Friday, December 24, 2010

Rangers v. Bolts 12/23/10

I haven't blogged in a while because I was away for the weekend and only saw the 3rd period of the game against the Coyotes.

So last night - I don't have that much to say about it.  They played one of their best games in a while, but Ellis was ridiculous and the smallest mistakes led to goals for the other team. 

I wish Prusty was able to get a stick on that loose puck when they were shorthanded.  It probably would have turned the game around right there.

If EC teaches the rest of the guys some shootout moves, can they teach him a little more consistency than he has?

Clutch rookie is clutch and perfect rookie is perfect. The Calder committee had better take a good look at Derek Stepan or they're idiots.

Zuke had a great debut, but I understand if he doesn't come back up right away.  If he can't play top 6 minutes, then let him play max time in Hartford.  The kid seems to really get that too, he just wants to play.  I also think Todd White belongs in the press box or in Hartford or anywhere but on the ice and Aves deserves more minutes.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Call Ups

It seems like every fan is saying bring up Zuccarello.  I could not disagree with this more.  I absolutely think that MZA should stay in Hartford.  One week ago Torts said he wasn't ready...the kid JUST started surging in Hartford a couple of weeks ago, that doesn't mean he's suddenly ready for the big leagues. (see Torts' comment here:

There is not a single player in Hartford who can replace the loss of heart on the ice.  No one has Cally's passion and no one gives 110% every minute they are on the ice the way that Ryan Callahan does.  Bringing up someone who needs minutes to grow is only going to hinder the growth of the prospect.

Deny it all you want, but when it comes to talent...Drury and Callahan are very similar.  As much as we all love Cally, even he admits that he's not the most skilled player, it's his heart and passion that make up for it.  Drury can kill penalties, play on the power play, score at clutch moments, block shots, and throw hits.  If he practices on the wing with Artie and Dubi, he can probably develop some chemistry with them too.  I am not saying Dru can replace Cally in any sense, but he has the experience to play the minutes and from what he showed last night, he is ready for the challenge.

If anyone gets called up, it's someone who would not be harmed by playing 4th line minutes.  It would have to be a physical player who can also create offense.  Whoever it is would be playing less than 10 minutes a game.  It would be a WASTE to bring up one of the kids who is trying to grow to make the team full time next year.

One more thing - if MZA does get called up and proves that he's not ready, the entire fanbase is going to turn on him.  More reason for him to stay in Hartford for now.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rangers v. Pens 12/15/10

Anyone who knows me at all knows where this post will start.

The heart and soul of the team.  The identity of the team.  The one man who personifies everything that the Rangers want to be.  The 2nd leading scorer.  He's now sidelined for about 6 weeks.  I'm sure we've all gotten used to Sam and Joe saying "Callahan looks hurt" and then a few minutes later, Cally's back on the ice blocking shots like a beast and connecting with Dubi on some kind of play where it seems almost impossible that they'd find each other.  Not this time.  Slapshot to the hand, broken bone, out 6 weeks.  This team has to make up for a lot more than Cally's hits, play making, and shot blocking...they have to make up for Cally's heart.  Ironic almost that the real captain comes back from a broken finger just for the "acting captain" to go out with a broken hand.  Is Drury a jinx? Maybe...last time he came back from an injury (and got hurt again) Gabs got hurt too.  Torts looked like he could cry during the postgame, that's how important Ryan Callahan is to this team.

Now onto the game -- it looked like it was going to stay 1-0...they were playing great in their own zone except for a small defense lapse which was more both Marc and Danny buying into a fake shot by Crosby and giving Malkin the opening.

I'm down on Christensen a lot, but this isn't his first time being clutch.  I guess we have some more time with him now that Cally's out for him to prove his worth.  Then Fro...that was a great shot, where's it been all season?  Maybe now he'll keep playing like that last 10 minutes.

Brian Boyle can never be praised enough.  I guess he's my favorite active player now?  He'll never replace Cally as my favorite, but he's just been consistent and hard working.  Apparently he was too tired to try to make a play on his goal, so he shot it...guess it worked. Sexy shot too.  Aside from that....he took so many hits and he covered Crosby and Malkin whenever Staal wasn't right there...he dished out hits when necessary and did whatever he could to stay in the game.

I was not expecting a comeback like that at all and I wish they could play the way they play 3rd period on the road in every period of every game.  Leading the league in road wins and shorthanded goals are two things they should be proud of...get some wins at the Garden, and this team is even more of a contender.

As for the disallowed goal...Hank said he couldn't move because Dupuis was on him...Rozi was there too, so I guess it could be a questionable call...but Hank's been interfered with so many times and the goals have counted that it's bound to be called in his favor eventually.

I was impressed with Drury...he was 2-1 on faceoffs, I believe and he started a 2-on-1 rush on the PK even though Dubi couldn't finish.  I still say Welcome Back, Captain Clutch.

I hope they dedicated that 3rd period and that win to Cally....and that they play that way for the next 6 weeks without him and throughout the season with him.

Welcome Back, Captain Clutch

I've seen a lot of talk about people who either don't care about Dru coming back or don't want him to come back.  I, like pretty much every Ranger fan, do not like Chris Drury's contract...he makes a lot more money than he's worth.  HOWEVER, he is still the captain.  We may all see Ryan Callahan as the heart, soul, leader, and identity of the team...and all of this is true, but there's more that we, as fans, can't see.  I'm sure if there wasn't something about Dru in the locker room that exuded what the Rangers want to be, then he would be stripped of the C.

Torts even said that he's the captain, of course everyone is welcoming him back.  The Rangers are also currently 29th in the league in faceoffs...cue Chris Drury...he'll take some of the more important faceoffs and maybe get some wins.  Our PK has been pretty solid and he'll add to that, especially against the Pens.  While the two teams are currently very close in PP%, the Pens also get more PPs than the Rangers.

Also, having their captain back is going to give the boys energy.  They're going to want to go out there guns blazing tonight and I think Dru will only help that.  He didn't displace anyone on the team who the fans find important...and Torts said that it would be either White or EC...although tonight it's White, when Boogey's better and we're playing a team with a tough guy, I wouldn't mind if EC starts seeing some time in the press box to make room for someone who is key in the most clutch situations.

So say what you wish, I'm happy about the return of Captain Clutch AS LONG AS the identity of the team does not change.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Rangers v. Caps 12/13/10

The people sitting next to me at the Garden last night said "how can a team lose 3-1 to Columbus then come back and do this against the Caps" answer? They played for each other last night.  Hank admitted that he was killing himself over that goal and he needed to prove that he's better than that.  The true fans know that he is (while others still believe that he's not the best goalie because he lets in softies) and last night there were many moments that I thought the shutout would end.  Then the last 2 minutes, the rest of the team didn't care about the blow out, they didn't want more goals, they wanted to give Hank the shutout.  While EC's penalty was stupid (on his part) at the same time, it helped because they didn't have to worry about icing the puck, they could just shoot it and get it away from Hank.

The work in the neutral zone was amongst the most impressive.  The Rangers completely owned the neutral zone, between hits and poke checks, the Caps couldn't hold onto the pucks.  We do have to realize that the Caps were not playing their best game and I have no idea why Varlamov was not pulled 5 minutes into the second.  Artie's and Dubi's goals probably could have been stopped.

I've always referred to Cally as the heart and soul of the team...but he's not the only one anymore.  Brandon Prust plays with so much heart, that every time he scores or his line scores, his smile lights up the entire place.  He loves being out there and being part of that team and there's nothing I'd rather see in a player.

Dubi.  He had a bit of a drought, now he's getting his scoring touch back.  After he took down Ovi (that fight will definitely live on for a while), I texted a friend saying "he needs an assist," but at the same time, I was thinking "oh, they're not gonna score again...they scored 4 times already."  He did it though...2nd career Gordie Howe...but this time he won the fight.

Artie's slump is over.  I love that Russian and it was great to see a goal and assist..whatever Torts said to him on Friday worked and I hope this sticks.

Marc Staal has become something else.  He was attached to Ovi last night, just like he was to Nash for the majority of Saturday night.  He's scored in 3 of the last 4 game, I think? He's worth every cent of that contract he signed this summer.  I just need to buy an A to put on my jersey because I don't think Prospal's getting it back when he returns.

now onto Dru's return...I love our captain, maybe not his contract...but Dru's clutch when he needs to be.  What I don't get is why people are actually questioning who is out of the line up right now...if Boogey's out, obviously Todd White is gone. He's gonna go to Hartford or get shopped...he played more minutes last night than he usually does, so it's possible.  Drury should fit on a line with EC and Fro, but we'll see what Torts does.  If Boyle and Prust get separated though, I'll be PISSED.  Against Pittsburgh AT Pittsburgh, we're going to need Dru on our PK.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rangers v. Blue Jackets 12/11/10

Should I go with the herd and blame Hank?  Marc fell on the rush and lost Nash who somehow got a bad angle shot in the net.  Hank could have hugged the post more? I don't know, I've never been a goalie so I don't know if there's a way to eliminate that.  For an elite goaltender like Hank that should have been an easy save, I assume..but he missed it.  The team tried to rally back and didn't...

As for the rally...why the fuck did Torts put that PP team out in desperation?  Frolov has done shit, Torts has called him out for his bad play, in times of desperation, don't fuck around.  Put out the top PP team, the guys who have scored on the power play.  I'm not blaming the team as much here as I am Torts...he knows who strives under pressure and who has been folding all season.  Had he put the special team that produces out there, they might have been able to tie the game back up.

There were some great shots on goal tonight, each one stopped by Mason.  He dove out of the net to stop some shots.  Dubi, Cally, Steps, Gaby, and Boyle all had some great shots...none got past Mason.

Gilroy is making a case for himself as to why he belongs in the line up. 

I'm not going to say that the team did nothing wrong...but as I've said before, if you say things like "typical crap" and "this team sucks" then you're not a fan and if I follow you on twitter, you'll meet my favorite button...unfollow.  I just don't get it....what does being so down and negative on a team you supposedly support  do for you?  How does hating something you love get out frustration - go punch a fucking wall.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rangers v. Sens 12/9/10

Imagine if they played every game for 60 minutes like it was the 3rd period on the road?  While the 3rd period was still sloppy, it was much better than the first 2....which has become quite the theme.

Now that we've seen that shot from Sauer, I want to see more of it.  He used his PP time better than some of the other guys.  He might have made the biggest mistake on his first PK shift and yeah, from the second he threw the puck we all knew it was going in...but he made up for it and we got the win.

Why can't the Calder be decided based on overall play...the committee most likely is just going to look at the numbers and guys like Logan Couture and Jordan Eberle.  Too bad because Stepan sees the ice better than a lot of veterans.  The kid knows where his linemates are AND where they're going to be.  I guess we can just hope Torts keeps him with Gaby because the two of them work.  He's gotten points in almost every game where he's been on that top line.  As for Feds on that line, I didn't think I would like it...but I did because that trio worked, so way to go Torts?

So glad Dubi finally ended his goal drought...empty netter or not, it still had to feel good.  Did Gonchar get an assist on that?  Also, I was thrilled to see Dubi standing up for his boyfriend after that nasty one hits Cally like that and gets away with it (and of course Cally, being the beast he is, didn't miss a beat).

The 2nd goal for the Sens was such of their guys pushes Marc onto Hank then stays there so they can't get up...yeah...sucked.

Mr. Carrie Underwood's almost goal was pretty damn impressive...crossbar, post, post, out...didn't cross the line at all.  Wow.

As for the "blood flicking" incident...yeah, it's gross and unsanitary, but I don't think it's suspendable.  I saw a lot of comparisons to the Wiz blowjob incident...I think the biggest difference is that Wiz's action was on television and inappropriate for children during a day time game.  I know it doesn't seem like it's that big of a deal, but the NHL was covering their asses from law suits from parents about allowing that kind of behavior.

The two points against Columbus tomorrow are as important as the 2 points against Ottawa were last night.  After Columbus we're playing 4 hot teams - the Caps (though they've had a few bad losses lately), the Pens (in Pittsburgh, draw your own conclusions), the Yotes, and the Flyers.  It's gonna be a difficult week for our boys so let's hope they up their came to consistent hard work.

ETA: I left out my opinion on DZ.  I think that he needed a night in the press box and I've been saying it for a while.  He's had more than one horrible game, sure he's had some good games too...but he's not putting up numbers in any columns except giveaways and losing the zone.  We all know that he's a lot better than that, so hopefully sitting out will light a fire under him.  Gilroy's been good in every game he played and it's sucked that he's spent more time in the press box than on the ice.  I guess that's one positive if Emmy's still hurt tomorrow (which I'm not happy about at all...besides him getting hurt on the play, the way he was taken down should've been a coincidental minor against Foligno), both Gilroy and DZ will be in the line up.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Rangers v. Sens 12/5/10

I wish people would start selling their tickets for what they feel the team is worth.  Seriously, I would LOVE to get Rangers tickets for under $30 from these people who hate the team so much that they have nothing positive to say about them ever.

Yes, that first period was a mess and they did not show up.  I'm not going to say that they looked like they were trying hard and working hard because that would be a lie.  Hank was there, luckily...without him that first period could have been an absolute disaster.

I understand that they are professional athletes and they are paid to go out there and play the best hockey they possibly can...but that does not make it any easier for them to be under pressure and have guys on them and shoot at the exact perfect angle.  We can make jokes about DZ shooting wide...but that's not what I'm talking about.  I mean when there are players in front of the net and they miss -- I would like to see every fan who bashes them for that get out there and try it themselves.  A lot of the problems tonight were from not elevating the puck on LeClaire...or lifting them too high and having them go over the net.

That kind of leads me to the odd man rushes -- they got a couple of them and some of the shots were nice and on point, but LeClaire covered them and didn't even let a rebound out. 

Being frustrated is one thing...bashing a team you supposedly support is another.

They know what to expect from this team on Thursday, so we can hope they come out with more energy.

Good things? I think that Steps is showing a lot of improvement quarterbacking the PP and Torts agrees with that.  Yeah, he let the shorthanded breakaway get away from him, but first off there should have been a penalty call when Gaby got tripped, then second he's got tripped up chasing him happens.
Sauer is impressing me more every game.  I want to see the player he becomes when he gets more NHL experience.  He's leading the league in +/- for a rookie and is tied with John Carlson of Washington.
Feds seemed to be gaining the offensive zone more than anyone else...that's saying something about the rest of the team.
There were definitely shifts where they had really good, sustained pressure, they just didn't finish.

Also - just a "fun" fact: during pre-season, Chris Kelly scored a hat trick against the Rangers which included both a shorthanded goal and an empty netter.

I think I'm too frustrated with Ranger "fans" to write a legit recap, so I'm gonna stop here.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Rangers v. Isles 12/3/10

The game was boring. I was drunk and it was still my notes are gonna be short.

First...why is Jon Sim breathing? He touched the King TWICE and no one went after him...remember when Cally had that borderline dirty elbow...he got challenged immediately.  The fight was lame, but Cally prob would have gotten his ass kicked if he tried to throw punches.  But seriously, I was incredibly disappointed that no one beat the shit out of him at least after the 2nd time .

Where the fuck did that Marc Staal slapshot come from?  That was one of the sexiest goals that I have ever seen. Nothing else needs to be said.

The King is now 2nd in shut outs to Tim Thomas and tied with Carey Price...however, it was an "easier" shutout...only 17 saves.  However, 28 games into the season, he has as many shutouts as last year and only had more in 2 seasons (5 in '06-'07 and 10 in '07-'08).  Regardless of his struggles this season, he's still the king.

Brian scored on the empty net. I told him that he scores whenever I get his autograph before the game. He told me to keep it up.

Friday, December 3, 2010

And to everyone who has issues with the Vote for Avery campaign, I just want to remind you that the voting is only for the top 3 forwards.  The rest of the team is chosen by the NHL and they can choose whoever they want regardless of voting...therefore Dubi can still be the Ranger chosen to be in the game because we all sure as hell know that Aves will not b chosen by the NHL for anything.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Rangers v. Isles 12/2/10

I'm gonna be all over the place for this post -- it will kind of fit the pace of the game.

The first period was a full, strong effort by the Rangers, but that goal at the end?  It was moving so slow, I'm not sure how Marty let himself lose sight of it.  I was disappointed; granted, I have never been a goalie, so maybe it was a harder stop than I thought it was.  I'm a 24 year old who doesn't even know how to ice skate, I'm not going to sit here and say what should have been done differently or what would work because that's not what fans should do. 

Sean Avery.  I got into a few arguments in the last 2 days as to whether or not Sean Avery should be playing on the top line with Gaborik.  The past few games, he has been playing amazingly...he creates a forecheck, he can puck handle like no other, and he knows how to pass to the right places.  I think he proved all of those things tonight assisting on Christensen's goal and 2 of Gaby's.  He might be the biggest pest and one of the most hated people in the NHL, but he's one hell of a hockey player when he puts himself into it.  I don't know what the fuck was up with the refs following him around because I saw people starting with him and him not letting himself get engaged.  He had his best game of the season and I'm not sure if it was because of the rivalry or because of playing with Gaborik, but I don't care, he was phenomenal.

Marian Gaborik scored his 12th career hat trick which also was his 3rd as a Ranger and 2nd of the season where he has only played 14 games.  Did you see anything about this on Neither did I.  Gaby is proving why he's our superstar and while I wouldn't mind him getting hat tricks any time he scores, I wanna see goal in more games...and I think we will. (for those of you who don't know, 6 out of his 8 goals came in 2 games)

Dan Girardi and Brandon Prust are beasts.  Seriously, those two are in constant pain, yet they play through it every night.  They're not going to get much time off for a while and hopefully they don't do anything permanent because I don't want either of them to go anywhere.

Where was Dubi?  He just wasn't the same aggressive force that he has been lately.  Hopefully his comeback is soon....I wanted a 30 goal season out of him...I still have some home...that's 18 more in the next 45? games.

Ryan Callahan deserves a C on his sweater.  Especially if Dru's being prolonged.

Sauer is continuing to grow on me...but come free agency, I don't know if he's going to make the cut.  With his success so far, I wouldn't even be surprised to see him traded for a left sided veteran defenseman or maybe even a center...but I liked the top 2 lines tonight and I thought that they worked, but I guess we'll see when we play a better team.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rangers v. Pens 11/29/10

I feel like I already summed up the entire game in one tweet: oh no, the tired Rangers couldn't beat a significantly more skilled team...they must be the most awful, garbage team ever.

I wrote that after reading responses of Ranger fans after the game.  The refs were not against us this time...except that bullshit call against Cally.  I would have been less upset if it was just a complete noncall...Crosby says he got caught up with Cally in a battle and Cally says it was a slew foot -- every time I watched it, it looked like a slew foot...but I am incredibly biased toward Cally and this goes without saying.

Torts was playing with the lines all game...I don't know why he thinks that will increase the skill level.  In the end, the Rangers didn't lose because of lack of work, they lost because the Penguins are incredibly skilled.  They had shots, while many went wide or high, a lot of those were forced that way by the Pens defensemen.  Our three/four most skilled players were the most effective in the game - our King in the net, our Slovakian Sniper, and our top shutdown defensemen (when Marc and Danny are a pair, they count as 1).  Marc stayed on top of Crosby for the most part.

The odd man rushes definitely killed the second period, but they didn't know how to fix it.  In 2 weeks when the Rangers head back to Pittsburgh, maybe they'll know better.

As for the lines: I thought I was going to love Steps with Dubi and Cally, but there wasn't enough of it to judge - I did like Brian with them because he has the same gritty, yet skilled style of play.  I also think Steps and Gaby have amazing chemistry and need to be together and I liked Aves with them.  Aves has been showing that he's more than a pest lately and he's incredibly skilled...he was one of few I noticed tonight carrying the puck into the offensive zone rather than trying a dump and chase.  Dump and chase doesn't work against teams like the Pens.

DZ had a decent game as well.  He was on the puck when he had to be and there was a lot less of him watching the puck go past him at the point.

I don't think the Rangers played badly at all...I just don't think they had the energy in them to outplay the more skilled team and that's all there is to it.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Rangers v. Preds 11/27/10

Losing a game because of a bad bounce would have sucked.  Danny showed his exhaustion in the inability to stop that puck before Wilson put it over Hank.  After two periods of relatively boring hockey, I was thrilled to see Cally score the tying goal.  He really is a beast and the heart and soul of the team, add the clutch goals and it just makes him that much more amazing.  Even Torts has called him the leader of the to get Drury to willingly give up the C...

Hank once again proved that he is an elite goaltender and one of the best in the league.  While Cally's the heart and soul, Hank is the backbone.  When the guys in front of him play better, he plays better as well...and I hope this continues.

Prusty beating Shane O'Brien was 1. hot and 2. a great fight...Aves got his ass kicked by Jordin Tootoo though (and Tootoo tweeted last night that he was surprised that Aves fought him).

That being said...the way they played against Florida and Nashville won't cut it tonight....Marc and Danny have to be all over Crosby and Malkin...and someone had better be covering Letang.

Short post because there's not much about that game to write about.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Rangers v. Panthers 11/26/10

The King is back. The Rangers were outshot 40-19, but managed to pull off a 3-0 win.  This win is credited to Henrik Lundqvist.  Still wanna tell me that he's not an elite goaltender and that Biron should get more starts?

There were a few lucky bounces and times when my heart stopped because I didn't know where the puck was, there was no whistle, and then suddenly the puck would appear behind everyone and a Ranger (often Steve Eminger) would clear it out.

For a team that's been getting a lot of dirty goals, all 3 last night were kinda pretty.  First, Steps goal: Staal sees Aves coming out of the box, gets him the puck, he takes a hard shot, rebound went straight onto the rookie's stick and he put it in.  Then Cally with a perfect redirection of EC's shot on the power play...and last, but definitely not least Trusty Prusty with his first goal of the season, shorthanded perfect stick work from when he got out of the zone until he wristed it right into the net.

My MVP of the night? Brandon Prust...but at a close second: Steve Eminger.  He was the one clearing the crease every time it seemed like Hank would miss a rebound.  When I was at the Garden early in the season, I was definitely screaming "get out of here, Eminger, you're worthless," but now I'm swallowing my words.  He has impressed me so much, as has Sauer.  Sauer started out as a quiet presence, but now he's showing that he's exactly what we needed on the blueline.  Staal and Girardi are getting tired...I don't know how Staal played 28 minutes last night because he looked like he could barely breathe.

By the way, last night, I saw the Sean Avery that I love...he has such great hands and a talent that no one recognizes unless they're a Ranger fan.  Torts rewarded this play with a little double shifting and extra minutes compared to what he had been playing.

This whole post sounds complimentary, so I just need to add this: if that was most other teams last night, it would not have been the same.  It might be that they're exhausted, but they were not playing their best game.  Hank had something to prove and he did.  The Weiss goal being waived off definitely helped the Cats gain some momentum and luckily the boys were awake enough at the end of the game to continue to fight them off...however, I think their lack of remaining energy prevented them from capitalizing on 3 minutes with an empty net.  I did love that everyone thought Hank was gonna go for it and he even admitted that if he wasn't going for the shutout and they still had a decent lead, he would have done it.  It was nice to see a happy Hank interview after the game.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Rangers v. Bolts 11/25/10

Whatever you read is going to tell you that the Rangers did not show up for the first two periods of the game.  The defense was bad, no one was clearing the crease, there were some bad penalties called, and Hank was left out to dry.

I just want to emphasize this DO NOT FUCKING BLAME HENRIK LUNDQVIST ... did my point come across?  Yes, he let in 5 goals...on the first one, he was interfered with, I don't give a shit what the refs said or didn't say - Ryan Malone's stick was in there and his body was in there and he knocked Hank over before the puck went in.  For Hedman's goal, Hank was screened - he couldn't see a thing. 

Also, some of those penalties were soft calls...but there were others that should have been called.

The "diving" penalty on Lundqvist was probably the biggest load of bullshit that I saw all season.  He was very obviously pushed, his padding weighs how much, and he lost his footing. That should have been a power play, not a coincidental minor.

Now, while I did just give reasons for their goals, I am in no way saying that the Rangers deserved to win the game, because they didn't.  They played like crap the first 2 periods...7 shots on goal? Really?

The 3rd period on the other hand...they came back.  Brian's shortie was a great effort...I saw some decent play out of most of the team.  A certain rookie is proving that he shouldn't go anywhere when Drury comes back.  I'm not going to say anything more about these two.

The Avery incident.  At that point, the score was 5-0 or 5-1, I don't remember, but there wasn't really a chance at coming back....the team had no momentum.  The hit on EC was clean, but Avery took offense to it and went after the guy who hit him.  While he did take a penalty (which led to the aforementioned shortie), a fire was lit under the team.  They're sticking up for each other like we all wanted them to - but of course many Ranger fans acting as they always do, found the play unnecessary.  Ranger fan mentality = "do this!" :players do requested action: "why the fuck did you do that?!"  Also, Avery has been in Torts' doghouse for whatever reason (it is well known that Torts doesn't like Avery), so why not do something?

Dubi was pretty feisty tonight.  I expected him to drop the gloves...most likely against Malone or Downie...but he controlled himself to an extent.  It's hard not to get frustrated in a game like that...he just has to channel it into his speed/play not letting his temper out in undisciplined play.

Gaborik and Frolov. Best goal scorers on the team? Really...coulda fooled me.  Seriously, these two need to pick it up; they're being outshined and outscored by a rookie (Steps has 5-8-13) now and a guy who never scored more than 4 goals in a season (Boyle has 10-1-11).   There's still 59 games left...hopefully we see them show up soon...before it's too late.

My line suggestions and this involves a bit of change since it's obvious something's not working (I'm open to any comments on this)
Dubi - Steps - Gaby  (I REALLY want to see if this line could work)
Fro - Bri - Cally (Brian deserves to be moved up and Torts is down on Artie right now)
Aves - Artie - Prust
Feds - EC - Boogey (Fedotenko is in my doghouse because he takes too many stupid undisciplined penalties otherwise I would switch him and Aves and leave this line alone)

This post was long enough -- no tweets tonight.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sean Avery for All-Star

I am 100% supportive of the Sean Avery for All-Star campaign. (credit the campaign to Kevin over at The NYR Blog)

Let me explain:
Not a joke as in we're saying it, but not actually voting for him, but a joke as in we want to see the reaction of Gary Bettman if it works.
The All Star Game is a gimmick's a way to bring in money to the NHL and the new format just increases that.  They're televising two NHLers (who we all know will likely be Crosby and Ovechkin) choosing their teams like schoolyard kickball.
So to all of the people saying "Sean Avery is not an All Star" no fucking one thinks he is.  The point is to prove that the game is just a joke to get ratings and do you know what gets ratings and media attention? SEAN. AVERY.

Right now, Aves is ranked 27th among forwards.  Not bad for a write in do it up.

Yes...I know that the Ranger most deserving of going to the All Star Game is Brandon Dubinsky, and I've been writing him in right next to Aves, but that's not what this campaign is about.

Rangers v. Flames 11/23/10

Before I write anything else, I should mention that I watched the first period on streaming video while in class and then was walking from class to my car from the start of the 2nd until right after Boyle's goal and listened to everything up to Danny's goal on the radio.  So I can't really say much about what happened there.

It was a VERY physical game; it's been said by others that it was played like a divisional rivalry game.

Let's go to the touchy subjects, I'll talk about Marc's hit: I've watched it a few times and tried to pause it on certain spots...from what I could see, he did hit Stajan in the shoulder, but Stajan's head was down and jerked back.  The only people who find the hit CONCLUSIVELY dirty are fans (and fans make most decisions with their hearts not their brains, myself included) and Larry Brooks....and Bob McKenzie did say it looked like a violation to him.  I watched NHLlive today and they talked about the hit quite a bit and they said that it was very inconclusive because it happened so fast and Stajan's hit was down.  It had become a very physical game and it was the Flames who decided on that pace.  Although I was INCREDIBLY amused that everyone wanted to go until Boogey got on the ice, then they would all mess with him to see if they could draw a penalty out of him.  Boogey has proven to Ranger fans that he's an intelligent player.

My choice MVP of the night - Michael Sauer.  While I am probably the #1 advocate for Stepan for Calder, he was not the rookie who caught my attention in the first period last night.  Sauer dished out a hit and was ready for the repercussions of it.  Not only did Sauer fight the guy who protected his teammate, but when he came out of the box, he fought someone else.  It brought so much energy to the Ranger bench and since he had the take down both times, it gave us faith that Sauer is reliable in even more ways than we though.  He's been solid in our own zone, intelligent in the offensive zone, and now we know he has the skills to fight when challenged.  I don't know if I want to see Sauer starting fights (but if he's protecting his teammates, then I'm all for it), but I am very happy with every aspect of his game last night.

Now as for my favorite rookie...he might not have been the best rookie of the night, but he was still on his game.  He's currently on a 4 game point streak...pretty nice after going like 10-15 games without a single point.  Everyone who doubted him will soon have to admit that they were wrong and the kid is NHL material if they haven't already.  I can't wait to see what Steps brings to the team in the next few years, especially once he's joined by guys like Kreider, Bourque, Werek, Thomas, and the rest of our prospects.

I wish Prusty was able to score.  He played great though, especially on the penalty kill.  By the way, the Rangers now have 24 (or is it 25) CONSECUTIVE PENALTY KILLS and have scored PPGs in the last two games.

One more note: Ryan Callahan is the definition of defensive forward.  He is strong in both zones, he might not have the scoring skills of the Crosbys, Ovechkins, or Stamkos' of the world or even rack up the assists like whichever of the creeper twins gets the assists on his brother's goals, but Cally leads the league in hits by a forward and has 17 points in 21 games...he's on track for over 60 points if he keeps healthy after last season he only had 37 in 77 games.  I would love to see Cally at least in the top 3 for Selke if his play continues like this.

It's a very comforting feeling to know that we have a backup goalie who can stop one of the hottest goal scorers in the league.  While I didn't see the goal that went in, from what I heard on the radio, Marty didn't have much of a shot at it.  I did see the entire 3rd period and he was excellent.  Though, as many have said, it was weird to hear "Mar-ty" being chanted at the Garden when that name is usually said "Maaarrrttyyyy" in a taunting manner.

I'm not going to vent about fair weathered fans again, but I know that I need to start being less irritated by things I see on twitter.  That's the end of that.

Now onto the tweets:
  • keep Cally away from Fro. he just tried a wraparound.
  • Just a question - when our PK team clears the puck and gets in the way of making shots, they're good...but when other teams do it, we suck?
  • Danny just made an amazing move to protect the stickless Boyle.
  • omg Eminger, that was beautiful. I'm sorry for everything at the beginning of the season
  • Cally just pulled a Fro and came so close
  • PS. CALLY FOR SELKE. js    

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Thoughts on Henrik Lundqvist

Hank is an elite goaltender.  Yes, he has struggled a little so far this season and we have an excellent back up goaltender who has been solid for us.  Let Hank take a couple of days to practice.  Remember the last time that Marty had two starts in a row? Hank came back against the Pens and made some ridiculous saves.  Since we have Marty, why not use him to let Hank get some time off?

For the past few years, the only thing keeping the Rangers out of the basement has been Henrik Lundqvist.  This year, the guys in front of him are actually doing their part as well.  The season is only 25% over and we're above .500, so cut the guy some slack.

I'm so fucking sick of all of the fans talking about how he's not that great of a goalie.  Give the guy a fucking break, he's been the backbone of the team for years.  Yes, he's been struggling a little bit, but do me a favor and shut the fuck up.

Tonight, we play the Flames...I get it, Iginla's been on a hot streak and they beat the Hawks 7-2 the other night. I watched parts of that game.  The Hawks defense played like shit on Friday night...if Marc and Danny play their games the way they have been for the majority of the season, then they can help Marty out with Iginla.  Sauer and Eminger have also been solid with both their bodies and their intelligent play. Plus, Marty is a SOLID GOALIE.

Wednesday, we're in Tampa. Against Steve Stamkos. Against arguably the best player in the NHL at the moment...against they guy who has been described as having ridiculous accuracy and finding the back of the net with most of his shots.  Along with Stamkos, they have Marty St. Louis who is both a playmaker and a goal scorer.  I'd rather see Hank being fresh and at his best against Tampa Bay.

This has been a rant. If you don't like it, I don't give a shit.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rangers v. Wild 11/20/10

Welcome back, fair weather fans.   The same people who called the team (emphasizing team over game) "garbage" and "pathetic" are now praising the efforts that went into last night's game in Minnesota.  Of course since Hank wasn't playing, he's still in the fair weather fan's doghouse because Biron made some great saves last night.   I will not deny that I've said negative things about certain players (Erik Christensen) out of frustration and I've even said that I wouldn't mind seeing him as the odd man out upon the return of Chris Drury.  It's the fans who completely turn on the team when they're not winning that I have zero respect for.  You have to take the good with the bad.  Our team even admits that they're not the most skilled team in the league, they have to work harder in order to make the plays and get the goals and sometimes that doesn't happen.  The current Rangers are incredibly inconsistent, everyone knows that, but that doesn't mean you give up hope in them.  I'm sick and tired of hearing "I just want them to win a Cup" as a reason to be so harsh when they lose.  Check this season's standings, they're still over .500 which is usually enough to make the playoffs.  Rangers are 3rd in the conference, only 1 point behind the Pens (and yes, if we had beat them in regulation on Monday, we would be tied) and 7th in the conference with 3 points over Carolina.  The season is 1/4 over and most of this was done WITHOUT GABORIK.

There's this team over in the Western Conference, you might have heard of them...the Chicago Blackhawks?  On Friday night while the Rangers were having their worst game of the season, the Calgary Flames were dominating the reigning Stanley Cup Champs in a 7-2 win.  Last night, the Hawks came back against the Vancouver Canucks (a much better team than the Flames) to win 7-1.  Are their fans turning their backs and doubting the skill level of players such as Toews, Kane, Hossa, Keith, and Sharp?

So pretty much by point is that if you loved the Rangers last night after calling them horrible things on Friday night, then I don't want to hear your opinion.  I don't give a shit what you think of me for saying this, but I'm sick and tired and seeing fans turn their backs on their team.  Go ahead and call the way they're playing in a game or the pace of the game "garbage" or "pathetic" that's fine...but this team doesn't need fair weather fans, they need support through the good and the bad.

Okay...that will end my rant and I'll get on to my review of the game.

Welcome home Gaby, Step, Sauer, and Boogey.  Boogey made some of the smartest plays I've seen from him, particularly the hit that led to Artie's goal.  Both of our Minnesota rookies picked up assists, Sauer on the aforementioned Anismiov goal and Steps by making a beautiful pass to DZ that gave him an empty net to shoot into.  I don't care how much of a broken record I sound like, playing with Gaby makes Stepan a much better player.  He's put up points in 3 consecutive games.

Biron was great...I know DZ had the bad play that led to the shorthanded break, but that shouldn't take away from his play for the first 2/3 of the game.  He's 20 years old, he's still a kid and he's still learning.  Not everyone has a Steve Stamkos sophomore season.

Dubi's breakaway was a thing of absolute beauty.

There was so much puck possession in their zone, I'm not used to that.  Some of the keep ins (mostly by Girardi) were great.  Our defense as a whole had one of their better games of the season.

Hero of the game: Brandon Prust.  He couldn't straighten his leg after the game. Couldn't. straighten. his. leg. but he played like a beast.  Tomorrow night, the Flames are coming to MSG...Prust probably would not let himself sit out, so let's hope that he rests up today and is in good shape tomorrow to play.  I don't want to see the injury getting any worse.

Oh yeah and a highlight for my personal love - Boyle FINALLY got his first assist of the season.

Okay, so my review turned into a rant, but I don't care, I was pissed.

So here's some tweets:
  • Dubes just had a decent hit...on Cally...
  • Marty kinda looked like he was batting a fly.
  • Prusty is leading the team in PIM...if his fights are subtracted, does Feds have more?
  • we play better offensively on the PK than the PP
  • haha "Boogaard saying hello to his old friends"
  • look...I know you're jealous he's not on your team anymore, but that doesn't mean you get to mess with the Superstar Slovakian Sniper.
  • Dubes always looks like he's going on an obstacle course. I kinda love it.
  • of all players that NEED their helmets on...Danny loses his
  • now that the wraparound went do we stop Fro from continuing to do them?  
  • idk what makes me think this - but do male fans think Step's mom is hot or something? lol

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Rangers v. Avs 11/19/10

I really don't want to recap last night's game.  It was a mess...that's really all there is to say.  At the end of the first, I had a bad feeling because it's not the first time we've had a scoreless first this season and the ones I can remember haven't ended well. 

Hank was off.  I will not deny this.  Like I said yesterday though, we can't throw him under the bus for a bad game.  How many games has Hank been pretty much solely responsible for winning?  He had nothing in front of him last night.  It's not every game that Dan Girardi goes down, letting the other team have a ridiculous breakaway.  I do think Del Zotto needs a game either on the bottom pair or in the press box (when Rozi comes back)...Gilroy's been on the top of his game and making himself noticeable and Sauer and Eminger have given us reason to start to like them.

As for my favorite rookie, I think he just needed Gaby.  Since Gaby's been back, he's been playing better.  That goal last night was very deserved.  Nick over at Rangers Tribune made a good point...Step's been making some great passes, but Frolov has been at the end of those passes, so if Fro can find where the back of the net is, Steps starts raking in more assists.  I think that staying on the top line with Gaby is going to shortlist him for Calder if things continue how they are.  If you are going to disagree with me on Steps and Calder, then expect an argument. Just saying.

Reasons I know it was a bad game - I didn't even notice Cally for the most part.  This is coming from me and my love of Ryan Callahan.

Now for Some Tweets:
  • did Frolov just shoot the puck from in front of the net?
  • hhaha Bri falling all over the place right now
  • how about we stop giving them good chances? k?
  • Aves...remember, you push a guy and it's a roughing penalty...he does it to you, the NHL praises him
  • Michael on the bench right now is making me want to cry.
  • do I need to start singing Olivia Newton-John to them?
  • maybe Torts screaming at them in the locker room will make them put some momentum into the power play and own the 3rd #wishfulthinking
  • awww better tomorrow, please. Trusty Prusty, we love you.
  • Prusty, go to the locker room -- don't try to go back in, tomorrow's a new start.
  • the mouth.
  • yes, Pepsi Center, we are having a Bad Day...Daniel Bedingfield doesn't need to remind us. k.            

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pens and Bruins games

I didn't get a chance to update, so I'm going to try to do something quick from memory before tonight's game starts.  I will be combining a few things.

Hank. Seriously, any fan who threw Hank under the bus for the Recchi goal lost a little respect from me.  Did you see him Monday night?  He was absolutely ridiculous.  He makes stops that most goalies dream of making...sure, he lets in a soft goal once in a while, but he's an elite goaltender and one of the best in the world.  I usually am very accepting of other people's opinions, but in this case, if you disagree, don't tell me.

Eminger and Sauer. Wow. That's really all I have to say.  I feel bad for Gilroy because if he doesn't get traded, there will be a permanent imprint of his ass in the press box.

Why wasn't Dubi a star on Monday night?  I know Cally actually put the winning goal in the net, but to me, that doesn't necessarily make him the #1 star of the game.  If not for Dubi, Staal wouldn't have had that tying goal, if not for Dubi's patience and intelligent play, Cally wouldn't have had that perfect shot which he called the easiest goal that he's ever scored.

The 5 on 3. I talked to people about this the other day...yes, they should have shot more, but not from the positions they were in. SHOOTING THE PUCK IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST THING TO DO.  If there are no shooting lanes and their shots would likely be blocked or deflected by the other team, then they should not shoot.  What they should do is move more and try to force the other team to move which will open up lanes.  The players also admitted this.

The return of U MAD? (U MAD = M(arian) A(lex) D(erek) for those of you who don't know).  Maybe this will light a fire under Fro because we all have seen how well Steps plays when he's with Gaby.  If he stays on this line and flourishes more, then maybe more people will understand my DStep for Calder award.  I touched the empty plate next to Tyler Myers' name on the Calder the other day....Steps would look great there. Just saying.

Tyler Seguin. That shot. Wow.  Granted, he shouldn't have been able to get it off, but there was a giveaway to him.

Okay, the game's gonna start -- I napped today, so I might get my update of the Avs game right after this is over.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rangers v. Oilers 11/14/10

So I witnessed this game from Section 97, Row H...aka REALLY close to the ice.

I'm just going to post random thoughts, I didn't tweet much because I was really entranced by the game.

Boogey and McIntyre fought twice? Kinda funny...guess the Oilers were getting a little upset by the beating they were taking on the scoreboard.  When the 2nd one started, I was like "wtf" because it was the same two people.  It was still a good fight - true heavyweight battle.

Marian Gaborik. Hat Trick. Need I say more?  I'm glad that getting our Superstar Slovakian Sniper brought some energy back to the team.

Who were those guys wearing 26 and 31, because I haven't seen them since preseason.  3a for EC and 2g, 2a for Fro.  I hope they can play this well against Pittsburgh tomorrow night.

Stepan had 2 assists...first two points since like game 5.  I hope this boosts his confidence a little bit.

Brian Boyle...if you know me, you know how much I love him.  A goal and a fight...if only he knew how to get an assist, then he would have had a Gordie Howe.  I rewatched the brawl and noticed that Boyle jumped in to protect Cally...that earns him so many points in my book.

Now the brawl...if Smid didn't drop the gloves with Aves, then I would agree with the haters that Aves had a cheap shot...but HE DROPPED THE FUCKING GLOVES BEFORE AVERY HIT HIM.  Then Avery was going to the locker room to serve his misconduct and he got jumped thus starting the brawl.  It was fucking awesome to watch it up close.  I missed Torts holding Dubi back, but Dubes likes to be feisty.  If Avery gets suspended, I will be absolutely livid.

Marty might have let in one softy, but I still thought he had a really good night.  He seemed a little bored at times though lol.

Taylor Hall is going to be something in a couple of years; the kid has a lot of talent and speed, but it seems like he's missing the sense of the NHL game.  If he was drafted by any other team, I think he'd spend a year in the AHL.  He just doesn't seem NHL ready to me.

Overall, I was impressed with the Rangers play, there were no big mistakes.  However, we're playing the Penguins tomorrow which is a HUGE difference from playing the Oilers.  They're a more skilled team on both sides of the ice.  If Hank is back and 100%, Marc and Danny are against the 2 headed monster, the top line plays like they did tonight, and the Pack Line produces...we might be okay.  It's a battle for 2nd place in the division...not that it matters in mid November though.

My Tweets:
  • Who's that guy in the 26 and why is he playing well?
  • Erik, you don't have to rape your teammates when they score
  • PS my new love just doubled last seasons total
  • BOOGEYMAN gets a Simpsons cartoon on the jumbotron!
  • No. You do not touch Artie. Hands off my adorable Russian
  • Steps is so enamoured by the fight. I love it!
  • Hey Fro I know you want to prove something, but let Gaby get the hattie
  • Oh hi Oiler massacre
  • Personally witnessed a Gaborik hat trick, nbd        

Friday, November 12, 2010

Skipped the last two games

I never got around to updating after the Caps game on Tuesday.  Overall, I didn't think they played a bad game at all; of course they were inconsistent, but when playing against a team that is significantly more skilled, hard work can't always pay off.  Oh yeah, and I really hope Brian Boyle's improvements are the real thing and not a fluke.

As for last night...I only watched the 1st period and then Rangers in 60.  I was happy with the win, but the second period wasn't too impressive.  Except Marty.  For getting told he was playing a 6:00, I was incredibly impressed with Marty Biron, he just got in there and had an amazing game and made some ridic saves after other guys on the team (coughECcough) handed over the puck.

I don't dislike Steve Eminger anywhere near as much as I did in the beginning. 

However, in preseason I LOVED Fro...where did he go?

I saw something about Artie centering Gaby and I love the sound of that, except just as everyone else would say - I don't want to break up the Pack Line.  Cally's accuracy kinda sucks and the defensemen don't like Dubi get shots off....but they have the potential and I love them.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Rangers v. Blues 11/7/10

My Personal Highlights:

1. Marty proved that we can count on him...he made some great saves and prevented the score from being a lot worse than 2-0 (well 1-0 since empty netters don't count against the goalie)

2. Again, Dan Girardi was on top of his game for the most part.

3. Stepan is really coming back into his game and I still think it would be detrimental to him to send him to Hartford, he can't get acclimated to the NHL game unless he's there.

4. Prust never backing down from a fight.

5. When Crombeen had that nasty hit on Steps...Dubi was ready to beat the shit out of him.

My Favorite Things I Tweeted:
  • don't trip over each other boys, please?
  • ughhhhh really...penalty? Feddsssss
  • btw - am I the only one who thinks either Staal or Danny should be on Oshie?
  • "Oshie tried to wraparound and forgot the puck"
  • Artie is off tonight. Please come back bb. and Conklin, stop blocking my Cally's shots, please?
  • just a guess, but Boogey's benched for the rest of the night
  • love watching Dubi curse at the refs when they DON'T MAKE THE CALL AFTER HE GETS A HIGH STICK TO THE EYE
  • please score a goal...pleaseeeee? Dubi? Cally? Boyle? FROLOV?
  • 5 minute power play and they do shit. I give up on this game.     

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rangers v. Devils 11/5/10

My school schedule is making it difficult to do my recaps in a timely fashion...good thing this isn't a serious blog lol

My Personal Highlights:

1. Dan Girardi....I don't even know where to start.  There's a reason he's 1st in the league in blocked shots, he knows where to be at the right times, but that's not what impressed me most.  Wherever the Russian was, Girardi was never more than inches away. He got under Kovalchuk's skin so well that he made him take a bad penalty and get so frustrated that he did not play his best game.

2. Dubi being tied for #1 in the league in goals, which unfortunately was beat last night by Steve Stamkos, but if Dubes can pull off another performance on par with how he's been lately, then he can stay up near the top of the list.

3. I said it in my last game review, but Brandon Prust is just impressing me this season.  He's definitely having a career year regardless of how many points he has.

4. I will repeat that I'm falling in love with Brian Boyle.  He's goal came a good time to build up some momentum when too much time was being spent in our own zone.  While most of the work was done by Danny, Boyle knew where to be to deflect it in.

5. Again, the refs were not really paying attention.  It shocked me when Aves was able to draw a hooking penalty in NJ, but he took Adam Mair's high stick to the face and there was blood...but nothing was called.   I wasn't as annoyed though when Tallinder's OBVIOUS delay of game wasn't called just because I don't really understand that penalty.


I'm sure there were more, but I can't really remember what they were now lol

My Favorite Things I Tweeted:
  •  "Henrik Lundqvist against other teams, sometimes looks human, but against the Devils, looks super human" - Ken Daneyko 
  • okay goal of the not make Cally flip out in the press box
  • now Chico and Doc are complimenting Aves' play...what kind of alternate universe is this?
  • That's #9 - now Dubi's tied for 2nd in the league. Dubi Dubi Dooooooooooo
  • really Sully? Dubi's a horse?
  • I'm still in shock that Aves DREW a penalty and we're starting the 2nd on the PP
  • this almost looks like the DStep that played in Buffalo
  • ok now this is pressure boys...we should have a 5 on 3, but it's ok -- keep pressuring
  • I kinda like Steps with Trusty Prusty

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Rangers v. Flyers 11/4/2010

so out what I wanted...I got half of one...Dubi scored

My Personal Highlights: (not all positive)

1. Timmonen's hit on Cally...I'm actually wondering if that hurt his play because although he came back from that awful hit, he didn't play the way he has been lately.

2. The officiating was awful.  The Rangers were getting called for iffy penalties, but the Flyers weren't getting called for most of their bullshit....including that DIRTY hit by Carcillo on Feds.

3. Brandon Prust.  He's been impressing me for a few games, while his penalty was bad (and Zherdev should have been in the box for it too), he's still been playing very well.  I was also incredibly happy that he went after Carcillo, though it was a little late.

4. Boogey/Shelley - it was a little was slow moving and nothing really happened.

5. Brandon Dubinsky is currently tied for 3rd in the league in goals.  How long will he keep this up?

My Favorite Things I've Tweeted:
  • bad penalty Mike! I know everyone wants to slash the hell out of Carbomb...but don't do it
  • I was against it before -- but now I'm 100% for Dubi fucking up Richie....take the 5 minutes, Dubes
  • Dubi has more goals than Ovie. Just saying.
  • Dear Danny....make it up to us, please? and I don't mean with your pretty eyes
  • maybe EC's quote to reporters the other day is having an effect on his play?
  • seriously does every fucking former ranger out there need to score tonight
  • you've gotta be fucking kidding me right now.....where's the fucking penalty
  • I want Prusty on the ice right now against Carcillo.
  • I need to turn this off before I break my TV....why the fuck is Boogey on with Boyle? Did Torts take a blow to the head too?
  • hey guys...what happened to the team that was blocking shots and knocking bodies around the other night?            

Looking Towards Tonight

Okay first, I don't want to hear about that damn shootout anymore.  I was actually at the Rock because my friend got free club seats to Sabres @ Devils and I couldn't pass those up, but there was a TV and I watched the shootout surrounded by Devils fans.  It hurt. Jokinen is gone.
However - I will say a way, I was okay with not making the playoffs because of my Favorite...for those of you who don't remember, Cally came back from his knee injury too early in game 81, hit Pronger, and went back out.  Had the Rangers made the playoffs, we all know Cally would have wanted to play and could have done a lot more damage to his knee and who knows what could have happened.  Also, Hank was having knee problems and got to rest that more.  Don't get me wrong, it would have been amazing to make the playoffs and have a run like the Flyers did...but it is very obvious that they are back with a vengeance this year and I like what it's doing to some of them.


What I Want to See Tonight
  • Marc and Danny G flattening Carter and Richards any chance they get
  • Someone  to rattle the rookie (Bobrovsky) if he's playing...maybe a nice point shot coming too close (hey "Dr." Boyle...)
  • Former linemates Prust and Shelley fighting.
  • Boogey and Carbomb...some kind of interaction...isn't that why we signed him?
  • More amazing from the Pack line (Dubi is still tied with Ovechkin in goals and the Caps have played one more game)
  • A point from Stepan.  Goal, assist, I don't care...but a point
  • A whiny/sore loser post game interview from Mike Richards
anyone else want to see something different?

Rangers v. Hawks 11/1/10

Yeah...this post is a few days late, but I've been busy

My Personal Highlights: (since it's been a few days, they're not going to be in order)

1. By far one of the most amazing moments of my life: I met Ryan Callahan and he signed my jersey

I also met Marc Staal, Brian Boyle, Eric Christensen, and Brandon Prust (poor guy's eye is still pretty nasty looking) and Cally walked out with Girardi, Avery, and Lundqvist, but getting Cally to sign my jersey was more important than their autographs.


2. Jonathan Toews attempting to fight Brian Boyle...umm Tazer, he's a good 6 inches taller than you and prob close to 50 pounds heavier...either way, it was hilarious

3. Danny G's ability to block shots is ridiculous

4. I was shaking and almost crying when Cally didn't come out to start the 3rd, but then when I saw him assist Dubi's second goal, life was better again.

5. The intensity of the crowd at MSG

6. I actually noticed Step and he had some decent chances.  I've been torn about sending him back down to Hartford...he would get a lot more minutes there, but it wouldn't make him NHL ready as much as playing the 10 minutes per game with the Rangers.  He's adjusting, once he gets more comfortable, I think he'll play better.  I know I have high hopes for the kid, but I don't want to give up on him.

7. At one point, I turned to my friend and said "I think this is the first time that I don't find Patrick Sharp's wrister to be sexy"

Favorite Things I Tweeted:
  • For those of you who drink...take a shot any time Marc flattens Toews lol
  • Yay Dubes and that's a 7 game point streak for Favorite!
  • Why does Dubes look hurt? No bb please don't be.
  • Cally just blocked a Keith slapshot now I might cry
  • On the plus side, Steps playing pretty well...EC on the other hand...
  • Ok 3rd about figuring out what to do with rebounds?
  • Where the fuck is Ryan Callahan?!
  • And Cally's back. Such a beast
  • I'm sorry I doubted you Erik
  • Jonathan Toews just started a fight with Brian Boyle? What even lol
  • RANGERS WIN! Love you Dubes         

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Few Little Notes

I'm not watching the game tonight because I'm going to a Halloween party, so I might compile other people's tweets to share lol

I'm going to add some other features to this blog - probably gonna do a lot of picture captioning because the boys make great faces.

Hopes for Tonight:
- 4 in 4 for Favorite (please?)
- Hank rocking it
- Defense to actually be there
- More improvement out of Step...last night was a step in the right direction
- Less than 4 giveaways from Del Zotto
- Rozi to again prove to the haters that he's having the best season of his career so they shut up (I got really pissed last night at the Garden when people were booing him when his name got announced on the starting line)
- Aves to cause some trouble, but not enough to get him in the box
- Frolov to SHOW UP

am I being too hopeful? lol

(Assumed) Lines for Tonight (with some commentary):
Dubi - Artie - Cally aka the Pack Line (See I want to see them keep up exactly how they've been playing.  They've got so much drive and passion that they're just amazing to watch.
Aves - Boyle - Feds ...Boyle earned his spot on this line and I'd love to see him continuing to improve, use his body, and find the back of the net.  Aves has been pretty spot on and Feds is a good compliment
Fro - Step - Prust ...this is where I want the most improvement.  Prust has been playing very well, but see above for my Fro/Step comments.  What happened to the guys who played in preseason?
EC - White - Grachev This line is just a wtf's kinda like the leftovers...EC needs to step it up and even with his limited ice time, Grach did a few good things last night - he had a couple of good hits and was able to create turnovers out of them

I want to say put Staal and Danny G back together, but then we'd only have 1 solid defensive line.  I almost want to see Gilly up a pair and DZ down a pair just for one game...maybe it'll up DZ's play a bit.

Rangers v. Canes 10/29/2010

My Personal Highlights

1. Again - Ryan Callahan is a beast and should be wearing a C on his jersey.

2. Marc Staal scored to show up his brother (who had 2 assists, so it's iffy if this was successful)

3. The defense is weak...except Girardi, he seems to be showing up more and more every game...maybe that's why he's +6 on the season

4. I like Del Zotto, I do...but maybe a night off will do him good...which leads to

5. Being benched might be one of the best things to happen to DStep all season -- kid's been off at every home game, but I noticed a huge difference tonight: he was winning face offs, making plays, and had a few shots on goal.

6. In the end, I think we lost because Ward was on the top of his game....

7. and the refs were inconsistent with their calls.

My Favorite Things I Tweeted:
  • Marc and Eric are both starting #staalsarebrothers
  • Seriously did people boo Rozi? He played better than Staal the other night
  • Nice use of the body, favorite! (AN: Favorite = Callahan, words are interchangeable)
  • That's how you show your brother who's best!
  • Dubi Dubi Doo. And top line does it again
  • The Russian kid can hit!
  • Does Dancin Larry own Ranger gear other than that Graves jersey?
  • I wonder what would have happened if the Rangers showed up for the 1st period        

Rangers v. Thrashers 10/27/10

My Personal Highlights
1. Ryan Callahan is a fucking beast.

2. I am falling in love with Brian Boyle more and more every game

3. Danny wants to be goalie.

4. For some reason, the Rangers forget that there are 3 periods/60 minutes in a hockey game

My favorite things I tweeted:
  • my favorite’s good at hitting….or in hockey talk “using the body” :P
  • ugghhh Buff get off my bb DZ!
  • hey aggressive forecheck, where’d you go?
  • Marc, stop it! You have this bad habit of putting us down to a 5 on 3, so no roughing around the net. thanks.
  • Staal + Girardi + Cally on PK = <3 (although I wish I didn’t have to keep learning that)
  • Dru is losing his “clutch” name…Boyle is now Mr. Clutch
  • Danny be a goalie now?
  • Dear Rangers…on Friday/for the rest of the season, remember there are THREE periods in a game. Not 1.