Game 5: Rangers at Canadiens tonight (8 p.m.) … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Tuesday, May 27, 8:00 p.m. ET
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Rangers: 11-7 (3-1)*
Canadiens: 9-6 (1-3)*

* Record in the playoffs (record in the series)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face off against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals matchup. The Blueshirts lead the best-of-seven series, three games to one, following their 3-2 overtime victory in Game 4 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. New York enters the contest with a 224-240-8 record all-time in 472 playoff contests (125-93-2 at home; 99-147-6 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.

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS – RANGERS vs. CANADIENS
The Rangers and Canadiens are meeting in the playoffs for the 15th time, and the first time since the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1996. The Rangers have posted a 7-7 playoff series record against Montreal, and are 28-35-2 in 65 playoff contests against the Canadiens following Game 4. New York has faced off in more playoff series against Montreal than any NHL opponent, and has now faced the Canadiens in at least one playoff series in seven out of the last nine decades.Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers - Game Four

RANGERS vs. CANADIENS (Regular Season):
All-Time: 192-324-94-4 overall (127-124-54-1 at home; 65-200-40-3 on the road)
2013-14: New York was 1-1-1 overall (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-1 on the road). All three contests were separated by two goals or fewer, and two games were separated by one goal. The Rangers allowed two goals or fewer in every contest, giving up a total of three goals in the three games. Cam Talbot posted his first career NHL shutout against Montreal on Nov. 16, while Brad Richards and Derek Stepan each tallied an assist against the Canadiens during the season. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 10-11 (90.9%) in the three contests.
• New York was 25-14-2 on the road during the regular season (6-3 in the playoffs); Montreal was 23-13-5 at home (4-3 in the playoffs)
• New York lists three former Canadiens on its roster: Dominic Moore (2009-10); Benoit Pouliot (2009-10 – 2010-11); Raphael Diaz (2011-12 – 2013-14)
• Montreal lists two former Rangers on its roster: Brandon Prust (2009-10 – 2011-12); Dale Weise (2010-11)
• Rangers’ defenseman Ryan McDonagh was originally selected by the Canadiens as a first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
• Rangers’ Head Coach Alain Vigneault served as the Canadiens’ coach from 1997-98 – 2000-01

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CANADIENS (Regular Season):
• Henrik Lundqvist – 27 GP, 13-11-2, 2.84 GAA, 1 SO
• Martin St. Louis – 49 GP, 18-22—40
• Brad Richards – 40 GP, 9-14—23
• Dominic Moore – 28 GP, 4-13—17
• Dan Girardi – 28 GP, 3-6 —9

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (5:05) in Game 4 vs. Montreal. The Blueshirts are tied for ninth in the NHL overall (10-70, 14.3%), and are sixth on the road (7-36, 19.4%) in the playoffs. They have allowed two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/7 vs. PIT (Sutter); 5/17 at MTL (Eller). New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and seventh on the road (28-132, 21.2%) in the regular season.
Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 7-8 (14:33), and tallied a shorthanded goal (Carl Hagelin) in Game 4 vs. Montreal. The Blueshirts are third in the NHL overall (50-58, 86.2%), and are fourth on the road (25-29, 86.2%) in the playoffs. The Rangers are 37-39 (94.9%) in their last 12 games. The Rangers’ shorthanded goal was their first in the playoffs since Apr. 9, 2008 at New Jersey (Ryan Callahan) and their first at home in the playoffs since May 23, 1997 vs. Philadelphia (Esa Tikkanen). New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and third on the road (109-127, 85.8%) in the regular season.
Four-on-Four: New York did not yield/tally a goal in three four-on-four situations (2:55) in Game 4 vs. Montreal. The Blueshirts are -1 in 22 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (27:21), 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.

SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
Martin St. Louis tallied the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 4 on Sunday. The tally was St. Louis’ fourth career overtime goal in the playoffs, and his first since Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals on June 5, 2004 at Calgary, when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Rangers forward extended his point streak to six games (four goals, three assists), tying a playoff career-high. St. Louis has tallied a series-best, three goals in the Eastern Conference Finals, and is tied for the team lead in goals (six) and leads the team in points (13) in the playoffs.

THREE’S COMPANY
The Rangers have posted a 12-1 series record in 13 all-time best-of-seven playoff series in which they led three games to one after Game 4.

WINNING HAB-IT
The Blueshirts have won five consecutive road playoff games against the Canadiens, dating back to the Rangers’ first playoff contest at Bell Centre, Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, on Apr. 21, 1996. The Rangers are the second team in NHL history to win five straight playoff games in Montreal (Carolina; May 9, 2002 – May 2, 2006).

ROAD WARRIORS
New York has won four consecutive playoff games on the road, dating back to dating back to Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division Finals on May 9 at Pittsburgh. It is the first time the Rangers have won at least four straight playoff games on the road since a franchise-record, five-game streak from Game 5 of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals on May 9, 1972 against Boston to Game 1 of the Semifinals on Apr. 12, 1973 against Chicago.

KING HENRIK
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. The Rangers goalie set an NHL record with his fifth consecutive win in a Game 7 on May 13 against Pittsburgh. Lundqvist recorded his 41st career playoff win in Game 4 vs. Montreal on Sunday, tying Mike Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff wins list. Lundqvist is the ninth goalie in NHL history to win at least 300 regular season games and 40 playoff games with one team. The Rangers goaltender has started a franchise-record, 84 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. He is the third goalie in NHL history to start 80 consecutive playoff games with one team (Martin Brodeur – New Jersey, Patrick Roy – Colorado). Lundqvist leads the NHL in wins (11), GAA (1.98), and SV% (.931) in the playoffs, and has allowed two goals or fewer in 14 of 18 playoff games this year.

DAN’S THE MAN
Dan Girardi leads the NHL in blocked shots (48) and is tied for third in the league in hits (58) in the playoffs. Girardi enters the contest tied for fourth on the team’s all-time playoff games played list:

NYR ALL-TIME PLAYOFF GAMES PLAYED LIST
2. Don Maloney – 85
3. Ron Greschner – 84
T-4. Dan Girardi – 82
T-4. Brian Leetch – 82

MAC TRUCK
Ryan McDonagh leads all players in assists (five) and points (seven) in the Eastern Conference Finals. He registered four points (one goal, three assists) in Game 1 at Montreal on May 17, tying a team-record for the most points by a defenseman in a playoff game. It was the fifth time a Blueshirts defenseman had recorded four points in a playoff game (Brian Leetch – twice, Brad Park, and Dave Maloney).

GOALS GALORE
The Rangers tallied seven goals in Game 1 against Montreal on May 17, as seven different players recorded a goal. It was the first time the Blueshirts tallied seven goals in a playoff game since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 17, 2007 vs. Atlanta, and the first time they tallied at least seven goals in a playoff game on the road since they had eight in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 8, 1995 at Quebec. It was the first time seven different Rangers tallied a goal in a playoff game since Game 3 of the Patrick Division Semifinals vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 9, 1983.

FINAL FOUR
The Rangers have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in the last three seasons. Since the NHL expanded to a four-round playoff format in 1974-75, this is the second time the Rangers have advanced to the third round twice in a three-year span (1979-1981 – reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979 and the Semifinals in 1981).

INJURIES (13 Man-Games Lost – Playoffs):
• Derek Stepan- (Fractured Jaw on 5/22) – 1

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
• None

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278 Comments

  1. No predictions…no advice..best part of playing deep into the playoffs is Carp’s blog..still guaranteed 3 more game reviews…but we know there’ll be more than that. Team is focused…gotta believe we will be bit smarter about trips to the penalty box. Lots of pressure for the Habs in front of their fans…where disappointment can quickly lead to a free for all in the streets. Pressure on the refs…probably doesnt help our cause. In NY they are anonymous…in Montreal they probably have trading cards. Stay thirsty my friends!

  2. Robby Bonfire on

    A quote from a Yahoo Sports column…”The way Chicago and Los Angeles are playing, the Eastern Conference winner is going to get run over in the finals.”

    Maybe the Rangers can use this for motivation. One thing that can bring a superior team down is over confidence. That will not be the Rangers problem, if they get to the final series. for certain.

  3. Good morning, boneheads!

    I wouldn’t worry about the WC winner as yet. NY has to close this one first. And they have try and to it tonight. No need to give Montreal any confidence. They have serious doubts about themselves despite saying otherwise. The Rangers need to play their game, stay focused, use their weapons.

    Some interesting comments last night. Douglas Murray? Really? I’d love to see Therrein use him tonight. Home run for NY. Emelin, who is a hard hitter, and a much better skater than Murray, barely threw a couple of hits in 4 games. He can’t skate with NY forwards.
    And all of sudden Staal-Stralman is a garbage pair? One of the reason this team is where they are now is because they’ve been as good, and at times better, than the number 1 pair. Keep it together, folks.

    I keep saying, but we are watching a very special team. Enjoy the ride.

  4. Everyone should be talking about the “offseason” and the “blow up” of this roster.

    Calm down folks and RTFU!

    Rangers in 5, THE Pouliot with the GWG!

    LGR!

  5. Admiral Akbar on

    Would like to finish MTL off tonight, get home, rest, and heal up.

    Watching the WCF game last night. The Kings just may be a perfect combination of size, speed, goaltending, coaching, and toughness. They also play clean and play whistle to whistle.

    Scary stuff. Just wish it wasn’t an “LA” team, we would play.

  6. Admiral Akbar on

    All this talk of how the West will roll over the East in the Stanley Cup Finals reminds me of announcer Peter McNab proclaiming in 1994 the Rangers and Devils were basically playing for the Stanley Cup.

    He was right – but man, that was close!

  7. bull dog line on

    about Gaborik. Columbus should be upset about giving him away for nothing. despite some rooting against it, the Rangers got real good value for Gaborik. I know its tough to admit, being wrong so often and all.

  8. If Torts were coaching LA, Gabby would be benched for not blocking enough shots and not throwing enough hits…we forget quickly that Gabby’s skills were not the question when he was traded. Sather could not afford to keep him along with BR and was up against the salary cap

  9. And I think we did solve the “depth” problem with our return on Gabby…all three players have been contributors, even if Jmoops seemed to be the prize at the time, and it has been Brass, Dorsett the the French Poodle who have excelled in their roles to this point.

  10. Let’s win tonight in Montreal and silence those used car salesmen from Quebec! AV has won the battle of words and the battle on the ice…take ’em apart, give them some lessons on wining, and prepare them for the golf course!

  11. He wasn’t part of the trades with Columbus, so I admit probably shouldn’t mention him

  12. Admiral Akbar on

    That’s who I thought you meant – but we didn’t get him in Gaborik trade – he was a free-agent signing, no?

    I prefer the nickname “Pull-out” for Pouliot.

  13. Will STEPON step in tonight? That is a question now…
    Iron mask would scare some…no?

  14. Beat LA!
    Beat LA!
    Beat LA!

    That said, if no one beats LA, they will have completed a remarkable playoff run. Knocking out three of the biggest most skilled teams we’ve seen from one conference in who knows how long. And then they get a breather with the slightly less do EC winner. What a team if they do it. The dreaded championship hangover stopping them and the Hawks from three peating

  15. There is no question LA is a very balanced, admirable team, deserving SC, but let’s take an AV approach and repeated mantra – just concentrate on the next game.

  16. Even if the Rangers fold like a lounge chair, the fact that this playoff run has my young daughters paying attention to hockey and each series’ record makes this a Cup winner for me. They are locked in for life. Acres white and blue disease with know cure. The true Rangers Zombie apocalypse.

  17. Admiral Akbar on

    Nice article in NY Post today by Larry Brooks on the 1994 Game 7, Matteau Game…

    Especially the point in Game 6 after 2 periods with Devils leading 2-1, the Devils players bickering and pointing fingers at one another in the locker room over the Rangers’ first goal.

    Cool stuff.

  18. Gaborik is gone, so is Torts. Time to move on. Brassard has been producing big time two postseasons in a row. J.Moore and Dorsett have been solid in their roles. AV has already taken this team further ( albeit by one game so far :-). We came on top all around.

  19. “WHY NOT US?”

    I have a busy day at work today. How the hell am I supposed to get anything done when I am thinking about the Game at 8pm?

    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!

  20. Let’s play our best hockey tonite and get rid of this dirty, yappy, low class bunch before they hurt any more of our players. Their coach is a piece of crap and a disgrace to the reputation of hockey’s most renowned franchise. P.k. Subban is nowhere near the hockey player that Ryan McDonagh is, although I will admit he can talk up a friggin storm about how great he and his team are. I hate them more than I hate the penguins, didn’t expect that to happen. Best these bums and lets get on to “Final Jeopardy”.

  21. Stranger Nation on

    One shift, One Period, One Game

    Tonight’s the night. Time to shove it right in their arrogant, smug faces up in the ‘Land of Better Days’

    Time to take the training wheels off Nasher. Move your feet big fella, move the puck quick; you would be surprised at what your team mates can accomplish…

  22. I hate this kind of year as a Europansy hockey fan – games are all essentially at 1am, 2am or 3am our time. The NHL gamecenter app coverage is ALL blacked out so i have to watch on WYZIWIG on my laptop which poor picture quality leaves me able to track the puck as well as PK Subban tracks The Kreider.

    Its a shambles! Why, because the NHL sold the rights for the most money they could get to some poorly subscribed satellite sports channel who charge too much for too little coverage, instead of trying to reach the wider audience.

  23. It’s super cool when the Rangers close out a series on home ice. Especially Great for the loyalist of fans, those who hardly miss a game who and spend a large portion of their disposal income while attending. You deserve it!!!

    However, in this one instance, nothing would satisfy me more than closing this particular series out in 5 on the road!!!!!

    (we can close put the finals in game 6 at home)

    Let’s Go Rangers.

  24. UKRanger

    If you have any close friends or family in the states, have them purchase a slingbox for you. Problem solved…

  25. I would not play Stepan tonight. Especially if he is having headaches. Big risk. AV may lose him early and be short a player on the bench as a result.

    Keep everybody fresh. Roll 4 lines.

  26. REPOST

    Douglas Murray is a horrible hockey player and will be in the KHL next year when he doesn’t get an NHL contract.

    Also the Kings hit so much because they struggled early and didn’t have much puck possession. Same in these playoffs. They were dominated in puck possession time by the Sharks, Ducks, and now Hawks. But like the Rangers, they forecheck hard and create turnovers for odd man rushes the other way.

    The only difference is that the Rangers sit back a bit more and play more positionally sounds since they have more front end speed so they want to make it a 200 foot game where as the Kings want it to be a 100 foot game.

    The Rangers don’t need to be physical to win. They need to play smart two-way hockey like they’ve done for the last 4 months. Wanting physical guys just because they hit (which btw, takes them way out of the play and screws up the man to man defense that AV wants them to play) is a complete waste for this system. Trading Staal for a hitting d-man would be worse than the Esposito trade.

  27. REPOST

    I should note too that the Rangers don’t hit as much and as big as people would like because it takes away from their greatest strength, their speed. Big hits take guys out of the play and you lose the advantage of bolting back down the ice on the counter attack. It slows the game down and makes it a grittier game. The Rangers want a fast game where they can use their speed up the middle rather than fighting along the walls. Having guys who just throw big hits takes away from that.

  28. g’morning folks. Haven’t had a chance to chime in the last few days since holiday weekend and all that jazz.

    did everyone have a good extended weekend?

    How’s the Terror/Excitement ratio today?

  29. Matty"WhyNot!!!"Boy on

    Admiral @ 8:08, remember well the feeling of being in the arena and going for ‘refreshments’ after the first (felt like we were done), then, even though down 2-1, for the second intermission, everyone felt the huge momentum swing and felt strongly we were ON OUR WAY!!!

    Never forget the feel of being down 2-1, but knowing we were going to win!!!!!!

  30. Matty"WhyNot!!!"Boy on

    Not expecting Chicago, an ex-champ, to go down so quickly tomorrow at home. That said, that series may not go 7.

    All the more reason we need to be DONE tonight!!! Rest up!!!

  31. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    I have three (3) reasons “Why not Us”:

    A. LA KINGS;
    2. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS; and
    d. Montreal Canadiens.

  32. Well, do you remember a week or so ago everyone was saying :”Nobody beats Chicago in 7″? This is hockey, things change fast. Let’s win one more game and *then* talk about who’s next.

  33. ilb,
    totally agree and wanted to add – for me, this team is by far more fun to watch playing, than that nostalgic, bruised grinders under Torts regime. Isn’t it ultimate fans desire(besides having some hardware, of course?)

  34. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    If we win tonight then Brandon Prust doesn’t play another game this season. That would be nice.

  35. Manny, please, don’t. It’s not very Metal. If not tonight, we definitely will finish them back home. Forever!

  36. If someone needs his jaw to be broken an than fixed in a right way – it is Mr.Prust, without a trust.

  37. Hopefully Les Habs will embrace that typical French tradition of pulling out their “Drapeau Blanc” or standing on the blue line like its the Magineaux Line while The Kreider races in through the gaps like a Panzer at warp speed and blasts away at their Goalie.

  38. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    I wonder how much they have left in the tank. They have looked exhausted in the last few. Wonder if the Habs just roll over tonight.

    I expect them to come out hard in front of their home fans and probably steal this game from us. But Tokarski looked a lot better away from home.

    I really want to shut this out TONIGHT

  39. Stranger Nation on

    _Wanting physical guys just because they hit (which btw, takes them way out of the play and screws up the man to man defense that AV wants them to play) is a complete waste for this system_

    If the defender hits his man and takes him out of the play, hasn’t he eliminated his ‘man’ in the man to man defensive scheme?

    Yes, we do need a physical D man on the second pair which we will learn in the next round if/when we get there as LA is a horrible ‘style’ match for us; much rather play Hawks if we ever get the chance…

  40. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    Go Rangers! Go Hawks! LA is *terrifying*. The thought of closing out this series with Montreal is slightly terrifying too. Gotta get it done tonight.

  41. The entirety of Canada, the league offices and James Dolan are rooting for Montreal tonight. Ha ha ha best jokes to start the day lets go!!!

  42. hmm, you think Dolan would like to risk having no games next round for 1 more game this round?

  43. Stranger – you’d think so, but if the guy misses, he’s wide open. Throwing big hits is high risk/high reward. Plus the point of throwing a check in hockey is just to push the guy off the puck and/or force him to make a bad pass. It’s not to plant him into the first row.

    Also as I said, hitting more means you have less puck possession. The way this team is structured, they need more possession and need to not play along the walls.

    We’re not even close to playing the Kings yet, but the Rangers and Kings match up well because the Kings have up front size and back end speed, where the Rangers clog up their side of the neutral zone and use their speed on the counter attack. The Kings have to be much more scared of the Rangers’ speed than the Rangers do of the Kings size, especially since Quick has issues with skilled offensive teams that can push the pace and move the puck around quickly (i.e. Ducks).

    Either way neither team has advanced yet so let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

  44. Is this a real quote? (via Grantland):

    “Every game is a Game 7 for us now,” said Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien of his team’s plight, “which means we’re totally boned as [Rangers goalie] Henrik Lundqvist doesn’t lose Game 7s.”

  45. Still 3:1 to advance playing a game at MSG. I’m sure Dolan would calc those odds, accept then play a sweet guitar riff.

  46. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp,

    Two things:

    1) Congrats on your McDonagh trade story getting picked up by USA Today.

    2) Maybe now that they are up 3-1, you can include Pittsburgh being up 3-1 in your column?

  47. Doodie Machetto on

    Canadiens in 7, break up day Monday.

    Not that it matters much, as if we win, we will just take our rightful spot of 2012: runners up to the Kings, who cannot be stopped.

  48. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Everyone in the hockey world (at least those I have heard on NHL radio today) expects the Habs to win. It wouldn’t shock me if they did.

    I’m prepared for all scenarios. I was a Boy Scout

    *BE PREPARED*

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    If we win tonight, who goes out to avoid touching the Prince of Wales?

  50. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    Tonight would be a good night for Tokarski to look like a rookie tender

  51. Manny, I was at the Devils-Rangers game 6 and remembering saying to myself after period 2, that there’s no way we could lose like this. There was SO much nervous tension the air. Was at game 7 too at MSG and I will never forget how loud MSG was until Pukin’ scored the goal to tie and how morgue quiet it became. I can still hear the silence. Of course it got loud again in OT2. :) The two greatest hockey games I’ve ever been to.

  52. Doodie – probably Richards. He’s been the de-facto captain since Callahan left.

    Also Messier touched the Prince of Wales trophy. No reason to not touch it.

  53. Doodie Machetto on

    Jonny, I was afraid of that.

    You all know he isn’t getting bought out, right?

  54. I have already begun preparing my mind for game 6. That’s when terror level exceeds any previously.

    Im not even nervous tonight because I don’t see us winning 3 straight in that building with there backs against wall.

    Like u said 2-2 3rd period thurs night game 6 I will be under my seat.

  55. Doodie Machetto on

    I hate that it was Matteau that scored the goals. Guy is such a jerk in person. Why couldn’t it have been somebody nicer?

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    Eric, Bishop was in full equipment for Tampa before game 2 and he was never going to play in that series.

  57. Doodie – you’ve had issues with Matteau? He was pretty nice when I met him. Just randomly chatted after a game and he didn’t seem like too much of a jerk. I guess it depends when you catch someone because I’ve heard stories of Messier and Leetch being jerks too.

  58. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Price is *NOT* playing in this series, eric. Therrien just reiterated that this morning.

  59. Maybe Doodie launched into an anti-SoG rant and Matteau just didn’t feel like listening?

  60. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    SinceFlyersLastCup @SinceFlyersCup
    On this day 39 years ago, the Philadelphia Flyers won their last Stanley Cup. I don’t have anything clever to add, that’s just pathetic.

  61. If everyone loves Montreal they should load up tonight, given its only a -115 line at home.

  62. Stranger Nation on

    _Everyone in the hockey world expects the Habs to win_

    Including the officials…

  63. About that “west conference will run over any team that wins the east” I say if the Canadiens can’t skate with us how will they skate against the WC? At least Rangers can skate and keep up.

  64. I’m actually surprised it took teams this long to shut down Chicago. Seems the eastern conference is more defensive and the kings are the most defensive western conference team. How do you think the rangers won two regular season games vs Chicago? They shut them down, and Lundvqist>Crawford by a mile. It would be tough but the Rangers could compete with them, and they’ve done surprisingly well against overly aggressive/checking teams.

  65. Doodie Machetto on

    Jonny, two summers ago I was on the phone with my season ticket rep, and at the end of the call he’s like “hey, what are you doing tonight?” and gave me free tickets to the harbor cruise with the prospects and a couple of Rangers legends. One of them was Matteau, whose son was just drafted by the Devils. So when I went up to him, I tried to joke around with him about it, and he just completely blew me off and was really offputting. Mrs. Machetto, who is the sweetest person in the world, was with me for the event, and even she commented that he was a total jerk.

    Other legends on the cruise and their behaviors:

    Beuk: SUPER awkward. very nice, but you could tell he hadn’t done much crowd schmoozing.

    Gilbert: Absolute class and a total gentleman. Mrs. Machetto was very pregnant with Doodie Jr. at the time, and even though we had not made our way to him yet, Gilbert comes scooting over to us, puts his hand on her belly and is like “it’s going to be a boy and he’s going to be a Ranger.”

    Graves: the best. Absolutely the best. Joked with us, laughed about the Bay Ridge Honda/Volvo commercial (we were living in Bay Ridge at the time), just never made us feel rushed in talking to him, just always made us feel welcomed.

  66. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    I agree Glitchgoal. It would be tough but if Lundqvist can outplay the bag of holes Crawford then we have more than a chance against Chicago. I don’t know what the game plan is against LA.

  67. Probably a bit different Rob but imo Chicago played a horrible first two periods last night and that’s why the Kings looked unstoppable. They just let players stand in front of Crawford with no resistance and Seabrook looked horrible. What I would be concerned about is defeating their collapsing. They collapse so well the Rangers would need to spread them out.

  68. Doodie Machetto on

    The Kings are actually not a very fast team. They just move the puck very quickly, which makes them seem faster.

    Honestly, most of the bigger contributors on that team are not speedy players.

  69. Ah thanks Doodie. Yeah Graves is the best. The nicest person I’ve ever met. Great guy.

  70. Doodie, you can see the issue there, right?

    “Ha ha, your son just got passed over by a team you still do a lot of public relations work with!”

  71. WBM (c)

    0) Beast Mode Hodor

    1) Richards
    2) Nash
    3) Pouliot
    4) Stralman
    5) Staal (why?)

  72. Doodie Machetto on

    No, it was more like “your son got drafted by the team that is the rival of a team you still do public relations with.”

    It’s not like the Rangers took a different forward. And honestly, his carcillo-y kid was lucky to be drafted in the first round. I was completely unsurprised to learn that kid had attitude problems with his junior team (that Matteau was the assistant coach on).

  73. I refuse to talk about the Kings (or Hawks) until we rap this up. Didn’t the Pens blow a 3-1 lead to us (and looked MUCH more in control than we did after game 4). Let’s win tonight and go from there.

    On Gilbert. Years ago, when the average fan could STILL afford to go to games, my buddy and I bumped into Rod right after he retired. Nicest man. He shook our hands and thanked us for supporting the team. The man truly bleeds Rangers blue.

  74. Bad news: I discovered why *I see square avatars* sometimes, and it suprisingly is not random and has no impact on the outcome of games.

    Good news: I discovered this *before* the Game 4, but didn’t mention it because I didn’t want anyone to *panic* more.

  75. Doodie Machetto on

    My brother bumped into Eddie Giacomin on the street, and after shaking his hand and everything, Eddie says to him “What, you don’t want to take a picture with me?” The guy was so nice he was asking to take pictures with my brother, as opposed to the other way around.

  76. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Anyone have any thoughts on MacLellan and Trotz in Washington?

  77. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Hey *Glitch*: for what it’s worth, Quenneville completely agreed with you. Said the 3rd period killed them last time and the 1st period killed them last night.

  78. Doodie Machetto on

    Plekanec not on the ice for the morning skate. I think he’s got whiplash from when Boyle almost highsticked him.

  79. IT kicked me back to IE9 because of some internet *issues* I was having. The *refresh* and compatibility view buttons are closer together, and I guess I was clicking the *wrong* button while feverishly *refreshing*.

  80. Obviously know nothing about MacLellan but I don’t think its the disaster some people do that they didn’t totally wipe out their front office. Its not like they’re a complete wreck, just a team that needs to fix some stuff.

  81. Doodie Machetto on

    Sensitive how? That you can’t make a joke about it because it’s awesome and amazing that your son was drafted at all, let alone in the first round? And the incredible history between you personally and the team that drafted him? You can’t expect that people will make jokes about it since literally everybody was joking about it from the moment it happened?

    That’s what makes someone a jerk: not being able to laugh at and appreciate life’s little ironies. If he really got upset because someone was joking about it, then he should just never go outside again, because any time anyone ever talks about his son’s career, they will bring that up.

  82. Doodie Machetto on

    Trotz is a great hire. Not so sure about the GM. I think they needed a new voice. I disagree with Mister D’s assessment of the current state of their franchise. I think their roster and salary structure is in complete disarray.

  83. Blueshirtfan77 on

    The importance of tonight’s game can’t be understated. Other than the obvious, its curtains for Montreal if they lose, for the Rangers if they lose this one they will suddenly be the team facing a ton of pressure to close it out at home and avoid a ridiculous third game 7, on the road, in a very unfriendly environment.

    It’s cliche but the first 10 min are so critical, survive that at 0-0 or if possible grab the 1-0 (or more lead) and they are in the drivers seat. If its 1-0 Montreal (which I’m predicting) the road is tough but doable, if its 2-0 Montreal or worse after 10min, time to start thinking about Thursday.

  84. Doodie Machetto on

    I will say that I know nothing at all of the GM. So he could be a genius. I just figure if he’s been learning from McPhee, he probably isn’t.

  85. _I disagree with Mister D’s assessment of the current state of their franchise. I think their roster and salary structure is in complete disarray._

    They have a lot of contracts I wouldn’t want, but my assumption is MacLellan didn’t have veto power over the pro level contracts being handed out. In a non-blow up situation, choosing an internal candidate you really like seems reasonable to me.

  86. Doodie – I think it’s because those guys go to this thing and don’t want to talk about their personal life/family. It’s like some random coming to your office and making a joke about your pregnant wife.

    They usually go to those things just to talk about their career and the current Rangers and get annoyed when people ask about their personal life.

  87. I *strained* a muscle in my lower back picking up a *laundry* basked full of clothes. I’m day to day. Not very *metal*.

  88. ThisYearsModel on

    So, Carey Price practiced in full gear today? Any of the beat writers know if his equipment smelled fishy?

  89. Plus I’d assume it’s an extremely proud moment and he and his family so it wasn’t something he wanted to joke about.

  90. Therrien only thought Stepan wasn’t really hurt because Carey Price isn’t really hurt.

    Well, he is hurt, it’s just his ego…

  91. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Hey *Blueshirtfan77*

    Great to have you on board! Everyone be welcoming.

  92. I just like it:
    The Habs didn’t lose simply because of bad luck.
    They have been beaten by a better team.
    The Habs could have signed St. Louis as a free agent, but they didn’t.
    The Habs could have not traded Ryan McDonagh, but they did.
    The Habs could have held on to Benoit Pouliot, but they didn’t.
    The Habs could have kept Alain Vigneault as coach, but they didn’t.
    There’s no trophy for being the best of a poor lot of crappy Canadian NHL teams.

  93. I think its safe to say you’re rarely on the right side of “what a jerk, s/he didn’t appreciate my joke about them”.

  94. Doodie Machetto on

    Jonny, seriously, all I said was “congratulations on your son being drafted. gonna be a conflict of interest from now on between the Rangers and Devils, eh?”

  95. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Were you making fun of them, Doodie!? *Typical* and potentially *Rigged*

  96. Doodie Machetto on

    Dude, like I said, my wife, who is the absolute sweetest woman on earth, even she said he was a complete jerk.

  97. _I strained a muscle in my lower back picking up a laundry basked full of clothes. I’m day to day._

    I tweaked mine celebrating the Brassard goal then retweaked it, I think, carrying my kid on my shoulders this weekend. Getting older is very cool because physical durability is overrated.

  98. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    I have to agree with you, Doodie, regarding MacLellan. I’m surprised they went in-house on that hire.

    Not surprised about Trotz. I expect them to be a much better team from the net out next season. Scary.

  99. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Also, *Gravy* I’m really sorry to hear about your *injury*. Sucks that it wasn’t more metal but *laundry* can be cool….

  100. Doodie Machetto on

    But I do think the Capitals are a blow-up situation. And it sucks for them because how do you squander Ovechkin’s prime? But they are nowhere near competing for a Cup. They need three defenseman, three top six forwards, including a first liner, and a goaltender.

  101. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    And I agree 100% with *Blueshirtfan77*

    The first 10 mintues tonight is crucial. An early goal could shut the crowd up, horrify Tokarski and make the Habs begin to sulk. Have to play like the LA Kings and never give up and come hard the whole 60 minutes.

  102. I’ve been in bed the past 3 days after pulling my back reaching for the tea kettle. Like Stepan’s chipped tooth from gym class in 4th grade, I dont really talk about it.

  103. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    You must be young, Lev. Those of us that are in their mid 30’s or higher understand how easy it is to pull a back muscle. I actually pulled one laughing.

    The injury probably occurs in a more awesome and *METAL* way but it reveals itself in the wimpiest way possible.

  104. Doodie Machetto on

    I think Mister D can speak on behalf of the advanced stats community why his minus 40 is not very indicative of his even strength play, but largely speaks to the play of his teammates being so bad for so long that it defies belief at how low the chances of that repeating are.

    Also, the fact that Oates basically turned his team into “PP or bust” wasn’t going to help anyone’s plus minus.

  105. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, but he was reaching for a tea kettle. Tea is most definitely lame and *NOT METAL*

  106. Doodie Machetto on

    But in all seriousness, if he can score 50 goals a year, I don’t care about his defense. I want those 50 goals, then I’ll have the rest of my team figure out how to play better defense around him.

  107. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Didn’t Ovechkin go *16* games without an even strength *point*? The Capitals have one plan. Draw penalties and then have Ovehckin score on the PP.

    Remember that game where we took *ZERO* penalties against them?

  108. ThisYearsModel on

    If the Rangers get run over again and come out of the first period tied or ahead, I like their chances. I expect them to play much better in Montreal than they did at home. Clearly, Montreal needs this game to give them the time to allow Carey Price to pull a Willis Reed in an attempt to pull out the series for them.

  109. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, but think about that for a second. 16 games without a point. Not just a goal, a point. How poorly are your linemates playing that you don’t even get a point?

  110. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Pretty poorly. The scary thing is that Trotz might actually move Ovechkin back to his natural side. Scary…..

    Oates was a horrifying and odd moron. Dressed weird and had even weirder theories about coaching.

  111. Does anyone know who the refs are tonight? Let’s hope we don’t get the ones born in Montreal.

  112. bull dog line on

    Trotz is an awful hire for the Caps. and for that I am glad. he is going to have all those offensive minded forwards playing the trap, that should go real well. they will continue there trend of good regular seasons, and early exits from the playoffs.

  113. “Everyone in the hockey world expects the Habs to win”

    I would be very surprised if Montreal wins tonight. The Rangers played their worst game of the series and Montreal played their “best” in Game 4 and the Rangers won anyway.

    That’s as deflating as it can be. This series is over.

  114. It’s a throbbing pain in the top of my Aasen, that sometimes shoots down to the side of my knee. Was sore while getting ready this morning, but seemed to get a little worse after driving in.

  115. Not to mention that the Habs have led for only 2:50 minutes in the entire Eastern Conference finals against the Rangers.

    That’s about the same amount of time the Rangers have had their optimal lineup in this series as well.

  116. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Therrien literally *JUST SAID* that Price will *NOT* play in this series. A few moments ago based on Price taking full practice.

  117. Doodie Machetto on

    bull dog, Trotz can coach offensive players. He just hasn’t been given any for so long that people think he can’t. But back when the team had Kariya they scored a lot of goals. I think they were fourth one year.

  118. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Stepan is also taking line rushes in his usual spot with *Nash* and *Kreider*

    *NO* Lindberg

  119. bull dog line on

    Doodie,
    Trotz got a lot of credit for nothing. the team never grew under him. played a style that kept them in games, and in seasons, but they were never a threat to do any real damage. I am glad he went to the Caps. he will force his system on a team that should be playing more like the Rangers, Hawks, and Habs.

  120. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    *Therrien* states that *if* there is a *Game 7* Carey Price will *not* be an option in net.

  121. In order to come back from 3 games to 1 I’d say you need an all world type performance from your goaltender. I’m not sure Tokarski can provide that right now in his career. I really think the the Rangers will take game 5 tonight. Game 3 seemed like a fluke with all the bounces Canadians got and the Rangers winning game 4 while taking terrible penalties all game and not getting any help the other way gives me some confidence they’ll close it out. Hank also looked like a different goalie in Montreal. Almost unbeatable.

  122. Blueshirtfan77 on

    Thanks for the welcome Manny…nice to be here!

    Also very positive to see Step taking the skate and no Lindberg with JT home and DC suspended pretty likely he plays, not sure he’d be doing rushes with Nash and Kreider if Fast was coming in…

  123. leetchhalloffame on

    Tonight would be the perfect time for Henrik’s first shutout of these playoffs.

  124. Whatchagot there, Graves, is a touch of sciatica. Nerve pinch. Should go away with rest, not exercise.

  125. Coos, muscle strain lifting a -car- laundry basket. If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s resting.

  126. Doodie Machetto on

    To me, it seems like the team that deserved to win has not won any game since game 1. Game 2 we significantly outplayed Montreal but came away with the L. Game 3, we dominated play but somehow still lost. Game 4, we take 8 penalties, so we do not deserve to win in the slightest, yet still come out on top.

    Interesting dynamic to this series as a result.

  127. If you can sleep on your back with a pillow under bent knees, seemed to help me, for what it’s worth. (Driving exacerbated it for me.) Once had it so bad, actually walked with a cane for two weeks a la Bat Masterson.

  128. Of the 64 teams that have fallen behind 3-1 in a conf final or Stanley cup final only one team the 2000 devils rallied against the flyers.

  129. “steveknj
    Manny, I was at the Devils-Rangers game 6 and remembering saying to myself after period 2, that there’s no way we could lose like this. There was SO much nervous tension the air. Was at game 7 too at MSG and I will never forget how loud MSG was until Pukin’ scored the goal to tie and how morgue quiet it became. I can still hear the silence. Of course it got loud again in OT2. :) The two greatest hockey games I’ve ever been to.
    May 27th, 2014 at 9:59 AM ”

    I was also at Game 6 and game 7. While game 6 was amazing, Game 7 (as far as PURE HOCKEY goes) was the greatest Hockey game I have ever seen!

    On a whim, the guys I shared my season tickets with on the day of game six said, “let’s call and see if there are any tickets available?” Think about that. In the midst of an EPIC series with your division rival, when you ARE UP 3-2, we were able to call and get tickets on game day!

    And that my friends says ALL you need to know about NJ Devils fans!

    When Matteau scored, my buddy Lou and I were jumping up and down and hugging each other. We started to fall down. As I was trying to get my balance, I reached out with my hand and grabbed onto the guys arm who sat right in front of us. He was wearing a long sleeve shirt and I ripped the sleeve right off his shirt! LOL!

  130. What is all this BS all over the radio and from amateur (and a few pro) analysts that Richie is the leader of the locker room and de-facto Captain? Gimme a breako.

  131. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    Anybody think it’d be cool if MSL was made a bridge captain with the understanding McD gets it someday?

  132. That’s my thinking, Rob. Marty for next year, then McD for a long time. I could accept McD now.

  133. Stepan’s chin has some *METAL* in it!

    Could he be good to go?

    I can’t imagine what the next hit in the head would feel like, if he takes one.

  134. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    I read that the *best* sleeping position for an injured back is fetal position with a pillow *between* your legs.

  135. Coos – Let Richie be the “locker room” captain this year, let him be the Conn Smythe winner in the next series this year, let it be….. let it be.

    He still won’t be here NEXT year :)

  136. Doodie Machetto on

    I have not. But flip around what I said and it’s still right. They were better in game 2, but we still got the W.

    And as I’ve said many, many times: I’m an idiot.

  137. If the Rangers were smarter, they would have given CarBomb an ‘A’ so he could legitimately argue rule interpretations with the officials. (s)

  138. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    That happens, Doodie. This whole series kind of just blends together in my head. Like a smoothie.

  139. Doodie Machetto on

    Just to show you my luck, BTW, the past two games I’ve been to were game 4 against Pitt and game 3 against MTL.

  140. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Jerry Remy’s son just plead guilty to murdering his girlfriend with a knife. I know he’s a Red Sox guy and all but Jerry Remy is an awesome commentator, a seemingly good guy and that really stinks for him.

  141. I love when Manny says “Welcome, BallBuster! You should come around more often.”

  142. Doodie Machetto on

    Any word on Carcillo’s appeal? The NHL was supposed to use “best efforts” to hear it before today’s game.

  143. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    How is life going, Ilb? How are you feeling today? Confident? Has the little one predicted a win?

  144. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Hey, Coos. The group of morons we have here gets a bit stale sometimes. I love the new life thrown into it when it’s a REAL person.

  145. And what is this, a medical blog? Coos is treating sciatica, Manny specializes on back injuries? What we do need, is a *cardiologist*. Especially at around 8:10 pm.

  146. I’m fascinated by Kenny Albert travel schedule.

    Chicago Wednesday New York Thursday LA Saturday New York Sunday LA Monday Montreal Tuesday Chicago Wednesday.

  147. Manny, the little one told she doesn’t mind being woken up every time they score so long as the win. Her mom, however, has a different view.

  148. Will Fast or Lindberg get the lucky break tonight?

    Or will Step keep them in the “sky box”?

  149. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    I know a *TON* about cardiology. What do you want to know?

    Which reminds me. I have to call my *cardiologist*

  150. _I think Mister D can speak on behalf of the advanced stats community why his minus 40 is not very indicative of his even strength play, but largely speaks to the play of his teammates being so bad for so long that it defies belief at how low the chances of that repeating are._

    4th worst PDO relative out of 435 qualified players (62+ games). Lots of bad luck, both with his teammates scoring and with the scoring against while on ice.

    (And this isn’t “well, maybe its something he’s doing” … there’s no correlation year to year. Last year he was a positive relative player.)

  151. Actually, I was prohibited by my cardiologist to watch Rangers games, unless after they lead 7:2…

  152. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Well. I don’t want to wish anything ill on your wife, Ilb. But I really hope the Rangers score enough to win.

  153. Sioux

    There is no time now for lindberg. Don’t need kids in diapers playing in these moments. Fast for 7-8 mins with St. Louis Kreider double shifting is more then enough.

  154. @AGrossRecord

    AV says a lot has to happen before Stepan cleared for tonight. Team wants to see how he reacted physically to skate.

    @AGrossRecord

    AV makes it clear decision will be made by team’s medical staff, not by Stepan.

    so he will talk to Rammer?

  155. Is there a sight more heart-rending that seeing a picture of Sioux holding a forty of Moosehead and watching his igloo melt away?

  156. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    *NO* Lindberg please. None. No. Absolutely not. No.

    LMGO, Coos.

  157. I really don’t think it matters, but you have to think Fast would play over Lindberg. Fast is well Fast and Montreal’s D is *very* slow.

  158. Rangers WIN Tonight!

    Step back would be huge, but something tells me they could still win with Fast in tonight?

    Can always double the hot forward, Hags could even handle a few shifts.

  159. Manny I say drop Lindberg between Nash & Kreider.

    Make it interesting. Let the Sweden “MVP” light it up, how do you know he won’t pull a Stepan and get a hat trick the 1’st game out :)

  160. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Will Kreider yet again be eligible for the Calder next season while Cam Talbot is not?

  161. Seen Doug Murray play in college…he is one solid individual…and can lay a world of hurt on someone–especially if their head is down…on the upside..no one ever confused him with Eric Heiden!

  162. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    No, Sioux. No. No. No. Not under any circumstances!

    Maybe Vigneault does that. But if HORRIFIES me

  163. That’s right THE was still in the Calder Race, as the “rookie”.

    I say Lindberg should get the go. So we can keep everything else the same :)

  164. 3rd year in the playoffs and still a rookie…how does the NHL define virginity?

  165. TSN 690 reporting that Stepan looked good in practice and it seems like he will play, they just need to clear it with doctors and Stepan himself. Nothing official though.

  166. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Stepan playing has to be a HUGE lift to the team. Especially when some idiot on Montreal goes after him because “hockey is a small world” and “they know where he’s injured” or whatever.

  167. I’m not sure we need Step right away.

    I would like to see the jaw heal, for the finals. If he takes a big hit, I’m afraid he would be gone for the season.

  168. TSN: “Step will play if doctors clear him, he agrees, and if AV decides to use him.” This is news?

  169. BTW–Doug Murray’s goalie in college..none other than our own David LeNeveu!

  170. Doodie Machetto on

    Mrs. Machetto did not react kindly to me screaming when the Rangers score, so I have to channel my energy differently. The end result is what can only be described as the whitest tribal dance in history.

  171. Doodie Machetto on

    Doodie Jr. not only has to contend with my voice, but then Doggie Machetto starts barking if I yell.

  172. I don’t care who starts at Center.

    But he better stay out of the box!!!!

    That last game was ridiculous!

    D.Moore & Pouliot better get smart in a hurry.

  173. Is Wings’ prospect Anthony Mantha the son of former Jet Mo Mantha, with his legendary moustache?

  174. I think matteau was pi$$ed that the rangers didn’t take his kid (still think they should have) and he still is.

    SN
    Couldn’t agree more! Object is, if at all possible, knock the puck carrier on his butt and seperate him from the puck. The further away from the puck he is and the longer he is on his butt, the longer that player is NOT a threat to score.

    If you cannot knock him on his butt, then “interfere” with him as best you can, but putting him on his aasen is the optimum play.

    And yes, for those of you who think this is figure skating, sometimes players miss but we still have goalies in the nhl.

  175. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Today’s *METAL* selection comes to us from Sir Christopher Lee. You may know him as Dracula or you may know him as Scaramanga from the Bond film _Man with the Golden Gun_ or you may know him as Sauraman the White from Lord of the Rings. Regardless, you know that he’s an elderly British Actor.

    He is also a Metal Vocalist putting out historical *METAL* albums using Symphonic Metal as a background. Today’s selection is known as *Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross*

    http://open.spotify.com/album/1yyqaZ2cUJ70gl4GgawTi6

  176. _Don’t make fun of the pull ups. Came in handy at pool yesterday with my son._

    My daughter’s pride in wearing hers is the cutest thing in the world. Pullups rock.

  177. Lots of minutes being asked of DMoops. Like a six furlong horse being entered in the Belmont. Like his guts, though.

  178. Stepan is tied for 2nd in the playoff scoring department, only MSL is ahead of him with 13 pts.

    He’s that important.

    He wouldn’t be out there if he didn’t think he would go.

    Right?

  179. Don’t know if my manager would take kindly to me laying down in the fetal or any other position :)

  180. Mrs Eric kicks me out of house and sends me to my dad’s house 5 mins away so I don’t scream and wake up my son.

    Problem is my dad’s internet is horrific and can barely blog when I go there.

  181. Is there a doubt in anyone’s mind that Torts will sabatoge the Rangers’ parade like Bluto at Faber’s homecoming?

  182. Doodie Machetto on

    I love that Christopher Lee realized how epic his voice is and just started making metal with it.

  183. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    That’s *Sir* Christopher Lee to us, Doodie! He’s the man, right? I just learned about all this. He even won an award as a *METAL* Singer.

    This Washington press conference is *awful*

  184. Matteau admittedly had a huge moment here, but other than that, his name would be lost in the netherworld.

  185. IF the Rangers and Kings play in the Finals, the Rangers MUST stay out off the sin bin. The kings are scoring 40% when they get on a power play vs Chicago.

    Gabby has 10 goals in the playoffs.

    The KING vs the Kings! What a show it will be.

    First things first. Win tonight!!! Get a week of rest, while the west goes to WAR with each other.

  186. Just to take it a step further, the only reason guys get past the D men is because someone tried to throw a hit and missed…I mean not blown coverages or just a great play by an offencive player, only physical players missing hits cause goals (S)

    Sometimes a portion of you make me wonder…

  187. bull dog line on

    27 years ago on a date with my future wife, I explained to her that she was not my first love, the Rangers were. she was good with that. fast forward a few years. the Rangers are playing the Islanders in game 5 looking to finish them off. my wife goes out shopping, on the way home she turns on the game on the radio. hears that a 5 to 1 lead has turned into a 6 to 5 lead. instead of coming home, my wife drives around the block over and over again till the game ended and the Rangers had won. she did not want to be the reason they lost. you guys waking up your kids, and being asked to leave during games, need to explain to your wife who your true love is. they will understand. going on 25 years with my wife, and she still understands.

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