Saturday, March 28, 2015

Shameful Rangers

I guess the Rangers thought the regular season was over after they were the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff spot. They forgot to show up against the Bruins today in Boston. Once, the big bad Bruins, who were 0-3-3 coming into this game, but the Rangers gave them a mulligan. Of course the Rangers had help. The suites in Toronto joined in the farce.

First the Rangers, they should be ashamed of themselves for the way they left Lundqvist, high and dry in his return back. Of course the biggest culprit was the coach who allowed his team to take the ice ill prepared to play a hockey game. Play a hockey game? They played giveaway Saturday with the struggling Bruins getting an early Christmas present.

It started with the refs when Lucic kicked in a goal. Yes, kicked in a goal. For once the refs got it right and waived it off. Over? Wrong. The Toronto suits got interrupted from watching Victoria Secrets reruns and ruled the goal was good. Farce, farce, farce. He kicked it in. He kicked it in.

If that wasn't bad enough the Ranger D, with help from the Rangers O got two of the most beautiful assists on Bruin goals and suddenly it was game, set, match. Game over. Go back to the Victoria Secrets rerun guys, we wont be bothering you again.

This was a disaster. Your star goalie, one of the best in the NHL, comes off a seven week absence and you don't support him, you don't protect him. Shame on you, Alain Vigneault. Shame on you Ranger defense. Shame on you Toronto suits. Shame on you New York Rangers for failing to pick up a goalie who has picked you up constantly for the last nine years.

Won't be watching tomorrows game against Washington. It's Palm Sunday and it's family dinner which takes precedent over a hockey game. Let me know if the Rangers show up?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Rangers Win A 'Whopper'

The Rangers beat a desperate hockey team and today Ottawa is even more desperate. The win triggered off all kinds of goodness and goodies.

First of all it was two points. Two points that gave the Rangers a tie with Anaheim with 91 points but the Rangers have three games in hand, for the top spot in the NHL. The win was the 47th for the Rangers, also tied with Anaheim, with the Rangers having three games in hand.

Second, five Rangers had at least two points, with Krash Kreider, having three, two goals and an assist. He now has twenty goals. Boyle, Zuccarello and Glass were the other goal scorers, Glass getting his first, flying out of the sin bin to roof one over Sens goalie Andrew Hammond, "The Hamburglar."

Cam Talbot, in what could be his final game for a while, was brilliant again far out shining his over hyped opponent. Talbot made 23 saves. Hammond gave up five goals on twenty two shots and lost his first regular season game after going 14-0-1. The rout brought out all kinds of one liners . Number two son jumped in with "over cooked", "someone forgot the dressing" and "burger?' "Do you mean hot dog." Of course "ground beef" and "minced meat" showed up all over the place.

Talbot, now 16-3-3 in Lundqvists absence goes to the back up roll, but I feel we will see much more of this revelation. There are back to back this weekend in Boston and at home against Washington. Expect both goalies to play. With nine games to play the Rangers seem poised to make a strong run. St. Louis could be back this weekend, adding depth to the forwards. When Klein comes back that should strengthen the D-Corp. So things are looking up or at the least all the other NHL teams are looking up to the Rangers.

ICINGS: The T/Birds season ended with a deafening thud after a 9-1 loss to top seeded Smithtown. Though it was disappointing the T/Birds had a remarkable year. They fought back from early season losses to finish over .500 and in fifth place, making the playoffs. They then beat fourth place St. John's to advance to the semis where they were beaten by Smithtown. As they used to say in Brooklyn, "wait til next year."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kings Reign Over Rangers

The Rangers are flying high, 99 points in the metro, six over the second place Isles, with two games in hand, however, all is not peaches and cream. The Rangers were brought back to earth, with a thud last night, shellacked by a desperate LA Kings team, 4-2. The Kings are in a four team fight for the last playoff spot in the West.

When Zuccarello scored, 51 seconds in, it looked like another Ranger W. After the Kings tied it in the first it was all downhill for the Rangers. No big deal you say. Maybe. The Rangers have 10 games to play and have some wrinkles to iron out.

First of all Lundqvist is getting close to returning, hopefully, this week. Which Lundqvist will we get? Rusty or ready; shaky or steady? Will he need 10 games to get ready? 8? 5? Who knows? But it will be big.

Nash is in a slump. A big, bad slump. Two goals in the past fourteen games, one an empty netter. The Rangers need Nash to start lighting the bulb again. His overall play is not bad but we need goals, goals, goals!

The rest of the schedule is a minefield. Desperate teams playing desperate, dangerous hockey as they fight for their playoff lives. Four tough games in six days: Ottawa, Boston, Washington and Winnipeg, with only Washington at home. This weekend it's Boston and Washington back-to-back. It's not going to be easy and we need all hands on deck. Lundqvist. Nash. And hopefully St. Louis.

No one said it was going to be easy, but we are going to find out what this team is made of.

ICINGS: The T/Birds stunned number four seed St. John's 3-2 to move into the semi-finals against top seeded Smithtown tonight. The T/Birds stormed back from an 0-2 hole with a strong effort as this comeback season continues to be magical. Do you believe in miracles? Yes!

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