Rangers 2, Bruins 1

Lundqvist stole that game. Haven’t been able to say that much this season. It was 60 minutes of Lundqvist, two moments of brilliance by Buchnevich and Lindberg, a solid effort from Vesey, and absolute garbage from almost everyone else.

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448 thoughts on “Rangers 2, Bruins 1”

  1. Hankie outright stole that one…even the goal they did score barely crossed the line….as for the defenders it was like watching Hollywood and Wolfman….where’d who go?

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  2. Good morning, boneheads!
    Hank stole it, alright..
    If you’re Bruce Cassidy, you’re trying to solidify your playoff spot ( not a sure thing yet), you play your best hockey for a long stretch, you dominate the game, and you run into a hot goaltender. And then you get beat by a 21 year old rookie who doesn’t speak English yet, followed by a high skill goal produced by a 4th liner. What do you say?

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  3. I hate it when the Rangers dominate a game, but still lose. It’s nice to see the tables turned for a change. How the Bruins didn’t score about 3 goals in the first period was all Hank. Brendan Smith looked like he was nervous playing in his first game with his new team and it was contagious. Everybody was giving up the puck in their own zone.

    Lindberg putting on the moves in the offensive zone. Didn’t know he had it in him.

    The more I see Skjei, the more I like him. I think he’s come a long way this season.

    Nice hip check by Zucc.

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  4. The Machine showing flashes of early last season, hope that play continues. Thought the new comer struggled at times but hard to walk into completely different system. He did push a few guys away from the crease which was nice to see. We are a banged up team right now, some on ice some off but the schedule has been favorable giving us all but one game that should be very winnable. Let’s step back from the ledge and hope for a good run.

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  5. Re the schedule; the league provided a mandatory ‘rest’ period in Jan and then the ASG break in Feb (after starting late) which has condensed the game calendar to create little breathing room during the non-rest periods and placing a premium on depth and staying healthy.
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    Last night some guys looked a little beat up but playing through it. JT and THE have been quiet.
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    First round match up tomorrow night with the Habs new braun on display.

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  6. Great, great game. You’re down four regulars, playing a pistol-hot Bruins team, and your best player wins it for you, with more than a little help from the captain, and some key contributions from Vesey, Zucc, not too many others. The Buchnevich and Lindberg goals were wonderful pieces of skill, and I can only imagine what a Bruin’s Bonehead blog might have made on Chara’s and Carlo’s pylon defending on each. Easy to see how Smith became expendable in Detroit–got undressed a couple of times, nervous on the puck as others have noted, but some good plays from him here and there, too. Good depth move.

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  7. Hank had a great game. It reminded me of old times.

    I saw a lengthy post-game interview where Hank was pretty happy and relaxed. He said he ripped into the team after the first period and there was a lot of yelling in the locker room.

    Buchnevich shows some sniping ability. I am glad Gorton didnt trade him for Shattenkirk. We weren’t one defenseman away from being cup contenders. I am not one of those people who say, If we didn’t win the Stanley Cup we failed.”

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  8. I live in NH & went to the game last night. Marc Staal was lost. He had no idea who was flying by him. Really makes me wonder how his “bad” eye effects his peripheral vision. JT was close to invisible, but THE was more engaged than it might have seemed on TV. McD’s college roommate just leveled Kreicji, I believe, after taking a stick in the head. Buch’s shot & Lindberg’s move were awesome! Bruins fans started heading for the exits after the 2nd goal. The rest left after Backes took out the Birthday Boy late in the 3rd & collected a well deserved goalie interference penalty!

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  9. Last night Hank bailed out his teammates like they bailed him out earlier in the season. If they can ever get both things right this team can make some noise in the playoffs.

    When the Rangers come out sluggish (and that is putting it kindly) like they did last night, I would like to see the coaches push the forwards to forecheck more. Even with Pirri and Puempel in the lineup, the Rangers have enough team speed to ramp up the forecheck and still get back defensively.

    While I am on the coaching staff, why do they insist on putting our two right shooting forwards (Step and Ziba) on the same PP unit? Considering how the PP is struggling (again, putting it kindly), why not split them up so that you always have someone available for the Ovie spot – even if Step’s shot is lesser than Ziba’s.

    I know that special teams success often runs in cycles, but the Rangers PP is back to being a momentum killer within games. They really do need to review the tapes from earlier in the season.

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  10. Zucc’s “hit” was Moore’s own fault, and it was stupid to see Hayes go after him for what was not only clean, but not even a “hit”. I guess the Bs follow Chara in that regard, trying to intimidate you to create a cushion around their players. It’s almost childish but I guess its the way the game has always been played when done right. In this case, it was a waste of time because Zucc can’t be intimidated. Just give him a slingshot and he’ll take your eye out.

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  11. Oops, I had one more question that I just remembered. Some time last night Carp wrote that he thought Buch would go back to Hartford when Grabner is ready. He is probably right because the Rangers don’t want to keep him around and burn one of their four non-emergency recalls so soon.

    My question is could the Rangers have sent Buch down for a conditioning stint and then bring him back without triggering an “official” recall? They really didn’t need the roster spot because they could have placed Klein on Injured Reserve. Since there is no roster limit after the deadline, then the Rangers wouldn’t need to make any moves when Buch would come back from the conditioning stint or whenever Girardi and Klein were healthy.

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  12. It’s going to be one of those days, I see.
    It was a desperate Bs team. They needed it more, and yet Hank beat them. While focusing on the negatives, you missing the biggest positive of the season. Hank stole a game. We have not seen that this year, and come playoff time, we are going to need to see it.

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  13. SN, don’t blame the league on that one. It was the players union.

    I don’t agree with the “everyone” else was garbage. A lot of guys played awfully. More than two or three didn’t. And I thought the Rangers were pretty good with the lead in the third.

    Kreider was banged up vs Caps, didn’t practice the next day. I think he’s far less than 100 percent.

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  14. Thx Carp. Seems more jammed than usual but I am in the too many regular season games camp. Enough playing for the Cup after Memorial Day.
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    Henk looked like Vintage Henk.
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    the lack of a possession game hurts in these contests where the O can’t take pressure off the D partly due to D not able to push the puck up the ice.
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    Need to divide Zucc and THE.

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  15. Yeah, the players wanted a gift from the owners for making them all that money by playing in the World Cup … hence the week off. Terrible for the game. I think they will consolidate so that all teams have the same week off, or maybe one conference one week, the other the following week. Or something. The first games back are awful … except for Columbus where Torts said “We talked about not wetting ourselves coming out of the break.” LOL

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  16. Zucc with Kreider is, and has been a mismatch. Kreider plays a speed game, and Carmello Zuccarello loves to hold on to the puck and play one against five.

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  17. Carp – I thought I read there was some talk that they might tag some extra days onto the All-Star Break if the NHL doesn’t shut down for the Winter Olympics.

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  18. Vesey played well last night, as did the 4th line. The defense was mostly poor, especially the Staal-Holden pair. Skjei continues to progress nicely and looks like a keeper, and Clendening is not as bad as I feared he would be. I thought Smith was meh……….he gave the puck away a lot. Might as well keep Buchnevich up and use the 1st of 4 call ups. there is nobody else in Hartford worth calling up.

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  19. I was pissed last night because I had DVRed the game, thinking it was on NBCSN (hey, that’s what the Cablevision schedule said) and instead it was 2 1/2 hours of Premier League or some such. I caught the NHL Overtime interview that Boucher had rinkside with Hank. I’d love to have been in that locker room after the first. Jones and Roenick talked about how unusual that is; that Jones remembers playing with Roy who did that and when he spoke everybody listened. Anyway, great to see Hank steal one. Smith did look tight, but what a hit on Krejci!

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  20. Will need 4 or 5 games to assess Smith. One thing the Red Wings did so well was neutral zone movement and playing as a 5 man unit. Don’t see that too much here. A couple of times he looked up to a spot and nobody was there.
    Like the physical play particularly throwing down Seguin in front of the bench just before the Oscar goal after getting close-lined by Pesterneck. That kid may be good but he will be looking for a beat down if he keeps up the cheap shots.
    Chara looked and played like the Winter Warlock. On his last legs to be generous. Over 16 years ago the trade of Zdeno Chara, Bill Muckalt & 1st Round Selection (Jason Spezza) for Alexei Yashin is arguably the worse trade in NHL history. Milbury as GM was one of the best things to happen to the NYR franchise.

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  21. On Marchand’s goal, Holden made about 3 or 4 bad decisions in a matter of seconds before it was in the net. Thought the captain had one of his better games in a while.
    Kreider put Pasternak in a head lock after he shoved at Smith in front of the Rangers crease after the whistle.

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  22. Stepans struggles continue. Mock me if you want for line ideas but I think Nash with Hayes and Vesey and reuniting the Zibanejad/Buch Kreider line may spark something.

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  23. From the latest edition of Elliotte Friedman’s “30 Thoughts”:
    “The Rangers, sitting in a position of power with Shattenkirk, are not believed to have offered more than a second-round pick and B- or C-level prospect for him. It will be interesting to see where this goes in June/July. Both sides may need to bend to make it work, but if they want it to happen, there’s certainly a will. “

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  24. So today I met the most confused hockey fan in the world! Meet Pablo! He said that he actually likes the Rangers! I asked him to name at least one current Ranger and he said….wait for it……………..
    KOVALEV!! I swear! I almost died!

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  25. It’s funny to hear people say that this is the first game Hank has “stolen” this year. I think there have been more than a few. Philly twice, Caps, Toronto, Dallas all come to
    mind. He was great last night, but he’s been great in a bunch of games. When he’s been bad it’s been very obvious and imo more “memorable” because it’s out of character. We definitely need to see better 60 minute games going forward because Hank can’t do what he did last night on a regular basis. I think both Stepan and Kreider are struggling with injuries. I hope Buch stays up and in top nine. LGR!

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  26. It was funny to see Slapshot on the NHL Network for the movie’s 40th anniversary. It REALLY loses a lot when you to edit for broadcast television. When I used to travel/cover the Iona College hockey team Slapshot was always the first movie shown on the long bus rides 9which seemed to be every bus ride). It was the only time when everyone was watching the movie and not talking, sleeping or listening to music.

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  27. 26. The Rangers, sitting in a position of power with Shattenkirk, are not believed to have offered more than a second-round pick and B- or C-level prospect for him. It will be interesting to see where this goes in June/July. Both sides may need to bend to make it work, but if they want it to happen, there’s certainly a will.

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  28. I was wondering why Smith was on all fours in his own zone. The replay was never shown on NBCSN. It also appears to be deliberate.

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  29. If Smith’s head had been knocked into the stands, I think all of the Rangers players would have instinctively pointed at it while trying to get the ref’s attention for a delay of game.

    But silly Rangers, the Boston player wasn’t in the defensive zone.

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  30. Smith slammed a Bruin (Seguin) to the ice on the next opportunity when heading to the bench after the puck was cleared, eventually leading to Oscar’s heroics.
    We know this team is soft but there were goal mouth scrums with Seguin and Pesterneck taking liberties. Jeez…

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  31. When Sam said Smith was down I figured he blew out his knee. Was happy to know that it was “only” him getting whacked in the face with an errant stick.

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  32. “I was wondering why Smith was on all fours in his own zone.”

    He was looking for his head. You think finding a dislodged contact lens is tricky, try finding your head without your head.

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  33. Pasternak was the player with that shot to Smith. Same one who blind sided G and got suspended early in the season. Kids a bit of a punk

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  34. His name is Pastrnak.

    Pasternak was a great Soviet poet and novelist. You know, the guy who wrote “Doctor Zhivago” 😉

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  35. Repost because no one said new post…

    Got home late, just finished watching the game….

    I voted shampoo boy, easy peasy jimmy vesey, and I-95…in no particular order.

    HM to machine

    Classy classy classy Montreal

    Now to go back and read the comments and see if there is a “run out of the bldg by bigger team” exaggeration comment or two.

    Speaking of comments, anyone hear hank’s post game with Boucher? Hank said they needed to add grit and physicality so smith helps in that. I wonder why an NHL player thinks he knows more about hockey than norm? 😉

    Caught up on comments…knew what I’d see, you guys never disappoint;)

    Norm
    Yes sir, it was a good hit.

    Silver lining is they can make a couple of “hockey trades” in the off season regardless of playoff outcome.

    I also think even though AV got an extension, a first round exit and he might be canned.

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  36. If Buch had played a full season I think he’d probably have a good 15 goals at least. And would probably still be likely to go to Hartford

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  37. When you took the Enterprise gig, were you upset to find that Prise wasn’t a restaurant you could enter?

    #AskBrodeur

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  38. Why is Birthday Boy the one Ranger chasing down Brad Durante Marchand ? Why isn’t 27 or someone else putting him in a headlock when he is trying to goat Hanky ? This team needs a heart transplant

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  39. After watching Hank have to stick.up for himself again last night I vote for a line of Kocur Kurtenback and Domi..I am in favor of Extreme Vetting for all future draft picks to make sure they have the Ba##s to stick up for their teammates

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  40. I realize we won the game I realize we banked another 2 points but at what point do you become embarrassed that your goaltender has to also be your most vocal response to opponents trash talking? Every other team in the NHL would have had someone on the ice at the time handle Marcjand..Us? We resort to the 50’s classic….”Leave It To Hank”

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  41. Brodeur to new wife: “Well, that was a nice night out. You relax and I’ll drive the baby sitter home.”

    Wife: “Uh…I’ll go with you.”

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  42. Sure was tough listening to Skeletor through the game. I think next time I’ll just shove a sharpened pencil in each ear.

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  43. Fivefinns is right on the money regarding the rangers. When opposing player bumps or in the rangers case plow into Lundqvist the rangers throw hugs and kisses. All other teams in the nhl when a opposing player breaths on there goalie they assault the guy.

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  44. Plecanic-So, are we still doing the diving thing?

    Julian-Look around you F#/#$-!*/&!&! We’re the bad-asses now! . . . But, yeah, you can still dive.

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  45. Tonight is as far away from a must-win game as you can get. It’s a must-not-get-injured game, for which we need help from the hockey gods. It’s too bad the Rangers can’t sub in 5-6 Hartford guys for a game or two to help ease Kreider et al through to complete recovery. I mean, it’s Saturday night in NYC, there’s other things to do besides watch the Blueshirts limp through another home game, and it would be nice for the die-hards to see some Packers in action on the big stage.

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  46. PETA outraged that before a game in Pittsburgh there was a bunch of penguins released onto the ice. While walking across the blueline one of the penguins fell down. Members of PETA, outraged by the stress and torment put onto these precious creatures were later informed that it’s common practice for ALL Penguins to take a dive..

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  47. James not sure when you will be visiting St Pete but next weekend is the St Pete Grand Prix downtown. Sunday the 12th will be a madhouse.

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  48. “I think you’re some kind of deviated prevert. And I think General Ripper found out about your preversion and that you were organizing some kind of mutiny of preverts.”

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  49. Topo seems to be one of those lucky, rarefied, singular characters in life who not only escapes criticism, but is semi-beatified by friend and foe alike. Zooooook!

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  50. ‘You cannot trust your neighbor or even next of kin
    If your mommie is a commie, then you gotta turn her in…’

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  51. Hey Sorry Eli, didn’t see your questions before. we’ll be in town a week from this Monday. Leaving Thursday an Stopping on the way down in NC, Savannah and then Jax on the way. I didn’t realize the Grand Prix was coming to town though! Guessing you’ll be busy down there

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  52. @BDL I pointed out earlier in season that many of Zucs assists are not primary either. It may be heresy but I think the best use of Zuc is on the 4th line. Why? He won’t have guys with him that he feels obligated to play fancy pants pass and instead might make some moves on the net of his own.

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  53. Richards: “Just signed a new contract last year and my legs are going doc. What can you give me to help?”

    Doctor: “Take 82 milligrams of fuquitall and go cash your checks, son”…

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  54. I’m not stressing it Ohh. Moral of the story is it all comes out in the wash. Long as they show up ready for the post season that’s all we can ask.

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  55. I just saw a photo of Carp walking along a Manhattan street next to the Russian ambassador. They may or may not have been in conversation about an upcoming Rangers game versus a Canadian team. I hope I did the right thing reporting it to HUAC.

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  56. I agree with the “just get in” strategy, but it would be nice to beat Montreal once in the regular season.

    Not a must-win, but it sure would be a nice start to Saturday evening.

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  57. He was the best forward they had for the 5 games they lasted against Pittsburgh last year. If he can duplicate that kind of performance he should be fine.

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  58. Bdl
    Carp asked for the 1C stats, which is Hayes, stepan has not been 1C on this team since the short season.

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  59. James
    His gear is neutral, you have him confused with carp’s whipping boy brassard, who, as we all know, is called big game brass for a reason.

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  60. Carp, I’m in rcpt of yr “Buchnevich could be going back to Hartford” msg, sry fr dlay, lost tday’s p/w. Had my guys decrypt–lk fr my rply at usual dead drop.
    💀 💀 💀

    Wait, is this a secure line?

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  61. And that’s not even the most relevant. He set up Kreider for the tying goal in the 3rd and McD for the OT goal both in game 5. Not to mention he came back with his jaw wired shut the year before an scored a big goal. I’m happy with his post season performance…then again maybe If we traded him instead of Brassard, I’d get an invite out to the Wicky’s place once in a while 🙂

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  62. After the seriously scary events with Topo last season, were I he, I’d be a ski instructor in Norway. That he suits up and competes in this uber physical sport is admirable.

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  63. Here’s fun research. Type into your tool bar “Rangers blow lead to Montreal”…you get all kinds of articles from all different years. 2008, 2009, 2011, 2017…It’s like one of those bad horror movies where they show you clips of news headlines to give you background story..

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  64. I do the brass for zpack trade any day. Of course because of salary and value, the sens wanted brass and not stepan and you can’t blame them for that. Better player value.

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  65. Lol, one goal is all folks think of, in a series that turned on a tanner glass fight to the rangers favour. Lol, you guys never cease to amaze me with your player love

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  66. The Grand Prix will be over the Monday you arrive James, so things will be clearing out by then. I only work Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday so I will miss most of the chaos.

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  67. NEWS ALERT

    Tortorella’s people allegedly wiretapped Dolan’s people with tap installed on Dolan’s yacht, ‘The Straight Ship.’

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  68. Stepan…playoff monster…
    85 gp 17 goals 43 pts -5

    Nash…playoff whipping boy…
    65 gp 12 goals 36 pts +6

    Nash, better playoff ppg than stepan and better +/- stats (if you care about those) so he’s a better offencive and defencive playoff performer than stepan…but yeah stepan has another gear in the post season and Nash sucks.

    I love you guys but some of you are really clueless about hockey

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  69. Nash has the speed to recover and help out while Step has to be standing on the corner to catch the bus.

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  70. Oh and btw…brassard….
    59 gp 18 goals 44pts +18

    But hey, step has another gear…like I said, neutral.

    It’s no wonder the sens wanted brass and not step, better value and better player dollar for dollar.

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  71. Wick-Nash came here in his prime. Stepan played a lot of playoff games as a much younger player. Some of that is apples and oranges.

    What were their respective cap hits before Step signed this contract?

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  72. NHL salary this season…step $8 mil, cap hit $6.5mil, Nash $8 mil, cap hit $7.8 mil, brassard $5 mil, cap hit $5 mil

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  73. Step has been known to disappear for stretches, as he has of late The playoffs were no exception early on.

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  74. It’s pretty simple and sorry it’s tough for some of you to accept it. Brassard dollar for dollar is a better value as a player than stepan and is a better playoff performer.

    I’d make the brass z pack deal every day and twice on Sunday.

    Just proving a point that stepan isn’t nearly as special as some of you make him out to be.

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  75. Wick, stop me if I’m tiresomely misexaggerating your recent missives, but am I correct in assuming you believe Stepan is no good in the playoffs and that anyone who disagrees with that assessment is clueless?

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  76. Norm
    Not correct in the least, but way to go to an extreme though.

    I simply pointed out stepan doesn’t really have “another gear” in the post season and then was given a couple examples of the same goal.

    I then chose to use stepan as a comparable to a couple of other players that everyone seems to think suck and are terrible in the post season to show that they are overrating and over valuing stepan. Doesn’t mean he’s bad (he isn’t) but he is overrated by many here.

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  77. Good evening all! sadly gonna be skating in late…may miss the festivities entirely, but here’s an early LGR!!!!!! Youse guys crack me up….

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  78. Wick-i never said “special,” but he’s part of the core and crucial to the success of this team. IMO Brass wasn’t as well rounded as Stepan, but is better offensively.

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  79. Thanks for the clarification, Wick. I was prematurely obsessing, crawling around on all fours searching in the carpet for clues.

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  80. Not much on the line for the team tonight, but I wouldn’t seeing a little desperation from Puempel, who seems not to be aware his NHL days may be numbered. Not fair for me to say, but seems sometimes the guy is guilty of believing his own (past) press clippings?

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  81. As I was crawling across the Whitestone today towards the toll, I had an idea

    Carp, when you tell everyone to put down their phones and drive, can you add “it’s 2017, get an EZ Pass already”

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  82. Lmao ok Wick. So Stepan 17 goals 43 points= bum. Brass 18 goals 44 points- best playoff performer ever!.
    Step was part of those younger Ranger teams but I’m tired of this argument. Just gonna say for the record I mention MORE THAN that one playoff goal in citing contributions from the guy. Not talking dollar value corsi stats contracts or any of that crap. Just results. He’s given them a respectable amount

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  83. I am JACKED for tonight’s game..if we can pull this one out we get 2 ounces of Dunkin Donuts coffee tomorrow for just 1.00…

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  84. Wick, you know I’m just busting chops. I thought the Glass fight was great, terrific timing. But you also know that I don’t believe anything that happened in one game affects anything in subsequent games in a series. And indeed, the Rangers were one OT shot from losing that series, and it had nothing to do with the fight.

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  85. Pirri hit from behind 2 feet from the boards…….no call. We must be playing a team from Canada.

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  86. I just got the better of myself also..pulled my shirt over my head while ripping my baseball cap.off now I am yelling at myself on the couch

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  87. I just Plekanic’d myself into my couch with a nice vodka cran. Will be face-painting my liver tonight

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  88. So I have to watch on NHL Network where I get to listen to Gary Galley flog the Habs for the entire game. Ugh.

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  89. rangers are 1-2 so far this year against the canadiens, if they lose this game they would be 1-3, is there anybody else we don’t want the rangers to play in the 1st round?

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  90. Sam is the ultimate mush. I swear- everytime he says something good about the Rangers play, you can be sure the opposition will score on that same shift….

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  91. Another lopsided game so far. Henrik simply cannot keep his ass in the net. Second goal against is his fault. Wonder if he will give himself the evil eye in the mirror after the period.

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  92. This one totally on Hank, from first not much challenging, silly puck handling to loosing a sense of net behind in open, readable shot .

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  93. Good sustained pressure, unrewarded, Hank serves up a double softy, stickhandles, overcommits to shot. Wouldn’t mind seeing Raanta tonight in this nothing game.

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  94. With or without our hurt guy, every home game looks exactly the same

    Gotta get Wikileaks to look into this

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  95. This is what happens when you don’t forecheck/have no balls/want to play fancy hockey. You get shut down. So sick of it. Put the damn puck in Montreal’s end and get to work!

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  96. If habs win, it will have nothing to do with their size, if rangers lose it will have nothing to do with physically losing battles.

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  97. The night is not totally lost..I already have .20 cents piled up in bottle returns…I’ll never be broke again…

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  98. It looks like this game is Rangers to lose… and it’s not just lucky deflected first goal, or Hank’s ” culpa” second; it is slowness in everything – thinking, making decisions with a puck, fighting for loose pucks, getting out of own zone, etc. Skating fast strait and unchallenging doesn’t mean PLAYING fast…

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  99. This is a diabolical plan..stay out of the top 3 in the Metro…this has Austin Powers all over it…

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  100. Skjei utterly horrible there, and game over, but the Rangers have deserved more than got this period, good effort for a sustained time.

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  101. To me, it’s deja vu all over again. Last year the rangers got off to a blazing start, than after 1-2 months played mediocre hockey for the rest of the season right into the playoffs, sound familiar?

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  102. Still rather Habs in first round but how stupid and cheap is Jacobs for letting Julien sing with division rival

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  103. Team somehow lost it pivot. Chaotic, unstructured systemless game… I don’t know who’s fault is that coaches or players or both, but this contest is inexcusable .

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  104. I am not certain that the Vigneault game plan of zero physical play, long stretch passes resulting in icings and unskilled defensemen is a winning playoff formula. This game looks a lot like the games look when the Rangers play Columbus and Washington. They are getting rushed and crushed with no response. If the first wildcard is preferable and you go out in round 1 anyway, you are a failure. Montreal is just as fast as the Rangers and much more physical. Refs clearly decided they weren’t calling penalties in this game…….just like the playoffs will be.

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  105. With that third goal, Montreal’s own Papa JeanValJean’s serving free oyster crepes for breakfast tomorrow to all fans 2 and under

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  106. If the Rangers go into the playoffs sans Girardi, Klein, Grabner and Fast, I agree they will be in trouble. They have been exposed these last few games, no surprise. Hate to miss the third, attending a school (dis)function.

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  107. Should have traded Gnash, the hobbit and Stepan at the deadline. Honestly would not have made one bit of difference. 1st round exit!

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  108. It appeared that Henrik took a stick up high. He took a second or 2 to get back up. A bit later, there was an unattended net for Shaw to put a wrap-around into.

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  109. No one has mentioned face-off problemos this season. We’re right at the bottom of the well league-wise.

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  110. We have one truly offensively talented player in Nash, we have about five guys somewhat talented in different aspects and we have six guys who couldn’t score at Carps bachelor party

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  111. Rangers home game this season is just pure horse on fans and much embarrassment. Pukable. Period.

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  112. Joe: “Boy, that goal sure took the life out of this place.”
    Note to Joe: No life in that “place” in years.

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  113. It’s not that I don’t like AV but I question the timing of his extension when the team is so clearly on life support on draws, special teams and overall crispness

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  114. This team has no balls. Gorton knows it and will hopefully address it in the off season. In the meantime, I sure do look forward to getting bounced by these guys in 5 games… 😏

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  115. A little perspective ….Rangers are a little banged up and stole a game the other night…just have to go into playoffs healthy

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  116. AV: “I thought we had some good looks. Mostly when Hank removed his mask between periods. Handsome devil.” (picks at asscrack)

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  117. Carp – you’re an MSG mole now, so tell us. I assume AV coaches this stuff during their “practices” so what goes wrong between practice and Gametime when these guys revert to sucking in so many key aspects

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  118. Hey, if you lose, you lose. What pisses me off most is the lackadaisical effort AGAIN in front of the paying fans.

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  119. Shay joins Staal in litter box, says: “Well, at least me and you kicked some ass out there tonight.”

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  120. Alex- am I wrong?! I don’t give a CRAP if you think I only show up when they’re losing. I read the board all the time and I’m entitled to post when I want. Sooooo sorry for calling it like I see it and being a passionate fan who’s fed up. I’m sick of watching this team lose battles along the boards, get beat to pucks, not be able to complete a pass tape to tape and somehow think they’re the Harlem globetrotters on ice, and CONSTANTLY get pinned in their own zone. It’s frustrating and it’s a product of not only the system they play, but the personnel they have on the ice. So again, tell me I’m wrong…..

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  121. Dammmit! We need some fire. We need some muscle. We need some pride. We need some leadership. Don’t tell me what a wonderful job Gorton is doing. Is he blind?

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  122. I wanted Giannone ask loudly just one question getting in the lockeroom after this game: Ain’t you, guys ashamed of yourself ? Look me in the eyes and answer…

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  123. Craig

    I’m sure you’ve heard of the expression “glass half full” or “glass half empty”. i would suggest that not only do you not have a drop you don’t even have a glass.

    Am I wrong?

    What a way to go through life.

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  124. The worst part of all this is that eventually, in the playoffs, certain guys who should be our mainstays feel the need to push back and become more aggressive and others, just in trying to defend themselves, all end up in the cat box. Losing method. This GM should have peppered this roster with a couple few players who will make a statement, shake things up, and the take someone to the box with them.

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  125. Our playoff opposition will send behemoths (in size and/or attitude) after the likes of McDonagh, Vesey, Nash, Topo , etc. from the opening puck drop and try to get them off the ice.

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  126. Alex,

    Yes I’m familiar with the expression. And let’s just go ahead and pump the brakes on that. Just because I’m a realist about how this team is currently constructed doesn’t make me a “glass half empty”…or as you would so cleverly put it “not even a drop” kind of a guy. But, hey…. thanks for assuming you have even the faintest idea of who am as a person just because I’m frustrated with this team. That’s cute…

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  127. Colorado is more consistent than us..they’re Terrible at home..they’re terrible on the road..like Morty’s pants…they’re good for inside. .they’re good for outside..

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  128. Our stars have to be able to turn their cheeks, but to do that, we need someone who will step up and challenge the bully. Otherwise, unless we can win 4-0, it’s just a humiliating, self-defeating situation.

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  129. Craig…pumping the brakes went DOA about the same time as wooden hockey sticks without curved blades! 🤠

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  130. Bobbyo- see that’s the thing. I don’t think much could’ve been done at the deadline. Doan is too old, Ott is… well, he’s Ott. This needs to be addressed during the off-season. I’m fairly certain Gorton has seen enough to know they need more playable toughness.

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  131. I have had enough of this cotton candy team for one night. I’m going to bed somebody blow taps this team is dead!!!!!

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  132. That’s good Craig if they wait for off season and don’t waste draft picks on more guys past their prime…this team is banged up right now and I think Kreider and Miller are the playable tough guys that are going to step up during playoffs

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  133. John Gia no one listens… ..”Ryan..can you speak to why this team starts playing during the post game interviews?”

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  134. Hope so! Once they clinch, hope Kreider gets a few games off to heal up…. Despite his goal tonight, you can tell he’s fighting through an injury. I won’t discount the fact that they’re banged up and that certainly plays a role in their success, but they’re just tough to watch lately. As I said earlier, as this team is currently constructed, I just don’t think they’re built for the grind of the playoffs. We shall see….

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  135. Of course they’re playing this way just when they’re coming down to South Florida for their one and only appearance this season. Ugh. Not looking forward to Tuesday.

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  136. Hear you ..ups and downs of a season…overall they have had a decent season ….lot of folks said they would not make playoffs but they have lot of good young talent

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  137. Right now we resemble the Island of Misfit Toys….
    Gorton is King Moonraker..
    Nash is the gun that shoots jelly…
    Stall is the train with square wheels..
    Pirri is the Charlie in the Box. ..
    And Steph..is Hermie..the Elf..”It’s all settled…we have to better in the morning..”

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  138. Pretty dreadful stretch for our boys. Space on the ledge may be at a premium. If they can’t right the ship during the Southern swing I will go into full panic mode. Injuries are a problem, but, they are being outplayed and outworked. Not sure there is an easy answer.

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  139. I tell ya. If I sees this Lundqvist guy out at a bar. Ima whoop his butt. I bet in him 5x and he lost all 5. Cost me good money.

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  140. When he gets back Jesper “Yukon Cornelius” Fast will lead us back to ChristmasTown…I’m certain..

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  141. Gallagher did whatever he wanted to tonight..I fully expected him to take out his freakishly large mallet and smash some watermelons and other assorted fruit…rangers only had gluten free melons for him

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  142. Why am I watching Rangers in 60??!..Am I subconsciously hoping for a Moonlight comeback? For the Rangers to be named Winners? What are we doing? I’m not a man..
    I’m a child…I should be having dinner with my son…

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  143. Coos
    I’ve been lamenting our lack of face off ability since preseason, but hey we have a lot of guys that can skate fast (can’t do anything else) so who cares about draws.

    This was the most embarrassing loss of the season…and it’s not even close. End of game miller is goes nose to nose with petry (I think) for a second and does drop gloves, price starts chirping him and nothing, then ott (who hits but can’t fight worth a crap) is in his sweater for the last 30 seconds of the game and nothing from one of our “tougher” players. Pride fellas, a little pride.

    Every team that might face the rangers in the post season sees that hank can be run and the only policing that might or might not come is from the officials (and hey, you never know). If they do take a penalty, doesn’t really matter because they know the rangers can’t win a pp draw so they’ll just be able to clear the zone.

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  144. Don’t worry, a nothing game, according to some.
    Can’t wait until Girardi comes back to save the team.
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    Makes you feel like you are getting the raw end of the deal

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  145. Interesting quote from the coach:
    “Right now we’ve got quite a few guys that are fighting it, a couple guys’ games are not very good,” Vigneault said. “But that’s still not a reason to execute at the level we did tonight, and it’s still not a reason to lose the number of 1-on-1 battles that we lost tonight.
    “So it has to be a reality check here.”

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  146. Wick, the game ends with Ott literally chasing Miller around the ice and no one, NO ONE wearing our colors comes anywhere near. Pathetic. And I don’t blame Miller at all. Kreider and Miller don’t need to be fighting, just playing tough. A broken hand on either one of them and we’re done.

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  147. Coos
    I see what you are saying but 100% respectfully disagree with it, miller has to do something there.

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  148. Cccp and ev
    Yes I have Xbox one because I refuse to purchase a PlayStation and help isis fund their communication network

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  149. There is no finer whine than Bonehead whine. This blog has become a parody of itself. Any Rangers win, they didn’t win correctly. Any Rangers loss, end of the world, Lundqvist sucks, AV should have been fired beforehand, they’re too soft (zzzz), Gorton doesn’t know what he’s doing, etc., etc. Like this team is going anywhere with Clendending, Smith, Puempel and Pirri. Seriously?

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  150. Since Jan 1:
    Overall; 16-10; Eastern Conf: 10-10 – Metro Div. 4-4; Atl 6-6
    Current Eastern PO teams; 4-7; Home 1-5; Road 3-2
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    Some see a similar pattern with last year; hot start, cold end with trouble scoring and defending save for Henk reaching back to channel his old dominant self every second or third game. Where’s Auntie?
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    Pirri has played 54 of 65 games so he is part of the mix but should not be and probably won’t but who knows…
    Smith is playing first pair so he is part of the mix as well and should be unless Girardi is the savior.
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    Video of Boneheads heading to the Ledge:

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  151. And as for what he can do to pick his team up, Vigneault seemed exasperated. “I have to tell you, I really think these guys can make a 10-foot pass without me having to tell them,” he said

    That was especially true in the defensive zone and has really been the entire year. How many times do you have to watch them take possession of the puck, look like that have a clear exit, only to see the puck carrier spin around, maybe go back and then around the net or do cross ice to another defender even further back in the zone – and then the other team has changed or come back after them and the puck never leaves our end. Its really disheartening to watch to the point I don’t even yell WTF are you doing! anymore.

    They are also not committed to the forecheck. The offense yesterday was like watching my gas stove when some of the jets are clogged… flame goes on then off back and forth at random. The stove usually fixes it self, not so sure how to fix desire and determination.

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  152. Glass and Kamfer recalled from Hartford. Who comes out?

    Puempel or Pirri? Maybe Kreider because he’s hurt.

    Outside of McDonough and Smith who’s still learning the system and isn’t really a 1st pair dman, I could see any of them sitting. Probably Skjei or Clendening though.

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  153. Wow. Glass, just when you thought it was safe. What a capitulation, and what a slap in the face to Jensen and Beck, both of whom can actually play a little. Still, happy for him, and for Wick and others who’ll finally get to see a Ranger punch someone in the face. I hope it works–AV obviously loves him and you hear Glass gives really good locker room. And any warm body from Hartford is a good thing at this point, as the team nurses its injuries. Mostly glad the Rangers are headed off to their home away from home: the road.

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