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That pass was just a Picasso! Looks like Ritchie's got a chip on his shoulder from the scratch last year.
22 hours, 36 minutes 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!
23 hours, 26 minutes 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?
1 day, 2 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!
1 day, 3 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!
1 day, 4 hours ago on
Love the Cup piece poster, but what's up with the disco in the background? Is Dugay controlling the 8-track?
1 day, 5 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 ;-)
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!
2 days, 1 hour ago on
@Dznpicksformoulsonnow Good insight, I for one know nothing about how Stasny plays, except the numbers he puts up.
2 days, 3 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.
2 days, 4 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.
3 days, 1 hour 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?
3 days, 3 hours ago on
@_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!
3 days, 5 hours ago on
@Say my Name Amen to that!
3 days, 6 hours ago on
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!!!
4 days ago on
So based on the NCAA this year, we should expect to see Dallas vs. Detroit in the Cup finals ;-)
4 days, 4 hours ago on
@Say my Name @KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 Or Borque?
4 days, 5 hours ago on
@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 ;-)
@Say my Name @gravey94 @KevinTheNYRBlog Ha! Once I go through 6 years of law school and pass my bar exam I'll send you my bill ;-)
@KevinTheNYRBlog @Say my Name Like Marcel Dionne, Jean Ratelle, Rod Gilbert, Cam Neely, Mats Sundin, Mike Gartner, Phil Housley, Dale Hawerchuk, Adam Oates, Curtis Joseph, Eddie Giacomin, Jeremy Roenick, etc. Sorry, there are plenty of greats that just didn't get to win. Glen Anderson and Kevin Lowe have 6 Cups, does that mean they are an all-time greats or does it mean they were on all-time great teams? Championships are icing on the cake. Hank has played well enough in the playoffs for his team to go further but he hasn't gotten the timely scoring that is key to any run. His GAA in the playoffs is .920. Fatso is .919, Roy is .918, Belfour is .920, Hasek is .925, Osgood is .916, Fleury is .903. The only thing going against Hank in the playoffs is his team's inability to make the most of the performances they get out of him!
I think it has to be Diaz that sits. Klein is exactly the kind of defensive zone D-man that's needed in the low-scoring games of the playoffs, so I don't think it's even an option to sit him, plus he's got 28 games of playoff experience over the past 3 years with 3 goals, 6 assists, a +2, 28 shots, and a 10+% shooting percentage. Moore has 12 games of playoff experience with an assist, even +/-, and 16 shots. Diaz has 5 games from last year, is -1, and had 10 shots. Gotta go with the experience and it seems like Klein may have some unsung hero in him when it comes to playoff hockey.
5 days, 2 hours ago on
I know they haven't had a meaningful game in a while and they got 31 out of a possible 34 points in March, but Boston is not exactly coming roaring into the playoffs. The Red Wings have been getting healthy and playing decent lately. Anyone else think that the Wings have a shot at ousting Boston if Howard is on?
5 days, 4 hours ago on
@Wallace1 @gravey94 Every chance I get ;-)
Marty Brodeur was a rookie 20 years ago, and may very well have played his last game yesterday. He also lost in the ECF 20 years ago. My head tells me everything is just a coincidence, but my heart tells me we're looking at a 20 year anniversary of the Cup to coincide with the end of the guy's career that they went through to get to the Cup, and the other team's C being named to lead the team they beat to get the Cup. Call me superstitious, but man there are a lot of things pointing to a special run. I felt the same thing in 2006 with the Mets and they were 1 nasty curve away from the big show. Let's get it on!!!
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5 days, 6 hours ago on
Hooper drives the boat chief.
5 days, 18 hours ago on
@mando24179 You can SYFH all you want. And you can live in whatever vigilante fantasy you want. The FACT is that teams don't goon it up in the playoffs because 1) it's too hard to get in that they're not going to waste it by taking penalty after penalty, and 2) A first round exit means no playoff revenue and owners don't really like that too much. Plus the NHL doesn't look too kindly upon goon tactics anymore. And give me an example of a team that actually won a playoff series by gooning it up...beside the 1974 Broad Street Bullies? Go.
I said it last time they played and I'll say it again: 1) Contain Giroux, 2) Stay out of the box, thereby neutralizing Simmonds, and 3) Play NY Rangers hockey. If they do that, series is over in 4 or 5, if not, it gets drawn out.
6 days, 1 hour ago on
@JoeyKocur And in 1990 round 1, Mick Vukota jumped a know pacifist Jeff Blomberg and beat the snot out of him. Rangers won that series 4-1. So there's that. This ain't 1974 anymore. Talent will win out over goonery in the playoffs nowadays.
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 Awesome! If he signs with the Rangers, there HAS to be a Taco Bell sponsorship in there somewhere!!
1 week ago on
So out of curiosity, what's the genesis of the Captain Taco moniker?
1 week, 1 day ago on
@Say my Name @gravey94 Nah, it's a good look. You're more like the loveable WW before he ever heard of Los Pollos Hermanos ;-)
That Coleman picture gets more and more disturbing every time I see it...but it's still hilarious!
Of course this team has a shot. Goaltending, stingy D, 4 lines of scoring, great PK, and lotsa guys that have been to the ECF, Finals, and won a Cup...and they're not the role players, they are important cogs. The key to making a run will be to 1) maintain their health 2) win some rounds without going 6 or 7 games, and 3) get Kreider back rested and wound up to play. Cup winners for the past 5 years have averaged less than 6 games per round for the 1st 3 rounds, except the Bruins who had a 2nd round sweep sandwich by 2 7 game series'. If they can go 5 5 or 5 6 in the 1st 2 rounds, I like their chances A LOT!!! LGR!!!!!
@Say my Name Who are you?
@IhaveawaiteratMSG I hear Tortorella might be looking for work ;-)
@IhaveawaiteratMSG @gravey94 Willie Huber, of course!!
McDonagh gets team and media MVP awards. Hmmm, I wonder who last did that for the Rangers??? Let the comparisons continue ;-)
Seriously Rangers, are you trying to kill me? 2 points is 2 points, but now I've wasted some of my emergency Xanax playoff stash because you had to wait until a minute and a half left in the game to take a lead. Good God! Well, at least Saturday's game has no bearing on anything, when was the last time the Rangers had THAT luxury! I missed most of the game but caught the 3rd. Hank is definitely in Vezina form, and a nice time for it for sure! MSL looks like he's rounding into form too. The one thing that stuck out for me with Fast, he was deep in the offensive zone at one point, made a pass to the front of the net that just missed connection and eventually got past the point man, and the person that retrieved it after that was Fast in his own zone. I don't think he's THAT fast to basically teleport there, but I do think he's very defensively aware along with being very fast. This kid looks like he'll be a fan favorite in no time! Looking forward to the playoffs and I have a feeling it will be Columbus.
@Say my Name Um, I think Pluto Nash or Niecy Nash could have scored that goal. Talk about serving it up on a silver platter! Nash will be very visible as long as MSL can pass like that! That little effer's got some skillz!
@KevinTheNYRBlog @gravey94 A guy can dream can't he!
1 week, 2 days ago on
If they lose tonight, everyone one in the organization should be flogged 10 times by each fan...30 times by each reader of this blog...and then be forced to be Justin Bieber's personal valet for the next 5 years!! This is not a trap game, it's the equivalent of the 1927 NY Yankees playing a 1st grade T-Ball team. I fully expect this game to be over mid-way through the 2nd, if not sooner. And I'm really hoping that the new guy on Tampa (who's name shall not be spoken) puts up a trick tonight on the Flyers to complete the clinch so the Montreal game is meaningless. Come on, just do it Rangers! Give us all at least 1 game where we don't have to down a tub of Tums!
I'll take the Rangers' Ryan over all those other Ryans combined....and I'm guessing 29 other teams would as well.