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Let me say, it's GREAT to have a game recap! Really really missed that...and this one hit the nail on the head, for sure, what a waste of two points.
It almost seemed as if the team did not take the game seriously...no attention to detail on defense whatsoever, which really showed on the fifth Leaf's goal, when Hunwick found himself with the rest of the team already up the ice...he obviously did not want to throw the puck toward the middle, so he went along the boards, and we saw how that ended up.
Hope they don't assume they have two points in their pockets just for showing up tonight...and not sure what Tuesday will hold, you KNOW the Pens harbor bad feelings about their embarrassing elimination from the playoffs last year...and they seem to be tearing up the rest of the league.
In the meantime, Neill, thanks a million for another nyrangersblog fix!
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
This entire scenario makes me feel like a drug addict...we've been enjoying this blog SO much for SO long, the prospect of its discontinuation would put us into severe and lifethreatening withdrawal....any hope for its continuation would be such great news, beyond description...we can hope....
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Geez, I truly feel as if a best friend or relative has died...and this is the funeral.
I have e-mailed you in the past to thank you for this wonderful site...and I'd like to believe that such expressions of appreciation had kept you going. I must confess, I always wondered how anyone could find time to watch the games, write insightful comments, with just the perfect amount of sarcasm thrown in at all the appropriate times...
I share the sentiments of the many others who have posted here...my every day starts with a check of the blog, then the day goes downhill from there...
Well, you sure deserve a break, we can only hope t hat Adam, James, Neill can somehow keep this thing going...
This is a sad day, indeed...
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I must say, lines like this make my life worth living:
…i won just as many faceoffs sitting on my couch as Hayes did tonight (0-for-10).
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I have a better idea...Brian Leetch is only 44, he knows the team intimately, should be easy transition back from old-timers games to the real deal.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The Rangers organization had, in some prior years, created highlight videos for their season ticket holders (alas, I live in NC, THAT'S not happening for me)...wouldn't you think the '13-14 season would be a great one for that sort of a project? I am sure I am not the only one who would be very happy to shell out dollars for such a thing...then again, I have found that the Rangers public relations department tends to be a public relations disaster...as proven by the fact that anytime I contact them in an attempt to purchase a Rangers game program, they say they cannot be of assistance...and I still think their decision to stop printing Yearbooks a couple years ago (only option is a Zinio file) was also a poor one, I always liked having a souvenir of that sort from each season...oh well, we have the memories...
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/video-a-summer-to-remember.html
Thanks from me too in giving us something to ponder during the interregnum. We really SHOULD print these out, and look back at these reviews in a few years...no doubt the majority of these guys will never be heard from again, but of course, we are hoping against hope that some will becoming shining gems for us...
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@MikeBlue @Say my Name
Gotta chip in....Breaking Bad was MORE than awesome....have been working my way through playing the episodes with Gilligan and company's prattle, absolutely fascinating...and the Rangers are awesome, by the way, if I don't mention that, since this is not a Bryan Cranston blog, my post will probably get removed...
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Have you ever seen the movie Moneyball? Jonah Hill is a GM assistant who is endlessly fretting about how to tell one of the players that he has been traded....he finally gets up the nerve to relate the news to the player, and he matter of factly replies, "OK"...so, obviously this is perceived by the players as well as the owners as being a business, no emotion really, nothing more, nothing less...
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Wait...where are the dates for the 2015 Stanley Cup finals we will be in....
I guess the NHL has a rule on stick length? If not...well, this would be great for Zucc to try in the coming season.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/this-impersonation-of-mats-zuccarello-is-the-best-thing-youll-see-today.html
You're not alone...maybe it's because we are that many years older, have seen that many more years of Ranger futility, never know what likelihood there might be of getting back to the finals and winning another cup during our lifetimes...plus, courtesy of the internet, and especially the blog, we read every headline, get multiple news flashes during the day, each and every day...and we really thought this was a truly likable team of destiny that was going to bring home the cup, we seemed SO close...pundits be damned...so, again, we share the pain...
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KarenMaz Plus, if he signs on with another team, presume he can add to the total? Wow...not too bad....
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-buy-out-brad-richards.html
Good time for me to also chip in my expression of immeasurable thanks for the work on the blog...I live and die by the team and the blog! It's been a hell of a ride this season, funny how much more stressful it became round after round in the playoffs, higher stakes = more stress...for heaven's sake, a few weeks back we weren't sure we'd even MAKE the playoffs, they we would profoundly depressed when we couldn't win in the finals...guess it's so painful to be so close yet so far, over time few remember who LOST in the finals...and anyone's guess when we will be back there, takes a special alignment of the stars to get there...anyway, please add my thanks to the pile, this is a wonderful gift I enjoy every single day, multiple times a day!
Funny how injuries are always hush-hush...not sure what difference it would have made if it had been announced at the time that he had a broken hand...he was NOT going to be back in the playoffs, the truth was revealed pretty quickly after the playoffs ended...seems would be different than a circumstance such as with McDonough, wherein one does not want the other team targeting a recently injured location...of course, the best coach response to a question regarding injuries was Therien's answer about his player having a "body injury"...wow, that sure was clear...though I think the very best post game interview answer, however, was Vigneault's, when he was asked "Coach, why do you think your team lost tonight", and his appropriate answer was, "Because the other team scored one more goal than we did."
There was a great post on an earlier thread showing how in the first 22 games of the playoffs, our third periods have made us or broken us. Looking back on game 6 of the Canadiens series, if not for Lundqvist, we could easily have lost that one too in the third period. Not sure if they run out of gas by the latter phases of the game, but that would seem unlikely, as they had multiple golden opportunities they failed to bury in the overtimes. Maybe they get tight, try to change their approach to sit on the lead and abandon the forecheck...let's hope we see 60 minutes of start to finish Rangers structure tonight...and Weds...and so on and so on...
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Doubt I am the only one who feels like he has a hangover today...ugh, so close...Rangers should have, and COULD have won this game...am surprised anyone is not giving the Rangers credit for high quality play, the Kings have not been beating them in regulation...in fact, I do not think the Kings have actually led for a single minute of the series thus far...
No one seems to have mentioned that puck-over-the-glass non call just before the OT winner...granted, our power play is a sad affair, but doubt we could have been pinned in our end with Brown swirling around if we were at least a man up.
I imagine most watched the NBC broadcast, but in the "Overtime" post game session, the guys were having a rather heated argument as to whether King was, or was not, interfering with Lundqvist...curious that the ref was standing right there, was able to immediately point his finger at the net to signal the goal, but claimed when speaking to Lundqvist shortly after the event that the contact occured AFTER the puck was in the net...the replay definitely showed contact BEFORE the puck was shot...
Good teams win despite bad officiating...I know we are all hoping that if our team can battle this successfully on the road, they will hopefully do the "one game at a time" thing...win on Monday, now we are down 2-1...win on Wednesday, now the series is tied...maybe the Kings will start to flag a bit, win game 5 in LA, and hoist the cup at game 6...
If the Kings are cockroaches, just get some damn Raid.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Let's see now...I will no longer pay for tickets for any movie featuring Will Farrell...Steve Carell...TV shows featuring Larry David...will definitely see who else is in the crowd tonight wearing a black and silver uniform...
I am just a long suffering...er....long standing Rangers fans, since the early 60's in the cheap seat end balcony at the old Garden....I have never been a professional athlete, just someone who pulls his hair out every time this team plays...but it is both sad as well as frustrating to see a player like Nash being unable to produce at the level which led to him being picked up by Sather....just watched some highlights from the '72 Cup finals, and clearly Nash wants to be like Esposito, a big guy bringing the puck to the front of the net, either scoring, or generating a rebound he or someone else can get to the back of the net...but how many times now have we seen him either moved off the puck, or take a weak shot (which just adds to his meaningless shot total)...no in-front-of-the-net presence...hope springs eternal, would be great if he managed a breakout game tonight, but I am not holding my breath...and though I remain a loyal supporter, I do fear that if the Kings were playing THEIR "B" game on Wednesday, this may be a difficult game tonight even if WE bring out the "A" game...
Usual thanks to all for sharing their thoughts here...sure helped after the end of game 1.
Will indeed be VERY interesting to see if the Kings have the same game 7 hangover as did the Canadiens in game 1...great opportunity to take away the home ice advantage...I imagine my reaction to watching the Hawks-Kings series was shared by others, geez, both those teams are fast...and I kept trying to imagine our Rangers in there...hope our magic season ends with a magical conclusion.
Hope Stepan can play with that thing on his head...gotta have a sore jaw, one would think, but seems hockey players have pain thresholds which are way above those of mortal men.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Remember the old reference to the Chinese symbol for "crisis"...it also stands for "opportunity"...maybe Mr. Miller would like to make a name for himself, as Kreider did two years ago...
Not sure if anyone else feels the way I do, but with SO much going on in this series, and the two games in six nights, seems like this series has been going on for six months.
I did have one new idea not yet mentioned...have Prust reassigned to play in the Kings-Hawks series as his punishment...soften THOSE guys up in case we make it to the finals...
LGR (adrenaline already flowing though still four hours and 33 minutes 'til puck drop)
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/stepan-out-brassard-miller-in.html
Being stuck with watching the NBC broadcast on Sunday, was interested to hear Mike Milbury's review of the game in the post-game analysis...not enough intensity or emotion for a Flyers-Rangers series, compared it to the bang-em-up Hawks-Blues series, came out clearly stating that he found the game boring and unsatisfying. Frankly, the end justifies the means, as long as the Rangers win, I really don't care in the least how they get there...a win is a win is a win!
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
10 months ago on Time to Change Up the Lines?
Remember the old days...dump and chase, dump and chase, block a shot, block a shot...now, every foray down the ice is interesting to watch, great playmaking...now it is OUR team that applies pressure in the offensive zone, spending a minute or more buzzing the net...in the recent games, I had the sense the Rangers could have scored a whole lot more goals than they did, plays just missing by a fraction of an inch, but obviously more than enough connected to allow a string of victories...
Others have posted about toughness and whether this team can compete with the Bruins and Pens...guess we will find out the answer to that one in the coming weeks...would love to see us decimate the Islanders tonight...obviously. I am STILL burned by Druin's OT goal back in the 70's!
Glad to see Kevin back!
10 months, 1 week ago on Speed Key to Rangers Offensive Onslaught
1. I am not one to post many comments...er...any comments...but got to say, this team has really become a fun team to watch....even when they lose, they are really high energy, so much of an improvement vs. the Tortorella era, even when they reached the semis.
2. Many thanks to those who DO post here...I had contacted Kevin when he was considering abandoning the blog, urging him to continue...clearly I am not the only one who can't wait for each new posting here.
10 months, 1 week ago on Rangers 4, Senators 1
Please put me out of my misery...I have been following this team since the early 60's, and the current version, looking great on paper, is sinking fast...hope springs eternal, but I really cannot derive ANY enjoyment out of watching them at present...so, what's the cure here, if any? Hard to envision any way this is going to turn around...call me depressed.
1 year, 8 months ago on Rangers , Penguins