Game 6: Rangers-Canadiens in review


Click here to see Josh Thomson, 26’s story about the Rangers’ clincher last night.

Click here to read my column, which was kind of stymied by deadline, on the Rangers reaching the Cup final.


1) “Alain,” the question began, “if somebody told you in October you’d be playing in the Stanley Cup final in June, what would you say?” Vigneault thought back to October, the bad training camp, the worthless trip to Banff and ridiculous preseason, then the 2-6 start to the season-0pening nine-game road trip and he smiled. “In October?” he said. “I would probably have asked them what they were smoking.”

2) I might take it a step further. What would you be smoking if you told me or him or anybody that the Rangers would still be standing after Game 4 against Pittsburgh? I thought all along that this was a good team. I said going into the playoffs that its only hope was to get in, hope Marc-Andre Fleury has a meltdown and somebody else beats Boston. But I still thought that during the Philly series, the survivor was playing for the right to play maybe five more games.

Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers - Game Six

3) Frankly, I didn’t think this team had this kind of onions. And let’s not kid ourselves, this hasn’t been easy or smooth. When the Rangers have hiccuped they have coughed up hairballs, just been dead awful. But when they’ve needed to win? Big as the building. Bigger.

4) That game last night, that huge game, that massive hurdle, was one of the best games they played all year. Probably their best of these playoffs. They gave Montreal nothing. Their calling card for success all year, especially since December, has been defense, depth and goaltending. And, boy oh boy, did they run down that checklist in Game 6 of the ECF, a textbook 1-0 win during which there was very little pressure from the Habs’ offense, and virtually none once the Rangers got the lead.Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers - Game Six

5) The bottom line in this series was that when the Rangers played their game, Montreal had no shot. If they played the way they played in Game 6, they could have won four in a row. Or seven in a row. Or pick any number in a row. They didn’t play that way for a lot of the series. They dominated Game 1. They withstood Game 2 behind Henrik Lundqvist. They were probably the better team by a little, but lost Game 3 on a hop in OT. They were probably a little worse in Game 4 and won in OT on a gigantic breakdown and a great shot by Martin St. Louis. They were God-awful in Game 5. BTW, I don’t believe Carey Price would have changed the outcome in any one of those games.

6) So now what? I always wondered what this place would be like if this ever happened. But I thought that, though they were improving as an organization, that ship for the time being sailed in 2012. Can they beat Los Angeles or Chicago? Can they win four more? Why the hell not? They’re probably going to have to defend like that throughout, and bring that kind of will. They’re probably going to need more from Rick Nash and more from St. Louis because they will be out-skilled. And if they have games like 3, 4 and 5 in this series, they won’t beat either team. But why the hell not?

7) Been putting that fourth line on a pedestal since before the Yankee Stadium games, before Derek Dorsett’s injury and Daniel Carcillo’s arrival. Man, is it ever a force. That late second-period shift was going to be a great one even if they didn’t score. But Dorsett flew in on the forecheck. Brian Boyle and Dominic Moore were relentless down low. And Ryan McDonagh (McMonster in this series) saw a chance to get in on the play and made it happen. McMonster to Boyle to Moore, who slid into a scoring position (paying attention, Rick Nash?) and beat the kid goalie. Just a fabulous shift.

Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers - Game Six8) And of all the people I felt for after the game, it was Dominic Moore and his story, losing his wife in January of ’13 and coming home to the Rangers after sitting out the short season. And it was for Martin St. Louis, who must have bottomed out when he got off that plane in Pittsburgh, having been booed the night before, and learning about his mom. Two great stories. And another is Derek Stepan, who broke his jaw in Game 3, had surgery the next day, missed a game for the first time in his career, and came back with that mask on. He had words with Brandon Prust on the ice in Game 6, and in the handshake line the two had a long hug and a chat. Stepan said some interesting things afterward. Click here for some of it, or scroll down to the audio below.

9) Henrik Lundqvist. Yeah, we haven’t gotten to the guy who broke Mike Richter’s team record for career playoff wins and tied Richter’s record for shutouts (with, what, seven years left), who wasn’t terribly busy, but was pretty darn great anyway, after that bummer of a Game 5 in which he was yanked in Montreal (see his transcript in the post-game notes below, or listen to his audio). How ’bout that Hasek-like save on Thomas Vanek shot that hit Dan Girardi’s stick and floated toward the crossbar, Lundqvist dropping his stick and making a windmill save with his blocker? My God. And how cool was he in the final minute, 6-on-4, soccer-heading a shot up into the netting for a stoppage? Another thing he did really well was, whenever the Rangers needed a breather, he caught and/or smothered the puck. And has anybody else noticed that his glove hand, by and large, has been much better in these playoffs? Best player on the team, most important, and he came through big-time.

10) I thought early on, though the Rangers were off to a fast start, there were a couple of shifts when they fought bouncing pucks. I thought St. Louis was bailed out a couple of times by Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin, for example. But as the game went on, St. Louis was terrific. The Derick Brassard line, with Mats Zuccarello and Benoit Pouliot had its best game of the series. So did Stepan’s line, with Nash and Chris Kreider, who had a superb game. And of course, Moore’s line. Shift after strong, smart shift, starting with that kill of Richards’ penalty to open the third up 1-0.

11) So Prust, who was serenaded by the Garden faithful, gets a penalty for slashing Anton Straman’s legs, but doesn’t get one for a very late, deliberate head shot that breaks Stepan’s jaw? New game, new rulebook. But by and large, I thought the officials in Game 6 let the boys play a bit and called what needed to be called. They didn’t go for it when Brian Gionta was busy embellishing as he ran into Lundqvist and took a goalie interference penalty. They were fooled once by the Faker, Tomas Plekanec, who after this series should be ashamed of himself. Like a lot of Canadiens. Vanek couldn’t even get on the ice on the 6-on-4 at the end. Says a lot about his series.

Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers - Game Six12) I thought Raphael Diaz handled himself very well jumping in for John Moore, on a pair with a guy who had a tremendous series, Kevin Klein. And guess what? Diaz will play Game 1 of the final, which means, if the Rangers win it, the ex-Hab gets his name engraved on Stanley.

13) Gotta give it up to AV again, for getting his guys’ focus back, getting the lost discipline back, telling them to just play the way they play and they’ll be fine. They did and they were. Whatever happens over the next two weeks, he’s done one heck of a job. He really has.

14) Daily Nash-O-Meter. Hey, he came out of the gate like it was Columbus. Engaged early. Very, very good defensively and on the PK. Missed the net 3-on-1 Ugh. Came out of the series with three goals. Not bad. They are going to need him, obviously. And they’re going to need him to play the way Marian Gaborik is playing for LA, and going to the net like Gaborik and Dominic Moore.

15) How awesome was it to see Alex Kovalev in ’94 championship hat and, when the camera was on him, he unzipped his jacket and had on a ’94 championship T-shirt. My column led with that because Kovalev was the last ’94 Ranger to retire, last year at 39, after 14 games with Florida. That’s how long it’s been. Kovalev was a baby in ’94.

16) Talking to a lot of people from other teams throughout the league. Every one of them was rooting for the Rangers.  … all of them hate the way the Habs conducted themselves in these playoffs, and most think Michel Therrien is obnoxious. I couldn’t agree more. That team and its personality being booted and this team and its personality moving on are the best thing that could have happened for the game. And NY vs. LA or Chi isn’t going to hurt the ratings, either.

My Three Rangers Stars:Montreal Canadiens v New York Rangers - Game Six
1. Dominic Moore.
2. Henrik Lundqvist.
3. Brian Boyle.
Kenny Albert’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Dominic Moore.
2. Henrik Lundqvist.
3. Ryan McDonagh.
Josh Thomson, 26’s Three Rangers Stars:
1. Henrik Lundqvist.
2. Ryan McDonagh.
3. Dominic Moore.
Your poll vote for Three Rangers Stars:
1. tie, Henrik Lundqvist and Dominic Moore.
2. Ryan McDonagh.
3. Brian Boyle.

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  1. As usual, brilliant recap of a brilliant effort. A 1-0 game that was really a downsizeed 5-0 victory. Guess Gionta was right about Rangers looking tired- he just had the teams mixed up. Also, was I just punchy after winning – I swore that when Moore went to shake Plekanec’s hand- that TP threw his head back trying to draw one more minor- think the ref’s arm flinched. Gotta let this sink in- what a run!

  2. Inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    Carp – I think you slowly are becoming a kind of …um… fan?
    Great review. Especially # 16. I’ve kind of liked the Canadiens because of their history, way of play and passionate fans. No more.

    Wow- just wow. What a team effort! That fourth line – stellar!

    Manny: One of our daughters came home with a new boyfriend last night. He loves *METAL.*

    That has to be a good sign, eh?

  3. Good morning, boneheads!

    Carp, I mentioned during the Go Time thread that you would probably talk about last night’s game because it was the best game they’ve played so far. And you described it in your #4 perfectly.
    Something clicked with this team. I know they’re going into SCF being heavy underdogs, but one can’t deny that this is a special team. They are together, and they play for each other. They’re focused, and they have veteran leadership augmented by the addition of MSL. There are plenty of good stories to come out of this run. And it isn’t over. I don’t think for a second that they are going to be an easy out against whoever they play next round. Not for a second. Enjoy the ride!

  4. Mrs ilb doesn’t really watch hockey, or any sport for that matter. She’d come with me to MSG occasionally, but doesn’t really understand this sport. But she knows what’s important. She usually goes to bed at 10. Last night she was waiting quietly upstairs ( I had no idea ) until the game was over and I screamed in joy. She came down with tears in her eyes, happy for me. I think this girl is a keeper.

  5. Boy, was Montreal gassed last night. They were talking about their defense being a step slow, but I think the whole team was. No coincidence that their best fowards were Briere and Vanek last night. Both played very limited minutes in the previous 5 games. Goes to show how important it is to have depth, and being able to use 4 lines and 3 D-pair successfully. Props to AV for believing in his troops, and to the management for having this team the way it is.

  6. ***Staal Wart*** on

    Carp absolutely agree on the Habs clown show.
    What a disgrace with all the acting jobs…felt like I was watching soccer….

  7. gregm_oldsection403 on

    I’m a little torn here. Do i feel bad for Capt. Cally, who is missing this run because he overplayed his hand in his negotiations with Sather (which forced a trade)? Or am I happy with the trade, since we wouldn’t be in the SCF without the trade for MSL and everything that happened since?

    Sorry, Cally, i love you as a player, but everything happens for a reason.

  8. Ilb, great story about your wife’s reaction. Keeper, no doubt.

    Carp, great review as always. Sorry you won’t be able to tee it up until July!

    We’re in folks!! What a game. What a win. They earned it, we deserved it.

    So hungover, why is everything so loud?

  9. Great Win! I don’t post much but love reading this blog.

    Hope AV is not out looking for another job…lol


  10. Carp…another guarantee of four more game reviews…and possibility of seven…hockey in June..doesn’t get any better than this. I have never seen better 60 minutes of Ranger defensive hockey…never. St Louis chasing PK Slewfoot all over the side boards….and coming away with the puck…priceless! A few games back I said that the players play for us..but I was wrong..just like Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Vinny…agreeing with Vinny Gambini…my case didnt hold water…I was flat out wrong! They indeed play for each other..that has to be #1…we are invited along for the ride. Someone quoted one of the Rangers as saying everyone is playing hurt this time of the year..and he was surprised that some of the guys were even able to walk. When this is all over..I think we are just going to be amazed what these guys are enduring to play for the cup. Whoever they play wont be a smaller, less physical team than the Thank You ALL for for your play to date…and stay thirsty..because nothing will ever quench that thirst like a drink from The Cup!
    BTW…I stopped in at Rangerstown yesterday..really nice..autographs and pics with Stephane Matteau and Rob Greschner…lot more… if you have a chance..give it a go…WE WANT THE CUP!

  11. I’m currently conducting a series of final exams to my med students and medical residents. Something tells me that they will do very well. At least until Wednesday :-).

  12. Has anyone heard from Eric since last night or I should I start calling and make inquires to local hospitals? :-)

  13. Oh….I forgot to say something about the effort of The Habs..nah nah nah nah…nah nah nah nah…hey hey hey Goodbye! Worst display of what hockey is all about..played out on National TV…nice work! Your loss is justice in action…

  14. The last time the Rangers made me this happy was ’94. I was at a bunch of games including all 3 in NJ. Will never forget the messier 3rd period hat trick as long as I live!

    That team was “expected” to win the cup, it was still amazing. This team was not and they are just an unexpected and wonderful treat. Play like they did last night and they’ve sure as hell got a chance! Bring the cup home boys – let’s go rangers!!!

  15. Sweet ilb…you must know some of my son’s close friends..Cornell undergrad and the med school…my son went Cornell..then Buff..just finishing his fellow up at BIDMC in Boston…but a huge Ranger fan who turned me onto Rick and this blog…and came into NY to watch the OT victory last Sunday with his Dad…btw..Mrs.JHW…has vacated the livingroom and the big TV so I can enjoy the game…but comes out periodically to see if my red face has progressed to a stroke or heart attack…esp if the score is not in our favor…
    Also my cousin has one if the Chairs at Georgetown Med..and he is from Montreal..if u know anyone there..we will chat further….LGR!

  16. Norm Merton on

    Changing my franchise idea from Coffee ‘n’ Carp to Crack ‘n’ Carp, for this morning anyway. Great summary.

    At the final whistle blew last night, I gave a silent scream with my wife upstairs asleep (graveyard shift this AM). I may be a keeper.

  17. I have never ever witnessed such unabashed optimism and unbridled positive comments on this blog since joining…and that includes Carp. What a love fest! Not one comment mentioning Uncle Glennie…the team must have done something right last night? Yikes! Yeah…LGR! That being said, great writeup, nonetheless, Carp!

  18. bull dog line on

    after game 4 of the Pitt series, I thought Nash was done as a Ranger. for Nash to play the way he played since then says an awful lot about him.
    leadership after Callahan was traded made a big difference. Richards deserves a lot of credit for that.

  19. bull dog line on

    Sather did one heck of a job this year. MSL, Diaz, Pouliot, and Klien. plus the moves made last year. well done by Sather.

  20. Canadiens looked totally defeated long before the final buzzer…Rangers to a man were playing AV’s plan as well as any team could be expected to execute…game that will be watched in re-runs and talked about for many years…some great personal triumphs, as well. How this team’s character gelled at playoff time was unpredictable and amazing…LGR!

  21. bull dog line on

    left out Carcillo. which also was a good move. I also believe that Carcillo is going to be a Ranger next year. coaches seem to like him, and he played much better than anybody thought he would.

  22. Is this really happening? At game last night. Surreal. Habs fans were genuinely impressed with the rangers. Cannot even express my joy. Cannot believe this is happening.

  23. repost:

    Congratulations Rangers fans. I am so happy for EVERYONE involved here…Carp & all the commenters. This is just incredible. A lot of you have been here for a long long long time…day in, day out, trying to fix this team…somehow…we are in the Stanley Cup Finals.

    and I don’t care how much Rick C. says he’s not a fan.

    We all know Carp is a Rangers fan and he’s juiced on this.

    Thanks for everything, Carp.

  24. gregm_oldsection403 on

    Carp, is it still to soon to compare McDonagh to Leetch? Many similarities…

  25. I said to my son late in the first period, you watch, the fourth line is going to score the first goal, probably D. Moops (yeah, we walk around calling the Moore’s Moops and THE Kreider, and McMonster, thanks guys :) ). And sure enough….

    I feel I’ve been right about this team ALL season. Been saying here and other places, that this team will start slow and it’s going to take about half the season to learn the system….check

    Been saying that only team that we could beat every team in the East but Boston…and we didn’t have to play them…check

    That we REALLY don’t need a team of big bangers to win in the playoffs, that speed kills, that you can’t hit what you can’t catch…that this team has more onions than you think…check

    That Hank is worth the money….check

    That this team going to the finals (and maybe winning the Cup) is worth the 1st rounder we gave up for MSL! check!

    Team reminds me MUCH more of the ’79 team (which MSG showed before the game last night), with younger guys like Gresch, the Maloneys, Murdoch, etc. and the older vets like Espo, Vadnais, Vickers, Tkachuck. And both teams made unexpected runs for the Cup and the city fell in love with them. Hopefully the eventual outcome will be different.


  26. Robby Bonfire on

    Interesting stat at Carl Hagelin was on the ice for 4 Rangers 5-on-5 shots on goal, but while he was on, the Candiens got 15 shots, 5-on-5, on the Rangers goal.

    On the other hand, when Chris Kreider was on the ice, the Rangers got 84% of the shots on goal.

    Markov of Montreal was their worst full-strength player, the Habs got just 21 per cent of the shots on goal, with Markov out there.

    This, to me, is an interesting stat. Really don’t know all it’s implications, yet, however.

  27. Carp, your review was as good as the game! I think you outdid yourself with that one.

    I was choked up last night. My oldest daughter (who will be 21 in August) is doing a semester abroad in the Galapagos Islands. One of my proud accomplishments as a Dad is that she is as big of a Ranger fan as I am! She has loved the team since I took her to a game for the first time when she was 7 years old. Unfortunately her first favorite player was Theo Fleury! ;-) What she reminded me as we messaged back and forth was that she was pooping in diapers the last time the Rangers were in the Stanley Cup Finals! Unreal.

    I really could not be prouder as a fan of the effort that team gave last night. They were in TOTAL lockdown mode. I thought that they would be tempting fate with yet another Game 7 and was terrified of that possibility. Montreal and their crowd make that building a very tough place to play in. The fans at MSG were up to the task last night. The building sounded like VINTAGE MSG.

    There are so many players who stood out. I thought Matts Zuccarello in particular (and that whole line) were just outstanding! Chris Kreider was in BEAST mode. He might be the strongest player the Rangers have ever had. He pushed and checked a couple guys last night and then went down like they were school kids. How about MSL? The heart of a LION! I was really skeptical about the trade. Loved Cally and thought he had heart too. But, how do you question that trade now? There is no way we are where we are without MSL. Also, (and I can’t believe I am saying this, as I have been very negative about him) but, I think Brad Richards has been a key contributor on the ice and in the locker room. (I won’t say anything about his status until after the season is over). How about Kevin Klein for MDZ? I was critical of that one too. But Klein has been fantastic! Another good move by Sather. All the pickups.. Pouliot, Dom Moore (what an inspiration that guy has been), and even depth moves like Diaz and Carcillo were excellent. Sather deserves props!

    There are so many I am not mentioning up and down the line who as Carp said showed TREMENDOUS ONIONS! Think about it, this team by coming back from a 3-1 deficit accomplished a feat no other Ranger team could achieve in their 88 year history. For that alone, I will always love this group!

    I must mention Henrik Lundqvist. Maybe the most focused and mentally tough athlete I have ever seen. The combination of skill and fierce competitiveness is quite the combination… WHY NOT US INDEED!

    Lastly, Ryan McDonagh. At 24 years of age, this kid VASTLY outplayed (and I mean VASTLY) Norris Trophy winner PK Slewfoot.

    I have been a fan of Carp and this blog for years. I was always a lurker who didn’t really participate (especially in the game threads). I decided to try participating in the “It’s go time” threads and am absolutely hooked. A great bunch of insane fans who make me laugh like hell!

    Is Eric already predicting a defeat in the Stanley Cup Finals???

    Today is my Birthday, and last night, I got the best present a guy could ask for!





  28. Carp, great write up. I’m on such a high, trying to take this all in. 20yrs since I felt this great! Enjoying the ride!

  29. Anyone with links to Kovalev pictures? Or Montreal writers’/bloggers’ reactions and excuses?

    Give me something people, I got the shakes and I need it bad

  30. Who gets traded first? Price or Tokarski? And how does that affect the Talbot decisions?

  31. Sioux-per-man on

    I had a dream last night that we are going to the Stanley Cup Finals. . . Pinch me.

    Fantastic review Carp!

    I believe this is going to be a special series, and if Hen-rik can play 4 games like last night, our boys have more than a punchers chance to drink out of Lord Stanley.

  32. Not one of those days to discuss different plays, but I thought this one tells a lot about this team’s focus and on ice awareness. Look at the GWG. McD slides down deep behind the net to help the cycle, leaving the L point unattended. Dorsett gives him the puck, but has no desire to cover the L point for McD. He, instead, goes right to the net. Why? Look at Canadiens. The can not skate because they ran out of gas. Pacioretty, who would the only possible threat up high, can barely make a circle. Ditto Boullion who couldn’t skate at all and all he could do is try and intercept Boyle’s pass with his stick.

  33. Now we know why the Hab-nots were trying so hard to score another ENG in game 5…because they knew it would be their last goal of the season!!! Stat-padders!!!

  34. Wildplaces: “I have never ever witnessed such unabashed optimism and unbridled positive comments on this blog since joining”.

    Well, allow me to rain on the parade a little.

    Based on the way the Western conference final has been going, we definitely want CHICAGO to win it just like we wanted Montreal to beat Boston. Los Angeles seems to be getting very hot just like they did when they won the Cup two years ago. I don’t like the Rangers’ chances against LA.

    Also, if the Rangers end up winning the championship it will be sad that two players won’t be there to raise the Cup: Ryan Callahan, and to a lesser extent Brandon Dubinsky.

    Last but not least, you better believe it that the ghost of John Tortorella is still with this team. Their discipline and toughness comes directly from his years as the team’s coach. AV was lucky to inherit a team with these qualities. If the Rangers win the Cup, we should all tip our hats to Torts for laying a very solid foundation.

  35. Torts will crash the podium at City Hall just like the idiot who assaulted Brad Pitt and crashed those other red carpets

  36. That was the most pleasurable 1-0 game I have ever seen the Rangers play. Of course, there was tension knowing one bad bounce could undo everything. But, how nice to see the Rangers skate and pass and pressure. Well executed.

    LGR! So proud of this team.

  37. Which hab cried himself to sleep with Pierre in his arms, softly caressing his head?

  38. “ilb2001
    Happy 26th, Yev!

    May 30th, 2014 at 8:12 AM”

    LOL!!! If only……..

  39. Now it’s OUR gold medal Olympian who has a chance to win the Cup in the same year

  40. Another great win to watch and another great review to read! Great comments this morning as we all cherish this journey. Wow! This team is easy to love as they go about their business. I’d like to know more about how the coaching staff preps our boys for a game like this. Confidence, focus and teamwork make an unbeatable cocktail. Wow, this is great!!

  41. Carp just woke up behind the bar at the Triple Crown….what the? Where am I? Man, that was some dream…and why is this quarter stuck to my face?

  42. Sioux-per-man on

    I just want to say HOW HAPPY I am for all of you Boneheads!

    Does a Friday start out any better?

    CARPe Diem.

    Now raise your coffee cup. . . To the Boneheads:)

  43. This place is bubbling over with schmaltz this morning, but it’s war paint that we’ll need versus the West. That and a lot of BenGay

  44. Iwanna…

    You realize that if Chicago comes back, wins 3 straight against LA, THEY will be the hot team coming out of the west. I want Chicago too, only because I think we win the Goalie battle there, and I don’t see Crawford stealing a game like Quick might. But I fear both teams and we will be underdogs…Doesn’t mean we can’t pull off the upset.

    Also, this is a team that AV put his stamp on. I will give Torts credit om the way they understand when to play defense first, but the team plays a VASTLY different style than they did under Torts and one built for long runs in the playoffs. Torts team would have been done at 3-1 in the Pittsburgh series with half the team benched. And I love coaches he leave lines together. That leads to continuity, and you could see it last night.

  45. It’s a beautiful day oh oh oh oh oh. Listened to U 2 song at least dozen times this morning.

    I cried I really did in my seat. Four more wins I may not stop.

  46. Can’t GIVE away tickets to the ledge this morning…although there’s a Habs jersey hanging from the drain pipe…over there… :)

  47. Norm Merton on

    Great point, ilb. I picture McD whispering to Girardi on his way in, “I’m going to go score now; you OK watching Gallagher and Pacioretty while I’m gone?”

    Girardi: “In my sleep.”

  48. Woman behind me turned to my dad and asked if I was having a nervous breakdown she was worried. I may have had a little one.

  49. Norm Merton on

    Watching that one-and-only Montreal grade-A again, what a great sliding stick by Girardi to stop the pass across (which shot Lundqvist might have saved anyway, but still…) It would have been an own goal and bad luck, but Hanka, Hanka, Hanka bails him out. Lundqvist bails out Girardi bails out Staal!

  50. Thanks, MattLear, for the Kovalev link. That may be the greatest sports pic I’ve ever seen. He came from us!!! If he was 19 again in today’s NHL, he’d score 50 every year and go to the HoF. Born too soon for him and his wallet, but just in time for us back then.

  51. “Why the hell not” LOL thank you, Carp, that’s the perfect motto for this playoff season. It felt like Christmas morning when I woke up and remembered!

    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. very surreal feeling this morning… av said it best, thinking back to the first half of the year, what would any of us have said if we were told this team was gonna play for the cup?

    great game played by the boys, hats off to the coaches for gameplan and to the players for executing it to perfection.

    heavy underdogs for the cup for sure but this team is certainly going to make it interesting, they always do

  53. Norm Merton on

    Boneheads wandering about, dazed, in a field of posies. Can it really be true? Only hours, possibly minutes, before the negativity kicks in, but as Rick and Ilsa will always have Paris, we’ll always have this morning.

  54. Who does everyone prefer?

    Honestly, I’d rather play Chicago. LA scares the crap out of me, especially the way Gaborik is playing. Plus, I thnk Quick is a much better goalie than Crawford.

  55. Norm Merton on

    I want Chicago, too. But not because the Kings are any better, rather because my first and last NHL game at MSG was the triple-OT Stemmer game. Game 7 did not go as well, and I seek revenge 43 years later. Petty, I know.

  56. Carp – the real question is how did this team advance this far without a tough, body crushing defenseman like McIlrath?

    It’s amazing to see teams ‘click’ at just the right time where players step up their game or just buy into the team concept better.

    For all the breaks the Rangers had I’ve got to think if they face LA them being down 0-3 in a series and coming back is equal to if not greater than the Rangers luck.

  57. Great morning..great team D…4th line was terrific…Dorsett was flying last night!

  58. iDoodie Machetto on

    I had it Zuccarello-Moore-Lundqvist. Strong honorable mentions to Boyle and McDonagh. Honorable mentions to Stralman, Pouliot, and Stepan.

    Am I dreaming? Did last night really happen? I seriously cannot believe it. What an amazing game and what an amazing run. Since game 4 in Pittsburgh, we are 7-2. That’s a better record than either team on the other side will have on the other side in the same time. Of course, that speaks to us having been down 3-1, but hey, sure, I’ll take it.

    Amazing. I thought lundqvist was fighting it for most of the game, but he made two great, GREAT saves. The first was the galchenyuk backhand in the first period through Vanek’s legs. The second was the yard sale Hasek save.

    The shift with the Moore goal, I told my brother as that shift was in the middle “look at Moore. Look at the circle he’s skating in. He’s going to end up in front.” Then McDonagh pinches in, Boyle flips it out and front, and lo and behold, Moore had slipped past the Canadiens defense and put one home. Best shift of the series. Could have been the best shift of the playoffs.

    I’m surprised nobody had Zuccarello in their three stars. That guy was on fire, all game long, both on offense and on defense. Forget that he didn’t score. That was one of the absolute best two way games any forward has played on the Rangers in the past decade. He was unlucky not to score.

    Speaking of things that I think are being lost in the big story, Tokarski was excellent. That was his best game of the series, even better than game 4. How many breakaways? How many odd man rushes? How many chances in front of the net? He was truly excellent. Definitely earned a job somewhere next year.

    Likewise for Galchenyuk. I said it when he was in the world junior and I’ll say it again now: that kid is going to be one heck of a player.

    Gionta should be embarrassed. Two terrible embellishments.

    The plekanec dive was bad, but the call was still right. Staal had absolutely no reason to put his hands up in that situation. I think he struggled a bit in this series and will have to be much better in the next round.

    Kevin Klein. You know, he was really good this series. Something else I’ve noticed from him is that he has great instincts as to when he should jump up into a play. If he had even the slightest bit of hands, he could score a lot of goals. But I think he’s got a bit of Aaron Virus.

  59. I am still on such an emotional high. Unlike some of you I actually woke the wife screaming last night. I only feel a tiny bit bad about that

  60. Doodie

    U selling a cup final game. What you asking for. I’ve been offered $1200 a ticket for game 3

  61. For selfish timing reasons I’d like Chicago… only 1 hour time difference for our viewing pleasure.

    My wife is hooked on this game again. She was out of town watching & texting with me like all my other fan friends!

    There were a couple of times Pouillot showed what this game was all about. I saw at least twice after the whistle a Hab trying to get a scrum with him in front of Tokarki. He just ignored the gloves in his chest and allowed the momentum of it push him away.

    The whole team just ignored the Habs antics & played hockey. Beautiful hockey that Montreal is supposed to have stood for… but apparently they’ve allowed their great tradition & history to be co-opted by a Pittsburgh mentality.

    Maybe they should hire Torts to build the foundation for a few years, then hope AV gets Home sick.

  62. iDoodie Machetto on

    Some more frivolous thoughts:

    All of those ranger greats they showed last night (aside from Edzo and Healy who were in broadcast positions) were sitting in two rows in section 104, along with Gilbert (who was not shown). Imagine having a ticket in that section and being next to Gilbert, Park, Gartner, and Kovalev. They were right underneath me. I thought about going down, but I saw those guys were getting mobbed and decided against it. Kovalev unzipping his shirt to reveal the ’94 tshirt was awesome.

    When Prust took the slashing penalty (wasn’t that against Girardi?), Joe Tollefson showed what a great feel he has for his job. “Montreal penalty, #8…” Very pregnant pause, then strongly comes in “BRANDON PRUST.” The place exploded. I couldn’t even hear what the call was. Looked like a trip to me and was surprised it was a slash. Reminded me of the Fink from the old WWF matches. “Here is your winner…. And NEW champion!”

    Great ole ole ole chants after the game and in the stairwells. In front of the garden there was a lot of partying and cheering of we want the cup.

    They should have given out barf bags instead of rally towels.

  63. Manny-O-War on

    And now we have almost a week to just sit back and dream that we actually have a shot in the next, and final, round!

  64. Funny Stranger, assume you meant me – I was joking. Still, I wonder if you feel the same way as three weeks ago:

    “whatever – you like this team, enjoy it, because that is what you have over the next 3 to 4 years. A mid tier team in a bad conference with very to almost no chance of winning the Cup.
    1 Cup in 74 years – you like the Cubs too?”

    “meaning #1 D with no crease clearer or shot from point?”

    “undersized 4th line with no heavy”

    Are you officially jumping on the band wagon now??

  65. Norm Merton on

    “Some can’t be happy without taking on others on the blog”

    On the off chance, Stranger, that you’re referring to my agreeing with wildplaces re. Sather, I apologize to you and anyone else for the poor diction causing that misunderstanding. Feel the love!

  66. Manny-O-War on

    *arms* : That guy your daughter brought home sounds like a real loser. I LOVE HIM!

  67. iDoodie Machetto on

    From a hockey perspective, I’d prefer LA, not only because I don’t get to see them as often as I like, I just absolutely love their team.

    From a TV viewing perspective, it’s a toss up. Earlier starts if we play Chicago, but then we have to listen to NBC fellate Toews like Crosby.

    As a Rangers fan who wants to win the Cup, I think Chicago is the lesser team.

    Either way, I’d hope for 7 games, with many, MANY overtimes.

  68. Even when they had a terrible start to the year, I didn’t panic. New team, new coach. Then, they just seem like a team that floated for half the season. No real identity, just guys who’d show up and play and maybe win or maybe lose. Just a boring team to watch, really. Figured then that they’d struggle to make the playoffs and have no shot to beat anyone if they did. Then they stepped it up at the end of the year and I had a bit more confidence they could do something… until they struggled so bad with Philly and then that game 4 against Pitt. Brutal.

    But after that? I’ll forgive anyone who lost faith because the team that has showed up since game 5 of that series and all throughout this one is a completely different team. Guts, grit, confidence, speed, an edge, these guys have it all going right now. Why not us?

    Let’s go Rangers! We want the Cup!!!

  69. I think Max Pacioretty’s dive was a thing of beauty…perfect takeoff–and landing…no splash..and more call. This team should be an embarrassment to the City of Montreal (well, I guess it actually is an embarrassment)..but this is not what hockey is about! It is about team work, skating, passing, shooting, defending and saves..not about diving, head-snapping and whining! From the coach on down…

  70. Manny-O-War on

    Les Habs were completely out of gas. Which is shocking considering they had a breeze of a series against the Lightning.

    Guess it’s really important for a Coach to balance ice time. PK looked completely out of sorts. Guess that happens when you play 30+ minutes per game.

  71. This is what happens when you blend *onions*, *jam*, *metal* and *guts* together.


  72. I look forward to the New York Rangers entering the Stanley Cup Final as the underdog to either the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings. Every time someone (friend and foe alike) has tried to throw dirt on the Rangers, the Blueshirts have refused to go gently into that good night. As Boomer Esiason says, “One shift. One period. One game.”

  73. Morning all,

    So there were a lot of you who doubted AV as far back as training camp. Said it just was a bad fit.

    A lot of you doubted #30 throughout the year. Yeah, he had a tough start. Goalie controversy was a hot topic of conversation here. Unreal.

    But exactly one year after Torts was given his ticket out of town, NYR punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals. The AV coached, LQ between the pipes NYR.

    Congrats to the team and the coaching staff.

    Four more wins.

  74. BroadwayRoe on

    Is this what heaven feels like? In any event, AMAZING win by the boys. The third period was a thing of beauty. As stressful as it was they dominated play. I’m so proud of this team and I’ll be screaming for my underdogs in the Stanley Cup Final.

  75. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    Both my soon to be son in law and myself are giving him a hard time – tossing questions at him on any subject. But he seems to handle the pressure just fine. One might say in a very METAL fashion.

    I feel you on Zuccarello. I hope he has saved the best to the last and becomes a positive x-factor the next fortnight.

  76. ilb, similar story….

    Mrs. Gravy watched the third period with me after her dinner out, and I debeated telling her she couldn’t. The only other time she watched was during the last game when they were losing 3-1, so she saw the almost comeback.

    She sat through me shushing her when she said they were playing really good. I don’t think she realized how nervous I am watching games. I had a restless leg. I was clenching my hair at times. But when those last 4 seconds were ticking away, and no Canadien was near the puck, we both knew. And she gave me a huge hug. Man, what a great feeling.

  77. Manny-O-War on

    @TSNResearch Lundqvist first goalie to appear in Olympic gold medal game and SCF in same season

  78. sadly my wife is a Devils fan and has nothing but disdain for our success :( everyone has a fault right?

  79. I’m going to give the WBM (c) a game off today. Don’t even think it deserves to be posted.

  80. Manny-O-War on

    Mrs. Manny sat by me for the entire game. After making me a humungous Chicken dinner. She sipper her wine, cursed out the Habs and SCREAMED for the Rangers.

    My Wife > your Wife

  81. How pathetic was that Montreal diving squad? I never would’ve thought the Bruins could be put to shame like that! And then Briere has the balls to accuse Kreider of diving during the game (according to Pierre)?! They should truly be embarrassed.

    On another note, I’m sick and tired of hearing how “great” the Western Conference is. You know what? This is *OUR* time. They should be afraid of *US*!

    Positive vibes. Let’s go Rangers. We want the cup!

  82. I think Matteau said it best on Twitter: “U don’t have to be the best team to win something, just need to believe in it!! That’s the 2014 NY RANGERS”

  83. Doc Joe from Long Island on

    Mrs. Doc Joe bought me and my three colleagues tickets in Club Platinum 107.

    My Wife > your Wife

  84. draxen, there’s a few days between games, but if the consensus here is that I’ll ruin the mojo by not posting it, then I will :)

  85. The way the Habs were gassed (PK Slewfoot could barely skate at times) totally reminded me of the Rangers in the conf finals agains the Debbies in 2012. Time management of players is CRUCIAL in the playoffs. AV deserves HUGE PROPS.. HUGE!

  86. “Chris Kreider was in BEAST mode. He might be the strongest player the Rangers have ever had. He pushed and checked a couple guys last night and then went down like they were school kids.”


  87. I’m sure part of the Habs defense looking *fatigued* had to do with TOI management. I also think the way the Rangers were forechecking the whole game had a lot to do with it.

  88. I love all you guys talking about how amazing your wives are. In the meantime, I’m the wife that turned my husband into a hockey fan and he was the one catering to me last night! #TheRightWay #TheOnlyWay :)

  89. John Moore wasn’t even given a hat. He’s in the Prince of Whales picture without a hat.

  90. Had my dad with me last night, he’s 84 and took me to my first game in ’71 and got me on skates soon after. Though we went to the Matteau game together, I’ve always regretted not taking him to Finals game 7 in ’94. Took my girlfriend instead, she wanted me to make her more of a priority. The good that came out of it is I’ve taken him to every playoff game since. We’ve enjoyed the great ride this playoff has been. The MSL news was not lost on me and how fortunate those of us who still have our parents around.

    P.S. I asked my wife this morning if she wanted to go to one of the Finals games and she said no this is for you and your dad. I knew she was a keeper.

  91. “Miami Pimp
    “Chris Kreider was in BEAST mode. He might be the strongest player the Rangers have ever had. He pushed and checked a couple guys last night and then went down like they were school kids.”


    May 30th, 2014 at 9:55 AM”

    My apologies PIMP! Revised post below:

    “THE” was in BEAST mode. He might be the strongest player the Rangers have ever had. He pushed and checked a couple guys last night and then went down like they were school kids.


  92. I’m really busy hanging up pictures from the NY Post all over the door of my office.

    Booby calls it *Scrapbooking*

  93. Sioux Rangers in 6 on

    Win or Lose the Stanley Cup Finals….

    Has it been a “GOOD YEAR” ???

  94. Doodie Machetto on

    Anyone have Kenny Albert’s radio call from last night? Would love to hear it.

  95. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Carp: Being someone who served in the military and have lost friends, I have a real thing for how people react to the National Anthem. I’ve pretty much given up being upset with people who text, drink, don’t remove their hats, etc. during the anthem — I rationalize it as this is part of the freedom I served to protect. However, I do have to comment on how proud I am of how the Rangers players on the ice react during the National Anthem; they stand still and are respectful. I think this is new behavior this year and very old school(I’ve been a fan since ’60’s). I have not commented on it before now because my feelings for the flag and anthem are sometimes looked at funny by others on the interwebs. Am I right? Is this something AV instituted or did the players start this? Do you know? Anyway, I think it is great.

  96. Stranger Nation on

    Hey JJP – come around more often, post under a avatar and then we can talk. Troll, voyeur, or lurker; hard to tell when we don’t see you much and when we do, we are not sure who is you…

  97. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Oh, it’s blessed are the MEEK! Oh, I’m glad they’re getting something, they have a hell of a time.

  98. jimG the desertrat on

    Greetings from the desert boneheads. Gave up the stakeout of Sathers Palm Springs mansion!

  99. BickelsPickle on

    How much do you think that hat is going to be a Modells? Anyone? $32 at nhl store.

  100. Doodie Machetto on

    The Rangers winning last night saved a bird and a cat’s life today. Bear with me…

    Last night, I got home very late due to the late start, post game celebration, and then some traffic due to road work on the Gowanus. By the time I got home, Doggy Machetto was fast asleep and couldn’t be bothered to be walked. So this morning, I got up extra early to walk him. While walking him, about two houses down from me, in the middle of the street, there was a stray cat batting at a pigeon it had caught. The pigeon was clearly injured, likely a broken wing, as it was unable to fly away. My walking the dog scared away the cat, getting it out of the street, likely saving its life. The pigeon escaped to some grass on the other side of the street. Boom, two lives saved.

    Or so I thought. Mrs. Machetto, animal lover and general heart of gold, pointed out that the bird was not saved, as it was likely still going to be caught by either that or some other cat, and even without that, would have a hard time surviving without receiving medical attention for its wing. So we set up a large box with some holes, a dish with water, and a slice of bread in the garage. Then I strapped on some rubber gloves and caught the pigeon, which was now hiding under a car, in a shoebox. I then dumped it in the large box and closed the top, and left it there for my wife to take to the vet after work.

    Boom, two animals saved all because the Rangers won last night.

  101. Rob in Beantown on

    _Instead, he presided over as close to a blowout as a 1-0 game can be._

    If it was a blowout why was I constantly puking everywhere? But in hindsight that just about as dominant a defensive period as you will ever see in the third. Just stifling. And Montreal really did looked gassed at the end.

    (The 1-0 game that felt most like a blowout that I can remember was USA vs Canada back in February)

  102. Stranger Nation on

    Jeff – great point on the anthem.

    In a much larger context, the team including the coaches has really allowed us to watch hockey played the right way. That is not a knock on Torts, because he is also responsible for imbedding a sense of pride and decorum that was not always the hallmark of this franchise.

    What AV has done is nothing sort of miraculous IMHO. When this team plays its game, it is a joy to watch, true hockey without the buffoonery and antics other teams resort to.

    Frankly, the Habs were an embarrassment to their logo. Threrrien should be send back to the circus he came from or is it the ultimate complement they needed to resort to such shenanigans?

    In fact, it will be a treat that the two teams playing for the Cup will be North- South high action teams. Great for both the die hard and casual fans.

  103. I think a lot of fans would want that hat, Doodie. Maybe not most of us but I think this run will make a lot of new hockey fans and hopefully some of them will stick around. They would want that hat.

  104. Stranger Nation on

    What would it take for ESPN to sync their radio feed with the actual game?

    Had a truly joyous time with my 15 yr old son listening to Kenny’s call and Dave M’s commentary during the game. Had to synch via DVR which coming out of breaks or periods has to be done all over usually. Pure joy.

    Double joy not to have to listen to Doc Screech, Eddie Nocheck and Penis Head

  105. BickelsPickle on

    I’m waiting for the SC hat. I’ll settle with ECF hat, though. My hat is old and dirty. I need a new one.

  106. Well, obviously it’s not meant to be taken literally; it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.

  107. When we repeat next year, does that make AV, Henrik, McD and Kreider locks for the HoF and Garden rafters?

  108. Good point, Bickel. I lost one hat in my joy over them beating Philly. I got a hole in my mainstay Rangers hat. I kind of hate it becasue I was wearing it when Olli Jokinen and Phlyers 2010 shootout *HEAD EXPLODES*

  109. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    White cane lying in the gutter in the rain if you’re walking on the road, don’t let it bring you down…

  110. amazing how you can dominate a game and win by 1 goal. I am not sure if that is a good thing about hockey or a bad thing.

    sather made many good moves this year. klein for mdz and mdz playing poorly in smashville. diaz for a late round pick., he is a serviceable d man. cacillo for a 7th round pick, he had 2 goals in playoffs and played well during the season.

    Callahan simply overplayed his hand and instead of 1 day possibly having his jersey raised high will be another player….

  111. All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?

  112. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mrs eddie and the lil ranger watched much of the game with me and lil ranger said “Canadians are stinky fart heads”

  113. It’s so great to be a NYR fan the last 28 years. I sarted as a Bruin fan… till dragged by college friends to a ranger game at the Garden, might have been a pee break by Mrs. Gresh that swung me from a gold bear to NY Blue fan. Love the up & downs. Love the class this team has shown for the last 10 years… we pickup nasty goons & give them class. The list is long – Prust, Brashear, RIP Boog, Asham, Carcillo… the NYR Blue class just rubs off.

    NY Rangers are now the original 6 real NHL hockey team… leave the bs to the other 5.

  114. NYR fourth liners have scored in every series-clinching game this postseason.

    (Carcillo, BRAN BOLE, D. Moops)


  115. ThisYearsModel on

    Terrific feeling this morning, but also a feeling of not being finished yet. This has been a great ride with a team that came together and is playing better now than ever. It is also great to be a Bonehead, and thanks to CARP for keeping this place running like a top. There will be some time off before climbing the next mountain. I will enjoy it.

  116. Doodie Machetto on

    BTW, since I can’t go to games 3 and 4, book the Final to be over in 5 or less. Doesn’t matter who wins. If it’s 4, it’ll be the Rangers.

  117. Interestingly, Ilb. Ginette Reno would not be a part of the next round, known as the FINAL, because of some stupid Country Music concert that would displace her from singing the anthem.


  118. Onecupin74yearsandcounting on

    Doodie ,, you know the old saying “an bird in hands is worth two in the bush”” maybe you’ll get lucky this weekend :)

  119. I think Fat Guy would be very upset if Ginette Reno couldn’t sing during next round. I remember him posting something about liking her…

  120. So glad that Dominic Moore got the game-winner. I have been rooting hard for him ever since reading about his heartbreak over losing his wife. My wife is fighting her second battle with cancer during the last couple of years and I am enjoying every moment of the playoff run with her.

    She was a bit tired and under-the-weather (and stressed to the max like any diehard Rangers Fan) last night, but she managed to battle through the third period. Come the final siren it was if she was pumped with adrenaline as she popped up out of her chair to hit Facebook to celebrate.

    Hopefully, we (my wife and I and all Rangers fans) will be celebrating once again in about two and a half weeks!

  121. So many great emotions last night and this morning. Love soaking up all the coverage, this is a great day!!!

    Carp, you keep saying how they are out-skilled, when will you realize that doesn’t matter? Few allstar squads make it as a team in a team game.

  122. It’s only castles burning, just find someone who’s turning and you will come around…….

  123. Jeff in South Dakota on

    I was hopping along, minding my own business, all of a sudden, up he comes, cures me! One minute I’m a leper with a trade, next minute my livelihood’s gone. Not so much as a by-your-leave! “You’re cured, mate.” Bloody do-gooder.

  124. I don’t think anyone mentioned it but I thought it was cool how the team changed it up to thank the fans after clinching and the handshake. Our boys are one classy team. I wonder if that was spontaneous or planned? Could not feel more proud on this glorious day!!

  125. Robby Bonfire on


    Thank you for sharing your heart-warming family story, and of course, all of us here hope the Rangers successfully write the final chapter to the book, for the joy and for the hope for the future it will bring into all of our lives.

  126. Doodie Machetto on

    Speaking of wives, Rangers, and cancer, Stan’s tweet last night was pretty touching.

  127. Jeff in South Dakota on

    We’re giving Pilate two days to dismantle the entire apparatus of the Roman Imperialist State, and if he doesn’t agree immediately, we execute her.

  128. Anthony, a prayer and best wishes to your wife for a full recovery. Cherish the memory of your shared experience last night and hold on to that positive vibe!

  129. Doodie Machetto on

    That’s awesome. Doodie Jr. has some Rangers gear on today. He wants the cup! (one with a straw and filled with water)

  130. Doodie Machetto on

    I don’t know which is more unbelievable: that we are going to the Final or that we won a playoff series in less than 7 games.

  131. Watched the Dom/Katie Moore video going around on twitter and here I am actually with tears coming down my face

  132. Sioux Rangers in 6 on

    Fact: The *RANGERS* win


    a Fighting Sioux Captain puts his name on the Cup AGAIN!!!

  133. Sioux Rangers in 6 on

    I’m pulling for a LA vs Rangers.

    Toews already has his name on it twice. Greene has it once.

    IT’S TIME the RANGERS have their names on the CUP!!!

    So many good stories, but to add Diaz name would make me smile even MOORE!!!

  134. Sioux Rangers in 6 on

    Mrs SIOUX just approved a trip to NY OR LA.

    Anyone have 2 tickets to get into the building?


  135. I’m a bit worried about our goal scoring ability in the next round.

    Now is the time to give *Kristo* a shot. We need goals.

  136. Rob in Beantown on

    Making the Final(s) is good, but I’m upset we lost our first round pick.

  137. Big thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers for my wife and I. We are strong, we are tough, we are Rangers fans!

  138. My body is at work. My mind however… the sky is a proud Blueshirt Blue today!

  139. As a relative newbie here, I would be remiss if I didn’t heap a ton of thanks and praise on Carp and the commentors for making this place the best site on the whole damn interwebs.

    So many funny, awesome folks here. Insane good collective of people.

  140. MSG now reporting that in the handshake line, Stepan told Prust he was gonna kill him next year

  141. Matty"WhyNot!!!"Boy on

    Yev, at 7:55am, vibin’ again! Great comments about the team, individuals, moves that were made to make this happen and ONIONS!!

    Yea, this place is great. So many awesome contributors.

    Great day for Rangers fans!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LGR!!! LGR!!! LGR!!!

  142. I refuse to listen to WFAN any longer….IGNORE HOCKEY 364 DAYS A YEAR and now the Rangers are in the FINALS and WFAN IS GONNA START TRYING TO CASH IN ON IT.

    suuuuuuckthis. more fun to listen to TSN Toronto & Montreal broadcasts, podcasts, blogs, etc….screw WFAN suddenly waving their hockey flag…disgrace.

  143. It’s not the Moore story
    It’s all this g(j)Ibberish about onions that has everyone crying

  144. Matty"WhyNot!!!"Boy on

    More than anything else, after 28 years as a season tix holder and lifelong fan of this team, man, I AM PROUD of the effort, balls, talent, skill of these guys!!

    What a lockdown that 3rd period was. A freaking clinic on how to play the game. A team that cares about each other. No weak links last night. None.

    And Hank? When we needed him? Wow. Just wow.

    Legacy game for him. Legacy, highlight reel save with 4 to go in 2nd. Good for him. Anyone with a ‘Hanka Hanka’ can go ‘shove-it shove-it’!!

  145. Carp, great review as always. I especially love point #15 about seeing Kovalev at the game. I was wearing my ’94 Kovalev jersey last night and seeing him there, with the Stanley Cup hat and t shirt was a memory I will hold with me for the rest of my life. It was amazing!!!!

    GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  146. Torts to McDonut: “Keep back, kid, you have no business in the offensive zone.”

  147. Doodie Machetto on

    “I refuse to listen to WFAN any longer….IGNORE HOCKEY 364 DAYS A YEAR and now the Rangers are in the FINALS and WFAN IS GONNA START TRYING TO CASH IN ON IT.”

    Then don’t read the Post, the Daily News, or any other newspaper or website.

  148. Just goes to show how important the goaltender position is in hockey and how it can take you to the top. Similar to a pitcher in baseball but maybe in a way more important because of more games. This team had potential to go deep every year with Hank, and now with AV coaching the team finally looks like a complete one. With Torts the Rangers had their D game down but pretty bad offense. Now our offense looks dangerous and when we shut things down so does our defense. This won’t be a walk in the part for the western conference team. Rangers are going for it.

  149. Doodie Machetto on

    I want to write an open letter to Boston fans. It would go like this:

    Dear Boston Fans,

    I had no idea this is what you had to put up with. I’m sorry and I totally get it now.

    Rangers Fans

  150. Anthony, all the best to your wife! I’m jealous of your stories, guys, about sharing the moment of last night with your wives. I, unfortunately, married a girl from Pittsburgh, and when I yelled out “Moooooops” when he scored, all my wife could say from the kitchen was “Larry, stop screaming. You’ll frighten the dog!” I love her, but she’s a sore loser! :-)

  151. Good and great afternoon all! Took forever to wind down last night, and woke up in near disbelief.

    The next two weeks are going to destroy my nervous system but I am psyched as all get out.

    We can do this!!!!!!

  152. Oh, and not to get too far ahead … But since we are technically captain-less, my choice for who gets handed the challis first…Hank.

  153. Eljay my wife can’t watch in the same room as me because I get so emotional lol, but we did give a nice hug at the end when the Rangers won.

  154. If the Hawks win tonight. I’d have a hard time betting they wouldn’t win the series. Hopefully they show up.

  155. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Great game review Carp!!! If you need a ride to the airport it would be my pleasure to drive you LOL. Anthony M. my sister is almost finished with her radiation treatment (3) more to go, I’ve kept a glass with water half FULL on my counter since she started the treatment, this isn’t her 1st battle against this but I pray its her last. Tell your wife to keep the faith & keep that glass half FULL!!

  156. Speaking of wives, I just remembered… mine dated Glen Healy when he was a New Haven Night Hawk.

    She could’ve had an SC ring if she played her cards differently. My win though.

  157. I know the Rangers are *DOOMED*, but you couldn’t script much better stories on the way to a Cup run than MSL and D Moops getting key game winning goals.

    Too bad they’ll fail, so let’s talk about the *offseason*.

  158. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    I agree Mama Hank should get it 1st oops that’s getting ahead of our selves.

  159. Does anyone have an educated guess what time the game will be saturday? Have concert tickets I may need to sell.

  160. Hank’s biggest save still playing (in living color) in my head. Drops stick to give speed to blocker, whirlybirds, slaps it out of the air. How do you do that?

  161. Jeff, re: the anthem. That goes back a few years. The American guys –Boyle, Stepan, McDonagh, previously Callahan and Dubinsky, Kreider, et al, not only are respectful about the anthem, but they remain standing in their spot until the colors leave the rink, no matter how long it takes. Also some credit for that goes to the previous American coach.

    Good afternoon, Sally!

  162. I hope the Hawks win tonight, but lose Game 7 because they’ll have all that *momentum*.

  163. bull dog line on

    I know I am in the minority, but I would rather LA. I think the Rangers speed will be tough to handle for the Kings. playing the Hawks will be a much more fun series to watch. so either way I am good. I also wanted the Bruins instead of the Habs. I nailed that one.

  164. Rob in Beantown on

    June 7 is the Belmont though, right? Does NBC want it as a lead in or in prime time?

  165. Doodie Machetto on

    LA has already played three very fast teams in San Jose, Anaheim, and now Chicago. They seem to handle speed just fine.

  166. Doodie Machetto on

    I think LA games might be at 9 instead.

    Rob, if it’s LA, no way can it be a lead for the Belmont. Even in Chicago, it would mean a noon local start.

  167. Doodie Machetto on

    coos, just reminds me of vintage Hasek. Although, the more I think about it, Hasek would have found a way to make that save with his left skate instead of his right arm.

  168. 16) Michel Therrien seems to be a very unlikeable and dishonest character. It’s not surprising that his team would try to cheat their way through the playoffs. I’ve always hated the Canadiens, but my hatred for them now is at an all-time high.

  169. Lev, any truth to the rumor that the Ranger coaching staff also in attendance at the morning skate in LA today?

  170. Doodie Machetto on

    For all of his BS, slewfooting, and diving, PK Subban was classy in leading the handshake line.

    I was REALLY disappointed in Gionta’s diving.

  171. Just a few small, but large examples of AV’s acumen:
    1. Rejuvenating PullOut’s career and keeping confidence in him during rough periods.
    2. Allowing Carcillo and Dorsett to prove that they are valuable hockey players and not just tag-along avengers.
    3. Showing confidence in McDonut’s world-class talents and hockey brains to let him pinch at will and swarm on O.
    4. Never panicking.

  172. bull dog line on

    they haven’t seen our speed Doodie! you guys are probably right about playing Chicago. I worry about playing Towes, and Kane in big spots. Kopitar is not bad either. tough series no matter who.

  173. Jessica Summers on

    omg you guys. can you believe it?! work was so crazy last night with the game. so excited.

    where are my girls at?

    hi gravy ;)

  174. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Thanks Carp for answering my question; you’re the best. I thought what you said might be the answer. The games I get to see out here on TV don’t usually include the anthems. Last night, seemed to standout in my mind.

  175. Re: Carps’ 12:45: He explained this to me early season when I noticed #27 and a couple others staying in place on-ice until the colors left. Don’t tingle often, but made me tingle.

  176. actually noticed that in ’12 with Boyle and McD, coos. They explained it to me. Then I remember those guys and Torts visiting Arlington National after that triple-OT game in D.C. and how touched they all were.

  177. Manny, I actually had *69* points in the first round. That’s how I roll.

    I have 194 now, but can only win if the Rangers *win the Cup*.

  178. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, I don’t know. Rewatching these highlights, he made a ton of GREAT saves.

  179. If the Hawks make it and win, it’s HeaveHo. If the Kings make it and win, it’s NYR_FAN. Everyone else who picked the Rangers also don’t have them playing the Hawks or Kings.

  180. Doodie Machetto on

    No way, especially on the 5 hole. That was a tremendously tremendous save.

  181. Doodie Machetto on

    And then the save on Kreider’s deflection and the wrap arounds. Just a great game for him. Seriously. That was probably the best game of his career.

  182. My final take on Tortorella: Type A personality, stubborn, but a quality man all in all.

  183. Stranger Nation on

    Very fitting for a Bonehead Bracket Challenge. Lot’s of ‘heads picked the boys in blue, but very few picked the Habs – had them losing in 1st round

  184. I had the Habs in the ECF, and if the Ducks didn’t blow the lead, I would have had the final four.

  185. Tokarski wanders, should have been easily beaten by Brass on that breakaway, but considering the enormous pressure, he played himself into believability. Congrats, kiddo.

  186. Doodie Machetto on

    He plays aggressively like Quick. Given his size, he has to in order to cut down angles and openings. I don’t know if he has a career in this league given the trend towards bigger goaltenders, but he sure earned a shot.

  187. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, speaking of which, have both Brandons been removed yet? and can we get rid of Christian Thomas already? Stupid jerk cost me my avatar rights for a year.

  188. Carp, if you look in the mirror and say “Dubinsky” three times, I may appear behind you… picking my nose.

  189. Jessica Summers on

    what? lol you guys are so weird. what does that mean gravy? i did babysit in high school.

  190. Manny-O-War on

    Sally is starting a GIRLS club!


  191. Wow how things have changed
    In Del Zotto’s interview, he said that in the WEST they finish their checks but in the EAST it’s more wide open. Talk about flipping the script! The NFC East has switched places with Air Coryell

  192. Doodie Machetto on

    I still can’t believe it.

    If I’m Callahan, I fire my agent on the spot this morning.

  193. I think one question begs to be asked. Do we send Kreider at Crawford/ Quick in game or two?

  194. Momentum has long become a cliche among players, fans, coaches. Thy ALL mention it until they ain’t got some, then it doesn’t exist.

  195. Manny-O-War on

    The Callahan stuff is out of control, right? I wonder if he was texting with Torts…

  196. Doodie Machetto on

    Torts to KHL. Callahan to Buffalo, where has has about as much chance of winning the Cup as he would in the KHL.

  197. Doodie Machetto on

    My only real hope for Callahan is that he doesn’t sign with the Devils, Islanders, Flyers, Penguins, or Capitals, because I’d be really pissed off if I had to stop wearing all of the gear I bought for a heavy discount once he was traded.

  198. Jeff in South Dakota on

    SeeeDubbb Perfect Strategery! That’s the type of bold thinking I’m talkin’ about!

  199. If it’s LA do I risk going to MSG in my Ranger’s Gaborik jersey? Or should i tape over “Gaborik”?

  200. Cally to wife: ‘We have to start cutting back. I’m having trouble getting five and a half.’

  201. I thought Tokarski ( along with their goaltending coach ) made goo adjustments from game 5 to 6. He wasn’t as aggressive coming out, and cover the angles well. I think this kid will start in NHL at some point.

  202. Hey remember in the beginning of the season when we were losing and many of you said “You asked for it Rangers fans. You deserve this coach”…well, thank you! :)

  203. Manny-O-War on

    Could you guys imagine what Callahan’s value would be if he was the Captain of the EC Champs? All the talk would be about his heart and soul leadership and effort.

  204. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Very clever little boy. Very, very clever, to see that my friend and I are foreigners here, but of course not Russian, naturally. What would the Russians be doing on United States of America island, with so many animosities and hatreds between these two countries? It is too funny an idea, is it not? No, we… we are of course… Norveegans.

  205. Vibin, Jeff. Great comment about the Anthem earlier. It’s so noticeable, I love it.

  206. I was around Manny…preparing for final exams and working long hours…plus, my fiance flew in from Ukraine finally…so I was busy with that too ;)

    You missed me?

  207. All Brassard needed to do was delay and take one or two strides to his own left and the net was his.

  208. Mr. McDonagh to #27: “Since you have a week off, son, I could use some help with a few sandtraps and re-sodding the second and eleventh tees”

  209. If I remember correctly, Brassard was gassed at the end of a shift and only went in because the puck sort of found him.

  210. Doodie Machetto on

    He also made that stop on the play where he was down and Brassard had a chance at the top of the net.

    Just a great game for him last night. That game could have easily been like game 7 against Washington last year.

  211. Brassard didn’t really have a chance at the top of the net there because he was falling on his aasen. Should have left it for the hobbit to slot home.

  212. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Egg and bacon
    Egg, sausage and bacon
    Egg and Spam
    Egg, bacon and Spam
    Egg, bacon, sausage and Spam
    Spam, bacon, sausage and Spam
    Spam, egg, Spam, Spam, bacon and Spam
    Spam, Spam, Spam, egg and Spam
    Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, baked beans, Spam, Spam, Spam and Spam
    Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce, garnished with truffle pâté, brandy and a fried egg on top, and Spam.

  213. carp what’s Carcillo’s chances today with buttman on getting it reduced from 10? Would he give skidmark crybaby 10 for that?

  214. Jeff in South Dakota on

    This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedevere. Explain again how sheep’s bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes.

  215. Love you, Carp!

    As a matter of fact, I love everyone! Even Manny…who sucks :)

  216. “You asked for it Rangers fans. You deserve this coach”

    That was me, word for word. I also ripped Lundqvist real hard.

    eating my words has never tasted so great…Vigneault has been SO IMPRESSIVE in these playoffs.

    Can you imagine what would have happened in the Habs series if Tortorella was still here? Makes me sick to think about it.

    Vigneault has been cool as a cuke…and no matter what team we play in the FINALS…I’m confident he will be as prepared for them as humanly possible. I want to hug that guy.


  217. Would like some ketchup with that crow, Salty? ;)

    My post was directed at you. Good job owing up, bro.

  218. Something that is being overlooked a bit is the fact that if there are any two teams AV should know inside out from his days in Vancouver it’s the Kings and Chicago.

    Could make a difference.

  219. Insane, Eric. He isn’t getting anything close to it. He is an RFA eligible for both player and team triggered arbitration. His QO is $2.875M.

  220. Rumors

    Habs trading tokarski to sharks who want a young goalie. Bring back budaj and wait to Zachary fucale is ready who they drafted last year

  221. Subban’s going to get an offer sheet. Montreal will match of course but he’ll get a nice amount me thinks.

  222. Doodie Machetto on

    CCCP, we’re glad to have you back. Great to hear your fiancee made it here safely. Hopefully the rest of your families are safe as well.

  223. Doodie Machetto on

    Lev, they’ll trigger arbitration which will block him from offer sheets.

    I think he gets done at 8X8.

  224. BickelsPickle on

    My 80 year old grandfather on last night’s game, in Russian, “that black guy is such a cheater”

  225. Doodie Machetto on

    A Doodie Doodle. No matter what that actually is, it can’t be good.

  226. Manny-O-War on

    I had to change my password at work and it can’t be any previously used password. I just ran out of Rangers player to use. Had to go with Haggerty

  227. Listening to the FAN (I know – why?) and some idiot caller mentioned how great Glen Sather is as drafting players and spotting talent.

    Not picking on Sather, but he’s been there since 2000. He’s EXCELLENT at trades (which I think we will all agree with) but I don’t know about the accolades for his drafts.

  228. bull dog line on

    Callahan did not understand what it meant to be the captain of the Rangers, an original 6 team. some guys just don’t get it, he is one of them that does not get it. Giradi gets it, Hank gets it, McDonagh gets it. hopefully Staal gets it.

  229. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, I’m not sure that is correct. I believe it’s either type. Double-checking now.

  230. Manny-O-War on

    Why would PK Subban be the highest paid player in the NHL? Especially now with a Cap and all? He’s clearly not worth it.

  231. Doodie Machetto on

    I looked it up. We’re both right and wrong. Club elected arbitration will make a player ineligible for receiving offer sheets unless that offer sheet is negotiated and signed prior to 5 PM on July 5th. After that point, the player is ineligible to receive an offer sheet.

  232. Stranger Nation on

    No secrets in AV playbook – run north south, control puck, get shots on net.

  233. Doodie Machetto on

    I know, 5 PM on July 5 is plenty of time to get an offer sheet signed, but the only offer sheets that I’ve seen signed prior to July 5 were Scott Stevens and David Backes.

  234. I’m really just so happy for everyone here. We’ve been through so many promises with this team over the years, shared so much agony here…we really deserved a surprise run like this for once…for once we are the great story.

    For the first time in my life I’ve thought to myself “this is why I would maybe like to have a kid…so they could experience this rare magic”

    I hope all you NYR fans with little ones are enjoying this with them.

  235. AV playbook does call for some strong defensive play. I still say that’s their calling card. They win when they defend.

  236. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, I don’t know. Philly threw a ton at Weber. Who is to say they don’t try the same with Subban?

    Ugh, imagine him in that orange crud. He would be my most hated player in the league.

  237. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    It’s absolutely amazing just how brilliant Sather is when the Rangers are winning, and how badly he stinks when they are losing. It’s almost like there is a correlation there somewhere. Still, it’s 14 years- he ain’t won nuttin’ yet…

  238. WOW can’t believe what Del Zotto was saying!!! What a CHILD!!! WOW… guy is the furthest thing from a professional than I can imagine…it’s like he’s trying to punch his own ticket out of NSH but who in hell would want him when he’s going to spout off like that? That’s almost more surreal than this CUP RUN.

  239. Manny-O-War on

    Absolutely. Defense, Defense and Aggressive Defense that turns into offense.

  240. What I got from that Del Z article is

    1) He wishes he was still in NY
    2) Nashville is a boring place
    3) Nashville is not good enough to win the Cup
    4) Nashville fans have no emotion
    5) Who’s Pecker Rinne?

  241. This is it, CC

    *Del Zotto said, “it’s tough seeing them do as well as they are. I am happy for them and have a lot of great friends and people in the organization but it’s tough and you wish you were there. Growing up you want to lift the Stanley Cup and seeing how close they are now it’s tough.”*

    *We got off to a tough start this season and for me it was up and down and for them it was the same. We knew we could be a good team but we needed to find the right way to play and a new system and coaching staff and you saw how well they could play. With Hank you are in every game and it showed in the playoffs and in my opinion he is the best goalie in the league.”*

    *He is like a super model with how he walks around and dresses. That guy is the back bone of that team and they will do as well as he plays and he is an unbelievable goalie and competitor.*

    *I think that is the best thing about playing there. Very strong fan base and will tell you how they feel about you are playing and they will boo you. No matter what happens you can go in the city and no one knows who you are. Knowing some of the people in Toronto, you don’t have a life and that is the best part of being in NY, you can have a life outside of hockey and have some fun.”*

    *When I got traded to Nashville it felt like I was going back to juniors. Very small town, took me five minutes to get to the rink everyday where in NY it was 45 minutes and a much different vibe and feel and a lot o fun.”*

    *On East vs West, “it’s night and day and each game, being a defenseman, the forecheck, it’s tough on your body and they are finishing every check and in the East it’s a bit more open. It’s very different.”*

  242. Stranger Nation on

    AV’s defensive playbook is all about man to man and quick puck movement. Never seen a Ranger team pass as well ‘in zone’.

  243. Rob in Beantown on

    “When I got traded to Nashville it felt like I was going back to juniors.”

    Ouch. I know it’s kind of out of context but that line alone sounds bad.

  244. Del Zaster at SNY…so sad…NOT! :)

    Reading Del Zaster whining about being in small town Nashville made my day that much better.

    Good Riddance.

  245. Thanks, ORR

    Not sure if I see anything wrong with what he said. Obviously it’s hard to watch your former team do so well without you, esp. since you were on that team early in the season.

  246. Ilb is babysitting this afternoon. Texting with my wife since I need to dress my little ilb up so we can go out as soon as she comes from work:
    Mrs ilb: “2nd drawer has pants, denim ones, with long sleeve t shirt- theres a nice red one with penguins on it.”

    Me:”Penguins? They’re out of the playoffs, the Rangers knocked them out, remember? Alternatives?”

  247. I’m sure he didn’t mean it the way it came out. He just should have chose his words a little better, cause he makes it sound like he doesn’t like being in Nashville.

    He says it takes him 5 minutes to get to the rink in Nashville, but in NY it took 45 minutes to get to the rink and it was fun. LOL! Jeez!

  248. Callahan SACRIFICED himself for the greater good of the TEAM. He knew we needed MSL to have a shot at this. BEST captain ever(sarc). That save was Richteresque! Just HUGE! I BELIEVE!

  249. JEFF,

    Great discussion about the flag.

    I stand in silence in front of the TV. I never served and I wasn’t even born in this country, but I respect the flag / anthem with the utmost honor.

    I did serve in Color Guard of JRTOC, so I guess that’s something.

  250. “No matter what happens you can go in the city and no one knows who you are. Knowing some of the people in Toronto, you don’t have a life and that is the best part of being in NY, you can have a life outside of hockey and have some fun.

    When I got traded to Nashville it felt like I was going back to juniors. Very small town, took me five minutes to get to the rink everyday where in NY it was 45 minutes and a much different vibe and feel and a lot o fun.


    How can a PROFESSIONAL say this in public?? That’s the kind of stuff you tell your very best friends while on a boat on a private lake. Good riddance!

  251. I know if Callahan was still on the team, most likely NYR are not in this position, but is that what’s going through *his* head? Would a player really think to himself, “If I were still there, we probably would have been eliminated in one of the tree rounds”

  252. Speaking of anthems and flags…how touching is it when they show Subban singing along with our national anthem?

    Hard not to respect him as a player…a couple of slews on his resume is really nothing compared to some of the nonsense you see from the other superstars in this league.

  253. Stranger – I’ve been posting here since 2008 ( and always under the same name. When was your first post? (Answer: 2011)

    Just because I don’t feel the need for an avatar or to post a hundred times a day about topics totally unrelated to Rangers hockey doesn’t mean I’m no less a fan nor are my points any less astute or valid.

    A few weeks ago you said this team was poorly constructed, had no chance, and would be doomed to mediocrity for years to come. Just man up and admit you were wrong.

    My first post on this blog was arguing with Salty about Drury – I was laughably wrong in hindsight.

  254. Truthfully, I’d have Cally on the “fourth” line instead of Dorsett. Now THAT’s a checking line!

  255. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Carp: the LA organist on the ’81 game video…played Another one bites the dust!!! HAhahaha! Old time hockey.

  256. A little expensive, but I guess you can, Latona. Montreal had their 4th line with Briere at $3M salary, and Vanek at $6.4M.

  257. I don’t really take much joy out of the disappointment of players no longer on the team. Callahan and MDZ were good team guys when they were here. I’m happy with the current group and where they’ve gotten.

  258. I just think he would fit in very nicely with those players, ilb. And at that point it transcends fourth line-dom. The team would almost have four 2nd/3rd lines.

  259. Rob in Beantown on

    Youppi est triste, il devra porter le chandail des #Rangers suite au pari entre @CanadiensMTL et @jimmyfallon

  260. Rangers sign
    Mackenzie skapski. Trade hank.

    Also Garth snow should be thankful vanek turned down 7 yrs 50 mil.

    Vanek ufa takes a big hit

  261. ThisYearsModel on

    Yeah. How dare anyone make a #1 Rangers jersey with anyone else’s name but Giacomin?

  262. Sally, I liked seeing Subban singing our anthem too. Very respectful. If he didn’t slewfoot and do those diving antics he’d be a very respectable player. I hate that kind of garbage. I think it’s MT’s fault. He had the Pens doing it when he coached there. That guy is a disgrace to the game.

  263. Manny-O-War on

    Really can’t believe Vanek turned that down. I hope no team touches him.

    *No* compete

  264. I really love this team, what a great bunch of guys. They just seem to be having the time of their lives. It’s Destiny baby! Feche Le Cup!

  265. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© on

    ilb , Your wife is definately a keeper!!! Hockey is an easy game to understand . Don’t get all tech with her and no analizing , just have fun saying ” put that dam puck in the net Nash!!!” she can understand that . Your one lucky guy. Oh BTW that bonehead tshirt ya sent me years ago…fits gooood!! ty again!!

    I did this last night , This is WHY we WILL win the cup :

    1984 – Messier,Gretz and Sather’s first cup

    1994 – Messier and The Ranger’s Cup

    2004 – MSL ,Brad Richard and Torts Cup

    2014 – Sathers, MSL and Brad Richards Ranger cup. With Messier watching.

    Every 10 years something big happens!!

  266. Rob in Beantown on

    Whoa. Greg I think you just *proved* something big is going to happen this year!

  267. AnthonyM….I missed your news, but mama love
    Booby, you got that right
    ilb, hahahahahahahaha!!!

  268. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© on

    Im convinced Rob , the god of time do NOT lie…but we will have to work for it . After we lost to Pittsburgh and were facing elimination …I though how can Hank stand for this? Us being eliminated . I though awhile and said to myself. There NO WAY in holey hell!! I got instant upset. I saw these boys all year and were going down to a cindy slumping crybaby!!?? I rushed to the blog and started to lay down our foundation to why we are not dead yet. I saw alot of neg nancies but a few faithfuls. I grew more and more convinced that this is our year . Its all about Hank , not Nash but Hank. Hank wont let himself down , the team down or us. I believe . We are 4 wins away , gives a person goosebumps.

  269. Lloyd Braun on

    I’d rather see the Rangers play the Blackhawks since the Kings don’t really have a hockey culture regardless of how many times Justin Bieber wears a Kings hat

  270. Something to chew on

    I would rather play hawks then kings. Not as big worse goalie and more of a speed puck possession team.

    If you go back and look at New York sports teams in champ finals as heavy underdogs history is on our side. Mets in 69 jets with Namath Yankees in 96 vs braves giants in 90 vs bills. Giants 2x vs patriots. Why not us now. It’d our turn. I like the fact we will go in just as big as underdog as any other ny team through the years.

  271. Manny-O-War on

    Duncan Keith is also clearly injured. So there’s that.

    Quick is an odd goaltender. Completely 180 degree different style than Hank. Would be really odd to watch them play at opposite ends of the ice. Quick coming out to center ice and Hank meditating on his goal line.

    I don’t like the idea of LA because of the stupid travel and the damn late night starts. Not that big of a deal. I wonder if the LA games will be 9PM or 10PM starts. It’s a very long flight between the two cities.

  272. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m not so sure the Yankees were such tremendous underdogs in 96. They were 4 wins apart. Likewise for the ’90 Giants. Both teams were 13-3.

    Granted, in both cases, the opponent was battlehardened. The Braves were reigning champs and the Bills had just been to the Superbowl the year before.

    I’ll buy it with the Mets, Jets, and last 2 Giants.

  273. Lloyd Braun on

    Mike Francesa, when refuting why he doesn’t talk more hockey (this on a day that the Rangers clinched their first SCF appearance in 20 years and he’s spent most of his show talking about the Los Angeles Clippers):

    “I’ve been getting great ratings for 30 years.”

    You can’t make this stuff up

  274. Doodie Machetto on

    Surprisingly, the second time around with the Patriots it was only 2.5. I guess people had learned not to doubt us by then.

    The first time it was -14!

  275. Sioux Rangers in 6 on

    Eric – I think the Hawks are a deeper team, and would be tougher to beat 4 out of 7.

    The Kings have trouble scoring all year, now Gaborik has 11 goals, and they seem to score easier. But if you shut down their top line, as McD & G often do, they are beatable. They’ve lost 3 games in a row twice already.

    I vote Kings.

  276. Doodie

    But that avg price includes platinum and seats downstairs. All you need to do is see what our sections are going for on stubhub.

    I put in all 14 sections considered lower level 200 and cheapest is $1130 and above.

  277. “My first post on this blog was arguing with Salty about Drury – I was laughably wrong in hindsight.”

    That’s funny…hey…we post here long enough we are gonna be wrong about plenty. I remember getting called out years later for saying Roszival’s contract would be the albatross rather than Redden’s.

    I think Drury may still be my most hated Ranger…Richards dethroned him briefly last season. I still can’t believe Richards has made himself a gamer again. It’s pretty crazy.

    Stanley Cup Finals.

  278. Manny-O-War on

    I really, really hate Francesa. He is completely unlistenable without a partner

  279. “I don’t like the idea of LA because of the stupid travel and the damn late night starts. ”

    Manny, so agreed. When the No Brain Cabal shows games on a Saturday at noon, Tony from AZ watches over morning coffee. I despise late starts. Let LA, if it’s them, tune in earlier…totally screws the East Coast team..

    Then again, it would be awesome to beat the Hawks….I don’t know who I want!

  280. Doodie Machetto on

    BTW, just out of curiosity, I figured out the average line at the Superbowl. It’s 7.14583333.

    We had a better than average chance! (s)

  281. Go on stubhub where we sell. U could buy lower 200 level seats for $1100. I sold $1375 essentially got all my playoff money back and missed one game game 7 vs flyers.

  282. Lloyd Braun on


    It’s funny to go on YouTube to watch/listen to older clips of Francesa & Russo and then contrast that with the insufferable, pompous ass Fatso has become. Russo did an incredible job of lassoing in that fat pantload and keeping his ego in check. Listening to Francesa now, he’s got no system of checks and balances in place. His staff are scared to death with him and most of the FAN lackeys who call in (like Ed Coleman) will never challenge him, either. Russo, even though you couldn’t understand a word he said, was capable of shouting down Francesa and it made the show a whole lot better.

  283. Francesa is unlistenable, period.

    Eric, you are damn lucky to be a seat holder. Everyone else, unless they’re rich or famous, are screwed.

  284. Doodie

    That $1368 is game 6. I sold game 3 where the cup can’t be in the house.

  285. Mama

    Got involved after 2004 lockout. Easy time yo get tickets. Go yo very little reg season games though.

  286. DelZ was jettisoned partly because he has rocks in his head. What has he learned in Nashville? To ride the Mechanical Bull.

  287. Manny

    The on,ly Saturday game scheculed game 2 will be 8:00 pm in la right after Belmont.

    You may have 9:00 pm starts during week in la 6 out there.

    However I do recall every devil kings game played in LA started at 8:00. 2 years ago.

  288. Doodie Machetto on

    Not right now you can’t. Cheapest pair of tickets (non piggyback) lower level 200s is $1,213.65 per. And there are only two sets of tickets below $1,300 per right now.

    Cheapest 200 corner gallery (where I sit) right now is $1,550. Someone in my row is trying to sell for just under 4 grand. More power to them if they get it.

  289. Carp, re: that brawl – poor John D’Amico. And Carcillo gets 10 games? Gulp.

  290. Rob in Beantown on

    9 pm or later starts would be unbearable. 8 pm is already bad enough. That’s just another reason I want to play Chicago.

  291. Manny-O-War on

    I’m on a plane for Game 1. Taking off at 7:50 and landing at 10:57 (although I’m flying to Tampa and it doesn’t take _that_ long) so I’m kind of freaking out.

  292. Doodie Machetto on

    I think they might try an afternoon game that Saturday if it’s Chicago as a lead in for the Belmont.

  293. Whose to say all those tickets listed for $1300 plus will sell. Someone bought mine listed aisle parking pass home team shoots 2x. Just because listed doesn’t mean people will pay 1500-1600 for a ticket.

  294. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny: nbcsports app and airplane wifi. Pay for the internet access if you have to.

  295. On Lundqvist’s Hasek-like save Girardi made a great play to get that puck or that would have been a sure goal. That puck was headed for that right wing side and a Montreal jersey was there to get it. Great play by both Dan G and Hank.

  296. Lloyd Braun on


    That takes me back to 1994. The Rangers had game 6 in Vancouver the night of the Belmont Stakes won by Tabasco Cat – I remember it well because an old friend and I went to the Belmont that day and after being up about $800 early in the day, I went home down $200. Needless to say I hadn’t yet learned how to gamble effectively. We had planned to go the Garden to watch the game but I was so broke from the track that I couldn’t afford the admission price. In the end it worked out because the Rangers crapped the bed anyway.

  297. Manny-O-War on

    Obviously I’m paying for WiFi! I just heard that it’s really spotty with streaming. I might just listen on Sirius on my phone over WiFi.

    Delta supposedly added 18 channels of Satelite TV and NBC is one of them.

    Fingers, toes, ears and buttocks crossed on that one.

  298. As the Barry Beck brawl confirms again – when they’re always looking for the right, it’s the left that puts ’em down.

  299. Doodie…your seatmates disgust me. You have tickets to the greatest show on earth and sell them? To million dollar fans dressed like seats!

    I don’t care how broke I may be, if I have seats, I’m going….

  300. Manny-O-War on


    @NYRangers 3m

    Updates to the ice @TheGarden!!!! #WeWantTheCup

  301. Carp’s clip reminded me that ’79 run BEGAN against the Kings, and included Flyers, Islanders, and Canadiens- last nights third period reminded me a lot of game six vs. the Isles ,in that, it felt like they could have played forever and not given up another goal. Hmmm…so should we root for Kings or Hawks?

  302. Malt O'Meal on

    Random and probably wrong here but I thought that tickets do go on sale to the general public for the Stanley Cup Finals separate from the rest of the playoff rounds. Since I can’t find any info on this, I assume I’m wrong….and yes I realize even getting at ticket via Ticketbastard would be difficult anyway.

    Can anyone confirm whether there will be another point that Stanley Cup Final tickets go on sale to the public?

  303. Malt, you and the likes of me are screwed unless you have disposable income…..which I don’t…If you do, great good luck

  304. Rob in Beantown on

    Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord
    Rangers announce individual tickets for Stanley Cup final go on sale Monday via Ticketmaster at noon. Supply limited.

  305. Not a bad gamble to buy some tickets, resell for profit, then get a YUGE flat screen to watch the games.

  306. Gravy, disagree…..I want fans, not million dollar suits dressed as fans, in seats….

  307. Robby Bonfire on

    JJP –

    “Stranger” is NOT wrong. This is a nice, surprising ONE SHOT run at the Cup for this team under Sather. What new, young blood for next year and beyond was plugged into this team this year = Nothing – no one. Some Hartford kids got a few trial games, and that was it. Miller, Mac, Allen, et al, where the hell is the next wave of young Rangers talent coming from. Because everyone who gets a shot on Broadway gets dispatched back to Hartford in a week or two. With rare exception.

    Look, if this team wins it all, we will all be happy. But that does not invalidate the opinion(s) of those of us who want to emulate the accomplishments of the Detroit’s and the Chicago’s who build with youth, talent, and depth for more than ONE serious run at the Cup, per decade.

    Stranger is not wrong, Stranger (and I, for starters) look at the long-term prospects for this team, and let me tell you, win or lose in the Finals, this looks like a smallish, aged in spots, not especially deep or talented, over-compensated, key net deficit locked-in contracts, organizational depth chart. Sp that I, for one, see imminent collapse of the entire House Of Cards Rangers structure, right on the horizon.

    Best thing this organization can do, if we win it all, is send Sather off into the sunset on a positive note, and bring in a younger man with more than a year-to-year, short-term overview, as his philosophical approach.

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