Through 12 games this season, the Rangers have six, count em, six too many men on the ice penalties. Yes, that means the Rangers have a 50% chance of being assessed one tonight.
I didn't think a team could do that if they tried. It's the most basic part of the game of hockey. I remember learning how to properly administer a line change in Pee Wee hockey. And it's not like they had to teach me. When the coach says my line is up, I wait for the guy on that line playing my position to come to the bench and I jump over the boards. Easy, right?
Which is why I'm convinced it's a practical joke the Rangers players are playing on John Tortorella. Although the Rangers coach doesn't find it funny (via New York Post)...
“Another too-many-men, huh? No, I don’t want to expand on it. It [stinks], what do you want me to say. It’s stupid. It [stinks]. It’s brutal. I can use a lot of different things.”
...how embarrassing would it be if when the players showed up at practice one day, Torts had them all get on the bench and practice line changes? Talk about the ultimate insult. Although, at this point it would be totally appropriate to do it.
...if the Rangers could ever get their line changes and power play figured out, this team would be unstoppable.
And even when the Rangers do complete a line change they're a mess as evidenced by this Keystone Cops moment Sunday night against the Lightning...
...i chuckle every time I see Staal fall off the boards and onto the ice.
Anyone watch the Beanpot Champsionship game on Monday? Northeastern, at least twice a period, had 6 guys on the ice, blatently playing and the refs never caught it. At one point Norhteastern got a breakaway because they had a six guy basically standing at center ice.
Seems like maybe we just need some HockeyEast refs to show up at MSG.
Messed up what happened to Karlsson from Ottawa......I've been cut really bad myself and needed surgery, so I feel his pain
Could it be because he changes personnel on lines so much? Maybe you were on the 3rd all game and now your put on the forth and forget and go out with the 3rd?
I really do think they need to devote an entire practice to line changes at this point. I don't care how embarrassing it would be.
Any idea if Marty Biron gets the start tonight?......Hank's starting to get in a groove but I figure Marty gets a start sometime on this home stand
Maybe we can trade a PP opportunity for a too many men on the ice penalty to be named later. That way we can always be 5 on 5.
@TheNYRBlog well that's the least funny practical joke. If we get one tonight, our team needs a Too Many Men/ learn to count intervention
I watched the video, he could finished his check with both his skates on the ice. Can't believe he's not banned.
Poor Karlsson, i wish him a speedy recovery.
@Dudeinski how does Cooke get now discipline for that!? Avery would have been banned for life! There's no reason to have your skate up where he did. I guess the ambiguously gay duo are the only stars the NHL wants to protect.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG I was thinking the same thing. the way he shuffles lines im sure creates some confusion on the bench. Has anyone looked to see if certain pairings of refs are calling it more than others?
@Dudeinski No idea, but it makes sense.