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He was talking about Dave Kingman. He was a home run hitter for the NY Mets in the late 70s early 80s. He either hit mammoth home runs or struck out. Very 1 dimensional player, but still commanded some measure of respect from opposing pitchers.
10 hours, 19 minutes ago on
I'm surprised Carcillo didn't get a hearing for trying to injure Read's shoulder with his jaw. If I were Read, I wouldn't do too much skating with my head down.
17 hours, 31 minutes ago on
OK, but what's the Penguin's cap? Is that tied to the Yen or is it just automatically 25% higher than everyone else's number?
17 hours, 44 minutes ago on
@BobDunne @Say my Name @gravey94 Wow. It's in the mail.
17 hours, 47 minutes ago on
@Say my Name @gravey94 My advice to you is to start drinking heavily...complaints turn to compliments then ;-)
17 hours, 48 minutes ago on
@rangermom @gravey94 Brave and crazy stupid...yep, those are Rangers fans qualities ;-) We're all proud of him!
17 hours, 50 minutes ago on
That picture is worth a million words! The blonde in front thinks Carcillo is kinda cute; the guy in the Giroux jersey is actually directing his "we're number 1" signal at Giroux himself...who I believe is sitting next to him since he's been nowhere on the ice; The CEO looking woman to the left of Carcillo's head looks like she's giving a very manly thumbs up; the dude right behind her has come to the realization that his hockey is over in less than a week; and every one of them is thinking "I paid $700 to watch Dan friggin' Carcillo bury my team, that's just fantastic!!"
And to the Rangers fan sitting quietly there, I know it's daunting being surrounded by all that orange, but come one, get up and show your pride!! You were gonna get jumped on the way out anyway so you may as well get in your primal roar before you do! I went to regular season game back in 1998 at the Spectrum. Gretz scored a goal and I jumped up and cheered loudly. A bunch of Flyers fans told me to sit the eff down and other pleasantries. My fiance was a bit scared and then this guy behind me taps me on the shoulder. I turn around and he's wearing a Rangers hat and he says "don't worry, I got your back." We're all over, and we've got each other's backs!!!!! So Phuck the Phlyers, we take this in Phive!!!
18 hours, 42 minutes ago on
19 hours, 37 minutes ago on
So what's up with Haley? A lot of people on the blog wanted him for toughness and he did wear a letter down in Hartford, right? Is he just a bad hockey player or are there other issues?
19 hours, 54 minutes ago on
He's a Métis not an Eskimo, which is the equivalent to a Native American (or Canadian in this case). But trying to use it as a derogatory term is just childish...no it's just stupid.
19 hours, 57 minutes ago on
@Say my Name @gravey94 Yes, but your Nash "issue" works the same as the tough guy effect. He may not be putting the puck in the net, but he's always a threat and the other teams have to treat him as such. If they ignore him, he could, and just might, make them pay big time.
20 hours, 25 minutes ago on
@DPSnotty Well, there goes any chance at afternoon productivity!
20 hours, 27 minutes ago on
Claude Giroux: "We’re going to be ready for Game 4. We’re going to tie up this series and go back to New York."
Rest of Flyers: "Wait, what's this WE crap. WE ain't seen shit from you "captain" Giroux. WE would like a little help from our $8M+ "superstar" instead of just some empty rhetoric that you can't back up!"
20 hours, 29 minutes ago on
Only saw the game after Carcillo scored and listened to bits and pieces on my way to my own puck. I did see the highlights and that Carcillo call was complete crap. One thing I noticed about this whole toughness/targeting thing is that the Flyers are definitely trying to lay the big hit on Rangers players. However, the Rangers have been very adept at avoiding those big hits at the last second thanks to their quickness. I think we'd all love to have some more gritty in your face type players on this team, but the absence of them does not mean we get run over. I've been saying it all year, you can't hit what you can't catch. Rangers are now showing how that works!
Too bad Talbot wasn't in net though, he clearly would have had a shut-out...friggin' Hank.
Lot of comments about Nash needing to score. He has 4 assists in 3 games (same as Crosby, BTW). Sure, it would be nice for him to find the back of the net, but why are there no comments towards Zucc, Brassard, and Pouliot? They were 3 of our top 8 scorers in the regular season and between them they have 5 points in the 3 games...top line has 12 and 3rd line has 8. It would be really helpful if they could start producing too.
21 hours, 45 minutes ago on
So now they're rewarding the team for lacking toughness...LOL!
1 day, 18 hours ago on
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 @Say my Name Figures! Leave it to the Rangers to lose a playoff home game during a lock-out ;-)
1 day, 21 hours ago on
@Say my Name OK, it was actually 2 series. 95-96, they won round 1 4-2 over Montreal, but were then the lower seed in Round 2 vs. Pittsburgh. Then in 11-12 they won round 1 4-3 vs Ottawa, round 2 4-3 vs. Washington, and lost in the ECF to the Devils 4-2. So they are 3-1 in series where they were home team, but yes, in every one of those series' they lost Game 2 at home. Where did the 7 series come from? Did I miss a season or 2?
Personally, I think Kreider would have been a monster in this series because of his speed and ability to carry and shoot the puck on the fly. Hags has backed in the Flyers' D, but he's limited in what he can do with the puck. But alas, unless something drastically changes, we won't find out just how important Kreider would be in this series. I'm OK with keeping Fast in the line-up. He may be over-matched physically and offensively, but he does get back and cover pretty well, and really having forwards come back to help out the D is what will make the D outlets that much more effective. Let's remember, game 2 was a 3-2 game for more than half the game and the Rangers were nowhere near the level of play they had in Game 1. That's not due to 1 player or lack of toughness, it's due to the team resting on their laurels, ever so slightly. I'd say it also serves as a wake-up call so that it doesn't happen again. I see a convincing Rangers win tomorrow.
2 days, 15 hours ago on
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 My bad, I think he's actually saying "you complete me".
2 days, 19 hours ago on
Not for nothin' but it was crystal clear about 2:00 left in the game, NBC showed AV in the bench yelling and gesturing to Hank, "watch me, watch me". I don't know if Hank and Richards made up their own minds or if AV forgot to give a signal, but Hank should have been watching AV, period. I don't think they would have tied it anyway, but I'd say that one goes on Hank.
2 days, 20 hours ago on
I think Zuuc looked down at Simmonds after that and said "nice stick, maybe I'll pick my teeth with it"! He really looked like he was going to bash him with it after he was on the ground!
2 days, 21 hours ago on
@AnnoyingJoe It's just plain stupid talk. If Hank is a problem with this team, then we can all switch to baseball because they go NOWHERE without him. Cam Talbot is an excellent back-up.
One thing on the McDonagh getting beat thought, yes, he did get beat on the play. It was a ally-oop that worked. He did get back and actually got stick on puck as Voracek was driving the net, but Voracek kept it on his stick and was able to drive it around Hank. Let's be fair, that was a helluva goal that probably doesn't happen 99% of the time. But yes, it was a very big goal and McDonagh did indeed get beat on a play he normally stops.
Team just looked off after they got that lead. Not sure if they relaxed or Philly improved, but there was a lot of reaching for pucks and passes just missing by and inch or 2. Even so, they were still only down by a goal while playing less than their "A" game. I think this loss could be a blessing in that it will highlight the importance of keeping their foot on the gas. Definitely not panic time. Emery played well, but he's still Ray Emery and the Flyers' D is atrocious at trying to handle the puck in their own end. I see a convincing Rangers win on Tuesday, and I'm still confident the Rangers take this in 5.
3 days, 9 hours ago on
That pass was just a Picasso! Looks like Ritchie's got a chip on his shoulder from the scratch last year.
5 days, 14 hours ago on
I don't really delve into all the advanced stats, but the Rangers were 7th in the FF% in the league (which I think measures puck possession) and the Flyers were 20th. All of a sudden, the Flyers think they're gonna turn into a possession team? Wow, 1 loss and panicking already! Then again, when you're relying on a concussed Steve Mason to bring you the Cup, it's probably warranted to panic a bit!
5 days, 15 hours ago on
Does anyone remember what the 1993-1994 Rangers' motto was? I remember the pre-season marketing stuff was something like military-related. I don't think it was No Retreat No Surrender, but I thought it was something like that. Anyone?
5 days, 19 hours ago on
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 Yes, I know it was Slapshot (1977), but last I checked nobody on this team has mutton chop and over-sized collars. But hell, if it helps them play like they did last night then gimme some platform shoes, a polyester suit, some bell-bottoms, and a nice shiny peace sign necklace and point me to Studio 54...I'm gonna get down, can you dig it!
5 days, 20 hours ago on
@Say my Name Wouldn't that mean they would need computers? I don't think they can pull up your post on their Speak n' Spell!
Love the Cup piece poster, but what's up with the disco in the background? Is Dugay controlling the 8-track?
5 days, 21 hours ago on
@SpazzBrown I say "Fuck you," Jobu, I do it myself!
@Say my Name @gravey94 We may be witnessing something special here. Cool, calm, collected, and balanced. I like that recipe!
Keep Giroux down - Check! (3 of the Flyers' top scorers in the regular season had ZERO shots on goal. Damn!)
Stay out of the box - Check! (1 Flyers PP)
Smothering D - Check! (15...FIFTEEN shots on goal and 1 in the 3rd period...holy crap!)
Balanced offense - Check! (Every line but 4th had multiple points, even D had a point. Shots by line were 9-8-9-7 and 3 for D)
It may have been emotional for us fans, but that was a very methodical business-like game for the Rangers. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it, but they looked like they were just going about their business, even when they were down by 1. Those little passes they make in the defensive zone scare the crap out of me, but man they have perfected them and they completely trap the other team's forecheck! As far as the Flyers' trying to play their after-the-whistle game, I don't think we're giving the Rangers enough credit here. They're playing the part of the the younger annoying sibling who goads the older sibling into doing something stupid that gets them in trouble. McDonagh gets hit then comes out and cross-checks Giroux as a goal is scored...steep price, but message sent. Hank makes a save at the end of the period, G bumps Hartnell ever so slightly, to which Hartnell almost goes ballistic. The Flyers looked like they were trying really hard to make the big physical play, but they just couldn't catch the Rangers, and the Rangers did just enough of the little annoying things to get the Flyers focused more on getting payback. The double-minor was unfortunate for that kid as I don't think he meant to clip Hags, but the Schenn and Rinaldo penalties were just completely stupid. Classic! This series is over in 4 if the Flyers can't control themselves, and I really don't think they can. Hopefully they'll lay another egg on Easter ;-)
5 days, 22 hours ago on
I would have thought they would have went with Miley Cyus' "Wrecking Ball", it's a lot more manly than that. Remind me again of all this talk about the Flyers' toughness????
My head tells me that this Rangers team is set up well for a long run and should take care of the Flyers pretty quickly, but they could put out a line-up of Hall-of-Famers in their primes and I would still have pterodactyls in my stomach! I love and hate playoff hockey all at the same time!
6 days, 18 hours ago on
@Dznpicksformoulsonnow Good insight, I for one know nothing about how Stasny plays, except the numbers he puts up.
6 days, 19 hours ago on
Not sure who agreed to the whole cap re-capture thing. Seems like it's just a way to try to punish teams that signed contracts with players within the parameters of the previous CBA. Dumb provision. Either way, while it makes sense on paper to buy-out Ricahrds, I'm not convinced it happens. Does anyone know the deal if a player like Richards is put on waivers and either claimed or released? Also, where is this "true number 1 center" coming from, because there's certainly not one in the 2014 UFA class.
6 days, 20 hours ago on
@Say my Name But Emery is a known quantity, he's played in the league for a while and was part of the tandem last year that won. If he were a kid or some unknown goalie, I'd be more worried. He's not built for the lack of D the Flyers have.
1 week ago on
"Anyone who is going to play that amount of time, if you start to punish them physically, they will wear down over time"...I really hope the Rangers' D takes not of this, not necessarily for their protection because I think they already expect to get hit, but so they can turn it around the other way. Simmonds loves to park in front of the net, fine. Every time he's there someone needs to crosscheck him multiple times in the lower back and, if he gets close enough, Hank needs to jab him in the calf. He will wear down in no time and won't be so keen to park there. And, BTW, I really don't think McDonagh would wear down over time, he's just not human!
Wait, clarifications from a coach? Does he know this is NY?
@_Jack @gravey94 Totally agree. It was definitely a fun season. I'm just weary of the comparisons because ultimately that team overachieved (based on the personnel and season expectations) and underachieved (based upon the season success of finishing 2nd overall and then letting 2 lesser teams take them 7 and another beat them in 6) at the same time.
@Say my Name It's gotten so bad that I watch Craig Button and Kevin Weekes on NHL network, just to see highlights of games from the past!
@Say my Name Amen to that!
Why is the 2011-2012 team so sainted? They overachieved and had a nice playoff run, but for all their success, they went to the brink with 2 lesser teams and let a 3rd lesser team beat them to get to the Cup. Yes, they had great grit and were definitely not over matched physically by many teams. But I honestly think this 2013-2014 team would mop the floor with them. This team is much better balanced in the scoring department, is very solid from a D and PK perspective, has a goalie once again playing like a Vezina winner, and is rolling at just the right time. Flyers can throw as many hits as they want. If the Rangers continue their stingy D and stay out of the box, it eliminates Giroux and Simmonds. Then you're looking at who has the better goalie, and that's not even close. I'll take 10 little bumps to disrupt Flyer rushes over 1 big open ice bone-crunching hit any day. Tough D and timely scoring will win the day, not toughness and intimidation tactics. Rangers play Rangers hockey, this series is done in 4 or 5. Stick that in your cheesesteak and smoke it Philly!
"he’s previously back-stopped a team to the Stanley Cup Finals"...For sure he has, and Brad Richards previously won a Conn Smythe trophy too. Since that magical Emery run 7 years ago, he's been to the AHL 3 different times, the KHL, and has played a grand total of 6 playoff games where he posted a 3.19 GAA and .897 SV%. If Mason can't go, the Flyers may as well suit up a 4th forward and play with an empty net! Hopefully Brassard is not hurt, that would be a big blow to the Rangers scoring depth. Definitely encouraging about Kreider and AWESOME to see McDonagh practicing!!!
1 week, 1 day ago on
So based on the NCAA this year, we should expect to see Dallas vs. Detroit in the Cup finals ;-)
@Say my Name @KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 Or Borque?
@Say my Name @gravey94 @KevinTheNYRBlog Ironically, Seaver almost won another on the 1986 Sawx, but lost to the team that he represents in the Hall...the only player to represent that team BTW.
@Say my Name @gravey94 @KevinTheNYRBlog Um, yea Say My Name , Seaver was kind of important on that little engine that could team in 1969 ;-)
@Skate31 @gravey94 @KevinTheNYRBlog @Say my Name Woops, my bad. Yes, that is SV% as I think they all gave up more than 1 goal on average ;-)