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That Dorsett penalty killed us.  They didn't get the PP goal, but they got something like 6-7 SOG, and the momentum was in their favor until the end after that.

Nash played alright, he had some good plays and as always is opening up ice for his teammates.  It ain't a coincidence that Brassard exploded for 9 points in 5 games after starting to center Nash's line.  THat being said, he's here to score goals and that's the one thing he's not doing.

Kind of upset that people are blaming Hank for those two goals.  Hank is a fucking wall, but expecting him to post a shutout every night is unfair and unrealistic.  Think about all the fantastic saves he made tonight, too.  The man is only human, what we need is more goals.

Most disappointing thing for me tonight was the forecheck.  The Bruins iced THREE, count em, THREE rookies tonight and they looked very comfortable and happy out there.  We really need to start putting the pressure on them and they'll make mistakes.

On a positive note, although it was a disappointing finish, I don't think we played too poorly, and we're still totally in this series.  I don't feel nearly as bad now as I did after dropping that first game to Washington.  Rangers need to make some small adjustments and they can win a few games.

McDonagh...  Girardi... Stralman... man, I love our defense.  These guys all played like warriors tonight.  Even Del Zotto wasn't too brutal at points.


1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers 2, Bruins 3 (OT)

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@owensolb @coontzbloontz I agree that the PP has the potential to improve because... let's be honest, it can't get any worse.  The PP actually hasnt looked totally awful all the time, there were definitely some instances with sustained pressure, multiple SOG, etc.  Just bad puck luck. I also think the primary scoring could pick up a bit, but Nash and crew will most likely be matched with Chara for most of the series.  It's gonna be hilarious seeing Zuccarello playing against Chara, haha.


I'm also looking to see more great performances from Boyle (and the secondary in general).  He's starting to look like his 2012 playoff self, and his line is playing very well overall.  Like I said, I think Dorsett is awesome.  


1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers 5, Capitals 0

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@owensolb Bruins have one of the best PK's and worst PP's in the league, so this series is most definitely coming down to 5 on 5 scoring.  It's not going to be an easy series as the Bruins have a lot of bruising players... really wish we had Clowe for this one, but so far Dorsett has been awesome.  Basically it's gonna come down to Lundqvist and whether or not the Rangers get roughed up.

1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers 5, Capitals 0

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Henrik always plays out of his mind at the Boston TD Garden, remember when he had one of the best games of his career there last season?  (42 save shutout).  Once again, he will be the gamebreaker, and he always plays well in Boston and against Boston.

1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers 5, Capitals 0

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Nice to get a win, but the Rangers were still outplayed 5-on-5.  If we didn't get momentum from putting the Caps on the PK half the game, I'm not so sure about the outcome.  Still, we're back in the series and another win at home will be the the real decider.  Even last year they struggled to put 2 wins together in the playoffs.

1 year, 2 months ago on Rangers 4, Capitals 3

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Lundqvist vs. Ovechkin, two of the best players in the world.  Should be an awesome series.

 

The Bruins were my preferred team for the playoffs.  We match up against them pretty well.  Also, the Caps were by far the hottest team in the conference the past month, maybe even in the entire league.  I'm scared.

1 year, 3 months ago on The Eff'n Caps Again?!?!?!?!

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WHat happened to Clowe?  I missed it,

 

Just want to say, I think the trade deadline move was fucking brilliant.  I am really loving this team right now.  Zuccarello, Clowe, Brassard, Moore.  All of these guys have really stepped up and made the team much better.  Add in one of the best Captains in the NHL, elite goaltender, premiere power forward, and a solid D corps.  Now that is a team that could actually do some damage in the playoffs... we're catching fire at the right time, guys!

1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3, SO

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 @nyrfan747 Sounds like fun!

1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers 4, Hurricanes 3, SO

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 @ThrSage I like this guy!  Actual stats!  No sensationalist crap!

1 year, 3 months ago on Kreider Receiving Bickel Treatment

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 @Josh6 Also, Torts was practically the only guy in the Universe that believed in Richards when the rest of you idiots were claiming his career was over.  Just goes to show the lack of conviction and informed opinions around here.  Whine whine whine, who do we get to blame next?

1 year, 3 months ago on Panthers 3, Rangers 2

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 @Josh6 One bad game and all of a sudden Nash is a "perimeter player"?  You have a screw loose somewhere

1 year, 3 months ago on Panthers 3, Rangers 2

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 @Josh6 That's stupid, dude.  If anything, the actions at the trade deadline and the improvements the team made in the month of April showed that it was a personnel problem, not a coaching problem, that led to a lot of inconsistency.

1 year, 3 months ago on Panthers 3, Rangers 2

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 @YimYames18  You can't expect a guy like Asham to really put up goals in any consistent manner.  His job is to forecheck, fight, hit, and create momentum for when the top guys go on the ice.  That's the definition of a "grinder" or "energy player."  I think Pyatt is a better goalscorer than Asham, but he has been playing a similar role on the team on the 4th line for most of the season

1 year, 3 months ago on The Demise of Taylor Pyatt Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

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I'm digging Nash on the PK

1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers 4, Devils 1

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 @JoshKaye Yes, but the Kings also steamrolled through the last 5-10 games before the playoffs, and kept the ball rolling after.  The Rangers have no momentum right now, but I expect them to at least put up a good fight and maybe win the 1st round...anything can happen with Pittsburgh because of their shaky tending and D, plus we play pretty well at Consol.

 

Two biggest things we need going into the playoffs:  FORECHECK, and Lundqvist catching fire.  Without that we're toast.

1 year, 3 months ago on Brian Boyle Out Indefinitely

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Dude, Clowe wasn't on the ice when it happened, there isn't really a whole lot else to do.  He could have gotten a few hits in, but it was already the 3rd period and who knows how many shifts he had on with Giroux after that.  I would have been pissed if Clowe squandered a chance at tying the game by taking a stupid penalty to avenge Stepan when the real revenge would have been scoring a goal... Stepan did kinda avenge himself there, anyways...

 

Clowe has been sucked into the vortex of mediocrity that is the New York Rangers right now.  Maybe they'll all wake the fuck up on the last game of the season just to lose all playoff hopes in the shootout again.

1 year, 3 months ago on Whatever Happened to That Clowe Guy the Rangers Traded For?

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Do we play the Flyers again before the end of the season?  If so, look for number 28.  If not, let bygones be bygones.  At least he wasn't injured.

1 year, 3 months ago on Video: Giroux Elbows Stepan in the Head

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I'd rather have Boyle over Kreider.  If we end up getting locked down in our own zone with Kreider on the ice, guaranteed goal.  He just doesn't have the defensive chops to play in the NHL yet

1 year, 3 months ago on Boyle Misses Practice; Stepan Banged Up; Staal Returns

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*have no confidence, woops.  

1 year, 3 months ago on Frustration Builds for Richards

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Part of the problem is the whole team is doing a poor job of entering the offensive zone.  Part of the problem is bad transitioning in the form of trying to make fancy stretch passes and not keeping it simple.  Another problem is many players seem to have confidence in skating the puck into the zone.  I think this relates a lot to the sloppy passing, because often if there's a good couple of short passes out of the d zone and through the neutral zone, our offense has some space to skate in.  Otherwise, we have all this shitty stretch passing and stupid misreads (Richards is most guilty here), that the defense just shuts down any attempt to skate in.  Dump and chase ensues.

 

Really the only lines where dump and chase will work is any line that Hagelin is on, because he has the speed to chase the puck down.  Otherwise it leads to turnovers.  I think the Rangers would be better at dump and chase if they played better on the boards, but that has been one of their most inconsistent areas this season (and one of their strongest last season).

1 year, 3 months ago on Frustration Builds for Richards

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 @PenaltySh0t "what does Torts tell them to do? Keep shooting glove side, of course!"

 

Are you serious?

1 year, 3 months ago on Frustration Builds for Richards

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 @gravey94 I agree.  Even the best teams in the league don't play well every game.  Even our second game of the home-and-home with the Pens, we completely outplayed them and had tons of scoring chances, but Fleury was an absolute beast and bailed his team out.  Scraping away with a win is just fine in my book.

1 year, 3 months ago on Video: Torts, Players React to Huge Win on Long Island

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That was a classic Rangers win reminiscent of last season.  Lots of time spent stuck in the defensive zone, lots of blocked shots, stellar play from Lundqvist, and a really nice goal off of a rare defensive lapse from the opposition.  

 

Even though the Islanders played better and had significant stretches of time with the puck, you gotta hand it to the Rangers for scraping out a win against a VERY hot team (8-1-1 before last night).  I think that was without a doubt the most exciting game of the season for the Rangers so far.

1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers 1, Islanders 0, OT

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 @Josh6 Definitely better than DZ?  Come on, now.  He had a couple of good games, let's not jump to conclusions

1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers 1, Islanders 0, OT

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 @IcyCup I think Del Z, Girardi is a good pairing.  When Del Zotto wants to get involved in the offense, he's got one of the best stay at home d-men around to back him up.  Tonight they both got screwed over on some bad line changes, plus bad decision-making from Del Zotto.

1 year, 3 months ago on Maple Leafs 4, Rangers 3

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Del Z wanted to be a goalscoring stud in front of his friends/family, forsaking the defensive parts of his game that has elevated him the past couple of weeks.  Hopefully he moves on from it.

 

That being said, as usual Del Zotto is the scapegoat in these situations.  In the case of the 1st and 4th Toronto goals (especially the 1st), I think sloppy line changes were more to blame than Del Z.  He could have had better coverage, but it was a bad situation to begin with.

 

Biron should have started tonight.  Hank deserved a breather after an impressive 10-game streak, and I think he should get at least 1-2 more games off before we (hopefully) get to the playoffs.  

 

Don't understand the griping about the Colborne hit... we got a powerplay from it, move on.  You don't have to start shit about every penalty that happens in the game, that just leads to more bad penalties.  What I did like is how the team stuck up for Nash at the beginning of the game when he was getting some crosschecks from Komarov(?).  DONT MESS WITH THE PRIZE!

 

The defensive coverage is really what killed us tonight.

 

1 year, 3 months ago on Maple Leafs 4, Rangers 3

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 @Betweentheworlds Yeah I read it, totally agree.  I would even add in that Gaborik has a history of being difficult to coach.  He did not like Lemaire or his system in Minnesota.  Also, Torts said in an interview like a year back that when Gab first came to the Rangers he didn't want to come to practice every day because he was sore, and always wanted to play perimeter.  Last season Gaborik looked like he took Torts' advice about getting a little dirty, and was rewarded with a lot of nice garbage goals in front of the net.  This season, as you mentioned, he looks to be a bit too concerned about his shoulder, and is putting "me" first.  Glad he's gone.

1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1

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On a side note, I'm starting to think that Gaborik was a bit of a locker room cancer.  Didn't like playing for Torts, brought the team down (especially Richards).  Lundqvist commented after the game today (and I think a few others guys mentioned recently) that the trades created a completely different atmosphere in the locker room.  Good luck to Gab in Cbus, but at this point I think he was becoming dead weight.  Also, he has a history of resenting defensive-minded coaches (cough Lemaire cough)

1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1

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Good win, but the defense and breakouts were sooooo sloppy compared to both Pitt games.  I think it's because the Canes also had a much harder forecheck.  All in all, we came out with a dominating win because of Lundqvist magic.  And some of you wanted to start Biron!  Hopefully the momentum carries them through Toronto and back home

1 year, 3 months ago on Rangers 4, Hurricanes 1

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Also, Clowe made a good move on his first goal, but did you notice what a sweet take-away Stepan had there to set him up?  IMO Stepan should be in the running for the Selke, his two-way game has been unreal

1 year, 3 months ago on New Kids on the Block

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Clowe was a fan favorite in San Jose, although I've heard he's prone to taking stupid penalties.  Nevertheless, a character guy like that is exactly what the Rangers needed, and I give the front office full credit for addressing the problems with the team.

1 year, 3 months ago on New Kids on the Block

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Yeah, a post with actual statistics and analysis, no sensationalist whining to be found!!  Great post, good points.  I like Powe

1 year, 4 months ago on The Case For Darroll Powe

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THe PK was huge tonight... not just because of the SHG.

 

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1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers 4, Jets 2

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Happy April Fools' Day!

1 year, 4 months ago on I'm Sorry I Hope You Can Forgive Me

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 @cb1 McIlrath - Bickel?  HAHAHAHA

1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers 0, Canadiens 3

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 @JMK8363 Holy shit, positivity in these darkest of times!  it's like seeing a unicorn on this blog...

1 year, 4 months ago on Happy Easter John Tortorella, You're Officially on the Hot Seat

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First, Avery:  The guy actually had some talent, but between 2010 and 2012 he let his play slip so he could be more of an asshole.  His value to the team diminished over that time. Funny guy, though.

 

Second, Tortorella:  Despite what I've said recently on this blog, I'm not against firing him.  Thing is, I don't see firing him with less than 15 games left being any help this team.  If I were Slats, I'd give him a camp and 1/3 of a season to turn things around.

 

Also, for all of you who call Tortorella a dumbass, a douchebag, etc.  Ridiculous.  Firing him to shake things up is one thing, but completely disrespecting the man that helped Slats build this team from the ground up and give it an identity is fucking stupid.  It makes YOU sound like an unappreciative and ignorant fan.  Tortorella is just a character, and he's old school.  Funny how some people will accept Avery's completely asinine behavior on the ice, but when the coach gets pissed off by a loss it's the worst thing ever.  OH MY GOD, he was kind of rude to Sam Rosen that one time!  Fire his ass!  Please.

 

If firing Torts will help this team win, I'm all for it guys.  But you have to pick your spots for this kind of stuff, and bottom line is now is a bad time.

 

 

1 year, 4 months ago on Happy Easter John Tortorella, You're Officially on the Hot Seat

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So offense is the problem and we want a guy who hasn't been scoring goals? Makes sense.

1 year, 4 months ago on Is Clowe on His Way to New York?

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 @IcyCup Who knows... it's not like Avery is a big fan of Torts to begin with, and is notorious for saying shit just to get attention and ruffle feathers.

1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers 0, Canadiens 3

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 @JoeAntos del Zotto would have ten goals right now if he didnt miss the net wide on every shot

1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers 0, Canadiens 3

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Let the incessant whining and speculation continue...

 

Me?  I shut off the game after the first goal 47 seconds in, then went back to sleeping off my hangover (Timezone is 12 hours ahead).

 

All the "fire Torts" guys are probably the same people who were calling for Tom Coughlin's head in 2007.  2 Championship rings later...

 

Personally I don't think it's Torts' system that is the problem here, it's that some of the players don't want to play it.  A bunch of you mentioned failed fancy drop passes, firing stretch passes through the neutral zone with abandon.  If they played the way Tortorella wanted them to play, they would SIMPLIFY, play fucking NORTH-SOUTH, and start connecting some passes.  Ridiculous.  

 

I'm starting to think the players are purposefully playing like shit because they want Torts fired.

 

1 year, 4 months ago on Rangers 0, Canadiens 3

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 @AG_Blue Indeed... it's a bit naive to put none, or all, of the blame on Tortorella.  The entire team is not performing to expectations, and I'm a firm believer that Torts is not the cause of it.  Rather, older guys (ahem, Richards, Gab) couldn't get going quickly and lost their momentum, snowballing into a complete failure to skate competitively.  Also, offseason roster shake-ups changed the landscape of the line-up and the chemistry of the team.  These are not the kind of problems that can be coached out of a team with a short camp and 48 games.  Tortorella will likely need another 48 games next season to see if he can turn it around... if not, we need a replacement

1 year, 4 months ago on Torts Has Conversation With Gaborik

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At this point I think the majority of the fanbase has started a "fire Torts" initiative.  Some speculation has some merit, some speculation is straight moronic.  Realistically, though, like him or not, he will have his job unless the Rangers get off to another bad start next season.  He could always get fired before that, but I think that's the most likely scenario

 

1 year, 4 months ago on Torts Has Conversation With Gaborik

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I don't care if we win tonight (well, kinda do), all I want to see is Pacioretty get fucking dropped like a sack of potatoes.

1 year, 4 months ago on Zucc on Richards Line; Gabby to 4th Line; Biron to Start in Montreal

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 @TruBluEsp I like this idea.  I think for the most part, Powe and Asham have more of an impact on gamed than Boyle and Pyatt

1 year, 4 months ago on Zucc on Richards Line; Gabby to 4th Line; Biron to Start in Montreal

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Goddamn, gravey is the only one here with some goddamn sense.  Love your comments, man!  At least someone in New York has some grasp of the meaning of "long-term," as in, our team is going to be competitive in the long-term.  This season has been...weird.

 

Seriously, so many of you guys (slapshot, I'm looking at you), buy into these ridiculous story lines that the media belches out.  YOU ARE NOT A PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY PLAYER.  OR A GM.  Stop speaking in ridiculous platitudes... "no effort tonight..." "...they're just not trying.  guys, I would be trying SO MUCH HARDER right now if I was being payed $12 mil."  You, me, and everyone else on this blog does not know what happens in an NHL locker room.  This team's struggles aren't as simple as "Richards sucks."  Get your heads out of your asses.

 

Kevin, you have a great blog, and I've had a lot of good discussions on here, but... you are spoon-fed whatever the sportswriters are saying on this copy-paste blog of yours.  I wouldn't dare to call you a fairweather fan, because I know how long this blog has been up and I know you're a true fan, but it would be nice to see a post that has some actual statistics and substance to it rather than reiterations of bullshit sportscaster rhetoric.  

1 year, 4 months ago on This Video of Lundqvist Pretty Much Says It All

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 @scrangersfan Man, some NYR fans have pretty bad memory issues....

1 year, 4 months ago on Zucc on Richards Line; Gabby to 4th Line; Biron to Start in Montreal

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 @johnpal Without Hank almost winless, the mantra of every NYR fan

1 year, 4 months ago on Senators 3, Rangers 0

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 @IcyCup You know what would be a catalyst?  Winning a game against a fucking playoff team.  That's a catalyst.  Not all of these moronic suggestions about getting blown out 7-0.  They need to start winning.

1 year, 4 months ago on Senators 3, Rangers 0

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