Go Time: NYR V CBJ

The Caps stole a little bit of the drama going into this game after defeating CBJ 5-0 the other night. But there will always be a tad of a sidebar anytime a Torts’ coached team battles our sexy sexy boys. Tonight we are witness to the league’s best team getting it on with the team we wished were the best team.

I’m hoping that the Jackets are in the midst of a 16 game losing streak with tonight being number two in that list. The Rangers have played well in Columbus historically and tonight I expect no less. Great weekend for NY sports’ fans with the Rangers beginning in about 15 minutes and the GMEN in about 21 hours.

I (e3) will be reviewing the game and I’ll post it around 3am yo time. Again, major props to Doodie for keeping this ship afloat, the best HAV on the internets. As JR would say “For all intensive purposes”, this is a must win.

328 thoughts on “Go Time: NYR V CBJ”

  1. This team is SO easy to play against. Heavy forecheck/pin them in their own zone and they crumble EVERY G-d damn time.

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  2. Now, tortorellians have a tremendous phyc0logical advantage and they don’t at all look like a team you easily come back from 2:0.

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  3. Very simple- if the Rangers don’t score the next goal… Game over. Glad I was looking forward to this game… What a joke.

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  4. Screw these guys. I’m done. It’s obvious which coach has his team afraid to take one shift off, and which coach the team KNOWS they can get away with a crap effort.

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  5. If the lucky fan between periods hits the shot through that small space in the plywood, I say we sign him for our second line right then and there

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  6. Nothing, but a huge disappointment so far. It’s beyond my comprehension, how our team is NOT prepared for the game. Not physically and even more (or less) mentally.

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  7. Carp
    I still think they might trade him…especially if av keeps staying away from his l/r d pair preference

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  8. Hartnell would be a healthy scratch on the Rangers. He is far too physical and takes penalties other than hooking and interference, which would result in AV dressing Hrivik and Pirri instead.

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  9. It has been reported that McDonald dier by 3 verified accts and subsequently deleted. Including an NYPD acct. Absurd.

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  10. James
    Of course it is, because all you need in the NHL is speed. Nothing else, you must have a one dimensional team that plays every game like is the all star game…well according to the “experts” on this blog.

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  11. Okay let me address Alex’s question…. I don’t come around here only when they’re losing. I’ve been a bonehead for YEARS now. I may not post as often as others, but I’m an avid reader of the blog. Carp, my wife thinks I’m funny :). That has to count for something, eh? And I KNOW I bitch about this team, but… that’s my passion. They’re SO frustrating. See, even Ooh la la saison gets it!

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  12. Thank you, James G. I’m so tired of the excuses myself. They’re playing the top team in the league. If they’re supposed to be so good, then play up to their level!!! That’s my frustration and I have every right to be whether people agree with me or not.

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  13. Here’s the thing…you CAN have a team that’s more than one dimensional contrary to what some posters here will say. Columbus has speed and physicality and skill! That must just blow the minds of some posters here.

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  14. Lmao btw at that scrum with about 2 minutes left in the first period…opie couldn’t get off the ice fast enough.

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  15. At this point, I’m sorry but shouldn’t SOMEONE drop the gloves, lay a huge hit? Oh wait… I almost forgot- this is the “new” NHL 🙄

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  16. I don’t have any great expectation of this team, they had there run, it’s going to take Gorton time to get to stanely cup contention again. Fact is, columbus is a very good team, thanks to JD and his people.

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  17. Craig
    It’s not the new NHL, fighting is actually up a bit from the last season or two, it’s the coach and the small mindset of the team.

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  18. Say what you want about Tortorella, but his Rangers (and Columbus) teams always gave a consistent effort.

    I’ve never seen a team play “unprepared” so consistently as these Rangers past 2 seasons…

    …unless, maybe the Rangers just aren’t that good?

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  19. Fact is, in Bettman’s NHL all you need to do is lose for a while, stockpile draft picks, hope some turn out good/great, have a good coaching staff, and stay healthy, especially come playoff time.

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  20. JD should get credit for not screwing up the Bettman winning formula.

    Garth Snow has screwed it up.
    Edmonton may be putting it together.

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  21. Screw Columbus
    They’re a bunch of nobodies having a moment in the sun. They’ll revert to their mean and Torts will get himself fired again just like every other team’s cycle in every sport

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  22. Akbar
    They are not as good as their start was, they should be 4th in the metro when things play out. I do think they are a playoff team, but unless they make trades, probably a first round exit.

    AV is overrated as coach regardless of this game outcome. As the torts system faded out and av’s took over completely and more av players were added, the rangers record has gotten worse every season.

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  23. Putzburgh will be good-excellent for a while. They’ve got a generational superstar in place, in addition to more stars and good young role players.

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  24. None of the Rangers players will play physical. The last one who tried that ended up crutches for 95% of the games and then was shipped to Florida. None of the current players what’s that.

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  25. Tommy
    You are correct re reputation. I’ll take it a step further, kesler won’t play on a team he coaches and look how Eric staal is playing now, when used properly.

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  26. So to sum it all up – every other team is good and everything about the rangers sucks including their home fans

    Got it
    Check

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  27. Now I’ll play devils advocate:

    How good could the Rangers really be with these guys out of the lineup?

    Rick Nash
    Zika Amedinejad
    Marc Staal
    Pavel Buchnevich
    Matt Peumpel (just kidding)

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  28. Wicky

    Yes penguins — they can play any style you want and play it well.

    They are the model franchise for Bettman success.

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  29. I’m asking everybody

    It’s like the kings of hindsight here

    Everybody says they knew what was going to happen since day one but the reality is that nobody knows anything about anything. It’s impossible to know but easy to predict after the fact

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  30. Every time, watching Hunk mishandling a puck, I wonder – did he ever play hockey, besides being in the net.

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  31. Wicky

    Also some guys have gotten older and performance has suffered especially on defense and in goal. Lots of variables as to why the cup contending window has closed.

    With few exceptions on both ends of spectrum, the league is designed to have cycles

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  32. I agree with both Akbar and tommy…I can’t wait until our roster is completely healthy (hopefully pirri and hrivik are no where near it. Or fast, but I know that’s a pipe dream), then we can trade and add a couple of playoff type players to improve our cup chances.

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  33. Rangers backing in against this team. Almost like Columbus’ speed has the Rangers’ “surprised” .

    Showing Columbus a lot of respect.

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  34. FG
    I don’t want to speak for anyone else, but my opinion about this team has not wavered from game one. Win or lose I have said the same thing about this team and what I think it needs to be a serious contender.

    With that said, your post was obviously not directed at me.

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  35. Up and down we go a good game a bad game it’s what this team is. The confidence level is low when you don’t know which Lundqvist will show up! At this point average goalie at best! This group is a reflection of its coach we can believe all we want but the window on this netminder is closed!

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  36. Bobbyo
    I agree
    Carp
    Hank is one issue most certainly.

    What a great passion and skill filled game mtl tor is

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  37. Henrik is 2 months or so from 35.

    Like I said age to key players and losing guys like Hagelin and Stralman due to cap in one case and stupidity in the other shows how much we’ve changed for the worse from AV’s first year here.

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  38. Ricardo – agreed. Hank surly has lost something off his fastball. Like many starting pitchers back in the day, might be time to think about the king as more of a relief pitcher than anything else. He’s not been good more times than not over the last season and a half (last year’s start notwithstanding)

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  39. Carp thanks for mentioning that. I Don’t know if you saw it the other but I mentioned how you always say that and how it means they’re going nowhere this year unless he has a crazy turn around. Woof

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  40. The coach needs to realize that the “franchise” goaltender (who eats up too much cap space) is not what he used to be and change his “system” style to a more defencive one.

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  41. There is a good possibility I won’t watch the superbowl for the first time in a million years because it will probably be two teams I can’t stand, Cowboys and Patriots.

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  42. Returning from the grave (saw Glass there, ran back upstairs). Great game for Eric and Wicky potentially going South? Stuck here at a brewery listening to Seahawks fans go nuts. Not all bad.

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  43. That was some catch in the football game

    Guts going for it on 4th down but if missed Detroit would have been backed up against end zone

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  44. I point out deficiencies I think this team has (the same from the start of the season btw). Win or lose, I have not changed my opinion and do not “think they are great” when they win and “now they suck” when they lose. I am every bit an ardent ranger fan as any other. I never root for them to lose. I’m objective about the players and team unlike most fans, sorry if that confuses you.

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  45. Rangers with a great response win despite Lundqvist. I owe SN an apology never thought Grabner would be having a season like this one even when he brought up how he could be huge for this team

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  46. Not down playing a huge come back win but all is not right despite the 2 points. that back up of theirs sucks. Hasn’t been able to stop a beach ball in this league. Rangers have goaltending problems.

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  47. WOW, JUST WOW !!! The most fun game I’ve watched in the past decade. Bearing in mind my brain addled mind has no recollection of today’s breakfast.
    Even if we lost it would of been awesome. It reminded me of early 70’s GAG line & “The Polish Prince”, Stemmer vs the Bruins or Habs.
    That was frikkin FUN !!!

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  48. Rangers again scored their trade mark’s 5. That’s all I needed. Thank you Grabby, – my hero in absence

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  49. Torts style is like Joe Torre with Scott Proctor. In three years, These CBJ guys will feel the strain from this season

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  50. Perspective: this is a loss with a mediocre goalie in the CBJ net.
    The rush-happy Rangers refuse to do the work it takes to play in the opponents’ end until they have no choice.
    The Rangers are going nowhere until Lundqvist sheds his mediocrity.
    The Rangers’ D-zone play has slipped dramatically.

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  51. If anyone thought the bjs would instantly start another 15 game winning streak they should have their head examined.

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  52. So I’m siting here in Fort Myers airport waiting for my plane that was supposed to take off almost FIVE hours ago! This weather! But thanks to our favorite team, the last 3 hours have been awesome! What a comeback!

    Now, I’m gonna go and read all the gloom and doom early falling behind comments of the thread lol

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  53. Grabner is amazing! That go ahead goal was a thing of beauty! I bet if Sather was still a GM we would have to watch Andrew Ladd for the next 5 years instead of Grabber.

    Thanks Gorton!

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  54. When it’s time for Hank to be bought out, ilb will buy him out and I’ll read about it in the paper. ‘Til then, I’m just trying to put food on the table.

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  55. Torts dissed them by not playing Bobo and that cost them. Grabner’ s acceleration between the blue lines is the best I have ever seen. Shocking that they could play half a game and win against a very good team. Every team knows they start slow now. They have to correct that. They can’t come back like this against good goaltending. Got to admit I didn’t see it coming.

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  56. We do have a wonderful record, but this D scares me to death. Girardi, Klein, and yes, Staal. Shay as of now overrated. #27 our hero, but not retro-worthy. They do NOT get better. In fact…..

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  57. Love Grabner like almost every Ranger fan. Him being here does not or should not preclude having Hagelin too

    Grabner
    Clendening
    Fast / Lindberg coin flip

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  58. when we get our guys back and get a little more time of possession, I think we’ll go on a roll. Best defense this year is our good offense

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  59. Coos
    Yeah, mrs wicky was like what is wrong with this guy lol. Sam does that at least once a game.

    I think Sam is like iginla, around a year too long.

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  60. Skjei should be fine …Gotta try to get another D though …. Girardi has lost a step and Mac looked wiped tonight …..playing too many minutes

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  61. Screamed at end of game watching Grabber stuff it home – THE should take notes
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    Funny story friend told me at dinner as we watched game – Grabner walks into Blue Line sports in Harrison and owner says “do you play for the Rangers or are you with Austrian Secret Service” as he was completely ripped with tats convering his arms.
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    Oscar, Oscar, Oscar with solid game
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    JT wet solid as well
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    Maybe the Miracle Met should get another start?? Prust saying…

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  62. Rangers, down four regulars, comes back from down-by-three to beat the number one team in the NHL, so… trade everyone. One-trick pony. Defense sucks. Goalie sucks. Coach sucks. What the hell planet is this blog on, anyway?

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