im so nervous i decided not to post a comment today.

  66. Boreale, so you’re doing the opposite of what you normally do when the Rangers win?

  67. Official both joanette and pollock working game 7 tonight after doing game 6. How is that allowed. Game 7 should be best guys. Break up the pairs that been working together all playoffs.

    In case u guys didn’t know you are assigned a partner until one doesn’t get advanced to next round.

  68. Jesus. Thats worse than me ignoring a personal request from Henrik to go drink at the same Morristown bar as last year’s Washington Game 7. Unbelievable, Boreale.

  69. Rob in Beantown on

    That’s intense, Eric. It’s like the referees have their own Stanley Cup playoffs happening concurrent with the real one.

  70. ‘Not official yet but I’m hearing that both joanette and pollock both officials in game 6 will be working game 7 as well.’

    Im cool with this. A couple reasons

    1) theres some continuity from game 6 to 7 in terms of how it will be officiated.

    2) after having a bad night, that ref I think is going to want to make sure he calls a good fair game.

    3) aside from some bad calls, they let the teams play in game 6 and if its the same in game 7, that benefits the rangers. If solely bc Pittsburgh will get frustrated and complain to the refs and the rangers will just play through it.

    That ref had a bad game in game 6. I could totally see him having asked for Game 7 because he wants to show he can call a good game.

  71. “Tonight’s going to be soul crushing. Probably an OT loss. Better to just accept it now.

    GWG Crosby. Book it.”


  72. I actually like keeping the same refs. The chippiness was almost entirely one sided which means they _should_ get the closer looks than us. If you want to worry Sid Conspiracy, its not going to matter who the NHL picks. This is a pro-Rangers decision.

  73. Stranger Nation on

    _And not only is Crosby going to spear everyone, including Talbot, in the onions, but Malkin is going to be allowed to slewfoot each of them after_

    I believe the order of events is Malkin slewfoot leaving you writhing on your back, followed by the LeTang Cross check to your exposed neck and topped off with the Crosby Onion Skewer while you are on your back choking from cracked trachea and screaming from R5 displacement.

    Oh, and no penalty called…

  74. First time refs have worked back to back games in 2014 postseason in series.

    It has happened in past with one ref working back to back games with the other ref changing.

    Rangers 0-6 pp pens 0-4

    Pens 11-1 last 12 with pollock after Sunday loss

  75. not only do the rangers have to beat pukesburgh, they have to beat the refs. If I’m not mistaking, isn’t Pollock one of those refs that is completely incompetent, one of the worst in the league or am I thinking of someone else?

  76. Cool stats over the first 6 games. In close 5 on 5 situations …

    Rangers lead 9-5 over 162.8 minutes

    Rangers are getting outshot 95-77

    Which means …

    Lundqvist: .947

    MAF: .883

    Stay out of the box. Both teams.

  77. Tommy

    Trust me I follow refs a lot. He’s been decent but I just don’t get having same pair for two games in a row. Usually they take experience within diff pairs.

  78. i’m at ease and confident, more confident than i was before Philly game 7.. I just really hope with all the bad press that the refs do not turn this game around in any way.


  79. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m so nervous. It’s 11 am and I’m already having panic attacks. Today is going to be *brutal*.

  80. that Pens 11-1 in the last 12 that guy has ref’ed is an interesting stat indeed.

    I think says more about the decision to have him officiate game 6, then it does the fact he is officiating game 7.

    If Im the rangers brass and we got a say or a choice between two sets of refs. I choose the guy who just ref’ed the last game and made some blatant bad calls that went against my team. I think theres an subconscious drive on that ref’s part, to make up for that and to call a very even game the next time, especially in a playoff scenario.

    A certain amount of the officiating and managing of games, I think is known and accepted around the league. But when bad calls are made in big games, I think the refs feel it, because most of the NHL upper management are hockey lifers, and although these refs may be schooled to manage the games, etc etc etc…

    They dont want to job guys within the hockey world, guys they probably looked up on the come up. That sticks with them, that becomes part of their resume within the hockey world.

  81. Been up since 4am. Went bed at 1 after kings game. Will have all summer sleep at night waiting for football before hockey.

    Baseball is awful

  82. Manny my ratio is overflowing w nausea and despair. They have set up for “and in typical rangers fashion” tomorrow morning. Then we’ll have to spend the summer thinking about Crosby’s ugly face everytime we grill a brautwurst.

    Regarding the fine on Hank- I believe he spends more than 5k on monthly beard grooming. Well worth it for a man who’s gonna make a hundred schmillion of Dolans dollars over the next 100 years.

  83. Love baseball but can’t watch until after all star game and then I slowly ramp up. Season is SOOO long.

  84. I’d probably trade Nash for Spezza, since he only has one year left on his contract.

  85. Should we win nbc has a 1:00 window on sat afternoon for conf final game prior to Preakness stakes at 4:30

  86. Let’s do it tonight boys!!

    Fry the ice chickens

    Tonight is THE’s turn to make Cindy cry!!

  87. “Nash? No way, that’s a big name. What if we send you Miller, Moore and a 1st. I’ll take your silence as a no. We’ll add another pick. And a prospect of your choice.”

  88. Carp, I hope you realize after reading the blog this morning that you should be on the phone with your maintenance guys telling them to add a few extra support pillars to the ledge. Preferably made of titanium. Pronto.

  89. No i didn’t choose to stay out of DC where the mojo reigns supreme. How many times was the school down there when the rangers played the caps? Even in the series they lost, the rangers won when we were in DC

    I posted during the first round when my mom was in mt. Sinai. Believe it or not im at st. Joseph’s with my dad right now. He gets out tomorrow. Real big scare was operated on last friday. Needless to say this is way more important than a school trip or a hockey game.

    With that said i decided to post. Lets go Rangers. Not feeling optimism, pessimism or terror. A little nervousness in the belly but overall grateful for what I have in life.

    I will enjoy the game and hope for the best.

  90. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Eric I woke up at 5:25 can’t wait till this game starts.

    Bottle of Blue ready to GO!

    Ribeyes for the grill.

    Game Jersey … ready!

  91. @PLeonardNYDN Only #NYR scratches supposed to skate this AM & Carcillo is on, Dorsett is not. Appears same lineup. Tho I’m curious if AV tempted to switch

  92. a win tonight would seem unreal to me….but we’ll see.

    can’t help but feel the fireworks exploded in the last two games, and that the spark won’t be there tonight.

    one thing for sure – Pens will come out with guns blazing, so weathering that first period will be crucial.

  93. NICE SIOUX!!!!!!
    In honor of keeping the line up and refs the same for game 7, I am going with same game day dinner menu from Sunday:

    -Rib Eyes (lightly dusted with Salt/Pepper/Cayenne Pepper)
    -Grilled Eggplant
    -12 Pack Two Roads-No Limits Hefeweizen

  94. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Manny I had a Dream…. last night. I went out and bought a bottle of Louis the XIII, from the restaurant that I took Mrs. Sioux to on Mothers Day. It only had only had 2 shots in it. And it who ever bought it got the bottle. So I bought it, Mama got mad at me, and was yelling at me for such a dumb purchase! I said relax, the Ranger WIN this year, and Manny and I have to drink from the St. Louis Bottle of Champions!

  95. Best wishes, Boreale, for you and your family. I feel confident tonight, but not overly so. The boys played inspired Hockey the last two games. There’s no reason to believe they won’t go out there with the same effort tonight. The key will be who gets the breaks: the calls, shots off skates, the clanks off the pipe, etc. One shift, one period at a time, boys. LGR!

  96. Rangers should set up a charity event where the winning bidder gets to lay on the ice in a Crosby jersey and have Lundqvist squirt water on him/her. I bet it would raise a ton.

  97. If Rangers survives first 10 min., they will have a chance…inflate the balls and go.
    I for one, am very proud where are they now, so, anything over losing, will be a bonus. Relax, 4ever… at least for now. Love and Peace. Nirvana.

  98. Biggest fear and one that will take me all summer to get over. If they blow a late 3rd period lead and lose in overtime.

  99. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Obviously, I want the Rangers to win, but I’ll be happy if they play hard-nosed hockey, compete and have an exciting game tonight. By compete, I mean everyone, including the Good One and Chomper. Anyone not competing tonight is dead to me.

  100. If the Rangers survive the first 10 minutes, that will be 8 minutes longer than me.

  101. So is mike richter, for that matter. And jagr is 22 years older and golfing right now

  102. Eric – I agree….if they are to lose, please let it be decided before the last 5 minutes of the third period. I can’t take another tie in the last 7 seconds and then an OT loss.

  103. That loss took me two years to get over. Game four 1992. Maybe tonight is payback for that.

  104. Ranger cup sons bar mitzvah(he’s three now) then his wedding then you could put me out of my misery.

  105. Ok, I think it’s time to clear some things up:

    There is no way, and I mean “NO WAY” that this group of no-talents is winning tonight’s game.

    You guys are funny. Haven’t you watched this team before? What are they BEST at? That’s right: building us up with excitement, giving us hope, and then BAM! slapping us in the face with an unacceptable, brutal loss.

    And that’s exactly what will happen tonight. I fully expect these court jesters to stink-up the ice with the same antics we saw in Game 4.

    It’s written in the stars. Crosby and Malkin will tear us apart in what will forever be known as “the only Game 7 in which a team forfeits”. That team? Your New York Clowns.

    See you later.

  106. Excellent prediction, Miami.
    Eric, what would you do if in 9 years day of son’s bar mitzvah will coincide with Rangers game in the Cup Final

  107. Oh jeez, Pickle. I wish I could buy stock in “Boston idiots who say ‘imagine if we did that with a Subban doll???????'”.

  108. I have said it a million times:

    Fans should root FOR their team instead of AGAINST another team

  109. I said you can’t root against a TEAM. You can certainly vote for some head hunting danger to the NHL to be removed from it.

    But I also think the fines and suspensions are a little silly and a bit overboard so maybe they should just stop with all of it.

  110. “Sather is going to spend the next 15 years trading like he’s about to die and instead its going to kill all of us.”


  111. “Fans should root FOR their team instead of AGAINST another team”

    “I said you can’t root against a TEAM. You can certainly vote for some head hunting danger to the NHL to be removed from it.”

    When did *should* become *can’t*?

  112. More like LaTonedeaftowhateveryoneherewantstotalkabouttodayandhintitsnotgrammar!!!

  113. I’m in the phase before a speech or the dentist where you look calm enough but its because you’re more in dread than panic.

  114. Doodie Machetto on

    So, how many people are (stupidly) hoping they lose tonight so they don’t give up the draft pick?

  115. “LaTonedeaftowhateveryoneherewantstotalkabouttodayandhintitsnotgrammar!!!”


  116. Manny-O-War on

    Man you guys don’t give up on misunderstanding what The Doctor said, eh?

  117. I think I’m one of the only ones who understands what The Doctor says, what with his Carp-esque penchant for grammatical errors.

  118. cant’ believe same refs as game 6… i’m with eric.

    i just remember watching skid the kid whining to the refs after game 6 had ended and saying to my wife, ‘why is he complaining to these guys now? it doesn’t matter, it’s not like they are gonna be back for game 7.’

    and here we are

  119. Doodie Machetto on

    Frankly, I’m surprised people are so nervous today. We’re 100% playing with house money. This series should have been over 2 games ago. The morning of game five we were all talking about what should be done with the future of this team. Eric was already planning for break up day.

    Everything past game 5 has been just gravy (no, not you, Gravy). Just relax and enjoy the ride.

  120. tf, I didn’t catch that myself but that is like conspiracy theory fodder ++ for people who are into that sort of stuff.

  121. Manny-O-War on

    I mean. I felt that way a few days ago, Doodie. Now I’m just horrified. Because I mildly believe they have a shot at this 50/50

  122. Doodie Machetto on

    I’ve decided that when the season ends, I’m retiring as Doodie Machetto. I’ve been using the name for a decade, and it’s time to move on.

    It’s been so long that one of my friends who was originally involved in its creation actually forgot why we ever came up with it.

    Time for a change.

  123. Manny, I think you’re the one misunderstanding what I said. I clearly stated that, without any use of hindsight, I want us to lose in the playoffs rather than lose our 1st round pick. No conditional “if Y then I would have wanted X”, straight up, let’s just go out there and lose.

  124. ^ Lost alone bewildered and afraid…. in that order, are what the former captain they called callahan is feeling.

  125. May I suggest “Doodie at clinchers” and then you list some games you attended?

  126. Admiral Akbar on

    One thing Rob Rossi from The Trib hit the nail on the head was the Pascal Dupuis effect. His loss has been a major one and hasn’t been one the team has been able to replace. They may have spent the money from Dupuis’ salary cap hit on a Lee Stempniak or Marcel Goc, but the results are far from the same.

    This team misses Pascal Dupuis, more on the ice than anywhere. That said, given the seeming current emotional state of Crosby, Dupuis is equally missed as a presence. He is the only player with the confidence, clout and cunning to do what might be needed: challenge Crosby to figure out this funk by ribbing him endlessly.
    Bill Guerin did that five years ago, busting on Crosby at every chance.

    Dupuis is not a carbon copy of Guerin, but he is the glue of this Penguins group. He also can – and more important will – say anything to anybody.

  127. It’s amazing how openly the Pens “reporters” are Pens fans. All of them. Leonard, Gross, Zipay, Carp, etc may all be Rangers fans (not Carp) but not once have they openly expressed their rooting interest all these years. The Flyers had that one annoying guy in the widget who was openly a Flyers fan (think it was Rob Parent)… Devils have wyshynski…

  128. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Dudley – You’re Cigar is here in my humidor.

    We need to have the SAME bet at game 5.

    If the Rangers WiN I have to mail you a Cigar!

    Can’t mess us what works right?

  129. _Duh_

    For reals? I just assume that everyone on here is a guy, except for Mama and Sally. Now I have to watch *everything* I say.

  130. Admiral Akbar on

    I’d be shocked if Dan Bylsma keeps Geno and Sid together on the same line — at least to start the game.

    Makes more sense to me to get Geno back with Neal, just to get Neal going.

    Also might be a good idea to spread out the Ranger’s checkers?

    How does AV adapt to Bylsma separating Geno and Sid?

  131. Doodie Machetto on

    Doodie Jr. happened to it. I just have absolutely no time to work on that.

  132. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m not saying to accept defeat. I’m just saying not to get worried about it. It should have happened last week. They gave us a couple of great games and a good feeling about our team. There were some beautiful moments.

  133. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Doodie – How did you come up with the name? If you don’t mind me asking?

  134. _I’m not saying to accept defeat._

    If only you applied this mantra to your blogging, huh?

  135. Doodie Machetto on

    Akbar, I think they are split up for most of the game, but on faceoffs, if Rangers deploy not Moore’s line and not McD-Girardi at the same time (i.e., Stepan’s like with Staal-Stralman), I think he reunites them, especially for an offensive zone faceoff.

  136. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Doodie – just change the name to DJ

    Doodie Junior :)

    You have to keep the Avatar until April Fools Day 2015.

    We need to know who you ARE!!!

  137. it’d be nice if it’d be a blowout like last year against the Caps but i just dont see that happening. If they show the ♥ they have the past 2 games ill be proud, not happy, regardless.

    think we win 3-0 with a couple of empty-netters.

  138. In our favor, Lev: I didn’t see the Caps blowout happening either. Eh … ???

  139. Me personally won’t be going nuts asking for heads to roll should we lose but we can’t be satisfied and say its ok. We want and should always expect more.

    Just please don’t blow a lead late. That’s all I ask.

    We deserve payback for Ron Francis. Why not tonight

  140. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, the creator of the name Doodie Machetto was a friend of mine in college. Some girl he was friends with got blackout drunk and made an ass of herself the night before; vomiting, screaming, the whole bit. The next day he was teasing her about it and he says “and I can’t believe you hooked up with Doodie Machetto!,” to which she recoiled in horror because she had no idea who that is.

    A little later, he calls me up, tells me to put on the rattiest clothes I have, not to do my hair, and that he was bringing the girl by and to pretend like we had hooked up.

    I hadn’t shaved in a few days (in college it was an every 3 or 4 day kinda thing), put on some old gym clothes like a stained tshirt with holes in it, took the empty beer cans out of the trash for the entire floor and literally had them strewn about my entire room, then waited for them to show up. I was trying to replicate “Booger” from Revenge of the Nerds.

    When they got to my place, I opened the door. Said hi to my friend, who then said “hey, you remember [drunken girl] from last night, right?” I burped in her face and said “oh hey, I remember you.” then made a kiss noise and winked before she ran away screaming. I should probably be upset that the sight of me caused someone to do that, but hey, whatever.

    Ever since then, Doodie Machetto became a made up person that was invoked by us and a few other mutual friends for various purposes.

  141. Doodie Machetto on

    Eric, that sums up how I feel. Not worried, shouldn’t accept 2nd round ouster, please anything but blowing a lead late.

  142. Manny-O-War on

    I’m going to call you *Alarmingly Named Wolfman* from now on Doodie. Cool?

  143. Manny-O-War a/k/a The Ol` Mucky Terrahawk on

    I’m just gonna go with this Hybrid.

    The cool thing about Avatars is that I still know it’s ROB because of Khal Drogo.

  144. What I disagree with is people saying we should say good year be proud. In reality going 2nd round every year is tough but nothing I should verbally say that I’m proud of. I’m not getting any younger I want a cup soon

  145. Momentum may not carry over but confidence certainly does and we have it and they don’t. Pressure to win at home is all on them. The last two games have provided a launching pad for our boys. Their victory tonight will be won with brains, muscles and heart. AV and staff will have our boys steeled and ready. Enjoy this victory and savor it, for the clinching game will be the hardest fought but the most satisfying. We will prevail!

  146. Manny-O-War a/k/a The Ol` Mucky Terrahawk on

    Entering “eric” got *Midnight Specialist*

  147. Sioux – I’m in. You know I’m bullish on the boys in blue… Proud to be a fan regardless of what happens (within reason) and optimistic that the best is yet to come.

  148. Doodie Machetto on

    The second one gave me Amateur Criminal.

    I would have exploded if it was Amateur Clown.

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

    Carpy @ 8:52, agreed.

    This has been a great ride! I am embarrassed to say that I had given up as a fan when the boys laid the egg on Wednesday in an ALMOST MUST WIN situation. Kind of like, if they don’t care, I don’t either.

    However, watching Friday and being at Sunday’s game was remarkable!! The good thing is it’s a win-win tonight. If they do win, AWESOME!! If they lose, they still worked hard and vindicated themselves with this going 7.

    I’m not alone in saying I’m proud of the core for rolling up their sleeves and getting it done to here, egg laying in 4 aside.

    LGR!! LGR!! Way to go boys!! Get it done tonight!!

  150. Doodie Machetto on

    And Joannette was the worse one against us last game.

    Where did you find that stat?

  151. Manny-O-War a/k/a The Ol` Mucky Terrahawk on

    Wonder which Rangers player Jeanette trips tonight.

  152. SIOUXper game by MSL on

    Doodie – Classic Story.

    We called that drunk “blackout” girl “Sheila” in college.

    Brings back good memories, when a buddy of mine crawled into bed with “Sheila”, just to have her roll out and puke all over his open French Book. And not just a little, it was covered, and fully soaked up by morning :)

  153. Good afternoon all! Heck of a day to be New York Rangers fan!!

    I am excited and nervous and scared and happy and please please please pleading please.

    Whatever happens, I’m dang sure proud of boys. Now let’s win this thing!!

  154. If we lose tonight, that Wu-Tang offshoot guy is going to re-cut off his penis.

  155. Fwiw
    IWicky “frag out” got me Flailing Fanatical Killer.

    My real name got me sweaty butcher.

    Funny site manny.

  156. Manny-O-War a/k/a The Ol` Mucky Terrahawk on

    *Gravy Train* is a great *Jazz* album by *Lou Donaldson*

  157. I mean, they’re going to lose without the name changes, but now Richards will get hurt too.

  158. I think after the playoffs manny should change his name to Oscar…based solely on the above vid clip

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

    Did anyone have the view that I had on Sunday night that little ‘scrum’ at the end of the second?

    Anyone see Malkin throw 3-4 punches at Staal when Staal was down RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE REF???

    Huh? Cindy gets 2 for ‘spearing’? Evelyn gets….NOTHING?????

    Right in front of the damn ref.

  160. Doodie
    That link is awesome, my favorite beer is on there…and it’s delicious

  161. Manny-O-War a/k/a The Ol` Mucky Terrahawk on

    You want your new name to be Doodie Jr.’s diapers?

  162. The Flyers beer would be Yuengling because the Flyers suck and Yuengling sucks.

  163. In the scheme of the entire world, IPAs are like top 5 things I would die without. They make me really happy.

  164. Manny-O-War a/k/a The Ol` Mucky Terrahawk on

    Sweet Action is OK. Whatever. I’m drinking Single Malt tonight

  165. Manny-O-War a/k/a The Ol` Mucky Terrahawk on

    Best beer ever? That’s a bit aggressive on your part.

  166. Heady Topper is the best beer ever until I have one that’s better but that might be a long time from now.

  167. Still waiting to try Heady Topper. Ugh now i’m depressed.

    I’d say Kane Dry Hopped Overhead is my# 1 until that fateful day.

  168. Doodie Machetto on

    Best beer ever is a tie between Bud Light Lime and Bud Light Platinum.

  169. I’ve never had the dry hopped version, but just regular Overhead sits safely inside my Top 10.

  170. In my opinion, if your favorite beer isn’t an american beer, you can get the hell out of america.

  171. 100-Watt Warlock on

    La Fin du Monde is pretty good. I’m not really a big Belgian fan personally, so the fact that I like it as much as I do says it’s pretty good. But I’m much more of an IPA guy.

  172. I love that name. Never had it, but Zombie Dust is pretty much the perfect sub 7% single hop. Looooooove it.

  173. It’s amazing how things have changed in less than a week.

    The Rangers were *rightfully* booed out of MSG after Game 4 and everyone fully expected the Pens to close it out in game 5.

    Now going into game 7, the Penguins have been throughly outplayed in games 5 and 6, Fleury is back to being a liability and Crosby has been thrown off his game again and Pens fans are calling for Bylsma’s head.

    Momentum might not carry over, but confidence does and the Rangers with Hank are in the better position than the Pens and their possible collapse.

  174. I would say there is more *pressure* on Pittsburgh now. Scoring the first goal would apply even more *pressure*.

  175. Manny-O-War a/k/a The Ol` Mucky Terrahawk on

    What is everyone’s favorite Single Malt?

  176. Doodie Machetto on

    We couldn’t run an ad that said “no Portuguese,” but um… no Portuguese.

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