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One bit of bad news - the Rangers will start the Stanley Cup on the PK as the refs called a highsticking on every ranger as they saluted the fans.
Apparently this also lead to Subban diving in the dressing room.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
No doubt Hank stood on his head. HE IS THE KING. Just wanted to give some honorable mentions.
Boyler - wow this guy was a beast blocking shots, and doing all the little things. Bravo on the goal.
D. Moore - Word for word the same thing, and moore has scored some big goals in these playoffs. So glad he's having good things come his way, he deserves it, what a story of perseverance.
Marrrrrtttttttyyyy - Talk about perseverance. Just the fact that St Louis stepped on the ice is remarkable. We look at these athletes as robots who should always score when the moment is biggest but to lose ones mother is a reminder that these are men like you an me (minus the ridiculous hockey skill) and the pain must be great. A big thank you to Marty for lacing up and giving the boys inspiration.
Richards - Talk about scoring in the big moment. Richards just shines brightest when the lights get brighter, minus torts that is.
Kreider - Much needed speed and snarl, welcom back young fella.
Stahl - First line defenseman on the second unit is just Huuuge.
Zooks pouls brassy - Just brilliant together. Their chemistry is awesome. Talk about playing well when the lights get brighter - BRASSARRRRD BABY.
Nash - ok ok he can't score on an empty net but he sold out defensively and made plays in this series to help the team in other ways. Yes yes its a reach as I bask in the glow of a game win, Dear god let the goals come next round.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@scrangersfan @dave56dj No doubt he is here to score goals and he hasnt done that enough in 2 years of playoff hockey. That can change quickly but it hasnt happened of late. That said even goal scorers can play well without scoring, but no doubt for the contract he has and what he is here for we need more out of him. That said I dont think he's been quiet this series. Just like a streaky home run hitter who's not going deep or a great basketball player who isn't scoring you need to find other ways to contribute and unlike last year i think he has done some little things. Not saying its enough, but at this point i can't see vilifying him either.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Hank is not beyond reproach but i think his accolades and tremendous play allows him some credit. No problem with him chewing a guy out ever now and then. You see it from the best of players in all sports, from manning to MJ and many many more. Oh and soft goals? Cmon guy has been the best goalie NY has ever seen, your talking about exceptions not rules.
UMMMM and that is what you call an over reaction.
On the goal taken away - the whistle is far to quick, but from his angle he really couldnt have seen the puck. Still it wasn't lodged out from under Mason, it was sitting right behind him, which is even more frustrating. It's hard because it clearly should have been a goal but the only thing you can really ask is, was st pierre out of position? If not it's impossible for him to see. That said if he was out of place - then the call is even more atrocious.
D moore was brilliant all day - congrats to him. 3 calls on Hags but 1 was awful and the other may have saved a goal. His hook was in front of an almost empty net. So much of our game is speed theres no way I sit the fastest player b/c the officiating was poor. Good for boyler on empty netter too, that 4th line has been great.
I know everyone see's goals as playing well, but to me Nash's presence has been felt and he's been a force on offense. Yes some goals would make it better but he has been a huge part of this series. Stepan had an underrated day too.
Thought Klein struggled and the king was not happy with him in front of the net on mistaken redirection. Still I trust him far more defensively then Diaz.
Hal Gill is olllllllddddd - love to see him on the ice more and more.
@DubiLeetch @dave56dj didn't you see my responses to them? I conceded the point, no use in belaboring it.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Final: Rangers 4, Panthers 3
@CareyBrandsdorfer I felt like I saw him lolligagging on a few shifts as well, Im gonna chalk it up to a bad eyeball test and assume I just saw a couple of plays at the end of shifts otherwise AV would have limited him.
@mlsranger @dave56dj I'll buy that mls - good point
@Herman_NYRBlog @dave56dj fair enough
"The Brad Richards of last season would have thought about it for the rest of the game and sulked around the ice pitying himself." The reference to Richards hypothetically sulking last year is just silly to me. I'm not saying he wouldn't have or that he didn't, its just not something I understand sports fans speculating about. We are not in his head and to blame some of his poor play last year on the idea that a vet, who has been very successful on the ice both mentally and physically, suddenly started sulking seems so silly. We know he wasn't in the best hockey shape in the short season, so wouldn't his physical makeup, an aging vet, be more likely the cause of down play then a sudden mental lapse?
@Kevin DeLury @dave56dj ha ok fair enough.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 4, Blue Jackets 2
@KreiderisTheChosenOne @Kevin DeLury @dave56dj PLAYOOOOOOFFFFS? YOU WANNA TALK ABOUT PLAYOOOOFFFS? Thanks for the soft toss.
@Kevin DeLury @dave56dj well i appreciate the blog and your analysis a great deal so thanks for writing it. I guess the point is you clearly have a great knowledge for the team and it feels like you lower yourself when you give into what you are calling "emotion," but i would just call carelessness or lack of thought. Ok ok Ive said enough, again I will conti
nue to read and appreciate your take , thanks.
I really do love the coverage and appreciate this blog, but just a little contsructive criticism. From post to post - game to game it just feels like there is no awareness that this is a marathon not a sprint. It was about 3/4 games ago there was questioning wether richards start was a fluke, three games later its last year was a fluke. This is one small example. Again I love the site I just wish there was slightly more patience to assess, rather then treating each game like it was a one game cup. It often seems highly reactionary .
HA - jeter is the best ss in baseball? this is so inaccurate its hilarious. Tulo - pre injury was putting up better numbers then jeter had seen in years. Segura is by far more exlosive - desmond is better - everth cabrera is better - Yes jeter is an all time great but he is not the player he was. And is not the best ss in the game today - not even top 5.
1 year, 3 months ago on Richards Might Not Be Bought Out
@AnnoyingJoe @ry_man hear
1 year, 4 months ago on Who Are The Initial Candidates To Replace John Tortorella?
@AnnoyingJoe @ry_man Drunk is not an excuse for being a racist. I'm sure we will soon here he/ she has black friends so its all good.
@ry_man this kind of racism is offensive and you should be ashamed, but more then likely you are to ignorant to express such an emotion.
Im sorry but winning is a cure all and it covers up every pock mark. Did they play a lot better tonight? No, not really. Chara (or dougie not communicating) gave us one, and rask falling on his own but gave us another. They still out shot us and their depth is far better. That said we win b/c of the KING and if Nash can stay in beast mode we might have a shot in game 5 but they are much deeper then us. I don't expect their fourth line will be backing down in boston - Thornton is no "bitch" as you callously referred to him as. That said the 4th liners were physical and AT TIMES it helped. The Newbury penalty lead directly to a goal and was pretty much a tackle, not smart. Kreider just has to see more ice as he did tonight, he is a freight train. Need pyatt and boyle in front all day in boston. Hamrlik is soooo ancient - hope one of the inured comes back sat. It's nice to still be playing - hope they are after saturday too.
1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers 4, Bruins 3, OT
Truth be told ovi's responsibility is the point man. I'm a ranger fan so killing #8 is fine by me but if you let the tape run you see cally slide in the same way. 24 was a big part of the play but it was pretty much over at that point. The guy is one of the greatest players in the game and its tough blaming him for everything that goes wrong - again his responsibility on the play is the point and thats where he was - not cherry picking as some would leave you to believe - stepan is certainly not his man.
1 year, 4 months ago on Ovechkin Doesn't Like to Hustle