Game 4: Kings at Rangers … It’s Go Time!


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Kings at Rangers.


Is this the final one of the season? Do ya boys have one more in them? Two? Three? Four?

As you know, only one team — the 1942 Maple Leaves, against Detroit — has come back from 0-3 to win the Cup Final. So …

As you also know, the Rangers are 10-2 in their last 12 elimination games … which is a great stat until you think back on the two losses, the one in Boston and the one in Newark. Five of those wins were onions Game 7 wins. Two others were down 3-1 vs. Pittsburgh.

I expect Henrik Lundqvist to be really good tonight, and suspect the Rangers will play better. I do wonder about the crowd and if it will bail at the first sign of adversity, first bad PP, whatever. Also wonder how the Rangers will react if the Kings jump out 1-0 or 2-0.

I certainly don’t think it’s impossible that ya boys force a Game 5. I honestly don’t see them forcing much more than that. But I thought they were dinner after Game 4 vs. Pitt, too.

The Kings claim they learned a lesson in 2012, when they went up 3-0 on the Devils — two OT wins followed by a shutout in Game 4; sound familiar? — and lost Games 4 and 5.

Daniel Carcillo is done with his suspension and I imagine he will go in because NHL coaches, all of them, think they have to make a move after a loss, and especially in a dire situation. Not sure if whomever he replaces deserves to come out. And especially doubt that Alain Vigneault would make a drastic move like sitting down a Brad Richards.

We won’t know until game time.


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  1. Ya!!!! Kinda laughing at how the panel didn’t know how to respond to actual smart comments by Graves….

  2. leetchhalloffame on

    Thank you Rangers for a great run this year. Please buy out Richards. Trade Nash. FIRE SATHER!

  3. How the hell does Eric know who all these relatives are of players?

    Are they wearing name tags?

    Do they announce who they are when the come in the door?

    Is Eric carrying around a photo ident binder with pics of all current and past rangers extended family in it along with personal bios?

  4. Admiral Akbar on


    It sure has been a fun ride this season.

    Looking forward to enjoying this game, no matter who wins, since realistically(?) the Rangers have no shot at this series.

  5. Looks like same lineup


    I wouldn’t change for change’s sake. The guys who have played poorly aren’t coming out, the ones who haven’t shouldn’t come out.

  6. Admiral Akbar on

    Why in the effing world would you ever take young Chris Kreider out of an SCF game unless he is injured??

    What a tool.

  7. The brothers Dorsett were spotted at the pick talking Eric down from the Bledge (bonehead ledge)

    LGR! We have more hockey to play this month!


  8. If, for whatever reason they didn’t want to give Mac the C after Cally left, they should have painted a big C on Hank’s helmet, hell with the league ‘rules.’ We don’t need ‘unofficial’ Captains.

  9. We get to watch Rangers hockey in a few minutes boys. Win or lose this has been a helluva run and a special team.
    But it’s not over yet! Kings aren’t that tough. You wanna see tough? pick anything in this room and i’ll lift it over my head!!

  10. Yeah, I think this qualifies as must win….and sorry, I don’t want Carcillo in…

    oy, this has been such a day already…LGR!

  11. All we need is a Concentration from The Hunk…and couple of goals will not hurt (us).
    Got mit uns!

  12. Rob in Beantown on

    Whatever happens, the Rangers will play in the last game of the whole NHL season. That’s pretty cool!

  13. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on





    LETS DO THIS !!!!!!! YEAH BABY LETS GOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LETs go gog goggogogogoggogo!!! LETS GO RANGERS!!! LETS GO!!! LETS GO RANGERS LETS GO!!!!!

  14. iManny-O-War on

    Jesus Christ. Get that idiot Bill Plaschke out of Waseka. Dude rants against fighting in the NHL. He’s a hack

  15. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


  16. travel day in order to work at bonnaroo. May not get to watch the game
    best of luck to all of us
    let’s go rangers!

  17. Amazing ride this year. Completely unexpected.

    Win the game. 19 & 61…wake up punks. Show a bit more pride, yes?

  18. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    IS n’t THIS EXCITING!?!!?!??

  19. Zev the welder on

    Usually I’m a nervous wreck at the start of these elimination games… For whatever reason, not today. Confident that they will win? Or acceptance that the season is over? Just wanna see them come out fighting and give it their best. Let’s Go Rangers!!!!!!

  20. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on



    DO or DIE!!!!!

    LEts gog ogg og og og gogogoggo!!!

  21. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    THIS IS ONLY THE START….no one ever said we’d make this easy..we do it the hard way!!!! More exciting this way!!!


  22. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


  23. Eddie… The previous three games emptied my liquor cabinet… Only beer left. Plus I sent my lady out for the night… Think Raging Bull DeNiro… That was me with the wife beater on last game!

  24. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “there is no tomorrow. Well, there is a tomorrow but it might not be actually a tomorrow if today isn’t today”

  25. Hey Manny, what was Gretzky’s favorite spot to set up and try to pass the puck from????! (wait for it Coos…wait for it :) )

  26. Anyone have an idea how much lower the number tonight will be than a number on Friday on NBC?

  27. Good evening, Carp! I got my super special copy of HOCKEY’S Dragon Slayer on the altar, obviously.


  28. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Headzo – The wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner wearing a French maid outfit

  29. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


    Rangers HACKEY TONIGHT!!!!!

    Lets gog oggo goggo googgo googgogogoooo!!!!

  30. Carcillo just walked into the bar. I told him to suck it up. He smirked like a little girl.

  31. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    FIRE OLGA!!!!

    LETS DO THIS!!!!


  32. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on



  33. Kreider looks like he’s ready to go. Richards looks like he wishes his legs worked

  34. Very confident! Which is very unusual for me… We will score the first goal and we will prevail!


  35. Carp I need your help. Can you send the malocchio towards the Kings bench for me, please???

  36. So are we at the point we’re scared Richards is a post-series surgery announcement?

  37. Torts played Richards on the 4th line and got fired…wonder if AV gets the boot for Messier if they lose (s)

  38. how are you not throwing every single piece of garbage at the net in THIS game?!

  39. @bruce_arthur

    Finally, Benoit Pouliot gets his stick up in the offensive zone and doesn’t take a penalty

  40. btw, since you guys have talked about the US guys standing at the blue line until the colors leave the ice after the anthem … Stralman does too.

  41. That’s the way they should treat every single offensive throat that tries to skate into their zone 82-110 games per year..

  42. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    MC DONAUGH!!!!


    omg , Ive got goosebumps!!! This is RAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGERS!!!!

    Boys are hit N HARD!!!! THIS IS US , DO OR DIE!!!!
    so proud to be a Rangers fan!!! LETS gog googoggo go gogogooo@!!!!!!


  43. iManny-O-War on

    And this is me saying this…

    If we didn’t have Klein would we keep Strälmän

  44. Maybe we should take Cally’s 6×6 money and give it to stralsy

    How is that not too many men? 7 in dog years?

  45. Those numbers popping up on the screen demonstrating LAK’s too-many-men looked like a Sesame Street segment.. and they still counted incorrectly.

  46. We need Mrs. St. Louis and Mrs. Moore to make their first appearance in this series…otherwise all we’ll have left are those glorious first ten minutes of Game 1

  47. I’ll give Richards one thing – he grows a good beard
    But with those teeth, he looks like the abominable Snowman from the old Burl Ives Christmas Claymation movie with Rudolph

  48. Exactly when did the statute of limitations expire on interference? A page out of the old Islander handbook, Kings commit interference almost every trip up the ice. My favorite was when they walled Nash off from the forecheck- you can’t chip and chase if you’re not allowed to chase.

  49. _Kings commit interference almost every trip up the ice_

    Exaggeration. Sometimes its more holding than interference.

  50. Anybody know the exact four line combinations things have really been mixed up

  51. For the rest of the series, there should be no pinching unless the D physically tags an F to cover.

  52. Mitchell wondering why a penalty was called since every other King gets away with it.

  53. “Met Eric and a bunch of the Dorsetts before the game, Sam. Semi-wonderful family.”

  54. John Moore should be on the point with McDonagh on the first unit … PERIOD!

  55. How?

    Do we not get a power play there.

    1 – for a cross check to the back
    2- for a punch to the face after the whistle?

  56. Do not say Tour de France….do not say anything.

    And that is a thing of beauty….


  58. I’m trying to soak this in as “maybe the last time during the 2013-14 season I’ll be happy”.

  59. Mama doesn’t give out belts, just Sunday newspapers….unless otherwise required. But I approve of hell….oh yes I do :)

  60. Admiral Akbar on

    We can’t possibly blow a 5th two goal lead, can we?

    Let’s bury this PP!!

  61. Yeah, keep talking about how inhumanly unbeatable Quick is with help of all Tomas,Hashek and himself…morons

  62. Whatever guys. If Henrik were in LA’s net, he would have let in like five already because Quick is clutch and knows how to win when winning is what’s needed to do.

  63. So, naturally, Hank needs to make a GREAT save on Kopitar while WE are on the PP.. UGHHHHH!

  64. Wash rinse post and repeat….I bet there are pubs in the city and fans at home making more noise that at MSG….that makes me want to vomit

  65. iManny-O-War on

    That’s not a great save by Hank. Usually he moves back further on that and lays on his goal line

  66. We had just scored, we had the momentum. We get a PP and it destroys our momentum and they come back, score and start to dominate.

    I also wish I could reach through the TV and punch doc in his mouth so he would SHUT UP! I can’t take him..

  67. iManny-O-War on

    It sucks that his stick broke (but was still in one piece) but Hank should Probably make that save.

  68. Another brutal Ranger PP (19 on point) followed by a Kings goal. IS AV the ONLY frickin person in North America that thinks Richards should be on the power play????

  69. iManny-O-War on

    The Rangers should use old school heavy wooden sticks. They could do some damage there

  70. I’ve said this for years now and I will continue to say it. Yes you can’t control the stick breaking, but Dan Girardi does not handle the puck well, isn’t very fast, nor is he an offensive weapon and should not be on the PP.

  71. Admiral Akbar on

    Rest of this game, it’s up to Lundqvist to be the best player and win this damn game.

  72. For Kings when they score first is like a huge adrenalin shot for the rest of the game.

  73. Lundqvist should have (1) thrown his stick to Girardi and (2) stopped the breakaway anyway. Then (3) scored.

  74. If anything, Henrik should be glad there are so many shots where its just him face up with a King inside 10 feet because that means he has a clear view of the shot. C’mon Hank win it!

  75. The stink on girardi right now is the kind of stink that can only be wiped away by a game 7 OT goal

    Wow, Stepans mask- he looks like a power ranger

  76. If THE pulled that move in OT on Quick in Game 2, I wonder how many of us would have said “Quick should have had that”.

  77. Admiral Akbar on

    This is a fun game tonight.

    But it’s up to Hank to win this.

    The Rangers advantage of Henrik over Quick has yet to bear fruit.

    The time is now, Hank!!!

  78. Some idiot here is going to blame Lundqvist when a triple deflection or 4 on 1 break finally gets through him.

  79. Just once I would like to see Henrik stop a break away like he did on the shootout 2 years ago that last play tilled to the ice

  80. That brown goal was all on msl or who ever forced the puck back to Girardi (who had a king on him) instead of moops on the other point

  81. The 4th line with Richards is not a force. Brad Richards is screwing this team up right now.

  82. AV has Nasher killing penalties, playing D, watching PPs. Thou kiddest me? Carcillo can do that.

  83. Coos … I’m going to search for a silver lining in that … maybe AV has Sather’s ear and after we’re done coming back and winning the Cup, Richards and Nash are both thanked and moved along.

  84. Girardi and Richards are neck and neck in a competition for who’s going to cost the Rangers this game.

  85. Just did a shot of Hennessey for the nerves. Dutch courage. Ranger fandom will do that to a person.

  86. Sad truth- even if they manage to squeak this game out and win, this Kings team isn’t one they can beat 3 more times in a row..

  87. _Girardi and Richards are neck and neck in a competition for who’s going to cost the Rangers this game_

    I’ll take Henrik because for the Rangers to lose another goal has to be scored and a winner who wants to win will stop every shot no matter what because if he doesn’t he might not win which isn’t something a winner allows for.

  88. gotta hit the bed kids. sure hope we can discuss a win when I get back in the am. GO Rangers!

  89. Girardi is real disaster.
    Krider totally non-factor.
    Strange enough, Rangers playing with no particular desperation…
    There will be NO tomorrow, guys. Hello-o-o-!

  90. Diane, might I suggest you have another. The third period is going to be a seasons worth of anxiety compressed into twenty minutes.

  91. Slats has to hire a coach off-season to teach Kreider and Miller how to play in their own end. Both guys could be very valuable going forward, but they are not learning.

  92. Girardi finally revealing why he wasn’t drafted.

    How can we expect them to win if their best players don’t show up?

  93. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


    THATS beuuuuutiful!!!


  94. Feel like we have to win this game by 2 or 3 to gain confidence to win the next three straight. I’ll take one goal, though.

  95. Our centers have been stymied, series long, starting at the faceoff circle and continuing throughout.

  96. Olga Folkyerself on

    “a winner who wants to win will stop every shot no matter what because if he doesn’t he might not win which isn’t something a winner allows for.”

    That is the biggest load I’ve seen on the blog in the entire playoffs.

  97. Olga Folkyerself on

    Now there is a definite sign, my Ranger jersey just fell off the wall. No one touched it…

  98. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Pierre – “I want to kiss Jonathan Quack on the mouth”

    I sit richards and double shift Moore, Brassard, and Step

  99. John Moore just did that thing where you think he’s as scared of John Moore on the ice as you are.

  100. Only thing I ask of the hockey gods is, if we’re going to lose, make it a 5-2 building collapse and not an OT heartbreaker.

  101. iManny-O-War on

    Lol, Doc. I honestly would prefer Diaz. At least it means the top guys play more.

  102. QUICK would have caught that puck, flipped it up in the air, and whacked it down the ice to a streaking Gaborik.

  103. Super hero god Quick’s save percentage is under .900 which makes me think we should reassess how we calculate save percentage.

  104. They will not get through a period playing this way! They need to get the puck in deep in the Kings zone and cycle!

  105. Would someone please tell the Rye Rangers that the intermission is over and to get off the ice?

  106. Screw all famous people who get free seats for playoffs …. Except Mess…..doesn’t count

  107. leetchhalloffame on

    So painfully evident these teams are on 2 different planets talent-wise. Fire Sather.

  108. How about a shot on goal? If they just defend, it is a recipe for disaster.. They must get some offensive pressure and time in the offensive zone..

  109. Yes, we get it TKID. *The King does not year have a ring.* And when the Rangers lose, it’ll be a happy day because he won’t for at least another year.

  110. Stranger Nation on

    That is the 5th time Eddie nocheck and Penis head have called for Ranger penalties


  111. Just a small aside from the bucket….those wires commercials creep me the hell out….


  113. If nothing else, guys are getting valuable experience…but it’s painful… to watch.

  114. iManny-O-War on

    If Nash just had two minutes worth of Hockey left he could have a great final 5 shifts.

  115. So, 90% through regulation and it certainly feels like we only have 10% left right ha ha ha ha [dies]

  116. Tough to establish a forecheck with all defensive interference …obviously being ignored

  117. iManny-O-War on

    How could a linesman. It notice a stick never touching the ice? They have like 4 jobs

  118. I know it’s been cited ad nauseam but worth another mention, almost everytime a Ranger enters the zone, he is held up with interference, with never a call

  119. Kreider, a potential offensive force, sits late because of d-zone liabilities. Same should happen to Richards.

  120. _Kreider, a potential offensive force, sits late because of d-zone liabilities. Same should happen to Richards._

    Credit for knowing where he should be when he’s not versus not knowing.

  121. When will we learn that these zebras are not calling holding or after-whistle infractions? Take part!!

  122. That was ALL caused by Girardi blindly backhanding the puck up the boards into a couple of players when he had plenty of time and space.

  123. The funny thing about Dustin brown’s beard is that everyone in Ithaca has the same one


  125. How about those 2 pucks that stopped on the goal line! WOW! I’ve never seen anything like that happen 2 times one game.

  126. So is it possible winning as grossly as this is a retroactive positive because maybe every single goddamn skater save McD, Boyle and maybe someone else feels like he didn’t carry his weight tonight?

  127. I don’t thing doubt will ever enter the kings head, but at least more hope has entered the Rangers heads.

  128. Braunschweiger on

    Iron Mike talking over Gu-Gays babble. Like him or not he doesn’t talk the MSG fluff

  129. coos, I’ve snuck off to the bathroom — how much did Richie suck tonight? Regale me. I know it’s how you celebrate!

  130. What made me not enjoy my celebration shot? Realizing Mr. Ed has at least one more game to get hurt.
    F it!

    Rangers win!


  131. The Rangers win Game 4 with thanks to remarkable plays by Stralman in the first and the ice and Stepan in the third.

  132. Yeah!!!!!!! Ok, early and long day for me tomorrow, but sleeping good tonight….LGR!!!!!!!

  133. Mike Keenan liked Staal and Nash. Mike Keenan doesn’t coach an NHL team. Correlation?

  134. I’m not so sure, Latona. I don’t think we guaranteed ourselves better than 1-1 after two and I think they pretty seriously won the last two. For us to be tied, there’s probably a steal in there.

  135. My bad earlier, I blamed msl for the stupid pass to Girardi that led to the brown goal, but it was Stepan’s dumb play not msl.

  136. Jon Quick, super amazing hero goalie superstar, with a save percentage under .900. Which is very weird, because usually he’s very good at going down two then letting his team score three plus for the win. Outlier.

  137. Two egregious giveaways in Game 1, more egregious giveaways in Game 2 with some questionable calls/non-calls. Should be 2-2.

  138. 5 on 5 close, Henrik at .954, Quick at .893. I think Quick has been a lot better and is a better goalie and Henrik has been very lucky.

  139. Another thing freaking me out tonight? Carp’s Rangers in 7 prediction. It shall be done per Master Carp…

  140. Jon Quick is very good at going down two goals against a goalie that he knows is more likely than not to squander the the two goal lead.

  141. That’s fair. I weirdly didn’t think the 3rd goal in Game 2 should have been waived off.

  142. SeeDubb – tell me that wasn’t the first think that entered your mind when that puck stopped on the line.

    Bridgestone Rubber baby.

    And that’s coming from a “Goodyear” guy :)

  143. Stranger Nation on

    See Rub a Dub – no mistake Marty scores a 5v5 goal with a different center

  144. Eric and Dorsett’s brother never made the game. Staggering around the Village looking for whatever you look for down there.

  145. I want to watch the replay of this game like I want to watch a video of the first time I had sexual intercourse. Its over, it worked, move on.

  146. Obviously mean Bridgestone Eco tire rubber…time to hit the sack…happy. Sud sod, King Henrik! Take it to them the rest of the way!

  147. Mister D, I don’t think King deserved a penalty on the play, but Lundqvist really had no chance to make that save. Thought it should have been waved off and left at that, ESPECIALLY considering the call on Pouliot.

    And re: the giveaways, not discrediting LAK for capitalizing on chances NYR gave them, just saying NYR shouldn’t be making such terrible plays, especially not in the SCF.

  148. True, Stranger. I just think that the former fourth line helps in puck possession, and can pin the opponent in a bit.

  149. Need to see another game at flying puck… great experience. Missed Eric tho, probably cause I was on the positive side of the bar, not the negative side.

  150. Reporter asks if the play where Step swipes the puck away is something they work on? Where do they get these guys?

  151. “Reporter asks if the play where Step swipes the puck away is something they work on? Where do they get these guys?”

    Manny’s firm?

  152. For all the Anton Stralman voters … that was a massive save, but shots are currently listed as *17-1* when he was on the ice. That’s “not good”, in hockey parlance.

  153. Stranger Nation on

    See Dubbstep – no doubt Double Ds is more than a mouthful, Boyle running hot and DMoops is no Lone Ranger.

  154. We got Em right where we want Em. Like I said no little guys on the same line. No more power plays. Seriously. We got this. Not so impossible anymore. Fat guy, hilarious on d- bags Shaggy beard.

  155. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    If we didn’t have Klein I would be advocating to keep Stralman right now. Hell if we could move Klein…

    And this is me. The biggest Stralman hater ever.

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

    I’m not telling you guys about losing my virginity…let’s just say everyone was impressed.

  157. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Lol, Coos. Shockingly you guessed my first something. I hit my first triple in Orange!

  158. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Baseball. And a velour blanket actually. Rough night for that household. Thank G-d for Jewish Youth Groups!

  159. Manny, if I were coaching 3rd Base at the time, I would have definitely waved you home for an inside the parker.

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

    Thanks, Papa. Actually, years later, I made it to that Promised Land. It was a really nice rekindle. Much like the Jews and the Oil lasting for 8 days on Chanukah.

  161. Every game needs a little puck luck.

    Hank deserves a little.

    Game 5 bonding on the Road. They almost won 2 games on the road, they can win the NEXT one.

  162. I believe in *Puck Luck*

    The harder you work the luckier you get!

    The puck stopping on the line twice…… that’s like hitting a 2 outer on the river.

    That said, my buddy FOX won 507K today in event #22 WSOP when he took down the 10K H.O.R.S.E. event.

    I’m so proud of his success!!!

    How cool is that? To be a WSOP World Champion.

    Someday :)

  163. How much fun would that be Manny?

    Great day. Rangers win. Fox wins!

    Anything is possible.

    Keep the Faith?

    *1 MORE WIN*

  164. well they got one and thanks almost entirely to Henrik Lundqvist. was nice to see him finally outplay Quick in this series. winning one more would be bittersweet since I genuinely see no way they win 4 straight and watching the Kings parade around with the Cup at MSG would suck with vigor.

    beyond that, I thought the Rangers were pretty bad, especially Dan Girardi who looks more lost than I’ve ever seen him look. then there’s Brad Richards, who looks exactly as lost as he always looks.

  165. Get that Cup out of our building and get it on a plane out of town! (for the time being)

  166. Admiral Akbar on

    A win is a win is a win.

    We did it. On to play another day!

    Good for the Smurfs.

  167. Lloyd and TKid (one and the same?) – ever notice when you enter a room, a hush ensues, then everyone leaves?

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