Thursday, April 30, 2009

Drury Won't Need Surgery

Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants has this quote from Chris Drury on his broken right hand...

"The good news today is I don't need surgery," said Drury, who will wear a brace for a couple of weeks.

...while I give Drury all the credit in the word for playing with a broken hand, I feel the Rangers should have shut him down for the series. They went 2-0 (1 regular season game) without him and his hand limited his effectiveness. I know he scored the game winner in Game 4, but I think he ended up hurting the Rangers more than helping.

Speaking of not needing surgery Gross also reports that Blair Betts refused to rip Donald Brashear for his blow to the head.

Finally, Gross has Sean Avery heaping praise on John Tortorella.

RIP 2008-09 Rangers

Over at Puck Daddy, J.P. from Japers' Rink (a Washington Capitals blog) eulogizes the 2008-09 Rangers...

"Friends, we gather today as we have 68 times over the last 69 years, to mourn yet another spring without a Stanley Cup championship for our beloved New York Rangers, victims this season of death by asphyxiation; for when their leader, the mighty King Henrik, choked, there was nary a Blueshirt around to perform the Heimlich maneuver."

...this eulogy is brutal. But sadly, I can't refute any of it.

Tortorella's Exit Interview

Arthur Staple at Blue Notes posts John Tortorella's exit interviews with reporters today which ranged from subjects such as Game 7, the direction of the franchise and his suspension...

On whether the team needed better talent, or the talent it has wasn't good enough:

"Both. I'm not the manager of the club, and we're going to have meetings in two weeks to determine what our team is. But I can step out and say I don't think we have it totally, as far as within our team, and I don't think we got it totally from the people on our team." that's a tough statement. Wonder how the players are going to react?

Thursday Headlines

The Journal News - Bottom line is the Rangers aren't good enough

Newsday - Inevitably, change coming to Rangers in offseason

Newsday - GREG LOGAN: No offense, but offense rules the NHL

New York Times - Fixing the Rangers’ Problems Is Harder Than Masking Them

New York Post - Bring St. Louis to NY

Daily News - Rangers need scoring wings who don't cost a lot

The Bergen Record - Rangers sing the blues

The Bergen Record - Rangers' five questions

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

No Surgery For Betts

Rick Carpiniello at the Rangers Report says that Blair Betts' fractured orbital bone will not require surgery and he should be fine over time.

...great to hear as Betts is the most underrated player on the team.

More Offseason Thoughts

Rick Carpiniello at the Rangers Report says the Rangers struggles this year came down to one thing, scoring goals.

While Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants looks at a number of different issues including scoring, Henrik Lundqvist, who to sign and the power play.

Finally Stu Hackel at Slap Shot looks at both the Rangers and Devils collapses last night.

Zipay's Offseason Game Plan

Steve Zipay at Blue Notes gives his five things that must be addressed this offseason including clearing cap space, fixing the power play, who to keep & who to dump, finding scoring and whether John Tortorella will be around for the entire season next year...

Here's Zipay on the most important thing, cap space...

"This will be one of the trickiest offseasons leaguewide, with 40 percent of players either restricted or unrestricted free agents and the salary cap expected to go down in 2010-11, which will affect long-term contracts. So this is easier said than done. But before any missing pieces can be added, the brass and coach John Tortorella need to create some room. About $41 million of the $56.9- million cap is committed to nine players (Henrik Lundqvist, Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Wade Redden. Michal Rozsival, Markus Naslund, Sean Avery, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi). One or two for them could be asked to waive a no-trade clause and be sent elsewhere or bought out, with the latter spreading the future cap hit over a number of years. A buyout isn't unprecedented: Think Knicks or Bobby Holik in 2005, who had two years remaining on his contract."

...Sather is going to have to get real creative this offseason if he wants to re-sign our important players (Dubinsky & Callahan) as well as bringing in a much needed sniper.

Rangers Fans Can Take Solace In Similar Devils Collapse

George Bretherton at Slap Shot says 30 minutes after Ranger fans saw the Blueshirts season end they had reason to rejoice...

"The Devils shocking collapse late in their own Game 7 against Carolina turned what should have been a series-deciding victory into a heartbreaking season-ending defeat. With the fierce rivalry between the Rangers and the Devils, such a loss is sure to have trash-talking value when the teams renew their rivalry next season."

...while the Rangers series collapse was pretty brutal, to lose a Game 7 by surrendering the tying and winning goal inside the final two minutes is on a whole other level. MMMMAAARRRTTTYYY!!!!

Rangers Top 12 Prospects

Shane Molloy at TSN looks at the Rangers top 12 prospects which includes Bobby Sanguinetti (#1), Michael Del Zotto (#3) and Evgeny Grachev (#5).

On Grachev, Molloy says...

"This Russian prospect could either tease Ranger fans or bring them out of their seats screaming. He has the tools to produce offence at an NHL, since he has the hockey sense and puck skills to play a high-tempo game. At times, Gratchev (sp)can dominate the offensive zone with his stick-handing ability and poise with the puck. What makes him potentially dangerous is his huge frame and formidable skating ability. To his credit, he does not shy away from the traffic areas and draws defenders to him to open space up for his linemates. His defensive game is improving, as Gratchev (sp) realizes he has to make much quicker decisions on a smaller ice surface. He has garnered good experience playing in the OHL and has adjusted to the North American game. The question remains whether Gratchev (sp) is willing to pay the price long-term to play in the NHL."

...with the Rangers cap situation, young guys like Sanguinetti, Del Zotto and Grachev might actually have the chance to make the team next year.

...and come on Molloy, it's Grachev not Gratchev.

Wednesday Headlines

The Journal News - Rangers sent packing by Caps

Newsday - Rangers eliminated as Caps' Federov scores late

Newsday - Mark Herrmann: Rangers must worry about roster change, not culture

Newsday - Tortorella praises Avery as player on the edge

New York Times - The Rangers See Red as a Series and a Season Melt Away



Daily News - Rangers Cap collapse in Game 7

The Bergen Record - Rangers come up short in Game 7

The Bergen Record - Caps' gamesmanship

The Bergen Record - Sullivan: Shared misery as season comes to stunning end

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Capitals 2, Rangers 1 (Caps win series 4-3)

The New York Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals by the score of 2-1, tonight and lost the series 4-3 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up. For a recap and box score go to Yah00! Sports.

...despite the outcome, that was an outstanding Game 7. As was the issue all year, just not enough offense from the Rangers. think Lundqvist needs to work on high glove side this off-season?

...Avery was an absolute beast tonight.

...i don't feel that they lost us the game, but the officiating was atrocious tonight. Too many infractions not called to mention. And that's just on Avery. Bettman wanted Pens/Caps in the second round and I'm sure he let the refs know it.

...if the Rangers played the way they did in the first two periods tonight the entire series they would have won. The puck was in the Caps end more in those two periods than in the last two games combined.

...i'm sure I'll have a lot of season recaps to post over the next few days, but the off-season is officially upon us Ranger fans. So who do you think they'll sign on July 1st?

Rangers @ Capitals (Game 7)

The New York Rangers visit the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals match-up tonight at the Verizon Center starting at 7:00 p.m. The series is tied at 3-3. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.

For last minute news go to The Rangers Report or Blue Notes.

Probable Lines:


Henrik Lundqvist - 3-3, 3.19 gaa, .907 sv%, 1 so.

Simeon Varlamov - 3-2, 1.21 gaa, .954 sv%, 2 so.

Opponent Notes:
- Alex Ovechkin has scored a goal in each of the past three games.

- Capitals captain Chris Clark could play tonight for the suspended Donald Brashear after being sidelined since January because of wrist surgery.

- The Capitals had a 34-26 edge in face-offs in Game 6.

- The Capitals have scored goals on nine of the 34 shots taken in the last two games on Henrik Lundqvist.

- Tom Poti finished with one goal and three assists in Game 6.

Opponent Blog:
Capitals Kremlin

Boudreau Can't Figure Out Brashear Suspension

Tarik El-Bashir at the Capitals Insider has this comment from Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau on the Donald Brashear suspension...

"I'm upset -- disappointed is a better word," Boudreau said. "I can't figure it out and I don't think it's best for me to comment on that. It is what it is. As long as [the standard] is the same [for everyone], I guess that's what they're going for. We didn't think it would go that high, and we're disappointed in it, but what are you going to do?" Boudreau kidding me? Avery was suspended for six games for talking earlier this year and he thinks six games for a head shot is excessive?

Voros & Anisimov Most Likely In

Steve Zipay at Blue Notes reports that according to coach John Tortorella, he will make a game-time decision of whether to dress rookie Artem Anisimov for his NHL playoff debut or Colton Orr. But without suspended Cap enforcer Donald Brasher and the need for a center without the injured Blair Betts, it appears Anisimov will dress.

While Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants has numerous quotes from Tortorella about playing in a Game 7 and the players mindsets.

...when did Voros all of a sudden get an automatic spot in the line-up? Rangers are 1-2 with him in the line-up this post season.

Antropov A Flop in Playoffs

Damien Cox at the Toronto Star writes that Nik Antrpov's reputation of not being regarded as a big-game player is holding true in this year's playoffs...

"He hasn't scored in the last five games, and along with Nikolai Zherdev and Markus Naslund, Antropov is being fingered as one of the offensive culprits behind New York's collapse after once holding a 3-1 lead in this Eastern Conference series with Washington that will conclude with a Game 7 tonight."

Cox adds that Antropov now has only three goals in 34 career playoff games.

...this reputation all goes away if Antropov can get a couple of goals tonight.

Game 7 Viewing Party @ Ziegfeld Theatre

The Rangers will be hosting a Game 7 Viewing Party tonight at Clearview's Ziegfeld Theatre starting at 6pm.

Enjoy Game 7 in High Definition on the largest single screen in Manhattan. Meet Rangers legend Adam Graves and longtime Blueshirts star Nick Fotiu, and enjoy a special Rangers party featuring playoff giveaways, autographed prizes.

Admission is free. To RSVP and print out a ticket click here.

It's Been a Circus Lately

Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants reminds Rangers fans that despite everything going on around the Rangers there is a Game 7 tonight...

"Lost among the time and effort spent reporting on suspensions, crowd control and he said-he saids over biting accusations is the fact that there's a significant hockey game to be played tonight at the Verizon Center. One in which the Rangers may have a puncher's chance if Henrik Lundqvist rediscovers his Superman form and about 50 percent of the team rediscovers the confidence it had through the series' first five games. One in which the Rangers go in knowing all signs point to their season ending, not continuing, after tonight."

Gross also has numerous quotes from players.

...hopefully these guys can start focusing on playing hockey and not everything else surrounding the team.

The Bearded Man Speaks

Dan Steinberg at the DC Sports Blog speaks with the bearded Capitals fan who razzed John Tortorella starting the whole incident that lead to Tortorella's suspension...

"I leaned in to the little crack [in the glass], and I didn't yell and scream, I just said it very calmly," Ron told me. "I leaned into the crack and I said, 'Nice job coach, your guys put up 15 shots and your [slang term for cats] couldn't even put in a goal.' And then he just went crazy."

From his days in the Cap Centre, Ron said he was accustomed to coaches spritzing rowdy fans with water bottles, and when Tortorella turned, that's what he anticipated. But he said Tortorella crossed a line by soaking him with water.

"If it had been just a little squirt I would have just laughed it off, but he just went crazy and darn near emptied that bottle on me," Ron said. "After he emptied that bottle on me I just threw that beer. Well, it was half a beer....And it just went crazy from there."

Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy has more on the incident.

...Wyshynski brings up a great point in his blog post. How does this guy not get thrown out of the game for dumping a beer on Tortorella?

...everyone always makes a big deal about how classless Rangers fans are. But Capital fans are taking classless to a whole new level.

Tortorella Not to Blame

Adam Proteau at The Hockey News says John Tortorella and his suspension are not to blame for the Rangers being on the verge of blowing a 3-1 series lead to the Capitals...

"With the series headed back to Washington – and with the Caps looking like they’re going to rebound from a 3-1 series deficit and move on to the second round – Tortorella’s regrettable Game 5 actions are going to be labeled by some as one of the main reasons the Rangers blew it.

That’s just not the case. As has become clear with every listless on-ice shift by the New Yorkers, this series never has been in the Rangers’ control. It’s been in the control of Lundqvist for three games and out of his control for the other three."

...have to agree with Proteau, the Rangers problem go a lot deeper than Tortorella.

Tuesday Headlines

The Journal News - Despite it all, Rangers aren't done yet

Newsday - Mark Herrmann: Time for accountability from Rangers

Newsday - Tortorella on Game 7: There's no pressure on us

Newsday - Jim Baumbach: Rangers' blame game won't help

Newsday - Capitals' Brashear suspended for six games

New York Times - Caps’ Lose Enforcer Brashear as Rangers’ Tortorella Returns





Daily News - Torts confident going into Game 7

Daily News - Raissman: Rangers & Devils get cold shoulder

The Bergen Record - Step right up to the sideshow on ice

The Bergen Record - NHL sends Caps’ tough guy packing

Brashear Gets Six Games reports that Washington forward Donald Brashear has been suspended for six games by the National Hockey League and will miss Tuesday's Game 7 of the Capitals' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal round series.

Either Chris Clark or Michale Nylander will play in Brashear's spot tonight. might not think losing Brashear is that big a deal for Washington, but they are 3-1 with him in the line-up in the series.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Morrisonn: 'I Didn't Do That'

Tarik El-Bashir at the Capitals Insider reports that Shaone Morrisonn denied the Rangers' claims that he bit Brandon Dubinsky on the arm saying...

"I have no idea," he said. "I have no idea what he's talking about, what that's all about actually. It's weird that they're talking about that."

...obviously I'm partisan, but I can't believe that Dubinsky would lie about this. What would he have to gain from it?

Notes From Practice

Rick Carpiniello at the Rangers Report notes that Blair Betts is out long term with a broken orbital bone in addition to a concussion. Donald Brashear has a hearing with the NHL today regarding the hit—which John Tortorella said was not an elbow, but said it was “a head shot and late.”

Tortorella is not sure if Artem Anisimov will play tomorrow, or if both Colton Orr and Aaron Voros will be in the lineup.

Carpiniello also posts a confrontation between John Tortorella and New York Post Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks.

On the effort of his best players Tortorella says...

“I don’t think it has to do with effort. It’s just simple. We had some chances to finish and we didn’t get it done. I’ll tell you when I watch it, I know it’s not effort. I’m not saying all of them, and I’m not going to give you names, but I most of our guys are trying — our top players. So it’s a matter of feeling the pressure a little bit, to score a big goal at a key time. They care. I’m not going ot say these guys don’t care. They don’t like being embarrassed in their own building … it’s been a fight. I know it’s been a fight prior to when I came here, and it’s been a fight since I came, too.”

...lots going on at practice today. Hopefully they had enough time to focus on tomorrow's game.

Anisimov Called Up

Steve Zipay at Blue Notes reports that the Rangers have called up Artem Anisimov and assumes he'll be in there for Blair Betts tomorrow night.

...Korpikoski was able to come in and score in an elimination game last year, albeit in a losing effort. Let's hope Anisimov can do the same in a winning effort.

Rangers Go As Lundqvist Goes

Dan Rosen at reports that the Rangers struggles in the last two games of their first round match-up with the Capitals have coincided with Henrik Lundqvist's...

"The Rangers’ worst nightmare has come true in the last two games against the Washington Capitals. Lundqvist hasn't been there to bail them out like he was through most of the first four games of this best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal round series." would be nice to see the team bail Lundqvist out for once.

Capitals Proving They're the Better Team

Wes Goldsteing at CBS Sportsline says that the Capitals last two games proves they are the far superior team to the Rangers...

"Truth is you don't have to scratch deep below the surface to understand why the Caps are one of the league's best teams and the Rangers are not. Washington is bigger, faster, far more skilled and for the most part -- certainly since being pushed to the brink of elimination -- the Caps have played with a level of ferocity that has been too much for New York to handle."

Pierre LeBrun at agrees.

...tough to argue if you're a Rangers fan.

Monday Headlines

The Journal News - Rangers have shameful day on, off ice

Newsday - Rangers pushed to the brink after losing Game 6

Newsday - Capitals firing on all cylinders

Newsday - Rangers need Lundqvist to return to form

Newsday - Mark Herrmann: Don't give up, Rangers fans; anything can happen

Newsday - Betts lost to vicious elbow to head by Brashear

New York Times - No Tortorella and No Spark for Rangers in Game 6 Loss




Daily News - Caps rip Rangers, force Game 7

Daily News - Ziegel: Torts all wet, out of options

Daily News - Rangers bite back, want league to hit Caps

The Bergen Record - Rangers forced to Game 7 by Capitals

The Bergen Record - Notes: Wrong kind of shot

The Bergen Record - Sather calls for discipline

The Bergen Record - Rangers/Capitals: Hero, goat, bottom line

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Betts Significantly Hurt; Dubinsky Receives Tetanus Shot

Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants reports that Jim Schoenfeld said that Blair Betts was "hurt significantly" when Donald Brashear hit him with an elbow to the head.

"It was a late hit to the head," Schoenfield said. "It was pretty vicious. The league will look at it and make their own ruling."

...if Brashear isn't suspended for a vicous blow to the head after Tortorella was suspended for squirting water and Avery for saying "sloppy seconds" I might have to seriously consider not watching hockey anymore.

...huge blow to the Rangers if their best penalty killer and defensive forward can't go in Game 7.

Gross also reports that Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrisonn bit Brandon Dubinsky at 15:03 of the second period, which required Dubinsky to take a tetanus shot after the game. this a joke? Like I said in my game recap, I really didn't watch the game after the first period. Talk about a classless organization. It started with the Caps fans throwing garbage on the ice and dumping beer on Tortorella. Now its trickled down to the players.

Rangers Request Proper Security for Game 7

Steve Zipay at Blue Notes reports that the Rangers sent a letter to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman requesting proper security measures for Game 7...

Here's part of the letter...

Dear Gary:

In addition to your suspension of Coach Tortorella for his actions during last night's game, we respectfully request that you consider appropriate discipline in light of Washington's gross negligence in ensuring the safety of the personnel on the Rangers' bench, including Coach Tortorella, in the face of the Rangers' repeated requests for intervention against egregious fan misconduct during Game 5. As importantly, we would like the League's intervention to ensure that there are adequate security measures in place to protect our personnel in the event there is a Game 7 in Washington.

...i think the Rangers need to worry less about security and more about winning games.

Capitals 5, Rangers 3 (Tied 3-3)

The New York Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals by the score of 5-3, today and the series is now tied at 3-3 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up. For a recap and box score go to Yah00! Sports.

...thankfully it was such a nice day out I was able stop watching another dreadful game and enjoy myself. I only really watched the first period, which was more than enough. the last three years Colton Orr has been a healthy scratch twice and both times the Rangers paid for it. The first one was two years ago when Renney sat Orr for an afternoon game against the Flyers and Philly came out like the old Broad Street Bullies and pounded the Rangers from one end of the ice to the other. Today was the other and I think you all saw what happened. Now I don't want to overstate Orr's importance to the Rangers, but when the opponent has a player like Brashear in the line-up Orr has to be an automatic.

...and by the way how did both refs miss that? the last two games Lundqvist has gone from stealing this series for the Rangers to losing it for them.

...another negative to sitting Avery last game was he came out very tentative today. And a tentative Avery is an ineffective Avery.

...was Antropov suspended for today's game also?

...hopefully, the Rangers two goal third period gives them some confidence going into Game 7.

...this series is almost a microcosm of the Rangers entire season. Shoot out of the gate to a 3-1 lead using smoke and mirrors then struggle mightily to score and win games. Hopefully for the Rangers they end the series on the same high note they ended the regular season with.

...Game 7 on Tuesday. Nothing else to say.

Rangers vs. Capitals (Game 6)

The New York Rangers host the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals match-up tonight at MSG starting at 2:00 p.m. The Rangers lead the series 3-2. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.

For last minute news go to The Rangers Report or Blue Notes.

Probable Lines:


Henrik Lundqvist - 3-2, 2.57 gaa, .914 sv%, 1 so.

Simeon Varlamov - 2-2, 0.76 gaa, .969 sv%, 2 so.

Opponent Notes:
- Matt Bradley scored his first two goals of the series in Game 5.

- The Capitals only outshot the Rangers 21-20 in Game 5 after outshooting them 149-99 in the previous four games.

- The Game 5 shutout was the first at home for the Caps since 2001.

- Alex Ovechkin has scored two goals in the last two games .

- Simeon Varlamov has given up three goals in four games.

Opponent Blog:
Japers' Rink

...i just took a guess that Avery is going to be back in there. Don't be surprised to see Voros again. Maybe for Orr.

Game 6 Playoff Bus Tour Schedule reports will be in full gear for Game 6 at Madison Square Garden.

Join fellow blueshirt fanatics on Rangers double decker buses prior to home playoff games and cheer the broadway blueshirts throughout your ride.

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Departures are at 12 p.m. (noon) and 12:45 p.m.

Numbers Should Mean Capitals Domination

Dan Rosen at crunches the numbers in the Rangers/Capitals series and says they don't add up to a Rangers 3-2 lead...

"The Caps have outscored the Rangers, 12-7, including a pair of 4-0 whitewashings. They have outshot the Rangers, 170-119. Don't even try to count how many scoring chances the Caps have had compared the Rangers."

...i can give you two words why the Rangers are up in the series...Henrik Lundqvist.

Sunday Headlines

The Journal News - Bottle throw leaves Rangers' coach in hot water

Newsday - NHL suspends Tortorella for Game 6

Newsday - Mark Herrmann: Rangers' storyline full of ironies and oddities

New York Times - N.H.L. Suspends Rangers Coach Tortorella for Game 6


Daily News - NHL pours 1-game ban on Torts

Daily News - Triumph & Tragedy: Gilroy's long road to the NHL

The Bergen Record - NHL suspends Tortorella one game for fan incident

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tortorella Suspended for Tomorrow's Game reports that John Tortorella has been suspended for one game for squirting a fan with water and throwing a water bottle that struck a fan during Game 5 Friday night.

Steve Zipay at Blue Notes reports that with the Hartford Wolf Pack eliminated from the AHL playoffs, head coach Ken Gernander could assist former Caps coach Jim Schoenfeld behind the bench Sunday afternoon.

Jane McManus at the Rangers Report has the Rangers official statement on the suspension...

“We disagree with the suspension and will have no further comment.”

...i've got to agree with the suspension. You do something as stupid as throwing a water bottle into the crowd and you're going to pay the price.

...i said it earlier today, how very hypocritical for Tortorella to loose his cool the same night he sits Avery for doing the same.

...not sure what this is going to do for the Rangers mind-set tomorrow, but you have to assume it won't do any good.

Mistake Sitting Avery

George Bretherton at Slap Shots says John Tortorella miscalculated the impact Sean Avery has on the Rangers by sitting him last night...

"The idea that the Rangers could play with more edge, passion and intensity without Avery was put to rest by their abysmal performance in Game 5. If the Blueshirts are going to have any chance at finishing off the Capitals in this series, they need every ounce of what Avery brings to the ice. The only thing Avery’s benching proved is that it isn’t a good idea to give away even one game as the underdog in a best-of-seven series."

Bretherton then reminds us that including the playoffs, the Rangers are 69-30-19 with Avery in the lineup since he was acquired in 2007.

...listen, I respect Tortorella for trying to send a message to Avery and the team last night. But I feel he took it a little too far. He could have easily sat Avery down and spoken to him about the negative impact his actions were having on the team and that if he does it again, then, he'd be benched. Similar to Avery's suspension earlier in the year the punishment did not fit the crime.

...not sure Avery would have made a difference on the score board last night, but I can assure you the Rangers would have played with a higher battle level.

Tortorella Loses Cool, May Face Suspension

Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports on an incident between John Tortorella and Capitals fans during last night's game...

"Tortorella, who may have thought he had been doused by a beer or spat upon during a television timeout, wheeled toward the stands and threw a bottle over the high glass protecting the bench.

With his suit jacket wet, Tortorella then grabbed a stick out of the hands of Aaron Voros and appeared ready to joust with a spectator before he assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld grabbed him."

...Tortorella sits Avery for a lack of discipline and then goes out and does this? Talk about hypocritical.

...and what is up with the fans in DC? I also noticed after Game 1 fans throwing garbage at the Rangers. Disgusting.

Saturday Headlines

The Journal News - Rangers can't close out Caps

Newsday - Capitals blank Rangers, cut deficit to 3-2

Newsday - Mark Herrmann: Tortorella shows who is leading Rangers

Newsday - Tortorella benches Avery for Game 5

New York Times - With Another Shutout, Caps Force Rangers to Game 6


Daily News - Blueshirts blown out by Caps

Daily News - Avery scratched after rash of penalties

The Bergen Record - Not a Grate night for the Rangers

Friday, April 24, 2009

Capitals 4, Rangers 0 (NYR 3-2)

The New York Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals by the score of 4-0, tonight and now have a 3-2 series lead in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up. For a recap and box score go to Yah00! Sports.

...and that's why you can't sit Sean Avery. I know Tortorella tried to send a message, but all of us who've watched this team all year know the Rangers show no passion when Avery's not in the line-up.

...and the worst part about Torts sitting Avery is that his message didn't even sink in. Selfish penalty by Gomez right off the bat followed by a too many men on the ice.

...have the Rangers hit 10 shots on goal yet?'s gotten so bad the Rangers might have to start declining penalties.

...i guess the strategy for the Capitals now is to shoot less, because after only scoring 8 goals on 149 shots in the first four games, they score 4 on only 21 tonight. Go figure.

...does Valiquette get the start on Sunday? Calm down, I'm joking.

...Ovechkin = ridiculous. to give credit to Dubinsky for being the only Ranger who seemed to want to be out there. While Gomez continues to look like he doesn't.

...Drury only 7:21 of ice time. Why is he in the line-up if he can't play?

...another game to just throw out similar to Game 3. I expect to see a much better Rangers team on Sunday with Avery back in the line-up.

Avery Out, Voro In

John Gianonne just reported on MSG that Sean Avery will not play tonight and Aaron Voros will take his place.

No word on line combinations.

...i have to admit I'm shocked. Tortorella just sent a message that no one is bigger than the team and undiscipline action will not be tolerated.

Rangers @ Capitals (Game 5)

The New York Rangers visit the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals match-up tonight at the Verizon Center starting at 7:00 p.m. The Rangers lead the series 3-1. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.

For last minute news go to The Rangers Report or Blue Notes.

Probable Lines:


Henrik Lundqvist - 3-1, 2.00 gaa, .946 sv%, 1 so.

Simeon Varlamov - 1-2, 1.01 gaa, .962 sv%, 1 so.

Opponent Notes:
- Washington has outshot (149-99) and outscored (8-7) the Rangers in the first four games.

- This is the second straight year Washington has been down 3-1 in their first round playoff series. Last year after being down 3-1 against the Flyers they forced a Game 7 only to lose in overtime.

- The Caps have not won a playoff series since they beat Buffalo to win the Eastern Conference championship 11 years ago.

- The Caps went 0-for-6 on power play in Game 4.

Opponent Blog:
Storming the Crease

Laich: 'Bodies Are Going to Be Flying'

Tarik El-Bashir (who does an outstanding job) at the Capitals Insider has this quote from Brooks Laich on what to expect from the desperate Capitals tonight...

"Tonight you're going to see everything thrown at them," Laich said. "Anything we can do. Pucks are going to be coming from everywhere. Bodies are going to be flying. There's going to be scrums in front of the net. We just have to make sure we are more determined than they are."

...the Rangers better be ready from the opening whistle because the Capitals are going to come out like there's no tomorrow. If the Blueshirts can fend off the Capitals initial onslaught they should be ok.

Rangers Host Three Viewing Parties Tonight

Repost... reports that the Rangers will be hosting events in Manhattan at Stout on 32nd Street, The Black Bear Bar & Grill in Hoboken and The Brazen Fox in White Plains for tonight's game.

Meet fellow Rangers fans and alumni, win playoff tickets and receive great prizes.

Festivities at each location begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Rangers pre-game show on MSG HD.

Pre-Game Quotes

Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants has numerous quotes from John Tortorella including this one on why he won't speak publicly about Sean Avery...

"You guys (the media), because of what Sean did the other night, want to make it a Sean Avery thing. I coach the New York Rangers. I think team concept is the most important thing. I can't control what you guys do. You do what you do, I'll do what I do." have to assume, despite Avery's lack of discipline, he will be in there tonight.

Line-Up Still Uncertain

Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants reports that John Tortorella noted this morning that he was still unsure of what his lines would look like tonight.

Gross adds that Tortorella would not specifically address Sean Avery's status, saying he would only talk about the Rangers as a team and that there were several players whose status for tonight might be game-time decisions because they're banged up.

...i'm assuming this is more about throwing the Capitals off than whether Avery should be in the line-up or not.

Leetch's Brother Continues to Inspire

Dan Schwartz at writes about Brian Leetch's admiration for his brother Eric, an Army Captain...

"The biggest thing that I'm impressed with by my brother when I see him now is that he hasn't changed that much as a person," Leetch said. "He's gone through so many different experiences with things that I could never relate to, but yet he's kept his values and his beliefs. He's matured as a person like I have." a society we always look to athletes as our heroes, but this article reminds us who the real heroes are.

My Interview With KuklasKorner

For those of you interested I was recently interviewed by Patrick Hoffman over at KuklasKorner. Here's a snipet...

PH: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to get involved in hockey as a writer/blogger?

KD: I never had any plans on becoming a sports writer growing up or even into adulthood. One day about a year and a half ago I just got tired of surfing all over the internet looking for Ranger news. I figured I wasn’t the only one, so I decided to start a blog that would post every news item, rumor, column, and video I could find on the Rangers in one spot. It’s almost like a clearinghouse for Ranger news. I also add my own unique opinion in each blog post to make it my own. Unfortunately for me, I’m still searching the internet for Ranger news but, hopefully I’ve made life a little easier for Ranger fans who may not have the time to surf the net for hours on end.

...shameless plug I know.

Rangers Have History on Their Side

Kenny Albert at notes the Rangers success when up in a playoff series 3 to 1...

"The Rangers have led 12 previous best-of-seven series 3-games-to-1. They won all 12 series:1950 vs. Montreal (4-1), 1972 vs. Montreal (4-2), 1973 vs. Boston (4-1), 1979 vs. Philadelphia (4-1), 1981 vs. St. Louis (4-2), 1990 vs. Islanders (4-1), 1994 vs. Washington (4-1), 1994 vs. Vancouver (4-3), 1995 vs. Quebec (4-2), 1997 vs. Florida (4-1), 1997 vs. New Jersey (4-1) and 2008 vs. New Jersey (4-1)."

Albert does a great job cruching all the numbers in this series. Definitely click the above link to check them out.

...does this mean we should start booking our tickets to Boston?

Friday Headlines

The Journal News - Rangers look to close out Caps tonight

Newsday - Is Avery hurting Rangers more than helping them?

New York Times - Rangers’ Upper Hand Could Be Undone by a Wild Card





Daily News - Rangers may tell Avery to take seat

The Bergen Record - Rangers need to behave

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Avery to Sit for Game 5?

Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants has this quote from John Tortorella on whether Sean Avery will play in Game 5...

"I'm not talking about lineups," Tortorella said. "I know that question is going to come up quite a bit. Our lineup will be our lineup when we play the game tomorrow night."

He then added this on team discipline...

"If we keep on flirting with the discipline problems, we'll lose and not just one game," Tortorella said. "Momentum changes. We've been flirting with that all series long. A big part of our situation last night was I thought our penalty killing was just outstanding, along with some great goaltending at key times. You cannot keep going to the well like that with the lack of discipline we have shown at times and expect to continue to compete in the series. We've gone there too many times."

Gross also reports on some interesting line combinations at today's practice.'ve got to assume Avery will be in there on Friday, however, one selfish penalty and he'll be getting Zherdev's spot on the end of the bench.

Rangers to Hold Three Viewing Parties for Game 5 reports that for Game 5 this Friday, the Rangers will be hosting events in Manhattan at Stout on 32nd Street, The Black Bear Bar & Grill in Hoboken and The Brazen Fox in White Plains.

Meet fellow Rangers fans and alumni, win playoff tickets and receive great prizes.

Festivities at each location begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Rangers pre-game show on MSG HD.

...where's the LI party? Just because we live out here doesn't mean we're Islander fans.

Backstrom: We're Not Done

Tarik El-Bashir at the Capitals Insider has this quote from Nicklas Backstrom on the Capitals chances in the series...

"It's a little bit frustrating, for sure," Backstrom said. "Absolutely we're not done. It's hard, but it's not over yet."

El-Bashir also touches on the Capitals odds of winning the series, Lundqvist's heroics, the Caps power play, Sean Avery and Simeon Varlamov.

...i agree with Backstrom here. I don't want to sound negative, but I can definitely see the Caps winning on Friday to bring this series back to MSG on Sunday.

Game 4 Highlights, Reaction & Analysis

Rangers vs. Capitals highlights

John Tortorella talks to reporters about the Blueshirts' 2-1 victory over the Capitals in Game 4 here.

Henrik Lundqvist, Brandon Dubinsky and Paul Mara discuss the Rangers' 2-1 win over Washington here.

Al Trautwig and Dave Maloney discuss the Blueshirts' 2-1 win over Washington in Game 4 here.

Lundqvist = '93 Roy

Pierre Lebrun at compares Henrik Lundqvist's performance so far in the first round against the young Capitals to Patrick Roy's first round against the Quebec Nordiques in 1993...

"The Nordiques were loaded with 21-year-old Mats Sundin, 23-year-old Joe Sakic, 20-year-old Mike Ricci, 20-year-old Owen Nolan and 21-year-old Adam Foote. But what they didn't have was Patrick Roy. He was in the Montreal net and single-handedly stole the series away from the more talented Nordiques; the Habs were outshot and outchanced, but not outscored, during their six-game victory.

Feel like you've seen this movie before?

The Caps have the 23-year-old Ovechkin, 21-year-old Nicklas Backstrom, 25-year-old Brooks Laich, 25-year-old Alexander Semin and 23-year-old Mike Green. But what they don't have is Henrik Lundqvist. Sure, Capitals rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov played another solid game, stopping 19 of 21 shots. But like Roy in '93, Lundqvist is in the process of stealing this series."

...there aren't enough adjectives in the English language to describe the show Lundqvist put on last night.

Thursday Headlines

The Journal News - Rangers hang on for win, 3-1 series lead

Newsday - Lundqvist saves Rangers, who take 3-1 series lead

Newsday - Mark Herrmann: Gritty captain Drury is heart of Rangers

Newsday - Lundqvist stars in goal for Rangers

Newsday - Gilroy couldn't turn down being a Ranger

Newsday - Mara returns and scores Rangers' first goal

New York Times - Lundqvist and Rangers Survive Barrage by Capitals





Daily News - Henrik, Rangers one win away

Daily News - Bondy: Try as Caps might, Lundqvist finds answers

The Bergen Record - Henrik's The Home Ranger

The Bergen Record - Sullivan: Captain Chris rescues Rangers

The Bergen Record - Rangers/Caps: Hero, goat, bottom line

The Bergen Record - Gilroy targets next season

...with the Yankees and Mets off to slow starts this spring and the Knicks yet again out of the playoffs, the Rangers have really become the toast of the town right now. Which is proven by the extended news coverage.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rangers 2, Capitals 1 (NYR 3-1)

The New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals by the score of 2-1, tonight and now have a 3-1 series lead in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up. For a recap and box score go to Yah00! Sports.

...Mike Richter is the standard to which Rangers goalies are compared, but I don't think Richter ever put up a playoff performance like we saw out of Lundqvist tonight. The Rangers played the final two periods like they were down a man and Lundqvist is the only reason the Rangers won tonight. Just filthy.

...which makes me wonder, what happened after the first period? The Rangers came out like a house on fire, but from the point Drury scored the second goal they played like they did under Tom Renney where they just hold on and hope Lundqvist can bail them out. Luckily for the Rangers, Lundqvist was super human tonight.

...i've been one of Sean Avery's biggest supporters all year, but if he continues to take stupid penalties the way he did tonight he can't be out there. Period.

...while Lundqvist was the obvious story tonight, another major reason for the win was the penalty kill which went 6-for-6. There were times when the pk unit couldn't even skate they were so tired, but they bared down and made the big play when they had to.

...Dubinsky & Korpikoski had Callahanesque type games tonight. They were all over the ice and made all the little plays that need to be made to win playoff games.

...i said earlier today that I trusted Tortorella to make the right decision regarding Drury and boy did he do that as Captain Clutch comes up with the big goal.

...i think Zherdev might have seen his last start of the series. Calling Artem Anisimov.

...Rangers can clinch this thing in Washington on Friday.

Rangers vs. Capitals (Game 4)

The New York Rangers host the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals match-up tonight at MSG starting at 7:00 p.m. The Rangers lead the series 2-1. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.

For last minute news go to The Rangers Report or Blue Notes.

Probable Lines:


Henrik Lundqvist - 2-1, 2.34 gaa, .936 sv%, 1 so.

Simeon Varlamov - 1-1, 0.50 gaa, .982 sv%, 1 so.

Opponent Notes:
- Varlamov has stopped 56 of th 57 shots against him in the series.

- The Capitals had only one giveaway in Game 3.

- Ovechkin has been held scoreless in the series, but has pitched in with four assists.

- Tom Poti scored his first career playoff goal in Game 3.

Opponent Blog:
Bleatings From a Caps Nut

...don't quote me on the lines. I took a shot based on what I've been reading.

Rangers CHL Prospects Update

Leslie Treff at Hockey's Future takes a look at the Rangers prospects currently playing in the CHL including D Michael Del Zotto and F Evgeny Grachev.

Del Zotto, an all-star, posted more than a point a game this season which ranked him sixth among all blueliners in the league in offensive production (62 games, 13 goals, 50 assists, 78 PIM, -3 plus/minus).

Grachev is currently second among rookies in total playoff points, and already has two game-winning goals. During the regular season, the left winger posted 80 points (40 goals, 40 assists) in 60 games with 22 PIM and a +48 plus./minus rating.

To follow Grachev and Del Zotto's playoff performances visit The Prospect Park.

...i know you guys could care less about Ranger prospects with Game 4 tonight, but it's always nice to see how the young guns are doing.

Viewing Parties for Game 4

I missed this in the story on the Game 4 Playoff Bus Tour. Looks like there will be a final departure of the bus at 6:45 p.m. to the two viewing parties at Joshua Tree (513 3rd Ave. -- between 34th and 35th) and Mercury Bar (659 9th Ave. -- between 45th and 46th Streets).

Here's video from the Game 1 Viewing Party at Stout...

Drury In; Ovechkin Talks Avery

Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants reports that John Tortorella confirmed that Chris Drury will be in the line-up tonight.

No word on possible line-up changes.

While Steve Zipay at Blue Notes (I hope he's ok with me linking to his blog) posts this quote from Alex Ovechkin on the Capitals lack of response to Sean Avery's punch to the face of Washington's starting goalie Simeon Varlamov...

"That's what our team did best. We didn't do a stupid thing with him and answer back. You could see with John Erskine. It was a pretty tough decision to...don't kill him. Especially when he touched our goalie at the end of the game."

Ovechkin also talks about Avery's disrespect of goalies and references The Grate One's screening activities on Martin Brodeur in last year's playoffs.

...not sure playing Drury is the best thing for the team, but I'll put my trust in Tortorella to make the right decision.

Playoff Bus Back for Game 4 reports that the Rangers Double Decker Bus Tours will again be in full gear for Game 4 tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Join fellow blueshirt fanatics on Rangers double decker buses prior to home playoff games and cheer the broadway blueshirts throughout your ride.

Meet Rangers alumni and receive Rangers prizes…two lucky Rangers double decker bus riders will even win a pair of playoff tickets to Game 4.

The departures are at 5 pm and 5:45 pm (two buses at each departure).

Here is video of the Playoff Bus from Game 3...

...haven't seen anything about a Game 4 Viewing Party, but if I find something I'll let you know.

Thunder Sticks Thunderstruck

Scotty Hockey reports that the Rangers will be handing out rally towels tonight instead of the ridiculous "Thunder Sticks" they gave out for Game 3. have to assume this is in response to the ridicule the organization received for the amateurish "Thunder Sticks."

...nice job righting a wrong.

Avery Needs to Be Smarter

Dan Rosen at says for the Rangers to beat Capitals Sean Avery is going to have to be a smarter player...

"Tortorella has talked a lot about Avery being an effective player for the Rangers when he's not getting caught up in all the hoopla he causes by stirring things up in front of the net.

He stayed disciplined and was effective in Games 1 and 2, but lost his cool in Game 3. Tortorella said he and Avery discussed the matter Tuesday morning."

....i have to disagree with Rosen here. Avery IS an effective player when he's stirring things up in front of the net. He's not a goal scorer, so going hard to the net and mixing things up is the way he contributes to this team. And he does it very effectively.

...when Avery gets into trouble is when he starts getting frustrated (mostly by the refs ignoring blantant penalties on him) and he starts taking stupid penalties of his own.

Getting To Know: Nik Antropov

Mark Malinowski at The Hockey News gives Ranger fans the inside scoop on Nik Antropov...

Here's a couple of highlights...

Hockey Inspirations: "I always liked when Mario Lemieux was playing."

Favorite Movies: "Comedies. Dumb & Dumber. I like Jim Carrey."

Greatest Sports Moment: "It was the first goal in the NHL. And beating Canada in the world juniors."

Favorite Arena(s) To Play: "I like Chicago. Montreal is pretty nice arena. MSG is something special. And Vancouver’s GM Place."

...Antropov has been a great addition to the Blueshirts and I would love the Rangers to re-sign him this off-season. My one concern would be once he gets his new contract will he go back to being the same soft, aloof player that fell out of favor up in Toronto.

Wednesday Headlines

The Journal News - Rangers looking ahead

Newsday - Rookie goalie Varlamov becomes Capitals' stopper

Newsday - Torts: Rangers have to regain the momentum

Newsday - Greg Logan: Ovechkin found a way to help Caps without scoring

New York Times - Capitals Put Their Trust in Little-Known Goaltender




Daily News - Rangers look to regain momentum

The Bergen Record - Rangers' focus: defense, penalties

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Zipay Comes Down on Bloggers

I was very disappointed today to read these comments from Steve Zipay at Blue Notes...

"Love the free press, I grew up and made a career of it, but I've gotta laugh more and more at these "expert" bloggers who watch games on TV, never show up at a practice or a game, take notes from the MSG broadcast, then read and cherry-pick all the immediate post-game reports from writers and columnists actually at the games, "borrow" some of that without recourse, and then post their opinions maybe, oh, FOUR hours later. Great country, this."

...while I 100% agree with Zipay that if any blogger is going to take portions of beat writer posts they must attribute them to the author, I take offense to the point he makes about bloggers never showing up at practice and taking notes from MSG broadcasts. I have contacted the Rangers numerous times to see if I could get a press pass and not once have they returned my e-mails. And how else am I going to see the game if I don't watch it on MSG. If it makes Zipay feel any better I'll watch tomorrow's game with the volume turned down.

...what Zipay needs to understand is that us bloggers do this for the love of the team. We don't get paid and aren't trying to knock-off Zipay, Carp or Gross as the top Ranger blogs. I'd kill to have access to the team, but I don't. So the only way I can get the inside scoop on the Blueshirts is through beat writer blogs.

...on a personnel note, my blog offers something that beat writer blogs don't and that's Ranger articles from all over the net. Am I using other people's work to fill-up my blog? Sure. But all of them are attributed with links provided. Plus I add my own analysis of what's happening and game recaps about ONE hour after the game. Zipay should be ecstatic that a blogger such as myself (who has about 700 hits a day) is providing another outlet for Ranger fans to discover his great reporting.

...i'm hoping that Zipay was just having a bad day and didn't mean any disrespect to us bloggers that have a passion for the team and want to provide an unfiltered analysis of the team, it's players and personnel.

Shakin' Things Up

Steve Zipay at Blue Notes reports that Chris Drury was on right wing, with Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Naslund at practice today.

Other lines included Nik Antropov centering Fred Sjostrom and Lauri Korpikoski, and Ryan Callahan, back on the first line with Scott Gomez and Sean Avery. Aaron Voros skated with Blair Betts and Colton Orr.

Zipay also reports that Paul Mara missed practice with what could be a sore shoulder.

...does this mean if Drury is ok to play Zherdev is out?

Even More Ovechkin Nonsense

Dan Steinberg at DC Sports Blog reports on Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom's MSG center ice celebration after last night's game...

"The hot topic in the media room tonight concerned the post-game celebration pulled off by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. After the entire team had congratulated Simeon Varlamov and left the ice, the two stars skated toward the deserted center ice and leaped up into each other, NBA style. Then they skated off.

The crowd howled. Jeered. Cursed. Two beer battles crashed onto the ice."

Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy adds that Ovechkin even did a mock 'stick salute' to the crowd which the Rangers have popularized.

...while I think Ovechkin is great for the game and I love his enthusiasm, his off-ice actions this playoff have been puzzling. Act like you've been there man.

Drury's Health A Concern

Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants reports that John Tortorella is concerned with Chris Drury's health...

"Sure, sure I am," Tortorella said when asked whether he was concerned about Drury. "Everybody knows how Chris is but it's a concern. It's something we need to think through here. And we'll start again tomorrow to see how he feels and we'll go from there."

On if the injury was healed, Drury said this after the game...

"No, not really," Drury said. "I am healthy enough to dress. I am healthy enough to be in the lineup so I have to try to help the team. I will continue to do that."

...if he can only play 11 minutes and can't take face-offs, not sure what good he is doing the Rangers being out there.

Tuesday Headlines

The Journal News - Capitals beat Rangers 2-0 in Game 3

Newsday - Capitals dominate Rangers at Garden for 4-0 win

Newsday - Rangers' loss gift-wrapped in penalty box

Newsday - Rookie Varlamov is steady in Washington's goal

Newsday - Mark Herrmann: Home edge no factor in Rangers-Caps series

Newsday - Neil Best: The thrill most definitely is not gone for Rosen

Newsday - Rangers' Zherdev having trouble adjusting

Newsday - Knicks' Gallinari feels better, takes in Rangers

New York Times - Capitals, Back in Peak Form, Level Rangers





Daily News - Rangers shoot blanks vs. Caps

Daily News - Bondy: Blueshirts play right into Caps' hands

Daily News - Bad hand troubling for Drury

The Bergen Record - Rangers cold at home

The Bergen Record - Hero, goat from Game 3 of Rangers-Caps series

The Bergen Record - Sullivan: Don't blame King Henrik now that's what you call game coverage!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Capitals 4, Rangers 0 (NYR 2-1)

The New York Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals by the score of 4-0, tonight and now have a 2-1 series lead in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up. For a recap and box score go to Yah00! Sports.

...while I never expected the Rangers to sweep the Capitals, I did expect maximum effort every game. Tonight, the Rangers had as much intensity as they would for a preseason game. play can change an entire series and we might have seen that play tonight when Callahan hits the pipe on a wide open net and Washington comes the other way to take a 2-0 lead.

...Varlamov is making Boudreau look like a genius.

...the Rangers atrocious power play has resurfaced. After going 2-for-4 in Game 1 they are now 0 for their last 12.

...speaking of atrocious the officiating was awful for both sides. This is the playoffs, let them play.'s obvious that Drury's injury isn't healed and is effecting his play. He was limited to 10:58 of ice time tonight. The Captain (and the Rangers) may be better off if he sat out until his injury is healed.

...can someone tell Zherdev the playoffs started.

...f'n thunder sticks.

...this has to be a throw away game as the Rangers need to forget about it and focus on Game 4 Wednesday night.

Rangers vs. Capitals (Game 3)

The New York Rangers host the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals today at MSG starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.

For last minute news go to The Rangers Report or Blue Notes.

Probable Lines:


Henrik Lundqvist - 2-0, 1.50 gaa, .957 sv%, 1 so.

Simeon Varlamov - 0-1, 1.01 gaa, .958 sv%, 0 so.

Opponent Notes:
- Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green have been held scoreless so far this series.

- Of the 291 previous NHL playoffs series that started 2-0, 37 teams have come back from that deficit to win (12.7 percent).

- The Capitals have just one 5-on-5 goal in the series.

- The Capitals had 24 giveaways in Game 2.

Opponent Blog:
A View From the Cheap Seats