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Atlantic Division Final, Game 6: Just win

May 9, 2017, by
derek stepan

Photo: AP / Fred Chartrand

The Rangers are in a do-or-die situation tonight. Win and continue. Lose and go home. Experience has been thrown around a lot lately, saying that the Rangers have the guys who have been there before. You know what? I’m sick of that crap. If they have this “experience” then this series would’ve been over by now. No more leaning on experience. Play with desperation. Just win, I don’t care how.

Series Breakdown

We wrote a whole bunch of posts breaking down this matchup. Be sure to check them out:

Systems Breakdown
Forwards Breakdown
Defense Breakdown
Goaltender Breakdown

Senators Lines

Mike Hoffman-Kyle Turris-Alex Burrows
Clarke MacCarthur-Derick BrassardBobby Ryan
Viktor Stalberg-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Mark Stone
Chris Neil-Zack Smith-Tom Pyatt

Marc Methot-Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf-Cody Cedi
Frederik Claesson-Chris Wideman

PP1: Stone-Turris-Burrows-Karlsson-Phaneuf
PP2: MacCarthur-Brassard-Ryan-Hoffman-Claesson

Craig Anderson gets the start

Rangers Lines 

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadMats Zuccarello
Jimmy VeseyDerek StepanRick Nash
Michael GrabnerKevin HayesJesper Fast
Tanner GlassOscar LindbergJT Miller

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi
Brady SkjeiBrendan Smith
Marc Staal
Nick Holden

PP1: Zibanejad-Vesey-Kreider-Zuccarello-McDonagh
PP2: Stepan-Hayes-Nash-Miller-Skjei

Henrik Lundvist gets the start.

Crazy Prediction: An entire game where we don’t yell at the TV and scream why any given player is out on the ice.

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Categories : Game Thread



    For the record, should we lose this, we did it versus a team sporting ALEX F*$%ing BURROWS on its first line……


  2. HOF 19 says:

    Lose in the next round I can be happy (somewhat) for this season…..Lose tonight………Not satisfied AT ALL !

  3. pavel_burito says: had an article today about how Trotz moved Ovi from the first line to the third, and how that changed the series and possibly saved their playoffs.

    So here’s a coach who’s not afraid to move his most valuable player to the third line, because continuing playing the same way was not getting results. “”Sometimes you have to try because if you don’t try then you may regret it in the end,” Trotz said during a conference call on Tuesday. “I’d rather try to do something than regret something that I should have done maybe before.”

    We have a guy who’s probably going to go with “experience”.

    That being said. I love this team, and I hope we kick this AHL team’s tush tonight. LGR

    • JoeS. says:

      We will, but AV will not be lacing them up!

    • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:

      Miller was moved to the 4th line, was he not? Pretty much the same deal.

      • Chris F says:

        Not to mention we have no real 3rd line, talent is so spread out there isn’t really a traditional demotion save for the 4th line. Dropping Nash to the “3rd” line, for example, doesn’t send the same message as dropping Ovi to the 3rd line.

      • pavel_burito says:

        Those are good points. But I mean that the coach did something drastic.
        I think the equivalent would be sitting out Girardi or Staal.
        Moving Miller to the 4th line is a good move, but we loose games in the last 5 minute of games. Where are the drastic adjustments there?

  4. Walt says:

    It’s time to put up, or shut up. All the players have to look at themselves in the mirror, and say did I do enough to win it all? If not, then I’d better bust a gut doing so tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I want to keep posting for at least another four weeks or so, before I start my fishing trips……………..LGR

  5. Bloomer says:

    Crazy prediction..Krieder scores the winning goal

  6. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:


  7. HOF 19 says:

    When will these Rangers players get tired of losing ………EVER ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  8. HOF 19 says:

    Here is that EVER SO POWERFUL Ranger PP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Leatherneck says:

    When are they ever going to win a f’ing faceoff on the powerplay??? Wtf….man groundhog day

  10. Leatherneck says:

    They don’t score on this 4 minute powerplay, it’s game over

  11. HOF 19 says:

    We do not score here Senators will OWN !!!!!!!!…..OWN !!!!!!!…..the momentum !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Leatherneck says:

    They are making it easy for Ottawa….this is just plain awful….pathetic….get rid of AV….if this was his preparation for this game…they look f’ing lost

  13. Leatherneck says:

    Game over

    • HOF 19 says:

      I have been an AV supporter…….I ……CAN FEEL that opinion starting to change inside myself.

  14. HOF 19 says:

    YUP……..That EVER SO POWERFUL Ranger PP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. pavel_burito says:

    Hank looks so frustrated. And I bet Zuc is thanking the team for rewarding his bleeding with a powerplay goal. Oh wait


    Skjei is playing scared (or so it seems); half of them, actually, are skating around rather tentatively…. the whole game reminds me of game 7 TB 2015 …. ugh

  17. Five Hole says:

    Choke jobs

  18. Chris F says:

    So, there’s that Skjei/Smith pairing that everyone adores making two boneheaded plays to turn the puck over and let Stone waltz right in for a fantastic opportunity followed up Karlsson’ s fantastic opportunity.

    Not trying to insult those two, but just goes to show EVERYONE makes really bad mistakes at times.

    Thank God for Hank.


      I think it’s more Skjei than Smith at the moment, but yes, they have been atrocious thus far.

      The whole team looks like they’re skating (with a few exceptions, like fast) as if this were game 49, rather than 94. Total lack of intensity.

      It’s very obvious (to me, at least), when you watch Ottawa’s players skate around, like they’re trying with everything that they have. Our players? Not so much.

      Poor Hank, he deserves better than this nonsense

      (& sieve, even if he hasn’t been perfect, at least he shows up every damn night)

    • Richter1994 says:

      Everyone gets beat for sure, no question Chris, but I think the ability to make up for those mistakes counts as well, and Staal, G, and Holden do not possess those skating abilities, IMO. I think there’s the difference.

  19. HOF 19 says:

    DANG IT Rangers…..This is how you represent this franchise on the ice ????????

  20. Leatherneck says:

    And when your superstar goalie can’t make that one easy save because of his position…yup…it’s over….Thanks Leaky

    • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

      Oh noooo … Can’t blame him ! Yet the other guy 200 ‘ away is soaking up the puck like its Glued to him

    • HARLEMBLUES says:

      That’s not on Hank Turris off to his left so he can’t fully go one on one with Stone. He was like a 3 on 2 really. Ottawa cruising through the Rangers D unabated. No excuses to come out like this with the season on the line.

      • Leatherneck says:

        That was totally on Leaky…enough of this BS, defending this dude who always gets bested by a supposed inferior goalie


          WTF are you smoking?

          Why do you give the D a pass on zero coverage (first goal), then ignore the fact that they let a guy who can snipe it get into a PRIME scoring area on an odd-man rush??

          At least blame the right people (unless you think the S#!T he has to stop on a nightly basis is, relative to other playoff teams…. normal?)

  21. Chris F says:

    Was that Skjei/Smith on for that goal? Couldn’t have been them.


    • Leatherneck says:

      hah….yup…their fault….NAAAAHHH that was on choke job Leaky

    • Five Hole says:

      Girardi still sux

    • waitsfan says:

      This kills me. Like you, I’m sick of this Skjei and Smith would close out every game, should play somewhere between 52 and 54 minutes, and all will be great. Also this effing stupid stat of Staal, Girardi and Holden on for X amount of goals. McD wasn’t, right (love McD, but tie up Pageaut’s stick). That’s their current top 2 pairings they play against the other teams’ top lines and 6 on 5, PK, etc. But the bad thing is I like Skjei and Smith, and when ANYONE on this team gets beaten, I’m gutted. I’m a goddamn fan. I watched undrafted Girardi give half his well being for life for this team so some blogger can whine from his seat. And realistically, if they lose tonight, this very well could be his last game. And you know what? Being a fan is not the same as being a GM. Let them make the tough calls and we root for the sweater and see the guts, win or lose. I’m a fan. Some of those who relish in hate should try it some time.

      • Chris F says:

        Oh I completely agree, not happy they’ve played so poorly and fell apart for 3 sequences, including that 2nd goal. The point wasn’t to gloat about it, I love those guys too and really like their play generally.

        But, it was to point out that no one is immune from blunders and no one should be immune to criticism instead of this fascination with hyper-focusing on a couple guys and pretending everyone else plays perfectly. I’m sick of that nonsense.

        • waitsfan says:

          Yep. Was mostly agreeing with you.

        • waitsfan says:

          They’ve been mostly good in the playoffs, but Smith and Skjei have been horrible tonight. Smith had a choice on the Karlsson goal. Man or puck. Not neither.


      Hey, I agree with you. BRING ON THE *gulp* PYLONS!

  22. Chris. C says:

    What a joke of a team in the ice. No interest no brains and no hearts. Horrible

  23. Five Hole says:

    Helluva run this year…oh, wait – losing to Ottawa kind of nixes that.

  24. Chris F says:

    Another garbage shift by Skjei/Smith.

  25. pavel_burito says:

    I think we’re going to come out angry and coherent in the 2nd. We’ve seen this before.
    I think we’re going to see desperation hockey now.

  26. Peteri says:

    So far it is THE PLAYERS ON THE ICE who are losing the game.

    The have two more periods to prove that they have what it takes.

  27. HOF 19 says:

    3-38 in playoffs on the PP…..You got to be kidding me !

  28. Leatherneck says:

    It is the players and the coach…the players are the reflection of the coach, as the leader goes, so does the rest

  29. paulronty says:

    I’m checking in on you guys because I’m not watching this game. I’ve had a bad feeling all day & I can’t shake it. I’m just done with AV. Sorry. I guess were losing from the sounds of it.

    • Fotiu is God says:

      Good to know I have company, Dr. Paul.

      A falcon or owl tore the head off a Kangaroo rat–or mouse–leaving the carcass at the rear of my Dodge Magnum. The latter’s emblazoned with a big Ranger shield on the rear windshield.

      I come to learn Comey’s fired. Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s leaking plutonium. And the headless rat disappears.

      I kinda’ saw it coming. All the signs were there.

      This is what being a Ranger fan means.

      • Richter1994 says:

        Do you make up this stuff as you go along or is predetermined narrative? It’s like poetry, lol.

      • paulronty says:

        Yes Professor Mike, the signs were all there & I just couldn’t put myself through the misery that was coming. The words of the great Dante Alighieri came to mind when AV was extended, “lasciate ogni speranza, voi che entrate.” Let us continue the journey through hell paisan.

  30. Five Hole says:

    Here comes the clogging of the neutral zone – Rangers don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell.

    • Richter1994 says:

      LOL, I was at the game and I turned to my friends and said, 2 ways to beat the trap:

      Short, quick passes or dump, chase, and forecheck.

      They were doing neither as each Ranger took it upon themselves to try and weave their way into the offensive zone. It was only until there were 10 minutes to go in the game that they “figured it out” and by then it was too late. Kreider finally realized who he was.

  31. Dan says:

    Anderson is on tonight … don’t have a good feeling about this

  32. 43 says:

    Remember boys, in game 6, Messier’s guarantee game, the boys trailed 2-0 before fulfilling The Captain’s promise.

    • Stevem says:

      In that game before Kovalev made it 2-1, we were able to string together a few real good shifts.. Haven’t been able to do that yet

  33. Leatherneck says:

    The game has been lost with that 4 minute powerplay outcome…it’s over. Remember this team has no heart

  34. Dan says:

    I’m done with Kreider.

  35. Leatherneck says:

    And their goalie makes the saves…..just shaking my head

  36. Leatherneck says:

    They look defeated

  37. HOF 19 says:

    A tiny ray of hope……Mika !

  38. Leatherneck says:

    Boy they needed that….Zibby

  39. Leatherneck says:

    And yup…Leaky…lol….oh boy

  40. Leatherneck says:

    Freaking Leaky


      ….coverage by 20.

      (but yes, astutely noticed by you, that Lundqvist is likely not the greatest goaltender that ever was….. just an excellent impression of the aforementioned)

  41. Leatherneck says:

    Lundqvist needs to go…Period

  42. Leatherneck says:

    You Leaky fans sure are a joke….lol….always someone else….haha…no accountability on him…always someone else….he chokes…period

  43. Bloomer says:

    Good grief. One period to go…rangers need to give whatever they have in the 3rd

  44. Five Hole says:

    Prediction- in typical Ranger fashion, they’ll finally show up to play in the 3rd, will swarm the net all period, score the 2nd goal and watch Anderson stand on his head and hold on for a 3-2 (4-2, empty net?) win.

  45. waitsfan says:

    When your team is playing poorly, you hope your goalie can save you until you get going. Not happening tonight. I’m glad the fans have enough realization and appreciation to not give the Bronx cheer for Hank on a routine play. The people out here who trash Hank are either 15 years old or have no clue whatsoever about this Hall of Famer.

    If you watch football the last 20+ years, you know Elway was the only reason his team was in games for years. Then, when he was no longer his best, Terrell Davis and others won 2 SBs with him when he was no longer the same QB. I hoped this team would do that as Hank aged, but time is running out. Leatherneck and others should have to watch the Rangers-Caps, when The Caps were 3x better and Hank was the only reason the Rangers had a punxher’s chance. Embarrassing for a Rangers fan to take shots at the best player they’ve had (at least) since Leetch.

    And Girardi is a warrior who would go to a wheelchair for 5 years for a Cup. I know reality and understand Wiener Dog. But those who hate him should take the slap shots he takes to the body and see how they feel about him.


    • paulronty says:

      Great post. I will feel most sorry for Hank if they lose this game. He wants to win that Cup so damn bad, but as I’ve said before this team is fragile and cannot deal with adversity. And that last game was crushing adversity. As Bloomer says, now is the time to step up & give it everything.

    • Leatherneck says:

      I was watching the Rangers When Part Ratelle Gilbert Giacomon. Neilson…et al were playing….lol

  46. rob says:

    Shuffle lines

    Miller Grabner Hayes

    Zuc Ziba Nash

    Krieder lindberg Hayes

    Sit Glass Stephan Fast

    Only play on D

    McD Holden

    Skeji smith

    2 man fire check with 3rd man inside blue line

  47. Leatherneck says:


  48. HOF 19 says:

    Duufus play by Ottawa…..Will it gives us life ???????????????????????????

  49. paulronty says:

    OK, let’s do this so I don’t have to hear my son-in-law lord it over me all summer.

  50. Spozo says:

    Imagine if Kreider was skating the entire series like he is the first 5 minutes of this period.

  51. paulronty says:

    I just put a hex on the Senators, they will play the shell game & lose.

  52. Leatherneck says:

    Geee…how about that…a time out

  53. HARLEMBLUES says:

    Why is Stepan on the ice seriously. Mister run his mouth hasn’t done SHIT tonight. Expose his ass to the expansion draft and good riddance to the boy wonder.

  54. Leatherneck says:

    Good news, I get to shave my beard…it was starting to itch….good news this hopefully means the end of AV…time to blow up this team…from head to toe


      See, why can’t you talk more rationally (like this)?!

      Honest question – do you still consider Miller untradeable (provided he’s not injured / & assuming you did before the playoffs started) ?

  55. HOF 19 says:

    Blah…..Blah…..Blah…..Blah…..”We came back and fought” is what we will hear in post game…..Blah…..Blah…..Blah…..Blah…..Blah…..Talk hockey again in the fall enjoy your summers ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. Five Hole says:

    This team is so predictable. They couldn’t get the equalizer, but you know who would have? Ottawa would’ve…easily.

  57. JerseyBlueshirt says:

    Damn shame. A lot of guys didn’t show up for the last few games. No excuse for it. The coach can only do so much; he can’t get out there and skate.

    • paulronty says:

      Do you think the Rangers would lose to a team like Ottawa if Messier was the coach? Never. The worst part is now I have to go up to Ottawa & get teased about this.

      • JerseyBlueshirt says:

        Because Messier was a legend on the ice doesn’t mean he would be one behind the bench. Where the hell was the scoring and defense the last couple games? Lack of urgency and intensity once they went back to Ottawa for game 5. AV can’t will it. These guys have to have enough pride to get it done against a less qualified team.

        • paulronty says:

          So wrong. Responsibilty falls at the top my friend, in all walks of life. Leader is a leader, whether on the ice or behind the bench.

  58. James says:

    Can’t wait to hear what excuse they come up with how the coach lost this one…

    • paulronty says:

      Because you don’t want to recognize the truth.

    • Richter1994 says:

      Nah, this one is on the players.

      But, a query, after watching useless PP after useless PP, wouldn’t it be nice to change it up a little? I mean the first PP unit comes out and there’s Stepan, the invisible one coming onto the ice. Really?

      Hell, I would have put a combo of Grabner, Lindberg, Vesey, and Fast on the PP because at least they go to the net and that’s where PP goals are scored.

      Putting Kreider in front of the goalie while the other knuckleheads pass it around, killing their own PP, doesn’t cut it.

  59. Bloomer says:

    You win as a team and you lose as a team. I am not going to single anyone out for this disappointing loss. I will say the Rangers do have a group of young promising hockey players to build on and that should be part of their decision making when making moves in the off season.

  60. tanto says:

    Stepan didn’t have a good playoff, but why people focus so hard on him but have nothing to say about Hayes and Miller who combined had 0 goals in 12 games and as many points as Stepan (6) is beyond me.

    In the end though, we should have won this series 4-1, if only a certain coach wouldn’t have benched our 2nd best pairing in favor of our 3rd … three times.

    • HARLEMBLUES says:

      Because Stepan points are BS he’s doesn’t work hard along the boards or drive to the net. He gets BS secondary points while guys are busting their ass. What did the second highest paid forward do tonight at home in a do or die game. You wouldn’t have none he played at all if you did look at the scoresheet. He’s part of the old core it should be leading Krieder,Hayes and Miller not them leading him. He a Prima Donna he sucks.

      • tanto says:

        I was going to respond to you, but when you said “he sucks” I knew there was no point in wasting my breath.


      They were all bad tonight (again). Goalie left out to dry (again). Showing up for 20 minutes (again) in an elimination game, not finishing checks on certain players (again)….etc.

      Even I will admit that is not entirely AV’s fault (even though I’d probably drive him to an airport myself on the condition they shipped him out).

      There’s more fire in a smoldering cigarette butt in than in these bums. How they intend to fix that, God only knows.

      New list of untradeables / players we need to keep if possible

      30 (he’s the team)
      36 (obviously)
      27 (doesn’t have the personality to be the captain on a (mostly) gutless team, but won’t net you fair value for what he provides)
      20 (you’ll never get fair value for a guy who can show up for 7 minutes, yet still make a difference. Or maybe you can Gorton. Good Luck)
      19 (shows up to play even if he’s not the most talented; need more guys like this, not fewer)
      24 (see above minus the talent issue)
      89 (provided he’s nuts enough to stay)
      42 (please bring him back; other than this game, he was good for us)
      40 (salvaged his career here)
      4 (hopefully some GM who’s not busy chomping stogies noticed he has talent)
      Oh, and the backup. Raanta was good too.

      Those who can be shipped out without delay….


      (Skjei was good but, if one of these expansion draft-crunched teams calls… and if the offer is right…. same with Miller, good but perhaps not untradeable)

  61. Rich S. says:

    As soon as we got back in the game with our first goal…..Hank gives it right back…..same old , same old……

    How many times in the playoffs while coaching vancouver and the rangers has AV lost as a favorite????? In the last 8 years twice with the rangers and three times with the canuks…Al Least!!
    How many times has he won as an underdog? I would guess never.

    This series was lost when we blew games 2 and 5 or we would have not had to play tonight…
    FIRE AV!!!!!!! Dump stepan, girardi and stall ASAP!!!!!! Messier as a coach might be able to get more out of these youngsters……just saying……


      To be fair, on goal number 3, someone has to recognize who was in the slot (not to mention actually cover players in prime scoring areas).

      On the bright side…. we now pick 21st (instead of 28th). And let’s not kid ourselves – a snowball chucked across the pits of hell had a better chance of making it than this team did vs PIT or WSH

      • paulronty says:

        Above Joe S. says the Rangers were going to win the Cup! I call that delusional disorder. This is a very good team actually, but there is no leadership where it counts.


          Lol, I know, there’s a difference between optimism (LGR) and the aforementioned.

          I look at it like this. We (spoiler alert) WERE NOT GONNA WIN (the cup) UNLESS Lundqvist literally turned into a human brick wall. Hopefully, the ridiculous and painfully obvious deficiencies are laid bare for even the most oblivious to see.

          Maybe, thanks to some fine shilling, someone would take a chance on Staal (with us holding half the salary)? You never know…. if TOR traded phaneuf & clarkson, then anything is possible on that front.

          By the way, the first round pick thing (from 28th to now 21st)…. think of it as getting a free second pick; the approximate cost of trading up in that situation. Not entirely worthless, IMO.

    • paulronty says:

      I have absolutely ZERO doubt that your last statement is true.

    • roadrider says:

      As soon as we got back in the game with our first goal…..Hank gives it right back…..same old , same old……

      LOL – Kreider lets Karlsson go right in front of the net. Smith is along boards doing … who knows? Karlsson, a world class offensive talent, gets a free shot maybe 10 feet or less from the goal and you;re blaming Lundqvist? I don’t think Ken Dryden or Patrick Roy or Dominik Hasek or Jacques freaking Plante could have stopped that one.

  62. Chris F says:

    A wildly sloppy first period, including real critical mistakes by the Skjei/Smith pairing, did this team in tonight.

    Second period was better, and the third was damned near dominant. Too little too late, unfortunately, and as these things tends to go, Anderson suddenly finds his game tonight.

    This game is a really good lesson on why those who insist on looking for simple answers are usually wrong. The Skjei/Smith pairing that was allegedly the missing link for us in closing out games, coughed up a slew of errors in this high pressure elimination game, which serves as a reminder that there was never any real certainty about how well these two would deal with the chaos and pressure of closing out games. This theory was one that was borne out of a blind spot when it comes to the coach, with people constantly looking to second guess him and come up with a litany of “what ifs.”

    Well, tonight, unfortunately we learned one of the answers to those “what ifs”: Brady Skjei has a lot to learn, and it was probably a very good move never putting him out there to protect a late lead. Kid’s been great, but he’s going to need another season under his belt. This was a good learning experience for him and he’s going to continue to be a bigger and bigger part of this team as we move forward.

    AV made mistakes this playoffs, that’s for sure. But the dogma with which people arrogantly proclaimed to have all the answers was given a much needed slap down tonight.

    I hate that it happened, I wish they were right, but the answers aren’t going to be that simple unfortunately.


      “AV made mistakes this playoffs, that’s for sure. But the dogma with which people arrogantly proclaimed to have all the answers was given a much needed slap down tonight.”

      To be fair, Skjei was likely taken aback by utter shock at the notion of not being glued to the bench. Poor kid. Had no chance if you think about it.

      But yes, you raise an excellent point. Is he (and Miller, for example) still considered a potential elite talent? I don’t know.

      To be fair, I’m not sure if he has that ‘it’ factor in him; none of those goals really struck me as the type an irrefutable talent scores (in direct contract to the GWG of tonight).

      And, by the way Chris, AV made mistakes these playoffs. He, coincidentally, also made them (briefly) last year, the year before in its entirety, and (last, but CERTAINLY not least), 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Did I mention they were (the same exact) mistakes? Or that the regular season (times three) is an excellent place to observe said deficiencies & develop solutions which can be implemented?

      But, whatever, enough of Alien Bingo. They didn’t show up tonight.

      The team that wanted to get [cut down in 5>= by PIT/WSH more] won tonight


        Sorry, i meant to say…. on paragraph (lol) 4

        (in direct ***CONTRAST*** to the GWG of tonight).

        Sorry. Good place to start a petition for an edit button?

    • waitsfan says:

      Well done, and thanks for the kindred sanity this last week or so, Chris (if not escalating my own sanity unjustly).

      I think Skjei is one of the very top positives this year, because we replaced an out of our cap league Yandle with a younger D with more upside. Zib was another of the big upsides, tho Brass was a class Ranger and good luck with the Cup chase (Zuc may have a tough time hanging with Brass and Hags if both have names on the Cup).

      So…..all of that said, I still may actually side with AV over the bloggers on who should be out there at the end of a game. Sure, take the results of the games as your hindsight 20/20 even if you NEVER admit when something like the horrific performances from 42/76 tonight make it obvious you’re pulling a classic the-backup-QB-is-our-best-player move. And they were absolutely right to put Skjei and McD out there on their worst nights because the offensive upside is there to change a bad night in a minute, as McD did when he scored after he was bad through 2 periods in G5.

      Love Skjei, and hope he’s even better next year. Skjei, Vesey, Hayes, Miller, Kreider. Say what you want about these 12 postseason games, but pull for them, because if they suck, the Rangers do too.

      • Chris F says:

        Yeah, I was also real happy to see Skjei out there late when we were down a goal, because no matter what the kid did wrong tonight, he’s a bona fide talent who creates opportunities for this team. Good on AV giving him a chance to try to redeem himself. It didn’t happen, but it goes to show that AV isn’t as stubborn as some would have you believe. Sure, he refused to play Skjei when we’re in late, high-pressure situations protecting a lead –and tonight maybe showed us why– but despite numerous errors all night, in a game when he seemed to cave under the pressure all night, in our most desperate moment late in the game, AV didn’t hesitate to give Skjei more minutes as we pressed for the equalizer.

        I thought we had it, too. Alas, it’s to the off season we go.

        • paulronty says:

          AV isn’t as stubborn as some would have you believe.

          Spoken like a true denialist.

    • Peter says:

      I agree Chris. Hey, the bottom line is that while they probably have more talent than the Senators, they did not play better than the Senators. Ottawa deserved to win and I tip my cap to them and wish them luck.

      Brady has a lot to learn, no doubt. He also had an excellent rookie season. He will be a good one. Sure he made some mistakes tonight. He also made some sparkling plays throughout their playoff run and during the regular season. I don’t think we could have expected a better year from the kid.

      AV made mistakes, sure. Most everyone on the team made mistakes. Their 4th liners were very good in most of the games. Other players showed flashes, but not enough of them. So they lost. I look for them to try to improve over the off season and have an even better season next year.

      Meanwhile. I will root for the Oilers to somehow come out of the West and get into the finals because it will be fun if they do.

    • Walt says:


      No excuses, but if you get nailed to the bench, with 5 minutes to go, while playing well, and now get a chance to play a regular shift, maybe you’d be uptight as well. AV has benched many a player for passing gas on the bench, as an excuse to not play them, and S & S duo know this too well. They didn’t play their best, but I’d still play those two over the pylons anyway!!!!!!!!!!

      Think back to how many kids were sat down for what may have been a minor mistake. Oscar, Miller, Hayes, Kreider, Vesey, Buch, while the chicken chokers Staal, Girardi, Daisy Stepan make the same mistake over, and over, but are NEVER called out on it. Sorry, AV doesn’t walk on water, the SOB can’t even swim!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. James says:

    It wasn’t the quality of the goals Lundqvist allowed, it was the timing. And almost Every goal against seemed to come at a crucial moment when the Rangers needed a save and didn’t get it.

    • Leatherneck says:

      Bravo…some people don’t understand that concept


      SOO now it’s his fault that team-wide badness is creeping up at the most inopportune moments?

      Why do you people have such insane expectations of him? The Rangers are almost dead last in the league over these past years in the quality & number of shots/chances allowed. It’s astonishingly terrible actually.

      Yost. TSN. Articles. Dead Horses.


      • James says:

        Because they pay him more then any other player on the team.

      • James says:

        your goalie has a cap hit of 8.5 and Is highest paid player. As a result, he has to play like it


          That’s one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read on here.

          He did.

          Actually, I think, other than Zuc & a few others…. he’s just about the only player who did.

      • paulronty says:

        The same thing happened to Gump Worsely who was denigrated, but got traded to Montreal & lo & behold wins the Vezina, more than once.
        Richter was denigrated toward the end of his career too playing behind the worst Ranger D ever. Leatherneck & Sieveqvist are out to lunch on this one. They should try playing goal in front of a bunch of mistake prone D & forwards.

  64. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

    Boo Hoo … Another wasted year in Hanks so called prime years … He could be 22 and won’t win a Cup … Period … Got out played by Andy … Notice the rebound control and lack of rebounds on the other side of the ice ? … He wasn’t gonna play mediocre the whole series …… He’s only getting older and slower and will be getting 8.5 next year and the year after and the year after and the year after and I think the year after that !!


      An actual brick wall would have difficulty winning with this team.

      • Hockey Sittoo says:

        Not worth trying to change the minds of the Hank haters. They are happy the Rangers lost and Hank let in 3 because that fits their narrative that Hank is the worst goalie in the league. Forget trying to point out that all 3 goals came off turnovers and odd man rushes – according to Sieveqvist and Leather any AHL goalie would have made all of those stops. The truth is the team didn’t come to play tonight or in this series. They gave it away and that’s too bad. Not one guy brought an A game tonight. But they weren’t going to get past Pitt or the Caps anyway so losing to the Senators in the way that they did might make the front office get more serious about fixing their defense.

        • waitsfan says:

          Well done, Sittoo. Have a good offseason.


          No, you’re right. They are unworthy of witnessing the performance of one of the greatest NHL goaltenders of all time.

          Total blockheads (I actually had to delete what I was going to say, upon further review; non-kosher & such). They’re gonna miss him when he’s gone.

          Here’s something that I will agree about with the crab people. I hope he demands a trade. Lundqvist deserves better than this circus. Maybe then you idiots would realize how bad this team really is defensively.

          But yeah, moot point; a NYR/OTT combined squad would still lose (albeit in 6 or 7) to PIT; they miiiight squeak past WSH.

          • Hockey Sittoo says:

            He will never demand a trade. New York is in his blood. I totally agree that he is a generational talent and I feel really fortunate to have watched him over the years. I still think he has a Cup in his future – just needs a tad more help on the blue line to get there.

  65. King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

    Leather … Is it too late to say AV should have started Raanta ? 😬😜

    • Hockey Sittoo says:

      Enjoy yourself Sieveqvist – I guess I always knew you would gloat over them losing, but it’s still disappointing to see a Rangers “fan” happy about it. Hank had an epic series against the Habs and an average one against the Sens which clearly wasn’t enough, especially since most of the top guys were MIA. I still hope that next year, when this blog is up and running again, that Henrik proves you wrong, the Blueshirts finally get a Cup, and you make a name change! Until then LGR!

      • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

        You gotta give credit where credit is due … ANDY WAS AMAZING … If it’s anyone that I would want to move on its him ( of course the Sieve is first ) … Ottawa has been studying him for sure , they picked him apart with a not so hot offense … Did the D let us down ? Yup … But every team makes mistakes , goalie is the last resort … Hank made some great saves , just the other guy made more …. You can’t say we didn’t have a ton of A chances tonite

        • Hockey Sittoo says:

          Andy was amazing and I’m happy for him. He deserves tons of credit not just for tonight but the way he played all season. With that, time to sign off. Enjoy the off season!

  66. 43 says:

    I’ve been cool with a Stepan trade since last off-season.

    Wish Kreider would play like he did in the third all the time.

    Curious to see what happens to Staal, Girardi, Klein, etc.

    Does Bereglazov get one of their spots?


    Speaking of Russians, how many games does Buch play next year and in what role?

    Does Gorton resign Tanner Glass, or nah? Nah, right?

    Hope Vegas doesn’t snag Fast or Lindberg.

    I’m curious, what can a Raanta trade fetch us?