The New York Rangers (11-8-2) defeated the Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-1) by the score of 4-2, tonight. For a box score go to Yahoo! Sports.
...passion? Emotion? Heart? Who do these guys think they are the 2011-12 New York Rangers? Now this is the team we all expected when the season started. I didn't like that they were pushed around way too much tonight, but Rome wasn't built in a day.
...seriously? Were we really chanting "We Don't Want You!" to Nash last season? Dirty, filthy, Nashty.
...not sure I'd trade Callahan for any other captain in the NHL right now.
...never like to see a guy who has sustained a major concussion take a puck to the forehead/eye like that. Praying that Staal is ok.
...i guess it took a 19-year old rookie to jump start Gaborik, who was looking to shoot all night.
...speaking of that 19-year old rookie, Miller has looked like anything but during this home stand.
...three power play goals in the last two games without Richards. Just sayin'.
...assuming McDonagh was motivated by my post this morning suggesting he was fighting it this season. Your welcome. lol
...Boyle might be struggling to score this season, but inside the face-off circle he surely is not. 11-for-13 tonight.
...i normally don't like to compliment the other team, especially the Flyers, but how good would Simmons look in a Rangers uniform?
...eight points (4g, 4a) in the last ten games for Stepan should put to bed any talk that the Rangers would be better off with Ryan O'Reilly.
...since he wasn't going to see the ice for the rest of the game anyway, I wonder if Bickel threw that punch at Hartnell knowing he'd get tossed just to get a jump on his teammates for the good shower stall.
...until Hartnell punched him in the face on the bench, I had forgotten the Rangers had recalled Haley. Welcome to Tortorella's World, Mike. Where fourth liners go to die.
...i tell you what, if Staal has to miss anytime, I'm more than confident in Stralman's ability to take on the extra minutes.
...back at it Thursday night on Long Island.
I think Darroll Powe is someone who got overlooked after great games from Nash, Cally, Mac etc.. The guy was all over the place last night. Hes the perfect fit for our system. He was tenacious on the fore check and never quits. The guys a warrior.
Just a comment on Brad Richards and the payroll management going forward... he will become Wade Redden redux. The rangers definately need to trade him if any opportunity presents itself. and if not, buy him out next year. We can live without him. He is a $4m. center on short term, not a $6.6m center for the next 7yrs. Glen, when are you going to learn?
@MikeBlue omg people... he is having a bad 20 game period... this can all change really quickly... players who are good don't just start sucking and forget how to play, when will you people learn.
@MikeBlue Hindsight is 20/20. One could easily make the same comment about Nash. The Richards contract isn't crippling this team. Sometimes you have to push the envelope.
YOU were chanting "we don't want you". Miller has indeed been impressive. Needs to improve on the finish though. Callahan is the NYR's Derek Jeter.
Thanks John. With three kids, it's real tough to do the recaps. Adam, James and Neill have been invaluable.
JT Miller quietly becoming a dominant player, wouldn't be surprised if he keeps on improving and the points start to build up.Remember -he quietly tied for leading scorer in WJC As for Ryan Callahan I just had to laugh, what a mensch of a player.Rangers are turning the corner hopefully and getting ready for a good stretch run.Thursday, Rangers have to keep the afterburners on, cause the Islanders are going to be playing sky high after their win.
Waking up after a win is so much easier. And the standings are looking a little better, and they have games at hand on just about everybHOLY SHIT THE BLACKHAWKS ARE 20-0-3
Excellent recap...Kevin, no disrespect to the other guys because I LOVE their articles, but PLEASE go back to doing all of the recaps! Yours are particularly funny! Keep up the awesome work!
You nailed it, even though the kid isn't finding the back of the net Muller looks great. He can fly good with the puck and for a 19 year old plays very physical
What's with the Del Zotto hate? I thought he improved a lot this game. The NBC guys on my stream were talking about how he played well, too.
@coontzbloontz people just love to hate. I think their heads would explode if they didn't hear themselves say something negative once every 50 seconds.
@coontzbloontz I thought he was terrible with the puck last night. Didn't seem to be able to keep it on his stick.
@KevinDeLury Well, I guess we watched different games, then. Nobody gives this kid a break... at this point you guys are just LOOKING to shit on him.
@Beckfan5 @KevinDeLury You can keep your "what have you done for me lately" attitude about this team, but from my point of view DZ is still improving and is VERY young for a defenseman that plays as many minutes as he does. He lead the team in regular season scoring from a defenseman, exponentially improved his +/-, and plays hard every shift. Not everyone develops at the same pace, defensemen especially develop slower.
I agree that he should be taken off the PP (before getting a puck to the face, I think Staal earned a spot on the #1 squad), but he's good on the rush. He just has to work on being responsible with his stretch passes and making better decisions in general, two things that will come from experience.
Just because you were expecting a child prodigy doesn't mean Del Zotto is a bad player. I would sure as hell take him over Gilroy or Eminger in the top 4 now that Staal is going to be out.
Sitting 10 rows from ice in 103 tonight. Stall got hit right in front of us. It was horrible and you could've heard a pin drop in MSG. Praying he is okay.Nash is a beast and I'm glad to hear Messier echo a sentiment I said here and was ripped for - Nash looks like a young Jagr and the Rangers have NEVER had his particular combination of skill/size/speed. Ever. It is great to see someone like that on the Rangers finally. Miller has stones. He stick handled the puck high in his own slot with two Flyers draped on him and where a turnover would have been deadly. Im sure the coach will rip him for it, but you HAVE to appreciate that kind of confidence...lord. Del Zotto sure looks like he is a bit confused out there - even more so watching live. I hope I'm wrong.
Cally...what can you say? Mess will forever be THE Captain and there was none better. BUT, Cally is the GUTS of his team more than anyone I have ever seen - and with so much talent to boot. They need to keep him a Ranger for life.
@jmacwilli Ryan Callahan will for sure never leave this organization, only question is will he have a Cup to go with it, and can he outdo "The Captain" himself and make it more then one. If so it would make him immortal in New York, and the sport of hockey. So don't even worry about him leaving, worry about the winning part of it...
@slapshot13j Of course I want them to win the Cup, but there is just SO much that goes into that that has to break your way. The 94 Cup could have gone to 3-4 teams (as it can every year) except for a bounce here a break there. Would it made Messier's contribution any less?...No. Would it have been perceived differently...yes. I don't put much stock in the CUP, or the championship as defining the player. I certainly think MJ was a better clutch performer than Robert Parrish and still Parrish has more rings. Dan Marino, etc... If Cally continues to play like he has I will rank him up there with Mess in terms of on ice contributions and definitely in terms of sacrifice and guts. Messier of course had some other leadership intangibles that transcended maybe even the entire sport, but then again, he brought those to the Rangers. Cally (like Leetch) is a home grown player, which makes everything THAT much sweeter.
@slapshot13j @jmacwilli I dont get the especially with THIS team. This team isn't near the team in '94. Not even close. They had perhaps the best leader of all-time in Mess (not exactly a slouch on the ice either); they had THREE players that could singlehandedly gain the O-zone (Kovalev, Zubov and Leetch). They had a huge physical presence in front of their own net (Beuk). Perhaps one of the best skilled agitators ever in Esa and of course...Sarge, Mac-T, etc...! They were stacked from top to bottom and were clearly the class of the league.This team isn't even the class of their division! Nor were they last year. They are a team with some decent talent that absolutely MUST play with 100% commitment and passion in order to win CLOSE games. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this team, but they aren't even in the same rink as the '94 team in terms of competitive advantage (and therefore expectation)I know that most fans are like you and agree with you - the rings measure all for a player. Not here, brotha. To me that is an overly simplistic way of analyzing it. It is far more nuanced than that. Cally, should he continue to play like this will go down as one of the all-time greatest hockey players on the NYR. No one...has played with his level of guts and passion COMBINED with his level of skill. (Graves and Eddie Johnstone were certainly all there with guts, but Cally is just more skilled) Yes, we have had a ton of people with guts, but not that had his kind of skill and none that had the stones/skill to block shots like he does EVERY night. He had 5 again last night?? Lord. Plus the guy is never out of position, never takes a shift off, makes the smart play virtually all the time and not only is one of the most effective penealty killers I have ever seen, but singlehandedly creates offense WHILE shorthanded. Tough to say that only a Cup will put him in the NYR all-time elites.
@jmacwilli all comes down to championships, if Ryan Callahan does not win a cup, especially with this team, he loses a lot of respect at least in my eyes
@jmacwilli @slapshot13j Did you seriously just confuse Robert Parish and Bill Russell???????? Are you kidding me??
Not too harsh just breakin balls this is NY.. Now if we could only get Gabby scoring.. Really hope Staal is ok.......
Rangers looked better to me tonight. something to build upon. we'll see where they're at when they play a team that actually plays D. The Flyers D was better than prior games I must admit but some glaring errors led to rangers goals and the goal tending looked weak on their end as well. Speaking of which the King started looking like the King again tonight. A few rebounds but a solid performance. In general the Rangers outplayed their rivals in every aspect of the game and the Flyers came out in the 3rd looking tired and defeated even before Nash ripped their panties off. They were gritty, withstood the stronger, more physical Flyers and wound up with more hits I think. Team toughness still an issue but better tonight. Is it just me or did Cally's shot get harder during the off season. He's starting to look like a true goal scorer now which was the only part of his game which was lacking. He may emerge as one of the most complete players in the NHL. Someone once told me he was small but I don't believe him lol. This is a guy who has more heart than anyone, who has learned to become a great hockey player as he's gone along. He gets better and better each season. He should emerge as a 30-40 goal per year goal scorer. There is no other capt' I'd rather have. Crosby may have more skill but Cally has 3 times the heart. First game in a while that Gabby played like a man on a mission. He even through a body check lol. Scary moment for Stall but my gut says no concussion and he'll be OK. Go Rangers!.
What's the word on Staal? I know hockey players are durable ( except Crosby) but that was a bad shot to take in a worse spot... Praying its not too serious...
Man I am just praying for his full recovery. I have no idea what not going to the hospital means. That was one of the scariest things i've ever seen on the ice.
not going to the hospital means there wasn’t a serious injury to the eyeball itself, and no serious fracture of the orbit. it doesn’t mean he won’t miss time, as you can still have vision loss, swelling and massive pain after an injury like that. but it most likely means that there will not be any risk or permanent damage. PHEW!
@cb1 In slow mo it looked like the puck hit him just above the eye and in front of the temple. the "hockey angels" are looking out. there could be a concussion but my gut says he'll miss a game or 2 and be OK
@cb1 really hoping that's the case - putting aside what he means to the team - I just hope he's ok and regains his vision 100%
@cb1 yeah. i was worried that if he was rushed to the hospital that would mean they were worried about eyeball pressure.
@IcyCup intraoccular bleeding, corneal lacerations or rupture of the globe (eyeball) are all emergencies that would have required a hospital trip, as well as any compound/open or comminuted fracture. so it's very unlikely that any of those things happened.
@cb1 should be swollen shut until the islanders win another cup though. just kidding. the earth's orbit will crash it into the sun before that happens.
@IcyCup Just saw that. Great news.
@IcyCup wow, that is awesome news
@cb1 @IcyCup great news! I hope he doesn't look like the elephant man. But I'm sure he does. SPEEDY RECOVERY MARC!