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That Kunitz non-call is the funniest thing ever, just because it happened to the Rags.

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 .Nothing gives me more joy in the sports world today then seeing the Rags and their Queen get smacked around......Love It !!!!

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32 minutes ago, MadDog2020 said:

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Yes.

It looked like the Rangers just didn't show up to play today. Horrible performance. Game was very boring to watch. I was on my phone mostly then watching.

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To the last post, they didn't. And worse. Lundqvist was awful. He didn't even look mentally into the game. Awful rebound on the first one. And the 3rd goal to Sheary, yikes. I would've pulled him right there. AV is not a good coach. He never adjusts. Benched McIlrath for no reason after their best game of series. Rushed McDonagh back. Plays Lindberg on the 4th line? All season, they haven't been the same. Poor defense. Lazy work habits. No grit. And tonight, no compete. That's one of the worst games I've ever seen from this group. Glad I didn't go. 

It was so bad, I did my post after the second period. 

Humiliation at MSG

 

A final thought. I have felt in watching Lundqvist, he looks mentally exhausted. He faced the most shots on average of any starting goalie this season. It was a whopping 29.9 shots/game. And many more high quality danger chances due to the lack of commitment. This isn't just a blame Dan Girardi issue. He has missed the last 3 games. It's not just Marc Staal either. It's a system failure. A total fail by the coaching staff to adjust the defense from man to zone to better protect a weaker roster. A lack of execution. Not to mention the awful special teams. Pens are up to 7 PPG's in like 13 chances. And of course Rangers have 1 PPG. You can't win like that.

Watch how the Pens play under Sullivan. They are totally in sync. Great speed. Now using not just skill as before but work ethic. Before they relied on talent to win. They were easy to play in the playoffs. Now, they're much faster. Addition like Hags helped Kessel big time. Bonino too. Kids like Sheary and Kuhkhackl. And even a battle tested vet like Cullen. Plus Letang is flat out dominant. He really should win the Norris. Will he even be up for it? This is the best hockey of his career. Most impressive is how the Pens play in front of their goalies. Murray has been superb but the defense takes care of the front of the net. Plus no Ranger willing to go to dirty areas. 

The Pens are a much better coached team. It shows in how they execute. It also shows how much a coaching change can help change a season. 

As for any hopes of a Ranger comeback, eh. They are not the same club. Sure. There's hope because they've done it before. The experience only matters if they get off to a fast start Saturday. If they don't get a lead early, turn the lights out. And that window. Pffft. 

 

On a brighter note, how about that world class play by Patty Kane. Guy is on another level. The moves to get around Pietrangelo and the wherewithal to stick with it for a great backhand wrap. The Blues are way better than the Hawks too. But they didn't score in the first overtime which they dominated. Crawford played great. He saved the Hawks. Do not get the disrespect he gets. Their D is as soft as ours. One thing about the Hawks and Kings. You have to kill them when you have the chance. Hope the Sharks do the job tomorrow.

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Don't look now, but the Blues are on their way to blowing it to the Hawks.

Sound familiar?

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Don't look now, but the Blues are on their way to blowing it to the Hawks.

Sound familiar?

You know it's gonna happen. When I woke up this morning and saw that Chicago won in double OT, I thought to myself 'St. Louis just blew their chance'. SJ will try and exercise their demons tonight- if they lose, that's going 7 too and you can write that down.

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8 hours ago, Derek21 said:

Crawford played great. He saved the Hawks. Do not get the disrespect he gets. Their D is as soft as ours. One thing about the Hawks and Kings. You have to kill them when you have the chance. Hope the Sharks do the job tomorrow.

Admittedly, I don't watch much Chicago Blackhawks hockey outside of the playoffs, but holy crap, Crawford was an animal last night. Some of the saves he was making in the first 3 periods. And I missed the OTs, but looking at the highlights now. He was unbelievable last night.

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Milbury was mocking him on the post game, "some commentators I guess can't stay up past 11pm" or some trash like that. Once again, unsurprisingly, milbury misses the point.

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25 minutes ago, Martyisth3b3st said:

Milbury was mocking him on the post game, "some commentators I guess can't stay up past 11pm" or some trash like that. Once again, unsurprisingly, milbury misses the point.

Best Milbury moments:

Beating a fan with the fan's own shoe at the Garden. 

Just after Milbury had fired another coach as the Islander GM, he was on the WFAN, and almost immediately after he had come on, Mad Dog flat-out asked him "Mike, why are you still the GM?"

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1 hour ago, MadDog2020 said:

Eh, as sh!tty as LA fans are they aren't necessarily as bad as Philly trash, but i think the fans will be out for blood if the game starts going south for the Kings.  I guarantee a couple get tossed though, especially if LA loses tonight..

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Ha NY media, bash the one guy who has carried that franchise on his back for a decade. Without him the Rags wouldn't have gone anywhere these last 8 years.

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6 hours ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

Best Milbury moments:

Beating a fan with the fan's own shoe at the Garden. 

Just after Milbury had fired another coach as the Islander GM, he was on the WFAN, and almost immediately after he had come on, Mad Dog flat-out asked him "Mike, why are you still the GM?"

Typical New York media garbage. You never hear the word islanders on WFAN unless Steve Sommer is recalling the 3 games he went to in the 80s and pretending they're as relevant now as they were then. What does Russo know about hockey? Just enough to ask a question that will grab the attention he's looking for and push his tough guy persona. He couldn't even handle talking about sports on the radio with a guy he didn't like, and he can question the judgement of an NHL gm? As bad as the Isles were, Russo probably couldn't name half of the NHL divisions.

Why can't that station hire a single knowledgeable sports reporter who's more interested in covering relevant stories than developing their sh!tty personas and pandering to every moron in the New York metro?

 

Ok, playoffs, just to keep this post somewhat relevant. I can't believe the Rangers will go down so easily without seeing it first. It's just too good to be true. You can also never count LA or Chicago out. I think one of the two is still coming out of the west. The day SJ comes through in the clutch in the playoffs is the day hell freezes over.

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2 minutes ago, CarpathianForest said:

Caps seem to be going through their usual choke job.

Shocking considering I dont think there are any ex-Rangers on this Flyers team...

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Frustrated. Nothing but frustrated... 44SOG... And not a single one went in... No words. Caps played strong. The entire game was a power play for them... Idk...

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Really don't know why the Caps went with Mason so much this year, Neuvirth constantly outplayed him.

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