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The forwards are struggling

This series may be tied, and the Rangers are getting outplayed by the Devils. But the most alarming aspect of this series is in the form of the box score: Outside of Chris Kreider and Ruslan Fedotenko, no Ranger forward has a non-empty net goal. Kreider has three goals and Fedotenko has one. As for those empty netters, Artem Anisimov has one and Ryan Callahan has one.

The other goal scorers for the Rangers? Dan Girardi (2) and Marc Staal (1), both defensemen. In fact, only four players have scored a non-empty net goal for the Rangers. Just two players have had a multi goal series.

Alarmingly absent from this list: Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Carl Hagelin, and Michael Del Zotto, who have all been held scoreless. If you want to stick with non-empty net goals, add Cally and Anisimov to that list.

The Rangers will not win this series if they continue to get zero goals from the people in the above list. Anton Stralman saved them against Ottawa, Joel Ward saved them against Washington. The Rangers can’t keep relying on the opposition and fringe players to bail them out. At some point, the leaders of this team, the highest paid players, their skill guys, will need to step up and make something happen.

Richards was brought in for his playoff experience and leadership. He seems to have left his “clutchiness” in the Capitals series. Gaborik and Hagelin have been so quiet that you wonder if they are even playing. It’s disturbing how absent they have been. Even more disturbing is Gaborik’s benching in Game 2 after failing to clear the zone and it leading to a Devils goal.

The series is now a best of three, and this is where these guys need to shine. The Rangers have home ice, which means John Tortorella can match up his lines and get his top scorers out there in favorable matchups. But the coach can only do so much, it’s on the players to execute and deliver. They’ve taken the first four games off. Time to show up.

61 Responses to “The forwards are struggling”

  1. TommyT says:

    They look complacent, out of gas, and tired. These are the worst things to be in the eastern conference finals. Without Henrik for the most part we wouldnt even be here right now. So pony up guys and push these next two games and get it done by friday.

    • Jeff P says:

      Disagree about complacent. Agree about tired. They are used to outworking the other team, and they can’t do that if the other team is just as hard working, and Rangers are exhausted.

  2. BOB MINTZ says:

    The Ranger forwards and defensemen for that matter, are not issuing punishing forechecks. Stralman was always good for one good hip check to help stir things up, but cannot remember any this series. Dump someone on this butt, let the others on Jersey see that they will get crushed if they enter our zone.

    Boyle has not been the same since returning. Mark has stalled. DZ made some poor decisions. In fact, most of the club did last night. I can understand one person being tired, sick, not motivated, but for the entire team to be on their heels and indecisive, well, if you are not prepared for the Playoffs, then I have to question if you are a professional or not.

    If the defensive team is allowed to hand pass in the defensive zone, knock the puck out of the zone with your hand if you have to, being careful not to close your hand on the puck. I cannot watch as the Rangers try to get the puck out of the zone by the blue line, only for Jersey to keep it in.

    The Rangers are their own worst enemies. Why sit back and wait until the third period to show up? They had more chances during Rupp’s penalty than Jersey did. And what the hell was that all about? Trying to motivate the team by taking penalties? Broduer fell like he was shot. What about Kovalchuk spearing Callihan? If Rupp were to go after anyone, Kovy should have been his target.

    When this team clicks, they seem like a well oiled machine, when they our out of sync, they look almost like an adult pick up team.

    Bob

  3. becky says:

    Everybody is really frustrated right now, and I am sure the Rangers are atop that list. As irritating it is to watch at times, we have to remember that they’re in the EC Finals, and nobody ever said this road would be easy. I remember watching game 6 of the Caps series and being furious because it was clear the team didn’t show up, and I felt that same way last night. Point is, the boys kept going, and we are hardly in a bad spot now – sure, everybody would love to be up 3-1, but it isn’t like we’re down 0-3. Chin up. If this play becomes routine, then we have reason to worry.

    Cheesy side notes: congrats to Cally on his baby, and condolences to DZ for his loss.

  4. Amy T says:

    I, too, am worried about the lackluster play of their “goal scorers.” They have all but disappeared this series. First period play has been dismal at best. The third period is not the time to be turning on the offense, especially with this team that has a very, very hard time scoring goals in any kind of quantity. The defense absolute stank the joint out last night. And as witnessed by the number of shots the team took, their offense wasn’t much better. Not even Kreider could save them last night. My contention is that the Rangers need to pummel Brodeur with shots to beat him – wear him down, fatigue him, frustrate him. Not take a stupid penalty like Rupp did last night by pushing him. Bonehead move! And Hagelin took some stupid penalties as well. This is not how you win against a team like the Devils. Six powerplay opportunities against us only gave the Devils six times to score and wore us down and out. We are already tired, despite what Torts says, and we need to conserve energy, not expend it by having to defend repeately against the PP. If we don’t get 40 shots on net next game, I feel our goose is cooked. I have loved this team all season and watched them religiously, but something is missing now. That drive and determination that they had all season is just not there right now. We absolutely have to get to the net and create havoc and put the rebounds in or through Brodeur.

  5. Matt says:

    Does this make the Rangers pursue Nash or Parise more heavily in the offseason?

  6. Walt says:

    Dugay said it best, Torts may be over coaching. let the lines skate together, quit the shuffling!

    Duib, or Zuc may be ready to return for the next game, that may be the spark this team needs. Prust returns, Mitchell sits, Dubi comes in, and if Zuc is ready, sit AA for him. Hay, the forwards are doing squat, what’s wrong with this idea?

    Becky-on your side note, that was nice of you, and I”m with you on your feelings.

    • Dennis says:

      Beautiful… don’t dance with the ones you brung! Sit Mitchell (one of the few forwards bringing energy with only 6 min’s ice time a game, and has one CLUTCH faceoffs (Game 5? Hellow! Don’t take my word, just watch the tapes… and sit AA who has given you clutch goals. Play Dubi who has done nothing for his 4.2 Mill., great coaching!

  7. Chris says:

    I feel the same as everybody else here, but is there anybody who didn’t think the Rangers would lose last night? This thing is going 7, we knew this from the beginning, it’s just how the Rangers play. Yes they look tired and maybe that will be their ultimate downfall, who knows. But recall game 6 in Ottawa, Rangers were losing in the second period I believe, they looked listless and then all of a sudden….bang….going back to MSG for game 7. This is what will happen here.

  8. howiehockey says:

    Rangers keep going up the sidebords and the Devs
    keep pounding the living **** out of “em Doesn’t matter wwhat zone they’re in same thing happens….moral of story….change your tactics
    either move the puck up thru the dcenter of the ice or do unto them as they are doing unto you..
    Also, need guys going to the front. Don’t hesitate shooting. The Devs don’t waste time dipsy-doodling.
    Just a suggestion Hags & Mitchell showed great chemistry when they came upbecause they played on the same line in CT. Then Torts got one of his brainstorm ideas lets change lines. Double team hags with Mitch and a banger and lets see what happens.

  9. Comnsnse says:

    These types of blogs are testament to the 24hr. news cycle demands,and are why advertisers love sport’s blogs. The Rangers are a questionable playoff team ,and without Lundqvist’s all world season could just as easily have been a lottery team. Ranger fans need to remove the rose colored glasses and appreciate how far they’ve come. No scoring from wings,no clear out D,undersized,limited toughness,Bickel and Rupp can’t fight,second coming of Voros,and a slew of third line forwards. This has been the “fairy dust” season,much like the football Giants.They have maximized their abilities based on their limited personnel options. Give thanks for the ride whether they win the cup or not. The real test is if the organization will maintain consistency in future years with the limited prospects in the “farm funnel”. Torts gets kudos for making chicken salad out of chicken feathers!

    • VinceR says:

      “These types of blogs are testament to the 24hr. news cycle demands,and are why advertisers love sport’s blogs.”

      So you come here why? Comnsnse indeed.

      While I think some of your points valid, there is nothing wrong having a team greater than the some of it’s parts…also our farm system has some pretty decent prospects at worst so I’m not sure where that is coming from.

      Lastly, if this is a “fairy dust” season like the Giants, I will gladly take two championships in a four year span (which, by the way, how is that fairy dust exactly? Again, Comnsnse indeed)

      • Comnsnse says:

        Vincent R, your view of Ranger prospects warrants a response. The top Ranger prospects are a European D who is the second coming of the over rated Mark Staal and primarily anothe technique D with not much strength. In the event you have’s noticed,the team needs a clear out D who can bang people in the crease. The next two “top” prospects are another center with limited scoring skills. I believe we already have two on this roster in Stepan and Anisimov. The third prospect is a good scorer with good speed but he’s small which I believe we also have in abundance. Conclusion is a- you don’t know much about Ranger prospects,b- did you really understand the intent of my post? Finally,being a fan doesn’t necessarily mean you put on your cheerleading skirt,wave your pom poms and go blindly into the hockey night!

      • Comnsnse says:

        Vincent, “Why do I come here”? I’m a hockey/Ranger fan with a point of view. So dear boy,unless you are the site administrator,live and learn! Emphasis on learn!

        • VinceR says:

          I’m just saying that you clearly don’t have respect or need for “These types of blogs”. So why come and raid a community?

          If you have opinions and what to add to the posts, great, but don’t come to a site to just insult it and not expect push back. Did I misunderstand the intent of your statement?

          • Comnsnse says:

            Vincent, yes you did misunderstand the intent of my original post. I simply prefaced my hockey comments with a little “tongue in cheek” sentence about blogs in general. So,unless you’re related to the blogger you’re being overly sensitive. Do you have some proprietary interest or are you a hockey blog good samaritan? Chill Vinny and learn something about our “vaunted” prospects before commenting.

            • VinceR says:

              Just enjoy the community and I’m regular man, so yeah, I defend the blog.

              If I misunderstood, apologies.

              • Comnsnse says:

                Vincent,you’re impetuousness is forgiven. I’m truly happy your’re “regular”. For a minute ther you had me worried you were cramping! Be well and smile!

              • Walt says:

                Don’t apologize, your right!!!

  10. BronxNative says:

    As a 60 year plus Ranger fan sitting across the
    Potomac in Virginia, it looks from here that the wheels are coming off the cart and the Ranger ship is listing badly. When you have to depend on Hendrik’s heroics every game and guys throwing their bodies in front of shot after shot, you are bound to no lose with a “no offense” game. The ability of the Devils to forecheck at will means the Rangers can hardly get the puck out of their own end and when they do they are not even in control of it across the center line. When you depend on blueliners and a kid named Kreider for scoring you are in deep trouble. If by some miracle they get past the Devils, the Kings will be primed to eat their lunch.

    • Comnsnse says:

      Bronx Native,you comments are 100% on the money. Which is why I’ve termed this season the “fairy dust” season! This roster is very average ,especially the forwards. Without Lundqvist,they could easily be a lottery team. They are fortunate to be where they are,maybe the “dust” will keep falling for 6 more games!

  11. NeilN says:

    Why is it when another team is simply playing outstanding full rink hockey that something is wrong with the Rangers? Credit where credit due. When other team, in this case the Devils, are playing solid game it will force occasional misplays
    that result in goals. In fairness, Rangers drew themselves in by extending other series unnecessarily to seven games and are exhausted. But such is the Stanley Cup and one price to pay is playing tired. Rangers may pull it out and believe it or not a lesser known player indeed might have to have a career changing game for them to win it. At least the big guys cannot be accused of giving up. They just can’t catch a break. The door is open for a ‘lesser player’ to step through it. It will happen.

  12. drdon says:

    How about some encouragement Ranger “fans”, if that’s what you purport to be. They didn’t get here on a pass. Our guys are professionals and do rise up for the big moments so let’s support them and give encouragement instead of negativism.
    Let’s go Rangers.

    • VinceR says:

      Seriously. If a genie promised everyone of these folks in September that we would be tied 2-2 in the Conference Finals and nothing would be guaranteed beyond that, would one of them have said no to that?!

      Not a great few games by any means, but how about some perspective?

      Can’t wait to be at MSG for Game 5 tomorrow! Still not making plans for June 2nd or June 13th either, as I’m still hoping to use my Game 2 and 7 tix! Okay, not as looking forward to June 13th as June 2nd, but if I have to die of a heart attack, it may as well be at MSG!

  13. Tim B says:

    How bout
    Feds-Stepan-Gabby
    Hagelin-Richards-Cally
    Boyle-Dubi(when he comes back)-Anisimov-(when dubi doesnt play)-Kreider
    Prust-Mitchell-Bickel (Zucc when he comes back)

    Mcdonagh-Girardi
    Staal-Stralman
    MDZ-Eminger

  14. Papa bear says:

    They Rangers need to adjust. They spend way to much time, effort and energy in their own zone due too the “collapsing” defensive system they employ. This strategy is being defeated by the Devils willingness and ability to incorporate their points as “quarterbacks” in the offensive flow. Pucksgo behinds the net and are being wrapped around the boards blindly to open points. The defense are able to pass the puck back and forth to each other because the Rangers collapse the weak-side forward below the hash marks. Stretch the coverage, takeaway the D to D passing, trust your defense and center to win some of the down low puck possesion battles,
    Chip it out and dump it in. Puck possession. Their system worked against the Senators and Capitals (barely), but the Devils are too talented, patient and experienced. The Rangers system, deployed as is, has resulted in way too many offensive chances ( shots, shot attempts & blocked shots) against. Any chance of winning this series will be tied to the Rangers ability to match the Devils Offensive chances evenly through the remaining games. If they can match, they have a realistic chance to win with Lundquist besting Broduer.

    • charles in SD says:

      This exactly!

      I’m no hockey expert, but I’m definitely tired of seeing the Rangers blindly slapping pucks off the boards when they could easily just skate out of the zone with it. A disturbingly large portion of these blind clearing attempts end up as one-timers or other set-ups for the opposing teams’ point-men. I hope the staff is watching video. This should be an easy correction.

      • mstew10034 says:

        YOU MAY NOT BE A HOCKEY EXPERT BUT YOU HAVE A BETTER INSIGHT INTO WHAT THE RANGERS MAJOR PROBLEM IS THAN TORTS… WHERE THE HELL IS SCOTT, GET HIM IN FRONT OF CHUBBY AND LET HIM SORT OUT ANY ARGUMENTS,

        • VinceR says:

          Don’t know if you noticed, but John Scott cannot skate, backcheck, forecheck, score, defend, or many other things associated with hockey at a professional level.

          If you are trashing Torts, the guy who took this roster (look it over closely) two within two wins of the Cup finals and counting, and your answer is Scott…well my friend, you’ve already lost any and all credibility.

          • mstew10034 says:

            AND YOUR RESPONSE PROVES YOU KNOW EVEN LESS ABOUT HOCKEY VINCE GO PUT ON THE RANGER WIFE-BEATER AND STAND OUTSIDE THE GARDEN JUMPING UP AT THE WINDOWS… THAT’S YOUR PLACE…

          • Comnsnse says:

            Vincent, here again you betray your lack of knowledge about this roster and the intent of mstew’s reply. The Rangers desperately need a presence in front of the net as the Devs have with their big bodies,Clarkson,Zubrus,et al. You think adding Scott would be any sillier that playing “statues” like Bickel or Eminger? Sather brought Scott in to do what Boyle should be doing, if Torts played him on the PP. The Rangers do too much winding the puck aroud the net and oft times never get a shot to the net. Other than the undersized Cally,who stands in front to screen the goalie?

  15. Walt says:

    Also take into consideration that maybe the Devils are more flexible, and can adjust quicker!

    They also have an ace in the hole, named Larry Robinson. He’s teaching their defense, who is playing very well, and confident. Case in point Salvador, a nobody for his entire career, who is playing like an all star.

    I believe we will win two of three, and advance, but it will be a struggle, as usual for this team.

  16. beast23 says:

    lets look at the system. block shots, the rangers are great in blocking shots. but after a long season and 2 seven game close ones. the block shots wear the players down. this is not a great defense. they can’t clear a puck. your offense gets the blame for not scoring. tough to score when your playing 50 min in your own zone. but then if they didnt block shots hank would get hammered. you need a system that blocks a fair amount of shots but knows how to play defense so the offense can work

  17. dn says:

    Gotta give the devils some credit. They are bringing a lot. Big impact I observe is Marty’s ability to play the puck and save his defensemen that pounding some of you mention ours are receiving. He is a hugely positive impact on the transition, and we don’t have that in Henrik.

    The series is 2-2, and the rangers have been coming back all thru the playoffs in tight games, with scoring by committee, why would you think they could deploy a different formula now? Have faith. And Torts is the best, hopefully he is working on some tweaks to move it forward.

    Very impressed with how well they’ve done all year, of course I hope to see them progress to the SC, but if you people are calling them a failure for what they have accomplished, you really are not thinking it through. The second youngest team in the NHL, setting up for several thrilling years for the fans. Don’t trash talk them (like the home town announcers love to do, I guess it’s just a NY trait!) celebrate the brilliant growth year they’ve had, and love the hockey.

    Personally, I’m a Ranger fan since 5, 54 now, what a team they are finally and truly building, not buying !

    LGR!

  18. tom says:

    Just need to catch our wind, 2 seven game series plus a 8th game via a triple overtime are all adding up. They’ll find a way, 2 out of 3 at home. Need to get back to the basics, stay out of the penalty box and the money players need to step up. LGR

  19. roadrider says:

    Let’s not forget that for all the Devils’ advantage in puck possession and time in the offensive zone we’re still outscoring them in the series (yes, I know it’s by the margin of the two empty-netters) and have dominated on special teams.

    Also, for all that’s gone on the Devils have never led in this series. Yes, last night was bad but it’s one game. Sure, if the Rangers don’t turn it around they could lose the next two and be on their way home but these guys did not quit when they were down 3-2 to Ottawa or when they were 8 seconds away from going down 3-2 to the Caps and they’re not going to give up in a series they’re tied in and have never trailed.

    Like everyone else I’d like to see them step on the other guy’s neck (figuratively, that is) when he’s down but “winning the odd number games” has worked so far and it just might again.

    Face it, there’s no Mark Messier or Brian Leetch or Adam Graves to single-handedly take over games on this team. It takes a lot of guys doing a lot of things right for this team to win and it’s tough for that to happen every other night.

  20. mstew10034 says:

    GET SCOTT OUT IN FRONT OF CHUBBY, HAVE HIM RESOLVE ANY ISSUES THAT THE DEVILS TOUGH GUYS HAVE, TAKE A BREATH, D HAS TO KNOW WHAT IT IS GOING TO DO WHEN THEY GET THE PUCK, PUCK POSSESSION IS THE GAME, NOT GIVE-AWAYS I KNOW THIS IS OBVIOUS BUT TORTS HAS NOT SAID IT TO ANY OF THE RANGERS IF IT IS… LETS GO RANGERS, AND THANKS FOR CRUSHING CHUBBY’S SHUTOUT TRY…

    • VinceR says:

      Also, I’m not sure you have noticed…but you have caps lock on. Let me assure you, it does not emphasize or help prove your point. Just makes you look like a screaming maniac. This is a topic that has been discussed fairly thoroughly on the interwebs. As far as what you know Torts has and has not said…well using that logic he has told Hagelin not to score at all. If that is true, you are correct, he is an awful coach.

      • mstew10034 says:

        I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED REST ASSURED I DON’T NEED TO PROVE MY POINT TO ANYBODY LEAST OF ALL YOU, I ALSO LOST BOTH LEGS, ANY COMMENTS ABOUT THAT VINCE… YOU MUST BE THE BULLY OF THE BLOG, AM I RIGHT???

        • VinceR says:

          Nope, just stick up for the things this blog has been about all season.

          If your claims are true, I am sorry for your misfortune. But your comments in the previous post make it sound that you are bullying.

          John Scott cannot play hockey and simply “putting him in front of Marty” cannot help and would simply take up a roster spot for a ploy that can be remedied by the Devs fairly quickly. Scott is good with the fists, but that is about it. Gooning may help provide a spark, but Game 5 in the ECFs is too important to give a roster spot for simply that. He doesn’t have soft hands to deflect a shot and can only simply annoy.

          There is a lot of trolling on this blog from people who come of out of the woodwork when the chips are down and make outlandish claims. There are also a lot of folk who read a lot and never post, so it’s not so easy to tell. I apologize if I jumped to conclusions or seemed to be bullying, or you are part of the silent readers out there, but this blog has put out so many rational posts supported by X’s and O’s, stats, etc and it’s tiresome when folks come out and just use it as a sounding board for their anger and do things like simply call Torts an idiot when he’s taken a roster that is really not all that impressive to within two games of the Stanley Cup finals.

          Everyone has a right to post though and I’m not trying to bully anyone, but if you make posts like so and so suck and the solution is X, without backing up with well thought out argument, you are going to get push back here.

          That pushback should not cross the line however, and I do not try to bully.

          • mstew10034 says:

            WHO DID I SAY SUCKED? YOU OVIOUSLY MISUNDERSTOOD MY POST AND IT SOUNDS LIKE I SHOULD PASS MY POSTS BY YOU FOR YOUR OK, RIGHT. AS FAR AS MY LEAVING THIS BLOG, AT YOUR SUGGESTION KISS MY BUTT, I HAVE PROBABLY BEEN A RANGER FAN LONGER THAN YOU HAVE BEEN ALIVE…

            • The Suit says:

              As one of the site administrators, I am warning both of you to tone it down. This is a community of fans sharing their opinions and analysis. This is not a place for insulting other fans and name calling. If that is the type of discussion you are looking to engage in, take it elsewhere.

              • mstew10034 says:

                I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT BUT WHAT OTHERS EVIDENTLY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH *IS* MY OPINION, SO MR ADMINISTRATOR WHAT DO I DO? NOT POST? IF YOU’RE IN CHARGE WE’RE GONNA HEAR A LOT OF CRICKETS IN HERE, LIGHTEN UP, YOU’LL GET A CHANCE TO INTIMIDATE SOMEONE SOONER OR LATER.

              • mstew10034 says:

                HEY, THE SUIT… CAN YOU GET ANYMORE PRETENTIOUS AND FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH I JUST SAW ALL SORTS OF GUYS VOICING THEIR OPINIONS… THIS COMMUNITY NEEDS CLEANING UP…(GRIN)

              • The Suit says:

                Mstew, perhaps I didn’t make myself clear. We want people’s opinions. We are all for sensible disagreements. We just don’t think namecalling and insults (such as calling me pretentious for trying to keep the peace) needs to accompany those opinions. I am sorry you aren’t more understanding of this.

            • VinceR says:

              When I talked about people say so and so sucks I did not mean you per se.

              I do not suggest you leave the blog (nor do I recall doing so, at all), in fact I apologized (albeit poorly) and tried to explain why I get worked up sometimes at some posts on the blog and apologized if I assumed you were that type. I was giving an example of what happens a lot here. My previous posts came across strong, more so than I realized and I am man enough to apologize for that.

              I do not believe Scott is the answer, as I do not he can effectively plant himself in front for a screen/tip or whatever and do not expect to throw Marty off his game through rough tactics.

  21. rob sahm says:

    gaborik is just not a playoff performer he is starting to become a waste of 7 million in cap space

    • mstew10034 says:

      HATE TO SAY IT, BUT I AGREE WITH YOU, WHAT A SHAME… WELL, AT LEAST WE GOT RID OF GOMEZ…

      • mstew10034 says:

        THE ABOVE WAS NOT MEANT TO SAY WE TRADED GOMEZ FOR GABS, JUST A REFERENCE ABOUT THE CAPS…(GRIN)

  22. Dan says:

    What? Goals from defensemen don’t count?
    The series is tied 2-2 and we have 2 of the three left at the Garden. Stop bloody panicking!

  23. Comnsnse says:

    The Suit,just for the record,how does one determine if you are a site administrator? I’ve seen this claim before with no indication of why it should be believed. I’ve also encountered posters who simply whine to administrators to oust other posters,who don’t fit their personal agendas.Fair question?

    • The Suit says:

      Fair question. If you look at the Author column on the right of our homepage or the About Section Page, you will see Dave started this site and has since recruited myself, Chris, and Justin for various reasons. The four of us help make this site go every day.

      As far as content in the comments section is concerned, it is our unified belief that readers may share their opinions, analysis, etc. so long as it doesn’t involve insulting others.

      Everyone who posts, authors included, are fair game to be challenged and people are free to disagree with our points as well as the people who comment here.

      However, there is a line we don’t want people to cross and when people do cross the line, we kindly remind them of our policy of not insulting others within this little community of Rangers fans. If people ignore or continue the insults despite our warnings, then they will no longer be allowed to comment here.

      If you have any questions or concerns or would like to discuss this in more depth, please feel free to email either Dave, Chris, Justin, or I. Our emails can be found in the About Section page.

      • Comnsnse says:

        Suit,I gave your response a thumbs up. However,in any discussion about any subject there is the natural tendency to occasionally inject a little humor or prick a few baloons. Having experienced this on other sites it would appear that being the “good taste monitor”,has either a narrow or broad point of view. The preferred approach is the middle where taseful humor is acceptable because the monitors have a sense of humor themselves. In other venues it’;s called bantering. How it can ever be personal escapes me since no one really knows the other poster. In any case I hope the “4 horsemen” of the blog do indeed have a humorous vein! Verbal jousting is not necessarily a contact sport and can add many hits on the site. Thanks for the reply!

        • The Suit says:

          We’ve only banned 3 or 4 people out of the 5,000+ who read us every day, so we like to think we can separate tongue in cheek from crossing the line. Hopefully we’re on the same page.

  24. Stan Newman says:

    Game 3 the Rangers forechecked like crazy, bottled up the Devils in their own end and completely suffocated the Devil offense. They won that, 3-0 and need to do exactly the same in game 5. If they don’t have the energy to do that they will lose, pure and simple.
    Fresh legs might help by D.L. returnees, Dubinsky can forecheck playing the game as I indicate above even if he can’t score. Force turnovers giving Gabby, Richards and company opportunities to score. Some smart man once said the winner of game 5 takes the series!. Stan

  25. Comnsnse says:

    Suit,a humor detente? Time will tell. Too bad they don’t have emoticons on thes sites!

  26. Comnsnse says:

    On another note,how many posters have seen Dustin Brown’s hit on Roszival in the last game? If Shanahammer doesn’t give Brown at least a 3 game rest,it wiil confirm my belief that he’s biased based on his 1 gamer to Prust which was far less than what Brown did.