ECF interview transcripts: Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Alain Vigneault

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BRAD RICHARDS
RICK NASH
DEREK STEPAN
COACH VIGNEAULT

BRAD RICHARDS
Q.        Can you just describe when Henrik Lundqvist is on his game, how much his confidence is improved and what he means?
BRAD RICHARDS:  Prime example last night.  Obviously, we were a little behind in the first with what we were doing, and the jump was pretty good and kept things calm.  Didn’t look as calm probably as it was for us, but we were pretty confident if we could weather the storm with him back there doing it, it would give ourselves a chance to get out of the first period.
Obviously, we got a little luckier than we thought and had the lead, but that’s your backbone right there, and that’s a big reason why we’re still playing.

        Q.  Off the ice is there a playoff mode to him compared to the regular season?  Where’s the intensity level?
BRAD RICHARDS:  I don’t think it’s changed since training camp, to be honest.  Game days he doesn’t talk much, and he’s probably the most focused, quiet individual I’ve ever played with in games.  You just leave him to his thing and that’s just the way he’s always been.

        Q.  How aware are you where leads have gotten away from teams all series long?  How do you sort of keep that in mind?
BRAD RICHARDS:  Haven’t thought about it, really, yet.  It will be something that’s nice at the end of the day to travel here, and a practice day tomorrow.  But I think the message will probably be hammered pretty hard about our first period last night and we’re going to try to correct on that.
So whether we have a lead or not, we can’t come up and start like that again.  We have to try to do that back to them in our building.  So I think that will be the focus and get back to our game plan.  If you do that and you give yourselves a chance, that taking the lead stuff will take care of itself.

        Q.  You had a pretty long stretch of getting a one game lead in the playoffs without backing it up with another win. Was there anything different last night?  Anything tangible you can look to?
BRAD RICHARDS:  Besides Henrik keeping us in it?  We just won four games in a row, so that’s a lot different if you take that stat.  Other times you won, I know it doesn’t look like it counts because we were down 3-1 in Pittsburgh, but we just had four wins in a row, so I think we were in a better mindset of backing it up with another win last night and getting five.  It was a new series, but it wasn’t the same feeling.  You can carry over from a series with the wins we’ve put together and how we come back.

        Q.  When you get on a roll like this, do you feel invincible.  But do you feel like there is something growing here a little bit?
BRAD RICHARDS:  Well, I mean, you get on a roll because different things happen.  Whether one night Henrik, like last night, keeps you in, you get opportunistic goals, or something a power play.  Got a bunch of goals the other night in the third period and you get some confidence.  There are little things that you can go back and forth.         But really it’s forgotten about, and we have to really get ready for a great opportunity in our first game on home ice, and that will be the focus.

RICK NASH

        Q.  Is it easier to say the sky looks a little bluer after the last couple of games?
RICK NASH:  Yeah, it’s definitely a good start for us.  But start doesn’t mean much if we go home and can’t get a win in Game 3.

        Q.  The goalie match-up is pretty favorable.  Going back home, how do you stay grounded?
RICK NASH:  I think their goalie had a great game.  He made some great saves.  Hank, for us, has been unbelievable all year.  So every goalie in this league is a great goalie.  They play in the NHL, so we’ll not get ahead of ourselves on that.

        Q.  Henrik in his career has never made a Stanley Cup Final.  Do you see him as being a man on a mission right now?
RICK NASH:  Yeah, for sure.  Seeing 25 guys as a man on a mission right now.  Everyone wants to do it.  Yes, he’s a big part of it, but it’s a team, and when you’re led by your goalie, special things can happen.

        Q.  Guys like Brad and Marty who have been to the Cup before and try to convey the message to some of the younger guys today from back in ’04.  Can you talk a little bit about the message that’s being conveyed to the younger guys?
RICK NASH:  Yeah, we’re lucky to have guys that have been there before and that have won and know what it takes.  I think the biggest message is they said there are just lots of ups and downs and you’ve got to stay level headed through it all.

        Q.  You’ve been through the Olympics and everything.  This is your deepest playoff run.  Do you feel like a veteran going through this, or do you feel like a young guy experiencing everything for the first time?
RICK NASH:  Yeah, it’s kind of in between.  I haven’t experienced this part of the playoffs, but I’ve been able to play in big games and games that have been pretty meaningful.  So it’s somewhere in between where it’s new to me, but I understand the question.

        Q.  A.V. said yesterday after you scored that you’re smiling a lot more.  Do you feel like things have changed for the way you feel?
RICK NASH:  I’ve tried to stay positive through this whole thing.  The team’s winning, and that’s true, all I care about.  But obviously I want to do what I can to help the team win, but it’s frustrating when you can’t help offensively and you’re supposed to.

        Q.  When you are struggling, where do you feel it the most?  Is it at the rink, after the game, do you take it home with you?  Where do you see it manifest?
RICK NASH:  I think all those places.  I think hockey is our life; hockey is our job.  It’s what we do 24/7, so when something’s not going right, you feel it in the dressing room, during the games, at home no matter what.

        Q.  Going home 2-0 now, how do you not look ahead and get overexcited going into Thursday?
RICK NASH:  I think just the way that all these playoff series have been going.  No lead is safe, whether it’s in the game or in the series.  We’ve got to stay on our toes and get ready for the next one.

DEREK STEPAN
        Q.  Derek, earlier in the playoffs you were getting clubbed over the head with negative power play stats, now the power play seems to be an ally for you.  Maybe just talk about the difference in the confidence in it?
DEREK STEPAN:  Yeah, I think confidence is one thing, but I think as a five-man unit, we’re working hard and finding ways to get pucks back, and when we do get a chance to score a goal, we execute.

        Q.  How big of a boost do you get with this 2-0 in the series going back to New York?
DEREK STEPAN:  You don’t get much of a boost.  You just try to focus on winning a Game 3, and that’s our main focus right now is getting ready to play at home.

        Q.  With Henrik Lundqvist playing the way he’s playing back there, how much confidence does he give you guys to not think about that and do what you have to do?
DEREK STEPAN:  Yeah, Henrik doesn’t surprise me anymore.  He seems to just stand tall every game, and he’s out to continue to do that for us.

        Q.  The thought of leaving Montreal 2-0, is that a fairy tale, a dream come true?
DEREK STEPAN:  Like I said, it’s kind of cliché, but we’ve been taking it a game at a time, and we’re going to continue to do it that way.  Right now we’re just focused on competing for 60 minutes in Game 3.

        Q.  Can you talk about the work of your defense?  It’s been so effective and efficient.
DEREK STEPAN:  Yeah, working in groups of fives in the “D” zone, and when there is a breakdown, Henrik has been there to stand tall.  So it’s a full team effort when you’re playing defense, that’s for sure.

 

COACH VIGNEAULT

        Q.  Derek, earlier in the playoffs you were getting clubbed over the head with negative power play stats, now the power play seems to be an ally for you.  Maybe just talk about the difference in the confidence in it?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  In the playoffs it was a little bit of a challenging moment, but we kept working on finding a solution, and the solution is pretty simple.  Get the puck a little bit more, get a little more traffic, and we were able to do that.  Got us a big goal in the Pittsburgh series, and we were able to move on.

        Q.  Question about top line scoring vs. playing four lines.
COACH VIGNEAULT:  I’m not sure we really have a top line like you said.  We’re all four lines, a lot like the Habs, our scoring is balanced similar on the three lines or top three lines.  Our fourth line brings us a lot of energy and a lot of physicality and can spend some quality time on the ice.  It has found ways to contribute offensively.
So that’s the only way I think you can move on with such a commanding lead.  That’s how you get into the playoffs and how you get through somewhere else.

        Q.  But if Rick Nash is able to score goals, it seems to add an extra dimension to your team.
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Well, I think it’s safe to say everybody  expected Rick to score.  He was brought in for his production.  He’s going through what players go through now and then.  He stuck with it.  His teammates stuck with him.  He kept working extremely hard, and it was just a matter of time for him, in our estimation, to come out of it and now it looks good for us.

        Q.  When you go through that slump, do you say anything to make sure the confidence is there?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  You know, when players go through that you tell them all the lines: “I’ve got a lot of faith in you.” and “You’re working real hard.” Yada, yada yada…  At the end of the day, they’ve got to work themselves through it.  They’ve got to believe in themselves, and that’s what Rick did and most of our guys are trying to do.

        Q.  Did the penalty bother you last night?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Three penalties, 200 feet from our net, not crazy about it.

        Q.  Brad said he was pretty certain you’d go over that first period with them as well.  Any thoughts on that?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Yeah, it’s no secret that our start to last night’s game — Give Montreal full marks they came at us real hard.  But at the end of the day, we need to play better than we did.  We can’t rely on our goaltending the way we did last night, and we’re not going to next game.

        Q.  It’s been hard for teams to hang on to the lead in series in the playoffs.  It’s kind of been the story line.  Is that any part of the messaging or anything they need to hear?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  What we try to do is – and I know you get sick and tired of hearing it —  but one game at a time, one shift at a time and we want to play the right way.  That’s what’s gotten us here, and that’s what’s going to keep us here.

        Q.  When you see Rick score the way he did last night, do you think he’s thinking less out there too?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Players have to play with their instincts.  When they think too much about what they should be doing, it doesn’t flow.  Maybe that’s a little bit of what happened to Rick.  But right now he’s shooting well, and he created some good chances yesterday, and he’s back on the right track for us.

        Q.  How did you feel about John Moore’s game last night?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Yeah, I thought for the most part he did all right.  We need our six “Ds”, obviously.  Mack and Marc Staal on the left side are playing more minutes.  So it’s only between 10 or 14 minutes left.  So I thought for the most part he handled it all right.

        Q.  With Brassards injury, knowing you had a few days off before Game 3, was he part of the equation for yesterday or was he just not ready to go?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Couldn’t stop a French guy from playing in Montreal.

        Q.  Do you expect him to be available for Game 3?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  Day to day right now. If I was a betting man……….

        Q.  Montreal’s starting goalie, do you have an inkling for Game 3?
COACH VIGNEAULT:  I do, but I’m not
willing to share it with you.

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341 Comments

  1. Lloyd Braun on

    to respond to Gravy’s post, there’s no way anyone saw this team coming back to rattle off 5 straight victories after that game 4. Game 4 against Pittsburgh looked like a team polishing its golf clubs.

  2. Which is why I can’t see how anyone can annoint the Rangers EC Champs at a point even earlier in the series.

  3. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    After game 4 the media took over to say we were done. I know with everything that went down this year that we were NOT done yet. In fact i was upset and KNEW we would ride Hank and do some winning. I never lost faith , not once . Ive always liked our chances . It seems all the naysayers are back peddling right now…

    Everone whom had and have been trashing us…look at yourself morons , our team is just fine.

  4. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Kinda bugs me some fans saying , ohh I never saw this comming , whoa , wow …yeah thats because a few of ya had yer head up yer own azz and could n’t stick with your team while the chips were down . FOR SHAME.

  5. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    ZzZz – It’s not over till the FAT LADY sings.

    Rangers Roll the Habs.

    Viva la FRANCE!

  6. Not many gave up on the season. There’s only been about all of Rangers history where they never came back down 3-1.

    And again, hard to say that everyone should have seen them coming back from 3-1 and saying they’re a virtual lock up 2-0.

  7. _I ran into a lot of bandwagoners today. Everyone’s a Rangers fan now._

    Expect the “celebrity” contingent to start showing their faces tomorrow.

  8. Lloyd Braun on

    I’m not saying it wasn’t possible for the Rangers to win another game in that series, but there was no indication the Ranger team we saw in the first 11 games of the playoffs would turn into the team we’ve seen over the last 5. The Rangers now look like a bonafide Stanley Cup contender. 6 games ago they looked a team who was lucky to even get into the playoffs.

  9. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    This team is a Stanley Cup contender! With a “punchers” chance!

    I feel like we are rooting for the “Cinderella Man” in the city of Rangerstown.

    We could have an original 6 Stanley Cup finals.

  10. Better to look like a contender in the final four than in Round 2, but things can always change. Hopefully they can take care of business in short order, and we can discuss who we’d rather see them play.

  11. Yeah, the Garden will roll down the “blue carpet” and we’re going to see some “celebrities”

    I don’t mind the supermodels though.

    Susan -Maloney- Sarandon & Liam Neeson get a pass. Legit supporters. There are a few others, but I can’t remember.

  12. There was a home opener two years ago, I think, MSG interviewed a bunch of “celebrity” NYR “fans”, and all of them complained aboot the NBA lockout. Pissed me off! Crying aboot how they can’t watch the crappy Knickerbockers, so they have to settle for free NYR tickets. Fuggers!

  13. Manny-O-War on

    Gravy is absolutely right. Hank may be playing lights out but when is he gonna SCORE. He can’t keep playing like Nash. Gotta get off the schnied at some point.

  14. Lloyd Braun on

    I don’t think anybody would ever dispute that but that’s not really the discussion. The Rangers right now have given every indication of a team that’s “turned the corner” and there’s no doubt that a big part of that is Lundqvist (who’s been brilliant). That they’re burying chances that even 2 weeks ago would have resulted in bupkis is probably the most alarming change.

  15. Doodie Machetto on

    I don’t usually agree with Lloyd, but I felt and feel the same way

  16. Doodie Machetto on

    Where is hanka hanka these days? I imagine waiting until the Rangers are knocked out of the playoffs, at which point he will rear his head and gloat.

  17. Manny-O-War on

    Duguay was paying homage to Mr. Snider who blocked NBC from moving the game for Martin St. Louis’ mother’s funeral

  18. Lloyd Braun on

    and the biggest difference now is that it feels like the Rangers are feeding off Lundqvist’s brilliant play rather than just sitting back hoping he’ll bail them out. feels like a whole lot more reciprocity now.

  19. I feel they have a chance. Confession – I’ve envisioned them being in the Cup Final too.

    I even felt this way before the playoffs started. I know there’s a post somewhere in the archives were I said that with Lundqvist, they always have a shot to ride the hot goalie all the way (hockey p0rn).

    I just need to levelset myself so that I don’t put the cart before the Richards.

  20. What’s worse than no hockey on talk radio- hockey on talk radio! Hosts who know nothing about the sport make me wonder if maybe they know nothing about other sports (NBA) that I assume they know because of my own lack of knowledge. Did hear Boyle interview-does he realize he’s playing himself off the team?
    As for this series- “no comment until the time limit is up.”

  21. Manny-O-War on

    NHL Radio is pretty good. TSN Montreal is pretty damn entertaining today.

  22. Don’t worry, Manny. Like SeeeDubbb said earlier, I snap myself back to make sure I don’t bring bad juju.

    Another positive is that the core of this team made it to the ECF two years ago, and they know what can happen, and they’re better prepared because of it.

    Anyway, the *offseason* is soon upon us.

  23. I’m just talking FAN-ESPN stuff- I’m not in the car enough to do satellite.

  24. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    I kind of resent the idea that there is just one way to be a *fan*, and that way always needs to be super positive (POZY). We all deal with excitement, disappointment, and *stress* differently. Sometimes severe pessimism is an effective shield against later disappointment. Sometimes you need to *karmically* balance out somebody else’s optimism and thus appease the hockey gods. Sometimes it’s just fun to be bipolar. I am not a believer that this different handling of emotion reflects on a person’s fandom one way or another. We are all here because on some level we are *nuts* about this team.

  25. Break up day next Friday 5/30. Hey at least we made it farther this year then last 2 years.

    2012 lost Friday night Memorial Day weekend.
    2013 sat night Memorial Day weekend.
    2014 at least 5 days past Memorial Day.

    Progress

  26. Lloyd Braun on

    Well said, Rob. And for the amount of money I’ve given the New York Rangers over the years for tickets, I feel I’ve more than earned the right to criticize relentlessly.

    That being said, it’s hard not to be positive and excited right now.

  27. Manny-O-War on

    I have to protect myself from severe disappointment by trying to keep my hopes and expectations in check. I do it my own way. If this team wins I will probably have the most emotional breakdown of my entire life.

    fan: noun
    noun: fan; plural noun: fans

    a person who has a *strong interest in or admiration* for a particular sport, art form, or famous person.

  28. Lloyd Braun on

    part of doing it your own way seems to be to criticize people who don’t do it your own way

  29. It’s difficult to say right now how I’m going to feel if this seemingly magical and totally unexpected run were to come to an end, but because I never saw it coming, I can’t imagine how there is any way I’m upset at year’s end.

    This has been fantastic.

  30. Manny-O-War on

    I think I will feel one way when they get eliminated and then another way about a month after

  31. I think part of the turn around was Kreider coming back from injury and playing in game 5. Rangers look like a different team with Kreider in the lineup.

  32. It’s kinda like, when I take a plane, I need to think about it *crashing*, even if I’m reasonably sure that it won’t. And when I do, everything’s *fine*, but if I don’t, who knows??

  33. Rob in Beantown on

    I need to will them in the air with my thoughts too. Lack of willpower is a leading cause of crashes.

  34. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Robs right , we all cheer in different ways . I wont rag on anyone whom said we sucked earlier , its just the way they cheer. Good point rob , thanks.

  35. Harry the Howell #3 on

    Hey Pozy Rosie…………

    Most Boneheads here have more time on the crappa than you have as Blueshirt Fan.

    So either be nice or shut your pie hole and disappear.

  36. iManny-O-War on

    Pretty sure everyone hates flying. Except little kids that don’t yet fear death.

  37. I pet the plane a little as I’m boarding. *Literally*

    Gotta give it some love.

  38. Outside of the plane, ilb. Right as you cross the threshold. Couple of love taps.

  39. I always expect worst with this team. Makes sting little easier. If this round lasts another month I’m moving to an island and giving it all up.

  40. I kinda accepted in September that this team just couldn’t make it past the second round. I didn’t think they had what it took. When they were down 3-1 against Pitt, I was confident that they were toast and I wanted Sather fired. I also wasn’t happy with what I called “Club AV”, where I felt there was a severe lack of accountability by the coach.

    Fast forward to now: Nash is scoring. D. Moore is playing brilliant. McD is fantastic. Lunquist, stellar. This team has come together and rallied behind a Hall of Fame teammate who is now playing great. (who before was getting booed at MSG). AV looks like a genius for his cool, calm approach under pressure…

    Weeee!!

  41. “I was confident that they were toast and I wanted Sather fired.”

    Best case scenario: NYR win cup, Slats retires!

  42. Admiral Akbar on

    No.

    EXTEND SATHER!!

    Who else would have had the onions to trade Del Zero for Klein and the team captain and some draft picks for a hall of famed, of whom the entire team has rallied around?

    Oh yeah — after firing a pretty successful coach he added Alain Vigneault who has become the perfect coach for this group… and he added Pull-out and D.Moops during the offseason. And signed the Zucc and extended Girardi.

    So once again, EXTEND SATHER!

  43. I was at an event last night watching game now… Weaver really has that slewfoot perfected doesn’t he. Don’t want to use foul languge but that’s really disgusting.

  44. Certainly not, you seem to be unflappable in your stand against the avatar. I was hoping the frog would make an appearance for the post season. But since we kept winning I didn’t push for it.

    Maybe he’ll return post season, to croak at the moon in late June.

  45. That would be a great poll question:
    If the Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 2013-14, do you still want Sather fired or replaced?

  46. Also Latona, had I remembered my gravatar password I was going to take it as my own. Such is my desire to see Kermit on this blog again.

  47. I’ve committed to embrace this experience and not let worry over winning and losing dampen my enjoyment. For me, this run is both unexpected and inspirational.

    In the past, in seasons when we were fortunate enough to have the BlueShirts advance further into the playoffs, as the stakes became higher with each passing game, I would let myself get totally wrapped up in the stress and anxiety of winning or losing. It would affect my ability to function in a “normal” social way with my family, friends and colleagues. Not this year. it ain’t gonna happen like that this year.

    I’ve decided to Breath deep. Relax. Enjoy the ride, win or lose.

    Let’s Go Rangers!!!!

  48. tomb, I’m watching the game as well. I don’t follow junior hockey very much – do you know anything about him?

  49. I love this blog. It’s nice to know that we have posters who are pessimistic because we need to “appease the hockey gods”! Good thing hockey fans aren’t superstitious.

    Hey – hockey gods – no offense, eh?

  50. But, having said that NYR Fan, I will continue to abstain from posting on the Go Time Thread, as the Rangers are 5-0 since I have stayed away during game time.

    The Jinx of the Papa Bear IPAD is no more.

  51. It’s really sad that,
    in just 1 night,
    we go from
    the Conference Finals
    to Junior Hockey.

    Guess I’ll watch
    The Mets
    Or
    DWTS.

  52. Papa, commitment like that is what got us here! It brings team Bonehead together. Strong work.

  53. Latona

    not really. I follow Jess at Prospect Park. 6′-4″ 220 lbs. he had 4 fights this year…all draws as far as I can see. But he is doing better this year overall… getting some notice for his defense I guess.

    http://www.blueshirtbulletin.com/index.php

    I just wanted to watch some hockey today.

  54. Lately though, I’m starting to feel like I have very little influence on the game. Weird.

  55. ILB,

    I also have a shirt thing that seems to be working as well.

    When I start a period with a beverage, the beverage must last the period, no refills.

    If I don’t have a beverage before the period starts, too bad, I’m going without beverage for the entire period.

  56. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The question isn’t “Will the Habs win a game?” It’s “will the Habs score another goal”

    #its in the bag

  57. leetchhalloffame on

    This run could really work to our advantage. Maybe if we win it all Slats will retire because he has nothing left to prove. Let’s Go Rangers!!!

  58. Seedubb,

    For me it’s no easy task abstaining from posting during the game. It’s like driving on a tire that’s going flat. It just doesn’t feel right.

  59. Papa, up 2-0 in the series, coming home, rested, other goalie out, Brassard back in, take a risk. Rejoin It’s Go Time!

  60. But first, I may have to bury this IPAD in the yard next to the Orange, Burgess Meredith photo and my Guy Lafluer signed Puck.

  61. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brassard – “I haven’t a GWG yet this series, I’m do. And, oh by the way, We will win game 3″

  62. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ilb – The puck looks like a beach ball to Hank right now….His mind is seeing time in slow motion….the epitome of an athlete being in the zone….

  63. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hank is grabbing pucks with his glove hand like a grizzly reaching out and snatching salmon.

  64. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    That said, I’d trade Hank for Perry, Getlaf, and 2 #1’s. TAM wins the cup next year.

    2015-16: Can the Rangers Three-peat?

  65. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Crawford is also playing lights out. Will be an interesting final.

  66. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    McEnroe – Connors : Wimbledon final: Mac said the ball floated thru space as big and slow as a beach ball….He toyed with Connors that match. That my friends is what Hank is seeing right now. It’s absolutely sick….

  67. Papa. If I could only be like your post at 7:47

    I want to win so bad the fear of losing takes over my whole body.

  68. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Rangers haven’t won anything yet.

    FIRE SATHER! until further orders.

  69. Spoke to both mom and dad today. All they wanted to talk about is how elated I must feel about the rangers and the big lead.

    I told both of em after what you two have been through since Palm Sunday all this is put in perspective.

    Both fricking cancer survivors and all they care about is their dopey son and his hockey team.

    I am one lucky individual.

  70. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lucic – “I’ll kill you. I will carve you up and eat you. I’ll stab you, shoot you, and poison you. I will kill your family, friends, their friends, their friends, their friends, and their friends. If you want to be a baby about, I’ll kill you too. I will kill you and the kill you again. And again. Over and Over. I’ll club your face in. Cut your head off. I’ll rip your fingers off your hand. I’ll bite your toes off your feet. I won’t rest until you are so dead it’s not funny. But I’ll laugh, cause it will be funny. Then, I’ll kill you some more”

  71. Olga Folkyerself on

    Now it’s on to Chicago, and let’s win there.

    Rangers-Black Hawks Final.
    It’s Coming…

  72. Two more Kings losses and they’ll have the Hawks right where they want them.

  73. Hopefully, Lucic gets loose in the Blackhawks’ lockerroom before the finals, takes out Toews, Kane, Bickell and Keith.

  74. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lucic – “I will never stop. I will hunt you down and kill you. I will kill you and hunt you down. Then I’ll repeat it. I’ll kill and hunt and kill and hunt and hunt and kill”

  75. iManny-O-War on

    Your parents rule, Boreale. Hope our generation gets 1/5th of what they got!

  76. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    “I feel sorry for any visiting team playing the next two games at MSG”

    PK Subban

  77. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Who was the tool bemoaning the MSL trade? And continued to argue with me during the season when I said that he will start lighting it up soon enough….

  78. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’m feeling that someone on this blog knows someone that was born on a Tuesday

    *I see dead people*

  79. running REALLY LATE today
    and
    i’m already LATE for tomorrow
    anyway
    Carp
    GREAT review
    had a couple things to add but i can’t remember
    so i’ll stick with GREAT
    until i do

    for everyone else
    enjoy your day, your life, your loved ones
    even if one or all give you moments of
    total exasperation.

  80. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Id say Sather was pritty happy at the end of last game ,feet up cigar a chompin . He was happy , looks like he gonna be around a long long time. Best GM in the league but really crappy at drafting , what gives? Bad scouts? Bad choices at the draft table ?

  81. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    So, many of the pundits are saying that no matter who gets to the SC Finals from the east they will be swept or lose in 5 to either team from the west.

    Is there that much inequity? Do we not have the ‘equalizer’? Do we not have “Hanka Hanka”??

  82. iManny-O-War on

    Can someone explain the Vegas line to me?

    From Eddie

    Vegas line game 3

    Habs (+156)
    Rangers ( -172)

  83. BickelsPickle on

    Chicago Cubs +120
    Los Angeles Dodgers -130

    In this instance, the Dodgers are the favored team, as signified by the – (minus) written in front of the 130, while the Cubs are the underdogs, as designated by the + (plus) in front of the 120.

    What these numbers mean is that those wishing to bet on the favorite, the Dodgers, will have to risk $130 to win $100, while those wanting to wager on the underdog, the Cubs, will risk $100 to win $120.

  84. I’m certain that these no-talents will lose 4 in a row.

    Theres’ no question.

  85. Stranger Nation on

    This on thing is?

    On thing is this?

    This thing is on?

    Is this on thing?

  86. Stranger Nation on

    _Can someone explain the Vegas line to me?_

    if teams are even the odds are -110 for each team.
    The further ‘negative’ a team moves, the more of a favorite they are seen as by Vegas (NYR -172).
    Conversely, the further ‘positive’ a team moves, the more the underdog Vegas says they are (Mon +156).

  87. Stranger Nation on

    Net-net; starting goalie hurt, scoring only 3 goals in first two games and playing in other teams’ barn facing a hot goalie and team on winning streak = big underdog

  88. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    That said, I am a big Kings fan for tonight. Extend Chicago/LA!!!!

  89. I wonder how a flat $100 bet on the road team each game would have done in these playoffs?

    Home ice seems to be over rated in betting line.

  90. CARP, ask THE KREIDER some good questions … like,

    “Are you aware of your online nickname?”

    “Did you know that your online persona, THE KREIDER, has a Twitter account with over 100 followers?”

  91. “Your mission Jim, should you decide to accept it”

    Looks like Hank has accepted the mission… and as Richards says so have all 25 NYR’s

    What’s the Vegas line on the whole series now & on the whole Tourney?

  92. Manny-O-War on

    Thanks for the explanation guys. I don’t really understand gambling as I have no money to wager.

  93. funny feeling about the kings tonight… think they have at least one more big punch in them and will even it up tonight 1-1 to make that series a little more interesting

  94. I have a funny feeling about the Rangers tomorrow night… think they have at least one more big punch in the gut in them and will lose 9-0 to make that series a little more interesting

  95. BickelsPickle on

    If there is any team besides the Most-Underachieving-Team-Ever-The-San-Jose-Sharks that can lose 4 in a row, it’s this team.

  96. Manny-O-War on

    Hey. This team only needs to lose 4 out of 5. Doesn’t have to be s *straight*

  97. BickelsPickle on

    We’ll still lose 4 straight. And only win one after we lose the 4 straight.

  98. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Vegas money line on winning ECF

    NyR – (-850)

    Habs – (+520)

    If you want to bet in the rangers to win the series, you have to bet 850 to win 100.

    Before the series started – the rangers were slight underdogs…now overwhelming favorites.

  99. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    I’m not a betting man by any stretch (I just learned how this works from you guys 2 minutes ago), but if I were and if I were unbiased, taking the Habs at +520 seems like not that bad a bet.

  100. What’s so controversial about what Subban said? Of course there is a little bit of luck involved with Lundqvist’s current level of play….but aren’t the Habs also lucky for those fluky goals they scored?

  101. Rob in Beantown on

    I agree Cap Geeked. Habs at +156 to make the series 2-1 seems like a slam dunk. But I’m also the guy who is probably in last place in the hat trick contest because he’s always wrong.

  102. One thing about Vegas is since there are such large sums if money involved they tend to get it right

  103. I am not advocating betting the Habs just comparing if you want to bet the Habs it would be better value on a game by game basis then for the series. At least based on the numbers presented here.

  104. Manny-O-War on

    I suck at betting, which is why I don’t do it, but I would put money on Les Habs tomorrow night

  105. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    I would never make a bet with Sioux because he’s a *pro*

  106. I will lose any amount of money in order to assure a Rangers win on Thursday.

  107. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Rob – True story I learned Poker by playing $20 sit and goes, with the hockey dads on my son’s squirt team. Long before I started playing with the big boys.

  108. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/10-reasons-for-montreal-canadiens-optimism–despite-it-all-going-to-hell-173248203.html

    I love this stuff that’s popping up everywhere. If the Rangers were down 2-0 all we would be hearing was how they’re cooked, and going down in four, and its all over. So they win both games in the Canadiens’ barn and now they are underdogs anyway because, well, what we all saw happening should not have happened and the world will rectify itself.

    Hey, I think our team does best when they are the underdogs, and it looks like everyone is trying to make them that once again. works for me.

  109. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    No easy games in the tournament.

    But I feel the Rangers are focused, and want to win at home.

    Have you ever seen HANK this *FOCUSED*?

  110. Oddsmakers set the line at a point where they think they will get an equal amount of action on both sides. That’s why the line moves. Has nothing to do with them knowing who will win, but rather how people will bet.

  111. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Odds are Habs are NOT a winning bet.

    Just imagine what the odds on the Rangers were when they were down 3-1 going back to Pittsburgh.

  112. Stranger Nation on

    Peter – thanks for sending link.

    #3 is the one that will come back to haunt them if they continue to be aggressive and O zone and Henk plays like…Henk.
    If they are going to press the play in O-zone and send the D to support low, they are susceptible to NYR break outs and odd man rushes. with Broshard returning, even more speed in line-up.
    Said from beginning this was a great style match up for us compared to Bruins.

    One thing that stuck out in the first 2 games…PK Subban is atrocious in the D zone, I mean, he is awful. Need to pin this guy in and make him play D as much as possible.

  113. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Tickets to the Game 1 in Montreal $205
    Plane to the game 30,000 pts off my card.
    Pre-game snacks $20.
    Watching THE crash the net – PRICE-less.

  114. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Soux @ 10:26 am:

    No. Never.

    Never seen a goalie play like this. Period.

  115. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Matty – this is something special. Even Nash is scoring, McD & Staal at the top of their game shutting down the other team, Marty St. Louis (and FRANCE) have taken this team to a whole new level.

    Seriously, I think they can trade punches with Chicago if HEN-RIK is this dialed in.

    I Believe.

    They need 2 more wins, to get to the NEXT series.

  116. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Amazing how the ‘johnny-come-lately’s’ are buying tickets on the secondary market.

    Current StubHub asking prices, with 800 tickets left are $394 and higher.

    Granted some of the ‘asks’ are crazy numbers, but the bulk are $500-1000.

    Can’t imagine what next round, if it is a 7 gamer could go for!! (no, I am not saying at MSG, just a general comment)

  117. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Matty I checked on my “last” tickets, they are selling for $2,500 each.

    I guess I won’t be sitting there :(

  118. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Sioux, have to say I agree. Stunning last two weeks. From dead to back from the dead. Very few of us believed THIS could happen.

    Hank is ‘the equalizer’. We are not as good as Chicago or LA (and I’m not handing that series to Chicago just yet, though they are awesome).

    Heck, we haven’t even won this one yet!!

    But, Hank in THIS ZONE, is the wild card. This is unchartered territory.

    Why not? Why not!!

  119. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    We are 3-1 this season against the remaining unbeatable juggernauts of the West

  120. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    or the Rink side seats for $4,017 each.

    Dang……. no wonder it will be a stars night out night only.

  121. If I had tickets to Thursday I would 100% sell them and make a few Grand. Then bet it on the Habs and turn it into a few Million.

  122. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    I am second row upper level, on blue line. Have to say, pricing has me thinking. At these potential prices you can pay for the other two games in the series.

    Who knows what next round, if there is one, game 3 gets?

    I remember in 1994. I sat in the 100’s. People all around me paid $3-5000 per ticket for games 5 and 7 of the cup finals. I ‘heard’ of one guy that bought 4 second row tickets for $10K EACH, delivered the $$$ in a suitcase and gave the seller the suitcase, too!!

  123. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Matty – I just believe.

    Two tough wins needed. I don’t think AV will let them look past the game tomorrow. Hank isn’t letting anything past him.

    EVERYONE is stepping up in front of him.

    I believe they are going to get there.

    First things first.

  124. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Someone I knew from college was at games 5 and 7. He became very successful in business. He flies his brother in from LA. A lifelong Ranger fan. His dream. Rangers in Cup Finals.

    Pays $5k for 6th row seats. Game 5. The ‘Garden Party’ game.

    Rangers, of course, lose.

    He reloads on the tickets for game seven. This time at $6K each!!

    A nice $25k week for he and his brother in 1994!!

  125. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Sioux, I am too superstitious to admit it. But I agree.

    This team has that rare toughness and new found leadership that has them believing. They ripped into the ‘Ghosts of Montreal’ and the ‘We win 1, We lose one’ theorists.

    This is the type of team, as hard as it is, that can barrel right through this round. Admittedly, it’s really hard to do and anything can happen.

  126. But Sioux you *ALWAYS* believe. You use positivity to calm yourself. It’s very impressive. But I have to use negativity to calm myself.

  127. And just so we’re clear:

    In the third, prior to Pouliot taking that penalty, the Rangers were carrying play and the Habs had absolutely nothing going on. And looking at it, entering the 3rd the Habs were up 22-20 on shots, and had the final 9 shots of the game, 8 of which came after Pouliot took that penalty. So up to that point the edge in shots was 32-30 with each team having 10 shots in the third.

    The Habs can believe what they want but outside of their early and late surges they did not outplay the Rangers.

  128. The Garden sent 1994 season ticket holders replicas of their game 7 ticket.

    My blue seat for the cup winning game was $24.

  129. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Matty – how about this story. Last year I sat next to the guy that once owned 30% of the Boston Celtics. We were playing in the WSOP main event. I was making small talk with him, while the ESPN cameras where at our table all day long. So I asked him what was the best game he has ever been to? Something you would ask an owner right?

    He answers, hands down, game 6 of the finals in 2008. The night they won the championship. When he sold his 30% to the new owners, a part of the deal was he would have 4 seats on the floor for the rest of his life.

    He was offered $200,000 for that game, $50,000 each, and he turned it down.

  130. Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago on

    So now Henrik is lucky? Bring it on you frikkin frogs! We’re gonna show you the Bronx this week!

  131. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    Manny, I have to believe that Richards has been good, but MSL is exceptional and one to ‘look up at’ (sorry for the play on words).

    He is an HOF’er, you know.

  132. Matty"WhyNot!!"Boy on

    crazy, Sioux. I could see Rangers Cup Finals on glass going for $10-12k.

    $50k is crazy.

  133. Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago on

    I just took out a HELOC on Carp’s Hamptons house, to get my game 7 Finals tickets

  134. The reason I am a season tix holder is to see them win cup some day. If the cup was in building I wouldn’t sell 5-10k isn’t changing my life. Still wouldn’t be able to buy a house.

    Bottom line is I need a new job that pays me double I’m making now especially living in Long Island where taxes are ridiculous.

  135. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Matty – I’m thinking to myself, how wealthy would you have to be? How many million would you have to have in the Bank? That that amount just wouldn’t matter :)

  136. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Eric – when the team makes the playoffs. Do you buy the playoff games right away? How does that work?

  137. CARP, if you don’t have a house in the Hamptons, where the hell are you keeping Snoopy and Prickly Pete?

  138. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    We had a great day playing Day 2, but the last hand I’m holding AQ, and shove ALL IN. Trong (sp not sure) literally wakes up, he had trouble staying awake after midnight, and had an ACE something. He is debating to call my ALL IN. Not sure if he had AK or a pocket pair, because he had a real hand.

    I say to him, “Win, or lose, I just want to tell you what a treat it was to play next to you all day. Thank You for such great conversation.”

    He didn’t want to knock me out…… so he folded after tanking for 12+ minutes.

    I scoop the Pot, move on to Day 3 :)

  139. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, so what you’re saying is you were losing to a guy who was asleep?

    Maybe you need to find a new hobby.

  140. Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike.

    reminder. check the widget over there ——–> for info from practice at MSG.

  141. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, if the Canadiens win one of the next two, are you Montreal bound for game 5?

  142. Break up day next Saturday 5/31 after 6 game loss.

    Look at positives we made it past Memorial Day weekend 2012 eliminated Friday night 2013 sat night.

    Baby steps.

  143. Doodie Machetto on

    Ugh, I was at a friend’s bachelor party during game 6 2012. I ignored the game all night, but we went to a bar just as the OT was starting. I had no idea about anything that had happened to that point. Then 2 minutes later… Henrique! It’s over!

  144. Doodie Machetto on

    I never was able to bring myself to watch the rest of that game. I couldn’t tell you a thing about it besides that minute of overtime, which I could describe to you in vivid detail.

  145. Doodie Machetto on

    Everything that happened about an hour after that goal (and many, MANY drinks in trying to console myself) is pretty hazy.

  146. Doodie Machetto on

    Does maintenance day for Pouliot mean that they are doing renovations on the penalty box?

  147. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    Dustin Tokarski is starting game 3, according to my *smart* phone

  148. Maintenance day for Pouliot might mean “hide him from the Player Safety people!”

  149. I am convincing myself we will blow this. Only way I can deal with it should we collapse.

  150. Me too, eric. I don’t see how we couldn’t blow it. When we lose Thursday it will be very scary.

  151. Carp, any chance we can offer TB our spot in the ECF in exchange for our 1st round pick?

  152. Doodie Machetto on

    I never got around to washing out that mustard stain, but if they lose on Thursday, you better believe when I get home that night it’s going into a vat of Oxy Clean.

  153. Doodie Machetto on

    Mister D, if they go to the Cup Final, would you still want that 1st rounder back instead?

  154. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Latest odds:

    ECF : Rangers ( -850) Habs (+550)

    Gme 3 rangers (-180)
    Habs (+160)

    Puck odds game 3 rangers (-1.5) (+165)

    Bettors are thinking rangers win game 3 by 2 or more goals – and +165 is as close to Vegas saying it’s a lock as there is

  155. Doodie Machetto on

    That should say Man, not ma. I don’t talk to my mom about hockey because it’s too frustrating. Every goal, according to her, is Lundqvist’s fault.

  156. Doodie Machetto on

    Also, she’s very hard of hearing, but pretends like she heard what you said. So infuriating.

  157. _Mister D, if they go to the Cup Final, would you still want that 1st rounder back instead?_

    Nope. The nightmare scenario was only an ECF loss. And every one of you will be on board if this goes bad.

  158. Listening to the most biased contributor on NHL Radio, Puck “I love the Devils” Daddy.

    Asked about potential Conn Smythe award winners, he says if its LA, Kopitar or, to a degree, Quick. If its Chicago, its Crawford, possibly Toewes.

    End of conversation.

    Know what, Greg W? There is an east, as you know. And the Rangers are likely to come out of it. And, if they do, and in the event the unlikely occurs, and they win the cup? There’s this guy named Lundquist, you may want to take a look at.

    He’s not the love of your life, Fatso, but he’s only the best in the world right now.

    Why do people listen to this guy?

  159. Doodie Machetto on

    I can’t eat or drink but I’d be happy to keep you company. What time are you leaving there (since you always can get there before me)?

  160. We’re screwed Boyle taking shots with St. Louis stick. Boyle just needs to concentrate on pk and face offs stay away from offensive situations.

  161. Prob leave there by 7. U fasting? Is it Yom Kippur? I love that holiday starve all day eat 10 bagels in evening.

  162. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Doodie – puck line for habs

    Habs (+1.5 goals) (-200)

    That is, you bet 200 on the Habs to win 100, but you get 1.5 goals.

    I’d run from that like a thief.

  163. Manny-O-War on

    There are *7* fasts per year in the Jewish Religion

    Ta’anis Bechorim
    Tzom Tammuz
    Tishah B’Av
    Tzom Gedaliah
    Yom Kippur
    Asarah B’Teves
    Ta’anis Esther

  164. Manny-O-War on

    I bet Miller *retires*, moves to LA, opens a vegan, microbiotic, raw-food eatery and stops wearing shoes.

  165. Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago on

    Manny – you left out
    Jesper
    This was Moses’ favorite

  166. Doodie Machetto on

    Matty, if you look at the list of Conn Smythe candidates that he publishes after every game, Lundqvist is listed as #1, and has been listed as #1 ever since the Rangers completed their comeback against the Penguins.

    The biggest response to you, though, is in this statement “and in the event the unlikely occurs, and they win the cup? ”

    You acknowledge this event is unlikely. It looks to me, just as it did in 2012, that the Rangers are competing for the right to finish in 2nd place. Last time around, it was pretty obvious that the Kings were unstoppable. This time around, the victor from the west is not as clear, but it is clear that the west is heavily, heavily favored.

  167. Doodie Machetto on

    Wait, there are two different lines? Like, betting on the Rangers is different than betting on the Canadiens?

  168. I’m not Jewish, but Mrs. Gravy and the kids are. So, they get approximately 146 presents in December.

  169. Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago on

    Fat and phat is no way to go thru life, Blutarsky

  170. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, the black aces don’t practice with the team? I only count 20 guys in Leonar’ds post-game stretch photo. One of the goaltenders isn’t in the picture, and neither is Pouliot since he didn’t practice. That makes 22. That means Carcillo is out there even though he’s a likely healthy scratch. What about all of the other guys like Miller, Fast, and Falk?

  171. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Doodie – there is the money line and the puck line. And the puck line you either take the goals but bet more to win a hundred – or u give goals, as the favorite but bet money as the underdo

    So the rangers are giving 1.5 goals, you bet 100 to win 165 if they win by 2 or more

  172. Doodie Machetto on

    Can I bet the opposite of that? Like, can I bet 165 to get 100 if they don’t win by 2 or more?

  173. Manny-O-War on

    @AGrossRecord Derek Stepan saw the dentist, had his tooth capped again. Old fourth grade injury, fell in gym class.

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

    Classic Stepan

  174. Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago on

    Why did my John Candy avatar disappear and how do I get it back. Fire the whe tech department at LoHud! Talk about Anonymous….their work product is anonymous and imaginary

  175. Doodie Machetto on

    Abe, you have to use the e-mail address you registered with Gravatar.

  176. Carp
    Read on the interweb this morning that you have now rented the ledge out to a carrier pigeon club, is this true?

  177. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Doodie – on puck line bets, you either take the Hags, with 1.5 goals, betting 200 to win100

    Or take the rangers give 1.5 goals but bet 100 to win 165

  178. SIOUX-per-SWEEP on

    Doodie he was never in a hand with me when I was playing. So I never lost to him. But the last hand of the night on Day 2. I hade AQ of spades suited. He had a big Ace, but his kicker was a J. He almost called. I would have had him in a 3 outer. So it would have been good for me. My odds are 75/25 that I win.

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