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Fri May 29 2015 3:57 am EST

RF4L- Yeah, I've seen some of Graves too and I like him. I mean, he doesn't have the quality like Marc Staal had at the same age. It shows in how he handles the puck, how he passes it, a bit in his skating etc. There is a difference here between the top prospects that has more natrual talent and the guys a little behind them. But Graves at 6'4 is just a very sound "hockey player". He can clear the crease and fight. He hits hard. He is definitely not a "stay at home D", but much more of a 2-way guy. Absolutely no comparision in terms of overall talent, but think like more Rob Blake in terms of style. AND, he has an absolute -- HAMMER -- of a shot. Clocked at over 100+ mph at the all-star game in the QMJHL. And he can use fairly well. You know, speed could be an issue for him, but in terms of pure skating but also in terms of decision making etc, when he makes it to the pro-game. But I like him as a prospect,he has a shot for sure.

Ola


Thu May 28 2015 10:12 pm EST

Ryan Graves leading all d-men in scoring at the Memorial Cup with 2 goals and 5 points in 4 games. Watched about 10 minutes of his game tonight - he's definitely big and very good with the stick (a little like Staal with his reach). Some nice breakout passes from his own end. Whether or not he's the real deal I cannot say after only a short time of watching him - but he didn't disappoint.

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 9:54 pm EST

http://nypost.com/2015/05/28/the-beauty-and-agony-of-game-7-89-years-of-ny-history/

mf


Thu May 28 2015 9:53 pm EST

http://www.si.com/nhl/2015/05/28/new-york-rangers-tampa-bay-lightning-eastern-finals-game-7-preview

mf


Thu May 28 2015 9:45 pm EST

I also like the Wall's posting style. No hijacking threads because you can post to whomever whenever.

LeoS


Thu May 28 2015 9:31 pm EST

Those ipswich clams though!

TradeStar28


Thu May 28 2015 9:21 pm EST

and Bigelow's for lunch? 22 hours until kick-off..... We're going to win, LGR's

mf


Thu May 28 2015 9:10 pm EST

mf......are you gonna hit up Passetti's for some breakfast?

TradeStar28


Thu May 28 2015 8:48 pm EST

Ice-Hole: less than 24 hours until game 7 of the ECF's, probably your first post by that moniker and that's what you have to contribute... It's obvious you've spent some time reading here, don't like the format why not go and create your own? Hope not to see you here again.....

mf


Thu May 28 2015 8:29 pm EST

icebergslim......i asked that exact same question when i found this place 7 years ago.....and i didn't understand until u start posting in an endless stream and it just feels right.......like you are having a conversation........when u go to threads, it is boring

TradeStar28


Thu May 28 2015 7:55 pm EST

Rabid..... is that you ?

stepunmytoe


Thu May 28 2015 7:35 pm EST

Ice do you mean the actual structure of the posts, similar to Blueshirt United posts, with responses directly under the initial post,and the ability to agree (like) without posting?

WIOSA


Thu May 28 2015 7:33 pm EST

Iceberg,,,huh? 'splain please

WIOSA


Thu May 28 2015 7:21 pm EST

Why cant this "wall" / "message Board" move into the future and grow up into a normal commenting thread structure????

icebergslim


Thu May 28 2015 7:19 pm EST

24 hours and counting

mf


Thu May 28 2015 5:49 pm EST

Re: the Hawks. There is some credit due, because I don't think many fans in Chicago or of hockey period would have advocated trading BYFUGLIEN, LADD, VERSTEEG and NIEMI within less than a month of lifting the cup...but part of that clusterf@ck the Hawks faced was their own doing because they waited until the last minute to tender qualifying offers to a bunch of guys...screwed up the offers and were basically over a barrel to either sign them ASAP or lose them to free agency...so I'm not so sure how many of those moves were forced on the front office by Dale Tallon's error...and ironically, the only move that netted Chicago anything of value was the Byfuglien deal, which (non sequitor warning) landed them the first round pick the Thrashers got from Jersey in the KOVALCHUK deal, which they then used to draft Kevin HAYES...but I digress...the Hawks' success has been predicated by superior drafting. Not sure who is advising them at the draft table, but they've had INCREDIBLE success finding absolute gems, both in the mid- to late first rounds and in all the rounds period...and that drafting success will allow them to keep their top two players for life without having to surround them with garbage a la Pittsburgh..oddly enough...if you go back through the drafts and see who the Hawks drafted with what picks...almost all of their prospects were taken with the organization's own picks. Very few of the picks they acquired from other teams have panned out for them. Nothing scientific about that, just an interesting side note.

tdchi


Thu May 28 2015 4:57 pm EST

RF4L - That really is my point: Enjoy this time. Let's think about what lies ahead THIS week and early next month, not the 'what ifs' of the cap. Half the teams in the NHL are going to be hard against the cap...I don't think the Rangers situation is any worse or different than most of them...And as you and mf have mentioned Chicago...there are some who are in MUCH worse shape...Hell, Tampa is at $70 million AND they have STAMKOS one year away from unrestricted free agency...I'd say that's a little scarier than where the Rangers are...fact is, the Rangers have the bulk of their core signed for the next three to four years...goalie, defense, most of their forwards. Will they have to make some tough decisions? Maybe. Maybe not. I don't think though for one minute that the Rangers are going to be in a spot where they'll be moving someone like STAAL or STEPAN simply because of the cap...the best part about the Rangers is that Sather has been VERY savvy with his spending...he's gotten guys to take longer deals so he's got a balanced team that will be together for at least the next three years...the Rangers won't have a situation like in Pittsburgh where they're forced to play a team of has-beens and minor leaguers simply because they have an uber-top heavy lineup...but for me, I don't give a toss. I'm psyched where they are now and hoping to get another three weeks of good Ranger hockey before putting the NHL to bed for the summer.

tdchi


Thu May 28 2015 4:57 pm EST

Mf- If Boyle hangs em up we are truely screwed because he is on a so called +35 contract meaning that he is on the books no matter what...

Ola


Thu May 28 2015 4:52 pm EST

Great post RF4L

Ola


Thu May 28 2015 3:24 pm EST

mf: Yep Chicago's pending cap crunch will be worse. Chicago has won 2 cups in the past 4 years. I'll gladly take that cap pain in NY if they can soon make the same boost. Actually, just one - next month - will be fine, too!! Remember, Chicago had a similar cap crunch 4 years ago. After they won their first cup. The GM made some tough but needed decisions and brought back prospects and draft picks. 2 years later they won again! Someone over there knows what the hell he's doing - it will be interesting to see who goes this summer, for what and how the Hawks manage. Probably just fine...

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 3:20 pm EST

http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/28/these-four-years-are-a-golden-era-of-rangers-hockey/#sthash.8xVjemoe.dpbs

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 3:20 pm EST

Carp has a good article on the Rangers recent run (last 4 years) and his overall point is valid: This has been, for this organization, an unprecedented run of success. It should be appreciated and I think most, if not all, of us do. It can sometimes get lost in the heat of the moment, which is understandable - we are passionate and loyal but cannot help being, at least to a certain extent (it probably varies from person to person in terms of its severity) scarred by the team's history. The emotional nature of being a Ranger fan over the decades. So many lows and so few highs. The players and management haven't been with the team long enough to truly understand that scarring. You gotta live it to truly comprehend it. So yeah, what an achievement this has been, even if a cup isn't captured and the team goes into the gutter in a couple of years! Kudos to all involved and yeah, even Glen Sather...

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 3:13 pm EST

Next years Cap: We have contracts signed that add up to $58,600,000..... In my guess-timation, Stepan & Hagelin will eat up $9mill on the low end and $10mill on the high end... UNSIGNED: MSL, JT Miller, Jesper Fast, Sheppard, Lindberg, Hunwick, McIlrath....... My current train of thought is that Both MSL & Boyle will want to hang them up after "The Ranger's Win The Cup" this season :->) , however, will Dan Boyle walk away from $4.5 million? (I wouldn't) ..... If we can move Boyle and his $4.5 mill, we can fill in the roster and continue the youth movement already in place.. Perhaps let MSL sign elsewhere if he wishes to continue, the roster spot may be way more important to this team..... I'm hopeful that McIlrath can step up to play full time on the 3rd pairing, otherwise if he stays, he’s taking the baby step to the 7th defenseman spot. (I too don’t want to lose Hunwick, but sh_t happens) Kevin Klein's ability and his cap friendly contract makes him a keeper…. We then have to sign JT Miller, Fast, Sheppard, perhaps Lindberg if we don’t trade him (sorry Rabbit) in a package with someone like Talbot….. Lot’s of if’s & possibilities… Hopefully, we won’t have more than 3-4 turnovers to the roster for next season…….. AND, if you think we’re in a pinch Cap-wise, take a look at Chicago…..

mf


Thu May 28 2015 2:38 pm EST

TD: I'm not gonna take offense to you calling it 'dooming and glooming' and 'pointless' because you do tend to be quite dramatic in many of your posts so I kinda expect such a reaction if/when you disagree. I will say this, however: Maybe it's pointless to you, but not to those of us discussing it. Obviously!

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 2:33 pm EST

Glad to see I'm not the only one on my side of the retaliation fence! Whew!

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 2:31 pm EST

td: IMHO Hunwick did well enough this year that some team with a bad D will give him a real shot at a top 4 spot. If he is that good or not isn't the question, but he will be at least a regular in a top 6 for a poorer team....if playing more is his goal than he can't expect to be on a cup contender, so more than the Rangers not wanting him, I think it will be him wanting other opportunities.

Wildcard


Thu May 28 2015 2:27 pm EST

Refs screwed everything up by missing the obvious call... They created the situation for retaliation. STAMKOS has also been "running-around" like an idiot, charging' everyone he sees. He got what was coming. Plus, Rangers are averaging 1 to 2 quality scoring chances every single time they are on the PK. Who's to say we don't tally a shortie' right there. lol!! ;-)

hipcheck


Thu May 28 2015 2:20 pm EST

mf - I think the only way to get out from BOYLE'S contract is to trade him. Over-35 contract...At this point, I don't think Boyle is going anywhere despite what some of us might hope...were I to call it, the only D I see with a new address next season is HUNWICK...which is a shame, because I kind of like him.

tdchi


Thu May 28 2015 2:17 pm EST

LeoS/KIS - totally agree with both of you.

tdchi


Thu May 28 2015 2:16 pm EST

Ola - All I've heard is the cap will be between $71 million and $73 million. Regardless, the numbers you throw out are almost wholly speculative at this poin. No idea what kind of deal STEP signs...no idea what HAYES' bonuses will be...no idea what the cap will be...no idea period. The dooming and glooming about what will happen next month is just kind of pointless right now...just as pointless as speculating who will be traded for what...but at least THAT is a little interesting. Juggling speculative cap numbers? Boring. Even Larry Brooks isn't talking about this now.

tdchi


Thu May 28 2015 2:04 pm EST

I don't recall but did anyone lay a hand on Brown (I think) when he plowed over Lundqvist in the 2nd? Was that cowardly? How killed would Kreider be by fans/media if, as Wild suggested, that PP ignited a TB comeback win? Again, I think AV has no problem sticking up for your team so long as you do it smart.

LeoS


Thu May 28 2015 2:02 pm EST

RF4L - I just don't see how you can say that...Look, NO coach is going to say, 'yeah I told my guys to go out in retaliate' and NO coach is going to say 'yeah, I told my guys to NOT go out and retaliate.' If they did, then they're not very smart...you perceive this and that's fine. It's a free country. But IMO, this bit on how a coach 'neuters' a player or a team is nonsense. I could see AV telling his guys to not take a stupid penalty...but to soften their game? Hell no. And if that is what he is telling them, then they're really not listening to him all that much...let me ask you this: Would you say the same thing about John Tortorella? Probably not. And yet he was the Ranger coach who watched CARCILLO throw down with GABORIK...another classic moment when the Wall here flared up and said the Rangers refuse to retaliate...and really with this BOGOSIAN hit...man, get some new material! NASH was crowding the crease...when you do that as a forward, what do you think is going to happen? These guys are playing a game that moves at lightning speed...and just because you or I don't see it on the screen, doesn't mean stuff isn't happening there...I mean, HAYES' jabbing JOHNSON in the ribs...perfect example of a subtle play that no one even realized until the NBC guys started pouring back over the footage a period later and after Johnson was jawing...and man, I don't know if you've been watching KREIDER or not, but that guy is flat-out nasty. Retaliatory? I don't know...but every shift I see him doing something dirty. So I really don't know what you're getting at here other than to say AV should have supported his man for taking a very undisciplined penalty in an elimination game.

tdchi


Thu May 28 2015 1:48 pm EST

not a big fan of BS after or away from the play. I liked the hard hit Kreider gave him when Stamkos tried to run him. I'm sure there are many ways to nail somebody during the play. Especially guys who have played a good level of hockey.

KIS


Thu May 28 2015 1:45 pm EST

MelvilleFred - My point exactly. Wreck the guy, fine. The extra hit was just calling for a penalty especially seeing as though the initial hit had everyone in the arena keyed in on KREIDER.

tdchi


Thu May 28 2015 1:41 pm EST

Loved Kreider laying out Stamkos.....but he didn't need the x check for the deuce.

MelvilleFred


Thu May 28 2015 1:24 pm EST

Wild- You are right on Brass contract, srry time flies lol. I thought he resigned just before Zucc, when I googled I saw that it was last summer...

Ola


Thu May 28 2015 1:10 pm EST

HipCheck: Right On! Kid K great response to the Stamkos hit from behind. Guarantee MC thanked Kid K after the payback. Also guarantee Tampon don't do that tomorrow.

Jerry_Garcia


Thu May 28 2015 1:09 pm EST

It they had turned the other cheek there, it would have been cowardly in my opinion. It would have been turning their back on MCDONAGH. Goal doesn't change, it is ultimately about winning the Cup. They needed to stick together as a team (on the road) in that spot. It should have been even up calls right there anyway. Pathetic that it didn't offset.

hipcheck


Thu May 28 2015 1:07 pm EST

Ola - I don't think BOURQUE or SUMMERS would have made any difference. Manchester scratched their second leading PO scorer last night (MERSCH) and we still were no closer to beating them. They are just stacked. I am happy for the Manchester fans that they are getting one final Cup run beforw they lose their team to the west coast, but I just wish the Pack put up a little more fight. It was little stuff that did them in. One example was last night... CONNOR ALLEN was battling along the boards with one of the Monarchs. As the play moved up the ice, ALLEN was tied up with him and gave him two punches to the back of the head. I turned to my buddy and commented how stupid that was when the game was 2-1 and they were still in it and how lucky he was he didn't get called for the rough. Well wouldn't you know, they skate down the ice and they are still yapping at each other... same thing happns. The guy goes down and ALLEN nails him again with a couple more punches. Ref sees it, puts his hand up for the penalty call, and Manchester ends up scoring with the extra attacker before ALLEN even makes it to the box. How stupid can you be to pull that crap when the game is in reach still? Manchester is a team that capitalizes on that stuff so I have no idea what ALLEN was thinking.

Dineen11


Thu May 28 2015 1:06 pm EST

HIPCHECK-I agree about the response. It is so rare that our team does that. I loved it. I also noticed there was no more of that garbage from Stamkos for the rest of the game.

Bob


Thu May 28 2015 1:04 pm EST

KID K' only got 2 minutes. Talk about getting your money's worth, Wow!!! STAMKOS is still feeling that one by his upper back and neck, that's for damn sure. ... and then, the cherry-on-top. STEP' totally dominates him, in the guys own building. What did he land, 5-6 solid cross-checks, & then slammed him into the boards with authority? Talk about a tone setter & imposing their will, f#ck'n Awesome!!!!!

hipcheck


Thu May 28 2015 1:02 pm EST

hip: The cup is the goal...you just said that there are things higher on the priority list....

Wildcard


Thu May 28 2015 12:49 pm EST

WILD, -- Yes, I'm for' the hit' regardless. It's in a huge game, season on the line, against our 1st year Captain, on the road, with a 2 goal lead. The instant retaliation was mandatory in my book. The fact that it was so violent and vicious only makes it that more sweet.

hipcheck


Thu May 28 2015 12:45 pm EST

The nyr cannot afford to gamble on taking a possible penalty like kid k did . Especially in game 6 must win and tomorrow game 7.

stevielegs


Thu May 28 2015 12:26 pm EST

We will have our answer on the Stamkos retaliation at about 10:45 pm tomorow because I will say this...If Stamkos does nothing and the Lighting lose the Kreider crosscheck to his back was fantastic and reminded me of somthing Messier would have done.

shonuff


Thu May 28 2015 12:22 pm EST

RF4L - imo, with AV it's not so much "turn the other cheek" as " there's a time and a place". Had Kreider or Stepan waited til Stamkos got up and challenged him to fight (not instigated, and also, Dream On, Leo), I don't think AV would care.

LeoS


Thu May 28 2015 12:14 pm EST

Ola: And your scenario has the Rangers at the top which is precarious - one of the reasons Yandle cost so much is that Sather couldn't take on his entire salary. That was foolish planning - he shouldn't position himself to make the same mistake next February. We'll see....

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 12:11 pm EST

hip: you saying the same thing if that PPG lead TBL on a run that had them win the game? Sure hope not. Its the playoffs, things are and must be different. I am not totally against what Kreider did, but thats easy to say looking back at it the way everything turned out, but if it had gone bad for the Rangers we would be talking about the draft right now.

Wildcard


Thu May 28 2015 12:05 pm EST

Haven't had a chance to read everything on the subject' here on the wall, but I rewatched the sequence with STAMKOS's hit on MCDONAGH and all that followed. I loved, Loved, LOVED the response from KREIDER & STEPAN!!! I don't give a sh#t about the penalties in that situation. Our Boys did the absolute right thing in that situation. I'd be surprised if STAMKOS isn't a little "banged-up" after that retribution. That was an awesome cross-check by KREIDER, and STEPAN physically humiliated STAMKOS with his stickwork totally overpowering him. It's so important to stick up for teammates like that. That sequence made me proud!!

hipcheck


Thu May 28 2015 11:25 am EST

mf: He is an over 35, so his cap hit counts unless he in on LTIR. The can trade him however. And for all those who say no one would want his cap hit, thats so wrong. He is showing he still can play, and for a team that has a lot of young guys or a very bad D (Hello AVS) he would be an asset. Some one would take him I am sure of it. Not for much return, but they will take it.

Wildcard


Thu May 28 2015 11:23 am EST

Also, 71.5 is about as low as the cap will be.....the Canadian dollar would have to fall about 4-5 cents per dollar, and there is little chance of that happening...at .80 cents on the Dollar (what is it now) its closer to 72.5 for a cap, at .74 it would be 71 million...so 71.5 is about as low as it will go. And with both the series going 7 games, there is more money coming as revenue so I bet 72 mil will be the cap....or close to it. Only Larry Brooks still sees the cap going down.

Wildcard


Thu May 28 2015 11:22 am EST

Anyone know if there any scenarios to get out of Boyle's contract for next season? ie: After we win the Cup this season, could he retire and we would not be responsible for his salary? or perhaps trade him

mf


Thu May 28 2015 11:21 am EST

Zucc started practice in a non-contact jersey then left as practice went into drills. No game 7 for him...

pete


Thu May 28 2015 11:13 am EST

Ola: Brass is under contract...5 mil per...there is no raise for him.

Wildcard


Thu May 28 2015 11:12 am EST

another thing with Manchester the Pack had to fight. Manchester wants badly to win the cup because after this season they are moving out west. SO they as a unit want to give their fans a great ending....there is a lot of mental motivation there, bad bad situation for the Pack to run into...basically, between the fact that the guys who would have been with the kings were against them, and the mental fight they had going on, the Pack had no way of overcoming it all.

Wildcard


Thu May 28 2015 11:05 am EST

tdchi- Nah, I think you are understating the cap problems we have. Its as simple as this, the cap is going up to 71.5m more or less max. We know that already, its been reported several times lately. Could be less but not much less, it won't be much more. THats 2.5m more to work with. Of that 2.5m to work with, Stepan is taking 3m in a raise to 6m. Puts us on minus 0.5m. Staal has a raise of 1.8m. That puts us on minus 2.3m. Hagelin on a 1 year deal that takes him to UFA still gets a raise of a mil and a half, that puts us on minus 3.8m. Brassards raise is 1.8, that puts us on minus 5.6m. Zucc's raise is minus 1m, 6.6m minus. Hayes has bonuses, will any of them carry over? IE, we have to cut 6.6m from the current roster. Talbot is history, replace him with a 800k keeper. Minus 6m. MSL makes 5.6m today, give him 1m plus bonuses of 3m (that will carry over to next year when we have to resign Hayes, Kreider and Yandle, so might not be the best idea), and we save another 4.6m, that puts us on minus 2m. Who do you cut now? How do we save another 2m? I mean, its either MSL, Klein or Hags going from my POV. Aren't any other options. Moving Glass and replacing him by a ELC isn't enough. To keep everyone, we gotta force Stepan to sign a 1 year deal at around 4.5m that takes him to UFA while running a really thight ship and getting Hags to take a extreme home town discount for one year. All the above hurts us a ton the summer after.

Ola


Thu May 28 2015 11:03 am EST

TD: No. I am not talking about 1 game this POs and a series x numbers of years ago. I'm talking about AV's philosophy when it comes to responding to overt acts of intimidation. It's turn the other cheek. Sorry if you (and others) can't see that (nor my point). I think my point is valid and I only cited that quote as an example of how AV approaches this. I've never seen such a quote from him, but at the same time, I've never heard him say anything opposite and not surprisingly, that response by Kreider and Stepan is hardly the norm with his teams. For me, it stands out because such a response is so rare to see. How ironic (or maybe not so much) that it provokes from him such a quote. How come someone (media scribe) never asked him 'how come no responded to Bogosian when he pummelled Nash to the ice with 2 clear gloved punches to the head?'. Or countless other similar acts of intimidation we've seen since AV arrived? Now that would be interesting to read/hear.

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 10:57 am EST

Wild: Wrong. Again. You really should start ignoring my posts - you seem incapable of comprehending them in your always hasty need to defend anything you PERCEIVE as negative said about the Rangers. Except, of course, MZA, which is really odd but so be it. It's a free wall!

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 10:55 am EST

Help: Anybody traveling From Virginia to NYC for the game tomorrow? I need a ride and maybe a ticket also? Thanks!

Jerry_Garcia


Thu May 28 2015 10:52 am EST

Ola - I'd of course defer to Dineen11, but from what little I saw of the series, BOURQUE and SUMMERS weren't going to turn the tide on Manchester. They were the far superior team...Jordan WEAL and this guy Brian O'NEILL were just crushing it. Team looked like an NHL squad playing a bunch of kids from Juniors...basically scoring at will. No shame though in the Pack's performance. They fought hard.

tdchi


Thu May 28 2015 10:52 am EST

But to close out my argument, my previous point was just that I have also like you noticed AV's mindset to this and I think its valid to point out what he said. I read that too and definitely took notice. But I am not sure if its bad during the POs. I saw what the Islanders did and I actually thought they played darn stupid agianst Washington. It was like they threw the series away to prove to themselves that they where tough enough to play in the POs. Wilson did the same to Boyle as he did to Vishnovsky. I mean, lets say that happens in G1. Should we have thrown our game plan out the window to hunt Mike Green? We succeed with that and all of a sudden Washington pays back on Marc Staal and it just gets worse and worse...

Ola


Thu May 28 2015 10:49 am EST

RF4L- I agree with you for sure on the intimidation part, and I am not at all sold on that it would be 100% unproblematic to not carry any kind of enforcer for example. There is a lot of stuff going on on and off the ice, and on many levels it can still has an impact. Can like Glass prevent a hit from being made? Doubtful, but at the same time impossible to say that it "never" is the case. If someone starts to run around Glass can engage that player in a fight and both players sit for a while. That would certainly take a few runs out of a game from the player that just fought Glass. And what do I know, maybe sometimes a prototypical goon don't start to run around knowing that we just we would see a standard staged fight if he did because Glass is dressed. But can he make a, I don't know, say a Jesper Fast or Chris Kreider or Dan Girardi or like whomever feel a bit more comfortable in a certain situation? You know maybe. I was about to say that the Atlantic is still the Atlantic lol, but you know we are still in the Metropolitan division. I don't have a problem with dressing a goon during the regular season at least.

Ola


Thu May 28 2015 10:42 am EST

Dineen11- I wonder how much HFD's play indirectly was affected by us still playing. If we win tomorrow 4-5 of those players will come real close to the real action. I wonder if Ryan Bourque or Summers really are the first options to play. A couple of injuries and they could play in the Stanley Cup Finals. Its probably pretty cool just to travel and be around the big team. From NYR's point of view, I think it was really important that HFD made it as deep as they did because if we keep playing and loose 3 Ds, these guys will ready to just step in unlike say Diaz was last year. We needed him in the SCF's but he had like played a total of 15 minutes the last couple of months and then had to step right into the finals. But for us, now its almost only good that these guys can heal up a bit because they are of course also banged up etc, and are ready to play the coming weeks if needed. I am not saying anyone laid an egg on purpose, but I mean it can of course still have an impact...

Ola


Thu May 28 2015 9:49 am EST

RF4L: From your posts over the years, its seems that your priorities go in this order 1-High draft picks. 2- Retaliating for dirty hits. 3- Winning the cup. Because while I was OK with what Kreider did, right away I thought, this is for the cup, he should have left it alone, worried about the win, send the punk golfing and make sure when you do you remind him he was an dirty SOB and it will be remembered next time they play. Use the regular season to make a point about how tough you are, the playoffs are about the cup. AV is right in this case, its the playoffs, its all about the cup, nothing else is more important....what Kreider did didn't hurt the team (not really even though they scored on the PP) but if they had lost that game because of that retaliation I highly doubt those crying about what AV said would be pissed about being knocked out of the playoffs.

Wildcard


Thu May 28 2015 9:25 am EST

RF4L - Here's the quote: "You've got to play through that," Vigneault said of Kreider's cross-check. "At some point, you're happy that a player protects their teammate. This time, not knowing what the guy is calling or going to call, I'm more tempted to say, 'Let's turn the other cheek and let's play.'" I don''t know what about that says this is AV's policy...he's simply saying in this situation, he would have preferred Kreider not laid the crosscheck...and like I said, it's not like Stamkos didn't get payback. He got CRUSHED. I'm sure AV didn't miss that. Soooo...I'm really not sure what you're talking about. Seems like you're taking the quote somewhat out of context and then applying it to a series from three years ago.

tdchi


Thu May 28 2015 9:19 am EST

re: the Cap - I'm not sure why we're on the subject, but I think the Rangers' salary cap issues are WAAAAY blown out of proportion here. All Buttman has said is that he expects the cap to rise 5 percent 'depending on fluctuations of the Canadian dollar.' Well, 5 percent of $69 million is $3.45 million, not $2 million...so there's a potential $1.45 million of relief...then we have no idea where STEPAN is going to fall...zilch...I think $6 million is a safe assumption...but look where BRASSARD is now...on to the RFAs...yeah, HAGELIN is going to be due a raise....but do we see FAST or MILLER getting multi-million dollar raises? I think the only three you really need to worry about leaving the Rangers next season are SHEPPARD, HUNWICK and ST. LOUIS...I have a feeling MSL will take a RECCHI-like contract next season...and then the other two will likely be replaced by LINDBERG and McILRATH respectively...I still think a lot of what happens with this team will depend on what happens this next couple weeks...and certainly tomorrow...but for all the doom-and-gloom and criticism Sather has taken over the years --some of it rightfully deserved --I think he's put together one HELL of a core...I mean, I was excited to see Miller and Fast play big roles on the team this post season...but never did I expect they'd BOTH be taking top-line roles...and KREIDER...man...very good young core here...it's funny too, because NBC was just prattling on about how much younger Tampa is and how the Rangers are aging...well, the critical players sans LUNDQVIST are all still a few years from prime...Totally agree with the article that says this is a golden era for Ranger hockey.

tdchi


Thu May 28 2015 9:05 am EST

Again, my point is being missed. Just saying that AV wants his team to turn the other cheek. I've been saying it since he got here (and before then) and that quote completely fits.

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 8:55 am EST

RF4L - I think you picked the wrong hit to scrutinize AV on this issue simply because just seconds before KREIDER'S crosscheck, STAMKOS was absolutely laid out...the Rangers got retribution in a pretty big way...what Kreider got called for was the extra crosscheck to Stamkos' back. Ref was looking RIGHT at him and basically had no choice but to call it...and yeah, in a tight elimination game where Tampa's PP is running roughshod over the Rangers? Yeah, DUMB penalty...there's a time for that sort of thing and there's a time to turn the cheek...I bet even Kreider would tell you his penalty was a bad one.

tdchi


Thu May 28 2015 8:47 am EST

Wolf Pack got swept by the Monarchs. They played absolutely horrible in this series - what a terribly embarrassing and disappointing end to a season with one of the best teams they've had in years.

Dineen11


Thu May 28 2015 8:43 am EST

JFC: Agreed 100%. If/when the Bolts do that, the Rangers need to counter by not stopping when the puck carrier gets over the blueline looking to make a short pass - those, when the Bolts are playing like that, end up as turn-overs. Dump it into the corner and chase it. Work the cycle down low in other words. We see the results - Tampa cannot handle very well the Rangers forechecking.

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 8:38 am EST

E/Vic/Ola: All valild points - my argument simply was that it's obvious AV coached teams embrace the turn the other cheek philosophy and that quote only serves to emphasize that. Whether that's a good or bad thing is difficult to say in terms of overall results and could be debated endlessly on here. I just know this: The game of hockey, specifically at the NHL level (which is basically emulated in virtually all other levels) continues to have a significant intimidation aspect to it and how a team addresses that is part of what makes it successful. Personally, I hate it when someone on my team gets cheapshotted and nothing is done about it. I loved what Kreider and Stepan did. I hope they do it again if/when something like happens. I suspect they won't be as eager however.

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 8:22 am EST

On Tuesday before the game, I told my son that it would not be a low-scoring affair because Tampa was at home.....they feel comfortable there and want to play "their" game....run n' gun hockey that entertains and energizes their fans. Sure enough, they did not play the way they had in NY and the rest is hostory. However, I think it's going to be a model for what we are going to see TAmpa attempt to do tomorrow night....they are going to try and choke off the neutral zone and play a style that will slow the game down into a defensive struggle....figuring that they are the better offensive team and will have better odds of eventually breaking through with a goal (on the PP, off a mistake, off a scramble, etc.). RAngers have to be ready to play chip n' chase when Tampa does this. I thing we were taken by surprise by Tampa's change in style for Game 5. They should not be surprised this time....TAmpa is on the road, they are weakened by a virus that has been running through their locker room and they had success playing defensive hockey in GAme 5. The game will most likely be more like those low-scoring, boring affairs against Pitt and WASH....or at least that is waht Tampa will try to turn it into. If they clog the neutral zone, we can't keep banging our heads against the wall trying to penetrate by skating through it. Just chip it in and CRASH the boards. We've been beating them up on the boards and softening them up all series. If they play defensively tomorrow, we can finish them off the same way....hard on the boards like the 4th line did on Sheppard's goal. If we get the lead, they will start to panic very quickly and open it up.

JFC31


Thu May 28 2015 8:15 am EST

Rhet: I simply don't see it - not enough money. Buttphuck has stated the cap next year will be around $71,000,000. The Rangers already have $58,000,000 committed to in returning signed players. That leaves $13,000,000 to resign Hags, Miller, Fast, MSL, Stepan, a 7th forward and 7th d-man. Stepan is going to eat up $6,000,000 of that, which leaves $7,000,000 for 6 players. Yikes. Foolish and risky behaviour if you spend to the cap - that leaves no room for mid-season trades. I remain convinced MSL will be gone and someone with a fine paycheck will be moved. We'll see....

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 8:10 am EST

Re. the ref's, I do think they have been pretty good during the CFs.

Ola


Thu May 28 2015 8:09 am EST

RF4L- I agree unconditionall on the first half on your post on AVs mentality, how we are turning the other cheek. But then you go on and say: "It's why his teams sometimes get pounded all over the ice and absorb an overt number of over the top cheapshots". Is that really the case? I think this is a problematic issue that certainly can be discussed. Maybe there are no real answers. But the Islanders most certainly retaliated against Washington, and they got pounded so much more by Washington than we were. Right? I am not saying that its one way or the other. But if you look like a team like Detroit, when this league where getting out of hand elsewhere (think like those Toronto vs Ottawa/Islanders series where both teams litterary lost a third of their roster during a single series), Detroit seemed to kind of float above it with mostly a somewhat soft Euro-based roster. Philly retaliates more than anyone else, they always seem to have the most injury problems.

Ola


Thu May 28 2015 8:04 am EST

RF: while I agree with you in principle I also have know idea what the hell a penalty is in this post season. This has been the worst game calling collectively across the board (not just this New York Rangers series but the entire playoffs) that I've seen. It's just been amateur hour. And so it's a little scary trying to figure out what a penalty is. Second, when it came to those Vancouver teams, they didn't turn the other cheek. I saw a lot of them live and they were irritating, instigating, and had plenty of guys willing to drop the gloves. I think that there reputation of being soft was born out of the Boston series where they were just knocked around. And their two best players were relegated to the boards. As a makeup this New York Rangers team doesn't have a lot of guys that do that. And frankly, having a bunch of guys that do that doesn't mean that they're gonna all get the option to use that craft. I'm more concerned that the New York Rangers play heavy, play hard, and finish their checks. Now I would love a New York Rangers team that had more guys that hit to hurt but they don't. That isn't to say that they don't have a couple of guys that keep your head on a swivel. Chris Krieder obviously but has anyone noticed how hard JT Miller finishes his checks? There isn't enough guys who lower the boom. But I also reference Chicago. Anaheim has been knocking them left and right and they are finding ways to beat them. Getzlaf, Maroon, Kesler, Perry, Belesky (who I love but is gonna get paid a ridiculous contract this summer.) These guys hit hard, heavy, and often. You play to your strengths. And while I do think AV preaches discipline over anything else, and keep it between the whistles I wish that sometimes there would be a more emphatic response to certain events. But in this officiating climate? I'm not gonna let my guys do anything stupid to put that TB team on the PP. the game is morphing for better or for worse. Look at the number of fights so far in the post season. The New York Rangers have what? One? What's everyone else doing? I think the only team I saw getting into it a lot was ironically Vancouver.

E


Thu May 28 2015 8:04 am EST

RF4L: I think you are being a little rough on AV. As with just about everything the situation and context are critical. In a regular season game in January AV would have been thrilled to see KREIDER do what he did and go after STAMKOS the second time. However, in the context of a game 6 where the Rangers are off to a 2 to 0 lead in an elimination game that they have to win, the cross-check by KREIDER was not smart and something that KREIDER just can't do. It was obvious and had to be called. It was also unnecessary as he just lit up STAMKOS on the hit.

Vic


Thu May 28 2015 7:54 am EST

OLA and STEVIE: Well said last night. I agree with both of your posts. It is a special team and a special run that they have been on over the last few years. I just hope it continues past Friday night but we all know that Game 7s are mostly a toss-up. Whoever scores first generally wins and a bounce here or a bounce there, missed call here and call there usually end up deciding things.

Vic


Thu May 28 2015 7:47 am EST

IMO, we're is pretty good shape and may only lose one guy. MSL could be back if he took a $1 Mil, 1-year incentive laden contract. You just never know with Sather.

Rhet0ric


Thu May 28 2015 7:44 am EST

BTW, AV's quote on Kreider and Stepan's retaliation on Stamkos after the latter hit McD from behind into the boards is simply illustrates quite clearly what I've been saying about this man for a while now (and it goes back to his Vancouver days): He preaches turn the other cheek vs responding to acts of intimidation. It's why his teams sometimes get pounded all over the ice and absorb an overt number of over the top cheapshots. Here's his quote: “At some point, you’re happy that a player protects their teammate. At this time, not knowing what the [officials] are going to call, I mean, I’m more tempted to say ‘Turn the other cheek and let’s play." Yeah I know it's the POs and he started with 'at some point you're happy that a player protects their teammate' but his vision on this is evident overall. For the record, I loved how Stepan and Kreider responded, especially considered who the aggressor was. Letting a guy like Stamkos get away with that crap is ridiculous IMO and I don't get that it's a PO game. JMHO...

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 7:36 am EST

gene: Yeah, I see the point of those who feel Staal is going nowhere. I'm just saying that even after jettisoning MSL (a no brainer IMO) and before Stepan's salary has to be considered, the Rangers are in tight to fit all under their cap. Raises are due to 5 pending free agents - 4 of them will more than consume the $$ MSL's departure would mean. Next comes the pending $6,000,000+ contract of Stepan. Something has to give. We'll see soon enough............

RF4L


Thu May 28 2015 6:46 am EST

Sather has to keep as much of this team together that he can. Changing 2 guys next year is hopefully the most he has to do . Unfortunately Msl might have to be one of them unless he can stop father times negative effects. But make no mistake he's has taught most of the guys on this team how to be a pro and stay one, as did brad Richards .... Screw callahandjob and his new family ....along with brian boyleonmyass ....and throw stall man in that heap ....turn cooper into copper pennies...

stevielegs


Thu May 28 2015 6:12 am EST

I know tomorrow night.... Anticipation

stevielegs


Thu May 28 2015 6:09 am EST

We can never know about the days to come But we think about them anyway And I wonder if I'm really with you now Or just chasing after some finer day. Anticipation, Anticipation Is making me late Is keeping me waiting And I tell you how easy it is to be with you And how right your arms feel around me. Bit I rehearsed those words just late last night When I was thinking about how right tonight might be. Anticipation, Anticipation Is making me late Is keeping me waiting And tomorrow we might not be together I'm no prophet, I don't know nature's way So I'll try to see into your eyes right now And stay right here, 'cause these are the good old days.

stevielegs


Thu May 28 2015 6:04 am EST

RF4L: For all the reasons plus some that you list which makes Stall a valuable trade chip are exactly why you do not consider it. Forget about it. He is not going anywhere and will not be on the move list. I think it is obvious from previous posts that MSL is the first casualty and salary cap deduction for next season.

gene_carr


Thu May 28 2015 5:07 am EST

http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/28/these-four-years-are-a-golden-era-of-rangers-hockey/#sthash.OGHzzjCd.dpbs

stevielegs


Thu May 28 2015 4:42 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/05/27/a-great-rangers-town-awaits-its-biggest-game-since-raising-cup/

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 9:49 pm EST

Anaheim felt like they didn't have a lot in the tank tonight. Saturday's game should be nuts.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 27 2015 9:48 pm EST

Incredible hockey every night ... Where do these guys find the will? Amazing.

Nick


Wed May 27 2015 9:45 pm EST

The Hawks do not know how to do the center ice salute. Very disjointed.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 27 2015 9:42 pm EST

It's over. Hawks score empty netter. 5-2.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 27 2015 9:40 pm EST

Ducks lose for the first time in regulation this post-season. Let's hope their game 7 goes quadruple OT!!!

Shaggy


Wed May 27 2015 9:34 pm EST

4-2 Hawks with 3:32 left.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 27 2015 9:30 pm EST

Rhet is there a difference? There was no glass when they fed the lions humans .....

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 9:21 pm EST

Are fans that bang on the glass at hockey games the same idiots that bang on the glass at Zoo's?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 27 2015 9:13 pm EST

Anaheim scores again, 3-2. I smell OT.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 27 2015 9:12 pm EST

The Monarchs eliminated the Pack tonight, 3-1.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 27 2015 8:45 pm EST

Looks like two Game Sevens this year. Ducks look ordinary tonight. No way to tell who wins these series. On another note, I know we all have our faves; Kreider is mine; I'd hate to ever see him dealt. But Staal? He's marketable and you can't keep everyone in a cap system. That said I hope he is a rock for another five wins.

Nick


Wed May 27 2015 8:43 pm EST

It's going to be another wild one. 3-1, Ducks score on the PP.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 27 2015 8:39 pm EST

3-0 Hawks. I now hate their goal scoring song, "Chelsea Dagger". I used to like it until they co-opted it.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 27 2015 8:33 pm EST

WOW.... 2 Quick goals and the Hawks are 2-0 with 9:15 in the 2nd.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 27 2015 8:11 pm EST

I won't be completely happy unless I go to the parade this year and get to shave my beard which I have had since last year . Trimmed of course until this run. I will be content with winning on Friday ..... It's easy to find fault but this team has become elite . Nyr fans should be very proud . Humility is also a big part of it from lessons learned .... But they never cease to amaze me ... May the hockey God stay on their side in this year's quest... We all deserve it....

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 5:28 pm EST

From my POV, a game like Friday's can pretty easily be lost but it will be darn hard to win it on anything than luck if you get what I mean. Like, from the time the puck is dropped its basically a game of extremely small marginals until a goal is scored. If both teams play well that goal will be a bounce. It's extremely hard to force that goal with a great play, nobody will give up anything (and if you do you are basically toast). Anyway, when someone gets that first goal, how does the other team react? Again an opertunity to loose the game. If the pressure gets to you the other team will be all over it. And then it just goes on, it's possible to loose the game in many ways, but unles the other team folds it's real hard to win it. We are 7-0 and Hank has been sick, sure. But I don't know, I think we got a coin flip at best, unless Tampa folds like say Washington did when we beat them 5-0 in G7. That first goal will be extremely important...

Ola


Wed May 27 2015 5:26 pm EST

RF73....from your mouth to god's ears!

MelvilleFred


Wed May 27 2015 5:21 pm EST

And re: McILRATH - I fully believe he'll be with the Rangers next season, but it won't be at the behest of trading STAAL...the Rangers, IMO, signed Staal, GIRARDI and McDONAGH to the contracts they have for a reason...they're confident this is the foundation through which they're going to build their team...and I think that's a very intelligent assessment...A guy like Mack would supplant a guy on your third pairing...if you want to have balls, maybe...just maybe...second pairing...but with how the Rangers have been breaking rookies into the league, they're almost always given a lower line assignment until they can prove their reliability...we saw it with HAGELIN, McDONAGH, KREIDER, MILLER and now FAST...all given time to adapt to the league...I see them doing the same with Mack...and I really don't see them starting him on the off-side...so the two guys he would replace would be BOYLE or KLEIN...up until recently, I suspected Boyle might retire...but I'll be damned...he seems to have reinvigorated legs...playing real nice...moving the puck well...I don't see him going anywhere...and TBH, I don't see Klein going anywhere either...I see Mack starting as a seventh defender...but were I to pick a guy who the Rangers might trade to make room for him, it'd be Klein without a doubt...his value has increased and yet he remains expendable. Klein could probably buy the Rangers a late first rounder at the draft table, especially if he was packaged with someone like TALBOT...but again...I don't see that as a move the Rangers would make unless they were offered something too good to be true...but I still believe the moves the Rangers will make will be predicated by how far they go. Until that is determined, all bets are off.

tdchi


Wed May 27 2015 5:17 pm EST

TD, I agree with your take on trading Staal, it makes no sense. He gives the Rangers what very few teams have and that is not easily replaced. When you have this deep a defense that is signed for the long haul you wait to see how long you can ride it. Maybe years from now when his contract is expiring but not now.

Scully5460


Wed May 27 2015 5:04 pm EST

Great article by Larry Brooks: http://nypost.com/2015/05/27/a-great-rangers-town-awaits-its-biggest-game-since-raising-cup/

JFC31


Wed May 27 2015 5:02 pm EST

kitchen1 - re: STAAL. The HUGE difference between Staal 2015 and Staal 2010 is Ryan McDONAGH...I don't think Staal is any better or worse than he was five years ago...more mature, for sure...but the difference between now and then is that McD has surpassed him on the depth chart and is now the top-line defender. Used to be Staal-GIRARDI...now it's McD-Girardi...Staal, while still playing big minutes, is not playing the top line role he once was...Hardly ever gets PP time anymore either...no big deal, because the one-two punch with him and McD makes the Rangers one of the toughest opponents in the league...pundits were say the acquisition of YANDLE made the Ranger D the best in the league and I couldn't agree more. I can't think of a D that is better at shutting down the league's top players....I mean, what they did to CROSBY, MALKIN, OVECHKIN and BACKSTROM? That's huge...and Marc Staal is a HUGE part of that. Trade him? You guys are on crack. There's no defenseman on the team or in the system that will do what Staal is doing for the Rangers now...and while I'm sure they could still succeed without him...him being on the team offers a lot of solace whenever McD goes down for the count.

tdchi


Wed May 27 2015 4:31 pm EST

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=826312

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 4:28 pm EST

Courtesy of, "a Banned-Dito" ...... Karma ..... https://vine.co/v/ebqj1u9EL7B

mf


Wed May 27 2015 3:46 pm EST

Tampa can talk the happy talk all it wants....we'll see how they react to do or die. We already know our track record.

JFC31


Wed May 27 2015 3:45 pm EST

Game 7 will be all about determination and POISE. Whichever team can focus best on the task at hand and execute smoothly (poise) will win the game. Will The King be nervous and jittery? Methinks not. Our team is loaded with guys who have "been there, done that"....that is why it was so huge for us to make it to the Finals last year. The value of the experience gathered by everyone on that team can't be overstated. I feel very good about our chances on Friday and I don't see any reason why we won't show poise. Jitters come from inexperience and can be deadly. First goal is huge, especially if we get it.

JFC31


Wed May 27 2015 3:37 pm EST

@TGfireandice Alex Killorn on Rangers being 7-0 in Game 7s at MSG" "I guess that means they're due to lose one." Victor Hedman notes that Lightning are 4-1 at MSG this season, including regular season, so they know they can win there.... ........is that what you want to hear Mfred ? ......

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 3:16 pm EST

I'm not enamored with the idea of trading Marc Staal, he has played well in the playoffs so far. Maybe not as well as he was against the Capitols but we don't get this far without him. I remember last year people wanted to trade Haglin and he has turned into a very good two way player and has made important contributions to this run. The core parts of this team I would be very hesitant to trade. It would require a very good return to even have it make sense.

Scully5460


Wed May 27 2015 2:40 pm EST

Sorry Fred...I understand where you are coming from...completely...I've been a fan long enough that I usually wait 15 seconds after the final buzzer before celebrating a 6 - 0 victory...But there is something about what they accomplished last night...The Bishop was defrocked and the backup, Vasectomy, wasn't much better...I never allow myself to get ahead of myself but I had a good feeling after the 2nd period and they delivered, big time...Yeah I wish last night had been game 7...but if they can just keep it up the prize is there for the taking....1st goal is HUGE...forces the opponent to have to score at least 2 to win...LGR!

RF73


Wed May 27 2015 2:36 pm EST

Yeah, lets talk about trading Marc Staal instead! ;^)

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 2:25 pm EST

LeoS - hah...i only have one thing to say to that..."LETS GO RANGERS!

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 2:24 pm EST

RF73.....I know I'll be in the minority here but I really wish you hadn't posted that Tampa piece. That has every element of "he hasn't fumbled in 300 caries"! We know what happens on carry #301......just let these stats rest in peace...do not invoke them in any conversation I beg of you.

MelvilleFred


Wed May 27 2015 2:18 pm EST

Just read Mike Rupp's pre-series analysis (dated May 16) over at the Players Tribune. His piece is pretty spot-on. It's an interesting read if you haven't seen it yet. http://www.theplayerstribune.com/the-real-nhlers-guide-to-the-playoffs-conference-finals/

VtRanger


Wed May 27 2015 2:12 pm EST

Oh, and Pierre10, I believe you're leading the (Wall) league in unclosed parentheses!

LeoS


Wed May 27 2015 2:10 pm EST

"The wall never seems that far away, does it? It’s a constant companion." Words to live by.

LeoS


Wed May 27 2015 2:06 pm EST

KITCHEN1, -- Wow, I absolutely disagree with you regarding STAAL. Having what he brings, to the 2nd pairing no less, is arguably the main reason the Rangers have one of the strongest & deepest defensive corps in the entire league. I think he plays extremely strong in front of the net, and tough-as-hell in the corners & along the wall. The courage he brings after coming back from that horrific injury is one of the main reasons he is loved & respected in-the-room. This guy could easily have been named Captain with that type of leadership. I have been happy & satisfied with his performance in these playoffs. I totally disagree with your assessment of his play.

hipcheck


Wed May 27 2015 2:02 pm EST

RF73 - now thats a perfect post for today...exactly what i want to read! Thanks for the awesome share!

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 1:44 pm EST

Are we in their heads yet?...we are in this reporters head.......TAMPA — They keep finding ways to put their backs against the wall. The wall never seems that far away, does it? It’s a constant companion. The Lightning are infuriating that way. We can’t figure them out. They might have backed into the wall one time too many, against the wrong customers. It’s their own fault. There will be a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. Despite a great, gaping opportunity, the Lightning didn’t come close to closing out the New York Rangers in Game 6 at Amalie Arena. Note: The Rangers don’t like to be closed out. They blasted the Lightning, 7-3. How do you roll out a miserable third period like that when you’re only one goal down and one win from the Stanley Cup finals? How? Even with the Rangers practically playing ragged prevent through two periods, begging to be beaten, they led 2-1 heading to the third. Well, maybe the New York goaltender wasn’t begging to be beaten. And when push came to shove, the Bolts were blown away. Ben Bishop was lifted. The towel was thrown in. The Lightning tried to open it up in the third period. The Rangers skated away with this. For their sins, the Bolts get Game 7 in New York. Few creatures to have ever roamed the Earth, including T-Rex, are more imposing than Henrik Lundqvist in Game 7s. Hankus has won six Game 7s in his career, including five in a row. He has allowed five goals across those six wins. He stops everything. He mostly did that when it mattered in Game 6. And the Lightning get him in New York, where the Rangers are 7-0 in Game 7s in their history. Before the next game, Steven Stamkos should think about stealing Derick Brassard’s stick, just as Brassard tried to swipe Stamkos’ stick in Game 2. Stamkos didn’t, and Brassard went all kinds of spectacular Tuesday night. He beat Bishop with New York’s first shot of the game and kept right on going, finishing with a hat trick and five points. Now that’s killer instinct. The Lightning had none. You know, there was a rumor Tuesday that several Bolts were fighting flu-like symptoms. Starve a cold, feed a blowout? No excuses. How do you play a third period like that? By the way, Stamkos had a key turnover, one that led to the all-important third New York goal, which, like the third goal in Game 4, made the Lightning zombies. “No excuses in the third,” Stamkos said. “We have to be better, including myself leading the way.” “We forgot about our own end,” Hedman said. “They outshot us 11-0 in the first six minutes. That’s not good.” On that third Rangers goal, Alex Killorn accidentally took out Bishop, who made one save, but couldn’t make another. New York led 3-1. Then 4-1. Then 5-1. Exit Bishop. The Lightning fell apart, just like in Game 4. What a lousy way to not clinch a series. Inexcusable. “For our team, as a group, we’ve never been this far before, so it’s just more lessons learned,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “And sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn’t ...” This didn’t. This seesaw series lives. The Lightning are on the bottom. The Rangers are on top. The Rangers have the hot goalie. The Lightning have the benched one. You can’t predict how this series will end. You can’t predict which Lightning team will show up. They’ll have to rise on up once more. They’re pretty good at it. Still, they blew this chance, badly. “We have to go win a game on the road to get to the Cup final,” Stamkos said. “We’re confident with our ability to win a game on the road. For whatever reason, we’ve played better on the road than we have at home the last couple times, so we’ll try to put a positive spin on it.” “Game 7 in Madison Square Garden,” Hedman said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Spin away, guys.

RF73


Wed May 27 2015 1:37 pm EST

Pierre that stick looks shorter than the one bazookerella uses... Lol

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 1:35 pm EST

STEVIE: MSG said that HANK got the hat in the post game show. JFC: Are you surprised that this team is making me (and others) schizo? Once they blew game 5 the curtain of dread came down on me for sure. Even winning last night, how many times can they keep tempting fate before it comes back to bite them? I'm just as nervous about Friday night. I'm just as doubtful that they are going to win that game when Tampa has taken two of three in NY already. But like a mental patient I will be glued to the TV on Friday and going nuts over every turnover, hit, pass, shot, etc.

Vic


Wed May 27 2015 1:34 pm EST

Nick - trade talk 2 days before gm7 ecf --- as the great Denis Lemieux once said "I’m tired of it! Puke! Blah! All the time, puke!" :-)

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 1:28 pm EST

I know it annoys some people to talk trades two days before a Game 7 in late May, but since others are doing so, I'll join in: Staal and Talbot would look good in Oiler jerseys for one of their extraneous talented forwards. Eberle, the Nuge? Hall even? This is where not having any decent d-men in the system comes into play, unless you count waiver-bait McIlrath or Allen or somebody. Maybe make a deal and get some 5-6 d-man back from someplace.

Nick


Wed May 27 2015 1:23 pm EST

I'm confused I thought I saw a video where brassard got the broadway hat then I see another one with Nash giving it to hank calling him " our leader"....

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 1:21 pm EST

One last thing that the "mats zuccarello bringing smile to the face" reminded me of. For those who havent seen this video clip, this mats zuccarello video is sure to bring a smile to your face (and Mats is not even in this video): THIS IS A MUST SEE FOR ALL RANGER FANS http://youtu.be/Byemrh6kJMI

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 1:19 pm EST

There were guys hurt before the playoffs including staal , and more during by boarding a crosschecks and slashes ...but their guts aren't ...

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 1:17 pm EST

Interesting irony...If Stamblows is called for the boarding then Kreider would not have retaliated until a penalty was called against him and the PP goal would not have been scored...Until this series I didn't realize that Stamblows uniform was made of Teflon and he uses a Klingon cloaking device to avoid detection; the refs decide calls using the Cone of Silence...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1eUIK9CihA

RF73


Wed May 27 2015 1:16 pm EST

Now these recent posts bring a smile to my face...enjoy this run is right!! (And speaking of Hagelin, i may as well continue to dish out praise and thanks...another guy who brings the world of value and effort to this team. He has absolutely been relentless in his pursuit of the puck, utilizing his insane speed, hockey smarts, and willingness to sacrificed his most often undersized frame, to throw a hit, create turnovers, break up plays and get the puck out in the defensive zone, and just about anything a ranger fan could ask for. Carl Hagelin is the most valuable "lightning" in this series!

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 1:03 pm EST

Vic -- didn't uou have the Rangers dead and buried yesterday afternoon?

JFC31


Wed May 27 2015 1:00 pm EST

gross .."...Maybe Mats Zuccarello gets an assist this series after all. There’s no indication when - or if - the Norwegian playmaker will be able to resume practicing or playing with the Rangers after suffering a concussion in Game 5 of the first round. But Brassard credited Zuccarello with brightening his day when Zuccarello stepped onto the ice as the Rangers’ morning skate was wrapping up on Tuesday. “I was just playing there with Marty (St. Louis) and Zucc came on the ice with a big smile and RI think t hat actually kind of helped me to have a smile on my face a little bit,” Brassard said.

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 12:58 pm EST

Pierre10 -- you answered your own question perfectly regarding Zucc....heart n' soul, gritty, get in your face, emotional....all things Nash is not and he probably would be tentative working off concussion #3. AV spoke volumes about Zucc's impirtance to this team when he said (paraphrase): "I'm just glad to have him back in the locker room and around the team. He's always smiling and that's very important." You think Hags in playing inspired hockey now? Imagine him with the adreneline rush of his best friend back on the ice. Hank would feel like his little, annoying brother was back. And Zucc's back checking pressure would be invaluable, too. How many times have we seen The Hobbit catch people from behind and lift their sticks? Against a quick team like Tampa, it would be a very valuable asset. At this point, Zucc should be in decent aerobic shape.

JFC31


Wed May 27 2015 12:57 pm EST

“I think 90 percent of the people watching that hit, the numbers are there, five, six strides, face into the boards,” Vigneault said when asked about Kreider’s response - and Kreider’s cross-check was unnecessary. “You’ve got to play through that. At some point, you’re happy that a player protects their teammate. This time, not knowing what the guy is calling or going to call, I’m more tempted to say, ‘Let’s turn the other cheek and let’s play.”

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 12:54 pm EST

Anyone caught with a Tampa Bay Lighning Jersey inside The Garden. Should be taken out immediately and put on a bus directly to Al Sharptons Church.

rangerlou


Wed May 27 2015 12:52 pm EST

carp .."...1) Seriously … despite all the rhetoric previous 48 hours … is anybody who watched the Rangers these last four years surprised by this? I’m not. And I understand that if they lose Game 7 or if they win Game 7 and lose in the Stanley Cup Final, there’s some level of failure. But last night, and all these Must-Wins … these are the reasons I tell you guys to enjoy the ride, the journey, no matter where it goes. I’ve been watching this team for decades. This is the best sustained run I’ve seen, and by far the most dramatic. - See more at: http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/27/game-6-rangers-lightning-in-review/#sthash.W6Par8q1.dpuf

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 12:50 pm EST

Vic: All good. Definitely a conversational thread that will flow in earnest in a couple of weeks. I am hoping this draft proves to be a newsworthy event for the Rangers...

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 12:48 pm EST

RF4L: You and I have talked about what happens this summer, and I agree there have been some eye opening performances in the playoffs that may change who gets moved in the off-season for Cap Relief. But, I'm just not ready to start thinking about that stuff in earnest yet. I'm still enjoying the ride. Hopefully it continues past Friday night.....

Vic


Wed May 27 2015 12:46 pm EST

That was funny.......and I do agree with the Girardi comments. He is without question...............A FUCKING WARRIOR

kitchen1


Wed May 27 2015 12:41 pm EST

E: Maybe so. We shall see.

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 12:39 pm EST

Kitchen1 - cant help but playfully joke that ive been searching and searching for the last 15 minutes, but i cant seem to find any tape of marc staal's game in the 70's! ;)

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 12:38 pm EST

Staal isnt moving anytime soon. Just aint gonna happen...

E


Wed May 27 2015 12:37 pm EST

Pierre: None taken and I respect you desire to focus on Friday, just as I am sure you respect my enjoyment of not only that, but thinking beyond it (and the next series), especially because when the latter's done, the June draft will follow right after it. Sather simply cannot wait until then to start his planning. It's no doubt well under way. And yes, what a pleasant situation to be in (i.e. team is playing so well, no one stands out as trade fodder - save for the Prince, which is a good thing because all it does is up the value of any Ranger he does shop at the draft).

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 12:35 pm EST

Kitchen1 - well my perspective and statement is based off of the current marc staal, the one who has most certainly played an important role in getting us to Friday, and the one who im sure will use every bit of his "remaining" talents to do more towards getting us to the finals, than he will do to keep us from taking that next step. (I will stop making any comments on any future ranger talk for obvious reasons, and stick to the dan girardi fucking warrior type commentary for the next 54hrs or so)

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 12:34 pm EST

Bottom line is that Marc Staal is probably a very attractive commodity given 1) he can play top pairing minutes 2) he's still relatively young (28) 3) has a reasonable contract (for a top pair d-man) 4) is signed securely for the next 6 years. All that said, I'm not actively pushing to trade him - his absence certainly will be felt. However, there are other pressures that will kick in the moment the Ranger season ends and no doubt are already being bandied about by the Ranger brass. I suspect they have a very firm list of who won't be shopped, who might be shopped and who will be shopped and I suspect Staal falls into the 2nd category, a category that is probably in a state of flux and will be until Sather figures out his cap. One of the first questions his team must ask themselves is 'do you want to keep both Brassard and Stepan'? If the answer is yes, then I'd argue they are looking at other roster deletions to fit Stepan's pending $6,000,000+ contract into the cap. The bigger the salary you trade away, the easier that becomes, especially if you get back a return like a top prospect and a first rounder (re minimal cap hit).

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 12:32 pm EST

Stevie: I thought you were talking about last night....so thats my bad...but you did find one play where Glass made a mistake that lead to a goal....he has only been out there for 3 against...one was a PP goal, the other the 1st goal in game 5, and one that came right after a PK ended.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 12:29 pm EST

RF4L - i get it...and truly hope you understand i mean no offense. I think you get the point im making with my last few posts...which is, no way am "I" thinking about any future but friday game 7....and today, i am going to state how very thankful and proud of OUR BOYS for getting us here. We are very lucky NHL fans right now to be in this spot.

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 12:28 pm EST

Wild: That is true, but KK wouldn't be nearly as attractive as Staal. Staal is, arguably, a top pairing d-man and I don't think KK is. Second pairing is his upside, which is basically where he's at now (minus his struggles this PO which I concur may have more to do with his timing due to his long injury layoff than anything else). Plus Staal is a $5,700,000 cap hit while KK is nearly 1/2 that - more cap relief for the Rangers if the former is moved.

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 12:26 pm EST

With all due respect, I do not need a condensed highlight reel of Marc Staal. I have watched just about every Ranger playoff game since the mid 70's. He has lost a lot and if you cannot see that, take a closer look.

kitchen1


Wed May 27 2015 12:25 pm EST

RF4L: Klein is also an option to be moved instead of Staal. Just don't think Staal is a guy the teams would really look at moving...especially for a pick, a "maybe" type deal like that.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 12:24 pm EST

Here's an example of the kind of FUTURE thought that runs through my mind today: DAN GIRARDI IS A FUCKING WARRIOR, AND I LOVE #5 and would be thrilled to be guaranteed that we will always have a Ranger dman that plays the game exactly like him every season moving forward!

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 12:23 pm EST

Pierre: Don't get me wrong - I'm not putting up Staal's name because I'm not pleased with his play. I'm just thinking ahead to the June draft and this summer's cap/roster moves. Earlier I was thinking one of Stepan/Brassard would be moved but their combined play these POs has me convinced both need to stay. Cap relief, however, will be needed in order to keep Stepan and resign the likes of Hags and Jitters (plus others). The Rangers strength right now appears to be on the backline with the pending graduation of McI, plus Skeji and Ryan Graves, both of whom I anticipate will be playing regularly for the Pack next season. G and McD's contract have no moves/trades; Staal's doesn't.

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 12:19 pm EST

Pierre: Too each his/her own. Kitchen: I doubt Ron Francis would be as stupid as Jim Rutherford was (when he traded for Jordan Staal). I think perhaps a more realistic scenario is Sather packaging Staal and Talbot in a deal with the Oilers to land that 16th overall pick and someone like Leon Draistaitl. This kid was the 3rd overall selection last June and sure looks like the real deal. With McDavid coming and RNH already there, I'm not sure where he'll fit. And the Oilers need goaltending and defense. https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/kelowna-s-stars-show-up-at-memorial-cup-and-leon-draisaitl-shines-the-brightest-132323157.html.

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 12:19 pm EST

Kitchen1 - man i wish i had the ability and time to put together a one-minute highlight film for you of Marc Staal, and his part in just these playoffs, to show you how NOT AFRAID Marc Staal is of ANYTHING. Sure there may be moments where he didnt make the best decision/or play, but if you had the ability to make that statement to any of his teammates or coaches, they would laugh in your face. (Again no disrespect intended). Seriously at this point guys, every single member of this NYR is deserving of respect and gratitude from (not just the fans, but) us diehard ranger fans! Look where we sit today, and think about what it took to get here.

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 12:13 pm EST

Stevie: would like to know what goal you are referring to....what game?

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 12:11 pm EST

stevie - I didn't see Game 5 but I'm guessing Stamkos dumped it in, went off on a change and then we own-goaled it ;)

LeoS


Wed May 27 2015 12:11 pm EST

Wildcard - i understand your rational, and therefore there is a rational side of me that agrees with you. But there is a bigger rational part of me that says if zucc is cleared by docs, he is capable of giving his all, and i think his "all", even if that is 90% of what we normally get from zucc, is more valuable than what the current Sheppard can bring to this team in game 7 of the ECF. The least of his "all" on Friday would be a better chance for 1 pp goal. But i think he would bring more than just that.

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 12:07 pm EST

Without question , I would trade Staal for the 5th overall pick. he is a fraction of what he was just a couple of years ago. WTF happened to his game. He was great at that nifty little play of getting the puck out of the corner and making the outlet pass. He is now seemingly afraid of the corner contact, has absolutely NO SHOT from the point whatsoever and is turning the puck over a lot.

kitchen1


Wed May 27 2015 12:05 pm EST

When was the last time the New York Ranger franchise was one win away from reaching the Stanley Cup finals in back-to-back seasons?

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 12:05 pm EST

@AGrossRecord AV tread cautiously but seemed upset at non-call on Stamkos hit on McDonagh.

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 12:03 pm EST

Pierre10: If all other things were the same, than absolutely. I can't think of a player save a generational talent like Gretzky that I would put in for a game 7 with the length of time Zucc has been out and the lack of practices he has had. I am serious...every player on the Rangers I would say the same thing.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 11:54 am EST

Still recovering from the game last night. Loved taking over the arena in the third period. Nothing better. What a strange strange series this has been. Hank really kept them in the game last night. Refs were disgraceful last night.

Fotiu22


Wed May 27 2015 11:50 am EST

For the record, it is my opinion that if zucc is cleared to play, you find a way to get that little heart & soul, play making, never stopping bugger into the lineup for a game 7 to go to the cup! (I agree glass has shown way more in the last 2 weeks, and Sheppard has player well too...but i'd be thrilled to see a 4 week layoff version of zucc out there friday over either one of those guys. At this point, gun to the head, it would be Sheppard that sits).

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 11:47 am EST

wild how did slamkos score that goal if he wasn't on the ice?....truly amazing...did he do that on his assist too in game 5 ? he had a goal and an assist in game 5....maybe there are two stamkos and slamkos......

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 11:45 am EST

RF4L - absolutely no disrespect intended (and i know many here like to talk future anytime of year), but with our NYR 2 days away from a Game 7 to go to the finals, there is no way in the world that the thought of trading ANY of OUR BOY's of which we should all be appreciative and proud of (now including glass, boyle, yandle, nash, MSL), and most certainly not a heart & soul gutsy guy like Marc Staal, today, or any day, up until this season is over (and hopefully that ends with a parade down the canyon of heroes)!

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 11:37 am EST

So if it was Nash (and not zucc) who was out with a concussion for 4 weeks, would those saying its silly to bring zucc back for game 7, feel the same about Nash?

Pierre10


Wed May 27 2015 11:21 am EST

While you were all were watching the Rangers handle adversity well and force a Game 7, I was banging my head against the glass in Hartford. Pack had a nice run, but they are not going to solve the Monarchs. Absolutely brutal to watch... took them about 12 minutes to even get a shot on goal. Manchester absolutely dominated. Pack are down 3-0, and facing elimination tonight.

Dineen11


Wed May 27 2015 11:19 am EST

@Real_ESPNLeBrun reported Peter DeBoer will be the next head coach in San Jose

Rhet0ric


Wed May 27 2015 10:57 am EST

Would anyone consider moving Marc Staal to Carolina for the 5th overall pick in the draft? If McI is ready to graduate, there needs to be a spot open for him. Or would Sather trade away Yandle and/or consider buying out Boyle this summer instead.

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 10:53 am EST

I look forward to Sather going up to the podium late next month to announce the name of young player as the Rangers draft in the 1st round for the first time in 3 years (courtesy of the Prince). Seeing how Kreider and now Miller are playing in these POs, I don't understand how anyone poo-poos the importance of first round picks. Whether or not you feel Sather erred in trading all those away is less significant IMO than their importance. Both the Sabres and Oilers have apparently made it known that their 2nd first round picks (Sabres 21 from the Islanders and Oilers 16th from Pittsburgh) are available and both are seeking starting goalies. IMO the Rangers biggest competition will be Ottawa who resigned the Hamburgler, giving them 3 (arguably) 3 starters. Of the 3, Anderson is clearly the best and would likely fetch a healthy return if moved, bigger than what the Prince would get. However, I find it hard to believe Ottawa would take that gamble because the Burglar may be a flash in the pan and certainly doesn't look as strong as Anderson. Furthermore, the Sens aren't in rebuild mode - they want to make the POs.

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 10:40 am EST

BTW, the King is the King, isn't he? I understand the frustration some have on here at times with him but there is no doubt he comes up big when it really counts. The man is bright, articulate, thoughtful when speaking and besides very talented, ridiculously competitive. Glad he's a Ranger.

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 10:38 am EST

Apparently, Zuccarello was "absolutely giddy" going on to the ice to practice with the extras on Monday. If his concussion was hopelessly severe, he wouldn't be on the ice at all....the Rangers would not "tease" their own players with a possible return that had no chance of happening. Hockey is a sport of emotion and the lift Zucc could give to the RAngers on Friday could very well make it worth while to put him in, as long as it is safe that a hit will not knock him out of the game. Again, even if he plays on the PP and not with Brass & Nash, he would be a huge improvement on the PP. May 5, 1970: "Before Game 7 at MSG, however, Reed stepped onto the floor during warm-ups, and started the game. With his torn leg muscle, he scored two early baskets to send the Garden crowd into a frenzy, paving the way for Frazier to drop a 36-19-7 line on the Lakers. Inspired by Reed, the Knicks would go on to win Game 7 and win their first NBA title." Imagine the Garden crowd chanting, "ZUCC! ZUCC! ZUCC!" during warmups and during the game! The crowd would go to a whole 'nother level with Zucc in there, the Rangers would be pumped up and Tampa would be intimidated. The home crowd has not even come close to being the factor it should be....Zucc might get them to where they should be.....LOUD!!! Christ, imagine what would happen if Zucc got a goal!! :^) Zucc will be able to get through the game on adreneline alone.

JFC31


Wed May 27 2015 10:29 am EST

RF4L: That like asking if you want to get shot in the left leg or the right. LOL....I mean, either way its a rough road.....a hard win. There is no easy way. I could come up with pros and cons for both teams, and be convincing for the argument for both to be the team we should want to face.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 10:29 am EST

Wildcard ..... Has a Former college ice hockey player and former amatuer boxer im telling you he will not be back this year. If he does i will shit my pants on purpose. ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!

rangerlou


Wed May 27 2015 10:27 am EST

Yeah, getting ahead of myself here, but given your druthers, who would you prefer the Rangers face in the cup final? Chicago or Anaheim?

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 10:21 am EST

rangerlou: Done for the year may be a bit extreme....but at least for this round.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 10:14 am EST

Hey FOLKS i Love You ALL!!!!! But this talk about Zuccarello coming back is borderline silly. I love watching that guy play more than anyone. But he is done for the year. Let him heal till next season so he can be himself again.

rangerlou


Wed May 27 2015 10:09 am EST

Ola: Yeah, over a month, thats exactly my point. He last played in Game 5 of the opening round. The Rangers will be playing their 14th game without him. They won an entire round, and have brought another to game 7, and Zucc has been skating on his own or with the extras like 3-4 times, and can only have one single practice, he is not nearly ready to play, and it would be silly to insert him in a game 7 like that, after so much time off and no practice.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 10:07 am EST

Stevie: What are you talking about. On that goal, Stamkos wasn't on the ice, and the puck was fired before Glass could have hit the guy, he reached out to try and deflect it yes, but he couldn't have hit him or been close to hitting him when he fired the puck....so I am not sure what you mean.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 10:04 am EST

Wild- It's only been a little more than 4 weeks for Zucc. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=603470

Ola


Wed May 27 2015 9:49 am EST

glass was responsible for goal 2 on Sunday...slamkos made him pay for going after puck instead of slamming him ....

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 9:48 am EST

When Glass shredded The Capitals Gleasons Face. He showed the Caps we were not going to be Gooned. From that point on things were more sedated.

rangerlou


Wed May 27 2015 9:42 am EST

This series is bizzaro world.

Bob


Wed May 27 2015 9:36 am EST

Wild -- I don't think anyone here is overlooking Glass right now and if he had played anywhere close to how he's playing now, no one would have hated on him in the first place. He has been amazingly quick, taking great angles on his hit attempts and just doing a great job. He did not do any of that stuff during the year. He has looked slow and ineffective.

JFC31


Wed May 27 2015 9:23 am EST

rangerlou: ...and overlooked by most (because so many hate him) Glass has been part of why that 4th line is doing well. He has found another gear, and he is having an impact, he is a lot smarter of a player than he is given credit for, and one of the hardest working guys on the ice every game. Its rare he takes a shift off, and I have never seen him take a game off, I think that kind of effort rubs off on guys, and brings the entire teams effort level up. The 4th line is doing that shift after shift, and its huge.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 9:20 am EST

rangerlou: Yeah, that is for sure. Its almost like someone flipped a switch and all 3 stepped up. I know Boyle has been playing well since that big hit he took a few games back, I think it was this series, cant remember, but since then Boyle has played angry...and when he plays angry he plays well. I also get the impression from some stuff handle has said, that he isn't used to the pressure of being expected to win, he has made a few moments about it, and I think he had a mental hill to climb, and clearly he got his head right, because he is a beast out there now. And Fast, well, I always knew he was a smart player, thats all anyone ever talked about was his high hockey IQ so its not a shock that he is playing well, be even at that, he is playing beyond what I thought he would, especially at this time of year. He isn't fazed by big moments and big games, he is almost emotionless out on the ice.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 9:13 am EST

The RESURRECTION OF Boyle &Yandle. The brilliant and intelligent play of Jasper Fast . Has added to this teams wiining ways.

rangerlou


Wed May 27 2015 9:12 am EST

also, does everyone realize, this is Nash's 3rd full season with the Rangers, they made it to the 2nd round in his first season, and the SCF in his second, and have a chance to go again in his 3rd. I don't know how much he has really helped the other playoffs, but the regular season he has helped position the team for sure, but man....2 ECF appearances alone would make it a good 3 years, but the possibility of back to back SCF appearances, wow.....amazing....and for the Rangers as a whole, 3 ECF in 4 years, and possibly 2 SCF in 4 years. Again, I said it the other day, win or lose Friday, or win or lose the cup after Friday, as fans we should be very happy with how great the Rangers have been and how much great hockey we have been able to witness....there will be a massive hole if they don't finish it this year the right way, but its hard to feel anything but awesome about these last few seasons.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 9:08 am EST

oh...and can we stop with the "Nash doesn't show up in the playoffs" and "nash doesn't show up in the big games" stuff. Game 4 was near a must win as you can get outside an elimination game and he scored 2, last night was a must win game and he got 4 points, AND he was a big reason for 2 other goals he got no assist on, the one he fought hard and stole the puck that lead to a goal, and the face off that he went a got the puck back to the bullion for a shot that lead to a goal. Two of the biggest games of the year and Nash has 7 points in them, and helped create other goals. not to mention the strong defensive game he has been bringing to each game. I think its time that the guy is cut some slack, he is helping this team win big games. YES he of course needs to continue doing it, he can't disappear for game 7, and if they win he can't disappear in the SCF, but so far, he is near his regular season ppg output, and to me, is a big reason why this team has a chance at a second finals appearance in 2 years.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 9:00 am EST

I think that removing ANYONE is stupid unless its Gretzky coming in for game 7. Zucc hasn't played since game 5 of the first round. THIS roster has gotten the Rangers from down 3-1 against the caps, and forced a game 7 in this series. You don't insert a guy who had 2 assists in those 5 games for a game 7 after a month off and perhaps one full practice. Thats just silly, thats how you lose a game 7 at home. You can knock MSL all you want he was part of the PP that was near 60% for 3 games this series, he has been part of the team for 3 games of 5+ goals. Yeah sure, he isn't putting up points, but you don't mess with a team that is playing like that in order to put a guy in who may or may not be better after 1 practice and a month off. Zucc is good, but not that good. GO out, win Friday, let zoo get a couple practices in with the team THEN you decide who to take out. Just to be clear, I think MSL would be the guy I take out, but thats an outsiders viewpoint, the team may like him out there, he stays calm in big games, that can be a big help. But I don't know who else to take out. Again, like I said last round, you watch game 7, the Rangers win, you look at what forward played poorly and sit him. If its Sheppard than so be it, but I would rather not mess with that 4th line right now. The 3rd line needs a boost. hayes hangs not the puck too long, Hags hasn't been as good the last few games (including when MSL wasn't on his opposite wing) and while I don't buy that MSL is making those two worse, a guy like Zucc brings a different type of energy and game, and that could help those two, so thats what I would do. leave the other lines alone, they are playing well.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 9:00 am EST

On Sheppard's goal - Brassard helped on that one too - he was the lone forechecker hemming in 3 Lightning while his line changed out then he hauled to the bench moments before the goal.

LeoS


Wed May 27 2015 8:55 am EST

RF4L -- like it or not, MSL is a veteran leader on this team....a guy who has won a Stanley Cup and has been a constant in this lineup. Psychologically, it might be too drastic a change to suddenly sit him in yet another "most important game of the year"....players might look at it like a panic move when there is no need for panic. We have a most definite upper hand right now AFAIAC and stability is important. If Zucc comes in (and I don't think he'll be ready without contact) the emotional lift will more than offset any disruption to the lineup

JFC31


Wed May 27 2015 8:52 am EST

“There’s no quit in this group,” Yandle said. “You look at all the guys that have been here for a while, guys who have been through things like this and are battle tested. In a situation like this there’s no panic.” Then, Yandle was able to contrast this group with his previous team. “it’s a totally different situation from when I was with the Coyotes, every game we were just happy to win. Here we’re expected to win. Look at the guys in the room, there’s no panic whatsoever, it doesn’t matter if we’re up in the series, up in a game, down in a series. There’s no emotion changes and that’s a really good thing to have.”

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 8:50 am EST

And don't discount the possibilty of Fast sitting....our 4th line absolutely demolished Tampa in Period 3 and has been effectively POUNDING Tampa for the whole series. The 4th line has been providing the body punches that I believe have had an effect on Tampa as the series has gone on. AV might not want to remove those "body shots" from the lineup and Sheppard is a big boy who has really hit hard and Glass has been great, too.

JFC31


Wed May 27 2015 8:50 am EST

I would have to believe the nyr have more desire, and believe they can get back to the finals. the rest I'll leave to after Friday night.....

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 8:47 am EST

JFC: If that's AV's choice, then I hope Zucc isn't ready. Neither Glass nor Sheppard deserve to be pressboxed, especially given the lousy and ineffective play of MSL. I cannot believe the extended patience he's been afforded by AV, especially on the PP - last night nearly 3 minutes, all of them ineffective.

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 8:45 am EST

“We got the job done tonight,” captain Ryan McDonagh said, “but ultimately it’s not going to mean anything if we don’t back it up in Game 7.”“It feels like it’s been each game, momentum has swung,” said Rick Nash, who finished with a goal and three assists while his line with Brassard and J.T. Miller dominated play. “It’s reason why we get rewarded for winning the Presidents’ Trophy, we get these games at home.”“Try to build on momentum … but you never know how the momentum is going to drift in the game.”....One day you’re the hero; next day, the goat,” Nash said. “

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 8:41 am EST

If Zucc is ready for Friday (which is really questionable when he hasn't even had any contact at practice....what happens if he gets hit hard in Game 7 and can't continue?) and AV wants him to play, then you put him back with Brass & Nash and reunite the All-American line with Step-Kreider-Miller. HAyes drops down with Hags & MSL and either Glass or Sheppard sit. Remember, Zucc will then be available for the PP.....which, until the Rangers broke it open in the 3rd, blew numerous chances to give us breathing room....the PP looked AWFUL. Zucc would help out in that regard if he plays and special teams could be the difference on Friday.....a PP goal (or at least a PP that isn't a momentum killer) could be the difference for us.

JFC31


Wed May 27 2015 8:31 am EST

TD: I fully concur on the Pack not being ashamed. Hell I cannot recall exactly when it was, but I remember posting on here after the Pack went through a lousy 2 week stretch and were not in a PO position as a result. That was well after Xmas I believe. So yeah, they've had a strong surprising run that got them a lot further along than most felt was possible. I've been paying attention to the summaries and just checked the Pack players' PO record - McI at +3 is 2nd on the team for that stat, behind only (surprisingly) Ryan Haggerty. You and others have been saying he's had a very strong year defensively and seems to have finally honed that aspect of his game - those stats bear that out IMO. Good to see. Great experience for him, too, no doubt. When he plays his 15th PO game tonight, it'll be the most he's ever played in his junior/pro career. I've said it many times on here - there is huge value in having a young player experience an extended PO run. For a young player, there's nothing like it in terms of intensity, ups and downs, etc. I am growing more confident that he'll make the Rangers top 6 next fall.

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 8:30 am EST

RF4L: 2 things. First I have seen Klein play against fast skilled teams before, and not looked this off. I think its the injury still affecting him, he is off, and maybe its a confidence thing as well, but I am not too worried about him. Getting him for MDZ was a great move and will continue to pay off. Even with his off looking play he still made some great defensive plays that were quiet, things that don't get talked about but help out tremendously. Also, the Pack, yeah, they have run into a topped team, and a team thats full of the guys who would be on the Kings roster if they had made the post season (well not full but still) imagine the Pack with Miller, and R. Bourque, Summers, Fast and maybe Hayes if there is a rule allowing him to go down and play (but I think he was ineligible for not having played already down there) . If the Pack had all those guys I think they would be looking better against Manchester. No shame for them however, they have had a great run, would be nice of them to get a win for their fans at home though.

Wildcard


Wed May 27 2015 8:25 am EST

RF4L - HIGHLY doubt AV would change the lineup after a win like that...simply doesn't seem his style. And I kind of doubt the Rangers would rush ZUCC into the lineup...if anyone sits, it'll probably be SHEPPARD...but in an elimination game coming off a win like that? I don't think there are many NHL coaches who would tweak that lineup.

tdchi


Wed May 27 2015 8:23 am EST

Vic - Same here. I was expecting the exact opposite...Was thinking the Lightning had worn them down pretty badly and if the Rangers pulled their usually protect-the-lead hockey that we'd be looking at an OT situation at best...but man, they came out and found a high gear the Lightning simply didn't have. Very impressed.

tdchi


Wed May 27 2015 8:23 am EST

So if by chance, MZA is ready for game 7 (doubtful I suspect) who sits? The choice for me is obvious, but would AV have the gonads to do the right thing? MZA gives him options in large part because MSL is dragging down whatever line he's put on. Assuming MSL sits, do you put MZA with Hayes and Hags? Or do you put Fast there and have MZA with Stepan and Kreider? Of course, MZA could always be slotted back with Brassard and Nash and Jitters move down, but I certainly wouldn't do that to start game 7, given their dynamic game last night.

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 8:20 am EST

RF4L - I watched the first of the Pack game yesterday and it's really a David and Goliath situation for them...I don't know WHY Manchester is so good...they don't have anyone that great on their roster...but they are. The Pack barely had a shot in the first 10 minutes of play and were down 1-zip when they converted nicely on a PP...KRISTO made a nice pass to set up the goal...but Machester stormed right back and went up again...SKAPSKI was in net and face a shit-ton of rubber in the first...apparently, it was his first playoff game...The Pack have overachieved to get to where they are...they have a good team, but simply not of the caliber of Manchester, which basically looks like a club that has been playing together for years. I hope they pull a win in this series, but even if they don't...they've far exceeded their mandate this season, which was to make the playoffs and possibly get to the second round. They've got nothing to be ashamed about, IMO.

tdchi


Wed May 27 2015 8:16 am EST

What a game! Unbelievable. I had such a bad feeling going into the 3rd period. I can't say how impressed I was with the way the Rangers played that 3rd. I know BRASSARD had a monster night statistically and was really good but MILLER was the best Ranger on the ice last night IMHO. He played an instrumental role in 5 of the 6 goals that were scored with Tampa having a goalie on the ice. He created BRASSARD's first two goals with fantastic passes. And credit NASH. He played a hell of a game as well. BRASSARD's second goal never happens without the play NASH makes to first pressure, and then steal the puck from TAMPA. He then made a deft little drop pass to MILLER. Love that first hit by KREIDER on STAMKOS. I didn't care for the follow-up cross check. It was a meaningless cross check that the refs had to call. I would have preferred him target STAMKOS for another big hit later in the game.

Vic


Wed May 27 2015 8:15 am EST

Also loved BRASSARD'S modesty after the game...Pinhead McGuire was trying to goad him into a prediction and Brass didn't bite...said they're gonna play their game and stay loose...have a good time...and if that was what they were doing in games 4 and 6, then I wholeheartedly agree.

tdchi


Wed May 27 2015 8:13 am EST

Great game...the team who wanted it more won. Simple as that...It was very odd to see Tampa revert back to the same style of play that lead to the high-scoring bouts in games 2, 3, and 4...almost like they were hoping the Rangers would bite on this run-and-gun BS they abused them with so badly in 2 and 3...Credit to where credit is due, the Rangers played a disciplined game, played good defensively --at least until the game was solidly in their hands --and most of all, punished Tampa with hits...I know a lot has been said about STAMKOS hitting...and he HAS been doing his best OV impression all series...but the Rangers really punished the Lightning, especially the so-called "triplet" line...on a side note. I'd call that moniker 'gay' but it'd be an insult to gay people everywhere...but I digress...JT MILLER looked like the missing cog on the NASH-BRASSARD line...man, did that line have an incredible game from start to finish...he's creating a lot more space for NASH...to his credit, he even said that was his goal...kid loves to work along the boards and simply has an incredible eye for finding passing lanes...I told my friends on his fake-shot-hard-pass to Brass on his goal, he had everyone in the arena and at home fooled...everyone except Brass...This is the Miller I was seeing in Hartford...Hope that line stays together because it really did catch Tampa off-guard. They were busy keying in on the STEPAN line...and way to go with the fourth line chipping in a goal...SHEPPARD'S goal was the momentum shift in the game...Tampa was playing with a determination to win until they got pinned by the grinders and it lead to a goal...after that, the game was essentially over...Want to echo the kudos to YANDLE...man, has he picked the right time to get hot...we can only hope this is the beginning of something good for him...Also to the rest of the Rangers' D. All six played great...and if you exclude determination, I really think that was the difference maker in game 6...the Rangers' D played essentially a flawless game...likewise with the forwards coming back to clear the puck away...Lightning D had a brutal games...too busy thinking about jumping in on the play to realize they were hanging BISHOP out to dry all game long....and so it comes down to one game...the team with more desire will move on...

tdchi


Wed May 27 2015 8:01 am EST

On a sour note, the Pack are now behind 3 game to zip in their PO series and probably will be gone shortly. Skeji a -3 last night. Allen a -2.

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 7:58 am EST

Challenge accepted by Derick Brassard, who recorded a hat trick and five-point night following a morning meeting with Alain Vigneault in which the coach urged No. 16 and fellow 1A/1B center Derek Stepan to lift their respective games. “I told them that we needed them to step up and be difference-makers,” the coach told The Post. “And they did, they both responded, they both came through with what we needed. “Brass’ line was great.”.... “I was disappointed and mad at myself for the way I played the last game,” Brassard, who unleashed a monstrous 10 shots on goal, said of his MIA status in Sunday’s 2-0 Game 5 defeat at the Garden. “The disappointment from losing in the final last year and losing the last game to put us in the position where we faced elimination really hit me [on Monday]. “The truth is, that I was challenged by my coach in the morning. It wasn’t a spanking, he wasn’t disappointed, and we’ve been working really hard against a lot of good centers, but A.V. said he needed a little bit more from us. “Every time I’ve been challenged like that since I played junior, I always try to come through with more.” ......

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 7:52 am EST

"It was Miller’s first career multi-point game in the playoffs, giving him seven points in the last eight games, with five of his seven playoff assists primary assists." ...way to go jitters prove me wrong as long as you win....

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 7:49 am EST

According to Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time the Rangers registered at least five goals in one period of a playoff game since they tallied six in the third period of Game 5 of the semifinals against the Flyers in 1979.

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 7:46 am EST

And man is KK having trouble keeping up or what? A giveaway in the first that the King bailed him out on and then for whatever reason on the Bolt 2nd goal (it was that or the 3rd) he drifted over to his partner's side (Staal I think), leaving his man wide open for the pass and then in a desperate move to recover, ran into the King. That and like Jitters, he keeps shooting the puck into Bolt shinpads. Is he still off from his 7 week injury or is this what he's like against teams with speed and skill? If the latter, now I see why he was let go from MDZ...

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 7:44 am EST

Now back to less important matters. Kudos to JT Miller for a fabulous effort last night. There are still warts in his game (his penchant for shooting the puck with his head down into a sea of legs when there are other better options drives me bonkers, for example) but the raw skillset is there for sure. If he can continue to grow, he'll be a fine top 6 winger IMO.

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 7:42 am EST

“I feel good,” Yandle said after the game. “It doesn’t matter about the points, at this point of the season it’s all about wins.”..... “It’s something that this team is built to win right now,” Yandle said. “From where I came from, everyone there, from owners to the GM to the coaches, players, they all gave their 100 percent effort and really wanted to win. But it’s something that, when you come to a team like this, and the team is built to win, built around guys that know how to win and want to win, it’s special.”

stevielegs


Wed May 27 2015 7:40 am EST

yorkmaine: Your words ache with pain - we all are feeling them. Do you want to divulge what happened? If not, totally cool. Keep the faith!

RF4L


Wed May 27 2015 7:19 am EST

yorkmaine94......I hope that better times come to you sooner than later. Stay strong

TradeStar28


Wed May 27 2015 6:04 am EST

step: that's only for the Club Seats

jnyr


Wed May 27 2015 5:43 am EST

What happened ed to the "no ranger gear" policy last night? Saw quite a.few.people wearing jerseys.

stepunmytoe


Wed May 27 2015 5:40 am EST

Have you guys seen this........Andre Deveaux's attack on p;layed during warm ups in Sweden......just vicious http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/ex-ranger-thrown-sweedish-hockey-league-attack-article-1.2168277

jnyr


Wed May 27 2015 5:01 am EST

You people are making an extremely sad and difficult time in my life a bit more bearable. You could say I "watched" the game here by scrolling all your posts earlier. Thank you for being funny. Happy tears are healthier than the other ones. Good luck to you all for game 7 and hopefully NY will get the chance for redemption in a Final.

yorkmaine94


Wed May 27 2015 3:40 am EST

I am watching the game again :)

Ola


Wed May 27 2015 1:35 am EST

Why were Tampa fans booing Yandle in the 3rd? Aside from the "They're morons" answer, that is.

LeoS


Wed May 27 2015 12:54 am EST

Calling it a night boys! Two AM in Tampa and it's just perfect! Hank was money tonight and bishop was brutal! Anyway...Tampa played well but if it wasn't for the zebras the Rangers would have won 8-0. Stamkos gets away with more shit than ovechkin and it's not close. He should have had 10 penalties on this series but has gotten maybe two. We want the zebras to choke on their whistles because they score on their pp and we don't. Absolutely stunned cooper pulled bishop

Fotiu22


Wed May 27 2015 12:37 am EST

Phew what a game. The top guys really came through. Nice to see Yandle picking it up when it matters the most. Yandle isn't perfect, but I do think the criticism of him has a been a bit unfair. He has the role he has, his strong hold has always been to like Ryan Suter and co make those passes and small plays 25-30 minutes a night game in and game out, not do the flashy stuff of like a PK Subban. It seems some expected the later for some reason, but I probably prefer the sooner. However if you play that style 19 minutes a night, it won't stick out too much. You need a bigger role. But he has historically played his best hockey when it matters the most. He has been great there for PHX when they made that run to the CF etc.

Ola


Tue May 26 2015 11:23 pm EST

" – ON POINT – Two Rangers defensemen (Dan Boyle and Keith Yandle) have tallied at least 10 points in the same year in the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and for just the second time following the 1995 Playoffs. Rangers’ defensemen have registered 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in the last four games - See more at: http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/27/game-6-rangers-7-lightning-3-post-game-notes-quotes/#sthash.byTaXQPp.dpuf"

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 11:10 pm EST

Great Quote..... When Yandle was asked if he knew it was his goal, "It honestly doesn't matter to me." #NYR

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 11:04 pm EST

Tonight was the first time 3 #NYR (Brassard, Miller & Nash) recorded 4 or more points in a playoff game in franchise history (@EliasSports)

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 10:58 pm EST

Stevie agree on Boyle also. Klein needs to pick it up now. He's slipping lately.

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 10:56 pm EST

Rhet let him go play with his nuts ...

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:55 pm EST

Rangers rip Lightning to force Game 7 for trip to Cup final......http://nypost.com/2015/05/26/rangers-rip-lightning-to-force-game-7-for-trip-to-cup-final/

mf


Tue May 26 2015 10:55 pm EST

Don't forget Boyle he has not been an adventure he's been a real contributor showing his experience when it counts ...

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:54 pm EST

Stevie.... He's playing head games with us, the guy is a little nuts!

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 10:50 pm EST

Is Yandle our most valuable Dman right now?? Sure looks it. Thanks Glen. Great last few games by him. One more boys.

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 10:50 pm EST

Rhet cooper sounded like he was waving the white flag already at his press conference ...

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:44 pm EST

Step... I thought the first hit hurt Stamkos, the 2nd didn't do much.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 10:43 pm EST

This team continues to amaze and surprise ... What are year so far .... They are not flukes ....

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:40 pm EST

Brassard showed what he did the first year he came here in the playoffs... He's a gamer he got the broadway hat . And jitters really filled in great for zucchini ... Good for him .... Great for the nyr ....

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:40 pm EST

MelFred; Krieds crosscheck sweetest play of the game. Thought it neutered Stamkos a bit afterward.

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 10:39 pm EST

We can't lose our cool in game 7. Winning is the only thing that matters.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 10:38 pm EST

Mfred except kid k was dumb and the nyr started to lose their composure looking for hits instead of sticking to their game plan... Can't trust any red in the nhl... They are nbc on ice...

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:35 pm EST

Pete... Okay, sorry. I don't know you well enough to know when you're being tongue in cheek. That means you need to post more often :)

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 10:34 pm EST

What I liked is that Stamkos was challenged and hit after the McD hit....

MelvilleFred


Tue May 26 2015 10:33 pm EST

Cooper is not as big a dick as Torts, but he does have his dick moments. He's weird too.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 10:33 pm EST

This guy Cooper is a Dick!

MelvilleFred


Tue May 26 2015 10:33 pm EST

Stamkos 0 points and a -2..... Stepan did a damn good job on him tonight

mf


Tue May 26 2015 10:32 pm EST

So is Nash ok so far? 1 goal 3 assists tonight ...

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:30 pm EST

Brassard is a big game player for sure.....

MelvilleFred


Tue May 26 2015 10:30 pm EST

Veenknow would sit shepherd if I know him

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:29 pm EST

I don't know if i would compare Jon Cooper to Torts.........Cooper is more like a young Bill Bellicheck with his demeanor. The big difference between Cooper and AV is that Cooper usually only talks about his team and hardly compliments or gives credit to the Rangers. On the other hand, AV (no matter win or lose) always gives credit to the other team.

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 10:29 pm EST

11 pieces need #12 then 4 more

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:28 pm EST

step: Agreed. If MZA is ready, he plays. MSL should sit. He sucks.

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 10:28 pm EST

Three games in Tampa, the NYR score 16 goals. Three at MSG, 4 goals. Wacky as hell. Then those last two Hawks-Ducks games? Who can figure any of this out?

Nick


Tue May 26 2015 10:27 pm EST

By the way screw callahandjob stralgirl and boyleonmyass

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:26 pm EST

Rhetoric...Hank didn't play poorly, he is just usually lights out in elimination games so the bar is pretty high. The comment was more tongue-in-cheek. We will only go as far as Hank takes us.

pete


Tue May 26 2015 10:26 pm EST

steponmy.....St. Louis won't sit. You're asking a guy who was sent into outer space to jump into a game 7 and perform to his standards after 1 full practice?! that is insanity. I do not want Zucc on the ice....he'll look like a Pilon!

MelvilleFred


Tue May 26 2015 10:24 pm EST

I now appreciate veenknow low key interviews after seeing cooper act like talkerella cocky bs ... Assine huh ? He's an ass ....

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:21 pm EST

OK... Tomorrow we root for the Hawks to win. Hopefully, it's an OT affair. If their series goes seven games, they could actually have played 10 games worth by the time it's done.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 10:21 pm EST

If Zucc is medically cleared to play then you play him. MSL is broke and needs fixin. Hags Hayes Zucc for game 7. MSL is ruining those two. Hags has been invisible since Marty got on his line. Like a Damned disease.

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 10:20 pm EST

JFC: Methinks you (and others) are being too hard on Hank. The Bolts are a difficult team to defend against once they gain control in the offensive zone. They are skilled at moving the back across the ice and finding an open man. Tough for a goalie. The King made some fabulous and timely saves in the first 2 periods, especially in the 2nd where the Rangers oftentimes looked like they were overwhelmed.

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 10:19 pm EST

Need to really buckle down on d Friday .... Way too loosey goosey

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:19 pm EST

There is a simple rule in the playoffs. You don't change lineup after a win. Especially after a huge win like this. LGR!!

andrei


Tue May 26 2015 10:17 pm EST

I know it will NEVER HAPPEN, but when Zuc comes back, MSL should sit. At least for one game. Glass and Sheppard have been really good together.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 10:16 pm EST

Yep crazy for bazookerella the missing piece to try and complete the puzzle ... This wouldn't have gone 7 if he were playing... Tampons proved they are dirty ... Hockey God doesn't usually let that go unpunished ...

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:16 pm EST

Hey Pierre Maguire, "think we're in their heads yet?" .......

mf


Tue May 26 2015 10:16 pm EST

After watching that second period ...all I can say is Where the hell did that 3rd come from.. A+ game in the final 20...Game 7 home ice,, a chance to go back to the cup.. been a fun couple of years as a Rangers fan... made particularly sweet cause I live in Laff fan country ... LOL.. :)

sjw


Tue May 26 2015 10:16 pm EST

I'm listening to Kenny's radio calls on the XM post-game. Excellent stuff ... hee has to force it a bit on those TV non-NYR games but he was excited a shell tonight.

Nick


Tue May 26 2015 10:15 pm EST

Pete... Hank gave up 3 bad goals, but he was HUGE when we needed him to be. it took all the pressure off him in the 3rd. That's a good thing and it should pay dividends.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 10:14 pm EST

Those last few goals against Hank didn't mean a thing. The Stamkos save at 1-0 and the bunch at 2-1 were the big show.

Nick


Tue May 26 2015 10:13 pm EST

Last year is keeping them going... They want to get back to the finals ... They get to try and prove that on Friday ...bnt line like the old bmt train chugging along ... Great game but scary 2nd

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:13 pm EST

MFred: You got that right, if it ain't broke, don't tinker with it.. Besides, Zucc has a head injury to heal, and then who are you going to sit? Let Zucc sit..... jmho

mf


Tue May 26 2015 10:11 pm EST

You guys are crazy...the last thing you want is inserting Zucc at this stage......you've got to be kidding!

MelvilleFred


Tue May 26 2015 10:10 pm EST

that was one of Lundqvist's worst elimination game effort, and we won handily. He hasn't had a shutout yet this postseason, he is due.

pete


Tue May 26 2015 10:09 pm EST

I think zucchini gets cleared tomorrow or Thursday for contact ... Then it's up to veenknow

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:09 pm EST

Bishop crapped up one of RangerLou's liners.......

mf


Tue May 26 2015 10:09 pm EST

Hank played well in the 2nd but the goals he gave up were not up to his standards. Yet, we still kicked their asses in the 3rd. I had posted twice about Rangers hitting as hard as they have all season and how,that would effect Tampa and their 11 forwards if the series went long. Well, game 6 is long and game 7 is even longer. Bishop has effectively been exposed as a pedestrian goaltender. With Hank in net, I like our chances in Game 7. Bishop has to be questioning himself. Rangers have to do their part and gets shots on him en masse....make him MOVE....make him go down and we'll fill the net again.

JFC31


Tue May 26 2015 10:08 pm EST

Trade... That's a horrible story.... I say this as I'm laughing hysterically :)

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 10:08 pm EST

And yeah, the obvious person to come out of the lineup if/when MZA is back is MSL. That won't happen, however. It will be Sheppard. Undeservedly. MSL sucks.

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 10:07 pm EST

4th line with Glass, Shep and Moore were excellent. For all Nashers doubters .... he scored again.

andrei


Tue May 26 2015 10:06 pm EST

BTW, Callahan's a prick.

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 10:06 pm EST

rhet.....funny story about Pierre......well, my Dad was actually pissed about it......I took care of him for 2 years.....I brought him home from college (he survived 2 semesters)........and a buddy of mine got me 2 red belly piranhas from the back room of the local fish aquarium store.......So i put them in the same tank as Pierre.......and the next morning, when i woke up.......the only thing that was left of Pierre was his fuggin tail......which was floating on the bottom in the gravel......

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 10:06 pm EST

BTW...that 4th line and Tanner Glass have been realy good.....very proud of this team.

MelvilleFred


Tue May 26 2015 10:05 pm EST

Mfred unpack your box

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 10:05 pm EST

My favorite moment was Kreider and Stepan holding the brave Stamkos accountable for his cheap shots from behind.

Bob


Tue May 26 2015 10:05 pm EST

Holy crap, what a 3rd period - their best in this year's POs without a doubt and maybe in the past 3 or 4 years. The King was awesome in the 2nd.

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 10:04 pm EST

To quote Forest Gump....Just then Nash showed up.....monster night for that line. With the way this series is going I have no Idea what happens.....this is pretty nuts.

MelvilleFred


Tue May 26 2015 10:03 pm EST

I am usually wrong .....but i don't think Zucc plays on Friday night........BUT....he will definitely be playing Game 1 @ MSG vs Ducks next Wednesday @ 8pm EST!

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 10:03 pm EST

Proud of this team. 2nd goal was huge by Yandle. That goal was the reason why Sather got him. Tampa is a dirty team. Glad we stuck it to the clueless refs and to the whole Tampa team.

andrei


Tue May 26 2015 10:02 pm EST

Trade... Did he live to be 10 years old or............11?

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 10:02 pm EST

Pierre10 took his name not for Pierre Larouche....but from a goldfish that i won at the NY state fair back in the late 80's ,,,,,,who was named Pierre

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 10:01 pm EST

Mommy says, "Ranger's in 7." ;-)

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:59 pm EST

Couldn't be more proud of this team....Rest up got another game 7....Just f'ing awesome....

PJ


Tue May 26 2015 9:59 pm EST

Happy to be watching MSG postgame!!!

Pierre10


Tue May 26 2015 9:58 pm EST

Another plane ride for you, Cooper ...

Nick


Tue May 26 2015 9:58 pm EST

I immediately speculate on Zucc possibly returning Friday. If so I would sit MSL. Sadly he has brought Hayes and Hags down with him.

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 9:57 pm EST

That was their best game best 3rd period

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:56 pm EST

Ohh Pierre. I was worried my 2-1 prediction would come through. Two periods of making a 1 goal lead stand up? Torture.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:56 pm EST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2pGBv9Ly6A

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:55 pm EST

Well, we know who the three stars of the game are.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:55 pm EST

Way to go nyr make us proud

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:55 pm EST

Hey fellas...howd our boys finish up tonight? I shut it off at 2-0 figuring we were golden.

Pierre10


Tue May 26 2015 9:55 pm EST

Thank goodness for the 2 days off. We need it.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:54 pm EST

69 more hours to game 7!!

pete


Tue May 26 2015 9:53 pm EST

Silence. Is Pierre still here

KIS


Tue May 26 2015 9:53 pm EST

FOTIU:Hattricks Tavern: Best Sports Bar in Tampa Florida.......http://www.sportsbartampa.com/

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:52 pm EST

I died and went to heaven....

WIOSA


Tue May 26 2015 9:52 pm EST

7 is heaven thank you hockey God

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:52 pm EST

WOW..an ENG!!

DOUBLEN


Tue May 26 2015 9:52 pm EST

I WANNA SEE A HAT

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 9:52 pm EST

BRASSARD WITH THE HATTRICK!!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:51 pm EST

Tampa Bay's strategy for game 7 is to have the net empty for the entire game, EXCEPT for the PP.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:51 pm EST

Great pk fun auto. Correct

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:50 pm EST

Tell Cooper I will give him some of my frequent flyer miles as a gift. http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/37709/lightning-do-not-want-to-return-to-new-york

pete


Tue May 26 2015 9:50 pm EST

Great ok... Timeout veenknow wow snowing tomorrow

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:50 pm EST

Cmon RANGERS>.......kick the extra point!

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 9:49 pm EST

I love you Danny but get your sh*t together, and get out of the way for the fat chick

WIOSA


Tue May 26 2015 9:47 pm EST

WTF was he thinking????

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:47 pm EST

Jezzus Girardi!

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:46 pm EST

Paging dubi

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:46 pm EST

Hoskie? Goalie

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:45 pm EST

Stevie.... They know how bad we are are empty netters.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:45 pm EST

5 minutes

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:45 pm EST

No Hoskie 5.5 wtf

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:45 pm EST

When did Stralman get speed?

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:42 pm EST

That's OK HANK, get all the bad goals out of your system tonight.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:41 pm EST

Uh-oh, hurry up fat lady

WIOSA


Tue May 26 2015 9:41 pm EST

Play d hank wtfu

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:40 pm EST

Guess I'm not surprised that NBC have not complimented Rangers in over an hour. Nothing. No fucken hard facts. Never mind, just went with one. If that were Tampa, stroking would continue. Here we go again. How young is fucken Lightning are. God, I hate NBC.

andrei


Tue May 26 2015 9:40 pm EST

Rick Nash coming up with a big game. Good for him. Miller big game and same with brassard

KIS


Tue May 26 2015 9:39 pm EST

Really Happy for Jitters. 1 goal, 3 assists. It should do a lot for his confidence going forward.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:39 pm EST

Nice killer instinct in the 3rd ... Stepped on their necks with a jolt up their asses... Keep it up ...

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:39 pm EST

Shittyhan , Broiled, and Sorrow will try to take runs at the Rangers d-men for the next 8 minutes

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 9:38 pm EST

These announcers actually sound sad and disappointed

KIS


Tue May 26 2015 9:37 pm EST

Competing LET'S GO chants.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:37 pm EST

Gee, where are the triplets? Rangers need to HIT HARD the rest of,this game. Soften them up even more....HIT THEM!!

JFC31


Tue May 26 2015 9:36 pm EST

Play d

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:36 pm EST

I have to say, it's huge that we answered back. Knowing us, it could've gotten ugly.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:36 pm EST

Refs have lost control there will be blood on ice

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:35 pm EST

Now go after Stamkos and Stralman

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 9:34 pm EST

Hold the Vaseline, remeber game two Tampa???

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:34 pm EST

IT'S A POWER PLAY GOAL!

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:34 pm EST

Shoot the puck Yandle.......Shoot the puck. !

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 9:34 pm EST

WOWZER a PPG!!!

DOUBLEN


Tue May 26 2015 9:34 pm EST

Pp goal nashty

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:33 pm EST

Screw you TAMPA!

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:33 pm EST

Don't jinx them ,,,,it aint over till the fat lady sings....she's warming up her pipes, but she isn't singing yet.

WIOSA


Tue May 26 2015 9:33 pm EST

< 10 minutes

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:33 pm EST

Time to go up 6-2, put one past Vaselineman

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:32 pm EST

Vasectomy

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:32 pm EST

Tampa is doing nothing but cheapshot-ting us now.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:31 pm EST

Glass saving it up for game 7

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 9:31 pm EST

Doc translation. Boy I hope Krieder is injured

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 9:30 pm EST

Kreider injury?

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:30 pm EST

https://origin-imgdto.doubletakeoffers.com/hula-girl-oyster-bar

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:30 pm EST

Come on Hank...Christ....

PJ


Tue May 26 2015 9:30 pm EST

Really Hank?

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:29 pm EST

Tampa looked TIRED to start the period and the Rangers 4th line toke them apart. 11 forwards for 6 straight games with jack shit from bottom 5....except for Morrow penalties. Miscalculation by Cooper??

JFC31


Tue May 26 2015 9:29 pm EST

MF... We do have some good food down here, but the ONE thing I miss the most is NY Pizza. Yum.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:28 pm EST

2 periods of rope-a-dope and crush them in the 3rd? Really?

Bob


Tue May 26 2015 9:28 pm EST

Do we send Glass out to decapitate Stamkos ? I would. And that greedy phony prick Callahan too !!!!!! Bury em !!

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 9:27 pm EST

Up your ass, refs! Up your ass Tampa! Up your ass Stamkos....giveaway followed by a lazy pathetic backcheck!

JFC31


Tue May 26 2015 9:27 pm EST

WHAT. A FUCKING. PERIOD.

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 9:26 pm EST

Another 5 Goals Against by Piss-up

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:26 pm EST

WOW where was this team last game.

barto


Tue May 26 2015 9:26 pm EST

Thanks Rhet, she's a keeper. ;-) BTW, just north of Tampa along the coast in Palm Harbor is a Bar Called the Hula Girl, best friggin oysters I ever ate. Appalachiacola, they were like a buck a piece, washed them down with some Bloody Mary's

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:25 pm EST

Fuck them up let em bleed ... Tampons soak it up

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:25 pm EST

BRASS!!!!!!!!!!! This is like Friday all over again.

DOUBLEN


Tue May 26 2015 9:25 pm EST

OMG....braaaaaaSSSSAAARD

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:24 pm EST

Everybody wants ta get inta da act!

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:24 pm EST

Step... sounds good... me too :)

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:23 pm EST

MF, LOL, it's offsides silly. What Is Off Sides Again lol

WIOSA


Tue May 26 2015 9:23 pm EST

Rhet; SOFT TB D. SOFT goaltending. I'll have a double !!!!!!

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 9:22 pm EST

Where was this team on Sunday

DOUBLEN


Tue May 26 2015 9:22 pm EST

As jimmy Durante said everybody got to get into the act ...#4

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:22 pm EST

SHEPPARD!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:22 pm EST

4th Line Scores...................

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:21 pm EST

YESYSYESSSYESSYESSS yessss!!!

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:21 pm EST

MF... Your mom is awesome.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:19 pm EST

WIOSA: My mom wants to know what icing is, would you give her a call please? ;-)

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:19 pm EST

Bitchup flopping like a fish on land

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:18 pm EST

Somewhere on the bench, Chris Kreider just breathed a sigh of relief.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:17 pm EST

Guess Brassard owed Miller one..... IT'S MILLER TIME !!!!!!! HaHaHa

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:16 pm EST

JITTERS!!!!!!!!!!!

DOUBLEN


Tue May 26 2015 9:16 pm EST

Fucking #3

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:16 pm EST

JIIIIITTTTTTTTTEEERRRRRSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:15 pm EST

Lou: wingers playing too deep in d zone Ala Torts. Pressure their D. Make them play back. They have no one to outlet to.

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 9:13 pm EST

Okay, here comes the TB hand job. I'm muting. I'll listen for all y'all's screams.

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 9:13 pm EST

Poodle what are the nyr going to do you pos

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:13 pm EST

Don't give the refs the chance to raise their arms. Nothing even borderline. Smart play, and maybe now's the time for the stretch pass.

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 9:12 pm EST

Time for the nyr to give a few tampons spinal taps

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:10 pm EST

I'm in espanole ... Screw doc ladle and Pierre bald poodle

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:09 pm EST

Trade... too bad. I thought you were making a Spinal Tap reference instead of a Messier one :)

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:09 pm EST

Whats killing us is we cannot get out our our zone.Our defense is caught 95% of the time with the puck facing the boards. And cannot react quick enough to perform a quick outlet pass.

rangerlou


Tue May 26 2015 9:07 pm EST

stevie...i have the TV volume on 11.......which is pretty loud.....but the 11 is for Messier

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 9:07 pm EST

Stevie... Silly me :)

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:06 pm EST

MF... All I wanted to do was make it out of that period with the lead. Especially with our recent history. The odds are now more in our favor. That doesn't mean it's going to be easy, but it's all I could ask for. We have a shot going into the third :)

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:06 pm EST

Rhet don't you know the deal by now ?

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:05 pm EST

Time to stay positive ... Cross whatever you prefer ... Including your eyes

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:03 pm EST

I don't know. Nash has an assist and I thought he was an important part of both goals. How is that MIA?

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:02 pm EST

Hank and steal both said wtf to the ref

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:02 pm EST

Rhet, don't get all religious on me here... We spent way too much time in our zone, hopefully it was a result of their surge and they used up a lot of their gas.... We need to win this period..... jmhcjao

mf


Tue May 26 2015 9:01 pm EST

Per Rangers Report..... Lundqvist had to stop 13 shots and J.T. Brown's full body block that period. I'm sure Kreider gets away with that play (sarcasm).

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 9:00 pm EST

Getting dominated. It's a shame the role players have done their part to win 10 playoff games and the so called horses suck. Henrik got bulldozed and Stamkos being all Bettman has left to market the south can do whatever he wants. If they win this game it's a huge upset. Fingers crossed.

shonuff


Tue May 26 2015 9:00 pm EST

Hard to watch.......brutal passing and outlets. Nash and St. Louis missing in action again. As a fan told my daughter....St. Louis looks like a 39 year old who just played a full season of Hockey.

MelvilleFred


Tue May 26 2015 9:00 pm EST

Have to win in spite of these blind refs... No excuses... Play d .. O off that...

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 8:59 pm EST

must have been a maxi

mf


Tue May 26 2015 8:59 pm EST

Just looking @ TJ Brown coming in on Henrik and just bowling him over. There was no interference by Brassard......He basically ran over the King. 100% penalty

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 8:58 pm EST

Excuse my language but Hank got fucking destroyed on that. Did I miss something? Nobody touched the guy and he flattened Hank. Hank didn't complain so maybe I am just bombed. Next goal would be nice

Fotiu22


Tue May 26 2015 8:58 pm EST

MF... It's the first time we haven't given up a goal in the 2nd period in quite some time. How can than not be anything BUT good?

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:58 pm EST

So hitting the post is now a brutal pp... ? ... That puck almost trickled in saved by a tampon ...

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 8:57 pm EST

Twitter question just now: what's the over/under on puck time in the Rangers' zone in the 3rd? I read 18, lol. I'll say 13:30.

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 8:57 pm EST

Loved the non trip call that gave them the 2 on 1 where Brown ran over Hank and no call. This is truly pitiful on the Nhls behalf.

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 8:57 pm EST

I tell ya what.....the Rangers discipline and fundamentals are the main culprits for this game being close. The team played so much more smarter in Dec Jan Feb March April......I pray to the hockey lords that we do not let a bonehead play or two cost us this game. Obviously i am happy we are leading 2-1 after 2 periods. But lets play with more intelligence.

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 8:57 pm EST

Little expectations

mf


Tue May 26 2015 8:56 pm EST

Rhet, are we watching the same game?

mf


Tue May 26 2015 8:56 pm EST

First 2nd period in a while we haven't given up a goal.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:56 pm EST

Did not like that period for us, looked like we were skating with heavy legs our there.. We must be better, this could be the friggin season

mf


Tue May 26 2015 8:55 pm EST

Made it out of that dreaded 2 nd just missed making it 3-1 but they have the lead going into the 3rd.... Stay with them hockey God ....

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 8:54 pm EST

Good 2nd period for us. Finally!

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:53 pm EST

At least it was better than the first one!

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 8:51 pm EST

Brutal power play. Decline the next one!

Shaggy


Tue May 26 2015 8:50 pm EST

Imagine if Kreider had dome that to Bishop...

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 8:50 pm EST

Fin post

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 8:49 pm EST

C'mon Kreider,

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:48 pm EST

Will they get a shot on this PP

DOUBLEN


Tue May 26 2015 8:48 pm EST

Ohhhhh Jitters.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:45 pm EST

And that's 2 Tampa players that should be concussed. Courtesy of Glass. Then Sheppard. And keep working your way up. Funk this !

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 8:41 pm EST

THAT'S 2 GODDAMNED BOARDING CALLS MISSED

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 8:38 pm EST

We all know Arniel coaches the PP, is it his decision on which players should be out there or is it AV as their is really no reason to keep trotting MSL out there.

DOUBLEN


Tue May 26 2015 8:37 pm EST

All right, crazy idea, guys...how about we scrap the stretch passes and dump, chase, and POUND?

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 8:37 pm EST

Swap out Hayes for MSL on the PP. Too bad there is no Zuc available.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:35 pm EST

Docktoor should knife himself ... Buy a thesaurus

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 8:33 pm EST

Rangers are looking to give this game away with all the sloppy play in the defensive end.

Greschner4


Tue May 26 2015 8:32 pm EST

Hmmmm, i checked. It seems the Lightning are NOT on the PP. Could have fooled me.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:32 pm EST

Swap Hags and MSL...or Glass and MSL...

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 8:31 pm EST

MSL is a joke...

PJ


Tue May 26 2015 8:30 pm EST

St. Louis looked awful on the PP.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:30 pm EST

VINTAGE PP

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 8:30 pm EST

Of course, you have to get it in the offensive zone to do that.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:29 pm EST

Come on guys, Crash the damn net.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:28 pm EST

Do the mario hang at the blue line play

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 8:27 pm EST

We need to get that goal back here. I want Kreider, Stepan and Brassard on the PP.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:27 pm EST

Cash this one in, guys.

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 8:26 pm EST

Guess that was too obvious not to call

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 8:26 pm EST

The PP can't be any worse than what it was on Sunday

DOUBLEN


Tue May 26 2015 8:26 pm EST

Stamkos crosschecked him in the face. He looked pissed.

barto


Tue May 26 2015 8:22 pm EST

I have never seen Stepan so feisty..where did this come from.

DOUBLEN


Tue May 26 2015 8:21 pm EST

Enjoying the moment.

hipcheck


Tue May 26 2015 8:21 pm EST

They finally change the Rangers 2nd goal. Yandle from Brassard and Nash.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:21 pm EST

Stephan is mad max ... Have to keep priority 1 in perspectitive... Play smart ... Play good d

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 8:19 pm EST

NBC only talks about the NYR so they can set up further talking about the Lightning. It's like that every series, no matter who we play.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:16 pm EST

Not a good start. At least Hank is on his game.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:16 pm EST

Slamkos getting royalty nhl treatment ... That has to stop ... A penalty is a penalty especially a dirty boarding call with real intent to injure ....hockey God will even that bs out... Instant karma

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 8:13 pm EST

Beside myself here. On the far end of the ice where McD got boarded and even the lightening fans are saying they got away with one. Effin disgusting that the gdamn zebras can change a game as important as this. This isn't effin preseason. Effin sham

Fotiu22


Tue May 26 2015 8:12 pm EST

JFC... Good point. The first hit was tremendous. The 2nd did nothing more than help him get his frustration out. Selfish.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:12 pm EST

Here comes the 2nd period.....Maybe i will go read to my daughter for the next hour...... <Gulp>

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 8:12 pm EST

Kreider has to hold back after the first hit.....2-0 is where we should be... This is our season here...The call on Staal and non call against Stamkos were a disgrace though....

PJ


Tue May 26 2015 8:10 pm EST

step-- exactly right. I'm so,sick of this Mickey Mouse league always managing to have incompetent refs screw us with bad or no calls. That hit by Stamkos was a fucking penalty and not one of them called it....but Kreider does a cross,check and gets called. This league is a running joke....problem is it's always on us.

JFC31


Tue May 26 2015 8:08 pm EST

Kreider wrecked him with the hit...ZERO reason for the crosscheck follow up. Zero. The officials owe us...I won't hold my breath waiting for it..

Shaggy


Tue May 26 2015 8:07 pm EST

If Krediernis gonna take another dumb-ass over-aggression penalty (after he made his,point by putting Stamos embarrassingly on his ass) then make it count for something....an "I'm mad at you" cross check in the back doesn't do,shit...how 'bout a full glove roundhouse to the kisser for a roughing penalty....make him see stars, give him a fucking concussion. THEN I'd say the penalty was worth it. Cros check leading to a PP goal....not so much.

JFC31


Tue May 26 2015 8:05 pm EST

Only problem I have with Krieder is he didn't mame him. Can't let Stamkos keep running our players because he feels hes an untouchable star status punk. Hope Krieds runs his fuckin ass again !!! Sick of this god damn league allowing that to the Rangers. Enough is enough !!! Send fuckin Glass out.to end his season !!!

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 8:05 pm EST

At least Keith jones says that slankos got away with boarding ... Kid k once was enough use your head ... Nyr need to put Nash at blue line on pp to get behind d like callahandjob just did

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 8:05 pm EST

fucking nhl double standard!!! if carcillo hit mcd like that he would have been tossed out, but stamkos is called a great leader....what crap

Topovski


Tue May 26 2015 8:05 pm EST

NOTHING wrong with what Kreider did. Even if a Ranger power play turned into a shorthanded situation, you give up more by letting a pussy like Stamkos take liberties. Hit him clean over and over and over again in the second period.

Punchrolfe


Tue May 26 2015 8:05 pm EST

How many shots from behind to our guys (McD) do we have to take before we hit back???

mf


Tue May 26 2015 8:03 pm EST

SJW.... Where was the penalty that the Refs called on Staal? I sure didn't see it.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:01 pm EST

Well, that is Hank's one bad goal for the game. At least we got it out of the way. Kreider needs to keep an eye on Stamkos. Next time he has his head down, pass him the puck and then lay him out.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 8:01 pm EST

Moxie schmoxie. Save the macho bullshit for next October. Stay out of the freaking box. So 2-1 not 2-0, but we all feel better? I'll never get that.

Nick


Tue May 26 2015 8:01 pm EST

Someone needs to bloody Callahan. Oh, and maybe not give up 16 SOG...

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 8:00 pm EST

In between periods....Do the officials go into some closet at the rink and speak to the fuckin NHL office and go over the officiating ......How goddamn infuriating to see the Rangers get fucked on calls and non-calls........Ofcourse Kreider shouldn't have done that but Stamkos hit the Rangers best skater and it shoulda been called......Now the complexion of the game has been altered. What "was gonna happen" is now something different to what will happen because of that shit.......

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 7:59 pm EST

Stall needs to pick up his game.. he's been terrible and taking penalties as well

sjw


Tue May 26 2015 7:58 pm EST

This is fargin war!

tlats


Tue May 26 2015 7:57 pm EST

Callahan is a douche....

PJ


Tue May 26 2015 7:57 pm EST

Callahan u shit bag.....never did dick for us.....Dubi was better

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 7:56 pm EST

Horrible non call but Kreider can't do that....

PJ


Tue May 26 2015 7:55 pm EST

One set of rules for Stamkos, another for everyone else. Hard to win playing 5 on 9.

Rexi29


Tue May 26 2015 7:54 pm EST

save not game.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:54 pm EST

joke call

heston


Tue May 26 2015 7:54 pm EST

Callahan does not have what I would call a great move. Hank should have made the game. Get it back Rangers.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:54 pm EST

Officials and horrible mistake....

PJ


Tue May 26 2015 7:53 pm EST

How do you allow that....

PJ


Tue May 26 2015 7:53 pm EST

That was terrible.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:52 pm EST

No problem with what Krieds did. Shit bag refs.

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 7:52 pm EST

Anyone have a problem with us taking a penalty there? About time we showed some moxie......

mf


Tue May 26 2015 7:52 pm EST

Of course they missed the dirty hit on MCD because Stamkos did it. Pathetic.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:49 pm EST

Everybody DRINK!

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:47 pm EST

SOFT goal by Bishop

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 7:47 pm EST

Wooooohoooooo. Shoot the puck Yandle..... Shoot the puck !!!!

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 7:46 pm EST

Good things happen when you throw the puck at the net...............

mf


Tue May 26 2015 7:46 pm EST

#2

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 7:45 pm EST

YAAAAANNNNNDDDDLLLLELEEEEEEEEE

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:45 pm EST

Huge play by Boyle also there on the side of Hank.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:43 pm EST

Pathetic call.

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 7:43 pm EST

What penalty?

PJ


Tue May 26 2015 7:43 pm EST

Why did Staal get that penalty? It looked dubious to me at best.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:43 pm EST

Fuckin retarded penalty called there? Where was the foul? Honestly

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 7:40 pm EST

I think that the one adjustment that must be made is that if the Rangers are in offensive zone....to keep the really low % shots to a minimum and to throw it behind the net instead and grind out a better look

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 7:40 pm EST

Step.... I know :)

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:39 pm EST

Rhet: we may not make the 3rd. :)

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 7:38 pm EST

The difference between 'good' pinching and 'dumb' pinching is a fraction of a second. Sometimes you're already committed.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:37 pm EST

Pinching is fine. Dumb pinching is not. Can't sit on a one goal lead. Be nice if we had some forechecking going. This doesn't look good so far.

Nick


Tue May 26 2015 7:37 pm EST

From now on, every time a wall poster says the word "soft", everyone has to drink.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:34 pm EST

We gotta cover their dmen better. Way too soft on them

stepunmytoe


Tue May 26 2015 7:33 pm EST

Uh-oh... We just moved into crazy town.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:31 pm EST

Hank is going to have to come up big tonight. And can we please stop pinching with the d? We are up a goal!

Fotiu22


Tue May 26 2015 7:28 pm EST

Thanks Mick :)

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:26 pm EST

I'm a fleabit peanut monkey All my friends are junkies That's not really true I'm a cold Italian pizza I could use a lemon squeezer Would you do?

mf


Tue May 26 2015 7:25 pm EST

RHET: Or they're getting a discount for a partial anthem, since they can't sell out at home for their most important game of the season!

mf


Tue May 26 2015 7:24 pm EST

5 hole!!!

Fotiu22


Tue May 26 2015 7:24 pm EST

Great to get the monkey off our backs this quickly.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:23 pm EST

The Bigger the Goalie, the bigger the 5 hole.... Nice play JT Miller, BRAAAAAASSSSAAAAAARRRRDDDDDDDD !!!!!

mf


Tue May 26 2015 7:22 pm EST

Are any of the wallsters going to come out from under their beds to watch the game with us?

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:22 pm EST

#1

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 7:21 pm EST

YEAAAAH BABYYYBRASSARDDD!!!

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:18 pm EST

Nice play by Boyle.

PJ


Tue May 26 2015 7:17 pm EST

Hank, what the hell were you doing?

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:16 pm EST

Godd Luck to all of "Glut-ten For Punishment Ranger Fans."

mf


Tue May 26 2015 7:16 pm EST

It's a theory in progress.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:15 pm EST

I have this theory that National Anthem singers are just being lazy when they let the crowd sing part of the anthem. That or they just forgot the words.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:05 pm EST

Nowhere near as many Ranger fans tonight compared with Friday night. Hate this half ass arena

Fotiu22


Tue May 26 2015 7:01 pm EST

The good news is that Millbury picked the Lightning. If he picked us, I'd be more than a little worried. NYR win 2-1 tonight. Hear that Hockey gods? The NYR win.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 7:00 pm EST

After the way the played Sunday, just am not feeling it tonight; do not have the good vibes. I had The Doors The End in my head all day.

DOUBLEN


Tue May 26 2015 6:57 pm EST

MF... Does mom have any predictions for tonight?

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 6:54 pm EST

Per Twitter..... "Confident but Nervous with Possible Projectile Vomiting a novel by fans of the New York Rangers everywhere"

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 6:50 pm EST

Ryan Callahan talking about the Lightning locker room "being a family" .... I now realize he is totally full of shit.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 6:45 pm EST

Tom Gulitti........ Namestnikov taking line rushes in Paquette's spot at center on line with Callahan and Brown.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 6:44 pm EST

Anyone care what Tortorella thinks? Well click this link if ya' do: http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/37753/tortorellas-5-keys-for-a-ranger-win-in-game-6

tdchi


Tue May 26 2015 6:42 pm EST

Per Tom Gulitti &#8207;... There was speculation that Johnson, Palat, Bishop, Girardi, McDonagh were ill, but all are taking part in warm-ups.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 6:35 pm EST

Zuccarello is STILL not cleared for contact. From what I understand, he has to play one full contact practice without any issues before returning to the lineup. I hope I'm wrong about that because I'd love to see him play sooner rather than later.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 6:34 pm EST

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? All we need is to win one game. We have some plenty of winning. No reason for us not to play our best game of the year tonight.

Fotiu22


Tue May 26 2015 6:25 pm EST

Last year I was much more confident in this team (to the point of being a little c cocky and a bit arrogant). This year I have a little less confident. We don't seem to learn anything and we constantly let lesser teams hang around. To our detriment. I expect to pull this series out. Sans games 2 and 3, Hank is playing at a level I've long wanted to see him play at in the post season. The goaltending in the Hawks/Ducks series has been awful. Hank would kill it in the finals. We can't waste this opportunity .....Bob.... From my experience, Not to knock every single one of them, but most Rays fans are dicks(even the ladies). They're not very knowledgable and usually pretty arrogant about it.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 6:21 pm EST

Whenever I see the Rangers powerplay...for some reason the word "DECLINE!!!" comes to mind. Then absent that, "Shoot the puck, ROZY!!" Same problems...different crew.

tdchi


Tue May 26 2015 6:20 pm EST

Bob I think it's a big bingo night in tampon ...tonight....

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 6:18 pm EST

Key is not to give up goals ... D first tonight....

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 6:14 pm EST

Lots of tickets available? People must be going to the Rays game instead ;)

Bob


Tue May 26 2015 6:13 pm EST

Hopefully, the Rangers watched film today of the PP to see what works. When I say watched film, I mean watch film of the Lightning on the PP, because that is a PP that works well with a lot of good chances. Hell, let's just copy it. I feel like we are constantly over-thinking it when we're on the Powerplay.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 6:10 pm EST

Ticket prices were moving lower and lower on stubhub all day. There were so many tickets on sale on ticketmaster I nearly crapped my pants. (And I am not talking the resale tickets) Bought tickets for $131 thru stub hub and I am in row L of of section 122 which is the lower section. I figure what the hell? I lived thru the dry years when I paid for tickets at the Garden when they couldn't make the playoffs. (Had seats near Ulfies wife and she was pretty as all hell!)

Fotiu22


Tue May 26 2015 6:08 pm EST

Also, Floridians are very resentful of transplants that move to Florida and don't adopt the local teams. VERY RESENTFUL. I know Arizona and Nashville have similar issues.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 6:06 pm EST

TD.... Your are correct, Florida is all about FOOTBALL. Everything else is a distant second. Except for maybe Nascar.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 6:03 pm EST

Had a friend get ice level second round tickets to a Tampa-Pens series a couple years back for something like $60 a pop...on the day of the game...I don't even think I could get out of a bar outside the Garden without spending a c-note, much less ice level on game night at MSG. That's why the stupid Lightning implemented that no-opposing team apparel rule...they knew facing potential original six matchups like the Wings, Canadiens and especially the Rangers they could have the embarrassing reality of having a visible number of opposition fans crowding their lower bowl. I have friends that flew down to Tampa for game 5 and probably spent less than they would have for nosebleeds in the Garden...Let's face it: If you're originally from Tampa Bay, you care about the Bucs, the Devil Rays and maybe the races at Daytona. The people who like hockey are transplant.

tdchi


Tue May 26 2015 6:03 pm EST

Fotiu.... The tickets were between $130-160 for the cheap seats last week(less expensive then NY).... Today I looked at the prices and they were between $71-85 for those same seats. I'm guessing no one is buying tickets. Which is weird because I don't remember that same issue when they last won the cup. I mean it's not NY and it's got small market team problems, but I don't remember it being this pathetic.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 6:01 pm EST

Need the dirty goals tonite. Park your ass in front of bishop. Chip him. Get him rattled and get some rebounds.

Fotiu22


Tue May 26 2015 5:57 pm EST

Just win tonight. Let's Go Rangers!

NYStranger


Tue May 26 2015 5:56 pm EST

I'll be off to the left side of bishop for the first and third periods. Couldn't believe how cheap the tickets were (relative to New York prices which is the only reason I am here) Getting my drink on now. I'll be as loud as possible. Maybe the Tampa fans can start sending tweets to Tampa mgmt to get us Ranger fans tossed out again! Need to stop the barrage that will most likely come early. And if the NHL truly wants a Game 7....we will get some powerplay chances that we have to convert on. Which I guess means sending out MSL over and over again....just kidding !!

Fotiu22


Tue May 26 2015 5:54 pm EST

The Boys owe' it to ZUCC' to just find a d&#9734;mn way to win & advance.

hipcheck


Tue May 26 2015 5:45 pm EST

Tampon hell of a hockey town can't sell out hopefully their last hockey game this playoff season ... No nyr fans would probably mean 80% tips more like 65%....why don't they force their fans at the game to wear a team shirt... F them ...

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 5:45 pm EST

I was going to go to the game tonight but my brother bailed on me. He's a bit nervous about the game. I think he's concerned about jinxing them or something. I refuse to go with any friends that are Lightning fans... Fotiu.... There are plenty of Ranger fans out here. I see plenty at regular season games. I suspect that we may even outnumber the Tampa fans tonight.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 26 2015 5:40 pm EST

jratelle - So true. Totally agree. Man, some of you really need to try looking on the bright side. Sit back, crack a beer and enjoy the ride. Can't do that when your worrying about the car crashing.

tdchi


Tue May 26 2015 5:05 pm EST

All I have to say is: Please don't let it end tonight! I'm not ready to end the season like this.

jratelle19


Tue May 26 2015 4:44 pm EST

We don't do anything "nice and easy."

mf


Tue May 26 2015 4:42 pm EST

Well I think if we win, it's a one goal game, if we lose, we are going to get spanked! All I ask is for effort.

Fotiu22


Tue May 26 2015 4:41 pm EST

Nothin Left to do but to go to the window, open it up, and yell, "LET'S GO RANGERS!!!". (I'm mad as hell and probably won't change at this stage of the game) Two hours twenty minutes until kickoff) :-)

mf


Tue May 26 2015 4:11 pm EST

Vic, I'm not going to nitpick this, but Nash hit the post in Period 1 too. I think the Rangers deserved to win the game, you think they got lucky. To each his own.

JFC31


Tue May 26 2015 4:10 pm EST

Damn...good for you Fotiu22! That's awesome. Have fun. Nothing better than being there for a big win...but if they lose...man, much easier to turn off the TV and try and sleep for the next 2 hours...

jkropp


Tue May 26 2015 3:56 pm EST

Against my better judgment, just bought tickets and headed out for Tampa. Hopefully I bring some luck. This game is currently not a sell out so hopefully we get some major support like we did on Friday night. Let's go Rangers!!

Fotiu22


Tue May 26 2015 3:55 pm EST

Man, jkropp - I am with you. Pierre10 got me through the Caps series but I cannot picture a W tonight. I want this so bad - like everyone else, I feel like I have some sort of control over the fate of this franchise and I did something wrong that I am paying for (Rangers not winning). Besides the law of averages working against us in elimination games, what about the higher level of law of averages? We were in the Eastern Conference Finals 3 out of the last 4 years. Eventually other teams are going to fill those 2 spots. I hope I am wrong. Another thing everyone is pointing to is the amount of experience that the Rangers have going to the finals. This is the first time a lot of the Tampa Bay players have gone this far. Maybe ingnorance is bliss. The Rangers psyche could be that they have also tasted elimination after long playoff runs while TB has players that do not know what that feels like. They also have Boyle and Stralman who could add just enough of that Finals experience to make this difficult.

DREW


Tue May 26 2015 3:40 pm EST

13-2 in elimination games and I'm still nervous as hell...I have a bad feeling about tonight...hope I'm wrong.

jkropp


Tue May 26 2015 3:23 pm EST

JFC: Perhaps you forgot about the two opportunities the Rangers gave Tampa in the opening minutes of the game. Both point blank. Both completely undefended. One was airmailed and the other rang off the post.

Vic


Tue May 26 2015 3:20 pm EST

Another reason for my lack of confidence is that I honestly thought the Rangers would win game 5 because of how they did in game 4 (after looking so bad in games 2 and 3). Instead, they looked like so many games earlier in the regular season with their crappy PP and pop-gun offense. It was really quite disappointing.

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 2:57 pm EST

Vic -- the Rangers were outshot in the 2nd period of game and came out ahead 3-1. That's the only period in the game where the Tampa offense came on strong and gave us problems with containment and again, I don't like the "if it wasn't for your goalie, our team was better" argument....our goalie is part of our team....he's what makes our team formidable. AFAIAC, there is no separation from "your team is better" and "your goalie is better".....the goalie and the team are one in the same. We built a team with a great goalie and defense and they built a team with a great offense. If our goalie stoned them in the 2nd period, that's what the architects of our team intended when theynbuilt the team

JFC31


Tue May 26 2015 1:35 pm EST

JFC: If you look at the way game 4 was played through 2 periods Tampa should have been winning the game 5 or to 1 given how bad the Rangers were outplayed. The game should have been out of reach before the Rangers really got there game going. It wasn't. Credit HANK, some very fortunate bounces (both ways) and the Rangers for finally playing well in the 3rd period. Look, my stupid monkey-heart is pulling for this team to win tonight and win in game 7. Monkey-heart says they can do it. Monkey-heart says they have done it a million times in a row so far so they are going to do it again. Monkey-heart just wants to sit there in his diaper and Ranger T-Shirt tonight with a banana, bowl of nuts and a Margarita and watch the Rangers win. But my brain says otherwise. My brain says they have gone to the well one too many times. They have played with fire one too many times. My brain tells me that it ends tonight. I hope my brain is wrong but I don't think that it is.........

Vic


Tue May 26 2015 1:34 pm EST

A guy on sports radio (national I think) was talking about how this year in the NHL, any of the 4 teams could not win another game and be out, or not lose another game and be cup champions and no one would think it was any kind of crazy outcome. I agree with that. Any team could win either 1 or 2 games this round and than win 4 in a row in the finals....and I wouldn't be shocked.

Wildcard


Tue May 26 2015 1:13 pm EST

The only team we faced that I felt were inferior was the Penguins..and ONLY, because of their blue line injuries. I felt the Rangers were comparable to the Caps and to Tampa Bay. The only reason I didn't want TB is because we always lost to Tampa in the past. Game 1 was a sigh or relief. I also didn't think game 5 was a non effort. I think we outplayed them in the 1st period, but they used our game on us. They slowed us down and clogged the zone. Game 3 as far as Im concerned was anyone's game. In fact I felt we had the momentum going into OT. Unfortunately they scored a goal we usually stop. Stuff happens. I think the scores show these two teams are pretty evenly matched. Hoping our experience will push us over the top.

WIOSA


Tue May 26 2015 12:54 pm EST

Was there anyone here before the POs that wanted to face Tampa or didn't care if we faced Tampa? Show of hands....anyone?

JFC31


Tue May 26 2015 12:50 pm EST

Here's another way of looking at the series so far and how the Rangers have appeared to have struggled so much. Top forward? Nod to Tampa (probably twice, if not 3 times). Top 6 forwards? Nod to Tampa. Top defenseman? Nod to Tampa. Top defensive pairing? Nod to Tampa. Top PP? Nod to Tampa. Top goalie? Nod to NY. Top bottom 6 forwards? Nod to NY. Top bottom 4 defensemen? Nod to NY. Top coach? Tough one, but I'll go even, which given game 5 is probably a stretch. Lots of nods to the opposition...

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 12:50 pm EST

Rangers were also the better team in Game 1. So,the series is right where it should be....Tampa leading 3-2

JFC31


Tue May 26 2015 12:49 pm EST

TDCHI: sometimes I find my biggest issue with Nash is that he is selfless to a fault. And that's the mark of a good hockey player to be sure. I would certainly use Nash as a video case study for how to play 3-zone hockey. He is that good with his awareness. He is seemingly always in the lane with a stick down, ready to turn the play the other way. He's pretty text book. But what I want from him is some selfishness, pinch up out of the defensive zone. Release the defender once in a while. Cause them to respect your offense. Give a target for the home run pass. Because Rick Nash scores most of his best goals off of the rush. Not from the perimeter and not from the crease. Ultimately, the New York Rangers have a ton of very responsible 3-zone guys who will make sure that they play mistake free and safe recoveries pinch up the boards and get loose. Take a chance once in a while. The defense will sell themselves out in a heartbeat on a shot from the point. Be there for the exit pass and jump into the holes. They are playing Nash tight but he doesn't do enough to generate offense. He is such a polished players in all the ways that the New York Rangers need except for the most important: goals scored. I sometimes get annoyed that people think he plays soft. He isn't soft, he just doesn't show that blood-thirsty attack. I can't stand it when he gets the puck in stride, steams down the wall and instead of for example, cutting in on the defender who 7-10 he could muscle off of the puck, he instead pulls up and puts a very nice pass on the tape of Fast. Great play for sure. Fast shoots wide and the other way we go with Nash on his assignment and positionally ready to cover the line change. It's a little maddening. It's like "bro, YOURE THE SNIPER." Don't give the puck to Fast. Get a little selfish and want that puck on your stick. Honestly, I have enough faith on the defense and goaltending that I can tolerate a little bit of a broken play if you wanna take a chance. Look at Yandle. He takes chances and till recently it was a waste but he keeps taking chances and the team keeps covering his mistakes. I have yet to look at the New York Rangers this post season and think that there was any performance where offensively one player thru the team on his back and said, "let's go break them" and go out there and take over. Not one takeover. And it's made the playoffs way harder then it should've been. Nash has to be a hero right now and not a training video.

E


Tue May 26 2015 12:48 pm EST

Vic -- Rangers didn't even deserve to be in game 4 or am I misinterpreting what you wrote? Rangers were the better team in that game because they won 5-1. What happened with the ebb and flow of the game is meaningless. Can't stand when themNDC schmucks and others try to make it sound like if it weren't formLundqvist, thenRangers would,have lost.....wait, WHAT? Isn't he a New York Ranger? Isn't he one of the players that madke up the New York Rangers team? If we beat them because he held,the fort in the second period, he was dojng his part as part of the TEAM. The Rangers won because their special teams were effective atbthe right time and put a dagger in the Bolts with the MSL PP goal. Our top scorers scored. We were the better team. I concur with everyone who says thatnthey scary part of,this series for me is how Tampa has been able to to get so many OPEN looks....more than any team we have faced all year including POs.

JFC31


Tue May 26 2015 12:19 pm EST

TD: I say that because to this point Tampa has been the better team. They have been more disciplined and they are capitalizing on the chances that they are getting at a higher rate then the Rangers are. They haven't been the better team by a huge margin but they have been the better team. What makes it look worse is the Rangers horrific play at times. RF4L: I don't disagree with your view on it but there have been some horrible turnovers that Tampa had nothing to do with. The killer was the 5 - 3 shorthanded goal. There was no pressure at all in that situation. Tampa was down two men and wasn't rushing the point. It wasn't until BOLYE put the puck in MSL's feet and MSL tripped over it that all Hell broke loose. Then later in that game STAAL blows a tire with nobody near him. There were too many incidents to count in Game 3. But the one thing that sticks out to me is what LEOS just commented on. Tampa has been brilliant at rotating and sliding guys completely wide open right in front of HANK all series. Outside of Game 3 I don't fault HANK for much of anything in this series. He has been hung out to dry by his team so many times I've lost count.

Vic


Tue May 26 2015 12:11 pm EST

TD: Your post is hogwash!

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 12:00 pm EST

Tampa has consistently managed to expose/create turnovers and/or lapses in our defensive coverage resulting in many glorious slot and backdoor chances, much more so than any team we played this year. It's like were facing an offensive version of ourselves with more consistent finishers.

LeoS


Tue May 26 2015 11:56 am EST

All hogwash. The team that wants the cup more will win...simple as that. I wouldn't give either the edge. Both have played good. Both have played sloppy. Win goes to determination.

tdchi


Tue May 26 2015 11:52 am EST

Vic: Here's my thing about 'unforced errors'. I know if you look at them singularly, most appear unforced and I see that point totally. However, it's my belief that a significant reason these occurred and continue to occur, is because the Bolts offensive talent and speed are putting the Rangers on their collective heels. They are used to 2 different styles: 1) When the dictate the speed and pace of the game, which occurred primarily during the regular season, from early December on. This is rather self-explanatory. 2) When the opposition, who cannot match the Rangers talent and speed, slow the game down, using their size and/or the NHL's sudden decision to let interference and crosschecking, etc to their advantage. Because the Rangers have guts, courage, not to mention size and skill, they can 'play down' to this level and still succeed. The Bolts have presented a 3rd style and to me it's coming down to 1 of 3 things: 1) They have met their match and it's a total crap-shoot on whether or not they win tonight and then game 7. 2) They need time to adjust to this 'new' style - that adjustment had better start in earnest tonight 3) If they win, it's due to a combination of superior goaltending and pure luck.

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 11:43 am EST

Vic - "very strong chance"...why's that? Just because?

tdchi


Tue May 26 2015 11:35 am EST

RF4L: Yep, I agree with your frustration regarding the Rangers lack of intensity in Game 5 and in general when they don't have their backs to the wall. It creates this scenario where they are facing elimination games round after round. Sooner or later things aren't going to go their way and they are going to get beat. There is a strong possibility that it happens tonight. If they lose tonight Ranger fans are going to be a little stunned, I think. The fans have gotten too used to these elimination games and the Rangers coming out on top. When it goes bad they are going to be wondering how it could all be over in the blink of an eye like that. Especially if the game goes to OT. As good as Tampa is (and they are good) the Rangers have nobody to blame but themselves. They were well on their way to wins in games 2 and 3 when the self destructed through UNFORCED errors. Then after somehow tying the series in a game that they really didn't deserve to even be in they came out and mailed in a mediocre effort in Game 5. When this team goes down it won't be because of what happens tonight. It will be because of their own self destruction in games 2, 3 and 5. And, as for the Bolts. I had them as one of the teams that feared most and least wanted to see in the playoffs. The other was Detroit.

Vic


Tue May 26 2015 11:32 am EST

http://www.nhl.com/ice/m_news.htm?id=603470 Can Zucc make it back in 5?

Ola


Tue May 26 2015 11:18 am EST

Man...imagine ZUCC skates tonight...would be funny if they simply dressed him for warmups to get in Tampa's collective heads.

tdchi


Tue May 26 2015 11:11 am EST

Zuuc skated at the end of practice this morning with the team according to Andrew Gross. Watched most of it from the bench prior to hopping on. Man I would love to see us advance so we can get him back. LGR!!

pete


Tue May 26 2015 10:25 am EST

TD: I think the Bolts are a superior team offensively - 2 very strong lines that the Rangers cannot match and for me, it's been the single biggest difference so far in the series. That said, in game 5 the Rangers were inexplicably lackadaisical and that loss, especially compared to the other 2, was on them, not the Bolts. Their lack of effort was astounding and if they fail to win tonight and/or Friday, it will likely stand out as a significant reason for their failure. I cannot fathom the lack of urgency this team continually shows when games aren't on the line - let's hope it doesn't end up being their ultimate undoing.

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 10:14 am EST

RF4L - I don't think anyone here or elsewhere was thinking Tampa would be a walk in the park or that they're the 'inferior' team...very deep lineup...I mean, hell, Jon DROUIN has ridden the pine the whole series...BISHOP was lights out in the regular season and the Rangers simply couldn't beat Tampa at all before the playoffs...in fact, they've LONG had a tough time against Tampa for whatever reason...No, I think most of us realized this series wasn't going to be nearly as easy as the previous two...and that's not to say they were easy...but the Rangers were the clearly better team in both situations...in this one, I still think they're the better team...but we get back to depth...ZUCC goes down and they've got no one who can replace his offense...and as a result, AV has had to juggle lines from the ones that we so successful to close out the season...Zucc in the lineup and this becomes a VERY different series, IMO...I still think the Rangers without him match up nicely with the Lightning...and they've shown they can win...the question now is who is thirstier for Lord Stanley's cup. Neither team is going to win on talent alone...neither has the edge...Lightning have better cohesion up front...Rangers have the better defense...Lighting have been deadly on the man-advantage...the Rangers have the better goaltender...now is about determination and luck...the team that brings the latter will end up with the former.

tdchi


Tue May 26 2015 10:02 am EST

TD - yup I'll be all over hockeystreams next season, I just figured it was too far into this years season to be worth it when you mentioned it a month or so ago. The game must have moved channels (NBC -> NBCSN?) because the same thing happened to my brother-in-law and his cable package doesn't include NBCSN so he was just SOL. Maybe it was just Comcast getting back at us for the (now defunct, for me) Spanish trick.

LeoS


Tue May 26 2015 9:53 am EST

WE WILL WIN TONIGHT!!

pete


Tue May 26 2015 9:34 am EST

I just figured this is my 38th season of following the Rangers, so I have had my share of "kicks in the Jimmy" from this team, so I am always prepared for another one. The problem with that is if you tense up beforehand, it seems to hurt worse. Maybe its that or the fact I'm older and wiser (HA!) now but I have confidence this team can/will win tonight. If they can get it to game 7, we will just see how it goes from there. Hope to see you all there.

RinkRat


Tue May 26 2015 9:07 am EST

And yes those are awesome stats but sooner or later...

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 9:07 am EST

Trade: It's my nearly 50 years of being a fan and disappointed by this team waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more often than not. I am hopeful, but my confidence isn't matching it!

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 9:05 am EST

@rangersreport Rangers 6-0 in their last six Games 6 or 7, allowing just seven goals in the six games. Also 8-1 in last nine, 11-3 in last 14 Games 6 or 7.

stevielegs


Tue May 26 2015 9:03 am EST

FreudStar: that was deep....

mf


Tue May 26 2015 8:56 am EST

RF4L....buck up lil' camper.....Why the lack of confidence for tonight? Is it a mind meld in order to trick your conscience that if the Rangers lose, you knew it all along? And if the Rangers win, they outperformed your expectations? There is no indication that the Rangers will lose tonight. Great on the road, great in pressure type situations, great goalie, solid defense, and some hard workers up front. We got this tonight! : )

TradeStar28


Tue May 26 2015 7:48 am EST

I don't think either Ranger win was a fluke either. I just think the Bolts are a very good team, better than many believed, and their 3 games to 2 lead isn't surprising. I also worry about the Rangers penchant for not winning when their backs aren't against the wall - sooner or later that inexplicable trend will come back to bite them. They are once again facing 2 must wins. I am not feeling overly confident today.

RF4L


Tue May 26 2015 7:38 am EST

Tampa is playing really well? I don't know if I'd go that far. They're playing just well enough to be ahead in this series...no more, no less...both teams here have a blow out win, a blow out loss, a tight-knit victory and a tight-knit loss...the wildcard here so far has been the crazy 6-5 OT loss when both goaltenders looked like they forgot they were in the playoffs...Tampa saying they're going to win it tonight because they don't feel like getting back on a plane...that to me suggests yet another team lacking the modesty to close the series out in six...and if this goes to seven, it's all Rangers...This series is ultimately coming down to special teams...if the Rangers can finally get some consistency on their PP, they'll win. That's how they won on Friday. That's how they're going to have to win tonight. Rick NASH putting on his big boy pants was huge in that game and we're going to need it again tonight...Expected to come on here and read a bunch of doom and gloom and the Wall never disappoints...the one well-reasoned criticism I've read here is that Tampa has two lines that are serious offensive threats, while the Rangers basically don't....and that has a lot to do with ZUCCARELLO'S absence....Zucc in the lineup and the Rangers have not one, not two but three scoring lines...it's been their Achillies heal this whole playoffs...what an incredible story line it'd be if he miraculously came back tonight to change all that...doubt it happens, but the Rangers have beaten Tampa twice this series and I don't think either of those wins --as some have intimated -were a "fluke"...

tdchi


Tue May 26 2015 7:24 am EST

LeoS - For that one, your DVR was doing you a favor ;) But seriously, I know I've mentioned it here on several occasions, but grab yourself a membership to Hockeystreams.com. Every NHL, AHL and some international games. Also juniors and some KHL...Six months runs something like $72 or a whole year for around $90. Just a great service. If you have a laptop with an HDMI port, you can plug the games into most modern televisions. Or if you have Roku or Chromecast, you can stream them cordless to the television. Between the rolling blackouts of MSG and my DVR fauxpas, the service is worth every penny.

tdchi


Tue May 26 2015 12:11 am EST

Just got home from the Ducks-hawks. What a weird game. Andersen was brutal......3 bad goals. Luckily, only 45 seconds in it's over so 5 am already home. Huge group of obnoxious Hawks fans. Brad Richards looked very good tonight. Gets to play with Kane too. Good for him.

Bob


Mon May 25 2015 11:56 pm EST

TRADE, good prediction, too bad OT only lasted 45 seconds! A Broner? Uh, not sure what to respond to that! Rhet, my wife is from Chicago, so although I've turned her into a Ranger fan, she still roots for the hawks. I'm more interested because of Brad. Anyway, we have a horse in the race and my wife is pretty much suicidal between the two teams losing game 5 and losing her job last month! Worst scenario is a Sunshine series between Tampa and Anaheim!

ColoradoMark


Mon May 25 2015 11:43 pm EST

Here's hoping for Game 6. Remember to get those shots like Girardi took for the winner versus the Caps......get it low, get rebound and itt is in ! Have to miss my first playoff game this year.....win it !

RangerGraham


Mon May 25 2015 11:14 pm EST

Neither goalie has looked great in this series. We have the best goalie left in the playoffs. By far. No excuse for the RANGERS.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 25 2015 11:12 pm EST

Bickell is such a stiff. He had a decent playoff two years ago and parlayed it into a payday. Anyway I don't think the Ducks deserved this one but the Hawks didn't deserve Game 4, so it evens out. Might still go seven.

Nick


Mon May 25 2015 11:12 pm EST

Could you imagine if it was the Rangers? Killer.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 25 2015 11:09 pm EST

I think i would rather have lost 2-0 and pulled the stinker then climbing back in dramatic fashion and getting the knife in the back in OT........but both are loses nonetheless

TradeStar28


Mon May 25 2015 11:06 pm EST

Such a bizarre series, but a hell of a lot of fun. If I had a horse in this race, I think I'd want to kill myself on a nightly basis.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 25 2015 11:05 pm EST

Ducks win.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 25 2015 11:04 pm EST

I have to give Richards props. He looke done last season and has looked pretty good this year. I think Anaheim wins it in one. Anything past the first OT and Chicago wins.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 25 2015 11:02 pm EST

It will be Brad Richards in the 1st OT......when he scores he will skate to the glass and jump into it ass first and then show his big choppers to his team mates

TradeStar28


Mon May 25 2015 10:59 pm EST

Anyone want to call how many OT 's with this game? These 2 teams have already played 5 extra periods besides the five games. That's almost a seven game series. Jeez.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 25 2015 10:55 pm EST

Crawford really looks like he's lost a step or two the last couple of seasons.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 25 2015 10:54 pm EST

Nice play Andersen. Why can't goalies do this for us? Hank being played to a standstill by Ben Freaking Bishop, and now this. From behind the goal line in the last minute? What a weird series. Especially the last two games.

Nick


Mon May 25 2015 10:53 pm EST

I was really worried about playing these 2 teams, both have a lot of heart, but both have shown their weaknesses in this series. Very good teams, but not the JUGGERNAUT that LA was.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 25 2015 10:49 pm EST

With 37.1 second left . Weird number for these 2 teams. The Hawks own the Ducks in OT. The Ducks really need to win this one or that will be three loses in a row in OT.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 25 2015 10:48 pm EST

Ok....i predicted the tie and going into OT>.......so the winner in OT is very simple..........and Colorado Mark may get a broner ............Brad Richards will win this game for the Hawks

TradeStar28


Mon May 25 2015 10:48 pm EST

Rhetoric I hope you didn't change the channel

DREW


Mon May 25 2015 10:47 pm EST

Wow....maybe not!

TradeStar28


Mon May 25 2015 10:47 pm EST

WOW.... TOEWS with 2 goals ties it.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 25 2015 10:34 pm EST

That's all she wrote. Ducks 4-2.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 25 2015 10:34 pm EST

The fog horn has sounded.....Gnite Hawks

TradeStar28


Mon May 25 2015 9:18 pm EST

I can see the Ducks blowing the dreaded 3 goal lead and losing in OT

TradeStar28


Mon May 25 2015 9:18 pm EST

Ducks look like a team that is gonna win the cup to me....

RF4L


Mon May 25 2015 8:58 pm EST

Ducks look like a team that knows the importance of winning a game 5 at home....

Fotiu22


Mon May 25 2015 6:50 pm EST

Last year, the Kings had a different style but like TB, they were well coached to positioning and "set plays".....especially their 3rd and 4th lines. The one thing different was that the Kings were good at running interference in both zones......When entering the offensive zone or making a play, they would skate a guy in front of the defending Ranger player....or criss cross with moving picks and just getting bodies in areas to create space.

TradeStar28


Mon May 25 2015 6:47 pm EST

I am far from being a Coach at any level.....including the local C level Dek hockey league........but to me...its seems that TB is definitely well coached to the best of their abilities......Cooper makes sure he has the fundamentals working.....but then he throws in crafty offensive plays where the players know where each other are at all times on the ice. That is why the Bolts had (what seems like) a 100 point blank chances in front of the net as the Rangers all crowd the guy with the puck and leave the gate open. Cooper was a LAX player @ Hofstra......Maybe he incorporates some of the creative stuff done on the field.....Never played that sport so i have no clue....but whatever it is......it seems to work and discourages the Rangers d-men

TradeStar28


Mon May 25 2015 6:42 pm EST

PJ.....was thinking the same thing about KK. Before getting injured, he was a big part of the Rangers defense being the best in the NHL. Maybe he is not up to game shape with a weakened arm....who knows? ........

TradeStar28


Mon May 25 2015 5:34 pm EST

Jfc I agree that if bazookerella was healthy they wouldn't be down 3-2 .... And they would be the better team without my bias .... He is sorely missed.... That's bad luck so the good luck hockey God has to step in ....and even it out .... Karma ....

stevielegs


Mon May 25 2015 5:24 pm EST

One thing not mentioned much is the play of Kevin Klein....Not close to what he was before the injury...MFred....Not going to watch?

PJ


Mon May 25 2015 5:15 pm EST

my bias opinion is the nyr are better and should beat the tampons in this series. ....but I can't say they played their best hockey, including hank. ......as stepan said it's a race to win 4.....tbd......tomorrow is supposed to be their best game of the year as per veenknow......Rangers coach Alain Vigneault: “Our intentions are to continue to play. If we want to continue to play, we’re going to have to, obviously, play our best game of the year That team is playing extremely well. I think our experience in these situations might come in and help. But at the end of the day, we’ve got to go out and execute and we’re going to have to play our best game of the year…I have a lot of faith and trust in my players. They know how to prepare and they know how to get ready for games. For us this year, there is going to be no bigger game than the next one. So I’m confident that we’re going to be ready for it.”

stevielegs


Mon May 25 2015 5:01 pm EST

If nothing else, this team has earned my trust in them to show up when their butts are on the line and so for that, I can't envision a scenario where I lose hope. Every series in the history of the playoffs is 3-2 going into game 6, winning two in a row is not some miraculous feat. While it is true the Rangers played one of the most uninspiring games I've ever seen, Tampa wasn't doing anything either. Both team sucked, but TB scored on their two best chances and we did not. Don't lose the faith.

pete


Mon May 25 2015 4:59 pm EST

Bob - i did not see us as being outworked last night. Perhaps a better word is "outsmarted" at our own game. We controlled the puck more than TB. We got the puck deep more than TB. We forechecked and cycled better than TB. All the above gave us PP's which we did not convert on. TB clogged the middle of the ice and kept us to the outside. They were patient and waited for a chance to capitalize and they converted. Then they converted on their PP, and played smart D the rest of the way. We need to push with more urgency tomorrow, and based on what we have seen we will. I agree that you can only put your backs to the wall so many times before you are burned. That may happen tomorrow. It may not. A certain amount of puck luck one way or the other can flip the game and break a game plan. I believe we will see NYR's best effort tomorrow and we will see what happens.

Pierre10


Mon May 25 2015 4:53 pm EST

Nick "You can't shove a piece of paper between any of the four teams left in this thing, but only one is gonna win.".....may the best and luckiest team win.....hopefully the nyr.....

stevielegs


Mon May 25 2015 3:16 pm EST

NYR had 113 points, TB had 109. The notion that we are so much better than these guys is a bit off-base. Plus, when you know going in that our best goal scorer by far is going to disappear, as he does every year, that makes it that much tougher. TB has a 41 goal man plus two who had 29. We had a 42, who is useless after April 15, and our next guy had 21. Goalies have been a wash. After every loss the teams says 'we have to play our game.' Well, so does TB say that, after every one of their losses. Every team does. You can't shove a piece of paper between any of the four teams left in this thing, but only one is gonna win.

Nick


Mon May 25 2015 3:08 pm EST

Bob: Maybe they'll tank in 2017!!!

RF4L


Mon May 25 2015 2:47 pm EST

Bob...agree with you 100%. We are looking into the abys of 1982 once again. We are in danger of becoming the Cubs of Hockey. 1 CUP in 75 Years. Some Franchises just can't get it right because of the Management in place and that's one of our biggest issues. The fact that our lame brain GM is up for GM of the year is mind bogling. No draft picks no cap room I don't get it. We have a good core of young players but like you said the Boltz, Islanders, CAPS, Montreal....all are going to get better. I think Pitt will head into decline as well and Toronto, well just a Train wreck. I'm just tired, worn out, I've my little Ranger stuff packed away for this year because I think it's over. I will not watch tomorrow night. All the stats about Hank's and the Ranger's survival in elimination games and game 7's does not bode well because statistics even out over the long haul and we've had a long run of rolling 7's!

MelvilleFred


Mon May 25 2015 2:21 pm EST

JFC: Gawd, I hope it's not that. I get his value and all, but geeesh, he didn't even put up 50 points and this on the 3rd high scoring team.

RF4L


Mon May 25 2015 2:01 pm EST

yorkmaine94/RF4L -- no doubt, Tampa is a good offensive team. We are definitely superior in D and goal....which should be more important when it comes to PO hockey. I just wish it was afair fight at this,point....Mano a Mao with Zucc in the lineup. We can talk about depth and how that is part of the equation when winning PO hockey, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah but the reality of the domino effect Zucc's absense has made in our lineup can't be denied or discounted. We tend to think about Zucc's vision and feistiness and creativity, but AFAIAC, he's also our best back checker and that is a huge factor against an offensive team like Tampa. With him in the lineup,we'd have a better chance of giving MSL some bench during PPs. So, yeah injuries are part of PO hockey but Tampa is playing with a full contingent of their top players and we are not.

JFC31


Mon May 25 2015 1:54 pm EST

Still amazing to me that the Rangers were outworked so completely last night. I don't ever expect that with this group. Perhaps their 2 wins were the flukes in this series. Game 1 was a lucky bounce off Moore's leg. Henrik was horrible in Game 3. The other 2 losses were convincing by Tampa. Just think......they are young and have more kids coming. The Islanders are coming. The Rangers window is getting close to closing. We are on the cusp of another 1982......where we had a good team that could not get it done, then went into the tank for 10 years.

Bob


Mon May 25 2015 1:45 pm EST

yorkmaine: IMO, Tampa is playing well, especially in terms of their skating and offensive skill and I wonder if we are dismissing them somewhat, re blaming the Rangers struggles on themselves, rather than what Tampa is doing to them. I'm beginning to think it's more Tampa than the Rangers. They have 2 legitimate lines generating real offense in this series - that triplet line and the one with Stamkos, primarily because the latter is so dynamic (and we're seeing some of the reason why MSL scored so much in Tampa vs since coming to NY). The Rangers have no line generating real offense in this game. It's more by committee. The latter can be effective; the former is preferred I think, but very difficult to do. The Rangers faced one line offenses in the first 2 series - this is a different animal. Tampa has a lot of talent in other words. Their weakspot is in defending, starting from the goal on out. In 2 of the 5 games the Rangers capitalized, scoring a total of 10 goals. However, Tampa their record in those games is 1 and 1. Tampa's offensive skill, in other words, is very tough to contain in a sustained manner. They are not a weak opponent as some people thought.

RF4L


Mon May 25 2015 1:35 pm EST

mf: We can agree to disagree on the importance of draft picks to an organization, especially high ones.

RF4L


Mon May 25 2015 1:00 pm EST

mf - looks like you're anticipating a multiple-OT game 7 since it starts Friday night. I like it! My heart and stomach won't.

LeoS


Mon May 25 2015 11:56 am EST

The Rangers needed to win last night and they didn't.. This team is very good, just not good enough.. I hope to be as wrong as wrong can be and watch the Rangers win Tuesday, and then Saturday..

mf


Mon May 25 2015 11:51 am EST

How appropriate after Tuesday's game msg playing movie groundhogs day ... It's déjà vu all over again... It ain't over til it's over....

stevielegs


Mon May 25 2015 11:34 am EST

Sports talk radio is not my favorite but at the store today - up here in Bruin, some Canadien, and red sox/patriots territory - I'm over-hearing some chatter not very flattering to NY. Nothing to see there but callers are basing their insults and derision on NY getting rope-a-doped. Vigneault is being out-coached, he's too soft on his guys, no intensity ... and so it goes. I only saw the 5-1 thing and it took me by surprise as I posted the other day. Did NY try to go physical and tb went run-and-gun or the opposite? I'm hearing 'skating circles around' and defensive lapses/laziness some, too. What's going on down there?

yorkmaine94


Mon May 25 2015 11:13 am EST

RF: yes-sir-ree, let's trade a known commodity for an unknown commodity on the NHL level...... I'm not happy with all the draft picks Sather & Co. has traded away, but dude, look at any draft year and you can find teams that have picked players in the top ten which are sub-par, even busts... Personally, "IF" & when we're trading TALBOT, I'm looking to package him with something else to get higher / better talent..... Here's a link to the 2009 draft where the TBL picked Hedman with the number 2 spot..... (plenty of so-so's after that) http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftsearch.htm?year=2009&team=&position=&round=

mf


Mon May 25 2015 10:21 am EST

Well, live by the DVR, die by the DVR...got home just as the game probably ended, sat down to watch and found that the game wasn't recorded, though the 3 hrs I always record afterwards were underway just fine. Sounds like I didn't miss much; maybe my DVR knew best, getting me to bed at a normal hour and redirecting my frustration away from the Rangers ;)

LeoS


Mon May 25 2015 8:42 am EST

Had the same reaction as Nick to last night's game....not angry, just blah....it was a BORING game with very little passion on both sides, especially when you consider the stakes. Are both teams getting worn out at this point? Only a few times did I actually yell at the TV....when Kreider missed the net in period 1, when MSL, shot a weak wrister off a 2-on-1, on the McD giveaway in period 1 and on one other egregious giveaway. Other than that, I sat there with my leg over the couch arm and watched us piss away a chance to choke out the Bolts and see whatbthat inexperienced team is like when faced with ELIMINATION. I barely leaned forward during the game....it was like some nondescript regular season game. Ugh! Here we go again on Tuesday.

JFC31


Mon May 25 2015 8:27 am EST

http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/25/game-5-rangers-lightning-in-review/#sthash.FeWY5cQU.dpbs

stevielegs


Mon May 25 2015 8:26 am EST

http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/24/game-5-lightning-2-rangers-0-post-game-notes-quotes/#sthash.a0MS8QP9.dpbs

stevielegs


Mon May 25 2015 8:00 am EST

How many must win games does a team want to face? How long before the law of averages comes into play? I find it inexplicable. I don't disagree on the out-coaching thoughts. Something is amiss here for sure. Hell, even in the first series when they pushed out the Penguins in 5 games, none were of the easy kind. Very frustrating.

RF4L


Mon May 25 2015 7:57 am EST

“If we want to continue to play,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said, “we’ll have to play our best game of the year.”.....why not last night coach?.....guess you enjoy torture......

stevielegs


Mon May 25 2015 7:53 am EST

I think Rick bowness has veenknow 's number. And I'm not talking about his cell...

stevielegs


Mon May 25 2015 7:31 am EST

Rf not easy to be. I always get the feeling the nyr are being out coached and the players have to compensate for that.

stevielegs


Mon May 25 2015 7:27 am EST

Yes first things first....gotta admit, I'm not overly confident today.

RF4L


Mon May 25 2015 7:24 am EST

Rf4l all I want is for the nyr to win tomorrow night.....

stevielegs


Mon May 25 2015 7:12 am EST

Don't wanna talk about yesterday's disappointing game anymore - FWIW, Sabres GM has let it be known he's willing to move his 2nd 1st rounder (Islanders pick at 21) for a young NHL player. Cam Talbot perhaps?

RF4L


Mon May 25 2015 6:20 am EST

Why MSL starts the power play is beyond reason. He consistently causes it to lose momentum. Nash would be a better alternative. AV is one thick dude. He needs to make faster adjustments.

gene_carr


Mon May 25 2015 5:56 am EST

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=603470

Ola


Mon May 25 2015 4:22 am EST

Such a tough loss. It's tough to be a fan of a good team too lol. I remember thinking when we sucked, "if we only were a contender". Wouldn't have to wonder if we're will make the POs every year. Now it's if we only won a cup... But it is so darn tough. I don't quite like the look of this, I think we were lucky to be honest the way we won G4. A lot of fluke goals. But you never know with this team. Don't think it will hurt us to play away.

Ola


Sun May 24 2015 10:33 pm EST

Nyr fans to the back of the arena .... Seen plenty of games with nyr fans on the road behind the bench. Tampon can't handle that ... Do they have separate toilets and water fountains too ? ...blacknblue them ...

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 10:26 pm EST

Can't keep going to the Well. Don't like the Statistics of us winning elimination games......that will catch up wit us. Not sure what to expect Tuesday but I see us loosing a close game and having wasted another year. Good nucleus of young players and Hank should have another 2 good years in him. I'm really getting tired of being dissapointed. Well I'll have my Lucky Giacomin Jersey for Tuesday.

MelvilleFred


Sun May 24 2015 10:07 pm EST

Garden was dead tonight, thanks in large part to our effort and Tampa's game plan. Is anyone on the Wall going or considering going to Game 6? I might head down to Tampa and would love to meet up with anyone going if I do.

chinstrap


Sun May 24 2015 10:05 pm EST

At least Steve Vickers was honest when they bowed out too early. He would say, "we choked.' They don't get to the finals this year and it is a major league choke, something us old dudes have seen many, many times over the years. JT Miller had legs and effort. Boyle did too. The rest of them.........get lost.

Bob


Sun May 24 2015 9:59 pm EST

Tampon played like the crapitals with blocking shots ...

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 9:55 pm EST

How many times did they shoot when a Tampa player was right in front of them..Miller did that a few times. Do they think the puck is going to go through the opposing player.

DOUBLEN


Sun May 24 2015 9:53 pm EST

Both stamkos and Tavares are duds as far as charisma.... I guess that's why the NHL keeps stroking Crosby and ovechkin , who are both villains

TradeStar28


Sun May 24 2015 9:49 pm EST

Dan Boyle runs at Cally 2x in the 3rd period with the intent to put him into the concession stand. Highlight of period

TradeStar28


Sun May 24 2015 9:49 pm EST

I always like our chances with Hank in a game six or game 7, but we need to give him some goals to work with. Why do we consistently need our backs against the wall before we turn it on?

Rhet0ric


Sun May 24 2015 9:48 pm EST

Beat at our own game actually....

PJ


Sun May 24 2015 9:47 pm EST

Pierre they play their desperate best with their backs against the wall . They'll have to do it again. They played good but missed chances and flubbed a few . Can't win without scoring on bitchup after getting 10 on him. Get 10 on him on Tuesday ...

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 9:45 pm EST

On both sides this looked like some Dallas-Carolina game from January. A snoozer. I feel strangely not-bummed-as-usual because I feel worse when we press and have great chances and still lose. This was a nothing game, top to bottom.

Nick


Sun May 24 2015 9:45 pm EST

And does MSL reallynthink he's going to beat Bishop with an off-wing true foot wrist shot off a 2-on-1?? Hs he watched how the 5 goals got past this guy. He should have driven HARD to the net. Instead, a weak wrist shot.....not acceptable, not smart.

JFC31


Sun May 24 2015 9:43 pm EST

JFC I gotta disagree on Game 4. TB had golden chances all night long and we lucked out. Tonight we held them to 9 shots more than halfway in. They had about four decent chances all night and scored two. Of course we had basically none.

Nick


Sun May 24 2015 9:42 pm EST

2nd game in a row Brassard a non-factor.....barely noticeable. Kreider is simply pissing me off....he's way too inconsistent and not very bright. On one PP he takes the puck into the O zone and then has NO IDEA what to do with the puck. Just unacceptable from the whole team.

JFC31


Sun May 24 2015 9:41 pm EST

Needed a pp goal but they reverted back to pass pass pass and pass again ... Throw it at the net

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 9:41 pm EST

Shitbox PP killed them.

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 9:39 pm EST

" it seemed over after the 2nd goal...."

JFC31


Sun May 24 2015 9:37 pm EST

Well...are you really shocked they have put themselves up "against the wall" again? Once again, I see no reason why we cant win in TB to force a game 7. We controlled the puck for the majority of this game, spent much more time in the offensive zone, but didnt play desperate enough to force the puck to the net. How often does it come down to PP/PK battle and we lost that one. I expect to see another game 7 at msg.

Pierre10


Sun May 24 2015 9:37 pm EST

I'm speechless...series tied at 2.........game 5 at home and shut out !...........less than 10 shots on goal in the third...........I'm speechless.Not good enough....good night.

Newfie_Ranger


Sun May 24 2015 9:37 pm EST

Just a bad game by the Rangers. Dominated stretches just before the first Tampa goal but no finish, no inside moves. Rangers just scrambling right now. Don't seem to be able to execute their game-plan, what ever that is.

NYStranger


Sun May 24 2015 9:36 pm EST

Very frustrating to try to figure out what makes this them tick. Game 4 they tightened up and were able to create offense off of defense. Tonight....no offense. POWERPLAY opportunities to take over the game and they were PATHETIC. Bishop was barely tested. knowingbthis team the way I do and watching what was transpiring (screwing up PP's, missing on a key opportunity early, boring offensive plays, not particularly sharp, no "spark"), it see,Ed overvaftervthe 2nd goal. You hold out hope for the 3rd but as soon as they come out, it's the same pace, the same crap. A chance to grab the series lead and they piss it away and go out with a whimper. A pathetic result.

JFC31


Sun May 24 2015 9:35 pm EST

What an undeserved shutout. We never even challenged him. I'm not sure why we didn't show up tonight on offense. A coach needed to chew this team out between periods, but AV doesn't do that.

Rhet0ric


Sun May 24 2015 9:34 pm EST

Disgraceful powerplay tonight and that's what killed them. You know that after that last one, the refs were not going to call it the Rangers' way the rest of the night. Not capitalizing cost them.

jratelle19


Sun May 24 2015 9:32 pm EST

Very disappointing game. Just hope they can win in Tampa because I will take our chances in a game 7

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 9:32 pm EST

BTW, Yandle sucks.

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 9:31 pm EST

Bishop saw everything. No side to side stuff. Very good game by the Bolts.

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 9:30 pm EST

Bishop not even tested....At home in a pivotal game....

PJ


Sun May 24 2015 9:28 pm EST

Did Bishop even break a sweat in this game.

DOUBLEN


Sun May 24 2015 9:27 pm EST

ilya: Totally agree.

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 9:24 pm EST

Not a bad 3rd period down 2...Rangers looking to score off the rush.... Now they will dump and chase

TradeStar28


Sun May 24 2015 9:24 pm EST

Jim, Jt no hockey sense whatsoever he has two guys in front of him no room to shoot yet .....

ilya


Sun May 24 2015 9:23 pm EST

Or missed the net....

PJ


Sun May 24 2015 9:20 pm EST

Wow. Not sure if it was that amazing defense but we seemed to have zero urgency in the third. And how many times have we shot the puck directly into a lightning. 20 blocked shots

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 9:20 pm EST

Too Jitters has stone hands....

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 9:19 pm EST

This is depressing

Shaggy


Sun May 24 2015 9:17 pm EST

Hey, the Ducks popped three in :37 ... we'll do it in :36!

Nick


Sun May 24 2015 9:17 pm EST

WIOSA - NBC had a graph saying the Rangers were 0-5 when trailing after 2.

DREW


Sun May 24 2015 9:16 pm EST

Why oh why would you shoot the puck squarely into the center of the goalie?

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 9:14 pm EST

Nice of the zebras to choke on their whistles now.

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 9:10 pm EST

Almost 7 minutes into the 3rd and 1 shot on net. Nice....

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 9:10 pm EST

The Kings didn't waltz to the cup last year.... Same goes for Rangers

TradeStar28


Sun May 24 2015 9:10 pm EST

Not looking good....l really thought we would win this.....

PJ


Sun May 24 2015 9:09 pm EST

The killer 2nd period. Still lotsa hockey left..... If not tonight we get them in game 6 and game 7

TradeStar28


Sun May 24 2015 9:08 pm EST

Can anybody hit the net?? Jesus

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 9:05 pm EST

Rangers have no energy

rngrsans


Sun May 24 2015 9:04 pm EST

We have beaten ourselves.

rngrsans


Sun May 24 2015 9:04 pm EST

Kreider is kinda stupid, isn't he?

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 9:04 pm EST

Great play Kreider, bonehead

mf


Sun May 24 2015 9:00 pm EST

On another site someone posted that this year we have never come back to win when behind going into the third...anyone know where to check this ?

WIOSA


Sun May 24 2015 8:57 pm EST

Yep Rangers back to shooting pucks right at Bishop, not getting to the rebounds and not making him move side to side. Totally deserve to be behind 2 zip.

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 8:50 pm EST

Nobody to blame but themselves. They have had so many chances to score and so many PPs. They look so disinterested on the PP. No intensity. No flow. Tampa deserves some credit but this is mostly on the rangers. Not looking very good right now. They have given Tampa life. The game was the theirs for the taking. Do they have at least two girls in therm for this third period? If not they will be in a bad spot having to win game 6 in Tampa. Losing that game 3 in OT really hurts right about now.

Vic


Sun May 24 2015 8:49 pm EST

JFC: Without a doubt, MSL sucks. And AV loves him. So frustrating. So predictable. Gawd being a Ranger fan is sooooooooooooooooooooooo stressful.

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 8:45 pm EST

...it is Always the damn second period.

WIOSA


Sun May 24 2015 8:45 pm EST

Bad time to go back to pissing away opportunity after opportunity and handing the momentum to the other team with the ineptitude of your own PP.Then a dumb ass penalty by Staal right when we're trying to survive their push. This goes all the way back to Kreider shanking an easy goal wide...in a series and game this tight, missed opportunities will kill you. No carry over from Nash or MSL....AAMAOF, MSL has been a detriment on the PP

JFC31


Sun May 24 2015 8:45 pm EST

Need one early this period

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 8:45 pm EST

So how come when this team checks well their PP sucks? WTF?

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 8:43 pm EST

The season we're done ? Gmafb

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 8:42 pm EST

No offense at all this game... Haven't even tested Bishop....Unacceptable....

PJ


Sun May 24 2015 8:42 pm EST

Bad 2 nd period

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 8:42 pm EST

Now we r done Sad Rangers dominated

rngrsans


Sun May 24 2015 8:39 pm EST

That could be the season. Let's hope not

mf


Sun May 24 2015 8:36 pm EST

Staal was money during the caps series but has not been good this series. Can't let them score here or we are in trouble

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 8:34 pm EST

Wow this sucks....

PJ


Sun May 24 2015 8:33 pm EST

The PP is losing it for us so far.....TB alive now.....We pass too much and too much MSL on PP.....

PJ


Sun May 24 2015 8:30 pm EST

We've been dominating.... We can win this

rngrsans


Sun May 24 2015 8:28 pm EST

crap...

WIOSA


Sun May 24 2015 8:28 pm EST

Powerplay has killed us. Guess stick side is the way to go on Hank. Not great reaction time thete

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 8:27 pm EST

Good lord how are we losing this game.......

PJ


Sun May 24 2015 8:24 pm EST

Please hit the net Nash. Pp reverting back to being brutal.

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 8:22 pm EST

Hank looks good. McD better get his head out of his ass

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 8:19 pm EST

Sheppard's a keeper IMO. Former 1st round pick playing on the 4th for us, bet he has plenty to show if he were on the 3rd, fine with him on the 4th though. ;-) .....A PP goal here would be nice... real nice....

mf


Sun May 24 2015 8:18 pm EST

Now we're playing ranger hockey and forcing Tampa to play the same way!!!

ilya


Sun May 24 2015 8:17 pm EST

Have to score on one of these PP

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 8:15 pm EST

Liking Shepard more and more

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 8:11 pm EST

Cooper bitches a ton. First goal is huge

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 8:09 pm EST

Robbed slamkos

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 8:08 pm EST

Miller's on the ice

mf


Sun May 24 2015 8:02 pm EST

If Miller is hurt it's probably his shoulder. He went in hard on Boyle and simply bounced off and then he bent over in pain. Looked,liked upper body problem. Hopefully he just got jolted.

JFC31


Sun May 24 2015 7:59 pm EST

Good defensive period....First goal will be huge....Crowd needs to stay in it......

PJ


Sun May 24 2015 7:58 pm EST

But I'm watching game in Spanish so I don't have to hear Pedro or doc Emilio

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 7:56 pm EST

I heard a horn had to be a timeout or cheating

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 7:55 pm EST

Thanks gents... JFC: McD with a boneheaded play in right in front of Hank early in the 1st that could've cost us.... Otherwise, no complaints....

mf


Sun May 24 2015 7:54 pm EST

Legs-I thought they used their timeout but NBC crack reporting didn't say they did so I am not sure.

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 7:53 pm EST

Mf- yup. Definitely skated off the ice really slow. Maybe a knee or ankle. Didn't see anything too bad so hopefully nothing.

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 7:52 pm EST

Very good period.....we did everything right except score. Kreider misfired with a lot of net available. Tampa looked jittery to start and they seem to be THINKING more than playing....Rangers tight D and neutral zone play has them flummoxed. Rangers need to stay the course and stay out of the box. This is their type of game.

JFC31


Sun May 24 2015 7:51 pm EST

Moof they said he left the ice after Boyle hit him

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 7:50 pm EST

Did the tampon lighthing use their timeout on that icing ?

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 7:50 pm EST

Mf- didn't notice. Will rewind and check it iut

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 7:49 pm EST

Nice first period. Would have been nice to score a goal but they had no good chances. This is our type of game

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 7:48 pm EST

Was JT Miller hurt along the boards in our offensive zone?

mf


Sun May 24 2015 7:40 pm EST

Let's get one here

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 7:39 pm EST

Great pressure by our guys, Callahan needs to be introduced to his teeth....

mf


Sun May 24 2015 7:38 pm EST

Great shift by the 4th line!! Play every shift that way!

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 7:32 pm EST

Big penalty kill. Let's get the momentum back

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 7:32 pm EST

JT looking a little jittery....

PJ


Sun May 24 2015 7:29 pm EST

What's with all the interference penalties lately? You can take someone's head off, or slew foot someone but don't interfere with them...I don't get it.

WIOSA


Sun May 24 2015 7:28 pm EST

A little nervous to start....

PJ


Sun May 24 2015 7:25 pm EST

Kreider looked like he had a ton of room on that shot

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 7:18 pm EST

As loud as I've heard it at the Garden in the playoffs this year. McD can't give up he pick like that. Terrible

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 7:10 pm EST

At a party since 1pm. Figured all the drinking would have calmed me down but I more nervous than ever. Need to play like this is a game 7. Not over if we lose but would much rather be up 3-2. Limit the mistakes, good defensive zone coverage and this is ours! LGR!!

Fotiu22


Sun May 24 2015 7:03 pm EST

Kid k has Tied Leetch and needs 1 to tie 2 to beat messier playoff goal record for nyr ... That's a real accomplishment ...

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 5:55 pm EST

Rangers Report &#10004; @rangersreport Rangers have won eight straight Games 5, 6 or 7 at home, and 11 of 12 since 2012,, losing only Game 5 vs. Devils in '12 ECF.

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 5:54 pm EST

@AGrossRecord Listening to John Amirante rehearse for tonight's anthem. Good to have John back at the Garden to sing for Game 5.

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 4:50 pm EST

Dineen, didn't they come within a nano-second of tying the game?

WIOSA


Sun May 24 2015 4:25 pm EST

RF4L - I didn't even bother to watch the Pack highlights (...lowlights?) from last night. Score told me all I needed to know. I'm kind of glad I had concert tickets last night, or else I probably would have made the trip up to NH for the game. So very glad I did not.

Dineen11


Sun May 24 2015 4:22 pm EST

Folks: check this out from down on the ice: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=345&id=825165&navid=nhl:topheads

mf


Sun May 24 2015 4:19 pm EST

Lightning defenseman Carle expected to return..... http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=39907&navid=nhl:topheads

mf


Sun May 24 2015 4:09 pm EST

Rangers keeping Miller at right wing on top line.... http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=39906&navid=nhl:topheads

mf


Sun May 24 2015 2:58 pm EST

Thanks mf for that policy link! What leaps out at me is the re-entry option - I'd have a handful of Ranger pins and whatever with me and use the period breaks to pay a visit to the cooler in the trunk of my car! But otherwise I'm with TD - I don't think they're violating any laws as long as they're establishing the dress code in advance. It's not the "commie" playbook, it's totalitarianism and happens in public and private spaces here in the good ol' USA - schools, political rallies", etc. Don't Tase Me, Bro!

LeoS


Sun May 24 2015 2:58 pm EST

“You can see when there’s too much stuff going on, too many whistles, they like to play a wide-open game,” Hagelin said. “The entire third period were able to shut them down, get sticks on pucks and they had a lot of turnovers. It’s great to see them frustrated.” Hagelin also had a run-in with Callahan. “He skated into me and he started yapping. I yapped back,” said Hagelin, then asked if the exchange brought back memories. “Yeah, exactly.” “I think this time of the year it doesn’t really matter who’s out there,” Hagelin added. “Obviously I played with him a long time but I see him as any other player when I’m out there, to be honest.”

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 1:04 pm EST

http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/theo-fleury-hopes-to-help-heal-with-conversations-with-a-rattlesnake/

mf


Sun May 24 2015 12:51 pm EST

moof I don't like opposing fans wearing their team at msg, and philty fans don't either. but corporations buy tickets to give customers. to restrict someone on their clothing has to be illegal, no matter what they write. if their team made it to the finals would they try that bs?....good thing they are hopefully not..... maybe they should watch other sports crowds, especially the neutral super bowl.......there has to be plenty of transplants who are nyr fans in Tampa... tampon lightthing ..they like them during the regular season, or they'd have plenty of empty seats instead of opposition fans spending money there.....what they are doing is not libertarian.....alias liberty which many have died for.....Happy Memorial Day weekend......

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 12:32 pm EST

TD: I'd be interested in observing the legal system/s argue out whether or not this is a violation of the 1st amendment of the constitution, freedom of speach, which I believe this is... This is an arena designed to host events for the public, advertised to the public, and to serve the community. Not everyone who resides there has to be a TBL Fan... (I'm confident that there were a few Detroit Redwing Fans there last series) ..... OAN, I find it interesting that CHASE is a corporate sponsor to their exclusive club, while at the same time being corporate sponsors of The NY Rangers.. If I were the DOLANS, I'd tell Chase to put enough pressure on VINIK & his minions to reverse this policy or we will find another Corporate Sponsor.. NY can do that, Tampa might not...... Next is our wonderful commissioner Gary Buttman; I doubt very much that if Tampa was playing the Penguins in this round would he stand for anyone getting in the way of a fan wearing a Sidney Crosby jersey..... Fuckin little hypocrite attorney ....... That'll be you, "Bung-Holio!"

mf


Sun May 24 2015 12:21 pm EST

( http://www.amaliearena.com/guest-services/a-z-guide ) Amalie Arena asks all guests to be appropriately dress for all events. 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Dress Code Policy In support of our hometown Tampa Bay Lightning and in furtherance of our goal to turn Amalie Arena blue for the playoffs, please note that Tampa Bay Arena, L.P. d/b/a Amalie Arena (TBA) has adopted the following Playoff Dress Code Policy (the “Playoff Policy”), which shall be in effect in the Chase Bank Club (inclusive of all 4th Floor club common areas and the corresponding seating sections), the Lexus Lounge (inclusive of all Lounge common areas and all ‘Row A’ and ‘Row B’ seats), and the North Party Suite (together, the “Club”) throughout the 2014-2015 Lightning playoffs. STATEMENT OF POLICY: Only Lightning-branded or ‘neutral’ attire and apparel will be permitted in the Club and the Club-designated seating areas during 2014-2015 Lightning playoff games (including any pre-game and any post-game activities). Any attire, apparel, articles of clothing, accessories (e.g., hats, lapel pins, hair accessories, jewelry), or promotional collateral (e.g., mini-flags, noisemakers) that are branded with the name, logo, or registered mark(s) of the then-current 2014-2015 playoff opponent of the Lightning are expressly prohibited in the Club and in the Club-designated seating areas (together, the “Restricted Apparel”). For purposes of clarification, Restricted Apparel shall include any clothing and/or merchandise (whether official or unofficial) that bears any reference to the Lightning’s then-current playoff opponent (e.g., Detroit Red Wings in Round 1). Fans/guests/patrons who have any Restricted Apparel on their person (each, an “Impacted Ticket Holder”) shall have 4 options: (i) check the Restricted Apparel with a member of the Amalie Arena ‘Guests Services’ staff (the “Check Option”); (ii) obtain an Arena re-entry pass from an Amalie Arena ‘Guest Services’ staff member so that the Restricted Apparel can be placed in a vehicle, hotel room, etc. (the “Re-Entry Option”); (iii) have Club ticket(s) relocated to an alternate section of the Arena wherein the Playoff Policy is not in effect (the “Relocation Option”); or (iv) if the Impacted Ticket Holder purchased their Club ticket(s) directly from TBA or Lightning Hockey LP, request a refund of the amount paid for such tickets (the “Refund Option”). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Playoff Policy, any apparel that features the “Head-to-Head” branding (wherein the Lightning’s logo is ‘facing-off’ alongside the logo of the Lightning’s opponent) shall not be deemed Restricted Apparel. In the event that an Impacted Ticket Holder elects the Check Option, the Impacted Ticket Holder will be required to sign a TBA-maintained ‘check log’ outlining the item(s) checked (the “Checked Item(s)”), and, in exchange, will be given a claim ticket that they can use to collect the Checked Item(s) following the game (or at any time prior to the end of the game if the Impacted Ticket Holder is leaving the Arena). While TBA will use its best efforts to safely store the Checked Items during the game for the Impacted Ticket Holder, TBA’s liability to the Impacted Ticket Holder (or any agent, assign, or representative of Ticket Holder) in the event of loss, damage, or theft shall be limited to money damages equal to the value of the Checked Items or $300.00, whichever is less. TBA shall have no responsibility for any Checked Items that are left at the Arena more than twenty-four (24) hours past the conclusion of the game for which the items were checked with TBA. In the event that the Impacted Ticket Holder elects the Re-Entry Option, the Impacted Ticket Holder shall comply with any and all Arena policies and procedures regarding exiting and re-entering the building (including, without limitation, subjecting themselves to a follow-up security search at the time of re-entry). In the event that the Impacted Ticket Holder elects the Relocation Option, the Impacted Ticket Holder shall be required to surrender their Club ticket(s) to an Arena Guest Services staff member, and, in exchange, will be provided with an equal number of tickets for an alternate seating location, precise location to be determined at TBA’s discretion based upon its then-current available inventory. Notwithstanding the immediately preceding sentence, TBA shall use commercially reasonable efforts to provide the Impacted Ticket Holder with a replacement seat location that is reasonably comparable to the Club tickets that were tendered for relocation. In the event that the Impacted Ticket Holder elects the Refund Option (such election option strictly contingent upon the Impacted Ticket Holder being able to establish that they purchased the Club ticket(s) from TBA or Lightning Hockey LP), TBA’s Ticket Office staff shall facilitate the refund via the method of payment used for the purchase of such tickets (e.g., refund the same credit card used at time of purchase). As a courtesy, fans/guests/patrons that elect either the Check Option or the Re-Entry Option will be offered a gratuitous non-branded t-shirt for wear in the Club (either an unmarked black or an unmarked blue t-shirt, varying sizes available). A limited number of such replacement t-shirts will be made available by TBA, and TBA shall have no liability to the Impacted Ticket Holder in the event that any inventory for such replacement t-shirts is exhausted before the Impacted Ticket Holder is distributed a t-shirt. Any questions or concerns regarding this Playoff Policy should be directed to an Arena staff member located at the Guest Services kiosk at Section 101 or to Susan Danielik at sdanielik@amaliearena.com We thank you in advance for your cooperation and GO BOLTS!

mf


Sun May 24 2015 11:44 am EST

mf - only the New York media is stupid enough to suggest sitting your starting goalie in the middle of a hard-fought conference final...If COOPER benched BISHOP, his head would be on a stake within two games because that's all it'd take for the Rangers to send the Lightning to the golf course...starting a rookie goalie in the conference finals? Yeah. Right.

tdchi


Sun May 24 2015 11:37 am EST

mf - here's the error in your thinking: The arena --originally called the Ice Palace --was built with public and private money...according to Wikipedia, $83 million came from tcity of Tampa tax payers...so here's where the stadium becomes something different than, say, a public school built solely on public funds...So to simplify something much more complex...Tampa creates a public authority to manage the taxpayer's interest in the facility. The authority is appointed by Tampa's governing body(most likely the mayor, city council and/or county legislature)...and that authority decides who can use the property. Just so happens they decided to lease ALL the operations to the Tampa Lightning owners(likely part of the agreement to build the stadium in the first place)...so the public authority made the decision to essentially privatize the arena...and therefore it's at their discretion for who and what comes into the arena...now let's say a Ranger fan decides his/her First Amendment rights are being violated by this policy. They need to first show a pattern of discrimination based on race, color or creed. Or that they were assembled in a place where the general public can assemble at-will and were asked to leave on a basis of their beliefs...now here's the problem: If you don't have a ticket, you can't get into the stadium...buying a ticket is an agreement between you and the operator, where you waive a whole slew of your civil liberties. For instance, you cannot bring your own beer or food into stadiums; you are not allowed to possess fire arms or weapons of any kind; in fact, most stadiums won't even allow you to bring in bags anymore. You must go through metal detectors and can be turned away for whatever reason; and bottom line is, if you're in the facility and someone there deems you to be out of order, you can get thrown out at a moments notice. So like it or lump it, you agree to waive a whole bunch of rights you'd have outside of the arena the minute you pay to get into it. Do I think the policy is good or well-reasoned? Hell no. Totally agree with Bob: Classless and gutless. The shit weak organizations do when they realize the better-healed Ranger fans of the state will fill their lower bowl because rich people in Florida don't give a toss about hockey and Ranger fans...well, we're used to paying more than a grand for nosebleeds in the conference finals...and we're more than willing to pay the pittance tickets are in a place where hockey is an afterthought to baseball, football and NASCAR.

tdchi


Sun May 24 2015 11:34 am EST

Callahan needs to be wrecked on the first shift tonight.

Bob


Sun May 24 2015 11:20 am EST

Er...not NHLPA...the CBA.

tdchi


Sun May 24 2015 11:19 am EST

Ola - Not sure about local law...but I can tell you, Florida's laws are much more likely to fall on the side of big business(i.e. the Lightning) versus individual civil liberties. But were I to characterize the state, I'd say they're more libertarian than anything...needless to say, I don't think any court in the state would side with a New Yorker watching a hockey game in Tampa...but you bring up a good point with the NHLPA...or maybe even the owners themselves...but whatever policy they have, it wasn't being enforced too stringently the other day. Had an acquaintance hit the game in full Ranger regalia and he walked in now problem.

tdchi


Sun May 24 2015 10:56 am EST

Pooper predicting Callahan scores tonight. Hopefully on his own net!

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 10:51 am EST

Well Ranger fans, you dodged a bullet. Couple of face-value tickets dropped in my lap and I was going to go to the game today with a good friend, with whom I regularly attend playoff games. We also have an uncanny ability to bring out the worst in the Rangers. I do believe our record while in attendance over the past four years is 0-4. Always the best moment when I realize I've spend close to $500 to watch the Rangers collapse into a pile of dung...but fortunately enough, the stars did not align and the tickets were sold before I could get my shit together...so my loss is y'all's win ;) LET'S GO RANGERS!!

tdchi


Sun May 24 2015 10:32 am EST

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/leonard-nash-puts-slump-ice-2-goals-rangers-win-article-1.2232971

mf


Sun May 24 2015 10:20 am EST

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/rangers-insider-yandle-point-man-article-1.2232960

mf


Sun May 24 2015 10:19 am EST

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/lightning-coach-calls-idea-benching-ben-bishop-asinine-article-1.2233334

mf


Sun May 24 2015 10:09 am EST

Hayes and McDonagh went after Johnson last game and were effective in getting him off his game. They also need to get in Stamkos' grill. Make them think of something else besides playing.

Bob


Sun May 24 2015 10:07 am EST

"It must be tantalizing for Vigneault to imagine what his team might be like having a Nash and a St. Louis playing with confidence offensively. It’s not a luxury the Rangers have had this postseason, and they’re within two wins of returning to the Stanley Cup Final. If Nash and St. Louis can follow up by scoring again tonight and get on some kind of roll, that might be enough to put this team over the top. “Yeah, hopefully we can ride some momentum and gain some confidence and play with it,” Nash said. "

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 10:05 am EST

Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord At Rangers morning skate, don't see McDonagh Fast or Moore. All other healthy Rangers on the ice. No Zuccarello. ....no z is still not a good sign for him.....

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 10:03 am EST

schneidw you forgot the biggest to me, the Prince.....without his fill in performance, they wouldn't be in the playoffs....

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 9:56 am EST

INJURIES: injuries create opportunities... also crazy to think Jesper FAST would be playing 1st line minutes and one of the biggest contributors...all because ZUCC went down with injury... I have had debates with several Wallsters (Hospo comes to mind) about the need to develop prospects and not to chase veterans... Miller, Kreider, Hayes, Fast have been huge this year so far...

schneidw


Sun May 24 2015 9:52 am EST

CHICAGO: Crazy to think the Blackhawks gave up a #1 pick and prospect for Vermette...when all they had to do is sign Hayes... I realize Kane injury factored into the need to make trade, but man, where would the NYRs be without Hayes...

schneidw


Sun May 24 2015 9:47 am EST

With The Rangers Victorious no doubt. ;-)

mf


Sun May 24 2015 9:44 am EST

BTW.... According to the Tampa Bay Times, Johnson denies the spearing from Hayes ever happened. Watch for him to try to take some kind of retribution on Hayes tonight. It would not surprise me at all. The NYR need to play a more desciplined game, but then again, so does Tampa. I'm expecting a 2-1 or 3-2 type game.

Rhet0ric


Sun May 24 2015 9:38 am EST

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/24/sports/hockey/pressure-shifts-to-ben-bishop-after-the-rangers-onslaught.html?ref=hockey&_r=0

mf


Sun May 24 2015 9:37 am EST

RF I saw the game and if you think on that one play he was bad he was horrible all night. That guy has no grasp of hanging his partner out to dry, or if it's a bad idea to jump up he just does what he feels like it seems and damn the consequences. Manchester is a beast of a team and they only lost 7 games all season at home and none in the playoffs they are just rolling I hoped the pack would sneak one out of the two but they didn't. They played sloppy much like the Rangers the other night in their losses.

York18


Sun May 24 2015 9:32 am EST

MF.... In regard to the Lightning, Someone will take them to court on it being unconstitutional and it will get changed. Florida is very transient and as such, they will almost never have a real 'home ice' (field) advantage. Since transplants make up so much of their population, they are unlikely to give up their allegiance's to teams they've loved all their lives. Also, there are other teams that have tried similar method's to accomplish the same results as Tampa(Nashville for one). They were also deemed to be unconstitutional.

Rhet0ric


Sun May 24 2015 9:26 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/05/23/power-rangers-why-the-blueshirts-man-advantage-finally-clicking/

mf


Sun May 24 2015 9:20 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/05/23/zuccarellos-absence-creating-first-line-shot-for-this-youngster/

mf


Sun May 24 2015 9:08 am EST

IMO, we need to: 1) tighten up the defense in the neutral zone to make it more difficult to enter Hanks end of the ice 2) shorten the amount of time when they put on their surges, we can not afford to allow for any team to dominate 2/3 rds - 3/4 ths of a period like the 2nd period of last game.... 3) better defensive coverage in our own zone, such that when they do get their chances, they're not so close that Hank has to stand on his head or hit the pipes.. jmho

mf


Sun May 24 2015 9:02 am EST

Ola I get that, and am guilty of it. It's part of NYR fan dna. But what they overcame this season few would think possible, especially no Hank. Now it's no Bazookerella.....I just hope they believe they can win and deserve to win, and do that......hitting on most cylinders sure helps, with a needed turbo playoff boost.....with amazes me is how such talented guys lose confidence and have to struggle to get it back...."Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical." Yogi Berra

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 9:01 am EST

The Pack got spanked 7 4 last night. I watched the highlights and on 6 of the 7 goals, the Pack were horrible, running around like headless chickens, leaving men open and getting beaten badly. Matt Bodie on 1 goal showed me why he'll probably never make the NHL. The good news is that Lindberg figured into all Pack goals and now is 6th in AHL PO scoring.

RF4L


Sun May 24 2015 8:59 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/05/24/series-hinges-on-this-rangers-depth-vs-the-lightnings-big-8/

mf


Sun May 24 2015 8:42 am EST

Stevielegs- When you look at some of the players we have that has been trashed completely, it's never going to be hard to find stuff to complain about with that standard.

Ola


Sun May 24 2015 8:31 am EST

The nyr game Friday night had all the ingredients this team needs and has shown plus more a pp and an edge with grit and some swagger. if they can build on that game and continue to bend but not break they will get their needed 2 more wins. I'm finally seeing them kick it up a notch on all 4 lines and d with hank coming back from 2 bad games. Hopefully it has clicked and carries over tonight, Another must win . It's time to put themselves in the drivers seat and be the TEAM they are and better. It's rarely going to be perfect but close is usually good enough. They are close.....it's nice when it's hard to find something to complain about.

stevielegs


Sun May 24 2015 7:38 am EST

Rangers finally started antagonizing the Triplets line. Fantastic seeing Hayes poke and jab away at Johnson. Keep it up and smash that line along the boards at every opportunity!

Tucc


Sun May 24 2015 2:20 am EST

Brakes, should read, "bra-less."

mf


Sun May 24 2015 2:18 am EST

TD, wrong. Ola, I can't make out which side of the argument you're taking a stance on...if TBL is leasing public space, theases a lease agreement which needs to be adhered to. This would include compliance with the law at all levels of government from local through and including federal. The difference would be which court would hear which argument or case...... A patron cannot just abandon their attire to meet the wishes of the home town promoters. Let's say a bunch of brakes women wore Ranger Jerseys to the Tampa Arena, while it nay be fun to watch in theory, it ain't going to pass muster in this day and age..... Next, does the Tampa owners put tickets up for sale TO THE PUBLIC? Well you're not going to win a case in court arguing that the logos of another sports franchise is offfensive to the home town crowd and win The sponsors of the event are setting the table for a sports competition which calls for an expression of speech..You can not impose such limits on the freedom of speech which is in violation of the very first ammendment of and to the constitution.. This is after all, or was, a constitutional republic.. Next: the owners of the TBL are going to sell to the public the ability to view this event, complete with corporate sponsors whose ownership includes public shareholders... Want to have a re-due on which side of this little quarrel you'd care to defend? BTW: allowed does not equal, a loud." Next: The commissioner Gary Buttman should be investigating this incident and making a statement through some lacky dept., or personally..... LRTS GO RANGERS, tonight is the opportunity to put us in position to close the door on Tampa in preparation for the next round.. As I said, as the remaining games dwindle, the pressure to win them increases.. We're the more talented team throughout the lineup, we're gonna win....

mf


Sat May 23 2015 11:13 pm EST

The worst deadline acquisition wins the game for Chicago.

Bob


Sat May 23 2015 11:13 pm EST

Hawks win in OT. Good for the NYR.

Rhet0ric


Sat May 23 2015 10:43 pm EST

wants. I think the Ducks are going to sneak one in.

Rhet0ric


Sat May 23 2015 10:42 pm EST

Chicago is being allowed to manhandle Anaheim. It's almost like the League was the series to be tied.

Rhet0ric


Sat May 23 2015 10:40 pm EST

WOW, HUGE save by Anderson on Sharp.

Rhet0ric


Sat May 23 2015 10:34 pm EST

Hawks almost score on a crazy PP.

Rhet0ric


Sat May 23 2015 10:14 pm EST

Hawks Ducks amazing. Imagine watching your home team get strafed for three in 37 seconds right after you figure it was locked down. Yikes. And that Kane goal was cheezoid. This is gonna hurt to lose for either side. But more proof that in hockey there is zero game to game momentum. That might actually help us tomorrow night because I honestly thought we sucked in game 4.

Nick


Sat May 23 2015 10:06 pm EST

As this series reaches game five, I am hoping that a combination of te Rangers persistent and effective hitting and the fact that the Lightning are going with 11 forwards will,start to take its toll on Tampa. i think that the Rangers have been hitting better and more effectively than at any other time this season. Last game, I was pleasantly surprised at the chippiness and borderline dirty play I saw from the Rangers...lots of lumber being administered, at one point Brassard was cross checking a fallen Bolt in the back of his head, Hayes speared Johnson. I'd like to think it's going to,take,it's toll the longer the series goes.

JFC31


Sat May 23 2015 9:59 pm EST

Hawks/Ducks going to OT.

Rhet0ric


Sat May 23 2015 9:43 pm EST

Chicago PP Goal. Now tied 4-4.

Rhet0ric


Sat May 23 2015 9:37 pm EST

The Ducks just scored 3 goals in 37 seconds. If Chicago loses this, I don't know how they come back.

Rhet0ric


Sat May 23 2015 9:36 pm EST

4-3 Ducks now. They are flying(no pun intended).

Rhet0ric


Sat May 23 2015 9:35 pm EST

wow..... Crazy game going on. The Hawks had just gone up 3-1 when BAM, the Ducks came right back and scored a quick two. It's now 3-3.

Rhet0ric


Sat May 23 2015 9:13 pm EST

Fotiu, way to go to you and all the other Ranger fans at the game last night. Could hear Let's Go Rangers load and clear on the tube!

TXRanger


Sat May 23 2015 7:54 pm EST

SCHNEIDW: Last night's game was kind of the reverse of game 2. The Rangers dominated stretches of that game and could have put it away but didn't. TAMPA capitalized on the chances they got and before you knew it the score was 6 to 2. What a strange series....

Vic


Sat May 23 2015 7:53 pm EST

I wasn't thinking about it from a legal POV, I just think is is bush league.

Bob


Sat May 23 2015 7:52 pm EST

LEO: HAYES has been hitting hard all series. What he did add after getting rocked by STAMKOS was some nasty and I was so pumped to see it last night. He looked so much better last night back at center and playing with an edge. He needs to keep doing it because he can be a real difficult player to play against if he plays with an edge. I don't know what he said to JOHNSON in the first period but he got under JOHNSON's skin. The slash in the 3rd should make sure there is some carry-over to game 5.

Vic


Sat May 23 2015 6:02 pm EST

Tdchi- You are correct, but I have two questions. Firstly, naturally you can't -- like you said -- only allow Christians or Caucasians or women's into the arena. But aren't there in the U.S. some kind of anti discrimination legislation that covers states? I would be suprised if it wasn't. Can you only let people from a certain state go to like a certain School? Now this is different, since New Yorkers can get in but not ppl with Rangera gear, but all anti-discrimination laws covers both direct and indirect cases of they would be worthless. And this is certainly a case that comes very close to indirect discrimination of New Yorkes. Secondly, what does the CBA says? This does not feel like a good business decision for the league as a whole. It certainly will loose some money for like the players. It's probably not much, but it's always something. It kind of smells like a bit of a bad faith situation. I wonder how much of a clear Tampa have here vis-a-vis the league and the players. Naturally the players can't challenge a business decision by an owner that was bad. But can an owner throw away money in bad faith? That's not a given...

Ola


Sat May 23 2015 5:06 pm EST

Bob/mf - With my limited background in Constitutional law, I'll put it this way: If you walk into a nice restaurant with an offensive T-shirt...say with a sexually suggestive slogan or image...or maybe a swastika...the owner of that restaurant has every right to tell you to go scratch. It's a private establishment and they have every right to tell you to leave if they don't want you there...You MIGHT have a case if the owner discriminated against you based on race or religion...but not a very strong one...In the case of the Lightning, they essentially lease Amalie Arena from the Tampa Sport Authority, a quasi-public entity. So you have a private organization leasing an arena run by a public authority...they basically can pick and choose whoever they want at the games. Is the policy bullshit? Yup. But when you have a private space, you can essentially do what you please within the letter of local law...as long as the Lightning aren't doing anything outwardly unconstitutional --i.e. saying no black people or Jews are a loud to games --they can pretty much dictate whether or not they want to allow someone in the arena based on what they're wearing. And truth is, said Ranger fans could simply take off their apparel and gain admittance...so it's not like they're rejecting people on the basis of being Ranger fans.

tdchi


Sat May 23 2015 4:52 pm EST

Still basking in the glow of last night's trouncing, but wanted to weigh in on a few things...as the immortal Herb Brooks once repeated --"play your game." Simple as that. The Rangers played their game. They were physical. They played good zone defense. They picked up the open man and they didn't give Tampa ANY space to move. And the best part is that you could see their frustration building...even when they did get by and got a shot off at HANK, he saved it...I agree, there were a few bad breaks for them...a pipe here, a crossbar there...but those happen every game...I will say the 5-1 score was absolutely no indication of how close that game was...it was a lot closer...but at no point did I say to myself, 'oh shit, here they go.' On Marty ST. LOUIS - Much better performance. Someone said something to the effect of 'all it took was for him to get smacked in the face.' Well, I agree. He played much better...much more engaged...still noticeably slower than many of the Rangers --and Lightning --players, but engaged...On NASH - That's the player the Rangers need to win the cup. If that Nash continues to show up, we're in REAL good shape. I don't know what clicked for him finally, but that's the guy we need...And Keith YANDLE...not sure what jarred him into action, but holy sweet Jesus...now THAT is a defenseman worthy of a top prospect and first rounder. Hopefully this team remembers what they did and brings that same momentum into the Garden.

tdchi


Sat May 23 2015 4:45 pm EST

This is truly absurd regarding the Boltz Fan Appreciation Policy and I daresay will cost them. This is out of the Commie 101 playbook....truly amazing. My wife who only knows Sports because of me is furious because this goes beyond Hockey....these are basic rights of expression.

MelvilleFred


Sat May 23 2015 4:42 pm EST

And there was definitely one major incident in the lower level off to Bishop's left when the game was 5-1. Couldn't tell if it was a fight or not but there was a hell of alot of commotion.

Fotiu22


Sat May 23 2015 4:41 pm EST

They gave out Lightning towels at the beginning of the game. Old lady sitting in front of us hit my kid in the face a couple of times waving it around. After the Rangers went up 3-1 we were giving eachother high fives and the guy in front of me said "you better calm down". I nearly lost it. My brother had to hold me back. Payback was all those a-hole leaving when it was 4-1. That being said, there were also plenty of Lightning fans we were getting along with and talking and bantering back and forth with no issues.

Fotiu22


Sat May 23 2015 4:28 pm EST

Apparently not in Tampa. And if you read the NY Times story the Lightning management are unapologetic about the policy. I would expect the NHL to do something about it during the offseason in a general message to the clubs, but I am still astonished that any club does this. When visiting teams come here to Anaheim, depending on the opponent there are thousands of fans attending.

Bob


Sat May 23 2015 4:22 pm EST

Bob: what should be done? Can a person not root for the team of their choice at any arena & any sport without getting tossed out or physically abused?

mf


Sat May 23 2015 4:01 pm EST

There were tweets of Tampa fans to the club asking for ushers and police to deal with "rowdy Ranger fans." As CARP tweeted.....It was a Clown show down there. The NHL should do something about it.

Bob


Sat May 23 2015 3:13 pm EST

Bob- was at the game last night. A ton of Ranger fans there. Talked to a Flyer fan (he had a Giroux jersey on) and he said his buddy who was a Ranger fan got tossed from the game and he wasn't doing anything but cheering. (Not sure if he was telling the truth or not but the guy was getting questioned by three cops!)

Fotiu22


Sat May 23 2015 1:35 pm EST

Thank you jfc31, mf and rfl4 for your nice thoughts. rfl4: I signed up late last year and posted maybe 6 times? Wasn't there a york-somebody here at one time? My name is where I live. Just past the Kittery Bridge and the outlets if you're familiar with Maine, just west of 95. Still and all, thank you for commenting. I can't imagine us knowing each other, though.

yorkmaine94


Sat May 23 2015 1:28 pm EST

How weak is this "No visiting team gear allowed" policy by the Lightning? Lots of Ranger fans there last night, you sure could hear them. Sure is a bush league move by the Lightning though. Lightning fans were tweeting the team during the game requesting security and police to address Ranger fans.

Bob


Sat May 23 2015 11:40 am EST

Are Rick Nash and Marty St.Louis breaking out at an optimum time or what? Last nights contributions certainly spread out our attack throughout, we were already getting contributions from the secondary & tertiary guys....... We've got to tighten up our defense and have better control of the neutral zone, which in turn will help us control our end of the ice. Last night's The second period was an onslaught, and luck is bound to run out if we continue to play as we did in the second......... "2" wins is the magic number between us and a revisit to the SCF's...... Quite a season folks........

mf


Sat May 23 2015 11:27 am EST

moof some here don't know they are clueless... I'm a member of the cjc....not by choice either....it comes with being a fan .....

stevielegs


Sat May 23 2015 11:21 am EST

“It’s frustrating when you feel you’re letting down the guys, the team and everyone around the organization,” Nash said after scoring twice in the Blueshirts’ 5-1 victory in Friday’s Game 4 that squared the conference finals at two-all. “I’ve felt the pressure. “Believe me, I’ve been trying to contribute offensively as much as I can.” “[When you’re not scoring] it’s natural to grip your stick a little tighter and not see the ice as well,” he said. “The puck doesn’t feel comfortable on your stick.”“No matter who [was back], I was taking it to the net. My mindset coming into the game was to do everything I could to get to the inside,” said Nash, who had asserted himself in puck battles right from the get-go. “I’ve been trying everything I could, but I was on the outside too much. “I’ve been trying and giving my best.”“We had a couple of penalties early that put us on our heels a little bit,” Marc Staal said. “In the playoffs, you have to find the way to get through surges without getting hurt. You have to be able to hang on. “Of course, it helps when you have Hanky.” ..........“That first goal by Nash, that’s the way he scores his goals, taking the puck to the net and just show[ing] how strong he is and the speed he has,” Lundqvist said. “So that was great to see. It kind of set the tone for us.” ...........

stevielegs


Sat May 23 2015 10:41 am EST

AND... the vast majority of the time that we fans are complaining about Nash playing the perimeter, he's leading our rush... Where's this turnover leading to an odd man transition against us when 3 -4 of our guys are trailing him when we're attacking? .... I'm feeling extra clueless this morning.. ;-)

mf


Sat May 23 2015 10:37 am EST

Wildcard: If Nash drives to the net and there is no play (shot) he can simply go around the net or circle out toward the corner.. What's this being afraid of a turnover 200 feet from our net?

mf


Sat May 23 2015 10:30 am EST

yorkmaine94: my condolences to you and your family, hopefully with time, your hearts will heal........

mf


Sat May 23 2015 10:15 am EST

RF4L: I don't disagree, but it's what it looked like. Seemed like until last night (and a few times especially late in games when the Rangers were down) he only did low risk plays. And while the shot from up high is a turnover of sorts, Nash in that case is closer to the neutral zone and in better defensive position than on to of the blue paint. He still needs to drive more, and hopefully he does after that goal last night

Wildcard


Sat May 23 2015 10:11 am EST

Nash was only keeping bitchup warm playing catch with him along with giving up possession ... Maybe post concussion brain fart stupidity flashbacks ...not smart hockey ...

stevielegs


Sat May 23 2015 9:51 am EST

Wild: If so, that's dumb of Nash. Firing it at the goalie's pads as akin to a turnover, especially with a goalie like Bishop who handles the puck well. Regardless, keep going to the net - good things inevitably happen. It's almost hockey 101, especially when you have Nash's skill, skating and size.

RF4L


Sat May 23 2015 9:37 am EST

TAMPA SERIES 2: What is the deal w the refereeing... in the WASHINGTON series, they swallowed their whistles and gave the CAPS free will to abuse the NYR players... now in the TAMPA series, refs are calling every little thing... the 2 calls in the 1st period against the NYRs were totally questionable penalties...and really could have influenced the outcome of the game... Why is the NHL so inconsistent on how they call the game???

schneidw


Sat May 23 2015 9:32 am EST

TAMPA SERIES: Strangest playoff series of recent memory... last night was frickin bizarre.. Tampa totally dominated big stretches of the game..they could have been up 4-0 in the 1st period... The NYR defense keeps getting caught standing around while Tampa forwards are skating circles...NYRs need to interfere more...

schneidw


Sat May 23 2015 9:31 am EST

http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/23/game-4-rangers-lightning-in-review/#sthash.dPOdWnwR.dpbs

stevielegs


Sat May 23 2015 9:30 am EST

Getting rocked by Stamkos in Game 3 seems to have turned on Hayes' mean and nasty switch! He's been way more physical and chippy since. He's thrown more hard checks the last 5+ periods than I noticed him do all season.

LeoS


Sat May 23 2015 9:24 am EST

Rangers Report &#10004; @rangersreport Video: Nash gets the hat, puzzle piece No. 10: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=825131&catid=345 …

stevielegs


Sat May 23 2015 9:22 am EST

not a good sign..... @TGfireandice No change in status on Mats Zuccarello. He didn't go on ice yesterday after skating Thursday.

stevielegs


Sat May 23 2015 9:21 am EST

@TGfireandice In a stunning admission, Vigneault conceded that he's not always completely honest with media about some coaching decisions.

stevielegs


Sat May 23 2015 9:09 am EST

rf4l maybe big not so easy thinks somebody was going to get his rebound from those dumb shots.....just hope the light bulb stays on...have to assume a few told cut to the middle go to the net.....guy is weird.....

stevielegs


Sat May 23 2015 9:08 am EST

RF4L: I bet if you could get Nash to be honest, the reason he hasn't driven the net is simple. About half the time, if not more, the puck end up with the defensive team and not on net. With that Nash I think is worried too much about turning the puck over, he doesn't want to be the one to make a mistake that leads to an odd man rush. It just looks like he is playing overly safe with the puck and only makes low risk plays.

Wildcard


Sat May 23 2015 9:08 am EST

The same way everyone was talking about The King after game 3, it's time to,talk about how Ben Bishop has been exposed. Just like The King, or any other goalie for that matter, he becomes extremely vulnerable when he is forced to move side-to-side. But more than that, he is particularly BAD at it. And when he goes down, he is DONE if the puck starts pin balling around in front of him. He ends up being a beached whale. Take a look at MSL's goal and watch Bishop I stead of anything else. His reaction to the cross ice pass is pathetic. This guy is great when he has time to set up....again, just like any other goalie, except he is even bigger so it's that much more difficult to find open net. When he has no move or go down, he is average at best. Nash showed it last night as well as several,other goals of the TEN he has given up over thengame 2 games.

JFC31


Sat May 23 2015 8:48 am EST

Greatt game last night. The king is THE KING and Rangers showed they can take care of business. One of the underline plots last night was Hayes disrespecting Tyler Johnson. That whole bench was like a deer in headlights, Because other Ranger players decided to do the same to different So basically we got under their skin. and thats the way hockey is played.

rangerlou


Sat May 23 2015 8:45 am EST

Yorkmaine94 -- sorry for your loss. I'm glad the Rangers could,provide you with a welcomed distraction last night. Not to worry, if you had seen Game 3 you would have REALLY been shocked at how reckless we were. It seems that we have figured out that we have to play OUR game...defense first, take care of the D zone and neutral zone and let offense transition off of those. It was amazing to see MSL suddenly look fast again after scoring that goal. Yes, Tampa started to,want at that point but boy oh boy what adrenaline and confidence can do....even for a 40 year old.

JFC31


Sat May 23 2015 8:08 am EST

RF73: Re Sather - it's tough to argue the results. So far. Gotta go all the way or the price is too high. JMHO....

RF4L


Sat May 23 2015 8:07 am EST

yorkmaine: Your name is very familiar. Your story is tragic. God bless....

RF4L


Sat May 23 2015 8:06 am EST

Look at this quote from Nash after last night's game: “No matter who [was back], I was taking it to the net. My mindset coming into the game was to do everything I could to get to the inside. I’ve been trying everything I could, but I was on the outside too much." I find it inexplicable after seeing countless pucks fired from the outside when there were clear opportunities to 'get to the inside'. What on earth was he thinking prior to last night? Whatever it was, that switch had better stay ON!

RF4L


Sat May 23 2015 6:16 am EST

Hello to the Wall and the "regulars." A safe weekend to all. Due to a sudden, inexplicable death in the family of a young one, I've not visited here or watched any of this in 2015. How or why I ended up trying to solve the insomnia last night by watching this is another mystery. Never, in my life, have I seen the NYRs play this game. Say I'm wrong but I never have. It beats watching the standard East matchups with the clutching, grabbing, etc. but it wasn't what I expected. The result is great but it seemed like living by the sword to me. How long before TB stops being so reckless carrying the puck? Hard to count all the "whoopsies" last night. It's a shame the little kid from Norway isn't there. He'd have a field day in that stampede environment. IIRC, he was one of the best Rangers for seeing the entire surface and finding lanes few others do. Glad they're still in the thing but, no offense to anyone, I hope I don't watch again. That was truly terrifying. Maybe someday I'll get the itch back. Good luck to you all.

yorkmaine94


Sat May 23 2015 3:32 am EST

Trade star- I second your question on Hospo, two weeks on business travel? Smells CIA. BTW was the rumor about the Rico case against Despo true? Was he locked up for real? :)

Ola


Sat May 23 2015 3:04 am EST

So guys Hank gotta be due for a SO right? Or why not two in a row?

Ola


Fri May 22 2015 11:40 pm EST

a little footage from tonights game off the NHL website: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=35&id=825052&navid=nhl:topheads

mf


Fri May 22 2015 11:38 pm EST

Only bummer of the evening was Sather was named a finalist for GM of the year along with Murray & Yzerman....RF4L...I'm sure you are in full agreement with that nomination?

RF73


Fri May 22 2015 11:24 pm EST

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/sports/hockey/same-characters-improved-script-as-rangers-crush-lightning.html?ref=sports&_r=0

mf


Fri May 22 2015 11:24 pm EST

What movie was that? Bachelor Party? "Is it Nick the Dick or do prefer Mr. Dick".............when they are at the male strip club and get the guy to put his schlong into the hot dog bun to serve to the wives

TradeStar28


Fri May 22 2015 11:20 pm EST

Nicky Potato Salad.............Its all about the puck luck........Rangers did leave Henrik out to dry a few times and got lucky especially when Magic Johnson hit the post @ point blank............The Ricky Nash 1st goal was sorta lucky too......He actually hit the post initially....but the puck rebounded into Bishop's skate and deflected into the goal (finally).....

TradeStar28


Fri May 22 2015 11:15 pm EST

Missed game had to watch video ... I'll take the win and welcome back Hank. But that was the worst 5-1 win ever. My God TB could have been up by two halfway through the first and the second was a nightmare. But we got some huge breaks at both ends. Gotta play way better though in my view. Way better.

Nick


Fri May 22 2015 11:15 pm EST

Buttman never played and he has brain damage .... Rf4l play away even if you're slower ... Lol

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 11:13 pm EST

Which brings us to a new low of, "why do dogs lick their balls?" Because they can!

mf


Fri May 22 2015 11:12 pm EST

RF4L....thats a good answer....Derek Stepan.....#21.......Oddly enough, the Rangers last won the prized big trophy 21 years ago

TradeStar28


Fri May 22 2015 11:11 pm EST

Midway through the first period of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference Final, Tampa Bay Lightning winger Tyler Johnson tried to pick a fight with New York Rangers winger Kevin Hayes. It all amounted to nothing, and it seemed like the duel was done with. Until the third period, when Hayes found revenge on Johnson by hitting Johnson's ... well, johnson. Johnson in a lot of pain after a slash to the abdomen pic.twitter.com/hUC9yWTBET — Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 23, 2015 That's low, man. Figuratively and literally. Johnson was eventually okay after gathering himself on the bench. More from SBNation.com Rangers get even with Game 4 win Commish says 'no evidence' playing hockey causes brain damage Weary Ducks escape with 2-1 win in Game 3 We're with you, sleeping triple overtime Anaheim Ducks kid SB Nation's 2015 NHL playoff guide Longform: The Rocket Richard Riot Win $10,000 tonight with a $5 entry in FanDuel's fantasy baseball leagueFrom Our SponsorFanDuel.............http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2015/5/22/8647653/watch-kevin-hayes-spear-tyler-johnson-in-the-abdomen-rangers-lightning

mf


Fri May 22 2015 11:10 pm EST

stevie: What's wrong with a man playing with his balls? And if Nash can build on this game, Tampa's in trouble.

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 11:09 pm EST

Nice to hear our buddy Hospo is fine. I was a little worried...

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 11:09 pm EST

Rf4l playing with your balls ? Yep dick is back to Rick ... This team needs to be hitting on all cylinders to win 2 more and get back to the finals....even msl was finally smiling ... Your picks got the nyr to the finals last year and so far to the semis this year... I'm glad sather gave them up and got nominated .... Even though sather sucks... Got some real puck luck tonight.... That's a good sign good luck....

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 11:08 pm EST

mf: Thanks - any particular reason he did that? Retribution for something?

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 11:07 pm EST

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2015/05/22/lundqvist-stands-tall-rangers-beat-lightning-5-1-in-game-4/27826517/

mf


Fri May 22 2015 11:07 pm EST

Trade: Gotta think about that one - we play 3 on 3 so it's not a forward or defenseman sorta thing. Right now I'm thinking Stepan - I pay attention to the play with and without the puck, understand the game well, see plays unfold well and I'm one of the better passers. Alas, I don't score like I used to - just too old and slow now!

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 11:06 pm EST

HAYES

mf


Fri May 22 2015 11:04 pm EST

BTW, couldn't see it clearly at the bar - who sticked Johnson in the ribs? Was it MSL???

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 11:03 pm EST

RANGERS!

mf


Fri May 22 2015 11:02 pm EST

Organized by forward Rick Nash, the team went to a movie theater in St. Petersburg, near their hotel, and watched a private screening of “Entourage,” the movie made from the HBO series about movie star Vincent Chase and his crew of E, Johnny Drama, Turtle and agent Ari Gold. The goal was some team bonding, after they gave up six goals in Games 2 and 3 and went down in the best-of-seven series, 2-1, heading into Game 4 on Friday night at Amalie Arena. “We watched a movie as a team, we had some good times, so I think today is a new day and we’re pretty excited for tonight,” center Derick Brassard said. “We had some good times [Thursday]. We had a team dinner, and you know, we really feel pretty about ourselves winning this game tonight and going back in our building."

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 11:02 pm EST

RF4L.....name the one Rangers player from the last 60 years that you model your ball hockey game around. Who would you most resemble on the floor?

TradeStar28


Fri May 22 2015 11:01 pm EST

And yeah it's about time Yandle showed up. He sure cost the organization a lot.

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 11:00 pm EST

BTW, I see you stopped calling him a dick....

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 10:59 pm EST

MF.... What does mom say for Sunday?

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 10:59 pm EST

Whoa stevie...just got home from ball hockey and watching the 3rd in the bar. Couldn't post from there. What have I been saying about Nash? What he wasn't doing and needed to do and lo and behold, he does it and scores!

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 10:58 pm EST

" Lundqvist always has taken the same locker in the cramped visitors room at Amalie Arena, a stall two quick right turns into the room and next to the entrance to the showers. Yet he walked in Friday morning and asked backup goalie Cam Talbot if they could switch, so he could take the adjacent one closer to the center of the room. “He came in, said, ‘Do you mind if we switch lockers? Just have to change something up,’ ” Talbot said. “Guys have done that before, so it’s not uncommon. Sometimes you’re in a building and you want to switch things up.”

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 10:55 pm EST

Guess rf4l and nick seem to be at a loss for words ... It's all good ... Don't worry be happy ... The nyr should be up 3-1 but I'll take 2-2 .... And 2 more wins

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 10:49 pm EST

Nice to hear now back to Rick Nash orchestrated a team bonding session yesterday ... Showing some leadership ...and delivering

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 10:44 pm EST

http://nypost.com/2015/05/22/rangers-storm-back-dominate-lightning-in-series-tying-rout/

mf


Fri May 22 2015 10:23 pm EST

WOW.... Jon Cooper doing his best John Tortorella impression. Pressure getting to him?

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 10:22 pm EST

Trade cia sounds about right ... And I thought he was Larry Brooks ... He's 0099

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 10:22 pm EST

I saw Marc's brothers.....Eric and Jordan at the mall the other day......They were both riding around on one of those small trains in the kids play section

TradeStar28


Fri May 22 2015 10:20 pm EST

that's fucked up,,,,,,, ;-)

mf


Fri May 22 2015 10:18 pm EST

whew.....thanx for the update MF......I was about to call Rabbi Berger up @ Avodah to send a prayer

TradeStar28


Fri May 22 2015 10:17 pm EST

Has Marc Staal always had two different color eyes?

Pierre10


Fri May 22 2015 10:15 pm EST

Tradestar: Sent: Monday, May 11, 2015 12:46 AM Subject: Hospo, everything OK ? Hospo, Haven’t seen you on The Wall the last 4 or so days, I hope everything is OK by you.. Crazy unbelievable series, I threw in the towel last Wednesday when we went down 3-1. Well, here’s to this Wednesday for game 7. Type a few lines so your jewish friend in NY can find something else to worry about.. ;-) Let’s Go Rangers, mf ..............Hey MF, Thanks for checking my friend...Everything is fine. Got called away on an unexpected Business trip to Grreenland and Iceland for the next three weeks. WIll mostly be out of contact, so you and the rest of the Wallsters keep the faith for me since I won't be back until the Stanley Cup FInals. Let's Go Rangers. Hospo

mf


Fri May 22 2015 10:14 pm EST

Booommm! Tobias asked for it.....

Mo


Fri May 22 2015 10:13 pm EST

Happy Birthday Newfie.....Enjoy a nice Atlantic salmon dinner on me

TradeStar28


Fri May 22 2015 10:12 pm EST

Re: Lundqvist talking about tracking the puck: this arena has these annoying neon signs on the facades of 2 upper levels of the seats. You could see their colored reflections on the ice too.. They also had some spot lights moving around from the ceiling... I wouldn't be surprised to hear they play a part in impeding picking up the puck earlier in the shot......

mf


Fri May 22 2015 10:11 pm EST

Who is Keyser Soze? He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Soze. You never knew. That was his power.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 10:10 pm EST

Is Hospo in the CIA? Almost a week ago, MF said he was out of town on business. Hospo is probably holed up in Turkey trying to sniff out the next Nicholas Brody wearing an Arabic jersey that says RANGERS

TradeStar28


Fri May 22 2015 10:06 pm EST

Benoit Allaire is actually Keyser Söze

TradeStar28


Fri May 22 2015 10:05 pm EST

It's really a name for a porno flick......

mf


Fri May 22 2015 10:05 pm EST

Real nice to have the pp and pk working and the offense scoring with the d and king holding them to one... Can't ask for much more ...

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 10:05 pm EST

Post game interview with Yankle, it's nice to hear him refer to MSG as home... Sure beats the desert, ay Keith?

mf


Fri May 22 2015 10:04 pm EST

Does Benoit Allaire really exist? I dont think I have ever seen the guy...im thinkin he may actually be Jaqen H'ghar.

Pierre10


Fri May 22 2015 10:00 pm EST

In regard to Yandle: he had a hand in three goals tonight and two goals in game three. We also have a frickin Power play folks! 6 PP goals in the last 3 games. Who woulda thunk?

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 10:00 pm EST

Moof I'll take 2 wins for now

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 10:00 pm EST

Well you can't ask for a better Birthday present than THAT as a Ranger fan ,now ,can ya? And for those of you out there who still believe in "signs" how about the fact that on the very day I turn 61, Rick Nash #61 scores a big goal and breaks out !...........oh and by the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARA too..........whereever you are .

Newfie_Ranger


Fri May 22 2015 10:00 pm EST

Great win however I would have to say we seem to be on our heels when we lose control of the puck in the offensive zone and then we play so complacently when they carry it into our zone. Oh well.....IT'S A THREE GAME SERIES!!!!!

RDW


Fri May 22 2015 9:59 pm EST

Plop plop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 9:57 pm EST

after 2 I thought , even if we hang on we can't win this series playing like the 2nd period .. and happily we played a much more Ranger like 3rd.. except for the PP , which actually scored... twice

sjw


Fri May 22 2015 9:57 pm EST

We're 6 victories from The Cup.... Nash & MSL start and continue to heat it up like tonight, and boy is the conversation gonna shift around here.......... jmho, snatcherally

mf


Fri May 22 2015 9:53 pm EST

I am very proud of this Ranger Team tonight. Win your home game PLEASE!!!!

MelvilleFred


Fri May 22 2015 9:52 pm EST

Way to bounce back from off the mat hank

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 9:52 pm EST

Benoit Allaire is a total freakin' genius. Hank sounded almost despondent after the game 3 loss. Whatever he did to get him pumped back up for this game was nothing short of brilliant. Hank was brilliant in the game and the entire team played a pretty damn good game.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:52 pm EST

Bitchup gave up 10 goals in the last 2 games on against so few shots? Wonder if the talking heads will suggest benching the Bitchup for the next game? Or do they stir the shit when things don't go well in Rangerland?

jratelle19


Fri May 22 2015 9:51 pm EST

Man . I bitch on Yandle and he plays the best period and a half ever as a Ranger.....go figure

caperanger


Fri May 22 2015 9:51 pm EST

Happy Weekend Rangers Fans!!! (Ohhh now thru Sunday 6pm is so much better than the alternative)

Pierre10


Fri May 22 2015 9:49 pm EST

Glad to see The King adjust his style and get a bit more aggressive....definitely more towards the top of the crease on several of the shots on goal.

JFC31


Fri May 22 2015 9:48 pm EST

Hank

mf


Fri May 22 2015 9:48 pm EST

Gotta give props to a few guys I've been down on...1) Yandle 2) Glass 3) Boyle

Pierre10


Fri May 22 2015 9:47 pm EST

Stevie: You got that right, you sure, got that right!

mf


Fri May 22 2015 9:46 pm EST

Thank you Mom.. ;-)

mf


Fri May 22 2015 9:45 pm EST

Pierre10 -- from your mouth to the Hockey Gods' ears!

JFC31


Fri May 22 2015 9:45 pm EST

Deflated the Lightning egos a bit.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:45 pm EST

Im finally relaxed...looking forward to at least 44 hours of a much happier RFC wall :)

Pierre10


Fri May 22 2015 9:45 pm EST

Bitchup that's 10 give up 5 more Sunday

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 9:44 pm EST

Man, the win tonight was really important for the team. The way we won the game was HUGE!

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:43 pm EST

Man would it be nice if Zucc was in the lineup on Sunday!...can you imagine the Garden welcoming he would get?

Pierre10


Fri May 22 2015 9:42 pm EST

I really like Sheppard.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:41 pm EST

I am finally relaxed :) a win by more than 1 goal.

DOUBLEN


Fri May 22 2015 9:41 pm EST

Thanks Pierre , maybe I'll trash zucc next and see if he plays Sunday night !! LGR !!!!!!

caperanger


Fri May 22 2015 9:41 pm EST

Nice job(jab) Klein!

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:39 pm EST

Fu slamkos

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 9:38 pm EST

Ironically, 3 of our best penalty killers in the box.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:38 pm EST

Finally a game where we don't win by one goal. Team has to be feeling good going into Sundays game even if they were badly outshot . Msl has to get a stick to the head more often he has been great ever since.

tlats


Fri May 22 2015 9:37 pm EST

Wafj off with the 3 stooges heads triplet bs

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 9:37 pm EST

Pierre10: It's OK to be optimistic once in a while ;-)

mf


Fri May 22 2015 9:34 pm EST

Ok, i think its safe to post now (hadnt had much luck with in-game posts) Broadway Hat & game MVP ---- caperanger! Great job man!

Pierre10


Fri May 22 2015 9:33 pm EST

Whenever I am supposed to go to a game and I don't, they win. This was the game I was planning to go to and my friend who lives in FLA, had to cancel.

DOUBLEN


Fri May 22 2015 9:32 pm EST

OK...5-1 with 4 to go I'm breathing a little easier.

MelvilleFred


Fri May 22 2015 9:32 pm EST

King takes Bishop.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:32 pm EST

Hank has faced over 33 sog,,,welcome back!

WIOSA


Fri May 22 2015 9:32 pm EST

Nice save, 4 minute game, we're going home tied, yeah baby

mf


Fri May 22 2015 9:31 pm EST

Cape no he just missed to huge chances

York18


Fri May 22 2015 9:30 pm EST

Nash goes to the net and he scores 2

York18


Fri May 22 2015 9:30 pm EST

Dare I say MSL is back ?

caperanger


Fri May 22 2015 9:30 pm EST

Msl has a hat trick of misses

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 9:29 pm EST

Ya know what time it is? FIVE PAST BISHOP!!

JFC31


Fri May 22 2015 9:29 pm EST

ooops sorry Nash -

WIOSA


Fri May 22 2015 9:28 pm EST

Nash and St Louis score in same game. Wake me up!!!

jkropp


Fri May 22 2015 9:28 pm EST

Making bitchup their bitch

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 9:27 pm EST

Miller....omg everyone's coming to the party

WIOSA


Fri May 22 2015 9:26 pm EST

Save some Ricky

stepunmytoe


Fri May 22 2015 9:26 pm EST

Mini hat trick Ricky don't lose that number

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 9:26 pm EST

Nash finding the twine again...we needed that!

Shaggy


Fri May 22 2015 9:25 pm EST

Who's in who's head ????

mf


Fri May 22 2015 9:25 pm EST

5-1 RANGERS.... RICK NASH!!!

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:24 pm EST

< 9 minutes to play

mf


Fri May 22 2015 9:23 pm EST

Bitch-up doesn't seem too agile,, keep him moving opens him right up....

mf


Fri May 22 2015 9:23 pm EST

So, to keep the win streak going, do the Rangers have to watch the Entourge movie again?

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:23 pm EST

I can't figure out these POS announcers. They've all been in the game for years, they know how the game was played, the nastiness and the viciousness, and yet they point out every slash or elbow that gets thrown like it's fuckin Slap Shot. Claude Rains in the booth, shocked, shocked! That there's gambling, er, violence and ill will in hockey. Two middle fingers up.

Rexi29


Fri May 22 2015 9:18 pm EST

STFU, Dickaletti

Rexi29


Fri May 22 2015 9:18 pm EST

Fu Callahan go lecture your team

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 9:17 pm EST

Yandles game peaking at a good time.

stepunmytoe


Fri May 22 2015 9:17 pm EST

Tell him 'you ain't my cap'n'...Hags!!!!!!

Shaggy


Fri May 22 2015 9:17 pm EST

The Rangers better watch their slashing. I like their feistiness, but I don't want to see us take late penalties.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:16 pm EST

Dancing in the aisles folks! Put a dollar on Nash and MSL scoring in the same game and I hit for a million!

Fotiu22


Fri May 22 2015 9:15 pm EST

Nice slash Haze.

stepunmytoe


Fri May 22 2015 9:15 pm EST

OMG Hags....common down son....LGR!

WIOSA


Fri May 22 2015 9:13 pm EST

Hope that little prick Johnson is in pain

caperanger


Fri May 22 2015 9:13 pm EST

The Old Fella just needed a smack in the face with a stick to wake his ass up.... Hey Rabbit, your boy just scored! ;-)

mf


Fri May 22 2015 9:13 pm EST

The guys who needed to score, scored. t Johnson just limped off the ice...life is good

nyfans


Fri May 22 2015 9:11 pm EST

Msl take another stick

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 9:11 pm EST

Suck on that, Tampa ! We're going home tied at 2....... Whole nutha series.....

mf


Fri May 22 2015 9:10 pm EST

MSL!!!!!!!!!

caperanger


Fri May 22 2015 9:10 pm EST

Someone check the temperature of Hell!

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:10 pm EST

Their is a Hockey G-D..what a shot by MSL

DOUBLEN


Fri May 22 2015 9:10 pm EST

Everybody has to do a shot!!!

Shaggy


Fri May 22 2015 9:10 pm EST

Ok msl

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 9:10 pm EST

EM ES EL !!!

mf


Fri May 22 2015 9:10 pm EST

IT'S A POWER PLAY GOAL!!! MSL!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:09 pm EST

To be fair, a high stick on Marty is chest high for anyone else

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:05 pm EST

OK, we talk about Stepan for 20 seconds and then we go right back to talking about the Lightning? Is every team so much better than the Rangers?

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 9:02 pm EST

Wild.... and of course not one mention of it by the NBC guys, just that he's been playing brilliantly. That's okay, let Tampa also ignore it the next couple of games. i'm okay with that :)

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:59 pm EST

Rhet: second game in a row he is this was...5 goals on 28 shots last game, only a .821 save %, not as bad as his .769 tonight but still, he isn't looking at all like the guy who had 8 in a row against the Rangers before game 1.

Wildcard


Fri May 22 2015 8:58 pm EST

Checking in boys! What a bunch of witches the lightening fans are! Cheering for the Rangers and they went to security to get us tossed! What an effin bush league move! Score the next one and you will hear plenty of let's go ranger chants! Of course we are the Rangers so we will give up a goal and hold on for dear life! LGR!

Fotiu22


Fri May 22 2015 8:56 pm EST

I have to say the between Periods analisys by milbury and jone was dead nuts on. Stay out of the Box and don't give up an early goal. EDIEEEEEE, EDIEEEE!!!!

MelvilleFred


Fri May 22 2015 8:56 pm EST

We need to pepper Bishop in the first half of the 3rd period. 3 Goals on 13 shots? He is beatable tonight. Let's keep him down.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:53 pm EST

http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/rick-nash-busts-out-for-a-gorgeous-goal-against-the-tampa-bay-lightning/

mf


Fri May 22 2015 8:48 pm EST

Fred... Never, but I feel much better playing Rangers hockey. Hank looks like Hank. Girardi deflects in a puck. Everything is back to normal.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:48 pm EST

Strange game hockey....not a good second period for us and we stretch our lead to 3-1. Some puck luck and Hockey Gods smiling on us....I'll take it. I want to know why the hell we can't seem to keep track of these guys and lose guys at CRITICAL moments....what are they doing different that we can't track them? Or are we just plain stupid? If we stay out of the box and play OUR game we have a good chance of evening this series up. 2 goal lead in the 3rd should be very winnable. NO STUPID PENALTIES!!

JFC31


Fri May 22 2015 8:47 pm EST

It's a 20 minute game for us now, let's win the period....

mf


Fri May 22 2015 8:46 pm EST

Outshot 19-6 but not out scored

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 8:44 pm EST

Mfred is it safe?

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 8:43 pm EST

Ok, I do believe in hockey gods, I do believe .... Lets all hold symbolic hands and think happy thoughts of MSL and Hags.

WIOSA


Fri May 22 2015 8:43 pm EST

Anybody feel safe??

MelvilleFred


Fri May 22 2015 8:40 pm EST

He wassaf year in the playoffs he should be again this year

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 8:39 pm EST

Way ahead of you Rhet ....LOL

caperanger


Fri May 22 2015 8:38 pm EST

Next question....was Marty St. Louis that much of an upgrade from Callahan?

caperanger


Fri May 22 2015 8:37 pm EST

CAPERANGER....Yandle had a goal and an assist since you asked the question. Ask one about Marty :)

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:37 pm EST

Wiosa they are scathing

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 8:36 pm EST

Is this 2nd period like the Bizarro world for the Rangers. BTW..has anyone else noticed how when Bishop goes down, how slow he is to get back up.

DOUBLEN


Fri May 22 2015 8:36 pm EST

Not bad, get totally out-played for the period and go up by two. There just may be a hockey G-d

mf


Fri May 22 2015 8:35 pm EST

Handle lit the candle

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 8:35 pm EST

Holy fuck.....the tears of an angel have landed on the head of the NY Rangers

TradeStar28


Fri May 22 2015 8:35 pm EST

Yes break glass

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 8:35 pm EST

yes yes YESSSSSS!!!!

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:35 pm EST

NIIIIIIICCCCCEEEEEE

mf


Fri May 22 2015 8:33 pm EST

Oh...lets go to the net and create traffic....who wudda thunk?

TradeStar28


Fri May 22 2015 8:33 pm EST

Kid k

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 8:32 pm EST

KREEEIIIDDERRRR SCORES!

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:32 pm EST

KREEEIIIDDERRRR SCORES!

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:32 pm EST

KREI BABY

TradeStar28


Fri May 22 2015 8:32 pm EST

Yes. Next question.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:30 pm EST

Is Keith Yandle that much of an upgrade from John Moore ?

caperanger


Fri May 22 2015 8:30 pm EST

Wiosa.... 1-1 is pretty good, it sets us up for a 2-1 win in the 3rd.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:29 pm EST

Why cant we get through a second period unscathed? Why? !@#!! it

WIOSA


Fri May 22 2015 8:27 pm EST

Was that deflected off Girardi again?

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:20 pm EST

Bad Krieder. Rangers passing up too many chances to shoot still.

stepunmytoe


Fri May 22 2015 8:20 pm EST

This team really has some stupid players.

DOUBLEN


Fri May 22 2015 8:19 pm EST

C'mon Kreider.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:18 pm EST

I wonder does Jon Cooper have a cat named Garfield?

caperanger


Fri May 22 2015 8:16 pm EST

My friend texted me that his friend at the game texted him that after the Nash goal, it sounds like 35% Ranger fans.

DOUBLEN


Fri May 22 2015 8:13 pm EST

Two guys that broadcast the NYR, have they done much talking about the NYR?

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:11 pm EST

Henriik chants.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:07 pm EST

Nice pass by Stepan. We still can't get the puck off the ice. Terrific save by Hank.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 8:06 pm EST

Steve they made up for it by calling the same penalty on Stralman

WIOSA


Fri May 22 2015 8:06 pm EST

C'mon Staal, I expected it to be Brassard.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 7:58 pm EST

That penalty on msl was pure nhl clueless ref bs

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 7:56 pm EST

1-0 boys! Still leaving too many guys uncovered and put the puck in front of the net twice for no reason. For whatever reason my iPhone gets no reception inside the arena or I would try and post a picture of my kids crapping their pants after Nash scored. Not a bad period. Not Sure if NBC said anything but there was a play early in the first where somebody from the bolts shot it about 70 feet over hanks shoulder yet they still put The face off inside the ranger zone as if hank saved it

Fotiu22


Fri May 22 2015 7:55 pm EST

Imagine that cut and drive to the net and you get a goal ....

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 7:54 pm EST

Kid k is brain dead in front of hank ... He better wtfu

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 7:51 pm EST

Good, solid period for the Rangers, with the exception of a couple of dangerous brain farts. Need to stress tight defense in the D zone and getting right on Tampa when they're trying to navigate the neutral zone. Good finish by Nash. Would love to stretch the lead and see if we can play Rangers hockey to put the screws to them.

JFC31


Fri May 22 2015 7:50 pm EST

A post and a goal I'll give him a mini hat trick if he scores again ... Paging msl

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 7:50 pm EST

Would it be asking too much for St Louis to pot one now ?

caperanger


Fri May 22 2015 7:50 pm EST

That was not an easy goal by Nash, hopefully it restores some confidence for him ...MF... Of course :)

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 7:47 pm EST

Can we skip the 2nd period and just go straight to the third?

WIOSA


Fri May 22 2015 7:44 pm EST

NN: No, it's an "Amen!" ;-)

mf


Fri May 22 2015 7:44 pm EST

FINALLY

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 7:44 pm EST

FINALLY

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 7:43 pm EST

Nash! Maybe that will open the flood gates

nyfans


Fri May 22 2015 7:43 pm EST

Rhet, you typing with two fingers again?

mf


Fri May 22 2015 7:43 pm EST

We love you Rick Nash!!!

Shaggy


Fri May 22 2015 7:43 pm EST

Is that a omen Nash scoring.

DOUBLEN


Fri May 22 2015 7:43 pm EST

Finally!

TXRanger


Fri May 22 2015 7:43 pm EST

There we go, pop the cherry !!!! NASHEROOOOOO

mf


Fri May 22 2015 7:42 pm EST

YEAAAHHHHHBABYYYYYY NASHHTYYYYYYY

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 7:41 pm EST

Still pinching too much for my liking.

stepunmytoe


Fri May 22 2015 7:39 pm EST

Shaggy, he is home.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 7:38 pm EST

Jon Cooper is a freak.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 7:38 pm EST

can MSL please go home now?

Shaggy


Fri May 22 2015 7:36 pm EST

Love it Brass knocks down Boyle then cross checks him to the ice.

barto


Fri May 22 2015 7:35 pm EST

Hank should kiss those fuckin pipes, lucky bastard....

mf


Fri May 22 2015 7:35 pm EST

Heads up play by Hayes not touching the puck to draw the penalty.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 7:33 pm EST

Hagelin Rocks! He certainly came to play.....

mf


Fri May 22 2015 7:30 pm EST

About time they tried to slow it down a bit. Bullshit penalty.

barto


Fri May 22 2015 7:28 pm EST

Phantom penalty.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 7:07 pm EST

Steve Zipay..... NYR start: Lundqvist, Nash-Brass-Miller (told ya not to believe AM skate lines), Staal, Boyle

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 7:03 pm EST

Moof change language

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 7:03 pm EST

I think NBC needs to offer Joe Micheletti a job. He's bee terrific for them. Fits right in.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 7:02 pm EST

Got unmarv and dickalettii fire them

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 7:02 pm EST

MF... I like Kenny Albert.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 6:59 pm EST

Would someone please repost how to turn these damn announcers off? t/y

mf


Fri May 22 2015 6:56 pm EST

PHOTO: Lightning fan skewers Rangers' Lundqvist with amazing sign.... http://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/768633

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 6:48 pm EST

Nash-Brassard-Hayes Kreider-Stepan-Fast Hagelin-Moore-St. Louis Glass-Sheppard-Miller; McDonagh-Girardi Staal-Boyle Yandle-Klein

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 6:46 pm EST

Andrew Gross..... Rangers Glen Sather, Lightning's Steve Yzerman and Ducks' Bob Murray the finalists for GM of the year award.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 6:35 pm EST

The Nash bashing is old hat already. Team defense seems like more of a concern tonight than a Rick Nash goal does. You can also make a much longer list of Star Players that don't show up in the post season like they do during the Regular. We also still need to get to the postseason and I don't know how we could replace Nash's 35 plus goals. Personally, I'm more concerned with Hanks ability to rebound after Wednesday's game. He sounded like he took the loss much harder than he normally does. Girardi also needs to wake up tonight.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 6:23 pm EST

Fotiu... There are plenty of Rangers fans, Chicago fans ,Montreal fans, etc at every Lightning game. The "10 percent" was under reported because the team doesn't want to be embarrassed with a national audience.

Rhet0ric


Fri May 22 2015 6:23 pm EST

So might a quaalude, get real, they no longer make them, be satisfied with a goal or key plays which lead to a win......

mf


Fri May 22 2015 6:21 pm EST

A Nash hat trick might calm the water tonight

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 6:20 pm EST

We're gonna win tonight boys & girls, have faith in thy Rangers......

mf


Fri May 22 2015 6:19 pm EST

Guess they backed down from no nyr garb

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 6:19 pm EST

Fotiu22: Awesome, bring them some luck... I thought DCIGolfer may be there too... Rhet, are you at the game?? As for the Bullshit about not allowing fans to wear what they want, that could be a violation of the 1st ammendment, more so obvious if they the owners of the team or stadium receives any type of tax breaks... Fuck them, and Fuck Buttman that little Tyranical Napolean who won't let team's deviate on the layout of the team's websites but allows this hampering with free expression which promotes the league and the sport... Bung-Holio Gary, go walk in front of a train......

mf


Fri May 22 2015 6:09 pm EST

Ton of Ranget fans at the game

Fotiu22


Fri May 22 2015 5:56 pm EST

BOB His 42 goals are worthless if he disappears every spring. 42 goals can be replaced by a number of players. It's the playoffs which are the problem he is worthless so anything is better then nothing.

York18


Fri May 22 2015 5:42 pm EST

Veenknow can't get thru to Nash that's not a good sign.... And he regards him with the most ice time .... Take him off the pk maybe he'll think more offensively...

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 5:08 pm EST

No way the Rangers get equal value for Nash. Where do you replace 42 goals? His limited NTC will depress the bidding. No way he agrees to go to Edmonton, so forget the Taylor Hall dreams. No way he goes to the Panthers, so forget the Barkov/Huberdeau/Bjugstad dreams. Toronto would be a possibility, bit they are rebuilding from scratch. You are not getting Max Pacioretty for him. Bobby Ryan? Same problem, different player.

Bob


Fri May 22 2015 5:04 pm EST

stevie: That's it exactly I think. When he hands out checks he's in control of them - he can see it and basically direct it. Very unlike going to the net hard with the puck, which I'd argue is probably the most dangerous play in terms of making yourself vulnerable in hockey (short of something stupid like carrying the puck with your head down, which really going to the net with the puck is similar to because you're focused on the goalie and net, not who might be coming from the side).

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 5:02 pm EST

York: I've been singing that tune along with you lately - if the Rangers don't win the cup and he continues to middle along, then I concur 100% Sather needs to shop him this summer and let him go to the highest bidder. He appears to be (mentally) damaged goods.

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 4:37 pm EST

but he's not afraid to check...makes no logical sense except maybe he feels in control when giving, and not when getting.....he has to drive to the middle and to the net, or he will continue to not score....not rocket science...he can't be that dumb or chicken......or is he?.....big too easy......

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 4:34 pm EST

“Well, 12 goals in two games, of course you’re going to question somethings,” Lundqvist said. ” But I have a lot of confidence in myself and the way I play and the way we play as a team. I think we all feel we can beat this team. Just small corrections that need to be made here and then we’re right there. Obviously special teams have been a big part of the series so far. It’s something we focus on. It’s a new day a new opportunity to feel good about your game and try to get a win.”

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 4:33 pm EST

STEVIE exactly Nash isn't afraid of checks that have $$$ on them, but he's afraid of them to score a goal.

York18


Fri May 22 2015 4:28 pm EST

so dick nash ( until he scores) is so afraid of checks, that's why he has them direct deposited....

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 4:12 pm EST

RF how about this if he's that scared he needs to go end of story. Hrs not afraid to cash his checks.

York18


Fri May 22 2015 3:49 pm EST

On my way to Tampa for the game. Will be with my two young boys and my brother. Three of us will be wearing Messier jerseys. They can shove the Tampa arena rules you know where! Potvin sucks

Fotiu22


Fri May 22 2015 3:41 pm EST

Also this: Nash's neck was okay last year, wasn't it? And the year before? He's a playoff zero, always was, always will be. The proof is in. Jettison this guy at first opportunity, for any damned thing you can.

Nick


Fri May 22 2015 3:40 pm EST

And I'll add: Every time I see Getzlaf and Perry out there I think of Hugh Jessiman, and figuratively weep. Yeah, ancient history. But not for the Ducks. Or all the other teams that drafted great players that year, who are still performing.

Nick


Fri May 22 2015 3:38 pm EST

Here's my two cents; I know you were waiting. :-) I think there's a distance between a defensive shell and playing more responsibly, and keeping awareness out there, and not making careless plays. Every team makes them; good and bad; heat of the action, slippery ice, bounces etc. Hank has to bail them out and he's been lousy for two games. We have to support him with some goals when he's good. But we're not unopposed out there; TB got 109 points this year. As for the Ducks, sure they are good, but it irks me that they got the Jets and Flames. The overrating of the Jets by so many observers: "Ooooh! They're so big and string and manly!" What a collection of crap. Top scorers Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler? Ondrej Pavelec in net? Yeah he was hot in the stretch. So what? Flames were a nice story but still a basically mediocre squad. Hawks have played 10,000 games in the last five years and might be out of gas. So might we. That said: we played Pitt minus three regular D-men including their best. Then the Caps. Who are still the Caps. Do I have a point here? Not sure. LGR! Look alive, Hank. Shoot the puck BETWEEN the pipes, boys.

Nick


Fri May 22 2015 3:35 pm EST

RF4L - I think the more plausible explanation of NASH and his disappearing scoring touch is the tighter game ALL teams seem to play come playoffs...I still see zero evidence that BOGOSIAN did anything other than give Nash a sore neck. If he's not charging to the net like he did earlier in the season, I could almost guarantee its because he's not see a clear path on the ice, not that he's worried some ass-kicking defensman is going to pop him a couple times. If that were the case, he would've been invisble against the Caps.

tdchi


Fri May 22 2015 3:27 pm EST

Mfred I hope you can track your package better than hank on that ot goal

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 3:16 pm EST

Vic - the Rangers didn't go into a defensive shell Saturday. What they did do, though, is slow the tempo down enough so that Tampa never got revved up until later in the game...the played defensively aware high-pressure hockey. The last two games they've been playing all offense...every play, seems like the D is jumping in...Sans ZUCC and with MSL and NASH a shell of themselves, they can't match Tampa's offense. That's the bad news. The good news is they don't need to. This team has the best defense and goalie in the league. If they play man-on-man D, Tampa will wilt fast.

tdchi


Fri May 22 2015 3:12 pm EST

We are in deep shit...my Lucky Autographed Giacomin Jersey did not get here.......a clear act of sasbotageee as Bugs would say.

MelvilleFred


Fri May 22 2015 3:00 pm EST

Going off to play golf now. I'm recording the game so I'll check back in after the game tonight. Enjoy the ride!!!

Vic


Fri May 22 2015 2:58 pm EST

And......they demonstrated how they need to play against Tampa in Game 1. Get the puck deep, cycle and play below the goal line. Not transition, but forechecking their weak defense.

Bob


Fri May 22 2015 2:56 pm EST

I disagree too. Might as well join the club. First of all, if I recall correctly the Rangers won Game 1. And Tampa scored 6 in game 2. In game 3, Brassard should never have made the pass to Boyle with Stamkos so close to him. Then, if just one of the 3 musketeers who were back on that play take care of Stamkos, we are not talking about it. I think Boyle had been pretty good in this series, better than Captain McDonagh, who aside from the goal he scored has been a turnover and missed coverage machine.

Bob


Fri May 22 2015 2:54 pm EST

Vic: I think perhaps some of us have mis-used the word defensive (myself included). They need to do what made them successful during the regular season, which is indeed a quick transition game and speed thru the neutral zone and in Tampa's end. The fear I have is that Tampa is simply too good for that to be effective on a sustained basis and they counter so quickly and so effectively, they are forcing the Rangers to make those dumb mistakes. The Rangers, when they are on top of their game, often make quick, short passes, sometimes laterally in all 3 zones. When done with speed, it serves to set the opposition off-balance and subsequently, creates holes all over the ice. Tampa, meanwhile, deploys a similar style and with their collection of talented forwards, just might be more than the Rangers can handle. A good example is the one you cited Boyle for screwing up (and I recall that play). I say that happened because rather than dumb the puck out, the Rangers are built for initiating a transition game quickly, as in as soon as they get recapture the puck in their end. Boyle was looking for something to start there. What he should have done was get the puck out - that's anti-Rangers. That's where they need to be smarter and not force things.

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 2:42 pm EST

WILDCARD: Totally disagree. There is no way BOYLE played well enough to come anywhere near erasing the mind-numbingly, game changing disasters he was responsible for.

Vic


Fri May 22 2015 2:40 pm EST

The second thing that I wanted to say was that I disagree with those who think the Rangers need to go into a defensive shell against this team. That is not the Rangers identity. They didn't win by playing that style against the Pens and Caps. Those were low scoring series because the Pens and Caps were the ones that went into the defensive shell. I don't think that works against Tampa because they will draw penalties and score at a higher rate then the Pens or Caps. The Rangers are at their best when they are playing a quick transition up and down game. Trading chances with the Lightning wasn't what got them into trouble. What got them into trouble was mind numbingly stupid, unforced turnovers and horrible decisions in coverage. I would submit to you that going into a defensive shell isn't going to change the things that have hurt them most. They will still turn the puck over absurdly and they will still make bad decisions in coverage and Tampa will exploit both. The Rangers need to play and up and down, open offensive game. Whatever happens so be it. But go down with your best punches thrown. If our guys are better defenders and our goalie is better then trading chances should be in the Rangers favor.

Vic


Fri May 22 2015 2:38 pm EST

Wild: You are such a Ranger apologist it's sometimes ridiculous you know.

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 2:16 pm EST

Vic: If I went back and watched all the games, I could come up with 5 good plays Boyle made for every bad one. Pointing to specific plays doesn't make things true

Wildcard


Fri May 22 2015 2:04 pm EST

I disagree with some of the thoughts/ideas expressed here over the last few days. First and foremost I don't agree with anyone who says BOYLE has been good in this series. I don't care if the guy scores a big goal when he has been responsible for so many goals against. Especially the two horrible turnovers that went a long way to cost the Rangers both games 1 and 3. We all killed MSL for the 5 on 3 gaffe in game 1 and he sure shares a lot of the blame. But that turnover never happens if BOYLE doesn't fire the puck into MSL's feet from 10 feet away with no pressure on him. BOYLE's absurdly bad pass put MSL in a bad spot. In game 3 BOYLE inexplicably held onto the puck when he could have easily moved it to the left point. Instead he fumbled with it and STAMKOS was on him before he could recover. That goal got Tampa back in the game and they were fired up after that. If the Rangers had continued to control play and score the next goal to go up 3 to 0 it would have taken a lot out of Tampa and put them in desperation mode. Instead they were right back in it at 2 to 1.

Vic


Fri May 22 2015 1:59 pm EST

Just wanted to say thanks to Larry Brooks for answering my question about AV and Vancouver goalies!

LeoS


Fri May 22 2015 1:12 pm EST

What if God forbid hank gets hurt ?.... Veenknow a Boy Scout ? Always prepared ?

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 1:09 pm EST

Wild: I think we are saying the same thing...for a change.

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 1:02 pm EST

RF4L: The issue is, the Rangers appear to think this series was going to be about offensive prowess....it seems you may as well....the losses have not been because TBL has more offensive players than the Rangers. I could have scored some of those goals the Rangers were so bad at defending....If the Rangers play their game even 25% better than they did the last two they will win.

Wildcard


Fri May 22 2015 12:58 pm EST

stevie: IMO if the barrage continues, the Rangers are done. They have to play their game, not Tampa's. Simply put, they don't have the offensive horses. Hell, with the disappearance of Nash and MSL, plus the injury to MZA, I'd argue Tampa has 6 of the top 9 offensive forwards in this series. It's Brassard, Stepan and Kreider I'm including from the Rangers. And it helps none that Stamkos has emerged from his PO funk (something like 10 points in his past 8 PO games).

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 12:56 pm EST

Too many are worried about hanks and others feelings and egos ... I want 3 more wins even if slaphappy has to be called up....if veenknow says hard any more times it will mean he's soft...there are no good reasons not to beat the nuts bolts ....

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 12:45 pm EST

Rather = ready

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 12:44 pm EST

And I say veenknow should have pulled hank in game 2ir3 and put talbot in . Then he wouldn't be ice cold and rather in case tonight the barrage continues.

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 12:23 pm EST

I just watched all Nash's goals from this year and on many he's wide open, either via a pass in front/cross the middle or via a breakaway. There are 3 (I think) where he took the puck to the net and scored. Of course, not shown are the ones where he didn't score (like the one against Barfalo preceding his mugging). It makes sense therefore, that his scoring would drop in the POs where getting open is far more difficult (not to mention a team-mate having the room to find him when he's open). It behooves him, therefore, to try to generate chances by going to the net with speed when he has the puck rather than shoot it from way out. In addition, against a team like Tampa, he should be open more but IMO, he's been more invisible offensively in these past 3 games then he was against the Caps or Pens. I suspect, however, that's because the pressure of not scoring again the POs is getting to him and it's serving to completely screw up his game. I'm not excusing him by saying that - he needs to find a way. Definitely, there is something to the opinion expressed on here by some that he fades under pressure. I don't believe it's as harsh as what York is suggesting (that because he's no longer cashing cheques, he cashes out) but there is a drop-off in how he performs when he has the puck in the POs. Last year, we saw it throughout most of the regular season - this year it started after that Buffalo game. That tells me it's more than the PO pressure getting to him. It sure is befuddling and is probably driving Sather and company nuts. Bottom line is it's up to him to figure it out - no one else can.

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 12:08 pm EST

Anyways, I'm predicting Nash scores tonight.

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 11:52 am EST

Check out this very interesting study via Steve Valiquette done earlier this year when Nash reached the 20 goal mark. The bulk of his goals were coming in 2 ways: Him going hard to the net and receiving a cross-ice pass and him going hard to the net with the puck from one side and moving across. In both cases, the goalie is exposed. We are seeing none of the latter and very little of the former. The former, of course, isn't solely Nash's problem - he needs a teammate to help him out but at the same time, he needs to recognize when such opportunities appear to be presenting themselves and then go to the net with speed to make himself available. I don't see him doing that, either. http://www.msg.com/shows/hockey-night-live.html?vid=2641873290

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 11:36 am EST

And Ducks? We'll see...

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 11:34 am EST

TD: All I can say, other than we can agree to disagree, is show me one example where he took the puck to the net with speed since that attempt that preceded the Bogosian mugging. I am not saying he's not doing lest he get mugged - I am saying those mysterious neck spasms were probably headaches similar to those he suffered from during his 3 concussions and it scared the bejesus out of him. Again.

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 11:24 am EST

JFC - If I were Larry Brooks' editor, I'd tell him to start looking for a new job. Reposting that fan-banter as a column is just nonsense. Brooksie isn't stupid either. He knows who bone-brained his premise is...TALBOT starts, Talbot will get lit up just like Hank did provided the Rangers play the same crazy up-tempo game with the Bolts.

tdchi


Fri May 22 2015 11:21 am EST

RF4L - re: NASH...Look, if the guy was playing soft non-contact hockey...avoiding checks, pulling up before making contact...playing timid...I would say your theory has a little bit of credibility...but that's simply not the case. In fact, Nash is playing more physical than I think I've seen him play all season long. And he's constantly moving a long the boards...the area where the probability of someone cleaning his clock is probably higher than anywhere else on the ice...and if you're saying he remembers what happens the last time he drove to the net...that he got a couple sucker punches from a second-rate hack of a defenseman, I'd say that's pretty foolish reasoning...Look, I think if you ask 100 hockey players if they reach that kind of deliberation during a 30-second shift, I think all 100 would say 'hell no.' There's WAAY too much else to think about out there...most of how these guys play the game is basically insttinct...there's an micro-seconds between assessing the situation on the ice and making a play...What is ailing Rick Nash ain't the memory of someone sucker punching him...I guess you could make a very slight argument that he suffered another concussion and he's mentally out of whack, but I can't even find any evidence of that. The guy is moving. The guy is playing...but for what I suspect to be a problem with nerves/confidence coupled with the smaller amount of room to move, he's not scoring. Also, I'll point out that the Rangers faced the 8th best and 13th best teams in the NHL...and now they're facing the fifth best...I would be willing to bet that a lot of Nash's 40-plus goals didn't come against teams that made the post season...

tdchi


Fri May 22 2015 11:08 am EST

Larry Brooks is such a pathetic little punk sometimes. He asks a question about Cam Talbot possibly replacing Lundqvist in goal tonight and when he gets an incredulous, chickling reply from AV, he feels the need to explain himself, why he asked the question and thyen....goes on to basically make fun of AV for losing The Cup Finals with Luongo. The he has to finish the article with, "but I do wonder if I’d asked Vigneault the identity of his starter the day before Game 6 in 2011, if he would have found that a laughing matter, too." What a thin-skinned little baby! Listen Larry, the reason the questiojn is RIDICULOUS is hat you and others are equating Cam Talbot NOW with the Cam Talbot who was performing at a "lights out" level aT THE END OF MARCH!! It's now May 22 and Talbot has been sitting on the bench for FIFTEEN STRAIGHT GAMES! Does Brooks remember that when Talbot first replaced Lundqvist that the Rangers basically outscored their opponents and Talbot was a bit shaky....giving up a bad goal in something like 5 straight games. Brooks is suggesting putting a rusty goalie on against a team that right now is FLYING in the playoffs and shredding a goalie who was previously thought of as being at the PEAK of his abilities and sharp as hell. Larry Brooks DESERVED the derision that AV gave him. It was a stupid question.

JFC31


Fri May 22 2015 11:08 am EST

The Ducks? Are you guys for real?!? Both them and the Hawks have been walking through all the weak-ass western conference teams...the Ducks played Winnipeg and Calgary for Christ's sake. Are we really that disenchanted with our own team that we need to be talking up a squad like the friggin' Ducks as some sort of behemoth? And the Hawks...a team I REALLY like...man, they danced by a suspect Preds team and Minnesota, which before putting the WAAAY over-rated DUBNYK in net, weren't even looking like they'd make the playoffs. I see what some of you are saying...that series looks crisp and clean...two tough opponents...and they are both tough...but seriously...the Ducks and Hawks are essentially facing their first tough challenge of the playoffs...the Rangers had to contain CROSBY and MALKIN...the OVECHKIN and BACKSTOM...and now STAMKOS...five of the top offensive threats in the world, much less the NHL...now admittedly, they're not doing such a great job against Stamkos...butsweet Jesus. Check yourselves before you wreck yourselves...try a little perspective before you start belittling our team Even Tampa has faced much tougher lower round opponents than anyone in the west. And now the two top teams over there are indomitable? PUHLEASE. Go Rangers!!

tdchi


Fri May 22 2015 11:00 am EST

some can't pass the mental health test....

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 10:39 am EST

All healthy Rangers on ice. Hayes back with Brass-Nash. Miller with Shep-Glass. No Zucc. Rangers did say he wouldn't skate with team in TB.

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 10:27 am EST

@AGrossRecord Mats Zuccarello walks into Amalie Arena with his Rangers' teammates. Morning skate at 11:30. We'll see if he joins them on the ice.

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 10:17 am EST

I now know why kid k is not in ot during the regular season, veenknow is correct he's a defensive liability .... he misses his assignment too much by watching the puck instead...

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 10:02 am EST

Wild: Yes these achievements are notable but in the end for me not very meaningful if no cup is won, especially given all the draft picks flittered away...

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 9:37 am EST

Nick: I feel the same way. 1-2 more seasons where I feel confident this team has a shot. A 3rd that could still go really well, and if Hank can stay "young" even a 4th depending on how prospects turn out and free agency as such. It not like this is the only season that these guys will be on the team, or that they are all 35-36 years old.

Wildcard


Fri May 22 2015 9:30 am EST

I agree, Wild. After 1998-2005, I don't take this for granted. We've had some good clubs after the lockout and especially since 2012. Our rivals have been golfing early. I just wish we could grab one more grail. About 1-2 years left on this window most likely ...

Nick


Fri May 22 2015 9:23 am EST

I know its hard to see right now, being so focused on the current game tonight. But one thing I think as fans we all should do, is reflect a little bit here. Over the last 5 years the Rangers have been to the ECF twice (including this season) and the SCF once, and maybe a second time in two years this year if they can get a win tonight to really stay in this series. You ask any fan base, and I think they would be happy with this....and most of this team will remain into next season, and the young guys will be better than they are now. We are in the middle, maybe towards the last couple years of a really good run, something that in the mid 90's most would never have imagined. On twitter this morning a list of most playoff games as a ranger(skaters only) was posted. Gird is number 1, Staal is 5th, McD 8th and Step 9th with Hags tied for 12th. Tonight Hags this Mess and Beukeboom and buy the end of this round (even if the Ragners don't win again) Staal will be tied for 3rd all time, McD will be 7th and Hags will be all alone in 10th all time. Quite an amazing few years we as fans have had...even if so far the ultimate payoff hasn't occurred.

Wildcard


Fri May 22 2015 9:11 am EST

Ducks are beatable. Their goaltending is suspect. We'd have a HUGE advantage in goal if we make it to the Finals. Then, if we play the shut down style we're capable of, we can beat them. No doubt in my mind we can beat them. Chicago is old and slow and they are making the Ducks look better than they are.

JFC31


Fri May 22 2015 9:10 am EST

We must win tonight. We know it, the Rangers know it, Tampa knows it. As the games get fewer, the pressure gets greater. I expect 60 minutes of DESPOration hockey from the Rangers.. We're going to win!

mf


Fri May 22 2015 8:48 am EST

"I’ve played with him for many years and he demands a lot out of himself. He demands a lot out of his teammates," Callahan said. "We’re going to expect his best come the game [tonight]." Before this series, Lundqvist had allowed six goals in a playoff game only once in his career and that was in his first NHL playoff start, Game 1 of the 2006 conference quarterfinals against the Devils. Now, he’s done it in consecutive games. "It’s not something you see too often," Callahan said. "We’ve had some chances and we’ve capitalized on them. That’s how you look at it. He’s going to be in there and he’s going to make the save. We’ve been trying to make it tough on him, getting second chances, getting traffic and we’ve been successful with it, so we’ve just got to try to continue it." ......kid k should knock lil Johnson and bichup into the stands.....then Callahan .......

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 8:22 am EST

Premature I know, but man oh man, I honestly don't see how either the Bolts or the Rangers are going to be able to handle the Ducks, who I'm convinced are going to the finals (although I realize one should never count out the Hawks). They are big, fast, skilled and physical. They are, I think, what the Capitals wish they could be. The Capitals should take a look at that team - unlike theirs, the Duck defense is mobile and skilled. Personally, I like Bruce Boudreau and I think he's a very under rated coach and probably one of the reason he doesn't get the respect he deserves is due to his roly poly appearance. If the Rangers can't/don't win it, I'd be happy for him if the Ducks do. JMHO....

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 8:08 am EST

RF4l -- IMO, that very well could be contributing to the Rangers getting caught up in playing run n' gun hockey. Yesterday, I posted that the Rangers have felt "empowered" and freed by all of the open ice that Tampa is allowing them to have and they've gotten caught up in the euphoria of it....resulting in them not playing RANGERS HOCKEY....which is exactly what the papers are saying this morning. It's easy to see how that could psychologically happen to a team that loves to skate like the RAngers do....they came out of 2 smothering, tense series and then went wild with the open ice in this series and lost their way. If we win tonight and get Zucc back for Sunday, it's a whole new series and Game 3 will just be a bad memeory

JFC31


Fri May 22 2015 8:06 am EST

Opps. meant to say it's interesting that he wasn't made available yesterday. Was that orchestrated by AV or requested by Hank?

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 8:05 am EST

BTW, given what the King had to say after the 2nd game and how some are disturbed over it, he was one of the Rangers not made available to the media yesterday.

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 7:59 am EST

I wonder if the Rangers have gotten away from their core game because they are feeling pressure to generate more offense. 28 goals in 14 POs after game 1 of this series and winning every game by a single tally was talked and written about over and over and over again and no doubt, not just by us and the media scribes. Now add to that pressure the fact that the Rangers opponent scored the most goals during the regular season and have continued with that impressive feat in the POs. Could be a bit of a head game the Rangers are playing on themselves. Obviously, as stressful 2-1 game after 2-1 game is, it's better than losing the way they have these last 2 games. For sure, it's time to get back to how the Rangers played most of the season and stop worrying about putting up 4 or 5 or 6 goals. If not, it'll be the Bolts getting run over in the final by the Ducks, not the Rangers.

RF4L


Fri May 22 2015 7:18 am EST

Stevielegs- In Sweden there was a goalie names Bo Ahl. He married a girl named Ann.

Ola


Fri May 22 2015 6:33 am EST

Rick Carpiniello on May 21, 2015 9:47 pm Repost: CJP For Carp and everybody else, a little palate cleanser: 1990 – Game 4 of the Campbell Conference Finals. Edmonton down 2 games to 1 and playing in the old Chicago Stadium. Mark Messier plays the most dominant game of his career, running all over the Blackhawks and driving his team to a victory to even the series and eventually win a 5th Stanley Cup. This game was better than his Game 6 performance against the Devils in ’94. THIS game shows you what a leader can do, and what a hockey player with skill AND heart can do. For me, the best moment is when he’s breaking in on the goalie at 3:22 of the video at the link. Messier is driving to the net and Chicago defenseman Doug Wilson has a chance to intercept Messier. He shows no desire to do so and cowers in Messier’s presence as he busts in and scores. For those who may not have heard of this game before, watch again how a legend helped forge his legacy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7e6BAKfnOQ Sadly, I don’t see anybody on this Rangers team remotely capable of putting the team on it’s back like Messier did in that game. Then again, there have been few players in NHL history who could. Friday night. Game 4. The entire season comes down to it. It’s not a Must Win, but it’s definitely a Can’t Lose. - See more at: http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/21/rangers-off-day-interview-transcripts/#sthash.flSlgjJt.dpuf.......maybe dick nash and msosol should watch and try imitating...except that link isn't showing the video....

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 6:08 am EST

I'm not surE why everyone is getting so riled up over hanks comments. He is saying the same thing everyone here is saying. Hank is telling his guys you have to be better in front of me and you have to pick up your assignment, he's saying the same thing that everyone else is saying here. Hank is rarely a 6 goal a game guy and I don't see it happening a third time. The guy has pride and is a competitor and is one of the most money goaltenders in the playoffs ever. I see him standing on his head tonight and bringing this back to msg tied up.....Tampa is not faster then the rangers, they may be as fast the difference is that their best players are showing up and our supposed two big guns haven't in msl and Nash. I think missing zucc is also hurting this team as well. It's sad when Boyle scores more goals then Nash and msl combined. I think it's time to slow the game down because it's obvious Tampa loves the open ice and their scorers are hot it's time to play a tight game and breakout fast on mistakes by Tampa force then to make bad passes clog the neutral zone. It might not be as fun to watch but this team can grind out 1-0 or 2-1 wins. The open ice we were all longing for in rounds one and two is killing us. Tampa is transitioning off of the rangers mistakes quicker and burying the puck when they do.

York18


Fri May 22 2015 6:02 am EST

Wolf Pack dropped Game 1 of their ECF last night 3-2 to Manchester.

Dineen11


Fri May 22 2015 5:57 am EST

so stepan married a girl named Stephanie, so now she Stephanie stepan......ie.....

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 5:55 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/05/21/benching-flummoxed-lundqvist-no-longer-seems-so-ridiculous/

stevielegs


Fri May 22 2015 5:32 am EST

Bob maybe Hank shouldn't have made that new t shirt with his face as the statue of liberty....he better shake it off and refocus, and stop the excuses and blaming if he really wants to get to the next round....or he can join dick nash in the big easy of never never land...nutsnbolts drive down the middle on breakaways he drives to and along the boards.... they need to really pressure bitchup.....and barrage him.....

stevielegs


Thu May 21 2015 11:54 pm EST

Agreed. That was inexcusable in such a spot. Richter-Francis 1992 stuff. Worse, because its the ECF (and Richter made up for it two years later). I'll forget this one if we win the series or better, the Cup someday with Hank.

Nick


Thu May 21 2015 11:17 pm EST

NICK---Yeah, well last night after his statue act on the game winner, he looked like Denis Lemuieux of the Charlestown Chiefs, spasms and no idea what happened.

Bob


Thu May 21 2015 10:24 pm EST

Hank is definitely an intelligent man and a thoughtful athlete ... maybe he was just shocked and bummed. I am a bit troubled by "I couldn't track the puck well because they moved it so fast" and "had a lot of time in the slot." That first one is like, what? TB is good but come on. And that last crack was a rip on the team, and whether deserved or not, you keep those to vent to your wife at 2 a.m.

Nick


Thu May 21 2015 10:20 pm EST

I know ... but I've always thought it's not the saves you make but the ones you don't. Unless your team wins, then no one even remembers. Cruel sport, hockey.

Nick


Thu May 21 2015 10:09 pm EST

Stevie, I agree with you post. after the game Hank looked a mess. He even said I don't know. This is a man who is very much a mental type player. some are just great physical athletes( Kreider ) some are cerebral. ( hank seems to be that as he talks about focus and concentration all the time. Well after wednesday he looked shot and lost. If hank starts I would not be afraid to pull him.

KIS


Thu May 21 2015 10:06 pm EST

KIS, grizzlebeard has brought it this round!

Rexi29


Thu May 21 2015 9:57 pm EST

We moan about Boyle yet he has more goals than Msl and Nash combined Boyle has 3 msl 0. Nash 2

KIS


Thu May 21 2015 9:48 pm EST

Nick: Or could it be, the odd game aside, that the King is relied on to make so many good saves so often and does that with amazing frequency that when he doesn't, it tends to stand out? Yeah, that goal sucked but geesh, he made 4 or 5 spectacular saves yesterday, including a breakaway stop 3 minutes into the OT period, which might be more than Bishop's been forced to do in 3 games. Part of the reason the Rangers scored 5 is because the game was so wide open which leaves the King vulnerable. Close it down and the Rangers struggle to score 2. Again. That OT goal sucked as have others as you point out, but I think you need to consider the whole. I'd argue that you could point out similar weak goals with any goalie regardless of their accomplishments if you choose to look at things that granularly. JMHO...

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 9:25 pm EST

Line changes, refs, hit this one, put that one in the hospital ... how about this: Mr. Fashion doesn't whiff on a 30-foot unscreened wrister in ECF overtime? Hank is great; I get it. But when he isn't, it comes at the WORST possible times. 2012 ECF Game 5. Horrific. Last night? Possibly worse. Yeah I know, we don't get there without him, blah blah blah. I mean, it's not like he's some no-name like Corey Crawford or Tim Thomas or Cam Ward or Chris Osgood or JS Giguere or Antti Niemi. Maybe I'm just bitter but the NYR have had some damned good teams in recent years, and yet ... I mean, we think this guy is way better than the rest of the league, but he has one Vezina in ten years, and it's not like he's laboring in some backwater and gets no press. I'm sure he's a great guy and he's 1,000 times more clutch than, say, No. 61. But still. Still. Unless he is at least decent, we have no shot. Decent. That's all we needed last night, despite our less-than-stellar play.

Nick


Thu May 21 2015 8:11 pm EST

Ive been watching the Rangers since 1961 and after awhile you kinda get a sense of when they are outmaned. That is the current situation vs. the Boltz.....no way do we advance to the CUP Finals. Just in case I did plunk down significant change for a signed "lucky" Ed Giacomin Jersey which should arrive tomorrow prior to game time.......it's our only chance. And of course Hank starts Game 4 and 5.

MelvilleFred


Thu May 21 2015 7:37 pm EST

Matt Barnaby: "I never count the New York Rangers out anymore. I've I've learned my lesson. I have written them off far too many times and they just find a way. If you get them down, you have to finish them. They'll come back on you and they never panic."

E


Thu May 21 2015 7:31 pm EST

Not that I'm calling a Nostrodamus but when I look at the remaining 4-teams all I have to say is that I hope Chicago wins because Anaheim would devastate both TB and the New York Rangers in my opinion. I've been stunned by how skilled they are and how much they just beat the piss out of you. In some ways Chicago vs. Anaheim is for the cup and TB vs. New York Rangers is a sideshow. Not saying that is necessarily true because all things are determined on the ice but watching Chicago's defense get rag dolled? You can't breathe against them. Getzlaf, Maroon, and Perry? Its like death coming when you have to go behind the net to get possession. They look like men against boys...

E


Thu May 21 2015 5:26 pm EST

How about Bell and Biv? And Devauex...... Now u know!

TradeStar28


Thu May 21 2015 5:23 pm EST

Deveaux

TXRanger


Thu May 21 2015 5:22 pm EST

If the Rangers want to goon it up, former Ranger Andre Devereux is now available after being kicked out of a Swedish league for a vicious baseball swing on an opposing player in warm ups. [Kidding]

TXRanger


Thu May 21 2015 5:00 pm EST

rhet then msg should ban all other team uniforms.....I thought you said they're nice....I saw a palat at msg...who knows the secret concussion protocol? and who is it up to, a doctor or semi colon Campbell soupy?.....they're liable no matter how much lyin buttman tries to weasel his way out.....they should test defibrillators on him before every game....

stevielegs


Thu May 21 2015 4:52 pm EST

@AGrossRecord AV laughs when first question is whether he's going to start Lundqvist in Game 4. "Is that a real question." Told it was, he says "Yes." .......veenknow know if hank has the bolts in his 'gray matter' as Dave Maloney claimed? if he does, grow a pair and do what's best for the team to win, as he claims he always does..... maybe capt mcmouth can hit him again......hank sounded almost completely broken after 12 goals.....they shook him up real bad.....veenknow had 2 chances to put the prince in and didn't....now he and allaire better know hank can't shut those nutsnbolts out , otherwise really consider sitting him......

stevielegs


Thu May 21 2015 4:10 pm EST

Talbot is pretty old...we trade him this year...we SAP is our future...

jkropp


Thu May 21 2015 4:07 pm EST

Agree with YORK....total bush league move by Tampa.....this should put a curse on them. We certainly need all the help we can get. 1 CUP in 75 years.....you figure 2 more good years for Hank and then....Talbot? We do have a core of good young players but ya never know....we could easily slide back into mediocrity.

MelvilleFred


Thu May 21 2015 3:54 pm EST

All the more gratifying to hear the roar after we score and Let's Go Rangers! throughout

LeoS


Thu May 21 2015 3:50 pm EST

You know what ---- screw it. I say run Bishop, Corey Perry berated the Hawks the other night and even tripped Crawford to the point where he got air time that even Tony Hawk would be proud of. We will not lose this series.

sportyplaya1188


Thu May 21 2015 3:42 pm EST

Comical how Bettman is a no show on the purchase and opposing teams clothing policy. Reflects poorly on the league to allow a member team to do it...

Tucc


Thu May 21 2015 3:35 pm EST

Tampa should be taken to task by the NHL for discriminating against the rest of the league. They should lose first round picks. This is a league and to discriminate against fans of the rest of the league should not bs allowed. Shows no class at all call up McI and send him head hunting after their poster boy stamkos and let him spend the rest of the series in the hospital.

York18


Thu May 21 2015 3:11 pm EST

The Lightning’s two-pronged approach essentially means “No Rangers Fans Allowed” as the Eastern Conference finals shifted here for Game 3 Wednesday night. The policies prohibit fans from wearing an opposing team’s apparel in certain club areas and restrict ticket sales to non-Florida residents. On the surface, the apparel policy affects less than 10 percent of the 19,204-seat Amalie Arena..... “We’re not going to apologize for the policy,” said Bill Wickett, the Lightning’s executive vice president for communications. “We want to create as much of a hometown environment for the Lightning players and our season-ticket holders as we can, and we’ve been somewhat successful at it..... http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/sports/hockey/tampa-bay-lightning-limit-wearing-of-opponents-colors.html?_r=0

Rhet0ric


Thu May 21 2015 2:23 pm EST

The guy that needs to be laid out is Stamkos, who is running at Rangers at will.

Bob


Thu May 21 2015 2:20 pm EST

For those wondering. it's not a team smokescreen, It's NHL Concussion Protocol.

Rhet0ric


Thu May 21 2015 2:19 pm EST

Sit Glass? are you out of your mind? He has been one of our hardest working players in the past 6 games! Guy made a beautiful defensive play last night and then transitioned into an odd man rush where he had a scoring chance. So he didn't score, but neither did Hags when it counted. You cannot expect Glass to do it all, defense or offense, but on the same shift, expecting both is a tad too much. BTW this is completely serious. Glass has been a tremendous asset. If MZA is guaranteed to come back in Game 5, do you maybe send Shep at Johnson/Palat and hope he lays them out with a huge hit? Not a fan of dirty hockey, but we need to slow these guys down...and Bishop and it seems like the only option is hard, violent hits. hmmmm similar to orpik?

sportyplaya1188


Thu May 21 2015 2:15 pm EST

Steve Zipay..... Rangers say Zuke not ready to skate with team and will not be available until he does

Rhet0ric


Thu May 21 2015 2:02 pm EST

That was not being able to elevate his game.

E


Thu May 21 2015 1:48 pm EST

To be fair, I'm not gonna malign Nash for failure to drive vs. the Caps. They were collapsing in and waving sticks. On one break in on Stralman he tried to cut and Anton got him with a stick lift. The next time he turned his back to protect the puck, got zero support so he rang it around. The issue as I've come to learn it is that for as great as Nash is in all 3 zones (and when people strip back the fact that he isn't scoring) he gets paid to score goals. And he just doesn't seem to have that nasty snapshot from range that he once had. So if you relegate him to the outside, he just doesn't seem to be able to do much except dish it and cover the lanes. And he does a great job at it. Also keep in mind that too often Chris Krieder gets boxed out but he gives the puck and heads straight to the net. And that's what you need to do. Nash just doesn't seem to be able to do it. But also keep in mind that other teams do respect his threat. He almost always is drawing first pair defenseman. But he has g elevated his game offensively and he is beginning to turn into this generations Marion Hossa. Great all around player who has struggles scoring. But at least Nash is busy out there. Marty St. Louis at this point?

E


Thu May 21 2015 1:23 pm EST

Sit HANK! Put the net down and turn it around. Wrap arounds only... IMO, they'll sit Glass.

jkropp


Thu May 21 2015 1:18 pm EST

If by chance MZA can play tomorrow night (not counting on it - perhaps game 5 is more reasonable) who do you think 1) AV should sit and 2) AV will sit? My answers: MSL/Glass.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 1:13 pm EST

Nash is so snake bitten, he cant wait to get off the ice for a change. Players like Johnson, Kreider,etc are eager to get out there and do something. You can just see them saying put me in coach, whereas Nash is unemotional and just thinks by skating and hitting he is working hard. RFL is so right, he doesnt drive to the net at all, he was doing this all year long and towards the end of the season not sure if it was the Buff hit or not but he turned into that wide skating knob we saw all last years playoff. He is not going to be able to turn it on like a switch, if he could he would have already. MSL is a shell of himself, he is done and should seriously consider retiring. He loves to play the game and be on the ice but he just does not have it anymore. I would get rid of Nash and replace him with two younger hungry players who can pot 20 goals apiece. This season is not over yet, the outcome has already been decided by the hockey gods, nothing we can do to change the outcome. Just hoping the outcome is good for us. If it was so easy to wiin the cup it wouldn't be as enjoyable when you do win. Adversity is part of the playoffs and the team that can overcome it wins...

Steve443c10


Thu May 21 2015 1:13 pm EST

I just got a boner!!! ; )

jkropp


Thu May 21 2015 1:09 pm EST

The cavalry will be coming to the rescue! https://twitter.com/PLeonardNYDN/status/601447050274676736/photo/1

VtRanger


Thu May 21 2015 12:53 pm EST

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=741236 Remember...

jkropp


Thu May 21 2015 12:45 pm EST

I hope you folks are right it seems they fly into the zone and almost score at will. As if they cant be stopped.

vcp1994


Thu May 21 2015 12:42 pm EST

Rope a dope is perfect way to put it. Lighting say look at all the open ice we give you. Here...go ahead and take. Also...clog the middle of the bleeping ice already from goal to goal. Been very quiet in Zucc land since he skated Monday????????

shonuff


Thu May 21 2015 12:35 pm EST

If NASH and MSL scored on 1/4 of their high quality chances just think how much better off they would be... I see NASH get a breakaway or a partial break and I immediately think he is not going to score...I hope for a rebound for a player following up.

jkropp


Thu May 21 2015 12:33 pm EST

Tampa is not faster...they just know how to score.

jkropp


Thu May 21 2015 12:19 pm EST

JFC - thank you. That's the most reasonable post I've read here since Monday. Agree 1,000 percent. Maybe more. No way is Tampa faster than the Rangers, who are probably the fastest team in the NHL. Tampa is playing rope-a-dope. Two games running now. Wish someone in the Ranger brain trust could now get this point through to the team.

tdchi


Thu May 21 2015 12:08 pm EST

vcp -- Tampa is NOT too fast for us. We are falling into the trap of feeling empowered and free by all the open ice that is available to skate through and we're playing run n' gun hockey....that is NOT Rangers hockey. Our advantage lies in our system starting from the goal out....defending well and then quick transition to offense. We are NOT doing that....we're losing our assignments, getting out of position and running around. AV should stress hat we need to not worry about scoring goals and concentrate on DEFENSE....the goals will come off of the transitions that will naturally appear after we cause turnovers through proper positioning and good defensive coverage. It's no coincidence that we win 2-1 games and lose 6-5 games. We need to concentrate on keeping the D zone and neutral zone TIGHT and allow the goals to come off of counter attacking transitions and turnovers. Tampa is only too fast when we play end-to-end....and even then they were only one goal "faster" than we were....and it was a BAD goal.

JFC31


Thu May 21 2015 12:04 pm EST

Let's not forget...Rangers win the next game and play well, they are right back in it and have home ice advantage...Let's not jump ship yet...

jkropp


Thu May 21 2015 12:01 pm EST

looks like we cannot handle there forwards that's life. MSL and Nash are most likely too up tight. Series may go 6 doubt we win it. TB is too fast for us.

vcp1994


Thu May 21 2015 11:49 am EST

Nick - your post last night killed me! You only neglected to mention that the trade was orchestrated by still-GM-for-life 90-something Glen Sather!

LeoS


Thu May 21 2015 11:43 am EST

I will confess to having been a Nash apologist last year. But after this year, the evidence and data are undeniable. He is not a playoff performer. He is the anti-Messier. Next in line is Henrik, who was outplayed by Jonathan Quick last year in the finals and is being outplayed by this big clown Bishop so far this year. He is on the road to chokedom.

Bob


Thu May 21 2015 11:40 am EST

RF4L I agree 100%. Ideally you build a team that makes the playoffs and then can win in the playoffs by ramping up the same game. Having a leading scorer vanish consistently in playoffs makes it harder on your teammates and easier on the opponents. I wonder if the players notice it and how/if it affects everyone else.

LeoS


Thu May 21 2015 11:40 am EST

Nash played hard and took the body hard in the LA series last year. What he didn't do and what's not being doing since game 59 is driving to the net with the puck with speed. That trying to beat 3 guys thing he's done on and off he does at slow speed, trying to stickhandle thru them. I am talking about using his size, skill and speed to beat the d-men either outside or cutting thru the middle, something he did regularly up to and during the Sabre game. I beg you guys to take a look at the video again, not for the mugging that resulted, but for the way he took the puck, after entering the Sabre zone, to the net with speed. Then tell me please where you've seen him do it since.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 11:35 am EST

Does anyone remember how AV handled Luongo in Vancouver playoffs? (I don't) Starting Talbot would basically be saying he plays til he loses. Doesn't seem AV's style.

LeoS


Thu May 21 2015 11:32 am EST

jkopp: What the hell did Sheppard do to receive such treatment?! ;^)

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 11:31 am EST

TD: How do you explain his refusal to take the puck to the net when entering the zone with it? He was doing that before he got pummeled and in fact, did on that particular play. I haven't seen him do it once since and last night in the 3rd period was a prime example of him refusing to do so, despite his team trailing by a goal and needing their $7,800,000 man to get out of his goal scoring funk. IMO, that's a concerted decision not to go into the high traffic areas with the puck with speed, the same decision he's been making since that Buffalo game. It's one thing to try to bring the puck out from behind the net in terms of potential violent collisions; it's quite another that can result when you swoop in at top speed. I honestly don't know how some folks aren't seeing it. Watch that video of his mugging - watch what he did. Now try to find an example of that since then. You won't be able to. There aren't any. That's the single biggest reason IMO for his drastic drop-off in goals. And it's like a snowball effect, too. He's tentative as hell because of it, to the point where a breakaway chance is failing too. He is the master of his own demise without a doubt. He needs to be jettisoned from this team this summer - this pattern is too obvious and too frequent.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 11:19 am EST

We would not get the Cam Talbot of the 17-3 record streak we saw. We'd get the shaky, at least one bad goal in each game Talbot we got in the first 5 games of that streak. It wouldn't be fair to him or the team or to Lundqvist for that matter to throw him into the PO fire after sitting for a month.

JFC31


Thu May 21 2015 11:09 am EST

Shep centering MSL and NASH on the 4th line... ; )

jkropp


Thu May 21 2015 11:08 am EST

Garcia - stay off the shrooms...CAM played when HANK went down...they didnt start him over HANK...you would never start him over HANK...I bet you any amount of money the thought is not even crossing AV's mind. You don't take out your best player to shake up the team...would the Bulls sit Jorday for a game in the playoffs if he was having a bad game...I know not the best analogy but you get my point. They are not going to sit HANK...not close to even happening.

jkropp


Thu May 21 2015 11:05 am EST

td: To add to what you said about Nash, last playoffs he didn't look like this. He was not making contact, or taking hits, or driving at all. This year he is driving, but he is trying to go through 3 guys when he should pass it, and he passes (or takes shots) when there is just one guy. as you said, he isn't playing smart....to me, it looks like he is trying to hard at times, like trying to beat 3 guys. He just needs to relax and play.

Wildcard


Thu May 21 2015 10:58 am EST

RF4L - The one prediction I had going into last night was that NASH would again stay off the score sheet...and with that in mind, I watched the guy pretty closely last night...and sorry, but I couldn't find one iota of evidence to suggest he's playing scared or doing anything technically different than the regular season...what he IS doing different is he's making absolutely AWFUL decisions...just mindless blunders...taking perimeter shots when he should be dishing the puck...dishing the puck when he should be taking a shot...playing in traffic when there's almost zero way he or any other hockey player on the planet could get through to the net...he's playing stupid hockey. Whether that's nerves or whether he's tightening up on his stick, I don't know...but I find no evidence that he's avoiding contact or playing passively. Frankly, I think the guy KNOWS the rep he's getting --and deservedly earned --as a playoff ghost...I'd love to say he's trying too hard, but I couldn't find any evidence of that either. Is he playing bad? No. He's just not playing effectively. That doesn't have anything to do with a couple of rabbit punches he took four months ago. At this point, I think it's safe to say this is Rick Nash...that for whatever reason, he doesn't play well under pressure. We now have 56 games of evidence...here are some interesting stats for you: Regular season Nash averages about .80 points per game and .43 goals through his career....that's almost a point per game and a goal every other game...come playoffs, he averages .44 points per game and .12 goals per game...that's an average over 56 playoff games, including last night...these playoffs, he's right on target for his post-season averages: .46 points per game and .13 goals per game. If there's an indictment against Nash, that's it right there...myself and York have been saying this for a while --the guy simply doesn't perform when the game is on the line. Fans and coaches can make whatever excuses they want...that he has a concussion...that he's playing scared...that he's really playing good, but the puck simply isn't going in the net..that Zucc being out is effecting his line's chemistry... but excuses are like assholes...everyone has one and they all stink. I know it's not going to happen, but it's time for the Rangers and Nash to part ways. They've ridden this ride for as far as it's going to go...and unless regular season Rick Nash makes an appearance, they'll never win a cup with him in the lineup.

tdchi


Thu May 21 2015 10:56 am EST

RF4L: You pointed out that Talbot is unlikely to start, but I may not mind seeing that. Teams usually react to a backup in net with more solid D. The downside it, if they focus to hard on D they will not score...as I said before, if they don't make boneheaded moves (like Kreider last night) than they win the last game going away...and perhaps the game before and would be up 3-0....they LOST the games, not that Tampa didn't play well, they did, they had to in order to take advantage of the mistakes, but still, with out those mistakes they don't get 6 goals, not even close.

Wildcard


Thu May 21 2015 10:53 am EST

DREW: Not just because I am pro rangers, but from a analytical point of view, they Rangers have more good years. Its not like after this year the bulk of the team will be gone. Sure a couple guys may be gone, but the core players will still be around. I think also after this post season Sather will do quite a bit to hang on to Stepan, and guys like Hayes, Miller and Fast will only get better. Cruder as well, he is starting to play like he can more often, I think that will just get better. Nash may not be scoring now, but I have no doubt that next year he will be the leader in goals for the team. Hank isn't about to fall off a cliff skill wise, even the last two games, he maybe has 2 or 3 goals that he should have stopped that he didn't, that happens, but the rest what could he do? He has been hung out to dry by the team D. So the Rangers will be fine in net. That is all before you add in a couple kids on D who look to making an impact at the AHL level, and there is still Lindberg to have a look at, Tamalini, and Buchnevich to wait and get a look at. Maybe they will not be number 1 in the NHL, but they will be a playoff team, and a threat to beat anyone in the post season for a few more years. If after the next 2-3 seasons that I think the concern will start, mostly because Hank will not be the same guy then.

Wildcard


Thu May 21 2015 10:52 am EST

DREW -- I don't have that worry at all. Hayes is in his first year. Miller is starting to figure it out and show he has legitimate NHL talent. Stepan is only 24. Kreider is only 24 and is on the cusp of becoming an NHL power forward. I think our goaltending is still set for the next 3 years. Our D core is locked up for the next 3 years and is excellent. McD is still young and Staal, Klein & Girardi are certainly not old. Fast is really starting to show he is a legitimate NHL player....the kind of solid guy every team needs. Zucc is locked up for the next 3 years. Hags and Brasard are in their primes and have proven to be excellent PO performers. In particular, Hayes, Kreider and Miller have the potential to get much better than they are now and that is gonna be HUGE.

JFC31


Thu May 21 2015 10:49 am EST

I agree this is a frustrating couple of games! LGR .....

Jerry_Garcia


Thu May 21 2015 10:46 am EST

That's the dumbest thing I ever heard:You would lose the entire locker room if you choose Cam over Lundqvist. Guess somebody missed the regular season. But to each there own! Hope the Rangers start playing there shut down defense soon.

Jerry_Garcia


Thu May 21 2015 10:45 am EST

A couple things. First. A bunch of times last night, like the night before the Rangers seemed to be overthinking, trying to do too much defensively. The offensive ability of TBL is in their heads, it seems they are leaving one guy alone trying double up another to "help" their team mate out, its leading to very easy goals by the Tampa forwards. SECOND: Fast. My oh my. I knew I like him, but didn't see him for what he is, a very smart player with a never say die, never quit attitude. Some on this wall were very hard on him, and I think he is proving why he was called up. Another thing about Fast, he more than the play of MSL may lead to MSL being gone. Fast will be signed for a deal probably near 1 mil per so he will be a cheap option. Really now, if MSL wanted to stay he would have to do a 1 year 1 mil deal, because with Fast around the Rangers have options for wing that many probably didn't look to a month or two ago. In any case, for the Rangers to have a chance they need to stop trying so hard on D and just play. They have proven they can play offensively against this team, and that they can score on Bishop (something they haven't been able to do in the past) even the PP is better. 2 for 4 last night, 2 for 5 in game 2, and the only bad game was game 1 and they were 0-2. A coupe of those PPs were not a full 2 min, either from them taking a penalty or having the others teams PP ended by a penalty. So really, its better than 4 for 11, so really, they are about 50% on the PP. If they get back to their defensive game, and play smart like they have all season they will be fine. But its not going to be easy to shake this crap off. And Hank giving up a weak goal in OT doesn't help at all.

Wildcard


Thu May 21 2015 10:42 am EST

If the Rangers cannot win the cup this year, what are everyone's thoughts on the short term status of this team? I am very worried that we are about to enter years of mediocrity after this year. That is why this series means so much to me and nights like last night have me on the ledge. At one point, I was confident in this team but watching the 3 games, I cannot see the Rangers winning. A lot of you site flaws in the Lightning but I see a dominant team. One that the Rangers can't beat. I am really looking for hope to the future. Can this team be a contender or is this it?

DREW


Thu May 21 2015 10:41 am EST

Couple thoughts: You didn't even need to watch the game to tell who was showing up for the Rangers...all you had to do was simply listen to the play-by-play...FAST, KREIDER, MILLER, STEPAN, HAYES, HAGELIN and MOORE...curiously absent from this narrative was ST. LOUIS and basically the entire Ranger defense...and though there was lots of talk about NASH, it was purely because of the inexplicable nature of him not scoring in a 6-5 game...My advice to AV is to put NASH and ST. LOUIS on a fourth line...maybe some of you are right: There's double coverage on Nash, so he's opening space for other forwards...I just don't see it. Skate the players who can and will give 110 percent....Scratch HANK? What are you guys nuts? He wouldn't have nearly the inflated GAA had it not been for his D and forwards hanging him out to dry every other play...Rangers seemed to forget the physicality that got them this far...they're taking cheap penalties. If you're going to go to the box, at least make it count. Rattle STAMKOS' cage...Tar JOHNSON...and on that note, I was AMAZED with how little coverage Johnson gets. Routinely left open, like guys think he's an ECHLer. Inexcusable. Along those lines, how many times did Stamkos take a run at our guys? No reprisal. Closest was the stick he took to his chompers...This style of play...it's a live by the gun, die by the gun situation...can't get in a pissing match with an elephant. Rangers are playing the same offensive game the Lightning are, but don't have nearly the firepower. What they need to do is get back to the style that kept OV and BACKSTROM off the scoresheet for most of the series...I mean, Tampa is a very good offensive team, but they're no better than the Caps in that regard. Maybe not even AS good. Can't believe AV didn't put the regulator on after going up 2-zip...series is not lost, but the REAL Rangers have to step up to the plate before this becomes 3-1. And we, as wallsters, need a pep talk from Pierre10!

tdchi


Thu May 21 2015 10:39 am EST

I think we all are jkropp, although Ola and Tradestar seem to have kept their heads level. I'm waiting for TD and Wildcard to chime in, too. They usually (especially wildcard) are Ranger optimists!

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 10:36 am EST

RF4L...you're right...sorry. I didn't mean to be rude...just frustrated with this team.

jkropp


Thu May 21 2015 10:28 am EST

jkropp: Hey now, we are all Ranger fans on here and it's okay to post one's thoughts and suggestions. IMO, Jerry's suggestion isn't without merit but for reasons you adroitly cite, it's highly unlikely the Prince would start. That's not to say it's a dumb suggestion - I am hoping AV at least considered it, as he should be considering a bunch of different things. I realize the series is 2 1 for the Bolts and the Rangers have a recent history of not playing well until/unless they have to, but they haven't lost 2 PO games like this for a long time. I am more worried now that I have been these POs and probably since they look so disengaged against the Penguins in round 2 of last year. My fear is trotting out the same lineup and the same combinations risks a repeat performance from games 2 and 3.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 10:27 am EST

Regular basis?...I'd settle for at all.

RF73


Thu May 21 2015 10:17 am EST

Hello All! Let's just get it out...anyone that says Rangers should consider Talbot is absolutely crazy. If you were in the Rangers organization and you saw this guy day in and day out and it was your call to choose the goaltender, what would you do? You would lose your job if you choose Cam over Lundqvist. You would lose the entire locker room as well. That's the dumbest thing I ever heard. The other dumb statement is anyone that sticks up for Rick Nash. "He played well", "He was part of the reason they scored on that one goal" GREAT...Rangers are in a slug-fest and their best offensive weapon doesn't score again. Friggin horrible. He needs to score...Thank Goodness for Moore and Hagelin and Fast...they are the bringing it every night. Unreal. This series is going to over quick if Nash doesn't find the back of the net on a regular basis. MSL, my goodness, he can't hit the broadside of a barn. Waste. LGR!!!

jkropp


Thu May 21 2015 10:08 am EST

Jerry: I think it's safe to guarantee Talbot won't start. I think the only way that happens is if the Ranger lose on Friday and a bunch more goals get by the King. Even then it may not happen.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 10:08 am EST

I don't think the Rangers bet against the King for two reasons.......#1) He is the King....he got us here and the coaches know he can't play any worse and is clutch when needed #2) if Talbot loses game 4, maybe his trade value suffers a little and the Rangers need atleast a 2nd rounder for him

TradeStar28


Thu May 21 2015 10:05 am EST

Meanwhile.....In 2014........the LA Kings gave up a total of 13 goals in Game 1 & 2 in 1st round of playoffs to SJ Sharks....And were down 2-0 at that point in the series......

TradeStar28


Thu May 21 2015 10:02 am EST

I suggest starting Talbot next game. 11 goals against in last two games is enough. This gives Hank a rest to refocus and also gives the Rangers a spark. Cam is a much better puck handler/passer that will unlock the break out. Rangers seem to play better d-fence with Cam in net. Just do it!

Jerry_Garcia


Thu May 21 2015 9:54 am EST

BTW, can Brassard shoot the puck or what? I wish he'd do more of that. Quick and accurate - that's who should be parked in the area Stamkos and OV habit on the Bolt and Cap PPs for the Rangers.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 9:47 am EST

AV is timid --- it seems like he is scared to tear into his own guys and make them actually feel what they have done wrong. This game was all but won when we were up 2-0. Instead, our D let the Lightning gain the zone consistently and have numerous scoring chances. This guy cannot make adjustments on the fly to save his life. Doc Emrick has a better transition style than AV and Emrick is a moron. We better come out flying, hitting, shooting, and scoring early on or else we are SOL. I believe we can take two in Tampa, but our run needs to start Friday.

sportyplaya1188


Thu May 21 2015 9:41 am EST

The Rangers are a six cylinder vehicle that has only been running on 3 or 4 the last two games...Either tune it up before Friday or shine up the clubs...I'm just not sure AV knows any more about making adjustments in cars than he does about making adjustments in playoff hockey.

RF73


Thu May 21 2015 9:41 am EST

3 more must wins one at a time ... I don't care who scores or is in goal.... Give fast more ice time . He can be our Johnson . Others can be dicks ....

stevielegs


Thu May 21 2015 9:38 am EST

A lot of knee jerk reactions, we are top 4 and lost a game. Let's jettison half the team. Not that I expected much else TBH...

Ola


Thu May 21 2015 9:18 am EST

I couldn't agree more RF4L! I think his return to perimeter play correlates strongly to the Buff. game. Dare I say, almost perfectly. You and I have been in full agreement on this from the get go. But that incident also combines w/ the fact he is a perennial non-playoff performer. Not a good combination to have. I say you get what you can fir him in the offseason. We need picks anyhow. And I completely disagree with Ola and the whole unit of 5 play. Nash has almost exclusively been centered by Brassard. I'm generally happy with his playoff performance to date. That guy had been fairly clutch. Zucc performed on that line prior to injury. Hell, Miller and Hayes have even performed. Yes, Nash is held to a higher standard and there over 7 million reasons why. Maybe Nash is a mutant - Mr. Invisible.

NCRanger


Thu May 21 2015 9:17 am EST

As others have pointed out Friday's game will be the key to this series one way or the other. In the Rangers defensive zone at even strength we were continually beaten to loose pucks. Tampa is either much quicker than us or our ability to read and react is not at game speed. It seems our reaction time is more likely the issue which isn't a good thing. It also carries over into the offensive zone where we don't seem to react to loosed pucks at the same speed as Tampa. The difference seems that we are doing more thinking and Tampa is just playing. I don't think Hank has played all that well and has had less luck than in the last series but I think he can get his A game back. With how Tampa has played so far the Rangers won't go any further if that doesn't happen.

Scully5460


Thu May 21 2015 9:08 am EST

The Rangers have Adam Graves in the building all the time......Cant he sit down with Nash for dinner tonight and talk about intensity?

TradeStar28


Thu May 21 2015 9:06 am EST

A lot of negative shit being written about the Rangers from the fan base! We will win Friday. Rest assured. Put the noose away

TradeStar28


Thu May 21 2015 8:59 am EST

BTW, I'm not excusing Nash, not in the least. If I'm wrong so be it - what's not wrong is 1) when his perimeter play reappeared and 2) Sather needs to seriously consider jettisoning him this summer for whatever he can get in return because that tendency clearly isn't something he's gonna overcome, especially as he gets older.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:54 am EST

York: It started after that game dude. That was like game 60, well before the POs. He went from a guy driving the net on a regular basis to someone who continually elects to shoot when presented with similar opportunities, basically overnight. His stats are simply more proof of that. Hell, take a look at that mugging video - he went to the net on that play despite the fact that there were 2 defensemen to beat, created extreme havoc in front because of it and almost scored. I have not seen him do that since. Not once. Instead, it's shots from the perimeter just like the one in the 3rd period I alluded to. Every freakin' time.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:45 am EST

On the 1st goal, I don't think it was the kind of shot that would be easily smothered by Hank...a little too much velocity. However, he screwed it up by not being emphatic with his redirection. If he had sliced the puck HARD, it probably would have eluded Stamkos. It was a brain fart by Lundqvist no doubt....way to nonchalant.

JFC31


Thu May 21 2015 8:41 am EST

Don't like NBC, their announcers or their coverage but one thing they talked about last night that was informative and reflects badly on our coaching staff and team was their illustration of the TB PP. They showed examples of what they do EVERY TIME they enter the zone. They go straight up the middle and feed to the wings, entering the O zone with speed ....EVERY TIME. If NBC sees it, I assume the Rangers coaching staff has seen it. If that's the case, why can't we shut it off? If it keeps working, then why has no adjustment been made?

JFC31


Thu May 21 2015 8:39 am EST

RF OMG stop with the mugging excuse if it were something like that he wouldn't be throwing checks the way he does without the puck because the same fear would be there but it isn't. Nash has no heart three straight POs and he disappears this is his MO his first season here he had the balls to say he had a good playoffs and he sucked. This guy has no intensity nothing. He needs to go because he is useless when the games mean the most.

York18


Thu May 21 2015 8:36 am EST

non hockey, true or not, this pertains.....Having to use an airplane bathroom is indignity enough. Can you imagine what it would do to your self-esteem if your after-stench actually grounded an entire flight full of travelers. Because that's exactly what happened to some poor man or woman (though, probably a man) who was flying British Airways from London to Dubai. It appears that about fifteen minutes into the flight, a gastroenterologically distressed passenger took an emergency trip into the small room in the back of the plane to empty the contents of their lower intestine that thing that passes for a toilet. That's probably about seven seconds after the seatbelt light went off, so something pretty awful was probably brewing. Shortly after the newly relieved passenger left the bathroom, his or her fellow travelers apparently started complaining to the crew about an ungodly rank odor emanating from bathroom. The complaints were so insistent and numerous that the captain was forced to make an announcement. "He said you may have noticed there’s a quite pungent smell coming from one of the toilets," passenger Abhishek Sachdev told The Daily Mail. "He said it was liquid fecal excrement, those are the words he used. He said it's not a technical fault with the plane, and he was very adamant about that." Imagine being the offending pooper and hearing that message. I'd probably just open the emergency door and try to escape into the stratosphere. The crew never was able to adequately clean out the bathroom, and they couldn't have customers breathing noxious effluvia for seven hours, so the captain decided to turn the plane around—turn the plane around!!!—over Germany and take everyone back to Heathrow Airport. The next flight to Dubai wasn't for another 15 hours, so British Airways wound up giving everyone onboard food vouchers and putting them up in nearby hotels. All because one person dropped some remarkably foul heat. ......what did the nyr give their fans for that stinker? the smell hopefully dissipates before tomorrow night....

stevielegs


Thu May 21 2015 8:36 am EST

Vic: Yes, except those stats are being repeated in the POs and so are the frequent high quality scoring chances. Clearly, the Rangers can't seem to defend against this team. I'm beginning to think (worry) that game 1 was more on Tampa not showing up, rather than the Rangers doing something to bottle them up. How else can these past 2 games be explained? Yes, Hank let some questionable goals in but he faced 40 shots yesterday and at least 1/3 of them were of the high quality kind. AV and company need to haul out the video and come up with a different game plan.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:33 am EST

stevie: And 19 ineffective minutes. Nash looked slow whenever he had the puck. So disappointing.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:33 am EST

RF4L: Throw out those regular season stats against Tampa. They don't mean anything and those games (as we've noted several times) when Tampa was on fire and the Rangers were decimated by injuries, trying to find their game and dealing with the loss of 25% of the roster from last year. Some of those important players they lost were fueling Tampa's great play. As for this series, I think HANK is flustered because Tampa is getting so many super high quality scoring chances. Not only is Tampa getting breakaways and point blank shots, they are able to move the puck across the crease to completely open teammates. The Rangers team defense has been god awful. I've never seen them allow so many guys so much time and space in front of their goaltender. But even trough all of their horrible play the Rangers have had nearly as many chances as Tampa. The difference in this series (much like the difference in the Kings series) is that Tampa is scoring when they get their chances. The Rangers are not. Even worse, the Rangers aren't even getting shots on goal that could turn into rebound chances when they are getting these golden opportunities. Two examples from last night (and there were probably a dozen others) were the missed net on the STAAL chance and the MSL shank over the goal. Both of those should have been goals. Those are the goals that Tampa is scoring and the Rangers aren't.

Vic


Thu May 21 2015 8:32 am EST

Melville: I think game 4 is the key - I am rarely one for predictions but I'll out on a limb and predict that the winner of game 4 will go to win the series. That said, if I had to put money on it, given these last 2 games and how they mirror the 3 regular season games, I'd pick Tampa...

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:30 am EST

rf4l but he didn't so he is....dick nash with over 19 minutes....

stevielegs


Thu May 21 2015 8:30 am EST

AV, when questioned by the media after the game about his 2 highly paid forwards, responded 'they are trying hard'.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:30 am EST

I don't see us wining this series. The Boltz are too talented for our D and in our Goalies head.

MelvilleFred


Thu May 21 2015 8:26 am EST

PIERRE: I disagree with your assessment of the move of HAYES to the 4th line. He didn't move HAYES there because he didn't trust the 4th line or had a problem with how they were playing. He moved HAYES there for two main reasons. First and foremost, MILLER was playing well. I think he wanted to get MILLER with NASH to help get that line going and put MILLER in a position to score with more offensive linemates. The second reason was that HAYES played pretty poorly overall last night, especially at even strength. Maybe poorly isn't the right word but he was a non-factor offensively and I think AV thought the only place for him that wouldn't impact the other lines was the 4th line. How much of HAYES' ineffectiveness last night was the result of the STAMKOS hit early in the 1st period? I don't know. I was hoping he would get up and be really pissed. I was hoping it would emotionally elevate him. It didn't. Does he not have that in him? Was his bell rung bad enough that he was a little out of it the rest of the night? We may know if he doesn't dress for game 4. If MZA is back in game 4 don't be surprised if it is HAYES who sits.

Vic


Thu May 21 2015 8:25 am EST

I thought Ryan McDonagh was brutal last night. the Brassard hooking penalty and the resulting PPG never happens if he does not carelessly throw the puck away twice. The second one caused Brassard to have to hook Hedman or leave him to go directly to the net. After running your mouth at your teammates, it helps to walk the walk yourself, don't you think?

Bob


Thu May 21 2015 8:25 am EST

Finally, lots of stuff from the Ranger players after the game about having to tighten up and stop playing this way against the Bolts. Ummm...duh! Question is, can they do that? We'll find out Friday but if they can't, it's clear they are done.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:20 am EST

stevie: That's right and if Nash had scored 2 goals you wouldn't have called him a dick!

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:19 am EST

Check out these stats: 4.75 GAA and .840 save pct. in six meetings this season covering the regular season and this round. Guess who I'm talking about....

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:17 am EST

if they won all moot...but they didn't.....

stevielegs


Thu May 21 2015 8:15 am EST

What is AV doing, besides juggling a few of his lines? IMO, he's being out-coached and basically standing idly by as his team runs around like headless chickens more often than not, take dumb needless penalties and continually sends on to the ice his 2 most expensive forwards despite the fact they are accomplishing nothing.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:13 am EST

Too many undisciplined penalties and these against a team that is lethal on the PP. I mean WTF is that all about? It's the like Rangers are a bunch of petulant schoolboys all sulky and bratty because things aren't going their way. That needs to stop NOW!

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:11 am EST

Three mistakes on the first goal and the Lightning needed all three to happen just to score. First, if Boyle is strong on the puck and doesn't cough it up, there is no 2 on 1. Second....McD stops skating and lets Stamkos all by himself. (I mean......it's not like he is a threat or anything) Third.....Hank. Just smother the effin puck dude. It wasn't even a shot on goal and he sticks it right on Stamkos stick. Brassard made a great back check and the puck just kept on rolling. Smother the damn puck. Now if McD back checks on stamkos, it wouldn't have mattered that Hank screwed up. I mean three major blunders on one play! This is the ECF.......not preseason. We have become completely unglued. Two stupid offensive zone penalties in the first period by Brass and Moore. Unglued.

Fotiu22


Thu May 21 2015 8:11 am EST

McDonagh, after all that talk about the team sucking and needing to play much better defensively after game 2, played last night with an edge but was, at times, nightmarish in his own end. I thought the best Ranger d-man was Yandle who finally showed me why Sather coughed up so much to get him. I suppose, however, that makes sense given his skillset and how wide open the game was.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:11 am EST

Bob -- yep, very troubling. It wasn't just last night either. In GAme 2 when the RAngers were storming and the game was tied or within one goal (can't remember which), The KIng inexplicably decided to play the puck in front of his net as if he were a forward and he gave it away causing a mad scramble. They didn;'t score, but it put the RAngers in a panicked frenzy which took away their momentum. It was uncharacteristic of his game and it seemed like he was pushing too hard, being too aggressive. He needs to settle down....that's the same thing I said about the RAngers TEAM last night and I don't think it's a coincidence that when Hank is not settled, the team feeds off of that and is not settled either. That's why lkast night could be a terrible dagger to this team's psyche because they depend on Hank to be a rock, not a pebble.

JFC31


Thu May 21 2015 8:07 am EST

Staal and to a lesser extent, Klein are making cases for themselves to be considered as trade fodder this off-season if/when Sather decides he needs to add more skill to his top 6.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:06 am EST

I don't think it's in the cards, but a wonderful thing to change the script for us would be if Zucc could return on Friday. We need some emotional juice to change the subject and turn the page, so to speak. Zucc's return could be exactly what we need to change the ju-ju....even if he's not 100%, the Rangers should give it a long, hard look if all his symptoms are gone. The emotional lift could be Willis Reed-ish for the Rangers. I don't feel like we'll be coming back from 3-1 in this series. We NEED to win....all options should be considered. If Zucc is symptom free, put him in!

JFC31


Thu May 21 2015 8:06 am EST

Kreider wants to kill guys, like he was in the Cap series. The problem is he cannot catch the Lightening players!

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:04 am EST

Fast is a keeper. Heart of a lion. And has some skill, too.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 8:01 am EST

JFC---He was paralyzed. He never moved until the puck was past him. There was no screen. How does that happen? How can you possibly not see the puck, not react there? I just don't get it. Where was his mind, his concentration? You could see it from the first goal on, when he served a weak shot's rebound directly to Stamkos for the slam dunk. He was quitting on plays throughout. How this guy, a warrior for years could appear weak minded and defeated like that is a huge problem, and one they will not overcome. That changes now or this is over in 5 games.

Bob


Thu May 21 2015 8:00 am EST

RF4L -- Hank has trouble with the shots that give ALL goalies nightmares....guys cutting across parallel to the net and letting it fly. The Goalie has to move parallel with the shooter...he can't be scientific and get "set" to gobble up the puck off an angle...he needs to move precisely, matching the movement of the shooter. But, in that case, his movement creates an open 5 hole. Also, the shooter can shoot "against the grain" which is a nightmare to stop, or hard to the upeer corner towards which he is cutting. That's 3 shooting options for the shooter and the golaie needs to have all 3 covered....very difficult. Luckily, not all shooters shoot prefectly precise shots....but when they do, it's very difficult to stop a shot on the move like that. Anytime you get a golaie moving and not "set" you have a better chance of scoring....and that's what the Lightning are doing to Hank. He's not able to get set when the play in front of him is disjointed or even broken, like what happened when Krieder decided it was a good idea to get revenge instead of playing hockey.

JFC31


Thu May 21 2015 7:59 am EST

Nash: I posted this last night - it was about 1/2 way thru the 3rd period, the Rangers were trailing by a goal and here comes Nash inside the Bolt end on their right side. The defense were spilt apart (with another Ranger forward coming down the far side), giving Nash 2 viable options: 1) Cut to the middle and drive to the net 2) Go outside the defenseman and cut inside. Nash, as he's been doing since the Bogosian pummelling, elected to lean to his left AWAY from the goalie, and fire off a shot from about 30 feet out, a shot that landed squarely in the middle of the goalie's equipment. 5 goals in 22 regular season games after that mugging to finish the year and now 2 goals in 15 PO games which equals 7 in 37 which pro-rated is 16 goals in an 82 game season. Something happened to him (more than a stiff neck) that has put him back to being a perimeter player when he has the puck. I'm not excusing him by any means, just stating what I think is obvious. I concur he needs to go in the off-season via the best offer Sather can get. This dude is damaged goods. Mentally damaged because he is afraid.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 7:52 am EST

York -- I have been consistent with my sole criticism of The King, but over all I think he is one of the best goalies I have ever seen. I've even been accused of being an apologist for him. And I had posted on The Wall previously that one of my biggest fears was that HAnk was going to let in a bad goal based on his "always in the paint" style at the worst possible time one day....and that one day was yesterday. Overall, I fully understand and appreciate his style....it allows him to get across the goal crease as quickly as any goaltender out there. But, there are times when it is COMPLETELY dumbfounding that his "style" would not incorporate moving out just to the top of the paint when the player with the puck has NO PASSING OPTION. Why the hell wouldn't a golaie move out just to reduce the space a shooter has to score on when all he can do is shoot? That's the only option Kucherov had....he was one-on-three and pulling the classic Russian move of going parallel and shooting on the move. He had no one to pass to....Hank did not have to worry about getting across the crease because there was no one else with Kucherov. It is a flaw in his style....based on arrogance? I don't know. I don't think he should change his "style" at all....just add a small adjustment....when there is only one player with the puck, move out a losy 3 feet. Is that such an outrageous idea?....especially after what we saw last night. Listen, when OV did it through Boyle's legs, it STILL had to be a perfect shot top corner....it was a perfect shot. But, last night's shot was right in his wheel house. If he had been further out, it might have just hit him. After last night, if he and Allaire don't recognize the folly of not adding that TINY adjustment just as a precaution against what happened with that ridiculous goal, they are derelict in their preparation going forward AFAIAC.

JFC31


Thu May 21 2015 7:51 am EST

Some thoughts in random order: Hank is having trouble with the attacking style of the Bolts. Clearly he was too far back in his net on the OT goal but listen to what he says about that habit of his after the game - something like 'I need to come out but if I do, they come in deeper and get by me'. Yes, this is true because the Bolts are all over the Rangers zone. They are fast and skilled and the Ranger defensive coverage is obviously having difficulty containing them. Nonetheless, out 3 to 4 extra feet on that play and it's likely no goal. For sure the Bolt scouting is shoot high from wherever if there's nothing else available. I'm not excusing him but he did make 4 or 5 fabulous saves last night, including a freakin' breakaway 3 minutes into the OT. The Rangers cannot expect him to keep the score down to 1 or 2 goals while allowing the Lightening all that space and room.

RF4L


Thu May 21 2015 7:43 am EST

I've never seen a big player be so physically and mentally weak than Rick Nash - Playoff Disaster Year 2. The bigger the situation, the less you see of him. For this organization to be in this position two years in a row and for him to contribute nothing is beyond belief. I am just starting to vehemently hate the guy. There is more passion from the players in my friggin' beer league than this guy.

Tucc


Thu May 21 2015 7:29 am EST

Bob he handed the puck to stamkos ( 5 goals, Johnson 12) for their first goal instead of smothering the puck....and went downhill from there, just like Monday giving up that shortie he normally saves , instead he starts the downhill spiral.....he's a twin alright, he played 2 identical twin games in a row......

stevielegs


Thu May 21 2015 7:22 am EST

a carpster..."...ABIndy on May 21, 2015 4:57 am This was a conference final game? If this was first round hockey, I’d be saying that neither of these teams is going anywhere. Tampa has successfully destroyed structure of Rangers’ defensive game, of course, their own game looks chaotic, too. But with all the bad hockey and lack of structure, the most bothersome thing to me is the negativity I see in Hank’s body language- pointed out early in the game to me by my son, a goalie himself- that I thought reached its zenith somewhere in the middle of the second period when he basically quit on a play where Tampa moved the puck quickly across the front of the net catching him out of position. Hank just stopped for a second, seemingly resigned to the goal being scored- when Tampa muffed the opportunity he quickly recovered to dive back into the play- that just can’t happen with your best player. He can’t allow himself to look…well, defeated or resigned to defeat. The other team feeds off that… lets be honest, was anyone out there really shocked by the nature of the OT goal?”He has one great save in him in OT” my son told me when I said this OT wouldn’t last three minutes- too bad he didn’t also have a routine one. If Hank isn’t better than this…no other changes matter. And there need to be as lot of other changes. - See more at: http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/21/game-3-rangers-lightning-in-review/#sthash.TR9SFnTM.e2uEMVyX.dpuf

stevielegs


Thu May 21 2015 7:19 am EST

You goalies.....is there such a thing as "goalie depression?" Henrik's body language was terrible from the beginning of the game and throughout. That he never moved on a pedestrian 40 foot wrist shot in OT is alarming. I don't recall ever seeing his look so weak and weak-minded. His post game comments are scary.....like he has lost it and does not know how to get it back.

Bob


Thu May 21 2015 7:16 am EST

how does veenknow give dick nash 19 top minutes? take him off the pk already. Bench his ass if he refuses to go to the net or cut to the middle with the puck.....leaving hank in Monday and last night , gives him no option to play Talbot ...he didn't even pull him with less than 2 seconds in the 3rd left with a faceoff in the bolts zone....bad coaching, bad d play, bad goaltending, etc and they almost won. what if they won that mess last night?......he should use his saved timeouts on himself, and go sit on a cold step.....http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/boxscore?id=2014030313

stevielegs


Thu May 21 2015 7:00 am EST

I didn't read all the posts, so sorry if this was already stated, but one of the other things that concerns me big time is Hank usually has a really great game after a bomb. Either he thinks his game 2 was great (oh boy) or this is a first in a long time. Back to Back weak games. Makes me uncomfortable - big time.

WIOSA


Thu May 21 2015 6:40 am EST

when MSL came in on breakaway...all of a sudden the puck was off his stick...I didnt see what happened......no replay either...can someone clue me in as to what happened on that play

jnyr


Thu May 21 2015 6:39 am EST

when they scored to make it 4-2.....I turned to the wife and said...now we will see who the character players are......thank you Fast, JT, McD

jnyr


Thu May 21 2015 6:17 am EST

http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/21/game-3-rangers-lightning-in-review/#sthash.TR9SFnTM.dpbs

stevielegs


Thu May 21 2015 6:12 am EST

Jfc I know you played goal but come on Hank is the best in the world at his position and you think he should change his game to your way?..........AV hasn't lost confidence in HIS fourth line because this isn't his fourth line from all season. Zucc being out and MSL sucking and Moore moving up has changed the fourth line. Hank needs to win any game when the team scores 5 goals for him. This game is mostly on him. If anyone wonders if it's MSL or hags who needs to be moved to make room next year they are nuts MSL goes end of story he's done. Nash in a high scoring game still doesn't score and still plays a perimeter game. This guy has no compete level once the paychecks stop at the end of the regular season. This guy is as big a problem as you can have sure he's great in the first 3/4 of the regular season then he just disappears. This team can't win with passengers like him and msl every spring. The core is carrying this team time to get the best offer for Nash and replace his scoring by having a couple guys step up.......loved fast response that's intensity and that's a winner. He would give up those goals for a win I have always liked this kid but man I'm loving him.

York18


Thu May 21 2015 6:08 am EST

Watched the game again this morning. We just can't continue to make mistakes like we have been. All over the ice. Defensive zone coverage sucked again. I don't think we can win by trading chances. I know it is sacrilege because I hated the Devils when they did it but some sort of trap or a Red Wings left wing lock would work against Tampa. I understand that AV wants the defense to push up but sometimes we have both defenseman deep in the offensive zone and then everyone has to scramble back like madmen to pick up their guys and they are just not getting it done. I think they need to sit back and counter attack. Just my two frustrated two cents.

Fotiu22


Thu May 21 2015 6:04 am EST

Lightning can go to all the so called dirty areas in the offensive zone with no fear........it looks like the checking seen at NHL all star games. They have to pay the price to drive the net.

jnyr


Thu May 21 2015 5:43 am EST

The good news of the day......Bruins appointed a GM not named Gordon......now retire Sather an appoint somebody with sense. I find it amusing that the Lightning crowd wanted to boo St Louis and couldn't cause he never touched the puck.

jnyr


Thu May 21 2015 2:46 am EST

LeoS: you raise a good point about pulling the goalie. I thought hank should have been pulled with about 13 minutes in game 2, more for a wake up the team than anything else

jnyr


Thu May 21 2015 2:28 am EST

And while Kreider should have picked up Johnson during that 4v4, imo Klein should have never let him go. How do you let the 2015 playoff Golden Child go like that? Have you no sense of hockey history, where out of nowhere players just get a magic touch? On him like glue, let someone else effing score. That was how my vow to stop yelling at the TV ended, tonight :)

LeoS


Thu May 21 2015 2:20 am EST

Hank finally gets over the Montreal Ownage and Tampa becomes his New Montreal? I wonder if he's not recovered fully since his Game 6 exhaustion (followed by two more tight, tense games). Fast scoring late in the second probably stopped Talbot starting the 3rd, which might have given Hank a needed rest.

LeoS


Thu May 21 2015 2:11 am EST

Most notable about the effort #61 gave on the play JR showed is that it came the game after his coach essentially called him out.

LeoS


Thu May 21 2015 12:37 am EST

*Moore moved up

Ola


Thu May 21 2015 12:37 am EST

Pierre- That's another problem, since Zucc went down and Moore went down we haven't had a good 4th line. We have been a 4 line team all year and now we are a 3 line team.

Ola


Thu May 21 2015 12:06 am EST

This is a team sport, and rarely can you credit or blame any one player for the win or loss. That said, there were two times during this playoff run that I could credit the win solely to Hank, this loss I credit to the same person. He just cannot let in 12 goals in 2 games. The first game he shared with the invisible D, tonight it was on him.

WIOSA


Wed May 20 2015 11:47 pm EST

@AGrossRecord Fast, told about being first Ranger rookie since '86 with more than 1 goal in road playoff game says, "right now, I don't see any positives"

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 11:46 pm EST

Stevie I love the wins but getting there is murderous and the losses? Even after decades I get all knocked on my ass. Not sure this is fun in any sense but I can't kick it at this point ...

Nick


Wed May 20 2015 11:32 pm EST

Nick the nyr got them right where they want them .. lol....at least I hope so.....man they have me wound up and frustrated since Monday night....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 11:12 pm EST

Valliquette should try coaching . He's smart.

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 11:11 pm EST

stevie....Bishop did look very average......once that big galoop flops to the ice its like when Andre the giant was thrown down by Hulk hogan in wrestle mania 1

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 11:10 pm EST

I'm not one for silver linings ... hell, not even gray. But at least we scored some goals and the PP, while ugly most times, has popped some in the net which is all that matters. But still ... Hank ... my God, man. All else being equal this one is on him. And when you only have 3 losses to work with ...

Nick


Wed May 20 2015 11:09 pm EST

Honestly, the rangers will tie it up on Friday night. Henrik with 2-0 shutout and every one can resume planning for the parade.

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 11:04 pm EST

Bitchup stunk too

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 11:02 pm EST

Rhet I think he might call a timeout tomorrow ... Sather needs to go in the locker room and scream the godfather line to all of them .... " act like a man" ..

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:55 pm EST

I don't know how AV gets these guys off the floor , but we could also use another game plan. The current one ain't working.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:55 pm EST

Mfred it's simple veenknow tells Nash drive to the net cut to the middle or take a seat and watch from the bench ... Stop coddling and demand better...

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:52 pm EST

Jon copper is a jerky gloater ...

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:49 pm EST

Without Nash and hank playing how they should the odds are stacked for disaster ... But it's more than those 2 ... Way too many guys made bad plays or no plays... Kid k capt psrmenter to name 2 more .. And there are a lot more few played good enough to win ... And again they woulda shoulda coulda ...

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:46 pm EST

Hank on the Game Winner, “for some reason I don’t pick it up….When it comes at it me it looks like it’s coming at me and I am late reacting. I have to look at the video and see why I didn’t pick it up. It’s a tough one, it really is." ....I'm telling you, Hank needs glasses.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:43 pm EST

Wow. Seeing an $8.5 Million man fan on an unscreened 40 foot wrist shot? If Henrik never wins the cup, I hope he has a mirror. That was brutal. And his interview was incoherent. He "didn't pick that shot up, and he didn't know why." Really? Something else more important on your mind? Concerned about the salary cap? Worried about the situation in Ramadi? Upset about the spread of ISIS?

Bob


Wed May 20 2015 10:42 pm EST

To be honest I think we're cooked. Like I said after Monday's debacle if we go down 3 games to 1 we're not coming back.....the stats are that teams going up 2-1 win 70% of the time. I can't believe the disapearance of Nash......it's just inexplicable. He always seems to be by himself it's never like he is moving and gets a pass in a good position. All his shots are weak efforts because he's not driving to the net.

MelvilleFred


Wed May 20 2015 10:41 pm EST

Nyr too much puck watching ...

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:39 pm EST

Need to get the dr to clear Bazookerella ... This team needs a jolt not a bolt

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:38 pm EST

Likes: Fast, Boyle, Yandle Dislike: Kreider ( cover Johnson) Miller ( win a battle) MSL ( WTF) Lundqvist (?)

RangerGraham


Wed May 20 2015 10:35 pm EST

Fred... Have to agree, Hagelin was probably the best NYR player at the end of the third and maybe even OT.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:32 pm EST

5 goals dick Nash none sucks

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:32 pm EST

We have a couple of passengers on the top 9....That is the issue....

PJ


Wed May 20 2015 10:32 pm EST

Glass is the least of our problems...4th line not bad at all....We

PJ


Wed May 20 2015 10:31 pm EST

Put Zucc in the frozen carbonite.....like Han Solo......and wheel him to the fuckin bench on Friday night

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 10:30 pm EST

Rhet...only saw from the 3rd on. Seemed like he wasnt a force in the 3rd or OT.

MelvilleFred


Wed May 20 2015 10:29 pm EST

they look like the beginning of the season...fin pathetic.....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:27 pm EST

Henrik gave up 12 goals in regular season (Game 3 and 4) to the Maple Leafs and to the Iceholes (6 and 6)

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 10:27 pm EST

Almost ready to cry and his d is giving them too much time to shoot

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:27 pm EST

Wouldn't be surprised to find out that MSL's knee is messed up..

mf


Wed May 20 2015 10:26 pm EST

Two more powerplay goals and we lost again!

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 10:25 pm EST

What is up with MSL? How could he lose all his tool since last years playoffs? When does that happen? It can't just be age. There has to be something else.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:25 pm EST

Hank just admitted they are in his head... He knows he blew it

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:24 pm EST

Fred... Stepan had 2 assists tonight. I thought he was very visible. It's not his fault that Kreider was having an off game tonight.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:23 pm EST

Hank making no excuses at least.

MelvilleFred


Wed May 20 2015 10:23 pm EST

Moof you have to eat lightening and crap thunder.... Want to have a good time get a good watch...

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:23 pm EST

AV sitting Henrik or Glass.....not gonna happen! The Rangers will live by the sword or die by the sword!!!

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 10:22 pm EST

Another sleepless night. Holy shit. We played like crap. Clawed our way back and then to lose on a goal like that. Took it from the blue line untouched. Can't believe we scored 5 goals and lost. Disgusting

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 10:21 pm EST

Stevie... But... has he? Where is the guy that was an absolute beast in Game 6 of the Caps series. That was hands down one of the best performances by a goalie in a playoff game. Where is that guy now?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:21 pm EST

Pierre veenknow doesn't have the balls or brains to play 7 d.... His pockets are full of timeouts ... Thinks they're green stamps ...

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:21 pm EST

Where was Stepan tonight?

MelvilleFred


Wed May 20 2015 10:20 pm EST

Nash has poor battle level. JT wins draw in ot clean back to Nash and he get the damn puck taken away from him. I was screaming at his disengaged ass!!

stepunmytoe


Wed May 20 2015 10:18 pm EST

The nyr need to hit that guy instead 3 of them let him shoot it... Soft baby asses ...

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:18 pm EST

Rhet, let me see your balance sheet, I just may let you... :-)

mf


Wed May 20 2015 10:17 pm EST

Here's my take: I dont think we are in trouble unless we lose game 4...this, i have been thinking about since AV made miller/hayes switch---AV has finally lost confidence in 4th line (ive lost confidence in having glass on ive at any point). Why not steal a page from jon cooper's book and bring hunwick in as 7th dman and sit glass? That means less playing time in defensive situations for boyle/yandle, and let out top producing forwards play more (brass, fast, hags, step). I of course have the same thought that im sure many of you have right now, and thats Talbot...but no way is AV going to bring him in after sitting so long in a huge game 4 over hank...so lets not even go there. This ranger team has proven they dont quit and they wont. And im not going to quit on them unless i see them get badly outplayed on Friday. This team has played its best when up against wall. They are nearing that wall. I hope this wall will stick with them too.

Pierre10


Wed May 20 2015 10:17 pm EST

^somewhere

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 10:17 pm EST

Rhet....MSL had it someone inside to win that game but the Rangers lost on a 3 pt shot that was hit nothing but net.

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 10:17 pm EST

If the Thunder don't get ya then the lightning will........... damn wheel

mf


Wed May 20 2015 10:16 pm EST

How long can this team keep picking up the slack for St. Louis and Nash? Fast had two goals for F's sake! Nash looks like a guy playing a pond hockey game that's about to start heading to his car any minute.

RDW


Wed May 20 2015 10:16 pm EST

Rhet 12 but I'm counting

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:16 pm EST

That is the way Staal shoulda shot the puck on his point blank attempt as a lefty (in 2nd period).....instead he always tries to cherry pick the top glove side of the goalie and misses the net altogether

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 10:15 pm EST

Has Hank ever given up 11 goals in 2 consecutive games? ...MF... Love your mom.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:14 pm EST

Trade... I was really pulling for MSL in the OT.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:14 pm EST

Hank blew too many including handing the puck to stamkos on the 1st goal.... He helped lose this game and the last one... Unacceptable ....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:14 pm EST

RF4L... The Rangers score 5 goals for Lundqvist in the Playoffs, he's got to win that game.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:13 pm EST

St. Louis to the Press Box.

MelvilleFred


Wed May 20 2015 10:13 pm EST

Great shot there.....left handed rooskie....pulls puck back so it cannot be poke checked away......and just rips it waffle side.

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 10:12 pm EST

Ottawa has a great team optometrist.. Just send Zibanejad back this way

mf


Wed May 20 2015 10:12 pm EST

We can't stop this team....Both our D and Hank are overwhelmed...They are in Hank's head.....

PJ


Wed May 20 2015 10:11 pm EST

Okay, now what do the Rangers say to themselves to get up for game 4?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:11 pm EST

Told you talbot should have been in for the 3rd... This team backs in like their goalie just did

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:11 pm EST

Play Talbot next game. TB owns Hank. Save Hank for the garden. Change this shit up. Too many goals.

stepunmytoe


Wed May 20 2015 10:11 pm EST

6 and 6......so a MUST game on Friday. I should have my Lucky Giacomin Jersey by then......Any call for Talbot?

MelvilleFred


Wed May 20 2015 10:11 pm EST

All that said, tons of issues beyond that weak goal by the King. Too many Rangers look slow against the Bolts. KK showing why he was given up by the Preds - he looked amateur on that outside/inside move by JT Brown (who the hell is that guy anyways) just prior to the goal. Nash slow. Hayes slow. Rangers exposed in these past 2 games IMO.

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 10:10 pm EST

My mom just called to say we're gonna win the next game, that's good enough for me.... :-)

mf


Wed May 20 2015 10:10 pm EST

I'm not picking on Hank but I really do think he needs glasses. At times he just doesn't seem like he picks up the puck as well as he's done in the past.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:09 pm EST

Just when I come around to the Hank-is-King thing ... I remember why I don't buy it.

Nick


Wed May 20 2015 10:09 pm EST

Nikita Khrushchov....un f'in believable. I mean Hank....c'mon....after that brilliant stop???!!!

MelvilleFred


Wed May 20 2015 10:09 pm EST

When your best player screws up a game like that it can lead to a breakdown of team confidence....or a rallying point. We'll which way it goes. Desperation time once again on Friday.

JFC31


Wed May 20 2015 10:08 pm EST

Hank has to make that save but aren't our d-men just skating backwards on these rushes? It was a 1-3 for god's sake!

RDW


Wed May 20 2015 10:08 pm EST

Should have had that one , and quite a few more of the last 12 goals in two friggin games ...that crown is looking a little tarnished

caperanger


Wed May 20 2015 10:07 pm EST

I've always railed against how deep Hank plays....no reason not to be up,when there is no outlet possible...all the guy can do is shoot so why not come out a few feet? That is a fucking dagger.

JFC31


Wed May 20 2015 10:07 pm EST

One of the worst goals Hank has ever let in. Brutal.

ColoradoMark


Wed May 20 2015 10:07 pm EST

I just threw up and punched myself in the face

tlats


Wed May 20 2015 10:07 pm EST

We need a Russian.

stepunmytoe


Wed May 20 2015 10:07 pm EST

fin line change....get caught chasing

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 10:06 pm EST

2 games, 12 goals. $8,500,000. Priceless!

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 10:06 pm EST

Now we're in trouble...when Lundqvist blows a game like that, we're in trouble!

JFC31


Wed May 20 2015 10:06 pm EST

Fucking kidding me. Thought it was deflected but it wasn't.

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 10:05 pm EST

Oooof. kick me in the nuts.

Shaggy


Wed May 20 2015 10:05 pm EST

WOW. That was another god awful goal.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:04 pm EST

The $8,500,000n goalie!!

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 10:04 pm EST

Hank

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 10:03 pm EST

One on one with Hank. I always like our chances.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:01 pm EST

OOooooohhhhh nooooo Tyler Johnson shaken up? What will NBC do?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 10:01 pm EST

What a quick effin whistle

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:59 pm EST

UNLEASH THE KREIDER!!!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:59 pm EST

Stevie... What can I say? The believed the B.S. that NBC is putting out.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:58 pm EST

Next goal wins Stevie! ;-)

mf


Wed May 20 2015 9:58 pm EST

Back with watching on TV

DOUBLEN


Wed May 20 2015 9:57 pm EST

I'll take the Longshot JT !!!

stepunmytoe


Wed May 20 2015 9:57 pm EST

Where's the kis predictor ?

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:57 pm EST

Jr head looks really big.........just sayin....

thedugster


Wed May 20 2015 9:57 pm EST

What did Roenick ever do to your wife? ;-)

mf


Wed May 20 2015 9:57 pm EST

Ridiculous game. This team has already taken years off of my life. I will go on record right now as sayng if the Rangers don't win this game in OT I don't see them winning the series. They need to win this game while they can. You can't count on winning game 4. Anything could happen. You need to win these types of games. That is what makes champions. That is why the Kings won the cup. They won all three OT games.

Vic


Wed May 20 2015 9:56 pm EST

CoMark: Which one did Roenick show?

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 9:56 pm EST

21-------winner!!!!!!!!!!!!! watch it boys,,,,

thedugster


Wed May 20 2015 9:56 pm EST

Moof I sure hope they can win this survivor... They are from an island...

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:55 pm EST

Roenick was right on showing Nash's lame play. My wife despises him.

ColoradoMark


Wed May 20 2015 9:55 pm EST

Isn't DCI-Golfer at the game???

mf


Wed May 20 2015 9:54 pm EST

Please Rangers, Please Hockey Gods

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 9:54 pm EST

NN: I thought we were all watching survivor..... sure feels that way.... I'm gonna put on T'fillin and start Da-vinin

mf


Wed May 20 2015 9:53 pm EST

Rhet but were they chanting bs... ?

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:52 pm EST

He's dick Nash unless he scores

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:51 pm EST

Stevie.... There are A-holes wherever you go, but I have to say that I like Lightning fans for the most part.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:51 pm EST

Nash is trash....

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 9:51 pm EST

I'm not exactly sure what the reason is but whenever we send guys to the net to scrap for rebounds we score. I guess it just a crazy coincidence and all

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:49 pm EST

Were those asshole transplants chanting like they won the game before Boyle fd them ? Thank you Anton stralman way to ice the puck

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:49 pm EST

St Louis should center Nash and Hagelin in OT :) Kreider.... Needs to kiss Dan Boyle. Saved his butt.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:47 pm EST

My OT pick..FAST for the Hattie.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 20 2015 9:47 pm EST

Until Kreider made that dumb-ass play, I was actually very comfortable and confident because we were playing RANGERS hockey...skating well, moving the puck and also playing solid defensive hockey....back checking, cutting off the passing lanes. I thought were going to win it in the 3rd but now it'll have to wait until Sheppard scores in OT.

JFC31


Wed May 20 2015 9:46 pm EST

Nn go with your gut

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:46 pm EST

Unless the NYR get to win it :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:46 pm EST

Ditto rhet

TXRanger


Wed May 20 2015 9:46 pm EST

Please Hockey Gods.... no Double or Triple OT!!!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:45 pm EST

Nash with the WINNER at 16:43 of overtime!!!!!!

MelvilleFred


Wed May 20 2015 9:45 pm EST

I have to say... not that he hasn't had his warts, but since the last few games of the Caps series... Dan Boyle has played some damn good hockey. With a concussion too.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:44 pm EST

Time to put on celebrity wife swap for 15 minutes. Can't take NBC licking lightning balls for a full intermission again.

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:44 pm EST

Since the start of the 3rd period, I have been watching the game on my IPAD so I could watch Survivor. Last time I did this was the crazy 6-5 game against the Isles. So do I watch on the TV or IPAD for the OT.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 20 2015 9:43 pm EST

Trade.... I'm starting to be a believer, but I'm picking Hagelin :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:42 pm EST

You score 5 goals in a playoff game you have to win! Lmao! Nash or MSL in OT baby!!

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:41 pm EST

Fotiu22, amen brother

mf


Wed May 20 2015 9:41 pm EST

Good shit happens when you throw the puck at the net. I don't know why they're so reluctant

TXRanger


Wed May 20 2015 9:40 pm EST

This is supposed to be fun entertainment ????

mf


Wed May 20 2015 9:40 pm EST

Ok....the waiter just set the table @ the GWG restaurant......Dinner reservation at 6 for Mr. St. Louis. Please arrive in a WHITE suit with a yellow cane.......

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 9:40 pm EST

JT MILLER!!!!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:40 pm EST

Yandle's best game as a Ranger IMO....

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 9:40 pm EST

I have never seen a team give up the area between the circles as much as the Rangers do. The Lightning players come through almost untouched.

chet94


Wed May 20 2015 9:39 pm EST

My heart can't take this

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:39 pm EST

GERITOYLE !!!!!!

mf


Wed May 20 2015 9:39 pm EST

Boyle....love his heart....

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 9:39 pm EST

YES, YES, YES!!!!!!1

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:39 pm EST

MSL bodychecking style is comical. And embarrassing.

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 9:39 pm EST

2 minutes left and MSL on the ice!

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:38 pm EST

I'm sure if Brassard hit Stamkos like that it would be a penalty.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:36 pm EST

Sad thing is the rangers have a chance to beat this team but are playing too undisciplined

rngrsans


Wed May 20 2015 9:36 pm EST

stevie: They appear to have no answer to the Bolts skill and speed.

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 9:35 pm EST

4 minutes left and why is St. Louis on the ice ????

caperanger


Wed May 20 2015 9:35 pm EST

You score 4 goals in a playoff game you have to win. Bottom line

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:35 pm EST

Yes, it's okay to pummel Nash every night.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:35 pm EST

So much for defense wins the xup

rngrsans


Wed May 20 2015 9:35 pm EST

Thank you Captain, eff stamkos

nyfans


Wed May 20 2015 9:34 pm EST

Kreider got taken out at the 6:08 mark with the puck nowhere near him. I get why he was pissed but he still took himself out of the play.

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:34 pm EST

Rf I think the nyr are fin. It up ... They can play better than this ...

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:33 pm EST

MSL has had a decent game. For him. Nash, on the other hand, has been horrible.

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 9:33 pm EST

MF... At least Kreider has done positive things in other games.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:32 pm EST

Why did staal even pass it to him.... Paging dick Nash

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:32 pm EST

Hank flubbed that, jeezus, can any one be clutch

TXRanger


Wed May 20 2015 9:32 pm EST

Looks that way RF

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 9:31 pm EST

Kreider is a selfish, undisciplined IDIOT!!

JFC31


Wed May 20 2015 9:31 pm EST

Tampa too good for the Rangers???

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 9:31 pm EST

C'mon, gove it a rest on St.Louis..... How about the selfish play of Kreider to take himself out of position??? AV has been preaching that shit all season, don't throw a check and take yourself out of position....

mf


Wed May 20 2015 9:30 pm EST

Who does MSL think he's passing to?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:30 pm EST

Did MSL miss an open net?

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:30 pm EST

Offsides

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:29 pm EST

Hank.... I'm speechless.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:28 pm EST

St. Louis sucks so hard. What a momentum killer. Hagelin doing his Zucc impression.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:27 pm EST

Great shift

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:26 pm EST

Sick of hearing about twins and triplets...

nyfans


Wed May 20 2015 9:25 pm EST

Tired of hearing about how tall they are...

nyfans


Wed May 20 2015 9:25 pm EST

Does NBC ever talk about the NY Rangers?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:24 pm EST

If we lose and I'm praying we don't St. Louis has to go to the Press Box Friday.....brutal. McD has become a Captain this series. Took the team to task after the Monday game and is leading by example tonight. Nassh scores the winner tyonight.....no doubt!

MelvilleFred


Wed May 20 2015 9:24 pm EST

Even though the hit on Hayes by stamkos was clean, I'm still pissed. I want to see someone crush Johnson and or stamkos...Johnson because I'm sick of hearing how many damn goals he scored.

nyfans


Wed May 20 2015 9:23 pm EST

Please Rangers, Please Hockey Gods

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 9:22 pm EST

Hank's game now. Let's go boys

TXRanger


Wed May 20 2015 9:22 pm EST

Miller needs to play smarter.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:20 pm EST

MSL can't Yandle that pass?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:20 pm EST

That semi- chance by Nash says it all. An opportunity to drive around the defenseman to net and instead, he leans away and shoots the puck into Bishop's chest. Shameful. Indefensible.

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 9:20 pm EST

Love to see someone put that little prick Johnson so far in orbit that the weirdo in the space suit couldn't find him

caperanger


Wed May 20 2015 9:19 pm EST

next goal wins

mf


Wed May 20 2015 9:18 pm EST

Hank is on the JAM!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:16 pm EST

Nashless

TXRanger


Wed May 20 2015 9:16 pm EST

Nash blows another one.

jratelle19


Wed May 20 2015 9:16 pm EST

That it Trade, you double down on your craziness :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:15 pm EST

McGuire shutting up is a win-win.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:15 pm EST

Ok....the waiter just set the table @ the GWG restaurant......Dinner reservation at 5 for Mr. St. Louis. Please arrive in a blue suit with a yellow cane.......

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 9:14 pm EST

Pierre has been awfully quiet!

NV94


Wed May 20 2015 9:13 pm EST

Nice Hank, no rebounds. We can beat these guys!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:12 pm EST

Fourth line had been good tonight

TXRanger


Wed May 20 2015 9:12 pm EST

Yandles best game this playoffs. IMO

stepunmytoe


Wed May 20 2015 9:10 pm EST

Hank is going to have to come up big to win this game

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:09 pm EST

New game lets fin go

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:08 pm EST

Mother effer we are back in it. Go to the trap...do not trade chances

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:08 pm EST

my hand is raised !

stepunmytoe


Wed May 20 2015 9:08 pm EST

Thnat's the way Duke LaCrosse use to do it !!! I mean, Yeah Rangers!!!

mf


Wed May 20 2015 9:07 pm EST

IT'S A POWERPLAY GOAL!!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:07 pm EST

YEAAHHHHH BABAYYYYY ..... DO YOU BELIEVE????

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:06 pm EST

Fast one of maybe three guys who came to play tonight. Why. It put him on the PP?

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 9:06 pm EST

Quickie is playing like Regular Season Rick Nash tonight.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:06 pm EST

Decline the Penalty

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 9:05 pm EST

nuthin' but crickets.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:04 pm EST

ME... My hand is up!!!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:04 pm EST

Rhet he was a weasel but he won it

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:03 pm EST

WOW NBC... Are the Rangers even in these playoffs?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:03 pm EST

Would be nice if one of Sather's last big 3 acquisitions actually impacted a PO game positively. For a change. Sure cost the organization a lot.

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 9:03 pm EST

Show of hands....who thinks we win this game or more importantly this series.?

MelvilleFred


Wed May 20 2015 9:02 pm EST

Stevie... It also helps when you have Mark Messier on the bench to save your ass when like a rat you start talking to another team about their head coaching job in the middle of the playoffs. Just saying :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 9:01 pm EST

last period and last 3rd period absolutely horrendous....I'm pissed but not my pants...rlou how about you?.....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:00 pm EST

Rhet get Keenan in there....that's how you win...big balls and brains....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:59 pm EST

step he has to send these guys the desperate times call for desperate measures message...they left hank out to dry, and he pissed his pants....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:58 pm EST

When is the last time we won a game going into the third behind? Anyone know?

WIOSA


Wed May 20 2015 8:58 pm EST

Stevie.... We will live or die with Hank. if AV did that, he's lose his goaltender and the team(IMO). He should shorten his bench.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:57 pm EST

Stevie. Agree but we know he wont. Takes nuts to do that

stepunmytoe


Wed May 20 2015 8:57 pm EST

Nash put a fresh pair of diapers on, and play like a man already....you too capt mc mouth.....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:56 pm EST

They weren't playing great when they were up 2-0 and Boyle coughed up the puck. Way to many mistakes in coverage, missing nets, stupid penalties etc. And yet here we are like in game 2...still just down 1 goal and still in the game. Need to get an ugly goal. Count on Nash or MSL to come through. (Just kidding...Kreider or step)

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 8:56 pm EST

I totally agree with Roenick about the PP. Get MSL off the PP, get Kreider, then Nash in front of Bishop. Not on the side of the net, IN FRONT OF.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:55 pm EST

pull hank....if you can't read my mind....or my typing

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:55 pm EST

Sjw is right. All year the Rangers have heard how dangerous they are at wide open speed hockey. Well Tampa is just a comfortable playing that way. Difference is they have more players that can bury the puck. Tighten the D. Counter more.

stepunmytoe


Wed May 20 2015 8:55 pm EST

Amazingly enough, the game got faster and Nash got more invisible.

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 8:54 pm EST

Hey I thought after Game 1 everyone was happy about all the open ice and skating? And of course, TB's "slow" defense. As always, sooner or later, the team with their best guys being their best guys wins. Stamkos, Johnson. Nash, Stepan. That's another "2-1" so to speak. Jesper fast three goals, the Nasher two. Yeah there are other problems, but none so large. Oh well. We'll get 'em Friday night. If not, just end the charade on Sunday. Three ECFs in four years is still pretty good and we have 1-2 years of window left.

Nick


Wed May 20 2015 8:54 pm EST

veenknow grow a pair...pill han\k...wake this fin team up....learn how to coach this mess.....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:54 pm EST

barto: 100% agree....

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 8:52 pm EST

can you say must win........I have Zero confidence in our game right now.....6 then 4 in 2 Periods.Pretty much like the regular season.

MelvilleFred


Wed May 20 2015 8:50 pm EST

We Miss They Scoooooorrrrrrrrreeeeeeee

rangerlou


Wed May 20 2015 8:50 pm EST

God awful defensive reads....what was Kreider thinking? Brassard? WTF? Rangers trying to go end-to-end with these guys is INSANE! Defense wins PO hockey...sure, it's good that the Lighning is.etting us skate, but we are taking the bait way to much and forgetting our defensive coverage and our SYSTEM. We are getting drawn into a skating game that is TOO WIDE OPEN! AV needs to,put the fucking hammer down in the locker room HARD!! This is bullshit out of character hockey by the Rangers. Please get healthy Zucc!!

JFC31


Wed May 20 2015 8:49 pm EST

Tampa is crushing us. More than the Caps did. Go figure.

rangerlou


Wed May 20 2015 8:49 pm EST

We will lose trading chances .. we need to play our game and counter.. and hit the net with the shot please

sjw


Wed May 20 2015 8:47 pm EST

Gotta give you guys credit, I gave up on these clowns at 2-2; no pushback, no urgency, no pride in the jersey. Stamkos crushing people; Reallly!!! Blow this shit-pile up starting with the half-sissie coach!

pa.rangersfan


Wed May 20 2015 8:45 pm EST

All this started with two shitty power plays which we had zero shots and a stupid effin undisciplined penalty from brassard

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 8:43 pm EST

I used to be a huge Staal fan. He has lost a lot in a short amount of time. He gives you nothing offensively. No shot whatsoever!

kitchen1


Wed May 20 2015 8:42 pm EST

Anyone that says that Stepan doesn't create doesn't watch him play. Hank needs to close the door now.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:42 pm EST

Please Rangers, please Hockey Gods

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 8:42 pm EST

How in the name of God did Marc Stall miss that open net ??????

caperanger


Wed May 20 2015 8:42 pm EST

Time to shorten the bench

barto


Wed May 20 2015 8:42 pm EST

Sign that Kid up, FFFFAAAAAAASSSSSSSTTTTTTTTT !!!!!!

mf


Wed May 20 2015 8:41 pm EST

Wow

stepunmytoe


Wed May 20 2015 8:41 pm EST

Just changed the channel. Can't do this to myself two games in a row.

jratelle19


Wed May 20 2015 8:41 pm EST

QUICKIE 2!!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:41 pm EST

Hit the fucking net Staal. Might have to think about pulling Hank to mix things up

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 8:41 pm EST

That goal was god awful.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:41 pm EST

Wow......Staal.........Pierre10's youngest son woulda got that on net and i don't even know if he is potty trained yet

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 8:41 pm EST

Time to watch Survivor; I have had enough of this garbage.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 20 2015 8:41 pm EST

This team is fucking done.

jratelle19


Wed May 20 2015 8:41 pm EST

How shit this is absurd timeout fucking veenknow

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:40 pm EST

Pull Hank !

mf


Wed May 20 2015 8:39 pm EST

Our fourth line had been our best line tonight. Not going to win too many games with that. Agreed Trade...

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 8:37 pm EST

Going to put my foot thru the goddamn TV

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 8:37 pm EST

When will veenknow use his 49 saved timeouts ?

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:37 pm EST

Were done we have to score 4 to win.

barto


Wed May 20 2015 8:37 pm EST

Constantly sending two fuckin players to the puck leaving some one open for a layup goal

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 8:37 pm EST

Someone has to take charge here. Nash, earn your fucking money in these playoffs you stiff!!!!!

jratelle19


Wed May 20 2015 8:36 pm EST

Defensive coverage away from the puck sucks ballz

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 8:36 pm EST

They are making too many mistakes

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:36 pm EST

One more and put in the Prince

stepunmytoe


Wed May 20 2015 8:36 pm EST

The Rangers look overmatched. I can't see how they are the better team.

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 8:36 pm EST

Rhet: Your constant bitching about throughout every game is getting pretty fucking annoying.

RDW


Wed May 20 2015 8:36 pm EST

3 unanswered goals, what a nightmare....

mf


Wed May 20 2015 8:35 pm EST

There are no leaders on this team. Hank is not having a good game, again

rngrsans


Wed May 20 2015 8:35 pm EST

That's enough hank don't depend on that mess in front of you

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:35 pm EST

Some times I think Hank needs glasses.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:34 pm EST

They are done

rngrsans


Wed May 20 2015 8:34 pm EST

They are done

rngrsans


Wed May 20 2015 8:34 pm EST

Why was Hank watching the pass instead of setting up for it? I knew where it was going, how could he not?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:34 pm EST

All is well! All is well! Weren't we up 2-0?

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 8:34 pm EST

Wtf

rngrsans


Wed May 20 2015 8:34 pm EST

I guess I got my answer

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 8:33 pm EST

I can't fucking believe this!!!!!!!!!

jratelle19


Wed May 20 2015 8:33 pm EST

Fuck this

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:32 pm EST

Great jiob by Yandle evening that penalty up.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:32 pm EST

This team makes me insane! Making it too easy for Tampa. What happened to our defense

rngrsans


Wed May 20 2015 8:31 pm EST

4 on 4 benefits who?

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 8:31 pm EST

Stop handling the fucking puck, Hank!!

jratelle19


Wed May 20 2015 8:30 pm EST

I don't get how Hank can still like Girardi after all the times he's scored off him.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:30 pm EST

Girardi deflected that

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:30 pm EST

There u go ratelle. Too fucking easy. We can't get the goddamn puck In and those guys score in 20 seconds. Giving this game away. Brassard is this year's Pouilot. Score a goal and take a dumb effin penalty and give up a goal.

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 8:29 pm EST

Shit

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:28 pm EST

Hank, you have got to save that.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:28 pm EST

Rangers need to play their game! Stop trying to be fancy: cycle the puck down low

rngrsans


Wed May 20 2015 8:28 pm EST

Nutsnbolts are hitting them hard.... Refs on overload

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:28 pm EST

red=cred

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 8:27 pm EST

Rhet....that is a good question. It's like how Henrik has been treated the last 5 years in the crease or with the slow whistle. Maybe once the Rangers lift the Cup the team will have to get some street red from the NHL and its fanbase

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 8:26 pm EST

Fotiu: let's get ready for our asses to be bitten on this PK. Don't have a good feeling.

jratelle19


Wed May 20 2015 8:26 pm EST

Lazy stupid penalty. Jesus

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 8:26 pm EST

You knew a call was coming against us

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 8:26 pm EST

BRASSARD just can't seem to help himself. At least one every game.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:25 pm EST

Can't keep wasting chances...its eventually going to bite us in the ass

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 8:25 pm EST

BTW......Marty scores tonight.....I am 99.98% sure of it

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 8:24 pm EST

Trade.... I don't want to be that guy, but it's almost like the Refs or the League has it in for us. I know it seems paranoid, but how else do you explain that our players never get any of those "respect" calls.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:24 pm EST

This team has no clue how to enter the zone on a PP. I'm so sick of it !

stepunmytoe


Wed May 20 2015 8:24 pm EST

Nbc your clock broke ? Assholes

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:23 pm EST

Two consecutive dog balls power plays.

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 8:23 pm EST

Given the way our $7M checker is hitting, there can't be anything wrong with his noggin, so I got to think it's his heart. It doesn't seem like the guy ever enjoys the game. Never smiles, barely celebrates, doesn't get mad. Hello, pulse please.

TXRanger


Wed May 20 2015 8:22 pm EST

We're back to the side of the net again instead of a guy in front of Bishop.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:21 pm EST

Shep gets thrown down by the neck and lightning fans are pissed?? Need to score this time because we aren't getting the next call

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 8:21 pm EST

Great couple of shifts and "push" for nyr creating pp. we needed that push bc tb controlled 1st few mins (led by a couple of shoulda been penalties on them)

Pierre10


Wed May 20 2015 8:21 pm EST

Rhet...the reason the Captain looks fuckin wonky is because unlike Doughty and Shea Weber.....the refs let these fucks run McDonagh with no recourse

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 8:21 pm EST

Rhet they are holding behind the play , guess they can't keep up

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:19 pm EST

We had all the wrong guys on the FAUX PP and it looked better than our regular PP :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:19 pm EST

Dirty fucks......holy shit....I wanna break stuff

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 8:17 pm EST

Not such a good powerplay

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 8:16 pm EST

Oh Jitters.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:15 pm EST

The Rangers need to keep an eye on the Lightning. They are constantly having too many men on the ice. Just pass it to the guy that comes on before the other guy get's off. Sometimes it's very blatant.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:13 pm EST

Capt got creamed

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:13 pm EST

McDonagh does not look right tonight. At all.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:12 pm EST

Pierre... It's a sound line of reasoning, but it didn't make him any better last season. Plus, he's got most of our shorthanded goals this season.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:12 pm EST

Capt needs to practice more of what he preaches... He's supposed to be the leader...

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:11 pm EST

The biggest difference between the hot regular season Rangers and the team tonight is the defensive coverage when coming back on the back check.....especially on odd man rushes.

TradeStar28


Wed May 20 2015 8:07 pm EST

Rhetoric - bc he needs to be fresher to make plays

Pierre10


Wed May 20 2015 8:05 pm EST

Pierre... Why? He looks good on the PK. He's a serious threat if he get's the puck(at least he was in the Regular Season).

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 8:03 pm EST

I am relieved we have the lead at the moment but to my eye it looks like Tampa Bay has had the better play.

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 8:00 pm EST

Observations - imo boyle had his legged kicked out creating the TO that led to the goal. For once, we converted on our limited chances. Hope to see adjustments bc we lost the majority of loose puck battles. Eddie makes a good point about perhaps taking Nash off of PK. Our D (and our fwds) need to be more conscious of in offensive zone passes towards our blue line...too dangerous, and tampa seems to be overly aggressive and succeeding. I expect to see us settle down in next 20.

Pierre10


Wed May 20 2015 7:59 pm EST

Imagine watching baseball with refs deciding ... Fair foul fair ...safe out safe...

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:59 pm EST

Next goal is huge. Need to start playing in their zone

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 7:58 pm EST

Good period except for another ghastly giveaway by a former Bolt. I like the way we have been hitting the last 2 games. Sheppard looks very good....got hauled down and no call, of course. We need to settle down a bit....too wide open, even for us. We are the better defensive team. Don't want them to go into a shell, just be tighter in the defensive zone and in the neutral zone. Bishop looked shaky that period.

JFC31


Wed May 20 2015 7:58 pm EST

Rhet they are not objective ... And not very competent ....it makes the game look bush ...

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:55 pm EST

I'll take the 2-1 lead but without the stupid brain fart, it's 2-0

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 7:54 pm EST

Why can't NHL refs just call the game 1 way and then stick to it. Is it really so hard?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:53 pm EST

Refs swallowed whistles... Unpredictable is ng....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:52 pm EST

MF... As long as he scores, he can do whatever he wants.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:52 pm EST

Interference on Shepard and no call

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 7:51 pm EST

Marty looks to be on his game tonight.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:51 pm EST

He's pregnant too ?

mf


Wed May 20 2015 7:51 pm EST

Why Nash moved from slot is beyond me and the pass went right where he left... He needs to calm down

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:51 pm EST

Would a third goal kill us? Really? Think they are going to need to score more than two to win tonight

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 7:50 pm EST

Hags is wayyyyyyyy overdue.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:48 pm EST

Guess tripping with leg is allowed

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:48 pm EST

How is that not a trip? Effin zebras at it again

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 7:48 pm EST

Ironically, Yandle has looked pretty good tonight :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:47 pm EST

Wide open miss puck bounced

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:46 pm EST

I just love when we score our 2 goal max the first half of the first period. Now to add to the offense going home, the D has decided they don't know how to defend. I cant handle this team and it's quirks.

WIOSA


Wed May 20 2015 7:46 pm EST

Great setup by Miller.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:46 pm EST

King Rebound tonight. McDonald looks tired.

TXRanger


Wed May 20 2015 7:43 pm EST

They look confused on d

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:42 pm EST

Watch the replay my. There was no save to be made. Brassard picked up his stick and the puck just slid on the ice as slow as damn possible right into Hank. All he had to do was cover the puck.

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 7:41 pm EST

It's 2-1, hopefully we don't decide to sit on the lead :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:40 pm EST

Boyle forgot which team he was on.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:39 pm EST

Do Boyle and St. Louis think they are still with Tampa Bay ?

caperanger


Wed May 20 2015 7:39 pm EST

Hank made the save, geezus, the guys let him down he did his part

mf


Wed May 20 2015 7:39 pm EST

Friggin Boyle but Hank screwed up too. He has to know that stamkos is coming and he gives the puck right to him. It wasn't a shot. All he had to do was cover the puck. Stupid stupid stupid

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 7:39 pm EST

McCaptain stops skating, Captains don't forget how to play scales.....

mf


Wed May 20 2015 7:38 pm EST

BOYLE strikes again!!!!

Vic


Wed May 20 2015 7:38 pm EST

I know Boyle fucked up again but why the hell did McDonagh stop skating on the way back?

jratelle19


Wed May 20 2015 7:38 pm EST

Dan Boyle assist brain fart

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:37 pm EST

RHET: I'm hoping that hit wakes up the sleeping demon in HAYES. With his body he could be a force if he uses it.

Vic


Wed May 20 2015 7:36 pm EST

Do NOT take your foot off the gas pedal.....too much hockey left to play in this game!

jratelle19


Wed May 20 2015 7:35 pm EST

NN... You should've told me. Most of my friends here are Lightning fans, I'd prefer the Ranger variety :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:35 pm EST

Wait...the puck was elevated!! What a great move. Let's not sit on this. Just stay out of the box please

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 7:34 pm EST

Nice start don't let up

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:34 pm EST

Quckie's pretty Fast ! ;-) Sign that kid up, he's a keeper long term & a RHS to boot... Yeah Baby......

mf


Wed May 20 2015 7:34 pm EST

RHET: I was planning to fly down for Friday's game (have a friend who lives in FLA) but he had to cancel.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 20 2015 7:33 pm EST

Where did that move come from? That was a goal scorers move.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:33 pm EST

Yes sir jasper

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:33 pm EST

QUICKIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jratelle19


Wed May 20 2015 7:33 pm EST

Was that really a breakaway goal.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 20 2015 7:33 pm EST

FAST BABY FAST!!!!! SCORRREEEESSSSSSS

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:32 pm EST

Don't mind the defense being aggressive but they need to be smart about it

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 7:30 pm EST

I was originally working late today, but I'm trying to get tickets for game 4. Don't tell anyone as I don't want to be blamed if something bad happens :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:30 pm EST

Give him some hell NN.... ;-)

mf


Wed May 20 2015 7:26 pm EST

RHET: I am a tough customer to please: Why aren't you at the game, aren't you in Tampa.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 20 2015 7:24 pm EST

Hayes looked like he was seeing birdies. I wonder if he knows he's in Tampa?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:22 pm EST

Trading penalties, we're the underdogs, and I got to believe fuck me in the ass Buttman knows this and sent the marching orders to the Zebra's

mf


Wed May 20 2015 7:22 pm EST

I just don't get why it's always legal to clean a guys clock when his head is down. It almost always results in a concussion. I'm not anti-hitting, just anti-concussions.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:22 pm EST

stupid penalty. So much for discipline

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 7:20 pm EST

Elevated shot, Stick side, Traffic in front of the goalie, "How Fuckin Novel" ...... by the start of this, the refs are gonna ruin another key playoff game..... I wouldn't get comfortable......... after all, it's a Ranger game..... Urghhhh

mf


Wed May 20 2015 7:19 pm EST

A pp goal with msl and Boyle on it ....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:19 pm EST

NN.... There is just no making you happy, is there? Three PP goals in two games. What's not to like :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:18 pm EST

Yes!!! Great screen....never saw it!!

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 7:18 pm EST

Nice shot by Brass..but I am tempering my enthusiasm tonight.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 20 2015 7:18 pm EST

BRAAAAAASSSSAAAARRRDDDDDD!!!!!!! IT'S APOWER PLAY GOAL!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:16 pm EST

Got my lucky shirt on STEVIE..;)

Vic


Wed May 20 2015 7:10 pm EST

I already want to puke over the Lightning love fest from NBC....why are the Rangers bothering to show up? My two boys 12 and 8 even noticed the bullshit coverage

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 7:08 pm EST

If I told you before game 2 that the Rangers would score 2 PP goals, could you ever have imagined that we'd lose that games 6-2? Bizarre.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:07 pm EST

Good Luck Ranger Fans.... If this was say 1978, I'd suggest turning off the volume on the TV, turning on the stereo, and break out the weed.... But it's not, so may I suggest, turn off the volume on the set so you don't have to listen to Doc and Dick, turn on the stereo, and pop a Clonapan and wash it down with a cold one.... LET'S GO RANGERS !!!! :-)

mf


Wed May 20 2015 7:06 pm EST

Tonight to me is a must win. From the viewpoint that I don't want to let this team get back into the driver's seat. I want to get them down and keep them down. I'd hate to see us go 7 games. Let's finish them off early and get healthy before the winner of the Anaheim/Chicago series(I'd be surprised if that one doesn't go 7 games).

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 7:06 pm EST

Hope the espanol thing works tonight! Let's Go Rangers!

LeoS


Wed May 20 2015 7:04 pm EST

Sporty how are the .15 wings?

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:03 pm EST

Stevie.... Don't get me wrong, I totally think his decline is due to age. The odd thing is that it happened so fast. The only way I see us keeping Marty is if he''s REEEAAALLLLY cheap and Hags wants too much.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 6:53 pm EST

Rhet possible but doubtful since I thought his kids were in school up north and living in Greenwich with his wife. ... Carp is claiming msl was hit by age like a sledgehammer this year. ... What's true about any player is usually speculation more than facts .... Bazookerella looks ok skating . I assume he's waiting to be cleared to practice by Drs and if they would clear him for full contact after that....I miss his presence in the games. He's a real spark plug ..... Tonight is close to a must win as there has been since game 7 to me .....funny story was brass and stamkos stick at end of 2nd period Monday ....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 6:51 pm EST

The things I head about MSL from a reliable source are that his wife moved back to CT and he wanted to come to NY to be closer to his kids as Greenwhich is right outside NY. Not sure if they had divorced when he requested the trade but she had moved back.........................VTRANGER I hate to break this to you but I have heard some of the same rumblings about MSL, not to the extent that OLA has described as in yelling at guys etc. I had heard that there was just personality clashes this season with MSL that has caused some problems in the locker room mostly I hear his voice is not appreciated like he would like in the locker room, meaning it's not carrying the amount of weight it did in tampa

York18


Wed May 20 2015 6:28 pm EST

Ola.... The rumor was that Marty's wife was having an affair with another Lightning player. Supposedly, that's why he really wanted out of Tampa. It's a little suspect as rumors go because I'm sure MSL had enough clout there that he could get any player he wanted shipped out for something like that (not named Stamkos of course... and NO, it wasn't Stamkos).

Rhet0ric


Wed May 20 2015 5:56 pm EST

If we loose tonight, it won't be for lack of focus. Everyone seems to be pretty ramped up about tonight...

Ola


Wed May 20 2015 5:55 pm EST

Vt- No problem, could be BS like I said. Also, re MSL being divorced. That was not something I heard recently, I just saw someone talk about here or at hfboards. I have no idea if that was right/false.

Ola


Wed May 20 2015 5:15 pm EST

uncle daddy asst gm st Louis.....guess he's leaving nj.....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 5:00 pm EST

"So, coming into tonight’s game, the Rangers made it clear this morning they will come into tonight focused on improving their play. “I would say they’re focused to play and that’s what they’re going to do tonight,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. Left wing Carl Hagelin added the team was definitely still (ticked) off about Game 2. “There is no doubt we’re going to take penalties,” Vigneault said. “It’s hard to play a perfect game in that sense. So if we are going to take penalties, they’ve got to be good penalties. We’re taking scoring opportunities away and not penalties where they’re stick related. We took four of those, last game. Our group understands that they have to be better, and we are going to be better tonight.”

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 4:59 pm EST

msl's wife was there at msg for his ceremony , so I doubt he's divorced. that claim was made before he was traded, and part of why he wanted to come to nyr.

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 4:57 pm EST

I actually didn't know St. Louis was divorced. I thought his wife wanted to move to the area.

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 4:44 pm EST

Pierre10 - I love it when you post!

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 4:14 pm EST

Sorry Ola, I'm not buying the MSL story. There may be kernels of truth that have been distorted and blown into something much bigger than reality. Sort of like those rumors that distorted Zucc's concussion into brain damage and god knows what else.

VtRanger


Wed May 20 2015 4:06 pm EST

I cannot see too many scenarios barring injury that would cause Nash not to be in the opening lineup. You paid a lot of money for him and I don't think too many teams want that contract on their books... Marty St. Louis is finished. That is clear to me. He has been a no factor during a lot of the playoffs. And I don't see any help immediately coming.

E


Wed May 20 2015 3:56 pm EST

Mr tanner Glass half full here to say i am not concerned at the least about game 2. That was a strange game from start to finish. I simply believe we are the better team.

Pierre10


Wed May 20 2015 3:22 pm EST

Bob: I think it's highly unlikely Nash will be of interest to TO They are rebuilding (from the ground up - Shanahan has clearly stated that); Rick Nash is for a team that wants to win now. The only way it might happen is if the Rangers take on Kessel''s contract, which is more onerous than Nash's (7 more years at $8,000,000). Personally, I think the Leafs could do better than Nash if/when they shop Kessel. Sorry my friend - just trying to be rational! ;^)

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 3:17 pm EST

Yep, MSL's play has really put his coach in a bind. Does he dare pressbox him in favour of Ryan Bourque? I wonder how much thought AV's put into that possibility? AHL experienced players like Bourgue (4 pro seasons and a bubble player) have contributed to many cup runs over the years due to injuries, bad performance, etc. I look at it this way: MSL has been bumped to the 3rd line for a good reason but that is only serving the drag down that line (it helps none that the line he left isn't scoring in his absence of course). He's avoiding physical contact too much so bumping next to the 4th line makes zero sense. He's not scoring on the PP. He did contribute 2 assists on the PP, however. That earns him a stay of execution (because likely from a next year's contract perspective, being pressboxed will be a killer). How patient does AV intend to be? Guess we'll see. Let's hope that patience is rewarded. Soon...

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 3:12 pm EST

RF4L----if the Rangers choose to deal Nash, Toronto is destination #1 now. Babcock loves him. A package including JVR maybe?

Bob


Wed May 20 2015 3:08 pm EST

stevie: As are my boys. That's a lotta money but it's between the Rangers and the Leafs who are the richest organizations so it's really financially quite inconsequential. I am curious to here if he's got guaranteed input to player personnel and if so, to what extent. The word earlier this season was that he's seeking to have a bigger voice in trades, drafts, signings, etc. With Ken Holland entrenched in Detroit it wasn't happening there. The Leafs still have no GM named - coincidence? Mmmm...I suspect not.

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 3:06 pm EST

Thank you Ola - sorry for the redundant request.

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 3:01 pm EST

The MSL as diva thing is not surprising. He acted like Yzerman peed in his oatmeal over team Canada. Then forced his way out. Sorry that players have to go through tough times like the rest of us, but the rest of us are not earning $5MM per year to produce. I suspect that he has lost the respect of his teammates after ruling the roost for years in Tampa. It cannot be easy. AV does not have many options. Ryan Borque instead of MSL? How could he do that? Now when/if MZA gets back it is a different story.

Bob


Wed May 20 2015 2:55 pm EST

RF73: Guess the coach is thinking the lineup got them to get 3 of the semi-finals so carry on! IMO, he's limited in what he can do as long as he keeps MSL in there.

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 2:46 pm EST

Ok, again what I heard that may or may not be true. The core wants the lockerroom a certain way. No big egos, all about the team. MSL during the year looses it when he is struggling and shouts at people at practices etc, acts out during intermissions. The core lead by Hank really don't like it. In addition, the players are perfectly aware of that there's only so much money to go around. The "core" are all very good firends with Hagelin, supposedly either Hags or MSL are believed to be history this off-season. This makes the rift worse, they don't want to loose Hags over MSL. Dubinsky and Anisimov was traded. Prust let go. Stralman let go. Callahan let go. Boyle let go. And so on. They don't like it, and maybe MSL has been caught I between here. This could all be false or just rumors that made it to someone I know and trust. But it kinda look on MSL like he isn't comfortable or having a great time right. Divorced. Moved out of Tampa and lost a lot of friends. Then comes to a new place that wasn't what he expected. Lost his mother. To me part of his decline seems to be life hitting him. Really think he could buy a big moment right now, an OT goal or something. Also, I think part of his decline is setting. He didn't loose it overnight when going from Tampa to NY. We don't have confidence on our PP. We don't have that swagger with the puck. Look at like SJ when they move the puck around at times they make some of our guys look like amateurs... They have other issues, but this is another thing that sets itself in the walls. It's passed on, ways to score and set structures and plays. Intra-lines but also team mentality. It's something we must create here in NY. I actually think someone like MSL can help with that, but it doesn't seem like it's working out. Still some time left though!

Ola


Wed May 20 2015 2:12 pm EST

"....That was in the home locker room at the Garden late Monday, when McDonagh had his most declarative moment in his first year with the “C” on his sweater. He publicly lambasted his team following a 6-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final, calling it “embarrassing,” saying the plethora of penalties the team took were “stupid” and “selfish.” The loss evened the best-of-seven series, 1-1, heading into Game 3 on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena. “I think it’s a tough loss on a big stage,” McDonagh said Tuesday. “It’s something I thought we could control a little bit better and the way things transpired. I was just being honest, an honest assessment of our team’s performance. Guys understand that. “Just realizing what happened, and realize it and learn from it quick because it’s a bit important series here, and we have to get back to the strength of our game. “We know how to respond, we’ve done it before, and it’s about getting that focus again.” That focus comes from this quiet confidence the Rangers have carried all season. It’s a confidence in their ability to respond, proven by their immediate history ."......it better not be the history of playing these boltz like they did Monday and the 3 season games....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 2:08 pm EST

welcome to how jt feels....jittersland.......

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 1:58 pm EST

rf73 that means they come in 1st again.....he'll make an adjustment if they flounder, but he's fairly predictable...... the players need to get it done...just wish they didn't have the bazooka excuse......but they have won without him.....keep your fingers crossed, and if you don't like what you see, cross your eyes.....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 1:50 pm EST

There you go again...same line combos....doing the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again = Different result?....NOT!

RF73


Wed May 20 2015 1:41 pm EST

No doubt in my mind we will see a completely different Rangers team tonight. They are going to be hard on the puck and disciplined and a much tougher team to play against. Don't think Nash will score and MSL will still be run out on the powerplay but you will see a different team tonight.

Fotiu22


Wed May 20 2015 1:36 pm EST

Rangers lines and D-pairs remain the same Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord All healthy Rangers on the ice for morning skate.

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 1:35 pm EST

Viva NICK! That post is a masterpiece. These things happen far too often to be coincidence. The MSL crater is nearly beyond belief. Is Stamkos really THAT good?

Bob


Wed May 20 2015 1:26 pm EST

I don't get msl and boyle on the points 5-3 but that's on the coach and his left hand man.....the nyr seem to respond after bad games and their backs to the wall...they need to respond sooner ....like tonight.....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 1:26 pm EST

RFC Wall, circa 2031-32: "Christ I can't believe the coach keeps running that ancient stiff Tyler Johnson out there! And we gave Tampa two firsts to get him, at age 38!" It's hard to believe -- well, maybe not so hard, being NYR fans -- that a guy like MSL could win the scoring title in 2013, then score 29 goals and a point a game in 2014 UNTIL he gets to New York, whereupon he sucks out loud for 19 games - 1 goal. He came back when it counted with a good playoff and got 20 this season but then, Father Time all of a sudden dropped the hammer on him. At least he has an excuse, unlike No. 61, the backchecker and possession driver. A giant black hole of suck from which no hope can escape. Unless this choke artist lights the lamp and real soon this season will end just like last year. Close but Sather's cigar.

Nick


Wed May 20 2015 1:18 pm EST

rf4l babcock 8 years 50 mil Toronto...your wife will be happy....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 1:08 pm EST

The Bolts rose to the occasion but lets be honest- both teams were very sloppy and left odd man rushes all night long. To say one rose to the occasion in a game like that really isn't too much of a compliment kinda like being voted the prettiest gal in a goiter contest. That said, I do give TB credit for finishing the chances they had. On to tonight- all year long this team has shown the fortitude to come back after a bad game and put on a performance. I would be surprised if that did not happen again this eve. I will even go out on the plank like many have done before me and bet that Nash does come through this eve. The line rushes at the AM skate suggest AV is seeking real kickstart from the team. How long the lines last is a different story altogether much like the precipitous decline of MSL which is made even sadder in the face of Tyler Johnson's rapid ascension or as their head coach termed it "Marty looking at Marty of 15 yrs ago. A real passing of the torch"

PatrickDiv


Wed May 20 2015 12:58 pm EST

On MSL, I am sure that his dropoff bothers him. But, he forced his way out of Tampa and on to the Rangers at a very high cost, and he has mostly NOT been the MSL the Rangers thought they were getting. He went weeks without contributing last year. This year, he is an anchor on whichever line he plays on. Now, I assume that his personal life issues has something to do with this precipitous decline, but a team going for the cup cannot endure a player at his salary producing as much as Tanner Glass. After this season, he needs to pull a Naslund and walk away. Right now and likely in the future, that deal is a disaster unless they win the cup and he contributes.

Bob


Wed May 20 2015 12:38 pm EST

York- Agreed, and it's funny, because for a team that is playing in mid May we certainly does not have much going for us at the moment lol. PP? A mess. Top players scoring? Never have they scored less. A goalie on fire? Well sure, at the same time more or less every game a puck "with eyes" seem to get past him. Injuries (ok we could be worse of here, but loosing Zucc hurts). We have lost a lot of crap games. We have failed to protect many leads well, all games tend to be close. Eh imagine if we were streaking instead??

Ola


Wed May 20 2015 12:30 pm EST

I think the big move in the off season will be no big moves.... Key Factors / points of interest in no particular order: 1) MSL retires or goes elsewhere 2) Dan Boyle retires or we move him and his ENTIRE contract 3) How much to resign Stepan? 4) how much to resign Hags? 5) How much will the Cap increase? How much to resign: JT Miller, Fast, Lindberg, McIlrath, Sheppard (if we keep him) 6) to we move Tanner Glass? 7) How much $Cap$ is left over...... As of now, I'm a keeper of Nash, would love to have left over dollars to bring in the RHS Drew Stafford,Sheppard is our new 13th forward in place of T.Glass unless Lindberg can't cut the mustard and does the JT Miller routine back & forth to Hartford... The Engine is built in my opinion, we fine tune now, no wrecking ball Mr. Husband of a Toronto Maple Leaf's fan ;-), by suggesting Staal or Girardi be traded........ no no no to that...... Summation, "Fine Tune the Mutha!" ;-)

mf


Wed May 20 2015 12:23 pm EST

VT: Well said and it does really suck watching a HOF player like MSL go out like this. I used to cringe every time he had the puck on his stick when he was playing the Rangers. Now, I cringe whenever I see him on the ice in a Ranger uniform. Not the way he wanted to go out I'm sure. JFC: You may be right but I see the deterioration of the rest of his game being tied to the loss of his speed and quickness. Every time he gets the puck now you can see he is rushing because he so rarely gets any time and space now. He used to create his own time and space by zipping around guys and being able to dart away. He can't do that any more. I really think he just whacked at that puck because he didn't believe he had any time to settle it down and shoot. Every time he does he gets the puck knocked away from him. And, watching him get caught from behind by ORPIK in the Caps series was sad to watch. I'm sure MSL is frustrated and embarrassed. That leads directly to a lot of issues with and without the puck.

Vic


Wed May 20 2015 11:59 am EST

TD--I get it. I just think that we would have to take another team's problem child or cap disaster (Phil Kessell?) in order to get a deal for Nash done. I doubt that any of the players I would like to see in NY can be had for him, and almost certainly the Oilers are on his limited no-trade list. Toronto would be a likely landing spot for him. Detroit maybe. Vancouver?

Bob


Wed May 20 2015 11:50 am EST

TD: I think it's a bit premature to predict exactly what the big off-season move will be. For example, if the Rangers go out against the Bolts continuing to score at a 2 goals a game pace, I think it's quite reasonable to expect that Sather will be seeking another legitimate top 6 forward and that likely means poaching from the backline. Keeping Stepan in the fold and managing the cap is another big dilemma facing Sather. Will he be more inclined to consider shopping Brassard if the Rangers win or don't win the cup? MSL to me looks like the easier decision - he's a goner. The bigger question is will he play next year at all (on another team).

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 11:46 am EST

JFC/Drew: I posted about this when the POs started - the feeling and pressure is different this year compared to the past few because the Rangers are supposed to win. First overall in the league and the gamblers' favourite. Very different for both the players and the fans. It helps none that the Rangers simply refuse to make things easy on themselves. Even the Pittsburgh series that went 5 games was tense because all 4 wins were squeakers.

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 11:29 am EST

York - Rose to the occasion? I don't know...the Bolts didn't look that good either. Maybe more like they didn't play AS badly as the Rangers.

tdchi


Wed May 20 2015 11:28 am EST

Bob - While the Rangers wouldn't get two young roster players, a top prospect and a first rounder for NASH, they wouldn't exactly get pennies on the dollar for him...I could easily see a team giving us a to. p-six forward, top prospect and a high-round pick for him. He's a 40-plus goal scorer in the prime of his career. And though he hasn't done much in the playoffs, the fact is his team has. That's something of note. It's irrelevant though. I think the big off-season focus at this point will be figuring out what to do with MSL, not trading Nash. Not unless something too good to be true came along. But who knows? I think it all depends on who hoists the cup.

tdchi


Wed May 20 2015 11:27 am EST

I don't have the same confidence in this team as I did last year. MSL losing his game, knowing Nash would disappear come playoffs and then zucc I just don't have the same confidence. With that said I don't think Monday's game is the barometer to set this series on. The rangers played poorly while the lightning rose to the occassion, when those two things happen you get blown out. I think the next two games will be the tell tale sign of what's going to happen.

York18


Wed May 20 2015 11:24 am EST

Vic -- there is alot more going on with MSL than just slowing down. A guy with his smarts and his knowledge of the game should be able to compenstae somewhat to get himself into scoring position.....and he has done that during these playoffs. IMO the problem is a complete crashing of his confidence, leading him to the classic "squeeze the stick too tight" syndrome. What he did last game on that redirect gimme wher ehe completely missed the net illustrates it perfectly. When the puck came across, MSK "chopped" at it and shanked it off of the heel of his stick. That is the sign of a player who is completely tense, thinking too much and not letting his natural ability take over. If he was on his game, he would have just put his stick down, angled the blade and in it goes. He has been able to get PRIME scoring chances so he is managing to be significant in the POs....the problem is his lack of finish...and the more it happens, the worse it has gotten. That 5 on 3 breakaway had to be a crushing blow to him and whatever confidence he had left....he looked foolish on the miss and then smashed in Lundqvist, pushing the puck in.(BTW, a penalty should have been called on a CAp player who was hooking him and interfering with his attempted back check). DREW/mf -- agree....I have not been "enjoying" these PO's so far....my expectations are high and the frustrating way the opponents played in the 1st 2 rounds made for lousy, frustrating, tense hockey where the Rangers barely were able to skate. I finally relaxed for GAme 1 vs. TAmpa....I never felt like we were going to lose that game....even though they tied it. LAst game was the WORST for me....second to the Wash. game 7. My wife has commented that even though I'm usually demostrative and yell at the announcers, this year I am much more "angry"....she doesnt understand how I can think this is "fun". I wish I could just relax and enjoy a little more but I think it's because they have such a good chance to win The Cup....who knows when it mighthappen again. They need to strike while the iron is hot.

JFC31


Wed May 20 2015 11:23 am EST

Here's a little NASH perspective from one of his top detractors...PACIORETTY'S resume: One trip to the conference finals. KESSEL'S resume: One trip out of the first round. Nash's resume: two trips to the conference finals and one trip to the cup finals. This isn't to say these players are directly responsible for these feats...but it does tell a different story than the "Nash must score" one we've been talking about a lot. I, too, wonder why a diminutive little puke like JOHNSON can seemingly score at will and why Nash can't seem to pot a goal even when the net is empty...but at this point, as long as the Rangers are winning, I'm more than comfortable with him on the team...and truth be known, there are other guys who are stepping it up bigtime. KREIDER, for instance, is doing what Nash ordinarily would be doing. Ditto with BRASSARD and STEPAN. And I think MILLER is on the verge of breaking out in the goal column himself...so as long as that is happening, we're moving forward and I'll tolerate Nash's lack of production.

tdchi


Wed May 20 2015 11:14 am EST

re: ST. LOUIS - I'm sort of with VtRangers' opinion here...I don't see any reason why Marty can't be a productive player...he just needs to adjust his game a bit...and AV needs to realize that he's simply not the same player who started the season...Certainly losing some jump in your skating is going to present challenges...but you don't go from being a point-per-game player to an absolute zero overnight without some sort of contributing factor. If, in fact, MSL is done, then he's had one of the most precipitous declines in the modern history of hockey...and when I look at him, I think of Mark RECCHI, another smaller-sized player who was an offensive force for most of his career, but had to change his game to adjust to his age. But he did. And you know what? He helped the Bruins win the cup. I'd venture to say they wouldn't have won it without him...I DO think AV has to really limit how much he ices St. Louis...especially during the PP. He's got 10 strong skaters he can ice for the man advantage who are quick, have scoring prowess and will not be liabilities. Whatever the reason is, Marty ain't getting it done. I'd keep him on third and let the young guys work the man advantage...I will say that I think Marty's time with the Rangers is done. Absent him taking a MAJOR pay cut...say a $1 million contract...they simply can't afford to bring him back. I can see other teams in the area paying him more, so it'll come down to whether he wants to stay a Ranger and accept a much diminished roll or go to a team like the Isles, Devils or maybe even Boston and be a veteran leader.

tdchi


Wed May 20 2015 11:01 am EST

Mf/Pete - I NEED this. That is how pathetic I am at the moment. In 94, I don't know what I would have done if things worked out differently. I already warned my wife, it;s immature and it's only sports but things NEED to work out this year...uh yuh yuy - you would think being a fan since 1980, I'd feel differently. I think the Islander fans drooling over Monday's performance gets to me as well.

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 10:49 am EST

DREW...i'm ot too concerned. As I told my friend, I am done doubting this team. They have proven so resilient over the last few years and always answer the bell after a poor outing. Last game was an anomaly, this game will revert back to our usual one-goal win.

pete


Wed May 20 2015 10:42 am EST

Drew, Welcome to the Ranger Circuit 2015

mf


Wed May 20 2015 10:41 am EST

They s/b Rhet

mf


Wed May 20 2015 10:40 am EST

Anyone else petrified for tonight. Why have these playoffs been so unenjoyable for me? For me, I feel like the window is closing, they need to capitalize on this opportunity before the cap and pending free agents looking for higher pay set this team back. I never was invested this much emotionally in the Rangers as I am at the moment. I am 40 and my 7 year old is handling this better.

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 10:35 am EST

They: no 3 party Nash trades... I don't even want to trade him for now.... I think Nash needs to be on the LW once we gain the zone on the PP, or in the crease, the the right side circle is for a RHS, that's why I want at least 3-4 RHS forwards on the roster... We need to win tonight, let them play catch us, not the other way around...

mf


Wed May 20 2015 10:32 am EST

I read these posts and some of them make good sense, others are wishful thinking and others border on the whacko…so be it…we are all entitled to our opinion…with that said, mixing it up on the PP makes good sense but under the NYR definition of insanity you can gare un tee that MSL will continue to be trotted out on the first unit… you can also gare un tee Nash will take the bulk of his shots from the top of the faceoff circle with the ever rare saunter in front of the net…There doesn't appear to be any TEAM leadership this year…Coaching staff gives you the technical version of homina, homina...The vets ala Boyle and MSL can’t/won’t speak as their play doesn't warrant anyone listening to them…All the Captain can do is recite from the Book of Cliché’s…Time to mix it up boys, you stay the course you risk running out of runway.

RF73


Wed May 20 2015 10:25 am EST

RF4L- I recon that is the million dollar question right. What make a little frustrated is that I think it's so obvious that certain things are working out there and certain things are not -- but it do not seem like we are adjusting on the ice. If anyone takes 15 minutes and just look at the goals scored the last week, it's like 66-75% maybe are carbon copies of each other (a puck that somehow is lost control of by the D, often after a shot that is caught in traffic and just bounces away, and then a fast shot before the goalie and D can track it). Then you have the rush goals, shots from the blueline and a few real creative plays that often involves some sort of rotation play. But to get that shot that can get away from the D, it often takes a good play just to get there (so many shots are easily blocked and then controlled). Or it's a stick move that results in the puck bouncing around. BUT, back to the part that makes me frustrated, it don't really seem like we are playing with a purpose in this regard. You do want your top players themselves to be able to adjust individually, and Nash not being able to do that is obviously on him. You know, I think what separates the truely best from the rest is that ability. Jagr could really change his game from one year to another. Never scored on a slapped for 15 years or something, then scores like 25 in a year for us with it. Always changing up to find ways. But we can't have Nash sitting in the lap of the goalie when we get down low, he has a good noose for the net and a good shot. Either he needs to be on the puck and open up for others, or others need to open things up for him. Playing with Hayes and Brass he should be able to wander a bit more to get open. But will he do it?

Ola


Wed May 20 2015 10:23 am EST

Vic: As someone who has closely followed Marty St. Louis's career since his days at UVM, I agree with many of your comments about him. I agree that age has finally caught up with him. I don't agree that he is "done" and can't improve on his play during the remaining part of the playoffs. In addition to the general decline in his game due to aging, I believe Marty's game his slipped during the playoffs because of factors that are not physical in nature. He has always been a focused, intense competitor, but at the same time his joy and love for the game have always been apparent. The thing I've noticed most about him over the last few weeks is that the game is no longer fun for him. The pressure, lack of confidence and self-imposed stress is eating him alive and bringing his game lower than where it would be otherwise. It is extremely difficult psychologically for an elite player like him to hit the wall physically. Also, I wouldn't discount some lingering effects from the knee injury he suffered in March. He's never had knee issues before in his NHL career. As us older guys know, the body's healing process slows down as we get older. I'm not making excuses for him, but just trying to offer some perspective from someone who has closely watched him since he was 18. I think the best thing Marty can do at this point, is to mentally accept that his NHL career may be fast coming to an end, forget what has happened over the last few weeks and just enjoy what may well be his last shot at a Cup. The drop-off in his game due to physical factors can't be changed. His game can improve, however, by making some mental adjustments. Just go out there, compete to the best of his ability and most of all relax and have some fun. I know that it is much easier said than done, but continuing in his current mental funk is not a good option. AV, I think, is getting real close to benching him, particularly when Zucc becomes available. Just me two cents.

VtRanger


Wed May 20 2015 10:05 am EST

York- Just mean that there's five guys on the ice and they together need to achive certain things to play at a level where they can score constantly this time of the year.

Ola


Wed May 20 2015 9:48 am EST

OLA you keep bringing up this unit of 5 thing to make your point valid. There is one problem AV by his own admission doesn't use units of five. He doesn't subscribe to units of three. He said he looks for pairs and then interchanges. Ulfie runs tge defense and their changes not av so you're not getting units of 5 out there. This is why you see Kreider and step then Nash brassard units of two not five so if av states he doesn't look for units of 5 how is your theory correct?

York18


Wed May 20 2015 9:43 am EST

Vic, on the officiating I have to agree 100%. In the last game the refs were calling things that hadn't been called to this point in the playoffs. If the players are trying to play to the standard that was established in the first 2 rounds it's hard to expect them to play differently. I hope tonight we get consistency from the refs, if it's a penalty in the 1st period it should be a penalty in the third or OT. If that isn't the way the refs call the game it's unfair to both teams.

Scully5460


Wed May 20 2015 9:34 am EST

rf4l Nash has to find the spot where he can score, it's probably not where he is on the pp....but ahkneel knows better....msl and nash have to score in spite of anything....end of story....along with capt mcmouth.....et al....I'm looking for a nyr barrage of goals to turn bishop into a pawn.....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:30 am EST

a little boyle......https://twitter.com/BriBrows22/status/600864727259074560

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:07 am EST

Vic if they didn't score on the pp msl gets blamed, not undeservedly so. but an assist is an assist.... credit and blame has to go both ways....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 9:07 am EST

The problem with Nash on the PP is that he doesn't have a lethal shot. This is probably the biggest reason he struggles to score in the POs. Many of his goals are in tight with him moving the puck from side to side to create open spaces. In the POs, the opportunities to do so are greatly reduced.

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 8:57 am EST

RF4L: One other thing....on the PP it should be HAYES in front of the goal and not NASH. I agree with you that NASH really isn't the guy you want in close on the goal on the PP. HAYES absolutely is. He is pretty good at deflecting pucks and is good at going for rebounds around the goal. He would also create some space for NASH to collapse down on the goal with or without the puck (on a shot) looking for a rebound as it is hard for the defenders to get around HAYES' big body.

Vic


Wed May 20 2015 8:54 am EST

STEVIE: My shirt will be on tonight. As for MSL, the puck deflected off him on the shot. It ended up being important but it isn't like MSL created the play or something. The second assist was related to him being out on the PP as well. Whenever there is a PP goal there is a chance that anyone out there will get an assist on it. In this case MSL didn't do much on the play. STEPAN created the goal on his own with a great individual play. MSL had two assists in that game but he was not a net positive contributor in any way.

Vic


Wed May 20 2015 8:39 am EST

sporty do they deliver?....the nyr better....Vic put your shirt on....Msl had 2 assists, make that 3 if you count the 5-3 shorty, on which he was probably interfered with before that goal. ...b-ruins name Sweeney -Todd gm......

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 8:30 am EST

[rant Off]

Vic


Wed May 20 2015 8:29 am EST

RF4L: I kind of agree with your stance on officiating except I do have one big beef. I am stunned at the way this series is being officiated in general. The league goes through round one letting most of the things that were called in the regular season go (in terms of interference and obstruction). Then in round two whatever rules were left seemed to be ignored as it was anything goes in the second round. Punches were being thrown. Guys were being out and out tackled away from the puck. Slashes and hacks were not called. Now that we are in round 3 all of the sudden the NHL is going to start calling stuff that hasn't been called in a month? That is absurd and completely unfair to the players. Show some God Damn consistency! If you are going to let things go in the early rounds you damn well let them go in round 3 and 4. If you are going to call things tighter in later rounds you should have been calling them tighter all along. I didn't know what we were seeing in game one. I thought may be just trying to call a few early in the series when things didn't mater as much. But game two was a disaster, and mostly because the two refs didn't seem to be on the same page. One seemed to be letting things go and the other was calling phantom penalties that you might see called in the regular season. it just so happens the Rangers got the worst of that exchange but it would have been wrong if Tampa was on the other end of it too. And the morons on the NHL Network on SiriusXM LOVED it. They thought it was "an exciting game". I thought it was a sloppy, disjointed and ugly game from both teams and the officiating was the primary cause. I'd rather see a clean, well played 2 to 1 game then a sloppy, penalty filled 5 to 4 game any day.

Vic


Wed May 20 2015 8:20 am EST

On MSL......I don't know why there continues to be any debate about him. He isn't in a slump. He isn't fighting it. HE IS DONE.......and he has been for nearly 6 months now. Whatever he had left in the tank to start this season was used up in the first few months. He has lost his speed and quickness. Losing those two things completely destroys his game and here is why. Think back to when you were a young player and jumped up a level to play against guys who were bigger, faster and quicker then you. In the beginning it is really hard to do anything right because your sense of time and space is completely screwed up. Guys are on you faster then you are used to. Plays open and close faster then you are used to. You feel like it is everything you can do to keep up. And then you start to adjust over time. Things around you start to slow down as you are able to process everything and raise your level of play. Pretty soon you are holding your own. As time moves on you are able to start making things happen and control the play more and more. We've seen this process in rookies who make the jump to the NHL like HAYES. But in MSL this is all happening in reverse but at a much quicker speed. MSL was able to defy his age for a long time because of his famous legs. That skating ability allowed him to continue being an impact player long after most guys are done being able to play at that level. But at some point it goes and the older you are the faster that drop off happens. He went from still being able to control the play to being in a position where it is all he can do to keep up almost overnight. He looks like crap with the puck now because guys are on him faster then he can move or process. Even when he has time now, like on that early first chance, he fumbles with the puck and looks lost because he isn't able to make his body process the game as quick as his mind is used to. I'm not holding my breath waiting for the old MSL to show up and save the day. If the Rangers do go down in this round he will certainly be one of the guys who was most responsible. I thought that would just be because of the scoring he was brought in to provide that he isn't. But now, his gaffe on the 5 - 3 will be the signature memory for everyone connected with this organization if they go on to lose this series. The Rangers were actually playing pretty good up to that point. The wheels fell off after that play in terms of their play and their discipline.

Vic


Wed May 20 2015 8:00 am EST

Howdy All. I must confess that I did not wear my Lucky Ranger T-Shirt on Monday night. My wife yelled at me and said I better put it on. I told her there is no way that I am going to soil the luck in that shirt by wearing it for a Game 2 in a playoff series where the Rangers won Game 1. That would be silly as the Rangers were going to lose Monday night. That was the only given. What I didn't know was how badly they were going to implode on themselves. And even through the 45 minutes or so of the worst playoff effort over the last two years they still had the puck on their stick with a mostly open net and a chance to tie the game. I didn't turn it off and go to bed after the 4th goal but I did after the 5th. I knew heads would be exploding here but we have all seen this routine from this team so many times over the last 5 years that despite all of the positive hopes here most of you knew this series was going to be tied going into Tampa tonight. This team is an enigma. While they don't possess a ton of game breaking elite players they have the potential to play at an unbelievable high level. We've all seen it. But, for some reason, when they are in the cat-bird's seat they don't possess the internal drive/intensity/killer instinct to finish off an opponent. Instead, they collectively let up and breath a sigh of relief. But, at the same time, when the chips are down and they are behind in a series I don't know if there is any team better at elevating their play to climb back in a series and close it out in 7. Their record in elimination games is absurd, but the fact that they have had to play so many of them is equally bizarre and troubling. We've all said that this penchant for making things hard on themselves will come back and bite them. Maybe that will happen in this series against Tampa as right now the Rangers to me look like the better team but that could change as the series moves on. If it does they have nobody to blame but themselves. When you play in 7 game series the margin for error is so small. When you continually invite disaster you can't be surprised when it actually happens.

Vic


Wed May 20 2015 7:35 am EST

FWIW I believe one big problem is the lack of top end skill on the forward lines. IMO, we have one true offensive gem (Nash), 2 strong 1B/2A centers and 1 winger with similar type skills (MZA). MSL is supposed to be the second offensive gem but age has finally caught up to him. Another potentially offensive gem is Kreider, but he, too is learning (and doing quite well this POs). Next you have a 3rd center who looks like he'll be at least another 1B/2A center (Hayes) but is understandably learning his trade and may take a couple of more years to blossom. After that there a bunch of 3rd line and maybe 2nd line support players (Hags, Miller, Fast, etc). IMO, landing someone like Taylor Hall is the answer but will it open up holes elsewhere? We can hope someone like Buch or Tambellini will emerge sooner than expected, but that's not overly realistic IMO.

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 7:29 am EST

Ola: Fair enough - so what's with the unit of 5 issue continually cropping up for the Rangers come PO time? Where is the problem? And how does Sather go about addressing it (should the Rangers scoring issues end up in failure this spring)?

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 7:26 am EST

RF4L- The thing is, I don't at all think its "truly inexplicable" that a player isn't scoring in the POs. You know, I am critical of the situation and so are many others as they should be. No doubt. But that is the one part I definitely can't write under on. I mean some goals will go in here and there, much depending on bounces etc. But to score a lot, IE more than the odd goals here and there, a unit of 5 must achieve certain things on the ice. When the unit of 5 isn't doing it -- and natrually its harder for the top guys who are playing against the top guys of the other team -- you just won't score. During the regular season there are room for a player to fish for mistakes, take advantage of them and score of individual plays. But right here and right now, in 2015, thats just not the case anymore in the NHL POs. Please note that I am -- not -- saying, nor have I ever been saying, that its only the other 4 guys Nash is on the ice with that is the problem, he is of course as responsible as everyone else for how his units play and primarily responsible for his own game. AND what I also have pointed at before is that this situation absolutely is not unique for NY. Its more the norm than the exception of you look elsewhere. When a top line on a team isn't is in a environment where they are contained by the other team, they are not still scoring like 0.75 goals per game or whatever. They are shut down, they get nothing or very close to nothing. On our top line, Brass gets the most chances joining late where he gets the puck and can attack a defense standing still with speed or be the 3rd forward that goes to the net while the D's are occupied with the other 2, and MSL manage to get open for quick shots at times. Nash way to often is standing right in front of the goalie draped with Ds or is circling with the puck against 2-3 guys.

Ola


Wed May 20 2015 7:24 am EST

stevie -- you and RF73 should get your behind's down here and help eat the 100 wings. I have a figure to maintain lol

sportyplaya1188


Wed May 20 2015 7:23 am EST

We've discussed this previously but it's worth repeating IMO. Another reason for the struggling offense is Kevin Hayes' offensive drop-off due to dealing with PO intensity, not to mention the tight checking (at least for the 1st 2 series). He's got 2 goals in 14 games which is another 10 goal regular season. That's basically 1/2 the rate he produced prior to the POs and really significantly less than that seeing as he led the team in scoring the last quarter. Again I'm not blaming him - what he did during the regular season was gravy. So in short (IMO) there are 3 primary players leading the way here: Nash, MSL and Hayes. Four goals between the 3 of them in 14 games. Yikes.....

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 7:19 am EST

sporty put $15 on the bar and order 100 wings.....that's about 25lbs of wings....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:15 am EST

ages = eggs

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 7:15 am EST

Hey Ola. Sorry for the repeat question. What was the story you heard that tdchi referenced that Marty St, Louis was affecting the locker room? (Stories of an ego?)

DREW


Wed May 20 2015 7:15 am EST

Rick Nash's PO goal scoring stats, if pro-rated over an 82 game regular season, would be 10 goals. TEN! It's truly inexplicable. If the Rangers ultimately succumb to the Bolts, you gotta wonder what Sather will do to address the paltry PO scoring. This isn't all on Nash, of course, but he is definitely a large contributor. So is IMO Sather for putting so many ages into a tiny aging basket. To address this, however, likely means poaching from the team's strength - the defense. As I floated the other day, Marc Staal is likely the best candidate to be moved IF Sather deems it mandatory to acquire another scoring forward. Some on here suggest Girardi and that's understandable. However, G has a NMC. KK is a possibility too but a trade built around Staal would fetch the Rangers someone like Taylor Hall. Not one centered around KK. Just musing here folks, trying to ignore the stress building in me (already).

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 7:14 am EST

carp chat..."....Couldn't agree more with your comment that they need to move Nash to shooting areas on the PP. I'm sure getting cross-checked and whacked all the time doesn't help his game. Let some of the younger guys take that abuse 12:35 carp's answer....Plus he's not great on deflections or rebounds. What other team doesn't put a top goal scorer in a position to shoot? "

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:13 am EST

Anyone from the Orlando/Kissimmee/Central Florida area ---- tonight a few of us will be heading out to McFadden's Pub on International Drive to catch the game. Trying to switch up the juju and hope that a public display of support will shut these freaking Lightning fans up. Great special tonight with 15 cent wings and I am working on getting some drink specials. Let me know if you want to meet up!!!!!!

sportyplaya1188


Wed May 20 2015 7:08 am EST

rf4l imagine that the series is tied there too....I wonder who their fans are trading.....

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 7:07 am EST

Nash willingness to 100% buy into the system and actually contribute -- a lot -- all over the ice is, along with the attention he still gets from the team we play and the ice he opens up for the players around him, is undoubtedly a huge reason for this team success under AV. If you trade him for Kessel you get none of that. Like I've said so many times before, and on this subject I've not changed my mind, in this instance I just feel like we are making our own bed. I think there is a tremendous risk that if we trade Nash his replacement would struggle just as much and probably contribute less in other areas -- if the bed was still unmade. Its not like we could be choicy when picking his replacement, very few players in this mold is moved and they are always extremely hard to obtain. I think Nash quite subtansially is a better player than both Kessel and MaxPac that has been mentioned...

Ola


Wed May 20 2015 6:57 am EST

Holy crap - over 1 and 2/3s of a game needed to decide the 2nd game of the Hawks/Ducks series. Hawks win....

RF4L


Wed May 20 2015 6:54 am EST

Well, another stress fest tonight. If they trade Nash they will not get equal value, and they cannot trade him for kids and picks because they are in go for it mode.

Bob


Wed May 20 2015 6:46 am EST

it's way past time for the nyr to score more than 3 goals....tonight should be that night......

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 6:45 am EST

a little past humor to lighten up the day......http://nypost.com/2015/05/14/how-rangers-fans-are-gloating-over-ovechkins-demise/

stevielegs


Wed May 20 2015 6:34 am EST

mf - KESSEL has a cap hit of $8 mill per, so he's actually more expensive than NASH...and I'm not sure it's just the team he's with --doubt it is --but he doesn't play a lick of defense. NTM, the guy has been dogged for years with a reputation as someone who could be an elite athlete...CROSBY-like if you will, but absolutely refuses to keep himself in prime conditioning...that said, I've always been intrigued by Kessel...and I'll point this out...in 21 playoff games with the Leafs and the Bruins, he has 22 points and 13 goals...that latter stat is nearly twice what Nash as scored in 55 playoff appearances...

tdchi


Wed May 20 2015 12:13 am EST

Bigness not binges!

Nick


Wed May 20 2015 12:12 am EST

Hawk head butt goal disallowed ... Funny the Hawks radio guys were laughing hard about the whole thing waiting for the call despite the binges of the game ... Had truly never seen such a move ever.

Nick


Tue May 19 2015 11:52 pm EST

Gotta be rooting for Chicago to even that series up.....Let them beat the ducks in 7 games and come into MSG on June 1st looking like mince meat

TradeStar28


Tue May 19 2015 11:39 pm EST

Well never mind on Kessel then. Forgot that part. He's a project of sorts anyway. I'm just sick of Rick. Maybe it will turn around. What's that definition of insanity again? Anyway, Hawks Ducks going to second OT.

Nick


Tue May 19 2015 11:30 pm EST

MF... Cap Hits are static unless the team trading him retains part of said cap hit in a deal. Please, please, please let's not do the endless parade of silly Nash trade proposals. In regard to the Knicks, they were in last place for most of the season, but ended winning one more game than the Timberwolves(who ended up in first). How did the Knick brain trust let that happen?

Rhet0ric


Tue May 19 2015 11:15 pm EST

Coach says Rangers won't win if Nash slump persists........ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=768224&navid=DL|NHL|home

mf


Tue May 19 2015 11:06 pm EST

http://nypost.com/2015/05/19/lottery-heatbreak-knicks-fall-to-no-4-in-nba-draft/

mf


Tue May 19 2015 11:04 pm EST

excuse me: Kessel is signed for 7 mores years and owed $54mill... Does that mean his cap hit to us would be $54mill divided by 7, or $7.1428 mill per? (thank you)

mf


Tue May 19 2015 10:59 pm EST

Nick: Kessel is signed for eith more years at a cap hit of $8mill per.. See the link below and toggle the ""show players salaries / cap hits"" on the right side.... http://www.hockeybuzz.com/cap-central/team.php?team=TOR

mf


Tue May 19 2015 10:45 pm EST

I'd do Nash for Kessel. He wouldn't have to be the man here because we have some balance and he makes $2.5 million less and he's three years younger and his PO stats are 22 games, 13-8-21. Sign me up. I hope Nash scores ten goals in the rest of the games and then we dump him. No sentiment here for the guy.

Nick


Tue May 19 2015 10:18 pm EST

http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/new-oilers-coach-mclellan-its-not-about-playoffs-its-about-building-a-foundation/

mf


Tue May 19 2015 10:11 pm EST

http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/senators-owner-eugene-melnyk-undergoes-successful-liver-transplant/

mf


Tue May 19 2015 9:47 pm EST

We just need to say bon voyage to MSL & Boyle and have the Cap Increase to $75mill...... Then we should be able to buy a "vowel." :-)

mf


Tue May 19 2015 9:32 pm EST

mf.....Habs aint trading MaxPac for Ricky Bob............but the leafs may trade Phil Kessel for him.....lol

TradeStar28


Tue May 19 2015 9:27 pm EST

Come to think of it.....we all do it for free on here....especially Yorkie ; )

TradeStar28


Tue May 19 2015 9:27 pm EST

Y18: we still need his 60 or more points for the journey to playoffs.. I could envision Hayes, and a year of maturation by the youngins making up for MSL & now that Yandle is here, Boyle.... But to replace Nash, we'd need some offense in return.... Could Sather Gomez the Frogs into a Nash for Pacioretty deal ?? I'd take a gander on that trade, 4+ years younger & $3.3mill less expensive... Anyone willing to drive Nash to Montreal?

mf


Tue May 19 2015 9:26 pm EST

Every time i watch NFL Hard Knocks on HBO during the summer.....i always noticed the football coaches have a battalion of specific coaches that analyze video until the wee hours of night. Do the NHL teams do the same shit? For example....lets say someone was paid to break down certain aspects of the game....like Nash's shot selection.....couldnt they come up with a better strategy? Better positioning without puck? Areas to take the puck to gain more space? There is about 100 guys on this Wall who would do that job for the NYR's for 100 grand a year salary....lolz

TradeStar28


Tue May 19 2015 9:22 pm EST

Nash has 50 shots.......it would be cool if someone put a video together with the 48 that didn't go in so we can see.....lolz

TradeStar28


Tue May 19 2015 9:03 pm EST

JKROP said it and it's so true Nash has this new thing of skating over the blue line and ripping a slap shot with no one going to the net and the goalie seeing the shot clear as day and he shoots it one stride over the blue line a seriously low percentage chance.

York18


Tue May 19 2015 9:01 pm EST

tradestar: I hear you.. I'm still pissed at last nights so called effort....As for next season, I think the best we can hope for is shedding the two seniors, MSL & Dan Boyle, which would bring us to $14-$15mill in cap room... It will take that amount and a small increase in the Cap itself to get everyone signed, but I think we (Sather & Co.) can do it

mf


Tue May 19 2015 8:53 pm EST

One thing i did notice about Nash that was uncharacteristic of his game was him going after Orpik once in Round 2 and Hedman (last night) with a run at them behind the net and both D-men were in vulnerable positions whereas a successful hit would have injured both of them. Sorta like what Tom Wilson did to Visnovsky. Only difference is that orpik and hedman are 3x bigger.....lol..........So reading the metrics about how great Stralman is to the success of TB, I hope that Nash catches Stralman and possibly puts him out a few games. Or maybe Tyler Johnson just because he has that Scottie Gomez smirk

TradeStar28


Tue May 19 2015 8:47 pm EST

Reading all the Ricky Nash smash bash trash on here......I am pretty much over it. The only thing i can do is root for the guy to help us score and win. Anything else is worthless.....he won't pick up his game because i am pissed. At the same time, it will be easy to define the main reason(s) of failure if the Rangers do not hoist the cup in 2015 if this lack of scoring continues.

TradeStar28


Tue May 19 2015 8:43 pm EST

mf.....Rangers aint gonna trade Henrik ever......Hank has the "Jeter key" to the city except no Championships and he didn't bang Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johanssen and Jessica Biel

TradeStar28


Tue May 19 2015 8:40 pm EST

As mentioned....its pretty amazing that the Rangers are in the ECF with series tied 1-1 and Nash has 2 goals, MSL has 0 goals, Zucc has 0 goals and hasn't played in 9 of the 14 games due to injury! No goals from Girardi, Yandle, Klein, Staal and the team averaging 2 goals per game.

TradeStar28


Tue May 19 2015 8:17 pm EST

Hey now, please don't leave Hank out of that conversation.. At 33 years of age, 5 & 1/3rd years older, and "currently" $7 million more than Talbot for next year and 5 more to boot, Hanky boy may fetch a significant player while relieving cap pressure... Allow a loyal CJC member to ramble on; I was pissed that the Senators signed Matt O'Connor because they have like 4-5 candidates vying for the 2 starting & backup goaltender positions... Was thinking that Hanky Boy could fetch us RHS Center Mikka Zibanejad and one of their guys like Craig Anderson ($4.2mill for 3 more yrs) back in return, or Robyn Lehner ($2.25mill for the next 2yrs)….... We may have to toss in a forward like, Miller or The Lindberg baby, maybe we don't, but if we did, I'd expect a player, prospect or pick coming our way too..... Hanky has that NMC/NTC BS that we would have to deal with, and I'd be shocked if he & Mrs. Hanky would agree to Ottawa, but you never know....... A more likely scenario “MAY” be that if we can’t come to terms with Stepan at a price where we can’t get everyone signed and have a small cushion, we could try to offer Ottawa some sort of deal that includes STEPAN for Zibanejad…. I’m not purporting trading Stepan here..

mf


Tue May 19 2015 6:44 pm EST

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2469164-rangers-rick-nash-must-start-producing-like-a-superstar-soon-in-2015-playoffs

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 6:21 pm EST

right on Stevielegs

jkropp


Tue May 19 2015 5:38 pm EST

McDonagh: "We've got to give ourselves a better chance that that and keep this dream alive." Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord AV does not anticipate Zuccarello resuming skating with the Rangers while in Tampa for Games 3/4.

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 5:01 pm EST

gresh I don't think the ice was good last night. they had a brigade of ice boys in synchronized shovels on skates every time out....York I agree. Unless MSL wtfu, he has to stop playing, and I would hope he knows that. Nash is unfortunately that guy. He plays by the The Marquess of Queensberry rules in the playoffs. I'm pretty sure he's knows nothing about fear or pain, he's just afraid of getting hurt......why he can't do it in the playoffs is beyond comprehension. ...but he faded in the last month, and continues to do so.....those two need intense shrink sessions, and a kick in their asses.....

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 4:49 pm EST

STEVIE you can't keep a guy because he scores one goal. I don't care if it's the game winner for the cup, you don't keep someone based on one goal. How long did this team have to pay for Messier winning a cup? The answer is way too long. They score the game winner great, they get their name on the cup, in MSLs case he gets another ring, and Nash would get his first. With MSL you have to cut bait and run he is done. Nash comes the question of do you want a guy who disappears EVERY spring? Is he being paid to just help the team make the playoffs? If thats the case then he's doing his job and that's that, but you need someone else who can turn it up come playoffs to replace his lack of offense every spring.

York18


Tue May 19 2015 4:43 pm EST

Will ice conditions be a factor down in Tampa? Temps are gonna be in the 90's all week. Does this help or hinder us against the bolts? Or is it a non factor? Ola - you made a good point when you said Nash is trying too hard to get to the net. I think you're correct that he should let his linemates do the grinding and trail the play. Look for that quick wrist shot off a pass.

Greschner4


Tue May 19 2015 4:30 pm EST

I would venture to say the nyr are the worst team with a 5-3 pp....they pass and pass and pass and pass etc...3 passes tops, SHOOT THE PUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...thanks to ahkneel the pp coach......maybe he picked up a few pointers last night from the nutsnbolts....

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 4:18 pm EST

moof a sucker is born everyday......pt Barnum and bailey.....wc fields was one of the best jugglers of his time.....now they better jump thru hoops of fire......

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 4:14 pm EST

Wrong again LEGS, you told them to go for "The Juggler," (go read your post) the Rangers were in Hartford chasing the circus. Thanks a lot pal... :-)

mf


Tue May 19 2015 3:40 pm EST

Moof there were about 6 guys in my row who constantly got up and came back with 2 beers each they must have spent over $100 each on beers and the killer is they could have gone out the other way where 2 guys were sitting instead 4 people had to get up every 15 minutes to let them in and out. Those mfers were the fin jinx. I hope they peed their pants before they got home.

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 3:26 pm EST

http://i.tsn.ca/story/?id=537155<br/><br/>C'Mon Ref: Did Killorn interfere with St. Louis? #TSN

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 3:02 pm EST

Stevie: It's obvious that you didnt drink enough beer and make more trips to the latrine.. Had you done so, the Rangers would have scored more in your absence.. Get with the program...

mf


Tue May 19 2015 3:00 pm EST

Moof Veenknow continues to ride the horses that got him to the derby .. Fast or slow ..... Why I'm not sure.... Maybe he should visit a psychic ... A least get the winner of tomorrow's race....

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 2:59 pm EST

I don't care if Nash doesn't score unless it's on a breakaway, then I care... In the meantime, he's got to draw some double coverage and find an open man for a shot, or another pass that leads to a good shot... I'll take a bushel of secondary assists from the guy all playoffs long and be fine with it....

mf


Tue May 19 2015 2:57 pm EST

Following that logic the nyr have to come in first in the playoffs... They all have to contribute to team success .... If they win most will be forgotten.... I don't anyone's minds will change on guys like Nash Msl et al even if they score the tying and winning goals to win it all....

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 2:56 pm EST

Put MSL on the 4th line RW centered by Sheppard & LW Glass.. Remake the top 3 lines as you wish with Miller in the top 9, we should be fine......

mf


Tue May 19 2015 2:50 pm EST

I'm sorry ... the Nasher has GOT to score. Everyone works and checks in the POs; he doesn't get extra credit for it. A 42-goal man cannot score at a ten-goal pace. Of course it's tougher in the playoffs, but come on. The body of work speaks for itself. Some other guys around the league struggle at times but seriously: 39 games this year and last, and FIVE goals? It's a damned miracle we are still playing given this performance.

Nick


Tue May 19 2015 2:00 pm EST

For the record, I really like NASH but man, I don't care if other teams are playing you very well, if you want to lift that cup you need to do what you do best. He hasn't and you can't tell me he has.

jkropp


Tue May 19 2015 1:58 pm EST

This is a Nash bash, they are winning despite his horrible performance scoring in the PO's. MSL sucks too. I can't see taking him out because you have to give him the benefit of the doubt as he has earned that but damn he's been bad. Stay on your feet man.

jkropp


Tue May 19 2015 1:56 pm EST

Also, Malkin, Crosby and OV didn't score enough and that's one of the reasons they are sitting at home.

jkropp


Tue May 19 2015 1:55 pm EST

Wildcard, this is not my first rodeo. What would you say if Messier had 2 or 3 goals in the 1994 PO's? What would you say if Brian Leetch didn't score but played well defensively? What about Bure? What about Sakic? Lemeuix? Gretzky? Hull? Come on man, NASH is a major disappointment when it comes to scoring and if he doesn't start lighting the lamp they are not lifting the CUP.

jkropp


Tue May 19 2015 1:50 pm EST

jk: Really? Maklin, Crosby, OV, Stamkos in the first round, and so far this first 2 games (he had a punk hit him and go in, thats not skill thats puck luck) Backstrom against the Rangers. Come on those guys are world class, and guess what, they are not/did not get much done. It takes an entire team effort for players to get goals in the post season. Nash is having trouble, and as I said he needs to play better, but to pretend that its somehow all him, but on the other side of things, its all the D if its the other teams player. This is what it is in some part, a Nash bash fest by fans who need to have someone to bash or they feel incomplete. Nash is one of the targets, and part of it is real, but part of it is silliness. Nash has had a defensive player within a sticks length of him at almost every moment, despite that he is still getting chances and creating space for his teammates, and Brass has been the beneficiary of some of that. There is still time, again he needs to overcome it. But to act like everything for Nash is easier than it is for the other top guys in the NHL is silly.

Wildcard


Tue May 19 2015 1:44 pm EST

Not that I agree with everything Larry Brooks writes...but: http://nypost.com/2015/05/19/this-disappearing-non-scoring-rick-nash-isnt-good-enough/

jkropp


Tue May 19 2015 1:34 pm EST

Once again, I did NOT predict the Rangers would finish out of the POs. I said I didn't see enough guarantee that they wouldn't at the time the MSL trade was made (February 2014, a full 16 months away from the end of the regular season this season) to risk giving up a pick that could end up being Connor McDavid. If McDavid had been available last June when the concern about a non-PO finish for Rangers was negligible, then giving up 2014's first from that perspective was reasonable.

RF4L


Tue May 19 2015 1:33 pm EST

Wildcard, with all do respect, you're a bit off. Nash is a superstar and he is a sniper. He has 2 goals in this playoffs and has a history of not scoring in the PO. Time to call a spade a spade. He can't get it done in the PO's when it comes to scoring. Big time players find a way, they always do.

jkropp


Tue May 19 2015 1:31 pm EST

And stop rating players based on cost? Huh? What does that mean? And BTW, I can rate any player on anything I so choose. Tis my right to do so. Maybe you should stop being so bossy!

RF4L


Tue May 19 2015 1:31 pm EST

RF4L: Ahhh...so all those times you were just saying that if the Rangers missed the pick would have a chance at the number 1 overall? Got it...you didn't feel that way at all...sure. Alright....whatever...but you argued that the Rangers would be sneaking into the playoffs and you wouldn't be shocked if they missed. We went rounds about it...so sure, you can go ahead and say thats not the case...but it is.

Wildcard


Tue May 19 2015 1:28 pm EST

and here is something I love. Crosby and Malkin can't get scoring going in round 1= Rangers great D. OVand Backstrom in the 2nd round= Rangers great D. Stamkos can't get going int he first round=Detroit great D. Nash can't get going= Nash sucks. the difference? 1-Your a Rangers fan 2-You a Ranger hating type like the bald headed prick between the benches. Not to say Nash is playing great with getting chances, but to ignore the fact that the other teams are keying on him is silly. Its the Reason Brass has been able to score, and the 2nd line has had chances. Because the top D pair, and best D line are out against Nash whenever possible. When a top player from another team can't get goals everyone talk about how there is no room, how the game changes and you can't score as much, and how top Dpairs can shut a guy down, and again, with Nash its 100% on Nash...for some magical reason, the style of game and being hounded by top D every second isn't supposed to affect his play. Again, he needs to do more, but lets be realistic here. He has had some great chances, he has driven the net with and without the puck, he was responsible for screening the goalie on a goal last round or maybe the Rangers are not even in this series and he is still looking like more of a threat than he did last playoffs. You know he is not he ice, he is finishing checks, and working hard to get open. The problem is, other teams still are not taking Kreider and Stepan serious enough, more do they think Hayes is a big enough threat, so they can focus on Nash, fully. If Kreider starts to score more often, and Stepan can keep his play up, they will have two choices, let those guys keep killing them, or give Nash a little more room. So far the Rangers haven't made them pay for focusing on Nash, once they do, its golf time for Tampa.

Wildcard


Tue May 19 2015 1:28 pm EST

Wild: I never predicted the Rangers finishing out of the POs. If you're going to oppose my arguments, fine, but don't trot out false recollections to belittle my points. All that does is make you look foolish. To help with your hazy memory, my argument against including this year's first rounder was the fact that with this draft, all PO teams now have an opportunity to land the first overall selection and with a generational player like McDavid available, that was just plain dumb. Almost as dumb as inexplicably coughing up 2 firsts (plus Callahan) for an aging tiny winger who listed but a single team in his 'trade me or else' demands. I called out this trade as bad for those 2 reasons when it went down and while I cannot recall if you were included, I got lambasted on here for it, to the point where I was insulted and belittled. Given your stroking of all things Rangers (except for MZA for some puzzling reason) you no doubt were in that group. Guess what? Yes the first concern wasn't realized (thank goodness), although as I recall in early December the Rangers were hardly in a PO comfortable spot. The second reason, however, sure is being realized, just as I figured it would. Regarding Yandle, he wasn't brought in at a ridiculous cost for next year - he was brought in for this year to help the team's inept PP and in general produce more offense from the defense. Guess what? He's failed miserably at the first and is more often than not a liability in his own end, to the point where in the previous series the coach had to drastically cut back his icetime.

RF4L


Tue May 19 2015 1:25 pm EST

OLA, I get your point but most goals are scored in front of the net. You have a better chance of scoring if you sit in front of the net. I hear where you're coming from but he's also getting a ton of bad luck. Something has to give...

jkropp


Tue May 19 2015 1:24 pm EST

tdchi, Ola - I tried to scroll down but couldn't find the post "...I only shutter to think if what Ola said is true...that the guy brought an ego with him to NYC and isn't very well liked..."...Ola would you mind re-pasting that post? I am interested in seeing this.

DREW


Tue May 19 2015 1:22 pm EST

I noticed that Stepan talked about "learning" to score in the POs. He said that he struggled in two POs and spent a lot of time thinking what he could do diffrently and how he now have find a way. As a center and on the line he is on, Stepan obviously got a good source for offense by being the trailer that comes in late picking up loose pucks and just putting them home. But there still is some essence in what he said. The game is different and its all about finding ways that work and keep going back to them. From my POV its very obvious that NASH is going way too much to the net. Some puck could hit you and go in, but you won't score much going to the net out there at this point of the season. I wonder/question how hands on our coaches are with this. A player on each line always have to go to the net, that way he opens up ice for the other players on the ice. To get chances Nash needs to back down a lot more often and come in as the trailer or even look for a one timer where the open ice is, ie further from the net, much more often. His unit must become much more dynamic and active at changing positions and challening the D to open things up. I can understand some things, and especially how AV really isn't interested in shaking things up to get individual players going. But there are definitly things that could improve on the ice. Do we have the know hind behind the bench to get that going? Is it the players fault because they just don't get the message?

Ola


Tue May 19 2015 1:18 pm EST

Ola: Re don't pressbox MSL. Of course I see the logic in your argument and doubtless, so does AV. I guess it comes down to what you ultimately think of MSL as he is today - is he struggling as goal scorers are apt to do and a goal or 2 would end the issue? Or is he simply out of gas/over the hill. I am so hoping it's the former but strongly suspect it's the latter. I've always admired MSL (for obvious reasons) and don't want to be yelling at him as I watch him whiff on a chance, avoid physical contact and just generally accomplish nothing. But I am, more and more. Of course it helps zero that the Rangers seem intent on winning any of their PO games by a single goal.

RF4L


Tue May 19 2015 1:17 pm EST

Someone needs to tell Nash he is not going to score coming down the left side of the ice shooting from right outside the blueline with nobody in front of the goalie. He does it again and again...maybe he is looking to get a faceoff for his team that's really awesome at faceoffs. ;) (actually they weren't bad last night, go figure)

jkropp


Tue May 19 2015 1:15 pm EST

RF4L: well I guess Yandle will turn out to be awesome for the Rangers...well if you guesswork stays the same. You started the season with the Rangers MISSING the playoffs, due to the fluke run last season, and TBL having the first overall after they won the lottery with the Rangers pick, that clearly was a wife miss by you, than it was an early exit due to MSL, again a wild miss, now Yandle is already a bad trade. How bout this. Try waiting until things pan out. Also, stop rating players based on cost and start rating them based on play and impact. abyone can pick out the bad plays and declare a player a bad pickup...that's easy. Hard is breaking down a players shifts, what they did right and wrong over time. Anything positive about a player you dislike you brush aside along with anything negative about a player you like. The Rangers have been to a SCF and are currently tied in the ECF with MSL. Let's not pretend he is some terrible anchors dragging the team down to a crap level, that argument doesn't hold wate...at all.

Wildcard


Tue May 19 2015 1:14 pm EST

mfred I should have known you were there too...no wonder they lost -;)

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 1:12 pm EST

Agreed that if the Rangers win the cup what was given up to get any (or all) of the costly trio is moot. In the meantime, however, it is painful to watch. I concur Nash is playing very well minus his pathetic goal scoring feats but as many have said on here, you don't pay a player $7,800,000 to be defensively aware. 28 goals in 14 PO games isn't on only him, but IMO he's at the end of the guilty pack on this one. And this misery goes back to include the last quarter of the regular season. I am starting to see the argument about looking to move him this summer if the Rangers fail in their cup quest and his paltry goal scoring output isn't rectified. Of course, so much easier said than done given 1) his salary 2) the remaining term on that contract 3) the fact that his struggles aren't occurring in a vacuum and 4) his no trade/movement clause. Simply put, regardless of how these POs end up, I fully expect him back in a Ranger jersey next fall.

RF4L


Tue May 19 2015 1:12 pm EST

Ola - not finding any net? He's not even getting shots on net.

tdchi


Tue May 19 2015 1:09 pm EST

RF4L - sure sizing up that way...though right now, here's the full tally: DUBINSKY, ANISIMOV, ERIXON, RYCHEL, CALLAHAN, HO-SANG(or John MacLEOD and Dominik MASIN) , John MOORE, and DUCLAIR...plus a late first rounder, a late second rounder, and a seventh rounder this year...I will say this though: The Nash deal did bring back the pick through which the Rangers drafted BUCHNEVICH...and while I'm still not 100 percent sold on the kid, he's got incredible skills...probably more so than anyone the Rangers gave up in any of those deals to date...I'm far less concerned about the Yandle deal because I suspect he ends up traded next season at some point for a haul similar to what the Rangers gave up...hell, given his performance, he could find himself on the block THIS season, considering he'd offer a team a puck mover for $2.5 million and the option to keep him longer...that's worth at least a first rounder and a prospect...And Nash, as someone somewhat eloquently put it, he at least helped the Rangers get to the dance and, despite not fulfilling even a fraction of his duty as the team's top scorer, has played well...And if the Rangers want, I'm sure they could find a buyer for Nash...they won't get back what they traded for him, but I could see a team easily trading a first rounder and very good young player for him...but the MSL deal...the verdict is basically in...barring some very unforeseen heroics, he's done nothing to help the team and in fact, has done a lot to hurt them...I only shutter to think if what Ola said is true...that the guy brought an ego with him to NYC and isn't very well liked...A lot of the apologists of that deal fell back on this logic: CALLY was going to leave no matter what and we would have lost him for nothing...I caught myself thinking nothing would be head and shoulders above what we got last night...at this point, when ZUCC comes back, MSL would be my choice for a scratch. I know AV doesn't want to be that guy, but he's become that much of a liability. He needs the bench for at least a game. Maybe if he rests for a few days he can come back stronger. I doubt it, but it's worth a try...regardless, I'd say this will be his last season as a Ranger...and the bummer is, there's no way to recoup any of what they traded for him.

tdchi


Tue May 19 2015 1:09 pm EST

I am a little annoyed, because I think very little is going our way in a few areas and if anything we as a team are failing both here and there while getting past only on a sound fundamental game and some extreme resiliance. Extremely important game yesterday and we lay another egg. The wrong players screw up and even the wrong players get the bounces lol (no matter how, a goal for MSL would be real important obviously). People can crap on our PP all they want, but I think it really has done a lot of good things to, but looking at like a 5 year period its like we can't buy some confidence here either and fundamentally thats one of the biggest faults with our PP. Just bad self-esteem. Then there are other issues with the PP of course, but its worse than it should be so to speak. Not even HANK is having an easy time. No SOs for him so far because every game almost a puck with eyes seem to come at him. We had "luck" in the OT against Washington IMO. But theres a helluva lot of other areas where a strong argument could be made that we are deserving of more than we are getting. Its really annoying because if we only could get a few things going our way here we got a real good shot at the Cup IMO.

Ola


Tue May 19 2015 1:05 pm EST

JFC31 and stievielegs agree with both of your posts...Nash did not play soft...played a good game BUT.....and yes they were really sloppy, puck looked like a hand grenade for most of the night....

MelvilleFred


Tue May 19 2015 1:05 pm EST

RF4L, I agree with you BUT if the Rangers in the CUP this year it won't matter...it really won't.

jkropp


Tue May 19 2015 1:03 pm EST

MSL has a wicked and fast shot, he just aint finding any net. Obviously his confidence is low.

Ola


Tue May 19 2015 1:02 pm EST

I keep waiting for it but it never happens...MSL & NASH. I don't care that NASH is doing "everything", he is paid to score. IF Rangers don't win the CUP this year and these two continue to not score...don't resign MSL and TRADE NASH. I'm sick of it.

jkropp


Tue May 19 2015 1:02 pm EST

RF4L- I don't know about scratching MSL, we need him going and the question is how you best get him going. I think MSL has looked better at times and created more chances, but he isn't burying them. For both Nash and MSL I think its more about these guys getting something to build on. With Nash for example, its like he is obssesed with going to the net. You -- never -- see him trying to get open on the out side with his stick on the ice looking for a pass while someone else is going to the net. Teams aren't giving up ice 6 feets away from the goalie, someone needs to go to the net but its the 3rd forward (ie the player that doesn't have the puck and doesn't go to the net) -- like Step and Brass has been a few times these POs -- that has a chance to get open and score goals.

Ola


Tue May 19 2015 1:02 pm EST

Was at the game last night....unfortunately!! The Boyle fuck-up pass to St. Louis that led to Marty falling on his ass and led to the 5 on 3 shorthanded score for the Boltz was a killer.....but I state the obvious. Good to get a game like this out of the way. Re-sets the metrics of winning all those 1 goal games. If we go down 3-1 in games to these guys were are not coming back.....sorry but that's the reality. Waiting for Bishop to return to Earth.....why do we always make guys like Holtby and Bishop look like the second coming of Dominick Hsasek?!

MelvilleFred


Tue May 19 2015 12:47 pm EST

TD: Re MSL - why AV trots him out there over and over (especially on the top PP unit) is beyond me and indefensible IMO. I, too, would pressbox him for Ryan Bourque. The latter may not produce much more offense but certainly would bring way more energy, but far more defensively aware and would probably forecheck like a demon. And to think the Rangers still own their first rounder next month to complete the deal. What a horrible trade. The Yand-away deal is starting to shape up as something similar too. Nash + MSL + Yandle = 4 first rounders (consecutive to boot), 2 regulars, a former captain and a prized prospect. Geeesh...

RF4L


Tue May 19 2015 12:46 pm EST

carpy...10) Daily Nash-O-Meter. Rick Nash had that short-handed breakaway to tie the game, made a decent shot, Bishop made a good save. But that’s not enough anymore. The Rangers need goals from him now and going forward. Their two-per-game thing is largely on him. I still say he’s not soft, and that he’s playing well. But that is not cutting it. His team needs him to score. I will add this, again, and I know that the PP scored twice and has had some big goals in the playoffs, but Nash needs to be put in a spot where he can get shots on the PP. He’s not great in front of the net, or in the corner. He’s just not. What other team utilizes its best goal-scorer worse? - See more at: http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/19/game-2-rangers-lightning-in-review/#sthash.pQI87HKg.dpuf

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 12:27 pm EST

Agree with Wild and TD and said same thing last night....the Rangers gave that game away, Tampa did not take it. That entire game was an abomination of sloppiness and TAmpa was simply less bad and more opportunistic than we were....or rather, made the most of their opportunities helped by our guys giving the puck away and crashing into our own goalie. I see no reason we can't beat these guys handily if we play our best.

JFC31


Tue May 19 2015 11:57 am EST

http://m.thestar.com/#/author/arthur_bruce.html?referrer=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FJ5c2rVJQg5......" So, we have a series. A couple weeks ago I asked a hockey man why so many penalties were let go in the playoffs and was told, because they can’t call 400 interference calls a night. Well, calls were made Monday night, and mistakes were, too. Let’s all do it again real soon."

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 11:42 am EST

@AGrossRecord Have arrived in Tampa. Rangers' media access at 6 p.m. Team is not skating today. ....wtfn? .....bag skate.....cookies and milk?......call the lost and found for guts......chutzpah.....

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 11:07 am EST

can't let them be 3 for 6 on the pp...game over lights out.....the refs called 11 nyr 2-5.....wafj.......did those 2 ref any crapitol games ? ......

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 11:07 am EST

So I guess the takeaway now is that ST. LOUIS, if he hasn't punched his ticket out of New York yet, he's pretty damn close to doing it now...I never thought I'd say this, but Tanner GLASS is a better player than he is at this point. My thinking has been largely that St. Louis' fate would be decided by whether the Rangers win the cup...but at this point, I'm not sure they'd resign him under any condition...it's pretty clear he's not going to break out...the guy is missing WIDE open nets...he's all but useless on the PP...he can't play through traffic anymore...honestly, at this point I'd rather have Ryan BOURQUE on the ice than him...I mean, we get on NASH for not scoring...but at least he's not a liability...MSL is a trainwreck and making that trade look worse and worse every day...I'd take his $5.6 million salary and give it out in raises to the players who deserve it(STEP, HAGELIN)...then fill his shoes with whoever...I'm astonished his ass is continually marched out there.

tdchi


Tue May 19 2015 10:59 am EST

DREW - Wild is ABSOLUTELY right...that game wasn't nearly as much won by the Bolts as it was lost by the Rangers. Though they had their moments, the Rangers played probably their worst game since they lost against the Penguins in round 1...error begot turnover begot Bolts powerplay begot goals...first, let's start with the low-hanging fruit: Marty ST. LOUIS. He misses a gaping net to start the period and then had that absolutely awful fumble on the 5-on-3. Bam. One goal. Then let's move to STAAL'S blown tire...an easy keep in ordinarily turns into another goal...that's two goals purely a result of errors we don't see the Rangers make too often...then let's move into the undisciplined penalties...in the Rangers VERY limited defense, the stripes were calling that game like a regular season match during the first 30 minutes. Calls they were letting go all playoffs were suddenly drawing penalties...but there was more then enough stupid shit...KREIDER'S penalty was just mindnumbingly stupid. I mean, you have the guy in a headlock...what do you think the ref is going to do? Then BRASSARD with his high stick on KILLORN...know its a battle, but you got to have your stick somewhat under controll...I won't bash GLASS too much, because by that point, the game was out of reach...but there you have ANOTHER two goals that were easily preventable by the Rangers playing disciplined hockey like they normally do...so that's FIVE goals the Rangers basically let happen with their shit play. There was no excuse for it...and I tell you what: We can blame the refs all we want in that one...they might have contributed...but they didn't lose the game for the Rangers...the Rangers ceded that one to Tampa, hands down. BISHOP was good and he kept them in the game...but it was the Rangers who lost it, not the Bolts who seized it.

tdchi


Tue May 19 2015 10:52 am EST

IMO, it's a worthless waste of energy to fret over individual missed calls (or dumb ones) because the state of the NHL officiating is pathetic and there's always going to be something to get upset about. It's to no avail because Buttphuck and company seem to have no interest in addressing it. I also believe the incompetency affects both teams - sometimes in an individual game one team more than the other. With all due respect of course....

RF4L


Tue May 19 2015 10:40 am EST

There is no excuse for the no call on the trip of Moore. The Stepan trip was also bogus, as was the high stick that still has not touched Filppula, but those 2 are much more difficult for the refs to discern. To ignore the blatant trip of Moore tells you all you need to know about those 2 referees. They should be done for the year. With all of that, to be down 3-2 to start the 3rd having played like crap makes me less worried. Think of all the screw ups that happened in the first 2 periods. Not to mention the "return to the old rules" that occurred in this game. The NHL management is clueless.

Bob


Tue May 19 2015 10:37 am EST

No team with any self respect get's to the 3rd round of the playoffs and shits the ice like the Rangers did last night...There is absolutely NO leadership on this team...It was every-man for himself and the resulting penalties/goals were a prime example of it...Hell, things were so bad that they didn't even have Dancing Larry...Oh, the humanity!

RF73


Tue May 19 2015 10:32 am EST

trade maybe the ref didn't call it because of embellishment...they fell for it too many times earlier.....those 2 shouldn't ref another playoff game.....they helped decide the outcome......

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 10:29 am EST

Good read.... Sloppy penalties, uncharacteristic mistakes haunt New York Rangers in Game 2 loss to Tampa Bay Lightning.... http://web.yesnetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150518&content_id=125229638&oid=0

Rhet0ric


Tue May 19 2015 10:28 am EST

"Both Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and captain Ryan McDonagh calle out the team for its poor play. McDonagh termed the Rangers’ play “embarrassing” and used the word “selfish” to describe some of the penalties the team took. Vigneault mentioned twice the need for the Rangers’ top players to produce. “It’s embarrassing,” McDonagh said. “There are a lot of things you want to say right now but talking doesn’t do much. Our guys better figure it out quickly here and realize that stupid, selfish penalties are going to cost us against this team. They have too much skill, shooting ourselves in the foot from the very first few minutes, that is not going to give us a chance to win. “At the end of the day, it’s 3-2 going into the third after all that sloppiness,” the captain added. “We continued to be undisciplined. We continued to not play hard in front of our net. And these guys are going to make us pay.” "...the pots calling the kettles.....try leading during the game instead of talking smack after the game.....the whole fish stunk up the garden.....atrocious.....call the missing guts department.....buy some chutzpah.......guess veenknow was saving his timeout for ot instead of at 4-2.......5-2......

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 10:25 am EST

The only thing that sits in my mind after last nights loss is.......What would have transpired if the ref made the "right call" when Dom Moore was tripped in the late 2nd period when the Rangers were down 3-2 and were buzzing like bees. As much as we don't know how the right call may have had an impact on a different ending........we do know that the bullshit trip call on Stepan was the wrong call and that gave the Lightning the ability to go up 2-1 right after Kreider gave the team energy with the goal that made it 1-1. So basically.......score is 1-1, ref makes wrong call , TB gets PP and score. Then score is 3-2 , ref makes wrong call but not making a call. But of these occurred at PIVOTAL time in the game. So yes , the Rangers deserved to lose....they looked like shit. But we will never know what may have transpired if the "right calls" were made.

TradeStar28


Tue May 19 2015 10:19 am EST

*not going our way

TradeStar28


Tue May 19 2015 10:19 am EST

Rhet....i wouldn't read into anything that anyone says in the media. It is just a waste of time. My suggestion is to just put the game on at 8pm on game night and enjoy the time up until then doing something that won't get you upset. I don't listen to sports radio, i hate pre-game shows, i hate post game shows (even when Rangers win).......Basically i just watch the games and come on here and either cheer with ya'll or be a lil' beeyotch when things are going our way! : )

TradeStar28


Tue May 19 2015 10:08 am EST

McGuire also said that the Lightning lost game 1 because of their own mistakes.... I didn't think I could like the guy any less.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 19 2015 10:06 am EST

According to Pierre McGuire ...."last night’s dominant victory by the Lighting was due to their performance and not a lack of effort on the Rangers part." On the Rangers mistakes, Tampa “forced a lot those mistakes” and drew them into “silly and selfish penalties.”...I have to ask.... Did he even watch the game?

Rhet0ric


Tue May 19 2015 10:00 am EST

How can any of you say that it isn't so much Tampa Bay playing great? They beat us 6-2. That has the ability to carry over into game 3. Rangers played like crap but this Tampa team is the best team we ran into. I am scared shitless that this may be it. How can we solve Bishop who covers the entire net? What works for us can work against us? Maybe Tampa is confident that they scored 6 on what people refer to as the best goaile in the league.

DREW


Tue May 19 2015 9:58 am EST

Todd McLellan will be named coach of the Edmonton Oilers today. More years of futility ahead.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 19 2015 9:41 am EST

While I don't feel MSL is done like some. It's clear he isn't the player he used to be. But he needs to sit out a game or two and get his head screwed on right. I agree with JFC, his confidence is shot, he hasn't lost the ability, he is "trying to hard" so to speak. That puck he put wide, he lacked the soft touch that his game his built on, he tried to push the puck in instead of directing on net. That's all mental, not physical.

Wildcard


Tue May 19 2015 9:38 am EST

Re watching (most of) last nights game I came away with this. It wasn't so much Tampa winning as it was the Rangers playing terrible. That's not to say if the Rangers played really well that it was a sure thing win, but it wouldn't have looked like it did on the scoreboard. Makes me feel that my Rangers in 6 guess is still holding solid. Was hoping to get both at home and split on the road, but I will take any 4 wins...

Wildcard


Tue May 19 2015 9:17 am EST

LAst night was analogous to getting sore after a hard workout....not the next days but 2 or 3 days later it hits you. THe effects of the Washington series seemed to hit us last night....the only guy with good legs was Hags. I have never seen guys like Staal and MSL just screw up a simple skating play the way those 2 did last night....rubber legs. Hopefully, we are rejuvenated tomorrow night. Tampa is not impressive in the least AFAIAC and their win tomorrow guarantees we'll have plenty of ice to skate and use our speed.

JFC31


Tue May 19 2015 9:13 am EST

And BTW, we can't get ZUCC back soon enough. MSL is in a complete and utter funk right now....a complete loss of legs, a complete loss of confidence. I have never seen a sniper miss so many golden opportunities to score as MSL has had these entire playoffs. Last night, he didn't even get a SOG on what should have been a redirect goal....he completely shanked it off the heel of his stick. His 5 on 3 gaff was an abominiation. We need to get a HEALTHY Zucc back on the line with Brass & NAsh. Hell, even a Zucc at 75% would be better than MSL at this point. Plus, it would be a big emotional lift for our boys.

JFC31


Tue May 19 2015 9:08 am EST

Last night, the Rangers collectively suffered a team brain aneurism/stroke. The result was a loss of fine motor skills and inability to think straight. That game was there for the taking, Tampa was trying to give it away and the Rangers squandered every opprtunity given to them by falling down, crashing into their own goalie, missing easy tap ins in front of the net (MSL) and failing to lift the puck on what should have been the tying goal (Fast). Add dumb-ass penalties, refs who decided not to call a clear trip on Dom Moore but call the same scenario a penalty on the Rangers TWICE and you have the GARBAGE that was last night's game. Two teams playing ugly, sloppy, garbage hockey with the RAngers not deserving to win due to their own ineptitude. They stilla re not capable of giving themselves breathing room in any series and it is a damned shame because they are making their own road to the Cup so much harder than it needs to be. They've already proven they can come back from adversity several times....it's now time for them to STOP proving that and to start proving that they have a killer instinct. I said it last night and I stand by it today....the Rangers choked last night and it was very unpleasant to watch. When you have me going to sleep instead of watching the last 12 minutes of the game, you know they looked like shit and had pissed me off to the max.

JFC31


Tue May 19 2015 8:23 am EST

Rhet don't confuse me with facts ...lol.....I washing me good luck clothes now....

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 8:21 am EST

What was this comment about in that post articke?..."Rag contraction, playing a five man goalie unit in a morgue in front of corporate Knick fans. Rupert Murdoch force them to write this dreck because if it were the Devils and all these 2-1 trap fests in front of an overpadded Flukeqvist it would be awful for hockey and the same shills would knock the Devils...... And the Rags are awful for hockey, poor Knicks fans are sleeping through games in that morgue. ..... Vaccaro is selling Edmonton 94 like he has stock in Cablevision. ".....Is that guy a frustrated Ranger fan? Why would winning the cup be the worst thing for hockey?

DREW


Tue May 19 2015 7:30 am EST

Stevie... It's actually a myth. In 1991-2, Mike Gartner had 8 Goals and 8 Assists for 16 points in 13 games in the postseason. In comparison, Mark Messier had 7 goals and 7 assists. Glen Anderson only had 3 goals and 3 assists in 23 GP in 1993-4, but he was considered clutch? Great trade.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 19 2015 7:09 am EST

Wiosa mike Gardner had a similar problem...probably why he was traded during 1994...the big easy needs to find his not so easy... And get it done...

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 7:06 am EST

14 PO games so far this spring and 28 goals in total by the Rangers. Taylor Hall would be a very welcomed addition to this club IMO. He might even manage to score in the POs, too!

RF4L


Tue May 19 2015 6:53 am EST

"The Rangers have been here before: tied at 1-1, splitting a pair of home games at Madison Square Garden to start the playoffs. Actually, they have lived here before. Ten straight series now, covering 21 years, the Rangers entered a series with home-ice advantage. Ten straight series, they have gone on the road 1-1 or worse. The last time they didn’t? It was 1994, second round against the Capitals. The Rangers outscored the Caps 11-5, and apparently used up whatever haunting images teams are supposed to fight off when they skate onto the Garden’s ice."

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 6:49 am EST

The picture tells a story... Msl can smell... http://nypost.com/2015/05/19/once-again-rangers-will-need-to-call-upon-their-resiliency/

stevielegs


Tue May 19 2015 6:20 am EST

..that should've said intimidated. YORK, I do believe that Nash is not a go-to player. Before you quickly draw up the trade deals, just remember - he may not know how to dance, but he gets the teams he's on to the dance quite well.

WIOSA


Tue May 19 2015 6:17 am EST

TX, I just think it was a perfect storm tonight. MSL showing what it's like to be intimiadated,. Staal was in another zone - not found in a hockey rink, Hayes was the gift that kept on giving - to the opposition that is, JT Miller - did he play?, Boyle didn't really screw up, that was the best that could be said, Yandle was actually doing a pretty good imitation of a defenseman, and of course HANk took the night off. Where I do think AV was outcoached was in the Caps series, choosing to put all his 'eggs' in one basket and have that basket babysit Ovechkin. He did manage to correct that. Let's hope this storm passed and we can move on to a good game three.

WIOSA


Tue May 19 2015 5:03 am EST

Here is the chicken or the egg question is Nash holding his line down, or are they holding him down? Brassard has all but disappeared along with Nash, is that a product of Nash? I just see two guys that need to go, MSL and Nash, MSL is done, and Nash disappears every spring.

York18


Tue May 19 2015 2:13 am EST

We're going to see what AV has got, his defining moment as a big time coach. He was badly out coached in G2. Cooper did what he needed to do. AS stubbornly stuck with MSL, InvisiNash, taking Brassard down with him. Does A have the naps to minimize MSL, play Fast more, etc.? 4th line was better than 1st line, so play em. Nash is gutless and MSL is toast. He has to do what's right for the team, not the player. Unfortunately I don't think he'll change/coach. Hopefully they're embarrassed and come back strong. Rangers in 7 baby!

TXRanger


Mon May 18 2015 11:59 pm EST

"(Johnson) took his game to another level tonight," offered Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault. "We need our guys to do the same thing."......they did they sunk to a lower level....

stevielegs


Mon May 18 2015 11:36 pm EST

Tampa plays 7 d and gets 6 goals

stevielegs


Mon May 18 2015 11:29 pm EST

Even with all the Msl garbage if shepherd gets that goal to tie it maybe a different outcome. They sucked 3 rd period eggs . They better figure out how bad they want to win .... Can't let the bolts get on the pp... Unacceptable

stevielegs


Mon May 18 2015 11:27 pm EST

In the words of Donnie Brasco : forget about it Move onto Game 3 Calling on St.Louis, Nash, Yandle, 4th line to get a goal

RangerGraham


Mon May 18 2015 11:01 pm EST

Before tonight MSL no shots in 3 of last 4 games....If Zucc makes it back and this guy doesn't sit it is a crime....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 10:33 pm EST

Rangers didn't look awful 5x5. Try not to be dummies, and play a good road game. They've done it tons before. Short memories, guys. Save your vocal cords for game 3.

Rexi29


Mon May 18 2015 10:30 pm EST

tlats maybe some other time brother...

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 10:29 pm EST

Nice thing is all those goals still only count for one win. Regroup and get back to winning game three. This position is quite familiar to the NYR. Lets Go Rangers!!!!!

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 10:02 pm EST

Rhet-that's the problem

DREW


Mon May 18 2015 10:01 pm EST

What is it with Game 2 .We are cursed.

rangerlou


Mon May 18 2015 10:01 pm EST

JFC - Killourn looked good tonight

DREW


Mon May 18 2015 10:00 pm EST

Can anyone explain the coach's devotion to MSL? Yes, he got pushed to the 3rd line (after sucking for 11 consecutive PO games) but he's still getting primo icetime and top PP minutes, despite 0 (ZERO) PO goals and whiff after whiff after whiff and then looking like an amateur on a 5 on 3 short handed goal.

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 10:00 pm EST

DREW... We're the muther fuggin RANGERS....They're ain't no goalie we can't make look like the second coming of Patrick Roy or Dominick Hasek.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 10:00 pm EST

What is it with Game 2 .We are cursed.

rangerlou


Mon May 18 2015 9:56 pm EST

We got our two goals ... and yet another Game 2 loss. Oh well. TB avoids getting swept. Heh, heh.

Nick


Mon May 18 2015 9:56 pm EST

I love this wall but what is this "Tampa Bay" isn't that great of a team is coming from where? They just beat the crap out of us. Now they have home ice, the best home record in the league, and a goalie we can't score on.

DREW


Mon May 18 2015 9:55 pm EST

WIOSA... I don't know, I felt we were playing better before the MSL fiasco. Who knows what might have been if it never happened? Pure conjecture on my part though.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:55 pm EST

Well, they quit playing once the 5th goal went in. THAT is embarrassing. Disgusting effort and 6 goals surrendered.

Bob


Mon May 18 2015 9:53 pm EST

My kingdom for a finisher...

Rexi29


Mon May 18 2015 9:53 pm EST

Rhett,, I guess so but this is looking a lot like the regular season. Nobody can say a "fluke goal" got the bolts this win. That's for sure. On a good note, no more 1 goal games. Oh wait, that's cause the Bolts didn't do their part, we did ours, we scored a whopping 2 goals AGAIN. Any chance Pappa Johns is paying them to keep it under 3 goals?

WIOSA


Mon May 18 2015 9:52 pm EST

Losing is bad enough, but then we got to listen to the NBC guys? Pure Torture.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:51 pm EST

Rhet: Agreed. Terrible game all around.

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 9:51 pm EST

Hank got his bad game out of the way too.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:50 pm EST

WIOSA... The Bolts did'nt look very good in the first two periods either. We just out-awfulled them.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:49 pm EST

Lord will this game not end?

WIOSA


Mon May 18 2015 9:49 pm EST

And then I ask myself, why am I still torturing myself by watching this game?

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 9:48 pm EST

RF4L, yes, this does look a lot like the games we played against Tampa in the regular season. I agree. As much as I bemoaned that fact before this series started, I had scads of people telling me that was before we hit out stride. I'll tell you, this is one win each, but we didn't look as good in our win as the Bolts are looking in theirs.

WIOSA


Mon May 18 2015 9:48 pm EST

You guys do know that a loss only counts as one, right?

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:48 pm EST

F U G L Y

tracerm


Mon May 18 2015 9:47 pm EST

Doc has officially shot his load.

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 9:47 pm EST

I had so much hope and confidence- the way the Rangers lost and Bishop's play makes me nervous that we won't see a Finals.

DREW


Mon May 18 2015 9:46 pm EST

Very undisciplined.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:46 pm EST

WIOSA: And Nash has 2 PO goals!

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 9:42 pm EST

evets... YES, AND IT'S THE MOST I'VE ENJOYED THAT CHANNEL.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:42 pm EST

Two is just not a good number for the Rangers. We cant have a 2 man advantage, we cant win the 2nd game in a row, we cant play well in the 2nd period, we cant let a period end with 2 goals scored - cause that's it, our offense goes home. This was an embarrassing loss.

WIOSA


Mon May 18 2015 9:41 pm EST

Did anyone else's NBC feed just black out?

evets1980


Mon May 18 2015 9:41 pm EST

Nash could score 2 and get us to 5-4 and it would still be called worthless because we didn't tie it.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:37 pm EST

Look for Nash to score a worthless goal with a minute left

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 9:37 pm EST

Nash....2 PO goals. MSL...0 PO goals. Yandle...19 PO giveaways. Cost? 2 regulars, the former captain, 4 firsts, a second and a prized prospect. Priceless!

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 9:36 pm EST

You bald headed beauty! (from Johnny Dangerously)

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 9:34 pm EST

jratelle: LOL..he must be stroking Pierre McGuire then!

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 9:34 pm EST

Noticed that too....nobody can seem to elevate the puck on our team

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 9:34 pm EST

Bolts were the best home team during the regular season but I believe they are only 4-3 during the playoffs....and we are a great road team

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 9:33 pm EST

Where is Pierre10 I want to feel better

DREW


Mon May 18 2015 9:33 pm EST

Emrick stroking his tool over the thought of TB getting a sixth goal.

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 9:32 pm EST

Can the NYR get the puck off the ice? EVER?

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:32 pm EST

How do we let an opponent get a hat trick in our building? Sheesh we are sucking from goal on out.

WIOSA


Mon May 18 2015 9:32 pm EST

How can they score on Bishop unless he is accidentally out of the net?

DREW


Mon May 18 2015 9:30 pm EST

Brassard should be benched. What a stupid play.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:30 pm EST

I know the Rangers are a good road tea, but aren't the Lightning the best home team?

DREW


Mon May 18 2015 9:30 pm EST

No doubt we are the better team. Stay out of he box and cut the stupid shit out and we will win this series. Man this was a cluster from the blown 5 on 3. What a downer

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 9:30 pm EST

Play with some pride these last 11 minutes and carry it over to Tampa on Wednesday, for Christ's sake.

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 9:29 pm EST

Stepan is feeling it. He and Kreider the only Rangers who showed up tonight.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:29 pm EST

Oh it's over Yogi....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 9:29 pm EST

MSL sucks.

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 9:29 pm EST

5 goals on 21 shots and not the goalie's fault. What a terrible game.

Bob


Mon May 18 2015 9:29 pm EST

Lightning may be scary, but we were a disaster for all but the last 6 minutes off the 2nd. Hank and co will be betterWednesday

ColoradoMark


Mon May 18 2015 9:28 pm EST

To quote the great Yogi Berra, it ain't over 'til it's over.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:28 pm EST

Tampa did not change its style at all....no trap. That's the only good news for the Rangers. It's gonna be man a mano.....if we actually play the way we're capable of and not the bullshit from tonight, we'll be OK. What a cluster flock this game was.

JFC31


Mon May 18 2015 9:28 pm EST

Put Talbot in....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 9:28 pm EST

And that devil fan prick emrick is practically fucking giddy with the score. He can't hide his excitement

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 9:27 pm EST

What a horrible game this turned out to be

tlats


Mon May 18 2015 9:27 pm EST

Come on Brassard!

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:26 pm EST

I was hoping that the Rangers would clinch Memorial Day Sunday - now they could be eliminated

DREW


Mon May 18 2015 9:26 pm EST

Ok Stevie....beat the traffic

TradeStar28


Mon May 18 2015 9:26 pm EST

Totally agree JFC. Disgusting. I pin my hope on they usually come back with a much better game after they shit the bed in a game. Let's hope it happens on Wednesday.

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 9:26 pm EST

No 1 goal game tonight. Streak over.

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 9:26 pm EST

Agreed....Hank not sharp at all....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 9:25 pm EST

This game reminds me of....of....of....the 3 Tampa/Ranger games from the regular season.

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 9:24 pm EST

Bad game by Hank too! Better be the only one

rngrsans


Mon May 18 2015 9:24 pm EST

Forget this...gonna lose another game 2 and go to Tampa 1-1. Sickening.

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 9:24 pm EST

I can't remember being so absolutely disgusted like I am tonight...Tampa,isn't even playing well....they're trying to give the game away to us and we don't want it.. Too much stupidity to even fathom at this point....Lundqvist gives the puck away....that leads to Rangers getting flummoxed....WTF was HE thinking at that point? Can't bury short handed chances...Fast misses a gimme....DISGUSTING!!

JFC31


Mon May 18 2015 9:24 pm EST

Say goodnight Gracie....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 9:24 pm EST

Fotiu - I disagree. This Lightning team is scary. I'm scared that they figured the Rangers out.

DREW


Mon May 18 2015 9:23 pm EST

Sloppy game we don't deserve to win. Bad in our own zone and no one can finish. We need more finishers for the playoffs

rngrsans


Mon May 18 2015 9:23 pm EST

Get the damn puck up FAST!

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:23 pm EST

Hope we don't regret this one....We were just awful tonight in what I believe was a crucial game....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 9:21 pm EST

HANK, you can NOT DO THAT.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:21 pm EST

What a disappointment. Too many mistakes. And how does fast not put that in? Don't won't to hear anything about Tampa. We have pissed this game away. 5 power plays for Tampa in 2 games in third periods

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 9:21 pm EST

This is unreal...

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 9:21 pm EST

I thought he played much better the last five minutes of the period.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:20 pm EST

Staal has had a bad game tonight....Not the norm....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 9:20 pm EST

I thought the refs called a pretty good game 1, but could we call 2 games in a row the same way? Would that kill them?

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:18 pm EST

Can't stay out of the box we lose....Simple as that....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 9:15 pm EST

Call this one on Stepan, of course. Trip Stepan? No call.

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 9:14 pm EST

Slashing call on Ben Bishop? Glass only touched Bishop's stick near the puck, NOTHING ELSE. That doesn't usually get called unless you break the guys stick. WRONG again NBC.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:14 pm EST

Hayes is like Nash in that he holds on to the puck, gets held, hooked, slashed and there are no calls. Maybe because he is so big? It's bad enough Staal fell down....he still had plenty of time to lay the body on the 2 players in front instead of stick checking on the 3rd goal.

Bob


Mon May 18 2015 9:14 pm EST

And agreed....lousy game by the Rangers. Sloppy. No flow.

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 9:12 pm EST

NBC announcer just said "Tampa Bay is 20 minutes away from even-ing the series".

DREW


Mon May 18 2015 9:07 pm EST

Amazing that we're still in this game. Milbury is actually right....the injury to the official helped stop the insanity going on and allowed the Rangers to get their sh!t together. Rangers better come out with a sense of desperation and urgency this period. Tampa is a turnover machine and they will crack if we play SHARP hockey with a heavy forecheck. One thing I like from the Rangers is that they are hitting HARD a sit will take its toll on Tampa with only 11 forwards.

JFC31


Mon May 18 2015 9:06 pm EST

Well outside of a five minute stretch, we have played like horse crap and we still have a shot

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 9:05 pm EST

Not saying the Rangers were innocent but TB got away with at least a dozen non-calls in the second alone.

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 9:04 pm EST

OMG, this devotion to MSL from AV is beyond ridiculous.

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 9:04 pm EST

When the Rangers score the GWG tonight...this will be Emerick......"Well the Rangers have just taken the lead 4-3 but what an amazing display of athleticism on display by one big Ben Bishop as he made the initial save that defied the laws of gravity and was almost spell binding like something out of a Harry Potter movie."

TradeStar28


Mon May 18 2015 9:04 pm EST

Shepard should have elbowed Stallman in the mouth but that would have be 5 minutes.

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 9:03 pm EST

Sheppard should have banked it in off the defenseman.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 9:02 pm EST

Watch the Shepard replay again. Eddie o raving about what a great play stralman made. Yea...he slashes shepherd across the globe and no call. You can see shepherd pull his hand of his stick after he gets slashed

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 8:59 pm EST

Hagelin is also overdue. He did next to nothing last series. Marty... Just don't screw up. That's all I ask. Someone check the temperature of Hell.... 2 PPG's in one game? Who woulda thunk it?

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:59 pm EST

Yep, Rangers have some pushback and the refs obviously are swallowing their whistles. I would have to be surprised to be disgusted. Buttman is probably soaking in his golden bathtub somewhere pushing rubber duckys and toy battleships around giggling about his machinations!

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 8:59 pm EST

Sheppard so damn close....Dammit....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 8:59 pm EST

Still stand by my previous post. Krider with a hat-trick.

andrei


Mon May 18 2015 8:58 pm EST

So much more fun than the caps

ColoradoMark


Mon May 18 2015 8:57 pm EST

I knew Tanner Glass would go after Hedman.....but i think the worst of it was Sheppard kneeing Hedman in the head as we went to the ice.....lol

TradeStar28


Mon May 18 2015 8:57 pm EST

Well Nash is good for one a series and he hasn't scored this series so I am picking him to tie it up

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 8:56 pm EST

WOW. Hang tight guys and gals. It's going to be a bumpy ride.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:54 pm EST

We have our legs back

tlats


Mon May 18 2015 8:52 pm EST

Why is Pat Sajak on the TB bench?

TXRanger


Mon May 18 2015 8:51 pm EST

No call there?!! Love the NHL

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 8:50 pm EST

An open net.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:49 pm EST

OFF THE F-ING DEFENSEMAN INTENTIONALLY!!! IT'S A POWERPLAY GOAL!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:49 pm EST

We have life. Need to pick it up and play smart

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 8:49 pm EST

is nash playing can he plz have an effect on the game

KIS


Mon May 18 2015 8:49 pm EST

Could the fuckin announcers STOP BLOWING Ben Bishop? Honestly

TradeStar28


Mon May 18 2015 8:48 pm EST

Yes!Yes!Yes!

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 8:48 pm EST

YESSSSSSSS.... DEREK STEPAN!!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:47 pm EST

Rhet....So did I....What is with this team that it can't get a two game lead....Oh yes we scored....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 8:47 pm EST

That was an embellishment.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:45 pm EST

I don't know who this team is, but I really thought the NYR would show up tonight.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:45 pm EST

Come on Nash....Get us back in it,,,,

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 8:45 pm EST

The new linesman was just eating rolled gold pretzels in the stands!

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 8:44 pm EST

Get within one before period is over and we have a chance....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 8:43 pm EST

Empty netter by Hank?

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:42 pm EST

I will go on the record. Krider with the hat-trick. We win 5-3

andrei


Mon May 18 2015 8:42 pm EST

If I were AV, I would read the riot act to the team. Oh wait, he doesn't do that.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:41 pm EST

Linesman down call the telephone company

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 8:41 pm EST

We're only down by 2 goals. Still early.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:41 pm EST

U got it stranger

tlats


Mon May 18 2015 8:40 pm EST

A comeback win will be devastating to TB. Let's go

tlats


Mon May 18 2015 8:38 pm EST

Really hope I am wrong but don't see a comeback tonight....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 8:38 pm EST

tlats I will buy you a sixer of beer if that happens and the RANGERS WIN TONIGHT,

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 8:37 pm EST

Fucken morons on NBC. Natural hat-trick is when you score three goals in a row. LGR. 3-1 is a bad score. Watch us to come back.

andrei


Mon May 18 2015 8:35 pm EST

2 Rangers fall down and Eddie O. Concludes that Tampa's speed made the difference! What an idiot!

JFC31


Mon May 18 2015 8:35 pm EST

This Is the type of game where Rick Nash has to come alive and start scoring. Pot a couple of goals and tie this game ,this team is very beatable.

tlats


Mon May 18 2015 8:35 pm EST

One decent shift in 30 minutes isn't going to win a playoff game folks. Still plenty of time left but need to pick it up but they don't look like they have it tonight

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 8:34 pm EST

Nick- MSL is struggling but he ended up making a crucial tip to set up our goal. So my wife agrees with you, but I think it was smart putting him back out there. This game isn't over yet.

ColoradoMark


Mon May 18 2015 8:34 pm EST

The holding on STEPAN was insane.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:34 pm EST

Don't leave Steve.....i think Rangers can come back and win this game

TradeStar28


Mon May 18 2015 8:34 pm EST

It's less Johnson, it's more our comedy of errors. We're stinking up the place tonight.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:33 pm EST

Short series are not allowed. Dolan demands more home gates!

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 8:33 pm EST

Half way thru

mf


Mon May 18 2015 8:32 pm EST

What is the story on Kreider after that drive by

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 8:32 pm EST

Stevie: Leave the Arena

mf


Mon May 18 2015 8:32 pm EST

We can't take that little shit out....Hit the little fucker....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 8:32 pm EST

This is DISGUSTING! This is a horrible hockey game.....dumb and dumber with us being the dumber. 2 Rangers fall down leading to goals.....disgusting. We are CHOKING this game....absolutely choking.

JFC31


Mon May 18 2015 8:32 pm EST

God forbid they fucking take a 2-0 lead in a series when they have the home ice advantage. Just the thought makes them shit their pants with fear!

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 8:31 pm EST

Hate when I am right and reverse logic not working. rangers need to crash the net on Bishop too.

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 8:30 pm EST

Who else wants to join the SUCK PARADE tonight?

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:30 pm EST

So what? Rangers need to stop falling down!

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 8:29 pm EST

Nope good goal.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:29 pm EST

That was kicked in so probably will count.

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 8:29 pm EST

It looked kicked to me.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:29 pm EST

Guess not. What an effin egg we are laying. Disgusting

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 8:29 pm EST

This is over

rngrsans


Mon May 18 2015 8:28 pm EST

WHAT WAS STAAL DOING THERE? Jeezus.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:28 pm EST

Was that kicked in?

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 8:28 pm EST

Kicked in!!!

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 8:27 pm EST

WTK was that?

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:26 pm EST

RHETT, Myself, RF4L, and I assume Mrs. Glass are the only members of the Glass Fanclub, but you are more than welcome to join.

WIOSA


Mon May 18 2015 8:26 pm EST

Hayes needs to sit for a bit.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:23 pm EST

Nice job Glass. Did those words just come out of my mouth?

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:22 pm EST

Getting out played now

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 8:21 pm EST

They are keying in on Hayes tonight and taking advantage.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:20 pm EST

Nick, it comes down to who do you replace him with? I'd at least cut his minutes. Maybe he'd have better legs.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:19 pm EST

I'll never understand coaches. Gotta be the smartest guys in the room; they know the secrets we mere mortals can never understand. AV gets results most times but how the hell do you constantly give PP time to a 40-year old who is so washed up it defines the term, and leave your best (regular season) scorer on the bench?

Nick


Mon May 18 2015 8:18 pm EST

MSL back in the pp

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 8:17 pm EST

I'd like to buy a PP goal please

mf


Mon May 18 2015 8:17 pm EST

Well, that one was definitely a penalty.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:16 pm EST

I'll be seeing 2-on-0 breakaways ... and the initial save ... and the puck finding its way in ... in nightmares. The Glencross and now this one. Geezus. You know if we're gonna win the Cup, fine. If not, tell me now so I can quit suffering through these games. I can't handle the stress levels.

Nick


Mon May 18 2015 8:16 pm EST

Actually, I thought Nash was one of the better Rangers in the first. Hopefully, we got all the B.S. out of the way and we can get back to playing NYR hockey.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:14 pm EST

I don't understand how veterans like MSL and Nash can't lift this team? Completely out of sync tonight and Tampa can smell home ice advantage

rngrsans


Mon May 18 2015 8:14 pm EST

Rangers miss Zuccy in this type of series.

TradeStar28


Mon May 18 2015 8:12 pm EST

I want to score a goal, I really don't give a crap about Johnson. His first goal was a gift from MSL. If MSL was out sick tonight, we' be tied at worst and maybe even leading

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:07 pm EST

Here is the thing!!!How about someone take a good run at Tyler Johnson.And get that Fucking smirk off his douche bag face,

rangerlou


Mon May 18 2015 8:04 pm EST

The NYR the only team that gives up a GOAL while on a 5 on 3.

rangerlou


Mon May 18 2015 8:03 pm EST

What a ridiculous period of hockey....can't think of any other way to describe it...just RIDICULOUS. THE REFS CALLING EVERYTHING, INCLUDING A HIGH STICK ON brassard when BOTH guys had their sticks up....what a cheap ass call! Rangers did not come out sharp....fumbling passes....particularly Fast. MSL misses another gimme, not only does he fall down on a 5 on 3 but before that he was just dropping th puck into open ice on the PP...nonchalant pond hockey shit. What the hell is wrong with him. He is totally LOST!!

JFC31


Mon May 18 2015 8:02 pm EST

Just an out of sync period of hockey. Will they adjust? Hey Nash, how 'bout a fucking goal?

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 8:01 pm EST

MSL is like watching Willie Mays on the Mets. My God. You couldn't draw up a worse clusterfuck than he authored on that goal. He used to be Tyler Johnson (who we'll deal for in 17 years, most likely). On the 'bright' side, it won't be 2-1 tonight. 5-1 maybe. But who knows? The damned Game Two curse, again.

Nick


Mon May 18 2015 8:01 pm EST

Kreider needs to lay him out. He has had a nice physical game thus far but needs to stop running around looking for hits and play hockey. The targets will come, so to speak.

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 8:00 pm EST

That was a terrible period. Even Hank looks off a bit. Too loose and wide open. They didn't use their speed enough at all and are not playing sound defensively either

rngrsans


Mon May 18 2015 8:00 pm EST

Rhet...Yet these idiot announcers praised him for the shift.....Thanks MSL you complete waste of space....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 8:00 pm EST

The NYR need to play with some poise, smarts and confidence.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 8:00 pm EST

The NYR need to play with some poise, smarts and confidence.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:56 pm EST

Rangers need to get into Tyler fuckin Johnson's mug. Lets not make this guy look like John Druce

TradeStar28


Mon May 18 2015 7:56 pm EST

As I said before the game, stay out of the box. Of course I wasn't expecting a short handed goal on a 5 on 3. What a cluster

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 7:55 pm EST

Is 'the Triplets' the dumbest name for a line ever?

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:54 pm EST

Two turnovers by Hayes in a row.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:53 pm EST

Refs calling this game like its game 2 of the regular season. Regardless they are blind as fuckin' bats

TradeStar28


Mon May 18 2015 7:53 pm EST

How has Tampa not been called for too many men tonight?

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:52 pm EST

The unbridled, primitive sexual release in Emrick's hysterics when the Rangers are scored against says more than just "I despise the Rangers", but up to and including "hide your sheep".

FerociousMonk94


Mon May 18 2015 7:51 pm EST

Another phantom effin call if it was the highlight showed in nbcsn

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 7:51 pm EST

I totally missed that penalty The refs are trying to even them up. We need a shorty..

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:51 pm EST

Last thing we can do against this team and we are doing it.....Looked like they both should have got one there....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 7:51 pm EST

The Rangers are playing with their heads us their @sses. TB is beatable, just need to play smart. Just too cute, too loose tonight.

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 7:50 pm EST

Who is that penalty on? Emrick didn't even know. Zebras are the story of this ge so far.

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 7:49 pm EST

Gotta kill this one and go to the locker room down only 2-1. Regroup and calm this team down a little. Fucking refs are going to even up this series.

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 7:49 pm EST

All the goals tonight have been on special teams. Weird.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:47 pm EST

I blame Marty.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:46 pm EST

We aren't playing smart at all though....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 7:45 pm EST

If we are going to have a PP goals scored on us, at least let it be a deserved penalty.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:44 pm EST

Hating this game so far.

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 7:42 pm EST

JRatelle... You are correct. Horrible call. At best, he tripped over Stepan's arm. BS Call.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:42 pm EST

Wow, refs are buying all the flops tonight. Guessing there will be no calls by the third period. LMOA at the incompetence.

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 7:42 pm EST

Weird game tonight.... lots of strangle things are happening, that never happen.

hipcheck


Mon May 18 2015 7:42 pm EST

Refs want to be part of the game too !

stepunmytoe


Mon May 18 2015 7:42 pm EST

I get the Kreider call....not the stepan call....guy skated over his glove

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 7:41 pm EST

Dive

stevielegs


Mon May 18 2015 7:41 pm EST

WTF, Stepan doesn't take tripping penalties. What is going on tonight?

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:40 pm EST

Fucking dive!

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 7:40 pm EST

Way to go Kreids. Pretty simple. Shoot, deflect, rebound. I can't understand the coaching having the senior citizen on P point, or even on the ice. The young guys are so obviously better. And it's like they are playing the clock down for the last second shot in basketball. Shoot the puck!

TXRanger


Mon May 18 2015 7:39 pm EST

Stupid penalty. Have to be disciplined. F Cally...giving it right back!

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 7:39 pm EST

Bye Callie!

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:38 pm EST

Here come the make-up calls.

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 7:36 pm EST

IT'S A POWERPLAY GOAL!!!!

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:36 pm EST

K-Train Holy Roll-em

mf


Mon May 18 2015 7:36 pm EST

Heady play by Kreider.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:35 pm EST

Thank god this team refuses to quit.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:35 pm EST

KID K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DOUBLEN


Mon May 18 2015 7:35 pm EST

But he is

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 7:35 pm EST

You folks do a hell of a good "RR" imitation...... Rabid, shoot me an email statewide@nyc.rr.com

mf


Mon May 18 2015 7:35 pm EST

Ferocious wow...MSL can not see the ice again!

NYStranger


Mon May 18 2015 7:35 pm EST

Worst scenario : give up a shorty! What the hell kind of coaching is this with MSL

rngrsans


Mon May 18 2015 7:35 pm EST

Better score here because we are getting the next penalty

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 7:34 pm EST

Marty St. Benchie

tlats


Mon May 18 2015 7:33 pm EST

Does MSL have any more parents we can kill off?

FerociousMonk94


Mon May 18 2015 7:33 pm EST

MSL is pathetic and an embarrassment this playoff. Time has caught him. Time to retire.

tracerm


Mon May 18 2015 7:31 pm EST

What a momentum killer MSL is tonight. Jeez.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:31 pm EST

!@#$!

WIOSA


Mon May 18 2015 7:30 pm EST

ST.LOUIS absolutely needs to be benched, and taken off the PP. FUCKING DISGRACEFUL!!!!!! UNEXCEPTABLE!!!! That could cost us the fucking game, series and CUP!!!! FUCK YOU MSL!!!!! WTF was that???

hipcheck


Mon May 18 2015 7:30 pm EST

Excellent goal by MSL, punctuating a splendidly played 2-man advantage. The hockey Gods shine proudly upon MSG henceforth.

FerociousMonk94


Mon May 18 2015 7:29 pm EST

MSL NEEDS TO TAKE A SEAT! He is awful!!

JFC31


Mon May 18 2015 7:29 pm EST

How do we all know MSL doesn't belong on the PP but AV continues to send him out there?

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 7:28 pm EST

Just unbelievable.....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 7:28 pm EST

He is a total train wreck tonight. He turns the puck over on the PP and then knocks the puck into the net. Which team is he on?

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:28 pm EST

Is their a 5th line we can put MSL on?....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 7:28 pm EST

Keep St. Louis off the fucking ice from here on out!!!!!!

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 7:28 pm EST

Well, marty finally scored.. Blah

Shaggy


Mon May 18 2015 7:27 pm EST

i want ST. LOUIS nailed to the freaking bench.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:27 pm EST

Effin MSL. That's a goal. Fucking guy can't score for us. How do we give up a 2-0 breakaway on a 5 on 3?

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 7:26 pm EST

MSL needs to get off the PP. Forever.

stepunmytoe


Mon May 18 2015 7:25 pm EST

5 on 3, will they get a shot on goal :)

DOUBLEN


Mon May 18 2015 7:24 pm EST

5 on 3

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 7:22 pm EST

You're killing me Marty, you're killing me.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:22 pm EST

Español audio is working perfectly again. Crowd sounds good. Could hear players arguing long and loud on a non icing call.

hipcheck


Mon May 18 2015 7:21 pm EST

Welcome back, Boyler.

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 7:21 pm EST

Marty... You REALLY need to score tonight.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 7:20 pm EST

C'mon MARTY.......REALLY????!!!!

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 7:20 pm EST

Just one MSL.....just one please!

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 7:17 pm EST

Lmao....doublen....getting old sucks!

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 7:14 pm EST

FOTIU: Last year against Montreal they won the first 2 games.

DOUBLEN


Mon May 18 2015 7:08 pm EST

Big game.....Let's Go Rangers!!!!

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 7:05 pm EST

Reporting live from msg ....

stevielegs


Mon May 18 2015 7:04 pm EST

Fast start and stay out of the box, boys! Let's go, Rangers!!!!!!!!

jratelle19


Mon May 18 2015 6:49 pm EST

Lots of confidence in the board today. Hopefully the team backs it up. I am sure the Lightning are going to bring everything and are going to try and interfere with Hank just like Joel Ward did all series. Let's stay out of the box tonight. I can't recall the last time the Rangers went up 2-0 in a series but it would be nice to do it now!

Fotiu22


Mon May 18 2015 6:22 pm EST

Philthy Flyers"Hexstall chooses Hackstol" for the head coaching position

mf


Mon May 18 2015 6:13 pm EST

Start spreading the news I am leaving today I want to be a part of it New York, New York These vagabond shoes Are longing to stray Right through the very heart of it New York, New York I want to wake up in a city That doesn't sleep And find I'm king of the hill Top of the heap These little town blues Are melting away I'll make a brand new start of it In old New York If I can make it there I'll make it anywhere It's up to you New York, New York New York, New York I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps And find I'm a number one, top of the list King of the hill A number one These little town blues Oh they're melting away I'm gonna make a brand new start of it In old New York And If I can make it there I'm gonna make it anywhere It's up to you New York, New York, New York

rangerlou


Mon May 18 2015 6:04 pm EST

Damn, I was clock watching thinking it was a 7:00 start! Guess I'll have to watch the dark knight pitch.

nyfans


Mon May 18 2015 5:52 pm EST

IMO, There were at least three games in the first two rounds that Tampa had no business winning(they were thoroughly outplayed by the opposition), yet they won them anyway. If the NYR continue to play the same game they've played, the Lightning are in trouble, We win tonight and this series could be over in five. We had the let down last series and I don't expect to see us do it again (at least I hope:). I think the Caps series greatly prepared us for this series. That said, the Rangers need to attack Bishop's glove hand with a vengeance.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 18 2015 4:57 pm EST

But I'm less enthusiastic about their defense. Collectively, they were pretty soft. They are a group of big boys but they are way "Tom Poti" shifted. Sustr looked particularly pedestrian to me.

E


Mon May 18 2015 4:53 pm EST

TDCHI: watch some of the Montreal Canadians series and you'll see the bottom-6 using the 1-4 when they had the lead. They were all kinds of zoned up TB is a great trapping team. But if they see they have numbers they'll break in. They surprised me with how flexible they can be.

E


Mon May 18 2015 4:11 pm EST

Bob - I'm not sure the Bolts are capable of playing the trap game...I mean, their top six guys aren't exactly geared for that kind of hockey, nor is their blueline...in truth, they don't strike me as an overly physical team at all...I think that was one serious difference between the two teams Saturday was that the Rangers came out after playing two punishing series where they HAD to hit, while the Lightning skated against two opponents that played the speed game...They seemed very physically intimidated the first two periods...lots of jawing, lots of clutch and grab crap...but not many hits...the third period they adjusted a bit and the game seemed a lot tighter...I guess we'll see if they can play that kind of came for three periods...BISHOP is good...probably better than HOLTBY and FLEURY, IMO...but if the Rangers are allowed to continue playing the type of tempo they did in Game 1, there's no amount of good goaltending that's going to stop that...I think the thing that surprised me the most was how ineffective Tampa's D was...they've got some serious talent back there...at one point, HEDMAN looked like he was willing pucks in the net...but in Game 1, they looked soft and slow. Actually, the only guy who looked to be moving was STRALMAN.

tdchi


Mon May 18 2015 2:49 pm EST

I expect to see Tampa come out trapping and counter attacking tonight. If there are any cracks at all in Bishop, this series is over in 5. If he steals games, all bets are off.

Bob


Mon May 18 2015 1:18 pm EST

JFC: Also 13 of the goals and 12 of the assists not he season for Stamkos came on the PP. IN the post season 4 of his 10 points are on the PP. Thats a big part of his game, not as big as OV but still big.

Wildcard


Mon May 18 2015 1:00 pm EST

Granted it's only one game, but Alex Killorn did not impress me at all....in fact, I thought he was a liability and coughed up the puck whenever he was pressured. Rangers should try to exploit that weakness and get the puck to his side of the ice and fore check hard when he has the puck in their zone. On a high scoring team like the Lightning, he was only +8 and even more surprising, Stamkos was only + 2. That tells me that they can be had if we keep up the forecheck pressure and stay the hell out of the box. We might need to widthstand a push early on. Once we weather that, we should get to work with a heavy forecheck and speed through the neutral zone. Let's hope the Bolts are stupid enough to try to stay the course and "believe" that their system can beat ours

JFC31


Mon May 18 2015 11:40 am EST

Re RYCHEL, I'd certainly take a flyer on him. He's not really an AV-type player though...fits the Jackets to a T though...kind of surprised to hear they're marketing him...Not sure what it'd take, but I'd trade for him in a heart beat...would much rather, however, Sonny MILANO. Now that's a guy who is going to be good.

tdchi


Mon May 18 2015 11:37 am EST

RF4L - If the Jackets are looking for "an NHL-ready defenseman" than the rumors around Mike REILLY bolting are apparently true...I said we'd get a good assessment of where the Jackets stand with him after the World Championship and apparently they did: He's not signing. He wouldn't go UFA route if he was...but the rumors during the Worlds was that he has already decided --either his hometown of Minnesota or Chicago. Sans RUNBLAD, the Hawks will have at least TWO spots on their blueline, and a guy like Reilly would be a coup...they have two guys in Rockford showing a lot of promise...Finnish kid who was a former Isles second rounder and this behemoth SVEDBERG...but in both cases, they're projects I'd say akin to where the Rangers are with SKJEI...assuming Runblad resigns, Reilly would basically be a walk-on for the Hawks...and then over to Minnesota...word is they're going to trade SPURGEON to release some cap pressure...and when that happens, they'll have four guys under contract on their blueline...assuming Chris FOLIN, a promising UFA out of UMass Lowell is qualified, again, Reilly would be a walk-on for that squad...I think he signs with one of those teams...problem with the Rangers is that even if your speculation that they move a blueliner in the offseason is true, they'll still have five guys that are basically cemented in...I mean, I suppose BOYLE could retire...but then what happens? McILRATH slides into his spot...what folks were saying here about Mack being open to waivers is true...His time to make the team is next year, do or die. If he doesn't make it, he's basically gone...either we trade him for next to nothing or he ends up getting claimed on waivers by the Oilers, Sabres or some other bottom-dwelling team....so to address your other thought...the only blueliner I could see them trading is YANDLE, because he's all but gone by the end of next season...Rangers can't afford him once the Yotes stop paying half his salary...even if he signs at a discount...say $4.5 million...it's too much for the Rangers to take...the big three AIN'T getting traded any time soon...I would put every last drop of PBR on that statement...certainly not STAAL...Perhaps GIRARDI if the right deal came around...but really, those three are very significant reasons the Rangers are where they are(aside from HANK of course)...If anyone from the blueline gets traded, it'll be one of the other three(four if you count HUNWICK)...the guy I keep thinking is KLEIN, because he's on the right...he has an attractive cap hit and, if you watched the end of the season/first round of the playoffs, was shown to be somewhat expendable...Not to say he's bad...he's not...he's a GREAT addition to the blueline...but among the six under contract, he's the easiest one moved, most attractive to other teams and least likely to cause a disruption if he is moved...and on top of that, he'd open up a spot they need to slide Mack into the picture. Mack ain't gonna start out playing the off-side, IMO.

tdchi


Mon May 18 2015 11:34 am EST

AV is apparently big on D-men who can make the quick first pass. He considers it part of playing defense. This is what Yandle and Boyle can do well. An adventure when pressured but they move it out quickly. As for the offensive end, our PP problems come mostly from forwards who won't shoot. IMHO.

Nick


Mon May 18 2015 10:53 am EST

Good to hear on Zucc, I spoke with someone that could say A but not B so to speak and apparently it's a bit more serious than "normal" concussion. No need to get a ton of speculation going like I've seen at other places, that will need to nothing. But I think it could take a bit, my own speculation is late this series or -- knock on wood -- early final.

Ola


Mon May 18 2015 10:44 am EST

No way to predict a timetable for Zucc but I remember way back when Fedotenko was injured for us. After being out quite a while, he finally went on the ice in full gear and then he played 2 or 3 days later. Wasn't during the playoffs, however.

JFC31


Mon May 18 2015 10:25 am EST

YES!!! ZUUUUUUC! http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/mats-zuccarello-skating.html Only skating lightly, but one step closer!!

JFC31


Mon May 18 2015 10:25 am EST

Ola: Yandle 'read good' the last 2 games? I guess you need to define 'real good' for me. I think he's been a huge disappointment. I get that he can be an adventure in his own end but that is supposed to be compensated by the offense he generates in the other end. He's hardly doing that. I concur against the Bolts he was a little better than against the Caps but so were many of his mates, primarily I think, because they weren't getting pounded and the game was more open. He's been a mess from the start of his Ranger tenure but at least in the beginning he was feisty and pushed back. Now he seems to be avoiding getting hit. He actually feel down and lost the puck at one point the Tampa game so desperate he was to avoid being hit. I am guessing he's playing hurt? For me so far given what Sather coughed up to get him, he's been very uninspiring. Unless his game gets better, I'm hoping he's shopped in the off-season.

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 10:24 am EST

shonuff -- saw that from @reporterchris at sportsnet but sounds like it was misleading. Steve Zipay tweets: Mats Zuccarello skated lightly on his own at MSG earlier today, team said. No change in current status.

Gibbo


Mon May 18 2015 10:03 am EST

Can't agree on Yandle....This guy is absolutely scary in his own end and AV knows it....Hopefully will do better this series but is our weakness on D.....Agree on Boyle....Thought he played well in the opener.....

PJ


Mon May 18 2015 10:02 am EST

I am reading a tweet from sportsnet.ca that Zucc skated with full gear on this morning ????????

shonuff


Mon May 18 2015 9:40 am EST

From Carp's blog: "So the other day I wrote about how Brian Boyle, ahem, bolted — as I had believed all along — because he wanted a chance to earn a bigger role under AV. That’s what his break-up day interview sounded like, too. But, from someone who knows the whole truth, Boyle’s agent told Glen Sather, right up to July 1, that he had a $3M per offer. So the Rangers went the other way, and one more Ranger overplayed his hand and ended up in Tampa — a good situation for him, no doubt, but he wanted to stay and the Rangers wanted to keep him." What a friggin' shame...I would have easily taken Brian BOYLE over...say...Tanner GLASS...But he overplayed his hand...Sounds like had he simply taken the $2 million per, he actually would have ended up in a larger role...at least during the STEPAN injury...probably would have forced HAYES to the wing to start.

tdchi


Mon May 18 2015 9:32 am EST

Just for the record, I think Yandle has been real good the last two games. Made some big plays and had a real consistent passing game. Even Boyle was good in G1.

Ola


Mon May 18 2015 8:38 am EST

BTW, if the Rangers decide to shop a d-man this summer, they really have only 2 viable candidates: Yand-away and Staal. Neither have no trade/no movement clauses - everyone else does. McD's doesn't kick in until July 1 but it's highly doubtful Sather would even consider moving him. I'm not advocating it, but imagine what Marc Staal could fetch? He's a top pairinig d-man on almost any other team, is 28, making less than $6,000,000 and signed for the next 6 seasons. What would, for example, Edmonton give up to get him? IMO, it's reasonable to speculate that a package of Staal, Talbot and another player (maybe JT MIller) would bring back something like Hall, Leon Draisaitl and their 2nd 1st round pick (from Pittsburgh - 15th overall).

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 8:30 am EST

JFC: I don't see what else the Bolts can do, other than to switch up their lines a bit (and reuniting the Cally/Stamkos/whoever line, which rumours are suggesting they plan to do). Their bottom 2 d-men are the problem - Carle and Sustr aren't positionally sound and Sustr looks slow and sometimes lost. The Rangers need to exploit both. The size of their forwards is a bit of a problem, too and as they did in the opening game, the Rangers need to continue to hit them. BBs return will help the Bolts no doubt. Is he back in tonight?

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 8:25 am EST

Rumour de jour III: Mike Reilly has made it official - he's leaving college and headed to UFA. The BJs are apparently in the hunt to sign him but it won't occur (if it does at all) until after Reilly officially becomes an UFA. Here's hoping he signs with the Rangers (and then the Rangers trade Yand-away to the BJs for Rechel + a draft pick!).

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 8:20 am EST

Rumour de jour II: Mike Babcock apparently will make his coaching decision this week sometime and those in the know are suggesting he'll be the Sharks' next coach.

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 8:19 am EST

Rumour de jour: The BJs are looking to add a NHL ready d-man to their team and are apparently making Kerby Rechel available. Rechel was taken 2 drafts ago by the BJs using the first round pick they got from the Rangers in the Nash deal.

RF4L


Mon May 18 2015 8:02 am EST

Before the series started, the main question I asked is whether the Lightning would have the confidence in their system to go mano a mano with the Rangers and if they did (and the Rangers shredded them the way I suspected they would) were they willing and/or ABLE to play a shut-down style. GAme #2 should tell us alot. My guess is that Tampa will stay with their system and just try to amp up the intensity. I hope they do because that type of "intesity" is not a problem for the Rangers.....it's the slow down, gum up the neutral zone, bang hard along the boards type of intensity the Pens & Caps emplyed that gives us problems. If the Bolts amp up the speed, we're right there with them. We have better D, better goaltending, more experience and are their equal in speed. If they want to stick with what they have, then it'll be welcomed AFAIAC. Honestly, I don't know that they can effectively play a shut-down style at this point and still remain dangerous offensively.

JFC31


Mon May 18 2015 8:02 am EST

congrats sporty...try victim justice.....

stevielegs


Mon May 18 2015 7:52 am EST

One thing I forgot to mention yesterday was that HAGS and FAST played fantastic games. HAGS was a blur. I'm sure there were several occasions when Tampa was shaking their head thinking there is no way he could be that quick and fast. He didn't show up on the scoresheet but he played a dominant game. He had a signature shift of the game where he went in to the left corner and arrived to forecheck just as the lightning player got there. The puck squirted to HEDMAN but HAGS had rolled off and got there at the same time as the puck. He hit HEDMAN and the puck squirted to the right corner. HAGS won the footrace against another Lightning player and got the puck. It was unreal. FAST was a one on one monster on the boards. He won just about every puck battle he was in all night.

Vic


Mon May 18 2015 7:51 am EST

Non-hockey post: I’d like to send a shout-out for one our Wallsters for his recent accomplishment…On Saturday Sportsplaya88 received his Masters of Science in Criminal Justice and was also named class Valedictorian…Congratulations Sporty!

RF73


Mon May 18 2015 7:24 am EST

Hipcheck- Cooper is the best kind, a former lawyer and member of the bar somewhere. We are the best kind, very trustworthy, honest, hard working, caring and so forth. Like priests but better.

Ola


Mon May 18 2015 6:08 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/05/17/this-is-the-new-york-rangers-lucky-charm/

stevielegs


Mon May 18 2015 6:07 am EST

I agree with E on bishops lateral movement. It's not coincidence he gave up the least amount of screened goals in the NHL he's huge can see over most screens and drop down. When the goalie is screened players are shooting into the for deflections or just having the goalie not see it they aren't trying to make him move this works to bishops advantage he doesn't had to move and he can sry square. Making him move laterally is the key to beating him.

York18


Mon May 18 2015 5:45 am EST

trade not looking past the boltz just want the nyr to beat them in 3 more games. I hope they believe what they are saying,' just another team in their way', and I'll add on their way. the schmucks are another dirty team, and shitcago highly skilled........

stevielegs


Sun May 17 2015 11:23 pm EST

stevie......are the 2015 Ducks as tough of a matchup as the 2014 Kings? This is the only question to be answered to figure out the Rangers fate this year ; - )

TradeStar28


Sun May 17 2015 11:20 pm EST

The TB Lightning owner, Jeff Vinik is a die-hard Rangers fan. He is happy even if the Lightning lose to the Rangers......Win-Win!

TradeStar28


Sun May 17 2015 10:43 pm EST

Hopefully the nyr smell blood and go for the juggler to get into the finals ...

stevielegs


Sun May 17 2015 10:40 pm EST

Hip: I don't think there was a rope a dope. The reality is that TB PP can be lethal. The score was not reflective of he game. They were thoroughly outplayed by most metrics. The New York Rangers played the same game plan that gave TB fits. Lots of low lockouts and play behind the net and lots of cross ice stuff. What I've seen is Bishop is big but he has almost no kick. On the game winner he didn't make it .25% across the net to make the save and he can't move with his pads low to the ice. In short, I think he's slow and when he is forced to move he's gonna give stuff up. But if you let him stand there and track the puck it's like a wall. TB has a high skilled defense but they're soft. And they are finally playing a team that can back check them with pace. In short, I think they'll have to adjust. And I think they will. I'm expecting them to go more into stacking the zone because they got shredded and forechecked hard. And on the otherhand the New York Rangers continued to be dominate in their own zone. Expect a TB team to try to storm the gates and establish the tone immediately. You stay disciplined, take their push, and start chipping away at them. TB going home 0-2? That's a bad hole. They're gonna be desperate but I like the New York Rangers to continue to solidify and play with confidence.

E


Sun May 17 2015 10:17 pm EST

Trade, TBs coach seems pretty level headed and laid back to me. I do believe his sport is not hockey but lacrosse. At least that is what I read/heard.

WIOSA


Sun May 17 2015 8:59 pm EST

hipcheck.....I think TB will stay with their game plan. The way they have been successful against the Rangers is by 1) forcing Rangers turnovers when the Rangers try to clear the defensive zone 2) when Rangers miss the net and the puck comes flying out, TB likes to break out the other way with numbers to force odd man rush 3) out work the Rangers to force them to take penalties

TradeStar28


Sun May 17 2015 5:25 pm EST

Also, what's the deal with TB's Head Coach, COOPER? Guy seems a little shaddy' to me, ... something kinda' "off" with that Dude'.

hipcheck


Sun May 17 2015 5:24 pm EST

Lightning aim to protect puck, play tighter D in Game 2 ..... http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=767984&navid=DL|NHL|home

mf


Sun May 17 2015 5:22 pm EST

I'm having a bad-feeling that Tampa is setting up a "rope-a-dope" scenario. There is no way they didn't play like that on-purpose. They must be setting the table for a change in (defensive) strategy, because there is just NO WAY they can keep doing what they did in game 1.

hipcheck


Sun May 17 2015 4:03 pm EST

Definitely want Chicago. Don't think either team is unbeatable, and playing a top line team like Anaheim is intriguing, but we are going to be tired if we get there and Anaheim would wear a lot on us. Chicago has a ton of miles on them, it's showing to. They played late May 5 of the last 7 years and Beaver and Timmonen and co were probably not good additions for them. Fresh legs would have been better. Oduya is getting old and a 3rd pairing of Timmonen and Rundblad can be exposed. If they make it past Anaheim they will be worn out even more because Anaheim will game them.

Ola


Sun May 17 2015 2:51 pm EST

moof boyle is in labor and injured? did his wife trick and trip him?

stevielegs


Sun May 17 2015 1:13 pm EST

"I'm guessing the point of impact was square on the forehead as opposed to the side or back of the head" may have a lot to do with protecting the Ol' Noggin.. ;-)

mf


Sun May 17 2015 1:11 pm EST

Vic: I read or heard on the Rangers Postgame that Stralman was quoted as saying that, "they are a fast team, but WE made them even faster." I took that to mean that their approach to defending us and attempts to limit us was.... well lets just say it didn't get the job done.... Don't think you / we can state often enough that what happened in the beginning of the season is meaningless, we're a different team, so are they, different strengths, weaknesses, injuries, path to getting here......... OAN: glad to see Dan Boyle back in and not skip a beat, he and we are lucky.. I'm guessing the point of impact was square on the forehead as opposed to the side or back of the head...... Man it would be nice to go up 2-0 against this club and have an easier series than the last one... That theoretically would leave us in a good space for The Cup round......

mf


Sun May 17 2015 12:49 pm EST

As for the game.....as others have commented it was a breath of fresh air. How nice was it to play a team who wasn't going into the series with a singular game plan of throwing a wet blanket over the Rangers transition game. The Pens and Caps entire approach was to limit what the Rangers could do. And in Washington's case once the Rangers got into the offensive end they put 3 or 4 guys in front of the goal and tried to prevent the Rangers front getting any shot or pass through. The Lightning aren't playing that game.....at least night yet. They came into the series thinking they were going to dictate the speed of the game and dare the Rangers to keep up. I don't blame them for it as they have done that to everyone including the Rangers during the regular season. But, as I've said to anyone that will listen, those games were all early in the year when the Rangers were decimated by injury and on top of that were trying to replace 4 or 5 guys from their roster last year. MILLER was a failure and was sent down. FAST was up but was just trying to stay. HAYES was still drinking from a fountain and just trying to stay on his feet. The Rangers had not found their game yet at all and Tampa had come out of the gate flying as one of the best teams in the league. The Rangers are a completely different team now. It was just one game but I am optimistic that the Rangers can handle Tampa. I'm sure Tampa will come out with some desperation in game 2. The Rangers have to match that level and start scoring on the golden chances that Tampa is giving them. Win or lose this will be a fantastic and entertaining series to watch.

Vic


Sun May 17 2015 12:26 pm EST

LEO: Thanks for the plug. One of the highlights of this season for me has been watching HAYES' development. Just like everyone else I thought he hit the wall in late December. It was great to see him plow through it and become the team's leading scorer from the All Star break to the end of the season. I thought he struggled badly early in the Pens series and it looked like he hit another wall. He looked better by the end of the Pens series but was challenged again by the smothering system the Caps played. Again, by game 7 he was looking good again and had his best game of the playoffs in game 7 of that series. I really think he will be the player that benefits most in this round from playing the Lightning. He will have so much open space and so many passing lanes that just didn't exist in the last two series. He could have had two goals in game 1 already. He shot the first into BISHOP's glove and rang the second off the crossbar beating BISHOP on a blistering shot. I'm looking forward to seeing how well he can play in this series. On the MOORE goal I saw him interviewed and he said he didn't see MOORE in particular. He saw traffic going to the net and threw the puck there. I believe him. It is never a bad play to the throw the puck into traffic in front of the goal. It was funny seeing CALLY have no idea what to do against HAYES. HAYES was holding the puck away from him like an adult would do to a child.

Vic


Sun May 17 2015 12:12 pm EST

SKJEI is getting boatloads of ice time in all situations (even strength, PK, PP)... but he still makes me nervous every time he steps out there. Sometimes he looks really good, and other times he just looks like he is in way over his head. He fumbles the puck a lot, especially when he is at the point. I am sure some of it is nerves and some is just learning to play at this level. Either way, given the amount of ice time he is getting, it looks like they are committed to his development... HRIVIK originally had that "power forward" potential about him, but I think that concussion he suffered really put a bit of a damper on that. I'm not sure he's on the same trajectory as he was before that happened.

Dineen11


Sun May 17 2015 11:56 am EST

shonuff: Brian Bolye is pregnant and could not make the game

mf


Sun May 17 2015 10:24 am EST

hipcheck - HRIVIK has a pretty uphill battle, IMO, to make the Rangers...he's an RFA and I think they'll qualify him...but he'll also have to go through waivers next season if I'm not mistaken...he's kind of a sad story too...basically, he came in like gangbusters...had an incredible playoffs...and was having a solid rookie season before he got absolutely CRUSHED in a game against Adirondack by one of the Flyers' goons...suffered a pretty bad concussion and struggled for the next season in a half. At the beginning of this season, he had been relegated to the bottom lines and it looked as though he was pretty much an afterthought...but at the tail end of the season, he was playing center and getting a lot of ice time. Him continuing the play is a step in the right direction, but the odds are kind of stacked against him making the Rangers, barring a pretty sizeable leap forward.

tdchi


Sun May 17 2015 10:19 am EST

Dineen11 - Great to hear! Scanned Manchester's roster and I've got to confess, aside from WEAL, FORBERT and Nick SHORE...JF BERUBE and Josh GRATTON, I haven't heard of many of the Machester guys. Know that team was a tough nut to crack though...tough call on the goaltender situation...I'd probably stick with DANIS just because of his experience...good to here HRIVIK is finally breaking out of his funk. I know he was getting top line time again toward the end of the season...kid is too talented to be an AHL grinder.

tdchi


Sun May 17 2015 9:25 am EST

Brian Boyle missed game 1 due to injury. Just a happy coincidence his wife was giving birth. Unless the Lightning are lying.

Rhet0ric


Sun May 17 2015 9:24 am EST

Good to hear about HRIVIK. I thought he looked good, with a lot of promise in the preseason. Was surprised he didn't get a longer look. I think this kid has a future.

hipcheck


Sun May 17 2015 9:21 am EST

Dineen: How did Skeji look? I see he got an assist. And McI continues to be solid I assume?

RF4L


Sun May 17 2015 9:16 am EST

So... the Pack eliminating Hershey in Game 6. It was probably the best game I've seen them play in the playoffs so far this year (minus the atrocious PP). I was a little nervous going into this game as Hershey had gotten a little help from the Capitals by sending down NATE SCHMIDT and ANDRE BURAKOVSKY. And of course, BURAKOVSKY goes and scores within the first minute and a half of the game and we're all thinking this is going to be a long night. Thankfully, he scored that goal and was then pretty unimpactful for the rest of the night. The Pack's D looked pretty solid, especially in the first and third periods - they definitely kept Hershey from getting too many scoring chances. I am slightly concerned about YANN DANIS - he had a fantastic series against Providence, but was not as strong as this round. And it's only going to get tougher - the Monarchs are beasts. SKAPSKI is healthy again, so he is available to play, just not sure if it's the right move at this point. We'll see what decision GERNANDER makes on that front. Great to see MAREK HRIVIK finally breakout in the playoffs and get the hat trick. My biggest gripe about this team and the playoffs for far has been that the goal-scorers haven't been scoring - and I included HRIVIK on that list. So I am glad that they are starting to peak at the right time. Manchester had a pretty easy second round, winning 4-1, so they've been done since the 12th... They'll have had 9 days rest by the time this series starts, to the Pack's 5 days. Man, I am so ready to go! It's been 11 years since the Pack made it this far in the playoffs. This is exciting!

Dineen11


Sun May 17 2015 9:03 am EST

Watching and rewatching our winning goal last night, I swear, Hayes wasn't just throwing the puck to the front, it looks like he was actually *aiming* for Moore's body. Almost all season, game in and game out, the kid makes at least one (for me) jaw-dropping play per game. Props to VIC who's been championing him since Day One, while I've been lurkingly nodding along :)

LeoS


Sun May 17 2015 8:31 am EST

Kudos to the Pack BTW, knocking off Washington's farm team. Just like their parent club, in the final four. Wonderful to see - a fabulous learning experience for the likes of McI, Skapski, Lindbergh, etc. Hrivik with the hattie yesterday. Waiting eagerly for Dineen's report....

RF4L


Sun May 17 2015 8:28 am EST

Agree with most of what's been said about yesterday's game on here. So refreshing to see an NHL hockey game played with speed and open ice. That bullshit hockey the Penguins and Capitals forced the Rangers to play down to pales in comparison IMO.

RF4L


Sun May 17 2015 7:50 am EST

First they said Boyle wasn't out for warmups then said his wife was in labor on TV, then the nypost is quoting the coach saying he's day to day. I questioned if he would miss a ecf playoff game but can understand it's his first baby .ill assume the coach has to correct info.

stevielegs


Sun May 17 2015 7:50 am EST

shonuff - No one had heard of BOYLE'S injury, so there was speculation that his wife, who is due any day now, was in labor. Nothing was ever confirmed yesterday though. They were talking about it a lot on ESPN radio.

tdchi


Sun May 17 2015 7:25 am EST

Not that I trust everything I read on a board like this but after all these years of lurking when someone says Boyle has a wife in labor I believe it. Now I am hearing injury ????

shonuff


Sun May 17 2015 7:06 am EST

Great Rangers victory....gotta admit I started to have flashbacks from Game 1 against the Caps when the Bolts tied it up...but again, the can-do Rangers show us how it's done...couple thoughts: It's absolutely INCREDIBLE how the game changes when you pull the cheap shit out of it...if anyone needs further evidence of the miscellaneous dirty nonsense the Caps pulled on the Rangers through seven games impacted their play, I give you Game 1 against Tampa...Sure, there were a few missed calls...but Tampa wasn't dong nearly the extra-curricular nonsense Washington did through seven with the Rangers and seven with the Isles...Rangers' flow opened right up and were it not for BISHOP'S heroics and some puck lick for the Bolts, that game could have easily been 3-0 going into the second...Rangers flat-out dominated long stretches of that game...and if anyone wants a real call on how the play is going, DL the Tunein.com app and find 98.7 FM Rangers Radio network...silence the drivel from McGuire and Doc and let Maloney make the call...he gives a great and more specifically, HONEST play-by-play...On CALLAHAN - I get why some are sour on the guy, but I think characterizing him as a guy who quit on the organization is very misleading. He thought he was worth X amount of money and in the end, the Rangers' final pitch to him wasn't that far away from it. I don't think anyone expect he'll still be playing when he's 40, so the guy had to do what was right for him...and that meant seeing what else was out there. Lo and behold, a team thought he was worth what he was asking. Now I agree: The guy needs to be punished. And nothing would kill me more than to see him raise the cup. But this booing nonsense? C'mon. Sure, he's the enemy. But so is everyone else in a Bolts jersey...On STRALMAN - Not sure who said he didn't look so good...what I saw was Stralman effortlessly carving into the Rangers zone to draw the penalty that ultimately allowed the Bolts to tie the game...Still would've taken him and his contract over Dan BOYLE, who, incidentally, didn't look bad at all yesterday...Count me a little shocked that the Lightning aren't playing Jon DROUIN...and instead, yet another Ranger cast-off, Jon MARCHESSAULT...four guys with ties to the Rangers organization skated last night with a fifth out day-to-day...will be interesting to see BOYLE'S return, if it happens, impacts the Bolts play...without a doubt, his absences was noticed...and while he's not likely to help them get on the board, the Bolts' main problem yesterday was their dearth of physicality...and actually, when they started playing more physical, they finally started getting some chances....anyway, a GREAT start to the series, but a long way to go. Though three wins doesn't seem like that many...it is...an epic up-hill battle. And I for one don't expect to see the same Bolts in Game 2.

tdchi


Sun May 17 2015 6:13 am EST

For all of us that have lived through the Ranger dark days yesterday was a good day. Just need 7 more good days and all the anxiety and grey hair was for something. Game had a strange flow to it almost looked like the Bolts game plan was to slow down the game in their own end if that is the game plan I didn't see a defense that was capable of slowing down the Rangers down low. A little puck luck and that game could have easily been 4 or 5 to 1. Can't wait for Monday.

barto


Sun May 17 2015 6:04 am EST

"the game with what the Lightning said was an “undisclosed injury,” labeling him as “day-to-day.” Boyle was a grinding fourth-line player for the Rangers for five seasons, but the 30-year-old signed a three-year, $6 million deal with Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent this summer. “He’s a big part of our team,” coach Jon Cooper said. “He can wear on teams. Of course we miss him. Hopefully he’s able to come back at some point. But we’ve got depth in the organization.” Replacing Boyle was Vladislav Namestnikov, who played a game-low 6:52, and who, Cooper said, “did a great job.”...: baby?

stevielegs


Sun May 17 2015 2:35 am EST

Haha, he wasn't even that bad for a 60 y/o... https://youtu.be/EN2FMGRTvoc

Ola


Sat May 16 2015 11:33 pm EST

Pete.....Dolan has been around a few times in the locker room after the Rangers have won recently. Honestly, I have no problem with him and how he has handled the NY Rangers over the past 10 years. On the flip side, if i was a diehard Knicks fan....then i would be fuggin pissed

TradeStar28


Sat May 16 2015 11:26 pm EST

Q: You can’t win a Cup unless you believe, right? A: No question about that. Hope doesn’t get it done. You gotta believe you’re going to do it.....http://nypost.com/2015/05/16/brian-leetch-on-messier-94-and-why-the-rangers-will-win-the-cup/

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 7:32 pm EST

“You’ve been thinking about them in the regular season when you play them,” goalie Henrik Lundqvist said of buddies Callahan and Stralman. “Now, the only thing I see is them being in our way.” LOVE IT!! That is exactly the attitude we need! Screw Callahan, Stralman and Boyle....kick their asses out of the POs.

JFC31


Sat May 16 2015 6:58 pm EST

Looks like James Dolan remembered he also owned a hockey team, you can see him after Moore puts the puzzle piece on. I say keep that guy far away...http://www.blueshirtsunited.com/video/micd-dominic-moore-gets-broadway-hat?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tweets&utm_content=twitter_1431816627

pete


Sat May 16 2015 6:53 pm EST

Tax Free Callahan also got away with holding the stick penalties twice. The Rangers got right in his grill, which they needed to do. The fans were on him too, which was awesome. This is the franchise he bailed on because he didn't like playing on the 3rd line and not playing on the PP. Good riddance. You forfeited being the captain of an original 6 franchise and being on this bus. Now you need to be sent to the golf course.

Bob


Sat May 16 2015 6:50 pm EST

That would be late 90's Devils**

pete


Sat May 16 2015 6:50 pm EST

Check out the ESPN headline article written by Pierre Lebrun. He makes it sound like we are the mid-90's Devils who only look to play defense. Here is a big FU to Pierre Lebrun, why don't you and Maguire go back to your home on Pierre Island. http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/37299/rangers-stifling-defense-isnt-pretty-but-it-gets-the-job-done

pete


Sat May 16 2015 6:37 pm EST

I think I'm still in shock about how much more time & space there was out there. TB played feather light & soft.

hipcheck


Sat May 16 2015 6:33 pm EST

Not only was Ryan Callahan anon-entity offensively, but he was a -1 overall and take a look at the GW goal....who is that trying desperately to check Hayes and failing miserably? Callahan. Winless against Tampa? Not any more? Bishop undefeated against us? Not any more? Callahan running g roughshod over us? Not today! Iwa t to beat him in the worst way. BTW, Stralman was also -1. He wasn't a defensive wiz when he was with us either...good but not great. We are superior to them defensively....especially if they want to play open ass hockey.

JFC31


Sat May 16 2015 4:14 pm EST

Talked to two lightning fans down here and they didnt say a word about the refs. Said they were outplayed and if they don't pick it up it will be a short series. They couldn't believe how many chances the rangers had.

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 3:58 pm EST

7 Victories between us & The Cup

mf


Sat May 16 2015 3:40 pm EST

Boltz fans have to be complaining about refs on nyr 2 goals

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 3:37 pm EST

FUCK YOU NBC

vcp1994


Sat May 16 2015 3:37 pm EST

Pierre McGuire "bishop must be in the heads of the Rangers by now" I fucking hate NBC going to use FM radio next time I have had it with fucking NBC people

vcp1994


Sat May 16 2015 3:35 pm EST

please someone hit Callahan into the next century in the second game. Garden is not so noisy way too quiet.....

vcp1994


Sat May 16 2015 3:33 pm EST

WIOSA: Ranger Fans: well worth the 6 minutes... http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xs84zi_ike-tina-turner-proud-mary-live_music

mf


Sat May 16 2015 3:20 pm EST

"...That was, until there were 12.7 seconds left. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh fired the puck into traffic in front of Bishop, just as Chris Kreider skated from in back of the net and knocked the goalie’s stick from his hand. (Incidental contact? Maybe. A goal waived off if the puck went through at that moment? Possibly.) The puck deflected back to Kreider, now in the slot, who trickled a shot through Andrej Sustr to where Stepan was waiting for it, popping a shot into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead."....

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 3:13 pm EST

Pierre10: This ones for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQAbzLUl9ns

mf


Sat May 16 2015 3:12 pm EST

I hope Boyle's wife is in labor for the entire series... ;-) Sorry Mrs. Boyle ........

mf


Sat May 16 2015 3:06 pm EST

Hospo out of town on business, all is fine. On his behalf, thanks for the concern.. You guys & girls are great

mf


Sat May 16 2015 3:00 pm EST

Hospo did you get banned for being too clueless....?.....need 3 more wins.....one of their better games in the playoffs.....that type of hockey attracts new hockey fans ......

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 2:57 pm EST

Hank: 1.56 GAA; 945 Save percentage.

DOUBLEN


Sat May 16 2015 2:52 pm EST

Ben Bishop is now punctured, the aura is gone! Not sure Tampa is cable of playing any other way than what they showed today....don't think they can or will suddenly decide to play shut down hockey like the Pens and Caps did. In that case, they'll have to,take,their chances that they can out skate the Rangers and out score the Rangers. Rangers look relieved that the Bolts are actually letting them skate....if the Rangers start clicking and the Bolts can't change their style of play, the Rangers will be very hard to beat.

JFC31


Sat May 16 2015 2:52 pm EST

So glad we got those high scoring games instead of the 1 and 2 goal games that are decided by one goal. Regardless happy for the win,

WIOSA


Sat May 16 2015 2:50 pm EST

Great win .. finally played 60 minutes of "A" game hockey .. but we can't be taking 3 penalties in the third like that ....

sjw


Sat May 16 2015 2:50 pm EST

do the nyr know how to score an empty netter?...they miss dubi for that.....

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 2:49 pm EST

Message to the Lightning: this ain't your November Rangers!!

JFC31


Sat May 16 2015 2:48 pm EST

NN checkmate

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 2:47 pm EST

nice dirty goal....boltz fans must be crying with Hayes holding Callahan's stick and hitting off of Moore's leg....

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 2:44 pm EST

Pierre10.......it's the chocolate covered Matzah.......send some down south to keep the streak alive

TradeStar28


Sat May 16 2015 2:43 pm EST

This chess game...KING OVER BISHOP

DOUBLEN


Sat May 16 2015 2:38 pm EST

...and RFC friends, that is now FOUR straight NYR wins since my request for Faith...(yes, i am superstitious and will ride this wave as long as it takes us. No posting during games, and reminding the faithful to simply believe in our 2014-2015 New York Rangers). I'd say we looked pretty darn strong out there today!

Pierre10


Sat May 16 2015 2:36 pm EST

2-1. Shocking, right? Ha. Rangers much the best today.

Shaggy


Sat May 16 2015 2:36 pm EST

Very impressed how they would clear the puck and not ice it in that last minute.

DOUBLEN


Sat May 16 2015 2:36 pm EST

Well deserved win. Nice to see Dom get the winner. He has been terrific.

Bob


Sat May 16 2015 2:35 pm EST

Bitchup slap

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 2:32 pm EST

My favorite role player ...all class, a worker bee...just everywhere. Moore you rock

WIOSA


Sat May 16 2015 2:32 pm EST

Shove it you no were zebras

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 2:31 pm EST

Moore's played a great game today. Deserved hard working goal!

Shaggy


Sat May 16 2015 2:30 pm EST

MOOREDOM!!!!!!!!!!!

DOUBLEN


Sat May 16 2015 2:29 pm EST

All playoffs long all we have been hearing is how the refs are letting everything go. And now they make 3 calls against us at home?? Just start diving

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 2:28 pm EST

Rangers just need to start diving for Chriss sakes

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 2:26 pm EST

Trade- Me too...

Ola


Sat May 16 2015 2:25 pm EST

Nice goalie interference as that Bolt piece of shit dove into Henrik......they don't call that shit....but they call the garbage hold stick and the panzy head thrown back high stick on the Rangers

TradeStar28


Sat May 16 2015 2:24 pm EST

my estimation is the Capt owes us a goal

WIOSA


Sat May 16 2015 2:23 pm EST

Moore makes real vet moves in o zone

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 2:19 pm EST

Only team in hockey that will get two penalties called in them in the third period. At home

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 2:17 pm EST

York, great observation. I was screaming at my tv when I was hearing Pierre's interview. That should not be allowed at all.

Greschner4


Sat May 16 2015 2:13 pm EST

!@#!! ... we never do anything smooth and easy

WIOSA


Sat May 16 2015 2:13 pm EST

Hank needs to keep his glove up when he goes to his knees

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 2:12 pm EST

Fast has been good, hope he pots one

TXRanger


Sat May 16 2015 2:12 pm EST

40 plus goals and he can't score

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 2:10 pm EST

Wtf

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 2:04 pm EST

Can only mute game language not working on nbc to stfu these bs announcers... I enjoyed just hearing the crowd and the ice

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 2:02 pm EST

BeauTy by step in what is now becoming his set up spot for goals. ....pierre maguire is bugging me last series and now this series he goes to the other teams bench and seems to tell the coach what's going wrong and why they are having trouble then after he does that he says what can you do to stop it which just covers up him giving info that should stop........TD leaving your feet should be a penalty if you're launching yourself at a player not if it happens during contact.

York18


Sat May 16 2015 2:00 pm EST

Rangers playing great. Speed Kills! Much more open ice in this game vs the entire 7 games against the caps.

Jerry_Garcia


Sat May 16 2015 2:00 pm EST

I am little nervous about Hospo not being around here....I hope that he is OK.

TradeStar28


Sat May 16 2015 1:58 pm EST

This is good entertaining hockey not that shit the craps play

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 1:57 pm EST

Nick: Don't let that bald phuck Maguire play on you... Bishop is just big, he's not in anyones head except Maguire's..... We need to make him move east & west and open him up a bit... The Rangers did NOT do that often enough to Holtby last series.. Both of Stepans goals were scored on the goalie's stick side and on plays where the netminder had to move laterally...... jmho snatcherally ... LGR'S

mf


Sat May 16 2015 1:52 pm EST

DCIGolfer: This is the place you want to go to for those cold beers... (enjoy) http://www.sportsbartampa.com/

mf


Sat May 16 2015 1:48 pm EST

Man that was exciting as hell ... I smacked my hands together so hard they still hurt and yelling scared the local dogs. We deserve the lead despite Bishop being "in the Rangers' heads."

Nick


Sat May 16 2015 1:48 pm EST

Another excellent period. We're winning the board battles the in O zone, we're stealing/intercepting pucks, we're quicker to the puck. We need to just keep playing the same way in the 3rd. Again, if they want to let us through the neutral zone, I'll take that all series long and so,will the Rangers. If they want to give us the neutral zone in the 3rd, we need to keep flying through and keeping the pressure on. We are playing GREAT!!

JFC31


Sat May 16 2015 1:45 pm EST

Ok, I expect to see all the WALL's "STEPAN is a playoff choker" posters weigh in. HOSPO---where are ya? Bishop is playing no different than any other NHL goalie. he is stopping the ones he should. We need more traffic and more rebounds.

Bob


Sat May 16 2015 1:44 pm EST

I tell ya what....have the Rangers had a player like Brass in along time? As much as break the ballz of every frog player, Brass is our favorite pain in the ass French Canadian player.......Reminds me of a Ray Ferraro and Patty Verbeek and will play an important role to get TB off there game especially that little midget Tyler Johnson

TradeStar28


Sat May 16 2015 1:43 pm EST

The King vs. The Bishop

mf


Sat May 16 2015 1:43 pm EST

Wooo Hooo! you go YE or Whitey or Wiley whatever they call you....

WIOSA


Sat May 16 2015 1:43 pm EST

Can't sit in this lead in the third. This series should be right up Nash's alley. Not much hitting from the Bolts and tons of space. No excuses.

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 1:42 pm EST

Nice to have a RHS on the left doorpost for the goal.... The six million dollar man?

mf


Sat May 16 2015 1:42 pm EST

Stepan step on bitchup

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 1:41 pm EST

Rick Nash should peel off a cool million from his wallet and hand that cake over to fuckin STEPAN!!!

TradeStar28


Sat May 16 2015 1:41 pm EST

NIIIICE:

mf


Sat May 16 2015 1:41 pm EST

Yessass!!

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 1:40 pm EST

STEPS!!!!!!!!!!!

DOUBLEN


Sat May 16 2015 1:27 pm EST

Don't think that was close to being offside

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 1:25 pm EST

Nobody can finish.

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 1:20 pm EST

MSL getting chances on this line....Can't finish....

PJ


Sat May 16 2015 1:17 pm EST

Eventually we have to bury one of these don't we?

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 1:12 pm EST

Effin zebras. Bullshit

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 1:09 pm EST

Zebras letting everything go. 3-4 penalties on that shift alone

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 1:07 pm EST

Have to beat bitchup

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 1:02 pm EST

To my Dear Team, please be so kind as to score a godd*&n goal. Thank you

WIOSA


Sat May 16 2015 12:59 pm EST

The Boys' looked damn good in Crystal-Clear HD, Thanks to "nbc-sports-live-extra" app synced to Cable Account, and streamed~thru' roku-player to Big Sony-TV. #lifeisgood

hipcheck


Sat May 16 2015 12:58 pm EST

This is hockey, for me. The teams can show speed and skill out there. And so far we own it. But ... gotta dent the twine.

Nick


Sat May 16 2015 12:57 pm EST

Nbc showing nyr some love... What time is it going to snow?

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 12:54 pm EST

Nyr more comfortable playing this team with this style... The boltz might have to try to change theirs ....They need a couple of goals to get bis hicup to fold ...

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 12:51 pm EST

Two seconds after Pierre riffed on Bishop's stellar puck-handling ... he gives us one on a platter that we sent back to the kitchen.

Nick


Sat May 16 2015 12:50 pm EST

Love how we played but hate the score....We should be up in this one....

PJ


Sat May 16 2015 12:50 pm EST

Good idea to have guys like Miller, Shepard, Glass target Cally in the first to set the mood....this is business, not personal. Other Rangers should now feel comfortable to join in and bang him around.

JFC31


Sat May 16 2015 12:49 pm EST

Man I hate that ... all Rangers all the time ... 0-0. The boys are flying but that's the killer about hockey.

Nick


Sat May 16 2015 12:48 pm EST

Great period by the Rangers! If they want to go Mano a Mano, end to end....the Rangers will be reborn. I'll take this every day of the week and twice on Sunday's....I have no fear of this type of hockey....the Rangers are the better defensive team by far and they can handle this pace and this type of hockey. NBC jerks summarized this series as Tampa offense vs. Rangers defense....bullshit! If they let the Rangers come through the neutral zone the way they did that period, we will win this series easier than I thought.

JFC31


Sat May 16 2015 12:46 pm EST

Total domination, but no goals, grrrrr

TXRanger


Sat May 16 2015 12:43 pm EST

Two posts. Unreal. They are letting a ton of Lightning holding go uncalled

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 12:40 pm EST

Rangers forecheck looks really good so far. Now they just need to get to some of those ample rebounds Bishop is leaving.

Bob


Sat May 16 2015 12:33 pm EST

Gotta cash in on some of these great chances. Tampa has so many weapons up and down their lineup.

evets1980


Sat May 16 2015 12:27 pm EST

Playing well. Is it me or when was the last time we scored on a breakaway??!!

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 12:17 pm EST

Nash , Hayes and Brass....interesting...

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 12:12 pm EST

Time to do this.....Let's Go Rangers!!!!

PJ


Sat May 16 2015 12:09 pm EST

Boyle (wife), Cally...someone out there have a TBL voodoo doll with a needle in the belly??

LeoS


Sat May 16 2015 12:07 pm EST

I'm glad both conference finals have the potential to showcase hockey as played by fast and still physical teams. Let's Go Rangers!

LeoS


Sat May 16 2015 12:04 pm EST

Brian Boyle is out, his wife is in labor.

DOUBLEN


Sat May 16 2015 12:01 pm EST

Guess they have to target hitting Callahan to get him out of the game ....

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 11:52 am EST

Better be no friends on the ice today. Can't let Cally park his ass in front of hank like he did in the regular season. A few cross checks to the lower back or whatever is necessary. Have to pin the Lightning in their own zone as much as possible. They have a ton of talent up front but the d is definitely lacking. Hopefully no Game 7 hangover!

Fotiu22


Sat May 16 2015 11:48 am EST

NN: Spot on!! When I look at Tampa, with Flyer castoffs Coburn and Carle getting big minutes, the NYRs should be creating havoc on the forecheck.. both those players are mediocre at best... Stralman is generally good, but the fact his playing 1st pair defense, tells me Tampa defense is SUSPECT... NYRs need to exploit!!!

schneidw


Sat May 16 2015 11:38 am EST

Trautwig just said on the pre game that Brian Boyle was not out for warmups

DREW


Sat May 16 2015 11:28 am EST

They have to crash this big drink of water in goal... His pads are probably 6" longer than hanks ....

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 11:05 am EST

Why cant they play this game tonight ? Hate NBC !!! breaks up my pregame. Oh well. Bloody Marys it is.

stepunmytoe


Sat May 16 2015 10:54 am EST

My preditction..going to have to score more than 2 goals to win these games..I know really going out on a limb with that one :)

DOUBLEN


Sat May 16 2015 10:28 am EST

How many GM's in the NHL get 15 years to get to the Stanley Cup finals OR get to keep their job without winning one?

Rhet0ric


Sat May 16 2015 9:41 am EST

Consistent

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 9:31 am EST

Stevie - Sather will suck until he retires...and then he will STILL suck!

RF73


Sat May 16 2015 8:31 am EST

Dylan McIlrath @dylan_mcilrath On to the conference finals!!! Another big win in front of the Pack fans! .......guess sather sucks anyhow.....

stevielegs


Sat May 16 2015 8:13 am EST

York - again...no idea what you're arguing. I know it's not that your skates leaving the ice during a hit or targeting a player's head are legal/clean hockey. But at this point, I couldn't give a toss. Series is over. Better team won, despite all the dirtbag thuggery of the Caps. If you didn't see it, then we've got nothing left to talk about on this subject.

tdchi


Sat May 16 2015 3:21 am EST

Anyone else headed to Game 3 in Tampa? I will be there would be cool to meet up for a pre-game beer or between period beer. Let me know.

DCIGolfer


Fri May 15 2015 9:44 pm EST

The Wolf Pack are heading to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first in 11 years. Fantastic game tonight - I'll post some thoughts from the game tomorrow. Heading out to celebrate now...

Dineen11


Fri May 15 2015 8:15 pm EST

Wild you're the one living in the fairy tale yeah you have all these phantom big wigs agreeing with you so you have to be right you're the same clown who claimed to be hanging out with quenville I didn't forgot that joke. You're telling me you know the intent of every hit thrown by players as to what is to injure and what is to hurt lmao you're living in fantasy land I don't have to know more about hockey then you because there is no way I can know more then someone who can read players minds and you seem to do that often I'm done with your bs because that's what it is I could never be right when the rfc has their very own Marvin the mindreader in you.

York18


Fri May 15 2015 7:42 pm EST

Stepunmytoe, -- Great breakdown on FAST, totally agree. He is developing rapidly. He is smart, and he hits solid & hard. Love watching his defensive gam as well.

hipcheck


Fri May 15 2015 6:41 pm EST

I have 2 tix available: 212 row 21 9 and 10. $275 per ticket

RDW


Fri May 15 2015 5:43 pm EST

RF4L- Look at Anaheim adding Kesler. Backed would be a tremendous add for the Rangers. He makes too much $ though. Kessler has really improved the Ducks. The guy is a beast, chippy, great on face offs and can bury the puck.

Bob


Fri May 15 2015 5:14 pm EST

Doesn't Hospo live in Caps Country? Maybe he's embarked on a door-to-door In Your Face campaign :)

LeoS


Fri May 15 2015 5:01 pm EST

Maybe part of Zucc's injury is an ear/balance thing that's keeping him off skates?

LeoS


Fri May 15 2015 3:48 pm EST

stevie: If/when MSL does retire, it'll be interesting to see if his desire is to remain involved in the game. He's a classy guy who's style and skill has been great to watch over the years. A tribute to the little guy who's constantly passed by - and it still keeps happening.

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 3:42 pm EST

rf4l sather should offer him an assistant coach job next year...but msl thinks he still wants to play.....that could change.....

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 3:37 pm EST

stevie: Let's hope MSL displays some of that in this series. There's been precious little of it so far these POs from him. He looks to me lost and scared. It's actually sad to see because of how we know (and Stamkos just said it) he used to be.

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 3:32 pm EST

Joe Smith @TBTimes_JSmith Stamkos called St. Louis the "ultimate competitor, ultimate professional" "He's definitely helped me become the leader and player I am today

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 3:23 pm EST

The thing that I like most about Fast Is the kid takes the body hard. Rarely passes up the chance to hit cha. Gotta say I had no use for him in the beginning of the year, but he has turned himself into one of the more valuable forwards we have. AV deserves credit for his development. If he can start finding back of the net a little more often....... What a find.

stepunmytoe


Fri May 15 2015 3:20 pm EST

Oh and Adam McQuaid who I maintain contributed to Nash's first concussion as a Ranger (everyone blames Lucic but IMO it was that prick's elbow and then McQuaid's slamming of Nash's head into the glass a period or so later that did it).

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 3:18 pm EST

Trade: That prick Backes. He acts like Chara - hits to intimidate, using his size to his advantage, then gets all indignant if someone dares do it back to him. Can't stand phuckers...

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 3:05 pm EST

Trade...Just Cooke...but he isn't nearly the bastard he used to be.

Wildcard


Fri May 15 2015 3:04 pm EST

York: the silly punk version of you is showing up again. You think your tough, think everyone else is wrong. You live in a fairy tail world and none can know anything about hockey as much as you know. I am sure that you know so much more than so many others, but lets dispense with the BS and understand that you are not the most knowledgeable person, even on this wall. I know I am not, and that is why I talk to so many people. When I hear the same basic thing from many many people...than something completely different from you, and those people made money playing hockey for a long period of time, and now make money scouting, coaching and stuff like that at a various levels, I get the feeling that you are completely full of it and really have no clue.

Wildcard


Fri May 15 2015 3:01 pm EST

"It's the conference finals, there should be a lot of fuel on the fire," St. Louis said after practice Friday. "There's been a lot of good players on that team since I've been there, but I know the history and everybody will make a big story out of it and rightfully so. But for me it's just a team standing in my way right now."

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 2:51 pm EST

Did i leave any pricks out from the modern era?

TradeStar28


Fri May 15 2015 2:50 pm EST

Actually, i am gonna tweet Mcilrath the Wallster's 2015 Christmas list........AO8, Malkin, Kunitz, Clutterfuck, Lucic, Marchand, Chara, PJ Subban, Matt Martin, Zubrus, Lapierriere, Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, Rinaldo, Chris Neil and Brandon Prust

TradeStar28


Fri May 15 2015 2:43 pm EST

That was not the first time Ovenchicken tried to knock McDonagh out of the game/series.......He did it on May 13, 2013...Game 7.....similar type of shit.....He comes charging in and waits for McDonagh to turn his back and just railroads him into the boards face first..........That is why i gotta revert to watching the Colton Orr video where he tries to decapitate Ovenchicken when he was running around trying to hurt the Rangers team mates......I would love nothing more than all these fucks trying that when the anointed king kong Mcilrath comes to town finally and he catches AO8 and proceeds to tear his head off and shit down his neck........Then i will come on here and kiss Yorks ass in front of the Gimbel's window. Or Macy's if he prefers

TradeStar28


Fri May 15 2015 2:39 pm EST

Weird how their is not a lot of talk about the Lightning on here......So I will start with providing their lines............. http://www2.dailyfaceoff.com/teams/lines/39/tampa-bay-lightning

TradeStar28


Fri May 15 2015 2:33 pm EST

Zucc Working out rising the bike hard but not skating is odd even if it was just not contact skating. Something must still be wrong of he can't skate drills.

York18


Fri May 15 2015 2:30 pm EST

Wild come on up and get your stupid post of the year award you sir are the clear winner. You know that when it's a shoulder to the chest it's just to hurt but not injure while the other hits are not meant to hurt but injure roflmao yup you know what all players are thinking at all times and what their intentions are behind hits like someone said about you you can never be wrong because you know what people are thinking and know everything. ......TD why shouldn't he crush him why should he let up? When we have rangers who crush it's okay but the other team can't? You talk up McI and you like him that guy does not let up on hits he punishes guys but it's okay because he's a ranger?

York18


Fri May 15 2015 1:55 pm EST

Rangers Report &#10004; @rangersreport on Jesper Fast: "He works like an S.O.B."

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 1:17 pm EST

I feel the same way about Zucc...seems odd that he hasn't started to skate...unless he is doing it all alone and no one knows. But it seems like there must be some type of injury beyond concussion...like a fracture, because travel, hard workouts...thats USUALLY the hardest thing to get to, the hard work on the bike and such.

Wildcard


Fri May 15 2015 12:55 pm EST

i continue to be stumped by Zucc's injury. He's definitely got a head/facial injury, so if he able to travel and workout, why not skate before or after practice? Doesn't make sense.

pete


Fri May 15 2015 12:54 pm EST

IMO...if you can run and ride the bike at a very high level then you can skate BUT if there is a fracture of the skull they may be very cautious about him falling... Again, I have no idea but I'm thinking it was a hairline fracture along with a minor concussion.

jkropp


Fri May 15 2015 12:43 pm EST

AV says Zucc has "done everything but skate" and that it is a "possibility" that he can play this series. that along with Boyle skating as normal today sounds like some good news. Course AV also fully expects Cally to play in game 1.

Wildcard


Fri May 15 2015 12:08 pm EST

CoMark: Stralman clearly is an example of a player needing several years to fully mature. This is why GMs need to be careful when considering jettisoning a kid because he's not developing on the projectory originally thought.

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 11:56 am EST

Messier dirty? LOL...check these 3 elbows out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbuYFx4dPnw

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 11:55 am EST

RF4L/STEVIE- Stevie is right, the Devils invited Stralman to their training camp and he was cut. When Staal went down, we signed him. HE looked like crap at first and Torts refused to use him. Then he went in and slowly became the player he is today.

ColoradoMark


Fri May 15 2015 11:51 am EST

Where's our boy Hospo????

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 11:51 am EST

Thanks OLA and TDCHI....LGR!!!

jkropp


Fri May 15 2015 11:50 am EST

@AGrossRecord Before ANYBODY asks, Mats Zuccarello is not skating today. Thank you.

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 11:43 am EST

Hey All, I'm back! Great series! Agree with down below, Cally needs a good old fashion ass kicking! Won't be too many 2-1's in this series. Need to score 3-4 every game and should have our chances. Can't believe 3,000 tickets on stub hub which you can get into the arena for $200. Looks like the crowd will not be as intense. Anything on Zuc? Can't seem to find anything. Miss all you old boys but certain circumstances won't allow me to post. Again enjoy the run!!!! It's been fun.

BONGO


Fri May 15 2015 11:43 am EST

jkropp- In back of a better comparision, think more Marty Straka than Brian Gionta when it comes to Ryan Bourque if you get what I mean. Ryan is a great support player, plays all over the ice. Real good at carrying the puck up ice and in traffic, supports his linemates real well. Not elite playmaker nor sniper though.

Ola


Fri May 15 2015 11:40 am EST

tdchi- I've always been really high on Ryan Bourque, but the big concussion problems he have had gotta have hurt him. I don't know how much hockey he missed the last 4 years... Sometimes you need a bit of luck too. Some players make it, look to kinda be on the verge for a while, but things just goes real well and all of a sudden they are establihsed etc and you never look back. But so few of those guys lost a year here and there to injuries, there are of course examples but not many. Its hard to evaluate how much Ryan have lost from being injured, but I think its a lot. Love his style and hustle. Would be wonderful if he could make it.

Ola


Fri May 15 2015 11:37 am EST

JFC31 - That's the clown Tortorella kept over Dale WEISE...Brilliant!!

tdchi


Fri May 15 2015 11:37 am EST

@AGrossRecord #NYR today: Nash-Brassard-MSL Kreider-Stepan-Fast Hagelin-Moore-Hayes Bourque-Sheppard-Miller; McDonagh-Girardi Staal-Boyle Yandle-Klein

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 11:35 am EST

jkropp - Ryan BOURQUE is a high-energy player...he doesn't do anything flashy, but a little of everything well...he's about as solid defensively as they come...last year, which was basically a breakout year for him, he was first on the team in +/-...just ahead of JT MILLER and Jesper FAST...fearless when it comes to traffic...decent hitter, but is undersized, so he's not going to win many physical battles. Kid has very good wheels too, which is part of the reason he's good defensively...his offensive game isn't much to write home about, but when it comes down to it, he offers a hell of a lot more than GLASS...he scored 21 last year, but had his production clipped a little this season, largely because I don't think he got very much PP time...anyway, he's a very good fit for this team's mantra, IMO...very team-first guy...I'd be surprised if he makes his debut tomorrow...but TBH, I'd put him in over Glass against a team like Tampa...I think he'd be a very good addition to fourth line...another small note: He's got a history with Fast and Miller obviously...but he also played on the 2010 gold medal winning WJCS team with KREIDER and STEPAN.

tdchi


Fri May 15 2015 11:28 am EST

We can laugh now...they dropped him in the stretcher! Haaaa Mess would be gone for at least 5 games today.

jkropp


Fri May 15 2015 11:25 am EST

Messier hits Modano! Today, he'd be suspended, no doubt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yxLlZkknv0

JFC31


Fri May 15 2015 11:19 am EST

Dineen/York/TD: I sure hope your prognosis is accurate. As many of us have lamented on here numerous times, the Rangers are desperately lacking what McI brings to the table and it would truly be a wonderful thing if he's progressed to the point where he can fit into the top 6 next fall. I'm not expecting his presence to eliminate the crap we've seen in the first 2 rounds (especially at the hands of the Crapitals) but I remain convinced it'll deter some of it. And anyone who poo-poos the notion that a guy successfully coming to the defense of a teammate doesn't lift that teammate's spirits and the entire team in general is well...ill-informed. Ask anyone who's played competitively about that if you disbelieve it. It remains part of the culture of hockey and given what we're seeing this spring, a big time need for any team once again (but that need never truly went away because the NHL refuses to suspend idiots out of the league - the fact that Matt Cook still has a job is proof one of that).

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 11:18 am EST

Can someone tells me what Ryan Bourque would bring to the table...I heard he is fast...I'm sure he brings more of a scoring threat than Glass...??

jkropp


Fri May 15 2015 11:17 am EST

How's this for "intent to injure"? Former Ranger Andre Deveaux. BRUTAL!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjPidfiU1EQ

JFC31


Fri May 15 2015 11:14 am EST

I hedged on the WASH series and said that the RAngers would win in 6 unless Holtby got hot....in wghich case we'd win in 7. Same exact prediction for Bolts/Bishop. Would love to see the Rangers chop down that 6'7" tree....he's not that skilled, just big and I hate guys who get by because of size.

JFC31


Fri May 15 2015 11:09 am EST

Boyle is practicing per Pat Leonard

jkropp


Fri May 15 2015 11:05 am EST

Dan Boyle on ice for Rangers noon practice.... @AGrossRecord Do not see Tanner Glass. Ryan Bourque skating on fourth line with Sheppard and Miller

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 10:53 am EST

R4FL - On MCILRATH, I think he is one of those guys who has shown pretty consistent improvement since arriving in Hartford. He's learned to play a lot smarter, and picks his battles a little better than he used to. He is mean and intimidating, and he sticks up for his teammates. His physical presence is undeniable, and then he'll go and score a goal on a rocket shot from the point and you are reminded he can chip in offensively here and there, too. I can definitely see him playing in the NHL next year.

Dineen11


Fri May 15 2015 10:33 am EST

right is reserved here for a certain few....then there's the clueless jackass club , which rejected their memberships......

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 10:31 am EST

York - When guys like ORPIK and WILSON have both skates off the ice when they're hitting someone...and when they're targeting the upper body as that scumbag did on BOYLE...or OV did on McDONAGH...you're aiming to knock the guy out of the game, if not the series. OV'S hit is actually a great example of one intended to injure. He didn't need to crush McD. He could have easily pulled out of that hit...play was dead. But he saw his chance to inflict harm and absolutely crushed McD. I'd have to look at it again, but I'm pretty sure his skates left the ice on that one too. And look, the hitting is just part of the dirtbag shit the Craps were pulling...two-handed slashes across the wrist...slashed on the calves behind the play...I don't really know what we're arguing about here...what I'm saying is the Caps played dirty and they deserved to lose.

tdchi


Fri May 15 2015 10:30 am EST

stevie: Seems everything I see has it 6 or 7 games. Seems for every TBL win in 6 or 7 there are 2 NYR win in 6 or 7. So if the "experts" are on their games, the Rangers will win in 6 or 7. I happen to think Rangers in 6. But thats what I thought for the CAPs series...but I thought Rangers in 5 in round 1....so that means I have been almost totally wrong while being right at the same time.....LOL

Wildcard


Fri May 15 2015 10:18 am EST

3 beats so far predicting 7 game series.....

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 10:16 am EST

http://www.generalfanager.com Decent site for cap stuff, not sure how accurate, an article was out this morning about it. Also has future draft picks and stuff.

Wildcard


Fri May 15 2015 10:02 am EST

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/rangers-lightning-breaking-matchups-article-1.2222183

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 9:53 am EST

York: Its actually rather simple to answer that. Hitting a guy as hard as possible in the chest with your shoulder is hitting to hurt, you are not intending on injuring a guy or taking him out. What Stevens did, what Opik does, that fully extend the legs and bring the arm up as high as possible while still keeping it against the body, is hitting to injure. You KNOW when you hit a guy like that it is more than likely he gets an injury, and isn't just in pain.

Wildcard


Fri May 15 2015 9:44 am EST

http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/15/eastern-conference-final-rangers-lightning-matchups/#sthash.pPxsMN7h.dpbs

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 9:41 am EST

http://www.northjersey.com/sports/hockey/rangers-vs-lightning-1.1335369

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 9:16 am EST

Sather's Edmonton regime drafted Beukaboom (then developed him).

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 9:09 am EST

Wonder who is going to be on the ice today for practice...

jkropp


Fri May 15 2015 9:02 am EST

rf4l I think the debbies released him from a tryout contract....

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 8:59 am EST

I think we'll know what the Rangers' plans are for McIlraith on Draft Day. If he isn't traded, I think there's a good chance he'll get to the big club next season. Gotta believe that Sather respects Beuk's opinion (wasn't Sather Beuk's GM in EDM?) and if it's not just a feign by Beuk to increase McI's trade value, I think he'll get a chance if he's not traded.

JFC31


Fri May 15 2015 8:59 am EST

OLA agreed McI is not making it down someone will take him immediately so I guess he stays up as either a starting 6 or number 7

York18


Fri May 15 2015 8:56 am EST

rf4l unfortunately the cap causes a lot of crap.....I think the aging vets are great teachers for the kids on the nyr.....intangibles.....

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 8:55 am EST

Maybe the scrutiny that will come during the series of MSL being compared to Callahan (captain traded for captain) will be the incentive that MSL needs to give it one last push towards glory and raise the level of his play. MSL is a proud man who has battled to be recognized his whole life....too small, etc. He has stated that he thrived in his career by ALWAYS trying to prove his doubter WRONG about himself and his ability. This series is custom made to provide that PRESSURE that MSL needs to once again prove that he trade was a good one for the Rangers. If not npw, then it is truly over for MSL.....this si just what he needs to get his juices flowing.

JFC31


Fri May 15 2015 8:55 am EST

Duguay's right. How Callahan was allowed to storm the crease and get in the King's face in those 3 regular season games was downright criminal. I gave not a single damn his Ranger history and his ex-mates need to feel the same way. He surely didn't feel any loyalty to them when he made them look foolish. And guess what? He wasn't traded away on a Sather whim - he held the Rangers at ransom, surely knowing full well he'd never get the $$ he was demanding. I suspect he figured Sather would never trade him, although no doubt he wasn't happy with AV's decision to regulate him to the 3rd line. All in all, run him over the first time he gets near the King. Injure him - don't just hurt him!!!

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 8:54 am EST

York I agree with you on McIlrath, but the problem is that there's no more HFD for him. Has to pass through waivers next year. So it's either NY or the highway. Would hate to loose him.

Ola


Fri May 15 2015 8:51 am EST

stevie: No, it was the BJs who did so after the Leafs did the same. I believe it was the Leafs who actually drafted him. I saw him as a Leaf and his game was incomplete - he seemed to be confused on how much of an offensive defenseman he should be; his rushes were sometimes ill-timed and usually amounted to nothing. It impacted how he played without the puck I think. I suspect the same problem occurred in Columbus. It was under Tortorella's watch that he finally settled down and did so (IMO) by playing defense first. No doubt the way Tortorella had his forwards collapsing in front helped that development. I suspect AV was sold on Stralman's ability to play the offensive side of the game PLUS given the big 3 (not to mention the late addition of KK) and the fact that none are truly offensive d-men, he probably told Sather out of 6 starters he needed one who's forte was generating offense. Boyle tries but he's another example, IMO, of an aging player = declining skills (ala MSL).

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 8:47 am EST

he's talking about Callahan....I find it hard to believe a doctor cleared him to play.....

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 8:44 am EST

“One thing needs to happen and happen early: They need to send a message to the former Rangers that they are not buddies and they’re going to be physical with them,” said Duguay, an analyst with MSG. “The Rangers have to look at them like they’re the enemy. They need to know that they are not going to feel comfortable.” “He was within a certain comfort zone playing against buddies, but that can’t happen anymore,” Duguay said. “Early on, a few Rangers have to go after him hard and let everyone see that he’s no longer a New York Ranger. Someone has to put a glove in the face and let the whole building know how it’s going to be. “What I saw when he played against the Rangers, it can’t happen again. He can’t be allowed to create energy for the team. If I’m a coach, a big part of the conversation and preparation is they didn’t play him hard enough.”

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 8:44 am EST

JFC: Interestingly enough, I just read a stat that indicates the Rangers were in the bottom 4 for offensive chances generated. The Bolts in the top 3.

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 8:34 am EST

Sorry, we were 3rd in scoring....and our goal differential was FANTASTIC!

JFC31


Fri May 15 2015 8:32 am EST

The key to this whole series IMO is Ben Bishop. In the first 2 series, the Rangers arguably faced 2 golaies playing about as well as they are capable of playing....very athletic goalies who were on top of their games. If Ben Bishop plays out of his mind, the Rangers are gonna have a long, difficult series, But, I Bishop proves to be a softer target than Fluery and Holtby (which I suspect he will be) the Rangers will gain a degree of confidence that will provide extra energy and jump to the Rngers game, they will start clicking offensively and they will be very, very difficult to contain once they start rolling. I'm tellin' ya....if Bishop proves to be easier than Fleury and Holtby, the Rangers game will go to a different level offensively. Yeah, the Bolts finished first in scoring....but, we were second and we have The King. No reason to think he'll let down at all.

JFC31


Fri May 15 2015 8:22 am EST

BTW, Nikita Kucherov is a player the Rangers cannot under-estimate. He's fast, talented and a smart player.

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 8:22 am EST

Hitting to hurt vs. hitting to injure: If Callahan thinks he can, and does suit up to play this upcoming series, I hit him to knock him out of this series.... Hurt or Injure ? Pick-em.... Personally, I don't give a rats tushie what you call it, we're 8 wins from The Cup..... That's all that matters.... In my not so humble worldly opinion.... Still enjoying Wednesdays win.... ;-) smile, smile, smile...... RIP B.B. King

mf


Fri May 15 2015 8:21 am EST

rf4l didn't the debbies release stralman and the nyr signed him?

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 8:19 am EST

Another interesting aspect of this series will be how the Rangers handle Stamkos and to a lesser extent Tyler Johnson. They did a great job against Crosby and Malkin and for the most part OV (and Backstrom as invisible, save for his hit from behind on Boyle). Can they shut these 2 down, too? Stamkos didn't score a goal in his first 8 PO games but has 3 in the last 5. He's worrisome for sure.

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 8:19 am EST

the refs have to try to call intent to injure penalties....turning a blind on to the interference penalties is what they have been doing in the playoffs, along with some boarding calls....the nhl has 2 rulebooks, and double standards.. ot alone proves that..5 minutes vs 20, 5 on 5 vs 4 on 4, the shootout vs sudden death etc.....calling for scraping the ice in ot on an icing call is not a good idea, neither is a tv timeout on it, and some other situations where it gives a free timeout and helps only one of the teams. ....but this is part of what it is.....are players even involved in rule change decisions, ideas and meetings ? ....

stevielegs


Fri May 15 2015 8:10 am EST

Regarding the upcoming Tampa series, there's a couple of interesting side stories attached (as we kn0w): MSL vs Callahan and Stralman vs Boyle. Interesting that Cally actually out-pointed MSL this year (54 to 52) and was way more damaging to the Rangers in their 3 regular season games than MSL was to the Bolts. Let's hope that doesn't continue! Stralman ended up signing with the Bolts for the same money given Boyle, albeit for a much shorter term. However, Stralman is on the Bolts number 1 PP and I believe he's on their top d pairing too. I wonder if Sather and AV could have a do-over if they'd have signed Stralman. Hind-sight is 20/20 but IMO they screwed-up there (and I didn't even start discussing the age difference!).

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 7:50 am EST

WILD and how do you gauge the hit to hurt and the hit to injure with a hard shoulder to the chest in open ice? Are you hitting to hurt or injure? A bruised chest can put you out of the series, so is that to injure or hurt? A cracked rib can put you out, is that to hurt or to injure? When you hit your goal is to maximize the impact to the greatest effect possible, you pull back and there is a good chance you can be hurt or injured. Watch Zuch going to the boards he gives his back and sinks down and thrusts his butt out into the knee of the player coming at him, that's the protect himself but designed to injure an opponent coming from behind because they can end up with a knee injury, what would that be called? Thats why zucc is very effective on the boards and going into the corners.

York18


Fri May 15 2015 7:48 am EST

Bob: Yep and it starts at the top - Buttphuck I am convinced is orchestrating this crap because the belief is competition puts more money in more owners pockets. The salary cap (and floor) rules go a long way towards leveling the playing field, but for these jerk-offs, it's not enough. Therefore, they add the 3 point games, to the extent where losing still merits a reward. The result? Phantom PO races for weak teams year in and year out. But that's STILL not enough for these nobs. Compromising the integrity of winning and losing is one thing; now the league is back to compromising fair play via tossing away the rule book on behaviour that slows down the play via ignoring hooks and holds and worse, hits from behind, hits to players without the pucks, slashes and crosschecks. It's ridiculous. And wrong.

RF4L


Fri May 15 2015 7:38 am EST

RF4L: First: Yeah that stuff about the kids was a bit gushy but that's to be expected, wouldn't be good if he ripped them. But I think there is truth in all of it, the improvement and stuff is real, but probably over exaggerated a tad for effect. Second: Hurt is what happens when you get a bruise, or hit your "funny bone" stub your toe, injure is when something done broke. A tear, concussion, separated shoulder. Getting hit with a puck and having it make your leg go dead for a few seconds is s hurt, a bone cracking is an injury.

Wildcard


Fri May 15 2015 7:21 am EST

Watching the way the NHL DPS has evolved, after a pretty good start under Shanahan to now doing all they can to excuse head shots and avoid suspensions, I am going to enjoy it when the league takes it in the shorts via lawsuit. I hope the ex-players and the families of deceased players hits the jackpot at the expense of the NHL.

Bob


Fri May 15 2015 7:07 am EST

HIPCHECK -- no problem & good luck with it. Hope it isn't blacked out for you.

Gibbo


Fri May 15 2015 6:18 am EST

TD there's a difference? How do you decide it's a hit to hurt, and not a hit to injure? Hurting someone leads to injury a lot of times because you cant gauge it. There is a difference between dirty and clean. An open ice hit to the chest with a shoulder at top speed is to put someone out of a series and there is nothing wrong with that.....WILD I hit to injure clean but to injure. I throw a clean hard check it's to try and put you down and out of the game. That;s exactly what Mci does every game, he hits to put guys out of the game, CLEAN, not an elbow to the head etc that's dirty crap. As for a hipcheck sto with the bs it's to separate the guy from the puck, you're sending a guy feet over head at high speed injury is there, not to mention when the hip hits the knee and flexes it in the wrong direction, I would say a hip check is more designed to injure then anything but a blind side hit. A clean open ice hit with a shoulder to the chest is not meant to tickle, it's meant to put a guy out of the game and if you honestly believe anything else you are living a fairy tale..................TD on the caps getting a blind eye, I don't think it's them, I think the league has always swallowed the whistle come playoffs, some a little more then others..........RF McI is as close to ready as can be IMO it will be interesting to see where it goes he may start the season in Hartford but he will be called up and used next year IMO, Lindberg is also ready, I think Beuk gushed a little in that thing but that's okay because it gives confidence to this guys and that's important.

York18


Thu May 14 2015 11:45 pm EST

..Farrish: Lundqvist, Rangers unbreakable, resilient Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 3:53 PM Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer..http://www.nhl.com/ice/m_news.htm?id=767679

stevielegs


Thu May 14 2015 9:22 pm EST

Were u an alpha omega or a count?

TradeStar28


Thu May 14 2015 9:21 pm EST

MF.....time to head to Szechuan East on Long Beach Road......or were u a May's Kitchen guy?

TradeStar28


Thu May 14 2015 9:19 pm EST

THE KREIDER: Your Slip is showing! :-) http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/talented-barber-rangers-fan-shaves-faces-of-kreider-zuccarello-into-peoples-heads/

mf


Thu May 14 2015 9:06 pm EST

3 out of 4 of those teams have won in the 21st century... Lightning in 2004, Ducks in 2007, and Chicago in 2010 & 2013..............NY Rangers are due!

TradeStar28


Thu May 14 2015 9:03 pm EST

RANGERS DUCKS BLACKHAWKS LIGHTNING.........one of these 4 will win the Lord Stanley's hardware,

TradeStar28


Thu May 14 2015 8:37 pm EST

Dineen: What is your opinion of McI this year?

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 8:36 pm EST

Dr Wild - thanks for the post about Buek and the Ranger youth he's coaching. His gushing is a tad over the top but I do like what he says about McI, which mirrors what those on the wall who've seen him play this year have been saying.

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 8:28 pm EST

Doctor Wild - please explain the difference between hurt and injure!

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 7:49 pm EST

LeoS I was wondering the same thing

Wildcard


Thu May 14 2015 7:48 pm EST

td: I think the NHL was desperate for OV tho be in the finals. Really....I mean how long have the peddled the OV vs Crosby stuff? They want them in the ECF every year...its just not working out for them. Crosby made it to back to back finals, and other than that, really the PENs and Crosby haven't done all that much, OV and the Caps can't get past the 2nd round and all their dreams of a new Great One have gone out the window.

Wildcard


Thu May 14 2015 7:46 pm EST

York: I made a distinction between hitting to hurt vs hitting to injure. If you hit to injure when you played that you are a POS....just like Steven was and Opik is. McIlrath I would bet doesn't think about trying to injure a guy. Hurt yes. Injure no. Hip checks separate a player from the puck, they are not thrown to injury a guy. You can hit to hurt and to make a guy sore, hell you want a guy to feel a little pain to get him off his game, but if you hit to injure you should be shown the door, that is not hockey. If you can't tell he difference between hurting and injuring in the way I have broken it down, well...sorry, I can't help you...but they are two different worlds. Oh and Mess, he was a POS for a big chunk of his career, and in part due to how the game was played at the time.

Wildcard


Thu May 14 2015 6:50 pm EST

In the passing the hat video, does Lundqvist call Stepan "Y.E."? Any guesses what that means? Young Einstein?

LeoS


Thu May 14 2015 6:48 pm EST

schniedw - Couldn't disagree with you more, re: STEPAN. Look, the guy isn't a punishing center who is going to strong-arm his way through tight areas on the ice...and no, he's not a particularly physical player...but he's a world-class playmaker who can dish the puck among the best. Avoiding physical contact? Since when? Step is easily a $6 million per year center. I'd say he's every bit the player as David KREJCI, who will earn $7.25 million next year...if we get Step at $6 million per or for a deal like BRASSARD signed, we're gonna be in very good shape. Keep in mind, Step is still 24. He had one heck of a year for the team....I really can't fathom the ribbing he takes here sometimes.

tdchi


Thu May 14 2015 6:46 pm EST

Not sure which NBC announcer mentioned it, but apparently when Zucc plays the team's record is almost 1 goal greater than when he doesn't. I'm convinced that had he played against the Caps it would have been a much shorter series, perhaps us winning in 5 instead of 7.

Ranger47


Thu May 14 2015 6:28 pm EST

York - by 'hurt' I meant injure. Agree or disagree, that's what I was implying. Of course guys aren't checking each other hoping that their hits don't hurt. But there's a difference between hitting someone and hitting someone to knock them the hell out of the series. But the hitting was only a fraction of the dirtbag stuff the Caps were doing against the Isles and then the Rangers. Like I said in a post a few days ago --was this the regular season, the Caps could have expected a few of their players to have in-person hearings with the NHL...the fact that all their garbage was overlooked in not one but two series suggests to me either the NHL doesn't care about this kind of horseshit play or that they were desperate to see the Caps/OV succeed. Maybe both.

tdchi


Thu May 14 2015 5:52 pm EST

WILD are you kidding me? That is the biggest panzy nonsense ever posted. You think Stevens was not trying to kill guys when he was giving those open ice checks? You think Chara is not hitting to hurt? LMAO you are really touched Mark Messier made a career out of hitting to hurt and was super dirty to boot. What the hell do you think a hip check is intended to do as it sends a guy flying feet over head LMAO? You think a guy like McI is not trying to hurt people in Hartford when he checks? He has a rep for it, what the hell do you think Kloucek was doing when he was here, or Beuk, hell ulfie was traded here in hopes of his dirty hits,...................................Schneid step was where he should be he found and open sheet of ice with a shooting angle the rebound came he scored second time he has scored from there these playoffs not luck good positioning

York18


Thu May 14 2015 5:45 pm EST

schneidw: Sorry. The Perimiter has never been nor ever will be, below the gashmarks, inside the dots. It would be like saying the sky is stripped purple and yellow....it's just not reality. Stepan did what smart players do. He found the soft spot and looked for an opportunity. If that was Hayes in his spot you would be talking it up. Stepan was the 32 highest scoring center this season...32nd, and HD missed games, he would have been a top 20 scoring C if he had played all 82 at the same ppg pace. I guess guys in the top 20-30 In scoring at center are 3rd line centers now-a-days. Stepan would be a top two center on more than half the NHL teams. He is a damn good player...and while I feel Hayes could fill his shoes, you don't toss aside a guy who clearly in every aspect (save perhaps face offs but that's a tough call because it's a team effort now) is a top two guy. Also. You want to brush aside the lasy goal....but wasn't he the one credited with the face off win?

Wildcard


Thu May 14 2015 5:35 pm EST

STEPAN: not to piss on the parade... just that Stepan has been a topic of discussion... his goal was total irony because he was killing the NYRs most of the night because of horrible faceoffs.. which directly led to Ovechkin goal ...

schneidw


Thu May 14 2015 5:34 pm EST

STEPAN: I am not in the majority...but my take on Stepan has NOT changed... he didn't create the play that won the game..he was standing on the perimeter and got a lucky bounce.. key word is LUCKY... the fact is he lost nearly every single faceoff cleanly which put the NYRs at a major disadvantage... his offensive play is weak, he is unwilling to pay the price along the boards... he avoids contact at all cost... with that said, he plays very good defense and makes very nice passes... I like him, but lets be honest.. #3 Center, not #1 or even #2.. so IMHO, he is worth $4M/year tops.. .I much prefer Kevin Hayes

schneidw


Thu May 14 2015 5:31 pm EST

Alain Vigneault said Thursday on WFAN that right wing Mats Zuccarello, who hasn’t played since Game 5 of the first round after taking a puck to the left side of his head, is “starting to work out,” his first public comments on Zuccarello’s status since the injury. Asked directly about Zuccarello’s availability for the Eastern Conference Finals, Vigneault — who said he was keeping his “fingers crossed” — added “there’s always hope.” AV said Dan Boyle “feels a lot better” after taking a hit to the head from Brooks Orpik in the third period of Game 7 on Wednesday night. Boyle didn’t return to the game but was on the ice celebrating the victory. “(Boyle) will be evaluated (Friday) and we’ll know more then,”

Rhet0ric


Thu May 14 2015 5:18 pm EST

One thing. TBL may have really good forwards...but so does PIT and the CAPS. Now you can argue that TBL plays a much better team game offensively so they will be better, but at the same time, DET plays a good defensive game, their issue was offensive and in net but they took the Lightning to 7 games, The HABS are not nearly as good defensively but a bit stronger offensively and have a much better guy in net that DET and got TBL to 6. The Rangers are the most well rounded team with a goalie who is outstanding in big games. I think it's going to be another goalie battle, and it's going to go 6 or 7, but I think Stamkos will find it harder to get good looks once again. Another thing, most teams have their smaller guys at wing, the Rangers are more balanced, but their wings tend to be larger creating matchup problems, and Stamkos will not be faster than the guys defending him this series like against the HABS.

Wildcard


Thu May 14 2015 5:13 pm EST

I'm not proud of the way MSL left Tampa but I like the guy even though he really hasn't shown much of anything in the Caps series. CALLY on the other-hand, I was very upset with - he thought he was worth way more money and he left. I liked him a lot but I always thought he was a bit cocky, which you want but I never LOVED his personality. I love the way he played and the way he left everything on the ice but I feel MSL does that too...just 10 years too late...

jkropp


Thu May 14 2015 5:09 pm EST

I'm so scared of BOYLE beating us....I love the guy and he is a playoff machine...I feel as though he can have an awesome series.

jkropp


Thu May 14 2015 5:07 pm EST

Also re Stepan. I don't think he will demand 6 per. I think he starts (or rather his agent starts) at 6.25-6.5 per, maybe even 7 per, but that's just negotiations. I think he will Settle for something near Brass money, 5.5 per. Still a question if they can make the cap work....but Step doesn't strike me as the me first big money type.

Wildcard


Thu May 14 2015 5:06 pm EST

GIBBO, -- Thanks. There are usually local blackout restrictions, but maybe that will work with the Preakness coverage conflict. I see ROKU now has a NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA app that they didn't have last year. Could be easy. Thanks again!

hipcheck


Thu May 14 2015 5:06 pm EST

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/rangers-insider-mats-zuccarello-starting-work-article-1.2222601

stevielegs


Thu May 14 2015 5:04 pm EST

York: a body check is a tool used to separate a player from the puck. At least that's what it's supposed to be. Hitting to injure is something a jackass does. Yeah you hit hard, and you want it to hurt. But the second you are thinking you want to really hurt someone (I.e. Injure) it's something that a player should be punished for. The caps were hitting to injure. We will not see the same thing starting Saturday. TBL plays an "honest" game much like the Rangers. They will hit you, hit you hard, and have you wishing for the ice tub, but they are not looking to hit a guy like Orpik always does. Two different things.

Wildcard


Thu May 14 2015 5:00 pm EST

Apologies if this has been posted. However it's a pretty good read, some tidbits about the kids in Hartford. http://www.blueshirtsunited.com/article/beukeboom-hartford-playoffs-rangers-prospects

Wildcard


Thu May 14 2015 4:38 pm EST

Spot on JFC31

jkropp


Thu May 14 2015 4:36 pm EST

OVI should play a bit on the PK...I think he would be a threat every time out there IF he can handle the D responsibilities, which I know he is talented enough to do, it's a matter or work ethic...IF NASH can do it so can OVI. I'd want my best player not sitting for half the period.

jkropp


Thu May 14 2015 3:40 pm EST

OLA thanks. You know I have been talking up Stepan since he was in college and to see him finally finding the playoff game is nice.......TD the caps were hitting to hurt? What are they supposed to do. I don't think I ever threw a hit without bad intentions. What the hell are you hitting for if not to hurt? So you can rub up against another man? .......OV is a beast and he didnt choke last night he scored a beautiful goal he played hard and his team lost. They barely lost at that.......Stepan will want 6 the question then becomes who do they want more him or brassard that's it because Hayes will slide up Lindberg will slide in and I don't see this team missing a beat.

York18


Thu May 14 2015 2:47 pm EST

Ryan Callahan is on the ice for #tblightning practice #NHL NYRangers

stevielegs


Thu May 14 2015 2:47 pm EST

@AGrossRecord Latest Bovada Stanley Cup odds: Rangers 2/1 Blackhawks 11/5 Ducks 12/5 Lightning 19/4

stevielegs


Thu May 14 2015 1:02 pm EST

pete -- that was rf73 who posted that

JFC31


Thu May 14 2015 12:54 pm EST

JFC...that site you posted was from Nate Silver, who is the stat whiz that predicted every state in one of the recent elections. His site operates under ESPN's umbrella.

pete


Thu May 14 2015 12:47 pm EST

I think that it is indeed a good sign that Zucc is traveling with the team. With a sever concusion, any type of motion can trigger nausea and headaches....traveling in cars can be one of those motion sickness-inducing feelings when you are in the midst of a brain trauma recovery. Also, flying in airplanes....not only the motion but the altitude can also present problems. So, if Zucc is getting on plans and buses to the arenas, I think it's a good sign. Don't know how it effects the timeline of where he is at with rcovery, but it's got to be better than the opposite possibility. Man, if we could get Zucc back out there, not only would have a better squad because of his skill and his effect on the lineup (getting MSL off the Brass-Nash line) but the emotional & inspirational lift would make us truly dangerous

JFC31


Thu May 14 2015 12:18 pm EST

Wow, I'm still giddy and delerious over last night...I love that our last two power play goals involved Fast-Kreider, Miller-Hayes - homegrown youth delivering on the Rangers PP, and a nice glipmse of the Rangers Power Play Future. Miller deserves to remain on PP even after Zucc returns, sorry MSL. And dang if we're not 4-0 in OT this year! Another reminder when Ranger doubts creep in that, as I keep telling myself, We Are Not Our Past.

LeoS


Thu May 14 2015 12:14 pm EST

I have NO IDEA but my gut tells me Zucc will begin practicing soon and will play this round.

jkropp


Thu May 14 2015 12:13 pm EST

Unfamiliar with this site/person but if you like statistics it's a pretty good article...The Rangers’ Stranger And Stranger Statistical Feats...http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/the-rangers-stranger-and-stranger-statistical-feats/

RF73


Thu May 14 2015 11:52 am EST

on Zucc...I only have had one concussion when I was younger so I'm not sure, but would Zucc be travelling with the team if he still was suffering from the symptoms of one? My guess is not, anyone else now if people with a concussion would normally be restricted from travelling?

pete


Thu May 14 2015 11:31 am EST

Pretty amazing to see Hayes improve throughout the first two rounds. Reminds me of what he did during the regular season. Seemed a little disengaged/lost at times however he sticks with it, isn't a liability, and eventually things start to click for him. Thought he played a great game last night and certainly started to look like the Hayes of the regular season with his puck control and playmaking ability. Nothing not to like about this kid.

RDW


Thu May 14 2015 11:26 am EST

re: the Lightning...NOT looking forward to this series, but I think the team that emerges will win the Cup...I really think these are the two best teams in the NHL right now, bar none...the matchup is just brutal...Tampa's forwards frighten me...there is just so much talent up there...and after one series asleep, STAMKOS has awakened with a vengeance...I know we're all saying the regular season doesn't matter at this point, but the Bolts have OWNED the Rangers for many seasons now...and on top of it all, they have two of the Rangers' top post-season performers on their roster...CALLAHAN'S down, sure...but who do they replace him with? Jon DROUIN...Rangers probably have the edge on D...HEDMAN is a beast, but the rest of their D doesn't impress me much...lot of suspect players back there who have their moments, but are not nearly as shutdown as McDONAGH, STAAL and GIRARDI...in net, hands down it goes to Hank...I know BISHOP had a hell of a season and can come up big, but he's no better than HOLTBY...another big goalie taking up a lot of the net...but not a guy who can move around the crease like Hank...but really, IMO, the Rangers need one of several things to happen to win this series...the best would be if ZUCCARELLO could come back and be in form...but that looking rather unlikely, they really need their big guns to wake up...and yes, that means Rick NASH. That means Keith YANDLE and that means MSL. They can't be passengers anymore. They need to be on the score sheet.

tdchi


Thu May 14 2015 11:22 am EST

MF- Couldn't agree with you more on Fast and Sheppard (despite Shep's utterly stupid penalty on Glass' punching bag). The fact that the Yutes are playing such a large role is incredibly inspiring. On another note, moving Purple Hayes to the wing has really brought out the best in the kid. Less positional responsibility and more time on the wall with the puck on his stick- he looks amazing! Every time he had the puck he simply refused to let go of it. His stickhandling and confidence in traffic is really impressive. Just hoping now that we aren't playing a "heavy" team like the caps that the Lightning and their up tempo style of play bring out the best in our team and individuals (Nash, MSL & Yandle). We Italians have had a candle lit for Zucc since he went down- heres hoping he makes the return soon! Heard Cally was on the ice today with the team...I loved him as a Ranger but now I cannot stand him for how he left. Not why but how. Guys leave for more $ all the time but he held a gun to the teams head to get his no trade in the 11th hour and placed himself above the team while serving as captain. I hope we see him first in the handshake line as we head to the finals!

PatrickDiv


Thu May 14 2015 11:16 am EST

NHL.com is reporting that Callahan is practing in a regular jersey.

pete


Thu May 14 2015 11:14 am EST

RF73 - haha while that would have been hilarious, it doesn't sound much like Hank...he's been the kind of guy who has always let his play do the talking, not his mouth...and in that series, his play shouted 'ALL SUMMER LONG, OV...'

tdchi


Thu May 14 2015 11:00 am EST

Vic - I don't know about that...certainly, both teams got away with stuff...but the Caps, IMO, were coming out every night with the intention of hurting someone...You could see they were going for the knockout hit...they were doing it all series long to the Isles...and while some of the BS they were pulling was simple...there was other shit they were doing that was just stupid...paying more attention to hurting the Rangers than playing the game against them...of you're always looking for the big hit, you're going to miss a lot of the game that's going on around you...the Caps got lucky with three wins in that series when they really deserved none.

tdchi


Thu May 14 2015 10:57 am EST

Thought I heard Hank on the handshake line say "All summer long, baby" to OV...can't confirm though?

RF73


Thu May 14 2015 10:56 am EST

re: Jesper FAST - The kid really is a solid NHLer and the thing with him is his offense hasn't even gotten going yet. Just like when MILLER was first promoted, you see flashes of it here and there...but really Fast has spent the season playing a defensive role, which is fine...he's a VERY sound defensive forward...he has a lot more to give...I tell ya...I could see him becoming a very valuable part of this team's core...We're seeing now the fruits of a team building...players drafted or brought into the system for their skill set and then cultivated...funny how the heros of the Washington series were basically all homegrown...STEPAN, KREIDER, McDONAGH, HAYES, MILLER and FAST...could have really used more heroics from NASH and YANDLE and MSL...but its nice to see the core getting it done without them.

tdchi


Thu May 14 2015 10:49 am EST

I thought Kreider was real good last night. He started to do things that gave value on a shift by shift basis and that's what is needed in the game today. 2-3 great plays is something, but you also need to contribute every shift. Got into Holtbys face. Looked for a lot of hits. Etc.

Ola


Thu May 14 2015 10:47 am EST

TD: I don't fault the Caps for their style of play at all. They played the game they needed to play against the Rangers to have a chance. Who I fault is the league. It is the league that continually decides to allow the playoffs to be played under a different set of rules then the regular season. The Caps just took what the officials let them. If the officials would have called last night's game the way they did the regular season the Caps would have had 10 to 15 penalties against in just the first period. But here is the thing. At some point during this series the Rangers got the message. The Rangers were doing their fair share of punches to the head, interference, slashing, hooking, etc. over the last few games. I think one of the big reasons they were able to come back in this series is that they started taking more of what the officials were allowing. They weren't nearly to the level that the Caps were but it was enough. We shall see how the next series is played. Both teams like a more open style. Lets see if that holds if one team or the other goes up 2 games to 0.

Vic


Thu May 14 2015 10:44 am EST

On OVECHKIN - The guy is a great individual player...but one great player does not make a great team...especially when that great player has as little control as OV does...OV learned, according to NBC, how to be a leader...how to take short shifts and play a team game...Well, the OV I saw was the same one who has never made the conference finals despite having quite the supporting cast around him...the same trash-talking jackass who has proven himself a giant choke artist. I'll give him props for busting out that quasi-guarentee...he actually did, IMO the right thing: He put the spotlight on himself and gave the rest of his team --namely the disappearing GREEN, BACKSTROM and CARLSON --a chance to go into that game without the pundits asking them the 'what if you lose...again..." question...and one way or another, OV was going to look bad after the Caps loss...OV was going to take this on his shoulders....it's amazing, though, that he still hasn't learned to play the game with a degree of humility...his taunt against HANK --'all series long' --will haunt him for the rest of a very long off-season. Message to OV: Don't piss off the hockey gods.

tdchi


Thu May 14 2015 10:40 am EST

McDONAGH is a warrior. My respect for him as grown greatly through this series. You know he is in a lot of pain right now and that shoulder is a mess. Still, he played great and was physical throughout. I thought GIRARDI, STAAL and KLEIN were all excellent. BOYLE was good until he got knocked out. YANDLE wasn't great but he survived. MILBURY said something in the post game to the effect of "I cringed every time I saw YANDLE on the ice. His play and decision making was terrible". On NASH, I wish he would have scored on the breakaway. He won't see a cleaner chance in the playoffs. It would have taken a lot of pressure off of him. I didn't like his decision on the shot there at all. He had the time to get HOLTBY moving and use his great wrist shot on his forehand. Instead he went for the 5 hole on the backhand. A poor choice IMHO but if he scored on it.....

Vic


Thu May 14 2015 10:38 am EST

Vic -- when AV started subbing in Miller for MSL, I told my wife that it was a good but scary move. Just like you, I was terrified of him making an ill-advised cross ice pass or something that would lead to disaster. But AV was smart enough to put him in there mostly on offensive zone draws....which worked out very well.

JFC31


Thu May 14 2015 10:33 am EST

Great win! And I gotta hand it to Pierre10 for giving the Belushi-esque speech to whip this place into shape after going down 3-1!! Did we give up after the Germnans bombed Pearl Harbor?!? That was a hard-fought game and TBH, I couldn't tell which team had the upper hand...thought the Rangers had it in the previous six...but game seven? Wow. Real tough. Hard fought battle, but in the end...guess what? THE BETTER TEAM WON. Playing the dirtbag game the Caps were playing only gets you so far. Eventually, you have to be able to play honest hockey to win...the rode dirty hockey to a seven-game win against the Isles and to go up 3-1 against the Rangers...but I tell you what: No amount of cheap shots, dirty hits and after-the-play-slashes is going to put the puck in the net...Caps got too wrapped up in the petty BS and by the time they figured it out, STEPAN'S shot was cruising by HOLTBY...Congratulations to NBC for again calling an totally biased game...building OV and Holtby up into almost mythical status, only to have them falter...And I can say now the ghost of FEDOROV'S goal from 2009 has officially been exorcised.

tdchi


Thu May 14 2015 10:30 am EST

As for the players, I'm glad for STEPAN. Several of us here have debated his future with the team but that doesn't mean we don't like the guy. The question was if the Rangers could afford to keep both BRASSARD and STEPAN. But that discussion is for the off season. FAST has been steady and solid since his first game with the team. He hasn't been appreciated much but that is fine. I really thought he was starting to come into his own before he got hurt this season. He has played VERY well this post season. I'm really happy for MILLER and HAYES. That was a beautiful pass by MILLER and nice touch by HAYES. Beyond the goal I thought both played really well last night. The HAYES line in particular spent a lot of time threatening in the offensive zone. It was maybe the best game by HAYES in the playoffs so far and it was great to see in a pressure packed and tight game 7. I thought the kid handled it really well. MILLER was solid and I have to admit late in the game and in OT I was really just praying that MILLER wouldn't have one of his brain farts that cost the team the deciding goal. That would have been catastrophic for MILLER personally and probably the end of his time in NY.

Vic


Thu May 14 2015 10:30 am EST

I enjoyed a early lunch today and read posts from game 4 on..Love the passionate quote with my favorite being " Assholes anonymous beat us" followed next game by " patient still has a pulse". Any die hard Ranger fan would have partially thrown towel in after game 4 because we bleed blue and everything made us sick. For any fan to question that simply does not have the pulse a die hard Ranger fan does.

shonuff


Thu May 14 2015 10:23 am EST

Wow, what a game and what a series! I still can't believe that they did it again and came back from a 3 - 1 deficit. This team is easy to root for. So many likeable players who give an honest effort every night. I was disappointing to see some comments here on Friday and again last night questioning the team's effort. They could have lost the game and the series but it wasn't because of a lack of effort if they did. The Caps are a damn good team. I don't feel the hate that others feel for them. I respect them as a team and I like a lot of their players. I also don't get the hate for AO. The guy is a spectacular player. I don't think I've ever seen him take the ice and not give his all. You can question his maturity (certainly early in his career) but he is a hell of a hockey player. I actually did feel bad for the guy last night. He did all he could. I do think he left it all on the ice and was out of gas. If that team had a little more scoring talent they would be pretty hard to beat.

Vic


Thu May 14 2015 9:42 am EST

Wow, awesome if you're a RANGER FAN.. One goal low scoring games can ............... (Fill in the blank) ... Man I threw in the towel after game 5 and delight in being proven wrong... On Hunwick, I believe he has the most TOI playing the "offside" (Right) off all our Dmen this year and played enough time that he should slot right in... NASH, thought he got stronger as the series went on and pray he has a breakout series as it relates to scoring or contributing to game winning goals.. FAST this kid looks like he's in a longterm deliberate uptrend who is going to continue to improve... The CJC thinks he's a keeper.. Sheppard...IMO we have not seen the best of this kid by a long shot... I hope we resign him, he's perfect for our current needs in youth cost size physicality.... Great day folks, enjoy it

mf


Thu May 14 2015 9:38 am EST

Five reasons Rangers advanced to Eastern Final...The New York Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight season with a 2-1 overtime win against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, overcoming a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-7 second-round series for the second consecutive season. Last season they rallied against the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning Game 7 in Pittsburgh. New York improved to 7-0 at MSG all-time in Game 7s. Here are five reasons the Rangers advanced: 1. Henrik Lundqvist After the Rangers lost Game 4 to go down 3-1 in the series, Lundqvist allowed five goals on 110 shots (.954 save percentage) in the final three games of the series. Since 2012, in elimination games, Lundqvist is 14-3 with a 1.39 goals-against average, .956 save percentage and two shutouts. There were questions about how Lundqvist would perform in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after he missed 25 games in February and March because of a vascular injury in his neck, but he has been at his best during the postseason. He's allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of 12 games and made big save after big save for three straight games against the Capitals with the Rangers facing elimination. "For me personally it was a great challenge to try and match [Capitals goalie Braden Holtby] and keep the team in the game when we needed to," Lundqvist said Wednesday. "It's fun when you feel like you're doing your part." 2. Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast Kreider scored four goals in the series, including three in the final three games. None was bigger than his goal with 1:41 remaining in the third period in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden, which sent the game to overtime. Kreider also scored 40 seconds into Game 6 at Verizon Center and with less than a second left in the first period to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. Kreider had one goal in five games in the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but after Lundqvist he was the best Rangers player in the series. Fast was put on a line with Kreider early in Game 2 and made an impact, assisting on Kreider's goal 38 seconds into the game. Fast had one goal and three assists against the Capitals and made an impact on the winning goal in Game 7. Defensemen Keith Yandle and Dan Girardi each got assists on Derek Stepan's winner, but it was Fast who got the play started by poking a loose puck off the faceoff to Yandle. "Jesper makes a big-time play and it goes unnoticed, but it's a huge play by him," Stepan said after Game 7. 3. Containing Alex Ovechkin Ovechkin, the League's leading goal scorer in the regular season with 53, including 25 on the power play, had three goals in the series, one on the power play. He had one point in the final five games of the series, a goal in Game 7. As the series went on, the Rangers' top defense pairing of Girardi and Ryan McDonagh did an excellent job of containing Ovechkin. Girardi played 25:19 in Game 7 and McDonagh played a Rangers-high 29:02. "[McDonagh] played outstanding," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "Big, big minutes against a world-class player. Obviously he got beaten on the goal [in Game 7], but other than that he played tremendously." 4. Penalty killing The Capitals had the best power play during the regular season at 25.3 percent, but they couldn't get it going against the Rangers. The Rangers killed off 14 of 15 Capitals power plays in the series and didn't allow a power-play goal after Ovechkin scored on the first shot of the first power play in Game 1. New York blocked numerous shots, and anything that came Lundqvist's way was stopped. Ovechkin didn't get as many clean looks as he usually does on the man-advantage. 5. Resiliency The Rangers never lost confidence despite trailing 3-1 in the series. They were less than two minutes from being eliminated in Game 5 but won in overtime. "It starts with confidence and believing that you can do it, and take one game at a time and we did a great job of that," Lundqvist said. The Rangers' past 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games has been decided by one goal, including all 12 this season, and they are 8-1 since last season in elimination games. "I think our guys just stay in the moment, in the present, focus on what needs to be done and they go out there and play and have fun doing it," Vigneault said.

RF73


Thu May 14 2015 9:26 am EST

Okay...forget about the Caps...on to Tampa. MSL step it up now because this series won't be as physical? ZUCC have a chance of coming back? I still think he had a skull fracture more than a concussion. I'm sure he had a concussion as well but rarely do you see a player or anyone be hospitalized for a concussion. IF ZUCC comes back that is huge because MSL has really stunk it up the Brassard line. MOORE was a beast in the 3rd...he is such a gamer. Bishop is big. 6'7" I wonder how they attack him...I can't see him playing as well as Holtby. Holtby looked calm and play way out on most shots. I like Rangers in 6. LGR!!!

jkropp


Thu May 14 2015 9:24 am EST

http://nypost.com/2015/05/13/derek-stepans-ot-goal-lifts-rangers-to-thrilling-game-7-win/ Take a look at the picture in this article and tell me that isn't John Tortorella looking in the background!! LOL! :^o

JFC31


Thu May 14 2015 9:10 am EST

hipcheck - for Saturday's game try the NBC Sports Network Live Extra app. Most NBC sports things are viewable on there.

Gibbo


Thu May 14 2015 8:51 am EST

What a win! I spent most of the game at a bar in NYC regretting the fact that I wasn't alone in my house b/c it was too much stress. Then they won it, the bar errupted, and all was right in the world. That OT was great b/c everyone had enough time to realize he was about to score so the whol pleace let out a huge gasp then just started jumping around like fools. On to TB, I hope they can win game 1 just to erase any doubt (that I have, not the players) that we can beat this team.

pete


Thu May 14 2015 8:47 am EST

I actually like Ovy and would take him on my team anytime. Very happy we got the W, but still have a healthy respect for Ovi who is a unique and terrific player. Bring on the Lightning.

Bob


Thu May 14 2015 8:22 am EST

Did anyone see that post interview with Ovy???? He looked like he was on CRACK. So freaking unconfortable. He was touching his nose twirling hair looking down mumbling his words. Simply Hilarrious. You know at that very moment his inner voice was screanimg at him DOUCHE BAG!!!!!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!

rangerlou


Thu May 14 2015 8:19 am EST

JFC31 - let them hate, means the Rangers are doing something right. I think a lot of that stuff is said just to rile up some fans and get people to call in and argue with them. Great win last night and a great series. 7 intense games. This team was 1:41 away from being done in 5 games. I plan on enjoying this win for today, then start stressing about Tampa tomorrow.

Gibbo


Thu May 14 2015 8:18 am EST

jfc o-prick being on for that ot goal put a cherry on top.....karma..

stevielegs


Thu May 14 2015 8:16 am EST

OLA that's true of many of the young guys, including Stepan, brass, mcd, kid k, hayes, jitters.....they a possible huge upside to go in their careers.....they are all still learning,..... even the old guys like msl et al......including hank.....experience ....

stevielegs


Thu May 14 2015 8:12 am EST

I think fatigue played a big part in this win. The CAps put on a puch along the boards early in OT but whenever the RAngers broke through the neutral zone in OT, the CAps looked a step behind and very tired in open ice. I told my wife the Rangers were gonna win because they were better conditioned and still had their speed whereas the CAps (especially OV) looked like they were gassed. The 4th line for the CAps was able to make noise along the boards but that's it. Also, no one is talking about how Holtby CRACKED on the OT winner. He played that shot from the point very badly....no way he should attempt to make a save and end up on his ass! That is an impossible position for a goalie and led to the whole top of the net being open for Stepan. Falling on your ass while attempting to make a save is a sign of fatigue. I was listening to NHL Newtwoek this morning with Rossy?Kern and it was PLAPABLE how annoyed they were that the RAngers won. One of them referred to the RAngers as "the Rags" and then comes on later and says, "Oh, i didn't know that was a bad nickname for the Rangers." What a bullshit artist! Rossy's 3 stars of the game: OV-Holtby-Lundqvist. What a freakin' JOKE! Holtby blew that game....I don't care how many saves he made, he cracked on the winning goal. And how does Stepan not end up in the STARS? A joke....a Ranger-hating joke.

JFC31


Thu May 14 2015 8:03 am EST

On Fast, like someone said it's important to remember that he still is a rookie. Nothing is a given and he more than anything gotta stay healthy, but look at a player like Ryan Callahan. Nobody said that he was a 1st line playe, until he was one. Long into Callys career we all probably put him in the 2b/3a range if you get what I mean. But he kept improving and all of a sudden he was a part of that Dubi-AA-Cally line that lead a team and he kept building on it. That development is of course a remarkable feat by Cally and I am not claiming that Fast will copy it. But Fast has more to his game than what he is showing now and my point is that sometimes some players just keeps developing. Can Fast do the same? Time will tell. But there's something somewhat special with how poised this kid is for sure.

Ola


Thu May 14 2015 8:02 am EST

RF4L - I had the Pack game radio broadcast on in one ear while I was watching the Rangers. I was LIVID that they were being so careless that they ended up taking a too many men penalty in OT. My poor best friend, who works for the Pack, got a string of crazy texts from me about how I am done with this team, they deserve to lose, etc... And then MUELLER has to go and score a shorthanded goal to win in and make me look like a fool. Awesome. Good night for the NYR organization...hope this one doesn't go 7, though.

Dineen11


Thu May 14 2015 7:52 am EST

I've no idea why people bash Stepan. Is he a consummate number 1 center? No, but there are only maybe 1/2 dozen of those in the league. He and Brassard are interchangeable and that's as good as a true number 1 and no number 2 IMO. I maintain the biggest issue with the top 6 is MSL right now. Hopefully he busts out against the Bolts.

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 7:46 am EST

I was on stepan's bus before he had a bus....and kid k, and on and on...I'm so smart ...lol....sather is smarter and luckier.....

stevielegs


Thu May 14 2015 7:44 am EST

stevie: Don't disagree but suspect Sather will make a move or 2 at the draft to recoup some picks.

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 7:43 am EST

BTW, I liked Fast from the start and still maintain he's got some offense in him that should come once he's been around the league a few times. Let's not forget that he's a rookie. Prototypical Swedish forward - strong defensively.

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 7:43 am EST

rf4l that's why they have to go for it every year.. especially this year.....the picks are on the roster.....brassard was #6 right after kessel #5 that year......there are plenty of them here now.....

stevielegs


Thu May 14 2015 7:41 am EST

BTW, the Pack also won in OT last night giving them a 3 - 2 game lead in their 2nd round series. Chris Bourque with a goal and 2 assists and 9 shots on net!

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 7:40 am EST

York you were right on Step, great call!

Ola


Thu May 14 2015 7:38 am EST

After watching all the physical play in the WAS vs NYI first round series, I was very worried that The Rangers would not be able to withstand that kind of pounding. It was great to see, and very impressive that even though our guys didnt play that way all year, they were easily able to adapt and handle it. I thought they took hits to make plays, and definitely dished out plenty of huge hits as well. Very impressive.

hipcheck


Thu May 14 2015 7:34 am EST

Rhet: Maybe - I just didn't notice him like I did against the Caps. And for the record, I'm not a Stepan disbeliever. I simply don't see how the Ranger can afford both him and Brassard.

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 7:32 am EST

Gotta give props to Sather here - the 3rd final 4 in 5 years is impressive, even if this time it's happening at the expense of the future. The core he's put together is deep and impressive. And this is a clean team that is fun to watch when they aren't being hooked and held and hit illegally all over the ice. Their resiliency is truly remarkable.

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 7:32 am EST

RF4L... Methinks your bias is showing. Stepan had 2 goals and an assist in a 5-game Round 1 series. Carl Hagelin also had 2 goals and an assist in Round 1. Hagelin was praised by many here for being a big post season performer, but Stepan had a quiet series? Just saying.

Rhet0ric


Thu May 14 2015 7:27 am EST

PP goal was scored with :13 seconds remaining on the PP; by number 13; on the 13th of May!

RF73


Thu May 14 2015 7:22 am EST

LOL, (great problem to have), BUT every year us NYR Fans get dicked' here in Maryland!!! Because of the all-day local PREAKNESS coverage on Saturday on NBC, the game will not be on TV again this year. Who knows, the games are usually blacked-out on the "NHL Gamecenter Live app", but maybe they will lift it this year? May have to drive across the MD/PA line to watch this one?!?!

hipcheck


Thu May 14 2015 7:22 am EST

FWIW, Craig Button predicting a Ranger/Duck final....

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 7:18 am EST

Great thing about last night was we got a goal on the pp and a goal off a faceoff, two area's where this team has struggled all season. Hopefully they bring that into ecf and all the way to the cup.LETS GO RANGERS!!!!

tlats


Thu May 14 2015 7:13 am EST

Blabber mouth OV - 3 goals in 9 game 7 matches. #comingupsmall

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 7:05 am EST

BTW, Stepan's shot didn't hit Oprick - Girardi's shot did. The puck hit that prick and bounced right to Stepan!!

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 7:02 am EST

You have got to give credit to a team that was 1 minute and 41 seconds from elimination in game 5 and came back to take the series.

RF73


Thu May 14 2015 6:58 am EST

That hit by Oprick was without a doubt an illegal headshot. The NHL however, won't do anything. I hope Montadour's family wins HUGE in their lawsuit.

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 6:53 am EST

NY Rangers...only team to win come from behind game 7's in consecutive seasons.

RF73


Thu May 14 2015 6:52 am EST

Stepan had a great series, after a quiet opening round. Definitely making a case for $6,000,000+ next year. I still don't see how they will be able to fit his contract under the cap, unless one of the defensemen are moved. Guess we'll see this summer. Kreider was quiet last night, other than a few big hits, but overall had a good series. Agree with York (and mentioned it the other day) - if MSL can't come thru against the Bolts there's no way he should be back next year.

RF4L


Thu May 14 2015 6:51 am EST

“Individually, it’s a really cool moment for me,” Stepan told The Post minutes after his shot was heard ’round the hockey world. “But it’s also really cool just to be part of this group.”“My first three years when I struggled in the playoffs, it was actually Torts who said, ‘When you figure it out, you’re going to understand what it takes,’” Stepan said, referring to former coach John Tortorella, who was dismissed after the 2013 second-round loss to the Bruins. “I thought last year was much better for me, I’m learning about what it takes and I’m going to keep learning,” he said. “It’s great to contribute offensively, but I still have to do all of the other things that it takes to win.”

stevielegs


Thu May 14 2015 6:50 am EST

Hank is 6-1 in game 7's with a GAA of 1.00...actually that number may now be under 1 as last nights game went 11 minutes into OT...simply amazing stat!

RF73


Thu May 14 2015 6:48 am EST

nypost article headline, should be sent to the big mouth show boater...."Talk’s cheap! Alex Ovechkin, Capitals come up short — again".....and again and again....f them.....

stevielegs


Thu May 14 2015 6:31 am EST

Wow huge win. I'm going start with nosen and Maloney. They are saying how classy he is at the hand shake line WTF he shook hands why is that so classy. They said he spent extra tine talking to girardi mcD Hank bs he shook hands and moved very annoying to hype a guy when it wasn't true. MSL this is it. This is his time to shine. He's facing his former team in the conference finals there is no bigger stage to be on for him to say FU Tampa. Stepan anyone who thinks he's not a playoff performer hasn't watched the last two years. Hank is the king best goalie in game 7s ever IMO. No one I'd rather have in net period. Torts for all his warts taught the core of this team one important lesson how to win low scoring games and be calm. This team went from one of the top scoring all season to a 2-1 team amd haven't looked out of place. There are few teams comfortable in both. Tampa should be a good series and what happened during the regular season means nothing this is a different animal. Two things I don't get the very way the caps play is how many here gripe and wish our team would play like but complain about it when the caps do it makes no sense. OV the guy is a beast his game is sick and I wish he was on this team I'd trade Nash for him straight any day. Speaking of Nash this series is built for him Nash should have more room and should better play his game this series the excuses need to end and he needs to step up. Boyle if he plays this series I'll be shocked because he looked rocked. Here comes the problem can hunwick fill in? Yes does he generate that puck possession that Boyle magically creates for this team? No way, so what happens losing Boyle won't hurt the Pp that's for sure it'll be interesting hunwick was solid round one and that's a good thing. Fast I think ola TD and myself were the only three guys high on this guy since coming over and he's finally showing why. I'm hoping miller and shaggy can turn it up against Tampa with more room.

York18


Thu May 14 2015 5:34 am EST

Greatest win in modern times. Thanks Rangers for shutting up oV. Next up dear jerry then Saturday to start round three. LGR.. ...

Jerry_Garcia


Thu May 14 2015 2:55 am EST

Rangerlou- Had that song been written today it would have been "I have updated my status on Facebook, I'm leaving today. I want to be a part of it, New York, New York. ..." ;)

Ola


Thu May 14 2015 2:50 am EST

So where's Hospo? I hope he hasn't had a heart attacked or been mugged in Washington land.

Ola


Thu May 14 2015 12:46 am EST

From a caps blogger.....Congratulations to the New York Rangers diving team. They played a hard flopped series and took advantage of their extra men in stripes. i guess people see what that want to see...wow

jnyr


Thu May 14 2015 12:07 am EST

Nypost " One more time when we would be reminded of just how gritty, how stout, how tough this batch of hockey players really is. Stepan’s goal gave official stamp to this, to these six playoff series across two New York springs when the Rangers have embodied the very best of what we want our teams to be: impossible to intimidate, impossible to foil. And, most of all, all but impossible to beat."

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 11:49 pm EST

Great night Moof

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 11:44 pm EST

good night boys

mf


Wed May 13 2015 11:42 pm EST

That's why ward interferes with goalies... Another cheater ...

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 11:40 pm EST

I like this from Joel Ward, earlier today: "People talk and debate about it. I get it. I’m just trying to tell you: Hockey’s not that game. People don’t understand, the sport of hockey is a different beast compared to other sports. You can’t just throw that deep ball in the corner, and it’s up to you to just go and grab it. Things happen. You make a pass, it banks off the boards differently, it goes off a guy’s skate, bounces over there. There’s a lot of variables that go into it. … Hockey is the ultimate beast, man. It’s a crazy sport.” That's the killer thing ... inches, deflections, bounces ... two close teams and you can get a 4-0 series or one like we just had.

Nick


Wed May 13 2015 11:35 pm EST

Ovi, this ones for you...... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPXVGQnJm0w

mf


Wed May 13 2015 11:35 pm EST

Yeah that was ugly ... man these guys are tough as all hell. Even the ones we figure are 'soft.'

Nick


Wed May 13 2015 11:29 pm EST

Nick he was hearing birdies and bells ... O- prick is a pos dirty player... Let him go cheat at golf ... Maybe he'll get hit in the head by a ball or a club....

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 11:25 pm EST

Moof I'm fine too !!!!

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 11:24 pm EST

AV also thought Zuke was 'okay' after the game he went out. Good coach, bad medical technician ... Hope Boyle is okay but he looked like Foreman on the rope-a-dope knockout.

Nick


Wed May 13 2015 11:24 pm EST

Below are dates, starting times and national television coverage for the Conference Finals of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. All times listed are ET and subject to change. EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL MATCHUP SERIES M - M1 vs. A2 TIME (ET) vs. NETWORKS Saturday, May 16 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at NY Rangers NBC, CBC, TVA Sports Monday, May 18 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at NY Rangers NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports Wednesday, May 20 8 p.m. NY Rangers at Tampa Bay NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports Friday, May 22 8 p.m. NY Rangers at Tampa Bay NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports *Sunday, May 24 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at NY Rangers NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports *Tuesday, May 26 8 p.m. NY Rangers at Tampa Bay NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports *Friday, May 29 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at NY Rangers NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 11:24 pm EST

Stevie: AV said the Zucc seemed fine too..... fine = ~ concussed ?

mf


Wed May 13 2015 11:17 pm EST

The Rangers did not have a full update on Boyle's condition following the game. "Seemed fine when I saw him after," coach Alain Vigneault said. "We'll know more tomorrow."

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 11:13 pm EST

Seth Rothman...... AV: after regulation, "You want to know what I said? 'Shoot the puck!'"

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 11:04 pm EST

Veenknow mentioned d moore's stick being broken by a crap and no penalty...that's an automatic ... Nhl and its refs suck... They prove that every postseason ...

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:59 pm EST

The craps are another philthy cryer team .,, fore to both of them .. And the playpens ...and the habnots .. Enjoy golf all summer long babies...

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:57 pm EST

Glad not to see Cally for atleast a few games and potentially the entire series. He is the straw that stirs the TBL's drink and that straw is broken.........Also I am sorta ok with the fact that TBL did well against the Rangers in the regular season. This means that the Rangers are not gonna sit on their heals and try to coast through the ECF......Bring in a modified game plan to put the Lightnng out to pasture quickly

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 10:56 pm EST

Three OT goals at that end this post-season. It's my favorite end now. Each pop better than the last ... this club has now won 8 series since 2012. Seven guys still on the club from 2012 and 11 from 2013. This is the window and it'll be open a few more years I think, but let's climb through it THIS year.

Nick


Wed May 13 2015 10:53 pm EST

Too bad Klien didn't break ovi 's face with a slap shot... There's always next year for that....

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:52 pm EST

Yes, you can resume normal activity in a few days. but it's takes up to 4-6 weeks to fully heal, during which time you're supposed to avoid strenuous activity.. The biggest side effects are usually infection, but I never count Hockey players out.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 10:51 pm EST

Way to go trotz you're a consistent loser... You don't have a very good team ... You have a dirty team .... Karma baby karma .... Glad you don't get it

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:49 pm EST

Karma if true - apparently Stepan's goal was deflected by Oprick. OMG, I hope so!!!

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 10:47 pm EST

Some NHL guys have come back from appendectomy in 10-14 days. But I'm sure it depends on lots of things.

Nick


Wed May 13 2015 10:47 pm EST

Great to see ovivey squirm interview.... Enjoy eating 12 months to swallow your words ..

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:46 pm EST

Pierre10, I've given 50 years of sweat, stress, anger, disappointment and money to this club. So can you guess what I want to say to you, my friend?

Nick


Wed May 13 2015 10:46 pm EST

I just googled Appendectomy, and it looks like a 4-6 week recovery before strenuous activity.... I doubt very much that Callahan is back for the series against us.. Could he even be insured ?? The CJC odds say no-way-jack.....

mf


Wed May 13 2015 10:45 pm EST

Stevie.... For a regular person it's usually 4-6 weeks, for a Hockey player 3-4 days :) ....Yeah, he might miss the whole series.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 10:44 pm EST

I'm gonna have to lay off Stepan ... huge skill assist OT Game 5, now this. And man, watching Boyle after that hit was unsettling. Also have to say I'm not a Holtby hater. The guy's good and he's got style. Did I see him singing along to 'Feel the Noize' late in that game? These guys have ice water blood. Bring on TB ... like my stress level isn't high enough yet ...

Nick


Wed May 13 2015 10:41 pm EST

what is the downtime usually for an appendectomy?

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 10:41 pm EST

Attila the Hun -wick will step in if Boyle is unable to play ...

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:39 pm EST

Still like and admire Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman, but in no way want to lose to Tax Free Callahan.

Bob


Wed May 13 2015 10:39 pm EST

Rhet I doubt Callahan can play for awhile ....screw him too

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:38 pm EST

Next series, 1st game at MSG 1pm http://www.nhl.com/ice/series.htm?season=20142015&series=m

mf


Wed May 13 2015 10:37 pm EST

32-47 on faceoffs 1-4 vs 0-3 on pp ... Guess ovi the cherry picker goal scorer choked on the pp... Good ... Eat it jerkoff ...10 years can't get to the 3 rd round there is a hockey God ....

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:37 pm EST

VS. TAMPA.... Marty St. Louis needs to wake up and be a stand out against the Lightning. He needs to show the NYR that we made the right choice in trading for him. You better believe that Callahan will be ready to go. I'm still rooting for you MSL, but my patience has worn thin... I rarely say a guy looked like he had a concussion, but Dan Boyle looked like he had a concussion. We might not see him in the next round at all. It's a shame because he really has elevated his game over the last few games.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 10:36 pm EST

Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today. I want to be a part of it, New York, New York. These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray Right through the very heart of it, New York, New York. I wanna wake up, In a city that doesn't sleep. And find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap. These little town blues, are melting away. I'll make a brand new start of it, in old New York. If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere. It's up to you, New York, New York. New York, New York. I want to wake up, in a city that never sleeps. And find I'm A-number-one, top of the list, king of the hill, A-number-1... These little town blues, are melting away. I'm gonna make a brand new start of it, in old New York, and... If I can make it there, I'm gone make it anywhere. It's up to you, New York, New York!

rangerlou


Wed May 13 2015 10:35 pm EST

I wanna see the PP pay off next series. I do like Kreids-Hayes-Miller as a unit. Also, I like Brass at the point. He seems to get the shots through.

stepunmytoe


Wed May 13 2015 10:33 pm EST

stevie: A used rlou depends!

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 10:32 pm EST

Stepan should dedicate that goal to every balding man in the United States. Lets Go Rangers !!!

shonuff


Wed May 13 2015 10:32 pm EST

Ovy looked like he was about to be shipped to Siberia.

rangerlou


Wed May 13 2015 10:31 pm EST

CoMark: All true. But plenty of times what is said on here isn't off-base and I'd argue we are collectively on-base more often than not.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 10:31 pm EST

I want to see the ovivey interview... Give him a spoon and a rlou diaper ...

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:30 pm EST

Pierre10... No worries, it's all good :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 10:28 pm EST

Msl might have been hurt on that dirty knee hit by o- prick I think...

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:28 pm EST

RANGER NATION! FUOV. What a game / serious!

TXRanger


Wed May 13 2015 10:27 pm EST

Not being negative, pessimism is earned by any Ranger fan. I am married to a Chicago native who are even more negative about their teams. But I think the Rangers have proven to be one of the best (and classiest) teams in the NHL for a long time and Sather has to get some (grudgingly) credit. AV is the man!

ColoradoMark


Wed May 13 2015 10:27 pm EST

Cm so many vent on players in this team that won the presidents trophy and now 2 rounds... Need 4 more wins then 4 more wins ... . The present is a present... Next year is next year.... The frust-Rangers have passionate fans with lots of opinions.... Fact is This is a very good team ....

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:25 pm EST

We're out of Crow Meat, how about a Tuna Sandwich? Washington hates Tuna! :-)

mf


Wed May 13 2015 10:23 pm EST

Overtime is insane. My voice was rough. I'd had a few glasses of wine. I was so thirsty! So I got up and went to the kitchen for a glass of water. And then the TV room exploded. This is a tactic I plan on implementing many times during the conference finals.

Rexi29


Wed May 13 2015 10:22 pm EST

Now for the Zucc watch....we need The Hobbit to give our offense a boost. MSL looked totally gassed tonight. Without good legs, he's basically worthless. BTW, I do not think,that OV has conditioning as his #1 priority. He was gassed last game and this game.....in OT he was toast, a non-factor.

JFC31


Wed May 13 2015 10:21 pm EST

3rd game 7 win by nyr on May 13 th

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:21 pm EST

Ok, what I've learned: 1.AV knows more about hockey than anyone on this board. (Fast) 2. We suck at Power Plays and faceoffs, but timely wins in these much maligned areas can still be effective. 3. Wall whipping boys can sometimes rise to the occasion. 4. Ridiculous things said on the wall this year are laughable: Hank isn't worth the $, Step sucks, etc

ColoradoMark


Wed May 13 2015 10:20 pm EST

Nbc just figured out henrik is a class act.... Not like the jerk ovivey ... I hope hank told him all series long baby

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:17 pm EST

1st team in nhl history to come back and win down 3-1 in consecutive seasons!!! That should earn any Ranger Fans faith moving forward. TBH, if at 3-1 the Rangers were getting badly outplayed, and werent competing, (as Hank the saying in post-game right now "we knew we were really close, You dont need to change much to win a game...the puck may need to bounce our way a couple of times and it did...it starts with confidence and believing that we can do it." That was my point exactly at 3-1.

Pierre10


Wed May 13 2015 10:16 pm EST

Here come the Tampa Rangers. gonna be epic series. They dominated us this season. Hope AV watches some video !!!

stepunmytoe


Wed May 13 2015 10:15 pm EST

Tears of joy, so happy!!

hipcheck


Wed May 13 2015 10:15 pm EST

step: Re McI - zero chance. The Bolts are almost the opposite of the Caps. They are fast and skilled. Hunwick will be in if Boyle isn't. Positives? The last 2 acquisitions Sather overpaid for might do well!

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 10:14 pm EST

Great series from the King. .994 save % and 1.60 GAA through two series

RDW


Wed May 13 2015 10:13 pm EST

Hey, Monk! Good to see ya!!! BIG WIN!!!!

JFC31


Wed May 13 2015 10:12 pm EST

Hey Ovie the difference between you and Mark Messier , SIX Stanley Cups , Mess could go out of his way and guarantee a win bc he won 5 cups prior to that he knew what it takes to win !!!!

ilya


Wed May 13 2015 10:10 pm EST

Thank You Rangers! Thank You!!!!

Vic


Wed May 13 2015 10:09 pm EST

Rhetoric - hey dude...chill out...im just teasin u guys...we got it done...thats all that matters! (Btw - i posted when we made it 3-2, & 3-3) . It's all Good...i apologize...lets just stay positive...our boys have earned our faith...thats for sure

Pierre10


Wed May 13 2015 10:08 pm EST

Orprick can go fuck a duck, dirty scumbag

tlats


Wed May 13 2015 10:07 pm EST

Pierre10 - I'll take the crow medium well l, with a side of onion rings and a ginger ale.....I'm holding myself accountable

DREW


Wed May 13 2015 10:07 pm EST

JFC....lmao. Oh, the humanity!

FerociousMonk94


Wed May 13 2015 10:07 pm EST

Pierre: Really...we are enjoying this. All of us. Including the doubters. I guess you need to stir up negativity by calling out those who aren't all things Ranger strokers. STFU.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 10:07 pm EST

I have zero respect for that team ... Walk home

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:06 pm EST

Had to wake up my 9 year old son to tell him the great news! Poor little guy had hockey practice tonight and was spent by 9:00.

jratelle19


Wed May 13 2015 10:05 pm EST

Pierre10.... Bite me. I said today and tomorrow were for bitching and Friday was for getting back to rooting for the team in game 5. Not you nor anyone else here is going to tell me HOW to be a fan. I noticed you waited to talk smack until they actually won. If you had the courage of your convictions, you would've done it yesterday.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 10:05 pm EST

"All you have to do is hit the Rangers defense and they fade.....justbthrowmthe puck,in front of Lundqvist and it goes in.....we are so big and strong...." LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!! Screw you OV! I know Mark Messier, Mark Messier was a friend of mine....OV, you're no Mark Messier"

JFC31


Wed May 13 2015 10:05 pm EST

Ferocious has spoken!

NYStranger


Wed May 13 2015 10:04 pm EST

If Boyle out does McI get the call ?

stepunmytoe


Wed May 13 2015 10:04 pm EST

: Ovi guaranteed the caps would win game 7. Isn't the first time some one in DC made a promise they couldn't keep

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:01 pm EST

EXHALE, Exhale , exhale...wow!

NYStranger


Wed May 13 2015 10:00 pm EST

So long farewell pos craps

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 10:00 pm EST

Monk: LOL. I actually dropped trough and mooned the tv when they showed OV. F em all !!!!!!

stepunmytoe


Wed May 13 2015 9:59 pm EST

Rhetoric, Nick, Fotiu (and whoever else was a piss-poor Ranger Fan when we went down 3-1...Do you guys still plan on talking about next years team until this season is actually over????!!!

Pierre10


Wed May 13 2015 9:59 pm EST

Kid .= kis auto bs correct

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 9:59 pm EST

OLA, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL MORNING .......... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhPmsKd7JNI

mf


Wed May 13 2015 9:58 pm EST

The #2 center ends it huh?

Bob


Wed May 13 2015 9:58 pm EST

I gaurantee Ovechkin will be going home to Russia soon.....

caperanger


Wed May 13 2015 9:58 pm EST

Nut = nyr

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 9:57 pm EST

Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss zzz z

tlats


Wed May 13 2015 9:57 pm EST

Had to be sure.. after the replay, the play was made by Fast in the circle, scrambled draw and he was the guy who got a stick on it to win it back ...

sjw


Wed May 13 2015 9:57 pm EST

All series, baby!!

NV94


Wed May 13 2015 9:56 pm EST

Kid I never want the nut to play like those craps

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 9:56 pm EST

Sorry O, you're no Messier. Sorry Doc, but the ISIS of your hockey world won. Go kill yourself you ghoul. ;). ;)

FerociousMonk94


Wed May 13 2015 9:55 pm EST

Go play Montreal

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 9:53 pm EST

It's 5 am here in Sweden, kids will be up in a hr or two, but I don't care :)

Ola


Wed May 13 2015 9:53 pm EST

Im sorry guys, you never see me say this, but this team is going to fucking kill me.

WIOSA


Wed May 13 2015 9:52 pm EST

All summer long

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 9:51 pm EST

F yeah!!! Another round of misery coming up baby!!

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 9:51 pm EST

That is a pod dirty cheating team fuck them all

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 9:51 pm EST

STEPAN MY TOE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mf


Wed May 13 2015 9:51 pm EST

I can breathe......Hey Hey...Hey Hey Hey

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 9:51 pm EST

Step, Girardi and Yandle!!

Ola


Wed May 13 2015 9:51 pm EST

DEREK STEPAN!!!! RANGERS WIN,RANGERS WIN, THEEEEEEEEEEEEE RANGERS WIN!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 9:50 pm EST

GIVE HIM $6.5 !!!!

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 9:50 pm EST

i am in shock

DOUBLEN


Wed May 13 2015 9:50 pm EST

Fuck your ovi

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 9:50 pm EST

wwwwwwooooooooooooooooooooooo

mf


Wed May 13 2015 9:50 pm EST

YES, YES, YES... DO YOU BELIEVE? YES!!!!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 9:50 pm EST

It was a ice scrape.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 13 2015 9:49 pm EST

Was that a timeout?

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 9:47 pm EST

can we win a faceoff please?

mf


Wed May 13 2015 9:44 pm EST

I know u have to play the 4th line but go down with your best

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 9:41 pm EST

You can tell yandle has never played in a big game in his life. I love how the caps have the balls to complain to the refs

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 9:38 pm EST

6 penalties not called on that bs...

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 9:38 pm EST

Lizbeth...the big one is coming!

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 9:37 pm EST

That looked like a PP.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 9:34 pm EST

Two blatant fucking missed calls

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 9:34 pm EST

That wasn't 18 minute intermission

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 9:34 pm EST

sticking wiith Nash

WIOSA


Wed May 13 2015 9:33 pm EST

MSL with the winner!!

stepunmytoe


Wed May 13 2015 9:32 pm EST

I picked Brass earlier and I am still sticking by my pick.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 13 2015 9:32 pm EST

Will have to play Yandle....MSL can't handle a game this physical anymore....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 9:32 pm EST

They need to do a study in the life spam of ranger fans. This stress can't be good on the body. Going with Girardi for the game winner

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 9:32 pm EST

Because he sucks :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 9:31 pm EST

i'm sticking with Hagelin.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 9:31 pm EST

Why is Marty out ?

stepunmytoe


Wed May 13 2015 9:31 pm EST

My bet is Klein!

Ola


Wed May 13 2015 9:31 pm EST

GAME WINNER = DERRICK BRASSARD! Lets go Rangers!!

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 9:30 pm EST

Step.... Yandle is out because it's purely a defensive game(tightened up) right now. MSL is out for a completely different reason.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 9:28 pm EST

Milbury and Jones called out the hit for what it was, a predatory head shot.

Bob


Wed May 13 2015 9:28 pm EST

Milbury said they missed the call on Orpik... Shocked!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 9:28 pm EST

The benching of MSL and Yandle tells me that AV gets it. Both players are detriments.

stepunmytoe


Wed May 13 2015 9:27 pm EST

Rust I call bullshit. Or oil not only led with the elbow he also left his feet and went to the head

KIS


Wed May 13 2015 9:27 pm EST

Basically Milbury said Orprick is known for that type of hit and should be in trouble for it....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 9:26 pm EST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgAsNtmlQJU

mf


Wed May 13 2015 9:26 pm EST

I missed Milbury and Jones. What did they say about Orpick?

DREW


Wed May 13 2015 9:25 pm EST

Win or lose. This team needs to get bigger next yr. here is a difference in the game. I've. Scores his chance. Nash missed his two chances. If he scores one the rangers are through. I hate that this team is being mugged. Absolutely a travesty

KIS


Wed May 13 2015 9:23 pm EST

Not sure I can take this....Stress is killing me.....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 9:22 pm EST

Milbury gets it on the hit....He knows what Orprick is.....A hit to the head....Can't do it....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 9:20 pm EST

LOL...AV gets the MSL anchor issue with 2 minutes left in game 7 regular time. Hoping it's not 2 minutes left in the Rangers season!!!

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 9:14 pm EST

1 minute 13, good pressure Rangers

mf


Wed May 13 2015 9:14 pm EST

Think MSL is benched for Miller

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 9:13 pm EST

1 minute 20

mf


Wed May 13 2015 9:13 pm EST

Pat Leonard.... Vigneault down to three lines, with Miller on Nash-Brassard line and St. Louis benched

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 9:12 pm EST

2 minutes

mf


Wed May 13 2015 9:10 pm EST

I would be shocked if Boyle returns.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 9:10 pm EST

3.5 minutes

mf


Wed May 13 2015 9:08 pm EST

Need to win in regulation. Down to 5 defenseman, Klein can't be in tip top shape and you have yandle. Up to the big 3

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 9:07 pm EST

I would love to talk Rangers hockey with everyone on Saturday afternoon.....LET'S-GO-RANGERS!

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 9:06 pm EST

Crunch time now. Have to win all defensive zone face offs

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 9:06 pm EST

Amazes me that neither Pierre or Edzo have the onions to call the Orpik head shot for what it was.

Bob


Wed May 13 2015 9:05 pm EST

Two more no calls on that shift. Rangers need to play that game as well. In the defensive zone, just hold and trip

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 9:03 pm EST

Stick to the teeth on Hayes. Ouch

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 9:02 pm EST

Per Elliotte Friedman..... We slowed it down, was not an elbow. Boyle was low, elbow tucked in, hit bicep. 0 retweets 0 favorites Reply

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 9:02 pm EST

The main point of contact the head on that one....WTF

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 8:59 pm EST

Amazing. We went to Hybrid Icing to prevent injuries, but things that cause concussions? Still legal.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 8:57 pm EST

That replay was ugly. Hit right in the head

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 8:56 pm EST

Boyle got rocked, hope he's alright

mf


Wed May 13 2015 8:56 pm EST

Excuse me elbow to the head

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:56 pm EST

Boyle had his bell rung.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 8:56 pm EST

That's charging

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:54 pm EST

Hagelin.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 8:54 pm EST

Caps putting two guys in front of hank every time in the offensive zone. Need to do the same

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 8:54 pm EST

Hugging it out

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:53 pm EST

Swallowed

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 8:53 pm EST

Two arms around brassard there. Guess the whistles are sealloeed

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 8:46 pm EST

not many rebounds tonight

mf


Wed May 13 2015 8:43 pm EST

Don't shit a pill

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:39 pm EST

I just took two Aspirins.

rangerlou


Wed May 13 2015 8:36 pm EST

Nash for the win..

WIOSA


Wed May 13 2015 8:35 pm EST

Time for the fetal position

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 8:35 pm EST

Go to a box in one on ovechkin. Do not let him beat us.

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 8:34 pm EST

Nn light some more candles

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:33 pm EST

We still have the speed advantage....Need to make the most of it...Kreids and Hags.....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 8:33 pm EST

Mood time for the bye to bomb pearl holtby... Blow him up and out

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:33 pm EST

I have had my nervous stomach for the entire game and don't know if I can take much more, especially when they get pinned in and clear the friggin puck. I have Brassard for the game winner.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 13 2015 8:32 pm EST

Well, it's 4 PP's to 3 so not outrageous. I don't expect any calls in the 3rd. I also expect the Caps to take advantage of that. Rangers have spent far too much time in their own zone this game, and Ovechkin has had too many chances.

Bob


Wed May 13 2015 8:30 pm EST

Rlou that would be the best payback for the broken arm

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:30 pm EST

We're gonna win! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8lT1o0sDwI

mf


Wed May 13 2015 8:29 pm EST

mf :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 8:29 pm EST

Nbc girls calling out green and Gleason .... They should call them the Gg girls

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:28 pm EST

The 3rd period is gonna be twice that ugly like "The Marchello Brothers" who we are twice as ugly.....

mf


Wed May 13 2015 8:28 pm EST

Nash make your mark on Rangers history....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 8:28 pm EST

Sheppard with the game winner

JFC31


Wed May 13 2015 8:28 pm EST

We need is a Calvin Klein cannonball shot that ricochet off Ovechkins huge forehead and go by an unsuspecting Holtby

rangerlou


Wed May 13 2015 8:27 pm EST

Rhet: Thinking it's a wash now that it's the 3rd and the 7th game.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 8:27 pm EST

Big period....Come on Blueshirts.....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 8:27 pm EST

I'm calling jasper Casper the friendly fast to get one....

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:25 pm EST

The NYR need to avoid anything that even looks like a penalty in the 3rd period.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 8:24 pm EST

They played a lot better that period ... Kick up a notch for the 3rd....

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:23 pm EST

RF4L: Sometimes Miller looks lost and other times he makes passes like that. Maddening but i'll take another pass like that in the 3rd!

RDW


Wed May 13 2015 8:22 pm EST

DREW: You gotta watch it all...those plays against this asshole team are almost as enjoyable as a goal.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 8:21 pm EST

That pass by Jitters is why the Rangers (I think) keep playing him. The raw skills are undeniable.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 8:21 pm EST

At least OV doesn't cry to the Refs the way Crosby does.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 8:20 pm EST

RF I didn't see Staal because I'm a homer ; )

DREW


Wed May 13 2015 8:19 pm EST

The third period could get VERY UGLY. LEMMY KILMISTER UGLY(which we all know is the ugliest). I expect less to be called by the Refs in the third.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 8:19 pm EST

DREW: I did. I also saw Staal punch OV in the face. It was great.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 8:18 pm EST

Happened in the first period and the cap d was on too of the puck and they blew the whistle right away. Much better period. Who thought this was going to be a one goal game??

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 8:18 pm EST

OMG Yandle sucks. He looks so disengaged. Keep him on the bench in the 3rd. Please.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 8:17 pm EST

Rhet only when a crap does it they blow the whistle

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:15 pm EST

The puck was under Yandle, how did the Refs not lose sight of it?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 8:15 pm EST

Does Moore think he is Gretzky? Pass the effin puck

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 8:15 pm EST

Did anyone see Hagelin get punched in the face?

DREW


Wed May 13 2015 8:11 pm EST

Stevie.... I know, what game are these jokers watching. NBC pays to broadcast the NHL, they don't get paid BY the NHL.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 8:11 pm EST

MSL with the game winner....he is playing tonight, right? Big save by hank

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 8:10 pm EST

Rhet Boyle is involved good to see looks possessed

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:09 pm EST

1994 heroes in attendance: Glenn Anderson, Mike Richter, Adam Graves, Mark Messier and Stephane Matteau.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 8:08 pm EST

Rhet I don't think his stick even touched him

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:08 pm EST

Playing much much better. This next goal is huge. Time for Kreider to pick his game up to where it was the last few games

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 8:07 pm EST

Is it me or does Dan Boyle look like a total psycho with the beard?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 8:07 pm EST

Rlou easy you might shart

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:05 pm EST

HUGE play by Girardi on OV there. Fast play looked like a total dive. NBC called it a "chop."

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 8:04 pm EST

Hey Pierre why dont you just get behind the Caps bench and start coaching them you Queer Bald Lumberjack

rangerlou


Wed May 13 2015 8:04 pm EST

Dive bs call

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 8:04 pm EST

There you go

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 8:04 pm EST

Bad penalty...

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 7:58 pm EST

They could've had ten out there and that's not getting called. But the next NYR love tap? Off you go!

Nick


Wed May 13 2015 7:57 pm EST

One of the 8 also got hit with the puck which makes it automatic. Used to anyways.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:57 pm EST

Refs have a hard job this game would be 5-4 all night

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 7:55 pm EST

8 guys not too manny men ?

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 7:55 pm EST

How does too many men get ignored? Then the refs let the caps have the 3 on 2?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:55 pm EST

Talk about not getting the next call! Two hooks and then the caps had 8 guys on the ice!!

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:54 pm EST

Nice for the NYR to show up in the 2nd period.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:54 pm EST

This game is bonkers right now.

Bob


Wed May 13 2015 7:52 pm EST

Jitters nice pass

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 7:52 pm EST

More youngsters. .... less Marty

stepunmytoe


Wed May 13 2015 7:52 pm EST

Is that the J T Miller TD is talking about??? What a feed to Hayes !!! Yeah Baby

mf


Wed May 13 2015 7:51 pm EST

Good lord!!

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:51 pm EST

Gabby pp

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 7:51 pm EST

KEVIN FREAKIN' HAYES

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:51 pm EST

It's about effing time.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 13 2015 7:50 pm EST

OMG, WTF is AV's adoration for MSL??

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 7:48 pm EST

Better score here because they aren't getting the next call

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:48 pm EST

RF4L... How does a goalies that got his glove on a puck shot at him not deserve some of the blame? That's ridiculous.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:45 pm EST

They have to score. Park two guys in front of the net

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:44 pm EST

Do we have PPG in stock?

mf


Wed May 13 2015 7:41 pm EST

For certain, we need to score the next goal. We can't go down 2-0.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:41 pm EST

Man up to start the 2nd, Lets Go Rangers!

mf


Wed May 13 2015 7:41 pm EST

Lets get one here and we are right back in it

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:40 pm EST

IMO, it's crazy to blame the King on the lead the Caps have. He made 4 or 5 great saves. It wasn't until the end of the period that Holtby was tested. The Rangers had a sub-par period overall, which is the opposite of their usual first periods. Lately, their 2nds have sucked. If that trend continues, they are done.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 7:40 pm EST

Get the next one and the crowd gets going again....Hopefully on this PP.....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 7:40 pm EST

OV first point in 4, GEICO first in 5, Johansson first in 10. As my dear departed mother used to say, "Doctor Rangers."

Nick


Wed May 13 2015 7:38 pm EST

I was way more pissed on the Bure-kowsky goals and the Glencross. But whatever. They can have their one goal. If we can't get two, we don't deserve the W.

Nick


Wed May 13 2015 7:38 pm EST

Well, this game does not have a positive vibe so far. Caps dictated the play. Not over, of course but quite uncomfortable.

Bob


Wed May 13 2015 7:38 pm EST

Gotta say that goal was not on Hank....Although yes he has made that save and tougher....How do we lose OV in our end?......

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 7:36 pm EST

Nick... I've been critical of Hank plenty. I've also seen him make that save on OV plenty. He got a piece of it, he should've stopped it.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:33 pm EST

The goal didn't come after the icing.... They went to TV timeout and there was another series in Rangers zone and the puck was frozen. Then backstrom won the draw vs stepan and the rest was history....... So u may ask who iced the puck? It was Rick Nash who jumped onto the ice as tanner glass made the change

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 7:32 pm EST

Tough crowd. Hey, I thought I was the Hank doubter here! That wasn't Beagle or Chimera on that one. Ovechkin might be an ugly annoying fucker but a 15-foot wrister from the slot is a pretty tough chance from a multiple 50-goal man. OV came through, Nash didn't. Shocker. We had our chances, but that stiff Holtby somehow got lucky and we shot into him again, or whatever is tonight's flavor of bullshit. Next goal wins.

Nick


Wed May 13 2015 7:32 pm EST

They -- are you really serious? It's unbelievable to read how you makemLundqvist your whipping boy. You have Alex Ovechkin going parallel to goal in prime scoring position....the man with the most deadly wrist shot in the,league and you expect him to miss that? It's basically a breakdown, gimme goal. Not a good sign for the Rangers. Lundqvist had 3 fantastic saves before the goal was scored....he didn't start playing better after thengoal....he played well the whole period. He doesn't stop OV at point blank range and it's Lundqvist's fault?? C'mon!!

JFC31


Wed May 13 2015 7:29 pm EST

Time to give these guys the "there is no tomorrow" speech. UNLEASH THE KREIDER!!!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:26 pm EST

Didn't see this start coming....Sense of urgency needs to increase in a big way in the second....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 7:24 pm EST

To me, Hank has looked better since the goal.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:23 pm EST

Some shot by Stepan on the power play. Jesus. Better pick it up in the next two periods

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:23 pm EST

Pretty good shot by Stepan, but we needed a NYR in front of the damn net.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:22 pm EST

Nash Had him hit his pad 5 hole open

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 7:21 pm EST

This is embarrassing. Way to show up. Thankfully there is 40 minutes left but they are getting out worked soundly

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:20 pm EST

Nash has a good penalty shot move. He REALLY needed to use it there.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:19 pm EST

The Rangers need to practice lifting the puck off the damn ice.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:19 pm EST

That was clutch

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:19 pm EST

Nash has to score there....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 7:18 pm EST

How many times have we seen the stupid icings and then the lost face-offs. Wash/Rinse/Repeat.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 13 2015 7:18 pm EST

What took the Refs so damn long to blow the whistle?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:18 pm EST

What took the Refs so damn long to blow the whistle?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:18 pm EST

I swear nbc is doing everything to try and jinx the Rangers with all their stats and that ov has never been to conf finals. Reverse the jinx

tlats


Wed May 13 2015 7:17 pm EST

Better kill this one. I don't care if they aren't scoring. They aren't hitting dick out there. It's not a pre season game

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:17 pm EST

Bad penalty. Undisciplined.

Vic


Wed May 13 2015 7:17 pm EST

Does Brassard always have to do 1-2 stupid things every game?

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:16 pm EST

Not liking this at all....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 7:15 pm EST

Wiosa.... It's no reason for the Rangers to come out so tight. Also, Hank should've made the save.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:15 pm EST

2N: Agreed. There was no need to ice that puck. I think it was SHEPPARD.

Vic


Wed May 13 2015 7:14 pm EST

NN...Good point...That icing was ridiculous....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 7:13 pm EST

How does Hank let that goal in? Seriously?

RDW


Wed May 13 2015 7:13 pm EST

Our worst start of any game in the series.....Don't get it....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 7:12 pm EST

Vic me too...it was a rallying cry for his team.

WIOSA


Wed May 13 2015 7:12 pm EST

That play started with that stupid icing.

DOUBLEN


Wed May 13 2015 7:12 pm EST

McD lost him and Stepan watching the entire g-damn play. Maybe they were reading the newspapers about how great they have been in Game 7's because they are playing like shit. Mailing it in. Maybe they thought the Caps would roll over. Unreal. Pick it up!!!

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:12 pm EST

JAYZUS H ...Don't we have any pride? We let HIM score?

WIOSA


Wed May 13 2015 7:11 pm EST

We had chances to get that puck out....Damm

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 7:10 pm EST

Oh how I wanted that first goal....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 7:09 pm EST

And that was what I was worried about with his guarantee....

Vic


Wed May 13 2015 7:09 pm EST

Can't play like this.....Just awful....

PJ


Wed May 13 2015 7:09 pm EST

How does Hank let that goal go in.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:08 pm EST

C'mon, the Rangers initiating plenty of physicality and pressing the puck into the Craps end of the ice...

mf


Wed May 13 2015 7:08 pm EST

I believe! They aren't playing great and they aren't losing. Haven't tested Holtby yet and 7 minutes left in the first.

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:08 pm EST

Well, each team got their PP chance for the night. I doubt we see any other calls.

Vic


Wed May 13 2015 7:07 pm EST

..we gotta believe

WIOSA


Wed May 13 2015 7:06 pm EST

Agreed. You can't hit the net, you might as well crash it.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:05 pm EST

Somebody crash the damn net

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:04 pm EST

Beautiful play by McDonagh, preventing a good scoring chance.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:03 pm EST

Wiosa :)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:02 pm EST

ST. Louis looks like he has more butterflies than anyone else on the team. Odd for a veteran.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 7:02 pm EST

MSL on the PP again. Can't get a shot thru

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 7:01 pm EST

Rhett, when youre speaking to the Hockey Gods, you have to be more specific than 'someone hit the net' ..you must stress that someone must be a Ranger

WIOSA


Wed May 13 2015 7:00 pm EST

PUH-LEASE do not let that "the Rangers D are afraid when we play our physical game" jerk score

WIOSA


Wed May 13 2015 6:59 pm EST

Are we playing 'not to lose' ?

WIOSA


Wed May 13 2015 6:57 pm EST

I agree Rhet - scary start

DREW


Wed May 13 2015 6:56 pm EST

Good thing we have home ice to get the one penalty the refs will call tonight....oh wait...

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 6:56 pm EST

Cmmon guys we need a goal...this is our period..

WIOSA


Wed May 13 2015 6:56 pm EST

Caps go on the PP. This will be HUGE.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 6:55 pm EST

To me, both teams look a little tight.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 6:54 pm EST

somone hit the net please!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 6:54 pm EST

Don't like out start at all. Ovechkin allowed to use his stick like Paul bunyon out there. Hank looks sharp

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 6:45 pm EST

LET'S GO RANGERS!!!!!!

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 6:44 pm EST

MF..... Look at the warts on this dude alone. They're the size of golf balls..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemmy#/media/File:Lemmy-03.jpg

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 6:39 pm EST

Rhet: You're on! pictures of the Good Rats.. https://www.google.com/search?q=pictures+of+the+good+rats&rlz=1C1CHMO_enUS574US583&espv=2&biw=1024&bih=705&tbm=isch&imgil=YZkx6dTm9xxyiM%253A%253BcGXD8lg8_usUQM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.greateastcoastbands.com%25252Fthe-bands%25252Fthe-good-rats%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=YZkx6dTm9xxyiM%253A%252CcGXD8lg8_usUQM%252C_&usg=__Q4q08AACkulPnvtV7yiPBUqxbuc%3D&ved=0CDMQyjc&ei=Et9TVaK4OYKHsAX1-ICwAg#imgrc=YZkx6dTm9xxyiM%253A%3BcGXD8lg8_usUQM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.greateastcoastbands.com%252Fwp-content%252Fgallery%252Fthe-good-rats%252FInlaygoodrats.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.greateastcoastbands.com%252Fthe-bands%252Fthe-good-rats%252F%3B675%3B675

mf


Wed May 13 2015 6:39 pm EST

mf....you can download the NBC sports app and watch the game live

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 6:36 pm EST

Wallsters: Please post some "play by play" for those counting on this place to keep up with the game.... thank you

mf


Wed May 13 2015 6:35 pm EST

WOW... Ranger fans on twitter are really tight tonight. "We got this."

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 6:31 pm EST

Eddie O has the sickest hair line (and slickest)

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 6:31 pm EST

" JT Miller on Chris Kreider and the Penguins series..... "The whole series he's yelling at (Evgeni) Malkin from the bench in Russian, Miller said.You can't help but laugh. It's hilarious."

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 6:25 pm EST

Win it for Zucc.

hipcheck


Wed May 13 2015 6:23 pm EST

Danyko (shockingly) picked the Caps. He promised Ranger Fans it was nothing to do with his Devil days. "I'm over that!" Of course he dropped the S word when talking about Lundqvist. Accidental, I'm sure.

ColoradoMark


Wed May 13 2015 6:20 pm EST

Let's Go Rangers! RinkRat- I posted a follow up to our Sun Prairie on Monday, I think it might get lost in he shuffle. Hope you and the boy get to celebrate again.

ColoradoMark


Wed May 13 2015 6:20 pm EST

Hartford Wolf Pack..... Stephenson scores for Hershey to make it 2-1 Bears.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 6:17 pm EST

Tom Gulitti.... Eric Fehr dressed for warm-ups for Caps. Hasn't played since Game 3 of first round vs. Isles (upper body)

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 6:16 pm EST

Pat Leonard...... #Caps take out winger Curtis Glencross in favor of C Eric Fehr, who's returning from injury for first time this series. #NYR same lineup

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 6:04 pm EST

Per Rangers Report..... Rumors are that 35, 11 and 99 are in the house. And you guys know who I mean ... Matteau too.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 5:57 pm EST

Penn Station is decorated with Ranger Fans pouring in for the game..

mf


Wed May 13 2015 5:44 pm EST

moof newbies can't register right now ...just lurk.....guess they don't want new or old ones.....

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 5:43 pm EST

Sorry MF, have to disagree, Lemmy Kilmister and Motorhead are hands down the ugliest band of all time.

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 5:29 pm EST

The fuggin Good Rats were by far the ugliest band to roam mother earth.. But they could play Tasty! Trade, do you remember Mustache head & surf shop on Austin Blvd in Island Park?

mf


Wed May 13 2015 5:26 pm EST

Worked hard all day to try and keep my mind off the game as much as possible.. I'm on the LIRR back to the city and the train is littered with Ranger Jerseys.. Naturally I flash the RFC website on the phone to some lucky fans.. If you see some newbies dialing in, I may be the guilty party that chummed them into this "Sick Slick!" :-) LETS GO RANGERS!!!!

mf


Wed May 13 2015 5:25 pm EST

thanx MF......we can hit the bar and check out the Zen Tricksters and then shoot back to O'side and catch the Good Rats

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 5:24 pm EST

tdchi.....Wade Redden proving that screen on Federov's GWG.......Redden kept backing up. Meanwhile, its obvious that the butterfly technique in goaltending works as Henrik's stats prove that.....but what is the rationale of it? To take away the bottom of the net and use the glove or the blocker for the upper part of the net?

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 5:17 pm EST

I posted the other day half in jest after maybe game 3, Rangers In Seven! So here's to it happening tonight...Lets Go Rangers! Really want us to face our ex-Rangers in the ECF.

NYStranger


Wed May 13 2015 5:16 pm EST

I was listening to some Tampa fans talk today, they were already wondering who they would be playing in the Stanley Cup finals. The prevailing opinion seemed to be Chicago. They weren't even given the Rangers/Capitals a second thought(I found that interesting). The NBC guys last night were talking about Tampa's speed and who could even match it. I was like whaaaaaattttt???? It seems everyone is taking us for granted yet again. Funny, I remember when the playoffs started, weren't we the team to beat? Now we're just an after-thought. Hockey is a fickle mistress..

Rhet0ric


Wed May 13 2015 5:04 pm EST

Trade - hah thanks man! No driving for me though. South Nags Head to Kill Devil would be a bitch with the BAC I intend to be sporting in about an hour, much less at the witching hour! Gin and soda to start during dinner prep and then if things are looking dicey, that bourbon bottle is coming out for the main swordfish course...I ain't making any calls one way or another, but can say that I still feel the sting from when the Rangers blew a 3-1 lead to lose the series on a Sergei FEDOROV goal in 2009...and I'm hoping what goes around comes around for some deserving Caps fans and Pierre McGuire.

tdchi


Wed May 13 2015 4:49 pm EST

moof hang 5 or 10...I'll be watching from my comfy chair in NJ......

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 3:46 pm EST

Trade: Have a great Vay-Cay... Here's to a Rangers Victory, a Damn good Beer Buzz, a piss off the old balcony, and a good swell... Surf's up dude... LET'S GO RANGER'S !!!!!!!

mf


Wed May 13 2015 3:40 pm EST

TradeStar: Been there done that... Got my Masters at The Right Track Inn in Freeport......

mf


Wed May 13 2015 2:45 pm EST

Here is my take on the game tonight. I will not dare look ahead to the next series until this series is written in the books. I say that with a top 4 of Girardi - McDonagh - Staal - Klein with the experienced and world class goalie named Henrik.....this is the main reason the Rangers should win tonight. Caps team from 2012-13 is almost the same as the one from this years 2014-15. The only difference is that they have Niskannen, Orpik and Gleason on Defense and honestly those are not huge upgrades that should slow down a cohesive unit like the Rangers. Plus 2 of them (Orpick and Gleason) are old and weathered. On the flip side, the Rangers have youth, experienced vets (MSL, D Boyle) and have MSG to help push them over the top. Would i be surprised if we lost? No suicide watch here.........but I would be very disappointed if they didn't give it 110% tonight.

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 2:32 pm EST

mf - you can hit the Bear Necessity in Island Park and then head on over to Channel 80

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 2:28 pm EST

tdchi.....Dont forget to hit the Kill Devil Hills Grill for the game.....and top it off with some donuts from Duck Donuts.....haha......Hope your current vacation is even better tonight @ 10:30pm : )

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 2:22 pm EST

rangerlou: LOLOLOL...I think those stories are full of poo! ;^)

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 2:09 pm EST

Vic... Im ahead of you. I have a brand new pair courtesy of Rite Aid!! They are the extra confy ones. With exra room for Overtime and Blue in color of course.Do not want to repeat last Friday night's unfortunate circumstances.

rangerlou


Wed May 13 2015 2:04 pm EST

So EC final tickets in tampa are on sale.......so want to buy them to take my boys to a game but don't want to jinx the Rangers by buying them before they win. Need to take Ward out of the game tonight. Bet you he tries to run Hank early. If we get a PP, we need to score to stop that nonsense. If the zebras put away their whistles tonight, we better make sure we give us much as we are going to get....

Fotiu22


Wed May 13 2015 1:40 pm EST

RANGERLOU: Don't forget to wear your Depends tonight....

Vic


Wed May 13 2015 1:34 pm EST

Holy CRAPPOLA i just got home and i realized there are another 4.5 hours to go. Good thing we live on the beach and the salt air is keeping me from getting a stroke.I'm going to throw on a pair of shorts on, find me the oldest Rangers Jersey i own ( I own 8 to date from Steve Vickers to Kris Kreider ) And go out for a long run. LGR!!!!!!!!!

rangerlou


Wed May 13 2015 1:16 pm EST

sorry Mf. would have loved to come into the city and meet at Molly Wees. tongiht I;ll be watching with my son , Pa. and his son. lets go Rangers

KIS


Wed May 13 2015 1:15 pm EST

I have no idea what is in them, maybe vodka and food coloring... I had one but really didnt taste anything

Gibbo


Wed May 13 2015 1:11 pm EST

Comment from that lohudblogs article...not sure of the accuracy or relavance: Tonight’s officials Kevin Pollack 33 Wes McCauley 4 They worked game 5 this series. Rangers are a combined 4-0 in playoffs with both officials. Capitals 0-3 combined.

RF73


Wed May 13 2015 12:55 pm EST

Quotes from the morning skate: http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2015/05/13/game-7-rangers-morning-skate-quotes/

Vic


Wed May 13 2015 12:43 pm EST

Do tell - what are 'blue shots'??

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 12:34 pm EST

pete -- no problem, have a good time and if you end up there I hope you have many, many blue shots

Gibbo


Wed May 13 2015 12:34 pm EST

oops...who GET that...

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 12:34 pm EST

Gotta say, I love this place. I realize there are other teams with some agonizing histories, but the Rangers IMO are right up there with the best (worse). Commiserating with folks who that is for me, priceless.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 12:24 pm EST

I was up at 4 AM this morning, so yeah, I'd say I was nervous too.

pete


Wed May 13 2015 12:23 pm EST

Trade - very funny you mention that, but that's what I'm doing right now. Nags Head. Waiting for good surf. Pressing into drinks and strolling the beach. Did the same thing last year and it seemed to bring a favorable outcome for the Canadiens series. Just after one and the beer is now flowing. Got some fresh caught swordfish and a couple of king sized softies to fry up too, with a bottle of bourbon iced for the game. Win, lose or draw, I should be sufficiently anesthetized afterward! LET'S GO RANGERS!! Bring it home!!!

tdchi


Wed May 13 2015 12:23 pm EST

Trade: You paint a very nice scenario there my friend. Made me smile. Life can be good sometimes, can't it?

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 12:21 pm EST

BTW, although I'm nervous, I'm also excited, which means I am hopeful. Also, looming the background is a sense of dread and that's making me an emotional wreck! Gawd, all the Ranger fan baggage I drag around!! LOL

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 12:19 pm EST

I am nervous as hell! I wasn't for the last 2 because I figured after going behind 3 games to 1, the series was over for the Rangers. Now it's back on for me and the pressure of being the favourite has been renewed. Gawd, I hope they score early - given the blown lead the Caps are guilty of and OV's blabbering there is a ton of pressure on Washington. A quick goal by the Rangers will magnify that bigtime.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 11:53 am EST

The bars around The Garden should be insane tonight.... Do we have a few NYC RFC locals that want to meet up? pete, KIS, Slegs, Tradestar, others???

mf


Wed May 13 2015 11:53 am EST

Thanks Gibbo...I've heard of that place so I will check it out when I get off work. Hopefully we get drunk of the blue stuff!

pete


Wed May 13 2015 11:48 am EST

I am not nervous per se......I just don't want the season to end. Every Memorial Day , I take the family to the NC coast and its been great seeing Rangers hockey a couple of times over the past few years in the 3rd week of May. Basically, wake up, hit the beach....have some drinks and relax, a little surfing.....then a nice dinner and top it off with the Rangers on tv as the kids prepare to go to bed. And when the Rangers win....outside on the balcony facing the ocean for the Sather'esque victory cigar! lol Plz don't ruin my vacation tonight Rangers!! We got this!

TradeStar28


Wed May 13 2015 11:47 am EST

pete -- stout nyc @ 133 w33rd is a great spot... lots of tv's, decent food and good selection of beers... and free shots of some blue "stuff" when the rangers score. Was there for a game during Round 1

Gibbo


Wed May 13 2015 11:44 am EST

Can anyone recommend a good bar to watch the game at tonight? Preferably close to Penn/MSG?

pete


Wed May 13 2015 11:20 am EST

Game 7 huge game tonight. I'm nervous, but confident. There is not a core in this league more experienced then this group at game 7s. There is no goalie in the league more money than Hank in game 7s and certainly on home ice. OV can talk because that's what it is talk. That team is fractured their confidence is shook right now what was OV supposed to say man this team is too good. Let them talk puts more pressure on them that was the bigger mistake

York18


Wed May 13 2015 11:20 am EST

Ola/RF4L - I think that LINDBERG stat is deceiving. Of those 8 points, he's only gpt onr measly goal. He really has been more or less invisible if you actually watxh the games. Look at who's been scoring goals for the Pack. It's pretty well spread out, which is a good thing in some respects, but I am not looking at guys like TYLER BROWN or CHAD NEHRING to be an offensive hero when they need a big goal.

Dineen11


Wed May 13 2015 10:33 am EST

JKROPP: I was nervous about this game the second the last game ended. Up until that point I had kind of accepted that it just wasn't meant to be this year. Once the Rangers won game 6 the Cup possibilities were back on the table. I sure hope this doesn't end up to be another kick in the groin after we all got our hopes up again. We will know in less then 12 hours most likely.

Vic


Wed May 13 2015 10:15 am EST

All I can say is I'm friggin nervous already...it's only 11:15am...

jkropp


Wed May 13 2015 10:05 am EST

Lundqvist let's up no more than 2 goals tonight...Rangers score 3 they can't lose!!!

jkropp


Wed May 13 2015 9:40 am EST

When Ovi gains the zone on the left wing he likes to deke or slow down and turn & or cut toward the center of the ice.. Its the perfect opportunity to lay him out.. I don't give a shit how big he is, knock the wind out of him, everyone in the arena will remember it... Phuck him and everything Washington tonight. LETS GO RANGERS!

mf


Wed May 13 2015 9:33 am EST

Well, tonights the 3rd game 7 for The Rangers & us this series.. So far, we've got their number when our backs are against the wall.. So, can we go back jack do it again? Sure hope so.. Are we wearing White or Blue tonight?

mf


Wed May 13 2015 9:28 am EST

Ola: And all in the 2nd round - he did nothing in the 1st round. No doubt his offensive output is one reason why the Pack are not being run over by the Bears.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 9:14 am EST

Lindberg has 8 pts in his last 5 PO games for HFD.

Ola


Wed May 13 2015 9:04 am EST

So, while I have a minute I'll make my predictions of who will score the winning goal tonight. I don't know if it will be in regulation or Overtime. And, I refuse the taunt the Hockey Gods so I am going to pick a player from each team. If the Rangers win tonight I predict that HAGS will score the game winning goal. If the Caps win tonight I predict that KUZNETSOV scores the game winning goal.

Vic


Wed May 13 2015 8:24 am EST

Before the season started I predicted that the Rangers would make the playoffs but lose in the first or second round. My reasoning was that so much fell into place last year for the Rangers to make the Finals that it was unlikely that they would be able to duplicate that result. Also, with the turnover the team had and the loss of key contributors I just didn't think the Rangers would have as good a regular season as they had last year when they went on a roll the second half of the season. Well, clearly I was wrong about the regular season as the Rangers were dominant from December on beating everyone in their own building including everyone out West except Nashville and Dallas if I'm not mistaken. If the Rangers win tonight they will surpass what I thought they could do in the playoffs this year. I am nothing but grateful for the season the Rangers gave me and regardless of the outcome tonight I can honestly say that the Rangers left it all on the ice in the playoffs this year. I hope the Rangers have enough to win tonight. The injury to McDONAGH worries me. At what level is he playing at? 50%, 60%, %70???? The loss of MZA was bad enough. You know the Caps are going to come out and try to take McDONAGH out of the game early by re injuring that shoulder. If I'm AV I pair STAAL with GIRARDI to shut down the BACKSTROM line. Keep McDONAGH away from AO tonight as I don't know that McDONAGH has the strength in that shoulder to handle AO right now.

Vic


Wed May 13 2015 8:13 am EST

Look at this quote from the article. No wonder Rick Nash played on the perimeter so much last year and why, when he's down and the puck is his vicinity, he covers up his head and face: "So far, the researchers have analyzed the donated brains of 16 professional athletes, many of whom played in the CFL or NHL and suffered repeated concussions. About half were found to have had the hallmarks of CTE or another neurological disease, while the others had no signs of the progressively destructive brain disorders, said Tator." I realize 16 is a low number statistically, but the scary part is the fact it seems to indicate if you suffer multiple serious concussions during your professional sporting career, you have a 50/50 chance of subsequently having a brain disease. Holy crap - that would scare the bejesus outa me if I'd had multiple concussions....

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 8:03 am EST

More negative news descends on the NHL - you'd think given this these idiots would be cracking down on infractions, not letting more and more go as they have during these POs. I hope Montadour's family wins HUGE. http://www.tsn.ca/former-nhl-defenceman-montador-had-cte-throughout-brain-1.281181

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 8:00 am EST

York: Yep, like I say - bush league.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 7:50 am EST

RF4l I'll take 1 goal in each language from kid k tonight please ...lol....let him talk to ovivey in Russian ....

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 7:40 am EST

stevie: Just read LB's column - some great quotes from Kreider. BTW, did you know he speaks 5 languages, including Russian? Apparently, during the Penguin series he kept yapping at Malkin in Russian from the Ranger bench. JT Miller revealed that, saying he has no idea what Kreider was saying but he found it funny as hell.

RF4L


Wed May 13 2015 6:27 am EST

“You’re not going to get any guarantees coming out of this room,” Chris Kreider told The Post after Tuesday’s practice. “That’s not our style.”....“I think it’s the Ranger Way and a lot of that goes back to Ryan,” Kreider said, referring to Ryan Callahan, the former captain who was sent to Tampa Bay at last year’s deadline in the deal for Marty St. Louis. “Cally wasn’t a rah-rah guy. “He would just go out, do it, led by example, and guys would follow,” said the winger, who has scored three goals in the first two elimination games of the series. “That’s the same kind of leadership we have here now, too from Mac and Marty and G [Dan Girardi] and Staalsy [Marc Staal]. “Rick Nash epitomizes it. He’s so low key, and doesn’t really say much, but he cares so much about the team, and it’s a team game, right?” Kreider said. “Look at Mac the other night, the way he came back and played even harder the last few minutes after taking that check. “That means so much more than anybody could say in the locker room or on the bench,” the 24-year-old Kreider said. “For me, it’s easier to follow when the example is set by, ‘Do as I do’ rather than ‘Do as I say.’ ”

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 6:15 am EST

RF bush league is strong the circus is in town and that's a much larger gate. The rangers in the 70s had to play a cup final game on the road because of the circus and that's the NHL. Is it stupid yes but money is money and the arena is about money not ahl hockey.

York18


Wed May 13 2015 6:10 am EST

trade back to the present...don't do an ovivey......it's do tonight....

stevielegs


Wed May 13 2015 3:55 am EST

Trade...as AV would say "one game at a time"...

WIOSA


Tue May 12 2015 11:04 pm EST

Rumblings are Game 1, TB @ NY Rangers on Saturday afternoon. 1pm

TradeStar28


Tue May 12 2015 10:53 pm EST

I wonder if the Rangers/TB series will start on Friday night @ MSG and then Sunday afternoon or night for Game 2.

TradeStar28


Tue May 12 2015 10:52 pm EST

Rhet...Too soon...Tomorrow night at this time we are hopefully contemplating the upcoming series....

PJ


Tue May 12 2015 10:16 pm EST

So.... Rangers/Lightning, anyone? Too soon?

Rhet0ric


Tue May 12 2015 9:25 pm EST

Dineen: My apologies. And I like you even more now, FWIW!

RF4L


Tue May 12 2015 9:17 pm EST

Montreal really went out with a whimper.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 12 2015 9:14 pm EST

It's all over. 4-1 Tampa with 2:30 left. Canadians look about ready to cry.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 12 2015 9:13 pm EST

RF4L - Make that "woman", but I appreciate the sentiment regardless. ;) I probably have that "guy tone" when I post because I mostly hang around with male hockey friends so I have to try to fit in...

Dineen11


Tue May 12 2015 9:12 pm EST

RF4L.... She is not a man, but in every other aspect you are totally correct.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 12 2015 9:09 pm EST

Dineen: You are the man - totally appreciate your reports and your humour is fabulous. Keep it up! Please...

RF4L


Tue May 12 2015 9:07 pm EST

Bye bye Habs

rngrsans


Tue May 12 2015 8:20 pm EST

Wow.. 3-0. A little surprised by it.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 12 2015 8:13 pm EST

RF73, I just check after your post. Same here. That completely sucks. I never enjoyed hockey on tv more since learning that trick. I'm pissed.

hipcheck


Tue May 12 2015 8:11 pm EST

Habs look absolutely dreadful tonight.

Fotiu22


Tue May 12 2015 8:03 pm EST

E.... There is probably no greater motivating force for a group of players than "the other team doesn't respect you." Every coach uses it, that's why so many tell their players to watch what they say to reporters so they don't give the other team bulletin board fodder. Bill Parcells was a master at it.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 12 2015 8:01 pm EST

So I turn on the TB/Mont game...(TB up 2-0 in the 2nd)...change the audio to Espanol and to my surprise I can still hear Kenny Albert & Dickaletti...NBC must read The Wall and decided to change things up?...Oh well, we'll see what happens tomorrow night...it was great while it lasted.

RF73


Tue May 12 2015 8:00 pm EST

R4FL - I was one of those 17.5 people in Worcester for the Pack game. What a crappy ride from the Hartford area at 5 pm on a Monday... definitely don't blame people for not making the trip. I got home around 11 pm. As for the game, the Pack looked like a totally different team from the Sunday afternoon game. The D played a much smarter, tighter game. The Bears really weren't getting a lot of quality chances. And hey, LINDBERG finally showed up to play after having a very low key playoffs so far. This quickly turned into a "Best of 3" series and I think the Pack actually have a shot here... Hoping they win in Hershey tomorrow, and then close it out Friday in Hartford. Oh, and I think the rest of the attendance was rounded out by the Bourque family (Ray, his wife, Chris' wife and kids...) as well as some guys from the Islanders organization who were there doing some scouting. And about 6 Hershey fans.

Dineen11


Tue May 12 2015 6:41 pm EST

http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2461006-capitals-vs-rangers-game-7-preview-prediction-for-nhl-playoff-series-finale

stevielegs


Tue May 12 2015 6:21 pm EST

As a general rule of thumb I have little use for Glass. But I'll give this to him, the guy can fight. He hits hard if he connects.

E


Tue May 12 2015 6:04 pm EST

OVECHKIN jinxed his team. End. Of. Story.

hipcheck


Tue May 12 2015 4:11 pm EST

The craps like to agitate... The Nyr haven't taken the bait... But Gleason ate knuckles from glass... He looked like a chop meat .....

stevielegs


Tue May 12 2015 4:04 pm EST

I'm sure OV's "all day" comment rattled Lundqvist so much. The gamesmanship stuff I'm sure is good for the board but let's be real. This is the New York Rangers. A team that's seen how much success under pressure in recent years? I'm pretty sure you can guarantee that the New York Rangers are well prepared for a game-7 and are comfortable being here. That doesn't guarantee anything but in terms of mechanics I'm not sure I've ever seen Lundqvist playing so well. Maybe they need to chirp in an attempt to mask their concern that they squandered two chances to bury them and now they are facing a team that routinely torpedoes their cup aspirations almost every season in their house. And that team is lights out in elimination games. When you look at history between these two teams it makes their bluster ring kind of hollow. I'm always more afraid of the silent types. That just sit there with a blank face.

E


Tue May 12 2015 3:54 pm EST

Ovechkin was asked about his post-Game 6 comment after today’s Capitals’ practice in Arlington, Va. “I just said we’re going to New York and finishing off the series, so that’s what I mean,”’ Ovechkin said before being asked about what others made of his comment. “I don’t care what everybody thinks, to be honest with you. I care what we think here in the group and as a team. You guys can think whatever you want.” “Because I know the team. I know the effort,” Ovechkin added on what him feels so confident. “I know the character in this group. We all together know what we’re capable of and what we can do, so that’s huge.”

stevielegs


Tue May 12 2015 3:23 pm EST

They had their chance 6 on 4 from a wrong call and couldn't tie it ... Let ovivey live with that.... All summer long baby ....

stevielegs


Tue May 12 2015 3:14 pm EST

put egg on the craps face....trash talk into the trash......the nyr know what they are playing for , a win to get to the next round. ....otherwise it's a round of golf...that's enough motivation.....let the better team win....the nyr......the craps can't play by the rules and win, and have lost the last 2 while cheating.....

stevielegs


Tue May 12 2015 2:30 pm EST

Playing angry is often playing stupid. Screw Ovie and his 'prediction' or whatever that was. If either of these clubs needs extra motivation then something is wrong. Best bounces/goalie wins. As usual.

Nick


Tue May 12 2015 1:59 pm EST

jkropp... Do you really think I was implying that the Rangers had no prior motivation to win? Pissing them off is completely different.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 12 2015 1:47 pm EST

Rhet0ric, I think it helps but what OV says is not what motivates the Rangers to win...

jkropp


Tue May 12 2015 1:37 pm EST

Outside of Messier, how many guarantees have ever come true? One? Zero? Ask Patrick Ewing how often it's worked out for him? Lost in OV's "guarantee" was the total lack of respect shown to Henrik Lundqvist. The "All series, baby" stuff, Holtby being the better goalie and the "We just put bodies in front of Lundqvist and it goes in" comments. I think if you ask the Ranger players(after the series is over of course), they would say to a man that those are what's motivating them most.

Rhet0ric


Tue May 12 2015 1:35 pm EST

As a nice side benefit to the "espanol" thing, I was able to record onto my phone our goal song/crowd in Game 5, soon to become my ringtone and VM background music :) Unfortunately, the audio has cut out so far in the other series before the handshake lines begin. And while nobody watching cared much about talking over inane announcers, now that we can hear the game, our TV room has lost almost all game-time conversation, as we all are now watching AND listening intently!

LeoS


Tue May 12 2015 1:26 pm EST

Who cares what AO says, it's one game at home with Hank in net. I'll take those chances any day especially after being down 1-3 in the series... LGR!!!!!!!!!!

jkropp


Tue May 12 2015 1:22 pm EST

tdchi -I thought the same thing about his choice of words "come back"!

LeoS


Tue May 12 2015 1:20 pm EST

My axiom is to never upset the hockey gods. Part of that is maintaining an air of humility...and that word simply isn't in OV's vocabulary. In the unabridged Webster's dictionary, Ovechkin's name is prominently featured in the definition of hubris...

tdchi


Tue May 12 2015 1:18 pm EST

I suspect that OV's mates are used to his blathering and aren't thinking a whole lot about it. However, I'll bet the Cap coaching staff weren't happy with it because they know stuff like that serves as motivation for the other team. Of course, Trotz was quoted as saying he liked it but how is he supposed to respond? By calling his captain an idiot? By saying he hated it and OV should keep his mouth shut? If/when the Rangers eliminate the Caps tomorrow night, no doubt Trotz will have something to say to his GM about it, however.

RF4L


Tue May 12 2015 1:08 pm EST

I don't think OV's prediction was a good one. The only way it works out is if HE PERSONALLY puits the puck in the net and leads by example. His team mates are gonna look to him to set the stage. Converesely, however, if he gets shut down and starts to look frustrated, the Caps will panic. Look, I firmly believe that the Caps are gonna come out nervous and the Rangers will not. If the Rangers can take advantage of the early Caps nervousness, OV will start running around trying to do it himself. Stop OV and the RAners are odds-on favorites to win tomorrow.....partly BECAUSE OF the prediction. Ill advised IMO unless he can back it up quickly in Period 1. If he does, Caps will play better and be harder to beat. RAngers score first, Caps nervous....big advantage Rangers. Plus, Holtby looked very human last game. Let's not forget about HIS confidence and how piercing that will help us win.

JFC31


Tue May 12 2015 1:01 pm EST

TDCHI, yeah, that's what Im afraid of. I don't want to see Ovechkin and his Caps play "out of their minds" with the added pressure of that prediction. It was actually a smart move by AO, and even smarter by his coach. Alex gives a guarantee/promise/ that they'll win, this incites the team even more. The coach backs up that promise, while backtracking by saying "what did you want the guy to say? We're going down there to lose?". It was a smart chess move. It worries me.

WIOSA


Tue May 12 2015 12:20 pm EST

re: OV's 'prediction' - Ya' know, I'm no fan of what he said and to a degree, he's full of shit. The Caps have never been behind in this series...YET...and therefore there is no 'comeback'...but he's playing the odds here. If he's right, then he looks like a hero...if he's wrong...well...he's going to have a lot bigger questions to answer than how his fat mouth factored into the series...And York is totally right about the MESSIER claim...he pretty much offered the same sort of middle of the road average everyday blather guys tell reporters going into a tough must-win situation...really almost the same sort of thing OV said...it was the media that spun it into some sort of crazy prophecy...but credit where credit is due, Messier played out of his MIND that game...we need a showing like that from our own captain...McDONAGH...not big on words, but the guy, when he has determination behind him, is a beast. Hope he iced down that wing and is in top form tomorrow. We need him.

tdchi


Tue May 12 2015 12:15 pm EST

LeoS - I'm pretty sure the only way McDONAGH will leave the ice is if he's had a limb severed or is clinically dead. The guy is a warrior...and man, I agree: I would love to see OV eat some ivory. That puke has been chirping the whole series.

tdchi


Tue May 12 2015 12:13 pm EST

Nick - We're speaking solely in hypotheticals here...and really, there's no comparing John MOORE --a former first rounder with speed, talent and an edge to his game who could never parlay it into more than a solid bottom line position on the Rangers --and Keith YANDLE, an all-star defenseman ranked up with the top offensive blueliners in the league...In this series, I've seen little of Yandle to suggest he's playing up to his reputation. Maybe he is injured...maybe he's in a funk...maybe he's got a case of Nash-itis...Whatever the case may be, the final verdict will be whether the Rangers can convert this year. If they do, then who gives three shakes of a shit-stained ass about losing DUCLAIR, or any of those picks...the proof is in the pudding. One win tomorrow means eight wins away from Lord Stanley's chalice. Eight more wins means the Yandle deal was the best thing that happened to this team since 1994. Fall short of that mark and everything is up for re-evaluation.

tdchi


Tue May 12 2015 11:19 am EST

tara sullivan @Record_Tara Column 1: Rangers took momentum in this series, now they have to, ahem, capitalize.

stevielegs


Tue May 12 2015 11:17 am EST

yandle sucks, boyle sucks, nash sucks, msl sucks, stepan sucks, ....feel free to add to the list......rf4l I know sather sucks...who doesn't suck?......if sather traded for picks, someone would say why did he trade that guy away, like most of the guys who have been traded or not resigned.....and what he got in return........there would be no wall without all of it.....make a list of who you miss too....start with gomez......not much to do today except...." it's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes a difference"......

stevielegs


Tue May 12 2015 11:13 am EST

Man, I thought McD was gonna be out for a while after that shoulder hit. Maybe the shoulder's fine, but he'll no doubt be targeted next game and I fear him crumpling a la Jagr in 2006 (I think?) and leaving us w/5 D for the rest of the game, two of which are Boyle/Yandle. Part of me wishes that instead of turning away as he was being hit, he'd channeled some Messier and made the primary point of contact his elbow and OV's mouth. But I'm also pretty sure that *would* have been called, and if the ensuing PP scores...

LeoS


Tue May 12 2015 10:27 am EST

Yandle or John Moore? Come on. Yandle is a consistent 50-point guy with an even plus-minus career, and that stat is bullshit anyway. But if you think it means something, he was minus 32 this year with the second worst team in the league, but plus 6 with us, and 16 in 2012, the year Phoenix made the third round because Mike Smith had a .930 save percentage ... by far his best year and the one and only time he approached that mark. Ekman-Larsson was minus-18 this year and dead even in 2012. Would you take him? The entire league would. Yeah Yandle is shaky in the D-zone but AV likes his first-pass and skating, and as far as our mediocre PP goes, the fault lies with the forwards.

Nick


Tue May 12 2015 10:04 am EST

GaryRanger - I'd agree with that...though I'm not too concerned about losing DUCLAIR, I do think that deal has all the trappings of a bad one for the Rangers...MOORE wasn't the most defensively reliable, but man, he seemed a lot better than YANDLE does now...but you never know...clearly, IMO, Yandle was brought on to fix the powerplay...and clearly, that hasn't worked...or at least not yet. Again, I think it gets back to the Rangers' fate this season. If they win the cup, then the Yandle deal was gold. If they don't, then they have one more year to try and make a go with him as the PPQB...because come 2016-2017, Yandle will be on a different team...Rangers can't afford him at his going rate and they're not going to abandon one of their top three to pay him.

tdchi


Tue May 12 2015 9:53 am EST

York/RF4L - The AHL IS totally bush league...that league has such great potential that is totally squandered by ineptitude/unwillingness to make hockey a marquis event...I think the move west is certainly interesting and may connote a change in thinking regarding the league's franchises...I was talking to the former Adirondack PBP guy last year and he forecast the whole move west and said the franchises there will draw 8,000-plus...also had the experience of watching a Chicago Wolves game in Chi-town a few years back...and man...compared to what you get in Hartford or Albany...what a difference...full house, energetic fans...a real production...not the half-ass shit you get in the northeast...Providence is the only club in the northeast that really has a similar draw...I hear Hershey gets good draws too...but back to the Hartford game...nothing is more bush league than scheduling a goddamn playoff game in an arena IN ANOTHER STATE during a goddamn weekday...I mean, seriously...I know Dinnen11 was saying the arena is under contract for another event...but what the hell? That is the definition of bush league....and while I'm sure that didn't factor into BUCHNEVICH'S decision to stay in Russia...the league itself probably did...he'll get better hockey in the KHL and be treated like a pro...in North America, he'd be riding coach buses to play clutch-and-grab hockey with a whole slew of career minor leaguers. He's not coming over to the states until he's got a good shot of making the Rangers' starting lineup...with LINDBERG knocking, he'd really need to turn heads just to secure a bottom line spot.

tdchi


Tue May 12 2015 9:05 am EST

Some of us here were hoping John Moore would play every game like he played in last years playoffs.. He didn't though.. Maybe the suspension he took set the stage for this past season. Maybe he had an unimpressive camp.. Maybe he didn't grasp AV's expectation of a dman of the system... What we do knowis that his play couldn't keep another LHD, Hunwick, out of his place on the 3rd pairing..

mf


Tue May 12 2015 9:02 am EST

JFC, yes he did say they would win, he said to the beat writers, hoping it would encourage his team, forgetting the same papers covering NY, cover NJ as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb8-yEyjd8E

WIOSA


Tue May 12 2015 8:54 am EST

Vic: the thing I like about the OV "promise" is that all the media attention may result in OV feeling the pressure to do more than he reasonably should be doing. OV is at his worst when he tries to do it by himself. He's a much better player when uses his teammates and plays responsible defense. For a player with the sick individual skills that Ovie has, it may be hard, after issuing a game 7 victory promise, to play his more effective team oriented game rather than simply grabbing the bull by the horns and reverting to his more natural "I'm going to do this myself" routine. I'll be thrilled to see the cherry picking/no defense OV shot machine emerge. I'll be even happier to see the frustrated "take a run at everybody" OV blossom by the third period. This game will be a true defining moment for OV in terms of maturity.

VtRanger


Tue May 12 2015 7:55 am EST

Oops...the MSL trade is the worse....

RF4L


Tue May 12 2015 7:50 am EST

For me, of course, I'll take any trade if it means the cup. That said, 3 firsts, a second, Callahan and Moore for MSL and Yandle is a ridiculous price to pay and one that potentially will have negative repercussions for years beginning as soon as the 16/17 season. Worse, neither player appears to be contributing much in these POs. At least Yandle remains a viable asset that gives the Rangers a little flexibility (resign him or trade him). MSL will probably retire this summer and without a doubt is a rapidly diminishing asset. The cost to acquire was exorbitant and IMO is setting up to be one of the worse, if not THE worse Sather trades of all time.

RF4L


Tue May 12 2015 7:44 am EST

So what exactly did I miss with Messier back in '94? Did he not say that the Rangers would beat the Devils in Game 6? Yeah, I understand that the press blew it up with headlines and put the word, "guarantee," but Messier didn't say that the Rangers would win? Whether he used the word, "guarantee" or not, he basically did guarantee the Rangers wuld win. Messier: " I think I was so focusing in on trying to direct my attention to the team, and by doing so I forgot, or I miscalculated, that other people might be looking at the guarantee — or not so much the guarantee, but would be reading the same article that I intended for the players to read,” Messier said. “And so, at that point, I didn’t really care because my intention was directed at the players. I didn’t realize, or forgot, that 14 million other New Yorkers and people around the country — and, more importantly, the New Jersey Devils — would be reading the same article. But at that point, we were so far down the tracks, it didn’t really matter.”“I would’ve liked to crawl back into bed and had it disappear, originally,” Messier told The Post recently.“Well,” Leetch said quietly. “I guess we better win.” So, what did I miss?

JFC31


Tue May 12 2015 7:36 am EST

Yorkie.......I heard that news reporter Brian Williams was there the day Messier pounded his chest like King Kong and said he was guaranteeing a Rangers win over the Devils in Game 6.

TradeStar28


Tue May 12 2015 7:35 am EST

York: Yes, I know (Pack not playing at home) - that's bush league for sure (having to play in a neutral site for a PO game is, IMO, inexcusable).

RF4L


Tue May 12 2015 7:28 am EST

the nyr made plenty of trades to get 1994.....it's what's sather has done back in 90's to help the nyr, and in the 10's .....I'll take the Cup in the present over picks in the future....

stevielegs


Tue May 12 2015 7:07 am EST

And he scoffed at the notion Game 7 is just anther game. “You know you can’t afford any mistakes,” Giacomin said. “As much as people want to say it’s an ordinary game, it’s not any ordinary game. It’s the last game. You’re going for the Cup.”

stevielegs


Tue May 12 2015 7:02 am EST

Vic: Agree with your assessment of trades. I would not be surprised to see Yandle and Talbot be offered to Edmonton . Would have to reconsider then. A POV on Mclrath. Gleason thought he was King Kong and was a total menace to our forwards before Glass gave him a beating. Notice how tamed down his game has become. With Big Mac manning the crease I doubt very seriously if Ward and company would be crashing the crease the way they have been.

gene_carr


Tue May 12 2015 6:49 am EST

York re: "Messier is not Messier". I THINK I know your point - he didn't pound his chest with a guarantee - he said something more subtle to the writers and they produced the headlines. I'm hoping your thinking Ovechkin is just shooting his mouth.

DREW


Tue May 12 2015 6:47 am EST

BOB: You see, that is the problem. Define "Going for it". Does "Going for it" mean trading away critical draft picks to obtain ancient, small, non-physical wingers who have 15 months of life left in them (or less). Does it mean trading away a big, young defenseman who can skate plus a gifted potential 40 goal scorer and a #1 pick for a lesser defensive player who puts up negligibly more points then the younger player you traded away, and has the added detraction of going into his UFA season where he will need to be resigned for likely big bucks or dealt by March 1st. That isn't going for it to me. I define "Going for it" to be intelligently building a powerhouse organization with a pipeline of high quality NHL players to keep your team talented and stocked with depth for a long, long time. To me, what some here define as "Going for it" is essentially taking all the month you have in your savings account at the bank, going to a casino and putting it all on one spin of the roulette wheel on number 21. It is a bad bet, every time. Even though you have other assets and didn't completely bankrupt yourself it is still a stupid and unnecessary bet that has a very low chance of coming out in your favor.

Vic


Tue May 12 2015 6:44 am EST

VIC: I concur and fall into your camp that trading #1 picks leads to the demise of any organization... its obvious that after Sather got lucky and landed McDonough, that he went all in for the SC and honestly, it has been a great ride.. so no regrets..at least not before a game 7 at MSG... lets revisit this topic over the summer! enjoy the game....

schneidw


Tue May 12 2015 4:42 am EST

RF the game was not even in CT it was played in Mass but was a Pack home game. You can't expect people on a work night to travel twice as far as normal for a game..............................................EVERYONE needs to stop, Messier is not Messier, he did not actually do what he said. He admitted it after the fact, did he play that sick game? Yes, did he carry the team to the win? Yes, did he actually pull a Nameth, no. The Myth takes on a life of its own

York18


Tue May 12 2015 2:20 am EST

Bob fair points. Otoh the picks we are trading away have been or is going to be very late 1sts. When we have a deep and good roster like we have, we dont have to add 3-4 players per year. 1-2 on avg over the coming years will be enough. We got Hayes, Miller and Fast the last two-three years. Can we add someone next year? Not a given. Buch and Skjei probably the year after that.

Ola


Tue May 12 2015 12:42 am EST

I am on record as strongly disliking trading away #1 picks, and having none for 4 years is very dangerous. I minded the Yandle deal less than the St. Louis deal because Yandle is in his prime and could be around for awhile afterward. I hated the St. Louis deal because it included 2 #1's. However, there are some posters here that want the rangers to go for the cup. That is what Sather is doing the past 2 years. If it pans out, all grief about the trades is wiped out. if it does not and we watch Anthony Duclair score 40 goals for the Coyotes in a few years.....well we have seen that before. The Rangers need to win Wednesday and they need to get to the finals and win for these deals to have panned out. otherwise, the St. Louis deal in particular is a disaster. They could always recoup a player or 2 by dealing Yandle next deadline of they cannot/decide not to sign him so the jury is still out. They are going for the cup. Hopefully they get it.

Bob


Mon May 11 2015 11:15 pm EST

As for the Yandle deal ... remember the early tweet from TSN that had Girardi going the other way? Can you imagine?

Nick


Mon May 11 2015 11:14 pm EST

Wow some news about Cally. Thanks MF. Been surfing but didn't see that.

Nick


Mon May 11 2015 10:30 pm EST

SCHNEIDW: And for the record I didn't want CALLY back for a penny over $4 Mil per year and was very vocal about it. That is why he needed to be traded. But, instead of moving him to a playoff hopeful for draft picks and/or prospect(s) the Rangers doubled-down on stupid and dealt #1 picks away while taking a 38 year old high dollar contract back. A guy that they were going to have 15 months of contract on. It was a moronic deal any way you slice it. They only way it could even be claimed that the deal wasn't a catastrophe was if the Rangers won a Cup. You don't make deals like that. EVER.

Vic


Mon May 11 2015 10:24 pm EST

SCHNEIDW: That may be true but I haven't heard that speculation anywhere until you just said it. I'm sure he is playing with some bumps and bruises. Hell, they all are. McDONAGH is playing with the shoulder of a chicken. But, YANDLE has played sub par since he joined the Rangers. And, his injury (if he has one) has little to do with his decision making with and without the puck. I'll cut YANDLE some slack if we learn, after the season is over, that he was playing with a significant injury. But, I do fully admit that I have a short fuse when it comes to MSL and YANDLE. It isn't because I don't like them as hockey players or individuals. It is because I despise the deals that were made to bring them here. Actually, despise may be too soft a word. Every time I see them on the ice I think of the STAAL, McDONAGH, KRIEDER, HAYES, etc. type players the Rangers could have drafted with the picks that were sent the other way to acquire them. While it is true that not all of those picks will turn into quality NHL players the odds are that at least 1 or 2 of them will. And those 1 or 2 are critical losses to the Rangers in terms of cheap, young, quality NHL players coming into their system. Wouldn't it be nice to have another KREIDER or HAYES type player ready to make the Rangers next year? Wouldn't it be nice to have another STAAL type player make the Rangers the following year? That organizational depth and pipeline is critical to sustaining a competitive team. The Rangers have pissed it away over the last 3 or 4 years but the last two in particular. And for what? Both MSL and YANDLE are more of a liability to this team then they are an asset. And MF: I may just be another dumb fan who is a card carrying member of the Clueless Jackass Club but the second both of those trades went down I was on record as saying they were horrible deals as were RF4L, TD and many others. If we can see that these are stupid deals what does it say about SATHER and the Rangers' management?

Vic


Mon May 11 2015 10:22 pm EST

Pack win tonight 3 to 1 to even up the series at 2 2. Lindbergh with a goal and 2 assists. Watched the highlights and what stood out was the 17.5 people in the stands. AHL = bush league. No wonder that Russian kid is staying home!!!

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 10:10 pm EST

St Louis: I am NOT advocating the trade, I was not a proponent of the trade at all... but just wanted to point out that Callahan has 0 goals in 12 playoff games playing next to Stamkos... point being, too soon to rush to judgement... Callahan is getting $6.5M for the next 5 years.. St Louis is contributing in other ways and when he retires, NYRs can lure a UFA to replace him..which may be superior than a tired 33YO Callahan with a ton of hard miles...just offering an alternative viewpoint.... its not ONLY goals that matter....

schneidw


Mon May 11 2015 9:54 pm EST

VIC: gotta pay closer attention, YANDLE is playing on one leg... he is totally injured... every time he skates backwards his left leg totally gives out... no strength whatsoever...

schneidw


Mon May 11 2015 9:47 pm EST

http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/lightning-winger-ryan-callahan-undergoes-emergency-appendectomy/

mf


Mon May 11 2015 9:46 pm EST

http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/john-tortorella-wants-to-coach-in-the-nhl-next-season/

mf


Mon May 11 2015 8:46 pm EST

WeLcOmE BaCk DrUgStOrE,....... I mEaN DuGsTeR

mf


Mon May 11 2015 7:52 pm EST

F-OV- F- Trotts---f the refs,,,Vegas has the Rangers big favorites and with exception of last nights game which the caps were a very very slight favorite they have been almost perfect....Lets go Rangers,,,,OV IS NO MESSIER OR JOE NAMITH---While Im ranting - THE NFL Should toss Brady and the Pats out,,,,,,,,,,,disgusting... LeTs gO RaNgErS!!!!!!

thedugster


Mon May 11 2015 7:05 pm EST

Capitals coach Trotz endorses Ovechkin's prediction..... http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=767284&navid=DL|NHL|home

mf


Mon May 11 2015 6:51 pm EST

I was a big fan slash proponent for John Moore, but Ulf & or AV were not.. So who gives a shite what a fan thinks? They have a business to run and field the criticism of us Monday morning QB's....

mf


Mon May 11 2015 6:00 pm EST

OLA: Seriously. MOORE elevated his play in the playoffs last year. He was EXCELLENT at times and just good the rest of the time. YANDLE is an inferior defender compared to MOORE. And he isn't giving them any more offense either. YANDLE did fine as a big fish in a small, stagnant pond. So far he has been useless in NY and the Rangers gave up a ton to get him. And the best part is that he is likely to be an ex Ranger by March 1st. Just a stupid, unnecessary deal.

Vic


Mon May 11 2015 5:42 pm EST

Rangers are back, last night they had great speed, sager, confidence, decision making, light out word class goal-tending and stout defense. Yep the Rangers will respect the other team, but they are back to playing hockey like the second half of the regular season. Hope-by is solved, OV is a POS. Only threat is the refs, but as we seen over the years, they will make the easy home calls. They remind me of 5th graders. Can somebody do me a BIG favor at MSG this Wednesday, if you see Emerick or PP McGuire piss on them and give them a proper MSG greeting. Too bad NBC does not realize all the advertisement revenue that is lost because of these assholes. Somebody need to send OV to Siberia. He is only in the USA for the money.

Jerry_Garcia


Mon May 11 2015 5:37 pm EST

Damn John Moore over Keith Yandle? Lol I am gonna get into more Nash-like debates... ;)

Ola


Mon May 11 2015 5:36 pm EST

We got MSL for an awfully short time considering what we gave up. OTOH I wouldn't overrate the value of first round picks, very late first round picks on top of that.

Ola


Mon May 11 2015 5:34 pm EST

I still like Yandle. Biggest problem with him is LD log jam, you can't play his game on a 3rd pairing. Need a big role.

Ola


Mon May 11 2015 5:32 pm EST

JFC right after AO scored that goal I said it could be a blessing in disguise if it made him start to try to do it over and over again. That has maybe not entirely been the case, but he still isn't effective out there.

Ola


Mon May 11 2015 5:04 pm EST

I was one of the wait and see about the MSL deal I said wait a year, so far horrible, the Yandle deal I was against and still am horrible, horrible deal.

York18


Mon May 11 2015 5:04 pm EST

Vic -- if the Caps can I pose their will over the Rangersbthe way you're worried about, why isn't the series over already? Yeah, OV might come out like a house on fire on Wednesday, but does he have the conditioning to make it last? Because to me he looked like a guy who,was running on fumes last night. It's no coincidence thatnhe has become less effective as the series has gone....they had a 7 game knockdown/drag out vs. the Isles. Yeah, he had some adrenaline going afterbthenscore got to 4-3 but that's short lived. I predict they will come out NERVOUS on Wednesday. If we take a lead, I think we'll have a very good chance to,take that game and move on. I'm cautiously optimistic, but anything can happen. I just think,you're giving the Caps too much credit. Don't forget, the Rangers had to kill a bogus delay of game penalty with the Caps pulling their goalie and having an2-man advantage. If that doesn't happen, maybe we just stop the bleeding and it's over a lot easier than it was.

JFC31


Mon May 11 2015 4:07 pm EST

TD and RF4L: The only way the MSL trade and the YANDLE trade break even for the Rangers if those two guys come out and have a monster game 7 on Wednesday night and help carry the team to a Cup win this year. If not both of those trades were colossal failures. I hated the MSL deal when it went down and hated the YANDLE deal even more. I'd rather have JOHN MOORE straight up then YANDLE. Those two deals will do more to shorten the Rangers window then just about any other factor.

Vic


Mon May 11 2015 4:04 pm EST

Being able to bang is a nice skillset to have. And surely someone who can bang hard is a nice asset. But what's more intimidating? Chris Krieder the hitter or Chris Krieder the guy who just blows past you and uses his strength and size to shield the puck. Me says the later. I'm not diminishing the ability to hit but trying to caution against overemphasizing it. 2-games ago. Hags received the puck behind the net. Without a play except to reverse it, he held the puck and waited for Yandle to hustle into the play at the point knowing full well that 8 was about to put his soul in the blue seats. Hags took the hit to make the play and finished his shift. 8 is twice his size but he wasn't intimidated. We are in the playoffs and while I advocate a big physical team I do so while still keeping a premium on speed and skill. I don't put a tremendous amount of credence to the argument of skating comparisons of Girardi and McIlrath. Because for whatever his limitations Girardi is so value added and so smart in so many areas of the game. And he's shown himself to be made out of some kind of substance that doesn't exist on the periodic table. I've always believed that AV has room in his system for a more pedestrian defenseman. This is the guy who had a love affair with Kevin Bieksa. But you gotta be able to play that transition game. That means be able to strip the puck and make a stretch pass in stride. The McIlrath that I saw wasn't even remotely close to being able to do that. And that was in the admittedly limited Hartford stuff and of course his underwhelming performance in the times he was tapped. I'm not sure what will be with the guy long term. I'd like for him to make it. And while my understanding is that Skjei wasn't overwhelming out of the gate from what I've seen I like and I think is gonna fit better. Maybe McIlrath becomes the NHL defenseman that proves me wrong when I vomited as they took him completely off of the radar scope.

E


Mon May 11 2015 4:03 pm EST

I'm not nearly as optimistic regarding game 7 as some of you. The way the Caps responded over the last 12 to 15 minutes of game 6 has me worried. If the Rangers would have closed them out and won the game 4 to 1 while shutting down Washington in that period I would feel much better about it. Instead, Washington threw the kitchen sink at the Rangers and truth be told the Rangers were lucky to escape with a win. That was the first time in this series where I thought the Caps were able to use their size and power to smother the Rangers much like LA did at times in the finals last year. That period gives them all the confidence in the world that they can outplay the Rangers. And again unlike some of you that guarantee by AO does worry me. It worries me because you know that he is going to come out and play a monster of a game physically and he will be skating like he was in games 1 and 2. He was an unstoppable beast in those games. If he is able to do that again it may be the difference that the Caps need to win. The Rangers need to come out flying and jump on the Caps with an early multiple goal lead much like Game 6. I hope the energy of the crowd helps the Rangers find that high gear again. I can't believe we have to wait until Wednesday night for this. I already have no finger nails left.....

Vic


Mon May 11 2015 3:56 pm EST

What a wild weekend! I just wanted to take a moment to Thank the Rangers for finding a way to win two tough games with their backs to the Wall. I don't know anyone can question the heart, desire and will to win of this team. All I asked for last week was for them to find a way to extend it to game 7 and then let the chips fall where they may. Wednesday night is going to be a hell of a game. I don't worry about the Rangers answering the bell and playing hard. I know they will. I just hope they have enough left in the tank to win this series and move on.

Vic


Mon May 11 2015 3:09 pm EST

Thanks all for the update on McIlrath and Skjei. Sure hope one of them steps up next year. We really need some more beef (with an attitude) in front of Lundqvist. tdchi – Speaking of John Moore, I think he would have been a better fit than Yandle against the Caps and we would still have had our 1st, 2nd and Duclair

GaryRanger


Mon May 11 2015 2:49 pm EST

Re OV's silly guarantee comments: They would hold a lot more credence for me if he'd included words like "...or else I'll go down on bended knee and kiss King Henrik's ass" or "...or else I'll donate $250,000 to any New York City charity of coach Vignault's choice".

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 2:23 pm EST

TD: Well said, although as you imply the pending feeder system issue won't be solely due to the MSL trade. Right now, the Yandle trade isn't looking much better, especially if he flees to UFA the summer of 2016. That said, if the Rangers win the cup next month, who cares?

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 2:20 pm EST

If McI is able to take a regular turn in the Rangers top 6 D next year, it'll be a fabulous upgrade for the team in terms of physical prowess. Look at the damage Kreider has handed out - now envision that sort of pounding happening in the Ranger end, in front of the Ranger net, etc.

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 2:20 pm EST

Wild - No disagreement there...I was actually thinking that myself...though GIRARDI is probably the slowest guy on the D corps...but the point is, he's a top defender and AV uses him...A LOT...which is something the folks who say "AV will never play McILRATH because of his [lack of] speed" should take heed. I do see him making the team next fall.

tdchi


Mon May 11 2015 2:17 pm EST

Wildcard - If the Rangers win the cup, then all bets are off with ST. LOUIS...then we get into the age-old argument about whether the Rangers could have done it without any one of the guys who have their name on the cup...and that, needless to say, is a bottomless pit of an argument. But if they don't win it with St. Louis on their roster, then what do we have to show for CALLAHAN and two first rounders? Answer: Not much. Can't say I really care for MSL that much or that he's electrifying to watch. We got a good player at the sunset of his career who helped us make the playoffs twice and the cup finals once...Fun ride, but short of being worth the haul they paid...the real fallout from that trade won't be known for two or three years to come...because at the rate Sather has burned through first rounders, his feeder system is really on borrowed time...I still like what we have in the system...but in two or three years? I mean, just looking at last year's draft...our top skater --Keegan IVERSON --doesn't look like he's exactly on the fast track to make the NHL...Kind of looks like AHL fodder right now...and the brightest spot from those picks looks like HALVERSON, with a footnote on WALCOTT...again, not guys that I'd say have a clear path to the NHL...right now does it matter? Nope. Not at all. Hartford has one other year of good prospects coming in...but 2016...with no first rounder this draft...ugh...Sather has to recoup some of these picks or we're going to slowly degrade much like the Pens have since they won the cup...and to date, we don't even have any hardware to boast...so that's a long way of saying the odds of the MSL deal being a success aren't exactly favorable...

tdchi


Mon May 11 2015 2:06 pm EST

td: When it comes to McIlrath and skating, the people I know who watch a LOT of him said that they feel he is very similar to Giradi in his skating ability, and that like GIrardi he will live on a die by being better positionally and through toughness (i.e. blocking shots, and doing the extra not so comfortable things that can hurt) so we shall see if he can do that or not.

Wildcard


Mon May 11 2015 2:01 pm EST

GaryRanger - I deffer to Dineen11 at this point, 'cause she's got a more up-to-date view of what the Pack have been doing...but as of the end of the regular season, I'd say McILRATH has come A LONG way from where he was even last year...He looks like an NHL blueliner, IMO...and while I'd HATE to throw the kid into an NHL playoff game now, he's got a lot of what the Rangers could use right now...just a punishing hitter...but he's also playing a much better positional game...and this talk about him being lead footed? Sorry...don't see that any more. He's not going to give HAGELIN a run for his money, but the guy has the wheels to play the NHL game...I will say he'd be in the running, probably, for the slowest among the Rangers' D corps...but given how many quick skaters they have back there, that's not exactly an insult...on SJKEI...what Dineen11 said yesterday stands true to what I saw of him when he first laced up with the Pack...the kid is a project...AT LEAST a year away from the NHL...I don't think he'll ever be a star...maybe a sixth/seventh defender...but it's WAAAAY too early to call the ball on him...he's got some nice tools...just none that stand out to me...they didn't at the college level and they're not at the AHL level...Said it earlier this spring, but I kind of see him as a John MOORE-lite...quick skater, decent defenseman with a little offense.

tdchi


Mon May 11 2015 1:53 pm EST

Game 7's; Anything can happen and usually will.

RinkRat


Mon May 11 2015 1:53 pm EST

one of my all time favorite fan made videos....usually watch this before a big game. made me think of ovechkin and the comparisons to messier. which couldnt be further off the mark. pun intended. ovechkin shrinks in big games. messier rose to the occasion. i love how this fabricated narrative of ovechkin being a consummate team player is blowing up in everyones face. btw----tomorrow, they are running a expose in the NYPOST about NYR fans and their playoff beards/fanaticism. Your truly made the cut. Check it out fellow wallsters and lets finish this out tomorrow. We have a date with destiny. https://vimeo.com/15237423

bLUEbLOOD


Mon May 11 2015 1:48 pm EST

And don't discount the locker room fodder that idiot OV has so kindly given the Rangers. Insults The King, says the Rangers defense fades when you hit them, says the Caps are gonna win, basically guaranteeing it. Not only does that give the RAngers emotional ammo, it puts even MORE pressure on his team mates. If they see OV being stopped and ineffective, they will wilt even more after his stupid proclamations. Ya gotta think most of them GROANED when they read that shit. They know it was a mistake.

JFC31


Mon May 11 2015 1:44 pm EST

I'll tell ya what does matter at this point....the fact that the Caps did not come out looking sharp at all last games....in fact, they looked like they wer NERVOUS. Now THAT means something going in to Game 7. They also made numerous MISTAKES in their own end, including Holtby, who made some nice saves but other wise looked ordinary, at best. On Nash's goal, Holtby made a mistake by being overagressive and going OUT at Nash. Once he did that, he was toast when Nash instinctively held on to the puck and went wide. Those are the kind of mistakes you make when you are tired. In fact, another thing that matters at this point is that the Caps had a TOUGH 7-game series against the Isles. It's no coincidence that OV's hit total, goal total and overall involvement in the offense has gone DOWN as the series has progressed. The Rangers only had a 5 game series and have a goalie who recently had 2 months off to rest, while the Caps have a golaie playing his 80-somethingth game. Rangers are at home, Capss are gonna be nervous, whereas the Rangers have been in these tight, pressure-packed situation before and have SUCCEEDED. Caps have spit the bit several times when ahead in series and THEY (the Caps) KNOW IT. RAngers have to take the lead in game 7 and learn from their mistakes. AFAIAC, clear advantage to the Rangers at this point.

JFC31


Mon May 11 2015 1:22 pm EST

Yes look how TB messed up not nailing it down in the fourth game against MTL, at home, after that last-second win to go 3-0. Talk about zero momentum ... now they are in a struggle. You gotta make it happen game to game and not just show up, figuring the other team has had it.

Nick


Mon May 11 2015 12:47 pm EST

nick: Fully agree...ESPECIALLY going into a game 7. I don't care how many a player has been in, there are more nerves, there is more pressure, and what happened the last game, or last 4 games is forgotten as soon as the puck drops, if not before. Some players step up, and get better, some are not as effective, and its not the same guys each and every time. A guy can be terrible in 2 game 7's than be a beast in a 3rd one. Some guys don't show up an entire series and are the number 1 star of game 7...its all so crazy. SO regardless of how the last game went, and the fact the Rangers have won 2 in a row mean nothing. That is why having hime ice is so important (usually) because that little extra push of energy from the home crowd when you do something good can help put the other team on their heals. For instance, if the Rangers score early in game 7 the place is going to be rocking, and it will be hard emotionally and mentally for the CAPs players to get their energy up. Its just human nature.

Wildcard


Mon May 11 2015 12:18 pm EST

Game-to-game momentum doesn't exist in the NHL, even in series where teams come back from 2-0 or 3-1. If it did, no one ever would.

Nick


Mon May 11 2015 12:18 pm EST

Gary: Dineen11 reported back on a couple of games and has indicated Skeji is struggling. Nothing about McI which means, hopefully, he's playing soundly.

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 12:08 pm EST

Saw where the Pack lost their second game of this series. Does anyone know how McIlrath and Skjei are playing? Has Mac's skating improved to NHL level yet? Does it look like Skjei is going to be ready for the Rangers next year?

GaryRanger


Mon May 11 2015 12:05 pm EST

Trade - I think you could look at it either way. The Caps might point to how much they dominated the end of the game and try and use that as a momentum builder, but the Rangers can point to the fact that they couldn't have possibly played worse at the end, but still came away with the W. Any momentum from Game 6 goes out the window either way once the first goal is scored on Wed night.

Fivehole


Mon May 11 2015 11:26 am EST

Alex Ovechkin on Game 7: 'We're going to come back, win series'....http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/12863782/alex-ovechkin-washington-capitals-guarantees-game-7-win-new-york-rangers

RF73


Mon May 11 2015 11:24 am EST

Trade: IMO, very little momentum is carried from one game to the next. In other words, I think it matters little.

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 11:20 am EST

Meanwhile, back at the ranch........here is a good question that needs to be answered by only insightful Ranger fans. In consideration of Game 7..... would you rather Game 6 had ended up where the Rangers won easily by 2 or 3 goals.........or how it ended up where they squandered a 3 goal lead and hung on for dear life? In other words, do either scenarios have any impact on Game 7 that are different from one another?

TradeStar28


Mon May 11 2015 11:17 am EST

Oops.....Dan Boyle....

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 11:17 am EST

Oops.....Dan Boyle....

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 11:17 am EST

BB or DB>?

TradeStar28


Mon May 11 2015 10:57 am EST

BTW, BB has 2 game winners now this series. Good for him. I'm not a huge fan of his play overall but can't argue with that stat and I like his feistiness.

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 10:55 am EST

RF73: I'd argue over half the hits handed out yesterday were illegal and all came with intents to injure. Tough to blame the Capitals in reality - it's the way they've been built, it's how the NHL (with the typical short-sightedness that mars their league) has decided the POs are to be officiated, and it played a huge roll in why they won their opening round series. Why wouldn't they do that?

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 10:51 am EST

Wild: Yes I'd play MZA over MSL is MZA was deemed healthy. It's moot - he won't be. I hope MSL pots a hattrick Wednesday!

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 10:50 am EST

jnyr/td - OV whacked at Hagelin 3 times before he was finally called for that penalty. It sure looked like he was deliberately trying to injure him.

RF73


Mon May 11 2015 10:50 am EST

BTW, I realize saying this might be sacrilegious (like it was last year to dare say anything negative about MSL), but so far I'm not getting the need to pay such a high price to acquire Keith Yandle. He's at best, an average defender and so far, is producing very little offensively in general and nothing in terms of helping the PP. On top of that, he's an adventure with the puck in his own end, to the point where 2 of the last 3 games, he's received the lowest amount of minutes for the defensemen (less that 14). Meanwhile, he cost a first, a second and a prized prospect. All that for a bottom pairing d-man who the coach appears to be losing trust in? Or he is another player we have to hope plays better against a different type of opponent?

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 10:49 am EST

Mr. Kreider is just killing it. What a beast yesterday. This kid is playing some incredible hockey. What a complete game. Rangers solve Holtby. So who is going to destroy the OV POS?. Fuck that Russian commie. Get out of the USA.

Jerry_Garcia


Mon May 11 2015 10:43 am EST

RF4L: Why would you change anything? Its crazy, its a game 7. Zucc hasn't done much, and will be rusty...MSL like it or not, has 3 assists in the last 5, and in the last 3 games he has 2 primary assists. Again, your hatred of the guy is a bit overboard. He has assists on 3 of the last 7 Rangers goals. Any other guy has that and he is talked about in glowing terms...but MSL and its nothing, its luck, he isn't really doing anything and could easily be sat for a game 7.

Wildcard


Mon May 11 2015 10:40 am EST

jnyr: Well..if you say so...it must be true. 3 point sin 5 games, multiple plays in all 3 zones that are good....some very good. Not the worst player for either team. Wilson has that all tied up in bow but a LONG LONG way and LAICH isn't too far behind. Ineffective more often than not in this series.....MSL however does little things that fans tend to overlook because they want to have someone to gripe about, but the Rangers are outscoring the caps with him out there....he is getting points, the great pass to Brass two games ago, put it perfectly in the place Brass needed it. Last night he received the puck after his chip missed, and moved it before he got hit (because if he held it the plays ends there if he gets hit by a bigger player) and that got the puck to Nash, yeah it wasn't a perfect pass, but he moved it quick and got it to the guy who scored the goal. Sure wish he was in the press box...especially if it was for Zucc, seeing as how he had a monster 2 assists in 5 games...love Zucc but he wasn't doing much in the post season before he got hurt so its not like we can sit back and say "if Zucc was in those 2 goals plus others would ave happened" maybe they don't, and Nash never gets a goal last night and the game goes to OT and maybe the series os over. SO lets not downplay the good things MSL has done.

Wildcard


Mon May 11 2015 10:38 am EST

But fair enough - I do see your point about Miller. That said, next series the opponent won't be a team trying to decapitate Rangers all over the ice, especially if the Bolts prevail. It'll be a far cleaner and probably more open series if it's the Bolts. To me, the criteria on who sits changes considerably in that case. If it's Wednesday's game and MZA is ready, it's without a doubt in my mind MSL. If it's game 1 against the Bolts, MSL would be in because of what sort of game it likely would be AND the history MSL has with that franchise. Who sits would be between Miller and Sheppard, depending on how Miller plays Wednesday. All that said, we are getting ahead of ourselves here - it's Wednesday's game that matters right now of course. MZA in = MSL out.

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 10:38 am EST

TD: great post on the refs......the Caps are not only allowed but encouraged to charge.....OV's hit was a penalty.....this reminds me of the 1975 Flyers......whats next....Wilson pulling Hagelin's hair aka dale Rolfe during a scrum

jnyr


Mon May 11 2015 10:34 am EST

Ha, good avoidance of the question!

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 10:32 am EST

Wild...you have to be kidding me......MSL making plays in all three zones.....what game are you watching.......etting outplayed consistantly.......and is so soft on the puck he is embarassing himself......there is zero compete level from him......he is by far the worst player on the ice for both teams in this series........

jnyr


Mon May 11 2015 10:30 am EST

RF4L: No one. Zucc hasn't played in what 7 games, like 2 weeks, and its a game 7. This current roster has won 2 in a row, and played well enough to win. I wouldn't put Zucc in a game 7 like that...I wouldn't put anyone in that situation, its super high intensity, and again, the guys who have played the series so far have been part of the reason we have a game 7 coming up, both good and bad...but the last two games they have gotten wins. Again, its not just Zucc, anyone after 2 weeks off shouldn't be put in for a game 7, its asking for a mistake due to timing or rust or whatever. SO for me, it would be game 1 of next series....and yeah, right now it would probably be MSL, but Miller is right there in my mind, even with the idea that he has made the 4th line better, he has made some boneheaded plays, and because of him this series may be over, the Rangers are a little lucky that his stupid passes haven't turned into goals against....he has had a few that never even became chances, but a couple that have. But one of those two would be my top choice right now....that could change after game 7 though.

Wildcard


Mon May 11 2015 10:24 am EST

Wild: If MZA was able to play Wednesday, who would you pressbox?

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 10:20 am EST

td: SO if MSL goes the rest of the post season (lets say the Rangers win the cup) and gets 3 points in every 5 game set but he doesn't get a big time game winner he will have been useless? He has 3 points in the last 5 games, in a series and playoffs that the Rangers are not getting a lot of goals. Its silly to say he is doing nothing, or dragging this down. YES he isn't the player he was before, but that doesn't mean he isn't helping. He makes good plays in all 3 zones, but those are ignored to point out the bad ones. At the same time, other guys make bad plays but they are ignored to talk about the good ones. Cruder for instance, his bad plays are basically overlooked, save 1 or 2, but he is talked up like crazy. He is having a really good playoffs, and that is obvious, but he has had some boneheaded plays, and not just the few that have ended up in the Rangers net, but they are overlooked. Moore I talked about the other day, he drags a line down more than anyone on the team. Yeah the line doesn't look "bad" but its not that great either. Miller has brought the 4th line to a new level IMHO, that line has been much better with Miller at C, even with his boneheaded plays, like not taking two strides before dumping the puck in and getting an icing....just maddening, but the 4th line has been better since he has been there....to the point that they are getting chances and I think the entire line was out for Boyles goal last night...and according to NHL.com it was the entire line. So the 4th line got the game winner essentially. And they did it against the 4th line that everyone has been talking about with Beagle at center. Also did anyone notice, Shepard was 8-1 on face-offs....89%. thats just crazy...

Wildcard


Mon May 11 2015 10:20 am EST

TD: Re the officiating. Yep. It's a travesty and ultimately, the joke is on Buttphuck, the owners and yes, the players who are actually the idiots doing this crap to each other. The easy target is of course the officials, but they are only doing as instructed, thereby helping to drag down the level of competition so series get extended so owners get to line their pockets. Buttphuck must be so proud.

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 10:12 am EST

OV guaranteed the win. Mr Ovechkin, or Alice as I refer to him as here in Cap land, you are no Mark Messier.

nyfans


Mon May 11 2015 9:51 am EST

Wildcard- haha...I know...there was NOTHING McD could do. Zero. BROUWER was basically dragging him...To the very limited credit of the stripes, they did call Brouwer a few minutes later...I suppose it was offered as a "makeup call" even though he deserved it.

tdchi


Mon May 11 2015 9:49 am EST

Wildcard - I'll reserve my final judgment on the MSL deal until the Rangers' last game of the season...but there's simply no way someone now can assess that trade as positive...it's been hashed out here ad nauseum, but even ST. LOUIS-for-CALLAHAN straight up isn't looking like a very good deal, much less with the two firsts...we'll get to see one of those firsts a lot in a year or two, when HO-SANG goes pro. And then we have the second coming this year...Now if MSL scores the GWG during the game that wins us the cup...or even a series on the way to the cup...the deal is 100 percent a success...but as of now, it appears as though the Rangers are wining IN SPITE of St. Louis...And if ZUCCARELLO was back in action, I would pick MSL for the guy to sit...he's been a disaster this whole series...and it's to the point now where even the beat writers are seriously questioning whether he's going to be brought back...even at a mighty discount...absent a cup victory, the best the Rangers can hope for out of this deal is for it to be a push...and that happens if Ho-Sang turns out to be a hack or if the two picks Tampa got for him(both very good prospects themselves) don't make the NHL...AND the pick they get this year falters...AND if Callahan proves to have the short career many of us here still suspect he will...I don't see all three of those things happening, so the best we can hope for now is that MSL scores at least one big goal to help us win the cup...it's really the only way that deal will be regarded as good. Who gives a rat's ass what MSL did during the regular season. I don't care if he had 50 goals. He ain't doing squat now.

tdchi


Mon May 11 2015 9:43 am EST

td: The "best" one was the "holding" on McD. The CAP player had his stick in his hand, the ref looked right at them as they skates about 3 feet in front of him, and with McD with his hands to hit sides and up, decides it McD holding the Caps player. Even the bald wonder between the benches thought it was a bad call. I was shocked that it was called....I mean, totally flabbergasted.

Wildcard


Mon May 11 2015 9:40 am EST

That burakovsy kid seems to have a deceptive shot. He had a couple shots last night that Hank had to fight off, and they were not crazy hard shots through any screen, it came off his stick and seemed to go someplace Hank was not expecting. I think as he gets more experience he amy be a very dangerous player.

Wildcard


Mon May 11 2015 9:39 am EST

Damn. Just starting to pull the shattered pieces of my brain together. Four goals meant I didn't have to touch the bourbon...some thoughts: That first goal by KREIDER was simply intense...just shows how incredibly strong the guy is. He fended off NISKANEN like he was a goddamn mite and then ONE ARMED the puck into the net. HOLTBY didn't even know what to think...that smarmy puke was thinking 'there's no way he's going to...' and then boom...puck in the back of the net...NASH: Glad the guy finally capitalized. His goal, while very good, was a result of the Capitals basically forgetting he was on the ice...if Rick Nash can find open ice, he'll hit the back of the net...simple as that...Who here was bashing HANK the other day? That game was a great example of why he's an elite goaltender and Holtby is...well...Holtby...Nothing more needs to be said about NBC here, since it's one thing we all agree on: They suck. But I've got to take umbrage with how they basically watch the Rangers get mugged each shift and then gleefully report how they're heading off the ice...and 'how this is a huge loss for the Rangers.' It's utterly sickening, especially from a puke like McGUIRE. It's like they're hoping they'll be punched out of the game...And onto another topic we all seem to agree on: The reffing. Holy Sweet Jesus, has it gone over the edge...Granted, none of us are objective when it comes to watching...definitely nowhere near as objective as the refs...but man, the Capitals are simply doing some really nasty things out on the ice that are just routinely being ignored by the refs...behind EVERY play they're slashing, punching, grabbing and doing anything they can to deliberately injure the Rangers. Now some of this stuff is a given in any game --you give some and you get some...but when you're two-handing a guy across the back of the calves as he's skating out of the zone RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE LINESMAN and it's not getting called? C'mon. And then boarding. All goddamn game, the Caps were boarding. OV's hit on McDONAGH...I mean, in what hockey league was that legal? And yet with three minutes left in the game, these phantom penalties arise. The call on SHEPPARD was a classic. Everyone in the stadium could see that was off the glass...You didn't need a high-def television to see it at home either...and yet it's a penalty...BROUWER, who was NBC's little darling last night, was mugging any Ranger near him...and WARD...who here was saying he's good? The guy is a thug. Basically Matt COOKE-lite. He's a walking penalty...And one more swipe at the NHL...the Caps thugged their way into this series and now they're trying to thug their way out. While I hate to give the Islanders any benefit of the doubt, they were the better team and the only reason they didn't win was that they were basically worn down from all the bullshit roughing, boarding and behind-the-play garbage the Caps were instigating with no reprisal...it's a f@cking joke...I'm watching some of these hits and wondering if they would garner suspensions during the regular season. In the playoffs though, anything goes. Anything until the refs decide it's time for a call...I'm all for hard-nosed hockey...and the Rangers were playing a lot of it in the first last night...finishing checks...going hard to the net...but when it comes to the dirty garbage...I gotta say...what place does that have in the game? What will the NHL do when one of the Caps' goons ends a players' career? Answer: Nothing. Must be good for the game. I hope all the young players out there get that message: Cheat and thug your way to success.

tdchi


Mon May 11 2015 9:37 am EST

RF4L: I do NOT see a guy dragging down a line...thats all you. As for scoring. 3 points in his last 5. I think Fast is the ONLY Ranger with more than that. There may be a few with 3, and I am not sure after last night if anyone else has 4 points, or more than 4 points. But lets not pretend that MSL is playing so poorly that he is doing nothing. Also, what player have you been watching all these years? He has lasted so long because he does avoid contact when he can, and you must have missed the hits he took to makes plays last night, I can think of 2 times he took hit KNOWING he was going to be hit, and in other games as well. You like to pick individual plays out of an entire game to "prove" he isn't playing well. If he does something good you excuse it away. Its amazing....like I said, he isn't what he used to be, and he needs to play a little better, but he isn't dragging anyone down. his line is getting chances, and getting goals...so lets dispense with the anchor crap that has no basis in the reality of what is actually going on during game play.

Wildcard


Mon May 11 2015 9:32 am EST

RF4L: For some reason I thought they had already agreed to terms with Tamballini. Maybe his agent doesn't want him to play on an ATO now, or he can't. Maybe he has some minor injury that the team feels is better if he rehabs and gets ready for camp rather than playing in the AHL playoffs. It is odd however that I have seen nothing at all in regards to him. Also, you don't know the AHL very well. The top offensive players in the AHL are not prospects. They are lifers. The Pack actually has more top line types than most teams. Your irrational fear of the fall off of top 6 talent that is young is a little funny. The Rangers roster has a few young guys who are top 6 material, Step, Brass (not as young but still not old) Kreider, Zucc, Miller, Hayes, even Fast and Hags can play there, even thought they are more suited for the 3rd line. The Pack will be just fine, Buchnevich will be over in due time. He singes a one year deal, I am 100% positive that the KHL team would have inked him to a longer term deal if he wanted it, I trust him that he said he isn't ready...and why come across at all if you feel like you have zero chance at the NHL? Timberline will be there next season. Also, most likely, these first rounders, being late firsts, would be players who were fringe 2nd line guys, maybe they get lucky and get a good second line guy, but to act like if they had those picks there would be this pipeline full of top 6 talent is just guesswork and not backed up by history.

Wildcard


Mon May 11 2015 9:31 am EST

Nick: It was a shit-storm in the 3rd without a doubt. Worse than the King being exhausted due to all the shots and traffic for me is the fact that by being trapped in their own end and continually a 1/2 a step behind the play, the Ranger skaters, especially the d-men, were making themselves vulnerable to big hits. That hit by OV was dirty (although by the NHL's PO standards this year, legal) and IMO, we are lucky McD isn't out of the POs with a separated shoulder.

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 9:26 am EST

Wild: You see what you see and I see what I see and what I see is a non-physical player who is unable to generate offense, despite continually being granted premium top 6 and PP minutes and as a result, is dragging down whatever line he's on. Like everyone else, I keep hoping he'll start scoring but that's more because the coach keeps throwing him out, not because I am seeing anything in his play to expect that. Maybe he'll be better next round against a less physical opponent. He can't be worse!

RF4L


Mon May 11 2015 9:23 am EST

Hank admits to exhaustion ... so it must be really bad. Time for the bariatric chamber or whatever that was? Do players still do that? Over the final 14:56, the shot attempts were 32-0, Washington. How is it possible to get outplayed that badly and hang on? My views of Hank are not in the mainstream but there's no denying the man can put up monster performances.

Nick


Mon May 11 2015 9:22 am EST

NICK... Having watched the other series, I can indeed tell you the the officiating is universally bad. One thing that does bother me though is why doesn't Hank get the same quick whistles other goalies do(Price) or interference calls other goalies do. That baffles me. Why some players get the "star" treatment and others don't.

Rhet0ric


Mon May 11 2015 9:21 am EST

Pierre10: "mf - yep, making my list of rfc non-believers. Im checkin it twice, gonna call them out when hank waves ovie off of garden ice ;)"....I hope I top that list and you call me out. Nothing would make me happier - Pierre10 is the best Pierre, the other Pierre. MacGuire - does anyone else get the sense that he loves to announce Ranger injuries. "Kreider's hurt"...."Brassard's hurt"..."McDonugh's hurt"....there seems to be a sense of relief in his voice. --DREW aka woe is me Ranger Fan

DREW


Mon May 11 2015 9:19 am EST

Dineen: Just read your Pack game review. Pretty funny about the fan attendance. The entire thing reeks of bush league, which I guess in some respects that's what the AHL is. Lindberg has zero goals in the POs - precisely not what was expected and IMO puts a huge blemish on his Ranger roster aspirations for next fall. The lack of offense in general, however, isn't surprising - it's a direct fallout from Sather's love of trading away draft picks and unless he does something to address that, it's only going to get worse in the next few years. Other than the Russian kid, who apparently would prefer to play in his home country vs the bush league that the AHL is (understand