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Standing ovation to the PK this series. They shut down one of the league's best PP and gave them no momentum.
Unbelievable comeback! Still basking in the victory.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@KevinTheNYRBlog @KCinMN98 Tired or not, they're heading home 1 - 1. They've got to show up tonight and win consecutive games in this series to move to the next round.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Rangers aren't tired. Those early PP chances wiped out their confidence. They were so deflating, it was impossible to win back any momentum in a game the Pens had to win in their own building.
Two Rick Nash not-so-great facts all Rangers fans should agree on:
1) After last year's playoffs, Nash actually thought he played "good" hockey.
2) Nash has been an inferior player since the unpenalized Lucic headshot.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Met Carcillo when Rangers were in town to play the Wild. Asked him to sign a team photo. He asked if the photo was for me and if I was a fan. I couldn't lie and so I said, "you're growing on me." Got a laugh out of him. Carcillo didn't seem like a douchebag. Plus he's saying all the right things from a team perspecitive. Avery - loved the guy - would have never apologize for yelling at the refs.
And another 30 win season for Lundqvist.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I was at the game. I disagree with your assessment that Stepan is finding his stride despite scoring a goal. He made a ton of terrible decisions last night. I don't get his propensity for dumping the puck, especially when Nash has a rare open lane into the offensive zone. Totally kills the momentum. Why even dump the puck when there's no one to chase it? Doesn't seem to know what to do on the PP either. And what was he doing during Parise's gwg? Don't think Stepan and Nash are complementary players.
Puck was bouncing all over the place. Wild forechecked hard and clogged up the neutral zone. Rangers didn't adjust and continued to flub cute passes. Top 6 aren't burying their scoring chances, while opponents are capitalizing on their mistakes. D system needs to tighten up the rest of the way and into the playoffs.
All the players should just give their salaries to McD, Girardi, Zuc, and the goalies. These guys are the only ones who consistently play with heart. Imagine Nash with Zuc's heart, smh. I'll even take Pouliot's heart at this point; at least he hits someone most shifts.
When did high sticking on a follow-thru become a non-penalty? At least I have a couple of Parise bobbleheads...for target practice.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Wild 2, Rangers 1
Could this high salary demand be Cally's way of "asking for a trade?" Under AV, Cally isn't getting PP time and he's not on the 1st PK unit. The Hags-Richie-Cally line doesn't have great chemistry like the other lines. It's just not feasible for the team to meet his demands and sign most of their UFAs and RFAs. And next season, they'll need cap space to re-sign Stepan and Staal. I don't see why Captain Cally would want to put the Rangers in cap hell unless he wants out of NY.
7 months ago on Callahan, Rangers to Talk Contract This Week; Multiple Teams Calling With Interest
Agree! Really liking the short passes to beat forecheckers out of the d-zone. Rarely saw them under Tort's safe as death system. Dmen would swing the puck around the boards one way, then the other side, only to get pinned in for a long shift. Push a puck toward the middle? Not unless you want to sit for your next few shifts. Keeping the lines together helps build chemistry too.
7 months ago on Rangers 2, Islanders 1
Cally and Girardi must've taken Dubinsky's "how to negotiate out of NY" class. Hard to say this but Cally is replaceable. G is not. Who is going to play alongside McD? Top pair or top 4 d-men are harder to come by. Wish players would give the Rangers a hometown discount to keep the team competitive with a solid core. Nope, never happens for this team.
7 months ago on Callahan/Girardi Seeking 7-Year Contracts as Sather Gauges Interest
@JMK8363 @RobertChiarello Ditto! I get that they like the Pens but can they be any more partial?! Fleury with great saves left and right - especially on the Brassard bank shot. While Lundqvist was lucky he stopped the puck. This Pens player is wonderful...he does it all...blah blah blah. Few play-by-play or hockey-related-intelligent talk. As camera zooms in on Brassard on the bench, they mention new Ranger, #16 Ryan Clowe.
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers 1, Penguins 2 (SO)
4 games ago, I thought Rangers were starting to pull it together. Last 3 games were garbage. They should be embarrassed of their performances. Before every game, Rangers should replay Habs coach and bench laughing as Biron lays on the ice. Make this equivalent to Joe Thorton calling the team "soft" last year.
1 year, 6 months ago on Rangers 0, Canadiens 3
I bleed blue but I live in the State of HOckey. Last night the Wild (and their AHL team) put on a scrimmage (not just practice) at the X, including 5 min OT and shootout. OT and shootout were planned regardless of score during regulation. There were 10,000 fans in attendance and organization handed out $10 concession vouchers. This team didn't need to do this to fill seats - regardless of the product on the ice year in and year out, games almost always sell out.
So much for the Rangers being one of the classiest and profitable organizations in the league. Fans waiting for "engagement tactics" are the same ones who felt the organization was going to have a Boogaard tribute, RIP.
1 year, 7 months ago on Dolan Explains Lack of Fan Outreach By Rangers
Wow, I wish the NHL would have that many camera angles! I was expecting to see the highlight through the ice next.
1 year, 10 months ago on Video: Nash's Goal Was Sick
Brian Leetch, Doug Weight, Tony Amonte, Mike Richter, Alex Kovalev would make the roster more offensive.
1 year, 11 months ago on Rangers Home-Grown Team | September
Planning to be at the game in KC. With season in limbo, haven't purchased tickets or finalized travel plans. Trigger finger is ready though. NYR meetup in KC anyone?
2 years, 1 month ago on Rick Nash Joins Boomer & Carton to Talk Trade | July
Anyone else think Nash has a really huge head? His head makes him seem like a fat guy, a bigger out-of-shape player. But he is thin and fit. Feel bad for Dubi. Hope he has a long career like Amonte and Weight, and not crash and burn like Turcotte.
2 years, 1 month ago on Video/Pics: Nash & Dubinsky React to Trade | July
@smoothyv @JaredAnnibale and Darren Turcotte...whose career floundered after leaving Rangers.
2 years, 1 month ago on NHLPA Getting Closer to a Counter Proposal | July
Nash grinning ear to ear in his debut interview. In contrast, Dubi saying all the right things, but no big grin or enthusiastic glint in his eyes. Feel kinda bad for the guy. Check out Dubi's interview if you haven't seen it: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=638652.
2 years, 1 month ago on And The Moment You've All Been Waiting For: Nash in New York | July
LOL, Nash called NYC a "true hockey market"...rude awakening coming when he realizes MLB, NFL, NBA all come before Rangers. Love his enthusiasm! He has a lot of training to do between now and training camp. First time at Tort's camp will be tough especially since I read somewhere that he doesn't train much in the off-season. Guess that's changing...NOW.
So Nash had more SOG on the PP but scored fewer PP goals than Cally, Gabby and Richie. So how does that equate to Sam saying "it's a pp goal" more often? Math doesn't seem right but I hope to hear Sam say this phrase way more often next season. This is the main area where Rangers can improve their game.
2 years, 1 month ago on Nash Will Help PP; Howson Talks Trade; Rangers Not Done; Stralman & Loose Ends | July
Heck yeah - "...led by Ryan McD"! But how long can MacTruck and G log crazy minutes and still be healthy and successful? Rangers need more dependable 3rd pair D to complete team. At least 1 more reliable D is needed to give Bickel and Stralman a rest and cover DZ shifts when he shits the bed. Unless team knows something about Sauer that we don't, D needs upgrade.
Love the guy, have his Heritage jersey, Dubi is heart and soul player with a nasty streak. He'll become fan-favorite in Columbus. But he sure took the Rangers to brink in both of his contract negotiations. Dark spot for me, more so than his down year last season.
2 years, 1 month ago on Rick Nash Trade: Why New York is Now Stanley Cup or Bust | July
Gabby has been successful in NY. Not every star player can handle playing in NY. Now that the Rangers have Nash, imagine the damage Gabby will do playing against 2nd D pairings! My vote is to split Nash & Gabby on diff lines when he returns from shoulder surgery.
2 years, 1 month ago on Nash Traded to Rangers | July
Resting Cally tonight and tomorrow makes him ready to play the Bruins on Sunday. We're spoiled as Ranger forwards have only missed 4 games to injury/sickness. Plus, this gives Scott a chance to familiarize himself with the Rangers' system so he can play against the heavyweights when called upon.
2 years, 6 months ago on Morning Skate Notes; Callahan Out With Foot Injury; Scott In; Biron Starts | March
@KevinDeLury Hopefully that's all they need. Getting pinned in your own zone for 2+ minutes multiple times at even strength is a concern though. Rangers were a step behind in all facets of the game. Teams are gunning for them and Rangers can't afford too many letdowns the rest of the season. Islanders always show up to play the Rangers so the game should trigger the Rangers to bring their A-game.
2 years, 6 months ago on Penguins 2, Rangers 0 | February
First time ever that the refs actually called a pretty good Rangers - Flyers game. Flyers typically get away with a lot (after whistles, behind the play, etc.) but the refs were ready for their shenanigans. Refs did a great job managing the game and keeping things under their control. There were soft calls here and there but at least they were called on both teams.
Great time for the top 2 lines to wake up and play hard. Hopefully this game gets everyone going full speed ahead. I too liked Bickel's game at forward. Mitchell is 10 times better than Christensen and Wolski. OK, maybe 100 times better than Christensen.
2 years, 6 months ago on Rangers 5, Flyers 2 | February
Anyone else think Dubi plays with the wrong stick blade angle? He frequently misplays the puck - puck slides under or rolls off his blade. It's possible given that he was wearing skates that gave him shin splints until last year's injury.
Rangers didn't show up for 1.5 periods last night. But interference and no-goal call with seconds remaining has got to be reviewable play. Game's fast and refs have a tough job. But there are 2 refs and 2 linesmen. They've got to confer on these end of game calls or go to video. NHL needs to be better in this dept - see NFL.
2 years, 6 months ago on Devils 1, Rangers 0 (2/7/12) | February
I am a fan of fighting in the NHL. But it has no place 2 seconds into a game. Case in point - fights didn't motivate Rangers as they didn't wake up until the 3rd period.
2 years, 6 months ago on Now That's How You Start a Rangers/Devils Game! | February
Not a lot showcased for the 20+ scouts on hand... could that be the reason Anisimov played more than Hagelin?
2 years, 7 months ago on Rangers 1, Sabres 0, SO | February
Forget the stats for a sec - Ranger power plays are a momentum killer. Going to be a lot harder now and in the play-offs to get that important momentum back. Players need to stop hanging their heads and just play.
2 years, 7 months ago on Rangers Power Play Threatening to Undermine Special Season | February