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Sun May 3 2015 9:14 am EST

That's a bummer on BUCHNEVICH, but not unexpected. I mean, if your choice is between playing in the top league in Europe or riding the bus in the AHL, really that's not a tough decision. No way Buch was going to make the Rangers out of camp...wasn't eligible to play in the NHL playoffs and really the best he could have hoped for was a spot on Hartford's third line in the AHL playoffs and then a solid year riding the bus around the great northeast. He's too raw of a talent to make the straight jump, IMO...and even in the increasingly likely scenario were MSL retires or isn't resigned, they still won't have anything more than a spot on third or fourth line....the TAMBELLINI situation is much more interesting. Kid was an overager in the WHL -which to degree explains his production --and I believe he's under contract with the Rangers. Tough jump to go from juniors to the AHL playoffs...and I know the Pack haven't been dressing WALCOTT...if he IS dressed for the playoffs, that will say a lot about where the Rangers see him in terms of development.

tdchi


Sun May 3 2015 9:04 am EST

Oh, how ironic: Hershey is the Capitals' farm club!

RF4L


Sun May 3 2015 9:00 am EST

Dineen; I see the Pack are set to play the Hershey Bears this round. Do you know anything about the Bears? How formidable an opponent are they?

RF4L


Sun May 3 2015 8:27 am EST

The Rangers, IMO, are still struggling to reach their goal scoring feats of the regular season. IMO, a significant part of the issue is the lack of production from Kevin Hayes. He was a big part of the Rangers offense during the regular season. His OT goal, of course, was great and very timely. Other than that, however, he's not generating much. It's clear (to me anyways) he's having trouble adjusting to the increased intensity and tempo of the POs. Too many times he's moving so slowly with the puck, trying to find open ice, and ends up losing it. I'm not really blaming him here - no one expected him to accomplish what he did in regular season, but he did what he did and that helped spread the scoring through 3 lines. That made the Rangers offensively dangerous. So far, the 3rd line isn't scoring, albeit other than the 2 OT goals, which goes to support my argument, I think. That 3rd line needs to start chipping in during the regulation time, too. Otherwise, I fear it'll be a struggle every game to get more than 2 or 3 goals.

RF4L


Sun May 3 2015 7:35 am EST

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/rick-nash-bounces-back-rangers-article-1.2208114

stevielegs


Sun May 3 2015 7:00 am EST

Lots of talk about Nash, but in my uninformed opinion if there is no cup this year the root causes are Boyle and MSL. That is where the largest disparity lies between pay and performance .Notes to Pierre: If Holtby is so great then conversely what does that say about the Rangers play? You might just mention that. And in case you have not noticed Lundquist is the better player and is the story.

gene_carr


Sun May 3 2015 6:42 am EST

Bob looks like it's confirmed....http://nypost.com/2015/05/02/nhl-needs-review-to-avoid-missed-calls-in-big-games/

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 11:23 pm EST

RHET--Read it on Hockeys Future.. It said he has signed for another season over there. i don't consider that a reputable source, which is why I asked.

Bob


Sat May 2 2015 11:11 pm EST

This easily could be rangers up 2 nothing. Now pressure is on craps. Holpless is a jv goalie all his saves are the easy saves or shots that hit him as misfires. Pierre is a douch bag. With a name like that he probable was an easy target his entire miserable life. The bold headed scum bag. Can somebody please clear a puck in his mouth, please!

Jerry_Garcia


Sat May 2 2015 10:36 pm EST

There are rumors going around that Zucc is done for the season .....Bob... In regard to Buchnevich: I haven't seen that anywhere, where did you see it? ...Stevie.... In fairness to Nash, he made that 3rd goal happen. He should've gotten 2 assists for it :)

Rhet0ric


Sat May 2 2015 10:30 pm EST

Boyle god is he awful defensively......Stralman where are you would you take 5 mil per year how old is he 28????

vcp1994


Sat May 2 2015 9:41 pm EST

Is it a fact that Pavel Buchnevich decided to spend another entire season in the KHL?

Bob


Sat May 2 2015 9:26 pm EST

The guys who make the big bucks also get the grief when they don't produce. Clearly, AV got through to Nash because he was taking the body at every opportunity and going to the net hard. I saw at least 2 incidences where Caps went for Nash's head, so we are not the only ones who suspect that is an issue for him. Holtby is way out of his net on the long shots, and the opportunity is there to get the puck low and shoot it past him. His 5 hole was open on both of Kreider's breakaways and on Brassard's rebound early. Hopefully, the video will show them that. Really too bad Zucc is out. They miss his playmaking and toughness.I expect the next 2 to be real high wire acts, with lots of time spent in our zone and Henrik being run regularly. Can the Rangers withstand the onslaught? I think so but it will be stressful.

Bob


Sat May 2 2015 9:15 pm EST

Nash helped on two to get the win. Be nicer if he scored two too. Need three more wins the rest is basically meaningless ... I'm picking jasper the friendly ghost fat to be the hero... He's a diamond in the rough . Great move by veenknow moving him up.

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 8:35 pm EST

I agree that NASH was better today. I saw him try to take the puck to the net twice and he was trying to play a physical game. It just isn't his personality. He just isn't overly aggressive unless he gets pissed. Reminds me a lot of HUBER. Monster body with a lady bing personality. Except one game against Detroit if I'm not mistaken. Somebody hit him high and HUBER got pissed. He went around trying to put guys through the boards for the next 10 minutes. The garden exploded in cheer. It was awesome. And then he calmed down and went back to being WILLIE HUBER again.

Vic


Sat May 2 2015 8:13 pm EST

IMO, Nash was way more engaged today. Getting him more engaged isn't the issue (IMO) at this point - getting him to bring the same engagement in games 3 and 4 is the key. The Caps are gonna come out firing on all physical cylinders in the first period in game 3. Nash doing what he did today regardless will be huge. Suspect, however, he'll be a PPP. We'll see...

RF4L


Sat May 2 2015 6:47 pm EST

Turn the television volume down people, (and just watch with your own two eyes) I think the broadcasters are clouding your judgement. Some of you guys are being waaaaaaaay too critical IMO.

hipcheck


Sat May 2 2015 6:38 pm EST

Or, AV can tell him to read This Wall, if that doesn't get him pissed, nothing will. ;-)

mf


Sat May 2 2015 5:28 pm EST

York -- I think you're right....Nash does have to change what he is doing but I think it's more emotional,than technical. He simply needs to play with more passion, with more assertiveness. Today, he was I front of the Cap net when the puck was frozen and he got pushed by a Cpas D-man and Nash proceeds to have a conversation with him instead of,pushing back HARD. I know he has it in him....we saw. It when he went back to Columbus for the 1st time and he was getting oozed and the BJs decided to get in his face early and often....until he finally snapped and got into a fight. For the rest of the game, he was a BEAST...that's the Rick Nash we need. I think AV should get in his face (in private) and CHALLENGE him....tell him he's disappointed that he's not showing any fire or passion....tell him he's playing like a bitch....anything to get him pissed off. I really think that's what he needs....

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 5:25 pm EST

Nash scored one meaningless goal in seven games and if this is his best game then this team is in trouble. This guy is not a great player he's paid like one but it's time that he's traded this off season if he doesn't produce again.

York18


Sat May 2 2015 4:49 pm EST

Good players get contained great players score. Hull said when he was being contained and the game got tight he had to change how he did things to score coming late in the play instead of charging first etc.

York18


Sat May 2 2015 4:39 pm EST

RF4L: Agreed that hey, it's not all up to us ... the Caps are pretty good also. And really I'm not gonna bash McD and Girardi on that OV goal ... the guy is a force of nature. I will blame Girardi for that damn snow angel move later on allowing Backstrom an open look from 10 feet. I've always had to laugh at guys around the league who rip OV for 'no Cups' or plus-minus. Even his fluffer Pierre says it's the first time he's "bought in" to "not gliding." Right. He glides his way to 50 goals a year. Idiot. I thought the NYR had tons of chances and buried enough to win. There's no cakewalks in May in this league so let's get at least one in DC.

Nick


Sat May 2 2015 4:34 pm EST

Trade -- loved the headlock by Kreider....he could not break out of it and when Kreider finally let him go he was furious!! Loved it!

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 4:32 pm EST

"That he was playing WELL."

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 4:31 pm EST

Bob -- agree about Nash...I mentioned it between periods that he was playing. He asserted himself more, went to the dirty areas of the ice, provided an excellent screen on the goal (funny how OVs PP shot IN GAME 1 to many was The King's fault but that Boyle goal was not Holtby's fault), was good on the forecheck and made a key pick off on Brass' goal. He still hasn't had close to his best game yet and that is something that we still have in our back pocket....it needs to come out this series though.

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 3:47 pm EST

Bob: Thought Nash played excellent today, and I give him an assist for the screen he provided on the Boyle goal... Those don't show up in the stats but make a huge contribution..... Great to be at 1-1 and not 0-2...... Stevie you chickenshit poster.........

mf


Sat May 2 2015 3:11 pm EST

choke that ovechicken and the craps....do you know what the white specks on chicken crap are?.....

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 2:58 pm EST

Lmao Trade! I think they need to do more of that. When ovechkin is running around looking to hit somebody or slash somebody he isn't thinking about scoring.

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 2:47 pm EST

When Kreider had OV in the head lock....I was hoping he would choke him out.....I was home squeezing my decorative couch pillow like I was squeezing the life out of him at the same time

TradeStar28


Sat May 2 2015 2:44 pm EST

Has the Nash bashing begun yet. IMO, the guy played his best game of these playoffs today.

Bob


Sat May 2 2015 2:42 pm EST

The comparison of Nash vs Ovi production, IMHO comes down to the defenses. They have been able to contain Nash, we haven't been able to contain Ovi. McDonagh had another bad day on D. Girardi - as was pointed out - had a rough one too.

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 2:39 pm EST

ANd neither team has buried their chances and BOTH goalies have been playing well....Bu, hopefully, Holtby has that BAD game you're talking about...He's due with his workload..

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 2:38 pm EST

JFC - Caps had a bad game--in the first period---they were overwhelmed by the Rangers...Then, the Caps pulled themselves together a little and the Rangers didn't play as well...But, really, they are all connected..I don't expect either team to have a "BAD" game..it's up to what team can push it or control the action for more stretches....Been pretty damn even so far

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 2:34 pm EST

Hospo -- we also need to start burying our "game over" chances. Today, we had numerous chances to go up 4-1 and didn't finish. We also had no Eros chances to go up 4-2 and didn't finish. Instead, we had to sweat out a win. Caps are gonna have a bad game at some point and we have not played our best yet. Like Fast on in place of Miller, who seems to be succumbing to pressure when he has the puck in the D zone. Fast seems composed....wish he could,have handled that pass in front.

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 2:33 pm EST

OV with 2 goals & 1 assist so far this series.. The guy is "the beast" of the league.. I'm hoping that NASH gets his motivation up, and his reservations down as a result of playing against OV.... too much to expect? probably

mf


Sat May 2 2015 2:32 pm EST

And STEVIE"s correct, MCD is leading the way sometimes with poor decisions...AT least three or four times today....when leading!!!!! Enough!

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 2:31 pm EST

Fotiu -- good point....I thought we played well enough to win last game. And so far, the Caps have played as, I think, as they are capable of playing. Can't see them being able to consistently play at the level they are playing at. I'm also happy with our level of physical play. Yes, the Caps are hitting us, but we are dishing out good consistent hit ourselves...finishing checks better today than any time all year. That will have an effect on the Caps as the series goes on. I also thought we looked like the better conditioned team in the last 10 minutes.

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 2:30 pm EST

RF4L - I;ve been saying that for most of the week...If the Caps and OV don't lose their poise and discipline, they are a good team and one that will be hard to beat..Still, except for the 1st period today, I don't think we have seen the Rangers best..Idiotic and loose play on defense trying to chase goals..That has to stop..or it will keep biting them in the ass

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 2:29 pm EST

capt mc dumber is the guy struggling most of this year...he's not the same as last year, but he mostly gets a pass from most.....he let ovi go by him, and it's not the first time.....

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 2:24 pm EST

RF4L, Girardi? Youre going to punish GirardI? A heart and soul player who saved our butts more than once in the Penn series, because had an "off day'". I'm scratching my head here,,any idea how the locker room would take that? Just MHO

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 2:20 pm EST

First game 2 win since 1996

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 2:18 pm EST

I agree JFC...too many mistakes. I guess on the bright side is we could have still won both even making alot of mistakes. Vic- nothing going to be easy from here on out! They are an excellent road team so we are right back in this.

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 2:17 pm EST

Need to start a petition to fire dickaletti with his Pierre imitation

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 2:17 pm EST

JFC: Perhaps the board collectively isn't giving the Caps enough credit as a team? OV is a beast - he always has been, but clearly has stepped things up this PO (so far). Trotz is an experienced, proven coach who's never had the offensive talent he has now. And the Caps can ice 2 scoring lines. Finally, they are big and yes, you cannot hit what you cannot catch, but enough hits are being handed out to have at least some effect. Oh, and Holtby is proving, so far, to be a capable goalie. The Rangers are better on paper IMO, but not by a whole bunch.

RF4L


Sat May 2 2015 2:14 pm EST

It looked to me like The King got a glove save right near the end up high that glanced off his glove and the announcers did not call it...Caps almost tied it up. Our ridiculous loose play has given OV and the Caps swagger and confidence despite the fact that we won. They already got the split they wanted. We need to play better!

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 2:13 pm EST

Well that HAD to be a heart attack at the end again.

Bob


Sat May 2 2015 2:12 pm EST

Phew.....One down.....Three to go...Likely take all 5 remaining games as teams are taking turns controlling play within the games.....But, if the Rangers play tighter and smarter on D, they should win...Bets are off if they don't

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 2:12 pm EST

I hope Pierre gets a terminal disease. Guy has to ask Brass about OV....how about talking positive about the Rangers for 15 seconds..j

Shaggy


Sat May 2 2015 2:12 pm EST

Thank God they got the win. Every win is going to be like pulling teeth in this series.

Vic


Sat May 2 2015 2:12 pm EST

Glad we won but very worried...I'm seeing things the Rangers have not done...brain farts, ridiculous dumb-ass plays that make it look,lie we can't handle pressure. We need to pull our heads out of our nether regions and play SMART hockey. That game should have been over at 3-1 but we let them get right back in it and barely held on.

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 2:11 pm EST

Time to move Girardi off the top pairing? He struggled today IMO.

RF4L


Sat May 2 2015 2:11 pm EST

Good God, this team is gonna give me a stroke or heart attack at this point.

RF4L


Sat May 2 2015 2:11 pm EST

Jayzus a win is a win.

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 2:08 pm EST

Can we ever get an empty net goal? Ever? Just once? Jesus

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 2:06 pm EST

Please no Boyle on the ice

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 2:01 pm EST

2 minutes detention

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 1:55 pm EST

Either one if the d should have taken the body like Staal did earlier. Now we have to hold on for dear life for eight minuyes

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 1:55 pm EST

Ok, that was pathetic. Nice job by McSSIAH and GIRADI. Save that tape too PIERRE. Mark it under how not to play D.....

Vic


Sat May 2 2015 1:55 pm EST

I really cant stand this, they don't make a strong enough pepto pill for this team..

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 1:54 pm EST

Our 2 best d-men trying to STICK CHECK Ovechkin!!! Gimme a break!! WTF is wrong with us??

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 1:54 pm EST

Great play by OV but MCD caught up ice AGAIN....Play like a damn Captain will ya!!!

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 1:54 pm EST

I just thought of how you can loose a series like this in a hurry. Hope those wasn't the start of that yikes...

Ola


Sat May 2 2015 1:54 pm EST

Nothing ever easy with the Rangers

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 1:53 pm EST

MONSTER game by STAAL. FAST and KREIDER have been really good as well but KREIDER needs to mix it up on breakaways. He ALWAYS goes with that move.

Vic


Sat May 2 2015 1:47 pm EST

F u dickaletti

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 1:45 pm EST

Klein back on the ice

mf


Sat May 2 2015 1:44 pm EST

MSL did something good. Finally.

Bob


Sat May 2 2015 1:44 pm EST

These fucks on NBC are brutal with the Holtby BJ talk......they should have the Caps goalie roll out his schlong in the crease so they can have easier access.........So glad that Brass scored the easy save goal....Fuck the caps.....honestly

TradeStar28


Sat May 2 2015 1:43 pm EST

Fast is playing real good... Kid is a gamer

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 1:42 pm EST

That's the way to short circuit a comeback! Good kill and good play by the forwards

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 1:42 pm EST

YESYEES!

TradeStar28


Sat May 2 2015 1:42 pm EST

Nash to Msl to brass

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 1:42 pm EST

Yes!!!! Totally needed that

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 1:42 pm EST

Finally a 3rd goal. Great PK.

DOUBLEN


Sat May 2 2015 1:41 pm EST

Brass ass

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 1:41 pm EST

yyeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh

mf


Sat May 2 2015 1:41 pm EST

Klein hurt on another OV shot.... Let's hope he doesn't miss more than a shift

mf


Sat May 2 2015 1:40 pm EST

That call is disgraceful. They have swallowed there whistles with obstruction for the entire playoffs and they call that?

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 1:40 pm EST

Bs dickaletti on Nash no call on ovi a call same bs

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 1:38 pm EST

. I know I don't want them to sit back but I don't want yandle behind the caps net two minutes into the third

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 1:34 pm EST

I agree that Boyle hasn't been good this POs and I am worried about him.mbut the goal, I mean goals are scored in this game and when they are that's how a defense mostly looks. 9/10 times that shot just hits Hank. 19/20. It's hard to take away the shot there, back against the net etc, he rebound can go anywhere...

Ola


Sat May 2 2015 1:33 pm EST

rangers lose this period and ultimately lose this game......would be equivalent of the fat lady skating out to center ice, taking a dump.....and then singing #LGR

TradeStar28


Sat May 2 2015 1:31 pm EST

IMHO, Klein is way overdue, hell he had a vacation while we played the Pens (jk). Commmmon Kevin (Hayes or Klein) we need the damn third goal. Actually we need Wash +1. That's all I ask, I already bought Pepto pills. LGR!.....Fotiu, sorry I reminded you.

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 1:27 pm EST

Very, very important period coming up...Rangers need to come out with poise and confidence and TAKE the game, not just survive. Like the way Sheppard is playing tonight...finishing his checks, making some nice moves....4th line overall has been doing well. Nash also playing well and he's due.

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 1:26 pm EST

Craps had 16 shots that period.. They worked their way back into this contest.. We need to score a goal or two this period

mf


Sat May 2 2015 1:23 pm EST

Kid K needs to shoot on some of those breaks. Goalies are backing in anticipating his signature move so there's gaps. That'll result in the goalies staying further out longer, thereby making that move more effective.

RF4L


Sat May 2 2015 1:22 pm EST

Much better game by all the Rangers, save perhaps for MSL who continues to accomplish zippo, save for dragging down his line. Sit him, move up Sheppard and dress Bourque. IMO, unless he's some kind of dressing demi-god, he won't be missed.

RF4L


Sat May 2 2015 1:21 pm EST

I tried to wipe that from my memory! My nerves are shot already. They can't sit back in the third period.

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 1:20 pm EST

Good call veenknow switching fast and jitters

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 1:19 pm EST

Pass the mylanta around the locker room ... Too many brain farts....

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 1:17 pm EST

KID K needs a move. Please break up the Boyle-Yandle pairing for the 3rd period.

DOUBLEN


Sat May 2 2015 1:17 pm EST

Fotiu, not just this playoffs, don't you remember the dreaded 2 goal lead against the Kings last year?

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 1:17 pm EST

Played better towards the end, two damn glorious chances, but gotta tighten up....Miller better get his head out of his ass.......captain, My captain..with Bobby Clarke and no Messier?? Give me a break

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 1:16 pm EST

Ok, I always complained about our FO's ....maybe we shouldn't win them, we don't know what to do once we do.

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 1:16 pm EST

We've had a ton of chances. Can't seem to get a third goal in this playoffs

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 1:10 pm EST

Caps are psuhing big time and what the hell are the Rangers (MCD) doing getting caught up ice when protecting a lead..Stupid, stupid play

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 1:10 pm EST

Might want to get a time out here

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 1:08 pm EST

JFC - Exactly, that's two absolutley horribe goals so far in 5 periods..inexcusable

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 1:06 pm EST

If the Rangers lose this, it will be due to Boyle. He needs to retire.

Bob


Sat May 2 2015 1:06 pm EST

We never ever make anything easy.

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 1:05 pm EST

What a dumb-ass way to give up a goal. Defense freezes after winning a faceoffs and the. The Backcheck was AWFUL! How the hell do you let that guy get that shot off???

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 1:05 pm EST

Miller didn't fight hard enough...Boyle and Yandle? I'm sick of their defensive flops.....The Caps chose not to go crazy and afren't giving up...Rangers need to be tighter on D

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 1:03 pm EST

Boyle has to pick him up. Basic basic basic. He was right there

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 1:03 pm EST

Boyle / Yandle on the ice

mf


Sat May 2 2015 1:02 pm EST

OV is no stranger to MARC STAAL

mf


Sat May 2 2015 1:02 pm EST

Love that play by Staal

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 12:58 pm EST

Hank is tuned in, some great saves.... Craps blowing their load this period, they're gassed....

mf


Sat May 2 2015 12:57 pm EST

wow, what a play by OV ..but topped by a beeter play by The KIng!!!~

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 12:54 pm EST

When an orprick. Going after Sheppards knees

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 12:53 pm EST

Hanks not going to let them lose todday

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 12:47 pm EST

Gotta love kreider's roar after his goal

nyfans


Sat May 2 2015 12:44 pm EST

Kreider is beastly today. Wow.

Bob


Sat May 2 2015 12:43 pm EST

Kreider is a missile out there. Two good chances to start off the period

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 12:43 pm EST

Love that Rangers..don't let them mess with The King

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 12:37 pm EST

Backstrom is next up on the hit list. Never thought the dude was dirty but he hits high and from behind.

Bob


Sat May 2 2015 12:37 pm EST

I'm not exactly letting Boyle off the hook from game one but having Ward in the box on that goal does make me believe in the Hockey Gods .......toung in cheek ,ofcourse............

Newfie_Ranger


Sat May 2 2015 12:36 pm EST

35 more periods of that kind of play, and we hoist The Cup..

mf


Sat May 2 2015 12:35 pm EST

sog 15-4

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 12:34 pm EST

Next goal is big. Let them score and they are back in the game. Get up by 3-0 and they will start to goon it up

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 12:30 pm EST

I bet RF4L loved that weasely Bettman spot on the intermission..God what a dweeb.....

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 12:27 pm EST

I am with you. They do need to keep this up. No need for a 2-1 win this game. Lets blow them out

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 12:26 pm EST

One of the best periods I've ever seen Kreider play...scores a goal, gets OV in a headlock thatOV can't get out of and then blasts OV into the boards. Fantastic performance by Kreider!!

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 12:24 pm EST

Fotiu, with all due respect NFW, they are being overwhelmed, no way are they "settling" for a split, they know damn well the Pens split,...besides a sweep gives them a rest. This is the Rangers being the better team, let's hope they keep it up.

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 12:23 pm EST

"Brilliant goaltending by Holtby," are youmfreakin' kidding me, Pierre? He and Micheletti know NOTHING about golatending if they think Holtby is playing well. Just because he's making some saves doesn't mean he's playing well....he looks,like shit in close, has no idea where the puck,is and is struggling. He's stopping long shots simply because he is overly aggressive...at some point the Rangers are gonna go back door on him. JEEZUS...the guy gave up 2 goals and he's "playing brilliantly!"!! LOL! We're not finished scoring either! By the 3rd period, Holtby's legs will be jelly.

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 12:23 pm EST

Watching the talking heads who never cover hockey the past two days say how they would not recover from the last second loss....that period was a great response. Let's keep it up!

Shaggy


Sat May 2 2015 12:20 pm EST

great, dominant period..ready from the start...good breakouts...too fast for the caps....outworked the caps....a PP Goal..took the caps hits and kept on going...and the caps lost their discipline....This is how the Rangers win...but, need two more periods of it!

Hospo


Sat May 2 2015 12:19 pm EST

I know the Caps are probably happy to just get a split so they haven't brought their "A" game today but where was this Ranger team on Thursday night?? Jesus what a difference

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 12:16 pm EST

Cheap hit to the head there. Holtby goes down way too early all the time. Shoot upstairs

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 12:13 pm EST

Whoaaaaaaaaa! wooooo hoooooo!

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 12:12 pm EST

Nash went to the net and they scored a power play goal. Wow.

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 12:11 pm EST

NASH with the screen, Goal by Boyle !!!!!!

mf


Sat May 2 2015 12:11 pm EST

OMG..PPG!!!!!

DOUBLEN


Sat May 2 2015 12:09 pm EST

Rangers buzzing around the net but being too picky about throwing the puck in front....just throw it out front, damn it! Get Holtby moving and down on his knees...create scrambles....stop being so picky!!

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 12:08 pm EST

Ranger PP=Bathroom break time.

DOUBLEN


Sat May 2 2015 12:08 pm EST

Has day drinking got the best of me, or are we the more physical team here? Looks like we're doing the majority of the hitting. Now get a damn PP goal!!!!

Shaggy


Sat May 2 2015 12:07 pm EST

now the PP

mf


Sat May 2 2015 12:06 pm EST

scuse me, thought it was a pp

mf


Sat May 2 2015 12:04 pm EST

Holtby super aggressive on long shots....gonna be hard to beat him on those. But in close he flops around like a fish and is very shakey on his skates....when he goes down, he doesn't get up quickly. Rangers need to get the puck into crease and score dirty goals. Holtby is shakey in close. If they're gonna shoot from far out, they need traffic in front or fake the shot and go back door.

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 12:03 pm EST

Guess OV didn't like the headlock by Kreider earlier, OV takes the penalty on the hit to Kid K...... As long as we keep moving like we did earlier, the Craps will burn out over time....jmho snatcherally

mf


Sat May 2 2015 12:03 pm EST

Kreider again on Ovechkin. Keep it up and he will lose focus on the game and just try to run people. This next goal is big

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 12:00 pm EST

Rangers are Swarming like they know how...............

mf


Sat May 2 2015 11:57 am EST

On the PP, you got to have someone drive to the net and force a defender to move with him.. There's got to be motion, AND, the perimeter has to be tightened up at times such that it is smaller and closer to the net.. Both scenarios can contribute toward goals, in my unprofessional phuckin opinion..

mf


Sat May 2 2015 11:52 am EST

Krieder with the head lock around OV on the scruffle, thats what we want...Historical Odds are This game is do or die for us... Let's shut these pricks out!

mf


Sat May 2 2015 11:51 am EST

Huge save by Hank. Glad to see Kreider came to play. Love the head lock on ovechkin

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 11:51 am EST

OLA, Thank you for the input on Jesper Fast, much appreciated....

mf


Sat May 2 2015 11:43 am EST

Finally a goal on a rebound.

DOUBLEN


Sat May 2 2015 11:43 am EST

Yes kid k

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 11:40 am EST

Rhet I agree with the crazy idea but all year long most of the players get bashed but the verdict before the trial continues....guess some somewhat hope to be right rather than wrong...it's a sunny day not a cloud in the sky , what time is it going to rain NYR fan mentality...time for all to put their big boy and girl pants on ... Drink wine instead whining ....fire sather....

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 11:20 am EST

hello all, I have been out of the conversation here for 1 day & a half, couldn't tolerate the loss.. In fact I just listened to most of the game after OV scored... OV's goal was a missle and he found a seam, I don't fault Hank in the least.. ON Nash, Orpik was all over him like a wet blanket & did a good job. In fact, Orpik is not new to covering Nash, heres a thought: WHO would the Craps use to cover Nash if we moved him over to the Right Wing? It's not like Nash cant play the Right Side, we all know he can.. This is more about getting Nash freed up to get some room.. In this sense, it's not unlike other sports where you got to get the coverage you want.. Also, I don't think anyone here is for rearranging too many line combo's.. IF Jesper Fast can be moved to the LW with Brassard & Nash on the RW, we'd have a RHS LW on that line.. IF that doesn't whet AV's appetite, I'd go FAST on the RW with Brass & Nash on the LW... Leave K-train / Step / Miller, Hags / Hayes / MSL, Glass / Moore / Sheppard......

mf


Sat May 2 2015 10:55 am EST

RHETT from time to time I think the same thing. How about we wait until after the POs to trade them? I think on this site we've traded Nash, Stepan, MSL, Boyle, Glass, and Brassard not to mention Talbot for a pick. LGR!

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 10:52 am EST

Quite honestly I don't give two damns about Sid Malkin Stamkos et al. As for us, MSL is an average player now and I hope for anything. Kreider scored 22 not 42. If we don't get goals from Nash we are not a 53 win team. He has to score and we all know it. I hope he pops two a game from now on. But if he fails yet again then I'm not gonna defend him simply because he wears the right uniform.

Nick


Sat May 2 2015 10:46 am EST

It would be nice if we could save all the player bashing until the offseason and enjoy the playoffs(while we're still in them). I know, crazy idea... BTW, Brooks called out Kreider the other day. LGR.

Rhet0ric


Sat May 2 2015 10:45 am EST

Curious...Rangers recalled Ryan Bourque from the Pack. I know he played for us just recently, seemed OK, but Im wondering why he's expendable from his playoffs? Anyone know if he's good? Can he score? I don't follow the AHL. Damn wish his dad could still play...:)

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 10:28 am EST

fwiw Stamkos is goalless in his last 11 playoff games, which helps take the edge off The Marshmallow's stats :) Then again, Dale Weise has 5 career goals in 29 playoff games, 1 less than TMM in a dozen less games....

LeoS


Sat May 2 2015 10:21 am EST

Nick: don't forget that Chris Krieder, Marty St. Louis, MZA haven't produced dick except a Jonny on the spot bang in. And MZA for obvious reasons has not been on the board. Right now? Everything is fizzling. Need to start getting some big goals in this playoffs. It's time for someone to breakout. The Nash is so great everywhere is a good argument. He's been solid everywhere. I really love his game. But if it's between staying on the perimeter so he doesn't take himself out of it positionally and driving to the net and making his line mates scramble once in while? Make them, scramble because they need your goals more then they need your defense. No matter how great it is.

E


Sat May 2 2015 10:20 am EST

Nash needs to score I agree. But how many goals did malkin score and Crosby before his 2 in their one win. What are they being paid for and why do you think the NYR d are getting paid ? If Nash scores and they lose or he doesn't and they win? ... Whip away..... Hopefully he scores and they win... Please don't start the nbc commentary here . It's bad enough to hear their bs....screw millbury marshmallow anti NYR venom....

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 10:17 am EST

Going to see a different team today. They are going to come out hard and play their best game of the playoffs

Fotiu22


Sat May 2 2015 10:04 am EST

TS: Agree completely on Nash. I said in October I don't care if he scores 50 unless he shows up in May. Well, here we are. 'Back checking.' Yeah, terrific. You're Jan Erixon now.

Nick


Sat May 2 2015 9:59 am EST

I tell ya....if rick nash doesn't pick it up starting today and continue through out the play offs ....I will be so fuckin done with him........tired of the people here or anywhere defending him and his wonderful back checking.......that schmuck is paid the most money as a skater to score goddamn goals......and u get the top salary to score the important ones....I would almost say I would take a 100 yr old jagr over this rick nash piece of shit bum.......that's my rant for now...lets go rangers!

TradeStar28


Sat May 2 2015 9:58 am EST

For the Rangers the game is all about the powerplay...Do not let the craps be on the PP...and the Rangers do not need to keep embarrassing themselves on the powerplay.

RF73


Sat May 2 2015 9:48 am EST

At first, I was concerned that AV was so angry that he might send the wrong message to his team causing them to fall into a trap that Washington wants to set....get the Rangers off their game running around trying to hit people. But, now I suspect that AV is simply trying to get the Rangers to play with more passion and the way to do it is to get angry at "dirty" hits. I'm sure at this point, he's dialed it back a notch and talked about "controlled" aggression, standing up,for team mates and making the Caps pay for their arrogance....particularly OV who know thinks he's King of the World because he managed to get a goal. The Rangers need to smother his ass today and put him back into pouting mode.

JFC31


Sat May 2 2015 9:22 am EST

RF4L - LINDBERG has been invisible. He's playing uninspired and I don't know why. I guess maybe some of it is that guys that are not AHL-lifers just don't value a Calder Cup that much. They are just passing through and their eye is on the NHL. Not sure if that's true of LINDBERG, but he juat looks disinterested now.

Dineen11


Sat May 2 2015 9:11 am EST

Ryan Bourque recalled...

RF4L


Sat May 2 2015 8:53 am EST

Calgary Hitman eliminated for WHL POs yesterday - will Adam Tambellini sign an ATO and make a PO appearance for the Pack I wonder? They might be able to use his offense, if he can step up that quickly.

RF4L


Sat May 2 2015 8:51 am EST

Ooh...just saw that the Cheeseman had 3 assists yesterday. Whew!

RF4L


Sat May 2 2015 8:50 am EST

Dineen: Great summary. What the hell is up with Lindbergh??

RF4L


Sat May 2 2015 8:40 am EST

stevie: Retribution payback time? From an AV coached team? Ha, don't hold your breath!

RF4L


Sat May 2 2015 6:12 am EST

@AGrossRecord AV says "standards have been set" in playoffs to allowable hits. Notes Ovechkin on Isles' Hickey, Backstrom on Boyle. .......sounds like veenknow is mad and spitting a little fire.....maybe somebody messed his hair up, or he has a hair up his ass....it's about time. if he wants his team to play with passion , he has to lead the way with some passion....between the whistles of course......except for him yelling at the bs refs.... he was finally fuming after game 1....fight fire with fire or throw water on it.....I expect to see the nyr that won first place today, not the tiptoe threw the tulips version.....battle 2 in the war to win 4......mr glass needs to put oprik through the boards to send the message.....and boyle should try a little revenge to see how backstrom likes his back and head smashed from behind....eye for an eye time.....

stevielegs


Sat May 2 2015 6:08 am EST

Morning Drew, I feel the same way. I was actually anxious for the second game, to get us back on the right foot, then I remembered it was an afternoon game, and the second game of the playoffs. I don't think our record is that great for either one of those, BUT, we don't usually lose the first game, so maybe we changed our pattern? LOL.

WIOSA


Sat May 2 2015 5:47 am EST

Good morning wall! I am nervous as hell for the game today. I don't want to go down 0-2. tdchi made me feel a bit better but still....

DREW


Sat May 2 2015 2:14 am EST

On Fast, he is kind of a different breed. He is actually a lot more talented offensively than say a Carl Hagelin. The kid could actually be a bit of a showboat in the SHL. A lot of nifty moves. And he was very good at making the right play, often made spectacular passes etc. He was the goto star on his team that had guys like Jason Krog and Rhaksani.But when he has gone to new teams in HFD or NY he has really settled down and played it safe. I mean last year in the NHL he was extremely quiet. This year he does a bit more, but not much. I am definitely expecting more the coming years, who knows how much but at least more. Would be nice if it could come a bit sooner though...

Ola


Fri May 1 2015 10:31 pm EST

NICK--I wonder of the linesman lives in Tampa. The entry into the zone that led to the game winner was offside. Queue the whining from Montreal!

Bob


Fri May 1 2015 10:28 pm EST

I listen to XM a lot. There's like a two minute lag so when the disallowed goal and the winner happened I tuned in. Espo threw in "YOU KNOW THAT REF LIVES IN MONTREAL! THATS ALL IM GONNA SAY!!!" As for who we play there are no easy marks at this point. Not even the Caps.

Nick


Fri May 1 2015 10:14 pm EST

I don't want TB or the Habs, but at least we've beaten the Habs, something tells me we don't want the Bolts. Imagine being up 3-0 and then bang, bang, bang, all in the second, and youre tied. Hmmm, Chicago must be stunned.

WIOSA


Fri May 1 2015 10:09 pm EST

NICK--I will have to find the radio replay of that. I loathe that Habs too but I also think they would be an easier opponent in the next round. Sure would have loved to have been listening to Maloney last night when the Rangers stopped playing before the end of the game.

Bob


Fri May 1 2015 10:05 pm EST

Espo is a killer: screams three times: TAKE THAT FERLAT! (Or whatever the refs name was). "Are you DISAPPONTED??? I love it!!!" Me too. Eat it, Price. I hate the Habs just under the unholy trinity of the NJD Isles and Flyers.

Nick


Fri May 1 2015 9:58 pm EST

Well...I never would have thought I'd say this, but the Pack are advancing to the 2nd round of the playoffs. They won in OT tonight after tying the game up with 46 second left in regulation. Huge, huge win. And really the guys that stepped up and made a difference were the ones I would have never expected - MUELLER with the two regulation goals, and TOMMY HUGHES with the OT winner. RYAN BOURQUE was flying around and had a lot of jump to his game. Definitely looked like he wanted this one bad. DANIS was fantastic in goal again - made some huge, timely saves. (SKAPSKI was the back-up, so I assume he's healthy again.) But let's talk about BRADY SKJEI - the kid is getting a ton of ice time but man, did he have a horrible game. Awful. Not who I want out on the ice in a big game like this. 2nd round will be interesting - there is some schedulinf conflicts with the XL Center so they may have to play their home games elsewhere. I'm hearing possibly Worcester, MA. Which would be a shame after the way they won this series...the fans are pumped.

Dineen11


Fri May 1 2015 9:57 pm EST

NICK--I thought the refs made the right call, but my first thought was of the Tampa radio guys going all "typical Montreal" when it happened. I guess they did. Now we'll see what happens when the Rangers start running guys from behind. First on the list should be Backstrom. The Rangers won't do that, of course. The Ovi-Hickey one was bad and should have been reviewed......much worse that the Backstrom-Boyle one.

Bob


Fri May 1 2015 9:49 pm EST

If NASH is not injured I simply don't get it. Where is he ????

vcp1994


Fri May 1 2015 9:32 pm EST

http://www.hockeyfeed.com/rangers-coach-sends-a-veiled-threat-to-ovechkin-and-the-capitals/ “The standards have been set for what’s allowed as far as hitting from behind. Ovechkin on Hickey, last night on Boyle we know what the [officiating] standards are, play up to those standards.” "It’s clear that Alain Vigneault is angry with the no call on the Boyle hit, and his comments to the media are a clear indication that the Rangers intend to retaliate against Washington for the hit. It will be interesting to see how both teams respond to the threat."

JFC31


Fri May 1 2015 9:32 pm EST

Amazing to me- not that Nash is scoreless . Amazing to me that he isn't doing EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER to break out of his playoff funk. If you have the rep of being a shitty playoff performer, I would think anyone with a shred of pride would run thru walls to show others how badly one wants it. Nash has a look like he could give a rats ass. His perimeter play, like MSL, tells me he doesn't care. He's no messier. What a shame.

puckyou


Fri May 1 2015 9:12 pm EST

Freaking Montreal ... Rooked! Pushed in my ass. You should hear the TB radio guys they are insane! Espo going mad! PBP man out of his mind!

Nick


Fri May 1 2015 7:14 pm EST

I respect your views; I just lean toward thinking it's a sideshow. I like to see fighting for position in the hard areas more than smacking down. But I get your points. On another subject, as I watch TB-MTL: this league is full of guys WHO REFUSE TO SHOOT. Drives me crazy even when I don't care who wins. Prefer MTL loses here though.

Nick


Fri May 1 2015 6:29 pm EST

Nick i call BS. sports are mental. I never let somebody talk shit or cheap me. If so they were gonna be hit and hard somewhere and at some time. people knew not to fuck with me and I wasnt mean or tough like PA. But I didn't let people take advantage of me on the field. You can't it only raises the confidence of the opponent. they are still people.

KIS


Fri May 1 2015 6:26 pm EST

hospo, exactly fuck that BS good play plaster the guy through the board. lay the smack down

KIS


Fri May 1 2015 5:49 pm EST

NICK - I'm with KIS in that I would love to see it from my team, even if nobody gets intimidated..However, like others, I know that is not in the DNA of the Ranger team..I respect their poise, discipline and workmanship but it still bugs me...Far too often I se Rnger players telling opposing players good play, good hit, etc..Screw that BS..Enemies baby..Hopefully the BOYLE hit has pumped up the hate on this Ranger squad..

Hospo


Fri May 1 2015 5:36 pm EST

Tough to watch a guy like Corey Perry, who just gets it .....who has the playoff mentality......Unfortunately Rick Nash is a passenger......with a economy class game but rides 1st class.

TradeStar28


Fri May 1 2015 5:00 pm EST

KIS, that type of stuff makes fans feel better but that's about it. No one gets intimidated in this league, no one will "think twice" about hitting because they themselves get hit. Screw Backstrom and let Ovie chirp. Like I'm sure the rangers are choir boys out there on that front, like "Take a fucking seat" Brassard. Go to the freaking net, fight for pucks, don't "expect a whistle" with 2 seconds on the clock in your own zone, that sort of thing.

Nick


Fri May 1 2015 4:39 pm EST

KIS: You know that isn't gonna happen. That's not how AV coaches. He's all about turning the other cheek.

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 4:27 pm EST

Can't stand that the team I root for is so soft. God it kills me that somebody won't just wipe out backstrom after last nights hit or that somebody won't smack OV in the mouth for talking shit to the king after his goal. I'd have to take the penalty and let the other team know you are not gonna link me out. I feel you need to show your opponent who will be the alpha dog. It's part of sports. It's part of the mental edge. U let somebody talk shit or hit you like Backstrom did all you are doing is being a bitch. I hate that

KIS


Fri May 1 2015 2:56 pm EST

TDCHI - Why do we want the other three lines to stay the same? The 4th? fine...The other two? Thye aren't scoring either....Kinda flukey goal for Hayes/Fast last night (but I'll take it) butthey aren't genrating much....Kreider-Miller-Step look good and physical at tiem but stay to the outside and aren't producing at all....I don't know if I want to wait for them to start scoring..it may not happen

Hospo


Fri May 1 2015 2:39 pm EST

TD: Ha, I mused several weeks ago about sitting MSL for a game or 2 (this was before his injury) and trying Sheppard in his spot and that prompted a few sarcastic responses. I don't think it was wrong and now think, given how MSL's invisibility has worsened coupled with MZA's injury, trying that makes more sense than ever. MSL is bringing nothing to that line offensively so why not try something - put MSL back with Hayes and Hagelin (yeah, he'll drag that pair down, too but it's the 3rd line). Fast can go back to the 4th line. You're right - Sheppard isn't void of skill - he can skate, handle the puck reasonably well and unlike MSL will go into the corners physically. Except in rare instances, MSL avoids physical contact.

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 2:21 pm EST

DREW - I think if this were the 2009 Rangers, that loss would have crushed them...but these guys? Hell no. In fact, these Rangers seem to NEED to have their back against the wall before they start performing...It's gotten better since last year, but they're still not where they should be when they have a leg up on the situation...great example is the goddamn powerplay...Look, there's nothing wrong with the guys on the PP. Teams DROOL at having a pivots like STEP and BRASSARD...a sniper like NASH...a big body with soft hands like KRIEDER and HAYS...puck movers like McDONAGH and YANDLE...those names to me say LIGHTS OUT. But it's like they dick around on the man advantage...ESPECIALLY if they're tied or not ahead...No sense of urgency...that is, unless they're down in a game...suddenly, it gets real...suddenly, we see guys going to the net...guys SHOOTING...I'm not worried about these Rangers. I'll join you on the ledge if they go down three-zip. But until then, I'm still pretty comfortable that we'll get by the Caps.

tdchi


Fri May 1 2015 2:12 pm EST

LeoS - I think MSL on that line is a nightmare. Honestly, I'd throw SHEPPARD up there...I mean, what can it hurt? In fact, that would allow the other three lines to stay the same...Shep, despite his stats, has a lot of skill...in some ways, he reminds me of POULIOT, only a lot tougher. Sharks didn't have a problem skating him in the top six. Can't see why we wouldn't give that a shot.

tdchi


Fri May 1 2015 2:09 pm EST

Jerry_Garcia - My last time playing in Binghamton was in college versus the SUNY team down there. Stay local in the Albany area these days...sometimes travel for tourneys...man...I tell you this: Ever since I abandoned my clapper, I've been scoring on a rather regular basis. Always knew it sucked, but didn't think it sucked THAT bad. Just took one brained teammate to figure that out ;)

tdchi


Fri May 1 2015 1:20 pm EST

RF4L - Honestly, the salary means nothing right now..After all, none of them are getting paid now! But seriously, it's all about every player, no matter their role, giving their most AND doing their jobs within the team...Individually and collectively, it didn't get done last night....Good thing about the fast turnaround is that they have a chance tomorrow to change all that right quick

Hospo


Fri May 1 2015 1:05 pm EST

Rangers have to make a statement and slam HIT-IN-THE-BACKstrom hard. But more than that they need to hit them harder where it counts and put pucks in the net. I wonder if Nash would play more aggressive if he had a banger on his line. What about putting Hayes and Nash together...Let me get back to my real job and leave this stuff up to the coaches... LGR!!!

jkropp


Fri May 1 2015 1:05 pm EST

BTW, AV called out MSL recently, too, saying something about the team needing him to generate offense.

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 1:04 pm EST

Hospo: Of course, but Nash is making $7,800,000 and the bulk of that is because he is expected to produce offense, which he's not doing very well right now (and hasn't for nearly 30 games). The King is the only one who makes more on the team and that's to stop pucks. If he wasn't, I hope AV would call him out similarly, too.

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 1:04 pm EST

If JT's re-direct early in the 1st is 3 inches to the right? Good night and game over. Alas... So phuck it, we've bottomed out. I'm calling Rangers in FIVE.

Rexi29


Fri May 1 2015 1:00 pm EST

JFC31.....you sumarized my feelings in one phrase..."as Ranger fans we tend to panic". This is especially true for myself who has been watching since 1961....just when you think you've seen it all.....they find a new and inventive way t snatch defeat from the jaws of Victory. Thank god I had to give up my tickets for Saturday so I won't have to watch it live......I'll check the score and if they win I'll watch. My Blood Pressure and Aortic Aneurism can't take much more of this team.

MelvilleFred


Fri May 1 2015 12:48 pm EST

RF4L - Far from just Nash, almost the entire team can play a more involved and less-perimeter game then they have...If Nash does, and the rest of the team doesn't, it still won't make a difference...Rangers didn't want the game bad enough last night..or, after the relative easy Penguins seris, forgot how much it takes..

Hospo


Fri May 1 2015 12:37 pm EST

RF4L - Nevermind my post.

DREW


Fri May 1 2015 12:37 pm EST

He's right of course. Will Nash respond or continue his perimeter prancing play (triple P).

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 12:36 pm EST

I think (according to that tweet) Vigneault said it.

DREW


Fri May 1 2015 12:36 pm EST

Oh shit...nevermind - AV.

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 12:36 pm EST

stevie: Who said that?

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 12:34 pm EST

Rangers Report ✔ @rangersreport AV on Nash: "one of our key contributors all year, he's a great person, but like anybody wearing a (NYR) uniform ... he's got to step up."

stevielegs


Fri May 1 2015 12:31 pm EST

With any other team, AV's "the standards have been set" regarding the officiating and the Boyle hit would mean they would do the same thing and it better not be called..But, with the Rangers, it's kinda meaningless, because they rarely if ever step over the line

Hospo


Fri May 1 2015 12:18 pm EST

holtby is coming way out, the nyr have to take advantage of that.....first they have to get to the net .....

stevielegs


Fri May 1 2015 11:39 am EST

JFC - I think the Rangers are a poised, disciplined, cohesive and mentally strong TEAM that SHOULD come back and beat the caps..but that doesn't mean they don't deserve criticism for the way they (and some individuals) have played and also it's very valid, given their not so great play agasint the Pens, to be a little leary of them getting their act together with the injury to ZUCC...And als, the Rangers don't corner the market on being mentally tough, almsot every team left has alot of heart, balls and fortitude...Plain and simple, if they want to win, they have to play better then they have the first six games of the PO..They need to attack..They need to get their hands dirty ..They need to find some damn offense...They are indeed capable of doing it all....the next 4-5 games will show if they do..

Hospo


Fri May 1 2015 11:25 am EST

That stat they showed on Nash - 6 goals in 46 or 47 playoff games? Brass now has Playoff Nash on one wing and MSL who had real trouble even handling the puck last night on the other. Though it was a bouncy/sticky puck night, imo. E - "it's a national audience and some curious bystanders are watching the games" - so why then not inform the viewing audience about BOTH teams? Sure, spotlight 'superstars' , but also having graphics and those little backstory vignettes about players from both teams seems to make the most general marketing sense. If you wanna get at Rangers fans at the same time, do it artfully, like that graphic showing OV, Giroux, Cryby and Malkin. Informative, AND guaranteed to irk every Ranger fan watching :)

LeoS


Fri May 1 2015 11:21 am EST

JFC, are you happy with the play of Nash and MSL.? Do you think they will win another series scoring only 2 goals a game? have you seen anything this year during the playoffs to say wow this team is playing really good? Look at the whole picture. the way games are being called by the refs. The effort, the scoring or lack of and the mental break downs. Both coach and players. This team needs to change the mentality or this ill be the last seeries.

KIS


Fri May 1 2015 11:12 am EST

Even though it's very easy to panic when you're a RAngers fan, I think that this version of the Rangers( which includes many that were on last year's team) have built up a pretty damn good reserve of excellent play, character and an ability to bounce back and play shut-down hockey when it counts most, to NOT rip them a second orifice each time they lose a game. And that is definitely what happens on The Wall on a consistant basis. If I remember correctly, the Rangers were going to lose the series to the Penguins after they lost game #2 according to some posters. I really do think they deserve the benefit of the doubt at this point. They have thgeir work cut out for them with the Zucc injury....they may have to start playing boring, shut-down hockey if they can't get their offense to wake up. I still think they outplayed the Caps last night and I think the CAps might succumb to a bit of arrogance, led by OV, who thinks who the f@%( he is whenever he happens to show up against the Rangers.

JFC31


Fri May 1 2015 10:58 am EST

Too Fancy. That has been this team all year. They are not gonna change now. Pa. has been saying this team is soft for the playoffs. Everybody just pointed to the wins and president trophy. The problem now is the other teams have increased the intensity, the refs put away the whistles and Nash and MSL have disappeared. the top two scores are non existent. that is the problem.

KIS


Fri May 1 2015 10:54 am EST

Now is time to see some leadership show up. I cant believe Hank, Girardi or even Mc D don't go to NAsh and tell him He needs to step up. They also need to kick Miller in the ass and let him know he can't have brain farts in the defensive zone. Same for Stepan. Enough of the coddling for some of these guys. They need to be told you suck grow some balls and do what has to be done to win. If you get playing and you are giving it all you have then oh well but if your gonna not try then say your hurt and get the fuck out of the line up. Let a guy who has heart and balls try. God would that guy piss me of to play with. shit others are trying and are exposing themselves to injury. Look at Girardi. Watch Hags. Neither has great skill but both bust their ass. I don't care what type of HOF player MSL was. I don't care if he plays for $5 dont resign him. By all means nash needs to be moved in the off season. Still fucking pissed about last night. If there is one thing I can't stand is no effort. Effort is both physical and mental..Mental effort was very poor from many last night. Just BS. If this team doesn't change they will be done in 5 maybe 6 games.

KIS


Fri May 1 2015 10:46 am EST

E - the holding on to the puck and trying to be too cute was definitely part of it and why I said.. "Everybodye else---Nash, Miller, Kreider, Step, MSL, Hayes---are all staying to the outside tryimng for the pretty goals...GET DIRTY"...The Caps are better than the Pens, it's going to take more work, bigger balls and getting dirty..Hopefully last night served them notice and they will respond accoringly

Hospo


Fri May 1 2015 10:42 am EST

VIC - Personally, I saw the game as pretty even but we all have opinions....as for the lines, Honestly, you are probably right......but I think it would be a mistake and another example of the Rangers and AV being reactive so far these POs....They don't score they go down 2-0..I don't want to take the chance of that happening...I change the lines NOW..they really can't be worse,,....But, I'll also be honest, I don't have the answers as to the best lines..but I would start with moving HAYES up and MSL down

Hospo


Fri May 1 2015 10:40 am EST

HOSPO: honestly, I think what cost them last night is a lot of time being too cute with the puck. Too much over handling. WAY too much passing. And of course not enough second effort shots on net. But for huge swaths of the game they were in complete control of the play. As I'm watching the game when I should be working this morning I looked at the first goal and simply the morphed Roy-Hasek mutant uber goaltender couldn't stop that shot. That was text book OV. The telltale was the behind the net cam. Even then, Lundqvist was just a microsecond off twitch to getting it. Let's never discuss the second again. I'm not freaking out at all. The New York Rangers were the better team last night. In every area except where it mattered.

E


Fri May 1 2015 10:39 am EST

Well you are not gonna go far in the playoffs only scoring 2 goals a game even with a very good defense and an excellent goalie. The offense has to score. Huge concern with Nash and MSL. Stepan becoming a concern as well. He either plays really good or he is invisible. I like Andrei' thought of moving Hayes between Kreider and Miller wont be a very good defensive line. Hayes will get the puck to Kreider in good positions and Miller will work in tough areas. One thing about Miller how many times is he gonna make stupid ass mistakes in his defensive end.

KIS


Fri May 1 2015 10:37 am EST

heres how our Rangers played last night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2YmYrOyBfA

mf


Fri May 1 2015 10:35 am EST

TD: just spit my bagel all over my screen with the imagery of OV bowling with Boyle's decapitated head. Well done. Your analysis is spot on. The boys will regroup with a spirited effort tomorrow. Significantly, they will need help from the one person I least expected to have a mediocre game--AV. He was outcoached by Trotz and needs to up his game quick. Also, the overpassing needs to stop. We're going to need some ugly goals to win this. Put the puck on net with traffic and good things happen.

VtRanger


Fri May 1 2015 10:32 am EST

TD: the New York Rangers are going thru the two most marketable talents in the NHL. OV and Crosby.mi have no trouble with their "homerism" right now because I expect them to be hyping the league's marquee talents. I felt similarly when TB was playing Detroit. It was almost as if the Wings were an afterthought. Just there as a sideshow and the world came to see Stamkos. Yet, tactically speaking, I the Red Wings were a beautiful case of coaching at the NHL level. But that doesn't sell tickets. I also thought that last round the New York Rangers vs. Detroit Paul Martin got very little coverage. Yet, consistently outside of the goalies he put on his Nick Lidstrom wig and was awesome defensively. It happens. I suppose they would've been talking about Nash as well if he did something out there offensively speaking. He played great in all three zones but so F-in what? He is supposed to score BIG goals. Something he hasn't done in the playoffs since... Ever. Marty St. Louis did nothing to get his name called. I'm okay with how Pierre and dickface called the games. I don't like either one but, it's a national audience and some curious bystanders are watching the games. Oh well... And after last nights shite show? I'm pretty sure that the play calling was at the top of any bodies list of priorities. That stated, I'm with you in that I'd really wish they could do better on the play call those douchy boys. For the life in me I cannot understand the lack of utilization of Randy Hahn. Who is simply brilliant on the PBP. Almost universally lauded by so many in the hockey world, this time of year he is relegated to radio? I don't think the NHL really understands talent or maybe that too is brand name recognition is nauseating as that sounds.

E


Fri May 1 2015 10:25 am EST

HOSPO: I agree but I don't think AV is going to make any line changes off of game 1. After all, the Rangers did have the better of the play, especially at even strength. Now, if they go down 2 to 0 headed into Washington and the offense again fails to generate much he may make some changes. I'd like to see HAYES with BRASSARD and NASH as well. I would tell HAYES that his job is to get to the net, screen the goaltender and score some dirty goals. NASH isn't going to do it and he needs someone on his line to be there for those type of goals. BRASSARD isn't the guy I want there either and MSL is a perimeter player. I know folks are concerned about becoming a one line team but in reality the Caps are pretty much a one line team and it is all they need to win.

Vic


Fri May 1 2015 10:20 am EST

So that's 2 PBRs! Wooohoooooooooooooo!

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 10:16 am EST

RF4L - Some beer hounds would argue that point..and, besides, you get that one PBR just for being a Ranger fan

Hospo


Fri May 1 2015 10:12 am EST

Hospo: LOL...see? Not worthless!

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 10:09 am EST

RF4L - Ok, what exactly are those thoughts worth? :)..I'd buy you a single PBR for them, but that's about it..

Hospo


Fri May 1 2015 10:09 am EST

Hospo - Strange as it is, I totally agree.

tdchi


Fri May 1 2015 9:59 am EST

tdchi: Interesting, I used to play at Chanango Bridge rink in Binghamton NY and many tournaments at the Elmira twin golf ball rinks along with Syracuse and Rochester. Lets hope the Rangers slap shots can be on net. I feel sorry for Boyle, I think he gets too excited when scoring chances come his way, or too frustrated when he does a bad play. He needs to chill out and just play the game he can play. He will be back and I have faith in him. LGR..... Glad to see Kline back in action also.

Jerry_Garcia


Fri May 1 2015 9:59 am EST

To be forthright I really didn't expect the Rangers to go 2 and 0 to start these series. I did expect, however, them to win yesterday's game and then continue with their pattern of losing a game that arguably doesn't have as much pressure on it (re after winning the previous one). Going 0 and 2 into Washington will be dangerous, if not lethal, so the pressure is on to win tomorrow. Conversely, the Caps are more than likely to approach tomorrow's game without a sense of urgency. They have home ice advantage now and yeah, I realize in the end that probably doesn't mean a lot, but mentality they will be relatively content with a 1 - 1 record going back to Washington. They will be ripe for the taking in other words. To put it another way, lose tomorrow to go 0 and 2 and do you really deserve to win the series at all? Just my humble (not) worthless thoughts....

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 9:56 am EST

One star elevated his game and took it over... the other star continues to shrink in big game, playoff situations. If our "star" can't get it done then our defense needs to eliminate the ability for the other star to do his thing. And damn it will someone splay one of the Caps out and send a friggin' message?

Tucc


Fri May 1 2015 9:44 am EST

TDCHI - One person'e doom pedaling soothsayer is another person's clear eyed analyst.....Anyway, I agree with alot of what yous daid and said so last night...This was more of a case of the Rangetrs losing than the Caps winning....AND..the Rangers can and will beat this team if they get their damned act together...OTOH, the caps had the necessary strategy to play the Rangers and pretty much stuck to it...It will not be easy beating them...but if the Rangers attack and force the issues--especially the caps poor puck hadling in their D-zone--they can still come out on top......But, they also have to attack the net ...enough of theis outside periemter bull shit...It seems like only BRASSARD is going to the high traffic areas...Everybodye else---Nash, Miller, Kreider, Step, MSL, Hayes---are all staying to the outside tryimng for the pretty goals...GET DIRTY...........I also remain totally agasint the lines as they stand.....Not one of them is a consistent offensive threat right now....I'm AV, I do soemthing about that with ZUCC out......And keep Boyle off the ice against OV....And many people here hate OV, but he had a complete monster game last night.....How bout answering that Mr. NASH???

Hospo


Fri May 1 2015 9:28 am EST

RF4L: I thought it would go W-L-W-L-W-W for the Rangers...so I expected spits in the first 4 games....now perhaps it's going to go L-W-W-L-W-W, still feel good about my Rangers in 6 thoughts...

Wildcard


Fri May 1 2015 9:25 am EST

Something they can't be overlooked, Zucc being out is not just about missing him. Last night the two lines with the most chances were the 2nd and 3rd, followed closely by the 4th who didn't get chances so much as spent time in the zone. Those guys have played together more recently. The 2nd looked the not comfortable early, makes sense. The 4th was next, but that also makes sense, Shep isn't a bad player at all, and they play a very simple game so really there is little chemistry needed to do their thing. The 3rd had played together when MSL was out so that is recent. The first line hasn't been together in that form in some time. Makes sense they had a lot of offsides and missed passes. But next game that should be better. IMHO even though Fast looked good on the 3rd, the 3rd line was good in round 1, so I say put MSL back there, put Fast on the top line. He plays a simple game and I think it would help that line some.

Wildcard


Fri May 1 2015 9:11 am EST

Also agree that these Rangers have character and have shown the ability to play GREAT games after losing badly. I think they will get their act together for game 2. We just need to get through this series and hope Zuccarello makes it back.

JFC31


Fri May 1 2015 8:43 am EST

Yeah, very heartbreaking loss last night....brain farts all over the place by the boys and the final brain fart was the dagger....McD chasing OV around the net instead of watching th efront odf the net, Boyle not being decisive in getting the puck away from the net....horrible. But, the Rangers outplayed the Caps AFAIAC and screwed themselves on special teams and with their lack of focus. I've been thinking this all along, but I'm finally gonna say it: without Zucc, we are simply another contender for The Cup and not the favorites. My confidence in our ability to win this tournament is way down if we don't get our Hobbit back and healthy. Best case scenario, is Zucc making an emotional return to this team at a key moment. It'll be MSL of last year all over again....that is how much Zucc is beloved by his team mates. You can't overstate the terribel dominoe effect that Zucc's loss has on this team. We can talk about depth all we want but you can't take a first line player. PP player, sparkplug, heart & soul type player off of a team in the POs and not expect it to have terribel effect on team performance. Yes, other guys have to step up but we need to get Zucc back or we are in big trouble.

JFC31


Fri May 1 2015 8:38 am EST

I have to agree with TDCHI's last post there. I feel exactly the same way. I am anxious for game 2, not only to get the stink off from the way game 1 ended, but I am pretty confident in the Rangers winning this series and as a long standing Ranger fan, that doesn't come along very often. And as Chip Diller (Kevin Bacon) said in Animal House; "Remain Calm. All is well!".

RinkRat


Fri May 1 2015 8:32 am EST

RF4L - Nope. Not by a long stretch. Maybe if the Rangers were vastly out-manned or if Tortorella was still coach...but no...That's why I bring up 2009. The Rangers went up in that series 3-1...and I can remember thinking 'how the hell is this possible.' A week later, I had my answer: It wasn't possible. Two loses does not lose a series.

tdchi


Fri May 1 2015 8:30 am EST

BTW - did anyone expect the series to be anythjng but 1 1 after 2 games?

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 8:30 am EST

York - Admittedly, that was about as complementary as I've heard Pierre McGuire be when talking about the Rangers...but that lasted all of a couple seconds in the first...the guy was verbally felating the Capitals ALL NIGHT...when I heard Doc Emerick was going to be in Minnesota, I got psyched...figured those two clowns were attached at the cock. Much to my dismay, there's ol' Pinhead, yammering on about how awesome a leader OV is...how great a coach Trotz is and how much of a gentleman Joel Ward is. I seriously want to assault that schmuck. Or at least lock him in room and force him to listen to his inane drivel 24-7 for the rest of the spring and summer.

tdchi


Fri May 1 2015 8:28 am EST

TD. I applaud your enthusiasm. Do you believe thos is trur: Winner of game 2 wins the series?

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 8:24 am EST

I almost didn't come to the wall this morning simply because I know the soothsayers peddling doom would be out in full force...lo and behold, here we are...one game...Rangers have lost the second round...I get it. Last night was an ending no Ranger fan wanted...but really...I don't know how ANYONE can say the Caps dominated the Rangers...or even played better...they didn't. The Rangers controlled VAST stretches of that game...and TBH, I would have bet a barn full of PBR they would have won it had it gone to overtime...what beat the Rangers was the Rangers...It was a collective brain fart by ALL SIX SKATERS in the final seconds of the game...They knew where the clock was, they stopped skating. The Caps didn't. RULE NO. 1 OF HOCKEY: PLAY 100 PERCENT, BUZZER TO BUZZER...This is something they teach children just picking up the sport...NEVER, EVER, EVER THINK THE GAME IS OVER BEFORE THE BUZZER SOUNDS...Man...seriously, it's fundamental shit. I don't care if Dan BOYLE was decapitated and OV was bowling with his head in the corner...zero excuse for letting up. As we saw last night, it takes only one second for the puck to go in the net. If you want to walk off the ice when there's five on the clock, then you shouldn't be playing the sport. Plain and simple...And yeah, I agree: Marty ST. LOUIS played like garbage...So did Dan BOYLE...and yeah, Rick NASH didn't score...again....and yeah, the Rangers could have capitalized on the power play...and yeah, the refs missed a bunch of calls...blah, blah, blah...and so the broken record spins...well, I hate to break it to you guys but none of those factors lost the game for the Rangers. In fact, all of them combined didn't lose the game for the Rangers...a stupid, mindless, idiotic collective brainfart on the ice lost it...and if y'all want to say that's the series, then I really can't help that kind of myopia. Rangers were the better team. They ARE the better team. One game does not make a series...and I'll close to remind of a similar situation between these two teams in 2009...when the better team went down 3-1...when the better team lost the two opening games at home...the better team won the series in seven games...only back then, the Caps were the better team...the better team shows up and plays, the better team wins. The Rangers showed up yesterday. They continue that play, they're gonna win this.

tdchi


Fri May 1 2015 8:05 am EST

Jerry_Garcia - Upstate NY. I've made a career out of my wild, erratic slapshot. It's to the point now when people see me coming into the zone, they clear the hell out. Nailing my own guy and sending him to urgent care was the death of my clapper.

tdchi


Fri May 1 2015 7:56 am EST

I need someone to talk me down from the ledge. Can the Rangers bounce back from the way they lost? I have this real empty feeling at the moment and can't see how they recover. I think now my 7 year gets so emotional, I now have tuned into a fan without confidence. Do the Rangers have the B*lls to win the series. I don;t have the B*lls as a fan to believe.

DREW


Fri May 1 2015 7:46 am EST

As for the game.......I don't get the criticism of HANK on the first goal. BOYLE provides a screen and makes it hard to even see the puck and then AO ripped it high. HANK never had a chance to move. The puck hit him but not enough to make the save. HANK kept the Rangers in the game last night. He is above criticism for anything that happened last night. I won't beat a dead horse on MSL and NASH. HAYES needs to shoot more. He can't pass open shots from the slot. The same goes for the rest of the team. Too many passed up shooting opportunities. That, coupled with the chances that were missed really cost the Rangers in the game. In the end the game comes down to this. The Caps scored on the PP and the Rangers didn't. That was the difference in the game. A few brain farts with 5 seconds left in the game and the Rangers lose a game they could have won. Those are lost opportunities that you don't get back. Ask the Islanders. This series is a long way from over. But, the pressure is now on the Rangers to win game 2 and get at least a split in Washington. If they can do that they come back to NY in good shape. It isn't time to panic but everyone needs to raise their game. As for the discussion on why BOYLE was on the ice in those two costly situations my answer is that KLEIN was playing in his first game back and was pretty shaky throughout. If the Rangers were rolling along healthy I'm guessing that BOYLE isn't on the ice in either situation. But, it is what it is. They rested KLEIN instead of working him into game 5 against the Pens. Maybe he wasn't ready. But, if he was not getting him some game time in that series hurt the Rangers last night. My big concern here is that it is going to take KLEIN 5 to 10 games for KLEIN to get back into game shape and get his game fully back. The Rangers don't have that kind of time.......

Vic


Fri May 1 2015 7:40 am EST

TD: I'm not excusing Nash when I cite that. Just pointing out that's when his perimeter prancing play re-emerged (well actually it started the game after his mysterious neck spasm injury). And it did. MSL was struggling before he got hurt, to the point where his supporters on here were saying his downtime due to that injury would serve to rejuvenate him. Which of course, it didn't and if anything, he's gotten worse.

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 7:35 am EST

ANd I know it's not gonna happen, but watch Oprick,neve the fastest skater and slower now that he's in his mid-30s, crosschecking guys and hacking and whacking and getting away with it (and it being effective) and why the hell can't McI be in the Rangers top 6?? Better happen next year....

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 7:35 am EST

Tough game and I wanted to echo everyone's comments. I also wanted to point out one more missed call IMHO. For those who have the game recorded still go back and look at the line change that the Caps made with just under a minute left in the game. I believe the guy jumped over the boards at the 53 seconds remaining mark. I jumped out of my chair when it happened live. Basically for those who don't have it the Caps player coming off the ice had to be 20 feet from the left end of the Caps bench when KUZNETSOV jumps on the ice from the right side of the ice turning the Caps rush into an odd man rush. Should have been too many men on the ice IMHO.

Vic


Fri May 1 2015 7:35 am EST

RF4L - we're no where near agreeing on the BOGOSIAN-NASH incident's impact...but I'm curious: You offer that as an explanation as to why Nash isn't scoring...but when it comes to ST. LOUIS, you leave out the fact that he sat out for a while because of a knee injury toward the end of the season...if we're looking for excuses for why our stars are not performing, I think that should be part of the dialogue. Myself personally, I'm not giving anyone on this team an excuse. Hockey is pain. You play with it or you pick up golf instead.

tdchi


Fri May 1 2015 7:29 am EST

Wild: IMO, the Caps are better than the Pens, save perhaps in net, primarily because their backend is healthy. Yes, I'll agree that MSL had a decent 1st half, but he's been lousy, except for a game here and there, since Xmas. Even Carp, who like you, finds it difficult to criticize anything Rangers, is finally making references to it, albeit it subtly (i.e.MSL is making the decision on whether or not he returns next year for any money easier, isn't he?). I saw nothing from him yesterday, other than 2 harmless shots he got off. He looks tiny out there now - like he's shrunk. It's weird. Alas, with MZA out and nothing on the farm, AV has no choice but to keep playing him.

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 7:24 am EST

RF4L: the way the PENs had 5 guys playing D had a LOT to do with the low number of goals, it's also why the PENs rarely had much of an offensive threat. The Caps played similarly last night. They got 1 PP goal and really save for a few plays were not too great a threat. As I said the Rangers didn't work hard enough, but the other team has something to do with it as well. As for MSL, "most of the season" he was not playing poorly. He was on a 35-40 goal pace the first half, and last night was his best game in this post season, and he set up one of the better scoring plays. I know you didn't like the trade, and have hated MSL because of it. But you go overboard with this playing bad bit.

Wildcard


Fri May 1 2015 7:24 am EST

good morning. not that i would have expected a penalty to be called in the last seconds of any game, let alone a playoff game, but from the replay i have seen boyle is hit in the head. my seats are behind the net the rangers shoot at twice so it was difficult to see what was happening. everyone around me was wondering what the heck happened. the rangers had more than enough chances to score but they just couldn't bury the puck. sucks to be in a must win situation in just the 2nd game but thta is where we are. however, i am of the mindset that if you are going to split at home, i would rather lose the 1st and win the 2nd game then the other way around.

ges999


Fri May 1 2015 7:21 am EST

ask jitters, he knows....

stevielegs


Fri May 1 2015 7:20 am EST

league = leg

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 7:19 am EST

stevie: Who's the blame for one measly goal, a goal that went off a league for crying out loud? A kid?

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 7:18 am EST

blame who you want, but the culprit on the losing goal was a kid, and he apologized to Hank. ....next......

stevielegs


Fri May 1 2015 7:17 am EST

And another comment - what have I been bitching about to much on here lately comes to fruition yet again: WHy on earth that nasty hit from behind on Boyle wasn't a penalty is beyond me. What a shameful league the NHL is. And I guarantee you these non-calls across the entire league is mandated, starting with that little prick on top. It's all about bringing the level of play down to the lowest common denominator so series can go longer. Why? All PO revenue goes into the owners' pockets, that's why. Shameful. If/when the Rangers are bounced, that's it for me for the year. PHUCK YOU BUTTPHUCK.

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 7:08 am EST

BTW, lose Saturday and bye bye Rangers (IMO). The first musts win for the Rangers this POs. Let's see how they respond.

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 7:07 am EST

The morning after reflections here: Yes perhaps I'm over-reacting (part of being a long time Ranger fan and being disappointed far more often than not) but I'm VERY concerned. Six PO games and a total of twelve goals. This offensive ineptness, if not rectified, will be their end. It is being led by the 2 highest paid forwards, Nash and MSL. The latter, since he was mugged by Bogosian, has 6 goals in 28 games, including 1 in 6 PO. MSL has 0 goals and a single assist in 6 PO games and IMO, is invisible. These are 2 main cogs producing very little. If that doesn't change the Rangers, IMO, are done. And given Nash's prancing perimeter play again and how he played that way for most of last year's POs and MSL's lousy play for most of the entire season, are there any reasons to anticipate either to start scoring again? Alas, I cannot find any. Can the Rangers produce enough without them? I can't see it. Someone convince me otherwise. Please.

RF4L


Fri May 1 2015 6:36 am EST

" The Blueshirts have a kick, all right, on the non-call against Backstrom, but this has been a playoff tournament replete with referees swallowing their whistles, presumably under an NHL dictate. The act of hitting from behind has largely been codified."... Wake up call

stevielegs


Fri May 1 2015 5:20 am EST

Isis = is on. I can't believe my phone autocorrected to Isis.

Wildcard


Fri May 1 2015 5:18 am EST

The bigger issue however is not getting enough chances earlier in the game. The Rangers didn't work hard enough most of the game to get those chances. If they had they would have been up by 1 or 2 goals with 1 second left.

Wildcard


Fri May 1 2015 5:16 am EST

Boyle was probably out there due to possession numbers. He has the absolute best possession numbers on the D and I think the team as well. The Rangers simply posses the puck more when Boyle Isis the ice. Like it or not that is a fact. Now. It wouldn't have mattered who was out there. He did what he should have. Get the puck, hold it along the boards until the buzzer. 100% the ref should have done his job, if that was Goradi he would have been hot the same way and gone down. Sure. Maybe it would have seemed better to have a different Dman out there, but if the caps do not need to follow the rules, than its impossible to defend them.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 30 2015 11:11 pm EST

very sloppy game all around including AV's decision to have gramps out on the ice at the end. I was literally screaming at the tv saying why is Boyle out there!!!! boy do we miss zucc!

Topovski


Thu Apr 30 2015 11:07 pm EST

andrei - after mainly being reactive to the Pens almost the entire series, i thought the Rangers needed to attack tonight...They did that somewhat early but then not so much, although the caps had something to do with it..And defensively, Boyle should be on as little as possible at ES and PK..It's that simple with guys like Mcd, girardi, Staal and Klein

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:57 pm EST

Hospo, the only explanation that i have is that AV was way too conservative tonight. Yandlle looks hurt to me. Klein just got back and looked a bit rusty, and clearly AV didn't want to overwhelm and burn Klein. Considering that we were going into the overtime, maybe AV thought having Mac D will be enough to pair with Boyle. Same thing on the power-kill, when first goal was scored. AV was too conservative tonight.

andrei


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:54 pm EST

Ducks 4-0 after 2. Must be nice.

Nick


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:52 pm EST

Bongo HOSPO. WTF was Boyle doing on the ice with 30 seconds to go in a tie game against Ovi's line? And why did these clowns not keep playing to the horn? A series of awfully dumb decisions that we would not expect, and they paid dearly for it.

Bob


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:52 pm EST

Ward's goal had a resemblance to Hags' in the Pitt series. The seas became open for a guy to come out of or pass out of the corner, wide open, despite bodies in the neighborhood. A confluence of bad events. Another one for NYR playoff lore, if we go down in this series.

Nick


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:46 pm EST

RF4L - I think the WHOLE WALL maintains that Boyle just being out there was the bigger issue--when you have a Staal and a Girardi???? Like I said, AYFKM?

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:41 pm EST

andrei - Right now, I just want ONE line that can be counted on to score...We don't have that with the ZUCC injury and the current line conbos..IMWO

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:41 pm EST

Hospo: Because, for some reason, both McD and Boyle were in the same corner. I maintain a more appropriate question is why Boyle was out there in the first place. Does Sather mandate the icetime and certain situations of some players? I cannot come up with any other explanation.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:40 pm EST

RF4L, oops sorry. So it's you, me, his mom, wife and Av. Okay, he's got a fan club now :)

WIOSA


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:38 pm EST

andrei - we were just thinking the same thing about that goal!

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:37 pm EST

Nick: I made a bunch of predictions earlier - most if not all, were realized. Here's another: Nash isn't going to score much, probably will continue at the pace we've seen post Bogosain mugging (which is one goal every 4 games, a pace that he's failing to meet since the POs started).

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:37 pm EST

I just watched the winning goal again..how in hell could Joel Ward be so freaking wide open? Inexcusable for both the D-men and forwards.....

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:36 pm EST

Hospo, i would have flopped Hayes between Kid K and Miller and put Stepan on the line with Fast and Hagelin, which would be a good shut down defensively line. That being said, who will play d on the line with Miller/Hayes/Kid K? On another note, who was playing d on Stepan line, including Stepan when winning goal was scored?

andrei


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:35 pm EST

Glass is giving this team a fine effort as a 4th liner skater-banger-checker..least of any issues.

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:28 pm EST

The Nash thing is a big problem in our postseasons. During the year the guy is a threat and his production is a big part of how high the team finishes. But when he disappears in the clutch, we're not the same team anymore. There's a huge part lacking; there's no go-to-guy anymore. Almost every other Cup contender doesn't have to deal with that. Pitt has Sid and Malkin; yeah we dispatched them but they are always a threat. Ovechkin-Backstrom. Toews-Kane. Getzlaf-Perry. Stamkos-Johnson. Zach "Sather Drafted Jessiman Instead" Parise. You get the idea. There's never a time when I think Nash is gonna score after mid-April. And he doesn't. And then we get "yeah but he backchecks." What??? So does freaking Jesper Fast. Tonight's epic last-second clusterfuck was just that; about 3-4 guys failed. But overall, Nash has GOT to score some goals or we can forget it for this year.

Nick


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:28 pm EST

WIOSA: I've defended Glass all season long!!!

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:26 pm EST

Andrei don't know much about Sheppard, I am Glass' only fan (save maybe his mom and wife) I like the guy, I never expected Lindros, he's a chippy player who was hired to work for a coach that is not fond of chippiness. That said, I think some of the young guys are nervous..Hayes was one, but he just notched his second goal. Over-the-hump. Maybe I imagined it, but it looked like our charge-the-net-boy JT started doing long distance slap shots, which doesn't produce many results in the regular season, never mind the playoffs. I think well be ok. Onto Game 2. For the record I thought this series would go to 6.

WIOSA


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:25 pm EST

As for the future, this is how the caps will play..The Rangers will not be able to transition at willl.....But, they will be better and they can beat this team....IF they find some lines that work....Miller-Kid K work hard and come close but haven't really produced...Nash-Brass-MSL was meainlgless tonight...Hayes can use somebody much more talented then Fast on a full time basis to make the line an offensive threat......At the least, move SHEP up with Nash-Brass...Persoanlly, I'd move HAYES up with Nash and Brass to get at least one line that can always be a threat...and let the other lines focus on defense and some opportunistic offense..

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:20 pm EST

WIOSA, could not agree more. You don't stop till you hear a whistle. Personally, i don't think the team played bad. But on the same token, they didn't play great either. Miller looked nervous to me tonight. Stepan was invisible. MSL was average. On a good note, i thought the 4th line played well. Saw some nice hits from Glass and Sheppard.

andrei


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:18 pm EST

Nick - this is Nash's playoff MO. I would have liked to see what his play looked like if he didn't get hurt or affected during the Buff. game. I've said it over and over but he was negatively impacted by that game. Add that to the fact that this guy just isn't a playoff performer. He doesn't go to front/dirty areas if the net. All this perimeter bullshit with this guy when it counts most. AV really had his head up his ass this game too. Boyle against OV two times and two goals. How the f$&@ was this guy on with McD in the last 14'seconds. Hmmm....Staal, Girardi, hell Klein is a superior defensive upgrade...seriously? Wtf?? Just a pure head scratcher. JT had a rough 3rd too. We should have scored a few more this game. Still feel confident, but a little less so. Could use Zucc right about now. Boyle and St.Louis have hit the rapid decline button. Just putrid. Looks like their careers have been hit by lightning.

NCRanger


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:15 pm EST

Well, that sucked!. This game was lost by the Rangers, not really won by the Caps ..There was no surprise how the caps played..Like in late March they hit the Rangers a few times but that's it (hell, the Rangers outhit the Caps!) they mainly focused on controlling the side boards and slowing down the Rangers and their transition...And they did a fairly good job...Still, the Rangers had a good start to game, outplaying the Caps but being undone by the PP...Thought the Caps got stronger a the game went along..or actually, the Rangers got weaker.....Guys like St.louis, Nash, Stepan did little,,Hell, even the line that scored did pretty much nothing...I do want to PRAISE JT MILLER though, the only guy I thought would score for the Rangers tonight......As for the losing goal...Dan BOYLE? AYFKM???????Yes, it was a hit from behind but, hell, everything goes in the last 30 seconds whe n a team is pressing.....No excuse..a coaching-player screw-up

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:15 pm EST

Andrei: Ahhh...that explains your temper!! lol

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:14 pm EST

Ok, I couldn't watch the full game, had to listen...so maybe Im wrong, but I really didn't think they played that bad. I get annoyed with the slapshots (hello miller??) but for the most part, we were in it, we just weren't scoring. I know we had SOG, scoring chances Im not sure how many. That said it was a bad mistake..sh*t happens. For the record, Ive seen Andrei post here before, and Andrei it's not a penalty unless it's called, and the puck/game is not dead/over until the Ref says it is. It was a foolish mistake, but admittedly could happen to anyone. Unfortunately it happened to us. Onto game 2

WIOSA


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:14 pm EST

RF4L, between you and I, my first name is Russian. But that was a long before i served in the Navy and the Army.

andrei


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:09 pm EST

Andrei guess my memory isn't working... Or you grew a pair ... Lol... I was hearing nbc on w a l l ...jitters standing there off to the side of the net and kid k nowhere to be found ... They heard whistles coming from boyles head....

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:07 pm EST

MelvilleFred, i'm sure they will be better the next game. After all, this is a very resilient version of the NYR. On the side note, one of these wtf comments by Pierre Mcguire. "Joe Ward, such a nice guy when you meet him in person. Such a gentleman". Pierre, did he pull a chair up for you, or did he open the door for you? Did he took you out on a great date and paid for the dinner and room? WTF, maybe it is just me, but how can one man measure if another man is a gentlemen or not? What does this has to do with hockey?

andrei


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:07 pm EST

BTW, Nash and MSL were invisible. Combined, they make something like $13,000,000 to generate offense....

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:02 pm EST

McDonagh: On the GWG: "I thought (the refs) were going to blow (the whistle). I hesitated for a second and he's going around the net ..." He THOUGHT. Come on, man. I love the guy, but geezus. Of all the times to pull that rock.

Nick


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:01 pm EST

Boyle made it to circle and collapsed trying to get off the ice... He was hearing birdies...stepan no hit on ovi..and mcdumber in outer space...

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:00 pm EST

Andrei: Re your sex - I've seen your post and never thought you weren't a dude with a French spelled last name. And because I'm open minded I never held it against you (and still don't). ;^)

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:57 pm EST

Andrei...agreed. they all have to be better or it's make a Tee time.

MelvilleFred


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:56 pm EST

What get's me more than just Boyle in general is the situations that AV/Ulfie put him in. His defense is week so let's put him on the PK and have him play the closing seconds of the game. Maddening.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:56 pm EST

stevielegs, :-) Last time i checked, i'm still a man at 41 :-) But thanks. It's not a venom and it is not a frustration with the team. I just can't stand stupid Rangers fans. Btw, if you all read posts bellow, it sounded like one or two guy's posting 10-15 posts under different, brand new, to me, names. I'm a huge fan of these wall because you all make it unique. Just like i love listening to Blueshirt Underground Radio.

andrei


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:56 pm EST

Stevie I thought that was an interesting stat, but it didn't seem like the Rangers took advantage of most of those wins.

NYStranger


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:55 pm EST

Must say, for me the biggest concern isn't AV's use of Boyle or anyone else, it's the return of the popgun offense that has plagued this team far more often than not for the past several years. 12 goals in 6 PO goals, if not rectified, for me = bye bye Rangers this round.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:54 pm EST

Faceoffs NYR 34-27... Against the top playoff Faceoff team

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:52 pm EST

Hate to hope for an injury, byt Hunwick could not do any worse than Boyle. Hitting from behind has not been a penalty the entire playoffs. Boyle just moves the puck and we are watching OT.

Bob


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:51 pm EST

Well then (S)He must work at a truck stop

NYStranger


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:50 pm EST

Won 4 by 2-1 now lost 1

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:50 pm EST

And Boyle is out far too often on the PK IMO.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:49 pm EST

MelvilleFred, i do post time to time. I'm not defending Boyle or Nash. Boyle sucked today. But i would never go to the distance and propose that we would sit him out in a favor of Hunwick. This is how, as a head coach, you would immediately loose the room. I also agree that AV did not have his strongest game as coach today. Having Boyle on the power-kill against OV is, let's just say, a head scratchier.

andrei


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:49 pm EST

Oh, the Dudette....sorry!

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:49 pm EST

AV certainly did not have a good game with match ups. I not sure he even cares much for match ups, like his disdain for time- outs. Foolish to give up that advantage on home ice. Boyle has been out far too many times at ends of periods and against the other teams' top line. This goes back all season.

NYStranger


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:49 pm EST

This is clearly a case of "glass half empty and glass half full " .......let's face it , when we play the caps , we are down 1-0 before the game begins. Hank lets OV score his one goal almost every game we play them.So we have to score at least 2 goals to win, we didn't. Looking at the glass half full, we came off a long rest ,slow start , really picked it up , all over them at times , they came off a high the other night against NYI......... and clearly would've won in OT. I think we win game two.

Newfie_Ranger


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:49 pm EST

Andrei: Dude, I get it and understand your frustration when things get overboard with the negativity, but to lambast folks like you did is worse because unlike those posts (which are aimed at the Rangers), yours was at them and full of venom. Just saying...

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:47 pm EST

Nystranger Andrei is a gal if my memory is working ... You go girl... Rant on...

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:46 pm EST

AV, Ulfie, whoever ... inexplicable move. AV apparently thinks Boyle's supposed puck-moving is part of his effectiveness on D, but in that spot?

Nick


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:45 pm EST

RF4L....as Nick said,,,,WTF is Boyle doing out there in that situation!?

MelvilleFred


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:44 pm EST

Nick when did Boyle become a top pair playing against Obi-Wan Kenobi .... That's on ulfie...

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:44 pm EST

would've loved to be listening to Maloney on that last play. I wonder if he just had a Hawk Harrelson 45-second silence bomb.

Rexi29


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:43 pm EST

Andrei.....I've never seen you post and I've been here for many years. I admire your spirit but this loss puts us on the ledge with Saturday becoming a virtual must win....BTW hurling out F Bombs doesn't make your point any stronger. And yes Nash has sucked 2 years in a row and Boyle is on the downside no matter what you say.

MelvilleFred


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:41 pm EST

RF4L, let's agree to disagree. I'm not a post cop, but i don't come here to read moronic posts. I want a normal intelligent conversations. Being on the board for over 10 years and by far this is a best place to read and talk about our beloved team. We don't have to always agree, but let's not make this place, just like the rest of them.

andrei


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:41 pm EST

RF4L. I Just ignore complaining posts like that, especially when it comes from a guy who posts 5 times a year then complains about people coming out of the woodwork to scream the sky is falling. Rangers in 7! There, is that negative?

NYStranger


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:40 pm EST

Nah, gents, we're stuck with grizzle-beard for the duration. And he, LIKE VIRTUALLY THE ENTIRE TEAM, can't possibly play any worse:-)

Rexi29


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:40 pm EST

Tough game to watch....the teams time off seemed to hurt them. Defence out of sync and too much over passing. Rangers need to wake up in game 2 We should beat these hacks.......

RangerGraham


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:40 pm EST

Also RF4L? You are completely right on AV using Boyle in that spot. My God, man. Boyle shouldn't be in the same zip code as Ovechkin, ever, at any time.

Nick


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:39 pm EST

Jitters hell of a brain fart luckily no goal.... Many here sound like Pierre le pew and dingleberry ... How's that for negative ? ...

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:39 pm EST

Well, that's what happen when you quit playing before the horn sounds. I realize Boyle got boarded and it was classic hit to the numbers/head, but someone needs to be shot for allowing him to be out there inside of 30 seconds left.

Bob


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:38 pm EST

This? "But when top pair d is playing against Nash, what do you want him to do"? I want him to earn his $7.9 million. Who the fuck's top guy DOESN'T see the opposition's top pair??? I'm not asking for a goal a game. I'm asking for more than one meaningless pop in the seven so far this year ... some pressure ... some threat .... ANY damn thing. And as for the 'boarding' call OV might have gotten? Are you kidding? That was weak sauce compared to his usual routine and what ref is gonna call that with three seconds left in a tied playoff game? One off the leg against Braden Sawchuk ... er, Holtby. Not gonna get it done.

Nick


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:38 pm EST

Hey andrei Tampa played 7 D so relax....Its not that crazy....

rngrsans


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:38 pm EST

Offense has grown stale. Stepan is invisible. Jt-Brass-Krieds, Hags-Hayes-Nash for the top 2 lines. MSL is finished as a top 6. Boyle is awful yet he gets major ice time. Should not have lost this game. Aside from Ovi Caps were limp tonight and ripe for the takin. Opportunity lost IMO.

stepunmytoe


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:36 pm EST

Well the Rangers rarely have a bad game after a stinker like this one. Hopefully they come out with a good bounce back game Saturday. And Hopefully minus Boyle!

NYStranger


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:35 pm EST

Andrei: Whoooaa...you died and made you the posting cop? People can post what they wish here. You can disagree as you wish here, too. But be civil about it. How ironic it is that it seems most personal and nasty posts come from those disagreeing with a negative post about the Rangers. I'll say it again, as I've said for years in this place: If you're gonna call out negative posts in what clearly can be reasonably argued are overall positive times, then keep your face in here when it's truly negative times. I find plenty of those who rant when its frustrating, post when things are great. I find those who constantly defend disappear when it's clearly negative....

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:32 pm EST

Andrei don't hold back, say how you really feel....good post.....

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:30 pm EST

Well, that was new and different ... game of inches. McD had the play stopped but couldn't control, then the puck slips under Hank. Ovie comes up big. Our big scorer? Um, no. Yet again. When will this guy come through when it means something? When?

Nick


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:30 pm EST

about 50 guys missed overkavetchkin this season......valliqutte pointing out holtby's back door is wide open.....guess the nyr were at the wrong door.....

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:30 pm EST

Jesus Christ!!! Who are these clowns on the board. Where are all come from??? Reading the board without watching the game, you would get the impression that Caps just beat us 12-0. Relax!! Growl back to the whole where you came from. It's a game ONE, for God sake. We lost on the play where there should have being a clear boarding call and a penalty at the minimum, if not a major. Relax, people. Grow a pair, Fuck. This is a seven game series. Everyone predicted that we would go at least 6 games, and most predicted 7. 2-3 loses, where the fuck they would have come from. I see the names that i had never seen before. Shut up. Ohhh, Joe, Nash is not scoring. he is a fucken looser. I'm not the biggest Nash's defender, but when top pair d is playing against Nash, what do you want him to do. This is where other lines need to pick up. Ohh, Joe, Boyle suck. He must sit the next game. Let's play Hunwick. There is fucken superstar. Seriosly?? rngrsans, 7 d-man?? in the playoffs? Are you serious?? Ohh, Joe, this is Demoralizing. What?? Are we in the 1st grade and these are the 7 year old's? Relax people. This is just a game one.....

andrei


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:29 pm EST

I wish we still had the other Boyle.

heston


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:26 pm EST

At this point bring up Dylan McIlrath. How worse could he be. FU@KING Boyle watches as Ovvy passes it right to the front of the net.

rangerlou


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:24 pm EST

Was a game of puck luck they had/made we didn't.

barto


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:23 pm EST

Well that sucked. Bad clearing attempt by Boyle and a smart pick up by the Caps. On to game 2. LGR

WIOSA


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:23 pm EST

Hunwick should play for Boyle he sucks. This team needs to wake up or the season will be over quick. Very frustrating.

Steve443c10


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:22 pm EST

My prediction of Nash getting his scoring touch back was MORONIC.

rangerlou


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:22 pm EST

this team isn't winning more than 2 games in this series. they lose in 6 if they could possibly win it will take 7 easy. I see them lsing in 6. rick Nash sucks big fuckin pussy. derrick stepan sucked.. OV takes the puck less than 5 seconds he didn't compete at all. He didn't try and squeeze OV didn't reach for the puck nothing. MSL cant score. This team doesn't have a go to guy. Horrible that Nash can play like that. what kind of person and drive or character dos he have,

KIS


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:22 pm EST

ANd really from an offensive standpoint, more of what we saw against the Penguins.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:21 pm EST

Without a doubt the alleged first line was the worse line, despite Brassard's efforts. The opposite of a donut hole.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:21 pm EST

boyle gets boarded, and capt mcdumber thinks the period is over....

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:21 pm EST

Just disgusted. Boyle is a POS and needs to sit. Rangers need to wake the fuck up and start generating something on offense. They looked like crap for most of this game. A few shifts not withstanding. What a crappy way to lose. See ya Saturday.

NYStranger


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:20 pm EST

Caps were the better team tonight. They hit two posts. A ton of horrible decisions made by the rangers tonight. Miller giving the puck away in front of his own net. Klein with a give away in the middle of the ice. Staal with one terrible clear. Second round of the playoffs boys. Time to wake the eff up. Their best player showed up. Ours is MIA once again

Fotiu22


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:20 pm EST

27 has to be smarter. The lot of them have to be hungrier. 22 has to be euthanized.

Rexi29


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:20 pm EST

They didn't deserve this game anyways.....Nash and St.Louis sucked big time . For 2 first liners they have to step up BIG time if they want to beat the Caps . Lundquist played a heck of a game keeping them in it when they were down 1-0 and the defence did there job. Boyle scares the hell out of me though

caperanger


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:18 pm EST

*START OF RANT* This loss is 100% on AV. Why on earth in the final minute of a tie PO game you'd have Dan Boyle in the ice is inexplicable and just plain stupid.*END OF RANT*

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:17 pm EST

Play 7 D if you want to keep playing Boyle with Hunny playing on the 4th line if needed

rngrsans


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:16 pm EST

All right, we got the stinker out of the way early in the series. Now we play better hockey, take our heads from our asses, and turn up the heat.

Rexi29


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:16 pm EST

Demoralizing

tlats


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:16 pm EST

Call it a board or whatever u want. All Boyle had to do was blast it around the net and we are in OT. Shouldn't see the ice the rest of the series but of course he will. What a kick in the balls

Fotiu22


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:15 pm EST

you have got to be kidding.....you let Ovetchkin just collect that puck and then don't put it behind the Net......

MelvilleFred


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:13 pm EST

Thank you Dan Boyle, you weak-ass turd blossom, you miserable nincompoop. Also, way to win a face off and immediately shit the bed.

Rexi29


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:13 pm EST

Boyle tried to ice the puck against the boards instead of passing it behind the net.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:13 pm EST

They let him walk right in and then McD follows him around the net instead of covering the front....unfrigginbelievable! What a bullshit way to lose!

JFC31


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:13 pm EST

Unbeleivable

caperanger


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:12 pm EST

They thought they were headed to OT and everyone gave up

rngrsans


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:11 pm EST

Would somebody like to kick me in the nuts?

Shaggy


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:11 pm EST

I am speechless

DOUBLEN


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:08 pm EST

C'mon boys, score a quickie.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:08 pm EST

STAAL needs a new stick or something.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:03 pm EST

Good things happen when you shoot. I hope this rattles Holtby and fires up the garden.

barto


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:03 pm EST

Get in front of the net and good things happen. Not going to be many pretty goals in this series

Fotiu22


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:01 pm EST

Yes!!!!!!!'!!!! Hayes!!!!!

caperanger


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:00 pm EST

yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

mf


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:00 pm EST

What a shift By our best line !

stepunmytoe


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:00 pm EST

Took them long enough!

DOUBLEN


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:58 pm EST

Gotta sneak a puck over the line one in a while. Usually the NYR wait until Game 2 to give back home ice. Still time in this one, though.

Nick


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:51 pm EST

They are unraveling.....If Zucc is really out we are done....1st line sucks.......Nash needs to be traded if the Rangers want to win the cup. Bring up more youth....Paging Kreider

rngrsans


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:43 pm EST

I'm so sick of diving. It cheapens the sport. Holtby went to Crosby acting school.

barto


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:43 pm EST

Another year of playoffs , another year of the Rick Nash disappearing act .

caperanger


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:37 pm EST

Somebody finally crashing the net. Ranger first line totally non existent tonight

Fotiu22


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:27 pm EST

I am very dissapointed in Nash....guy is totally AWOL. Tough game....couple of good chances that we didn't convert and the clutch and grab is in effect. Oh, add Stepan to Nash.....

MelvilleFred


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:26 pm EST

Yes Krieder did the Hi-Stick, here I was hoping he'd score for his Birthday. On that note, you don't win a game for having the nicer uniform, so you think they might score one tonight? Be nice wouldn't it :?

WIOSA


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:24 pm EST

did kid k high stick that guy? no replay says ?....when did the nyr announce bazookarella out for the series?

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:19 pm EST

IMO the Rangers are playing well. They just need to get more traffic in front, which they did much better in the 2nd period. Unfortunately, without Zucc this team needs to "gel" all over again. It's not just about individual effort, it's about lines that click and play well together. We basically lost the effectiveness of our 1st line....MSL is not the player ZUCC is and when you lose ZUCC, you take a lot away from Brass.

JFC31


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:15 pm EST

I hope Marty and Dan B retire.....I think they have

rngrsans


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:15 pm EST

Fotiu and Barto ...lol, so true

WIOSA


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:12 pm EST

I'm gonna hang myself if I have to listen to this owl for the whole series.

barto


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:12 pm EST

Call a marginal hold on Moore but slash the stick out of McD's hand and no call. Not the PP would score anyway

Fotiu22


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:09 pm EST

I think it was the birthday boy who took the high sticking penalty..

WIOSA


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:09 pm EST

Miller the best Ranger on the ice so far

tlats


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:08 pm EST

Miller with a good shift.

Fotiu22


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:06 pm EST

MSG fans sound like idiots when they chant, "OV SUCKS!"

JFC31


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:05 pm EST

Two good chances in two periods isn't going to cut it. Boyle on for every scoring chance against. Is Stepan playing? Shrinking as usual

Fotiu22


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:02 pm EST

They look lost at times...too much time off? Where is the bday boy?

rngrsans


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:01 pm EST

Your best players have to be their best.....Need Nash & St Louis to step up!

rngrsans


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:58 pm EST

Hayes looks his age. Or maybe he overslept :-)

Rexi29


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:48 pm EST

Why do they pass to the outside when 10 feet out. WTF

barto


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:45 pm EST

Are they afraid to shot or what??

caperanger


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:30 pm EST

That Yandle pass was BS !!!! Shoot the puck or grab some pine should be the message from AV. This ain't the the damn globetrotters !!! Drives me absolutely insane !!!!

stepunmytoe


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:29 pm EST

The King got burned by his own style of playing deep. Another 2 feet out and the puck hits him. It's the chance he takes in order to be able together across the crease quickly. When a guy makes a great shot like that, the deep,style is a detriment.

JFC31


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:28 pm EST

Someone please explain to me why the defensively challenged Dan Boyle is even on the Penalty Kill??

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:25 pm EST

Boyle sucks but Hank needs to make that save. You know he is going to shoot the damn puck...be prepared for it. Everything is on the outside....Holtby not challenged at all....nobody willing to go to the net.

Fotiu22


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:21 pm EST

Yandle needs to start shooting. stupid back passes

barto


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:20 pm EST

We play a great period, moving the puck freely and quickly, great chances, pushing the Caps back....and the Caps lead 1-0 because of special teams.

JFC31


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:15 pm EST

And slashing

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:13 pm EST

Lots of cross checks

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:57 pm EST

maguire has been rather complimentary towards the rangers for once.

York18


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:55 pm EST

Shooting immediately. I like it

stepunmytoe


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:52 pm EST

Nice to see Calvin Klien firing away

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:52 pm EST

MF: There was definitely some rust in everyone's first shift but after that they looked real sharp. And HAGS is already a monster!

Vic


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:48 pm EST

First five minutes; RANGERS!

mf


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:45 pm EST

how funny was Ryan McDonagh reciting the starting lineups with the Rangers PA announcer

tlats


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:41 pm EST

This is Holtby's 80th game this season; the most he has played prior to this season regular and combined is 48. Hopefully he is on his last legs.

DOUBLEN


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:39 pm EST

let's go rangers!!!!!

tlats


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:39 pm EST

No Doc. Beautiful !! No if only Pierre could kindly take a puck to his voice box!!

stepunmytoe


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:39 pm EST

I could be very wrong but I feel that the winner of this series wins the east. I'm hoping that the refs don't allow the Caps to hook and grab forcing the rangers to get into a slog fest. I may have to put on my lucky Graves jersey. LGR wow the nerves

barto


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:34 pm EST

Welp, as I said last year....... Enjoy the ride!!!!!

Vic


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:27 pm EST

I predict that by 6 pm Saturday, the series will be 2-0 for us, or the Caps, or 1-1.

Nick


Thu Apr 30 2015 5:58 pm EST

Caps will pound them like they did during the season? During the last game of the season that meant nothing to the Rangers and lots to the Caps? Blah blah blah. Drop the puck.

Bob


Thu Apr 30 2015 5:48 pm EST

Ahhh...my last prediction has already been realized. So different when you're the favourite and doubly so when most of the coverage is all about the Crapitals and OV and Trotz and the team's big bodies and how things are different in Washington this time. It's almost like the Rangers are actually the under-dogs here. Maddening...

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 5:46 pm EST

I predict I will be stressed before the puck drops...

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 5:34 pm EST

Q: What makes the Capitals a difficult matchup? dickaletti's A: It starts with Alex Ovechkin, and that’s going to be such a great matchup with [Ryan] McDonagh. … Capitals are going to come out and pound the Rangers. They are built to be able to do that. They play a grinding game, and they’ll try to wear down and slow down the Rangers.

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 5:10 pm EST

psychos and psychics.....take your picks....

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 4:52 pm EST

My nerves are shot...and the game hasn't even started yet.

WIOSA


Thu Apr 30 2015 4:50 pm EST

BTW....I see this series as being tied to how the Caps approach it. If they walk in thinking they are the better team and that they can outskate and outplay anyone the Rangers will win this series in 6 games. If the Caps come in trying to hit everything that moves and pound the Rangers into submission the Rangers will win this series in 6 games. If, on the other hand, the Caps study what LA did the Rangers last year and what the Pens did the them in round one the Rangers could be in big trouble. I agree with HOSPO in that respect. If the Caps look to bottle up the Rangers in the NZ and use their size to lean on and pen the Rangers in their own end the Caps will feed off of the turnovers the Rangers give them. So, look at what the Caps do tonight. Do they try to set the tempo or do the play the counter punch and heavy game. If it is the latter the Rangers are gong to struggle to win this series.

Vic


Thu Apr 30 2015 4:46 pm EST

Well my friends, we are about an hour or so away from the start of round 2. I haven't had the time to banter here as much as I would have liked but I will be locked in and watching tonight, as I have for every game. As a Ranger fan I'm definitely concerned about this series. I can see the Rangers dominating play against the Caps. But, I could also see the Caps dominating play against the Rangers. My biggest fear as that the Rangers throw up a stinker tonight, followed by a great game but an OT loss in game two. At that point this unbelievably fantastic season would be all but over. It can happen that quickly too. LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!

Vic


Thu Apr 30 2015 3:51 pm EST

On zuccs concusion I'm not a dr by I did stay at a holiday inn last night. I have had more concussions then I care to count and I'm actually lucky I'm not punchy, crazy yes, punchy no. The fact that he's throwing up is not good but if he's not feeling confusion or having bouts of vertigo means that it's not that bad and his ear is not injured as well. The ringing is a by product of the shot to the head but either way if what's being reported is true he's done for this series and likely till the cup finals at the earliest. I think captain mcD has taken out more rangers this season then the opposition has. Either way hope he heals up and gets back and doesn't become Nash jr but I doubt he would.

York18


Thu Apr 30 2015 3:26 pm EST

I predict a shutout loss tonight.

hipcheck


Thu Apr 30 2015 3:21 pm EST

I predict OV will run a Ranger tonight.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 3:20 pm EST

I predict I will be consuming alcohol before and during tonight's game.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 3:18 pm EST

I predict that at the game tonight my wife will be texting within the first five minutes of the puck being dropped.

rangerlou


Thu Apr 30 2015 3:15 pm EST

I predict I will be really really angry while I watch this series more than once.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 3:04 pm EST

HOSPO is 100% right. None of us have any clue how long he will be out. All we know is that he has a concussion and has had some bad symptoms as of Tuesday. Everything else, to me, is moot. Other players in the NHL having similar experiences or our friends having them means very little. One thing I think we've learned over the past decade is that every concussion is its own animal and one small bang for one guy could keep him out for a year whereas things that look worse for others can heal in a couple of weeks. I'm hoping we'll see Zucc again this year but as a fan it's easier to just assume he's done so I don't get my expectations up.

chinstrap


Thu Apr 30 2015 2:54 pm EST

Hospo i predict that you are wrong and im RIGHT!!!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!

rangerlou


Thu Apr 30 2015 2:37 pm EST

rangerlou - I did that with Nash last year before the King Series and got skunked.Otoh, I predicted he would score at least 35 this year and wasn't far off....Hopefully, NASH has that big series, we need it with ZUCC out....

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 2:31 pm EST

I predict AV has his arms folded for 94% of the game.

jkropp


Thu Apr 30 2015 2:29 pm EST

I predict that Nash will get his scoring touch back. And he will have a productive 2nd round. Heard it here first!!!!!!!!!

rangerlou


Thu Apr 30 2015 2:28 pm EST

Hospo, well you're 100% wrong...We know...oh we know. : ) It's fun to speculate, that's why there are sites like this...we worry, so we write and hope for the best.

jkropp


Thu Apr 30 2015 2:12 pm EST

Speculating on concussion injuries...It's bad enough that Specialists and Doctor's don't even know half the time, let alone rabid and hopefull hockey fans with zero expertise AND who are left in the dark about what is actually going on with the player....Personally, I have zero clue and take the attitude that..All we can do is hope for the best..but plan for and expect the worst---MZA being out for the rest of the POs.....he comes back, it's a bonus

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 1:58 pm EST

RDW, that's my thoughts as well. The brain really hates it when it gets smacked and then it ricochets off the opposite side of the brain which does the most damage. My initial thoughts are the hit was bad at the impact zone but that's probably it (hopefully) and there my be a fracture...my.01...

jkropp


Thu Apr 30 2015 1:54 pm EST

I think the one thing that we are missing is he did spend a night in the hospital...that is not something that usually happens for a minor concussion. Perhaps there was a bit of a fracture and they wanted to make sure it didn't swell or have internal bleeding.

jkropp


Thu Apr 30 2015 1:54 pm EST

The only thing that makes me hopeful with MZA's injury is that, to me, it seems more likely to be a head-ringing bruise type situation as opposed to a huge open ice hit that really "shakes" the brain. Not saying you can't get a concussion from taking a shot to the head though. My $.02

RDW


Thu Apr 30 2015 1:43 pm EST

Jratelle- Yeah, I didn't like the look of it either. However, with the risk of reading too much into things, would be a bit suprised if he broke his skull bone and McD said that he was glad that it wasn't serious.

Ola


Thu Apr 30 2015 1:41 pm EST

SCHEIDW - Sather chose to spend all his assets on Yandle at the deadline instead of beefing up and insuring for injury the TOP 9 (and maybe gettign a 3rd pair D-man)....Only time will tell if it was the right move..But Only works if SHEP and MSL can do the trick...we'll see..

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 1:36 pm EST

Zuccarello...15 goals n 33 assists Playing first line and poweplay is not production that can't be replaced or else NYRs are not returning to Cup finals

schneidw


Thu Apr 30 2015 1:11 pm EST

I don't want to start thinking the worst with Zucc, but remember that Richter's career ended the same way. I was at the game against the Thrashers when he took a long shot towards his face and he turned his face to the right and got hit in the left side of his mask right around his ear. Hope Zucc's situation is nowhere near as serious but the neurotic Ranger fan in me keeps rearing his ugly head.

jratelle19


Thu Apr 30 2015 1:00 pm EST

tdchi: Do you play in NY or VA?

Jerry_Garcia


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:50 pm EST

jkropp - I recently rang a clapper off a friends dome piece, right around the ear area. Opened up a nice wound on his ear and he thought initially that he had a concussion...left the game...went to urgent care...got a dozen or so stitches, but tested negative for the concussion. Now my shot isn't even half as hard as McDONAGH's...for him, there was a lot of ringing for several days and he said he didn't feel right...but he was fine and back out there the following week.

tdchi


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:48 pm EST

ges - If anybody else goes down.....hmmmm....With Lindberger taking the old Stepan route and going invisible in the POs, there is not a single forward worth jack shit to bring up from the Pack to play in the NHL POs..In the past, there might have been an NHL vet or two, but not this year,,,Maybe quickly arrange a signing of BUCHENIVCH???...or how bout, given the way he likes to roam all over the ice including behind the opposition's net, how bout moving BOYLE to WING...???

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:35 pm EST

Don't get me wrong, I know it was a hard slapshot and the puck is hard and heavy...I'm not downplaying the force of the hit...

jkropp


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:34 pm EST

Does anyone have first hand experience with being hit with a puck in the helmet? I was hit in the head with a golf ball with no helmet and I had a mild concussion. I imagine that the helmet certainly helps a lot and it's not a blunt object hitting him it's more of a deflection which also helps. I wonder if he had some issues before this happened related to the head that was unreported as I know he was hurting but that's real bad business so I'm sure not the head.

jkropp


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:29 pm EST

bazookerella has to pass baseline tests first.....if he's upchucking still, that's not a good sign....

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:27 pm EST

Losing ZUCC for any amount of time is a huge loss. He has the best vision on the ice. If MILLER and HAYES have a strong series it certainly makes the loss of ZUCC much easier to handle and IMO will be enough with HANK and the D to get the next series. LGR!

jkropp


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:20 pm EST

chinstrap - fair enough. Not going to dispute first-hand knowledge...but given the nature of the injury, I will call Brooksie's assumption into question...I think if this series goes to seven, there's a good chance we'll see Zucc...then again, maybe Brooks' source doesn't think it's going to go to seven games...

tdchi


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:15 pm EST

ges999 - I still won't believe Zucc is out of the series until after the last game...but that said, LINDBERG is probably the guy who will get the call...and if not him, most likely one of the BOURQUES...I would say Ryan....though Lindberg has kind of sucked during the first four games of the P-Bruins series, he's still the most versatile forward down there...plays a physical game, has skill, can line up on the wing or at center...would be as effective on fourth line as he would second...I could see grabbing Chris Bourque in a bizarre, twisted effort to replace ZUCC...The guy does have a really good shot...and he's been playing a physical game lately...but the Bruins tried that experiment in 2013 and it kind of backfired...I've said this before on Ryan Bourque: He'd be a great energy guy for fourth line if AV decides to promote SHEPPARD...He's a relentless forechecker...speed guy...plays physical for his size and is very defensively aware...could be the Rangers' version of Stephen GIONTA...but all that said, I'd be amazed to see any of those guys get promoted.

tdchi


Thu Apr 30 2015 11:58 am EST

good afternoon. due to the projected physicality of this series, it wouldn't be far fetched for someone to have to sit out a game (or two) due to injury. on defense, with klein being back, we should still be decent with hunwick available to step back in. on the forwards side, any thoughts on who the call up(s) would be, assuming zucc isn't ready to jump back in?

ges999


Thu Apr 30 2015 11:52 am EST

chin: Keep in mind that Brooks is a sensationalism "journalist" his sources also said Zucc and the Rangers were not close to a new deal, and that he was going to get 6 mil plus once he did sign. These "sources" may have said, "looks like like he will miss the second round, who knows after that" and than Brooks goes and writes "Zucc out for 2nd round, and further rounds including the finals in doubt" because that sounds much more fancy and scary. I imagine there is a good chance he will miss 10-14 days regardless of the injury, so basically the second round, but I doubt ANYONE feels they know well enough the situation to look much beyond a week at a time...even the expert doctors, especially if its a concussion.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 30 2015 11:49 am EST

Losing Zucc for the series is a big loss. Unless the former MSL shows up, it will hurt the Rangers chances. And we have rarely seen the former MSL since he came to the Rangers. Glad the Sheppard is in. I might rather see Fast up with Brass and Nash though. I think Miller is in the midst of his coming out party. He should have e big series.

Bob


Thu Apr 30 2015 11:46 am EST

Larry Brooks just tweeted that Zucc is out for the 2nd round and possibly longer w/a concussion, basically the same thing I'd heard. Sucks.

chinstrap


Thu Apr 30 2015 11:16 am EST

HOSPO: No worries, and I hear you. As much as MSL has been a shell of himself, he has to get a long look on the top line. I would be more than fine with Hayes there, but then we become a 2 line team, and the 3 scoring lines has been the AV staple in our runs the past two years. Funny that there's not much, if any, dropoff from MSL to Fast on the 3rd line (mainly because Fast is playing 'playoff hockey' - forechecks and hits and plays good D and isn't a zero offensively) but it's a huge dropoff from Zucc to MSL on the top line. Ironically the 5 foot nothing Zucc is really needed for his boardwork (and possession skills) against the big Caps. He wins a ton of battles. Marty doesn't anymore.

chinstrap


Thu Apr 30 2015 11:15 am EST

Hospo: I'd prefer neither and the rulebook is there to ensure neither happens. The gutless NHL, led by that money first/hockey second little prick, should be ashamed. No wonder they remain in the US behind the big 3 in popularity. Their spectacle really isn't appealing to the masses - it's regional because the entertainment value, unless you're a devoted to a specific team, is lacking. The game of hockey, however, isn't.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:54 am EST

RF4L - As a fan, I'll take what you call "goon" tactics (in the POs) and over the line physical play over game planned constant interference any day...I'm curios to see which way the Caps come out....I hope it's the goon squad style..

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:50 am EST

CHIN - Thanks for the news...I worry for ZUCC and his well being and for the Rangers attack without him...I am not crazy about the lines AV is starting with and, yes, alot of that has to do with MSL's ineffectiveness and lack of production...Hopefully the old guy can dial it up....If not put him back on the third line, (he can still skate and play the game) and move either Hayes or SHep..Oh well, we'll see tonight...

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:39 am EST

BTW, the Wings are the masters of interference. I like their speed and non-goon tactics style, but geesh, you know they preach and practice that subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) interference strategy.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:38 am EST

TDCHI: AV made a mistake saying "I think he's alright" - he admitted he didn't really know in the chaos after the game and if you notice, the Rangers PR guy John Rosasco basically corrects him and says "he's being evaluated". I actually spoke to a couple of people who know, and it's a concussion. As of 2 days ago, Zucc had migraines and was throwing up a lot. Doesn't mean he can't recover quickly, but my guess is that it's unlikely. Never know with the brain and how severe it is. Hope he gets back at some point, would be tough to win without him and feel terrible for a heart and soul guy like that.

chinstrap


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:37 am EST

E: Or could that be Stamkos trying to adjust to teams taking away his 'office'?

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:29 am EST

RF: For some unknown reason Stamkos has been moved down into causing traffic in front of the net. I have no idea why. Let that guy circle around and let him use the 1-timer. Its as if TB doesn't want him to let loose his favorite weapon. And lets be real, he has a 1-timer that... hell I'll say it, is the nastiest in the NHL and might even be the nastiest I've ever seen. He gets so much velocity off of it and its deadly accurate. I watched him in person hit the 3-hole with a pass that came in rolling almost back across his body while he was cutting across. It was a VERY tough shot and he buried it with the goalie biting for the 1-hole.

E


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:26 am EST

TD: Actually, the Rangers will need to make a decision on YANDLE before the trade deadline next season. Again, the Rangers cannot allow him to walk for nothing at the end of next season. He will need to be resigned or dealt by March 1, 2016. This was part of the reason why I wasn't in favor of the deal.

Vic


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:25 am EST

BTW, Stamkos had 43 goals this year, which was good for 2nd overall in the league (one ahead of Rick Nash, who basically dropped to producing at a 20 goal season level after being mugged by Zach Bogosian). Until these POs, he produced pretty consistently all season long.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:21 am EST

Jerry: I would expect a good chance that there will be a higher number of interference infractions called in this series. Supposedly this has not gone unseen by the league and they want it to be minimized. That means it'll take a game or two players and coaches arguing with the refs etc... some of the stuff that the players got away with the first series is gonna not be okay. And thats fine. Frankly, I hate all the interference. Its annoying but all I want is it called fairly and equitably. My one area of concern however is the disregard the refs have shown towards goaltenders. There were many instances including the Pens who spent time in the crease with no playable puck and managing to flop all over their backs. Lundqvist was far from immune to this type of pressure. They gotta call that a little tighter. I just want them to set the tone and let the players work it out.

E


Thu Apr 30 2015 10:15 am EST

Hospo: The thinking is that Stamkos is hurt. I haven't watched enough of him or that series (or the Bolts for that matter) to really have a comment. What I did notice yesterday, primarily due to Don Cherry's segment on Stamkos, is that where he usually rockets the puck from the opposition is crowding and therefore, many of his shots are coming from further out. That, obviously, gives the goalie (not the mention the defenders) more time to get in the way of the puck. How he might be adjusting to that I don't know. Could he be missing MSL??

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:57 am EST

Keys to Rangers next round win: Know your enemy: NBC,NHL, NHL Refs, NHL Lines-men, Announcers, Time Keeper(away games), Instant Reply Goal Reviews in Toronto, clutch and grabbing, stick slashing-no call, goaltender interference, leaving the feet on hits. Nothing the Rangers can't handle! Heave-Ho !!!!

Jerry_Garcia


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:57 am EST

RF4L - Different strokes for different folks...For your sake, And I want to see it also, I hope we get a TB-Ranger EC Final..That will be one hellacious series full of skating and skill.....But,that's jumping way ahead......And hey,Some of us get on NASH here, but how bout STAMKOS for the Bolts ? Bolts won that series with almost nothing from him..

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:35 am EST

td: the one thing we also don't known in regards to yandle is the cap. if the nhl does expand by two teams, there may be 1 billion in revenue. that will push the cap up a little (they don't use 100% of that as revenue but there is some formula for expansion fees.) if that happens, and the revenue goes up like it has each year, and the canadian dollar recovers (it has a little already today its worth 83 cents on the dollar up from 76 on the dollar a couple weeks ago) and that along with a 5% increase from the nhlpa and you have a higher cap. also after this next year boyle and 4.5 mil comes off the cap, add 4.5 to 2.625 and you have handle resigned at 7.1 without using any more cap space. get another dman for the bottom pair who makes a little less and you get to keep him at his price.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:35 am EST

Yandle would end up being the Rangers highest paid d-man. Yikes.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:34 am EST

td: the one thing we also don't known in regards to yandle is the cap. if the nhl does expand by two teams, there may be 1 billion in revenue. that will push the cap up a little (they don't use 100% of that as revenue but there is some formula for expansion fees.) if that happens, and the revenue goes up like it has each year, and the canadian dollar recovers (it has a little already today its worth 83 cents on the dollar up from 76 on the dollar a couple weeks ago) and that along with a 5% increase from the nhlpa and you have a higher cap. also after this next year boyle and 4.5 mil comes off the cap, add 4.5 to 2.625 and you have handle resigned at 7.1 without using any more cap space. get another dman for the bottom pair who makes a little less and you get to keep him at his price.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:04 am EST

Imagine Zuccarello comes out at the last Minute like Willis Read did?????? Man im getting OLD!!! ROTFLMAO!

rangerlou


Thu Apr 30 2015 9:02 am EST

mf - My personal belief is that YANDLE is history after next year...Keep in mind, the Rangers are getting him at a BIG discount right now...I can't see him taking any less than his current salary of $5.75 million...and if he produces like he's historically produced --i.e. more than 50 points a season -- that figure could be as high as $7.5 million...He goes to free agency the same year HAYES and KREIDER will be looking for big deals...and by that point, who knows who will be in the system? Me thinks Yandle's acquisition was 1. To win the cup this year; 2. To repeat or win it next year; 3. To give the organization another year and a half to find a home-grown puck mover of his ilk.

tdchi


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:52 am EST

Rhet0ric - FWIW...and based solely on Tuesday's game, BODIE Is looking a lot closer to the NHL than SKJEI...that's not to say either is close...

tdchi


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:49 am EST

jkropp/WIOSA - Something that is dubiously absent from all the ZUCC reports is how banged up the guy was even before the Pens' series...and if I'm AV, I keep the guy out of harms' way for as long as possible...if he had a serious concussion, I suspect AV would have either said nothing about his condition, not something to the effect of 'I hear he's alright'...Not saying I don't think he got his bell rang or that he's healthy...but I suspect what's keeping him out is a combination of several things...NTM...you have the first game of the series...why not test SHEPPARD and see what he can do and keep resting Zucc? I think he becomes more critical around game four and on than he is right now...Zucc is a crucial part of this lineup, but with the rest of the team basically healthy, I don't think his absence will decide the Rangers' fate at least in the first few games...My PBRs are on him making a return around game four, unless the Caps shoot ahead in the series.

tdchi


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:39 am EST

the refs as usual will play a big part in this series. what the craps did to the fish was over the line dirty in many instances, but the stinks couldn't score on the pp. how the nyr deal with it will decide the series.....the intent to injure stuff does not belong in hockey......overkavetchkin likes to board guys......as well as some of his teammates....

stevielegs


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:25 am EST

Ultimately, how this series plays out is up to the Rangers. It's more than reasonable to declare that they are the superior team and have the players and style to dictate the bulk of the play.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 8:21 am EST

York18 - All good points, and why the Rangers if they play their game should beat the Caps..But I hated the reactive way they played or were made to play agasint the Pens, and the ZUCC injury could really keep the offensive production of the lines down making every game a struggle...As for the Caps, all that matters is how they are playing NOW..I think they have the roster and style to give the Rangers fits IF they play a responsible forechecking and checking game all the time and are able to hem the Rangers in..Will they or can they do it for a series?.........Either way, It's why I want the Rangers to come out with their speed and transition game and attack the Caps and put them on the heels and make them chase right off the bat..That happens, Rangers skate all over them

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:55 am EST

Hospo: I suppose one could soundly argue that the banging/crashing/hurting each of the Cap/Islander series was more entertaining than the boring checkfest that was the Ranger/Pen series. But that doesn't mean the former is better hockey than what would have been seen if the officials didn't bury their whistles. The Islanders, in game 7, had 11 shots. ELEVEN. For me, the best hockey is the up and down stuff where there are lots of legitimate scoring chances and if you have physical teams, they'll find plenty of opportunities to hit. When the officials allow all those infractions to go uncalled, the scoring chances always get reduced and the play ends up being on the perimeter and/or consists of players trying to get through clogged scoring lanes. I watched about 5 minutes of the Bolt/Wing game and turned it off after I saw like 10 holding and grabbing infractions go unpenalized. More boring hockey for me. It's a shame.

RF4L


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:54 am EST

JKROPP I agree with you about AV, but ...I don't think he'll put Zucc or any player for that matter, on the ice without a full practice. So if he is coming back for this series I think he'll have to get in a team practice first, and that's a bit difficult to keep secret. One can hope though...

WIOSA


Thu Apr 30 2015 7:37 am EST

Hank needs to get some of the same quick whistles that Price gets. Why is it okay to bump one goalie and not the other (or vice versa). Hank is in a zone like I've never seen him before. Beware the hot goaltender! NYR in six.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:17 am EST

Anyone else thinking Zucc will be back soon? I feel as though AV is playing this very close to his vest. Just seems a bit fishy. Maybe I'm way off. Part of me feels like he is secrerely skating. I know, I'm nuts.

jkropp


Thu Apr 30 2015 6:08 am EST

Hospo help me out here if the caps are so good and so deep as deep as the rangers you say, why did they finish as poorly as they did? If they're so good why do they rely on their PP like stated before it's usually the teams not good on the PP who excel in the POs. They also struggled to beat IMO a rather depleted isles team who had ahl players on their blue line the rangers are way deeper and more experienced on the blue line then the isles and the caps could barely best them. I'd say that more of this pens style is being made then it needs to be memo to all that system lost them the series rather fast too. The rangers are probably more accustomed to tight games then any other team in the league and they have no problems adapting because they score and the other team wants to slow the game down go ahead they will just tire them down. .....,,,,,,,,I'll say it now rangers in 5 at worst 6. This whole they are bigger is a myth for one and bigger doesn't mean stronger or better just means bigger.

York18


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:51 am EST

BOB - Have no idea what you mean about the Caps having a goon squad for a 4th line..They have nobody remotely like that..WIlson has been spending time on other lines and he's the only goon like player on the team..The other players --guys like Kuznetzov and Burakovsky (as do Johanssen and Chimera) have some skill while guys like Beagle, Laich etc are solid banger/forecheckers but also a bit slow..They can be killed in transition if the Rangers get past their forecheck

Hospo


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:49 am EST

Oh I wanna be a New York Ranger....I wanna live a life of danger......wooo...oooo...ooaahhh.

Bob


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:03 am EST

Well, if the Rangers play from ahead, we won't see much of the Caps 4th line, which is mainly a goon squad anyway. Now that Kuznetsov has awakened, the Caps are that much more dangerous but remember, the Rangers backcheck harder and are much better on D than the Islanders. Plus, they have Henrik, who has never played behind a better team than this year's Rangers. Unlike the Torts days, he does not have to pitch a shutout to win.

Bob


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:01 am EST

g/n

mf


Thu Apr 30 2015 12:00 am EST

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/rangers-aim-capitals-crown-article-1.2204417

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:58 pm EST

MF - Just addressin your points....1) The Rangers are faster than everybody, but the Caps are more physical and bigger and will attempt to slow down the Rangers like the Pens did--it's doable...2) If thei was the 3rd or 4th round I'd be worried about bumps and bruises..Caps are pretty much healthy except for FEHR...3) Where I disagree, CAPS have four pretty decent lines and 3 solid pairs of d-men, just as deep as the Rangers ...4) I agree..if the Refs call it..if not, they will help the Caps try and achieve their goal of slowing down the Rangers attack and breakout...

Hospo


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:51 pm EST

Breaking down the matchups: Rangers vs. Capitals...... http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/breaking-matchups-rangers-capitals-article-1.2204434

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:50 pm EST

BOB - can't say I like diving either....or hitting from behind..but any other physical mayhem just adds to my enjoyment of the game FOR ME.....And honestly, to me, sometimes the Rangers are a flat out bore to watch..But I also love how they play and how they rise to the occasion when physically challenged, which i hope occurs during this series......................As for FAST,a responsible 3rd-4th liner that will chiip in 10-12 goals, don't see much more

Hospo


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:50 pm EST

Here are two of the people analyzing the Caps/Rangers on ESPN, if you research further it shows more feel the Caps will win than NY. SI is pretty much even . http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/12781769/nhl-2015-stanley-cup-playoffs-new-york-rangers-vs-washington-capitals

WIOSA


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:49 pm EST

Any analyst saying "it's a wash in net" between HOLTBY and LUNDQVIST should be immediately fired and then beaten with a medium-sized flog as he/she cleans out his/her desk. That's the most asinine thing I've heard since a buddy told me the Pens were going to win.

tdchi


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:48 pm EST

I don't see the Craps keeping up with us for a couple of reasons: 1) we're a faster squad 2) I'd bet their nursing way more aches & pains a s result of their style 3) I'm guessing they don't distribute nor have the consistency throughout to distribute the TOI... 4) I see them taking more penalties than the NYR as a result of our speed..... "RANGERS IN SIX!"

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:47 pm EST

And now, of course, the jackwagons at the NHL start scheduling 2 off days between games. What garbage. The every other night schedule is so much better.

Bob


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:47 pm EST

RF4L - I think the Rangers are just universally reviled by the rest of the league...maybe it's the fans...maybe it's that the NHL doesn't need to sell seats in New York...I don't know...but you'd think with a team winning two presidents trophies and taking two trips to the cup finals that they'd get an ounce of respect eventually. No matter. Let the Caps think they're the favorites....Can tell you this: Vegas doesn't. Not at least in the first game. In fact, Vegas thinks they're pretty out-gunned...you bet $170 on the Rangers and you win $100. You bet $100 on the Caps and you win $140.

tdchi


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:42 pm EST

Man, I don't read or listen to analysts or experts any more, so I'm surprised to hear that the majority take is that the caps will beat the Rangers....I thought i was in the minority in being cautionary and respecting the caps and thinking they had a chance to beat the Rangers..But, I also think they have to play seven games of their most disciplined hockey to get it done--a very difficult task.....More than likely I'm totally off, but one thing i do know, it's not a "wash" in the nets!!

Hospo


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:39 pm EST

I also like the physical game, although i do think it's funny that a guy like Wilson goes hunting for guys heads while being fined by the NHL for diving. Orland Kurtenbach, Walter Tkaczuk, Brad Park....those guys played it tough, clean (most of the time) never dove.

Bob


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:38 pm EST

Don't see Fast as a 4th liner either.. 4th line had a spot, and with the benefit of hindsight, was a good stepping stone for him..

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:36 pm EST

A Physical Miller Will Give Rangers a Boost..... http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-physical-miller-will-give-rangers-a-boost-1430356276

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:36 pm EST

TD: T/Y

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:34 pm EST

mf - Were you to give FAST some time on a line with some offensive skill, I'd say he'd come close to 40 points...The kid has good offensive instinct...he's got the tools...seems to have the confidence...question is, does he put them all together to score points in the NHL...and more specifically, during the playoffs? Can't answer that for you, but I certainly don't see him as a career fourth liner.

tdchi


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:33 pm EST

WIOSA - i hear ya but have always loved the phyiscal aspect of hockey more than the skill part..And I don't mind if it's over the line either..Just me....NICK - And I love the way guys like Tom Wilson and Matt Martin play...Just wish they would smash the stars more often!..As you can guess, I was a banger/checker/fighter in my playing days!

Hospo


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:25 pm EST

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/29/sports/hockey/ryan-mcdonagh-grew-into-role-as-rangers-captain.html?ref=hockey

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:23 pm EST

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/29/sports/hockey/playoff-history-of-rangers-capitals-suggests-a-long-series.html?ref=hockey&_r=0

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:13 pm EST

New year, same opponent: Capitals again preparing for Rangers in postseason.......... http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/29/new-year-same-opponent-capitals-again-preparing-ra/

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:06 pm EST

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capitals-insider/wp/2015/04/29/burakovskys-ability-to-go-with-the-flow-helpful-in-the-playoffs/

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:02 pm EST

Evgeny Kuznetsov is right: It isn’t his first rodeo ...... http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/evgeny-kuznetsov-is-right-it-isnt-his-first-rodeo/2015/04/29/3da3ac78-eddf-11e4-a55f-38924fca94f9_story.html

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:00 pm EST

Caps Tom Wilson on New York Post criticism: ‘They can write whatever they want’ ...... http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2015/04/29/caps-tom-wilson-on-new-york-post-criticism-they-can-write-whatever-they-want/

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 10:55 pm EST

Any one of the 8 teams left can beat any of the other 7. Well maybe Calgary can't but that's of no matter. Get the breaks, avoid huge mistakes or bad goals, win the Cup. Why not us, right? We've got the goods as much or more than anyone.

Nick


Wed Apr 29 2015 10:54 pm EST

Eric Fehr traveling with Capitals for Games 1-2, status uncertain........ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capitals-insider/wp/2015/04/29/eric-fehr-traveling-with-capitals-for-games-1-2-status-uncertain/

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 10:50 pm EST

The key to beating Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist..........http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/04/29/the-key-to-beating-rangers-goalie-henrik-lundqvist/

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 10:47 pm EST

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capitals-insider/wp/2015/04/29/facing-the-rangers-again-capitals-feel-a-lot-more-prepared-then-past-playoff-meetings/

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 10:25 pm EST

1st round playoffs had 47 games, Eleven of which were decided 2-1 with the Rangers recording 4 of those… Five games decided 4-1, another Five decided 4-3, Four games decided 3-2, Four games decided 4-2, Three games decided 5-2, and three games decided 5-1… (that’s 35 of the 47 scores)…… In the GF/GA Differential Standings: Anaslime: 4gf/2.25ga = +1.75 ….. Atlanta: 3gf/2.33ga = +.67 ….. NY Rangers: 2.20gf/1.60ga = +.60 ….. MinnySoda: 2.83gf/2.33ga = +.50 ….. TidyBowL: 2.43gf/2.14ga = +.29 ….. Crapitals: 2.29gf/2.14ga = +.15 ….. Froggies: 2gf/2ga = flatline ….. Shitcargo: 3.17gf/3.5ga = -.33

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 10:00 pm EST

Nick I agree with you, I don't see how they have it a "wash in net" with the Caps....but that is what ESPN feels. At least the guy I was reading. I will give the Caps special teams, they are number 1 in PP. I will give them the size, they do have it over us, but our D are no slouches.

WIOSA


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:56 pm EST

Rangers / Craps open up the 2nd round tomorrow at 7:30 pm followed by Calgary / Anaslime @ 10pm est..........Craps center Eric Fehr will make the trip but not suit up for tomorrows game... Fehr"75gp/19g/14a/33pts .. 6'4" 212lbs.....

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:40 pm EST

The odds makers may be pointing to the Rangers but in most parts, it seems the appropriate respect isn't there. In both the US and Canada, the goo-fest for Crosby and Pittsburgh was over the top, right thru to the end of the very short series. Now with round 2 pending, the bulk of what I'm reading outside of NYC is all about Washington and 1) OV's greatness 2) Barry Trotz fabulous coaching influence 3) Washington's changed for the better mindset 4) Washington's big bodies. Like with the Penguins the Ranger centric stories are lagging. WTF?

RF4L


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:30 pm EST

RANGERS / crapitals / canadiens / lightning / ducks / black hawks / wild / flames

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:28 pm EST

"With the second round about to begin, the New York Rangers are the favourites to win this year's Stanley Cup. According to Bovada, the Rangers, who face the Washington Capitals in the second round, are 13-4 favourites, followed by the Chicago Blackhawks at 4-1 and the Anaheim Ducks at 9-2."

Nick


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:25 pm EST

A 'wash' in the nets? Hey, I'm no huge Hank booster but really. Holtby's pretty good but come on.

Nick


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:11 pm EST

Rangers south wins-----Strahlam is a good dman,,,,he played a great game.....fun stuff

thedugster


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:04 pm EST

It's all over. It's Montreal vs. Tampa Bay.

Rhet0ric


Wed Apr 29 2015 8:54 pm EST

I thought Detroit was the better team tonight, but they're still losing 1-0. They're outshooting the Lightning 27-16.

Rhet0ric


Wed Apr 29 2015 8:41 pm EST

So far, due to "a wash in goaltending" and the size/bulk factor. ESPN, TSN, SI, are giving Washington a slight edge against the NY Rangers. Hmmmmmmm.

WIOSA


Wed Apr 29 2015 8:36 pm EST

RF4L/Hospo, yes, it was ridiculous. Hospo I like a hard checking (finish your checks guys) and fast paced battle to the finish too. That was NOT what was happening in game 6 and from what I can read, game 7. It was Slapshot live. Punching, cheapshots, cheating...you name it. Game 7 had ONE penalty, one, against Washington. At least that's what NHL.com is showing. I find that hard to believe with the two teams I was watching in game 6. I don't like a trapping game, its like watching paint dry, and that is what the Rangers were doing in the neutral zone. That said, the complete opposite is frustrating and not a sport. If I can punch harder and get in more cheap shots I win? That sorta sux.

WIOSA


Wed Apr 29 2015 8:12 pm EST

Also, Skjei is never going to put pressure on Yandle. The two play completely different games. I think what will put pressure on Yandle is his desire to stay here. He's gotten a taste of playing meaningful hockey in Late April and he really seems to like it, JMO.

Rhet0ric


Wed Apr 29 2015 8:09 pm EST

MF.....That's not a good bet. The Rangers could decide to give him a taste in the NHL to make him want more. He could also put it all together after half a season in the AHL(doubtful). The point being is that none of us has a crystal ball and you just never know.

Rhet0ric


Wed Apr 29 2015 8:01 pm EST

Tee-Dee-Chi: 1st of all, anyone taking the other side of your 30rack of PBR's & a hoagie would be committing blaspheme, so no thank you... I'll bet a six pack of ice cold (pick your flavor) the Skjei doesn't see any regular season NHL games with the Rangers big club barring injuries... The kid needs a full year in Hartford based upon what's posted here, the amount of time he's been with the organization and the fact that he's behind McD, Staal, Yankle, & hunwick..... BTW, the CJC just unfolded some bridge chairs for anyone thinking that we're going to play a LHS Skjei on the Right Side over a RHS McIlrath.. The way I see it, "IF" Skjei develops well, it'll put pressure on Yankle to resign at somewhere between $5mill & $5.75mill per, to stay with a cup contender, and the red carpet treatment MSG affords it's athletes.. Those perks add up and are appreciated... LeoS, thanks for the WSP link to the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, awesome......... Now then, can Jesper Fast become a 40 point player next year on the 3rd or 2nd line???? Because if he can, we just may have our MSL replacement in house (OLA, what's your take on "The Swede?) and have our Cap management become a whole lot easier... Could the NYR Org. give MSL & especially Dan Boyle one year coaching positions and get Boyles salary off our cap?? In other words, if Boyle retires, do we still take a CAP hit?? Hockey tomorrow night boyz N girlz, Rangers in 6!

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 8:01 pm EST

I like a skating game like TB - DET. These guys are zooming. NYR-PIT was a slog. And the sooner idiots like Matt Martin and that Wilson joker go the way of the Colton Orrs, the better.

Nick


Wed Apr 29 2015 7:50 pm EST

WOW. Miller beat Bishop in a race to the puck, Miller won but his shot was still wide of an empty net.

Rhet0ric


Wed Apr 29 2015 7:33 pm EST

We have McIlrath, Allen and Skjei in the AHL and the guy we're talking about today is Mat Bodie? That makes me chuckle. I guess it's better than rehashing why the Rangers brass has it in for McIlrath ....LEOS.... It's nice to dream but our PP did what it had to do. We basically negated the Pens PP. Their's was a scorching 15.38% and our was a blistering 15%. As inept as it is that's about all we can ask for in the postseason, negating the opposition. Still, the Penguins were ranked 3rd in the league on the penalty kill. Looking at it that way, it's not that awful :) Maybe we'll get lucky in one of these upcoming series and get up to 20%.

Rhet0ric


Wed Apr 29 2015 5:45 pm EST

Imagine if our power play was actually a threat? We'd probably go something like 16-6 in the playoffs.

LeoS


Wed Apr 29 2015 5:21 pm EST

RF4L - Personally, I lovethe crashing bodies and I found it damn exciting compared to the snooze fest that was the Ranger-Pen series

Hospo


Wed Apr 29 2015 5:13 pm EST

York/E - I would be astounded if SKJEI makes the Rangers out of camp, barring injuries of course. No way does he look NHL-ready. And if he does make the team, that's when you can start questioning the future of McILRATH. At bare minimum, I'd say he needs a half-season in Hartford. NTM, the Rangers have six starting defenders signed.

tdchi


Wed Apr 29 2015 4:41 pm EST

Akin to roller derby.

RF4L


Wed Apr 29 2015 4:40 pm EST

WIOSA: Ridiculous isn't it? Just serves to drag the game down to its lowest skill level.

RF4L


Wed Apr 29 2015 4:07 pm EST

Hospo, I did watch game 6 of the Isles/Caps series and lord they were non stop fighting, boarding, hi-sticking. The refs just put their whistles away. The 'let them play' does concern me a bit. The Pens got physical, but we both know the Caps are a LOT more physical.

WIOSA


Wed Apr 29 2015 4:00 pm EST

The way i see it there are three keys to the Rangers success in the series with Craps. Main one is to score first. Wilson is Wilson and Ovi will always be Ovi. Perfect example game six between Iceholes and Craps. Islanders scored twice when Ovi and Craps were busy hitting and got caught while Islanders were going the other way and scoring. You score first and Ovi will be too busy panicking and trying too hard to be Ovi. Another example is game 7 few years back in Washington where we won 5-0. Ovi was too busy trying to put people through the boards instead of scoring. You score first and Rangers will have a great chance to win the game. Second key is to have Klein back. When Klein plays, Rangers look different. I think he was a huge reason why Rangers were keep on winning when King went down. Rangers had issue matching up with Pits on defense. Now you can always have a chance to have someone covering Ovi and Backstroom. Staal/Mac/Girard/Klien. One of them will always be on ice. Another point about Klien. Along with Yaandle, he posses very underrated shot. Unlike Girardi, Kleins shots get through. It might take a game or two for Klien to be back to form, but he will be a big factor in the series. Last key will be play of the forth line. I like Sheppard. Hobbit will be missed, but we should be able to overcome his loss. If we score first, keep on playing the forth line will be imperative. For stretches in the Pit's series, Moore and company were playing toe to toe with Crosby. Sheppard can also take draws, which is another important factor. You don't need to play Strapon and Brassard along with Moore on the defensive draws. AV has option to send Moore and Sheppard instead. Keep the line in-tacked and fresh.

andrei


Wed Apr 29 2015 3:23 pm EST

Seems feasible to me to project Skeji starting next fall in the AHL then, depending on his progress and the state of the Ranger D throughout the 15/16 season, him getting called up for either a look-see or an extended stay. I think the bigger question in terms of next year's starting D will be if McI is involved. It's reasonable, I think, to assume that he's farmed out yet again at camp's end, he's a Ranger write-off, especially given the presence of Skeji, plus Walcott and Ryan Graves, not to mention Allen or even Bodie.

RF4L


Wed Apr 29 2015 3:00 pm EST

E from the reports I have heard skeij is not ready for the NHL right now unless he finds it over the summer I'd suspect he will be in Hartford to start the season. He has done nothing down there to state he's ready

York18


Wed Apr 29 2015 2:43 pm EST

RF4L - Honestly, I don't think there's one player on the Rangers that would selfishly run around looking for a big hit or retributuion (OK, maybe Glass)..Discipline is a plus for the Rangers over almost any team.The Rangers will be composed and poised no matter what the caps throw at them, but they also have to attack...

Hospo


Wed Apr 29 2015 2:39 pm EST

RF4L - I also saw OV, WIlson and even some of the D running around for th big hit against the Isles, but they could get away with it against the Isles, and they knew that, partly.becasue the Isles also ran around doing the same..The Rangers are an entirely different breed...

Hospo


Wed Apr 29 2015 2:38 pm EST

Hospo: They wait and react, they're gonna be in a world of hurt.

RF4L


Wed Apr 29 2015 2:36 pm EST

RF4L - totally agree....Rangers can't wait and react to the caps like they did with the Pens, gotta push it...

Hospo


Wed Apr 29 2015 2:33 pm EST

Hospo: Both of those dudes ran around in the Islander series, to the point where in one game WIlson got less than 4 minutes of icetime. The wilder he gets, the more detrimental it is to the Caps, save for the possible injuries he might cause (he took Visno out of that series with a nasty hit, for example). IMO, the keys are getting the puck out quickly, avoiding the neutral zone crap that's sure to happen, and get on the slow Cap defense. If the Rangers do that, it'll be chaos for Washington. Guys like Gleason and Oprick are physical and mean, but slow. Mike Green is prone to give-aways when forechecked hard. I know I'm stating the obvious, but too much time spent in the Ranger zone will result in reduced Ranger offensive chances and minimal exploitation of the Caps' main weakness.

RF4L


Wed Apr 29 2015 1:55 pm EST

JFC - If the caps take the mano vs mano attitude you say they will, and I hope they do, they will surely lose...But I think the team and TROTZ knows that....they are gonna have to play a more disciplined but still heavy forechecking system like they did back in March when they whacked the Rangers.....but hopefullly guys like OV and WIlson start running around..That will be their undoing...The Caps are nowhere as fast as the Rangers and they know it and will do everything to make it a grinding game/series where their group of strong and steady but slow in transition forwards can perform....And I agree, that The King can be a/the key for the Rangers..

Hospo


Wed Apr 29 2015 1:43 pm EST

sorry, I don't think you can OVERSTATE the advantage the Rangers have in goal...

JFC31


Wed Apr 29 2015 1:41 pm EST

OLA - Not if they play like they did against the Pens..They need to come out with more...We'll know soon enough..

Hospo


Wed Apr 29 2015 1:41 pm EST

Hospo/Ola/E -- yes, if the Caps display the lack of confidence in THEIR system that the Pens did, they can also do a good job of gumming up the neutral zone and taking away open ice....but, at what cost? OV more busy trying to defend than score? Backman? Look what that did to Crosby and Malkin. If they want to get into a series in which every game is 1-0, 2-1 it may be shitty to watch but the Rangers have proven that they are comfortable performing in tight games and are confident they can come out on top. IMO, the Caps are gonna try and go mano a mano vs. the Rangers....play THEIR game, their system and see what happens. If they go down in the series and the RAngers are shredding them with speed, they may try to adjust and play shut down hockey, but at that point we'll have the upper hand in the series. I also don't think you can understate the advantage we have in goal. RAngers need to pepper Holtby with shots from every angle and make him go side-to-side as much as possible. HE looked very tired to me vs. the Islanders while The King was sharp....and he is well rested, too.

JFC31


Wed Apr 29 2015 1:27 pm EST

E and Hospo- Don't get me wrong, I think there are 25-26 teams in this league that could push us hard in a PO series, but I agree wih Barnaby. I definitely like our chances and things we take this series at least 7 out of 10. I don't fear AO. We can handle him. I don't fear he Caps depth players. Their Ds can be exposed. That just leaves us with the problem of actually winning games. We won't "loose" many, but can we win them or will they be coin flips?

Ola


Wed Apr 29 2015 1:14 pm EST

E - There are flips sides to everything BARNABY said...on, Don't uderestimate the crashing and SMARTS of players like Ward, Chimera, Laich, Brouer. etc. either....At times they can play a very responsible forechecking game that gives team fits..It's guys like WILSON that goes a bit haywire for the hit and sometimes the team follows...The Caps need to use their size but not search for the hits...Can they do that for 7 games? I don't know......I agree about his take on the strength of McD, Staal, Klein and Girardi, but it's not them I worry about in the Rangers defesnive zone, it's the Ranger forwards along the boards..and they can be outmuscled at times....The Rangers team speed is gonna give everybody fits, like it did the Pens, but I must say they did a good job of containing it..And if the Pens can, the Caps can..OTOH, I think the Pens saw far from the Rangers best, and the Rangers need to be much better and aggressive--they do have The King backing them up after all-- and i think the need to be and can be..But we'll see...

Hospo


Wed Apr 29 2015 12:33 pm EST

Listened to a great interview with Matt Barnaby and he made some interesting points. One was, don't overrate the Caps crash and bang forecheck against the New York Rangers. That the New York Rangers defense are for the most part big, and strong physical players who can take what you give them and take advantage of your aggression. If you overcommit down the boards, the New York Rangers may be headed the othe way with numbers. Another was the New York Rangers basically held Crosby to the fringes, have a deep history of keeping OV in check and wondering what else they can bring. And finally he pointed out that the New York Rangers skating gave Pittsburgh fits and caused PIT to play conservative, ice a ton of pucks, take penalties etc... And he was pointing out that while the Caps defense is deeper it doesn't skate as well and the New York Rangers will look to pick on their more pedestrian defenseman........all of these points I can't neccesarily argue against but I also don't think that these advantages neccesarily mean a shorter series. I think this is going all the way and it's gonna be close. I do have the New York Rangers in 7 but I'd sure like to see the Caps put on their heels early. I don't have any confidence there.

E


Wed Apr 29 2015 12:24 pm EST

The New York Rangers prospect that I find most intriguing and I think is probably the most likely currently to be an impact player is Skjei. My understanding is that he may be in the lineup as soon as next season and he sounds like a prototypical AV type defenseman. Kinda that Big, great skating, defense focused with good vision.

E


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:45 am EST

Gotta figure the Ranger brass will float a double carrot to O'Connor: Have a legitimate chance of being the King's backup as early as next season, depending on how he fares in camp (because the Prince is most assuredly being moved this summer) and hone his skills with one of the best goaltending gurus on the planet. The latter enticement cannot be argued with. The former he'd have to compare to other teams where reaching the number 1 goalie position is, arguably, something attainable sooner than in NY because of the King's presence and contract. That said, he'd be behind Lack and Miller in Vancouver and behind Anderson, the Burgler and that young Swede in Ottawa. One could argue both teams present a quicker route to the number 1 spot, but neither from a backup position next year are more feasible. Plus it's New York and the Rangers are cup contenders this year and likely will be next year, too. Edmonton's the wild card because their goaltending is a mess. Prior to them winning the draft lottery I'd think any young goalie would stay the hell away (a career could be ruined playing behind that mess), but the landscape has changed considerably with the pending arrival of Connor McDavid, not to mention the significant managerial shift. If I had to beat, O'Connor will land in Edmonton. I guess it really comes down to have attractive learning under the watchful eyes of Allaire is.

RF4L


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:25 am EST

@HartnettHockey: NYPD detective Steven McDonald is here taking in #NYR practice. #WhereWouldYouRatherBe

Wildcard


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:24 am EST

O'Conner is at the training center watching practice as part of his tour.

Wildcard


Wed Apr 29 2015 11:21 am EST

Hockey Central talking about O'Connor and saying not to count out the Rangers by any means as a strong candidate to sign him. Kypreos seems to think that they won't.

jratelle19


Wed Apr 29 2015 10:24 am EST

Gibbo - No work for me Friday and a college alumni week Saturday night I may just play through and make this a bender...just keep the BAC running a solid .10 for three days, absent the sleeping hours... Might need to hire a chauffeur though ;)

tdchi


Wed Apr 29 2015 10:23 am EST

td: if that is the case than great! i guess now its a wait and see if he continues than game after game, or if its something he can only do now and again. i would love to have a good offensive guy that can also be ok without the puck Much like boyle spent his career doing although he used to be better without the puck) there is another reason to hope he can continue to do that...if there is no room for him on the nyr roster they can move him for another asset, perhaps a draft pick or something.

Wildcard


Wed Apr 29 2015 10:22 am EST

RF4L - If I were to pick a spot for BODIE next season, it'd be replacing HUNWICK as the seventh defender...but if I were to put some of my precious PBRs on the line, I'd say Conor ALLEN and McILRATH will be the first two awarded that chance...But we'll see. I've never seen Bodie play an AHL game like he did last night and he has what AV likes, which is SPEED...if BOYLE does hang 'em up, I still think his most likely replacement will be McIlrath...and it would make sense too...KLEIN has shown, IMO, that he's every bit as effective on offense as Boyle is at this point in his career. Having Mack as a sixth stay-at-home defender would be a big asset to this team, IMO.

tdchi


Wed Apr 29 2015 10:16 am EST

Wildcard - I was among those horrified by BODIE'S defense last fall and winter...every time I saw that kid he was either turning the puck over or getting caught out of position...but something has definitely changed...he had a beast of a game yesterday...I mean, I can say this about him...I watched A LOT of Bodie at Union College and he, along with GOSTISBEHERE, were the heart of that team's championship season...really, the heart of the team....Gost was the more flashy of the two...just an incredible puck mover with an intense shot...Bodie was kind of like the McDonagh of the team...he was very sound defensively, but had no problem joining the rush...both were like a fourth forward on the team...Union would get the puck in the zone...make a pass or two and then BOOM....either Bodie or Gost would be at the top of the circle with a head of steam coming in...Bodie ended up third in scoring on that team...Gost was tied for fifth...but that kind of game simply doesn't/didn't translate to the AHL...at least for Bodie...When I saw him play at the beginning of the season, my impression was that he was still trying to play that same fourth-forward game and getting relentlessly caught with his pants down...I think the adjustment from NCAA, where it's a mix of older guys who can't make the pros and young kids about to go to the pros, to the AHL, which is all pros...was very difficult...And I'm still not sure he'll ever make the jump...but I'll say this: Bodie is a very quick skater and has very keen offensive instincts...the two things that are/were holding him back are his size and his defense...last night, the latter certainly didn't seem to be a problem.

tdchi


Wed Apr 29 2015 10:05 am EST

Wild/RF4L - I simply don't see O'CONNOR as a guy who could step into the NHL...no way...I'd say at least a year in the minors...maybe more...which is why I simply don't see why there's this sweepstakes over him...good goalie? Sure...but not a sure-fire NHLer, in my estimation...kind of a jewel in the rough...and that's before taking into consideration that his one superior season was on Team EICHEL...I could understand WHY he'd want to come to the Rangers, especially seeing what Allaire is doing with their netminders...and I guess you can never have too many goaltending prospects...just with SKAPSKI, HALVERSON and this Russian kid...I'm just wondering where all these goalies are going to be in a couple years...I don't see Hank hanging 'em up for another five or six years at least, especially given his almost injury-free career...guy also always looks like he's in supreme condition as opposed to a certain fat goalie who played in the tri-city area...anyway...maybe this organization learned from the debacle they went through when poor RICHTER broke down.

tdchi


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:57 am EST

stevielegs - No argument there...Gorton was dismissed by the B's in June 2007 and almost immediately picked up by Sather. Picks under his tenure include Hagelin, Cherepanov, Del Zotto, Stepan, Weise, Kreider, Fast, McIlrath, Miller to name a few...jury still out on Buchnevich, Tambellini, Graves, Skjei, and Duclair...but that's not a bad body of work, IMO. Gorton was also in the front office during the landmark trade for McDonagh. This year's team has his fingerprints all over it...if the Bruins are sniffing around him, I'd slap those bastards on the schnoz.

tdchi


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:55 am EST

tdchi - hah... i think friday will be recovery from thursday's game 1... just like some players, my body needs a day off between games

Gibbo


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:36 am EST

TD: thanks for the re cap of the WolfPack game.. Gents, Bodies is 25 and a LHS.. He's at best the number 5 Dman behind Hunwick.if we can package him in a trade I think we do so.. As for Gorton, if all the accolades sent his way are true, we keep him, have Sather retire end of season, and rearrange the front office a bit, or have him fill Sathers position.. Rangers in Six !

mf


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:35 am EST

than sather was smart to hire gorton....and listen to him....another smart move.....

stevielegs


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:27 am EST

@JRNYR Ryan Graves is tied for 1st among #QMJHL D in goals with 5, ranks 4th in D scoring with 11 points, and tied for 3rd overall with +14. #NYR

Wildcard


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:26 am EST

@NYR_Prospects: Tambellini now has 12 goals & 13 assists. He has 4 GWGs, 3 in OT. He has a point in 12 of 14 games, including 8 with 2+ points #NYR #BEAST

Wildcard


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:17 am EST

td: Love it when a D man, who is not an offensive Dman like Bodie, plays a non district game. Normally that means they didn't have anything of note happen through them. Quite is good with defensive Dmen.

Wildcard


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:15 am EST

RF4L: From the people I know that watch a lot of Pack, Bodie on D makes Boyle look like Chara....maybe he has/will figure some stuff out quickly....but if he really is that bad (I have not seen it, but I do trust the guys who have) I want him no place near the NHL, and he may not be kept even for the Pack if he is that bad.

Wildcard


Wed Apr 29 2015 9:10 am EST

td: I have mentioned it before. But I don't think the Rangers necessarily see him as an NHL goalie next season. HOWEVER they have one of, if not the best goalie coaches in the game, who has had a hand in deciding what goalies to pick up, including Talbot. The rest of the scouts are still involved as well. SO with O'Conner there is a really good chance they see something they like, and know they can develop him, and we don't know, the kid may know he will not be ready to play regularly in the NHL, not all kids are silly enough to think they can play at the highest level right out of the gate. Seeing how Talbot developed, and how Skapski was able to step into an HL game and do well with this org, he may see a chance to work with the Rangers and get some time in as a pro, than lear after his contract is done, or even request a trade. anyway, the "experts" have him starting or backing up in the NHL next season, but thats what they do to have something to talk about.

Wildcard


Wed Apr 29 2015 8:56 am EST

TD: I think it's reasonable to project Skapski being the King's backup next year, too. I think it's a given that the Prince will be moved, especially if there's a bidding war for him.

RF4L


Wed Apr 29 2015 8:38 am EST

Mark Spector on the so-called O'CONNOR sweepstakes: "Matt O’Connor has narrowed his choice down to the Canucks, Oilers, Rangers and Senators. He met with Peter Chiarelli yesterday and will meet with the Rangers tomorrow." Still not exactly sure why this guy is getting the royal treatment after one good season on a fully-stocked team. Glen Healy apparently believes he could walk onto the Maple Leafs and be a better starting goalie than BERNIER or REIMER...not that such a feat is out of the realm of possibility...Apparently the Canucks are making a big pitch for him...and the fan chatter on this side of the continent is that the Rangers will trade TALBOT for a nice package before the deadline and then use O'Connor as Hank's backup...a game plan that reeks of disaster to me...but maybe there's something in this kid everyone else is seeing that happens to elude my beer-soaked vision.

tdchi


Wed Apr 29 2015 8:34 am EST

On the Bruins' GM job: "As for the vacant GM job, while we side with the wide belief that Don Sweeney eventually will get it, an industry source said Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton has been contacted by the Bruins. That should not be a surprise. Gorton was the B’s assistant GM when they drafted Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand and has been a part of the front office that has guided the Blueshirts’ surge to elite status in the Eastern Conference." Now if I'm Sather, I go out and find a large dump truck, fill it up with hundred dollar bills and drive it immediately over to Gorton's place of residence. The Rangers' success, IMO, has been to a large degree a result of Gorton's savvy. We know, after all, that it ain't Sather making all these smart moves.

tdchi


Wed Apr 29 2015 7:46 am EST

BTW, quite disappointing to see Lindbergh's had a zero PO so far.

RF4L


Wed Apr 29 2015 7:45 am EST

TD: Thanks for the summary of the Pack game. Encouraging to hear the apparent progress of Bodie's game. Maybe he'll be Dan Boyle's replacement next fall?

RF4L


Wed Apr 29 2015 6:20 am EST

Here's a synopsis of the Pack game...Both teams came out like garbage...just boring, uninspired hockey from both...the Bruins went up 8-2 in shots, but I counted only one scoring chance where DANIS actually had to make a good save...Second period, the Pack were clearly the better team...better chances, better puck movement...better everything. The closed on the shot tally and, more importantly, scored two...as I mentioned previously, BODIE had a spectacular game...last time I saw him, he was all offense...zero defense. This game, he looked like the team's top defender...jumped in on an odd man rush and had a nifty goal...also back-checked on a P-Bruins breakaway and stick-checked the puck away from the Bruins forward just a moment before he took a shot...Second goal was a nifty little tip in from Tyler BROWN on a Ryan BOURQUE point shot...Pack played far better than the shot totals suggest...the best the Bruins could muster was in the final four minutes of the game, when the Pack was in defense mode...The only goal they did get came during the never-ending procession of penalties the Pack took throughout the game...Let's just say whatever memo the NHL refs are going off of in not calling penalties...well...the AHL refs never got that...BOTH teams had special teams out there A LOT....Fortunately for the Pack, their PK is pretty good...Oscar LINDBERG was all but invisible...Ditto with HAGGERTY...McILRATH played a pretty non-descript game...Ryan BOURQUE had his moments...SKAPSKI, if I'm not mistaken, is still injured.

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 9:14 pm EST

Rangers to brutal Capitals: Hit us at your own peril.... http://nypost.com/2015/04/28/rangers-to-brutal-capitals-hit-us-at-your-own-peril/

mf


Tue Apr 28 2015 9:13 pm EST

The Pack win, despite, yet again, being badly outshot. Too bad it's not Skapski getting all this valuable goaltending experience...

RF4L


Tue Apr 28 2015 9:08 pm EST

MSL says he needs to contribute more in the 2nd round.....http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=765640&navid=nhl:topheads

mf


Tue Apr 28 2015 9:05 pm EST

Rhet: Fair enough even though there's no zero chance Sather made that trade because he was thinking MSL would inspire, due to his mother's unexpected death, the Rangers to go to the finals, which, in turn, would give them the experience to win the cup the following year. He was counting on MSL to produce offensively, which he has done only in spurts and this year, those spurts are more like spasms.

RF4L


Tue Apr 28 2015 8:58 pm EST

RF4L... The Stanley Cup finals don't happen without Marty. That led to the confidence that the team currently has. If we win the cup, it was well worth it. JMO.

Rhet0ric


Tue Apr 28 2015 8:35 pm EST

York: Dude, read my posts - I'm not blaming MSL. He cannot help himself. He's way past his prime and is doing his best. I am blaming Sather for a stupid trade. And it was stupid.

RF4L


Tue Apr 28 2015 7:40 pm EST

I really haven't heard any pissing and moaning from the Pens. In fact, I listened to Crosby's pressed and he was pretty frank about things. He said to the effect of: we had chances and we didn't bury them. We lacked discipline and took way too many penalties. And you don't win that way. And I fully agree with him. I have to say that as much as I've hated Crosby thru the years because he really in many ways he's Somewhat A Kaleta in a shockingly phenomenal hockey player. But I have seen less and less of that guy over the past season or so. I still hate the guy and want to beat him every time but I think he's chilled out a lot with the ancillary stuff. And I think his press conference he pretty much nailed it. The Pens were in every game and they didn't get over the hump. Boo friggidy hoo ass hole. See you next year.

E


Tue Apr 28 2015 7:37 pm EST

Trade - ditto. I gotta be starved to watch this AHL game. Though play picked up a lot in the second. Nice three-on-one lead to the only goal of the game by Mat BODIE, who, BTW, is looking much improved. Pack just keeps tempting fate by taking stupid penalties. Bruins are short PASTRNAK...Danis keeping this team in the game.

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 7:04 pm EST

i am so starved for hockey that i have the nhl network on right now and they have the ssm greyhounds vs the erie otters.......this guy on erie looks pretty decent..........connor mcdavid.......prolly do well in hl

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 28 2015 6:58 pm EST

Pack back in the box...fourth penalty in 21 minutes of play.

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 6:50 pm EST

Well if Gorton and Schoeny are in Providence, they're not going to be too happy...Pack mustered a paltry two shots against the P-Bruins in what was one of the most boring periods of hockey I've watched so far this season...Both teams are playing like garbage right now...DANIS made a pretty sweet save...Stripes are actually reffing...Conor ALLEN is back in the lineup...Pack powerplay using the ol' dump-and-chase method, which is never a good sign. Wish I could point to one Pack player who is standing out...but none are...aside from Danis, and...well...after facing eight shots, it's kind of tough to say he's even playing great...Malcom SUBAN, PK's dipshit brother, is in net.

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 6:19 pm EST

Guess I missed the literal translation.... SCREW THE CRAPS ...

stevielegs


Tue Apr 28 2015 6:15 pm EST

Hah mf ya didn't even make it to the end of your 'hornor' post!

LeoS


Tue Apr 28 2015 6:04 pm EST

Per New York Rangers...... New York Rangers’ Twitter feed drops capitals for Capitals.

Rhet0ric


Tue Apr 28 2015 6:02 pm EST

Per Bryan Burn..... Niklas Kronwall has been suspended for Wednesday's Game 7 after charging #TBLightning's Nikita Kucherov in Game 6.

Rhet0ric


Tue Apr 28 2015 5:55 pm EST

Why don't we just call French Fries "Freedom Fries" instead. That worked so well the last time we did it.

Rhet0ric


Tue Apr 28 2015 5:31 pm EST

the rangers speed or pace will inevitably wear down the craps.. eye don't think it will be a matter of if, but rather a master of when.. this should result in hooking and holding infractions being called because it will become more egregious and self evident that the zebras wiil be forced to make the calls. all my opinion naturally with emphasis on honoring tradestars request.. Good luck with that and autocorrect

mf


Tue Apr 28 2015 5:23 pm EST

watch your speed.........

mf


Tue Apr 28 2015 5:04 pm EST

@AGrossRecord Glen Sather, Jim Schoenfeld, Jeff Gorton headed to tonight's Hartford (AHL) Game 4 tonight vs. P-Bruins. Call-up coming tomorrow. .....OKAY......tradestar......

stevielegs


Tue Apr 28 2015 4:54 pm EST

tradestar - i'll give that some thought once you correctly alter your sign in/off

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 4:44 pm EST

for the next two weeks.....everyone here is not allowed to use any capital letters. there is a site wide ban on the usage of capitals in your correspondence. thank you. p.s. this includes the dugster

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 28 2015 4:37 pm EST

It's Mr. HAGELIN to you Craps fans! Speed Kills.

Jerry_Garcia


Tue Apr 28 2015 4:10 pm EST

TDCHI - Agree with the latter, given that they were fairly flat the entire Penguin series..!

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 4:07 pm EST

BTW - Psyched Washington only gets two days rest before facing the Rangers...Though part of me says the Rangers, having a solid six days off, are the team more likely to come out flat.

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 3:49 pm EST

TDCHI - Haven't heard the Pens making excuses for the series loss, Mcguire is another story and he's the one we're still stuck with...

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 3:47 pm EST

RF yeah I'm sure you hated msl last year and the trade when the rangers beat Montreal. Dude give it a rest already it's hardly the guys fault what he was traded for, if anything he made it easier by saying he'd only go to the rangers he tied the bolts hands and sather paid too much. The thing is a cup finals appearance which he was directly responsible for and if the rangers win the cup this year that deal will have paid itself 10xs over and it will have been a bargain I'd give up three first rounders for a cup win and I'd bet you every GM in the league would say the same.

York18


Tue Apr 28 2015 3:34 pm EST

Gibbo - Breakfast cocktails? Why not just play through Friday night's debauchery?

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 3:31 pm EST

Memo to Pens: Excuses are like assholes...everyone's got 'em and they all stink. Stay classy, Pittsburgh!

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 3:29 pm EST

Here's an easy barometer for the CALLAHAN-ST. LOUIS trade: The Rangers win the cup this year, it was 100 percent worth it...even if Cally ultimately wins a cup in Tampa...or one of those picks turns into a superstar...Rangers don't win a cup this year and lose St. Louis to retirement...or don't win a cup this year or next year with MSL on the roster...the deal was awful...One trip to the finals is not worth what the Rangers gave up for him...I would have preferred to keep Cally...loved him as a Ranger...hated to see him moved...but the reality now is that if he were still on the roster, we wouldn't just be musing about the Rangers trading BRASSARD or STEPAN or HAGELIN...one of those guys would need to be moved...So really, that deal hinges on what happens this year...the ultimate irony will be, knock on wood, if Callahan wins the cup this year...that's when you'll see some spirited discussion here.

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 2:19 pm EST

Never mind - total brain fart by me.

ges999


Tue Apr 28 2015 2:17 pm EST

Does the extra 400 miles distance actually merit an extra days rest for game 7 if its TBL?

ges999


Tue Apr 28 2015 2:11 pm EST

"Penguins' Malkin dealt with sprained ankle, Hornqvist had broken rib".... Bye .... NYR injuries are still secret...

stevielegs


Tue Apr 28 2015 2:01 pm EST

JFC/RF4L - Totally agree each of your's most recent post...Well, except for RF's obsession with Buttman..:)

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 1:35 pm EST

Hey mf - this might interest you: http://www.panicstream.com/vault/widespread-panic-04252015-brooklyn-ny/

LeoS


Tue Apr 28 2015 1:24 pm EST

Sucks that Game 2 starts @ 12:30pm on Saturday......With 2 younger kiddies....i am the weekend Uber,,,,,oh well

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 28 2015 1:20 pm EST

JFC: But it keeps the games close and therefore, the series tend to go longer and therefore, more gate revenue. Keeps Buttphuck happy because he can tell the owners: "See, who cares about the entertainment quality from a game of hockey standpoint - the fans are drones and flock to these games."

RF4L


Tue Apr 28 2015 1:08 pm EST

Like that guy with the frog in that commercial says, "Ithink we're on the same page."...that's why I am concerned about the refs swallowing their whistles and allowing the CAps to hook through the neutral zone, obstruct, hold, etc because even though a general lack of whistles keeps the Caps off the PP, the obstruction will help the Caps slow the RAngers down to a level the CAps prefer. You're right, the RAngers need to force the issue and fight hard to break out with speed. If Caps don't clog the neutral zone, then Rangers will try to avoid the hooks by using the "home run" passes they love so much....could be a good way to go if they stay sharp with their passing.

JFC31


Tue Apr 28 2015 1:01 pm EST

STEVIE - I think we all want the best team out there..and to win the Cup...We all just have different strategies on how to acheive it but they ultimately mean zip becasue it's up to AV and the players....I don't know if MSL can refind the touch, but here's hoping he does..or he helps the team in other ways, which he sure as hell can so with his determnation, experience and hockey smarts..

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:54 pm EST

Hospo I get the msl jitters from many, but I think he has and will help this team while declining......I prefer for right now just not trying to knock these guys down, or i'll have more egg on my face when the hoist the chalice.....then it becomes the CUP TEAM....

stevielegs


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:52 pm EST

JFC - I agree and disagree with about the Caps speed of play..If the Caps allow (or better yet, if the Rangers force the issue) the Rangers to play at their comfortable speed, I agree, they will be in trouble.and Rangers take it easily....but if they slow the Rangers down to their speed by getting them stuck in the offensive and neutral zones, that will be how they have the chance to pull the upset and win the series

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:52 pm EST

HOSPO - yeah, Game 2 at 12:30 means pregame drinks start at breakfast

Gibbo


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:49 pm EST

stevie: Yes, ultimately the trade will be decided on how the Rangers make out this spring. It would be nice to see him score a goal or 2.

RF4L


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:48 pm EST

rf I said no Callahan....overpaying will be decided after the playoffs......pete I hope it's on Saturday night over 12 noon.....if there is a noon game, they'll leave it to cover the fleas on the horses asses.....

stevielegs


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:47 pm EST

Thanks GIBBO...Quick turn around for Game 2

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:46 pm EST

there's 2 schedules... depends who wins Detroit vs Tampa series... can see it on Rangers' twitter feed: https://twitter.com/nyrangers

Gibbo


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:46 pm EST

STEVIE - I was and had been in MSL's corner for a long time but gotta admit his lack of production and impact worries the shit out of me to a point where I'd rather slide him down a line where he can maybe still be effective (he has not stopped working)...That being said, I do hope he proves me and my concerns wrong..

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:44 pm EST

Game 1 THURS 4/30 7:30pm Game 2 SAT 5/2 12:30pm

Gibbo


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:42 pm EST

stevie..with Clapton being moved to Sunday, that almost certaintly means Saturday's game's will be an early afternoon game that they will air before the Derby (and it's 3 hour pregame).

pete


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:37 pm EST

stevie: Huh? Who said I want Callahan back? What Sather should have done was offer Cally and last year's first and nothing else. If Tampa refused, so be it. He overpaid badly and watching the painful decline of MSL while still owing payment for him, is so typical Ranger crap IMO. For me that deal goes alongside with so many other dumb moves over the years.

RF4L


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:33 pm EST

rf4l is that the same msl who inspired and helped the nyr get to the finals last year?.......sather and I hope he proves you wrong...again ..guess you rather have those picks and no Callahan and no msl.....and boyle for all his fumbles, played a good contributing game 5.......capt controversial......

stevielegs


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:31 pm EST

JFC: I agree and I recall musing during the regular season when MSL was in one of his funks (and playing with those 2), about sitting him for a game or 2 and putting Sheppard in his spot. I got lambasted on here by more than one wallster over that. MSL has done very little since and wisely, when he returned from his injury, AV demoted him to the 3rd line, where he's proceeded to accomplish very little offensively. He's a freakin' anchor. That will be more of an impact the longer MZA is out, unless of course, somehow miraculously, MSL wakes up (not holding my breath).

RF4L


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:23 pm EST

Pretty sad if MSL sinks the Nash/Brass line. Stupid trade.

RF4L


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:23 pm EST

hospo guess veenknow likes changing 3 lines instead of 1 or 2.....he'll juggle if the results are ng.....bazookerella even when not getting goals is a BIG loss.....nyr need to start scoring more than 2 goals per game, and at least 1 more than the caps in each game. .....need 4 wins to get from needing 12 to 8......capt obvious.....

stevielegs


Tue Apr 28 2015 11:52 am EST

HArd to experiment at this time of year, but I actually think Sheppard could work well with Brass & Nash. He is a big boy and he can fill a Pouliot-type roll on that line. Doubt AV will take the chance, though unless we are struggling.

JFC31


Tue Apr 28 2015 11:49 am EST

Holtby has played 79 games this season? WTF? No wonder he looked sluggish to me yesterday...I posted that he just didn't seem sharp and that his up-down movements looked slow. Gotta think that all those games have taken their toll....he's fairly tall/big. I just remember him looking alot more athletic and quick compared to what I saw yesterday....again, that's a big advantage to the RAngers and they should throw alot of rubber at him. Keep him moving side-to-side and up/down and he will STAY tired and sluggish, especially towards the ends of games and any OT. As for the reat of the Caps, I stand by my assessment of them not impressing me and my thoughts that the Pens were a better team. Yes, they held the Isles to low shot count but it the SPEED, or lacl thereof, of everything they did out there that stood out to me. After watching RAngers-Pens, the speed of that game 7 was SLOOOOOW as hell. Passes were slow, transitions were slow....I was not impressed. If the Caps play that speed against us, we will shred them. And I'm not so much worried about Caps big bodies hitting us as much as I am about the refs not calling the hooking, chops to the hands and other "slow down" penalties that were not called. CAps players were hounding the Isles from behind on the transition all the way up the ice with hooks that often made players' bodies twist back and hands to be pulled/pushed from hooks and chops/slashes. Those kind of things slow fast teams down. If the refs stick their whistles up their asses, the Caps won't get PPs but we won't be able to skate and use our speed. Caps want to turn it into a slog along the boards and use their size advantage.STill think the RAngers will beat the Caps decisively in 5 or 6....hedging because it depends on whether OV pulls his frustrated pouting act and if Holtby is as tired as it appears he is and can't handle the workload.

JFC31


Tue Apr 28 2015 11:48 am EST

STEVIE - Not sure I like those lines..Can see MSL totally sinking the Nash-Brass line..and not convinced FAST is the full time answer for Hayes and Hags if we need offense..And not like Miller-Step-Kreider did much offensively...Think AV should put more thought into it..

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 11:42 am EST

MSG announced that Clapton's 70 birthday concert Saturday is moved to Sunday, meaning Game 2 is almost certainly Saturday. Rangers Report ✔ @rangersreport Rangers-Caps sked is expected to be announced today. ... Still a very good guess that it will be Thurs. -- almost certainly -- and Saturday

stevielegs


Tue Apr 28 2015 11:38 am EST

This is when the King starts making a difference. He usually plays well against the Caps.

KIS


Tue Apr 28 2015 11:26 am EST

I guess I disagree to some extent. The Penguins played a trapping style through Game 4, and finally opened up in Game 5 which was their best game.

Bob


Tue Apr 28 2015 11:23 am EST

Marc Staal, given yesterday off for maintenance, on the ice for practice. Do not see Keith Yandle, though.Fast moved up to Kevin Hayes' line with Carl Hagelin. James Sheppard skating on Moore's line with Glass. Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord Keith Yandle has not practiced or participated in a morning skate since Game 2. Took hard hit into boards from Comeau in first period G2...... ......and there was no call if I recall correctly......?......

stevielegs


Tue Apr 28 2015 11:15 am EST

E - The thing with the Pens was really not they were better, it'more that they finally came together and played a disciplined team game rather then the selfish crap they were throwing out there for a good part of the season..For whatever reason---grat job byt the coach, players finally listening, whatever--they finally came together....Unfortuantely, they didn't have the talent either upfront and especially in the back to really be much of a threat. The Rangers reactive style made them more than a threat than they should have been

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 11:10 am EST

E - Don' t necessarily agree on how the Kings beat the Rangers last year, I thought the Kings just overwhelmed them AT TIMES in the offensive zone and not just in the middle..but the Rangers also outplayed the Kings at times...just not enough.....Being OUTWORKED swhould not be a problem for either team, that jsut does not happen when you get to the round of 8..Both teams will give 110%...Attrition through injuries could be a problem but not lack of work...Still, to me, it comes down to who can force there game on the opposition more.....And I really want to see the Rangers doing more of that then they did during the Penguin series..and also don't think it's as easy as flipping a switch on, especially with the layoff...But, I do agree with some about a rested King being huge.....Don't think fatigue will be a problem with Holtby, at least not this round......And thank god the Rangers got Klein back..will really help agasint the Caps grinders...

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 11:08 am EST

And I also think it's easy to underrate the Pens. That was a much better team then I anticipated. Martin was incredible in that series. I expected the Pens defense to be their weak link but they shielded off their weaker links and played their best defenseman in every key situation and they never faltered. I tend to doubt that they would've kept it up had the series gone much deeper but they played otherworldly. I was extremely impressed the way they stepped up and gave the Pens chances to stay in it. But I also zoom it back out and realize that the New York Rangers torpedoed them out of the water quickly and decisively. I watched the Caps series and I don't think the Caps defense had anyone who out on a one man show like Martin did. They will simply have to be better as a collective unit. And I look at each of their pairings and there is some suspicions. Green, Orpik, Gleason? And their top minute guy Orpik has a long enough scouting tape to know that at some point we are gonna see him do something stupid. But alas, as much as the banter and scouting are nice the truth is, things get settled at the drop of the puck. And I think the Caps are damn good. I have a lot of respect for them.

E


Tue Apr 28 2015 11:04 am EST

Hospo: I share your concern (re how the Rangers let Pittsburgh drive the style of play). IMO, the Rangers cannot afford to let the Caps do that because they'll get annihilated, not to mention the fact that the Rangers don't have the horses to play that way in a sustained manner. In other words, they must use their speed to negate the Caps heavy bodies and physical style. You cannot hit what you cannot catch, in other words. In addition, a strong break out and good speed into the offensive zone will serve to break down the Caps game, taking away their ability to crash and bang in the Ranger end. Keep the puck in the Caps end as much as possible and it'll be a quick series...if not, it'll be a long, painful one.

RF4L


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:56 am EST

HOSPO: I've also rematches the Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers playoff series earlier this season with more objective glasses on. I think the New York Rangers struggled in one area: the middle. They just couldn't handle the Kopitar, and Carter. They were overwhelming. But in terms of how LA beat them? I think that the New York Rangers actually outplayed them in almost all facets of the game. I originally felt that the New York Rangers got outmuscled but they really didn't. They actually were the more physical of the two teams. They seemed to have no answer for Kyle Clifford who ran roughshod over them but outside of that. They never led games. It was always a late goal to force an OT and then a win. It was madness. But they were winning every game like this. To me, they were just "that team" wherever they went everything lined up for them and they had the experience and know how to take advantage of it. But it's funny, that series showed me that it was much closer then the final tally reflected. Where I do give LA an advantage was they had the best defense and goaltending that the New York Rangers faced last season. They were virtually every bit as deep and solid to the man. They were just better when it came to generating the bounces and like they did to every team they finished them. look... The New York Rangers are who they are. Since 2011 no team has been collectively stacking wins in the post season. They find the ways. I really don't think there is a kryptonite x and o's answer for the New York Rangers In the post season. They've played against all of it and worked their way thru it. The answer really comes down to the man. Who wants it more. And who has the skill to back it up and do something with it. And I haven't been able to find too many instances during the past few seasons where a trend of out working the New York Rangers has happened.

E


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:54 am EST

NYR in 5 or 6. Six only because we'll find a way to lose one we shouldn't, most likely Game 2, the usual loss. I can't see Holtby holding up after about 80 games played this year, and Hank's two-month enforced vacation was a blessing in disguise, especially given the performance of the Caminator.

Nick


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:52 am EST

E - Agree with the first half of that last post, but not so sure of the outcome as you..The way the Rangers played against the Pens really bothers me, and that was only a tune-up against an undermanned team..And losing ZUCC can throw the lines into a shambles if AV is not careful...But, most importantly, The Rangers need to be more assertive, attacking and proactive with their game or they will be caught playing the Caps game..That's how you lose series...

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:42 am EST

I also don't put credence on total records and where a team comes into the playoffs. I care about how a team is playing up to the playoffs. Washington was excellent down the stretch, the NYI were playing okay. The New York Rangers were solid down the stretch. Virtually the only outlier I've seen is Pittsburgh and I equate that to the fact that their team has been to the rodeo so often they just know what it takes. Yet, they were one of the first teams to get on the clubhouse list for a tee time. Washington is a good team, peaking at the right time going up against a great team that has shown a good degree of success against them and is looking like a LV odds darling to win the cup. This will be a very good series and it will go long most likely. In the end I think that the New York Rangers traits will overwhelm Washington and the Caps will fold. I like the New York Rangers in a long tough series. It's gonna be a good one. Although I must admit that I was thoroughly disappointed it wasn't the NYI. Caps series are not turning into to the most memorable or compelling affairs since they seem to happen annually. A NYI series would be an epic chapter into the folklore that would be as remembered as so many other great series that stick with me thru the years.

E


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:41 am EST

TDCHI - Regarding the CAPS line, I agree...In the past, they only always had pluggers/grinders behind OV and Backstrom....Now, with the emergence of Kuznetsov, Johanssen, and the other Russian, they also have some skill..Like you said a very solid set of four lines.

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:41 am EST

Suspect the Caps will crash the crease and crowd the King to a greater extent than the Pens did.

RF4L


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:37 am EST

E - As I mentioned in my posts, attempting to physically pound the Rangers (and losing discipline and postitional shape in the process) is barking up the wrong tree to beat the Rangers...However, using your size and strength more methodically and disciplined to forecheck, outman and slow down the Rangers in their offensive zone (and also around both goalies) and in transistion is the way to beat them like the Kings showed last year and a few teams, including the CAPS showed this year but only on a limited basis becasue it's hard to do..

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:37 am EST

E - if last night's game was any indicator, the refs have given up reffing altogether...there will be a much quicker tempo to the game...and agreed, that benefits the Rangers.

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:31 am EST

KIS - No disagreement there...the thing that concerns me a bit is the emergence of JOHANSSON and KUZNETSOV...the GWG the later scored was something of beauty...from an unreal angle and through a sliding HALAK...BACKSTOM and OV haven't concerned me since the Rangers bested the Caps in 2012 series...this team is very good at neutralizing them...the secondary scoring is what concerns me...Caps have four very solid lines they can roll and that's what, IMO, separates them from the Pens.

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:30 am EST

I don't think the New York Rangers get physically pounded by anyone. To be fair, I get that they are not huge in the middle and that's a well noted issue. But Moore has never been affected by going up against bigger and stronger centers. But, on the wings Marty St. Louis has spent a career never getting crushed. Why? Because he is so damn strong and his base so good that he just bounces off people. MZA if he comes back lives for the physical game. And Hagelin is playoff tested and has shown nothing but success. As well as the Hagelin that is listed on most sheets that describe him as some 170lb speedster is not who he is now. He is about 190-195. And very hard to hit. This is why the New York Rangers little guys aren't a detriment in playoff games. But then go around the rest of the lineup and they are a big physical team. The defense is bug and mobile. Miller is emerging as a very punishing hitter. CK is an axe murderer out there. No one calls for a more physical team then I do. My whole philosophy for winning is size and speed. Let's look at the first round. Pittsburgh was incredible at forcing the New York Rangers to the walls and making them play stop and go hockey. Lots of whistles, lots of interference, and little flow. And they won Anyway. The New York Rangers show again and again that they have no issue with tight games and if they take the lead into the third you might as well not have a third because they won already. 2-1 whatever. Seems like the New York Rangers are comfortable with that. So I say, let Washington put the pounding on the New York Rangers. History shows us that will not lead you to victory. If you really want to beat the New York Rangers and you're Washington you make the New York Rangers take penalties. And a physical component does play into that. Keep the New York Rangers 200' from your net. Because they will eventually break loose on you, they will keep you in a 1-2-2 (Caps spend most of their time there anyway,) and make sure that you control the half boards. Oh, and take as many penalties as you want because the New York Rangers will just demoralize themselves. I have the New York Rangers winning this in 7. It's gonna be a grinding and tough series.

E


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:28 am EST

York - You're absolutely right. I felt certain on the Pens series that it's be over quick...this one, I'm not so sure about...I was pretty confident before seeing the last couple of games against the Isles...but now, I'm just wondering how the physicality will impact this team..I still think the Rangers will win...I'm not and never have been sold on HOLTBY as an elite goaltender...the goal he let in last night was a real stinker...and after 79 games started, it's only a matter of time until serious fatigue sets in if it hasn't already...but it'll be crucial for the Rangers to get rubber on him...if they try to pull out wins with 15 shots on net all game, they're going to be in for the long haul...still, I'd say Rangers in six, definitely if ZUCC comes back...Rangers in 7 if he doesn't.

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:24 am EST

Personally, I think the Ranger-Cap series goes at least SIX games and the Caps indeed have a chance of pulling the upset..Pure talent, it's the Rangers without a doubt.. but this ,again, will be a battle of styles,,or should be....First off, I don't like the reactive way the Rangers played the entire first series..Yes, they won in 5 but the Penguins were the ones mainly deciding the type of game and the Rangers just went along with it and said..fine let's play........If the Pens had the horses upfront and more than an a AHL defense, it could have been a much longer series...I also worry about ZUCCs injury and the impact of the line changes if he's gone (particularly where MSL and Hayes go)----it's a crucial decison to be made by AV to decide where to try and squeeze out offense.....As for the CAPs, if they try to intimidate and just hit the Rangers, they are done...Rangers will eat them up..They have to play the Rangers like they did the next to last game of their matcups ...play a heavy forechecking and disciplined hitting game, own the boards, get some turnovers and prevent the Rangers breakout...I think they have the horses up front to do that at least two of the games, but can they keep the Rangers pinned down for longer then that? or will the Rangers give them help like they kinda did the Penguins......As for the PP, people have points, the Refs putting away the whistle prevents the Caps better PP and the Rangers weaker PP from having opportunities..OTOH, it will allow for more clutching, grabbing and interference which will help the Caps...And you know the League wants a long series between theses two teams/markets.

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:19 am EST

rf73 get a pp that scores.....the fishstinks lost with no pp goals....I'm happy for them....FORE!!!!!!!.....

stevielegs


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:17 am EST

Recipes for success: 1. Stall & Girardi on OV; 2. Stay out of the penalty box, don't give OV an opportunity to set up in his "office" to blast away or break someone else arm/wrist; 3. Try to neutralize Chimera, who someone else mentioned, shines against the Rangers...hopefully the rest takes care of itself...remember, Speed Kills!

RF73


Tue Apr 28 2015 10:08 am EST

RF4L - if the Caps attempt to physically pound the Rangers like they did the Isles, they will lose.....That is not how to beat the Rangers and , from all i have read down here i think they know it..

Hospo


Tue Apr 28 2015 9:34 am EST

TD, Girardi and Stall frustrate the hell out of OV. What we have to watch is the PP. If Nash can score a couple this team should be more than alright. One thing I do agree with you is about Chimera and Ward. Seems like Fucking Chimera score 6 goals a season 5 against the Rangers.

KIS


Tue Apr 28 2015 9:28 am EST

TD The caps struggled to beat the isles yet you make them sound like they're the rangers. You talked down the pens and seem to be hyping the caps. I'd almost think the rangers barely made tge playoffs not the caps the way you're talking. They struggled to beat a battered and weak in goal isles.

York18


Tue Apr 28 2015 7:45 am EST

How are the Caps going to match up against the Rangers? Well...I think the style of play is going to neutralize, to a degree, the Rangers' speed...the Caps appear to be the more physical team...by a pretty wide margin...we'll see though...Rangers obviously have the better tender...hands down...and that's not including the fact that HOLTBY has 79 games under his belt this season and apparently had enough of a injury in the Caps series to hold him out a game...Rangers easily win that matchup and it could be a series decider...on defense...with KLEIN coming back, the Rangers will be stronger...but really, it's a push...the Caps' D matches up with the Rangers pretty evenly...maybe a slight edge to the Rangers because they're younger...but man, the Caps D is big and bruising...NTM...they have CARLSON who has been a beast...GREEN, incidentally, looks like a shadow of himself....on offense, both teams can roll four lines pretty easily...and man, the Caps have someone who can pot goals on every one...obviously, neutralizing OV is first and foremost...but TBH, he had a pretty quiet series against the Isles...seemed more interested in plastering people than scoring goals...KUZNETSOV...man, the goal he scored last night was a thing of beauty...Ranger killers Joel WARD and Jason CHIMERA...keep an eye on them...ditto with marginal NHLer Jay BEAGLE...their style of play is really suited for this time of year...all three were a force in the Islanders series...and JOHANSSON has emerged as a genuine second-line center...think this matchup, like many others, will come down to the bottom line and who's does better...but also the two scoring stars...OV is going to be a physical force out there...we know that...NASH is going to need to match that on the scoreboard.

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 7:44 am EST

Regarding the Caps as opponents, if the Rangers use their speed they should triumph. If they don't, they will get physically pounded. And watch out for Tom Wilson - lots of raw skill there but he's undisciplined and capable of over the edge goon shots.

RF4L


Tue Apr 28 2015 7:22 am EST

Hospo: How the owners of NFL teams seem responsible? And of course, they share in the blame, as do the NHLPA. But that patronizing piece of crap is the one who puts his face out there and blathers on and on about the wonderful state of the game. He's the one who earns ALL his dough ensuring the owners get as much money as possible. State of the game, my arse.

RF4L


Tue Apr 28 2015 7:18 am EST

Some thoughts: I hoped for the Caps right up until I realized how banged up the Isles were on Sunday...The matchup seemed akin to the year the Rangers defied odds by being BADLY outplayed by the Caps in 2009, but briefly taking a lead in the series before being quickly ushered to the door...The Caps should have won that series in six games...maybe even less...once DeHAAN and VISNOVSKY went down, the Isles were crashing...actually, their inability to generate offense against Philipp GRUBAUER in game 2 was the moment I wrote them off...I was hoping we'd face the Caps ever since the playoffs started just because we really handled them quite easily this season...And I really feared how the Isles would respond to a crosstown rivalry...but after watching game 6 and game 7, the Isles were clearly the weaker team...That said, it's impossible to watch that last game and not think that the Caps are somewhat banged up...Those teams were banging the living PISS out of each other...Not sure when the first game is...my guess either Friday or Saturday...so the Craps will have a solid three days' rest and I don't think the punishment they took from the Isles will be as much of a factor...UNREAL there were no penalties called until the end of the third...simply ridiculous...there were SO MANY hits in that game that were either borderline boarding or flat-out boarding...and then the after-the-fact stuff...elbows to the face...blatant slashes...just real dirtbag stuff...I'm not sure if its the owners or the NHLPA or both that are behind this 'let them play' mantra...but it's really a farce...If I were a fair-weather fan brought to a game in October and then again now, I would think these would be two totally separate leagues...McGUIRE watch: I was wondering what this human douche nozzle would do once the Penguins were eliminated...well, after the Caps win, who does he pick to interview? Brooks friggin' ORPIK...a guy who didn't do much of anything other than hobble to the bench when his skateblade broke...And then the interview...holey verbal handjob...'Brooks Orpik...you could have signed with any team in the NHL...now why did you pick the Caps?'...NBC, the fact you employ this shithead is only trumped by Mike Millbury also doing commentary for your lame hockey coverage.

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 7:00 am EST

mf - I hereby wager a 30-rack of the finest PBR money can buy...a box out of my private, back porch winter-aged reserve, that ZUCCARELLO will be back at some point during this series. I'll also throw in three quarters of a sausage-and-peppers hoagie just to make things interesting.

tdchi


Tue Apr 28 2015 6:55 am EST

Caps are the next matchup if trends continue which is not calling penalties that takes away the caps biggest threat which is OV on the PP. Jfc said holtby looked indecisive which I would agree but he was decisive enough to keep the caps in it. I don't think he's going to play as lights out as MAF did which means more goals. I said the isles would choke in the first round because they are too young I would have rather they faced the rangers but either way rangers in 6 at most. I don't see the caps adopting the pens game it didn't work and if MAF wasn't standing on his head that series could have looked a lot worse. As for who to face in the ECF I'd probably prefer the rangers to face I don't think it will matter any team that is there is playing good amd will not be easy. The thing that I hope for is whoever they face goes 7 games and is worn down and banged up. The defense gets better with Klein back and adds a threat to score from the blue line. The offense is weaker with zucc out but this is where msl can be a hero and not a zero this year.

York18


Tue Apr 28 2015 6:26 am EST

When can we expect the schedule to be released?

hipcheck


Tue Apr 28 2015 5:45 am EST

LGR, defense wins championships. Craps have a minor league goalie. Moore MVP.

Jerry_Garcia


Tue Apr 28 2015 5:16 am EST

NYRs: My biggest concern is HOW HURT are Staal and Yandle whom have not practices in 2 weeks...

schneidw


Tue Apr 28 2015 5:12 am EST

Although I will admit anything to do with business is about the bottom line, that said, I believe it was G Steinbrenner who said if you bought a sports franchise to make money, you just invested very poorly. Most owners would be happy to break even. True to word many sport franchises are in the red..especially the NBA. The Dolans for example did not buy the Knicks or Rangers, what they bought was MSG television, Dolan was on his way to being a majority owner of all sports cable tv. He really wasn't interested in the teams and relegated them to his son, who at the time wanted to be a rock star. Of course this was over a couple of decades ago, so who knows what has changed since then.

WIOSA


Tue Apr 28 2015 12:30 am EST

Exactly. Bettman works for the owners. Period. Big money cares about one thing: more big money. Anything else is just ancillary. Don't like the game? They don't care as long as you spend the dough in the arenas and watch the TV. The cash is still green.

Nick


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:27 pm EST

RF4L -Honestly, shouldn't your venom be directed at the the owners, Canadian or American?....Isn't Bettman only a high paid mercenary doing their bidding?..If the owners wanted the game changed, it would be....As NN said, it's really not a game, the owners couldn't care less about the game of hockey, the BUSINESS of hockey is another story and that's what they care about

Hospo


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:20 pm EST

NN: I find the NFL the opposite of the NHL. They look for ways to open up their game - make sure the offense can roll. The NHL is all about ensuring teams can prevent scoring chances. The NHL is all about dummying things down so the lesser talents are reasonably competitive. It's all about that asshole appeasing a bevy of owners so he gets a bigger salary. He's an American lawyer (with all due respect) who wasn't brought up to enjoy the game and gives no shit about enhancing it's roots. Phuck him.

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:17 pm EST

jratelle19 - That felt good, didn't it? :)..I'm the opposite with the Isles, despite their early season success I still thought they would be irrelevant come the POs and thoiught nothing of them and their fans..And out on their ass they are!................And how bout that weird TB=Detroit series? Detroit smothers TB in TB then TB repays the favor in Detroit...Who know what will happen on Wed....Gotta love Tyler Johnson on TB and Brian Boyle really knows how to play PO hockey..

Hospo


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:12 pm EST

RF4:. Every owner of every NHL/MLB/NBA/NFL team, it's all about the bottom line and that is what Sports has become.

DOUBLEN


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:10 pm EST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7pPTzetJPg My farewell song to the Icehole fans for this season. I am SO F***KING HAPPY that this team has collapsed since late February only because of the amount of shit their fans were talking from as far back as October with their great start. I have kept this to myself and had not reacted to their stupidity except for calmly saying to them "Talk to me in April". They have been walking around with their heads down not trying to make eye contact since early March. Well screw 'em and that shithole in Uniondale where Joy Rosen's son was conceived in the parking lot!! Wonder if her son is in the lot right now making a grandchild for her! Screw you fishstix!!!! Wow, waiting a while to say this.

jratelle19


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:08 pm EST

stevie: It's all Buttphuck and his pursuit of the perceived best way to attract an audience. That little phucker cares about the $$ first, second and third. The pure spectacle of the game he cares ZERO about, despite the drivel that pours out of his mouth whenever he's in front of the media. He makes me sick.

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:59 pm EST

Who do u wanna play in ECF? Habs, Wings or Lightning?

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:59 pm EST

Sweep

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:54 pm EST

The nhl has spoken . Penalties down 78%? 1 penalty in the crap fish stinks dirty game ... Wafj league.... Last men standing....

stevielegs


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:50 pm EST

Nick - Agree about the edge in goaltending and D but CAPS group of 6 is pretty damn good defensively in their own end but nowhere as good as the Rangers in the transitiom and generation of offense...Rangers are the fastest team in the league but if the pens can slow the game down, the Caps can also..and they have bigger forwards to take advantage of chances in the Offesnive zone........And then, of course, are the Power Plays which could be key

Hospo


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:45 pm EST

DOUBLEN - Just a few 7 game series one would say,,.I could see another one being added to the list

Hospo


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:43 pm EST

No easy touches this time of year. But we have an edge on D and in goal, more overall speed by a mile. No guarantees but I like our chances. And no circus with rivalry unpredictability and all that.

Nick


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:42 pm EST

Recent series history: 2009 - Caps def Rangers 4-3 2011 - Caps def Rangers 4-1 2012 - Rangers def Caps 4-3 2013 - Rangers def Caps 4-3

DOUBLEN


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:41 pm EST

The Isles had 11 SOG; 3 were from forwards; of the 8 from the defense, Boychuck had 5.

DOUBLEN


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:39 pm EST

Personally, I can see the CAPS giving the Rangers a very, very hard and long series especially if MZA is out and the Rangers continue to let the opponent dictate the type of game that is played like the Penguins did almost the entiire series..The key for the Caps will be to use their size but not chase the Rangers for hit---which the Rangers would love and eat up.

Hospo


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:33 pm EST

Isles had something like 10 shots on goal well into the 3rd period; Washington was doing something right..... jmho

mf


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:33 pm EST

Enjoy the ride Fred, we're going back to the Conference Finals.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:29 pm EST

JFC - Disagree..I thought the CAPS played a really strong game..significantly outplayed the Isles...allowing them zero except for that atrocious goal let in by Holtby.....Honestly, totally surprised the Isles made it to 7 games..Had them going out in the first round easier..Team has heart and but are a year away..still need an upgrade on talent and to learn how to play defense

Hospo


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:27 pm EST

Watched the game - typical intense check-check-check let all infractions go match that serves to dummy down the overall skill level. Islanders, I think, are more skilled but having 3 AHL d-men hurt and not getting the need to step up in these games hurt, too. JT looked small. The Caps, IMO, are easily beatable if the Rangers use their speed. If/when they don't, they are going to get pounded. It's up to them....

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:19 pm EST

Fred -- it's the same old, same old with the Caps...we know exactly how to beat them....done it many times regular season and playoffs. Isles possible emotional play was a wildcard that could not be defended if they got on a roll. Caps are a known quantity....straight up "may the best team win hockey"....and that's us!

JFC31


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:17 pm EST

Isles lose 2-1....not a good game by either team. Pens could have beaten either one of them. Can already see what the Caps are gonna do....The King is going to be seeing Ward in his face ( and his crease) on a constant basis and nothing is going to be called. The revving was horrible....hooking all the way up,the ice, elbows, holding....no penalties until 2:48 left in the game. Guess it wouldn't be bad if the Caps got no PPs and we played ES most of the series but the series will become a slog and a slugfest which favors the Caps. Was watching Holtby the whole game and he just did not look decisive in his movements at all. Even his up,and down butterfly movements were sluggish. Big advantage Rangers in goal...especially after facing a hot Fleury...we should be able to get more pucks past Holtby. All we have to do,is play our usual tight D, hound ovechkin to distraction and STAY OUT OF THE BOX!

JFC31


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:15 pm EST

Wanted the Isles....not liking this matchup.....

MelvilleFred


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:10 pm EST

Hey Fort "Neverlose" fans - enjoy THE OVERDUE IMPLOSION!!! NINETEEN EIGHTY THREE!!!

Nick


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:03 pm EST

That was a dive. I thought it was going to be 'too many men on the ice' NOT roiughing.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:02 pm EST

Love the way they are kicking the s&@# out of each other!

caperanger


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:57 pm EST

Wild - I agree if it were any other team

DREW


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:54 pm EST

Caps GOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!

rangerlou


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:54 pm EST

Please let that be the game winner

DREW


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:53 pm EST

DREW: regardless of who you want to win. We should all want the longest OT game in NHL history setting a record for most hits in OT ever with a record number of shots and blocked shots. The more they get beat up the better!

Wildcard


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:50 pm EST

No OT - caps need one now!

DREW


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:48 pm EST

Stop blowing the whistle and let caps get some offense

DREW


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:46 pm EST

They keep giving up pucks in offensive zone

DREW


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:45 pm EST

!@#$ Tampa Bay AND that other team...sheesh...we cant catch a break

WIOSA


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:45 pm EST

Why are the caps not shooting?

DREW


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:43 pm EST

Fuck / the fact halak saved that one means luck is on isles side. Not who I want to face

DREW


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:42 pm EST

BEAGLE YOU SUCCCCCCKKKKKKK!!!! Are you kidding me? I mean, WHAT???

Nick


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:38 pm EST

IcePuppies score, 1-1

mf


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:37 pm EST

Agreed. Only takes one despite the lack of NYI shots. And yeah - there's the one. Caps suck even if they somehow win. Nice job Holtby.

Nick


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:24 pm EST

It's not over yet. These Islanders are a good team. Let's (some of us) hope that the Caps can finish.

DREW


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:23 pm EST

Yeah that Ovie hit was five minutes if its regular season or someone not named Ovechkin. He got away with one of those against us with McD a few POs ago.

Nick


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:14 pm EST

Well you guys may get what you asked for...hopefully it will go to four overtimes

nyfans


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:10 pm EST

I want none if the rivalry circus. Caps all the way. But they can't score and are massive game seven chokers. Okay finally as I type!!!

Nick


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:05 pm EST

No way I want to face the Islanders. Come on Craps

DREW


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:04 pm EST

Watching the caps-isles, I'd rather face the fish-sticks

nyfans


Mon Apr 27 2015 7:32 pm EST

This Tyler Johnson is like MSL used to be before he was done for. And hey Caps: how about some finish?

Nick


Mon Apr 27 2015 5:22 pm EST

On the heels of the Hayes on RW post, doesn't Sheppard have experience at center?

mf


Mon Apr 27 2015 5:21 pm EST

TD: This place is long overdue for a PBR wager... Don't recall reading one here all season, WTF man ? ;-)

mf


Mon Apr 27 2015 2:47 pm EST

TD: Full of dart holes I'm thinking....

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 2:39 pm EST

from Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) on Twitter: BU free agent goalie Matt O'Connor has visited OTT, EDM and VAN. He will visit NYR on Tues or Wed, likely make a decision by the weekend.

Gibbo


Mon Apr 27 2015 1:46 pm EST

Im not one that likes to change everything because one person is out but how about Moving Hags to the second line and put Nash on the right side. Since Nash isn't scoring a lot maybe he can use his play making abilities as Zucc does. Hags does a lot of work and backs Defenses off with his speed. Put Fast into Hags spot . Similar type player with speed , pressure and defensive responsible. Put Shepard into Fast's spot. IF Shep doesn't work out try Lindberg or How about trying Buchnevich. ( I believe he is here correct? ) Maybe he will be to naive to know what is going on and will just be a surprise. worth a thought.

KIS


Mon Apr 27 2015 1:18 pm EST

The easiest lineup switch would be to move MSL into Zucc's place...I know they tried that at first and then scrapped it after a few shifts...I wouldn't move HAYES over there...think he's too important where he is...An interesting thought would be to slide SHEPPARD right into that line...actually, he might be the best replacement...would make that line a little more like the STEPAN line...a puck distributor, a sniper and a guy to work the boards...my guess though is that MSL moves up, FAST takes his spot on third and Shep fall to the wing on fourth.

tdchi


Mon Apr 27 2015 1:13 pm EST

RF4L - What are you talking about?!? What gave you THAT impression?!?! I have a Jumbo Joe picture hanging on my wall ;)

tdchi


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:59 pm EST

Losing Zucc is a big kick to the Rangers nuts, fo sure..........The one thing that he brings to the table is being the most creative forward on the team. When Zucc doesn't play...it seems the Rangers are a little bit out of whack......At the same time, I think Sheppard is a good replacement for the team with either the Iceholes or Craps coming to town. Shepp is used to the battles and will be needed when guys like Martin/Clutterfuck or Tom Wilson and his band of thieves are throwing skull crushers by the boards.......Hopefully Zucc is not out too long and gets better soon.

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:57 pm EST

WILDCARD: That would be what I expect as well, and what AV has done since the MZA injury. However, MOORE and HAGS have played well together. It isn't out of the realm of possibility to see a HAGS-MOORE-MSL line with SHEP between GLASS and FAST on the 4th line. And, it is also possible that LINDBERG will be in the mix in this next round. AV has options, and I imagine who the Rangers end up playing may cause him to lean one way vs another.

Vic


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:49 pm EST

Vic: AV all but said Fast with Hayes and Hags and MSL with Nash/Brass.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:48 pm EST

OK, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the same culprit on both injuries - Hanks' and Zuccs'? Methinks our Captain is trying to kill us off one by one. :}

WIOSA


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:46 pm EST

Here is another thing RE Zucc. Since we are just guessing anyway. He could have a headache along with a fractured jaw, not something that would be unheard of. A headache could also 3-4 days after a shot like that, and that doesn't mean concussion, just headache caused by other trauma (like a broken jaw) but until they know for sure they will sit him. So if he wakes up tomorrow and his head is OK, and he goes 24 hours with no headaches, and than can skate a day without one, he may be cleared for contact/to play. But again, we are just losing stuff and we will see what sticks!

Wildcard


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:45 pm EST

Zucc being out puts even more pressure on a player like MSL...Need something from this guy...Hope he has something left to give....

PJ


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:42 pm EST

Just read on Bleacher Report (so take it with a grain of salt) that HAYES would be replacing MZA as the RW on that line. While that is certainly possible that would represent a disruption to the 3rd line as well. I have a hard time seeing AV do that now when he was so opposed to putting HAYES on the wing during the season except for 1 or 2 games when NASH was out IIRC. I guess we will know soon enough......

Vic


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:39 pm EST

And agreed on the good KK news. Prefer him over Hunwick without a doubt.

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:38 pm EST

TD: Jumbo Joe isn't one your favourites, is he? LOL...

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:34 pm EST

Incidentally, SHEP was San Jose's second-leading scorer with six points in seven games during the 2014 playoff tank against the Kings...doubling the output of a clutch player like Joe Thornton(emphasis on sarcasm).

tdchi


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:30 pm EST

If I were a betting man, I'd put $100 down on Zucc being back by the end of the second round...most likely before...this is all mind games and drama...even if it isn't, it's not like the Rangers didn't play well without him...they played pretty damn good...this is a chance for FAST to show off what he can do...he ain't Zucc and never will be...but he's a really solid forward who hasn't yet gotten a chance to show what he can do on offense...will they miss Zucc? Of course...but this is far from the end of the world...I'm glad SHEPPARD will finally get some ice...he's a player who is actually tailor-made for the type of hockey we've seen in the playoffs...big, strong, not afraid of physical play AND has talent. Not saying he'll be an upgrade, but rather I don't think the Rangers will skip a beat.

tdchi


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:29 pm EST

Hospo -- very true. I've had a feeling since we got him that Sheppard is going to contribute to this team big time. Well, there's no bigger time than the POs. Pete -- didn't really see exactly where it hit Zucc so it could be a broken jaw...that would mean he'd be back pretty soon. We'll see

JFC31


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:23 pm EST

ZUCC being out zucks..but no big surprise..injuries like this are to be expected in the POs and the winning teams will have the depth to survive the injuries....Will SHEP and some line machinations get the job done (who gets moved up??? And it better not be FAST), we shall see...OTOH, great to have KLEIN back to make the D even tougher..

Hospo


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:21 pm EST

After the pack game they will make the call ups. If the pack lose I imagine it will be a couple F and a couple D. Say McIlrath, Allen(if healthy) Kostka (NHL experience) at F Lindberg, Muller and the Bourques. And Skapski (if healthy) as an extra G.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:19 pm EST

Indefinitely simply means there is no set timetable, so it could be a game or it could be the whole playoffs. Speculating on a concussion is a waste of time, we just need to hope he starts skating sometime this series.

pete


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:15 pm EST

So AV says they will call up a forward. Also Summers will remain with the team for the duration and they will recall another Dman.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:13 pm EST

ges: ok. I knew it was something like that. Again. I think he was reported out "indefinitely" so who knows what is really up.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:09 pm EST

Stepan only missed one game.

ges999


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:01 pm EST

Someone on Twitter made a good point. If memory serves, Stepan was "out indefinitely" last playoffs and did he miss a game? Or did he kiss 1 or 2 or something with the broken jaw.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:00 pm EST

Since he's half Sicilian, I thought Zucc would have more of a "testa dura"(hard head) but i guess the puck hit him on the Norwegian side! Seriously, I am very upset and this hurts our chances big time if Zucc can't make it back. Hopefully, he's a fast healer....though you wonder if he would just get another concussion from a hit or something if he comes back and plays. This is not good.

JFC31


Mon Apr 27 2015 11:48 am EST

KLINGBERG is useless right now. He just came back from a shoulder injury and is clearly not 100%. He collided with another Pack player on Saturday and was rolling around on the ice holding his knee. He needed help getting off the ice. Comes back for the next period, gets slammed into the boards and skates off to the bench holding his shoulder. He came back after that, too, but at some point you've got to call him what he is - a liability at this point. He's a walking injury... Regarding the AHL playoff format, I was just talking about this to my Pack friends this morning - no one cares about winning a Championahip in thia league, except for maybe the fans. If coaches are successful at grooming players for the NHL - which GERNANDER and crew has been - no one gives a crap how well the team does. Half the players look like they are mailing it in.

Dineen11


Mon Apr 27 2015 11:48 am EST

NOT GOOD NEWS.........“@NYP_Brooksie: Rangers announce that Zuccarello will be sidelined indefinitely with upper body injury. It is suspected concussion.”

DOUBLEN


Mon Apr 27 2015 11:47 am EST

also, Klein says he would have gone in game 6, and expects to be in for game 1.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 27 2015 11:45 am EST

DREW: Would expect BOTH Staal and Yandle to be in. Neither have skated much other than in games. Handle was sick, and he has been given lots of rest time. Staal missed games at the end of the season and has been rested so he is all banged up. ZUCC is out indefinitely according to the Rangers, upper body. I read it as concussion since some of the media types "sources" say he has nothing broken. lets hope thats incorrect...or that he recovers quickly.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 27 2015 11:35 am EST

Crap, thats not good...Are they going to be able to play Game 1, rd2? Klein is coming back - and Hunwick remains in, who would be the 6th D if Staal and Yandle are out?

DREW


Mon Apr 27 2015 11:08 am EST

No Yandle, Staal or Zucc out for the optional this morning.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:47 am EST

VtRanger: Because he's like most of those a-holes on Boston. A bully. Hits to hurt but if someone hits him back, he gets all indignant like he's a demi-god. Can't stand that mentality. That said, yeah, his size and skill are a nice blend.

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:37 am EST

During game 5 my wife counted five Marty Moments.......a Marty Moment is when MSL gets the puck on his stick in the Ranger zone with time and space and fails to clear the zone.....and I yell WTF Marty......I have no use for this guy...and as the competition improves he will only get worse.

jnyr


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:35 am EST

RF: why the Backes hate? I'd take the guy in a heartbeat. He's exactly the kind a center we need: 25 goals a season, 30+ assists, 200+ hits, great faceoff numbers. The guy hits like a Mack truck. I'd be thrilled to have him on the Rangers.

VtRanger


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:33 am EST

Wild: Yes that's a valid point. Also I don't get the 5 game series either, unless it's simply to help the AHL be more on par from a schedule perspective with the NHL. Their regular season starts later because their rosters aren't properly set until after the NHL does their start of the regular season roster freeze, meaning key AHL players often don't report until the day before the NHL season begins. As a result, their POs start a week later.

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:33 am EST

Wildcard - I think if these AHL teams could fill an arena, you'd see a 7-game format...but with half the league struggling to draw 5,000 fans regularly...until then, however, I think we're stuck with the five-game format in round one.

tdchi


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:33 am EST

When we played the pens with Jagr, Straka, Rozie, Hollweg, Ortmeyer, the league called everything imaginable......now when we are the faster team they allow hooking, holding and crash the goalie at will...screw the Pens

jnyr


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:29 am EST

Well the fat lady hasn't sang yet for the Pack..and between MUELLER, KLINGBERG and Chris BOURQUE, they got a hell of a lot of a lot of playoff experience...ya' never know what'll happen. I watched some of their first game and they looked pretty good. Agreed though that I ain't losing sleep over it either way...but would be nice to see the Pack get out of the first round for once...if they are bounced, I wonder if GERNANDER takes the heat...because the Pack are certainly built stronger than they were in the past.

tdchi


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:23 am EST

The other thing I would like to see is a 7 game first round in the AHL. Enough of the best of 5 crap. Its the development league for the NHL, and the NHL is best of 7 all the way. Seems like 2 home 2 away 1 home for the top seed is asking for upsets after one misstep. do 2-2-1-1-1 like the NHL for every round, makes much more sense, and one loss at home wouldn't kill the top seed having to go on the road looking at not getting another home game. Seems silly to me. If this was a best of 7 the Pack wouldn't be looking on the verge of anything. They could just slept the road games and have 3 games to get the series win. Too much pressure in a best of 5 for the top seed IMHO, and I don't get it, it only takes 2 more games to get a best of 7, and the majority wont go that far anyway.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 27 2015 10:18 am EST

RF4L: This is the problem with the AHL. There are 2 or 3 guys on the Packs current opponent who would be playing in the NHL playoffs if their team had made it. IF the Rangers had missed, the Pack would have Miller, Hayes, Fast and Summers right now to bolster their lineup. The AHL playoffs can be skewed in that way. Heck, tomorrow a team or two might have players who were in the NHL playoffs and a series could change, a team down 2-0 could go on to win a series. Its always a little BS IMHO when it comes to the way players can be sent down for like 1 day to the AHL and only on paper, and be eligible for the post season. I get the AHL is for development, but still, its a professional league. It should be a player needs to play at least 10 games or something in the AHL to be eligible to play in the playoffs. Make it a little more consistent so teams can't limp into the playoffs than dominate after the NHL parent team misses the NHL playoffs.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:47 am EST

Plus what Dineen just said - it looked like this team might have a chance yet here we go again. Oh well, certainly not losing any sleep over them!

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:46 am EST

TD: Because I'd love to see the team have a nice PO run. Lately they either don't make the POs at all, or exit quickly and meekly.

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:42 am EST

tdchi - Thanks, man. I read here often but don't chime in very often as I don't feel I have much to add. Living in central Connecticut with Dish Network means I don't get to see very many NYR games. I have season tickets for the Pack but I only tend to jump in and respond if someone asks a specific question. I just know better than to get excited about the Pack being in the post-peason because they just end up disappointing me. They actually have a pretty good team on paper, so I am not sure what happened that they are on the verge of being eliminated. LINDBERG was on a tear down the stretch, and now he's practically invisible. CHRIS BOURQUE should have more than one point. The D has played ok, minus some of the cutesy stuff they were pulling in the last game - but I think CONNOR ALLEN being out has hurt them a bit there. YANN DANIS has kept a lot of these games from getting out of hand, so that has been a plus. But they really have gotten themselves in a hole when they should have blown through this round. Not sure they can recover.

Dineen11


Mon Apr 27 2015 9:08 am EST

Dineen11 - Welcome back, BTW. Missed your posts...I saw PASTRNAK in the lineup for the P-Bruins and knew they were going to be a problem for the Pack...that kid just dominates the AHL...very good prospect for the Bruins...between SPOONER, GRIFFITH, TROTMAN, and MORROW, they basically have a quarter of the Boston Bruins team playing for them now.

tdchi


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:54 am EST

Ola - wouldn't disagree...when the Wings lose DATSAYUK and ZETTERBERG, they're gonna be in a world of hurt....Will say they got some nice prospects brewing though...Anthony MANTHA and Dylan LARKIN being two...but yeah, the guys they have on the club now would be hard pressed to fill the shoes of either those players...That said, I'd rather face the Wings than the Bolts at this point...but that's not to say I'll be thrilled to face the Wings.

tdchi


Mon Apr 27 2015 8:28 am EST

RF4L - I don't know why you're always quick to beat up on the Pack...are they the best team in the AHL? No. Are they filled with prospects? No...but there is a lot more at work as to WHY they are the way they are than simply Sather trading away draft picks...I'd say at this point there's almost ZERO correlation between their success(or lack there of) and Sather's trades...In truth, it's likely the exact opposite...that Sather --or rather Sather's crew --has done a very good job managing the Rangers' prospect pool...that they seem to graduate two or so players a year to the big club...As I've mentioned before, the biggest blow to the Pack's hopes was the promotion of FAST and MILLER...And on a much lesser level, that HAYES' successful transition to the NHL never warranted a season with the Pack...no one's going to argue that this team is chock full of prospects...but if you look at...say...the two teams who competed in the Calder finals last year, I think you'll find there isn't a strong correlation between teams with strong farm systems and the teams who are dominant in the AHL...Here are rosters for the St. John's Ice Caps(www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0064432014.html) and the Texas Stars(www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0054192014.html)...you'll notice both are filled with guys who are going no where or are marginal prospects...sure, there are a few decent ones scattered in between...but I wouldn't consider either team to have a particularly strong farm system or successful draft record...In Sather's case, he's got a farm team that has three or four guys I can see having good careers in the NHL, five or six others who will have a cup of coffee and maybe stretch that into a professional career and about dozen or so others who have and will continue to go no where. I don't think that's a bad ratio for a farm club...and if we're looking into the immediate future...well...it's pretty bright...TAMBELLINI, GRAVES and possibly BUCHNEVICH...SKJEI and WALCOTT just graduated to the Pack...the problems come two or three years down the road, if the Rangers can't start pulling in some top level talent...they forestalled that one year by landing Hayes...and that's why I say if guys like Zach HYMAN and Ahti OKSANEN are out there, you sign them in hope of finding another diamond...but for now, I don't see anything wrong with the Rangers' farm team or the farm system. The Pack are simply not the canary in the coal mine at this point.

tdchi


Mon Apr 27 2015 7:45 am EST

BTW, that quick whistle no-goal was ridiculous. Oh well - Montreal is beatable without a doubt. Price is fabulous but he can only take them so far.

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 7:44 am EST

Dineen: So another quick PO exit yet again for the primary Ranger farm team is looming. Not surprising of course - Sather's love of trading away draft picks like a drunken sailor certainly is partially to blame. I sure hope Sather recoups a pick or 2 this June.

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 7:42 am EST

Bob: Re Talbot to the Blues. That's a good point. Clearly, they have little faith in Elliot (and I get why - he's a career backup who does well in the regular season behind the Blues stifling defensive play but inevitably falters when it counts in the POs). They seem to like Allen, but is he prime-time ready?

RF4L


Mon Apr 27 2015 7:26 am EST

que sera sera.........Doris day,..... Dinah shore too ? ...one Doris day at a time.....

stevielegs


Mon Apr 27 2015 6:05 am EST

Eagerly awaiting: who the next opponent will be, what next rounds schedule & most importantly an update on ZUCCARELLO.

hipcheck


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:38 am EST

Thx RHET. Wonder if Chris Lee made it safely out of Ottawa.

Bob


Mon Apr 27 2015 12:32 am EST

BOB.... It's actually not. They only review disputed goals and the second hit off his stick was when he knocked it in(legally), but the play should have been blown dead the first time he touched the puck(which looked to be above his head).... Per NHL Rules about Pucks in the Air..."You may knock a flying puck down with your stick as long as the stick is less than 4 feet from the ice. You can even swing your stick like a baseball bat and shoot a puck from the air and into the net if your stick is lower than 4 feet when you make contact. The play is blown dead if you touch a puck with a stick above the shoulders, although officials may allow play to continue if the puck is played directly to an opponent." ....Replay of the goal.... https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=nhl%20scores&sh=1

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 11:54 pm EST

RHET--Where was the Situation Room in Toronto? Isn't that a reversible call, or was Stephane Quintal blocking the monitor?

Bob


Sun Apr 26 2015 11:35 pm EST

BOB.... When Gallagher first touched the pick (before shooting it in) he clearly touched it with a stick above the shoulders, It wasn't even close. I don't know what the refs were even thinking. None of the NBC guys even mentioned it. Ottawa got hosed.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 11:11 pm EST

200 NHL games..... geez

mf


Sun Apr 26 2015 11:11 pm EST

TD: Zibanejad - 6'2" 215lbs & a RHS had a real nice season, the kid won 50% of 1253 faceoff's.... He's played 20 regular season games averaging .5 ppg.... I'm guessing that he's gonna cost us STEPAN, if he's available at all.. Not to imply that I'm looking to trade Step, but the Cap situation may force the hand.... http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/z/zibanmi01-additional.html

mf


Sun Apr 26 2015 10:55 pm EST

RF4L - Game 1 was a little closer than the 3-1 score may have indicated. I think the Pack got lucky and had a few things go their way that made the difference. Game 2 they came out with a lot of energy and were playing a pretty physical game until they started to collapse in the 2nd period. I think they sat back too much, got a little lazy at the blue line and Providence really was commanding the puck posession. Providence is a lot stronger now than they were in the regular season with PASTRNAK and SPOONER. I think the Pack thought they had this round in the bag. Now they are down 2-1 with a loss tonight in triple OT. DANIS has been excellent in goal for them, but I think Providence will finish them off Tuesday.

Dineen11


Sun Apr 26 2015 10:35 pm EST

It looked like there was a high stick on the zone entry, and then by Gallagher before his goal. No calls. Then the quick whistle. I don't blame the Sens faithful for being angry. They had their O'Halloran moment.

Bob


Sun Apr 26 2015 10:25 pm EST

Hitch another guy who havent done much since winning the Cup in Dallas , sure he had some winning seasons in Philly and STL but the game has gone by him he cant get it done when it really counts anymore !!!!

ilya


Sun Apr 26 2015 9:58 pm EST

Not sure who blew the whistle on the Ottawa goal, but I suggest the NHL put him in a witness protection program...But alas, this was a team that wasn't even supposed to make the playoffs...their bad for starting the goddamn Hamburgler for two games...this is why you don't ride some no-name goalie who is hot during the regular season into the playoffs...different game...different atmosphere...one other thing...Man, Ottawa has one HELL of a player in Mika ZIBANEJAD...if there was a guy on their team I'd trade for...especially if I were the GM of the Rangers...he's it...him on a line with KREIDER would be NASTY...the guy is always driving to the net...always getting dirty...never afraid to go in tight on a goalie...if Ottawa ever breathes a word about the guy being available, I'd snap him up.

tdchi


Sun Apr 26 2015 9:47 pm EST

The Blues are still pretty good but talked themselves into thinking Brian Elliott was the answer, then tried Miller last year and rushed into Allen this time. I'd take Backes in two seconds not to mention Tarasenko. Those two goals Allen allowed today were frightful.

Nick


Sun Apr 26 2015 9:36 pm EST

Oshie is not worth much but shootouts either.

Bob


Sun Apr 26 2015 9:35 pm EST

The Blues could be another destination for Cam Talbot.

Bob


Sun Apr 26 2015 9:34 pm EST

The New York Rangers are 7-1 Vs the remaining 4 teams in the western conference during the 2014-2015 regular season ...

NYR7


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:57 pm EST

Trade....LOL...yeah....and Sean Avery would be lurking the background taking pictures!!!

RF4L


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:47 pm EST

with clutterschmuck peepin'

TradeStar28


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:46 pm EST

Hopefully Backes is blowing Cally on Tuesday morning on the golf course

TradeStar28


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:39 pm EST

Bob: Backes is probably the biggest reason I revel in the Blues yearly PO choking parade. A big sucky bully. Looks good on that asshole!

RF4L


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:38 pm EST

Rangers/ Caps or Iceholes, ...... Montreal/ Detroit or TB...............................Anaheim/Calgary, Minny/Chicago.............One of thes 10 teams will be the Stanley Cup Champion in 2015

TradeStar28


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:33 pm EST

The Blues are an epic fail. Backes is a 3rd line center, not a #1. Stastny was playing the wing for Jabba the Hitch, who will probably be gonzo in favor of The other yearly playoff choke coach from San Jose. Speaking of.....Pietrangelo's stiock sure has fallen. Shattenkirk is better than him. And.....they STILL need a goalie.

Bob


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:32 pm EST

Dineen: Your thoughts in general on the first 2 games? BTW, Skeji's goal was on the PP. Does the kid have a PP blast perhaps??? If so, what a novelty for the Rangers!!!

RF4L


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:25 pm EST

And once again, the Blues exit early. I've been saying for years how over-rated this team is and come PO time, my viewpoint continually gets confirmed. They lack high end talent and have for years. And their goaltending continues to be mediocre. John Davidson did a so-so job there, despite the impressive regular season record. He's moved to Columbus and surprisingly (not) the BJs are starting to mirror the Blues in that so many pundits predict amazing things yet they fail to come close to realizing them. Meanwhile, look at the rosters of both teams and they aren't dissimilar. Solid in terms of depth but lacking high end talent. There have been many on here over the years clamouring for JD to be hired as the boss - never me however. That's why.

RF4L


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:16 pm EST

The Sens most talented forward is Bobby Ryan, who is an enigma, as we all know. He has like 1 goal in 20 games. Their number 1 center is Kyle Turris who is, at best a number 2. Their other top center is Zibanejad. He is still finding his way and struggles to be a top 6 centerman. It's no wonder they have to work their butts off to produce genuine scoring chances. That said, they appear to be on the right track. Guys like Stone, Hoffman and Cici all look good. Montreal is ripe for the taking because they aren't much better. Carey Price, however, is world class.

RF4L


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:06 pm EST

The Sens showed a blueprint on how to beat Price, hopefully, their next opponent can take advantage of it.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:02 pm EST

And the Hamburglar playing instead of Anderson.

Bob


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:01 pm EST

43 saves on 44 shots. The 44th was saved by the lazy ass Chris Lee. Such a shame for the Senators.

Bob


Sun Apr 26 2015 7:59 pm EST

Sens just couldn't find the mark. Zibanejad had the best chance that one time. Oh well. Gotta applaud their run and they battled in this series.

Nick


Sun Apr 26 2015 7:50 pm EST

there.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 7:50 pm EST

It looks over for Ottawa. They got screwed at the end their. Price had his helmet off but Sens had an empty net. Ref whistled play dead.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 7:39 pm EST

Prust still a plumber or the Habs have it wrapped up. Come on Ottawa.

Nick


Sun Apr 26 2015 6:46 pm EST

Ottawa looks like the NYR on the PP. They were one quick whistle away from tying the game this period.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 6:23 pm EST

RF4L - The reason the Pack were so badly outshot last night was because Providence was not giving the Pack much room to get anything through. They were not leaving much open for either passing or shooting lanes. Providence had that locked down pretty good. BTW, Pack up 1-0 in Game 3. SKJEI with his first pro goal.

Dineen11


Sun Apr 26 2015 5:55 pm EST

Sorry, I meant Brendan Gallagher :)

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 5:52 pm EST

Ottawa is lucky to only be down 1-0.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 5:44 pm EST

MF... I felt the same way you did before he signed his last deal. Since then he just doesn't seem to know when to STFU. Great talent, but annoying as hell.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 5:42 pm EST

1-0 Montreal. If you haven't seen that Zach Gallagher goal, you have to see it . Crazy.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 5:25 pm EST

Slewban: Montreal can have him, his contract, and his acting career all the live long day.. Not interested unlessl we face Le'frogs ......

mf


Sun Apr 26 2015 5:17 pm EST

MF.... Do you still feel the same way about Subban that you once did?

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 5:15 pm EST

Man, am I ever Unaccustomed to having so much time between Ranger playoff games! And M11, condolences for today, if you're still lurking out there...

LeoS


Sun Apr 26 2015 5:05 pm EST

Well here's to the Montreal/ Ottawa series going 7

mf


Sun Apr 26 2015 5:02 pm EST

I could see both the Chicago vs. Minnesota and Anaheim vs. Calgary series go 7 games..

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 4:53 pm EST

St Louis is cooked.... NEXT!

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 4:42 pm EST

MF.... I despise articles like this. They know nothing so they pull stuff out of their collective arses. The headline should read "Possible Mats Zuccerello injury poses depth test for Rangers in conference semifinals." I am amazed at what passes for journalism these days. In regard to your proposed lineup changes if he's out, I prefer the former over the latter. Shep and Moore had great chemistry together and IMO, it would be a positive for him ....Newfe.... It's the cap that really prevents us from having Black Ace depth a la '94 (outside of Hunwick and Sheppard). We can look forward to having some of the Hartford guys come up after the Pack finishes their season.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 26 2015 3:48 pm EST

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/mats-zuccarello-injury-poses-depth-test-rangers-article-1.2199697

mf


Sun Apr 26 2015 2:14 pm EST

Season's over. Cap no longer an issue. They can bring up whomever they desire.

Bob


Sun Apr 26 2015 2:11 pm EST

Remember the "Black Aces" back in '94.........5 or 6 guys sitting in the wings ready to play if called upon ? Have the rules changed that much from back then . When Kline comes back, let's say Hunwick sits.........is that it , one extra D-man for the entire PO's ? And we have ONE extra forward to call on ? And can we bring up a Wolfpack guy at any given time ? anyone ?

Newfie_Ranger


Sun Apr 26 2015 1:15 pm EST

This is the first time the Rangers have won a postseason series in less than six games since beating the Devils in five in the first round of the 2008 playoffs. In the six series they have won since then, five of them have gone seven games and one — last season’s Eastern Conference final against the Canadiens — went six.

mf


Sun Apr 26 2015 12:28 pm EST

Let's go Senators, Red-Wings, Blues ..............

mf


Sun Apr 26 2015 11:59 am EST

OR: Fast moves up to RW on the NASH / BRASSARD line, leaving MSL with Hags & Hayes..

mf


Sun Apr 26 2015 11:08 am EST

RE: MZA: I was thinking that Sheppard would take FAST's spot on the 4th, and that FAST would be promoted to the 3rd line RW with Hayes & Hags.. The 3rd gains speed, a RHS, is very defensively responsible.. The 4th line then has a more traditional 4th line makeup in the sense of size & grit.. With Sheepard on the 4th, one appearance on paper is that he helps with the heavy lifting (read hitting, banging, fore-checking) tasked to that line.. Big "IF" that line combo proves to create a this new bruiser dynamic, it "may" afford AV the opportunity to rest one of MZA or MSL a game here or there with Quickie "FAST" up on the 3rd line... Again IMO, Glass/Moore/Sheppard could stand up to any 4th line in the playoffs.....

mf


Sun Apr 26 2015 11:03 am EST

BTW the Pack lost last night, 2 - 1 and once again were badly outshot. Not good. Now they are on the road against Providence.

RF4L


Sun Apr 26 2015 10:56 am EST

E: Yes, last legs might be the wrong term - he can still skate, but his hands have turned to stone it seems.

RF4L


Sun Apr 26 2015 10:49 am EST

I also don't think that Marty St. Louis is on his last legs. This guy isn't eroding Brad Richards style. His shot seems to be fading out and that part of his game might be over but he was everywhere out there. His half board mastery seems to be there as much as it always has been but he hasn't converted that with nearly the authority that he once did. But I do think he is going to come up big a few times this post season. In fact, I'm more confident that he will then I am with Nash. But unlike some teams the thing that I like about both these guys is that they can play all three zones so you don't have a guy just cheating and taking chances yet doing nothing with it. And that cannot be understated.

E


Sun Apr 26 2015 10:41 am EST

It's no coincidence IMO that 2 most disappointing Rangers are Boyle and MSL. They are also aging and on their last legs. At Boyle didn't cost any assets, however.

RF4L


Sun Apr 26 2015 10:40 am EST

If MZA is out, gotta figure MSL fills his spot and James Sheppard fills MSL's spot. Don't mind the latter because MSL isn't generating much offense anyways and Sheppard's big body will be needed in round 2 IMO.

RF4L


Sun Apr 26 2015 10:35 am EST

SCHNEID: no one rails Boyle more then I and we all saw the game winner golden ticket put right on his stick and he whiffed it and that happens. It's his offensive game that I rail really hard but defensively in this past series he has been about as good as can be expected. He got muscled a little which he has always dealt with but I was satisfied with a lot of his play. I just don't think the offense is there anymore. It just is gone but he has made some mustard passes out there and has made timely jumps into the gaps as well as back checked. I do think a lot of the piling on that he received is simply because he hasn't delivered offensively. Clearly, that's why he was signed and that was my issue with him. I've seen his play erode over the past several seasons. The days of a Dan Boyle coming out from behind the net on the PP with a head of steam, bank the self pass off the wall to beat the forward, enter the zone puck on stick and whip a cross ice pass to a opposite winger right on the stick flat as a pancake no matter the condition of the ice is obviously over. If that guy was in a New York Rangers jersey the whole paradigm of how the league views them as a Stanley Cup contender elevates instantly to gulp and sweat status. But he isn't and would I take him out of the lineup? After the last series? Not a chance.

E


Sun Apr 26 2015 10:22 am EST

I think that Detroit is more or less a great example of how winning breeds winners. They are long in the tooth and not sexy up and down the lineup but they are disciplined, smart, opportunistic, and very well coached. I'm not sure any team in the NHL can adapt on the fly defensively as the Red Wings. They seem to have an answer for everything TB throws at them and then they answer with a timely goal. Maybe a little of it is luck but you gotta be good to be lucky. I think TB has a lot of skill and ability but outside of the New York Rangers South, I don't think that they collectively have all that much playoff experience. And perhaps that has something to do with this. Detroit has been outside of a few recent hiccups (I think due to injury) a playoff contender every season since when? The last 15 years? That stated, I think the New York Rangers would take them down. Why? The New York Rangers are equal to the task in terms of playoff tested assets. They don't have the hardware but virtually no one has as much playoff success in terms of a number of wins since 2010 I believe I heard somewhere. And that says something. The New York Rangers won't get caught in the moment. They can play 1-0, 2-1 nightly and feel good about their chances. Personally, I don't think that there is a tandem of defense and goaltending in the NHL as rock solid. That much isn't disputable. If TB was having trouble with Detroit it isn't outside the realm of reason to think that they'd have a lot of issues with the New York Rangers as well. Speculation is one thing and it's gotta be proven on the ice but I'll stand by that statement. And I also point to Pittsburgh in terms of lack of depth but experienced. That team could just as easily have been on the other end of some games and this series would be into a 7th. And they were extremely depleted on the blue line, lacked balance scoring down their lineup, and their 1A center was hobbled the entire series.

E


Sun Apr 26 2015 10:21 am EST

A.V.- Such a great coaching staff, especially the unsung ULFIE who am sure will land a head coaching gig this summer....A few thoughts ....(1) assuming Klein is ready to play, will AV do the right thing and pressbox Boyle and play Hundwick?? I am sorry, 37YO Boyle should have retired 2 years ago.. he is horrible...unforgivable for missing those one-timers w empty net... (2) IF IF Zuccarello is injured, who do NYRs call-up in his place? It has to be a safe pick... Chris Bourque???....(3) Do you think Yandle not practicing last week has something to do with an injury and not the flu..??? He seems out of sorts to me....

schneidw


Sun Apr 26 2015 10:19 am EST

Not surprising me at all that Detroit has TB on the brink. Detroit has an older team. Datsyuk and Zetterberg are older and not what they were, butntheynarebut ill elite talents and can do damage. I figured that Detroit would be very dangerous for a round, maybe 2 because when older, highly skilled veterans get their adrenaline going and raise up their level of play, they can overwhelm a less experienced team. Detroit is very comfortable in the PO as compared toTB. The problem with a team like Detroit is that no matter how "up" the wiley, battle-hardened vets get, it doesn't last....they come back down to,earth thanks to Mother Nature. That's why I'm hoping Detroit eliminates TB, who Imsee as more of a threat by the 3rd round than Detroit would be.

JFC31


Sun Apr 26 2015 9:49 am EST

Rangers are the only team from Eastern Conference that are in the 2nd round right now. Flames/Ducks, Rangers/Caps or Iceholes, Chicago/Minny or St. Louis, Montreal or Ottawa/ Detroit or TB

TradeStar28


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:57 am EST

tdchi- Maybe I overdid it a bit ;), but Z and Dats are left to cruising out there on the ice. I said they are overthehill, I held them real high before starting going down that hill so I didn't mean that they are like done. Its a two player team where the two players aren't at the peak of their game anymore. I think the other guys you mention today fill a role for Detroit, no doubt, but if like players like Tatar or Jurco or Nyquist or someone like that plays for Carolina I would bet that they wouldn't be strong performers in a top 6 or maybe note even 9. And those guys are fighting it out for being No 3-9 in Detroit with Franzen done. On a play-off team about to advance to the second round.

Ola


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:21 am EST

Ola - Me thinks you vastly underestimate the Wings' overall talent...agreed, their defense isn't the best...but on DATSAYUK and ZETTERBERG...man, I don't know if you watched last night's game...but neither exactly looked over the hill...Datsayuk essentially won that game for Detroit...Guys like NYQUIST, TATAR and JURCO...SHEAHEN too...they're young...they're talented...but I think it's a little over the top to say they're talentless...I will say I'm a little surprised a team like Tampa isn't at least up in this series...they are the better team by a fairly sizable margin.

tdchi


Sun Apr 26 2015 8:12 am EST

MelvilleFred - Disagree wholeheartedly...the only way I trade either BRASSARD or STEPAN is if one of the top three picks is coming back the other way...The Rangers are FINALLY rock-solid up the center...a position that for so long they were weak or undermanned...and really, when we look back at the failures of just about every other Ranger team in the Lundqvist era...they can at least partially be attributed to the team's failure to have four strong forwards capable of holding down the center position. Step-Brass-Hayes-Moore is about as strong as the Rangers have been in the middle since the last cup victory...also think you're selling Stepan WAY short...the guy had a VERY good series against the Pens...and though he had a pronounced dry spell during the season, he almost bested his career highs in points and assists despite missing 14 games. Step is a keeper. Question is, who do the Rangers shed to pay him what he's worth.

tdchi


Sun Apr 26 2015 7:48 am EST

DREW - It's been said here already, but I have to reiterate: The longer the Caps and Isles beat the piss out of each other, the better...I'm not looking forward to a series against either team..but at this point, the Caps are definitely the stronger and more physical team...I watched most of the game yesterday and they had the Islanders PINNED...toward the end, the Isles were hanging on for dear life...The Caps just unloaded on HALAK and he stood them up...I still innately feel like the Caps would be the better matchup...but there's no doubt the Isles are hurting...you can't go through a series like that without some serious and deep bruises...I don't think either team will be anywhere near top strength by the time they get to New York...I will say this: The Isles did INCREDIBLY WELL with not one, not two but THREE AHLers on their blueline.

tdchi


Sun Apr 26 2015 6:54 am EST

Hagelin, 2013 in 6 playoff games 3 g 3a, 2014 in 25 games 7 goals 5 assists, 2015 in 5 games so far 2 goals 1 assist ....only other year was 2012 in 17 games 3 assists....guess he was a non entity before that....wonder why.....oh he was not in any before that......

stevielegs


Sun Apr 26 2015 5:46 am EST

Bob- My impression of Det-Tampa, most players on Detroit sux. Z and Dats are over the hill and worn out. Nyquist, Tatar and co are overrated. Abrakadabra and Glenndenning are at the most decent 3rd lineers good 4th lineers. Detroits blueline is a joke in terms of individual talent. And so forth. BUT, they have built to ice the best possible team for a long time, and they are just lol winning on their smartness and experience alone. They BLOW the chance to go up 3-1 by loosing a 2 goal lead with like 5 minute to go, and then they go on the road to play a better team really in their building and just plays a RELAXED game for 60 minutes. Poised. Wears out the storm and waits until they get a PP to take a lead. Then kills of some time. Takes the next opertuntiy when they get it. And so forth. I take one thing away watching them play -- FUCK rebuilding. Given the players they've lost and lack of farm they had after going for it for 10 years and actually poor drafting for a long time now and what not, they should be bottom 3-5 in this league.

Ola


Sun Apr 26 2015 5:37 am EST

On Nash, I don't think he is hurt. I just wanted to put that in. There has been so much talk about it. I said this early in the year, Nash isn't", wasn't today, scoring a ton of goals that you will score in the POs. AO scores the typical goals that you will score in the POs. Set up on the PP and get to fire away game in and game out, pucks will go in. When you have a hot unit like LAK had built around Kopitar and Doughty, and other good players, a player like Gabby can tip in a few pucks on a regular basis. A sniper that scores a lot of goals by himself -- in the POs if a team plays him well in 2015 he just won't get much room. Sure, the team playing against him has to adjust. That cost them. Sure it open ups ice for others. Sure, some goals should still be scored but that sniper. But the days of an individual sniper scoring 0.5 GAG by himself this time of the year is just over. Two years ago when Nash wasn't scoring against Boston, litterary I saw a lot of talk about if we only had Bobby Ryan or Thomas Vanek. It sounds like a joke now, but that was the case. Stamkos has 2 assists and 0 goals for Tampa against Detroit, I've seen a lot of those games and Stamkos is playing well and working extremely hard but Detroit is shutting him down. We shut Evg Malkin down, 0 pts in 5 games. Crosby has like scored what in 2 of 12 games against us or whatever. We more or less shut Giroux down last year. TO SCORE RIGHT NOW, you need to have a UNIT that is doing an extremely good job AS A UNIT. I was one of really few who defended Nash last year, I several times used the phrase "you make your own bed". The unit of Kreids-Step-Nash-Staal-Stralman just wasn't doing enough offensively to enable Nash to get prime scoring chances on a regular basis. Then you have confidence issues and maybe soreness from smaller injuires and whatnot that has an effect. Sure. My point is just, it don't matter if you are Stamkos or Nash or Bobby Ryan or Thomas Vanek or Sid Crosby or Evg Malkin -- nobody can do it by themselves anymore this time of the year. You can't just look at a player and see that he scored 2 in 10 and go like "what a monster lazy floater this is unacceptable a scorer must score 4 in 10 in the POs" anymore. If you ever could.

Ola


Sun Apr 26 2015 2:03 am EST

Rangers go into Second Round with only 5 games played. Good to see them cut 2 games off of last year's pace. 2 extra games and all the energy to win a game 7 is tremendous. Plus the next opponent (iceholes or craps) will have 7 games and a ton my energy exerted before visiting MSG next week.

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 25 2015 10:01 pm EST

The Blackhawks just ended Nashville's season. Wild finish.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 25 2015 7:37 pm EST

Weird watching the Tampa game. I find myself pulling for Stralman and Boyle and against Callahan. Whatever, Babcock has shown the rest of the NHL how to handle Tampa Bay.

Bob


Sat Apr 25 2015 5:56 pm EST

Drew I feel your pain....

WIOSA


Sat Apr 25 2015 4:53 pm EST

I wanted these fcks eliminated today. Ruined my weekend

DREW


Sat Apr 25 2015 4:41 pm EST

F-CK!!!! Don't want the islanders in the 2nd rd. no way caps come back or win in 7

DREW


Sat Apr 25 2015 4:05 pm EST

Absolutely love the way the Isles and Caps are banging the crap out of each other. Come on game 7! Or triple OT!

NYStranger


Sat Apr 25 2015 4:03 pm EST

Just as I write that post about 4th line of Isles, Martin hits Brower into next year with a clean hit for his 9th in 2 periods- and he doesn't look tired. Clutterbuck has been deadly also, although OV rocked his world late 2nd.

puckyou


Sat Apr 25 2015 3:59 pm EST

Spelling errors- yandle and Malkin

puckyou


Sat Apr 25 2015 3:58 pm EST

Was lucky enough to be in the first row last night behind rangers penalty box last night with my buddies ( their tickets). MSG was awesome- forgot how great that place is for a playoff atmosphere. I thought JT Miller, Hags, Dom Moore had great games. Handle hung in, not 100%. Making was flying for a guy they said is injured. Crosby such a little bitch- the BS call on Girardi- 2 minutes for bein speared and slashed by Cindy was outrageous- so tired of his sissy bs and the NHL catering to him. That said, MSL- hard to feel sorry for a guy in a slump that doesn't ever throw his body or go to dirty areas- when everybody else is busting their ass. Ps- I want to play whoever we can beat easier in the next round- but the 4th line of the isles looks like they can hurt people- I'm thinking Caps may be the better matchup

puckyou


Sat Apr 25 2015 2:59 pm EST

I'm always surprised how much space OVECHKIN gets on the pp. this is a guy with 25 pp goals this season, but he always seems open.

nyfans


Sat Apr 25 2015 2:37 pm EST

Gee, great to hear that atonal horn at the Mausoleum. Caps can lose this as long as they win game seven. The Caps' plow horses can't hang with the NYR. And I'm all for not dealing with the rivalry circus.

Nick


Sat Apr 25 2015 2:24 pm EST

FRED..... Really? Brassard this past season had 19 goals, 41 Assists for 60 points... The last 3 postseasons he's had 11 goals in the playoffs.... Stepan this past season had 16 goals, 39 Assists for 55 points in 12 fewer games played. Injuries probably cost him his first 70 point season. His last 3 postseasons he's also had 11 goals in the playoffs. How can one be a major disappointment and the other be impressive? IMO, you keep both players. They feed off each other. Also, Brass loves Step. He credits him and Brad Richards a lot for his growth as a player.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 25 2015 1:36 pm EST

Thank god I won't be using my game 7 tickets!!!! Agree with steponmytoe about Brassard over Stepon......for my money move Stepan at the draft or off season. For me overall he has been a huge dissapointment.

MelvilleFred


Sat Apr 25 2015 1:34 pm EST

Colorado Mark - Yep, we were just the clip with two crazed Ranger fans. He was making fun of me yelling at the TV and jumping around so he decided to record it and then he uploaded that. He is pretty thrilled to be in that video.

RinkRat


Sat Apr 25 2015 1:32 pm EST

JFC31 - that would be us.

RinkRat


Sat Apr 25 2015 12:47 pm EST

I can also say I haven't been happier with our center position in a long time....I like all of them and they all bring something different to the table.....

PJ


Sat Apr 25 2015 12:44 pm EST

Hate to be critical after eliminating a team in five games but I really believe MSL's play is an issue....He is bad in both ends and I have watched him closely in hopes of seeing some glimmer of hope....He instantly drags down any line he becomes part of....Boyle is struggling for sure but the return of Klein should help limit his playing time....Hunwick has been exposed recently for what he is....A 6-7 D and he I am ok with him in that slot..,..In his own end he is certainly no worse than Boyle.....

PJ


Sat Apr 25 2015 12:38 pm EST

RinkRat -- are you wearing a McD jersey and your son wearing a Lundqvist jersey in the commercial?

JFC31


Sat Apr 25 2015 12:37 pm EST

Nick; Good stuff. I remember thinking last night although Stepan scored Brass played by far the better game. Brass IMO is a better big game/playoff peformer. If I had to choose between the two I would take Brass all day over Stepan.

stepunmytoe


Sat Apr 25 2015 12:36 pm EST

mf -- in my mind, the Rangers D and The King is why we have a great shot atbthe ultimate prize this season. Hunwick has done a good job (I was pleasantly surprised at his confidence with the puck) but we certainly did miss Klein. With a healthy KLEIN in the line-up, this D is going to make it very hard on the opposition. With Atilla in there, we have him, Boyle and Yandle, none of whom are known for their defensive prowess....insery Klein and the D balances out very, very well and presents challenges to the other team no matter what the pairing. What has really annoyed me about MSL is how easily he gets pushed off of the puck and how he often avoids a collision on a foot race to the boards, instead opting to go for a cut-off route when the other guy gets the puck. Zucc is the same size and doesn't get pushed off like MSL....and I know MSL is a weight-room beast with a scary strong-looking physique but I guess looks are deceiving.

JFC31


Sat Apr 25 2015 12:09 pm EST

Also: Anaslime who has had the lightest work load thus far in the PO's with a sweep of the Jets, yielded 2.25 GA's PG....

mf


Sat Apr 25 2015 11:49 am EST

Here’s are some numbers to kick around: 5 games, Four 2-1 victories, One 4-3 loss…. 11 GF / 8 GA = 2.20 GFPG & 1.60 GA/PG (lowest GA in the playoffs by 4/10th’s of a goal!!!) for a differential of GF/GA of .60 so far in the playoffs.. Reminder, we lead the league in this statistic during regular season with a .74 GF/GA Differential….. This microcosm of a sample certainly points to us as the victors in tight games (imo) … Question for you Hockey Lords of The Rink; could it be that the NY Rangers Team Defense is due the credit for taking a notoriously tight hockey time of the year and clamping it down to a higher level? … This proud card carrying member of the CJC thinks that it is becoming more & more evident that the team is playing total defense without the puck and as soon as the we take possession, on go the afterburners and we’re coming at them.. This squad oozes defense and experience from the core guys, to the recently acquired, to the yutes, combined with the turn on the attack mentality on the offensive side.. Listening to the posts here during this series, you folks are reporting McD & beast, Girardi & rock solid, Staal & returning to pre-concussion form, Yandle not taking any shite, Hunwick filling in more than admirably, Dom Moore & warrior, Tanner Glass & his hitting & fore-checking, Nash & his two way game, and there’s more to be pointed to.. The weakest downside shared here is MSL, who is probably doing many of the little things that go unnoticed during the action, and Boyle who is not exactly stinkin up the joint; I’d say all in the kids are bringing home a damn good report card worthy of praise… Just to sum up this ADD – Beer Hangover Post, I’d say we’re the reason this series was as tight as it was, and it’s probably going to continue until our opponents show their weaknesses and we make them pay for them…..

mf


Sat Apr 25 2015 11:25 am EST

Pretty good story on a CBS Sports site: "Derick Brassard is enjoying the camaraderie that comes with playing for the tightly knit Rangers. “This group is pretty special,” Brassard said. “There’s nothing better than winning games with a good group of guys. That starts with our leadership group. Playing on a good team is the main thing. The attitude of our leadership group reflects on our play. I’m really enjoying playing for this group of guys. It’s a very easygoing group. I remember when I first came here. All the guys made me feel so welcome. We accept everyone right away and make them feel like they’ve been here for a long time.” BRASSARD SERVING AS MENTOR TO RANGERS’ YOUNGSTERS Now, Brassard is showing the ropes to the franchise’s youngsters, including Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller. His dedication to the game, knowledge and positive work habits have played a role in the development of a slew of up-and-coming Rangers. “I want to take every young guy under my wing and make sure they’re feeling comfortable,” Brassard said. “Right now, I’m 27. I just try to work hard, enjoy my time on the ice, have fun in practices, and bring some passion. That’s the only thing I can control.” Hayes has enjoyed the chance to go out to dinners and postgame meals with the veteran Brassard. He’ll sit across the table and pick at Brassard’s brain. The thriving 22-year-old center revealed that former Ranger Brian Boyle reached out to Brassard following Hayes’ decision to sign with New York during the summer. Having formed a close relationship with Hayes during offseason workouts in Foxboro, M.A., Boyle instructed Brassard to show Hayes the ins and outs of being a pro during his rookie season. “Brian Boyle reached out to him and told him to take me under his wing,” Hayes said. “Brass has been unbelievable to me this year. It just shows the type of guy he is. I’ve been hanging with him since training camp. I pick his brain a little bit whenever we go out to dinner. I’ve gone out to dinner with him pretty much every other night here in the city. “It’s been a fun experience. He’s an elite player. There’s a reason why he signed the deal that he did. He’s the kind of guy any team would want.” Miller has benefited from sitting between Brassard and St. Louis in the Rangers’ dressing room. He couldn’t ask for two more approachable, more knowledgeable mentors. “They’ve both been great to me,” Miller said. “Even in the training center I sit next to Brass. I try to pick his brain when I can. He’s obviously a great, two-way centerman. He’s very skilled and also really reliable. He’s a good teammate. I just try to make sure I lean on him and take in what I can from a guy like that. There’s a process that a lot of young players go through and it panned out for him. I’m just trying to stick with it and stay on the right path.”

Nick


Sat Apr 25 2015 10:58 am EST

I think McGuire should have been in Pitt line for the hand shakes and eliminated from broadcasting the rest of the playoffs

Topovski


Sat Apr 25 2015 10:41 am EST

McGuire is an embarrassment. He actually said "Both goaltenders have been phenomenal, but especially Fleury" among other gems. My mother-in-law, who is a Blackhawks fan and could care less about the Rangers, was furious at how biased he was. My wife thinks NBC should punish him by making him listen to his own commentary over and over.

ColoradoMark


Sat Apr 25 2015 10:37 am EST

Thanks for the clip link Rhet ... good stuff. This is a gratifying squad to pull for this year. Speed top to bottom, top 3 offense and defense ... good vet-yoots mix. We already had some good younger guys and now this year worked in Hayes, JT, Fast. PP last night looked better; hope it continues. Really happy to see Dom Moore's work get rewarded last night! He got the puck clear from Sid and Martin and Hags took it away. I noticed Lovejoy peel away from Hags to cover the front of the net where no one was. These things happen and I'm glad it happened for us! I also enjoyed not listening to Emrick try to hard for joke-lines and was glad to miss his voice. I liked Gord Miller on the PBP; he's a long-time TSN guy. If we get the breaks we can hoist the hardware with this club, no doubt.

Nick


Sat Apr 25 2015 10:33 am EST

RINKRAT- AWESOME! I take it you and your son were the only two in your video, right?There was a large family and one with just a kid, so thinking I have you ID's correctly. What a great Father-Son moment! Way to represent from Wisconsin!

ColoradoMark


Sat Apr 25 2015 10:26 am EST

Non sequitor - Talking about Dale WEISE the other day...this was the guy who Tortorella chose to keep on the roster while putting Weise on waivers. Good job Torts!!!: www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/25127922

tdchi


Sat Apr 25 2015 10:18 am EST

On the win - As much as I hate to credit Pittsburgh with anything other than being a dogshit franchise with equally worthless fans, the Pens played an incredible game yesterday...the best of the series, I'd say...and I've got to hand it to the team for keeping it close in all five games despite missing their top two defensemen...while I won't credit CROSBY for much --a star like him has got to take over games and series like that --he didn't have much to work with...the Pens' bottom two lines were absolute garbage...and that was GM Rutherford's fault...Brandon SUTTER is making the STAAL deal look like a steal...he was the Pens' best player, IMO, outside of FLEURY...man...talk about IRONY...the first year this guy actually shows up for a playoffs series and his team can't score a goal...somewhat disappointed KUNITZ didn't get knocked into another ZIP code...and that LaPIERRE didn't swallow some ivory...but hey...the best way to deal with dirtbags is eliminate them...earliest exit for the Pens since 2007...Rutherford has to do some soul-searching, because his team is a trash heap after it's top six players...But enough about that sorry franchise...Agree with everything York said, but also Vic...I'd tone down the criticism of HAYES a little. I think he played well for a rookie in his first NHL playoffs...Also agree with the notion that the Rangers have to play A LOT better against the Caps or the Islander...Two goals a game isn't going to win the cup, IMO...on HAGELIN - They guy has been a solid playoff performer for at least three years now...Think Carl just earned himself a nice contract extension...and if in fact what Ola said about MSL is true, he better keep an eye on what Hags is doing. One point in five contests is simply unacceptable...on ZUCCARELLO - Some places are saying he got hit in the face...but from what I saw, he took the clapper right around his ear piece on the helmet. I don't think that would result in a concussion...what it DOES, however, is send a nice ringing noise through your brain for about 8 to 12 hours...shots like that also usually open up impact wounds...I've seen guys get 12-plus stitches after taking one off the helmet...and that's with ear guards. Here's to hoping he's alright...but on that note, I gotta say the Rangers didn't skip a beat...MSL didn't do so great on that line...but FAST seemed to fit right in...BOYLE - Man, how did he not get the GWG? Great game, though...and here's to the Islanders winning this afternoon! Wait...did I just type that?

tdchi


Sat Apr 25 2015 10:13 am EST

Hey! Thats me and The Boy in the NHL/Ranger commercial! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8z5IzNQWCs

RinkRat


Sat Apr 25 2015 9:38 am EST

Here's a big, "LETS GO ISLANDERS!" going out for tonight's game. The series seems to have been all we could have hoped for...a brutal slugfest with both sides exerting every ounce of energy every single game, leading to numerous injuries, especially on the Isles side. I want game 6 to be a full-tilt, win at all costs WAR, with the Isles squeezing out a win to extend the series to Game 7. Also, here's a big, "GET WELL, ZUCC" going out to The Hobbit....we need him back ASAP. Glad we closed out the Pens early.

JFC31


Sat Apr 25 2015 8:59 am EST

Do the Rangers have an unusual high number of puck to the head injuries? First Staal, then the King and now MZA. First 2 were serious injuries, especially Staal's. Let's hope the Hobbit heals quickly!

RF4L


Sat Apr 25 2015 8:53 am EST

YORK: Great summary. The only thing I disagree with is your comments on HAYES. I thought he looked more like himself for the first time in this series last night. He made a lot of really nice passes in the NZ and offensive zone. As the game opened up he got better and better. I thought he was bad in the first two games. A little better in the 3rd fame. Invisible in the 4th game until the OT winner. He looked much more confident to me last night. I think what we can expect moving forward is that the tighter these series are the less of an impact he will have. But that seems to be the case for just about everyone. It is in those types of games that guys like HAGS really shine.

Vic


Sat Apr 25 2015 8:44 am EST

Here's a fabulous stat for ya all: Hagelin leads all NY Rangers with 12 PO goals since 2013. As he's matured into a consummate professional, Hagelin's become a clutch player. Its in the bagelin with Carl Hagelin!

RF4L


Sat Apr 25 2015 8:42 am EST

vcp: Methinks you listened too closely and therefore got influenced by the American and Canadian TV broadcasts of the series...

RF4L


Sat Apr 25 2015 8:34 am EST

RANGERS GET LUCKY !!!!! PENGUINS DEPLETED BUT WE WILL HAVE TO TAKE IT. THEY BETTER GET BETTER FOR NEXT SERIES

vcp1994


Sat Apr 25 2015 8:15 am EST

NN: Reading thru all the comments - some pretty good stuff, but what stood out: What McGuire actually weeping???

RF4L


Sat Apr 25 2015 8:11 am EST

It was in the bagelin with Hagelin! Woohoo. Didn't see the game because I was playing ball hockey, but did see the OT in a bar. Fabulous!

RF4L


Sat Apr 25 2015 7:35 am EST

#NYR Captain @RMcDonagh27 mic'd up for @CarlHagelin's OT winner & then Hags adds the puzzle piece!! ....https://twitter.com/NYRangers/status/591939310263209985?lang=en

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 25 2015 5:48 am EST

Huge win for the boys, gives them time to rest. Hags has turned from a non entity in the playoffs to a money player in the playoffs the last few years. Actually funny that two guys that were considered weak come playoff time at one point scored both goals for hits team, MAF was the pens best player all series, an assumed weak point by everyone, including myself he played lights out all series he kept the pens in every game. NASH finally started to look like the nash that tore up the league this year, he keeps that up and goals will start coming again and so will the wins. Miller played one of his best games as a Ranger tonight, once he finds the back of the net I think they will start going in for him. MSL man he's an adventure one shift he's horrible, the next he's good, I just don't know if this guy has anything left that will be an actual contribution to this team winning the cup,. If what OLA said is correct and you saw the embrace of Hags and Hank and their tight friendship, I don't see MSL back next season. Boyle, my god this guy is scary to watch, he isn't an adventure shift to shift he's an adventure second by second of each shift. Brass another solid effort, Kreider needs to get one just to get him going and he needs to drive to the net a little more with his speed. Stall looks to be back to the old Stall where he was a rock, McD was a beast as was Girardi again, Klein comes back and this D instantly becomes scary for anyone, also Klein can score which seems to have been forgotten. Zucc hopefully is okay he has a week to rest if that was anyone else it would have hit them in the chest or shoulder LOL. Moore was a beast this game, he played really well and showed why he's a bargain at 1.5 love that guy. Fast another solid game as usual, Glass has played really good all series is he over paid? Yes, but he's playing very well. Hayes was kind of invisible again for the most part, he really needs to turn it up, I'm wondering if he's getting tired. Hank was Hank again, other then game two he has been solid and looks like he wants that cup bad and will carry this team on his back if he has to................

York18


Sat Apr 25 2015 2:11 am EST

Also agree w/the praise heaped on Flower; he doesn't give up that opening minute stinker and who knows how tough a series this becomes.

LeoS


Sat Apr 25 2015 2:07 am EST

NN - Pierre had nothing to say for over two minutes after the goal and when he finally piped up - during the handshake line - he choked on his words. At least the other guy - who was he anyway? - kept talking. I believe there were 16 seconds of pure Doc/Pierre Dead Air after the Game 5 winner, fwiw.!

LeoS


Sat Apr 25 2015 12:54 am EST

Little time to ruminate about this glorious victory...but to honor this splended occasion, I want to send a formal "fuck you" out to all the brown-nosing Crosby-loving psuedo-hockey fans of Pittsburgh --especially Pierre McGuire. Also. a simultaneous heart-felt "fuck yeah" to my man Tikkanen if he's still out there lurking somewhere in Steel Country...relish this moment, my friend. And think: You have the entire weekend to think of all the malicious facts you can throw at the malignant excuse-giving Pens apologist you're sure to encounter in the coming week. Cheers, man!! LET'S GO RANGERS!!!

tdchi


Sat Apr 25 2015 12:42 am EST

Was great seeing Crosby falling over Fleury as we celebrated the winner....Klein should be back for next series which we need badly....Can't see that OT winner enough times.....Looks like the Blues are going out early again....Sens extending series in an all out war....

PJ


Fri Apr 24 2015 11:54 pm EST

Poor Pierre. He was clearly bummed and, even after the series was over, spent most of his time pimping the Penguins. All series he talked about how great Paul Martin was, yet it was Paul Martin who was standing around for both OT goals. Actually, Chorney and Dumoulin were the 2 best D-men out there for them. As for the Rangers......conserving energy and getting a week away is huge. Now we need the Islanders to win tomorrow and take it to 7. Let those teams continue to punish each other. The other funny thing tonight was........this is the first time all series Pittsburgh actually skated and created chances. The deliberately did not play that way all series. Igor Malkin looked dangerous for the first time. Skidney got outworked by Dom Moore on the game winner.

Bob


Fri Apr 24 2015 11:11 pm EST

I am curious to when the 2nd Round will begin.......I am gonna guess on Thursday, April 30th @ MSG.....Then Clapton plays Friday night and Saturday night so Rangers would probably play Game#2 on Sunday afternoon.....

TradeStar28


Fri Apr 24 2015 10:18 pm EST

Bruce Beck...... Carl Hagelin - "unbelievable - probably the best feeling I’ve had - when I heard the crowd go nuts it gave me shivers.”

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 10:13 pm EST

NHL Trade Rumors..... Sabres sign Jack Eichel linemate at Boston University Evan Rodrigues

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 10:07 pm EST

Seth Rothman...... First time #Rangers win back-to-back OT games in the same series since the Stanley Cup Final in 1950.

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 10:05 pm EST

Steve Zipay..... Hagelin: I didn't do much that shift until I saw Dom was in trouble behind the net. I went to pick up the puck and then just skated... "around the circle and took a shot and somehow it went in..."

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 10:04 pm EST

Staal played a hell of a series. Looked a lot more like the old Staal pre injuries. Will be nice when he gets paired back with Klein and gets rid of that anchor, Boyle.

NYStranger


Fri Apr 24 2015 10:02 pm EST

Steve Zipay...... AV: Zuccarello being evaluated, believes he may be all right

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:54 pm EST

Thank God that's over! Damn if on NBCSN it didn't sound like the Pens won the series with all the credit they got...but last I looked they lost 4 games to 1!!!...Rangers played just good, smart and disciplined enough to to win the 4 games......However, they indeed did not play a very good series and were playing the Pens game more then the Pens were playing the Rangers game...Pens had the strategy and a good idea how to try and slow down and try to beat the Rangers but.just didn't have the horses in the back nor the size/strength up front...The next team the Rangers face will be better and so the Rangers need to rest up a little and then find their A game, which wasn't on display too much..and when it was, MAF was huge...But so was The King at times..Very good goaltending is to be expected

Hospo


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:44 pm EST

Keep in mind ,Malkin gets 9.5 M a year ...........................

Newfie_Ranger


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:42 pm EST

:-)

hipcheck


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:39 pm EST

Great ending to a cardiac type of game. I had a bad feeling all game but this team just finds a way. LET'S GO RANGERS!!!

tlats


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:37 pm EST

Thats awesome MF! MAF played his ass off this series. This series could of been lopsided if the Rangers score a few early in game one and two with all the PP time they had. Fleury really kept the teams even and Pitt did a great job at dumbing down and slowing down the game. Frustrating for the Rangers offense. But we won in 5 anyway! Sweet!

NYStranger


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:32 pm EST

Should be Logo

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:31 pm EST

New Pens log for when they play the NYR..... https://twitter.com/?lang=en

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:30 pm EST

Phuck off you featherless birds... At a WSP, Wide Spread Panic show at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn in Flatbush Ave. Let's Go Rangers.. Nothing like being 55 feeling like 35 after heart surgery... Yeah Baby

mf


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:29 pm EST

I was a bit worried there when Zucc went down and AV couldn't quite get a handle on the line situation. Hags was not getting out there very much to my liking..........but VOILA ! he does it again................Hank was his usual outstanding self...........and Dominic Moores' compete level is " off the charts", man what a warrier.............

Newfie_Ranger


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:28 pm EST

Hate the Penguins, but Fleury played a tremendous series. I don't think much of him in the postseason the last few years, but he really stepped up big time.

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:26 pm EST

What a relief...The OT was wide open.....Hank was a rock....Great win at home in OT to eliminate Crybaby and the Pens....Doesn't get any better....Hags the playoff warrior....

PJ


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:25 pm EST

Skid back to his summer job as Mario's pool boy. Screw you! HAhAHaHa! Anyway, hope all is well with Zucc, Rangers need this rest.

NYStranger


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:25 pm EST

Carl Hagelin with the B-Way Hat and 4th piece of the Stanley Cup puzzle.... https://twitter.com/NYRangers/status/591789558716575746/photo/1

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:24 pm EST

Zuccarello ....I bet they will say he's day to day with an upper body injury

caperanger


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:23 pm EST

Hey WIOSA you win the Wall tonight!

Nick


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:23 pm EST

Hags...money. Brass....money. Hugely valuable asset...especially when it comes time for a contract like Hags.

JFC31


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:22 pm EST

YEAH BABY! The Hags! Great work by Dom Moore! And on a lesser note I liked that announcer ... Excited not crazed, and objective. Bring on Round Two!

Nick


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:21 pm EST

Rhet: I owe u a statistical analasis on the odds of Edmonton picking first again, and wtf point I was trying to make w/ mcdonagh....

mf


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:21 pm EST

Adiós Skidmark!!! Have fun going back to shittsburg!!!!

RDW


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:20 pm EST

Good call WIOSA! Great spinning g shot by Hags....goalie never knows where a shot like that is gonna go now we worry about Zucc. That's why it was important to end this series tonight....we need R & R. Fingers, legs and toes crossed for The Hobbit.

JFC31


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:20 pm EST

First order of business is how is Zucc ?

stepunmytoe


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:20 pm EST

Had a drink in the overtime to calm the nerves , having one now in celebration ! Hope the isles and caps go to seven , all games triple OT and they set a record for most hits in a PO game

caperanger


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:19 pm EST

I love it when I'm wrong - LOL. Shocked it didn't go 7. Keep it going boys!

limbo


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:19 pm EST

wooohooo ! BYE Crosby and 72 have a nice trip home. Lovin this team,

WIOSA


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:16 pm EST

That OT felt really, really long :)

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:16 pm EST

Atta boy Hags!!

caperanger


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:16 pm EST

So for those watching on NBCS was Pierre in tears that his Pens are done.

DOUBLEN


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:15 pm EST

Hags with the turn around jumper......looked like Bernard king on that goal,,,,,weeeeeeeeeee

TradeStar28


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:15 pm EST

NBC couldn't resist giving Pitt all the excuses.

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:13 pm EST

Nice Wiosa! Took a wicked shot!

NYStranger


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:13 pm EST

Brass had a huge game !!!!

stepunmytoe


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:12 pm EST

I am in shock.

DOUBLEN


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:12 pm EST

Hagelin!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:12 pm EST

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:10 pm EST

You phuckers better will them to win,, not watching the game and counting on you folks....Let's Go Rangers.. Wrap this puppy up in 5....!

mf


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:10 pm EST

"Deflected"

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:07 pm EST

That was total crap.

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:59 pm EST

Butt end of the stick away from winning it.

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:58 pm EST

MSL

stepunmytoe


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:55 pm EST

Kreider.

Shaggy


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:51 pm EST

I say Girardi

NYStranger


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:51 pm EST

Dominic Moore

JFC31


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:51 pm EST

Hags

WIOSA


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:49 pm EST

Hags

WIOSA


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:48 pm EST

Boyle still holding that right hand like it is broken. Watch it during the interview. Looks like it is a prosthetic hand.

NYStranger


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:46 pm EST

I'm sure glad this series isn't 2-2. I want to close it out tonight but nothing ever comes easy.

Nick


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:45 pm EST

McD my choice in OT....

PJ


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:44 pm EST

Never easy.......they make us go through the pain process. I hope this shit doesn't go back to Pitt. end it tonight! LET'S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!

TradeStar28


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:43 pm EST

I'll take OT....I look for a repeat of last OT....Rangers come out strong, Pitt comes out tentative, Rangers score.

JFC31


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:43 pm EST

NN; I've been wanting to see more JT than we have. Think he been sharp

stepunmytoe


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:42 pm EST

Rick Nash

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:42 pm EST

Anyone curled up in a ball in the corner?

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:41 pm EST

Save to say Brass hates Ian LaPipi

stepunmytoe


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:41 pm EST

MY OT PICK..MILLER

DOUBLEN


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:40 pm EST

"Deflected" off the glass.

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:37 pm EST

Step... It make zero sense. Why would you give your best offensive D such a bad anchor?

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:34 pm EST

Dont like Yandle and Boyle together. I don't get it

stepunmytoe


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:32 pm EST

Someone please tell me Boyle has a one year contract...

caperanger


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:32 pm EST

Why do you think they ran him out of town in SJ?

NYStranger


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:31 pm EST

Boyle I'd DONE! How the f@$& do,you swing and miss on an open net like that...HOW???

JFC31


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:30 pm EST

You should be pissed Boyle!!!

NYStranger


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:30 pm EST

Boyle are you serious?

PJ


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:30 pm EST

$4.5MM

TradeStar28


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:30 pm EST

Boyle just missed an open net , my blind grandmother could have tipped that inn

caperanger


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:30 pm EST

How do you miss that?

Fotiu22


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:28 pm EST

Rangers haveno sustained o zone time...none.

JFC31


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:24 pm EST

Pierre Michaletti is getting hard to listen to. We need some puck luck.

barto


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:22 pm EST

The officiating really is disturbing...At this point in a playoff game to boot...Disgraceful....

PJ


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:11 pm EST

You never want to see any player get hurt...but in Cindy's case I'd make an exception

Shaggy


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:11 pm EST

NHL is a sham. Disgusting

Fotiu22


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:03 pm EST

Pro-Nash/Anti-Nash......at this point it doesn't matter. We need him to win this game for us now

RDW


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:53 pm EST

Need a big third....My god does MSL screw up every line he is on....Rangers leaders McD, Step and yes Nash need to come through and finish these pricks....They will run into Hank for as long as the refs allow it....

PJ


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:49 pm EST

Messier always said the fourth win was the hardest....but we gotta believe.

WIOSA


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:43 pm EST

Looked like he chicken winged that puck in. Never doubted it was going to count though. Rangers still doing their best to not shoot when there is an opportunity!

NYStranger


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:43 pm EST

Rangers: tic-tac-toe, cross-ice feeds, look for,the perfect shot, dominate the game....1 goal. Penguins: throw the puck in front...1 goal. BULLSHIT!!

JFC31


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:40 pm EST

Well now we know hipcheck's prediction was wrong :/

tdchi


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:39 pm EST

How about he was in the crease when he hit the puck in ? What a joke

stepunmytoe


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:38 pm EST

It's time for the Rangers to start flopping all over Fleury...this is completely ridiculous how much contact they've had on Hank tonight

Shaggy


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:37 pm EST

Great. Bury these guys for gods sake.

Nick


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:26 pm EST

Time to get serious boys.

Nick


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:20 pm EST

I'm guessing Zucc has a concussion. Nash needs to drive to the net like he is this period.

York18


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:15 pm EST

Whatever is wrong with Zucc, Rangers need to end this series tonight and give Zucc more time to recover

JFC31


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:10 pm EST

No Zucc...shit!

JFC31


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:52 pm EST

The PK and Hank will have to win this one. Refs won't let Pens go down easy

stepunmytoe


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:51 pm EST

Brassard needs to get his shit together. Can't keep helping the Pens out.

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:44 pm EST

Zuc lose a few teeth?

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:39 pm EST

STEP.... OMG, I was thinking the same exact thing :)

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:38 pm EST

Wow.... Are the Pitt players just that stupid.... or just that selfish?

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:38 pm EST

Would a second PPG be asking for too much.

DOUBLEN


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:35 pm EST

The only time I long for Torts is when punk Pierre does his in game interview. Torts treated him like shit ! Lol

stepunmytoe


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:24 pm EST

How did Malkin not get a penalty he had his stick wrapped around Stepan

York18


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:23 pm EST

Go Moore Go!!!

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:22 pm EST

The refs were just looking to even it up. What a bad acting job.

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:21 pm EST

That was pretty the way he kicked it to his stick. That should be set play on the PP :)

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:20 pm EST

OMG...A POWERPLAY GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DOUBLEN


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:20 pm EST

DEREK STEPAN!!! IT'S A POWERPLAY GOAL!!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:18 pm EST

I'm going to point to the last two plays by Nash, the first time he shoots with his ass on the boards above the face off circles. He then follows that up with instead of going to the net to screen the goalie slides off to the side and then tries to go in front once a man picks him up. He continues to do the same things.

York18


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:15 pm EST

Crosby nearly had his 3rd goal :)

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:13 pm EST

Comeau says what?

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:11 pm EST

Hip checks predictions have been genius this series !!

stepunmytoe


Fri Apr 24 2015 6:08 pm EST

MF.... Hipcheck is doing the reverse jinx thing. He wants the reverse to happen.

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 5:57 pm EST

MALKINSTEIN joins SUTTER on a line with COMEAU... Brent Sutter's kid with a former Islander and a dirty Russian. That's a whole lot to hate. Pens have two solid lines tonight. They'll probably be double shifting both. Rangers better come out awake and alive...and then keep that energy through 60 minutes...a start like Wednesday and this game is gonna be out of reach quick...on the flip side, Hank shunned from the Vezina nominees...I call bullshit. And I hope he does too by shutting the Buttman's darlings out of cup contention...LET'S GO RANGERS!!!

tdchi


Fri Apr 24 2015 5:56 pm EST

Hipcheck, have you gone mad man? I mean son, step aside now, we'll show you how to shutout a penguin.. Kids these days, no respect. :-)

mf


Fri Apr 24 2015 5:51 pm EST

EliasSports: Rangers are 21–7 in home games with a chance to clinch a playoff series. Lundqvist's GAA in such games: 1.76

DOUBLEN


Fri Apr 24 2015 5:37 pm EST

Hospo/Vic -- said it a few days ago....the Pens are choking off the ice because that's the only chance they have. I don't see any of the teams going forward who,are going to have such a lack of confidence that they don't think they can win playing THEIR game vs. Rangers....Mano a Mano...here's my best pitch, let's see if you can hit it. Things should loosen up a bit for Nash and everyone else for that matter and then it's up to him to score TIMELY goals.....the number doesnt count as much as what they mean AFAIAC. He needs to bury a good number of open chances...of course, the goalies have something to say about that, too. As for tonight, the Tangers need to show,thatnthey are getting BETTER and learning from their mistakes. That's whynthis is a BIG game to me...if they come out storming and take this game, it shows that they GET IT, they understand the importance of killing off a wounded opponent and what it means to get extra rest going forward. If they come out flat like last game, there is a problem thatnismgoing to worry me going forward.

JFC31


Fri Apr 24 2015 5:19 pm EST

VIC - If he kicks ass the rest of the POs (which was one of the condistions) and helps the Ranngers win the Cup, how could he be a shell of his former self?....True, we disagree on the concussion issue...Now, if NASH flatlines the rest of the POs and the Rangers lose (or even if they win ) the Cup...Dealing him is something to consider for the right package...However,I think he's gonna break out scoring wise fairly soon...Again, I think it's wise to talk about who to trade only after you see how they perform in this latest POs and throw it together with previous years.....

Hospo


Fri Apr 24 2015 4:56 pm EST

Hipcheck,... I totally agree. Rangers in 5 :)

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 24 2015 4:08 pm EST

HOSPO: To answer your question, YES I would move NASH especially if the Rangers do win a Cup. Remember, I fall on the side that says he hasn't been the same since the BOGOSIAN punches and it is because of the punches. Others have said that if that is what is wrong with him he needs to retire. I don't think the punches concussed him. I do think they rattled him enough to doubt (again) if he could take another hard hit. He is playing his ass off but in those split second decisions when he has he puck he is pulling back and not taking the puck to the net. While he might not be injured he is damaged goods in that the ever present specter of a potential concussion has taken away the things that make NASH special. If the Rangers win the Cup then I deal him because I really don't know how much longer he can or will play before he gets that next concussion and decides to retire. And worse, if he doesn't retire he will be a shell of himself again and take up a huge cap hit. Let someone else deal with that. His value will never be higher, especially if he does score a bunch in the playoffs and helps the Rangers win the Cup. You might say "that can happen to any player". You would be correct but in NASH's case it isn't a question of "could" it is a question of "when". Just like LINDROS. We all knew what was going to happen with LINDROS. It was a matter of time........

Vic


Fri Apr 24 2015 3:57 pm EST

I predict a shutout loss tonight.

hipcheck


Fri Apr 24 2015 3:36 pm EST

I haven't seen much of the TB-DET series but the game-plus I have watched looked like a no-check men's league, at least in comparison to VAN-CAL and ANA-WIN or even NYI-WAS. Whoever emerges from next round's Habs matchup is going to be quite un-beat-up, relatively speaking.

LeoS


Fri Apr 24 2015 3:05 pm EST

Vic - HALL and EBERLE (and RNH for that matter) are the ones they allegedly WON'T move because of their contracts, which are long-term and pretty decent if the three of them start putting together serious production.

tdchi


Fri Apr 24 2015 3:05 pm EST

VIC - And if NASH kicks ass the rest of the POs and leads the Rangers to the Cup (the only thing that matters), you still trade him? I don't know,I think i hold off on trading players form this team until we see how they perform over the next month and a half...

Hospo


Fri Apr 24 2015 3:02 pm EST

I'm pretty sure the cup is coming to the east this season...and the reason I say this is that there are NO easy teams from the second round on...zero...'bout the best anyone can hope for is a badly-wounded Islander team...even then...Everyone in the dance next round will have something to prove...the Caps...man, while I like our chances with them...you've got to think someone in that organization has pulled OV and BACKSTROM aside and said WIN OR ELSE...then move over to Detroit...sweet Jesus, the timeless goddamn Red Wings...how much playoff experience do they have on that roster? And then Tampa...No sir. Between their crazy good D and their depth...and then a goalie who can be lights-out for long stretches? No thanks...and then the Habs...While I don't find them THAT intimidating...man...if they're facing the Rangers, you gotta believe there's going to be a rally cry through that locker room...remember Kreider. Remember 2014...They're gonna come loaded for bear...the key from this point on is closing out series in fewer than six or seven games...if the Rangers can do that tonight and the Habs, Wings and/or Lightning, and Caps can't, then our chances improve...and if they CAN'T snuff out the Pens tonight...or worse yet, in game 6? Watch out.

tdchi


Fri Apr 24 2015 2:58 pm EST

RF4L: I had the exact same thought when I heard the news about Edmonton. You know they are going to be moving some of that young talent before the draft. I'm not interested in EBERLY. I'd only be interested in HALL if NASH was going the other way. Have to balance out the contracts. At this point a lot of those young players may be damaged goods. They have been brought quickly to the NHL and skipped a lot of development. Can any of them play with the defensive responsibility that most other teams (especially the Rangers) are going to be looking for?

Vic


Fri Apr 24 2015 2:53 pm EST

RF4L - Here's the thing on CHARA...the guy is a beast...even an old Chara is a force to be reckoned with...has the guy slowed down? Yes. But he also has a howitzer from the point and is one of the strongest guys in the NHL...now if you're Edmonton and you have kids like KLEFBOM and NURSE coming onto your blueline...and you already have the trainwreck-on-D that is Justin SCHULTZ...don't you want someone there to settle things down? Don't know if Chara would follow Chiarelli to Edmonton...but the story circulating out of Boston right now is that he just got his real estate license to start selling off the many properties he owns in that area...he's got a cap hit of $6.9 million and is on a team that's trying to resign LUCIC...I could see Edmonton working out a package deal for Chara and Malcom SUBBAN maybe involving YAKUPOV...who knows...just pure speculation ...and not even about the Rangers.

tdchi


Fri Apr 24 2015 2:05 pm EST

shonuff - Yeah, I might be remiss in not worrying about TB after what they did to us this year....And when that Triplet line is humming they are tough to beat---got some good forward depth but not sold on their defense...In any even't, they can wait until mid-late May if the yget past Detroit and Montreal!

Hospo


Fri Apr 24 2015 2:04 pm EST

shonuff: I think its just that Rangers fans here are only risking losing past the penguins for a single win in the last 3 to the next round, but are not willing to look past the second round.

Wildcard


Fri Apr 24 2015 1:51 pm EST

I would love to stick my Rangers muscle chest out and say bring them all on but...At 43 I dont think my heart can take a Rangers-Islander series and as for Tampa...I am surprised nobody seems worried about playing them. I want no part of that either. I can handle watching the Caps and I think the Habs will try to play a speed game with us and get killed.

shonuff


Fri Apr 24 2015 12:49 pm EST

Chara's rather old and doubtful would fetch much. Lucic, however, is another story and for sure, if Boston is looking to change the makeup/identity of their club, would entertain a deal involving him and one of the Oilers big 3.

RF4L


Fri Apr 24 2015 12:48 pm EST

TDCHI - With the new management in BOS and EDM I could actually see either or BOTH of Lucic and Chara being traded from BOS for much needed speed and puck control and ending up in ED who desperately need to put a PO team on the ice after seeing Van, Cal, and Win in the Pos this year...Fans can only take so much losing non PO years

Hospo


Fri Apr 24 2015 12:38 pm EST

Deep thoughts: CHARA is real tight with CHIARELLI...in Bean Town, there's talk about the Bruins moving either the big guy or LUCIC...and obviously, the guy with less left in his career is Chara...could the big guy be on the move to the Oil? They could fit his contract and have the assets the Bruins could use to restock their badly depleted farm team...

tdchi


Fri Apr 24 2015 12:30 pm EST

Yes Chia pulled the trigger on Kessel and Seguin deals, so he's not shy.

Nick


Fri Apr 24 2015 12:28 pm EST

Saw the Lowe thing on Yahoo Sports. They kicked him upstairs and brought in Chiarelli as head of hockey ops. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/peter-chiarelli-taking-over-edmonton-hockey-ops--oilers-hit-jackpot-again-145023950.html

Nick


Fri Apr 24 2015 12:22 pm EST

This year's 'Kevin Hayes' could be Hobey Baker finalist Zach HYMAN, who has all but shunned the Florida Panthers...now I haven't seen much of this kid, but the numbers he put up this season were pretty spectacular...22 goals and 54 points in 37 contests...was behind EICHEL, his linemate RODRIGUES and Harvard's Jim VESEY --a guy who Nashville was trying to get on a line this season...Granted, Hyman was on a line with two other guys I've seen a bunch of: Dylan Larkin and Tyler Motte --both of whom are superior prospects...so his numbers could be a bit inflated...but he's a right-handed shot, played on lower lines his first two seasons and is considered a defensively sound prospect. Has above average speed and doesn't shy away from dirty areas...Was the captain of the Hamilton Red Wings of the OJHL before college...Now I'm not sure why he doesn't want to play in Florida...seems as though he could get in the lineup there and it's a team that will likely make the playoffs next year...Anyway...he's a UFA come Aug.16...Kitties are trying to trade him now, but his value is almost nil considering the trading team would need to first make sure he'd sign with them...two prevailing rumors are that he wants to play in his hometown of Toronto, where he'd get a spot with either the Leafs or the Marlies...other thought is that he wants to join Larkin with the Red Wings organization...Luke Glendening --another UMichigan standout --is also on that team....Here's to hoping Cristoval NIEVES is nudging him toward the Rangers.

tdchi


Fri Apr 24 2015 12:19 pm EST

Nick: Where did you see that Lowe is out? I will say this about Chiarelli: Unlike McT who avoids them like the plague for whatever reason, he isn't afraid to make trades, some of them significant. Gotta figure for sure one of the big 3 (Hall, RNH, Eberle) will be in a new uniform next fall. Sather needs to be engaged IMO.

RF4L


Fri Apr 24 2015 12:01 pm EST

I see Edmonton finally canned Lowe and hired Chiarelli ... at least they're taking some action finally.

Nick


Fri Apr 24 2015 11:59 am EST

The Pens are also trying to do what I mentioned below but they just don't have the size/strength (unlike the Caps IMWO) in the offensive zone to manage to score..Hell, what do I know, the Isles probably come back and beat a choking Caps team anyway!!

Hospo


Fri Apr 24 2015 11:58 am EST

Kis nice to see you continue to kiss up...;-)

stevielegs


Fri Apr 24 2015 11:56 am EST

York18 - That's cool, I see your point(s)....The way I look at it is that I think the Rangers are the best skating team in the NHL and teams that will mainly try to skate with them like Montreal and TB and the Isles will put up a tough series but I think the Rangers will prevail....The Rangers were the best team in the regular season but late in the year a few teams showed how you can beat the Rangers...Not by pounding them or intimidating them---the Rangers eat that up---but by having the size and strength to pin the Rangers in their zone (and occasionally overwhem to get goals) and limit the breakouts/transition through the neutral zone....A few big teams like the Bruins, Caps and Kings did that late in the Season..Can they do it again? Can they do it for four wins out of 7? How do theRangers counter? What about the other parts of the game? PP? FOs?Those are the questions...But I just think the Caps are the only team in the East that has the ingredients/roster to MAYBE do it...

Hospo


Fri Apr 24 2015 11:48 am EST

KIS ROFLMAO that was funny.

York18


Fri Apr 24 2015 11:21 am EST

Stevie, glad to see you are back to doing what you do best, Giving us the newspaper quotes. hahahahahaha :-) sorry buddy

KIS


Fri Apr 24 2015 11:15 am EST

TD I just don't see the Isles banging the Rangers up any more then the Caps would. The Isles have a weak D right now and their goalie is losing confidence which makes them all the better for a matchup. I think you get banged up facing the caps as well, just don't let them get the PP and you can wear them down. Caps goalie has to be getting tired playing almost the entire season but he's getting hot.........................MSL here is the thing, will he come back here and score 20 goals and 30 assists, or will he come in score 10-15 and get 15-20 assists? If it's the latter that is more easily replaced, not easy but easier then the former. It comes down to money and also if what Ola said is going on and he's wearing out his welcome here already....................HOSPO, you think the caps are the only team in the east with a chance to beat the Rangers? I think facing Det, Tampa, or Montreal would be tougher then the caps JMO....................I wonder if teams look at the pens series as a blueprint to face the Rangers? The only reason I don't think so is, if they lose it's not a plan to follow. The next question is what team thinks they can skate with the Rangers? The team that tries and gets lit up in game one will quickly resort to following the Pens game plan IMO to keep the games close and hope to grind out wins and tire the Rangers out. The only thing I wonder is can these teams grind and tire out the Rangers? They were dominant at the hardest time of year to be dominant and that says something.

York18


Fri Apr 24 2015 11:14 am EST

Hospo I'll take a 2-1 triple ot game....whatever it takes to get the 4th win......tonight......

stevielegs


Fri Apr 24 2015 10:42 am EST

Be nice to see the Rangers get and early counter goal tonight and get the Pens all flustered..and then pile it on. to something like 6-1.I have had enough of 2-1 games from this team! :)

Hospo


Fri Apr 24 2015 10:35 am EST

Fivehole - Could be...I think they'll want to skate with the Rangers and only a gargantuan effort by Price would do it...of course, that is totally possible..Hell, almost any goalie can get red hot for a series...And really, at this time of year, NO SERIES is going to be easy

Hospo


Fri Apr 24 2015 10:29 am EST

Hospo - the only team in the East that really scares me is MTL. My whole life the Rangers have made average goalies look good, and good goalies look great. Carey Price is great already, beating him four times in 10 days is a daunting task.

Fivehole


Fri Apr 24 2015 10:16 am EST

Kind of early to get into a Cap-Ranger analysis, but suffice to say I think the Caps are the only team in the East that has a chance to beat the Rangers in a series (you need to be able to slow the Rangers game down (like the Pens have done with help from the Rangers) and have the size to occasionally overwhelm the Rangers in their own end (unlike the Pens), nothing to do with physical abuse)...And then there's the PP!......IT WOULD STILL BE AN UPSET.......Anyway, I'd rather have the Islanders, they would be gone in 5 ..It would be barn-burning exciting but the Rangers would take advantage of their lack of defensive zone composure, poise, and, duh, defense .........

Hospo


Fri Apr 24 2015 10:03 am EST

Both NYI and WAS would be tough; I prefer the Caps because was said below, the NYI will kick it up with all the rivalry circus stuff, which I want to avoid for several reasons. As an ingrained pessimist, losing to the Islanders would suck massively more to me than losing to the Caps. Not saying we would, but if.

Nick


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:18 am EST

TD: A series against the Caps will be just as bruising IMO for the Rangers, if not moreso. Overall the Caps are bigger and meaner. IMO, the Islanders have better talent up front. Lots of that talent, however, is young and inexperienced. The Caps, while not full of players who`ve gone the distance, have way more PO experience than the Islanders. Ultimately, for me it`s a 50 50 thing. It`s up the Rangers to win tonight so they can rest and hopefully, the other series goes 7.

RF4L


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:14 am EST

Vic - Totally agree on HAGELIN...the guy is a keeper. Lock him up long-term.

tdchi


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:13 am EST

Scully5460 - The big question is what MSL's contract demands will be...clearly, the guy has made bank over the past decade of his career and is in the twilight of it now...will he take a deal like Mark RECCHI did with the Bruins, or is he going to demand fair market value? If it's the latter, I firmly believe the Rangers could replace him without skipping a beat...yeah, he improves the players around him...but I think FAST is more than ready to jump up to a more offensively-focused line...Fast is really underutilized on fourth line...though he plays well there, he'd be a better match on the Hayes' line, IMO, where some of his offense could be utilized...and then there's LINDBERG, who I do think deserves a shot at a spot...are they better than MSL at his age? Probably not...but MSL isn't going to be getting any better at this age...As Vic mentions too...there's a good chance BUCHNEVICH makes the jump across the pond next fall...while I think he's going to need at least a season in Hartford...clearly, the future is not on the side of MSL if he thinks he's worth more than what the Rangers would pay his replacements.

tdchi


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:05 am EST

Jake - I think the Rangers-Islanders forwards match up pretty closely...the key difference IMO is size and youth, both of which favor the Isles in certain situations...the youth can go both way...man, it's a team that battles back...and just when you think they're out of gas, they drop it into high gear...as for how they match up directly, you'd be hard pressed to find a better center in the east than John TAVARES...at this point, I'd rather have him on my team than CROSBY...even though I like our 1A/1B center situation with BRASS and STEPAN...man, Tavares makes the Isles a beast up the middle...and the guy elevates the play of everyone around him...Frans NEILSON is a solid center...lesser caliber than the Rangers' top two...they are apparently flipping between Brock NELSON and GRABOVSKI as their number three center...Nelson is a force when he's playing good. The latter is just a scrub...but I don't think either has the talent of Kevin HAYES...fourth line is centered by Casey CIZIKAS...gritty player...kind of underemployed on fourth line...but I think the Rangers have the edge there too...On the wing, the Rangers clearly have more speed...but the Isles have some tough characters there...what they lack in speed they have in spades with size and strength...OKPOSO is like a bull in a china shop...and Anders LEE is a beast too..add in Ryan STROME and Josh BAILY...two guys picked very high in the draft now coming into their own...very strong on the wing...even the grinders are pretty strong...CLUTTERBUCK, though he cost them a serious player, certainly makes fourth line a bitch to play against...Neve been a fan of KULEMIN, but he's a big guy who can score...That said, I think the Rangers still have the edge...I mean, this is a team that has Martin ST. LOUIS and Kevin HAYES on third line...both of those guys would be in the Islanders' top six, IMO...the problem the Rangers would face against the Isles is that they would be bruised to hell from that series...I think they'd win, but it'd be a tough...though now with half the Islanders' defense injured, they're looking more and more like the vulnerable team here.

tdchi


Fri Apr 24 2015 9:02 am EST

RF: Except Nash is saying he`s doing that, lest he make a mistake. How can shooting from way out be less error prone vs taking the puck to the net with speed....not sure! LOL...

RF4L


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:48 am EST

“We’re not playing our best right now,” forward Derick Brassard said, “so we can’t be too comfortable.”

stevielegs


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:39 am EST

“I think I’ve been getting rid of the puck a bit too early at times instead of holding onto it"....I give Nash a lot of credit for acknowledging what many of us have been saying...Hopefully he can try and make the adjustment.

RF73


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:37 am EST

“All season we have focused on playing a team game,” Nash said. “The importance of that increases in the playoffs. “I feel confident,” he said. “I just have to keep playing that way and make the most of my opportunities.”

stevielegs


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:31 am EST

SCULLY: The Rangers are going to have to look at a kid like BUCH to bring a substantial percentage of MSL's numbers. They will also be counting on a full season of MILLER playing like he can and should.......... TD: I think now is the time where you lock of HAGS long term. I think you can do a 5 to 7 year deal with him for somewhere between $3 Million and $4 Million per year and capture the best years remaining in his career. If you went 7 years he would be 33 at the end of that contract. He probably would be losing a step or two by that point.

Vic


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:24 am EST

On the merits of bringing MSL back there are a few things to consider. He is still playing well at both ends of the ice and makes the guys he plays with better. If the Rangers do want to bring him back how much will it cost and for how long? I don't see them offering anything other than 1 year with an option with incentives. If the Rangers do let him go where do they pick up his 40-50 points figuring 18-20 goals and 25 -30 assists? There are not a lot of those type players that would be able to be picked up cheaply.

Scully5460


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:20 am EST

“I think I’ve got to make more of my opportunities,” Nash told The Post following Thursday’s practice at the Garden. “I had a couple point-blank [shots in Game 4], and he just beat me on that one late in the third, but I also kind of missed my shot, as well. “The playoffs are a different pace and a different speed,” said No. 61, who leads the club with four points. “I think I’ve been getting rid of the puck a bit too early at times instead of holding onto it, because I’m worried about making a mistake that would put us in bad defensive position. “I think our line was pretty solid the last two games,” he said. “We’re on a lot against two of the best players in the world [Crosby and Malkin], we didn’t give up much and I thought we were able to make them defend. “You need to be smart. You can’t take too many chances.”

stevielegs


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:10 am EST

TD: Carp has been posting those sort of stats - something like 12 of their last 13 games (before game 4) when the Rangers could go up by 2 games they proceeded to lose. I haven`t seen a stat where they could close a series out when they are already up by 2 games but it`s probably equally pathetic. After all, they`ve not won that many series. They appear to lack a killer`s instinct. That said, they did win the other night so perhaps it`s something they are learning. Guess we`ll find out tonight. I really think it`ll be a step backwards if this goes to a game 7,

RF4L


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:08 am EST

Ola - if what you said about MSL is true, then he's on the fast-track to retirement...the only way I can see the Rangers moving HAGELIN is if there's a 'too-good-to-be-true' offer for him, such as a deal for one of the top three picks...if Hags starts looking for a lot more than $4 million or if MSL finds the fountain of youth or whatever JAGR's been drinking...still a good player...but in terms of what he's doing for the team, he's ultimately replaceable...Hags...I'm not so sure about...I think the team would be hard pressed to find someone with his speed and skill at his price.

tdchi


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:02 am EST

Reason I don't like the Isles is that they just have it ingrained to step it up against the Rangers...and man, I really thought HALAK would bring more to the playoffs than he has...Man, he almost singlehandedly dragged Montreal to the finals a few years back...and HOLTBY, I keep thinking, has GOT to be tired...the kid started 73 goddamn games this season...but alas, here we are...Holtby isn't letting in squat and Halak, as I believe RF4L called it, is a goddamn sieve...Gonna be bizarre cheering for the Isles on Saturday, but the best circumstances now are for the Caps-Isles to go another three games and for them to close it out...the latter part is critical...can't let the Pens back in this series...and for once, the Rangers have to play with desperation even though they have the clear upperhand now...I wish someone could find a statistic for how often the Rangers choke in situations where they are either expected or highly favored to win...

tdchi


Fri Apr 24 2015 8:02 am EST

Larry, glad we could provide you with enough foder for this article: The nonsense critique of still-brilliant Rick Nash must end..."Well, that didn’t take long, did it? Four games, three of which the Rangers have won to move within a victory of taking out the Penguins at the Garden in Friday’s Game 5, and the campaign against and denigration of Rick Nash is in full force across social media. Ridiculous.".......http://nypost.com/2015/04/24/the-nonsense-critique-of-still-brilliant-rick-nash-must-end/

RF73


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:55 am EST

Ola, two posts ago you made reference to some tension in the locker room.. Would you clarify what you meant please ? Thanks

mf


Fri Apr 24 2015 7:48 am EST

LB defending Rick Nash in his column today...

RF4L


Fri Apr 24 2015 5:18 am EST

TRADE depends on the shot lol but usually yeah..........................Isles/Caps it's not like any of us have a choice who's next, so who's next is who's next. I think the Rangers beat either team and both will play physical against them.

York18


Fri Apr 24 2015 4:00 am EST

Lol at Swedish media sometimes. One headline today "Legandary NHL player retires". I am like hm who can that be. Makes it bit of a challenge to figure it out, but I just can't think of anyone. Turns out it's Hall Gill.

Ola


Fri Apr 24 2015 3:56 am EST

I have a hard timing settling down who I raher play, NYI or WSH. A team like NYI is usually so great until they run into a wall. Washington has been real on/off when I've seen them. Either looking like they usually do when they don't impress or really handling it to NYI.

Ola


Thu Apr 23 2015 11:56 pm EST

RF4L.... The Isles really get up to play the NYR, I think I'd rather play the Caps ...NICK..... I would prefer not meeting the Hawks in the finals. Still dangerous.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 23 2015 11:04 pm EST

Hawks can't stamp out Preds despite no Weber even after devastating loss. I'd go back to Crawford; they ain't winning no Cup with Scott Darling.

Nick


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:21 pm EST

SSM beats Erie 6 3 tonight despite McDavid netting a hattrick and being outshot 39 to 26. Halverson clearly a star. McDavid, interestingly enough potted that HT naturally and all on the PP and ended up for the game a -3.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:40 pm EST

What I said about Caps vs Isles for the Rangers played out tonight big time. Still up in the air who'd I'd rather face. Guess that's a good thing. Let's hope the Islanders win on Saturday. BTW, I wish the Rangers had drafted Anders Lee. He was taken 152 in the 09 draft....

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:16 pm EST

It's weird -- he's normal until they score. Then he screams like a madman ...

Nick


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:07 pm EST

NICK--I can imagine. He must have lost his cookies the last 5 minutes and OT. Maybe they figure most of the fans are retired and hard of hearing, so they don't mind him screaming.

Bob


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:05 pm EST

That TB radio guy Mishkin needs therapy. You gotta hear the winning goal call ...

Nick


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:03 pm EST

Even BRich19 scored

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:02 pm EST

MF: kiss of death? You're not kiddin'!

jratelle19


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:54 pm EST

No surprise at all with the Isles..Just felt They were a year away..an energetic bunch with talent but lack discipline, defensive structure and give up way too many chances in front of an average goallie..Rather play them then the Caps, which will be a damn tough series..oh well, first things first, lets close out Syd not so vicious and the rest of the Penguettes tomorrow

Hospo


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:36 pm EST

Man did I give Detroit the kiss of death.... ha ha ha

mf


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:35 pm EST

TBL Scores, 2-2, four minutes to play

mf


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:33 pm EST

TBL scores, 2-1 with 5 minutes to go

mf


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:31 pm EST

Detroit about to go up 3-1 in their series leading TBL 2-0 with 5 minutes left in the 3rd........ Washington spanking the Icepuppies 5-1 with just over 4 minutes left in the game

mf


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:29 pm EST

Rangers' Klein '50/50' for Game 5 vs. Penguins Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 2:34 PM........NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein, who has been out of the lineup while recovering from a broken left arm sustained last month, skated prior to practice Thursday and remains questionable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, ROOT, MSG). Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Klein, defenseman Keith Yandle and forward Mats Zuccarello took maintenance days Thursday. He said he expects Yandle and Zuccarello to be in the lineup Friday; Klein he wasn't as sure about. "Klein was still a little sore from practice [Wednesday] so we'll see how he reacts and responds at the morning skate [Friday]," Vigneault said. Vigneault gave Klein a "50/50 chance to play [in Game 5]." Klein sustained a broken left arm after being hit by a slap shot by Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on March 11. He was cleared to skate with teammates April 20.

mf


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:24 pm EST

Ever hear that tired old joke " I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out"...well that's the Isles Caps game. Geesh, theyre beating the hell out of each other.

WIOSA


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:22 pm EST

Question for the ice hockey players here.......If you get speared in the balls when wearing a cup, does it still hurt?

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:21 pm EST

Damn, wheel are off the bus. ISLANDERS are getting completely humiliated, wow!!!!

hipcheck


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:13 pm EST

A friend of mine is a huge Isles fan. They have a very good season and they are in th process of building a winner. We agreed obviously we have the advantage in net and even though Boychuck and Leedy have been great we have the advantage on the blueline. I match up our D with any team in the league obviously. Where he was adament that the Isles were better was the forwards. Tavares is a beast and their 4th line is very good I still think we have better forwards. Just curious what you guys think. We been going at it all day him and I. Just curious. Would like to get York's take.

jake


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:11 pm EST

Go Caps! 4-1, over.

Nick


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:10 pm EST

Yeah I'm popping back and forth. I tuned in TB radio just to see if they were bellyaching and oh yeah.

Nick


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:06 pm EST

Well if Hank isn't getting along with MSL then there is going to be an issue and I know him and Hags are buddies along with the hobbit so I don't see MSL staying over Hags in any shape or form.

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:04 pm EST

NICK--the Wings have made Tampa look silly so far in Detroit. Meanwhile, this Caps-Isles game is much more entertaining.

Bob


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:51 pm EST

And Hags or MSL next year? See ya Marty -- break out the cruise wear. I hope the old man perks up and hoists the Cup in June. But that's the last hurrah.

Nick


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:46 pm EST

My god you should hear that TB announcer Mishkin and color man Phil Esposito bitch about the refs. They NEVER stop. Hey here's a thought, guys: maybe TB could go to Detroit for two games and you know, score a goal? It's so tiresome here and everywhere to hear about how the refs are jobbing whatever team the complainer roots for. We get it; the refs suck, no one disagrees. But come on.

Nick


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:37 pm EST

What it came down to with Boyle vs. Stralman is this. Stralman is redundant. Now I could argue that in many ways he is the New York Rangers best defenseman thru huge swaths of the season. But you have Klein, Staal, Girardi, McD, and Klein. How much redundancy is there? They needed a blueline threat. San Jose recognized that he was done. So done that they let him go with nothing else to replace him with. The New York Rangers hoped he would be energized in a new environment but he remained done enough that the New York Rangers ran out and snagged Yandle. Stralman would've been a nice addition to the core. I certainly would've taken him over Boyle, but when Klein returns the New York Rangers defensive weak link will be Boyle. And in the macro that's a great problem to have. The New York Rangers defense in my opinion as a collective unit is the best in the NHL. Esposito was on NHL Netowrk today. He claimed the New York Rangers defense has been masterful. Especially in the third where it was like trying to manuever the puck in peanut butter against them. He also pointed out something I touched on. We can rip at the level of perfection of execution all day but the reality is this: the series is coming home 3-1. And that's all that matters.

E


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:25 pm EST

If that's the choice next year, Hagelin stays .

stevielegs


Thu Apr 23 2015 5:55 pm EST

Our Highness = King Henrik

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 23 2015 5:53 pm EST

Boyle is in essentially the same role he was in with the Rangers. Making more money and paying less taxes though.

Bob


Thu Apr 23 2015 5:46 pm EST

OLA our highness not sure who you mean.

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 5:38 pm EST

Wildcard - BOYLE has been a very nice fit in Tampa...I'm not sure how one would define his 'increased' role...I think he's still on fourth line and as far as I can tell, he's not getting PP time...but he's an integral part of that lineup...and it shows...he had his best season since his 20-goal season in NY.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 5:18 pm EST

York- I heard from a good source Our Highness isn't his biggest fan, been some drama at practices etc. Dont know if it's a big deal at all. But there's some tension, a big risk that we only can keep one of Hagelin and MSL. Hags been here a long time and obviously has a lot of friends. Some maybe are afraid that Hags moves in favor of MSL, they maybe feel the former is more core than the later. Maybe the same group in the lockerroom is frustrated with Stralsy being more or less cut loose to start with?.. You know the notion that 'we work extremely hard to build a group and we get results then core guys are sent left and right for what reason exactly?' Players always feel like that to some degree.

Ola


Thu Apr 23 2015 5:09 pm EST

BOYLE (Brian) TBL promised him the opportunity to try and have a bigger role. PP and 3rd line stuff. The Rangers were honest and let him know he would be a PK/4th line guy for them. Add that to his wife being from there, or loving it there, something like that, and he made IMHO the right move. From what was reported the Rangers offered to match the deal, but the chance to have a larger role was big for him. Seems it hasn't worked out, but U.S. Can't fault the guy for trying. And "Happy wife, happy life"

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 4:59 pm EST

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25159518/judge-approves-concussion-settlement-could-cost-nfl-1-billion .............. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/30/sports/football/judge-announces-settlement-in-nfl-concussion-suit.html?_r=0

mf


Thu Apr 23 2015 4:05 pm EST

Trade...I think with Stralman vs Boyle it came down to length. Stralman got 5 years from TB and I don't think Sather wanted to go that long. In hindsight, it's probably a good move with the emergence of Klein, we would have too much money locked up on defense. The one I can't figure is Boyle vs Glass. Same length and only $550K/yr more for Boyle. I think that one was more Boyle's choice though.

pete


Thu Apr 23 2015 3:59 pm EST

rf73 have you seen a doctor about your Nash movements? ....rf4l no MF'ing way? you talking about mf alias moof alias moofman?......I think kovalchuk was among his many trades and signings dreamt.....he is the capt of his champion khl team.....

stevielegs


Thu Apr 23 2015 3:12 pm EST

whoops...those are the GAAs for the playoffs.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 3:12 pm EST

Another reason to want the Caps next round of the Islanders....Mtl 1.66 NYR 1.73 NYI 1.91 Ott 2.14 Pit 2.22 Det 2.33 TB 2.33 Wsh 2.39

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 2:52 pm EST

TD: Hayes didn't sign with the Hawks for the reason you cited - he was certain he'd be at least a year and perhaps more in the minors. Chicago is so deep that way. Think is, perhaps he under-estimated himself, given how he's done in NY.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 2:32 pm EST

Ugh...did someone really bring up KOVALCHOKE? Only way I'd sign him is if he agreed to come here on a cap-friendly incentive-laden contract that the Rangers could shed the minute he sucked up the ice...See he won the Gagarin Cup and had a pretty impressive playoffs...but the thing that always boggles my mind is that Kovy was supposed to be the superstar of that league...and when I started reading this AHL-castoff Steve MOSES set the KHL RECORD for goals scored, it got me wondering what the hell Kovy is doing over there...I mean, no question the KHL is an inferior league...and I would think with the bigger ice surface, IK could dominate...I figured he's be scoring at least 30-plus goals per season...maybe 40-plus despite the much shorter season...but his numbers are less than impressive over there...and frankly, he'd need to sit out for a season and then get the approval of ALL the NHL teams to sign a contract with anyone...anyone see him doing that? Earliest I see him back in the NHL is 2018-2019, when he can return as a UFA and without going through that process...and by that time, he'll be 36...he could end up being a Jagr-type player...but in the short run, I'd let other teams...specifically the hapless Devils...dream about IK...an interesting side note...our very own Kevin HAYES was one of the picks the Devils yielded to get Kovalchuk...the Thrashers later traded it to the Hawks in the BYFUGLIEN deal...I've often speculated that the reason Hayes DIDN'T sign with the Hawks was because he knew he was going to be spending at least a year in Rockford...and even after that, didn't have much hope of landing on the Hawks' top three lines...If the IK deal never goes down...Hayes gets drafted by the Devils...and come 2014-2015...there's a good chance he gets an invite to play in New Jersey...deep thoughts.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 2:14 pm EST

also if Boyle tells the Rangers he wants to retire, they could trade him to a team with an internal cap below the NHL cap, and send a pick with him or a mid level prospect, and that team would be able to have him retire, his cap hit would count against their cap, but they wouldn't have to pay a dime, so it would be not big deal, and they would get a low level asset for doing it. There is always a way around stiff like this if you know what your doing and have friends...and Sather knows a lot of people and has their respect.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 2:12 pm EST

andrei: Just remember, take a look at who wears the "C" for the Rangers right now, than think back as to who was dumped in that trade from the Rangers. There is always some GM who will take a shot at a guy who isn't what he was. There are teams who have Dmen who are WORSE than Boyle in their own zone and much with with the puck. He doesn't have to get a lot in return, but anything at all. Also his NMC, sure he could invoke that, but would he if the team didn't want him? I would bet he would just use it to decide what team he was going to go play for, not to force the Rangers to keep him.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 1:31 pm EST

mf, Boyle is over 37 years old. His salary will stay on books even if he retires after this season. Only if he is traded, his salary will come off, which means he is wearing NYR jersey next season.

andrei


Thu Apr 23 2015 1:28 pm EST

Can u imagine the Rangers @ Nassau Coliseum Game 3 if the Iceholes beat the Caps.......A Rangers fan attending that game would need Thor's hammer and Captain America's shield.....

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 23 2015 1:20 pm EST

JFC: Statistically in the post season, the Islanders are worse. What are they 0-12, 0-10 something like that. Or did they finally get 1?

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 1:17 pm EST

trade: Boyle was 2 years, Stallman wanted like 5-6 years with a full NMC. Sather didn't want to go that long with a NMC, that was Stralmans main goal, to get stability. I think knowing the cap was going to be an issue, and knowing there were kids up and coming, Sather didn't want to have a guy he couldn't move for 5 years or whatever.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 1:14 pm EST

RF , no, but many say im like a protege. Now get back on the short bus and let me take you to school. You can also learn under York. :-)

KIS


Thu Apr 23 2015 1:13 pm EST

We are absolutely superior to the Caps at ES. If we stay out f the box against them, our chances go up exponentially. The other thing I like about the matchup is that we are able to get into OV's head....he gets frustrated and then he acts out and pouts....bad ju-ju for his team mates, who look to him for leadership and get self-interested petulance instead. I think we'll beat either of those 2 teams but I think I'd rather face the Cpas. The one thing that makes me not afraid of the Isles is Halak....I think the Rangers can rattle him and turn him into Swiss cheese....and their PP is as bad as ours...maybe worse.

JFC31


Thu Apr 23 2015 1:07 pm EST

RF4L: They may want Boyle for reasons I posted earlier. Boyle, like his play or not is a pros pro. He plays hard every night, works hard off the ice and in practice, always has. They need a vet to show the kids how to play the right way. Its not about his on ice ability, or his points (even though he has excellent possession numbers and the team stats improve with him on the ice) but about getting the correct mentality. They need good pros, that have "been there and done that" they need more guys like that. Glass is another option. A guy who never stops working hard on the ice. Sure he may not have much skill, and he may not impact the game much in many ways, but his work ethic can be contagious. Get 2 or 3 vets like that on a team, have the coach defer to them on things, putting the pecking order in line with the younger guys lower, and have those vets get on the young guys about not going 100% even when they are down by 4 or 5 goals and things will get better. Not that those guys will suddenly make them a cup team, but the team identity needs to change. The Rangers went through this with Renney, the change from a lazy team to one that started to have pride in at least trying hard. That they brought in Torts who took that work ethic to another level...now we have a cup contending team. The Oilers need that. Boyle and or Glass could help start to change that....of cause there are other guys from other teams who may do more than just that, but those guys don't come with Talbot attached.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 1:02 pm EST

I wonder why Sather didn't just give Stralman the $4.5 instead of Dan Boyle......Sather must have been sold hook, line, and sinker. Especially with Boyle and his agent claiming they are taking less money to play with the Rangers to have a good shot at winning a Cup........(Facepalm)

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 23 2015 12:58 pm EST

Iceholes are replacing Vinovsky with previous first rounder Griffin Reinhart.........Also to note, Travis Hamonic has not played in this series and him coming back against the Rangers would be a big upgrade for them. I will take the annoying poodle jumping Caps. Still have to win the 4th in series with Pens first......But i am confident about Friday night.

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 23 2015 12:55 pm EST

DOUBLEN - NMC?...Wow, he makes me have a movement every time he is on the ice!

RF73


Thu Apr 23 2015 12:54 pm EST

KIS: I take umbrage with your 'idiotic' term dude! Who do you think you are? York? ;^)

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 12:46 pm EST

Boyle also has a NMC

DOUBLEN


Thu Apr 23 2015 12:35 pm EST

I dont care how talented Hall is but Talbot Girardi and Step are way to much for Hall. Step for Hall is even up. Hall needs to achieve what Step has. Giving those three for one is idiotic. That is to much of the core. The loss compared to the game is not equal. .... Nash isnt doing enough but he does draw attention all the time. Still he needs to score..... Stop crushing Shine box. He has others like one legged ass kicking contest.

KIS


Thu Apr 23 2015 12:28 pm EST

I highly doubt TO will move Bernier. Behind him is Reimer, who's clearly not a number 1, and after that, zero in the pipeline. Bernier is young enough and IMO, good enough to start the rebuild around. It's asking to live a nightmare indeed initiating a rebuild with lousy goaltending. If I'm Bernier I might ask to be moved simply because I'm heading into my prime goaltending years and the thought of eating up a bunch of them behind a lousy, rebuilding team is quite daunting. That said, Bernier has been clear in his desire to stay and help thru the rebuild. The Leafs are also in a good position contractually - Bernier's an RFA this summer and doesn't have the best leverage due to his play and more importantly the team's. He'll get a good deal, but nothing near would he might have fetched if the Leafs were decent and were involved in the POs. In short, I strongly suspect Bernier's not on the market. All that said, everyone's available for the right price, but I suspect the Prince could be had for a cheaper return.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 12:20 pm EST

Why on earth would the Oilers want Boyle? Their backend is porous enough. If anyone takes Boyle it'll because they are doing the Rangers and taking on salary. If anything (if Sather is desperate enough) it'll be Boyle and Talbot for futures, the futures being basically nothing because they get Talbot as a favour for taking on the silly contract of Boyle. Or maybe a 2nd rounder for Boyle and the Prince...

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 12:19 pm EST

Andrei- I agree with you but the one fly (or leaf) in the ointment that may effect Talbot's perceived value is what Toronto might do with Bernier.

PatrickDiv


Thu Apr 23 2015 12:13 pm EST

RF4L, buying out Boyle wont accomplish anything. He is over 37 years old, which means his salary stays on. Only option if you want to clear cap room is to trade him. I see another scenario, which is possible. Edmonton holds Pit's 1st as well in 2015. As much as i would love to get a top 15 pick, Talbot alone is not worth that pick. No one, not even Dallas will trade top 15 pick for Talbot. Dallas has a goaltender. Lehtonen (sp). Edmonton, on another hand, will look into trading late Pit's pick. Late 1st rounder for Talbot makes sense. Throw in Boyle, and we might have something there. Maybe 1st and 3rd for both Talbot and Boyle. Something along those lines. I can see that happening.

andrei


Thu Apr 23 2015 12:06 pm EST

WC: Drew Stafford has put up those numbers most of his career with Beefalo.... At 6'2" & 215 lbs, 10-11 years his junior & a RHS to boot, I'll take Stafford... Me thinks MSL may have a torn or partially torn ligament or tendon in that knee of his..... I have nothing to substantiate that though, just a guess..

mf


Thu Apr 23 2015 12:03 pm EST

RF: We're winning the Cup this year and both Boyle & MSL want to retire on top..... Geez, the plan's of mice & men don't apply here... :-) .... Next, IF we're stuck with Boyle anothe year, but have to part ways with Stepan or Brassard for one reason or another, we have room for a drew Stafford or equivalent..... (& some financial cushion too0

mf


Thu Apr 23 2015 11:52 am EST

What I don't get, is how some say MSL shouldn't be brought back at any price. They will point to a 20 goal pace. Well lets say he does get 18-22 goals next season, and lets say, 25-30 assists. Your telling me you wouldn't want a 20g, 25a 45 point player from the 3rd line for a million bucks? Right now those players are getting 2-3 mil...at a mil he would be a bargain. SO if your argument is he will be just a 45 point guy and only get 20 goals, than its not a very good one when compared to what it would cost to replace that production. Now if you think he will be a 10 goal 15-20 assists guy, well, than thats different, and he wouldn't be worth 1 mil because he brings little else. I happen to think he has a another year of 15-20 goals, and 25-30 assists in him.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 11:50 am EST

RF it's funny that you say that, but I got to thinking about his time in NJ and he played a different game there and was actually a big part of their run to the cup he led the POs in scoring and played with a herniated disc and still was out there playing in the finals. He became more of a team guy under the Devs. I always liked him as a player but that's just me............

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 11:27 am EST

It's not Sather's role to worry about MSL's life plans; he has to do what's best for the NYR. The guy seems done; he's little more than a depth guy at this point, so even getting him back on the cheap doesn't really do much for us. That's for the summer, though. As for the Nasher ... yeah he's playing okay. But as our top goal scorer he has to pot a few, not just get rebound-shot assists or backcheck. The Rangers were the Rangers all year because he was scoring. If he doesn't now, they are not the same team. This series should be over Friday night and then we'll get serious against, hopefully, the Caps. I want no part of any rivalry circus with the NYI and their reprobate "fans."

Nick


Thu Apr 23 2015 11:26 am EST

mf: There's a couple of significant assumptions there. First, who wants Boyle? Suspect no one, meaning you gotta eat some his salary (not sure exactly how much the penalty is, but something like $1,500,000 seems realistic). Second he's the wall's favourite whipping boy, but there's zero evidence AV feels that way, so I see no reason to project the jettisoning of Glass. Now you're down to $1,500,000 to chase after Stafford. Won't be enough - he'll cost twice that. At least. Finally, you (and others) constantly float out numbers that result in zero cap room at the season's start. That's not realistic and leaves the team is a hugely vulnerable position. They had a little at the deadline but still had to overpay to get Yandle because the deal included the other team eating salary. It's a dangerous precedent that shouldn't be repeated. Finally, it's imperative (IMO) that Sather add a high pick or 2 this draft and/or next. After the pending graduation this summer of several prospects, there's precious little beyond them, save for 2 goalies. Not good.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 11:16 am EST

RF: we currently have approx $10mill is cap room: Subtract Boyle = +$4.5 mill, subtract Glass = +$1.45 mill, subtract MSL = "the amount we would resign him to," (this is the proper way to put a price on MSL in my opinion) now you have $16million in cap room ADD a CAP Increase of say $3Mill and we're at $19mill....... Stepan $5.75mill, Hags $3.25 mill, JTMiller $1mii, Fast $1mill, Mcilrath $1mill, Hunny $750K, Lindberg $750K, (Sheppard as a possible 13th forward $1mill) leaves us $4.5million to sign a Drew Stafford!! That's plenty of $$Greenbacks, he'd sprint to get here IMO.... Now, if Stepan or Brassard is shown the door & Linberg can play 3rd line center behind Hayes & Stepan OR Brassard, we can afford Kovalchuk......

mf


Thu Apr 23 2015 11:10 am EST

The only line that worries me from a physical standpoint with the Isles is their 4th. It's a menace without a doubt. Their defense isn't anything big, nor are the other 3 forward lines. What they do have, however, are 2 strong offensive lines, not to mention the best skater of the 2 teams (JT). The Rangers are superior in net and on the backline. I guess the most worrisome aspect of the Islanders is the intangible - how motivated they'd be compared to the Caps to play the Rangers. I'd think, however, over a 7 game series (as opposed to a regular season game every few weeks) that would be mitigated simply due to the very nature of playing the same team so many times in such a short time period. I mean if the Rangers can't get equally motivated in say game 2 after losing game 1, then I concur with mf: They ain't gonna win this cup dance anyways.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 11:04 am EST

mf: I think the Rangers would win...but it would take a toll....the Islanders would come hard, very hard, and the Rangers as well, just because of the teams involved. More so than against the Caps. The Rangers would have more left in the tank after a Caps series than an Islanders series. I think at least.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 11:03 am EST

BTW, no the MF'ing way to Kovalchoke. One of the most selfish prima-donna's ever to lace on skates. Yes supremely skilled, but his I'm not gonna try tonight attitude makes JJ look like the consummate team player!

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 11:01 am EST

Isles / Rangers would be great for the sport & NY.. Might not be great for the NY Rangers but if we can't beat them, we aren't good enough to win the Enchalada....

mf


Thu Apr 23 2015 11:01 am EST

mf: I like Stafford, too. He's not only got some skill, but he's big and not afraid of the physical stuff. I suspect, however, he'll cost too much for the Rangers, especially if they intend to keep Brassard and Stepan.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:59 am EST

RF4L: ON the Isles in net, 100% correct, down the stretch he faltered a little and they stopped winning. They, like most teams, can not overcome a bad goaltending effort, and for the Isles, at one point they had more chances against per game than any other team, and some low possession numbers as well. The leaned on their goalie, and that can't just change this late in the year. If he falters in net they are sunk. Add to that the new injuries on the back end, and boy oh boy are they in for a tough best of 3 here.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:58 am EST

Drew Stafford a RHS-UFA put up some very impressive #'s after the trade deadline for the Jet's.. He's a fairly big body & approx 10 years younger than MSL..... And for any of you Hockey God critiques of The Wall, the CJC couldn't help but notice that ILYA KOVALCHOKE may navigate back to the NHL, & he's a RHS minus the concussions.... Boyle, MSL, Glass out, Stepan @ $5.5-$5.75mill, an increse of the Cap by say $4mill, & Ilya signing a Cap friendly deal of say $6-$6.75mill per, we just may be able to shoe-horn this in...... If the dude plays a good backchecking & defensive side to his game, sign me up MF'er! I can say that. ;-)

mf


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:56 am EST

td: Of course ont he other hand they are taking a beating at the hands of the Caps, they may not be anyplace near 100% by the time the first round is done. Again, I want the Caps in 7 to win that, but if not I still want it to go 7, with the rest of the games going deep in OT!

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:56 am EST

I posted yesterday my thoughts on who I'd rather see next round, Caps vs Isles. Isles IMO are the more skilled team. Caps are bigger and meaner. The wild card (ha, pun NOT intended) for the Isles is their goalie. He can be very good but he also can be, inexplicably, very bad. I know if I was a fan, I'd be cringing every time the opposition comes down on him.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:55 am EST

TradeStar - I think you're right: A Rangers-Isles matchup would, IMO, be a gold ticket for the Habs, Detroit or Tampa to go to the cup finals...think the Rangers match up real well against the Caps...not so much against the Isles...Isles are a younger, hungry team...they make it out of DC, it'll be their first berth to the second round since 92-93...No way I want a part of that action.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:54 am EST

Opps...I mean McD is under the radar in terms of being recognized for his effectiveness....

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:53 am EST

I told my wife that I want the Caps to win their series...but in 7 games, make sure they are more beat up than the Rangers, but the Islanders would bring a different level of intensity to the Rangers, and thats not good for a long playoff push after going to the finals last season. The Caps are not as good top to bottom, they only have 1 REAL threat in OV, and the Rangers have always been good at keeping him mostly quiet. The Caps also don't have the personnel to grind it out and keep the Rangers penned up like the PENs have done. There will be more speed and more room, and with that the Rangers will look better. I also think that there is not a team left in the post season who will play that slow it down game and be able to generate enough offense to beat the Rangers. The Pens are trying, but only one game did they get enough goals, and in that game the Rangers turned the puck over like they wanted to give the PENs an easy win. Every other team uses speed and skill to win games in the east, and that can be the death of them due to the Rangers ability to do the same. I don't see any teams, from east or west being able to slow the Rangers way down AND put enough pressure on to beat the Rangers D and Hank in net. You need to send extra guys and open things up a little in order to put that much pressure on the Rangers, and as soon as you do the Rangers use their speed to get a chance at the other end. They may not posses the puck long, but in the 15 seconds they do its dangerous.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:53 am EST

Wild: Whatever dude. My history with you on arguments is that no matter what I pose you'll never accept it. Tis fine. We can agree to disagree. BTW, you can post all you want about me taking the high road because you feel I can't sustain my side of the discussion - I do so because you appear to have boundless willingness to engage in silly back and forths. I don't. It's tedious and tiresome and makes both of us look foolish. We can revisit this debate when we see where MSL ends up next season. My prediction (unless somehow his ability reappears between Friday and when the Rangers season ends) is he won't be back with the Rangers next year.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:49 am EST

BTW, McD has 20 points in his last 19 PO games. IMO, he is going under the radar a little bit in terms of his effectiveness. I thought last night was one his better games as a pro in terms of solidness and toughness. He looked pissed all game and gave back as hard, if not harder, as he and his teammates were getting. He's a superb defenseman from a 2-way perspective. Definitely a legitimate top pairing guy. And for less than $5,000,000/per, too. Nice job all around by Sather on this guy.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:46 am EST

RF4L: Now you have gone into the world of the impossible. Fleury came out so far for that one timer, that there was not picking the top corner, he took a MAJOR risk of a second pass or something, because there was only one Rangers player he was in position to make a save on, MSL, and even if he tried to pick the top corner it would have still hit him just high on the chest. He was WAY out to cut that angle down. Find another play, because that one sucks for saying MSL has dropped his game. Fleury read the play perfectly and did exactly what was needed to make the save.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:42 am EST

TD: Re the Oil - that's why I floated Girardi's name. Maybe it's KK instead? But for sure, they need to add a solid veteran back there, and a goalie. I'd love to see Taylor Hall on the Rangers. He's a top ten talent, dynamic and skilled and would, arguably, be the Rangers most skilled player. Him on one line and Nash on the other would present a fine one-two punch for the Rangers IMO.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:41 am EST

Don't see either the ISles or Caps being willing or even able to play the shutdown style that the Pens are employing so I agree that the Rangers should be more effective offensively after this series ifs over....and hopefully that includes Nash. As York has stated, if Nash can just get into a zone, the Rangers will ROLL through the POs. Getting loose and potting a few against a team that isn't choking the neutral zone will do wonders for Nash....goal scorers depend alot on confidence the same way goalies do.

JFC31


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:40 am EST

As much as a NYR/NYI matchup would be great for the NHL and hockey fans in the tri-state region.....I wonder how much it would effect the NYR's. If i recall, last season, the Canadiens played their biggest rival, the Boston Bruins in the 2nd round and disposed of them. It was like their Stanley Cup. Then the Rangers were there to clean up the scraps.......... A series with NYI would be a war of attrition and a media circus. I think I will root for the Caps and Tom Wilson over the NH:'s anointed best 4th line (puke)

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:40 am EST

Wild: MSL had a goal and 4 assists in the 5 games of the season. He had the same total in the last 7. Since January 3, he's had 9 goals in 42 games. Pro-rated that's less than a 20 goal season and this from a player making over $5,000,000 and getting a regular turn in the top 9 AND on the top PP. Not acceptable for me. His drop in ability has been alarming. He's old, simply put. Last night was another excellent example of that: A nice one-timer on the PP right in his wheelhouse and where does he put it? Squarely in the middle of the net. Yes, MAF came out, but it still hit him in the gut. Not too long ago, the puck would have been top corner labeled. It seems now when MSL aims for those spots, he misses altogether. I guess firing the puck on net, even if it's in the middle of the net, is better than missing the net outright.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:34 am EST

We need to win the cup, have Boyle & MSL hang them up (at least with us) after great careers, promote McIlrath, and have Hunny as our 7th defenseman.... I'd like to see the Rangers bring in a RHS RW, there are too few RHS of the forwards IMO... As for our impotent PP now re-termed the "man up situations" by the CJC, I think its time to watch film of the late 70's John Hopkins & Duke Lacrosse teams when they were man up.. That's what our coaches did, can't be any worse than what's going on.. Ultimately, drive hard to the net, get us more "blue collar - lunch pail - dirty goals." I love when we score those type." Lastly, my wife read that the Rangers played very lackluster in the 1st inning of yesterdays game, at least she's not a Leaf's fan! ;-)

mf


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:29 am EST

We will see the real value of Rick Nash when the likes of NYI or WASH come to town. Then MON or TB (possibly Detroit) follow them. And finally ANA or CHI or STL (possibly MIN or CAL)

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:25 am EST

RF4L - Unless the Oil shore up their D, they're gonna be in line for another first-overall next year...their star power, I'd argue, is rather limited...though they have a lot of 'big names' so to speak...what have any of their so-called stars done? YAK is a season away from falling into the 'bust' category...HALL has never broken 30 goals...HOPKINS hasn't broken 60 points, and TBH, hasn't really performed any better than our own STEPAN...EBERLE is really the only roster player they have that actually has the stats to back up star status...The D is the issue with that team...it is and always has been...the guy they need back their is Shea WEBER...but given that he's not going anywhere, I could see them dumpster diving from the Leafs and grabbing a guy like PHANEUF, who actually might be a pretty good fit for that team.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:24 am EST

Rangers have McDonagh - Girardi - Staal - Klein - Yandle all locked up for 2015-16. That is a pretty solid 1 to 5. Give Hunwick a few hundred grand raise and promote someone from the WolfPack like #42 (the York special)

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:18 am EST

Wild - Moore is a bargain at $1.5 million...the guy has been one of their top players in this series...and really, he's a third-line center...he's underemployed on the Rangers...I could see cutting him loose if he was showing age...but man, he's like fine wine...just getting better and better as his career goes on...Moore is the best blend of skill, grit and intelligence on ice...ditching him to shave $750,000 from the cap would be them cutting their nose off despite their face...just along this same line of thinking...we have a guy in Moore who is completely comfortable playing fourth line...you replace him with a young kid who is used to playing first-line center and...well...you can run into some adjustment issues let's say...with Moore, I say it's a simple situation: If it's not broken, don't fix it....I'd have an easier time kicking GLASS to the curb than cutting ties with Moore.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:15 am EST

York: Well yeah, if they goto the finals again, and he only scores 2 than points don't really matter...UNLESS he is drawing 2 guys to him and finding the open man over and over. IN that case, what more do you want? Sure he is paid in big part to score, but if he can continually get the D to collapse around him and he can get the passes through to another player for "easy" goals, than I would say he is doing his job. Everything of course needs to be taken in context, not on its own, just as you can't look at only points and say he played good or bad, you can't say he didn't play well based on mostly assists. End of the playoffs, Nash may have a point per game, if they are all secondary assists, well even I will say he didn't play as well as his numbers. Just like last season he didn't play as bad as his numbers, he didn't play all that great, but not as bad as his numbers. I am someone who tries to look at the actual game play, not just stats....but sometimes its hard not to fall into that trap.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:12 am EST

York - Supposedly Chiarelli and Chara had a good relationship while he was still in Ottawa and Chiarelli lobbied him hard to come to Boston...was allegedly the leading reason he chose Boston.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:10 am EST

RF4L:You CANT disagree that he scored 5 points in 7 games at the end of the year. Thats a fact, he didn't have any line mates in the first 2 1/5 to 3 games that he had much chance to do anything with. Sure he needs to be better, but this fantasy that you are living in, that he hasn't done anything since January is silly. He had 5 points in the last 7 games of the season...of course you ignore that, and say he has done nothing, and say we disagree on what he brings....but than point to production as the thing doesn't bring, while ignoring production that he does bring.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:10 am EST

Not sure if you guys read the NY Post article on Kevin Hayes, but Sather dropped this juicy little tidbit: '"The mistake I made was not getting his brother from Chicago,” he said, alluding to 25-year-old Jimmy Hayes, who bounced around the Blackhawks’ organization for a few years before landing in Florida last season. “I wanted to, but it just didn’t work out.”' I can remember hoping the Hawks would move him and even that the Rangers would go after him when it was clear his career was floundering in the Hawks organization...he's an RFA this season...and while I'm pretty sure he's in Dale Tallon's long range plans...he's be a mighty nice replacement for MSL if he hangs 'em up...pretty incredible the prospects the Hawks under Bowman have shed in recent years...both Hayes brothers, Brandon PIRRI, Klas DAHLBECK, Adam CLENDENING...and yet he still has an impressive array in the system.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:08 am EST

WILD for me points don't always mean what they translate to, if he has 2 goals and only assists then yes there is a problem, he was brought here to score goals, not pile up assists. I say you move him but I explained if they don't win and he's moved what has to be done if he is moved.........................OLA that's odd, MSL from what I have heard is very well liked especially by the younger guys that he spent a lot of time working with since last year. Things can change quickly though and maybe now he isn't liked who knows?.....................TD the Chara signing was all him? That wasn't a trade it was a signing and it was all Chara, he wanted to be east coast, stated from jump he did not want to play for the Rangers for some unknown reason, Chiarelli was LUCKY that Chara chose to play for Boston. I feel he's been as lcuky as he's been bad with moves which is why he's looking for work..................RF agreed on MSL..........JFC agreed don't see them moving him he's money at the most important time of year................

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:06 am EST

Trade: Didn't even think of doing something like that. And IF the Oilers lose out on O'Conner (thats the kids name right?) than they will be willing to give to get Talbot, and if the Ragners win that sweepstakes they may be more willing to move Talbot, and that is a good match. Add to that the Oils D is a absolute mess. They need a true professional vet to help teach them. Seems like the vets they get are not that guy, Boyle has always seemed to be "that guy" who is a pros pro. While he isn't looking good, he girls as hard as anyone else, and that would be a guy the Oilers could use in their room. For them its not about wining right now, its about playing the right way, and giving proper effort at all times. Far too often that team sees looking and quits, I don't think a guy like Boyle would allow that. Hell they could use a Glass type as well, he applies hard the same way and the score doesn't matter, he only has one speed, one effort level and one ability level, and sure its not a top end level, but he never quits. The oilers are in need of a leadership overhaul for all the young guys out there.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:02 am EST

Wild: We obviously disagree on what MSL is bringing to the club. Doesn't matter. I highly doubt he'll be back. If he wants to play next year, he'll likely have to move his stance that it's NY Rangers are nobody. We'll see...

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 10:00 am EST

TD: IMO, trading a star for a star isn't what Edmonton should be exploring. They lack depth, especially solid veteran depth. With Yakapov, RNH, Hall, Eberle and now McDavid, there are enough 'stars' on that club. Trade one and address some of those holes is the prudent thing to do. Of those 5, McDavid of course isn't being traded. Yakapov has underachieved so he won't fetch much and the Oilers are apparently viewing RHN as their potential ace centerman. That leaves Eberle and Hall. Hall would fetch more, IMO. He's a genuine top 10 NHL talent - his biggest issue is staying healthy.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:57 am EST

I can see the Rangers doing a deal with Talbot with a team that only takes on Dan Boyle and his last year of his contract. ($4.5M).......I think the Rangers could be content with only a 2nd rounder if this is the case. If Boyle is dumped, the Rangers could entertain signing both Stepan and Hags some other important pieces

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:56 am EST

JFC: Oh I imagine he will want to keep playing, but ya never know how the battles until June and winning the cup may change his focus. HOWEVER even with that, I think winning a cup will settle him and he wont be so worried about how much he makes, so either way, winning the cup will make the cap situation easier when it comes to MSL...or at least I think so.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:54 am EST

RF4L: So you must be discounting the 5 points in the last 7 games of the season coming off a long layoff with a knee injury, or am I not supposed to notice that MSL had those points in games that were hard fought against teams battling for playoff position and playoff spots. I know you don't like him, but don't ignore the good stuff. Also the only anchor before last night on his line has been Hayes. Hayes, well no game 3 at times he was good as well. But in game 1 he was not wiling to carry the puck, and didn't make plays, game two he held the puck for too long and was unable to make plays. Game 3 he started to get it working a bit better, and last night was his best game, and low-and-behold MSL also had his best game of the series. MSL isn't great anymore, but that line not doing much was not his fault.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:49 am EST

Wild -- from MSLs recent comments, I don't see any indication that winning The Cup will make him consider retiring. His basic attitude is, "What else am I going to do? I don't know anything else but hockey."

JFC31


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:49 am EST

also, "only 750K"? Thats like Step getting 5.75mil versus 5 mil offer from the Rangers. 750 K could keep players on this team, maybe Hags signs for an AAV of 750K more than he makes now on a 3 or 4 year deal that would be a 3 mil cap hit BTW. 750K is a TON in the car world. Of course at the same time, I move Glass and Boyle first.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:47 am EST

What's the goal of any NHL team every year? To win the Stanley Cup. Derrick Brassard has proven to be a player who raises up his level and THRIVES in the playoffs. Why would the Rangers entertain moving a MONEY player like that? Regular season stats and performance pale in comparison to playoff performance.

JFC31


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:46 am EST

If MSL finishes the season like he's played since about January, I don't want him back regardless of how cheap he might come. More often than not he's been nothing more than an anchor on whatever line he's placed, but AV seems set on trotting him out shift after shift and PP after PP. I also think if the Rangers need him to win the cup this year, you may as well kiss the cup chances goodbye (I don't subscribe to that theory BTW - the Rangers have done quite well since January with very little contribution from him).

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:45 am EST

On Nash, I mean, he got 4 pts in 4 games right. I thought it was 3, but NHL.com says he has 3 assists in the box score. That's not bad. He is certainly contributing on the ice defensively. Massively in this series against Malkin. There aren't many players that puts a team on their backs this time of the year and scores a ton -- when they aren't on a high functioning PP.

Ola


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:45 am EST

York - don't disagree...I think Chiarelli did, to some extent, catch lightning in a bottle...the CHARA signing was allegedly all him...I gotta also give him a hell of a lot of credit for landing BOYCHUK and SIEDENBERG...and to some extent --and though he wasn't on the cup team --Torey KRUG...all four were steals...but aside from that, he's made a whole hell of a lot of bad deals...I'll give him this, though...he's bold...if nothing else, he's bold. And that might be what Edmonton needs right now...someone with a hint of vision.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:43 am EST

td: the biggest unknown for me is if they win the cup, are there guys who will retire. MSL says he doesn't want to, but what if he has a cup again? Same for Boyle...he may want to go out on top if he has the chance. Still lots of hockey to play, and as you say, how these guys do will be a big part in how the Rangers look at them and moves they make. I mean, IMHO, I really like Stepan, and think Rangers fans underrate him in general, but Brass has shown he can step up in the post season. If pressed I still couldn't choose, and why I think guys like Moore are in danger of being moved, not because the Rangers don't want to keep them, but because they can't.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:43 am EST

I concur about Moore - if you're gonna move him you do so at next year's deadline when you know what you have in terms of his replacement (or worse, the POs are pipe-dream).

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:43 am EST

Wild- On MSL, there's "life" also. MSL is newly divorced. He broke up with Tampa with a bang too, and came to NY. I've heard that he isn't very well liked in our lockerroom. Big ego. He just seem to be slumping... I still don't think he has been horrible.

Ola


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:40 am EST

York:L Great point on Nash and MSL. I think MSL knows he is taking a monster pay cut to stay with the Rangers, but I also think he realizes he isn't the same player anymore, and he knows he has made a ton of money and most guys are retired by now. Never came across to me as a greedy guy but we shall see. As for Nash, people love to bash the guy, and some of it it is deserved, however, you don't just dump off a 40 goal guy, sure next year he may "only" get 30-35, but still, he is part of why the Rangers have the number one overall seed. Also like it or not, last years in the playoffs he had a .4 points per game average. This year he has 4 points in 4 games, its not like he hasn't shown up to hep the team offensively this time around. I now there is still a lot of games left (hopefully) but if he keeps up a point per game pace its going to be tough to say he doesn't show up in the playoffs...and with that, would you want to move him at all?

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:37 am EST

Wildcard - See I don't see them parting ways with MOORE unless he wants to go...the guy is probably the best fourth-line center the Rangers have had in a very long time and would only cost about $750K more than LINDBERG...Dom's gonna be 35 this summer and TBH, I don't think he wants to be anywhere but NY...and I suspect the feeling is mutual...also, just like the idea of moving HAYES to second line center...you're trading an know commodity for an unknown...but I agree wholeheartedly...there are a lot of moving pieces here...the performance of this team will dictate what moves are made this summer...kind of a no brainer, but definitely true.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:32 am EST

TD I think that Chara wanting to sign with Bos and then Thomas just playing sick was more about lucking into that core D that won them the cup. You remove Chara and Thomas and that team looks very different and don't win a cup IMO...............VIC some guys just amp it up come playoffs, and not signing hags would be a huge mistake, I think the Rangers could live with moving step, but their game would be changed if Hags leaves for sure...................Money I think MSL has to take a lot less IF he comes back that lets money go and simply put if you move Nash you have to replace at least half his goals in whatever comes back because like him or not his goals during the regular season helps win games, you can replace that production by group effort but some has to be replaced on the deal coming back.

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:31 am EST

If they are entertaining the idea of moving Nash, now they can do it as his NMC ended this season and then he has a modified NTC; I know Girardi's contract has a NMC for the first few years and then the modified NTC.

DOUBLEN


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:28 am EST

As for the draft and trade prospects, I think the Stars are the team that the Rangers should be looking at. The Stars have the 12th overall pick and a lot of young talent in their system. The question is how big a deal do you want to do. The Stars need to start making the playoffs regularly and they need a goaltender. TALBOT would definitely be in any deal but then where else do you go. Do you package STEPAN? Do you package NASH? Moving NASH would clear up a lot of cap space but who replaces his 42 goals?

Vic


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:24 am EST

Stevie I said you were right I can see it now, AV calls Nash into his office and says you know Nash the coaches and I have been talking and all those goals you're scoring is making the rest of the team look bad. We think you should dial it back some and stop scoring goals, I know I know it helps us win games, but just think how dramatic the playoffs will be if we score less goals. Sure we may lose but that's okay because we lose as a team and you'll be part of that contribution so do everyone a favor stop scoring all those goals, thanks. You're so right Stevie that's exactly what happened, I don't even have to tell you to get your shine box, because I think that job may be too difficult for you.

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:22 am EST

YORK and RF4L: I couldn't agree more on HAGS. He was a force in the playoffs last year and is the same again this year so far. I don't know why he struggled so much during the regular season this year because he had so many chances to score and just either couldn't hit the net or put it in the chest of the goaltender. He could have had 30 goals this year had he just hit the net. RF4L and I have been talking for months about the pending RFAs and what to do with STEPAN and BRASSARD. Last month I made the statement that HAGS has to be resigned regardless of what happens with STEPAN/BRASSARD. STEPAN/BRASSARD are redundant in a lot of ways and the Rangers have HAYES to replace whichever one goes. The Rangers have nobody in their system that could remotely replace what HAGS brings to this team. Defensively he is a monster. His PK ability is tremendous and his quickness to the puck in the defensive end and on the backcheck saves the Rangers on so many occasions. There is no stat for that. On the forecheck hie s a freaking menace. He is on the D so quick they can't even get control of the puck first, let alone cleanly move it to someone. I know KREIDER may be faster when both are going full out but HAGS goes full out every shift all shift long. KREIDER picks and chooses his spots. AV LOVES HAGS and rightly so. In every important defensive situation HAGS is on the ice. And I've said it many times that the goals that don't get scored against you are just as important as the goals you score.

Vic


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:22 am EST

RF4L: I fully expect the Rangers would want to keep Hunwick, but after being part of the top team in the NHL and 3rd best defensive NHL team, that he will go and try to land a nice contract from another team. Boyle is a guy I have no clue on. While his negatives are over blown by some and his positives ignored, I could see him moved. I do not think however he will be bought out, there are far too many ways of getting cap relief with trades. He and Glass could both be moved. Before you say it, they can be. There are teams with internal caps lower than the NHL cap, and it's based on actual pay not cap hit. So a team close to their internal number would look at Glass as his salary next season of 1 mil and not his cap hit of 1.4 mil. They could move guy with a 1 mil cap hit who makes 1.3 in salary to save money. In a case like that both teams save where needed.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:22 am EST

Rumor now is that CHIARELLI could soon be joining the Oilers...which could be really interesting...I'm not sold on him being some fantastic GM, but the one thing he did REALLY well in Boston was build(and then dismantle) one of the NHL's best bluelines...that won Boston the cup and brought them pretty close to a second...and it's what Edmonton has needed to do ever since Chris PRONGER bailed on the organization almost a decade ago...They've made futile forays into this effort..getting Andrew Ference for instance...but what they need is a superstar...they need a Pronger-like player who can serve as an anchor and then build out from there...ironically, the player they probably NEEDED to draft was Aaron EKBLAD...and the one year they don't get the first overall, he's the top pick...the other irony is the Oils' struggle in net...something directly linked to their failure on defense...is the emergence of Devan DUBNYK as Minnesota's number one...now I'm not 100 percent sold on this kid...but Edmonton basically cast him into the wind for a fourth-line grinder...Frankly, if Chiarelli DOES come on board, I think we'll see them possibly chase a guy like PHANEUF to settle down the D and then maybe go after NEIMI as a starter...both could probably be had for little to nothing...problem with the Rangers group listed here --GIRARDI, STEP and TALBOT --all three are good...but all three are playing on a very good team. I just don't see Edmonton giving up a piece like HALL unless they have a superstar coming back the other way.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:07 am EST

Wild: Yep, I get it. Moving Girardi won't be met with many approvals. Also, I am hoping Boyle is bought out (which places some pressure on the cap, but geesh, he's not worth the $$ he's making, nor worthy IMO of a regular spot in the lineup). Hunwick I'm fine with being resigned as the 7th d-man, provided that's what he is and he is paid accordingly. You're right tho - his play this year has been adequate and may attract a fulltime offer elsewhere.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:06 am EST

York do the Wall a favor and stop you tired act and repeat lines...go get your shine box....you think everything here is a debate ....state your opinion and learn to respect others' whether you agree or disagree...stop the hs shit.....go talk to your source.....that way.....I'm sure I'm making your day.....miserable the way you like it.....now I'll try to ignore your posts......

stevielegs


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:05 am EST

TD/Wild: Don't disagree with either of your arguments. I do believe, however, a move or 2 involving some familiar names (beyond Talbot) will be made over the summer. With Walcott, Graves and Skeji all graduating, there's organization depth on the blueline. Yes, none will be ready this fall, but one (or more) might be later in the season or fall 2016. The need to a steady stream of young, cheap talent is crucial and it's up to Sather to ensure there are spots for guys like that.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 9:02 am EST

RF4L: 31-33 is usually seen as prime for a Dman....but we shall see. Iodinate think you touch much of the D. Boyle and Hunwick perhaps should be moved on for cap purposes and I think Hunwick will want to look for a full time role not a 7th Dman role. But I couldn't see any reason to move Giradi now. The Rangers will know before anyone else that he is starting to break down, and will still be able to get a good amount for him if they want a season or two or 3 from now. There is no rush.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:59 am EST

td: I still think Moore might be done, and Lindberg takes his spot. And as you said, and I stated, a lot depends on MSL....if they win the cup, he may decide to hang it up, but if not, after winning a cup he may be much more willing to take a 1 mil deal plus some bonuses, and there is a bonus cushion they can use. Also we don't know whats up with Boyle, if they win he may retire as well, or they may trade him, Glass the same thing, he may get moved. Lots of moving parts, and no idea what direction they will shift.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:54 am EST

York: Re moving Girardi. Yeah, maybe. I know it'll be a contentious point and I understand why that is the case. I do think this, however: With McD, Staal, KK and Yandle, that's a solid top 4. If McI is NHL ready, he'd fit into the bottom pairing. Other moves can be made to find another bottom pairing d-man. And I worry about Girardi's longevity. The way he plays has gotta mean sooner or later, long stretches of missed games due to injury. He'll be 31 in a week. And don't shot me everyone - just musing about off-season moves; some are coming I suspect, probably involving a significant Ranger or 2, too (besides the Prince).

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:50 am EST

RF4L: Technically they could go without the 7th and 13th since Hartford is so close, and with the lack of recall waivers....but most likely they want to carry those guys, but it is an option I am sure they are looking at. That would "open" 1.5-2 mil in cap. I also think Moore may be dealt. Even if they do move one of the other centers, I think he will be dealt, because Lindberg would cost less, and if you move Step or Brass to make cap room, you would probably move Moore as well. That would allow them to decide if they want Lindberg at C on the 4th or 3rd line. Then you sign a 3rd or 4th line guy for a little less than Moore, a vet guy to a 1 year deal or whatever....but Moore is at 1.5, and they could probably get an equal player for 1-1.25, not a big savings, but may be the difference between keeping and losing a guy they want to have on the roster. Still a LOT hinges on MSL, if he signs a 1 mil deal with 1 mil of bonuses, it gives them room to do a lot more.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:49 am EST

TradeStar28 - I don't see the Rangers doing that unless they are offered a deal too good to be true...there was a discussion here whether they might try to swing one of the top three picks under the assumption the Sabres would get McDAVID and the Oil might want to move EICHEL...that maybe we could package Brass or Step and TALBOT for the pick...but that theory went out the window with the lottery...I guess maybe Arizona would consider something like that for Dylan STROME...but I doubt it...and barring the Rangers getting another Hayes-like player for third-line center...or moving JT MILLER back there...I don't see them changing their arrangement up the middle...LINDBERG is ready for the NHL, IMO...but he's not going to bring nearly the package Hayes does...I suspect he moves over to wing...and given how MSL is playing...perhaps there will be a rather sizeable opening there soon...if Marty retires, the Rangers' cap issues all but vanish.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:48 am EST

TD, I know the league has been on a constant love fest for Sid and the Pens since day one and it never stops that's for sure. Pierre was a former coach for the team so that could explain his love, doc is the Devs guy which explains his hate for the Rangers.................HIP do that often hate listening even to our own guys call the game.....................TRADE I think that makes Stepan movable Lindberg coming in and Hayes moving up to be the 1a-b with Brass.....................RF no way do you give them Girardi in that deal cripples this team terribly on defense. The defense needs to stay bad idea to move any of Girardi Stall Mcd, if a major D isnt coming back.

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:46 am EST

oops....should have ended 'remains to be seen', but something's gotta give. I sure don't want Hagelin traded - I'd argue his intangibles are bigger than anyone else's on the club.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:44 am EST

trade: Some of us (primarily Vic and I) have been saying for weeks that cap wise there's likely no room for both Brassard and a resigned Stepan and therefore, one will be moved in the off-season (and Hayes will move up in that guy's place). If it's my choice, Stepan goes. Of course, this is pure conjecture and many on here maintain Sather will find a cap way to keep both. We'll see but it sure looks like Oscar Lindbergh is ready for primetime. If so, then one of those 4 have to go. Could end up being Dom Moore, I suppose. I think it's a foregone conclusion that the Prince will be dealt - how Sather deals with his pending cap crunch (remember also due new deals are Hagelin, Fast, MIller, Lindbergh and MSL, plus there's a need for a 7th d-man and 13th forward).

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:41 am EST

STEVIE do yourself a favor stick to posting links that's what you're best at.

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:40 am EST

STEVIE you're right, AV told Nash stop scoring goals the way you have all year, and stop helping us win games by scoring those goals because it just doesn't help. Yeha that sounds about right and makes a ton of sense.

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:39 am EST

York everyone is stupid except you. how was the 1st goal in game 1 scored. how was kid k's goal scored....you're always right.......just ask yourself......I'm sure that's possible and probably what you do.......msg should just have 1 camera angle......yours'.....happy now ?......or do you need polis back?.....it still amazes me that 90% here are wrong according to you, but rarely you...

stevielegs


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:38 am EST

York: For sure the single biggest failing in Edmonton has been their refusal to make big deals. I maintain the most efficient way to rebuild is to bottom out for a year or 2 so you have a chance of adding top end skill to your organization. Of course that isn't the only way, nor is it a guarantee. It's simply the quickest way to add top end talent. From there, as we can all see, it takes a combination of development acumen and smart moves via the trade and UFA route to add the other pieces, including solid veterans capable of leading the way. That's where the Oilers have failed and failed miserably. One of those high end players needs to go and I've been saying that for a while. For example (and merely musing here) moving Taylor Hall and Pittsburgh's first to New York for the Prince, Stepan and Girardi should be something the Oilers investigate once the season ends. A goalie, a young, established 2nd line center and a veteran defenseman are precisely the pieces needed over there. But you gotta give to get. What McT has tried to do is address those gaps without giving up much. That's unrealistic. It should be an interesting off-season over there, especially if Nicholson overturns the management people.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:37 am EST

I know it's a little extreme, and not for everyone, but I watch all games with the sound completely OFF. Wish I could just mute the announcers and only have the game & crowd noise.

hipcheck


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:36 am EST

whoever asked about face-offs. The Rangers won 70 percent in the first, and 30% in the 2nd and 3rd and than won 2 of 4 in OT. http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20142015/FS030134.HTM

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:36 am EST

sportyplaya1188 mentioned this last night re: Pierre McGuire being between the benches...how basically he's advising the Penguins on the adjustments they need to make...sort of acting like a second coach...and to add some fuel to this notion...MSG's announcers were talking a few weeks ago about how certain arenas don't let John Giannone or any other commentator sit between the benches...Pittsburgh is one of them. So it's a little messed up that the Pens basically have a plant --a guy who was in the organization as an assistant coach during the 1990s --basically within earshot of the Rangers bench...not saying they win games like that...but just another example of how lowbrow the Pens org is.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:36 am EST

When the Rangers re-sign Stepan....and let's say its @ $5.5 - $6MM per year.....that would give them the same 4 guys up the middle for next year (Stepan-Brassard-Hayes-Moore)..........With that being said, do the Rangers need to trade Brassard , move up Hayes and plug in Oscar Lindberg for the 2015-16 season to make the money/salary cap work?

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:35 am EST

Watching replays of last nights game. Overtime GOAL. Kevin Purple Hayes face looked more shocked than the penguins fans. Gotta love it. Best scenario of the evening was the shot of Maxi WWE Lapierre flat on the ice watching that puck slam the back of the net. KARMA MAXI.......KARMA!!!!!!!!

rangerlou


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:34 am EST

STEPAN: We also can't just ignore how well the PENs have played without the puck. They have had good sticks and good positioning, it is making it hard for the rangers skill players to really get anything going. Thats why the 4th line has really been so good, the 4th line plays a simple game and thats how you defeat a simple team. I think Stepan in a more open game, a style that the teams making it out of the first round will end up playing, will look better. We shall see, its no guarantee of course, but this series has been played in the mud, and Stepan will never look good in those games, save a few moments here and there.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:33 am EST

In our FOUR tight defensive games, Stepan, the 22 / 23 year old Forward, took 12 sog, (second only to Nash), scored 1 of our 9 goals, had 1 assist on those same 9 goals, is a plus 3, and only took 2 penalty minutes. Im not sure what the problem is.....The Pens defense is depleted, but their high octane offense is being shut down by EVERYON Enot just our D. Last night it was predominantly the D that kept us in...and of course the king of the D - Hank. Then again, Hank owes Girardi big time, there was no OT without that blocked shot. Sometimes I think we view Pitt as the Buffalo Sabres of the PO's - I know Im prone to it. They aren't of course, they've have a very potent offense and a petty good PP. Im not upset with any one Ranger right now, I do get angry at the entire team from time to time, but hey, 'Im a Ranger fan, I'm entitled. As always JMHO.

WIOSA


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:31 am EST

York - Tough to say whether Doc and Pierre's detest for the Rangers outweighs their outward Penguin lust...but I will say this infatuation they have for the Pens isn't anything new...Man, I remember them gushing and gushing over the Pens right up until the Redwings bounced their asses in the 2008...and I do recall them being on board with the NHL's collective brainfart in comparing that Pens team to the Oilers dynasty of the 1980s...I think that mantra is so ingrained in those two dolts that they simply can't view the Pens as anything less than the dominant force they once were...sad that NBC allows them to continue the PBP for these games, because it really is embarrassing. I mean, it's not like they couldn't have assigned them to cover the Canadiens-Sens.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:28 am EST

STEVIE yeah, I can see it now AV telling Nash, Don't go to the net with the puck and score goals the way you have all season, just shoot from the perimeter and take low percentage shots and don't worry about scoring goals and just be a great two way forward. Yeah I can see it now, sure sounds like a smart thing to tell your top goal scorer to do especially when he was scoring goals all season while being defensively responsible as you said. As for asking I don't have to because that's honestly the stupidest thing you could have posted, now it's the coaches fault Nash isn't playing like he should.....................RF yeah I heard Chiarelli was being looked at, not sure if he would work there, he got lucky while with Boston Chara signing there was huge to helping him build that team, you take him out of the equation and you have a way different team, Thomas turning into a brick wall for that short stretch of years etc. As for the talent in Edm, yes there is, but there is only one puck on the ice at a time and talent also doesn't equal chemistry as has been seen so far. Lowe and MacT need to go the old EDM connection needs to end there and its time to build a winner up there and just drafting first overalls isn't working so far.............

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:14 am EST

And on Stepan, my son was saying during the game yesterday how invisible Stepan's been. I of course agreed, but did say don't be surprised if suddenly he scores a nice goal and sets up 2 others one of these games. The skillset is there, as we all know, but he's wrapping up year 5 as an NHLer - this up and down play, I suspect, is his MO. Be wary of handing him a fat contract given that knowledge....

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:11 am EST

York: Re Edmonton - agreed. But McDavid's presence will make them more attractive without a doubt. However, players may wait a year or 2 to see if he does help. Did you hear Peter Chiarilli was being interviewed there yesterday? It's all hush-hush in terms of what role, but the owner recently brought on board Bob Nicholson, the man who led Hockey Canada for the past decade (and is responsible for a successful overhaul of the Canadian amateur hockey system). Nicholson resigned this year (and Tom Renney took his spot, interestingly enough). His hiring may spell the end of the Oiler legacy, a legacy that has clearly been to the team's detriment. If Nicholson does the right thing, he'll clear the board of those guys (re Kevin Lowe and Craig McTavish). The assets are clearly there - with the right man in charge, the Oilers will become a very good team in the next few seasons.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:09 am EST

York I get all the crying about Nash not going to the net and scoring, but he's doing everything else the same as in the first 3/4 of the season. he's hitting guys, he's going to the front and he's on the pk, he's just not driving there with the puck. Why has become the conjecture of hurt or chicken. Is it possible the coach wants guys to shoot or even pass or hit the backboards to try and get goals ? ask your inside guy if he knows the real story, the beat guys don't report it even when they know, except maybe months or years later......many are crying about poor malkinstien....msl and nash could be in similar boats......but they are getting shots on goal and points...he's not......

stevielegs


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:06 am EST

No surprise the Jets got swept. Simply put, they lack high end skill. There's no one on that club that can compare to either Getzlaf or Perry and Ryan Kesler stepped his game up, too, so arguably that's 3 players above the Jets' top one (that, I guess, would be Bryan Little). Lots of guts and fortitude throughout the Jet lineup, but I suspect if off-season moves aren't made to add a top talent or 2 on the forward line, next year will be a repeat of this year, which essentially was a repeat of last year (which is a struggle all season long to challenge for a PO spot). Their most effective player, I think, is (or should be) Bufashit, but that asshole showed once again why the Hawks jettisoned him the summer after their first cup win. And yeah, the Hawks had to make moves for cap reasons, but there's absolutely no way he'd have been moved if he didn't have the baggage he had and still continues to have. If I was the Jet GM, he'd be right up there for me as a trade-able asset.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 8:00 am EST

RF agreed Stepan IMO should not be signed for more then 5mil per The kid like another Ranger just doesn't play well come playoffs I thought he had figured it out but maybe not. Hopefully he has a lot more games to change that thought.

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:59 am EST

RF truth is I don't know why anyone would want to go to Edmonton, I don't care how many young stars they draft they have no team. You would think with all these number ones they would be a force by now, hell even PITT managed to get it right and here are the Oilers still sucking.

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:58 am EST

Anyone have the faceoff stats from last night? I thought they looked pretty good in the dot (at least thru 2 periods anyway.)?

hipcheck


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:57 am EST

LB has a good article on the Big Wolf and actually got quotes from the Master Architect. Sather tried to get Kevin's brother, but things simply 'didn't work out'. Jimmy had a strong season with the Panthers so he's likely not available now.

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:56 am EST

STEVIE you're confused let me help you here, when he is this two way player you speak of he's not a 42 goal scorer, he's more like an 18-20 goal scorer and not worth every penny that's the difference. Was Nash worth every penny last year? No, was he till the last 20 games of the season, hells yes. That's the Nash I want to see, the Nash that played the first 3/4 of the season the beast who controlled games, who was a threat whenever he touched the puck and had defenses backing off. That is not the Nash that is playing now, I saw him this morning on the milk carton in the fridge...................

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:56 am EST

Just another observation... I thinks the boys are definitely aware that they need to shoot more, and I'm sure they are being coached up to do so... last night I counted at least 4 maybe 5 times that sticks broke during slap shots or shots were shanked' on one-timers. A few of those PRIME OPPORTUNITIES connect, and get to the net, and the score could have been vastly different in our favor.

hipcheck


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:55 am EST

BTW, failed to mention yesterday that Bob McKenzie indicated that O'Connor has narrowed his choices down to 4 teams - Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa and our very own New York Rangers. Buffalo apparently doesn't interest him. I wonder if the looming presence of Connor McDavid will make Edmonton more attractive to him...

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:47 am EST

Is Derek Stepan playing in this series? I thought he was horrible last night and has been invisible in all 3 games (except for his continual patheticness at the FO circle. Sorry, but I see no need to give this guy a long term deal at $5,500,000 (or more).

RF4L


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:34 am EST

Couple of thoughts....TD/STEVIE...agree on our MVP, we don't negotiate money during the Playoffs.....I can understand the 'Let them Play' attitude, but the diving is getting ridiculous. That Pens PP on the fake head injury should've incurred a diving penalty after the review. It only got worse. I thought we were shooting Penguins out there from some of the dramatic falls and staying prone....BOB disagree, if Klein is good to go, let's go, it aint over till the Fat Lady sings.....The ability to keep in the game when you are having probably the worst game of your series is a sign of a champion team....The nosieness in me would love to be a fly on the wall in that locker room after the first, just to hear AV get mad and yell. LGR

WIOSA


Thu Apr 23 2015 7:22 am EST

I'll take a 42 goal player who can play a team 2 way player game....oh wait the nyr have one, voted by his teammates as their MVP!....worth every dollar......

stevielegs


Thu Apr 23 2015 6:57 am EST

the artificials continue to not enforce the rules in the nhl amateur league.....just surprised they didn't blow the whistle on those goals and then go to Toronto to get the punch line, inconclusive.....

stevielegs


Thu Apr 23 2015 6:41 am EST

York, no ovechkin will win that. ...not crybaby or malkinstein.....superstars in rent a car.....

stevielegs


Thu Apr 23 2015 6:39 am EST

STEVIE that's the thing about points, they say you got a point, nothing more, nothing less. On that play Nash did the least amount of work, meanwhile the guy who did most of it Zucc didn't even get a point. Nash can get a PPG doesn't mean he's playing great, like I said Nash got a point with surprise, surprise is ass firmly planted to the boards shooting from a low percentage place. He got the point though and I guess that's all that counts. I watched McD, Zucc, and Hayes work damn hard for that goal, the score sheet doesn't tell the story behind the goal. I could say Nash scored 42 goals this season parked in front of the net deflecting shots, his stats wouldn't say otherwise, that doesn't make it true. The truth is the team as a whole save for Hank sucked last night and were lucky they got a win. As for Nash being a two way player, if that's what he's going to be now then it's time for a salary adjustment to afford to keep players that are needed or brought in.

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 6:33 am EST

I wonder if it's a lovefest for Pitt so much as a hatefest for the Rangers, it seems like it doesn't matter who the Rangers are playing these announcers seem to always favor the other team.

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 6:31 am EST

York when Bob is right as Nash's teammates are you'll be eating another piece of my crow pie at the parade .

stevielegs


Thu Apr 23 2015 6:30 am EST

If one had only audio, The World According To Pierre would have one believe the Pits were up 3-1. Pee and Doc just can't help themselves. They have this morbid love for the Pits. I suggest a five step program for Friday night.

gene_carr


Thu Apr 23 2015 6:10 am EST

STEVIE he grabbed a point while his ass was firmly planted against the boards, surprising much? Now he's one of the best two way players in the league ROFLMAO he went from being one of the best goal scorers in the world to one of the best two way players in the league in a matter of weeks? I don't think he was brought here to be vying for a selke......................I have to go back and look but I could swear I saw Crosby crack a quick grin when that disgrace lappy was on the bench faking being hurt and he saw the replay, the league should be embarrassed by this and he should be fined and suspended, but this is the pens so nothing will be done, meanwhile Avery does nothing illegal and they create a rule to stop what he does LMAO this league is too funny......................MSL helped get that game winner but man something is wrong with him. It's like he can't play at this level at all anymore over night, he's either injured, or it's time to pack it up..........MCD was a beast last night as was Hank.............TD Miller has been good on the boards, but now he needs to be good away from the boards, he needs to show that puck control that he can do like few others can, he can dangle and he needs to do that a little more and start creating scoring chances for himself and his mates...................Klein should get in sooner then later, I'd rather have him in getting his timing back now instead of seeing his timing off in the next series where it will be harder and may cost them the game.

York18


Thu Apr 23 2015 6:01 am EST

In the last two games Hank has a 0.98 gaa and a .957 save percentage. Overall this post season he has 1.74 gaa and a .926 save percentage. You will win a lot of games when your starter has numbers like that.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 23 2015 5:16 am EST

purple gabby Hayes, no longer green, from MSL and Hagelin.....try to remember that along with bazookerella to mcd to Nash to brassard.....

stevielegs


Thu Apr 23 2015 4:56 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/04/23/rangers-went-to-college-to-find-their-playoff-missing-link/

stevielegs


Thu Apr 23 2015 4:08 am EST

Couple thoughts on the game...The Rangers can't have many...scratch that...ANY more starts like they did against the Pens. Had LETANG been in the lineup or MALKIN firing on all six cylinders, the Pens would have been up a hell of a lot more than 1-zip...the score reflects how shallow Pittsburgh's lineup really is...That said, it seemed like the ice might have been a little dicey...lots of weird bounces...and couple that with the Pens voracious forecheck...it really is a miracle the Rangers escaped the first still in the game....BOTH Ranger goals were scored dirty...which is why I really don't understand why they keep trying to pot pretty goals...this is not the team or the time to do that crap against...the Pens are playing a REALLY dumbed-down game...just meat-and-potatoes hockey...they have to, given some of the AHLers they have in their lineup...that means they're always going to go for the blocked shot/blocked pass...this garbage with passing it around on the PP...and to a lesser degree, the goddamn stretch passes...this business has to end on Friday. Maybe engage in that business against the Caps or Islanders...but not the weakened Pens...man, for a split second there, it looked like MALKIN was waking up...not sure what's bothering him, but it must be bad...he's a shell of himself right now...Shooting the puck...where can it go wrong? I could understand the Rangers' hesitation to blast away if they were slow-footed on D...but really, the only guy who can't move is BOYLE...and even he isn't a slouch in the speed department...man, blast away...and if nothing else, you bruise up the Pens...worst comes to worse, they get a breakaway on the best player on the team...Hank...NASH-watch...thought he had another solid effort...four points in four games...again, better than both his previous appearances for the Rangers...you guys who want him to take over the game...well...it's just not going to happen...but he's playing well, IMO...MILLER is becoming a force along the boards...kid is off the scoresheet, but man, can he control the puck there...Someone mentioned KREIDER wasn't hitting? Beg to differ. Guy had six hits just in the first two periods...again, that line made things happen...MSL - Man, is he struggling. I don't know if it's age, a slump or if he's still injured...but he's a shell of himself...still managed to make shit happen though in OT...Rangers have to close this out Friday...We'll see what direction the Caps-Isles series is going today, but this team needs its rest...taking a team like the Pens to game 6 is asking for trouble...and I hope the guys who went to the finals last year remember vividly how they parlayed a 3-1 lead by Pittsburgh into a massive upset just one short year ago.

tdchi


Thu Apr 23 2015 2:48 am EST

Sounds like us US viewers and the Canadian ones could use a Freaky Friday announcer swap,, to see how the other half lives, I have a new fantasy: fans chant a singsong "Pi-erre" instead of Fleury's name after any goals next game. Hospo a mere 8 day ago you were "kinda glad" we got those two knobs announcing :)

LeoS


Wed Apr 22 2015 11:38 pm EST

Rexi/Trade.... Really miss those "so bad they're good" Tom Carvel commercials. It seemed like he did them for a 100 years. It reminds me of watching Ranger games on channel 9 :)

Rhet0ric


Wed Apr 22 2015 11:29 pm EST

Ducks/Flames, Hawks/Blues, Canadiens/Lightning, Rangers/Iceholes = Elite 8 ?

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 11:24 pm EST

It's official! 5-2 with the empty netter. Really disappointed with Los-a-peg.

Rhet0ric


Wed Apr 22 2015 11:13 pm EST

Winnipeg is toast... 4-2

Rhet0ric


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:30 pm EST

Ottawa with a 1-0 squeaker to keep the Habs from marching through. Series @ 3-1 now.

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:28 pm EST

Winnipeg (NY) Jets could be swept into a dust pan in one more period if they don't get a goal.

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:27 pm EST

Dubnyk of Minny just hit the showers early after a 6-1 beat down after 2 periods

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:25 pm EST

We don't have a power play any longer, we're back to "a man up situation." oh brutha

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:23 pm EST

In Russia.....power play goal scores itself.

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:18 pm EST

Agree also. Let Klein take this round off. Rangers don't need him. They have the point per game Rick Nash!

Bob


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:16 pm EST

Agree with HOSPO and MF on Klein.....Stepan is the most disappointing player on the roster. Brassard definitely our best centerman.

MelvilleFred


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:05 pm EST

6 wins of last 7 against the crybabies in the playoffs

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:02 pm EST

Pretty good story on one of last year's playoff good guys for us, the Car Bomb. More than meets the eye to some of these guys: http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/daniel-carcillo-mourns-steve-montador--wants-more-help-for-ex-nhl-players-193326432.html

Nick


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:59 pm EST

I'm with MF on KLEIN...why risk anything? Give Klein another week to be reall ready for the rest of the POs...He is going to be key!........He's also bound to be rusty also, and I'd rather have that in the opening feeling-out game of a series then when you are trying to close a team out and prevent a trip back to PIttsburg..

Hospo


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:57 pm EST

RF: we're up by two & not up against the wall, the bone needs to heal, the muscles need to come back. Me thinks you err on the side of caution..... just me stinkin opinion ;-)

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:55 pm EST

4 games, 4 points, .750 win %.

hipcheck


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:55 pm EST

I get the fact that Nash is not playing like he did most of the year but he has become one of the best 2 way hockey players in the league. Now he has to prove bob right. But Hagelin brassard and girardi are in the lead.

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:54 pm EST

mf: No - he needs to get back into it.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:52 pm EST

At this point, do you give Klein Friday off even if he's ready? (I say yes)

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:51 pm EST

You guys do realize LaPrickiere wasn't hurt, yet he carried on on the bench like he as if was bleeding like a stuck pig. If he was my teammate I'd be all over him for being such an embarrassment to the jersey. Ridiculous.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:47 pm EST

3 down, 13 more to go......

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:46 pm EST

very Devil like.....

Hospo


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:45 pm EST

3 wins all 2-1

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:44 pm EST

When the game is on the line....its great to see the "C" Ryan McDonagh go beast mode like a Drew Doughty, Shea Webber, Brent Seabrook, Zdeno Chara.........shows that Adam Graves "anything to win" mentality. Also i thought that Dom Moore had a great game tonight. Now i see why Ola likes his battle level.

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:43 pm EST

More good news - the Pack won their opening PO game tonight against Providence 3 to 1, with the Kount of Kristo getting a goal and an assist. McI with an assist, too.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:40 pm EST

BTW, the same stroking of all things Pittsburgh continued on the Canadian broadcast, too. I swear those assholes get excited when the Pens do something right. They all need the same accordion bus door to pinch their ugly faces, too!

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:38 pm EST

Rexi to take 2 on the road is an amazing accomplishment ... Crosby no goals at home for 8 or 10 playoff games.... Malkin 1 shot in 2 games and people here rag on Nash . Those 2 make more than him ... But that's the way it is here ...

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:38 pm EST

Four Games, our GA/PG = 1.75 ....... Awesome!

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:38 pm EST

Trade: LOL...methinks Canadian and gangsta some might deem as an oxymoron!

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:37 pm EST

Rexi...yes! thats right.....I think they even brought back Fudgie in 2014. I am in NC so all we get are shipped frozen Carvel cakes in the Harris Tetter freezer : (

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:36 pm EST

stevie; DUnno if anyone has been bashing Nash in terms of those plays. I will say this, it was so tight tonight he didn't have a single chance to bring it in and decide to shoot rather than take it to the net. He was hitting tonight, I will add.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:36 pm EST

RF4L....I love when you throw in the Canadian "u" into words. Makes it more gangsta.

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:35 pm EST

Hospo: Agreed - from a pure hockey entertainment standpoint this series is easily the most boring of the 8. But as long as the Rangers win, who cares? And totally concur - next round it will be different.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:35 pm EST

And making this series even worse is the bleeting and balabbing of the bozo broadcasters.,. Unfortuantely, I'm sure the Dynamic Douche Bag Duo of Doc and Dopey will be with the Rangers through out the entire POs,...hoping for losses and only begrudingly giving credit when credit is due.......There was about a 5 minute period where the Rangers were just smoithering the pens, stopping them at every turn, keeping the puck in the Pens zone but not a word from Pierre until finally he praised HORNQVIST for an inane "good" play..unfreakingbelievable..

Hospo


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:34 pm EST

For the Nash bashers he put the puck to the front of the net from the sideboards for brassard to double whack it in to tie this mess ....

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:33 pm EST

Trade: the Fudgie cake WAS the Father's Day cake. "For a whale of a dad!"

Rexi29


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:33 pm EST

stevie: And the door breaks his leg in 5 places so he can never play hockey again. Get that phucker and all who play like him out of the league. Lord knows the NHL won't.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:32 pm EST

Difficult as it may seem to ignore the offense, can you name a better 2 games, defensively, on the road, in hell, whenever?

Rexi29


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:30 pm EST

Rf 4l I hope lapirere gets hit in the face with an accordion bus door he's phony faking cheating pos

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:29 pm EST

Ha Ha, Penguins lay an egg... Game 5 Friday at "The Garden" at 7:00 PM, Lets Go Rangers!

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:29 pm EST

The KING, deserves a lot, a lot of credit. To come back from such a freak, scary injury with so much time off to come back and put up numbers like this. Guy is a legendary NY Athlete & future Hall of Famer.

hipcheck


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:28 pm EST

Hey Rhet.........did you know that the Fathers Day Cake was made from the same mold as the Fudgie the Whale mold

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:27 pm EST

Unexciting, boring, cautious, hoping for hail mary's, waiting hockey but it's 3-1 because the team discipline and defense is still damn good and the Pens also can't generate anything from the back..And winning is all that matters.....Still........Let's just put them away on Friday and get out of this bizarro series..Isles or Caps won't play the same way, nor will the Rangers...Hate looking past Game 5 but this series can't be over sooner

Hospo


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:25 pm EST

More bend but not break stuff from the Rangers. The first period wasn't good, but not bad in the other 2. Lots of fortitude. McD a beast, giving it back as good as he's getting. Anyone who wants either Downie or LaPierre on the Rangers I don't get. They are both idiots with zero integrity and of course, the Penguins always have to have players like that. That prolonged display of feigning injury by LaPierre in the first when Moore hardly touched him was despicable. How does those tiny cocked men sleep at night is beyond me. Lack of honour. What goes around comes around you pieces of shit.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:20 pm EST

Nick: yeah. November 2003.

Bob


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:20 pm EST

RHET: You shouldn't have done that, cause this is how the Rangers played the 1st period! ...... Watch if you dare..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2YmYrOyBfA

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:15 pm EST

Great freaking win!!!! Just finished watching the game(working tonight). Great Playoff win. I said earlier today, I don't care if it's an ugly win, just as long as we win and boy was it just that(u-g-l-y). That said, losing ugly is a tough one to swallow. Choke on it Crybaby! ....MF.... Hold out for the Cookie Puss!!!!

Rhet0ric


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:09 pm EST

Pierre10......Emerick sounded like in the movie "Rambo"......when the police send in the German Sheppards into the woods to hunt down John.......and all the sudden you just hear the dogs yelp.

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:07 pm EST

Found a way.. just kept pluggin away .. Good for Hayes, maybe that gets him relaxed ...Fleury has played very well or this wouldn't be quite as close .. finish it in 5

sjw


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:07 pm EST

This was Doc on the call......"MSL to the net.....(now he starts to whisper).......and Hayes puts it in. Rangers win. Good night. (Wimper).

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:05 pm EST

mf......meet us at Carvel on Long Beach Road for a brown bonnet.....Pierre is buying

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:03 pm EST

These friggin jerks are callin Hayes, "Purple Haze." Like they all don't come here for content! We don't get any respect around here....... Take my wife, please!

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:03 pm EST

Weird ugly game and ugly goals but we got the two so bite it, Pens! Tee time Saturday morning! Geez Emrick dropped his mic or something on the winner; what a strange game like from November or something.

Nick


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:02 pm EST

best part about that goal was Laperriere lying on the ice in disbelief. Rangers win baby!!

tlats


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:02 pm EST

Pens just ain't that good.. even when we're off. However, this type of play cant continue. This team is best when it is skating forward, attacking the puck. This style won't win the next round.

stepunmytoe


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:00 pm EST

Pierre10: spoken like a true Oceansider! (11572)

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:00 pm EST

So nyr don't suck for a night and day

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:59 pm EST

Walked out with a win when it could have easily been a loss. Let them close it out next game and rest a couple days. Hag has really turned into a major playoff performer.

York18


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:59 pm EST

I was sorta right.....Girardi was a winner on that shot block right to his alien calf. He had to regrow a leg on the bench

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:59 pm EST

JFC: Thought it was KIS "the contrarian" that did the trick... ;-)

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:58 pm EST

Now that makes for a happy post game evening! Suck it CryBaby!

Pierre10


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:58 pm EST

Rangers came out with poise and confidence, Pitt did not. Great job! My insult of Hayes earlier did the trick! :^)

JFC31


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:57 pm EST

Yeah baby! Guy plays like crap all series and gets the winner!

Bob


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:57 pm EST

To the net! (im surprised MSL wasnt offsides at the goal line)

Pierre10


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:57 pm EST

shows what i know still very ugly hockey

KIS


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:56 pm EST

Touchdown Rangers!!!!!!

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:56 pm EST

SHAGGY!!!!!!

Vic


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:55 pm EST

3-1 one to go

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:55 pm EST

Yed

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:53 pm EST

I'm watching as many games as possible and NO ONE in this league wants to shoot the freaking puck. They all look for the tictactoe. It's amazing. Guys at the dot, cruising behind the net looking to center it. Shoot the damned thing!

Nick


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:53 pm EST

They just bailed on the Rangers game to go to the Blues/Minn game in my hotel in Toronto. I'm about to throw the f'ing TV out the window!!!!

RDW


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:53 pm EST

Ottawa shuts out the frogs 1 zip.... good for them

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:51 pm EST

I made my pick before Duguay said his.

DOUBLEN


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:51 pm EST

Winner = Dan Girardi

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:50 pm EST

$6mill max!

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:48 pm EST

stepan should b very happy with a 6mill /yr contract. he isnt an80 pt player he sucks on faceoffs why does he think he deserves more

KIS


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:47 pm EST

NN: Duguay also picked Zucc....that's the kiss of death.

jratelle19


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:47 pm EST

NN: Duguay just picked Zucc with the OT winner... What's going on here? ;-)

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:45 pm EST

Wow need to read auot correct ... Buttman just decreed ot is 4 on 4 ...

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:43 pm EST

Actually i just watched Bure....they really didn't look similar

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:42 pm EST

Burnsb just decreed it is 4 on 4 ... Why? ... Because

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:41 pm EST

Kis thank you

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:41 pm EST

The breakaway save Anderson made on Prust tonight reminded me of the save that Richter made on Bure in 1994.

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:41 pm EST

I'm going for broke: Nasher with the winner!

jratelle19


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:41 pm EST

hornquist to win Commeau to place or Malkin to show. Those are my 3 to win it for Pitt. Rangers arent showing a desire to win.

KIS


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:39 pm EST

We can bitch about Nash all we want but there are other players who are just playing with themselves as well. Why isn't Kreider skating and hitting people. big fucking kid and he is hardly engaged. Go create something. same for Miller. zucc why isn't he being a pest. He is just gliding. the Dmen just all back. This sucks. Plus I don't know if Pitt is doing something, if the Refs are letting shit happen but this is shit hockey. If this is what hockey would be all the time I wouldn't be a fan. Its about as exciting as fucking baseball. Rangers need to show something. right now they suck

KIS


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:39 pm EST

NN: As long as it's a Ranger

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:38 pm EST

OT PICKS..Mine is Zuke

DOUBLEN


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:37 pm EST

Crosby swept Brassard's feet out on the draw in Rangers zone to the right of Henrik........Brassard loves to ruffle Crosby's vajj

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:37 pm EST

Rooting for poetic justice.

hipcheck


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:36 pm EST

Alrighty then!

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:34 pm EST

Could have sworn I just saw Crosby take a two handed swing at Staal with the ref watching two feet away

Fotiu22


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:31 pm EST

Does Boyle have a shot on goal??? This whole season?

Pierre10


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:27 pm EST

Guess refs waiting to call one on nyr

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:26 pm EST

Zebras really let a lot go there

Pierre10


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:19 pm EST

I havent had any issues w/hunwick til tonight...hes strugglin w the puck tonight. But overall as a 7th dman this year i have zero issues with hunwick

Pierre10


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:12 pm EST

I can't figure out who is worse. Hunwick or Boyle.

stepunmytoe


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:12 pm EST

Wow malkin 1st shot in 6 periods and people complain about Nash

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:10 pm EST

Looking better here...to the net, to the net, to the net....repeat

Pierre10


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:03 pm EST

Lundy making the big save......

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:01 pm EST

I wish we scored more goals from battling hard in front of the net... Absolutely love those goals... Through the years (decades) it seems like those are usually scored against us rather than by us... shameful

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:57 pm EST

Bob you might be a psychic

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:50 pm EST

4 points in 4 games. Rick Nash for Conn Smythe! LOL!

Bob


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:47 pm EST

I'm a believer that makes 2....and the monkees

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:47 pm EST

Nash is a PPG beastXor

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:46 pm EST

Sog nyr 12-9

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:45 pm EST

Rick PPG Nash.

Bob


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:41 pm EST

How bad do the Rangers want this? We'll find out in the 3rd...

JFC31


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:39 pm EST

Step....nice to have a believer among us !

caperanger


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:39 pm EST

Assist Nash and McD on brass goal

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:36 pm EST

I hope to be right Cape !!

stepunmytoe


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:36 pm EST

Yes

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:35 pm EST

Kid k should have buried that

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:33 pm EST

I'm sorry but I don't believe the Rangers know the playoffs have started. This is the fourth uninspired effort I have watched. Bring back that maniac Carrcillo or Dorsett. They look like a bunch of tin men out there.

Fotiu22


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:30 pm EST

They've settled down, at least. Now they have to PUSH!

JFC31


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:28 pm EST

I wish glass would beat the craps out of Lapeir

barto


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:26 pm EST

Step ..hope you are right but this is a different looking team than the one I watched for 82 games this year , really hope it changes

caperanger


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:25 pm EST

Jeez.....this game is my boring than a college history class

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:24 pm EST

I see some life they are starting to play their game.

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:21 pm EST

Sure love aiming for the logo. At least St. Louis did something.

Bob


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:18 pm EST

Have faith wallsters. We are playing like shiiite but it's only a 1 goal deficit. We have won alot of games this year just like this. I BELIEVE !!

stepunmytoe


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:18 pm EST

Sportsnet showed the hit that Moore laid on Lapierre , he didn't even come near his face! One of the best acting jobs ever , even the trainer was in on it .

caperanger


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:12 pm EST

I'm THIS close to,turning this garbage off...no excuse for this, none

JFC31


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:11 pm EST

Dive

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:08 pm EST

Hayes is very shakey....notbplaying well at all. Hopefully now that I saidmthat, he'll make me look bad and score

JFC31


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:07 pm EST

Another 2 minutes of futility

DOUBLEN


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:06 pm EST

What a horrible period. One of the worst of the year.

Bob


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:02 pm EST

Probably the worst first period I've seen the Rangers play so far this season. The only reason they got out of it down one-zip was that the Penguins are that weak of a team...still don't understand how these morons don't see the correlation between shots on net and scoring goals. They won't beat Fleury by taking less than 10 a period...FWIW, the Pack are playing their first PO game tonight, are up 2-zip in the first and look a hell of a lot better than the Rangers. At this point, they'd probably be beating the Pens.

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:01 pm EST

Nyr 12-4 on fsceoffs ...

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:59 pm EST

Just will not shoot. And tomorrow will come the refrain: we have to get pucks to the net! What if Pitt wasn't missing half their D? I realize that any playoff series is gonna be close but come on. At least compete. Maybe they'll wake up.

Nick


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:50 pm EST

This is incredible , 2 shots on goal ? Are you kidding me ? This is an AHL defense we are playing against . If they can't penetrate this bunch , imagine trying to beat Carey Price ? And this POS power play , is is absolutely horrible!!!

caperanger


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:50 pm EST

Agree, York....NHL needs to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. That period was disturbing....Rangers were not ready, not sharp, not at all intense. When is this crap gonna stop??

JFC31


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:47 pm EST

How come they don't review the diving & acting crap??

Tom427


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:44 pm EST

That should be a fine for diving and a suspension.

York18


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:42 pm EST

@caperanger --- I know, I was playing into the sarcasm.

sportyplaya1188


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:41 pm EST

Is it just me or does it seem like Pierre is coaching the penguins, it seems like all of his comments get communicated to the penguins and they make the adjustments. This jackass should not be allowed in between the benches.

sportyplaya1188


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:39 pm EST

I was being sarcastic with the passing remark

caperanger


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:38 pm EST

It's like they were out partying the last two days and are still not recovered. Poor passing is being kind.

York18


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:36 pm EST

@caperanger --- they even managed to turn the puck over multiple times on the powerplay

sportyplaya1188


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:36 pm EST

Wow this is like they exchanged roles, not one sog by ny till 11 mins in

WIOSA


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:35 pm EST

Wow, they really pass so wel on the power play!!!!!

caperanger


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:32 pm EST

Guess they really want to play a Game 6 & 7; did someone forget to tell them what time the game started.

DOUBLEN


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:28 pm EST

Someone needs to knock the $h!+ out of Lapierre, Kunitz, and that little bitch Crosby

sportyplaya1188


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:27 pm EST

Almost 10 minutes in and nothing positive on our end has occurred yet. We need a wake up call bad --- does anyone on this team throw a big hit? They are playing soft

sportyplaya1188


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:19 pm EST

they came out like crap again

York18


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:18 pm EST

Rangers are not sharp....their passing is awful so far

JFC31


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:17 pm EST

Jeez....before the gaol the Rangers had a 3 on 2 and Hayes mad a HORRIBLE pass attempt to Yandle

JFC31


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:13 pm EST

Giddyup!!! LGR!!!

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 5:38 pm EST

York, it's all good.... I totally understand where you are coming from. Everything is cool.

hipcheck


Wed Apr 22 2015 5:33 pm EST

HIP I wasn't insinuating that you didn't see the games this year. I was just saying maybe you don't remember how he was scoring and what he was doing and how it has changed. I want the Nash that was tearing up the league to return, that guy shows up and this team is close to unstoppable. Hopefully he does turn it around because I don't honestly know if this team can win the cup with him playing like he did last year.

York18


Wed Apr 22 2015 5:19 pm EST

Hagelin is a playoff superstar since 2013

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 5:19 pm EST

YORK18, -- I enjoy and respect your hockey knowledge, inside NY Ranger information & the perspective you have provided here for many, many years. I have watched ever game this year, and I subscribe to NHL GAME CENTER LIVE, so I have the entire season DVR'ed, and instant access to every shift NASH has taken this year... that being said, maybe I'm guilty of rooting too hard for the guy & the team. I want him to do well & the team to win so badly that it has "possibly" clouded my judgement. I still see a player doing everything it takes to win. I'm done arguing. In the end we all want the same thing for NASH and our Team.

hipcheck


Wed Apr 22 2015 5:17 pm EST

How many goals does the superstar malkinstein have?

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 4:38 pm EST

Bob wraparounds allow him to be more protected as was stated earlier it's his cutting hard to the net via the middle of the ice with the puck that has changed in his game. You also contradict yourself because you say he's doing the same things then say he isn't getting the passes that free him up to do the things that he's being accused of not doing, so which is it, is he doing it, or not?

York18


Wed Apr 22 2015 4:36 pm EST

HIP you couldn't be more wrong DVR a game and single in on Nash for every shift he takes, the thing is if you don't have prior games to reference from this season but there is a huge difference.

York18


Wed Apr 22 2015 4:35 pm EST

Thanks HIPCHECK. Sanity is welcome. How can folks not notice that the cross ice passes that send Nash off to the races are not happening so far in this series? Or miss him taking the puck to the net twice last game, one on a wraparound that left him vulnerable for a whuppin'? I think he has bee playing well, and that Pittsburgh is all over him taking away space and time from him. 3 games, 3 points. If he is a PPG player through the playoffs and the Rangers win he will be a Conn Smythe candidate. I agree he took some games off late in the season, but nobody keeps up that pace these days, especially when the games get tighter.

Bob


Wed Apr 22 2015 3:48 pm EST

I still disagree with the notion that NASH isn't going to the net with speed (and authority). Let's be honest about NASH'S 42 goal season. Up until the very end of the year, he was almost never in a goal scoring slump or drought. It was bound to happen over the course of the season. Also, I'd say at least 15 of his goals had "eyes". Meaning they were going to find their way to the back of the net no matter what. Many of his goals had a little puck-luck. We would all shake our head & say my God NASH just scored again!! This guy is playing the exact same way, the puck just isn't going in at the same rate. With all due respect, (because I love and respect all the different opinions here on the wall) I think this theory that he has stopped going to the net with speed is bullshit.

hipcheck


Wed Apr 22 2015 3:46 pm EST

RF one other thing Nash plays for the NY Rangers, he retires from concussions he will be taken care of just like every other Ranger player is taken care of. Dolan may be a douche but he takes care of the ex players as does Sather so Nash will get a job somewhere with the org.

York18


Wed Apr 22 2015 3:44 pm EST

RF I have suffered a number of concussions more then I care to count, one messing me up for over a year in which it took to recover from just to feel normal again. Boohoo for me, I had to change a lot of things in life including career thoughts but that's life. I'm sorry but I don't feel sorry for the million dollar man, I got mine making far less and I moved on dreams squashed oh well. The point is if a normal person can move on someone who has made oh I don't know 30 plus mil should be okay at his age and if not then he's a moron and gets what he deserves.

York18


Wed Apr 22 2015 3:37 pm EST

I predict it's going to snow.....Kis ?.....E?.....

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 3:35 pm EST

I predict a shutout loss tonight.

hipcheck


Wed Apr 22 2015 3:10 pm EST

TD: That's a moving tribute, for sure. See what he has to say about being concussed? How scary it is? Now imagine being concussed 3 times in less than 12 months, with the symptoms worsening with each (as Nash did)? I realize it's tough to have a whole lot of sympathy for a guy who's paid royally to score goals and doesn't because he's spending so much time on the perimeter, but at the same time, I get it. I also realize some would react by saying 'then retire, you greedy SOB!'. So easy to say when it's not your livelihood - when you're not the one looking at an abrupt end to your $7,800,000 salary at the young age of 28 with nothing else remotely on the horizon to move on to. The proverbial rock and hard place. And yeah, the NHLPA is rather phucked - you just gotta look at how quiet they are as they go about trying to maim each other on the ice (yet have the power to collectively bargain from a bunch of very rich owners efficient CBAs and lucrative contracts). Shame on them all, I say.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 2:53 pm EST

limbo: Re no killer's instinct. Agreed. Apparently in 12 of the last 13 games following the Rangers taking a series lead, they've failed to win. 12 out of 13! That's ridiculous.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 2:50 pm EST

E great post I don't agree with all of it but 90% of it. Probably one of if not the best post breaking this series down.

York18


Wed Apr 22 2015 2:33 pm EST

Good read/watch...pretty f@cked up the players' union doesn't do squat for its members: http://www.theplayerstribune.com/nhl-daniel-carcillo-steve-montador-video/

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 2:29 pm EST

I would be shocked if this series doesn't go seven. Hell, I would be shocked if ANY series doesn't go seven. This team has NEVER shown the killer instinct to stomp an opponent into submission. Not sure why, maybe it's just the even keeled nature of the team leaders. The big 3 D and the King seem like steady professionals, not throat slitting assassins. Another one - just look when Nash scores, he's almost embarrassed. Compare that to someone like Messier, who would be absolutely orgasmic. This is going 7 - prepare the maalox cocktails...

limbo


Wed Apr 22 2015 2:06 pm EST

oops...less than 1 week vs more than 6...

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 2:06 pm EST

Like I said, it's doubtful Nash was concussed by that Bogoniasn mugging and yes, agreed the hit by Stuart was worse. The resulting downtime for Nash is reflected by that - less than 1 vs over 6. Something did happen to Nash, however, in that 2 days later he had neck problems and missed nearly a week. And more importantly, he stopped going to the net with the puck with speed. Until/unless that part of his reappears, I suspect he will struggle to score at a rate of more than a goal every 3 or 4 games. I guess that's better than last year's output!

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 1:49 pm EST

WTF cant they put something over this guys are made with orthoplast to project or are they gonna keep him out of this round and have him in the next round. I hate boyle out there. I dislike him more than Hunwick at this point.

KIS


Wed Apr 22 2015 1:42 pm EST

KIS - KLEIN ruled out for game 4. Practiced with the team today though and may...just may..show up for game 5.

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 1:29 pm EST

E - Too late, I already put it down for the puppy..But seriously, good stuff. Well, of the parts I can remember...

Hospo


Wed Apr 22 2015 1:25 pm EST

Anybody see if Klein is in the lineup?

KIS


Wed Apr 22 2015 1:24 pm EST

E: Best analysis yet up here. Shows why you need to be up here regularly. Thanks.

Bob


Wed Apr 22 2015 1:15 pm EST

Hospo: print it out and use it as toilet paper because pretty much everything I've stated is sure to not happen now.

E


Wed Apr 22 2015 1:14 pm EST

If I was treating this playoff series more like a boxing match. Going into the 10th I have the New York Rangers up 6-3. Maybe even 7-3. But it's not and the only thing that matters is what's behind the goaltender. And not enough is the answer there. Great teams smell blood in the water. Tonight will say an awful lot.

E


Wed Apr 22 2015 1:12 pm EST

E - Mind if I read that diatribic monster overnight and get back to you? Man, the influence of DESPO has been alive well on the Wall lately..:)

Hospo


Wed Apr 22 2015 1:09 pm EST

The Pens have done a great job limiting 2 of the New York Rangers assets off of the rush. Chris Krieder and Nash. Even last game when they did spring Nash who snuck out behind the play and came down the wing with authority Scuderi made a hell of a stick lift from behind Nash who had him shielded off pretty good. Chris Krieder has been pushed to the boards nicely and the only one who seems to be getting loose is Hagelin. I just think that Chorney (sp?) and his partner have been overwhelmed when put out against the Hayes line. But what can Pit do? At some point Martin has to come off the ice. And he's done an awesome job handling tough minutes against multiple lines. He in some ways has really been the unsung hero of this series so far. He's been out there wave after wave of a New York Rangers team rolling 4-lines of offensive pressure. When the Pens can't get the puck deep and the New York Rangers defense turns the puck the other way, it's been the Scuderi, Lovejoy, Martin and the other guy who have stepped up big time.theyve done a great job on the New York Rangers two biggest wing threats in Chris Krieder and Nash. I haven't seen Nash loafing just as I haven't seen Chris Krieder. They just cannot get loose. I haven't seen Nash digging enough dirt around the paint for my liking but he also saw Malkin a lot last game and Perron, and Comeau both started to boil over by how tight they were getting checked. And Nash has a lot to do with that. So in this series if I'm really just looking at an X's and O's perspective? I like the fact that the Pens had to drop Winnik down to spread their offense a little (Winnik had been playing in the top-6 effectively.) Sutter's line against Hayes has been a mismatch and Lapierre while being their most effective weapon thus far had a lot of problems with both Hayes and Dom's lines. And that's where this series is being won and lost. Last game I felt that the Hayes line was beginning to take over shifts and the Pens noticed. In the third, they started moving Sutter to the wing and double shifting Crosby. I don't think the lack of production by Nash has been all him. Some of it is testimonial for how great the thin Pens defense has played him. And like many playoff series it's your bottom 6 that makes it all happen. And if Hayes and Moores units keep gaining ground, the Pens are gonna snap. And I think that's the worst kept secret not being discussed by either coach who just keep using coach-speak. Nash needs that breakout performance though. That's where he is supposed to earn his cash. If he could open the threat more, I think the Pens will fold in on themselves and the holes will begin to open and the New York Rangers will start playing their game with more authority. Nash is the key to making this series turn decisively in the New York Rangers favor. PIT just ain't deep enough and it shows. But don't think I'm taking anything away from them. They've been masterful in defending against a New York Rangers team rolling 4-lines. Johnston has done a good job here but I think AV has him on the clip boards? It's just time to see some more of that result in production. My guess is that if the New York Rangers break their backs tonight it's almost over.

E


Wed Apr 22 2015 1:03 pm EST

RHET - Agree..Pens didn't press in and forecheck as much the last game and are regretting it..Expect them to come out like a house on fire with their forecheck game.........Perfect time for the Rangers to get a few counters early and finally throw the Penguins off their discipline...Otherwise, it will be another nail bitter..

Hospo


Wed Apr 22 2015 12:26 pm EST

HIP no one is saying he doesn't go to the net, we are saying he doesn't go to the net with the puck with speed and authority like he used to............TD agree that hit did not concuss Nash and if it did then he needs to retire now because he's done.

York18


Wed Apr 22 2015 12:17 pm EST

oops...sposed to read "Had they played the Rangers or another top team in the NHL THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON, there's a good chance they wouldn't even been in the playoffs."

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 12:15 pm EST

RF4L - There's also a big difference between getting a punch to the head and getting your head driven into a solid, immobile object...no doubt, Bogo tagged Nash hard...I wouldn't want to face that punch, regardless of its nature(being gloved and landed on a helmet)...The Stuart hit by its very nature was far more jarring, IMO...Stuart is coming at him with velocity...and then transferring all that energy through his shoulder to the bottom of Nash's chin...which causes his head to whiplash into the boards, where it comes to an abrupt stop...his brain smashed into one side of his head and then the other...and you can see that in the two completely different reactions from Nash ...in the Bogo punch, Nash shakes it off and looks no worse for the wear. In the Stuart hit, you can see he got his bell run...the Bogo punch...meh...I can see the sore neck...but a concussion? Hell no. Nothing happened there that changed the guy for the long run. He might have had some soreness, but so do all players...if, in fact, that hit was/is the issue, the Rangers need to part ways with Rick Nash immediately because he's one sneeze away from retirement.

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 12:08 pm EST

*can't figure out

Ola


Wed Apr 22 2015 12:07 pm EST

WIOSA- Good point on the 94' run. I don't remember the details from when it went down, but Having watched the DVD box it's scary how much NJD started to take over as the series went on. Scott Stevens and these guys wasn't that established and Mess and co pwned them. But as a team NJ was heading places. I can quite figure out how we could beat them so easily in 97' lol. I mean I know NJ missed the POs in 96', but I thought that was more about like LA missing it this year. Maybe Soupy should have been kept on, he can't have been that clueless coaching a team past a NJ in 97...

Ola


Wed Apr 22 2015 12:05 pm EST

York - I don't think any of the playoff teams...especially in the east...are easy wins...Columbus and the Bruins are on the outside looking in and both, IMO, are teams deserving of a playoff spot...So when it comes to the Pens, do I think they're the easiest team in the playoffs? YES. No doubt about it. Had they played the Rangers or another top team in the NHL, there's a good chance they wouldn't even been in the playoffs...Rangers were given the easiest team of seven and if they DO lose this matchup, then there should be some very serious thought about what direction the team is moving...dare I say a shake-up would be in order...I'm sure I'd say the same thing if they lost to any of the other teams in the east...maybe the Sens, just because of their goaltending situation...but even there...the Sens are playing a VERY tight series against Montreal...Habs fans can be as smarmy as they want, but the reality is their team has gotten a few bounces in the right direction and is benefiting now from taking out/neutralizing one of Ottawa's top forwards...Anyway...my point was never to say the Rangers should sweep or BLOW OUT the Pens...but that they should win this within five to six games...and if they don't then they need to do some soul searching...What I've seen so far hasn't lead me to change my thinking...they've outplayed Pittsburgh for seven out of nine periods so far...if they come out flat tonight and let these guys back in the series, then someone in that organization needs to do a reality check. Though there are no easy rides come the playoffs...there's no excuses for losing this one...and that's part of why this NASH-injury talk bugs me...Not an excuse. Not any more.

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 12:01 pm EST

NASH parked himself in front last game and had a nearly perfect deflection that goes in 9 times out of 10. MAF was fortunate to stop that one. NASH is a polarizing topic, good debate ... I know we are all rooting hard for him to play well tonight.

hipcheck


Wed Apr 22 2015 11:46 am EST

Rhet: Agreed. I posted about that twice yesterday - time for the Rangers to erase their habit of not going for the opposition's throat when it's exposed. Time for some killer's instinct to kick in.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 11:43 am EST

And what some of us are forgetting is that hit resulted in Nash suffering his third concussion in less than a year. There was that one (October 2013) and before that, the one he suffered at the heads of Lucic and McQuaid (hits that came in the same game) (February 2013) and the one that sent him home from Europe during the lockout (fall of 2012). That one goes unmentioned now, but it's legitimate. That is scary stuff both physiologically (fear of further concussions and their impact long-term) and due to the fact that for many, once you've had a couple, you are more prone to suffering more, especially if/when they come that close together. Was he concussed after the Bogosian mugging? Common sense says no because surely he'd have been out much longer (ended up missing a week) but the stuff around it sure hints at it. First, he played the next game (against the BJs) and second, his symptoms, which were late in appearing (with respect to when the incident occurred) were head/neck based. Regardless, he stopped going to the net with the puck with speed after that game. He stopped scoring at an accelerated pace at the same time.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 11:30 am EST

KIS: It's not that simple. Take a look at this clip (of Brad Stuart hitting Nash). It's dirty because it's from behind and Stuart's elbow comes up, but he doesn't actually make contact with Nash's head. Instead, Nash's head hits the glass and it's not nearly as hard as other hits we've seen in the past that resulted in nothing. He missed 6 weeks of hockey because of this injury and apparently, most of that time was spent doing nothing - that's how badly he was concussed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtwAkKXWOmk

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 11:22 am EST

Tonight is HUGE for the NYR. They need to bring their "A" game, not just show up like they have in a lot of other game 4's. It would be nice to develop a go for the throat killer instinct, but I'd settle for winning ugly..... MF.... I don't totally get the point you're trying to make. MCD had his best season as a Pro under AV last season.

Rhet0ric


Wed Apr 22 2015 11:18 am EST

We need a player like this badly. https://youtu.be/qcZy81gj3mI this helped turn the tide in the momentum, and eventually the game.

hipcheck


Wed Apr 22 2015 11:12 am EST

Nash hasn't been right since his 'stiff neck' . He's back to last years' mentality of avoiding hits. He seems to can't get to the bench fast enough for his shift to be over. .... He needs to put his big boy pants back on....

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 11:05 am EST

The problems with loose officiating in the playoffs are many, foremost it leads to serious injuries. I don't want any team to be missing players as an excuse for losing.

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:42 am EST

TD I agree with you about the change in game come playoffs, I honestly don't understand the logic behind it. The POs should be more exciting, not slower, but that is what it is. I also agree those punches shouldn't have done anything and if they did well then his career is done, on the flip side if his melon is so bad then why is he blocking shots? Why would you credit that win to the refs? I thought the Rangers played like crap. You cover all your bases easiest of all matchups followed by a qualifier unless they get mad about last year then it's different. So are they, or aren't they the easiest match up? ..........................RHET I remember the season the Rangers went to the conference finals where he did nothing he played the entire time with a separated shoulder and the one of those two times he did well he won a cup that's the difference. You're right he can still have a good post season, he can have a great post season, so far I'm not seeing it goal wise..............WIOSA he's not a superstar he was one of the leagues top goal scorers this season, what would that be called? As for his salary if it were 1994 it wouldn't matter but there is a cap now, so everyones salary matters. Back to Mario he was not a puck blocking player EVER and he didn't play two way hockey all that much even come playoffs so not sure where that is coming from. Lindros was a force like few others. ...................TD I agree on Skeij from what I have been told he needs work, also agree on Wrath he brings to this team what he does to Hartford this defense is going to be the scariest D in the league..............VIC perfectly put, no one could have said it better..............

York18


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:29 am EST

Tdchi: part of me finds it maddening and part of me likes it. Some of the waterskiing can piss you off but I'm more concerned with stick infractions then anything else. I kinda like when the refs decide to pocket the whistle and let the guys fight it out. I wish they'd call some of the more egregious stuff and I think that they'll always try to find that balance but I like what happened last game. In the third there was interference going on but the only time they opened the box was I believe for offsetting roughing calls. And that was even better because it gave us some 4x4 when it mattered. Very exciting. And I'm sure that was a reluctant arm raised and probably occurred after several warnings and the refs were trying to reel in some of that stuff. I don't know... I suppose as a fan we'll never be fully satisfied and as a player you'll always push it up to the what the refs will allow. I just think that playoff hockey sometimes I might be willing to handle some more of the less egregious stuff to let the players settle it on the ice. Then again, sometimes I feel the exact opposite and want them to call everything under the sun. And perhaps I vacillate depending on what the score is and who is controlling the flow. If my team is down by one and there is 5-minutes left and they just had a 2-minute forecheck and 3-shots on goal, with only the goalie making spectacular save after save? I know they're close to breaking their back then I notice every little thing under the sun and want it called.

E


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:16 am EST

On the officiating...I've often mused that it was a handshake agreement between the NHLPA and the NHL when they agreed to speed up the regular season game and essentially mothball all the slow clutch-and-grab players...that as soon as the playoffs start, they call the games like they were called pre-lockout...it's interesting to a degree because you need to have a team with decent skill just to get to the dance...but once there...you need grinders to pull you to the finish..we see it almost every year now, where it's the better fourth line that is making the difference...if your grinders become a viable scoring option thanks to clutch-and-grab hockey, then you're up on a team built for speed from the top down...I'd say that could pose issues for the Rangers...but they also have one of the better fourth lines in the NHL.

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:14 am EST

Wasn't Beukeboom's career ended by a gloved punch to the back of the head?

LeoS


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:14 am EST

The pass first mentality has been a problem for as long as I remember on and off the PP. It is up to the coach to recognize the issue and take measures to correct it. I find it incomprehensible that after all these years a coach can not get a team to think shot. I mean wtf?

NYStranger


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:14 am EST

Vic: As usual you and I are in agreement about Nash's issues and when and why they started. Let me add a comment, however: Nash is still occasionally bringing the puck to the net but it's when he starts behind the net (or along the back-boards). There's minimal speed involved, meaning it's easier for him to avoid hits and the contact that does occur is with minimal energy. What's disappeared since that mugging is his attempts at bringing to puck to the net with speed, which always involves bringing the puck down the boards or middle. You're right - watch that entire Bogosian clip and Nash carried the puck into the Sabre zone and went to the net with it despite having to deal directly with 2 Buffalo defensemen. He'd been doing that all season long, and scoring goals regularly because of it. Since then, no more of that and for those disagreeing about this now absent from his game, watch tonight and take note when he elects to shoot from 30 feet out instead of doing what he did in that clip. And I don't concur that the punches weren't hard - the first one knocked Nash to his knees. The fact that not a single Ranger came to his aid or no one went after Bogosian later in the game bugs the hell out of me, but that's another contentious (for some reason) subject in here. McI can't get here soon enough for me.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:13 am EST

TD, I agre somewhat with you on the Nash Bogo BS. Those punches shouldn't have given the guy a concussion. Ive given PA tougher shots than that with a bare hand. HIs brother the legend took many more harder hits in the ring. Some reason when the games start to matter Nash stays out of the middle. Not syaing he doesn't work Im saying he stays away from where the superstars are made.

KIS


Wed Apr 22 2015 10:09 am EST

Ola - no disagreements there...the guy is a project...I think he has the speed to play in the NHL...the question is whether he can pull everything else together...RF4L - I wouldn't get down on the guy yet...but just if anyone thinks SKJEI is going to jump into the NHL this or next season, then it's time to tap the breaks...the kid is still a good prospect and what I've seen of him in the A is nothing different from how a lot of college players look when they first go pro...the key will be how he improves with a year of Hartford coaching...putting on my Monday morning quarterback hat though, I think the Rangers could have grabbed a much better player with that pick...Tanner PEARSON was taken two picks later...Jake McCABE taken 16 picks later...GOSTISBEHERE was taken in the third...Jimmy VESEY(a Hoby Baker finalist) was in between. We shalll see with Skjei...but let's not pencil him into the Rangers' lineup yet...McIRATH, ALLEN and even BODIE are above him in development.

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:57 am EST

Vic/RF4L - Just watched the BOGOSIAN video again and sorry, I simply don't see anything that would constitute another concussion or would even give a player like NASH pause to adjust his game as drastically as his stats would suggest...It's a gloved punch and it's landed on a helmet. Maybe a stiff neck...but a worse injury? I don't think so...but casting all that aside...if what you guys are arguing is in fact true, then the Rangers need to part with Nash immediately...any player that delicate is clearly of no use during the playoffs, ESPECIALLY considering how loose the officiating has been...I still argue that it's the very nature of the loose officiating that's impacting Nash...and while you can point to how a player like HAYES as excelled amid that brand of officiating, they're two very different players...but again...I have a tough time bitching about Nash when he's leading the team in points...even if his one goal was essentially meaningless.

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:53 am EST

NHL officiating is so agenda-driven. You could see it evolving late in the year, when they went back to the old days of standing and watching blatant infractions happen 5 feet away without calling anything. This is squarely on the shoulders of Steven Walkom. For some reason, they want the skillful players to be diminished by the obstructionists and goons. That sort of play keeps games closer. This is what is so infuriating for me. A penalty is a penalty. My kid played in the USA Hockey national championships with his school. Those refs might miss a call here or there, but if it is a penalty and they don't miss it, they call it. You don't see them look directly at clear fouls and not react. It is silly, really.

Bob


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:45 am EST

Yesterday morning some of the talk here was focused on our defense, and AV's system.. I believe that AV ' s system is taking a huge toll on McDonagh...the guy was an absolute beast who thrived under Torts defensive system which was probably much more in line with his play throughout his development all the way to the big league.. I don't believe that the weight of the C has anything to do with his change of play.. In his defense, he could be playing with an undisclosed injury...... On Skjei, if MCD Stall stay healthy and Yankle resigns, hes going to marinate in the AHL for quite some time, he'll be a good trade chip.. Nothing wrong with that..

mf


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:29 am EST

And watching that NASH-BOGOSIAN video again two things immediately stuck out to me. First, look at what NASH is doing in that video. He is challenging two defensemen and taking the puck right to the goal. I have watched every game since this play and I have yet to see him do this since. He looks like a completely different player in this clip then he has since. The second thing to note is that the first punch that BOGOSIAN throws lands hard on the side of NASH's head. You can see it in the overhead shot. The second punch was a glancing blow (probably because NASH was already going down from the first punch). He got rocked by that first punch. No doubt in my mind.

Vic


Wed Apr 22 2015 9:14 am EST

Just wanted to make two quick points this morning on the NASH discussion which I haven't seen mentioned (I have been busy and have only skimmed). First, some folks are saying that the post BOGOSIAN period of time was the run up to the playoffs so that is why NASH's numbers dropped off. I don't buy it and here is why. HAYES played his best hockey during that stretch of time. If things were so tight and intense (like they actually are now in the playoffs) HAYES would have been struggling like he is now. The second point I wanted to make is that when we talk about NASH going to the net there is a big distinction that needs to be made. There is a huge difference between going to the net WITH the puck vs WITHOUT the puck. NASH is going to the net WITHOUT the puck with no problem. He is setting screens and is lurking around for rebounds like the goal he scored at the end of game 2. That isn't the problem. When you don't have the puck you can protect yourself to a large degree. You know it is unlikely you are going to get blindsided because you don't have to focus on the puck and the goaltender. You know you can see any hit coming. But, when you have the puck it is a different story. You know you are going to get hit if you take the puck to the net. You know you stand a good chance of getting blindsided because your focus will be on scoring. And that is what NASH is struggling with. He won't take the puck to the net. He is shooting as soon as contact is near. He won't even lean into the shot. He is leaning away from contact and getting less on the shot. These are the things that NASH wasn't struggling with this season up until the BOGOSIAN punches. These are the things that are different in his game and the reason why I believe his numbers are way down since that night in Buffalo.

Vic


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:23 am EST

BTW, FWIW, I've watched bits and pieces of every other opening series, but I never watch more than a 1/2 a period (save for the 3rd Jet/Duck game because it was so entertaining) because so much of it is lousy hockey IMO. For every exciting play/minute, there are several others that are chalk full of infractions that aren't called. Once the Rangers are done, I'll be done, too.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 8:21 am EST

BTW, good on LB to call-out the NHL for it's crappy officiating, specifically, allowing all the infractions that serve to slow the game down to be let go. Thing is, he's acting as if it's only appeared in the POs. He's wrong - this crap has been happening on and off (mostly on) all season long. The NHL is the most poorly run professional sports league in NA and it survives (and sometimes thrives) despite itself (which is more a testament to the sport of hockey than anything else). Shame on all involved - which, basically, is almost everybody who pulls in a hockey centric paycheque.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:52 am EST

My take on which opponent I'd rather see, Caps vs Isles: IMO, the Islanders are from top to bottom a better team, although Halak, if I was a LI supporter, would scare the crap out of me. I saw on 3 different instances last night him clearing the puck to no one. In one of those he put the puck between 2 teammates and it ended up bouncing into the high slot! The Caps, on the other hand, are bigger and meaner. Holtby appears to be steadier than Halak. For sure, the Islanders are faster. If the Rangers hadn't struggled this year against the Islanders, I'd definitely lean towards them. It's a 50/50 toss up for me. I just hope the series goes 7 games. And of course, I hope the Rangers beat the Penguins, starting with tonight.

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:48 am EST

Ola/TD: Your scouting reports on SKeji aren't giving me warm fuzzies! When I read 'he was as impressive there as say Grachev was' and 'he kind of reminds me of John MOORE...only a little more lost' I don't get excited! LOL

RF4L


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:15 am EST

79 was good except for nilson and the finals, had to watch in bars in nyc..no cable in bklyn.....the 80's weren't against the fishstinks ...let them rot in the sun on the golf course asap.....

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 7:01 am EST

TDCHI lol, I hear ya. I think Ive finally recovered from the 94 Devils series, I thought I would be an alcoholic by the end of that one. Just when I thought it was safe to 'swear off liquor' the Rangers decided it would be more fun to take the Cup series to game 7. What a ride that was. Funny how many talk about the 94 team as the 'dream team' they forget how nerve racking that cup run was - definitely not a walk in the park.

WIOSA


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:41 am EST

tdchi- I think I have a pretty good track of the WJC's. I've been to several tournaments and followed more or less all of them closely since 97', I also saw the 93-94 tournaments. On Skjei, I think he was as impressive there as say Grachev was. He was praised for his play, but I don't quite agree wtih all of it to be honest. Some good plays and a decent role is not "always" a great indication from the WJCs. Grachev scored a heck of a goal there and was Russias No 1 center and everyone loved it, but in fact he had a hard time keeping up with the pace of the game and was not around the puck much at all in general. Skjei played a very "small" role on the ice. Didn't handle the puck much at all, played defense and kept it real simple. Had a few bombs from the blueline. Played on a second pairing for the US. I've seen him once in the AHL on a really really crappy feed. I liked one thing a lot, he has obviously been told to make plays with the puck and always try to deliver a good pass. When he gets it he jumps up ice and trys to make a pass. I don't however think he is a top notch prospect who could challenge for a spot in the near future. He is a decent prospect who probably will become a decent NHLer, with some potential on top of that to become one of those key 2-way Ds. But I think the safe and modest bet as of now is more of a player in very roughly the John Moore/Michael Sauer mold.

Ola


Wed Apr 22 2015 6:29 am EST

Game 1: Referees: Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette; Game 2: Referees: Frederick L'Ecuyer, Chris Rooney; Game 3: Referees: Kelly Sutherland, Kelly Sutherland...(that's what it says)

RF73


Wed Apr 22 2015 5:58 am EST

Who knows who the 2 refs were in game 3 and were they also there for 1&2 ? ... What amazes me is how many here are wrong...

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 5:30 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/04/21/in-rangers-penguins-blind-eye-refs-are-ruining-nhl-playoffs/

stevielegs


Wed Apr 22 2015 3:39 am EST

TradeStar28 - McILRATH is an NHL-ready defenseman and on Hartford, one of their best players. Whether that translates into him joining the Rangers' blueline or not is something will have to wait and see next season...I don't think McILRATH will ever live up to his 10th overall pick...and certainly, there were a lot of other players I would have selected over him that year...I really wanted them to take BJUGSTAD...and of course you mention FOWLER...but if Mack can do at the NHL level what he's currently doing at the AHL level, the Rangers will be A LOT stronger team when he makes the jump...I kind of feel like a broken record saying this, but there's a lot to be excited about in McIlrath...and as the old proverb goes: Good things come to those who wait.

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 3:25 am EST

WIOSA - I think the Caps are the more favorable matchup...I want nothing to do with the Isles in Round 2...I want nothing to do with the Isles period...the Rangers had a real tough time against them all season and I don't see that changing in a seven game playoff series...Although I will say, a Rangers-Islanders playoff series...oh boy...That would be some sick hockey...but I don't think my liver could take such an epic tilt.

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 3:21 am EST

E - Here's the deal on SKJEI: He needs a lot of work, IMO...the game on Sunday, WALCOTT fresh in from the QMJHL looked A LOT more comfortable than Skjei...could have been an off-night for Brady...but I suspect it's more indicative of where he is developmentally...kid has the tools and at both the NCAA level and the World Juniors, has put them to good use...still WAY too early though to tell whether he'll make it happen in the NHL...Actually, he kind of reminds me of John MOORE...only a little more lost...in contrast, McILRATH is ready to make the jump. He's there. Why he hasn't is all speculation. You believe the fan base, it's because AV "hates" him. I don't personally believe that and think a spot for him will be for the taking come fall...Skjei, OTOH...he's gonna need at least a year in the A, barring some sort of dramatic change in the off-season.

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 3:21 am EST

YAY Isles lost, have no clue if they lose the series whether it will be better for us or not, I just cant stand that team (except Tavares)....YORK, wth does what he earns have to do with anything? The man is not a superstar, not an elite player either, he was and can be a prolific scorer at times and a threat on the ice. As it is right now, the Pens have to be happy that they have effectively shut down our two top scorers too, Nash and Hayes...That said, I never said TGO was a two way player, he wasn't, he was a pure sniper. It was Lemieux and Lindros (true superstars in their days) who would also chip in with defense. What a player does when he doesn't have the puck is what determines his value to the team. Would AV prefer that Nash score big time and put the Pens away? Yes. It's not happening, it's not happening with any of the Rangers, and guess what? There is a true superstar on the other side - Crosby, and HE"S not scoring big time either. Nash is a part of the reason he's not lighting it up. Come contract time, they may feel he's not worth his weight in gold, come playoff time they would rather he play anyway he could rather than skate around the ice trying to cherry pick his shots to improve his goal scoring or recover it. As always, jmho......

WIOSA


Wed Apr 22 2015 3:14 am EST

York - hahah....funny guy...I said "I wouldn't call the Pens an easy first-round team. But among the six other teams the Rangers could have faced, they're probably the easiest." Now do you disagree? Yes or no. I said "Rangers in 5. The one Pens victory will later be credited to the refs." Does that mean 'easy?' Yes or no. I said "I really like this matchup...my only fear is that the memories of their epic fail last year and the realization of how close they came to simply not making the playoffs this season awakens some sort of soul in this soulless team...Crosby and Malkin have to realize that an early round exit this year is going to fall on their shoulders pretty hard...the Pens' ownership has bent over backwards to keep Crosby's favorite playmates together at the behest of making the team weaker. If he doesn't produce in spades, he's gonna have some 'splainin' to do..." Does that mean 'sweep?' Yes or no. Man, get over yourself. You bring good insight here, but sometimes I think you like to argue for the sake arguing. Put that in your shine box and cram it.

tdchi


Wed Apr 22 2015 12:04 am EST

Come on Nashville.

Rhet0ric


Tue Apr 21 2015 11:57 pm EST

This OT in Chicago has been insane. Rinne has been unreal and now the puck disappeared on him! Literally!! Hahahaha. Richards and Rosy look good..

Shaggy


Tue Apr 21 2015 11:32 pm EST

McIL-whaaaaaaat?

Rhet0ric


Tue Apr 21 2015 11:12 pm EST

Mcilwho? I'm more interested in Brady Skjei at this point. Maybe Dylan becomes something and maybe not. He is irrelevant to me at this stage. Maybe he becomes something at some point. He's an inconsequential cog in the good ship New York Rangers

E


Tue Apr 21 2015 10:04 pm EST

My two cents on why I like AV's whistle to whistle style: "The Blues are at their best with a grinding, combative style, and their attempts to goad the Wild into the rough stuff have so far fallen flat. ''We're always talking about it,'' Wild defenseman Ryan Suter said. ''When something happens, you want to do something. We've made a thing in here, that you just smile and go have a good shift the next time out.'' The Wild played a penalty-free Game 3 and beat the Blues 3-0 to take the lead in this Western Conference quarterfinal matchup. Blues center Steve Ott has been at the forefront of the agitation, accumulating 22 penalty minutes, the second-most in the NHL playoffs. The Wild's disciplined response, though, has left their opponent as the one mired in frustration."

Nick


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:55 pm EST

Bogosian / Nash .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDzVLI-V6n8

mf


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:53 pm EST

Calgary taking Vancouver to the cleaners...Where is Ryan Miller?

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:48 pm EST

Looking at the Bogosian / Nash in front of net from 2/20/15......It looks like Nash did get hit 2x in the face area......but it appears that the punches glanced off the side of his face as opposed to landing flush.

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:48 pm EST

Detroit shut out the TBL 3-0

mf


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:47 pm EST

York... We have different definitions of the term superstar. Gaborik two good post-seasons in his career. The rest were all forgettable. He did nothing for us in the postseason when he was here. That makes him a superstar? Also, who's to say that Nash still can't have a good postseason?

Rhet0ric


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:44 pm EST

Okay Caps! No NYR-NYI! Too much surrounding bullshit. Plus whenever the NYI, NJD or PHL taste defeat, I rejoice.

Nick


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:42 pm EST

Caps win in OVERTIME!!!!!!!!

rangerlou


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:25 pm EST

RHET Gabby was an elite goal scorer which made him a superstar for his position and frankly the man has a ring on his finger and was a huge part of earning it while Nash was a huge reason this team didn't win a cup last year. Salary plays a huge part today because of the cap. I don't hate Nash for his salary, personally I don't care if he made 50 mil good on him for it, with that said his inability come playoffs to earn his salary or even the fact he was voted team MVP is where I have a problem because he has looked like anything buy the MVP for over 20 games now.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:22 pm EST

WILD that was one of the stupidest posts I have ever read. I'm only answering it in hopes to help you. First in hockey you are paid for what you have done and are expected to do, not just given a salary for the hell of it and he accepted it knowing full well he wasn't capable of earning it and it was offered with no expectation of him being able to earn it. He's paid that money for his goal scoring and if you were even close to being correct in what you were saying there wouldn't have been any need for buyouts because Richards was doing the little things that you were talking about, yet he was bought out of that contract why because it was a good deal? Wrong. It's one thing to be short sighted another to be completely blind which in this case you are. Into todays cap every dollar counts and everyone has a job and there is a reason why players make more then others and it's not uniform for everyone to get the same pay scale..................TRADE I actually agree they do see his value which is exactly why he hasn't been traded and hasn't even been shopped. This is also why he gets top min on the first pair every night in Hartford. They do see a future for this kid otherwise he would have been deadline fodder. He was given praise by the brass for his play in the AHL so other then some hatred for him not making it right away I'm not sure what your problem is, if he comes up and becomes a nasty stay at home Dman like Beuk or Ulf and protects our guys what more could you ask for that's something this team lacked even when Ulf was here because this team got the neutered version of Ulf

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:16 pm EST

WILD...The other thing we need to remember is that the Pens have the third best Penalty Kill in the League. Our Penalty Kill also needs to be at it's best, especially with our struggling PP.....York... When did a guy's paycheck become an indicator of his overall value? He got the money he did because he was Columbus' franchise player and they could not afford to let him walk. This was also after Detroit signed Zetterberg to that nutty 12 year contract. They could have matched that and signed him for more years(at a lower cap hit) or sign him for less years and a higher cap hit. They chose the latter. Also, did $7.5 mil per make Gaborik a superstar? Not IMO.

Rhet0ric


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:57 pm EST

Hossa 174 PO games, 45 goals, 131 points. And two Cups. I would take Hossa for three of Rick Nash. The Nasher has to score 2 goals every 5 PO games to be of any value. That's about 32 for a regular season pace. Given the better opposition 2 in every 5 would be damn solid. We'll see. Hopefully still a ways to go this year.

Nick


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:53 pm EST

TRADE - Look, I think Mcilrath is a meaningless topic for the Rangers THIS YEAR but still so far from a bust..You're talking about a BIG physical d-man that just turned 23 and who, by most accounts, is just about ready for 3rd pair duty in the NHL (for AV might be another story) after a very solid year in the AHL (1st pair, alot of minutes, PK)...Nothing wrong with that time line at all..It's just Ranger fan impatience and yearning for a nasty D-man that makes it seem like he should have been up here already..

Hospo


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:14 pm EST

The Rangers should just file Wrath into the bargain bin of busts......Sanguinetti , Del Zotto and Dylan Mcilrath........Hugh Jessibust, Korpikowski (somewhat).......But keep him in the A just to bring in the barbaric fan who is looking for the the reboot of SlapShot

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:10 pm EST

Trade. Before camp started the Rangers and McIlrath both spoke about him having a full healthy season in the AHL. The plan was for him to spend the entire year in the AHL. So him not being up other than during a ton of injuries is nothing to read into. Next season will tell us more, but there is nothing to tell us what they think...other than what they said early on....and Clark re-emphasized mid season in an interview about prospects.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:07 pm EST

Amazingly...the Rangers PP isn't the worst in the playoffs so far...The Islanders are currently 0-10.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:07 pm EST

Nash is the. New York Rangers Marion Hossa.

E


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:07 pm EST

York....in regard to Nash....his contract was signed in Columbus and not NY.......it was too high there....and its probably about 1MM too high here...........As far as Wrath....i have seen him play a bunch of times.....he just doesn't do it for me.......One of the biggest things i look at is the fact that the Rangers have two of the top physical d-men as Coaches at both levels, Buek and Ulfie.........With that being said....Dont u think between those two, Sather, Gorton, Schonfeld and anyone else running the show would see the value that Wrath would bring to the big club if it existed? Cmon bro....you know better than this

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:01 pm EST

York: you are 100% incorrect. Every player is paid to help the team win. If a win takes Nash killing penalties and breaking up plays than that's what he is paid to do. The narrow minded way you look at it is why for years teams didn't win even with lots of talent. They got guys and tried to get them to do certain jobs, now it's "do what's needed". As for The salary Nash gets. Well. If I offered you a guaranteed 8 mil per to design buildings to code would you turn it down because your not a structural engineering and architectural expert? Of course not. Stop using paychecks to evaluate players. It's rather short sighted.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 7:46 pm EST

WIOSA he's not a superstar? He makes 8 mil a year that's a superstars salary, that's not some two way player who nets 20 goals a year salary. He's paid to score goals and maybe you should think before you post since you didn't see Mario, TGO, etc diving and blocking shots, they weren't being lauded for their two way game because they weren't scoring they were scoring which is what they were paid to do and they were supposed to do. He doesn't go to the net like he did in traffic and that's one thing everyone here is agreeing on but you. I'm sure AV is thrilled that Nash has stopped scoring and become fast part 2, insert sarcasm......................TD you implied it so stop, I'm not the only one who has stated as such but hey you never admit you're wrong so at least you're consistent, delusional but consistent. Now you can get your shine box.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 7:40 pm EST

Rhet0ric - I did not know that...thank you for the clarification...we now return you to your regularly scheduled disagreement already in progress.

RF73


Tue Apr 21 2015 7:37 pm EST

York - sorry bud, wrongo. Never said cakewalk. Never said it'd be easy. Go ahead and prove me wrong: use the 'find' function and find me the post you're referring to. You won't though because It doesn't exist. Thanks for playing though.

tdchi


Tue Apr 21 2015 7:22 pm EST

WIOSA: I saw the Crosby locked out clip today. How many times did he try that door? LOL....

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 7:00 pm EST

YORK 18, I mentioned 2 times in the third that I SAW after your post. Me and others saw more, Watch MSG theyre playing the game non stop, Im not recording his moves. And with all due respect, who are you ? His coach? You really think AV wants ANY of his players (save goalies) doing one thing and one thing only? Who is he ? Gretzky? Even Lemiuex and Lindros contributed defensively when they could. Nash is a team player, not a superstar, nobody claimed he was a superstar. If he's not scoring he;s doing what he can to make sure his team wins. That is what makes him valuable. You don't feel he's worth anything? That's fine, but don't say he doesn't go to the net because he does. We agree to disagree

WIOSA


Tue Apr 21 2015 6:22 pm EST

LeoS/RF73.... 4/20.... Is the proposed holiday for those that like to "partake" of a particular herb.... The idea came from a particular time of the day, 4:20 PM which was code for partaking . Where as 5:00 PM-ish is known at tea time, 4:20 PM is known as "T" time ....I was also referring to both :) ....Anyway, how about those Rangers, huh?

Rhet0ric


Tue Apr 21 2015 5:46 pm EST

OK, let's argue about something else...LeoS & Rhetoric...I believe the reference that KIS made about 420 earlier was related to the date... not anything to do with time...If not, then as Vinny Barbarino used to say, "I'm so confused"

RF73


Tue Apr 21 2015 5:44 pm EST

3 games, 3 points, 2 wins.

hipcheck


Tue Apr 21 2015 5:43 pm EST

I'm pretty sure Mal has enough respect for the game , his teammates, and himself to figure out what to do about next year sometime after the parade. Assuming sather and veenknow want him back. Que sera sera ....

stevielegs


Tue Apr 21 2015 5:21 pm EST

WIOSA he went to the net once in the third period? Thank god, he found it finally only took three periods. As for him blocking shots, who the hell is he Callahan, or Nash? He's here to score goals not block shots, nice of him to be an 8 mil wall sliding on the ice. Not what someone is paid 8 mil a season for, he's here to do that thing called scoring goals like he did during the season..................RF4L well put on Nash and changing the games atmosphere...................JFC I said nothing about game two because the team lost that game not Nash, the only thing Nash could have done different was be a one man wrecking crew and scored three goals on his own and that's not realistic, it happens, but that's a pleasant surprise and not something one should expect of any player. My concern is that he's just not playing like the guy who scored over the first 2/3 of the season.................HIP winning games in spite of him not because of him, he's a goal scorer and we should be winning because of him, not letting him be a passenger, or some two way forward because that's not what he's here for or paid for..................HOSPO like I said to someone earlier he's not Ryan Callahan and nor do I want him to be Cally, people here said Cally was not worth 6 mil, well if Nash is turning into a mucking two way player then he's not worth 8 mil especially if he does it whenever the games get tough.IMO this has been his MO look during the OLY he got demoted all his goals came in non medal round play and when the games mattered and the games were tougher Nash disappeared as per usual.......................STEVIE he loves the game so much, I hope he respects it enough to retire if he continues to play like he has.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 4:37 pm EST

St. Louis, meanwhile, had this response as to why he would choose to skate today when none of his other game-day teammates were on the ice: “I guess I just love the game. I’m just trying to make sure I’m ready to go tomorrow. Everybody prepares themselves in t heir own way. To me it’s getting on the ice today is part of, it’s such a loose skate, you feel like you’re on the pond almost and that’s a fun place. Yeah, for sure. It’s soothing, no doubt.”

stevielegs


Tue Apr 21 2015 4:36 pm EST

RF4L did you see the beginning of the game - the pregame show where Sydney was locked out of the Pens locker room and had to get security to let him in? That was amusing.

WIOSA


Tue Apr 21 2015 4:34 pm EST

York , yes, actually I did. In the third period, with about 9 minutes left he went to the net with the puck, prior to that he planted himself for a redirect in front of the net. Sometime later he was blocking shots...He is really not gun-shy...if he is, he's the strangest gun-shy player Ive ever seen.

WIOSA


Tue Apr 21 2015 4:23 pm EST

Nash *does* go to the net, but moreso without the puck than with it, IMO. When he's coming in from the goalline or behind he's opting for short-side shots; when coming in from the blue he hasn't even *tried* his cut-across move, at least not that I've noticed. And, Rhet, btw - there are TWO 4:20's each day :) Unless you're living military time.

LeoS


Tue Apr 21 2015 4:18 pm EST

RF4L - I am mainly agreeing you but also believe the time of year and the way the opponents are playing have also factored in..It's just not as easy to do in the POs agasint PO teams (and down the PO stretch run)...Somewhere between "this" and his high scoring mode would be fine and dandy by me............I will also mention this, it seems all the analysts and announcers love the way that NASH is playing now, the way he is doing all the dirty things, the way he's playing two way hockey and the way he IS going to the net.....Just saying.....We can be over-critical at times...:)

Hospo


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:59 pm EST

Anyways, fun and interesting discussion. I sure hope the Rangers win tomorrow night and then boot the Penguins out at home in game 5. Winning a series quickly would be wonderfully refreshing. And I don't know much more of the Penguin and Crosby Vaseline-fest I can handle. I seriously almost turned the TV off yesterday when the Rangers went up 2 0 (given the way they were playing I was reasonably comfortable they'd win).

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:49 pm EST

Hospo: Why he stopped going to the net is secondary and purely speculative. Why isn't and I see you (and many others) are in agreement, is that he stopped going to net as I describe around that time. IMO, as I've posted, not only is the visual evidence obvious, but so are the statistics. Imagine if he'd scored all season at the rate he has for the past 25 games? He'd have struggled to pot 20 - the outrage would be deafening! lol

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:48 pm EST

This is NASH's 7th playoff series with The Rangers. YOU DO THE MATH. We are winning games and series with this guy. He is so g#d d#mn close to The Cup it is ridiculous!!!

hipcheck


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:46 pm EST

JFC: I don't want the big swoop Nash. I want the Nash who scored nearly 40 goals in his 75 games this year. There's no way those goals all came off scrambles around the net. A large number of them resulted from him driving to the net with speed, something he stopped doing the last quarter. He's a machine when he does that and usually is unstoppable in terms of generating a chance. It's not for the meek, however, even if you are 6'4", 230 lbs and mobile. You pay the price from the resulting physical play of the opposition - they have no choice but to get body on body - stick checking a Rick Nash driving hard to the net ain't gonna cut it. Lot's of bumps, bruises and worse, especially in the POs. Not to mention the increased likelihood of injury. Tough to get inside a man's head to try to figure out why he's doing what he's doing, but in this case I think it's quite clear. And here's something else to chew on: Compare Nash's goals to someone like OV or Stamkos, or even a lot of Corey Perry's goals. They one lethal one timers and set themselves up for that - waiting for a teammate to slide the puck over to them and bang, the shot is off, hard and fast and deadly. How often do we see Nash scoring like that? Not very, which is why, I suspect, AV doesn't have him parked in the FO circle like OV does, on the Ranger PP. That's not his goal scoring forte. Most of his goals are closer to the net and a result of him going there, quite often carrying the puck himself. He's still doing from behind the net - not from when he carries into the zone. If there's an opposing player around, the puck goes one of two places: Into the corner - usually for MZA to chase down or on the net.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:41 pm EST

RF4L - yes, NASH has scored less since the your famous Bogosian mugging, but that also pretty much coincided with the beginnig of the PO stretch run where everything got tighter and goals were much harder and even the Rangers taking on a more defensive posture, not to mention, a few teams, finding a better way to play the Rangers.....Still, for whatever reason NASH has attacked the net with less vigor, I TOTALLY AGREE that he needs to get back to it, even if it means forsaking some defense and two way play...

Hospo


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:38 pm EST

York -- not "complaining" about the 3-game commentary...just stating another opinion or different way that I look at it. In fact, I didn't have you in mind with that at all...I was thinking more about the frustrated reactions to Nash during game 2. I know we all want him to do well.

JFC31


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:34 pm EST

Guys, remember, respect and have fun...I think we can all agree the book on NASH for this year's PO is yet to be written and hopefully has 3 and a half chapters left......JFC - We probably are in agreement...I think He played a fine game last night, but I just want more offensively then he has shown the past 3 games and in last year's PO...He is capable--just look at the regular season---of more and it's the only way we win the Cup...IMWO..

Hospo


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:34 pm EST

Stevie - hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...hmm, I'm hungry...let's get a burger basket and a coke from The Flame.

RF73


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:29 pm EST

So it's clear, my conclusions about why Nash's goal scoring has dropped off aren't based on the last 3 PO games. What I've seen from him in terms of no longer going to the net with speed (one of his forte's earlier in the season and in the past) is based on the past 25 games (since the Bogosian mugging). 6 goals since then, a pace that's less than 1/2 of what he was on prior to that. Tough to ignore, IMO (and I don't know how some of you are). Does he need to score more if the Rangers are to win the cup (or this series or the next, etc)? Arguable - they got to the finals with 3 measily goals from him last year. What isn't arguable, IMO, is that if he does score at a top goal scorer's pace, it would help the Rangers immensely. Could and would, in the very least, easily mean shorter series for the Rangers. Imagine if instead of shooting from 30 feet in yesterday's 3rd period, he'd gone hard to the net, when the opportunity clearly was there to do so, and scored. All that scrambling and frantic play over the last 10 minutes wouldn't gone down. An easier and more decisive win. That sort of stuff is important when it comes to deep PO runs. The Rangers need to stop extending series. Jump on the opponent's throat when it's clearly exposed, as it was for Pittsburgh going into the 3rd period. Key players step up at different key times, depending on their skillsets. He needs to step and try to score in those situations. Yes, he's been great away from the puck, but we all know he's making the $$ he makes primarily due to his goal scoring ability. He must be cognizant of that too. I hoping he realizes he needs to bring that aspect of his game back.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:21 pm EST

RHET Nash is paid like a superstar.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:19 pm EST

JFC and Im commenting on three games and you're complaining about it. I have no idea what he will do the rest of the series, I hope he starts scoring. I said last year he would score 40-50 in the regular season this year and would need to prove that he can step up come playoff time. This is the same Rangers team Nash scored 42 on and now all of a sudden they are playing a different game, system? I'll call shenanigans on that one because it's the same team, same system, and the only difference is as I said last year and this year that when the games become more physical and the pressure builds Nash will once again disappear and this was finally his year to prove that won't be the case. The POs are early and he has plenty of time to prove he's money, all I'm doing is commenting on his three games so far and more is needed from him then being a two way forward matter of fact that was the difference last year between winning a losing a cup, Gabby did what he was brought in to do for the kings score goals, Nash didn't that's why one is a cup winner and the other isn't YET.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:16 pm EST

There is a 4:20 every day of the week. There is also one coming up shortly. I'm curious, when did Nash become a Superstar player? When I think of Superstars I think of Crosby, Ovechkin, Stamokos. IMO, Nash is on the second tier. The closest thing we have to a Superstar on the team is Hank, who was terrific last night BTW. Still, I'm waiting to see him put a string together, more than just 1-2 games.

Rhet0ric


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:13 pm EST

WIOSA, Nash was going to the net? I saw him pass up on scoring chances by avoiding going to the net because he would have been hit to do it. I actually took score on how often he did it and there were three times where you would have to either be blind or severely biased not to see him pull away to avoid being hit. He's also not a two way forward he's supposed to be a top line scorer not a grinder who plays two way hockey.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:12 pm EST

ok nothing to see hear....move along...get off the corner.....rf73 is that a laughing gas pipe? .....

stevielegs


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:11 pm EST

York -- stop the hyperbolic BS...I said nothing about what people should or should not post. IMO, Nash should be judged on THIS PO run....none of us knows what's going to happen. Just like a goalie (or any player)doesn't win the Cup until he wins the Cup, I'd rather think,that Nash won't score well in the POs until he scores well in the POs and maybe that will be this year. People want Nash to wow them so far and he seems to be playing more within a disciplines system that the Rangers prefer. The way I am looking at it so far is that Pitt is playing a shutdown style because they know that is the only way they can beat the Rangers, so of course there are going to be fewer opportunities offensively. We've still got 14 more victories to go, who knows how many game total....I just think it's too early to condemn him as a PO failure, that's all.

JFC31


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:09 pm EST

KIS - OK and tomorrow is 4/22...what was the score of the game on 4/16?...a hang-on 1 goal victory: and on 4/18?...a try to catch-up 1 goal loss...Your honor, the defense rests.

RF73


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:06 pm EST

HOSPO, Im with you..I like Nash and don't see the complaints. I keep hearing he wont go to the net, then watch the game and there he is at the net. He had some good defensive moves last night as well. Now here is where I lose you, I also happen to think Glass does the job he was hired to do. He is our "enforcer" when we all know AV does not want one, reluctantly takes one on. I really couldn't find much fault with any of the guys last night, on rewind I saw several shots hit the post, the goalie, bad bounce or what not, we could not buy a goal to save our lives after the second. I think were snakebit. Anyroad, I really think the team played as a tight unit last night. They got hit late with the Pen rush they knew would come, and they held. Cant ask for more in the playoffs against 2 of the best forwards in the NHL. IMHO

WIOSA


Tue Apr 21 2015 2:59 pm EST

JFC another thing that's not the Rangers game? Nash played that way all season he played HIS game with the puck but not any more he changed the last 1/4 of the season which oddly enough is when his production also stopped.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 2:56 pm EST

Trade, Wrath went with arguably the top enforcer in the NHL and didn't lose, and you're comparing him to guys he would destroy if they dropped the gloves with him kind of odd? I also again will ask how many times have you seen him play to be making the statements you keep making? I honestly expect you to say zero, because I doubt you have gotten up to watch pack games and that's fine but then we are now just talking about not liking him for the sake of not liking him....................WILD, getting assists especially secondary assists is not what he's here for, your other statement about who he's facing up against is funny because he does get to see the lower pairs. Kreider is still a kid hardly on the bubble at this point...............HOSPO agreed, and he has been a good two way player but that's not why he's here, another player can do the same for half the salary which frees up money for other players......................MSL needs to wake up or go.................JFC you couldn't be more wrong and now we aren't allowed to comment on current play of guys on the team? Well, in that case I guess there will be no more posts and the RFC can shut down till the Rangers season is done, or is it only you are allowed to say things when you feel like it and everyone else should just not say anything?

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 2:50 pm EST

RF 4:20 was yesterday

KIS


Tue Apr 21 2015 2:50 pm EST

Hospo -- here's the thing about Nash....when he was in his first playoff season with us, he got absolutely ripped for what he was doing WITH the puck in the offensive zone....he was making these big, sweeping, Jagr-like swings through the offensive zone, then doing a turn-your-back-to-the-goalie, semi-spinorama that was driving everyone crazy (including me). He was on the puck constantly but just all sizzle and no steak. Last year, he played a very well-rounded game in all three zones, had less chances and then had some critical chances that either missed or got blocked (one against LA that was heartbreaking when it got tipped away from an open net). So Nash got ripped for not scoring goals and not being involved enough offensively. Now, it seems like we want him to go back to what he was doing offensively in his first go round, but put the puck in the net this time. But that's not how,the Rangers play thengame offensively and have not done so all year. They are more tic-tax-toe....not one guy taking the puck and doing his own thing....especially on a line with Zucc and Brass....very Euro-style offense. Nash has to be predatory in order to get to go in for clear break-in attempts (like when he has stripped Pitt D-men trying to exit their zone.) when he is on offense in the o-zone, the 3 of them pass the puck,around and look for openings for bang-bang plays and one-timers. I'm not sure what we all want Nash to do....take the puck and just do it himself? He can do that, but only when the opportunity presents itself....he needs to,pick,his spots and that means waiting for a guy to overcommit or seeing a chance to deke in order to make a quick charge towards the net. Sometimes those opportunities are there, sometimes they're not. And then when they are, it doesn't always result in a goal. It's 3 games in and I think Nash will have a significant offensive impact when all is said and done....then again maybe not. Who knows? I'm not going to say he's a playoff loser because that's his history and a leopard can't change his spots.

JFC31


Tue Apr 21 2015 2:36 pm EST

Look, the whole point is that a TIMELY goal or two from Nash (or anyone else who’d like to contribute) and the powerplay (wait, let me light the bowl again & take another hit) would go a long way to keep this team from having to constantly protect a one goal lead and/or the King from having to pitch a shutout throughout the playoffs. Not a good recipe for ultimate success (too many things can go wrong) or for my heart.,

RF73


Tue Apr 21 2015 2:30 pm EST

Yeah, MALKIN's gotta be hurting more than a bit, he's usually dirty and nasty against the Rangers..I know the Pens are trying to be disciplined but I don't think that's what's muzzling malkenstein

Hospo


Tue Apr 21 2015 2:18 pm EST

wildcard....here is a video from 3/15/15...... Kelly hits Malkin....looks like a knee problemo? http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/gotta-see-kellys-shoulder-much-malkin/

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 21 2015 2:18 pm EST

E/JFC - Disagree completely...OK, maybe not..just sounded better!..But seriously, I haven't read all the posts, but I don't see people drawing future conclusions based on Nash's first three games...just commenting on his play till date..which is perfectly justifiable...Personally, I think he has been a good two-way forward for the Rangers in the first three games...him and Hags were the best forwards last night IMWO ...But I still want him and I think the Rangers need him to go to the net with more authority because, without a doubt, the team is going need that offense from him as the POs go deeper, especially agasint teams that have a healthy defense

Hospo


Tue Apr 21 2015 1:58 pm EST

E -- agree completely....we're 3 games in and are drawing these vast conclusions about Nash. I don't care about the past right now....I'll judge him based in the present...."present" meaning his body of work during this playoff season. Making such early conclusions are often a way of attempting to get out ahead and be able to say, "I told you so," if the early conclusion ends up becoming reality. If a player proves the conclusion wrong, it ends up with a, "I'm glad I was wrong but the reason he finally succeeded was that he finally started doing XYZ, which is what I was saying he had to do to be successful." I'd rather just let the POs play out and see how each games goes....rather than condemn him as a scoring failure (lots of factors go into that BTW....is he being keyed on and that allows others to get free, etc.) who has a defect that will always prevent him from being successful in the POs. That's too depressing for me.

JFC31


Tue Apr 21 2015 1:52 pm EST

trade: Malkin was in and out of the lineup over the last quarter of the season with "lower body injury". I outdent be shocked if it is his foot again, missed 11 games last season at the end with that and came back for the post season, and there were rumors that he wasn't fully healed. Again this year I think he has done it again, and for some reason the team is letting him. I am beginning to wonder if his feet are not unlike Petr Forsberg's, they just fell apart and he couldn't play anymore. The rest of his body was OK and he still wanted it, but just couldn't skate worth a crap. Malkin looks much the same, no power in his stride, and when he is leaned on you can see him struggles to dig in and press back.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 1:46 pm EST

Meanwhile....Malkin.......is he hurt? Usually he is much more dialed in as a player......and usually more than Sid. Malkin has made some nice passes but he doesn't look like the scary Malkinstein that we've grown to hate in years past.

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 21 2015 1:46 pm EST

Judging Nash right now is more or less projecting future failure based on lack of production right now and justified by previous seasons. He has been very under the radar offensively but defensively he is putting together a gem. I realize that he isn't there to be some kind of Sergei Federov and I don't want him to be some kind of Selke candidate right now. I want him to score because thats what he gets paid to do. But any kind of grumbles right now I think are premature. We are 3-games in, he has been keyed in on pretty heavily and effectively by Pit on the back check. Just as well, they've done this to Chris Krieder as well. I don't think anyone should discount how outside of the discipline issues positionally Pit has been playing pretty solid 3-zone hockey. I do think that ultimately Pit will break. They are shallow on depth and the New York Rangers when they make their pushes seem to just completely take over the game. Fluery keeps saving their asses and I don't think that can continue all the way thru. I'm just giving Nash a little bit of a free pass given the tightness and lack of space on the ice but at some point he will need to take over a game. I'm not expecting that Marty St. Louis will. Anywhoo... How about Hagelin? He cracked Crosby nicely. That guy has really done a great job getting stronger over the past 2-seasons. He is a real playoff weapon now. He pushes the pace all over the place.

E


Tue Apr 21 2015 1:22 pm EST

I think everyone needs to wait until this series is over...at least that long, to pass judgment on Nash. Only 3 players have 3 goals, and only 18 total have more than 2 out of 16 playoff teams. Crosby has 2 and got them in one stretch of one period. A few more got their goals in one game, and have not a single point in other games. Nash has 1 goal and 2 assists in 3 games. Sure we all want more, but lets wait to see if he continues this point per game average over a longer period of the playoffs. And as someone said, he keeps playing like last night, he will get points. The PENs top pair is a good D pair, Nash has not had much ice time against the lower two guys, but eventually those top 2-3 Dmen will tire out, they are playing more than they are used to playing, Nash is playing his normal amount, he will have more energy as the games go on, and eventually will have more chances. If he can cash in all this talk is moot. So once the Rangers are done this playoffs, be it with the cup or without, that is when player should be evaluated. If Nash has another 3 goal playoffs and they win the cup, he had better have done some amazing things to get other guys chances and directly lead to goals, or he should be moved, same can be said for MSL, Kreider, Step, Brass. They need to show that they can step up when needed, and not just for a game or two early, but the entire time. The PENs are focusing on Nash and his line (just like the Rangers are trying to focus on Crosby and Malkin) If other players step up and start to do more, the D will have to focus on them, and Nash will have less to deal with and the goals should come. It hasn't reached that point yet, so lets see how it goes. Last night he was playing a big mans game, and if he does that again in game 4 the Rangers will win again.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 1:13 pm EST

York....u are correct....I am not a big fan of Wrath......and that is ironic because traditionally i liked seeing guys like him on other teams.....but i don't think he is good enough. Honestly i don't think he is even that good of a fighter.....most of his fights show him off balanced and not skilled with the defense (getting punched in face)......Guys like McGratton and C. Neil and brandon prust and luke gadzic and milan lucic and john erksnine have good fighting balance. Dylan must improve there.......but most importantly he needs to round out his game to be considered NHL ready....Hopefully your dream comes true

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 21 2015 1:04 pm EST

NC you misunderstand me, Nash earns his paycheck regular season, it's the fact that once the paychecks stop so does Nash. Frankly a superstar performs end of story they win and Nash doesn't seem to have a care about that when the paychecks stop coming in.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 12:53 pm EST

Ok - so I'm going to weigh in a bit on Nash here since he seems to be the topic of conversation today. I actually see good points on both sides of this debate. I disagree with York on the fact I do believe the guy earned his paycheck during the regular season (potting 42 goals is no slouch). Having said that (and where I do agree with York), his PO performances to date in his career are subpar for someone earning the dollars he receives. This can't be argued. Yes, he is doing all the little things effectively...I agree (i.e. backchecking, hustle in the d zone, passing, etc..) But the bottom line is this guy is paid to score goals in big moments. Well, the door is wide open for this team if they can finally build that PO chemistry they had last year. I see glimpses of it, but I havent seen it for a complete game yet or to the same extent I saw last year after the St.Louis death in the family. I'm still waiting. But I must say that Nash is a big part of that equation, and he has to begin potting some goals with some degree of regularity. This is what players are paid to do at his level. You here it all the time from the coaches and management: "Your star players have to play big in key moments to have playoff success". I agree whole heartedly. This team is not quite as dependant on Nash b/c I believe the talent level is even higher than last year's team (I made this claim during the pre-season). They have a deep and talented team that can find ways to score and manufacture offense. All the guys aren't going right now...St. Louis is horrible and his precipitous decline in talent has been mind numbing when compared to his play last year....Hayes is looking like a rookie all over again and hasn't adjusted to the pace of the playoffs yet (although, I did see more glimpses of potential during Game 3, so maybe this will come sooner rather than later)....D.Boyle....this guy looks effectively done to me also (see St.Louis comments). I don't think we've seen the best of Zuc either. When and if these guys get going, with the addition of Klein, I think we'll see more improvement. All that said, Nash has to do his part and needs to begin capitalizing on his opportunities. I truly believe that Buffalo game turned around Nash's approach to the game. He was going to the net with regularity up to that point, and then all of a sudden reverts back to more of a perimeter game after he was out a few games with a "stiff" neck? C'mon...the guy was rung up again. To what extent I don't know...but it's prob. a lighter version of the Lindros concussion effects...I don't believe it's a lack of heart...I believe it's a personal fear of long term health. That is my gut feeling. Then again, the guy has never been much of a playoff performer so you begin to wonder. Probably some combination of the two is my guess. I will say that Game 3 was his best performance so far. I did see him attack the net a little more with some good opportunities but he didn't capitalize. But when I see him skating down the half boards w/ a step on the defender and he shoots from 25-30 ft. out...well, your just not going to score like that in the playoffs...drives me bonkers...take it to the net big man. Use that size and ability. If you could only transplant Zuc's heart into Nash, you would have one helluva player. On to Game 4. Hopefully, Klein is dressed and we can steal another on the road.

NCRanger


Tue Apr 21 2015 12:43 pm EST

BTW, that selfish prick of a bully Bufashit was -3 last night and deservedly so. Running around like a headless chicken, out of position all evening and taking dumb penalties. This guy could be so good but is immature and selfish. Looks good on Winnipeg for having that sack of goo on their club.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 12:37 pm EST

stevie: IMO, no Ranger has played above par in all 3 games, but I thought until yesterday, at best of the 6 periods of PO hockey, the Rangers played well in 3 of them. Yesterday it was 2 of 3. Of those 5 + periods, I've liked the play of several players, including the 4th line, the Stepan line (although Miller is lagging a bit), Hagelin, MZA, Brassard, Nash (save for his unwillingness to go the net with speed) and the top 4 d-men. The King was superb last night, too.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 11:53 am EST

I won't join in on the Nash bashing this time. The guy went to the net repeatedly last night, had chances while playing a 200 foot game. In game 2, he was wide open in the slot twice and Brassard failed to get him the puck. He keeps playing like this and he will score.

Bob


Tue Apr 21 2015 11:52 am EST

What nyr so far is playing up to or above par? It's more not than are unfortunately because it's the nature of the playoffs. No one can quantify what will change their opinion on any player. For some it will never happen not matter what the player does. I don't really care as long as they win 16 the rest is window dressing. If they don't everyone will disappointed and fill the barrel with many to throw into Niagra falls ....so far my barrel is empty.... I'll think about it after the parade down the canyon of heroes ....

stevielegs


Tue Apr 21 2015 10:59 am EST

York18 -I don't really agree on the part about lack of heart and not wanting to pay the price , but totally agree with all the rest of that.....He is indeed paid to score in the POs and he needs to be attacking the net with vigor rather then focusing on safe, defensive or even physical play..Still, I thought he had one of the better all around games by a Ranger forward last night, for whatever that is worth

Hospo


Tue Apr 21 2015 10:49 am EST

HOSPO if he's not afraid then he has no heart, he's not willing to pay the price to score the goals he's paid to score. Fault Sid and his skid the guy goes hard to the net and like KIS said every time Sid touches the puck you have to worry if he's going to score, Nash was like that till the last 1/4 of the season. He no longer looks dangerous he looks pedestrian out there with the puck and he's not paid to be a two way forward, he's not paid for back checking he is paid to score goals.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 10:48 am EST

KIS - To me, Mcilrath is a meaningless and moot point..It's obvious the Ranger braintrust does not have enough faith in his skating and hockey ability to throw him into the late season fray..Personally, after what I have seen these last two years with all the young players, I trust their opinion...Doesn't mean I wouldn't mind another physical D-man around to help the King...I do...But I want one that fits into the Ranger/AV system...A little patience and KLEIN will be back....The top 5 will be fine and basically unrivaled, and less time for Boyle!!

Hospo


Tue Apr 21 2015 10:37 am EST

WILD - No argument, but I do like the other parts of his game..He's definitely not physically afraid IMWO..But, his scoring is also needed..

Hospo


Tue Apr 21 2015 10:36 am EST

The big thing to me is that when Nash gets the puck you don't feel like oh boy this is going to be dangerous. There isn't the anticipation of him scoring a goal like an OV or Tavares. You get that kind of money you should be a threat everytime you get the puck. He doesn't do that for me. Kreider could be butt he is young and plays with his head up his ass much of the time. Every once in a while you seem him take over. Kreider too needs to start crashing the net. Since the Price incident he doesn't go to the goal as often. God I don't know why AV doesn't play MCilrath. so much of the Bullshit around Hank would stop. He can't do worse than Boyle. He is so needed.

KIS


Tue Apr 21 2015 10:25 am EST

Hospo: From what Nash says, and what he does on the ice, he is avoiding turnovers to a fault. Sure he does have many turnovers, but he doesn't get chances either. He makes the safe play far too often. Not that I want him to be reckless, but a chance now and again would be OK.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 10:23 am EST

HIPCHECK - I'm with ya on NASH...And the two forwards that stood out to me for their two way game, including physical play, were NASH and HAGS..Still, for some reason to (avoid turnovers???), while NASH is more physical and better defensively in the POs, he does reign himself in a bit offensively...

Hospo


Tue Apr 21 2015 10:08 am EST

RF4L: I can see Lindberg making the club, and if not being the first call up. I only say that because I am sure They will try to keep Step Brass and Hayes, and with Moore still signed for next year, it may force them to keep Lindberg in the minors to start if they can do all that...unless they move Moore, and that wouldn't shock me if they feel Lindberg is ready for that role.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 10:01 am EST

Lindberg finished the regular season with 28 goals and 56 points (in 75 games). A nice increase from last year's totals. I've not seen much of his play, save for the sole game he had with the Rangers a few weeks ago (where he didn't look out of place) - seems reasonable IMO to anticipate him making the big club next fall.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:59 am EST

Oh, and 5 Ranger prospects are still involved in the CHL POs, including Tambellini, Graves, Keegan, Donnay and Halverson. All have advanced to the quarter finals....

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:56 am EST

And on another note, the Pack's POs start tomorrow - they are opening up at home against Providence. The AHL first round is a best of 5 (2 at home, 2 on the road, the 5th game at home) so the Pack had better be ready, lest they are on the outside looking in a week from now. Here's hoping they have a long run - fabulous experience for all those young guys down there.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:52 am EST

STEVIE he's paid 8 mil to score goals, if he's not scoring goals then why the hell is he being paid 8 mil for? If we are playing checking line two way players 8 mil now then Moore, and Fast better be getting a raise and the cap better go up, as for the pens is it coincidence they don't win another cup since Sid has also gone weak in the playoffs for a while? I dont think so, your stars have to play like stars to win a cup and Nash once again is not doing that................WILD Nash is facing what many say is a weak almost AHL defense he should be exploiting that, but he isn't, meanwhile the pens are facing arguably the deepest D core in the league. Now you're hoping for luck to score goals for Nash? I know you don't score on 100% of the shots you don't take, but taking too many of those also doesn't help the cause either. You keep avoiding the times Nash is pulling up and not taking the hit to make the play that is part of the game and something you continue to ignore. Nash is supposed to be a super star and he is during the regular season it's when the game gets tight and real that his game goes south and that's a problem.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:41 am EST

RF4L - We can agree to agree :-)

RF73


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:37 am EST

Wild: Nash's production dropped by over half. That's a huge drop. You can defend him all you want but 1) you won't win that argument with me and 2) let's agree to disagree. We don't need to get into a tedious never-ending argument.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:35 am EST

And yeah, I agree that I get tense far quicker when Boyle has the puck vs MSL. The same thing, however, can be said (for me anyways) when it comes to almost any Ranger vs Boyle. including Tanner Glass! Boyle is an adventure. He always has been but in the past, he produced offense so you lived with it. Now at his age, he's not doing that. Unless something turns around in his play this POs, I suspect he'll be traded or bought out this summer. I won't miss him if so.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:35 am EST

RF4L; How many guys increased the goal output towards the end of the season? Ovechkin is one...and most of those where PP goals, setting up and blasting away. Different animal than the goals Nash scores. MOST players have a cut back offensively at the end of the season because things get tighter. Last night Nash drove the net a few times with speed, and a few times on crossing patters looking for a tip, or rebound. Also as has been pointed out, its harder and harder to go to the net with speed unless someone messes up. The PENS have been very good positionally so far, there has been little chance for Nash to get to the net with speed. Running into a Dman dose not make for a good play.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:32 am EST

another thing, people will point out that Nash didn't drive the net with the puck. Can you tell me who the Dman was? Makes a MONSTER difference who is in front of him. A guy like Lovejoy has a GREAT stick, much like Staal, and when you drive the net against those types of guys, 9 out of 10 times you lose the puck, or the shot to tipped harmlessly away, its how those guys defend, and it may not be that Nash is worried about being hit, its that he doesn't want to turn the puck over, so you shoot through the defender, and hope for the best. If the defender isn't square, or its a guy you know doesn't have the best stick, or a guy who likes to take the body, you can move in on him and try to make him miss and get past him with the puck or in Nash's case muscle him to the net and still get a shot away. You can't just look at nash and say "he should have driven the net" no one drives the net against Chara, partly due to his size partly due to his reach. Ask Ovechkin, Malkin and Crosby how they like driving towards the net against Staal and Giradi. Its not that they beat them up physically, its that they play so well positionally that its nearly impossible to beat them, and why they go wide, and try to get a pass in front, or to take a shot through them. Its rare than any player can drive the net with the puck against those two, and smart players try to find another way. Nash is doing the same thing at times, against a top Dman his chances of making that play to the net are slim, its more likely the PENs will be on the break going the other direction for a chance of their own.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:32 am EST

stevie: To clarify, Nash is doing well without the puck (has all season) and has been effective down low so far this series. What I see him not doing I've clearly (IMO) stated and when that part of his game disappeared. Some are arguing it's nothing to do with the Bogosian mugging; rather its the time of year. That could be correct and me speculating about the Bogosian mugging after-affects are just that - speculation. Where some of us are in agreement is how he stopped driving to the net with speed. He's had 6 goals since that mugging...in 25 games. Pro-rated that's barely a 20 goal pace, which is 1/2 of where he was at before then. There's a reason for that and for me, it's clear why.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:27 am EST

York: I agree on shots vs scoring chances, but Crosby and Malkin are not even getting many looks at the net at all. They can't even take a second to get a shot off most of the time, Nash is doing the opposite, he is getting shots, granted they are not scoring chances, but you never know what may happen...a funny hop, a goalie error (Fleury has had many of those) a bad rebound or a Dman who flubs the rebound.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:26 am EST

And concur with those who are saying as worrisome as Nash's reluctance to drive hard and fast to the net with the puck, MSL's ineffectiveness is worse. In his last 18 games, he's scored a measily 3 goals, this despite getting regular icetime, plus PP duty. It's funny - the MSL strokers claimed his down time will help because of his age - if anything, he's more ineffective than he was before he was hurt (and that's saying a lot!). And to think no first this year AGAIN for him. Hated the trade when it went down and hate it even more now. One of Sather's worse, IMO.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:21 am EST

is that Nash that shot from outside the circle that brassard put the rebound in 28 seconds into game 1 ?......the Nash bash is not unwarranted but it's being overdone. As is the msl one. I don't panic when he has the puck , but I do when boyle has it. I doubt vennknow has much of a problem with his vets performance of playing a team game to try and win it. Are the pen fans crying about malkinstien or crybaby not scoring last night? imagine those 2 on the nyr and losing, what would the comments be? crybaby was 1-19 before game 2, now 3-21....Nash had 3 goals last year, and almost everyone wanted him traded even though those 3 helped get them to the finals. He will continue to be the whipping post until he scores goals, even if they win the chalice and he doesn't. that's the main goal, and he is contributing to winning, and will continue to do so. if he scored a goal a game and they lost be ok?.....anyone who is anti-Nash will more than likely continue to be....even if he scores 1 per game and they win the cup......it will be why didn't he do this or that to get a hat trick......and win 16 of 17 instead of in 18 to 28 playoff games.....

stevielegs


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:20 am EST

York: It's not an excuse. Not at all. I'm posting what I've observed and that's a change in his style since that incident.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:15 am EST

WILD shots are meaningless scoring chances are what counts, a shot from the red line if on net is a shot, but I wouldn't count that as a scoring chance...............PJ MSL is done IMO he has just been flat out worthless so far and I see no signs of that changing, I think he's done as a Ranger after these playoffs, he's just dead weight at this point.....................PEOPLE keep complaining about what was traded for Yandle, that was not his fault, you can't hold him accountable for what was given up against what he produces, if that was the case then he needs to score like 70 points at least and that's rough.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:11 am EST

TD you can admit when you are wrong? Obviously not, because three games have been played and you point to 1/3 and act like you're right ignoring the other 2/3 where you have been wrong. You also did make it sound like a cake walk and were called out on it by RF and now by me, but as usual you can never admit you're wrong but sure act like you know everything when you don't.....RF stop with the excuses the Bogosian thing was a while ago, the guy has no heart and that's always been the problem and I said it from day one. His play has nothing to do with those punches it's in his head and in his heart where the problem is, he doesn't show up in BIG games said it from day one...................WILD I counted three clear instances where Nash pulled back instead of going forward for scoring chances, two were on rebounds where instead of driving forward he stopped to avoid getting hit all together. Nash has been pulling up all series did it in game one as well, the guy disappears come playoffs, strange how the paychecks stop at the same time Nash does? This is the same guy who in his first year here said he had a good playoffs and he sucked. I said last summer Nash would have a huge regular season even said 40-50 goals, but what happened come playoffs would be his legacy as a player here and so far we have a return to the Nash who does little. You say he shouldn't do the same things but that is what he;s doing the Nash that was driving hard to the net cutting into the middle forcing the goalie to move is gone so far and don't give me BS twitter crap, I'm watching the games he's not doing it, he's not doing what scored him 40 goals this season and you're the only one not seeing it you and HIP. I see a guy who used to slow it down a step entering the zone then change gears and explode forward and cut hard to the middle using his body to shield the D and force the goalie to move and in that movement he would score goals, now I see a guy pulling up and when curling to the middle like last year he's drifting slightly back instead of going direct to the middle which allows the defender to block the shooting lane as well as allows the goalie to stay square and not have to open up.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:09 am EST

Not seeing the game you people are when it comes to Nash...Shots yes but real good chances no.....His goal in the series was meaningless and please don't try to say he is having as good a series as Crosby because that isn't even remotely the case...He needs to be better for the Rangers to be successful in the playoffs...MSL is my biggest concern though....I see nothing that tells me he will contribute....

PJ


Tue Apr 21 2015 9:01 am EST

NASH, incidentally, is tied with GIRARDI for the team lead in points(3). Hard to bitch about the guy with that being the case...last year at this time he was 0-for, if I recall...didn't start putting up any regular points until the Canadiens series...so as far as Rick Nash goes, he's having a pretty decent playoffs. He's not taking over games, but he also doesn't need to at this point.

tdchi


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:58 am EST

td: To emphasize what you just posted. Does everyone realize Nash has more shots through 3 games than Crosby and Malkin combined? He has 12, combined they have 10 (or was it 11 I forgot already and I just looked at it) in any case, space to get those shots off is harder to come by. Shooting all the time is one way to keep in the game, to be a threat and to make teams change the way they defend you. Nash, by shooting from out high, will force defenders to adjust, if they do something different it could give Nash the opportunity to get past them. Maybe they wont and they will let him keep shooting, but if there is another big rebound and a goal like in game 1, they will be forced to adjust, or if Fleury lets one in from the top of the circle, be it he is screened or not, they will have to adjust. As long as the PENs are adjusting their game, the Rangers have the edge. IMHO its never a bad Idea to get a shot, and if he isn't going to have the space in close I would rather he get the shot away than have it count for nothing and the puck just coming back out of the zone after expelling energy for nothing.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:56 am EST

Hip: Yep, agree to disagree. Much more civil that way! Not to mention far less tedious.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:53 am EST

Wow, I'm still not agreeing with the majority of the posts that think NASH is playing scared and vastly under-acheiving. He was going to the front of the net hard multiple times. Agree to disagree, I guess?

hipcheck


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:52 am EST

On the game - Don't have any complaints...I guess I kind of wish the Rangers dialed up their offense after the two goals instead of hunkering down...but again...never during that game did I fear the Pens were going to win...Rangers' response was spot-on after they mailed in a pretty lame showing on Saturday...on NASH: I'm of the belief that when the games get tight, Nash is one of those players who is easier to neutralize. I mean, a lot of his goals this year have been when he can find a stretch of open ice...come the end of the season, there simply aren't those opportunities anymore. ..I don't think he's playing any more timidly now than he was two or three months ago...I don't think he's playing timid at all...just the game has changed...he's getting picked up when he's on the ice, just like CROSBY and MALKIN...no one is letting him drift...now does he adjust and start going to the dirty areas? Well, that's how he scored the buzzer beater Saturday...we'll see what happens going forward, but fortunately for the Rangers, they have a whole cast of characters that can score OTHER than Nash...the USA line is just incredible...STEP, MILLER and KREIDER are feeding off each other's energy...just three very complimentary players...the only thing I would think about swapping is MSL for ZUCC...I'd love to see the kind of energy he could bring HAGS and HAYES...I tell you what, Tanner GLASS, for all the ribbing he's taken from myself and others, is having one hell of a playoffs. I still would rather SHEPPARD in the game...but can't complain there.

tdchi


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:50 am EST

also, he is paid to get points and score goals. He has 1 goal in 3 games....would like more, but I look at the series as a whole once it is done, if he gets a couple in the next game or two, than its all good if they win the series. But you can't overlook the fact that he has 3 points in 3 games, a point per game in the post season is nothing to scoff at. If he continues to get a point per game throughout the playoffs, I think it is safe to say he overcame whatever post season demons he has had. Its not as easy to get to the net this time of year, nor is it as easy to get points. We all need to forget about the beginning and middle portions of the season, and even the later stages of the regular season. The playoffs are different, they refs let more go and its harder to get to those prime scoring spots.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:43 am EST

RF73: I wish I could find it. Last year it was 68%, this year it was 71%. Thats the number of shots Nash has taken from below and between the hashmarks. The idea that he only takes perimeter shots is a myth....it just isn't true. A person on twitter figured it out from some stats website that tracks shot locations. Anyway. I can recall 3 or 4 times that Nash did drive the net and the slot. You NEVER do the same thing every time....NEVER, its stupid. And by your account, if its the end of a shift you just dump it in the corner. Why? Why not take a shot, maybe it slips past, or maybe there is a rebound, or a Dman bobbles the puck and the guy coming on for his shift gets there and gets a chance. Doing the same thing every time is just asking for trouble. Nash shooting from the top of the circles can work (and it has many times) than he can wind up and fake a shot, or keep driving because the D can't know what is about to happen. If he drives the net every time he will get killed, because the D will know he isn't shooting or passing, so they will leave their man and come across and smash him hard. Nash had played he drove the net, played he went to the net without the puck (had at least one tip) shot from up high, made a pass across while driving. It was an all around game for him. For some reason, seemingly smart hockey fans on this wall can get really narrow minded with some players...and they only see them as having good games if they do certain things, every single time.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:37 am EST

WIOSA: When was the last time Kreider went into a goalie all on his own? I mean when was the last time a D didn't chop his leg, or shove hime down or anything? A D has two choices, let the goalie handle it and just make sure the guy can make to large a movement side to side, or try to disrupt him, hit him, hack at his stick. The second option leads to guys ending up tangled with your goalie...and a G getting injured, like Price, D chopped Kreider, hit his leg, got him falling down, and bang, Habs are all done....Kreider has not, I'm my recollection ran into a goalie, other than clipping a guy high while cutting through the crease, without assistance from a Dman being stupid.

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:37 am EST

He shoots from the top of the face-off circle almost every time...I am seeing the same pattern as well...only once did he follow-up when MAF left a rebound and Nash made a feeble attempt to poke at it....If you are not going to take it all the way in because it's the "end of your shift" then dump it in from the red line and get off the ice... He's paid $8M a year to go to the net....He was VERY effective at doing that during the regular season BB...(Before Bogosian)

RF73


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:28 am EST

RF4L: Really...your going to pick one play of of a game where Nash was in front on top of the crease quite often, when he drove through the middle with the puck to get a shot (that was deflected) and was winning board battles using his size and strength all game long (maybe not so much in the 1st and at the end of the 3rd) and you make it sound like the guy was not playing hard. If the play you are talking about is the one I am remembering, yeah he had room, but he also was at the tail end of a shift, and the Pens had pressure before it. Shooting it in was the correct thing to do. There is also the fact that Fleury was leaving big rebounds, and the Rangers were trying to make simpler plays. Get it on net, crash in for a rebound, or try to get bodies on the defenders as they got the puck. And it worked last night up until the PENs put all their engr. out there to try to get back in the game. Nash had a very good game, he was a beast out there more than not. Picking out a play that he didn't go all big and bad and drive the middle is not doing his game justice. I could probably find a few plays where Giradi didn't do the right thing, he had a monster game as well...should we really be picking the lesser plays and using them to describe a player?

Wildcard


Tue Apr 21 2015 8:24 am EST

The NHL, like many other pro leagues, has a vested interest in protecting its stars, and like it or not, Crosby is a star. I give credit to him for rallying his "troops" in the end of the third, with a never say die attitude. That said he should've been called for the elbow to Hank, the NHL is supposed to protect the goalies. Then again there's Kreider.....

WIOSA


Tue Apr 21 2015 7:54 am EST

On Nash - the perfect example on his unwillingness to go to the net happened early in the 3rd (I think) when he came down the left side of center with 2 defenders to his right, the nearest several feet away. He had a couple steps on both and with his speed, the opportunity to take the puck closer was clearly there. Instead, he wound up and slapped the puck, which MAF easily kicked aside. Ridiculous given his skill, his salary, his value to the team (if/when he's scoring) and the fact that it was 2 1 at the time and if he'd scored, the game likely would have been out Pittsburgh's reach. He's been that way when it comes to carrying the puck with speed (as opposed to cruising to the front of the net when a teammate has the puck or trying to bring the puck out from behind the net - re when speed is NOT involved) since the Bogosian mugging.

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 7:48 am EST

Vic: I think you're being a little harsh on Yandaway, at least for last night's game. He made some nice defensive plays, especially against Crosby, and doesn't back down from anyone - he clearly hasn't bought into AVs turn the other cheek mantra. That said, I agree with your PP criticism and for me the jury is out on the validity of the trade. It's too early to decide (unless the MSL deal which was ridiculous when it was made and is only looking worse as MSL's retirement announcement gets closer).

RF4L


Tue Apr 21 2015 7:43 am EST

York - You gotta foggy memory dude. Never said it'd be a "cakewalk" or anything of the like...I said the Pens are(and continue to be) the best/weakest team for the Rangers to face in the first round and that they'll close this out in five or six games...also never said it'd be a 'goalfest'...said Pitt's MO is to ride CROSBY and MALKIN for three or four goals and then coast...and guess what they did in Game 2? I can admit when I'm wrong. This is not one of those instances....and yeah, it's a tight series. Of course, it's a tight series. There isn't one matchup I can see that isn't. Even the Canadiens-Sens series is tight right now...After all, it's the playoffs.

tdchi


Tue Apr 21 2015 7:30 am EST

Vic – On Yandle…everyone is saying that it takes 20-25 games to “get” Veenknow’s system down…I’ll give him a pass, for now, chaulking it up to the learning curve…I like his aggressiveness and I am convinced that the mugging he endured that took him out of the game for 9 minutes bordered on a mild concussion IMO…The look on his face after that hit begged two questions he was asking: #1. Where am I? and the bigger question #2. Who am I?...As far as the game I agree completely…Had the sound off for 95% of the time because I did not want to get more worked up than I already was with the officiating…I’m sorry, they swallowed their whistles after the first two Penguin penalties…This is the league in the age of Buttman and his Penguin lovefest.

RF73


Tue Apr 21 2015 7:26 am EST

And, as for the game itself, great road playoff game by the Rangers for 2 periods. I thought they responded well and found their legs to a great degree. STEPAN was much better, as were KREIDER, HAGS, MZA and MILLER. I thought the Rangers best line over the first half of the game was the 4th line. They were guilty of running around in their own end in the last period but the 4th line was otherwise very good. HANK was very solid and GIRARDI was just fantastic. I thought STAAL played well and HUNWICK had some moments. BOYLE scares the hell out of me and McDONAGH can't stop fumbling with the puck. I don't know what his issue is this year but it has been a constant theme. On NASH, I am in "agreeance" with RF4L that NASH hasn't been the same player since the BOGOSIAN punches to the back of the head. He is trying but he absolutely will not cut to the slot if there is a chance he is going to get hit. And, he will not try to beat a guy closing on him one on one anymore. He lets go of the long shot rather then risk the contact. Defensively NASH is doing a great job but they need him to be the offensive player he can be. Need more from HAYES. Clearly he wasn't ready for the jump in pace and intensity of the playoffs. I'm hoping that as this series moves on he catches up and starts to find his game again. I have confidence that he will get better each round. As for the 3rd period, the Rangers had a few opportunities to put the game away. They need to capitalize on those because the margin for error was pretty thin last night. If STEPAN converts on either chance he had to put the game away the Rangers could have avoided the last 10 minutes of the game. The Rangers got luck the Pens weren't able to tie it because it would have been a crapshoot in overtime and a loss would have been devastating after controlling the game for so long. I also think they are playing with fire every time they sit back on these 3rd period leads. To their credit they keep on winning these games but they have been damn lucky on many occasions this year. Sooner or later it will come back to burn you as it did against the Kings last year.

Vic


Tue Apr 21 2015 7:13 am EST

On the game.......It felt surreal listening to the NBC Sports broadcast while watching the game, especially in the first period. You could tell that everyone involved in the broadcast was ready to respond to the Pens dominating the game. They expected it and were still running that playbook 15 minutes into the game when they finally mentioned that the Pens didn't have a shot on goal. I kept yelling at the TV because I couldn't believe how lopsided their coverage was especially considering the Rangers were totally controlling the game. It was funny how when it got thrown to DINGLEBERRY and ROENICK at the break how you got the real story of the first period. Their commentary was all Rangers. And, just a tip for the NBC Broadcast crew. You might want to get a name or two right when you are calling play by play for a game. And, when you give the score you might want to let the audience know that the team that is actually winning the game is up 2 to 0 and not the team that is trailing the game. I've seen some bad broadcasts before but that was borderline unwatchable and the NHL should be embarrassed that they are allowing their sport to be shown that way.

Vic


Tue Apr 21 2015 7:00 am EST

Sorry, I don't agree on YANDLE. Yes, he has been better in the playoffs but nowhere near good enough to justify what the Rangers traded away to get him. And, I wouldn't even consider mentioning his name in any sentence that contained the word LEETCH. I know you weren't comparing him to LEETCH but IMHO ROSI (when he was at his best with the Rangers) was better then YANDLE has been over the last 3 games, and certainly MUCH better then what YANDLE has been since he was dealt here. And I didn't like ROSI. I'd put RACHUNEK and probably a few others since LEETCH as better then YANDLE as well. That was a great pass by YANDLE on the HAGS goal but apart from that I haven't been blown away in the least by his play. And, as far as the PP he isn't the PP QB the Rangers were looking for. Hopefully he takes it to another level, otherwise I am going to look at the deal as another stupid, colossal failure just like the MSL deal.

Vic


Tue Apr 21 2015 6:00 am EST

Big Mac might have a hard time in the nhl after he lays out crybaby and malkinstein. Eventually the nhl will probably give him the avery treatment and send him for anger management . He will hurt guys and get suspended, and the refs will target him. Especially if he plays for the nyr. I'd put him in front of the net on the pp.

stevielegs


Tue Apr 21 2015 5:51 am EST

TRADE is there a reason you keep insulting Wrath? It's actually odd since you keep making reference to the Hansons which has me asked the question have you watched him play? He has come miles and WILL be an NHL player, if not this team, someone elses and he will be a nightmare match up for anyone because the threat of being taken out is always there. Watch the kid at the AHL players avoid his side regularly with the puck. Fowler is a great player, but it's not any fault of Wrath he got injured or that it took a while for him to get back to 100%. He was never drafted to be a Fowler type player and never was going to be one, what he was drafted for is exactly what he's becoming a menace on the blue line that is a stay at home crease clearing Dman...............CROSBY faceoff, he cheats, but it's not cheating unless the ref calls it, Jordan often got away with an extra step, the best get that in any sport, just what it is.......................TD this series is not the cake walk or goal fest you claimed it would be, it's turning into the series I said a tight scoring series....................Yandle has thrown caution to the wind and is playing his game again and hopefully opens up even more. Girardi is a beast have said it for years, he is the anchor of that blueline and has been for a long time. Kreider finally woke up this game, Miller needs to wake up and get going more and show why the hype is there. I think a lot of guys are missing the things that the Rangers are getting away with and should be happy that it is happening, I watched a number of holding the stick infractions that the refs looked the other way on. Glass played a very good game, he's doing what he is supposed to and you can't fault him, moore has looked great as has fast, anyone who thought Fast doesn't belong knows by now he does. I look forward to Lindberg coming a center who can win draws LOL, Nash, I was watching him and counted three times where he could have had a scoring chance had he gone hard to the net, two times were for rebounds and he pulled up short to avoid getting hit. He needs to stop being a passenger and start playing he wants to be paid like a super star well now is the time he should show he is one. Stall looks like stall steady and ready, Hunwick needs to go, Boyle an adventure but better, Hank has been steady and will only get better as the playoffs go on. MAF has surprisingly been IMO the Pens best player in this series. Big win on the road and a perfect road game till the last 8-9 min of the game. They continue this puck control game on the road this will go 5.

York18


Tue Apr 21 2015 5:44 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/04/21/resistant-refs-pushy-pens-reveal-who-true-rangers-are/

stevielegs


Tue Apr 21 2015 5:15 am EST

SJW, -- Totally agree with you about CROSBY regarding faceoffs. There was one distinct camera angle that showed exactly what you described. I was stunned that he wasnt thrown out of the dot. You can not get anymore obvious than that. I mean, it is flat out cheating, and literally ruins the integrity of the game IMO. Pissed me off!!!!!

hipcheck


Tue Apr 21 2015 3:42 am EST

High on my wish list right now is Jesper Fast growing a real porn 'stache.

Ola


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:22 pm EST

Dang....Jets don't have luck in any sport...

Shaggy


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:54 pm EST

NICK - Yep, on all that, especially Kesler and the DUcks doing it again..Jets with a PP to end the period...End it!

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:53 pm EST

The Stemp's been a good pickup for the Jets. He's always been a good 3-4 line guy. That was a lower level salary dump by Sather as Klingberg is basically AHL. Playoff hockey is always pretty great most times. All I want from our series is four quick wins, no drama. It's why I prefer the Caps next instead of all that rivalry Jazz in Round 2. As I type the Ducks again tie it late.

Nick


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:37 pm EST

Hell, in the Jet-Duck series, even STEMP has been hitting guys with malice!....As for the Rangers, really loved Hags and NASH's two way effort tonigjht.............KAT-TY PERRY..Good one by the Jet fans!

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:28 pm EST

BTW, Staal`s play on THE Kreider`s goal - put him on the point on the PP AV, you stubborn fool.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:26 pm EST

Rhet: Re Yandle`s play: Great to see but geesh, it`s about time considering 1) what he cost the organization 2) his predigree 3)his importance to the team 4) what`he makes a year. Let`s hope he continues to get better - he`s needed.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:25 pm EST

Great road game until late. Once again the Rangers got too conservative after the first 5 minutes of the 3rd period. Of concern were 2 incidents for me....the Kunitz forearm shiver to Henrik's head that the ref looked right at but did not penalize, and Crosby starting the end of game melee and getting off scot free. Still, they dominated the Penguins behind their own goal line most of the night.

Bob


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:17 pm EST

https://twitter.com/thekreider/status/590332624364822529

THE Kreider


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:17 pm EST

RF4L - Not sure i agree..I have enjoyed the Jet-Duck series, the Canuck-Flame Series and even the Isle-Cap series...

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:12 pm EST

Yep and this game is an anomaly - most PO games are more like the Ranger - Pittsburgh series than this one. Buttman sucks.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:04 pm EST

Nick - Sure is..Beats the lacklustre Ranger-Pen series by a miles...Hell, I don't think my BP has gome up a tick watching any of the Ranger games yet...Partly becasue of how the Rangers play..and how other teams are trying to play them

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:01 pm EST

Bufashit on for all 3 Duck goals and on all 3, he was out of position on all them.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:58 pm EST

Jets-Ducks that's one fun game ...

Nick


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:57 pm EST

Much more entertaining as a fan. The only reason i watch the Rangers is to see them win.....I don't really get to enjoy the year after disappointments....lol

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:55 pm EST

This is fabulous hockey. Physical but up and down and goals. Some dirty plays, but not nearly as much as say what we saw the Penguins hand out.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:51 pm EST

They got the pride of Cherry Hill New Jersey back in the trade

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:50 pm EST

Silverberg scores again. Nice trade by Ottawa...

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:50 pm EST

Holy shit, what a physical game this is. Geeeeeeeeeeeeesh....

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:48 pm EST

FWIW, I tweeted both Elliot Friedman and Nick Kypreos (they were on the inbetween periods panel and had the Crosby Vaseline out as bad as the announcers) about it.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:48 pm EST

Rhet closest guy to leetch as a nyr ... Great deadline deal

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:47 pm EST

Would love to see Jets/ Flames & Rangers / Canadians ..........and let the people of Canada get whipped up in a frenzy as the Rangers win the Cup

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:44 pm EST

No one wants to praise the play of Keith Yandle in the postseason? No one?

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:43 pm EST

Bufashit screws up again. So over-rated.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:36 pm EST

RF4L - You gotta love the Jet fans. especially in comparison to the often muted MSG fans who bail when down by one or two goals....Too bad for the Jet fans they have that numb nutz running trying to ruin everything

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:33 pm EST

Hospo your right just found, wow its bedtime. Glad I don't have to drive.

barto


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:33 pm EST

RDW: Yes. Terrible. Shameful.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:31 pm EST

All that said, pretty amusing to watch the Jet fans. Their passion is unprecedented IMO.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:28 pm EST

And the St. Louis Blue Sharks working on another chapter of PO failures.

Nick


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:28 pm EST

BTW, Bufashit on for both Duck goals. One the first he was way up by the blueline. On the 2nd punching the goal scorer and drawing a penalty. What an ass.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:28 pm EST

BARTO - Pretty sure it's McKirahan of the Atlanta Braves suspended for 80 games for PEDS

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:28 pm EST

RF4L....not sure if u been watching the Jets/ Ducks series but the Ducks play over the fuggin top dirty....including the two stars, Perry and Getzlaf.........btw, I always liked Andrew Ladd's game during the playoffs.....wish we had someone like him....

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:27 pm EST

RF4L: I'm in Toronto on biz and I couldn't believe the amount of Skid the Kid love that was being broadcast. Not to mention in the post game all they did was talk about the Pens. Hard to believe but it was actually worse than NBC. .

RDW


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:26 pm EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan was suspended for 80 games Monday following a positive test for a banned substance under Major League Baseball's drug program. McKirahan is the fifth big league pitcher in 25 days disciplined for using performance-enhancing drugs. He was cited for Ipamorelin, which releases growth hormone. "I am extremely sorry for letting down the Atlanta Braves organization, my coaches, teammates and the Braves fans," he said in a statement released by the players' association. "This is in no way a reflection of my character or morals. I will work hard during my suspension and pray that everyone will find it in their hearts to forgive me."

mf


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:26 pm EST

That's why I was asking, I can,t find it any where.

barto


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:24 pm EST

BTW,, Bufashit doing his usual crap - Corey Perry makes it 2 to 1 and that selfish asshole punches him in the back of the head. I hope the Ducks score on the PP. What an asshole.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:24 pm EST

Big Buff strikes again. What an idiot.

Nick


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:23 pm EST

Big Buff just face planted C. Perry right after perry scored on the PP.....Crazy

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:23 pm EST

The Rangers can get away with it, and do occasioanally, but for the most part they just play too damn clean!!!

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:23 pm EST

Rhet: The Rangers don't do it, at least not nearly to the same extent as other teams. It's the AV mandate. Turn the other and don't engage. Hell, he was quoted after game one about that - about not responding to after the whistle stuff. Watch any of the other series and it happens continually. Don't get me wrong - that stance is admirable and IMO, if all embraced, makes for far better hockey. But, that's not the NHL - the NHL encourages that crap - watch a few scrums and see how many infractions occur. Often not a single penalty is called. It's wrong.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:22 pm EST

I read it on the MSG ticker.

barto


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:21 pm EST

RF4L - I haven;t heard or seen anything regarding McIlrath but 80 games sounds like a Major league baseball suspension...and somebody named McKiran was suspended today for 80 games....so, sounds like bullshit

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:19 pm EST

BTW that 3rd line, save for Hagelin, useless once again. Hayes is yet to step up to PO tempo and MSL just sucks now.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:18 pm EST

RF4L... How come the Rangers are the only team in the NHL that can't get away with it? Or do the other NHL teams only get away with it when they play us?

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:17 pm EST

stevie: It's PO hockey and it seems all teams, save the Rangers, are pulling that crap. They do so because the NHL is officiated poorly at the best of times - it only gets worse during PO time. The Rangers will be facing worse tactics, I suspect, next round.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:13 pm EST

Lots of sneaky dirty plays going on that the refs couldn't see if they wanted too... It's the pittskid playpens .

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:12 pm EST

sjw; You're watching via CBC, are you not? If so, is my take on the all things Crosby and Pittsburgh beyond sickening??

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:10 pm EST

Suspended 80 games? Sounds like someone is floating crap. Not sure why, given the nature of this board and how many feel about McI.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:10 pm EST

Damn that was a mongolian clusterfudge and pekingneese fire drill for the last 13 minutes, but, they got it done!!...All HAIL the King!!! The team played a great road PO game for the first 47 minutes..great team defense, especially by the backchecking forwards, smothering the Pens and some opportunisitic offvense..Unfortunately, the Pens turned it around, but Rangers deserved the win and got it.....Penguins are playing as disciplined and responsible as they have all year, making it real tough on the Ranger...Long way to go

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:10 pm EST

Msg is supposed to be nyr land but not with nose and dick .... Must be a nhl call Crosby name 60 times per game mandate.

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:09 pm EST

Anyone else but me pissed that Criesbaby is allowed to cheat so obviously on FO's .. turn the body with stick in the air to slap the puck to the boards.. I thought players were supposed to be square with stick down...if he doesn't do that shouldn't he be tossed out...

sjw


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:07 pm EST

Nice win but the game was very high up on the "Officials do everything they can to help the Penguins" list...A complete abomination. The officials sucked the dead mingyah bush tonight.

RF73


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:06 pm EST

Barto... where did you see that? I haven't seen it anywhere.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:05 pm EST

barto....I dunno about Mcilrath juicing but he is probably in some motel right now playing with his tonka trucks out of a suitcase while Cam Fowler pots big goals (Happy 420!)

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:02 pm EST

The CBC broadcast (and let remind all that nationally broadcasted games in Canada are supposed to be neutrally called) had me cussing and yelling more than the Rangers sitting on their lead in the 3rd. So sickeningly Crosby and Pittsburgh slanted. All this is doing is adding to my stress level. First there's the pressure of winning because you should. Second, beat Pittsburgh because I hate that team. Third, win to shut those ridiculously Pittsburgh/Crosby/and now Malkin penis strokers up.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:02 pm EST

4th line was excellent and AV rolled 4 lines all night....no Ranger had a crazy amount of ice time. That's really important going forward....

JFC31


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:59 pm EST

First 2 periods very solid, although not enough sustained offense IMO. Third period? Bad. Annoying. Lucky it wasn't tied up. Why do I think this series will go 7 games?

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:59 pm EST

Good win, any playoff win is a good win; and another road victory to boot....

mf


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:58 pm EST

Pierre -- we held Pitt to ELEVEN shots on goals after 2 periods....they had about another 4 or five shots in the 1st 10 minutes ofmthen3rd and then had their big desperation push. Don't see how you can be too much more dominating than that over a team with Crosby and Malkin on it. Pens basically didn't touch the puck for 2 periods.

JFC31


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:57 pm EST

Did I see that right Dylan Micilrath suspended 80 games for juicing

barto


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:54 pm EST

Glass was stoked, but I don't think Miller appreciated it... https://twitter.com/SNYRangers/status/590331542687342593?lang=en

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:53 pm EST

Jfc- i disagree. I thinkmwe sat back too much in 3rd. Ive seen nyr close games this year much more aggressively than that.

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:49 pm EST

Rangers came oh so close to closing it out in the 3rd but had no puck luck....instead, we had to suffer for the win when we all should have Ben able to kick back and enjoy ourvteam having a totally dominating performance.

JFC31


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:49 pm EST

It's no conspiracy, or even NYR bias. The officiating was COMPLETELY ONE ONE SIDED in Pittsburgh's. Period. END. OF. STORY. !!!!!!

hipcheck


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:49 pm EST

It's amazing how everyone loves the Pens . The panel on CBC said they loved their fire at the end and loved how Hornquist went in to help Crosby and how it will help them for the next game . No mention about the Rangers WINNING...guess that's secondary

caperanger


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:48 pm EST

blueBlood ....you mean skate to face ; )

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:48 pm EST

Where was jt jitters

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:47 pm EST

What are Pensfans saying, I wonder...I mean, the Rangers were just dominating and flawless basically. Did the Pens not put in enough effort? Did they not play desperate enough? Or do sometimes teams simply lose because the other team is just BETTER?

JFC31


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:46 pm EST

The only way the Pens could get a goal was to pull down Fast in front. Surprisingly enough, all the Refs missed it.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:46 pm EST

Now I can exhale and breath for the next 45 hours. .............................. and smile.

hipcheck


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:45 pm EST

God, I hate Kunitz. Scumbag. Does 3rd man in count for anything? I also saw Hornqvist slash Henrik at the buzzer. I expect nothing to come of it. Maybe its time MAF meets CK20 face to face at 60 mph.

bLUEbLOOD


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:45 pm EST

Nite fellas...good chattin nyr playoff hockey here amd gettin the big win! I see no reason why we dont take 3-1 back to msg. My 3 stars girardi hagelin zucc (and 4th line)

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:45 pm EST

Henrik shoulda hit the other Qvist in the mouth with his fuckin waffle

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:44 pm EST

BIG WIN! Rangers could. It be more dominating than they were for the first 50 minutes. Pens pushed and scored a scramle goal and the Rangers held fast. Great effort!

JFC31


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:44 pm EST

Was hoping when Hornquist got off of Hagelin that Hags would have gouged his 2 €¥£%# eyes out! He's a cocky POS

caperanger


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:43 pm EST

Sather needs to complain to the League.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:43 pm EST

Sather needs to complain to the League.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:43 pm EST

I would have cheap shot the fuck out of croby at the end there

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:41 pm EST

Piece of shit hornqist took three cheap shots at hank at the end of that game. They need to take care of it somehow because teams are going to continue to do it with impunity

Fotiu22


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:41 pm EST

safe to say that my BP meds are working overtime

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:41 pm EST

How the hell was a penalty not called on Hornqvist? He cross-checked Hank.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:40 pm EST

Yes!!!

caperanger


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:40 pm EST

Dg and the big pad save on defelection. Yes!!!

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:39 pm EST

We would get called for it.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:39 pm EST

Tackle crosby here

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:36 pm EST

I don't understand 2 goals one and half to two periods... I don't get it

WIOSA


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:34 pm EST

Don't like 4 on 4 with a one goal lead

caperanger


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:33 pm EST

I don't think weve taken more than 2 sog this period.

WIOSA


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:33 pm EST

How does that play to the strength of the Pens? I'm okay losing Boyle for 2 minutes.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:30 pm EST

I will give credit to tanner glass for playin well tonight, but i dont need to see him on ice again

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:29 pm EST

Having issues with the Rangers defense freezing....Cmon boyz

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:29 pm EST

I don't like this, play is all in our end. So many chances to put this game away and didn't!

caperanger


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:29 pm EST

Hank pussy foot puck movement does not help things

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:28 pm EST

Foxwoods five sammy

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:27 pm EST

That puke Crosby gets away with interference and these a-holes on NBC joke about it. Disgusting

Fotiu22


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:25 pm EST

I think we will handle this. Hank may need to make 1-2 big saves

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:25 pm EST

Directv having storm issues. I hate when they sit back.

barto


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:25 pm EST

Crosby pulled down Fast on the goal. I guess the NBC guys were too busy admiring him to notice.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:25 pm EST

Ok not watching anymore, why are we in our end this entire period???

WIOSA


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:23 pm EST

They never make it easy , do they ?

caperanger


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:23 pm EST

Too bad I have to listen to the Penguins team announcers.... oh wait, it's NBC.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:17 pm EST

By DG!

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:15 pm EST

Time to start playin in pens end again

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:09 pm EST

Anyone else having issues with directv msg feed freezing?

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:07 pm EST

Kid k strong on the puck

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:04 pm EST

Good job Kunitz hit your baby again

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:03 pm EST

Crosby just got hit in the mouth with his own mouthpiece and goes down to the ice................

mf


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:51 pm EST

Just once someone hit that pedophile CROSBY.

rangerlou


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:50 pm EST

2 good periods need the 3rd to be good too

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:50 pm EST

It's a pressure cooker in MInny tonight......tempers flaring......and 10 minutes until the Ducks waddle into Winnipeg for the first playoff game since Pierre10 had a replica Jets jersey from Cupuloos

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:44 pm EST

2 min for playing good defense and a game called ice hockey. Wow, another homer call right there. Incredible.

hipcheck


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:44 pm EST

How many posts have said this? "i love Dan Girardi"! Guy is a fuckin warrior!

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:39 pm EST

Come on FIfi....you got one last push in ya....Let's hear ya bark. something....We need that 3rd goal

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:39 pm EST

I wouldn't mind seeing Kreider accidentally bump into Fluery.

nyfans


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:36 pm EST

I have had the volume completely OFF, with Radio Broadcast on. Always better that way

hipcheck


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:35 pm EST

I may have missed it, but im not noticing nash driving to net. We are not going far if nash is not playing hard

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:35 pm EST

NBC...NOTHING BUT CROSBY

DOUBLEN


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:35 pm EST

Ha! You guys complaining about having to listen to creepy Pierre , here in Canada we have to listen to Bob Cole , who is at least 120 years old . It's like listening to a game from the seventies....

caperanger


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:33 pm EST

Anytime Crybaby touches the puck it sounds like the NBC guys are going to orgasm. Geez.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:31 pm EST

Fuck u crybaby

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:30 pm EST

Just what the doctor ordered. Lots of shots, and big bodies to the net. NASH is going to the front hard, multiple times.

hipcheck


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:29 pm EST

Pierre I agree its the dreaded 2 goal lead again...lgr score one more guys puh-lease

WIOSA


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:27 pm EST

Now keep gettin puck to net instead of pretty plays and go up 3-0 into 3rd!

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:27 pm EST

Here come the non stop Pen PPs. Just watch. This broadcast is beyond belief.

stepunmytoe


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:26 pm EST

Boil on an ass gets pain to brain in a flash

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:25 pm EST

THE.

heston


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:25 pm EST

That's the kind of goal we need, slam em in on the doorstep....... K-Train!

mf


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:25 pm EST

Kreider was punched well after the puck went in. That should be a penalty.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:25 pm EST

KID K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe they should try that play on the PP

DOUBLEN


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:24 pm EST

Staal genius

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:24 pm EST

YEAHHHHHHHHHBABBBYYYYYYKREIDER!!!

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:24 pm EST

Like that!

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:24 pm EST

Who is faster? Dan Boyle, Brian Boyle or Susan Boyle?

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:24 pm EST

I'd rather see them continue to get the puck to the net and crash with numbers on PP

Pierre10


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:24 pm EST

Rangers are getting prime opportunities. .. only a matter of time until they cash in.

hipcheck


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:21 pm EST

It was an obvious penalty Pens fans. You don't recognize it unless Crosby is crying about it?

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:21 pm EST

Rhet: No, but's I've been suffering from postpartum depression ever since .. ;-)

mf


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:18 pm EST

MF... You weren't a NYR fan in the womb? Front runner :)

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:17 pm EST

Slegs: Thanks for the reality check,,,, This year I will root for the Chicago Cubs, for I'm not worthy of the NY Rangers going on 44 or 45 years as a Ranger fan......... Ha

mf


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:14 pm EST

More energy & urgency so far. Keep it up.

hipcheck


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:13 pm EST

We need the next goal, can't waste this effort.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:12 pm EST

Boys have adjusted the breakout nice, going straight up the middle with speed numerous times.

hipcheck


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:12 pm EST

Moofman get thru this year.... Be here now

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:10 pm EST

Yeah, I have to give Glass props, he's playing well tonight.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:10 pm EST

Barto: Hopoefully we'll have a youth movement this offseason. OUT: MSL & Boyle & Glass, IN: McIlrath, Lindberg & whoever (UFA Drew Stafford tearing it up with the Jets since the trade deadline) = youth movement... Year two, possible trade of our MVP Nash........ = more youth movement..........

mf


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:07 pm EST

Tanner Gretzky almost

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:57 pm EST

Indeed, FM. What do you think of this year's edition of the NYR?

Nick


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:56 pm EST

Just saying. There is a reason McGuire never got another assistant coaching job. We unfortunately have to bear his rantings and based on his observations the Pits should be ahead by one and should be outshooting the Rangers. The bias is unbearable.

gene_carr


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:51 pm EST

That was a nyr period ... Need 2 more tonight....guess they need more tapes on slowing the nyr down....

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:49 pm EST

It,s time to let MSL rest a game. He looks a step behind the play all the time and his sneaky shot seems to have left his game. I hope they don,t bring him back next year.

barto


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:48 pm EST

Agree, Rhett, he was looking a bit like a deer in the headlights.

WIOSA


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:48 pm EST

Cheers, Nick. Good to find a minute to check back in.

FerociousMonk94


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:47 pm EST

Tanner Glass with a couple of good hits that period

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:45 pm EST

Hayes looks more like Hayes tonight.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:43 pm EST

Hey Monk glad you are still with us ...

Nick


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:42 pm EST

How is Crosby not up for an Oscar every year?

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:40 pm EST

Likewise MF - FM :)

FerociousMonk94


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:39 pm EST

What a release by Crosby, dripping down Micheletti's chin......

mf


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:36 pm EST

Ferociousness, is that you? ;-) Hope all's well.....

mf


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:35 pm EST

Sid acted like he got shot.

DOUBLEN


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:35 pm EST

Wheres the replay of the penalty ?

stepunmytoe


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:34 pm EST

Give the boy an award for that act...... was there any contact?

mf


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:32 pm EST

Cindy is like....."Fuggg....they are buzzing like bees ....let me pull this one out of the ole trick bag and get the refs attention"

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:29 pm EST

Great pass by Nedved.

FerociousMonk94


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:29 pm EST

Pierre on Henrik just now, "Just shoot the puck in.....One of his strengths is not handling the puck".......

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:29 pm EST

The NYR score and we're still talking about the Penguins. Are we listening to the Pitt broadcast or something?

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:27 pm EST

Stone Henge!!!! good job Hags...... Think the Rangers have dominated 7 of the first 9 minutes??? So does the CJC.....

mf


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:27 pm EST

Hags!!!!

WIOSA


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:26 pm EST

Wow...slap shot break away.......its like a C league Dek Hockey move

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:26 pm EST

(((BOOM)))!!!!!!

hipcheck


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:26 pm EST

Where has that shot been?

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:25 pm EST

HAGS...What a goal.

DOUBLEN


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:25 pm EST

YEAHHHHHHHH BABYYYYY HAGS!!!!

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:24 pm EST

We have so much trouble getting the puck over/past a prone goalie.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:24 pm EST

Marty St. Louis looks like a mini French poodle out there.....I am gonna call him Fifi

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:23 pm EST

Is it that Fleury is playing so well or is it that the NYR have a history on not taking advantage of goalies and make them look better than they really are?

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:16 pm EST

Can we hit the freakin' net?

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:16 pm EST

Yippee a Power Play :(

DOUBLEN


Mon Apr 20 2015 6:02 pm EST

Let's Go Rangers!

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 5:42 pm EST

Win tonight % becomes 67 to win series

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 5:27 pm EST

LOL, my prediction was part sarcasm, and part "reverse jinx theory". ;-)

hipcheck


Mon Apr 20 2015 5:24 pm EST

The Rangers are gonna come out and skate circles around the Penguins tonight and Hank is gonna stand on his head. They made some adjustments for game 2 AV will make some for this game. The power play can be allot better if they time the shot with crashing the net. Not rocket science out number down low.

barto


Mon Apr 20 2015 5:13 pm EST

Since I cant think of anything the Rangers can do to improve their PP in a quick fix, Im looking for outside help - here's hoping Double N cleans her closets again. LGR

WIOSA


Mon Apr 20 2015 5:12 pm EST

VIC - Love the optimism! Hope you are correct..they SHOULD...HAYES on the PP. like it as long as he doens;t hold on to the puck too long..

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 4:54 pm EST

Thank God AV is finally putting HAYES on one of the two main PP units, and with MZA and NASH no less!!! I'll tell you this, if the Rangers get any PPs tonight (and they may not) I bet that unit scores. We all know the Rangers are the better team. They need to dictate play and overwhelm the Pens. They can do it. They did it to everyone in the league this year except Tampa, and all of those games were played before December.

Vic


Mon Apr 20 2015 4:53 pm EST

Well, maybe Kreider-Miller can dump and chase, but that's really about it

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 4:44 pm EST

NICK - It took awhile for the League to figure out how tyo best play the Rangers..First they tried just to bang and manhandle the Rangers, often losing discipline in the process, and the Rangers handled that with aplomb...Now it's more containment/slow down the Rangers including the long stretch passes responsible pressure in the offensive zone and along the baords.....The Rangers have ti realize they are not a one trick pony and craft some better breakouts because we know they aren't a dump and chase team...Up to the coaches to not get outcoached (as they have been) and for the players to execute consistently..

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 4:42 pm EST

TradeStar28....I think the total number is 8 teams.....but we're not joining that elite company. I have a real bad feeling about this series since I have tickets to Game 7 if there is one.

MelvilleFred


Mon Apr 20 2015 4:37 pm EST

rf73/nick keep the faith.....the players need to know how to adjust and use their instincts....there are no excuses for not winning......it's the same coach and team that won 53.....he's driving the bus, the wallsters are passengers...fasten your seat belts......

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 4:33 pm EST

Lombardi was given like 8-years. The owners of the Sharks preach stability. Yet another argument that shows that there is no standard template for building a winner. That team should've at least won a cup. Just one epic fail after another. But here we are... Two games into the playoffs and there is some real concern that they might be undone by a PP that sputters and fails. An early exit and we'd start chapter one: the saga of playoff failures starring the NYR. (I do think they will still win this series FWIW and I have no sense of panic.) No one wants to see the NYR begin to go thru a laundry list of playoff fizzles while being considered the best or one of the best teams in the NHL. Need a much better 60-minute effort at even strength, and a more threatening PP. I'd expect the Pens to come out flying to ugh under the groundswell of a fan base that suddenly believes that they are in this thing... Gotta squash the dream... And for fux sake Lapierre might join Neil, Thornton, and a host of other 4th line guys that pulled the NYR effectively off of their game. He's been noticeable all over the ice.

E


Mon Apr 20 2015 4:14 pm EST

Stevie - And that is what you get when you adjust to current circumstances...victory...something this coaching staff needs to learn to do...No excuses tonight...they've had plenty of time to "look at the film".

RF73


Mon Apr 20 2015 4:09 pm EST

File Lovejoy's Captain-Obvious remark under "gee why didn't the league think of that before the NYR won 53 games." And if we pop five tonight, I guess the plan didn't work. Add in: the NYR really aren't a big stretch-pass group. But whatever. Win this series or be universally and rightfully mocked. It's freaking Pittsburgh, the PO-clutch-juggernaut, with the AHL defense.

Nick


Mon Apr 20 2015 4:09 pm EST

Hipcheck.... I agreed with all of your game insights up until now. We're winning tonight. It might be ugly, but we're still winning. That's all I have to say about that.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 4:06 pm EST

Hospo, a loss tonight will mean a wave of panic-and-disgust posts. Not that I won't feel both of those myself, mind you. I'm remaining sort of calm because I still think we will prevail and if not, given Pitt's D-corps, then we can't blame fate or the refs or anything but the failure to show up when it counts.

Nick


Mon Apr 20 2015 4:04 pm EST

“I’m not sure who on the coaching staff came up with the game plan but we have a game plan for their long stretch pass across the ice,” Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. “I think we were not able to take it away but really contain that pass, the pass off the boards to their streaking oftentimes left wing. I think that our coaches watched a ton of film, were able to figure out how we could try to contain it and I think that made a big difference in Game 2.”

stevielegs


Mon Apr 20 2015 4:00 pm EST

I predict a shutout loss tonight.

hipcheck


Mon Apr 20 2015 3:56 pm EST

Wow, we do have a meaningful game tonight, right?..Can't Believe I had to go down over 15 before hitting something Ramger related...I shouldn't be talking, I haven't been commenting either...So what is it. nerves? :) or the feeling that the Rangers just have to play their game and show as much desire as the Pens to win? To me, the Pens have definitely played like they want it more than the Rangers since the 1st period of game one. and have showed they are willing to adapt and alter their game to do so...Rangers are a great road team, hope they play like they are capable of and put the Pens back on their heels...

Hospo


Mon Apr 20 2015 3:50 pm EST

Wild - nobody is trading away the Connor McDavid pick. Plus the only thing Buffalo has to offer is young players and picks and the last thing EDM needs is young players and picks. Not gonna happen. Note: Buffalo has two first rounders, not three, the last of the three goes to WPG from the Evander Kane trade

Fivehole


Mon Apr 20 2015 3:49 pm EST

Bob.... I'm surprised he still has a job. McLellan says they're rebuilding, that means Thornton and Marleau(amongst others) are probably gone this summer.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 3:30 pm EST

Doug Wilson. Another epic failure. Great fans and following. Plenty of money. Stupid player decisions. This guy is insulated somehow, just like Kevin Lowe and Slats.

Bob


Mon Apr 20 2015 3:22 pm EST

Dennis Bernstein....... #SJSharks GM Doug Wilson "my role is not to be liked by players but respected for the decisions I make.... we're looking to upgrade team"

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 3:05 pm EST

Dennis Bernstein..... Dennis Bernstein retweeted jonathan davis Not gonna be a Lindros situation, JD. Nicholson now in charge in EDM. I bet he gets things straightened out...... Also per Alex Nunn..... Shesterkin has allowed 8 goals on just 26 shots faced. Korobov not spectacular either, nor has anyone else on the SKA roster been. #NYR

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 2:49 pm EST

Breaking news CNN announced that Connor McDavid will not come out of his room till there is a NHL LOTTERY DO OVER.

rangerlou


Mon Apr 20 2015 2:32 pm EST

Breaking news: Connor McDavid has just scheduled a press conference to announce his retirement.

bLUEbLOOD


Mon Apr 20 2015 2:19 pm EST

I wouldn't be shocked to see BUF trade for the number 1 overall.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 2:13 pm EST

LOU.... It was obvious he was disappointed. It would not surprise me to see one of either McDavid or Eichel change teams from the ones that draft them.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 2:12 pm EST

Yeah. Instead of Bill Daley, should have been Maury Povich opening the envelopes.

Bob


Mon Apr 20 2015 2:03 pm EST

Did anyone notice McDavids face when he found out he was going to Edmonton. He looked like he was just told that his paternity test came back positive. POOR DUDE

rangerlou


Mon Apr 20 2015 1:41 pm EST

WILD---Oh I don't know.......4 lottery "Championships" in the last 6 years?

Bob


Mon Apr 20 2015 1:39 pm EST

WILD... If Eichel stays in college, it's probably so he can go Free Agent after his junior year. Buffalo totally expected to get McDavid. Murray even went so far as to say he was disappointed after the Draft Lottery. Welcome to Buffalo Jack Eichel!

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 1:25 pm EST

During the last 40+ years or so.....only 2 teams have won the Stanley Cup the following year after losing in the Stanley Cup Finals.........The 1984 Edmonton Oilers and the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins............Can the Rangers make it 3?

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 20 2015 1:18 pm EST

BOB: Behind closed doors they want him to remain in college, that way they are all but guaranteed to have another top 5 pick, maybe even win the lottery next year. Whats better than 1 great top pick than 2?

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 1:13 pm EST

McDavid literally ended up in the worst possible place. MacTavish is bragging like he is some kind of hero. Kevin Lowe's tenure has been an unmitigated disaster. It is flat out bummer for the kid. Personally, I was hoping he would end up in Toronto, Arizona or Colorado. Buffalo will be fine with Jack Eichel, unless he decides to stay in college.

Bob


Mon Apr 20 2015 12:43 pm EST

Rhet: Or Toronto, another circus act (which Shanahan is trying desperately to pare down from a 3 ring to a single ring show).

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:58 am EST

RF4L - Obvious to everyone but the Rangers coaching staff...C'mon Veenknow...prove us wrong.

RF73


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:56 am EST

On the 'flu' - whenever that term is (mis)used, I believe they generally mean those vomiting/diarrhea stomach viruses that do spread like wildfire but also tend to pass within 24/48 hours.

LeoS


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:56 am EST

RF4L... There is already talk that he may go to Philly. Maybe he like the circus :)

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:50 am EST

Todd McLellan gone from SJ. Probably wanted out of that circus act...

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:49 am EST

Geez, Boyle the defensive conscience of that PP unit? Remember that shorthanded goal we gave up on 20April2015? ;)

LeoS


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:45 am EST

Arrogance or Stupidity? ...."Despite the sign CLEARLY warning people that they will be patted down on the way inside, Stoll took his chances".... "Cops say Stoll had 3.3 grams of coke ... and 8.1 grams of Molly. "

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:40 am EST

Per TMZ.... #Breaking: NHL star, Jarret Stoll, ARRESTED for trying to smuggle drugs into Vegas pool party http://tmz.me/rRWF5Yo

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:38 am EST

New York Rangers ..... "It's coming along nicely...I'm just trying to get back as soon as possible. I want to be 100%" - #NYR Kevin Klein..... Also Per Andrew Gross.... Kevin Klein says about a week and a half ago he thinks he pushed a little too hard, had to slow down recovery for a few days.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:31 am EST

RF73: Wow...imagine the concept of 'go to the net harder, just create more traffic in front of the net'. I think some of us were saying that after game 1! Not saying this to belittle what you just posted; on the contrary - it helps point out IMO, how obvious it is that 1) it's crucial to do that (especially given MAF's penchant for big fat rebounds) 2) the Rangers haven't done that. Let's hope they recognize this, too.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:26 am EST

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Dave Farrish to break down the action. Farrish will be checking in throughout the series. Farrish was an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2005-14. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He also coached 1,027 games in the minor leagues, including the American Hockey League. In addition, Farrish, a former defenseman, played 430 games over seven seasons in the NHL. Cutting to the chase… Farrish felt the Rangers were too passive in Game 2. "They have to become the hunters again," Farrish said. "Last game, Pittsburgh became the hunters and the Rangers became the hunted and they were stuck back on their heels for a lot of the game. Pittsburgh was way more engaged in the game from a physical point of view and by going to the net hard, getting second chances, jamming. If the Rangers want to get back on top again they have to take over that attitude where they have to go back on the hunt again, be aggressive, go to the net harder, just create more traffic in front of the net." That includes on their power play, which is 2-for-12 in the series, including 1-for-7 in Game 2. Normally two power-play goals in two playoff games would be a positive sign for a power play, but not when you've been gifted as many opportunities as the Rangers have by the Penguins through the first 120 minutes of the series. "They never really got set up because Pittsburgh was really good on the penalty kill," Farrish said. "They were aggressive up ice, really aggressive. When New York did get set up there was some great chances there, but [Marc-Andre] Fleury was the difference." The Rangers finally took advantage of a power-play opportunity early in the third period, when Derick Brassard converted to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Rangers had seven shots on goal and 10 shot attempts on that power play. They had six shots on goal on their other six power plays. Farrish said the key on that power play was puck movement and less time stuck on the perimeter, two issues that plagued them on their other six power plays. "They went with four forwards on the power play and they moved the puck really well from side to side," Farrish said. "They got away from Pittsburgh's aggressiveness because they weren't so static. They were standing still more in the first couple periods, but in the third period if you look at the puck movement, they moved it around really well, found some seams and they really got Pittsburgh tired at the end as well because they were aggressive."

RF73


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:22 am EST

Pat Leonard.... Vigneault says Yandle is not feeling well but he WILL play tonight #NYR

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:21 am EST

Well Nash said he puked all day when he missed practice and was deemed as 'sick'.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:13 am EST

Yandle is under the weather...McDonagh said he believes Yandle will play

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:12 am EST

RF4L: I have a hard time with them calling it the flu. Flu is a specific sickness, that takes 4-5 days to get clear of the body. These guys really could be suffering from allergies, makes you feel like crap, body aches and the like, but the worst bouts tend to last a day or two, sometimes just a morning. Would be shocked if the really had the flu going around.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:10 am EST

Rhet: I consider being down by 2 with less than a minute left garbage time. He scored with 5.1 left. And if they had scored two in the last min, it would have been two garbage time goals....meaning the PENs did something wrong, or the Rangers really found some extra level. But IMHO down by two with a minute left is garbage time because it is so very rare teams get 1 let alone 2 in a final minute like that.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:10 am EST

Bet Yandle has the flu, just like Nash did last week. Let's hope it doesn't go thru the team like wildfire - could be disastrous!

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:08 am EST

Yandle is sick not injured.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:08 am EST

Nick: Talking about Weise has nothing to do with the Rangers mediocre effort to date against the Penguins. It's because he scored both Montreal goals last night and has done well since going there.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 11:00 am EST

Bruce Garrioch..... Sharks agree to part ways with coach Todd McLellan. How convenient for both? #NHL

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:58 am EST

WILD... How is trying to tie up the game, garbage time exactly?

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:55 am EST

Steve Zipay...... Changed looks on NYR PP: Four Fs on one unit: Stepan, Brassard, MSL, Kreider, Boyle... Other NYR PP unit at skate: Nash-Hayes-Zuke, MdDonagh-Hunwick

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:54 am EST

Nick: I think, even though it was a garbage time goal, Nash will feel good about the goal he scored...that was a nice goal and if they had tied it on that we would all be talking about a great play and great goal by Nash, the circumstances make is less, but individually I hope that he feels good about it, and he continues to get chances and feels he can score. Because if he gets .5 goals per game the Rangers will be just fine with top line production.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:52 am EST

Steve Zipay...... On #NYR D, Yandle not on ice. He did return in Game 2 after hits by Comeau. Suppose Summers could play, and Klein long shot

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:51 am EST

Pat Leonard..... Yandle took two hits from #Pens' Blake Comeau in first period of Game 2, missed time but returned to game & had assist in 3rd pd #NYR

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:49 am EST

Larry Brooks...... Yandle not on the ice for Rangers skate. Hunwick in his spot on power play

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:48 am EST

PJ: Right now Fast is NOT that player. He is a step behind and looks overwhelmed. Thats why I suggested him to sit a game. He needs to get focused and raise his level.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:48 am EST

Pat Leonard..... Keith Yandle is not skating #NYR..... Maintenance day?

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:46 am EST

I love this place. One loss and we start waxing nostalgic about Dale freaking Weise, and argue about James Sheppard v. Tanner Glass. Here's something: How about our missing forecheck against a D that wouldn't win a Calder Cup series, and a PP goal when it matters? Or getting Rick Nash off the playoff milk carton? Yeah, two games; I'm not gonna completely rip the guy ... yet. But I sure don't want to start hearing "yeah but he's really backchecking," either.

Nick


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:44 am EST

Would not sit Fast in place of Sheppard....Fast is a much better two way player and good on the PK.....It won't happen but the guy who needs sit is MSL....He is not only not contributing but is a liability right now....

PJ


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:44 am EST

Steve Zipay...... Pens D Christian Ehrhoff has "flat-lined" in recovery, Johnston said. He did not skate...

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:40 am EST

per twitter the 4th line is the only line untouched during line rushes...

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:40 am EST

Looks like Shepp is out tonight..... Per Dan Rosen...... Kevin Klein is on the ice for the NYR morning skate but doing rushes with James Sheppard. Vigneault already said he wouldn't play tonight.

Rhet0ric


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:39 am EST

lines reported to look the same, but some mixing and matching. Wonder if AV will change a few players around, but at game time, to keep the PENs thinking their plans of defending will be the same. Who knows this time of year.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:38 am EST

and neither RF4L or myself will get out wish, Shepard skating with Klein, so everything remains the same. Not sure I agree, but I will trust that AV knows what he is doing.....he is a good coach so its hard to second guess what he does.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:37 am EST

RF4L: It amazes me that on a line that none has done very much offensively. Miller has hit, but little else, Hayes has handled the puck well, but not found guys open much (and really last game midway through he finally started to look himself) and you see it as the fault of MSL, he attempted the most shots (7 ties with Zucc) on the entire team last game. He had 2 on net, 2 blocked and 3 missed (Zucc had 3-1-3 that game) But yeah, MSL is the reason his line has suffered, and Shepard will solve that issue.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 10:34 am EST

good to "see" Klein out there with the team this morning. Means a game 4 return is really likely....of course unless the Rangers D plays great tonight and AV doesn't want to sit a guy after playing great....but most likely Klein will probably be back in for game 4.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:57 am EST

I'd consider sitting MSL for Sheppard. MSL has become an anchor on whatever line he's placed. I know that's not gonna happen - he cost the Rangers way too much to be pressboxed at this juncture. Now if the Ranger lose tonight and his anchors away impact continues, AV will have to give that some thought IMO. Bottom line for me is that if MSL isn't generating offense, he's useless.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:46 am EST

Yorkie, do you still have that friend that used to give you info about the organization. Has he given you any insight, as far as what the Rangers will do if Nash Shits the bed for a 3rd playoff?

KIS


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:42 am EST

I think tonight I would sit Fast for Shepard. Not that Fast has played worse than Glass who I know some would rather sit. But Glass looks the same as the regular season, not better, not worse. Fast on the other hand looks a little overwhelmed at times. I think he needs to sit back and take a breath. Get him a day off of a game to recharge, than send him back in the lineup. I don't know if its just me, but again, he looks like he is just trying to keep up, and isn't brining the play to anyone.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:38 am EST

Wild: Yeah, I knew it was something like that. The NHL actually got something right on this one, IMO. Tanking is despicable, although I get the allure, especially when the carrot is someone like Connor McDavid. These changes help reduce the chances of tanking I assume.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:37 am EST

RF4L:I agree that the lack of production on the PP caused them to sink some overall. At the same time, its not like they were terrible on the early PPs. I mean they didn't hang onto the puck, got the PKers to move and opened things up, the PENs jsuthad really good sticks, and at least one I remember early in the first PP (may have been the 2nd PP) the guy spun back after he went to far over towards MSL, and Boyle (I think Boyle) took a quick shot, nothing earth shattering mind you, but the PKer just in a last ditch effort swung his body around and the shaft of the stick got the puck about a foot off the ice. That was not skill, it was random chance, and inch one way or other, or a half second later or earlier that he started to spin, and the puck is on net and Fluery was not square, not that it mean it WOULD have gone in, but I think that type of thing happening gets them to think they can't get a shot through, and later on instead of shooting, Boyle would than look to pass it. That in think carries over into the 5-on-5 play and they over pass. They try to get that last pass through for the tip in, instead of getting the shot and the other guy getting the nice rebound. (like the first goal of the series) they all feel their shot will be deflected of blocked. Again, a mental thing. If they keep doing what they do early on the PP, that is shoot the damn puck, eventually they score, and if they do that for 7 PPs at least 5 of them will looks good, and they probably get 3 goals.....they have too many good accurate shooters for any less.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:23 am EST

RF4L: From earlier (far earlier) yeah the Draft next season they will have 3 picks that will be in the lottery. So 3 teams not in the playoffs will have a shot at getting one of 1st, 2nd or 3rd overall. Meaning that tanking to finish last will only guarantee a 4th overall pick. Not that 4th overall is terrible, but it will not be so amazing that teams will tank down he stretch other than to increase their odds of winning the #1 overall. I like that, no reason a team should be able to play like crap 2-3 years in a row and get 2-3 top 2 picks because they don't try to improve their team right away.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:19 am EST

Wild: We'll see. I do think I'm on to something in that crappy PP after crappy PP is depressing and serves to drag down the Rangers mentally overall, which would help explain their middling effort Saturday night (12 shots despite 5 PPs by the end of the 2nd period). It's akin to having a goalie letting in crappy goals - energy sapping.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 9:17 am EST

RF4L: Dont forget, this team had a 21% PP for like 19-20 games during the second quarter of the season, or around that time. They were making teams pay...in fact for like 6 or 7 games it was 26%. Something changed, and I think its all mental. We saw that the last game, they had chances, I mean, they moved the puck, created a lane, Fleury was moving and had lots of openings around him to get the puck in, Rangers took the shot and a desperation stick from a PKer deflected the shot. That happened a couple PPs and I think it gets into their heads, and they over do the passing. When a PP works early they shoot more, when it doesn't they pass more. IMHO they need a phycologist to work with the PK guys, get into their heads and get them to believe that when they shoot the puck it will go in....or a hypnotist would be better....get them to think their shot is unstoppable, and any shots that don't go in is just bad luck, and to just try again next time. Whatever it takes, because when they are playing the PP with some confidence its 2-3 passes than a shot, once that doesn't get them a goal they look to pass the puck 9-10 times than take a bad shot, or lose the puck. So again, its all mental IMHO, or mostly, and thats probably the hardest thing to fix.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:58 am EST

RF4L - I kind of wonder whether they waived WEISE as a favor...after that camp, it was pretty clear Tortorella had no place for him...I mean, DEVEAUX was just a horrendous player to lose a spot to...Kind of wonder if Weise demanded out...I wouldn't have blamed him...and the thing was that he wasn't putting up the type of numbers where I could see another team giving much more than a late-round pick for him...Also, I imagine other teams realized the position the Rangers were in...basically, they either had to play him or waive him...and with Torts cutting him from the team, there was really little incentive for any other club to trade for him except for getting a better jockeying position on the waiver wire...and FWIW, I think Vancouver was second from the bottom, so 28 teams passed on him...still, he's a Ranger I really wish we had kept...would take him over Tanner GLASS seven days a week and twice on Monday.

tdchi


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:58 am EST

Well, the PP has sucked most of the year (and most of Sather's entire tenure in NY) so while I get your logic, why haven't these adjustments been made already (like 4 months ago)? This PP ineptness is inexplicable and unacceptable, yet it continues to occur over and over and over again. Sooner or later, it will be their downfall. I cannot understand it. Yes, losing 2 of 3 FOs is contributing. So is not having anyone who's capable (and willing) to blast the puck from the point. Nonetheless, there's enough skill on this club to have the PP running at least a little better. I put this on everyone but sharing the biggest bulk of the blame is the coaching staff. AV keeps putting out the same players, regardless of results. Said same players continually try for the pretty passes and more often than not, when the Rangers actually are controlling the puck in the offensive zone, everyone stands around and the puck zips around the perimeter. I see 2 defensemen with relatively reasonable shots from the point - Girardi and Staal. The former gets occasion turns on the PP, but usually late when the energy is already sucked out of the PP. The latter never. Of those 2, it's Staal who's got IMO the better of the shots from a PP point perspective. His shot is heavy and usually 2 or 3 feet off the ice. Watch those defensemen noted for their PP blasts - that's how they fire the puck (albeit probably harder and quicker than Staal, but the Rangers don't have such a luxury). Why the hell not at least try that? No, not AV. The same old, same old with him. Ridiculous. It's reaching the point where the opposition must grin to themselves when a penalty is called against them. I know I would. It's so frustrating to watch. No doubt it has negative impacts overall to the Rangers - it might be one of the reasons they aren't playing well in general. Useless PP after useless PP sucks the energy out of a team.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:57 am EST

td: Fully agree, also, how many of the same bounced will the pens get? While the Rangers COULD have done a better job defending on all the goals, one was a bounce off a guys back and it fell directly in front of Suter (Suter right?) another, the puck bounced over a Rangers stick along the wall, and ended up being passed to Crosby for his second goal. Teams a re usually luck to get 1 of those gift bounces, but 2? When the Rangers win a game by 1 or 2 and they have had a couple of those I say they were lucky to win....and lots of media types do as well, but of course the PENs get them and its from their great play and skill level. But anyway, if the Rangers get more shots, they will win. The last game if they had maybe just 10-12 more shots I think they would have been tied in the 3rd rather than down....but thats all guess work. But in PIT if they can generate shots, that will open up the lanes to use the speed more. Also, last game the PENs took a TON of chances, if they keep that up it will burn them, the Rangers had 2 or 3 times where they had a puck bounce or mishandled the puck when they had one PEN D deep thin their zone and a forward back defending, and it was going to be a 2-1 or a 3-2 that went bad. And Boy oh Boy could they use Klein on the back end.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:48 am EST

RF4L - If I'm watching the video and seeing what the Pens are doing, then I can only assume someone on the Rangers end --hopefully Arneil --is doing the same thing...You ring 35-plus shots against FLEURY, you stand a very good chance of winning...you get 25 or 26 shots on him, you stand a very good chance of losing...I think we'll see a change in the Rangers' tact this game...where everyone is taking more shots...and seriously...even if the Pens ARE blocking them...that's a style of play that can really wear on a team...again, not to bring the 2010-2011 Rangers up again...that was how they stayed in the series with the Caps...blocking shot after shot...keeping the games close...that series was supposed to be an utter blowout and though it ended 4-1, all five of those games were played incredibly tight...The Rangers were a battered team after that series though.

tdchi


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:41 am EST

WIOSA - I don't think the Rangers' PP is beyond hope...remember, they DO have a PPG in each game...I think it's simply a matter of tweaking...they have to shift from a PP where they're passing and cycling to one where they're simply feeding the points for shots and crashing the net...the funny thing is, the type of PP strategy they SHOULD be running is far more simple than the one they're trying to execute...they're making these difficult passes in the attempt to get a totally unfettered shot on net...and that's nice if you're playing a skill team who isn't interested in blocking shots...but the Pens? That's all they're doing...getting in the lanes...forcing the Rangers to move the puck around and around...I say keep blasting shots at these bastards. Bruise them to the bone. Eventually one of those pucks is going to ricochet in past FLEURY...that's especially if you have big bodies like NASH, HAYES and KREIDER collapsing on him after each shot...only problem with that game plan is you need speedy defensemen who can back check if one of the PKers gobbles up a rebound for an odd-man rush...thing is, the Rangers very uncharacteristically have all the tools to execute an incredibly effective PP...this is not like previous years when they simply lacked the talent. All the need to do here is tweak what they have. The PP can drastically improve. And I think it will.

tdchi


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:35 am EST

TD: Why do you think the PP will start 'firing more regularly'?

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:30 am EST

E - Totally agree. And really, this is what inferior hockey teams do to take down far superior opponents...funny, I was watching Saturday's game and thinking the Pens look a little bit like the 2010-2011 Rangers playing the Caps in the playoffs...they were so badly outmatched...but they were able to make the series a lot closer than it should have been...in fact, up until last season, that's really been the Rangers' MO in the playoffs...playing that gritty game...And agree that if the PP starts firing a bit more regularly --and I think it will --this team will obliterate the Pens.

tdchi


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:13 am EST

TD: I recall you and I both praising Weise's wares when he was in the Ranger organization. He was selected by the Rangers in the draft 2 years after being eligible and accordingly, he turned pro a few months after the Rangers drafted him. I was supporting him because he performed well for Hartford - scoring 28 goals in his second season there (and was on pace for similar numbers the following year when he finally got recalled). Back then, for whatever reason, someone was posting video recaps of all Hartford games on youtube and watched a lot of them. What stood out for me about Weise was his NHL quality shot - oftentimes accurate and hard. That's how he scored the OT goal yesterday. Watch the reply and his head is up all the way - he saw a hole and got the puck thru it. Agreed totally that Tortorella screwed up but equally guilty, if not moreso, is Sather for 1) dumping him and 2) waiving him instead of trading him. All that said, perhaps Sather, noting that the coach had no time for Weise, gave the kid a break and purposely put him on waivers knowing full well he'd not pass thru them. Maybe.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:13 am EST

RF4L - SKAPSKI has been out with a lower body injury. Not sure what it is, but the last report I read didn't seem to indicate it is anything serious.

tdchi


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:07 am EST

Trade: The Flames have a couple of impressive young forwards in Monahan and Bennett. I've not seen the latter play at the NHL level yet, but recall being very impressed with him as a junior player. He was Calgary's first round pick - 4th overall - last June and spent most of this year rehabbing an injured shoulder (operated on in the fall).

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:06 am EST

Re Dale WEISE - It's tough to lament about guys who probably wouldn't be more than a fourth liner today...but Weise is one of those utility players who is really good at filling holes on a team...he's a total sandpaper guy who has the skill to pot goals...Now here's the thing: He's basically a prototypical John Tortorella guy...he's got size, he can fight, he can skate, he's good defensively...which is why I could never understand why Torts was so quick to throw him on waivers...his spot wasn't even at the behest of someone like PYATT...that I could almost understand....Instead the Rangers kept Andre DEVEAUX, who was a total lead-skated hack, and Mike RUPP, who needs no introduction here...I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for the conversations Torts had with Weise...but it was pretty clear that he was NHL ready and was most certainly not going to make it through waivers when they tried to demote him after camp...he badly outplayed Deveaux in the Rangers' last pre-season game...and it was pretty clear he was at the top of the heap for fourth line...now the funny part is that Torts went to Vancouver and gave Weise regular ice time before he was traded to Montreal...Weise though was a great example of how Torts simply didn't like certain players...to this day I have no idea what his beef was with Weise or why the Rangers didn't or couldn't just trade him outright. He's been a very valuable part of the Canadiens year in and year out.

tdchi


Mon Apr 20 2015 8:02 am EST

The Pack finished first in their conference (AHL regular season ended yesterday) and will open up the AHL POs against Providence this Wednesday. Still no sign of Skapski but I cannot find anything referring to the injury he must be suffering from. He's not played or even dressed for at least 2 weeks now.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:59 am EST

BTW2: Don Cherry talked up Adam Tambellini during his coach's corner this weekend. Tambellini was mentioned, of course, because his team has moved to the WHL quarter finals and he's leading that league in PO scoring.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:58 am EST

BTW, apparently OV dissed the Islander bench after the Caps tied the game at 1 mid-way thru the 3rd period yesterday. Then the Caps went on to lose the game in OT. Bet Barry Trotz is happy with that!!!

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:46 am EST

NYStranger: The lottery is changing once again next year - I think the first 3 positions (first round only) are all up for grabs, as opposed to just the first pick overall.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:45 am EST

PJ: I like Stone - he's been rendered ineffective thanks to that slash. MacArthur is solid but not a high end talent. Maybe 2nd line on a good team, but perhaps even 3rd line. Ryan is their most talented forward, but an enigma. Not a leader, either.

RF4L


Mon Apr 20 2015 7:42 am EST

If I recollect correctly, Weise was waiver wired by the Rangers.

RF4L


Sun Apr 19 2015 11:48 pm EST

Flames / Canucks.....great game.....Flames dont back down for shit. Battled for all 60 minutes.

TradeStar28


Sun Apr 19 2015 10:14 pm EST

TS, wins are wins. OTs are just one-goal games that end suddenly. Results among PO-quality teams can be pretty random. A few inches here or there and we win the Cup last year -- or lose Game 7 to PHL or PIT.

Nick


Sun Apr 19 2015 10:08 pm EST

Yes Dale Wiese was traded because he wouldn't shine Tortarella's shoes but Pysie was given the ice time of the all world player he was! What a joke.

NYStranger


Sun Apr 19 2015 10:02 pm EST

Just to chime in on the draft lottery BS. (Never liked the concept of the wort teams being rewarded for anything). IMO if your team gets the number 1 pick then you should not be eligible for the next 5 years or something like that. It has got to hurt the NHL for so many top young talent going to total dysfunctional, backwater organizations! Imagine if say the 80's Edmonton Oilers team were on a original 6 organization? Talk about promoting the sport. How is it good having all that top young guys up there in Edmonton today wasting away with those morons running the team? Can not see how rewarding crappy organizations, or non hockey markets (such as a number one pick going the Phoenix or Florida) helps the sport. Just don't.

NYStranger


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:56 pm EST

All 3 wins by Montreal were by 1 goal. And two of the 3 wins in the series is in OT.......Its not like the Candadians are playing lights out hockey

TradeStar28


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:53 pm EST

So what do the Rangers do......They bring in more fuckin TB Lightning (MSL and Boyle) after Torts is gone.......as if Brad Richards wasnt enough torture....

TradeStar28


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:48 pm EST

RF...I don't know...I really like Stone and MacArthur....They have played well in this series....Habs and Price will be a tall order for anyone....

PJ


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:48 pm EST

Good call RF4L on Torts in Vancouver and having Weise traded. I just asked my buddy from Vancouver what the story was and he said that Weise asked Torts for my ice time. So Torts had him traded........What a guy!

TradeStar28


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:34 pm EST

Wiese for Cameron Diaz.

Bob


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:32 pm EST

IMO, as much as I hate to say it, Montreal is clearly the better team. The 2 most talented forwards for the Sens - Ryan and Turris - both have been invisible this series. It's really amazing, IMO, that the Sens got where they are, given their overall mediocre collection of talent, outside, of course, of Karlsson.

RF4L


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:31 pm EST

Trade: Yep. Tortorella jettisoned him. Then he did the same thing to Weise when he got to Vancouver. Nothing like repeating your own mistakes, eh?

RF4L


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:30 pm EST

Montreal wins on an uncalled hand pass. Figures.

Bob


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:18 pm EST

I wanted Ottawa right from the start. Predictable striking of midnight. Now the freaking Habs will take this in 4-5 and rest for TB. The NYR had better wake up because an NYI-Pitt series will be pukeworthy, with one of them guaranteed a spot in the East finals. Caps are a fraud; they're done.

Nick


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:15 pm EST

Would love to have Weise back for our 4th line....Hell now I would put Fast up with Hayes and Hags....Put Shepp on the 4th line and sit MSL....At least for a game to get their attaention....

PJ


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:13 pm EST

Rangers gave up on Dale Weise why? Was that the Chiuahiha Torts that didnt have him in the game plan?

TradeStar28


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:12 pm EST

Damn...Heartbreaker for Sens....Dale Weise in OT, his second goal of the game....

PJ


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:11 pm EST

RF73.....I agree that the Rangers haven't back except Yandle.....Comeau checked Comeau in the back against the boards in period 1 and Yandle left for around 9 minutes with an injury. In the 3rd period.....Comeau cracked Yandle in the back again....this time in front of the Rangers net. Yandle turned around and smashed Comeau in the face with a pretty nice crosscheck. The one thing that impressed me with the Kings last year was that they had the one for all mentality. If one guy was getting a glove in the face after the whistle....the other 4 guys would swarm to help immediately..... I think the Penguins game plan is to not go out of there way and run around for the big hits.....They know they can't match the speed of the Rangers and a losing proposition. So instead....the Pens coaching staff changed to hitting Rangers by the boards and in front of the nets when they are more standing still and prone. U see that Downie got limited ice time last night and that was on purpose.

TradeStar28


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:02 pm EST

The playoffs are about being willing to pay the price....Not just some players like Girardi,Staal and Zucc.....We need everyone including MSL and Nash to put it on the line.....Rangers thought they could blow past the Pens....Not going to happen without lots of hard work...Look at the Habs and Sens tonight....No passengers at all....I believe the Rangers get it and will take the series back.....

PJ


Sun Apr 19 2015 8:31 pm EST

E, without an act of the gods, this PP is not going to improve. It is the MSG mystery. We have traded players (Yandle) with the sole intention of improving this PP - nada. Av is probably scratching his head. What makes me scratch my head is the myth of the playoffs. Yes it's intense, yes there are less penalties called (Like that affects us in any way) but it's HOCKEY, it's hockey. Weve been playing intense for the past month. We've won with this god awful PP and pathetic FO's all year. Yes it's a 7 game series - so what? There really isn't a club (save the Bolts) that we haven't played and beaten. Treat it like you've treated it all season long. But no, we quake at the thought of the playoffs, not just us, all teams do. Oh well. Im hoping for the best.

WIOSA


Sun Apr 19 2015 8:08 pm EST

I see it like this comrades. Crosby and Malkin for that matter are gonna get theirs. Don't look at past history when Crosby slumped or anything else. He is going right now. And with the other diaper boy they a gonna get goals. But they served both games up on a golden platter. A team with a competent PP would've easily been up 2-0. This is a superior New York Rangers team that is deeper, more skilled, and better coached. They have virtually every metric on paper in their favor. If you made them pay shorthanded the Pens would implode on themselves. Instead the New York Rangers are serving up what they need. Tight games played deep and along the boards. They completely DOMINATED the half boards last night for huge swaths of the game. They played between the blue lines phenomenally. This was shades of TB and Boston where they are teams so adept at shortening time and space and limiting gaps. The Pens know that if they can grind the New York Rangers into a slugfest they have a chance. Right now I still believe that the New York Rangers are gonna take this series in 6 but they need to be substantially better on special teams. Otherwise? You can watch the Pens advance and get thrown out like a used newspaper by a team that can actually gain momentum off of the PP. it's almost as if each failed PP emboldens the Pens and shell-shocks the New York Rangers. They gotta clean that up. And Boyle trying to cover Lapierre? That was comical. Lapierre is giving the New York Rangers fits. And yes, he was one of those E players who I'd build my team out of.

E


Sun Apr 19 2015 7:31 pm EST

Quote from tonight's game: Ottawa determined they needed to add more “physical-ness” to their game…Are you listening Ranger coaching staff????

RF73


Sun Apr 19 2015 7:14 pm EST

TD: I guess we see these games differently. To me, outside of the 1st Period of game 1 the Pens have been the better team. They have outworked the Rangers. In the end, look at where the Pens goals are being scored from. They are scoring from within 15 feet of the goal crease. Look at where the Rangers are shooting from most of the time. The Pens are driving to the net and outworking the Rangers. They are also denying the Rangers chances from in front of FLUERY. I don't think FLUERY has been great. He has mostly had shots from far out to contend with. When the Rangers get chances from in close (which isn't often) then have beaten him. Look at the goals that CROSBY scored in game two. They weren't highlight reel goals. They were 3rd line grinder goals. The first was a rebound when CROSBY was driving to the net and the second was a deflection/shot when CROSBY was driving to the net. The Rangers aren't getting a lot of those types of chances and the Pens are not being denied those types of chances. Look, the Rangers should be (and are) the far better team. This piece of crap Pens team shouldn't be able to play 60 minutes with the Rangers. But they are doing exactly that right now and it isn't because the Pens are playing great. It is because the Rangers are playing like crap. Every last one of them is better then this. If they want to go back to the Finals they need to elevate their game BIG TIME.

Vic


Sun Apr 19 2015 6:57 pm EST

Man, did Orpik and Holtby make a mess of that OT goal? I would have liked to see that game go on for awhile.

Bob


Sun Apr 19 2015 6:56 pm EST

Steve Zipay...... McDonagh: “We’ve grown into a good road team; we kind of have an “us-against-the-building” mentality ....McDonagh: "Sometimes that helps you stick together and go through the ups and downs a little bit better.” McD on Crosby: “We need everybody to be aware when their on the ice, they have some good chemistry, we have to have our heads on a swivel" .... "We were going for a lot of stretch passes. It’s something we usually try to stay away from. We were a little too spread out ....Kreider on G 2: “We had trouble getting pucks in deep & they’re coming, and they’re coming. We turn the puck over, they’re counter-attacking and they’re eventually going to get bodies in the paint. They’re going to force turnovers; it's about try to go north-south instead of east-west.” ....Dan Boyle on communication: "You want to make sure that whoever’s got the puck has got support, more than one outlet, a couple options."..... AV: "We’ve played six periods of hockey, five of them I’ve liked, didn’t like the second (Saturday).”AV on effort: “I don’t think we’re going to win all the foot races and all the battles, there’s going to be some 50-50 pucks... “Do I think as I team we need to play better? There’s no doubt."

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 19 2015 6:20 pm EST

Hip.... True, but I wish they were as good without their backs being up against the wall.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 19 2015 6:16 pm EST

I don't worry or stress about a loss anymore. When you have experience & personalities like' GIRARDI, ZUCCARELLO and LUNDQVIST "in-the-room"... you know these guys play at their very best when their backs are against the wall. This team is good when the pressure is on.

hipcheck


Sun Apr 19 2015 5:41 pm EST

Tdchi.....when you split at home you're most likely going 6 at a minimum.

MelvilleFred


Sun Apr 19 2015 5:41 pm EST

BREAKING: @NYRangers will invite John Amirante to return from time to time as a guest national anthem singer! ...TD... It was also reported today that Lindberg was scratched purely to rest him for the playoffs. In regard to Walcott... You got to love a guy that often get's compared to Girardi in terms of work ethic. I think GM's will be scratching their collective heads in a couple of years at how they didn't draft this guy in an earlier round. JMO.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 19 2015 5:19 pm EST

Oh and the Pack clinched first in their division with today's win.

tdchi


Sun Apr 19 2015 5:11 pm EST

Bob McKenzie..... Boston University goalie and UFA Matt O'Connor will be at tonite's OTT-MTL game as guest of Sens. He's visiting handful of teams this week.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 19 2015 4:52 pm EST

Andrew Gross.... AV tells media in Pittsburgh that Kevin Klein is definitely out for Game 3 but he is traveling with the team..... AV also tells media in Pittsburgh, when asked if there will be lineup changes, that he still wants to meet with his staff on that.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 19 2015 4:51 pm EST

In order for our pp to be successful we need to keep it simple too much standing around and too much passing if we kept it simple like Mcd goal in game 1 or Brassards we would've won game one with lopsided score and would win game 2 simply can't got 1-7 on the pp and expect to win those games wouldnt be even close if we converted at least on 3 goals !!!!

ilya


Sun Apr 19 2015 4:26 pm EST

Dan WALCOTT made his debut with the Pack this afternoon against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Watching a little of the game...seems very comfortable in the AHL...He's in the regular rotation...played the left side with Dallas JACKSON, a guy who has bounced around from the ECHL to the AHL...so Gernander must be somewhat confident about his defense...kid loves to jump in on the rush...played a solid game and got good ice...made a couple nice breakout passes...one that lead to a scoring chance...BODIE and McILRATH both given the night off.

tdchi


Sun Apr 19 2015 3:53 pm EST

I don't get the characterization of Nash's goal as being irrelevant. It's not like he scored it with the team up 4-1 or like it was an empty netter. The team didn't quit and his goal caused them to have one last shot left with 5 seconds left. Sure, It's one of those situations where more often than not you're not going to be successful scoring the tying goal, but that doesn't make the 3rd goal irrelevant. IMO, it was just as important as the first two goals we scored in the game.... In regard to the PP... 2-12 for the Rangers is not awful(for the NYR). One more goal and we're at 25%. IMO, What killed us yesterday was that we went 1-7 on the PP and that our penalty kill was even worse. We cannot give up goals on 2 0f 3 chances and expect to be successful. We can't struggle on all special teams and still expect to win, it's just too damn hard .....MF... Out of curiosity, what are the statistical improbabilities of a team finishing with the 3rd worst record 2 out of 4 years and ending up with the number one overall pick in both of those years. I'd bet it's rather high.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 19 2015 3:51 pm EST

MelvilleFred - How is this a more difficult series now?

tdchi


Sun Apr 19 2015 3:15 pm EST

If they play desperate hockey they gonna win I felt that they didn't they must recognize that without desperation they're done , like I Said they've won so many games over the course of the season where they played like crap it just won't cut it in the playoffs!!!

ilya


Sun Apr 19 2015 3:13 pm EST

I don't know much but you can't go 1-7 on PP, the King can't give up the number of rebounds he gave up and any team that has Malkin and Crosby is not going to go quietly into the night so you better bring your "A" game for 60 minutes. They just made this a very difficult series by giving the Penguins a split. No CUP this year....don't see it.

MelvilleFred


Sun Apr 19 2015 3:10 pm EST

If they play desperate hockey they gonna win I felt that they didn't they must recognize that without desperation they're done , like I Sade they've won so many games over the course of the season where they played like crap it just won't cut it in the playoffs!!!

ilya


Sun Apr 19 2015 2:58 pm EST

Since they'll be on the road maybe they won't be as cute the pp , maybe they'll keep it simple !!!

ilya


Sun Apr 19 2015 2:39 pm EST

I have a solution for the PP, instead of trying to score let the other team go for the puck in the corners and then check to hurt them. A successful PP will be considered if somebody on opposing team gets hurt. With incentives like plus 2 if u hurt a D man.

Jerry_Garcia


Sun Apr 19 2015 1:41 pm EST

Stevie the whole league is beat up and tired. There are ZERO excuses if they don't win this series. I still believe they will.

Nick


Sun Apr 19 2015 1:31 pm EST

puckyou - the rubber is going to hit the road soon in Edmonton, IMO...they're going to land real starter this off-season...possibly TALBOT...possibly Jimmy HOWARD...maybe even NEIMI....once they have someone back there who can stop a beach ball, everything else will fall in line...they had a few bright spots during this past year...this Swede KLEFBOM looks very promising...and with McDAVID? If they can swing a deal for a good goalie, they'll make the POs next year.

tdchi


Sun Apr 19 2015 1:12 pm EST

LeoS - For a guy who is supposedly so good, CROSBY has remarkably little idea where everyone else is on the ice...That 'hit' by HAGELIN reminded me so much of the FEHR 'hit'...Crosby...in his own world...drifting listlessly...suddenly decides to throw on the jets and drive into the path of a player already moving...he's like a dog that blindly tries to cross a four-lane highway even after he's been nailed by cars three or four times...that guy seriously has rocks for brains...though I'll say this: I don't believe for one minute he was shaken up. He was totally trying to get Hagelin busted for interference...I wouldn't be surprised at all if that whole sequence was orchestrated by Crier...what a friggin' loser...And a shame the guy can't just play the game with his god-given talent instead of pulling BS.

tdchi


Sun Apr 19 2015 1:09 pm EST

Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord Rangers alter schedule, will not practice on Sunday. Instead, media availability late afternoon in Pittsburgh." ....that says to me they are beat up and tired......

stevielegs


Sun Apr 19 2015 1:00 pm EST

JFC - Totally agree...that's why it's important to get rubber on FLEURY...even if they are perimeter shots...On the PP...what I REALLY don't understand is that with guys as strong and big as NASH, HAYES and KREIDER are...hell, even JT MILLER...why they keep doing this umbrella BS...man...have on of those guys post up in traffic and make Fleury's life hell...then just crank shots...granted, no one wants to get nailed with a clapper from the point...but the PP is so pathetic at this point, they seriously need to dumb it down...enough passing...feed the points and boom away. Everyone back there has a good shot. Why not use them? And I tell you what: If Kreider is posting up...there isn't a player on the Pens that will be able to move him. Ditto with Hayes...these are two heavy kids who are strong on their skates...the only reason I can see to have them playing the perimeter is if you're scare they're going to get hit by the point shot...even that doesn't make much sense.

tdchi


Sun Apr 19 2015 12:52 pm EST

I'm surprised they haven't reviewed yandle's cross check to lake comeau's head which should be deemed not enough payback . At least yandle gave the message back during the play abiding by the whistle to whistle mantra. Maybe some other nyr should try it. They might feel better and get amped up, Especially considering their ineffective pp.

stevielegs


Sun Apr 19 2015 12:24 pm EST

Considering how much coverage the highlight shows gave to the Hagelin/Crosby hit, I was half-expecting to wake up today to see that the league was considering supplementary discipline for a hit to the head. Which leads me to the phrase Repeat Offender, which always makes me wanna go rewatch Raising Arizona...

LeoS


Sun Apr 19 2015 12:22 pm EST

Would be cool if McDavid pulled a Lindros and told Oilers not to draft him. Won't happen, but it would be interesting.http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/04/connor-mcdavid-edmonton-oilers-nhl-draft-lottery

puckyou


Sun Apr 19 2015 12:01 pm EST

Thankfully, the NYR are the best team in the NHL on the road. Hopefully, they act like it. Not counting beating Montreal last season 4-2 sans Carey Price, it's taken the NYR 7 games to defeat every other playoff opponent (since 2012). You would think the team would have gained some swagger or confidence by making it to the Cup Finals last season but I guess not. We seem to play every series like we almost don't think we deserve to be there. Hopefully things change while we're on the road. If not, we're going to have to do it the hard way. Again.

Rhet0ric


Sun Apr 19 2015 11:56 am EST

Td -- I agree....I know it's disappointing to see the Rangers implode due to,their inability to score on the PP which led to huge momentum shifts, but the Rangers have not been "outplayed" for the majority of,the 2 games...far from it. What's so,aggravating to me that itbis very clear to see that the Rangers are the better team. When they get their game in high gear, they have absolutely made the Pens look hapless in their own end. Let's not forget also that Fleury has played very well so far....and I don't know why that is such a big surprise either. First of all, for all the grief he takes, when he is ON, he is a very good, athletic goalie. His mechanics are inconsistent, etc but when he gets hot he is easily capable of being a lights-out goalie. In addition, the Penguins have been forced to play a trap/ shutdown defense because they know damn well they can't beatbthenRangers playing wide open hockey. That is giving the Rangers trouble so far...Pens are taking away the neutral zone and being very aggressive in taking away the Rangers time&space. It's whatnwe fear from teams like the Bruins and the Kings and so called "big" teams, but it reallynhave nothing to do,with being big, rather it has to do,with not giving the Rangers time to play their game and make their preferred breakouts and plays. Now is when the coaching staff has its chance to shine....they need to study the video and figure out a way to break down and neutralize what the Pens are doing. Look, any team nowadays that is willing and able to,play a trap-type game can give any team a problem. It's how the Panthers made the finals as an expansion team and how the Devils thrived all those years. The Pens are simply determined to play tight hockey, shut the Rangers down and counterpunch. The reason it works so far is that, unlike the Rangers, they scored TIMELY powelay goals. That was the difference last night.

JFC31


Sun Apr 19 2015 10:58 am EST

Vic - see, I just don't get where the Rangers were outplayed for five out of six periods...That wouldn't be my assessment at all...the only period where the Pens looked even remotely better was the part of the second last night...they fed off the energy from the first goal and parlayed it into a pair of goals...but after that, the Rangers picked up the tempo...then it was back and forth hockey. I've yet to see the Pens go a stretch of more than 5 minutes where they've controlled the play...they've been playing short-burst hockey...agreed slowing the game down behooves them...that's their MO...bruise up the Rangers...take penalties...try to catch them off-guard when the man-advantage ends...but regardless of how you or I or anyone characterizes the first six periods of this series, there are at least nine more periods to go...we're not even halfway here...getting down at this point may be appeasing to our nagging instinct to expect the worse...but that's about it, IMO.

tdchi


Sun Apr 19 2015 10:49 am EST

RF4L - Never said sweep. Never even implied it. I figure five or six games and I stand behind that thought. I don't know how anyone could watch the last two games and come away with the idea that 1. The Pens are the better team; and 2. That they're going to win this series. Really just baffles me.

tdchi


Sun Apr 19 2015 10:49 am EST

vic lots of ways or excuses to look at it. They spent their energy like many teams coming in first, and now they have to get back on a roll. Whereas the pens came in cold, and are playing dirty hockey to get hot. The whistle to whistle blows in the post season, but that's the coach's instructions. The NYR might be better off with blind refs, so they don't get pps. Skidmark got plenty of rest with 14minutes of pp for the NYR. I have had my doubts on veenknow playoff coaching. The players have to kick it up a notch, not play like it's the regular season, and so does the coach and his crew. Uf is playing musical chairs with the D. He needs to match skidney and malconcontent more with Girardi and Staal on them. McD was in lalaland last night. And either hank saves and steals games, or he should be watching the prince try it......Keenan pulled Richter, vennknow doesn't seem to have the onions. Guess he lost his bam bam by becoming a coach.....and ahkneel has proven he can't coach the pp.....and the pk didn't get it done being 1-3......special teams are a lot more important in the post season......but I'm not throwing in the towel after 2 games, nor do I expect nash or msl to have 6 goals each already....skidney was 1 for 19 playoff games before last night......they have to find ways to win, instead they found a way to lose last night.....this team was an adventure last year in the playoffs, I hope they find an easier way to win 15 more.....I still don't get glass being in over shemp, while not inflicting some punishment, but that's on the coach.....hopefully Klein gets back in the next game , and the d performs better...... catch 22 is in the house......

stevielegs


Sun Apr 19 2015 10:47 am EST

RF4L - Everything banks on game 3? C'mon...again...The Rangers deserve some of the criticism here...but all of it? I don't get it...they controlled vast stretches of these two games...the problem here is execution...Rangers need to play a simple game and realize they miss 100 percent of the shots they don't take...I don't think this hinges on game 3...it hinges on whether the Rangers learn from their mistakes. The Pens are playing desperate hockey. Last night was a result of the Rangers not recognizing that.

tdchi


Sun Apr 19 2015 10:46 am EST

I am nothing more than a very long time fan but it seems to me hockey is a game of confidence. When you have it, everything feeds off it and goes right. When you don’t have it, everything feeds off it and nothing goes right. The root of the Rangers confidence problems can be reduced to the least common denominator…the coaching staff. To begin with, after period 1 of game 1 the Penguins “adjusted” to the stretch pass offense of the Rangers and you are still seeing the effect of that adjustment 5 periods later. Either the Rangers have adjusted their “system” and it is not working or they have not and that is even worse…Either way the fault lies with the coaching staff. Now let’s talk about what I believe to be THE Achilles heel of this team…the power play. We would be screaming if they weren’t getting opportunities, but they are and we ARE screaming but because they have wasted most of them. And because of that a cause/effect scenario exists. It is a double edged sword. I, for one, am happy the Rangers don’t get more opportunities because as this power play currently performs the Penguins are EMPOWERED by the Rangers impotent power play. They know how feeble an offense is displayed. They have CONFIDENCE they will kill them off AND get the associated rush after they succeed in killing them off. The Rangers, on the other hand, “grip the stick tighter” as Stepan said in an earlier post AND equally important they lose confidence after each failure. Again, the fault lies with the coaching staff. Why do you think the Penguins have amped up the “dirty” play? They are working their sticks like butchers, carving the Rangers with sticks to face, smashing guys faces / cross-checking guys into the ice/boards because they aren’t afraid of the power play AND they want to and have succeeded in intimidating the Rangers. There is no price to pay for playing dirty. I’ve caught a lot of the other series and there is no love lost between most of these teams…AND THEY SHOW IT! Not once have the Rangers, individually or as a team, retaliated or even had a dust-up. There is no message being sent either with fisticuffs or a power play goal to make the Penguins even think twice about stopping what they are doing. The only message the Rangers are sending is “it’s open season on our players and we are powerless to stop you”. Again, the fault lies with the coaching staff. This is a new season and the rules change. You can blame the players all you want but I have yet to see that adjustment to playoff style hockey from this coaching staff. Plenty of time left but if and only if the Rangers coaching staff make those adjustments.

RF73


Sun Apr 19 2015 10:22 am EST

TD: Weren't you suggesting that the Rangers could sweep the Pens and at very least, a short series was likely in order? Unless the Rangers, almost everyone of them, pick up their games, it might be a short series the other way. Yikes....

RF4L


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:51 am EST

STEVIE and TD: I get what you guys are saying about the fans and over-reacting. However, there are a few things that I think cannot be denied. First, the Pens are easily the worst team in the playoffs. They have been decimated by injuries and one of their two superstars really isn't a shadow of himself. The Rangers were outworked and outplayed for 5 of the 6 periods in this series so far. The Rangers have had a 2 or 3 to 1 advantage in Power Plays. Right now the Rangers don't look like the team that dominated the league from January through March. They look more like the team that struggled to find their way in the first few months of the season. EVERYONE on every line needs to play better. HANK and D corps need to play better. To be outworked and outskated by the Pens is unacceptable. It tells me that even if they make it through this series they aren't playing nearly well enough to beat the Caps or Islanders. And again, I blame AV for the PP. He has the tools to be better on the PP and he isn't using them. HAYES hasn't played as well as I had hoped at even strength. However, he can really shine on the PP where he has more time and space and the Rangers desperately need him on the PP.

Vic


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:47 am EST

Rangers have been weak all year at faceoffs and PP- no secret. PP has sucked for years, cost us the Cup last year one might argue. MSL and Boyle are for shit on it- AV better consider some changes. Nash stopped going hard to the net with about 20 games left in the season- maybe it's his cranium again, but shit better change- or AV is gonna have some déjà vu reminiscent of his Canuck teams. I don't think we bring back Marty next season- despite his 20+ goals

puckyou


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:44 am EST

RF4L....Maybe the lottery is fixed. Crosby, Tavares, Stamkos, Ovechkin, Malkin are all in the East. Looks like the NHL wanted McDavid out in the west with a crappy Canadian market team to spice it up. : )

TradeStar28


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:11 am EST

BTW, the Rangers, as I said after game 1, need to start putting shots on Fleury and drive to the net. Regularly. And on 5 on 5 because there is ZERO reason to expect their PP to suddenly kick in. It's sucked since before Sather came to NY - it ain't gonna change now. Funny how that is, eh? A shitty PP and lousy FO circle prowess is contributing to the problems. Who'd have thunk it??

RF4L


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:08 am EST

TD: IMO, McDavid will be as good as Crosby - he's a generational player. The Oilers lucked out. IMO, given how crappy they've been for so long, they don't deserve him but without a doubt, this proves the lottery isn't fixed. Canada is the last place Buttman wants someone like McDavid to play - tickets sell here with or without a player of that ilk. Buttman was probably praying the Yotes would get him. All that said, I'm glad none of Boston, LA and Philly got him.

RF4L


Sun Apr 19 2015 9:00 am EST

IMO, we should be concerned about the Rangers. Their vaunted speed and forecheck has been absent in both games except for a couple of flurries here and there. And this against a decimated defense. Twelve shots on net by the end of the 2nd period yesterday, despite having 5 PPs is pitiful. No line is working well and most of the top 6 forwards have yet to make an appearance. On the 3rd line, Hayes is showing his youth and MSL his age, rendering that line useless. Boyle is sucking too. And the King is playing like a queen. A big change had better come to this team's game for game 3 or guess what? Bye bye Rangers. And if that happens, what changes will take place over the summer? It'll be a HUGE disappointment for sure. I am hoping it's more to do with what I mentioned prior to game 1 (a different kind of pressure when you're expected to win) and these 2 games will have served as a learning curve. We'll see.

RF4L


Sun Apr 19 2015 8:34 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/04/18/kevin-hayes-on-tom-brady-near-leg-amputation-and-awesome-rangers-fans/

stevielegs


Sun Apr 19 2015 8:23 am EST

On the draft fiasco - All I gotta say is WOW. The NHL just gave the first-overall pick to Edmonton...and sheesh...I haven't heard a player talked up like this since CROSBY...Not even STAMKOS...and I get it...McDAVID is a special player...but that special...special enough that he's being named already with Gretzky and Lemiuex...Lindros? Man...I get it that the kid is good...definitely in the ranks of McKinnon and maybe Tavares...he looked good in the WJCS this year...was pretty much invisible the year before...but for all this hype? And man, do I feel bad for him heading to Edmonton...that's a huge burden to put on the kid's shoulders...rescuing that franchise.

tdchi


Sun Apr 19 2015 8:16 am EST

Can't say I'm overly surprised by the reaction here...but seriously, some of it is WAY over the top...did the Pens control that game last night? Hell no. Not even close. In fact, they needed some gratuitous help from the refs to get their first goal...and a good degree of luck/Ranger errors on their other three. Never once did they look like they were in control of the game...certainly, they had their chances and guess what? They capitalized on them...I'm not sure what the coaching staff told them between games, but they gave CROSBY free reign last night...just let him walk around wherever he wants...is it a surprise he scored two goals? Nope...they also didn't test FLEURY at all...I mean...13 shots through two periods? That's basically making him look like Pierre McGuire was describing him...That game was played and lost with a degree of overconfidence on the Rangers' part...they spent 95 percent of the game trying to play for the perfect pass...which is fine when you're facing Carey PRICE or Peka RINNE...but Fleury? Nope. Dump shots early and often...many of them will go in...Rangers PP...I don't know what else to say that hasn't been said already...it's got to come alive and capitalize or teams are going to take more and more liberties against the Rangers...And to you folks already calling this for the Pens or saying it will go seven games? Pump the breaks. One game. Series is even. And that's with the Rangers playing like garbage. One tweak and this series tilts in the Rangers' favor. Bank on it.

tdchi


Sun Apr 19 2015 8:04 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/04/16/scrapper-from-the-start-vigneaults-long-road-to-rangers-glory/

stevielegs


Sun Apr 19 2015 7:57 am EST

.Marquess of Queensberry Rules...... 1.To be a fair stand-up boxing match in a 24-foot ring, or as near that size as practicable. 2.No wrestling or hugging allowed. 3.The rounds to be of three minutes' duration, and one minute's time between rounds. 4.If either man falls through weakness or otherwise, he must get up unassisted, 10 seconds to be allowed him to do so, the other man meanwhile to return to his corner, and when the fallen man is on his legs the round is to be resumed and continued until the three minutes have expired. If one man fails to come to the scratch in the 10 seconds allowed, it shall be in the power of the referee to give his award in favour of the other man. 5.A man hanging on the ropes in a helpless state, with his toes off the ground, shall be considered down. 6.No seconds or any other person to be allowed in the ring during the rounds. 7.Should the contest be stopped by any unavoidable interference, the referee to name the time and place as soon as possible for finishing the contest; so that the match must be won and lost, unless the backers of both men agree to draw the stakes. 8.The gloves to be fair-sized boxing gloves of the best quality and new. 9.Should a glove burst, or come off, it must be replaced to the referee's satisfaction. 10.A man on one knee is considered down and if struck is entitled to the stakes. 11.That no shoes or boots with spikes or sprigs be allowed. 12.The contest in all other respects to be governed by revised London Prize Ring Rules.

stevielegs


Sun Apr 19 2015 7:23 am EST

I haven't fact checked but it was Hayes and capt McD on for skidmarks ' 2 goals....capt parmenter returned in # 27's uniform .... He was not in their on Thursday.... Leaders have to lead.... Not just talk the talk....

stevielegs


Sun Apr 19 2015 7:03 am EST

Since the expansion of each playoff round to seven games in 1987, none have swept all four rounds to hoist the Cup in 16 games, nor have any skated in four Game 7s using all 28 possible games. The average number of games needed to win the Stanley Cup is 22, with the Edmonton Oilers (1988) playing the fewest games (18), and the Los Angeles Kings (2014) skating in the most (26). Only twice before have teams skated in 26 playoff games in a single postseason (Philadelphia Flyers 1987, Calgary Flames 2004). In both instances these teams lost to their favored foe in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final (Edmonton Oilers 1987, Tampa Bay Lighting 2004).

RF73


Sun Apr 19 2015 7:02 am EST

I know it is only two games, but the play of MSL and Boyle has been very destructive of a consistent effort. Boyle in particular has disrupted the D which is the strength of this team. We need Klein back badly and sit Boyle in favor of Hunwick. And, why would we consider bringing back MSL next year at any price?

gene_carr


Sun Apr 19 2015 6:49 am EST

“My comment on the power play is we have a group of guys that have frustrated themselves, and we just have to go out and get some good mojo going and find a way to pop a couple in a relax a little bit on it,” Derek Stepan said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who are gripping the stick, and there’s no need for that, especially now. We need to get some positive energy on it, zip it around, and make some plays.”

stevielegs


Sun Apr 19 2015 6:40 am EST

Still need 15 more wins. I doubt any team has ever gone 16-0 .

stevielegs


Sun Apr 19 2015 6:35 am EST

"The Rangers played a good portion of the first period one defenseman short after Keith Yandle went to the team’s dressing room after coming off the ice at 7:01. On his previous shift, he had been driven hard into the boards by Comeau. Yandle returned when the Rangers went on their second power play with 38.3 seconds left in the period after Kunitz high sticked Nash."

stevielegs


Sun Apr 19 2015 3:38 am EST

Like I said from the get go this series is a lot closer than many thought before it. There is really no big difference between No 1 and No 8 in the East, and Sid and Malkin can get you on board. MAF can make the saves necessary. Pittsburgh is not good enough with the current blueline to run over NYR. We can all agree on that. So if we start from that perspective, it will "at least" be a close series. What teams wins close games? Its really is so much about scoring the 1st goal and just not shooting yourself in the foot. Being able to keep create chances while not giving up too many. NYR is masters at not shooting themselves in the foot, OTOH Pittsburgh is real good at keep creating chances. I mean from my POV, NYR gotta be able to make a bit of a bigger dent in Pittsburgh's defense on a regular basis to take this in 5. If they can't do that its looking like a 6-7 game series with maybe a slight edge to NYR. But thats a very slight edge.

Ola


Sun Apr 19 2015 1:59 am EST

"Buy that man a drink and his dog one too"

PJ


Sun Apr 19 2015 12:24 am EST

Sabres miss out but the consolation is a solid centerpiece Center with Eichel. Plus they have 2 more picks in the 1st Round and the first pick in second round. That's 4 picks in top 31.......Not bad. I think Buffalo would be interested in throwing the Rangers one of those other picks for Talbot to make themselves feel better now. Also, with Oilers getting McDavid, I think they now would be willing to overpay for Talbot this summer trying to lock up a goalie for the future.

TradeStar28


Sun Apr 19 2015 12:17 am EST

I always liked the Pittsburgh guy. "Scratch my back with a hacksaw." Mike Lange.

Bob


Sun Apr 19 2015 12:09 am EST

Bob the Ottawa radio guy is snark unchained. Not really a classic homer but just kind of funny. Dean Brown.

Nick


Sun Apr 19 2015 12:04 am EST

Cam Fowler with the game tying goal........Where is McIlrath tonight? Playing with his toys packed in a suitcase in some hotel

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 11:48 pm EST

Yeah! That radio guy in Tampa is out of his mind when they score. The weird thing is that his voice doesn't build to it, then SCREAM. The other guy that is entertaining is the Colorado radio guy. He is a riot.

Bob


Sat Apr 18 2015 11:42 pm EST

Yeah MSL seems done. I hope he can produce some moments for us this postseason but man, no expensive deal, please. That guy Tyler Johnson on TBL is like Marty 15 years ago. Small, fast and can score. BTW have you ever heard TBL's radio guy? He sounds normal until they score and then he's like, insane and not in a good way.

Nick


Sat Apr 18 2015 11:24 pm EST

And boy do I feel sorry for McDavid. Poor kid, stuck in the Arctic with the most incompetent management team in the NHL.. Something is wrong when you pick #1 4 out of 6 years and still suck. Also, I bet Donnie Maloney is furious. The Coyotes are terrible, have little following and I bet they end up moving now.

Bob


Sat Apr 18 2015 11:19 pm EST

MSL basically kills each line he gets put on. He looks like his mind cannot process what to do with the puck. If he doesn't bury chances right in front like the one he had, he contributes nothing positive. If he comes back next season, it better be on a $1 Million deal with bonuses. I realize the teammates love him, and all that. he has had a great career. But the Rangers are going for it this year. He needs to contribute something.

Bob


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:53 pm EST

I'd much rather have seen Buffalo's organizational tank job get rewarded with the lottery luck than Edmonton's rank incompetence. It seems unfair to be so crummy you get the number one pick four of six years.

Nick


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:52 pm EST

I love Hank, cant stand when he hiccups and everyone is clamoring for Cam (who I also like a lot), that said, he sucked tonight, but he was in good company, about 20 other members of this organization sucked along with him.

WIOSA


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:44 pm EST

So Connor McDavid to Edmonton. I did want to see him go to Buffalo (or Carolina). I am not sure if he was instructed to act impartial towards who received the 1st pick....but McDavid looked sorta saddened to be heading towards Alberta. I wonder who his personal 1st choice would be. Maybe the Sabres? Its close to Ontario and that team would have been exciting during the rebuild (and hate-able once they were beating Rangers consistently).......and close to home for him.

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:38 pm EST

Calendar Calculator......Kevin Klein injured March 11th, 2015. Figured to be out 4-6 weeks. 6 weeks = 42 days. Wednesday April 22, 2015 is the end of the 6th week.

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:29 pm EST

It's still amazing to me that the President's Trophy winner was the WORST face-off team in the league and we are still getting away with it. But, this PP Funk is gonna be our down fall, if AV can't fix it. Maybe at next year's GM meetings , Sather can ask for a new rule change...........a decline on the PP , after a penalty is called.

Newfie_Ranger


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:27 pm EST

Stevie....we deserve a shrink,....just for watching this shit!

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:24 pm EST

And no, I don't think he was shakey tonight. Would have. Been nice to see him come up with a spectacular save OT two but that's not what's in the cards every game.....I could turn it around and say Lundqvist is the only goalie in the league that if he doesn't look SPECTACULAR, then that means he didn't play well. He played more than well enough to win if the Rangers did their jobs on the PP

JFC31


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:22 pm EST

JFC.... Let's just agree to disagree.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:21 pm EST

Stevie no offense and all but please don't start with the bullshit about 'undeserving' fans. The team sucked in these games and sorry, we're allowed to say it. No one expects perfection but it's okay to vent and spill some frustration here.

Nick


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:20 pm EST

Rhetoric -- I have been critical of The King whenever I feel he deserves it....not tonight. That was a lowshot....the kind of shot that is difficult to handle off the pads....then Crosby was free because it was a POWERPLAY. Maybe you think it's easy to control a shot like that, but his pads aren't made of Velcro.

JFC31


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:19 pm EST

Any momentum the Rangers gain in these games is quickly neutralized by their totally inept power play. Then the Pens gain the momentum by killing off the penalty! Please don't get any PP's in Pittsburgh!!!

caperanger


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:16 pm EST

oh yes..........and can McDonaugh try a little harder on stopping Crosby driving to the net, please.

Newfie_Ranger


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:15 pm EST

Should be shaky at times tonight.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:14 pm EST

Sutter...........wow!.............but enough of that shit. Please don't trade away Hagelin, please ! Find a way to give him more ice time in more situations. Sheppard in ! Not worried right now but boy is the next game in Pitts important or what? It will tell the tale of this series for sure................

Newfie_Ranger


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:12 pm EST

JFC... He gave up a huge rebound on Crosby's goal but he deserved no part of the blame for it? If we need the defense to always be perfect then why do we need Hank at all? He's the only goalie in the League that when a goal is scored on him it is never his fault, not even partially. If you can't admit that he looked shaky tonight than you are biased. He was also out-played by Fleury. Freaking Marc-Andre Fleury!

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:10 pm EST

And OMG, have many months do we have endure the total ineffectiveness of MSL? He's sucked, save for a 1 week stretch, since December and despite what his strokers were hoping, his time off due to his injury has done ZERO to change that.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:09 pm EST

Is there a full asshole moon out tonight... Some of you guys don't deserve a winning team ...

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:08 pm EST

None of those goals were on Lundqvist....watch the replays

JFC31


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:07 pm EST

Next game, insert the German Sheppard....Bench the Glass Chuiahaha

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:07 pm EST

Without a single doubt (of course IMO) the Rangers got what they deserved.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:04 pm EST

Other than the few shifts that led up to Stepan's opening goal the Rangers allowed Pitt to dictate the style of play. Not good. Similar to game one IMO. Only difference was the Rangers held the lead.

NYStranger


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:01 pm EST

If game 1 wasn't a wake up call .. then this must be... outworked tonight.....we have to be better 5 on 5... Hayes struggled throughout

sjw


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:00 pm EST

Now they need to go into Pittsburgh and beat the hell out of them on the ice. They need Klein too but also maybe insert Shepard

rngrsans


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:00 pm EST

The ghost scored when the game didn't matter. I think I will refer to him as ghost. He haunts us and only shows up when he wants to get yet you still don't have to be afraid of him. He is a ghost

KIS


Sat Apr 18 2015 10:00 pm EST

Nash scoring there is like A-Rod hitting a three run homer when the Yanks are down by 10 in the 9th. Useless garbage time. I hope somehow that gets him going but doubt it.

NYStranger


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:59 pm EST

Which goals were Lundqvist's fault?

JFC31


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:59 pm EST

JFC....Are you kidding me?

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:58 pm EST

Yes that meaningless goal make everything ok....

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:58 pm EST

We still have a chance.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:57 pm EST

Can we get Pitt to pull their goalie?

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:57 pm EST

None of those goals are on Lundqvist....c'mon!

JFC31


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:57 pm EST

Nash scored scratch him next game

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:57 pm EST

Hank not at his best for sure but we were bad all around....Almost no offense at even strength against a bad D....

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:57 pm EST

Nash! Mr Clutch!

Bob


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:56 pm EST

It's all about the PP. We came out strong in the 3rd and scored on the PP...momentum is with us. Then a stupid offensive zone penalty by Hayes (who was not very good tonight) and the Penguins sore on their PP.....end of Rangers momentum. Pens used the PP to great effect, the Rangers did not.

JFC31


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:55 pm EST

Tonight.....We needed Hank.........Instead we got Spank

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:55 pm EST

2 icings 1 called

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:55 pm EST

Agreed.... Being outworked in this one bothers me the most...That and players like Nash again not making a difference....

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:55 pm EST

This team continues to have zero killer instinct. Hank is just an average goalie in the postseason. Year after year, SSDD. I guess it's going to be another 7 game series.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:54 pm EST

Win or lose The Cup, Nash'll look great in an Oiler jersey....

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:52 pm EST

It's one thing not to win 16 straight but tonight's effort was not good

rngrsans


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:51 pm EST

I am afraid MSL's days of being a star are over...

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:50 pm EST

Nash should watch the effort the old man Mel is putting I this game oh wait he is watching. Fuckin pussy

KIS


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:50 pm EST

Can it be the nyr aren't going to win 16 straight ... Sather sucks nyr suck nyr fans suck ...

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:50 pm EST

Where are our stars? If Kreider and Miller are better than Nash and St Louis put them out there

rngrsans


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:48 pm EST

Another wrister from Nash from far out....What is with this guy?....We need the early season Nash to show up....

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:47 pm EST

Is there one camera dedicated to crybaby ?

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:47 pm EST

Where is the team MVP. He sucks. Win or lose get rid of him. He isn't a leader he doesn't want to be a star. Yorkie right again. Says the guy is a magician. He shows a disappearing act every playoff.

KIS


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:46 pm EST

They have been pretty severely outworked tonight. Hard to win when that happens.

Bob


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:46 pm EST

Pepe mcwhyher claims flurry is super human

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:46 pm EST

Nothing comes easy...Hopefully a wakeup call for our Rangers....We came so close to tieing it up....

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:43 pm EST

Jim.i thought that I might have saw 61 on ice lol

ilya


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:43 pm EST

Lose the special teams battle you often lose the game...Hope Klein is back soon...

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:41 pm EST

Pk 1-3 not good

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:41 pm EST

The PP is 2-12 in the playoffs... 16.7%....It's better than it's been for most of the season.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:39 pm EST

Guess the ref missed the 1 st crops check by homeau

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:39 pm EST

Trade: LOL...not under 'turn-the-other-cheek' philosophy of AV...

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:39 pm EST

The King could help us out a bit I rhink

caperanger


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:38 pm EST

Did Rick Nash play tonight? In his defense he's accompanied, in both games, by 2/3's (if not 3/4's) of the Ranger forwards.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:37 pm EST

That's it....if you can't beat them....then go Old Testament on their ass

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:37 pm EST

Hollywood playpens

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:36 pm EST

Here's my prediction: Game 3 will decide who wins the series.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:36 pm EST

NN: come of of the closet

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:36 pm EST

Who didn't see that coming.

barto


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:35 pm EST

Guess what? Rangers lose, deservedly so, due to their shitty PP. SATHER SUCKS!

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:34 pm EST

NN: You can stop your closet cleaning.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:32 pm EST

Meow.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:32 pm EST

Crosby diving again.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:30 pm EST

I can not believe how fucking dumb these guys are playing!

NYStranger


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:27 pm EST

Are we sure that wasn't in? Jeez.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:26 pm EST

Sutter's a moron, what does he expect from the Zebra?

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:26 pm EST

On the last PP I was cleaning closets; so I will do that again and see if they score.

DOUBLEN


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:25 pm EST

What are the chances of us getting 2 in a row?

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:24 pm EST

That damn toe drag.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:24 pm EST

We're back in this one... Have faith

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:23 pm EST

Don't stop the pressure boys!

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:22 pm EST

Brass ballz!!! Yessss........

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:22 pm EST

A Pp goal yes!!!!

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:22 pm EST

Finally!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:20 pm EST

make.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:20 pm EST

Until the Rangers may the Penguins pay for it, I would keep taking penalties too.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:19 pm EST

Cant stand Boyle's face....He looks like a junkyard dog that needs to be put to sleep.

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:18 pm EST

I think it is 4 straight periods being outworked. Not out skilled. Plenty of chances either missed or blocked. I have to give Pittsburgh credit. There is no question that the harder working team is ahead. BTW, that 3rd goal was a really nice play.

Bob


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:17 pm EST

The key for me is this: Have the Penguins stepped up to match what the Rangers can deliver? If so, bye-bye NY and OMG, we've seen this disappointment in NY waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many times. We'll see...

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:17 pm EST

They have beaten themselves again. No urgency at all from the Rangers except a few players. We are also getting out coached

rngrsans


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:17 pm EST

Not to compare apples to oranges but if you follow the NFL....the coaches sit there literally into the wee hours of the morning to watch tape and figure out game plans. They are breaking down the opponent and watching countless hours of video and game tape. With that being said......dont the Rangers have an idea of the Penuins tendencies when they are short a man? Penguins were 3rd overall in the regular season......u need to find out why and how

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:15 pm EST

Stevie... I think the refs in the NHL are the worst in all of professional sports. I still can't kill them on that one though. Who will be the first person to say we should pull Hank for Talbot? Anyone? Anyone? (not serious)

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:13 pm EST

And if you can't score on PP against AHL defensive corpses it's fucked up !!!!

ilya


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:11 pm EST

Jim, it's a downfall already lol over the season they were able to win a lot of games in which they played like crap can someone tell those maggots that this is a playoffs hello ???

ilya


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:11 pm EST

Rhet tongue in check ref head up ass ... The guy is falling and he can't wait to call a penalty from 60 feet away. They can see things 5feet in front of them. They give a gift to their babies.... The nyr pp is 2 minutes of no crybaby on the ice. He's well rested and made them pay for the piss poor power play ... Ah kneel has the pp down to a 2 minute science...

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:11 pm EST

WIOSA: Bang on girl.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:10 pm EST

The CBC goo-fest over Crosby and Pittsburgh continues....I wanna puke.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:09 pm EST

So many years the power play has sucked, wow, different players, different coaches , is there not someone in this game that could help this team score with a man advantage?

caperanger


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:08 pm EST

You know, I said to friends we were basically outworked in period 2 and most of 3 for game 1, and I was told I didn't understand the Rangers game. Now we are being outshot, outscored, and outworked for game 2. A lot of people told me we controlled game 1. I just did not see it. To me it was 2014 LAK again, scoring first and then praying we can hold the lead. We're supposed to be one of the best defenses in the league, is Crosby going to get a Hat Trick in our building? Sheesh, Im so PO'd .

WIOSA


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:08 pm EST

This has been the Rangers MO the last how many playoff series? Win one lose one...friggin unreal. And the biggest culprit is the useless power play. Maybe they have a great third and come back, maybe not. Either way they need to get their shite together, and soon.

NYStranger


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:07 pm EST

And equally worrisome is the invisibility of a slew of players, such as MSL (no surprise), MZA, Hagelin, Hayes and Brassard. Could the Rangers end up being another example of the regular season not = the post season? I hope not. But game 2 and lots of nothing that they did so often in the regular season, save for 1 or 2 plays.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:06 pm EST

The amazing thing to me about the PP is that not one coach has ever practiced one aspect of it over the years. I guess we'll just always suck at it.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:05 pm EST

Oh well. Ducks Jets should be good. And there's a classic car auction also. The NYR just can't do stuff the easy way. I still can't believe they will lose this series, but I'm not sure why.

Nick


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:04 pm EST

Sooner or later the inept PP will be this team's downfall. Sooner is approaching. It's on Sather. He SUCKS!

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:02 pm EST

Stevie... Hags DID NOT trip. They showed it on the replay. The Pen player lost an edge. Still, you really can't blame the refs on that one, they don't have benefit of replay.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:02 pm EST

This is sad. don't deserve to win this one. Any one of the other playoff teams would have netted 1or 2 on pp.

barto


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:59 pm EST

Rangers have killed THEMSELVES with their inability to put the Pens away with PP opportunities...they were shredding the Penguins, they had all the momentum.....then their OWN POWERPLAYS killed their momentum. Not only did it kill their momentum, it gave the Pens confidence and handed the momentum to THEM. Absolutely DISGUSTING how they took PP opportunities and turned them into Penguin momentum.

JFC31


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:58 pm EST

Kreider started the period like a beast. How much has he played the last half of the period coach is to fucking cerebral for me too

KIS


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:58 pm EST

Hagelin definitely tripped the ref got that right and the nhl got a pp goal they didn't deserve ...

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:58 pm EST

Pierre is so happy he can't stand it....What a joke this coverage is....

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:58 pm EST

Once the Ducks / Jets game starts and you watch the first 5 minutes.....it will be like going from a drama of this shit storm crying game........to a fuggin action movie or super hero flick.

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:56 pm EST

Yeah nyr suck as usual ... The playoffs are over

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:55 pm EST

MSL is no longer a big name player....He is an anchor out there....

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:55 pm EST

2 games and Hank is being outplayed by Fleury.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:54 pm EST

Have to be kidding me....We are being outworked horribly....

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:54 pm EST

Who blamed the refs?

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:54 pm EST

These Rangers are getting unwatchable. Honestly.

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:53 pm EST

None of our big name players are showing up ... Nash, MSL, Zuc

rngrsans


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:52 pm EST

This is embarrasing

caperanger


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:52 pm EST

Wow this is unreal....We look like we don't give a damn....

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:51 pm EST

Can we quit blaming the refs? Our PP blows anyway and most of all, if we can't beat this AHL d-corps then we ain't as good as advertised.

Nick


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:50 pm EST

I'm saying it now. This team isn't strong or rough enough to win the cup. Nash is a cunt. Hayes is showing his youth and Mel is to old. The will lose this game 3 or 4 -1. They will lose the series to Pitt in 6

KIS


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:50 pm EST

Need to wake up now....Rick Nash where are you?

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:49 pm EST

Again the PP losing the game for us

rngrsans


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:49 pm EST

Crosby after scoring the goal had that "i told u boys....they will fall apart at the seams in game 2" look

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:48 pm EST

Yeah.......Let's win the "Turn the other Cheek" Championship.

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:46 pm EST

I could've scored on that rebound.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:37 pm EST

Nhl 1 nyr 1

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:37 pm EST

!@#$ why is our offense so anemic?

WIOSA


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:36 pm EST

B.S.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:32 pm EST

How can the power play be so anemic. All these years, several coaches same thing. Bs call

barto


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:32 pm EST

Cmon Ricky.....Don't lose our fuggin #..........and turn into Jan Erixon once again.....How about a $7.8MM goal?

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:31 pm EST

Phantom call

NYStranger


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:27 pm EST

Gotta pop one here

tlats


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:26 pm EST

Decline it Stevie, decline it

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:24 pm EST

Big save Hank... Lucky he saw it all the way... Best chance these birds had all night

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:22 pm EST

We definitely don't want that to happen. Not the way he self-destructs in the post season.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:20 pm EST

Dial us up a PP goal....... MAF almost got "Priced" out of the game by his own man

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:13 pm EST

MF... If we could've gotten the damn puck to settle down, we might have gotten another one.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:04 pm EST

Good period for the Rangers.... Seemed like the Pens were able to skate with us for the 1st 8-10 minutes and then we started to push the play into their end.. Their careless mistakes is gonna cost them, it always does in the playoffs.... Jmho

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:58 pm EST

Nice pass jt no more jitters miller

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:57 pm EST

A Step in the right direction. LGR

barto


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:54 pm EST

The ice looks terrible tonight.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:53 pm EST

That's what we're talking about !!!!!

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:53 pm EST

I've said it before, I'll say it again... Stepan needs to shoot more. Great play by Miller.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:52 pm EST

Step on stepan

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:52 pm EST

YEAHHHHHHHHBABYYYYYYYY DEREK STEPAN!!!!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:52 pm EST

STEPAN!!!!!!!!!

DOUBLEN


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:47 pm EST

Fast doin some nice house keeping on the skirmish in front of Hank... The kid plays a responsible all around game..... Let's go PP

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:46 pm EST

NN.... I'm just playing Devil's advocate (not the NJ variety) and thinking what it would cost us. McDonagh is my favorite player, though I would still make any trade that made us better. This is above my pay grade. Though it would relieve our cap glut and get Yandle up with Girardi (where he really should be). It also opens up a 3rd line spot for Skjei.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:44 pm EST

Crosby with two shots already, neither on goal, but still on his stick.... Not liking that

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:42 pm EST

Rhet, no, its just too many bodies... That one player (mcdavid) gets hurt and we're out all those guys with a fill in for McDavid...too risky imo

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:40 pm EST

RHET: So who is replacing MCD???

DOUBLEN


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:37 pm EST

Not that I'm reading into the look on his face or his body language, but for arguments sake let's say that McDavid doesn't want to play in Edmonton. Would anyone be willing to trade McDonagh, Stepan, Talbot and Buchnevich for McDavid?

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:24 pm EST

Make no mistake, that Edmonton team is a borderline chemistry nightmare. Would McDavid fix any of that? ....NN.... I wasn't suggesting Buffalo would trade the #2 overall pick for Talbot. I'd also give them Glass. Sometimes you have to give to get :)

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:21 pm EST

Enough of this crap start the game already. LGR

Steve443c10


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:21 pm EST

Poor kid. Worst possible outcome, sentenced to arctic hell with an completely incompetent team. On the bright side, this makes Taylor Hall expendable and they need a goalie.

Bob


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:20 pm EST

Buff could try to work a deal with Edmonton if the Sabers feel they must have McDavid over Eichel.....

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:19 pm EST

Buffalo is not giving up that pick for Talbot. Doubt you can get a 1st rounder for Talbot other than Schneider what goalie has brought back a #1 pick. Look at what Bernier and Bishop brought back.

DOUBLEN


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:19 pm EST

Smells a lot like Pittsburgh NHL.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:18 pm EST

Edmonton picked #1 overall in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Ridiculous.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:18 pm EST

He says you never know what will happen on draft day....Sorry kid....You are an Oiler...

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:17 pm EST

McDavid looks like he is gonna throw up

tlats


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:16 pm EST

They should cap how many times a teams get the #1 pick.

DOUBLEN


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:16 pm EST

Is Buffalo interested in our boy Cam Talbot? :)

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:16 pm EST

McDavid does not look happy

Steve443c10


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:15 pm EST

There goes Can Talbot and .........

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:14 pm EST

OHHHH come on. How many times do they need to get that first pick?

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:11 pm EST

Yayyyy.... screw you Bruins and LA.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:09 pm EST

The "Top Picks" and Jack Eichel is not there? Only the NHL. Watch Eichel be the better of the two players.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:04 pm EST

If the Debbie's win thie lottery, the fix is in. Fathead Lou is Buttmans Buddy.

Steve443c10


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:00 pm EST

Need to maintain home ice advantage....

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 6:58 pm EST

You rang Mrs. Adams? Get belted in folks, we're going up by two.... Let's go Rangers!!!!

mf


Sat Apr 18 2015 6:46 pm EST

I'm expecting nothing less than a Ranger win tonight. T-minus fourteen minutes and counting. Where is MF?

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 6:25 pm EST

Anyone going to the game tonight?

RDW


Sat Apr 18 2015 5:28 pm EST

YORK--aha. I guess I didn't notice. I guess that I think you need to get the guy out there as much as possible. Not expecting much tonight. I would rather be surprised if the go 2 up than be disappointed when they don't.

Bob


Sat Apr 18 2015 5:17 pm EST

BOB Crosby hasn't played PK for some time didn't play last year either it's rare he plays PK.

York18


Sat Apr 18 2015 5:14 pm EST

Protect the King!...Let's Go Rangers!.....Nash has big game tonight....

PJ


Sat Apr 18 2015 5:13 pm EST

BOB interesting about Crosby, everyone is talking as though he never played the PK, even PITT fans believe Malkin is injured, nobody is saying much about Crosby....RANGERLOU, I do believe Rhett is right, they'll go after Hank, as the refs/linesmen have been pretty much ignoring the bumps he's getting. That said, I do believe AV was alluding to this in his latest press conference.

WIOSA


Sat Apr 18 2015 4:37 pm EST

RF4L - Quick LINDBERGER update: Oscar had himself a goal already in today's Pack game. His 28th of the year.

tdchi


Sat Apr 18 2015 4:13 pm EST

Gretz hung them up alrighty......He was probably like...."Fugg this drought......99 out"

TradeStar28


Sat Apr 18 2015 4:04 pm EST

NYR @HLundqvist30 is appearing in his 94th career playoff game tonight, establishing the franchise record for career playoff appearances..... Also... TGO hung 'em up on this date in 1999.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 3:59 pm EST

Lightning up 4-0. Crazy.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 3:47 pm EST

Well we will see in about 3 hours. But in the meantime..... LET'S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

rangerlou


Sat Apr 18 2015 3:25 pm EST

I think Pittsburgh will play conservatively, trap some and try to counterattack. They will wait for the Rangers to get over anxious and hope to take advantage of mistakes. If the Rangers take penalties, they could be in trouble. Henrik has not had to be spectacular, so if Pittsburgh gets through the D and the backchecking, they still have to deal with Henrik. That is where they will goon it up. In Henrik's crease.

Bob


Sat Apr 18 2015 3:19 pm EST

LOU.... I think the exact opposite will happen. They gooned it up the other night and limited Crosby's minutes because of it. You could make the argument that it cost them the game. I see them trying to out-Ranger the Rangers. JMO.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 3:12 pm EST

WIOSA......Yes i do believe they are going to try to goon it up. no question about it. They are going to jump on us from the very start. Its their only hope to get us to play out of our cofort zone. they will try their best to agitate us and capitalize on our fustratuon. We need to turn the other cheek and and kill them with speed and puck management.

rangerlou


Sat Apr 18 2015 3:02 pm EST

If the Blues don't win, Hitchcock is going to eat another one of his players.

Bob


Sat Apr 18 2015 2:45 pm EST

TD.... Just having some fun with what is surely to be a near meaningless event for Ranger fans. I will say this though, if TO ends up with McDavid... the fix is on! Also, of interest to us may be where Edmonton's pick lands.

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 2:36 pm EST

I think the question has to be why is Crosby not on the PK? He has done damage on the PK his entire career. Is he injured?

Bob


Sat Apr 18 2015 2:12 pm EST

RANGERLOU, do you really think so? I'm wondering, since Crosby doesn't seem to play the PK, and when he's on the ice we're all over him like white on rice, wouldn't that be practically negating him entirely? The last game his first period minutes were low, Im not sure theyre going to go that route. I do think they will be checking Girardi big time - since nobody is being very forthcoming about his [non]injury. Of course Nash will be wearing a couple of Pens, hoping Hayes breaks out. I really don't want to see that tight a game again. Not with those two powerhouse forwards. It's playing with fire, IMHO.

WIOSA


Sat Apr 18 2015 12:44 pm EST

Rhet0ric - Buffalo fans and even the team has been courting McDAVID for some time...I don't think there's any question that he'll go...NTM...as hapless as the Sabres are this year, they have a VERY good young team in the making...the KANE trade, though I still think Winnipeg came out on top...will give them a very legit top line... And between McCABE, RISTOLANEN, and ZADOROV...they got a real nice back line setting up. McD could do a lot worse than the Sabres team that's likely to draft him.

tdchi


Sat Apr 18 2015 12:39 pm EST

RF4L - LINDBERG, in my estimation, is ready for NHL service. He's consistently the Pack's best forward...plays the game with an edge...and pretty much in a style that fits AV's system...He needed some work this year and has done very well improving on his successes from last season...I don't have any question that he'll be on the Rangers next season...there's a chance he starts in Hartford, but more likely will jump into a fourth-line spot next season...likely he'll take the roster spot now occupied by SHEPPARD, who I don't see them resigning...I could see a situation where MSL retires and he slides into the spot on HAYES' flank...I don't believe the Rangers will jettison any of their centers...but I could see them making some cost-cutting moves on wing to allow roster spots for Lindberg and possibly Ryan BOURQUE...HAGGERTY I see needing another start in Hartford before he gets a promotion.

tdchi


Sat Apr 18 2015 12:26 pm EST

Skidney was gifted to Pittsburgh. Buffalo is the new Pittsburgh. Why not. I just don't want him to end up in NJ or Philadelphia. Give me Buffalo or Arizona.

Bob


Sat Apr 18 2015 12:18 pm EST

NHL Draft Lottery is tonight. I wonder if Buffalo wins it, will Connor McDavid ever play for them or would he force a trade? Does the NHL want their "next one" to go to B.F. NOWHERE?

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 12:17 pm EST

Expect FIREWORKS SOON AS THE PUCK DROPS.The Penguins will go after us and try to goon it up.

rangerlou


Sat Apr 18 2015 12:08 pm EST

NY Rangers Stanley Cup puzzle photo.... https://twitter.com/KatieStrangESPN/status/589446124148228097/photo/1

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 11:45 am EST

Jim CerNY..... #NYR to a man say they need to be better tonight in Game Two..Pens Patrick Hornqvist says "our mindset is to go right after them right away"

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 11:35 am EST

Per Jim Cerny...... On the Pens side both Ehrhoff and Pouliot took part in morning skate, though both will again sit out tonight.... Same lineups for both #NYR and Penguins in Game Two tonight...AV not sure if Kevin Klein will practice tomorrow

Rhet0ric


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:52 am EST

BTW, with 27 goals this year and 17 last year in the same timeframe, it means Lindberg has up his output there by over 50%. Impressive to say the least. If he's the real deal, his acquisition helps off-set the fleecing Sather took when he dealt Korp for (never)Lisin...

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:49 am EST

The Cheeseman, BTW, had a goal and an assist yesterday - he's 24th in overall AHL scoring. He's increased his offensive output this year over last by about 25% (from 44 points in 74 to 55 in 75) so that's nothing but growth/maturity in his game. You gotta figure he's got a shot at making the Rangers next fall. If that's true (re he's a legitimate prospect ready to make the next step) IMO, that lends more credence to the notion of Sather looking to trade either Brassard or Stepan in the off-season. It would mean who doesn't go is one of the first 2 line centers and Hayes is the other, with Lindbergh becoming the 3rd line center and Moore, of course, remaining where he is. Another scenario could involve somehow Sather figuring out cap wise how to keep both Brassard and Stepan and trading Moore in the off-season so the Cheeseman becomes next year's 4th line center. Just musing here...

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:41 am EST

TD: In part because their goaltending has been top-notch and that's happening even with Skapski going down.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 9:09 am EST

RF4L - The Pack have been on one hell of a roll, actually. The whole team is pulling together quite nicely...LINDBERG has been lights out...ditto with Chris BOURQUE...was going to go to the game tonight, but it was between hanging out on a beach for another day and driving 13 hours to make the puck this morning...needless to say, my fanaticism for the Pack doesn't carry me that far...good chance WALCOTT makes his debut this weekend, either tonight or tomorrow...Chris MacCARTHY, the former UVM captain, is back with the team after some extended time with Greenville. Josh NICHOLLS too.

tdchi


Sat Apr 18 2015 8:31 am EST

Brett Cyrgalismstill has a long way to go in mastering his craft if he wants to be taken seriously as a columnist...."Many around the league will, of course, point to the Rangers’ own history of goaltender skirmishes, none more memorable than Chris Kreider slamming into Carey Price"....that's just a downright stupid comment. That incident doesn't even come close to equating with player skating through the crease an making contact with Lundqvist.

JFC31


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:58 am EST

And the Pack won their 5th or 6th straight game last night despite being outshot badly. No Red Baron again - Yann Denis has been standing on his head. The Pack are first in their division via going 8-2-0 in their past 10. Quite the run, especially considering a month ago they were out of the POs. Sure hope they have a nice PO run. Oh, Skeji was a +2 last night.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:56 am EST

BTW, the SSM Greyhounds have already advanced to the OHL quarter final, winning 4 straight. They will be facing Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters, who also won their series in 4 (beating Max Domi's London Knights). That should be a very interesting match-up - the Otters are loaded offensively.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:50 am EST

Adam Tambellini and the Calgary Hitman advance to the quartere finals. He still leds the WHL in PO scoring, but has slowed his pace a bit.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:49 am EST

Nice to see the Cap/Isle series tied up. Hope it goes the distance.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:42 am EST

Bob Hartley should be suspended. Puts out 3 idiots in the final 2 minutes and surprise surprise, a line brawl ensues. I hope Calgary loses 4 straight now.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:41 am EST

Apparently under the Sather watch the Rangers have opened 5 PO series at home and in each, won the first. Then lost the second, which is why so many of their series go the full 7. This is an important game tonight IMO.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:36 am EST

AV doing his best to get the refs to watch the net crashing by the Pens. Too bad AV preaches a turn the other cheek philosophy, otherwise maybe players would have a little trepidation doing that lest they pain the price. Get used to it AV: That'll be a tactic the Rangers will see all POs.

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 7:31 am EST

stevie: And the idiot is about to become an UFA. There goes a whole bunch of money for him. LOL

RF4L


Sat Apr 18 2015 4:39 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/04/18/erin-andrews-nhl-beau-arrested-for-cocaine-molly-possession/

stevielegs


Sat Apr 18 2015 4:38 am EST

“Hank plays in the blue paint,” Vigneault said, referring to how Lundqvist plays deep in his net and almost always in the crease. “When he gets hit, the blue paint is the goaltender, because there’s a willingness [from the Penguins] to go there and disturb. There’s a lot of stuff from certain of their players that we knew was going to happen after the whistle. We hope that the referees are going to see it and call it, and we’re going to play whistle-to-whistle and be a very disciplined team.”“They [defensemen] can do the best job they can, and they are trying to do it, but at some point, there’s only so much that a guy can do when a guy is skating through that blue,” Vigneault said. “So [I’m] hoping the referees are going to do the job.”

stevielegs


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:36 pm EST

Higgy with the PP goal

TradeStar28


Fri Apr 17 2015 6:34 pm EST

Opps... I had an actually crack in my bone.. apparently Stone is "bruised" ..LOL .. I wouldn't dis BB.. he gave everything he had when he was here..worked hard to improve his skill sets, found a role and did it very well as a fourth liner, PK and fearless shot blocker....

sjw


Fri Apr 17 2015 4:55 pm EST

Meanwhile, without realizing who it was I saw a replay of Brian Boyle's breakaway goal and at first glance it looked like a Tampa D just coasting back to retrieve a clear, not a guy with a breakaway chance! What wheels.

LeoS


Fri Apr 17 2015 4:50 pm EST

Wild - yes, and one game doesn't make a trend but my mind will rest easier when I see him drive the net a few times.

LeoS


Fri Apr 17 2015 3:13 pm EST

2 Thumbs way up for the leadership and character demonstrated by Girardi, only he and Lundqvist remain from the 06/07 season....sets the tone for any young player coming on board ... as far as microfractures go.. I can speak to this ..as back in my slowpitch daze incurred a micrfracture of my fibula from a hard tag attempt.. I was safe :).. played the rest of the game.. within a few days couldn't walk comfortably at all.. end up on crutches for about 3 weeks.. no cast ..the leg is meater than the wrist so I didn't feel it right away

sjw


Fri Apr 17 2015 3:05 pm EST

the nash bash is not unwarranted, but he contributed more than crybaby. remember teams key on other teams top guys, leaving their line mates more open. ...main goal, the team wins whether nash scores or not. he's certainly no boyle ....it's easy and hard to rag on any player, since the nyr came in first with these so called bums, including msl.....if they win 15 more, they are all heroes......as Rodney would say...' this a tough crowd.....

stevielegs


Fri Apr 17 2015 2:52 pm EST

LeoS: In his Defense the PENs D was getting to him quick, and they took the passing lanes away. The other forwards or a D need to get open for him, or find a way to help make room for him. He had the choice of skating until a PENs defender made body contact, dumping it in the corner, or taking a shot. I say take the shot 9 times out of 10. Who knows how it will go after that.

Wildcard


Fri Apr 17 2015 2:50 pm EST

td: We also have to recognize that they had their best defenders against him all night. They were rested after a few days off. He will get more looks as they get more time on the ice and get a little beat up...same can be said for Malkin and Crosby...the Rangers D was rested and not so beat up after those days off, but it will not last. The first round, game 1 is the best for the D and goalies, its all down hill after that. And while I agree he needs to score this post season, if he continues to get chances, and get shots he will need to be watched over by the other teams top D, that makes the team better and a bigger threat overall. And if they slack off just a bit he has the ability to make them pay. But all in all, for a game 1, I can't be too upset....if it goes on for 2 or 3 games, well, thats different. He needs to get good scoring chances, goals or not, if he is a really big threat every game I will be OK. I don't mean no goals, but being realistic, he wont score every night, but he can get chances every night.

Wildcard


Fri Apr 17 2015 2:50 pm EST

"last you" ? English, type? try "your"

LeoS


Fri Apr 17 2015 2:48 pm EST

Oh, and KIS, I 'd like to award you the Post Of The Night Award for last you comment @ 6:51. Pure awesomeness. As they say, it's funny, because it's True.

LeoS


Fri Apr 17 2015 2:46 pm EST

Nash had 4 shots but 3 I think were the come-over-the-blueline wrister at the pads type, very reminiscent of how he opened last year against the Flyers.

LeoS


Fri Apr 17 2015 2:27 pm EST

Granted, I wasn't watching him like a hawk and I wouldn't rank NASH as one of the top players on the ice last night, he didn't look bad to me...and I'm probably his biggest critic here....I agree with the notion that Nash positively needs to be a game-changer player if the Rangers are going to compete for the cup...and if he's NOT potting goals this post-season, I think his tenure with the Rangers could come to an end...but that said...he's played one game..,had four shots...had a helper...played solid. Do I want more from him? Hell yeah. But for his first playoff game, I have absolutely no complaints. And that's before factoring his flu.

tdchi


Fri Apr 17 2015 2:12 pm EST

I was just looking @ a recent youtube video that i shot of Zucc scoring the GWG SO goal against the Canes in March......and i noticed the video had an ad placed on the screen. So i looked into it.....and the NHL filed a copyright case to youtube and basically got to put the ad there to monetize it. I guess all pics and videos taken at games belong to the NHL?

TradeStar28


Fri Apr 17 2015 1:58 pm EST

How ironic that the Froggy Montreal Canadian fans are rebutted the PK Subban slash to the hands of Mark Stone by posting this video of Carl Hagelin from last night and saying that Hagelin is a man and a real hockey player because he didn't embellish a similar slash. I guess these are the same fans that will not admit that Kreider was tripped into Price....lol.....Take a look... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUUM6ZVYyew

TradeStar28


Fri Apr 17 2015 1:44 pm EST

Berube fired by the Flyers...

RF4L


Fri Apr 17 2015 1:44 pm EST

An impressive game by Nash?....I thought he was less visible than in last year's playoff....The assist was off a huge rebound allowed by Fleury and his other shots weren't anything great....This guy needs to start making a huge difference in these games....He can't just be ok....Hasn't looked good for a while in my opinion.....

PJ


Fri Apr 17 2015 1:38 pm EST

sorry RF73, if it makes you feel any better I feel like I have the back of a 70 year old. it hurts when I bend over to put my socks on.

pete


Fri Apr 17 2015 1:38 pm EST

Hipcheck....I did the Nash Bash in an earlier post but i am gonna retract that now because i just remembered that he was playing with or just got over a stomach flu.......Personally I can't fathom playing NHL playoff hockey while having the shits........Therefore, Nash is off the hook.

TradeStar28


Fri Apr 17 2015 1:36 pm EST

hip: People want a hat trick every night, plus 5 assists, the have half the point on the PP, and to not allow the other teams best players to get a sniff. No, wait, than they would be pissed he only had 3 goals per game....

Wildcard


Fri Apr 17 2015 1:33 pm EST

I respect all Wallstreet opinions, but after reading everything, I still thing NASH had a very solid game. 4 shots on net, 1 Assist. Huge (((Hit))) on the boarding penalty. Multiple good defensive plays, he caused a few turnovers, great back checking, responsible defense, Speed... WTF do you want from the guy?

hipcheck


Fri Apr 17 2015 1:23 pm EST

Kis: Agreed Yandle played very well, and he seemed to elevate over the regular season play, at least what we saw since he became a ranger. The other thing I got the impression he brought a little more nastiness....maybe it was just the game itself, but he seems to be a bit meaner....

Wildcard


Fri Apr 17 2015 1:19 pm EST

KIS: Agreed - he had good puck control last night. I really do like that fact that he doesn't hesitate to push back when someone pulls crap on him. Very anti- Ranger for the most part and I appreciate seeing it!

RF4L


Fri Apr 17 2015 1:17 pm EST

one player who I thought played very well but not much mentioned about him was Yandle. He kept possession and I don't remember him turning the puck over on any of his passes.

KIS


Fri Apr 17 2015 11:55 am EST

Rhet: Can't wait for KK to return. He's not as good as the big 3, but he's not far behind them IMO. Easily a top 4 d-man, probably on any other team, too (except for Nashville - lol). That the Rangers haven't really missed him is a tribute to their depth and overall type of game. I don't like how Hunwick looked last night - for sure he showed why he's struggled his entire career to be a regular NHLer. Not enough size to make up for what he lacks in terms of skill and not enough skill to make up for his lack of size. I suspect as things intensify he'll find it tougher and tougher to compete.

RF4L


Fri Apr 17 2015 11:50 am EST

Girardi is as tough as they come, I expected him to play tomorrow. After all, It's only a bunch of teeth. BTW, major props to Ryan McDonagh last night. Not only did he play a terrific game, but he played well on the right side of Staal and the Rangers D didn't miss a beat. Losing Girardi also showed how huge it is that the Rangers have Staal. What other team could afford to lose a first pair defenseman and have a guy right behind him to take his place and be just as effective? This defense has to be Malkin and Crosby's least favorite to play against.

Rhet0ric


Fri Apr 17 2015 11:40 am EST

TD: IMO, it's easy to understand why JT doesn't get much press. Until this season, since he's been in LI, the teams have been one of the sorriest organizations on pro sports. But now that his team is competitive, things are changing for the better in that regard; he's had more positive press this season up in Canada the rest of his years in LI combined I think. He makes that team go - if the Islanders beat the Caps, it'll continue to ramp up, to the point where if the Rangers and Islanders meet next round, you'll start 'enough of the JT talk!'. LOL

RF4L


Fri Apr 17 2015 11:36 am EST

pete - great post but man you know how to make a guy feel old...37?...My season tickets are older than you!...LOL

RF73


Fri Apr 17 2015 11:31 am EST

I've been a Ranger fan since birth (I'm 37) and have had favorite players through the years (Sundstrom, Erixon, Kovalev)...but man I don't think anyone tops Girardi. He is the toughest Ranger I can remember. He flies so far under the radar and is such a steady player, he might be on the most underrated players in the game b/c of his lack of offense.

pete


Fri Apr 17 2015 11:28 am EST

Good news about Girardi....you can almost hear Crosby and Malkin groaning from a distance.

JFC31


Fri Apr 17 2015 11:25 am EST

VT -- agree completely about the PP....Rangers out-think themselves and try to be too fancy on the PP. I'm liking what I see from Yandle more and more but he too is a guy who'd rather make a nice pass than shoot. When the PP does work, it's usually an impressive-looking goal...very nice. But, I'd rather see unimpressive golas that get scored more often. When my son was playing hockey and he'd get a tap in or dirty goal, he'd always say that on the scoresheet, they all look like top-shelf laser beams.

JFC31


Fri Apr 17 2015 11:03 am EST

Vic: agreed on the PP. I think the biggest problem with the PP, and this has been true for years, is that we don't have a single guy who has a shooter's mentality. Every guy out there has a pass first mindset. Even when we take a shot, there tends to be a split second or so delay as the shooter assesses whether he should be making a pass. While the addition of Yandle gave us the QB we've been needing, it didn't add somebody who can blast one timer's from the point. It's no coincidence that McD's PP goal last night was scored off a one timer. Those spit second delays that our shooters have give the goalie and the defenders just enough time to react. We need somebody (anybody!) to adopt the mindset that when that pass comes to me, I'm gonna blast a one-timer on goal. It's either gonna go in or more likely cause a nice fat rebound (especially if Kreider learns how to consistently place his body in front of the goalie).

VtRanger


Fri Apr 17 2015 10:58 am EST

Take a deep breath and exhale...GIRARDI at the Rangers' practice today.

tdchi


Fri Apr 17 2015 10:36 am EST

Vic: Almost completely disagree. I would love to see Hayes not he PP but its OK to take it slow with him, and not give him that responsibility as well. What I FULLY disagree with is saying he isn't good on the PK. He is very good at that, and the reason is he can get his stick on the puck and break up passes, and knock pucks off sticks even at full speed. He has good positioning and everything. IMHO that is much more important than the PP. If the other team can't score, even with the man advantage, they will lose.

Wildcard


Fri Apr 17 2015 10:18 am EST

http://www.tsn.ca/flyers-fire-head-coach-berube-1.259429

RF73


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:58 am EST

RF, every fan base in the NHL bitches about the refs, ours included. They suck pretty equally in my view. As for Sid being the poster boy, once you come in and win the Cup at age 21, you're set in that role. Plus he appeared at the same time as Ovie so there was the 'rivalry.' It would be nice for another love object like McDavid, though. Maybe Buff if they get him will win the Cup in three years. You never know.

Nick


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:55 am EST

Regarding the PP. I have two HUGE beefs with AV and ARNEIL. First and foremost this team has the opposite mentality on the PP then they should. Instead of spending most of the PP looking for the pretty play (which they do time and time again) they should be focused on getting as many shots on goal as they can. The PP should be all about getting dirty goals first and foremost. Once you establish that and the PK wingers start collapsing down to support the D all of the passing lanes will open up. They should be looking to shoot after one or two passes with everyone crashing the net. Shots need to be low and on goal. And my second beef is that HAYES needs to be on the PP not the PK. He isn't a great penalty killer. He does OK but that isn't his strength. His strengths are everything the Rangers desperately need on the PP. He can carry the puck into the zone. He has great hands and vision. He goes to the net for deflections and rebounds. And, he has a shoot first mentality. Every time I see him on the PP he is doing something positive and helping them to score even if he doesn't get a goal or an assist on the play. He needs to be on the PP.

Vic


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:48 am EST

How about this for odd. Stepan, 42% on face-offs....thats not the strange part. He was 75% against BOTH Crosby and Malkin, You would think he would be better against the lower guys, not the top guys.

Wildcard


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:45 am EST

Ok. Happy for the win. Not really happy with how the team played for most of the game. That sounds strange coming from a game where most observers would say that the Rangers dominated play but that is how I saw it. I didn't like how sloppy with the puck the Rangers were in the 2nd and 3rd period. I didn't like the PP and am getting damn tired of seeing the same guys put out on the PP, doing the same things that don't work over and over again. A had a really uneasy feeling about the game after the first 10 or 15 minutes of the first period. The Rangers had totally dominated the game but had settled into playing pond hockey instead of playoff hockey. The Rangers squandered so many opportunities to blow the Pens out of the building in the first period. Then, after the Pens made adjustments, the Rangers failed to counter what the Pens were doing. When the Pens D stepped up in the NZ to take away the stretch pass the Rangers should have gone to a dump and chase or long touch dump-ins with wingers flying up the ice. The whole reason the Pens D were playing back in the first period was because they were terrified the Rangers would fly by them. Well, when the Pens D started stepping up that is exactly what the Rangers should have done. I didn't see enough of it and the Rangers were surrendering possession on waaaaaay too many occasions with long stretch passes that were defended.

Vic


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:28 am EST

Love to read the posted comments at TSN & NHL.com...Every Pittsbutt fan complaining how the refs made up the penalties to help the Rangers...Shows how clueless they really are.

RF73


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:20 am EST

AP: New York had four power plays before Pittsburgh got one. More like Pittsburgh played a undisciplined game and took some really stupid penalties. McGuire needs to be slapped around at MSG. NBC media sucks the big dick!

Jerry_Garcia


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:17 am EST

Yeah, puck possession time is high because it takes Boyle forever to get up the ice with the puck...Sorry, the Boyle I watch can't keep the puck in the O zone at the point (James Patrick) and can't get out of the D zone cleanly and/or turns the puck over frequently. The only thing he's good at it is shaking his head because he knows he made a bonehead play/mistake...Obviously, I don't care very much for his game because it's "all hands on deck" time & he isn't showing anything AFAIC.

RF73


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:16 am EST

Wild: McDavid is the real deal and totally impartial. A relatively clean player who avoids controversy. Interestingly enough, Crosby was the same way as a junior. He transformed as a pro into the whiny, complaining, angry player he so often is. I can only assume he was influenced by the Pittsburgh culture, led of course, by Lemieux.

RF4L


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:16 am EST

Wildcard - I don't know...I mean...I was thinking maybe the emphasis would shift to TAVARES now that the Isles are on the upswing...I hate to praise any one on that wretched franchise...but Tavares has been a class act and really, just a very impressive hockey player...TBH, I'd probably take him over Crosby...he weathered the storm in LI and even resigned with that organization...and yet he doesn't get on iota of the love Crosby gets...I just don't get it...also...and not to contradict myself...but I'm not sure if McDAVID is in the same category of player as Crosby...the kid is very impressive, but I don't think he's in the strata that guys like Tavares, Crosby, Malkin and Ovechkin are.

tdchi


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:14 am EST

Fleury made good first saves, but the Rangers didn't get to his numerous rebounds, except on the first goal. They need to do a far better job of going to the net IMO next game.

RF4L


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:03 am EST

This is something funny to me. If the Rangers had a 20% PP all year they would have been considered to have a "good" PP. But you go 1-5 on the PP in a game and it was poor....its still 20%. As for last night, the 5th PP was crap, really crap, but the first ones they nearly scored on 2 and did score on 1. They had good pressure on most of their PPs, and good puck movement and shots taken that were from good areas with traffic in front. Fleury had a good game. The question is, can he keep it up? The Rangers keep getting the same level of chances as often as they did last night and they will probably get 3-4 goals not just 2. Another thing, if the top pair of the PENs D continues to play 26 and 22 minutes, and that is for both those guys 4-5 min over their season average, they will tire out. They had a Dman with 10 min and one with 12. The Rangers had 1 in Hunnwick with 12 min. The only Reason McD had 25 and Staal got over 20 was because Giradi went out, and those two played basically half the period I think If G doesn't go down McD probably get s a min or so less, and Staal the same. And when Klein comes back he will pick up a few of those min after a game or two. The Pens had all that first game energy, and it will not last. There is also a reason their practice for today was canceled and they are only doing off ice stuff. Their coaches know the top guys are tired and beat up.

Wildcard


Fri Apr 17 2015 9:01 am EST

The game was played well by the Rangers and they made the goals they scored stand up. I have to agree on the NBC commentary McGuire is so biased it is really impossible to listen to him. I watched the 2nd and 3rd periods with the sound muted and enjoyed the game much more. I'm not crazy about the way Boyle has defended and he is overmatched against anyone with size. The one thing I think the Rangers should do a bit more of is shoot or put it in the corner and try cycling. Some of their passes in the offensive zone were turn overs which were not very good ideas. I know it's hockey but they are usually better with those things then they were in the 3rd period.

Scully5460


Fri Apr 17 2015 8:53 am EST

td: I am REALLY hoping McDavid coming into the NHL along with Eichel will bring the focus to a new poster child...and Crosby will be set back a little for the new shiny toy.

Wildcard


Fri Apr 17 2015 8:50 am EST

RF73: Boyle has the best possession numbers on the Rangers D and close to if not the best on the team. When he is out there, the Rangers have the puck more than the other team. Sure he can be an adventure in his own end at times, but he made good plays last night as well, can't just look t the bad. That along with the fact that the Rangers posses the puck with him out there makes him an asset and a big one for a possession team like the Rangers. Against the PENs its doubly important, if Crosby and Malkin don't have the puck they are useless. Hunwick needs to sit when Klein gets back. He goes all out, lots of effort, but he isn't capable of doing all that much in any area, Boyle at least puts pressure not he others teams with his offensive capabilities, and don't think they are not there just because he lack points, last night a couple times he carried the puck, and while he didn't get a goal, the PENs backed off, and when they got the puck they had to go the full length of the ice, and a couple times last night he did that, and the Rangers were able to change lines and there was no dump in with the PENs having 4 guys moving up the ice on the rush waiting for the outlet pass, they had 3 guys back at the hashmarks, and by the time they got moving the Rangers had their new guys on the ice and had pressure at the PENs blue-line. Its small, but important in a 7 game series.

Wildcard


Fri Apr 17 2015 8:49 am EST

RF73 - totally agree...BOYLE was the worst out there for the Rangers...he just can't compete at this level anymore...not at least in a top four capacity. Given GIRARDI and KLEIN are in Saturday, Boyle should be reserved almost exclusively for the PP...at this point, HUNWICK is a better defender than Boyle...the other idea is to pair him with a guy like McDONAGH who can compensate for his relentless turnovers.

tdchi


Fri Apr 17 2015 8:43 am EST

RF4L - Likewise with NBC...though given who was announcing, it came as no surprise...but the degree of which they were siding with --even cheering for --the Pens was sickening...Man, the Rangers were basically putting the screws to the Pens...BADLY outshooting them...and if you had just listened to McGuire's commentary, you would have thought it was the other way around...So sad how even to this day, the NHL and its marketing arm tries to make rewrite the legacy of the Pens and CROSBY.

tdchi


Fri Apr 17 2015 8:42 am EST

RF4L - Totally with you on that.. even the postgame ? to NASH was about the Sequins .. Just makes the winning more sweet.. :)

sjw


Fri Apr 17 2015 8:39 am EST

If Boyle doesn't get the "system" by now, he never will...Unless he turns it around quickly Dan Boyle stands a better chance of losing a game for the Rangers than helping to win one...Scratch his ass...when KK returns.

RF73


Fri Apr 17 2015 8:33 am EST

I thought we had zero sustained pressure against an AHL defense. Pitt had very few good chances though. But we have to be better than that in my view. Hayes: what potential this kid has. That one move in the second period was silk, and one time he laid a perfect backhand pass across the offensive zone that was a marvel of timing. As for other series, nice game, Bishop. My god that was ugly. And can we start calling them the St. Louis Blue Sharks soon? Early of course but this squad is racking up a run of PO failures.

Nick


Fri Apr 17 2015 7:55 am EST

In Canada the game was on CBC and even tho Canadian broadcasts, especially when shown nationally, do their best to be neutral, the adoration of all things Crosby and by association, Pittsburgh was sickening. When the Rangers were pressing, it rarely invoked comments about how well the Rangers were playing; instead, how well Pittsburgh was defending. Shameful actually...

RF4L


Fri Apr 17 2015 7:44 am EST

Totally agree with Bob here...a win is a win. Knock the team if they fell flat during the first game...but not after a game like that...This business with CROSBY'S ice time...Really? NBC was prattling on about that too...Why? The guy played 19 minutes in the game and was utterly neutralized. Sure he didn't skate a lot in the first...but guess what? He skate enough to be on the ice for one of the Rangers' two goals...I'm sorry, but five more minutes of Crosby wasn't going to win that game for the Pens...not by a long shot....The Pens' most effective players were MALKIN and LAPIERRE...and neither skated as much as Crosby...truth is --and to NBC's very limited credit for identifying this --the Rangers didn't give Crosby ANY room...zero...not in the zone...not on the rush...no where. He always had a couple guys on him...Never once during that game did I get the feeling the Pens were going to tie it, much less win it...AV knows if he can contain the big two, he's going to win the game...the Pens simply don't have anyone else to lead the charge...a minor footnote to Brandon SUTTER, who can chip an odd one in here and there...but really, if Malkin and Crosby are contained, so are the Pens...one minor criticism of the Rangers: Dan BOYLE...man...that guy is just a liability these days...he should be relegated to the PP once KLEIN is back and presuming GIRARDI isn't out...latest report on that is he lost some chicklets and was with the team dentist...not sure on the broken jaw, but 'dentist' and not 'doctor' sounds encouraging all things considering...HANK was incredible...whole team played a well-rounded game...and I'll throw out some rare accolades here: Tanner GLASS played real well and for perhaps the first time, showed me why AV inserted him in the lineup. I'd still rather SHEPPARD there, but Glass played a real nice game. Rick NASH watch: Had less than 16 minutes of ice time, but winged off four shots...don't think he was invisible, but clearly he needs to dial it up a notch...all in all, the Rangers played a great four-line game and, were it not for FLEURY making some rare saves, would have had a lot more than two goals.

tdchi


Fri Apr 17 2015 7:11 am EST

Hospo - you'll like this: Brasssrd's goal at 28 seconds was 1 second later than the current Ranger fastest PO goal in a game record. The guy who holds that record? Ed Hospodar!!!

RF4L


Fri Apr 17 2015 6:48 am EST

Good morning. A win is a win is a win but we will not win the cup if the same two things that have plagued us all year don't improve - face offs and the pp. The Rangers are still guilty of trying to make the perfect pass. I would think the Penguins will be much more disciplined next game since Crybaby saw less than 4 minutes in the first period. Thought the crowd was great last night.

ges999


Fri Apr 17 2015 5:56 am EST

“We were thinking a little too much, trying to play the right way, be disciplined, play our position, but sometimes when you’re thinking out there you’re not reacting and you get behind,” Crosby said. “I thought we were guilty of that.”.... you think so too much and talk too much capt skidmark.....cry your guilt out with Mario.....

stevielegs


Fri Apr 17 2015 4:37 am EST

Not the blow out that some claimed nor was it high scoring. Crosby was taken out of the game in the first 3 min of ice time, he might as well have come out in the second to start the game. Nash, this guy shows so little heart, he played another game where he was a passenger, sure he back c, but checked but that's not what he's here for. MSL it's time for him to hang it up, love the guy, but man I hoped the rest would help but he was bad last night. Hunwick, McI could do no worse that's for sure, and Boyle better start scoring if he's going to play like that. Miller really woke up in the second period, Kreider and Step produced a lot of chances with him great line last night, Hayes this kid is special he is just a beast. Tough win but this is the playoffs, you can't expect easy wins. MAF woke up and played well in net for the pens, Miller was all over crosby when they were on the ice which crosby hates. Good win, but certain players need to stop being passengers and wake up, Zucc had an okay game but I expect he will turn it up by next game.

York18


Fri Apr 17 2015 1:15 am EST

I will be happy to tag all over them when they lose, but not after they win. They let their foot off the gas but still had golden chances in the 3rd that Fleury managed to stop. Malkin had his moments but Crosby was largely invisible. Wonder what exactly is going on there. Is he hurt, or does he simply not care?

Bob


Fri Apr 17 2015 12:01 am EST

Rangers are lucky they are playing the not so rough and tumble Penguins......Nash can fly under the radar like the ghost of playoffs past..........Can u imagine Nash in the Ducks/Jets series? Even Corey Perry is looking to hurt the opponent on every shift with the cheap shit. Rest up Ricky......the Iceholes are soon to be on ice.

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 16 2015 11:38 pm EST

Boyle really had a poor game....Nash is scaring me...looks worse than last year....Need KK back soon....Good news is we won and didn't play close to our best....

PJ


Thu Apr 16 2015 11:24 pm EST

Rangers started out like a house on fire....feeding off the building's energy. Petered out, but we're just better than the Pens, hope we can make it out in 5 or 6. Loved seeing the captain crap on Pierre in post-game interview. McGuire tried to give credit to the Pens the way they played and wanted Mac to agree with him...but McDonagh blew off his leading question and said the Rangers played the way they wanted to and won the game.

Shaggy


Thu Apr 16 2015 11:20 pm EST

Emerick the Red

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 16 2015 11:06 pm EST

Holly shit does ERICK SUCK! If you see him at MSG puke on him!

Jerry_Garcia


Thu Apr 16 2015 10:23 pm EST

Bob: Fleury let out juicy rebounds on almost every shot. The Rangers didn't get to a single one after Brassard scored at the 28 second mark. They need to go the net harder next game.

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 10:20 pm EST

Later, Rangers D Dan Girardi had Chris Kunitz's shot deflect into his face. Girardi went directly to the locker room and coach Alain Vigneault said afterward that Girardi was being examined by a dentist.

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 16 2015 10:15 pm EST

First one in the books. I am fine with it. Controlled most of the game. If Fleury was not all-world, it would have been a blowout. I remember when we used to lose games like this.

Bob


Thu Apr 16 2015 10:15 pm EST

Oh and Dunwick showed tonight why he should be, at best, a 7th d-man. If Girardi is out and KK continues to stay out, it could be a HUGE problem. Dunwick, Boyle, and Summers 3 of the 6 d-men? Yikes....

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 10:13 pm EST

Luke warm to the effort but of course, fine with the ultimate outcome. Based on this game, it's reasonable to project a 6 game series. Too many ineffective players, including Kreider, Nash and Boyle. MSL yet again an anchor on his line.

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 9:37 pm EST

Yes....Too close for comfort.......I think I saw Monroe and Muriel Rush @ MSG

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 16 2015 9:15 pm EST

too close 4 comfort

rngrsans


Thu Apr 16 2015 9:05 pm EST

Nice to see the capt play like last year

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:59 pm EST

Knowing Girardi, he will play with the cage; unless he has a limb hanging off, he will play.

DOUBLEN


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:58 pm EST

Rare any playoff game is a blowout

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:56 pm EST

Hip, I'll take the W and 15 more! As for Girardi, yes football style helmet might be on way as that looked like a jawbone thing.

Nick


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:55 pm EST

Hopefully it is just knocked out teeth and not the cheek or jaw. I thought our 4th line looked real good at times and was pleasantly surprised at Yandle handling the playoff pressure. Boyle still looks like shite. Still too many soft clears that result in turnovers. Hayes had a bad one too. Nash looked tired by half way through...maybe from Flu?

NYStranger


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:52 pm EST

Rangers outshot Pitt 11-9 in the 3rd....don't agree with the idea that the defensive, shutdown style they employ with a one goal lead is a problem.

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:50 pm EST

LOL, Nick you are probably right... but, I think our guys played very solid. Good, speed, good possession & almost 40 shots on net.

hipcheck


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:50 pm EST

We may see Girardi with a full face shield next game. For him not to return is a bad sign.

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:49 pm EST

VeenYo! The Rangers are not going to win the Cup playing prevent D for the next two months of games. Good to get the win, but the Pens really came on, and the Rangers were about gassed by the end. Losing Girardi is going to kill us. I hope he is able to return soon but did not look good to me.

NYStranger


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:48 pm EST

Rangers know how to win close games....they played THEIR game in the 3rd. They did it all last POs and they feel comfortable with a one goal lead. Lundqvist did not have to be a superman because the Rangers played shutdown hockey in the 3rd.

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:48 pm EST

Too close for comfort but we will take it Let's Go Rangers!!

tlats


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:47 pm EST

That's 1, 15 to go

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:45 pm EST

1-0 BRING ON GAME 2!

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:45 pm EST

Pens were offsides.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:43 pm EST

Hopefully Girardi doesn't have a broken jaw

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:39 pm EST

I love when the Rangers play on NBC... Every opposition non-story is a HUGE deal.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:34 pm EST

2 on 1 does not mean Nash against the world.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:33 pm EST

Hagelin needs to pass the puck. A ton more shots the season and nothing to show for it.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:31 pm EST

Great play by McDonagh throwing Malkin into the boards face first :)

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:22 pm EST

Don't like this..Sloppy, Sloppy, Sloppy

DOUBLEN


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:18 pm EST

12 min to go in 3rd period. It is obvious that the outcome of this game now rests on Henrik's shoulders. Rangers are in the prevent defense mode........Let's see what $8.5MM buys ya :-0)

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:17 pm EST

I can't take this anymore. Bury another one and end this fucking game!!!!!!!!!!!!

jratelle19


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:17 pm EST

If we had a decent pp this game would be over

rngrsans


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:14 pm EST

What is it with the Rangers in the playoffs and the dreaded 2 goal lead? What is that? We score two and then wait for the game to end?

WIOSA


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:13 pm EST

Downie was never very bright.

jratelle19


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:11 pm EST

Hagelin trying to shoot the penguin logo off of MAF's jersey tonight?

TradeStar28


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:08 pm EST

Hip are you watching a tape of another game? Not to wise off but we look like crap against an AHL defense.

Nick


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:03 pm EST

BRASSARD looks very good too.

hipcheck


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:02 pm EST

NASH, HAYES, MCDONAGH, MILLER, YANDLE, HAGALIN, GIRARDI all playing well, IMO.

hipcheck


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:52 pm EST

Lousy interference call on Tampa against Detroit.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:51 pm EST

Out playing them. Playing very typical Ranger type' game. Unfortunately we are only up by one. Lundqvist looks sharp. Crosby quiet. Miller playing physical.

hipcheck


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:50 pm EST

JFC, I think we look like we're playing Dalkas in November on a Tuesday. Had zero pressure that period.

Nick


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:44 pm EST

How do we look?

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:44 pm EST

Thanks to. Y shitty cable company I missed the 1st 16 minutes of the period....how did Pens score?

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:29 pm EST

phrasing.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:29 pm EST

McDonagh rubbed one out?

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:27 pm EST

Mr Moore.... Puck..... Ocean.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:25 pm EST

Great non-call by the refs there.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:24 pm EST

Keep it going boys. We've been the better team. Need to drive to the net more on fleury

rngrsans


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:22 pm EST

Now I notice Boyle. Wonder what would of happened it that was MacI ?

stepunmytoe


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:18 pm EST

Like the way miller is playing

nyfans


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:17 pm EST

Jratelle; Thanks for the info. That shocks me. I guess it's good I didn't notice him... I think.

stepunmytoe


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:12 pm EST

The pens will not win a game with crosby getting 3:42 in a period

York18


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:07 pm EST

shorthanded too

jratelle19


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:06 pm EST

Boyler scores for Bolts to tie it up.

jratelle19


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:58 pm EST

Wings take a 1-0 lead in Tampa.

jratelle19


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:57 pm EST

Good thing Boyle isn't playing that much...Last :30 seconds push by the Penguins was courtesy of Boyle handing the puck to them...All he can do is shake his head...he is lost out there and can't adjust/keep up with the rest of the team.

RF73


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:55 pm EST

Penguins are horrendous in their own end. Rangers need to continue a heavy, fast forecheck and they will give up the puck time and time again....

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:55 pm EST

Okay 25 percent PP. Hope the PK is ready because even-up time is coming.

Nick


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:52 pm EST

Step: as of right now, Boyle is only 2nd to McD in icetime

jratelle19


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:51 pm EST

Always found it odd that crosby doesnt kill penalties. He has to be the first superstar that doesnt.

York18


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:51 pm EST

I wonder ifnpierre McGuire will spit and wipe his mouth or just swallow

KIS


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:51 pm EST

Has anyone noticed Boyle doesn't play very much ?

stepunmytoe


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:49 pm EST

Let's get another...

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:48 pm EST

The Rangers are flying.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:48 pm EST

The Rangers are flying.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:47 pm EST

F-Troop in the house!!!!!!!!!!!!! Captain Parmenter!!!!!!!!!!!

jratelle19


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:47 pm EST

The hockey gods have smiled upon us.

barto


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:47 pm EST

Capt fantastic

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:47 pm EST

YEEEEESSSSSS!

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:46 pm EST

El Capiton !!!!

stepunmytoe


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:46 pm EST

IT'S A POWERPLAY GOAL!!!

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:46 pm EST

FINALLY A PPG!!!

DOUBLEN


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:46 pm EST

Pp goal is in the house

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:46 pm EST

YEAHHHHHHHHHBABYYYYYYY

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:45 pm EST

Very deflating if we can't bury one here.

stepunmytoe


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:44 pm EST

Paging a pp goal is there a pp goal for the Nyr?

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:44 pm EST

Rangers Getting a lot of PP practice. Now need to score with the man advantage!

NYStranger


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:44 pm EST

Gotta make them pay on the PP....

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:43 pm EST

Comeau se what?

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:41 pm EST

Miller is playing capably, but he really needs to pick up his game a notch to match Stepan and Kreider.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:38 pm EST

Need a real pp in the playoffs

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:36 pm EST

or midriff. Damn rhet-correct.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:34 pm EST

Stevie... Yah, I meant mid-drift :)

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:33 pm EST

Hit the net boys.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:33 pm EST

Rhet not even above the crossbar

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:33 pm EST

Starting to look like the Penguins are gonna try and goon it up a bit. We gotta make them pay with the pp.

tlats


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:32 pm EST

"that puck goes through last year." What an idiotic statement. Shut up Pierre.

Nick


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:31 pm EST

Valliquette claiming fleury bad at lateral movement

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:27 pm EST

JEEZUS.... that wasn't even a mid-high stick. Horrendous call.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:25 pm EST

Artificials clueless as usual playoff form...

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:19 pm EST

Atilla theHunwick looks,like he's got poise and confidence....excellent!

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:16 pm EST

Penguins allowing us to go,through the neutral,zone unchallenged...big mistake

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:15 pm EST

Never seen Nash JUMP after a goal like that! BEAUTIFUL!!

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:15 pm EST

Way to start the game....

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:14 pm EST

28 seconds!!!!!! I had just finished my last post!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

jratelle19


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:14 pm EST

1-0 PITTSBURGH. NBC showing their true colors right off the bat.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:13 pm EST

WHAT TOO US SO LONG? SCOOOOORRRRRRREEEEEEE

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:13 pm EST

WHAT TOO US SO LONG? SCOOOOORRRRRRREEEEEEE

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:13 pm EST

BRASSARD!!!!!!!!!

DOUBLEN


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:11 pm EST

Sorry NN: both my son and I are wearing our gray Blueshirts United t-shirts given out last year at MSG.

jratelle19


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:07 pm EST

All I can say is Lets Go Rangers!!!!!

NYStranger


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:06 pm EST

My son is finishing his daily reading for school so that he can watch this game with me. Like last year, we are watching every game together. This is why, although I had said 21 years ago "it's ok if I never see another Cup...I experienced this one", I now want to see another one....so I can share this experience with my son who is playing hockey and has been a huge Ranger fan for the last 5 years! He's almost finished with his reading and he will take his spot right next to dad on the couch! LET'S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jratelle19


Thu Apr 16 2015 5:56 pm EST

Tonight starts Hanks best chance to win a cup. He's had more rest than he's ever had going into the postseason. We can't afford to have him get outplayed by an opposing goaltender. We also need to show a killer instinct for the first time in the playoffs. Put a team away when we have them down. No more 7 round series in the opening rounds. No more BS. It al starts with him. It's his team. I expect to win.

Rhet0ric


Thu Apr 16 2015 5:52 pm EST

Got on my Kreider Jersey had it on last year's run this time hopefully we get Stanley.

tlats


Thu Apr 16 2015 5:39 pm EST

NN: Got my statue of liberty ranger jersey on. Woohok!!

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 5:33 pm EST

Important question..what are you all wearing and will you stick with it even if they lose. I could put on one of my jerseys but then I will be too warm, so just a Ranger T-Shirt (good freebie from our MSG sales reps at work) that I have had since last August/September.

DOUBLEN


Thu Apr 16 2015 5:12 pm EST

We are all in this together. Personally...I am gonna know in the first 10 minutes of the game the playoff team we have. We need a quick series this year and my hatred for the Pens is deep. Living in Central Jersey besides the Devils I hate them the most. Hated Mario and 92 was last time I cried from a season ending loss. Actually sat in my 87 Chevy and cried .Flyers mean nothing to me and the Isles have sucked forever. I hate the Pens....Lets Go rangers !!!!!!!!!

shonuff


Thu Apr 16 2015 4:45 pm EST

the b-ruins should make Millbury doughboy the gm and coach

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 4:43 pm EST

moofman WHO?....just think 15 more you'll be 70.....no more Ringo Starr's son on drums?

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 4:38 pm EST

TD: Guess who was back at practice today (for the first time in weeks): Chris Neil. If he's dressed tomorrow guaranteed he'll be seeking retribution. Brandon Prust get ready. Suspect the game will get real nasty real easily if the officials are kax.

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 4:11 pm EST

You guys want an 'LOL' moment? Well, click on this link. I almost wet myself: https://twitter.com/MurphysLaw74/status/588360571981930496

tdchi


Thu Apr 16 2015 3:45 pm EST

Jnyr et al: Tampa Bay and the surrounding towns and c ities are real nice, there's plenty of new construction along Clearwater beach and the girls look fine... The TBL fanbase are all fired up and a nice crowd for the most part, unlike Ranger Fans :-),......Now, THE WHO ROCKED THE PHUCKIN HOUSE!!!!! Daltry and Townsend's voices are strong, surprisingly at 70+... The Band was tight, they played everything you could want The Who to play.. Townsend's younger brother is playing with them, the drummer is insanely fabulous, Keith Moon would be proud... Recommendation, don't miss them...

mf


Thu Apr 16 2015 3:45 pm EST

Jnyr et al: Tampa Bay and the surrounding towns and c ities are real nice, there's plenty of new construction along Clearwater beach and the girls look fine... The TBL fanbase are all fired up and a nice crowd for the most part, unlike Ranger Fans :-),......Now, THE WHO ROCKED THE PHUCKIN HOUSE!!!!! Daltry and Townsend's voices are strong, surprisingly at 70+... The Band was tight, they played everything you could want The Who to play.. Townsend's younger brother is playing with them, the drummer is insanely fabulous, Keith Moon would be proud... Recommendation, don't miss them...

mf


Thu Apr 16 2015 3:22 pm EST

Not to beleaguer the SUBBAN talk...but Brian Murray said he threatened Mark STONE twice before the slash...two hander over the wrist. Not surprised he didn't get suspended...That means the onus falls on Ottawa...they got more than enough players who can clean that scumbag's clock...and honestly, if I were the captain on that team, I'd make sure everyone in the room had a good idea of what they'll do to injure his ass come game 2.

tdchi


Thu Apr 16 2015 3:20 pm EST

TD: Yep...just hope it isn't those notorious 'neck problems' again!

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 3:14 pm EST

Incidentally, I don't know if anyone mentioned but NASH is indeed in for tonight and was at practice...

tdchi


Thu Apr 16 2015 3:13 pm EST

shonuff/stepunmytoe - liquid lunch commenced shortly after noon, but hasn't gone at the feverish pace I'd like. Hoping to get my BAC to double digits shortly before puck drop. Already instructed my wife to keep me chained down, save for my beer hand until the Rangers go up by at least four or five. We're drinking cans too, for the protection of the flat screen television. Might even put up the netting just to be safe. LET'S GO RANGERS!!!

tdchi


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:57 pm EST

Sorry...DOH!!

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:57 pm EST

Yeah, I confess - I've got a mild case of long time Ranger fan (and with it all that sordid history) pre-game jitters. Like I said this AM, the kind of pressure the Rangers are facing they really haven't (IMO) since the 94 cup run. That is, until now, they, in almost every series, including last year, were considered the underdogs (albeit in a few of those series, not by much). Not this year. Anything but another cup final appearance will mean this year ends up equaling disappointment. That in turn, means the earlier they're bumped (if they're bumped) the bigger the disappointment it is. The pressure is different this year, in other words, and the closer we get to game time the more nervous and anxious I become. Gawd, it'll suck if they suck and the Pens win tonight. It really will.

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:51 pm EST

shonuff: All good dude. Was just joshin' ya. I, too, wanna talk about the Rangers but I cannot think of anything new to say. If I was forced to post today about them, beyond what I've already said, my inner Ranger fan tendencies would eventually bubble to frontfore and I'd be posting about all my concerns/worries/stress factors, such as: Nash is playing hurt and will be a perimeter prance (bad way to start the POs given his PO history), Hunwick will be exposed, Boyle and Handleway will be coughing up the puck in their own zone all night, someone important will get hurt and the Rangers will stumble out of the gate, which is what historically, their apt to do. Damn, I need a drink now!!!

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:47 pm EST

The guys on NHL Network were discussing this topic earlier. It ties to my original point, all I ask for is that the league not do this "reputation" play. If you do it, you get slammed for it. As they pointed out, what hockey player in their right mind does something like this within full view of the refs, the puck right there? You would have to be the biggest moron ever to put on skates. So, all I wanna hear the NHL is that whether by accident or egregious, your play stands on its own and should be punished as such. None of this repeat offender nonsense. You have to be in control of your stick at all times regardless. I bring this to the forefront because I don't want a situation like for example Staal held to a different standard because of who he is FWIW. There will be more suspendable infractions in the playoffs and all I ask is that it's called straight across the board. That's all... You can believe anything you want about his intent but the general consensus this morning by the ahem "geniuses" was that it wasn't deliberate but the play should stand on its own. I'll leave it there. But something tells me this will happen again this playoffs and hopefully it is not a New York Ranger.

E


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:31 pm EST

I hear ya, shonuff....the lead-up to this series has been way too loooong. Let's hope Nash has a "Michael Jordan in the playoffs with a 103 degree fever" game/series.

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:31 pm EST

I visit to Wall to see points of view apart from the NYR when it's warranted and the POs warrant it. I live here in provincial Philadelphia where if it doesn't involve the locals, it doesn't exist. Pretty sure after we, you know, see a Rangers game, there will be a few comments on it here. :-)

Nick


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:27 pm EST

Everybody has a point. i just want this game to start already. I really keep logging on to get some kind of news on Nash and got frustrated seeing Habs posts. Sorry guys. LGR

shonuff


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:22 pm EST

Now let's hear all those idiot Habs fans who screamed about Kreider running into Price twist themselves into knots trying to justify Subban breaking Stone's wrist. And you know they will....their punk fans just like their team is a punk team.

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:17 pm EST

shonuf/KIS -- we're all pumped for the game but just as an FYI, without the Subban discussion, etc. there would have been nothing on The Wall today except crickets. We all get to discuss whatever we feel like discussing. It's a Rangers fan site, not a Rangers site.

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:16 pm EST

E, No player of his importance is going to deliberately do that? Importance is an outside point of view, not an internal point of you. As for where he did it, as you stated he wasn't thinking, since as you put it he lost control, and in losing control, your first comment now losses all weight, because he lost control, he wasn't thinking about HIS importance to the team, only hurting said player. You then say it was him trying to get stick on stick, you're not in his head, he states he wasn't even looking what he was going to strike which means he wasn't aiming for the stick as you implied he was doing. That was a rather vicious two hand swing what could his intent possibly been if it wasn't to break the stick as you claimed and he refuted? With that said I'm with KIS from here on out.

York18


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:12 pm EST

Sho; Left work early. Gonna fire up the grill and start the pregame drinking early!!! Lol.

stepunmytoe


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:10 pm EST

Hey...where are the rules that say one cannot discuss hockey topics other than the Rangers? Besides, the Rangers should win/Pittsburgh sucks subject has been rehashed to death.

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:08 pm EST

It's 3 pm btw...Whoever is not working should already be drinking with Jerseys on. Fuck Habs and that idiot.

shonuff


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:05 pm EST

KIS: Thank You and well said. Who cares.

shonuff


Thu Apr 16 2015 2:04 pm EST

Im glad there is a Ranger game tonight because who really gives a fuck about Subban a slash or any other bullshit. The Rangers play tonight. Fuck all the other nonsense. The Rangers play tonight, Dont have to think about that other garbage untillater. Stop wishing and hoping to get to play a certain team that shit only bites you in the ass. Play who you have to play and just win.

KIS


Thu Apr 16 2015 1:23 pm EST

E-How do you know his intent?? And----further----what does intent have to do with his actions. He commit a crime. Assault and battery in the real world. I wanna go back to how you said he was "reaching". Did you notice him choke up on the stick as he raised it over his head to "reach" him?? Unless you're Subban-----for the life of me I can't see how you can speak to what his intent was.

thedoc85


Thu Apr 16 2015 1:07 pm EST

PK got caught. Pretty plain. He was after Stone all night, and got tossed for his attempt to injure him. He knew exactly what he was doing, and acted like a clown after he got busted for it.

Bob


Thu Apr 16 2015 1:07 pm EST

Oh without a doubt he deserves to be suspended and to be sure I stated that this as carefully as I did. No player of his importance is gonna delibertly wind up and tomahawk a guy in full view of the referee. You think he'd do something so deliberate as to commit a suspendable offense like this? He lost control out there trying to to take a slash when he lost containment. This was no subtle slew foot. This was a major league screw up. But this was not egregious attempt to injure, this was loss of discipline. And you're responsible for your stick. And he should pay. He's gonna walk that line. I can't stand his antics but I understand them. He's a very dangerous player at times. There are plenty of times I've seen him pull some dirty ass crap behind the play. Going at the knee etc... This just wasn't one of those times. This was loss of containment and a desperate attempt to get a stick on stick. And he got the hand. He's always gonna walk that line. I'm not crying a tear because I don't think any player should be exonerated from stick infractions. But all I'm stating is that he didn't intend to do it, got caught in moment, screwed up, and he knew it. There is no provision that determines intent to injure / not and stick responsibility. He got his and he should be punished for it.

E


Thu Apr 16 2015 12:53 pm EST

Graves on Mario certainly wasn't ignored....This no different....

PJ


Thu Apr 16 2015 12:45 pm EST

Im sorry....... But what ever happened to that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR STICK?????

rangerlou


Thu Apr 16 2015 12:26 pm EST

P.K. Subban: "I didn't even look to see where I was going slash him." That quote from this morning is the reason why he deserved the misconduct. I mean, he knew he was going to two hand him, but didn't even look to see where, so what if that was his face, of the back of his neck, if he took out a eye or something more serious than micro fractures. That is the kind of reckless Cooke was, just with a stick rather than a shoulder/elbow to the head.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 16 2015 12:23 pm EST

And you argue that Subban's not known for nasty cheapshots? You aren't watching him very often, obviously. Here's a few to review: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/p-k-subban-takes-down-penguins-chris-kunitz-032828351.html AND http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/05/report-no-hearing-for-subban-after-sneaky-but-obvious-slew-foot/ AND https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmj2-0WcEwA AND http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/05/report-no-hearing-for-subban-after-sneaky-but-obvious-slew-foot/ (on our very own Derrick Brassard this year). The only reason this asshole hasn't been suspended (and won't once again) is because he's an elite player and the NHL, gutless in the best of times, always shies away from disciplining such players.

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 12:11 pm EST

E: A over-the-head, two handed slash aimed at the hands wasn't deliberate, but merely a matter of being irresponsible with a stick? And take that stance due to the perpetrator's reaction to his victim falling to the ice in pain? When the perpetrator is PK Subban, a notorious diver and drama queen, arguably biggest in the league? Huh?

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 12:01 pm EST

E--I've just got to ask you. When you reach for a puck or a man with your stick------is your first move to bring the stick over your shoulders with two hands. Geez. If Aaron Hernandez knew about you-----he'd have hired you.

thedoc85


Thu Apr 16 2015 11:47 am EST

PK looked to me like he was reaching and hacked him. By his facial expression right afterwards when he hit his lip and looked at the ceiling lets you know it wasn't deliberate. He was being irresponsible with his stick. I think he was pissed because the ref hit him so hard. I don't blame a guy for so hotly contesting being tossed. He is their best player not named Price. PK certainly is no angel but for all of his diving antics and overall being a pest, I haven't seen too many egregious attempts to injure outside of the style of game he has to play. He was sloppy with his stick and every player in the league knows that stick infractions like that are gonna happen. I don't think there is a PREMEDITATED desire to injure anymore then when Hagelin took out Alfie. It "feels" more justified because PK is such an irritating presence. But he'd love to have that one back.

E


Thu Apr 16 2015 11:32 am EST

Yep, no further discipline for Subban. It would be funny to some a Senator break his stick over Subban's head I think. The NHL loves violence. One day folks, one day.

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 11:30 am EST

Re Stone's broken wrist: I knew his problem wasn't manufactured when after he came back, he kept disappearing for long stretches. Bad news for the Senators - he was one of their top offensive players over the past few weeks. Interesting that Stone said after the game last night that prior to the slash, he felt Subban was targeting him. No doubt the NHL won't suspend him. Too gutless. BTW, once again that's a player taking out another player; the NHLPA must be proud!

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 11:04 am EST

PK's gonna need a bodyguard on the mean streets of Ottawa ...

Nick


Thu Apr 16 2015 11:03 am EST

Yep: "Injury update: #Sens Mark Stone has suffered a microfracture of his right wrist & his availability for the series is unknown at this time."

Nick


Thu Apr 16 2015 10:59 am EST

Stone "the diver" has a broken wrist. And there was no suspension for slewfooting, diving PK. Mission accomplished by PK. He took the kid out of the series.

Bob


Thu Apr 16 2015 10:37 am EST

No doubt at all that the Habs' past antics have caught up with them and led to the ejection of Subban. Listen, he raised his stick up like an axe and brought it down to the exact area every hockey player on earth knows is vulnerable. If he had just extended his stick and did a quick chop, he probably would have gotten only 2. The fact that Stone ended up playing the rest of the game is meaningless...the major was called based on past diving and cheap-shot BS that ended up making refs look bad when calls were/weren't made. The refs set the tone with that call and put those punks on notice...that's what the call was about.

JFC31


Thu Apr 16 2015 10:35 am EST

Good morning. The pain must have gotten worse for Stone as the game went on as he only had 5 shifts for a total of 3 minutes and 32 seconds in the third period. He started the third period and that shift was for a total of 24 seconds. His next shift was not until almost 12 minutes had elapsed and lasted about a minute. His third shift lasted all of 9 seconds. The 4th shift was with about 4 minutes left and lasted over a minute and the 5th shift was for the final 45 seconds of the game.

ges999


Thu Apr 16 2015 10:16 am EST

Im very unconfortable to to think we are the best team in the NHL!!! We were not predicted to beat the Penguins last year and look what happened. We need to approach this game with Humility Speed and Team Work.One Shift at a Time approach. I understand that the Penguins have had their problems with injuries and and all that other crap. But tonight starts a new season. We have to contain Crosby.Malkin and Sutter. Plus puck management and clear our Blue line. We cannot afford opposing team to rent space in our zone. Quick outlet passes and no long passes through mid ice. Those always come back to bite us in the TUKUS. LGR!!!!

rangerlou


Thu Apr 16 2015 10:16 am EST

I'm sure Stone was hurting but that made Mario's act after the 1992 Graves incident look like amateur hour at acting school. That said, different guys react to pain differently. And it had to hurt, and who knows if it did damage that will only be apparent today? Subban is too good to be such a d-bag out there. His outraged act was almost worse than then the cement-head play itself. And hey, Habs fans: cram that fucking torch, shut the hell up with your constant booing when one of your divers gets touched, and try to recall way back to your last Cup, the giant fluke of 1993: Pitt upset by the Isles and ten overtime wins. Ten. And McSorley's stick. You know I hate this club almost as much as the PHL-NYI-NJD trinity.

Nick


Thu Apr 16 2015 8:05 am EST

re: SUBBAN - Was a tough call by the stripes, but 100 percent the RIGHT call. Agreed, there was some showmanship there...I was thinking after the call that STONE would be back after a few...but I tell you what: If you come down on a guy's wrist like that, you're intention isn't simply to give him a warning. It's to take him out. Granted, Subban is a dirtbag and in as much, does a lot of dirtbag things. Seeing that slash was no surprise for me...and as far as HIS dirtbag plays go, that one wasn't even that egregious. Certainly PK has done more to warrant a misconduct penalty in the past and for that reason I kind of get why he was freaking out so bad...but he could have very easily ended Stone's season had that slash landed in the sweet spot between where the elbow pad ends and the gloves begin. That was no love tap. And had it been from a cleaner player --say Tom GILBERT for instance --I could see the refs giving the Habs the benefit of the doubt. But Subban? Hell no. Between his mouth and his antics, Subban is a walking misconduct. The refs set the tone of the series right there. Keep it clean, hard hockey. Had they not called that slash, lord knows what the Habs would have tried the next time. Remember this is the same club with Brandon 'Keep your head up' Prust and a slew of others who will ride afoul of the rules for as long as they can.

tdchi


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:50 am EST

WIld: No, that was a Canadien - did it to Zibanied (or whatever that dude's name is).

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:49 am EST

Regarding tonight's game I think it's reasonable to predict that how the Rangers come out will be how the game goes (and perhaps the series). If the Rangers come out firing, using their speed and skill and have their transition game in top order, they will give the Penguin defense fits and that should lead to goals. If, however, they come out as we've seen them do quite frequently and play sloppy in their own end and get pass and turnover happy to start the game, it'll probably end up be a tight match scoring wise. In other words, the Rangers are the better team and it's up to them to dictate how the game (and the series) unfolds. This is a different kind of pressure. Being the underdog oftentimes means little pressure (for obvious reasons); being the favourite is quite the opposite. I am anxiously awaiting the first half of the first period...

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:49 am EST

Was it Stone who butt ended the guy in the kisser earlier and got just 2 mim? The refs were not good, and thats not a big shock....the NHL officiating has gotten worse the last couple years, and its not just because of the speed of the game.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:42 am EST

And the referees are no fans of Subban, what with his penchant for over embellishment and behavior at times on the ice. In other words, he's a pain in the ass to officiate. Guys like him, after a while, end up more often than not, getting the worse end of a call. Deservedly so.

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:40 am EST

jnyr: Stone left the ice a couple of times during the game after - he clearly was in some discomfort. No wonder - Subban's stick hit him in an unprotected area between the glove and forearm padding. It was vicious. The resulting ruckus is really a product of the lousy officiating courtesy of the NHL. We see slashes like that 100 times a game (albeit maybe without as much windup), but they usually land on a stick and/or padding and the opponent doesn't react. If all slashes were called, as they should be, there wouldn't be so much noise when one, like Subban's, is over the top.

RF4L


Thu Apr 16 2015 7:07 am EST

re the Subban slash and game misconduct. IMHO the way the rule is written is stupid. Sure IF there is an injury the guy should get tossed...but hell, Stone probably felt like he lost his arm for a few minutes, than once the pain of impact subsided and they probably did a quick x-ray and saw nothing was broken, he went out with a painful wrist for the rest of the game. With that, the Refs should have the option of waiting until the 5 min major is over, and than decide. sure there could still be issues, but if there is no certain injury, than no game misconduct. If however the team docs come and say the guy is out for the rest of the game, than a misconduct. taking it all away from the refs puts them in a bad position.

Wildcard


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:30 am EST

check out the Montreal bias on Subban's slash...P.K. Subban jumped up and down, stretching his arm out in a pose of disbelief as Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators fell to the ice. Subban didn’t think the play warranted a penalty. Later, he stood at the bench incredulously, as it was announced he had been ejected from Game 1 of their series against the Ottawa Senators. Not for a nasty hit from behind. Not for a hit to the head. No, for a slash to the hands of Mark Stone that sent the rookie down to the ice in excruciating pain and then immediately to the dressing room. For that, Subban was given a 5-minute major and a game misconduct. Stone and Subban were lined up at the faceoff circle, where Stone gave Subban a shot to the gloves after the draw. Stone went to the front of the net, where Subban cracked him on the right hand with his lumber. Stone dropped like someone had taken a chainsaw to this wrist, and then left the ice. The officials discussed the play for a few minutes, but upheld the call. The Sens scored two power-play goals by Kyle Turris and Mika Zibanejab during the major, but also gave up a shorthanded goal to Lars Eller. Rule 61.3 for the NHL states that a major penalty must be assessed if there’s an injury on the slash. And as per Rule 61.5, if a major penalty is handed out for slashing, “a game misconduct penalty must also be imposed.” Ah, but was there an injury? Stone RETURNED TO THE OTTAWA BENCH during the second period. So this is either a terrible call, or someone with Wolverine-like healing powers, or one of the most devious things we’ve ever witnessed, a clever ruse to get Subban ejected.

jnyr


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:17 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/04/16/lundqvists-most-memorable-rangers-save-is-one-he-has-forgotten/

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:13 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/04/16/scrapper-from-the-start-vigneaults-long-road-to-rangers-glory/

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 6:10 am EST

moofman... who?.....happy double nickels.....time to mellow out....after the playoffs.....see you at the parade......

stevielegs


Thu Apr 16 2015 4:06 am EST

mf: Im going to see The Who n NY later this yr. Please give me a review

jnyr


Wed Apr 15 2015 9:56 pm EST

RF4L--they wrote the book on diving. Coach Cameron's comments after were something. This next game will be entertaining as long as the Hamburglar does not do another imitation of Ronald McDonald.

Bob


Wed Apr 15 2015 9:53 pm EST

Bob: Or annoying....

RF4L


Wed Apr 15 2015 9:23 pm EST

There are few things as entertaining as Montreal fans whining about an opponent diving.

Bob


Wed Apr 15 2015 9:22 pm EST

I finally agree with a Refs call. PK Subban is a dirty bastard and deserved to be booted with the flagrant overhand slash. Hopefully the refs continue to throw players out who have the intent to injure. It shouldn't matter if the recipient gets badly injured or slightly injured....Throw these fucks out. The worst is when no call is made or just a minor penalty. The Rangers have been on the receiving end of those over the past 10 years.

TradeStar28


Wed Apr 15 2015 8:10 pm EST

Our old pal Rozie stinking it up in Nashville tonight.

Nick


Wed Apr 15 2015 8:05 pm EST

It takes four, WIOSA. Long way to go. As for the Habs I hope they crash and burn. I mean Subban bitched about that slash? And those announcers: you have to go to the hospital for it to be a penalty? It's just blind luck most times if a bone breaks or whatever. Also the Hamburglar? Pumpkin time tonight.

Nick


Wed Apr 15 2015 8:00 pm EST

OK so much for my hockey knowledge. I picked the Caps to beat the Isles, The Sens to beat the Habs, and the Hawks to beat the Preds, all three are losing as I type.

WIOSA


Wed Apr 15 2015 7:32 pm EST

Phuck them frogs, I hate them from way back, let's go Senators.....

mf


Wed Apr 15 2015 6:57 pm EST

It took about two seconds to dislike Montreal all over again. Right from the opening draw with that smurfy punk Gallagher ... and those fans. Insufferable. Let's go Sens!

Nick


Wed Apr 15 2015 6:29 pm EST

Isles outplaying the Caps, outskating, outshooting, outscoring,,,the only thing the Caps are doing more of is hitting. Yech

WIOSA


Wed Apr 15 2015 6:11 pm EST

Well boys & gurlz, down here in Tampa at a bar called Hattricks with my mom & sister on our way to THE WHO Concert to celebrate Ol MF's 55th, and we just yielded a little real estate at the bar to Mike Babcock & crew who' s getting ready for their series with the TBL... Naturally I wished him luck as it benefits us..Let's go Rangers! :-)

mf


Wed Apr 15 2015 6:11 pm EST

Well boys & gurlz, down here in Tampa at a bar called Hattricks with my mom & sister on our way to THE WHO Concert to celebrate Ol MF's 55th, and we just yielded a little real estate at the bar to Mike Babcock & crew who' s getting ready for their series with the TBL... Naturally I wished him luck as it benefits us..Let's go Rangers! :-)

mf


Wed Apr 15 2015 5:18 pm EST

"Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. May their first child be a masculine child."

stevielegs


Wed Apr 15 2015 4:50 pm EST

To the NY Ranger; I wish you good health, a victorious 1st round of 5 games or less and a power play that finds the back of the net on a consistent basis.

RinkRat


Wed Apr 15 2015 3:41 pm EST

KIS don't be a .....;-)

stevielegs


Wed Apr 15 2015 3:23 pm EST

KIS - yah man. Much rather the discussion than the name calling. Glad the civility has held...and agreed...I'm pumped...Down on the beach in NC far away from a sheet of ice and contemplating watching the Isles-Caps/Canadiens-Sens games just to get a hockey fix! Gonna have to stock up on beers tonight...don't think I'll be driving anywhere tomorrow...

tdchi


Wed Apr 15 2015 3:21 pm EST

KIS - Agree again..enough with the bloated over-analysis (like my last post) everywhere....Let the games begin!!! Even with the Rangers the better team, I still want MALKIN and CROSBY mangled beyond repair!---even if it's not in the Rangers DNA!

Hospo


Wed Apr 15 2015 3:19 pm EST

Hmm...didn't even realize our own Jeff GORTON was responsible for some of the best Bruin picks during Chiarelli's tenure...courtesy of Boston Herald: "At the draft, with interim GM Jeff Gorton running the show, the B's drafted Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand and pulled off the Andrew Raycroft-for-Tuukka Rask trade."

tdchi


Wed Apr 15 2015 3:18 pm EST

KIS - Good point..Have said that a few time this year...I think the Ranger may be the most poised and disciplined team out there..And obviously a reflection on it's coach...Yes, we sometimes hate it that the Rangers don't go for Payback but that's not their style....They stick to their game and rarely are seflish...They are also rarely rattled by the physicality and tactics of the opposition...or even jus when the other team is playing well...They stick to their game.......teams like the Pens, Caps and the youthful Isles, otoh, are easily thrown off their game and turned into a bunch of individuals when things go wrong or turn tough..TB and Montreal may be like the Rangers in that regard

Hospo


Wed Apr 15 2015 3:17 pm EST

I dont know about any of you guys but I'm already to fucking worked up for the games. I wish I was a player at least I used to be a bit calmer before important games. Now as I fan I just want to get in and hit somebody. Ej picking the Rangers to win the whole thing. Fuck I have to wait another 24 hours. LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!

KIS


Wed Apr 15 2015 3:15 pm EST

RF, TD imagine that a discussion on the board without people calling each other asshole. good stuff men. All good points.

KIS


Wed Apr 15 2015 3:09 pm EST

KIS: I see both sides, but here's a counter argument to your beef that a player performing poorly gets paid regardless, right thru to the contract's end. For many years up to the first cap, the contracts for those guys couldn't be terminated - you'd have to put the guy on waivers and hope he's picked up (other wise you pay him not to play or in the minors). That gave incompetent GMs with big payrolls (re Glen Sather circa 2000-2004) a way to keep signing guys to big money. Now imagine if you could cut a guy and his contract is voided at the same time (don't they do that in the NFL?). A guy like Sather would have chased after EVERY UFA. In other words, with the cap as it is now (specifically, no hiding stupid salaries in the minors), a lousy GM is way more exposed for handing out those contract where the guy signs and then sucks.

RF4L


Wed Apr 15 2015 3:06 pm EST

KIS - Like many GMs, Chiarelli had his pluses and minuses...He made some very good choices/moves...some questionable choices/moves that still resulted in a cup and then some very bad choices/moves...if you dissect the changes the Bruins made over the past five years or so, you'll see a whole hell of a lot of bad moves that had Chiarelli's signature on them. I bring up the business about SEGUIN simply because it sort of explains the tough situation he was in...otherwise that trade in and of itself was enough to get a GM fired. Just an awful move that essentially cancelled out the coup of trade he made when KESSEL was moved...Seguin's immaturity at that point was well-documented...but so was his ability...the kid was clearly going to be something great...And as for BOYCHUK...cap or no cap, that was a BAD trade...Boychuk was a pillar on D for the Bruins...so often overlooked because of CHARA...Thinking of the Rangers' equivalent...would kind of be like if Sather decided to trade Marc STAAL for a pair of second rounders. How would we feel as Ranger fans? What if KREIDER was moved for a couple of unheralded prospects and a guy in his late 20s with a history of concussions? This place would be lit up like a roman candle...Just like Neil Smith, Chiarelli deserves a place in history and a lot of credit for doing something few of his predecessors could do: Win a cup...but to say there was no reason for him to be fired is kind of ignoring his record since the cup...and that's been fairly abysmal...The Bruins are still a good team...but they're in rough shape right now...the cupboard is pretty much bare and their hard up against the cap. Look at Chiarelli's moves. Look at who he's drafted...and to be honest, it's not a surprise he got canned...little more surprising they let him limp along for as long as he did. So opinion is one thing...these are facts. I don't think there's a Bruins fan on the planet that didn't expect this. When Boston collapsed, either Chiarelli or Julien was getting fired. Probably both.

tdchi


Wed Apr 15 2015 2:43 pm EST

Wild guess you think playing glass they would have won. I don't . Now veenknow will have to be right or follow what they did and hope that gets 4 wins .

stevielegs


Wed Apr 15 2015 2:40 pm EST

One of the big reasons I like the Rangers chances this year is that they play very level headed. they play every game the same way with a business like approach. They try to make the other team adjust to their style and not the other way around.

KIS


Wed Apr 15 2015 2:39 pm EST

RF, I am not for a cap. Has the cap helped the Rangers yes. If there is a cap, there should be a way out for teams other than 2 buyouts. If I don't perform at my job, I can get fired and I dont get paid for 3 or 4 more years. TDCHI, It cracks me up the way many people make arguements and then spin their opinion as truth. Did the Bruins make some bad trades yes but we don't all the reasons. If Seguin is banging everybody's wife or girlfriend, I would move him as well. As for Boychuck if I remember correctly he was moved because of slary constrains. The Bruins didn't want to move him but because of the money he was looking for and the youngsters coming up (krug and Hamilton) the Bruins thought they could be ok by moving him. TD, you make many good comments but dont make it like Chiarelli moved these guys cause he had a vision, he may have moved them for the best of the organization. Seems like he didn't have much choice with some of the decisions and now he is paying for the fact that they missed a bunch of players during the year. Guys like Hamilton and Kreji.

KIS


Wed Apr 15 2015 1:57 pm EST

stevielegs: And how did the PENS game planning work out for them?

Wildcard


Wed Apr 15 2015 1:51 pm EST

JNYR - Cool Big Whistle stories...As for "'Jim, this sets hockey back 50 years" during a preseason game....I could swear he said the same exact thing during the RANGER-KING PO Brawl where Beck sucker punched a King...Boxcar Hospodar slapping the Kings goalie (Lessard)..And freaking Nick FOTIU fying down the stands to go after somebody near ice level.....a Classic!

Hospo


Wed Apr 15 2015 1:50 pm EST

rf better than those guys with stiffs for wives ...

stevielegs


Wed Apr 15 2015 1:47 pm EST

Nash has the flu? I hope so and it's not a stiff neck again...

RF4L


Wed Apr 15 2015 1:44 pm EST

Looks like James Sheppard skating in Rick Nash's spot with Brassard and Zuccarello. ......guess veenknow is going with glass over shemp......the playpens scratched glass last year.....

stevielegs


Wed Apr 15 2015 1:42 pm EST

Rangers say Rick Nash is dealing with the flu and will not skate today. Expand Reply Retweet Favorite 2h Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord Other than Nash and Klein, all Rangers on ice for today's noon practice.

stevielegs


Wed Apr 15 2015 1:40 pm EST

The other rumor was that SEGUIN hopped in the sack with CHIARELLI'S daughter...a UMichigan gymnast and quite the looker...on the HORTON kick...seems like there was a lot of smoke around that report...apparently the allegation was that he exchanged salacious text messages with her...her hubby found out and rather than have their marriage placed under a microscope in Boston, he decided for a clean break with the team...Bruins apparently wanted to keep him, but he left anyway...needless to say, it was a bad trade.

tdchi


Wed Apr 15 2015 1:20 pm EST

rf guess I missed that part of both gone.....trading wives might be easier.....

stevielegs


Wed Apr 15 2015 12:54 pm EST

rf then they should have traded Horton, and asked him if he wanted to take his wife with him.....

stevielegs


Wed Apr 15 2015 12:49 pm EST

TD: If Seguin was sleeping with Horton's wife, yikes - no wonder he was jettisoned. Of course I realize it's a rumour but it might explain why the Bruins seemed to suddenly sour on him and then equally quickly, traded him away. I concur he didn't fetch what he's worth and it's logical to envision if he'd been shopped aggressively the return would have been better. And that, too, explains why Horton was so adamant about leaving Boston - he went from a cup contender to a team that had made the POs once in their existence. I didn't understand it. Makes more sense now, tho.

RF4L


Wed Apr 15 2015 12:46 pm EST

KIS: LOL...your point of view on the cap existence is confusing! Are for it or against it??

RF4L


Wed Apr 15 2015 12:33 pm EST

KIS - Certainly CHIARELLI should get a lot of credit for bringing home the cup...but the last few years, he's made some pretty suspect decision...Let's start with the SEGUIN deal...my jaw dropped when I heard the paltry haul the Bruins got back for him...and that was after it was already on the floor realizing that they traded him...Seguin had and probably still does have his warts...certainly, the pundits in Boston raised a lot of questions about his attitude when he mailed it in during the 2013 playoffs...and the kid was rumored to be partying pretty hard...also allegedly boffed HORTON'S wife...but seriously, the warts Seggy had weren't much different from the ones Patrick KANE exhibited early in his career...Chiarelli gave up on him WAY too quickly...and the return he got was very lack luster...Reilly SMITH started to make it look like a push...but he cooled off...ERIKSSON was on a serious downward slide the year before he was traded...Joe MORROW, the former first-rounder moved in the deal, wasn't exactly looking blue chip...that deal flat-out sucked...and then there was the utterly ridiculous BOYCHUCK trade...Sure, he got a couple good picks in a deep draft...but the Bruins' defense hasn't been the same since that deal...The other thing is that Chirarelli has had a pretty dismal draft record lately. Outside of PASTRNAK and Dougie HAMILTON, he's pretty much drafted duds for the past six or seven years...Chiarelli's luck was running out. The Bruins not making the POs was the last straw.

tdchi


Wed Apr 15 2015 12:22 pm EST

Sometimes I really hate the Cap Bullshit. I understand about level playing field but the NHL is a business. If it werent than they wouldn't be having stoppages every 3-5 years. Nobody tells Apple dont create such and such device. You have to much of the maerket share. Nobosy says we cant compete. If you want to be in the hockey business you need to have the backing. If you don't to bad don't go in the hockey business. I know this topic has been hashed out before. If you want to have a cap than dont have guaranteed contracts like the NFL. HAving the most money doesn't always bring a winner. Look at the Rangers past or look at what the Yankees face in the next couple of years. Big market or not. Good front offices make good organizations just like with god companies. Hell if anything, the Salary has made the Rangers a better organization.

KIS


Wed Apr 15 2015 12:20 pm EST

JFC: Agreed and you gotta think O'Connor is aware of that, too. In other words, the Rangers are attractive to him because while he might not have the same chance at making the team as quickly as say in Barfalo, in the long run it's feasible to project he'll have a better career due to the tutelage of Allaire.

RF4L


Wed Apr 15 2015 12:05 pm EST

KIS: Almost makes you wonder if there was some behind the scenes stuff, like one group thought player "X" should be traded and not player "Y" and the GM chose player "Y" and if they see it as being part of the reason they missed the post season than perhaps that argument is the root of why he was let go. And who knows how many such disagreements happened behind the scenes.

Wildcard


Wed Apr 15 2015 12:05 pm EST

Wild -- agree completely about O'Connor and the Rangers' pursuit....it's all about Allaire and his evaluation of the kid's potential as a goalie. I think that the approach to goaltending is becoming very similar to tight end in football. If a goalie has the physical attributes of size, quickness and reaction time that fits a certain criteria, a guy like Allaire believes he can MAKE an NHL goaltender out of that player by teaching him the science of goaltending. Put the science into a package of the proper physicality and you have an NHL goalie. The trickier part is the mental aspect....can a guy instantly "forget" a bad goal, can he have intense focus, etc. If the Rangers are interested in O'Connor, I believe Allaire has given his blessing and he doesn't care about any gaffes he made as a college goalie...he believes the kid has the physical package to play the Allaire style of goaltending.

JFC31


Wed Apr 15 2015 11:28 am EST

pro sports is full of BS a lot of times. How do you fire a Gm who has brought much success to a franchise. Boston just missed the playoffs yet they fire the GM. Just a short time fans and organizations wanted to emulate the Bruins. Crazy

KIS


Wed Apr 15 2015 11:23 am EST

Bob McKenzie tweeted again this AM that O'Connor has 5 teams he's considering and the Rangers are one of them.

RF4L


Wed Apr 15 2015 10:55 am EST

Penguins defense: Martin-Lovejoy, Scuderi-Cole, Pouliot-Chorney, Harrington-Dumoulin,

Wildcard


Wed Apr 15 2015 10:31 am EST

wild if shananahan has any brains .....maybe....but he was fired for reasons, including chara breaking down.....the press rarely has the whole story.....wonder if the coach threw him under the bus?..neely and shanana have history.........screw them all, especially lucic....unless he becomes a nyr .....

stevielegs


Wed Apr 15 2015 10:03 am EST

stevielegs: How long do you think before Toronto makes a phone call to him?

Wildcard


Wed Apr 15 2015 10:01 am EST

td: another thing on the cap. The small market teams are still behind the big time teams like the Rangers. Look at the facilities the Rangers players have access to, the specialists for fitness, nutrition and the like. Skating experts to come in and help poor skaters get better, and not just any expert, but one of the top available in the world at the time. Small market teams that can barely afford to pay to the cap (if even that high) can not afford to do those things. They are not as well treated. SO even with a cap teams like the Rangers who with a cap have even MORE revenue to spend on "other" stuff like gym equipment and technology, than the smaller teams, making those teams more attractive to the UFAs that can pick a team. Got to imagine that Hayes looked at that stuff when making his decision to sign with the Rangers over other teams.

Wildcard


Wed Apr 15 2015 9:58 am EST

http://www.tsn.ca/bruins-fire-gm-chiarelli-1.257563

stevielegs


Wed Apr 15 2015 9:55 am EST

td/RF4L: Here is my take on any goalie, be it the draft or an NCAA UFA. The Rangers have a goalie coach who they consult when it comes to goalies. And scouts who have done in recent times well with the two kids we have talked about not he wall this season. ADD to that Skapski showing well at such a young age. SO with that, I say this. Talbot was not on many teams radar when the Rangers signed him, and did so with the expectation that he would be a good pro. That was the scouting staff and goalie coach seeing something, If they decide to go after any NCAA UFA goalie I would have to think its with the blessing of those same people who have made some good choices over the last 5 years or so when it comes to goalies and what potential they have.

Wildcard


Wed Apr 15 2015 8:46 am EST

Slap Shots has been told by two sources that the Kings locked the door to their locker room following a defeat on the road within the last two weeks so that Sutter could not get in and deliver what the players apparently expected to be another in a series of lectures/tirades. As the tale was told, after Sutter finally tracked down an arena operative to unlock the door, he was greeted by three heavy waste receptacles lined up as a barricade to what had become an empty room. Thus, it would be no stretch to suggest tension between the team and the coach, who led the Kings to those two Cups, was a significant issue as L.A. went down the stretch before their elimination Thursday night in Calgary following a shocking defeat two nights earlier in Edmonton, of all places. Imagine. Players, for once, engineering a lockout. ....http://nypost.com/2015/04/11/calendar-coach-exhaust-defending-champion-kings/

stevielegs


Wed Apr 15 2015 8:44 am EST

"NHLPA executive director Don Fehr told agents in a series of meetings last week that next year’s cap would be approximately $68.2 million if the union does not trigger the 5 percent escalator, attendees report. That would represent a decrease from the current $69 million that would cripple successful big market teams."

stevielegs


Wed Apr 15 2015 8:33 am EST

Kind of a non sequitur thought: When Ottawa's Hamburgler HAMMOND was getting beaten like a gong by the Rangers a few weeks ago, the announcers --and I think it was Dickaletti --were saying 'he's obviously bothered by something' and inferring that he was injured; basically crediting the Rangers' overwhelming dominance of the guy on this phantom malady. Yet Hammond went on to go undefeated in the rest of the regular season and was in high form when the Sens shutout the Rangers... I'm not to pleased with the notion Pierre and Doc calling the games...both verbally felate Crosby any chance they get...but what are the alternatives? They're not too good, IMO.

tdchi


Wed Apr 15 2015 8:27 am EST

RF4L - I kind of agree with VtRanger re: O'CONNER...he sort of seems to me the goaltender who is riding the Jack EICHEL wave...Though he had a pretty decent showing last year when BU absolutely sucked...I still maintain the guy to grab is Ahti OKSANEN...stats are obviously inflated because of his promotion to forward...but he has size and skill...and most importantly, has improved every year he's played at BU...Rangers could grab him for D --where he started --or could keep him at forward...again, another player feeling the Eichel bump...but there's something to be said for BU's willingness to put him on a line with a phenom...says to me the kid has sound fundamentals and can mesh with high-skill players.

tdchi


Wed Apr 15 2015 8:19 am EST

I tell you what: The cap has done the EXACT opposite of what naysayers said it'd do, though it still hasn't done what the NHL had hoped it'd do...The cap took big market teams like the Rangers, Bruins, Chicago, Detroit and LA and forced them to think about hockey from a developmental perspective. These teams were so used to buying players when the small market teams could no longer afford them that they really didn't invest much time, thought or money into the rest of their operations. But with the coming of the cap, the big market teams needed to start thinking like small market teams...more emphasis was placed in scouting...more emphasis was placed at development...finding the 'diamonds in the rough' and making sure they stay on a path that will lead to the NHL...meanwhile, the cap hasn't done squat for the small market teams because many still haven't bothered to or are unable to embrace this philosophy...The one part of Larry Brooks' article that I absolutely disagree with is his contention a dynasty can't be built or maintained...the Blackhawks are a dynasty...that team is so stocked with talent that it can shed guys like BOTH HAYES brothers, Brandon PIRRI, and Jeremy MORIN without even flinching...someone mentioned how bad the VERMETTE trade was...and it was...but the defensive prospect the Hawks shed in that deal was one of like a dozen that are poised to jump to the NHL...the team has its big guys signed and will have to make some tough cap choices...but sweet Jesus, they have built what I'd call the NHL's most impressive farm system...and that wasn't by happenstance. The guys the Hawks are drafting are players they see fitting a mold in the organization...and they're guys who are already succeeding in juniors, in tournaments or in the NCAA...Juxtapose that model against the crazy Edmonton Oilers, who after years and years of poor goaltending STILL don't have a viable prospect for net and have basically built their franchise based almost solely on their draft position...I don't need to even look at the players they've drafted to say the Oilers could have had one hell of a team if their scouts had a clue...but like a lot of small market teams, they hope their draft position will one day render them a group of generational players that will lead them to the cup...well it'll be 10 years since the Oil made the playoffs next season and barring some sort of magnificent trade during the off-season, they'll continue on their downward spiral...and that's even with a guy like EICHEL or Dylan STROME...Some small market teams are getting the picture...the Blue Jackets are a great example of one who tried to lose their way into a good team...what JD has done with that franchise is nothing short of incredible...the reset that basically started with the NASH deal has turned that franchise into a strong contender if it can ever stay healthy...but again, we have a team that has drafted smart and made moves to grab players of a certain mold when they come available, as opposed to just hoping and praying the draft brings them the next big thing.

tdchi


Wed Apr 15 2015 7:19 am EST

jnyr - there were over 500 minutes in penalties called in that game...there were only 8 players for each team on the bench for the 3rd period...and the Rangers did not play the Flyers in the preseason again for a good number of years after that.

RF73


Wed Apr 15 2015 6:10 am EST

MF- Thats basically 0.5 PPG for Yandle. Since Leetch scored 36 pts in 57 games in 04', no Ranger D has substainsially scored more than 0.5 PPG. It does take some time for a D to learn a new team, and especially a PMD. Our PP has also continued to be a mess, and even if Yandle has been a part of the PP unit for sure I am not putting that problem on him before he gets more time there. So I think Yandle has played really really well for us to be honest. Many NYR fans are completely allergic against give aways. But when the game is about possession and momentum like it is today, you gotta take risks with the puck. Yandle is doing that as he should.

Ola


Wed Apr 15 2015 5:32 am EST

in 94 we played 7 game series against the Devils and Nucks......and the reason we had gas in the tank is because it took us 9 games to beat the Islanders and Caps. In 2012 and 2014 it took us 28 games to beat Ottawa, Caps, Flyers, and Pens. We need to make a statement, and be all over Pitt early.......use hom eice to your advantage and win these next two right out of the box.....

jnyr


Wed Apr 15 2015 5:27 am EST

Another Chadwick classic.........the Rangers were playing the Flyers preseason in the late 70's.....when a full fledged benches empty brawl erupted..... (Rangers - Flyers brawl in preseason - go figure) Chadwick turns to Jim Gordon and says.......'Jim, this sets hockey back 50 years"..........at this time....Nick Fotiu lands an overhead right.......and Chadwick erupts with......."NICKY HIT HIM WITH A DOO-SEY'......I laughed for 20 minutes

jnyr


Wed Apr 15 2015 5:18 am EST

This is for the Old Timers.....My favorite Bill "The Big Whistle" Chadwick story........The Rangers in late 70's used to practice at a rink in New Hyde Park called Skateland. Bill was part owner at the time. Me and my friends rented it out on a Sunday morning from 2:00AM to 4:00AM.....the Rangers had a road game Saturday night on Channel 9 that was announced by Jim Gordon AND Bill Chadwick. We all watched the game then went to the rink.......about 3:30AM who walks in but Bill Chadwick......he did the roadgame then came straight to from the airport to pick up the money......we had to stop our game we were laughing so hard

jnyr


Wed Apr 15 2015 4:43 am EST

EAST: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=53&id=807767&lang=en&navid=nhl:topheads....

RF73


Wed Apr 15 2015 12:05 am EST

Patrick Kane is slated to be back for game one of the playoffs & on NHL.com it states that Antoine Vermette may sit.. In 19 games with Chicago Antoine registered a whopping 0 goals & 3 assists..... Glad we got the Talmudic Student Yankle. In 21 games with the Rangers Yankle has 2 goals (both GWG's) & 9 helpers.... Not too shabby at all......... http://forecaster.thehockeynews.com/hockeynews/hockey/player.php?4859

mf


Tue Apr 14 2015 11:56 pm EST

"So which is the real driving factor?" Well, the late night crew of the RFC has an easy listening spin to the question..... http://drlrcs.com/i/Yv0hEJyy4cJo/Jefferson%20Starship/Cruisin%27

mf


Tue Apr 14 2015 9:31 pm EST

Nick: So which is the real driving factor? The cap or Sather's final realization that small market or big market, if you don't build via drafting and developing, your chances of success are drastically reduced? My answer is the cap.

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 8:12 pm EST

Agree with LB on the NYR. I dislike his dislike of the cap, though. All I can see there is the 1998-2005 Rangers, and the kind of teams we've had since. And I like it when teams have to basically compete on level financial ice, more or less. I wish baseball had a cap.

Nick


Tue Apr 14 2015 7:43 pm EST

Kevin Klein not on ice at practice today. Doesn't seem he will be ready early in this series.

puckyou


Tue Apr 14 2015 7:04 pm EST

Why the Rangers stand out as Stanley Cup favorites By Larry BrooksApril 14, 2015 | 3:23pm ................There is no consensus favorite, no singular Team to Beat casting its shadow over the Stanley Cup tournament that begins on Wednesday. The league thinks that’s great. The league always thinks enforced equivalence is great. Common sense says that super teams like the NCAA Kentucky Wildcats (well), powerful marquee teams like the NFL New England Patriots and whatever NBA team for which LeBron James suits up create interest and draw eyeballs to the sport. We’re never returning to the days of dynasties in the NHL, never going back to a future of dominant teams. Those days ended with the implementation of the most restrictive salary cap in pro sports that is structured to penalize success. The Penguins and Red Wings, perhaps dangerous as opponents because of their pedigrees, are far removed from the glory days of 2008 and 2009 when they faced one another in consecutive finals. The Blackhawks, Cup winners in 2010 and 2013, appear formidable but they never this year quite attained the elite status they’d previously worn like a laundry tag throughout the decade. But there are the Rangers, who were unambiguously the NHL’s best team over the final four months of the season after going to Game 5 of last year’s finals. You know, down the stretch, the Rangers played road games against the Senators, the Jets and the Wild, each of whom at the time was the NHL’s flavor of the week. And the Blueshirts went into Ottawa and smoked the Senators, hanging the lone regulation defeat of the year on Andrew Hammond (20-1-2). The Blueshirts went into Winnipeg and withstood a blitz to beat the Jets, and then two days later they beat the Wild in Minnesota. The league’s hottest teams all doused by the reality of the Rangers. It wasn’t just the last four months for the Rangers and it hasn’t been just since last year’s playoffs, either. Over the previous three years, only the twice-crowned Kings (10) won more playoff series than the Rangers (six) and only the once-champion Blackhawks won as many. So there is a strong foundation here for the Rangers, who have had the league’s best record (80-35-11) since Christmas 2013, about three months into Alain Vigneault’s reign behind the bench. The Rangers will skate with anybody and create with anybody. If up-tempo weren’t a part of the lexicon, Vigneault would have invented it. It’s all about pace and it’s all about making plays for the Rangers, whose middling Corsi numbers do not necessarily reflect the club’s puck possession time because so many of their possessions end without shot attempts but instead with the one extra (and the one too many) pass. It’s all about that, it’s all about speed, and it’s all about speed both ways so that the defense can count on help from the forwards in maintaining a gap and outnumbering opponents all over the defensive zone. The wingers don’t necessarily come down as low in the D-zone as they did under the previous regime, but there’s been no decrease at all as far as their responsibility without the puck. The Rangers’ top nine up front appears deeper than a year ago. Much of that depth is owed to the rapid acceleration of rookie center Kevin Hayes — the bonus, baby — whom the team signed this summer after the former Chicago first-rounder eschewed the Blackhawks. Rick Nash is entering the playoffs with a clear mind off a career year. The Nash-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello unit is primed. There are size and strength in both Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller flanking Derek Stepan. Marty St. Louis, who has meshed well with Hayes and Carl Hagelin, is fresh entering his final two months as a 30-something. If Kevin Klein misses significant time in the first round, the Rangers’ matchup strength on the back end becomes compromised. More will be needed on the defensive side of the puck from Dan Boyle while partnering with Marc Staal, who is coming off his best season. Dan Girardi seems stronger entering the tournament than he did a year ago. Vigneault will be careful with the way he matches his third pair of Keith Yandle and Dan Boyle, but there aren’t many teams that have weapons like that on a third pair. Yandle has been outstanding the last couple of weeks. And while there are still those Boyle shifts in the defensive shifts for which you want to cover your eyes, there haven’t been as many the last two or three weeks. And of course there is Henrik Lundqvist, who essentially willed himself back to the top of his game after just two weeks following his prolonged absence. The King’s work last year, and particularly in the third periods of the Game 7, 2-1 victory in Pittsburgh to take Round 2 and of the Game 6, 1-0 victory over Montreal to take the Eastern finals, was worthy of his elite status within the league. Yes, there’s a question whether the Rangers can withstand a protracted, heavy and aggressive forecheck, but that can be asked of any team. There is skepticism about the fourth line. The faceoff issue is real. But every team in this tournament has its own frailties. The Blueshirts are a confident team, driven as they have been since reporting to camp in September by the need to right last June’s wrong. They led the NHL in points, in victories, in ROWs (regulation and overtime wins), in victories on the road. They were third in both goals-per and goals against-per. They led the NHL in goal-differential and in five-on-five ratio. And so while there may not be a marquee superpower as a consensus Stanley Cup favorite, there are the Rangers.

mf


Tue Apr 14 2015 6:29 pm EST

Playoff practice on msg

stevielegs


Tue Apr 14 2015 5:52 pm EST

Well I can officially resume my mantra from the regular season for games on NBC. Please oh please let a stray puck catch PMG in the chops rendering him incapable of speaking! Or, otherwise, John Gianonne, do us all a solid and throw an elbow already :)

LeoS


Tue Apr 14 2015 4:43 pm EST

Yep ... then Pierre can regale us with all his background on the Isles or Caps in Round Two.

Nick


Tue Apr 14 2015 4:18 pm EST

Nick pierre pepe le pew mcgwhyher is doing the nyr and the fishstinks?

stevielegs


Tue Apr 14 2015 4:12 pm EST

giacomin - Cool story....I watched an interview of TGO about a month ago ..and he predicted the Rangers in the Cup finals!.....Unfortunatlely, against the Kings! Might have been his heart speaking..

Hospo


Tue Apr 14 2015 4:04 pm EST

Long time follower, infrequent poster but had a great experience meeting wayne Gretzky last week at the Masters. Got to talk to him for almost an hour about Dustin johnson, hockey, and the military. Says he is not really a fan of any 1 team anymore but feels the Rangers should do it. However , in his opinion there is a lot more parity now in the league which puts a lot of pressure on teams that had a great regular season. One thing he made a point of saying which I didn't even ask! He thinks a. Ovechkin is the best player in the game by far. Anyway, for a 80's blue seater it was great to meet him.

giacomin


Tue Apr 14 2015 4:02 pm EST

He's killer. I don't doubt he knows a lot of stuff but he sure can be annoying. I'm looking forward to the 'second season' ... the opening rounds are two weeks of wall-to-wall top level hockey. Us having a shot makes it even better, if more nerve-wracking.

Nick


Tue Apr 14 2015 3:58 pm EST

Nick - Good stuff my friend! THe question is do we also get Eddie O so Pierre can ask those probing, insightful questions, right Eddie? If it's a penalty against Girardi, that means the Rangers are down a man, right Eddie?

Hospo


Tue Apr 14 2015 3:46 pm EST

I'm wondering how many times Pierre will reference how much the Pens miss "Kristopher" Letang and how his pee-wee coach in Cowchip, Alberta still keeps in touch with his junior assistant trainer at Holy-Mother-of-Eternal-Humiliation Academy in Moose Factory, Ont.

Nick


Tue Apr 14 2015 3:44 pm EST

I think USA is part of the Comcast-NBC axis of evil. More dough for Ed Snider.

Nick


Tue Apr 14 2015 3:38 pm EST

Holy crap, I just noticed that the USA Network was carrying the NHL POs this year...How did that happen?....The last time I remember covering hockey was in 84 when I was living in Tallahasse watching Ken Morrow score the OT goal in the FIFTH and deciding game,...Back to the present, Kinda glad about EMERICK and Maguire, it will keep my hatred for the Pens, Malkin and Crosby at high levels.....

Hospo


Tue Apr 14 2015 3:34 pm EST

RF4L: Staal info: http://espn.go.com/new-york/nhl/story/_/id/12690140/kevin-klein-new-york-rangers-likely-game-1-vs-pittsburgh-penguins So don't forget to send some Canadian beer south!

Jerry_Garcia


Tue Apr 14 2015 3:27 pm EST

The entire Ranger/Pen series is being broadcast here in Canada and from what I can see it's with an all Canadian broadcast crew. At least the first 3 games are (on CBC). Woohoo!

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 3:10 pm EST

I like Dave Strader best. Also don't see CBC's Chris Cuthbert on there; I like him also. Maybe he's with one of those other Canadian nets and is getting stiffed.

Nick


Tue Apr 14 2015 3:09 pm EST

Hey just noticed everyone's fave Michelletti is far far away.

Nick


Tue Apr 14 2015 3:08 pm EST

Announcers announced. Oh boy. We get stuck with Emrick and Pierre to fluff the Penguins. It is reported: NBC announced some of the early-round broadcast assignments for the Stanley Cup playoffs (some of the broadcasters are from the CBC). They include: Capitals-Islanders: Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (analyst). Senators-Canadiens: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Mike Johnson, Glenn Healy and David Amber (analysts). Blackhawks-Predators: Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst). Flames-Canucks: Jim Hughson (play-by play), Craig Simpson and Scott Oake (analysts). Penguins-Rangers: Mike Emrick (play-by-play) and McGuire. Red Wings-Lightning: John Forslund (play-by-play) and Andy Brickley (analyst). Wild-Blues: Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst). Jets-Ducks: Dave Randorf (play-by-play), Garry Galley and Cassie Campbell-Pascall (analysts)

Nick


Tue Apr 14 2015 2:39 pm EST

Jerry: Whew. I assume KK is still a no-go. I am a tad concerned he won't be back until the POs are well underway.

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 2:29 pm EST

RF4L: C. Stang reported that Staal did practive today!

Jerry_Garcia


Tue Apr 14 2015 1:56 pm EST

Did Staal practice today???

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 1:55 pm EST

I'm no optimist by nature and certainly as a Rangers fan since 1965, even less of one when it comes to hockey. But I just can't see Pitt winning this one, or even taking it past six. People sometimes say injuries are no excuse; maybe, but they can be a reason. And without three D-men including an excellent puck-mover in Letang, Pitt is crippled back there. It's certainly true that an on-fire goalie can steal a series; see Halak, 2010, twice. I mean Pitt and the Caps that year were loaded with offense. But Fleury? Again I don't see it. And while I've never been as huge a Hank fan as others -- not until he gets his name on the Cup -- I'm pretty comfortable with the matchup and the ones hopefully to follow, at least until Price.

Nick


Tue Apr 14 2015 1:52 pm EST

Coach Alain Vigneault said in order for Klein to play on Thursday, he would have to participate in Wednesday’s practice. Vigneault was then asked whether he anticipated Klein practicing on Wednesday. “No,” Vigneault said. “He’s day to day,” Vigneaualt said. “I think everyone knows a broken bone takes time to heal. We anticipated four to six (weeks). We’re in that range. He’s been skating on his own but he’s not quite ready to yet to join the team.”.... The playoff jitters are in full bloom....

stevielegs


Tue Apr 14 2015 1:46 pm EST

Again, the Pens, who don't play good D to begin with, will be short ERHOFF, MAATTA, LETANG and possibly POULIOT. And while guys like DUMOULIN and HARRINGTON are solid rookie prospects to fill in for a bit...Letang and Maatta are both out for the year. In fact, there was some talk about Letang havving to retire up until yesterday. Pens defense looks a little like this right now: Paul MARTIN, Ben LOVEJOY, Taylor CHORNEY, Ian COLE and Rob SCUDERI...There's a chance Pouliot comes back...ditto with ERHOFF...but even if they do, that's not exactly a D to instill fear in a team...Pitt also lacks much of an edge to their game....DOWNIE is about it, and he's more of a wildcard than a guy you can credit for keeping the other team honest. Pitt will need to score early and often to beat the Rangers...and the Flower will have to show something that has elluded him his whole career: Mental toughness. Outside of that, this series is Crosby and Malkin versus the President's cup winning Rangers. And this is a Penguins team that would have been eliminated from the playoffs had the season gone on for one more week.

tdchi


Tue Apr 14 2015 1:07 pm EST

VtRanger: I will admit I've only seen highlights of O'Conner's play. I am going by scouting reports and what some of the pundits are saying. I do concur his major gaffe in the FF championship is an eye opener but certainly not prepared to write him off based on a single game.

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 12:48 pm EST

SCHNEIDW: I'm not looking past the Pens but in looking at Washington I think the Rangers can handle them if the Rangers stay out of the box. If the Refs call the playoffs the way they called them last year there won't be too many PPs for either team. AO is still dangerous at even strength but not nearly as much. Just about 50% of his goals came on the PP. If the Rangers play a disciplined game and play their game the way they are capable I don't think Washington can handle them. As for the Pens, the Rangers need to swarm all over that D and bury them early in these games. I'm expecting big things from HAGS, MILLER, MZA, NASH and KREIDER in this series. Those are the guys that are at the point of attack on the forecheck for the first three lines. I'm not expecting as much from the Rangers Centers as they will have their hands full with CROSBY, MALKIN and SUTTER.

Vic


Tue Apr 14 2015 12:42 pm EST

RF4L: I really don't understand all of the excitement around Matt O'Connor. The guy is a competent college goalie who happens to play for a very good team. I watch a lot of Hockey East games (in person and on TV) and I don't see this guy playing a significant role for any NHL team (and please god, not the Rangers). He's a 23 year-old junior with good, but not great, stats among Hockey East goalies (aside from winning percentage). And, I'm sure a lot of scouts are wondering about his mental toughness after his spectacular gaffes in the Frozen Four (a horrendous mishandling of the puck leading to a 3rd period goal in the North Dakota game and then what can only be described as one of the most spectacular goalie misplays ever seen in NCAA playoff history in the third period against Providence). I truly hope Sather says "no thank you."

VtRanger


Tue Apr 14 2015 12:15 pm EST

Biggest challange againts PITS is the refs. But SPEEk KILL, Defense wins championships and the Rangers have Zuc.

Jerry_Garcia


Tue Apr 14 2015 12:13 pm EST

VIC- I am in the camp that fears the Washington Capitals.. .they are a much more disciplined team under Trotz, have both snipers and gritty players and their defense and goaltending is solid... I think the NYRs are better, but I recognize that NYRs can struggle for goals, Stepan, St Louis, Nash concern me... and Lundquivst is still rusty... so while confident in NYRs, I am still very guarded...especially since I have only witnessed 1 CUP in my 48 years.

schneidw


Tue Apr 14 2015 12:06 pm EST

Before the playoffs start I just wanted to post this final update regarding Cup probabilities (http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL.html). Right now the Rangers are the clear Cup favorites with a 21.1% chance of winning the Cup. Basically, from an odds perspective the Rangers have a 1 in 5 chance of Winning the Cup. The next best percentage is Tampa Bay at 13.1%, followed by St. Louis at 10.7% and Washington at 7.2%. Of course, that is only statistical probability. Now we actually roll the dice and find out how it all ends up......

Vic


Tue Apr 14 2015 11:38 am EST

Rangers indeed should be the prohibitive favorite to beat the Pens....the Rangers are superior in goaltending, defense and overall goal-scoring. The Penguins have 2 of the NHLs best players in Crosby and Malkin but Malkin is supposedly not 100%. Feury is avery good goalie but he's a fragile head case......but, fragile head cases can also be light-out when their head happens to get into The Zone....and that is my biggest worry each and every series that we face a good goalie. In this sport, a hot goalie can derail Cup aspirations and create upsets more than any other factor....once a golaie gets hot, not only does he keep the puck out of the net but the rest of the team becomes overcome with confidence, leading to top-end performances by forwards and defensemen. A hot goalie can create the kind of team confidence that the MSL situation did for the Rangers last year. IMO, a hot Fleury could be the only thing that could keep us from beating Pitt...that or an ice-cold Hank, which I can't see happening. Best case scenario for us throughout this upcoming run would be a HOT Hank....the confidence given to this year's squad (not to mention killing the psyche of the opposition) by a hot Hank would make us very, very hard to beat. Here's hoping....I'd like to enjoy this run instead of being tortured by it. :^)

JFC31


Tue Apr 14 2015 11:28 am EST

Trade: I'm not much for matchups in the sense of physical or dirty or whatever. The New York Rangers play in the NHL and are just as familiar with the antics of one team as they are with another. Every team has a couple of clowns that stir the straw. Granted, with the Pens they are also superstars. But the New York Rangers will come out and try to play their game, by imposing their speed, and will on the Pens and if they can like some think they will, then they have a good chance of winning. The only thing that I look at when the playoffs is coming is at, which way they are trending. Some good examples are Washington, Minnesota, and Winnipeg. Teams that are putting it altogether with momentum. Worthy of noting that they were also two teams that along with hot Ottawa and Washington to my recollection were broken by the New York Rangers. But the paradigm has shifted.

E


Tue Apr 14 2015 11:22 am EST

TD: What's good about this kid and Matt O'Connor is that their seasons' ending coincided with the NHL's regular season ending, meaning teams lost the ability to offer either player what the Rangers did with Haggerty last year, which is having them burn a year off their ELC by signing prior to the season ending (and perhaps even getting in an NHL game or 2). The contract of any amateur signed after the end of the regular season doesn't start until next fall.

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 11:19 am EST

A brief scouting report on Reilly: "Reilly is a great puck moving defenseman with good vision and a strong shot. His biggest improvements need to be on the defensive side of the game, starting with his positioning but that should come with maturity. Reilly has added 30 pounds to his once questionable frame since being drafted which has made him much more effective in his own zone. He has great instincts on when to the join the rush and excels on the power play."

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 11:18 am EST

TD: Re Reilly - interesting; I didn't know that. Here's a story on the very subject of the BJs losing him (the article refers to a Bruin goalie in the same boat - he recently signed with the Bruins however): http://frozenfutures.com/2015/03/11/jackets-might-lose-prospect-mike-reilly/

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 11:05 am EST

RF4L - Indeed...GRAVES is a very promising blueliner...the 2013 draft, despite not having any high-round picks, could turn out to be a heck of showing for the Rangers if the players they picked continue to develop as they have...TAMBELLINI, BUCHNEVICH and SKAPSKI, who is already in the NHL...not to mention the value they got for DUCLAIR...They seem like they did pretty good so far.

tdchi


Tue Apr 14 2015 10:45 am EST

Just looking at some Cup history......especially before I was born.....and I see interesting factoids.....Canadiens won the cup in 68,69, and 71. Each Cup win was with a different coach.....(what the heck was going on up there?)..........2 of those wins *68&69* were against the St. Louis Blues who were coached by Scotty Bowman. The Blues also lost in 1970 to the Bruins....which means Bowman lost 3 in a row. Then he got the job in Montreal, then Pittsburgh and finally Detroit and won 9 Stanley Cups starting in 1973.........This guy should have a wing or two at the hockey hall of fame....Holy amazeballs

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 14 2015 10:39 am EST

Something on the radar for the very near future...Columbus draft pick Mike REILLY is expected to decide whether he'll forgo his senior year at UMinnesota...his decision is expected to come after the semester ends in early March. If he does decide to turn pro, the BJs will have 30 days to sign him or he'll be able to turn UFA a la Kevin HAYES...The Jackets are really hot on this kid...apparently, they were offering him a spot on their blueline for the last 10 or so games...and with very good reason. He's NHL-caliber and has the offense teams drool over...but...when a kid is given the chance to essentially choose where he wants to go, there's a lot of motivation to not simply sign with the team who drafted you...the Jackets have six defensemen signed through next year and will almost assuredly be a playoff-bound team if they can stay healthy...Reilly would have a very good chance of being in the top six...something obviously the Rangers couldn't promise with the degree they did with Hayes...but if this kid DOES hit the open market, the Rangers have got to be in on him hard. He's JUST the type of defenseman they need.

tdchi


Tue Apr 14 2015 10:35 am EST

Pittsburgh ----> Islanders ---> Lightning ----> Winner of Blues/Minny Series...............That is the Road to the Cup

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 14 2015 10:33 am EST

Detroit , not Montreal in last post V V V V V oops

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 14 2015 10:32 am EST

The main reason that Pittsburgh is potentially the best matchup for Round 1 is because they do have 2 superstars that are dirty as shit and that alone will keep the Rangers from letting off the pedal. Plus you gotta figure that Steve Downie (and Kunitz) will be a prick just to ignite the team and provide energy so the Rangers usually respond well when the games are more rough and tumble. On the flip side, Ottawa has been rolling big, they don't have the usually pricks in the lineup like Chris Neil and some of those other hammerheads, and Montreal is a straight laced team that could play just skillful hockey and have the Rangers become complacent and non-physical.

TradeStar28


Tue Apr 14 2015 10:29 am EST

mf: Agreed and I am fully anticipating the Rangers coming out in full throttle mode. A quick goal on Fleury will do wonders in terms of keeping him off his game. Interestingly enough, there's talk that if Price hadn't had the year he did, MAF would be in the running for the Vezina, so he had a fine regular season. As I recall he was superb in the Pens cup year so he's got it in him. He's fragile mentally, however, as we all seen quite frequently. I am certain that little question mark is bouncing around in the back of his head (as it is in all his teammates' heads). A quick goal or 2 will help nourish it!!

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 10:26 am EST

RF: from listening to all the in between & aftergame interviews, you can tell that this NY Rangers team take nothing for granted.. There's a lunchpail come to work everyday mentality about this squad.... Have Faith in Thy Rangers! ;-)

mf


Tue Apr 14 2015 10:17 am EST

TD: And yes agreed that the Pens are the best match-up. However, as I stated yesterday, I sure hope the Rangers aren't approaching this as a cake-walk. Of course, AV and company will be doing their best to ensure that isn't the case, but people are people and no doubt many of the players are hearing the same stuff we all are...

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 10:08 am EST

TD: Yeah and I'm really curious to see how Ryan Graves fares. He won't be with the Pack this year because Quebec is hosting the Memorial Cup, but hopefully will show enough in camp next fall to make it (vs being demoted to the ECHL). Graves, Walcott and Skjei playing regularly for the Pack next year will be a nice thing to happen for the organization.

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 9:40 am EST

Pitt is the best matchup we could hope for.. They're wounded, and their patchwork players will need to play the series of their collective careers to get past us.. As a Ranger Fan, there are certain teams I always want us to bloody, that's not going to happen in the traditional sense.. This squad bloodies opponents with their consistently hard skating, and taking the the play to them in waves, and controlling the puck deep.. In that sense, we're gonna bloody them... All IMO snatcherally... Have Faith in Thy Rangers... :-)

mf


Tue Apr 14 2015 8:54 am EST

So out of curiosity: Does anyone think that there was a better matchup for the first round among the six other teams in the POs? Because I certainly can't find one.

tdchi


Tue Apr 14 2015 8:46 am EST

RF4L - Good deal, re: WALCOTT. Pack's D could use all the help it can get and it sounds like he'll be a great addition. Overager or not, kid has already demonstrated a hell of a lot of character going the route he did to getting drafted...I played in the ACHA during college and while it was certainly good hockey...some great high school players...to think that a guy who skated a year there could turn professional...well...that's nothing short of amazing...that is, until you see the rushes this kid was making in the Q. Seems like a very AV-style player. Let's see what happens when he laces up for the Pack. Pretty cool Hartford is going to have a lot of talent on the blue line, which is something they really haven't had in a long time.

tdchi


Tue Apr 14 2015 8:18 am EST

Agreed that the Pens will using all the stuff about the Rangers winning in cakewalk as ammunition to fire them up.

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 8:11 am EST

Although it was a different era and a different game, I remember in 1985-86 our very own NY Ranger team finishing 4th in the Patrick Division limping into the playoffs going 7-11-2 in their final 20 and knocking off the mighty Flyers (3-2 series) who finished first with 110pts then beating the strong second place Caps (4-2 series) who finished with 107 pts. So anything can happen when the playoffs start as a new season. I think about that series every year no matter where the Rangers finish which gives me hope. I am sure the Pens are not thinking they are done, they will be desperate and will not just roll over. With that being said I have a good feeling about this Rangers team they seem like a team of destiny; went through the ringer last year and gained unbelieveable playoff experience and know what they need to do to win. I don't think we have seen them play their best game yet and I am hoping we see it consistently in the playoffs. I am praying for a long run thru June and hope the ending to this story is a great one. LGR

Steve443c10


Tue Apr 14 2015 8:10 am EST

I do not underestimate the Pens, but I hope the Rangers learned their lesson last year and try to finish off series in as few games as possible to reduce the wear and tear and get extra rest between rounds...

Ranger47


Tue Apr 14 2015 8:09 am EST

York - Again...never said this would be a cakewalk. And I understand why you're superstitious...it's good to be a healthy skeptic when regarding the Rangers...but a Pittsburgh win would be an UPSET. A very big one. Tell me: Who are there top six defensemen going into the playoffs? I mean, how confident would you be if the Rangers were going into the series with Bodie, McIlrath and Conor Allen among their top six defensemen? Well, with Maatta, Erhoff, Letang and Pouliot all out...that's the position they're essentially in. Then as talented as Crosby and Malkin are, they can only be on the ice for so long. The Pens will need to score three or four goals just to stay in the game with the way their D has been lately. Easy series? No. But one if the Rangers don't win will be the Rangers fault almost entirely.

tdchi


Tue Apr 14 2015 8:05 am EST

Daniel Walcott's junior season ended last week and over the weekend he signed an ATO with the Pack. For those who don't know, he's an interesting story in that he started playing hockey later than most and didn't join his CHL team until very late - this year was only his second season and he played it as an under-ager. Quite unusual. It means, his actual playing experience, especially against reasonably strong competition, is limited. That, in turn, means (because he's apparently been impressive in the QHL) he's on strong upwards projectory. Where he'll top out obviously is impossible at this point to predict, but certainly he bears watching as a prospect. From what I can gather, the only real shortcoming in his game is his size. He's a strong skater, excellent with the puck and recognized as a leader (he was his junior team's captain). He'll be interesting to watch. Here's a story about him: http://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2014/11/29/7304759/prospect-update-daniel-walcott-proving-to-be-late-round-bargain

RF4L


Tue Apr 14 2015 7:33 am EST

Well it's Zuccarello-Mania here is Oslo. He is on the cover of the Scandinavian Airlines in-flight magazine. I will be watching Game 1 from here. The weather here is brutal for April.

Bob


Tue Apr 14 2015 6:15 am EST

Pittsburgh has enough to pull the upset. They simply have to play a very close to the vest game, counter attack and get a few breaks. Their defense is very depleted. No doubt about that. Can they play a disciplined, conservative game and try to win 2-1? Not likely but not impossible. This is their chance to redeem a lost season. Stranger things have happened, like Montreal taking out Boston last year.

Bob


Tue Apr 14 2015 5:35 am EST

HIP I'm not for rekindling losing traditions they didn't win the cup with the puzzle so I would be shocked if they brought it back.....KIS red light lol man good ol sal you're going back. Wor channel 9 where I watched all my rangers games. I remember the old days well the game is so different now.........PENS everyone here keeps talking about the down slide of the pens amd the upswing of the rangers. Teams that are on a losing skid especially a team like the pens don't stay on it. They go on a win streak and I hope it isn't now. Like I said earlier what happened during the regular season means nothing now. You have to forget that and realize the team that gets hot for this short stretch of this series will win. The better team doesn't always win, the team that played better in that stretch wins. I hope the pens get crushed but any time it's expected it rarely happens. Last year they couldn't beat a physical Philly, then it was they couldn't beat the combination of size and skill of Pitt, and same for the habs yet somehow they found ways. There is no easy series until it's over and they won said series easily with no injuries.

York18


Tue Apr 14 2015 5:04 am EST

TD two things one maybe all this talk is going to light a fire under the pens and wake them up sometimes motivation is all you need something to rally tge team. Second with all these posts god forbid tge pens win remember that tree you talked about tying yourself to? Stay on it because you are talking like this will be a mail in series they took the rangers to seven and msl rallied this team.

York18


Tue Apr 14 2015 4:56 am EST

I wonder if they will put that Stanley Cup puzzle back up on The Ranger dressing room wall again? I thought that was a cool team building, motivational tool. Fun to watch the Broadway Hat recipient add the next piece.

hipcheck


Tue Apr 14 2015 4:05 am EST

Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/penguins/2015/04/13/Seth-Rorabaugh-s-Penguins-hockey-chat-transcript-4-13-15/stories/201504130148

tdchi


Tue Apr 14 2015 4:02 am EST

I realize none of us want to piss off the hockey gods...but even Pittsburgh's own fans are pretty convinced the Rangers will off their team in five to six games...fan poll by the Post-Gazette has 66 percent saying they'll lose in five or six and another 22 percent believing they'll get swept. Read the chat dialogue below and the tenor of the discussion is prominently focused on 'what went wrong' and 'what do we do next year' questions...re: CROSBY - Sorry, but the guy has never been the type of player to lift a franchise on his shoulders and carry it. Great player, yes. Can he take over stretches of a game? Certainly...there are times when the guy is simply uncontrollable. But...and this is what I was alluding to before...those times are usually to start a game and NEVER sustained...the guy can play one hard period before he's gassed...and believe it or not, this is less a knock on Crosby than it is the trash barge of a team around him...the Pens' top six is laudable...but get much deeper than that and you have a team of retreads/minor league players...There are guys playing on the Pens top three lines/top two pairings that I'm not even sure would be dressed on the Rangers...They may have enough in the tank to squeak out a win or two...but really, when it comes to the other six the Rangers could be playing, there;'s no weaker opponent...all the other six teams can at the bare minimum ice three solid lines and two solid D pairings...and let's not mince words here either: Injuries to LETANG and the young Finn, MAATTA...even Pascual DUPUIS seriously weakened the team...Someone mentioned KUNITZ too...well here's the thing IMO: Kunitz has always been overrated. Now that he's aging and slowing down a bit, that's becoming more and more evident...so again, I understand why none of us are celebrating yet...ESPECIALLY given this franchise's track record...but when calculating the odds, the Penguins are the most favorable first-round matchup for the Rangers. For them to fail or falter in the first would be a HUGE upset on the part of Pittsburgh.

tdchi


Tue Apr 14 2015 1:53 am EST

I agree with E. No way this will be easy, nor will the Rangers make it easy. I would not be surprised if they lose Game 1. We have seen it before. Too much baggage over the years to assume anything different.

Bob


Tue Apr 14 2015 1:44 am EST

Hospo: here is the deal. I think great players elevate their games in big situations. While I don't think they have the horses to keep pace with the New York Rangers Crosby will carry the day for his team in an act of desperation and as a superstar. There is a good chance he'll elevate. To be expected. I don't think it'll be enough and I do think the New York Rangers will pull away from them. The guys at NHL Network pissed on the Pens pretty bad. Pretty much called it a mismatch. I have more respect for the Pens. They have done a lot of winning in the past 6-8 years. I like the New York Rangers in 6 but I just as well could also see the Blueshirts torpedo the Pens in a crushing beat down. It's just last season was an enjoyable ride. I felt no pressure as frankly, I didn't expect them to get there and the ride just kept on going. With plenty of drama and intrigue. This season? I'm not gonna sit back surprised. Anything less then a cup would be a travesty embedded into the psyche of any longtime New York Rangers fan. It will sting in the same manner that the early 90's run collapsed with Graves suspended and the other travesties of that series. Or 79 which will always hurt. Go big or go away. This is the calm before what is hopefully a beautiful storm.

E


Mon Apr 13 2015 10:20 pm EST

Our Rangers finished 1st in the league in GF-PG vs. GA-PG differential with a +.74 ........ The Penguinistas finished 15th in the teams that made it to the playoffs with a +.16...... Anaheim finished last with a +.08 of the teams that made the PO's...... For this regular season we scored 31 more goals than, and gave up 18 goals less than, The Penguinistas.....

mf


Mon Apr 13 2015 8:59 pm EST

Wildcard - If I'm not mistaken, the ECHL uses some sort of Division seeding rather than Conference seeding, so if Greenville was in a stacked division, that could explain why teams with less points got a playoff spot.

Dineen11


Mon Apr 13 2015 7:31 pm EST

Hip: I'll haunt flea markets until I find a transistor radio, which I'll purchase and then proceed to stomp it to smithereens right in front of the seller.

RF4L


Mon Apr 13 2015 7:22 pm EST

Don't forget that we have Tanner Glass in our locker room this year. This is the ace up the Rangers proverbial sleeve. Tanner will gladly divulge the key details on how to dismantle his former team.

TradeStar28


Mon Apr 13 2015 7:12 pm EST

If the Rangers lose this series, where would it rank in terms of historical significance as one of the biggest losses in franchise history? Top 5? Top 3?

hipcheck


Mon Apr 13 2015 5:43 pm EST

Not a New Yorker, so I no memories of 'channel 9'. Lots of memories surrounding the Rangers from that era however, and many of them of the frustrating kind. Most are related to the Bruins having their way with the Rangers. I recall Ranger players like Bruce McGregor and Pete Stemkowski, Walt Tkachuk and Dave Balon. Rod Seiling and 'The Chief' Jim Nielson. Good teams but not good enough. Those were my transistor radio throwing days! LOL

RF4L


Mon Apr 13 2015 4:51 pm EST

My friend from Pittsburgh is a big Pens fan and sent me a text congratulating me on the 1st round win. I replied that reverse jinxes would not work and he said it wasn't a reverse jinx. He doesn't think the Pens have a shot. Fans can be overly optimistic all they want, I trust the players to be level-headed and determined. This just feels like our year. The only team that scares me is Tampa, but we haven't played them in so long who knows how they match-up now.

pete


Mon Apr 13 2015 4:14 pm EST

Pen's D is atrocius...Can't handle any pressure...Still, I think Crosby and Malkin account for at least one win...Rangers in 5-6......I think the CAPS, if they get thru the Islanders, will give the Rangers a harder time. They know it's silly to get super aggressive with the Rangers and have an idea what it takes,but just think they are too slow in transition, too loose and jumpy in their own end and just too undisciplined to beat the Rangers..The thing to look out for will be the discrepancies in the PPs, the only chance the Caps will have...But, of course, it's the Penguins and two of the better players in the NHL first...I really hope to see Malkin and Crosby frustrated beyond belief..

Hospo


Mon Apr 13 2015 4:06 pm EST

KIS: I thought the Pens were the better team last year. The Rangers only won that series because of the emotional lift that came from the team coming together around MSL after his mother died. This year the Rangers are a MUCH better team then the Pens. And it really isn't a comparison of just this season. The Pens crawled across the finish line. If there was another week in the season I doubt the Pens make it into the playoffs. They have been on a long downhill slide since the mid point of the season. The Rangers have been the opposite. They have been on a roll since the mid point of the season. If the Rangers don't end this series quickly it would be a red flag to me that the Rangers maybe aren't good enough to go the distance.

Vic


Mon Apr 13 2015 3:23 pm EST

Pitt is dogmeat. Five games, goodbye. Three regular D out? Zero depth up front? They have Crosby, Malkin, Sutter, Perron, Hornquist and a plumbers union. Kunitz is burnt toast. A tuneup for the Caps series.

Nick


Mon Apr 13 2015 3:22 pm EST

I'm glad I'm not the only geezer here ... not that you guys are geezers; semi, maybe. But yeah, I recall Delano and the Newark News guy ... I think his name was Mel Woody. Channel 9 games going back to 1966 ... Bobby Hull's 51st came on one of those Saturday night games. Suffering through watching Boston beat the NYR on a regular basis ... I hated them like poison.

Nick


Mon Apr 13 2015 2:14 pm EST

Boys for all of you just putting the Rangers through to the next round or the cup easily are crazy. Nothing is won on paper. The trio of Crosby, Malkin and Sutter worry me. Kuniitz can not only score but be a physical pain in the ass. The way the NHl favors those scumbags from Pittsburgh worries me and if you remember up until MSL mother passed Fleury was stealing games. I hope the Rangers win And they should but as they say" That is why they play the game"

KIS


Mon Apr 13 2015 2:05 pm EST

VIC: I was kind of surprised to see Hayes was the leading scorer after the break. I mean, I knew he was doing well, and had improved, but never would have thought that he was the leader in what amounts to the second half of the season.

Wildcard


Mon Apr 13 2015 1:49 pm EST

Also, I was real happy to hear that the Rangers leading scorer since the All Star Break was HAYES (29 points in 38 games). And, most of those points came over the second half of those games down the stretch when the playoff intensity was picking up. I'm eager to see how he plays in the playoffs. He has the potential to be a real difference maker for the Rangers. AV needs to keep him on the PP!!!

Vic


Mon Apr 13 2015 1:40 pm EST

I've been surprised by how many people are picking the Caps to beat the Rangers in round two. One guy (forget his name) on the NHL network was predicting the Rangers would beat the Pens but that every game would be close and that there would be no blowouts. I'm sorry but I just don't see that. The Pens are trending down badly aren't half the team they were at this time last year. If this series goes beyond 5 games I will be very surprised. The Pens may have two of the top 5 players in the world but one is hurt and the their injury and depth issues this year are monumental. The Rangers have so much more talent and speed distributed through the lineup. And that doesn't even count the huge difference between the D corps of these two teams. If the Rangers lose in the first round it would be a monumental upset. The Rangers are just so much better then the Pens this year. As for the Caps, I'm not impressed. It is a good team but I don't see them as being better then the Rangers. They could win in a series against the Rangers but again, it would be an upset.

Vic


Mon Apr 13 2015 1:30 pm EST

Hated hound dog and the count who would stand at the blue line with his stick high in the air waiting for the puck

KIS


Mon Apr 13 2015 1:02 pm EST

KIS - Congrats on your son..good school..My youngest graduates in 4 weeks..Damn, now that's old!

Hospo


Mon Apr 13 2015 12:57 pm EST

KIS - yeah, an old bastard I am! Screaming knees and back after a day of yard work tells me that!..I remember all days..Spoon Murdoch, what a waste of talent...The day they traded Giacominn...and the day he came back...Wow!...I kept all the News paper articles,.And those games on WOR were just so special.......And just for a PENGUIN connection....I rmember the Big WHistle always raving about Syl Apps Jr. and their goon, Bob "Battleship" Kelly..who I liked much more than that scumbag Bob "Hound DOg" Kelly of the freaking FLyers.

Hospo


Mon Apr 13 2015 12:50 pm EST

He is my son. My son decided to go to BU

KIS


Mon Apr 13 2015 12:48 pm EST

Wild, I guess I dated myself as well.

KIS


Mon Apr 13 2015 12:48 pm EST

Well ow I have a c