705 thoughts on “It’s Go Time!”

  1. Good afternoon seee and all! Missed Thursday due to prior commitment but psyched for a win today! Hate this stupid tv time….I was in the pool! Really….I was..

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  2. Losing this series will really piss me off. I expect us to lose in 5 or 6 in next round but after beating Habs this series loss would hurt too much.

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  3. I’m not bailing Carp but not feeling good about today’s game. Hope I’m wrong. But unless Enigma, The Hated One, and Puff come to life their chance aren’t too good!

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  4. Get this, I have to drive during the game to attend a party this evening.

    Get this, the family I’m visiting are Sens fans.

    Get this, must win.

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  5. And STOP… BACKING….IN! If this is how they’re going to play, they’re going to get blown out.

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  6. Brassard didn’t do much there, though it would have been smart if he had. Miller’s gotta keep his stick out of there!

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  7. Unwarranted, inexcusable goal! Now, it is totally different game. Sens, clueless most of the period, are in fire, will fly and apply real pressure…

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  8. Nash doing the little things right again. Stepan playing like a 38 year old has been. Break up that line.

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  9. Freaking horror show. Yes tied but you can’t defend all period. Penalties contributed. Anderson break a sweat yet.

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  10. 1-1 a fair reflection. Just a thought, but committing fewer penalties may be included in the locker room chat.

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  11. How can the *core* of this franchise suck so much in this year playoffs? Are they ALL playing hurt? I dont believe that.

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  12. Has anyone seen the Kreider elbow yet? I saw several moving picks by Ottawa. As well as holding and interference. Nobody in stripes saw those though.

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  13. I think Hank has faced about 250 shots so far in the playoffs and that is his first soft goal. I’m not giving up on him yet. He came back with 2 good saves after. We need to stay out of the box and generate some offensive zone time. And Miller and Kreider need to show up for the 2nd period. LGR!

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  14. Rangers have to keep moving their feet and keep working and these putz refs will call a few on Ottawa.

    Did everybody Boo when Bettman came on?

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  15. Saw Grabner get tripped at the blue line in game 1. No call. Saw guys getting slashed, cross checked in the head…no call. Staal bumps a guy and they call interference. Disgusting.

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  16. Well- they got their balls back and they’ve started hitting… so that’s good. Now how about hitting the net….

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  17. Man, if the Rangers didn’t have bad luck, they’d have no luck at all. Another shaft save (a la Price on McDonagh.)

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  18. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Finally got one past Anderson !!! The whole game our boys have been playing AWESOME!!

    Lets go gog oggo go gog og ogogogo!!

    THE

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  19. The hot-headed penalty we were worried about when Smith came over from Detroit. He gets the assist on the Step goal.

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  20. Horrible play by Brady Beat Wide and Holden follows the shooter into the corner. They are dominating, but only have a one goal lead because of brain farts by multiple offenders.

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  21. I had forgotten about this stupid rule. Will it ruin the playoff season as much as it wasted people’s time in the regular?

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  22. …and it was not even the best game so far for my faves – Nash and Skjei.
    BTW, I would love to have on my team the one who gave couch Boucher this scar.

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  23. That was a great time for a “cmon guys let’s regroup” timeout. Maybe he was going to take the timeout anyway and figured he’d throw up a Hail Mary for free.

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  24. Brass’s high sticking was vicious and deliberate, Nash’s – just deliberate…Wish much more plays on Karlsson like that of McD. Good for them.

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  25. Great reffing at the end of the period at least. Got both face-slashes, not just the second one. And did not buy the crowd’s call on the hit on St. Karlsson by the other captain. Good D on that one.

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  26. Ok. I misheard Brian Boucher. Thought he said there should have been a penalty on McDonough, but he said that Karlsson looked likeep he thought there should be a penalty. I retract my last comment.

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  27. When I watch this version of McDonagh and the Predators games with Subban, I think of the Montreal Canadiens.

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  28. It’s those dumb Air France commercials they show constantly during these games. I didn’t know what it was either until recently because I generally catch up on the blog during commercials

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  29. Kreider is not too smart. Hank is not among 3 stars today, Buchnevich is not visible and AV is not chewing gum with his normal intensity.

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  30. Ilb

    I understand that “play to win” philosophy, but in the Rangers’ case, I don’t think putting the forward at the point really makes their power play that much better.

    With the 2 goal lead, I would’ve been more traditional there.

    But that’s why AV is coaching the game, and I’m home watching.

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  31. Linesman played a key role in that one. Still, too, too easy to score. Needed Big Lundqvist, got regular Lundqvist. Total robbery for the Sens, didn’t deserve it. Got it.

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  32. Didn’t anyone see how referee literally stop this puck at board? Otherwise it will be easily out of zone along the board.

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  33. They’ve been the better team in this game. I don’t see them losing it.

    Ottawa has some legit pick-luck in this series thus far.

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  34. That was 7 on 5 at the end with the ref stopping the puck, then obstructing McDonagh. That puck would have been out.

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  35. No they trying to be a negative nelly, but I don’t see how they win this game now…. These are the ones that come back and bite you. And if they lose…. you just don’t recover from that.

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  36. They’ve been here before. 17 second game tying goal in MTL. It’s different, but the same. Time to conquer that demon!

    Lindberg with the winner.

    LGR!

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  37. Bad time for Hank to bring his B game. He wasn’t bad but nowhere near where he had been in the last 7 games. I expect a Softee for the Sens for the win. Very winnable game they are letting slip away.

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  38. Trying not to be pessimistic, but you can just sense it. No way we’re winning in OT. Totally let this one get away…and like others, not sure we can recover from this. The life of a Rangers fan…

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  39. Guys, stop peeing in coffee. It is not lost yet. Luck, as a climate, has a feature – to change… So, some heart pills and watch…

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  40. There is zero excuse why we don’t get pucks out. 3 chances and it aslmost ends up in our net again.

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  41. Again, even Bobby Orr couldn’t score from own zone (unless for empty net). Start some sustained offence, please. Should be fresher, no?

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  42. Has Buch been benched? was working and missed early part of the game. I think NYR have dominated the OT…its a sloppy game on both sides, but I think NYR have played better overall. We need a break and have to find a way to get this one!! LGR!!!!

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  43. Strange, … teams scored 10 goals (average 3.3 in period), but not able to score for next 20 minutes.

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  44. Lindbergh with only 5 minutes of TOI — why the hell isn’t he playing???

    Why shorten the bench and take away the advantage of depth of lineup??

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  45. SUCKS!!! No way I’m convinced Ottawa is the better team . Flukey Flukey Flukey

    Rangers will still beat these morons . Need 4 goals by a no name to win.

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  46. So Pageau had more goals in this game than any Rangers forward has in the post season…that above y sums it up.
    Rangers in 6, ehh?

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  47. Sure is a good thing that Lindberg and Buchnevich were benched. If they had played, we might have blown a 2 goal lead with less than 4:00 to go and lose in OT.

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  48. I’m sure we’ll be fine next game. Especially after the complimentary 3 penalties well take in the first period. This team should be taken out back and shot.

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  49. I know James G , how dumb is that?? Ottawa fluking its way to another win . I still like our chances . What a game . Bad score but one heck of a game!!

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  50. Who else but the Rangers loses games like this on a consistent basis. 2 goals up with 3:00 to go against a clearly inferior team? I have changed my mind about one thing………it is not heart, guts or onions with this club. They are just plain stupid. They have too many players who are hockey morons. How else to you explain allowing a career scrub to pot 4 goals in a playoff game? Henrik deserved better in game 1. This game, 6 goals past him. So he was not the difference maker this time. But Nash? Horrid. Holden/Staal? Horrid. JT? Pathetic. Hayes? Useless. Add to that Girardi being Girardi and you come home 0-2.

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  51. What no ones going to bitch about the PP looking like it was in pre season form in the first OT? OK I’ll volunteer….once again they have a chance to get it done and look awful.

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  52. This is why the other blogs make fun of you’s guys. Down 2-0. It’s not a series until someone loses at home. Rangers will come back to Ottawa 2-2. Book it. Even with Junk Goalie giving up 6 goals.

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  53. These are the NYR boys you knew it was inevitable. They do not deserve to win this series. And yes Carp I’m bailing this team stinks from top to bottom. This core will never win a cup guaranteed! 5-3 lead with 3 min. to go bush league, pathetic, but just what you would expect from this cotton candy team. There I said it.

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  54. I’m pretty disappointed, but I’m not going to bash the team. No, I don’t think the team sucks. I also never thought that this was a Cup team because they lose games like this. I realize that Ottawa pays their players a lot of money too, but there’s no excuse for blowing a two goal lead at the end of the game. None.

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  55. With Edmonton, Toronto and their elite talent + Cindy and dirty birds on the scene this Ranger team has no chance. Batten down the hatches boys the next cup will be a long time coming!

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  56. I like the rangers when their backs are to the wall. People weren’t giving Ottawa enough credit, they have been a competitive group since that seven game series against the rangers in 2012, type of team that plays well in the playoffs, and they have a goalie who can steal games he’s so good sometimes.

    They are down 2-0. They just as easily could be up 2-0. The only thing that matters is game 3.

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  57. I’m a Hank defender but hearing him talk about bad bounces in the post game was infuriating. Anyway, both of these teams stink and either will get destroyed by Pitt

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  58. Rangers take two at home…also, the NYR are not getting worse. Do you guys not follow this team to say something like that??? we had no 1st round picks in years. We got hayes and vesey to offset that. We have Ryan Graves almost ready. Getting Smith on D helped us a lot. SKeij is in year one!! BUCH is baby yet. Rangers have good forward assets if needed to trade or continue to grow. We have a goalie prospect in KHL that was 31-4! other goalie prosepects: hlaverson, Adam Huska and Tyler wall with our ace BEN-WAH BALLS Allaire. Forwards are young and NYR always have chance to send top guys. We were supposed to take a step back this year. Ill take this any day over the decade of futility we had post 1997. Cheer up… we BEAT THE HABS! That’s unreal…do you nkow how delusional their fan base is???? BE THE GREG!!! 10.0 on the Greg SCale!!

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  59. So how does this rank in terms of worst playoff losses? Some bad ones off the top of my head: both OT games against the Kings in ’14. Game 6 against NJ in ’12. The Ron Francis game in ’92. Multiple John Druce games in ’90

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  60. This was one of the worst. There was a game against the Caps when they had a 3-0 in the third and were ahead in the series. They stared playing pond hockey and the caps tied them. The OT winner went in when Gaborik and Hank mishandled the puck in the crease with no Cap around. They lost the series after that game. This game was worse though since they were clearly better than the Sens, but, every scoring chance the Sens had wound up in the net. Also Hank never had games like today years ago.

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  61. The Philly sweep was in ’95 and I think most fans accepted that since they won the year before.
    Forgot about Drury 7.7 seconds in Buffalo in ’07. That hurt. Morrow against the Isles in ’84. Even game 1 cup finals in ’94.

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  62. Ty

    losing in game 7 in 2 ot in 1950. didn’t have any home games either.

    I was not alive but 1950 would have sounded better than 1940.

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  63. I’m checking out tonight boys had enough of this cotton candy team for one day. This is just another disappointment in a long line of disappointments. maojunior you are dreaming zero elite talent on the horizon just more of the same! Unless they rebuild we will be seeing replays like this for years to come. 1994 is the next 1940 book it! And I love this team just like the rest of you Boneheads.

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  64. Rangers lost because of mediocre (at best) goaltending and some bad bounces. However all the bounces have gone against them in this series and maybe it means it just isn’t meant to be. Ottawa didn’t get great goaltending either and found a way to win. Rangers have to dig deeper and see what they have. I’m not optimistic like Carp. Beating someone 4 of 5 is tough. If they lose the next one they are not going to win the series, but, that is not a reason to blow it up. This is not a cup team and wining in the first round was a step in the right direction.

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  65. losing finals to bost with ratelle playing with broken ankle in 1972
    losing to philly in 7 in 1974
    jp parise in 1975

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  66. 1979 losing to montreal in finals after being up 1 game and 2-0
    1992 losing to pitt in 2nd rd after being up 2-1 in games. pitt won next 11 games and cup

    2007 drury goal in game 5
    2012 devils eastern finals
    2014 la in finals
    2015 games 5 and 7 vs tampa eastern finals

    later the round the more it hurts

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  67. 1. Hank’s got to be better.
    2. No more odd man rushes.
    3. Stop watching and collapsing in the defensive zone. Take away time and space. Somebody (not every body) has to converge on the puck carrier.
    4. Stay out of the box. Ok. IMO the refs stunk today for a variety of reasons, but don’t take dumb penalties.

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  68. Well, Carp, he did blow 3 2 goal leads and let in 6 overall. Instead of a hat on his head they should hang the albatross around his neck.

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  69. AV should show this to the team

    I think this applies to the Rangers and the situation they find themselves in right now… and of course, this applies to everything else in life.

    Please watch.

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  70. I have been through this so many times over the many years (since 1968 when I started paying attention to them) that I don’t get bent out of shape or have games ruin my day like I used to. The last time I did was the finals vs. the Kings. It is cup or nothing for me these days. So I don’t really get amped up unless I think they have a real shot at it, which I don’t think they do with Pittsburgh out there. So once the game was tied I felt like this was inevitable. Ottawa had no business a being in this game, but the combination of mindless mistakes and crappy goaltending allowed them to be. The first goal Girardi and Lundqvist teamed up to look like PeeWee B players. The second, Stepan and Nash could not bother to back check when Hoffman got around Skjei. Then the process of making a star out of Pageau really began. The Rangers decided to leave the guy uncovered twice in front of Henrik, then the open net that Nash was not strong enough one his stick to bury (not unlike the finals against LA) and Henrik reverting to not being able to cope with a shot high to his glove side for the winner. If they cannot handle Ottawa, Pittsburgh would dispatch them quickly. So this just means that I won’t have to jump through hoops to see the next game. I hope they win, of course. But there are holes that need to be filled and core players that need to be moved in order for them to be contenders.

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  71. That was a tough time for Hank to crash to earth. I don’t really put the blame on him for the last 2 goals against in regulation, but there is no doubt he was off and fighting it all game and his team didn’t help him out. Very confused as to why Smith and Skjei weren’t on the ice more in the 3rd. I hated all those late icings and our continued inability to clear the zone in late stages. Hank has to figure it out though and continue to be the best blueshirt on the ice. Otherwise we are screwed…

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  72. Can somebody please explain what the hell happened five hours ago?

    Because I can’t understand it.

    Eric was right about this team again.

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  73. Nick Cotsonika‏Verified account @cotsonika

    Shattenkirk, the big deadline acquisition, got beat on winning goal in Game 1, got beat on SHG tonight, took delay penalty that led to PPG.

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  74. did buch get benched ? I was working during first period…what did he do? Lindberg got benched too? fOr the NYR to win this year had to be four lines pressuring…when we are a two or three line team its not the same and the D cant take the pressure. We didnt have the forwards in years past, but we were shutdown D. We are not shutdown D any more. I still expect this team to respond like they have in the past. Too talented not to. Buch had to be a bigger part of team for us to be even better…its a lot to ask of a young kid in NA for first time. NYR have handled their young kids great…Buch will be another well handled young kid. I’m not at all for firing AV…i hope they dont…who else you going to bring in thats better? The stability is better. I like AV’s calm outward behavior.

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  75. Sens have shown this year that they are entirely capable of losing 4 in a row. Rangers need to play with the same intensity they had in first round.

    JP Parise and 74 Flyers were really brutal.

    John Druce and Ken Morrow.

    LA kings 14 final.

    Devils 2012 ECF after being up 2-1.

    1986 semi finals losing to a rookie Paddy Roy.

    Game 5 and 7 vs TB in ECF.

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  76. Two things happened after that:

    The sisters never bothered Andy; And Boggs never walked again. He spent his last years eating his food through a straw.

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  77. Attaboy, Mao! I’m more optimistic now than I was in the first round. If there’s one thing we know about this team, it’s that they are wildly inconsistent from game to game. There’s a good chance that a totally different team will show up for the next game. You just never know with these guys.

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  78. technically speaking, they’re not done, but it’s no stretch to say their entire season comes down to Tuesday night. based upon the Henrik Lundqvist that’s shown up for this series (i.e. the Henrik Lundqvist we saw for the majority of the 2016-17 regular season), there’s little reason to be optimistic. I’m sure some people will hang goals today on Girardi, Holden, Staal et al., but Henrik Lundqivst wasn’t even a little good today. He fought the puck every second of the game and was outplayed by a guy who, frankly, wasn’t that close to good, either. the difference was that in the latter stage of the game, anybody who was paying attention could see that if the Sens needed a stop on anything more than a decent scoring chance, they would most likely get it. the Rangers were at the point yesterday where the decent chance against was ending up in the back of then net. Nick Holden sucks. there’s no disputing that. he’s given so much proof down the stretch that his 34 regular season points have in no way translated to the postseason (where he’s not even a street cone) – the pairing of Holden and Marc Staal is Girardi 2014 playoffs-level bad. but the goaltender came up unequivocally small today, and what’s most sobering about his performance is that the constant fighting of the puck, flopping, guessing and winding up out of position were the staples of a mediocre 16-17 season that made a backup goalie frequently look the better option. that the Rangers let some 3rd-liner score one third of his total season’s goal output in a playoff isn’t really all that surprising when you’re a Rangers fan, nor does the team sink or swim because of it. Henrik Lunqvist looking old and slow on the other hand, and remaining the starter in game 3, is a death sentence of this team. unfortunately for Lundqvist, as great as he was in the series against Montreal, when compared with the rest of 2016-17, that performance was an aberration. forget round 1, though; if a decent Henrik Lundqvist doesn’t show up on Tuesday night, this series is over.

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  79. The more I see of Shattenkirk (and Skeij) the less I want to see Gorton go after him this summer. He is a somewhat younger version of Yandle who they wisely didn’t attempt to resign. plus /minus isn’t everything but he was minus on a good Blues team while Yandle played on an awful Coyote team.

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  80. Hanka is completely to blame.

    He is the highest paid player on the team.

    I don’t care about “Girardi is a turnover machine”, “Holden sucks”, or “AV blew that game.”

    It’s ALL on Lundqvist. His play has elevated a mediocre opponent into an opportunistic juggernaut.

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  81. Well that sucked. Tremendous amount of ShampooBoy bashing on da Radio postgame. At least two of those goals were softies. Unfortunately, much of fanbase incorrectly interprets anything less than idoltry by others as “he sucks!” At his prime (when he was a top 5 netminder,) HL gives up at most two in that game. The lights out games now come with a helping of pedestrian (or worse) games, seemingly at the worst of times.

    Seriously time to bench JT. I love the kid but he was dreadful out there. Clearly missed whatever it was that Buch and/or Machine did, but really don’t get just 5 mins of ice time for them, Machine in particular. Can understand AV not fully trusting either Skjei or Smith, but both Holden and Staal have had some really bad plays too. Gotta make those TOIs even up.

    Think there will be new faces in for Holden and Buch and maybe JT too. Clendening and Puempel? Heck toss in Nieves, he played wing before center. None of that fixes the lack of killer instinct on this team. And those 43 hits were like Charmin compared to last series.

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  82. 2nd leading scorer not playing well…bench him, but don’t bench Lazy Haze, Cuddly Zucc, Step, or Stone hands Nash who also didn’t show up. Need to switch up the lines, put him on 4th with Lindberg and Fast to get him away from Smokey and the Smurf (27 + TOI, no pts, 2 shots).
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    Oscar Lindberg, arguably the most consistent center in the POs, barely plays last night (5:07 out of 81:00). The 4 line strategy is completely negated. Why?
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    Mr Smith does not see the ice for large stretches of 3rd period but all time great Marc Stalled (TOI – 26+)and his inept partner Hold-On! (TOI – 28+!!!!!!) are out there for a regular shift and then some.
    Facts are:
    DoneG, Stalled, Hold-on were a combined -6.
    McD, Shea, Mr Smith were a combined +3.
    Personnel deployment is on the coaches. Did the player make the necessary plays to win that game, yes (save for one.)
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    This isn’t Henk stinks, this is Henk did not play well. All the Henk fan boys will get up in arms to defend his play but facts are, he helped lose a winnable game. 6 goals on 34 shots on goal equals…..82.4%. Garbage. Hot Garbage.
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    Butch adds what?, can somebody tell me what he has provided, though he barely played last night; why even suit him up? A secondary assist on a PP goal in game 1. 1 pt in 6 games. Whoppee!
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    The fancy boy set will be happy NYR only had 34 hits last night. Only ones happy about that are the Sens. Who stink.
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    Playoff star Nick Rash now has a total of 2 goals in 8 PO games but he doesn’t so much else&#